The McCook tribune. (McCook, Neb.) 1886-1936, September 16, 1898, Image 3

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    Hie Red Man Not Greatly Interested in
the Grand Sights ,
Serenely and Solemnly I'nsslngv Through
the Greut IJuildings Without Looking
to the ICIght or to the Left The Tent
ed Field of the Various Trlboi.
Noon at the Trans-Mississippi , Ex-
, posltion ! In the Ceurt of Honor the
.blue laeoon was motionless , save for
the rippling gleam that followed the
lazy gondola. Reflected in its depths
were the classic fronts of the great
buildings surrounding it. The shad
ows made black blotches on the white
walks. In the .shelter of one of the
curving colonnades sat a group of
Turks , placidly smoking and viewing
the scene with appreciative eyes. Ttie
'varicolored flags that surrounded the
roofs of the buildings stretched lan
guidly with a passing breeze , and then
dropped wearily back as though ex
hausted with the effort. The echo of
.a Venetian boat song , chanted by a
stalwart gondolier , floated across the
Down the steps of the Government
building came a brilliant procession.
Wrapped. in blankets of gaudy hue ,
their faces daubed with many colored
paints , coarse , unkempt hair hanging
over each shoulder , beaded moccasins
and leggings as picturesque as a
group of Sioux braves as one can often
see. Their carriage was dignified and
stately , their Impenetrable faces un
moved by the splendor of the scene.
The snowy facades of classic architec
ture , the shimmering sweep of the la
goon , the languid gondolas , the distant
song not one incident of the picture
before them caused one flicker of in
terest to cross those stoic faces.
Suddenly they stopped. Intense in
terest was manifested in their every
jnovement. They crowded eagerly
around their chief who had evidently
fojund something unusual , and was ges
ticulating violently. I crowded up to
see what strange thing they had dis
covered. I found them intent on a
"penny-in-the-slot" machine ! "Rain-
in-the-Face" was slowly untying from
\ a greasy corner of , his fringed blanket.
& penny ! Impressively he put it iu
the slot ; impressively hs pushed the
hutton ! As a narrow bar of chocolate
fell into his greasy palm , a shout of
triumph went up from the noble
"braves. They danced with excitement.
They laus&ed with glee.
Then their faces straightened into
gravity , they wrapped .themselves in
their accustomed dignity , and , serene
ly solemn once more , started on down
the court. They walked through the
Imildings with never a sign of inter
est , turning their faces neither to the
right nor to the left , until in the Man
ufactures building they came to a
great bottle which advertises a well
Icnown brand of whisky. Here was
something they could understand.
"With grunts of satisfaction they sur
veyed it .from all sides. "Hold heap
lots firewater ! " said "Rain-in-the-
Face , " thirstily.
On out of the building they strode
down to the end of the Grand Court
and up the steps of the great viaduct
which connects it with the adjacent
Bluff tract. Straight on , not once
turning their heads to look back at
the splendid scene spread helow them.
What cared they for shimmering la
goon , they who knew the dancing wat
erfalls and the hidden purling brooks.
"What cared they for the splendor of the
buildings , who slept beneath the maj
esty of the sky ? What cared they for
a demonstration of the riches of the
AVest , who had known its woods and
mountains and plains belore the white
man had come ?
Turning to the left they entered
the Midway. The Moorish village
with its reproductions of the Alaham-
bra's beauty , the golden domes and
gaudy minarets , attracted from them
no sign of recognition ; but in front of
the Mystic Maze they stopped again i
and once more they went into ecsta-
cies of delight. This time it was the ,
great concave mirrors that excited |
mirth. Holding thenbidea in laugh
ter they turned this way and that ,
hugely amazed and entertained by the
sight of their gaudy bodies extended
in girth to the size of a bulky barrel.
"Fat man ! " grunted one , "eat heaps !
ugh ! " and his squaw , grinning with
enjoyment , held bur brown papuose up
to seo. j i'5 ' ? ' -4.
The "spielers" next attracted their
attention , and they stopped in wide-
eyed admiration to listen to the man
who bawls through the megaphone
"Have you seen the See-Saw ? Don't
say that you have saw until you've rid
den on the See-Sa.w ! See. ' ' One
aged warrior , freely daubed with yel
low ochre , wrapped in the most bril
liant of blankets and wearing , to cap
the climax , a pair of green goggles ,
evidently considered it a rew kind o"
battle cry , and danced gravely around
the howling medicant , trying in vain
to imitate him. j
They looked with haughty scorn at !
a group of almond-eyed celestials , cur
iously at a clumsy camel laden with
laghing Arabian dancing girls , and
then proceeded unconcernedly on their
dignified way toward their own camp
ing ground.
Here the group of tents belonging
to the different tribes were scattered I
about in picturesque profusion. In I
the center was a great artificial pond
of water where the red man. be he
Apache or Navajo , chief or warrior ,
brave , squaw or papoose , took his
morning plunge. The flaps of the
tents were looped back , and here and
there one caught glimpses of brown
faces , of gorgeous beaded trifles , war
bonnets hung with feathers , and time
I worn tomahawks. In the center of , the
Apache encampment loomed up a sin
ister war teepee of painted buffalo
skin. These war tepees are greally
prized by the tribes to which fhey be
long , and this particular one Is over
two hundred years old.
The most gorgeous array of beaded
trappings belonged to the .Flatheads.
Wonderful moccasins , fringed leggings
and befeathered headgear ; the Nava-
joes gloried In their characteristic na
tive blankets ; the Zunis women
their dainty blankets and looked with
shy , smiling faces at the ferotips of
visitors ; over at the edge of the vil
lage stood a great cabin , and here the .
curio hunter will , find relics that , will
gladden his Jieart , . _ -
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-OT >
Grateful Acknowledgment.
The f oTlowIng leTEorVfll be of * fnter-
cst to every Nebraska relative of tlie
boys at-'Manila , 'as it suows < in a
measure what the Red Cross society
is doing there. The ten dcllais de
ducted from the whole amount sent
by the Beatrice society is the amount
charged for membership fee :
* California Red-Cioss , State Association
tion/ ' San Francisco , Aug. 20 , 189S.
"Mrs. O. N. Whcelocl ; , Treasurer-Tour
letter of August 25 , encloses your _
, -very generous donation of $8,115 , has
just been received and we thank you
most warmly for this splendid contri
bution. "Vve greet the Red Cross of
Beatrice , Neb. , most cordiajly into cur
association , and feel assured that your
kind co-operation with us In alleviat
ing the sufferings of the "boys in blue"
will seem to lessen the distance 'be
tween our two states. We wu * take
the greatest pleasure in forwarding
the aiuount , $81.15 , to company C.
First Nebraska. I know you will be
gratified to learn we have a field hos
pital at Manila , with a corps of trained
male nurses and equipment for J.25
beds , and that by both the 'Arizona
and Scandia , wo have sent every con
ceivable kind of delicacy for the sick
in this hospital. "We have also fitted
tout , a hospital ship for use at Manila
( which the , government provided ) ,
equipped with all those necessaries and
comforts that are so essential to the
sick and wounded , besides providing
it with trained nurses , both men and
women. To day we will direct our fi
nancial agent , 0. H. C. 'Schlott * who is
now in Manila , to expend the value of
the amount , $81.15 , ( which will prob
ably be double in the. coin of the Phil
ippines ) , for the boys of Company C.
It' is suppc-ed that the Scandia , which
left last Saturday , is the last of the
transports to go to Manila , so it may
be impossible to forward the box of
books to company C. If this' is the
case , what disposition do you wish
made of them ? Very sincerely and
gratefully , LUCIAN K. WALL1S ,
Corresponding Secretary ,
Robbed of S9JJ5.
Omaha Bee : Harry Stockton , a Bur
lington engineer , with his bride came
down from Lincoln yesterday on a
weddins tour and went to the expo
sition. Stockton is still on his wed
ding tour , but he is § 925 poorer than
when he left the grounds yesterday
afternoon , for he was robbed of that
amount while getting on a street car
at Twenty-fourth and Plnkey streets.
Stockton had traveled about the
grounds and had become pretty tired ,
so about 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon
he and his wife concluded that they
would go down to their boarding house
at 2606 Blonde street. Passing out of
the gate at the southwest corner of
the grounds , they were caught m a jam
and as Stockton was assisting his wife
and another woman upon the car he
remembers being jostleU by a number
of men , some pushing him one way and
some pushing him another. He thought
nothing of this until he had nearly
reached the place where he was to
leave the car , wlien reaching around to
his right hip pocket he discovered that
his wallet was gone , which contained
| all of'his money. ' It wa s then that he
called to mind the fact of the men
jostling against him as he was getting
on the car. He also remembered that
one of them pushed his coat aside and
at the same instant leaned heavily up
against him.
Sickness in the Third.
The governor and adjutant general ,
says the Lincoln Journal , are becom
ing very much alarmed over the in
crease in sickness in the Third reg
iment at Jacksonville. Yesterday the
sick report of the regiment showed
sixty-seven sick in ciuarters and 112
in the hospital. General Barry said
this condition was appalling and he
' and the governor at once set about
! doing all in their endeavor to bring
I about a removal of the men to some
j other location or a transfer in case
they are to be mustered out. The fol
lowing telegram was sent last even
ing :
Col. W. S. Stark , Washington , D. C.
Sick list in Third Nebraska has
I grown so rapidly that a proper regard
} for the health and lives of the soldiers
icquest that they be moved to a
healthier location pending determination -
tion whether they will be transferred
or assigned active duty. Meanwhile
it would seem wise to remove them
to some northern state. I hope the
war department will , if not incompatible -
iblo with public interest , have this
done , unless they are at once ordered
to Nebraska to be mustered out of ser
( Signed. ) SILAS A. HOLCOMB ,
As to the Crops.
The last Nebraska crop bulletin says
that corn has generally deteriorated
in condition and even in the northern
counties , where the rainfall has been
sufficient for the corn crop previous to
the hist week , the corn is resorted as
damaged somewhat during the last
week. The amount of damage in
this section is variously estimated ,
some placing it as high as 25 per cent
and some claiming little or no dam-
age. Much of the early planted corn
has dried out so rapidly that it is har
dened beyond injury by frost. Late
planted corn is ripening prematurely
and will he a very short crop generally.
Corn has ripened so very rapidly the
last three weeks that most of it will
be beyond injury by frost in a week or
ten days. The last week has been fa
vorable for threshing and haymaking.
The wild or native grass is being cut
for hay quite generally and the crop
varies from fair to good , but is above
the average in most sections.
Hoary Yield of
Exeter dispatch : Off of nineteen
and one-half acres P. A. Murphy has
threshed 570 bushels of wheat and of ,
a fine" quality , foo. Other farmers
around here who thought their wheat
would not amount to much are meeting
with similar surprises and are feeling
a whole lot better than they did two
months ago. Corn is doing wellbut ,
rain is needed badly to settle the dust
and cool off the atmosphere.
The seventeenth annual Cedar coun
ty fair will be held at the grounds of
the Hartington Driving Park and' ' Fair
association on September 14,15 and 16.
This promises to be the best fair ever
held in tne county on account of the
.good premiums and purses offered by
the fair association and the .liberal
-premiums of the "merchants. , . . . .
No American Built Ship Can Obtain
from tbo British Lloyds u Clntjslflcn-
toln and Rating as Favorubln uu Those
Accorded to British Vessels.
Marine Insurance as closely follows
the carrier of goods as trade follows
the flag borne by the ship. This is
conclusively shown by the history of
marine underwriting in this country.
In the early days of the republic
when pur merchant marine was ade
quately protected by the imposition of
discriminating duties , and when , there
by , the American shipbuilding indus
try prospered , American marine under
writing flourished. There was little
or no competition in the market for
freights ; therefore these were com
paratively high. At the same time
profits on goods were large , and ship
owners could well afford to pay full
rates for insurance , while shippers of
goods found no fault with the high
rates of underwriters who guaranteed
the safe delivery of the cargo.
The marine insurance companies do
ing business in this city in 185S num
bered thirteen , having an aggregate
capital of 120,000,000. The commerce
of the country was comparatively
large , and it had grown from about
§ 200,000.000 in 1S38 to $335,000,000
twenty years later. This capital was
ample for the safe conduct of the busi
ness , and large dividends were paid
by all the companies. These profitable
conditions did not attract competition
of foreign insurance companies , how
ever , mainly for the reason that there
had not , at that time , been much
competition in the carrying trade ,
though foreign carriers were gradually
forcing their way into the oversea field
by means of their iron steamers.
The outbreak of the War of the Re
bellion gave the foreigners their long-
sought opportunity. American ship
ping was practically driven from the
sea- the ocean-carrying trade was se
cured by Europeans , and agencies of
foreign insurance companies followed
the foreign flags to this city and to
other Atlantic ports. Gradually
American underwriters were forced out
of the business , and today there is but
one of the marine insurance compa-
event insuranca would most assuredly
follow the carrier , successful competi
tion with foreign underwriters would
soon become possible , and it Could be
made entirely successful by a system
of taxation which would adequately ,
protect American capital employed in
underwriting. First of all , however ,
an American merchant marine. After
that , innumerable blessings and ad
vantages will follow.
Interesting Facts Concerning the Record
Breaking Ycur Just Closed.
While our wonderful export trade in
the fiscal year just ended has attracted
much attention , the most interesting
and really wonderful feature of it has
been , in some degree , at least , over
looked. While our exportations of
agricultural products during the year
have surpassed in value .those of any
preceding year in the history of the
country , and thus attracted universal
attention , the exportation of manufac
tures is , when considered in detail ,
equally interesting in its bearing up
on the general commerce and pros
perity , both present and future , of the
The exportation of domestic manu
factures In the fiscal year 189S is set
down by the records of the bureau of
Statistics of the Treasury Department
at $288,871,449 , which is nearly twelve
millions of dollars greater than any
preceding year in the history of the
country. This is especially interest
ing in view of the fact that the im
ports of manufactures during the year
were abnormally small. In addition to
this it is reasonable to suppose that
the purchases manufactures . by the
people of this country in the pros
perous year just ended were unusually
great , both by reason of their in
creased earnings and the further fact
that during several preceding years
their purchases in these lines had , be
cause of the financial depression , been
light. For these two reasons , the smallness -
ness of importations of manufactures
and the probable increased consump
tion of manufactures by our own people
ple , it is reasonable to suppose that
the home "demand uponourown manu
facturers was unusually great , thus re
ducing , to some great extent , the at
tention which they had formerly been
able to give to an invasion of foreign
markets. In addition to this it had
been feared by some that the in-
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nies in existence in this city , and only
five , and these of small capital , in
other Atlantic ports.
Almost the entire business of ma
rine underwriting is now done through
agencies of foreign companies.
Though the commerce of the country
has enormously increased , being nearly
quadrupled in forty years , yet the capi
tal of these foreign companies Invest
ed in this country is only about $7-
000,000 , this being the aggregate
amount of the deposits required to be
made with the insurance department
under the state laws. The capitaliza
tion of the parent companies is un
known , no statement of such capital
being published , and , therefore , these
foreign organizations pay only small
taxes here for the privilege of doing
business in this country. The facili
ties for instant cabling enable these
foreign agencies to take enormous lines
of insurance , distributing the lines
among the various parent companies ,
and in this way the risks are actually
underwritten abroad.
It will be seen at a glance that com
petition by American companies , did
these companies exist in sufficient
number to attempt to compete , would
be almost imposssible , and until condi
tions shall materially change there will
he little incentive for American capi
tal to engage in marine underwriting.
The spectacle is presented today of
our ocean carrying trade being almost
wholly in the hands of foreigners who
are receiving fully $300.000,000 annu
ally for the transportation of our im
ports and exports. Foreigners are also
underwri ing almost every ton of the
goods carried , besides taking risks Aup-
on every ship engaged in the traffic.
They contribute scarcely anything in
the form of taxes for the privilege of
conducting their business , and they
vigorously resist every attempt which
is made to require them to bear some
portion of the expense of maintaining
facilities for their shipping.
The remedy for this disgraceful con
dition of affairs seems to be the im
position ' of discriminating duties
against goods carried in foreign stilps.
If this remedy should prove effective it
would tend to stimulate the growth
of our American marine , and in Jthat
crcased customs rates adopted a year
ago would result in a reduction of the
purchases of our goods by citizens of
other nations , but this expectation was
not realized.
In view of these facts the large ex
portation of manufactures in the year
just ended is , to say the least , a very
notable feature of the commerce of , this
remarkable year. The total exporta
tion of manufactures for the year , as
already indicated , is $288,871,449 ,
which is more than double that of a
decade ago , almost three times as
much as that of 18SO , more than four
times as much as in 1870. and seven
times as much as in 1860. In 1876
the exportation of manufactures for
the first time touched the one hundred
million dollar line , and since that time
has gone steadily forward until in 18D8
it reached $288,871,449 , or nearly
twelve million dollars more than in
any preceding year.
Maintain the American Policy.
The real interest of the nation is not
to change its policy but to continue it
continue the policy that has made
it great. If it is recognized as keeping
the front place among the greatest na
tions from now on it will not be due
to its army or its navy ; it will be due
to the industrial policy under which
the nation has been developed and its
military and naval success made pos
sible. It is continuance , then , of this
policy which will make the republic
great. It will be greater still if it can
turn from this military digression .and
resume its previous industrial policy.
Its previous industrial policy has giv
en us our wealth and prosperity ; it
has given the laborers of this country
something to esteem ; as Carl Schurz
said in his recent article in a Ger
man paper , correcting the misconcep
tions of the Germans regarding Amer
ica , all Germans who have made their
home in this country will fight as
readily for their new fatherland as
they ever would for their old father
land. Nothing has made this possible ,
I say , but the industrial policy under
which the material prosperity of. the
people has undergone a progress not
witnessed in any other country. Gun-
ton's Magazine for August.
Some Yonujr Americans \Vmt an Indian
Has Done ; a Story with a Moral
Washing a TVlld Tiger ; the Length to
"Which Fearlessness Will Curry a Man.
A Song of Winter.
His gathering- mantle of fleecy snow
The winter-king wrapped around him :
And flashing : with Ice-wrought gems be
"Was the regal zone that bound him :
He went abroad In his kingly state.
By the poor man's door by the palace-
Then his minstrel winds , on either hand ,
The muslc of frost-days humming.
Flew fast before % him through all the land.
Crying , "Winter Winter Is coming ! "
And they sang a song in their deep , loud
That made the heart of their king re
joice ;
For It spake of strength , and It told of
And the mighty will that moved him ;
Of all the joys of the fireside hour.
And the gentle hearts that loved him ;
Of affections sweetly Interwrought
With the play of wit and the flow of
He has left his home In the starry North ,
On a mission high and holy ;
And now In his pride he is going forth.
To strengthen the weak and lowly-
While his vigorous breath is on the
And he lifts up Health from wan Dis
We bow to his scepter's supreme behest ;
He is rough , but never unfeeling ;
And a voice comes up Irom his Icy
To our kindness ever appealing :
By the comfortless hut. on the desolate
He is pleading earnestly for the poor.
While deep in his bosom the heart lies
And there the future life he cherlsheth :
Xor clinging root , nor seedling form.
Its genial depths embracing , perlsheth ;
But safely and tenderly he will keep
The delicate flower-gems while they sleep.
The Mountain heard the sounding blast
Of the winds from their wild horn blow
And his rough check paled as on they
And the River checked his flowing :
Then , with ringing laugh and echoing
The merry schoolboys all came out.
And see them now , as away they go.
With the long , bright plane before them.
In its sparkling girdle of silvery snow.
And the blue arch bending o'er them ;
While every bright cheek brighter grows ,
Blooming with health our winter rose !
The shrub looked up , and the tree looked
For with ice-gems each was crested ;
And flashing diamonds lit the crown
That on the old oak rested :
And the forest shone in gorgeous array.
For the spirits of winter kept holyday.
So on the joyous skaters fly.
With no thought of a coming sorrow
For never a brightly-beaming eye
Has dreamed of the tears of to-mor
Be free and be happy , then , while ye
And rejoice in the blessing of to-day.
Some Young Americans.
Whatever may be true of the young
people of America in general , there is
one part of the country concerning
whose young folks it is asserted , on the
best authority that they positively
do not know how to be disrespectful to
those older than themselves. The par
ticular young people referred to are the
children of the Innuit inhabitants of
Alaska. A lady writer in the Outlook
gives a pleasant picture of these young
Americans , who are now being train
ed in American schools , according to
American principles.
Innuit is the name these people give
themselves. It means "the people. "
Americans call them Eskimos , "raw-
fish eaters. " They are not the stunted
race they are usually supposed to be ,
but a tall , well-formed , muscular people
ple , many of them standing six feet
and more.
One of their teachers , who lives on
St. Lawrence Island , near the entrance
of Bering Straits , says of his pupils
that they are apt scholars , as well
endowed with mental capacity as
American children of the same age ,
and that after a winter's instruction
they are able to speak , read and write
in English.
They excel in penmanship , and have
an astonishing natural talent for draw
ing. At home they have been taught
to carve in ivory the figures of the
walrus , the bear , and other familiar
animals , but in their drawings they
will depict everything their various
amusements and duties , their hunting
and fishing expeditions , their dogs and
sledges , and the reindeer that are just
being introduced among them. The
drawings are neat , full of detail , and
not without artistic effect.
There is one characteristic of these
Innuit boys and girls that could not
be excelled by young Americans in the
more highly favored parts of our broad
land. That characteristic is their tender -
der compassion for each other. They
have all learned what famine means ,
but let them be ever so hungry , they
always divide the seal that has been
caught with every member of the com
During a time when food was scarce
Mr. Gambell , the teacher referred to ,
often gave his school of thirty or forty
pupils a dinner. On one occasion the
meal consisted of beans. The hungry
scholars had partly eaten their allow
ance when Mr. Gambell remarked that
the tin cans in which the beans had
come were of no use to him , and
that the boys and girls might
have them. Instantly the guests
stopped eating , popped their re
maining beans back into the cans ,
and carried them home to share with
the rest of. the family.
Patient , merry , good-humored and
industrious , these Innuit Americans
ought to make good citizens. They
are never idle. In the short summer
they endeavor to lay in enough food
for the winter , and In the winter they
work on their clothes , nets , Imple
menta and carving.
TVhat an Indian Has Done.
Many an American boy has obtain
ed his education by overcoming great
obstacles , ' but no American lad has
ever accomplished it by greater per
sistence and determination than a
young man who halls from the far
north. This young American Is a full-
blooded Indian , whose home Is in tha
island of New Metlakahtla , Alaska.
He is a graduate of the SItka In
dustrial School , of Marietta College ,
0. , and of Lane Theological Seminary ,
from which he has just graduated. His
name Is Edward Marsden. and he la
now on his way back to labor as a
teacher and a missionary among the
Indians of Alaska.
Very few American students attempt
what this young Indian has mastered.
Aside from the culture received in col
lege and seminary , his requirements
are almost amazingly varied.
Bricklaying and clock-repairing ,
house-painting and gardening , tin-
smithing and steamboat engineering ,
storekeeping and bookkeeping , piano-
tuning , machine-handling in general
and land-surveying , typewriting and a
few other incidental branches , have in
less or greater degree been taken up by
him , side by side with ordinary book
Besides his regular theological
studies , Mr. Marsden has given a brief
time to study in the law department
of the Cincinnati Young Men's Chris
tian Association , and is a member of
one of the classes of the Chautauqua
literary and scientific course. He is
thoroughly conversant with two of the
three Indian tongues spoken in Alaska.-
in both of which he hopes to be use
ful to his people.
This is a fairly long list of attain
ments for one who began his career
without the inherited qualities that
come from a civilized ancestry , or the
advantages and stimulus given by cul
tured associations in early youth. He
did his first summer's work at nine
years old , and gained by it a pair of
trousers , a sack of potatoes , and three
dollars. Then followed the accom
plishment of a steady purpose to fit
himself for usefulness among his pee
He owes some of his training to
help given by friends in Alaska , who
took an Interest in his career , and
cheered him by their confidence and
encouragement ; but his three years'
work in the Sitka Industrial School ,
the four at the Marietta College , and
the three at Lane Theological Semi
nary , have been secured solely by his
own exertions.
Besides his college training Mr.
Marsden has traveled somewhat in
British Columbia and the United
States , eagerly studying the education
al and mercantile institutions , munici
pal government and social organiza
tion of the places he has visited.
If his future career develops in use
fulness as his friends anticipate , be
cause of the foundations thus laid , his
life will be one of supreme good to his
race. In its large-minded purpose and
unselfisnness it is a manifestation of
public spirit that every young Ameri
can should be ambitious to emulate.
TTushlng : i Wild Tiger.
A story copied from "La France du
Xord" illustrates the lengths to which
perfect fearlessness may carry a man.
The famous lion-tamer Pezon hired at
Moscow a poor Cossack , who was as
ignorant of the French language as of
fear , to clean the cages of his wild
Instructions were given to the man
by means of gestures and dumb show ,
and apparently he thoroughly under
stood what he was expected to do.
The next morning he began his new
duties by entering with bucket , sponge
and broom , not the cage of a tame
beast , but that of a splendid untamed
tiger , which lay asleep upon the floor.
The fierce animal awoke and fixed his
eyes upon the man , who calmly pro
ceeded to wet his large sponge , and ua-
terrified , to approach the tiger.
At this moment Pezcn saw what was
going on , and was struck with horror.
Any sound or motion on his part
would increase the danger of the situ
ation by rousing the beast to fury ; so
he quietly waited till the need should
arise to rush to the man's assistance.
The moujik , sponge in hand , approached
preached the animal , and perfectly
fearless , proceeded to rub him down , as
if he had been a horse or dog. while
the tiger , apparently delighted by the
application of cold water , rolled over
on its back , stretched out its paws ,
purred and offered every part of its
body to the moujik , who washed him
as complacently as a mother bathes
her Infant.
Then he loft the cage , and would
have repeated the hazardous experi
ment upon another savage of the des
ert had not Pezon with difficulty drawn
him off.
En Ic Bagloy's Last Words.
The Chicago Chronicle says that a
private letter gives a pathetic incident
connected with the death of Ensign.
Bagley on board the torpedo boat Winslow -
slow at the engagement off Cardenas.
Bagley had been fearfully wounded
by a shot which practically toro
through his body. He sank over tha
rail and was grasped by one of the en
listed men named Reagan , who lift
ed Ja\m \ up and placed him on the deck.
The young officer , realizing that he
had only a short time to live , allowed
no murmur of complaint or cry of pain
to escape him , but opened his eyes and
stared at the sailor and simply said :
"Thank you. Reagan. "
These were the last words he
Many a man is out in the back yard
bemoaning his luck when fortune ,
knocks at his front donr.
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