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TITE OMAHA DAILY BEE: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1902.
HARD KNOCKS AT THE START
Bnnch of Tonrh Luck Itorici with t
GAME OF CRAPS BRIGHTENS A PROSPECT
JCzprrlrnrrs of Mm la Yartoae Atop
tl.pe In Secorlnar Foothold
a the lllnhway of
(Copyright, 1902, by Mary R. Wheeler)
It was started by a chance remark at
tha dinner table. Two mlddleasod brokers
osd boon joking earn othnr about bplm
"squeeied" tbat day on the market, and he
of the Iron gray balr and youthful eyrs
Indulged In a moat pleblso wink at bis
Tls-a-rls aa ha aald:
"Never tnlnd, old man; It waa nothing
compared with our Crit speculation that
night In Boaton."
Tha table awoke on the Inatant. The
moment waa rlpa for reminiscences.
"You aee. It waa thla way: Bert and I
tarted out In tho world together, giving
up email clerkships In L to make our
fortunea In the nearest big city, which hap
pened to be Boaton. But we found that
tha world wasn't ao confoundedly eaay to
conquer, and with no acquaintance In the
elty and no valuable referencea we were
oon on oilr uppers. We knew nothing of
life In town, and were about aa green aa
could be. But we were too proud to fco
"Finally there came day when we wore
desperate. We had alept In a warehouse
hed the night before and woke to face
a dreary rain. Money we had none, and we
were afraid tbat If we applied to the po
lice we'd be booked aa 'Tags.' So we de
cided to apend the day In the commons and
watch for money or articles of value that
people might drop. It waa a forlorn hope,
but we followed It through puddles aod
howers, getting fainter each moment for
lack of food. It wnsn't a day for dropping
valuables, and night found us In sad
traits still. We were lo no mood to talk,
wit at last, for the sake of eaylng some
thin;, I said to Bert:
" 'Well, I guess lt' about time for ua
to take to a dark side street and hold up
the first man that cornea along.'
"Bert took me In earnest, and I'll never
forget the expression on hla face when he
topped In our dreary perambulation and
faced me. It waa absolutely tragic: Oh,
I Bay, George, not Just yet. Let's wait a
"I doubled up with laughter, and as I
bent over something shiny on the pavement
caught my eye. It was a dime.
"We both clutched at it. Two sandwiches-
Or two cups of coffee. Or two
mall pane of beans. Which should it be?
Then the eplrlt of plungln, which baa
Ince brought my partner coin of the realm,
elred him. Said he:
' 'Let's shake for it. If you get it. buy
the grub. If I get it. I shoot crapa with it
with the first fellow I meet.'
"He won and we repaired to the nearest
cheap lunch Joint where he actually did
find a man who would gamble on tho enor
mous sum of 10 centa. He doubled our
capital and we bad lunch.
"Then what? Well, that Beemed to be
the turning point of our careers. The
proprietor of the Joint had spotted ua, and
before we had finished our 25-cent meal
we were telling hlra our atory. He put u
In the way of work. By and by we came to
our senses and let the folks at home know
about it, and Bert's father, tickled with
our grit, gave us a atart."
A Helping Wife.
Next ' aald the hostess with a laugh.
The manager of a flour!shing mercantile
concern leaned forward.
"My good wife, heaven rest her soul
once helped me out of the tightest hole we
r vr in." he began. "It waa in a
midwest city, then in its youth, that I
stranded as a life Insurance agent. How
we managed to exist for a few weeks in
a so-called furnished room I will not at
tempt to describe, but we finally got down
to our laat 15. My wife, while doing our
paltry washing, remarked:
" 'Just see what a lather thla oap
naV. it la the best brand I ever
"I watched the whlto foam on her handi
and suddenly the Inspiration came.
" 'Peggy,' I exclaimed, 'that aoap must
ava ua. I'm going to do it up in little
oackages and sell It on the streets after
dark as a lightning cleanser. Now, how
. can we turn tha trick?'
"The family waahlng was suspended then
and there and she sat down with ma to
figure it out. Before long my last $5 and
I were on tho atreot. I bought three doxen
bars of tha aoap, which la white and of
a brand tbat you all know, a roll of tinfoil
ome tissue paper and several fine, small
"Once back in our room my wife and I
went to word hard and fast., for afternoon
waa at hand. Taking the sponges we wot
them thoroughly and rubbed tbem hard
over tha soap until tbey were saturated
with auds. Then, without rinsing them, we
placed them above the atove to dry. Next
wa carefully scraped off the bars tho im
print of the soap maker, waahed tha sur
faces to make tbem prefectly smooth and
glossy, cut each cake Into Ave small flat
onea and wrapped these carefully In tlaasue
and tinfoil. That night I took up my stand
on the corner, the aoap in tinfoil plied on
ona band and the dry sponges with a baaln
of water on the other.
"Well, I proceeded to demonstrate the
'sudsing' quality of that aoap until tha eyes
Cf the entire crowd seemed to bulge out.
Of course, when the sponges were wet the
old lather got In Its work, and then when
I barely touched It on the sample cake
there waa something doing all over my
hands and clear down to the ground.
"Did I sell the soap? Well, rather, and
at SO cents a cake. And then In tha sol.
emn hour of midnight wa boarded a train
with tha proceeds of the scheme and
quietly stole back to the old farm."
Straaded Far from Home.
"There Is a reminiscent glow tn tha aye
of Mr. Stevens," said the host, waving his
hand In tha direction of a well known
. singer, who Instantly became the center of
la teres t. Ha began:
"I'm from New England, aa you know,
and my family was opposed to my adopting
the. musical profession. So I promptly ran
away and Joined the chorus of a second-rate
opera company. Of course, tha company
selected San Francisco, the Jumping off
place, to get atranded In, and with. my utter
Inexperience I was soon up agalnat It tn
dead earnest. One day I got a data at a
variety house, .though I felt that I wouldn't
make good, aa they say In tha profession.
It I survived my first appearance as a solo
ist I would do well. This thought, with the
fact that I'd had nothing to eat for twenty
tour hours, plunged me Into tha depths onoa
more, when ,1 heard a wall In a feminine
" Oh. dear, tha stsga manager ssys I
can't even rehearse because I have do
orchestration for my song. What shall I
"Hunger la a marvelous Inspiration. My
brain worked faat. I approached the young
woman, a typical variety hall singer, and
" Terhaps I can assist you. X am Prof.
too much work, I will make an orchestra-
tlon for you.'
"The girl slmost hugged me in ber de
ll I h t , for rehearsal hour was at hand.
" 'Oh. that will be lovely,' she cried. "The
song Is dead easy. How quirk can you do
It? I'll give you $3 If you'll have It ready
for tha rehearsal!'
"I glanced through the song with eyes
thst Saw not, stole some sheets of blank
music paper from a nearby music stand and
asked for twenty minutes in private. Then
I shot out to a cbophouse and scattered
notes over that paper helter-skelter, an
old way, and on any old line or space. I
never once ran through the tune. What
was the use? I knew no more about orches
tration than does our hostess' Japanese
spaniel. But I got the $3 per agreement
and escaping the profuse thanks of the
singer, slipped back Into the street. There
would be no rehearsal for me. Three dol
lars in the hand was worth two prospective
variety engagements, and besides I did not
think It would be healthy for me when the
leader of the orchestra tried that music.
"A little later I slipped around to the
front of the house, passed tha scrub women
and secreted myself In the darkeet corner
of tha auditorium. I will never again hear
such discord as when the orcbestrs started
In upon that singer's turn; and tha memory
of the profanity which rent tha air when
the leaaer realized tha true state of affairs
is unparalleled in my personal history.
"Later, when good fortune came my way,
I sent the young woman her S and ex
plained my desperate need at the time.
She's on Broadway now in a musical com
edy. I dined with her the other night and
wa made merry over the day .when she had
money and I had none."
track at Samp.
The tale of woe was taken up by an actor
whose name appears In large type on the
"I, too, was ones atranded In Ban Fran-
Cisco and had to choose between clean
linen and a square meal. The latter I
had not dared to take for more hours than
I csred to mention here, because I was
down to Just 75 cents and was actually
afraid to apend it.
"But I also realised that my soiled linen
advertised my dire straits to any man
ager I approached, so at last tho scales
tipped In the direction of a clean shirt.
But how was I to get It, a collar and a
pair of cuffs, for 7S cents? Wesrlly I
walked the streets and at last found a
ahlrt In vivid red polka dots the size of
a silver quarter which was ao cheap that
I was enabled to invest In collar and cuffs.
I cannot tell you of tho Joy of laying aside
my collar, which had been turned twice
already, and my shirt, which looked as if
It belonged to a weary Willy.
"Then, supperless but clean, I drifted
Into a group of newspaper men, who, with
characteristic open-handedness, invited me
to have lunch with them. Among thera
was a scrlous-mlnded chap who had writ
ten a play, but could secure no hearing
for It. I offered to read It, and as an
actor give hlra a few frientlly tips. From
that Instant he took me unto his bosom,
so to speak. Half of what he had was
mine. Including his hall bedroom, for which
I lis most grateful.
"Now, the funny part of It was that the
play proved really good and by dint of
hard work we secured 'an angel' and I
got together a company, most of them
caught, like myself, on the coast, and we
toured the state. The 'angel' never got
back his money, but the playwright re
ceived his royalties and some local fame,
while I and my fellow players staved oft
starvation until, ona by one, we found
berths in good companies that were going
back to New York."
A Woman's Story.
The woman on tha right of the host
asked for the floor and got It, of course.
"I know a woman now prosperous who
once turned her thoughts to suicide and
waa ssved by the infectious comedy of a
dear little comedienne, long since gone to
ber last reward.
"This woman had written on small pa
pers In a western state and, full of am
bition and really capable, she made her
way to ' Denver. But inatead of securing
a place on a dally paper she found herself
each day nearer the penniless condition.
In those times free lancing wss unknown
In Denver, snd she was desperate. At
last she was down to $2. Moody, slmost
distraught in a whimsical moment, sho
rushed oft to tha theater, spending 73 cents
for a rear balcony soat. Pattl Rosa was
the attraction and Jolly Joa Cawthome
was her support. The woman who had felt
that she must go to the theater and forget
or throw herself Into Cherry creek laughed
uniu sne cnea ana went nome with a
sense of cheer and determination that was
not to be depressed by sn empty stomach
"Tho next morning she bought a good
breakfast snd went to sn office known as
the Helping Hand, where strange women
could secure positions presumablr on their
personal word and honor. The only thing
offorod waa a post as housekeeper and tha
woman of pen and pencil Jumped at It.
Fortunately her prospective employer was
a semi-Invalid, and was ss ready to Jump
at help as the woman was at work.
"She began her duties that same after
noon, and here was where tha American
woman's adaptability shone forth. Sho
hsd not done housework for years, but she
studied her cookbook Into the small hours
of the night, devised menus, superintended
the cooking, catered to the whims of the
semi-Invalid, kept a 'comefy' corner for tha
Between all points on the Burlington Route west of the Missouri River, within 200 miles of selling station.
Also very low rates on the Burlington Route, cast of Missouri River.
head of the bouse when he came home
tired, and. by her tact, hid the fart tbat
housekeeping was not her long suit.
"It was the husband who first suspected
that she was a bit out or her sphere. The
wife waa too wrapped up in herself to no
tice anything. One day the man bluntly
asked the housekeeper to tell blm the
truth about herself, and she did frankly.
"Now. I bold that that man deserves
the title of ona of nature's noblemen, be
cause when he was be'ng looked after as
he admitted he never had been tn years,
and when his home was running smoothly,
be deliberately sacrificed all this to rec
ommend the woman he thought deserving
of better things to his personal friends
high in Denver newspaper circles and she
left his house, not, however, without some
feeling of genuine regret, to take up the
work that she really loved."
LABOR ASD ISDlSTHT.
Parle waiters hnve revolted n gainst the
tip system, and have made a union demand
for regular wagea.
Amalgamated Association of Street Rail
way Employes has passed the 80.0"0 mark
In membership. Five years ago it had less
Australia has gone farther than any
other country In the restriction of Imml-
frratlon. Its new law shuts out yellow
abor. Kanakas and East Indians.
Olass Cutters' Union of America Is call
ing the attention of manufacturers to the
employment of women in this work and
asks that it be discontinued by January 1.
A system of superannuation for its em
ployee la about to be put Into effect by the
Canadian Paclfio Railway company. The
sum of $2J0,u0Q has been designated a pen
Thirty-seven labor papers have been
sfarted In the last twelve months. There
are at present 217 strictly union labor
papers In the United States. Thla Indicates
the growth of unionism.
Nesrly 1.200 employes of the American
Cigar company In Cincinnati, mostly girls,
will receive an Increase of about 20 tier
cent In wages commencing January 1. Tha
raise, it Is stated, will extend to ell fac
tories of the company throughout the coun
try. Of the 2.813 unions making returns to the
office of the American Federation of Labor
for the month of October, wltn an aggre
gate membership of UZ.'i-A, there were 6 9
per cent out of employment. In September
1. 1,143 unions, with an aggregate member
ship of 63,604, reported 1.8 per cent out of
The referendum vote cf the United
Brotherhood of Carpenters snd Joiners on
the question of separating tne offices of
secretary and treasurer has carried by s
targe majority. This makes Thomas Neale
the national treasurer, as he was elected to
the offlce at the last convention, pending
the result of the referendum vote.
The supreme court of Ohio decided the
other day that the eight-hour law was un
constitutional and declared It null and
void. The decision came up on a test case
taken by the city of Cleveland against a
contractor who built a aewer and violated
the law. Several states have declared laws
limiting the length of the working day un
constltutlon, while other held them vnlld.
Referendum ballot by the United Associa
tion of Journeymen Plumbers, Gas and
Steam Fitters of the United States and
Canada has decided that after January 1
'the dues ahall be Increased to 30 cents a
week. The project for equalizing the mat
ter of sick, death, strike and superannuated
benefits was adopted, mere naa been no
uniformity in this matter and some locals
paid no benefits.
The establishment of a nine-hour work
day for the Iron molders of the country has
Veen deferred for the present. The matter
will be taken up next January by a joint
committee representing the National Foun-
aers association and tne iron .Molders
Union of North America. At the recent
conference held on the matter at Detroit It
was agreed by both sides that they were
not ready to fully discuss the nroDOSltlnn.
and it waa postponed by mutual consent.
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