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?y MARY dSAHM^QM^
TRIP FOR ANT THRUSHES.
Daddy had heard of a curious fam
ily of birds that had been found and
put in the bird section of a zoo. The
children naturally wanted to hear
about the queer old birds so they asked
Daddy to begin his story right away.
"Dear me." said Daddy. "So I must
begin at once, must I? Well, I enjoy
telling stories: to two little people who
seem to want to hear them so much.
"Once upon a time a man was look
ing in far off lands for queer kinds of
birds-birds that were rare and won
derful. The usual kinds he passed by
without notlcinc: them at all This
made some of them rather angry. But
when he passed before Mr. Ant Thrush
and saw how strange he was, he stop
ped right off, and said:
"'Will you coin? and live in out- land
in a big zoo where people and people
and people will stand before you every
day and say how wonderful you
"And the ant thrush said he would
if he could bring his wife along too.
Mr. Ant Thrush had just been niar
"Will You Come and Live in Our
ried, and when he marries in honor of
the occasion his black feathers on
the top of his head turn into white,
soft, downy feathers-just like a big,
full flower. He calls it his wedding
suit, and he wears it for some little
time. At no other time, but just when
he is getting married, does the ant
thrush wear such a fine headdress.
"Now Mr. Ant Thrush was about six
inches long and very graceful-he
wore a lovely slate-colored suit, and
his headdress would appear and dis
appear all the time. It made him look
very beautiful and at the same time
"Mrs. Ant Thrush wore a lovely
brown dress. But I must tell you
about their mouths-or rather their
beaks-for the man was so delighted
with the usual way their beaks went
up in the air. They curved straight
up, and the man thought probably they
would always have to stand on their
heads when they ate or drank. But
as they looked very well fed, he didn't
worry about that.
"'Let's be starting, then.' said the
man. 'We have a very long trip be
fore us and you want to take it slow
ly so you will not look all tired out
when you arrive.'
"The ant thrushes thought it was
perfectly splendid to be taken such
care of. They loved being thought so
rare and wonderful.
"Sut suddenly it dawned on Mrs.
Ant Thrust that she was leaving all
her family behind, and while she was
very devoted to Mr. Ant Thrush, she
thought it would be lonely without
some of her sisters and brothers and
' "She began to cry quite hard, and
the man hadn't any idea what the trou
ble could be.
"Even in the far off lands though,
there are little fairies always around
to see what they can do, and they
whispered to the man:
" 'Mrs. Ant Thrush wants some of
her nearest cousins and relatives to
go along too. Now she is sorry she
has said she will go because she thinks
she will be so lonely.'
"That pleased the man more than
very fine to have a whole family of
rare birds with him, and he at once
invited Mrs. Ant Thrush to ask any
of her family she wanted, so there
was great rejoicing all around and a
whole family of ant thrushes went
to the new land to be admired,
t "Later on, as you can imagine, many
of the handsome Miss Ant Thrushes
and the beautiful Mr. Ant Thrushes
marrud and when they did overy sincle
Mr. Ant Thrush wore his wedding suit
of soft white downy feathers.
"Of course, we wouldn't call lt a
suit-for only his black feathers at
the ioD of his head would chance into
white, but every Mr. Ant Thrust con
sidered that such a marvelous and
wonderful change was worth calling
by a fine name in honor of a fine oc
casion, and in truth such a change
does deserve the fine and honorable
name of a wedding suit.
"And everyone in the new land to
which they came said they thought
they were the most curious family of
birds ever seen or ever heard of ! And
every ant thrush was glad and proud
to belong to such a family!"
Water In Cistern.
"Harry." said a mother to her little
son, "I wish you would run out and
look into the cistern and see whether
there is only water in it." A few min
utes later the little fellow came back
and reported. "It's full on the bottom,
mamma, but then? ain't any on top."
OWE THEIR LIVES TO WOMAN
HoW Mrs. John Hays Hammond Won
Fardons From Grim Old "Oom
John Hays Hammond, an American
Cii?zen, was in prison, under sentence
of death. Ho had boon tried and con
victed of high tronson to tho South
African Republic. Ono of four loaders
of the reform movement in tho Trans
vaal, he was charged with complicity
In the famous Jameson raid, found
guilty, and sentenced to die.
Only one person lived in the Trans
vaal with sufficient power to set aside
the death sentence passed upon the
mnn who is known today as the neat
est minina engineer in the United
States. This was Oom Paul Kruger,
then president of the South African
Republic. He was an old man-nar
row, bigoted and possessed of an in
tense hatred for the eager, grasping
strangers who lie believed had sought
his country only to despoil it.
John Hays Hammond was among the
most enterprising and, consequently,
one of the most disliked, of tho foreign
residents nf the Transvaal. For years
he had boen employed as an engineer;
first by Barney Barnato, the English
mining operator, and later by Cecil
Rhodes, to locate diamonds in Oom
raul's country. Oom Paid disliked
him. He disliked all men who brought
swarms of eager recklo?s adventurers
into his country. And ho made life as
difficult for thom as ho could.
In 189S the world was startled hythe
news that a British adventurer. Doctor
Jameson, h>:d led a raiding party of
armed men iuto the Transvaal. The
raid failed. John Hays Hammond
I was among those arrested on the ac
cusation of having instigated Jame
son's attack on the South African Re
public. He was found guilty and sen
tenced to die.
But the brave, cool-headed wife of
the eminent American mining engineer
did not intend that anything disagree
able should hnpp'on to her husband.
Ever since their marriage, in 1SS0,
Mrs. John Hays Hammond had fol
lowed the fortunes of her young en- ?
gineer, no matter where they took him.
But when they threw him into jail
under a death sentence, she decided
that it was time for her to interfere.
She made up her mind to see Oom
Paul Kruger and tell him that she had
come to save him from the crime of
putting an innocent man to death. It
j was not easy to see President Kru
I ger. but Mrs. Hammond proved equal
I to the task. It was not easy to con
vince a man who harbored a deep, si
lent contempt for women, that a wom
an was worth listening to; but Mrs.
Hammond was successful. Before she
left his office, Mr. Kruger had prom
ised to spare her husband's life. The
president of the Transvaal republic
kept his word to Natalie Hammond.
Her husband's sentence was commut
ed to imprisonment for 15 years and
later on, he was freed on payment of
a fine of $120,000, and Mrs. Hammond
had the extreme happiness of knowing
' that through her intercession, not only
her husband's life but the lives of the
men arrested with him had been saved.
Height Zeppelins Can Reach.
Basing his statement on accurate
measurements of a Zeppelin that was
brought down in England last Octo
ber, on known facts regarding the lift
ing power of hydrogen gas, on the
state of the barometer during the
flight, on the temperatures of tho air
recorded in th airship's log, Jhadoo
Jahoz writes in Aeronautics as fol
"It would appear from the foregoing
that the latest type of Zeppelin is de
signed to be able to attain a height of
17.000 to 1S.O0O feet when over its ob
jective and after dropping its bombs,
but is capable of going even higher
under stress of circumstances and at
the risk of suffering some slight dam
age on returning to its base. These
conclusions accord well with Mr. War
ner Allen's stn foments that these air
ships 'are built with a view to flying
between 1G.000 and 1S.000 feet.' Of
course, on a short flight they could go
higher, in view of the reduced quanti
ty of potrol to be carried."
"Too Many Old Men"-Lenine.
A favorite idea with Lenine, fre
quently advanced in his Petrograd
career, is that there are too many old
men in positions of supreme responsi
bility, Current Opinion states. His
most dramatic effect before the coun
cil of soldiers and workers was won
in a crisis on a vote that miirht have
overthrown him. He bade the dele
gates in thunder tones to look into the
first mirror they saw. The faces re
flected would be those of young men.
What, on the other hand, would be the
color of the hair of the rulers opposed
to the great social revolution? Gray,
The revolution is youth, hope, the fu
ture. Against It are ranged the gray
haired rulers of men without ideals
"Will you have an old men's war or a
young men's peace?" The hit was
"How do you like Shakespeare?"
"Oh, I treasure our set of Shake
speare more than any other works w?
have," said Mrs. Dubwalte.
"I'm glad to hear you say so."
"Yes. It's really the only set in om
living room that matches the wallpa
All Het Up.
"I could understand when they stop
ped rr:e from cussing mules."
"But I started to cuss a tractor tin
other (I37 and got called down for that
Now has a tractor any feelings? Aaa
wer mo that*
AN EVEN SCORE
By CHARLES H. BRENNAN.
"He's the best man in the dis
trict," voted half of the people of Ac
ton, referring to Gregory Kliodes.
"He is a mau thoroughly unjust and
uuscrupulous," echoed John Throop,
In his mind, for, though poor, and
troubled, and wronged, he never ut
tered a word aloud against any fellow
Throop had reason to distrust, de
spise and dislike Gregory Rhodes. The
latter had got him in his clutches
through a loan of a few hundred dol
lars. Once a victim was in the net
of the old usurer, he was lost. The
original debt had piled up until
Throop, according to his despoiler and
the documents he had been foolish
enough to sign, brought him to a stage
where the farra lay under a heavy
debt. It was over his, manifold
troubles that Throop was reflecting
mournfully when a brisk step sounded
on the gravel walk, and a young man
of about twenty strode up to Throop,
seated on the house steps. The visi
tor had the air of n. sturdy Westerner,
a bronzed face and a fearless, aggres
"Don't know me?" he questioned.
"I'm no stranger. Look twice."
"It can't bt-surely not-Mort Al
"You've hit it," nodded the visitor.
"I'm <>n my way hack to the mines
and took a sort of longing to see an
old boss. Tell, you, Mr. Throop, I've
had a hard, rough life, aud you were
the only man I ever mixed with who
didn't take advantage of me. In the
old days, I mean, for I'm now in a
district where draw first and lynch |
law tactics rule the roost.
Throop recalled the friendless lad to
whom he had given a home for two
years. Mort had been a troublesome,
mischievous lad, but Throop had been
kind and patient with him. Then
Gregory Rhodes had dazzled Mort, and
in his sneaking, underhanded way had
prevailed on him to leave his em
ployer and come to work for him.
"Is that old skeesicks living yet?"
propounded Mort, referring to lthodes.
"Say, I've often wondered how I ever
stood his lying and abuse! He man
aged to beat me out of two months'
wages, he half starved me, he came
near to making me a thief. I bolted
finally, glad to get away from a life
that was worse than slavery."
"* Casually chatting over old times led
to Throop informing Mort of the con
dition of his affairs, of how hard he
was trying to realize on his desperate
equity. Twice he had nearly secured
a purchaser, but Rhodes had conspired
to defeat the sale.
"If I could get a couple of thousand
dollars out of the wreck," said
Throop, "I could go to my married
daughter. She has invited me to pass
my declining days with her, but I
don't want to go empty-handed."
"Why!" almost shouted Mort. "You
have allowed that scoundrel Rhodes
to swindle you out of your eyes! He's
done enough to deserve the penlten
tiary! Why don't you law him?"
"I haven't the money to do that."
"Wish I had," said Mort. "I'd stak?
you to my last dollar. I may be able
to, soon. I've been east with a satchel
of nuggets and ore samples, and I
have interested a capitalist, who is
coining ont to my mine next month.
I say-I've'an idea. I will work up a
wild Western game on Rhodes. Don't
mention a word of my being here.
Don't recognize me if you happen
across me. Don't notice any strange
things you may see me do. Just sit
tight and take the money that Rhodes
may offer you. I don't think that old
robber will recognize me as his for
mer working slave."
Mort Allen proceeded to the next
village and took up quarters at its
hotel. Tlie following evening he vis
ited the Throop farm and proceeded
to plant hore and there about it the
contents of his satchel, nuggets and
ore samples. The next day he man
aged to get acquainted with the j
Rhodes man of all work. He hinted
at a chance for this dupe to make a
lot of money and bound him to se
crecy. He was to give him twenty-five
dollars for helping him "to find gold"
on the Throop farm.
"It's there," he whispered mysteri-]
ously to the creditor victim. "We'll
get lanterns and go over li at night."
Thar, was done, and the eyes of the
hired mnn bulged out as glittering bits
of the pure metal and ore were
brought to HghL Mort paid him a
certain sum for each particle he j
found, talked big of the value of his
marvelous "find" and wondering what!
the owner of the land would sell this
bonanza farm for.
What happened was Just what Mort
had planned. The hired man told his
employer and intimated that the miner
was wild to raise the money to pur
chase the farm, no matter what the
It was pny-up day for all his schem
ing, that upon which Gregory Rhodes
placed three thousand dollars in the
hands of Throop for his equity In the
farm. It was a dolorous one for the
mercenary schemer, that upon which
"the gold crop" gave out
But by that time John Throop had
left Acton for his new home, and Mort
Allen had drifted back to Lucky Gulch.
The latter never allowed his con
science to trouble him about the trans
action. In the rough community
where he lived the "salting" of a
raine ht pay off a score of outright
cheating was quite a deed of merit
and justice !
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The Union Meeting of the 2nd Divi
sion of the Edgefield Association will
meet with Hardy's church, June 29-30:
Devotional service by Moderator. Sub
jects for discussion.
1st. Name and discuss some of the
greatest hindrances to christian devel
opment, and the progress of the cause
of Christ's Kingdom in the world.
C. W. Medlock,
H. L. Bunch,
2nd. The best plan to conduct church
J. D. Hughey,
Rev. J. W. Kesterson,
J. 0. Atkinson.
3rd. How may we induce all of our
church members to be more interested
and enthused in mission work.
S. B. Mays,
L. R. Brunson,
Sunday a. m.. Community Flag Ser
Hymn -"Mine Eyes Have Seen."
Solo-"Keep the Home Fires Burn
ing." Miss Minnie Lanham.
Reading of the Honor Roll, Rev. P.
Anthem-"A Song of Victory."
Hymn -''America. "
Presentation of Flag, John H. Mc
Kie and Mary Bunch,
i Scripture Reading, H. L. Bunch.
I Address. J. W. Kesterson.
Hymn-Onward Christian Soldiers.
Afternoon services to be provided
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College of Charleston.
South Carolina's Oldest College.
134th Year Begins September 27
Entrance examinations at all the
county-seats Friday, July 12, at 9
Four-year courses lead to the B. A.
and B. S. degrees. A two-year pre
medical course is given. Military
training in all courses.
A free tuition scholarship is as
signed to each county of the State.
Spacious buildings and athletic
grounds, well equipped laboratories
unexcelled library facilities.
Expenses moderate. For terms and
Harrison Randolph, President.
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I desire to notify the public
that I have purchased Mr. J. D.
Kemp's interest in the repair
shop and grist mill and that I
will give my personal attention
to both. Send me your corn and
I will make first-class meal.
Give me a trial is all I ask.
ALBERT L. KEMP.
Edgefield, S. C.
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J. T. HARLING
Bank of Edgefield, S. C.