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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (July 6, 1906)
ANNUAL CLEARANCE SALE
OUR Annual Clearance Sale began
Thursday, and is now under full
7 headway. All stock damaged by
the flood has been moved to the
Auditorium, and not a single dam
article is included in this sale. With
the exceptions of some contract goods in
a few departments nothing is exempt
from the 20 per cent discount we make
during this great sale. Our annual clear
ance sales are too well known to need de
scription at length. Remember that our
store closes promptly at 6 o'clock every
evening. Do your shopping as early in
the day as possible.
MILLER & PAINE.
W To 50 Pe Cent
On All Shoes, Slippers and Oxfords.
Discount ! !
Yov Know what this means. , Where sizes are broken we put them into lots as follows:
632 pairs of men's $3.00 to $5.00 ox
fords, all sizes $2.45
j 1 702 pairs of ladies' Queen Quality,
and $2.50 to $4.00 oxfords $1.95
327 pairs of odds and ends ladies'
$1.50 to $3.00 oxfords 95c
263 pairs of ladies' white canvas ox
fords, all sizes. .95c
Children's white oxfords, sizes 5 to
to 8. .55c; 8 to 11. .65c
Misses' 11 to 2. . .75c
A REAL SNAP
Boys' and youths', all .sizes and
widths, up-to-date, Brown $2.50 and
$3.00 shoes. Your choice -
A lot of leather sole, leather upper,
low shoes, child's, Misses' and ladies',
all sizes, your choice
Comfort Slippers 55c
Infants' Shoes 25c
Ladies' Oxfords .95c
Misses' and children's slippers and
Odds and ends, slippers and ox
BATCH OF QUEER TRADES.
Among Them Are Fly and Flea Catch
ers, Lion Hunters and Human
A request was recently sent out by
l English paper for suggestions of
novel way-3 of earning money. . Some
of the replies have novelty- enough
md to spare. Here are a few "pro
fessions" which were proposed: '
A professional flea catcher, a cus
todian for safety pins, a collector of
dried flies for hens' food, purveyor
of fads to the leisure classes, a lion
hunting agency for society's use, a
motor car library to call at out of
the way places with the newest books,
a maker up of minds, a grievance
abater, a manners teacher.
Evidently dried flies are in demand.
for the, suggestion of a dried fly mer
chant came from two quarters. As
for the maker up of minds and an
equivalent of the motor car library.
they exist in New York at the pres
So also does the umbrella and wa
terproof exchange recommended by
another person. Among the queer oc
cupations described as already fol
lowed is that of artistically painting,
with harmless pigments, fictitious, If
scanty, hair on bald heads.
"A man I know," says one answer,
makes his living out of funerals and
weddings. He attends a funeral, gets
a list of the wreaths from the. under
taker (on reciprocal terms), takes a
shorthand note of the minister's ad
dress, draws up a souvenir report of
the whole thing, and offers it to the
"Bereaved people are an easy prey.
Not infrequently he receives enpour
agement also from the printer or typ
ist if he can persuade them to have
it put in type.
"His tactics are similar in regard
to weddings; but there, as he. suffers
severely from the competition of the.
newspapers, his great source of profit
is acting as agent for the loan of
wedding presents. It is said that at
the second wedding of a well-known
politician at Birmingham the present
were valued at 60,000, and two
thirds of them were hired. Commis
sion on 40,000 worth of business is
not to be despised."
Another case is that of a busy
farmer's wife in Australia who had
the misfortune to have a paralytic
son who was bed ridden. She was
a notable manager, and, considering
tne great cost of the invalid and the
loss of his Services on the farm she
persuaded him to allow clutches., of.
eggs to be placed with proper precau
tions in the bed, that the equal and
continual warmth might hatch them.
Ibis was accordingly done, and Jthe
paralyzed youth was as proud of the
broods as possible and thoroughly
earned his living, besides gaining an
interest m his life.
By OWKN OLIVER
Prdud-' of the fact that the line of
boats between Chelsea and Boston
has been in regular operation for 275
years; the directors of the Winnisim
met ferry celebrated the anniversary
with a special beneficence. They ar
ranged to turn over the entire re
ceipts in fares for this day to the R. S.
Frost ' hospital of Chelsea, to be used
in. the maintenance pi that institu
tion. The Winnisimmet ferry is the
oldest in the United States. Its orig
inal charter was obtained by Samuel
Maverick, whose name comes down to
the present day in certain local des
ignations in Chelsea and East Boston.
For a hundred years the boats were
all propelled by either oars or sails.
In 1832 two . steamers, the. Chelsea
and the Boston, were placed in serv
ice. Boston Transcript.
BARE FOOT SANDALS
All colors in canvas and kid oxfords to match your suit. Boys' white and black
check patent tip canvas bals. Men and boys 'canvas and linen oxfords &shoes, 50c up
I We mvst reduce our stocK-to do this and get your money, we are going to clean ovt all
broken lots regardless o! their cost, and sell you any shoe in our store at a Big Discount
NOTHING RESERVED. Yov are sure to find what you want at a Bargain. Come in and see
GOODS AT SALE PRICES MUST RE CASH
A yr I22S 0 ' STREET.
Long Fibre cf Silkworm.
Authorities and popular works dif
fer greatly in their estimates of the
length of the fibre in the cocoon of the
domestic silkworm, Bombyx mori.
Published statements of the length of
this fibre could be cited which range
all the way from 1,100 feet to eleven
miles. Even so good an authority as
the Encyclopaedia Britannica places
it at 300 yards. Recent measure
ments made in the division of ento
mology show that withcertain Milan
ese yellow cocoons raised in the Unit
ed States from eggs purchased from
France the fibre varies in length from
888 to 1,195 yards. Forest and
"Don't whip your children," said the
theoretical educational expert to the
angry mother of many perniciously
active children. "Adopt the rational
modern methods, and you will find
their rapid development along the
highest mental and moral lines re
markable." "There ain't a-goin' to be no machine-made
prodigies in this family,"
answered the practical parent, firmly,
as she reached for her slipper. "I'm
a-bringin' up these yere children by
hand." Baltimore American.
No Swine Fever in Great Britain.
Swine fever has become almost ex
tinct in Great Britain,- writes Consul
Mahin, of Nottingham. ' This is due,
he says, to the scientific measures of
the British board of agriculture, work
ing with local authorities There were
3,140 cases in 1901, and only 817 in
1905. The entire country is divided
into groups, with effective application
No Help Needed.
Hicks I wonder why old maids are
Wicks Dispensation of Providence,
perhaps. A woman with sharp elbows
can make her way through the world
.without the assistance of any man.-
(Copyright, by Joseph B. Bowles.)
There was a time when none would
peak of the horror which came upon
ithe world; but now that three years
have passed men talk about it openly
and ask one another what it was and
how it .happened. ,
It was on the - afternoon of the
wenty-second of June, 1950. I was
hurrying down Broadway. It was a
hot, bright day anu I was shading my
eyes to look across the street, , when
suddenly the sun went out. -
I thought : was smitten with blind
ness and flung up my arms and gave
great cry. I heard the beginning of
it. Then all sound stopped. The
rumble of vehicles, the scurry of feet,
the cries of the street venders, the
Shouts of the newspaper boys all the
hum of life ceased in an instant. .
I thought at first that I had died;
but I could feel my limbs; feel my
lips moving as I cried for help; feel
the vibration of the traffic that I could
not hear. s ' ' s
"I am blind!" I shouted. "Blind!
And deaf! Hold me, some one Some
one!" ; - . . - -!;
I heard no call, and no answer. , I
groped wildly in the ". darkness, and
met other hands that were groping too.
I seized some one by the shoulder, and
others seized me. Their hands twitched
convulsively. They were crying out
as I was. I knew by touching their
open mouths and faces contorted
with fright. - -' '
It is possible that I fainted, but was
held up on my feet by the pressure of
the crowd, for I seemed to lose myself
for a time and to come back to myself
in a. swaying, clutching mass of un
seen, unheard people. I felt sick and
almost suffocated, and tried vainly to
push my way out, till the crowd was
scattered by a plunging horse which
brushed against me as it passed. . I
took a few hurried steps and found
myself somewhere alone! I was more
afraid of the loneliness than I had
been of the crowd.
Presently when I had gone some way
two hands clutched my legs. They
were such small hands that I did not
fear them greatly. I stooped down,
and felt a small child lying on the lap
of a woman. The woman's hair was
loose and hanging over her face,
thought she was young. She shivered
bit my touch, but I sat down beside her.
She laid my hand on the child as if she
appealed to me for help. I . felt its
mouth moving, as if it cried for some
.thing. I invented an alphabet and spelt
out a message with taps upon her
Ghoulder; one tap for A, two for B
and so on, but she put my hand to her
head to feel that she shook it. I could
tell by the way she held my hand that
she did not mean' to refuse my friend
ship, but to show that she could not
understand my signs.
I plucked at her sieeve to rise and
come with me, and she came. She was
scarcely able to stand, so I took the
child from her and carried it.
She felt the texture of my" clothing
carefully and my scarf and watch
chain and even my hankerchief. She
evidently wanted to know what man
ner of man I was. Apparently she was
(satisfied, for she held gently to my
sleeve when she had finished her in
After a few minutes I took her hand
and tried my alphabet again; and this
itime she understood and answered
This was the conversation, spelt out
slowly, letter for letter:
. I. F-r-i-e-n-d.
She. F-r-i-e-n-d. ' .
I. J-o-h-n C-a-r-t-e-r. F-r-i-e-n-d
She. Y-e-s. F-r-i-e-n-d. A-l-i-c-e
T-h-o-r-n. W-h-a-t i-s i-t?
I. D-o-n-t k-n-o-w.-She.
S-h-a-1-1 w-e d-i-e?
I. D-o-n-t k-n-o-w.
She. W-h-a-t s-h-al-1 w-e, d-q?
I. F-i-n-d y-o-u-r- h-o-m-e.
We were very hungry, and at last
we met some policemen who under
stood our new language. One of them
took .us to an eating-house. I offered
him money, but he refused.
N-o-u-s-e-," he tapped. "E-n-d o-
We had a good meal and lay down to
sleep in an inner room. :
In the morning if it were morning
when we awoke we found a basket,
filled it with food and bottles of water,
and started again.
"I a-m h-a-p-p-y n-o-w," Alice spell
ed out. I began to spell out an answer,
but the letters would not come quick
ly enough for her and suddenly she
caught at me and wrote with her fin
ger on my cheek. I could read the
writing easily, and it was much quick
er than the taps.. We were so pleased
with our quicker conversation that
we stood still writing on one another'
faces as fast as our fingers would
move. (We always used this way after
We discussed at length the calamity
which had come upon the world, and
"nerhaps." I concluded, "It is a sort of
fog over New York. Shall we try to
reach the country?"
"I will do whatever you tell me,
she wrote back.
"Tell me just what you are like,"
wrote. "What is the color of your hair
How old are you V
"I shall not tIl you," she wrote,
"because if you like me now, per
haps yea would not then. If tho sun
never rises again I can look just as
you like me to look, and be just as old
as you wisn. Now snail we go on?"
We walked on for a long time, and
at last we ca'me to some railings. As
we felt our way by them we met
woman coming alone in the other di
rection. We felt one another with our
hands and accepted acquaintance. She
was a very Intelligent lady and under
stood our writing. '
It is Union Square," she wrote: "I
am looking for my son. He went out
for some provisions and has not come ,
back. Have you met him?"
"No," I answered. "Can we sleep
'My house," she offered,, and took us
We stayed with them for two days.
Their name was Roberts, and they
were a very p.easant family. Wa
learned to know them all by touch, to
find pur way all over the house,, and
even to do work in the dark.
But Alice wanted to get to her fam
ily, and I offered to take her. So on
the third day we took a stock of pro-"
visions and started off together. We
left the baby whom Alice had hap
pened on by chance, with Mrs. oberts.
(She afterward adopted him, as his
parents were never found.) '
We lost ourselves in the first few
minutes and could not find anyone
who Could understand our signs and
After a long time we found a "shel
ter" and concluded that we were in a
park. We could not find the way out.
Alice wrote on my cheek, "Very cold.
hungry, tired, frightened." She want
ed to sit down, but we were shivering
already, and I dared not stop moving
till "we found a heap of " small leafy
branches cut from the trees. ,
We sat down and walked alternately.
Then I slipped into some water; about
three feet deep I guessed a pond, We
dfrank. greedily, and I wrung the water
Out of. my clothes. Then we crawled
away to a seat and fell into a sleep or
Stupor, I was roused by Alice shaking
"The darkness is moving," she wrot3
on my face; ."Moving!" -
I have often ; asked her to describe
what she saw, but she can find no oth
er words than this. To me it seemed
if the blindness of my eyes had
"WE SAT AND STARED."-
gone, but they could not see through
the darkness outside me an over
whelming blackness that rolled upon
us in black waves outrunning the black
mist at the back. I could feel it, taste ;
it It almost stifled . me, and my .
tongue swelled till it nearly filled 'my
mouth, and I gasped for breath.
"The end," I wrote. "Good-bye."
And suddenly the black waves pass
ed and the world sprang upon us out
of the dark! It was a bright day, and
the sky was blue. Alice' grasped . my
arm till her fingers hurt. We turned
to one another and saw strangers!
Alice has never told me what sh
expected to see and What she saw, and
I have never told her; but I think she
expected to discover a handsome, well
groomed young gentleman, and I know
that I had thought of her as a dark- 1
haired, dark-eyed, rosy-cheeked, pret
tily dressed girl of 20. She found a
creature who looked like a tramp; a
bent, unkempt, unshaven ruffian, who
might have been 40. I saw a fair-
haired, blue-eyed, white-faced, travel
stained child! For she whom I had
taken for the lady of my dreams was
but a tall schoolgirl of 15!
We sat and stared at one another.
Our lips trembled when we tried to
speak. I think we should have hurt
One another if we had spoken, but the
woman's heart in her childish body
saved everybody. She took my -hand
and wrote on it slowly. .. ..
"Friend! Kind friend!"
And then I took her hands in mint
and spoke. My voice was hoarse with
thirst and weakness. '"
"God bless you, dear!" I said. .."God
bless you This is the .sun and the .
sound. We are the loyal and loving
friends that . we have been that we-.
shall be always." , . " " v
"Always," she said; and we rose and
walked forth to find the world, hand
It was Central park, and the people
gave us food and drink; and in an
hour we reached her home.
That is the end of my story of the
dark days that men lost. You know
as well as I that the astronomers
reckon that they were seven; and say
that the darkness and deafness were
due to our passing through an ether
less space which stopped light, and, in
some way which they cannot, explain,
deadened the sound vibrations of the '
air. Sometimes I think that the days
of darkness were not in vain; and last
night 1 almost wished them back.
I was leaving Alice's house, and si-e
saw me to the door as usual.. We .have
always loved one another as a man
and a child may love, and now she has
ceased to be a child, and does her hair
up in a golden knob. I think her very
We had just reached the door when
suddenly the electric light went cut.
She gave a sharp cry, and in a moment
she was in my arms Then I lifted
her face and wrote with my finger on
"I love you love you love you!"
She did not speak, but pressed my
hand upon her face to feel her smile
the smile that lit my heart in the dart
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