The McCook tribune. (McCook, Neb.) 1886-1936, July 20, 1900, Image 7

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The Nine T.lttre Goblin * .
They all climbed up on a high board
Nine little goblins with green-glass
Nine little goblins that had no sense ,
And couldn't tell coppers from cold
mince pies ;
And they all climbed up on the fence
and sat ,
And I asked them what they were
staring at.
The first one said , as he scratched his
With a queer little arm that reach
ed out of his ear ,
And rasped its claws in his hair so red ,
"This is what this little arm is for ! "
And he scratched and stared ; and the
next one said :
"How on earth do you scratch your
head ? "
And he laughed like the screech of a
rusty hinge
Laughed and laughed until his face
grew black ;
And when he choked with a final
Of his stifling laughter , he thumped
his back
With a fist that grew on the end of his
Till the breath came back to his lips
so pale.
And the third little goblin leered
round at me
And there were no lids on his eyes
at all ;
And he clucked one eye , and he says ,
eays he :
"What is the style of your socks this
fall ? "
And he clapped his heels and I sighed
to see
That he had hands where his feet
should be.
Then a bold-faced goblin , gray and
grim ,
Bowed his head , and I saw him slip
His eyebrows off as I looked at him ,
And paste them over his upper lip ;
And he moaned in remorseful pain ;
"Would , ah ! would I'd my brows
again ! "
And then the whole of the goblin band
Rocked on the fence top to and fro ,
And clung in a long row , hand in hand
Singing the songs that they used to
Singing the songs that their grandsires -
sires sung
In the gro-gro days of the goblin
And then they kept their green-glass
Fixed on me with a stony stare ,
Till my own grew glazed with a dread
surmise ,
And my hat whooped up on my lift
ed hair.
And I felt the heart in my breast snap ,
. too ,
As you've heard the lid of a snuff box
And they sang "You're asleep ! There
is no board fence ,
And never a goblin with green-glass
eyes !
'Tis only a vision the mind invents
After a supper of cold mince pies ;
And you're doomed to dream this
way , " they said ,
"And you shan't wake up till you're
clean plum dead ! "
James Whitcomb Riley.
Jul s Vcrno at ironic.
What boy is there or what girl , for
that matter who has not sat entranc
ed over the wonderful adventure books
of Jules Verne ? They have been
translated into every language and de
voured by several generations of
young people all over the world.
Yet the veteran author is alive to
enjoy his wide fame , and to compose
T new books for the children of all lands.
He is now 75 years of age , hut he is
vigorous and upright still and has -all
the heart of youth.
"I can't climb trees myself any
more , " he said the other day , "but I
can enjoy seeing my grandchildren
climb them. And they are all glad to
play with the old man on the level
ground , where he is still good for
something. "
But the interviewer was able to judge
of that for himself. For at that mo
ment a small crowd of boys and girls
rushed out of the house into the gar
den where the old iran was talking to
his visitor. They poured down on the
veteran writer like an avalanche.stum-
bling over each other in their eager
ness to be first into his outstretched
hands. They were grandchildren and
nephews and nieces and grandnephews
and grandnieces all mixed up together ,
a dozen cr so of them , pouring out of
the classroom to play with the smil
ing patriarch.
Jules Verne is a very busy man. He
gets up every day with the sun , and
after a light breakfast works steadily
at his stories till 11 o'clock. That is a
very common lunch hour in France ,
and it is then that the children get the
first glimpse of "Papa Jules. " He
gathers round the table all the boys
and girls that he can get hold of ; the
little ones of the quiet , old-fashioned
town have all at one time or anotfier
had their place at his table and en
joyed his funny sayings and his litlla
bits of queer , suggestive 'Information.
* He Is not easily satisfied with his
work. Every book of his has been re
written several times before it has
finally reached the public. And he
never begins a book without studying
thoroughly and very deeply everything
that can make the subject familiar to
him. From about 12:30 to 5 every day
he spends in this kind of reading.keep-
ing himself thoroughly posted in all
sorts of new scientific discoveries and
expeditions and in the latest Informa
tion about newly explored and strange
lands. He reads , too , for purposes of
comparison stories of adventure in
several languages. He is especially
fond of the books of this kindin which
the English language is rich. M. Verne
has read "Robinson Crusoe" five or
six times , and can recite by heait
whole pages of "Treasure Island. " He
thinks "The Swiss Family Robinson"
one of the best boys' books ever writ
ten , and loves Fennimore Cooper.
Walter Scott's works are always with
in reach of his hand in his study , and
Captain Marryat's breezy sea stories
are almost worn away by long han
Jules Vc-rne is naturally very fond
of the Immense success his works have
had. He delights in the fact that he
possesses more than COO letters written
to him at various times by boys and
girls to express the pleasure they have
had In reading his books. These let
ters , which are all docketed and class
ed by the -author himself according to
the age of the writers and their na
tionality , make a very curious and in
teresting collection. There afe letters
in French , in Russian , in Italian , in
Spanish and in English. There is one
in Polish. The letters in English come
mostly from English colonies and from
the United States. One of the Ameri
can letters is from a little girl in Bal
timore , who writes to say that she
wishes she were a boy , so that she
might go under the sea in the Nau
tilus. And if she could , she adds , her
first voyage would be to Mr. Verne's
home , if he would like her to come.
Mr. Verne tells with a chuckle that he
wrote to his little correspondent , as
suring her that nothing would give
him more pleasure than to receive her
at his home , whether she came in the
Nautilus or down the chimney. But
he advised her to stay In Baltimore
and learn to be a good American lit
tle girl , for she could not be anything
better , however hard she tried.
The Famous Geese.
Quack , quack , quack ! What's all
this commotion ? Just a silly flock of
geese , and yet that foolish noise saved
a city.
There had been a great battle be
tween the Gauls and the Romans , and
the latter had suffered defeat. That
was nearly 2,300 years ago. That bat
tle took place on tha banks of the Riv
er Allia , eleven miles from the city of
Rome. A portion of the defeated army
took refuge in a little city called Veil.
The rest of the army fled to Rome and
took refuge in the capitol , which was
situated upon a hill , one side of which
was a precipice.
When the conquering Gauls entered
the city they found them safely forti
fied upon this hill. Being unable to
force them from their position , they
determined to starve them into capitu
lation , and began a siege.
The soldiers who fled to Veli wished
to communicate with their besieged
friends and offer them encouragement.
Pontius Cominius , a brave soldier , vol
unteered to carry the message.
Selecting a dark night , he swam
down the River Tiber , and climbing
up the almost inaccessible Capitoline
Hill , he delivered his message of cheer ,
and , taking back assurances of their
determination to hold out , he departed
the way he came.
His visit , however , came near prov
ing disastrous to his besieged brethren.
The Gauls s aw the prints of his feet
on the hillside , and this set them to
thinking. If one man could climb , up
that way why not a regiment ?
That night they tried it. The place
was considered so secure that no sen
tinels were posted. Up , up , crept the
soldiers it was slow and weary climb
ing till at last the foremost man put
his foot upon the top of the hill.
The Romans had devoured nearly
everything eatable in the citadel , ex
cept a flock of sacred geese , dedicated
to Juno. These fowls were housed in
the temple devoted to that deity , and
they set up a great quacking when the
enemy began to approach. The rever
ence and piety of the Romans were
rewarded. The geese , by their cries ,
awakened Marcus Manlius , who ,
sounding the alarm , rushed to the
spot where the foe was approaching
over the sharp brow of the hill , and ,
with the assistance of his comrades ,
dashed the Gauls down the precipice ,
killing all who had undertaken the
Shortly after this episode the Ro
man soldiers who had taken refuge in
Veil came to the assistance of their
brethren in Rome , and a desperate
battle was fought , in which , the Ro
mans were victorious , and the Gauls
were driven from tke city. Truly a
great result to come from so trifling a
thing as the outcry of a silly flock of
It is the man "who is trying to give
the earth away who gets it for him
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A soft corn is nearly always a hard
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Teplitz , a small watering place in
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"Filthy lucre" doesn't mean gold. It
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Sunday is a day of strength ; the
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Ex-Secretary of Stale John "W. Fos
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Salt in Knife and Pork Handles
Handles of forks and knives are
utilized for the storage of salt and
pepper under a new patent , each
handle being formed of a tube , which
has spring clips to hold' it on the
shank , with an internal reser'voir for
the salt or pepper , which is shakni
through the ends.
Hopeful as to ItcsultH.
Witham , the Georgia banker , and
his party of cashiers and pretty girls ,
left New York for the south the last
of the week. There have been no
marriages as the result of the irip ,
although it is understood that matri
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junket. There is the consolation of
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Pawnbrokers talcc some curious
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a magnificent carolite , a mass of fused
metal that fell , as it were , from heaven
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A ticket bears the statement that it
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More than half the champagne sold
iu France in 1898 went to England.
United States courts in New Mexico
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for a nuniebr of years.
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