The North Platte semi-weekly tribune. (North Platte, Neb.) 1895-1922, February 20, 1914, Image 2
THE NORTH PLATTE 8EMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE. PRACTICAL JOKE 4 L$ w OSTKIUTY sees a BtifTr formal pic ture of Washington standing lit tho bow of n boat crossing tho Doluwnro amid floating blocks of Ico on that memorable Christums night, to light tho battlo which turned tho tldf of the revolution in tho right direction Hut no painter could dellncato tlio heroism of tho actual scene Ills men were ragged half i .iked ItosIdoH tho running Ice In tho river, thero was a blinding blizzard, nnd It was so bitter cold that tho chief loss on the American sldo was of tho men who, though Inuied to pioneer hardships, froze to death that nwful night. Did General Washington stand In his boat in that clangorous current during a drllng storm nnd staro pompously at the opposite shore? Not he Instead of that, he "sat tight" nnd cajoled tho men, using every device that might make them forget their terrible situation; oven telling them a facetious story, which, coming from him, star tled them, sot their blood tingling and made them oblivious to tho cold and dangers around them That was tho grandest deed in tho military atrat ugem which made Frederick tho Great of Prussia, and, Indeed, tho whole world, wonder at tho genius of Washington. Nearly every ono knowB the outside of tho Rtory of tho slego of Hoston by tho new com-mandcr-in-chlcf, who had come to tho continental congress as a wealthy Virginia colonel, nnd his nondescript crowd of raw recruits, wholly unused not only to military discipline, but jtven to mill tnry jforms. Hut few know of the transcendent bluff General Washington had to put up when he discovered that thero wero but a few rounds of gunpowder In tho possession of tho wholo Ameri can army, whllo tho Hritlsh were amply supplied with ammunition and might sally forth any hour ngalnst tho American "Irregulars." J "Some ono had blundered.', Many a com-' mander would have shown up tho Improvident oIllcerB who had that mattor In chargo and pco vluhly thrown tip the command as ridiculously Im possible. Hut General Wnbhlngton did not tell his most trusted officers of the excruciating dllomma he found himbolf In. He know tho awful secrot would spread If known lo a few, and tho gront causo of Justice might bo lo3t. Ho began quietly to scour tho country for gunpowder. Ho soon found that tho nearest place at which any quan tity could bo had was in a magazlno on the island of Hermudn. To got that required n secrot expe dition, much hnzurd and many weeks; but Wash ington's norvo was equal to tho fearful strain. During that long, tense Interval tho American troops wore working away upon tho fortifications, proparlng for a grand attack. Meanwhile tho young commander-in-chief was cntortnlnlng hospitably at his headquarters, tho Cralgo man sion, now best known as "Longfellow's Homo," in Cambridge. Ab a pleasant diversion, "Lady" Washington, then ono of tho wealthiest women in America, canto to visit tho general, and all tho countryBldo was agog ovor hor coach-nnd-four with bIx black postllloiiB In whlto nnd scnrlet livery. Even the Hritlsh, cooped up in Hoston, wero Im pressed by tho resources nnd apparent confldenco of tho American gonernllsslnto. Whllo ono expedition was gono to Hormuda for powder, General Knox, with a small forco. Hticcoeded In bringing a number of cannon sev eral hundred miles on ox sleds in midwinter from Port Tlconderogn. In thoso "times that tried men's souls" It was Washington's Iron nerve, supported by his broad sense of humor, sometimes scintillating with a radiance worthy of a Franklin or a Lincoln, which saved the day. This waB only ono of mnny occasions on which Washington had to 'light out tho revolution alone. A frlond of Lincoln's onco said of him, "Tho president's laugh Is his life-preserver." This was truer of Washington than any ono seems to have realized in a day when strict gravity without lovlty, was expoctod of public characters. To laugh or to seo the humorous sldo of an Incident was considered the sign of a frivolous dlsposl tlon. Washington's early biographers wero soloinn moil To have- told in their books how much tholr ltero laughed would have- bcen.Jn tholr opinion, wantonly exposing his weakness to public gaze. Won like- "Parson" Wcoms, ronegndo prencher and tramp fiddler though ho was, had beon brought up to think that laughing was "worse than wick ed It was vnlgnr!" In strnlnlng to make their ltero appear to have been n demigod, thoso pedan tic biographers related not what Georgo Wash ington really did, but what they Imagined such n boy or man ought to hnvo done undor glvon con ditions. Wnshlngton would have laughod heartily at "Wooins" hotchet-and-cherry-troo story If ho had evor heard It which he never did, for It was not invented till u lutor edition of tho erring rector's Juvonllo history, six yents after Washington's death. Yet tho real hero of tho chorry-troo fic tion would hnvo found it the occasion of gravity jib well as mirth. In tho stilted story of "Llttlo Cloorgo nnd His Pa," Weems was only carrying 'out tho ldon of his time; to tell not what tho small boy actually did, but what the consummate llttlo prig ho conceived little George Wnshlngton to have boon would hnvo done If ho had cut down hla father's favorlto cherry troo If llttlo Georgo Washington had been tho Insuf ferable llttlo prig described by Mr. Wooiiib, his half-brothers would not hnvo loved hltn hotter than tholr own brothers, or tholr own children, for Hint matter. His early life was fuller of oy cltlng experiences than any fiction. Vol the llfo of young Washington Is yet to bo told as an ad vonturo story Even In his quaint llttlo dlarlos ho early discloses a lively sense of humor -sav-ago humor sometimes, but broad uud boyish. Ho uhowod this by telling only tho Jokoa ngalnst him Holf. When ho wns a lad of Blxteen ho led a Bur joying party o lay out the lands of his old frlond, Lord Fairfax, In tho wlldorness of tho Shonan doah. Hero Is one of his own experiences us n 'tonderfoot," recorded on Tuesday, Murch 1C, 3717-8: "We got our Suppers & wns lighted Into a ltoom, and 1, not bolttg so good a Woodsman as yo rest of my company, stripped mysolf vory or derly, & went Into yo Hed, as they callod It, when to my surprlso 1 found It to bo nothing but a Jlttlo straw matted togothor without sheets or anything else- but ono threadbare blanket, with doublo Its weight of Vermin, such nH Lice, Fleus, &c. "I wub glad to got up (as soon as yo light was eurrlod from us) I put ou my Clothes und lay as AS km M Jiff rwf"f jrSjGj&Cu, Jg&t mPmy jflf- J mf A h my Coinpnnlons. Ilad wo not been very tired, I am suro we should not have slept much that night." Tho next night ho related that they "had a good dinner & a good Feather Hed, which was a very agreeablo regale." In describing an Indian war dance, he went, on, "Some liquor elevating their Spirits put them In yo Humor of Dnunclng. Yo bcBt Dnuncer Jumped about yo ring In a most cornicle Mnnnor!" Othors ol that wilderness gang told a story of tho boy surveyor which ho was too modest to rela e about himself how young Georgo turned tho tables on Dig Hoar, the wily chief, who wits in the hnbit of holding out his sinewy hand with seeming friendly Intent nnd snylng, Indian fash ion, "How?" Won to the unsuspecting white man whoso hand Hlg Hoar seized la his torrlbto grasp, while ho laughed In savage glco at the pale faco's angulshod contortions. Young Wnshlngton had boon warned In tlmo. Ho had a huge, strong hand of his own nnd know a trick or two that ltd thought ho would llko to try on that Indian's wiry claw It ho could Just got the right hold. His nhnnco came soon enough for Hlg Heat, who presented a seotningly nmlcablo paw with an Innocent "How?" Tho young surveyor solzod the Indian's hand with such friondly enthslusm thnt Hlg Hear did nit . agonizing llttlo dance "In a vory comical manner," whllo the spectators, both whlto and roil, stood by and shouted with gleo to seo the cruel savngo caught In his own trap. Never again did Hlg Hear show such sollcltudB for tho honltlfbf Geoigo Washington. At tho ago of twenty Georgo wns the chosen envoy to carry a "notice to quit" front tho gov ernor of Virginia to tho Fronch commnndor on camped In tho Ohio roglou. Ho wrote In his Jour nal of that expedition concerning tho supper given him by tho Fronch and Indlnns nt tho fort at Ven ango: "The wlno, as thoy dosed themselves pretty plentifully with It, soon banished tho rostralnt which at first appeared In tho conversation, and gave a llconso to tholr tongues to roveal tholr sentiments tnoro freely. They told mo that It was their absolute design to tako possession of the Ohio and by O they would do It!" At the Fronch fort, while nwnltlng the com mandant's roply, tho young onvoy from Virginia played a diplomatic gatno for tho friendship of tho Indian's When tho French piled tho Indians with liquor, joting Washington promised them guns; and the gatno of diplomacy, seasonod with snvugo siuico, went on botweon tho grlzzlod chevalier, old In the arts of war und duplicity, and the young Virginia major, who possessed common sonso and humor withal After tho awful slaughtor or Fort Dtiquesno, Into which ho hnd ruBhert lront a bed of fovor, In a vain nttonipt to save Hraddock and his nrmy, Mnjor Washington was loft In commnnd of the scattered forces. At this tlmo ho wrote to his brother "Jack" n lottor, which at least suggests Mark Twain's attitude toward the "grossly exag gerated" story of his own donth: "Forth Cumberland, 18 July, 1755 "Dear Hrothor; As I havo hoard, since my ar rival at this placo, a clrcumstnntlnl account of my death and dying speech, I tnko this enily oppor tunity of contradicting tho first, and of assuring you that I havo not as yet composed the latter. HAIR ORNAMENTS OF RICH DESIGN IN FAVOR TODAY Hut by the all-powerful dispensations of Provl "donee I have been protected beyond all human probability and expectation, for 1 had four bullets through my coat nnd two horses shot under mo, yet escaped unhurt, altho' death was leveling my companions on every sldo of me! "Wo havo beon most scandalously beaten by a trifling body of men, but fatlguo and want of tlmo will prevent mo from giving you tho details, until I have tho hnppiness of seeing jou at Mount Vernon. GEORGE." War Is not supposed to develop tho latent sense of humor In a commanding general, but Washing ton's wit never forsook him His successful strata gems wero llttlo tnoro than practical Jokes' raised to tho highest power. Thoy always "worked," and then ho waited, laughing in his military sleove, while his fat-witted enemies tried to play his own tricks back on hint. Even In hla retreats and escnpes from the Hritish as at Long Island and before Princeton ho laughed and kicked up nimblo heels In the face of tho sursulng enemy. It wna whllo his headquattets wero In Jersey that Washington perpetrated tho gront Jersey Joke still perpetuated by so many millions. Ho told an English travoler named Weld that he "was never so much annoyed by mosquitoes, for thoy used to bito through tho thickest boot." When the war was over tho victorious com mnnder entertained the vanquished gonernl, Lord Cornwnllis, at dinner, with some of tho loaders among tho French allies. Washington presided. In calling for toaBts, Cornwallis, with an oblivi ousness of tho changed conditions that was truly English, proposed "Tho King of England" as a subject for high praise. Tho other guestB wore In consternation Would tho presiding gonlus, on whose very head King George had set a prlco, resent this as an insult? "The King of England," announced the toast mnster general, raising his glass. The guests gazed at hltn, transfixed with astonishment. "Lone may ho,"contlnuod Wnshlngton. "Long may ho stay there1' Ho pronounced tho last two words in a stage whisper, with a Bhrug and a rueful grimace which mado all the company, Including Lorn Cornwnllis, who now saw his mlstnke, applaud with hearty laughter: and Washington's ready humor had prevented a disagreeable complication. After tho Revolution, Washington wns permit ted tho long-coveted happiness of living peacefully under his "own vino und figtroo." as ho callod it hundreds of times In ns many letters. It Is a great mistake to think thnt his llfo at Mount Vernon was either stnlo or stilted Nelly Custls, his adopt ed dnughter, Is authority for the statement that retired gonernl was alwnys full of gaoty and good spirits, surrounding himself with young peo ple's company, enpoylng their lively conversation, "particularly the Jokes," as ho once said. Nolly wont bo far as to claim that she found no ono quite so willing to keop paco with hot- own ex trnvagant spirits as hor dear, delightful old fos ter father How Washington did enjoy his homo when he was finally permitted to .stay there! Mount Vor non wna a Meqca for pilgrims, front nil over tho world. Ho onco wrote to Tobias Lear, "UnloBs some one pops in unexpected- Mrs. Washington and myself will do what I bellovo has not within tho last 20 years been dono by us thnt Is, to sit down to dinner by ourselveal" THEItE Is no abatement in tho lik ing for ornaments for the hair Thero is a good deal of talk about the return of the high coiffure, but tho last fow years have shown women tho beau ty of well-chosen, and weli-doBlgned hnlr ornaments, nnd no colffuro can put them in the background without a good deal of a struggle. The famous French dressmakers, realizing tho scope their genius might have in hair ornaments, havo turned their attention to designing some of much beauty. One ornament that makes use of tho butterfly is mado of tiny black Jet disks mounted on black wire. Tho butterfly measures about four inches front tip to tip of his half-opcnod wings. Ho Is perched on a bnndeau made of the little Jet disks strung to gether solidly n bandeau about two Inches wide. Tho butterfly Is perched at tho base .of a full back aigrette made up of halt a dozen tall, slender spikes Another buttertly Is mndc If Irides cent pink sequins This butterfly Is bigger thnn the black ono described. Each wing measures a couple of Inches. Hut It Is so graceful In color and form that it is In no way too heavy for tho hair it adprns. It Is fastened to a twisted ribbon bandeau studded with the pink sequins. Abovo the butterfly riso threo tiny pink plumes, deeper at the tips than at the base shading from pale bluish pink to deep rose. Whether plumes ns hat trimming gain grent favor or not tills season and Paris hns been trying to reintroduce their use on hats they doubtless will bo much used for hair ornaments. Tho American shops show their hair ornaments of good design and little cost their appeal to tho average wom an's sense of economy, as well ao to her sense of beauty. The most ef fectlvo of these ornaments are doubt less either black, white or black and white combincdJ-rhinestones for tho ornaments. Nowhere in women's dress does it look so graceful and suitable as on her hair. Its lightness and delicacy make It a fitting crown to a dainty coiffure. Jet and rhinestones combined are brilliant in effect. One especially good ornament shows good-sized rhinestones arranged alternately with cut Jet beads of the same size. They are set In a platinum band, in three tiers, and the band is made to extend all around the head. Where it fastens on the left side thero is a soft, fluffy group of whlto feathers of almost downy appearance and texture. A dainty ornament for a young girl is made of silk apple blossoms and pink aigrettes. The ornament Is thrust Into the hair at a smart angle by means of a tortoise shell hairpin. Tho apple blossoms, in natural colors somo dozen of thorn aro grouped about the baso of some soft pink, waving feathers. Tho contrast be tween tho somewhat stiff blossoms nnd tho soft, waving feathers is good. TAKE CARE OF THE GLOVES Length of Service and General Pre sentablllty Depend on Way They Are Handled. Too much cannot be said about tho necessity for proper caro In removing gloves from the hands, for upon this more than anything else doponds tho length of tlmo a pair of gloves will wear. After unfastening the glovo it should bo turned back over the hand as far as tho fingers, and then should bo pushed off without pulling on the fingers of tho glove at all, as when this Is dono the threads of tho sowing aro broken, and in n short time bogln to rip. After tho glovo is off the hands the fingers should bo gently straightened put, tho gloves smoothed into shape, nnd put Into a box to keop them from the air as much as possible, as it is the air and the moisture In it that rot the fine thread with which a glovo is sown. Elaborate Fichus. Fichus aro worn either inside or ottt-t side the dress. They are mado of shadow laco or plain whlto net. One, In black net, Is trimmed with a black; satin bow run through a pearl bucklo at the bottom. Another hns a plain) white Medici collnr and Jabot trlmmedj with white ball buttons. A more elab-1 orate fichu is made of Bilk shadow" lace with standing collar. The newest ruff is worn either standing or flat. Thero aro threerows of plaited net on a ribbon band, the: ends of which are tied in four-ln-hand. A chic looking ruff is made of black I net and white mallno; tho black Is' edged with picot and the ribbon ends, aro plain. Tho moro extreme styles ate very full and stand high. Ono is of white mallne with black picot edge, a molro bow in black and long molro ends in front. Fur Chin Straps. The modo for wearing chin straps of silk or velvet with tho small hats of the present day has been In voguo for some tlmo, but among the latest arrivals In the millinery world aro wide brimmed velvet hats trimmed with bands of fur, other narrow bands of fur being brought down from tho sides to fasten beneath tho chin. One model, for Instance, was of brick red velvet trimmed with skunk, with a skunk chin strap attached to the brim beneath a knot of brick red velvet rib bon. Ermine is also being used for the purpose, but its peculiar yellow white color is not particularly becom ing to even tho mo3t perfect of com- plexlons. Modes for Demi-Season Wear IF ever thero was a season in which millinery modes wero more becom ing than, thoso recently designed (for present wear), the memory of It lin gers not in the mind of the oldest In habitant. These lovely "between sen sons" hats promise well for tho later designs und are so captivating and so inexpensho that almost anyone may indulge in them for the sako of variety In headwear if for nothing else. "Variety 1? tho spice of life" more truly in tho matter of headwear than In any other apparel The hat is the keynoto of tho toilette. It is tho most important finishing touch', and finish ing touches aro to bo rolled upon to givo character and distinction in the matters of dress 'j he between-sea-sons hat lends an Inspiration to its wenrer, who has grown tired of her winter millinery and finds it too early to buy a strictly spring hat. The deml-scason hat3 (as milfinera call them) are made of silk, satin, moire, mallno and fancy braldB most ly There Is novor any telling what will bo evolved next by tho clover people who think out our headwbar. Just now they aro exploiting tho fab rics just mentioned, with Jet am Bmall flowers and Bmart feathera for trimming. Heads and tho metal laces, llttlo bunches of small fruits, and many jot ornaments, such ub are in tho shops in profusion, come In fot much consideration also. The threo hats shown hero aro fine examples of the newest modes. They are rather small, but are not worn as low on the head as our winter hats. They fit snugly and may bo kept in placo without a pin Among the now models are shapes that are worn at qulto a tilt to tho right. Others set almost squarely on tho head, but drooping, close-fitting brims at the right, which curve up ward at tho loft, glvo them tho ap pearance of being posed at a rakish angle. This pose carried to tho ex treme, almost covers the right eyo. Thoso who aro inclined to bo face tious declare that tho right eyo Is not being worn at present. Tho poise of the lint is a thing to bo decided by individuals for themselves There aro hats for those who liko the straight, pose and hat3 for those who llko tho tilted pose In selecting one the Idea of its designer should be considered. If it was mado to bo worn tilted it will not look well placed In nny other way. In choosing a hat for wear now and during the early spring (that is during that period whon we nro wait ing for spring) one cannot go wrong if hats of the same materials as those shown hero aro selected. -IULIA BOTTOMLEY.