Hemingford herald. (Hemingford, Box Butte County, Neb.) 1895-190?, April 22, 1898, Image 3

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Never mind the shower,
April's here nftnln.
And we gnyly gather
Posies In the ran.
April's aluuys sony
March has gone away
Anyhow she shows It
Weeping all the daj.
But when the flowers nre blooming
April weeps In aln,
For we laugh und Rather
I'osles In the ruin.
And perhaps we'll Fend you
Just a bunch or two
Violets or buttercups
Gathered all for you.
(By A. L. Mazzy In New Time.)
"HI there! CJIt along with ye!"
"Whew I Got a drink too much for
the legs ov uml"
"Trip 'urn up, Bill!"
"HI I he! hlc. hlc!"
. "Got ut, ole nicketts!"
With a chorus of laughter a group of
young Arabs, rushing down the street
lending from the tenement houses of
the mill district In a western city,
dashed recklessly against the tottering
figure of a man who reeled helplessly
upon the corner. They raced past him
with another volley of taunts and Jeers.
An ejaculation between an oath and
a groan burst from the lips of the man
as he reached for his fallen hat under
the electric light flaring over the spot.
He made an effort to drag himself out
of the way of two ladles approaching
from the side street, and who halted
with horrified exclamations at the hu
man obstacle in their path.
"A dreadful drunken creature!" cried
one, darting aside with unspeakable
Dear me! but this Is getting to be a
dangerous street with so many Idle men
Blnce the mills shut down," said the
"And all that line of saloons to
tempt and swallow their last nickel,
don't you know?"
"But, Laura, Is the fellow really In
toxicated?" "Why, of course. Come along out of
the reach of the vile wretch!" was tho
The abhorred creature meantime had
managed to make his way to a point
where he could grasp and pull himself
up by a fence paling, and spasmodical
ly plucking one hand over another,
ut the pickets, he proceeded toward his
unknown destination.
Hurrying citizens were pushing past
him at every step; Jests, oaths, and
Bmall idmltilne shrieks were cast at him
from time to time, but each passer-by
was too Intent on his own affairs to
meddle with a drunken but apparently
Inoffensive man.
At length the slow traveler came to
a gate accidentally left open, and, halt
ing beside it, he looked in on a great
open space of ground surrounding an
old-fashioned house that had been
built on this acreage long before the
city had surrounded the splendid
The trembling wretch, hanging upon
the gate post, looked over the sheltered
enclosure with longing eyes and slowly
edged his way within, where he could
not be Jostled and pushed by tho
tramping lines going up and down the
sidewalk. Beyond the house he saw
the outline of some building with a
swinging door perhaps a coalshed or a
storehouse, no matter what that seem
ed to offer shelter and retreat. If ho
could reach It and find a place to lie
down unnoticed and undisturbed! Just
to He down oh, the luxury! And yet
he really ought to get on. Martha
she would be thrown thrown yes,
that was what the letter said thrown
out of doors If
He turned toward the street again,
but a crowd of young people and their
eweethearts had halted at tho gate for
an exchange of merry Jests, and ho
found his exit barred. Just for a little
time to rest rest! He reached from the
gate post to a friendly tree and thence
essayed to walk without support to
ward the haven with open door. But
a sickening dizziness went over him,
and he staggered headlong upon the
graveled path.
At this moment the side door of the
oldfashloncd house opened and a girl In
street dress came out and ran down
the steps, stopping ehort, with a
frightened cry:
"Mamma oh oh!" and the petite fig
ure scrambled back to the door again,
"a man lying on the walk!"
"Of all things! Some drunken rowdy!
And there's never a policeman on this
Btreet when he's wanted," declared an
excited matron, locking the door that
her daughter had closed with a slam
and rushing to the rear for relief.
"Thomas! Thomas! run and order the
patrol to carry off a drunken man lying
In the yard quick! quick!"
There was a flash of light from an
unguarded door, and a small child, with
tousled, shining hair, came tumbling
out Into the night, with the plaintive
"Where dunk man? Me wants de
dunk man!"
And the vagabond, slowly creeping
on hands and feet toward the building
that promised shelter, felt himself sud
denly touched on the shoulder by eoft,
Infantile hands.
"Oo dunk man? Wy oo's told; oo'a
told! Tome in an' 1 by de fire wlf Tow
ser. Foor dunk man!"
"Blessed ," brokenly murmured
the object of the baby's charity.
Two women with a horrified scream
rushed out at this Juncture, and the
child was seized and borne into the
house struggling and kicking and cry
ing frantically.
"Wanto tee dunk! Want dunk man
to tome In!"
The interloper had reached the step3
of the coveted retreat, when the Jarring
thunder of the patrol wagon rolled
along the street and stopped suddenly
In front of the house.
Two men Jumped lightly to the
ground and dabhed across the lawn di
rected by the servant. They took the
offender by the collar and dragged him
to the gate, anu, quite deaf to his plea
of Innocence, hoisted him roughly to
a Beat. Leaping in after him, his cap
tors touched up the horses and the
rumbling vehicle went dashing to the
other end of town, in the teeth of a
bitter nor'wester that bit tho thin-clad
prisoner to the bone nnd made him
dumbly grateful for the shelter of the
station house.
It was late next morning when the
officer on duty came into the dreary
cell. In his worn, faded coat and bro
ken, hob-nail shoes, the prisoner was
lying on the floor in a sleep which the
clanging of the Iron door did not dis
turb. "III! wake up here!" called the offi
cial, touching the slumberer with his
There was no response.
"Hist. I tell you! No shamming
here, old fellow," and a vigorous kick
emphasized the order of action. Still
no movement on the part of the
The officer, grown heartier In his
dealings with offenders of the law, bent
down and fiercely clutched the shoul
der of the recumbent figure, starting
suddenly back as though met by an
electric shock.
"My Lord!" he gnsped with a shud
der, and he turned und lied from the
place as though pursued by the re
proachful eyes of the Invisible ones
who watched be- le the t'.end. It was
some hours luter. when, ns a matter of
form, the coroner's Inquest was held.
A letter found In the dmd man's pock
et had revealed hln name as David
Kenyon. with address at a boarding
house In the mill district, nnd Inquiry
had brought to hand several witnesses
to the identity of the deud man. Ho
appeared to have been a sober, faithful
man In the brief time that he hnd been
known to the testifying parties.
This was the story of the principal
witness, Bartlett O'Cnllnghun:
"About a fortnight before the mills
shut down thnt deceased came along
lookln' for work. He hnd been em
plled In 'nuther mill op'ratcd by tho
Great Combine, but there'd been soma
stoppage that M trowed him out for n
bit, an' hearin o' the better chance an'
high wage down here thought he'd
come on get a place, an' move hla
fambly afthcr awhile. So he marched
up to headqunrthers an' wns tumbled
Into the railyard with the I'olocks,
where he worruked cheerful an' brava
wld the faith that he'd Ami n hntMmi-
Job later on. Sudlnt, without warnln',
the worruks shut down Jest as they'vo
shut down fifty times when we thought
all was prosperln'. It would be seven-
teen days to pay-day, which cornea
tne sixteenth o' the month, an Ken
yon, pore mon. ha didn't know what
to do with nlver a clnt to do onythlng,
an' his boord-blll coin' on ' iis wim
an' chllder needln', an' him not know-
in' If the mill was goln' to start agin
soon or no. An', manctlmo. wld all
his worrlthln' an' runnln' hither an
yon for a chanst to do anything Lord,
to do anything but Bhtale he was tulf
wld the grip an' had to lay up wld
his groanln'. And whin the pay-day
nrrove on yisterday he had Just strlngth
to drag himself Into tine an' wait his
turn, which didn't come till nigh dark,
an thin there wasn't a clnt for tho
pore scallnwag. The landlady, a lonu
wlddy, had garnished him for boord
blll an' a bit o" medicine, an' the boss
had docked him on the breakage of a
wheelbarry or the loike, an' marrv but
the man was will-nigh berlft o' his
slnses. Wo fellows had to kind o' lift
him out an he dhronned down a-
groanln' an' a-moanln' about hlB wlfo
air ciuiuer an' the rlnt
Arrah!' I says, chcerful-lolke, 'but
come Into Mike's an' take a smack wld
yer frlnd,' for I alwis thry to kape n
dime for a fellow-mon In dlsthrcss. An
we dhragged him Into th' dure an'
braced him up wld a comfortln' glass,
an' afther thot he wint out In '.ha
dusk o' the avenln' mutterln' about glt
tln' home to Marthy an' the chllder
an' payln' the rlnt. An' that's the last
I know o' the mon to this day, plaza
yer nonor.
After this testimony, the letter taken
from tho pocket of the dead workman or cloud or haze, is seen equally well
was opened and read as plainly as tho, on the western sky before sunrise,
cramped, childish hand would permit. A Russian engineer has planned an
"Dear Pap Can't you hury up with electric railway, over which cars aro
the munny. Ma Is awfle sick with a to be run 200 miles an hour on rails
dretfle pane In hlr side. She cood not i txed to brnckets on pillars from ten to
finish the lasto dozzen pants. It made twenty feet above the ground. Tho
the man mad and he wuld not pa but passenger coaches will scat twenty per
haf prise. Little dave sets on the floor , sons, and the only windows will be In
and crys. Jo Is running an errand and a smaller typo of his Invention for
may get 10 sents. I've had to stop , Bmall packages and postal matter, and
being cash girl till I have a new dress. ' another for merchandise parcels of me
The rent alnt pade yet and the Olo dium weight.
Skinner sez he shal set us out the day Envelopes cannot be tnmpered with
day after tomorrow. Your affekshln- to remove their contents In the malls
nato dauter. Janey." without revealing the theft If a new
"P. S. Dero dere darleng nanny. I , cufety device Is used, which consists of
lov yu so mutch.
"P. S. Plese send sum munny."
The verdict In the case was: "Died
from natural causes." Tho dead man '
was put. oenevoientiy into clean ap
parel and a decent coffin and interred
at the city's expense.
The swate list of him!" mused the
sympathetic O'Callnphan. surveying hla , of overlapping shelves are placed on
now peaceable friend with a moist and opposite sides of a casing with the
speculative eye. "But If the set Jaw , free ends tilted down to allow water to
of the pure mon could now open It ; drip from one shelf to tho next. Air
wud say: 'Dom yer natral causes! Dam is then forced through the casing by
yer crownor's Inquest! Dom yer clano a blower, which delivers it to the ven
clothes that come a bit too late for a tllators In the house,
mon to enjy, and yer nate colfin that I ,,,. , r,., ii -i
would make a swate bed for a home-1 .J?' nK ""nnJi" " fr ,Ca,Ja
less tramr but It Is no irood to n. dad ' locks lB pronounced a wonderful
body SatPcabn"t feef Us rfade anymore. . glg&a? ? ???",
Bury me as ye found me and slnd all wKr0st"tfa,1,bod1,"rlef:
this waste o' money to Marthy an' the 1 ' It emtoriiceB a method of lllfts of
chllder 160 or 180 feet In height; Instead of
"And I faith." added O'Cnllaghan. I ?neJ Jf"'E-e -Ve mdo of steel;
"It's meself that will remember that
"I WantlttoSlnfir.
Little Nat lived In a part of the
country where there are not manv
towns, and playthings are scarce and tor moves; nnd these locks being built
high priced. So at last, when he was In pairs, nnd balanced like the two pans
old enough for a wagon, his father I ot balance scale, are thus made to op
made one for him. crate themselves; that Is, are auto
Nat's father was a better farmer than , matlc.
he was a carpenter, but he managed In the Island of Barbadocs largo
after a good deal of trouble to make a quantities of a mineral have been found
box for the bed, and four wheels, which which the natives call "manjak." It is
he sawed and whittled out of a board of a bright black color and occurs at
until they were round enough to turn a very slight depth, sometimes on tho
when Nat pulled real hard. Then he surface, In beds one to two feet thlok.
whittled out two axles and nailed them It generally appears under an anclel of
on and a bent tongue, and when all about 40 degrees and In the Immediate
was put together it looked more like a vicinity of rock. It is presumed to be
wagon than almost anything else. j solidified petroleum, which Is often
Whatever else It was, It was a de-'seen there exuding from the earth or
light to little Nat. He- dragged It about floating on the water. In Its compo
the yard all duy, and by and by, as th sltion this mineral Is similar to tho
rosin In the pine wheels Bonked out pitch of Trinidad, to the gllsonlte of
from heat and got on the axles, It be- Utah and the Canadan Albertlte, but It
gnn to squeak. Every day It squeaked Is of a much better quality. The best
worse and worse. The moment It Btart- , varieties of "manjak" contain 2 per
ed it set up Its mournful howl, and cent of water, 70.85 per cent of volatile
when Nat ran a little, as he did now organic substances, 26.97 per cent of
and then, the noise was bo terrible that ditto solid oneB, and 0.18 per cent of
his mother and aunt in the house could mlneaal parts. Trinidad pitch contains
not hear each other talk. I from 21 to 30 per cent of water and
At last one night, when little Nat about 38 per cent of ashes. Hence the
wns asleep his father toko a bacon manjak mineral Is much richer In nat
rlnd and went out to the woodhouse ural bitumen. It Is used, among other
where the cart was. He took the purposes, for the Insulation of electrical
wheels off one at a time and greased conduits, for varnish, bituminous con
the axles and put them back again, crete and for fuel, mixed with peat, etc.
Then he went to bed, too. It may to some extent supplant gutta
After breakfast next morning, little percha as an Insulating medium.
Nat went to his beloved wagon as us- , Edward Verney. In an nrtlclc on "The
ual. As he lifted It over the wood- inhabitants of Milk." states that If a
house step he did not notice the dlf- drop of mllk be mlxed wlth Be)ntlIn
ference, but when he started across the and examined under a microscope some
yard his face showed first surprise hourB afterward It will be found that
then sorrow. He paused and looked three different operations have taken
around. Then he started on again. The pmce through the engineering skill of
cart came easier, that was certain, but the bacteria. In one part of the gela
It was as silent ns a funeral. Again tine excavations have been made- In
. Btar.?a lpneu- "e, 8lo,oa I00K-
tng at the cart, then up at the sky, then
-t Vio Virmaa whitrn Vila mn h.. anA
w. ... , .- ........ w... w -...
aunt were putting away the breakfast
the field
tie bent tongue and ran Into the house.
""-"' - -"'" "i-
weeping noisily.
"O. mamma, mamma," he cried. "It's
spoiled! It's spoiled! It won't sing!"
Ills mother had been watching him.
"But, Nattle,' she said, kissing him,
"It goes bo much easier, and you don't
want that horrid noise all the time."
"Taln't a horld noise! It sings! I
want It to sing! Oh, It won't ring!"
When little Nat's father camt home
at noon ho took off the whls again
and wiped the axles. Thta he pounded
up a little piece of rosin that he had
and put it on Instead. And then little
Nat was happy, for his cart pulled
harder and sang louder than ever.
A rrlter In a Germnn periodical
states thut birds have been seen nt n
height of 15,000 yards. Their distance
was estimated by the time It took them
to cross the moon's disc.
A microbe that lives nnd multiplies
In strong alcohol hns been discovered
by Veley. It Is believed that this ac
counts for the fnci thnt rum some
times deteriorates on a sea voyage.
A handy device for smokers consists
of a small metal box, to be clamped
on the band Inside the hat to hold
Neckties to be tied by hand nre be
ing made with the section forming
the half turn of the bow lighter than
the rest of the tie, making It easier
to adjust.
Two French women have patented a
scrubbing brush which Is to be at
tached to the shoe by straps nnd a heel
plate, thus making It possible to clean
floors while standing upright.
A neat little attachment recently
patented to prevent bicycle Ininps from
going out, consists of a piece of wiro
gauze bent to form a basket surround
ing the flame to Bhleld It from sudden
draughts of air.
Dressmakers cnti make use of a new
thread cutter which Is formed of n
Bnmll steel blade, surrounded bv a bent
wire casting having a pin at the back
t0 atlnph It to the dress In a handy po-
. BIUo for use.
Dust cannot gather In the comers of
a room ! a new corner-plate is used
which Is formed of a triunuulnr sheet
of metal with the sides curved In nnd Is
forced Into the corner by a special tool
which causes It to grip the wood and
I which causes It
. hold Itself in pi
A I)n,r of scnles, much like those of
tne modern pharmacists, Is among tho
, multitude of objects discovered this
year In excavations about thirty miles
from Thebes and recently exhibited at
London. The scales ure llnely finished,
having a beam about four and one-hilf
incites long.
The humming of telegraph wires Is a
phenomenon which has not been satis
factorily explained. It Is not caused by
wind, for it Is heard during perfect
calms. It has been conjectured that
changes of temperature, which lighten
or loosen the wires, probably produce
the sound.
A cheap method of duplicating con
cave mirrors for search light reflectors
and even telescopes, hns been pro
posed by an English engineer. A well
made convex glass mould Is silvered.
then the silver Is backed with copper
,n an electrolyte of copper sulphate,
nnd the mirror Is separated from tho
mould by gentle heat In a water bath.
A most Impressive phenomenon seems
to have escaped general notice. It la
the earth's shadow in the Bky, which,
according to Prof. W. It. Brooks of
Geneva, N. Y., Hrst becomes visible
about half an hour after sunset, as a
dark, purplish haze on the eastern
sky, nnd gradually rises until lost In
the gloom of earthly night. The shad
ow, which Is doubtless usunlly mistaken
material to be inserted In the envelope
airecuy unuer tne nciureBs, which be
comes damp and blurs the wrltlntr If
the back of the envelope Is steamed or
soaked to open the flap.
Cool air can be obtained In summer
to make the house comfortable by an
Ohio man's Invention, in which a series
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Abcub, Luiuiucoauu 4111 id uaeu; iiiHieu
of the present cumbersome and slow
working contrivances, the plan Is to
take the largest vessel afloat and lift
It to a height equal to that of Niagara
almost as quickly ns a modern eleva-
another little hillocks have been thrown
Up. and In a third liquid lakes have
T' j. .. . .. - i.avcj
oeen xormea. i nrougn tne careless I
methods employed In mllklnir S
and the Bubsequent exposure of tho
iiuia 10 contamination, it should n.u
be used as a beverage, except after
heating It at a temperature of 140 de
grees Fahrenheit. Of the Infectious
I Influences to which milk is onen Mr
! Verney mentions the non-rejection of
the first flow from the udder of the
cow, the dust and dirt on the coat of '
i the animal, and unclean hands of the '
milker. From a cow where absolute '
' cleanliness wns enrorced the milk con
tained only 350 bacteria. The same vol
ume taken under the usual conditions
from a mixed herd showed 16,000 bac
teria. Prof. Flelschmann says that
morcugn sanitary precautions ar al
most totally Ignored In the milking of
I hnd found lodging for the night nt
the Widow Hope's cabin, and ufter
supper was over mid the smntler chil
dren put to bed she lighted her plpo
mm But down for a talk. After a while
I asked liuw long her husband had been
dead; she got up, took the candle In
ner hnnd, and looked nt some pencil
marks on the buck door. After study
ing for u minute she came buck to her
chair and replied:
"Jim's deail 'bout a y'ar and a half,
"Die of your mountain fever7"
'Luwd, no! Jim was no ninn to dlo of
a fever."
"Then he mot with an accident?"
No, buIi. didn't meet with no acci
dent." Etiquette forbnde my pursuing tho
subject farther, but ufter drawing a
few vigorous whiffs uhu removed her
pipe uml snld:
ln!'Whttl Jlm d,ctl ,,f' mh wns hang-
"You don't mean that your husbnnd
wns hung on a gallows, do you?" I
"Kor shore, sail. Yes, Bah, Jim was
hung nccnrdln' to law, nnd n thousand
poople was thnr" to see. Everything
perfectly reg'lar, sail. J was sorter
Uilnkln I'd like to talk with yo' 'bout
It. It was a dawggoue shame the way
they used Jim, and I shall never feel
right about It."
"He killed somebody, of course?" I
ventured to obsorve.
"Of co'se. It wns nil In the papers,
but mebbo yo didn't see em way up
no th. Yes, Jim he killed Hiram Law
son, and ho never went fur to deny It.
Jest kept Bayln all the time, that he
killed him. Ho had to kill him, sah
he had to do It."
"Did they have a quarrel?"
"No, sah, didn't hev no quarrel. Jim
was no hand to fuss with anybody.
That onery Hiram Luwson finds one of
our hawgs roamln about and pens him
up. John Tarbell Bees him do It, and
he comes and tells Jim. Jim takes hla
gun and goes over and sdz:
" 'Illnim, I want my hawg.
"'Hain't got him,' sez lllrnm.
" 'That's him In the pen.'
"'That's a hawg I toted up from
"As I snld," continued the widow as
she turned to me, "Jim wns no hand fur
fussln'. Ho knowed that was our hawg
and ho knowed Hiram wouldn't gin
him up without a lot of wranglln'. So
he pops Hiram over and drives tho
hawg home, and that bacon yo' had
fur supper was a part of the critter."
"And ho killed him for a hog?" I
"Killed him fur a hawg? Why, of
oo'bo he did of co'se he did. What else
would he kill him fur? Wnsn't goln'
to let a dratted good-fur-nuthln' like
Hiram Lawson pen up nnd keep one of
our hawgs, was he?"
"But It was only a hog?" I foolishly
"Only a hawg!" Bho repented ns sho
rose up In her excitement. "Strnnger,
mebbo you don't know the value of a
big blnck hawg down In this kcnlry.
And mebbe If yo'd bin hero yo'd a
sworn agin Jim, same as others did,
nnd If yo'd bin on the Jury yo'd hev
set out to be hung? Looks powerful
like It to me jest now, and beln' I'm
Jim's widder, rind beln' as I won't hoar
his mem'ry scandalized. I reckon yo'd
better shoulder yo'r pack and move on
Intolloct nnd Instlnot.
"The difference between Intellect and
Instinct In lower animals may be il
lustrated by tho conduct of certain
monkeys brought Into relntlon with
new experiences. At one time I had
two adult monkeys, 'nob' and 'Jocko'
belonging to the benus Macacus. Nei
ther of these possessed egg-eating In
stinct. At the same time I had n baby
monkey, 'Mono,' of Mio genus Cercop
Ithccus. Mono had never seen an egg,
but his Inherited Impulses bore a di
rect relntltn to feeding on eggs, and
the heredity of the Macncus taught tho
othn.s how to crack nuts or peel fruit.
"To each of these monkeys I gave an
egg, the first that any of them had
ever seen.
"The baby monkey. Mono, being of
an egg-eating race, devoured his eggs
by the operation of Instinct. On being
given the egg for the first time, ho
cracked it against his upper teeth, mak
ing a hole in It, sucked out all the sub
stance then, holding the egg Bhell up
to the light nnd seeing there was no
longer anything In It, he threw it away.
All this he did mechanically, automat
ically, and It wns Just as well done
with the first egg he ever saw as any
other ho ate. All eggs since offered
him he has treated In the same way.
"Tho monkey Bob took the egg for
Borne kind of nut. He broke It ngalnst
his upper teeth and tried to pull off
the Shell, when tho Innldn mn . n.i
fell on the ground. He looked at it'for
a momoni in uewiiacrment, nnd then
took both hands and scooped up tho
yolk and sand with which It was
mixed and Bwallowed It all, and then
stuffed the shell Itself Into his mouth.
This act was not Instinctive. It was
the work of pure reason. Evidently his
race was not familiar with the use of
eggs. Reason Is an Inefficient agent nt
flrBt, a weak tool; but when It Is trained
It becomes an agent more valuablel and
more powerful than any Instinct.
"Tho monkey Jocko tried to eat tha
egg offered him In much the same way
that Bob did, but, not liking the taste,
he threw the whole thing away."
Prof. Jordan.
AFail!e TUT?h,y .of st- Lou,s' whom
Archbishop Kain is attempting by law
to put out of his church, St. Patrick's
has applied for a change of venue. Tha
case was to have been up before Judge
Hennessey, a Catholic, nnd the priest
wants a Protestant Justice, who will
not be Influenced by his loyalty to his
.i.Th.,eaf of a creeping moss found In
the est Indies, known as the "llfo
plant," Is absolutely Indestructible by
any means except immersion in boiling
water or the application of a redhot
Iron. It may be divided nnd cut in
any manner, nnd the smallest shreds
will throw out roots, grow and form
Bev. Sherman Coolldge. who Is pre
aentlng the cnuso of Indian missions
in vnrlnnn TCnlar-nnnl r.1.n.-nt.n ..
east. Is a full-blooded Arapahoe Indian
He was graduated from the Hobart
college, Geneva. N. Y., and after his
ordination to the priesthood ha took
up missionary work nmong the mem
bers of his tribe In Wyoming.
Rev. Dr. Henry M. Field, editor of
the New York Evangelist, and Rev. Dr
Edward Kverott Hale of Boston, have
become "veterans of '7C," for they have
celebrated their seventy-sixth birthday
Dr. Field continues to perform as usual
all his editorial duties. He Is vigorous
and alert In both mind and body, nnd
Is good foi many more years of active
- ,
There are about 130.000 ministers of
the gospel In the United States, 180.000
churches and about 25,000,000 commual-cants.
This Is th story told by Mr. 'Possum
when he nnd Mr. Coon und Mr. Itubbit
fiat on tho edge of tho world nnd hung
tholr feet over mid looked at the moon.
"Well, ' Buld .Mr. 1'oMrtUin, "a good
many years ugo, when there weie u
greut ninny mute chickens than thore
ure now, and Mr. Mun took good cure
of them for us und let tUeni loost In
treos lusteud of locking then: up every
night In a little, unheulthy pen, my
folks used to go around, sometimes
after Mr. Man had gone to bed, and
looke them over mid pick out whut they
wanted for the next day.
"I don't know why wu ever began the
custom of picking out our vlctuuls at
night thut wuy, whuh It was durk and
dungeious, but somehow we always
did, and have kept It up ever since."
"Humph!" said the Coon.
"Yob," continued Mr. 'Possum, "that
whs beforo theio wus uny moon, nnd
thu nights were always durk. It was
n't a good time to lIioosu food, and
very otlen my folks made a mlBtako
and got u seven-year-old buntum hen
lusteud of u spring pullelt, which is
ubout thu sumo size.
"This hupponed so much that, by and
by, a very wlso 'Podbuiii, named Smooth
said that If they would keep him In
chickens of a youthful and tender Bort
ho would ilx up a light, bo that they
could see and know what they were
doing. They all agreed to do It, and
that night Smooth built u big lite In
tho top of a tall tree und sat up there
und 'tended to It until neniiy morning,
and my folks brought homo the finest
lot of chickens that Mr. Mun had rulsed
for them In a good muny years.
"Well, there was never any troubto
after that to pick out yuuug meat, und
Smooth kept the flic going nights, und
uto a good deal and got pretty fat, bo
uiui no diunt nitu to work, und kept
planning some way to make his Job
eusler. Ho wanted to find a light thut
ho wouldn't have to 'tend to and keep
piling wood on all night, lie thought
about this for a long time, and used to
full uslccp und druum ubout It, und
onco he let thu Her go out, and fell
out of the tree und neutly lost his Job
"Well, while ho was getting well ho
had a good deal of company, and onu
duy a topknot crow named Dusk ciimu
to see him. Now, you know thut our
friend Mr. Crow la a wiso bird today,
but lu tho old times a topknot crow
was wiser than unythlug thut now files
or walks, und Dusk wus a very old bird.
He knew a great deal ubout Mr. Man
and hla ways, and ho told Smooth thut
ho had seen In Mr. Man's pantry, where
he went sometimes, a light that would
not go out during a whole night, und
that It hud a very bright something
behind it that would throw the light
in any direction. Dusk, who used to
carry oft ulmoat everything he saw,
whether ho wanted It or not, said that
thought he might curry this light off If
Smooth would be willing to let htm
have n few chickens for a party ho was
going to give.
"Smooth told him he might tnkc his
pick out of his share of the chickens
for tho next six mouths If he would
only bring that light, and Dusk didn't
wusto uny time, but brought It tho
very next evening.
"It wus a beautiful light, and Smooth
fastened It to the tip top of the tall
tree, bo thut It would swing In any di
rection, and the bright round thing be
hind It threw tho light Just whero ho
wanted It. It burned oil, und he used
to fill It up with chicken oil in tho
evening nnd It would burn ull night and
make a belter light than the fire ever
did. So ull he hud to do was to keep
it filled and turned in the direction that
my folks were harvesting their chicken
crop nnd then ho could go to bed and
sleep ull night If ho wanted to.
"And thut's Just what ho did do. And
one night, while he was asleep, thero
camo a terrible storm. Of course If
Smooth had been awake he would have
taken the light down, but he wasn't
awake, nnd tho first he know he heard
broken limbs falling and crashing all
around, and ho Jumped up and ran
out Just in lime to see the tip top of
the lamp tree break off, lump and all,
and go whirling around nnd around,
right straight up in the air till It got
to the sky, and there It Btuck fast. And
It nover went out, but kept turning
round and giving light In different di
rections at different times In the month.
"And that," said Mr. 'Possum, "Is
tho moon. And you don't alwuys see it
because sometimes tho bright reflect
ing thing 1b turned In the other direc
tion. And when It's turned part way
round you sec part ot It, and It's always
been so over since that night Smooth
went to sleep and the Btorm came up
and carried it off."
"Humph!" said the Coon.
"What makes those spots on it?" said
the Rabbit.
"Why," said Mr. 'Possum, "those
those nre are some leaves that blew
against tho reflecting thing and stayed
"Nonsensel" said the rabbit.
Something to Kick About.
As we went to breakfast at the hotel
I heard an old man warning the clerk
that If tho 'bus didn't get him down
to the train In time thero'd be the big
gest kind of a lawsuit. The clerk guar
anteed that there should be at least
Ave minutes to spare, but the old kicker
didn't stop to more than half satisfy
his appetite. He had to wait In the 'bus
for the rest of us to come out, and as
we took our time about It we heard
him exclaiming:
"If I am not down at the depot for
that nine o'clock train I'll sue for $50,
000 and get every cent of It!"
We tried to guy him a little on the
way down, but ho lost his temper and
was ready for a row. We reached the
depot with seven minutes to spare, nnd
he rushed about In a half-crazed way
to buy his ticket, and get his trunk
checked. When he hnd finished, with
four minutes to spare, he turned to
the driver of the 'bus with:
"I never saw such arrangements as
this In all my life. Why don't you
leave the hotel so as to get down here
fifteen minutes ahead of the train?"
"Seven or eight minutes gives a man
all the time he wants," was the reply
"I deny It! Fifteen minutes Is little
"But you are nil ready to board the
"That has nothing to do with you,
air; suppose you had lost a wheel on
the way?"
"Wheels never come off."
"Or one of the horses had broken a
"I always keep the harness in good
"Sir!" continued the kicker. kTowlne-
madder every second, "if you had even
stopped on the way to take a chew of
tobacco we should have been too late "
"But I didn't stop," replied the driver,
"and you are here before the train."
"Only a second or two, and that's
by pure good luck. The hotel needs
overhauling, sir, and you need over
hauling. Hang It. but I bei.'eve the
train has come and gone!"
"Oh; no sir."
"But how do you know?"
"Because the agent Just told me Bhe
was three hours late! Want to go back
to the hotel with the rest of the gents,
Half Sick
Hail Weil
Muny persons have their good
day and their bad day. Others
arc about half sick oil the time.
They have headache, backache,
and are restless and nervous.
Food docs not taste good, and
the digestion is poor; the skin
Is dry and sallow and disfigured
with pimples or eruptions;
sleep brings no rest and work
Is a burden.
What Is the cause or all this?
Impuro blood.
And the remedy?
It clears out the channels
through which poisons arc
carried from the body. When
all impurities arc removed from
the blood nature takes right hold
and completes the cure.
If there is constipation, take
Aycr's Pills. They awaken the
drowsy action of the liver; they
cure biliousness.
Wrllm to our Damter
V hT tho excluilra icrrfcei of
soma of the inott emlnant nlirtlcUni In
thu United Hutu. Writ freely all tho
pirticuUri In your cans. You will re
colvo a prompt replr. without rntt.
Lowell, Mti
The proper tlmo to transfer bees
from box hives to movable frames la
in early spring, as later the combs be
como heavy with brood and honey.
Many farmers in the vicinity of Dal
Norte in tho San Luis vulley have been
experimenting In bee culture and find
that it is a valuable addition to their
profits. This year a majority ot tha
farmers will put In several stands.
Aplnrlsts of tho Pecos valley of New
Mexico report a favorable crop for last
year. Since tho Introduction of the
Golden process tho output hns been
nearly doubled. Mr. Gathrlght ot Dona
Ana county reports a production oft
10,000 pounds from 175 hives.
Every worker bee begins Its life as a
nurse bee, staying with! tithe hive for
nurse bee, staying within the hlvo for
the larvae with Its milky feed and cap
ping them over when they are large
enough to care for themselves. At
about the age of ten days the bees be
gin to work In tho fields.
A Bet of combs which have been built
by the bees without foundation contain
too mucli drone comb ns a general
thing, and In every case It should bfir
cone through and the drone comb re
moved. In naturl comb building bees
do not do the most profitable thing, aa
it is their nature to increase in num
bers Instead of storing honey. Drone
comb should be removed now, In tne
Bprlug. It can be told because ot lta
large cells.
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