The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, August 04, 1900, Page 9, Image 9

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and run when first we reached a coun- yet one would not Bell
try place. We felt as if all out doors a'ny money.
the memory for
belonged to ns. Everything waa beau
tiful and wondsrful. Like the youthful
witness in Peter Stirling's great case,
wo thought "the milk that' squirted
from a cow'1 was real nectar. We tried
to drink it "warm," .and . wished we
hadn't, though the big folks told us it
was good for us. You know there is a
time in a healthy child's life when he
likes or dislikes just because he likes or
dislikes, though Mamma, Papa, and .all
his relatives try to coax, convince and
coerce him. Afterwards convention,
friends and doctors get in their work on
his character, and he likes or dislikes
according as the custom or desire of his
friends or the advice and warning of his
doctor demands. At least he will be
influenced and will be slower to ex
press absolute contradictions. But the
children, bless them, cannot be budged.
It they do not like warm milk at first,
a course of training to acquire the taste
Let the children loose on a farm for
two or three weeks in summer time. I
do not mean the poor children of the
slums and tenements, but the well
dressed children who have enough to eat
and a fair chance for all the fire-crackers
they need on the gloriouB Fourth.
To go far from home is not necessary
nor bo good. You must go on a train,
then, and that spoils the story. The
ideal way is to ride out on a Saturday
evening with the good man of the farm',
after his day of bartering. Perhaps
when you arrive it will be dark, the
dogs will be the only ones to greet you.
and you will be half-asleep and all
turned around in the dark. A tumble
into a Eott, clean bed and then it is
morning in a gay wonderland.
You see we cannot escape from some
of the simple ideals we gained when we
were young. After we are grown up we
do not forget that it is possible to have
as the grown-ups learn to eat olives a good time without going far from
is useless. It is a glorious state of in- home, and though we succumb to the
dependence. With some children it allurements of travel, we are all the
lasts all their lives. time in our camping trips and outings
And batter-milk! When I was a trying to get back to the-simple free
child we thought of butter-milk 'as an dom and wholesale enjoyment of those
especial dainty of the farm likely to be halcyon days in the country,
thrown out for the pigs unless asked. '
for. So we asked for it and grew fat,
though the farm-hands laughed at' us
and the good wife and children ex
pressed a polite surprise. It wasn't any
such "watered stock" as people can buy
from a cart now-a-days, and imbibe
because the doctors recommend butter
milk as a beverage. They call that
butter-milk for sbort, I fear. If milk is
only genuine when "squirted from a
Naauwpoort Nek, July, 26. 1900.
Katharine Melick.
cow." then the only warranted butter
milk is the kind that comee out of a
churn and has little specks of butter
floating in it too. I pity the children
who do not learn to like this much
lauded beverage in its native haunts.
If you spent summer time when' you
were just a boy or girl, rn the country
you will have a treasure book of days
and exhilarating times some happy
some otherwise. Circus days in town,
picnics, and all fete days fade from your
mind but you cannot erase youthful
memories of gay times at the farm: I
remember myself when we children
put on our sun-bonnets and trooped
down "to the end of the pasture." It
was a long journey, bo we would spend
a hot afternoon at it and follow the
cows home for a late supper, a washing
of feet and next morning! There was
a winding creek at the end of the pas
ture capable of offering minnows to the
angler. But we needs must see if the
plums were ripe, or look for the wild
straw-berries. Mint grew there, too,
and cat-tails were a prize of note. So
we trooped down and back again, and
were tiled and happy, just being chil
dren. I recall the day of the great slaughter
of the innocent rats. The barn was a
two-story building with a stone base
ment. It was infested with rats. So
we got the dogs and went at it. The
pater familias promised ten cents I
think a head, or tail, it mattered not
which if the rat was dead. I do forget
how many we caught, it was about
sixty, I think, but the boys took them
up, strung them across the road, and
old Billy shied as he went by with the
The Briton fights in our faces
As Kaffir and Zulu fought,
And we buy with our blood each kopje
Again as our fathers bought.
We pay for our wives and cattle
As Israel paid of old:
It is life for life that we offer,
Not pitiless gold for gold.
St. Helena's vulture circles
But never the lion's paw
Shall trample our ancient altar
Shall mangle our ancient law.
We carry the faith of our fathers
Wherever a Boer breathes,
Though we trek to the farthest ocean
That the arm of an empire wreathes.
Though they walk in the ashes of
Though they curse at our concubines
Not ours is the god of their battles
The creed of their firing lines.
They have struck the chain from our
That swarm like dust in our land
That may rise in the might of the simoon
And cover their necks with sand.
That may wake the demon we fetter
By the might of our fathers' blood
And wipe from the necks of Naauwpoort
The prints where their feet have stood.
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Blew Until Blue.
Scooter Is it true that Tooter tried
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Fluter Well, you'd a thought so if
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"Do you think the lecturer wan right
in referring to Noah and his relations as
He cheerfully paid the money, one of the first families?"
"No, I" don't. History teaches
that they were not in the swim."
and when his birthday came received; a
handsome present from the rat-killers.
Then there were blessed rainy -days
when we fled from the house to 'the;
high loft of the barn where grain and
machinery were stored, and played hide
and-seek, covering ourselves and each
other with wheat, or oats, or corn, re
gardless of consequences. There were .
fishing days, and Dlumming days when rnTTTI-l,
we tramped jthft wild wood through. -.'It JS&t Dollar
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