Valentine Democrat. (Valentine, Neb.) 1900-1930, March 05, 1903, Image 6
A FORFEITED TEPFATHERHOOD LMEU Harding picked up an en velope addressed to the firm of which he was senior partner , and which he found lying upon Ills own desk , the letter itself being placed on file for future reference. Something about the handwriting re called a memory that was haunting and elusive. "A woman's fist , evidently , " he said to himself , and tucked the envelope into a pigeon-hole only to keep think ing of it to the utter exclusion of more important topics. Then he took it out of its hiding place , and examined it carefully. "Where have I seen that handwriting before ? It is as familiar as a breath of the old lilac tree that stood at the door of the south porch at home. I wish these vagrant memories would not come disturbing me with their A TALL , STOUT WOIIAN. vague hints of a happy past. I muse find out about this letter. " He touched a bell and the head clerk responded to the summons. "Where is the letter which this con tained ? " asking Harding , as he held up the empty envelope. "I will bring it. The woman who wrote it wanted us " "Oh , did a woman write it ? Pretty good business hand , eh , Simpson ? " "Yes , sir ; and she's a good business woman , too , I should say. Her hus band bought a block of buildings on the South Side , and intending coming to the city to live , but he died sud denly , and the widow prefers to re main on their farm , near Omaha. So we are commissioned to sell the prop erty here. I'll fetch the letter. " The explanation , however , had aat- Isfied Elmer Harding that he had no personal interest in the matter , and he took the letter when it was handed him in a perfunctory manner , and did not even take the trouble to read it. As a mere matter of form , he glanced at the signature and gave a great start. He knew then why his middle-aged heart had thumped so violently at sight of the handwriting , why mem ory had evoked sweet perfume and , wafts of incense out of a dead past. Here was a name to conjure with. Rose Atkinson ! She who had been Rose Boynton , the flower that all were praising , and the only one that had ! ' ever bloomed for him. Rose of the prairie , rose of his heart. And she had married that red-headed chump , Ed Atkinson , while he , Elmer Harding , was getting ready to start in business , and then go back and ask her to marry him. He knew he had no one to blame but himself , he felt sure it was -with Rose a case of a bird in hand , but for long years he was sore and ag grieved over her defection , as he chose to consider it. And now she was a widow. He read the letter then and found it a concise , well-worded business epis tle , quite unlike anything he would have expected of Rose , who had been diffuse and undecided in the old days. It hurt him to think of her as a bus iness woman when he remembered the sweet girlishuess of her early youth , the ripple of her Roman gold hair , as he had loved to call it , the music of her merry gurgling laugh. Then he looked in the little mirror over his desk and saw the promontory of knowledge from which his own hair had departed , the lack-luster eyes and the heavy double chin. v "You're a fool. Elmer Harding , " he said , pulling himself together with a sigh , "if she did not love you in the old days she would not look at you now , " and he gave his mind to busi ness for the rest of that day. But on the next day he wrote her & letter , friendly , with an apparent bus iness motive but filled throughout with gentle reminders of the past , and asking lur as an old friend to answer it and tell him of herself. He had in formed her that he had never married and was devoted to old bachelorhood. He waited for an answer with a fev erish interest that gave a new zest to life , and when he found it await ing him at his apartments he was too shrewd to have it addressed to the of fice he trembled like a love-sick boy as he opened it The letter was clev erly written , leaving much to the imagination of its reader. Facts were merely touched'on. "Several chil dren. " a good farm and money in the hank were her portion. She would not speak of her loneliness , but he wcuM understand. She alluded to the Mear post" in contrast to her pres ent widowed state and hurriedly clos ed her letter as if memories over powered her. Elmer Harding rever ently kissed her signature and mur mured : "Dear little Rose ! That slight , fragile creature , struggling with the care of a growing family ! Why , she is nothing but a child herself. I won der if she has kept that perfect color she had , like the flower for which she was named. Dear , shy , sensitive Rose , how I would like to see you ! " Other letters were exchanged , and finally a meeting between the two was arranged. Mr. Harding had business in that part of the country. Senti mentalist though he might be , he was enough like his fellow men to be able to conjure up business in the Desert of Sahara if necessary , and he wrote to Mrs. Atkinson that he would be in her neighborhood and would call upon her at such a time , but the little god of prudence restrained him from making any open avowal of marriage until he could see his dear one face to face. But he was a very impatient lover. He reached Omaha a day in advance of the time he was expected , but took an immediate outgoing train for the town on the border of'which the At kinson farm was located. There was one car a day , and Harding seated himself in the back of it , pulling his hat over his eyes , but closely observ ant of surroundings. A noisy crowd was entering , and he watched them , as , besides himself , they were the only passengers. A tall , stout woman and half a dozen hatchet-faced children , loaded with parcels and lugging bask ets , struggled in and were soon hag gling over seats. "Here , you children , get into your seats and stay there ! You , Ed , let your sister alone. Wait till I get home I'll teach you not to scrap in the cars. Elmer , stop eating them grapes. " "My name ain't Elmer , " said the boy with a grin. "Yes , it is , and don't you forget it. Your new pa won't take no back talk , if I do. He'll soon size you up. " "Will our .new pa pull our hair the way our old pa did. " This from a pre cocious girl with a shock of fiery red hair. "You bet he will , Reddy. My , I won der how he looks. Say , ma , has he got red hair ? " "No , I reckon It's gray now , like mine , though mebbe he hasn't changed as much as I have , seeing he hasn't a lot of young ones to worry his life HE READ Till : LETTER. out. He couldn't hold a candle to your pa when we was all young together , but mebbe he's improved some. Do- rindy Atkinson , stop pulling Clara's hair. If you don't behave you can't go to meet your new pa to-morrow. " "He ain't our pa yet , " whined Do- rindy , whereat her mother shook her , increasing the florid red of that good woman's face , to a dark purple hue , while she renewed the threat , "Wait till your new pa comes ! " At the next station the man in the back of the car sneaked out and took the first train back to Omaha. Chicago cage Record-Herald. Windows as Fire-Spreaders. In a paper read at St. James' Hall before the Society of Architects , Ellis Marsland , honorary secretary of the British Fire Prevention Committee , stated that unshuttered windows are the main cause of the spread of a con flagration. Lantern slides of the Bar bican fire emphasized his conclusions , and showed that if , as recommended , all such openings were closed every night by iron , hardwood or asbestos blinds , though the spread of a fire might not be entirely prevented , its progress would be retarded. As it is , immediately the hose plays on the heated and unprotected glass it smash es and the flames fly inward and on ward. He suggested that the insur ance companies might well encourage this form of protection by reducing fees to clients who introduced it , or there might be legislation making it compulsory. London Express. Popcorn Is Excellent Food. "Popcorn is one of the best foods we have ; people don't begin to appreciate its value , " said Mrs. Mary D. Cham bers , in the course of a lecture on cereals to a class of women in domes tic scieupe at the library building in Brooklyn. And then , seeing the sur prise on the faces of the women before her , she went on : "Let your children eat all the pop corn they want. It contains a valua ble oil , has high calorific power , and is mostly starch cooked thoroughly by high pressure of steam. " How the girls like to look at a bride's clothes ! THERMOMETER MAKING. llo\vT5oillnjr and Freezing Points Are Found and Degrees Marked. The making 01 a thermometer may be either a delicate scientific operation or one of the simplest tasks of the skilled mechanic , according to the sort of thermometer made. With the ex tremely sensitive and minutely accur ate Instruments designed for scientific uses great care is taken and they1 are kept in stock for months , sometimes years , to be compared with instru ments that are known to be trust worthy. But so much time cannot bo spent over the comparatively cheap thermometer in common use , and these are made.rapidly , thdugh always care fully. Mercury Is generally used for scien tific instruments , but most makers pre fer alcohol because it is cheaper. The alcohol is colored red with aniline dye , which does not fade. The thermom eter maker buys his glass tubes in long sti'ips from the glass factories. The glass blower on the premises cuts these tubes to the proper lengths , and with his gas jet and blowpipe makes the bulb on the lower end. The bulbs are then filled with colored alcohol and the tubes stand for twenty-four hours. On the following day another workman holds each bulb in turn over a gas jet until the colored fluid by its expansion entirely fills the tube. It then goes back into the hands of the glass blow er. ' He closes the upper end and turns the tip backward to make a little hook , which will help keep the tube in place in the frame. The tubes rest until some hundreds of them , perhaps thousands , are ready. Then the process of gauging begins. There are no marks on the tube and the first guide-mark to be made is the freezing point , 32 degrees Fahrenheit. This is found by plunging the bulb into melting snow. No other thermom eter is needed for a guide , for melting snow gives invariably the- exact freez ing point. This is an unfailing test for any thermometer when accuracy may be suspected. But melting snow is not always to be had and a little ma chine resembling a sausage grinder Is brought into use. This machine shaves a block of ice into particles , which answer the purpose as well as snoAv. When the bulbs have been long enough in the melting snow a workman takes them one by one from their bath , seiz ing each so that his thumb nail marks the exact spot to which the fluid has fallen. Here he makes a scarcely per ceptible mark upon the glass with a fine file , and goes on to the next. The tubes , with the freezing point marked on each , now go into the hands of another workman , who plunges the bulb into a vessel filled with water kept constantly at 96 degrees. This is marked like the others , and the tube is now supplied with these guide- marks , each 32 degrees from the next With its individuality thus establish ed , the tube goes into the hands of a marker , who fits its bulb and hook into the frame it is to occupy and makes slight scratches on the frame corresponding to the 32 degrees , 04 ' degrees and 90 degrees marks on the tube. The frame , whether it be wood , tin or brass , goes tf the gauging room , where it is laid .11 a steeply sloping table marked ex.K'tly in the position for a thermometer of that size. A long , straight bar of wood or met al extends diagonally across the table from the lower right-hand corner to the upper left-hand corner. On the right this rests upon a pivot and on the left it rests in a rachet , which lets it ascend or descend only one notch at a time. Each notch marks/the ex act distance of two degrees. London Express. BIGGEST CRAB EVER FOUND. One in Brooklyn Museum Over Eleven Feet in Diameter. julie biggest crab ever discovered , it is said , is now mounted and on exhibi tion in the Brooklyn Museum of Arts and Sciences. The natural home of this creature is under from GOO to 4,000 feet of water. "The crab measures 11 % feet in diameter and for the most part it has a very beautiful complexion for a crab ranging from a delicate old rose tint on the top of the carapace and legs to a pale brownish shade on the underside. The two front legs have the usual crab claws , which are big enough to crush a man , but the others end in narrow brown hoofs without toes. The eyes on the branches are enormously large and the feelers are as big as garden hose. The crab was taken off the Japanese coast and formed a part of a collec tion made by Professor Bashford Dean , of Columbia College , last year , and it was presented to the Brooklyn museum by Eugene Or. Blackford. It took more than a month to mount it. It is sxipposed that the giant crabs grow to twelve feet in diameter , says the Detroit News-Tribune , but the one in Brooklyn is the biggest ever cap tured. Not many of them are cap tured not more than ten or twelve a year although the Japanese are fish ing o\vr the grounds where they are found all the time. The Japanese fishermen set lines sev eral miles in length , with many hun dreds of hooks , which are sunk to the floor of the ocean and left over night. When the lines are hauled in the next morning all manner of extraordinary things are found attached , from giant crabs to sea lilies. None to Spare. "Tacoma peaks up and says she is not suffering for sweet girls for brides. " "Well , there is one thing sure , and that is that none of the other cities is suffering from an overpiuo. " Cluve- laid Plain Dealer. I Reasons for Preferring the Shop. I The Wisconsin State Labor Bureau has been collecting reasons why girls prefer working in factories and stores to household service. Inquiries were sent to 709 persons , says a Chicago j newspaper. Among the answers were these : "If ladies would only give girls bet ter rooms , kinder treatment , and warm er beds and let them live independently , more girls would do housework. " "I went into a factory because I wished to be treated like a human be ing. " "The reason 1 won't do housework is because I won't be treated like half a slave and always a nobody. " j "I love housework , but , like the host 'of other girls , I refuse to do it under present conditions. " | "None of the girls I know would do housework because a girl who does it is always looked upon as a kitchen drudge , always on duty and seldom treated justly. " j "I am treated better in the factory ' 'in every way , and , besides , I am no longer obliged to entertain in the ! kitchen or receive my friends at the back door , since I can live at home with my own people. " There is no sign in these replies of an insistence on the part of servants that they be regarded as members of the family. They -desire as little to intrude on other circles as they wish for intru sion upon their own. But they complain 'justly ' when the fact of social distinc tions is thrust upon them with bald bru tality. The Wisconsin answers , which would probably be good for any other State , suggest that upon the untactful mistress of the house 1'es a large bur den of responsibility for "the servant girl problem" as it is. Exchange. Keeping : Home for Others. Many a tired housewife and mother , robbed of much needed change and rest by the lack of a competent substi tute , would be more than relieved could she turn over her entire house hold to a temporary housekeeper , knowing that home and children , hus band and hired men would be well cared for in her absence. There is scarcely a village or community where one competent and free to do this work would not be a God-send. The inex perienced girl will have to content her self with small pay and much work , but if she Is a competent waitress , a neat and dainty maid and an apt scholar she will find the work much in demand and will gradually learn , by ! I observation until she , too , can aspire | to the dignity of a professional title. [ As she progresses people will hear of , her and her work , demand will follow and success is assured , for housework is the one industry which never com plains of hard times. A start may be made by taking up a certain branch of cooking and making a specialty of it Orders may be taken for canned fruits , preserves , jams , jel lies or pickles and , by buying at whole sale or nearly so , a reasonable profit is made. A good specialty would be one of the nice cheeses which we find so delicious and which require few special ( appliances and only a reasonable amount of work. Milk may be pas teurized in suitable bottles for infants' use and delivered daily and orders may be taken for special delicacies to be delivered regularly once or twice a week. A Dress of Thin Material. The tops of the skirt , sleeves and neck are shirred. Irish or Renaissance lace forms a bolero. It is appliqued onto the back , but hangs loose in front , ribbons crossing in the front being of the same color as the belt. They are caught at the lower corners by rosettes of lace or chiffon. .The Really Well-Dressed Woman. It is extremely difficult to find a woman really well dressed under the existing prejudice that everybody must be dressed like everybody else. But once in a while AVC do find one whose taste and tact command our admira tion. Her first study seems to be the becoming ; her second , the good ; her third , the fashionable. You see this wise woman giving but scant hearing to the assurance of shopmen and the recommendations of milliners. She cares not how new or original a pattein may be , if it be ugly ; or how recent a shape , If it be awkward. Not that her costume Is always'costly and new ; on the contrary , she wears many a cheap dress , but it is always pretty and many an old one , but it is always good. She deals in no gaudy confusion of colors , nor does she affect -studied primness or sobriety ; bat she either re freshes yon with a spirited couirs. rt , or composes you with a judicious har mony. , After all there is no great art either in her fashions or her materials. The se cret simply consists In her knowing three grand unities her own station , her own age , and her own points. And no woman can really dress well who does not After this , I need not say that whoever is attracted by the cos- fume will not be disappointed in the wearer. She may not be handsome nor accom plished , but I will answer for her be ing even-tempered , well informed , thor oughly sensible and a perfect lady. Housewife. Don't pick it up every time it cries or you will instill into it a restless dis position. Don't give it any toys until it passes its first year. Let it bite its fist and play with its toes. Don't try teaching it to walk before it is a year old. If you do , you may make its legs crooked. Don't give it elaborate mechanical dolls. The rag doll of old times suits it better and furnishes a lesson in economy. Don't worry about its crying If you have made certain that nothing hurts it That's just its way of developing its lungs. Don't hurry it into talking. You may overwork its brain , and , besides , it will make up for any lost time be tween the ages of four and five. Have a Sewing Room. The wise housewife is she who would rather dispense with a reception room anil have a sewing room than vice versa. The sewing room does not need to be large. It must not contain carpets or upholstered furniture. The floor should be stained and varnished , so that the daily brushing up may be eas ily accomplished. There should be hooks on the wall , from which the piece-bags should hang' Several shelves are necessary , where boxes containing buttons , trimmings , findings , patterns and the like should be kept A lapboard , an armless rocking-chair , a dress form and a big closet for unfinished work are other necessaries. The machine should be placed in a strong light , and there should be a long mirror , in which the "hang" of a skirt may be viewed with ease. The Secret of Youth. The great secret of keeping fresh and young is to be cheerful and always to look on the bright side of things. A sense of humor is a gift to be grateful for. Laughter and light-heartedness are beauty philtres of the most potent description. Gloom , sour looks , discontent , peev ishness and bad temper generate wrin kles. With activity of mind and body , and a determination to make the best of life , we may retain our youthful feelings and our youthful looks. Led in a Praiseworthy Reform. Wisconsin was the first State in the nation to give married women the ab solute control over their own prop erty. Fifty-five years ago , when this radical change was incorporated in our constitution , it was thought by many to be a dangerous and extreme reform and yet that grand step has since been followed by nearly every State in the Union and no one now says it was a premature and unwise law. Milwau kee Wisconsin. Hints for the h ousewife. Hot , sharp vinegar will remove paint spots. Salt is excellent in removing dirt from marble-top furniture. The making of the bed should be the last duty in putting a room to rights. A copper cent rubbed on the window pane will rid it of paint or plaster specks. A thin paste made of whiting and cold tea is a splendid mixture with which to clean mirrors. When matting is soiled wash it in a strong solution of salt and warm water and it will look like new. To restore an eiderdown quilt to its original fluffy lightness hang it out of doors in the sunshine for several hours. Old newspapers are an excellent pro tection against the cold , and serve in place of blankets if put between the quilt and counterpane. To renew old bedsteads , bureaus , ta bles or washboards , polish with two ounces of olive oil , two ounces of vine gar and one teaspoonful of gum arable. Besides the thorough airing that beds and bedding should daily have , mat tresses , bolsters and pillows should be beaten and shaken three times a week. Pillows may be cleaned bj patting them out upon th cross In a drenching rain. A.fter being well dunked they should be nqce c d end bansla a shady place to dry. JOHN B. M'DONAuD , Who la to Build a $5OQOOOO Railroad in Alaska. Vast undertakings are not new for John B. McDonald. Hi * is contractor . ivho has put through some large en gineering enterprises - prises , not least of which is the New York subway. Now he is to build a line i a Alaska , which cost $5,000,000 and will take three years t build. It runs fr Yaldes to DawsoK , a distance j of 500 miles , through j the Copper River J. B. valley , and it is predicted that within , a. few years a million persons will re side where there are but few settlers will be employed ftow. Five thousand men ployed , and they -will be sent north to wx > eV..next spring and summer. JaUn B. McDonald is a remarkable uiau. He was born in Ireland in 1844 , but has lived in New York since he was three. As a young man he became connected with the work of a contrac tor , and it was not long before he put in a bid for some contracts of his own in the building of the New York Cen tral tunnel. Being successful , he went into railroad construction and did his work right But the occasion was to present itself when he could show that ue was capable of more than ordinary work. He was living in Baltimore , to be near his railroad work. The city's transportation facilities were wretched. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad , un able te get a franchise for tracks through the city on grade , was ferry ing its trains completely around the city to make connections with Philadel phia. Tunneling had been put aside. Baltimore stands on low gravel hills under which run countless little streams , perhaps the most difficult of oils to tunnel. The problem came to his attention. He thought it over ; he computed ; he estimated ; and in the end he prepared a plan for a tunnel. A franchise was obtained. The people pro tested , declaring that to build a tunnel under Baltimore would imperil life and endanger property. Day after day with a rubber coat and hip boots Mr. Mc Donald went down into the tunnel to ilrect the work himself. For five years ' the struggle continued. Any visitor to Baltimore knows the outcome. The Baltimore Belt Railroad , as the tunnel is called , is one of the hardest bits of tunnel construction ever successfully accomplished. Now Mr. McDonald is at the head of i construction company capitalized at $0,000,000 , and in the building of the subway 10,000 men are employed by limself and the sub-contractors. THE MAD MOLLAH'S ALLY. In many of the dispatches from the scene of trouble in Somaliland the name of Karl Inger appears. No one. however , appears to know just who Karl Inger is. Even that astute body of fossils officially known as the _ British War Ofiice ad mits its ignor ance of his iden- t i t y , declaring that they have so far been able to ascertain only that Inger is "an ex-Austrian offi cer. " Considering that Inger for a couple of years has been burden ing the British mails vr i t h ap- KARL ixGEK. peals to business aien in London to get Lord Salisbury to intervene to prevent the war which [ nger foresaw , it would seem that any body but an English official might by this time have learned at least the man's age. Those who have seen Inger leclare that he is about thirty-fire. He ividently has had military training , ind doubtless much of the Mad Mol- 'ah's ' success may be attributed to the foung man's knowledge of tactics. Some years ago , when Inger abandoned Christianity to become a Moslem , the Mahdi , whose successor Inger declares aimself to be , christened the Austrian Emir Suleyinan. There may be some loubt as to Inger's exact status , but ihere can be no doubt of the fact that it the present time he is hand and jlove with the Mad Mollah , and that iis presence in Somaliland will not aaake the campaign any easier for the English. Plants a Travelers. Plants travel to astonishing dis tances. The seeds stick to this or that article and are carried by ships and by those that go down to the sea in ships , from one end of the world to the other. Sir Joseph Hooker relates i striking instance of this seed-carry ing , whicli is perpetually going on. "On one occasion , " he says , "landing Dn a small uninhabited island nearly it the antipodes , the first evidence I [ net with of its having been previously risited by man was the English chickweed - weed , and this I traced to a mound that marked the grave of a British sailor , and that was covered with the ; > lant , doubtless the offspring of seed ; hat had adhered to the spade or mat- lock with which the grave had been lug. Girl. He I keard seme one say y u have i very attractive face. She Guess I have. At least , when was in the country last summer it ieemed to attract plenty of flies and oosquitnes. Philadelphia Bulletin.