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THE SEDALIA WEEKLY BAZQO, DECEMBER 26, 1893.
THE DEACON'S JARGON.
Christmas How Old and How
Celebrated in the 'Days
,The Throngs of People Who
Swarmed Sedalia and the
Christmas is older than the United
Santa Claus is the patron saint of all
little children, and he too, is old
why he is older than our venerable
citizen D. D. Fear.
Santa is called Kris Krinkle, some
times, by a new reporter who wants to
tret in many new and obsolete words.
But I call him plain Old Santa
Claus, for that sounds the best and
The girls, the lug ones I mean, are
more glad when Christmas comes
than the little ones, but they don't
-'let ou," because they expect a
present from their best fellow of a sol
taireor a seal .-kin.
The girls, what arc they doin' '!
Why such work as is goin' on with
nil of 'em.
-you ever wear
upair oiinem .
If you did
vou are a mar
The things !
I had a pair
if them given
me one Christ
mas in Lewis
t e a r s a g o,
-about the time
-was in its in
SIMEON W.V VID!)IC
I had four corns, three bunions
and five in-growing nails from wearing
But I wore them. .
Would have worn them till this
4ime had 6he not married another.
The bi girls delight in hanging up
"TReiFgreat lomr stocking, that -aro
held up so nicely by a pair of the
fancy garters that Will Cloncy has
'such a big stock of.
The childreu, are satisfied with a
Tittle candy and trifles as remem
brances from Santa Claus, but the
bigger they get, the more it takes to
I ish the girls would not get so
Santa Claus came over from (.ter
tnany several vears before John W.
Houx, Chris "Hye and Adam Fischer
lid, but just how or when he did come
my almanac don't tell.
The first of his introduction into
-ood society was when Martha Wash
?ngton hung up her stockings for the
"Father of his country," to deposit
She was satisfied with anything
that George would put in them.
Wives whose husbands are no bet
ter off than George, demand a brown
stone front, a parlor grand piano or
a block of stock in the Georgetown
The fireside was all aglow at the
ilount Vernon residence on Christ
mas dav. Good old fashioned Virgi
nia hospitalitv was dispensed, with
Martha' haudli'ng the toddy stick and
louring in liberal portions, of O. F.
J. Taylor that was so good that it
would make hair grow on the bottom
-ot a skillet.
Martha and one industrious old
oon kept four fires burning in the
house all day Christmas, not kuowing
when George would lounge down and
ro to sleep when he jt timl.
All the wooil they had was about a.
cord and a half.
She did not exhibit much economy
But the vule log burned brighter on
the old Virginia hearth and the boar's
liead, with an apple in his mouth, set
off with rosemary and plum pudding
was a part of the menu at Mount Ver
non, the time Santa Claus commenced
.associating with the aristocracy.
"Did you ever see a balmier Christ
mas since the niggar was burned lie
fore the war?"
"No, I never!"
And they walked toward the union
depot as fast as they could go to catch
the Lexington branch train.
Great crowd in Sedalia Saturday
belore Christmas. They come to
town heavily loaded with plethoric
pocket-books and returned weighed
down with all kinds of plunder from
a pair of earrings to a set of hard oak
Never since Sedalia has had a name
has such a crowd been here on or
The street bear the appearance of
circus day. or like that a democratic
rally was in full blossom.
The shopkeepers never had their
stocks so effectually raided since Jeff
Thompson made " Mat Oflield and
"f heo. Shelton hold up their hands in
The trains were loaded with people. I
The people were loaded with!
bundles, package, etc.
Santa Claus was among them incog
and it is rumored that he left the city
on the branch train.
George Gregg, Esq., a prominent
citizen from the neighborhood of
Houstonia, was alwut the biggest man
that had come to Sedalia to hunt
Christmas. George went 'home well
satisfied aud the probabilities are that
he will hang up his sock Sunday
Parson Anderson, from Houstonia,
was a passenger in Saturday He
came to see that none of his flock com
mitted any acts of indiscretion.
The indiscretion did not material
ize. Everything was favorable for a big
The weather was balmy.
The roads to the country rood, drv
Everything seemed greased for the
occasion, except the scarcity of
But Santa is an economical old
cuss and buys for the kids just like a
deacon buys firewood for thechurche,
au eye to the needs, jiecessities aud
Frank Walker, attorney general of
Missouri, came in on the evening
train, en with' to Fayette to celebrate
Christmas. He was accompanied by
Ins two motherless children.
r a n t fed
than all the
ries and res
kinds of ap
p e t i t c s
eat, and they
antly satisfied. Here is the picture of
one from the vicinity of Hughesville
-irho-mt-fo much turkuy and turkey
lixiii s that he was in great pain, tie
was loud in the praise of Kaiser and
only regretted that he ate that last
dozen of Oyster patties put before him.
The turkey trade at the grocery
stores has been the greatest ever
The people will have the great
Amencau bird, even if the banks are
restricting the flow of the currency.
'Ihe people of Lafayette county
who have been in the habit of coming
to Sedalia to do their Christmas shop
ping, did not come in 181K5.
They run off to Kansas City to get
"done up" in the most approved
style, and possibly suffer by some
fellow abducting a few of their kids
who are candidates for the patronage
of Santa Claus,
The turkey trade has been im
mense unprecedented. Hicks dis
posed of 150, Sedalia Grocery com
pany 03 and P. Brandt Grocery com
pany 50 and could have sold many
more if the had had them.
So eat turkey and be happy.
I wish all a merry Christmas.
.A Distinguished Arrival.
Professor B. F. Hoffman, instructor
in modem languages at the Louisiaua
State university at Baton Rouge, ar
rived in S-dalia yesterday and is the
guest of his brothers. Attorney Louis
Hoffman and Mr Charles Hoff
man. The professor will
lie married next Wednesday,
at Dekalb. Mo., the fair bride- being
Miss Ida Walling, an accomplished
young lady of that city.
The ceremony will take place at the
Baptist church at 0:30 o'clock, p. m.,
and the bridal couple will at once re-
turn to Sedalia for a brief visit.
Mrs. Porter's Christmas Tree.
Mrs. John C. Porter, the popular
wife of Sheriff Porter, entertained
quite a company of her little friends
at her home on Lamine street last
night. The broad reaching branches
of an illuminated Christmas tree bent
under the weight of many pretty
presents and tempting toys. The
little people were delighted with the
entertainment afforded them.
A Clever Story.
Bessie Bailey Cook, wife of George
A. Cook, the well known printer and
writer, has an exceedingly 'clever and
entertaining story 'Lizzie's Christ
mas Gift" in the December number
ot Ihr Sedalian. Mrs. Conk is among
the most promising literary women
The Experiences of Sedalians
On the Summit A Famous
Vivid Descriptionsof the Thrill
ing Ascent and the Pictur
One of the first desires that takes
po-session of Americans after arriving
in Mexico is to climb "Old Popo," or
Mt. Popocatepetl, the "Smoking
Mountain," whose snow-capped crest
can easily be seen ou a clear day from
the towers of the cathedral, the Cas
tle of Chapultepec, or any other
elevated point, guarding,
SO TRADITION" RUNS.
Ixtaccihuatl "flic Woman in White."
November 1 aud 2 being two of
many "feast days" or holidays of
Mexico, a party of eight, two of them
former Sedalians, D K. Williams and
the writer, decided to take this op
portunity for gratifying a long
cherished desire, and commenced
making preparations for the ascent of
this volcanic pile.
WHAT IS NKEDKI).
The articles needed for such a trip
are a couple of suits of underwear,
two suits of clothes, blankets, an over
coat, ear muffs, a muffler, blue gog
gles to preveut the glare produced by
the sun on the snow from hurting the
eyes, a veil for protection against the
hard, icy particles that are driven
down the slopes of the mountain by
the wind, and a straw hat or 'Som
brero de paja," to be worn from
Amecameca to the cabiu where the
night is spent previous to the final
climb, aud return, which may after
wards be given to the guides or kept
as a memento.
as Mt. Popocatepetl is sometimes
called, is distant from Mexico City
about Mi miles, anil three days aro
generally necessary to make the trip,
one going from Mexico to the cabin,
another climbing the mountain and
returned to the cabin or to Ameca
meca, as the case mav be. and the
third returning to Mexico. We-aught
the 8:30 train on the morning of the
1st, arriving at Amecameca, a beauti
ful little villa at the foot of the fa
mous "SacreMonte" or "Sacred Moun
tain." at 11:150. After drawing lots
for hoies,lakiugdinner,drinkiiig "pul
que and making other preparations,
which among others included the pur
chasing of some stockings to be used
as mittens for some ot the party who
erroneously supposed they could ol
tain the latter article in the village.
we set nut on horseback for the
mountains, a distance of fifteen miles.
vii.i and ruTrnoiji'i:.
The entire distance from Ame
cameca to the mountain is a gradual
ascent, and at times it was necessary
to dismount aud walk owing V the
steepness of some of the acclivities.
Our serpentine path led us through
ever varying scenery, wild and pictur
esque at all times aud often quite
startling. At each turn some new
panorama ot wild gorges, deep canons.
rushing mountain torrent, huge piles
of volcanic rock and lava, or an x-cu-sioual
glimpse of the valleys far below,
would burst upon the vision, impress
ing all with the idea of its awful gran
deur and matiiiificence.
Our progress, ever upward, through
an atmosphere constantly increasing
in rarity anil at times through vast
beds of ashes, grim reminders of the
force of earlier eruptions, was neces
sarily slow and the cabin was not
reached until late in the evenuur.
On leaving the villaire we had
thrown our coats aside on account of .
the warmth of the mid-day sun, but
long before reaching our destination, j
we put them on again, for. on arnv-
ing at an elevation of 12,000 or 1:5,000
feet, the cold could lie keenly felt, and
one or two of the party declared that
they found overcoat quite a comfort
n ikkzi n ; Ti:ri:i :atu i: k.
The wonderful transition in less
than twenty -four hours from the warm
balmy air. filled with fragrance by
the many gardens of the valley of
Mexico, to the cold, freezing teniera
ture encountered at an elevation of
14,0)0 feet above sea level is de
cidedly noticeable, but was hailed with
delight by those of the crowd who had
been in Mexico a year or more and
who had become tired of its monoton
ous climate and perpetual sameness.
After eating supper by the light ot
our flickering camp fire, reviewing
impressions received during the
day, surmising as to what was in
store for us on the morrow,
aud carving our names, school-boy
fashion on the coarse, pine hoards ot
which the cabin was constructed, we .
retired for the night, thinking that
after our hard day s ride we would en-!
joy a fine night's rest, which would
place us in good condition for the
coming ordeal. We soon discovered,
however, that this was an ab-olute
innjissibility. The hut itselt was a
nub. dilapidated affair, full of cracks
aml holes, through which the smoke '
supMscd to vent itself, for there
no chimney, and through which
howled i.i niockeiy at our efforts,
addition to this," the prowling
tes. the jr.irrnlous guides, the
smlke in our eves aud the difficulty
in espiranou at siicu a uigo hiiuuut:
ke t us awake until : o'clock in the !
mi ning, when we commenced final j
pre orations for the ascent. After a
ha; y breakfast, the guides put on the
fin Iiing touches by taking off our
slices, wrapping our feet in heavy
cloh, aud then putting on sandals in
liei of shoes, as they make a
wa mcr covering and a safer
loc ing. As we desired to
ins ce the trip in two days and thus
estlblish a precedent, we left at 4:1")
rid rig blindly in the dark, following
mil guides, Indian fashion one behind
the other, along yawning chasms,
tliDiigh dense pine forests and sandy
wates as well as heavy deposits of
astes. for an hour, with the bitter,
coll and cutting wind striking us full
in the face, tint
Cruces" or the Cr
til we reached "Jis
rosses, which consists
of two large crosses securely fastened
toan immense rock, at the commeucc
nrnt of the snow line, where we dis
nminted. Altera final lashing on of
sindals and being supplied with pikes
p)iutcd with iron, we begau to climb
icer snow and ice.
TOO I.ITTI.E WIND.
The principal difficulty was in
naintaining our footing and keeping
ip resperation, for the exercise in ad
dition to the rarity of the air rend
red it exceeding difficult to breath,
ind before one-fourth of the ascent
lad licen mr.de, one of the party gave
t up, and when one-third of the
p-ound had been covered, another
Ik-opped out. The remaining six,
bnvever, clambered on up that broad
expanse of snow and ice, apparently
rcver ending, and which stretched
Upward above ua far beyond the
When about one-half the distance
liul been covered, the first rays of
tie rising sun could be seen over the
riuiry summit of-Mt. Orizaba o the
eist A we were suffering consider
ably from cold, Old Sol was hailed
wit h a unanimous howl of delight, and
tie party inspired with new energy
lislicd "onward and at last, at half
past nine we reached the summit,
18,000 feet alwve the level of the sea.
and liehtld in all its awfuluess the
object of our toils and labors, the
smoking crater of the highest peak on
the ISorth American continent.
The scene before us was one of
magnificent grandeur. Far oft' in the
distance, to the northwest lay the
historic. Valley of Aiiahuac where
could le dimly discerned amid cncircl-
iwr lakes, the capital of the Republic.
anil the early home of the Aztecs aud
Toltecs of old ; to the east, the tower
ing peak of Orizaba rose majestically
ibove a era ot tossing tlcecv clouds,
, . , 'i ll. - i
roiling aim tumiuiiig nan way uown
its gleaming sloe; closer at hand
Ixtaccihuatl, the sleeping sister oft the
Smoking Mountain, apparently
scarce a step across, lay clothed like a
veritable coqise, in the perpetual
shroud of white which covers her
As we descended into the crater,
an over-whelming sense of its vastness
fell upon. all. It is nlxiut two and
one-half miles in circumference and
about one-fourth of a mile in depth.
From numerous crevices sulphurous
Miioke :ind steam is constantly pour
ing forth and is a forcible reminder of
the unseen and sleeping jiower liehind
lMml,ler became loosened bv the melt
, mmv .! ice and fell crashing to
tne bottom of the pit. detaching in its
fai mauv 6mallcr rocks, which, echo-
mg anil re-echoing .through an tne re
cesses of that monster pile of earth,
soundiug like the reports of hundreds
of cannons, together with the almost
suffocating smell of sulphur and the
steam and vapor arising from the blue
lake below, gave one a fair idea of
the awfulness of those volcanic bursts
of past ages.
After taking some "kodaks," and a
last look at the surrounding scenery,
we began the descent.
This was performed on a kind
of sledge called "petate"
each of which carried two persons, a
guide and one of the travelers, on
which we were whisked tlown the
mountain at a livelv rate. Here hap
pened our first accident. The guide
.and the writer, who iccti pied the first
'sled, were sailing along at a rapid
j rate of speed down the mountain side,
' when the guide accidentally caught
his foot in a projecting piece of ice
crust, which swerved the sled to one
side throwing out the guide and his
cargo. The guide stopped himself
i immediately with his pike, probably
, having had the same experience be
I fore, but the rest of the lreight went
coasting down the mountain, now
turning somersault and now rolling,
bounding into the air and landing on
the hard ice crust with great alacrity.
Twenty-five yards of this mode of
navigation had been traversed when
the freight referred to "came to" and
plunged his pike into the slippery
mountain slope. The pike stuck and
the freight stuck but the writer was
not at all "stuck" on that particular
style of annihilating space and pro
ceeded to descend the remainder of
the mountain like a christian, one foot
liefore the other.
a i:ui:i:o accidknt.
The entire party reached the hut at
twelve o'clock and after disposing of
a hasty dinner, left for Aaiecameca
at 1 o'clock. The only otheraccideut
of the trip happened on the return,
when one of the party, who was the
proud possessor of a burro and who
was in unusually good spints,sjve the
burro a punch with his pike, which
immediately resulted in his landing
in some stunted pine growth near by.
He was not hurt for he had not far to
fall, the animal not being much larg
er than a big dog, but he did not re-
jteat the exjwriment.
e proceeded without further ac
cident to Amecameca. where we
caught the evening train for Mexico,
arriving there the same day, having
accomplished the entire journey in
twodavs, with some very red noses
and some badly burned faces, it is
true, and with wean limbs, but with
minds at peace with all mankind, for
ambitions treasured since boyhood
when gazing admiringly at the same
Popocatepetl vividly pictured with
flames and smoke in our geographies,
had at last been realized, and we were
the possessers of a rich experience and
knowledge which nionev could not
buy. "Viva Popo!"
Twenty vears ago the ladies at a
little inland town in Ohio were pes
tered with their husbands, brothers
and sons taking too much booze at
the village saloon.
Bed rain was dealt out in such
quantities over the bar that it made
the Lhnstiau women rise up in their
A hand of them went to the saloon
and held a prayer meeting within the
sound of the jingling glasses and thus
the crusade started and went over the
Missouri got a dose of it, but it did
not have a seance in Sedalia but it
was talked about here. In some other
places it was the great fad.
Yesterday the ladies of the Ohio
street Methodist church celebrated
the twentieth anniversary of the in
auguration of the crusade by an all
day meeting at the church.
The ladies prayed, sang, had ex
perience talks and at noon served a
God bless the ladies, crusade or no
HE CANNOT LIVE.
An Accidental Explosion at Mc
Enroe's Stone Quarry
A (iiiarryman named August Bird
was so badly injured bv an explosion
at McEnroe's quarry near Georgetown
Friday afternoon that the attending
physicians sav he cannot recover.
Bird was inserting a charge of
lynamite into a hole which had been
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drilled into tne rocK, wnen in some
manner the cartridge exploded.
The force was terrific, and large
fragments of stone were scattered in
every direction. Bint was struck m
numerous places and tell insensible to
the grou ml. His companions thought
that he was instantly killed, but he
was found to be breathing.
Dr. b. G Crawford was summoned
to attend him and after an examina
tion concluded that Bird would die'bf
his injuries. His right leg was shat
tered, his left arm broken at the
elbow, his right eye blown from its
socket, and there was terrible gahes
on his forehead aud the back of his
head. The latter wound is thought
to lie sufficient to result in his death.
Drs. Crawford, Trader and Scales
visited the patient yestenlay for the
purpose of performing a surgical oper
ation, but found him unable to endure
it and did not attempt it
Binl is a resident of Georgetown
and has a family there.
A deed was filed for reconl in Re
corder Pilkinton's office to-day as fel
lows : Charles M. Poison to Malinda
J. Ward, 17 acres of land in section
10, township 43, range 22; considera
Hit With a Tea Cup.
A big nigger from Georgetown
tackled Arthur Suter yesterday after
noon ou West Main street. The darkey
threw a sugar bowl at the white roan,
but missed him. Suter then hurled
a large tea cup at him and struck him
in the head, sugar, wool and blood
flew about in a livelv manner.
A DARING EXPLOIT.
Seven Mounted Bandits Attack
an M., K. & T. Passenger
Train at Kelso.
William Milne, a Fireman, Has
His Jaw and Tongue
A daring attempt was made to hold
up and 10b M.. K. & T. passenger
train 'No. .' at Kelso. Indian Terri
tory, at i5:.0 Friday evening. This
train left here the previous morning.
It wa in charge of Jack Truitt, con
ductor, George Lyons, engineer, and
m. Aielne, fireman, all residents
of Parsons, Kansas.
Kelso is a small station in the In
dian Territory, situated 206 miles
south of Sedalia, and 47 miles south
There is no depot there, but simply
a canvas covered concern which serves
The tram is due at Kelso at about
;:o o clock p. m. shortly before
this time a gang of seven heavilv
armed and mounted men entered the
little town and began to intimidate all
who showed any inclination to investi
gate the strange proceedings. The
north switch was thrown open with
the evident purjK.se of causing the
engineer to bring his train to a stop
when he saw that there was dungev
As the train came in sight of the
witch the engineer saw that it was
open, and at once suspected the state
of affairs. He took desperate chance
and pulled the throttle wide open.
The train shot into the open switch,
passed over three others, and as if by
a mircle passed onto the main line
without accident. The lower switch
had fortunately been overlooked by
the train robbers, and was closed.
As the train entered the switch the
robbers saw that they had been foiled,
the engineer having failed to stop,
and the at once opened a fusilade
with their Winchesters.
Fireman Milue was struck by a ball
which passed entirely through his face,
a part of his jaw being torn away.
The train did not slacken its speed
until Vinita was reached when condu
tor Truett telegraphed the news to
headquarters at Parsons. None of
the passengers were hurt.
At imta, which is only nve milen
from the scene of the exploit, armed
guards, as is customary, were takea
The wounded fireman accompanied
bv his wife, was brought to Sedalia
yesterdav morning and was taken t
the M K. & T. hospital. His left
jaw and two-thirds of his tongue were
shot away, and he is unable to articu
late a wonl.
Dr. Yancey thinks the ball that
struck him was frim a Winchester
Milne is 35 years old and has beea
in the employ of the company for
It is a strange tact that Engineer
Lvons had a similar experience at
Kelso once before, and this led him to
act as he did on this occasion.
McCIe'laa's for Mirrors.
Twenty Years Ago.
Mrs. Harrv Kirk disposed of her
piano at lottery. Tickets $2.50 each.
Clinton celebrated two days be
fore Christmas by having a 150,000
Mrs. Bettie Gentry presented"
The Bazoo with a turkey for Christ
Ed. Ritchie, a printer employed
in The Bazoo office, died of consump
tion. Dr. Sonneschein, the famouw
Jewish rabbi, lectured at the Congre
Singleton Morrison was made
very happv bv the arrival of a (laugh
ter at his house.
Whitelv's dramatic company
played the week at Smith's Hall.
Louie was the star.
James Jeffries give a grand ball
at 82 Main street. Jim is dancing in
another climate now.
Twenty years ago Rev. J. M.
Van Wagner preached a sermon the
Sunday night following Christmas,
about "What I Know of Sedalia."
His text was :
"Watchman, what of the night?"
He gave statistics of Sedalia and
waded into wrong with his sleeve
rolled up. He commended right in
seven tones of voice.
There weie thirteen saloous in Se-
daiia men ana seven cnurcnes. se
dalia had no kite-shaped track then.
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Old Gabe la Dead.
"Old Gabe," the veteran fox bourn
belonging to Gog White, passed ia
his chips Tuesday night. The came
of his death is unknown but poiaoa
strongly suspected. Ia the deaUTef
'Gabe' the vouthful coon huatero
have suffered a great loss. The dec
parted canine was planted the folleac-
tug dav ib cattish ailer with use
Bion ceremonies. umu swage