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About The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 20, 1928)
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A Bostonian Discovers Virginia
Last week we told something of
&ur happy experiences during a six
day visit to Virginia. After a day
and a half in and about Charlottes
ville we went to Williamsburg, which
was the second capital of the state
for over 80 years preceding 1780.
The day spent there revealed to us
the importance of the place from
bo many aspects that it deserves
separate attention at another time.
Leaving the second capital of Vir
ginia. about halfway between the
Rivers York and James, a five-mile
ride southward brought us to the lo
cation of the first capital, James
town. Here the site of the first Eng
lish colony in America, established
in 1607, is now a private estate.
Nothing stands that was erected in
its earlv days save the brick tower
of the old church and the tombs and
the grounds which surround it.
Little that is cheerful is found in
Jamestown’s story for its first dozen
years. Its finest human interest cen
ters around the character of Capt.
John Smith, who at the age of 28
stands out as the one worthy leader.
Here on the ground where he dwelt,
kept peace with powerful Powhatan,
ruled the colonists firmly but kindly,
brought prosperity as he subdued
scheming and weak would-be lead
ers, we realize as never before his
high character and many talents.
As we look on a landscape that
has changed little in the three cen
turies that have passed since she
was at home here, Pocahontas, the
youthful daughter of Powhatan, is
more than a legend. She becomes
a vivid and lovable personality when
we learn of her long continued
deeds of friendly generosity. There
were many other kindly acts beside
the often quoted story of bringing
to the starving English the corn
which they were too ignorant and
indolent to grow for themselves.
Tire society for Preserving Vir
ginia antiquities has done much to
save what was left on the site of the
first settlement. They have restored
a main portion of the old church,
the tower of which still remained;
protected V,e river bank so that no
further erosion is likely to occur;
gathered and displayed in a nearby
building hundreds of relics discov
ered in the course of their excava
Some Colonial Mansions
Suite a different aspect of Vir
an life was met the following
Tip for the Trolleys
(New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Why haven’t the street car build
ers taken a tip from the automobile
industry and introduced on trolley
cars the rotary-handled lift for the
windows? In the motor car the
feeblest of feminine fingers can
easily turn the handle to raise and
lower the plate glass, but in the
average street car the strongest man
is not always equal to such an ef
fort, and in case of a sudden rain,
and of the termination of same,
the problem qf raising and lower
ing the car window is one of real
difficulty not always to be over
come. Especially at a time of sudden
The window question is of con
sequence, primarily to the car pa
trons, but also to the street car con
ductors who, with the best inten
tions in the world, cannot keep the
windows up and down to meet the
And while on this subject we will
make the same suggestion to build
ers of Pullman cars. As matters
stand it usually is possible to secure
the desired raising and lowering of
the train windows by ringing for
the porter; bue even he most often
has to bring forth some improvised
lever and fulcrum that he places
beneath the thumbhold of the win
dow before he is able to force the
frame to move .A convenient turn
ing handle would obviate all this
difficulty and would be of infinite
convenience to passengers sensitive
to temperature changes. The need
is so obvious that it seems inexcus
THE MUD SPLASHERS
Prom Terre Haute Tribune
Have you ever been splashed with
muddy water by some reckless and
discourteous motor car driver? If
you have you will rejoice that one of
there gentry has been brought to
book in Boston and fined $10 and
costs for reckless driving. The of
fender in this case was a driver of
a truck, who sent his big machine
through a pool of muddy water,
splattering a number of people
waiting for a streef car.
This offense, however, is not con- *
fined to Boston; it can be duplicated^'
in every place where di^fcourtesy and
day as we drove northeast from
Richmond to visit some of the
famed estates along the Rappahan
nock. These are typical Virginian
homes of wealth and of social and
political leadership that still remain,
chiefly in the Tidewater district.
Most of them were butt in tne 50
years preceding 1775. They are the
most ambitious residences of the
period in America, and in the opin
ion of many their architectural mer
it has not been equaled since. Mt.
Airy, Sabine hall, Stratford hall
were the three that we saw.
It is not easy to make words sug
gest the many-aidecl satisfaction
that we found in these calls. Sur
rounding each of these houses were
once, and in some cases are now,
thousands of acres in tillage, pasture
or woodland. Each one was almost
a communitv in Itself, where all
crafts necessary to its comfort were
active and resident. Leisure, culture,
vigorous independence, were com
mon traits of these proprietors,
dwelling several miles distant from
Their immense crops were shipped
coastwise or across the ocean from
their own docks, for every such
plantation was on a great river.
Pine horses whose fame carried
some of them to England were bred
at one place, Mount Airy of the
Tayloes. The successive masters of
this estate were close friends and
supporters of the colony and of the
Such a place may be approached
by a drive of half a mile from the
main highway, so bringing us to the
public entrance. From this we may
enter a great hall, center of family
life and Itself as large as a small
heuse. The garden doorway is op
posite the one through which we
came in, and opens onto acres of
well kept green, beyond which the
plantation lands may slope gently
for a mile or more to the river.
This property may have always
remained in the family who were
the first owners. The house may
hold much of the furniture with
which it was first equipDed. Portraits
of its founders sad notable decend
ants may hang on the walls, while
its present inmates graciously re
ceive us and allow us to absorb
what we may of the rare atmos
phere of this unique aristocracy.
able that the improvement has not
been made on either the street car
or the railway train equipment.
IT IS A HOUSE OF EMBLEMS.
Famous New Orleans Mansion Dates
Back 130 Years or More.
From the New York Times.
The fancy of many a person pass
ing through famous St. Peter street,
in New Orleans’s picturesque Vieux
Carre has been caught by a particu
lar mansion there. It is known as
the “House of Emblems” on account
of the designs of the wrought iron
balconies that extend across the face
of the building at the base of the
French windows on three stories.
New interest has lately attached
itself to filis ancient residence as
the result of its sale, whereby, in
stead of the neglect or demolition
that has befallen so many of its
neighbors, it is assured a future of
honor. Having passed into the
hands of “Le Petit Salon,” organized
for the purpose of preserving his
torical places of the Vieux Carre.
620 St. Peter street will serve hence
forth as a clubhouse for the socie
No place in the quarter is more
redolent of an aristocratic and ro
mantic past. It was built more than
130 years ago and has been oc
cupied by generations of prominent
and distinguished families.
The house possesses many archi
tectural treasures. The handsome
entrance door is hand carved from
oak. Graceful, winding stairs in
the French manner give access to j
recklessness sit at the wheel. Many j
clothes have been ruined and tem
pers ruffled through a shower bath of
dirtv water raised by some speeding
and indifferent driver. Some of the
splashers have been inclined to re
gard the spraying as a joke. They
can not understand why the
splashes should be angry. It is only
a joke and should be accepted as
such, even one's clothing is ,
Of course, some near-sighted peo
ple can not see the joke, but these
are only soreheads.
But now the joke is on these jok
ers. The Boston court has shown
these poor unappreciative ThtUma
the upper floors, where lofty rooms
are found with Parian marble man
tels and little dressing rooms open
ing on the bedchambers. The hand
wrought iron grill work is the out
standing feature—the high fenre of
the “entre sol” and the three long,
narrow, galleries above. The story
is well authenticated that this wa3
a product of the shop of the fam
ous pirates, Jean '•nd Pierre Ln
fitte, who worked as blacksmiths on
St. Philip street btiore they became
leaders of the smuggling, buccaneer
The emblems are said to be used
in a way peculiar to this house, and
for each design there was a particu
lar reason. The first gallery, accord
ing to the story, was made to
please a proud gentleman of French
blood, who wished to be surrounded
with reminders of old France. What
could suit his taste better than the
royal fleur-de-lis? Thus this em
blem found its way to the balcony.
The pattern of the second “stage”
is said to have been the choice of
a grand dame whose boudoir was on
this floor. Cupid's bows and ar
rows she picked, but apparently the
designer went somewhat astray, for
he used bowknots instead of bows.
WHAT KILLED IDA
When Ida, a famous ostrich of the
London zoo, passed away some time
ago, to the grief of all who knew
her, there was much speculation as
to the cause of her untimely death.
To try to determine the matter, a
postmortem examination was held,
according to the Associated Press,
which reports that the following as
sortment of material was found in
her ample gizzard:
"Two women’s handkerchiefs, a
man’s handkerchief, three gloves,
three feet of ccrd, an empty film
spool, a four-inch nail, an eight
inch lead pencil, four half pennies,
two farthings of a French coin, part
of a celluloid comb, part of a rolled
gold necklace, a collar button, a bi
cycle tire valve, a brass winding key
for an alarm clock, a dozen bits of
wire, metal staples, screws, small
nails and copper rivets, glove fasten
er and a piece of wood four inches
The dispatch did not disclose just
what the verdict was but a mere
layman might venture the thought
that Ida had suffered from some
thing akin to indigestion.
God and the Neighbors
Prom E. W. Howe’s Monthly.
Some of the old prophets advise
that we love God; others say that tc
love our fellow men is enough.
Both ask too much. 1 have found
nothing in my own nature, or in the
nature of others, causing me to love
the mysterious being away off in
the skies. I may fear him, but can
not love him, and have not known
anyone to. God and the king are our
masters; they rule us, and we can
not love them—we only fear and
conspire againt them.
Nor can we love our neighbors as
ourselves. There is more mean criti
cism cf humanity from humans than
of anything else. All of us growl
about the great mass called the peo
ple, and charge lack of fairness, in
telligence. decency. The Good Book
itself makes most desperate charges
against the people.
We have a few frknds and ac
qquaintances we half trust, but
against the great mass we lock our
doors, organize bonding companies,
invent cash registers, employ police
men. send soap, teachers, books.
I do not lov? my neighbors, and
do not expect them to love me: I
know from long experience that they
watch me as I watch them, and
apply blame or praise as it is de
All the old prophets had a good
deal of sense, and knew human na
ture, but none of them displayed
common sense in writing about it.
how they can have the last laugh.
Heretofore, they have suffered. per«
haps not in silence, but impotently.
They didn’t think that there was
any way in which they could secure
redress. So they used a few strong
words, cTaned their clothes as best
they could, and let it go at that. But
now things are chanced. The law L,
on the side of the victim.
Prom the Buffalo Times.
The color scheme when Mabel wed,
Revealed her folks as patriots true,
The groom looked red the bride
And her dad (who paid the bills)
Card Players Neatly
Cot Away From Bores
Sir Alfred Butt, M. P.—who, by the
way, hus the reputation of being one
of the best card players In England—
tells of an Ingenious method devised
by two players at a certain London
club for dealing with the class of bore
who persists In looking on at a game
and making remarks about It.
After standing the nuisance for
some time, one of the players asked
one of the spectators to play for him
until he returned. The spectator took
the cards, whereupon the first player
left the room.
Pretty soon the second player fol
lowed the example of the first The
two substitutes played for some time,
when one of them asked the waiter
where the two original players were.
“They nre playing cards In the next
room," was the waiter’s reply.—Mon
Animals From Arctic
Brought Into Italy
Italy has imported ten reindeer from
Norway and their new home Is Mont
lilanc (highest of the Alps), where it
is intended to acclimate them. This
is done not to enrich different regions
with curious animals, but for impor
tant economic reasons. Italy lias
many square miles of unproductive
Alpine land, 4,000 or 5,000 feet above
sea level, unadopted to cattle raising,
if these reindeer llourish on the Italian
Alps vast waste land Is at their dis
posal and a heavy production of veni
son, milk, leather and antlers will be
Still another attempt to acclimate
Arctic animals wns made when six
couples of silver foxes were trans
ferred from Canada to Mont Blanc.
The purpose, of course, is to acquire
their furs, which are now sold on the
Italian market for thousands of dol
Buries Two in Coffin
George Ilannln, an undertaker of
Glasgow, Scotland, has pleaded guilty
to having at different times buried
two bodies in one coflin in order to
cheat the relatives of the price of one
box. Most of t lie bodies were those
of children and It was revealed that
he would hold one body in his cellar
until another was to be buried, alter
ing the date of the death certificates.
When he hid the bodies of twins
while waiting for a third possible
child authorities became suspicious.
Girl Caddies Liked
German golf clubs are finding that
girls make better caddies than boys.
At the Wannsee golf course, near Ber
lin, tiie girl caddies nre smartly
dressed, polite, enthusiastic, attentive
and—grateful for their tips and fees.
What is more, it is said that they
never try to be funny at the expense
of the golfer’s poor shots.
Thinking begets thinking.
the wake-up *°od
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Muff for Hot Day
During the hot spell In Knglnnd,
London society girls started a new
fad known as “the iced muff." The
Iced muff Is a light-weight silk muff
containing an aluminum cylinder hold
ing a mixture of stilt and Ice. Thus no
matter how hot the day Is, the owner
of an Iced muff Is always able to ex
tend a cool, crisp handshake.
First Cavemnn—What's the postman
grtimbling about now?
Second Caveman—He says he doesn’t
mind carrying love letters that weigh
three or four tons, but since they’ve
started the parcel post system his
hack Is nearly broke.
1,500 times In these files.
The one redeeming feature of a
pawnshop Is the ticket.
Toother—A quadruped is n four
footed animal. Willie, name Coin
Willie—Our Prince and Rover ani
Crown's Gyp and Tige.
Doctor—Well, how are you todays
Patient—I think I'm somewhat im
proved. My Inheritors are looking
glum and dissatisfied today.
“Why Is Doris going to school?”
“To got a complexion."—Louisville
“Is she very dressy?’’
“N-no—very undressy."— Philadel
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