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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (July 6, 1901)
July ii, 1U01.
Against absoluto and persistent si
lence 1 am helpless. It is eo exasperat
ing, bo actually maddening. I bare no
weapon of dofense which can be used
with effect against a blank wall of
silence. Penelope, if you wish to lire
up to your opportunities if you wish
to continue to receive my valuable
weekly epistles, you must prop up your
end of the bargain a little more strongly.
It's getting very shaky lately, and is in
danger of tumbling down. What a
wonderful thing this letter-writing is
after all! What a mat velous fact that
by means of a few irregular marks on a
sheet of paper I am able to convey an
idea to you, or you one to me. I only
wish you would convey yours to me a
little oftener! How strange that so im
palpable, bo indefinable a something as
a thought, perhaps when just ready to
tly away again into the infinity from
whence it came, is caught by this won
derful artist and compelled to ptay its
Ihght until its image has been sketched
in characters true and permanent. You
cannot see a thought, how remarkable
that it should cast a shadow! Vet what
is a written text but shadows of
thoughts? You cannot tame a thought,
but its representative you can hold; it
cannot fly away as the original ie sure
to do. The representatives, shadows of
thoughts, we yoke and harness together
like chain-gangs of doomed spirits, and
confine them between prison walla some
times secured by a lock. The world is
full of these pr'iBon houses, and we call
them books. William Ellery Channing
Bays with authority: "In the best books
great men talk to us, give us their most
precious thoughts and pour their souls
into ours. God be thanked for books!"
Thomas Carlyle also says with no uncer
tain tone: "The true university of these
days is a collection of books." But in
the face of the medley of books which is
sent into the reading world every month,
we cannot fail to appreciate the force of
the statement of Lord Bacon, that "some
books are to be tasted, others swallowed
and some few to be digested." But my
letters evidently do not interest you,
Penelope, or you would answer them.
I realize that as a vender of news items
I am a dismal failure; and since news is
the legitimate subject for a letter rather
than abstract ideas, 1 can blame myself
alone for the infrequency of your re
plies. Yours faithfully,
TALE OF THE SUAG-EYED
The mackerel bit as they crowded and fit
to grab at our gange-in' bait ,
We were flappin' em in till the 'midship bin
held clus' on a thousand weight ;
When all of a sudden they shet right down
an' never a one would bite ,
An' the Old Man swore an' he r'ared an' tore
till the mains! nigh turned white .
He'd pass as the heftiest swearin' man
that ever I heared at sea,
An' that is allowin' a powerful lot,
as sartinly you will agree.
Whenever he cursed his arms shot up an'
his fingers they wiggled about ,
Till they seemed to us like a windmill's fan
a pumpin' the cuss words out .
He swore that day by the fodder hay
of the Great Jeehookibus whale,
By the Big Skedunk, an' he bit a hunk
from the edge of an iron pail ,
For he knowed the reason the fish had dodged
an' he swore us stiff an' stark
As he durned the eyes an' liver an' lights
of a shag eyed, skulkin' shark .
Then we baited a line all good an' fine
an' slung 'er over the side ,
An' the shark took holt with a dretful jolt ,
an' he yanked an' chanked an' tried
To jerk it out, but we held him stout
so he couldn't duck nor swim ,
An' we hlsted him over - t'at old sea-rover
we'd business there with him .
. A yoopin' for air he laid on the deck ,
an the skipper he sa ys, says he :
"You're the worst, dog gondest, mis'able hog
that swims the whole durn sea .
Mongst gents as is gents it's a standin' rule
to leave each gent his own
If ye note as ye pass he's havin' a cinch ,
stand off an' leave him alone .
But you've slobbered along where you don't
belong, an' you've gone an' spiled
the thing ,
An' now, by the pink tailed Wah hoo fish ,
you'll take your dose, by jing I"
So, actin' by orders, the cook fetched up
our biggest knife on board .
An' he ripped that shark in his midship bulge;
then the Old Man he explored .
An' after a while, with a nasty smile,
he give a yank an' twist ,
"Hurroo!" yells he, and then we sec
the liver clinched in his fist .
Still actin' by orders, the cook fetched out
his needle an' biggest twine
With a herrin bone stitch sewed up the shark
all right an' tight an' fine .
We throwed him back with a mighty smack
an' the look as he swum away
Was the most reproachf ulest kind of a look
I've seen for many a day .
An' the liver was throwed in the scuttle butt
to keep it all fresh an' cool ,
Then we up with our sheet an' off we beat,
a chasin' that mackerel school .
We sailed all day in a criss cross way ,
but the school it skipped an' skived ,
It dodged and ducked, an' backed an' bucked,
an' scooted an' swum an' dived .
An' we couldn't catch em, the best we' do
an' oh, how the Old Man swore !
He went an' he gargled his throat in He,
twas peeled so raw an' sore .
But at last, way off at the edge of the sea ,
we suddenly chanced to spy
A tall back fin come fannin' in,
against the sunset sky .
An' the sea ahead of it shivered an' gleamed
with a shif tin' an' silvery hue ,
With here a splash an' there a dash,
an' a ripple snootin' through .
An' the Old Man jumped six feet from deck;
he hollered an' says, says he:
"Here comes the biggest mackerel school
since the Lord set off the sea !
An' right behind, if I haint blind,
by the prong jawed dog fish's bark,
Is a finnin' that mis'able hog of the sea ,
that live-less, shag eyed shark!"
But we out with our bait an' down with
our hooks, an' we fished an' fished an'
While round in a circle, a cuttin' the sea ,
a that back fin whished and slished ;
An" we noticed at last he was herdin' the
school an' drivin' em on our bait ,
An' they bit an' they bit an' we pulled "em
in at a reg'lar wholesale rate.
We pulled 'em in till the Sairy Ann
was wallerin" with her load ,
An' we stopped at last cause ther wa'n't
no room for the mackerel to be stowed.
Then up come a finnin' that liverless shark,
a an he showed his stitched up side ,
An the look in his eyes was such a look
that the Old Man fairly cried .
We rigged a tackle an' lowered a noose
an the shark stuck up his neck ,
Then long and slow, with a heave yoho,
we h isted him up on deck.
The skipper he blubbered an' grabbed a fin
an' gave it a hearty shake ;
Says he, "Old man, don't lay it up
an" we 11 have a drop to take ."
An', actin' by orders, the cook fetched up
our keg of good old rum ;
The shark he had his drink poured first,
an' all of us then took some .
Still actin by orders, the cook he took
an' he picked them stitches out .
An' we all turned to, an' we lent a hand ;
though of course we had some doubt
As to how he'd worn it an' how twas
hitched' an' whuther twas tight or slack
But as best we could -as we understood
we put that liver back.
Then we sewed him up, an' we shook his
fin an we give him another drink,
We h'isted him over the rail again
an' he giv" us a partin wink.
Then he swum away, an' I dast to say ,
although he was rather sore ,
He felt that he'd started the trouble first,
an' we d done our best an more .
'Cause a. dozen times 'fore the season closed
an" the mackerel skipped to sea,
He herded a school an drove 'em in,
t as gentlemanlike as could be,
We'd toss him a drink, an' he d tip a wink,
as sociable as ye please .
No kinder nor better mannered shark
has ever swum the seas .
Now, the moral is, if you cut a friend
t before that you know he's a friend,
An' after he's shown it, ye do your best
his fcelin's to nicely mend ,
He'll meet ye square, an he'll call you quits
providin' he's got a spark
Of proper feelin at least our crew
can vouch this for a shark .
By Holman F. Day, in
The Saturday Evening Post,
Lady Modish In Town Topics.
Dainty chiffons and laces are now in favor.
2bw that really summer weather is
upon us we see the blossoming forth of
dainty chiffons and point d'esprits.
Exceedingly sheer white batiste made
over white taffeta is also fa voted. Ecru
Venice guipure collars are worn with
the foulards, and are wider than those
of last year. A pleasing costume worn
by an early arrival at a summer hotel
was of gray foulard with a black trail
ing vine figure. The front of the bodice
was of white Bilk crepe, and literally
covered with French knots in black.
Where the foulard met the front it was
edged with a heavy silk band of palest
blue. A cluster of tiny black velvet
ribbons, with innumerable ends, each
finished with a small gold spike, was
worn at the throat with good effect.
The skirt of this gown was tucked all
over in medium-sized folds running
horizontally. The foot deep flounce
about the bottom was tucked up and
down in clusters. The result was ex
tremely pretty. There was no other
trimming on the skirt, and only velvet
ribbon bands on the sleeves. Theee
were about four in number, and were
joined by gilt buttons, harmonizing
nicely with the gold spikes on the front.
A stunning belt vorn with a costly
lace gown was composed of strips of
half-inch velvet ribbons running up
and down at intervals of about an inch
with a gilt button at top and bottom.
This belt was boned in every other strip
of velvet, and was unlined. The same
scheme was followed in the garnishing
of the tops of the sleeves and at the
neck of the gown. This is one of the
prettiest conceits of the Bummer. The
ribbon waistbands of Empire style, with
big, beautiful clasps, are being worn, as
are also the embroidered silks built
wide to wear with the boleros. Because
of the undiminished popularity of the
bolero and bolero effects many of the
belts are very wide, and much taste is
shown in the selection of these impor
tant accessories by the modishes.
In the park at five o'clock one still
sees smart costumes, although most of
the fashionables have left town. -One,
conspicuous for its simplicity, was a
foulard of dark blue trimmed only in
effects brought about by tuckings. The
hat was blue with cornflowers, and tho
parasol matched the gown, and was also
tucked around the edge to a depth of
about four inches. Miss Evelyn Bur
den is now wearing a lovely dark blue
foulard. It is perfect in the lines and
sets off her remarkable figure to good
advantage. Another gown was of bril
liant scarlet etamine. The short coat
had a wide rounding collar, and the
little vest effect in front was of elabor
ate embroidery in various shades of red
on white. There was no other trim
ming save hemstitchings, through which
white showed. This was around the
skirt, collar and waistbands.
Imported very sheer lawn shirtwaists
are the very latest cry. These vary in
price from fifteen dollars to fifty, and
are works of art. Generally they are
fastened in the back, and are so sheer
that the undergarment is of quite as
much importance as the blouse itself.
One that was the evident source of de
light to its wearer was made of a tissue
like silk mull with a delicate tracery of
embroidery in front and groups of in
finitely smaH tucks at the shoulders and
wrists. The cuff waB turned away
with a costly bit of the embroidery out
lining it. This also edged the collar.
Those of all-over embroideries are par
ticularly to be desired. They are often
so tine as to be mere webs worked in
most artistic designs of round, square or
diamond shape. These are untrimmed
and are made severely plain, yet noth
ing is handsomer.
With a handsomely tailored skirt at 1
a plumed hat the plume wound d I
about it few costumes are more elTi-i .
tive, and certainly none more comfort
able for evening wear during the hut
weather. The plumed hat, by the wnv,
is growing more popular, with tho
plumes more exaggerated in length
than when I wrote of it a few weeks
ago. A large hat of tine hand mad-,
pale yellow braid, with a Boft crown ami
curving, semi-soft double brim, is ouo
of the latest models. This is simply
trimmed with one very long and very
full snowy white plume.
A Great Newspaper.
The Sunday edition of the St. Louis
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paper enterprise. The organization of
its newB service is world-wide, complete
in every department; in fact, superior to
that of any other newspaper.
The magazine section is illustrated in
daintily tinted colors and splendid half
tone pictures. This section contains
more high-class literary matter than
any of the monthly magazines. The
fashions illustrated in natural colors are
especially valuable to the ladies.
The colored comic section is a genuine
laugh-maker. The funny cartoons are
by the brat artists. The humorous
stories are high-class, by authors of na
Sheet music, a high-class, popular
song, is furnished free every Suuday in
The price of the Sunday Republic bv
mail one year is $2.00. For sale by all
AN IDEAL CLIMATE
The first white man to set foot on
Utah soil, Father Silvestre Volez de Es
calante, who reached the GRESAT
SALT IAKE? on the i'lrd
day of September, 1776. wrote in his
diary: '"Here the climate is bo delic
ious, the air so balmy, that it iB a pleas
ure to breathe by day and by night "
The climate of Utah is one of the rich
est endowments of nature. On the
shores of the Great Salt Lake especially
and for fifty miles therefrom in every
direction the climate of climates is
found. To enable peisoas to participate
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and to reach the famous Health,
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ure Resorts of Utah, the
UNION PACIFIC has made a rate
to OGDEMV and SALT
IVIiEJ CITY of one fare for
the round trip, plus $2 00. from Mis
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30th inclusive, July 10th to August .'list
inclusive. Return limit October 31, and
830.00 for the round trip on July 1 to !i
inclusive, September 1 to 10 inclusive. 4
Proportionately low Rates from inter
Full information cheerfully furnished
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First Pub. July 6-i.
Notice of Sale of Real Estate.
. Notice is hereby j;icn that we. the 11ml
signed, will at 10 o'clock A. M. on the 3d d.i
Aucust. I'.hii, at the east front door of tho I..,
caster county courthouse, Lincoln. Xcbnis
sell as an entirety at public auction to
hlchest bidder, for cash, thefollouingde-cni..
real property of the estate of Albert K Ton
lin. deceased, situate in the county of Lam .
ter state of Nebraska, to-u it. the n i of
II, and lots 15. 16, IT and IS in block 5 Lots
J:,?,m! '.H in ,,lock - Lot " in "lock t .11
Hillsdale, an addition to the city of Lincoln
sunejed. platted am! recorded. Also lots
$J: ?' 6- ;' '9' ,3-' ' 15 an1 's In "lock I I
10, 1 1 and 15 in block 3, all of block h bcim:
from 1 to IS, inclushe. All of block. t
lots from 1 to 16, InclusUe. All of block '. Ik
lots from 1 to 12, InclusUe. in Second Hillsl
an addition to the city of Lincoln, as sure
platted and recorded. This property was ofI
for sale on the Slh day of June, I!ll but it
found best to postpone the sale.
Edward C. I'ehkiss
CllAIII.hS.S MM'RK k
Executors of the il
Albert E. Touzalin, ilea .1
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