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THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT.
Nov. a, iC
PERILS OF THE DEEP.
OCCUPATION OF THE PEARL
FISHERS A DANGEROUS ONE.
While at Work He Is Surrounded by
All Sort of Danger II. P. Whit
man h, Successful Diver Describes
Hi Perilous Ad run tares.
P. Whltmarsh.) '
ISHING for pearla
IB ft y I uuiauio
cupation, but full of
the calling waa mo
nopolized by the
natives of tropic
shores whose op
erations were con
fined to the shallow
waters, or at best
depths easily pen
etrated by divers without apparatus.
But when the shallow waters were de
nuded of their prizes, more venture
some men went into the business, fit
ting themselves out with boats and liv
ing suits, by means of which they
could search deeper waters for the
ocead's only gem. V .
Pearla are found in most tropical
waters. The market, however, Is prin
cipally supplied from the gulfs of Cali
fornia and Mexico, the northern coast
of Australia, Ceylon, and the islands
of the Pacific.
Though pearls are found In almost
all mollusks, the true pearls of fashion
are only produced by the pearl oyster
or mother-of-pearl shell. , And here let
me . say that . pearl diving means not
only fishing for pearls, but also the
shells which contain them. The com
mercial "M.-0.-P." shell is in reality
the bread-and-butter of the diver. In
size they are about as large as an or
dinary dinner-plate, and their weight,
when cleaned, averages 2 pounds. When
sold in London market they bring from
100 to 130 per ton. On the spot they
are reckoned roughly at 2s. a pair,
From Torres Straits, good pearling
grounds extend far east and west
Here (and it is' representative of near
. ly all other fisheries) diving is carried
on by means of lugger-rigged boats,
ranging in size from five to twenty
tons. This style of craft has proved to
be most suitable, as they are easy to
handle and can be shifted quickly. They
are built with a certain regard for
speed, for the reason that the better
the sailing qualities of the boat,, more
time the diver has for work below. The
boats are fitted with air-pumps, and
carry a crew of five Malays and a
diver; the latter halng also the cap
There is a scattering ..of Europeans
among the divers principally English
and Germans; but Kanakas, Malays,
East Indians, Japanese, and Chinese
make up the greater number.
Next to a good diver and apparatus,
a reliable "tender" Is tho most neces
sary adjunct to a pearling lugger's out
fit He it is who holds the life or sig
nal line, and looks after the general
welfare of the diver when below. The
"tender" is the second in command,
He must keep his weather eye "lift
ing" for squalls, the movements of
other boats, and should be a wide
awake fellow; quick to act in an emer
gency, and constantly alert.
On the pearling grounds, with the
first streaks of dawn, blue wreaths of
smoke arise from every boat The
cooks are busy preparing the everlast
ing fish and rice for the Mohammedan
crews. The divers have, perforce, to
c.ntent themselves with a cup of cof
fee and a piece of bread, as it is impos
sible to do good work under water with
a full stomach.
The' diving dress Is a waterproof
combination of coat vest, trousers.
and stockings, all in one. The only
Inlets or outlets are the wide collar
and the wristlets. Dressed in a double
set of heavy flannels (to absorb the
perspiration), the diver, with the "tend
er's" aid, works his way, feet first into
the dress; his hands are soaped, so
that they may slip through the tight
DIVER WITH BASKET OF PEARL
fitting rubber wristlets, and then the
boots are buckled on. The latter are
leaden-soled and weigh 32 pounds.
Next the corselet or shoulder-piece is
added, and screwed tightly to the col
lar of the drees. Then the life-line and
pipe are attached, the eighty-peund
back and chest weights suspended from
the shoulders, the helmet screwed on,
and the' diver is ready to step ever
the side. ' ' -
Pearl diving Is carried on at a .lepth
of sixty to 108 feet At the, latter
depth a diver cannot remain under
rrore than ten minute on account of
the pressure In forty feet or fifty feet
of water it is possible to main below
two hours without suffering much in
convenience. As to the distance one
can see when below. It is governed
entirely by the state of the water. If
clear, objects can be distinctly seen
forty or fifty feat; but if dirty, that Is.
stirred up by strong tides, or rough
weather, it is necessary to go on all
fours to find bottom. A good day's
work is anything over 200 pairs of
ohells, although I hare known as many
ss 1,000 to be picked up in that time.
Pearls can never be reckoned on, as
certainties. Finding them is altogeth
er a matter of luck. One diver may
open ton after ton of shells without se
curing anything but a few seed pearls,
while another may take a fortune cut
of a day's gathering.
Diving, and particularly peart diving,
is an exceedingly dangerous occuoa
tion, and accidents on the pearling
grounds are of common occurrence. A
diver runs the risk of losing his life
by ripping or tearing his dress upon
sharp rocks or corals, through which
he must often pick his way. Then,
again, an accident may happen to the
air-pump, in which case he 1b suffo
cated; or the air-pipe may become un
ccsjjjled or burst, with the same fatal
result But perhaps the greatest dan
ger which besets er when below
is that of fouling on the bottom, and
to explain how easily this may hap
pen, I will relate an experience of my
I had been working all day, and
about "knock off" time having a full
bag of shells, I screwed up the escape
ATTACKED BY AN OCTOPUS.
valve in order to fill the dress with air
and make myself lighter, and gave the
customary signal to ascend. The life
line tautened, and I was soon lifted
from my feet and being drawn toward
the lighter water above. The angry
frame of mind that usually attends the
diver at work gradually passed away
as I was raised to the surface, and I
was Just getting good-tempered at the
thought of a mouthful of fresh air,
when I felt a sudden Jerk under my
left arm, and at the same instant my
progress was stopped.
Before I realized what was the mat
ter, the air-pipe was torn from the
check that held it under my arm, slip
ped over it, and pulled my head down
ward; while the hauling of the "ten
der" above on the life-line round my
waist raised the lower part of my
body and left me suspended heels up.
In the first few moments of my sur
prise and terror I did not stop to con
sider what had happened. My pres
ence of mind deserted me, and I strug
gled and screamed like a madman.
After a little while, having kicked
myself Into a state of exhaustion and
common sense, I reasoned out the cause
of my dilemma. As the strain of the
air-pipe was downward, and that of the
life-line upward, I concluded that the
pipe must be fast below, and that the
only thing to be done was to go down'
and clear it First, I regulated the
air in the dress, letting out as much as
I could spare, for in my present posi
tion all the air went into my legs, and
kept them floating straight upwards,
and then I tried to make the "boys"
understand that I wanted them to low
er me.-'-. '.'
All my shakes and Jerks on the life
line, however, were without avail. By
that time all hands, except those pump-,
ing, had tailed on, and were doing
their level best to pull me in halves.
Fortunately, all my gear was In good
shape, or they might have accomplish
ed it Finally, after hanging betwixt
the top and the bottom about half an
hour, my "tender" had sense enough
to signal for another diver, and I was
at last released and hauled up, more
dead than alive. The cause of this ac
cident was simply that the careless
holder of the pipe, Instead of keeping
it taut, had allowed it to drag on the
bottom until it fouled around the base
of a coral cup. Had the tide not been
slack at the time, the weight of the
boat, which was practically anchored
by the air-pipe, would have torn the
helmet from my shoulders. and the re
sult would have been different ,
Octopl are seldom met with in Aus
tralian waters, though there is always
the possibility of such a thing, and
occasionally one hears of an encounter.
The deaths of many native divers who
go down and never appe.r again, are
attributed to the trldacna, a gigantic
mollusk of the clam order; which
closes with a vise-like grip upon any
thing that passes its lips.
Another fish that is unpleasant to
meet is that known as the stone-fish.
It is small, being only a few Inches In
length, but its bite is poisonous. Ap
parently, it makes its home under the
pearl shell for it is only when picking
up a shell that a diver is bitten. After
a bite from this spiteful little member
of the finny tribe, It Is wise to remain
under water as long as possible. The
pressure, causing much bleeding at the
bitten part, expels the poison.
Black and yellow sea-snakes are con
stant companions of the diver, though
quite harmless; also stlngarees, blow
fish, mullet, and a hundred other va
rieties known among divers by names
descriptive of some peculiarity the
fish possesses, but which to the reader
mean nothing. A few of them are
known to science by names that mean
, . Too Severe. .
"Professor, why are prize-fighters
never found in football teams?" "They
can't stand the punishment" Detroit
Free Press. .
HIS TREACHEROUS MEMORY.
Trick It Played ft Man After Sober
Sight Off. i
1 should hate to tell you which one
of them it was, but it happened on .the
night of the McGillicuddy banquet Tho
man himself told me about it as fol
lows: My memory Isn't very good, and I
had several things on my mind. When
I went out Tuesday night I intended to
come home early, but I dropped into
the spread at the Hotel Atwood, and it
was past 2 a. m. when I struck m
doorstep. ' Tou ought to have seen me
sneak up to the front door and fum
ble for my key. I reckon that no one
ever did a slicker Job than I did. I
haven't been out so late for months,
but I got into the hallway without
making any noiee, and sat down on the
stairs and removed my shoes. I learned
that when I was courting my wife.
Why, I have done slicker Jobs In get
ting out of her house and into mine
without waking either of the families
than Spike Hencesey ever did in his
palmiest days of burglary. I went up
stairs to the chamber door and pushed
on It It creaked some, but it gave way
and I was in. I expected to hear some
one says "Will, is that you?" but no
one did, although I fancied I beard the
soft breathing of my wife. I didn't
light the gas. Not I. I slipped off my
clothes; decided not to wind my watch
for fear of Its click; found my robe de
nuit, slipped into it, and edged around
to my side of the bed. Then I calmly
and steadily and deftly slipped In.
I was alone!
j She was gone!
And then I remembered that she had
been away two' days, and I had known
it all the time, it I had only stopped to
Certainly I was. I hadn't drank
thing but spring water and Worcester
shire sauce. Lewiston Journal.
The Independent Stage Driver.
Eastern tourists who cannot differ
entiate between a California stage
driver and an eastern coachman meet
with a rude shock in the wild and
woolly west, and they soon learn that
the Californian is a knight of the reins
several grades higher in the social
scale than the menial of the east.
There is an old driver at Monterey
who 1b determined that his patrons
shall make no mistake concerning his
exact status, and In a quiet way he
checks all attempts to make a servant
of him. A short time ago he was driv
ing a party of tourists about when one
querulous old lady who had annoyed
him not a little by her air of super!
"My man, do you know the name of
that wild flower?"
"Yep," he replied, and flicked one of
his leaders with his Whip.
She paused a moment for him to
give the name, but he merely clucked
to the wheelers.
"Driver, do you know the name of
that flower?" she repeated, in an im
"Yep; get up there, Bally!"
Again she waited end again demand
"Man, don't you know the name of
"Yep; g'long there, Pete!"
"Then why don't you tell me?"
"Oh, you want to know, too, do Tout
That's a wild rose." San Francisco
Post . '
An Oppressive Alternative.
"And didn't you like it up there?"
The deposed angel elevated her
"Well," she rejoined, "they gave me
a perfectly swell crown and then said
I'd have to take it on if there was any
body sitting behind me, and I Just told
the usher he could go ahead and eject
me If he wanted to." Detroit Tribune,
THE CHURCH MILITANT.
Five new Methodist churches are oe
.ng erected in the Mankato district
Minnesota. Dedications occurred at
Albert Lea, Sept 13, and at Alden,
Bishon Gaines, at the African Meth
odist conference In Richmond, Va.
served notice that he would ordain no
man to the ministry who drank whisky,
chewed tobacco or smoked.
Covenant church, Chicago, a branch
of the First church, is to build a two
story brick and stone $30,000 edifice
with an audience room for 850, lecture
room for 250 and Sunday school room
for 1,000. .
Thirteen missionaries have sailed for
Manchuria, sent by the United Pres
byterian church of Scotland, which has
a verv oromislng mission field there.
The work was interrupted by the late
war between China and Japan, and one
young missionary fell a martyr to Chi
neee bigotry, bur it is being resumed
under most hopeful conditions.
The fifty-seventh annual session of
th Rock river conference of the Meth
must Kniscooal church at Freeoort. 111..
was, as usual, a notable gathering of
devout, godly men. The opening sacra
mental service was led by Bishop An
drews. One of the special features of
the session is the course of lectures
delivered by Professor Graham Taylor
and Reverend A. C. Hirst of Chicago.
At the celebration of the twenty-second
anniversary of the Chautauqua as
sembly recently, Dr. J. M. Buckley said:
"I honor Chautauqua. I consider it
the greatest promoter of religion that
can be found in this country. X was
glad when permission was given to the
Roman Catholics to hold their services
here. It is the greatest promoter of
sectional unity. Did you lee that large
number that arose from the south?
Some of the best friends I have are in
the south, and I was introduced U
them here on these grounds."
HE SOUCHT DEATH.
Coftld Mot Prevent Ills Wife from Bid.
lug ft Wheel.
(New York Letter.)
Because his wife persisted In .ridln 5
bicycle at all hours of the day and
night and refused to give an account
of where she had been Frank Miller
killed himself the other day. The
Millers lived In lodgings and had been
married four years. Frank Miller came
of a respectable family, his father be
ing employed in a wholesale grocery
house. The entire Miller family was
opposed to Frank's marrying pretty
Agnes Baker, who was 18, two years
younger than her lover. She was the
daughter of a fish dealer and was a
short, slim, vivacious blonde, fond of
good time and a well-known figure
at the dances and parties of her neigh
borhood. Her father had married a
second time and there were frequent
disturbances at the Baker home over
the late hours kept by Agnes and her
sister. When married Miller was em
ployed as a conductor, but later had
been a clerk in a shoe store. They
hired rooms from the Gamble family,
clgarmakers, and Mrs. Gamble relates
that often she would hear the couple
quarreling all night long. Young Mrs.
Miller persisted in riding her bicycle
and would return home at all hours
of the night and her husband's requests
to be informed where she had been
were only laughed at Evening after
evening Miller would sit at home with
their little girl, while his wife was
somewhere else. She boasted to Mrs.
Gamble that she beat her husband with
a broomstick and broke it over him.
His love for her was unquestioned,
for he always forgave her all her es
capades. Finally, one day Mrs. Miller
told her landlady she was going to
leave, as she could not stand her hus
band's scoldings any longer. Before
she left the house she threw every
thing topsy-turvy in her rooms and
when Miller came home all he re
marked was: "This comes from loving
a woman too much." The next day
he Btayed at home waiting for his wife
to come back. She did come after
some furniture and as she went out
of the gate he called after her: "Come
back, Aggie; for God's sake, come
back!" She gave a little toss of her
head and went back to the rooms for
something she had forgotten. In a
few moments Bhe ran down and said
to Mrs. Gamble: "I think something
terrible has happened up there," Mr
Gamble went up and found that Miller
had hanged himself. He was dead when
The Art of Not Bearing.
The art of not hearing should rbe
learned by all. There are so many
things which it is painful to hear, very
many which, If heard, will disturb the
temper, corrupt simplicity and mod
esty, detract from contentment and
happiness. If a man falls into a violent
passion and calls all manner of names,
at the first words we should shut our
ears and hear no more. If in a quiet
voyage of life we find ourselves caught
in one of those domestic whirlwinds
of scolding, we should shut our ears
as a sailor would furl his sail, and,
making all tight, scud before the gale.
If a hot, restless man begins to inflame
our feelings, we should consider what
mischief the fiery sparks may do in
our magazine below, where our temper
Is kept, and instantly close the door.
If all the petty things said of a man
by heedless and ill-natured idlers were
brought home to him he would be
come a mere walking pincushion stuck
full of sharp remarks. If we would be
happy when among good men, we
should open our ears; when among
bad men, shut them. It is not worth
while to hear what our neighbors say
about our children, what our rivals say
about our business, our dress, our af
fairs. Loyalty to Convictions.
It Is upon the loyalty to sincere con
victions that all character rests. Oth
erwise right and wrong, true and false,
Just and unjust, would only bear a
vague, confused and uncertain mean
ing. And exactly because of this es
sential loyalty are we bound frequently
to test our convictions in the light of
advanced knowledge and improved
Judgment, and to replace them by oth
ers whenever their imperfections be
come manifest Herbert Spencer says:
"It is clear that a globe built up partly
of semblances Instead of facts would
not be long on this side of chaos. And
It is certain that a community com
posed of men whose acts are not In
harmony with their Innermost belief
will be equally unstable."
By Faith ftnnd Earett Action. ?
If you advance in the Christian life
at all it must be by a live faith and
most earnest action. Every power
must be brought into exercise. Speak,
sing, work, pray, agonize if need be.
Make a business of your religion, and
; a pushing, aggressive business, too.
Eternity will reveal the fact that God's deal of the men has a higher opinion
true service is the best that m evet of peace than she has of love.-iAtcnl-engaged
in. son Globe.
RULES FOR A CYCLIST
THB THOMPSON STREET CLUB
LI8TCN8 TO A NEW BET.
Concerning ft tittle Game of Poker
The Committee to Deelde Disputes
Mast Be ' Composed sfsmber
President Toots, as
he rapped the club
to order, "yo' am
all awar' of de fack
dat dls am a com
poker an' bike mix
ed In about equal
am rules to govern
each, howeber, an'
it won't do to git 'em mixed up. Fur
dls reason I her drawed off and had
printed de rules applyin' to each. De
rules to govern when out on de bike am
"Sit erect; wid eyes to the front an' a
determined loak on de face.
"Don't attempt to paaa between de
hosses and de dash-bo'd of a treet-kyar.
Pay no attention to brick-bats, ash-
cans, cabbage-heads an' lance rani
thrown arter yo' by de envious an'
"Avoid runnln' ober pedestrians it
yo' kin but when yo' can't avoid it
pick out a fat man an' pull de throttle
wide open. A fat pusson alius acts as
a cushion fur de rebound.
De flnera! rule am to keep to de
right, but if dar am a house in de way
don't be obstinate.
"When two bikests am about to meet
heaed-on dar am two rules to apply.
Yo' kin either Jump off an' go into de
nlghest saloon an' take a mint Jullp
frew a straw or keep right on an'
knook de odder feller fo'teen feet high
an' smash him all to squash.
"If yo' meet a cow when ridln' in
de ken try yo' kin turn to de right or
de left or go right ober her, jest as yo'
plesse. If it happens to be de cow's
brudder 'stead of de cow herself de
rule am to dismount an' climb a tree
an' wait for him to git tired.
"When yo' look ahead up a hill an'
see a farmer an' his two sons waiting
for yo' armed with scythes, eo'nouttsrs
an' sled stakes de rule don't say 'saotly
what yo' should do. Dls gives yo' a
show to turn off into de woods an' look
"One quick, sharp ring ob de bell
means danger to a beer wagon it H
don't git outer yo' way.
"Two rings am a summons fur de
street-kyar to shet off steaem an' cum
to a sudden stop an' let yo' pass in front
of it v
"Three rings means dat de feller
erossln' de street wid his hat on his
ear an', his feet steppin' high am right
in line wid yo'r wheel an' If he don't
git up an' hump hlsself he will be in
vited to a surprise pa'ty.
"A continuance ding! ding! ding! of
de bell, accompanied by a wavin' of de
left hand in de air, signifies dat yo' has
got tired of ridln' in de street an' am
gwlne to take to de side-walk an' dat
It will be Jest as well fur de enthoost
astlc populashun to hunt fur doah-
Toe president announced that he
hoped to soon perfect the following im
provements to the bicycle:
An attachment that will lift a man's
cap off his head when he meets a fe
male and replace it. again after she has
passed on. It will make no distinction
between homely and good .looking
girls and there will be no color line
about it ,
An attachment to cast a noose over
a dog's head and swing him in behind
the bike. When .he has been dragged
100 rods and has made up his miad
that the bike is alive and dangerous
the noose opens and he is allowed to
go on suspended sentence.
An attachment to hold and operate a
squirt-gun containing at least one gal
lon of water. This is for offensive
and defensive operations against the
small boy who wants to shove
broomstick between the spokes to see
how quick a bike can stop.
An attachment to be fastened to the
front wheel which will go ahead and
look for tacks and pounded glass, pick
up wallets and lost diamond pins and
sound the depths of all mud-holes not
over ten feet deep.
"Gem'len." said President Toots as
he laid a box of poker chips on the ta
ble, "dar' am poker an' poker. Dar'
lm poker wha' a flush beats a straight
at poker wbar' a straight beats
flush an' robs de widder an' de orphan.
I has played poker whar three Jacks
knocked oat a full house and I has
played poker whar a full house scoop
ed in a $10 pot ober fo' aces. We must
hev sartin rules an' stick to 'em, an1
dem rules will be as follows:
"Da value of de hand will be ace
high, one pa'r, two pa'rs, flush, threes,
straight full-house, fours an' royal
flush. . .
"De man who stands pat can bluff
de man wid fo aces if he wants to, but
if he gits busted all to squash dat's his
"Dar will be no limit as to bets. Dls
will enable a pore but respectable
young man who may hold a royal flush
to rake in a house an' lot an' a bushel
el Jewelry at one swipe.
"All queshuns in dispute to be left
to a committee of three an' should any
member of dat committee to be found
wid three kings up his sleeve or fo'
aoee down his boot-leg excuses wont
go an' previous good character won't
eount for shucks." Chicago News.
Hard on tho Men.
Every woman who has seen a great
DR. WOLFE AND QZQT.Zl.l
A Hard Tee for One's Oewvtty Tr"I
Aeerat ftnd Phrnsoataf
In front of us stood a t-crt, i
elderly man, an unmlstaktll 12.".. x
la features and complexion, says
wood's Magazine. He spoke Zzz'-'-i C
ently, but with as extremely 3
foreign accent, and hla manner vzi
phraseology wre peculiar, la a f---lon
which made it very t
listen to him with the itr.: .1: J
which his subject demands!. Hi en
larged on his work In Paltl: tzl
Asia Minor generally, which tri r
doubtedly been of a most pro!::.-?
description, but when he procc;Ii4 ti
Illustrate the customs of his rues ly
chanting some of their native tzzz
in a high-pitched voice it proved very
difficult for me, light-hearted enotca U
those days, to hear him with due 6il3
and decorum. Even his imitation et Cs
lamentations of the Jews at the irC-zj
place outside the walls of fallen Jeru
salem, which ought te have been dscly
pathetic, became from his iatotitlca
and style exactly the reverse.
The culminating overthrow cl r .7
gravity came with an aneedsts 11.li
he told of an Arab chief wt til en
tered him his daughter la tirr.:r
and anxiously pressed the tt:irl
bride upon him. "Yes," eseia&ttl Er.
Wolfe, stretching out hla arms isxzxl
quiet, dignified lady wfcd tzt ca a
sofa near him. "Yes, that etief I'ZZ'-l
me to have his child, with the trowa
eyes like a gazelle, to wed hsr tal
keep her always; but I said to tin:
No! no! I have my Oeorglna at fcc:t;
I want no more wives. I have ny
Georglna in my house already, and tlx!
enough, oh, quite enough." I Estr.t
own that I had to beat a hasty nZnzA
from the effects of this speech ca ttt
propriety of demeanor I had tta try
ing so hard to maintain.
Met ft Cent te light.
Baron Rothschild was once tzzzZt ta
predicament that many pscjl ex
perience daily, and that Is gettisg izti
a conveyance of some kind, and C:a
not having the money to pay the fcr.
The driver of the omnibus into wL!:a
Rothschild entered demanded i'a tzx
and the Baron, feeling In his pocitV
discovered that he bad no chans. -TL
driver was very angry.
"What did you get la fx, If jm
had no money?"
"I am Baron Rothschild," exe:!
the great capitalist "and there 1 try
The driver scornfully tossed tie csr J
"Never heard of yon before." tilS te,
"and don't want to hear of you arxia.
What I want is your fare."
The banker was in great haste.
"Look here. I've an order for a reg
ion," be said; "give me the chanre."
And he proffered a coupon for tit
The driver stared and the patrta
gers laughed. Fortunately a friend ci
the Baron entered the omnibus at tlJ
moment and, taking in the situate
immediately paid the fare. The drlvt?,
realizing his mistake, and feellzj re
morseful, said to the Baron: -
"If you want 10 francs, sir, I Czz't
mind lending -them to you on ray era
account" Harper's Round Tit',.
Tired naS Sleepy. '
"Speaking of cures for insoienii,
said an old soldier, "makes me tliz
of our starting out one morning At T
o'clock marching twenty miles asJ
meeting the enemy at 2 o'clock in tLs
afternoon and fighting till , and the
marching back to where we started
from, getting there at 2 o'clock la tl
morning. ' ..
"Some of the men left in camp had
made a firs to cook their coffee by and
had kept it going through the evca
ing. It was now a big bed of red cociv
with an occasional flicker of flame r
ing np from the charred end of a hU
burned stick. It was a chilly nlrlt, '
and I thought I'd sit down on a kj
that there was alongside the fire f;r a
few minutes and get warm a little ta
fore turning In. The next thlnj I
knew it was o'clock. I had gone t
sleep the minute I sat down and ks4
fallen off the big log without waklzj
up. . '
"Now, if, as sometimes happens, 1
find myself Inclined to lie awake aight
I Just think of the comfort of my pres
ent bed as compared with that by tit
lor- and that is enough."
Traveled Bis Pftoft,
Tou are dead beat" .
At the harsh words the cyclist poos:!
himself and opened one eye. The r
liceman, bending over him, west oat
"You have been trying to travel em
The cyclist opened the other eye.
"I have," he admitted. "On my face
and one elbow. But they could net
stand the strain."
And, rising weakly to his feet he
staggered toward the nearest drtj
store, bearing the fragments of Va
wheel with him. Wisconsin Sentinel
' Por Some
"Magnificent house, isn't It?"
"And he bought it for a song."
"Yes, he's the author of Tape's Jag
is Three Days Old,' you know." De
Wife (In church) "Jabes, why didaV
you put something In the contribution
Husband "Hush, Jane; I didn't kar)
anything less than a 2-cent piece akn)
me." ' . .
A man feels drowsy after a kurtj
dinner, because a large part of til
blood la the system goes to the rt:
ach to aid In digestion, and leaves tl)
brain poorly supplied.
Pearls are in greater demaaf tl:l
ever and are largely used tor aeiL:" "
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