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About The Sioux County journal. (Harrison, Nebraska) 1888-1899 | View Entire Issue (May 19, 1898)
m PEGGY, THE OFFICE BOY. I
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I- notable eve ate occurred. One was the
WHEN Peggy first made her breaking of Jimmy McGovera's leg la
appearance In the Dlsaem- a "coasting" accident, and the conse
inator office none of us paid queot losa of that Invaluable youngster
any attention to her. Certainly none of forolneepurposea. Theaecond well, yon
us even dreamed that ahe was likely to shall hear about the second' event as
prove a heroine. Buchanan la never tired of describing
Peggy was Jimmy's slater; and Jim- It.
niy otherwise James McGovern was , We had all gone home for the night
one of the Disseminator office boys. On or, rather, for the morning. The office
a certain spring afternoon, when I en- j vw deserted and supposed to be closed
ered the city depanraeat of our Justly ; althongh events disclosed the fact
celebrated journal, I found my accua-j that a careless Janitor had been in the
tomed chair occupied by a rosy-cbeek- j habit of leaving It carelessly pen,
-ed, wide-eyed, fluffy-haired young per-)whll he sought refreshments around
son, whose brief skirts at once pro-
.claimed her sex and ber extreme youth.
The watchful Jimmy, seeing my per-! dressing himself to slumber when he
plexlty, Instantly darted forward, and heard his private telephone bell ring
iuuf pushed, half lifted, the usurper lag furiously. Leaping out of bed. be
from my rightful throne. i seized the receiver, and gruffly demand-
"It's my sister," he exclaimed (clear-1 ed what anybody wanted with a Chrls
)y somewhut ashamed of owning such j tian city editor at such an unearthly
a commodity). "Yon see mother's dead
an' father's at work all day, so Peggy
her couldn't stay home all by her lone
seme; ant) I thought thought "
"You thought you might bring her
here." I interrupted. "Well, she's a
pr.-tty little thing, and if yon don't let
her get In the way, I fancy the boys
"1 won't get in ve way," piped Peggy,
w!!h superb self-consciousness. , An'
xen an' zen, I tan help Jimmy."
I laughed at the Idea of a little C-year--oid
maiden helping in the busy whirl
of a newspaper city room, and gave
IVjrgy an encouraging pat on the bead,
anr; ;i very modest coin of the realm
for i-eriaiii transactions In candy,
Ti iT-.f (-forward Peggy adopted uie as
her especial friend and champion.
It was a day or two later that, ou en
ter, ng the city room, I came upon a
cur'otis sight no less a sight, indeed,
than old Buchanan, the city editor,
w'Jii Peggy on his knee. Now, if ever
tr,t was a surly human bear It was
Buchanan; and it spoke volumes for
Pesey Uiat she had been able to tame
him. Indeed I .had feared that, when
my chief discovered ber dally presence
In the office, he would liuitamlv onl
'her to decamp. Quite the contrary bad
occurred, and I was stricken with
am.'izcuieut, which did not decrease
when Jimmy subsequently narrated to
me the events leading up to Peggy's
Buchanan, it idiwul had im
growling into the room, as was bis
wont, and looking for someone upon
whom to vent the spleen generated by
a naif-digested breakfast. He was a
terrible man, was Buchanan, when his
breakfast did not agree with hint! But
this morning the city editor was not
expected for an hour to cme, and so
Jimmy and bis sister had been Indalg
Ing In fl merry game of "tag." They
were rushing wildly hither and thither;
upsetting chairs and waste-paper bas
kets, and litter It n neons-! nils nf all ol
but their fun, when the burly form of
ftiiehflnnn Inrvmarl nn In th wm,
Bless you! these happy urchins never
even saw him; and for full fifteen min
utes he stood on the threshold, looking
on. and feeling his Ill-temper oozing
out, like Bob Acres' courage, at his
Presently Peggy. In one of her fran
tic rushes from the pursuing Jimmy,
ran plump Into Buchanan's outstretch
c? arms. Poor little thing'. she almost
fainted with fright when she saw who
her captor was (and for the matter of
that Jimmy w us quite s- horrified); but
the Tery first words Buchanan spoke
rea mured her. When I entered he was
telling her about bis own little girls
particularly about the one that was
l eggy became quite a feature of the
Disseminator's city department. She
bad a funny little piece of needle work
which she called be "emboydy"
meaning embroidery, I suppose; and at
this she stltcbed, or made believe to
stitch, assiduously. But she bad a
quick eye and wit, had Peggy; and, lit-
tie by little, abe managed to pick up all j
the technicalities of the office the :
being, tbo telephone the
proof slips aad tbe flics appertaining I
thereunto and moat or the accuinulat
Od lore Of Disseminator office boys. One
day I found ber, perched on a table,
gravely esattag op Tbeotrar on the
'phone, aad asking with risible Import
race tar ""TaUt Bund'ed-en'-thlrty-Ue-vsa."
O aaotaer occasion I mot her
tiila down Croat tbo comnoalu
t n tritb a baadle of aroofs ia bar
.r" mm, wbllo from tbo prUters'
' that jwuy cuaod
! the corner.
Buchanan was la the very act of nn-
hour of the morning.
Great was his astonishment (be ad
mits that be at first accused himself of
dreaming) when there came across the
wires a voice be knew a lisping child
ish voice calling faintly:
"Misvo" Boocan'! Oh-h. Mlsto' Boo
can! Zls Is Peggy, Jimmy's sister."
"Good gracious!" cried Buchanan.
"What do yon wane, child?"
"Wobbers Is ve matter," was the an
swer, louder and more hopefully giv
en. "Wobbers burglars t'ieves. Come
quick, or ve wobbers '11 get away."
Buchanan was a , man of quick
thought and hair-trigger resolve. There
Bashed across bis mind the thought
that In his desk at the office, ready for
publleatton on the morrow, lay the
proofs 'and papers In the great Bolton
i briltery and corruption case, lie knew
that Bolton, prince of swindlers, was
THB CHILD COULD ONLY
a desperate man, who would risk any-1 "Hola tboae men. They are thieves,"
thing to secure those proofs. Clearly' he crtod, selling the papers aad war
Peggy was telephoning from the local ;'nK ofl" a frantic Wow from BoKoa'a
room of the Disseminator. How or j sledge-hammer fist,
why ahe came to do so, be did not stsy j th confusion Buchaaaa mad
to ask. In tea minutes he was on bis j (1 his escape, catching np tbo fright
bicycle and speeding through the silent I VX7 he went, and still
streets. j clutching the Bolton paper. Ia tbo
When be reached the Disseminator , "fr be met a policeman, aad dla
fflce his fears rained ground from the ! patched him to tbo saloon, where tbo
fact that the private door leading to
tne editorial rooms was slar. Busblna-1
.t wondrous gpstairs and throwing open tbo local j00100 n
mysteries of ro0p be was greeted with a glad j ,n th mc' n" ll7
T. and Peggy a disheveled, pale
faced Peggy, leaped into bis arms.
At first the child could only point
speechlessly to bla desk In the corner,
where the Invaluable documents had,
lain. The deak was broken up. us
though with an au, aad tbo Bolton
proofs were gone!
Now that Buchanan knew the worst.
his calmness rotornod. Carrying the
child to tbo refrigorator ta tbo corner,
bo made ber driak a w of water.
focanad; and att
ta li oat
visit to Jimmy at the hospital, they had
stopped to see the night watchman of
the Disseminator office. This careless
personage bad coolly left little Peggy
In charge while be "slipped across the
street a minute" for refresh menu,
with his old crony, McGovern. senior.
They had hardly been absent five
minutes when Peggy, half dozing, in
a dark corner, heard stealthy stops,
and saw two men enter the room. One
of them she recognised as a discharg
ed printer of the Disseminator Healy
by name. Not seeing Feggy In her cor
ner, the two broke open Buchanan's
desk, and. after a careful Karch, found
and abstracted the Bolton documents.
"And where did they go?" asked Bu
chanan. "Peggy ran to ve window an watch
ed 'em. They crossed ve street, an'
went into ve saloon across ve way."
"The same saloon that your father
and the watchman entered?"
Peggy nodded her bead.
Quickly Buchanan lifted the child on
his shoulder, and ran down the stairs.
On the threshold of the street door
were McGovern senior and the recalci
trant watchman; but Buchanan had no
time to abuse tbem then.
"Follow me. men," he shouted; and,
still carrying Teggy and with the mar-
tied pair at his heels he darted across
the street and Into the saloon a night
resort for printers across the way.
The saloon was empty save for a
group of three men at a table In a far
corner. Oue of these men Buchanan
recognized as Bolton the swindler; an
other was the discharged printer.
Healy. Even as tbey entered a bundle
of papers lay In the middle of the table,
while Bolton was coustlng out some
Buchanan set down the child, and
sprang like a cat does upon a moose.
at the documents.
POINT TO THE DE8K.
! errinf Janitor was probably paying for
carelessness In a tussle with tbe
news from the "seat of war," the grim
city editor found time to tell Peggy
what be thought of her.
"You have done a great thing for tbo
paper, Peggy,' be said; "and wo
j "han't forget It. By the way, wo need
; office boy badly, and I don't know
anybody better fitted for tbo Job
Tbo great Bolton rase as publlabad la
the Disseminator mado a sossssstloa;
and when Jimmy McQorara ffot wdi
, and oaaae back to work bo faaai laas-
I Mr HMiasd to Ukt a raborOaaat aaav
WAISTS FOR SPRING.
BLOUSE EFFECT STIUL HERE,
BUT IN NEW FORMS
rhe Most Recent I aahtonable Bodtcea
-NtwDl luespenaive Blatcriala for
luaacrWnr-Capci Are More At
tractive f an Coata.
Faahionable Vernal Attire.
New York correspondence:
1IAR ACT ERIS-
tlcs of the blouse
linger In fashiona
ble bodices, al
though such Mous
ing has been styl
ish for so long a
time. But at this
late day it Is highly
desirable that the
ment take either a
new or a recently
adopted form, for
the original cuts of
It are quite out,
and their 3j medi
are already hoi-
lessly common, riapplly the entirely
safe sorts are not a few, and among
the newest of them au especially at
tractive one Is In bib effect. Its Mous
ing Is very slight, no more than results
from gathering in at the round belt.
The blouse portion of the bodice Is cut
low under the arms, and rises back
and front, narrowing by gracefully
graded points towards the top, which
comes Just where the top of the bib to
a nice apron would come. The edges
are finished with tastefully arranged
braid, and the rest of the Isxllce Is of
silk in color contrasting with blouse,
skirt and sleeves. Any blouse tends to
give length and slendcrness to the fig
ure, and this design most happily sug
gests both. A few perpendicular lines
FLUFFY WITHOUT SACRIFICE OK HEIGHT.
of braiding on the skirt com plots tbo
The example of this dainty design
that Is presented here was of golden
brown Cashmere, the top of the bodice
being a much darker brown silk. Brown
silk braid was nsed, and the brown of
tbe' sllk belt matched that of the silk
lb the bodice. 'Such a gown may be
made of any of the popular canvases.
In which case It must be lined througn
out with silk to match the upper por
tion of the bodice. The belt must match
tbo yoke, and may be finished with
sash ends at the back. It Is satisfying
to notice rbat none of these very latest
models shows an exaggeratedly small
Tbo chiffon bodice not only appears
in a perfect frenzy of puffs, frills and
birring, bnt Is pretty under the sim
plest treatment. Ombre or shaded
chiffon, which Is offered this season as
one of tbo prettiest novelties, lends It
self charmingly to simple use. Ombre
cbtsToo oomof with color deepening
from oao aotrage to the other, and la
miking tao color la arrangod to aalt
foar taota, tao deeper shading osoally
soatj at law front. t0 HZmm
OVKXTIKS IK WAISTS rOR THB SUMMBR
the darkening Is from . ne belt up. A
double frill at the sleeo la made of tl -dark
and the light, and '.he slock scarf
shades prettily toward the ends. Su-b
a bodice, whet Iter worn with hkirt to
match or tint. i dainty and cool fr
summer, and suitable right now fir
house wear. There Is a variety to
choose from, hut the one at the left in
this large picture was extremely l.iste
ful. It was scarlet and green chifToa
over scarlet taffeta, with scarlet talTi-ta
belt and epaulette. The current favor
l'I..Vnr.!l TO roVKR A lll.Ot'SK l'-fUlIfE.
for yellows, particularly orange shades,
is expressed in these waists, and the
rtyli.sb but unbecoming blue are also
employed, but should be discarded for
something less trying unless you are
sure that your complexion will staDd It
; Another wrinkle turned by the shift
of styles in summer dressing Is In the
economical woman's favor. For years
.summer materials have ln-eu dainty
'and Inexpensive, but there was never
such a lot of adorable madraa, barred
musllus and lacs effects as this season.
Madraa Is shown cross-barred with rib
boo atripea that la so pretty that to see
It ! to make up your mind that yon
cannot get through the summer with
out oneT lire at least, so many and
iso charming are the effects of color.
The ground may bo any shade and ths
j stripes any other, but linen color bar
(red with cerise, green, pale blue of
i yellow ia a delight. If adraa la heavy
I pnnnirh an that thai- naul Kj, iu ltnln
Dainty embroidered edges come la col
ors to match tbo material, and gowns
are made In all sorts of quaint effects,
with little old faahloned draped collars
and banda of ribbon to match the stripe
For sncb gowns (he blouse bodice pro
valla. It la made like the one pictured
hero, with only the under-ann seam,
a draw ribbon being set In at tbo back.
This ribbon Is' loose the rest of Its
length, and tlea about the waist, draw
ing It Into shape, all of which facilitates
washing. Linen color madraa bright
ly barred la to pretty that a waist o(
that material was chosen by tbo artist,
the striping being pale blue. The col
lar was finished with a ruffle of linen
embroidery, and next to tbta linen In
sertion, light blue ribbon banding li
and forming loops at tbo shoulders
Even barred mnalln In eptck-and-spaa
white Is mado np In this way and trim
med with bamtrarg edge. Bueh a gowa
white and crisp from tbo tub offers a
dainty contraat to the soft grace of a
chiffon or silk muslin dress, and sbi
Is a wise as well as a Incky girl whs
Includes both la her summer wardrobe,
Since blouse bodices bold their owa
In the summer and apring fashions,
spring wraps have been conformed te
the requirement) of the dreaa to be be
neatb. and with very attractive results
Tbe artist preseats in ber next sketck
a very pretty coat model that fastened
st one side, tbo whole front being cut
In panel fashion and allowed to bsnf
straight mid loose outside tbe belt
which held down back and sides to t
snug fit Brown broadcloth waa thi
material, brown braided silk gallooi
trimmed It, and brown aatln lined It
One million three hundred tbooaaaa
pounds' worth of pickles aad aance
are exported from England to ethef
Not edorawon, but character, la asaa'i
fjantast need aad asaa'a greatest aafo
FOR RIGHT'S SAKE.
Trnthfutaeas Kshibi'ed -J Asd
Maa t-aamre a Robber Ha-ad.
One of the mom convincing scrmona
ever known was preached by a asaa
who, at that momeui, had no though
r f preaching. Very UtUe was ssld, sad
that little ws said In fear snd trem
bling. The "sermon" was really more
la deed than In word; but It strach
John Kant, a professor and doctor of
dlvluity at Cracow, was an old man
when be found an opportunity to revlav
it his imtlve country of Silesia. It wei
a dangerous journey, and a great Ua
del inking for one of bis years.
His way lay through the gloomy
eis of Poland. One evening, while
seeking a place In which to upend
night, be was suddenly surrounded b
armed rue, some on horseback and
some ou foot. Knives and swords gUs
Ured In the moonlight, and the old inei
kiM?iv that he was at the mercy of a
bund of roblwrs.
Frlzhtened a.nd confused, be slighted
from his horse ami offered all his prop
erty to the gang. He gave them a purse
flili-d with silver coins, unetaaped a
gold chain from his neck, took tbe gold
law from his cap, drew a ring from hh?
finger, and took from bis pocket hi
book of prayer, which was clasped
with silver. Not till all had been glvea
tip, and his horse bad been led away,
did Kant beg that his life might bt
"Have you given us all?" demands
the robber chief. "All," replied tbe Old
m.-'.n, and with this assurance be wea
allowed to go on bis way,
Oind to escape with his life, he bw
rled onward, but whe-n well out 'ol
sight of the rohlier hi band totiebed
Fomctblwr hnrd In he bem of his robe.
HI benrt gave a throb of Joy, Ths
hard sutwfance was his gold, sewn ln
the llTi4nr of bis dress for safety. It
his fear and confusion he bad forgot
Now he would not be obliged to beg
his way. Was H a providence?
He was In the act of giving thaaaa
for his good fortune, when be resnetay
lered what he had said to the rtibbsf
chief. He had told tbe man what was
not troe, awl he must correct the error.
Comfort and safety were fbrarottea a
the old men hurried back. , Trembling
with excitement and fear, he'' 'found
hlmxclf again In tbe m!dt of tbe rob
ber rw nd.
"I have told you what was not true
he said, mwkly. "Pardon me; It was
miln!-ntloniil. I was too terrified'' U
With this be held forth the glittering
gold. He did not guess that his candoi
ami humility were teaching thowe bad
men the mot clwuen4 lesison of right
eousness they bad ever heard. It touch
ed their hearts, and surprised them tats
somHhlnr like shame. If not corvtrltfon
To the old man's astonishment, n
isidy offered to take his gold. Preea4ly
one man went and brought blm back
his purw, another restored the boo
of prayer, while still anotlier led'hW
horse toward blm and helped him t
mount. They then unitedly entreated
his bowing, and watched him slowly
ride away. It was the triumph of good
John Kant was only a sincere and
faithful follower of blm to waoaa
tmth was native, and uprightness taa
very life of His heart.
Gruesome superstitions prevail tothk
day in some parts of the continent. ' Is
tbe -neighborhood of Nsples, the 'dan
gerous bite of the tarantula U'ta
cured by medicine or surgery, but by
totally alien functions. Absolute coafl
dence is placed In the efficacy of ' ITfetey
motion, and tbe bitten person Is made ta
dance, sometime with the stimulus of
a horsewhip, till be sink to the ground
from tbe sheer exhaustion. Tbeoe meth
ods are applied to parlenta porsdbiy la
the belief that the violent agitajttoa of
the blood caused by exercise counter
sets tbe torpor produced by tbe bite ot
the tarantula. But this motive does not
apply to another form of cure when tbt
dancing ts done by others. In aotne
Neapolitan village the sufferer ta
bu tied np to bis neck in manure, and
twenty-one female dancers are seioeted
to surround him with their quick gyrs,.
tlona; seven axe widows, seven wtreaT
and seven maidens. When they tftos
off from lassitude, he Is extricated from
his position and thrown Into a moder
stelv heated oven. When be does not
die from the bite or tbe treatment tbo
charm la said to hare worked.
A Dawson City Deed.
The following Is said to be a copy of
a transfer deed filed at Dawson City In
the office of the Yukon gold commis
sioner: Dswsoo dec 7 1807
no sll nun by these pressots that I
wllllsro thosipsoD of this place does by
these presents Sell Transfer and convey
to John Smith, to he hi airs sncesturs and;
assigns forever the following prortn
Namely a full one half Interest of all my!
write snd title In Claim no one hundred
and six IliHI) shove Discovery on Houanisl
creek in tbe Yukon mining division fur thrf
consideration of X10000.00 cssb In hand
hi Uncus whereof 1 set my hind snd seat
witness William Thompson
i'nlrick O' Byrne.
Kalis Melt at.
tihort and to the Point.
The most laconic correspondence on
re-ord was passed between Vie to'
Hugo and his publisher. Hugo wrotii
regarding the success of "Lea Misers
blea": "7" The publisher's reply wss
equally brief: "r .
In the Car,
She wished she stood within bis shots.
BersiiM he bsd s Mat;
lint since tfaat wss iupossibla,
be stood npon his fret.
It oae of tbe
at wDoa a
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