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Experience of a Schoo
3VEorintairis ol' We?tc
I bad just been installed as teacher !
of a public school in a little district
nestled among tho mountains of wes
tern North Carolina, when 1 reeeived
the following invitation:
"Deer Mia School teacher? I set
miself to drop you a few lines too let
you know that Pap an mother an mc
wants you too bec shore an com too
the infar that is too bee held at our
house next wedsday Bee ahorn an
come j am yours jane Wilkie."
"infair," JO it known, is the recep
tion given by the parcntB of a young
man who has just married. When I
showed tho invitation to Mrs. Brown,
tho lady with whom I boarded, ehe
"Now, Mies Lee, you must sholy
go. I kin toll you they're jist tho
nicest folks round here, an' they got
another son; they call him 'Boy;' he's
another sort nicer 'n' tho ono tbat'a
went an' got married. Of coureo he's
not tho handsomcrcet pusson I ever
aoen, but I think you're a gu'l that's
clear headed enough to know that
handsomer is as handsomer does. It's
not often you kin find a young man
that don't drink liquor nor uso tcr
backer nor swar, an' that's what Boy
Wilkie don't do, if I do say it my
I tried to explain to Mrs. Brown
that I was not a candidate for matri
mony, but she had it fixed in her
mind that marrying was tho chief aim
and object of all girls.
"Oh, I knowed you'd deny it," BIIO
laughed. "You're such a modest
little thing, but I Uko you all tho bet
ter fur that an' I tn shore going to do
all I kin fur you."
The day of the infair arrived and
we wero on our way to it bright and
early. The Wilkies houso was a
Mdoublo pen" log cottage with a piazza
extending acrosB tho front, situated
on the top of a high bill. Six or
eight boys and men wero sitting on a
low rail fence in front of tho dwelling,
but as wo approached they all jumped
down and disappeared around tho cor
ner of the cottage.
On entering tho bouso we saw about
half a dozen girls and a dozen young
men sitting on benches made by lay
ing planks across two chairs. They
were joyously playing games with
I was somewhat at a loss to know
?rhat was the proper thing to do as i 3
oae met us and no one spoke. Then I
bethought myself to watoh Mrs. Brown
and da aa she did. So when she pro
ceeded to take off her hat and gloves
and lay them on a bed, which stood
in one corner of the room, I did like
"I b'lievo ? scent eomathio' good
that er ways (nodding toward tho
kitchen), an' you bet I'm goin' to see
erbout it, too," said Mrs. Brown as
she disappeared toward the kitchen.
tgi'.'Ll-- ' II i i . mm
Physicians tell us that all
the blood in a healthy
human body passes through
the heart once in every two
minutes. If this action be
come* irregular the whole
body suffers. Poor health
follows poor blood ; Scott's
Emulsion makes the blood
pure. One reason why
is such a great aid is because
it passes so quickly into
the blood. It is par?lyj di
gested before" it enters the
stomach; a double advan
tage in tbis. Less work
for the stomach ; quicker
and more direct benefits.
To get the greatest amount '
of good with the least pos
sible effort is the desire of
everyone in poor health.
Scott's- Emulsion does just
that. A change for the
better rakes place even be
fore you expect it,
W* will tend you s
.' . Ba ?ure that thU
picture ??3 thc fo~ of
! a labe 1 is on the wnp*
per of every tattle of
Emulsion, you buy. '.
\Sc?vr; ?Sc BOWMS ..
.' Chtrniit* .
?4?9;P?Mi'St.vVf. V. :'
- io cent?aad ii.do
?1 Teacher Amony the
srn ?or th Carolina.
I looked around for a chair, but
.seeing none that was not occupied I
htill remained standing. 1 felt rather
uncomfortable standing there with so
many strange eyca upon me, but I
couldn't see how I could better the
situation. Finally I espied a ?tair
case, which ran up in one coroer next
to the fireplace and I Bat down on ono
of thc lower Bteps. I never appre
ciated a seat as much before or Biroo,
i During all this time there had not
i been a word spoken, but now tho
young folks on the benches recom
menced their gamcB, speaking in low
tone? or iu whispers. Some of tho
couples were playing jack-ia-tho-busb,
sonio hull-gull and others love-in-my
hand. I was familiar with these
games, having often scon the children
at Behool play them with chinkapins.
My attention was presently attracted
by a Bpruce looking couple sitting in
tho oorner who talked rather moro
audibly than tho others. The lady
held up a handful of chinkapins and
said, "Old gray boss."
"Kidin*," answered her partner.
"How many miles?''
Ile called out some number which I
learned was a guess at thc number of
chinkapins she held ia her hand.
Then there seemed to be a sort of a
whispered consultation, and presently
tho girls all got up and went out, fol
lowed by the young men, leaving me
tho only occupant of tho room. My
first move, after finding mysolf alone,
was *.o get a better seat, and I was
glad to ensconce myself in a split bot
tomed chair. I then amused myself
by taking a survey o! the room. In
one oorner was a stack of quilts ex
tending from floor to ceiling. ID
another was a staok of homo wovon
blankets with every variety of stripe
and color. I counted thirty-six,- more
blankets than I had ever teen in one
pile. Several stiiogs of beans and
red pepper ornamented tho walls.
Mrs. Brown returned, accompanied by
Miss Jane Wilkie, a tall, peculiar
looking young woman, with small
eyes and a shiny skin, her hair drawn
back from her face in a tight knot.
"Mies Leo let me make you 'quaint
cd with MisB Jane," said Mrs. Brown,
as Miss Jane advanced with extended
I expressed my pleasure at meeting
her. "I knowed you'd be glad," she
_i:_j ?tr i-ij_t_?i_
lojfiiou. A. tum pap aa mumer mat
you'd be want'n' to git 'quainted with
oar folks. I aimed to er went to see
yon 'fore now, bat I've been mighty
busy weavin' out a piece of blankets,
so's I could git tber old loom out thor
houso 'foro this infar. Maw told me
ter wait till alter Christmas afore I
put the piece it, but I tole her we'd
be scaco of blankets if we waited,?
Suddenly there was a big racket.
Half a dozen young peopto rushed in,
crying at onoe, "They're com'in!
"Now, maw, you go an' meet 'em,"
said Miss Jane. "Azher mother, you
jest muBt come." Jane and Mrs.
Brown got old Mrs. Wilkie by each
aim and led her to tho door.
"Well, maw, I've brung you another
darter," Bang out Charley, aa he as
sisted his bride down from the bug
Several guests in their anxiety to
seo the new wedded pair, rushed in
front of me and the rest of their greet
ing was lost to me. Charley brought
hit wife in and seated her on one of
the long be nahes, while' the crowd
passed around, one at a time and
wished them "muoh joy." Then
Mies Jane announced that sapper was
Io response to a special invitation,
Charley, his bride and I went in first
and seated ourselves at thc table. Bat
in Bpite of much coaxing and scolding
not another ono of the company save
the bride's sister could be got lo the
table "We'd rutherlwait," they all
said, and "wait" they did.
t After cupper the bride and her sis
ter ar-up?d ? th ;ni?olvea "dippiog"
snuft .with large black gum tooth
brush? ^?/Phuy kindly offered me "a
di>- . bat I declined,* saying I hid
never hemed to use snuff, which they
thought was a pity,
g PreBCfc?-iy I saw Mr. Wilkie coming
up tho lane ?nd Mrs. Brown and Miss
Jane made a rush for him.
"Now, pap, you've jist got to come
in and see ' brothor Cholley's little
doll," said Miss ?Jane aa they led Mr,
Wilkie in. ???H^-'/ .
"Well,** said he as he proceeded to
shake tandt with |f?^^^^i*!lp
3i>t yon a little'-a worn an, have, y er,
?hoi?6j?,? ,\ .';:?*'
"Yes, pipj don't you think -elie's
party good looking?" . . /;
; ^Weil?- now; VM be d?ngid eb?
haint,v as; lie ;St6od looking at : &r\
with a broad grin on his face.
"Weil,* I reckon as you've got ,%r
yoiitiV have' itt keep 'er," h?
and bc took hi? way toward thc kitch
"Miss Genie, how does you like
teachin'?'' asked Mr. Boy Wilkie,
seating hi m del f near nie, his face
shining as if ii natl been polished.
I voluntarily tried to push my chair
farther away as I answered, "Oh,
very well, thr>uk you."
"You don t look like hit quite J
'greene with ?er," he continued with)
a good natured chuckle. "Why I
don't believe you'd weigh a hundred
pounds, you're bich er little creatur.
Now, hit's my 'pinion thatgu'ls would
do bettir jist ter stay to honte and
work erbout raisin' chickens, makin'
quilts, au' sich things. I b'liovc
they'd bo er lot stouter if they would.
Now I aim fur my wife ter raise all
the chickens ehe wants to." Hero he
gave a chuckle. "Of course," ho
continued hunching his chsir un &
little^closer, "I don't inject to her a
being some cdicated. They say hit
helps er woman erbout tindin' to
er houBe things, i aim fur my
I could mani it no longer. I said,
"I must speak to Mrs. Browo. Please
Presently two stalwart mountaineers
entered with banjo and fiddle.
"Well, if thar ain't Firm shore
'nough," said Miss Jane. "Now,
we'll have moosie."
The young peoplo began to oarry the
chairs and benches from the room pre
paratory to "a little amusement."
But as Mr. Brown had also arrived
with tho "hoss and wagon." Mrs.
Brown and I did not remain to take
part in tho further exercises of the
evening, but bade them "goodnight"
and started on our homeward jour
The World's Largest Ferry.
Just think how very big a ferry
must be that will transport two long
trains, ergincs, cars and all, with as
muoh ease as a oommon ferry carries
a wagon from bank to bank of a river.
Suoh a ferry is the "Solano," which
plies between Benioia and Fort Costa,
California. The "Solano" has the
distinction of being the largest ferry
in the world. It was built several
years ago by the Southern Paoifio
Railroad Company for the express
purpose of transporting trains aorOES
a neck of upper San Francisco Bay
that is too wide and deep to be
bridged, without interfering with the
many yesselsjjthat ply up and down
tho bay. It was believed by many,
when the big feiry was first launch
ed, that it would not be a success.
But the big boat has proved all that
was expected of it, and possibly more,
as no serious mishaps have yet oc
curred, though thousands cf trains
have been borne gently from shore to
shore of the bay, to continuo their
iongf juuruey across the continent
AG the eaviDg of timo is a prime
requisite io modern railroading, this
big ferry was built primarily to make
a short eat across the bay, and save
the time required to go round by way
of the road that skirts tho upper neok
of the long channel. This old road is
still used by freight and local trains,
but ail of the Overland passengers,
and many of the fast freights, take
tho short cut by ferry. .
The trip BOIOSB tho bay on the
"Solano" is ono of the interesting
features of the rail road journey along
that [portion of the Paoifio CoaBt.
The ferry runs into a Blip prepared
for it, on either shore and fits so snug
when the landing is made, that the
tracks on the boat, and those on land,
mest S??o*?y; ?n<? ta o?d. The train
on the boat runB ashore, and the one
waiting rolls aboard, AS thc ferry ia
some*300 feet long, an ordinary pas
senger train does not bead' to un
couple, but the long O verlande,, which,
Consist cf thirteen or .more cara, are
cut in the middle, and aro. drawn
aboard in two Eeotions. To accommo
date the rising and lowering of the
tide, and to make the eada' of the
traoka on the ferry and on land meet,
there is ? long apron, or approaoh, at
each landing, muoh like the approach
used on a cam tn on ferry. This apron;
is raised and lowered by hydraulic
power like an elevator, to the required
While the trains are being run
aboard, all passengers aro required to
keep their seats inside the, cara, aa ii
is dangerous to bo out on deck when
cara and train? are ahunted to and
fro. But after the watebman calls, |
"All's o'ear, sir," and the big ferry
glides out over /tho water, tho passen - ?
qers are alio wed to leave tho cara and
stroll about, the monster craft; TJ19
sharp and crisp air of 4he bay, com
ing direct from tho sea, is very invig
orating after thc long ride in tho
warm, olose cars, and the; hour's trip
by ferry is over all too soon.-Boys'
World. tm t ^ - v?': "'
- If there ia a dog in the mauger
throw , him out.&. He doesn't- helor g
-Af' Are you aB aotivo in paying: a:
bill you owe aa you nye in collecting s
bili doe ybo^ ^:r'['?fl"^?^M^^^?
- Lo?e is responsible fer twe^Wr?a
-~-There' ??-'fcrj^l'of io -m?fci?
people believe you artff having topi
?Viitk. wAnf."*** '-Vf.V....V.
Broke Baak aud Spent lt.
New York, March 8.-Onboard the
big liner Kaiser Wilhemn II, which
arrived today from Bremen and Chc
bourg, was a young American, who
apparently believed, aud with good
reahoo, too, that he wa? the real man
' who brok': the bank at Monte Car
Ho got rid of about $2,000 or $3,000
(variously estimated) among the ship's
attendants on the way over and would
have been nt il 1 more generous had it
not been that his beueOoiaries grew
literally "ashamed to take the mon
The generous-handed young man is
thc son of a well known civil eogineer
and was returning from Paris. The
night before the Kaiser was to touch j
at Cherbourg he entered a Paris gam
bling resort and "broke the bank," his
winnings, according to the story bo
told aboard tho ehip, being about 50,
It is said to have taken a suit case
to carry the money away. After
breaking tbc bank he bad just time to
oatoh an early train for Cherbourg and
The first thing bo did after he g?,t
aboard, it is related, was to open the
Buit civic ia the smoking room and
invite every one to help himself, or
dering drinks all around at the same
"Everybody's money," he cried;
"can't UB6 it all myeeif. Want all to
It was evident to his fellow passen
gers that tho young man had already
begun to celebrate. He grew indig
nant when no one volunteered to share,
his wealth and commenced to scatter
his money about the cabin floor.
"1 don't want it, gen'men," bo said,
"on' if you don't, won't it make a
-rf.f.'? nnrrtot oil?"
Tho youngman was restrained from
emptying thc whole contents of the
suit case with di iii JU! ty, but frota that
time on he insisted upon giving away
as muoh as be possibly could. He
gave 100 freno bills for drinks and
other favors during the voyage and
absolutely refused to take any change.
He made large presenta to every per
son in uniform on tho ship he could
find. Stewarda at first fell over thera
1 selves in their endeavors to servo
him, finally the presents became so
lavish that even they lefused to take
It i* related that on Friday last the
young Croesus entered a "hat pool"
and wou $150.
"Shanie to take it," ho declared.
"Got too muoh money already. Got
to spend io all today," and he did
spend or give the whole $150 away.
He spent scarcely a sober moment
during the entire trip, it wa? said, and
at times became-so bibulously care
less that be wanted to light his cigars
-iib 100 iraac bills. He was very
sober, however, when he left the ship
t ?day.-Philadelphia Press.
A Pat Reply.
President MoKinley once had an ap
plication for post of minister to Bra
zil who brought with him a petition
signed by 7,000 Chicagoans. It seems
that he was a picture framer and waa
iu the habit bf collecting signatures to
hts petition. President McKinley
listened oapeoially and questioned bim
as to his qualifioat!oo and finally ex
plained that before he could give the
matter serious consideraron he would
huvo to co of tr with the senators and
representatives from Illinois. . ^
) "You koow that we have to. select
big men for these big places," said
tho president kindly as L$ his
caller goodby. .
4'Won't I be jost as big aa any of
'em, if I get the job/* was the retort.
Tera carpets are always ready to
trip the light fantastic toe.;
*... -- It ia . easy . to. tolerate proveny
wheo it is churn my with 'the other fe?
"low. ; "' :v;
'of a wpm?r/s ??fe. te^h? name ?ft<
Your men?ea coma at ?o^ iotervs
atop. Som? women atop suddenly
br four years, ?nd it. ia the caus?
^c&c^; however. W cured, ?jy t
Uer Curiosity Aroused.
It waa the mayor of a Western oity
who received the following letter of
inquiry from a Boston woman:
"Kind and respecter Cir: I seen in
a paper that a man named John Sipes
was attacted and et up by a bare whoas
cubs he was trying ^to git wheo tho
she bare como up and stopt bim by
eatiu him up tn thc mountains near
your town. What ? want to know ?B
did it kill him or was he only partly
et up and is ho from this place and
all about the bare. I dou't know but
what he is a distant husband of mine.
My linn husband-waa of that name
and I supposed be was killed ia tbe
war but thu name of the mao tho bare
et being thc same I thought it might
bo him after all an I ought to know if
he wasn't killed either in the war or
by tbe baie for I have been married
twice since and there ought to be a di
vorce paper got out by him or me if
thc bare did not eat him ail up It it
is bim yov; will know it by bim having
six toes on the left foot.
''He also sings base an bas a spread
eagle tattoed on his front chest and a
ankor on his right arm which you will
know bim by if the bare did not eat np
these sines of its being bim. if alive
don't tell him I'm married to Joe
White for he never liked Joe. May
I be you'd better let on as if I'm ded
but find out all you oan about bim
without his knowing what it is for.
That is if the bare did uot eat him all
up. If it did I don't gee as you can ]
do anything and you needn't take no
trouble. My respects to your family
and pleaso aooer back.
"P. S.-Waa tho bare killed? Also
wis he married again and did he leave
any prcpty wotb me laying chuma to?"
Cheap Courting at Epping.
There lived in the town of Eopiog,
N. H., an old man who was nott d for
hia penuriousness. Coe winter the
school teacher boarded at his house,
and sbe had a beau, who came once a
week to spend the evening with her/
This of course, necessitated heating
and lighting the parlor.
Nothing was said about this item of
expense at the end of the term, when
the teacher paid ber board bill, but
the nexl day, happening to meet thc
young man on the street, the old man
accosted bim and, after a few prelim
inaries about the weather, remarked:
"You know we've been to some Hale
extra expenso this winter running
that fire in the parlor for you and
teacher. I didn't say anything to
her, but I thought p?rhana you'd be
willing tu make it right."
. "Why, yes," replied the young
man. "I am willing to pay anything
reasonable, of course. How much du
yon think you ought to have?" ."?
"Waal." drnwled out M.. B. " "I
guess 'bout IO cents will do."--Bos
?.ga-o- o-. "? .
A Mo her s -Retort.
Dr. Breckenridge, a weil known
American olerg) man, and. bia two
brothers, also of che same proreasion,
.026 day paid a ??sU te their. mother.
"Do you n?t think, mother,"- said
he, "that you ruled us ? i th too rigid
a rod io our boyluod? It would
have been better, . I tbiuk, had you
used gen'1er methods.'-' ,7
The Vid. lady straightened np and
said,"Well, William, when you havo
raised np three as geod. preaohejfs as
I have* then you can talki" ''.
A giri ia always afraid that sower
.body will nco her iHooking ~bcr. there
is a hole in it, or won't when .there
isn't.; 7'- fi ? jj
-r : Als?, tho more a man ?reads /ih?
more useless -uowledgo ho noquiteo.
'.-. Many, a man who ls honest from
prinoiple ?B honorable only for effeot.
; -r- Bat the mor? confidence a man
has in himself the leas praying he
.Tho Boy fooled Thew.
There is 6 good story told of a OXIQ
who has beoome a moat success
ful merchants. ? few years ago he
was employed as an office boy and
messenger fora largo firm. Ile was
sent to collect an account from a firm
which was considered very ''shaky,"
and (70s told to get' the money at all
hazards. The debtors gave the lad a
check for $250. He went to tho bank
at once to cash it, and was told by the
cash i- r that there were not enough
fuuds in to meet it.
"How much short?'' asked tho
"Seven dollars," was the answer.
It laoked but a minute or two of the
time for the bank to close. The boy
felt iu hia pockets, took out $7,
and, pushing it through the window,
said, "Put that to the oredit of Blauk
The cashier did so, whereupon tho
boy presented the chook and got thc
money. Blauk & Co. failed the next
day, and their ohagrin eau be bettei
imagined than described when the;
found out the trick that had beet
played upon them.-Popula? Maga
I Truly Bural.
The seventeen-year-old daughter o
a certain Wall street man recent!:
visited for the first time the fine faro
in Dutchess County for the past yea
owned by her father. The girl imme
diately became greatly interested ii
the prize cattle that are the especia
pride of ber parent, and sho aske<
many questions relative to their breed
ing, etc. .
One evening just at dusk, as th
girl was standing on the veranda o
the farm house talking to the mat
ager, there came the low, mournfi
note cf Si cc"'.
"Just listen to that poor cow," sai
the girl to the manager, "mewing fe
hor colt."-Harper's Weekly.
A gentleman and hts wife who ai
both near-sighted went to Atlanti
City not long since, says Lipptnoottf
Magazine. When they came down t
breakfast the wife .picked up the;men
eard, but after a moment's e?ort pusl
ed it over to her husband, exelaimin
as she did so, "You will bava t
choose for both of us, I' have left m
Ho took tho card and began to fun
ble in his pockets--vainly, it prove?
for he had forgotten 'his also. Tun
ing to the impassive and irreproaol
-Ul- J-l_1_?.?- _*.-.?; 1- -
uuia uH&xhoj UQUiuu mo uuaiF, us cnn
"Will you please read it for ni
waiter? We have both forgotten ot
1glasses.'1 ' -
?"Deed, ?h'd lsk to 'blige yo', sui
but Ah ain't got no edaoashun, ne
- He who seeks temptation \
lither a fool or otherwise--with tb
odds in favor of tho otherwise.
~> -' ? thoughtless generation slwaj
expebts to be " saved by its grea
-r A wesk woman can easily ocr
quer ? streng man by este ring to hi
Vanity. >'-'.. '??j'1:. ?'.
JtJtiE I3tC V
First Installant in TI
It is bad luck to tell a dream before
If you dream about money in 6mal6
pieceB it is a sign of trouble; if io dol
lars or large pieces it's good lack.
The smaller thc change the greater ike
To dream of fruit out of its seasOD
is a sign that you will have a quarrel
To dream of seeing one in white ia
a sign of death.
Tu dream of pork moans ?catii, to
I dream of beef means a negro death.
Bad luok results from doing the fol
To look jeto a well at 1 o'clock iq?
For two persons walking together to
go on opposite sides of tho same tree?
It cuts their mother's grave, or divides
To look in G> cross-eyed person'* eye?.
To start anywhere sad turn back.
If you turn bock make a croea-xrurlr;
this obangeB the luck.
For two or more persons to look ia
a glass at the same time.
To' sweep dirt out of the door after j
sundown. You ?re sweeping out somes
of the family.
To walk around with one shoe OD.
You will have a hard tfmMn life.
To shave at night. They shave yoe.
st night when you die.
To sow any thing ??hile you are weary
ing it. Some ono will tell a lie on?
you. To oh enge the luck always hold*
something in your mouth.
To shake hands across a fence.
To break the bread in another per
son's hand. You will fall out.
If you are going fishing and want
good luck take an old shoe and justas
you are leaving the house throw it be
hind you and you will have good luck
worth fha Money.
A story is told in the Saturday Even
ing Post, that is related by Timothy
Woodruff, the New: York . dtioian.
He say* tbsc an oil man in business ia
a town not far from Buffalo, recently
discovering one morning that his safe
was out of Order, telegraphed to the
maker in Buffalo to send down an es'
pert:-- /v ' ! \ ?J
"When-the man arrived ho discover
ed that the vault, which was an old
fashioned affair and looked with a key,
oould not be opened. Af tera hasty
examination the expert: took a' pieoej
of wire and began to .dig out a mass oil
dust and lint from the key. He then j
opened the safe as quickly as one co ali]
desire. With- a sickly emile the oin
merchant meekly a Bk ed:
"What's the ohargo?" - ; t
- "Twenty-five dollars," was \h? xt?\
ply. u ? ' v \
"Does anyone know you're io townrj
"None save yourself."
; ^'Then here's fif ty,i Tf?o^isjjl do H
? ??yor if you'll get out of town by tb
first train. If anyone . knew that!
had psid a man twenty-five dollars I
dig- the dirt Ont of a.kejr,. for me 141
never do another dollar's worth rfj
business io this part of tho State."
- There is one straight path l*d~m
i" ing heavenward, but a thousands
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ment of success. Thc ; first. mona
saved makes one sure no can m
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riihg in the ladder br whicli you ?rf
tho second,, the ; second the tht?,ejj
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- inge . Department of TlilMl
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