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AN AMBITIOUS BOOTBLACK.
Has Shined Shoes of American Not- I
ables and is Now Touring Europe. N
"Frisco Kid" is the nickname of .
Fred Raiks. a boorblack from San I
Francisco. who has arrived at Liver
pool on his way to London to shine Y
King Edward's boots. Raiks makes t
a speciality of polishing the boots and c
the shoes of celebrities and he has
attained the height of his ambition s
so far as America is concerned, by f
polishing the shoes of President a
Roosevelt. Raiks left San Francisco c
with only fifteen cents in his pocket, a
and won his way along the Americal i
railways by 'bluffing" conductors and N
He polished so many of the boots t
and s:hoes of people between San v
Francisco and New York that he was t
able to pay his steerage fare to Liver- s
pool. Among his customers were '
governors of states, sheriffs and may- 1
ors. He did not travel uninterrupt- t
edly, but left the train at each large s
center of population, seeking out the
local notabilitiesc, and rarely was he
refused permission to bl- :k their c
boots. His success is attested by a
book full of autographs. r
He intends to follow the same plan
in England. He will work his way
from town to town until he reaches
London, and then he will seek an t
audience of the King at Buckingham t
Palace and offer to shine his shoes.
His ambition does not stop here, how- t
ever. He proposes to visit the con
tinent and black the' boots of the
German emperor and the Czar. Full
of self-confidence as he i~s, he con
fesses to some trepidation at an in
lerview with the Kaiser. a
His blacking boxes are made of
cal:, and are gaily decorated with 'he
coins and b- iges of the various na
tions. 'These coins and 'badges are
fastened in their position with brass
The Astute Lion.
John Burroughs, the naturalist, was
laughing about a story, widely pub
lished not long since, of a wild duck
that ~got a salt water mussel caughc
on its tongue and had intelligence t
enough to fly from the salt to the
fresh water, where it dipped the mus
sel, sickening it through osmossis,
and thus causing i'r to loosen its firm
grip, says the New York Tribune
"I believe that story of the duecek
that understood the theory of osmos-]
sis, implicitly as I believe the story I
of the crippled lion and the young
"Perhaps you have heard this siory?
No?, Well then:
"A young lieutenant, during an -
African campaign, came one day upon
a badly crippled lion. The great
brute limped over the tawny sand<
on three paws, holding its fourth paw
in the air. And every now and then, t
with a kind of groan, it would pause
and lick the injured paw.
"When the lion saw- the youngI
lieutenant, it came slowly towards
him. He stood his ground, rifle in
hand. But the beast meant no harm.
It drew close to him: it rubbed against
him with soft, feline purrs. it exte d
ed its hurt paw.
"The lieutenant examined trhe j.aw,
and found that there was a large 1
tihorn in it. He extracted the thorn,
the lion roaring with pain, and he:
bound up the wound with his hand
kerchief. Then, with every manifes
tation of relief and gra'titude the ani
"But it remembered its benefactor.
It rewarded the young man.
"This lion ran over the regiment's
list of officers, and ate all who were
the lieutenant's superiors in rank.1
Thus, in a few weeks, the young man,
thanks to the astute animal, became
A Fifteen Year's Secret.
The old watchmaker of a small
town in the west of England recently
retired. and the con'tract for keeping
the church and town hall clocks in
order was given to his successor,
Unfortunately, from the start the
new man experienced a difficulty in
getting the clocks to strike at thet
same time. At last the district coun
cil requested an interview with the
"You are not so successful with the
clocks as your predecessor," he was
toid. "It is very misleading to have<
one clock striking three or four min
ites after tie other. Why, before
-ou took them in hand we could hard
v te'I. the two were striking. Surely
ou are as competent as Mr. H-?"
--Every workman has his own meth
>ds, gentlemen," replied the watch
naker., "and mine ain't the same as
"I'm decidedly of the opinion that
t would be for the general good if
hey were," remarked one of the coun
"Very well, sir, in the future they
hall be," came the reply. "I hap
ened to write to Mr. H- last week
bout the trouble I had with the
locks, and-but, perhaps," he added
s he produced a letter and handed
t to the chairman, "you'd like to see
;hat he said."
"Dear Sir" (ran the letter)-"About
hem clocks. When you get to know
vhat a cantaakerous lot of busybodies
he council consists of you'll do the
ame as I did for fifteen years-forget
o wind up the striker of the town
all clock, and the silly owls won't
e able to tell that both clocks ain't
A pigeon flying enthusiast recently
elated the following amusing experi
nce: One morning he found a
trange bird in his cot. The owner
vidently belonged to the associa
ion, for there was a number ring on
he bird's leg.
The finder at once wrote off to
he general secretary acquainting him
ith the facts and quoting the num
er on the ring. By referring to his
ooks the secretary soon found the
ame and address of the owner, who
as at once made aware of the where
bouts of Ihis bird.
A day or two later the finder re
eived the following communication
rom the owner:
Sir-I understand you have a hom
ig pigeon of mine. Liberate him at
nce. How dare you keep my bird?
ours. X. Y.
'The same morning the indignant
C Y. received the following laconic
eply by telegram:
Blanktown, 9:15 a. m.-Bird libera
Then the following:
9:17 a. m.-Cat got him.
She Was Ready For Him.
He had come to break off the en
~agement, says the Cleveland Plain
)ealer. His mother didn't approve
is choice. Besides, he felt that 'he
cas so timid to assume the responsi
>ilities oi married life.
It wasn't a pleasant task.
"I have come," he said, "to say that
-isn't there someone sitting at the
"It is nothning," she hastily answer
d. "You were about to say that-"
"-I were a'bout-I mean I was about
o say that I think we have--I mean
have made a mistake in-I'm sure
hear someb'ody snuffing at the key
She laughed in an unmirthful way.
"Yes." she said, "my football broth
r with his brindle bulldog are ou
He didn't ask what they were wait
"I have come to say, dearest," he
>riskly remarked, "that I think I
1ave made a mistake in permitting
rou to put our wedding day so far
When He Packed The Bag.
He is the local financier of promi.
tence. says the Baltimore News, and
vhen an acquaintance met him on
Baltimore s:.reet one day -ecently at
~.25 p. in., he said he could'1't stop
:o talk because he had to go home to
>ack a bag and catch a train at 3-53
"You'll never make it," said the
cquaintance but the financier sent
1is colored valet to fetch a cab to
is house, and he and his private sec
-etary jumped on a car and went
ushing on to pack.
When they reached his residence
he colored man and the cab were
ilready on hand and the financier
-ushing to his room. picked up an
rmful of articles which wvere lying
m the bed and shouted to his valet
o put them in his bag.
"But-" began t-he darkey.
"Don't talk!" shouted the exasper
d financier, brushing his hair; "put
hem in that bag."
"But Mistah John-" began the
:olcnred man again.
- "Blas you" said his master, ex
citedly. "Can*t you sce that we only
have ten minutes to make that :rain.
Don't say a word but pack the things
Ive given you and be off."
The man packed the grip in .::ence
and the master caught the train with
just one minute to spare.
That night his mother received this
telegram from New York.
"Am returning your best bonnet by
express. Bob packed it among my
things. Not much hurt. John."
She Simply Wanted To See.
Prof. D. P. Croop of the University
of Colorado has invented a machine
that increases the height from one to
five inches and the chest girth from
one to four inches.
"It is amazing," said Prof. Croop
the other day, "what an interest peo
ple take in any change in their phy
sique-the gain of an inch around
the chest or forearm, the loss of an
inch in *the neck or stomach.
"I know of a woman who spent
July at the seashore, taking an ocean
ibath and a hot bath daily so as to
reduce her weight.
"The day she was to leave for home
she entered a butcher shop and told
the old man to cut her off twenty
pounds of pork.
"He cut and weighed this great
chunk of meat and then said:
" Where, madam shall I send it?'
"But the woman as she feasted her
eyes on the pork, replied:
" 'Oh, don't send it anywhere. I
don't want to buy it. You see, I
have lost twenty pounds since I
have been down here, and I just
wanted to see how much it was.' "
W-dliam Ziegler's Alert Wit.
An Arctic explorer was talking of
the late William Ziegler, whose great
wealth went in the past to fit out so
many expeditions of discovery.
"He was a man of the alertest wit,"
the explorer said. "I never saw his
equal in the hitting of a person's
character with an apposite s*tory.
Once, I remember, he was describing
a flour manufacturer of loose business
"Mr. Zeigler said this manufacturer
was like a certain grocer who called
his clerk up before him one day and
" 'That lady that just went oLt
didn't I hear her ask you for fresh
"'Yes,' t'he clerk answered.
"'And you said we hadn't any?'
"'Yes, sir; that is correct.'
"The grocer, purple with rage,
"'Didn't you see me lay those eggs
myself on the counter not ten minutes
ago. You are discharged, you men
dacious scoundrel, and see that you
don't look to me for a reference,
Philadelphia's Rapid Gait.
"These," said the epicure to the
bright Philadelphia girl, "are snails.
I suppose Philadelphia people don't
eat them for fear of cannibalism."~
"Oh, no," was 'the answer: "it isn't
that we couldn't catch them."
Most of the serious slips occur after
the cup has been to the lip.
Ot:r idea of a pleasing conversation
alist is one who possesses the faculty
o f making a long story short.
?!!ilBIoil ani BsItoRn Carollna Ry.
(Schedule in Effect April 16, 1905-)
.No. 52. Daily.
Lv. Newberry...........2.36 p. m.
Ar. Laurens ...... ... ..--5 I-o .ml
No. 2. Daily.
Lv. Laurens..... ........ 1.0p. m.
Ar. Greenwood............ 2.46 p. m.
Ar. Augusta.............. 5.20 p. m.
Ar. Anderson ... ......... -o p. m.
____ -No. 42. Daily.
Lv. Augusta...............- . -- --- 2.35 p.m.
Ar. Allendale.............-.....------ 4 30 p. m.
Ar. Fairfax.................----- A GI p- m
Ar. Charleston.......................... 7.40 P. m
r . Beauf ort..................---. .. . 6.0 p. fl
r. I ort Royal............... ...... 6.40 p. n
Ar. Savannah...........----....... 6.45 P. fl
Ar......wa.-crss................---------.10.00 p. mi.
Ar. Jac?-sonville.............--------------- --...
No. 1. Daily.
Lv. Laut ens.. .... . . ......----- ----- ----. 2.07 p. nl
Ar. Spartanburg..............-.--... 3.20 p. mi
No. 52. No. s7.
Daily. Ex. Sun.
Lv. Laurens... ..........2 09 p. mi. s.oo a. ml.
Ar. Greenville ..... ..... . 3. 25 P-. ml. 10 20 a. mi.
Through P'ullman Car Service between Au
H. GAsgQUJ. Agt., Laurens. S. C.
EO. T1. BtYAN, Geni'1 Agt., Gree:2v ill: ->,
Reduced Rates For Your Summer
Vacation via Southern Railway.
The' Southern Railway company
now has on sale summer excursion
tickets to a great many mountain and
seashore resorts. Until September 30
these tickets will be on sale daily good
returning until October 31.
The following rates will apply from
Newberry to a few of these points,
other points in proportion:
Chick Springs, S. C., $4.45
Saluda, N. C., $6.oo.
Tryon, N. C., $5.60.
Flat Rock, N. C., $6.30.
Lake Toxaway, N. C., $9.30.
Hendersonville, N. C., $6.40.
Brevard, N. C., $7.9o.
Asheville, N.' C., $7.05.
Hot Springs, N. C., $8.oo.
Walhalla, S. C., $5.6o.
Seneca, S. C., $5.20.
Isle of Palms, S. C., $7.90.
Sullivan's Island, S. C., $7.9o.
For rates to other points, schedules
and stop overs, etc., phone or call on
J. P. Sheely. Agent.
NOTICE TO STOCKHOLDERS.
Notice is hereby given to the stock
holders of The Pomaria Oil Mill,
that by order of the board of direc
tors a nieet;ng of the stockholders
will be held at the said mill at ..
maria, S. C. on thC T3 day of Septem
ber ;r .io o'clock a. m. to consider a
reso.ution to authorize the president
to borrow thirteen thousand do:!.
for the Pomaria Oil Mill, and to qe
cure the same by executing its bond
and mortage of its franchises and
property, real and personal., All stock
holders are urged to be present'in per
son ur by proxy.
Ben. M. Setzler, President.
NORTH - SOUTH
Two Daily Pullman V
Between SOUTH C
The Best Rates and R
Via Richmond and
Norfolk and Stea
Louis, Chicago, N
Points South and Soul
and Jacksonville at
POSSITIVELy THE S
asFor detailed informati
man reservations, etc., ap
board Air Line Railway, 01
Passenger Agent, Columt
C. F. STEWART,.
W. L BURROUHS, Tra
THE SOUTH'S GREA TEST
UNEXCELLED DINING CA:
THROUGHPUJLLM N SLEI
WINTER TOURISTS' RATE
For full information as to rates,
Railway Ticket Agent, or
R. W. HU2
Miss Hattie McIver Leavell
(B, 1. Of oIollS Colme, mcmo11d105, Va,)
Pupil of Virgil Piano School of
New York, N. '.
Studio over Mower Go.'s Store.
September Ist, 1905.
Special Attention to Beginners.
Dr. R. M. Kennedy,
Newberry, - - S. C.
OVER NATIONAL BANK..
Best Mineral As
C. H. CANNON,
Near C., N. & L. Depot
Thorough Collegiate Training
under positive Christisn in
fluences at a minimum of
N ext Session begins Sept. 27.
JAMES A. B. SCHERER,
I -- EAST -- WEST.
estibuled Limited Trains
tnd NEW YORK.
ING CAR SERVICE.
oute to all Eastern Cities
Washington, or via
is, Louisville, St.
ew Orleans, and All
d all points in Florida
ORTEST - INE BETWEEN
MTD S OU T H.
>n, rates, schedules, Pull
pay to any agent of The Sea
Jos. W. Stewart, Traveling
a, S. C.
isst.Gfeni. Pass. Agt.,
.. Pass. Agt. Olmbia S C
PING CARS ON ALL THROUGH
ON ALL LOCAL TRAINS.
S are now in effect to all Florida
routes, etc.; consult nearest Southern
T, Division Passenger Agent,
Charleston, S. C.