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AN OLD AUTOCRAT.
Who was he? Why, the colonel, of
course! What other man in that big
.family of overgrown children occupies 'die
"proud position of absolute monarchy?
And what was his name? Thomas Cre
He was an autocrat?an absolule mon
arch?a martinet of the fiercest and most
unreasonable description, and he com
manded the gallant regiment known as
the Eighth dragoons. Behind his back
they called him "Tommy," "Our Old Man,"
"Old Fireworks," and the like; but to his
face it was "yes, colonel," aud "no, colonel,"
hi the most meekly-mouthed manner.
Occasionally the youngsters played very
judicious pranks on him; that is to say,
when ' Tommy" got three sheets in the
wind he was wont to unbend considerably,
and they therefore had to fall in with his
humor, and if lie joked, joke back again;
but it was unsatisfactory work?so akin to
playing with lighted matches over an open
barrel of gunpowder.
WeU, one evening, after an extra big
night, Col. Crevecoeur retired to his rooms,
rather nearer to half-seas-over than was
asual even with him. who could stow
ajvay a bottle of cognac a day with ease
and comfo: c. He was desperately sleepy
?almost too sleepy to walk at all; the
night was awfully cold; on the ground
outside the snow lay thick, and the fires
in his rooms burned briUiantly?as fires
do in frosty weather?casting a meUow,
pleasant glow over everything. Up to the
sitting-room fireplace CoL Crevecoeur
went, meandering thereto in graceful
curves, which so delighted him that he
unburdened his soul by a burst of
lauguage, popularly called "choice
Italian." And, somehow, his legs seemed
more inclined to continue the graceful
meandering movements than the rest
of him did, so he caught st the chimney
piece to steady himself; a^liber$y"which?
as it was merely a sham shelf.of;wood and
fringe, put to hide the hideous regulation
finish to the hideous regulation grate
that article promptly resented by breaking
down, with all its freight of letters, horse
shoes, candlesticks, photograph-frames,
and odd little Indian ornaments and fig
ures. Happily the gloss was safely
screwed to the wall, and the fire happen
ing to flicker up just then into a brilliant
blaze, Col. Crevecoeur caught sight of his
own handsome countenance, and suddenly
became aware that he had been having
"What a demmed red face you'v got,
Crevecoeur, my boy," he remarked, con
fidentially, gazing idiotically at the reflec
tion of cheeks flushed scarlet, white
mustaches, fiercely waxed, and close
cropped white hair, all rumpled up on end.
"Been having too much?very wrong?
shouldn't do it?bad example to set the
Now, since a roaring fire was alight in
ea^h of the rooms, the use of a candle was
entirely-superfluous; but Col. Crevecoeur,
being in as great a state of absent-minded
ness as was ever Sir Isaac Newton when
' he made the little hole for the kitten
though, to be sure, the cause was a very
different one?troubled himself to stoop
for a candle and stick from among the
debris on the floor. Ho fished up the stick
first; then the candle. But, alas! the
candle was broken, and, being slightly too
small for the candlestick, required fitting
to a greater nicety than his head was
capable at that moment of conceiving or
his fingers of carrying out.
"Dem the candlestick!" said Col. Creve
coeur, flinging it across the room.
Still it did not occur to him to betake
himself to bed without any extra light;
stooping, he placed the broken candle be
tween the bars, with the effect of making
a big blaze in tho fire, but none where he
wanted it, at the end of the candle.
"Dem th-a candle!" he exclaimed, tossing I
it Into the fire; then sat himself down to
recover his breath; his eyes closed, and in
two minutes he was oft to sleep as sound
as a church.
He must have slept for about a couple of
hours; for he awoke, with d start, to find
the fire burned very low in the grate, the
room in darkness, and the big ttjfi?k in the
gate-tower striking three.
Col. Crevecoeur sat up in bis chair, as
sober as-* Judge. "I must have been asleep,'
he muttered; "gad! how deuced cold it is."
As he passed the- window to go to the
next room he drew aside the curtain to
look at the night. The square was as
light as day; on the great expanse of
newly-fallen snow, the moon shone down
bravely, bringing each sentry-box and
each snow-capped range of troop-rooms
into view with the startling distinctness of
He only stood there for a moment, but,
as ill-luck would-have it, a man in plain
clothes came quietly out from betweeu
the chief block of officers' quarters and
the commanding officer's house, and
passed quickly towards the nearest troop
room, unchallenged by the sentry im
mediately below Col. Crevecceur's window.
He did what, of course, any other com
manding officer in the service would have
done, he flung up his window, and de
manded angrily the reason of the non
"I didn't hear him, sir," stammered the
unfortunate sentry, in dismay.
"You?didn't?hear?him," iu tones of
the most withering scorn; "and what the
devil did you mean by not hearing him,
sir? What are you there for, sir? Who is
he? What is he doing out, prowling about
at this time of night? Up to no good, I'll
be bound. I'll not have men prowling
about at all hours."
The man in plain clothes had quickly
enough vanished at the first sound of the
colonel's voice, but the old autocrat was
not going to be done in that fashion. It
was just the time for relieving guard, and,
while he was yet speaking, the corporal of
the guard made his appearance and per
formed that ceremony.
"Put this man under arrestl" thundered
the autocrat, "and turn the guard out."
So there was a scurry back to the guard
room, a hoarse "Guar-r-r-r-r-d tur-r-r-r-r-n
out " a great scrambling and scuffling and
catohing up of carbines plainly audible
across the silent square; then a tramp of
spurred heeis, as the guard marched down
to the commanding officer's quarters.
"ikmnd reveille!" shouted the colonel.
Out rang the trumpets, and out came
the regiment, wondering if a big riot was
on, cr a monster fire, or maybe an invasion.
But, after nil, it was but a great to-do
about nothing. Who had been out in the
square during the past half hour'-'
The delinquent stood out instanter. "Me,
sir,' he announced, without any circumlo
"Oh, you!" with a frightful sneer on his
har.dsome old face; "and, pray, what were
you doing out of your quarters at this
"I'm Mr. Bartholomew's servant, sir,"
the man explained; "I've been helping Dr. 1
Scott to put 'ot flannins on 'im, but when
he dropped orf to sleep the doctor said I
might as well go to bed, as he could do
j weny well by;hisself for the rest of the
I night." ??? "tJ? ?? /-via..
Now, asyoungsBartholomewwas suffer
Ing fron?, a ^ere-attack of inflammation
of the luiigs^theWf was-nothing- further to
be said; therefore, wdt&a-very bad word,
the ohlfcolonel banged down his window,
not-even condescending to dismiss the
regiment, and, while the orderly was hesi
tating whether to take that responsibility
upon himself, one of the men broke into a
Up went the window again.
"Ah, ah, my fine fellow, I'll teach you
to laugh on the Other side of your mouth!"
the colonel roared.- "Mr. Mordaunt, let
the regimen: be ready, in full marching
order, in half an hour."
Full marching order, at 3 in the morn
ing, with the thermometer at ten degrees
below zero, and snow afoot deep, on the
ground! In two minutes that barrack
mignj, with reason, have been likened to
paliTOinbniuiii;'sucn a cursing, such a
swearing;' in ttuth;.ln, the space uf five
short minutes-you might have heard as
great a variety of oaths''as would have
served to fill this volume: such a hasty
blacking of hoots, such a polishing of hel
mets, such groanings over soiled gloves
and facings, which there was no time to
clean, such u 'hurrying, such a scamper
ing of orderlies to apprise the married offi
cers living in the town, snch a rousing of
whole streets to find the married men
living out of barracks, such a grooming
and stamping,' and kicking of sleepy,
frightened horses, such a plunging and
slipping and neighing, until, at last, they
were ready to start
All through the town! Such a flinging
up of windows; such thrusting out of
sleepy heads to know if an enemy had sud
denly invaided the country; such wonder
as the loud strains of ?Auld Lang Syne"
and "The girl I left behind me" rang out
upon the frosty air; such bitter tears of
Bweet, little modest maidens, who did not
like to appear en demi toilette, and made
sure the brave Eighth were off for active
service at least, such hurried mental foot
big up of unpaid bills!
Then out into the country! Rousing the
inhabitants of village after village, and
making them wonder if the queen was
dead, that the soldiers made so much fuss.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven long,
slippery, dismal, miserable miles by a
round which brought them back through
the town again,-vh?re the worst was to
come. A good mae from the town clouds
quickly drifted across the moon, and the
snow began to fall again in heavy, blind
ing wreaths; several horses suddenly be
come utterly unmanageable and frantic,
loshing out every minute when they were
not stumbling, and stumbling when they
were not kicking; one fell, breaking his
rider's leg in two places in the fall; n
second came down a couple of hundred
yards farther on, smashing a fore-leg horri
bly; a third ran his hetvd bang agakist a
lamp-post, tumbling over as dead as a
door-nail; at which another terrified ani
mal made a clean bolt of it, and tried to
jump a house, with the result of turning a
somersault and lauding in the gutter with
a broken back, jerking his rider off, with,
happiiy, no more serious injury than a
couple of broken ribs.
It was a ghastly night's work, and, truly
mornmg light rose upon a ghastly sight.
Three gallant chargers lay stretched stiff
and stark upon the trampled, blood
stained road; two hospital cots were filled
that before had been empty; anger and
disgust was on every face, well-nigh rebel
bon and mutiny in every heart.
Among it all Col. Crevecoeur stalked,
gt.m, silent, vigilant, like on avenging
spirit?a mighty big spirit for such a very
In duo course the story was wafted to
headquarters, with what effect never
transpired. The dignity and the authority
of a commading officer must be kept up,
of course; yet many in the regiment sus
pected that when not many weeTts hiter
Maj. Forde was gazetted to
th? command of the regiment,
vice Thomas Crevecoeur, resigned, the re
tirement had been politely compulsory.
So he passed out of the regiment which
he bad'ruled so long with a rod of iron,
and wjthjitm?with one excoption?passed
away the last of the old race of martinets.
-J. & Winter._
Far Ahead of a Ghost Story.
The Rev. Mr. Llndsey, who formerly re
sided and*preached^ia. .fhtoqounty, was
able to boast that he had been born four
months after his mother had been dead
and buried. Here is the explanation: His
mother, who resided in Stewartville town
ihip, in this county, f '1 ill, and, to all ap
pearance died and was "dried in Stewart
viUe cemetery. The night following her
interment ghouls, for the purpose of secur
ing some jewelry that was buried with the
body, unearthed the remains, when con
sciousness returned, and she was enabled
to return to her home.
Arriving at her late residence she rapped
at the door, and was answered by her
husband, who demanded to know who
was there. To his groat astonishment the
answer came: "It is your wife." He was
not quick in opening the door, but finally
did so, and was overjoyed to meet again in
lifo his beloved wife, whom . he had
mourned as dead. Four months afterward
the Rev. Mr. Lindsey was born, and she
survived several years. This is indeed u
strange story, but we are assured that it
is literally true.?Buckingham (N. C.)
Spirit of the South.
"Hollo" Gottlug To He si Chestnut.
"Have you noticed," said a telephone
operator to me recently, "that we are get
ting out of the way of saying 'hello' to
"No, I haven't noticed it," I confessed.
"Yes, 'hello' got to be a chestnut, and so
we have changed to'well.' When a man
calls us up now we say 'weU' in nn inquir
ing tone, and it sounds much better than
the rude, rough shout of 'hello.'"
Anger and the Other Pagslour;.
Of all passions, en?^r is most under the
rule of the" will. What man but could
govern his wrath if a fortune hung on it,
how choleric soever he were? But not so
with fear, love, ambition, hatred, and
other passions which often tear their way
against all will, or arc locked only with
great struggle.?"J.'V. B." in Globe-Demu
Dr. Holmes says that "On horseback a
man's system becomes clarified, because
his liver goes up and down like the handle
of a churn."
The highest price ever paid for a pointer
(dog) was f l,2?? for Faust, bought in Eng
land in 1SS0 and now in St. Louis.
Man is a mystery, and life is a poem
which human depravity too often makes
Into prose.? Mine. George Sand.
C. P. Huntington, the great railroad
magnate, was once a farm hand on a Con
An American church for Christian wor
shipers of all denominations is to be built
at Nice. *
FLIES ON THE WINDOW PANE.
A Characteristic Anecdote of Holman
Hunt's Early Artistic Work.
My father was from the first strongly
opr d to my becoming an artist; ho had
had reason to see the ill effects of a loafing,
idle life, and he believed, in accordance
with the general opinion of those days,
that artists were necessarily of a reckless,
frivolous character, and led a useless, un
stable life. So, finding that at school I
scribbled more designs than exercisqs in
my copy-books, he removed me from
school when I was 12% years old, mth tho
intention of placing me in some city office.
Owing to a fortunate accident I was
placed with an auctioneer and estate agent
as a sort of probationary clerk, and one
day my master, coming into the office hur
riedly, caught me putting away something
in my desk, and, insisting upon seeing it,
discovered that I could draw. This led to
inquiries on his part as to whether I had
painted, and it turned out that he was
himself fond of art, and, whenever he
could get a chance, practiced painting.
"One day," he said to me, "when there's
nothing much to be done, you and I will
shut ourselves in here and have a day's
painting together;" and sole happened.
Here were tho tables turned upon my
father with a vengeance! I was get
ting artistic encouragement from the
very employer who should have been
distilling into me commercial principles.
This lasted about a .year and a half, wh*-"t
owing to my employer's retirement fim..
business, 1 obtained another situation in
tho city at a Manchester warehouse, in
Cateaton street, managed by a London
agent of Richard Cobden. Hero I sat by
myself in a little room looking out at the
three blank walls and made entries in a
ledger, and seemed further than ever from
my desire of becoming an artist.
But here, too, curiously enough, another
artistic friend turned up, in tho person of
an occasional clerk whoso business it was
to design patterns for the firm's calicos,
etc. Surreptitiously I also used to try my
hand at designing, and attained sufficient
proficiency to enable my friend to mako
use of my designs on various occasions. I
remember an amusing incident of this
period, which gave me great delight at*
tho "Knie. The window of my room was
made of ground glass, and, having but
little to do, I passed my time drawing
with both pen and pencil flies upon its
roughened snrface. A good blot of ink
sufficed for the body an* some delicate
strokes with a hard pencil for tho wings,
and at a short distance the deception was
perfect. Day by day the number of flies
in that room increased, till ono day my
employer, coming in, ^topped suddenly
in front of the window and said: "I can't
make out how it is; every day I come Into
this room there seems to be more files in
it," and he took out his handkerchief to
brush them away.?Holman Hunt in
The Kailroad Across the Caucasus.
The railroad across the Caucasus is a
military one?i. e., constructed primarily
for purposes of troop transportation, etc.,
I like nearly every railroad in the vast Rus
sian empire, such as, for instance, the ene,
now building from the Caspian to Tash
kend, a distance of 1,550 versts (about 1,100
miles). Tho places between Batoum and
Baku, a distance of 827 versts, are few and
j far between, and, with the exception of
Tiflis and Elizabetpol, of no great impor
tance. The scenery between Batoum and
Tiflis is grand and varied. The railroad
climbs on its way a mountain of 3,200 feet in
height?the Sougame?and feats of engin
eering sk?l are frequent all along tho'nne.
Of course, all this makes this line very ex
pensive and unprofitable, and tho govern
ment annually has to put up for the de
ficit. Only one train every twenty-four
hours starts between Batoum and Baku.
Tho latter town is now sufficiently
known to America as her great rival in
the petroleum line. A whole book on tho
town and its wonders has lately been
written by an Englishman, but ho confines
himself to the -technical points. Baku
has now 67,000 inhabitants, and has grown
, to such proportions within the last four
years. It is an old town, however, and
the presence of naptha here was known
even In the dimmest antiquity. The
temples for fire worshipers, who used to
come here as to a sort of Mecca front all
parts of the orient, have been destroyed.
The fire is no longer worshiped here, but
the oil is. Baku sent away to Russia and
foreign ports . last year no less than 25,
000,000- pud (tho pud equals 16 kilos, or 35
pounds,) and the oil delivered on board,
refined, costs but 17 to 20 kopecks (8 to 10
cents) the pud.?Baku Cor. Chicago
She Liked tho Epilogue Best.
A young lady from St. Louis was visit
ing her cousin, an Ashland avenue belle,
a few weeks ago, and together they at
tended a Modjeska matinee. "As You Like
It" was the play. Tho St. Louis young
lady was delighted.
"It was just splendid," she declared to
some of her friends the next day, "and tho
audience fairly went wild. When the play
was finished the people didn't want the
curtain to come down, and cheered so that
Mrs. Modjeska had to stop down to tho
front of the stage and make a little speech
thanking the people for their kindness,
and asking them to come again some time.
Such a speech ns it was, too. I never
heard such a pretty one in all my life. I
didn't think there was any woman living
who could make such nice speeches. Why,
the language was as pure and sweet as
that Governor Marmaduke used in his
campaign addresses last faU."?Chicago
The Value of Many Associate*.
You can not live your best life without
plenty of associates and an ever-widening
circle of associates. You draw a new life
from every real friend you make. So does
that friend from you. If you isolate and
cut yourself down to an ever-decreasing
circle of friendB you are literally starving
yourself to death. You will never find a
person in good physical health or balanced
in mind who went off from tho world and
lived alone. Take all the active minds of
our time, the people who are live working
powers in the world, and you find them
always people of wide and ever-widening
range of association.
The "crank" blooms in solitude?an un
healthy growth through feeding on him
self?over much self-communing and
nursing of his pet idea until in his eyes it
fills the universe.?Prentice Mulford in
San Francisco Chronicle.
It Indicated His Popularity.
Officeseeker?Well, what was the meet
Ward Politician?Entirely harmonious.
Never saw anything like it. You were
nominated by acclamation.
"A spontaneous outburst, eh?"
"Entirely so, sir. It indicates your pop
ularity. There wasn't anything else to bo
expected. The spontaneity was aU ar
ranged in caucus tho night before."?Phil
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and customers. '
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Large Wogoa Yard in rear of
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_COLUMBIA, S. C.
C. MAYHEW. J. M. MAYHEW.
COLUMBIA, S. C.
Manufacturers of and Dealers in
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Mantels, Monuments and Tablets
furnished to any design
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Polished Granite Work, either Na
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Correspondence solicited with those
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rpIIE WHOLE OR A PART OF
JL my Farm, two miles below the town of
Orangeburg, on the South Carolina Rail
way and the public reads leading to Char
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cleared, balance finely timbered. Some
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pint timbered, adjoining and lying East
and West of roads to Charleston. To be
subdivided in lots of 30 to 80 acres and sold,
unless sold in entire. These lots will be
fine lots for residences.
Jan 26-5t A. D. FREDERICK,
CHAELESTON, S. C.
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HIGH GRADE RICE FERTILIZER,
J"ames "Van Tassel,
CHOICE FAMILY GROCERIES,
Wines, Liquors and Segars,
A T MY ESTABLISHMENT CAN BE FOUND ALL THE STANDARD
xjL arriclcs of GROCERIES at Rock Bottom Prices, as well as purest ami besi;
WINES, LIQUORS, &C., sold anywhere. Also the choicest SEGARS AND TOBACCO
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WIIEZV LOOKING AROUI*"? GIVE .HE A CALL.
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EIGHT YEARS OLD.
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Black and Colored Drews Goods,
LINENS. HOSIERY, &c, &c , -
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E2TA11 Orders will receive prompt ami
23TCasli orders amounting to ?io or
over will be delivered in any county free of
charge. C Je E. IL. I^rrisoii,
; aug201y Charleston. S. C.
.11 ICS. .1. .11. IIAKT/O^
I \\TILr. OX THE 15THGFMAKCII
I T T resume business, and invites the at
tention of the Ladies to her Stock of new
i ami attractive Millinery ami Fancy Goods,
1 embracing all the Novelties of the season.
Next door to Dr. S. A. Reeves' Drug .Store,
Ornngcburg, S. C. Feb. 25-3mos
AVIAL LATHK01*. F. M. WANNAMAKKIt,
OraugCburg, s. U. .St. Matthews, S. C
TATIIIIOF & WAXXAMAKEH,
ATTORNEYS AT LAW,
OUAXGEIiUto, S. C.
Oilice Up Stairs Over the Postoflice.
j HORSE AND CATTLE POWDERS
No Norsk ?rill ?lle of Colic. dots or Vcsa i'K
VKIt, it IVltltzS I'oWiliTll lire IISI'll 111 lime.
Kotitz'? I'owilers will cure nml prevent MoaCliouutA.
Fonufr I'owdcrs will prevent 0a pics in Fowl*.
r'ontz'H I'owrtciw will Increase the quantity 01 mill;
und crenm twenty per cent..ami make the butterflnu
b'outz'ii I'owder* will pure or prevent almost KYeet
d18kamk to which llo;-es and Cattle are robject.
Koirrz'B I'oww iu witt, civk Satisfaction.
DAVID E. FOUTZ. Proprietor.
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O K JLIVCS K181." KG
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