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THAT OLD ARM CHAIR.
"We lve it, we love
it. nnd win fchull ihrc
To cliiilii u i' f loving tlmt old arm t li.tirT"
A iiotm :y, wooiiin C)i'l tiil.ur Hint kiowh
the mar arid tt:tirin of time,
And one thnt you would never think would
lead the thought to running rhyme,
A silent i'i Ikj from tho pnst, a mie of tho
When urnikhinx for homo were built for
comfort ritthcr than for thow.
Thoc daub of paint upon its liack may
once have been gwn t birds nnd flow-
Or even briiht-winced buttrrflie hpspnnj
linn bur, Imnd painted bower,
Hut now hive grown no indistinct 'twere
(lillicult to tell just what
The artist cnllvd thein when hi hand the
red end yellow work had wrought.
No patient mother, whito of hair, e'er sat
in that old hallowed seat
And listened to the nightly prnyera of wee
ones kneeling nt her feet.
And M'ut them to their trundle bed with
lus of Fiorcd mother love,
Her whispered words commending them to
care of Master up above;
At leapt not to the knowledge of the chap
who lounges in it now
And sends the smoke from brair pipe up-
curling o'er bin wrinkled brow
We bought it at nn auction sale and ever
since have blessed our luck,
For it is quite beyond a doubt the easiest
chair we ever struck.
'We love it, we love it, and who shall dare
. To chide us for loving that old arm chair?"
R. HUDSON, I believe'
"Sir to you. That's
my name." And the
attorney swung around
from his desk
"You represent Jeremiah Selkirk?"
queried the visitor who had drawn up
"Yes, sir. I care for his legal inter
ests in this city."
The questioner drew' a letter from
his pocket, remarking as he passed It
over: "That will explain why I have
"So," exclaimed the lawyer after
rending a dozen lines. Then, rising,
he slowly stepped to the side of his
caller and, extending his hand, said In
the usual conventional tones, "Allow
me, my dear Mr. Mr. "
"Adams Is the name. It Is so stated
In the letter, I believe."
"Ah, yes Mr. Henry Adams. I be
lieve that I have heard of you."
"Very likely. I was employed by Mr.
Selkirk before he made Paris his home.
It was In Paris, you have doubtless
observed, that I purchased the prop
erty." "And may I ask, my dear sir "
"If I will retain your services as le
gal adviser? I shall be glad to do so."
"Then my dear sir, we might as well
attend to the matter at once. The let
ter states that you arc anxious to have
the transfer take place at Doon on the
5th, which is this date, and as it is now
11 o'clock perhaps it would be well to
visit the court house and have these
documents placed on the records."
While going the few short blocks the
attorney asked his client if he contem
plated personal control of the property.
"Such Is my intention," was the re
fly. "That Is well. No matter how faith
ful subordinates may be, It Is wise for
the proprietor of a large enterprise to
keep in personal touch with those who
carry out his orders."
The document having be?n passed to
the clerk and the customary certificate
having been received, Mr. Hudson said
to his client, "Will j'ou take luncheon
"Thank you, no. I wish that you
would accompany me to the office and
Introduce me to the gentlemen who
now are in my employ."
"I see," exclaimed the lawyer. "You
are anxious to get into harness, and I
don't blame you. It must be a pleas
ing sensation to feel that one is at the
I head of a great newspaper."
j i As they walked arm in arm down the
street they were passed by several
young men who were running, despite
th? weather, spurred on by the iufor-
mation gained in, the recorder's office
that one of the largest dailies in the
United States had suddenly changed
Five minutes lat?r Mr. Hudson and
Mr. Adams stepped from an elevator
and stopped in front of an office door
which bore tho legend "Editor" and
from behind which came the sound of
voices in eager conversation.
"Come in," was the reply to their
knock, and as tho portal swung It dis
closed one of the reporters who had
passed them on the way and who xvas
red of face and perspiring profusely.
"Here is Mr. Hudson now!" ex
claimed a short, stout man, rising from
a revolving chair and taking a step for
ward. "Perhaps you can tell me what
has happened. Chalders here has run
so fast that his breath has failed him."
"To make a long story short, I will
i tell you that the Evening Bulletin has
lxvu sold by Mr. Selkirk to Mr. Adams,
'and the latter Is uow In absolute con
trol." Too astonished to speak, the editor
rick back Sa his chair, and the silence
ffl SUPPRESSING 1
j THE BULLETIN j
was not broken tint II tho now proprlc-
tor said Moothlngly: In- said: "llv'n been like thin for IS vo
"This change need not nffoot you, yearn. Think that be Ih n great news
Mr. llatnilto:i, unless you wish to take papc1 publisher, nnd tin- only way wo
the lnltlatlve.for I shall be Well pleased
to continue you In active charge of the
ne'.vu columns. Taking It for grunted
that you will remain., I would like to
ask the hour when the next edition
goes 1o press."
"At 2 o'clock."
"I would like to have n plight change
made on the fourth page nnd also have
nn editorial put In type, nnd, as 1 wish
to give some Instructions concerning
Iho typographical features it might he
well for mo to talk with the foreman."
While nn office boy wan hurrying
d'lwn stairs for the head of the me
chanical department the editor asked
his new employer If he had ever been
a resident of that city.
"Yes, for a short time, many years
ago. r.ut I have always kept In touch
with tin? residents, in whom I have
taken n great Interest."
"Mr. Sill, our foreman," said Hamil
ton, ns a man appeared on the thresh
old. "Here la n short editorial which I
wish run In nil editions of to-day,"
said Mr. Adams, after n hearty hand
Bhake. "Also at tho top of the first col
umn of tho editorial page substitute
the words 'Edited and Published by
by Henry James Adams' for the pharse
Tublisked by Jeremiah Selkirk, Pro
"Yes, sir," said the foreman.
"Flense, have a proof ready for me
In an hour by the time I return from
luncheon. There will be nothing more
to-day, Mr. Sill. Now, gentlemen," and
Mr. Adams turned as the foreman left
the room, "will you be ray guests
across the street?"
The tenderloin 6teaks were very ten
der, the mushrooms with which the
meat wns smothered were unusually
JulCy( and the wine lm(1 1?cn well lced
60 they were In no hurry to depart,
At last, when finally they strolled past
the desk, Mr. Adams stopped In front
of the cashier and said, "Charge It,
The knight of the automatic register
looked up in surprise, but, receiving a
nod from the other two, he made a
note on a tab.
They found considerable excitement
at the office. They had no sooner taken
seats than the city editor found It nec
essary to come In nnd ask about the
manner a certain elopement story
should be handled; then one of the ed
itorial writers wished instructions con
cerning a leader for the next day's
issue, the Sunday editor gained en
trance to complain of a poor half-tone,
and even the society editor managed
to pass the threshold.
Meanwhile Mr. Adams, who appar
ently was not in the least disturbed by
the interruptions, was carefully read-
Ing proof on the editorial he had writ-
ten. lie made a few corrections, then
passed It to Mr. Hamilton, saying,
"Tell me how you like it."
The editor read:
"Henry James Adams having pur
chased the Evening Bulletin in its en
tirety and having decided to publish
tho same from to-day, takes this occa
sion to introduce himself to the citizens
of St. Louis and to ask them for a con
tinuance of their generous patronage.
"It is not his purpose to make any
radical departure, and the newspaper
will remain independent in politics, as
it has always been. As for the news
service, the fact that the prescut pub
lisher has decided to retain in their va
rious positions the men who have given
satisfaction to the former owner and
to the reading public of this large city
should be a sufficient 'guarantee that
the occurrences of each day will be
faithfully nnd accurately chronicled.
"It has occurred to the publisher that
there are certain reforms which might
he brought about if the right force
were wielded. Tho first of these will
be the effort to have tho course of the
Mississippi changed so that the current
will flow north and the microbes of the
drainage canal will re-enter Chicago
and no longer infest this fair place."
"Don't you think, sir, thnt some per
sons might consider it aa a Joke?"
"Oh, dear no! I have consulted with
some of the most eminent engineers on
the subject, and only after due consid
eration have I decided that this shall
be the first mission undertaken by the
Then, changing the subject, he com
menced a series of interrogations con
cerning the various members of the
A tremble of th? building announced
that the presses had started.
"In here, did you say?" they heard
some one ask, and the door was uncere
moniously pushed open.
"Beg pardon, gentlemen, for not
knocking," hurriedly said the intruder,
"but I was afraid he might make for
the window. You won't do that, now,
will you, Smiley? Clad to s?e me?"
"We thought he was up to something
like this." continued the newcomer,
"for we found pen. Ink and paper in his
room, also several blank deeds, a de
scription of this property and several
letters from Mr. Selkirk, which he se
cured goodness knows where."
"What does this mean?" asked Ham
ilton, jumping up suddenly like a man
awakened from a sound sloop by a cry
The newly arrived tapped his head
with nn Index finger nnd winked; tliTi
can Keep mm quiet h ny letting nun
monkey with a llitle pre; which ha
b'cn set up In his room. P.ut, hold on,
there! Don't knock a fellow over!"
For Hamilton had pushed him to
one side nnd wnn going down the stairs
two steps at a time, yelling at the top
of his voice: "Slop the presses! Kill
A half hour later Mr. John O. Hud
son, nttornry-nt-hiw, entered the res
taurant across the street nnd paid the
cashier $11. .10. New York livening Sun.
Thry Are I.nrctty TUIiij Ihe Tluee of
The elastic band Is gradually super
seding string. The use of tho handy
rubber article has been growing stead
ily for tho past few years, and this
season's sale Is expected to break all
records. The price has Ik-cu lowered,
ou account of Increased facility of pro
duction, and now, for fastening small
packages, the bands save money na
well as time.
A local dealer said yesterday:
"We expect to sell at least twice as
many bands this year ns we did last
year. From this store nlone go tons
of them. I have figures that will
startle you. Take the No. 8 band, the
one used by druggists nnd Jewelers for
6mnll packuges. We sold fully 30)0
pounds of those last year. There are
9000 of them to the pound; therefore,
we sent out 27,000,000 of this slae last
season. Suppose they were opened out
and tied together. Allowing half nn
Inch for tying, wo would have 27,000,
000 Inches, or more than 400 miles of
rubber, for tho bands nre an inch nnd
a half long when opened out.
"A band will stretch five times its
length easily, so that our string could
l? made to cover 2043 miles. Or, in
other words, you could stretch the line
along n perfectly straight railroad
track nnd starting nt one end ride for
a day and a half at sixty miles an hour
before you would reach tho other.
Double that estimate for 1002, and re
member, those figures are for one size
only, and for but one store in the city,
then you may bo able to get an Idea of
tho elastic rings used In Philadelphia
"They come In all sizes, from tho tiny
'election ring,' so called from its use
around bunches of ballots, to the heavy
bands running twelve to the pound.
They are usod in various ways. Large
stores send In orders for from 500 to
1000 pounds. And women come In for
half an ounce for hair curlers. In the
latter case a simple device of rubber
and hairpins tak?s the place of a pat
ent curler. Is Just as effective and costs
as much." Phihulel"
pnia prf s
ratience is the key of content.
Common sense is the geuius of cm
When faith is lost and honor dies the
man is dead.
It is only our small miseries that we
tell to the world.
There are habits that cost more to
rear than a family.
The less trouble we take In bearing
trouble the loss of it we have.
To be uncomfortable without being
unhappy one must he a philosopher or
a woman with tight shoes.
It would be Just like science rudely
to discover, one of these days, that a
cucumber is no cooler than a potato.
One of the greatest accomplishments
In the world is to bo able to back up
the minute you find yourself going
wrong. Atchison Globe.
We aro not content to accept truth In
her nakedness, but dress her up in
many shapes, so that we do not always
recognize the being of our own dress
The real blossing, mercy, satisfac
tion, is not in the having or the lack
of merely outward things, but In the
consciousness that the true sources of
life and happiness are deeper than all
Death Is the reminder we sorely
need that this world of the senses Is
not a our l'fe- tliat there are realities
beyond sight and hearing; nay, that
these unseen, unheard things are the
more real because they are not tem
poral, ever changing from one state to
another, but are eternal, abiding, al
ways the same.
SearclittiK For an Atom of Time.
A conference and series of experi
ments Is noxv taking place, in which
English and French astronomers are
figuring, to endavor to explain a dif
ference of 10-100 of a second which
has always existed in the calculations
made at Greenwich and those made at
Taris. The investigations will cover a
period of two years.
More than 0,300,000 French women
work for their living. Most of those
omsido workers (more than 2,700.000)
are employed In forestry or agricul
ture, including xvomen laud owner?.
Industrial occupations claim nearly
2.000.000 more, the cloister 120,000, the
theatre about 12,003 and the liberal
Stories About Insect
t Ean9 Plants
Ity J. IHrtrr I'.rur.l.
00 II b.lVe nil of us been neons
u J touad to wonderful dories
X t -f v of the wisdom of ants and
Q of bees, us well lis otle r
Worthy lliell.bers of entomo
logical races, that the doubts which
certain scientific Investigators are be
ginning to entertain with reg'ird to
the truth of any asseiiluii that atlri
blltes conscious latelliu'enee to these
little creatures, comes upon our senti
mental appreciation ot their ways with
something like a shock.
When we consider the wonderful
adaptation of means to an end. the pre
vision and the Ingenious methods em
ployed by many sorts of insects in
eatr.vlng out the purposes and object
of their lives, we are Indeed Inclined
to credit them with Intelligence of a
high order. It Is nly after we are
forced to reeognk'.e the extreme limita
tions of this so-called intelligence, Its
Inflexible nature, and Its Inability to
adapt Itself to other conditions than
those under which It Is habitually, or
ordinarily exercised, that we recognize
how much Is wanting In the behavior
of Insects to furnish conclusive evi
dence of their possession of any Intel
lectual capacity whatever.
Intelligence- does, Indeed, direct the
actions of the bee in building her comb
and filling It with honey, and the ant
In her wonderful domestic economy;
but it Is an Intelligence quite as much
above the piano of consciousness of
the bee and of the ant, as it is above
that of the orchid, for instance, in the
admirably ingenious manner in which
the flower enlists the aid of the insect
in conveying pollen. Keflex actions of
this kind mimic intelligence on the part
of the actor, something perhaps as do
the movements of the boat, said to
have been invented by Tesla, which,
worked by et boric waves, proceeds in
any given direction, turns or dives be
neath the surface of the xvater upon
which it floats, not in obedience to any
directing power on board, but at the
AN IXSECT CAUGHT IN THE TENTACLES
OF DKOSEHA ROTUXDIFOLtS.
will of the person operating a battery
on the shore.
Take from the cell excavated by a
digger wasp, the grasshopper she has
placed there, and upon which she has
laid her egg. and tho wasp, after enter
ing and exploring tho cell, will, instead
of restocking it and laying another egg,
calmly close it up, just as she would
have done had it not been robbed.
The sand wasp (Bembexj can uuerr-
s r L-.
3 j I r -
I ' r S I l : .-IT-
f I VZtiVV riVTBAP, OPES.
in ;!y ret urn t o I h" i n' rain ! h r eel
Ifi'iu tin' di-iaioc i.f a mile nr nioit
over it Val:ive:.s ham! bunk, nnd ul
tliniih her burrow Is covered oer v!ti
sand, and to human yes eiit lr 1 v ind'.s
t iu:rul-h.ible from the parts m;ii muid
lug it. the wa-p can alight u; mi tin
exact pit, scratch away t!v- sand are
I liter the lltst ; but li'inove tl,.- .-'!tf.co
exposing the cell and the larvae, and
l'.emhex Is entirely at a lo.s, unahh
to recognize cither her own la st r hoi
own on spnng. .Nothing run more per
feetly show bow an In 1 1 1 a 1 1. n of
forces, without a conscious. (I .reeling
Init lligeiice, can, In a certain pai titu
lar way, in hieve a niarvclot's result,
while In every other. It results in con
fusion and failure. The unusual hap
pens, and an organism constituted as
is the llembex, s thrown out of gear,
leoeli ax would be a machine in which
a eog-w hoi 1 has failed lo engage the
answering cogs of another wheel.
There are in plants fully as many
Ingenious dcviee.s to attain some de
sired end, and as many adaptations to
special environments, pet l aps, as
among Insects. Plants, however, root
ed as they are to one spot, and hi g( n
eral Incapable of movement, exhibit
contrivance In the only way l'l't them
to do so, In their habits of growth, and
hi the form and arrangement of their
parts, as scon, for instance, In the in. in
ner In which many provide for the dis
tribution of their seed, and the in
ventive faculty, so to speak, shown in
the modifications of form in orchids
to secure fertilization. 1 say in iionernl
Incapable of movement, because tho
rule admits of very notable exceptions.
In the telegraph plant (DeMiiodir.m
gyranusi of India, of the three leaflets
of which each of its leaves are com-
'.'iff', y (KM
posed, the larger terminal one erects
itself during the day, and turns sharply
down at night, while the other two
smaller leaflets move constantly dav
and night, describing complete circles
with a peculiar jerking motion like the
second hand of a watch. Occasionally
they rest for a period, and then go on
again, thus bringing every part of
every leaf to the full action of the sun
Many plants shift the position of
their leaves as the direction of tho light
changes. This power is possessed to a
considerable degree by some of our
common house plants. If an oxalis
shrub, for instance, is exposed for a
time to the light in a window, and then
turned half way round, an observer
can by watching, see the leaves read
just themselves to their new position
in relation to tho light. Certain move
ments of plants seem to testify to tho
possession by the plants of something
answering to tho tactile sense in ani
mals. A number of plants besides the
common sensitive plant, exhibit appar
ent sensibility to external impressions
and manifest also the power of trans-,
mitting the perception of these impres
sions from one part of the plant to
another. In addition to this power,
there are plants which possess a power
of discrimination that certainly seems
to have as just a claim to be called
Intelligent as the actions of some in
sects. I If a drop of xvater or a grain of sand
falls upon the gland-studded leaves of
the sundew (Droserai, nothing more
happens that as if they had 1 eon
dropped upon the leaf of any ordinary
plant;- but let an insect or a bit of
meat take tho place of these innutri
tions substances, and you shall see
the tentaov.lar glands gradually bend
over, and assisted by the curling uv
of the leaf itself, enfold the esi tih-nt
morsel, and cover it with a digestive
fluid, which at once dissolves it and
adapts it to be assimilated by the Insect-eating
plant. Seii utitic American.
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