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The Sioux County Journal,
IIAUKISOX, NEBKASKA THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 1896.
i TH I AT q7rl AT LA
AYOL'.NG Englishman was Bit
ting In the ball of a hotel In Ctit
J. X. ca(0 gnawing big mustache. He
was a journalist, and a week ago no
less a personage than the editor of the
Chanticleer had offered to consider a
series of articles from bis ieu If he
could bit on a new Idea.
He had been cudgeling his brains ever
since. "A uew Idea?" He must eer
talnly find It a new Idea!
Charlie Hartlett watched the crowd
musingly. He contemplated a pretty
woman coming dowu the staircase and
the youth at the cable couuter and the
boy behind the book stall. Then he
wiped the perspiration from bis face
and bought a newspaper.
Scanning the sheet he snw an adver
tisement that suggested possibilities,
and he read it through again. It ran
"INTEMPERANCE Refined home
for a limited number of patients of
both sexes, suffering from stimulants,
chloral or the morphine habit; Judl
cleus supervision; luiury aud recrea
tions; highest references. For pros
pectus and particulars, I)U. FERGU
SON, The Retreat, Lake Lincoln."
The life in such a place ought to fur
nish very good "copy" Indeed. The
"patients of both Bexes" should make
a peculiarly Interesting study. "I
think," said Charlie Hartlett to himself,
"I think I may cry 'Eureka.' The thing
hasn't been done and I'll drop a Hue to
the worthy doctor this afternoon."
He wrote as a "victim to alcohol."
He said that be wished to place himself
under a firm, restraining Influence.
Fearing, however, that If he were at
afl bored his recovery might le retard
ed he would be glad to hear how many
ladles and gentlemen were at present
residing under Dr. Ferguson's roof.
The reply, which came by return
of port, was satisfactory. The terms
were very little higher than he had
expected them to be, and the establish
ment contained twenty patients, of
w hom eight were ladles.
Lake Lincoln was a little over an
hour's ron from the city, and when the
trail deposited Rartlett at the plat
form b found that 'The Retreat" was
Dr. Ferguson welcomed him cordial
ly. "I am happy to see you, Mr. Rartlett,"
he said; "I guess you will not regret
your step, sir. I guess If you are in
earnest, sir, we shall soon have over
come the propensity complained of."
Certain Interrogatories followed, for
which he was partly prepared. Among
other things he was anked bow long
he had la-en a victim to the habit, and
rcmenilx-rlng that his appearance did
not resemble a confirmed drunkard's
he whs careful to say that It was only
for a short time.
And then the doctor rang for the col
ored servant to show him to the bed
room allotted to him, and warned him
that he must not feel offended at his
baggage being examined when It was
delivered, In order that it might Ui
seen whether any spirits were secreted
"It's, like the customs," he said,
"that's all. One of our necessary 'cus
toms!' " He made the same Joke to
even-body In the first interview. Borne
patients laughed, and some smiled wry
ly. Charlie laughed, and the doctor
was pretty sure that nothing was being
smuggled this time.
"I am allowed to smoke, I suppose?"
"Why, cert'uly," said Dr. Ferguson.
"You are at liberty to do whatever
you choose here, sir all but one thing,
aud don't you forget It. We take sup
per at 6, Mr. Rartlett, and afterward. If
It Is pleasant, summer evenings, sit In
It might have been a "spa" hotel, he
decided, as he seated himself at the
table, and the suggestion grew stronger
as the meal proceeded. Kveryltody
here appeared to find the same delight
In dwelling on his symptoms.
A man next him, sipping Anollinarls,
turned and remarked: "No craving to
daythis Is the third day without any
craving, sir. Wonderful."
A woman opposite, groaned audibly
and shook her head at her neighbor
with a word of significance. "Low."
she said, In a whisper, "mighty low!
How are you, dear'" This patient, be
subsequently learned, was suffering
from the deprivation of her chloral.
Gazing about him, his view was met
by a girl who could scarcely have been
more than flve-and-twenty years of age,
Her pale face was extremely Interest
ing, and ber beauty, In conjunction
with ber youth and the situation, madu
ber a pathetic figure to behold. Ho
wondered for what particular rice she
was Mug treated, and If she would be
cured. He hoped be would be Intro
duced to ber later.
The hope waa fulfilled. They were
made known to each other by Dr. Fer
guson In tho garden "Mr. Harriett,
Miss Vancouver." She smiled gra
"Hay I," murmured Charlie, "If It
isn't indiscreet ? But, perhaps I
oughtn t to ask."
"What am I here for do you mean?"
she said, turning ber big eyes on him
frankiy. "Oh, my trouble is morphia
I'm a nrorpbo-manlac; what's yours?"
"Er-drluk," he said bashfully. "Rut
I'm not a very bad case, you know;
I've put myself under restraint early."
"Oh!" she said. She laid her hand on
his arm, as If by a sudden impulse.
"Don't you crave?" she whispered
"Aren't you burning to bo at it? Tell
"I should enjoy a little whisky, cer
tainly," he admitted. "And how about
yourself? You are getting over the
er weakness, you say?"
"Don't you believe it! I'm hopeless,
that's what I am; nothing will ever
cure me. He thinks I am getting on,
and I'm quiet, and I deceive him, but
when I'm out "
"You will do It again?"
"Oh," she gasped, "I'd love It! I'd
love It this minute now. Haven't you
ever tried It? It's beautiful! Don't
let us talk about It Talk about some
thing else, quick! Tell me the fascln
atlon of whisky; I can't understand
So he explained to her, as well aa he
could, being a temperate young man,
the fascination of getting Intoxicated
on whisky, and Bbe listened with avid
Then their conversation drifted Into
pleasnnter channels, and he discovered
that, her passion apart, she waa a sin
gularly bright and Intellectual compan
ion. They discussed a variety of topics.
from literature to lawn tennis, and said
"Good night" at last, with the arrange
ment that they should make up a match
on the following afternoon, a couple
or decent courts being among tho doc-
In one way and another Rartlett
found himself In Miss Vancouver's so
ciety a great deal during the next few
Primarily he thought It was because
she was able to supply him wltb so
much material for the "series" she
was acquainted with the details of ev
ery inmate's case but by degrees he
was forced to own that It was because
he liked her. Strange as It may sound
as it did sound to Rartlett she at
tracted him, no longer as good "copy,"
but as a girl.
It was only as his Interest in her
deepened that the painful fact con
stantly oppressed him, and then he
came to the conclusion that she was
occupying his thoughts much more
than was desirable and he determined
to bring bis investigations to a close.
He told her one morning that his stay
"I have been hero three weeks and
I have not tasted a drop of whisky the
whole time," he said. "If I can do
without It for three weeks I can do
without It always. Miss Vancouver, I
She gazed at him sadly.
"I hope so," she said, "but I never
yet heard of so quick a cure. Have
you spoken to the doctor?"
"I intend to do so," replied Charlie.
"Anyhow, I have not been placed here
I can leave whenever I like."
They were In the garden as usual;
Miss Vancouver was lying In a ham
mock. She had a white dress on, and
her hair was ruffled by the cushion aud
the breeze. Ho thought he had never
seen her look so charming, so subver
sive to bis common sense. Her dark
eyes wore regretful, almost tender.
"Sha'n't I go?" he said.
"How bow can I advise you?" said
Miss Vancouver. "You must do what
you think best."
He stood frowning at the grass and,
more than ever, he knew that it was
true. He was In love with her. Noth
ing more hideous could well have hap
pened to hlin. In love with this girl.
Y'es, indeed, the sooner he went the
better for his peace of mind.
"Do you know that you have never
told me your name?" he said huskily;
"I should like to know your Christian
"'Frnnkie Vancouver' It's curious;
somehow It suits you. I shall go this
afternoon, Miss Frankle Vancouver.
Will you say good-by to me now?"
He knew as be turned away across
the lawn that she understood be was
fond of ber, and she, as she lay watch
ing bis receding figure, knew that she
cared for him.
And, of course, it was one of those
things that he ought to have ridiculed
and sneered at and forgotten. Only he
could not It remained a horrible con
sciousness with blm that tbo girl be
loved waa shut up In an establishment
at Lake Lincoln for treatment for the
Sometimes the picture of what aha
might become forced Itself between
him and bis work, and the face of
Frankle ten years hence glared up at
him from the manuscript Then he
shuddered and left his desk, and the
article did not prqgrew very rapidly
the rest of that day.
He found it so difficult to concentrate
bis attention on what be was doing
that It was a fortnight before No. 1 of
the Beries was finished. After that,
however, he fell into the swing of tho
thing, and went on apace.
He bad decided to submit the six
papers he meant to have alx all at
once, and, when tbey were done be
rubbed bis bands. Tbey represented
an editorial compliment and a very sub
stantial check, he calculated.
He was staying In a boarding-house,
and be was Inclined to be careless In
bis habits. What was his dismay the
following morning, on unfolding bis
copy of the Chanticleer, to see that ho
had been forestalled. There It waa
with terrific headlines, and a "leader"
calling attention to it besides "The
Liquor and the Ladies! Life l.n a Dip
somaniac Home. By Our Special Com
missioner. To Be Continued Day by
Day. Dainty Dames Demand Drink
Desperately! Startling Stories of Soma
Sinners in Society!"
He caught up his hat and cane and
jumped on the first cable car that pass
ed him. The editor of the Chanticleer
was In, and, as It happened, accessible.
"I want to know who's doing your
'Dipsomaniac Home' series?" began
Charlie. "I suppose It Isn't a secret
who Is he?"
"Well," said the editor. "I guess It
ain't your affair, but I don't mind tell
ing you. The stuff was sent In by an
'outsider,' and I thought It a good
Idea. What do you ask for, anyhow 7"
"What do I ask for?" echoed Charlie
excitedly; "look here and here and
here!" He showered his manuscripts
on the table as he spoke. "You told
me to do you some articles on a now
subject; I did the articles; and now this
Infernal outsider of yours has robbed
me of my matter. I leave my desk
open and he baa been at it."
"Well," remarked the other, "alt that
don't concern me." ,
He whistled through a tube, and pres
ently announced that the "outsider"
was George It Wllbrow, and the ad
dress given was on the North Side,
Charlie drew a long breath and da
It was an awkward road to find,
be got to It at last
He stood on the hearth rug and felt
the suppleness of bis cane. Then the
door opened and admitted Miss Frank
Both started violently; both uttered
the same monosyllable at the same mo
"Rut but, bow 7" gasped Charlie.
" 'George R. Wllbrow' is my pen
name," she explained. I am a Jour
nalist That Is why I am at the 'Re
treat.' I only shammed the morphia-
had to be something terrible, or I
couldn't have got In. I hope you are
keeping sober," she added.
"Solwr!" he cried; "why, heavens
alove! I am a Journalist; I shammed
the whisky; I, too, have written a se
ries of papers, and that's the reason
I expected to find a man, and had come
to thrast him. Will you let me shake
your dear little hand again. Instead?"
And she did let him, and he kept on
shaking it; and then, somehow or other,
his arm was around her waist and she
was crying on his shoulder, and aud
the rest was banal. The Sketch.
T Deer May Ho Exterminated.
An effort will be mnde at the coming
session of the Legislature to amend tho
game laws so as to set back the open
season for killing deer one month, hav
ing It begin In September InNtead of In
August. It Is estimated by competent
authorities that there aro not to ex
ceed 25,000 deer In the Adlrondacks
now, and that If some precautionary
measure Is not taken within a year or
two they will be exterminated.
The reports received by the State
Fisheries, Game and Forest Commis
sion demonstrate that the fears of those
who wish further protection ore we:l
grounded. These reports have beeu
received from all but one township In
tho twelve counties In the Adirondack
region, and these show from conserva
tive figures that 5,083 deer were killed
during the last open season. This num
ber is under, rather than over, the ex
act figure. Of the total animals slain,
2,(109 were does. Thus It will be seen
that the does shot outnnnilered the
bucks by 815.
In Hamilton County the greater
slaughter took place, the animals killed
numbering 1,400, of which 724 were
doe. In tmt two counties Essex and
Franklin did the number of bucks kill
ed exceed the number of does. The re
port states that In Essex 408 animals
were killed; In Franklin, 934; Fulton,
04; Herkimer, 508; Lewis, 423; St. Law
rence, 813; Saratoga, 14; Oneida, 40;
Warren, 282; Washington, 40.-New
Germans Come to America.
German emigration Is chiefly to this
country. In volume it varies. It waa
27,834 In 1875, rose to 200,180 In 1881,
fell to 75,001 In 1880, rose to 108,011 In
1801, and fell again to 84,210 In 1804.
Men, as a rale, do not like to lie, but
their wives ask too many questions.
NOTES ON EDUCATION.
MATTERS OF INTEREST TO PU
PIL AND TEACHER.
Thm More Prominent Dot lea of the
Superintendent Outlined by A.
W. Kdeon of the MuHchiuttti
Board of Education.
Datiea of a Superintendent.
The duties of a superintendent may
be classed as general and professional.
His more prominent general duties are
to Inspect the School premises the
grounds, buildings and outhouses; to
know and as far as possible to intro
duce the most approved methods of
beating, lighting and ventilating school
buildings; to select text aud reference
books, apparatus and supplies, and to
see to their distribution; and, in brief,
to attend to the endless details accom
panying the business part of the school
administration. From an economical
standpoint the superintendent often
proves himself a profitable agent, sav
ing a town, city, or district In a single
year no small part of bis salary, and
sometimes more than his salary. If
prepared for his work, the superinten
dent is a thorough student of the
science and art of education, of psy
chology with special reference to child
study, of applied pedagogy and of the
aims and work of our great educa
tional reformers. He has had large and
successful experience In teaching, es
pecially In elementary grades. He has
an intimate acquaintance with the
best schools of the day; be attends ed
ucational conventions, Institutes, and
summer schools; in short, he keeps
abreast of all advanced educational
movements. Only by such preparation
Is he fitted to arrange a course of study
for his schools. This keystone to any
educational structure should be the
work of a scholarly and progressive
educator. It should Indicate the princi
ples underlying, the ends to be attain
ed, the subjects to be taught, the order
of their presentation, with some gen
eral suggestions on 'methods of teach
ing. And after the course of study has
been prepared, It must be wisely In
terpreted and Intelligently applied, The
further professional duties of a super
intendent may perhaps be best shown
by a discussion of bis relations to four
classes of people ibe school commit
tcr the teachers, the pupils, and the
public: . -
1. He is the executive head of the
school committee. It Is the province
of the committee to legislate, to give a
candid consideration and final decis
ion on the general policy to be pursued.
It Is the province of the superintendent
to study every phase of education, to
suggest to the committee what in his
Judgment he thinks for the best inter
est of the schools, and, after decision
of tho committee, to execute their
wishes. He keeps the committee well
informed on the actual and compara
tive condition and needs of the schools
freely aud conscientiously recommend
ing changes where Improvements are
needed. He Is their professional lead
er, and makes his influence felt on all
questions pertaining to the welfare of
2. The value of skilled supervision
rests largely in the ability of the su
perintendent to select and retain good
teachers, and to assist all, both strong
and weak, to the best results possible.
He secures a list of desirable candi
dates, examines carefully into their
qualifications, corresponds with per
sons able to speak from personal
knowledge of their worth and work,
visits them in the school room, and In
a variety of ways exercises a judicious
care In their selection. He places each
teacher where she is most likely to suc
ceed, visits her often, suggests good
methods and encourages her In every
way In bis power. Ho is a strength
and Inspiration to tho entire teaching
force. Superior teachers are recogniz
ed and upheld, mediocre ones are stim
ulated to better preparation and great
er efforts, while those who have no abil
ity, who are hopelessly poor, are soon
crowded out of the service. Many of
our best teachers refuse to teach In
towus having no superintendent tbey
recognize the value of the help he is
able to render.
In the school room the superintend
ent follows closely the work of each
teacher, notes mistakes, omissions, and
weaknesses, and give occasional test
aud teaching exercises. This constant
contact with the schools enables the
superintendent to understand and ap
preciate tho difficulties of teachers far
better than can any amount of reading
and theorizing. Even a brief visit en
ables a superintendent to observe the
spirit and order of the school and tho
value of the teaching.
Tho superintendent confers frequent
ly wltb his teachers at general or grade
meetings. Here he unifies and strength
ens effort, compares tho work of teach
ers In tho same grade and of several
grades, considers with them the ends
and means In all school exercises, pre
sents model lessons, Interprets the va
rious stops In the course of study, en
courages and directs professional read
ing and study. Teachers' meetings
without a superintendent to direct aro
rare and of little value.
8. The superintendent sees that tho
schools are provided with everything
necessary to the bodily health and
comfort of pupils, as well as with every
appliance for tbedr instruction, ne as-
slots In examining, classifying, and
promoting pupils from time to time,
and by his discriminating oversight
prevents the machinery of school or
ganization from destroying all Individ
uality. Proper gradation and frequent
promotions lead pupils to be prompt
and regular at school, and to this end
sees that the truant officers do their
duty. He excites the ambition of pu
pils to obtain a gxxl education, and as
a result the attendance In grammar
and high schools Is greatly increased.
4. The superintendent often renders
the schools invaluable service by inter
esting the people, the fathers and moth
ers, taxpayers and voters, in their pres
ent condition and needed improve
ments. He gains their attention and
support by frequent teachers' meetings,
where all interested can learn of what
Is being attempted, and of modern edu
cationits puriK'ue, means and meth
ods; by evening meetings for general
discussion of the work of the schools
and the relations of the people to them;
by school exhibitions, where some of
the more tangible results of the school
work can lie displayed; by arranging
special visiting days, where the regular
dally work of the schools can be ob
served by providing monthly and year
ly reports of pupils' work and progress
for the inspection of parents; and by
Interesting the dally and weekly press
In reporting school news and attracts
of addresses at teachers' meetings, in
stitutes aud conventions. When peo
ple hear much of the schools, visit
thorn often and appreciate their needs,
they aiipropriate liberally for their sup
port. Again, he often acts the part of in
termediary In settling differences and
misunderstandings between parents
and children on the one hand and
teachers on the other. Educational ma
chinery will always work with greater
ease and efficiency If the cogs, wheels
and bearings are kwirt well oiled. The
What to Do for Boya.
Much can be done for boys from
twelve to sixteen. Physically, we can
easily aid them to be lithe, stalwart,
strong, enduring, establishing hablta
of physical care and exercise. Mental
ly, there should be no overloading, but
much exercising. The effort should be
to develop quick, reliable, persistent
thinking, nablt of the best mental ac
tivity is Indispensable. If the boy Is
not bookish, If he has no scholarly
tastes, no tendencies for Investigation
in science, or activity In Industry, there
Is need of great care to discover the
line along which he can be lead to
think individually and vigorously.
It is more difficult to know what to
do with the boy emotionally excitable,
Imiatient and Inconsistent Each child
needs treatment specially adapted to
himself, and every varying mood needs
varying treatment. The will Is not to
be broken, nor is it to be allowed to
run wild. While goodness cannot be
whipped into a boy, it is not at all sure
that some boys at some times do not
need a very firm restraining hand. It
is impossible for a mother to we(p
saiutliness Into the boy, and yet, rare
tears and great occasions may be most
efficacious. The rod, the scolding
tongue, the weeping mother are not
specifies, and yet it is as sure as any
thing can be that any boy who has no
birthmark of fatal moral deformity
could be trained, If in the hands of
experts, so that he would come of age
In a thoroughly balanced, well modulat
ed, emotional life. The great demand
of the age is for expert treatment of
boys and good sense on the part of
the part of parents which shall place
especially freakish sous in charge of
There Is little hope of expert home
training for the boy who needs excep
tional home care and treatment, the
only hope is in the ttMicher who has
prepared himself for such effort. The
public school teacher cannot expect to
be a specialist, and If he Is, he has no
right to give to one child the time,
thought and energy that belongs to
fifty. Public sentiment must be toned
up until tho vicious boy is cared for as
specifically as the physically deformed
or mentally Imbecile. Columbus School
The Kindergarten Summed Up.
The kindergarten develops the three
fold nature of the child. Its object Is
the formation of character by the
means of an harmonious development
of body, mind and soul. This Is ac
complished by means of play, child
like work and constant exercise In right
doing. The kindergarten recognizes
and seeks to develop the Individuality
of each child. It furnishes him with
the companionship of his equals,
through whom he gets his first lesson
In citizenship. It affords the best
transition from homo to school life. It
provides the best preparation for
school life. It strives to prepare the
child not only for time, but for eternity,
by enabling blm to grow into what he
can be and what God .meant him to be.
Children will read and teachers may
do much good by directing them there
in. We suggest that as far as possible
they arrange to have the State Pupils'
Reading Circle bookB purchased and
that additions to the list of suitable
books owned by the school be made for
tho several grades as fast as possible.
Choose well, and you will find life
very good, and very well worth living.
Hints to Housekeeper.
A dish of water placed in a hot oven
where pies, cakes or puddings are be
ing baked will prevent tbem from
Great care must be exercised In wash
ing glass ornamented with gold. Use
only castile soap and do not have the
suds strong. Wash one piece at a time
and wipe Immediately.
The skins of fruit should never be
eaten, not because they are not palata
ble or digestible, or are unhealthful In
themselves, but on account of the dan
ger arising from microbes, which may
have penetrated into the covering of
People who are susceptible to the
cold should make a point of wearing
loose clothing in cold weather. Loose
garments are always warmer than
tight-fitting ones, not only because
they allow room for circulation, but
also because they permit a layer of air
between the skin and the outside cold.
If you have butter that is not en
tirely sweet, put it in a porcelain dish
with a little salt and a tiny piece of
soda, place over a fire and bring to a
boil. Turn it into a stone Jar and set
it in a cool place. The butter will be
found perfectly sweet and not too salt
for eooklng. The impurities will set
tle to the bottom of the Jar.
Dr. M. Hammond gives It as his ex
perience that, In convulsions of chil
dren, to turn them upon the left side
will cut short like magic the convul
sion. One case was remarkable; the
child had been In convulsions contin
uously, more or less severe, for twenty
four hours. I made this change, and
the relief was immediate. Epileptics
treated In the same way are always as
An approved and Improved recipe for
cream of celery soup requires that two
roots of celery be chopped fine. In
parentheses it is stated that these roots
are those of the knob celery that comes
three roots to the bunch for eight or
ten cents. Add to the chopped roots
one cup of rice and cover with three
cupfuls of water. Simmer for twenty
five minutes, or until both rice and
celery are tender. Scald three cupfuls
of rich milk. Press the rice and celery
through a sieve, carefully saving the
water drained from them, and add rice,
celery and water to the scalded milk.
Let it cook In the farina boiler for fif
teen minutes, season and serve. If In
cooking the soup becomes too thick,
add a little white stock or chicken broth
to it It Improves the soup to cook the
rice and celery iu broth instead of
water, and a slice of onion may be add
ed while cooking. The rice usually
makes the soup quite thick enough.
Should this not be the case, rub to
gether a tablepoonful of butter with
two of flour, add to the scalded milk.
Stir until smooth.
How to Set the Table.
Have something green for a center
A growing plant is better in many
ways than cut flowers.
Water In a decanter or carafe is
cleaner and easier to serve than in a
pitcher. If the family Is large and
given to drink, and the hired girl has
everything to do, a carafe on each cor
ner of the table may be ornamental as
well as useful.
The ordinary butter-plate Is a little
nuisance. Use plates big enough to hold
the roll as well as the butter.
Have as many forks at each plate as
there are "soft" dishes, which includes
fish, vegetables and pastry; and as
many knives as there are meats, butter
A "cover" Includes a plate of any
size or design to protect the table
from the steamlng-hot soup course,
from two to five forks, between two
and four knives, a couple of teaspoons,
a water goblet aud wineglasses, nap
kin and a bread and butter plate.
A Bright Idea.
A clever mother has hit upon a new
plan for keeping her children well and
dispensing with the doctor's services.
At the beglnuing of winter she gava
them a talk on keeping well, called
their attention to the many ways In
which colds are caught, serious Indiges
tion brought on, etc. Then she offered
to each child in the family a prize for
keeping well all winter, and thus far
has found her idea to work like a
charm. As doctors' bills In a family of
five children arc frequently no trifle,
the prizes will probably be worth win
ning, but the greatest result will be
that In all probability the children will
grow In love with health and lenrn self-
Bnnse Am Harenara.
Choose a good red herring with a fine,
soft roe, soak It In milk, skin and bono.
It carefully; pound all the best part of
the flesh In a mortar, with the yolks of
two hard boiled and some finely
chopped shaloU grate a small, sharp
apple and add It to the rest; press all
this through a sieve, together with tha
roe, and season It with oIL vinegar and "
plenty of pepper.
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