The McCook tribune. (McCook, Neb.) 1886-1936, July 20, 1900, Image 7
r The Nine T.lttre Goblin * . They all climbed up on a high board fence Nine little goblins with green-glass eyes 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 head 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 twinge Of his stifling laughter , he thumped his back With a fist that grew on the end of his tail 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 know Singing the songs that their grandsires - sires sung In the gro-gro days of the goblin tongue. And then they kept their green-glass eyes 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 do. 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 dling. 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 surprise. 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 geest- It is the man "who is trying to give the earth away who gets it for him self. is a jsa'Gisd aneS peerless PGGQS'tfa Bt SS a PeGQFSi Of GISS'Sy Gf GQBSSfant COK" qjisest OVGP ofest estate if/s of woissssa/ ills that tieaS out dfespaaffsuffering that fM&my w&mees is womass s Bsatui'aB sUSsorsSei'S and ? s/ss- that flrli/s osst I Lydia E. 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