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* WILL SEABROOK'S TRAVELS *
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(By W. B. Seabrook.)
(Copyright. 1909, by W. L. Seabrook.)
Special to The Herald and News.
Rome, Italy. May, 1909,-A very
long time ago. not a mere matter of
twenty centuries, not in the age of
the Imperial Caesars. but about in
the spring of 1890, which seems to me
an epoch infinitely farther distant, I
became deeply interested in that mon
umental work, "The Decline and Fall
of the Roman Empire." Though
searcely five years of age, I frequent
ly forsook toys and playmates to
spend long hours in my father's li
brary with an appreciative mind con
centrated on the ponderous volumes
of the great English historian. They
made such excellent building blocks!
In that same epoch of kindergarten
kilts and carls, it occurred to me one
afternoon that it would be nice to
have a red roof to the top of the mar
vellous palace I was constructing on
the rug before the open fire. and for
this purpose chose a gorgeously bound
volume of Plutareh's lives. It made
a splendid architectural effect. but
the title puzzled me (I used to read
all the titles because they -were in
big, shiny capital letters.) Why was
it 'lives'' instead of "life?'' Who
wah this Plutarch whose biogarphy
had to be written in the plural? That
night I lay awake in my little crib,
vaguely pondering the question, and
at last a great light broke upon me: a
man has only a "life," but cats have
"lives' '-nine of them, so I had
been solemnly assured; ergo, Plutarch
was a cat! Now wasn't that a. tri
umph of logic for a five-year-old ?
And it was evident from the size of
the book, that Pluta-rch could be no
common nursery-rhyme feline, no
ding-dong-bell-pussy 's -in- the -well"
kind of a beast, but rather an animal
of high degree. possibly a bewitched
prince. From that moment, I became
the admirer of the mysterious Plu
tarch and secretely cherished the
hope that some day I might make
his acquaintance; every time a
strange cat arrived in the neighbor
hood, I spied upon its habits to see
if it might not be Plutarch in dis
guise, out I was always disappointed
and at last my hopes of meeting this
wondrous king of eats were buried
cwith other childish dreams.
Well, yesterday I met Plutarch! I
reeognized 'him instantly by the no
bility of his countenance and the su
perb dignity of his surroundings. He
was enthroned upon a broken marble
column, in the centre of Trajan 's.
Forum; his tail was elegantly carled
among the acanthus 'leaves of the Co-.
rinthian capital; his black fur gleam
ed like onyx in the golden Italian
sunshine, and his green eves were
contemplating with sphynx-like grav
ity the glorious ruins strewn around
his feet. It was quite easy to distin
-guish him from the forty or fifty1
common cats who were prowling
among the classic relics with their .
vulgar minds bent on fish-scraps.
The Forum of Trajon is a large ree
tangular pit, possibly 150 by 300 feet
-in extent, in the center of a modern 1
public square. It is eighteen or twen-I
ty feet deep, and is suerrounded by 2:
an iron railing. Its soil is covered<
'with Tuxuriant grass, and down there,t
imbedded in the verdant sod, are
countless inassive broken columns and
.picturesgte fragment of the splen-9
did temples which formerly stood on
the spot. This foram has been for
yea'rs the abode of all the homeless .~
cats of Rome. Any day, rain or
shine. winter or summer, scores of
them are visible, and on .bright spring 1
mornings during the hours when the
sun imparts a momentary warmth to;
t.he mossy stones, they become the
chief featurre of the landscape. They
do not seem iueongruous or out of'
place, and, indeed, the forum wotld'
-loose half its desolate, impressive1
beauty if they were chased away. t
''They say the Lion and the Leopard
The Courts where Ja.mshyd gloried
and drank deep.
wrote Edward Fitzgerald, describing
the ruins of Babylon 's departed gran
deur, and poets have always agreed
that it is necessary to have some kind
of a menagerie roaming wild among
the verses in which t'hey depict the
sites of buried cites; now lions and'
-lizards are more alliterative than
plain cats, but t.he latter are better
adapted fo'r decorative purposes to a.
spot visited every season by one hun
dred thousand fat German tourists.
Two or three dozen lions roaring
around loose on the Palatine or in
the forum 'would undoubtedly impart
a certain tone to the picture, especial
ly by moonlight, and might even be
made practieally useful if t>rained to
devour professional guides on sight,
but it is possible that nervous old la
dies might object to the innovation.
The cats. on the other hand. lei:we
evyody. Visitors hav'e often won-,
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dered why there are more of them in the child labor law of 1903. This see
Trajan's Forum than in any other tion goes into effect June 1 of each
spot in Rome, and, indeed, there is year; that is to say. its provisions
a special reason. which I lea:ned last begin to apply at that time.
ight from my obliging and intelli- The section provides as follows:
ent hostess. Signora R-. This for- "That any parent. guardian or person
um, she tells me, is the Roman cats standing in loco parentis, who shall
oorhouse. the felines' foundln:; furnish to the persons named in sec
hospital. the kittens? orphans' home. tion 4 of this act (to magistrate or
It has been so -for half a century. clerk of court) a certificate that their
hen a Roman wishes to get rid of a child or ward has attended school for
cat, instead of ty.ing a stone around not less than four months during the
its neck and throwing it into the the current year, and that said child or
Tiber, he simply carries it to Trajan's children'can read and write, may be
Forum and drops it over the iron rail- permitted to obtain employment in
ing; it could, if it chose, climb out of any of the textile establishments of
e pit with greatest ease, but it -
r does, a'nd never goes back home. JuyadAgs,ndtempo et
"Irmemer nce henI wsao lsc chilan urngthe uringth
couin,wholivd a Tioli prsen eu.rrht suceairn thtr a child e rt
me itha.fin Matee ct; y moF enide schoo ra aoresit, shal not
Sidnt ikeanial, bt yeled opermitte ofit withi temprovisint of
pet ' evr, t trne ou tobe t:h ish Sate ofr-n 1903 wasth act reu-e
wrog. indof ca, ad gt ito Juelatn uut n the employment hlrni
"Iy remebt ohn kien every aores, chindend marnuftersig
>uin wks ivdaio, presented thlablsuhmentsirn orhild htate Into
e fids like amaes, ut ad to der to elc with the provision of
ty antrate mand bet hme okeep k thetion atheems.esett o
ethevehrd ittre outrtoved punc forThe incthi ofection wasnth ao onegu
ron tind sfacne, and mothe ost the aiatints undoyenh etat ofrni
nlpaince hacked tfhevn cattendkt evr fthes ner a ndmby reatngfacin
en find andset hn pamteskeigt nd e ocm ihn h rvsoso
ft, am, maned by pin k nornero setn6themut be sentintoetCom
et rd o thefirt twfailie,b thissobect Wa.o th scetinisato allowet
henathe ythifr lite wasrived pune-frhiVhsscto n looeo
al crie whe Isnering mther bas- the coingit under the rovisntc of
1 paiene, ad t firt an it the hl laora actmbly.wolatinrooidec
nst in th baet,n t.eyghave beent to schooinspections
yarm, every morninkit littlnet pac- hetfu obt of the ensoar.o Thr
ates kitnya chiu,forot wasehmnthelden uner hil has ofattee othe
May ue hc eemn, and setatof oth orm wsco mingl funr oth.e pravse came
hre ed o k while I l erinted bas-fo Genvlehr the child lbratt okpoie
trn the iin and alle 'Pirst Pentphe hae been to school inn week
)ak Peppe'ry ain cia ruigtoc- ofeast four months bu ther ear. Ther
altee ainsd a I coutl ot l."- h cidha tene h
ther andI culdn-t tll t al.'- relief.
How tihe custom of abandoning cats Emmsioner Watson will shortly
this part-icular spot originated, Ipraeastemnshwghote
tre ot een bleto earn Tobor new act creating the factory inspee
w a phrase from the archeologists' I tors has been working. There has
history is silent on the subjecet.'' butbenvrlite-oue,alherds
~a nuegroodec tht wso i-this of the inspecto.rs being obeyed with
meypa emplebofho that soeof the Ilittle friction. In a number of cases
ypti teple of Iial oe, inth all necessary were minor orders as
wiictestagos of tiahoe, Nile to sanitary features and in some ases
hiehthestrngegod oftheNil the mill managers had 0already put
eplaced those of Olympus. Cats, aschildren not entitled tobe in the
-erybody knows. were held sacred mills out of the same. T.here have
y the Egyptians and by converts tobenafwasshreteipcos
eterpcl. indwic theupsed aiteals had to order children out of the- mills.
te tmplein wichthes anialsIn the course of their visits the in
vere worshipped makes a peculiarlyspcoshvmewihoeunua
-ingefug of the rnldey.rn efere cases and have had to enforce the
lins o th Etrna Ciy, reugelaw strictly in spite of the seeming
which. though not worshipped as of hrsi.Frtems atsc
d.hy r at least wel fe In cases were those in which widowed
molested, for every day people mothers were involved.
ring them seraps of food. which they
brow down into the pit for the fun of
eing them scratch and seramble. LIGHTNING KILLTS FARMER.
udeed, feeding the ceats in Trajan 'si
~orm has become a public pastime, William Camp of Spart,anburg Coun
>mething like feeding the swans in ty Struck Dead by Bolt-Sim
New York 's Central Park and the mons Family Shocked.
ngeons .at Venice.
Spartanburg, May 31.-William
~HT.T LABOR SECTION Camp. a farmer .residing near New
OF THE PRESENT LAW Prospect in this county. was killed
this afternoon by lightning, and Wil
How Commissioner Watson Receives liam Simmons and his whole family,
Reports From Inspectors-Sec- living in t.he same section of the e'oun
tion of 1903 Law Recalled t y. were severely shocked by a bolt
- - which came near demolishing the barn
?olumbia State. .and smoke house oni his place.
Commissioner Watson has received Mr. (Camp is survived by a wife
number of statements and affidavits 'and several children. He will be bur
from parents of children who come ied Wednhesday at North Paeolet
under the provisions of section 6 of church.
fIME TO TUNE UP!
jet Into Your Summer Togs.
If you haven't any except those
)f last summer vou will find here
:he kind you'll find necessary to
.eep the tone of your personal ap
:earance up to that of the best
iressed men hereabouts.
Thin Suits, Featherlike
in Weight, Like Iron in
Wear, Underwear, Shirts,
Hosiery, Neckwear, etc.
Look us over before buying.
NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT
Notice is hereby given that on
Monday, June 14th, 1909, at eleven
o'elock a. in.. I will make a final set
tlement of the estate of J. Calvin
Neel. deceased, in the probate court
for Newberry county, and immediate
ly thereafter apply for a discharge
as Executor of said estate; and
all persons holding claims against
said estate are notified to present
same duly probated to the under
signed on or before said date.
Samuel P. Crotwell,
Executor of the estate of J.
Calvin Neel, deceased.
May 10, 1909.
To Memphis, Tenn., Via Southern
For accommodation of the Confed
erate Veterans and visitors to Mem
phis, Tenn., on the occasion of the
reunion June 8-10, the Southern rail
way will operate a special train
known as the "Veterans Special''
leaving Columbia at 1 p. mn., Monday,
June 7th, running via Newberry,
3reenwood, Belton and Greenville
bhence Atlanta and Birmingham ar
iving Memphis about noon Tuesday,
Tune 8th. This special will be comn
osed of first class coaehes and Pull
nan sleeping cars and will be in
~harge of Brigadier General Zimmer
nan Davis and staff accompanied by
he State sponsors and maids of hon
ir. Southern railway passenger rep
'esentatives will give personal atten
For further information, apply to
icket agent Southern railway or
W. E. McGee,
T. P. A., Augusta, Ga.
J. L. Meek,
A. G. P. A., Atlanta,
ELUE RIDGE SCHEDULES.
No. 18, leaves Anderson at 6.30 a.
ni., for connection at Belton with1
southern for Greenville.J
No. 12, from Walhalla, leaves An
lerson at 10.15 a. in., for connection
t Belton with Southern Railway for
No. 20, leaves Anderson at 2.20
>. n., for connections at Belton with
southern Railway for Greenville.
No. 8, daily except Sunday, from
Walhalla arrives Anderson 6.24 p.
n.. with connections at Seneca with
Southern Railway from points south.
No. 10, from WaIhalla, leaves An
ierson at 4.57 p. in., for connections
it Belton with Southern Railway for
3reenville and Columbia.
No. 17,. arrives at Anderson at 7.501
'. mn., from Belton with connections
No,. 9, arrives at Anderson~ at 12.24
>. mn.. from Belton with connections
~rom Greenville and Columbi.t. Goes?
No. 19. arrives at Anderson at 3.40
. mn., from Belton with connections
No. 11, arrives at Anderson at
3 29 p. mn., from Belton with con
1etions from Greenville and Colum
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No. 7, daily except Sunday, leaves
Anderson at 9.20 a. mn., for Waihalla, c
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Nos. 17, 18, 19. and 20 are mixed
rvns between Anderson and Belton. f
Nos. 7 and 8 are local freight
r:tins. carrying passengers. between|
nderson and Walhalla and between
x.anla an/ Anderson
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