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MAN'S FAITHFUL FRIEND.
Bobby loved me Biibhy'a dead
Vli. shall say " heaven hclda bim T
Who Khali dure deny thai Ood'a
All-embracing love enfolds Liip?
While th memory of true lore
Mortal "till delight to cherish.
Who shall uy that u h a fowl.
Faithful b-ait fc hia ahull pcrihb?
Who shall aay uo nl looked out
From I bow eye that f'iT a,-iu-d nuking
Me to recognise aomcwhat
More than tloh mid blood's mere tiiask-
Dear dumb Hobby, tried and true!
Faithful friend ai.d utamb defender!
Heaven witc nearer to u were all
lluuiau heart, aa true and tender.
Many a mighty or. of earth
Might have gone mid iicarce bare moved
lie was but a dog and yet
Bobby' dead and Hubby loved me!
MR. BOFFIN AND
"Well! Of all the croolest thliiK a
ever wos!" ejaculated Mr. Boffin, the
"It's r wicked gimme, that's wot It
Is, Mr. Boffin," chimed In Mrs. Asprey,
"Couldn't have b'lieved It of the
guv'uor. Never, till this inlnnlt, know'd
lilm to do anything but wot was pufHck-
"Ah. Mr. Boffin! One don't know
where to mint!"
"If he'd a told me I wouldn't have
taken it so erool. Hut to let us In for
the bailiffs like this, without a word of
warning, find him a kicking up 'In Vela
on a 'ollday! Well. If a dirtier trick
than 1 know 'uiv to express. Mm. As
prey. And me a served hlin faithful,
too, for twenty yearn!"
"1 'ope that when you're writing to
him. Mo-HoMn. you'll put it to him
"You may trust me, mem. I shall lie
pufnckly candid. Oh, yes! He'll fidget
In Ills chair when he read my letter to
morrow. If the postliortice wouldn't lie
shut before a messenger could get
there I'd send him n wire, lint as It la
there' no chance of bin getilng back
'ere till termorrow night."
"If he comes at all, Mr Boffin."
"Oh, I think he'll come. mem. He'll
'ave the proper feeling to come w hen be
gets my letter, Mrs. Asprey."
"Don't you count UMn bis proper feel
ing, Mr. Hoflln? If he'd have had much
proper feeling he'd never have served
hi llilo ii'iutv frli'Lr llnrpo vvtocr ttftilt
.' ...!. .
undred from a Jew. I never! And
him always pretended to lie rollln' lu
money. Well! He don't owe us much
wages, that's one comfort."
"No, mom! He've always paid our
wages to the day. That we must al
low." "Just his ai-trulnc, Mr. Boffin. A
cheap way of keeping up his en-dit
while he was running Into debt. I can
see through it now."
"And only last wi-ek, ineni-lf you'll
believe me -1 brought him In a wine i
Mil for seventy-odd iounds. anil he net- j
tied it as easy ami casual as a lord."
"Ah, Mr. itollin! Hraz-eiiliig It out to i
the hint." I
"If anyone," mud the butler, oracu
larly, "had told me an hour ago that the
guv'nor wosn't ns wife us the Hank of
England I'd have said to that man.
'You're a liar and ye.u knows It.' Anil
now to have the lmilifff. In!"
Ah Mr. Hotlln spoke a footman topped
his bend Into the housekeeper's room,
where the ulsive dialogue was taking
"IH-g pard'n, Mr. Hollln, sir; but one
of them gents Is arsking for yer."
"Thank you, William; you may tell
the feller that I'll attend to lilm at my
leesure," said Mr. Hollln. with extreme
"Very good, Mr. Hoflln, sir."
And William departed with the mii
sage. "To think of your Ising bordered
fllmtit and 'ectored over by those low
chaps!" exclaimed the housekeeper,
with sympathetic indignation.
"Beggln' your pardon, .Mrs. Asprey,
but I'm not being bordered alsiut, nor
yet 'cetored over, mem." (Mr. Hoflln
drew up bis short obese person to It
full height.) "And I sent 'em that ines
sago on purpose to let 'em see It. Hut
1 am going to see what their next move
Is. not liecos' they borders me-for I
knows lietter than to take borders from
Kit'-h vermin hut beet' I'm the guv'
nor's representative; and, shabby as he
has be'aved to me after twenty years'
service, I still considers myself the
trustee, ho to speak, of his hluterests
and his property."
With this speech, delivered In his
nitwit Impressive manner, Mr. Hoftlu
quitted the housekeeper and went to
Join the sheriff' officers In the large
There were two of them. The one, a
square-built, liow-Icgged, uuwlKJlinotne
faced man, scedlly drcttscd and of vul
gar uspect; the other, a far smarter,
more pleasant-looking and more pne
Mcnlahlc individual, who might eimlly
ha vii passed for a well-to-do clerk or
collei-tor. From the first he had taken
the lead - Indeed, the low-legg1 man
bad wurccly opened his mouth ml
wan evidently the ui aud pokeiiian
of the pair.
"Horry to trouble you," he raid to Mr.
' Hoftlu. quite civilly, "but before I go.
ond leave my man here In noaaMlon, I
hall have to take an ln?entory of your
master's effects, and I tboujrht that you
might like to go round with me while I
"Certainly, I hall wkh to kep my
heye on you, young man." retorted th
butler, with dttunt frigidity.
"Tea. Of courae. Quite o," remark
ed the other, irvhearly, m ke produced
a notebook fwm tiki poefcet. "Now
Wt Bay u wotttogl fcwt wi
riniihr' i writlngi "Front hall -Turkey
farpet. K tame, lour nav rnmm
eiclcKiasti-al iwtterij. fancy hatraik,
raw stuffed plieaants. onk tand for
Kline," ;.., until he had Jotted down
all the hall furniture In his notelsHik.
'Well, where next? Iiiniiig-rooni
eh? Very good. I'mph! Turkey or-
I-t No. 2. Two four six eight ten
twelve ('hipi-endale chairs n-d nio
rc: large mahogany table, antique
sidelsiard -splendid pie-e, tm; ten
large portraits In oils ancestors, I pre
sume. Ah! Hue painting t hat over the
nldehywrd- a Komiiey'? Thought mo!
Beautiful! liea u tiful!"
'Thank you, young man. It's really
very kind of you to commend It most
condewemling, as I may say, re
marked Mr. Boffin, the butler, with sar
Kh? What'"'! laughed the annota-
tor, good-teinperedly. "Come, my dear
elr, don't look so glum. You may a
well put a cheerful face on It. It can't
lie helped, you know."
When I want your advice In regard
to my personal apiiearam-e I shall prob
ably arwk you for It, young man." re-
toned Mr. Hotlln In a withering tone.
"All right. All right. It's no ne get
ting shirty, my good fellow."
"And requeuing you will not again
apply that vulgar aud lieastly term to
me, young man," gasped Mr. Hoflln.
"No offense no offense," said the
ortber. Indifferently, aa he continued to
look about him and scribble In his note-
IxKik. "Let nie see. That's all here.
Where now? Drawing-room. Ah! yes.
Aunlster carpet, etc."
And In an Instant he was busy Jot
ting down the contents of this apart
ment, also, Mr. Hotfln looking on with
a crushing and a stony store, and the
bow-legged Individual whistling or
rather huudng-fragments of popular
tunes through bis set teeth.
They next went to the library. Here
wa a very line collection of well -bound
lssiks -numbering some 2.0il or 3,kxi
volumes. The man with the notcliook
moved slowly round -Insiiecting the
"Ha!" he said, as he scribbled awn.v
rapidly, "1 see your guv'nor'n a bibli
ophile. He has some splendid old liooks
here. I know collectors who would
give their weight In gold for one or two
"I'll tell my master wlwit you say." ob
served Mr. Hollln. haughtily. "I am
mire he will U gratified by your remm
inendatlons, young man."
'.'Ah, well, lu spite of your sarcasms.'
gald the other, not In the least put out
or almshed, "I do happen to know
good deal nliout articles of virtu, and
there are many good Judges who set
store by my opinion, I can tell you."
"Ho! Indeed, young man?'' was Mr
K ... .
And now," wild be of the notebook
u soon as the Inventory of the library
a rather lengthy proceeding -was com
idete. "We had better finish off the
rent of the ground floor before going up
titalrs. Will you show the way?"
"Very well, young man. But I do this
name under protest, and that's the can
The Inventory of the kitchen, pantries
and other servants' oflli-es was soon
completed. That of the cellar was a
longer process. Some of the wines were
of line brand and of great age anil
value, and the aniiotator was careful to
Jot these down accurately. They then
went nitalrs and worked off the bed
rooms- followed by the Inquisitive eyes
of Hannah, the head housemaid, to
wIhiiii the charai-ter of the visitors had
not been communicated and who was
very curious to burn what was in the
wind. Nor iliould this have been dif
ficult, for although the annotator him
self was of no distinctive cut, the air,
appearance and manner of his under
ling simply gave him away. A more
typical bailiff never trod In shoe leather.
When the Inventory was at length fin
ished It was nearly 9 "o'clock. The
young mull shut up his notebook with
n snap find thrust It Into his breast
pocket, lie then said to Mr. Itollin,
civilly and Indeed throughout lie had
evidently tried to discharge bis unpleas
ant duty with as little offense as possi
ble: "1 mut be off now. Of course. I shall
have to leave my man here In imsses
slon Very sorry. Hut It Is what I am
forced to do. Jusi a word In private."
drawing Mr. Boffin aside. "Make him
comfortable and treat him decently and
you'll find lilm a most civil and obliging
"If he is anytblnk else he won't find
it go down with me," replied Mr. Boffin,
"No, perlim not. Hut it's always
wise jiollcy to be on good terms with a
man In, 1 can aure you. Our friend
la used to genteel company. That Is
why 1 have brought lilm here, (iood
"(1sk1 nlglrt, young man," said Mr.
Hoflln, nit her mollified by his conclud
"Now, then, my good feller," he re
marked, turning to the bow legged
bailiff, after duly shutting and locking
the outside ibxir, "I should my as the
servants' 'all, with the hnnder-acrvants,
la alsut your flt-tdiT'
"Anywhere for tne, guv'imr. I'm no
ways pcrU'kler," answered the man,
with ft befitting humility, which still
further mollified the butler.
'They'll lie having their supper now,"
continued Mr. Hoflln. "Ybu had liefer
Join them at once."
"Thank Ve, gtiv'nor. 1 could do a bit
of vlrtles," answered the Imillff. "This
Inventory buslrifUM makes n bloke peck
Mi." "I can't my that It Ima had t a. t effect
on me," mi Mr. Boffln'e answer. "I
feet o If t ahould never enjoy my food
"Ah, you ain't uaed to this aort of
thine. guT'nor, nd ax It npaeui yer,"
amid the bailiff, with a eympathetje
shako of Ma bead.
"Mo, my man. am not uaed o It,"
anawored Mr. Boffln. "And the dle
grace of It haa Hearty fettled ate."
"I ';g!"ce!" ( jacii; Med lolegs.
Well, now 'bat is a f rnny way to look
ut it. UtiI love yer: I was in ar a
lieurl' only last week and at a dook'a
back in the summer. I iiey didn't tiiinn
it no disgrace. And w liy should they?
It downright fashionable It is really."
Which, lu that nse, heaven preserve
me from wot is uownngui ihbiiiohu
ble." rejoined Mr. Botlin, fervently.
But 'ere is the servants' 'all. my man.
I'll take you in and Interdooce you."
Mr. Boffin oiicned the door and usher
ed the bailiff in.
Here's a guest," he explained, "a
Ik oiinr to loin vou. uriexre-ctel, at
ups-rand I leave it to you to see that
he's looked after and ban his food prop
er and comfortable."
With that, and with a gracious wave
of bis hand, to signify that they might
again be seated for all the servants
had arisen at the entrance of that great
Mr. Boffin- he withdrew to take his
own supper in the housekeeper's room
with Mm. Asprey. The bailiff bowed
very politely to the assembled meniala
and-seated himself in a chair which
Martha, the scullery maid, placed for
bim. The compony eyed hlin curiously,
but coldly, for the nature of his calling
and the reason of his presence were now
pretty clear to them all. But lie was so
civil and pleasant iqsiken aud liehuved
so deferentially to Mra. Holly, the cook,
and to Miss Hannah, the head house
maid, and so affable to the Misses
Karab, Jane, Kllza aud Martha, subor
dinate domestics, and so resjiectful to
Mr. William, the footman, and so pa
ternal to Walter, the buttons, that they
were all on good terms with him almost
before they knew where they were.
His conversation, loo, was spicy
without bejug improper, and amusing
without being vulgar. Nor did he ob
trude his remarks unduly. Aa Mra.
Holly whispered liehlnd her band to
Hannah, "The man knowed his place,
and kept there." Mrs. Holly and Miss
Hannah were pleased to smile at his
funny anecdotes; Mr. William to snig
ger languidly; as for the four under
lined and t' e buttons they giggled
without ret-i . e. The servants' hall
waxed altog- ! . r quite Jovial. It was
obvious thai our bow-legged bailiff. In
his social cuiuiclty, had wore a dis
Supper concluded, be addressed him
self to Mrs. Holly with an tiwimmting
and a deferential air; at the same time
ppHlticlng from one of his capacious
pocket a large, fiat case bottle.
"You would be doing me a great
honor, mem," he said, "ef you would
allow me--and hoping you don't think
it a' liberty to brew the company n
leetle bowl of something hot."
"Keally, sir," replied cook, regard
ing the case liottle with a allocked, yet
rather Innuisitl ve, expression, "that it
u kewrioiis request of your, upon mj
"The fack Ls. mem, I cant get on
without my glass o' sperrlts. And
orlwuys carries It about with rue. Hut
It si-cms selfish like to drink It orl by
myself, especially when you'v mado me
so comfortable with my vittles; and If
vou ..;:d the rest of the company would
be tv Kind as to Join me in a brew of
punch you would obloegc me extremely,
Mrs. Holly hesitated and looked at
Hannah. Hannah hesitated and look
ed "t M-. Holly. The Mlstes Surah
Jin c. l-.i.ra Murtha looked at each
oil. r ..!:.! t-iteivd. Mr, William looked
at the celling. Master Walter at the
wall opismite. The truth was this
Only beer, limited In amount and re
st rietcd In strength, vyis "allowed" to
the servants' hall. And the prospect
of a glass of something hot was attrac
tive. But here, as at other polite
boards, apparent eagerness for food or
drink was out of the question. And so
- from sheer good breeding everyone
"Come now, mem." pressed the bailiff,
"Well, sir," said Mrs. Holly at last
"I won'i say you mustn't, but I could
n't touch a drop."
Hannah couldn't touch a drop, either.
Nor could Hiirnh, .lane, Eliza or Marilm
William, however, was understood to
suy that he didn't mind if he did. Wlilh
Walter, gathering courage from Will
lam's example, expressed an opinion
in favor of ulghtnips and volunteer!
to fetch the kettle.
So the kettle was fetched, and a Ikmv
and glawses and a soup ladle. Also at
the Imlliff'g request- lemons and loaf
sugar. Then he compounded a frag
rant Jorum, with no unpraetleed hund
Ami right insidiously delicious did that
Jorum smell. Hut the iKilllff aud Will
lam and Walter were all too gallant to
drink unless the ladles gave them
lead. Ho, not to disappoint them, Mrs.
Holly taxtcd a d;-op, Hannah a drop,
and Sarah, Jane, Kllza and Martha
drop apiece. And then William and
Walter and the bailiff neveral drops
And everyone bectime pleaaant and af
fable and Jocular; so that the acrvants
hull presented quite a rollicking scene
While this Jollity was lu progress Mr,
Hoflln walked In. The mirth was in
stantly checked upon his entrance and
everyone affected to be unconscious of
the punch bowl. The bailiff, however,
stood up. and addreaalng Mr. Boffin
with great deference explained the rlr
cumstaiices under which he hnd taken
upon himself to brew the punch, and
ventured to hope that Mr. Hoflln would
condescend to pronounce an opinion
upon It. Mr. Boffin did condescend
and was kind enough to aay, as be set
down his glass, that be had tasted
"Hut wot 1 come In to apeak about,'
the butler went on, "la about your
sleeping accommodation to-night, my
man. There ain't no bed aired ready, ao
you'll have to make shift dowaatalra
on one of the aofaa In the 'all. i If we d
knowed that yon waa coming" (tala
with sarcasm) "we'd hare got' the bea
pare room ready for you,' you may bo
"Oh, Huytliii.g 'II do for me, guv'nor.
I'll Im- quite satislied to sleep on the
floor. If you like."
"We voii't ai-k you to do that," s'.ld
Mr. Boffin, cond.-sceiidingly. "Hamuli
--see ibat tliih good ina'n is provbh-d
with a blanket anil piller. and soow hlin
, the way to the front 'all."
J And having wished the uuder-fcer-
: van's good-night, and suggiied that !t
was 1 1 ti ii- they were going to bed. lie re-tir-il
to hi own apartment. "Which."
he bad previously said to he nonse-keei-r,
"it's the first time in my life,
Mrs. Asprey, mem, that I idiall have
laid down under the same roof with a
1'UinbailifJ'. I know I shan't sleep a
wink for thinking of It."
But the circumstances did not, after
all, aTect his repose. For he slept Just
as well, or better, than usual.
And when he awoke at a late hour
next morning eh! what an awakening
that was! For first it was Hannah,
then William, then Sarah, then .'are
who rubbed to him with such Item of
ppalling news as made poor Mr. Hcf-
fin's grav hairs literally stand on end. i
He huddled on bis clothes
agitation, and went downstair to we.
Alas! It was ail too true. He now
realize, with a dizzy sense of horror,
how he had Iwn Imposed upon; how
those two knaves bad so artfully schem-
n1 It tlnit tbpv hnd made an Inventory
of all bin master's most valuable curl- '
unities under Ills (Mr. Boffin's) very
now; and how (for tne raet mat ooin
ie aud all the other servants had slept
so much longer than uaual now had f.n
obvious significance) the household had
leeii Inveigled into imrtaklng of
The Komney had gone cut out of its
frame; some priceless curios from the
drawing-room bad gone; twelve "are
volumes from the library had gone; ten
dozen of the choicest wine !u tha cellar
had gone; and so had the bow legged
How Iover Worked.
Samuel Lover's daughter, Mrs. Fan
ny Schmld, writes her recollections of
The Author of ivory O'More' " for
the Century. Mrs. Schmld says: His
Industry was such that In the busiest
years of his life he did not even grant
himself time to look at the daily pa
pers, or to read any new book that wiu
much talked of. His w!fe always read
the papers and the new books for him,
giving lilm in conversation a resume
of the news of the day and the con
tents of tlio books, so th.it he was al
ways well Informed of everything that
was going on. If anything exceedingly
imiKirtam was on hand In the political
world, or If any part of a book wan par
ticularly Interesting or well written,
these she would read to him while lie
Many artists are as dumb as fishes at
their easels; but he could converse
charmingly while he was painting,
which was a particularly pleasant qual
ity for his sitters. In painting or In
writing he worked indefatigably, and
seemed to be Independent of the
"moods' to which many artisis appear
to be victims. As to nis songs, lie useu
to say himself that he never wrote a
song In his life except when he couldn't
helpit.Tlu' songs used to "come to him,"
generally words and melody simulta
neously, so that he had only to write
them down. Frequently the Idea of a
song would come when he was occu-
pled with something quite uinerent, as,
ror instance, winie paining, oe wouiu
then leave his easel, write down the
idea, and return to his work. After
ward he would return to the idea, and
work it out.
New York's Composite Personality.
Mrs. Hchuyler Van Rensselaer con
tributes to the Century a paper enti
tled "Places In New York," in which
she gives a picture of interesting
phases of life In the New World me
tropolis. Mrs. Van Rensselaer says:
More than 70 per cent, of those who
people New York to-day were born of
foreign mothers; more than 40 per
cent, were born on foreign soil them
selves; and many of these aliens,
brought from many different lands,
continue here to live In clusters with
their own klu after their own kind.
Yet while each of these clusters, and
each of their wandering offshoots,
modules the New World metropolis, nil
of them together do not destroy Its
cohesion, they simply intensify Its cu
rious composite sort of personality.
They make it multifariously diverse,
but they leave It an entity. They
touch every portion of It with pungent
exotic flavors,' but as flavoring an
American whole. They play their sev
eral parts In a civic life that Is cosmo
riimlc beyond the belief of those who
have not studied It well, but they do
not turn New York Into a cosmopoli
tan town; for this means a town which,
overwhelmed by Its strangers, has lost,
or has never possessed, a character of
After a cable car conductor hud pass
ed me several times without asking for
my faro 'I touched his arm and gave
him a nickel. A few moments later a
I left the car I found him on the rear
platform alone. "Don't ever do that
again," he said. "If ft conductor misses
vou don't hunt him up. lie doesn't want
vou to do It. If I miss a passenger the
chances are about even that no one will
notice M except the fellow hlmse-lf. Hut
when he rushes up to pay o. fare 1 have
miiwcd everybody notlcm die fact that
I have been negligent, and If there Is a
'spotter' aboard I lose my Jb. The
next time save your nickel; It may help
me save my position." Chicago Times
All tha Batter.
lleW seam to bars fot here rath
er too aoon, tha house a quit empty.
Ih Alt the batter; every one will ba
able to gat a food tMw of me as tbay
coma In. Flefc-ltVUp.
MOUNTAINS OF OYSTER SHELLS.
Maryland's More Haa Amounted to
Millions of Tona Thia lenturr.
The waters of Maryland produce one-
third of the oyster supply of the world J
It yields twice us many of the luscious I
bivalves as are grown in all fo"eign:
countries combined. I Miring tn pres-'
ent century it has put on the market 1
41 0,0l K l.i "0 luisbels -of the tootbsoni"
mollusk. These have sold for the ,
enormous sum or .Hi,oni.'"o. Al
most all of this country is dejie.idcut
for the abundance and cheapness of
this edible onthe supply of the Chesa
peake. I'lom here also come very
nearly all of the oysters used for fan
ning. In fact, the output of this in
dustry in Maryland hi equal to one
slxth of all the fisheries of the United
States put together.
The quantity of oyster sheik landed
upon the auoren of Maryland during
the last century has been reckoned at
12,000,(KH) tons. 1'utll very lately the
; canning firms have had much trouble
! In getting rid of the shells, having to
! I -.4 .1 I n1l II.HI
l lu l- lur u"'
tney could not give away, um-uu),
however, they have been able to sell
them. They are now shipped to all
parts of the couutry and are utilized
variously for roads, for lime and em
ployed in making coal gas. They have
lieen found also to serve almost us
well as stone In the manufacture of
special grades of iron for railroad beds.
Cultivators of oysters also employ
them, having found that they afford
suitable surfaces for young oysters to
attach themselves to. They are like
wise used to some extent as chickiji
food. They are very good for hens, the
shells of eggs being largely made of
them. The trade received $2fi,000 in a
single year for the empty shells.
Starfishes are the oyster's worst en
emy. Other animals the young bi
valves have to guard against are crabs
and txiring snails. They are also in
danger of being stifled by mud. In
Pacific waters stingrays are their most
dreadod foes. The little crab that
lives In the shell of the oyster has al
ways excited much Intercut. It is
found in about 5 lier cent, of the bi
valves. It is a sort of parasite of the
oyster, whose shell protects it and
whose feed supports it Philadelphia
Kaved by His Horse.
A good Ihorse story was -told by Sur
gin Oaptoiu Orey, who was engaged
; lu the Mataliele war, In Rhodesia,
! A party of troopers was nearly cor
! nered by an overwhelming force of
Matabelcw. Ir. Orey. to use his own
, words, "led toward the way out under
; a raking fire at a gallop, and was close
: ly followed by the troop. Very' noon,
i however, I fell from the saddle, struck
with a bullet from an elephant gun
: alxiut fiOO yards off. The bullet struck
: me on the top of the thigh, mashing
i the socket of the thigh-bone, breaking a
j vein, and otherwise wounding me. My
, horse was carried on at full speed witli
the rear guard, which rushed nt desper
ate speed to clear the pocket-like en-
i tnmte &f t)e ()rlft WMp,re thp mrres
were rallying In the hope of killing us.
"A I lay on the grass, bleeding pro
fusely, I kKik.-d up and saw two natives
alining at me nt a distance of about
forty feet. At the same moment I saw
my horse come thundering back from
the drift. It suddenly stopped and
came and stood over my prostrate liody,
j .g me from the flring nml t the
( same time making a peculiar noise
; through Its nostrils. I thought it had
S been wounded, and that with the pain,
noise and confusion it had gone mad.
Thta notion, however, was soon dis
pelled, for it continued to stand over
me In a kneeling posture, and I could
see that the faithful animal had come
back to protect, me. I may remark here
that this horse, which I myself selected,
I made a pet of. The assegais from the
aproa?hlng naUven were now beginning
to fly around me, and, Drinking If I
could reach my horse's back I should
be shot, which was preferable to being
aKsegaied. I seized the rc-iim, put my
right fKit In the stirrup, and made a
supreme effort to mount And 1 was
successful, but how I did It I do not
know, for my left sidn was entirely par
alyzed. On finding myself in the saddle,
I ewlhxl, 'Go!' to my hoiwe, which dart
ed like an arrow- toward the exit from
the drift." Exchange.
Millafs' Lore lor Art AVlicn a Hoy.
Mrs. Fanny Schmld, daughter of "The
Author of 'Rory O'Mooro,' " contributes
a paper of reminiscences of Ixiver to
the Ontury. Mrs. Schmld nays: 1 A
little original pencil sketch drawn In
five minutes for me by "Johnny" Mll
lais (the late Sir John Mlllals) when he
waa a Itoy of ten, Is a pretty remem
brance of his precis-loiis talent. "John
ny" was always restless and uneasy in
any company until some compassionate
person provided him with a pencil and
an unlimited supply of jmper; then he
was quite happy, and covered whole
quires of paper In an hour or two with
often really charming sketches from the
almost Inexhaustible store of bis lmppy
to meet you again after so many years,
Elderly liBdyNo longer miss, profes
sorI am married.
Professor Married! Well, well, who
would have thought that? Fiiegwide
Pat They do say the car nlit the In
Jtne be the most danfcrous.
Mike Begorra, then, why don't they
Ut it off?-Houaahold Worda.
A Wis Wife,
Banham I had a close
Mra, Baaham Tavr aact typewriter
atoll k a
ART IN GOLD LETTERING.
lo the Plea Painters Place Their
Work on More Windows.
The sign letterer who in putting a
gssl igu on a window iraints the let
ters upon the outside first, but those
letters are only for a guide: the gold 1
put uin the inside of the glass. The
gold leaf is o thin and light that the
faintest breath would lie enough to
blow it away: it is carried in the famil
iar lit lie Isioks.
The loiterer brushe the inner side of
the glutss back of the lettering painted
uiKin the outside with a brush dipped
iu water containing a tra.ee of mucilage.
Then, with a wide and very thin cam
el's hair brush, Whloii he find brush-eB
lightly Imck and forth once or twice
upon the back of Ms lmad, or perhaps
uiKn libs coat, to dry it, if it needs dry
ing, and slightly to electrify it, he lifts
from the lsxik a seition of gold leaf
eufliiient to cover a station of the letter
ajid places it on the glass. He repeats
these operations until the gla.sa lxick of
the letter painted on the front is covered
with the leaf. It may require three or
four sections such as 'l be picked up
with the brush to cover the letter, or per-h-ajis
more, depending on ii size and
shape. When he has completed Che ap-plk-atdon
of the leaf to one letter lie
dampens the back of the'next and pro
ceeds with that in the same manner,
and so on until the lettei are nil backed
with Uie gold leaf.
Thus applied, the gold leaf overlaps
the letters more or ies on all sidea. It
is bright in color, like all gold, but it is
not shining; it is burnished by rubbing
it gently on the tack of course it '.mi
not tie rubbed on the fa-e, for that 1
against the glass with a oft cloth. It
burnishes, however, on the face as well
us on the lack. Then the letters are
backed. The exact shape of the letter
is painted over the back of the gold leaf
to fix It and protect it, and when the
liack Is dry the gold leaf projwting be
yond the outline of the letter w brushed
off; it Is not sought to save this pro
jecting leaf; there is not enough of it to
pay for the labor that would be in
volved in gathering it together. Then
the outside lettering, which i done
with the paint that is but little more
tlian oil, is rublied off, and the histroun
gold lettering Is revealed. New York
Storage Battery Cars in Korope.
American street railway companies
cannot, as a rule, be accused of want
of enterprise, and they have spout a
great deal of money In experimenting,
or what is practically experimenting,
on new systems of traction mostly
electrical. Just now, however, in the
matter of the storage battery, they are
letting the otiier niiiii do the experi
menting, and are watching carefully
the outcome of the activity which is
going on in the installation of accumu
lator cars in lj:uroie. In Hanover, where
a combination system of trolley and accumulators-Is
employed, sixty ears have
been equipped with batteries and
eighty more are to be installed by next
spring. The batteries are charged from
the trolley line outside the city limits
sufficient to carry the cars without the
aid of khe trolley within those limlto.
In Dresden thirty storage battery cars
are running find fifteen more are to be
put on shortly. Here, also, the cars are
run by the trolley outside, mid by stor
age battery inside the city. Iu Copen
hagen eighteen accumulator oars were
to lie put in operation in the beginning
of January. The system employed will
1k entirely storage battery. In Hagen
eight cars on the same system ai-e in
operation, and ten more are to be add
ed. In Paris thirty-five storage battery
oil's are to be equipped on the lines
of the Comiuignie du Nord. In Berlin
the city government has decided to run
on all the lines of the city storage bat
tery cars of the mixed system, the oth
er lines to Is? equipped with trolley.
The underground conduit has been en
tirely relegated, and it is expected that
Berlin will soon hare in operation from
(iOO to 700 cars actuated by storage bat
teries. Chloroformed the Snake.
The L. A. W. Bulletin prints a pic
ture of a 14-foot snake and a letter
from Fostoria, Ohio, written by An
drew Kinerine, president of the Fos
toria Bicycle Club, telling how the
snake was captured and photographed.
"The snake was traced by wheelmen
for seven miles," the letter says, "over
hills, a liver, the fair ground, find a
nice track. It left a trail four inches
wide In dusty places, and It was easily
followed. When come up with he was
on the top bars of a fence gate, stretch
ed along it and hanging down like a
clothes' line where he wasn't resting
on the bar.
"The reptile was captured by soak
ing n sponge In chloroform and tying
the sponge on the end of a fish rod.
The sponge was held against the
snake's nose, and bo soon grew drowsy.
Then he was tied up In a hard knot
aud wound about with ropes. Thou
sands of persons saw the snake lu the
city park at Fostoria, asd he Is now in
the museum of the bicycle club. He
measured 14 feet 0 Inches long."
Kicht Thia Time.
Miss Hilltop I notice that you use
the expression "a well-groomed worn
an." I do not like it. It Is a horsy ex
pression, entirely out of place In speak
ing of a lady.
Miss Northside The expression Is
correct this time. The lady I allude to
has Just been married nud the groom
Is a very wealthy man. Pittsburg
Force of Habit.
"But why did you accept him whan
you knew ba waa In earnest r
"Oh, force of habit, I suppose,"
If a man should ba suddenly changed
Into a woman, ba oooldn't take kit kair
dewn, er get klaafcrtbea aS.
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