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About The Alliance-independent. (Lincoln, Nebraska) 1892-1894 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 4, 1892)
Ladybug, ladybuff, haste away heme!
Your house is on fire, your children will burnt H
Dear ladybug, I am so sorry for youl
If your house is on fire, oh, what will you do?
And your poor little children all burning! Dear
It does seem as cruel as cruel can be.
Oh, why don't you hurry, you slow little eT'?
If I knew where you livedlvuld go there
The house might burn down while you're turn
Tis because you're feeling so tadly, no doubt,
That you can hardly stir. No wonder, poor
You must be half crazy such bad news to hear,
Though I've told it to dozens, I think, beside?
I feel just like crying whenever I do.
Now think of your babies! Run, ladybug
run! I do hope some neighbors have saved every one
From the terrible fire; and, ladybug, then
You can build a new house and be happy again,
It is said that the dialect of Devon
shire is so dear to persons born within
sound of it that, whatever their after
training, they drop into its familiar
phrases when under the pressure of
Strong excitement. Anecdotes couched
in its rough and sometimes uncouth
expressions have a charm all sheir own.
A crlonel of the North Devon mili
ti' was one day reviewing his regiment
and seeing a hare jump out in the midst
of the men, he shouted, wildly: "There
he go'th, a lashing great shaver!"
Then forgetting the exact point at
which he had ceased giving the word
of command, he turned about and
"Where wor I, drummer boy?"
"Present arms, sir,'"' responded the
youth, and the inspection went on.
At another time a yeomanry regi
ment was enacting a sham fight when
a Capt. Prettyjohn was ordered to re
treat before a charge of the enemy.
"Ketrait! what doth that mane?" in
quired the Captain. "Eetrait meanth
finning away, I zim; then it shall
never be told up to Dodbrook market
that Capt. Pridgen and his brave men
Accordingly, as the enemy came on,
bearing down upon him at a rapid trot,
he shouted to his troop:
"Charge, my bi-ave boys, charge!
Us baint voxes and they baint hounds!
Us'll face 'em like men!"
The collision, as one might guess,
was awful; men, horses and accoutre
ments strewed the ground on every
side, and several troopers were more
or less injured. '
"Gentlemen," said one worthy noble
man, who loved to use the Devonshire
dialect, "I wish to propose a toast; and
that there is this here, 'Fox-hunt-
Probably no city of the world has in
its poor so much as London to be
ashamed of, and in its dealings with
them so much of which to boast. As
the need has been very urgent, the re
sponse in organized charity has been
London's model tenement-houses are
models worth copying in every large
due in no mean measure to the plan by
which the rents are collected.
Miss Octavia Hill in 18d4 began tho
system by which women took the place
of men as rent-collectors. Ladies in
no need of remuneration offered their
aid at ence. But Miss Hill saw the
wisdom of putting the plan upon a
purely business basis, and insisted that
the collectors should receive a commis
sion of five per cent.
She took as her field the very lowest
grade of tenement-houses. Besides the
mere duties of collector, she undertook
to better the condition of tenants.
First inducing them to give np living
in cellars, and removing other evils,
she has gradually educated her tenants
up to wanting the best possible quar
ters. Through her agency many model
tenements have been built. The build
ers are always guaranteed a gcod per
centage on their investments, and now
it is said that a million and a quarter
dollars' worth of property is under her
Many other ladies are engaged in
the work, and though their achieve
ments may not be told in large figures,
it is very easy to see what good they
can bring about. They must come
into constant contact with the poorest
classes, and full of the spirit of charity,
must see countless ways to help the
tenants' wives and children.
The men, too, come to look upon the
rent-collector, not as a heartless agent
to be shunned and put off, but as a
friend with ready sympathy and real
power to aid.
Modern charity follows more and
more the good Samaritan example.
American workers who copy from Eng
land this form of it need never fear
ridicule as Anglomaniacs.
Wanted to Be Sure.
A few weeks ago, writes a corres
pondent of the Lewiston Journal, a
local hack man was summoned to a
clergyman's house to convey hij to .a
meeting in another part of the city.
On obeying the summons he found an
other carriage in waiting, and an im
patient driver walking up and down
oeiore tho uuor. The minister came
hurriedly down the steps and got into
the second hack; and the driver pre
pared to move oft.
&"Ilere, you," called out the prome
nading hnckman, "what are you taking
the minister away for? There's a
couple of you ng folks in there waiting
to be married. Why don't he jine 'em
before lie goes off? I don't want to
wait here all night."
The minister's hackman chii'ruped to
his horses without deigning to notice
the other man's remarks. He was gone
an hour and returned with the clergy
man, and lo, the same hackman was
pacing up and down in front of the
house. He was in anything but an
"If I was running a buainess Pd 'tend
to it," said he, as the minister was
alighting. "Why don't he marry folks
without makin' 'em wait all night?".
"Ask him," said the clergyman's
driver, and the hackman followed his
"Marry them!" exclaimed the clergy
man. "Why, I did. I married them a
long time ago. Don't they know they
are married? I'll go in and see why
they are wating."
Soon afterward a blushing bride and
a vexed-looking groom came out of the
house, and as they were getting into
the carriage he said to her; ,.
"I told ye we was all fixed,",
"Well, George," she replied sweetly,
I wanted to be sure of it."
She Saw the Ilattle of Waterloo.
Mrs. Todd, one of the very few
women who were present at the battle
of Waterloo, is still living, in great
poverty, at Spitalfields. Her father
was killed in the battle, and her
mother appears to have died of 9
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