The Sioux County journal. (Harrison, Nebraska) 1888-1899, August 18, 1898, Image 6
r - ( J"'. ' ' . .' . ' in i ' ? - s : 4 r ' , v f J ON THE STILL RIVER. - There waa considerable Ill-feeling tie twee the two eanipe. It all began with Blny Chetwynde declaring that be could paddle from Silver Glen dam to the railroad bridge In twenty minute. Nobody had ever thought of doing It Id Jess than twenty five before, and Hal Bargees who beard Billy's boasting from the other tent, stuck his head through the flap and said: "What yon crowing about, Billy? Do tv want to make a new record for tin Blrerr 1 Can do a better snriflt than rnn&mnn than KaIi IimImi r - f M. W w U fii.rtUIM 1.1 i mi ty, shying a sauce-pan at Hal's bead. But the bead was Immediately with drawn and there was only Hal's mock ing laugh in reply to the missile, and ..that was au the beginning. But the ending ' Hal took ft np the next morning as soon as Billy appeared. "When you getsg to make that wonderful record, ! JMIyr he asked, and before the day waa over we were all squabbling over the individual paddling of both crowds. Nothing would satisfy ns but a chance tournament In which every member of the Chet wynde crowd was pitted gainst some member of the Burgess fraternity. Now take my advice: when ever two parties of school friends camp ut near each other see that there is no racing or trials of dexterity. At Ieaat ft yon want a quiet time. There isn't a more peaceful spot In all the State than the stretch of quiet water known aa Still River. But from the day Billy and Hal got to wrangling ver who could make the best time be tween the dam and the railroad bridge, the two tents full of fellows were In a continual squaooie. Before we were all having a jolly good time and every fellow behaved hlmselif. But after the '"mild-eyed angel of peace folded Its wlnga and fled" well, aa my young brother Teddy remarked with great freedom of speech, "the Kilkenny cats weren't la Itr The race came off. and naturally the greatest excitement was over the trial between Billy and Hal. Both had the best canoes of the lot real Indian btrchbarks made by Johnny Nose (or Nosey Jobnny, as we called him), a half-breed Indian who waa quite a character about Silver Glen. All we could think or talk about were the races, and Hulling, ball play and swlm ' talng wen forgotten while we prac ticed war strokes on the quiet waters a the Still River. Well, Billy was Inclined to "blow" on . all eccaalona, and he had done an extra : amount of bragging before this race, so perhaps It served him right to be beaten. But I hatad to ace Hal do It Hal waa always so awfully "topping" when be got the best of a fellow. Billy had declared that he could make the distance la lean than twenty minutes, ' and he waa Joat twenty-one minutes and seven seconds In getting over the come, according to Freddy Max weir s step-watch, while Hal got In la a Uttle over nineteen minutes. . Wall, the Burgess crowd waa, of ssust, too unbearably fresh to live with after that, and when It waa dis covered that Ned Chetwynde, Billy! eoosia. bad invited Hal's brother Dart areuad behind the tenta and thraahed aim loyally, we older fellows, who saouM have frowned opaa any - proceeding, never look ettker of the Bo those won tat strained relations existing between the two camps on the day the nUll hands at Silver Glen atmek. Wo beard tbey were going to oartka the day before, for Jim Nolan, Bars fathers gardener, drove by on Ms way to Lonsdale and told as about H. Mr. Bargees was one of the chief owners of the mill, and Nolan had been seat to tent graph Mm to cocao op from Now York aad settle the trouble with the ate AO the old heads Bkod Mr. Bargees aad tbey would Baton to him. kaowtag that he would errs thesa fair , ( , at tto Boa was vara stirring np all , t C troable at the aUfl did not want EsTs father as arbitrator, aad tbero ' fare tke swags was to be tent Ma rroai liaodali so taot there would as - ' Isaa beJUty of the strikers learalag of tt 1 tfcemgftt atyseC that oil Notaa - was ytotty Isaky sort of f efiow to fee ; t to Co secret, far tf he'd to a rrtr sxaett kwya tke no. wtf wrMifl U ts3 eOer Bettf . " frrr watt 3 auad ovar 'C1 frrrrjat of I mk txj cm da Can ;r crrj -jrcrt feOsr ; cctr forj am 4 In floe lighting humor by night Most of us forgot the recent race and a good many of our differences In the strike excitement But Billy Chet wynde was as gloomy as an owl and spent most of the day on the river. He couldn't get oyer bis defeat at Hal's bands Heretofore Hal and him bad been as "thick as thieves" the chum mlest chums in the school and I don't know but the fact that they were no longer friends really troubled Billy a u In the canoe race. Hal didn't show up at supper time, and Fred, who came down from the Glen earty In the afternoon, said be waa worried. The temper of some of the ! strikers was bad and Fred said he fear ed Hal had got Into trouble. Billy, when be beard this, got out his canoe agin and paddled up stream. What happened after that we only know from Billy's own story, and for a won der, as It Is hard work to get Billy to talk about It even now. He paddled up to the dam to see If he could bear or see anything of Hal. It was getting dusky on the river, and as he went up near the west bank he "ALMOST IN FRONT was entirely In the shadow. Some of the men maybe half a dosen of them were talking together under the dam on the west aide, having evidently met mere ny appointment Kiuy's canoe n't noticed at all and be beard .. uat they said. In about two minutes be bad got the gist of the matter, and If ever there was a frightened boy In a canoe, that boy was Billy Chet wynde. and he was In that canoe on the Still River at that Identical moment He learned that these men were the ringleaders of the strike; that they were determined the strike should go on, aad that Mr. Burgess should not talk with the men until the trouble had gone far enough to make so amicable settlement Impossible. And to gain their end they had secured the assist ance of two rascally tramps who had agreed to "draw" the spikes out of a rail at tbe bridge below, so that tbe evening tra'n, with Mr. Burgess aboard, would be ditched! Rome time after Billy left camp that evening we saw something shoot by our teats like s streak of light It waa a boy la a canoe. We all Jumped np aad looked after tke rapidly disappear ing streak. "It's that champ, Billy r said Fred, la disgust "We shan't be able to get Mm off tbe river aa summer. Asy body'd think Hfe or death depended on Ms going over that course la better time than Hal made." Aad It did; bat he didn't know tt Bil ly had heard one of the conspirators declare that It waa half-past six. As he tamed his canoe's bead areuad la the shallow water be heard the mill clock strike the half hour aad the evening train crossed tke railroad bridge at tea minutes to seven! He eeulda't atop to toll us aaythlag about It Be had bat twenty m tastes to rsaek tke brfdga, din tke bank aad tag tke train, and It la aa ackaowledg- sd fact tkaf be aahdo setter ttate an tke t3 Crrer tke algst taaa was trer before, aer has It boon eeeaOed tsfktUIU trata saaaa triaal Cat head at Cat at? extract Ca or saw a Pickle's whisky. They'd be swing Its arms almost la front ef the aglne at the edge of the bridge. Taw engine-driver stopped the train In time, the loose rail was discovered, and after It was repaired they bore Billy to Silver Glen In a state of mild col lapse, bat a good deal of a hero. The canoe record of the Still Hirer course remains something like eighteen minutes, and nobody bas since csred to scale down Billy's time. But I doubt If Billy carvs much about the record after ill now that Hal and he are friends again. Rocky Mountain News. Home Long Beards. Perhaps ttie best-known beard tn the United States Is that of ex-tienator rrfiVr, of Kansas, which was said to measure three feet long, but Utere are many wtitah exceed that in size. The muMeums frequently contain men five feet and over whose beards sweep the floor when they stand up, but perhaps the longest of all Is that of Legrand Larow, of Lamer, Mo., wnfeb li said to exceed any otber In the world. It Is seven feet in length, and has measured seven and one-half feet Mx. Larow waa born In Tompkins Oouoty, New York, In 18&2, and bis relatives are noted for beavy beards, but not extra ordinary lenjrth. He Is six feet In height and wHgtas 175 pounds. When standing with hie beard down H extends two feet upon the floor. He has not shaved for over twenty years. In the year 1877 Mr. Larow went West, and waa s farmer and stock raleer for many years. He wears his beard braided and wound around bis body, or else wrap ped and lodged Inside his vest. Boston Transcript Primitive Hoo.se Lighting. The first and most natural way of lighting the houses of the colonists was found tn the fat pitch-pine, which waa plentiful everywhere; but as soon as domestic animals increased candles were made, and the manufacture of tbe winter supply became the special au tumnal duty of the thrifty housewife. Great kettles were hung over the kitch en Are and filled with hot water and melted tallow. At tbe cooler end of the kitchen two long poles were placed from chair back to chair back. Across these poles, like the rounds of a ladder. were placed shorter sticks, called can die-rods. To each candle-rod were tied about a dozen straight candle wicks. Tbe wicks were dipped again and again, In regular order, In tbe melted tallow, the succession of dippings glv THE ENGINE." Ing each candle time to cool. Each grew siowiy in sice till all were finished. Deer suet was used as well aa beef tal low and mutton tallow. Wax candles were made by pressing bits of half melted wax around a wick. Chautao- quan. The Brave at Home. The maid who binds her warrior's sash With smile that well her paia dlssc tiles. The while beneath her drooping lash. One starry tear drop hangs and trem ble. , Though heaven alone records the tear, Aad fame shall never know her story, Her heart has shed a drop aa dear Aa s'er bedewed s field of glory! The wife who girds her husband's sword 'MM little ones who weep aad vender, And bravely speaks tbe eheerlag word, What though ber heart b rent asnader. foomes mgniiy in ner o reams to hear, Tbe bolts of death around him rattle. Hath shed aa sacred blood ss e'er Wss poured open the field of battle. The mother who conceals her grief wails to set breast her son she Then breathes s few brave brief, Kissing the patriot brow she blesses. With so one but her secret God To knew tbe pain that weighs uses her. Sheas hohr blood ss e'er tbe sod Received on Freedom's field of kenerl -Thomas BBchaaas Read. Mill adder! It Is sad," murmured tbe Mooing Theoriser, "to think that every man has Ms price." "Yes," admitted the Intensely Prac tical Worker, "'nd It is a sad fact that half tbe time he can't get If-Cloda-aad Enquirer. Toothless Jellyfish. The Jellyfish has so teeth, bat himself as If he were a piece of paper whoa he is hungry, gettiag Ms food aad, taoa wrappiag hlmeeCX about M. Toast girts complain that aft the se stable area an married: a aw aa ska leeaa who are good ways to ahtfcg Is to permit aa OF QIRAFPC HAD SOftt THROAT. It Waa Alaseet Blcbteea fee Lu ad Very Hard to Treat "Seems to me I told you once." said the old circus man to tbe Boston Her ald reporter, "about the giraffe having a sore throat? It is a serious matter for any giraffe to have a sore throat; bad for the giraffe and bad for tbe own er. Wben you come to take an eighteen foot giraffe like ours a sore throat meant large expense and a large amount of trouble; aud tbe big fellow hadn't more'n got over this before something else happened to blm that gave us even more trouble. He caught cold and tbe cold settled In his throat I suppose he was still sensitive there sud it gave biro a stiff twx lt. that he couldn't bend bis neck at alL "You can't have any Idea of what a stiff neck means until you see a giraffe afflicted in that way; we'd bad all sorts of trouble with animals in one way or another, but for real bother this beat 'em all. We discovered It one day on tbe road. Tbe giraffe always ducked bis bead under tbe branches that hung down, sort of like a swan or goose does, but this day. carrying bis bead right up straight In the air, he brought up against a branch that was at kstst flf teen feet above the ground. That was such an amazing thing that we knew something must be the matter, and when tbe giraffe's keeper came up and spoke to blm, and all be did waa to bend his nose and look down, wby, we saw he couldn't bend his neck, and then we knew what was the matter. "Well, of course, tbe first thing we did waa to set a man to march along, side of him with a tent pole with a crotch in tbe end of it to lift the branch es for him. Most of tbe time almost all tbe time. In fact we could steer him clear of overhanging branches, and of course lota of tbe way there waa long stretches' where there wasn't any trees at all, and then we'd come to places where tbe man would have to lift a branch to let the big giraffe go under; and a great pity It waa, too, to see him compelled to go about in that manner. "He went that way for about ten days. Ordinarily we used to put bis feed for blm on top of an animal cage, so that he wouldn't have to bend down more than eight or ten feet but he couldn't do that now. So we set a ring In the center pole eighteen feet from the ground and we used to reeve a rope through that and make one end fast to the bucket with his food or drink in it and heist It up and let him eat there. On the road we used to throw tbe rope over the crotch of a tree at a suitable height For bis entry Into the great tent at show time we had to cut a great silt la the canvas; but we didn't regret that, becauae It was a mighty Impres sive thing to see blm march In that way. It made blm look tbirty-eix feet tall Instead of eighteen. "Twice a day a man used to go up en a ladder and put a strap around bis head and we'd book on a fall with a bosun's chair, and a man would ride down his neck and rub In liniment He used to like that very much, and It helped him greatly, too, and one morn ing, wben tbe men went out to give blm the usual rub, they were delighted to see tbe old chap with his bead down pretty near to the roof of tbe grixsly bear cage, which stood next to blm, which showed that his neck was coming around all right and also tndi cated that he'd take his breakfast this morning In the old way. If you please." Gallant Conduct of Piper. There have been several Instances of bravery similar to that of tbe gallant Gordon piper at Dargal, who continued to play after both his legs had been shot off. One of these, which occurred during the Peninsular wars, waa al most Identical with that of the capture of the Dergai ridge. It waa at TVmlera, when the then Seventy first Highland ers hurled themselves against the French as a counter -stroke to the at tempt of Kellerman to recover six cap tured guns, and drove back their assail ants in headlong rout When the High landers were advancing Piper Stewart, of tbe grenadier company, fell his thigh being broken by a musket shot Yet he refused to quit the field, and. sitting on a knapsack, continued to In spire bis companions with a pibroch. saying. "De'll ha 'iv, lads. If ye shall want for music."' For this be received handsome stand of pipes from the Highland society of London. Again, there Is the historical Incident of Pips Major Mackay, who, when his regiment bad formed square to receive a charge of French cavalry at Water loo, stopped outside tbe square and strode round tbe bayonet-bristling ranks playing Ms moot Inspiriting pi broch la tbe presence of his comrades ta Incident which forma the subject of one of Mr. Bogle's finest battle pic tures, exhibited at tbe academy a year or two ago. London Chronicle. IrelaCe pootaolee. Sir neary Irving bas one peculiarity that only those brought Into Intimate contact with him recognise. This Is la regard to tke number of spectacles sad glasses of various sorts that he always baa la band, both at too Lyceum Thea ter aad at home. At tbe Lyceum he bss quite two ooaoa pairs of one kind and another, aad ao employe about the plsce ever dreams of removing them. for when Sir Henry Is busy with soms production ho Is perpetually losing his spectacles, and, as bo hi far more de pendent on these than most people know, be ilea to tbe aearest pent where bo Is tart bo may tad a pair. He Is constantly buyta aew pairs of sees, aad whoa be la gaol aaturedly rallied about this he pleads guilty to having quits sixty pairs sttkar at the Itisatar or at Hats la flfboaa Of tte tftooa gjeMva baMss of bs world tke avsrtfa daatk rass teats last let of fCasa (at wmlek afcas seUsbU par cent, ranging from go pot osat. too British lees at Saratoga, to 47 per rent, tbe lose of the Swedes at Pultowa. Of other great battles k Is difficult to III the avers ga death rate, though It insy be estimated at about 20 per cent The rates range from .9 (the German loss at Sedan la September, 1X70) to SO per rent., the British loos st Bloody Albue rs. As a matter of fart, things stand very much as they used to do, save that the slaughter, when It does occur, al ways conies more quickly. A great battle In which the quick-firing gnna can be brought Into effective use will probably Increase the death rate large ly, but Chat remains to be proved. Gen era statin tin prove that since the Tro jan war, 3,000 years ago, not a single year bas eluimed in which some war baa not caused the killing of a large number of men; while H la calculated that all the world's wsrs are respoosl ble for the death of 14.000.000.00t of human beings. Boston Traveler. The risk of being struck by lightning Is five times greater In the country than in cities, and twenty times greater at sea than on tbe railway. It has been calculated that the whole coal supply of our planet would barely suffice to produce beat equal to that which the sun dissipates In one-tenth of s second. Authorities differ ss to the pbyslologt cal effects producing death from elec inciiy. rrom wiae experience a re cent Investigator concludes that one of the chief causes of death Is dynamle apoplexy, but tbat this Is one of a va riety of effects from which tbe electro cuted criminals die. In tbe cold waters me sea animals are dwarfed In size, somewhat aa w find them In blgb mountain regions. It Is said that the starfish will grow as large as a pudding plate where tbe conditions are favorable, but not larger than a silver dollar In the cold cur rent of the Atlantic, which flows soutb wsrd. In some places this cold cur rent falls two to two and one-half de grees below tbe freezing point of fresh water, at the bottom of the ocean. One of tbe methods of testing tbe question of tbe existence of a percept I ble atmosphere on the moon Is the observation of a star at the Instant when It disappears or emerges from behind the moon. If there were a lunar atmosphere It should produce some ef feet on the appearance of tbe star. No such effect ban ever certainly been ob served. Rec ently this method bas been rendered more delicate, perhaps, by tbe application of photography. Photo graphs of stars, made aa they are about to disappear behind the lunar disk. show no Indications f change in the intensity of tbe Image, such as would be expected to occur if the moon hsd a perceptible atmosphere. Among tbe moxt surprising discover ies of modern astivnomy Is that ef double stars, wulcli sre so clone to gether tbat no telescope Is able to show them separately, but whose "duplicity" Is revealed by their motion around one another. In consequence of this mo tion, one of tbe stars may be approach ing tbe earth at tbe same time tbat its companion Is retreating, and In tbat case the lines In the spectrum of tbelr Hght will be seen "split" Such stars are called spectroscopic binaries. Very few are known, but a new one has Just been discovered by Mrs. Fleming, of the Harvard Observatory. It Is the star Beta In the constellation Lupus. Two of these binaries recently discov ered are found to be revolving with velocities of 200 miles and 380 miles per second respectively! A writer In Knowledge describes tbe Interesting operations of the bee called the "leaf-cutter." This Insect ddlls In a sand-bank a bole ten Inches deep and half an Inch In diameter, and divides It Into about a dosen comport meats or cells. Ksch cell Is composed of pieces ot leaf, cut Into proper shapes, and carefully fitted together. Rose lesres and sweet pea leaves are among tbe favorites of the bees. The cutting Is sVne with the Jews, while tbe six legs hold the leaf In position, and enable the insect to turn Itself about with the precision of a pair of compasses. Some of the cut pieces are perfect circles; others are oblong figures of varying proportions. Having cut out tbe seg ment of leaf, aa operation requiring about twenty seconds, tbe bee carries It to the sand-bank, and then returns for more materials. Wbea a piece bas been nearly cut off. the bee. In order to prevent tearing, poises Itself la tke air with Its wings, and completes tbe operation with a clean cut It Was the Lady Okoos, Four ghosts there were was plsrtd at Whist Forsooth, tbey played It wstll And all agraed to net desist Ustil tke matte keU. Tbey dealt the specter esras around With quivering quail sad qeake, For fear tbat tt tbey made a sound Tbe sleeping world would wake! Then something sharp tke si Usee broke "What s tramssr a votes did eryt It was s lady ghost who spoke Aad knocked the saate sky-alga! Park. Tbe practice of kicking upon the to csafea of srory Uttle grtevnasa, grows until ft boeasaot sack kaktt tbat you sag kick, wbotbor ft bars a grltr- It hi taty tt waft tke UglrUaaa of faa Mr a fae kNCOUNAOfcO HIM TO CNLIST. Bold He Weald Jaie the Ares If I Hefesed Hiss-Maw He May Maes To, "Hang tbe war, anyhow!" aaid young men to bis chum In aa uptowa clubhouse the other night "Why, what's the matter now Toff) haven't eiillt-l. have your" "No; that juet It. T barest, but I may have to. after alL" "How Is tbatr "Well, you know Miss and I bar been getting along nicely for some time, and, although sbe bas refused to mar' ry me on several different occasions, I still bad hopes of winning her." "Yes, I knew you bad; and what has caused yon to change your mind 7" ' "It waa ail on account of that blamed old major." "What did he have to do with Itr "Everything. He caught me in a con fidential mood the otber night and I told blm all my troubles, my aspira tions snd my hopes, and he tn return apparently gave me bis confidence. He also gave me some advice." "Did yon take KT" "Yea, I did. I afterward met Miss St s reception, sud wbes I got a banee to apeak to ber alone I once more told her of my life long affection, but sbe only laughed at me. I then took the last deaperste step. and. striking a tragic attitude, I vowed that If she did not sonsent to marry me I would eulist, go to the war and be killed." "What did sbe say to that 7" "Oh, she grew solemn at etvee, aad sbe tried to persuade me from doing anything so dangerous. In fsct. sbe showed more emotion than 1 bad ever seen her show before, and 1 became hopeful. I thought that I bad won ber surely, and, taking out my watch, I said that I would give ber five minutes to make up her mind. In tbe strongest language at my command I swore thai if she did not accept me 1 would go to the front and leave her forever." "Well, did she accept you 7" "No, she did not gbe gazed at me for a moment or two with tears in her beautiful eyes, and then said thai she had not thought that It was In me. but that it would be extremely kind of ms to enlist ss every girl of her acquaint ance had several friends who had en listed, and that sbe had felt so lied be cause she did not have one. If I would enlist she would think a greet deal more of uie than sbe had ever done be fore, but she could uever marry me." "That bas pin red you In a rather em barrassing position, hasn't It? But what had the poor eld major to do wttb ii r "Poor old major he blowed. What has he to do with it? It was be who advised me to try tbe eulistlng dodge en ber, and I have since learned that be Is go ing to marry the girl blmeeU." Now York Tribune. Bome or Our Naval Ha Stephen Decatur The destruction of tbe Barbary plraue. In Augut 1MH. John Paul Jones Capture ef Ute See- apis, September. 1779. He saU: We have Just begun to fight" Isaac Hull Railed from Boesoa with, out ordurs In August, 1812. Captured British frigate Guerrkere, called "too terror of the world." Johnston BUkeWy Who made Im mortal fame In the cruiser Wap, lalt. Oliver Uazaard Perry Swept Cbe British from Lake ICrie in Septoaiber, 1813. James Lawrence Oooquered the British sioops Peacock am In 1818. Charles aeewart-DM masy deeds as commander of Old Ironsides. William Balsbrldge Gallaat service la Ute French war of 17W. Samuel C. Rcld-Maved New Orleani In the war of UJ12 by detaJalag the British squadron at Fayal. Andrew II. Footo Service ef dtotl ac tion In tbe China war (1803) sad la the clva war. Joefeh Tataall-lB the Obi a a war. Author of tbe saying, "Blood is thicker than water." James Biddle-WKb Balabrldge la Tripoli, 180S. ' Later com massed tbe Hornet James A Men Commanded the gusv boot Richmond at New Orleans, 1863. David Porter Famous cruise ef the Essex sod in the civil war. David C. Porter splendid services la Ute civil war. William B. CuaMng Blew op tbe reb el ram Albemarle e'th his torpedo, Oo tobor, 1804. David O. Farragut-The great naval commander of the civil war. Matthew a Perry - Expedlttoa against tbe slavers la IMS aad in the civil war. ' A. H. Mabaa Recognised naval aa tbortty of tbe world. Daniel Amman Inventor of tbe ram KataJtdla, aad did good service la the clvfi war. George Dewey-Tke hero of Manila Bay. A Marrow Beoase. "Doctor," aald tbe substantial dq sea, as bs rushed up to tbe youag pay stclan, "I owe you my lifer "Enr "Yes. I was taken suddenly 111 two) days ago aad my wlfo seat-for ysu aal you wore not la." Tenable la the Parker Psaally. WIIUs Parker's salary was lisklsd a short tins ago, to I boar. Wallace Yea, It watt but it get Mat la lots of trouble. WUlie-How's that Walters Hit wife found It ouC TowBTaadoa. 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