Newspaper Page Text
If Illies bloomed the whole year throuj
And roses never faded,;
If skies were always bright and blue,
With no dark clouds o'ershaded;
We ne'er had known the charms of spring,
The cool delight the shadows bring.
And should the sun ne'er set or rise,
Lost were eve's graces tender,
The moon 's soft light, the starry skies,
The morning's glowing sldendor;
The melting hues of dly and night
Would ne'er have minglcd in the sight.
If life no eare nor trouble had,
sour were the wine of pleasure;
The heart that's gayest oft is sad;
'Tis labor swoetens lhisure;
When smiles and t.ars in life's cup blend
The years flow happy to the, end.
FAREWELL to the DOBSONS
In every community, no matter how
democratic, one family, at least, is
considered beneath the social level.
Their lower rank does not come from
any difference of wealth, intellect or
morality, but is due, almost entirely,
to the general shiftlessness of the
neglected family. Often the judg
ment of the neighborhood is just, but
it is not always so.
Mrs. Dobson once said, "How do
they know? We never had any chance
here in Nebraska. We were as good
as the best where we come from, and
I'm sure I've worked hard enough to
be somebody; but what can a woman
do with seven children, and a man as
lazy as the Platte river?"
Mr. Dobson looked up with a good
natured grin, but said nothing. Ap
parently, he took no more notice of
his wife, who went off to spread her
meagre washing on the gum-weeds.
He tilted his rude chair back against
the trunk of a giant cottonwood, and
looked over the landscape with lazy
enjoyment. From his position, he
could see down long tistas of dark,
shining, blue-green corn-stalks and
beyond them the Platte.
"Meanest, dirtiest water I ever
saw," he thought, dubiously. "'Taint
no good to anybody. Don't fetch
down any mill power; can't tote any
trade boats; isn't ever two days alike,
it's so shifty and sneaking. 'As lazy
as the Platte.' Well! well!"
He sighed, and glanced sheepishly
at his wife, who was shaking out the
last tattered garment of the washing.
HIe watched her uneasily a moment,
and then his eyes wandered vaguely
to the far-off purple bluffs across the
river; but what he saw was a distance
of years instead of miles.
"Abner, "called his wife, plaintively,
"just look at me. Ireckon Mrs. Bar
nard hasn't got any such sand-burs as
we have. She don't get pricked to
pieces when she goes to spread her
washing. I do wish you'd-" but she
"Mis' Barnard don't have to spread
her washing," corrected Abner, dog
gedly; "she's got yards and yards of
clothes-line and pins and baskets and
Melvina Dobson glanced at her hus
band anxiously. Never before had he
seemed uneasy or envious. "I reckon
Mis' Barnard has her drawbacks,"she
"Yes," answered her husband,
moodily, "and Barnard ain't no more
willing than I'd be if I was him. His
paw left him money, and mine didn't.
I know one thing, though, if I was
Barnard,Mis' Barnard wouldn't wash,
if she did have a machine. I'd sell
the pigs first."
Melvina looked at him gratefully.
"I know it, Abnuer," she answered,
soothingly, "you always have been
good to me. If there ain't money
enough for both, you always want me
have it. I reckon 'tain't your fault
that we are so poor; I don't care for
myself, but the children."
She broke off suddenly, and went
in to get the scanty dinner. Abner
took down his rusty hoe, and passed
reluctantly into the neglected-patch.
He was working with great delibera
tion when his half-grown daughter
passed, without speaking.
"Sallie," he called.
The girl seemoed not to hear him.
She held her head with an air of
offended dignity, and looked neither
to the right nor to the left. A second
call from her father brought her to a
"I say," he called, lazily, "what
ails you? Have I done anything?"
"Reckon not," she answered, sul
"And your maw don't seem natural.
Is she ailing?"
Tke girl looked himni full in the face,
and her eyes were not pleasanlt. "Oh,
maw," she answered, sharply, "why,
maw is kind of worn out with church
socials and things, maw is. It's most
made her sick, sewing on her new silk
dress and doing up her hair. And
now there's the party at Sansen's."
"Yes, when they move into the new
house. Everybody has been asked,
even Mis' Jenkins. 'cepting maw. Maw
has such fine clothes and is so stuck
up, that she wasn't bid.
Abner turned the hoe in his hands,
and watched a potato-bug travel calmn
ly from one hill to another. Some
thing in his attitude touched the
child. Suddlenly she lost her look of
defiance, and said brokenly:
"Maw couldn't go auyway, she's
got nothin' to wear. Her old gray
dress turnedl yellow in the sun years
ago. Mrs. Barnard gave me some dye
for Easter eggs, andt when I heard
about ,ausen's party, I thought I'd a
color maw's dress and have it readv." <
A tragic silence followed. Abner
looked up questioningly.
"She can't wear it no more,"'
answered the girl, unsteadily; "'it
turned brown and green, and went all F
spotted an I speckled."
For a minute the silence was heavy;
tlhen Abner said gently, "Never mindl, i
Hallie; I'm ,eai proud of you for try- i
ing. Now you run along and help
your maw. You're a good girl,
'The child went back to the shabby
sod house with smiling eyes, and left
her father to his own devices. From
the force of long hat ,it le sat down to
cultivate his thoughts, while the bugs
and the weeds waxed strong among
the potatoes. What he thought today
was somiethinig new and strange, and
not agreeable. Often his mind re
verted to the coming party.
When the company finally assembled
at the Sansen's they repaid Abner
1)obson for his speculations by freely
and frankly discussing him and his.
"Oh, folks like the Dobsons don't
care," insisted Mrs. Sansen; "they
could get ahead if they wanute to.
I ausen and me didn't have anything
but a mortgage when we started, and
now look at the farm and its improve
"The rest of us ain't far behind,"
laughe I Mrs. Early. "Only fourteen
years ago we drove into the state with
a span of horses, a wagonload of
furniture, and two dollars."
"We are all better off," suggested
someboby else, "thin our folks that
we left behind."
"Except the Dobsons," corrected
"Why are they so far behind?"
I asked Mrs. Barnard, in the tone of a
newcomer. "Weren't they early set
"Of course they were," answered
Mrs. Sansen, "but they didn't use
their chances. They were too shift
less for anything."
A little faded woman in rusty black,
whom Sallie Dobson had spoken of as,
"even Mis' Jenkins," looked up with
keen protest in her eyes.
Mrs. Early saw the glance, and has
tened to smooth things over by nay
ing, "Maybe the Dobsons haven't used
judgment, but they did work better
before they got so discouraged. While
the rest of us were getting a start,
they had more than their share of
sickness and death and accidents to
"You needn't worry about that,"
broke in Mrs.Jenkins, "they are going
back to the mountains. AIrs. Dobson
told me that they was tired of being
A sudden uneasy hrsh fell on the
little company, followed by a confused
demand for further information.
Mrs. Barnard sat listening to the
talk, which had drifted back to the
days before she lived in the neighbor
hood. When a pause finally occurred
in the conversation, she turned to her
co:panions and asked brightly, "Why
can't we give the Dobsons a farewell
party? I am sure it would please
them; and whatever we saw fit to give
would seem prompted by friendship
rather than charity."
The women looked at each other in
keen surprise, but before one could
protest, Mrs. Barnard spoke again; "I
was thinking how much Mr. Dobson
needed another horse, since one of
his span died. I am going to give him
my old Bess. She is homely and
rather mean, but she can work. Mr.
Barnard said yesterday that we had
too many horses."
"I can't do anything so handsome,"
exclaimed Mrs. Jenkins, "but I can
give a quilt or two."
"And I some cauned fruit, and a
ham or so," added Mrs. Early.
The enthusiasm spread, and amid a
confusion of tongues, the list of dona
tions grew and grew.
"Suppose you stop on the way
home, Mrs. Barnard,"suggested some
one, "and tell them about the party.
I'm afraid they wouldn't be tidy
enough to enjoy a surprise."
So when the party dispersed, Mrs.
Barnard delivered the neighborhood
message, and passed on with a smile
From that time forth a new life
dawned on the Dobsons. Their lamp
was the last in the valley to go out at
night, and the first to be lighted in
the morning. The whole family
seemed possessed with a fever of joy- r
"Got to have everything slick and i
mended," admonished Abner; "can't I
go off leaving things shiftless like."
When the eventful day of the party
finally arrived, everything was in per
fect order. Two hours before the ear- t
liest guest could be expected, Mrs. e
Dobson went to the door in her fresh, c
new calico, and looked about anxious- t
"They will be along now pretty
soon," she announced, excitedly; t
"you haven't forgot your piece, have
"I reckon not," he answered,
thoughtfully, as he flicked a straw a
from his ncew overalls; "it begins- a
"Oh, never mind about sayin' it
now, paw,"she interrupted, "I reckon
you will get through when the time I
But Abner was .not certain. He a
repeated it over and over again. Even i
during the arrival of the people, he e
could not escape its haunting phrases.i
lie forgot it only when he went to see c
the unexpected gifts from his neigh- g
bors. Then his vision suddenly grew a
dim, and his mind confused.
He wandered back to the end of the a
house which the men had appropri
ated. After a moment he drew him- N
self erect, and began in a loud, arti- o
ficial tone: "Fellow i :. hbors--" e;
'I'he unusual address attracted the n
notice of those nearest. A wave of fe
silence passed on to the women's edge tl
of the company.
"Feller neighbors,"he began again, a
"me and Mis' Dobson feel to thank R
you for this here unexpected notice.
M;ayby we-uns ain't been any credit to o
you-all before, but after this we're nl
going to be." tl
He cleared his throat, while the b
people looked at each other question- w
ingly. His wife prompted him quickly. j,
p "Mis' Dobson and me-" she whils
"Mise' Dobson and me,"he repeated,
y "'got lonesome, and thought we'd bet
t ter go back to our kin. But lately
ti yon-all have showed we-utns that there
Sis kin nearer than them of blood.
s They didn't give us no farewell party.
SYov.,~p r have been mighty good; Mis'
V bobso~n and me know that there ain't
1 no other such neighborhood on earth.
So we ain't going to the mountains."
A gasp of astonishment, almost of
cousternation, escaped the company.
"We ain't going," he concluded;
r "we-uns are going to stay right here
and act like whie foi R.' .That's all,
fellow neighbors." He sALh 'own in
t silence and confusion.
The neighbors were startled, but
they had undertaken to make this
party a success; to a man, they arose
1 to meet the new occasion. For the
first time they made the Dobsons wel
After the party was over, when the
last wagons were separating, Mrs.San
sen said, "I'm glad we did it, anyhow.
f It's just made people of them Dob
sons. Him anti Billy come over and
cut all them Canada thistles we
t blamed them for."
"And mended our barbed wire
fence," added Mrs. Early, "and fixed
Mrs. Jenkins's plow."
"Say,.Mrs. Barnard," laughed some
one, "your party was a big fizzle as a
"Perhaps," she answered, softly,
"but I think it was a great success as
a farewell to the Dobsons. Good
The well-satisfied neighbors passed
under the quiet stars, which looked
down peacefully, long after they had
vanished, on the lazy, vacillating
Platte, and today Dobsons, re
generated by neighborly kindness and
made active by sympathy and ap
1 proval, bear no resemblance to the
r sluggish, unlovely stream.-Youth's
CUBA ONCE ENGLISH.
When and Hlow the Britlah Won the
Island From Spain.
The rich island of Cuba was once
in the possession of England.
In the spring of 1762 a fleet left
Falmouth for the West Indies. George,
the third Earl of Albemarle, com
manded the expedition, while under
him served his two brothers. On June
6, 1762, the fleet cast anchor before
Havana with an army of 11,000 men
At daybreak on the 7th the siege
The art of waging war in the hot
climates is to choose the cool season
of the year. Unfortunately for the
British Cuba was extremely hot and
unhealthy in the month of June, and
it was therefore the very worst season
in which the siege of Havana could
have been attempted.
After Havana had fallen the Earl of
Albemarle wrote home to the secre
tary of state: "We are now better
acquainted with the climate than we
were when the present expedition was
undertaken and it is certain that the
only season in the year for troops to
act in is from the beginning of No
vember to the latter end of March.
The Morro fort was the chief point
of resistance; it guarded the entrance
to the harbor of Havana. Supporting
the guns of the fort were eleven Span
ish men-of-war. Six of these carried
seventy guns, one carried ninety-four
and the remainder were sixty-gun
ships. It took three weeks to get the
siege guns landed and' in position.
The Spaniards fought bravely and did
great damage to the attacking fleet.
By the middle of July the defense
was practically at an endl. On Aug.
12 articles of capitulatton were signed
and the victors proudly set up the Brit
ish flag in Havana after a splendid
fight for the richest city in the Indies.
At the assault of MIorro 706 Span
lards were killed, wounded and taken
prisoners. The Spanish loss alto
gether was not less than 5000 men.
The British losses were 560 during the
fight and by the end of October (the
men had been dying off like flies from
sickness owing to the climate) the
death roll arose to the enormous num
ber of 4708.
Although Albemarle sent off a
great number of survivors to New
York to recruit their health the mior
tality was very great there, and he
eventually found himself in command
of only 2000 men. It is interesting
to note in passing that his estimate
of the force necessary to hold Cuba
was 6000 men. Spain today has more
than 100,000 men in Cuba.
On Feb. 10, 1763, the treaty of Paris
was concluded between England..
France and Spain, and Cuba passed
again under Spanish rule, being given
up almost for the asking.
Very few persons walk well. The
little girl of six summers, with her
pretty new dress on, walks as straight
and elegantly as ever she will. Hier
little feet are thrown forward with an I
elasticity peculiar to that age. The
little girl of thirteen begins to be
careless, bends her back forward, and
goes diving into the schoolroom as if
she were going to swim. At sixteen
she steps along with short steps,
striking her heels hard on the floor
with a don't-care-for-anybody sort of
walk. At eighteen she thinks more
of gait, and tries to recall that of her
earlier childhood. Tihe boy of eleven, i
with his new thick boots, plants his I
foot like a soldier, and never knows
that his boots disturb anybody. Many
children are taught at home and at
school to walk on their toes. This
will do in a sick-room, when one has
squeaking shoes, but it is not natural
or elegant. Put the heels down lightly t
at first, and the toes last; this keeps
the body erect, instead of bending the
body forward as a person must bend
who walks on his toes.-New York
PEARLS OF THOUGHT.
It is worth a thousand dollars a year
to have the habit of looking on the
bright side of things.
The mind, like the lens, may be
concave and scatter brain power or
convex and concentrate it.
When the X rays are so perfected as
to reveal a man's thought, there will
be a radicai change in thinking.
Giving an inspiration to another is
like filling a lamp with oil, some time
the light will brighten a dark corner.
The man who denounces the exist
ing order of things, should speedily
suggest some means of improvement.
We do not easily discover our own
faults; the clearest eyes do not see.
the cheeks below nor the brow above.
The fear that our kind acts may
be received with ingratitude should
never deter us from performing such
It's pretty hard for some people to
distinguish between what they think
they know and what they know they
The world is full of men with no
other possession than experience, who
would be glad to sell it for less than
they paid for it.
The trouble with a man's conceiving
himself to be "one in a thousand" is
his subsequent upwillinguess to re
gard the other 919 as a working ma
HOW ONE FEELS IN THE BATTLEFIELD
A P'ccullar Excitement Supplania Fear
Effect When First Man Falls.
"The remark of General Fitzhugh
Lee that all men feel some fear on en
tering a battle is eminently correct,"
said a prominent Canadian military
man recently "though many military
men do not like to be so free in their
expressions in this particular. Once
in a battle, however, a peculiar ex
citement takes the place of fear. This
excitement is not what could be
called bravery, for the men while un
der its influence are not always brave
as that word is generally understood.
It is a question as to whether you or
your foe shall exist, as to the survival
of the fittest. The sight of one man
being shot down in the front rank of a
company, battalion or regiment has
much more to do with the work and
action of the company, battalion or
regiment than the charge or commands
of the most gallant commanders. It
is an awful sight to witness the first
man fall, but that sight has more to
do with the happenings or result of
that engagement than everything else
combined. But few men can speak of
any recent experience in this respect,
for the reason that there has been no
recent experience, as battles have only
been fought on paper for the past ten
or more years. In 1885 I happened to
be in command of a battalion of MIani
toba soldiery during the Riel rebel
lion, which was a brief but fierce In
dian war while it lasted. On our ar
rival at Batoche we found that Riel
and his Indian followers were strongly
intrenched in a convent building,
which they had seized. The officers
of our command held a consultation
as to how and where we would attack
the convent to dislodge the Indians.
About this time one of the men of the
c )mmand who was sitting on the grass
pretty well in the view of the com
muandl fell dead, a rifle ball entering
his forehead. The brain oozing out
of that small hole did more to inflame
the command and to direct its terrible
force than anything that we could con
ceive of. It was a question of taking
the convent or allowing the occupants
to take our lives, and it was soon set
tleo, in favor of our lives and against
the Indians. The death of that one
man ldecided the contest."-Washing
The Panthers of the Phillppinoe.
The Felipinas, which destiny has in
charge, .aud which, like Cuba and
Puerto Rico, the United may have. in
charge also, are the fairylands of
Oceanica, the home of the humming
bird and the firefly. The climate is a
thing to feed on, the scenery is a
caress to the eye. Barring the wild
cas and the Spaniard, there are no
beasts of prey. Tie Spaniard came
in the train of Magellan. He had to
tight to do it. The adventure cost
Magellan his life and a vast amount
of jealousy on the part of Portugal. It
was in the neighboring waters that
the two great maritime powers of the
sixteenth century struggled for the
dominion of that new world which
neither the one nor the other was to
raule. The circumstance is notewor
thy in view of the fact that it was
this hemisphere which bore the brunt
of Spanish violence. Mialaysia was
approached more gently. On its shores
there disembarked warriors more pa
cific and priests lessinquisitorial. Far
from Castile and continuously threat
ened by Portugal, the Spaniard un
derstood that to gain subjects' mercy
was better than might. In that part
of the globe he became indulgent. In
every other colonial enterprise he de
veloped into a brute. It is oa-y since
possessions here have vanished that
in the Felipinas the beast of prey ap
peared. In earlier days, apart from
Portugal he had only Chinese pirates
to fear. The latter so bothered one
of the governor generals that he got
ready to set out and conquer Cathay.
In that evoch the average Don was
fuller of tight than of wisdom. Time
has not changed him in the least.-
It has hitherto been the custom of
the children attending the public
schools in Austria and Hungary to kiss
the hands of their teachers on arriva.
and departure. This has now been
forbidden by a ukase just issued by the
mperial board of education, which
,ases it; decision on a declaration of
the sauitary council.
ROOMS 7,0,. '
j 587 Carondelet St.,
`NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA,
Mrs, A. Rucker.
SLocation convenient to Canal
street and the business portion `
of the city. Good tables at all
seasons. Large airy rooms.
ýhiI i1li a1d laU er CO.,
BRICKS and PINE LUMBER
Ceiling and Flooring, at lowest
prices, delivered to any point on
the Mississippi Valley Railroad
and Mississippi river.
Room 710 Hennoen Building, New
WORIKS, s Slidell, La.
Jas. C. Magearl,
SLEADS the MRKET
FRESI MEATS, HONEST WEIGIITS,
STATE NORMAL SCHOOL,
Maintained by the State" for the
training of teachers. Affords thorough
preparation for the profession of teach
ing; full course of academic study,
practical training in the art of teach
ing, one year of daily practice in
model schools under guidance of skill
ed training teachers. Class work ex
emplifies the best of modern thought
in matter and method of instruction.
Diploma entitles graduate to teach in
any public school of Louisiana without
Tuition free to students who teach
I one year after graduation. Entire ex
pense for session of eight month, $110.
Twelfth annual session begins Oct.
For catalogue write to
B. C. CALDWELL, Pres.
ONE GIVES RELIEF.
Don't Spend a Dollar
until you have tried
You can buy them in the paper 5-cent cartons
Ten Tabules for Five Cents.
hZ soart iL put up oheaply to gratify the univoral present demand for a low prie .
If you don't find this sort of
At the Druggist's
Send F'Pe Cents to THE RIPANS CHEMICAL COMPANY, No. 10
Spruce '+., New York, and they will be sent to you by mail; o:
12 cartons will be mailed for 48 cents. The chances are ten Wo
one that Ripans Tabules are the very medicine you need.
OVR 00-G-as .ARt 72 B&2t?
OUR PU/ICs 4 Tl# LOWCST
.. -.IC~ IZ,'fC mJ
T. T. Lawson, blacksmith au
Magearl & Davidson. Beef
Mutton and pork occasio
Mi Rosenthal, Wednesdays,
and Sundays. ,
Ono Friend, Candies, Soda Ws
F. M. Mumford, 211 Royal
L. P. Kilbourne, opposite
Sam Venci, corner of Alley
OMeyer Hotel, near depot, rates
Bank Hotel, Mrs. Dav
Bank Bldg., St. Fran
J. H. Percy, life and t
W. W. Leake, Jr., True De
office, fire and life.
t Hot lunch at all hours. J. G.
ger, Agt., foot of hill. ~
Louie Williams, Florida hit
J. L, Flynn, Sun St., Bayou,
T. W. Raynham, contractor
J. Froyhan & Co., wholevj
E. L. Nowsham, Dry Goods,
and plantation supplies. ;,
S. A. Frier, groceries, dry
elothing, hats and school
F. F. Converse, Clerk's .
W. R. Percy, Bank Buil
Best of shingles, Chas. L
SAFETY DEPOSIT BO
Bank of West Felioiani
WIRE ROPE SEt
Poultry, Farm, Garden, Cem
Lawn, Railroad and Rabbit
ITahousauts of miles in use. Cataloag
Freight Pald. Prices Loel
The McMULLEN WOVEN WIRE
114.116.118 and 120 a. Market St.. C IC