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PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, JULY 26, 1877.
1 NUMBER 18.
Extra copies ef the HxniiD for sale by J. V.
iounjr, FostotTlce news depot, and o. K. Jobu
sou.coi ner of Main tuid Fifth Streets.
OF PLATTSMOUTH. NEBRASKA,
TOOTLE, IIAWA Jk. CLABK,
E. G. DoviY
A. W. MrLAUOHUX.
J ON II O'ltOUKltE
This Hank is now open for 'business at thel
new room, corner Main and Sixth streets, and
is prepared to transact a general
Stocks, Bondf, Gold, Government and Local
BOUOnT AND SOLD.
Deposits Received and Interest Allow-
' ed on Time Certificates.
Available ki anv part of the United States and
lu ail the Principal Towns and Cities
AGEJVTS FOR THE
Inman Line and Allan Line
Person wishing to bring out their friends from
1-UBCHA8E TICKETS FROM US
Tbraneh to PUttsmonth.
w 5 -So?
Excelsior Barber Shop.
JLiin Street, opposite Saunders House.
Stiavln? ana Shampooing.
ESPECIAL ATTENTION GIVEN TO
flitting Children's and Iarilcs'
CALL AXD SEE BOONE, GENTS,
And K-t a booue iti a
Keeps one of the
IN TOWN. 40v?
PALACE BILLIARD HALL.
(Main St., east of First Nat. Bank.)
rLATTSJIOt'TII, - - - XEJl
iir BAR IS SUPPLIED WITH THR
BEST WINES, LIQUORS,
Repairer of Steam Engines, Boilers,
Saw and Grist Millf
UA9 AD KTE.IM FITTItsGS,
Wrought Iron Pipe, Forre and Lift Pipes.Steam
Gauzes, Saletv-Valve Governors, and all
kinds of iirass Fnpine Fittings,
repaired on short notiee.
Repaired on Short Notice. 49yl
Can always be found at HatVs Old
Stand, ready to sell the best Jleats
YOUNG boys fresh fat cattle, sheep, hop r.
direct from the farmers every day, and his
meats are always good.
CAME, FISII, AND FOWL, IN SEASON
ETC., ETC., ETC.
ne Poor Eaot of the Post-Office, riuttsmoutn,
... : O :
Practical Workers in
SHEET IRON, ZINC, TIN, BRA
ZIERY, tf c dc
Large assortment of Hard and. Soft
Wood and Coal Stoves for
HEATING OR COOKING,
Always on Hand.
Every varietv of Tin, Sheet Iron, and Zinc
"Work, kept in Stock.
MAKING AND REPAIRING,
Done on Short Notice.
IZF'E VER TTBINQ WARRANTED ! .'J
PRICES WW DOWX.
C FANCY CARDS all styles with name, 10 cts.
a U post paid. J. B. Hunted. Na.sau.Keti t.'o.N.Y.
LATI13 Eegiat Xm
iUtiOB Koae t'rl
Met, Bnsitpia sal
Ft&dtt Crept, Srat
foftptid to say rosdsr
cttti. Tfires Bets for
60 CtlU. In Cor.
rency or Stamps.
t. A THOMSON
WITH A COLD IS ALWAYS DANGEliOUS.
WELLs' CARBOLIC TABLETS
a sure remedy for COUQHS, and all diseases
of the THROAT, LUXQS, CHEST AND 31U
PUT UP ONLY IN BLUE BOXES.
SOLD BY ALL DRUGGISTS.
C. N. CRITTENTON. 7 SlxthAvenue. N. Y
A fDCATArPPDII We will du
hurchi urrcniirini; the
Hard Time dipoe lOO llAOM A
OUUAXH.nrw and second-hand of tlrt
rlsss makers Inelodinsr 1VATKKS' at
lowrrprires foreasli or ItiMtnll men tH or
oiei uiiiii paiu ror man ever brrorr or
rered. WATKRS' UHAVU SUl'AKB
ana 1 I"tt 1 1, il l" 1-1 l.MIS j I ic
HOI VEAIKAXI) UOt lOIU)are the
iitsi jiAiiti. 7 wetave riaaossijo.
71-.I do 9 1 GO not nxed a yrnv. "2" Kton
OriranH 50 4 KlevsSlS. 7 Ktons K6M. H
Ktops75. lOHtopsSSS. ia tatops ioo
rasn,not nsea a yar. in perrert order
ana warranted. IM'. liana I KAVKL
IX ACSK'I'm WANTED. lilatstrated
Catalogues Mailed. A liberal discount to teach -ers.mmister,
churches. &c. Sheet music at half
price. HORACE WATERS & SONS. Manufac
turers ami dealers, 40 East llth St., Union Square
xew lore. lit!
SEA WEED TONIC.
Purine the summer months, the lethanrv pro
duced by the heat takes away the desire for
wholesome food, and frequent perspiration re
duce bodily energy. In order to keep a natural
healthful activity of the system we must resort
to ariilicial means. For this ournose Schenck's
set weio i onic is very enectuai. a lew noses
will create an appetite and give fresh vigor to
me enervated oouy.
FOR DYSPEPSIA IT IS INVALUABLE.
Many eminent physicians have doubted whet h
er dyspepsia can be permanently cured by the
drugs which are geuerally employed for that
purpose, Tha SEA WEED TONIC iu its -nature
is totally different from such drugs. It contains
no corrosive minerals or acids ; in fact it asuists
regular operations of nature, and supplies her
DR. JAS. CHARLES
No.232 and 236,
.Preservation of the Xatnral Teeth
Made a Specialty.
Oldest practicing Dentist in the City.
J. G- CHAMBERS,
Manufacturer of and Dealer in
ETC., ETC., ETC.
Done with Neatness! Dispatch.
The onlv Dlaee In town where "Turlev's nat-
eut self adjustable horse collars are sold." '
HO FOR THE
AMt CKiAlt STOKR
rgr-Mo'iUIRE'S old stand still kept pen by
CIGARS, TOBACCOS, d-C WHOLE
SALE d' RETAIL.
Good Goods, Buy Largely
And invite trade to call and examine, ltf
Good fresh mil
EVERTBODT'S HOME IN PLATTSMOUTH
IF THET WAST IT, BT
J. F. IJCAlIEISTCIt.
SSKD IN TOUR ORDERS AND I WILL TBI A5D
and serve you regularly.
O. F. JOHNSON,
All Paper Trimmed Free of
ALSO DEALER IN
Prescriptions Carefully Compounded
by an Experienced. Druesit.
REMEMBER THE PLACE.
COR. FIFTH & MAIN SIREEXSA
B. I. YVIX1IIA3I,
ATTORNEY and Counselor at Law. Real
estate bought and sold. Taxes paid : and spe
cial attention given to collections. Oflice over
Lr. Chapman s Drug Store, Plattsinouth. 37yl
H..51 .11 CIIAP3IAX.
ATTORNEY AT LAW and Solicitor in Chan-
rv. onice in l ltzgerald's Block, Plattsmouth.
It. II. WIIEKI.CIC A CO.
LAW OFFICE, Real Estate. Fire and Life In
surance Agents. Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Col
lectors, tax-payers. Have a complete abstract
of titles. Buy and sell rey.l estate, negotiate
loans, eic. i .".y i
EOUAR I. STO.VE,
ATTORNEY AT LAW, office with D. II. II.
Wheeler & Co., Plattsmouth. Neb. I5yl
K It LIVIXliftTOX,
riixsiciAN ssuiaiEOX, tenders his pro-
iessionai services to ine citizens oi cass county.
Residence southeast corner Sixth and Oak sts. :
Office on Main street, two doors west of Sixth,
UEO. . NMITII.
ATTORNEY AT LAW and Real Estate Bro
ker. Special attention given to Collections
and all matters anecting tne title to real estate.
Othce on 2d floor, over Post Oliice.
JOHX XV IIAIXKS
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, ami collector of
debts, collections made from one dollar to one
thousand dollars. Mortirages. Deeas. and oth
er instruments drawn, and all countv business
usually transacted before a Justice ofthe Peace.
JJest or reference given u required.
Oitiee on Maiu street, West of Court House.
40-yl JOHN W. HAINES.
OK. jr. M. WAT EltM ASf ,
Physio Medical Practitioner.
LuuisvOle, Cass Co., Neb.
fAlways at the office on Saturdays. 40yl
PLATTSMO UTII, NEB.
Flour, Corn Mial, & Feed
Always on hand and for sale at lowest cash
prices. The lushest prices paid for Wheat and
Corn. Particular attention given custom work.
J. S. GREGORY, - - - Proprietor.
Location Central. Good Sample Room..
Every attention paid to guests. 43m3
Plattsmouth, - Neb.
J.J.IMUOFF, - - - Proprietor.
The best known and most oonular Landlord
in tnc Mate. Always stop at tne commercial.
Largest and finest Hotel be
tween Chicago and San
GEO. THRALL, -, - Prop.
O. K. SALOON.
I keep constantly on baud
Best's Milwaukee Rcer.
which can be had at no other
PLACE IN THE CITY.
AUo the best of
WINES, LIQUORS, AND CIGARS.
3Cin6 Ed. Roseubanm.
LENHOFF d- BONNS,
Morning Devr Saloon !
One door east of the Saunders House. "We
Keep tne best of
Beer, Wines, Liquors & Cigars.
33m9 Constantly on Hand.
A Ureat Keduction in Prices of
GUNS, REVOLVERS, &c.
Prices reduced from 20 to 30 oer cent. Writ
for Illustrated Catalogue, with reduced prices
ivr i9ii. Auurtss,
GREAT WESTERN GUN WORKS,
91 Sniithfleld St., Pittsburgh, Pa. lgyl
H. A. WATERMAN & SON
Wholesale and Retail Dealers in
ETC.. ETC., ETC. 7
Mai., street. Corner of Fifth,
rLATTSMOUTII, - - - - NEB.
Still Better Rates for Lumber.
STltElGKT & MILIES,
and all kinds of harness stock, constantly on
Remember the place opposite E. G.
on Lower Maiu Street.
STREIGHT d- MILLER.
BEST FARMING LANDS
FOR SALE BY
H3. d Mo. Bl.
Great Advantages to Buyers
Ten Years Credit at 6 per cent Interest.
Six Years Credit at 6 per cent Interest,
and 20 per cent Discount.
Other Liberal DIsroantN Far Cash,
Uebate on Fares and Freights,
and Premium tor improve
ments. Pamphlets and Jfaps. containing full partic
ulars, will be mailed free to any part ot the
world on application to
T. k t COJOUSalOXER, B. M. R. R. .
loyl Lxxeour. Xzb&acxa
! "The Goodman and Goodwife."
From the German of Goethe.
To-morrow falls St. Martin's feast,
The goodwife loves her man !
She stirs a pudding with fresh yeast.
And bakes it in a pan.
Retired at night from care and strife ;
A wild wind sweeps the moor.
The goodinan eays to his goodwife,
" You bolt the door secure 1"
"The wind blows round my head and ears
Half chilled I sought repose :
The door may clatter a hundred years
The bolt I will not close."
At which a wager now is laid,
v- In whispers face to face,
That which of them the first word said.
Should shove the bolt in place.
Two travelers come at dead of night.
They know not where they flee.
The fire is out, there is no light,
They nothing hear or see.
A charmed spot you have inferred
For trying patience sore.
Yet is there heard no mortal word.
The cause lay in the door.
They ate the pudding on the shelf,
The darkness ijuite concealing ;
The goodwife mutters to herself.
No audible sound revealing.
At this one traveler sighed within,
"How parched my throat and dry ;
The open cupboard smells of gin.
Perhaps it may be nigh."
"A flask of gin I surely find.
How fortunate are we
I drink your health aud you drink mine,
And soon we'll happy be."
The goodman sprang so briskly forth.
All raging fierce within
"Will pay most dearly for Its worth
Whoever takes my gin !"
The wife sprang up at what she heard
The bouncing srii'gs sprang she
"You goodinan spoke the first word.
You bolt the door for me."
Racine, Wis., July 10, 1877.
IN HIS OWN TOILS.
Sleep is th ligation of sense, but the library
of reason. We are somewhat more Mian our
selves in our sleep, and the slumber of the body
seems to be but the walking ot the soul. Ltteii-
Tom and I were only brothers. Our
parents having died while we were
quite young, left us little besides their
blessing, and alone, and almost friend
less, we had struggled on together
through misfortune and adversity,
looking forward hopefully to a happy
and successful future, Our lonely
place in the world has strengthened an
early affection, and at the time of.
which I write the feeling had become
a closer and warmer sentiment than
that commonly existing between bro
thers. Indeed, we loved each other
very dearly. I tell you this to show
you now great was my sorrow ana
anxiety when, one day in the latter
part of June, 1870, Tom was brought
to bed with a serious attack of typhoid
fever. Being a medical student, I was
constantly noting little symptoms that
would have escaped a layman's eye, and
hourly vacillating between hope and
fear. In fact, I made myself very mis
erable for days at a time, when there
was really no necessity for it.
For three long weeks, day and night,
I watched at his bedside, and when, at
the end of that time, the physicians
pronounced him out of danger, they
strongly advised me to go into the
country for a few weeks' rest. Indeed
I was thoroughly worn out mentally
and physically, and, when Tom joined
j i j a : 4.1 4-.l....Tl l.l I
iue uuciuis in me iciiuesniwii siiuum
go out of town to recuperate my vis
vitoe, I reluctantly consented to leave
I sought the country, and one fine
afternoon in the latter part of July I
found myself at Lake Mahopac, having
arrived the day before. A short twen
ty-four hours had made me feel almost
myself again, - although my nervous
system had by no means regained its
face of the lake and the rich masses of
verdure overhanging the shores of its
two islands, I ventured forth in a little
row boat, taking a fishing pole and
some bait with me. Having puneu
slowly out and passed behind Hound
Island, I headed in again, and anchor
ed at a little distance from Grand Is
land. Casting my line. I lit my pipe
and patiently waited for a bite. The
day was war. and the wind fast
asleep, miles away. A halt hour dron
ed itself away and not a bite not even
a nibble. Wonderfully lazy and some
what disgusted with my luck, I stretch
ed myself out on the cushioned seat
and began to muse on the subject of
fish and fishermen.
Suddenly there came a crashing sound
from the shore of Grand Island, a loud
cry, and then a thud, as if some heavy
body had fallen. I looked m that di
rection whence the sound had come,
and saw a large object, apparently the
body of a man, lying on the shingly
beach, where it seemed to have fallen
from a jutting mass of rocks above
surprised and alarmed, I seized the
oars and pulled to the spot where the
object lay. My fears were well ground
ed, for, to my horror.I found an oldman
there, bloody, find groaning with pain.
When I asked him where he thought
he was hurt, he pointed to his head
and leg. With true "surgical instinct,"
I was about to rip up the leg of his
pantaloons, to see if there were any
broken bones, when he motioned me to
stop, and said :
"Don't, please don't touch it. Take
"I'll arrange the boat first, and make
it a little more comfortable," I said,
starting toward it.
"No, no," he cried. "I live up there,"
pointing to the woods behind us. "Can't
you carry me r" I looked at blm. in.
amazement, for the clerk at the hotel
told me that the islands were uniuhab
ited. "Some poor devil," I thought, who
is hiding from justice, or some one,
perhaps who, tired of the world and
its ways, lives here by himself,"
Whichever it may be, the man seem
ed badly hurt and in need of immedi
ate attention. More than that. I felt a
strange interest in him, and was cur
ious to see where he lived and what
manner of a man he was. Despite all
my care in lifting him, he groand with
the pain. lie was heavy, and seemed
to grow heavier with every step I took
up)the steep ascent.. Guided by a sort of
path, I labored on. About half way up
1 was obliged to stop and rest. In a
peevish, querulous tone, he begged me
to go on. Once More I started. He
seemed to be made of lead. Happen
ing to look quickly into his face, I was
surprised to see that he was smiling.
Perhaps it was for joy at the prospect
of soon reaching home. Still I did not
like it. There was something sneer
ing nd malignant about it something
cunning and devilish. At best his
face was anything but prepossessing.
He was apparently about sixtv-five
years of age. His hair originally white.
was now dirty and bloodstained. His
skin was dirty and wrinkled. Little fer
rety eyes, with a greenish tinge of col
or; long, sharp nose, and a very large
mouth contained a few scattered teetli
worn to the gums and blackened, com
pietecl tne picture, liis nanus were
yellow, wrinkled and dirty. The tin
ger-nails were talon-like. His whole
'muke up," in fact, was by no means
agreeable, and I began to regret chat
I had aided him. And yet how could
I have refused to help a fellow being
so seriously injured? I wa suddenly
roused by his sharp voice: "Stop. Now
turn to your left."
Ihis 1 did, when to ray utter amaze
ment, the green-leave I trees had van
ished, and in their place stood bare
trunks and leafless branches. All about
on the ground were mvriads of fa
ded leaves. Just bevond was a clear
ing with not a blade of grass to be
seen. The baie. dry ground looked as
though it had been singed. In the
centre of the clearing stood an old,
half-ruined castle, moss-chinked and
ivied. Turret and battlement; court
yard, huge gates, and a heavy, cumber
some uraw-orulge were all there. I
could not doubt my senses; it was real.
I had stopped in my wonder and per
plexity, and was gazing with open
mouthed astonishment at the old pile
when I was suddenly made aware of
the presence of the old man by a sharp
pinch on my arm, and the words
'why don't you go on!" impatiently.
Is that your home?" I asked, still
staring in a mechanical sort of way.
"Of course it is. Why don't you go
on, and not stana staring iiKe a iooi t
'They told me at the hotel," said I
moving forward, "that this island
hadn't a dwelling on it, and was en
tirely uninhabited. I can't reconcile
what I heard with what I now see."
'They seem to have been mistaken
eh?" said he, with one of his develish
This time I was not mistaken. There
wa3 some hidden meaning in the laugh.
natever it was. it gave me a very
Whatever it was. it gave me a
positive dislike to the old man. Hav
ing reached the shore of the moat. I
asked him how we were to get across.
for an answer he blew a shrill note
upon a key of curious shape, and, as
suddenly as if they had been waiting
for us, two men in the garb of monks
appeared on the other side. They let
down the drawbridge with much clank
ing of chains and creaking of hinges.
Its rheumatic joints seemed to cry out
with the pain the motion occasioned
Carrying my burden as carefully as
possible, I passed over the bridge and
through the gate into the court yard.
Once inside, the monkish creatures
stood blinking at me. Becoming un
comfortable under their stare, and
finally getting irritated, I said: "Why
don't one of you gapping fools tell
where to take this person ; he is ser
"Hurt! injured! Ha, ha. hi, hi," and
they capered round me, laughing in
shrill, discordent voices. I looked to
my burden for an explanatin of this
idiotic procedure, when, to my amaze
ment, he slid from my arms and in a
jiffy was laughing and dancing about
me with the others. He whose leg I
supposed was broken, whose head I
thought gashed, and whom I thought
to weak to walk, was capering about
me, varying his antics with an occa
sional somersault. In a moment the
truth flashed upon me. I could account
for his request that I should not ex
amine his leg, and his. cunning, devil
ish smile. I had been led into a trap
in a very ingenious manner. Their
purpose I could not conjecture ; prob
ably robbery, possibly murder. I re
solved to make my escape, if it was
possible. Turning suddenly I rushed
through the gate, when, to my dismay,
I found the drawbridge up. And yet
these cursed people were at my heels,
shrieking, laughing, deriding me, tear
ing my clothes, pulling my hair, and
cleverly dodging every blow I aimed
There remained but one thing for
me to do. I must cross the moat. I !
tUUlU O J.UJ -a a UkJivv w w -- 0
fled again! As far as I could see, the
muddy bottom of the moat swarmed
itu lizards and snakes, the latter with
vibrile heads, shooting out their forked
tongues. Still my tormentors contin
ued their cruel sport. Thought swept
along like a river. I could let the
drawbridge down, if these devils could
only be made to scand back. I seiz
eu a nuge sticK, and rusued upon
them. They laughed at me. I
would be revenged. They should
mock me no longer. I aimed a fierce
Diow at my deceiver. .Midway in air
the stick crumbled to pieces. It was
rotten. Dropping the fragment from
my hand, I rushed to the bridge, fol
lowed by those devils, still howling and
shrieking. I grasped the huge chain,
and then with a cry of pain snatched
my hands away. It was red hot. I
had burned myself badly.
"Surely this must be Perdition!" I
cried and was greeted with more of
their derisive laughter. I turned upon
them, and said, "What is it you wish
I am your prisoner, and at your mer
cy. "Mercy, our mercy," they jeered. Oh,
if I had only Drought my pistol with
me. It lay on the bureau in my room
at the hotel.
"Hi! there! Stop that, you fools.
Bring him in!" The voice came from
it window in the castle. I could not
see the face. These men on the first
sound of that voice, crouched like
whipped dogs. They pointed to the
Kreat door of the castle, snarling and
looking hate at me, and, following close
upon my heels bade me enter.
Up the stairs I went, feeling as I
passed through the door, that I had
looked for the List time on earth
and sky. They hurried me along j
a small dark passage r.o the right
for a short distance, when suddenly
mv feet felt nothing, and I fell down,
down.down.it semM thousands of
feet. Suddenly I struck something
soft, and fell flat upon an immense pile
of feathers. The little old man who
had decoyed me to the castle, and many
others looking just like him, pulled me
quickly from where I had fallen, and
lurried rne out into the cpntfr of the
ipartnient. It was a large, window-
apartment, lit by some fragrant
preparation burning in skull.-, on
ledges about the room. The floor,
walls and ceiling wr re composed of
rock and clay. In the enter of the
room was a large tub, ai-out winch
were arranged brushes of every shape
These greyheaded demons stripped me
Df my clothes, and raised me upon their
shoulders, tossed me into the huge tub.
t was half-filled with a smouing liq
uid. Oh! how hot it was! In a few
minutes they dragged me out, stood
me upon some feathers, and, dipping
from the tub with their huge white
wash brushes, gave coat after coat of
the hot fluid. Taking ine between
them, they swung me into t he air. I
began to dry. I felt my arms and legs
straightening out, and getting stiff and
mmovaole; so. too, my neck and body.
I tried to speak to cry out. It was
useless. I only muttered something
unintelligible. I could not close my
eyes, and they began to pain me ex-
ceedingly. When I was perfectly dry
and incapable of the least movement
J one of them painted on my chest, in
red, No. 8,5.5j-G78, 3d series. When
this had dried they put me in a dumb
waiter or elevator, just large enough
for one, and shot me upward with such
veloc ity that I could hardly, hold my
breath. Suddenly it stopped with a
jerk tliiit vibrated through every part
of my body. It was a pleasure, that
pain, for it was a certain sign of vital
ity. I no longer doubled that I was
alive. A door opeued and two old
men (they all looked and dressed alike)
caught me up between them and car
ried me into a brilliantly lighted hall.
There were rows of seals, bench above
bench, all occupied by men wearing
black skull-caps. Upon the front of
each was tastefully worked in red silk
the heart and its great vessels. Upon
a raised seat, fronting all these bench
es, (which were arranged in a semicir
cle) sat a man of large and command
ing stature, though old and wrinkled.
He had a long, grey beard, and locks
of white hair stragling from beneath
a skull-cap of brilliant scarlet. He
struck me as being the one who had
called to my captors from the window.
Banged about the room were a number
of men as stiff and immovable as my
self. But they seemed to be dead. A
thrill of horror ran through me. They
stood me up against a table in the cen
ter of the amphitheater, facing the
man on the raised seat.
I wondered what end there was to
bo to these proceedings. All my fear
seemed to have passed away, and I was
posessed with an eager curiosity to
know who the strange men were, and
why I had been brought there.
I was soon enlightened. He of the
scarlet cap addressed me:
"Edward Baker" after a sharp vocal
A chorous of groans greeted my last
"Young man," said he of scarlet cap,
"it is my duty and pleasure to explain
to you fully who we are, and why
have been brought here. We are
Bpirits. the souls if you choose, of dead
animals clothed in human flesh
.imals that have been cruelly drugged
V. A 1 9 A. A . ....
are, or rather were, dogs, cats, sheep,
horses, cows, rabits, frogs , toads, and
fish, that have been ruthlessly torment
ed and butchered by the so-called men
of science, often without any definite
object in view ; often to simply demon
strate to a class of country bumkias
aspiring to the title of Doclor in Medi
cine, a point in physiology that could
have been equally well explained with
out such sacrifice. We have been cut
burned, subjected to violent shocks of
electricity; starved to death to prove
that butter and sugar will not sustain
life for a lengthened period. We have
had tubes sewn into our Btomach, and
our gastric juoe drained off to give to
the physiological chemist to analyze it
We have had our intestines tied, and
our Kiuneys extirpated, to make or
break the wild ancy of an empty the
orist, and then been killed to show the
manner in which Rochelle salts acted
We had our nerves cut out by the
inch to demonstratethe reproduction
of nerve tissue. Our legs have boen
been broken and allowed to unite at
all sorts of angles to show the nature
of the bonytructure and the manner in
which fractures united. In fact, doc
tors, Medical students and men of sci
ence, have taken from us the life God
gaveus,and, when not doing that, have
taken away the pleasure of li ving.which
is life itself. It is bad enough to hack
and mutilate the dead, fashioned in
the image of their niliker, but worse,
to torment and kill poor animals that
cannot help themselves. You hurt us.
did you not hear us cry out.
Within the past year, you too, have
been our persecutor and destroyer, and
it is given us to retaliate upon you.
Upon those whom we obtain we try
all manner of physiological experi
ments, being guided in our cruelty by
the old law 'an eye for an eye and a
tooth for a tooth." The rabbit whose
kidneys you removed not long' since
and who died in the most intense ago
ny, is here. He shall name the kind
of experiment we will try upon you
Rjil.bit step forward and name his
I was bonified beyond measure.
could not speak. I could not beg.
Now I iaw it all but too late.
An old greybeard came forward and
handed a paper to him of the scarlet
cap. Having read it carefully he ad
dressed the assembly with: 'Brethem
it is the will of our friend and fellow
sufferer, so mercilessly butchered by
thi3 human being, that both his legs
be broken at the thighs and that he be
then poisoned with etrichnia, in order
that we may try our new antidote up
on him. Nicotia, the native principal
of tobacco, as you know is a deadly
poison, and heretofore found no place
in the catalogue of useful drugs. A
physician in Germany has lately been
using it as an efficient antidote in
strychnia poisoning. We can test the
truth of his statements by a careful
experiment on this young man, and
with both pleasure and profit to our
Honored President and brethem,"
said an old man rising from nis seat,
I am the dog into whose stomach this
mortal put a silver tube, by cutting
through ray abdominal walls. He let
it remain there for months, draining
away my gastric juice, day by day,
starving or over-feeding me at his
pleasure. I speak of these things not
to show you what I have suffered, but
to let you see that I am not ..biased in
what I am about to say by any desire
to mitigate this man's sufferings. The
success or our antidote experiment
will, in a great measure, depend upon
a perfectly fresh and quiesent state of
the system. Breaking his legs will
give rise to a certain amount of ner
vous shock and after-fever, and will
render the experimen, if not a failure
certainly less satisfactory and conclu
sive. Therefore, I suggest that we
proceed first with the poisoning, and
break the legs af terward.
Victim as I was, doomed to most
certain death, I could not but admire
the thouroughly scientific manner in
which the old man (or dog) had spok
en. The vote of the assembly being
called for, they unanimously agreed
with the last speaker. It was decided
then to poison me with strychnine.
Great God! it was too much; it was
too hard. I would spit the medicine
in their faces. I would starve to death
rather than satisfy the fiends. Oh if I
had never studied medicine, or if I had
only staid away from that cursed lake!
But no, it wa3 too late too late. My
eyes were dry,-glazed, and burning, like
coals of fire. Perhaps they would
throw pepper in them and collect the
tears for analysis. Thus ran my
The President motioned to an old
man, who proved to be the druggist.
He came forward and held a glass to
my lips. I struggled to turn my head
aside. It was useless. He poured the
liquid into my mouth and tilted my
head back, trying to make me swallow
it. With a fierce effort I spat it out,
full in his face. Ah! ha! I had the
advantage of them. They could not
make me swallow it.
The enraged druggist struck me in
the face, and, glaring angrily at me, re
plenished the glass. He held my nose
and tried to make me swallow the curs
ed fluid Again I spat it out. A mur
mur of surprise and dissatisfaction
ent roucd-Tbey wcwbafled! Perd.
aiiu vuicuereu to inrow lignt upon
various piijsiological phenomena. " We
tionj That crafty scientific dog roso
again to speak. "Honorable President,
I suggest that it bo given to Lim by
the hypodermic syringe."
Great Heavens! 1 had not thought
of that. Surely I could no longer help
myself. It was useless to fight against
my fate. The druggist brought a lit
tle syringe about three inched In length.
As a nozzle it had a golden needlo per
forated. Putting the hollow needle in
to a fresh solution of strychnine he
drew the syringe full, and, piercing tho
skin of my arm with the golden needle,
pushed in the injection. I was furious
with pain and rage ; yet I oould not
move. Tho mysterious varnish or glue
kept mo immovable. I struggled in
my mind, but no movement of my
limbs answered tho effort of my will.
The sensation was something terrible.
God pity the paralyzed 1
The solution of strychnine must
have been a very powerful one, for in
a lew moments I felt it tingling
through my veins. My head began to
ache and throb ; my bones seemed to
be grinding against each other; my
breath came quick, my heart seemed
in a vise; spots danced before my eyes ;
a sudden tremor shook my frame; then
a convulsive agony, and tho glue, fell
scaling to the floor. With chattering
teeth I prayed for death, but they
laughed at and mocked me. The lights
in the room became blurred and misty,
and seemed to be dancing about madly ;
the faces of the old men began to grow
more and more distant, and my body.
but a moment before stiff and immov
able, was twisted about and distorted
with the most hideous conyulsions.
Then a blank.
When I regained consciousness thero
was the taste of nicotine in my mouth.
my limbs were, oh, so sore, and my head
seemed throbbing responses to a trip
hammer. Then I heard voices. At
first they sounded distant and unintelli
gible. Then they became more dis
tinct, and I could understand what was
"A wonderful success," said one.
"Excellent," said another.
"Didn't enjoy it much," said a third,
"He will appreciate how we felt when
the doctors and physiologists were tor
turing us," remarked a fourth.
"I hope the fool isn't dead," charita
bly remarked one of them, "for we pro
pose to experiment upon the circula
tion during hanging, after we break
Great God! were they not satisfied?
Had I not suffered enough already? It
seemed not. I was suddenly aroused
by some one's running a heated needlo
into my flesh.
"Now, brethren," said the president,
"let us proceed at once to the second ex
periment." They carried me to a table,
upon the edge of which were set two
heavy, flat steel rings. My legs wero
drawn through them, and the bands
screwed tight. A man grasped each
leg, and gave a sudden side-wise jerk.
There was a loud snap, and my limbs
hung down limp and useless.
The pain was severe, but not so great
as I expected it would be. Hut soon.
the position in which the leg3 hung,
caused the sharp end of the broken
bones to cut through the muscles. I
groaned. The pain became Intense ; I
could stand it no longer, and fainted.
When I came to my senses I was laid
out upon another table. Those Inter
nal scientists were attaching a sphyg
mograph to each wrist to register tho
frequency and "measure of each pulso
beat on a slip of paper. They also
strapped oa my chest an apparatus for
noting the force and frequency of my
heart-beats and the number of my re
I felt resigned. I had given up all
hope of life, and was glad to die, it
mattered little how. They were evi
dently going to hang me. They raised
me to a sitting posture, put tho nooso
about my neck, and began to pull up
slowly. Their science far outweighed
I felt that I was strangling. My
windpipe was in a vise. I could not
breathe. I felt my face swelling and
my eyes starting from their sockets. I
tried to struggle but could not. They
had probably give me some paralyzing
drug, for struggling would have inter
fered with their experiment. My faco
burned, my head seemed about to split ;
my ears rang, and spots and flashes of
fire danced before my eyes. It was all
over ; the end had come.
No! no! I suddenly gained the use of
my hands. In a moment my fingers
were twisted in the rope. I loosed the
noose and tore It from my neck. My
I was lying down and in a boat. I
had been fast asleep and dreaming.
The cord about my neck was my fish
line, and at the other end was a threo
pound bass, pulling for dear life. Tho
taste of nicotine was from my pipe,
the amber mouth-piece of which I still
held clutched in my teeth.
Looking at my watch I found that J
had been asleep about twenty minutes.
I looked toward Grand Island. There,
it was as green and quiet as ever.
But, heavens! what a dream. From
that day to this I have never experi
mented on an animal.
My human conscience, in a dream,
had retaliated upon my Jnhuman sci
ence, and yet my conscience, while I
was operating on animals, had never
found fault with toy act.
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