The Loup City northwestern. (Loup City, Neb.) 189?-1917, November 24, 1910, Image 8

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Far mail Captain Ptam
•t/' d aa IT tto todd~a apparition tad
ter M Mb Hr . ct-ced long after
(to so rod at rt-ueaUag fooUSrps had
died away Ttorr rrciiaed behind
a tabu i»«< odor at iliac which
»2rr*d his aool and set his blood
Cghtmg It «aa a triatifal face that
to had see* Hr • aa sure at that and
»<■ to raatd hare f ire aa good ser
ial praaf af E Only tto ryes aad
(to oder at m*e rraaiaed wfih him
•ad after a little (to iliac drifted
a» -y Ttoa to Bent tok to tto log
■at cat down Hr »‘.H aa to
thought of tto Joke that to had ua
•rtt!*g*y payed oa tihadiak. From
his haw-ledge of tto Bearer Island
Manaoaa to was satisfied that tto
add maa who displayed gold in sack
tokksi profusion mas anything hot
a *jartoior la afi protaMiit- 'his
aras oar «f his sit** aad tto cabta
to*:' >4 k’w. to roarioded. was for
mw tcaaoa isolated from tto harem
“Fcidewtiy that little salatem la not
a lift.' to rmrladed. "er she mould
bate tiics ma (tew to speak to her"
Tto roatiawed absence at Otediah
Frier begaa to fid Captain Paa with
teapattettot After aa boar's wait to
rwuod (to raMa aad *nade hte y*t
to tto fit tie roam, where (to candle
trms stiS toratag dimly Ta his as
tnsrahuiat to totold tto old man
afttmg beside tto table
*T we toea waiting tor yaa. Xit' to
erbd. stratgbtenitg klawlf
apcitg'.jto a stick news "Watting for
yaw a kng (isae Nat " He rubbed
bis hands and chuckled at tun os a
tm- i«*rWy *T saw yoa oat there ea
key tag yoarsetf What did yoa thick
of tor. kat” He winked with sack
a\A> jam glee that, despita hte owe
W* nr i shears*. Captain Piaa bunt
Into a -sgh /i-adiab Price told up
• warning hand "Tot. tat not ao
tw4 ~ to adsawlstod His (ace was
I taap of wrinkle* His little black
ayes shim* with sOrat laughter.
There was so doubt bat that to was
teareatf pleased os er something
"Ted me. Xd—why did yoa cotaa to
ft James—
He ieaa*d forward o»re tto table.
b>« odd while toad almost resting on
ft. sad twiddled bis (bombs with won
dertol rapidity "Eh XstT" to urged
•Why did yoa come
Tiaraasa It was tua Lot sad unis
lerwsiiBg lying oat (here to n cairn,
dad." re piled (to master at tto Ty
fhuos "We'ee toea roasting for 3d
bojrs afthoal a breath ta DU oar sails
1 came over ta sea what yoa people
are like Aay barm done —
"Xot a tot. aot a bit—yet." <■ tackled
tto aid maa. ~Aad what'c your tmt
*H». to. to! sf msm. I might
tor* Iton It' Railing -mosCy.
Why. certainly yoa «*jj* And why
C* to carry a t«-A on on* side of
you *tl a knife on the other. Vat?”
*Tto«Mobi ' me*. DM Soee Of
tt* hsherfoik tVag the Northern E»4
area t rery wreyslwa They look a
earns of canned stuffs from me a
»e*r hack ”
one do poo make of t he
tow tint's wrapped up
torpnufsn under ywar deck. Vat* And
*t«f to the world are yoo swag to do
ffkl dee barrels of gunpowder*”
“llow In Inin net—" began Captain
Vl um
“O. to be oore. to be sore—they're
for the fisher folk." interrupted Oho
dUb Price “Blew 'em up. eh. Vat?
dad joo em to he a young man of
education. Vat How did yoa happen
to make a mistake In year to jet*
Haves t yoa 12 men aboard your sloop
Instead of eight. X«* Aren't there
12 inaisad of eight* Eh. SatT~
“The desk take yoo*” cried Captain
riom. leaping suddenly to his feet,
u* to* fasa.-g red “Tea. I tare
pec 12 at* and f re got a gun in
and f ee got five barrels of
’ dM yoo lad it owl*"
ef the table and stood so close to
Cantata Plum that a pmue tea feet
away rail a not Lae heard him mbea
“I know more than that. Sat” bo
whispered. “LVtea' A little while
ay two w.*i, t.», , ,
off the b^ad of Wmmm v
one dark sl(L: yoa tw«
I by two bos’ .vb.<Ss of • -a
yoo and your ere w frtssw
yoa «f everything yoo bad
the neat day yoa went back u>
Chicago EhT*
Nathan id stood spa*/ bless
“And you made up year as ad the
pirates set* K
and yaa'r ter* to ma. bet
tV isn't It ao. Xif*'
The mtV old man was rskt i* Lis
to.* 'i eagerly, enckediy
“Too tried to get the rerntw rat
tor Michigan to eocae dtr*a w Hh you.
tot they woaldaT—ho 1.1. they
wouldn't' One of ear friends la CU
cag» sent prick word ah-»d jf yon
to ted me aft ahoot it. and—Strang.
He spoke the lant words In intense
Then, suddenly, he held out his
“Tonne man. vfi yoa =bake hands
with ase? Will ywa shake hand**
•ad then we win go to St James"
Captala Plum thrust awt a bind and
the old mas gripped It The th'a
ff^r < rv tightened Hte caM damps at
’ fieri Par a moment the fare of
IObadiah Price underwent a strange
change The hardness and glitter
!went out of his eyes and in place
tie-re came a questioning, almost an
appealing, look. His tense mouth re
laxed. It mas as If he was on the
point of surrendering to some emotion
: which be was struggling to stifle.
He attempted to withdraw his hand
but Captain Plum held to it
“Not yet!" be exclaimed. "There
are two or three things which your
friend didn't tell yon. Ohadiah Price!"
Nathaniel's eyes glittered danger
"When 1 left ship this morning I
gave explicit orders to Casey, my
He gazed steadily into the old
mans unflinching eyes.
~I said something like this: ‘Casey.
I'm going to see Strang be'ore I come
hack. If he’s willing to settle for five
thousand, well cal] it off. And if he
sb t—why. well stand out there a
mile and blow St. James Into bell!
And !f 1 don't come back by to-mor
row at sundosn. Casey, you take com
mand and blow !t to bell without me!‘
So. Ohadiah Pric*. If there's treach- ;
| The old man clutched at his hands j
with insane fierceness.
*Tfcer* will be no treachery. Nat. I
swear to God there will be no treach
ery! Come, we will go—"
i1' 111 Captain Plum hesitated
—Who are you? Whom am I to
"A member of our holy Council of
Twelve. Nat. and lord high treasurer
i of his majesty. King Strang!"
Before Captain Plum could recover
from the surprise of this whispered
announcement the little old man had
fre d himself and was pattering aw
fully through the darkness of the
next room. The master of the Ty
1 phoon followed close behind him.
lips Doubled over until his chin
rested almost upon the sharp points of
bis knees, be gazed steadily at the
beacon, and as be looked it shuddered
and grew dark, like a firefly that
suddenly closes its wings. With a
quick spring the councilor straight
ened himself and turned to the master
of the Typhoon.
“You have a good nose, Nat," he
said, “but your ears are not so good.
Sb-b-h-h!" He lifted a hand warning
ly and nodded sidewise toward the
path. Captain Plum listened. He
h«-ard low voices and then footsteps—
voices that were approaching rapidly,
and were those of women, and foot
steps that were almost running. The
old man caught him by the arm and
as the sounds came nearer his grip
“Don't frighten them, Nat. Get
He crouched until he was only a
part of the shadows of the ground
and following his example Nathaniel
slipped between two of the knolls. A
few yards away the 6ound of the
voices ceased and there was a hesi
tancy in the soft tread of the ap
proaching steps. Slowly, and now In
awesome silence, two figures came
down the path and when they reached
a point opposite the hummocks Na
thaniel could see that they turned
iheir faces toward them and that for
a brief space there was something of
terror in the gleam he caught of
their eyes. In a moment they had
passed. Then he heard them running.
“They saw not!” Captain Plum ex
Obadiah hopped to his feet and
rubbed his hands with great glee.
“What a temptation. Nat!" he whis
pered. “What a temptation to fright
en them out of their wits! No. they
didn't see us. Nat—they didn't see us.
The girls are always frightened when
they pass these graves. Some day—"
"Graves!” aimost shouted the
master of the Typhoon. “Graves—
and we sitting on 'em!"
“That's ail right, Nat—that's all
right. They're my graves, so we're
welcome to sit on them. I often come
here and sit for hours at a time. They
like to have me. especially little Jean
—the middle one. Perhaps I'll tell
you about Jean before you go away."
If Captain Plum bad been watching
him he would have seen that soft
mysterious light again shining in the
old councilor's eyes. But now Na
“I Know More Than That, Nat.”
ti.- councilor hesitated for a
moment, as If debating which route
to take, and then with a’ prodigious
■ ink at Captain Plum and a throatful
cf Us Inimitable chuckles, chose the
| 8 h down Which his startled visitor
of a short time before had fled. For
15 minutes this path led between
thick black walls of forest verdure.
OW ah Price kept always » few
par*-* ahead of his companion and
spoke not a word. At the end of
perhaps half a mile the path entered
into a arg- clearing on the farther
- de of which Nathaniel caught the
flUmmer erf a Jgbc They lasted close
to this light, which came from the
* mdow of a large square hqpse built
of logs, and Captain Plum became
suddenly eonsc.ous that the air was
f'ced with the redolent perfume of
••"me With half a dozen quick stride*
h*- overtook 1*.- councilor and caught
him by the arm
1 smell lilac’" he eTclaimed
‘ Certainly, so do I." replied Obadiah
Price "We have very fine lilacs on
the island "
"And I rmrtlrd tflac ba< k there,"
continued Nathaniel. stiU bolding to
ti.- old man’s arm. and pointing a
! :nb over his shoulder. "I smelled
'em back there, when—"
"Ho. bo. ho!" chuckled the councilor
•r,,-'My. "I don't doubt It. Nat. I don't
doubt it. She is very fond of lilacs,
i *’• ► wear* the flow ers very often .”
He pule d himself away and Cap
tain Plum could bear his queer
’ '■ sling for some time after. Soon
M-ey entered the gloom of the woods
again and a little later came out into
another clearing and Nathaniel knew
hat « was St James that lay at his
^ The lights of a few fishing
, feet.
"Ah. It la not time." whispered
Obadiah. "It Is still too early." He
dr-w his companion out of the path
| which they had followed and sat him
self down on n hummock a dozen
yards away from it. inviting Nathaniel
hr n pull of the steere to do the
tame. There were three of these
hummock*. side by side, and Captain
Plum chose the one nearest the old
man and waited for him to speak.
. liwt the councilor did not open hi*
! thaniel stood erect, his nostrils sniffing
the air. catching once more the sweet
scent of lilac. He hurried out into
the opening, with the old man close
behind him. and peered down into the
starlit gloom into which the two girls
had disappeared. The lovely face
that had appeared to him for an in
stant at Obadiah's cabin began to
haunt him. He was sure now that his
sudden appearance bad not been the
only cause of its terror, and he felt
that he should have called out to her
or followed until he bad overtaken
her. He could easily have excused
liis boldness, even if the councilor
had t' <-n w atching him from the cabin
door. He was certain that she had
passed very near to him again and
that the fright which Obadiah had
attempted to explain was not because
of the graves. He swung about upon
his companion, determined to ask for
an explanation. The latter seemed to
divine bts thought.
"Don't let a little scent of lilac dis
j turb you so. young man.” be said with
singular coldness. "It may cause you
great unpleasantness." He went
ah» ad and Nathaniel followed him,
i assured that the old man's words and
i the way in which he bad spoken them
no longer left a doubt as to the iden
tity of his night visitor. She was one
of the councilor's wives, so he
thought, and bis own Interest in her
was beginning to have an Irritating
effect, in other words Obadiah was
becoming jealous.
For some time there was silence
between the two. Obadiah Price now
walked with extreme slowness and
along paths m-hich seemed to bring
him no nearer to the town below.
Nathaniel could see that he was ab
sorbed In thoughts of bis own. and
held his peace. Was It possible that
he bad spoiled his chances with the
councilor because of a pretty face and
a buneb of lilacs? The thought
tickled Captain Plum despite the deli
cacy of his situation and he broke
into an involuntary laugh. The laugh
brought Obadiah to a halt as sud
denly as though some one had thrust
a bayonet against his breast.
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Man Must be Lover of Animals and Possess More Than
Ordinary Amount of Patience If He Is to
Become a Prosperous Breeder.
Perhaps of all branches of farming
; breeding pedigree livestock Is the
' most interesting, and. in addition, it
has the further recommendation that
when properly conducted it is profit
able. 1 know that many persons have
dropped money, and some large
amounts, over pedigree stock; but I
could name several tenant farmers
who have weathered bad times and
are today in a prosperous condition,
i thanks mainly to this Industry. A man
must be a lover of animals and pos
sess a more than ordinary amount of
patience If he is to become a promi
nent breeder, says a writer in Country
Life. Furthermore, unless he is able
to place a large amount of capital in
the business he must be prepared to
ock his money up for some years,
j Those who can afford to buy the best
bred and most typical animals of any
breed as foundation stock, and who
ire content to pay good salaries and
I wages to competent men to take
:harge of them, ought soon to get a
neighborhood where It Is not the fash
ion. It is true that some breeds seem
to flourish almost anywhere, notably
shorthorn cattle and Shire horses; but
an owner of Shires who brings them
up on light, thin-skinned land is so
verely handicapped when his horsei \
come into the show-ring. He thei
finds that his rivals who occupy stlf
fer and richer soil can produce an!
rnals with more bone and hair than h«
can. Large, well-shaped feet, plenty
of bone and good joints are absolutely j
necessary nowadays on a first-class
animal of this breed.
Shire horses are especially adapted
for town work and for hauling heavy
loads, and one can judge from the
photograph of this strong, heavy and
yet compact mare how suitable this
breed is for that purpose. The Clydes
dales are not such massive horses as
are the Shires, neither are they so
large in the bone, but the strength and
slope of their pasterns and the actlv- j
ity of this breed are proverbial. A so j
J *
Champion Clydesdale.
good return for their Investment. Per
sons with limited means must be sat
, tsfied to start with a few animals less
, perfect in type and conformation or
with aged Individuals which can be
picked up for comparatively little
Honey, and then gradually breed up a
itud herd or flock. The latter plan,
unless one Is a good judge of stock
md a practical farmer. Is the one I
should advise. Clever and experienced
breeders are apt to make mistakes In
buying, mating and rearing their stock
ind a novice Is sure to purchase his
sxperlence very dearly if he starts
breeding on too large a scale.
The situation and soli of one's farm
should govern, to a great extent, the
tarlety of stock which it is decided to
Not only does It take some time for
a breed new to the district to become
acclimated, but it is always difficult
to dispose of one's surplus stock in a
perabundance of hair on a Clydes
dale’s legs is not considered neces
sary, as it is on those of the Shire;
this can be 6een by glancing at the il
lustration of Royal Guest, the cham
pion Clydesdale stallion at this year's
Royal. The Suffolk horse is preferred
when quite clean-legged, 1. e., with no
long hair on his legs. It is a very
active, quick animal, with any amount
of pluck and endurance, and no breed
Is better suited for fannwork. Suf- 1
folks, like Clydesdales, are also suit
able for working in towns, where
strong, quick-moving horses are need
Of the several breeds of Leghorn,
the white is the most popular and the
brown next, says the Farm Poultry.
The Buff Leghorns of the best strains
have about all the good qualities of
the white variety and are fast gaining
popularity, the color being more at
tractive to some tastes. The Black
ind Dominique Leghorns also have
their advocates. Each of the Leg
horns, although naturally having sin
gle combs, are bred also with rose
combs. The rose comb is obtained
by introduction of Hamburg blood,
and the result is in general a tendency
' to smaller bodies and smaller eggs in
the rose comb varieties. The single
combs vary greatly in size and weight,
according to strain. Some of the
larger strains are almost equal in size
to the average of some of the medium
weight breeds, and it Is claimed that
the size is not obtained at the expense
of laying powers. The Leghorns, like
most of the breeds, need to be bred
wfch care to prevent the tendency to
smaller sizes. Small bodies, pinched
or cramped in 6hape, are considered
undesirable, as tending to small egg*
and lack of constitBtion.
Eight or ten years ago Leghorr
cockerels were in considerable de
mand for crossing. The Leghorn and
Urahma cross, Leghorn and Wyan
dotte, or Leghorn and Plymouth Itoch
were preferred by many poultrymen
to breed crossbred chickens for broil
ers and roasters, and of late years the
tendency of the poultry plants seems
to be toward the use of one or anoth
er of the pure breeds. Cross breeding
is more trouble and results less uni
form than from the pure breeds.
Poultry Business In Mexico.
Consul Alexander V. Dye, of
Nogales, says that conditions in the
Mexican State of Sonora favor the
building up of a poultry and egg busi
ness. During the past year $119,088
of eggs were imported into that con
sular district from the United States
and sold at an almost uniform price
of 50 cents per dozen in Nogales, with
higher prices at the mines in the in
terior, where many of them were con
sumed. Chickens sell for 62% to 75
! cents apiece, weighing 3 to 4 pounds
each. Owing to the difficulty in se
curing fresh eggs, nearly all the min
ing companies raise their own chick
ens. some of them devoting consider
able attention to it and having large
poultry yards. . In fact. It is some
times said jestingly that such and
such a mine has quit the mining busi
ness and gone into the poultry busi
We are aware that chickens are
very fond of young cabbage plants.
They devour as readily dwarf rape.
Rape undoubtedly is an economical
green food provided we have yards ir
sufficient numbers. Rape should have
a growth of a foot high before ole j
fowls have access. Otherwise thej
will eat it so closely that it will nol*
■«take much of a growth. It is a de
light to see the hens eat at the green •
rape leaves. Rape also is a good plant
to furnish shade for young poultry.
Also flies and other insects will alight
on the leaves, furnishing insects foi
the fowls. In a favorable season rap«
will grow very rapidly. Four weeki
from sowing ought to make a fall
Uniting Bee Colonies.
Queenless or very weak colonies
may be united with others by placing i
them on top with a newspaper be
tween, leaving a hole so that only one
bee at a time can pass from one hive
to the other. In a week or two the
top hive may be taken off and stored
away. Some hives will be found with
more honey than others, and equal
izing of stores may be practiced, tak
ing care not to move any combs from
diseased colonies or the light hlvea
may be fed with syrup or liquid honsy
in a feeder.
American Gibraltar in Manila Bay
WASHINGTON—About two years
hence if passengers on steamers i
entering Manila harbor and passing be
tween the several small islands that,
guard the principal port of the Philip
pines should Inquire with Indifferent
interest as to the name and use of a
small dun-colored rock, hardly discern
ible any distance away and looking
much like an irregular shaped house
boat floating on the ocean, they will be
told that they are looking at El Fratle
island. Perhaps, also, they will be told
that the little island, scarce two hun
dred feet square, is the most diaboli
cally effective fortification of its siie
in the world.
For eighteen months army engineers
have been directing the work of forti
fying what is intended as the backbone
or keystone of the strong defenses in
Manila harbor. They have resorted to
a plan suggested by a young engineer
officer after their superiors had thrown
up their hands in despair at the pros
pects of attempting to fortify the rock <
which showed its head above the water 1
for so small an area. It involves the
leveling of the island almost to the sur-!
face of the sea and erecting a struc
ture in the form of a battleship deck
stripped for action. The artificial forti
fying will be of steel and cement.
The defenses of Manila bay entrance
present me most as . a*
the most complete set of tMtlficatioos
I'ncle Sam possesses Stretching
across the mouth of the harbor are a
series of islands. The largest of these
Islands and the one which will be used
as a base of supplies for the others is
Corregidor. from which the first bottle
gun was directed against Admiral IV*.
ey’s fleet in 1SSS On Corregidor the
army Is instalUng a 14 company post.
Warehouses of a capacity to con' n
supplies for a whole year for U. W
tnen have been built. This island is
considered impregnable from tbe sea
But tbe most interesting of all The
islands is the El Eraile. at press's: a
tiny rock rising in a pinnacle ISO feet
above tbe bay. The shape of the island
will, as stated, be changed by means
of steel and concrete walls which will
extend below the water line, to resem
ble the hull of a battleship. No sec
tion of the island ground will be ex
posed to fire. It will be surrounded
and covered over by steel and concrete
walls, about fifty feet thick on the
sides and almost solid steel on the top.
On the surface of this "deck" two tur
rets will be placed, each turret con
taining two 14-inch guns. Besides the
four large guns, four six-inch rapid
fire rifles will be placed in embrasures
at tbe seaward end. and like batteries
of small guns will be placed at other
jwlnts of advantage. Quarters will be
provided for only a sufficient number
of men to work the guns and machin
ery. The cost of this powerful little
fortress, the most dangerous fort of its
size on earth, will be J3.000.000, guns,
walls, turrets and all.
Treasury Building Is Overcrowded
WHEN' the small army of architect*
and artisans has finished the
work now In progress on the Uni
ted States treasury building, the beau- i
tiful old structure will show the first :
material change since 1869. Architec- '
turally it still will represent a pagan
temple, indicating, many folk say, the
American people's worship of money.
But visitors to the nation s capital who
have not seen the treasury in 40 years
will find some changes for efficiency
and economy.
The nucleus of the present building,
located where President Jackson, irri
tated by the procrastination of con- 1
gress in choosing a site, put his hick- j
ory stick down with a thump and ex
claimed. "Put 'er there, on that spot."
will remain unchanged, but the double
stone staircase leading up to the colon
nade on the Fifteenth street side has
been torn away. Architects said it
spoiled the beauty of that side of the '
building, plans for which were drawn
by William T. Elliott, a surveyor, who
came to Washington in 1S13.
The 30 granite monoliths, each o*
which cost 35,500 and weighs SO tons,
now stand in an unbroken row. They
are said to be the finest example ot
their kind of the stonecutter's art. It
required ten men. working 60 days, to
prodv.ce each of them, and a solid train
of 30 flat cars brought them to Wash
ington from the quarries in Massachu
To make more space Inside the build
ing ail the files ot letters and docu
ments will be stored in the old coal
vaults under the lawn oa the Pennsyl
vania avenue side, and new coal vaults
are being built on the side opposite the
White House.
The completed building, as it stands,
represents three stages of construction.
The nucleus, located by Jackson, was
finished in 1842. The south wing was
finished in 1S64. The north wing, fin
ished in 1869. is on the side of the old
state department building.
The long colonnade of brown stone,
erected in 1864, deteriorated in the
southern climate and was replaced by
the present granite monoliths a little
more than a year ago.
Big Job to Fill the Supreme Bench
I Jt * ■ _2=_ __I
THE seven justices of the Supreme
court of the United States, led by
the venerable Justice Harlan, called
on President Taft the other day to pay
their respects. This annual call of
courtesy reminded the president of a
duty which is uppermost in his mind
and occupying it almost to the ex
clusion of any other consideration, for
the president is called upon to re
model the highest tribunal in the land.
The president has appointed two
justices already—Hughes in place or
Brewer, who died, and Lurton in place
of Peckham of New York, also dead.
These deaths removed a Republican
and a Democrat, and their successors
were of the same political faith.
Since then Chief Justice Fuller, a
Democrat, appointed from Illinois, has
died, and Justice Moody, a Republic
an. of Massachusetts, has resigned
because of ill-health, and President
Taft will have to fill these two va
in addition to Judicial ntness. poll*
| tics and geographical qualifications
i must be considered. Moreover, the
! president is brought face to face with
a task which will be of tremendous
importance to the United States for
the next generation. With political
beliefs chrnging over night and great
er zeal in governmental supervision
being urged by the dominant party,
the court which President Taft must
reconstruct will pass on all the
changes in the organic laws of the
United States which may be made by
The problem will not be solved
for the public until after congress
meets, as it has been definitely an
nounced at the White House that no
judicial appointments would be sent
to the senate until the Monday fol
lowing the reconvening of congress.
The president is also head over
heels in the consideration of the ap
pointment of five additional judges of
the circuit court, which will constitute
the new court of commerce. In addi
tion to these judicial vacancies there
are several district judges to be ap
pointed. It is no stretch of the
imagination to believe that the pres
ident will almost reorganize the fed
eral judiciary before he leaves the
president's office.
Society Soldier Out at Fort Myer
ALBERT J. MYER. the American
A army's gentleman soldier, is no
longer wearing the uniform of an en
listed man. He has left Fort Myer.
:he army reservation named for his
illustrious grandfather, and has gone i
back to Boston.
Xot only was the passing of the
landy soldier sudden and unexpected,
but tbe manner of bis going sensation
il. Mr. Myer, who was a corporal in
:he signal corps, has been in the
guardhouse since August. A recent
verdict of a court-martial which tried
him sentenced Corporal Myer to be
reduce*' to the ranks, to be confined
at hard labor for three months and
to forfeit $50 of his pay.
The court-martial was a little slow
and Myer escaped its imprisonment
penalty, having been discharged in
the meantime. He was given an hon
orable discharge and the army knows
him no more.
I Myer created the biggest sensation
the army has had for a long time. He
tried to get into West Point, but was
barred by age. and from the naval
academy because of hi> sire. Then
he enlisted in the cavalry, but that
did not suit his liking and he trans
ferred into the signal corps, where
he was promoted to be a corporal.
At Fort Myer the dude soldier was
the envy of his comrades and a par
ticular bore to his officers. After a
hard day's drill, or the attendance on
some other military duty. Corporal
Myer would go to his bachelor apart
ments. have his valet rub him down
and then don the habiliments of a
society man. That night perhaps, his
commanding officers would find him
in the same ballroom with themselves.
He had the entree Into the most ex
clusive clubs, and It was a source of
much regret to Colonel Haversack
and Major Canteen that Private Myer
took precedence over them when it
came to getting the attention of the
The youngster rode and walked with
the fairest of Washington’s belles^ and
had money to burn. He never did
anything to excite the anger of his
superiors except to play the dual role
of a soldier and a dandy, too.
Where They Balk. i
The average man is truthful." says
the Philosopher of Folly, "but not one I
man in fifty will tell .you the real rea- ;
son he wears a silk hat."
Evidently a Mistake.
"They say his wife has Indian blood
in her veins.” “That must be a ml*,
take Indiars are supposed to be
stoical and silent."