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THE DAILY JlKIiALU : rLATTSMOUTH. N EliUASKA, MON lA V, HAY 13, l8!l.
ONE . LIFE
Hot H'lio hand lit rretln
Aiu thi'iirm that ln-I.I It of t! I.
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Ifr i-yp Into Lis an?
Kyrn o r.-utlpd.l to l:lm
Afiil In llilnkx it lliu Klin-lo'.ry twilight
Thai n:.!. n ituvn tut Mi.u.i- r.ni iliin.
II.t p.i-tty r.:ci-lni:i tow !irJ liltn
Ah. whwi i!iil i:-r f.i. urn uv.ar!
And l.e M.hi!. it liiu Kiiicry mixiiiliht
Tl.iit iiitl.i it ho fr.ii:t uii'l K''-iy
Ontiirit that linfnt riml f.i!:iTM,
Ta wi'ini'L1 uikI wliit;KT "(J-! by."
A lifr" Why. a hfo Is ii.lhln
Whrn niil.iotm eucli iiiiiiuti tlio.
Willi million i-nc-li rnlmitf ilyln,
Vklint u:;ii:erH nun hfo or il.;.lh
Ouo frailo an. I t.-u !, r fUt n.-.rf-Onc
Iri-imil.tiiH. -i.-.linj lircailif
A li.'f Why. a life In nothing'
Whut muili-m though unu turn l!ml
Al:u" for Him l.!Iy of riM-oii
Ohm life Im t!i. world to him.
CI II In Frank Uslle'a Ncwtij-ajyT.
From out nf tlio sands of that buji
parcliiil lv-urt wliirli stretches niTtk-a
our tsoiilliwcturii country tin- 'illi Iai
Jini, It.'liati iiuiiii-i!, ri. s alinjpl I y. For
many mill's tl.c mountain lift- a liarriiT
across tin plain. Its prccipitom hi lcs,
ecurrtil ami lro!. n ly crt.'vii-es, or
ruo with fallen IkjuIiJcm. render pii:
Bast iniMis.si!jli to all Imt tlio nakcl bav-n-s
vl:o have f;inl them a homo.
In t!nf-o !itiiilts a fragment of the
Navajo Indian tri!e, innkr the l-.-ailer-Kliipof
iiH)i'(M oM Francisco, have for
a long while iinliircij th-ir avan in
BtinctH. Ami whih- t!i arm of tin.1 law
is too Kt rung f.r them to make open war
fare, little provocation is iieeileil to in
cite them to misc-liii'f unless detection
anil punishment han;.; imminent.
Here ami there in the tortuous fa.st
nensrs a Hpring Ixihloes from the rocks,
ami along the water. I m -fore it binks into
tlio han.!. i.s found luxuriant pasturage
for the herd-, of Iiidian jmnies.
Midway in its extent the mountain i
broken hy n narrow pas.s through which
meanders an In.li.m trail. It was just
here that several months ago an after
noon nun was scorching a party of young
surveyors. They had lieen riding all
day across the dusty plain and were
eagerly looking now for the water at the
foot of the mountain. A wore of weary
pack animals, with drooping heads end
long ears Happing, were picking their
way carefully fiver the stony ti:il while
near them rode ol-l Hamlin, the Mormon
packer, with hi.t two Mexican assistants;
behind these followed in smlo iilo the
young men of the corps.
The ringing crack of a driver's whip
now and then came echoing back from
the cliiTs ahis.g with the unintelligible
jargon of a Mexican urging on the tired
mules. The tinkle-tinkle of tlio lead
mare's Ik 11 moved slowly on; the dust
rose in clouds from fourscore feet; the
sun iourcd do.vn between the narrow
walla, and as yet no sign of water had
lieen t een. "
A youth named Jim impatiently pushed
ahead in hi. eager search. He had not
gone far when he sighted an Indian boy
riding I; i.;m-ly through the pass. Ah,
there wa one who could tell of the cov
eted spring I'rieking his horse lie hur
ried to overtake the little savage. The
Iroy roused u; at the sound of galloping
hoofs, and seeing a white man f ollowing
so fa t. without p lusing to question his
intent, lashed the shaggy pony to the
top of its sjeed.
Hold on. there! Hold on!" Jim called
to him. hut if his voice reached the
frightened youngster he gave it no heed,
unless to i'.rg' I. is pony the faster. Then
a freakish thought crossed the young
man's mind, ami spurring his horse wild
ly along the trad he U-gan to itter war
whoojw ami shrit Ls that might have
tt iril.sl old Francisco himself, had he
The nimble pony was making pood
spent, but the little savage, fearing to be
caught and scalped, thought tho moua-
tain safer than mo sauuie. .uuoui
stopping his M.ny Ue Sprang lightly to
tho cnniml, ran u
: the hillside and dis-
apiU'IlRil in 1.13 l-ow inns ai i.iu iwi "
. . ... i i i . i. .r
Id scnrcelv keep hi3 saddle
witli lauht r for a few moments: then
he rode along tho trail to where tho little
fellow had tlisTr.ix ared and called to luiu
to come down, that ho was a good white
man ami wanted water. I:ut lie migut
lis well have hailed a wild jack rabbit.
The pony checked his epecd when the
rider left hi:n. but fetill eluded the young
man's efforts to turn him back in tho
narrow ass. The pack train came up,
aiil tho wild animal scurried ahead of it
until the pass had widened into the val
ley. There ho was turned and sent
pranci.v-; back toward the mountain.
lint the perverso little animal instead
of returnins in.Ued now upon following
the train. Again and again the boys
dashed at hi:n. and away ho would go
for a moment; but presently hia hee.a
would Hy into the r.ir and bick he v.ould
come, frisking impishly, and through
the rest of the afternoon followed at a
A spring was found before sunset, ana
camp wai pitched for the night by the
side of the water. Tho animals were
turned loose to graze. The weary men
dropped upon the ground, while the
cook busied himself preparing supper.
Presently a shadow fell across the ground
where we lay. and looking up we ob
served a solitary Indian approaching, a
blanket thrown over his shoulders and a
riile on his ami. It was so usual an oc
currence that little heed was given him;
for everywhere they frequent our camps,
Lcinq incessantly for whisky, tobacco
and food. Put when lie drew near anu
made no request, nor even acknowledged
our salutation of "How," we knew that
hi was another object, and that he was
ill disposed. , , . ,
Drawing hi blanket round him. lie
paused a little way olT and stood assilent
as a specter. He was very tall and
straight, with finely chiseled features in
Elead'of the brutal face so connnon to
the Indian. As he poed there in the
t flight .his picturesque ganm-ut draping
about witli riile ia hand and tho
long shadows around, I could almoot
fancy the Fpiritof Hiawatha had risen.
15 this timo Biiper w.iii ready, and a
cup or coll en was powreiJ ami oiiereu to
tlio Indian. II? neither accepted nor re
fused, but remained r.s motionless as if
ie had Ix'en ca. t in bronze. Turning
presently and walking n. few i.tcjui away,
lie uttered the long, treyudoiu call of the
covole. An :s:i--veri::g note canie Horn
the l.ill.i near bv i.ad i.oon i.her Indians
nf'pi-ai'eil Iiy on
ij and joinc
him about the fire. Thev continued to
fctrav.!e in until thi.tv hail leathered
around us, end all wero armed. Food
w:: offered them, bat not one accepted;
thev were not !i.-ixsed to lie friendly.
Ni;',ht had come iind with it the cold
l.re.e from the mountains. The camp
Hie bla.i d cheeriK. and around it the
Navajo: gathered, squatting ujion their
haunches. Our men were weary with
the day's ride, and after the 'animals had
leen picketed, drew out their blankeU
and lay down a!out them, their baggage
under their heads. Noothcr trouble was
e.xjH-cteil if the stock were guarded from
slamjieile. for a lody of troops lay at the
fort, three days' journey from tho moun
tain. After the men had lain down the Indi
ans drew tlo:,er around the fire, now and
then gathering fuel, or sj leaking one to
another in their own language. We lay
on the ground in the shadow, but against
the dai kness the swarthy iigures of the
avajos were thrown in lold relief by
the lireliht. and they wero not so far
awav out that their voices came to us.
What a dreamy picture it seemed as
we fell asleep! The coppery figures
drawn aliout the fire, half concealed by
th. ir gaudy blai:!:e:. th' gleam of rifles,
the sleej.Lig men. the dusky animal forms
ut li 'led in shadow, while off on the hills
a covote harked at the moon, which was
tinting the east and the waste of desert.
The picture-was soon forgotten bv the
boys, but the Mormon, as was his duty,
Presently the Indians formed in a half
circle aiM-ui mm mat n:ui ursi come to
us. and made ready for a powwow.
Hamlin knew then that our visitor was
the noted and !a:i;;ei oils Francisco. The
Dhicf begun to speak to hi.? warriors i:i
Piute. It so liapjiened that Hamlin had
been raised among the Piutcs and u:i
ilerstood the language even better than
the Navajo.-.. He heard Francisco re
eo.inliiig the wrongs of his people; how
iften their pastures had hern wrest. d
from them, their horses and cattle stolen.
And now they were being followed
into the desert. Only one moon before
two comrades had been murdered on the
plain, and by whom but these men? To
day a pony had been driven from the
mountains; to-morrow what outrage
might l-e expected? What should be
done? They were thirty braves, the
white men numbered seven. Horses
were here, food, rides and powder; one
bold stroke and all would be theirs.
The boyshad let n sleeping some hours,
when Hamlin wakened the nearest one
with a touch. S-h-h-h!" he. whispered.
Danger!" In an instant every nerve
was strung, and he would have ri:-en
but the Mormon pressed him down. The
Mexicans were already whispering to
gether, and soon the entire party was
on the alert.
We were etill ic the shadow, though
the moon was shining now. My first
fiance was toward the fire. All the In
dians had vanished but two, who were
squatting before the smoldering embers
a; the- had lieen earlier in the night
"The Navajos have gone behind, the
ridge," we were presently told, "and
these two remain lest we should suspect
something wrong, and be on our guard
ur tret awav." Then the Mormon told us
what he had overheard. Francisco had
planned to attack us just before day.
when most likely the entire party would
he sleeping. They hail withdrawn the
more surely to take us unawares, and
had crossed the ridge in order to conceal
tin ir fire.
lie had heard more; news had mos
probably reached tho fort of the murder
cf the two Indians, and a squr.o or sol-
di-T been dispatched to investigate the
matter, for a detachment was in camp at
the Chez-a-kla spring, only t:-n miles
awav. It was then 11 o'clock; a man
must start off at once to notify tho lieu
tenant. Even if the troops did net arrive
In-fore the Indians returned wo might be
able to defend ourselves for awhile till
succor should come.
One of the boys was selected as mes
senger. None of us had yet rLsen from
thcrrroimd; the Navajos thought us sleep
ing. The lad began to 6lide o'.T in the
"rus. and presently reached tho edge of
a little gulch undiscovered. There he
dropped over aud under shelter of the
rocks made good his escape. It is need
less to say w did not sleep again. Every
eve and ear -as on the alert and every
rifle ia ban J. Now and then a coyote
slunk near, and the uncertain shadow
gave our nr rves a thrill, or if his mate
called we fancied the Navajos were sig
naling. The suspenso so wrought upon
the nerves of the party that thoy would
gladly have followed Hamlin to surprise
the Indians in their camp; but the watch
ers were near. A suspicious movement
on our part, and they would have van
ished like phantoms: or the crack of a
rifle the whole band would be upon us.
Hamlin, too, grew restless as we lay
there, and presently crept near to us.
lie had been considering the chances of
tho troops arriving in time to bo of serv
ice. The Chez-a-kla was ten miles away,
and even were the detachment still there
thev could not reach us before 3 o clock.
It was the day before when tb.e Indians
had seen them, but had they remained?
It was doubtful if the lad could follow
the trail aright, and, besides, the Nava
jos might attack us at any moment.
Hamlin had nerves like the rest of us;
perhaps he bad more. He was' a gaunt,
muscular man, who had been reared
among the 1'iutes, where his father had
been sent a Mormon missionary. Hav
ing enjoined us 6trictly to lie quiet, he
raised up raid yawned, as though but
just wakened from sleep.
"Hello, there! If you are going to sit
by my fire, why don't you keep it burn
ing?" be called out to the pair who were
yet f paatting about the embers. "You
trilling, lazy buck, now you keep that
f.ro up till day, or I'll take toy cowhide
and drive you ofT!"
The blaze crackled and tho sparks flew
up ri3 ho piled tho fuel on. while tho two
moved liack somewhat. Drawing his
blanket u!xiut his shoulders, Hamlin
squatted near thorn, shivering and pre
tending to le cold. Presently lie ppoke,
inquiring after some Mormon friends
who had been among tho Navajos.
Are you Mormon man?" one of them
isked. It was just tho question he
wanteii. Lcrtainly lie was a mormon.
and knew so and so, and hi3 father was
old Hamlin, whom all the Navajos knew.
"Then you ought to Ik) ashamed, a
Mormon man, to work for I 'el li canoes!"
said one. "Pellicanoes are thieves; they
steal Indians' ponies."
With this, conversation began in Na
vajo fashion, and as they talked, Hamlin
moved slowly nearer, until iney were
face to face. The bright fire threw them
in high light, and beyond wero the un
certain shadows. trout tho darkness
came the long, wavering call of the coy
ote, ami ever and anon we wero startled
as some browsing jiony clinked tho peb
bles in his way. The suspenso grew in
tolerable as tho moments slipped past
and the time drew near when tho Navajos
would return. And what could Hamlin"
mean? Was ho seeking favor on his own
account? Was he about to desert us?
A comrade touched me, and pointed to
the place of the two drivers a little way
off in tho shadow. Their blankets were
on the ground, but peering intently, I
saw them to be empty. The Mexicans had
slipped olf in the darkness undiscovered.
Hamlin must Ik? informed at once, and
I raised on my cllow to call. Perhaps
he heard me move, for the next moment J
he sprang at a Navajo s throat like a
wildcat. His companion uttered a single
"Yip!" and leaped to his feet, but before
his weajKjn could bo used wa pinioned
by the two Mexicans. Hamlin had
seized tho larger, and as wo ran up they
were clenched ami struggling.
Tho two were quickly gagged and
bound. The Mexicans wished to dis
patch them at once, but milder counsels
We were uncertain if the camp be
yond the ridge had heard tho warning
note, and with all haste threw tho sad
dles and more valuable jnicks upon tne
animals, sprang to our places and hur
ried along the obscure and dmicult trail.
We rode with whip and spur through
sand and sagebrush, over stones and
gulches, across fallen timber; a mad.
wild race, as fast as beasts could strug
gle. After tho intense night of watch
ing action was relief: we could have
jumped from a precipice, charged a bat
tery or fought a band of grizzly bears.
On and on we urged tho tram: one
mile passed, two, then three; by that
time we wero shaken with the perilous
ride, the animals were panting, and our
speed slackened. Another milo and a
call was heard. We paused to listen.
Were the Navajos following, or wa3 it a
friend? A moment and another whoop
i . if
came ringing, ana there was a sounu oi
galloping hoofs. The voice was familiar,
and we sent an answer echoing across
In a few minutes we were with friends.
The lad had reached the Chez-a-kla and
roused the camp, then mounted a horse
T ' . 1 1 A -. 1 1 i -.
anawasgunimgi.no uiuecoais uueh. io
The next day Francisco vva3 followed
into the mountains and shortly atter-
ward captured; but instead of taking
him to the fort for trial we called hit;
people together and held a grand pow
wow. Hamlin explained how the pony
had followed us, and the lieutenant de
clared that he had been sent to seek and
punish the murderers of the two Nava
jos. 1 hen a present oi louacco wu
fiven, we eaclrw hilled from l ranciscos
dirty pipe, and, as the story books say.
all lived happily together ever after, for
as long as we worked in that region they
wero our friends. John Willis Hays in
A "raintcr" Let Co.
Every sailor has his. story of the mis
takes which "landlubbers make over
the names of things at sea, which always
seem to be exactly the opposite of what
they are oh land. A sheet, for instance,
instead of leing something broad, like a
sheet of cloth or a sheet of water, is noth
ing but a rope.
A new boy had come on board a West
India ship, upon which a painter had
also been em ploy ed to paint the sh i p's side.
The painter was at work upon a staging
suspended under tho ship's stern. The
captain, who had just got into a boat
alongside, called out to the new boy, who
stood leaning over tho rail:
"Let go the painter 1"
Everybody should know that a boat's
painter is the rope which makes it fast,
but this boy did not know it. Ho ran
aft and let go the ropes by which the
painter's stage was held.
Meantime the captain wearied with
waiting to be cast off.
"You rascal!" ho called; "why don't
vou let go the painter?"
"He's gone, sir," said the boy, briskly;
"he's gone, pot9, brusheo and all!
This Goes as a Record.
John Lewis, one of the pioneers of
Calaveras countv, Cal., tellsof a remark
able shot that he once made. It's a true
story, too. For many months a fox had
been playing havoc with Mr. Lewis'
hens, and do what he would he could
not catch or shoot the fellow. There was
a big tree, about 800 feet long, that had
fallen just above his cabin, and when he
tried to 6hoot the fox the 6ly beast would
dodge around the upturned roots, sneak
along the further 6ide of the tree until it
reached the top and then make a bolt
and escape. One moonlight night Lewis
heard a commotion among the hens, and
running out with his gun saw the fox,
as usual, slip around the root end of the
tree. He rused his gun and with the
muzzle followed along the tree at about
the rate he thought the fox would travel,
and when the muzzle cleared the upper
end of the tree ho fired into the Bhadow,
Then he went back to bed. The next
niorning he went out to the tree top, and
there lay the dead fox, riddled with
buckshot. San Francisco Calk r
A MAGNIFICENT SIGHT.
STARS CF HEAVEN FELL AS IF
SHAKEN OF A MIGHTY WIND.
Tha Wonderful Meteoric Shower of 1833.
T!ieorle a to tho Ckum and ICflVct A
Child' Wonilermeiit ut the Scene Super
stitious Awn of Colored I'ele.
One of tho earliest and most vivid of
uiy personal recollections ia of tho grand
meteoric shower of Nov. 13, 1833. A
similar occurrence is' recorded as happen
ing in northern Europe near the close of
tho last century. But no meteorological
display has equaled that of 1833 in ex
tent nnd duration from the beginning of
the historic eriod.
With reference to the origin of these
meteors there have been divers conjec
tures, most of which are at best hap
hazard simulations. A number of astron
omers have regarded them as fragments
of an exploded planet small in size, but
of a like sort with the hundred and odd
asteroids that have been discovered be
tween the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
Kepler himself thought that a largo
planet was needed in this vast interplane
tary space to jerfect the rhythm of the
skies and tho fabled music of the spheres.
Tlio subsequent discoveries of Piazzi and
Olbers and their successor" h-!" f-'!v
justifled this opiiiioa. 'i...;
nomical fancy of a lost Pleiad likewise
finds its-vindication, it may bo in these
asteroids and in tho far more numerous
meteoroids which have 6ince been seen in
all parts of tho world. Whether they be,
as suggested, the disjecta membra of
some errant and wrecked orb doomed
and damned for some earlier Adamic
transgression, they certainly occupy a
definite place in our system.
Their periodical occurrence with great
er or lesser brilliancy in May and Novem
ber and likewise in August and Decem
ber, establish the facts that at these dates
our earth in its annual travel comes in
frequent contact with a meteoric zone.
It may require another century of inves
tigation with the aid of mightier instru
ments than that of the Liuk observatory
to determine whether, as is probable,
these meteoric exhibitions result from a
vast volume of nebulous matter revolv
ing around the sun, and itself the nur
sery of embryonic planets.
Whatever our conclusion on these
vexed questions, it was certainly not
only the privilege of a lifetime, but a
millennium, to be an eye witness of such a
stupendous and resplendent spectacle. 1
distinctly remember being aroused about
4 o'clock in the morning by the weird
outcries of the domestic servants. They
seemed possessed with the idea that the
day of judgment was at hand, and I read
ily recall the efforts of my father to quiet
the uproar by assuring them that there
was no cause of alarm.
Of course, I knew nothing of scientific
import. My impressions were those of
elation rather than fright. To me the
whole scene was about what I have
since conceived of the pyrotechnic dis
plays of the Vauxhall garden or a full
fledged Chinese feast of lanterns. A boy
reader will best understand the aspect of
things when I add that aside from the
iizz and the pop it was like a thousand
Christmases condensed into one.
Scientific observers have since told us
that these meteoroids all seemed to pro
ceed from a point in the constellation
Leo. For this reason they have . been
since called Leonids. My boyish remem
brance accords with this statement of
tho scientists. Usually they issued singly,
but at" times they had the appearance of
a stream of fire. A few that I observed
were very large, one or more not unlike
tho nucleus of Halley's comet in 1833,
when it was receding from the sun.
READY FOR "A WORD OP PRAYER."
They nearly all seemed falling directly
to the earth, and it was a matter of child
ish wonderment to me that they did not
cover the ground as I had seen falling
snow Gake3 do at other times. The splen
dor of these celestial fireworks gradually
waned as the dawn approached, very
much to my personal regret.
A great many stories are still current
in regard to the general consternation
produced by this marvelous phenomenon.
In some instances persons were fright
ened into convulsions, and several deaths
were reported from different parts of the
country. " (
In my boyhood there was a story cur
rent of a wealthy slaveholder in western.
Georgia, who was besides something of
a philosopher. He resided in the center
of a large negro quarter, and being
awakened by the shrieks and yells of
nearly one hundred slaves, he hurriedly
equipped himself in pants and slippers
and stepped out on his front piazza. He
was soon surrounded with a largo num
ber of slaves who were frantic with ter
ror. For a time he surveyed the heavens
with a decree of painful apprehension.
Noticing " in the crowd an old negro
preacher, in whose piety he had much
confidence, ho addressed him in this wise:
"Uncle Joe, do you watch the 'seven
stars' and 'the ell and yard,' and when
you see them start come into the 'big
house and we will have a word of
Of course the Pleiades were immova
ble, nor did the empyreal suns that blaze
in the belt of Orion "shoot madly from
their spheres." As a ; consequence the
hypothetical "word of prayer" was un
spoken. The return of daylight blotted
out the meteors and calmed the super
stitious fears of master and, slave.
Most astronomers tell us that another
such spectacle will probably never be
witnessed again through all the genera
tions of men. St. John, who was a
prisoner in Patmos, says: "I beheld
when he had opened the sixth seal" that
"the sun became as blood; and the stars
of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a
fig tree casteth her untimely figs when
6he is shaken of a mighty wind." Rev.
J. W. Scott.
A Vast Gulf Separates Them.
Some men "live and learn." Others
devote their time exclusively to forget
ting all that they ever knew, Gloucester
A CHIP OF THE OLD BLOCK.
Ilutolilnson's Adventure with Ills
Father In Carrying Lath.
Mr. II. P. Hutchinson has a promising
son Isaac, of which this story is told:
"Old Hutch," as tho world calls him,
was seated one afternoon on the fence
surrounding a piece of his property upon
which a comfortable dwelling house was
tcing put up. The veteran merchant
was whittling a stick of wood and suier
intending the actions of "Ike," who,
under his instructions, was transferring
a lot of laths from tho open air to tho in
terior of the unfinished house in a wheel
barrow. It was not an e:u;y tusk. Any
body who has tried it knows how hard it
is to wheel a barrow up a single plank.
Cut "Young Hutch" was performing the
"Old Hutch" watched and w hittled for
a while in silence. Then an idea struck
him, anil ho lumlered down olf the fence
and approached his perspiring 6on.
"Ike," 6aid he, "you know as much as
Ike mado no reply, but looked a little
"See here," went on the old man,
"don't jrou see that you can get twice
us many laths onto that wheelbarrow if
you pile them crosswise instead of length
wise, as you've been doing? Just watch
me, and see tho load I'll take in there."
The boy silently watched his father
lalor'ou:;J v pile Tip the sticks. When he
. . ..'' i
plank a bystander nuiiC i..no perceived
a huge grin of delight spreading itself
over "Young Hutch's" features.
When Old Hutch reached the brick
doorway he stopped. Why? Well, be
cause when piled crosswise tho laths
were too long to permit tho wheelbarrow
to enter. Tho old man turned slowly
round and mopped his brow with a red
Old Hutch looked at Young Hutch.
Young Hutch looked at Old Hutch.
,'Father," said tho younger of the
twain deliberately, "you don't know as
much as tho shell of an oyster."
Tho old man told tho Century club
crowd all about it tho next day, and
vowed as he related the circumstance
that Ike would be a bigger mau than hi3
brother Charley some day. Chicago Tri
bune. Fun for Ono of tho Hoys.
The spirit of the Spanish inquisition
lives today in the form of the small boy,
and particularly that portion of the
genius commonly known as the gamin.
For discovering particularly ingenious
and soul racking methods of torture and
annoyance, the small boy stands pre
eminent and unapproachacle. This great
truth was borne in upon the mind of
The Man About Town by an incident to
which he was a witness on Olive street
the other day. A youngster who, from
his aristocratic appearance, was evidently
tho hope of some West End family, and
who had 6trayed down town, had
become deeply interested in the mys
teries of the cable road and was endeav
oring to penetrate its secrets by a careful
investigation through tho slot. A gamin
stood on the curb.
His roving glance took in the boy in
the middle of tho street, and his active
mind immediately conceived a plan to
improve the situation for his own amuse
ment and tho utter woe of tho boy from
tho West End. IIo drew a long string
.from his pocket, made a slip noose in
one end and warily approached his vic
tim. With a sudden spring ho seized the
other's natty hat, deftly slipped the
noose around the crown 'and running a
few steps up the street before the other
boy had taken in tho situation, he droppeu
the free end through tho slot. Instantly
it caught thaeablo and held fast, and the
next second the hat was sailing up t he
street at the rate of eight miles an hour,
with its owner wildly pursuing it, o
hopeless second in the race, while the
bystanders cheered, and the author of
the trouble smiled a smile of exceeding
peace, and ran up an alley to relate his
adventure to a few other angelic spirits.
St. Louis Republic.
A Tip from Spook L-'Onl.
We commend to the attention of the
Society for Psychical Research the latest
dream story in connection with racing."
A well known ex-military sportsman for
some weeks past had made up his mind
that he would try and dream the winner
of the Lincoln handicap. I his ingenious
idea of his he announced to several of
his friends, who naturally smiled some
what skeptically on the would be seer.
However, on Monday night five times in
succession he dreamt that No. 13 had
won the race. As there was no horse of
that name the sportsman in question
came to the conclusion tlat his vision
must refer to the number on the card.
He made no secret of his belief, and yes
terday morning he sent a messenger to
King's Cross to get the card and back
his dream number. There were no cards
to be had at the station. Accordingly,
he wired to Messrs. W. II. Smith &
Sons' bookstall at Lincoln for the name
of No. 13 on the day's card for the handi
cap. The answer csmo back promptly,
"Wise Man." Tho resolute dreamer im
mediately backed the horse, with the
happy result that all "wise racing men
now wot of. Every detail of this singu
lar story 13 absolutely true, and there
are many who can testify to having
heard the prophecy of No. 13 delivered
on Tuesday afternoon. London Tele
Why He Pldu't Hear It.
They are laughing over a blunder of -a-United
States examining 6urgeon up in
Caribou. lie was examining for deafness
an applicant for a pension, and to test the
man's left ear held a watch at some dis
tance and asked him if he could hear it
tick. The answer was "No," and the
same reply waa given to repeated ques
ions as the watch was brought nearer.
"Put him down totally deaf in left ear,"
the 6urgeon said, and hold ing the watch
away from the man'a right ear, the same
question was asked. To his surprise, the
answer was the same. It then occurred
to the surgeon to examine his watch, and
he found that it had stopped. TI13 ex
amination wa3 begun all over ejain.
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