Newspaper Page Text
THE EVENING BULLETINS . PONOLULXJ, H !., OCTOBER 7. 1899.
NEAR THE CLIMAX!
To the Public :
The time is fast atproachin when our business will close ; three weeks more, and all
will be at an end. In this short space of time get what you. want in shoes, for never again will
you find shoes at the prices we have been offering. Cost is not considered now we want to get
rid of all our stock. They must be sold, no matter what the sacrifice. Do not forget that the sale
is nearly over; come before it is too late-it is more your benefit than ours.
GASH OEY -BOOKS CLOSED.
L MAMMA LIZA
Written by the Actor-Author, Air. Clay Clement.
"Don't you go tawkiu' t' uio other darkies on tho place ancHn
'bout you' now-fanglo.1 niggers; l!ie neighborhood "common nig
dey niu' 'turgors;' dry'u 'onllored gora "
fokea,' an' d otnn'iii' of 'culler. d( DnrtDg hor lndy'a Inst illness,
token' i- ft xuicli 't ulcd question , when no ouo was allowed to outer
in deeo parte, an' eo fere 1 ken , tho chamber except the doctor and
lonm oberv wIxt' else. Der niu' i a ..rufoasional nurao from Louia-
nobody but wut knows do stau
in' ob a nigger, specially n good
nigger, an' for ray own port I
p'feis t' know whei' I'm at. You
ken bo wut yo wnnts, but for ra'
Bolt I'm only a nigger, an' I prays
do good Lord night an' mornin' t'
bo a good nigger; der'a i orown o'
glory in dat, lera'n tell yoa, chilo."
No ouo, having hoard this
declaration and thon contem
plating tho scone and its oc
cupants, could have mistaken
from which of tho two ani
' mate creatures, bearly distinguish
able in tho dusk of evomug, it
emanated. Tho one addressed
wflB certaily a "new fanglcd" in
dividual; hor gaudy attii, her
position in n hammock made of
barrol staves and the lighter shude
of hor skin indicated this, while
tho othur'a black, wrinkled facp,
swathed ab ut with a bandana
h..ndkerohief, her body swaying
to and fro, with the unovenundu
Intiona of a rocking chair, one
rocker of which wbb sadly demo
ralized, would betray at onco the
author of this orthodox speech.
The scene Wits the front dour of
a darky cabin, and thoro's littl
variety in this kind of structure;
it might bo classod aa a guraara
bic school of architecture - it leaus,
it twists and totters, but it seldom
It was ovening. Marairy Liza
had long sinou lobt visiblo control
of the yarn she was winding upon
piuu driven into one oud of a cot
ton spool, nnd then ingeniously
piokiug it oit again in .sucli a
manner that tho other end of tho
spool emitted a sort of cable,
whiuh coiloil readily into a "lamp
mat," whioh accomplishment was
a great soutco of pndo to its pos
sessor. In davH gone by she liHd mado
raanyof theso "lamp raatB" from
legs or siocKiupe im mui ui wmuu
had refused longer to euBtaln
darning. SIip would unravel the
yarn, moisten it and wrap it tii?h
ly upon something to tauo out th
kinks, and thru it would bo "j-b
es good's new."
Nearly evoryono of tho curved
china vafen on the old mantel shell
in tho big houso rented upon ono
of theso homo-made tokenn nf
loving devotion and worldly
Liza had been long oincodouied
permitH'ou -ov r og'iin to darken
tho door cf tha "h y honoe.'1
Sho had coru tin re thirty years
bpforo n" uoiting maid to h fair
bride, hho had marri-d a dusky
mpruliT of llio family, eho had
plnced iu tho bnuk ground hor
own firftt-boru and with owrlling
pndo token to hor boBom the
buitvvy girl baby of hor "lady."
Sh had been undisputed diet
atrir in the "big I101130" for twon-
ty years und had called all the,
ANGEL CHILD 5
ville, night after night, in the
silent houso, whon the rest of the
family had gone to bed, Mammy
Liza could havo b?en found
crouched at tho sick room door,
silently wringing her hands and
swaying hor body in supplications
I to hor God to "soar m' ladv."
i . . " . . i
iiut nature and Liiza were not in
1 .imltT I. . I
accord, "ar uaay" gav to tne uu
raau family a young man and do
parted from their midst the next
Liza's love for the oldor of the
two obildren, her own particular
charge, was redoubled. Nevei was
a ohild so pampered, petted and
hnmorod as was this eamo Effie
May. The father, a sturdy, noble,
aristocratic soion of a family, whoso
ancestors camo to Virginia with
the rise of Oromwell and who had
himsolf couio to Kentucky as a
mote boy, resented the fatal ap
pearauoe of the last intruder and
had him amply provided for by his
kinsfolk, but rofused to forgive him
tho aoriow he had so innocently
The result of this was a doubl-.
sharo of affection bestowed upon
ElBo May. Her girlhood wa all
that love and afiluence in "God's
country" could make it. She had
hor own way in everything. Any
discipline that was to be administ
ered was delegated to Mammy Li
za, and it is easy to imngine that
it would not bo galling from that
" I don' know wut I'll hev t' do
to yoa, ono ob dose days, bon'y
lamb chile, if you don' stop trap
sin' aroun' wiff do boys, an' you
ekereo' dry b'biu' do years" were
of hor more s?coro reprimands.
Thoro's no use of telling how it
happened,-nevertheless it did hap.
pen, that Elfie May ran away with
a "good for nothing;" cno of those
follows who soora to bo gotten up
f0r no otlier purpoBO tuan to des
poll womankind s fairest bloBsoms,
Whnt they do when they cesse to
Im "good looking young fellows"
0 ,d only knows it's what like
1'i-coniPH of pins. Liza stood for
Ellio May iu her ein and diegraco
n sho had dono in her power
Tbf old master's head was bowrd,
and when hospokoho commanded
that thn narao of the daughter who
hrd dishonored the proud family
for tho first, should never again
bo mentioned in that house. Had
ho commanded Mammy Liza not
to eprmk at all tho injuotion might
have bepn followed, but to spunk
and uot to mentiou th name of
ElHo May Chile was to Mammy
Liza an unpoebibility.
After sevoral Uocrant infrno-
tiolis. the old master, pale with
rage, ordered Liza to pack hor
kit and nevor darken tho door of
tho "hig house" again. As she.
waq tottering down ttio avenue
with a gait that betrayed sho had
with her all but her hear, tho old
mastor's durkey caught up to h r
andBaid: "Massa Henry says lr
tell yo dat you ken hev do olr
Armstrong cabin ef yo'll keep
out'ti he sight."
She tamed to right, instead of
going toward tho village aa she
intended, and th:it night, with her
sloudor stock of personal property
and hor own mulatto daughter,sbo
took up hor ubodo iu the Arm
Liza a spouso disappeared a few
years alter tneir tnarriajjo. lie
had often been Bpolcn of as "a
tuoflt likely nigger," and the com
plimeut was too much for him.
Hor daughter spent most of hor
time about tho hie house and tho
only serious grief L za had over
known was tho Iobb of her "baby
chile" Effio May. Her banish
ment from tho "bier house" strip
ped her of importancoand curtail-
eu uer personal luxuries, uui auu
aoou became accustomed to the
changed condition of life and ton
years in tne cabin healed every
wound but ono tne ouo tuat made
ber hfn void and ansBionlosB.
During tho ten years since
Effio May's departure she hadiwif my cross an' its dat white
been alone most of the time, her J angel baby chile's face dat'll be
own child preferred to work out
and had even spent a few years in
LouUvillo and was a member of
"Tho Colored Maids Mutual Pio
tectivo Association." This was
tho first time she had been home
sinco her stay in Lnuisvillo.
Mimmy Liza had little tolora
tion for tho school of negroes of
which ber daughter was now a
tvoe. "So vou don' b'l'ove in
lioodoos, nur p'r'zentimouta?
Diit's wut vuh edioution lies
dono fub yo. Yous los
(hi pernor ob do evo dat ken seo in
do dawk. An when a uigger loose
dat he's loss elm' nut; uo's uot
nuther de gumption of wito fokes
uur do iuutiutition of a nicgor.
"It's very' streusiu' to me to
hohr yo speak so coutotnpnouB
ob our people; wo hab ouirfutiue
in our own linns," said the young
woman with much afectation.
"Dat'n sponaibility heop sito loo
powerful fo' rao; I 'forB to leub my
future iu de hano ob de Lord.
Lord bless iny eul, honeyj deh it
eei agin my mito's ruunln' on
my Ion' lam' chile. I done knows
I'll henh from her soon," and tha
old woman rot up nervously,
looked about and went to the
cabiu window and with much
difllonlty closed tho riokorty board
i-huttor that hud tagged upou its
hinges in disuue for years.
"Ef misfortun's comin' to di3
house do fewer places to entor do
better wut comes
knows is dure,"
in de do' ire
A. E. MURPHY & CO.,
"Why don' you lot up harpin'
on dut EQio May an' tok a litt iu
(res in you own iloah and blood r
I've 'bout made up my mino she
didin't 'mount to so very much, or
Bho wouldn't a run oil with "
"Hesh up you head or I'll break
my a win over it I" cried tho ok.
woman, rushing toward her
daa&htor with the ferocity of a
tigress wlioso young were asBUlted.
Tho young woman whb really
frightened at this burst of rage
and she sat up in the hammock as
hheaaid: "Wat's do matter wiff
you, maw; wats iiifliio May obor
dono for you in do las' tea years
but cause you trouble by your
talking ob her? She didn't obon
keh nuf fub yo to ron' yo a lotta,
t'say if eho wuz dead or live."
"Hesh up, I tell you, er I'll lam
you. Wut goods a lotta t' me? I
kahn' read papah lottas' nohow'
an' oho nows dat, you poo bline
fool chile, deh ain' ben a day since
sho left dat huh spirit ain' been
wiff mo, a cryin' its hart out on
my olo black bress. Dat a wut
keeps huh name alius in my mouf;
Dat's what keeps me steadfast' in
Ifaitb; data what makes mo 'tented
my passport into de preBsons of
Her daugher was muoh alarmed
and forgetting her affectation bo
camo a real darky. She did all
in her power to oompnse her
mothor and partly succeeded.
"Lerame mako yo so rao tea, ma,
or gpt yo yor pipe."
"No, jea, loramo alono fer n
spell; go on weon an' mek toa fer
yersef an, lemmo alono, dat's all."
Lbo girl obeyed quickly, glad to
'Bcope mo possibility or n recur
rence of what had just happened
As soon as she was alone Mom
ray Liza began pre aching to her-
Bolf, quoting, or, rather, misquot
ing, scripture and interpolating
any words or sounds that camo to
her toncno tue sound was wnat
she wan ort to iixprefis hor forliugB,
uud odd wotd id inst as good as
another, on long as it was nonor-
ous. finally huo qmeieu down
and eut upon tho eulu of the ham
mock, hor elbows upou her kneos
and her head rostmg upou her
hands. Thus she uat for some
miuutoB, as the shadows deepened
and tho western horizon boro only
a suggestion of the departing day.
During the last twenty minutes of
tho forogoing scene a travoler,with
stops that roadily betrayed groat
roBolntiou aud scnut powor, turned
iu from tho main road and came
up tho path that led to tho oabiu.
Just boforo rebelling tho oabiu
which was about a quarlor-milo
from tho road, she for tho travel
er was a woman paused. This
point in the path coratninded a
good view of tho "big house," sil
ting stately and sombor on an
olovation, not half a milo distant.
Its columuod facado uebmed to
frown as her gaze fall upon it. A
Mood of emotions surged up in bar
frail boEom and scorned to choke
bor and almost force her feverish
eyes from tboir Bocket.
The '"big houso" faded from view
although she did not removo her
gazo, and in an instant tho surg
ing tide seemed to recede, and sho
shivered as with a chill. Hor
hands woro raised and came down
back of hor head and with a
moan liko that of a mortally striok
en doe, when tho hunter comes
up aud with rude hands pulU
tho neck into position for the
With some suoh uttornnco of
despair sho tottered on toward the
cabin and camo oloso np to Mam
my Liza as sho eat upon the ham
mock. The tottering way farer
stood their quite a while in eileno-,
then feebly whispered "Mammy
.The old negro woman did not
move a muscle neither did tho
other; only after another pause
sho repeated tho words more
tenderly and less inquiringly,
Slowly the hands .f the black
woman dropped from hei faoo, her
head raised with painful delibera
tion and in the samo way she
fiually rose to "her feet and stood
face to face with tho speaker, who
for tho third time gave voice to
the words, but this timo in despair
and anguish "Mammy Liza." At
first barely andiblo, but with in
oreasing force that swelled into
terrifying proportions a scream
came from Mammy Liza and at
the end of it she clasped the weary
one close on her breast.
It was eoveral minutes before
anything articulato oould be dis
tinguished. The negro girl had
oomo from the house alarmed by
the scream, and soon understood
The first diBtingnishedable
words were: I's a taanking
Gawd mor'n tongue ken tell; my
lam's dono come home to ber
Mammy praise bo to Gawd."
It was quite a while before Liza
bccp.ma rational, and then for tho
first time sho discovered that the
object of all this affection was in
a dead faint.
"Go chile, fas' as you loos'will
carry you, and tell Massa Honry
dat EQie May's hoah and ef ho'a
a hawt in him t' come hohr to
onst. Go now quick es Gawd'll
lot ye." Tho young woman obey
ed tho injunction, as hor eupor
stitious nature was on firo at this
apparent fulfillment of hor moth
er's pri monitions.
Thousands of "honey's" nnd
"laramya" and other tender ip
pellatious arranged as only a
blnok mammy can put thora to
cether were showered upou tho
ftail one in the arms of tho black
woman, aud finally tho tired oyes
opened aud gazing . moment in
tently up into the black face, they
cloned again peacefully, and the
ptlo, thin lips movod with a smilo
that would havo aeomed to auy
ouo but Liza ghaatly, for it was
the smiln of a child on tho ashen
lips of death.
"Dal'd my lammy, looking
hehsef again; same smilin' lips
mi' bright oyes an' an' roa)
cheek." Hero she pressed her
head to hor bosom aud lifted hor
own and in a whisper said: "God
forgivo mo for a lyin' sinner, but
mek my wnrds come truo "
Thou, raising the onco fair face
to hers, Liza contiunod: "My
baby's done como baok fo good,
ain' she? It's dono sent fo' you
paw, and you'll in'"do big house'
The palo faco Broiled again, nnd
with a hysterical lnugh the old
bhek woman pressed hor'ngain to
her bosom, and for a long time
sat there upon tho earth, weeping
Hilently and rooking tho tiroa
head as sho had dono thousands
of times in the happy past to
sootho the cares of chillhood.
The youug negross returned,
panting for breath, and obeying a
signalod injunction to bo silent
finally succeeded in whispering
something to Liza. Liza evinced
astonishment by a ejaculating
"no" onoe or twioe, then at the
end of tho message with muoh
feeling said: "May Gawd forgive
'im fo' dat," and it sounded aa
muoh liko an impreoatinn as a
prayer. "Go on een an' put clean
Bpreads on de bed." Tha young
woman obeyed and Liza followed,
almost bearing tho other in her
A half hour later a tall, stately
old gentleman, with bloodshot
eyes and palid face, tapped gently
at tho Armstrong door with bis
gold-headed ebony cane. Mammy
Liza camo out.
Tho tall gentloman said some
thing about boing ablo to hold no
longer against naturo and that he
was there to take Ellio May home
to the big bouse. Liza listened
and then, with trembling voice
answered: "You don' need to teok
de trouble, now, Massa Henry, de
Lord Gawd ob hosts lies jea been
hohr, and she's dono gono home."
Oat at rhomm Sijumre.
At a mooting of the Board of
Agrioultnro yesterday the mat
ter of a change of affairs at-Thom-as
square were discussed. Com
missioner Haugha stated that the
Portuguese caretakers had been
ousted from the plaoo and that,
failing to find any suitable men of
this same nationality, thrco Japa
nese had been employed tempora
rily. They are at work now and
will havo the placo in trim in a
very few weeks.
Of courao tho groat difiloulty ro
coutly was with tho water, tho
drought having reduced the sup
ply oi the well on tho grounds to
suoh an extent as to mako it next
Howevnr, tho pipeb havo now
beon counected with the govern
ment main and all the water uoed
ed cau now bo obtained.
It was further reported that tho
ititontion of tho Miniotu. of the
Interior was to tear down tho
foncps nnd mako Thomas Squaro
a public p'trk in thn Iran souse.
Allan florbert suggested that
whito sand bo brought in from the
beach aud used at the roots of the
hibiscus planted for hedgoa, tho
ammonia in it being extremoly
good for tLo plants.
The whole matter was left with
Commissioner Hnughs who will
personally superintend operations.
Several otlior matters wero
brought up aud discussed but no
action was taken.
Clipping horsen dono at
Oldb Stables, Ltd., in most
l?s-rtiiitoi(-&m '-'"nfUniir ffi'i"
it j "fjftf .m-i.