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trate his mind, to be unsatisfied with
a silly concept or a partial translation
of what he bears and reads. It has
lung been the fashion to call the pub
lic schools the bulwarks of American
liberty. But are they? Any teacher
or superintendent who has read hun
dreds of examination papers, or any
child experimentalist will scarcely
say that the public school has begun
to properly fulfill its function of mak
ing children think. Xot that private
schools are any better. Only we can
not reasonably felicitate ourselves
upon our influence on the next genera
tion until we either cease to read
their examination papers or teach
them to think for themselves, in
which case examinations will cease to
be such bugbears.
OFFICERS OF N. F. "W. a, 1K & 1000.
Pres., Mrs. Anna I. Appcrson. Tccumseh.
V. P., Mrs. Iila W. Hlalr. Wayne.
Cor. Sec, Mrs. Virginia D.Arnup. Tecumsch.
ttec. Sec., Miss Mary Mill, York.
Treas., Mrs. II. F. Doane, Crete.
Librarian, Mrs. G. M. Lamberlson, Lincoln.
Auditor, Mrs. E. J. Ilalner, Aurora.
velopment; rise of parties; material growth;
social evolution; educational institutions,
The minor Powers: Switzerland, a fed
eral republic; constitution; the re'ercnum;
Scandinavia; relations between Norway
and Sweden Mrs. Campbell.
Results of movements of the century;
development of democracy; standing arm
ies; growth of socialism; of spirit of na
tionality Mrs. Sawyer.
WHAT DOES IT MATTER?
What does it matter?
The worry, the strife ,
The heart ache, and care of it a'?
So weary we journey
the highway of life ,
Noo Jamie has slippit awa' .
The sun never shines
with its auld golden glow
On the glen and the mountain and a' ,
And the brook never rings
with its musical flow ,
Noo Jamie has slippit awa .
The lark's morning song
falls unreckea on the ear,
The thrush on' the robin and a' ,
And the voices of night
bear no message of cheer ,
Noo Jamie has slippit awa' .
We wait for the touch o'
his welcoming hand ,
His voice, tender greeting, and a',
And we're longing to rest in
the yonder Borne Land
Wi' Jamie, who slippit awa' .
Phoebe Wright Morgan.
The Fortnightly club of Lincoln will
review next season the principal eventa
of the nineteenth century. The officers
for the year are: President, Mr. A. W.
Field; vice president, Mrs. O. II. Gere;
secretary, Airs. E. H. Barbour. The
calendar is printed here for reference.
The bibliography Is especially complete
but too long for reproduction here.
Sciencet Progress in Agriculture, An
atomy, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry,
Electricity, Geology, Mechanics, Meteor
ology, Paleontology, Physics,
THE AFFAIR AT
(Hy Willa S!lert Cathcr. In The Library. J
I heard this story sitting on the rear
platform of an accommodation freight
that crawled along through the brown,
Ban-dried wilderness between Grover
Station and Cheyenne. The narrator
was ''Terrapin'' Rodgers, who had been
a classmate of mine at Princeton, and
who was then cashier in the B rail
road office at Cheyenne. Rodgers was
an Albany boy, but after his father's
failure in business, bis uncle cot "Ter
rapin" a position on a Western railroad,
and he left college and disappeared
completely from our little world, and it
was-noi until I was sent West, by the
university with a party of geologists who
were digging for fossils in the region
about Sterling, Colorado, that I saw
him again. On this particular occasion
Rodgers had been down at Sterling to
spend Sunday with me, and I accom
panied him when he returned to Chey-
Nov. 6 Fenne.
Music -The symphony; the opera; the J When the train pulled out of Grover
oratorio; orchestral and choral societies; Station, we were sitting smoking on the
noted artists and composers, 'rear platform, watching the pale yellow
Mrs. Raymond, disk of the moon that was just rising
Nov. 20 ana th dienched the naked, gray
Italy: Napoleon in Italy; revolution of plains in a soft lemon-colored light.
182(h Carbonari; Austrian oppression; The telegraph poles scored the sky like
France: Influence of the French Revolu
tion upon Europe; Napoleon and the Con
gress of Vienna; Restoration of the Bour
bons; Louis XVIII and Charles X; Revolu-
Englond: George IV and the Reform
Bill; Chartism; cities given 'representation;
colonization during the century,
"VERY LIKE A WHALE."
An Elephant came to the sea ,
meaning to take a swim .
He spied a bather near the shore
and thus accosted him :
'Pray can you tell me, my little friend,
I am so big, you see,
If there is any pool about
that's deep enough for me?"
A mighty Whale raised from the deep
a head so huge and tall ,
The pompous Elephant sank down;
he felt exceedingly small .
"Yes," roared the Whale ;
it's deep enough for me, so I think
You may find room if not afraid .
Why linger on the brink ?"
Christopher Valentine, in July St. Nicholas.
All Busy. "Where is your mother
"And your aunt?"
"She is out on her bike.''
"And your sister?"
"She is gone to the gymnasium.'
"Then I'll see your father, pleaae."
"He can't come now. He is up stairs
giving the baby a bath."
Charles Albert's struggle for independence.
Spaim Queen Christina and Queen Isa
bella; the revolution of 1868; choosing a
King; the Republic; restoration of the Bour
bons Mrs. Green.
Literature: Romanticism; the influence
of Victor Hugo, Scott, Goethe's "Sorrows
of Werthen" the Byronic croze; Balzac the
founder of realism Mrs. Brooks.
Literature: The rise and growth of
realism; George Eliot, Zola, Ibsen; the Vic
torian poets; the drama Mrs. Wilson.
Gcrmany: J845; the idea of unity; rival
ry between Germany and Austria; Bis
marck and the Empire; William II,
Francei Revolution of 1848; Lamar
tine; the commune; Napoleon the little;
corruption in politics; the Third Republic,
England: Accession of Victoria; the
rise of parties; Victorian statesmen and their
reforms Yrs. Lambertson.
Photographer (to sitter) I saw you at
church last Sunday, Miss Skeato.
Sitter Oh, did you?
Photographer Yer, and also your
friend. Miss Brown. (If you could
raiso your chin a trifle? Thanks.) And
what an atrocious-looking hat she had
on." (After a pause.) "There, Mies
Skeate, it is over, and I think wo have
caught a very pleasant expression."
Floorwalker She complains that you
didn't show her common civil'ty.
Shopgirl I showed her everything in
my department, dr.
Arb Early 19th century art; prc
Italy: Mazzini; Garibaldi; Victor Eman
uel and Cavour; Pope Leo Xffl,
Austro -Hungary: Austria's relation to
European powers in first half of century;
Hungary in J848; Kossuth; Austro-Hun
garian nation Miss Harris.
States: Constitutional dc-
a musical staff as they flashed by, and
the stars, seen between the wires, looked
like the notes of eome eratic symphony.
The still ness of the night and the lonli
nees and barrenness of the plains were
conducive to an uncanny train of
thought. We had just left Grover Sta
tion behind us, and the murder of the
station agent at G.over, which had oc
curred the previous winter, was still the
subject of much conjecturing all along
that line of railroad. Rodgers had been
an intimate friend of the murdered
agent, and it was said that he knew
more (bout the affair than any other
living man, but with that peculiar ret
icence which at college had won him
the soubriquet "Tarrapio," he bad kept
what be knew to himself, and even the
most accomplished reporter of the New
York Journal, who had traveled half
way across the continent for the ex
press purpose of pumping Rodgers, had
given him upas impossible. But 1 had
known Rodgers a long time, and since I
had been grubbing in the chalk about
Sterling, we had fallen into a habit of
exchanging confidences, for it is good to
see an old face in a strange land . S J as
the little red station house at Grover
faded into the distar.c. I asked bim
point blank what he "knew about the
murder of Lawrence O'loole. Rodgers
took a long pull at his black-briar pipe
as he answered me. ,
'Well, yes. I could tell you something
about it, but the question is how much
you'd believe, and whether you could
restrain yourself from reporting it to
the Society for Psychical Research. 1
never told the story but once, and then
it was to the division superintendent,
and when I finished the old gentleman
asked if I were a drinking man, aud re
marking that a fertile imagination waa
not a desirable quality in a railroad em
ploye, said that it would bo juet as well
if the story went no further. You ieo
it is a gruesome tale, and someway we
don't like to be reminded that there are
more things in heaven and earth than
our systems of philosophy can grapple
with. However, I should rather like to
tell the story to a man who would look
at it objectively and leave it in th do
main of pure incident whore it belongs.
It would unburden my mind, and I'd
like to get a scientific man's opinion on
the yarn. But'I suppose I'd better be
gin at the beginning with the danco
which preceded the tragedy, just as
euch things follow each other in a play.
I notice that Destiny, who la a good
deal of an artist in her way, frequently
falls back upon the elementary principle
of contrast to make things interesting
"It was the thirty-first day of Decem
ber, the morning of the incoming gov
ernor's inaugural ball) and I got down
to the office early, for I had a heavy
day's work ahead of me, and I was go
ing to the dance and wanted to closo up
by six o'clock. I had scarcely untocked
the door when I heard some one Balling
Choyentie on the wire, and hurried over
to the instrument to see what was
wanted. It was Lawrence O'Toole, at
Grover, and he said he was coming up
for the ball on the extra, due in Chey
enne at nine o'clock that night. He
wanted me to go to see Miss Masterson
and ask her if she could go with him.
He bad had some troublo in getting
leave of absence, as the regular train
for Cheyenne then left Grover at 5:45 in
the afternoon, and as there was an east
bound going through Grover at seven
thirty. The dispatcher didn't want him
away, in case there should be orders for
the seven-thirty train. So Larry bad
made no arrangements with Misa Mas
terson, as he was uncertain about get
tingup until he was notified about the
'I telephoned Miss Mastorson and de
livered Larry's message. She replied
that she had made an arrangement to
go with Mr. Freymark, but added laugh
ingly that no other arrangement held
when Larry could come.
"About noon Freymark dropped in at
the office, and I suspected he'd got his
time from Miss Masterson. White he
was hanging around, Larry called me
up to tell me that Helens flowers would
be up from Denver on the Union PaciSc
passenger at live, and he asked me to
have them sent up to her promptly and
to call for her that evening in case the
extra should be late. Freymark, of
course, listened to the message, and
when the sounder stopped, he smiled in
a slow, disagreeable way, and saying,
"Thank you. That's all I wanted to
know," left the office.
"Lawrence O'Toole had been my pred
ecessor in the cashier's office at Chey
enne, and he needed a little explanation
now that he is under ground, though
when he was in the wor'd of living men,
he explained himself better than any
J. F. HARRIS,
No. I, board of Trade,
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