The Nebraska independent. (Lincoln, Nebraska) 1896-1902, July 19, 1900, Page 8, Image 8

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July 1 9, 1900.
ilryaa t lma Oefc f L4rla Call
Mi Arm tm Ife4 tit Cobb try
The lirrtn Veteran club of this city.
eorspod of union fiddlers of the civil
war, Las issued an ddre to veteran '
throughout the country.
The address U as fellow:
"Comrade: The long roll has sounded
and one nacre we are called to defend
or country. The ait ancles artsy of
grerd and imperiaiini u about to de
al roy all that we fought to sustain. We
are. many cf o, cloe to oar last roll
cai! but there i tot one o poor in spirit
that be Lam kt bis love of liberty, for
which we fought and suffered in the GGs,
and kit many wbo were near and dear
lo xi Jj ir, ia their last sleep as proof of
their devotion to our country il
V oocaider this the tnoert trying: and
deperae strcjfie that the toople of
America ha to been called upon to meet,
fci&ce the first hot of the revolution, in
the cause of liberty and independence,
and that we may hold that which we
acd those before us fought to secure let
us form in lic and follow, that great
and coble leader cf the caue of liberty,
W. J. bryan, on to victory.
"Believing as we do, and as we had
been taught f orderly by the advocates
of the republican party before it was
coctroiioa by the tram and the money
power, that our constitutional money.
both sold and fUTer, was essential to
the bsutine interest of oar people, and
that slavery cannot ezUt under our coo
titciioa and flag, and that the rights of
all men JLaJ be protected and the blas
tings of liberty guaranteed to all with
out regard to previous conditions or ser
vitude or color, and that all oGcer
from the president down shall be com
pelled to gi? 2u repect to tha lws of
mr country, ofceervucg as guide the
declaration of independence, and the
eor-ctstuUoa of these United States.
Therefore we call a all comrade of
this state to organize as a Bryan Vet
eran cluo and co all in our power to
rurtj&er tie interests of tne people, and
efesd our riht frosa the menace of
isieriius that now threatens our na
All soldiers and sailors la sympathy
with the principles will meet and form
crjraniiatkx in their respective counties.
Any information in regard to the forma
tion and by laws will be furnished by
1L iiryaa Veteran dub, Lincoln. Neb.
h Uss Fcr It
Th Ilacta-Payne hip subsidy bill.
iMkrd by the ilaladeipbia platform,
tud prsesv&biy worth a million or more
to tLo republican campaign fend, re-
ceiTea but cold oca fort from the recent
rt part of the bureau of navigation. This
rtpoe aLows last vessels aggregating
ZtlJyCZ groM to&s have been built in
ihi" coustry d unrig the past year. This
recced has been surpassed only once in a
half ectcry of nation progress. This
was ia 17. when t17l2 gros tons
were built ta this country. As &6 re
cent, of the past year's record consis's
i4 steaa veoeis tie addition to our
br chant caarine is eai!y superior to
t-st of any other year of our history
7 Lee vessels have been built in obedi
etfcce to th law of supply and demand.
Hhips can be built as cheaply here as
abruad, but Jixnna does cot want them
built in that way, says the New York
Jcurr-aL lreideut Hill cf the Great
Northern railway has contracted for a
Cwt of steacukhip from I'aciiic coast
builders, with which he propones to com
it with foreigners in the Asiatic trade,
i has cot asked cexgrass for any
bounty or subsidy bill to enable him to
build cr sail his fleet. Why should cot
others ixitate tla?
ZMte Centra! Ccsslttea
The aew state central committee met
at LascoSa, July IX 19.0. at tba Lincoln
J lot:, at H p. rn.' " - v
- A eusasaitte of three was appointed
to invite the candidates into the meeting
and that the eaadidat be given a rote.
Mted that the candidates retire and
iske a rcu&.tandatioa for chairman to
this body. Carried.
Xxxen as a substitute that J. IL Ed
tsisto be elected by this committee as
chairman of the state central committee.
Substitute motion made that the com
trill take an informal secret ballot for
the purpose of bricgirg candidate for
chairman before the oeeticg. Carried.
Informal ballot gave Ed mi ten 40,
Carry 11. Mower 2. "
XvrL and seconded that the informal
ballet be made formal and Mr.Edmistea
L declared unanimous choice. Car
ried Kranipously.
Moved and carried that the chairman
select hi own secretary.
Hon. Hliuej J. Kent was elected treas
urer. Moved to select taembers of the exec
utive eemr&itte. from each con
gressional district and the chairman,
ertary aad treasurer be members of
thi cosstsitt. Carried.
Each dittrirt selected their commit
j7'&: -?r2
-New York World.
teemen as follows:
1st Dish A. II. Weir, Lincoln,
2nd Dust, C. A. Whitford, Arlington,
3rd PieL O. L. Gossard, Oakdale,
4th Dist. S. II. Craig, Beatrice,
5th Diet. C. W. Jester. Clay Center,
6th Dish Andrew M. Morrisey, Val
Moved by Mr. Whitford that each
county be assessed two dollars for each
delegate to the state convention for the
ue of the state committee,
Moved to amend to make the amount
five dollars. Seconded. Lost. Origi
nal motion carriKl.
On motion the "card plan" of raising
money from the rank and file of the
party was adopted and the matter left to
the itate committee Adjourned.
F. L. MAHY, Secretary.
J. IL EDMISTEN, Chairman.
The card plan has - proven successful
in Iowa and other states. Something
must be done in the populist party to
raie funds aside from assessments of
officeholders ' and candidates. If the
county chairmen and committees will
take hold of this matter and see to the
distribution of the cards, not only will
funds be raised but a party organization
will be effected.
The Markets
Weekly market letter, furnished by IL
IL Penny Jc Co, No. 131 South Eleventh
street, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Lincoln, Neb-, July 18. The wheat
markets of the past week have been very
erratic The market sold down 8c since
the government report made its appear
ance last week. The foreigners failed to
follow our market as to the low estimates
displayed by the govern men t, and north
western authorities begin to raise their
estimates of, and to talk cf the great im
provement that has occurred with the
light rains that fell there last week. The
result being that bull sentiment has al
most vanished from the market and in
stead of tl wheat some traders are pre
dicting 70c wheat.
The best authorities have found that
there is enough wheat to go around.
The Chicago Daily Trtde Bulletin esti
mates that there will bo a crop of 523
millions and tne reserve of lio millions,
a total of C70 millions, which according
to compilations leaves 270 million bu. for
export and reserves. 1 f the exports of
the next twelve months should be the
same as the past twelve months, there
would remain 80 millions in reserve, visi
ble and invisible, a year from now. Such
Xlgure naturally shake faith in higher
The Cincinnati-Price Current also es
timates the crop at 500 millions, and II
V. Jones, commercial editor of the Min
neapolis Tribune, who has been estimat
ing the crop for many years, calculates
the yield of Minnesota and tho Dakotas
at 11a) million, instead of 82 as indicated
by the govern menh So many large esti
mates cannot fail to have an effect on
the speculative market.
The fact remains, however, that the
chances for another bull market have
not entirely gone. The spring wheat
receipts hare dropped to almost half
what they were a year ago, and etocka in
Duluth and Minneapolis will decrease
rapidly for the next two months. The
receipt at Kansas City and St. Louis
will be large. Galveston will be glutted
with Texas and Territory wheat, and
Chicago may show up large with re
ceipts from the southwest.
The shortage of the central states will
make a big demand for the Kansas crop
and when the foreigners begin to buy
again, as they must soon do, they will
te lorcea to oia -prices up snarply in
order to get the wheat they will require.
Tne corn market , has been held on i
strain for the past two weeks up til
Monday with the expectation of getting
a hot wind scare from Kansas or Ne
braska, but the general rain which fel
over the entire corn belt Sunday and
Monday changed the aspect of things in
corn considerable. --.The price for Sep
tember corn in Chicago closed Saturday
at 44J , and opened Monday- morning at
i2tc and ran down tut, showing a de
cline of 4c. Saturday's close and Tues
day sold down to 3St . showing 2c more
decline. ; ,
After all has been said the persisten
enthusiastic bulls should feel that the
market did well enough last week to
hold even a fractional advance in face o
the big decline in wheat
This Morning
Liverpool opening cable: Wheat 1
1-Sd lower; corn l l-4d lower.
Chicago Hog. rects. 21,000. Market
opened strong to shade higher. Mixed
5u0a320; heavy 50oaa20; rough 490a500,
Light 500 and 520. Cattle strong.
Kansas City Hogs 21,000. Cattle 5,
. Omaha Hogs 4,000.
Cattle 1700.
Education Wins - -
Education must precede reform. . It is
the first essential to success. The masses
of the people are honest aad desire to
do what is for the best. They lack in
formation. There is no better method
for furnishing the information and "edu
cation than the circulation of a weekly
newspaper. The weekly newspaper re
cords the progress of the campaign, dis
cusses all the issues and reviews all the
important events as they occur. It is
interesting and instructive and it is
read with greater care and more consid
eration ' than . iamphlets, circulars aad
political documents issued by campaign
committees duringthe heat of a cam
paign. "The people when thoroughly ac
quainted with the facts will not support
or endorse, the -course, of the j reseat na
tional administration in its policy of im
perialism, . militarism and favoritism.
They will not endorse or support wars of
conquest, or the """benevolent" assimila
tion" of the Filipinos, the 'plain duty"
discrimination against the Porto Ricans,
the disgraceful management of the army
and the defalcations and frauds perpe
trated in Cuba; the gold standard and
special legislation - by which the issue
and control of the currency of the coun
try was placed with the national bankers;
the .subsidies give.n.jto.the Standard Oil
Co., and the fostering care of other
trusts and monopolies. To these may be
added the repudiation of the Monroe
doctrine," the abandonment of the decla
ration of independence and many other
indictments for the usurpation . of the
rights of the people.- Such a policy can
not but meet with the condemnation of
every loyal and patriotic citizen conver
sant with the facts-. Will you do your
part in the struggle to restore the gov
ernment to the people by helping to in
crease the.circulation .of the Independ
ent? Tho special rate of 15 cents for the
campaign puts it within the reach of
everyone. Are there not half -a dozen
doubtful voters in your precinct to whom
you can send the Independent? How
can you invest 90 cents to a better ad
vantage? Where can you get so -much
valuable literature for so little expense?
The Independent every week from now
until the close ..of. the -campaign, to six
different addresses, anywhere in the
United States, for 90 cants. Think of it
hardly the cost of white paper make
up your list and send it today.
Illinois Town Has an Order of Youth
ful White Caps.
Orcnnlid to Punish Those Who In
terfere In Their Lore Affairs
Want to Monopolise All the
Girls of the Village.
According to an Areola (111.) corre
spondent of the Chicago Record, what
appears to be an organization of white
caps is operating in mat city, ice
cciillar. thing about the organization
s the motive behind it for the protec
tion of its members againet the intru
sion 6f outsiders in the affairs of love.
The band, so far as can be learned, is
composed of young men ranging in
age from 18 to 20 years, who are sworn
to protect each other, even unto death,
if necessary, in order to keep young
men who are not members of the band
from infringing upon their rights and
paying attention to the girl friends of
any of the members. The violation of
any of the rules laid down in the by
laws of the organization means severe
punishment to the offender, and swift
justice is meted out to the young man
who dares to mingle in the love af
fairs of any member of the band.
Not long ago a young man from the
outside called upon one of the young
woman friends of a member, of . the
band, and was passing the evening ir
her company. A knock at the door
brought the hostess, "and the leader of
the band, who had approached, asked
in a pleasant manner if the young man
were present. .Receiving an answer in
the affirmative, he requested to Bee the
gentleman on business. As the young
man stepped out into the darkness he
was seized by the white crjs and given
a sound whipping and told to leave the
place at once, which he did.
Another case has just developed in
which the punishment was more se
vere. The younsr man, who was called
from the presence of. the girl on the sec
ond occasion, was' subjected to the most
brutal treatment possible. A coffee
sack was throwti over his head, his
hands were tied behind him, and he
was marched to the cemetery, fully a
mile from the city, at the point of re
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Skin Diseases, Presenility, Jaundice. Falling of
urtcnt s uisease, woesity, uropsy, consumption,
j.uui3 position io .exertion, ucuuneuucss, uorpoine naon, jaasturoation.
Monthly Treatment Coat from $5.00 to $95.00 per month with all -Medical Ad-rice
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... , . AIRS. A. J. XIILL, Manager.
vblvers, wlriie Hie members 7o!fowe3
with threats of violence In case he ut
tered an outcry.-At the cemetery a
rope was tied .about his neck and the
end thrown over the limb at a tree. At
this juncture the coffee I sack wa re
moved and a ghost, bearing a large
knife ,1a" its han5s sprang out of the
darkness and came toward the crowd.
The masked members "of the band, at
sight of the ghostly specter, broke and
ran,-and the young man became so
frightened that he swooned and fell to
the ground. The ghost, who was one
of the white- cans, disrobed, and. call-
inc to the crowd, told them the young
roan had fainted. The limp form of the
bbywaa carried -back, to the city and
laid , out upon the sidewalk, where he
remained until passers-by chanced to
find himC etill In an. unconscious condi
tion, some hours afterward.
So far the identity of the members
has been kept a secret, and, though an
effort has been put forth to locate the
leaders, it has-been to no avail. The
last occurrence has created consider
able excitement.
Hotr 'Dati Catch 'Inveeta.'
In a recent number of the Zoologist
is to be found. au interesting-paper on.
the "method used by bate in capturing
insects. This animal when walking car
ries its curved tail downward and in
ward, so that the 'membrane joining
it to the hind legs forms a pouch or
bag, JntoJ which a large insect can be
pushed after it is snatched. This is done
by slightly spreading the folded wings,
bringing the feet forward to increase
the capacity of the tail pouch, and then
beuding the neck and thrusting the
head beneath the body. In spite of
violent struggles, the insect rarely es
capes, and a somewhat similar method
is employed by the, bat when on the
wing, as it has been noticed to always
bend up its tail so aa to form a recep
tacle for its prey.
Rata Feed on Human Body.
An old workman. .living at Hue Courat,
Paris, failed to pay his rent at the regu
lar term to the proprietor. When the
landlord went to collect the doors were
locked. He brought the commissary of
police, who burst the doors open and
found the man dead, the body being cov
ered with, swarms of huge rats. The
body was partially devoured. So fierce
were the rodents that they bit the un
dertaker's assistant. - It is supposed
the . man died suddenly from natural
causes. . , . . . ,
Sou Startling Instances.
Last week, reports the Finley (S. D.)
Slope, a delinquent subscriber said he
would pay up if he lived. He died. An
other said: tl will see -you to-morrow.
He's blind: Still another said:
"I'll pay youcthls"week or go to the
devil. HeVgone. There aTe hun
dreds who Ought to take warning of
these procraatinators and pay up now.
I -. l.J i) J' n i
If you are indebted to this paper, re
member and rmit at once.
The 'Mnch-rJepea Goat Has Been
" KnoWsince (he Dcatanlng
4 oil Htetory.
The common or domestic goat was
originally a native of the highlands
of Asia. Naturalists generally regard
it as having descended from an animal
found in' the' Caucausus mountains
and the hill country of Persia, called
in the Persian .language the pesang.
Its legs are , longer than those of the
common goat, aad its horns are very
much logger. ; The eommon goat has
existed as . a, domestic animal in
oriental countries from the very ear
liest times. From there it spread all
over the world, manifesting a remark
able adaptability to climate aud cir
cumstances. In this diversity of sur
roundings . great . diversity of breeds
has appeared,,. such-as the . Angora
goat, the Syrian goat, ,the Cashmere
goat, the Guinea goat of Africa, and
many others. 'A No quadruped, except
the dog-, has shown such susceptibil
ity of variation. These differences
show most markedly in the quality
and quantity of the hair arid ia the
relative abundance of the two coats,
the long silky outer covering and the
softer woolly hair beneath it.
Among the flreeks and Romans, the
goat whs sacrificed to - Bacchus be
cause of its tendency to injure grape
vines by eatiug the young tendrils
and leaves. Ail the species of goats
are natives of the old world. The
Rocky Mountain , goat, so-called, of
North America really belongs to the
antelope family. : . : ."
Soldier In a Panic.
All armies are liable to night scares,
which, at times, almost amount to a
panic On one occasion a British regi
ment in India, marching over tl
ghauts on it return from maneuver
at Chinch wud . was thrown into tern
nnrnrv wnfnR?i?vn Vv the boltincr Of &
couple of pack oxen laden with cooking
pots, - ?. -.-": ;
Carefnllr' Trained Horse.
The Boer depends entirely on his
horse, which is often beautifully
trained, and stands unwatched behind
him while he fires.
Honey and Money.
The bee industry employes 300,000
persons, and the revenue from it ia
a '
about $20,000,000 a year.
bnlow. f1 rAnflnt nf Koinir ihl in o-i rKr
Fower. Anemia. KInnd Pnisrtn. Svnhilis.
the Womb. Gout, Kidney Disease, Diabetes,
Bronchitis. Asthma, lasiituae, ixms of f lesn.
It Will Always Muster In tho Mei
- of the Sura-eon. ; Who Had
Charst f It." ' -
"What was the strangest case I ever
had? said one of the erurgeon in, at
tendance at the late convention, repeati
ng the question of a New Orleans
Times-Democrat reporter with whom
he was chatting. "Well, let me see. I
believe the oddest incident - of inv
career occurred ; in but hold! on. sec
ond thought Is dont care to give any
names or dates. The facts, if you like,
were these: . I was called by messen
ger to a cheap boarding house one even
ing to attend a man who was said to
have been hurt in a fight. I found a
young fellow of 23 or thereabouts, half
dfesed, with a bloody contusion on one
of his cheeks and a badly 'smashed
nose, lr-.e bricfre was smashed almost
fiat with the face, and I saw at once
that the case would need very careful
handling- to prevent great disfigure
ment. Not to bother you with technical
details, t confined myself that nig-ht to
a superficial dressing, and deferred fur
ther proceedings until next day? .When
called the following morning v the
young man had quite recovered his
senses, and although, his clothes were
shabby and all his surroundings poor
and was evident from hishands.
talk and bearing, that he had never
don any-hard work, and was a per
son cf education and - refinement. I
took him for the black sheep of some
good family, but made no comments,
and explained briefly that I would try
to restore his nose as far as possible by
performing a alight operation and in
serting an artificial support." To my
astonishment, he objected natly, and
insisted on letting it heal exactly as it
waai 'Bat you will be frightfully dis
figured, I protested; 'I doubt if your
best, friends would recognize you.
Strange to say,' that assurance seemed
to rfnder-him, only the firmer, and I
was compelled to let him have his way.
It was nearly three weeks before he
was well, and, as I anticipated, he
looked exactly like . some. battered
bruiser of the prize ring. Ineversaw
the man again, but six months later
I we shown the photograph of a hand
some young chap who was badly want
ed for a big embezzlement. I put my
finger over the nose and recognized my
late patient. lie had. walked aboard
ship right under, the eyes of the detec
tives and sailed for the Argentine Re
public. They had his photo, but never
dreamed of conecting it with the
caved-ln countenance of that particular
passenger' "ind he get somebody to
break his nose on purpose?' asked tho
reporter.. "I never ascertained, said
the surgeon.
Wliy the Englishman Didn't Sar
Good-Dy to HI American Fellow
Two passengers on the New England
on her last trio, one an American and
the other an Englishman, did not ex
change the farewell courtesies, when
the steamer reached her pier, usual be
tween voyagers who have occupied ad-
joining staterooms and hobnobbed dur
ing an ocean voyage, says the Boston
Post. A plausible explanation was
vouchsafed by the American.
During the voyage the ' Englishman
persisted ' in fraternizing with the
American in a most obtrusive and an
noying manner. Within two days of
Boston the Englishman one morning
hunted up the American and found him
in apparent despondency, gazing sea
ward from the hurricane deck.
"Confounded blue this morning, old
chap. What's the matter?" And the
Britisher slapped his.companion on the
back. . ..... . -
"Matter enough, growled the Ameri
can. ; "Ship's lost; captain don't know
which way to steer. Forgot to wind the
compass last night.
The Englishman listened with mouth
agape, then rushed off to tell hi6 friends
of the consequential mishap.- Evident
ly gullible Britisher was "pushed
along for some time until: he found
everybody guying him.
Victim of an Accident Caused Sen
sation In a Maine Town.
Catlra Population Tnraed Oat to Sea
tho Strange Slarht Woman at
Last Restored Confldeaoo In
tho Community.
"Of-the funny things that come up
now and then in the rural towns on my
route, I think the funniest in my expe
rience was the way a skunk made the
people of Lake View, in Maine, hustle
themselves a year or two ago,' said a
commercial traveler to a New York Sun
reporter. "Lake View is a little settle
ment in the woods on the mainline of
the Bangor & Aroostook railroad, and I i
waa waiting over a train there on the
chance of selling a bill of goods. I was
in the biggest store and had the store
keeper pretty well in hand; five min
utes more and he would have been hyp
notized to the point of a $500 order, at
least, when a fellow loafing on the plat
form outside the door sung out: -
" 'Jerusalem crickets I What's that(
that's come ter town? Then he stuck
his frowsy head inside the door and
called: 'Jess look here, fellers. Ev
erybody cornel I want ter show you
a sight ter beat a circus 1
"Every lounger in the store and the
clerks started for the door, and the
owner was not long behind them. , The
spell that I had been weaving about
him went to pieces like a 6oap bubble,
and there was nothing better for me to
do than accompany him to see what the
excitement was. It was a skunk that
had raised the commotion. Now, it is
nothing unusual for a skunk, or even
larger animals from the woods, to stray
into a Maine village; but this one, be
fore he showed himself, had been
nosing around the houses and had got
his head fast in an empty condensed
milk can. His head was completely ex
tinguished to a point back of his ears,
bat he had found his way into the
street and now was wandering about,
mad all through, and wholly unable to
get his bearings. All hands kept out
of his way, and every man chut his
doors and tied up his dog, for they know
all about skunks in Lake View.
"It was the tin can over the skunk's
head that made the trouble. But for
that over his eyes he could have been
'shooed out of the town asd thus have
been got rid of on the easiest terms. To
kill him within "the village limits was
not to be thought of, for, like blind
Samson among the Philistines, he
would in his dying have worked a re
venge that would be remembered in
Lake View for many a day. As it was,
he stopped all business in the town for
half an hour or more while he mean
dered around, with everybody making
way for him. His steps took him at last
to the schoolhouse, and, the door being
open, he walked in. The school was in
session and the fact of his arrival was
announced by the appearance of the
teacher, a comely young woman, who
ran screaming out of the door, followed
by several of her pupils, while the oth
ers left the building by way of the win
dows. The skunk bumped round
among the desks for awhile, and at last
found his way back into the street.
"All this performance was interest
ing, and to an outsider, with nothing at
risk, was very funny in its episodes.
But the next train was due within the
hour, and it was plain that so long as
that skunk was at large a man could
not have bought a jackknif e or a pound
of tea in the town with the cash in his
hand, to say nothing of getting an order
for goods; so I prayed with the rest for
deliverance. There was. advice enough
on tap of ways and means for dealing
with the skunk; , I think everybody
present, myself included, proposed
some plan, but the trouble was that no
proposer would volunteer to put his
idea into execution. It was a woman
who at last solved the problem and re
stored confidence in the community.
She appeared upon the scene with an
empty flour barrel, and, laying it upon
the ground in front of the skunk, he
walked into the open end. Then, tilt
ing the barrel upright, the open end
upward, she held him a safe and harm
less prisoner. Two young men took
the barrel down, to the lake and
drowned the skunk, and Lake View was
saved. I missed my order, but the ob
ject lesson I gained in woman's courage
and resource, in emergency was well
worth the commission I lost through
the affair.
Sow's Milk for Babies.
A novel petition has just been sub
mitted to the French chamber of depu
ties by a woman resident in the Finis
tere department. She proposes that
steps be taken to test the quality of
sow's milk as a form of nourishment
for babies. Donkeys milk, as is well
known, is superior to cows' for the
purpose, but. the, employment of the
domestic pig has the merit of novelty.
Several doctors have . already pro
nounced in favor of the innovation,
"Send me down bride in full dress for
Friday evening. II. Smith, "WalkJey Sta
tion. - v. ;;
Thai was the teaor. of the telegram,
Miss Betsej Blythe knew, because she
read it over 40 times if she read it once.
She picked it up on the step of the tele
graph office, where the lucky recipient
thereof mnst have dropped it, and, un
luckily, the address was torn off the
northeast corner of the folded paper.
"There!" she said. "Didn't I tell you
Harold Smith was going to be married
on the sly?"
"Goodness me!" said Arethusa.
"It can't be possible," piped Pamela.
"But who can the brids be?"
"Walkley Station is only three-quarters
of an hour from New York," said Betsey.
"Let's go to the wedding!"
"And," added Miss Pamela in a chuc
kle, "let's notify all our friends to go!"
"Do you suppose Bhe'll go out in the
cart?" asked Arethusa.
"In full dress? What nonsense!" re
torted Pamel. "She'll drive, ot course,
in a carriage n
"She'll get her death of cold," said
Miss Betsey, with a shiver. "Driving 15
miles in 'full dress!' '
"The idea of Harold Smith ordering
her around in that majestic fashion!"
cried Arethusa. "But. girls, I'll tell you
what we will do we'll go and call on the
Mrs. Mordaunt, a pretty, full blown
rose style of matron, was doing crewel
work. Jessie, her daughter, -who corre
sponded with the rosebud in the family,
was painting a vase of purple pansies in
water colors. They did not appear in the
least like custodians of an important se
cret looked, surprised, when Miss Betsey
alluded to the subject of Impending mar
riage and said they had heard of no
wedding in the. neighborhood, and they
stared when Miss Arethusa asked if they
hadn't had a dressmaker in the house
lately. , .
"We always do our own sewing," said
Mrs. Mordaunt. "Jessie can fit a dress
as well as Mme. Mondini herself."
"But for such a very, very important
occasion as this," smirked Miss Arethusa.
"We never have any important occa
sions," laughed . Jessie. "Look, Miss
Blythe. Do you think my pansy is as
deep a purple as "the original?"
And when the three old maids had at
last taken their departure Jessie looked
at her mother in amazement, mingled
with mirth.
"Mamma," said Bhe, ; "what do those
old women mean?"
"I think, dear," said Mrs. Mordaunt,
"that they are the least bit unsettled in
their minds just a little . crazy, you
know." ...
And the Misses Blythe went away ex
changing . mysterious glances and whis
pering to each other: .
"They cannot deceive us!"
The Misses Blythe told everybody they
could think of always in strict confi
dence, of course. Everybody repeated it
to everybody else, and by Friday evening
the train to Walkley Station was full.
To Miss Betsy Blythe's infinite disap
pointment, the Smith house, a pretty, old
fashioned mansion with a pillared fronii
a garden full of clipped box moiistros
ties, was not lighted up after an extraor
dinary fashion. Mrs. Smith, Harold's
mother, , a dimpled old -lady in a white
lace cap and gleaming gold spectacle
glasses, was knitting, half asleep, when
the three Misses Blythe were ushered in,
followed by a crowd of other acquaint
ances. "Oh," said she, rubbing her eyes to
make sure that it was not a dream, "this
is a surprise party, is it? I'm sure I'm
delighted to see you! Only it-'-a a pity
Harry isn't at home!" .
"My good soul," said Miss Arethusa
Blythe, shaking her finger, "it's no us
trying to deceive us. We know all about
"All about what?" said Mrs. Smith.
"About the wedding!" cried out the
company in chorus.
"Whose wedding?" demanded Mrs.
Smith. .
."Why, Harold's, to be sure!" they re
sponded. : '
"But Harold isn't going to be mar
ried!" said Mrs. Smith. "He Isn't even
engaged! Good gracious, what can have
put such a thing into people's heads?"
"It's the telegram," said Miss Pamela.
"I don't know what you are talking
about," said Mrs. Smith in despair.
"Well, if you won't believe me you will
perhaps believe your own eyes," said
Miss Betsy Blythe, with dignity,, as she
drew the telegram from her pocket and,
carefully straightening out its creases,
held it before Mrs. Smith's, spectacle
"Dear me!" cried Mrs. Smith, at last
comprehending a little of this curious net
work of cross purposes. "It's Bella
Smith's big dell!"
"What!" cried Miss .Arethusa, Miss
Pamela and Miss Betsy in chorus. .
" What !', more wildly echoed the re3V
of the assemblage, crowding eagerly
around. .
, "Mrs. Helena Smith's little daughter
across the street," explained Mrs. Smith.
L "It's her birthnizht party, and an im
mense doll dressed as a bride was for
warded by express this afternoon. I saw
it myself a perfect beauty, with veil
and wreath, white satin boots, buttoned
by knobs of pearl, and long wristed white
kid gloves, entirely complete! . And you
thought you really imagined that my
Harold was going to be married secretly
and had telegraphed to New York for his
bride!" .
The old lady broke out into a fit of soft,
sweet sounding laughter which shook het
as if she had been a mold of jelly. Ev
erybody else lauffhed. except the three
Misses Blythe. They only looked blank.
"But, now that you're here," added
hospitable Mrs. Smith, "you'll stay to tea,
all of you? But you must! The down
train don't leave until 10, and you'll be
half starved now that there ia no wed
ding feast for you. Oh, I insist upon you
staying to tea!" Waverley Magazine.
Pnlplt Diplomacy.
Jones That new preacher knows his
business. -.. , .
Mrs. Jones Wnat makes yon think so?
Jones He waited until Bobby got whip
ped before he tried to convince him that
fighting was wrong. Kansas City Inde
pendent. '
His Humility.
"Barker humbly says he is but an in
strument in the hands of destiny." -
"I know he talks that way, but, all
the same, he thinks destiny has its hands4
full when it is using him." Indianapolis'