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About Harrison press-journal. (Harrison, Nebraska) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 10, 1901)
They drive home the cows from the ias
ture, t'p through the long, ahady lane.
Where the quail whistle loud in the wheat
That are yellow with the ripening grain.
They find In the thick, waving grasses
Where the acarlel-lipiwd slrawtH-rry
They tattler the earliest snowdrop
And the tlrst crimson buda of the rose.
They toss the hay !n the meadow;
They gather the elder hloom white:
They find where the duaky grain's purple
in the soft-tinted October light.
They know where the apples hung ripest
And are sweeter than Italy's wines;
They know where the f-uit hangs the
On the thorny blackberry vines.
They gather the delicate seaweeds
And build tiny castles of sand:
They pick up the beautiful sea shells
Fairy barks that have drifted to land:
They wave from the tall, rocking trte
toua, "Where the oriole's hammock nest
And at tilght time are folded In slumber
. By a song that a fond mother Kings.
To those who toll bravely are strongest;
Tlie bumble and poor become great;
And from these brown-handed children
Shall grow mighty ruftrs of state.
The pen of the author and statesman
The noble and wife of the land
The sword and 'lie chisel and palette
Shall be held in the little brown hands.
BY H. S. ROGERS.
Copyright, 1901. by Dally Story Pub. Co.)
Conductor Shaffer of No. 5 let him
self down from the rear end of hi3
train as it came to a standstill. He
cast an Inspecting glance along the
line of cars and at first hardly noticed
the white-haired man who came creep
ing out from under the car near which
he has standing. It was evident that
the stranger had been stealing a ride,
and he was dirty and begrimed; but
In spite of the unattractive appearance
of the man there was something un
usual in his appearance that would
cause anyone to look at him a second
time. The skin had the pink tint and
moothness of youth, yet the hair
above the face was as white as winter
now. The men looked at each other
a moment and then the stranger
turned quickly as if about to move
way. Said Conductor Shaffer:
"Joe Jordon, by thunder!"
"Hoped you wouldn't know me,
"I'd know you In the kingdom come,
Joe. But, Lord, how you have
Joe appeared a bit uneasy and moved
from one foot to the other restlessly.
"What you doing under that train?"
"Riding the rods."
"Other end of the division."
"Where were you going?"
"Didn't know and didn't care. Just
got but because I was getting
"You are a regular bum, then?"
"Yep, pretty much."
"Just you get right in the smoker
there and after I work the train I will
come in and talk to you."
After Conductor Shaffer had done
his work he went forward and sat
down by the side of the queer looking
"Kind of getting up in the world
some, ain't you. Shall?"
"Kind of elevated from a freight run
"Yep, made up my mind three years
(go that the old man on the I. N. and
W. would never give me a chance, so
; took the first offer and transferred
over here, Had not been acre six
"Jot Jordoa, by tkoadsr!"
aoatha utll I aot Ola paaasnger run.
TOM mm to Im still m the alow
McMt U yow llaa, Jo. What on
sarth last hataanii to yoar hair?"
"ir a afottr )ea story. Chaff, ma
lm yea hart got time to Mate."
"Twoatjr HUM to tha next stop," -TMO,
yoa asa, tt la Uka thai. Shaft?,
dw rmn ataoa I toon oat Not
one single person that I knew or that
knew me in the old days has ever seen
me or spokeu to me since then until I
ran across you this morning. There
was no one dependent upon me, and no
one that cared, I guess. You know
that I was running pretty strong with
Mary Parr then for a tine, and al
though she is married now "
"Well, I ain't ashamed to say that I
thought a lot of her and if things had
gone differently may be I would have
had a passenger run by this time. One
evening Mary and I bad a little spat
didn't amount to much, but we thought
it did and that settled it. Then I
heard that she was going with Henry
Weber, a machinist at the shops, and
so I kind of dropped out. Left the road
and worked all over for a time. Then I
got to traveling about a bit, and soon
I was on the bum. You don't know
how easily a fellow can drop into that,
especially a feiiow that knows rail
roading as I do. I have traveled all
over these United States without a
cent. It's hard lines some times, but
I don't know but It la as good as any
other if a fellow don't care what be
comes of him.
"About my white bead? Did you
ever hear that a man's hair could turn
gray in a night. I never took much
stock in that, but here before you is a
sample of what can ba dr.ae by fear. It
was iu this way. I had b2a wandering
down through the eastern states some
three years ago, and one night I land
ed at Lancaster, Pa. There was a
young fellow hanging around the
Pennsylvania road's water tank and we
decided to travel together. It was
warm even if it was late winter and
we began nosing around the cars. The
young fellow found a car door unsealed
and called to me. We climbed in and
found ourselves in a car loaded with
bananas. It was pleasant enough and
we found straw on top of the crates
and made it a good place for sleeping.
Before I went to sleep a brake-man
came along and I heard him swearing
because the banana car bad not baea
Eeaied beore it left Newa X and then
I jeanl him closing t'le door. It .lid
not seem that I had been alseep very
long when I was awakeued by my com
panion. Said he:
" 'There Is something In this car."
" 'Of course there Is, said I, an3
about to fall asleep again.
" 'It's something crawling. Don't
you feel them?'
"I did feel something on my hand
and shook It off. Then I dug a match
out of my pocket and struck It. That's
where my hair began to turn white.
The place was cwarmlng with gigantic
spiders, I thought, but as the matcn
flickered and flared I looked np at my
companion. His face was deadly white
and be hissed at me:
"Then I understood In an Instant.
The horrible things bad been brought
from some southern country In the
bunches of bananas, A bite from any
one of tha ugly creatures meant death.
I could hear my companion's teeth
chaptering and I knew that he was In
an agony of fear.
" 'What's to be done?' he gasped.
" '8it perfectly still,' said 1. 'Don't
more nor brush one of them off, even If
It crawls on your face. Ha? you tha
nre to do It?'
" 'No, no. , My God. I shall ha Insane
In a few minutes.'
"I knew that he was tailing tha troth
and felt that I also had tha asms to
tear. Oar warm bod las probably at
tracted tha creatures, because they ba
lsa to crawl over us, and to this day
t bars only to close my sysa and I
eaa see' and 'teal those hairy lags and
little claws creasing oa ay Bash, god-,
vvai H I AMI
denly my companion gave a scream and I
i . i . 1 I .i u,ll '
uegan Dealing tue air anu iiguuug iui
tarantulas. We were pressed so cloie
to the roof of the car that we could
scarcely move, and as I lay there not
daring to even turn a hand or foot It
was 'earful. The odor from the InsecU
that he had crushed and from the ripa
fruit was in itself overpowering, and
It is not surprising that I soon became
unconscious. And that no doubt
saved my life and reason.
"It was some time the next day
when I awoke, and there was daylight
in the car. I looked about and there
was not a tarantula in sight. I called to
my companion, but there was no an
swer, and 1 was too weak to get over
to him. After a time I heard people
moving outside and made an outcry
that attracted attention. At last the
car was opened and I was released. I
won't trouble you with all those de
tails, but they fouad the body of my
companion. It was swollen to horri
ble size and a fearful thing to see. I
lay in a hospital three weeks and whn
I came out my hair was like It is now,
although you know, Shaff, I am less
"I have had some darned queer
stories told me, Joe Jordan, but that
takes the cal e. Who told you that
Mary Parr was married?"
"Nobody; just knew it was all."
"Well, you are the blamdest idiot
That girl has Just been sitting around
waiting for someone, and most people
think it is you. My wife was saying
to me only the other day that if Mary
was pining for that Joe Jordan she
better look out or she would end up an
old maid, because the Lord only knew
whether he was in the land of the liv
ing." "Reckon most people would think
she was losing time waiting around for
an old whiteheaded tramp, Shaff."
The queer looking tramp sat a long
time watching the scenery rushing by,
but it Is doubtful if he saw any of it.
When the conductor came along the
next time he looked up and remarked:
"Say, Shaff. do you reckon I could
get back on the old I. N. & W.?" '
" 'Ain't done nothing to queer your
self, have you?"
"Not that I know of."
"Well, the old man always spoke
mighty well of you, and if there U
nothing doing for you on that road,
I have got a pretty good pull over here
myself. You drop off at heme with
:ne, and we will see about Axing you
up a bit before you tackle bira."
Friederlcliftltof Is Jlcm.
Frledorichshof, at Cronbcrg, the pal
ace wherein the late Dowager Empress
Frederick died, is one of the most
beautiful country seats possessed by
the royalty of Europe. It is natural,
therefore, that envious eyes should be
now cast at Princess Frederick Carl of
Hesse because, by the will of her de
ceased mother, sne comes into posses
ion of this estate. It Is a spacious and
sumptuously furnished palace, sur
rounded by a magnificent park, set In
some of the mont romantic country
scenery In Germany. Upward of $1,000,
000 was spent by its recent occupant In
improving house end grounds. The
young princess who is soon to occupy
it ig one of the sweetest-faced members
of German royalty. She Is the fifth and
youngest child of the late Empress
Dowager, and was the favorite during
the last few years of her life. She was
born Apill 22. 1872, and was named
Margarethe. Her marriage to Prince
Frederick Carl of Hesse occurred In
January, 1893, and she has thre sons.
Some ISotttl I'lgaroa.
I Statistics arc not very entertaining.
but there are some stories of hotels
that they alone can tell, and that of
the supplies is one of them. For In
stance, during the year 1900, one of
those big hotels spent for meats, $200,
000; for poultry, $113,000; for vegeta
bles, $80,000; for fruit, $42,000; for
eggs, $12,000; for butter, $57,000, and
for the Cowers used In decorations
and there are flowers on tie tables
every day $30,000. The initial Invest
ment In silverware was $250,000, and
with lossts that, charitably, are cred
ited to the souvenir craze, and the gen
eral wear and tear on table service,
about $40,000 a year Is spent In keep
ing this supply up to the hotel's stand
ard. PrograM In Omu Travel.
In 1840 the Cunard steamship Brit
annia, built of wood, propelled by pad
dle wheels, maintained a sea speed of
about 8V knots. Her steam pressure
was 12 pounds per Inch. She was 207
feet long, about 2,000 tons displace
ment, her engines developed about
760-horse power, and her cost con
sumption was about 40 tons a day, or
shout Ave pounds of coal per Indicated
bona power per day. She carried a
full spread of sail la siity years
speed has been Is creased from t
knots to twenty-three knots; the time
on tha Toy age has been reduced to
about ono-lhird of what It was la ISM
do believe c
ire would kill a
but a cat don't
Faahlon'a ei Fad.
"What is the nature of this new-'
fangled malady which they call the
"That," responded Cynicus, "U easy.
'Golfing tpine' Is what the old man
used to have after a hard day's, plow
ing, but he called It backache." New
lie Kuld No More.
Mr. Bender "Great Scott! Whr.n a
woman goes out to get samples she
spends half the day."
Mrs. Bender "That is nothing!
Why, I have known you to make a
round of the sample rooms and spend
half the night"
Mrs. Eddy There is no matter; all
Is mind. Learner Is money matter?
Mrs. Eddy There is not matter.
Learner Well, I have a million dol
lars in my mind. Will you please cash
me a check for a hundred thousand?
Mrs. Eddy Yes. in my mind. Iearn
er No matter, never mind.
i i I r-. .-v a S m a ,-sbv
Jig.-iby I wish I had your nerve.
Dlgsby What would you do then?
Jigsby I wouldn't have to do anything.
NOT KNOKill It HASH.
"Yes, we've all ready the story
about the man who picked up a pin
cn the street and thus attracted the
attention of a rich man," said the chap
with the red necktie, "but things don't
work that way In real life. I wanted
to get solid with a railroad superin
tendent and strike a conductorshlp. I
knew at what hour to look for him
at his oflice, al I was waiting for him
one morning with a brass collar but
ton In my fingers. As he approached
I let the button tail, and as be came
near I picked It up.",
"Ah, young man, you have found
something." he said as he halted.
"Yes, sir. It U only a brass collar
but tun, but I c.v-r ociIojk small
"That's Is right. Keep that In mind
and you will succeed. Are you out of
work just now?"
"Yes, sir?" I replied, with my heart
In my mouth.
"Then you might look for the mate
to that button and so make a pair!"
be said as he went upstairs.
There Is an element of success In
every man, but be seldom gels It In
operation until some smart woman
begins to tread on bis heels. Penn
Silas "Hoow Is yeour son get tin' on
Cyrus "First rate! He has mas
tered French now an' he says he'll
noon be able to get a Job as waiter an'
understand the menu."
"Are there, Indeed, so many eligible
young woman In America?" asked the
"There are countless thousands!"
replied tha other. Detroit free Proas.
"How do they expect me to lay when they have taken the china nest
egg, the only thing In the world I had to measure by?"
LIVE ON IT.
LCOK HE AH,
He With we wuz sardines, lovey!"
She Why, dovcy?
He 'Cause den we might be packed In de snmo can!
Rodrick "They say that Weaker was
held up by masked men the other
Van Albert "Yes, It was at the mas
querade ball. If they hadn't held blm
op he'd nerer got home."
!' Her Own Principle.
"t thought she was a temperance ad
Ah, but how she Intoxicates
with bar smiles.".
Iltg KXEW WHAT TO TASK.
"Now do you understand? You arc
to attract the farmer and bis wife to
the front of the bouse and give me a
"Ye. I'll round the front door and
groan and get 'em downstairs while
you break in the back way."
"Yes. that's right. Tell 'em you're
"But can I hold 'em long enough for
you to ransack the house?"
"I'm not going to ransack the house.
All I want is time to get Into the cel
lar." "3ut ain't you going to get their
"Money! Of course not. I'm after
their potatoes." Cleveland Plain
An Knviaula Reputation.
Fair Teacher "So you wish to bring
a little comrade to Sunday school
Has he a good reputation?"
Pupil "Good? Why. say, ioidy, da!
kid kin knock any feller in de ward
an' he's de best all-roun' ball playet
on de lot."
YK CANDIO FHIKNII.
Scribbler "I wish I knew whethor
the editors read my poetry or send
it back without looking at It."
Friend "They don't read It,"
"You think bo bwtiuee they alwayn
"Hecause they alwjyg d c'lne It 'with
Her View of It. 1
"Yes," taid the girl In blue, "she
protested vigorously, and stlil bs
"Now, doesn't that just Bhow the
luck that some girls have?" nuked the
girl in white. "I've tried it twice and
I lost the kiss both times." Ilobtou
Tim M'ajr of omen. ,
"There is one thing about modern
society that puzzles me," said the phil
osopher. "What's that?"
"The older women are all th time
anxious to get in; the young and pret
ty oneg want to come out." Sniarl
"Sponger says ho can drink any
number of cocktails."
"Any given number, you mean,"
Took I'll on film.
"Are you any relation to my sltxor?"
Ho blushed and stammered until the
young Udy. taking pity on him, solved
the matter by saying:
"No; but you'd like to be, wouldn't
you, Alfred?" Hon ton Traveler.
( hMtawl Again.
Optimist "Well, old man, did
Pessimist "No; I wasn't dlssp
pointed In half as many things as I
ejected to be disappointed In.'
J. S "...
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