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Dm. MAETYN 4 SCHUG,
D. S. Examining Surgeons,
Local Surgeon. Union 1'neific, O., X.
& B. H. and 11. & M. It. IVs.
Cousultatlonsfin German and English.
Telephones at office and residence.
COLUMBUS, W -"" NEBRASKA.
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PHYSICIANS: S&'J? "&
jSTOmVe ?econd door east or poet-office.
P. W1L.MOX, .n. .,
Diseases of women and children a spe
cialty. Countv physician. Office former
ly occupied by Dr. Bonesteel. Telephone
exchange. ,, '
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CHINESE LA UNDRY.
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braska Avenue, 'olunibu. -2Sm
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On corner of Eleventh and North street,
over Ernf hardware atore.
Up-etalr? in Gluck Building, 11th street,
Above the Xew bank.
TT J. IHJWSO.
" XOTARY PUBLIC.
12h Strtft.i dooriwest of UauaJ HWf
Columbus, Nb. 491-y
rpiIURSTOr A POWERS,
3T Office in Mitchell Block, Coluin
bus, Ncbrafka. "-tr
ATTORNEY AT LAW,
Office on Olive St.. Columbus, Nebraska.
pi G. A. UULLUOUST, A. M., M. D.,
t3TTvo Blocks south of Court House.
Telephone communication. -y
V. A. MACKEN,
Foreign ami Domestic Liquors and
llth strect, Columbus, Neb. -"'O-y
ATTORNEYS AT LAW,
Office upstairs in McAllister's build
in?, llth St. W. A. McAllister, Notary
J. M. MACKAHLAND, B. R. COWDF.RY,
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LAW AND COLLECTION OFFICE
ClumlHs, : : : Nebraska.
C. M. SWEEZEY,
Land. Loan and Insurance,
Money to loan on long or short time on
Real Estate in sums to suit parties. 50-y
J. J. MAUGHAN,
Justice, County Surveyor, Notary,
Land and Collection Agent.
-Parties desiring surveying done can
notify me bv mail at Platte Centre, Neb.
llth St., opposite Lindell Hotel.
Sells Harnes, Saddles, Collars, Whips,
Blankets, Currv Combs, Brushes, trunks,
valises, buggy" tops, cushions, carriage
trimmings, Ac at the loweBt possible
prices. Repairs promptly attended to.
iCONTRA CTOR FOR ALL KIXDS OF
Office, Thirteenth St.. between Olive
th! Nebraska Avenuor Residence on -the
ecier of Eighth and Olive.
jiXL "Worlc Guaranteed.
JS. MURDOCK & SON,
Carpenters and Contractors.
Havenad an extended experience, and
will guarantee satisfaction in work.
All kinds of repairing done on short
notice. Our motto is, Good work and
fair prices. Call and give us an oppor
tunitytoestimateforyou. fcShop on
13th St., one door west of Friedhof &
Co's. store, Columbus. Nebr. 483-T
Tin and Sheet-Iron Ware !
Job-Work, Soefinf and Gutter- .
ins; a Specialty.
SjSfTShop on Eleventh Street, opposite
Heiatz'a Pruc Store. 46-y
LAND AND INSURANCE AGENT,
Bis lands" comprise some -fine tracts
la the Skell Creek Valley, aad the. aorta
em portion .of Platte county;Taxes
paid-JJll- BQa-residents.. Satiifactioa
gusrtk -7 ay -, -
COL UM3 US, - NEB.,
Packers aad "Dealers is all kinds or Hog
product, cash paid for'Lire or DeadHegA
r grease. '.
Directors.-R. H Benry, Prest-John
"Wiggins, Sec and Treas;; L. Gerrardi.S.
-aTTICE to teacebw1 c
J. B. Moncrief, Co. Bapt
qrw be in his office at the Court Bouse
v the third Saturday- ofeack
Sth for the purpose of exasaiahtg
PPvsts for teacher's certificates. ;nd
for th;Transactton of any other business
partat&Bg te tchools. - sfij-
nu-i D-ni usJ ban bnQ
CASH CAPITAL, - $50,000
Leaxdkk Geeraed, Pres'.U ;,-v ,. ,
Geo. W. HDLSTf Pjcc Pr7.
.TuLins A. "Reed.
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' - Edward A.Gerrard.
T. E. Taskeii. Cashier.
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DREBERT & BRIGGLE
- HUMPHREY, NEBRASKA.
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sTPrompt attention given to Col
lections). pyinrarance. Real Estate, Loan,
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AND fnCALER IN
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Send 10 cents for postajre.
and welwill mail you free
a roval. valuable box of
sample goods that will put joulin.the way
of making. more .money in a few -days than
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uess.-. Capitol Vnot required. We .will,
start you- xou can.wor an lueiuuti or
in spare time only. 3"he work is: univer
sally adapted to both sexes, young.ouiU
old. You'caa easily earn'from 50 cents to
$5 every-ereninjr. -Thrt-al-whe want
work may test the busiHelsJ we make
this unparalleled.'offer;to allwhaareinot
well satisfied, we .will send $1 to pay for
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lars, directions, etc sent free.- Fottuaes
wil( be -made by thseu;who give their
whole time to the work. Greatcsuccess
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A WOID of WAmsri-vG.
FARMERS, stock raisers; and allother
interested "parties will do2 well to
remember that the "Western -Horse and
Cattle Insurance Co." of Omaha is 'the
only company doing business in this state
that insures Horses, Mules and Cattle
against loss by theft, accidents, diseases,
or injury, (as also'a?ainstloss by fire and
lightning).-AllTepresentation8 by agents
of ether Coafpinies'to thercbntrary not
withstanding. HENRY GARN, Special As't,
15-y Columbus, Neb:
CONTRACTOR AND 1U1LDER.
Plans and estimates supplied for either
frame -or brick buildings. Good work
ruaraateed: Shop on 13th Street, -near
St. PaulcLumber Yard Columbus,-Nebraska.
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Livery. SHaeea1 Stable.
Is prepared tofuraish the public w.'th
good teams,' buggies and.carriages for all
ccasioas especially for funerals. 'Also
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SAM'L C. SMITH, Vice Pres't.
O. T. ROEN, Cashier.
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Hay and.Graziug Lanas ana ouy
Property'for Sale Cheap
Union Pacific Land Office,
On Lonej Time ow rc
13-Final proof made on Timber Claims,
Homesteads und Pre-emption.
I3-A11 wihiuR to buy lauds of any de
scription, "will please call aud examine
my list of lands before, looking else where
" fAH having lands to sell will please
call and give me a description, term ,
prices, ejc. ;
SS-I a'soum prepared to insure prop
erty, a I have the agency of several
nWt-class Fire'insurance companies.
F. AY, OTT, Solicitor, speaks German.
SAMiriEL C. SMITH,
80-tf Columbus, Nebraska.
-BECKER & WELCH,
PROPRIETORS rOF .
SHELL CREEK MILLS.
-MA-NTJFACTURERS AND WHOLE-
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FLOUR AND MEAL.
OFFICE, COLUMBUS, NEB.
Genarat-Ageats for the Sale of -
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, Uaioa Pacific, and Midland Pacific
R. R. Lsadsfor sale at from $3.00 to 110.00
per acre for cash, or on five or ten years
time,-ia annual ptymeats to "suit purchasers.--s
Weihave -alss a large aad
choice lot of other lands, improved and
uaimproTed, for sale at low price and
on reasonable terns. 'CAlso business and
residence lots in the city. We keep a
complete abstractor title to all real es
tate in Platte Connty.
rZi&LCS. U K!U
v eis, etc, made ft order,
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Also s'wotIu-oui Salter A.
Wood Mowcri, Booptrs, Ceasia
ed Xaehinea, rHazreatri, vT
'Shop.epposiU the .Tattersall," on
Olive St., COLUMBUS. 3B-m
to me Katie I said : "It's a taste
t uvjaim uss mat ia sbb, an- masae
Ihey belong- to me now wld yorsolf.
An so purty fur Ustia' were made."
But site answered an' toold me, wld eyes
.That ao star In the sky could eellpae:
"An If s thrue ther belong to yersltf.
Jast as assy, I cried.' Mas to spake-
An' swater nor hooey. -The sun
Isopwiderbyfar. But she vowed
The Ukes uv It couldn't be done.
Thin I offered the same to restore
Wld a seal jls as thrue as the day;
But aae said: "I 'udnever take back
What once I had given away."
"An I'll llnd ye the loan uv 'em. dear,"
I replied: but wld inaalte scora
She axeddidl think that her lips
Were saade fur to rlat or to pawn?
Xaln I sat jlst as mute as a stone.
An' niver a word did I say.
Till Katie, ooalsy like, pouted her lips
(Oca. the rogue 1) in a ravlsain' way.
An' wld dimples to ttmpt all the saints.
An wld blushes "way up to her brow.
As soft as an angel she spake: "'CTdyelike
To be lindin' the loan uv 'em now ?"
C. B. Thayer, in Harper's iiagaztn.
TOO MUCH FOR HUNRY JOE.
The Priswe f Ceaafleaee Mea SwlssUesl
sty a sw-bsbt.
A few weeks s?o a man arrayed in
store clothes, a slouch hat and blue
spectacles registered at a fashionable
hotel on Broadway as B. Ashley, of
Abilene, Kan. The stranger had just
come in by the Western express from
Chicago on the Erie Road. His gar
ments were the product of a ready-made
clothing store in Abilene, and they ad
ded slightly to his general bucolic ap
pearance. His hands and face were
tanned, be walked with the parentheti
cal gait of one whose legs had been
curved by years spent in the saddle,
and his. bearing was in other respects
indicative of the wild Western border
man. Mr. Ashley speedily developed
other tendencies of the prairie type. He
insisted upon going out for exercise on
horseback, every morning shortly after
daybreak, and upon these occasions he
employed his own rawhide bridle and
his well-worn Mexican saddle, which
had formed a part of his luggage. His
accent was a peculiar blending of En-
flish and Western types of speech. He
ad weak eyes and was in consultation
with a prominent physician here, while
stopping for a month in New York on
his way to Europe to put himself under
the care of the most eminent oculists
abroad. Mr. Ashley seemed to have
very little occupation beyond horseback
riding at unearthly hours of the morn
ing, visiting his man of medicine in the
afternoon, and lounging about the im
mense and richly-gilded rotunda of the
hotel in the evening". He was bounti
fully supplied with cash, and he ex
Srcded it with considerable liberality,
e smoked a good deal, but drank lit
tle, because his doctor had objected to
one habit and absolutely forbidden the
other, by reason of its effect on the pa
tient's eyes. Many people about the
hotel drank at the expense of Mr. Ash
ley, but he seldom indulged himself in
morecheeringbeverages than lemonade
One day Mr. Ashley strolled through
the lobby of the hotel in the company of
a young' man whose face is well known
to the regular promenaders of Broad
way. This young man is always fault
lessly dressed aud clean shaven. He
has prominent features and peculiarly
thin and compressed lips. He lives
handsomely and always has plenty of
cash. With his new-found companion.
Mr. Ashley, the weak-e3'cd child of the
guileless West, occupied a seat in the
oar-room for some .little time. Upon
this occasion Mr. Ashley departed from
his usual custom sufficiently to assist in
the liberal absorption of champagne.
Wnen his llroadway mend went away,
Mr. Ashley sauntered again through the
office of the hotel. He was beckoned
by one of the clerks.
"Mr. Ashley, how long since you
have been in New York?'" queried the
.gentleman behind the diamond stud.
"Near eight year," responded that
uninformed gentleman. "Never was
here afore, and never since."
"Do you know the person who just
"Yes. Met him two nights ago at
the Madison Square. I couldn't buy a
seat, and he offered me one of his.
Said his friend hadn't come, and he
would be glad to accommodate a stran
ger; so we sat together. Seems to be
a nice sort of a chap."
"1 have no doubt of that," continued
the clerk, with a slight air of superior
knowledge, not unblended with sar
casm. That young man is Hungry
Joe, one of the'most celebrated confi
dence operators in America."
"You don't say," drawled the West
ern man slowly," and with some aston
ishment. "Well, I'm darned."
He went thoughtfully away. That
night the young man with the thin lips
and the handsome clothes called for
Mr. Ashley after dinner. As they came
through the office the occidental inuo
cent took out a large pocket-book filled
to repletion with money, drew from its
'inner recesses about 8500, and deposited
the wallet, with the balance of its con
tents, in the hotel safe. His companion
viewed this proceeding with a passive
face but a gleaming eye, and the two
went out together. Mr. Ashley returned
to the hotei just in time to take his
-morning ride on horseback. He slept
until about four in the afternoon. Then
he drew $200 from his wallet and left.
"You are fully warned." observed
the clerk, as he handed over the
amount, "and it is your own fault if
you lose any money to Hungry Joe."
'Correct," responded Mr. Ashley,
stuffing the bills into his pocket.
His next appearance in the hotel was
a little after midnight, and this time he
Sut $300 away in the wallet, with the
eclaration that the New York sharps
might be pretty stiff on bunko, but they
were a little behind the times on draw
poker. "In my country," he explained,
"two deuces and a bowie will open a
a jack pot every time."
Mr. Ashley passed several days in
quiet andseclnsion. A full week went
by before he driftedout again with his
companion of the compressed lips.
The next day after that he drew a round
$1,000. from the safe; and' seemed an
noyed when the clerk smiled a broad
and knowing smile. ' "No game ever
phased me, said Mr. Ashley, in a dog
ged way, "and a man who can hold up
his end with cow-boys isn't going to be
bested by any broadcloth brigade that
was ever hatched." There was a lull
W eight or ten days in the proceedings,
and then: Jar. Ashley drew another
$1,000- A couple of days later he drew
$850 more. That afternoon he went
fora drive with his gentlemanly com
panion. His face -had been suffused
with sadness all the morning, but it
was.noticed that he seemed somewhat
brighter on "his return from the drive.
That eveTringHungry Joe and two of
gaawall knewn Broadway companions
spent several hours in earnest conver
sation with Mr. Ashley. That gentle
jnaaVweakeyesaaade it necessary for
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aim to wear bis broad, hat well down
over his forehead. When the three
ysung men went away the 'merest
shadow of a smile played about the
mouth of the Western man. From the
table at which they sat the three Jypung
fellows went straight to the" telegraph'
omce, wnere they sentrtne zoiiowmg
Postmaster, Abilene. Kan:
Do you know Benjamin Asniey, cattle
raiser? Telegraph full particulars, my ex
pense. R. Dicksoh. Brower House, Mew Tork.
The reply was evidently, in all re
spects satisfactory, and within two
days Mr. Ashley received in his rooms
at the hotel a visit from the 'three confi
dence operators and a. lawyer, who is
more or less celebrated in this, city.-:
The head porter of the hotel was called,
up into the room after the visitors had
been there an hour or longer, and was
requested to append, his signature to a
certain document in the capacity of a
witness to the signing thereof. This
done, and the papers signed by Mr.
Ashley, a large sum of money was paid
over by the gentleman with the. thin
lips and the porter retired with a five
dollar bill out of the pile. The visit
ors slowly withdrew from the hotel and
Mr. Ashley deposited that night the
sum of $14,000 cold cash in the office
of the hotel. Two davs afterward he
took passage on a Guion steamer for
Liverpool, naving explained to the ho
tel clerk that he had sold a half-interest
in his Kansas cattle ranch to his
friends, and that Hungry Joe. as he
was called, had expressed a wish to re
tire from city life. Mr. Ashley was
"seen off" by his enthusiastic New
York acquaintances after'the most ap-
E roved style of the art. They toasted
im right royally iu "yellow label,"
presented him with a big basket of
flowers with the word "iarewell" in
large blue letters across the center, and
otherwise marked his departure with ev
idences of tender regard.
Mr. Ashley had been gone from the
fashionable Broadway hotel precisely
eleven days, when a tall man came in
from a carriage that was loaded with
trunks and steamer chairs and other ap
pliances of ocean travel, lie signed him
self on the register, "Benjamin Ashley,
London." The clerk looked up hur-'
riedly as if to apologize for not recog
nizing his guest, then looked surprised,
muttered abasty word or two, and as
signed the stranger a room, all in a
confused and preoccupied way. This
was apparently another Benjamin Ash
ley. He was tall and slender, and well
dressed, and pale. But he spoke with
a slightly Americanized English accent,
not unlike that of the other Benjamin
Ashley. The clerk was pretty well puz
zled, and that night he took good care
to have the stranger's full name and
address inserted in the list of arrivals
published daily in a periodical devoted
to that purpose and carefully read by
the confidence fraternity. The clerk
went on duty early the next day, and as
he bad fully expected, one ot the nrst
callers was the thin-lipped young man,
who asked to have his name sent up to
Mr. Ashley's room. Word came back
that Mr. Ashley would see the gentle
man in the drawing-room, and thither
the clerk followed after a moment.
Hungry Joe was sitting in a large arm
chair when the tall man from London
came into the apartment. The New
Yorker merely bestowed a passing
glance on Mr. Ashley and looked away.
The Englishman, however, seeing no
one else excepting the clerk, advanced
courteously and said:
"Did you wisli to see me? I am Mr.
"Eh?" queried Hungry Joe, with a
startled look. "You're not Mr. Benja
"Not of Kansas?"
"Yes, of Albilene, Kan. How can I
The thin lips of the confidence man
were rather white by this time, and
they were more firmly compressed than
ever. He regarded "the tall English
men in a dazed fashion for a few mo
ments. Then he asked:
"Do you own a large cattle ranch
thirty-five miles south of Albilene?"
"I believe I do. Why do you ask?"
"Been to Europe to have your eyes
"Yes, 1 have been abroad four
months. But, my young friend, these
questions are rather odd. Please ex
"Odd!" echoed the Broadway man.
"Well, I should think they were. If
yon are Benjamin Ashley, and yon do
own that ranch, the cleverest man in
the country has given me a deal, that's
all. Why, it ain t two weeks ago that
me and two mends bought a hail inter
est in that ranch, and, by George! the
man who sold us stopped in this same
Mr. Ashley seemed rather astonished
by this information, and beckoned the
clerk, who had been listening to their
conversation quite intently.. That indi
viduaLgave a careful description of the
previous Mr. Ashley, and the New York
sharper told how he had won some
$3,250 from the man, who was on his
way to Europe fox the benefit of his
eyes. He had represented himself as
the owner of the Ashley ranch, and at
his request the speaker had telegraphed
the Abilene Postmaster, who had re
plied, giving "details as to the property,
which is valued at about $50,000, and
had added that Mr. Ashley himself had
gone abroad for medical treatment.
The man had represented that he
wanted to make certain expenditures in
Europe, and that his card losses would
prevent unless he could dispose of an
interest in his ranch, lie produced
deeds to establish his ownership, and
they seemed satisfactory even to the
lawyers. Thinking he bad a chance to
jjjet $25,000 worth of material for $14,
000 the victim had taken two friends in
with him, and by clubbing together
they had raised the necessary amount.
"Really," observed the Englishman,
when the recital was finished, "I am
very sorry for you, but you have un
questionably been swindled. For my
part I shall not have the slightest diffi
culty in establishing my identity. As
to your friend, the bogus Mr. Ashley,
he is probably one of my cow-boys,
Henry Barnes by name. The descrip
tion certainly fits that person. He
came to the ranch let me see about
fourteen months ago"" and asked for a
place. Now I remember he wasn't
much like the other bovs, but 1 needed
more help, and I took him on. He may
have been in hiding for some crime, for
all I know. But on the plains we can
scarcely go into such matters. He did
his work all right, and seemed rather
more refined than his companions,
though he tried to conceal it. I heard
once or twice from my men that he
played a very cold hand at poker."
"He does," said Hungry Joe, mourn
fully. "Hewas an. expert penman, now I
come to think of it, ana he did some
work of that sort for me. He was still
there when I came away."
"And that's the cuss who got off to
YiSmtVtjh. wifk mi mnnAV Tiv,rv litm "
burst in the" aefrauded confidence op
erator, angrily.' -'"WKatV worset ho'3'
went away full of fay champagne,7 and
smelling.of my basket of flowers. -That
man's an infernal iwindler, that's what
oe"is." N:Y. Times.
What is this? ,
This, darling, is' the opera.
My! but who are all these people?
The audience, my love.
But they seem to be bored to death.
They are, dear. ,,
Then why dp-they come?
To be looked at.
Gracious, Is that a pleasure?
Why, the privilege costs about ten
dollars an hour:
Then only rich people can afford it?
Only the-immensely-rich, dear.
But I see there, a young man who is
not immensely rich.
How can he afford it, then?
Directly he cannot: indirectly he can
Why, he will eventually make his
tailor foot the bill.
Those funny people on the stage
Sh! dear they are singing.
Why do they doet?
Are they unwell?
Why no, mv precious!
Then why does that queer little gen
tleman with the short trousers and tin
sword throw himself around as if he
were suffering from green watermelon.
Because he is a tenor.
Why is he called a. tenor?
He charges tenor fifteen dollars a
minute for his work.
And the other the lady with vocal
She is the prima donna.
Is she singing, too?-
But neither of these people have any
Yes, thev have.
In their pockets.
Can they sing without these notes?
Yes, they can. but they won't.
Is not the poor manager a great phi
lanthropist to bring all these people to
gether and pay them so much?
We should thank the poor manager
Wc should be willing to pay him any
sum he chooses to ask, shouldn't we? '
He is so disinterested.
Very, my love.
We should likewise be very grateful
to that excited little gentleman with the
ebony stick, who looks like he were
flapping his wings aud trying to crow?
He often succeeds in quite drowning
the prima donna in a torrent of fid
dling? Yes, dear that is his business.
These people in the boxes seem to be
They are trying very hard not to lis
ten. Yes, sweet.
But I thought people went to the
opera to hear the music?
That was in the dark ages, love.
What is music?
Music is a harmonious combination or
succession of certain sharps, flats aud
What is a sharp?
A sharp, my dear, is a well, do yon
remember that gentleman we passed in
tin; lobby, with the buttery smile and
Why, that was the manager.
Yes" my sweet.
He is a sharp.
And what are flat?
Look in the bagniores and see the
And a natural?
The young man you spoke of who
spent his little all for a seat.
He is natural what?
The Lesson of Peter .Cooper' Life.
The highest lesson taught by Mr.
Cooper was the lesson of hi- own life.
As much as, or more thau any one I
ever knew, Mr. Cooper solved the prob
lem: "Is life worth living?"
Observing him carefully for a long
scries of years, it appeared that certain
parts of his nature were cultivated in
tentionally, as the result of a wisdom
which discriminated what was really
worth cariug for from what was not
worthy of pursuit. Personal ambitions
or selhsh aims had no weight with him.
and disappointments and annoyances
which would have left deep wounds
with many passed off from him with
scarcely an observation. He was most
kind and loving; but if he were usefully
employed, no domestic loss or separa
tion from friends seemed to touch his
happiness seriously. He spoke often
of his preference for plain living, and
his habits were as simple :i thoe of a
child. Love of pomp or display never
touched him in the slightest, and he
had an innocent openness of character
which concealed nothing. Never, un
der any circumstances, did he show a
t particle of malignity, revenge or mean
ness, if people disappointed him, he
tiassed over the wound it made and let
lis mind dwell on something more sat
isfactory. Swedenborg's phrase, "the
wisdomof innocence," often occurred
to my mind in observing Mr. Cooper.
He knew what was wiae, aud to that
his heart was given. Sensitive as any
young man in all works of sympathy or
kindness, the mean and bad ways of
the world fell off from his perception.
So his life passed iu New York and
in the Cooper Union, serene, happy and
contented. With "honor, love, obedi
ence, hosts of friends," he was an ex
ample and encouragement to those who
had not gained the quiet heights on
which his inner self habitually dwelt.
Mrs. Carter, in the Century.
It was only four years ago that
Chester P. Lord was a reporter on the
New York Sun. Then he was made
night editor,' getting a salary of $40 a
week. About six months afterward he
was given $100 a week. Now he is
editorial manager of the paper at $10.
000 a year. WTien Mr. Dana retires,
which must be soon, he will succeed to
$15,000 a year. We throw these facta
out as a little pointer to the public in
their estimate of newspaper men.-
Jones asked his wife: "Why is a
husband like dough?" He expected
she wooldgive it up, and he was going
to tell her that it was because a woman
needs him; but she said it was becaus
he was hard to get off her hands. Chi
Among the thousand of outsiders who"
dabbled in Wall, street ten years ago.
was one I don't want to- give his. real
name, but wo will call him Richards.
He operated' through our house, that 3.
the house in which I was employed a
book-keeper, and, as he soon became a
daily visitor, I got to know him so well
that we-often had a familiar chat. I
sometimes met him in tho evening be
sides, and our acquaintance ripened into
intimacy. At first his luck in the street
was pretty good, and one day, when ho
had made a thousand or so in an hour,
lie asked me to dine with him that even
ing at Delmonico's. Most of our talk
was about the street, and when a bottle
of wine had made itprctty free, I vent
ured to suggest that, as be had. done
pretty well, he should begin to think
aftout getting out.
"Well," he said, "I have thought
about it, but I don't see my way just
yet. I must have $10,000 a year for
my family, and how else can I get it?"
"I asked him if his .family was .large,
and he said it consisted of his wife, two
daughters and a son
"And you need $10,000 a year to live
on; isn't that pretty high?"
"Well," he said, "high or low, I
can't get on with less. The girls aro
always asking for money. In summer
the3'"must go to the watering-places
with their mother, and in the winter
there is a ball or a party every week. It
costs a great deal of money, and the
money must be had in some way."
"May I ask how much money you
have as'capital that is, money you can
really call your own?"
" Well, altogether, I suppose I could
rake up $80,000. Now, what I want to
know is how I could use that so as to
make $10,000 a year. I don't really
fancy the Wall street business, but what
am 1 to do? I must have $10,000 a year,
and, though I have looked around a
good deal, I can not find any other
business that will produce it."
"Why not reduce your expenses?
You say von can't do with less than
810,000? I think you are mistaken.
Many families live on less than -5,000,
and some on $;,000. Does your family j
know just how much money 3-011 have? '
" I have tried over and over to make
them understand, but it is no ue.
When the3 want anything there is no
peace till they get it" and when 1 say 1
can not afford it the'tell me the- know
I have plent of nio"ne3 I really can't
make them understand or believe that
my means arc limited, and the amount
of the matter is I must have $10,000 a
I lost sight of Richards soon after
by going to another house where I had
a'better offer, but I heard from time to
time that his luck was not so good. It
must have been five 3'ears bofore I met
him again. He looked like another
man; his face was careworn and his
clothing barel3' e.-i'njied shabhin tss.
After a few words I risked him if he
was still in the street.
"No," he said, "that's all over.''
"Well, I hope von crime out ill
"All right?" Yes, if 'ou call com
ing out without a dollar all right."
1 was sony, of course, to hear of hii
illj-luck, and asked him if lie had gonti
into an3 busines. No. he said, it wa
not eas for a man with nothing to go
Into business; but his friends were try
ing to do something for him. anil there
was some hope that the' would suc
ceed. Thev were trying to get him a
place in the diatom-house. I asked
Lim what the sala was, and
he understood it was $1,500.
chance of something better
awhile. It would have been
remind him of what he hail
years ago about not being able to live
on less than $10,001, but while we were
lunching together he gave me to under
stand that he was living, with his wife
and daughters, in a small house on the
outskirts' of Brooklyn, and that the son
had obtained a clerkship at fifteen dol
lars a week, which was the chief 'up
port of the family. X. Y. Cor. Detroit
A Fresh Romance.
Mr. Thomas Evans, of Louisville, Ky.
was formerhr a photographer. In the
hopes of bettering hU fortunes he went
to Arkansas on a prospecting tour.
That was in the early part of 1&2. It
will be remembered that last year a
series of most destructive flood- oc
curred in Arkansas Cities and villages
were invaded by the relentless element.
One night the rain came, and with
scores of others, Mr. Evans awoke to
find himself in the grasp of the waters.
He was rescued by some adventurous
boatmen, but in sueh a weak, uncon
scious condition that for eight hours he
was believed to be dead.
He was taken to a hospital, where he
was seized with an illness which kept
him in his bed for twelve months, and
well-nigh proved fatal. When he grnd
uall' recovered he found himself para
lyzed in the arm and hand so tiiat he
could not write. The letters he dic
tated were either miscarried or never
tent, so that the onby intelligence he re
ceived from home was a report of the
death of his wife. He recovered all bin
the use of his hand after awhile, ami
then it was months before he was able
to return to look up his children.
In the meantime it was reported here
that he was drowned in the flood, from
which, indeed, lie so narrowly escaped.
Mrs. Evans refused for a long time to
believe what every one else accepted as
truth, until: as the weeks and months
rolled on, with no other tidings of either
good or ill, she was at hist forced to
conclude herself a widow. The pros
pect aliead of her was a dreary one.
A joyous surprise was, however, in
3toro for her. As she sat at her window
Thursda-, near noon, looking out on
the street, her C3'e was caught b- what
seemed a familiar tijrure. Her heart
beat wildly, and looking closely, she
saw what seemed to be the gho-t of her
husband hobbling along the street on
crutches and looking eager3- around
for tho house to which he nad been directed-
Had a thunderbolt struck her
she could not have been more aston
ished, and. almost fainting, she sank
into a chair, deathly white aud
trembling. Her little daughter, fright
ened at her mother's unnatural appear
ance, ran to her side, and in a weal:
voice was told to run down to th -looi
and meet her father. The child went
to the window, and looking out, sau
her father approaching.but the crutches
deceived her, and, returning to het
mother, she said the man was-not he!
papa. By this time, though, he had
reached the door, and in anoth
er moment was in the arm- of his wif.
Tlie meeting was an aflectionMe one.
Husband and wife were alike averjo3"ei
at the discover of the cruel mistakt
under which they had been laboring,
and the children were almost insani
with happiness. Louisville (-nTy.) Cour
Connecticut has a boy whose arts
grows out of the middle of his back.
A .Wall Street Taable.
. Hakiasr Gold.
Yestccdaj'afternoon a Journal- re
porter met an elderly acquaintance at
tho Dcnisou House. "I've had some
thing on my mind for about three
weeks that I think ought to be told.
There's a moral goes with the story,
but I don't furnish that, onh the story.
A little more than a month ago a gen
tleman came here to tho Denison Houso
at least I met him here. He was a
Hungarian, a man of medium height,
wore his hair, which, like his beard,
was black as a raven's wing, quite long,
while his whiskers, that curled beautiful!-,
were neatly trimmed. His skin
was" of olive hue. his nose hooked and
his age about forty-live years. He was
a delightf ully smooth and ready talker,
being a complete master of English,
though he spoke it with a decidedly for
eign accent. He went, soon after his
arrival, to Dun & Co.'s agency, and
stating that he had an enterprise in
which he might desire to interest a
number of capitalists, was furnished
with the names and rating of several of
those amiable and interesting gentle
men. He represented himself as a
chemist, and opened out his plan with
as much secrecy as a dealer in counter
feit coin. Ho had found tho secret
hunted for through several" centuries,
aud could transmute metals to gold.
The few citizens he approached were
too shy to entertain his propositions,
and he did not even unfold them; but
he got two elderlygentlemeu interested
(don't look at "mo. that way: I'm not
one of 'cm), and renting an up-stairs
room on South Mcridan street, fitted it
up with lead-lined tanks, curious
shaped bottles, crucibles, retorts, alem
bics, etc., so that it looked like tho lair
of a medkeval alchemist. He had tho
room fixed up like an illicit medicine,
secure from observation," and every
thing was altogether mysterious. lie
didn't show the capitalists his hand un
til tiic room was ready. Then ho
brought them there and showed his ap
paratus, which of course impressed
them. He told them he had come from
New York with little "more than $100.
He could not undertake to do what ho
wanted to do there. Ho could trans
mute metals into gold: had spent his
life and fortune in acquiring the secret,
and if he did not know that lie could
do u iiat lie promised he would commit
suicide, as life was not worth having
any longer. He impressed my friends
with his earnestness. At the" labora
tory he took two $20 gold pieces, $2.50
in silver, and chemicals which he said
cost $20, iu all, as he represented, a
total value of $42.50. and with this ho
proposed to make $120 in gold.
"Indeed, he told the two amateur al
chemists that they themselves might
put the material in the crucible. He
would staud at the other side of the
room, and thev could make tho gold
themselves. He explained to them that
the gold and ilver needed in the exper
iment had been subjected to the potent
influences of compound gases for the
purpose of revivifying their molecular
energies. This did not show any ex
ternal change in the coin, but tho
molecular transition had, he said, nev
ertheless taken place.
"They put the gold silver and chem
ical compound into the crucible, and in
a little while poured out a nugget which,
as he said, was actually gold, with a
trace of dvcr, and worth nearl- 3120.
"My old friend- were very much ex
cited. They mado a ha-ty calculation
ami thought they -aw $50,000 a day
ele-ir profit -if they worked hard at tho
melting pot, $75,000. But they sus
pected theehemieal compound: it might
be hocussed. and so furnish tho addi
tional gold in the nugget. Tho amia
ble Hungarian smiled and g:uc them a
portion of the chemical to have ana
lyzed. They had it done, and there
wasn't a trace of the valuable metal iu
it. On finding the stranger's won! thus
confirmed they were eager to close with
him, but they restrained their ardor
and asked a few more que-tion-;. They
wanted to know if lie could transmute
metal- into gold why did lie need sil
ver, and. above all. why did lie need
gold to assist in the transmutation.
Easily explained. He -aid that ho had
discovered that gold was not. as chem
ists held, an element. Nothing of tho
kind; it was a compound. He had dis
covered all the ingredients that go to
make up the compound called gold, ex
cept one, and that had partiallv to ho
supplied by gold itself and a little sil
ver, both being requisite to supply that
"He had nearly silenced eM-ry doubt,
and the capitalists wore about to invest,
when, for some reason, the Hungarian
gntfrightened and skipped the town, aud
they were thus undoubtedly -aved from
being tho dupes of as ch'vera-coundrel
as over walked in shoe leather. I a-ked
a scientific friend of mine how he sup
posed the Hungarian managed tho
thing, as my friend undoubtedly rolled
out tiic nugget. His idea was that it
was donu by a clever slight-of-hand. or
that tho -ilver nieces might have been
filled with gold, though' that wouldn't
account for all the gold turned out of
the nugget. Of course it was a swindle,
and I am surprised that two sueh old.
acute, and long-headed financier- -hould
have so narrowly escaped being taken
in. I'm not quite sure he didn't get
money enough of them to pay hi hotel
expenses hero, at Ieat. If I were to
give you tire names of the gentlemen
who wanted to go into the manufacture
of gold, you wouldn't but. by Jove. I
will give 'em to you, but you musn't
When the reporter heard the names
he tumbled in a fit. and has just recov
ered sufficiently to be able to write tho
foregoing. Indianapolis Journal.
Traveling on Hi Wood Looks.
"Whare air you fruiu, stranger?"
asked an inquisitive Arkansaw man of
a commercial traveler.
"O, up tho road apiece."
"But now fur up the road?"
"It might be farther, and then again
Yer peart, stranger, but I'd like ter
know how fur ye've come."
"O, about as" far again as half from
the forks of the road."
"I s' posed so. Say, now, how' re yer
"Why, along this road, of course."
"I s'nosed so, but that aint how."
"Well, I'm going away from the
"I s)csed so. but I want ter know
just how you're travelin'."
"Gaze bn me; I'm traveling on my
"That's enough, stranger. I don't
know how fur you've come, caze I don't
know yer age. but I'll bet a coon skin
it'll take six months' travelin' that way,
to get from one side of the road to
t'other." Merchant Traveler.
A crank arrested in Pittsburgh
claimed to be a son of President Gar
field, stolen when seven months old.
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