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THE GIANTS AT CAft&RIA.
Survival of a Peculiar Custom
in the North of France.
n.ich yenr, In tlio mlddlo of August,
the imrlsh feasts nt Cumbria, In
Prance, nro concluded with tlio march
of the glantfl. Tlio cortege was partic
ularly flno thlR year, the Goyant fami
ly of Doual nnd Rcuso of Dunkirk hav
ing responded to tho Invitation of the
Tho various programs published nt
Cambria have, tnkcu caro to recall to
mind the origin of tho Institution of
the popular giants of Flanders. It was
'Charles V., said somo of theso, who
(endowed the subjects of tho north with
'this dlvcrtlscment, to tho end that ho
might engage and amuse those pco
iplo of rustless spirit. Othors affirm
ithat tho giants arose spontaneously
out of tho soul of tho peoplo. Thoy
taro tlio heroic warrior who have saved
tho city, nnd of whom tlio remum
brancn Is pcrpptuated under this sym
However that may he, for the most
part the towns of Flanders, Belgium,
have their giant. For lnstnuce, there
Is Grandfather Giant nt Mallnes;
Drtion Antlgnon nt Anvcrs, who camo
ito tako part In tho fetes of Van Dyck;
illcrculcs nt Louvalno; Ommegan at
'Brussels; Llderlc and Phlnart nt LIllo;
iGollath at Ath; Longcman at Hussclt;
ITho Dragon nt Mona, and, finally, Gay
ant and Heuso at Dunkirk. Each one
'has a local history. Tho dato of birth
bf others Is unknown and uncertain.
THE PROCESSION OF
'They arc duo probably to tho dcslro
leach village had to mako tho mo3t
droll, most amusing nnd most ccccn
'tric display, In tho words of the
learned M. Thcophllo Dents, to nmuso
i big children with big playthings.
The willow mannlkln, which ropro
iecnts Gayant of Doual, was construct
ed In tho yenr 1530, to llguru In n relig
ious procession. Gayant baa been re
paired very often since that time, and
'It Is hcllovod that there exists Uttlo
of tho original carcass. His wlfo dates
cnly since 1564. Tho chlldron followed
Jacquot, Flllnn nnd Ulnbln. Gnyaut
la over 7 ynrds high, Mmo, Gayant 6,
Jacquot 4, Flllnn 3.5, nnd Dlnbln be
tween 2.G nnd 3. Gayant. tho most
beautiful of tho giants, who has fig
ured nt Cambria In tho procession of
the 15th of August, Is costumed as a
ooldler of tho nlxtecnth century.
A Snit rretllciuniMit.
From tho Dahlonega (Ga.) Nugget:
Arch Anderson, while attending tho
Baptist association tho other Sunday,
EOt into a very embarrassing condi
tion. At night he went homo with
Eomo girls to spend tho evening with
r.n old acquaintance. After chatting
until. a Into hour they all retired for
tho night. After Arch had gono to bed
It was so warm ho beenmo restless and
decided to get up and slip out into
tho yard and remain a whllo whoro it
was cool, Ho had not lauded but a
fow minutes beforo tho dog discovered
him, and Arch had to climb a peach
tree in hasto in order to escape its
powerful Jaws. Tho dog barked so
long that ono of tho young ladles camo
out to see what It meant, and looking
up in the trco by tho light of tho moon
discovered the man resting on a limb
In bis night suit.
Vent Mute Hurt-Inn.
Buffalo Special Chicago Chron
icle: At 1 o'clock the other morning
the young eon of John Fllslnger, a
deaf mute, living at 473 Sherman
street, heard a noise In tho shop below
ri-Kmmmmmmmmmm mtmammmmmm OaaBaBaaanaiwawiiMa ,
his bedroom. Ho wont downstairs and
saw two men trylns to break Into lib
fnther's safo. Tho boy got u hachct
nnd crept up behind tho burglars, In
tending to kill them, but lost heart
nnd retreated to tho next room. Thcro
ho mado nn outcry, expecting that tho
men would run, but they kept stcndlly
nt work on tho snfo. Young Fllslnger
wont upstairs nnd aroused his father,
telling him In tho sign langungo what
wan happening. Both went down
stairs to attack tho cracksmen, who
were making a noisy Job of tho ante.
As tho Fllslngers entered tho room
tho burglnrs saw them nnd ran for tho
window, communicating with each
other by signs. Fllslnger saw that tho
burglars wero deaf mutes like himself
nnd was so surprised that he forgot to
chnso them. Ho notified the police,
nnd this nfternoon Henry Hrnvcn and
John Weber, both deaf nnd dumb, wero
arrested. Thfiy confessed.
Tnllnt Man In the Philippine Army.
It Is perhaps not to bo wondered at
that Agulnnldo's Uttlo brown warriors
run when tho Colorado regiment ap
pears In their vicinity, for the color
bcaror of thnt regiment Is the tallest
man in the Philippine army. In addi
tion ho Is a farmer cottage football
playor and has distinguished himself
by nets of bravery on several battle
fields. Color-Sorgt. Richard O.
Holmes, of whom all Colorado Is
THE GIANTS AT CAMBRIA.
proud, stands six feet six inches in
height and weighs 21C pounds. Just
beforo the Spanish-American war
broke out ho wa3 a student at Lafay
ette university, from which ho grad
uated. While In colleco ho was for
two years captain of tho football team.
Then ho removed to Denver nnd waa
ono of tho first men In Colorado to
volunteer for service. At tho storm
ing of Malato ho wns with tho leaders
when they renched tho heights and,
after ono man had been shot down
while attempting to raise the flag, and
had fallen with Its bloody folds draped
around him, Holmes rushed forward
and, in tho faro of a storm of bullets,
pulled It to tho top of the staff. Ho Is
said to bo tho most popular man in
DoyIco for Watching I.rtlor Curriers.
Tho po3tofllco department In Wash
ington Is experimenting among tho
Washington letter carriers with n do
vlco for keeping tab on carriers as thoy
mako their rounds from box to box,
and If the experiment Is decided to be
a success tho now system will probably
bo ndoptcd for tho entire country. Tho
device Is founded on tho same princi
ple ns tho nlarm which night watchmen
pull onco un hour, or half-hour, at
tending to business. It Is attached to
tho Inside of lottcr boxes, nnd on re
turn from his route tho carrier de
posits slips of paper, which contain nn
accurate register of tho places ho has
visited. If ndoptcd by thp department
tho device will bo Intended as much for
tho protection of honest, faithful car
riers as for tho detection of those who
are Inclined to bo shiftless and careless.
Iluuseu'e l'ockotfut of Orders.
Tho Iato Prof. Bunsen thought moro
highly of his scientific discoveries than
he did of the many orders and othor
tokens of honor that wero showered on
him during his long life. Ho was apt
to forget to put on his crosses and rib
bons when Invited to official ceremo
nies, and bis housekeeper tried to re
mind him of his duty by putting his
various orders in tho pockets of his
dress-suit trousers. On ono occasion,
nays the Berlin Doracnscourler, ho was
Invited with tho other Heidelberg pro
fessors to dine with a. Baden prince.
Ho entered tho room late, after tho
guests had assembled, nnd ono of his
colleagues turned to him mid enld:
"Exciibo mo, Hcrr Gchclmrath, but
what have you dono with your orders?"
Bitnson wns taken abaci;; ho thought
for a momont nnd then, plunging hla
hand Into hla left trousers' pocket,
pulled out a (1st full of Htars and
crosses. As soon ns they recovered
from their astonishment every ono be
gan to laugh, but Bunsen said, good
naturedly, "Oh, I havo a lot moro,"
and pulled another handful out of tho
right-hand pocket of his trouaora.
TWO STORIES FOR ANGLERS.
Tront (.'ntislit Ttrmitj-l'our Hours After
It Took tho t'ljr.
A well-known Albany nnglor had a
unique cxperlcnco this summer trout
Ashing up in Canada. Ho waa sont out
from camp to catch a mess for supper.
Ho was fishing with threo flies on a
singlo lender. At tho first cast his fly
was taken by a good-sized trout that
leaped from tho water to grab it. Ho
evidently got tho leader on a "slack"
before tho lino was tightened from tho
rod, as ho snapped It off and went
swimming awny with tho two flics
and broken leader trailing behind.
Next dny tho nnglcr revisited tho lake,
and ns ho was looking over tho sldo of
tho boat ho espied In ten or fifteen feet
of water tho big trout that had taken
his leader tho night before. A closer
examination revealed that his trout
ship wan safely hitched to the dead
branch of n trco which had fallen Into
tho water. In swimming about ono of
tho two frco hooks on tho leader had
caught In tho branch nnd that ended
tho migrations of the trout still firmly
hooked by tho fly he had grabbed.
Rowing ashore the angler stripped and
dovo for his prize. He secured It and
a pleco of tho branch, and to-day has
tho stuffed trout with hook still In his
Jaw aud tho other hook embedded In
tho broken branch mounted a3 a plEca
torlal study and souvenir of tho Inci
dent. Albany Argus.
And the Tremendous Loads They Can
New York Mall and Express: Tho
pack mulo Is quite ns much an Insti
tution ns tho team mule, and is abso
lutely Indispensable In tho mountains.
Mule packing Is n flno art, and with a
well-trained animal and a skillful
packer you can safely transport any
thing from a piano to a bag of oats.
When tho packer has finished his Job
In an artistic manner tho aulmal may
buck or back, kick or rear, or roll, but
he cannot rid himself of his burden,
and he finally gives it up In despair.
After two or threo experiences ho will
submit to his destiny and fall Into lino
with the rest of tho trnln every morn
ing to receive his load from tho packer.
A well-trained pack mulo Is always
proud of hla load, and If by any means
ho gets it looso ho will step quietly out
of lino nnd wait until tho packmaster
comes along to tighten it. Tho most
serious objection to tho mule, which
you sometimes find In human beings
also, Is the delusion thnt ho can sing.
Ono who has never heard a mulo solo
cannot appreciate tho extent of his
mistake; but llko everything elso
about a mule, hla song is strictly orig
inal. It belongs to no other animal.
No ono can describe, and no ono can
In Scotland old customs die hard, es
pecially In tho Highlands, ns was ovl
donced tho first Sunday In May, when
tho tlmo-honored practice of paying a
visit to tho wells, tho waters of which
arc known for their healing virtues,
was observed by hundreds of parsons.
Young and old Journeyed from Inver
ness during the day to St. Mary's Well,
which Is situated nenr to blasted Cul
lodcn Heath, nnd after drinking the
wator a coin wns dropped into tho well.
This act Is supposed to bo nn earnest
of good health and success during tho
year. Tho practice of visiting "wish
ing wolls" has descended from fathor
to son, and despite the fact that many
ministers point out that It Is not con
ducive to keeping tho Sabbath holy,
nnd Is only fit for suporstitious bar
barians, still tho numbors who go to
tho well novcr diminish. Not only
waa tho practlco observed In parts of
Invorncsshlro, but In Rosshlro also
numbers of peoplo visited the famous
healing well of Craglo Howe, deposited
their coins, r.nd returned apparently
satisfied that trouble and sickness had
effectually boon guarded against in tho
Why Alligators Kept Awny.
A navnl officer, whose ship was sta
tioned off tho coast of Ceylon, recently
went off tor a day's shooting along the
coast, accompanied by n native attend
ant who was well acquainted with tho
country. Coming to a partlcuarly in
viting river he resolved to have a
batho, and nsked tho native to show
him a place where there wero no alli
gators. The native took hlra to a
pool cIobo to tho estuary. Tho officer
thoroughly enjoyed his dip, and whllo
drying himself ho asked his guldo why
thero wero never any alligators In that(
pool. "Because, sah," promptly re
plied tho Cingalese, "they plenty 'frald
of shark!" Spare Moments,
The front steps nro a real clow to tho
Inmates of the house.
THAT TROUT AFFAIIt.
Grimsby said that ho was perfectly
delighted when Johnson told htm over
tho tnlcphono that if ho would send
down his ofllco boy ho would present
to hlr.i n box of brook trout. John
son had Just returned tho day before
from tho Catsklils, whoro ho had
caught tho trout.
"Put tho box In somo coo place till
I start for homo," Grimsby had said to
hla ofilcc boy. But Worth street dry
goods housed do not abound In cool
places on mldtummor nfternoons. nnd
when at 5 o'clock tho office boy pro
duced the box of trout for the de
parting Grimsby ho added, with a re
spectful smile: "It wouldn't do no
harm, sir, If you was to sit In tho smok
ing car on your way out."
"Whnt do you mean?" demanded
Tho ofllco boy oald nothing, but
tnlffcd rather suggestively In no di
rection of tho trout.
"What nonsense!" exclaimed Grlma
by, angrily. '"I hey were caught only
yesterdny." And ho thought what a
delightful surprise they would bo for
his wlfo. They would havo eomo for
Grimsby lives In Nov Jersey,- nnd Is
one of that sad-looking band of com
muters that press to the front of the
ferryboat and stand each night, wan
nnd wenry, under tho rays of tho set
ting sun. But tonight Grimsby
noticed that tho crowd around him
wns thin. In fact, it formed u
fairly recpectablo circle, and somo
peoplo mado Ill-natured remarks
about "giving It nlr." Grimsby was
Indignant. It waB perfectly absurd to
suppose that trout caught only yester
day could begin to spoil bo soon. Bo
sides, Johnson had told him that tho
fish wero packed in grasa, as they
would carry much better that way than
All the same, It was an unpleasant
coincidence, soon after he sat down
In tho train and placed tho box under
his seat, that two or threo old men
near him should rise, make tc3ty re
marks of "how close It was," and throw
the car windows up with a bang.
When Grimsby stopped off tho train
he made n rush for n carriage Livery
stable hacks come high, but ho felt
liko getting homo quickly.
Cornelia was a devoted klfo, but she
sometimes lacked tact. She started t'o
greet her husband with more than
usual cordiality, when sho suddenly
stopped and gazed nt tho box suspi
ciously. Grimsby camo to tho rescue
"That contains a mess of beautiful
brook trout, fro3h caught. Johnaon
wns kind enough to mako me n pres
ent of thorn," and Grimsby sot the box
down with bustling cheorfulncs3.
"But they've gono bad, Fred," sho
A FEW FRESH TROUT.
blurted out; ."you can smell tLom a
nillo off. Why, It's simply horrible."
Grimsby flushed angrily. "My dear,"
he said, "you may think you know all
nbcut housekeeping, but when It comes
to fish nnd game, you'ro nothing but
a baby," and Grimsby glared at her
Indignantly. "Bealdea," he added,
"thoso trout wero given to mo by one
of my host friends, and wo'ro going to
have them for supper."
"Very well, mum," said Katie, hom
ing her apron to her nose, after Grlms
by had gono up stairs, "but I'm think
ing that thorn poor fish needs an under
taker more than they do a cook."
"It has occurred to mo.'' said Grims
by, when ho cam'o down to the table
somewhat mollified by seeing somo of
his precious trout ready for him. "that
It would bo a nlco thing to glvo Robin
son nnd his now wlfo a few of tho trout.
They got so Uttlo in tho way of the
eeason's delicacies." And Grimsby sat
down bravely beforo his fish. They cer
tainly had a curlou3 odor, b-t then
Grimsby know that trout wero wholly
different from other flsh, and be fell to
"My dear." ho said flnnlly to his
wife, "do you know theso trout nro
perfectly splendid; but I novor cared
fnr tho flavor of brook trout It Is n
taste that everyono says has to bo cul
tivated. Robinson, though, I am sure,
appreciates trout. How would It do to
send him over tho wholo boxful? I
bellevo la being neighborly, nnd they
would bo a real treat for Robinson nnd
Right after nuppor Mrs. Grimsby sent
Katlo over to the Robinsons with the
box of trout, and n cordial measage
fiom Mr. Grimsby to Robinson,
"My gosh!" exclaimed Robinson, tho
moment that tho Grimsby cook was
biyond hearing, "what trick is Grlms
by trying to play on mo now! When
ho starts to send mo diseased animals, I
begin to object.'"
Now, Robinson's wlfo had a groat
dmlratlon for Grimsby, and protested
vehemently that tho gift was a moat
genoroii3 and gracious one. "Of course,
tho trout nro fresh, nnd n great rarity,"
she declared, and began carefully to re
raovo the cover of the box.
"They look lovely," added Mrs. Rob-
in-'on, when she had fairly got the
of us ha """
cared for trout. They are really a cul
tivated taste, you know."
"Umph!" grunted Robinson.
Soon after ' the Robinson's mal J
might havo bean seen wending her way
through tho back yard with a covered
basket in her hands. Sho was on her
way to tho HUM in tho next streot,
great friends of tho Robinson's.
Mrs. Robinson sent a sweet Uttlo
nolo to Mrs. Hill that "a friend hn3
Just sent us somo beautiful, fresh
caught trout. But, unfortunately,
neither my husband nor I caro for
trout, nnd wo hopo that you will ac
"How sweet of horl" cxclalmol Mrs.
Hill, but her husband eyed tho basket
i'ekancc."SmeIls moro llko n dead cat,"
ho blurted out.
"I declare," said his wlfo, who by
this tlmo hod put the basket on tho
hall tnblo and had taken off tho cover.
"I declare, they do havo n curious odor.
Why, they aro smolllng up tho wholo
house. We can't stand this." nnd she
hurried out again with tho precious
trout and laid tho basket on tho front
"Do you know, Jim." sho said, after
gazing for soveral moments at the
odor-bearing basket, "I believe those
fish ore probably all right. Tho fact is,
wo don't know a thing about trout.
Wo'vo always lived by tho sea, whoro
they catch nothing but shad and cod
"I tell you what," and sho clapped
her hands at tho thought, "we'll send
tho trout over to tho Grlmsbys. Grims
by is all tho tlmo telling about his ele
gant friends, nnd we'll tell him thnt wo
have some, too, who shower trout upon
us. Tho flsh nro undoubtedly all right,
or Mrs. Robinson wouldn't havo sent
them to us. And tho Gr!msby3 will
enjoy them so much. Thoy do sot
such n poor tablo ordinarily!"
It was n Uttlo after 0 o'clock, as
Grimsby and his wlfo sat on tholr
front porch, when they heard steps ap
proaching, nnd almost at once n
strangely familiar and penetrating
odor was wafted to them again.
"A few fre3h trout that Mro. Hill
begged you to accept for breakfast to
morrow," said Mr3. Hill's maid, and
she took her departure, doposltlng the
Journey-worn trout at Grimsby's feet.
There was sllcnco for tho spaco of
soveral moments, when Mrs. Grimsby
Irreverently remarked: "Bo sure your
sin will find you out," and Grimsby did
not rebuke her. Now York Tribune.
RICHES OF THE TRANSVAAL.
Sumo Idea of What Iceland I Going
to Wiir to Kocuro.
Juat now, when tho eyes of the world
arc on tho Transvaal and various re
ports are being put forward as to what
reason exists for plunging that country
Into war with Great Britain, a report
furnished this government by Consul
Macrum at Pretoria is interesting. Ho
says: "According to a report Just pub
lished tho output of diamonds In tho
Pretoria cjlst)lct during 189S amounted
to 11.025 carata, valulcd at 8,807 ($43,
151.25). In December, 1897, the output
was 1GG carats, valued at 116 ($710,51)
and for tho same month In 1898
the output was 3,100 carat3, with a val
ue of 2,389 (?11,C2C97). The largest
stone found In 1898 wns thirty-eight
and one-hnlf carats. Although tho dia
mond Industry la not developing with
nbnormal rapidity, thero Is every cause
for satisfaction, tho first otono having
been discovered at Rcltfontelu only in
August, 1897. Tho avcrago valuo or
stones found In this district Is CI shill
ings ($3.98) per carat, tho averago
valuo of Klmberly diamonds 2G shill
ings ($6.33) per carat, and thoso found
at Jngersfontoln, In the Ornngo Freo
State, 34 shillings ($8.27) per carat.
Tho diamonds in tho Pretoria district
are found In pipes, as on- Schuller's
mlno and on Montrose. A similar
formation has been found on Roode
plants, on the Plennnrs river, and nn
other Is also reported a: Kameelfontcln
nnd Buffclsduff. On tho Do Kruon
farm, about twcnty-slx miles west of
Prctorln, diamonds havo been found,
but, according to tho state geologist,
not in a blue ground formation. At
Byrnespoort nn nlluvial deposit Is be
ing worked; also ono on tho adjoining
portion of the Elandsfontcln farm. Tho
area of dlamondlferous ground Is very
extensive, though Its thlcknoss is not
considerable. Tho total quantity of
diamonds found In 1898 In tho Trans
vaal was 22,843 caratB, valulcd at 43,
730 ($212,bl2.04). At tho alluvial dig
gings 12,283 enrnts, valued at 35,223
($171,437.06), were found, whllo from
tho pipes 10,560 carats, valued nt 8,
502 (?11,374.9S), wero obtained. Tho
dlfforcnco between nlluvial and pipe
diamonds consists In tho fact that rlvor
stones aro of a far better quality and
nro generally larger."
A Jccturor who protested against peo
ple eIS to slocp during his disquisi
tions on heathen InnJa would, If ho
perceived any tendency In that direc
tion, Introduce some queer or startling
statement to revive their flagging nt
tcntlon. On ono occasion when hla
audience seemed rather somnolent' ho
thundered out: "Ah, you havo no i.loa
of the suffering of Englishmen In Con
trol America, on account of tho cnor
mou3 mosquitoes, A great many of
theso pests would weigh a pound, and
they will got on tho logs and bark as
tho white men nro passing." lij thia
tlmo nil ears and eyes were wide open,
ami he proceeded to finish his lecture.
The next day ho was called upen to ac
count for his extraordinary statements.
"But ' didn't say one mosquito would
weigh a pound," he protested; "I did
say a great many of them would. I
think perhaps n million of them might
do so." "But you sal.l they bark at
the missionaries," persisted h'.i Inter
locutor. "No, no, my dear air; I said
they would get on the logi and on tho
lnl V1l mlsitnilaraiimil m A T?w
How a Zoo Kseper Wns Nearly Crtuhe
"There's a snake keeper in tho Phila
delphia zoo who won't do it again. Hrj
tried to Bcparato two largo pythonti
who wero fighting for tho remnlns ot
n half-devoured chicken and suffered,
tho proverbial fato of tho peacemaker,
Thero aro three pythons In ono glas
cage, nnd there is always somo caro
required in feeding them. Each must
receive his meal nt the same moment
as tho others, or troublo follows. This
particular keeper, whoso name Is
Thompson, opened tho door the other
day, and the snnkes know It was din
ner tlmo. They lifted their great, scaly
heads nnd stood ready. Thompson
threw a nowly killed fowl to tho big
gest ono, nnd ono each to tho others
with the grcatcat posslblo expedition.
Then ho stood ready for tho second
course. Thi biggest snnko was through
first, and promptly got tho second
fowl. Tho others, ns thoy flnlshed.ench
received a second holp. Then Thomp
son turned to push back tho curious
crowd of observers, nnd in this brief
Interval tho troublo began. Snako No.
1 had Bwallowcd his second fowl, and
there was no third ono ready. But
snake No. 3 still had somo of hla fowl
protruding unswnllowed from his Jaws.
Llko a lightning stroke snako No. 1
struck for tho chicken, nnd In a twin
kling tho two monsters wero writh
ing In each other's terrible grip.
Thompson know whnt this meant.
When pythons fight It U to tho death,
and tho weaker of these two was bound
to be a dead snako in a fow minutes
If thoy were not separated. Tho keeper
did not pause. Ho throw open tho
door. Jumped In, nnd was soon using
all his strength In desperate efforts to
tear them apart. Tho crowd surged up
to tho glass cage, greatly excited. After
a struggle ho seemed to succeed. Tho
snnkes slowly unwound, but beforo
Thompson could get himself clear of
thorn and escnpo they had twined about
him. He tried to free himself, then
gave up tho struggle In an attempt to
prevent his chest from being crushed
In. The hugo snnkc3 wound their
bodies around tho man's Iimb3.
Thompson stood motionless. Tho
crowd gazed spellbound nt the man,
who was gradually weakening under
the weight of tho reptiles. Other keep
ers, attracted by the excitement, ar
rived in tho snako house and pushed
through the crowd to the caged man.
Threo of them Jumped In and beat tho
big snakes until they freed the captive.
Thompson was badly crushed, but oth
erwlso not injured.
COT HIS CLEAN CLOTHES.
He Hud No Money, hut Ilnd Nerve and
an Kasy Chinaman.
Thnt thero are moro ways than ono
to accomplish a thing If a mnn only
has tho necessary nerve is Illustrated
by tho experience of a young man. Tho
young mnn tells tho Btory himself, so
there is no betrayal of confidence in
printing it. It seems that he had a
big bundle of collars and cuffs nnd
Bhlrts nt a Chinese laundry a night or
two ago, somo articles In which ho
needed very much. The night wns tho
furthest In the week from his pay day,
and he was "broke." Still ho had to
havo clean linen in order to keep nn
Important engagement. "I didn't
know what to do," ho Bald, In relating
the Incident. "I felt sure that tho
Chinaman wouldn't extend credit to
me, for It Is a well-known thing that
Chinese laundrymen never 'trust.' At
last I hit upon a scheme. Going to my
room, I bundled up nil tho soiled linon
I possessed. Hurrying around to tho
laundryman's, I produced tho bundle.
'Sixty-five cents!' he exclaimed bland
ly, holding out hlB hnnd for the coin. I
picked up tho clean linen and, deposit
ing tho bundle of soiled on his counter,
started for tho door as if my life de
pended on my being half a mllo away
within five minutes. 'That's nil right,'
I shouted back In reply. 'Just mnrk It
on that bundlo and I'll pay you for
both together.' Then I was gone, but
nut beforo I caught a glimpse of tho
laundrymnn hastily unwrapping tho
bundlo I had left, as It he was anxious
to seo whether or not tho contents
wero worth tho 65 cents I had 'hung
him up' for. Ho was evidently satis
fled, for ho didn't yell for tho police or
make nny commotion, ns I was afraid
ho might do, and I had nil kinds of
freshly laundered collars and cuffs
nnd shirts to wear that night. And
nil on account of a bit of nervc."-
CHANCES OF MIND.
A Lancashire t.uis Get Ahead of no
A young couplo In a Lancashire vll
lago had bcon courting for several
years. The young man said one day to
tho woman: "Sal, canna marry thee."
"How's that?" asjiejl Bhe. "I've changed
ray mind," said lie. "Well, I'll tell you
what who'll do," said she. "If folk
know thpjt It's theo as lias given mo up,
I Bhannn bqtable to got ''another chap,
but it thoy'thlnk that, I've given you
up then 1 can get anpthor ctiap. So
we'll havo banns published, and when
the w;ddiy'day comes tho parson will
say to thee, 'Wilt thou havo this worn- J
nn to be thy wedded wife?' nnd tha
must say, 'I will.' And when ho says
to me, 'Wilt thou havo this man to bo
thy wedded husband?' I shall say, 'I
wlnna.' " Tho day camo, and when theA
minister said, "Wilt thou havo this
woman to bo thy wedded wife?" tho
man answered: "I will." Then tho
parson said to tho woman: "Wilt thou
have this man to bo thy wedded hus
band?" And she said: "I will." "Why,"
said tho young man, furiously, "you
said you would say, 'I wlnna.' " "I
know that," Bald tho young woman,
"but I've changed my mind since."
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