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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 29, 1905)
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, RS. JOHN ITARI.OfKF:R of PI. -v. land I nb-
viliiti ly Hire of her husband's Uw. tr h
married her in spiti ! the fict she su Iden'v
hiraine t ' t n 1 1 y Mind f'iur month b. f. re their
wedding day. The wedding took place ms
planned in spite of the opposition of Har
locker s parents snd friends and against the
or. nt a.lvi. , of his emr-lovers ill ltrothed
herself In the first three months of the darkness or night
that had ceme Into her I fc r fused steadfa-stty to consent to
th marriage, and only yn I -1 - 1 ft last whtn she In came con
vlnccd In the depths of to r own li. art that h r refusal would
blight the life of the man she loved.
' Ho earnestly did the uing woman wish to spare her be
trothed from what she insisted hh the sacrifice of hi entire
'if" that v hen two weik-. ago she khvc a reluctant const nt
; lif wending, she insisted that ho should avail himself of
the right to draw baik i vi n at the altar Itself.
"Kwn If we are all in the church, John, dear." ihe
sell. " and the minister is half way through the ceremony.
ytfit must sy ' no If at the lust moment you decide you
cannot make this treat sacrifice; and I will turn away from
.. l i .. . t 1.1. A mt C ' i I t h. 'l m luat am much "
V ll H'l ' SB Hi Ml '. wu J J r v Ji. . . . juk t.m
Smiles at Thought of Sacrifice.
And John llarloiker only smiled a smile that the blind
girl at his side could only feel as she passed her white fin
gers caressingly over his face.
"It's not a sacrifice. Leeta," he aald. in reply. " Ttefnre
this bllndm ss came to you I needed you nnd you needed me.
Now I need you Just as much as I ever did; and you need me
all (he i. lore, go we will ay no more about It"
All her remonrt t a nceg ended the same way. John Har
h cker refused to Kive up his betrothed.
Ilia tnothir. Iflnh only In her love for him. begged him
to give up his purpose to marry his blind sweetheart.
The day enme and the wedding party assembled. The
blind bride. I ively even In her blindness, stood beside the
man she li ved and heard the minister speak the words that
made hi r the wife of the man who had refused to give her
li n. Phe toi l hin. afterwards that If she had felt the slightest
reluctant lrmnr in Ihe hand that clasped hers If she had
detected even the suspicion of hesitancy in bis voice
she would' even at that last final moment have broken away
from him and refused to go on with the ceremony. Hut the
clasp of John Harlocker'B hand was firm and his voice rang
clear and true and she was hla wife, for better or for worse.
From the Altar to Happiness.
After the wedding John Harlocker gave his bride the first
proof of the tender care he Intended to bestow upon her dur
ing all the sightless days of her life. She knew he had pre
pared a home for them, but at his request hnd asked him no
questions. Together they drove In a carriage to the home
In waiting. The carriage rolled over smooth pavements Hnd
through H little park. As the wheels rung; across a little stone
bridge and then left the macadam road and turned into a
'ftlytch of brick paved streets, the bride, who had 1 n ehat-
tinft with the arm of her big husband around her, suddenly
becam'' silent and seemed to be listening for familiar sounds.
The carriage crossed a rullway track and a street car passed
by witl) a peculiar whirring sound, skirting the broad curve
on the edge of the park. The bride turned her sightless eyes
to her Jiusbiind'H.
"Jofn, O, John, you "
8he Aitopped to listen again. The carriage drove through
a shaded street and stopped at a gate.
"John, John," she cried, excitedly-" It's home my old
home. I knew It the moment we crossed the bridge and I
heard the street car whirr along the edge of the park. It s
my old home. Isn't it. John?"
"Yes, doar." said John Harlocker, "It's your old home
and your new home, for you shall live there until you are
tired of It and me."
That was John Hnrloeker's surprise for his bride, and It
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om.-itire for a modern, workaday world
fi w like it outside of cheap novels nd
her father. S ' I st I II I 1
Old Home Bought by Her Father.
t'iftieii jinrs ago J inies Amler. n. the bible's father, was
a no red int in l'b veiand. He was not particul irly wealthy
but he was well to do He had purchased a piece of ground in
the suburbs of l'l vi land and built a home. His daughter
Leeta was born tin re. Property was croup at the tlmi and
Anderson purchased a whole square. Uumded by four streets,
and across one of the streets was a bit of around, probably
twenty-thri e acres in extent, which ultimately passed into
the hands of the city and was transformed Into a handsome
Anderson took a great deal of pride In his sipiare of
ground and embellished it with many trees, a lawn, and n
rose garden. His boae was not largi but It was pli-tun s.iie.
nnd In the course of years Anderson s place was even hand
somer than the little park across the street.
Trees Her Childhood Playmates.
In this house I.e. ta Anderson was born. As a child
played among the trees and rotnpi d over the law n. Sh
knew every tree and shrub en the place. She had a liv ly
imagination and had read much, even as a little girl. and.
with the romance of childhood, had ever given a name to
very tree and bush and Mowiritig shrub.
The big clurry tree was "(li nit' Washington" ami the
one beside it was "Martha Washington." The elm tree out
side the bay window was "Thy Sentiml Am I." In cause, she
said, it was always on guard outside In r window. The larch
trie at the foot of the lose garden she called " d n. (ireene "
becaure it is always so green, she declared. And so she
had her own name fur every tree, and these names became
known to her pnrents as well. When they heard her cry.
" O, daddy, come quick. Jimmy Jones has fallen out ef
Heorge Washington"' daddy knew In an Instant that Jimmy
Jones had come to grief while stealing cherries.
So. too. In the springtime when I.eeta had rusln d in w ith
the joyful tidings: "Mamma, what do you think? Two lit
tle birds are building their nest way up In "Thy Sentinel Am
II' " they knew in Just what particular tree to look
for the bird's nest.
I.eeta Anderson was Ifl years old
compelled to leave the home in which
all her life. Her mother had died, and
!y at tirst
I. and put
o ci ' ill a '
griefxtrlekcn. iiad let the lines of bis business slip from the
grasp that bail always been firm, and when the banks failed
bis biiKinesH and bis homo were swept away in the common
Mood of ruin. He "lid not lung survive. I,eeta, forced to
leave the old home, went to live with an elderly aunt.
Meets the "Gawky" Farm Boy.
I.eeta Anderson remembered John Harlocker first as a
big "gawky." us she called him, who drove a delivery wagon
lor her father. When she first knew him she was T years
old and he was 17. He was big and awkward and fresh from
ar Ohio farm. In those earlier days of their acquaintance
Leeta paid but little attention to John Harlocker. Five years
passed and Leeta was 12, Just entering the grammar school
and beginning to plan for long skirts. John Harlocker was
22 and bigger and more awkward than ever but he no longer
drove the delivery wagon. He was something In the steel
works. Hut he came freiimnt'y to s. e his old mployer. and
I.icta. evi n in the wisdom of her 1." y. u, di In't gui ss why.
Win n I.e.eta hade f.irewa 11 to her childhood s homo sle
was HI and John Harlocki r wis JH bigger than er. but
awkward no loiigi r. Kven tin n lait.i Vn l.rsvti failed t
gin ss why John llarloek.r i aim to s. i hi r ,i :i t so oft. n
particularly as her aunt hid no mnil, I a, intance with
the young chemical engineer for 1 1, t w.is th. position J. dm
Harlocker had attained In tin leg (, , plant.
His Love Revealed to Her.
It was not until l.i.ta was Is and ha I griduatcd from
high school that John ll irl 'ek. r f t h. r n I th- secret. t
tirst she laughed -to hers- If - for she r. .il .iil that no ..p..
could laugh nt big John Harlocki r. I'.ul as the w eiks and
months w nt by she beg in to r call ii-idus in ihe years
that had pass. ' since she was 7 and .1 h". ilarl' (. , r Was 17
Fhe began to remomhi! that John was an bvior int. awkw ard
boy. and that In ten years h. had b. conic . .1 i ;it. d man.
able to command respi et of men known to !
grentest financiers of the city. She reabred oo
that he must hive studied hird and w Mk.d hi
down almost heartbreaking obstacles to woik
transformation in bimsi If In ten years
One day. after he had ealle.
of a woman, remarked castLi'ly:
" Well. It's strange to me
married long before this."
in one siuMen. ovi rw Homi ng tush oi convnum l.iifi
Anderson realized that nionn nt Unit John Harlocker had
waited all those years for her. and for h.-r only. She
riallzed all at once the depth of the love th it had kept hini
so steadfastly near her.
It was easy enough for Ix'eta Ainbrson to say yes whin
John Harlocker asked her to be bis wife. She hail otlnr
suitors. She had refused wealth. She bad n fusi d social
position. She loved J dm Il.irloel; r and 1 !! vi d h - wis
Stricken Blind Without Warning.
FoTir months lieforc her wedding day I.eeta Andirson
was strlckin blind. It was not the blindness that comes after
a gradual fading of the light. No months of twilight precedi d
tic darkness. In ;i moment, wfthout a warning, without a
premonition of Impending disaster, the light went out and
she stood In the darkness forever.
John Harlocker brought the best oculists of Cleveland to
see his sweetheart. They could do nothing. He brought the
In st talent from New York and Hoston that money could
led. ice to make the Journey to Cleveland. Lei ta Anderson's
i yi s were as bright and clear as the day she saw the first
bird's nest in "Thy Sentinel Am 1." but the optic nerve was
dead, and the oculists told John Harlocker his betrothed had
looked into his eyes for the last time.
Familiar Surroundings Mitigate Affliction.
Four months of pleading Hin! nfusal followed, and finally
the girl consented to marry John Harlocker In spite of hi r
blindness. I'nknown to her. be had purchased her old chil l
hood home and now, in the old house. Mrs. John Harlocki r
can go about as well "as If she could see, for every room,
every door, every turn In the graveled walk, every tree. Is
familiar to her. She can go about the grounds without even
the aid of hrr husband's arm to guide her.
" O. John." she says every day " I do hope nothing has
happened to Oeorge Washington.' and lh.it the bluebirds will
build their nests next spring In "Thy Sentinel Am I.'"
d. her aunt, with t
that John Mari n k, r ha
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KEEPING HER BRIGHT.
LETTER CARRIERS IX THE CAUCASUS.
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GREEN 11 1CI1 THERMOMETERS.
In the Caucasus mountains the letter rarrier in ihe more dan
gerous diBtrk'ts is led by trained guides, and p-otected by an
APES IN BERLIN ZOO.
Heat a square plate
of glass a little hotter
than boiling water
and allow it to cool
In a horizontal po
sition under a cover
tilled with dust. Cur
ious dust patterns
Everything on a man of war must be as
Mpotless as the kitchen of a Dutch house
wife, and half the suilor's time Is spent in
leaning. Here they ure engaged In a peri
lous task-iKliliig the metal work cm the
ship's side. A false step would mean dentil.
Hut the ship must be spick nnd span and
experience lessens the danger of the task.
Facsimile of notes of Mr. Glailstene s etb
flal stenographer. From a speech made at
Norwich, May HI, luim. Taken from Un
original notebook of Mr. James Ouncun, 21
years of age and ihe youngest reporter in
the "gallery." house of commons. He ac
companied Mr. Gladstone on his famous
Hast Anglian tour and reported all bis
THE OLD MAX OE THE I A K E
The shors of Laka Michigan, north of Chicago, has witnessed many freaks of winter,
but none mors unexpected than the visit which an old man of the lake mads lo the waters
east of Highland Hark not long ago. A big Ice float, atichorrd near the beach, showing on
Iti landward side the grim Motile of a alaantlc m.vik.
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CUT UP PACE.
The official temrKTature at the observatory
in Greenwich, England, Is recorded at a
large open thermometer stand In which the
instruments are- fully expend to the air,
yet sheltered from the elements.
HO IV WE GROW.
labeled with the names of four continents
sr four small squares. Each of theae is In
tended to represent a square quarter of a mile
or the land of each continent named, and each
black dot in the square is an inhabitant. So,
counting the dots, there would be twenty-five
" land owners " to each square quarter mile
in Europe, twelve In Asia, four in Africa, and
only two to thesquara quarter mile In Ameri
ca. WHEN CRYSTAL BREAKS.
Diagram showing proportion of growth by
size of the head from the first to the twei.ty
If you break the crystal of your watch the
best plan Is to open tha metal rim that has
held the glass and remove all the broken
fragments. Then place a piece of tissue pa
per loosely over the face of the watch un.l
lirmly eloe the rim. When toe watch will ap
pear as the diagram Illustrates. Doing tbU
you irotect the hands from being broken off
-and Hie watch will still keep going.
CAMELS AT REST.
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A fWman paper prints the above gToup of simians to be found In the zoological gar
dens of iierlin.
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The sketch was mad. b; a London Graphic artist in the Zareba.
Il is that of a well known American. See
if you fan put tin- pieces toget In r
CASH REGISTER IX A TOME.
M HAT Cleveland enn t-ry run on the
41 I flub plan, in which John . Hocke
I feller bin' a HinnuiiK n!," said a
I dr union r tor a New J a k house to
lii.i frii lids in tin-eal6. " In the only
meti ry in the world, mi fur a s 1 know, win i
i'casb legl-ter wa put Into a tomb.
It 1 the CUfti.m 111 fcLillli palts of Europe
to charge a Kinall fie for u s i.-it to the mini,
of some gnat man. Hut the tip u.-ually la
p iid to a vergi r at the door in us uno.teii
tatlouH a manner as rxo'-'ble. After Uar
pel. i s monuiiK nt was linl.-ln d 1 went to I.uku
VH-w i nu teiy with a few friends tu look at
t. Win n we paid our dime ut the intraiu o
we were rung up on a ca.-di register, the ainu
as you i-ce in any bar or quick lunch restau
rant. The Incongruity of the thing nevir
seemed to appeul to anybody." -
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