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THE DIAMOND DOLLAR,
"Worst thing in the world foi weak
eyes, young woman."
The young woman looked up from the
magazine in her lap and smiled at her
gray bearded mentor on the opposite side
of the street car. She smiled with her
whole face?dimpled chin, red cheeks,
full hps; even the eyes behind the con
vex glasses of her pince nez twinkled.
"Thank you," she said, shutting the
book softly, "I know it. I was merely
glancing at the pictures."
Then she turned her amused glance
toward the 'ront part of the car, and met
'the eyes of the driver staring straight at
her. His face lighted up when her glance
met his, and with his rough glove he
. patted the left side of his coat, as though
it shielded something which concerned
The car was one of those little wheeled
boxes locally known as the "Pound Gap
Bob-tails," which ply between Cincinnati,
0-, and its Kentucky suburb, Newport.
The driver, sole autocrat, dividing his
time among the mules, his passengers and
the small boys who everywhere mark bob
tail cars for their own, was muffled to the
mouth in an old oilskin coat, belted at the
waist with a leather strap. His cap was
pulled down to shield his face from the
rain, into the teeth of which he was
forced to drive, and when he entered the
car to collect the fares his heavy cowhide
boots completed a grotesque picture, which
would have attracted attention even in
Castle Garden. Evidently he cared less
for style than for comfort.
"What is the fare to Newport?"
"Ten cents, please."
I started at the musical voice, and
looked at the man closely.
"Wh-a-t:'" I said, "not Ferguson, of
"Same party, dear boy, same party."
He laughed in the honest, whole-souled
way that I knew so well, rang the bell of
his punch twice, smiled at the pretty girl,
who seemed to enjoy my surprise, und
then clattered out to his place at ihe
brake, where I presently joined him.
"This is rough, Ferguson, deuced
rough?!? 12 a week and seventeen hours
a day: Can't yea do better than this:'"
"Classical occupation, dear boy. One
of the children of Greek mythology, you
will remember, aspired to drive a car?his
father's car, but while his route was a
trifle dryer than mine"
"It was not necessary for him to make
a guy of himself in cowhide boots. That
girl inside is laughing at you."
"I know it. She always does when she
rides with me."'
He looked through the glass door of the
car, and again patted the side of his coat
when he met the young woman's eye.
The gesture seemed to please her.
"Another ease of the maiden and the
coachman," remarked Ferguson as he
slowed up to take on a passenger. Evi
dently he had lost none of his high spirits
since he had drifted out of journalism into
street car service. "But seriously now,
don't you know her:'"'
."No, I canuot say that I do," I said,
I looked again at the girl. She was as
charming a specimen of young woman
hood as is often met with even in the cul
tured parts of Kentucky. The infantile
' cheeks and dimpled chin toned down the
severity of her eyeglasses, and from the
brown plume in her hat to the narrow toe
of her shoe she was what is popularly
known us "stylish." Du Maurier might
have copied her pose for that of one of
hi3 high-bred women.
"Yes, sir, that's Virginia. You have
laughed at my verses toiler for three
years, and if we drop all the passengers
before the end of the route is reached I
will take 'you Inside and present you.
She knows you by name already. I
have talked with her about you a hun
dred times. She likes that little story of
yours, 'The Cruise of the Mermaid,' im
mensely, and always looks up your col
umn the first thing in The Clarion."
Then he seemed to drift into another
line of thought.
"Yes, sir, it is rough," he said; "eight
teen hours a day, seven days in the week,
is too many hours for a man to work;
but, thank God, I am done! This is my
bast trip. I have something here"?he
tapped the left side of his oilskin coat
again?"which has put me on my feet.
Virginia and I had several blocks, alone,
together, this morning, and she knows.
That's what we are so gay about. You
remember that 'Diamond Dollar?' "
Did I rememl>er it? It was that "Dia
mond. Dollnr" that cost Ferguson his desk
on The Gazette. Not more than two
months ago he was as dapper, well
dressed and apparently as successful a
man as there was in the Cincinnati repor
torial fraternity. His duty was the cover
ing of the news along the river fronts of
the Kentucky towns facing and above
Cincinnati, und, lx?ng a graceful writer,
he managed to get in a column or two of
. breezy special mutter on miscellaneous
subjects each week, every column of such
matter being a clean addition of $H to his
not princely salary.
It was !> o'clock one Thursday night
when word came over the telephone wires
from the tiro chieftain's office that the
towboat Greyhound was burning at her
landing, three miles above Newport. In
fifteen minutes came the supplementary
report that her entire tow of seven barges
was doomed, and that John Stacey and
"Stumpy." the cook, were missing?pre
sumably burned with the wreck.
"Ferguson can have two columns for
that," complacently remarked the city
editor. "Here, Newport, get a rig: jump
out there: lind Ferguson and help him.
Get in iis much as possible before 12,
and, if it promises good matter after that,
wire the facts. We will dress them up."
At 1^:-I0 o'clock I was again at the
office with the skeleton article. The lire
had taken place early in the afternoon.
Three lives and $??,UUU worth of property
were lost. I had seen nothing of Fergu
But while I was making a hasty oral
report to this effect Ferguson strolled into
the office. He was at pence with himself
and the world, and his stiff, white collar
lifted itself immaculately above his black
lie and unruffled shirt front.
"Nothing moving," he said, airily, as
he placed the day's report on the editor's
desk. "Everything deud along the river
"No lights nor fires?" usked the city
editor in bis blandest tones.
"Nothing; but here is a little special
that will ItK-k well in the Sunday supple
ment. I have been up at the library look
ing up points for it all afternoon. * With
a scare head?first line, -The Diamond
Dollar!'?it will prove as gu<id matter as
actiud news, and-"
"There is no actual news, then-"'
"Nothing of importance."
By this time the telegraph man, the
managing editor, half of the local force,
and even one or two of the brevier writers,
had drifted into the city room, where they
floated about aimlessly, waiting for the J
(explosion that was to lift the unfortunate j
Ferguson But, suspecting ucrtliing, he|
continued his panegyric on the diamond
"Unless you call this piece of special
matter news, there is uone. But it will
be news to most of the readers. It deals
with the subject of rare coins, giving the
date and the vah e of all United States
coins worth more than their face value.
There are hundreds of pieces in daily cir
culation for which collectors would give
twenty times their value as bullion. This
article will serve to tell the people what
dates of coins are in demand, so that they
may watch the money that passes through
their hands and sell the rare coins tit a
premium. There is one dollar, of the
mintage of 1^04, which is worth $500.
For the past few seconds the city editor
had been rapidly writing upon a slip of
paper, and here he interrupted the enthu
siastic remarks about the valuable dollar.
"You know the rule of the office, Mr.
Ferguson," he said, in an icy tone; "no
man with us gets a chance to be grossly
scooped twice. You have failed to catch
one of the most sensational fires of the
year, although you had twelve hours in
which to do it. Here is an order on the
counting room for your money up to
Saturday night. You have my best
wishes for your future. Good night!"
That was how he lost his desk on The
Gazette, and, breezy writer that he was,
in three months he had found it necessary
to take up the lines of a street car driver's
life or starve.
"You remember that diamond dollar?"
he stud again, after answering the sharp
clang of the bell above his head by bring
ing the car to a stop long enough for the
grny-lx'tirded talker to alight; "well,
curiously enough, I have found one of
them. I should never have known its
value had I not collected the data for
that unfortunate article of mine; and?"
"Do you mean me to understand that
you have found a dollar of 1804, actually
"Precisely so, dear boy. Drivers handle
a great deal of silver, and among the
money in my pocket last tUght I found
He had unbuckled his belt, unbuttoned
his eoat, and with some difficulty brought
out in his gloved lingers a worn silver
dollar, without the milled edges which
characterize the late issues of the coin.
He was singularly excited. He looked at
the piece of silver as a doomed man might
look at an unexpected reprieve. It means
another start in life, a chance to build up
. wealth and reputation on a journal of his
own; it meant a wife: it gave him Vir
ginia. His hand tremble d slightly with
the tumult of his thoughts. Due of tho
car's front wheels struck a stone, jumped
the track, and for a few seconds tho
vehicle jolted violently over the cobble
Ferguson's face suddenly turned to the
color of ashes. He leaped over the dash
board surrounding the platform, groped
in the mud under the car wheels, and
then, with his lips set tightly together,
handed me a battered and bent piece of
It was the diamond dollar.
It had slipped from his uncertain grasp,
and the sharp flanges of the car wheels
had ground the date and figures from its
face and bent it almost out of resemblance
of a coin.
Then Ferguson took up the lines again,
and from hLs present prospects the
people who ride behind him will continue
to laugh at his odd dress and associate
him in their minds ?with the mules he
drives for mouths or perhaps years to
He knows that there ore half a dozen
morals to be extracted from this little
story, and has given me permission to
publish it.?Henry Newport, in Cincin
Men Who "Fleece tho Tallora.
The merchant tailors of New York keep
a large book containing the names of 2,000
fashionably dressed men who seldom or
never pay their tailor bills. These two
regiments-of ?ie fashionably dressed are
divided into three classes: "The Slow Pay
Class," "The Undesirable Class," nnd
"The "Worthless Class." Each merchant
tailor has a ledger containing a copy of t his
list and frequently consults it. In each
fashionable tailor shop from 5 to 150 per
sons get clothes for nothing in the course
of a single year. The names of these peo
ple would make a large "elite directory.
The Merchant Tailors' association, it is
said, proposes to advertise for sale in the
daily newspapers the tailor bills of this
brigade of fashionable but non-paying
I customers. "Most of the men who fleece
the tailors," said a New York merchant
tailor, recently, "are idle and fashionable
young men who are sons of rich fathers,
and manage to spend ?10,000 a year out
of an annual allowance of $2,000 or $8,000.
They have no property of their own, noth
ing we could levy on, except collar boxes
and bootjacks."?New York Cor. Argo
Hessian Langnagcs on the Typewriters.
The Russian is the most difficult of the
languages now represented on the type
writers. There are thirty-eight letters,
but the punctuation, accents and other
characters necessary bring the number on
the keyboard up to ninety. Next to that
is th Bohemian, which is a crooked
thing, because one must frequently strike
two keys to produce a character. There
are thirty primary characters, and eighty
six required in all. The American key
board has twenty-six primary characters
and seventy-six in all.?San Francisco
One Way to Startle Society.
A charming woman, who has decided
it is best she should live apart from her
apparently unappreciative husband, star
tled society a short time ago by Inviting a
number of her former fashionable friends
to call at her house on a certain day to
purchase her little-used ? finery. They
called of course, and silks, laces and
jewels were sold "below the cost of im
portation."?N. Y. Mail nnd Express.
Thinks They are a Bad Set.
Dr. Marshall, the evangelist, an Ohio
man, ex-soldier and ex-dentist, who is
now laboring for the evangelization of
Denver, says he regards the Pacillc coast
as the worst part of the country, and that
in that section an exceedingly rare thing
to find is a native young man who is a
A Cemetery Called "Boot Hill."
The first cemetery located tit Newton,
Kan., is known throughout that locality
its 'itoot Hill.*' on account of the large
number ol perrons who were buried there
with their li.?.t.. on in the wild and early
days.?Chicago I lerald.
Israelites In the U?5f??d States.
The Hebrews, who form such a public
spirited and wealthy chu> in every city,
numberless than 200,000 tn the United
States. Most people in Dw7.iu.gu guess
would say a million or two.
In tho Freshman class at) Talc college J
there axe thirty negro studin' ???
THE LIME KILN CLUB.
Some Chances in the Labels of the Fa
mous Archaeological Collection.
When the lights had been turned up
strong, and Elder Toots had coughed a pea
nut shuck out of his throat, Brother Gardner
arose and Faid:
"I find henh on my desk a heap of mottoes,
watchwords and maxims which hev bin
gathered together by do committee on judi
ciary wid a view of rcplacin' de stock now
hangin' on de walls. I has bin keerfully
considerin' de matter in my mind fur a week
pas', an' I doan' like de idea of a change.
Do pusson who can't stick to one motto fur
mo' dan six months can't bo depended .on to
stick by a job fur mo' dan one.
"If I was out o' cash, friendless, laid up in
a garret wid a sore heel an' a carbuncle, an'
spoctin' obory day to be toted off to do poo'
I house, I doan' know but I might furnish de
world wid some watchwords an' sayin's, but
it would hev to be under some sich sorcum
stances. About a month ago I began tradin'
wid a butcher who had hung up in his shop
de motto, 'Live and L*t Live.' It struck mo
dat de idoah was a good one. He wanted his
dues, an' he would grant do same to odders.
In about a week he slipped a plugged quar
ter into my change; two day3 later my two
pounds of beef was short three ounces; de
nex' week he charged me up wid forty-eight
cents' worf of pork which I nobber had. I
doan' trade dere any mo', an' my res peck
fur his motto has dropped fifteen pegs.
"If dar' am any membars of dis club who
can't keep to work widout some motto 'bout
industry behind' em, who can't pay deir
honest debts widout some motto 'bout honesty
above 'em, who can't be good husbands and
fathers widout some scriptural qnotashun
pasted in deir hats, such pussons had better
sever deir connexun to ones."
The quarterly report of the keeper of the
museum was then submitted and accepted.
Prom it is extracted the following matters of
The museum now contains relics of his
torical value asgivon below:
Queen Elisabeth _?. S
Gen. Jackson.?. 5,
In addition to the above, which range all
the way from quarters to brondsword?/-th?
museum has a fair display of curftSities
from foreign lands and remembrances of
great events. The keeper reported that two
of the three skulls which had formally been
labeled "Skull of Capt Kidd" had lately been
relabeled?one for Marc Antony, and the
other for Nero. While this move did not
detract at all from the reputation of Capt
Kidd, it added increased value to the collec
tion. In these hard times one skull per man
should bo tho limit
Tho committee on tho interior, through
the chairman, Judge Chowso, then reported
back tho case of Professor Ashfoot Smith,
an honorary member residing in Milwau
kee. Ho had boon charged with being an
Anarchist, and an investigation had re
sulted in the discovery that he believed in
and contended for:
"Death to the rich."
"Equal division of all property."
"Neither laws nor prisons."
The committee were unanimous in recom
mending that His name be stricken from the
"Which tho same will be did to once,"
said the president, "an' it may be sot down
as de sentiments of dis club dat do gov'
ment should tako sich ackshun as will pre
vent conspirators, Nihilists and criminals
from Yurup flndin' a safo asylum in de
United States."?Detroit Free Press.
A congressman's daughter had been re
ceiving a young man's attentions, until the
father thought it was time ho was knowing
something about it "Cclestine," ho said
last night, when the young man was an
nounced, "isn't it about timo somo definite
conclusion was boing arrived at in this
matter." "Quito time, papa," she replied, in
a matter-of-fact way. "Well, daughter, is
there any prospect of a conclusion?" "1
can't say, really, papa. You see, ho is on
the calendar as unfinished business, and"?
"Enough, daughter, enough," ho interrupt
ed, putting up his hands, and tho girl
went down stairs to complete the quorum.?
All the world has heard of Bill Travers,
the Hood of Wall street He> stutters ter
ribly, but tho stammer embellishes rather
than detracts from his stories. It was
Travers who silently surveyed the Siamesa
Twins for a quarter of an hour and then
said: "B-b-b-brothers, I p-p-p-presume?"
A story is told that a clergyman of tho
Church of England, on accopting a country
benefice, urged a friend to mako him a visit
as soon as hu got settlod, remarking, in per
fect good faith: "L have a nice little green
field attached to the rectory. I mean to
keep a couple of sheep, and we shall have
mutton kidneys fresh every morning for
Tho Latest Thing la Cigars.
It occurred last week, and is a slight vari
ation from the ''telephone" relic:
"Isn'i that an interstate cigar you're
smoking I? he asked.
"An interstate cigar? What's that!"
queried tho stranger.
"Why, o:iu that you can smoke in Maine
<ind make the people in Toxas hold their
One Was Quito Enough.
"No," said the henpecked husband, as he
scratched his bald head, 'T am not a believer
in Mormonism, not by a long chalk."
"Why not!" asked tho Mormon sympa
thizer with whom he was conversing.
"Because," replied the henpecked man, "I
don't believe in having two wives. 4Jfo ?-,n
can serve two masters.1 "?Boston Courier.
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