Harrison press-journal. (Harrison, Nebraska) 1899-1905, August 25, 1904, Image 4
4. V t r h S BETTER THAN THEY KNEW. When that brave sailor sought a western way To pearl-filled lud and curious Cathay, He did not know hi e-utcrp.-ise had won A doubled journey for the circling gun. When some star-seeking soul first felt the birth Of Intuition of another earth, lie eouid not dream his son would search the heights Amid a maze of suns and satellites. Tig ever o. We burst some narrow bond. To marvel at the limitless beyond. Wherever iuan progress! veness has pressed It's won a grander crown than it had guessed. Success. THE ROSE AT w OR six years Jim Gaffney eluded the argus-eyed law In the pur suance of his prosperous prof eg- CJn."" which brought him a princely llv g off and on, and as much adventure as an reasonable being could d -uiand Then the Inevitable happened. lie jot three years, during which he was forced to master a trade. Ia the meanwhile ei:her his luck for eook him or hi hand lost Its cunning, for when he reopened his former ca reer be bungled so dangerously that lie narrowly escaped recapture. Being a cautious man. he fell Into tfcC t Sf pitj Sitidllng Of li G li ntr aylves and servants, which was easy and perfectly safe, for he was a quiet looking man, and his careful habits of dress gave him the look of thread bare gentleman. One evening he found himself In the vestibule of an unpretentious apart Bent house, and followed the tortuous stairs until be came to the open door of a vacant apartment He went in, closing the door behind him through force of habit, hardly ex pecting to find anything worth while In an empty flat, but arguing that it could do no harm to look around. What he noticed first of all was a lighted window at the other end of a re escape leading across a narrow court to a small apartment, evidently tfce counterpart of the one Gaffney had Just entered. He walked from room to room, taking stock of his neighbor's Wares. "Bachelor quarters," said he to him aelf, pausing before the dining-room window and looking at a table, which hare traces of distinctly masculine din lag. "Not much stuff, but what there It looks good." He liked best of all what he saw on the dresser in the adjoining bedroom. When he had satisfied himself that the kitchen was vacant Gaffney atepped out on the little iron bridge and tried the opposite window, which Ud up noiselessly. As be passed through the dining-room the burglar lipped a few odd pieces of silver into feds pockets, then he crossed the little entry and paused to listen to the voices that came from a front room, which he Bad not been able to see from his late point of observation. The lights were very lew and the air was dense with rich, fragrant smoke that made Gaffney covetous, for be had known luxuriant living, and just then be wanted one of thoee big ba vanaa even more than be wanted the watch be had seen on the bedroom dresser. "I'd give a lot to have you eh tinge yeur mind. Burton, old man'fsaid a ' aicawaflt, boy mu voice f firu'the fra grant dimness. "Ton trm doing all right, with every chanceJft steady ad vancement in a businey that's bound to bring in a fine pile me day. What do yon say to pitcWasg camp here with ane for a couple jBt months? Nothing luxurious, as jfk see, but comfortable enarters andrjlenty of room for two. Better trypfany way, won't you?" "No, TeVa, thanking you heartily, all the sa if J, came the answering voice. hd,'s made up. I'm going to- Jr." m sorry. LK you know. Burton, ve got it Into my bead that some WyAJbA Is driving yon off to the wilder- Mas you needn't tell me anything boot It, yon know because I can't think of anything else that would send nan In your position off on an un certain and arduous undertaking like that projected trip of yours." Gaffney was conscious of a mild cu fieaity to bear the answer, so be wait t at the bedroom door until the other vote spoke. "I don't know why I never told yon, CWd," It said, quietly. "Certainly not because I don't trust you. I am un omnnlcatlve by instinct, I think. Cat I'm rather glad yon spoke of it tx I'd like to explain my reason for 3ag away. There Isn't much of a ttary, bat it has made a tremendous Caroace la my life. Tha girl Urea right here la New m, whan the waa born and brought m ret la ootte of her worldly sur r i -rTStja " the quaintest little 1 ZzzAtmt woman la the world, and aa a roe, it waa her qaalnt- Czl tnt attracted dm and made ItrrfteaMM every time I saw Center to dlaguao the fact "y Ctrl aw aha la too etralgbt 3 t rV t at afraid of nothing TThoa thing had tfm3anralthlaoJ fiatsm Cat I. ha seen .tt Ct wtvti, of which ttrlCTTilOSaV m THE WINDOW however, as much as It saddened her, until something hap-ned the most trivial occurrence which led up to a little difference of opinion. 8he asked me a lot of questions, and as it seemed both unwise and unkind to deceive her, I told her the whole truth. -You know, Todd, that while my life has not been absolutely snowy, there are do very black spots anywhere Just little lapses here and there which a wise man would forget But I was not wise. I knew she cared enough to forgive the mild wtldnesa of youth and set about reforming me which she had already done, had she but known it. "On the other hand, I wanted to show her that ber view of life was im practical, if not quite impossible, for although I would not have had her change radically. 1 wished her to ste life as It really Is, not as she dreamed it to be. Foolish, wasn't It? I should have let things take their natural course. "Well, she took the whole thing amazingly hard. Thought I was all wrong. And I could not. of course, re tract my views at once, though I want- THE ROSE AGAINST THE WIJIDOW. ed to fast enough, simply to smooth things over. "We parted at odds. I fully expected that she would call me back after a day or so, but she didn't After two of the longest weeks in my life I sent her a letter In which my whole heart was laid bare. "Todd, I meant every word of that long, contrite message In which I vowed to live up to her Ideal as near ly as possible, with her love to aid me, which would have been reward enough for any sacrifice. And finally I asked, as a sign of forgiveness, that she put a rose at the window of the little room In which I had passed the happiest hours of my life. "I wanted a red rose, because she al ways wore that flower either in her hair or at her corsage. I told her I should pass that window every even ing until the token invited me within. Even' night for eight months I have kept tny word, always in vain. Twice I met her, and both times she sternly aVolded me. "That Is the end of the story. 1 know I can't forget here while I am so near her, and for that reason I've made up my mind to cut loose from the old surroundings ajid strike a new trail." "It is possible that your letter strayed," the boyish voice suggested, hopefully. "I wouldn't let It go at that Write again." "I have tried to take comfort In the sorry thought of the strayed letter, but I know the excuse won't stand, for my own address was both inside and out aide of the letter. Even If I bad made a mistake In the address which la al together unlikely In a matter of such Importance It would have reached her, for every postman on the route knows the Gretners." "The Gretners!" echoed the unsus pected listener, under his breath. He. too, knew the Gretners, whom he vis ited surreptitiously on it certain night some years before the coup that led to bis capture. "Why, man, you're foolish. Call on her and have It out; why not?" the other maa urged. 'If it waa any other girl bat Alice Gretners I should do that very thing, bat I know better than to Ignore her attitude, which has shown me plainly that everything la over between aa. Wall, I shall pass her window to night for the last Mm, and If- , GaaTaay hurried away eautJoasIy. Owe oat on the lighted street ho teak oat the watch, which waa a very ha4 aaast aa wKh a Cat fl anchor oa tU tX tart h Mahal at th taae samara eely, for th purpose of making a little calculation of his own. "This is going to be a straight deal." said he, with a comfortabl ; sense of satisfaction. "His pal said 1 he'd give him a lot to make him stay. A I've taken the pay in advance, it's up to me to do the job right." He stopped at a florist's and boueht a single lo::g siemmed red rose, which he thrust UDder bis coat as be turned down the aveuue leading to the we!l rememlered Gretners hnuse. He asked the little, old servant who answered h's ring for Miss A lie, whoosh ss he couid reach, and Len he heard him from the adjoining parlor, ! bad doue that he went ueit dior and and came into the ball, looking very fair and frail in her thin white gown. Gaffney apologized fo- bis Intrusion, saying that he had leen away a loi;g while and bad !-t tra-k of an old friend, whose address he believed she could give him. The man's name was Burton. He Gaffney remeint-red that Burton bad often called on Miss Gretner. and b. lirved he would be likely to know of bis whereabout. Iuring the two minutes' i-onversa-tion that followed Gaffney learned ail be wished to know in Burton's favor. He thanked her and bowed himself out. but lingered In the shallow until the door was closed. Then, taking an empty flask from bis rx-ket, he placed in It the red rose, which l.e set up right against the window pane, where the glow of the lamp outlined it with cameo clearness. "One good turn deserves another,' said he, complacently, as he seated himself on the step of an opposite house to await developments. People passed and repassed for al most au hour liefore be spotted his man, who rounded the coiner with a abrupt pause when be saw the nod ding rose of promise for which he had vainly walled so many anxious months. He besita'ed so incomr-hensl)iy be fore venturing up the steps that the man watching him broke Into a mild but impatient oath. "How blame fol- ish some folks" act," he grumbled. "Why don't he pitch right In an' finish the lobr Then he heard the thin tinkle of a le!l, and presently the door opened, but a tall, white-clad figure hail taken the old servant's place, and the lover stood face to face for one silent mo ment The burglar knight heard an In credibly Joyful robe cry "Ralph:" just as the man stepped toward the girl with outstretched arms, then the d or swung In place and the vision disap peared. "Pshaw!" growled Gaffney. "I'd like to 'a' seen the end o' that Anyway, his friend needn't worry about has leavin'. I guess this night's Job pleased all concerned." Whereupon he consulted his watch and strolled up the avenue In a pleas ant frame of mind. I'tica Globe. SNAKESTONE A MYTH. South African Persist in Belief that It Absorb Poison. South Africans, as a rule, trouble themselves little about snakes, al though it is very well known that a few varieties are particularly deadly, says a writer In South Africa. Among the natives the properties of the "snakesuone" have for many genera tion formed a center of half super stitious credulity aud, even by people who might be expected to know better, have been supposed to effect the moat surprising cures of snake bite. An In vestigation of Its properties by the gorerument bacteriologists of Natal, who submitted an Indian snakestone to the test of applying it to animals infected with suake venom, has shown conclusively that It properties arc quite mythical aud that it does noth ing that Is claimed for Lt According to tradition, the snake stone, which has absorbent qualities and which there is some reason to be lieve is frequently artificially pre pared. Is placed ou the wound inflicted by a snake. There it ut believed to suck out the poison and it has been said that if afterward placed In a bowl of milk the venom will exude and the milk turn blue. In certain experiments narrated -in the British Medical Jour nal all these directions were followed. To the two rabbits Injepted respective ly with the venom of a black mainba. a very deadly South African coulbrine, and with puff adder venom, the snake stone was at once applied. The stone. by virtue of Its absorbent nature, ad hered to the wound, but here It ad herence to tradition ended. Both rab bits died and, what was more disap pointing, two other rabbits, used a a control experiment" which were In jected with the same amount of ven om, recovered. Nor when the stone was placed in milk did the milk change color, though a slight quantity of it waa absorbed. The amount of absorption that the tone could possibly effect would be no more In hours than ordinary auction by the lip could achieve In a few minutes; and it only possible useful ness might) be that of Improving th physical condition of the patient by Impressing him with the belief that a valuable remedy was being applied. Maklatat at Loom Oaa Eiccptiott. Customer Do yon keep fur caps? Fresh Olerk No, air; we tell 'em. Customer Mot always, my friend. Ton may keep one that yon might hav old to me. Good-day. Philadelphia Pre, It la too bad that there isn't soma way for always having a girl baby Juet Urn yean aid la th family. Bawar of kcyhoiea. It waa Eve's that oaaatsj Astaa'a downfall. HAROLD'S MAY. He's a Charming; Bur, His Mother Bars but ! be Correct? ''Harold iMi't an ordinary child, by any lueaus," observed the fond moth er. "lie ha trtuieudous energy and it is souit'tiuie quite a problem for hi father and uiyt-if to keep it property applied. Uniy the oilier day be got a can of red paint that the men bad been u.-iug to paint the hark ft-n.-e with and daubed it ill Mripcs all up &d down the front of the house a did the same thing to the front of their house, of course, he didn't mean any harm, but they were quite ill-natured about it. "I thoe'Lt it showed an artistic tendency to a certain extent though, of course, crude. It needs develop ment that's all. "1 was going to say tliat the woman was mean alsjut It- She scolded the poor child and then she came and complained to me. I told her that 1 was very sorry and that I would ask Mr. Kidley to see that it was cleaned off, but 1 let her see by my manner what I thought of her making a fuss about a little thing like that. 'But the amusing part of Jt was that Harold, jioor child, took her scolding to heart o much that she had hardly got back into 'the house when he ran out and llung a stone through one of their windows. He was going to throw another when I called to Lira and made him come in. I told him that It was very wrong to throw stones through people's win dows. Harold Is very sensitive, you know, aud he wasn't used to being talked to In the way that woman talked to him, and. being a child of spirit, it whs quite natural for him to resent it What Harold needs ia kindness. "lie has such an inquiring disposi tion. Why, he'll sit and usk me questions by the hour oh, on the strangest subjects. I always make a point of answering him. I think a child should be taught. And he's thorough. He Isn't content with su perficial knowledge. The other day he- was asking me what was In the sofa pillows and I told him some of them were stuffed with down and some with feathers and the green flat one had pine needles inside. Of course, he wanted to know then what down was and I told him it wus little feathers and the other feathers were just feathers, and that they didn't sew things with pine needles, and that the other kind of needles didn't grow on other kinds of trees, and I went Into the subject as I thought quite thor oughly. But Harold wasn't satisfied and while I was out of the room he tiKik my scissors and cut open two of the pil.ows, and when I came down he had the feathers scattered all over. He wanted to see for himself, you know. I think that Is such a splen did trait in a boy, don't you know It shows an analytical turn of mind If he makes the law his profession it will lie valuable to him. "He's got lots of spirit and a will of his own. We can't make him do any thing he doesn't want to do unless we can make blm see that It's for bis own good. I always reason with him and Just as soon as I convince him you never saw a more ottedleut and docile iirtie reuow. ou see, what Harold needs Is some one who can under stand him and deal with blm intelli gently. Excuse me a moment and I'll see what he's doing now." As the fond mother left the room one of the visitors turned to the other and said: "What Harold needs Is a nice, large, smooth-backed hairbrush laid on hard where it will do the most good, and I'd like to be the one to give It to him." The other visitor nodded. Chicago Dally News. For Cban. There was good talk at a tea part) given once at the observatory of Cam bridge, England. Sydney Smith was there, and although he took the won derful work of the place seriously, he had a light manner of expressing him self. The party had been led up to look at Jupiter, and this was bis com ment: "Jupiter? If you hadn't told me, I should have taken it for a bad shil ling," " Where is Sir John Herschel?" asked one of the guests. "He Is at the Cape of Good Hope," said the astronomer. Airy. "He was ordered there to observe the stars ol the southern hemisphere." "Ah," said Sydney Smith, "I up pose you astronomers, when you are ill, are advised to change your stars Just as we ordinary mortals are told to change our air." Earthworm vs. Gopher. Darwin concluded that the earth worm In Ave years bring up soil enough to cover the ground one Inch thick, and that therefore, the result of Its labor Is of vast Importance. I reckon that the pocket gopher does this in Sve months. It doe not do it In the same way or so effectively, be cause the earthworm actually digest the substance of It casting; but It ia evident that the pocket gopher's meth od answer th purpose of fully dis integrating and mixing the dead vege tation with the soil to produce a rich and fertile black loam. Century. A Oood attUsh Look for goodness, look for gladness. if on wiu meet tnrm ail the while. If yon .brlag seolliac visag To the glass, yoa most a mils. Uc Cary. It ia easy to aea what abould ba ; bat only a f w ar abi t do it m 1 1 1 1 m iitttf OLD FAVORITES A Korrt Hymn, iTie groves were God's lirt tetnplea. Ere uiuu le!iruei To hew the shaft au.l lay th architrave, lud spread the roof ab thein; ere h framed v The lo.'ty vault, to gather and roll back fhe b..iii,J of aiitheuii, ia tl. Vl IMhI. Vmid the cool and kiience, lie knelt down lud offered to Ilia M.zhliest aoleuiu tii ank Ind supplication. For hi simp'.e heart iijfht not rejiint the sacred influences Vbicb, from the stilly twilight of the place. Ind from the gray old tnuik that liiuli in heareu dintled their inosnv boucha. aud from the sound )f the invisible breath that rayed at once ( m t,.jr Bwn top, utole over him, ami Ixt we J lis spirit with the thought of boundless power Ind iuarcexsible majesty. Ah. why (hould we in the world' riper yearn neglect 5od'a ancient saurtuariea, aud adore )uly among the crowd, aud under roof-s Hint our frail hands have rail? Let nie, at least, iert ia the shadow of thia aeed wood, )fler one hymn thrice happy if it fiud acceptance in His ear. Father, Thy baud lath reared these venra!l columns. Thou 5idat weave tliia verdant nif. Thuu didxt look down Tpoo the naked earth, and forthwith rose ill these fair ranks of trees. They in Thy sun Buddfd, and shook their green leaves in Thy breeif, Vnd shot toward heaven. The century living crow, iVhose birth was in their tops, grew old and died Imong their branches, till, at last, they stood, is now they atand mossy, and tall, and dark, fit ahrine for humble worshiper to hold Communion with his Maker. These dim vaults. These winding aisles, of human pomp or pride, Jeport not. No fantastic rarvitifjs show I'he boast of our vaiu race to change the form "it Thy fair works. But Thou art here; Thou fill'st The solitude; Thou art io the soft winds I'hat run along the summit of these trees 'd music; Thou art in the cooler breath rhat, from the inmost darkness of the place, 3omes, scarcely felt; the barky trunks. the ground, Hie fresh moist ground, are all instinct with Thee. William Cullen Bryant DE"PUH8UiT OF WEALTH. rhose Who Have Won a Competence Hhould Ketire from Butinea. In the United States leaders In every Jne of activity, In polities and busl aess, have beeu conspicuously prone 'jo die, as it is said, In harness. The lea tii of Mark Uaima is a case In wlnL But the list of those dlstlu ruished for their successful attaln iient of wealth and fame, who have :ontinued their activities long after the advance of age and the diminu tion of physical strength 'must have rarned them of the approaching end, a very long one. In the older coun tries of Europe, on whose civilization hat of the United States la founded, t seems easier for men who bave more r less successfully obtained the ob lect they aimed at to retire and enjoy freely the prizes they have gained, tlthough even there the old barbaric itruggle is In many cases kept op to lie end. Public opinion there, too, is More tolerant of those who lay off the larness before be Lug compelled to do w by the decree of fate. In this :ouutry, however, there seems to ex st in the mind of the ordinary man i certain contempt for those who give ip the strenuous paths of labor and unbition before then- strength has wasted away. The successful men )f the United States who have sprung 'rom the masses are imbued with this iplnlou. Until within the last twen y five years the Idea of retiring from ictive life and settling down to a life n which personal tastes and procilvl les could be followed was regarded is at least eccentric. There bave always been two nece- tary steps to be token before retlre nent from active life could with lafety be accomplished; one wag the cqulrement of wealth and the other jrovlslons for Its safekeeping. As rivillzation progresses the second and tiore important step can be more eaa ly managed. The Individual no longer ttaa to depend upon hi own efforts to ruard the store set aside for bis fu Mre support The power of corpora Ions, origin .ly directed simply to the iccumulatloi of wealth, is now to a rery great eatent applied to Its con lervatlou. In Great Britain there ha always wen a wealthy leisure class, and nat irally there ha been a aystemstiia lon of the manner and custom con eqnent on such an association of e-ealth and leisure. Public opinion I Bore tolerant of a man who wlahe do what be like with hi own ban It ba yet become In th United itates. The existence of a lclsur tlaaa, able and willing to enjoy their Ivea rationally and Intelligently, u a eck oa th wilder exhibition of elsure oa the part of suddenly ae inlred wealth. It alao bold out oasethlng beyond mora amey-gatting i the goal of raccoMfal Ufa. raawaiaat aftar able fortune has been gaiued and die courages to some extent the piling up of esaggerated ndtindancy. The ef fect of a more philosophical view of life on the part of our own busiuesf thro will lend to a more eteu distri bution of wealth and a leveling of the inequalities uow so frequently point ed out. Banker's Magazine. JARGON OF ENGLIEH TRAMP3 It Iat from the Heformntion sad If a J'ii turemjue I.i.iibuuw. The English government is golu to consider the tat-rant. aifi.'iy bus ttigaged the alien: tun of the autliiwl ti ever since Is started i;i the whole sale line with the reformation. I a good Queen Bess" days a vagrant was whipped for briv.z one the i:rrt time, he had a -ortIon of his right ear eft off if be repealed the jN-rforiiiaiK-e, aud if he was coiiviet.sl a tbTd time he as sent on a long Journey from Hhli'U there is no o-MM.ily of return. Mild er slatiit'-s came wllb the tteorg-s. Our present vagr.mt act was passed In l-C'4 ud amended in J-S!. The va grant lias nol Iximi amended at all. Tramping runs In famlSh-it. I have trai-cd lhe history of a tramp family buck over b years, and found tliat live generations of them bave be-u born In the workhouse and all hud been lifelong vagalxitids. They am; a conservative pe-iiie, and it is Iirteresting to note that many of the words which wen- tramps' Ian gunge when Harmon compiled his dic tioiairy In l."D are In the tramps' and thiexes' vernacular at this very second that ticks from the cIih k. Th "boosing ken" of the slstc-enth cen tury U the "Ijoofuig ken" of the lAi n tieth. The "lieak," a constable, has become the "Ixfik," a mngtstrite. "Jiide;," clo'hes, bave become "duds;" "iTiMsain" ; still chestie, "autein" II still a church, and "mort," ttlightly al tered, is woman, and an "autem mort," or church woman, a wife. "aitee" (soldi are still penie, and the tb;cf and !h vagrant still rkon in Italian. 'Tray s.iltee" is three pence, "chinker sttltee" is five pence, eight pence Is "ot'er wilti-e," ti ns Mm e is "uobbn saite." and ten pem is "dicha snilee" Italian, tre. cinque, o!to, i)e, (Heel six pene Is some times a ' t ter,"' wllb h w as lis otll- clal niitue In the days of Ib-nry VIII., and a shilling Is a "lieong." Italian, bianco white. "Hume." which me.ml g'Kid or chief, is today 'rum," In the language of lhe road in Kllzabeth'l time lhe queen was the "Rome mort," and London was "Home vlle." Ia buskers' slung, lhe manager of a the nter or a show Is today "the rum cull." The tremps are an ancient fraterni ty. If th"v are forced off the rml Into lalwr colonies, I wonder If their venerable Jargon will gradually past away? I don't think so, bemuse It If a swret language, and at no time will a tramp find a secret language mors useful Oian when be and his fellows are la dlmcultie. 1 can Imagine no difficulty greater to the true-born tramp than hard work. London Itwf ere. This Incident Is quoted from Ui New York Evening Post not as an ex ample of one man's superiority to th common herd, but rather to show thai masculine wisdom U not incompaUblt with considerable folly. The man who had been discussing bis fellows at length aald, with a sad smile: "if anything were needed to prove that mankind are like sheep, the doubter ought to go to one of th elevated stations where the company has Installed two ticket sellers. If halt the people would go to one window and half to the olher, nobody would be delayed. But nobody ever saw this happen. "SupiKise," he went on. "the plar Is empty at some particular moment and that twenty two men file in al regular Intervals of four feet. Th flrst man see the nearest window and make for it Eight men follow blm without looking to right or left and there Is congestion at once." "And execration of the company," remarked a listener. The speaker nodded and continued: "All of a sudden the ninth man get to the top of the stairs and sees iln vacant window. It is an Inspiration, and he rushes over to It - "Numbers ten to nineteen follow him, and they pile up there and fidget while the first window is deserted. Tb lt three men finally jump for it and almost fight to see which gets bit ticket first "It 1 often pointed out" conelud -d the critic, "that men know how to form In line and wait for turns, while women don't But to form in two line Is something men can't seem to learn, " A Carnation Farm. A 20acre ranch in Hanta Monte Cel., la devoted to carnation a as outdoor crop. The grower Is a retired banker who follow flower culture at a recreation. He started with tw acre, which bave been Increased u 20 acre, and it I expected that final ly the whole of the ranch will be de voted to th culture of tbl flower The carnation field ar yielding on aa averag from 8,000 to 10,000 flowen every day, and th demand la Mated u be greater than th supply, a carna tion field remain In bearing from two to three yean, and la then renew4 with plant obtained from cutting. Th plant ar art In row three fl apart, aad th plant two foot apart V- thaa poraktlag cttva with machinery. 1 fOUOWING 1HE LEADER.