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Capitulation of Celia
ID I tell you that I had asked
auntie to come here. Leu?"
"No, you certainly did not,"
replied Leonard Vaneourt, bis fort-bead
lowering into a frown, an lie helped
himself to a secoud piece of toast.
"Might I inquire which of the two U
going to afford us the deurlous delight
of her presence Clarissa, the satur
nine, or Amelia, the magpie luiltatorr
"Leu!" The delicately traced eye
brows were raised in indignant ex
postulation. "I think that it is par
ticularly unkind of you to speak iu
that manner of my relations. Vou
used to say that Aunt Amelia was a
shrewd business woman."
"I would be the last to deny her
that uualiucatiou, Celia," remarked
Vaneourt, grimly. "It was positively
a stroke of genius the way the old
reptile ahem lady palmed off on to
me that property iu Southwark. Fif
teen houses, my dear, with only rudi
mentary drainage and a hungry Coun
ty Council waiting on me to render
the same effective. Aunt Amelia
ought to have beeu a company pro
moter. Egad! she would have made
her fortune at the game, my respected
aunt-in-law has It In her bones
Where is the Daily Express'"
Celia's lips commenced to quiver.
"I think that you are horrid, In,"
the vouchsafed at length, glancing re
proachfully at her husband, who sud
denly became immersed In the money
market column of the paper which he
had discovered under the table.
. "1 must say that I think you are
particularly' unkind to speak of my
relations in the way you always do!
You should not forget, dear, that Aunt
Clarissa has beeu more than a mother
to me, and brought me up since I was
a tiny tot; the first time you ever met
me, lien, was at her house."
"I know," replied Vaneourt casu
ally. "But if it hadn't been for O-us
Harrington taking me to Rutland
Gate I should never have seen either
of you. I remember the evening well.
I took an instinctive dislike to your
respected, more than a mother of an
aunt! A feeling Incidentally which
has intensified ever since."
"You used to say that yon were very
fond of her before we were married,
Vaneourt coughed, dryly.
"I was diplomatic, Cella," he said,
quietly, as, laying aside his paper, he
buttered a piece of toast. "Vou see,
aa I could only see you in her house,
I was obliged, in a sort of way, to hold
the candle to the your aunt" 1
"She was very fond of you, Lea."
Celia Vancourt's eyes were bent re
proachfully on his.
"Ahem! That was very kind of
her, dear. You see, Celia, I had
shekels; In London society I was
considered rather a decent match at
the time I married you." Ills accent
was irrltatingly sardonic.
"Do you mean to insinuate that Aunt
Clarissa liked you because you were
well off and had a bouse in Park
Lane?" demanded Celia, her face flush
ing an angry pink.
"Aunt Amelia did, anyway," smiled
Vaneourt unfeelingly. "My spare
cash made her Sonthwark property
boom in a manner which brought a
smile to her face! She had me on
She rapped her knife impatiently on
the immaculate damask. "Leonard,"
he remarked, with dignity, "I would
have you remember that you are
peaking of my relations."
"I have no desire to rob you of their
Ownership, dear," remarked Vaneourt;
then added, as he commenced his
breakfast in real earnest, "I wish to
goodness that you would manage to see
that we get bacon for breakfast that
la not salty enough to skin the Inside
of one's mouth. I don't believe that
the tradesmen would dare to sell such
abominable meat to anybody else but
Cella'a face grew tearful looking, as
be poured herself out a cup of tea;
then, glancing across the table at
the sombrely annoyed features of her
husband said, irritably:
"I never met such a growling man
M you are in my life! The moment
anything puts you out you quarrel
with your food. Goodness knows, I
am fanciful enough, but I don't find
this bacon a bit salty." '
"Of coarse not! It Is quite sufficient
for me to say that It Is for you to
declare the contrary," said Vaneourt,
angrily. "I never met such a contra
dictory woman as yon are In the whole
course of my existence. I am just
about sick of UP
"And I am tired to death of you and
your grumbling," retorted Cella, flush
ing with anger. "Everything that I
do Is wrong. I can't make out what
on earth made you marry me!"
"Because I was a victim of the
throes of drivel.'!!? lunacy, flint's why,"
Mid Vaneourt m agcly. "I wish now
that I had never sot eyes on you. Why,
tver since my marriage I have never
known what It Is to have a decent
breakfast. If I don't get a high egg
t gat salt bacon which a sailor would
kick at. and If I get neither of those
two things I have a piece of ash which
wmI4 disgrace an Kaat Bad cook abop
Mt la front of oh."
Ca Batted Indignantly, as. tuning
tl kit abate, to atrkad ftp Ma discard
tl tzzx Mi fattening It aat angrily,
l:Smueta ta mad tta esataata.
CZ7 ttttrlag w taw far an
j t vri mm. xasM yaa art as
: . LH rrar ctaulia
to have ever come across you I will
ask Aunt Clarissa when she comes
"1 tell you she isn't coming here!"
Interrupted Vaneourt peremptorily. "I
won't have the old cat in the house
so there! I'm master here, kindly re
member." "And I am mistress!" retorted Celia.
"So Aunt Clarissa shall come and "
"And when she does I I shall tell
her that how unkind you are and
ami ask her to take me away," con
tinued Cella In a faltering voice, un
beediug his interruption. "I I never
want to see you again I hare you!"
"oil. very well, then." Vaneourt rose
with as much dignity as be could as
sume. "As such is the case, and since
I am not allowed to be master of my
own house, we bad Ix-ttt-r separate
amicably. I, for one. shall be very
pleased to be freed from a nagging
"And T, from a brute!
"That Is a question of opinion," re
marked Vaneourt easily. "I have been
asked by Carstairs to go for a cruise,
and as his yacht leaves Southampton
the day after to-morrow I may as well
go with him until I have decided what
I will do. Of course, I shall leave you
the house I will clear out." lie crossed
the room to the door, adding, as be
opened It, "There will le enough mon
ey paid Into your account to satisfy
your requirements." Then, without
awaiting a reply, he closed the door
behind him, Celia gazing half discon
solately, half defiantly, at the vacant
chair on the other side of the table.
Vaneourt had not been gone long be
fore he returned, dressed In faultless
style, a Kaglan over his arm and a
bowler In his hand.
"Well, I'll say good-by," be said
lightly, extending his band to his wife.
"I've told Job to pack up'my duds
and to bring them to me at the Carl
ton. I shall be stopping there till to
morrow morning, when I shall leave
"We shall be cruising about the
Mediterranean for about two mouths."
he continued, eyeing his wife covertly
as he spoke. "After which I may go
to South Africa for a few mouths to
do some big game shooting."
"You wiil enjoy yourself, I hope,"
said Cella, placing her slim hand In
his. "Of course. If we ever meet In
society we need not be dead cuts, need
Her deep blue eyes were raised al
most wistfully to his.
"Of course not," he said with a
strained laugh, as, pressing ber cold
hand In bis, he went toward the door.
"Addio, little woman, it Is a pity that
we should go our several ways, don't
you think so?'
"Yes, It is. Good-by." Her voice
faded away Into a whisper, adding
tjuaveringly to herself as the floor
closed behind her husband, "he might
have kissed me before he went. I
don't think thathe minded leaving
me and I I oh, I don't care!" she
cried angrily, dashing nway the tears
which had gathered on her lashes. "If
he had tried to kiss me, I'd have
slapped his face for him! I hate
Leonard, and now that I am free I
shall be as happy as "
The harsh , clang of the hall door
below caused her to stop abruptly.
For a moment Cella stood silent, then,
sinking Into a sofa, she burled her
fluffy head amid a bevy of cushions.
and cried as if her heart would break.
"He's gone!" she muttered In a
strangled voice, broken by
And I made sure that, he
Meanwhile, outside in the street.
Leonard Vaneourt bailed a hansom,
and, stepping Into It, was soon lowl
Ing In the direction of the Charlton.
I am afraid that I have made a fool
of myself," he soliloquized. "I made
sure that she would have stopped me
before I left the bouse; of course. It's
all most unearthly rot to thiuk for a
moment that I could live without my
little Celia. A day would be bad
enough, but two months I have half
a mind to turn back and say that I
was only bluffing, only I should look
such an ass If I did. I might have
kissed her before I left, though! Poor
little girlie, she half raised her face to
mine when I said good-by, and ob,
I am going to chuck this fool's game
and shall toddle hack, and she can
stodge me with high eggs and salt
bacon as much as she Jolly well likes
If she will only take me on again.
Cabby, I "
His sentence was never finished,
for, as lie pushed open the trapdoor
above his head, the pole of a brewer's
dray crashed Into the side of the han
som. When Ieoiiard Vaneourt came to his
sense It was to find himself swathed
In bandages lying In led In a darkened
and ffluillinr room, while curled tip be
side him on the Immaculate counter
pane, sat Cella, ber slim fingers cooling
his fevered brow.
"Hullo, girlie!" he ejclalmed, with
a weak attempt at hilarity. "I haven't
gone after all, yon see."
"Are yon sorry. I en. that such Is not
tha eaaer ana queried gently, neatling
bar taar-atainad cheek against bis.
"Woald yon miad. daaraat-I maaa-
Osila-if I aald that I waa gladr to
"Hindi On, Ua..yoa an tha daarsot
toy ta as tto waddr aba triad, lav
aajlarrsQr. "I ttoajbt ttot yaa waaM
have come back, but when I found
that you did not I Just sat down and
wrote to the Carlton to ask you to.
"And I hoped that you would call me
back, Cella," he sald. ilellghtedly. "And
when I found that you did not, girlie,
I thought that I would just come back
and say that you might do any mortal
thing you Jolly well liked. If you would
only take me on again, Cella."
She passed her hand caressingly over
"Call me girlie," she whispered, hap
pily. "You know, dearest, how I hate
"I don't," Vaneourt replied, fondly.
-I loyg her better tha u the whole
world! Kiss me, girlie." New York
NEW WAY TO KILL SNAKES.
Squirrels Have Devised a Method ot
Getting tbe Hest of an Koemj.
A new condition of animal life has
developed on Indian Island, In the
State of Maine. As the Indians who
inhabit the island never kill anything
they do not eat, and as they eut
neither squirrels nor snakes, both of
these species have multiplied greHtly
of late years, and they have become as
common as grasshoppers uud as un
afraid of man.
It came about In this way: The natu
ral food of the large striped snake con
sists of Insects with now and then a
plump frog or a toad for a holiday
feast. As the Indians do not kill
snakes unless they are very hungry
the reptiles Increased so fast on the
island that all the frogs and toads and
most of the Insects were exterminated,
compelling the snakes to e-.it chipmunks
or starve. .
They chose the chipmunks. Though
these small squirrels are found all over
the Island, they are most plentiful In
the little cemetery at the south end.
The big striped suakes soon learned
where game was thickest and begau to
make raids upon the undefended holes
of the squirrels, catching them by the
legs as they passed In and out, swallow
ing them whole as they do frogs.
For live or six years the struggle for
mastery between the chipmunks and
the snakes w as a bard one.
The ratio between the two w as decid
edly iu favor of the suakes, ami the
chipmunks were in a fair way to be
wiped out, when au inventive squirrel
discovered a way of killing the snakes
without fighting them.
While a snake will enter any hole In
the ground that Is large enough to re
ceive its body, no snake has yet been
able to dig a bole for itself, and when
ever a snake Is plugged Inside of a hole
that snake remains where It Is until It
dies of starvation.
Somehow the chipmunks learned this
weak spot in the defense of snakes
and tbey began offensive operations.
Every day thoy went leaping among
the graves and snuffing at the boles to
learn If there were snakes Inside. As
soon as one was discovered the squirrels
carried earth In their check pouches
until the hole containing the snake was
filled with earth and beaten down level
with the grass.
They kept close watch for prying
snakes for two or three years In succes
sion, and last summer there was hardly
a large snake to be found on the isl
and, while the chipmunks had Increas
ed so rapidly that they ate up many of
the growing crops upon which the In
dian depended for cash bounties from
ihe State. '
In digging among tbe graves of their
ancestors to rid the Island from a pest
of chipmunks the Indians unearthed
hundreds of dead snakes which bad
been buried alive by the squirrels. Then
the world was enlightened as to a new
way of killing snakes. '
Iat Barrier Gone.
"Henry," said Mrs. l'enhecker, "you
have uot yet told me what good re
solve you have made for tbe new
"Why, my dear," protested Henry,
"you know that I have no small vices
or bad habits at all. Don't you know
that you have Induced me to stop
swearing and smoking snd drinking
and going out nights, and everything
else that I used to think tbat I wanted
to do?" ,
"Yes, love," answered Mrs. Penheck
er, sweetly; "but it sometimes seems
to me that you read the advertisements
of liquors and cigars with a sinful sat
isfaction. It would be better for yon,
spiritually. If you should sternly and
firmly resolve to shun them hereafter."
And ptxir Henry shrank further and
further Into the nice new .housecoat
that she had made from ber old dol
man. Judge. -
Poor IO as a Workingman.
The westward march of civilized la
bor has effected -no change more re
markable than tbe conversion of the
hitherto lazy, shiftless Indian "buck"
Into a worklngman at 11.60 a day.
Large gangs of them are now em
ployed by a Western railroad in track
laying, and they seem to like tbe work
better than prnnclng around on i to
nics, decked out with feathers sod
war pnlnt. Perhaps tbe strangest
part of the new condition ix tin? fact
that it Is the men and not the women
that are doing the work, a complete
reversal of the old way. Thus has
the long-suffering squaw been eman
cipated. Insalted the Police.
For ottering a strong expression of
disapproval while quarreling with a
constable at Vienna a nobleman baa
been Sosd for Insulting the police.
Tto day after Ha asks bar to marry
bin, She goes around the toaat, and
takes inventory of tto glBcraeks which
ara ban, aad Which aba can taka with
I! Short Ctorie$i
In a recent lecture to his people,
Booker T. Washington told .them that
there is little or nothing to be obtained
without work, adding: "There was an
old uegro, . professionally pious, ' who
wanted a luxurious Christmas dinner,
and who, night after night, prayed to
the Lord to send him a turkey. The
dayspassed, Christmas approached,
and the old fellow undertook to com
promise by asking the Lord to send
him to a turkey. He got one that very
When Lord High Admiral, the Duks
of Clarence, afterward William Tbe
Fourth of England, went down to
Portsmouth to Inspect the naval es
tablishment, the first person he met
was his jolly old messmate - and
friend. Captain Jack Towers. Tbe
prince took him by the band and
laughingly said: "Why, Jack, my boy,
they tell me you are the greatest
blackguard, In all Portsmouth!" "Oh,"
quoth Towers, "I hope your royal
highness has not come down here to de
prive me of my character?"
It is related that Sir Hiram Maxim
ami his wife were recently staying at a
watering place on the Continent, and
when the time came to pay the bill on
leaving, tbe landlord of the hotel look
ed askance at the proffered check. He
knew the name, but had no evidence
that the signer was the Owner of It.
And Sir Hiram had not enough cash
in his pocket to meet the case. Then
Lady Maxim Invited the proprietor to
go down to the pier, put a penny In a
certain slot, and look. And he saw a
"living picture" of Sir Hiram firing a
Maxim gun in the presence of the
Shah of Persia. That was conclusive.
. It Is said that Balzac detested Uti-
'mas. Owe be brought to the Siecle
the manuscript of a novel, which was
to follow the "Trols Mousquetarles,"
then being published. He asked to be
paid two ami a half francs a line. The
director of the journal hesitated: "You
see, M. Dumas Is being paid only two
francs a line." "If you are giving two
francs to that negro, I shall get out,"
and Balzac stalked off. Dumas was
pot Ignorant of Balzac's feelings to
ward him and did not spare him. in
.the foyer of the Odeon Theater, Bal
zac was talking loudly In a group of
literary men: "When I have written
myself out as a novelist, I shall go to
'playwrlting." "You can begin right
away," called out Dumas.
Not long ago, a lady was choosing a
winter hat, with the usual uncertainty
of mind as to tbe kind of hat she want,
ed, or whether, Indeed, she wanted a
jbat at all. After trying On nearly
levery model In the shop, she pounced
!wlth glee on one she had overlooked.
"Here's something pretty!" she said;
!"wby djd you not show me this be
fore?" Without waiting for an an
swer, she appealed to her patient
friend, "There's some style about this,
ji-n't there? How do I look?" The
friend distinctly sniffed. "It makes
you look a hundred, and It's very dow
dy," she said. The other tried the
!hat at .another angle. "It Is rather
dowdy," she admitted, at this -juncture;
"perhaps I won't risk It after
tfill." A voice front behind- her made
'Its third attempt to- gain a bearing.
"If you've quite done with my bat,"
It said, very bitterly, "I should rather
like to put it on." , , .. .
A TEXAS BASS STREAM.
Ideal Fishing in Winter to Be llad in a
The' east fork of the Nueces Itlver
,ln western Texas makes Its way past
'Bullhead Mouutalu down through tb
Nueces canyon to the main stream
and thence to the gulf. In Its upper
part It Is a bold and rocky stream, of
iten fifty yards wide, and Ideal bass
;water. The Northerner who loves the
sport and hates the time when tbe ice
locks up the lakes and rivers of his
,bome can go down there with the cer
talnty of getting plenty of fish and
communion with primeval nature to
'getber. No tourists visit the east fork of the
Nueces. It Is fifty miles above tbe line
of tbe Southern Pacific Itallroad and
reaching It is a matter of labor. ,
To traverse'lts canyon wagons must
be taken from the little town of
.Uvalde, and while there the anglers
(Will be dwellers In tents. They will
And ample . and excellent camping
grounds, however, and , air that Is
strong and invigorating.
, Tbe best of the fishing Is In tle can
yon which lies like an open barrel with
Its ends pointing north and soifth, and
(through It the winter winds whistle In
,half gales. Tents must be strongly
'guyed and pegged down to tbe last
notch, and even then the sleepers will
(flnd canvas on top of them many
. As for the nmnhcr of fish a man
may take,' that will depend almost
'wholly, upon bow infliiy ha wants. Lib
erally he will be busy from Hie time
if bis first cast In early morning until
'be drags bis stiffened Ixuly to camp at
I The stream alternate In bright shal
lows, seml-rsplds, from 30 to MM yards
king, and deep, still pools which no
man may cast across, which contain
the'.flab. Though the water is as clear
as crystal In tha sunshine, these pool
ara nearly Jet black In hue and the
big bass may not be seen nosing about
Tbay ara all grean or large-mouthed
baas, bat woaderfally gams for their
kind. Tto stamcat la which they lira
Is of an Icy coldness for tha most part,
(hey fight a swift current through
niurh of their lives and get their urus
cles trained, and they give plenty of
work to wrist and forearm.
Like other Southern .bass which feed
steadily all of the year, they far sur
pass their Northern brethren Iu size.
A fish of 4 pounds is not worth men
tioning; those of 5 pound are common,
6-pounders are plentiful, and from this
weight they run up to 7, 8. 9 and even
Tbe big ones seem to be as frisky
and vicious as tbe little ones. Begin
ning with the cool nights and morn
ings of October, tbey feed voraciously
and keep t up all through the .winter
months, slackening only after the
spring freshets. In December there
are parts of the Nueces River wherein
the bass will strike at a red leaf when
It hits the water. New York Sun.
ltnsinrx and the Golden Rule.
A Cliloag business mm ftny tbat no
Limine man could live up tu the prlneliilea
of tbe gulilra rule.
"Oh, let us have done with the Gtilih.-n
For it isn't business;
It may do for the dreamer still or the
But it isn't biiKine.
Let the poet ding on of brotherly love.
And the Joy that is earned through
Ix't the preacher prate on the dory
That will do for the meek nod the Inrne
ami the blind.
But it isn't business.
"Y'ou mny fail, if you please, to gouge
where you can,
But it isn't busim-sH;
You may hate to bear hard on another
But it ixn't business'.
Y'ou mny scorn to undo one who's weaker
And sc-ck no more than you know
Y'ou may treat other men as you'd have
tbem treat you,
. But, beaten and poor, at Inst you'll
That it isn't business."
Hag it come to this? Must we deem it
Then adieu to business!
Let us back to the fields and the plow
and the line.
And have done with business,
Y'et, because come weeds have grown
rank and tail.
Shall wo say no flowers may bloom
There is greed, but it hasn't em;u!fd us
And honor is still in the hearts of men
Who are doing liuairiess. ,
Chicago Uecord Herald.
Fast Travel by Kailwsy.
A Paris writer claims for France the
fastest railroad trains In the world.
He says that the Northern railroad
has a special between Paris and
Amiens doing 81 miles iu 77 minutes,
giving an average speed of G3Vi miles
an. hour, and on tbe same route by
other trains It registers speeds of G1V4
miles an hour, maintained for 120
miles, and 69 8-10 and M miles an hour
for distances exceeding 100 miles at a
stretch. The fact comes into imme
diate contrast with the deplorable at
tempts of the English lines having
boat trains. Iu connection with the
The Southeastern and Chatham rail
road this year has conspicuously fail
ed to approach Its own record of last
year 1 hour and 41 minutes from Lon
don to Dover pier, w hich works out
at something under 45 miles an hour
for the 754 miles. Even with this Ul
eral time allowance the English trains
are never to time, but the French are
invariably. A record Is claimed in a
recent run of. the mall and express
from Boulogne to Paris. Owing to he
late arrival of the boat from Folke
stone the train was 40 minutes late in
leaving Boulogne, but the engine driv
er made up time and got to Paris
punctually to the minute. His aver
age speed for this run Is said to have
'worked out at 06 miles per hour. The
distance Is about 100 miles. Brooklyn
In Manila tbe principal plaza Is a
beautiful flower garden, two sides of
which are bordered by tbe cathedral
and the Palaclo del Gobernador, while
the other two are flanked by private
residences. It is also used as a place
for recreation for young and old. Here
on certain evenings of tbe week an ex
cellent band aids in drawing crowds of
citizens, who either do not care for a
drive or ride to nieet some friends or
prefer a short walk and a breath of air
laden with the perfume of tropical
vegetation. For those who like a drive
or'rlde on horseback and to Inhale tb
sea breeze there Is a boulevard con
sisting of two roads,-which meet In a
right angle,, one of which ruus along
the sea .like, where they have every
day about sunset a regular corso
whjcb, after a, few turns In carriage
or on horseback, Invariably culminates
in a social gathering just at the angle
wbere the two roads meet and where
the music of the military Is supposed
to be the chief attraction. If nobody
listens to Its' strains rt serves at all
events as a pretext for the people to
rxchuBge tho news of Hie day. More
over. ' It Is here that Invitation for
Ihu, rcsj of the evening are given or
Vast Wtoe Cistern.
At Astl, in California, a cistern KM
fret long by 34 fact wide and 21 feet
deep was formed In a hillside for ths
storage of wine. The Immense tank
was lined with concrete 2 feet thick,
and coaled Inside with a glass as Im
permeable as glass. The capacity of
the tank Is 600,000 gallons.
We hart noticed tbat Daw things art
constantly discovered tbat threaten to
"rarolutloniao tto world,'" but tbey
CAT BROUGHT GOOD LUCK.
Siuanlar VeriOcolton of Very Old
Superstition about Feline.
Do I believe that It is good luck TOI
1 strange cnt to follow you borne said
.he chubby man In response to a ques
tion bv his" friend who was Just remark
ing on a little experience he had with
I strange cat. "Well, I should ssy i
lo. Here Is an Instance: I was walk
ing along with a friend In Chicago a
few years ago lute at night, when e
suddenly came utwn a cat that was
very lame and Iu great distress. I
picked the creature up and found tnai
ill four of its feet were frozen.
"After carrying the cat for some dis
tance, nearly to my rooui.T dropped to
to a saloon to get a nightcap, and I
thought 1 would give the eat some milk.
I did. I started to pick the cat ap
again, but my friend reminded me tbat
It would not be a bad Idea to let the cat
follow us home. 'It will mean good
luck, as certain- as the world never
falls.' he said, enthusiastically. The
cat followed us all right and hobbled
Into the room with us that night. '"U
Just wait,' said my friend; 'we'll huve
good luck, us certain as the world.'
"The next day my friend dropped In.
'Any good news yet?' he asked me as he
rubbed the back of the purring cut.
Nothing.' I replied. The next tiny be
was around again. 'Anything yet. old
man? be asked. 'Nope,' I said. 'wh.
It'll come all right. Never fulls. and
he dashed out again, lie made another
call the following day. asked the same
question and got the same answer. Jill
belief was still uuxhnki-ii, so far as lh
good luck legend was concerned. The
next day he walked in ami found a let
ter addressed to him on my desk. II
upeued It, read it and fell back In a (H
of laughter. 'What'd 1 tell you?' he
said. 'Never fails. (Jood luck every
time. I knew It would come. It nlwayt
somes. Bead this. Come here, kitty.'
and be grabbed the cat, pulled her up
In bis hip and brushed her fur as he
kept ou laughing. I glanced through
the letter. It told 'of the death of a
relative wllh whom my friend hud som
trouble on account of property Inter
ests, and the death meant that my
friend, a really deserving fellow, would
come into Visttsl(in of a good, comfort
able estate. Yes, Indeed. If a cut fol
lows you home you are certain to hav
good luck." New Orleans Times Dem
ocrat. The Tragedy of Being Poor.
In tho glimmer, when the hot wins
sweep the plain.
In the summer when the pan-lied fu lili
gasp for rain.
When the bky above is brassy and tin
Like a vessel from which molten mctali
Hangs o'erlirad through tlaya that nevei
seem to end,
They totter in the dusty street and
Tbe children in their huddled hoveli
Lie crying out through shriveled lips
In the siiuimt-r, when the heat ia atiiliug,
Asauinea a thousand shape tbey muni
Till Dentil is kind enough to claim thpis
The tragedy of being poor!
In the winter, when the plains are whit
In the winter, when the maddened bli
When the aky altove Is leaden and tin
Like s weary slave, whoso heavy tai.li
Shrinks out of sight, an if to steal s rest
With faces pinched and blue they g
The mother, with ler babies on hei
Beside the empty atove werps throug
In the winter, when the blasts are icy.
Assume a thousand shapes they must
Till Death ia find enough to claim then
The tragedy of being poor!
Chicago Itecord Herald.
An KffecUve "Attachment."
Attaching a man's property for deb)
Is supposed to be a legal process, bul
an Incident which occurred years ago
in the city of Natchez, as related by
Davy Crockett In bis "Life and Ad.
ventures," shows that there are other
"attachments" which sometimes ac
complish a beneficent purjose.
. Without further ceremony, tbe cap
tain, assisted by bis crew snd passen
gers, some three or four hundred la
number, tnsde fast an Immense cable
to the frame building where the lbef
)iad been committed. Then he allowed
fifteen minutes for the money to bs
forthcoming, vowing that If It wers
not produced within that time h
would put steam to his boat and dra
the bouse Into the river.
The thieves knew that be would kee
bis word, snd the money was prompt
Personal allusions are never snfe,
and seldom effective or Lappy. At
anecdote that illustrates this fact li
that of a solicitor for a charitable liiNti
tutloti who wenf In a woman's door nut
asked ln'r for a contribution.
"We have," be stated, earnestly, 'hun
dreds of poor, rugged and vicious chl.
dren, like those at your gate, and out
object Is "
"Hlr," Interrupted the Indignant worn
tn, "those are my own children!"
Coal Parohaae Up to te.
"What kind of coal do you user
"How do yoa buy It'"
"By tba doasn."-Indlanapolls Nswt
Bewar f tba man wboTffsrt yot
sdrlca at taa aipcasa of a mataai
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