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VOL. XIV. LAKE PROVIDENCE. EAST CARROLL PARISH, LA., SATURDAY. NOVEMBER 9, 1901. NO. 4.
WHEN SAM FOUND HIS COURAGE. i
Dr ELIZABETH L. GOULA I
"You know what the judge told you
at the 'cademy exhibition, Sammy,"
,said Htiram Lane, slowly, his eyes
fixed on the boy stretched on the grass
near him. "He said if ever you want
ed to leave Moorby to let him know;
that he'd like to do something for a
boy with such a good brain, and a head
for figures. Those were his words,
The boy's thin face flushed as he
turned to look at his uncle, and he
spoke with nervous quickness:
"He's forgotten all about me long
before this, Uncle Hiram. Why, that
school exhibition was two years ago
last June, and the judge didn't come
to Moorby last summer, you know. I
should be afraid to go and ask any
favor of him."
"I wish you hadn't such a bashful
streak in you, Sammy," said Uncle Hi
ram, looking down at the boy with a
half-reproachful, wholly affectionate
smile. "You're just like your p-or pa.
A better man never lived, but he
wasn't built to get on in this world,
and he didn't get on. I was hoping
you might have a little more push than
your pa. Sammy, along with the good
ness. Now your ma's gone, I could be
moved anywhcrc; or I could b% put in
the county farm, Sammy, if so be it
seemed best for you to strike out to the
city alone. I'm nothing but a helpless
old hulk, any way."
"Don't you say that again, Uncle
Hiram! Don't you dare to!" cried the
boy, fiercely, springing to his feet, and
rushing like a whirlwind upon the
figure in the old armchair. "Aren't
you all I've got in the world that be
longs to me? Do you suppose I'd go
away and leave you for the town to
take care of? I'd deserve to be hung!"
w'ho, now, Sammy!" said the occu
pa~ of the armchair, gently, as he saw
the hot tears that stood in the boy's
eyes. "We haven't got anything but
each other, either of us; but here I am,
lame so I'm no goqd to stir about;
hands all knotted up with rheumatics,
so I can't use 'em, and you just spend
ing lour days distributing milk, and
sawing and splitting, which any boy
with no such head for figures as you've
got could do full as well. How much
did you earn last week, Sammy?"
"Only three dollars, Uncle Hiram,"
answered the boy, slowly. "You know
my work is always slack after the sum
mer people have gone. The judge and
his family are going next week. Their
hired girl told me to have Mr. Sargent
make out the milk bill. When I went
there yesterday morning the judge was
sitting on the side piazza, but he didn't
"Did you make your manners to
him, and give him a good look at you.
Sammy?" asked the uncle, anxiously
"I mistrust you kind of half-turned
your head away, or maybe the sun
was in his eyes."
"I took off my cap the best I knew
how," said Sammy; "but he barely
nodded to me. He wasn't reading or
"Maybe he was calculating in his
head," suggested Mr. Lane, quickly
glancing up at the boy, and then avert
ing his eyes. "You recall how he told
you he used to love to do those mental
sums, same as you did at'the exhibi.- i
tion, Sammy?" c
The boy shook his head, and stood
for a moment looking across the fieldsl
up to the bill on which stood the t
judge's house, its windows gleaming a:
bright in the morning sun. a]
"No, he's just forgotten me, Uncle t
Hiram, that's all," he said, after a few tl
moments of silence. "I'm Just one of *
the country boys to him, and I guess y
that's all I ever shall be. He's the h
only one that could give me a chance.
Now I must run over to Mrs Lapham'sa
and finish piling her wood. Will you
stay here and read till I come bacl e'
at noon? The sun's good and warm
"You'll find me sitting in my castle,
same as you see me now," said Mr.
Lane, cheerily. "Pay my respects to
Mrs. Lapham. and tell her I wish sh' t(
could get out to enjoy this beautiful d
weather, but I always think of what a m
sightly view she has from that south
window of hers. I took special note
of it that day of the town celebration
when I rode past the house, three years
The cheery smile lingered on Uncle *
Hiram's face till the boy was well out t
of sight beyond the turn in the road, el
and then it gave place to a look of in
patient pain. s
"He'd counted on the Judge's know
ing him." said the crippled man, turn t
ing his head wearily against the soft '
old cushion. "I know it just as well as
It he'd said so! "If the Judge had CO
shown signs of remembering him,
Sammy would have plucked up courage
to ask him if there was any chance
for him down below. Don't I know jui
how he's kept at his study evenings fl
when he's been 'most too tired to sit
up? Seventeen years old last week, fr
and going to be hived up here all win- '
ter, and only just earn enough to keep t
Mr. Lane pounded on the ground tr
with his crutch in excitement, and ge
scared away a squirrel which was on a va
journey to a neighboring elm. be
"Poor little creatur'! I didn't mean to
to fright you," said Uncle Hiram, re- he
gretfully; "but I Just recollect that ou
Sammy asked me if I'd full as soon an
call him 'Sam,' now he's seventeen, and wi
I've clean forgotten it ever since tli, p!
this minute! And he such a boy, and
me such a drag on him, and forgetting bl
such an easy thing as that! I'll get be
my mouth fixed for it when he comes Rc
back. 'Sam,' I'll say to him. 'Sam, I'm m
glad to see you back, Sam; and, Sam,
I've had a nice morning under the ye
tees, Sam.' I reckon the oftener I ap
say it for a spell, the easier It'll come. tal
I'll practice it off and on the rest . "a
the morning to keep my hand in," sal the
Uncle Hiram, wisely. b
Sammy's thoughts as he hurried sir
down the road that led to the Lapham bo
house, were not very comfortlang. as
"I'm nothing but what the children do
call a Trald cat;' that's all I am!" he Ye
said, bitterly. "Any other boy would me
speak up to the Judge and make him at
remember, sad pehaps get a ehanee. le
oU Uncle Hiram minds, too. He's hardly
'. talked about the old war-times, when
es he was a drummer-boy and got hs
as wounds, once, for the last week. He'd
It- rather be in an attic in Boston and
w; know I was working my way up than
to stay here in Moorby; there' nobo ly
ad here he cares enough about to make
Is, him.want to stay. And I might ear.
money enough to buy him a wheelAd
e c'hair before long. While mother live I
5e I couldn t go, but now I could."
Mrs. Lapham's hous9 laced the south.
18 and as Sammy entered the yard 'v.
at looked for Mrs. Lapham's smile at th
'O window of the room where all has
1e days were spent.
She had been bedridden for ten
1' years: the old sitting-room of her early
married life had been changed to her
.I bedroom, and every morning before
" Mr. Lapham started for his "Harness
a and Shoe Shop" he dragged the bed
:e close to the window. All passers-by
were used to the sight of Mrs. Lap
e ham's pale face propped into view by
I. many pillows, and her thimble tapped
g many a summons to enter on the low
n est right-hand pane.
There was no face at the window
e that morning, although, as Sammy
R drew close to the house, he could see
t that the bed was in its usual place.
e As he stood a moment irresolutely at
B the turn where the path branched of
toward the woodshed, a man hailed
c him from a passing cart, saying:
D "Hullo, Sammy! How's business with
i you these days?"
e "Fair," returned the boy, soberly
t adding under his breath, "I wish peo
ple wouldn't call me 'Sammy!' Its
such a baby name! '
There came a tap at the window as
the cart rattled out of sight, and Sanm
my turned quickly to see Mrs. Lap
ham's face, white and drawn, at tl.e
t "Why, she looked as If she was cry
ing!" said the boy to himself, startled
out of thoughts about his own troubles,
as he entered the house.
There was no longer any doubt in
his mind when he stood in the doc:ir
way and saw the invalid's great dal:
"Sammy!" she cried, in a hiph,
strained voice. "The men are at work
In the judge's meadow, and he's thera
with 'em! They're going to cut down
all my willows and my old apple-tr e.
Sammy! John Roberts is there w'ti
'em, superintending under the judge.
I tapped him in this morning just afLcr
Mr. Lapham had gone, and he told me.
Why, Sammy, It seems as if those
trees belonged to me! My view'll :e
all spoiled, and it's everything I have
to look at, that meadow is, Sammy!"
"Yes'm, I know," said the boy, with
quick sympathy. "I suppose he thin:ksh
the meadow'll be better witl-out the
willows, and that the apple-tree doesn't
bear much of any fruit. He doesn't
realize about you, Mrs. Laphan', th
judge doesn't; I don't believe lhe even
knows about you. You see he's on!y
here in the summer, and he doesn't
see much of us village people." added
Sammy, gently. "It's an awful py y
"If he knew," said the invaiJd, crush
ing her handkerchief between her
clasped hands, "If he knew, do you
suppose he'd leave the apple-tree
Sammy?' Look! Here's where I see
the buds on that long branch first;
and then the blossoms come, all whi't
and pink, and then the apples. And
the branches are lovely even wl r.
they're bare; and you know how they
shine in the snow and ice. I've shown
you so often. The road is so narrow
how can the judge help knowing :bout
me, Sammy? And the willows shine
so In the sun after a rain! I shall be
gone before they could grow sigh
enough for me to see them again:"
Sammy's face flushed a curious red
"I will go and tell the judge about it, C
Mrs. Lapham," he said. c
Even ready-tongued people hesitateI l
to ask favors lightly of Judge Saetu
ders, who was counted just bhult by no
means benevolent. Fear and excite
ment choked together in Samy.v's
throat. Many ideas shot through the
boy's brain as he ran along the roa.l D
to' the break in the wall where the
meadow bars were down. and across
the meadow toward the tall figure of
the judge. But more vividly than all
else there rose before his n."'d the C
lnvalid's face, and it was the only
spur he needed. d
"You may begin on that oldest apple
tree, Roberts," the judge was saying. b
"I have an appointment now with Mr.
Willis, but I shall be back in the e
course of the morning to .see how the t
work goen on. I-"
"Judge Saunders, please stop!" came t
a boy's voice behind him, and the a
judge turned to confront Sammy's
flushed and excited face, c
"What's the trouble, my young
friend?" he asked, in a curt tou:r.
"Where and why do you wish me to a
"It's the tree, sir!" cried Sanamy, his
troubled eyes fixed on the judge's keen t
gray ones. "Mrs. Lapham is an in- (
valid; it's years since she could leave e,
her bed, sir. Her husband pulls it up tt
to the window every morning before a
he goes off to work. so she can look 4
out She can see just a strip of sky at
and this piece of your nmeadow; your
willows and the old apple-tree are 'er f*
picture, all she has to look at!" at
The Judge stooped to pick up a long
blade of grass as the boy stopped ~,r ka
breath, but did not Interrupt him. John fe
Roberts anl the other men stood open- tia
mouthed behind their emnplyer.
"In the spring she watches for the nc
very first sign of green on the old ch
apple-tree," Sammy rushed on, never re
taking his eyes from the judge's face, y,
"and she sees it, to. And theu when
the blossoms come, and are In full
bloom, why, that's her happiest time,
sir. That long, straggly branch." the
boy pointed to one arm of the old tree
as he spoke, "lles right acioss her win
dow, sir, with the willows behind it .
You see, 'way across the road the p
meadow apace between the apple-tr'*
and the willows doesn't show; they
Isik sla togethr, all in her picture." of
Sammy pautsed, and the flush flde
Sfrom his face, leaving it unusually
pale, The judge stood looking oft
across the nieadow, drawing the blade
of grass through his fingers.
"That's all, sir," faltered Samury,
"but-but I thought you wouldn't
perhaps you wouldn't have the trees
cut if you knew, for Mrs. Lapham has
en such a very little pleasure, sir, and
en she's feeling so sad about the trees."
' "Um! I'm sorry for that," said pie
judge, turning his keen eyes 'oward
the boy at last "I suppose you're over
an run with pleasure yourself, aren't you
--like most of the rest of us?"
ke "Sir!" stammered the boy.
". "Do those old willows ',ver there
come into your friend's picture?" asked
the man, abruptly, pointing to a clump
far along the little meadow brook.
h. "Oh, no, sir," said Sa.mmy, quickly.
"She can't see those at alL"
"Take the men over there Roberts,
and begin work at once. These trees
may stand as long as they're needed to
make a picture for Mrs. Lapham,"
ly said the judge. Then, as the men
r moved away, he turned again to the
"It's a pity you'd rather help runm a
milk route than learn to be an account
'y ant," he said, in his former curt tone.
)- "I'm rather disappointed in what I
' hear of you now. I thought you had
Sammy's face grew scarlet again atd
his lips trembled, but he kept his eyes
fixed bravely on the judge's.
"I think-I am anxious to do some
e thing better, sir," he said, slowly. "But
I thought you'd forgotten all about me,
and I didn't like to say anything, and
-I have my uncle to support, Judge
"I never forget a face," said the
judge, briskly, "and you can earn more
money in an office I know of than you
ever can here. I'll call to see your
uncle this afternoon, and have a talk
with him. Now you'd better go bacrt
to Mrs. Lapham and ease her mind.
I'm not sure that you wouldn't make
a good advocate," he added, with a
grim smile. "Perhaps I shall be de
frauding the law if I get you start-1
As the boy turned to go he looked
lip at the Lapham window, and his
grave young face broke into a smile.
"How glad she'll be, sir!" he sa'a.
"I don't see how I can thank you-for
her and for myself."
"Look here!" said the judge, laylng
his hand on the boy's shoulder. "Listen
to me Take seven, multiply by foiur
c aivide by two, subtract five, add three
multiply by eleven, divide by four, add
I two, divide by seven, multiply by six,
divide by ten-and what do you have? '
The judge had spoken as rapidly as
his tongue could move, but none too
fast for Sammy.
"Three, sir." came the instant reply,
delivered quietly, with shining eyes.
"We'll call that thanks," said the
judge, calmly. "I have three boys, and
not one of them can add twelve and
thirteen without a pencil and paper.
When Mrs. Lapham, qrying softly
for joy, had been left behind, and aI
whirlwind had fallen upon Uncl,1
Hiram Lane, and made clear to his I
mind the morning's news, the lame
man set his lips for a self-appointed
"Sam," he said. carefully, "you de
serve it all, and. Sam, your old uncle
is glad. Sam, and from this day on,
Providence permitting, I will never
call you Sammy again!"-Youth's
How the Man in the Fish Market Makes
'Ihem and Uses Ihen. t
"Yes, ma'am, this lot's all the same
price take 'em as they run," said the
dealer at a sloppy stand in Fulton
market, where scafood was displayed
for sale, and where much of it was
wriggling in life. "You pick out each
crab you want and I'll put it in your
basket for you and no extra charge
for the seaweed to keep 'em fresh.
But don't you go to picking them up
for yourself or you'll get pinched; a
crab's as ready to shake hands as a
candidate for alderman, and 10 times
Having thus delivered himself, the
dealer overturned a half barrel of
crabs upon the metal top of his
stand, whereupon the lively animals
began immediately a sidewise race de- ii
manding vigilance and a stick on the
part of the man to prevent his wares r
from scuttling down South street.
Then as the buyer pointed out her
selection in the midst of snapping
claws, the dealer deftly picked it out
with a pair of wooden tongs and
dropped it upon the layer of wet sea
weed at the bottom of the woman's
basket wnere the crab shut up its tl
claws and burrowed into the damp lay- tl
er, being evidently just stupid enough
to think itself at its seaside home.
Familiarity breeds no contempt for
the prowess of these crustaceans
among the men who spend their days c
in selling them. They know that the
common ordinary hard crab of com- n
merce can nip the fingers up to the
profanity mark and away beyond it, g
and they are not going to be nipped d
if it can be avoided. This prudence 0
and its underlying necessity have sI
united to evolve the marketman's crab tC
tongs. Take two pieces of lath about si
30 inches long, and whittle two notch- g
es close to one end of each; then tie hi
the two sticks together by whipping a
a piece of fishing line around thew in ir
the notches. Next separate the two SI
sticks by slipping a cork between ai
them as far as it will go toward the th
fastened end. The cork will stick fast t
about six or eight inches from the end tt
where the lashing is, and will serve to w
keep'the free ends of the sticks a th
few inches apart. With a little prac- ci
tice it is easy to catch up a crab in h
such homemade tongs as these. When v
not in use the tongs fit over the di
chine of the crab barrel and are thus a
ready to hand when needed.-Nev" ch
As Good as Any.
"Whbat's your dog's name?" th
"Short for Tippecanoe."
"Oh, no. I just call him Tip be
cause he's a polnter."-Philadeilphla
he girl who plays the violin is sure
of at least one bow.
I tTHEI PRIVA'E CA HABIT,
ºde NOT SO EXPENSIVE A LUXURY AS
MICHT BE THCUCHTI
t Many More Used Now Than Forfinrlty, But
Most of Them Rented, Not Puchased
ias Lively Demand For Refitted Pullmans
nd From Theatrical Companies.
So many people from time to time
ie have wondered what becomes of old
Ord Pullman palace-cars after they have
H- been supplanted by cars of modern con
ou struction in which both decoration and
luxury run riot that a popular question
seems answered by the circular of a new
!re company which has offices in this city
ed and Chicago, Briefly, it sets forth that
up the business of the concern is to make it
possible for every one to own a private
ly. car; not every laboring man, but every
one in that state of life suggested by
ts, the ownership of a steam yacht, a New
es port cottage, or even an automobile, for
to the private car is a cheaper luxury than
," any of these, especially if one counts the
en money paid out by the automobile owner
he in the shape of damages caused by his
sometimes unruly machine in the way
a of collisions and runaways.
Lt- The life of a Pullman car is not a
e. long one-that is, in the service of the
I Pullman Company. This is not because
1d they wear out or go to pieces like the
"one-hoss shay," though this they some
m tlimes do under the stress of a railway
es smash-up. Their life is determined by
the "style" in the sleeping and parlor
e car world. The elegant and unsurpassed
it coach of five years ago is to-day con
sidered a trifle out of date so many are
id the improvements in the way of greater
comforts, better space arrangements,
richer hangings, and upholstery, wide
vestibule platforms, and the like, being
e incorporated in the car of to-day. The
u lot of the old car is to do duty on
some obscure Western railroad or to
k go into the hospital-yard, there to await
its utimate fate, that of being broken
up for salvage or being sold to some
railroad for conversion into an "offi
e cials' car."
a Under this new company's plan, there
is still another life for the old coach,
and a wider market. It makes a special
business of buying up these cars from
r1 the Pullmans, tearing out the interior,
Ls and refiting them entirely anew for the
use of theatrical companies. The time
1 was when private coaches were used
r only by two or three very large "shows."
such as circuses and spectacular pro
ductions. Now it is estimated that in the
,l height of the theatrical season there
are several hundred on the road. Even
small minstrel companies travel in them
d from town to town. For "shows" this
t, second-hand car company has three
standard styles. One provides ten upper
s and ten lower berths for the players.
i the staterooms at the end to serve as an
office and sleeping-room for the manager
and a kitchen. Another style provides
a place for baggage at the end and still
e another includes also a stable, eighteen
d feet long, for the accommodation of
d such animals as may be necessary to
complete the company's outfit. This last
provision is made especially for the don
' keys and the bloodhounds of the va
s rious Uncle Tom's Cabin companies.
' These rebuilt cars are either sold out
s right or rented to theatrical agents. From
e $i,loo to $3,500 is the price charged, ac
cording to the interior fittings, size of
car; from $35 a week upward is the
weekly rental, the average company pay
ing about $60 or $75 a week for a sea
son on the road. The members of the
company are fed and housed aboard
during the entire trip, and with no hotel
[:ills and small salaries to pay, the man
agers End the private-car scheme a very
profitable one. As to transportation,
charges, the railroads give a low theat
rical rate and an additional reduction
to the` companies having their own cars,
so instead of being more expensive it
is really much cheaper to travel in this
"'Do many rich men now own their
private cars?" was asked the second
hand car dealer.
"Oh, yes. far more than you would
think; only I rent many more than I
sell. Private cars for pleasure travelling
are fitted up more handsomely than the
theatrical cars, and there is quite a brisk
rental dmand for thmin, but not for pur
chase, because generally the man with
$5,ooo or $Io,ooo to spend would rather
have his car built to order, which he
can easily do for that amount of money.
Private-car travelling is more expensive
than the ordinary way unless a man has
eight or ten in his family, in which case
it is really cheaper for him to hire a
whole car, though very few seem to
realize this. At any rate the custom is
growing, and, after awhile, I expect to
see rich men thinking no more of own
ing a private car than a steam yacht."- t
New York Post.
The People at the Esposition.
At Buffalo the people linger outdoors;
they come in greater crowds in the nght
than in the day. They come in family
groups, men, women and children, in
parties-young women, workingmen,
members of bicycle clubs, teachers- -
every type from all grades of life, from
every part of the country, orderly, pros
perous, intelligent, curious, full of good
nature. They throng the courts, they t
fill the Midway; they examine the big
guns; they read the Declaration of In
dependence; they study the map where- I
on the position of every naval vessel is
shown; they visit the Indian village and
talk with the chiefs; they cheer the
sports in the stadium; they examine the a
great locomotives; they look at the ti
blooded cattle; they study the charts
which show educational progress-noth
ing is lost on them. They gaze at the
splendid tower of light with child-like a
appreciation; they listen to the bands; b
they take phot qaphs; they make notes;t
they buy souvenirs; they ride camels; a
they make new acquaintances. There 1
was never such a sight under heaven as ii
the people themselves. They gaze at the a
crowds, never finding a monotonous tl
hour. And they seriously study new in- a
ventions. new processes, strange pro- d
ducts. Given a splendid spectacle, with u
an instructive background, and given a s<
cheap railroad fare, and such intelligent, II
wholesome millions of people flock from a
our great populous areas as were never r
seenbefore, nor in any other land. And fi
they are themselves the crowning glory e:
of the spectacle.-Walter H. Page, in bi
frh World's Work. a
With a population of only 210,000 a
Manitoba pquals in size the whole of ti
Great Britain and Ireland.
It is the rough cogs in the wheel that dd
maka them clock of life relrbl. w
A WONDERe.,L COFFIN.
R4mArkblei Reproductiori of as Afotent
Every now and then the world hears
of the reopening, often by accident, of
it some ancient tomb or of the discovery
of some long buried city and of the
It various relics, from great sarcophagi, or
coffins, to pottery and other objects of
e daily use or adornment, which are thus
Id brought to light to become the prizes
Q of important museums. American mu
scums must usually be content with re
id productions of these treasures, so that
n it is the more worthy of note that the
Boston Museum of Fine Arts has recent
ly added to its collections a reproduc
t tion of one of these famous originals
which-in one respect, at least-will
t probably become in time more valuable
than the original itself,
This unique acquisition is a copy of
the famous Sidon sarcophagus which
was found some fourteen years ago in
the course of excavations on the site
of Sidon, the capital city of ancient Phoe
nr icia, situated between Mount Lebanon
is and the Mediterranean. It is now in
the Turkish museum at Constantinople.
It was at first supposed to be the very
coffin that Alexander the Great had
a brought from Greece for his own burial,
e but this is no longer believed, although
1t there are authentic portraits of the great
conqueror in each of the six carved and
beautifully colored panels with which it
is decorated. Moreover, it represents
the work of the Greeks when their fa
d mous sculpture was almost at its best,
and it has helped to prove the modern
e theory that the Greek sculptors made
r habitual use of color on their statuary.
The color of the Sidon sarcophagus,
he owever, unless it proves an exception to
all other exarhples of Greek statuary
e that have come down to us, is bound to
fade despite every precaution-is already
beginning to do so, indeed-while the
color of the American reproduction,
which was painted with the utmost ex
e actness by Mr. Joseph Lindon Smith for
the Boston museum by special permis
sion of the sultan, is practically imper
Mr. Smith made a painting of the two
1 larger sides of the sarcophagus, each
full size. The first represents a battle
presumably between the Greeks and the
Persians and the second a hunting scene
in which Alexander the Great, who, as
has been said, figures in all the decora
tions of the original, is an easily recog
nizable figure and in which another im
portant character is supposed to be Da
rius, the great Persian general. These
two canvases, placed back to back and
some little distance apart, have been
skilfully framed in a reproduction of the
carved marble that surrounds the sculp
r tured and painted panels of the original
so that the visitor approaching from
either direction seems to see not a paint
ing, but a real part of the great sarco
phagus itself. In a few years, as the
I freshness of the original fades away, it is
expected that these lifelike copies will
become an important object of study for
archaologists from all over the world.
WASHINGTON TEN PERCENTERS.
Government Clerks Who Lend to Their
"I reckon I'll sell my salary this
month," remarked the young census
"To whom?" asked his friend.
"Why, to one of the ten percenters,
of course," was the reply.
Dialogues such as this are of frequent
occurrence between Government clerks
in Washington toward the end of the
mo.... " "..... a clerk sells his salary to
a ten percenter, he gives the latter an
I. O. U. for the entire salary due him
on the following pay day and receives
in exchange go per cent. of the amount.
The man who makes the loan retains the I
remaining ten per cent. whence his name
of ten percenter.
The ten percenter is said to exist un
der one name or another in all of the
great Federal department buildings in
Washington. He is invariably a shrewd
Government clerk, who has a bit of I
money of his own or has saved his salary
until its accumulation represents a tidy
little sum. This capital he is ever ready
to lend in sums of from $Io to $too.
In a majority of the Washington of
fices the laws against usurers are so rig
orously enforced that the ten percenter
is Unable to transact business in safety,
as an individual; he exists, nevertheless,
under the protecting title of a beneficial I
society. These fake societies should not
be confused with the mutual beneficiary
organizations, which have been estab
lished for a number of years in many
of the departments, notably the Govern
ment Printing Office, for the purpose of
aiding sick or disabled members and
their families, and of burying the dead.
The ten percenters' society never in
cludes more than five or six members.
They have their charter and a carefully
drawn constitution and by-laws.
Each member contributes a certain
amount of money to the funds of the
concern and the other employees of the a
office are quietly informed how they can
be accommodated with a loan for at
small bonus. On the first of every
month the pool divides its profits. These
organizations are usually short lived, as
they become unpopular when the busi- a
ness begins to grow large. The death i
of one fake association is rapidly fol- 6
lowed by the birth of a successor, dif
fering from its predecessor in name
only; so that, the ten percenters are en
abled to ply their trade without much in
terruption.-New York San.
A Questionable Pet.
The kinkajou is certainly interesting,
and, when in good humor, very lovable, h
but, having enjoyed an intimate acquain- tl
tance with one, I cannot recommend it F
as a pet for the ordinary mortal. Un- f
less it is continually shut up in a cage, p
in which case it is useless as a pet, the f;
animal must be let out every day, and a
then the trouble begins. When loose i li
a room it cannot be left to itself like a p
dog or cat, as it insists on being played
with. Its idea of play is to bite and tl
scratch gently, all the ornaments it can. ti
It can be taught to run after you, but t
as it can run on the flat as fast as a is
man, and can get downstairs a good deal
faster than any one I know, the play is w
exhausting, while it generally tries to sI
bite and scratch you in play when it ha, fi
caught you. It is Plassionately fond of aa
flowers, and scent, and will cause any
amount of destruction in the pursuit of
In a new work of antelopes there are
descriptions of 133 species, about ao of
which are African.
f "Any odd job?" the tramp inquired.
s The housewife answered with a nod.
"Were you to do most any job," she
- pleasantly observed, "'Twere odd !"
- Detroit Free Press.
Miss Alma-When did you become ac
quainted with your wife, doctor?
Doctor--After the wedding.-Heiters
SHE KNEW HIM.
f Have you nothing to say to me, now
that I am leaving you forever?
She-Au revoir.-Detroit Free PresA
Dorothy-Clara believes in fate, does
n't she ?
Delia-Indeed she does; if a man
proposed to her she'd send him her an
swer in a bottle thrown into the lake
and expect him to get it.
t HER MISCALCULATIONS.
I "And so this is the end l" he ejcdaim
i ed bitterly.
"Well," she replied, "if you haven't
- any more nerve than to give up right
at the start I suppose it'll have to be
the end. But I thought you were more
e of a man."--Chicago Record-Herald.
SHOULD BE CONGENIAL
"I have not much luck with Miss
r Edith-she's about as cold as the North
"So! I should think you'd get on fa
mously then, for you're about as awk
ward as a polar bear."-New York
THE FIRST ESSENTIAL
"I wish I could learn how to shave
quickly," remarked the very young man.
"First catch your hare," quoted his
SAFER AND AS SURE.
Joe-If you have anything mean to
say about a man say it to his face.
Billy-Oh, it will get around to him
almost as quick.
HANDICAPPED BY CIRCUM
"He has told me he loved me," said
the fair girl, confidingly; "but I don't
know whether to marry him or not."
"Don't you think he tells the truth ?"
"I am sure he does his best to tell
the truth. But, you see, he works in
the weather bureau."-Washingtos Star.
Smith-What makes so many people
crazy to get into society?
Brown-Well, what makes so many
other people crazy to keep them out?
Detroit Free Press.
Mrs. Gossippe-How does it come
Mrs. Swagger invited you to her party?
I thought you were enemies.
Mrs. Snappem-We are, but she
thought I had another fit to wear and
wanted to make me feel bad.-Ohio State
"Hist! hist!" said the burglar as he
bent over the man of the house.
"Never mind," replied the gentleman,
who was looking up into the revolver:
"'my wife's away visiting relatives, and
I assure you that I shall not think of
getting up to grapple with you as long
as she isn't here to accuse me of cow
ardice and tell the neighbors."-Chicago
Brother Jack-It's no use! That's the
third time I've failed to pass my yearly
Sister Sue-There, Jack, don't worry;
you're captain of the football team, first
baseman of the college nine. and the best
oar in the yacht club; that's better than
a sheepskin.-Ohio State journl.
Above his head, as he worked, there
hung, in an elaborate frame, a dollar
"A relic with a history, I doubt not?"
observed the other.
"Yes, the tropby of my really first
great financial victory," replied the man
of affairs. "It is the first dollar I ever
escaped from a summer hotel with!"
When asked if- he had had recourse
to a rope ladder, he merely laughed,
denying nothinrg.-Detroit Free Press.
The author had written himself down
"But is this literature?"' protested
"I do not know, sirf!" replied the
author, respectfully. "I have reason
to suspect that it is not. For not only
are many publishers anxious to publish
it, but I have been offered vast sums
for the stage rights, as well !"
A Chinese Lady's Toilet
The style of a Chinese lady's wearing
apparel seldom alters. If she happens
to be wealthy she dresses entirely in
silk, the first garment consisting of a
sort of apron or plain piece of iilk tied
round the waist and overlapping be
hind. Then comes the unader-jacket, I
then the over-jacket, trousers, and apron.
Finally. if she is poh g to pay calls, or
for any other reason wishes to appear I
particularly charming, she paints her
face with a paste made of wet rice flour. '
which dries and gives her a most death- IC
like appearance. She then removes the
paste from her eyes and lips with a wet
cloth, and, wetting a finger, draws it
three times round her throat, and the cl
three red marks thus left complete the I
toilet which is to render her absolutely t
A stiff, flat fan and a powder box t
with a little mirror in the lid by which I
she can see to periodically touch her
face with the powder-puff invariably t
accompany the-Cnese. I
A youth Is isa love whenhe does not I
wish other bohy to make goo-oo eyes
at a certain girl. . I
The fellows who spogt the most 5
poaetry seldos maluh the heat husands. *
Among the sixty-nine new vessels
that are at present being built for the
French navy there are twenty-three
The shallowest of all seas are the
Baltic and the Adriatic, which aver
age only forty-three and forty-Ave
yards' depth respectively.
A fine head of the Bosprimigenius
has been dredged up from the River
Cam, near Upsvare, in England. Be
tween the horns, from point to point,
is a distance of two feet and their
girth at the base is fifteen inches.
The apple is an excellent brain food.
because it has more phosphoric acid
in easily digested shape than other
fruits. It excites the action of the
liver, promotes sound and healthy
sleep and thoroughly disinfects the
A plan for recording checks with a
photographic apparatus controlled by
electricity has been successfully put
into operation in the National Bank of
the Republic at Chicago. The ma
chine will take pictures of 10.000
checks in an hour, and with one load
ing will make pictures of 7500. A
roll of film 120 feet long is placed in
the receiving box, and the checks are
put automatically into transparent
-.olders. The pictures can be rolled
on reels and stored. It is claimed that
the instrument will perform the work
of nine clerks.
A. machine that will do the work of
thirty expert mathematicians is being
constructed by the Government in its
scientific Instrument shop in Wash
Ington. It is to be an improvement
on an Instrument in use in the bureau
of the coast survey which has charge
of calculating the tides. The machine
now in use does wonderful things.
There is a little crank on the lower
left hand side, and at a simple turn of
that crank the machine will give the
answer to a problem involving nine
teenl separate calculations. It works
out the complicated calculations of
The new metals, polonium, radium
and actinium are likely to be heard
of often In the next few years on ac
count of their marvellous powers of
radiating electrified particles. As mat
ters stand at present, they appear to
have infinite power in this respect, radi
ating energy ceaselessly without loss.
These metals are contained in the ores
of uranium, vanadium and thorium,
in pitchblende and in chalcolyte, car
notite and antunite. h. and Mme.
Curie have separated these metals by
complex and costly processes that need
not be here described. Leas than two
grains of radium result from every
kon of mineral The radiating power
of this metal is one ten-millionth of a
watt and the displacement of the
metal is one milligram in a billion
years. When the dust of this metal
is present in the laboratory all the
apparatus present is electrified,
rendeied radio-active, in spite of or
A Washington correspondent writes
to the Baltimore Sun: "Wandering
Willles" is the title applied by census
office clerks to the clerks detailed as
inspectors to see that the other clerks
expend the whole of the six and a half
hours in which they are engaged in
the office attending to Government
busineus and nothing else.
The .ecessity of completing a large
part of the census work before Con
gress meets has compelled Director
Morris . to employ over 8000 clerks,
and to jrevent wuaste of time clerks in
some of the divisions have been de
tailed aus inspectors. With 8000 em
ploesyu the loss of even fifteen minates
a day for each one, spent In idle con
versation, reading newspapers or writ
1tg personal letters, as is customary
in the other departments of the Gov
ernmnmet would mean a loss of 750
hours, or the working time of 115
clerks. As the clerks average $900
per annum the monetary loss of their
services were each one to idle away
fliftees minutes a day would he $108,
COO a year.
SNeedless to say the position of In
spector Is a thankless one, and does
not tend to elevate the clerk so de
tailed in the opinion of his fellow
ceirks. It Is one, however, of consid
crable local Influence, as adverse re
ports carry considerable weight.
One Rivet Rebs LAsther.
The modern study of physiography
has made us acquainted with many
lbatsances of a struggle for existence
and survival among rivers. The most
careful student of nature In former
years never dreamed that this great
law applies to large streams separated
from each other by a range of hills,
and yet recent investigation shows
that the two longest rivers in England
-the Severn and the Thames-are
struggling, one against the other. The
Cotawold ]ills lie between the valleys
along which they dflow, and explora
tions lately made show that the Severn
has been eating backward among
these hills, where softer strata an
derlie them, and has thus suaceeded
in divertlng.jo itself some of the head
waters that formerly flowed into the
Thames.- To put it i, this way is
like endowap An Inanimate object
with Intelligent purpose, but the more
one studies pature the more evidence
of an actual struggle appears.
Treubig. That rever Rappen.
As the story runs, once there was an
old man, broken by years and wrin
kled by worries, who laid him down
to die. Summoning his seven grown
children to his side be delivered feebly
to them witl his parting breathm this
"My chi4p. I have lived Ioes,
tolled bhard and worried muech. But as
I look back spon-my life I fnd that
my greatest ti'obles have been those
that never happened."
In other weds, the good man had
spent much of his time in crossing
bridges that id was aever to rseb-
I borrowlng tipuble that be was never
eB Oxpuem s..-New Tor** aoreld
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Governor-W. W. Heard,
Secretary of Slate-John Miohel.
Superintendent of Education-John
Auditor-W. 8. Frazee.
T'reaurer-Ledoux E. Smith.
U. S. BENATORS.
Don rCaerey and S. D. McEnery.
1 Distrioct--l. C. Davey.
A District-Adolph Meyer.
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