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About The Alliance herald. (Alliance, Box Butte County, Neb.) 1902-1922 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 22, 1902)
i A QUIET CORNER WHERE MAIMED
AUD AGED BOOKS ARE DOCTORED.
SeMcittv Operation Are Often Iteocu-
tmry For InJ tired Volume nnil
Mnch InRennltr I" nrqnhred nt
Ttmea Hdvr Book Burftrone Work.
In every up to (Into public library
there is h quiet comer ubcU as a book
liospltal, whoro worn, aged nnd mnlm
d volumes are Bent for treatment nnd
often aurglcal operations. Tbo -women
and children of tho library that Is, tho
Horcts and juveniles aro found In the
koapltal the most frequently, nnd often
Ibey nro beyond cure. But tbo skillful
library worker lins nil sorts of devices
for making brokeu down books nppear
fresh nnd new ngain, nnd often u rc
mnrkablo cure Is effected.
If a book were cast aside the tnlnuto
Its back was broken or were not given
proper treatment when n leaf became
loose, tbo library would Boon find itself
doubling expenses for duplicates of old
volumes nnd with little money for now
iworks. Careful treatment, on tbo oth
er bnnd. will ndd years to the Ilfo of a
book nnd will materially lessen tbo ex
peases of n public library.
This hospital Is tlttcd up in n very
simple manner. There nro shelves upon
-which tho invalid books nro placed un
til treatment can bo given them. Then
there nro other shelves where they nro
placed to convnlcsco nnd sometimes to
regain consciousness nftcr n serious
sucglcnl operation. There nro operating
tables nnd neat llttlo boxes in which
there nro rolls of bkick percalo nnd
yards of whito percale, sheets of par
affin paper, long strips of thin but flue
quality paper, narrow rolls of gummed
paper, bundles of grass cloth, balls of
string, Bnndpapcr, coarso thread nnd
In snug llttlo compartments is tho
medicine, consisting of glue nnd paste.
Tito surglcnl instruments in n llttlo
case consist of a pair of forceps, n
snail wooden paddle, n thin wooden
beard nnd papers of needles. Then
thero is nn instrument of torture n
heavy press which is generally npplicd
at the closo of nn operation.
Thero arc all sorts of complaints
Bong tho books, and tho most preva
lent is the broken back. This comes
from tho book assuming an unhoalth
fs4 position, such as leaning up lazily
against other books, resting on Its front
edcs or lying flat on Its side. A. vigor
ova use of pnsto and glue often cures
this complaint, but in some cases a del
icate operation is resorted to.
Then tho cover is stripped entirely
eff tho back, nnd the title is carefully
cut out Next tho paper back of the
book Is peeled off. A piece of grass
cloth is then applied nnd flrinly glued
Into its place. The old cover, with the
exception of the title, Is pasted on
again, nnd then the book Is tied up
iwlth strings and left on the shelf to
recover n llttlo. When strong enough,
a black percale back is carefully fitted
over tho old back, nnd the old titlo 1b
pasted on tho outside.
Small fingers injuro the complexion
of the books greatly, nnd Bnndpapcr la
used n great deal on juvenile fiction
Invalids. The edges of the book are
rubbed with this rough paper, taking
off tho dirt and tho yellow appearance
Hough edges of leaves arc frequent
also in this branch of literature. Thcso
IcavcB nro cnrcfully trimmed off, and
a thin strip of nlco quality paper is
pasted on to make n elenn, regular
"Butting" Is n method of operating
that is not used by all book surgeons.
This consists in placing with the wood
ca paddle n thin line of glue on the
edges of a torn leaf nnd then pressing
them tightly together. It has been
demonstrated thoroughly that this but
ting holds tho torn leaf just ns firmly
as and Is much more satisfactory than
tho old method of pasting gummed
transparent paper over tho torn places.
The loose leaves nre n frequent
source of nunoyanco to tho book doc
tors. Tho remedy for these bother
some leaves Is a hinge of percale or
paper, which holds the unruly pago In
placo after the heavy press has been
brought to bear on the boolc In such
cases tho thin board Is" always used to
slip into tho volume, so thnt it will
keep its shape properly.
Tho operation which requires the
most skill Is tho sewing of the signa
ture or division of a book back Into
place. The needlo and coarse thread
are pushed In and out of the holes in
tbo signature and tho binding, and
when it becomes awkward to use the
fingers the slender forceps nro used to
draw tbo needle In and out
It is part of the work of every public
library cmployco to take a band in the
hospital department and ingenuity
supplies means to remedy every com
plaint that is conjured up by even the
moat erratic book. The book doctor
trusts wholly to her own wit and skill
ftt! lingers to effect a cure, and there
are few cases that are hopeless. New
Ssrk Mail and Express.
. Cat Off.
' "Poor childl" exclaimed Mrs. Good
art, who bad been touched by the ap
al to tbo extent of a quarter. "And
how did this accident happen to your
"Why," replied the bright little girl.
begged so much money one day
thai he got drunk and was sent to
"But yon told me his arms were cut
Ob, no, ma'aml I said 'alms.' "
By Their Creats. Perhatpsi.
She So you have crossed the ocean
.-glrty.four times. You must be getting
, JMi tO It
.' y B Yes, considerably. I have lately.
''fet so that I recognize over half the
, inures we meet Town nnd Country.
LOOK LIKE FLATIRON8.
Cfarloaa Stone Implement of Oar
Aborigines IMmle Scientist.
Among thousands of curlews objects
of utility, weapons, etc., of tho races
that peopled North America in prehis
toric times that one sees In tho caBcs
and cabinets in t'hc Hmtthsonlatn insti
tution nro Borao five or mere curiously
wrought stone objects from mounds in
Tcuncs8co bearing such n close re
semblance to modern flntlrona thnt
many pcoplo have thought that Buch
might have boon tbclr use among their
prehistoric maker?, although it would
bo hard to Imagine what tbo primitive
nborlginca of this continent had to
Tho shape nnd nppenrancO of thcBo
objects In every wny correspond with
n modern fiatiron, handle and nil, and
thus fnr scientific men have been un
able to discover what they wore used
for. It is, howevor, Just a llttlo singu
lar that wrought Btoncs, Blmllnr to tho
ones from the Tennessee mounds, have
beon.found In Peru among tho tombs of
tbo Incns nnd at tho necropolis of An
con. Tho old Spanish writers, men
who accompanied Plzzaro in tho con
quest of that country, 3"tate that the
ancient Peruvians, who wero great
builders, used these wrought stones, or
bo cnlled Ilatlrons, ns trowels in plas
tering walls with mortar.
Tho obJcct found in ono of tho Ten
nessee mounds nro tho only ones thnt
wero over found in tho United States,
nnd the only wny to account for their
presenco in thnt locnllty Is to suppose
that in pre-Columbian times n grent
deni of Peruvlnn material reached
countries far to tho north of tho isth
mus by means of intertribal trade.
Somo of tho cntcrplllnrs found in the
vicinity of tho Darling river, Austra
11a, nro over six inches in length.
Tho lenders of a flock of migrating
wild geeso becomo tired sooner than
others nnd nro frequently rellovcd by
Tho gray buzzard is said to bo the
heaviest bird thnt files, tho young
males, when food is plentiful, weighing
nearly forty pounds. Tho bird Is near
Tho terrapin lives largely upon crabs.
Ho never cnts his food, but bolts it
His favorite tidbit is tho crab's claw,
which ho swallows M'holo with tho
Tho glowworm lays eggs which, it is
said, are themselves luminous. How
ever, tho young batched from them nro
not possessed of those peculiar proper
tics until nftcr tho first transformation.
A whistling moth is an Australian
rarity. Thero is a glassy space on tho
wings crossed with ribs. When the
moth wantB to whistle, It strikes thcso
ribs with its antonnrc, which have n
knob at the end. The sound Is a lovo
call from tho malo to tho female.
Repaid In Kind.
At a certain ball in tho country tho
other evening a gentleman undertook
to introduce a companion to a young
but somewhat stout lady, who seemed
to bo pining for n dance.
"No, thanks, old fellow. I don't enro
to waltz with a cart"
A "cart" Is understood In tho district
referred to ns n partner who docs not
do her share of tho dancing, but haB to
bo drawn around.
A few evenings later the same young
lady, who had overheard tho conversa
tion, beheld the young man seeking an
Introduction and asking if ho might
hnvo the honor, etc.
"No, thauk you," sho replied. "1 may
bo a cart, but I am not a donkey cnrtl"
The scepter wub tho emblem of pow
er. As the silver wnnd, bo familiar in
cathedrals, was once hollow, containing
the "vlrge" or rod with which chastise
ment was Inflicted upon tho choristers
nnd younger members of the founda
tion, eo tho roynl scepter represented
the right to inflict punishment Henco
tho expression "to Bwny the scepter"
implied tho holding of regal dignity.
Tho scepter with the dove possessed tho
additional signification of the Holy
Ghost, ns controlling the actions of the
sovereign. The same iden wns con
voyed nt Reims by the beautifu. cere
mony of letting loose a number of
doves at the coronation of the French
kings. Good Words.
"You tnlk mighty glib nbout tho cor
ruption in this ward," Interrupted n
sallow faced man In the audience.
"What business is it of yours? Havo
you got any permanent investments in
"Yes, I have!" thundered tho orator.
"Fellow citizens, I once lent that man a
Ho wob not Interrupted again. Chi
Mach For Little.
McJIgger I saw Markley blowing off
that theatrical manager to a ten dollar
Thingumbob Yes, a scheme of his,
and ir worked beautifully. Ho was
working blm for a couple of passes.
Marital Con8dences. t
Mrs. Benham Don't you think I grow
better looking as I grow older?
Benham Yea, and It's really too bad
you can't live as long as they did in
BIblo times. You might then become a
veritable beauty. New York Times.
Briggs It isn't the man who cuts off',
the most coupons who cuts the most1
Griggs He doesn't have to. nis cool
thousands answer well enough for blm.
THE QOLPEN POPPY.
Dasallnsri BIalnjc Bloaaoma That
Greeted the California Pioneer.
Far out at Ben gleaming sheets of
dazzling gold arrested the gaze of tho
early explorers of California. Blazing
nlong the Pacific coast cmbxojdcrlng
the green foothills of the snow' capped
Sierra Madrcs, transforming ncres nnd
acres of treeless plains into royal cloth
of gold, mlllloDH of flowers of silky tex
ture and color of gold fnsclnntcd tho
Spnnlsh discoverers. An eminent bot
anist, Eschscholtz, at onco classified
the plnnt, and his followers conferred
his name upon this tho only native
Dreamlike in beauty, fascinating from
sheer loveliness, spreading in soft un
dulntlons over tho lnnd, tbo California
poppy bloomed above the richest views
nnd arteries of gold tho world has over
known, nil unBiispectqd. A Circe, with
powers, to plense, dnzzlo and chnrm by
its enchantments, while it allures, lulls
nnd mystifies, this llowcr of sleep seem
ed to draw by some oepult process from
the earth tho elixir of gold, unfolding
Its blooms of gold as beacons proclaim
ing, "We nre blooming nbove rich mines
There is ever n mystery about the
poppy. It is u weird flower. It is nl
most sentient, with a Ilfo unknown to
human kind. "While glory guards with
solemn trend tho blvounc of tho dead"
stealthily a sea of gore creeps over tho
old battlefields. Blood red, tho popples
in waves and billows hold high carni
val nbovo tho soil that covcra the slain.
Lord Macaulay says of the battlefield
of Nccrwinden: "Tho summer nfter tho
battle the soil, fertilized by 20,000 dead,
broke forth into millions of blood red
popples. Tho traveler from St. Troud
to TIrlemont who saw that vast field
of rich scarlet stretching from Landen
to Nccnvindcn could hnrdly help fan
cying thnt tho figurative description of
tho Hebrew prophet waa literally ac
complished; that "the earth was dis
closing her blood nnd refusing to cover
her slnln." Baynrd Taylor in "Tbo
Lauds of the Saracen" says he contem
plated with feelings he could not de
scribe "the old battlefields of Syria,
densely covered with blood red pop
ples, blooming In barbaric splendor,
gloating on the goro of soldiers slain."
However interesting tue poppy may
bo to men of sclcuco and to lovers of
tho beautiful, It is yet more so to tho
pcoplo of California. This beautiful,
weird, gold colored flower of gossamer
texturo belongs to California alone.
Nowhere else in tho world has it ever
made its habitat There it is naturally
eo profuse thnt it is relnted ns a fnct
thnt, coming on n turn full face upon
a blooming field of yellow popples, daz
zling in the sunshine, horses hnve been
put to flight ns from flames of fire.
nome and Flowers.
Foods and Appetite.
In some good advice given in print by
a physician the theory held by faddists
in special foods, warranted to perform
marvels of health nnd restoration, is
exploded. "Don't," says thin writer,
"Imagine that you can grow strong on
foods that you dislike. Better fried
ham nnd chocolate cake with a good
appetite than a health cereal with milk
One would hesitate, perhaps, to fol
low strictly the fried ham and choco
late cake dictum to the letter, but it is
undoubtedly true that at the moment
many persona almost Btarve themselveB
because they have no appetite for the
various so called health foods, which
nlone they fnncy they enn ent Abovr
nnd beyond the choice of food is mod
eration in pnrtnking of it and relish for
what is enten. New York Post.
The Cunt and the West.
A man from the west who was re
cently visiting Maine fell into conver
sation with a quiet old farmer on a
train, no wnB full of the grcntuess of
the west nnd tnlked nbout tho big
farms and big crops of his particular
section and wound up by saying, "I
suppose you do manage to pick up a
living on these little Maine farms."
The old Mnlne fnrmer smiled sadly
and replied: "Yes, nnd a few years ago
some of us invested money in your sec
tion, and it is there yet. It was a per
manent investment I guess."
The western man changed tbo con
versation. New York Tribune.
A 1'oUon Without nn Antidote.
Some persons nre advocating a substi
tute for death by electricity and bang
ing. They have advocated poisoning.
Well, uothlng could be more effective
or painless than execution by means of
a capsule filled with hydrocyanic acid.
It might be served without the knowl
edge of the convict and death would
be so sudden and so certain that there
could be no resurrection. A single drop
placed on tbe tongue of a big dog
causes Instant death. A half teaspoon
ful taken by a man will cause him to
drop B8 if struck by lightning. There
Is no antidote.
Long Say, Short, I'd like to
that $10 you borrowed of me
Short Sorry, old man. but I can't
give It to you at the present writing.
Long But you Bald you wanted it
for a little while only.
Short Well, I gavo It to you straight
I didn't keep it half an hour. Chicago
"Your young nephew William ap
pears to think ho knows much more
than ho really does know."
"Yes, he is a Bill that Is stuck up,
but not a Bill that is posted." Boaton
The productiveness of Formosa is so
great that it is believed that the pres
ent population of 2,500,000 could bo
raised to 10,000,000 without exhausting
the fertility of the soil.
Jr Each Floriheim Shoe is a lk
m Receiving Station
B (or the Invisible transmission ot
H comfort. They are faultless
as to finish, style and fit. 9
.V Custom made in 0
yfk everything but ml
Vm price. ml
What Shirt Waists
Go at Some Price.
Get Onr Prices
Our Summer Dress Goods Sale
BELTS ever shown in town. You cannot afford
to pass by the
Clothing and Gents' Furnishing Goods
That are Offered at Such
a Low Price at
We now have the finest panoramic
birds's-eye photo of Alliance ever pro
duced. There are two views one
from the railroad water tank showing
everything north of the tracks; the
other from the standpipe giving main
street and the principal residence por
tion of the city. We will be pleased
to send either view, securely packed,
by prepaid express on receipt of 1.35.
The prints are 6x21 inches, mounted
on the finest x8-ply bevel edgeed car
Small loans on short
time. Bankable paper.
C. E. Marks d? Co.
MoUrtns Bros. Talk Hhoes.
For Two Weeks . . .
j We Will
20 Per Cent Reduction
We carry none but the best
and guarantee you a dollar's
worth of wear for every doiiar
spent with us
Don't Miss This Sale.
The Early Customer Will Find
W. W. Norton's Latest Announcement.
Have Found It
age to Buy of
we Have Left
STILL ON. The prices w
moved a great many.
do not take advantage of this sale.
You must see our BARGAINS IN LACES
to appreciates them.
Just opened up the largest line of LADIES'
ARE PROPRIETORS OP THE
Finest Wines, Liquors and Cigars.
Agent for PltED KRUG BREWING CO.,
EXTRA PALE and Other Popular Brands.
. . IFsirn.Ilsr rad-e Solicited.
Goods Delivered to any part of the city. Come and See Us.
Dray and Transfer Line.
X X HEN
1 11 aoout
The only spring
Make a j
it it you
YOU GO TO LEAVE TOWN, don't worry
wnat 10 ao witn your Housenom uoods,
A. Miller will take charge ot them; store them
a nice, dry and cool place and pack and ship
dray line in the city. .
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