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VOL. XVII NO 39
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"Yes. We must try to find her
at once. "Where can she bet'
"Why, of course she will return
to her old friends."
"Do you th'nk so! She didn't
like her old 1 o uo."
"She wouldn't feel like hunting
up new places. She will go back,
I thiuk. If wo can find out where
the child lived."
"I can do that.'" ,
"And, Ruel. we must not forget
the stranger within our gates, will
you see her this morning! I didn't
send forDr. Harrold. She is bet
ter rested and fed, you know,
but I fear"
"I will go," Dr. Berkley said,
leaving the room.
"And you are Ruel Berkly. Its
a pity I didn't die before I came
here; don't you thiuk so! I don't
come up to the shrewd little wo
man who pprsonated me so suc
cessfully, by any moans. I feel
quite like a usurper.'1
Miss Bascom's niece was sittii g
up with a bright, waj m shawl fold
ed about her. She laughed a little
as she finished speaking and there
was a ghastly sort of coquetry in
"I hope you'll soon he feeling
much better," Dr. Beikley said
with professional gravity.
"You must not make me too
well, else I shall tire of this quiet
life. I was devoted to our com
pany you know I belonged to
one! I was leading lady. But I
was taken ill in that hon id west
ern town, and they dropped me.
It is the way of the world, you
know. I wrote to aunt Ruth, then
for somehow I can't get well. But
I shall not try the stage again.
Aunt Ruth need not begrudge
keeping me for she will never
need all she has, anyway."
"I must ask you to be very qniet.
Talking is not good for you." the
doctor said when the violent fit of
coughing was over.
"How grave you look! Am I
very sick! You frighten me."
"I don't want to do that, but
you ought to know that you are
"Hush! Don't say that I am in
a dangerous condition. It is not
true. I gave you that impression
by my foolish talk."
"Theu you must uot talk so
"I'll try. Have yon found that
pretty impostei! But you must
not be too hard on her, for really
she might have done worse, if she
had been wiser or wickeder. I
sent her to aunt Ruth with my last
appeal. She had the chance to
bring me any answer that suited
her, and she could have sent me
"She knows nothing of deceit or
fraud. She is an innocent girl who
is the victim of a mistake, that is
all," said Dr: Berkly, gravely.
"Ah, yes. She is an extremely
pretty woman and Dr. Berkly is a
man! My aunt, fortuuately, sees
her in a somewhat different light.'
The doctor was quietly counting
"You must be quiet, madam,
and take the medicine that will be
sent out to you. Good morning.''
He left her and went to the hospit
al. Mr. Slocuin was surprised and
glad to see nim.
"I left you somewhat abruptly,
Mr. Slocum, awhile ago. We were
speaking of a friend of yours. Did
you know her iu her home in Mor
"Certainly sir. She lived as
Bort of a help with the Sims fami
ly. Worthy people, but, unletter
ed, as one might say. Illiterate,
but kindly withall. They took
Mary when her mother died. Her
mother was a lady-like woman,
and little Polly took after her. The
girl read everything she could find.
Good books that I carried to her
and novels and books of that sort
that her mother had left her. But
she seemed to get good out of
Dr. Berkly asked several ques
tions and went away.
He sat down in his office and
began a letter to Mrs. Sims. It
ended in a note to Miss Bascom.
The office boy took it and returned
with Dr. Berkly's valise. He was
Justin time for the train going
"Why, Polly, for the landsakes
is it you!'
Yes, Mis. Sims, it is I.'
"Well, come in child. Now
who'd a thought! Air ye tired of
your fine kin, Polly, or did ye jus
nac ully want ter see your ole
friends! There, set down and rest.
You walked from the depot. They
didn'tjsend you off, did they, Pol
ly!" "No. I came because I want
"If I'd ever caught you in a lie,
Polly, I'd say that was one, but I
Mrs. Sims stood with her led
hands on her hips looking down at
the pale, tired girl.
"It is true," Polly said weaiily.
"And you have come to stay?''
"I suppose so if you will let
"Lor', I wouldn't turn a shay
dog away, much less you that's
mighty nigh the same as my own
child. But it's quare, fur all th;t,
and theie's them that wouldn't
take jou back, Polly."
Polly sat listlesly by the stove
haidly hearing her. The wind
was blowing drearily outside. She
had heard it so often. The kitch
en was hot and full of steam that
rose iu clouds from a boiler of
clothes on the stove.
"Want they good to you?" Mrs.
Sims asked, fiercely punching the
clothes with a long stick.
"They were good to me.'
"But you didn't like it?'
"I liked it."
"Polly Brown, if you aint the ag
grevatinis piece! Why don't you
tell straight out what made you
leave your fiue kin and come back
here? It want for love of us or
"It seemed the best thing to
do," Polly said.
"Well, I declare, if you aint a
plum clam! I tfll you, Polly, I'm
goin' to the solid bottom of this
thing. There's something not
straight, and I'm ter know what
it is. I'll write to your fine kin.'
"No, don't. Don't do that, Mrs.
Sims, if you do "
"Then tell me why you left 'em.
"It was all a mistake. The let
ter was noj intended for me. That
"Bless my soul! So yon hadn't
any rich kin no more that the rest
of us, for all your grand airs and
graces ! '
"I have no one, nothing.'
There was a rough kindly sym
pathy in the womau's voice as she
"Well, I hope you've learnt a
lesson. I alius told you there want
no useiu stiugliu' ergiu Prover
deuce Hit's the best to take
thiugs as we find 'em, and make
the best of 'em. Take your satch
el to your room and rest a spell.
You look plum beat out.'
Polly silently obeyel. In her
her own little room she dropped
down upon the bed and fell asleep.
When she awoke the room was
full of pain. She wondered vague
ly how she would ever be able to
go back to the old ways
She dragged herself up and weut
into the kitchen. Mr. Sims had
come. She saw that he had heard
"So you are back, Polly," he
said, shaking her hand, "well,
yon're welcome. I expect the old
woman's missed you, and I know
I have. But I'm rale sorry for
your disserpiutmeut. How sonie
ever, it's all in a lifetime, as the
His words were rough, but there
was a kind ring in the voice that
"Thunk you," said Polly, tab
iur her seat at the table. "I
shall be glad to stay until I find
something to do. I wanted to get
away the first thing.
"Somethin' may turn up,'' he
"Rich kin, fur instance;' and
Mrs. Sims laughed.
"Didn't yon catch nary beau,
PollyJ" Mrs. Sims asked, helping
herself to the bacon.
"Not one," Polly answered.
"Why, when I was a girl, I left
a string ov Jem everywhere I went,
But I'll say it fur Polly, she hain't
much taste fur men.'
"Look' out fur the quiet ones
when they do take a start, ole wo
man,' Mr. Sims laughed.
Polly knew that they were try.
ing to make her forget her mortifi
cation. This rough banter was
their id' a of lively conversation
She knew that thry were making
a great effort to entertain her; but
it was hard to bear. She thought
of the tea table at Hilton of the
happy hours spent there and in
spite of her self, she sobbed aloud.
"Forgive me. I think I am not
quite well,' she said, when Mrs.
Suns looked up.
"Lor", I hope yon ain't caught
no disease and aint goin' to be
"I think not.'
"I reckon you'd better git off to
bed. You'll feel all right in a
day or so.' Mr. Sims pushed back
his chair and got up from the table.
He had done what he could to
make the girl feel at home, and he
Polly dragged herself abouo the
house, listlessly performing her
"1 thiuk she's going like her
maw. That kind of woman is
easy to kill as butteiflies. I don't
see what they were made for.'
Mis. Sims was watching Polly
feed the chickens.
"I reckeu they air all right in
their place, and that aint here.
Hit's all right fur you an' me, but
not fur sich as them,' Mr. Sims
"Shucks! You'll have her stuck
up worse than ever. She aint no
better' than me if she is pretty.'
Mr Sims did not reply. A
stranger had stopped iu front of
the house, and was beckoning to
"Does Mr. Sims live here!" the
"Well, he sorter stays about
here when he thinks he's at home.
What can he do for you?" Mr.
Sims slouched forward.
Polly, hearing the sound of
voices, turned to-the gate. With
a little cry she dropped the basket
of grain and ran forward.
"Dr. Berkly, why have you
come?" she cried, her face al!
aglow with the joy of seeing him
He v as meeting her with out
stretchedjhands "And I have
found you! Ruthie was right. Ah,
little girl, these last have been
"I know it. I did not mean to
deceive you. Cau you forgive
"Forgive you? For running
away, do you mean? Well, not
unless you consent to be taken
Polly's face was rosy red now,
but she said, gravely, "That is
not all. I was tempted to deceive
you. Oh, I was sorely tempted.'
"And who has not been tempt
ed. You did not yield! But never
mind that, now, i is all past and
gone. We shall soon have our
little girl home again."
And then turning to the won
dering Mr. Sims he explained
Polly's unexpected return, and
his wish to take her back home as
"That's all right, sir, if she
wants to go, but you can't com
pel her," said Mr. Sims only half
understanding the situation. "This
is a pore soi t of place fur a girl
like Polly, but she's alius been
To Polly's surprise, Dr. Berkly
held out his hand to her rough
"You are the rightsort of friend,
Mr. Sims,1' he said heartily.
"Coive in, Bir. Polly forgot to
introduce us, but I reckon you air
her sweetheart, and if you are
welcon.e with her, you air with
"And you said you hadn't nary
beau, Polly!" Mrs. Sims ex
claimed as they seated themselves
about the supper table.
Polly blushed. This rough teas
ing annoyed her, "bar Dr. Berkly
laughed merrily., Tocher surprise
he seemed to enjoy ft all. With
out any apparent effort he, fitted
himself to his surroundings, and
was the same cheery, courteoua
gentleman she had 'always found
And the next day there was a
quiet wedding in thejittle western
farm house, and Dr. Berkly took
his wife away.
Miss Bascom's niecewas very
ill, so they were spared any special
entertainment or gathering ' of
friends after they reached Hilton.
Miss Bascom welcomed Polly in
her gentle way.
"The old placej was not the
same without you, dear," she
said kissing her ' Btep- brother's
wife, and she never again referred
to Polly's mistake. A very for
tunate mistake, Dr. Berkly thinks
it was, and Polly agrees with him.
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less, excitable, "melancholy or
troubled with dizzy spells, electric
bitters is the medicine yoa need
Health and strength are guaran
teed by its use 50c and 1 at B.
F. Henry drug store.
Report of Maple Grove school
District number 3. township 62,
rauge 17, for moth ending Dec.
11; enrollment, male 18; female,
IS; total, 36; total number of
davs attendance by all the pupils,
5S4; average number of days at
tendance pei pupil, 19; average
daily attendance of pupils 29.
Harvey A. Dever, teacher.
Report of West Centre district
school for the month beginning
November 2 and ending December
S. Number of pupils attending,
57; total number of days attend
ance by all pupils, 8S0; average
number of days' attendance per
pupil, 15; average daily attendance
of pupils, 44; number of days
taught, 20. The following are
the names of those who were
present every day during the
month. Mabel, Lee and Earl
Balch, Nellie, Fannie and Frank
Darr, Mabel, Leonard and Milton
Reed, Clyde Shoop, Nettie Harrel,
Charley, Frank and Harrison
Truitt, Johnny Highland, Glenn
Williams, Harley Vanlaningham,
Maude and Ethel Phipps.
Caltha Dolan, Teacher.
We wish to say a word in re
gard to the Monroe Drug Co.,
manufacturers of Putman Fade
less Dyes. They not only make
the best dyes on the market and
give you the most for your money,
but they actually pay the printer
in advance. Mr. B. F. Henry is
There is Nothing so Good
There is nothing just as good as
Dr. King's New Discovery for
consumptson, coughs and colds
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the dealer to sell you some sub
stitute He will not claim there
is anything better, but in order to
make more profit he may claim
something else to be just as good.
You want Dr. King's New Discov
ery becanse you know it to be safe
and reliable, and guaranteed to do
good or money refunded. For
conghs, colds, consumption and for
all affections of throat, chest and
lungs, there is nothing so good as
is Dr. King's New Discovery.
Trial bottle free at B. F. Henry's
drug store. Regular size 50c and
Don't purchase your Christmas
presents until yon have seen Mc
Keehan & Reed.
The Han With a Remedy.
On all occasions of public ex
citement whether due to social,
industrial or political causes, the
man with a remedy or a prophecy
is to be found at every corner.
He may ie a wise man or a fool,
a statesman or an anarchist, a
competent leader of public opinion
or a blatant demagogue, but be
he one or the other he is sure of a
crowd at the corner or an audience
in an auditorium. The peddler of
nostrums with his Dills and
balsams, and his list of miracles
performed on the blind, the" halt
and the5 "maimed, always secures
the public ear, and what is laying
around loose of faith and cash.
The blind see, the lame walk and
the deaf hear. Men with a crook
in the spine, a lazy liver, or a
dead kidney, are reconstructed
and lenewed, and the fame of the
medical wizard finds its way into
every back street in the city. When
he is gone, and the old ailments
return, some men privately kick
themselves, and others divide
their time between the family doc
tor and the stool of repentance.
The colored lights have gone out,
and the house fronts that were all
gold and glory are once again but
smolce-stained and weather beaten
boatds. The same kind of a crowd,
the same type of cheap faith, and
the same miracle worker aie in
evidence on all occasions of public
excitement. The ear that nevor
cracks at what it hears, and th
mouth that never refuses accom
modation to a c lf's foot or a
whole ox, are in brave ariay.
Men otherwise, of a steelaifiewed
and practical nature, that conld
never be tempted with a gold brick
or fooled with a plugged dime, are
rattled like a crowd on a sinking
ship, or iu a bnrning theater. The
strangest notions and the wildest
of wild-cat ideas are acepted as
is thirty-six inches iu a yaitl and
the rules of arithmetic. Fads that
are as thin as rainbows and falsi
ties broad as a barn door are ac
cepted as pure gospel.
Impossibilities as the growth of
a beard on a billiard ball, or
wings on an oyster, become plastic
as putty and as easy as cracking
an egg. Statistics that have as
little to d with the issues in
volved as the price of a horse
shoe has to do with an eclipse .f
the moon are believed in as is the
Koran of the Musselman and the
Bible of thf- Christian. Camels go
through the eye of a needle with
out injury to their hump or hide.
Mole hills that could be covered
with a peck measure are moun
tains with their bald heads in a
cap of clouds, and promises that
are nothing but bags of wind are
believed in with the faith of a
child. Under such conditions of
receptivity and delusion, the man
with a remedy for all ills and
wrongs has the opportunity of his
life. He is let loose. Fences are
down and doors open. Theories
spiead like oil on cambric, or ink
on blotting paper. Opinions ex
ploded long ago furnish gas for
new balloons. Old hobbies show
up with a new coat of paint, and
others crude and evanescent as
the work of a soap artist on the
minor of a bar-room spread their
pamoramic illusions on the public
mind. This condition of things,
however paradoxical it may seem
with an intelligent and practical
people, is undeniable. It is a
mystery and yet a fact, a paradox
and yet a verity.
Individualism is lost in an
anarchic mass. Parties and even
nations become temporarily in
sane, and the most momentous of
questions and the gravest of is
sues are disposed of with as little
regard to consequences as is a
blind mouse in going down the
throat of a cat. If behooves all
men at such crisis times to do
their own thinking. If this was
done the man witharemedy would
cease to be a public danger. Men
would not sneeze when another
takes snuff, nor follow the bell
whether of a flock of sheep when
he goe3 over the fence into tiie
ditch. What is wanted in the
decision of all grave public ques
tions is robust, broad-shouldered,
steel - sinewed, positive private
conviction. It i8 to be confessed
that even with a progressive' peo
ple there is too little of t is kind
of manly independence. More of
this granite and less of the usual
putty is needed iu the building up
of a great nation. Less of mud
slinging and more of candid and
unprejudiced investigation would
save us the mockery of being a
free people with others to do our
thinking. If there is anything in
history that has"' majesty it is the
sovereign will of ' an intelligent
Land earnest people, and what
mere is oi somoor irageuy m us
events is that of human folly,
where the blind lead the blind and
both fall into the ditch.
The following, from a leading
medical journal, iB well worthy of
Who supposed that 'i turned
down kerosene lamp would breed
diptheria? We are all accustomed
to the disagreeable fumes arising
from this cause; and when New
York was suffering from an epi
demic of diphtheria, the Board of
Health decided that its presence
was to be attributed to the fumes
of a kerosene lamp turned down
more than any other cause
Whether or not this be so, it is
certainly a mistaken kindness on
the part of an indulgent mother
to allow a lamp to remain in a
child's bedroom with the flame
turned down. A turned- down
kerosene lamp is a magazine of
deadly gas, to which the strong
est lungs cannot be safely ex
posed. Killing Thistles.
The notion that Canada thistles
can be killed by mowing them in
dog days, when the stalks are
hollow, so the water will enter and
rot the roots, has been going the
rounds of the press ever since 1
can remember, and it will keep
right on being printed, no doubt.
Is not the annnal growth cast off
in any case, whether it is moved
or not! And as for the hollow
stalks, they are not hollow any
further down than is perfectly
healthy for the thistle, and good
buds are just below, all ready for
next year. The least of a thistle's
troubles is the rotting of its roots
in this way.
What really happens is, that,
mowed in late summer, there is a
better chance for the grass, which
grows and thickens all the fall,
perfect matter of course The
hay on new seeded land is often'
and thus the thistles are super
seded. Every farmer kills oceans
of thistles in this ay as a
mostly thistles; the second year
they are much diminished; the
third there is nearly clean grass,
provided, of course, that the
grouud can produce good grass.
Give thistles clean culture and
you may mow in dog days all you
want to without injurini them in
the least. (E. S. Gilbert.
The Yellowstone Park in Win
ter with its glorious beauty and
dangerous drifts of snow is graph
ically described and pictured iu
the January Demorest.
The Fashion department of
Demorest's .Magazine is better
than ever in the January number.
The styles illustrated are smart
and modish, and yet pratical and
helpful, and cover every depart
ment of woman's dress.
Many important articles and
striking stories have been secured
by Frank Leslie's Popular Month
ly for publication during the com
ing year, among them an illus
trated paper on "The King's
Daughters and Sons," by Lonise
Seymour Houghton, one of the
leading spirits of that great order.
Nuw features are being continu
ally added to Frank Leslie's Popu
lar Monthly, and the publishers
say that the coming year will show
an even more marked improve
ment in its character than was
Bhown during the past year.
The City Restaurant ia having
a fine trade.
HENRY B. PURL,
SAVING NATURAL TEETH A SPECI
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JOl W. TURNER, n. D.
Physician and Surgeon,
Thirty years experience In Private and Hospital
OFFICE Over Union Bank, Careful and proap
attention given to all professional business.
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Continues the practice In all the branches of tha
profession. Treatment cf Chronic diseases aud In
juries a specialty bv the aid of Electro-magnetism.
OFFICE North side of public square; hours 9 tt i
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Office Second Floor Goben Building
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He will give special attention to the treatment o
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Office hours 8. a m to 12 00 and lpmtos'jopm
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All kinds of Cemetery work. Opposite Masonic
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