The farmers' alliance. (Lincoln, Nebraska) 1889-1892, April 23, 1891, Image 3

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An Episode In tha Lifa or an Old
1 ime Mississippi Gambler.
"'I am a believer in a man's natural
ipoodneKs," eaid the colonel, as the
Merrill Record quotes him. "I had
the pleasure once of knowin?an honest
gambler. 1 liked him, too, for he was
a -gentleman. The days of this class
of gamblers are past, however, and to
day they seem to lie a scurvy lot.
"Moore, when I saw him, was a Mis
sissippi gambler, lie traveled, in fact
lived, on the bU river steamboats. He
never attempted to conceal the truth
About himself. It was simply: "Gen
tlemen, I am a gambler by occupation,
and a good one. If you care to have
me play with you it will give me great
pleasure. If you don't it doesn't make
A particle of difference."
"I got to know Moore very well, and
I soon, discovered tha.t when playing
with the averagoman, luck being equal,
lie would win ninety-ninetimes outofa
hundred. I never touched cards, but I
Used to like his society. He was a won
derfully entertaining talker. On sum
mer nights the stewurds used to serve
dinner on dock for thoso who preferred
to have it there. After dinner we
would go up to the hurricane dock,
and when Moore was oh board he
would bring out his flute nnd play for
us. When the moon was out and
threw a thin bluo veil over the water,
or when theboatcarvinuthedarkness,
swept so close to the shore that it
brushed the dark willows on the bank,
the rising and falling notes that came
from his instrument were gentle music
to the ear. I never knew him to pro
pose a game of cards, lie would play
there until some one suggested a game,
when he would take his instrument
apart and put it away in an indiffer
ent manner.
"I watched him at play one night,
when Satan seemed to throw every
card to this calm, self possessed man.
There was a cool, matter-of-fact way
about him which froze the ardor of
"every one else .except a young man
about 25 years old. This player was
in ill luck, but with flushed face and
feverish eye he made his bets furious
ly, only to lose every time. It soon
Iwranie evident that he was playing
beyond his means. Mooro must have
noticed it, for he ceased to bet heavily
against t he younger man. Tnis anger
ed the ot her.
"There was a pot of $300 once, and
every one had droptwd out except
Moore and the young man. Moore
had been ikying his hand like a won
derful automaton, passionless but
ire. No man but his opponent per
haps could doubt that he held the
winning hand. Suddenly whi'n his
rival had bet $50, ilpore laid down
his hand, saying; T won't bet. I
have nothing. ou played that hand
"The young man reached out fever.-
ishly tortlie pile or money aim inen
his hand lay on the table. f
"That is not true." he said. 'You
have a goojdhand and are afraid to
Dlnv it iiL'uniHt nie.' .
"Moore shot a hot glance across the
table at him, and two red spots tlasn
ed into his cheeks.
" 'I lav down mv" hand," he said,
slowly, but with aslL'ht tremor in his
" 'And I say," added the other in a
low ' tone, 'you are a gambler and
therefore a coward.
" 'Hush.' I said, laying my hand on
the young man's sleeve, 'Von don't
know what vou are saying. He is not
a. coward bv anv means.'
"The young man shook off my hand
" 'He is a coward," herepeated,'and
I will answer for my words at the next
"I lookod at Moore. He sat stiff
and motionless, with a terrible, fire in
his eves. I was at his next
" 'I)es the eame co on?' he asked
" 'Not with you,' said the young
man, swelling. 'Not until I provetnnt
vou are afraid to bet,' and with a sud
den motion he threw his hand across
the table and seizing Moore's hand
turned the cards face upward on the
"I was on my feet at the instant to
arrest Moore's right arm, for I felt
that he would draw his revolver at the
insult. But a hush fell over thoso
around the table and the hot-headed
young man was gazing stupidly at the
cards before him. Four aces lay there
an invincible hand, for straights
were not played. There was a blue
tinge in Moore's white lips and the
voting man' looked bewildered and
bur t into tears.
" 'We can't play together any more,
he cried. "You threw money in my
nocket because I was losing too much
i can't take it,' he said arising trout
Lis chair.
u 'You can't said the gambler in an
even voice. 'I laid down my hand
The money is yours, Besides,' he add
ed with a shiver, i neiu out an ace on
"Every mnit at the table knew that
Voore had lied. We all got up and left
ths young uiati sittinn there Iwfore
liis money. 1 found Moore shortly
afterward on deck looking into the
darkly whirling water.
"'Hive me your hand.' I said,
"What in the world did you insan?
You never cheated at cards in jour
" 'Tut, tut.' he answered, with a
lillU laugh that was slightly harsh,
he is only a boy and I loved hi moth
er cnee.A'
The Nonbtr of WarJ Fed by Public
Mont-jr fr Lew than Generally '
BuppoMd Whu and Where
iMtied and How It U
Tho Indians are oftca sioken of as
paupers, dependent upoa government
bounty for tho food that keeps them
alive. But there are in round numbers
about 70,000 red men In Indian Terri
tory, belonging' to tho civilized tribes,
that do not receive rations from the
government. There are also many
Indians elsewhero wiio are self-supporting,
such as the I'ueblos of New
Moxloo, numbering1 more than 8,000;
tho Six Nations and St Regis Indians
of New York, more than 6,000, and
tho North Carolina t'horokees, about
2,900. Then, on the reservations are
many who support themselves by hunt
ing and fishing, by farming, herding,
or hoi-se raising', by lumbering and the
sale of timber, and by other occupa-'
In California, for one Indian who
receivos rations there aro ton who do
not; in Oregon and Washington the
Indians are salf-supporting; through
Ihn l-'Ve reclon of Wisconsin. Michigan.
and Minnesota the same is true. In
short out of an Indian population, ox-
luding Alaska, of 241,000 about 186,.
000, are self-supporting. This leavej
only about 58, 000 who receive rations,
fewer than onb-tourtn or tne
whole. Of these more than half are in
the Dakota and Montana.
The next Important fact to notice is
that the Indians who do receive rations
In nearly every instance have paid full
value for them, and generally more
than value. They deserve to be called
paupor as much as a man would who
should sell a piece of land for $10,000
nnd place tho proceeds in the hands of
trustees to be Invested by them so that
the Interoit should come to him in the
form of food and clothing. Make the
trustees the purchasers of his land at a
very good bargain for themselves, ana
the analogy would be still closer. Why
should the Indians under such circum
stances . be represented as receiving
alms? Thus nuorles tho New York
Sun. which continues as follows:
Still, evory year th question comes
up whether tho ration system is not
really at best a makeshift which should
be abandoned at the earliest practicable
moment. The annuities furnish an
opportunity for a groat deal of swind
ling, which has frequently been
Reliance on rations no doubt tends
to keep up the idle and lazy habits to
which the Indians are by nature in
clined. Tho periodical issues of food
do not even toauh them frugality, since
they feast and are wasteful just after
ration day, and perhaps go hungry
before the next distribution. The gov.
ernment makos matters worse by its
wretched system of giving out the
rations, which is often at long intervals
and at a single central agency. 1-he
consequence Is that those who attempt
farming may have to leave their crops
uncared for and their stock untended.
while the long journey to and from the
agency becomes a picnic, arriving
home perhaps to find the crojw la a
discouraging state.
Indeed, so primitive Is the oliiclal
machinery in regard to rations that at
some agencies, such as Anadarko and
Darlington, tho habit, according to
Commissioner Morgan, is still kpt up
of issuing live cattle, so that the In
dians may chase them over the prairie
In imitation of the buffulo hunt of
former days, amid the howling of dogs;
and when the poor boasts are shot, the
squaws are allowed to do the work of
butchering, while the children look on,
Perhaps some day a substitute for
the present system may be found in
the establishment of several sub-agen-ctes
Instead of a single central one,
each provided with a store in which
food and clothing can be had, and with
shops for blacksmithlng. carpentry,
and so on. These could be managed
by tho Indiaas themselves, and annui
ties could bo paid largely In money In
stead of goods, and without the need
of long journeys to get it. Then, with
more faciltUns furnished for work out
side the reservations an'd for market
ing their products, the present annuity
and reservation system would gradually
bo changed. The Indians might still
have their head money or individual
pensions, but would no longer make
these an excuse for a life of idleness.
Meanwhile the evils resulting from the
bad quality of good and from injurious
methods of distribution should be corrected.
tract like vanilla or orance. It 1
drunk from small cups that hold, per
baps, half a gllL Vodki and tea are
the ir.s sparable accompaniments of
friendly as well as of business intei
course In the country cf the czar.
Drunken men are rare. Russia and
Sweden are the only countries in
which the double dinner is the rule
When you go to the house of a Russian,
be he friend or a stranger, you are at
once invited to a side table, where
salted meat, pickled eel, and appetiz
ing viands are urged upon you with an
i repressiveness that knows no refusal.
This repast is washed down with
frequent cups of vodki. That over,
and when the visitor feels as If he had
eaten enough for twenty-four hoars,
the host says: "And now for dinner."
Kiperience of Young tteaadlntvUn
tha Wilda.
If a young man Is really bound to go
to Africa, he can find an opportunity
one way or another, and if he doesn't
i mind roughing it in a savage land and
an unhealthy cnimite, ne has plenty or
experiences and adventures that are
Bometimes exciting If not always agree
able and does not regret his visit to
the new world. Mr. Carl Stecklemann
a Scandinavian who lived In Indiana,
Is an example of this gjrt of a young
man. Ho went to Africa a poor boy
when he was hardly out of his teens.
He was determined to go and see some
thing of the land which Stanley and
others had so eloquontly described.
Casting about for an opportunity, ho
finally succeeded In securing employ
ment at the station of a Liverpool linn
In tho West African trade, and a short
time after, found hiai at Mayumba,
some way above the mouth of the Con
go. Here he lived for about three
years, during which time he learned
the Fiote language, studied the natives
carefully and collected a great deal of
lufoimation about their habits, and
folk-lore, made an overland expedition
throuorh the little known valley of the
Kwilu-Nlarl to Stanley pool, and finally
returned to this country with one of
the largest collections of African cur
iosities that has ever been brought
here. His fine examples of native
carvings, cloth and many other manu
factures have been seen by many thous
ands of our people, particularly In In
diana nd Ohio. Stockelmann had no
intention of remaining here very long.
Nearly two years ago he returned to
the west coast again, and la now at the
head of the large trading station where
he was originally employed as a clerk.
When he was passing through New
York two years ago on his way back to
Africa, he said ho loved that country
very much, and that it was the ambi
tion of his life as soon as ho had accu
mulated money enough, to do some
thing in the way of original explora
- .a'.."- " X35 ,
Center Crank Stationary and Traction Enffinoo.
Send for Catalogue. GTJ3. STATED general Agent, urancn noma umcpih,
McCormick Harvesting Machines.
105,468 Were Sold in 1890.
125,000 Are being Made for 1891
Ask our agent at the town where you -rade for pamphlet fully explain
ing all of our machines, also describing and illustrating the process of man.
facturing our superior quality of BINDING TWINE, and explaining why
the best is always the cheapest, and if he cannot furnish one you can get
one by writing to
R. BIN FORD, General Agent,
Lincoln, Nebraska.
Will (be African F.lrphant Work!
In modem times, we have only to look
to India to bo convinced of the great
usefulnites of the elephant. To tho
agriculturist, who ukos him before his
wagon or his plow, he Is IndlnjiensaDie,
and for tho transportation of. heavy
articles, lie has nd rival. We see him
carrving immense treo trunks out of
the Indian forest, and by his indefati
gable industry, in picking up and car
rying off largo stones, aiding tho con
struction of roads and railways, tor
labor of this kind a coolie receives
from four to eight annus, whllo five
and six rupees are paid for the daily
work of an elephant, From this fact,
we conclude that one elephant per
forms tho work of from twelve to
twenty-two coolies.
From the record of the British ex
pedition against
Abvssinia in 18G8,
four elephant were shipped from
Bombay for use in the campaign
Each animal was m chargo of two
men. Of this number five succumbed
during the campaign. The remaining
thirty-nine rendered valuable services,
being entrusted with the transportation,
through a mountainous country, of
cannon, ammunition and supplies. It
was frequently very difficult to procure
proper food for them, and as it was
often neeersarv to traverse great dls-
tanees to reach the watering places,
the death f tho five animals is ascrib
ed to the hardships. Although ele
phants move slowly through a mount
ainous country and soon become foot
sore, they performed their task with
admirable faithfulness. Without them
it would have been necessary to await
the building of wagon roads,
With this binder; its
pet feet capacity for
handling all lengths
and conditions 0 f
Each bundle ii
bou nd in the center.
Point K ifk..
11 Mi1 "
Has followed its square butted
THF UeCORUICK is the only IfactiM that never ha lo stand still during
the rush of harvest !or the agent to get ripilrS. , . ,
The attention of farmsers and all others interested are invited to inspect
King Theodore of a full line of the KCComfCk goods, including Binders, Mowers and Keaperi,
we learn that forty- Also all trrades of binding twine Uom the cheapest to the best pure mamlla.
. (a. r-fc 1 mi rr r r f L
For sale at the companies headquarters, n. uinrunu, uon. ag-u
Corner 10th and a streets Lincoln, Nebraska.
Three blocks from Capitol building. Lincoln's newest, neatest and
best uptown hotel. 80 new rooms just completed, including large coroinuie.
rooms, making 115 rooms in all.
tf A. L. HOOVER St SON, Prop'n.
I tw t m
Fruit Trees, Grape Yinu
Small Fruits.
"flie fwuiuiuo termination has fallen
Into disuse of iwctit years, so that
mmxm end authorwMrti as now
th bbiiu mentioned, hut lh (lik-nt'O
Mad calls attention tusomenew .
A rfMrtr"i a fi. I'aul -t
tU t4 a Udy !.. is .ll V,in.n
a. a rel.' MlrttrM." Al'nu
Ion a itr ailid. l the rrNlv
lr of tl Uarl d nniia r. id tm
World's fair," and H ldittii!
r.r ihroiikh lit Utji'iunt M a
dm iiiu'UiM (rrnkt-w.
( thi. mitrr U l Bi it U tlmi
h MhtKd leat-larew rre heard
flaw h Juke at l.t.
The Knclish tiawder stmid on the
slipM)rv dwk at New York, ready ro
board the steamer for home. His
American friend sJuMtk bias warmly by
tho hand and bade him farewell,
Be careful In going up tho gang
way." said the latt.-r. "It is icy. Kor
that matter, however," he edtl-d. "It
will be lgtt sea all aitmiid you for the
net or w'ven days."
The Knglihninn, irti a sad. divamy.
prtHHH'tipied hwk on h's face, went
alwmrii the ship.
Years piiM'd. TKe American, now
a gray -hull el old mu. sitting
down to breakfast one day when a
rahlngram. J'it re-vlvwt m lmmlel
to him. It vtnt from hi KnjjlUh friend,
a.iil e.iiilttlift tl tlu-im wi.r.l;
ur ur
It lis t Ik..wI Hi way throu rh his
tkult at hi't.
A Dhappolnlmrnl.
Be vou Dr. Smith?" asked a talL
lean snecimen. walking Into tho office I
I of the fashionable practitioner In New
i York.
"I am," replied tla doctor.
Well, liHik-a-bere. old feller," re
marked tho visitor. "I'm glad ter find
yo at last. I'yo remember In 'tH,
when you was In Kansas, howyer Set a
feller arm and didn't charge him for
"Yes, said the doctor, with the
iiroxtHH-t of a big fee rising before hlui. !
I'm that feller: an' I'w broke the
other arm. an' I nmo ter hnve it fixed
on Iher same term.
(;o. Yule, agent.
Note advertisement next week.
The J r All M.4.
The mnn ttho t'Uv tbo tUrtoni-t,
TUe nmij tilutt. Ih hr
Tb hi. a who m.ln tb Huts x4
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M( ia lliv tout im lbill.
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avrtl U! n i bt. Kir . ..
Small Fruits, Hoses, Orn'tal Evorgrcm
liGiRCiin. 3zie:s.
Ah, Box Elder. Maple, Catalpa, Black and Honey Locust, Osage Oraoge. nd
Russian Mulberry. Evenrthing la the nursery line. Prices very low. Instnie
tion book 10 cents. Cataloguo free w.r' ,TMMV.
Address Mlu-tuanfliunAU in'ncir,iii w,
Mention this Tapper. alrbury, Kebwla. .
Garden Field and Tree Goeda.
All seeds guaranteed to be pure and true to name. 140 So. 11 St., Lincoln,
nnREEsS plants!
Forest and Fruit Trees,
PlMU, TlBM, KM.,f
(r MebiwlMk lyMlU wmm
mm rar in m
Merth SniMpOl,
Forest Trco Seedlinss.
Ked Cedars, Fruit tres sad lnt.
Urgest Stock, Lowest Prices.
Mammoth dewberry IukIoui to the eme, baat
berrr for tha prairies. Black Locust, KMMmm
Mulberrr. Tulip trees, Box Rider. Atk. Elm.
Walnut, Ccttonwood, etc Hetall at whole
sale price. Bare so per cent and write foe
in r price UK. jtaareH u.u.i. nmw,.
Hi -Din Makanda. JckMnCo III.
Mention ths ii.utciliim ti write.
WAKTKIH ood Ant t sell our
Ueaeral line of mercbanaiM. Ro pdd
luw. Aoore salarr will be paid -to " live
asenta. for fnrtnir tnfnrraailiin, ddrri, .
t HIlAiiu tta..r.n. n. .....
ITU Weil Va Burvn tit., Ck!co, 111.
205 Bolianan Block. Lincoln, Neb,
fan U totiid ...o t.f the tunst vo.,.l. le U of Imfleiueiiu In the silf, inrl;
the tried d tlue t ll Smith I euun s lti u "l'i'l .
Its .Wonderful Dails PLTFORH Sanester mi Binder.
Manufatluitd t7 the
IHil of hemp trown on the (anus of
Ever Farmer In Ktbrsikt Should
fijEEMFstr AO car:eq.
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John. T..Ioms, Agent, LiiuoliNeb.
It Is at streng Hid mill work
a aril
a. I he lwt iile anjrwhvr. nut ut anv-
kind of liiivr, w luannitre it lo work
well on all uitkrs l Under. d K tw
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euut liirel thai there U Btt lunifer ny
nswu.ity fur MtrB farmers t i
iwaili al hh lirvia gro Brs fr UK their grain, W will I id!
lo fciruLh prU-wi and aawiiiU-a tut 1U
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fur a.lii.
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