McCook weekly tribune. (McCook, Neb.) 188?-1886, October 11, 1883, Image 7
THY NAME. I told the rose thy name It blushed and stirred ; 1(3 petals trembled M In ecstncy , I cried thy name aloud and lo ! the bird Burst into song within the thick-leaved tree. I spake It when the moon was gray and cold , And straight from out his cast upshot the sun ; I spake it to the night the clouds that rolled Above dispersed , the stars came one by one. Should any whisper it when on my face * The black earth lies , calm sleeping under ground , I think my heart would beat apace , And that my lips would tremble at the ' sound. And if before the gates of heaven I came , And could for my own worth no entrance win , I think that then if I should name thy name The eternal doors would stir and let me in. CHASED BY BUBNING OIL- CARS. Now Tork Bun. "I don't expect to live much longer , and after I am dead I want you to put in the papers the story of that ride I had from Prospect to Brdcton' in 1869. " The speaker yras Duff , Brown , an old locomotive engineer , who was lying at his home in Portland , N.Y. , dying with consumption. This was several weeks ago. " On the 7th of this month he died. He was nearly 60 years old. His story of the awful ride is this : "In 1869 I was running a mixed train on the Buffalo , Corry & Erie railway. The track between Prospect or May ville Summit and Brocton Junction is so crooked that , 'vhile the distance is ac tually only ten miles , the curves make 5t by rail iourteen. The grade for the whole distance is over seventy feetto the mile. mile.About About 9 o'clock on the night of Au gust 19,1869 , we reached the summit with a train of two passenger cars , six oil cars , and a box car. The latter contained two valuable trotting horses , and their keepers with-them , on their way , I believe , to the Cleveland meet ing. There were fifty or sixty pas sengers in the two cars. I got the signal from the conductor to start , and I pulled out. We had got under con siderable headway , when , looking back , I saw that an oil car in the middle of the train was on fire. I reversed my engine and whistled forjjrakes. The * conductor and brakemen ' jumped off. They uncoupled the passenger cars and set the'brakes on them , bringing them to a stop. Supposing that the brakes on the burning oil cars would also be put on , I called to a bralceman on the box car to draw the coupling pin be tween that car -and the head oil tank , backing so that he could do it , intend ing to run far enough away to save the box car and locomotive. As I ran down the hill , after the pin had been drawn , what was my horror to see that the burning cars were follow ing me at a speed mat was , rapidly in creasing. The men. had not succeeded inputting on the brakes. I saw that the only thing to be done was to run for it to Brocton , and the chances were that we would never reach there at the speed which we would be obliged to make around those sharp reverse curves , where we had never run over twenty miles an hour. "When I saw the flaming cars for the whole six were on fire oy this time plunging after ine , and only a Jfew feet away , I pulled the throttle open. The oil cars caught me , though , before I got away. They came with full force * against the rear of the box car , smash ing in one end and knocking the horses and their keepers flat on the floor. The heat was almost unbearable , and , do my best , I couldn't place more than thirty feet between the pursuing column of fire and ourselves. By the light from the furnace , as my fireman opened the door to pile in the coal , I caught sight of the facej of one of the horsemen in the box car , he , having climbed up to the grated opening in the end. It was as pale as death , and he 'begged me for God's sake to give her more steam. I was giving her then all the steam she could carry , and the grade itself was enough to carry us down at the rate of fifty miles an hour : We went so fast that the engine couldn't pump. Every timewe * struck one of those curves the old girl wouljl almost run oh one set of wheels , and why in the world she didn't topple over is something I never could understand. She seemed to know that it was a race of life and death , and worked as if she were alive. J "The night was dark , and the road ran through woods , deep rock cuts , and i along high embankments. There we were , thundering along at lightning 1J speed , and , only a few paces behind us , J thtt fiery demon in full pursuit. There f were 50,000 gallons of oil in those tanks , at least , and it was all in flame , making a flying avalanche of fire 500 feet long. The flames leaped into the air nearly a hundred feet. Their roar was like" that of some great cataract. Now and then a tank would explode with a noise like a cannon , when a col umn of flame and pitchy smoke would molint high above the body of the flames , and showers of burning oil would be scattered about in the woods. The whole country was lighted up for miles around. "Well , it wasn't long , going at the rate we made , before the lights of Brocton came in sight down in the val ley. The relief I felt when these came in view was short lived , for I remem bered that train No. 8 , on the Lake Shore , would be due at the junction just about the time wo would reach it. While we were thinking of this we saw the express tearing along toward the junction. Coulu wo reach the junction , get the switch , and the switch set back for the express before the latter got there ? If not , there would be an in evitable crash , in which not only we but probably scores of others would be crushed to death. All this conjecturing did not occupy two seconds , but in that two seconds I lived years. " 'Good God ! ' I said to my fireman , "what are we to do now ? ' " "The fireman promptly replied and ho was a brave little fellow that I should whistle for the switch and take the chances. I did so. That whistle was one prolonged yell of agony. Ii was a shriek that seemed to tell us that our brave old engine knew our danger and had her fears. Neither the fireman nor myself spoke another word. "Thanks be to God ! The engineer on the express train , seeing us tearing down that mountain with an eighth oJ a mile 01 solid fire in close pursuit ol us , knew in a niumunt that only one thing could save us. He whistled for brakes , and got his train to a stand not ten feet away from the switch. The switchman now answered our signal ; and we shot in on the Shore track and whizzed on up by the depot and through the place like a rocket. The burning cars followed us in , of course , but their race was run. They had no propelling power now , and after chasing us for a mile they gave up the pursuit , and in three hours there was nothing left of them but smoking ruins. "My fireman and I were so weak when we brought our locomotive to a stop that we-could not get out of the cab. The two horsemen were uncon scious in the box car. The horses were ruined. And how long do you think we were making that sixteen miles ? We ran two miles on the Lake Shore track. Just twelve minutes from the summit to the s > pot wjiere we stopped ! A plum eighty miles an hour , not count ing the time lost getting under headway and stopping"beyond Brocton. " Experience With Sued Corn. Philadelphia Record. Now that corn is being haivested , the time is at hand for selecting the seed for next year's crop. Professor Sturtevant , of the New York Agricul tural Experiment Station , deserves the thanks of every farmer in tlie coui.try for the valuable information he has published in his official bulletins , and one of the most Important series of ex periments conducted was that relating to corn. The professor reminds farmers that there are a number , of distinct races of the corn -plant , and he classifies such with botanieal terms , which may be omitted here , but the common names are the pops , flints , dents , sweets and softs. These differ from each other , more or less , in the construction of the kernels , and in the habit of ripening and growth.- The flint corn kernal , when split open , is found to show three structures the chit , or germ , lying in a starchy substance , which is sur rounded by a corneous envelope. This corn ripens from outward inward. The dent corn has the chit , starch and corn eous' envelope , but the corneous portion tion occupies the sides , while at the terminal portion the starch comes to t e surface. This kind of corn ripens from within outward. The Tuscarora ( soft corn ) is composed of the chit and a starchy portion , the corneous part beiug absent. This ripens from the outside inward. The sweet corn shows the chit and corneous portion , without dsible starch. To these four types may be referred all the kinds that are known , and they preserve a remarkable constancy. Some light is given also in relation to the germination of the tips , butts and other portions- the ear. The lint corn tips are superior to other Strains of that race , while with dents the opposite facts hold true , which ac counts for the many apparent dis crepancies that have appeared on the comparisons of results for determining the germinating quality of seed ; but the suggested system of classification , the professor believes , will prevent such mistakes in future. The results of the experiments clearly show that the different races of corn may have different habits and differ ently react to the factors of culture ; and there seems a possibility that the crossing of these types is unfavorable to crops , while a crossing within these types may be favorable. This point is of great significance , for the professor has solved one of the problems that has puzzled farmers since corn has been cul tivated. It was a well-known fact that corn will "mix" when different varie ties are planted on neighboring fields , or when together , and farmers have en deavored to secure the improvement of corn by this method. As corn of bhe same type may be crossed favor ably , it is apparent that a mixture of dent and flint corns would not be a judicious one ; but an improvement can be made in crossing any of the dents together , or any of the flints with their own family. The sweet corns , having been crossed within that variety , have been made to grow faster , ripen earlier and produce more abundantly , which corroborates the statement of Professor Sturtevant ; and the same maybe said of the dent corn in this state , which , by careful in-breeding , if the term may be used , has reached a degree of excellence that permits of but little improvement. The flints , which are grown mostly in the south , have been adapted especially to that section ; and with the light of j experimental knowledge to classily and i furthei select , no doubt corn culture will be practiced , in future far more systematically - tematically thanjieretpfore. The well-bred lad has very few wild oats to sow. THE OLD STORY. BY MARY F. TUCKKK. Alas for the head with the crown of gold The tempter came an he came of old. Alas for the heart that was glad and light ! Alas for the soul that was pure and white w f Censure who may condemn who must ; It was perfect faith it wag utter trust That- asked her promise ; nor pledge nor lgi\ He was hers she was his bylaw divine. He was lifted up ; he was set apart ; He filled her thought ; he filled her heart ; She called him great ; she believed him true , As women will , as women do ! Oh , to betray such tender trust ! ( God will repay , and He is jiu > t ) Through wrong and ill she loves him still , As women do , as women will. A Wonderful Feature in Western Travel. Very remarkable and important is the fact that the bulk of railway travel be tween the Atlantic and Pacific states is principally enjoyed by certain lines , be cause of their superiority of equipment , track , rojtd-bed , time schedule , and train service. The road that has re ceived this preference from Chicago , Peoria and St. Louis to Council Bluffs , Omaha , Kansas CitySt. . Joseph , Atchison - ison and-Denver , and all points in Illi nois , Iowa , Missouri , Nebraska , Kansas and Colorado , is unquestionably the Grand Burlington Route Chicago , Bur lington & Quiucy Railroad the only line under pne management from the first three cities named , through to Denver direct. The 'great regiments of the Grand Army of the Republic were carried in elegant style , and with perfect satisfac tion , ' to and from Denver , by the Bur lington Route , and now the Associated Press telegrams , and newspapers and newspaper correspondents generally tell us that two-thirds of the Knights Templar , journeying to San Francisco , liave gone over this famous line , the New England commanderies specially chartering , and thus journeying from ocean to ocean in trains , that were sent from Chicago to Boston , of the Burling ton's own rolling stock , because of its superlative equipment , making , it evi dent that white it is popular with all classes of travel , the route is given special preference by those choice in taste , desire and favor , and thoroughly competent to discriminate between true worth , excellence and enterprise , and lack of system , energy and progression. Possessing such features as owning and operating the longest , and yet most dir ct line to and throng ! ) the most populous cities and grandest a < jri- cultural portions Of the west ; running irains over the solidest roatt-bed and a track laid with steel rails , all equipped with the latest and best aplpiances for safe , speedy and comfortable travel , ind hauling the finest passenger , Pull man , parlor , dining and smoking cars , connecting in union depots ; engaging ) elite , accommodating train service ; making rapid transit , prompt and close connections , and the lowest possible ratesof transportation , are cogent rea- ons why the Grand Burlington Route hould receive this partiality , and why t is preferred by , and is carrying the icaviest portion of travel to and from he Pacific coast ; and is known as the 'finest equipped railroad on the conti nent. " The Burlington system consists of ix grand divisions , designated the jhicago , Galesburg , Eastern , Middle , Vestern , St. Louis , and Kansas City liyisions. These six main sections con- ain in all thirty sub-divisionswhich are mainly branches and feeders. The company's most important terminal marts in Illinois are Chicago , Peoria , streator , Rockford , Freeport , and Clin- on ; in Iowa , Burlington , Des Moines , Keokuk , Council Bluffs , Fontanelle , ind several other lesser towns ; in Mis- ouri , St. Louis and Kansas City ; iu Kansas , Atchison ; in Nebraska , Om aha , Columbus , Central City , Kearney Function , and s'everal other points , and n Colorado , Denver. The main cities , otherwise than terminal , are Quincy , lock Island , Mendota and Galesburg n Illinois ; in Missouri , Hannibal , St. Joe ; in Iowa , Burlington and Keokuk , and in Nebraska , Lincoln , Nebraska City , Hastings , and other places along the line , making in all 1,000 in number , which have a population of about 2,500,000. If seeking farming lands , no finer dots the face of the earth than those traversed by the Burlington Route. Grass , trees , and the like , and the emblemcnt of the land , are bounteous rewards for the slight labor the tilling of the soil requires. The seasons are even and regular , and no severe winters prevail , and compel laborious efforts to ward off and provide against their hardship. If it is the game of the field , the forest , the stream , or the mountain , that you would slaughter , bear in mind that no road has a territory more plentifully supplied than that traversed by the Burlington Route. If looking for the majesty of nature's grandeur , picturesque beauty and scenic sublimity ; remember that the Burling ton Route leads to their superlative cen ter and eminence , the Rocky Moun tains. Trains are so arranged as to af ford daylight rides through the most enjoyable scenes , and elegant open ob servation cais are attached to express trains through the Royal Gorge and Black Canon. "Through the Heart of the Conti nent , " "Summer in Northern Iowa and Minnesota , " and "Landscape Wonders of the Western World , " are three very interesting little works , exquisitely illustrated , most charmingly written , and fascinating in description , the first of which is largely historical , and graphically descriptive of the wonder ful growth of Illinois , Iowa , Nebraska , Missouri , Kansas and Colorado , show ing also the advantages these states possess for the business man and home- seeker. The others exhibit in lively effort , and as near the real as word- painting can , their attractions for those m search of health and pleasure resorts , and nature's beauties. Old Greenbacks. Bon : Porlcy Poore. Among other stories told by the Chase men was one of the secretary's visits to a leading free negro in Florida , Uncle Solomon. Uncle Solomon had collected a good many war relics and Indian curiosities , which Mr. Chase in spected with interest , listening mean-1 while to the old darky's anecdotes relative - ' | lative to the war in Florida , and its effects both on the planters and negroes , as seen from his own peculiar stand point that of a free" colored man cul tivating some thirty or forty acres of his own land. After an hour thus pleasantly spent , Mr. Chase thanked his entertainer , and as he was about stepping into an ambulance which had J conveyed him thither , for the purpose of returning , produced a new $1 bill and placed it in the astonished hands of Uncle Solomon. "What for.dat ? " asked Uncle Sol , holding out the bill indignantly at arm's . " 'twasn't length. "Golly , massa , for dat ole uncle toted you to find dis place , I'sgot all I want , God be blessed for it ! " and the old darky's feelings appeared to have been really hurt. "Why , uncle , you mistake , " said the Chief Justice , kindly , stepping back out of his ambulance , and pointing with one finger to the vignette in. the corner of the bill , "I know you better , Uncle Sol , than to offer you money ; and it is as a picture to recollect me , not as monev , that I gave you fhat bill. " For a moment Uncle Sol was stupe fied , but observing Mr. Chase still pointing with one hand at the vignette , while removing his broad-brimmed straw hat with the other , some glimmer of the truth began to break slowly in upon old uncle's mind. Once or twice liis eyes rolled between the face of the chief justice and the portrait in the cor ner of the crisp paper he was holding , a light of intelligence every moment spreading over his feaviires , and rapidly ixpanding into the broadest and hap piest of grins. Atlenght , throwing up liis hands and bringing them down on liis knees a gesture many times re peated old Uncle Sol commenced shouting aloud : "Oh if ain't Old , golly , rnassa , you urreenbacks hisself ! .Golly , golly , if fou ain't Old Greenbacks ! 1'sesogladto ee you , massa ; I'se so glad to see you ! Ohjjolly , massa ; God be blessed dis old nigger has lived to see this day ! " The dollar bill was not returned , but enshrined in a neatly-carved frame of red cedar over the chimney-piece of Jncle Solomon's best room , the most prized and most adored relic of his old nuseum. The old man never wearied of relating every minutest incident of , hat one bright , happy day , when his arm was made glorious and his life was ennobled through all future time > y actual contact for an hour with "Old Greenbacks hisself. " ] The Mew Comet. [ Albany Argus. The most recent calculations made at the Dudley Observatory relative to the . orbit of the new cpmet , result in figures quite different from those reported in our issue of Sunday last. Yet for the short period embraced by the time since discovery , the two calculations place the comet in very nearly the same apparent positions as seen from the earth. About once in fifteen or twenty years a comet comes along , which , like this , gives the computers a great deal of trouble. It now appears probable , say the astronomers of Dudley Observatory , that the comet is from three to four times as far from both the earth and the sun as the sun is from us. This distance is almost unprecedented at discovery. In fact no case is remem bered in which this distance was nearly so great. It appears probable that the comet will not come to perihelion until about June 1st of next year , and that it will remain in telescopic view for a year or more. The plane of its orbit seems to. be nearly perpendicular to that of the earth's course about the sun. The perihelion point is indicated by the calculations to be at a distance from the sun not much greater than the earth's average distance. For at least a week or ten days to come , all calculations relative to the true course of this seemingly very erratic body must be regarded as quite approximate. The slightest variation in the observed places of a body so dis tant at this one probably is throws the resulting elements of the orbit away off. The case might be well illustrated by the results of shooting at a mark 200 yards off with a pistol having a barrel less than an inch long supposing it > would carry so far. With a reason ably good marksman the balls would all take about the same course lor the first few feet after leaving the barrel , but their subsequent course would be entirely a matter of conjecture. Yet it would be easier to hit an eight-inch bull's eye at 200 yards with a pistol whose barrel is one inch long , than it now is to say from observation and cal culation where the Brooks comet will be ( within 10,000,000 miles ) at the end of three months. Give us a barrel three inches long find we will give you a dead center , say the astronomers of the observatory. .5- I Witchcraft in Prussia. ' London Time * . The Berlin Vossischo Zeitung reports a case of popular superstition which wouldbe almost incredible were it not confirmed by a judicial investigation. , In the village of Schonbeck , m the Srovince of West Prussia , the little aughter of a cabinet-maker has been i , bedridden for three years. The father : became persuaded that his daughter jwas j bewitched by a woman who had given her occasionally apples and j pears. He was advised that the patient i would bo. cured if she drank some of ! ] the Wood of the supposed witch. The poor woman was entrapped into visiting a place where some of the chief men of the commune were assembled to re- ce've her. She was seized , one of her * fingers pricked with a needle , and the t j ! , blood given to the sick child. The superstitious or malignant participators in this outrage were summoned before a police magistrate , who contented him self with sentencing them to imprison ment. The small thin feathers on the goose are called down , but when you go to buy them you\find them way up. [ Phil adelphia Herald. e Wipe your pen after using , and it will last the longer. Remember , a pen is saved , a pen is earned. [ Boston Tran script. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS IN CINCINNATI Treating Consumption. A thnuiUronchltIgNasa. Catarrh , Sore Throat , Low of Volcoand Other Maladies of the Nose , Throat and I.ungn. UK. 'WOL.F.E treats the above named dlaeaaes by Medlcntej nhai-tlon * . When thus administer ed , remedies are brought "face to faco" In con tact with the disease ; whereas , if they are irwal- lowed they mix with the contents of the stomach and nuro edch the organs of respiration. DR. "WOIKhas , by the Judicious employment of MejUcattwMnhalntlons , assisted thousands to repair their health , many of whom had been pronounced Incurable , nnd Riven up to die by their family physicians and friends. 1)K. 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