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VOL. XIV. LAKE PROVIDENCE. EAST CARROLL PARISH, LA., SATURDAY, DECEMBER, 14, 1901.
THE IDLE AMANUENSIS.
BY CHABRLES H. WHITE.
BY CHARLES
There. Now we can be comfortable
and free from interruption while I
tell you that little story I promised.
It seems good to be sitting with you
once again, after so 'long a separa
tion. Calls to mind the times we
used to have in '76, when you were
slaving for Boynton & Blackman, and
I was learning the rudiments of the
business that I followed until about a
year ago. Now I am independently
situated owing to certain fortuitous
circumstances which happened to
come my way; yet I feel old and care
worn and my hair is tinged with gray.
Let me see; it was in '81 that I left
Syracuse to take a position in a brok
er's office located on Broad street: in
New York City. The atmosphere of
my surroundings was entirely in ac
cord with my heart's desire, which
was to become a potent factor in the .
financial whirlpool that annually 4
whisks away the fortunes of thous
ands, to place them at the feet of I
the lucky few.
The room assigned to me by my
new employers was a small one, in
the rear of the principal offices, and
lighted from a court. The solitary
window reached to the floor, and i
opened out upon a balcony which en- i
circled the court, communicating with I
the elevator shaft at the back of the
building. The chief offices had doors i
which led to this balcony. I was the I
sole occupant of the little office.
Directly opposite my window was t
the window of another room, the coun- E
terpart of mine, and similarly con- I
nected with the other suite on the I
same floor. It was occupied by a t
young lady, evidently employed as a t
stenographer, as her typewriter was t
visible through the glass. From the p
first glimpse I got of her she attract- t
ed me strongly. She was pretty, and 1
I always possessed a fondness for c
feminine beauty. In addition to that a
fact, she seemed to have almost noth- a
ing to do, and that peculiar condition e
piqued my curiosity. Hour after hour h
she would sit by the window with a a
book in her hand. Only on rare oc- c
casions would I see her doing any e
work and then for a few moments at ji
a time. I could not comprehend the o
reason for this, inasmuch as the con- t]
cern employing her (the eastern agen- tl
cy of a large beef house), seemea to s
transact a good business. I marvelled
that any maneshould pay a salary to s
and reserve a room for a clerk, and
then allow her to fritter away nearly fi
all of the time It was not long be- e
fore I had privately conferred upon
my sweet neighbor the title of "the a)
idle amanuensis."
I soon discovered that the girl was Ii
not a stickler on certain points of a
etiquette. Se did not wait for an in- I
troduction, but began to smile and 13
bow to me on the third day of my oc- t(
cupancy of the little office. I re
sponded with alacrity, and soon felt tc
that a personal interview was on the W
cards. We did meet in the elevator di
once or twice within the first week, ce
but others were present on each oc
casion, and I made no advances. P
Doubtless the girl was of a similar
mind, for she offered no active en-' t
couragement, merely nodding and be- I'
stowing on me one of her charming fa
smiles. These smiles were sufcient- nM
ly dazzling to captivate any man who it
was not already happily married or Ju
engaged.
It was during my third week that it
events began to draw in toward a fo- cc
cus. While working at my desk one
afternoon, I heard a light tap on the "
window pane. Looking up I saw that It
the girl was standing on the balcony. of
She smiled and pointed to the bal- 01
cony floor just outside my window. b
r'ollowing the direction with my eyes,
i observed a folded paper lying there W
which I lost no time in securing. to
It proved to be a ngte written by Cc
herself. The wording of the com- m
munication was brief but to the point d'
and it set my heart to beating wildly. a5
"Dear Sir-rere's to our more inti- "
mate acquaintanceship. Shall be at
home this evening, at No. - West o
Forty-second street. Please indicate in
through the window whether you will
call. Sincerely, Ethel Thompson." Ye
Would I call? I gave a series of m
most emphatic nods and had the sat- t
isfaction of seeing that their meaning it
was evidently understood. AS
I called on Miss Thompson that *
very evening. She bore herself in an f
Intelligent and vivacious manner, as a
her appearance had led me to expect; T.
and her demeanor was characterised oi
by a refinement not in keeping with
the unconventional nature of her in- i
vitation.
During our conversation she in- r
bormed me that she was glad her of
fice work was light, as she disliked bu
the duties of an amanuensis.
"I have noticed," I said to her, "that n
you are not often busily engaged. How ab
is it that so large a concern conducts I
so small a correspondence?" l
This query provoked a laugh. tl
"Why," she exclaimed. "we have P
another stenographer, who occupies m
one of the larger rooms. I do on"
the work dictated by Mr. Blossom, the '
manager. The regular run of the of- wi'
fice mail is dictated by Mr. Penaoyer thu
to the other stenographer. Mr. Blos
som is away most of the time, aad
has very little for me to de. I am
really not needed there at all. but on
Mr. Blossom is aristocratic and wants (
to have a private secretary." Then coi
she added, In a different tone of
voice, "The truth is that my posltlon h'
was created for me personally. 1
have what some persons denomiaste
a 'pull' with the powers that be.- he
Toward the latter part of the ever
ing she seemed suddenly to have Il
thought of something. up
"By the way," said she. "I wus use
forgetting a question I wished to ask *
of you. Your stockbrokigl ble i
is a sealed book to me, and I am eer a
to learn something about it. I have
been reading a good deal la thIe p-"
pers of late sbout I, IL & ,' Stoek.
and what the bulls sad beatns re e
ing with it. There seems to bIN great
interest maflheteg in that 5sin ah d
I wish you woula pipQ a to me What
it nreais."
It happened that Just at that Ie
"UL. K & ." o tmmal 8wee# Ia. 18
sition in the market. It was being
!manipulatcd by rival factions in such
a manner as to render its future more
than ordinarity uncertain. Further
more there was a wheel within a
wheel, "D., K. & E." being merely a
speculative centre, around which re
volved interests more important still
The fight going on between the heaiy
cperators was being participated in by
many small investors; and, inasmuch
as shrewd men with long pocketbooks
were pitted against one another, the
result would necessarily be that some
wealthy operators would lose their
fortunes, while the little fellows who
happened to be on the winning side
would be rewarded in proportion to
the size of their investments. It is
more or less that way in all stock
deals, but this one was of so stupen
dous a character as to outclass most I
of those that had preceeded it.
I knew very little about the inner a
history of the affair, but what Infor
mation I possessed was entirely at I
milss Thompson's service. She ex- t
pressed herself as delighted with my t
imperfect explanation, and I was so c
well pleased at finding that I could
interest her, that I determined to learn t
all I could about "D., K & E.," for 9
her e4ification. 1
The chief clerk in our office was an i
approachable fellow, and he seemed to I:
have taken a liking to me. His name f
was Fenton. Mr. Fisk had asked him u
to help me all he could, that I might d
gain a rapid insight into the business h
Now, with my mind full of "D., K. &
E." I applied to Fenton for informa- d
tion. He seemed pleased with my b
thirst for knowledge, and gratified It h
to the extent of his power. Every p
particle of fact or premies thus ob- h
tained was passed over to Miss v
Thompson. We met frequently; I be- b
came a regular visitor at her home, tJ
and notes were exchanged by us across p
across the court. She had completely ii
enslaved me, so that I was wondering v
how soon I might, with consistency,
ask her to become my wife. On ac- c
count of the low condition of my fnan- d
ces, I dared not yet broach the sub- f,
ject. Hence, nothing in the nature ti
of love making was indulged in, ti
though I was eager to advance beyond
the stage of triendships, and she si
seented willing to acquiesce. b
Matters went on in this way for h
some weeks. We called one another '
"Ethel" and "Henry," This departure h
from orthodox formality had been tak- ai
en at her suggestion. v
"We know each other so well now," p
she had said to me, "that we may as n
well make use of our Christian names. f
It will seem more friendly. You are h
acting in the capacity of a brother to
me; and you know," she added arch- b
ly, "that I stand ready to be a sister f
to yonL"
However much I objected, privately,
to the manner in which the privilege h
was granted, the concession itself was
dellghtful, for it seemed to draw me
closer to her. C
One morning Fenton appeared to be
excited over something.
"I tell you what, Walton," he said
to me, "I'm in a devil of a quandary.
I've just had a glorious tip on your ol
favorite stock, '11, K. & E.,' but can- as
not sbe my way to take advantage of gi
it If I only had from $1000 to $5000 in
just now, I could make a lucky strike."
"Would you mind telling me about
it?" I asked, in as calm a voice as I p
could command. p
"Certainly I will tell you," Fenton at
replied. "Of course you won't breathe at
it to a soul." (I maae no reply to this sa
observation). "I have it on the best
of authority that 'D., K. & E.' is to
be heavily unloaded tomorrow-pushed U1
down to zero, in fact. The holders in
who cannot put up margins will be th
forced to sell out. Under ordinary cir- to
cumstances, you know, this would TI
mean that it was time to get from un- ac
der; but in this case the man who has ft
any 'D., K. & E.' stock would better
hang on to it If he has none, he
should place his order to purchase as ga
soon as it reaches 28. I have private ok
information that it will drop rapidly rii
and stop at 24. A man buying at 28, hi
yot see. wou!d have to put up a shor me
maalgin of four points. Immediately hi
it reaches 24 there will be a rush for th
it, and it will shoot up like a rocket to
As soon as it strikes 96, the holder
should sell All this comes from the
fact that 'D., IK. & .' is being used th
as a blind to cover operations on 'P., wl
T. & Q.' While the struggle is going sl
on over "D., K. & K.' some quiet work ye
will be done with 'P., T. & Q.' which is
will result in a grand coup. I am fei
atisftled that my Information is cor- no
ret" p
Well, I am ashamed to confess it
but I lost no time in conveying this
:nformation to Ethel, by means of an ye
unsigned note. I was io proud of my of
ability to secure information, that I
wanted to ddliver it before it was tw
ftale. There would be no glory in wi
telling It after it had become public ag
property. Possibly my action in the wi
matter was hastened, however, by a Po
little note which I received from the an
girl shortly after my conversation T
with Fenton. It merely contained
the question:
"Anything new today about 'D., K. w
My message containing the "glort- ty.
ous tip" which Fenton had communi- rei
rated to me brought forth a reply. It Me
contained these words: gI
"Please do not come up tonight I F
have another engagement" the
During the remainder of the day. th
I noticed that Ethel was absent from l
her office. The next day and for se
eral days thereafter it was the same.
I became alarmed. Finally I rushed
up to her house, only to be met with it
the informatfoa that Miss Thompson mc
was not at home. dct
Meanwhile matters had treaspired cbs
a Fenton had predicted. "D.. K. & his
I" had ilea with grt rapidity to ab
i. A seramble for it had ensed, anco
it had risen with equal celerity to P7. the
It was a matter lor pbllc commsat she
hat a mea namad Thompson-a- for
know_ e the stre-bad peicnw ae Ias
at wa soad eat 96 there b m ailg st
saw bretae.
I Zm so mreas oStbeI, but a lettwr
-name se her exalatsed the amy ea.
I tery. I have it here, and will read it
to you.
I "Dear Brother Henry-You have
1 earned the title I bestow upon you. I
I felt satisfied ycu would secure some
)valuable information for me. Papa
made use of it He is rich now, and
Swe are to start for Europe immedi
ately. I made him promise me a for
e eign trip when I could And him a
- way to make the needed money. He
supposed it was a joke, but has
learned to his entire satisfaction that
I was in earnest. You have my bless
L sing. I shall think frequently of you
F and should I ever marry, I will invite
r my brother to the wedding. Au re
x voir. Ethel."
B "Blossom has decided to employ but
one stenographer hereafter. I have
no further use for my 'pulL' "-Wa
r verley Magazine.
A DOG'S LOVE OF HOME.
" amlne Travels ieoe. 'md Afoot from 3
S Reono, O. T., to Meuscatie, Is.
Half starved and with fpet badly
swollen and eyes sunk deeply in its
head from privations endured during
a long and wearisome journey, a large
Newfoundland dog belonging to C. W.
Franklin, of this city, arrived home
today from El Reno, O. T., having
made the entire journey from that
city afoot.
Arriving at his master's doorstep
the faithful animal collapsed, and
would have died of fatigue but for the
immediate use of restoratives. His
long nails had been worn most entird
ly off in his run for home, and all four
feet were swollen three times their
usual size. In spite of his fatigue the
dog is already recovering his former
health and spirits.
Knowing his qualities as a watch.
dag, Mr. Franklin loaned him to his
brother, Melvin Franklin, who, with
his family, was about to start for El
Reno. The party left Muscatine on
May 15 and arrived in El Reno three
weeks ago. A letter to friends in
Muscatine upon their arrival stated
that the dog was still with the com.
pany and had proven a valuable aid
in watching the wagons on the trip
westward.
No further Information was re
ceived until this morning, when the
dog's arrival gave evidence that it pre
ferred a comfortable home in Iowa to
the wild life of the land of Idttery dis
trict.
Mr. Franklin resided at 151 Boone
street when the dog was taken away,
but during its absence moved to the
house adjoining their old residence.
The dog naturally passed by the new
home upon hii return this morning
and went to the old house and knocked
violently on the front door with his
paw. Mrs. Franklin saw him and
rushed to the adjoining yard, closely
followed by her children, and threw
her arms about the dog's neck in her
joy at his return. The children were
heartbroken when the Newfoundland
fell at their feet, thoroughly worn out
after its long journey.
Mr. Franklin refused a neat sum for
his dog this afternoon, saying that no
price would now tempt him to part
with so faithful an animal.-Kansas
City Journal.
QUAINT AND CURIOUS.
It has been calculated that the hair
of the beard grows at the rate of one
and one-half lines a week. This will
give a length of six and one-half inches
in the course of a year.
Parsnips are supposed by many peo
pie to be very nourishing. A pound of
parsnips only gives' 12 grains of
strength, while the sane amount of
skim milk will give 34 grains and of
split pease 260 grains.
The highest telegraph poles in the
United States have lust been erected
in Beaumont, Texas. So far as known
they are the highest in the world, their
tops being 150 feet from the ground.
They carry a Western Union cable
across the Neches river-a span 144
feet in length.
A curious custom prevails in Bul
gari. All newly married women are
obliged to remain dumb after mar
riage, except when addressed by theil
husbands. When it is desirable to re
move this restriction permanently the
husband presents her with a gift, sad
then she can talk to her heart's con
tent
In a Ventura garden in California
there is a great Lamarque rose tree
which has made remarkable growth
since it was planted, more than 25
years ago Its trunk near the ground
is two feet niane inches in circum
terence, while the main branches are
not much smaller. In 1895 the tree
produced over 21,000 blooms.
A statistltcian asserts that when 350
years shall have passed the density
of the earth's population will be so
great that each person will have only
two-thirds of an acre, which space
will have to smuce for all purposes
agsiaculture, roads, houses, parks, rall
ways, etc. He estimates the present
population of the earth at 1,600,000,000,
and says that In 2250 it will be 52
073,000,000.
The first postage stamp of Franca
was the head of a stern-looking wom
an, and was meant to represent liber
ty. The present stamp used in France
represents two fgures, Commerce and
Mercury, clasping hands across the
globe. For most of her colonies
France issues a special stamp with
the eagle of the empire upon it, but
there are several exceptions. The is
land of Reunion has a small stamp
with the value alone marked on it
A certain "common informer." who
alived uder the Stuarts, died, and left ,
ioney and lands to one of the gres
city companies for schools and otherl
charitable purposes. He directed in
his will that his body should be kept
above groand in such a way that It
could b seen throuh glass, and that
tbhe ~goerlg body of the company
should, each year, under penlty of
fefaitng the po~erty, visit his tomb
sad age the body. This visitation is
sti -.atd oeat very yer.
Te girl hs ieauItamtas he as
esamt paset to uItlvst mmmi mthflas.
"IFACTS ON NOAH'S ARK.
l SHE CHALDEAN RECORD OF ITS DI
4 MENSIONS AND CONTENTS.
A Presh Wltness to the Traditoe eof the
SDelsoe- Professor HMapt Has Pub
isahod the Fragmneuta of th Wodoerful
a Itory Preserved to the British MLseaun.
Many readers would, I believe, be
interested in a fresh witness to the
Chaldean tradition of the deluge,
writes a Correspondent of the London
Times. The best known account of
° this tradition is contained in the late
George Smith's "Chaldean Genesis."
There was given the first connected
account of the Assyrian version of the
old Babylonian myths concerning the
flood. This version has been drawn
up for the library of Ashurbanipal, the
last great King of Assyria, and has
been brought by Sir Henry Layard
from the ruins of Nineveh. A more
complete edition, consistiln of all the
~ragments of the story, preserved in
the British Museum, has been pub
lished by Prof. Haupt.
Unfortunately, the lines which once
recorded the dimensions of the ark
are defective, and though Prof. Haupt
considers it probable that the length
t was 100 cubits, while the breadth and
height were both 120 cubits, we have
no esrtainty about the length. By as
I stliming that the measure named in the
text really denotes a half cubit, as was
once held by Prof. Oppert, the conjec
tured length would agree with the
300 cubits of the Biblical narrative.
Now one of the tablets, probably
also once in King Ashurbanipal's li
brary at Nineveh, appears to give a
different estimate of the dimensions of
Noah's ark. It is catalogued as "a
list of animals and certain measure
ments'" &c, and was recently copied
by me for my "Assyrian Deeds and
Documents," where the cuneiform text
will appear as No. 777. A closer ex
amination of the contents has made
me think they deserve to be more
widely known.
There is no distinct statement on
the tablet that the measurements re
fer to the ark, but I fall to see with
what else the figures given could be
concerned. The first three lines read
simply, "390 cubits long. 150 cubits
broad, 660 cubits high." The whole
tablet is written in the ideographic
style, and some of the ideograms used
are not to be found in published "lists
of signs and ideograms." But these
lines only employ such signs as are
well known from their use in the his
torical inscriptions, and I assign to
them the meanings which they always
have in such texts as concern the di
mensions of buildings.
But this would be a very large
building indeed. The great Temple of
Merodach at Babylon, by many identi
fied with the Tower qf Babel, was only
180 cubits high. If we consider these
dimensions as those of a tower it must
have been nearly 1000 feet high. Such
a height could only be that of a moun
tain. Then it would be difficult to ac
count for the presence of the animals
recorded below. There were no ani
mals kept in the Tower of Babel, so
far as we are told. The animals
whose names can be recognized are
not such as we have any reason to
suppose were kept by the kings of
Nineveh in a menagerie or zoological
gardens.
The mythical character of the build
ing seems evident. The next two
lines give other dimensions in precise
ly similar terms to those used in de
scribing the terraces or palaces. In
terpreting the signs in the same way
as is always done in such cases, the
substructure of this strange building
was 410 cubits across and 788 cubits
along its side. There is no sugges
tion of height.
Now, the Ninevite version of the
Chaldean tradition, above referred to
contemplates the ark as a "house" on
a "boat" or raftt. It may be ques
tioned whether in these texts "height"
necessarily means "vertical height"
If not, we may suppose a boat 788
cubits in length over all and 410 cu
blts in breadth amldships, carrying a
box-shaped house 660 cubits long, 390
cubits broad and 150 cubits high above
the deck. It is possible that the roof
sloped from a central ridge. Also the
dimer,*.ons given may be those of a
rectangular raft. In either case there
would be a free space ten cupits wide
along the sides and 64 cubits wide at
the ends, to serve as a "deck promen
ade." If we prefer to take 660 cubits
as the height, part of this may have
been submerged; but, in any case,
we should have a curious shape for at
ark, though one quite admissible for
an imaginary temple tower.
The animals named, so far as I am
able to recognize their ideolgraphic
descriptions, are dromedaries, camels,
horses, mules, asses, both male ani fe
male of each species, forming one
group; then oxen and cows of various
sorts, sheep, goats, antelopes or ga
selles, hares, with their young ones,
and of both sexes, forming a second
group. The first group seems to be
the animals, man's helpers and ser
vants; the second group is possibly
those clean animals used for food. It
may be noted that the antelope or ga
selle is frequently depicted as associ
ated with Ishtar, or Venus, who plays
such a promlnentspqrt In the tradl
tdon of the flood. No numbers are giv
en, in marked contrast to the Biblical
narrative, but there were evidently
pairs in the first group, and It would
not be difficult to make out seven for
the bovine race and sheep. In the
many herd lists of Nineveh Kings the
numbers of each sort are, of course, al
ways given. Hence we can scarcely
think of the animals in a farmyard.
Then follows a 41ist of birds, most
Then follows a list of birds, most of
which are not yet to be identified with
any certainty, though nearly all the
ideograms ocou also in the lists of
oferings made to the gods. Such
birds were in all probability used for
food. The list ends with "the dove,
the swallow, the raves." Now in the
Ninevite version of the story, Noah
seat forth, when the waters btan to
abate, irst the dove them the wal
low, them the. aves. The
-rdr is the eae. The r
vs weaid har e u ept la ay
mestle stahishamest* a th eh
er erest , eage -rtAg -a
oupes waNe he hbutK 35 meimieriae
th bubC the e t frar e-=-·t of
animals, as remarkable for its oml
.sions as for its uQatents, seem suited
to no other explfaUtion than that we
have here a summary estimate of the
size and contents of Noah's ark.
I may add that the shape of the
tablet is unusual, one side being flat,
the other convex. The contour is a
long oval, like that of a pressed lg.
The writing reads the same way on
both sides, contrary to the usual cus
tom of the scribes who "turned over"
from top to bottom, not from left to
right, as we do, and as in the case of
this tablet. The text is a sort of pae
limpsest, In tpat several unes are
written upon partly erased character.
The ideographic style seems to indi
cate that this was an extract or ab
stract from a larger and probably old
er work.
HOW TO TREAT CATS,
Should Have Raw Meet to Est, but Not
Too Much ot It-Some ilats.
Cats are by nature dainty-even In
their cruelties. There is all manner of
feline grace in the way the play with
mice. Cats suffer much less from con
stant housing than dogs, although they
run wild much more readily, and never
quite get over their murderous in
stincts. A cat of fancy breed, as Mal
tese, Angora, Coon-cat or Manx, is a
possession more fashionable than
precious. Each and several they are
no end decorative, but in affection,
intelligence and playfulness they rank
below their black, gray, tiger marked
and tortoiseshell brethren.
White cats are in general more sav
age and less intelligent than gray or
tortoiseshell Many of them have blue
eyes, and all such are said to be stone
deaf; hence they are less desirable in
tne house. Unlike dogs, cats require
to have their meat raw, but they must
not have too much of it Milk should
constitute at least a third of their food.
Crumble stale bread in the milk and
now and again beat up a raw egg in
it. A bit of raw liver as big as two
fingers, or a fish head, is meat enough
for a day's ration. Supplement it with
milk and bread or milk and mashed
potatoes, a cracker or two, or a bit of
hard bread, lightly buttered, and a few
small bones, as from chicken, game or
shops.
Cats as well as dogs suffer a plague
of fleas. Oddly enough cat fleas are
unlike dog fleas, and if two sorts of
insects meet upon one poor beast there
in victory for the cat fleas, which are
extending over many acres of ground,
much larger and more voracious than
those found on the dog. If left to rav
age unchecked they soon reduce a
sleek, healthy cat to a miserable skel
eton, suffering all over from eczema.
To get rid of the fleas, wash with sul
phur soap-any good brand which the
nearest shop affords-comb out the
feas with a fine tooth comb while the
hair is still wet, then rinse the cat
well in milk warm water, dry it with
soft towels, and give it after a bath
a saucer of warm milk with a tea
spoonful of brandy or whiskey in it. A
kitten should have only a few drops of
spirits and be kept snug in a clean
basket for an hour after the bath.
When the hair is very dry, blow in all
along the backbone'some sort of good
fine insect powder-either larkspur or
pyrethrum. Rub behind the ears with
the sulphur ointment directed fordogs.
Next day brush out all the powder with
a fine, close brush, comb the cosat light
ly, then part it along the backbone and
rub witu the sulphur ointment.
For mange rub all over with the sul
phur ointment. Keep the cat confined
so it,cannot lie In the dirt and after
24 hours wash it well in hot soap
suds-Just comfortably hot, rinse dry,
and leave alone. In three days if tae
mange persists, repeat the ointment,
and after the treatment give the cat
plenty of catnip, either green or dry,
with milk and bread diet. Catnip in
deed ought to be givren always twice a
week. Burn infected bedding and fu
migate sleeping baskets, or else wash
them well in bichloride of mercury.
Let them stand six hours after wash
ing, then scald plentifully with boil
ing water and dry well before lettaing
the cat sleep in them again.
"We itlled Her with selseom."
The unconscious cruelty of children
is illustrated in the following talk be
tween a lady and a little girl, about a
cherished doll-baby.
"Do you know," the child says in
wondering tones--"do you know this
poor baby of mine has a .siter called
Jemima, who was very cruel to him.
She used always to take away his bot
tie. I cannot think how she could do
such a thing, can yout But we Cut
of Jemima's hands and feet--"
"Oh, no, we did not," contradicted
the lady, startled out of all politeness.
"Scuse me, we did," the tender voice
urges; "scuse me, we cout them of an'
stewed them. Then we killed her
with scissors."
But as the lady remonstrates upon
the enormity of the punalshment com
pared with the crime, the small exe
cutioner relents, and finally adopts her
suggestion of sending the ill-ate
Jemima to a boarding school-as very
strict one, "But it was a school in
South Africa," she stipulates, and the
lady knows she is finding consolation
in the thought of there being stray
lions and tigers ready to make a meal
off naughty little girls who remove
babiea' bottles.-UE. Ayrtou, In New
Lppincott.
She Kuew Amos Koet*r.
She was a very talkative old auaty
and her memory was remarkable. Her
nephew from the city soon realised
the strength of both of these charae
tertistics.
"Say, aunty," he put in when he
ound an openinag in the old lady's
continuous chain of remiisecea es,
"did you ever know the 8keeter sm
ily that used to live around here some
where?
"Knew 'emr all," cried the old lady
-ithout a moment's heaitation "Yes,
indeed."
"Did you knohaw AmsT" nmtlaned
the Joker.
"Ames Keeter!" eaied the o.4 lady
agaa. "Wel, I sheMld ly I did.
-aaf" the psrt he's tahe" me a.
Ames Keater? Jlea dear, how hh'
ame dae all a up the seesd M Umns"
ad thea the wlebik ubew at
go eat behtad the tso laugh
--c~eveha phas etern'
ONE OF OUR ODD ISLAND
A TALL ROCK IN THE PACIFIC, IN.
HABITED BY TAME BIRDS.
emarkabl* nihts aon ihe, One or the
Nawa&l aGroup - e.ekLtir Vtsted
lee the lust Time La ]rIf.e Team
S1r, Net ant oe Visitors.
The Pacife Commercial Advertllet
says: H. A. Jaegr, of Wahlawa.
p Kaual, having chartered the steamer
Mlkahala to make a trip to Nihoa or
as it is more familiarly called Bird
p Island, one of the islands of the Ha
waian group, lying some 265 miles
to the westward of Honolulu, organ
Ised a party to leave Kauai on the
steamer on Saturday afternoon to
make a trip to the Island and return
Monday.
The party consisted of the following:
H. A. Jaeger, Allan Jaeger, John Nev
in, Mr. McCloud, Mr. Wagner, Nick
Loourss, George Klugel, W. H. Rice,
Jr., W. Fisher, W. W. Chamberlain,
L. Wrinshetmer, N. Creig, Thomas
Kimble, R. B. Church. B. J. Rice,
Hugh Phelps, William A. Bamsay,
George Herrlot, P. K. Guild, A. Ara
waldt, J. Jorgensen, M. L. May, Dr.
Wilkinson, Dick Dias, Mr. Miller and
two sons and the captain and purser
of the Mikahala.
The party left Eleele, Kauai, about
8 o'clock in the afternoon. As dawb
broke the twin peaks of the island
were seen just ahead on the horizon.
Gradually as the steamer drew nearer
the Island rose plainly to view and
appeared to be a rock rising abruptly
from the ocean and about a mile in
length by a quarter of a mile in width.
On three side< tiie cliffs rise precipl.
tously from the sea, while on the south
side is a small bay, which appeared
to be the onlyanding. The party
made for this bay and reached the an
chorage a little after 9 o'clock. The
sea was somewhat rough and large
swells came roiling in, dashing into
spray against the rocks.
Just as anchor was dropped a swarm
of sharks came around the boat. Cap
tain Gregory, after taking a careful
survey of the bay and noting the pos
sible landing places, decided to make
a landing at a bluff somewhat shel
tered from the swells of the ocean Cal
the mauka side of the bay.
The first boat put off from the
steamer shortly before 10 and made
for the landing place selected by the
captain. As they approached the
shore, huge waves rolled against the
rocks, dashing into spray and rebound
ing with a strong undertow. The cap
tain ordered the sailors to backwater,
and as the waves carried 'the boat to
the rock the boatswain, grasping a
rope in his Land, leaped ashore. Fast
ening this rope he made fast to the
boat and thus with sailors backing
water and the native on shore pulling
the boat gradually in, as the waves
rose against the rocks, each member
of the party leaped ashore. After the
third boat had landed its passengers
the party all climbed from the landing
place up the cliffs on the hillside
above. There they paused to make a
survey of the island and decide where
they should go.
Around on all sides, darkening the
air. were birds of all descriptloff
From the post of observation on the
windward side of the island the visl
tore could se every portion of Nihos.
and, dividing into parties, they deeld.
ed to explore, each party in separate
directions. The island is divided by
several gulches or ravines. t the
bottom of these ravines are loinu palms,
a palm whose leaves the natives use in
making hats very similar to the Pan
ama hats. On all sides underfoot,
on the rocks, in the caves and in the
sky, were birds, large, small, black,
white and spotted. The birds were
not the least afraid. They circled
around and in many cases attempted
to fly In men's faces. As the party
traversed the slopes it was dilfcult to
escape from stepping upon the eggs
and young ones.
One of the exploring partles sealed
the highest point of the island and the
view from there was well worth the
hot and tiresome tramp, 8aid one of
the explorers: "As we stood and gased
down some thousand feet below as we
eould see the sea dashing agailst the
rocks almost directly under our feet.
The sky was clear and for miles in
every direction nothing could be seen
but' the endless expanse of the ocean,
and the thought struck us, what a ter
rible place It would be for shipwrecked
mariners. There ls very little water
oe the island. In the ravines can be
found in the hollows of the rocks
small pools of water, but this water is
so saturated with guano that it is Im.
possible to use it for drinking pur
poses. Some members of our party
brought shotguns and we shot qluite
a number ot bo'scnas. These bo'sons
have two red feathers in their talkls,
These feathers were used by the
mnelent Hawaiians for making royal
kabhills and are very rare.
We sucaceeded in shooting quite a
number ot the birds and capturing
feathers from a large. number of tie
female birds sitting on their nests
amidst the brash of the island. As
we passed along through the brash,
scattered all over were nests of some
of the larger birds. These nests are
made of shrubbery interwoven and
rsting o the tops of the underbrush.
iach temale bird lays one egg, and
hatches but one bird. These btrds are
about the sine of an ordinary fll
grown towl and are covered with a
tm of howy white or of gray, ac
crding to the species of the bird, and
as you pass by them they snap their
bills feroeosly at you and if you are
untorthnate enough to be caught In
their grip the mark would be a per
manent reminder of the trip to the
lahnd. Among this underbrush Ulve
a large number of canarles very simi
lar to the Laysan Iluad canary, only
ore gadily fcatheed and a little
Inller in sle We succeeded In
•apturig a few of these birds and
rught tihem home with us.
"Durig the morialng several sharkst
aring s in lnth from fae to 1ss
test wee coasught. Their se and tais
wWre sepped oe and they we then
thnwa ererhbsdr In the afnrseC a
a ahsuemame fourteen teo i lmgt
wV-. agud, ad when his stse
ins aot ,pen it was found an mhtla
too et the smal shorks which hod
~u~rebhsm~.p suE
wbhoe fins and tails had been eat of.
The large shark had evidently swal
lowed them as hey were lying nearly
t $*e by side In the stomach of the
abrk intact and just In front of them
the body of a seabird shot by
* some member of our party.
4 "After hoistlag up the boats we
- asd eircuit of tae Island. Through
o4sde of the Island there extends
Sa cae large enough to allow a boat to
N row through, provided the weather
t was calm and it it possible for one
r to 'look through, seeing water on the
S other side. The sland appears to
t' have been thrown up from the bottom
a of the sea.by some volcanic force, and
L In that action to have been split into
e many sections, these sections being
Sfilled up with molten lava. which has
a cooled into solid rock and shows in
vertical layers from base to summit,
I whereas the sections between are hi
horinontal layers."
k This island was visited by a party
some fifteen years ago. among them
i, were Gov. Dole. Queen Lllluokalani,
a Mr. A. Jaeger and Mr. W. W. BHaIr
SSince then no one has visitod the place
r, until this present trip.
r. HARD TO KILL A LOON.
t ea Dartn o g, au4~rw Tha reeas
e|lks New to s. AdLUwmisks.
Of all the Adirondack birds the hard.
t esat to kill is the loon, writes the Oa
r good Lake (N. Y.) corespondent of 4
d the New York Sun. Indeed, if the
' guides are to be believed, nobody ever I
'r did kill a loon with the ordinary Im.
d plements of the chase. It is one of the I
y pleasures of the guides to see a strang.
a er pride himself on his markmanship,
3* the pleasure of the gluide s all the
- keener, for the chances are that the
h cleverest marksman unacquainted
d  eh pecllar characteristls of
J will have the mortification of
I shooting again and again and seeing
e his animated mark sail around se
s renely as if possessed of a charmed
0 life.
Perhaps the fact that the loon is al
a most impossible to pluck and almost
. inedible after he has been plucked and
aI cooked may account for his immunity
- ftrom attack by sportsmen. Besides
e this, however, he Is a quick diver with
1. a marvelous power of staying under
ti water, and such is the toughness of
his skin and the thickness of hls feath
e ers, that even those who are skillful
Le enough to hit him are far from sure
e of killing him. The guides solemnly
i assure the unlearned In Adirondack
lore that the loon will swim miles un
.I- der water, and that his coat will tarn
. any ordinary bullet.
., "I tried once when I didn't know as
o much as I do now to kill a loon up
a at Meacham," said a bronzed old
t. guide. "I thought I had him where
e he couldn't get away. I never should
g a' tried t but for that. The lake was
g nigh frose over, an' when I spied him
b he was swimmin' round and round in
, a little space of water tryin' to keep
e it open so he could fish. Well I says
, to myself, 'Mr. Loon. I got you this
time,' for I know"d that every time
he dived he'd have to come up in about
the same spot, because there wa'n't
e no other place for him to come up. I
had a rife, mind you, and when I saw
e dim I was up on a bluf more' fifty
yards from where he was a swimmin'
round.
"The first time I fired I hit him, be.
cause I took him by surprise. He
dived, and I waited for him to float up
dead, but he'came up Just as live as
ever. I fired the second time just as
he came usP and I feit sure I had him
that time. But bles you, he popped
out of water and west on swimmia'
SstasU i notha', had happed. Well,
I was pretty mad about that time, s
I looked 'rouad to make sure that no
body wasn't watchnla', and I gave it
; to him hgala. Down be dived, and up
e he came aJust as if baullets was bread
Spils. I kept that up for siateen shots,
madder each shot than the last, and
Severy time that loon came up just as
St i he liked it. I knowed that I hit him
every time, beeause I could see him
sag when the bullet rahebed his back.
S "After the sxteenth shot I Igave
e up as a bad job, and that's why I
e know you can't kill a loon with a rflo
I unless you hit him from the rear jst
| as he's divin.' I knowed then, too,
e why the loon's hide we used to cover
e gun locks never wore out or let In
L frater. There never was a better thing
a for that purpose, but you don't often
a see 'em, because the loon's so hard to
i, kill
S"Fact is," pmrsed the old man, with
I a reminiscent smile. "I never did kill
r a loon, properly speakin', and the only
e Ione I ever got I took In a net. That
Swas up at Meacham, too. We had
I an English girl as cook at the hotel, n
. trappin' thfng, that could outlitt any
Sof us boys, and she had a temper hot
I ter'n a beechwood fire.
* "I broulht In the loon, ad the bees
a told me to give it to the cook and tel
Sbher it was a wld pooe for dinnaer. I
* gave it to heir, and then we waited
around to see her pluck It. How she
palled at them feathers! bhe twisted
sand she turned, and she yanked, and
she swore sad not a fesather budged
Sfrom the hide. BUln' water didn't do
no good, and I guess she'd a' been
Spallin' at them feathers t1 now If
she hadn't heard one of us tellers snlg.
Sger. Then she knowed shedd been
Sfooled, and she gave that looan a firt
that oe2t it elean oat of the kitchen.
SAnd we weren't iog folerma' It."
I The vagaries o the moon haveo bee.
8 o often deserlbed tn verse and love
. story that It seem a shame to make
g that por, overorrked "bright regent
r oI the heavens" stad for u wtt1ary
e proa~c tale. But the Detrolter who
* wdt hunting in the north woods
Sthoulght it a pretty fair jeke, even
e though it was at the expense o the
lo s4uEeriag meo,
Ti. Te party wasn In the hands a o
Sa those rare old guldes who make a
U livin snding d losing people, and
n steernlg bhunters aut of the way of
SsPine. They ad st am edu p In tie
tal timbe nmeita aned we veinly
*ryla g to And their wag aot to the
Scslarulag. The gilde wu as much at
* sea saybody.
S~ " "Whl 45o it 1l5 ti ttln
"i "We. ye sat tel arthliar' 'bat
It" drawed the uie, "alf the time
- -t 4m#'t csie up. at AIL"-"Dgljg"tI
* 'upfes
State Gourm et of Lnsiaaa.
Oovernor-W. W. H. ard,
Lieutenant Governor-Albert Esto
pinal.
Secretary of Staie--John Michel.
Superintendent of Education--Joh
V. OCahoun.
Auditor-W. S. Frasee.
Treasurer--Ldonz E. Smith.
U. . 8ENATOPR.
Don Offerey and S. D. MoEnery.
REPRESENTATIVES.
1 District-i. C. Davey.
2 Distriot-Adol~h Mayer.
8 Distriot-B. F. Bronssard.
4 District--P Brazeale.
5 District-i. E. Rnn..'ll.
$ District-8. M. Robiunon.
coxlZaem ,
era satrseebsu er a n
Over)iOtod s uad ser lYe
.l DIplomw ec., awll
St Amsserman and European
I poeeit toas Commerle
Cusso esnealuded est "
a sts , and thea r and
ppsitO 5S say volr ti ot
Slath. We own our eolleg.
butlding d have unequalled
ams ead g positio l over the
M r eiswie- 'lwth Sopp uld Col ege
ywver~t a, t ado de 1rts tuia .tdntst
IIl geode Lad ectut aasy, and they Ikeep
tlo the Mate labor saving orms.
S eater at any tm. . ullish
ae iu ad ad etnas schools. All
esisrmi ftamies. Bend for catalo poi
ARTE O A
Mississippi Valley
Usurparssd: Dh' il:nm er e
By! DBLA4S & IEIPHIS
oaneeting at Memophis with
trains of tboe Iinois OCe
tral Railroad for
Cairo, St. Louis, Chicago. Cn.
einnati, Louisville,
making direct oonneotions with through
trains for all points
NORTH, EAST AND WEST,
inclading Buffalo, Pittsbunrg. Olve
land, Boqan, New York, PbiladOlphia,
Baltimore, iohmond, St. Paul, Min.
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BprsAgs, Ark., and Denver. Aloee
omnetiem aOhicago with OCentral
MInknlppl Valley Rate, Solid Fad
Ytlb Ed DIhly Train for'
lliSI., SIN= FALLS, SIOUX CITY,
and the West. Partlear of gaent
of the . i. V. ad eoaneotilg lines
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