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DEMOORAJtlU NORTHWEST, NAPOLEON, O., DECEMBER 20, 1S94.
A (JilltlbTjilAb vUXi-EiiN. 1
BY MA3THA M'CULLOCn WILLIAMS.
Copyright, 1894, by the Author.
Annt Charlotte came sturdily across
the Lee plantation. Tho fields were all
sere, as became mid-December. Yet in
tho flower garden rose3, pansios and
chrysanthemums were rapidly nnfold
ing in the warm, slow rain, rather
ragged and discolored, to be sure, but
flowers for all that.
"Dem's do ve'y tings fer dressin np
de table, " Aunt Charlotte muttered to
herself as sho scudded betwixt the bor
ders and on to tho back porch. Before
she could knock, the hall door opened,
and Mrs. Leo called out:
"Howd'y, Aunt Charlotte? Come
right in my room to the fire. You'll
catch your death yet, running about so
in bad weather. Sit down and dry your
feet while yon tell me all the news."
Annt Charlotte stuck her torn, mud
dy shoos toward tho blazing logs, fetch
ed a sort of groaning sigh and said:
"La, Miss Ma'y, you know I never
. hears no news, but dey nor'ated it at
churoh -meeting 'istiddy dat ole lady
Brantley wus metty low wid de brown
skeeters, an ole Miss Calishaw's Flo'
ence had done runned off an married
"Well, well, sbebas driven her ducks
to a bad market. Oirls are so foolish.
Oh, did you hear from old Mr. Pegrawl
I am toldhe was badly hurt last week. "
"Yessum; he dumb up de stable lof,
hnntin fer de boyses jug er licker, an
fell through on dat young mule, an de
critter kicked him. So do doctor say de
spine er he back is querrelized. "
"Dearmel You don't say so!" Mrs.
For an hour , the talk slipped along
the channels of local gossip. Aunt Char
lotte knew there was nothing like tid
bits of news to put Miss Ma'y in good
humor.' Whatever happened in ten
miles around was reported, with en
largement and variations, at the color
ed church. Besides Aunt Charlotte her
self was outdoor laundress for some half
dozen families, su of course kuew all
about them. When her feet were dry,
she cot up, ;picked her sunbonnet from
the floor and said, balancing herself on
"Well, I mus' be goin. Miss Ma'y,
is you cot any.golo paper?"
"Let me see. Yes, I think I know I
have Do you want some? Aro they go
ing to have another Christmas treo at
"Yessum -aio'm. I does wonts some,
but.'tain't fer no Chrismus trca Dey
done had so many er dem, an fesservuls,
an May suppers, an so on, de folks is
tired on um. Mist' Pasco, de teacher at
de free school, is metty high larnt. Ho
been one session ter de Frisk nuniver-
sitv. up hat Nashville, so de church
call on him ter pervent um somp'n now.
An he tole um dey mus' have er queen
er Chrismva. "
"Indeed? 'That is something new.
Toll me all abont it. "
"I ain't zactlygot devhole thing
straight yit, but fur es I kin make out
my Meoly dey choosed her fer queen-
is gwina be dressed np in white, wid er
crown on, an red shoes, an set up on er
cheer on top de teacher1 -table, wid er
big stripe-ed shawl all hangin down
ter de flo', an de schoolchilluns is ter
come np 'fore her an say doy speeches
'bout de boy stood on de burnin deck,
an twinkle, twinkle, little stars, an de
reaper whose namo is debt, an all dem
yothers. ' Den dey gwine have di-logs
fer the big Chilians, an arter dat all de
young men will march an sing around
her, an sho ha' ter choose one on 'em fer
king. Dat's whut gits Meeiy whar do
wool's short. You know she ain't for
ard lek de yother gals. "
"No; Meely's a good girl the best
I know. Is that all?"
"Oh, no'm. Dey gwine have er sap
per, sot in de schoolhouse eend er de
church. Dat '11 be 50 cents an eat all
you wants er barbecue an pie. De church
don't git none er dat; hit all goes ter
dem wha 'vides de vittels. But the
side table whar dey gwine sell cake an
candy an reasons on oringes an see
gyara will be all fer de paschure sal'ry.
'Sides dat he git de dime at de do' too.
, De church owes him $40, an dey had
ter promus ter git np somp'n would
make it fer him Chrismus, 'fore he'd
'gree ter baptize, any er dem las' con
verts. ' He 'lowed his body wus des as;
well wuth savin as dey souls, an he
wasn't gwine mint his las' suit er
clothes in de water 'clout he had de in-
ehorance er gittin money", tor buy mo'."
"I see. : Does . it come off Christmas
.. eve?". ' ''; . -
"Oh, no'm. Hit's gwine beSaddy
night in Chrismus. De yother churohes
an school 'tainments wiU be Uucuch by
from town de Sons and Daughters of
I Will Arise, say dej
' dey comin out tor see
how ns conntry niggers does, an I wauts
ter 'stonish um good one time sho. "
"You want me to help you?" .
, "Yessum; I be metty proud ef you
will. I got three dozen eggs. f you des
let me heve de sugar an butter an flour,
I'll make two cakes fer de side table
an bake um in yonr big rosepans. An I
thought maybe you'd len me de money
ter git Meely's dress an shoes, an make
de crown fer her, an len me. you buggy
blankit ter go over de cheer. Ef you
will, hit'll be er mighty big 'commer-
Has Meely outgrown the white dress
I made her last summer?"
No'm, but hit's been washed. 'Sides
hit nuver wus nothin but swiss muslin.
Now she got ter have tarlton. Teacher
say queens don t nuver w ar nothin
else, an nuver puts one on doy back but
des do one time. Hit's boun ter be right
"Yon had better get her yellow shoes.
She can wear them afterward."
''Teacher say dey mus' be red dat's
what de town .niggers will be speotin,
an doy shan't have no scuse ter laugh
ef I can help it. "
"You want me to make tho dress?"
"Yessum, ef you will."
"And the crown?"
"Ain't nobody but you would do it
fer mo." '
Do yon want .it liko this?" show-
Ing a picture of a royal diadem.
'No'm, " said Aunt Charlotte. ' De
hilluns is gwino w'ar silver ones when
dey say dey speeches an Mist Pasco he
made nm ono fer er pattren. Hit s des
er ban big 'nough to go on de head,
wid sharp p'ints stannin up around de
top. Meely s mus be dat way, too, only
gole an bigger. "
"H-m-m! Is that all you want?"
" Yessum 'oeptin 'tis dem flowers
out yonder in de gyarden. An I'll sweep
de yard, an moke your soap in de spring
time, an iruq all Miss Lnoy s nice
clothes nest summer. "
"I knowyou will, you blessed Aunt
Charlotte,'" said .Miss Xucy Lee, run
ning in with her arms full of finery.
"And Meely shall be as fine as Friday
in this tarlatan dress of mine I've only
worn it once and a red sash and stock-
"IS TO0 GOT ANT HOLE PAPEH?"
ings as well as the hoes. And her
crown shall have 17 tiny sharp points
to it, one for each year of her life and
mine. You know we were born the same
day, and have grown np just the same
Aunt Charlotte beamed all over.
"God love yon, Miss Lucyl You is
one good child. I wus thinkin 'bout
dat dress all de way ober here stndyin
np how I could git it. If your foots des
wan't so little dat Meely couldn't git
mo'n her big toe in your shoes, I d ax
you fer dem white slippers and let de
red stockin's da"
"Oh, she shall have shoes never
fear!" Luoy said, holding the sash to
the light. "But how will she get to
church without spoiling thorn? It's a
mile from your house, and the mud
will be knee deep. You know it always
zains a week when the wind is in the
"Yessum, hit's gwine be bad. Dey done
'cided at church meetin dat Meely mus'
dress in de olostes' house dar an den
eome out, on be sot up in er no top bug
gy, an have eight er de big boys pull
her up ter de church do'. Den Mist
Pasco, he gwine take her outen hit an
tote her np de aisle an set her in de
cheer on de table. "
Lucy laughed alond. Her mother
frowned and said, a trifle sharply:
"I would not allow that, Charlotte.
Meely is no child. ' r . .. ;
Aunt Charlotte looked at the floor in
"Dey tells me queens don't walk
none "tall," she .said; "an de buggy
cam't git no niher 'an de do'. "
"Then let two of the big girls make
a bee saddle and tote her. That won't
look Jialf so bad as to Bee Pasco lugging
her like an j2icLcat does herjutten.'
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Mrs. l.ee said, stui snarply.
"It's the hugging, not the lugging,
ma objects to, Lucy said tnrougn
her laughing, "but that does not mat
ter. I believe Mr. Pasco wants to marry
'Ho do," said Moely'a mother, "but
she done sot her min on dat ar' owda
cious Pete Meacham, who've got no
ligion 'tall, is dos always whistlin
reels an potillious an siugin 'bout
"Oh, Master Rabbit, yo' years mighty long.
Yes, my dear, dey aro sot on wrong.
Dat's what make mo try so hGrd ter
git her fix up nice fer dis yere time. I'm
gwine git all de things an den tell or
she cain't have nm dout she'll 'gree
ter take Mist' Pasco."
Lucy's eyes flashed, but before she
could spaak hor mother said:
'Well, I hope you'll succeed, but it
does seem to me that when a girl sets
hor heart on a trifling, no account fel
low there is no use trying to change it.
I didn't know Meoly was like the rest,
but I'll help you all I can."
'So will I," said Lucy, running
away, with scarlot cheeks. Meely's case
was her own. Bort Wilmer had her
heart and her troth plight; rich Dave
Allen, the backing of her parents. Pos
sibly it was this fellow feeling that
made her so wondrous kind to Meely.
Possibly also the fact that Pete had been
postman for the lovers ever since Bert
was forbidden the Lee house had some
thing to do with the cae.
Thou, too, the Lees were a habitual
providence to tho poor blacks about
them. Lovo for the merry, careless,
simple-shrewd race was in thoir blood,
comprehension likewise. They saw tin-,
der the grotesque extravagance of the
queen of Christinas" a germ of self
reliance and furthered it accordingly.
When at last it came to pass, Lucy,
with her brother and a dozen more young
folks, stood outside and looked on
through the window back of the pulpit.
The church was a big log structure, lit
with kerosene lamps in flaring tin re
flectors, and fairly crammed with dark
Besides the country negroes for miles
around the Sons and Daughters of I
Will Arise were out in full rcgalft, a
hundred strong. Each brother wore a
red sash crossing his breast, with a tin
star over the heart, a green apron turned
up with yellow, and a blue and white
rosette upon the left lapel. Each sister
was gorgeous in a pnrple cape, a long
white, freely ruffled apron, deep red sash
abont the waist and orange turban with
green plumes. They marched to their
allotted places, droning ont a weird,
wordless chant, and vainly tried to
maintain an attitude of solemn criti
cism. The crowd was dotted with smil
ing familiar faces, the savory scent of
barbecue was in the air, and Brudder
Paschure, otherwise the Eev. Mr. Bar
ker, shook hands up and down the
benches with a fervor that almost set
them shouting. .
Presently the deacons hustled and
squeezed the crowd back from the aisle,
and Mr. Pasco came through with Mee
ly in his arms. She was a slim slip of a
girl, bnt he staggered under her weight
and, would have fallen when mounting
to her chair throne if Pete Meacham
had not sprung forward and relieved
him of his burden.
"Umph! My Lord! I wouldn't have
dat nigger fer soap grease ef he cain't
tote no better'u dat!" exclaimed the
foremost Daughter of I Will Arise,
while one of the conntry lads murmur
ed:' "Lordyl Wouldn't I des Ipk ter see
'im put 'ginst Pete at er log rollinl He
done stay dor in dat school' ouse twell
he ain't no stronger'n er skeeter. "
Moely reached her throne about equal
ly crumpled in clothes and feelings.
While the speeohes and dialoguos went
on she sat trembling and half blind,
only kept from running incontinently
away by the knowledge that her moth
er's eye wagon her. She knew what was
exDectod of her that she would chooao
W. G. COOVER,
as usual, on the track with
a full line of
Cook Stoves Ranges
Coal and Wood
everything In the shape of a stove
Paints, OilsVarnishes and
Roofing and SpoutiDg done on short
notice. Call sa him before buying,
Look for the big padlock or
Tua Mrry Ohnstaaaaei
KOCKers;, ail OI ine auove in tjrenv yancij,
Back OAK ROCKER for $1.25.
and make a selection while the stock Is
Mr. Pasco as Eing and'sna Kited Mm
so! If only she might choose Pete 1 But
he would not bo in tho line. Annt
Charbtte had managed, to have him left
out. After ho put kef in tho chair ho
sat down on the pulpit floor back of it,
. N'V 5W 1 -7 yv, 1 ft 1 - V
SENT ETU SPRAWLING TO THE FLCOB.
Tvbere the drapery hid him from the
crowd, but let him look his fill at her.
That was her only consolation. If they
tried to make her bodily over to Mr.
Pasco, ho was close at hand, and Miss
Lucy and Marse Bert looking in at the
window, ready to give him couutenanoe
for her protection.
At last the march bosan. Two bv
two, a man mu woman, they came into
the smah clear space . befofe her .and
moved around singing: -
Mr Lord called 6iater Mnrthy.
Sister Marthy would not answer.
Bister Marthy's into de gyarden,
Talkin erbout my Lord.
Five minutes of slow, heavy stamps
ing; then came a wild' whirl to
Dar war Iran's o' music, , '
Dar war bail's o' mtisttV -Dar
war ban's o' musio
Ettmbliu fro' de sky.
Then the words died away to a wild
groaning shriek, with a tempest of foot'
falls under it. The marchers formed a
wheel with the women in the center
and whirled at top speed in front of and
up to the poor distracted queen. The
pastor come, too, with an oily smile,
and put his buggy whip in her hand,
saying: "Now, Miss Permeely, hit
your king and lemme set him down up
yere 'side you. Hit is not good fer
'ooman ter be erlone, de Scripture says.
Now, shet yonr eyes an hit de nex' who-
'er passes." With that he seemed to
Telease the whip, yet adroitly flung the
lash around Pasco's neck. Instantly
there went up a great laughing shout,
and by the time Meely had drawn one
sobbing breath the teacher was beside
her, holding her hand. The preacher
had drawn a book and a folded paper
from his pocket and was beginning to
read that the document authorized him
to solemnize matrimony betwixt Caesar
Augustus Pasco and Pamela Mills.
Out from the wonder stricken crowd
came a shrill cry: "O-o-o! you vilyunl
I hain't dead yet 1"
The next minute a small and vicious
looking Daughter of I Will Arise
streamed np to the throne, clutched the
royal bridegroom and shaking him till
his teeth chattered cried out: "I mar
ried dis yere slab sided, low-down, no
'count triflin fly up do creek two years
ergo, up to Nashville, an took in wash
in ter spote 'im so he might go ter
sohool an git book sense ernough ter be
er preacher. An dis is whut I gits for
it. Fine nm yere tryin ter marry cr
gal 'at don' 'ant nm an does 'ant some
body else. I been knowin ever sence
he runned away he was mean as gar
broth thickened wid tadpoles, br.t
never did thought he'd coino quite ter
sech er pass as dis.
Mr. Barker put on his most judicial
aspect Pasco's countenance betrayed
his guilt. Nevertheless the minister
"Is this woman your wife, Brother
"I married her once, but I was
minor then, and I propose to get me a
divorce next spring as soon, in fact, as
school is out," Mr. Pasco said, calling
all his grammar to his aid.
"Den you better wait till you git it
'fore you try ter marry agin," Fete
Meacham said, catching his rival round
the waist and sending him sprawling
on the floor. Then he gathered the sob
bing Meely in his arms and turned to
face the preacher, saying: "Mr. Pas
chure, my boss is got license for me ter
marry dis same little gal. uit um from
him, please, an tie de knot right yere.
I wus gwine steal her as we went home,
but I don't wantcr take no mo' risks er
losin 'er." "j 1 , '
Then a wonderful thing happened.
The party outside came in and stood in
a half circle, back of Pete and Meely,
until they were made one, when
grave gentleman, whom nobody quite
know, steeped in front of Bert Wilmer
i g s sea eg Kg
complete. Exclusive agent for
and Lucy Lee, end in less'nme tliau it
takes to write it they had likewise en
tered the holy estate of matrimony.
Peto and his boss, it seemed, had plan
ned a double runaway. Tho happenings
of the evening only precipitated tho
Aunt Charlotte and Mrs. Lee in time
becamo reconciled to their sous-in-law,
but tho church meeting has never yet
ventured upon anothor queen of Christ
mas. THE GAME OF SNAPDRAGON.
Mast lie Quick and Not Hind
Few "Christmas gambols" exist in
their original form. But the old games
modified to suit modern taste as well
as tho new ones are just as full of fun
and aro entered into by the young folks
nowadavs with rs much zest as were
the rougher gambols over which in old
England tho "Lord of Misrulo" pre
sided. Although tho authority of this
lord was generally acknowledged at
Christmas merrymakings 200 or 800
years ago. and he made things very live
ly, such disorders finally crept Into nis
brief burlesque reign that he was sup
One of tho most quiet and genial of
the gambols over which he was master
has been handed down under the namo
of "Snapdragon. " Raisius are put into
a large bowl, covored with spirit, which
is ignited. Lights in tho room are ex
tinguished, and each ono attempts in
turn to grasp a raisin, a feat roquiring
some skill and courage. Meanwhile an
appropriate accompaniment is the "Song
of tho Snapdragon, " beginning tBus:
Here he comes with flaming bowl.
Don't he mean to take his tollf
Bnipl Snap I Dragon I
Take care you don't take too much,
Be not greedy in your clutch,
Snip! Snapl Dragon!
With his btuo and lapping tongue
Hany of j ou will be stung.
, Snip! Snap! Dragon!
A Bit of Pathos at Chrlstmastlde.
There is a little girl of 0 who has
proved hersolf one of the ministering
children not in name only. A few weeks
ago the baby of the family died. The
children as well as the mother had
looked forward to hanging up the baby's
stocking at Christmas with a great deal
of pleasure. But the loss of the baby
brought such anguish to the mother that
she decided to have no Christmas cele
bration of any kind. Last Sunday even
ing, as the family sat in partial dark
ness, recounting their loss with all its
sad circumstances, a tender little voice
pierced the gloom:
"Mamma, isn't thero any Christmas
"Yes, darling, " answered the weep
ing mother. "It is always Christmas
"Then why don't yon keep it hero?'
persisted the little girL "Jus' make
b'lieve baby isn't dead, an hang up her
little stockin, mauir.ia, an le's all have
Christmas jus' the same on be happy,
like she is."
The child's wisdom prevailed against
the unreasoning sorrow of the mother,
and tho little ones are happy and busy
filling the stocking of the baby who will
keep Christmas in heaven.
The first Christmas carol,, as Milton
and Jeremy Taylor have saidf waa anng
by the angels oh the plains' or Bethlo
hem. This custom has prevailed in inost
Christian countries and is perpetuated
in England and on the oontinent. Cala
brian minstrels still leave their moun
tains during the last (lays preceding
Jl HALF DOZEN SPOONSt
Cnnstmas Tor J.aplesor Home, salnnng
with their wild music the shrines of the
Virgin Mother, to cheer her until the
birth boor of the infant Jeans, now near
at hand. The first Christmas carols were
hymns in honor of the nativity. Tbey
afterward assumed a more secular char
acter, wary of them bein songs of rev
elry accompanying the festivities of the
"WHAT ARE WE HERE FORI"
Flanagan's Own Story of How
Uttered the Famous Brmark.
Flanagan of Texas" is a name that
always brings np a famous question,
"What are wo hero for?" V hctber in
New York, Chicago or San Francisco,
that name on the hotel register always
brings a crowd of people to see the man
who originated ono of the most famous
phrases in American politics. Ihe sen-,
tence has gone into history and become
a part of it It was one of the memora
ble incidents of one of tho most nionio
rable conventions that ever assembled
in America the Chicago national Re
publican convention which defeated
Grant and nominated Garfield. Ever
since then somebody in every conven
tion, large or small, has arisen to ask,
'-What are we hero for?" Web Flana
gan of Henderson, Rusk county, Tox.,
ia the man who said it first of all. To a
writer for the Galveston News Flaua
can told tho storr of the phrase. This
is tho way ho told it:
"It was in Chicago iu 1880. I was a
member from Texas iu the national con'
ventiou. When the committee on plat
form and resolutions reported. Barker of
Massachusetts offered to insert a plank
tilcdgiuc tho party to civil scrvico ro
form. I aroso in my place and said:
Mr. President, Texas has had quite
enonch of civil service reform. Out of
1.300 offices m that btato 1,000 of them
are filled bv Democrats. We believe
that to tho victors belong the spoils.
Every proposition of tins sort conios
from states that aro threatened with a
Mugwump invasion. Sir, tho boys in
the trenches are demanding recognition.
Party sarvico entitles tncin to somotmng
at the party's hands. They need the
offices, and, sir, what are we heie for
bnt for the offices?' Immediately tho
delegates and the galleries yollod. They
shouted till they were, hoarse, and it
was several minutes before tho chairman
was finally able to restore order. Tho
ne-t day the incident was iu all of the
papers, and from then till now it has
been traveling around tho earth. I have
seen it in foreign papers and have heard
it time and again in national conven
tions since then. It was simply a forci
ble way I had of expressing myself. I
never had the slightest idea that my
chief claim to fame should be a chance
expression in the confusion of a great
EDWIN BOOTH'S UNHAPPINESS.
To His Daughter He Says He Was Never
A number of lotters written by Edwin
Booth to his daughter and intimate
friends are published in The Century.
The following one to his daughter gives
an index to the melancholy that was so
marked in his disposition:
New Youk, Jan. 6, 1888.
I have soon Rose several times and shall say
goodby tomorrow. 1 do all 1 can for her, but
nothing on earth can render hor lonely life h'ss
weary, poor soull As for God's reward for
what I have doao, I can hardly appreciate
it.. Tismore liko panishment for misdeeds
(of which I've done many) than grace for good
ones (if I'vo done any). HomelessncRS is the
actor's fate, physical incapacity to attain
what is most required and desired by such a
spirit as I am slave to. If there bo rowards,
I certainly am well paid, but hard schooling
in lffe's thankless lessons has mado me some
what of a philosopher, and I'vo learned to take
tho buffets and rewards of f ortuno with equal
thanks, and in suffering all to suffer I won't
say nothing, but comparatively little. Dick
Stoddard wrote a poem called "The King's
Bell," which fits my case exactly (you may
have read it). Ho dedicated it to Lorimcr
Graham, who never knew tn unhappy day in
his brief life, instead of to me, who never
knew a really happy one. You mustn't suppose
from this that I'm ill in mind or body. Cn tho
contrary, I am well enough In both. Nor am
I a pessimist. I merely wanted you to know
that the sugar of my life is bitter sweet per
haps not more so than every man's whosa ex
perience has been abovoond below thosurfaco.
Business has continued largo and increases a
little every night. Tho play will run two
week3 longer. Sunday at 4 o'clock I start for
Baltimore, arriving thero at 10 o'clock. .
Tomorrow a meeting of actors, managers and
artists at breakfast to discus!) and organize, if
possible, a theatrical club liko tho Garrick of
London. . ...,...
WEIGH WITH THEIR EYES.
Dealer In Live Stock Do Not
Often 1'te Scales.
The dealers in live stock who buy and
sell the thousands of cattle, hogs and
sheep which are daily handled at the
Bourbon stockyards must be expert in
guessing the weight of a live animal at
a glance. In conversation with a well
known stockman a few days ago ho ex
plained why this is uecossary:
"It would be impossible to weigh the
cattle in many cases because of the im
mense labor involved and the length of
time it wonld take, while the market
price, which is subject to constant fluc
tuations, might easily vary from its
highest to its lowest limit while wo
were weighing the animals in one of
our big scales. For instance, today,
which has beeh the biggest day of the
year thus far, there have been received at
the Bourbon yards over 2,400 head of
cattle and abont 6,000 hogs. Suppose
we had to drive all of those upon the
scales to ascertain their weight? There
are dozens of old stock men who can in
spect a herd of animals and form an es
timate of their average weight which
will be readily accepted by purchasers as
the basis of a trade.
"In a test case which was made some
time since a man who has had a life
long experience in buying and selling a
herd of cattle, after inspecting a herd
of 600 animals, guessed their average
weight within oue-thirdr of a pound of
the actual figure ascertained by weigh
ing the cattle individually. The feat
was accomplished by Mr. Ben D. Offutt
of this county and is not so extraordina
ry as it appears, because similar in
stances of expert 'guessing' occur hore
every day. "Louisville Courier-Jour
Women Officers Re-elected.
The Woman's Benevolent association
of Kansas City, Kan., elected officers at
its recent meeting. Without an ex
ception the old officers were re-elected.
Here thoy are: Mrs. Phoebe A. Eager,
president; Mrs. E. J. Harris, vice pres
ident; Mrs. W. H. Eyns,; secretary, and
Mrs. J. C. Martin, treasurer.' The soci
ety is over 20 years old.
. The amount of fatty matter or oil in
maize is far greater than in wheat In
the latter oil composes abont 1 per cent;
in the former, from 6 to 10.
A LESSON IN BOXING.
Tosnff Maa Who Raw a Sir After
ward Saw btars.
Joking ,n Chicago tolls this story and
tells it WelL
"I saw a sign of 'boxing' and fcrmna
slum up stairs,' and I nt up B imply to
see what sort of a place it was.' There
were only a few people up there, and one
of them was a young man with a black
eye and a dejected countenance. As he .
seemed to be unhappy, I felt It my duty
to speak to him and see what I could do
to make his path mora pleasant
"'1 11 tell you what's de matter WW
me,' ho explained after a bit. 1 was
a-boxtn here twoor t'roc days ago wid de SU
Joe Kid, as ho calls hissclf, and be strode
me foul and blocked mo eye. I'm o-layia
fur him here, dis mornin, and if he comes.
say, I'll put him to sleep in do middle oi
de first round. I'll show you how he hit
'lie pot up, pulled off his coat and vest
and pulled on a puir of gloved, and about
this time I remarked:
" 'I'm perfectly willing to take your
word fur it. You needn't go to any trou
ble Do demonstrate"
" 'Oh, It's no trouble at all Come Into
de ring, and I'll showou how ho did it
" 'But, you sec, I'
" 'Come Into do ring. What's do use
of asklu about me eye if you don't want to
know how do kid blacked it?'
"Ho had gouo to considerable troublo
on my account, and I fult it was only fair
to step into the ring.
'' 'Now, doD, put up your dukes,' ha
said as he squared off at me.
" 'But, my dear sir, I novor'
" 'Put up yor dukes. Do you want mo
to knock yer jaw off at do very first clip?'
'It looked to mo as if ho was on only
child and not used to being crossad, and
so I put up my dukes to keep him good
'"Now, prtincc around,' he said as he
began to dun: and skip and feint at me,
" 'What's tho use?' I protested. 'I can
stand still while you explain matters.'
'"Prance, I say!' he yelled.
"It seemed policy to humor him In his
absurd theories, and so 1 began prancing.
'' 'But's de idea,' he called ns ho dodged
about. 'Now, don, hold ycr right a little
lower. Dat's it. Up a li ttlo will yer loft.
Uut's do vrny.'
" 'Cut, I assure yon, my dear follow,
that I didn't coiuo hero to'
" 'Lead for me wid ycr leftl'
" 'What for?"
" 'Lcr.d far :nc, I say. Do you want to
stand there liko a chump and let me do
all do work?'
"I didn't want to hurt the young man,
but as ho was willing to take tho risk I led
for him. I expected to knock him bead
over heels, but he was still circling around
mo after I got through leading. This as
tonishing fact led mo to romnrk:
" 'I think I will go now. I've got to be
down at tho Palmer House in just 15 min
utes. I can plainly see now how tho kid'
" 'Swing yer right fur me jnwl' he yell
ed as his dancing and prancing grow more
'' 'But I don't want to break your jaw.'
".'Swing wid yer riglitl'
''Ho had requested mo to kill him, and
I swung. I was wondering what tho cor
oner's verdict would bo whon the roof
fell In and everything turned dark. It
was eight minutes afterward, as a small
boy with a Very honest face informed me,
when I awoko and found tho roof all right
Tho boy and I wore tho only onos In the
pluco, and ho said my jaw wouldn't both
er mo over two weeks. He was a good
boy. He rubbed me with liniment, brought
me a glass of brandy and afterward holped
me down stairs and' called a carriage and
told tho driver what hospital to bring up
at" Detroit Free Press
Shelley married an innkeeper's daugh
ter, who proved uncongenial. He left
her, and she committed suicide.
'tull oft with rtarch and gle
The linen collar tlartt Hie morn;
Full oft at noontime it it teen
All willed, wrinkled ana forlorn.
That's what you must expect of
such a collar ; it's the linen of it.
The stand-up collars won't stand
up, and the turn-down collars will 5
wilt down. The easy, cheap, and 9
pleasant way out of this is to wear 3
Cuffs. These goods arc made
by covering linen collars or cuffs
on both sides with 1 'Celluloid,"
thus making them strong and
durable, and waterproof, not affec
ted by heat or moisture. There
are no other waterproof goods
made this way, consequently none
that can wear so well. When soiled
simply wipe them off with a wet
cloth. Every piece of the genuine
is stamped like this
Insist mxm eoods bo marked
if you expect full satisfaction, and
if your dealer does not keep them,
send direct to us enclosing amount
and we will mail sample. State
size, and whether a stand-up or
turned-down collar is wanted.
Collars 25c. each. Cuffs 50c. pair.
Tho CELLULOID COMPANY
427-29 Broadway, NewYork.
It ABSOLUTELY prevents slippingy
and insures perfect safety and comfort to
horse and driver.
Shod with the " Neversllp" your horse's
feet are always in good condition kept so
by not having to constantly remove the,
shoes for sharpening.
The CALKS are REMOVABLE,
Steel-Centered and SELF-SHARPENING
When worn out new Calks can be easily In
serted without removing shoes, saving an
immense amount of time usually lost at tho
On receipt of postal will mail free onr de.
scrlptivecfroularcontainingprices of Calked
Shoes, ready to be nailed on, for trial, offered
this winter at very fow prices. ..-
DEAUEBS m jJjj,, ....
Blacksmiths' and Wagon Makers Supplies
. Bole agents for Henry County; oct25-3m.
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