f-. ' i .!r i Co. .
:'i'..iT to nvc invr cu:;;
C-i;1 f.'.nn fvVic'a Vofk Hard t Get.
It. tot H "5ur Would Mv
J'.-T-y i u ci.1 colored innii
i j,.v.?;rit f-.r d-j-k tit r"j.itr- fro
-,Mjt attention. On 0.y r.ot lor
C..f n?:','o To 'u re-Ur on a bv.'ki-J-.-.
m-ler e.t:v!t-.-wt:on ona of tli
r "1 r;;i-.n-,l T-I'.U ft ftj kH0 duck
.': Jr.f.fii'.tly i...:rac'',l t! attention
Jtoimy. ,l!e bought the 'ilrd r.l
tying Jin f-t t aether it It In a
t.nrrH h f Jilsro for keeping St
tuiiil time. t. (jult woili for the ririy.
While Jli.nivy waa woikin with
!M"ns of brown duclt and gravy float
ing through his mind, one of the other
mlryea removed the diirk from tho
bnnel im.J rut it la a larre bot un'-d
to 8''.ro lime. In th. placo of the
thick ha put a little brown (loft. Then
Jir.imy return J to the reeno. Ho m
sskril ns to the welfare of lila future
"Ah lii.k illicit am all r'hiit," bo an-t-vrrJ
nsd iV.-.-s to rcn?s'jro himself
he took a p op in the barrel. When,
. Instead of h'.it beautiful white duck be
paw only a (leg:, bis eyes grew large
"Whar am ma duck?" he gapped.
After tbo old darkey bad bunted for
fains time the men told him where
to find the bird. 1 h? only opening in
the lime box was a hole about a foot
Rquare, covered with a alkie. Jimmy
crawled to the opening, which was on
the level of the Btreet, and cautiously
raised the siide. Nothing- happened.
Ha Inserted a long, black arm aDd felt
for the prise, but still nothing hap
pened. Finally In desperation be man
aged to squeeze in his head and
one arm. Ills troubles were indicated
by his waving feet First one leg
straightened out and he kicked back
aDd then the other went through the
same motions while ho groped for the
Finally be extricated himself, his
" black face white with lime, but with
the coveted duck. Stroking Its back
In contemplation of the feaBt, he mur
mured. "Ah got ma duck and ah sura
will have some suppah."
Not of Recent Origin.
"Let George do it," is a purely clas
sical and historical phrase, according
to Prof. Oliver It. Richardson of the
department of history of tbo Univer
sity of Washington.
Louis XII of France, who reigned
at the beginning of the sixteenth cen
tury, had as his prime minister M.
Georges, the archbishop of Ambolse,
an extraordinarily able and efficient
gentlemnn devoted to the welfare of
France. The king's attention was con
stantly directed toward Italian affairs,
and It was his custom to refer all
minor matters to the archbishop, with
a "leave it to George."
This expression became a proverb
among the peasants and was probably
the source of Inspiration to some
Roosrlt Classed as Singer.
One of the singers In a local moving
Jcture theater was having trouble
with her voice. She called up a well
known specialist in the city and asked
for an engagement, bo that ho might
examine her thoat
"Why, my young lady," the spe
cialist remarked to her. "Of course 1
will examine your throat. But you
ahould have It examined regularly
and taken care of regularly. All sing
ers do. Why, Roosevelt always par
ries a throat doctor with him wher
ever he goes'"
The young woman laughed loud and
long and the specialist to this day
probably does not know that shs
laughed because he classed the former
president as a singer.
An Associated Charity worker, mak
ing a visit to a poor mountain woman
In a southern town, observed that
her three small children wore specta
cles.. "It's a pity that they all have trou
ble with their eyes, isn't it?"" she
remarked, sympathetically, to the
"There ain't nothing the matter with
their eyes, 'm."
"Then why on earth do you disfigure
them with glasses?" asked tho vis
itor In wonderment.
The woman bridled. "Why, I thinks
they look lovely," she said. "I likes
them on little children. I thinks
they're real dressy. "Harper's iiazar.
'At the prayer meeting the other
night," confided Mrs. Godsole, wife of
the pastor, 'Tlrother Jolliier made the
most awful blunder you ever heard
"What as It?" inquired Mrs. Ilar
desty. "He started the hymn, "Tell Me the
Old, Old Story' to the tune of 'Has
Anybody Here Seen Kelly!'"
Walter Dainrosch was talking about
a composer vjo has of tate been
turning out his operas too fast.
"By the way," a critic asked, "whst
wns tha motive of that last work ol
his? Do you know?"
"Yes, of course I kr.ow," said Mr.
Pamrosch. "He needed the money."
Mrs. KrMekerDid e'.ie exhibit at
the liorsfi show?
Mm. HfH-ker No: she had
-b,-t ht8 New York Sua.
Convince;! by a V.'cir.cn
That 0::in:j MMoriy u a
Cy GEORGIA L.OTT GELTER.
It uss the worst snowstorm that
had vlr.Ked h hills that season.
Fred.-vU-k 'Huntley stood at the smill-Pkiii-iI
uind'iw of hU smig library Slid
v-sfebed the mnl! delivery man as he
SlniFied u) the Jons: Mil In Hie
tc h of the sharp wir.d.
At Huatloy looked, bo saw his man
hasten dov.n the drive laden with a
covered pan and a small tin bucket,
from which bo proceeded to refresh
the f.iiLu.'u'v horse and Lis chilled
driver when they pauilrd at -the gate.
,"Tb:t Is sotno of Mrs. Hrlm's non
sense," Huntley muttered Impatiently,
turning away from the window, "and
t can wait for my mail." '
No one on Wind ivountaln under
stood the master of Tho riius. He
was not old. Ho was so fine, to look
at that the fresh ebnokod country
plrls felt a flutter of the heart when
they drove pant bis pate, lie seemed
to have planty of money, though he
lived very simply in the big house
with his housekeeper and one manof-all-work.
On the rare occasions when he con
versed with any of his neighbors, he
seemed pleasant enough, but he In
vited no confidences. And there was
an air of mystery about him, very
different from the honest, open-na-tured
farmers of tho community.
Presently as he stood glowering
Into the fire, the door opened, letting
In a gust of cold air from the drauph
ty hall. Mrs. Prim came toward htm
with the mail an evening paper from
the distant city and a legal envelope.
Huntley seized the letter and tore
It open eagerly.
Mrs. Brim, with the privilege of
many years of service, lingered, her
eyes fastened upon tho exquisite
painted face above the mantel.
"No news?" she asked presently.
"No news," responded the man, list
lessly. "And what would you do," she ven
tumed, "If you did get track of
"I'd follow her to the earth's end!
Do you suppose I have ever had a
minute's happiness since she went
"But do you think It would do any
good? Do you think she would have
you, now? Have you tried to be what
she wished, so as to be ready for her
,when you do find her?"
The man looked at her In amaze
ment. "Oh, Mr. Fred, forgive me, but I
want you to bo ready, and Instead of
that you are more wrapped up In
yourself than ever before! Try to do
something for someone else try It
"This Is certainly an excellent day
to begin. Suppose you suggest some
thing, Mrs. Brim."
The good woman could have wept
at his tone, but Instead she cast her
eyes out over the storm-swept land
scape. "There," she cried, "there comes
I that poor Mr. Brown, visiting pastor
to the hill people. His horBe Is tired
out, and he Is far from home. Let me
send Jim to the pate to ask him In
until the storm drops."
Huntley raised his eyes to the love-
! ly eyes of the picture. The pines out
i side wailed In the wind. Sleet dashed
against the windows.
"Here, I'll go, myself," he exclaimed,
with sudden lnterent. "You're a very
good woman, Mrs. Brim."
Mrs. Brim, bustling happily about
her kitchen preparing dinner, paused
frequently to listen to the unusual
sounds of voices in conversation in
the library where silence was wont to
"Company to dinner," she ex
claimed, delightedly, "and a regular
"by-way and hedge' kind of company,
too! I'm glad now I stuck by Mr.
Fred, If I have almost gone crazy do
ing It He's queer, but all he needs
Is jopglng up like, and he will be the
man we have always wanted him to
be. I wish Miss Ada could see him "
The portly figure came to a stand
still beside the window.
"Well, of all things! Couldn't a
day like this even keep him at
She stood awhile in silence. "I'm
going to risk It," she said at last,
starting for the library door.
Huntley came out wonderlngly.
"The sheriff just drove into Mot
calf's with old Mr. Bates. I know his
Sreara-colored team. They are going
to foreclose on the mortgage on
such a day as this! I don't suppose
the snow could be too deep to keep
"That is bad," said Huntley, won
dering a little why he should be Inter
rupted In a surprisingly Interesting
conversation to be Informed of his
neighbor's hard luck.
"But what can they do? If they
could have staid another year they
might have had a start."
"Yes, it is bad," said Huntley, with
more Interest this time.
"Couldn't you go down, Mr. Fred?
There Is time before dinner Is
"Go down. I suspect they feel bad
enough about this without having the
neighbors rush in to witness their
"But Isn't there something you
could do? If the Interest was paid I
expect they rt;!f;bt be given mora
time. You know they are honest;
the trouble iim't their own fault.
Everything has been against them."
Huntley turned with a enitla.
"You're cre;U on su g-HtIon,
I r'.ri But I can try thin, If
Mrs. Brim's smile -wris broader than
before, as sh" r-i iimn). her jirepara
tions for dinner.
""If this k"cps up," r,hn whlppem",
Ss she rril-.od the sal-id drr(s!ng, "1
believe I'll t iko a hand In finding thAt
Huntley cr(ed the meadow where
the wind had swept away the snow,
and, hearing voices In the barn,
paused, thinking the men were talk
ing over the matter before going Into
. "It Is no use, Martha," he heard
Meteolf any In a dincournged way.
, - "1 Jyt. James," , persisted Ms wife,
"the cows are ours. Couldn't we
mortrage them and raise Mie Inter
est?," "And lose everything In the end?
No. we'll take vhnt we have left and
get out. Run In out of the cold,
plrl. And don't cry. We'll manage
some way." , . .
Huntley waited in tho snow until
husband and wife bud entered the
hoi!v Then ho tappn(l on the kitchen
door. Ho had never before realized
what a few hundred dollars mlKht
mean to a man.
Metcnlf and the sheriff were in the
kitchen. "Voices in the next room In
dicated that the oliler man had gone
into the "best room."
Huntley warmed his hands at the
stove, thinking rapidly.
"See here, Metcnlf," he began,
"maybe you will not thank mo for In
terfering. But you know there is no
use In trying to keep things nuiet,
and I understand you are In a little
difficulty over the rr.orteasse. If you
wish to stay, I wonder If you will ac
cept what you need from me, to be
returned when you can, conven
iently?" "You see," turning to the other
man. "I happen to know that Metcalf
isn't to blame for his shortage ,he
has had bad luck straight through."
"Why, thank you," stammered tho
farmer, relief struggling with the dis
couragement diep stamped on his
tanned face. "This Is more kindness
than I could expect from a stranger."
"From a neighbor," corrected Hunt
ley, smiling. !
"Well, now," cried the sheriff, "you
fellows come down the first good day
we have and fix this thing up. I'm
mighty glad Metcalf isn't to be
Huntley picked up his hat and mit
tens for the return home, but Mrs.
Metcalf led him silently Into the lit
tle front room, with its small win
dows piled high with the snow, and
slipped out, closing the door after her.
In the center pf the room stood a
girl, smiling at him above a billow of
"I heard every word," Bhe whis
pered. "What are you doing here?" Incred
ulously. "I came to help the Metcalf's about
the mortgage, but you have beaten 1
me! Have you forgotten that she '
used to bo my nurse? Are you glad
to see me?"
"I'm not fit to see yon."
"Yes, yes," she cried, coming near
er. "But this is the first thing I ever
did in my life for anyene, and Mrs. j
Brim Bent me here!"
"But you see, now. I'm not afraid,
"Do you mean child, come home :
with me, today! .Mrs. Brim Ih get- j
ting a wonderful dinner, nnd I have :
a minister ready, a visiting parson I j
took in out of the Btorm also at
Mrs. Brim's behest."
The girl dropped her muff and held j
out her hands.
"Child," he whispered, after a long '
and eloquent silence, "you have con
vinced me. This neighboring busl- j
ness certainly pays!" j
(Copyright. 1!I2. by thf- MeCluro News- j
Baffling the Agent.
A persistent" insurance agent had
long been pestering a certain engine
driver to take out a policy on his life.
Meeting with little success, he called
at the works where Hie man was em
ployed, and endeavored to work on
"Now look here," said the agent.
po. m.iB .u u coup.e 01 nsge Doners
I i .mil. ji i iipv w rn in .
plode, where would you lie?"
"Theer's no knowin'," was the reply
"I might be anywheer at the time
safe 1' bed for choice!"
"Yes, yes," said the agent; "but that
isn't what I mean. If they were tc
blow up now at this identical mo
"Weel, I' that case," replied the oth
er, quiet.ly, "I reckon me an' thee 'ud
finish our little argyment up r the
Then the agent gave it up.
The teacher of a small school was
conducting a grammar lesson.
"Now, children," Ehe said, "In the
sentence, 'John was struck by James,' i
there Is a person known as tho agent.
James is the agent, because he ts ihe
person that did tho act. Now, what la .
the agent, Mary?" i
"Tho agent is tho person or thing
that does the act," replied Mary. I
The teacher turned her eyes on a lit- I
tie fellow In the corner, who was not
giving much attention, and in rather
fcharp tones asked;
"Tommy, do you know what the
"Yes'm; he's de gink dat pop kickei '
out yisterday." Judge. j
Somewhat Big for His Age.
Thornley O. Pratt, Jr., of Los Ange
les, ago thirty-four months, la 43
Inches tall, weighs 60 pounds an.
looks like a boy of five years.
E llgiiiy Legs of Frltlijof
Emperor Wilhelm of Germany makes a trip each year to Norway, and he
j now Intends to present to that country a unique memorial of his twenty-
fifth journey there. This Qift is a gigantic statue of Frithjof, the Norwegian
hero of a famous Icelandic saga which relates his adventures and Is assigned
to the thirteenth century. Tho statue, v?r.!ch Is the work of Max Unger, la
to be set up next summer on a peninsula of the Sogne Fjord.
THALES WEIGHING 25 TONS
4' "'-Win. '
This statue of Thales, representing
electricity, is one of twenty-live which
i weigh about 25 tons each and which
are the largest that have ever been
j cut from single blocks of stone. They
l were designed by Saint Gaudena and
i De placcd OTer th8 entrance to the
Union station In Washington, making
a magnificent symbolistic facade.
QUEER CREATURE OF THE SEA
Sepia Is sometimes loosely spoken
j of as "a sort of Indian Ink;" It Is
something very different from real
i Inc'lan ink, which. is a substance com
posed of purified soot, gum, camphor,
j and musk. Sepia Is a peculiar aul-
mal substance obtained from the Ink
bags or Ink sacs of cuttle Huh.
The cuttle fibh are a group of sin-
tuiar sea creatures aillea ro siug.
8nalls- yBters. anl tner so-called
snell fish." The cuttle fish has a
sort of shell beneath the skin (sold
under the name of "cuttle bone"), a
pair of large eyes and a horny beak.
Like ail molluscs, thty have uo real
limbs at all, but from around the head
there spring eight or ten long tenta
cles, each armed with numerous suck
era. y forcibly squirting: out the sea wa
Ur which It bas taken la the Bepla
eaa shoot backward through the water
with great speed. Tho sepia Is Inter
esting, too, as being able to change
ita color Id a measure so as to har
monize with Its surroundings. Just
under the topmost layer of skin there
are distributed all over tho surface of
the body a number o( cells, containing
a dfYk pigment; when thefce ciflla are
ex pi tided lhci surface of the body be-con'r-a
darkly spotted, but as they are
cor racted tho creature looks paler.
lliougU beat developed in the sepia
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and Its nearest allies, nearly every
member of the cuttlo fish group pos
sesses an luk sac. The ink sac con
tains the dark pigment secreted by a
special gland. When discovered or
purau! by an enemy tho sepia dis
charges some of Its Ink through a sort
of funnel or tube; tho pigment mixes
with water very quickly, and forms a
dark cloud of Inky water, beyond which
the sepia will dart Into safety.
Sepias are often caught in nets with
fish. The fishermen, despising the
cuttles, throw them out upon the
beach, and then they may be seen
lying in tiny pools of dense black
liquid, and continually ooiing out more
Ink In a vain attempt at eoccealment
"DEAD DRUNK" AT AGE OF SIX
After his mother had given him a
few drops of whisky, sweetened with
sugar, to relieve a cold. Bfx-year-old
Charles Vanderbllt of Williamsburg,
N. Y., acquired the whisky habit, and
as a result was removed to tho Wil
liamsburg hospital In a critical condi
tion. Neighbors advised the mother to
give her boy frequent doses of whisky
and sugar after he had contracted a
cold s. week ago. While tho child was
left alone temporarily he found the
bottle and swallowed about five table
spoonfuls of the liquor. When his
mother returned she found hltn in an
alcoholic coma and called an ambu
lance. WATCH CHARM FROM SKULL
Charles K. Hamilton, the aviator, is
wearing a bone watch charm made
from his own skull. Dangling from
the blrdman's watch fob the orna
ment closely resembles the Elks'
token which Is similarly worn. The
bit of bone was taken from the head
of the aviator as ha lay unconscious
on tho operating table, when two sur
geons trepanned his skull.
For Royal Christmas Feast
.M It; '
Many of the swans on tht Thame, sr. the property of th. P, ..a
are so branded. Each year ., ChrlUma. approaches a 11, 7 .l
"king', cygnet." ar. caught and ta t. pen. KinoetonTa b. ? .. !!
for th. royal Chrl.tma. dinner. Tho.. that hl wajeataarna u .
ented to om of W personal frf.nd., U.cty esr.not ui. ar. pnH
I ETIQUETTE CF THE JUNGLE
A moving pletura firm lias bn tak-4
lug some remarkable pictures at awa-j
ter hole In Abysitiata n auimals which,
come there from miles around t
quench their thirst It W the etiquette
of the Jungle for the eleybant to drink;
first No matter how many animal
sr . around the waterhole, they all
stand aside for t greatest beast oti
ell. Many of the animals come 40 to(
60 miles for a drink, and there Is
truce between even the most deadly
or.ernles. After the elephant come
tho rhinoceros. Although most of th
other animals observe the water-hola
liuce faithfully, two rhinos will fight
over thrlr precedence.
Tho cinematograph operator obtain,
ed wonderful pictures of two of thesei
huge animals going Bt It "hammer and,
tongs." The tight only ended by one of
the animals being killed. When the;
rhinoceros bas finished tho giraffes
drink their fill, followed by zebras;
Zebras always travel In herds, and;
sometimes 40 to 60 will arrive at th
waterhole at a time. According to;
the etiquette of tho Jungle, however,
they only come In fourth for the drink
ing stakes. The first four animala
are fixed In order, but the rest get a
drink Just how and when they can.
WILD DOGS RAID FARMS
A pack of 20 wild dogs, led by a
huge collie. Is, with Increasing bold
ness, making dally raids on farms near
Thermalito. Cul. Tho dogs hunt with
great cunning, and efforts to exter-;
minate them have resulted In the klll-
ing of one. Hogs, chickens, rabbita
and turkeys are their victims. The
floods of 1907, when tho Feather river
reached the highest stage ever record
ed. Is responsible for tho marauders,
whose forebears were a few tame dogs
which were marooned on an islund of
driftwood. When the water receded
the dogs burrowed Into the debris and
refused to return to domesticity.
WOMEN TO WHIP GAMBLERS
Horse whips and clubs are tho
weapons the Women's Antl-Gambllnir
association of Lamed, Kan., mem
bers of which threatened to uro ihem
upon the city's gamblers If they do
not leave the home-loving husbands
of the town alone. Following futile
efforts by the police to rid the town
of the gamesters the women met and
Istued an ultimatum that they Intend
ed to take the law Into their owa
RESIGNATION OF AM EMPEROR
This curious photograph shows the
original edict issued In February, 1912,
by the emperor of China, in which h.i
abdicated and placed the sovereignty
in the hands of the nation. It was
written on yellow paper, placed In a
sedan rhalr made of yellow nillt und
exposed in front of the palace.
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