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About Plattsmouth weekly journal. (Plattsmouth, Neb.) 1881-1901 | View Entire Issue (May 24, 1894)
OUR LITTLE WORLD.
Till world is wide, the people say.
We see It on the maps each day;
The teacher te:ls us. o'er ana o'er.
How far we are from Atric's sbora,
And points out to un. one bj one.
The distance to the blazinp sun.
Some lauds are warm, while some are colat
Borne countries new and ethers old;
In some there is a constant strife.
With wars and tumults they are rife:
And men are plottiusr 'gainst the throna.
And king's cn scarcely hold their own;
While others, like our lanJ. are free,
And people live In harmony.
But what care we. when girls or boys.
About this old earth's woes or Joys ?
To us each month Is fair as June,
Ko cloud obscures the sun or moon:
There's glory on the bright blue sea
No daakness comes to you or me:
To youthful hearts ,'tis always spring,
So winter to them frost can bring.
The kaiser or the Russian cxar
May quarrel and go forth to war;
The air be full of politics.
And cunning parliamentary tricks;
We have a world that's all our own.
And in that world we live alone;
It is the sunny land of youth.
The land of faith, of hope, of truthl
Ours is a little world, and yet
TTpon It no suns ever set'
The boy who makes his tiny boat
Across the smallest streamlet float
Cap dream he is an admiral.
With a whole navy at his call:
The cirl with little dolls. I ween.
Holds court as much as England's queen?
The realm the children rule is great
They always live in pomp and state:
They're kinp.s and queens: Of wars and woes,
The heart of childhood nothing knows:
John V. Hood, In Golden Days.
How Two Luckless Wights Aired
Their Ignorance of Spanish-
fv? N THE month of
uav, 1000, iue
tablished a mil
itary post on
the upper San
Pedro river, by
mori creek, in
sout hern Ari
zona. In course of
time the new
nnct tra offi-
til -1 A1 iV.""V
--Qf cially designat
ed Catnp fallen, which name it bore
at the time when Lieut. Hunt, directly
from Washington, D. C, arrived to as
sume command of the company of cav-
airy. He was quite young-, and al- j
though he was a commissioned ofiicer j
and the writer a noncommissioned one j
ancler his direct orders being-, in fact, I
his quartermaster and commissary ser-
peart there sprung- up between us an j
intimate friendshin. although, as a
matter of course, in the line of duty j
the deeoniin of military discipline was
always strictly observed.
If Lieut. Hunt knew how to do one
thine better than any other it was to
play the fiddle; excuse me, I must say
the violin, because the music which he
produced on that melodious instrument
precludes the use of the common term
'fiddle. He could play every aria and
every known opera, and his adagios
would stir up a man's soul to the very
bottom. I am sorry to say that our
commanding ofiicer, who possessed
neither a poetic s-jul nor a musical ear,
faiied to appreciate the innate talent
and nice execution of his junior co
ofiicer, and that it therefore frequently
caine to pass that when my musical
friend was pouring- forth swet mel
odies upon the balmy breezes of the
silent, moonlit nijrht he would be
roughly interrupted by the coarse voice
of the mighty commander coming
from the neighboring- tent, requesting
the performer to "please stop that
noise." At such times Mr. Hunt would
pather up his beloved instrument and
notes and hie himself to my office,
where he could indulge in his melodious
pastime without fear of interruption,
bein?, besides, sure of my unqualified
admiration and unrestricted applause,
for he certainly played well and with
Now it had happened some time pre
viously that the commanding- officer
unquestionably with an eye to roasting
ears in the near future had given per
mission to a Mexican family, named
Mendoza, to plant a patch of corn or
the Babocomori creek, about three
quarters cf a mile south of the post,
within the military reservation, and to
erect for their accommodation a small
adobe house, which was built upon a
little hill, cut in places by several
rather steep and rocky arroyos. The
family consisted of Mendoza, a man of
mature years, his mother-in-law, rather
aged, his wife, and a daughter of from
fifteen to sixteen summers, named
Trinidad: this latter was unquestion
ably when washed a very pretty girl,
with a clear olive skin and laree black
eyes of unsurpassed beauty and fire in
6hort, a semi-tropic belle. The family
was very poor, but, so far as we knew,
6trictly virtuous and decent
Mr. Hunt and I had visited them sev
eral times during our frequent rambles,
and had discovered that the girl Trini
dad was the possessor of a very pleas
ant voice; in fact, she had regaled u&
with several songs innocent love dit
ties which she acoompauied with somo
skill on a superannuated guitar. Our
conversation had been extremely limit
ed, on account of the difference in o ir
vernacular; but we both, Hunt and J.
had resolved to precipitate ourselves
with preat vigor into the study of tie
Spanish linffuape, a rather difficult un
dertaking in the absence of a competent
teacher and .ll needful books.
Tnere was, however, at the fort one
Marigildo, a half-breed Mexican, who
poke a little English, and. after a pro
tracted and diligent search, we suc
eeeded in discovering- a few fragments
of an "Ollendorf s System." Marigildo
himself could not read at all, but be
could to tome extent correct our pro
iMilT-tnaV tie- was mivtwiwi
nunciation when we read the Spanish
words. At all events, he undertook the
task of being our instructor at odd
times, when he was not engatred in hia
legitimate occupation of Indian guide
with scouting parties. It will be read
ily understood that, his method of
teaching- being- rather primitive and his
time limited, our progress in that
musical language was not at all satis
factory. All at once Mr. Hunt conceived what
wa both considered a brilliant idea.
One evening, after making- the rotinds
of the stable-yards and having locked
the (fate, I found my friend, upon en
tering the office, sitting in an office
cbair before the fire, apparently in a
After some minutes of dead silence,
he broke forth with: "See here. Pin
temps, I have been thinking of giving
these Mendoza people a great surprise."
(1 knew that "these Mendoza people,"
nsed thus collectively, meant simply
the dark-eyed daughter.) "What sort
of a vocalist arc you? Could you sing
a simple, easy tune fairly well if I
studv it with you on my violin for some
I humbly informed him that I had
fairly g-ood voice for eating beet, but
as for singing- tunes, I apprehended
"Bah!" he exclaimed, "anybody can
sing- with the accompaniment of a
violin, which comes nearer than any
other instrument to being a perfect
imitation of the human voice. Our
study of the Spanish language pro
gresses very slowly, and I was just
thinking we inisrhtdo this: We will pet
Marig-ihio, who sing's quite well, to
teach us a simple, easy, short Spanish
eong; we will study it tog-ether, and
next Sunday we will give Miss Trini
I mean the Mendoza people a Spanish
concert. Just think of it! What a
grand surprise it will be!"
"How about ttie text the words,
you know?" said I, mildly; "we do not
know enough Spanish yet for that."
"What of it," said Hunt, "if you can
but clearly pronounce the words?
Many birds have learned to pronounce
a number of words, and long sentences,
even. Let us find Marig-ildo at once."
At that very moment this identical
gentleman appeared upon the scene,
bent on business with tne oflice. We
communicated to him our project forth
with, and found to our great joy that
he entered upon the spirit of the thing
with great ardor and gusto. From his
extensive repertoire of Spanish love
songs (save the mark!) we selected one
which sounded certainly melodious
enough, and had furthermore the great
merit of being short, consisting- of only
two stanzas of four lines each.
We studied bravely. Hunt fiddled
and I sang till I was hoarse; thus we
practiced during two hours for four
consecutive days, never asking, never
caring what we sang, after Marigildo
had declared that he did not possess
sufficient command of the English lan
guage to explain the meaning of the
words. It certainly sounded Spanish
that was all we wanted. Marigildo
i assured us repeatedly that we would
doubtless create a great 6ensation and
give the Mendoza people a most pleas
ant surprise. He averred this with
the most earnest mien aad the soberest
Sundav came, and after the usual
parade we retained our parade uni
forms. Hunt waxed his mustache till
it fairly glittered; he was, beyond a
doubt, a very handsome young officer,
with his florid complexion and lovely
eyes of a deep forget-me-not blue.
After lunch, :s soon as the command
ing ofiicer had ridden off with a small
esvort toward the Huachuca mountains
to look at some ash timber, we set out
for the Meudoza mansion, I carrying
the violin case.
We found the whole family assem
bled around the chimney fire, for the
most part squatted upun rawhides.
They received us most hospitably, ten
dering us the only two available seats
raised above the earth floor an old
office chair without a back and a home
made three-legged stool. Trinidad
looked lovely, being, in honor of the
day, freshly washed and with her
After the first salutations the conver
sation naturally flagged, and Mendoza.
to bring some life into the thing, soon
requested his daughter to enliven the
scene with a song or two. Tiie time
honored instrument was produced, a
broken string mended and considerable
time spent in tuning the ancient guitar,
during which we had ample opportu
nity to admire the exquisitely-shaped
hands of the dark-eyed beauty. She
sang two songs love songs, of course
Mexican piris know no others; rhe
sar g correctly even prettily but, like
all Iheir illiterate class, like an automat-
o. without feeling or expression. At
the conclusion of her second sod; she
leaned th guitar ;iiraint. the wall,
smilingly acknowledging our compli
ments, exp -essed in rather questiona
Hunt evidently thought that the pro
pitious m raent for our performance
had arrived. He nnlnckert the violin
ease and tenderly lifted from it his be
loved instrument, vhil; I emitted the
usual preparatory hrt eoupU intended
to clear one's throat- In a very few
words we pave expression to our inten
tion of regsilina the present company
with a Mexican son;. My friend, hav
ing already tuned hi violin at bnme.
ut j 6S .-fnfc'rjeen rem6v'eG7 ;
WE StT OUT.
now brought It to concert pitch with a
few twists, and began at once a tender
introductory adagio, from which, at a
given preconcerted passage, he gently
floated into the melody of our song,
when I at once fell into the tune, tak
ing particular care to pronounce the
long-studied words with the greatest
Did we create a sensation? Did we
pive these pood people a surprise?
Hardly had we arrived at the end of
our first line when I observed that the
young girl's features assumed an ex
pression of positive alarm, while tha
eyes of her grandmother began to
glisten in fiery anger and Mendoza'
hair to assume an erect position. Hunt,
who was busy manipulating his bow in
the most graceful manner and finger
ing his strings, evidently failed . to
notice these alarming signs; he kept
on. and I, somehow, nolens volens,
kept pace force of habit, I suppose,
caused by the unremitting practice
that had gone before, impelled me to
Reaching about the middle of the
second line, I saw the girl blush a deep
crimson and pull her 6hawl violently
over her face, hiding it completely.
The old lady approached the fire with
the evident intention of seizing a fire
brand. Mendoza reached out for an ax
that stood against the wall, near the
chimney, while his wife held up her
hands m great terror, uttering an ex
clamation of horror that was bevond
my understanding. While these move
ments were going on. we had still con
tinued our performance, though I had
begun pulling Hunt somewhat vio-
lently by his jacket. ;
As we were enteriug upon the third
line, the climax came; there was no
longer any possible doubt of the hostile .
intentions of our audience, who now .
stood before us with weapons clinched j
and furv in their eyes. I
With "the cry of "Murder!" I pulled 1
Hunt by main force from his seat and
through the aperture intended for a !
door, which had as yet fortunately not j
been placed there. j
We made for the nearest gulch and j
began a rapid descent over rocks and j
cracks none too soon, for while de- '
scend.np we were made aware of sun- :
dry missiles being fired after us. j
Hunt's fine uniform wa badly scorched j
bv the fire-brand, mv nzht shoulder
was grazed by the axwhile the violin-
case came alter us in a hop, a skip, and
a jump from rock to rock, to the preat
detriment of its mechanical constiuc
tion. About fifty yards below the house we
came to a larpe bowlder that lay in the
middle of the gulch. Here we stopped
of common accord, hiding behind it to
catch our bnath and to await the
abatement of our excitement. And
here we found the rascal Marigildo.
rolling over and over with uncontroll
He had watched the whole perform
ance through the open door, and seen
the "praad finale" of hie (as he called
itl trood joke. Joke, indeed! We felt
like iaurdering him on the spot, and he
escaped severe bodily chastisement
only upon his solemn promise that he
would immediately visit the insulted
family, give a full explanation of the
whole horrible business, and exonerate
us from all blame in the matter.
This he did at once, although he
must have fflt pretty sore from a few
well-administered kicks given him in
the first excitement of our meeting be
hind the bowlder.
What was it we sang? I know it
now, but ask me not, gentle reader. I
swear to-day when 1 think of it! San
"Keep in the open
air as much as
possinle," is tha first and
inandment that shou Id be urgvd in the
spring. During the winter we neces
sarily live a innre or less unnatural
life. We breathe the air vitiated by
furnace heat, with all the vital quali
ties banted out of it, and hence during
the w nter we subject ourselves to
a gradual process of slow poisoning1.
The anti d-te for this poisoning is fresh
air. So this uoiver-.al instinct to pel
out of doors during the spring of the
year is a natural instinct which, li'ue all
natural in-tincts, has a cause based on
the etf rn tl condition of thincs. It is
nature's eff rt to expel the stirred-up
poison accumulated durinc the winter.
Man is natural ly an open-air aniruaL
But clirna ic conditions render open-air
life sometimes impossible. As soon,
however, as these conditions are re
moved the ol I primal instinct to pet out
beneath the sky asserts itself, and thi
instinct cannot be disregarded except
at the peril of he ilth. Get out in the
open air every day and stay there as
lonij as possible. It will make you
better physically, mentally and moral
ly. Kostou Globe.
Har.1 Work. First Tramp "I poter
job." S.-co-.d Tramp (disgusted) "Not
work'm'V" FirstTramp "Yep!" Second
Tramp (horr.h--d) "Uoin' wot?" First
Tram'.1 "LIrakeman on a balloon."
Nervous Passenger " Why are you
steaming alou r at such a fearful rate
through this fog?' Ocean Captain (re-ansur-!ntrl
v) "Fops are very danperons,
ma am. aui l :nu always, iu a hurry to
jjt 'it ol' them."
ECHCCL AND CHURCH.
The pbonopraph is now used
schools for teaching purposes.
The Free church of Scotland haa
established a hospital on the shores of
the sea of Galilee.
Mrs. Frederick Vanderbilt sup
ports in a practical education at least
ten j-oung women yearly, who come
from their places of education ready to
earn their own way.
There are now over 250,000 words
in the English language acknowledged
by the best authorities, or about 70,000
more than in the German, French,
Spanish and Italian languages com
bined. Miss Mary Garrett, of Baltimore,
has just purchased one of the finest
olnssical libraries in Germanv for nre-
sentation to Iiryn Mawr. It belonged j
to Prof. Saupe, of Gottingen, and con-
tains sixteen thousand volumes.
Dr. 'William Pepper has resigned
his position of provost of the univer
sity of rennsj-lvania. which he has
held for thirteen years with much suc
cess. He sent along with his resigna
tion a little present of fifty thousand
There are now about 1,000.000 liv
ing church members who have been
gathered out of pagan populations. In
all the mission stations in the world it
is supposed that there were, during
the last year, 100,000 converts, or i,000
The "Gospel push cart" is making
its way about Australia. It is a little
portable chapel dragged by a horse or
three men, and lighted by electricity.
One side can be let down to form a
platform, and the interior contains
chairs and a small organ.
The queen regent of Holland wears
the plainest kind of clothes, but spends I
much time and thought on her small j
daughter's toilets. CJueen Wilhelmina '
wears nothing but material of the most t
exquisite texture, and all her linen has j
the "W" and crown beautifully em- j
broidered upon it. j
Ilishop Hnrst is much encouraged
over the prosnects of .he Xational
Methodist university at Washington.
Over S200.000 has been received w!thin
the past few months, despite the hard j
times. A resilient of Washington has ;
pledged $.:.-, 000 on the day the corner-
I stone of the first building is laid, which !
I event will occur this vear. i
I At a recent meeting of the New !
I York presbytery the question of stu- I
j dents connected with Union Theolog- j
! ical seminary came up before the j
; presbytery, five having presented their i
applications to be taken under the
I care of the presbytery. Their applica-
' lion was opposed by some very earnest
ly in view of the fact that they were j
obtaining their training in a seminary
; out of sympathy with the church.
I After some discussion, in which Dr.
j John Hall ur-ed that the youni men
be admitted to the care of the presby
tery, it was decided by a large major
ity that the3 be so received.
The American board (Congrega
tional! has a missionary force of 3.295.
Number of communicants, 41..V.G. Ad
ditions last year, 3.750. They con
tributed to the work. $C70.-:SG. The
Methodists (north and south) have a
missionary force of 2.998. Number of
communicants, 3. .021). Additions last
I year, 3.2S4. They gave to foreign mis
j sions $1,222,019. The Presbyterians
j (north and south') have a missionary
force of 2.710. Number of communi
cants, :;4,02:;. Additions last year, 3,-S-J.:;.
They irave to foreign missions
$1,142,310. The I'.aptists (north and
south) have a missionary force of 2,099.
Number of communicants. 105, 37S. Ad
ditions last year, 7,955. They p-ave for
foreign missions $1,145,027. The four
leading foreign missionary boards of
American have a missionary force of
11.10S. Communicants, 217.US9. Addi
tions last year, lS,s::2. Their contribu
tions were $4,1S'J,24S. Missionary Re
view. A KABYLE MARRIAGE.
Interesting Ceremony That I. Not Al
The ceremony among the Kabyles is
interesting because of its comparative
resemblance to the customs of the old
Greeks and Romans, and even to those
which still prevail in sequestered parts
of France. Here is the girl's father
who exacts a wedding portion, a sum
of about eight pounds, for which the
bridegroom has generally to rely upon
the advances of his friends. Often,
too, the young man has not a house for
his bride, in which case his friends set
to work and build one no very diffi
On the wedding day the bride is led
through the villages in the neighbor
hood, mounted on a mule, and escorted
by friends and relations, who shout
and fire guns again and again. The
various householders hasten forth to
offer her a sieveful of beans, nuts, or
dried fips. Of these she takes a hand
ful, which she kisses and then replaces
in the sieve. All the offerings are col
lected in sacks by the old women of
the procession as contributions to the
3'oung people's larder.
At the bridegroom's house the girl's
hands are washed with liquid butter.
Then they pive her some fresh eggs,
which she breaks on the mule's head
and inside the unhappy animal's ears,
thereby, it is believed, counteracting
any evil designs against her and her
husband's happiness. Before entering
the house 6he drinks milk, fresh and
Bour, and also water, and scatters ovet
her shoulder a handful of barley, wheat
and salt for the good of the family.
The husband then approaches her
and fires a pistol above her head, to
signify that thenceforward he has the
power of life and death over her. Not
infrequently he makes the symbol even
more emphatic by firing into her head
dress and settinp her aflame. This
dorie. little remains except for the
yovth to lift the lady in his arms and
carry her bodily into his house. All
the Year Kound.
Simplicity of manner is the last at
tainment. Men are very long afraid of
being natural, from the dread of bcinff
taken for ordinary. Jeffrey.
FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
m I've not a single lesson learned
Oh dear, what shall I (lo?--And
Tommy stopped and thought a bit
While tyins up his shoo.
I guess I'll Just betcin to couslu.
And have a stomach ache.
And grandma'll say when I so dows:
Susan, for mercy's sake.
That coy is sick and isn't lit
To bo to school to dnyl'
I think that grandmas are so nioe
They always And a way
To help a boy wlu-n ho is fast
In places like I'm in.
Oh. dear: oh. dear, I think It's time
To have the pain begin.
Bnt prondma was too old to be
Fooled by a clever trick.
And so when Tommy coughed and criod
And said tbat ho was sick.
What do you think that prandma did?
She put him right In bed
And put a soaps tone at bis feet
And water on his ncad:
And then she crave him castor oU,
And pennyroyal tea.
And mado a plastur that was hot
And big as it could be.
And grandma brought his dinner In
Upon a little tray.
He had just toast and all the rest
Had something rood that day
And all that Tommy bore that day
Wouli be too much to telL
Next morn when grandma questioned him
Ho said that he was well.
Jeanaettc La Flamboy, la Woman's Horn
Btory of an Ancient Fend Itetween the
Ulrd aud the Anlmali.
It was a beautiful spot in which to
wander; the park with its long
stretches of velvety turi, and avenues
of stately trees, and the dim forest
carpeted with hundreds of fragrant
Cowers, and murmuring with softest
zephyrs (for it was always summer in
the long ago). Very few human beings
ever passed through the park or forest:
but thev had many inhabitants, for all
the animals and birds that are found
in our countrj' retreats now made their
peaceful and undisturbed homes there.
They did not dwell all together.
The forest belonged to the birds, and
the park to the animals; and neither
eve sought the other's domain, for the
pheasant, who was the head of the
birds, and the fox, who ruled over the
animals, hated each other. One day,
however, a young and foolish fox,
roaming about, strayed on and on until
he found himself in the forest. Try
ing to make his way back to his home
he became caught in a holly-bush, and
there stood lamenting piteously. Very
soon a pretty, soft-eyed pigeon flew
along. As soon as she caught sight of
the captive fox she turned to Cy away,
in fear; but the prisoner began to
plead so for help that she stayed her
flight and, venturing close up to him,
asked if she coult1 help him.
'Oh! fairest bird, if j-ou would bnt
release me from these cruel brambles I
shall be ever grateful," cried the little
And the little pigeon, touched by hit
distress, overcame her fears, and going
up to him, tupged so viporously at the
brambles with her beak that in a mo
ment or two the fox was freed. Joy
fully he ran ofT, and soon found him
self in his own domain. His friends
had begun to wonder at his absence,
and inquired where he had been. Then,
mounting the root of a tree, the fox
bade them all gather round him while
he told them his adventure. When he
had concluded, all the animals declared
that he had been nobly treated by an
'And now, dear friends, let us show
that we can be generous to our foes as
well." cried the young fox, who enjoyed
the dignity of his position on the tree
stump. "My father, who rules us all, is,
as you know, very ill, but in his ab
sence I make a decree that any inhab
itant of the forest, whoever he may be,
shall not be treated as a prisoner of
war, but honorably conducted into
safety and freedom."
j Time went on, the old fox died, and
the young one became ruler of the
: park; but the grandeur of his position
made him proud and overbearing. One
day, when a great storm had been
raging in the park and forest, the
youthful ruler hurried forth from his
home to preside over a meeting in the
ftags' cave. As he trotted down
through a dark avenue of trees he
'MOOi ITS G OS A TKEE-STritr, THE
TOLD TTIEM HIS ADVESTTKE."
heard a soft, plaintive cry from some
where near, and, looking about, he
soon discovered a wood-pigeon, whom
the heavy storm had injured, lying un
der an oak tree.
"What are yon doing here?" cried he,
'I am sorry to be trespassing, dear
sir," answered the pigeon, feebly, "but
the high wind and rain blew me hither
and brought me to the ground thus;
but surely," she went on, "you remem
ber me! Did I not free you from the
clutches of the cruel brambles some
mouths ago, in our forest? Repay me
cow by assisting me to a sheltered
spot where I can dry my plumage and
then fly home."
"now dare you sp-ak to me in such
a familiar manner," 6a"id the ungrate
ful fox. "Do you know I am the ruler
of this park now?"
"I meant no offense," said the poor
little pigeon. "I only beg you to as
sist n:e now."
""What am I to do?" replied the fox,
a treacherous thought darting through
"If yon would just drag me gently
along out of this rain and wind, to
some shelter, I will be your debtor
The fox bent down as if to comply
with her request, bnt, alas! for all hia
promises, pinned his sharp teeth in her
little neck, bit her head off, and in a
few moments nothing was left of her
but a few feathers.
And then a 6trange and dreadful
thing happened to the inhabitants of
the beautiful park and forest. Up to
the present they had always lived un
molested by the creature called man,
but now Dame Natu-e put it into men's,
hearts to come into their peaceful do
main and, with cruel weapons, to hunt
and slay them some for their beauti
ful coats, and some because they were
good to eat.
Then the animals began to quarrel
amongst themselves, and the fox hated,
the rabbit, the hounds quarreled with,
the stag, and the poor birds in the for
est began to live in fear of the cruel
armies and guns of their human ene
mies. And all the happy days vanished,
for evermore, which always comes to
pass when honor and charity are for
gotten. And perhaps the fox was pun
ished severely enough for his bad be
havior. Pall Mall Budget-
tb I'rotertor of Many
Little Tramp Itog.
Brown was simply a large dog who
was so strong, so fearless, so intelli
gent and so active in affairs that ha
was considered the chaxopion of th
lie could thrash any dog round about
and alwa3's did it when it was neces
Bary. But he was extremely kind and be
nevolent. He showed great kindness
to tramp dogs and protected many a
wretched little vagabond and saw him
safely out of the town in good condi
tion. One day he brought a specially bad
specimen home with him. lie came
Into the house and into the dining
room, where the family were at dinner,
the wretched little tramp dog at his
He looked np at his master, wagginf
his tail, at-king for something to eat.
A plate of food was set down and tha
little dog snatched at it ravenously.
Brown seemed to think that it was all
right. lie did not offer to touch the
food. When the little dog was through
he asked for another plateful and had
his own dinner.
He kept the little dog for quit
awhile, always permitting him to eat
first. At night he took the dog into
his kennel, himself sleeping outside.
He was not at all intimate with tha
dog, but treated him as a visitor, not
at any time as a friend. The tramp
finally went on his way. strong and
well, and as plump and sleek as any
dog need be. What was said betwee
these two dogs both at meeting and
parting would be very interesting to
know. N. Y. Recorder.
MAKING MAPLE SUGAR.
Description of a Moit Interesting Amer
Maple sugar, which is made from tha
Bap of the hard maple, is generally
manufactured in the months of March
and April. When it is time to begin,
the men go around and with half-inch
bits bore holes a little way into tha
trees, and drive in iron spouts. In
these spouts are hooks on which to
hang the buckets. Only a few years
ago every sugar-maker used wooden
spouts and buckets, and boiled the sap
In huge kettles hung on a pole over the
fire. When the buckets are nearly
full, the sap is gathered in a large tub
on a sled drawn by horses. When this
is full, it is drawn to the boiling-place,
and emptied into large vats or storage
tubs. The sap is then strained and
There are two methods of boiling
now used, viz., long pans and evapora
tion. In the first case the manufac
turer usually has two pans, one called
the sap or back pan, and the other tha
6irup or iront pan. i ne sirup pan is
shorter than the other. These are se
on huge arches of brick or stone, with
a large chimney at the back end. Tha
fire is built at the front end under tha
short pan. The back pan is kept near
ly full of sap, and as it boils down it is
dipped into the front pan, and every
day when it is thick enough it is
dipped out of this pan and strained.
Although some sugar their sirup off in
the woods, it is usually taken to tha
house to be canned or caked. In tha
evaporation the sap passes from tha
back to the front of the pan through,
small tubes so slowly that by the time
it reaches the front end it can ba
drawn off as sirup. This is the mora
rapid method, and makes whiter sagar.
Sometimes there is such a big run of
sap that they have to boil nights in order
to prevent the sap from wasting. This
is the happy time of sugaring for tha
boys, whose great delight is to boil at
night. They roast potatoes in tha
ashes, broil meat over the ooals and
boil eggs in the pan. It is a fine sijTbt
to see the flames shoot up and hear tia
crackling of the wood as it burns.
Edgar S. rilkln, in Ilarpet's Young-People
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