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Vbn I ft rich. I ll quit tin rol for good
Aud tuny ooa nnt i hoiint km niti'ti maa
Who Lim a bumi wbnrnln tlm f.ilthfu! wlfu
Through yrnr o( Iuohuiuo lixr upeuJ
III plva orn jroui)g'r uinn my tlumworn
And loi Llm tak my ronllno iiiouthly trlji,
When I K"t rt;U.
Whon I pnt rich, At hurrm I'll gladly fiUy.
And kIvh my wif noiim mmifort every tiny,
I'll ouiDdth awny the wrinkle from linr fuoe
'J'hnt Uih hut all tuo foit l.rgim to Irami;
I'll lighten all !ir Indorx, grvnt and hiiihII,
An4 it ln would fotiHoni, I'll bear them all,
Whoa I gut run.
THE HITIGATI0H0F MISS NERVY.
Hoiv fifiss Nervy Turned tfio Tabfos on Her Cow-Boy' Lover, First
Snubbing Him, and ihen Falling in Love with Him.
Iiy MAY i:t:i r
f It vua mail-day at Waxluiw. 'flio nar-
. . , ... , - , t
row street in front of the postoffice was
full, nnd the hitching-posts each teth
ered ita saddled horse. There were
high-heeled boots with jingling spurs,
reckleus-lcoklng sombreros, cartridge
belts and full holsters, as well as leath
er and befringed leggings, but the
crowd about tho gray and weather
beaten cottonwood building was a de
corous one. -
Even those who came and went
through the swing doora of tho Cow
boys' Rest down street did so in a sub
dued way. Had a stranger, expecting
vociferation and reckless shooting,
questioned the state of affairs, Limber
Jack, the erstwhile- Had Man of Wax
haw, would have explained.
"Don't talk too loud, or Miss Narvy'U
Kit after yo. She don't like a racket
when she's sortin' the mail."
The men lounged and talked, ex
changing tobacco, the news of the
range and frequent libations. Suddenly
the postoffice door opened, and there
was a hush. An erect, well-built woman
of about thirty-five stood there. The
Bun caught the ripples of her red hair,
turning, them to copper; her mouth
was set in a grim line as she looked
sternly across the crowd.
"You Samuel Smith!" Her voice
drifted commandingly even into the in
terior of the Cow-boys' Rest. "Your
broncho's scratching itself against the
south wall fit to knock the house over.
If you men ain't more careful you can
not hitch here at all."
A dozen men sprang with alacrity in
answer to her complaint, and as many
raore reproved the owner of the of
fending animal, who was Smiling Sam
to all but Miss Nervy, and who meek
ly ted the pony away.
Juno Minerva her father had named
heT, and he had fondly hoped that in
his only daughter might be united the
wisdom and the beauty of her goddess
godmothers. These she came to pos
sess only in a mode-ixte degres; also
from Mlperva, perhaps she inherited
Her father, early widowed, had be
taken himself and his young goddess to
the plains of the setting sun, where in
the heart of the great grazing country
he established a small store at a trad
ing point on one of the great staga
lines. He died while his daughter was
yet young. tb pen era! oninion upon
his taking off being OpuoiJued by oi
Merristalk when he said, "How glad the
old man must be to be good an dead,
an' whar Miss Nervy can't boss him
fer a spell."
! "Blamed ef she don't try to reggelate
every llvin' one o' us," Limber Jack
would complain. "Jaws us ef we don't
change our shirts, er ef ,we run our
hosses er take a hand at a ouiet little
game. Allays two kinds o'things is
wrong them we do, an' them .we aon t
don't'do so anyway she's sureN to skin
Jfiespite their fault-finding, the men
To frequented Waxhaw secretly ad
mired and gloried in the possession
of Miss Nervy. The very fearlessness,
and the high temper that rendered the.
contraction of her name a fitting one
caused them to respect her. She was,
neat and businesslike; the goods in,
her little store were irreproachable;
as postmistress she was accurate; her
arraignments, it severe, were usually
acknowledged to be well grounded,
and above all, she was a woman.
Tuur-y the crowd that awaited the
sorting of the mail displayed, wit'.i
all its decorum, a siwrcssed excite
ment After much discussion of ways
and means whereby Miss Nervy's se
verity muht be lessened, some of tae
r, rtnrlnu ones had hit upon tuo
t-, at furnish ins their goddess
with a suitor.
"Love," declaimed Limber JacK 10
1hc cam'?-fire circle "not the philan
dcrin' flirtin that most o' us has done,
but reggelar, sqnarshly love, that means
lyin' up to the same post softens
the hardest-hearted, which moms Miss
Kervy, to'rds the whole world, which
means' us. We'll choose a likely duck
4 ,vi-r nnr fiir no:;tmisr.ln. an' trust
the rest to him an' Providence."
After much deliberation, Tom Kc
m u e-
Art-miirh lie lboraiion, mm ie
um. v.ho had been Nervy Tom un;u
' x'-a. ,.-ri--:tr.'t awav his li'.irels.
Jl!" " "
was f-elccted t.z tho Ho; alms of v, rt.
Whpn I fft rti'h, Ml ff with lsv1h hhnd
To liMlp tim f.iliu rU lu vry Und.
I'll to riid tlm ?eppl fur arid wide,
To fd and clottm thn poor on try aide;
I'll tt lvnrlUe that I liavft furi'N to j.r(
la doltitf jjood ti othm vrywhsre,
Wbn I g.:t rl.-h.
When I jrt rhh, Why ni.ak - mh tow?
A vulci within me wblxm, nrn now
Thou art already rich In rtnourcH grand
A voIm that now ran chr, n hlplim hand,
A beurt that now bould teat with lov
Give what thou hast, glre freoly what Is
For tbou art rich.
Char'.nj Bcaril, lu IUm'e Horn.
r S'linc0 it ,r,u, n i
b hC 11 InSht as well bo me
any one," ho remarked, in tones of
resignation. "I'll die some time, any
way, either by shootin er broncho
bustin', an' ef it'll help tho gang any
to have it come by red headed lightnin
"He's never balked at a proposition
yit, fr'm a bob-cat up," said Limber
Jack, exultantly; "an' of Ije causes
Miss Nervy to s'nJcr, he'll be good
f.0 her. Ve don't want to s'press her,
understandin', merely to cr to miti
gate her, sp to speak."
Again the postoffice door opened,
and again she of the auburn hair is
sued an ultimatum.
"Such of you as expect any mail may
come in now single file, remember.
No, Thomas Ketchum," holding up a
warning hand, "you ain't had even a
circular from a whiskey-house in a
year. You stay out."
"But I want some tcrbacker," ex
postulated the man.
"Wait till tho mail's diatributecfY'
she snapped. "I'm not a storekecpe-f
now; I'm the gov'ment's representa
tive." The last letter and paper were hand
ed out to the file that came and went,
but the crowd loitered outside as a
moral support to Tom, who entered
last and alone. The minutes went by,
but no sound was heard from within.
"I tell ye, boy3," gloated Jack.
"Tom's the one fer Mis3 Nervy. He'll
give her jest that mixcher o' firmness
an' blarney that'll ca'm even a red
headed woman. Why ain't we thought
o' this afore? While he's courtin' her,
we boys kin hev some libertiea when
we come to town
The door opened with explosive sud
denness. Tom, with petrified face,
came hastily down the steps, and Miss
Nervy appeared so quickly behind him
as to almost tread on big spurs.
"If any of you men want to buy
goods here, come on! If not, get away
from my premises!" Her square jaws
fairly snapped shut. -And if your busi
ness is done, get back to work! Town's
no place for you!''
And Tom's spirit was broken. He
took his share of the work in a dull,
dogged manner that hurt his fellows.
Whatever Miss Nervy had said or
done had been as arr acid that bites
deeply. A smothered aversion to tho
woman came to life, and' among those
who frequented Waxhaw,. and loitered
to trade with Miss Nervy and listen to
her vinegary speeches; the "Flying
Flag" men were conspicuously absent.
One usually transacted bvrsfness for
the outfit, and even hig visie wa3 brief.
At first, Miss Nervy ignored the ab
sence of the "Flying Flag" contingent,
but finally curiosity a' failing common
even to goddesses' mastered her. Sho
was handing a sheaf of mail across the
counter to Limber Jack..
"The 'Flying Flag" seem ts. be giv
ing us a needed rest," sh observed,
sarcastically. "Has the foreman really
got them to work at last?"
"They're mos'ly takin' turns at niuTS-
in' Tom Ketchum in their spare tfme,
answered Jack, nonchalantly, b
stowed away the maih
"What ails Ketchum?" sue- qwrte
a shade of interest crossih-y her faw.
"Seems to- hev been breakin' down
fer the las" three months,'" replied
Jack. "Acts jest like a man t knew
'at got. clawed up with a wil'-cat, n
los' hi3 sperrit. So's whon. a caynse 'at
Tom was brcakin' fell on him two
weeks ago, an' snrished some ribs, he
kind o give up aa" got a fever. We
boys don't know to nth to do; but Bob
Vermillion, 'a-t's been a hoss doctor,
he fixes sp some mashas now an thtn.
We're a?l sorry."
"A horse dot.-tor! What a pack of
fools!" scolded Miss Norvy. "You'll
kill him arn-ensst you."
Jack wa.3 at the door, but he turned,
nnd drawled, gently, "Oh, no, Mis
Nervy; his death won't be at out
dcor. We all knows what's killed
Tom. He allays had more backbone
an' life than any man on tho range,
and no man er gang o' men could do
him up that-a-way."
"Who's that?" asked Sam, later in
the day, pointing across the prairie.
A buckboard drawn by a rangy sorrel
- I "
; f e ?
V.'aibaw," raid Jack, "but I can't pcxi
Just then a turn of the road broue,Tt
(he Hlantln sun dir.-ct on the flguro
mi the driver's neat. It was a woman,
anil even at that Jlstance they rouM
b'0 the glint of biirnlRhfd copper.
"Mls;i Nervy." ejaculated Lob. "Now
we're In fer It!"
"I don't see it that a wny." answered
Jack, eyeing the approaching fluro
sternly, "We'll mr"t her in a body, on
ca'mly ask her to go bark to Wax
haw, whar her tah-nts'll be more ap
preciated. Tcm'a hed 'nough o' femalo
As MIh Nervy Jumped nimbly to th
gn.und In front of tho group, Jack ad
vanced a trille.
"We boys think ye'd better po back.
Miss Nervy meanln no disre.spec'.
They ain't nothln' fer o to do here.'
For a brief moment only Mhs Nervy
looked nt Jack, but It v.'a3 long onouy'a
to shrivel him Into noCifngneK.i.
"You boys think!" The repetition
was snarled with tolling effect. Turn
ing, she drew a bulky package frm
''er the scat of t!'
? buckboard. "Yon
ZSyi hav3 been t'u;," rn'i
and now" tiippOso C'd" o .".Miin.
Mister Jack, to the couk-shanty and
bring me a kettle of hot water hot,
mind you for herb-tea. Samuel Smith,
you take me In to Tom Ketchum, and
let me see how near you've all tome
. i j -
to killing him. Bob Vermillion, you've I
been a doctor long enough; you'd bet
ter go back to hosses, and you can be
gin by taking care cf mine. The rest
of you clear out. When I want you
I'll let you know."
It was after supper. The men
lounged on tho crisp buffalo-grass that
sloped away from tho house3. A hush
fell over the group aa a woman came
walking briskly over the grass toward
them. Miss Narvy stood before them,
stern aa ever, but with no trace of
venom in her glance, and looked at the
men, who rose to tJseir feet at her com,
"Tomorrow's Sunday," she an
nounced, "and the circuit rider preach
es at Hoovea Ford. That's twenty
mile. Can one? of you set him hero by
"Great CaesJr! " ejaculated Sam,
"Tom ain't tlutt bad, is hev Miss
' For a moment the men saw almost
a gleam of mirth n her f Jce: "Tom'a
Lwtter, but I can't Irvive1 him yet awhile.
atri as I've been intending to marry
hfin'. anyway a3 soct as I'd got in my !
annual report, and the postoffice' in
spectw'd been Lere;. I might as well
ha yen $ over nov, ;Jnd then nobody
can say anythingtaboiJt me talsing care
They stood watdhinj? her trkn; crer't
figure an sne croaprd tfie1 grass,, hurry
ing basil to her invi did'.
"WalS;'.'- drawled i ack, "it took som
longer'fr.we? feed figs sredi but the job'g
done better'rr. we i oped' fer. Mist
Nervy's snt.i sated all right." Woman's
A Tale ef a Bt okta Vase..
lie felt ibE-Iged to .mark some K:ntk
of present! it She yot ng woman, but,
being very avOTieraus,. he did not want
to spend ay moeny, and he was puzr
zled what iO d when! suddenly, as he
was walking, tfcnrar;h a street in Lon
don, he saw a handsome vase fall as a'
clerk was about to place it in the win
dow. At ooca tst entered ttwstore ani
"How- mtirhi do you waxtt for thaai
"What, foe those piece' on thp
floor?" cr&& the storekeeper, in sur'
prise. "Wli:a..you can have them for a
shilllnn- They're no use, foz they can'i
be put together again."
"I don't oare," answered thfejaxari
cious : man.. "I'll give you a shilling fc
them land sixpence extra if yju'll mak
a pad .-cage of them and setdithem its
this L adyV address."
The storekeeper promiseil to do f&j
and idie rvvaricious man wont home;
overji Dyed, at the thought tiilat he Iud
made suh: a good bargain, for he sdd
to h ims-lf: "When she receives tha
vase. , she'll' naturally conc&ide that, it
was broken during the journey.
Ho was mistaken, Iiowevar, says til
New York Times, for the fctorekevpor
wrapped eacJl- piece of tit ? vase ai a
sepi irate pieca of pup?r. TJie donor
hea rd of his blunder through the yaunq
lady's, maid, for the young lady herself
ha s r.ot spoien to him since the shat-
tcved. vase n5ached her.
Speakins cf how seriously edosatim
Is Uken itthese days, ;r ecrtai?- school
ha to te-etosed because of anepidom.
ic of some children's disease and one
o!T the parr-nts met. Ihe kindergarten
t zacher n the street.
"Yon' must be glad of this unexpect
ed rest," she said.
"Well', I should be but that thero
will be so much hack work to bo made
up when we return."
Jifamma mused, as she- went on her
way, where tre nrdnoumess of the la
bor (?sme in in making the little thre
and four year olds recall that they
had once learned that classic, "Good
morning, merry sunshine," and other
jingles of that Hk. New York Times.
Some cf the coldest recentlcr. w
receive in life are ct heme where tr
word "Welcome" i3 woven into t5
,- r." ' -Xrr Ycrl; Tines.
AROUND THE MARRIAGE
Tbey Causa Trouble Sometimes for
the Proprietor of tbe Dake Shop and
Hl Assistants Some Cakes Are
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made.
All wedding cakea are fearfully and
Wonderfully made, but soiuo are more
wonderful than others. Tho bigger
the cake the more mysteries It can con
tain, heneo the seeker after novelties In
wedding cake.i would do well to make a
tour of the bakeries in the foreign col
onic, where a gigantic cake is an Im
portant, accessory U every marriage.
Or, If he has not time to go tho rounds,
be can concentrate hU attention upon
one rather small down-town bakeshop
and learn there everything there is to
be learned on the subject.
The proprietor of that shop Is (hock
fi!l cf wedding cal e tore. He dlvlde3
his cal.es Tlito" ciasL,ej, firrt acc ording
I to r. r.nallty. This it not hard to do,
1 for while a wedding cake is a wedding
cake the world over, it is run off in
rnr.ny different editions, and the archi
tecture cf the more pretentious ones
is frequently modeled after famous edi
fices In the Fatherland and doctored up
wIth ingredients that give the whole
confeition a decidedly national tang,
For example, thf re are Russian towers,
Turkish minarets, and Gothic facades
and quadrangles done in sugar, and all
flavored with a peculiar essence that
tells the initiated to what land the
Lride'3 family belongs.
The largest wedding cakes turned out
in that particular shop are those built
in Russian style. The designs therein
employed caSE for generous proportions,
and by the tftne the various sections of
the cake have been joined together the
whole is a thing at which to marvel.
"When you fcake cUkes of unusual
slr.e and shape, who Is responsible for
the designs?" asked a visitor who had
been admiring om such gigantic pro
duct cf the bakerr skill.
"Sometimes I stuiy them out for my
self, sometimes the? wedding party of
fers suggestions. I prefer to do all the
planning myself, howsver, for, if I do
say it, I lraow how to put up an artis
istlc cake, at least so.' tar as external
appearance go. On t'w other hand,
my customers' Ideas on the subject are
often perfectly crazy, and! if I try to fol
low their instructions I am sure to turn
out a real freak in confectionery, and
that is always, painful, toi professional
"It i3 at otri?r people's suggestions,
too, that I mix In all the; iwntimental
gimcracks with which I. sometimes
6poil an otherwise goodicalk?.. Being an
old hand at the business, I lazy what
liberties can be properly taken with
the internal arrangemet of ai wedding
cake, so, of course, I always attend to
the rings and the china dolls and the
ether conventional superfluitias;. bat if
you ever get hold of a pieeo; s cake
baked at this shop and: breuic your
teeth on an ola coin or a.queer charm
r something of that kind, you may.
test assured that I am not responsible
for the accident. The custom eir order
ed the thing put in- Those amulets- and
heirlooms are a part- of his- supersiii-
"Just because a man: hass emigrated
to New York and settled down.4n this
matter-of-fact city is no sign, that he
has left his fourteenth centucy supier
stitLans in ihe old country. Tha chances
are that he did not,, or even it he did
hi wife is pretty atire to hid. oru to
theoa, and as a number of those absurd
fancies are centred in. a wedding cake,
i am bound to humor, their whims whan
mixing the batter. Many of. that class
hav their queer b4iefs so deeply inr
grained that they make their own
caJt.43w However, if they hare not) th
facilities for baking.they are obliged, to
intrust it to the sicrilegionso hands of
a mere baker, in which casrthey oome
down here in a tsinch to superintend
th mixing procef. They do that ba
HAim at a particular point in. the pro
eevidings it is desirable to perfoum cer
tain curious incarnations. Thc0' o
landish signs ar.d gibbej.ish aO' sup
posed to bestow upon thrj cake certain
virtues that will.Jse imparted to. all who
oat of it, and 'ine bride wouli. rather
liv an old rnid to Tae, eni of fche
i chapter than unit thef quer oluser-
vancos. Naturniiy l d.an t approv or
any such tomfoolery, aid it .ts draad
fully on tho nerves of my nun to have
ail those outsiders Oawdnig around,
droning and hining while they airo at
work beatirg eggs Md creaming but
ter and su'wjt; but since a, wedding
cake is qui? an expensive hixurj,. I can
afford to p;cant a fer concessious; to tna
weakness v?i the purchaseis."
"How about mipes: aslved th visi
tor. "Do you u your own in thesa
special ;ases or do the customers pro
vide th-ra, as well as the minor sugges
tions? "Tby generally leave that part of
the business, to ne," said tba proprie
tor. "While there are no hard and tast
rulea in regard to the composition of
wedding cakes, they really do not differ
mucu, except In tho matter of flavoring
and unimportant details, and I am able
to satis'y all tastes. In cases where a
cake of extraordinary size is required
tho customer gives me an idea of the
dimensions and I apportion the ingre
I ier.t3 accordir.g!y. The recipes I fre
quently i;-' In mixing" l!if-.e mt
for a uh larse quant It bM of J'rov
that tbey Mound U4 if I pi
r:tli)rn fer an army. Ilerf U a .u.,,,.
of the l.lnd and aim I mak tv.-!
of tho year."
Thf proprietor to mm d nlotif a
letters on Mh il mU and presently pro
dii.Cil a tirap of paprr. from wliUli her
read glibly: "i:;htcen ciipn buf-r, Uf
pin'.s f-ugar, 8 juartn flour, ll) Jcer'i.
eirr,s, 11 pound.4 currant n, 7 pound.! cit
ron, 8 pounds hhelbil almonds, u
jKiundu raisins, 3 pint buudy,
ounces ma e."
"To make a cake of that kind," p.
continued, "la an all-day job. It takes
at lea-t flvo hours to mil it properly,,
and about fix hours to baVe it. It will
make ilxteen good s!y.(-d loaves and
will keep fiom generation to genera
tion, nnd if the girl who lias niafrlmoi.'
on the br.-in ever intends to dre::f -r
her future husband f.1io will d;V i
aooiit him when she go.-.s to sbp wlti
a flab cf that concoction tn.dcr her
"Hut even though wedding" cakes
Found like such Imp isslble conglomera
tions they make mighty good eating,"
the proprietor went on with profession
al alertness. "Women are particularly
fond of them. I have one customer u
ic customer '',
.en married, k 1
(mvn wlin hns! nflvpr" ln.im tn.irrl.nl
her life, and since she has had such l.au"4-
luck with her eyes and complexion t
am afraid she never will be, but sh
buys a wending cake regularly every
year. She began It fifteen years ago.
"Most wedding cakes come high. The
cake itself, if of ordinary size, can bo
made for from $10 up. It is the decora
tions that cost. Special appliances are
required for molding the pillars of su
gar and the doves and cupids and a!i
like ornaments, and by the time one -
of those mountainous affairs that con-
tain3 ten dozen eggs for a starting
point is ready for the table it weighs!
anywhere from fifty to seventy-five
pounds and costs even dollars for
pounds, or perhaps more. But In Epite
of their expense, wedding cakes are'
ordered every day in the year. There
are a few of us who get married only
once in a lifetime, and we cannot af
ford to d.spense with the cake when,
we do make tho riiJle." New Yortr
STAELES OF THE WEALTHY.
Every Convenience and Comfort for
it glimpse into the1 interior of one of
the1 many handsome btrfTdings in New
Yorfj set apart for lotlgirrg and feeling
horses would delight all' lovers of the
inteligent equine. The total cost of
stables which embody" np-to-date scle'
tific fittings, sanitary' fhwring, perfc
ventilation, and correct style, variiy
from J30.000 to SloD.OOOC.. Instead of
wooden flooring cr earth",, vrhich is very
injurious to the- animals'' feet, small
bricks are now used; ma'Afng a stand
ing place that is easily- cleaned, and
Insures- perfect' sanitation.. The stf
are massive and Randsoim?, the si " -being
of teakwood' with a two-ii-iw
dado; the wood extends-upward about
four feet; or as high as- a horse might
be expected to kick under ordinary cir
cumstances. The oat amF water man
gers are"1 on opposite- side's, which is
an advantage, as-trie animal does not
slop his dry food",-the hay is put in a-x
division of the manger with a wiro
screen over it, sa. that it can be go'
at easily; while iimlbe' waste does not
result, as in the' days when It was"
placed lira rack over the ISorse's head.,
where it' could be- pulled! down and !
trodden under foot:
The doors of thestail are fitted wita
ingenious- devices which necessitate
the insertion of the fihgvr and thurftb
to open, and the tricky horse is thi?
debarred from evening-, the door ancT
going for a stroll' without as much aa
"by year leave J" Then? is a profu
sion o J racks,- with burnished brass
fitting, for- iiiterchangeable name
letters; brooms,, shovel's; and forks, and
telescopic suspensory racks to hold
harne.-scleaning tablcw;. with drjwer3.
to hoT?l polish, chamois-and everything:
needtd to keep. things Bright an f shin--
Ti c New Tork mfTJSonaire bikes '
muc'3 pride & his-fctablc as iriany o
the principal rooms, in his owa dwell- '
ing house. When any new specialty,
is nt on t!j- markH: whereby the sta
ble can be improved: or mademoTe-r-nate
he hastens 30 test its adequ,y.
H is jwi-ticulw about hiring,-
stable grewm a.s ht would tie in e'r?ag
tig a secretary, and the mn he picks-,
out to cjre for Ids animals mi.-st be
diligent, untirtes, progressive nnd in
telligern. Then? are at least 50 stages
betweca West Fifty-eighih aid '-no- .
Hundml and: Twenty-Fifth sti
whicb are marvels of crjmfort. and JU f
venience. On entering any of tfrtwek
the visitor u struck by the? neatness.
ordr, and even elegance whicJt per
vades the place. Plenty of light, fn?sa
air with no trace of the fwmea usually
associated with stables, lofty reilinsrs:,
and animah whose coats Ehino wi i
main; aiu uujii ja yroiu3;on. ,
New York Times.
"And who is this Mrs. Smith that
lives across the street" asked the visi
tor. "Oh, I never talk scandal," hastily
remark?! her hostess. New York.