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THE NORTH PLATTE 8EMI.WEEKLY TRIBUNE.
111 Tit .
INSTRUCTIVE FOR THE BOYS
.Many Pretty Things May Be Con
structed by Skillful Use of Toy
Steel, Just Put on Market.
Toy structural stool, from which an
ingenious boy may build anything
that a real onglneor would make out
of real steel members, la now being
.-widely advertised und Is a feature of
tho holiday exhibits. Somo of the
things that may bo constructed in lit
tlo by the skillful uso of this material
are bridges, derricks, engines any
thing, in fact, from a toy wagon to n
miniature printing-press. A writer in
the American Exporter (Now York)
commonds this as a realization of the
young mechanic's idea to "build some
thing himself." Tho hoy with a mo
chnnical mind, ho says, is seldom
satisfied with whop toys. Ho would
A Derrick Quilt of Toy Structural
a hundred times rather take a ham
mer and nails, and with what odds
and ends he can find work out some
Idea of his own than to possess a
whole houseful of ready-made locomo
tives and lire-engines, which, to his
critical eye, lack many important de-,
tails. The, writer goes on:
"These outfits .consist of strips of
Bteel varying in length and having
hol6s punched at equal distances from
end to end. Included in these sets are'
also gears, pinions, pulleys, flanged
wheels, axles, beams, etc., which give
tho hoy all the parts necessary to
build up almost any kind of a minia
ture machine. Tho strips are hold to
gether by means of small screws and
nutB, and the structures that can bo
built In this? way in a remarkably
short space of time by any boy aro de
clared to bo surprisingly real in ap
pearance. The various metal strips
are formed in imitation of structural
steel beams, and tho young engineer
in this' way acquires a knowledge of
the strength of materials ai.d ele
mentnry engineering practice which
many weeks of study from books
would probably fail to Impress upon
his mind. Ilo also becomes familiar
with the forms of many of tho well
known works of engineering and ac
quires a knowledge of the subject
which cannot fail to bo of great value
to him in later years, oven though he
may not follow the engineering pro
fession. "Each piece of. material ... Is
nicely finished with smooth edges and
rounded corners and nearly all tho
parts aro nickel-plated. Everything
which the boy would require is sup
plied with the outfit, even to a quan-
Ferris Wheel Made From Toy Steel
tlty of good stout string for even this
Is not always obtainable in tho home.
A complete manual of Instruction is
alho furnished with each set, which
flliowa cuts of SO different models
that can be built.
'Small motors, countershafts and
tranafouners, also supplied, enable
jlhw to to construct his own power
William was sitting disconsolately
on tho front porch with n pleco of
twine fastened to a looso tooth and
hanging down out of his mouth.
What's the matter. Willie?" asked
little Annnbelle, who lives across the
' My tooth is loose," said William.
"And what Is the suing hanging out
of your mouth for?"
'The string is fnatenod to tho
"Oil," tho little Kill roturued, "I
thought your tongue wass tied."
LITTLE JIM WAS INTERESTED
Not In Wonderful Deeds of Hero In
8tory Teacher Was Reading, But
In Her Crooked Tooth.
You could havo heard a pin drop In
tho kindergarten that morning. Miss
Mary was telling a story to bo true,
but all was so quiet that oven Iter
voico hnd taken on a subdued tone.
Jlmmlo was sitting next to Miss
Mary, and in nddltlon to Jlmmlo thoro
wore 44 other children in tho morning
circle, nil breathless over tho wonder
ful horo of this story of knighthood.
It might havo been an accident that
Jlmmlo sat there. Again, It might
havo boon a scheme worked my Miss
Mary herself, for Jlmmlo nover lis
tened to stories.
Acrobatic performances, such as
using only one leg of a chair, pinching
his neighbor unawares, or tying tho
plait of tho little girl next to him to
tho back of her chair, wero all moro
deslrnblo forms of entortalnment, ac
cording to Jlmmie's idea. In the
above-mentioned chnir ho at loast
seemed safer, and thoro as a baro
chance- that ho would listen.
"Ah." thought Miss Mnry. "I havo
found tho kind of stories that appeals
to Jlmmie. Ho likes this bocnuso tho
horo to bravely overcopics gravo dif
ficulties. Tho high ideals hold up havo
aroused him. I must be careful to
choose this sort of story in tho fu
ture." Sho grow more dramatic as sho con
tinued, and tho children more tense.
Sho felt Jlmmio's eyes fastened on her
face, and know thnt he sat motionless
as he watched her. Could it he possi
ble that this was to be tho turning
point of her earner with him? Up to
this tirao ho had seemed a hopeless
case. Sho felt eager to reach tho end,
for surely she would got some Inter
esting response. Nover had sho seen
Jlmmie so interested, nnd sho believed
ho would express himself about tho
She had becomo so tense herself in
her interest that thero was an audible
sound all around tho circle as sho said
tho last word. Then, oh joy, Jimmie
was going to speak. What would It
be? Perhaps a resolution to bo like
this hero, perhaps but this is what
ho really said:
"Gee, Miss Mary, thnt crooked tooth
of yours suro does look ugly when
BUILDING BLOCKS OF SNOW
German Novelty Placed on Market for
Amusement of Children In Con
struction of Forts.
An ingenious no'volty on tho Ger
man market is an adjustable wooden
form, of the kind used in concrete
Building Wall of Snow Blocks.
molding, by means of which children
can construct blocks of snow for vari
ous kinds of snow structures, such as
Eskimo igloos, castles, forts and tho
Iljko, says the Popular Machnnics. Tho
manner of using tho forms Is simply
to fill them with snow and tamp it
ENGLISH AND AMERICAN BOYS
New Haven Educator's Surprising
Statement to London Times Opin
ion Entitled to Weight.
Georgo L. Fox of Now Haven, who
has been an educator In that city for
a long series of years and a student
of school conditions In tho English
public schools for tho last 20 years,
has made tho discovery that tho aver
age English schoolboy nt tho ago of
nineteen years Is two years farthor ad
vanced In ills studies than tho aver
ago American schoolboy at tho samo
ago and about tho equal of tho nver
ago Gorman boy of the same ago, tho
Hartford Times states. As, Mr. Fox
has arrived at this conclusion after
having become a veteran master In
American schools and nfter having
personally visited two scoro or moro
English schools, his opinion Is entitled
to weight, notwithstanding It Is un
complimentary to tho American sys
tem. In a lotter to tho London Times Mr.
Fox explains tho methods by which ho
made his deductions, and It is a satis'
faction to note that his purposo In
writing the nrticlo was not to condemn
tho American system, but to glvo
pralso whoro ho believes It to bo due.
FACT AND FANCY.
Of two evils why chooso either?
A gold key will open any lock.
Zanzibar Ivory is the best.
Extremes moot, but they nro seldom
on speaking terms.
Any landscape architect can make
you an echo to order.
It's never too lato to mend nor to
President Wilson is fond of music,
but has a poor voice.
It Is not true that tho colonel in
tends to change tho name of his Oys
ter Hay residence to "Tho Nutsholl."
Kansas has tho world's biggest ap
ple orchard a 67,000 aero one.
Tho breath of a scandal Is an ill
wind that blows nobody nny good.
HIS WOMANLY WIFE
By ELIZABETH SEARS.
Dorothy Marshall sunk back in tho
big, cushioned, bamboo chair boforo
hor driftwood flro with a sigh of con
tent Sho hold a package of buslnoss
papers In hor hands. Dorothy always
dreaded business details. It would bo
a real relief when Thurston Bhould
take It all off hor lunula. Meantime
tho flro snnpped and tho embers
Sho was tired. Positively worn ouL
Thurston had upset her so that aftor
noon. Ho had been ho Impetuous and
sho was not used to scenes. Sho
dropped the papers In her lap and
clasped her hands behind her head.
She loved tho fragrant smell of burn
ing wood. She loved to watch the
dancing, brilliant flame thnt nothing
but driftwood could produce.
She hold out hor dainty toes to tho
heat and lazily congratulated herself,
no sho admired them, that sho had
never adopted tho mannish styles
olther of dress or of manners that so
many women did. Tom hud nover ap
proved of It.
Her clinging black dross hung in es
sentially feminino nnd well-built lines
as sho sat thero; but It wns not at all
becoming. Sho did not look well In
black, yet sho had worn It faithfully,
even devotodly, over Blnco Tom's
Her mother had spoken her mind
plainly about it.
"You look like a fright In blnck,"
sho had said, with the brutal frank
ness which Is permissible to rela
tives. "Tom himself would not wish
it if he knew how unbecoming It was."
Thurston had eaid almost the earao
thing that afternoon when ho had
asked hor to marry him in a month
and go with him to Japan.
"Tom himself would wish you to
be happy," ho hud urged. Sho loved
Thurston with every fiber of her bo
Ing, but he was a man and could not
understand her feelings about It.
Tom would wish her to be happy.
That was just It. if he had been
a bruto or anything of that sort, it
would bo different. lie had been
moro than good to her, always. Sho
remembered, with a choko In her
throat, all his affectionate little
Thurston was not always qulto
reasonable. He had shown more than
a trace of a horrid temper. Ho had
heeu unneqossnrily severe when ho
had denounced her reasons for dolay
as absurd, quixotic, unreasonable.
Surely It was not unreasonable to
wish to show proper respect to one's
Thurston, too, had reminded her
of the fact that she had been a
widow moro than n year; that sho had
mourned her husband faithfully and
with sincere grief.
Sho felt a thrill of conscious virtue
nt the thought. Not many women
would have worn black so constantly
and so long when it wns so unbecom
ing. She had really been very fond of
Tom. Not, of course, as she loved
Thurston; no ono could expect it. They
wero so different. Sho could not help
but love Tom. Ho had been so good
to her. Ho had loved her so com
pletely. "I had his every thought," she mur
mured. She remembered the day he
had brought her homo tho very chair
she sat In, especially for her comfort.
And even when he hnd gone to Japan
that time ho had been so worried
about leaving her. Sho had wanted
to go. She hnd always longed to see
Japan, but Tom had been so tied down
with that tiresome business ho had
thought the trip might not be pleasant
for her. Dut he had promised to go
again just to take hor, the dear boy.
Tho Grantleys had gono In tho samo
steamer. Mrs. Grantley had told her
how worried and bUBy poor Tom had
been. If sho had knovn the Grantleys
wero going at thattlmo sho would
havo gono too. She would havo en
joyed the trip with them even if Tom
had beon too busy and occupied to
take hor about. Dear Tom. Ho had
never encouraged hor Intimacy with
Holon Grantley. Sho was not his stylo
of woman, though she was undeniably
handsome and brilliant in a Cleopatra
sort of way. Sho was so popular with
most men. Hut Tom could never bear
any woman who made hersolf notice
able In any way.
"No woman over suited him so well
as his brown-eyed, womanly wife."
How often ho had said that. Tom had
nover dropped his loving ways. True,
they had been married but two years,
but she had known men who had beon
positively coarse to their wives in far
les tlmo than that.
It was so odd thnt Thurston would
not undorstiind tho way she felt. It
would bo so mean, so disloyal to
poor Tom to forgot him so soon. No
not to forget him, exactly; sho
would nover do thut but to live and
bo happy and bo loved whllo he
no, docldedly, Thurston must wait.
Men wero so selfish, tho beat of
"If you love mo," Thurston had
said, "do not allow a mistaken Im
pulse of couselcnco to keep us apart."
Conscience! It was but a simplo act
of justice to tho dead. Tom would
havo been Inconsolablo if it had been
sho who had died. Ho hnd so often
told her she had filled his life so com
pletely, How angry Thurston had looked
when she had refused to marry him
so soon. Still sho had never admired
him qulto eo much iu hen he had
gono away with that i,...ck frown on
his hnndt'Omu face. Ho hud slammed
tho door, too, One only slam a door
as a last rorrL
How fortunnto sho was to be lovod
by two good mon. It was so puz
zling to know Just how to docldo.
Of course if Thurston lnBlstod ho
might shorten tho wnlUng six
A cinder snapped and flow out on
hor knee. Sho roused herself to n
realizing senso or her surroundings.
Slio shivered and sho listened to tho
mufllcd fall of tho Bnow against tho
window and seomed suddenly cold.
A mysterious, hardly defined senso
ns of some overwhelming emotion,
exhilarating nnd yet depressing.
Burgod through hor.
Sho half roso as tho feeling be
came strougor, moro tense. Sho
seemed, wnltlng waiting for a docl
olve blow to fall. Tom Thurston
Japan. All wero revolving through
her nnd about hor In a raging Hood
of sensntlon. Tho papers dropped
from her nerveless hands.
"I havo been half nsleop, mooning
over the (lie," sho said, nervously,
rising and trying to shako off tho
strange Influence that possessed her.
"1 am all unstrung. I will not look
at these papers tonight."
She crossed the room to her desk.
It wns Tom's desk, and sho loved
to uso It because of that. Sho drew
out a drawer in it sharply. It was
ono sho Boldom used. A little bun
dle dropped from a recess behind It.
"My picture," sho said, wonUering
Jy. as sho bent to tnko It out. "Dear
Tom, ho always kept my pictures
and my lottors."
Her oyes glowed with tender tears.
"If I loved Thurston twlco as much
I would still bear your nnuio a llttlo
longer, dear, after this," sho mur
mured, softly, holding tho bundlo to
A moment later sho stood as If
carved from pulsatiHg wax. Sho had
seen tho face in tho picture. It was
not her face. Staring boldly back
Into her startled oyes was tho laugh
ing face of Helen Grantley. She
opened the letters. Ah! what they ro
vealed. A surging wavo of fierce, uncon
trolled anger swayed through her.
It was the anger which comes to a
woman whon sho first learns that
sho hns been deceived whero alio has
loved and trusted. Sho crushed and
bent the smiling llns In tho nlcturo
as her clenched hand boat impotent
ly at tho empty air.
Tho flames in tho dying fire flashed
up once, twice, as they greedily
wrapped about tho food sho flung
them. Sho looked at tho calendar
on the desk and made a rnpld cal
culation. Then sho v.roto a note.
"Hut not to Japan," sho thought,
bitterly, as sho sealed and addressed
It. "Nover there."
rCopyrlglit, by Dally Story Pub. Co.)
MURDER TRIALS IN HOLLAND
In Many Respects Dutch System of
Jurisprudence Has an Advan-
tage Over Ours.
A learned nnd cnpablo jurist has as
serted that tho French method of
legal procedure, which, contrary to
our own, presumes an indicted per
son guilty until ho Is proven innocent,
comes nearer dispensing actual jus
tlco than our own system. Dut in
Holland tho courts havo, In Bomo re
spects, a better system than that of
tho French. Tho accused In every
case hns tho benefit of tho doubt, nnd
circumstantial ovldcnco as tho only
foundation for a pica of conviction
Is In disfavor.
Tho Dutch do not hnvo juries, nnd
there is no battlo of wits among coun
sel. All questions, whether by tho
prosecution or thonttornoy for tho
accused, aro put to tho witness
through tho judgo nftor ho has
weighed tho jiiBtlco of tho inter: oga
tion. This featuro of their system
has some pronounced advantages over
our own. It eliminates tho practice of
confusing tho witness or tho accuso.l
by misleading questions. It renders
Impossible tho abominable practice in
our courts known as tho "browbeat
ing" of witnesses, which unfortunatoly
is permitted to an extent that cause's
tho intelligent observer's blood to boll
at times becauso of Its unfairness nnd
cruelty. It makes tho solemn busl
nosB of dispensing justlco a common
trado Instead of a heavenly vocation.
Tried to Stay Good.
Sho was angry, and her faco re
vealed tho fact.
"What Is tho matter, dear?" said
her husband, ns ho entered the kitch
"You soe that?" sho replied vehe
mently, as sho raised a mixing bowl
in which sho had just broken an egg.
"That Is tho second bad egg I havo
found today. I believe Jim Fletcher
keops all tho bad ones ho gets In his
old store for mo!"
"Well, you shouldn't got angry
about It, Nellie," said her husband
soberly. "You ought to havo moro
"Sympathy!" she echoed. "What
do you mean? Sympathy for Jim
"No, for tho eggs," ho replied
"Think how long they must have
boon tryln' to bo good." Llpplncott's
New York 300 Years Old.
It Is just threo hundred years since
tho llrst houses, or rather huts, wero
built by whlto mon on Manhattan Is
land. A llttlo later tho llrst vessel ever
built by whlto men on this continent
was successfully launched. Arrango
ments aro bolng mado by tho Hol
land Society of Now York to celobrato
this torcontonnry. Tho first houses
Btood whoro now Is tho Hamburg
American Lino Iluildlng No. 45 Hroad
way, and the llrst shipyard wns near
by. Tho first vessel was called the
Onrust or Restless. It was 44 feet 0
Inches In length.
SAYS TEUTONS FRIENDS OF UNCLE SAM
tOTf )" ' 5?
American Interests clash, nor In tho future do I soo any point whoro tho lliids
of our development should cross each other In an Inimical way.
"In the United States Uvo nbout 12,000,000 Germans. Among theso Is a
crowing efTort since tho foundation of tho Gormnn-Amerlcan National Union
in 1001, whllo remaining loyal to their now Fatherland, to k,eep up tholr rela
tlons with their old homo nnd to strengthen them. So long an politics horo
mil In tho United States aro In cnlm hands, and overdone oxprcsslons of
friendship us well ns nervous feelings In connection with occasional frictions
tro avoided nnd thoso things happen now nnd then In economical matters
wo need not havo nny fears as to our relations with tho United States.
Hero aro some interesting facts re
garding Hugh L. Scott, who porsuad
od tho Navnjoes not to go on the war
Molo Tequop, tho man who talks
with his hands, rodo into tho nrmed
Micnmpment of tho warllko Navajoos
on Uoautlful mountain, Colorado. Ilo
fodo alono except for ono old Navajo
scout who had gone out to moot him
40 miles nway from United States sol
diers who had beon sent out after tho
two-wifo men hud jumped tho Ship
rock agency, two weeks before.
Thoro was considerable concern
about thoso Indlnns, not only in tho
country where they wero, but at Wash
ington. Tho Nnvajoes are good fight
ers. Thoso men wero woll nrmed nnd
their hearts were bitter because some
body had tried to break up their polyg
They had said they wero ready to
fight until they were killed, and Just
at this tlmo troops along tho southern
rdgo or tho United States aro moro Interested in other things thnn mnking
good Indians out or bad Indlnns.
Molo Tequop rodo Into this camp nlono. as has been said, and tho chlofa
called for a powwow. Hours lator ho rodo out or camp, this tlmo with an cs
Vort of old men. That night tho Navajoos began to straggle back to tho
ugoncy to surrender, satisfied with what tholr visitor had told them and rely
ing upon his udvico.
Molo Tequop Is the Indian namo for Hrlgndier General Hugh L. Scott, com
mnnding tho Second brigade of cavalry of the southern department.
General Scott is a Kentucklan and was graduated from West Point In 1S7C
If nsi.mwl t.n ,... .n.l.nHn nn,..r.na
Bamo Bubjoct, unknown, of courso, to each othor. Theso speeches wero not
delivered In tho house, but wero given In full In the Congressional Record un
der tho prlvilego or leave to print. Each was a lino, convincing array or fucts.
"Hut," added Spenkor Clark, "tho only troublo was that tho bureau had
sent tho same speech to both mon."
HQBSON'S BRIDEGROOM STORY
Representative Richmond P. Hob
son clnlmed. In an Interview, that tho
words "bitter attack," which wero used
to describe his recent debate In tho
house, woro an oxuggerutlon
"I'll admit," ho said, "that this dis
cussion was rathor heated, and I'll ad
mit that noithor my opponent nor my
self paid each other many compll
monts. Hut political controversies sel
dom yield components "
Tho horo of the Morrlmuc smiled
"It is in situations llko tho young
Alabama bridegrooms," ho continued,
"thnt wo must look for the perfect
compliment, and bore It Is:
"A young A'nbania bridegroom
asked tho clergyman who had just
married him what tho feo would bo.
" 'Oh, well,' said tho other, not
knowing tho young man's circum
stances, 'you can pay mo whatever
you think It's worth.'
"Turning, tho young fellow looked
his brldo ovor from head to foot, and
then, rolling his oyos, ho ronUod, mournfully:
" 'Why, yah, you has ruined mo for llfo, you has for suro." M
Prlnco von Ruolow's references to
tho relations of tho United States and
Gormnny in ono of tho chapters of tho
hook on "Gormnny Under tho Itolgn of
William II.," In which ho donls with
German policy, show how much tho
former Imperial chancellor valued tho
friendship of the Amorlcan govern
ment nnd people. Ho says, In pnrt:
"During tho Spnnlsh-Amorlcun war
a portion of German public opinion
displayed strong sympathy for Spain,
nnd this wns not ngreeablo to tho
United States, Tho manner In which
incidents that occurred between tho
Gormnn nnd American fleets nt Manila
wore made tho most of In a portion of
tho English nnd American press nlio
cast a cloud ovor the rolatlons of G r
many and tho United States.
"From tho point of vlow of sensible
policy thero is no reason why Gor
mnny and tho United States should
not bo on tho best of torms. I do not
boo nny point whoro Gorman and
OFF A YARN
In tho house clonkroom nt Wash
ington tho othor day boiho ono heard
Speaker Clark telling a good story
about two momborB. It scorns that
thero flourished hero in town a fow
years ago a literary bureau which
furnished spoakors with facts or oven
whole sermons nnd spoochos. Tho
lino of "dopo" was guaranteed to fit
nnytbing from a Chlneso wedding to
a Masonic funornl.
Somo or tho congressmen availed
themselves or this chanco to drink of
tho waters or learning without tho
troublo of oven getting a dippor, and
tho bureau flourished, turning out
productions of nil kinds and sorts nt
Tho samo bureau omployo would
wrlto a violent attack on tho tariff
bill, and then, In a fow hours, ho
would train his guns on his lato
friends. Llko tho Hessians, tho writer
worked for pay not glory.
Hut ono day ho mot his Wnterloo.
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