The Columbus journal. (Columbus, Neb.) 1874-1911, January 12, 1898, Image 1

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BY W. X.
HE Lady Isabel
wa Scottish bar
on's daagfater, aad
Car was she fasted.
Were others fair,
she was fairer;
were others rich,
she was richer. In
shorU all perfec
tions were said to
be centered la the
Lady Isabel, and
yet that qmallty for which she ought to
hare been most prized seemed the one
which made least noise In the world;
and. this was her devoted duty to her
father. She was his only child the
, child of his old age, the Idol of his
heart, and the lamp of his life. But
still he was a cruel father; for. In re
turn for her duteous affection, he had
determined to-wed her to a man she
had never seen, while he knew that
her heart was another's.
, The Lord of Ormisdale was the son
of his ancient friend, and the possessor
of broad lands in a distant part of
Scotland. The two old men had sworn
to each other that their children should
be united, but ere this pact, the youth
had been sent abroad to be initiated iu
the art of war an art but too much
practiced in his native country at that
time; for be it known that our peer
less beauty bloomed In the fifteenth
century, when the feuda of the Scot
tish nobility were frequent and dead
ly. Much was bruited abroad "of the
goodly person and brave qualities of
the young earl, but of this Lady Isabel
had no opportunity of judging, for
never, as has been told, had she seen
him. She had, however, but too often
seen his cousin Roderick, and to him
was her heart devoted. It was true
he had neither title, land nor vassals,
but he was a handsome, a noble and
a gallant youth, and he had knelt at
her feet, confessed his love, and swore
eternal constancy; and though, when
she thought of her father, she turned
coldly away, it was but to treasure his
image In her heart, and to weep most
bitter tears at the hapless fate which
doomed her to wed another,
i Roderick, by- and by, went away to
a foreign land, distraught by his pas
sion for the Lady Isabel; and the time
was long, and he returned not, and
none spoke of blm. or seemed to think
of him, save his disconsolate love. But
It was not so. for the old 'baron loved
him for his worth and manly bearing;
and when he saw his daughter droop
ing tier head like a lily, he. too, was
unhappy, and repented him of his rash
vow, though he would rather have
sacrificed his own life, and hers, too,
than have broken his oath.
But now the time was at hand when
the sun was to shine upon the 19th
birthday of the baron's daughter, and
multitudes were invited to his castle
to celebrate the festival with mirth
and revelry. Many were the seasons on
which he had thrown wide the castle
gates and welcomed numerous guests,
and ample the hospitable provision he
had made for them; but never, during
his life, or that of his forefathers, had
there been such doings as now. While
hecatombs of sheep and oxen bled on
the occasion, with wain-loads of deer,
wild andtame fowl, and other crea
tures, every country seemed to have
been taxed for fruit and other deli
cacies, and wines of the richest seemed
by the quantities provided to be in
tended absolutely to flow in rivers.
The birthday of the Lady Isabel had
been celebrated, as it came round.
ever since that on which she first drew
her breath, but never had there been
even Imagined such preparations as
this. The tongues of all the gossip
ing old dowagers in the kingdom were
set a-going on the occasion; some as
signed one reason for this extraordin
ary entertainment, and some another.
Now there were several whose eager
curiosity caused them so much uneasi
ness that they went so far as to ask an
"explanation of the old baron himself.
They were all, however, foiled in the
attempt to penetrate the mystery, and
therefore settled in their own minds
that the old man had either lost
his wits altogether or was In his dot
age. Nor. to speak the truth, did the
young lady, on whose account was all
the turmoil, feel less surprised than
other people at her father's unbounded
.extravagance, especially as there ar
rived from the capital chest after
chest, packed with the richest vest
ments, cut in the most approved fash
ion of the day. and boxes filled with
Jewelry, which, added to the family
gems she already possessed, might
have furnished the dowry of a prin
cess. 5 The day at length arrived for which
all this extraordinary preparation had
been made; and the baron, not content
with charging his daughter to apparel
herself in a suit, which, by its exceed
ing splendor, seemed to have been par
ticularly Intended for the occasion, and
to wear her most costly jewels; also
ceauBaaded her maidens to tax their
wits In ornamenting and setting off,
to the best advantage, the charms of
thdr yeung mistress.
And bow. after having arranged all
things, and being promised Implicit
obedience by hs daughter, the mystery
of all his magnificent proceedings was
partly unraveled by his telling that
they were that might to expect the ar
rival of the Earl of Ormisdale; he.
; presented her with a mask.
Informed her that 1m had given
that each of hisaaests should
jpotaa a visor before they entered the
ba& reeen. after they left the fcasfatt
ad that fca kd M.thla lor her
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shaald not read In her features what
was massing la her mind when she
first met her betrothed. It was In
Tain that the afflicted Lady Isabel
pleaded most movingly for a more pri
vate meeting, for her father was deaf
to her entreaties, while he affirmed
that his precaution of the visor would
do away with all objections; and was
so peremptory In the matter that, as
usual, she acquiesced:
How different, however, were thr
feelings of his daughter on this momen
tous subject, and sore averse was uht
to meet the man she was sure that
she could never love; and many wen
the tears she shed, and many the re
solves she made to retract all her
promises and live and die in solitude.
But then she bethought her of the de
spair Of her Toor old father of his
tender, though mistaken love of the,
few remaining years of his life em-,
bittered by disappointment and .his
death probably hurrled'on through her
means. All this was too much when
laid en the balance with only her own
happiness, and she still sustained the
character of a dutiful daughter, t?
heroically determining to sacrifice all
selfishness at the altar of filial duty
and affection.
But though this was her ultimate re
solve, we need not be surprised that
when decked In her splendid attire,
and presiding in the gorgeous banquet
ing hall of her father, she looked and
felt as if assisting at a funeral feast,
and that she even then would have
been the better of the visor to prevent
many conjectures on what her sad
dened looks might mean. But the
time for assuming the mask arrived,
and the nobles of the land, with their
haughty dames, and many a knight,
and many a damsel fair, bedight in silk
and cloth of gold, and blazing in jew
els, graced the tapestried ballroom, on
which a flood of brilliant light was
poured from lamp and torch. And
each in joyous mood, cheered by the
merry minstrels, and by the sound of
harp and viol, impatiently awaited the
commencement of the dance, when
they were informed that it was stayed
for an expected and honorable guest'
But presently there was a flourish of
the music, and the cry of the ushers to
make way for the noble Earl of Ormis
dale; and the large doora at the foot
of the hall were flung wide open, and
the gallant young earl, masked, and at
tended by a train of young gentlemen,
all his kinsmen, or picked and chosen
friends, advanced amid murmurs of ad
miration to the middle of the hall.
Here they were met and welcomed by
the baron, who led the earl to his love
ly daughter, and having presented him
to her the guests were presently grati
fied by seeing the galant young noble
man take the hand of the Lady Isabel
and lead her out to dance. Nor were
there any present whose eyes did not
follow them with admiration, though
the measure chosen by the high born
damsel savored more that night of
grace and dignity than lightness of
either heart or heel. Meantime, the
old baron was so full of joy and delight
that it was remarked by all, as he was
still seen near his daughter and her
But their hearts were both quaking
the unhappy Lady " Isabel's with
thinking of her promise to her father,
and that of her betrothed with a fear
known only to himself; for he had
heard that she had loved, and now ob
served her narrowly. 'And, not con
tent with this, he asked her, as he sat
beside her, many a wily question, till
at last he spoke his fears in plain
guise, and she, with many sighs and
tears shed within her mask, con
fessed the truth; still saying that, for
her father's sake, she would be his
wife, if he accepted of her on such
terms. But now her father told her
in her ear that she must presently pre
pare to keep her word, as this must be
her bridal night; for that purpose
alone was this high wassail kept. Her
lover, too, no way daunted by his
knowledge cf this, pressed on his suit
to have itso.
And now was the despairing damsel
most beside herself, when her father,
announcing aloud his purpose to the
astonished guests, called for the priest,
and caused all to unmask. But in
what words shall we paint the sur
prise, the delight, the flood of joy that
came upon the heart of the Lady Isabel
when the earl's mask was removed,
and she beheld In him Tier much-beloved
Roderick, who, his cousin being
deadwas now the Earl of Ormisdale!
And now was each corner of the castle,
from basement stone to turret height,
filled with joyous greetings, and the
health and the happiness of the noble
Earl Roderick, and of his bride, tho
dutiful Lady Isabel, deeply drank in
many a wassail bowL
The stately castle and its revels, the
proud baron and his pomp, the beau
teous bride and her children's children
have now all passed away into obli
vion, save this slight record, which has
only been preserved in remembrance
of the daughter's virtue, who pre
ferred her father's happiness to hei
IICli Haat xad Harold Sktwpole.
The following extract from Sir Ga
van Duffy's diary relates to the old re
proach brought against Dickens for
creating "Harold Skimpole," which
everybody recognized as a caricature
of Leigh- Hunt "I asked Forster
(said Daffy, who had been dicing with
Forster and Browning), how it came
that Dickens, in one of his last pre
faces, could declare that he had not
Leigh Hunt In his mind when h
painted Harold Skimpole. It was a
cruel caricature, turning foibles and
weaknesses into crimes; but it was un
deniably Leigh Hunt Oh, said Fors
ter, It you had Eeen the proofs be
fore they passed through my hands
you might have better grounds for
that opinion. So much was cut out
that we persuaded ourselves that the
salient traits were effaced; but too
many of them remained. Dickens was
alarmed at the impression he had
made, and did his best to repair the
wrong, and, doubtless, like the Queen
in the play, did protest too much.'
Chlacs Obcdleace t Faraats.
If Chinese children do not obey their
parents, and the latter whip them tc
death, the law has no .punishment for
tnoiarents, as obedience to parents Is
the cardinal virtue.
One of the dry-ftods stores In Bos
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Am Indian romance which almost
rivals that of Pocahontas and Caatalm
John Smith comes from Pine Ridge
agency. Last week William Jacob
son, a young felow In charge of one
of the classes at Carlisle, eloped with
Jealia Bealkwd, am Intelligent quarter-bred
Sioux. The couple rods from
Pine Ridge to Chadroa, Neb., on
their ponies during the night pursued
by the girl's relatives all. the way.
They arrived in Chadroa in the gray
dawn of the morning, thoroughly ex
hausted, and at once proceeded td se
cure a license. Them in the presence
of friends of the bride they win made
man and wife. The couple met about
two years ago at Carlisle, where the
young woman was attending a private
seminary, and became enamored of
each other. They bsrims engaged.
when the girl. received a Utter order
ing her home to Pine Ridge. The
young couple kept up a correspond
ence, fearing that their' attachment
wpuld become known to the parents
of the girl, who were very much op
posed to her forming an alliance with
other than a thoroughbred Sioux. A
letter to the girl was finally intercept
ed by a young Sioux admirer and laid
before the mother. Thereafter not a
letter was permitted. Becoming alarm
ed at not receiving an answer Jacobson
decided to go to Nebraska and Investi
gate. Upon arriving at the agency he
contrived a secret interview with the
girl and arranged an elopement. One
dark night the girl stole forth, and.
procuring a saddle horse frotn the cor
ral, slipped a halter over his head
and led him to the outskirts of the
Indian village, where she was met by
her lover in a lonely canyon near the
historic battleground of Wounded
Knee. Mounting their ponies, they
started on their journey to Chadron.
The echoes of the hoofbeats awakened
the village and a thirty-mile chase
was begun over tho roughest country
east of the Rocky mountains. The
journey was exceedingly dangerous
and hazardous. The road at times
winds around precipices and rugged
cliffs and through rough canyons,
where a misstep might plunge the
riders into eternity. For four hours
they rode on their ponies, expecting at
every moment to hear the cry of their
pursuers. When the light of Chadron
appeared In view the pursuing party
increased their pace, hoping to over
take the fleeing couple before they
entered the city. They failed in this
attempt, however, and the lovers man
aged to elude them.
Tarry Old Slevy.
Buried deep in the sands at the edge
of Spring Lake, near Grand Haven.
Mich., lies the hull of the old sloop
Porcupine, which was one of Lieut.
Oliver H. Perry's fleet In the battle of
Lake Erie. 'The old boat Is nearly
gone. She has lain there since 1873,
when she went out of service, and was
beached by a gang of men who had
tried to rig her up as a lumber lugger.
D. M. Ferry, later a United States sen
ator from Michigan, owned the land
where the discouraged sailors flung the
hull, and he left her there to work
deeper and deeper into the sand. She
is just at the end of one of his docks
now; but he knew the honorable part
she had played, and while he lived he
refused to move her.
Clerer rectece Stamp SwtaSle.
Belgian swindlers have been pasting
transparent paper over the postage
stamps they put on letters. The pa
per took the postmarks, leaving the
stamp beneath uncanceled.
The largest mass of pure rock salt In
the world lies under the province of
Gallicia, Hungary. It Is known to be
550 miles long, twenty broad and 250
feet in thickness.
The length of a light wave, at the
violet end of the spectrum, is about
1-62, 500th of an inch and at the red
l-37.000th. Light travels 12,000,000.000
inches in a second. Multiply the de
nominators of the fractions here given
by 12,000,000,000, and you will get the
number of light .waves (or vibrations)
per second for red and violet. The
other colors lie between these ex
tremes. There are 110 mountains in Colorado
whose peaks are over twelve thousand
feet above the ocean level. Forty of
these are higher than fourteen thou
sand feet, and more than half of that
number are so remote and rugged that
no one has dared to attempt to climb
them. Some of them are massed with
snow, others have glaciers over their
approaches, and others are merely
masses of jagged rocks.
L'Electricien, Paris, quotes from the
Optician, London, an account of an in
vention by a man named Wilcox, In
which a minute incandescent electric
lamp Is fastened to a pen near Its
point, in order to illuminate the writ
ing. "A little reflector," it says,
"placed behind it prevents the light
front dazzling the eyes and directs It
toward the paper. This arrangement
may be applied also to a pencil or to
any instrument of the same sort
Age makes some people wis
others only stubborn.
Confectioners should make their can
dy over bon-bon fires.
The dance they sit oat is the most
delightful to a pair of lovers.
' The upper tea is composed, of the
winning nine and the umpire.
What the average Kentuckian meeds
Is a waterproof coat for mis n-THirh
Trifles light as hair sometimes tarm
the whole course of a mam's appetite.
No man ever realises the power of a
woman's eloquence until after ha gets
The baseball season being ended the
pitcher is mew at liberty to work the
Perhaps It's hecamse wash day comes
next to Sunday that rltsnllsnes is mext
to godliness.
More illiterate hod-carriers reach
the top of the ladder than, mem ,witm
college educations.
If a friend comas to yemr'omTtce to
borrow money and mads yon In yarn
wtt s on, in 1m ft - yr
will to, .
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muiy Tactics cf
Ideas ffcata E
The Baffle
born! ,
Whose music up tho
deep and dewy al?
Swells to the clowa,
and calls oh echo
Till a new melody. Is
Wake, wake
. the aight
la beadtna
, throne Bes4s
with stm
on her
Intense and eloquently bright. i
Night, at Its pulseless noon!
When the far voice ot waters mourns In
And some tired watch-dog. lazily and hmg
Barks at the melancholy moon.
Hark! how It sweeps away.
Soaring and dying on the silent sky.
As If some splrte of sound went wander
ing by
With lone halloo and roundelay!
Swell, swell In glory out!
Thy tones come pouring on my leaping
And my stlrrd spirit hears thee with a
start -As
boyhood's eld remember'd shout.
O! have ye heard that peaL
From sleeping city's moon-bathed battle
Or from the guarded field and warrior
Like some beat breath around you
steal t
or have ye In the roar
Of sea, or storm, or battle, heard It rise,
Shriller than eagle's clamour, to the skies.
Where wings and tempests never soar?
Go. go no other sound.
No music that of air or earth Is born.
Can match the mighty music of that horn,
Oa midnight's fathomless profound!
A Veteraa's View cf a Fames Case.
To the Editor: In your paper over
the signature of Wilbur F. Crummer
is am article heralded "A Travesty of
Justice," to which I wish to call at
tention, not because there Is anything
new or especially attractive in its ref
erence to the Lovering court-martial
and the circumstances that led to that
trial. Much of the same kind of stuff
on that subject has been written be
fore, and might be excused in those
who write for sensation, who, like the
Miss Nancys of war times, assume
that all military orders should be sub
mitted to and approved by a town
meeting before action. Old soldiers
know better, and as your correspond
ent claims to be an old soldier. I
respectfully call his attention to the
oath administered to every man on en
tering the service of the United States
an obligation the most sacred, bind
ing alike on officers and men. Under
It all are required to yield prompt and
strict compliance with the orders of
their superiors. That Captain Lover
ing was officer of the day is not dis
puted. Then for that day he was in
command of the camp, subject only to
the commander of the post, by whom
he was ordered to bring Hammond
(then under guard voluntarily for de
sertion) before a trial court. This he
proceeded to do, sending this order
first by the officer of the guard to
Hammond and then by delivering it to
him in prison. To both. orders Ham
mond made positive refusal. More
than this, he made demand for con
veyance, though it is not claimed that
he was unable to walk or that he did
not fully understand the order and all
it implied. Yet, with this knowledge,
of which he seems proud, he elected to
take the consequence. To complain
now of results is childish and unjust
He could have ended his suffering. It
suffer he did, at any time by comply
ing with an order which he had sworn
to obey. Surely sympathy is wasted
on such pretense. Army regulations
are of necessity strict, arbitrary, but
manly men are as promptly recognized
and as universally respected In the
army as anywhere else, if we can be
lieve the evidence of those who ought
to know. If I have read the evidence
right. Captain Lovering did his duty
and deserves credit, not censure; and
so does Colonel Hall for his manly as
sumption of responsibility. William
M. Loughlln, late Captain First U. S.
V. V. Engineers.'
Mintaiy Tactics,
Maj. Arthur H. Wagner has made a
report to the war department on. the
subject of European army maneuvers
which Is full ot interest to all who
concern themselves with military mat
ters. From advance sheets the Army
and Navy Journal makes the following
Under the heading of "Bicycles"
Maj. Wagner says that "the role most
frequently assigned to the bicycle
company was that of a support to the
cavalry. But its employment was by
no means confined to this. For ex
ample, on one occasion n successful
ambuscade was laid for the advance
guard of the hostile cavalry; at an
other time a battery surprised by a
cavalry sweep was rescued, the salient
feature of both of these operations be
ing the ease and rapidity with which
the wheelmen reached the desired
points. At night the wheelmen were
found exceedingly useful in searching
the ground, passing undiscovered
within a few yams of hostile forces.
It was for scouting at great distances
from the main body, however, that
they made themselves particularly val
uable. "
"On the Irst day of the German
manuevers the cavalry sought to es
tablish contact with the enemy over
the lateral roads -and through open
melds, while the cyclists meld the prin
cipal roads. Tho latter had, of course,
the advantage over their opponents,
tor, covered by ditches, they were im
mediately ready for combat, and by
their ire could prevent the cavalry
from pushing ahead and getting ac
curate lnfermation of its adversary's
position. It could not report that it
mad been fired on by cyclists, for the
wheels lay hidden In the grass of the.
ditches and hedges. It would thus be
compelled to assume that it had keen
by infantry are. and would
imxorauuos M. to
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A Vctwaa Vtctra.
Mf EnmY! I
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practiced by the
comtldirs one of
Imtmrss of, Hit
of the
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General onteers wore, as a
mark, a luminous paper
around, their hats. Each brigade
ine lighted signal lantern, which
carried well back in the column
.was never exposed. General offl-
aad am orderly oflteer from each
e. and each brigade an officer
frfm each battalion, for the purpose of
communication. Distances from front
tojsarwere preserved by knotted
rails.' intervals were Maintained by
tp? extension ot men;
.ijtogade markers were supplied
wltt two luminous disks, which were
simmg over the shoulder, to as to show
UMsromC and 1m rear. Staff officers;
luminous disks. Magnesium rockets'
were used with some success by the
pickets for the purpose ot discovering
the advancing columns.
A Brave Newspaper Maa.
H. P. Hubbard states that some time
ago he was riding on the cars with
Senator Hawley of Connecticut, and In
the course of a general conversation
the senator told a good war story in
regard to John B. Bogart, the well
known newspaper man.
This was the story. Bogart was, at
the outbreak ot the civil war, a clerk
in John H. Coley's dry goods store on
Chapel street, New Haven, Conn. The
now Senator Hawley went out first as
captain Of t Hartford company of
three months men, and when he eamfj
back was commissioned as colonel of
the Seventh Connecticut regiment.
Companies were raised in all parts ot
the State and; of course, rushed to the
Bogart was a member of dhe of the"
companies of the Seventh during the
battle of Olustee, Gen. Hawlejr beiflg
the brigadier general in command
the whole line lying in front of the
enemy got out of ammunition. Haw
ley called for volunteers to take am
munition along the line to the men,
who would otherwise have been de
fenseless. The only man who dared
td dd this was Bogart; he was then a
young soldier and A quartermaster
sergeant, and Gen; Hawley says he
drove the ammunition wagon nearly a
half mile along the line within range1
of the enemy's line.
The Seventh were lying behind im
provised breastworks, and he left a
package of cartridges every 20 or 30
feet and returned unharmed, although
frequently fired at by the Confeder
ates. Bogart's bravery and nerve at the
time stands out very deafly in Ges
Hawleys mind as one of the finest ex
hibitions that he saw during the entire
Statae ta aa Irish Here.
In the civil war CoL Thomas Cass
was commander of the Ninth Massa
chusetts regiment, which was known
as "The Fighting Ninth." His record,
though very short, was most noble.
He fell in one ot the first hattlea-hli
jaw being shot off. He was an Irish
math and his regiment wad composed
of his countrymen.
The question ot an appropriate de
sign for the Cass monument has been
a subject of debate since the death of
the hero, nearly twenty-five years ago.
The art commission in whose hands
the matter has been resting for two of
three years, has now unanimously ac
cepted the sketch presented by Sculptor
Richard E. Brooks about a year ago.
His sketch represents a statue of CoL
Cass in fuU dress uniform, standing in
a military attitude, with his arms fold-
ed. When complete the statue will
measure eight feet In height and will
stand on a low, simple pedestal of
either Tennessee marble or Westerly
granite. It is to be erected on the
Boylston street side of the Boston pub
lic garden.
This new monument will displace am
Inartlstle affair erected to CoL Cass it
Prasreas la Rutin.
Lecturing at a meeting of the Royal
Statistical society Major Cralgie gave
some Interesting details acquired at
the statistical conference at St Peters
burg, with regard to changes and de
velopments in Russia. Since the
emancipation of the serfs the patri
archal customs of rural life were dis
appearing, factories and mills were
springing up, and the peasants were
acquiring agricultural machinery.
Changes were also occurring in the
distribution of landed property. In
the course of a single year 5,646,000
acres of land had been sold by tho
nobles, and of this amount somethfna-
Hko 2,700,000 acres passed into the
hands of the peasants, co-operative so
cieties, or purchasers of the merchant
class. The general Russian census of
1897 snowed the population of the
empire to have risen to 129.0C0.000.
With regard to the sexes, the mem were
In am actual, although very slight, ma
jority. It was remarkable that juries
and magistrates were more imdnlgent
im Russia than In Westerm Eurooe.
and Jmriea were especially lenient to
. London Chronicle.
Old Cairo m changlsg visibly. By
Christmas the electric tramway to the
Pyramids will be aa accomplished fact,
and tJaa eight-mile trip, at prwtat eo
't, will be possible for a tew
. -r.
)J' ' Jmff JojjajfatmnrcolamMM,
Two gecsws fresa KeeJ ixim Metered fcy
a Xewsaaaer faaa A Sad Cae Of
Psssrtlsa Actaal eeaes rictawd la
Oraad Street.
thor of "How the
Other Half Live."
and of other
studies of life in
the tenenientsy con
tribute am article
, to the Century on
''Merry Christmas
in the Tenements."
The paper is illus-
.. Jrated-hy.Jay.
, .Mr;lUto-s4.isW - fol
lowing description of actaal scenes on
Grand street:
At the corner, where two opposing
tides of travel form an eddy, the line
of pushcarts debouches down the
darker side-street In its gloom their
torches burn with a fitful glare that
wakes black shadows among tho
trusses of the railroad structure over
head. A woman, with worn shawl
drawn tightly about head and shoul
ders, bargains- with a peddler for a
monkey on a stick and two cents'
worth of flitter-gold. Five ill-clad
youngsters flatten their nose3 against
the frozen pane of the toy-shop, in
ecstasy at something there, which
proved to be A ttilkmragon, with
driver, horses, and cans that can be
unloaded. It Is something their minds
can grasp. 6ne comes forth with a
penny goldfish of pasteboard clutched
tightly in his hand, and casting cau
tious glances right and left, speeds
across the way to the door of a tene
ment; where a little girl stands wait
ing. "It'a yef Chris'mas; Kate' he
says, and thrusts It into her eager flat.
The black doorway swallows theni up."
'. Across tho narrow yard; In the, base
ment of the rear house, the lights cf
a Christmas tree show against the
jgrlmy window-pane. The two children
are busily engaged fixing the goldfish
upon one of its branches. Three little
candles that burn there shed light
upon a scene of utmost desolation.
The room Is black with smoke and
dirt In the middle of the floor dozes
nn oil-stove that serves at once to
take the raw edge off the cold and cook
the meals by. Half the wlndowpaacs
!are broken, and the holes stuffed with
rags. The sleeve of an old ccat hanga
out of one, and beats drearily upon
itne sash when the wind sweeps over
jthe fence and rattles the rotten shut
ters. Tho family wash, clammy and
.gray, hangs on a clothesline stretched
across the room. Under It, at A table
set with cracked and empty plates, a
'discouraged woman sits eyeing the
children's show gloomily. It i3- Evi
dent that she has been drinking. The
peaked Tace3 of the little ones wear a
famished look. There are three the
third and infant, put to bed In what
was onco a baby-carriage. The two
from the street are pulling It around
to get tho tree in range. The baby
sees It, and crows with delight The
boy shakes 4 branch, and the gold
fish leaps and sparkles in the candle
light "See, sister!" he pipes; "see Santa
Claus!" And they clap their hands in
glee. The woman at the table wakes
out of her stupor, gazes around her,
and bursts Into a fit of maudlin weep
ing. The door faills to. Five flights up,
another opens upon a bare attic room
which a patient little woman Is setting
to rights. There are only three chairs,
a box, and a bedstead in the room,
but they take a deal of careful arrang
ing. 'The bed hides the broken plas
ter In the wall through which the wind
came in; each chair-leg stands over
a rat-hole, at once to hide it and keep
the rats out. One is left, the box is
for that. The plaster of the ceiling is
held up with pasteboard patches. I
know the story of that attic. It is
one of cruel deseftldn. The woman'3
husband is even now living in plenty,
with the creature for whom he forsook
her, not a dozen blocks away, while
she "keeps the home together for the
children." She sought justice, but the
lawyer demanded a retainer; so she
gave It up and went. back to her little
ones. For this room that barely keeps
the winter wind out she pays four dol
lars a month, and is behind with the
rent There Is scarce bread In the
house, but the spirit ot Christmas has
found her attic. Against a broken
wall is tacked a hemlock branch, th2
leavings of the corner grocer's fitting
block; pink string from the packing
counter hangs on it in festoons. A
tallow dip on the box furnishes the
illumination. The children sit up in
bed, and watch it with Bhining "eyes.
"We're having Christmas!" they
Twala Was Afire
A good story is being told about
Mark Twain. Some time ago reports
of his death in London were circulated
in Hartford, Conn., his American home,
and Mr. Charles Dudley Warner cabled
to a friend in London asking if the
news was true. The friend handed the
cablegram to Twain himself, who
cabled back: "Reports of my death
grossly exaggerated; Mark Twain."
The BesMlesB e Varls.
Paris has, apart from two places
where paupers can spend the night, 14
asylums for the homeless, which last
year lodged 144,037 persons, of whom
15,557 were women and 2,606 children.
Among the lodgers were 246 profess
ors and teachers, 18 students, 5 auth
ors, B journalists, 120 actors and sing
ers. 30 musicians and 16 music teach
ers. Gave the faces a Fansel.
The only gift the queen of England
over accepted from a private subject
was the cream colored parasol carried
by her on diamond jubilee day. It
was presented to her by the Right
Honorable Charles Vllliers. still the
father of the mouse of commons."
Two mem were crashed to death
while working on a trestle mear Wlm
cheater, Ky. a freight train broke the
tmtto 4twm, - " .;
ls si J
mtegnes -aHh
cr lO tarfthet Xarth.
The Paris corffispamdemt of the Lorn
don Times publishes a letter from am
inonymoms expert which gives a vivid
motion of the natural difficulties with
which the Frenea'have to compete I
Algeria. According to this authority
the one imsmserable bar 1m commercial
or agricultural success is the tempera
tuf& He argues that if the country
were two degrees farther south or tern
degrees farther COtta all would bo
changed. Instead of a Jnurtard region,
neither European nor colonhti it would
he an industrial paradise. It irwd
seat St Domingo, Ceylon and Indian,
because, being at the very doors of
France, It would be a suburb ot Eu
rope, whither 15,000,0 or 20,000,900
emigrants would go to cultivate eolee.
Indigo, vanilla, sugar, cotton aad pep
lr ia a wort all colonial ptadaets.
On the other hand, if it were sltmated
ten degrees farther to the north, Al
geria In its mineral wealth, atrpres
ent Incapable of exploitation, would
rival Normandy, Auvergne, Beaune
and Pieardy. But as it is everything
is blasted by the Climate. The sugar
eane has no sugar, it is Inferior bam
bod. The coffee berry is empty. Tha
cottdri if iM short for spinning. Tho
cocoa-palm is incapable ot bearing;
fruit The indigo plant comes to noth
ing. The pineapple does not ripen.
A hothouse is necessary for thd va
nilla. Of spices there is nothing to
compare with the products of Brazil V
India. Corn becomes hard in the third
year; a mealy potato is unknown. Ox
en in four generations dwindle from
ZOO kilogrammes weight to 150. Fowls
are poor; fruit is wormy, even the ba
nana being pasty. There are a few
good oranges; but the wine is harsh
and rough, the sugar of the grape not
being capable of being entirely con
verted into alcohol find carbonic acid.
Even the human race is atibioct to a
similar process of degeneration.
All tt 111 Be Cask.
The preliminary fashionable fad of
the season Is cooking. To be in the
very height of the moment you must
join a cooking class or form a cook
ing class, according to your success
as .a popular favorite. The rooms de
voted to cooknlg at the Armour insti
tute are filled with the debutantes who
are to bow their prettiest to society
during tho coming month, and the de
butantes who went through the ordeal
last year. Yen begin at the beginning
with washing dishes and you end the
term a domestic jewel. Nothing is too
complicated for your capacity, from
bread making to the Indigestible edi
bles -that simmer under the cover ot
a chafing dish. When Owen Meredith
wrote his verses in praise of cooks and
dining, lis prophetic vision must have
rested upon the picture-of the fash
ionable modern queen of the kitchen.
6reed fee Oflce
A Bucks county man spent nineteen
years of his life trying to get the ap
pointment of postmaster. Finally he
worked his strings properly and was
appointed. When ha learned that he
was counted only as a fourth-clas3
postmaster he immediately resigned.
He said he had worked long enough
to be a first-class postmaster, and
derned if he hedn't sense enough to
know it Philadelphia Ledger.
Adc Ice to ITcgrees.
Mrs. Booker T. Washington, the
wife of the negro educator, recently ad
dressed the young people of her race
In Milwaukee and warned them not to
shirk ordinary manual labor In order
to become teachers, as thcro are too
many teachers now.
Saved by u ladlaa.
When Albert Misek was being shot
at by three robbers at his Chicago placo
of business he dodged behind an Indian
standing on tha sidewalk. The bandits
filled the Indian hill cf bullet3 and ran
away. The Indian was wooden. Ex.
The kiss, we are told, was a formula
of good will among the ancient Rcman3
and was adopted by the early Chris
tians, whose "holy kls3' and "kiss cf
charity" carried the weight of apos
tolic sanction.
It Is usual that the golden cross ot
tho sandal on the pope's right foot
should be kissed by newly created car
dinals and by those to whom an audi
ence is granted. Even royal persons
paid thi3 act of homage to the Vicar of
Christ, Charles V being the last to do
Kisses admit of great variety of
character, and there are eight diversi
ties mentioned in the scriptures. It is
as a sign of reverence and in order to
set a sacred seal r.pon their vows that
witnesses in a court of law, when they
are called upon to speak "the truth, the
whole truth and nothing but the truth,"
are required to touch the bible with
their lips, as also are soldiers when
they enlist and make the oath of alle
giance to Queen "Victoria.
Men in uncivilized regions kiss the
feet of a superior or the ground In
front cf him, and in ancient
times to press the lips to the
knee or to the hem of 'a gar
ment was to humbly -implore protec
tion. The Maoris have adopted tho
custom of kissing, but the negroes of
West Africa' refuse to do so, and ap
parently that which' is a medium of so
much pleasure to many nations fills
them with dislike.
The pleasant old Christmas custom
of a kiss under the mistletoe Is a relic
cf Norse mythology. Baldur, the
beautiful god of light, was slain by a
spear whose shaft was a mistletoe
twig. This 'was bewitched by Lokl,
the malevolent god of fire; until it
swelled to the requisite size and was
given by him to blind Hodar, who
threw it and unintentionally struck
Baldur when the gods were at play.
Friga had made everything in heaven
and earth swear not to harm Baldur,
but had left out the mistletoe as being
too slight and weak to be of barm.
Baldur, however, was restored to life,
and Friga guarded the mistletoewhich
the gods determined should not again
have power to do any mischief unless
it touched the earth. For this rea
soa it Is always hung from the ceil
ing and the vigilant goddess propltlat
ad by the kiss, s !gn of gOo.wJIL
gffegasfee sfejfe,Bhgigft3s
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LmAJfomm Qkxxaso, Prea't
B. H. ncsmr. Vice Preal.
M. Bauson, Cashier.
Jonrr STAurrra, Wk. Kvcncm.
bus air
Aitstfizfi Capital if - $500,000
Pai4 is Capital, - - 90,000
a n. snixnox. PreVt
1L P. 11. OEHLKlcn. Vice Pres.
FRANK ROKER, Asst. Casha
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Cabi. Rizkke. ". C. Ghat.
Fraxk Rohrkr.
Sahzvda Elms, J. Henrt WuRwunASb
cxark ;ray. llExnr Loseke.
Daxiel Scoram. Ueo. '. Gallkt.
A. F. II. Okhlricw, J. 1'- Becker Estatb,
Rebecca Becker, 11. M. Viixsvotr.
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