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Queer Things That Aro Sent to the
Cmtrtraowt for Corralling Beast and
lings Man j Inventors After the
Frisky Rodent Odd Mimical
American invention has given birth
to no end of freaks, which have been
embalmed at the patent office, in
Washington, in order that they may
not perish. Some of the queerest of
them are devices for entrapping
beasts, bugs, fishes and even human
What, for example, could be faarler
than the notion of using1 imitation
flowers with poisoned honey to attract
noxious insects? The artificial blos
soms, each containing1 a Email quanti
ty of sugary liquid properly prepared,
are to be fastened to twigs. Moths of
destructive species 6ip the deadly
nectar and die. A more elaborate de
vice of a similar description is intended
for the protection of apple trees. It is a
tin can covered as to its upper half
with luminous paint. On the outside
of the lower half apple blossoms are
represented with the same sort of
paint. Inside of the receptacle Is a
6mall quantity of cider. The can is to
be bung1 on a branch of an apple tree
at night. Insects attracted by the
pictured flowers light upon the can.
The smell of the cider induces them to
nter through holes provided for that
purpose; they drop into the cider and
It is not always easy to distinguish
between a crank idea and a useful dis
covery. The poisoned counterfeits of
flowers above described are said to
work very welL Many years ago a
man pot a patent for a method of kill
ing1 bug's on trees by inclosing1 the
whole tree in a sort of balloon of can
vas, into which an asphyxiating1 gas was
to be poured for the purpose of suffo
cating1 the insects. Everybody thought
he wag a lunatic; but now that his
patent has run out the merits of the
plan have suddenly obtained apprecia
tion, and its adoption is alleged to
have saved the orange-growing- indus
try in California.
Several kinds of luminous baits for
fish have been patented. One of these
is a minnow of hollow glass coated on
the inside partly with a solution of
gold or silver and partly with luminous
paint. The result is a very brilliant
object in the water, calculated to at
tract any predacious creature with
fins. Another interesting- contrivance
is for making1 frog-bait more seductive.
The jerking1 of the line equipped with
this device causes the frog's leg's to
move as if he were swimming".
Contrivances for catching1 insects
are more numerous than any others.
One of them is a furnace for slaughter
ing1 potato bugs. To begin with, a
deep and wide furrow is to be plowed
all around an infested field. Through
this trench a smooth log1 is dragged to
make the surface hard and smooth.
The bugs in migrating1 to other
grounds are unable to scale the trench,
and the furnace, which is a cylinder of
iron filled with fuel, is drawn along
the furrow and destroys them. Other
odd devices are cartridges intended to
be inserted in the mouths of ant holes
and to be fired, thus communicating
stifling vapors to the subterranean
chambers; also many kinds of lamps
for attracting and burning up the
moths of various worms in cotton
fields. There is a toy pistol for in
sects, which sucks them in when the
trigger is pulled.
An ingenious westerner has invented
a trap for catching the horn fly, which
is such an enemy to cattle in some
parts of the country. It consists most
importantly of a great frame to which
brush is attached in such a manner
that when the beasts walk through,
eager as they always are to scratch
themselves, the flies will be scraped
from their bodies by the branches.
Finally the frame is closed tip by
means of doors and the captured in
jects are destroyed.
Nearly everybody has heard of the
gold tapeworm trap, which the patient
Bwallows. Bedbug traps are of several
varieties, all of them being intended
to afford attractive hiding-places for
those bloodsuckers and to be burned or
scalded out afterward.
Much ingenuity has been expended
in rat traps. Some of them are bo
elaborate that no full-witted rodent
would go near them. One requires Mr.
Eat to come in through a door, which
drops behind him and makes him a
prisoner. Seeing a bright light above
he ascends a flight of little steps and
trots across a 6mall plank that is so
nicely adjusted as to balance that his
weight causes it to tip and throw him
into a tank of water. Another con
trivance consists of a double chamber.
O.ie chamber has a glass end, through
Which Mr. Eat sees two or three imi
tation rats having a nice time with a
bit of cheese. Wishing to join them,
he runs around the box, gets into the
other chamber and is caught.
There are a number of devices which
employ mirrors for the purpose of
luring Mr. Rat to his fate. lie mounts
on top of a barrel and sees a toothsome
piece of cheese. As he approaches it
he beholds another rodent in reality
his own rejection in a piece of look
ing glass coming for the cheese from
the opposite direction. lie makes a
dash to get there first, and a pivoted
board drops him into the cask, which
is half full of water. Rats will swim
for a long time, so one humanitarian
has patented a water trap with little
shelves around the edge and just above
the surface. On the shelves are placed
small lead weights with fish hooks
hanging from them. The captured rat
in trying to escape grasps one of the
hooks, gets it fastened in his mouth,
dislodges the piece of lead and is car
ried to the bottom by the lter.
Sparrow traps aie of mar different
kinds. Most cf them invite the birds
to walk in through a door, which drops
behind them, making them prisoners.
When next seen in the restaurants
they aro reedbirds on toast. Of greater
J?"? pul to T
... vuc iiwic ana rea iroffij . 7
tfee bottom. The explosion tirewr Wwi for t horse tnand A John
of the well a number of rie a JZ fT Da "l J.otn
inr iimi i inn nr run . r m i
interest are contrivances for catching
thieves. One of them is designed to
discourage bank sneaks. The sneak
puts his hand in through the teller'
window and unintentionally actuates
a mechanism which causes a 6lide with
spikes to close suddenly upon his paw
and impale it. A trap of somewhat
similar character is a steel shutter for
a house window so disguised with cov
ering and fringe as to look like an or
dinary :urtain. If a burglar tries to
enter at night it shuts down npon him,
the spikes hidden by the fringe help
ing to hold him fast.
American inventors have been fruit
ful of queer ideas in musical instru
ments. Patents have been sought for
violins made of metal, of earthenware,
of glass, of leather, and even of glue.
Plain wood, however, maintains its
place as the accepted material for this
purpose, llow many people have ever
heard of the "doorophone?" It con
sists of a frame and sounding board
with tuned wires and little metal balls
suspended. The contrivance is hung
upon a door. When the latter is opened
ttie balls swing back and forth and
strike harmonious chords.
There is a patent device for playing
the banjo by electricity. It requires
no skill, the instrument being op
erated by a sheet of paper with per
forations which control the making
and breaking of a circuit. Mechanical
fingers thus actuated pick the strings
and depress them at the frets. An
other Instrument is so arranged that
one may play the banjo by manipulat
ing the keys of a keyboard'like that of
a piano on a small scale. The same
idea is varied by a combination of
piano and violin, the strings of the lat
ter lieing fingered by the use of a
piano-like keyboard. Of course, that
is the difficult part of violin playing,
the handling of the bow being simple
enough. The bow is held in the
right hand while the fingers of the left
hand strike the keys.
Within the last few years many
musical instruments that play them
selves have been invented. These
ought to be a godsend in non-musical
households, not to mention the saving
of money for teaching and of distress
to the nerves of those who are not do
ing the practicing. For example, there
is the piano-organ, which is operated
by strips of perforated paper like an
organette. It is either a piano or an
organ, or both together, and it plays
itself much better than most people
who understand the piano could play
it, because the mechanical arrange
ment is made with a high degree of
musical skill. The performer simply
works the bellows. But there is a con
trivance with mechanical hands which
may be shoved up in front of any
piano and will do the playing.
Another patent contrivance for the
piano furnishes the instrument with
auxiliary strings which sound in
sympathy with the ordinary strings,
though they are not struck. Then are
turned in harmony with the primary
strings, and augment the volume of
tone. There is a kind of piano that
holds a note as long as the finger is
kept on the key; the string is kept
vibrating by an electro-magnet. The
Janko key-board is already becoming
well known. Its arrangement enables
the player to reach several octaves
with a single hand, thus rendering
certain effects of execution possible,
which could not be obtained on an
ordinary key-board. There are several
devices by which the performer is en
abled to improvise on the piano, and
to have the improvisations recorded
with 6elf-Inking pens or otherwise.
Afterwards the record may be trans
lated into the common notation.
Patents have been granted for mak
ing innumerable queer things out of
paper, such as carpets, electric con
duits, leadpeneils, roofing material,
car wheels, boats, pails, coffins,
; brushes and combs. Mattresses are
manufactured out of paper pulp and
ordinary sponge, springs being imbed
ded in the composition. A cloth paper
for banknotes has been invented, the
notion being to render such money lesa
perishable and more difficult to coun
terfeit. Paper is used nowadays for
architectural decorations, interior and
exterior. Cornices, panels and friezes
are molded out of the pulp.
Music boxes nowadays are made in
all sorts of queer shapes. The glass
water bottle on the dinner table plays
a tune while the guest fills bis tum
bler. The cigar holder becomes tune
ful when a match is struck upon it.
Toilet sets have music boxes concealed
in them. Fruit plates, on being placed
npon the festive board, start up with
j j".gs and waltzes. Photograph albums
i become harmonious when opened,
j Clocks, instead of striking, emit oper
j atic fragments every hour. Artificial
: singing birds, run by clockwork with
j bellows and whistle, carol raelodious
i ly. One may buy an imitation canary,
j robin or nightingale, in a cage.
! One of the most successful of Tcent
inventions is a process for making arti
I flcial straws out of paper for drinking
j iced beverages. Everybody knows
I that real straws are apt to be defective;
but the imitations are always satisfac
i tory and never fail to draw. After
they are rolled they are treated with
' parafSne, to render them watertight
; and non-absorbent. The same patent
: covers mouthpieces for cigarettes,
; which are manufactured in a similar
; Medals are made out of paper and
j colored to imitate silver or bronze.
i Cigar boxes are manufactured from
j the same material, flavored with cedar
! oil to give them the customary smelL
' Hollow telegraph poles of paper pulp
are a new invention. They are coated
1 with silicate of potash t preserve
' One of the oddest inventions recorded
at the patent oCce is a sort of gun in
tended to be fixed upon the head of a
; steer that is to be slaughtered. The
stroke of a hammer or a pin fires a
j cartridge and discharges a bullet into
the brain of the animaL It is almost
noiseless, and death is instantaneous.
There are several ideas for death
alarms, to give notice in case a person
comes to life after being buried. Ec
Bache, in Detroit Free Pros.
to the (ITenity 6f aeal court
M' KIN LEY DENOUNCED.
Protection an Issue I'pon AVlilcli Kpab-
llc-ana Cannot Win.
Col. A. L. Conger, ex-member of the
republican national committee from
Ohio and one of the most prominent
manufacturers in the middle states,
threw a bombshell into the ranks of
the republicans of Ohio a few days ago
by denouncing, in the most vigorous
English, the McKinley tariff, sharply
criticising1 Gov. McKinley's adminis
tration of state affairs and pronounc
ing McKinley unfit for president. In
reference to the McKinley bill Col.
"I have no ill feeling toward Gov.
McKinUy. I have always been his
friend, and during the past twenty
years have contributed more of my
time and means to his success than
any other man in my city or county.
Uy his administration of the affairs of
Ohio, however, lie has shown himself
to be unfitted for the presidency of the
United States. The men who have al
ways aided him in his political con
tests, the friends of years, he has
cast aside and he is now guided and
controlled by men whose sole interest
in politics is personal advancement.
They art; not the men who ar.' lying
awake nights to devise plans for keep
ing the w.ieels of their great indus
tries running for the ensuing weeks.
They are not the men who keep people
out of the poorhou.se and free from suf
fering. It is well to speak plainly
about this matter. McKinley could
not carry a single state in the union,
upon the McKinley law, in 1SW5, and I
believe that niae-tenths of the busi
ness men of the country will concur
with me in the view that the McKinley
tariff is not only inconsistent but not
in line with the business sentiment of
our people. We lost the campaign of
lWi on the McKinley law and we will
lose that of lS'JG if that law be tlie par
amount issue. It is unfortunate for
the republican party that Gov. MeKin-let-'s
friends should have precipitated
his candidacy at this time.
"YVe were all for him for governor
and his friends have misinterpreted
the large majority he received last
j-ear. That was a protest acinst the
Wilson bill, not an indorsement of the
McKinley tariff. The business man
learns by experieuce one day and
profits b3 it the next. Why should not
,-I do not quite understand what all
this political hubbub is about, but the
people who are kicking it up are kill
ing off their candidate and making
votes for Tom Heed every day. (.Jar
field said in the republican national
convention of fQ, and it has Wen the
law of the party ever since, that every
republican should have the right to
critiese the action of our party lead
er, and went so far as to say that he
should not W ostracised or read out of
his party if for good reasons he could
not vote for his party candidate. I
have been educated for a hrk protec
tionist, but have been engaged in busi
ness in some of the leading lines of
manufacture of the country for a num
ber of years, and during that time have
learned some things by experience
which have changed my views upon the
"Gov. McKinley is the leader of our
party ia Ohio. The correspondents
seaciing out the news from our recent
state convention said that every plank
in the platform was first submitted
to the governor for his approval. They
seek to commit the party to the in
dorsement of the McKinl-y bill for
lSiXJ. They also put another plank in
the platform straddling the silver
question. Of course, we can fairly and
justly hold the governor responsible
for these two propositions as the plat
form upon which lie would stand ia lS'.tG.
'So far as the McKinley biil is con
cerned, we lost the campaign in
upon that issu-j. The republican party
is for protection. The country has
prospered under it. but as we have
grown older we have needed less pro
tection. We meant in our national
platform in or at least it was the
interpretation put upon it by the
party that we had now reached a
point in our history when we could af
ford to make reductions in the tariff.
This was so stated by our leaders on
the 6tump, and by the republican
press, but when we put forth the Mc
Kinley bill we violated the pledges of
the party, increased duties, then went
forth to battle upon the proposition,
aud were beaten. Now. it would
simply be political suicide to start out
upon that proposition in IS'M.
"Ve will take, for instance, the sul
ject of binder twine. There are
three hundred millions of capital in
vested in the manufacture of agri
cultural implements and farm ma
chinery in this country, giving1 em
ployment directly and indirectly to
more than :;0!).OGJ of America's labor
ing men. Whatever is good for the
American farmer and will advance his
interest. is good for the interests of
the manufacturers of agricultural
machinery and their employes. Their
prosperity must go haul in hand.
Many of the leading manufacturers of
agricultural implements were opposed
to a duty on binder twine.
"By request I went before Maj. Mc
Kinley when he was framing his bill,
iid asked that no duty be put upon
binder twine, and explained to him the
reasons why it would W against the;
interests of the republican party and
the people to put a duty upon it. but
the duty went on. The binder trust
was manufacturing sisal twine, which
cost 4 cents a pound manufactured,
and it was being sold to the farmer
at 14, 15 and 10 cents. Z) or 400 per
cent, above its cost. The trut. with
perhaps gj.OCtO.OOO or ST.OM.IKHJ invest
ed, has been paying dividends on a
capital of over SUO.0OJ.O0D. Now. there
is not a farmer in the United States,
if lie understands his interests, wh:
will vote for any bill which perpe
trates such an injustice upon him.
There is not a merchant, business
mail or manu Taeturer outside of the
trust in the United States who is in
terested in perpetrating f.uch an in
justice. Our friends (the enemy)
turned this matter against ns in the
"Again, I am interested in manufae-
ni'iira.Biran-i rniru timvtne DO J "S
injuries will result seriously.
turing in different lines. In looking1
j over the pay rolls we find the wages
! paid in the agricultural business, giv-
ing employment to a great army of
i people, average Z -5 for skilled labor.
! We pick up the pay rolls in another in
i dustry and find in that line the Mc
j Kinley bill has raised the duty until it
j stands at 150 per eeut. The wages for
i skilled labor on that pay roll average
five times what they are in the other,
j Now, I know of instances where skilled
I labor averages from S10 to S15 and S-0
! per day. This is un-American. If the
j laWring man in the agricultural busi
; ness wants to build a house he must
i pay for the material that comes from
j the other labor, upon a basis live or six
j times higher than that he is getting
for his labor, and I am opposed to the
kind of protection that discriminates in
this way and that is what the McKin
ley bill does.
"There are scores of wrongs and in
consistencies in the bill, and it is all
wrong for Gov. McKinley and his
friends to undertake to commit the re
publican party to a proposition that
will lead to sure defeat in lslJ. It is
not a crime for republicans to differ
upon these propositions, and some
one in our state should speak out for i
the republican party. Personally, I
stand upon the tariff question where
the republican national convention
left it in 1SSS. for revision 'downward.'
We have now a population of C5.000.000,
and we shall soon have a population of
100.000.000. The people of this coun
try do not propose to bee silver knocked
out and we want tariff reduction as
fast as the safety of the business in
terests will warrant. We want that
kind of protection that will deal justly
and fairly with all classes of American
PROTECTION THE CAUSE.
Trusts Created and I'ottered by Republic
The sugar trust was the product of
! republican legislation. The tariff act
I of 1S93, which taxed raw sugars at 1.4
cents a pound aud upward, gave to re
i fined sugars protection of 3 to S.'y
I cents a pound. The desire to retain
i this enormous bounty led to the com
I binatiou of the reGuing interests to re
! stnet domestic competition, and the
; trust was formed. When the McKin
' ley bill was under consideration there
I were still some "independent refiners"
I left, who swore that they would never,
i no never, sell out to the trust. Evcry
j body understood this except those who
; were willfully blind. The McKinley
j law gave the refineries -". 000, 000 a
I year, and the "independent refineries."
: the stool pigeons of the trust, sold out,
i as everybody of intelligence had fore
! seen they would. In 1SO0 the republic
j ans said the refiners needed protec
tion, some faymg that the amount
should lie as much as 1 cent a pound.
Now they say the refineries need no
protection or verj- little, which all in
telligent people have known for years.
Still the republicans are unanimously
in favor of the retention of the McKin
ley law, which gives the trust $25,000.
000 a year. This law, they say. is the
"bravest and best revenue bill ever
The sujrar trust is but one of scores,
almost all of which were allowed by
Maj. McKinley to decide what the
taxes on competing products should
be. Henry Oliver went back from
Washington to Pittsburgh and boasted
that the rates in the metal schedule
were those dictated by the manufac
turers. So of numerous other trusts.
So of interests that were not in com
bination, but were on the point of
forming combines to control prices.
All these cormorants found ready and
cheerful hospitality in Maj. McKin
ley's committee-room. If they did not
see what they wanted, they had only
to ask for it. The majority of the
committee took great credit to them
selves for Wing practical men who
knew the wants of the manufacturers.
It was boldly asserted that no mail
who did not understand the wants of
the protectees was fit to serve on a
committee on ways and means. In the
present congress Mr. Wilson's commit
tee did not regard the wants of the
sufrar trust. They have, therefore,
been denounced as men living in small
towns, unacquainted with manufactur
ing, and therefore unfit to deal with
This is the protective system. Its
practical operation is confessed. It is
a plan by which the strong, by corrup
tion and intimidation, secure the
power to crush the weak. Is this sys
tem to be perpetuated? Louisville
POINTS AND OPINIONS.
High protection and free silver
seem to be the republican catch. That
means high prices for what the laborer
and the producer buy and a depreciated
money to buy with. That is about as
beneficial to the poor American as the
old republican policy of' a high-protection
to American manufactures, but
free trade in foreign pauper labor.
Kansas City Times.
The senate has run up against an
other snag in dealing with the wool
schedule. Republican senators are
ajrain willing to sacrifice the interests
of the country to the supposed pro
motion of party strength. The sp?c
tacleof a man like "Boss" Quay talkit.g
himself into a state of exhaustion upon
a subject that lias been considered from
every point of view, timjs without
number, is a sad commentary upon the
patriotism of the political organiza
tion disgraced by his membership.
Detroit Frew Iress.
The facts are that the country is
suffering from business paralysis
brought oii by the vicious system of
overtaxation inaugurated by the
former administration, and the repub
lican party having refused to allow
relief legislation to be enacted the
deficit is the result. Hut the republic
an party is responsible for it. That
party brought on the panic and pro
tracted the business stagnation which
still continues. The reduction in the
volume of business causes a correspond
ing decrease in the revenues, and the
remedy lies in the repeal of the McKin
ley law and the restoration of a fair
aud equal system of taxation. Kansas
i J. O. Phillini J
ie Missouri Paciflc
V. . . . I . . .
" leiumea to WVaquarters at Vta
nn rrom a tr n ovri'h VobrQEiro
HIS UNERRING HAND.
He Knowetb the Way That We Take.
O Heart, we will no loiter question.
You and I.
Of all the strange perplexing things, that lie
About our destiny.
Saying: Alas: we tarried here too Ions1
To prasp our fate.
And there we failed in putient hope to wait.
The opening of a rate
That would have led to preener pastures
Where cool rivers flowed.
And golden sands upon their margin glowed.
And smooth the road,
Winding away among the sheltering trees.
Where perfumed breeze
Swept in from distant seas.
With song of peace.
We might have shunned this pain.
For seemiup pain.
Once being? lost, came never back aaia
Through sun or rain.
Nay, Heart, but let us make.
Our refuse here.
He knowetl the way we take.
Tb-ough smile or tear.
In sunbripht ways.
Or deserts lone and drear.
In His unemer hand.
He holds the plan.
Which His Omniscience scanned.
Ere we besran.
This way or thut to trend.
Toward the end.
Here resting let us make
Nor moan nor cry.
Though all the world go by.
Hushing all passionate pain
Because of the unattalned.
For His most blessed sake.
Who knoweth the way we ;ake.
Emily B. Johnson, in Ch&utauquaa.
LIFE OF A CHRISTIAN.
It Is Onr of I'laridity and Rational Pleas
ure, and Not of Tribulation.
Those who conceive that the life of a
professor of religion is one of denial
and tribulations have not the correct
idea of the subject. There are indul
gences forbidden by the Divine com
mands from which the worldly imagine
they extract enjoyment and in which
the adherent of the faith will not par
ticipate. But there is no more depri
vation to him in that than there is in
refraining from murder or robbery to
the good citi?en under temptation. The
life of a Christian is one of placidity
and rational pleasure. A sect which at
one time gained considerable force in
numWrs construed the Scriptures as
enjoining sacrifices as well as imposing
severe self-denials in the way of pen
ance. Hut in the light of a Wtter de
veloped reason, these notions have dis
appeared and the tenets of the church
are properly interpreted as liWrally
as the laws of the land are defined.
The laws of the church are simply a
combination of the laws of nature and
of the land. The violation of nature's
rules entails differing, and the trans
gression of the laws of the state in
vites punishment. The tenets of the
church enjoin the fulfillment of the re
quirements of Wth the laws of nature
and of the land, and exact nothing
more, except the profession of the faith
The pleasures of the true Christian
are simple, but none the less keenly
experienced. In Dickens' admirable
story, "Our Mutual Friend," the great
enjoyment which Kev. Frank Milvay
and his amiable wife derived in the
pursuit of his work of relieving the
wants and mini&tering to the comforts
of his parishioners illustrates the high
est type of satisfaction. The lives
of good Christian men and women
in all ages are equally pro
lific of evidence in this direction. No
such enduring and perfect pleasure
comes from vice in any form. There
are no pains in the heart or head after
indulgence in such pleasures. The mind
is purified by them, the body exhila
rated and the world made brighter and
better. They create no lreadful spec
ters to lead trains of horror in the fu
ture. They even make the mind more
charitable in its contemplation of the
weaknesses of others, and more active
in averting the woes which follow.
They are delights that elevate the im
pulses and subdue the passions of men.
They give brightness to the mind, elas
ticity to the step, vigor to the body and
hope to the heart. They are food and
drink to the spirituality of man, and
like the sunshine of Heaven, spread
warmth and cheerfulness wherever
their presence or influence is felt-
It is Wcause the church at an earlier
period in its history presented a less
attractive aspect that its influence was
threatened. Dogma is distressing
and lugubrious tales repulsive.
I'ainting religion as a hobgoblin
will not attract converts any more than
it will exhibit the truth. The churches
must be made attractive, the preachers
taught to present the bright rather
than the forbidding pages of ecclesias1
tical history, for there are both in the
Book. These lines which are now be
ing followed in the churches of all
denominations and practiced by the
Wst preachers of all religious faiths
will multiply the professors of Chris
tianity and increase the bene ficent re
sults of their labors. It is the true
function of the church, Wcause it ac
complishes most in the work of guiding
people in the right direction and robs
the prince of darkness of his most
potential agency of evil. It is the
proper course, moreover, because it
more exactly exemplifies the life of the
Saviour, whose Wnignancy was all-
absorbing, all-pervading and all-invit
ine. In His "Suffer little children to
come unto Me, for of such is the king
dom of Heaven." there is the key to the
gentleness and. unselfishness of the
Christian character. Kansas City
HELPING THE INNOCENT POOR.
A Woman Who Dors Arts of Rare Benevo
lence to Prisoners.
Every city has its prison. In some of
the largest cities this prison is called
"the tombs." Every prison, however.
does not have its angeL The honor of
having one belongs to one of our great
est sister cities.
Some years ago a little woman, slight
in figure, with large, expressive brown
eyes full of kindness for all who greeted
hei. created a new kind of Waevo
lence. There are so many benevolent
associations and charities that this was
and Ida to her motherT who firmly'anp
nounced that she was "going to spank
rtr t tiTI 1 J3 a
not an easv matter; but the woman'
sympathies were so large, and her de
termination so resolute to do good,
that her purpose was fully accom
plished. At first she was led to risit prisons.
In doing this she found that frequently
innocent people were arrested and sent,
to jail, who were too poor to command
bail, and that harm and misery
resulted from this legal requirement.
Touched by this, she concluded,
to eive her life to poing
from prison to prison, looking for peo
ple who had Wen wrongfully arrested,
and then bailing them out. She soon
Wcame known among judges, lawyers
and the unfortunate prisoners, as the
"bonds-giving tombs angel."
"How manv prisoners do you bail out
week?" she was recently asked.
"Sometimes I give bail for two or
three a day until my money is all tied
up." she answered, shyly. "My home
is the only security I can offer. Some
people think I am rich Wcause I go bail
so often. That is perhaps the reason
no one has offered to help me. But I
am only trying to do my duty, and if I
must work alone, I accept the condi
tion, and do the Wst I can."
'Do you frequently lose money?"
"In the eight years that I have been
trying to help the innocent who were
oppressed I have had only two disap
pointments. I rely almost entirely
upon the impression which the prisoner
makes upon me. I suppose it is a mat
ter of instinct rather than of reason.
In the last eight years I have given
bail amounting to ninety-nine thousand
dollars, but have only Wen deceived
'On Tuesday I helped a man out of
the police court, and to-day I got an
attempted suicide out of the general
sessions court. 1 ou should nave seen
the poor fellow! Poverty and despair
had driven him to an attempt to take
his life. He was slowly bleeding to
death when they found him. He prom
ised me that he would make no more
attempts of that kind, and I gave bonds
for his good Whavior. When we left
the court-room and I took him home,
he was so weak that he could hardly
At one time the district attorney sent
word to the "tombs angel" that
one of the prisoners for whom,
she had given bail had failed to
appear, and that her Wnd had Wen
forfeited. Greatly excited, she has
tened to the judge and explained that
she had not Wen notified according to
the law to produce the man. If she
had Wen, a summons from her would
have Wen enough to bring him.
"In that case your bond will not be
forfeited," said the judge, with great
kindness; "but I should like to warn
you against giving bail so indiscrimi
nately. You have a good heart and
mean well, but I am afraid that your
sympathy leads you to help people who
are not deserving."
Her simple reply was:
"Your honor, that was Christ's way.
I try to do my duty. If I make a mis
take I am sure God will overlook it."
"Do you seek to help any particular
"No, I do not. Man. woman or child,
white or black. Catholic, Protestant or
Hebrew, all have a claim on me if they
are unfortunate and innocent. Al
though I am a Protestant, I look upon
all people of all other religions, and
people of no religion, as my brothers
No one can estimate the good tha
this rare woman is doing. There is
something knightly in her simple trust
in God and man a trust upon which
she is willing to stake her home and
means of living. The spirit of such a
life is inspiring. Youth's Companion.
CHOICE BITS OF WISDOM. .
Notes From the Ram's Horn Well Worths
a Second Thought.
The hermit robs God and man and
steals from himsslf.
Starting for Heaven on a gravestone
is risky business.
No life can W a failure when God
reigns in the heart.
Spiritual dyspepsia is harder to cure
than the other kind.
When we lift on somebody else's bur
den God takes our own.
The Bible offers no premium on lazi
ness or improvidence.
The devil is the Wst counterfeiter
and the oldest hypocrite.
The more others are untrue the more
God needs loyalty in us.
The devil can no more hurt a Christian
than mud can soil sunlight.
Benevolence without love has no more
heart in it than an auction block.
Our power to resist the devil be
comes' feebler every time we look into
Practice the same kind of religion in
the street car that you profess in.
There is no mansion Wing prepared?
in Heaven for the man who will not
forgive. Keep your heart full of sunshine, andi
God will soon give you a face to
What a commotion of joy there must
have Wen in Heaven on the day of
If the wife does not get any good out
of the husband's religion it does not
come from Christ.
When some people say, "Get thee be
hind me, Satan," they do not want him.
to get out of reach.
If you say no to God to-day, it may W
that you will never have another chance
to say yes.
The devil in some shape is Wing
made welcome in the home where the
Bible has dust on it.
There are too many people who never
get religion enough to make them look
pleasant in church.
One reason why some people find it
so hard to lead a Christian life, is be
cause they devote so little time to it.
About all some people ever under
take to do to help the Lord, is to try to
tell the preacher how he ought to
preach? When a man takes the place of a.
"scarlet sinner" it will not take him
long to get a "white as snow" salva
tion. The man who says "Our Father" int
honest prayer, will not W found stand
ing with his foot on his Brother's neck
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