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STHE BANNE R=DEMOCRAT;
VOL. XIV. LAKE PROVIDENCE. EAST CARROLL PARISH, LA., SATURDAY. JANUARY l1, 1902. NO. 13.
The gtorg of an Unpretentious Ma.
A young Englishman stood 'in the
New World, alone, utterly unknown,
watching a freight train moving out
of a new town, over a new track. A
Pinch-bar, left carelessly by a section
gang, was picked up by the pilot of
the locomotive. It was caught in the
cyllnder-cock rigging, with the result
that it wrecked it.
Muttering softly the driver climbed
down and began the difficult task of
disconnecting the disabled machinery.
He was not a machinist. Not all en
gine drivers can put a locomotive to
Xether; in fact. the best runners are
3ust runners. The Englishman stood
by, and when he saw the man fumble
his wrenches offered a hand. The
driver, with some hesitation, gave him
the tools. In a few minutes the crip
pled rigging was taken down, nuts
were replaced, and the discarded
metal was tossed by the fireman on
the rear of the tank.
"Are you a machinist?" asked the
"'Yes, sir," said the Englishman,
Who towered at leist a foot above the
engineer. "There's a job for me up the
road if I can get there."
"And you'r] out of 'tallow'' "
The Englnihman was not quite sure,
but he guessed that "tallow" was a
United States term for money, and
said that he was short.
"All right," said the engine driver,
The fireman was a Teuton named
Sartin, who proceeded to make the
Englishman comfortable, but the lat
ter wanted to work. He asked to be
allowed to help fire the engine, and
Martin" showed him how to do it.
When they pulled into the little town
of E---, the Englishman went over
to the roundhouse, where a man was
wanted. The foreman asked him if
he had ever "railroaded it." He said
he had not, but that he was a machin
ist. "Well, I don't want you," said
the foreman. Disheartened the Eng
lishman went across to a little eating
stand where the trainmen were hav
ing dinner. Martin moved aside and
made room for the stranger between
himself and his dnginser.
Later, the engineer dropped a little
oil here and there, for another dash;
the Englishman came up to the en
gine. He could not bring himself to
ask the driver for another ride, and
he wasn't obliged to. The engineer
gave him a lift in the cab, after the
hearty fashion of railroaders, despite
the risk he ran even in those easy
In a little while they pulled into
M- City, Iowa., at the crossing of
the Wisconsin Central Railroad. There
the Englishman had to change cars.
W-, his destination, was on the
crossroad, eighteen miles away. The
agent wrote on a small piece of paper,
folded it carefully and gave it to the
Englishman. "Give that to the con
ductor," said he. "Be quick-they're
pulling out-run!" Panting the Eng
lishman threw himself into a way-car
that was already making ten miles
an hour. The conductor unfolded the
paper, read it, looked the Englishman
over and said, "All right."*
It was nearly night when the train
arrived at W-, and the deadhead
followed the train crew Into an un
painted hotel, where all hands fell
eagerly to eating supper. A man stood
behind a narrow, high desk, at the
door, taking money, but when the
Englishman offered to pay he said,
"Your's is paid fer."
"Not minae; nobody knows me here."
"Well," said the landlord, "someone
p'inted to you and said, 'I pay fer
him.' It ain't a thing to make a noise
about; it don't make no difference to
me whether it's Tom or Jerry that
pays, so long Is everybody is repre
"Well, this is a funny country."
mused the Englishman, as he strolled
over to the shop. Here, once more,
discouragement awaited him. He had
never "railroaded It," and was denied
Weary, discouraged, homesick ~nd
heartsick the young man sat and
thought it over, and qonmleded that,
as a last resort he wo#see the mas
ter mechanic. If he h o a wom
an he might have e .lhmself to
sleep that night. It been a
"quitter," he would gait, but
the constant thought t.ih tlt
trusting' wife, away se . down tbe
track, who had left her Iite and he
people in England to east kr let with
him in the strange New World-at that
moment, mayhap, kneellig on a bare
floor, teaching their babdh to pray for
him-the thought of her love ant the
utter helplessness of the little ones
kept his face toward the light and
gave him nerves of steeL
On the following morning he found
the local head of the motive-power de
partment at hi. desk, and told his
story. He had just arrived from Eng
land with a wife and two children and
a few dollars. "That is all rightl"
said the master meehanic. "I'll give
you a job on Monday morning."
This was on Saturday, and, durlng
the day, the first foreman with whom
the Englishman had talked wired
that if he would return to -- he
could find work. The yoeun man
showed this message to the master
mechanic. "I should like to work
for you," he said; "you have baen
very kind, to give me employment
after the foreman had refused, but
my family is near that place. It to
t00 miles or more from here."
"I understand." saild the kilad-heart
ed offical, "and you'd better go back
tao E;--. Here is a pass."
The next day, BSunday. the yoenag
map told his young wife that the new
country was "all right;" everybody
trusted everybody else. An oaldial
would give a stranger free traspor
tation. a station agent wold give yoe
a pass, and even an engie driver
would carry a man without askinHg
31e didn't know that all them ame.
save the master mechaale, had vie
'ated 'he rules of the read, ad emdn
gnred their own positions, and a
chaince of promatlom, by helping Him
het he thmkod tLhem, Just tm same.
That was when the West was new,
when there were no locks and the
latchstring hung on the outside of
every door. On Monday morning he
went to work in the little shop, and
In a short time became one of the
best men employed in the place. "How
do you. square a locomotive?" he
asked. "Here," said the foreman,
"from this point to that." That was
all the Englishman asked. He
stretched a line between the given
points, and went to work.
About this time a thriving station,
called M-, had offered to donate to
the company $47,000, If the new ma
chine shop could be located there and
have steam up and the machinery
running on the 1st day of January of
the following year.
The general master mechanic en
trusted the work of putting the ma
chlnery, after the walls had been
built and the place roofed over, to the
division master mechanic, who looked
to the local foreman to finish the job
in time to win the subsidy.
The best months of the year went
by before work was begun. Frost
came, and the few men tinkering
about were chilled by the autumn
winds that were walling through the
shutterless doors and unguazed win
dows. Finally the foreman sent the
Englishman to M- to help put up
the machinery. He was a new man,
and, therefore, was expected to take
signals from the oldest man on the
Job-a sort of straw boss.
The bridge boss, the local head of
the wood workers, found the English
man gazing about, and the two men
talked together. There was no fore
man there, but the Englishman
thought he ought to go to work, any
way. 8o he and the wood boss
stretched a line for a line shaft, and,
while the carpenter gang put up
braces and brackets, the Englishman
coupled the parts of the shaft to
gether, and in a few days it was
ready to be put up.
As the young man whistled and
worked away one morning the boss
carpenter came In with a military
looking gentleman, who appeared to
have an Interest in the place. "Where
did you come from?" asked the new
comer of the machinist.
"From England, sir."
"Well, anybody could tell that.
Where did you come from when you
"Well, sir, can you finish this Job
and have steam up by the 1st of Jan
The Englishman blushed, for he was
embarrassed, and glanced at the wood
boss. Then, sweeping the almost
empty shop with his eye he said some
thing about a foreman who was in
charge of the work.
"Hang the foreman"' said the stran
ger; "I'm talking to you."
The young than blushed again and
said he could work twelve or fourteen
hours a day, if it were necessary fo
him to do so, but he didn't like to
make any rash promises concerning
the general result.
"Now, look here," said the well
dressed man, "I want you to tale
charge of this Job and finish It. Em
ploy as many men as you can handle,
and blow a whistle nere on New
Year's morning-do you understand?"
The Englishman thought he did,
but he could hardly believe it. He
glanced at the wood boss, and the
wood boss nodded his head.
"I shall do my best." said the Eng
lishman, taking courage, "but I should
like to know who gives these orders."
"I'm the general manager," said the
man; "now get e move on you"-and
be turned and walked out.
It is not to be supposed that the
general manager saw anything re
markable about the young man, save
that be was six feet high, and had a
good face. The fact Is, the wood fore
man had boomed the Englishman's
stock before the manager saw him.
The path of the young man was not
strewn with flowers for the next few
months. Any number of men who
had been on the road when he was In
the English navy yards felt that they
ought to have had thsla little promo
tion. The local foremen along the
Itne saw in the newcomer thle future
foreman of the new shops, and no
aon went out of his way to help him.
In spite of all obstacles, however, the
shops pew, from day to day, from
week to week, and it was seen, as the
old year drew to a close, that the ma
chinery was getting into place. The
young foreman, while a hard worker,
was always pleasant in his intercourse
with the employes, and in a little
wbhile he had a host of friends. There
is always a lot of extra work at the
end of a big job, so, when Christn4s
came there was still much to be dons.
The men worked night and day.
The boiler that was to come from
Chicago had been expected for some
time. Everything was in readiness,
and it could be set up In a day, but it
did not come. Tracer letters, that had
gone after it, were followed by tele
grams. Fnlaally It was located in a
wreck out in a cornfeld Ia Illinoie
on the last day of the year. A great
many of the oaclals were away, and
the service was generally demoral
hied daring the holtdays, so that the
appropriation of $47,000, for which
the Englishman was working at M
had for the moment' been forgotten
Thbe shopsa were completed, the ma
chinery was ain, but there was no bei
er to make steam to work the .as
That night, when the good people of
the town were watching the old year
out and the new year ina the young
nglishmas, with a force of men.
was wreeking the pump house down
by the station. The little upright
bller was tern out and placed ia the
maehbm ihagbps. It was big enough to
drive a semall esglae that tumed the
loeg Ite-snhaft. At dawn they ran a
n pipe threongh the toa, srewed a
eometre whistle asn top of It, and at
6 o'ssek os New Teass moranig, the
new whte an the new shops at
-b Iowa. blew 1 the new 3esr.
This would be a good place to end
this story, but the temptation is great
to tell more regarding the success of
this energetic, persevering man.
When the shops were opened the
young Englishman was made the
foreman. All this happened consid
erably less than twenty-fie years
ago. In a little while they made him
the master mechanic. In the year
1887 he went to the Wisconsin Cen
tral. In 1890 he was made the super
intendent of machinery on the Santa
Fe route-one of the longest roads
on earth. It begins at Chicago;
strong. like a man's wrist; with fin
gers on Sacramento. San Francisco,
San Diego and El Paso, and a thumb
touching the Gulf at Galveston. The
mileage of the system at that time
was equal to one-half that of Great
Britain, and upon the company's pay
rolls were 10,000 more men than
were then in the army of the United
States. Fifteen hundred men and
boys walk into the main shops at To
peka every morning. They work
four hours. eat luncheon, listen to a
lecture or short sermon in the meeting
place above the shops, work another
four hours. and walk out better off
by $3000 than they would have been
if they had not worked. These shops
make alittle city of themselves. There
Is a perfect water system, a fire bri
gade with stations where the flremen
sleep, a police force and a dogcatcher.
Here they build anything of wood,
Iron. brass or steel that the company
needs, from a ninety-ton locomotive
to a single-barrel mouse trap, all un
der the eye of the Englishman, who
came to America with a good wife
and two babies, a good head and two
hands. This man's name is John
Player. He is the inventor of the
Player truck, the Player hand car,
the Player frog, and many other use
This 'simple story of an unpreten
tious man came to me in broken sec
tions as the special train sped along
the smooth track, while the general
manager talked with the resident di
rector and the general superintendent
talked with. his assistant, who, not
long before, was the conductor of a
work train, upon which the general
superintendent was employed as a
brakeman. I was two days stealing
this story between the blushes of the
mechanical superintendent. I hope
he will not mind my telling you that
I saw two tears start from his eyes
as he said, sighing: "I'd give a lot to
know to-night who paid for my sup
per in that little Iod town when I
felt so lonely and discouraged, and
when a dollar looked like a six-foot
He relatted also that a man wearing
high-cut trousers and milk on his
boots eilered his office when he had
gotten to his first position as master
mechanic. andti held out a hand. saying
with a smile:
"Vell. you don't know ne yet, ain't
it? I'm Martin., the fireman. I quit
ranchin', already, and I want a jobs."
Martin got a job at once.-Success.
Big Trees Are Nature's Reservoirs.
"'Why," it will be asked, "are the
Big Tree groves always found on well
watered spots?" Simply because Big
Trees give rise to streams, says John
Muir in the Atlantic. It is a mistake
to suppose that the water is the cause
of the groves being there. On the con
trary, the groves are the cause of the
water being there. The roots of this
immense tree fill the ground, forming
a sponge which hoards the bounty of
the clouds and sends it forth in clear
perennial streams instead of allowing
it to run headlong in short-lived, de
structive floods. Evaporation is also
checked and the air kept still in the
shaky Sequoia depths, while thirsty
robber winds are shut out. . The
value of these forests in storing and
dispensing the bounty of the mountain
clouds is infinitely greater than lumber
or sheep. To the dwellers of the plain,
dependent on irrigation, the Big Tree
is a tree of life, a never failing spring,
sending living water to the lowlands
all through the hot rainless summer.
For every grove cut down a stream is
dried up. Therefore all California is
crying, "Save the trees of the foun
tains"' nor, judging by the signs of
the times, is it likely that the cry will
cease until the salvation of all that is
left of Sequoia Gigantea is sure.
-eavy Damages oer Queer Teooth-Pallhig
Ten thousand dollars is the price
which Andrew Foy, a stonemason,
thinks the city should pay for three of
his front teeth. The teeth are not
gold-flled or set with diamonds. They
are of the ordinary bone variety, but
Foy prises them more than all the rest
of his earthly possessions. They are
now sticking in a plank which was be.
Ing used in the construction of a side
walk, and that is why Foy is suing the
0.n the night of September 17 Foy
stepped off a new cement sidewalk in
the vicinity of Kedrie avenue and
West Taylor street, and, losing his bal
anee, he fell against an upriht piece
of scantling. Three of his front teeth
were driven far into the scantling by
the force of the fall. and Foy could not
release them. He took the scantling
along and sought a dentist, but the
teeth came out when the dentist tried
to pull the scantling off.
The scantling, with the three teeth
sticking to it will be exhibited when
the damage suit comes to trial.-Chi
Tbe Power of Wealth.
Little Francis, who has three broth
ers but no sister, got the part of the
chleken containing the wishbone the
other evening, and after dinner he dil.
cussed the subject of wishes with his
"8'pocing," he said, "that you got a
wlshbone and could make just one
wish that would come true, and I
wanted a little baby sister and a pony
and a million dollars, which would
you wish for?"
"Well, let me see," hil father an
awered. "It seems tome that it
would be best to wish for the baby
slater, because I might be able to makre
a msillion dollars in some way, and
then, of course, I could buy the pony
Franels sat solemnly thinking the
matter over for awhile, and then slaid
"Oh, well, wlash ft the million dol.
srs, It we have that we can hire ths
doctor to keep on comling till he brings
a little ister. anyway.,"--Chicage e
A Cost of Tweed.
A splendid traveling coat made for
a bride is of coarse reversible tweed
in' an effective brown-anti-white mix
ture, somewhat after the form of a
mandarin coat with a sack back
widening out at the hem. It is bor
dered with a broad band of stitched
brown cloth and has a deep turn
over collar. With it would look well
a hat of tucked and stitched castor
cloth in the new sailor shape, the
brim edged with white cloth, and tabs
of cloth fastening with gilt buttons
confining a drapery of white chiffon.
Statue of Victoria.
One of the most impressive events
of the recent royal visit to Ottawa,
the Canadian capital, was the unveil
ing of a statue of the late Queen
Victoria by the Duke of Cornwall and
York, her grandson. The statue,
which represents Canada laying a
laurel wreath at the feet of the Queen.
while the British lion crouches before
her, stands on a terrace df Parliament
Hill, at the left of the main legisla
tive building, overlooking the city
which Victoria chose, when it was a
mere hamlet, to be the capital of $he
A New Kind of Locket.
She wore one of the long neck
chains that show no disposition to re
tire from popular feminine favor, but
what specially attracted attention was
the charm that swung from it. It
looked like a tiny booklet of gold.
"What is it?" all the girls wanted
The girl with the charm good na
turedly explained that the locket was
intended to hold the portrait of your
nearest and dearest. All the girls
knew the locket girl was engaged,
so when she opened her little gold
book, of course they expected to see
a picture of "him."
So far the locket did not Jiffer
greatly from many a similar orna
ment. What really made the differ
ence was the tiny magnifying glass
attached to it. The portrait was thus
enlarged to very satisfying propor
tions when wanted; at other times
and to ordinary optics it was so
minute as to be scarcely recogniz
'seavenlrs of Josephise.
By the death of Prince Eugene de
Beauharnais, the most interesting col
lection of souvenirs of the Empress
Josephine which have ever been col
lected will be scattered.
For years the Prince had had but
one fad-the collecting of souvenirs
of his ancestress. He gave extrava
gant prices for anything that could
be proved to have belonged to her,
and an immense sum of money was
invested in his collection.
Every one supposed that he would
buy Malmalson when it came into the
market, but he announced that he
hated the place because of Jose
phine's sufferings there. He did.
however, buy almost everything the
It is said that the Josephine souve
nirs which include valuable Jewels.
lace, etc., as well as a host of things
which have no value save in associa
tion, are to be divided among the
three clubs to which the Prince be
longed, in which he made his home.
Millasery sad Ralrdreselg.
The styles of hairdressing in vogue
at the moment are not at all dif
cult to manipulate-in fact, the most
chic are by far the most simple.
Modish millinery Is most conven
lently adaptable to all styles of coif
fure, provided the hair is not dragged
tightly back from the face at the
sides. But do not imagine that the
hair can be screwed up in the space
of two or three minutes. The care
ful treatment as well as the manipu
lation of the locks is a studl in itself.
The loose, natural wave is charm
ing, particularly for evening wear,
dressed fairly high and surrounded by
the pompadour wreath This wreath
somehow gives a youthful look, not
that that is really often required by
the modern woman, for she looks
nothing if not young.
What beautiful dressed heads are
to be seen at Dieppe and Trouville!
Americans rave over the French mil
linery, forgetting that its beauty is
greatly due to the coiffure which sup
ports it.-Washington Star,
The Chaperea ia the South.
In many parts of the Old South
the chapel exceeds chaperonage
and becomes a personage only one
remove from a duenna. In society
the Southern girl is under the faith
ful eye of this feminine Ceberus, or
she is with her mother or an elderly
relative. No tete-a-tete buggy-rides
for her by moonlight! In many sec
Sions no tete-a-tete buggy-rides for her
In glaring sunlight! No dusky strolls
accompanled only by the sighing
swain! 8trephon sighs like a bel
lows, but he must do it decorously.
If he calls he is not bothered by
extraneous persons in the drawing
room; but 10 o'clock is bedtime and
his adieux are due. Nor is L'e sup
posed to cling desperately to the front
steps with the soles of his slfoes,
and explain that parting i such
sweet sorrow. He is supposed to go,
and he goes. These preeautkions are
not because the girl is supposed to
be "unable to take care of herself."
She is unaware that an occsioa
might arise when she would be re
quired to display smeu ability. They
are because it is the pumrpose of her
guardians that she shad sot be placed
-n a position whoem she would be
ebllgea,to "take care of herself"
. S. Causeld It t he Woman'srlemee
maDpe seeses r Uens
Our ety smaidems, takes a wholeb
have qui a brililaut comlpedems as
thir esratr easuis, but s usbl
-ls~ ausag the tallr deauwes
that it is to the homely kitchen gar
den, stretching back from their old
farmhouse, that she owes a skin
that is almost invariably remarked
upon for its beauty. As soon as the
tomatoes begin to ripen, the first
thing she does after her morning ab
lutions is to hie herself to the spot
where they grow and to use one in
briskly rubbing face, neck anP hands.
She takes a bit of soft cheese cloth
to serve as a towel, but does not
use it until the tomato has been on £ an
for a few minutes. When cucumbers
are overripe she uses them in the In I
An English woman, who has lived Bec:
in this country for 50 years, still
has her clear, bright complexion, and I all
in an answer to the question whether
this much desired beauty was attri
buted to any particular treatnient she For
said: "Yes, my dear," while the roses
deepened in her cheeks, "hot water. And
both in winter and summer, and good,
honest soap is my cosmetic. You And
know I stay in town during all the
dust and heat, every day during the And
summer. When I come in from down
street I am never comfortable until
my face is well washed with soap and The
water almost as hot as I can bear it,
with plenty of fresh hot water to rinse I fe
off every trace of soap. In winter,
if I am going into the sharp air, And
I shade the water from hot to cold.
"Besides this fact washing after a Wh,
journey I do the very same thing be
fore breakfast and at bedtime. Since
wrinkles have begun to show I have At
used an emollient, with gentle mas
sage at night, not hoping to wholly Bec
remove the marks of Father Time,
but to make the old fellow soften Yet,
his touch as much as possible."
Could anything be simpler, less ex- Bec
pensive and more hygienic than this?
And. If successful, wouldn't it soon
drive the "beauty doctors" out of ex- And
The Rainy Day Outfit.
If properly clad there is no reason Bec
why rain should keep anl woman in
doors. A mackintosh is certainly And
not a necessity except one is bound
for a matinee or an afternoon tea,
when street cars are the means of
getting to one's destination and a long
gown must be worn, and even the ON
mackintosh is no longer the formid
able rubber coat of seasons past. Cor- Pq
rect and stylish rainyday clothes ap- rici
propriate for any and every occasion chuf
now consist of a short skirt, a shirt- its a
waist, a stylish jacket, a walking leg
bat, an umbrella, walking shoes with tion
cork soles or shoes with sandal rub- Sou
bers and heavy, well-fitting gloves. stro
With rainyday skirts bloomers or mor
tights should take the place of petti- avoi
coats; the skirts average about the were
same in cut an.i length as they have the
been doing for the last season, though afra
the newer ones are somewhat longer, he d
escaping the ground by not more sear
than two and one-half inches all perc
round. Umbrellas with small wood high
handles are neat, inexpensive and vici
stylish. The natural knotted-root and
effect is unobstrusive but popular. ther
Of course elaborate handle designs nea
are used, but an umbrella is like a have
piano-you may content yourself with the
something plain ani elegant or you the
nay have one elaborately and mag- dick
nificently decorated. However. if you
have a propensity for lending um
brellas select the former variety.
The chief thing about the rainy- R
day costume is that it be well fitting tiau,
and stylish. Ready made rainyday not
suits are frequently failures because way
the cloth is not properly shrunken mou
before it is cut. If the rainyday suit beer
is to be made at home, and there whit
is no reason why it cannot be, send tury
the material to a tailor to be shrunken velo
before you put your scissors to it. for
and when your suit is finished sen carr
it back to him to be pressed. It'will Mill
cost you very little to have this done ban
and it will repay you tenfold in ap- best
Use for the suit doubled-faced mar as
terial; it requires no line; in fact it u
talny skirts should never be linel, in
nor does the coat require a lining, Vati
save in the sleeves, though about this no
latter garment it is a matter of choie. exi.
To return to the mackintosh. If one quis
is required the most popular thing and finis
the most stylish is the long, loose, Eve
perfectly plain ulster made of water- mor
proof cloth and finished with stitc'a- fo
ing, buttons and a velvet coat collar.- take
American Queen. wor
Various shades of magenta form a the
Handsome silk petticoats are em- thiq
bellished by fine tucking and accord- *'
ton plating. Db
Touches of black velvet on the hat And
and on the gown are now becoming of f
almost indispensable. tin's
Chinese and Japanese embroideries bie'i
look particularly well upon waists of o
dark blue, red or light tan silk. join
Hats composed of the feathers of
brilliant hued tropical birds and those
of ebony plumage are included among
the season's millinery novelties.
Plain, straight vests are put into
waists this year. One black cheviot the
cloth gown has the vest of a black bre
cloth of a basket weave, with clusters with
of tiny ghite dots in it.
There is a revived interest in r- Mas
bles, especially what is called the It
pigeon blood ruby. Alexandrite, a aid
polished gem stone with a red hue in Ce
it, is combined with diamonds. slat
Black velvet applique is in evi- sky
dence at the shops, and there are, too, The
beautiful velvet appliques of sotly thus
shaded colors which promise stun- "(
ning effects upon gowns in white or thit
sorft pastel tints. cake
White net dotted all ovesr. with drea
tiny jet spots and with a border of
black lace applied on the white sing
ground and heavily encrusted wtth Aas
Jet is among the most exquiste of the P
new robe materials. - an
Nortolk Jackets will be meh weas r
la the near future, and they are ua eaf
rule exeeedingly becomlng to slight
woms.- The belt is usually remoy
able, sad may be replaced by eus oe
-atest leather it desired. The meweant I
of these jackets are e wh awlw
l fropt asd
A QUEER BOY.
t am the queerest sort of boy the world
has ever' seen,
In fact, I don't suppose before my like a
has ever been,
Because from early dawning to the set
ting of the sun
I always want to do the things that real
ly can't be done.
For instance, when the summer comes,
I sit down by the kate
And almost tear my hair with rage be- t
cause I cannot skate.
And through the heated August nights
I often lie in bed
And moan and groan because I can't
go on my sled.
Then, when the frigid winter's here and I
things begin to freeze,
I feel as though I'd like to climb up in
And pluck the blossoms from the twigs; I
but blossoms none are there
When winter winds are blowing and the I
apple boughs are bare.
At breakfast time f sit me down and 1
often deeply sigh
Because there's toast and buckwheat I
cakes instead of pumpkin pie;
Yet, when at dinner time we've pie, my
tears come down like lakes
Because by that time I've a taste for
toast and buckwheat cakes
And I would say to other boys who
think it's fun to be
Contrariwise that they would best I
take warning now from me,
Because I find the habit leaves me al
Ways dull and sad,
And makes me a very drear, ill-natured i
sort of lad.
--Sacred Heart Review.
tNDER THE EYE OF A "DICKY
Perhaps a savage ostrich is the most
vicious creature on the earth, and new
chums have to be careful not to arotuse
its anger, for one stroke of its powerful
leg will kill a man. Mrs. Martin men
tions the case of a fresh comer to a
South African farm, six feet high,
strong and brave, who, going out one
morning for a stroll, was warned to
avoid a camp where some of the birds
were ferocious. lie rather'poopoohlid
the notion of danger, saying he was not
afraid of a "dicky-bird." However, as
he did not come back to dinner, he was
searched for and was found at last
perched on the top of a big rock just
high enough to be out of reach of a
vicious ostrich, which was walking to
and fro biding its time. He had sat
there for hours in the blazing sun, being
nearly roasted alive, and there he would
have had to stay until nightfall but for
the sudden arrival of his friends. Thus
the new chum learned that there are
dicky-birds and dicky-birds.
Raphael, the artist, was so conscien- t
tious in everything he did that he could a
not be induced to do anything half- c
way, even for temporary use. His fa- 1
mous "Sistine Madonna," which has
been the admiration of the world, qnI i
which the great art critics of the' cu- -
tury have classed among the few mqr- a
velous pictures in existence, was paiqted I
for temporary use---for a banner to be I
carried at the head of a procession. t
Millions of dollars would not buy this
banner to-day, because Raphael put the s
beat of genius into it; he put immortal
ity into it, ticause he painted it just
as well as he knew how, even thogh
it was for temporary use. And to-d4y,
in Rome, even in the corners of ihe
Vatican, high 'up on the ceiling whlre
no one is supposed to ever look for its I
existence, the traveler findsthe same ex
quisite touch, the same perfection ofa
finish as in his great masterpiqes. ]
Everything Raphael did, he did for im-I
mortality; half-done work cannot bet
faound in any of his pictures. It would I
take many millions of dollars to buy his
works, to-day, not only because he ttras- I
formed his genius to the canvas, in a
masterly way, but because the minutgst
detail is finished with the same exquisite
pains as attended the chief fgeures.
THE CHEER-UP CLUB.
There were five of them, if you aant
ed the baby; and they formed a cl-b
the Cheer-up Clulb Of pourse, mamma
began it-mamma began all the nice
things that pleased every one.
"What shall we do now, mammpn?" a
Debbie had asked one rain-stormy day.
And mamma had looked down the scale
of four dubious little faces, from Aps
tin's down through Clem's and Deb
bie's to Jesse's (the baby wasn't du
bious); and then she had said, "Let's c
join a club, every one of us"
So that was the way it came about.
They were "truly" laws and by-laws in '
a blank book, written out in Austin's 4
very best writing; and you paid your
fines--when you were solemn, and there I
wasn't any need of it, you know-into aI
the funny little tin trunk on manma's I
bureau. When the trunk wds all jinglyJ
with pennies, thekdub was going to cheer r
somebody up with them, somehow.
Mamma was going to think of a wwg.
It is dull and "mis'able." as Jse e
said one morning when all the littlet
Cheer-ups sat down to breakfast. Little
slate-colored clouds scurried acress the a
sky. and bumped against each other. a
There was not a sunbeam aq big as your
thumb, ,ern! t
"Oh, nmy r" cried Debbie between the
third and fourth bites of her john y- a
cake. "rm 'fraid this is gotng to be a1
dreadful busy day "'
"Well. may be; but I can't think et a
single person to be cheered uap," said
Papa glanced out of the window. "I
can," he msaid. "There's los of folks.
First of allt; there's Mother Nature-he
dear old. ad looks a out of sort."
The Cheer-ups buaghed.
."But who dee papa?" asked Debbie,
ageriy.'. "I want a case."
"Wellthen; Unde Naim. Trait ta
always has rheumatism on days like this
s ~ hi ar old mendl. almset ie up
ii hrd haste"
"I'll try to tend to Uncle Nahum,"
Debbie said, with her round little face
full of compassion.
Mamma laid down her fork with a
sudden little click. "I've thought of a
case," she exclaimed, "for one of you! :
L'et's see, first,"
"Me, mamma I" cried Jesse, excitedly
"Well, you, dear. Mrs. Butterworth's 7
lame Christy went to the hospital yes
terday, and she couldn't go with him.
It almost broke her heart."
"Oh," murmured Jesse, pityingly; I
"but I'm 'most sure I'm too little for
such a big cheerupping as that, main
"You can do a little, dear. I think it
will help," said mamma, gently.
Austin's face was creased with little
criss-cross thought lines. Pretty soon
he spoke slowly: "There's Kent Bishop
-he's a case, too. He's got a bad sore
throat, and prob'ly 'twould cheer him up
to play checkers."
"Yes, dear," mamma said. She knew
very well that Austin thought checkers
"Well, I'll take Kent, I guess," quietly
"Nobody's got me a case," Clem an
nounced suddenly, such .a dismal look
beginning to dawn on her face that mam
ma jingled the spoons in the spoonhol
der to remind her of the tin trunk and
the jingling pennies for fines.
"O, Clem," she said quickly. "there
are 4b many folks for you to cheer up,
it will keep you busy all day! First,
there's baby. you know, with his little
toothies trying to cut their way through a
his poor little swollen gums. He's brave,
but he needs helping out. And Nora
had bad news in her Ireland letter this a
week-her old father is sick. And Kit- a
ty Clover has lost two of her babies, a
and wants cuddling."
"And I am sure I need cheering," said
papa. trying to make a very solemn face.
"I shall come home to-night worn out
with the cares of the day, and need a
little girl to put some sweetness into
"Why," laughed Clem, "I guess you
better 'scuse me, mamma, so I can go to
work I I'm going to begin on the baby;
but I will be ready for papa when he
comes. Come, baby, we'll build a beau
tiful new three-story church."
that night mamma tucked a tired but
happy little Cheer-up Club into bed; and
don't you wonder how many of their
"cases" had little warm, cheered-up
spots in their hearts?-Annie Hamilton
Dopnell, in Youth's Companion.
A SHOCKING SURPRISE.
"One day, when we were in an Eas
tern port, a gentleman came to me and
wanted to know if he could send some
fishes by my ship on her return voyage. 4
He wore spectacles and said he was a
nafuralist." narrated an old sea captain. a
"At first I objected, but he said: "Cap- a
tain. I am very anxious to send some
electric rays to a scientific society, which "
is willing to pay you a good price for a
them. These rays are peculiar creatures,
and they have the power to give quite
strong electric shocks. I don't think you
will have much trouble. All the fish 5
need is pure ocean water twice a day.' *
"So on the morning of sailing, the
'electric rays' were put into a water bar
rel. which was braced strongly on either
side of deck. A square hole was sawed
through the staves on the upper side in
order to give the fish light and air.
"Some of the men were rather skep
tical abpr the rays giving out electric
shocks which amounted to anything. I
didn't know much about it myself; but
I wasn't going to try it.
"One sailor thought he would see how
strong the electricity was. So he leaned
bver, put his hand down into the barrel,
and moved it around in the water until.
he caught one of the fish. The insikit
he did that Billy straightened up as
though he had been shot. He felt of hid
right shoulder, and then his arm, to be
sure that both were there all right.
"'What's the matter, Billy?' inquired
one of the sailors who came up.
"Sure that was an awful blow he gave
' 'The fellow in there,' said Billy,
pointing to thd barrel.
"After this the sailors were shy of the
electric fish. When one of the rays died
I had to take it out myself with a heavy
glove on my hand. and eve then I felt
stinging shocks. We aed to roll the
barrel over on one side to let the water
out. Then we would 1fill the barrel with
fresh water and roll it back On0 al
miost every ocasio some of us waould
receive a shock.
"Now Tom was a curious fellow: he
was always prowling round and poking
hinose into places -where he had ao
w se ws a big lay, overfaed
cat. He was a great pet with the Mil
orr, who used to take him up in the rig
giug After awhile Tom climbed aloft,
andin clear weather he seemed to enjoy
it. He was a cuncaning eat, and had a
number of trick, both good and bad.,
"I am sorry to say that Tom ias a
bold thief. The minute the cognts beck
was turned he would steal w ever be
could lay his paws on. One aluragae
I noticed the old fellow stadju time
water barrel. Then I knew that Tm
was going to commit larceny, so I w u
"Cautiously and lightly the eat puld
himself up the side of the barrdel. Then
he peerled over the square hole for aI
half minute, when he saw one of tie
electric ishes, half alive and oating
near the surface.
"The temptation was too strong fur
Tom's voraioas apetie. He amede a
grab for the fish with his lfet por. But
thaet cat ever mew what struck Bim.
With a 'mayow' be sprang into the air.
and dopped at in a heap on deck. L jie
a lish he was on his (eet, aking a wild
dash for the storerdaom, where h stayed
that night. There be bid for over two
days, and at the ead of that time, a·tr
cosiderabie coaxting, Tear crept ouat,
half-sc ed and ashamed.
"The Imbrre was thereafter aobjet4
of terror. Whm Tom was dbigd to
goe wear it be would arch hils bahk, hraw
iis wite etb, sad act s if he eped
same wild aialo s prieg t at b lin.
'he old fdlow wi t ac m til we
reached our bore , sed time th1
terrible barrel dinsataposed
Chrai Sies b m ra hl a t rm.I
la anmeng art stoauent in tm Latia I
.quptew~fas lsris 1
HaW thee are using a uraU saiting
State Goerinisnt Iat 01iniana.
Oovermor-W. W. H arc,
Lieutenant- Governor-Albert Esto
eecretary of Stare--Jobn Miohel.
uhperintendent of Education--ohb
Auditor-W. 8. Frasee.
Treaurer--Ledonx E. Smith.
U. B. 8ENATOR,-.
Don Caffrey and 8. D. NfeEnery.
1 Distriot--I. C. DIvey.
Z Districi--Adoli,h Meyer.
8 Distriot--R. F. I ron sard.
4 District-P iraseal',.
5 Distriet--. E. Ranadell.
" Distrft-S-. M. Robinson.
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