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Lord Devon's property was greatly
Impoverished by the twelfth earl, who
squandered nearly all his fortune and
terribly embarrassed the entailed
property. He was addicted to a most
peculiar form of gambling, namely,
spider racing, which he played with
the last Marquis of Hastings and the
eighth Duke of Bedford. Each player
selected a spider, which was placed on
the table, and then the latter was
gently heated from underneath. The
warmth caused the insects to run, and
the spider which got to the edge first
won. But spiders are curious crea
tures, and it would frequently happen
that a spider which was near the edge
and looked like winning would dou
ble back, traverse the table in all di
rections and lose its backer the thou
sands of pounds so nearly won. Lord
Devon, Lord Hastings and the Duke of
Bedford each of them squandered
enormous sums on this game, which
contributed in no small degree to the
ruin of the two former. New York
Inn Names In Germany.
Germany probably holds the record
for out of the way signs and fantastic
Inn names. The most absurd results
are usually obtained by the name of
some animal with a more or less un
suitable object. The Comfortable
Chicken and the Cold Frog, both of
them in Berlin, are certainly left In
the shade by the Angry Ant (Ort. in
Westphalia) and the Stiff Dog (Berlin).
The Lame Louse is an inn In a suburb
of Berlin, and not far from it is the
Thirsty Pelican. The Dirty Parlor, the
Bloody Bones, the Musical Cats, the
Fourhundredweight Man, and the
Boxers' Den are all in Berlin or the
neighborhood, and the Old Straw Bag
in Leipzig. The Open Banghole is in
Stadtohen, in the Palatinate, and the
Shoulder Blade in Jericbow. The I.ast
Tear is a landlord's notion for the
name of his inn. situated near a grave
yard, visited by returning mourners,
and is of frequent occurrence through
out the fatherland.
A Strang Celony.
The Colonia Cosine, ou the Paraguay
above Asuncion, is one of the mosi cu
rious in the world. The members of
the colony make or grow everything
they want and import nothing. The
workmen have seven hours' work a
day and earn, not money, but time.
Their wages nre hours and half hours.
These they sometimes save up till they
have a week in hand and then go off
ou an excursion. If a man wants a
chair or table be pays for it in hours
of work, which are deducted from the
balance to his credit. Three men went
off up the river in a canoe for a three
weeks' holiday. They sold their canoe
at Asuncion for a pound and came
home overland in ten days, lodged in
the best houses in the Tillages on the
way and yet had some money in .hand
at the end. London Spectator.
Dogs In Ecclesiastical Decorations.
The stained glass representation of
the "Peddler and His Dog" was remov
ed from Lambeth church a quarter of
a century ago owing to the alleged in
congruity of introducing the figure of
a dog in a church window. Quite re
cently Chancellor Prescott of Carlisle
refused a. faculty for a stained glass
window fit a Westmorland church be
cause the design included a dog, and
perhaps the only existing examples of
dogs used for ecclesiastical decorations
are to be found in Lord Brownlow's
private chapel at Ashbrldge. In this
church one stained glass window de
picts Tobias and Sara in bed and a
dog sleeping on the quilt, while in an
other, window Job is shown being
mocked by three men, one of whom is
holding a dog by a chain. Westmin
The Giant's Staircase.
One, of,.the most widely known geo
logical curiosities in the vicinity of
Cork is a series of knobs or knots pro
jecting from the face of a cliff. There
are sixteen of these huge projections
all together, all regularly set in the
face of i the cliff, one above the other,
forming a series of such uniformity as
to give it the general appearance of a
stairway. Since time out of memory
this queer ascent and Its projecting
"steps" have been known as the Gi
Trials and Temptations.
Every man deems that he has pre
cisely the trials and temptations which
are the hardest of all for him to bear,
but they are so because they are the
very ones he needs. Richter.
Howell What la the best time of day
to go up in an airship? Powell Well,
I've always been a believer in early
rising. New York Press.
They can conquer who belief e they
Mjtn.cn itu ,
Origin of Plum Duff.
This is the origin of plum duff, ac
cording to the captain of an Atlantic
"One Christmas day. hundreds ot
years ago at 'sea, a ship in a storm
was swept by a comber that carried
off her cook, her crate of chickens,
her turkeys In a word, the whole raw
material of her Christmas dinner.
"But the sailors were determined to
have at least some sort of Christmas
.pudding.,, They knew nothing about
cooking, and they drew lots for their
new cook. The lot fell to the boat
"This chap fished up a cookbook
from the bottom of his sea chest. He
ran over the pudding recipes and chose
one that began:
" 'Make a stiff dough.'
"He made a pudding after this rec
ipe. It was stuffed with Malaga rai
sins and covered with a rich sauce.
The men were delighted.
" 'Put a name to it,' they said. 'Put
a name to it.'
"And the boatswain's mate, know
ing that 'r-o-u-g-h' was pronounced
rough' and thinking 'd-o-u-g-h' fol
lowed the same rule, answered read
ily: " 'It's called duff, mates.' "
Settled the Sacristan.
A matter of fact sacristan of the Ca
thedral of Berlin once wrote the king
of Prussia this brief note:
Sire I acquaint your majesty, first, that
there are wanting books of psalms for the
royal family. 1 acquaint your majesty,
second, that there wants wood to warm
the royal seats. I acquaint your majesty,
third, that the balustrade next the river,
behind the church. Is become ruinous.
Sacrist ot the Cathedral.
The reply of the king was not that of
a "gracious majesty.'' Its stiff formal
ity in Imitating the style of the sacris
tan probably was not taken by the re
ceiver as complimentary to him:
I acquaint you. Herr Sacrist Schmidt,
first, that those who want to sing: may
buy books. Second, I acquaint Herr Sa
crist Schmidt that those who want to be
warm must buy wood. Third. I acquaint
Herr Sacrist Schmidt that I shall not
trust any longer to the balustrade next
the river. And I acquaint Herr Sacrist
Schmidt, fourth, that I will not have any
more correspondence with him.
The shillalah is no raw limb of a
tree. It is almost as much a work of
art as a well balanced cricket lat.
The old sbillalahs were as carefully
looked after by their loving owners as
is a rifle in the wilds. Cot from the
sturdiest of young blackthorns and
showing as little taper as an ebony
ruler, it was weighed with lead or iron
at the end nearest the grip so that its
center of gravity was about four-fifths
of the way from the hitting end.
When properly seasoned by being
kept in the neighborhood of the farm
oven for a few months it became a
thing of supple steel. And the proper
pronunciation of the name of this fear
some weapon is the melodious one of
"shUl-ally," with the accent on the
"ail." London Chronicle.
Her Queer Question.
The rector of a country parish in
England having sent blankets, gorcer
ies, coals and some of the good things
usual at Christmas to an old parish
ioner a lady expatiated warmly to him
on the reverend gentleman's kindness.
"Don't you think," she asked the old
villager, "that it is very good of the
rector to look after you like this aud
send you all these nice things?"
"Good of him!" exclaimed the old
man in blank amazement. "Why,
what's he for?" Pearson's Weekly.
A Slap at Whistler.
A young San Franciscan, the owner
of a large and valuable collection of
autographs, ouce wrote to James Mc
Neill Whistler, iolitely requesting his
signature. The letter was sent in care
of the London Royal academy, with
which the famous American iiainter
was at outs. After four mouths the
letter was returned to the San Fran
cisco address from the dead letter of
fice In Washington. Covering the en
velope was the word. repeated num
berless times. "Unknown."
Boston Could Stand It.
Ralph Waldo Emerson ouce made a
crashing reply to a man who asked
him whether the ieople iu Boston did
not feel alarmed. Said Emerson.
"What about?" Said the man. "Why.
the world is coming to an end next
Monday." Emerson replied: "I'm glad
of it. We can get along a great deal
better without It."
Hew He Wen.
A rich old man was asked how he
made his money. "Simplest thing In
the world." be said. "1 always did the
reverse of what everybody else was
doing. If everybody bought. 1 sold
prices were high. If everybody 'sold,
X bougat-rprlces were low."
HENRY THE THEF.
The Black Heart of the Greely
STORY OF HIS EXECUTION.
The Order Issued by the Emaciated
Cemmsnder and the Way It Was
Carried Out The Rifle Shot That
Put an End te the Traitor.
One of the many tragedies of the
Greely arctic expedition was the exe
cution of Private Henry, who had been
caught time after time stealing food
from the scant store of the starving
party. Henry alone was strong and
active, thanks to the stolen food and
to the fact that he did no labor he
could possibly shirk.
Lieutenant Greely had warned and
warned Henry and had punished him,
but to no avail, and finally, after a par
ticularly despicable act of theft, the
commander, in fear that Henry's
course would cause a general raid on
the store of food and thus bring about
the destruction of the whole party,
condemned Henry to death.
The story of the execution, which
lakes a new page in history, is told
In the American Magazine by Frank
B. Copley, who got his data, direct
from the survivors of the expedition.
"All his lethargy gone, Greely dis
missed the man, seized pencil and pa
per and. with trembling, emaciated
"Near Cape Sabine, June 6. 1884.
Sergeants Bralnard. Long; and Frederick:
"Notwithstanding- promises given by
Private C. B. Henry yesterday, he has
since, as acknowledged to me, tampered
with seal thongs if not other food at the
old camp. This pertinacity and audacity
la the destruction of the party If not at
once ended. Private Henry will be shot
today, all care being taken to prevent his
Injuring- any one, aa hla physical strength
Is greater than that of any two men.
Decide the manner of his death by two
ball and one blank cartridge. This order
Is imperative and absolutely necessary for
any chance of life. A. W. GREELY."
"In the official report of the Lady
Franklin bay expedition it is sim
ply announced that 'shots were heard
about 2 o'clock, and later the order
was read to the general party.' The
nanner In which the order was 'ex
ecuted here appears for the first time.
"Sergeants Bralnard, Long and Fred
etick coald not. as ordered, 'decide the
manner of death by two ball and one
blank cartridge.' Greely bad failed
to take Into consideration that at this
time the party bad left only one serv
"The three sergeants drew lots to
see who would do the shooting. When
they bad done so they bound them
selves with an oath that the identity
of the man thus chosen never should
"Henry was at the tent on Cemetery
ridge with all the other men when
the time for putting him to death
came. What was to take place, of
course, was known only to the three
sergeants and the commander. Two
of the sergeants remained In the vi
cinity of the old hut, while the third
went to the tent to bring Henry down.
"The man" who went for Henry told
him that he was wanted at the old
camp to help carry up some more of
the supplies that had been left there
Suspecting nothing, Henry readily ac
companied the sergeant to the place
chosen for putting him to death.
"Now, Greely bad repeatedly cau
tioned the three sergeants to take no
chances on Henry's getting away, for.
although none at Cape Sabine knew
the man's past history, enough of the
man's black soul had been revealed to
make his comrades feel that no crime
could be put past him.
"So Bralnard, Long and Frederick,
cautioned by their commander and
warned by their own knowledge of the
man with whom they had to deal, had
decided that Henry should be made to
stoop to pick up something and that
then he should be shot from behind.
At least one of the sergeants bad no
more compunction about killing him
than he would have bad about killing
a mad dog.
"But one of the other two men
weakened at the hut moment. To
shoot a man in cold blood from be
hind, to send him into eternity with
no opportunity to compose his soul,
was too terrible a thing for him to
stand. It was a mistake that nearly
"Henry was told face to face that
he was to be put to death in accord
ance with the order of the commander,
and he was advised to kneel and
make his peace with bis God. At the
game time the executioner appeared
with bis rifle at a convenient distance
before the doomed man's eyes.
"Henry stood agape. He muttered
something about something not being
right. Near where the third sergeant
stood an ax lay on the ground. Hen
ry's gaze, searching the ground, en
countered the ax. He sprang for It.
A warning cry was raised. The ser
geant who stood near the ax Jumped
and got his foot on it almost as Henry
was upon him. There was a cry of
'Quick!' Even then there was danger
of the executioner shooting his fellow
sergeant if his aim wss the least un
steady. "But despite all he had been through
the aim of the executioner was true.
The rifle cracked, and the bullet sped.
penetrating the breast of the man for
whom It was Intended when It was
molded. Henry whirled, crying: You
have tricked me: You have tricked
me! Again the rifle cracked. The
second bullet went through Henry's
head, and he fell dead."
Playing Her Cards.
Tommy May I stay up a little long
er? Ethel What do you want to stay
up for? Tommy I want to see you
and Mr. Green playing cards. Mr.
Green But we are not going to play
cards. Tommy Oh, yes, you are, for
I heard mamma saying to Ethel that
everything depended on the way in
which she played her cards tonight.
The young housekeeper was looking
at some soft shell crabs squirming and
wriggling in their bed of .seaweed.
"They're very nice," said the dealer,
"hall I send you a doges?"
"Teg,' answered the Innocent, "if
yon are sure they laze fresh." New
leek Journal. J .
Sugar, the very best, 18 pounds lor. .I lUU
Red kidney beans, extra quality Or
hand picked beans, 3 cans lor itfv
Strineless beans, finest quality, extra J J n
smtul tender pods, 3 cans lor rru
Silted Early June Peas, very small 7Cn
and very fine, 3 cans lor f JU
12 Cans of Corn, good quality SI iUU
12 Cans oi Peas, good quality ) iUU
Lenox, the soap where you get your I flfl
money's (12 oz. each) 28 bars for. tfl iUU
Bob White Soap, best white laun- I AA
dry soap, 24 bars lor. tjl iUU
Japanese cup and saucer and one C Am
pound of Japan Tea lor Jllu
Queered His Grandfather.
Peter Angustus had a foolish, fond
Id fcrandf a ther. The grandfather was
boasting to a visitor one day, as grand
fathers will, about the "family he had
"My daughter Martha laa fine young
woniun," be said, "and her little boy,
Peter Angustus. is a fine lad. But the
finest thing about that pair Is the af
fection that exists between them.
They never exchange a cross word.
They're more like two young lovers
than mother and son. It's beautiful
to see them together. Hold on a min
ute, and I'll call Peter Augustus In.
Then his mother will come down, and
you can see their relations for your
The old man rose and ambled heavily
to the door. There was a beatific smile
on his old face. Little Peter Augustus
was playing with the cat in the gar
den. v "Peter Augustus!" he shouted. "Pe
ter Augustus! Your mother wants
The little boy dropped the cat and
fixed a searching glance on his grand
father. "Your mother wants you; Peter Au
gustus!" " "Does she want to warm me':" Pe
ter Augustus cautiously demanded.
' Really Worth While.
Eben Pratt of Marsbby bad sent two
sons to Boston and knew he had rea
son to be proud of them. One day a
summer visitor lingering in Mr. Pratt's
grocery, provision and dry goods es
tablishment mentioned some of the
shining lights who had made them
selves remembered In and near Boston
and others still to be found there.
"We've had a good many smart men
and women In and around our city,"
said the visitor, "and there are a num
ber of them left We've got scientific
men and writers and artists and musi
Mr. Pratt's dry voice broke In on the
1st "If ye call those folks smart,
he said, "ye want to go down near
the water to an address I'll give ye
and see the way my boys, Ed and
Sam, can open oysters! I guess that'll
give ye something to go by when ye're
talking of smartness." Exchange.
Willing te Be Honest
Phil May. the great English artist
earned his first fame in Australia. One
day a broken down minister applied to
him for charity, and May engaged him
as a model. As a joke he also demand
ed that bis eighty-year-old pensioner
agree to leave him bis skeleton when
he died. When May left Australia he
called his model in. "You've played
me a dirty trick," said May. "by swin
dling me out of that skeleton. I could I
nave uoujsiii vuc iu wuuu iu uu
condition for half the money you've
cost me." The old fellowi conscious of
his base ingratitude to his best and
most patient friend, answered: "Don't
be angry with me. Mr. May. It's not
my fault I me?nt to keep my word.
Stay in Sydney a few months longer
and give me another chance to show
you that I am a man of honor."
v"lt Is a tremendous undertaking to
get a new play accepted and produc
ed." once said the late Clyde Fitch to
a friend. "So many are written, and
so few ever see the light of day. An
English playwright with a gift of hu
morous exaggeration Illustrated this
fact to me once. He told me bow be
submitted a play to a celebrated ac
tor and how In the course of the con
versation the actor remarked:
'"Don't you think it Is growing
chilly In this room?
" 'Yes; It is rather.' the- young play
. "Then the actor rang a bell, and a
servant forthwith appeared.
" 'James,' said the actor, this room
Is rather cold. Yon may put three
more manuscripts on the ire." Lip
plncott's. What Did the Mean?
Shop Assistant (to purchaser of wid
ow's bonnet) Would you like to try It
oa before the glass, madam? Customer-No,
thank yon, sties. It slat
forme. I wish it wa.-trsy ttortes.
H. F. GREINER
CROCERIES AND STAPLE DRY
Corner Eleventh and Olive Streets
same Quality for less money
Better Quality for the same money
are the Best and Always Fresh, and this is the kind that saves you money
CURIOUS PERUVIAN TREE.
It Produces a Copious and Continuous
Supply ef Rain.
The rain tree of Peru grows very
large, Is rich In leaves and Is called
by the Indians tamalcaspi. It has the
power of collecting the dampness of
the atmosphere and condensing it Into
a continuous and copious supply of
In the dry season, when the rivers
are low and the beat great, the tree's
power of condensing seems at the
highest, and water falls in abundance
from the leaves ana oozes rrom tne
trunk. The water spreads aronnd In
veritable rivers, part of which filters
into the soil and fertilizes it These
rivers are canalized so as to regulate
the course of the water.
It is estimated that one of the Peru
vian rain trees will on the average
yield nine gallons of water per diem.
In a field of an area of one kilometer
square that Is. 3,250 feet each way
can be grown 10,000 trees separated
from each other by twenty-five meters.
This plantation produces dally 385,000
liters of water. If we allow for evap
oration and Infiltration we have 135,
000 liters or 29,531 gallons of rain for
distribution daily. The rain tree can
be cultivated with very little trouble,
for it seems Indifferent as to the soil
In which it grows. The tree Increases
rapidly and resists both extremes of
climate. Espana Moderns.
A BRAVE TOREADOR.
One ef the Most Thrilling Incidents ef
the Bull Ring.
The famous Spanish toreador Reverte
figured In one of the most thrilling
Incidents ever witnessed in the arena.
It was at Bayonne. After disposing ot
two bulls Reverte bad twice plunged
his sword Into a third of great strength
and ferocity, and as the beast contin
ued careering wildly the spectators be
gan to hiss Reverte for bungling.
Wounded to the very quick of bis
pride, the Spaniard shouted. "The bull
Is slain ! and, throwing aside bis
sword, sank on one knee with folded
arms In the middle of the ring. He
was right, but he had not allowed for
the margin of accident. The wounded
beast charged full upon him, but the
matador, splendid to the last, knelt
motionless as a statue, while the spec
tators held their breath In horrified
suspense. Reaching his victim, the
bull literally bounded at him, and as
he sprang be sank In death, with bis
last effort giving one fearful lunge of
the head that drove a horn Into the
thigh ot the kneeling man and laid
bare the bone from the knee to the
joint Still Reverte never flinched, but
remained kneeling, exultant In victory,
but calmly contemptuous of applause,
till he was carried away to heal him of
his grievous wound.
Killing the Bad Taste.
"Maybe I won't have to take medi
cine again, and even If I do have to
take It maybe the doctor will prescribe
an ambrosial mixture, but If I should
ha condemned for my sins to swallow
vile doses I know how I'll take them,"
a dry salesman volunteered. "A man
who was doctoring himself in the drug
store showed me the wsy.
"The druggist had mixed a particu
larly obnoxious dose. The man before
taking It asked for cracked ice. The
errand boy brought it several spoon
fuls nearly pulverized. The sick man
held that In his mouth until It melted,
after which the medicine seemed as
mild as tea.
'"I always prepare my mouth that
way for a disagreeable medicine. the
man said. The Ice numbs the nerves,
and the medicine slips down without
leaving any taste, good or bad." Er-
He Get the Raise.
"Yon want more money? Why,, my
boy, I worked three years for $11 a
oath right in this establishment and
now I'm owner of It"
"Well, you see what happened to
your boss. No man who treats his
help that way can bang on to his busi
ness." Chicago Record-Herald.
One Fruit Dish and 3
Fancy Coffee for
5 pounds of Good Rio
A fine line of Dried Fruit
x always on hand
We have a good line of Men's
Shirts from 85c to $1.50
All WINTER GOODS will be sold at a
Telephone orders will be given special at
On of the epics of the backwoods,
told by John G. Neiaerdt In "The Riv
er and I," Is the adventure of old
Hugh Glass, who was terribly maaled
by a grizzly up the Missouri, so terri
bly that the rest of the expedition
pushed on, leaving a young friend with
several others to see the end. "It
seemed plain that he would have to go
soon. So the young friend snd the
others left the old man In the wilder
ness to finish the job by himself. They
took his weapons and hastened after
the main party, for the country was
"But one day old Glass woke up and
got one of his eyes open. And when
he saw how things stood he swore he
would live merely for the sake of kill
ing his false friend. He crawled to a
spring close by. where be found a
bush of ripe bullberrles. He waited
day after day for strength and finally
started out to crawl a small matter of
a hundred miles to the nearest fort.
And he did It too! Also he found his
friend after much wandering-and for
A young chap was walking along
a business street with a very pretty
girl when he happened to glance Into
a couple of windows where the latest
styles of men's overcoats and suits
were displayed. The girl noticed it
She stopped and exclaimed: "What a
dandy overcoat! Why don't you get
one of those. Bob? You'll look fine in
side of that"
She looked at everything in that
window, and the young chap was de
lighted at her Interest In men's
"You're all right, Grace," said be.
"That's what I like about you. Most
girls would rather look at lingerie
waists than at a man's overcoat and
The girl laughed. "Well, Bob," said
she, "to be perfectly honest, the mir
rors in that window are something to
cry for. I was trying to see if my bat
was on straight!"
The Merits ef "Angelick Snuff."
Angellck snuff, the most noble com
position in the world, removing all
manner of disorders of the head and
brain, easing the most excruciating
pain in a moment, taking away all
swimming and giddiness proceeding
from vapours, etc.; also drowsiness,
sleepiness and other lethargick effects,
perfectly curing deafness to admira
tion and all humours and soreness In
the eyes, etc Corroborates the brain.
comforts the nerves and revives the
spirits. Its admirable efficacy in all
the above mentioned diseases has been
experienced above a thousand times
and very justly causes it to be es
teemed the most beneficial snuff In the
world. Price la a paper, with direc
tions. Sold only at Mr. Payn's toy
shop at the Angel and Crown, in St
Paul's churchyard, near Cheapslde.
Advertisement In London Paper, Aug.
Brigneli In a Temper.
On one occasion Blanchi, the noted
teacher, went on the stage to see Brl-
gnoli, the famous singer, whom he
found pacing up and down like a mad
man, bumming over his part
"Why, Brig, what Is the matter with
you? Are you nervous?" he asked.
"Yes, 1 am nervous," was the reply
as he walked harder and fsster than
"But, Brig, you ought not to be nerv
ous. I've heard you sing the part 200
limes. I heard you sing It thirty
"Thirty years sgo! Who are you
that should know so much;"
"Who am I? Yon know who I am.
snd I know who you are."
"Very well; you know what I am,
but I am sure you do not know what
you are. and If you wish I will tell
you. You are a fool!"
Doesn't Feed Them!
811mm Our landlady says she ttkss
to see her boarders have good appe
tites. Smart Well, some women are
naturally cruel. Basma Transcript
The futnrs Is purchases By tfes pras.
pounds of 1 AA
HE F1HAU.Y GOT WARM.
A Writer's Indoor Experience en a Cold
Night In Bordeaux.
What beautiful sunshine we bad at
Bordeaux, and how nice and warm It
was In the daytime! As long as the
sun kept out It was lovely; but, oh.
when the sun went down!
They gave gave me a beautiful, large,
lofty room at the hotel with doors uud
windows all over it. After dinner I
went up to try to write, and then 1
found that Siberia bad come again. I
put great logs of wood upon the fire
and blew them with the bellows till
the flames roared up the chimney, but
still I shivered in the icy blasts that
blew through every crevice. I put on
my ulster, I dragged the blankets from
the bed, I ran races aronnd the room
aad practiced the Indian clubs with a
heavy portmanteau In each baud, but
still I felt my blood congealing, and the
horrors of the early morning came
In this dilemma my companion's Su
dan experiences stood us in good stead.
He was with Gordon in the expedition
of 1876-7. He took our walking sticks
and umbrellas, and with these and the
blankets and the rugs he rigged up a
nice, comfortable tent in front of the
Sitting In this tent in our big room
we at last got warm, and my fingers
were able to hold a pen. George It.
Sims In "Dagonet Abroad."
AN ARCTIC DELICACY.
Eskime Soup Would Hardly Tickle Re
Kane and Dr. Hayes, the first white
men apart from an occasional whaler
to visit the Eskimos, found some dif
ficulty In accommodating themselves
to local customs. In "The Toll of the
Arctic Seas" D. M. Edwards quote
Hayes' account of his first visit to a
native hut After a cordial welcome
he was pressed to eat
"This," says Hayes, "was an Invita
tion which I feared, but bow that it
had come I knew that it would be un
wise to decline It. The expression of
thanks was one of the few In their
language that I knew, and I made the
most of this. They laughed heartily
when 1 said koyenak in reply to their
Invitation, and Immediately a not very
beautiful young damsel poured some
of the contents of the pots into a skin
dish. and. after sipping It to make
sure, as I supposed, that It was not
too not, passed it' to me over a group
of beads. At first my courage forsook
me, but all eyes were fixed upon me.
and It would have been highly impo
lite to shrink. I therefore shut my
eyes, held my nose, swallowed the
dose and retired. I was told after
ward that it was their greatest delica
cy a soup made by boiling together
blood, oil and seal Intestines."
"Three Sheets In the Wind."
"What was the origin of the phrase
for drunkenness, three sheets in the
wind? " a landsman asked a sailor the
other day. "Well," said the sailor.
"I'll explain that matter to you. The
two lower corners of a ship's sail are
held taut by two ropes, one called a
tack and another called a sheet. The
tack Is always kept very tight, but
the sheet Is loosened according to the
wind, and the looser the sheet is the
more freely the sail swings. If the
sail Is quite- free Its sheet Is said to
be In the wind. Now. suppose that
all three of a ship's sails were quite
free. They would then fly about very -crazUy.
and the ship would wabble.
The course of the ship would be a zig
zag one. aad the reason for this would "
be that she bad 'three sheets In the
wind. That. I guess, is why a man
when he zigzags la his course Is said
to be-lbree sheets 'la the wind' also."
Tin Hoofs Youngest-Don't your
leas feel very unrassfnrtaMa kn
yun walkv Mrs. Xuryck? Mrs. Nu-rychs-Dear
me! What aa extraordi
nary question! Why do yoa ask. child?
Tne Host's Youngest-On, only cos pa
said tne other day since you'd come
lato your money you'd ant far ton m
for your boots.
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