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CAPITAL CITY COURIER, SATURDAY, AUGUST to. 1889.
FINE : ART : STUDIO
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o( our work before
$3 per tloicn.
induced (rum $4 to
Everybody to examine the
arts and standing of the Un
ion Central Life Insurance
any, of Cincinnati, Ohio,
of any company.
highest rate of interest on in
vested assets which enables
to pay large dividends.
non-forfoitabe after third-vear.
The Union Central issues
endowment policies at ordi
ary life rates; these policies
are now maturing and being
paid in from one to two years
earlier than time estimated by
the company. They protect
the family and estate during
the younger years of life, and
the insured in old age at regu
lar life rates. Other desirable
write for plans.
on us or
J. M. ED3U8T0X, a'tote Agtnt.
C. L. MKSIUtUt, .int. State Audit.
(I. T. PUMPELLY, Cltu Solicitor.
Hoom ?J llnrr Illook,
Should call an
ee our Good"
(or the head.
All the Intent
shape In Manic
11(4 0 St.
Dr Belli Arnold's Cough
as being nflrtt-clMJ remedy
for Couclis and Cold, liv
hieunciOtlniiivownfaiiillY I vrlthTery grvmtiatlifactlon.
L. It. Bush. Dei Moluoi.
DmggUU, 90c Wo., aud $1.00.
Will bo under the personal supervision of
H. L. LELHND, and will be open for tho
reoeptlon of sruests, Juno first In each year.
first class In all of Its appointments, belnir
well supplied with s as, hot and cold water
baths, electric- bells antf all modem lm
proveaenU, steam laundry, billiard hall
bowling alley, etc., and posiUvoly free frc
annoyance Dy moaquiioea.
Hound "frlp Excursion tf icets
will be placed on sale at the commencement
of the tourist season by the Burlington.
Cedar Rapids ek Northern Railway and aU
connecting lines, at low rates, to the follow
ing points In Iowa and Minnesota : Spirit
Lake, Iowa: Albert Lea, "Waterville, Minn
eapolis, St. rauL Lake Xlnnetonka, White
(Bear Z.ak and Duluth, Minnesota; Clear
Lake, Iowa; Lake Superior points; Yellow
tans Park and points In Colorado. n
Writ for ".A. Midsummer J?Qr"
cllae" to the General Ticket and Pass
enger Agent, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and for
SKulllatea to S, L LXLAnB, Spirit
C.J.IVES, J. E. HANNEQAN,
TIIK OLD JIXSANG MAN.
A QUEER CHARACTER WHO ROAM8
ABOUT LAKE CHAMPLAIN.
It Outlier limn mihI Herb fur tlie Mrll
elm. linker Mini Hit flrrnt 1'illtli In III
Own flhnilft Iteiurdlr A Curliin llomn
In it limit.
WniTr.iiALi.. N. Y., Aug. 8. Thoso
who have Iwon forttmnto onough to
travel through Ijiko Clmniplnln nmy
havo noticed n cross lietwcuii n llntbont
and n yawl Imaging tho shore and
novur venturing out far. It might risk
(t without danger, though, Iwcmim) It
htui Ihniiii nnd stnblllty enough to light
a severe storm. On the top Is n wooden
cabin, not lllmnlly luilll of hoops nnd
Tlir. JINBANO MAN.
cloth, hut a Holld Uructuro, as linn as
tho hull Itself. A stnull mast at the
bow and a hit of rusty stovepipe stick
ing from the end of tho cabin these arc
all that show to any onn that pauses by.
Uut If you will tnko your time It may
be like the time of tho llntboat, very
low you will run across tho "jlnsang"
man and ho will talk to you of his liouso
on tho water and of tho etrnngo kind of
II fo ho leads.
ITo lives at Whitehall, on tho southern
cud of tho lake. Ah soon as tho roots
aro In good condition, by tho mlddlo of
every summer, ho starts on n tour, skirt
ing all tho shores of tho lake. Ho gath
ers and dries tho roots of tho ginseng,
the mnudrako nnd whatever else ho can
oil; loads up his boat nnd starts for
Whitehall, where ho ships his load to
wholesale druggists in Boston or Now
York, Then lie takes another turn
About tho lake ami returns to Whitehall
loaded again. This ho repeats through
the summer and In tho fall ho gathers
tho bark of tho birch ami tho wild cherry
until winter1 cdmes.
"How long have- you kept nt this
work?" I nJsud,
"Evorslnco I returned from California.
I was one of tho old forty-niners. You
will find my name cut In a treo at tho
entrance of tho Sonorn Gulch. It is
neurly 40 years now s.lnco I took up thU
"And have you always been nlouo on
"Nearly always. I havo taught two or
threo boys the work, but thoy get tired
of it and run away. There uru mighty
fow boys nowadays that aro worth hav
ing, I havo n family of girls at homo
that I have educated and brought up
woll trotn the prollts of my work.
"I Bee a stovo there. Do you bonrd
"I should say I did. Sco hero! Walk
inside." Aud ho led tho way into tho
iutorior of tho cabin, which must liare
measured about 15 feet by 7 or 8. It
was high enough for n man to stand up
in, and tho sides were lined with shelved
on which tho roots woro drying. In ono
1 corner was a bunk aud in another cor
ner wns a small stovo tltted out with
two griddles. Under the deck in tho
bow was a iork barrel aud several bas
kets and boxes tilled with potatoes, on
ions and other vegetables. I saw at
ouco that I had disturbed tho old man in
tho midst of hU preparations for supper.
Apologizing to him for coining so unex
pectedly, 1 was mot with this reply:
"Don't you mind that a bit. Just sit
down hero and talk with mo, and wheu
tho supper Is ready wo will have It to
gether." So I let him go on making his
biscuit and slicing his onions into tho
stewed potatoes, with every llttlo whllo
a comment like this: "A little onion In
everything; that is my motto. I toll
you what, I could teach some of thoso
housekeepers how to mako warm biscuit
for tea if I had a mind to do it," etc.
I touched tho old man in n tender spot
when I naked, him to tell mo something
about tho roots that ho gathered and tho
life ho wns leading. Ho went on In
something like this stylo: "Professor
Huxle.v said ho behoved that a plant
existed to meet tho exigency of any dls
caso to which man was subjeot, or, In
Huxley's own words. n plant to yield n
cure for every disease that tlesh is holr
to.' I lielievo so, too. When I wns In
California and on tho borders of Mexico I
found out that, from Chiapas and Tabas
co up to Sonera and Chihuahua, tho In
dians mako good uso of tho herbs of tho
field nnd forest. Tho Indians who livo
around the little hill called tho Penol,
uenr Mexico City, can euro intermittent
fevers much more easily than our physi
cians, and in tho stato of Qucretaro
tho Indians have n remedy known
only to themselves, and tho secret of
which thoy most jealously guard. This
cures tho worst forms of blood diseases.
as many foreigners mere can testity.
So cunning aro tit 330 Indians that thoy
employ a medicine which has tho prop
erty of paralyzing temporarily th. boii6o
of tasto, aud thus their patients can get
no clow to tho naturo of tho herbs thoy
aro taking. Malaria yields quickly to
the powerful remedies of tho Indians,
and these samo rude practitioners vlll
cure bad cases of typhus fever, In tho
treatment of the small pox tho Indians
aro very successful, placing their pa
tients In dark rooms, but permitting.
currents of nlr to lw continually paining
over tho lody of tho patient, whllo soma
herbal remedy Is continually administer
ed. That the Indians of the country
towns and of tho llttlo hamlets up In the
Sierras are healthy 114 plainly to bo seen.
Thoy live often to an Incredible nge, and
say themselves that tho white mnn Is n
sickly follow who has gray hair whllo
ti.elr own Is still coal black."
"Then I Hiipposc that you sell to tho
Indian herb doctors and tho patent med
"Oh, not nt nil. I was only telling jou
what the Indians could do with herbs
nnd root j As to the patent medicines,
there have been no such things since
1883. From I HOI up to that time tho
manufacturers of hh'cMch h'ld to get out
patents nnd pay into tho United States
treasury 4 wr cent, of their receipts. As
there ucre 0,000 articles on tho llt, tho
government derived a largo revenue
from this source. The amount for tho
twenty-two years reached 8:10,000,000,
In 1883 the tax was utmltshcd. Since
that time there havo been no patent
medicines. Now, do you see this root?"
Ho held up a small, cream colored root
somewhat tho shape of tho human
figure. It was ho clear that ono-could
almost seo through it,
"This." he wild, "Is what is known ns
ginseng a not that has been celebrnted
for hundreds of years. Formerly It woa
grown In the Chinese empire, but now
tho great supply comes from tho United
Stales, where the product Is half a mil
lion pounds every year. Some of it Is
found In tho mountains of West Vir
ginia, Pennsylvania nnd tho Cnrollnns.
Ohio, Indiana and Minnesota furnish
some, and a llttlo of it wo Mud around
this lake. A great deal used to bo found
In New Englnnd, just across the lake.
More than 100 years ago the Rev. Dr.
Jonathan Kdwards wrote it letter to tho
cilcct that tho root had been found In
tho uoodsnonr Stockhrldgo nnd in other
placet in Now England, as well ns In tho
country of tho Six Nations. The traders
In Albany havo been eager to puichnso
all they could get of tho root to send to
England, where they mako great profit
by it. Tills has occasioned our Indians
of nil sorts, young and old, to
spend nbundanco of time In tho
woods, and sometimes to a great
distance, in tho neglect of public
worship nnd their husbandry, nnd
also In going much to Albany to sell
their roots, which proves woreo to
them than going into the woods, where
thoy are always much In tho way of
temptation and drunkenness. Tho
plant has a smooth round stem nlout a
foot high, which divides at tho top into
threo stalks for leaves. Tho llowcrs aro
small and greenish and the fruit is n scar
lot berry. You will sco by this root,
which is a fair specimen, that it is spin
dlo shniHMl, from ono to three- inches
long, about as thick us the little linger,
nnd terminated by several Blender libers.
When dried tho root Is yellowish whlto
nnd wrinkled externally, and within con
sists of a hard central portion surrounded
by a Boft whitish baric. It has a feeblo
odor, and a sweet taste somowhat llko
that of licorice root. You will never
find It on cleared land unless it isjdindcd;
and you will nover find it oxcept in rich
soil. The root gathered in the spring is
worth very llttlo becnuso it, is full of
"In preparing crude ginseng it la onlj
necessary to wash the root thoroughly
and so dry it, either in tho shade or sun.
It is never dried by a fire becnuso of the
danger of burning. Once scorched it
has no value whatever. Tho clarified
ginseng is generally prepared in a build
ing erected for tho purpose. Tho 'green'
roots are shipped to tho city works,
where thoy aro washed by machinery.
This Is followed by n process of steam
ing, nnd then tho roots are placed in
driers. Theso driers are wooden frames,
covered with canvas or wire netting, all
of ono size, so that thoy can bo packed
closely together. Tho ginseng is spread
on theso driers, aud they aro placed in
tho dry room, which is heated to a tern
peraturo of 170 degrees. Tho crude gin
seng is white, the clarified straw color.
Dut I do not tako all of this trouble. I
only dig tho roots and dry them. Do
you see this little grub hoe?"
I looked nt th? man more closely than
I had before aud saw that the crown of
his black felt hat was a piece of cloth
sewed on with rudo stitches, nnd when
ho handed mo his llttlo hoo I said, "It
strikes mo that you nave been in somo
protty rough places with this hoo and
"I should think I had. It's all a man
can do to get into somo of tho places
whero I havo to get. I wear out threo
or four of theso patent tops to my lints
overs' week. No ono is round to sow
' them on and bo I havo to 6ew them on
HOME OF TUG Jt.NSA.NQ MAN.
"Do you get any herbs beside your
"Not many. 1 got buglo weed, red
clover and a few other things. Tho bugle
weed, a low growing plunt, tho whole of
which is made uso of, is highly esteemed
among herbists as a consumptive remedy.
Taken In an infusion it is excellent to
provent bleeding at tho lungs, Red
clover Is most effectual for rclioving the
pain of cancer. Wormwood b tho arnica
of tho herbalist. Moistened with hot
water, mixed with salt, and laid on flan
nel for a poultice, tho herblsts say it
will take down swelling quicker than
any arnica can. Did you ever step Into
thu shop of a horblst? There nro only
four of thorn oven in tho city of New
York. Thiy keep something llko 250
dliTcrcnt kinds of herbs, barks nnd roots,
which are called for by people who still
make their own medlolnes. Tlie ones that
are culled for the iiioit are these! Hoar
hound, sursnparllla. catnip, cnmomlle
flowers, yellow dock, burdock, sassafras,
nmudrakc, cherry bark, stillitignnnd win
tergreen, Nearly all who patronize the
h'orblit are Americans: but thore Is a
little sprinkling of foreigners. Business
is not what It used to Im. There are to
day very few believers hi tho old coun
try women's remedies of lottllng nnd
brewing. Tho city man or woman of to
day rushes oir to a doctor at tho first
ache or pain. His prescription, it is
qulto likely, Is some horbnl extract, for
doctors do not always glvo mineral rem
edies. Hut he uses those herbal ex
tracts prepared by tho .largo drug
llrms, and proscribes them
their long Latin names so
won't know. If questioned
closely he Is likely to acknowledge
this, but he will ndd: 'Not in the raw
stnto, Thoy nro first chemically pre
pared, refined nnd purified.' Hut tho old
fashioned woman will shake her head,
declare that nature is good enough for
her, she'd rather trust It anywny than
the principles of commercial prepara
tion, nnd that 'there's an herb for every
pain.' Uut tho doctor sugar coats his pills
nicety, u,al the herb remedies nro often
of very nasty taste. And then a fow
drops of an extract will sufllco, whllo of
decoctions nnd infusions of tho herbs
themselves quantities and cupfuls must
bo talcen. The knowledge and experi
ence required to brew and boll, whllo tho
woman of the old school is In her glory
in tho midst of it, arc qulto enough to
deter tho young girl, from tho wrestlo
over tho lire."
"Uut your ginseng is almost all of it
rent to China?"
"Yes, tha't Is so. There is little use
for it In tills country. I wish times were
wlint they used to bo when I could sell
It for more n pound than I can now.
Even when it is at its best I only get
something llko twenty-flvo cents a pound
for this root: nnd it is very light, as you
ntr.i'.vnixa a meal.
Dy this time the skillet had sizzled for
Dome tlmo with a mixture of salt pork,
potatoes aud onions: and the tea blivuit
were roady. Theso were as light nnd
nice as any housekeeper could wish to
boo; nnd I sat down to n friendly meal
with tho old "jinsang" man, as the na
tives call him nrouud tho lake. Ho went
over ngnin nil of his mining life in Cali
fornia, not forgetting to impress mo
cs-ory llttlo whllo with tho fact that he
was ono of tho best amateur doctors in
all that part of tho country. Unfortu
nately I was not sick in any way bo that
I could try him on tho spot. Perhaps
somo ono else will ls going tlint way
pretty soon. If so, ho will bo suro to
meet with a hearty welcomo from tho
old man, especially if ho will go through
tho motions of trying somo of Ills reme
diesthe one for curing the bito of
rattlesnakes, for instance. But it is not
necessary to havo interviewed n rattlo
snake first, F. Q. Mather.
Nisw Yokk. Aug. 8. While I was in
England I poked up to Great Yarmouth.
Home of Yarmouth bloater, herring,
Robinson Crusoe niul Peggoty. Engaged
lodgings. Hall's court. Fisherman's
wifo. Young. Stout. Cheeks, brick
First morning at Great Yarmouth.
Eutiro 8trnnger. Went out to buy pro
visions. Tea first. Enter store Piatt,
grocer. Piatt obliging, willing, sub
servient, scml-scrvilo, sociable. Remarks
whllo weighing tea, "Stylish wedding
that this morning." Entirely ignorant
of wedding. Conclude, however, I'll
not bj cntiro stranger in Yarmouth.
At least in theory. Romark, "Yes, it
was." Implication of general know
ledge of subject. To save useless ox
filanatlon. Onu stylish wedding very
iko another. On any sldo of Atlantic,
Further remark by sociable British
grocer: "There were soren carriages nt
church." Replied, "Indeed!" Didn't quite
600 Piatt's drift. Ominous inilection
in P.'s voice. Felt it meant something.
nlted to bi-o meaning, Piatt s next re
mark: "They'll do well to keep it up in
that stylo all their lives."
Began to see daylight. Had got Piatt's
bearings. Latitude and longitude. Felt
Piatt's Inwardnes. Piatt jealous of
townsman. Townsman's son or daugh
ter had Iwen doing matrimony. Put on
too much style. Had hit Piatt. Aud
probably Mrs. Piatt. On jealous chord.
Feeling sociable, joined in. Stranger.
Strange land. Strange town. Hungry
to talk witli some one. Any one. Didn't
care nlwut what. Had been Iwttled up
talklesa for days. Starved colloquially.
Joined in with Piatt. M urged Into Piatt's
jealousy. Becamo for minute part of
Piatt in sentiment. Condcmuod extrnv
aguut couplo. Prophesied thoy'd como to
wnuU Saw 'em with money spent. Liv
ing beyond means. Saw 'em poor. Put
'em in wretched garrot. Lowered 'em
into damp cellar. Paupers. Buried 'cm
In pottor's field. All lnsldo of teu min
utes. Sympathy did Piatt gmd, Mo
too. Prentice Muu'oitD,
For Late Styles and Immense Satisfaction,
GO TO THE
Lincoln Shoe Store
They make a Specialty of
Ludlow's Celebrated Fine Shoes
lor Ladies. They combine Service, Solid
Comfort and Economy.
122a O STREET.
-ARE NOW IN AT-
The Old Reliable Tailor,
First Class Workmanship, Fine Trimming, and
G05 S ZEjLE-VEisrTza: Street.
J. F. LANSING
r.nndBought nnd Sold, Homes Rented. Abstract Furnished, Taxes l'nkl for Non-HosldcnU
niul nil other biuluo pertaining to Ileal Estate promptly attcoded to.
I.ATU OK lUlOOKLYN, N. Y.,
Taujdr and Qraper
I shall display for your Inspection a new and very carefully selected
Stock, compiling many of the latest and newest designs of the European
Manufacturers, and I am now prepared to take all orders for making up
garments for gents In the latest styles.
Having for seventeen years met with great sucrcss In Iirooklyn, N. V.,
in cutting and making Ladles Jackets and Riding Habits, shall be pleased
to receive patronage from the ladles during the coming beason.
I am also prepared to receive orders for all kinds of Uniforms and
1230 O Street.
Most Popular Resort in the City.
ODELL'S DINING HALL,
1 1 19, r 12 1 and 1123 N Street.
Meals 25 cts $4.00 per week.
We beg leave to Inform our Lincoln patrons and the public in general that
our Importation of FINE
Novelties for Sprit g and Summer
Are now ready for Inspection. Wc have a much larger and hner assortment
than ever before. Call and sec our latest novelties from London and Paris,
Dress Suits a Specialty.
guckert & Mcdonald,
315 S. 15th St., Omaha, Neb.
the nick of time, and "just strikes the spot." The quiet enjoy men of a fragrant Ha
vana In a charmingly decorated and gorgeous smoking apartment, and finally a peace
ful sleep In a bed of snewy linen and downy softness. Such Is life on the "BUR
LINGTON" RQUTE. What other line or combination of lines can offer you these
advantages' NOT ONE. Please remember this when next you travel.
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Information of all kinds pertain
ing to Railroad or Ocean Steam
ship Tickets promptly answered.
G. W. HOLDREGE, Gen'l Mgr
J. FRANCIS, G. P. and T. A.,
LINCOLN ilRANCH OF
Max Meyer & Bro.,
Wholesile and Retail Dealers In
PIANOS 0 ORGANS
Oencrnl western incuts for tho Hteln
wny. ICtm!e, Clilckerlinr, Vomv Krut
Onblcr, llelir Bros., Newby A Evam, anil
l'lnr.os intuited m plain flmircn prices
always tho lowest for tho grade cf pianos
C. IVT. HANDS, Manager.
142 North 11th Street.
Fire Insurance and Loan Broker.
Kooin 10 Klclmrcl's llloclc.T IKPAT V M ah
Cor. Utli nud O Stroets, LintULrii IlBU.
A BEAUTIFULLY UPHOLSTERED RECLINING CHAIR
that is the very embodiment ot ease and luxury ;' a friendly game
of Whikt, a choice volume from the well stocked library, a prom
enade from car to car (the handsome vestibule excluding all dust,
smoke, rain or ind, and thus rendering the promenade a de
lightful and novel pastime). A sumptuous meal that comes in
My superior advantages enable me to
ticket to and from Europe at the lowest rates
and to secure desirable cabins In advance of
sailings. The generous patronage accorded
me by prominent people of Omaha, Lincoln
and other Nebraska cities attest the popular
ity of this ollice.
City Passenger and
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