Plattsmouth weekly journal. (Plattsmouth, Neb.) 1881-1901, November 20, 1890, Image 3
tfsr 3Ialtsmouth Journal. '. IV. MIlltM lN. Publisher. rLAIT.-JIUUTH, NEBUASKA, A PHYSIOLOGICAL CHARADE. An Iiicenlou Hut Kally-Sol vel Kiddle. I'ronnunrcd as ono letter, and written with three, Two letter there are, and only one In me. I am double, urn single, am black, blue and pri-y, J am read from both ends and the same either way; I Din restless and wandering, steady and fixed. And you know not one hour what I may be next, I melt and I kindle, beseech and defy, I am watery and moist, 1 am tlery and dry; I am scornful and scowling, compassionate, meek. I am lis?ht, I am dark, I am strong, I am weak. I Dm sluggish and dead, I am lively and bright, I am sharp. I am flat, I am left, I am right; I am piercing and clear, I am heavy and dull; Kxpressivo and languid, contracted and full; I am careless and vacant, I search and I pry. And judge, and decide, and examine, and try; I'm a globe and a mirror, a window, a door, An index, an organ, and fifty things more. I belong to all animals under the sun. And to those who were long understood to have nor.e. By some I am said to exist in the mind. And am found in potatoes and needle and wind. Three jackets I own, of glass, water and horn. And I wore them all three on the day I wus born; I am covered quite snug, with a lid and a fringe, Yet I move every way on invisible hinge. A pupil I have, a most whimsical wight. Who is little by day and prows big in the night; "Whom I cherish with care as part of myself, Kor in truth I depend on this delicate elf Vbo collects all my food, and with wonderful knack Throws it into a net which I keep at my back; And though heels over head it arrives, in a trice It is sent up to table all proper and nice. I am spoken of sometimes as if I were glass. ut then it is false, and the trick will not pass. St Maw makes me run. -. .jough I have not a limb; i'hough I neither hav ii..s nor bladder, I swim. Like many more couples, my partner and I At times will look cross at each other, and shy; Yet still, though we differ in what we're about, One will do all the work when the other is out. I am least apt to cry, as they always remark. When trimmed with good lashes, or kept in the dark. Should I fret and be heated they put me to bed. Anil leave mo to cool upon water and bread. Hut if hardened I grow, they make use of the knife. Lest an obstinate humor endanger my life. Or you may, though the treatment appears to be rough. Run a spit through my side and with safety enough. Like the boys who arc fond of the fruit and thoir play, I am seen with my ball and apple all day. My belt is a rainbow, I reel and I dance; I am said to retire, though I never advance. I am read by physicians as one of their books. And am used by the ladies to fasten their hooks. My language is plain, though it can not be heard. And 1 speak without ever pronouncing a word, S;me call me a diamond, some say I am a jet, Others talk of my water, or how I am set. I'm a borough in England, in Scotland a stream, And an isle of the sea in the Irishman's dream. The earth without mo would no loveliness wear. And sun, moon and stars at iry wish disappear; Yet so frail is my tenure, so brittle my joy. That a speck gives me pain, and a drop can de stroy. London Lancet. FETE BILKS' HELIGIOX. Tli3 Happy Outcome of a Revival in Larksville. NE FELLOW proposed selling pools on the chances,antl the bets were about five to one that they wouldn't get him. You see, thcro was a great re vival in the course of erup tion (if one may be permitted the expression) in the little town of Larks- Tille, and the report was that Tote Bilks was on the "anxious seat." At any rate, he was inside of the church doors, and that was something no ono had ever seen happen before. For Pete to have been anxious about any thing would have been a novelty, but for him to bo solicitous about his spiritual condition was quite beyond any thing yet, and the boys wcro very much excited over it. Pete had been rather a wild sort al ways, although he never had done any thing so awfully bad. lie was a sort of local sport and fond of shooting and fishing and all sorts of out-of-door amusements. He could guess the weight of a fat hog or steer to a pound, too, and he was never known to have been left behind in any "swap" of horses or anything else. Besides these accomplishments he was the fastest short-distance runner for miles around. Matches were often gotten up to show off his powers to some admiring stran ger, but Pete never claimed to be more than a sprinter, and he always frankly said to his vanquished rival: "Ef it bed ben ten rod further I'd a clean gin out" The revival meetings of which I speak w ere held in the only church of the vil lage, where the Methodists held forth one Sunday and the Baptists the next, and they were a sort of joint affair of the tivo congregations. The church, or meeting-house, as the older residents still call it, was a one story wooden building, painted white, and lighted by tall, narrow windows. It was guiltless of stained glass or decorations of any sort, and the pine benches wore high of seat, low of back, and harder than the heart of the most unrepentant sinner. There was no car pet on the floor and the room was "warmed by two large sheet-iron "heat ers" which stood on cither side like grim sentinels. The box-like pulpit was painted black and stood upon a low platform in one end of the room, and this was Hanked by a small organ on tho right and a small caso of Sunday-school books on the left Four plain iron lamps hung from as many rusty hooks in the ceiling, and to the frame of every second window was fastened a clumsy bracket-lamp. Directly in front of the pulpit were three rows of benches, separated by a small space from those in the body of the church. These wero for the "seek ers." There was a good deal of Christiani ty in Larksville, but it was of a vol canic sort It would slumber very peace fully for a time, then it would burst out with an explosion which would fairly shake the pillars of the church, both literal and figurative. Then shouts and groans of repentance would rend the air, and the guilty sinner would bo brought to a consciousness of his un worthiness by the combined efforts of I M OI'' IX AN SKE THIS THING OUT. Brother Sneed, Methodist, and Brother Judkins, Baptist. Miss Judkins, Brother Judkins' lanky, red-haired daughter, played the organ for the Baptists, while Mr. Sneed, Brother Sneed's nephew, performed the same service for the Methodists. Dur ing revivals they "sawed off," that is, took turn and turn about at the wheezy instrument; and there were always lit tle mysterious whispered conversations between them and Brother Buncomb. who led the singing, varied by tip-toed excursions to the pulpit and more whis pered consultation with Brother Sneed and Brother Judkins. Now, Peto was one of a set of men who usually hung about the outsido door of the sacred edifice .during tho time that tho meetings were in session, not so much to receive the droppings of the sanctuary, I regret to say, as to see tho fun and make rude jests about the same. These men the revivalists at first designated in their prayers by the col lective title of "tho ungodly," but, this failing to have effect, the prayers grow decidedly personal, and petitions for the conversion of Peter Bilks. Andy Artz, Bill Jones and Sam Hall were wafted through the open windows to the crowd of loungers outside, where they were met by snickers and irrev erent jokes. This sort of thing had gone on for some time, when one night Pete stepped out from tho crowd and said: "By thun der, boys, I'm goin' in an' see this thing out" He was as good as his word, for he walked boldly into the church and took a seat half way up the middle aisle. Then it was that the boj's outside be gan to bet on the results. "This "ere looks serious, boys. Pete never went in a church afore to my ken. I'm afeard they'll have him afore he's done," drawled Andy Artz. "Fiddlesticks! he's only a guyin' 'em. I'll go you five to ono that he don't jine 'em," said Bill Jones. "Done," said Andy, and the money was put up, Sam holding the stakes. There was quite as great a stir inside the church when the fact was communi cated from one to another by winks and nods and sundry rolling of eyes that Pe ter Bilks was in the room. "Come, ye sinners poor and needy," was the hymn given out, and Brother Judkins gave an earnest invitation to any and all "unsaved persons" to come forward and take seats. While the hymn was being sung ex pectant glances were turned toward Pe ter, but Peter sat stolid and immovable. When tho singing wa3 finished Brother Sneed suggested that it be repeated to give those who had not fully deter mined to start another chance. Again it was sung and still Pete sat quite un moved. As the last quavering note died away Peter arose. "Ladies and gen tlemen," he began in a firm voce, "I hev about made up my mind that I'd like to be a Christian, but ye all know jist how it is weth me. I am by nature and habit a sprinter. I kin run a short race all right, but come to long distances an' I'm winded terri ble easy. Now, I'd hate to begin this ere thing an' then peter out fust lick, an' that's what I'm afeared 111 do. "An' so many of you 'uns here seems to be sprinters "stead o' stayers that I see it's the nattural way, an' ez I han't no notion o bein' thet sort, I believe I won't start" There was a commotion inquiring glances were sent from one to another, but Pete went calmly on: "It's all very well for you, Brother Sneed, to set an' exhort an' pray now, but how long is it sense you wuz a-tryin' yer wust to git the whip-hand in a dicker ubout some hogs weth old man Todd? "An' you. Brother Judkins, is mighty earnest now, but 'tan't two months back sense ye snuck outen yer back gate when ye seen Miss Coonsos gal com in up yer front walk and ye thought she wus com in to ast to borrer yer hoss and buggy to ride over to Haytown to see her sick pa. An you, Sister Green, I heern you less'n a fortnit back a-gos-sippin' an' a-runnin' down of a sartin young gal that ain't hed the prayen done over her thet your gals hes hed. "An you, too, Brother Small. I seen ye fillin' yer pockets with peanuts from lame Sammy's stand when his head wus turned. Now peanuts air a little mat ter, but lame Sammy's ho hez to pay fer 'cm all the same, and he han't got no bank account over to Haytown like you hev. "There's others, too, but I'm only mentionin' of these because them's the ones I hearn a-prayin' an' a-mentionin' the names and the sins of me and Andy and Bill and us fellers outsido. "I says to myself ez I hearn ye: 'Now, ef it's right for one human bein' to speak o' the faults of a fellow-critter in public, it's right fer another;' so I came in an' sat here tell I got a chance to git it back onto sorao on yer." Here Pete sat down as calmly as though he had not fired a bomb the like of which had never been heard of right into the midst of the assembled people. The effect was simply electrical people fairly held their breath for a moment. Now, when Pete had begun by men tioning Brother Sneed' s name, Brother Judkins had made a move as if to stop him, but Brother Sneed had held him back, muttering: "The fellow is right, let him alone," and so Pete had gone on uninterrupted to the end. After a moment of the death-like silence Brother Sneed arose. "Breth ren and sisters, Peter is right," he said. "I did try in trade to overreach a fellow-man. For this and all my other shortcomings I ask the Lord's pardon, and yours, my dear brethren." "And I," rolled out Brother Judkins' deep bass voice, while Sister Green's shrill treble piped up, brokenly: "And me, tew." "Let us pray," said Brother Judkins. The people all fell on their knees, and Pete with them. There were no howling amens and loud groans this time thcro was a short time of silent, earnest prayer, then Pe ter's voice broke tho stillness. "O Lord, I am a-goin to pray for my self, fur I need it more'n the rest I want to confess thet when I come in here to-night I done it jest to git even weth some I jodged hed been onfair to ward us fellers outside. But now, O Lord, I am in, I am a-goin' to stay in an do my best, an' I ast help to keep me a-goin. I hev done meny other sinful acts, O Lord, but you hev heern' all about them from the bretherin and sis terin, so 1 won't mention 'em asen unly tosay I am sorry I done 'em. Amen." As the congregation rose to their feet Miss Judkins, without any whispered confab this time, started entirely on her own hook upon "Just as I am, without one plea," and she fairly made the old organ speak- It was better for the 1 T.iJr--' i 'J ' ladies axi gentlemen," he began. artistic effect if one did not look at Miss Judkins, for her nose and eyelids were red and teary and her mouth was puck ered into a funny, hard knot; but the organ pumped hard, you know, and that may have had something to do with it One, by one the voices joined in the song, and when it was finished Brother Sneed pronounced the benediction and the meeting was over. Well, in time they got the rest of Pete's set into the fold, but' "it wasn't by hollerin', an' callin' names, an' showin' up faults they done it," to quote Pete. "It wus by makin' less noise an' showin' 'em how Christians ort to act" And, stranger than all, there was no disputing or quarreling between the Methodists and Baptists over the new converts. . "Them as liked their'n wet followed the Baptists, and them that took their'n dry went 'tother way," to quote Peter once more. Pete himself joined the Baptists, the "baptisin' bein' more thorough like." JJe proved a 'stayer," too, and one of the traditions in Larksville is that Par son Sneed and Parson Judkins and Sister Green and Peter Bilks all "got religion" at the same time. Marie More Marsh, in Chicago Times. SAVED FROM DISASTER. But It Wouldn't Cholly "Hello! Dolly, what's that on youah chain?" Dolly "That's a thermometaw chavrm." Cholly "Dawa't saw! Did it go down to zewo when Miss Moneyb?3 cut you?" Jeweler's Weekly. Argeutlnn ICrpublle Inventmenta Imperil the (ireat ICnglish Hanking Ilounn of llarlng Itroa. it Vo. On the Vrrj of Kuht They Art Kraciind by tlm IJank of KnglKiid tml Other Liabl ltlrs uf &75. OOO.OOO. London, Nov. 17. The Times, refer ring to the financial situation, says: "The city has passed through a crisis verging on a panic. Such a timo has not been known sinco tho suspension of Ovorend, Gurney fc Co. Wo rejoice that wo aro able to announce that tho worst is over. Tho Bank of England has added to its historic services to the state and the commercial committee by its prompt action in averting what would have been a lamentable catastrophe. The admin istration of tho bank not only provided vast re-enforcements toils stock of gold to meet cxcentional demands in tho event of a panic, but als stepped out of tho ordinary routine of business to pre vent tho downfall of tho greatest and most respected of English financial houses, which had for sotno days lx-en in peril, and which, if it had fallen, would probably have brought down in widespread ruin a largo number of smaller but important firms. The great financial house referred to is that of Baring Bros. & Co. They havo been helped through by tho Bank of England, the Rothschilds and sev eral London joint stock banks, who mado large advances to tho firm. Tho Baring Bros.' position is now believed to bo secure. The Bank of England has subscribed l,(iOO,000, three joint banks havo given '75,000 each, and two others T00,- 000 each to assist Baring Bros. Several other houses havo sub scribed smaller amounts, all tho subscriptions making a total of 10,000,000. This will constitute a guar antee fund for three years. It is roughly estimated that the total liabili ties or th firm, including 10,000,000 in acceptances, amount to 2 1, 000, 000, while the assets, at present prices, aro valued at 24,000,000. The Government has authorized tho Bank of England, if necessary, to is sue an additional 2,000,000 in notes, and will suspend the bank act if requisite. The original cause of tho firm's trouble was Russia's withdrawal of several millions of deposits on learn- 01 the firm's dealings in Argentine and Uruguay bonds. It is expected that in coming investors will gradually relievo the strain in tho market. cax:si;i isy the iiiiVdU'no.v. New Yoi:k, Nov. 17. The Evening I'ost of Saturday in its financial ar ticle, says: "About three months ago, when the Argentine revolution first began to seriously cripple the financial houses which wero floating tho various Argentine securities and enterprises, an examination of the assets and liabilities of Messrs. Baring Bros, showed a valuation of as sets which left a clear balance of 15, 000,000 over and above all liabilities. Tho shrinkage of about 11,000,000, or say 555,000,000, in tho three months, shows what a tremendous strain Lon don financiers havo been subjected to. As for tho prospect of a resuscitation of the value of these Argentine securities, it is good. The South American countries where such great enterprises have been undertaken by English capital have natural resources of such enormous value that in a few years they will cer tainly pay, and with the resuscitation of these will also come the restoration of tho value of all Argentine se curities." llianng Bros. & Co. are one of the oldest and most respected banking houses in the world. The present flrm was founded in th-j lirst quar ter of the present century. John Burin, the ancestor of all tho Kugli.-sh Karings, came from liremon and set tled in Kxetr, Kn, early in the eighteenth century. His son was Sir Francis Baring, a London merchant, who became a di rector in the East India Company and amassed a very large fortun-i for those days. Owing to his influence William Pitt renewed the charter of tho East India Company in 1?:7. Two of Sir Francis Ilaring's sous married sisters, daugh ters of Senator Bingham, of Pennsylvania. This was about the your 1303. Their descend ants are now the chief partners of liarin Bros. & Co., and besides hold four peerages in the English House of Lords. The Earl of North brook, Lord Wolverton, Lord Kavelstokc and Lord Ashburton are members cf tho famous Baring family. Of these peers only Lord Kavelstoke is now a member of the banking house. The other pnrtners are James Stewart Hodgson, Henry Bingham Mildmay, Charles Loyd Norman, Thomas Charles Baring, Honor ables Francis Henry Baring, Robert Kirk man Hodgson, Thomas Baring and William Baring Hulhed. Baring Bros, have been one of the great bank ing houses which have lent money to the Egyp tian Government With the failure of Egypt to pay the interest on the loans the troubles of the Barings began. Instead of retrenching the house plunged deeper and deeper Into foreign loans and investment About five year3 ago Baring Brothers became financial agents in Europe for the Argentine Republic. When this step was taken several London newspapers warned them of the gravity of the un dertaking and expressed the belief tbat Baring Brothers had lost reputation in recent years through similar risky ventures. But Baring Bros, have also played a very important part in the American carket through their New York agents, Kidder, Peabody & Co. The greater part. f the large Atchison, Topeka & fnta Fe railroad belongs to them, or is controlled by them. When this road failed to. pay its fixed charges more than two years go it had to be reorganized. This was briiliai&jtly and suc cessfully done through thu agency o Kidder, Peabody & Ccv. but the change must have resulted in a large financial loss to the .Barings. Baring Bros, have lataly been interested in promoting industrial companies, sw-h as breweries and stocit yards, in this cour.try in order to iauccn the stock on the Eng'.i-r, market. In lOH, when the crc .lt of this country was sorely tried by the exf elusion policy of France and Knpriand ia Ei.rope. the Baring family proved tfceinselvee true friends of the young 1 Ketjublic. SuTistrtitial financal aid was given I toy them to t.e Unitod States at a tUae when Uiat help vaa tad.y needed. SANCHEZ CAPTURED AND SHOT. liebel Ialated In llondnrna xml til Itr vol tit Ion lt t mn Knd. TK;t'f MiAi.rA. Nov. 17. (Jeneral LonginoM Sanchez, who lieadod the recent attempt to overthrow tlm Gov ernment of President Bogran, and who with his forces held this city for tho brief period of ono week, has been capt ured and, with tho principal leaders of his army, shot The revolution is at an end. After Friday's lighting it wa a foregone conclusion that this would bo tho end. Sanchez's troop had been defeated in a series of bloody engagements, and lie, with the brief re mainder, were penned up in San Fran cisco barracks, surrounded by a vigi lant fon-i! Hushed with victory. Presi dent Bogran Friday nighthad stationed a number of cannon about tho barracks and early Saturday morning ho opened lire. Sanche, and his imprisoned com rades, knowing that doath awaited them in any event, fought with all the desperate courage of despair, but it was u hopeless struggle from the start. After a brief cannonading tho walls of the barrack m were almost completely battered down. There was a deter mined charge by Bogran's soldiers, a brief but desperate hand-to-hand fig-lit, and then all that remained alive of the reikis wero prisoners. Without the formality of a court-martial Sanchez, with several of tho princi pal ollicrf'rs eniraped in tho revolt, wero taken Ut ono of tho principal squares lit tho city, blindfolded, and stood in linn in the presence of h undrod of tho citi zens. A firing party was told off. Tho doomed men wero given a brief timo for prayer, then tlm word was given, there was a crash of musketry, and the revolution of Longlnos Sanchez passed into history. Sanchez and his men met their fato without flinching. Tho bodies of tho dead rebels wero exposed to the public gazo all day as a warning to future aspirants to tho Presidential chair who do Biro to get supremo tower by force of urms. Sanchez was not popular with tho cit izens of Tegucigalpa, ami tho sympa thies of tho people were altogether with Bogran; hence, though nearly every body was grieving over tho death or wounding of somo rela tive or friend, thcro was general rejoicing over the signal victory of tho Government forces. General Sanches during his brief term of power caused two of the members of President Bogran's Cabinet to bo shot One of tho executed Ministers was Simon Martinez. AN OUTBREAK EXPECTED. North Dakota Knttlom Flln;r rim Tlielr IloiuoM lear of an Indistn I'prisliiR JCfdxU inH Jklaklus I' ;"ritliji to tio on tli Wrpalli. Ma.vux, N. D. Nov. 17. Snttb-rs on the farms and ranches south of Man dan are fiec-ing from their homos, bo lieving that an Indian uprising ii near at hand. Thoy urgently demand pro tection, and many a farm-houso in North Dakota will soon bo deserted unless the settlers receive somo assur ance that they will not bo loft to tho mercy of tho murderous rodskins, who are now whetting their knives in an ticipation of tho motunt when they may begin their bloody work. Tho Indians aro trading their horscB and all other property for guns and ammunition and will bo well prepared when tho outbreak comes. Local hardware men havo sold all their ammunition to them. Joseph Buckley rodo in Sunday from tho reservation and says the Indian agents are harbor ing a feeling of falsa security and that the danger will bo roalizod when it is too late. The mayor of Marulan has called a public meeting and the Gov ernment will bo petitioned for guns to arm the citizt-ns. The In dians say they will havo overy thing to gain and nothing to lose by an upris ing. If they are beaton their rations will bo doubled, as in tho past. Buck ley says every Indian on tho reservation will shortly go on the warpath and that they havo got possession of Custer's ri fles, which the United States army has never found. CAME TO GRIEF. A N'w York Ilrokrii'f'oreerli CaD the Failure of Hi Firm lie Secured 9S350, OOO by Fraud. New Yotnc Nov. 17. Albert II. Smith, the junior partner in the broker age firm of Mills, Robeson & Smith, at DG Broadway, is a prisoner ut. polico headquarters eharired with ovo seventy forgeries, aggregating S350, OCX. Smith has acknowledged iiis guilt to Inspector Byrnes, and has turned over all his. property to W. A. Watson for the bene fit of his creditors. Tho discovery of the forgeries, which oovw a period of six years, was accidentally made on Satarday morning by a clerk. In hi3 confession Smith, says he used th money obtained by his forgeries to reimburse customers of the firm who bad lost money on bis sug gestions. The lofcs resulting from Smith's misdoings will fall upon his firm, which has ben in existence since 1872 and which has been held in tho highest repute. The firm has assigned. Smith's crime, is forgery in the first degree, aid as he has confessed bis guilt he can not escape a long term of imprisonment. He is 45 years old and a childless, widower. All of Smith's forgeries are not a total loss to the firm, as about one-fourth can be re covered The net loss will be 27,000. Smith, was arraigned at tho Jeffer son Market police court and was re manded.