The North Platte semi-weekly tribune. (North Platte, Neb.) 1895-1922, January 08, 1915, Image 8
THE NORTH PLATTE SEMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE, FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 1915. ' y M li I. U Two Kinds of Rough Diamond By F. A. MITCHEL Tlu author sat In Ills study dancing tlio characters of Ills linuglniitlou, as a Fundi nnil Juily showman sits under his inlruic Htnge working his puppets, wlion a card was sent up to liltn bear ins tlii iiuniu John Kcnilngton Now, John IlcmliiKtoii was the name tho author had used in his last not id Ho Iniow no run I person of that nnuiu. for he had found (lie iiaiiio in a tide phono directory. Why had this poison called to sec hlinV Ho was curious to learn, lie directed that he ho shown Into Ids study. The Imaginary John Itumlngloti, hero of "An Uncut Diamond." was a bluff but honest countryman who had mar rled the daughter of a fanner. They had cpiarrolod soon after the wedding and the wife had left her husband to go to the city to make hor own living When the real John Hetnlngton on tercd he appeared to the novelist to be of that class from which the character had been taken. "I'm not (join to take up your time, sir," said the man, "or beat about the bush. It's no concern of mine how you got hold of my story or what In fluonced you as to the version you gave of It lu your novel. You made me out a brute, and T suppose 1 am one. It's my misfortune to have been made that way. What I want to know Is where I can find my wife." The novelist gathered that to a co Incidence In name and another in hav lug hit on an actual story (or some thing like It) for tho subject matter of his novel this umii'ii call was due. "You say that I have pictured you as n brute. Wherein, may I ask, havo I made you brutal?" "Well, flrot off, I should have give in as soon as I .got married. There's no use or a husband tryln' to have his way with his -wife. It's not In reason." "Why so?" " 'Cause there's no reason In a wo man. She ain't made that way." "How Is she made?" "Why, Jost as you niado Foggy. Only since you didn't get the whole story there's lots o" things you left out" "Namo Homo of them." "Well, Fog novcr could learn that if a llttlo thing annoyed me she'd better lot it alone. Slio'd keep on doln It Jest tho unino ns If 1 hadn't shown her a dozen times that it annoyed mo. Then sho'd glvo up to mo lu a heap o' small things that I didn't set store by, then come down ou mo for one big thing that was mighty Important When I balked she would throw up at mo all the 'sacrifices' she had made for me. montlonln' things I hadu't wanted." "Why, then, do you consider your self brutal in having objected to this course?" "Why, because Feg was made that way. All women are." "And weren't you made your way?" "You mean a brute? Of course I was. What docs a brute need but a tamer? ' What docs a ship need but a rudder? Don't you suppose that if a ship had life In it it would object to ibeln' turned this way und that way by that contemptible little thing at its stern? Hut where would tho ship go without the rudder? On tho rocks, of course. That's where I'vo gone." "llow have you gone on the rocks?" "Why, I've got so confounded much of my way Unit 1 don't know what to do with it" "And you wish to find your wlfo to hbU her to come back and tyrannize over you some nioro?" "That's my Job." "And you propose to knuckle down and glvo her her own way In every thing?" "You bet." The novelist paused in his questions and was very thoughtful. IIo had written a novel of -100,000 words to show what a line fellow his Imaginary rough diamond was, and the real rough diamond had knocked the statue ho had built up off its pedestal In a few minutes "Reckon you ain't got a wife?" con tinued Mr. Remington. "No; 1 haven't" "I reckon you hadn't" "Why bo?" "Waal, Feg did a lot if things lu your book that she never did to homo, and didn't do a lot o' things that she did do to home, and with a venge ance." "Mr. Remington," said tho author after auother pauBo, "I owe you an apology for having told your story wrong." "Just so." "And I owe myself an apology for having Hpent a year and n half telling It and the public an apology for hav ing taken up its timo reading a lot of rot I don't know where your wlfo Is, hut if you'll give mo what clew you have, if any, I'll help you llnd her." "That's fair enough. I always like to hec a 111111) own up when he's In the wrong." Mr Remington had a clew which he gave to the novelist, who eventually found the rough diamond's wife. There was another dlaloguo In the former's study in which he essayed to prove to her that her husband would bo an easy man thereafter to live with, and alio returned to him. Later Mr. Remington niado tho an thor another call. "I came to tell you I got my own way, nfter all." ho said. "How did you do It?" "My wife's so confounded contrary that when I offorcd to glvo in to her she wouldn't have it" Modern 8eamn, Tho new ship has transformed tho sailor with Itself. IIo works among a stibtlo and Intricate network of ma chinery. His brain Is quickened by the effort to understand tho now forces and appliances that he controls. He is drawn no longer from tho lower strata of tho population of our ports, but. In Increasing proportions from tho ranks of skilled mechanics. Tho electricians and machinists, who are the aristoc racy of the crew, bring with them the notion1 which prevail among tho aris tocracy of labor out of uniform. They possess more reading and more science than did nine out of ten of the olllcers In the old days. They have a respect for themselves and their class, which has revolutionized the morals and man ners of tho modern warship. The grad ual reform of tho service regulations has hought to keep pace with this transformation, and olllcers have been educated In a wholly wow conception of their relationship to I heir men. The bullying and hectoring which was the rule of tho sea in the.ld days is today the rare exception. Instinct and "good form" condemn that kind of thing as severely as tho regulations. Nation. If an Ant Wero as Dig as a Man. An ant can carry a grain of com ten times the weight of its body, whilo a man or horse can carry loads only about equal to Its bodily weight. It Is not a fact, however, that tho ant Is greatly superior in strength. If an ant should grow to twlco Its original size, still retaining its geometrical and his tological structure, Its volume, and ac cordingly tho weight of Its body, would increase eightfold. Although tho mus cles grow to twlco their original di mensions, tho Increase In length docs not Increase tho strength, which Is proportional to their cross section, and tho ant would only bo four times as Btrong as before. As it now carries but flvo times its weight, however, it Is relatively only half as strong. It Is calculated that the same ant devel oped to the size of a man would only be able to carry one one-hundredth of its own weight Instead of ten times Its own weight. Thrashing Whoat In Cyprus. The ancient Roman trlbulum, ns used for thrashing, may still be seen In the Island of Cyprus. It Is a board about six feet long and two feet wide, studded with sharp edged tlnkcs of Hint. In use It Is dragged by oxen or donkeys over the corn spread out on tho hard earthen thrashing iloor, sepa rating the grain and at tho same time bruising and chopping up the strnw. Thrashing time Is enjoyed nllko by children and animals, the former riding on the primitive Implement and the lat ter gorging themselves with a hearty meal, for in Cyprus the Rlbllcal coi . inand. "Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn." Is still faithfully observed. 'Although tho got eminent offers to thrash by machine a7 nominal cost, tho conservative Cypriote prefers the old method. IIo says that tho animals will not cat machine chaff ed straw, and straw thoy must eat, for thcro is no hay In Cyprus. Wide World Magazine. First Fiction Known. Tho "Talo of Two Urothers," Written 3,200 years ago by tho Theban scrlb Kiiniina, librarian of tho palace to King Mcrenptah, the 'supposed Fharaoh of tho F.xodUH, is tho oldest work of fic tion extant. The tale was written apparently for tho entertainment of the crown prince, who subsequently reigned as Sell II. Hid name appears in two place on the manuscript, probably the only survlv. lug nutograph signatures of an Kgyp linn king. This piece of antique fiction, written on nineteen sheets of papyrus lu a bold hieratic hand, was purchased In Italy by Mine. d'Orblney, who sold It lu 18." to the authorities of the Hiitlsh mu seum, where It is now known as the D'Orblney papyrus. The Master's Voice. "Wo have come.' said the chairman of the committee, "to ask you to take this nomination. The city needs a man like you-tstriiug, bra fo. belf made, self ii'llant. owning no mister, fearing no man." The gieat nun was visibly touched. "I'll not deny." said he. "that your kind words have shaken my lesolutlon. I trust that. If elected, 1 may lustlfy your confidence and prove that I am Indeed strong, brave, self reliant: that 1 own no master and fear no man. Suppose yon wait a minute till I see If my wife will let me accept?" New York Tlinus, Coarse and Fine. Tlii" liner the nature tho more Haws will It show through the clearness of It. The best things are cldonnst seen In their best form. The wild grass grows well and strongly onu year with another, but the wheat Is by reason of Its greater nobleness lia ble to n bitter blight. Trademarked. "If my llttlo brother WHUo ever gets lost wo can easily find him." said small Klolso. "How, pray?" queried tho visitor. "Ho's got a strawberry trademark on his right arm," was tho rcply.-Chlcago News. Health Recipe. Ono time a man asked the Longfellow how to. be healthy, this Is the answer he received; poet and Joy, Uimpoiuncu and repouo Nlam tho tloor on tlio doctor's noso. Lieutenant. The word "lieutenant" means, liter nlly, "holding the place" Thus a lieu tenant colonel holds the placo of a colonel. A WIG IN WARTIME By DONALD CHAMDERL1N In the Bpring of 1014 I Joined the F.u ropean invasion of American tourists and made Germany my stamping ground. Before leaving home I sent to Washington for a passport, for. though at the time thcio was not much prospect of using one. 1 preferred t-i bo provided. The document described mo ns Kdward Boyor, aged thirty-one, five feet eight Inches high. eyes, hair and complexion dark. In Berlin I contracted typhoid fever, and when 1 recovered my hair fell out. leaving my skull as polished as a piece of ivory. On the liSth of July the bomb of the European war exploded and 1 was ad monlshod that if I wanted to get out of the war zone and back home I must bestir myself. I had not yet recov ered my strength, but I was due In America on the IStli of August and resolved to start at once. The first thing needed was a wig. 1 sallied forth to get one, having just an hour before the train on which 1 was to leave would start This gave mo about twenty minutes to procure a hair head covering. I found a placo where such things wero sold, but un fortunately the 6nly wig they had that would lit my head was of an auburn hue. There was no other place to procure one within a dozen blocks. I looked at my watch and saw that I had Just ten minutes to get the train. I paid for tho auburn wig, clapped It on my head and started for the sta tion. I was on the last passenger train to leave Berlin. The war was brand new to me, but not to the Germans, who wero prepared for it Two things espe cially I had not considered, for I had not heard of them tho Germans' spy system and their methods of detecting their enemy's spies. 1 was brought to my senses by see lug a German officer come through the train examining passports. I had mine in a hand bag, got it out and had it ready when the man reached me. He read the description, looked at me, and, noticing my red wig, his expression changed at once to ono of fierceness, no said something to us in German that I did not understand and, calling some soldiers, turned mo over to them for safe keeping, then went his way through the train. An American gentleman who under stood German announced to me the un- lucusiuii liuonnnuou tuai i uau uccn arrested as a French spy. He had hoard the officer say that tho passport I traveled on belonged to one having a French name and that it described a black headed man, while I was a red Headed man. Never had thero been a moro barefaced attempt to carry infor mation out of Germany for tho use of an enemy. ncre was a pretty pass. In my hur ry to get away I had forgotten my passport or, rather, I had thus far not been required to show it and it had not occurred to me that the document would bo now required. When wo reached a city 1 didn't know what city I was taken from the train and conducted to tho headquar ters of an officer who. I Judged by the respect paid him. was of high sank'. He received mo with a lowering brow, read the description in my pass port and. looking at my wig, said what by his expression I Judged to mean, "Take him out and shoot him." The soldiers advanced to take mo. In a fit of desperation I seized my red wig and, throwing it on the floor, trampled on it and cried out, "I am not a red headed inffn; I am an Amer ican citizen." There must have been something ridiculous In the act, for the officer burst into a laugh. Then nu inter preter was called, who translated my story. As soon ns It was understood that I was an American and tho pass port belonged to mo I was set at lib erty, with an apology. Realizing that my train had gone on, I asked for a permit to travel on a troop train, and one was given inc. I could not endure to travel without my wig, so I retnlned It During my Journoy through Belgium 1 fell in with a Frenchman with a red head. As Boon as we passed Into France he gave me his passport, which ho no longer needed. Having had so much trouble with my own passport, I decided that possibly I might have use for the oth er, so I accepted It While working my way south toward Fails I was set upon by a party of French spy hunters. Thinking to got rid of them without their noticing the difference In my hair from that laid down In my passport I used the one given me. Unfortunately a keen eyed fellow noticed how the hair of my wig fell on my neck and, grasping the wig. bold It up amid shouts from the. otli cm. crying- "A spy' A bpy!" Again I was taken before an officer tills time a Frenchman, who on re celvlng the report of my captors, fir dcrcd me out to Instnnt oNeoutlon I utood before htm with folded arms and uncovered dome and. cried In a sten torlan voice "Je suls Ainerlcnln!" 1 suppose It was the absurdity this time as well as before that saved me. The officer laughed, consented to listen to me, and, since I spoke French tol erably. I told my story, producing m own passport. And so my life for the second lime was saved by mock heroes und I reached Faris without further trmiMe One-Tenth Off on Beginning December 26th and closing January 13th, we will give a discount of one-tenth off of every article carried in our stock except Butter and Eggs and XXXX Flour. The goods will be sold to you at regular prices and one-tenth deducted from your bill. This discount does not apply to case prices ongoods but to the regular broken stock. This is an unusual opportunity to save on the most staple things you buy, so get busy. Wiicx Department NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA, Scene from "Today." The first open breach in their household finds the husband supporting his aged parents against his young wife. At the Keith Theatre, Monday January 11th. Who Will be the Winner? That's the question that is uppermost in the minds of about 125 contestants in the Pony Contest and one in which practically 5,000 people in North Platte and tributary country are inter, ested to a grcator or less extent. The canvas for votes goes merely on, not only among the con testants who live in town, but by a number who live outside. Only the secretary oi the pony con test knows how many votes have been cast, or who is the leading contestant, but lie has said that the work of the country the voles is one that consumes much time once in two weeks when the count is made in order to see who wins the watch. Business Firms that Give Rush Mercantile Co. J. B. McDonald, Clothing. Robert Dickey, Bakery and Confectionery. Dickey's Sanitary Laundry. J. S. Davis Automobile Co. Crystal & Keith Theatres. The Semi-Weekly Tribune. The Palace Cafe. Where You C$n Get Coupons in Pony Contest. Brooks' Studio. Harry Dixon, Jeweler. Coates Lumber and Coal Co. Howe & Maloney, Furniture. Block's Ladies' Outfitting Store. . Schiller's Drug Stores Fred Marti Central Meat Market. Groceries Store Votes.1") , 5 :t ii A w $Vs u ? 4 (,'