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LEARNING TO SMILE.
Oa of tbe Hardest Thlnci For th
Crmaail to Do.
The thing I found hardest to learn
in my Inm.uess was to smile," 6aid a
professional gymnast who did a very
clever specialty recently at one of the
local theaters. I started out in acro
batic work when I was only 13 years
old as one of a 'family' of five. My
Instructor was Charles McDonald, an
V1U IJUil? firvu I UI lllt'I U11U UUC Ul
the best of his day. While he was put
ting me through my paces be was
continually yelling: 'Look pleasant!
Look pleasant? And my main trouble
for years was ia following that same
"So matter bow hard I tried I would
forget myself, and when I- was doing
an extra hard 'turn' I was certain to
make horrible faces, screw up my eyes
and crlt my teeth. It took all the ef-
'cct out ' niy act an musl have
1 . 1 . .w.Anlfl (
iseviiietj very iuuuj iu iuc wrupitr iu
the audience. Often, after performing
some difficult feat, I have been morti
fied to hear a roar of laughter, and at
last I determined to either learn how
to smile or quit the business. I got
the knack at last, and now it has be
come a sort of second nature.
"The point is a great deal more im
portant than one would suppose. I
know an equilibrist, for instance, who
is very popular on the vaudeville cir
cuit, not so much on account of the
difficulty of his act as the smiling ease
with which it Is apparently done. You
would never suppose from his face
that he was making any special exer
tion, and that of itself gives remarka
ble grace and linisli to his work. -
"I am not the only one in the busi
ness, however, who has found It hard
to smile at the right time. Almost ev
ery ballet dancer, eccentric character
dancer and skirt dancer has had trou
ble on the same wore. Most of them
finally acquire a horrible fixed grimace
that is supposed to be a smile, but has
no more suggestion of merriment than
a brick wall. It is produced by culti
vating a certain set of muscles and
made to appear and disappear on the
principle of pulling a string." New Or
MANAGING SMALL BOYS.
lion- Some Mother Take All tbe
Spirit Out of Tlieoi.
"I am always made sorry when I
ride in the cars, through the shopping
districts particularly," said the wo
man to a newspaper man, "to see the
mothers ill treat small boys. It is
ethical cruelty, but quite as disastrous
as physical ill treatment might be, it
seems to me.
"I see ioor little fellows of 7 and S,
nice little men who would be manly if
they were allowed to be. pushed into
that seat and out of it into another as
if they were so many little dummies.
They usually are very nearly that, for
seven or eight years of such pushing
and pulling is enough to take all the
spirit out of a small boy unless be
has unusual vigor of character.
"A boy of that age ought to be be
ginning to look out for bis mother and
finding seats for her. Occasionally a
sensible mother, who treats her boy
like a human being, is to be found, and
it is a pleasure to see the two together.
"The boy who is dragged around like
a little mufT during the early part of
bis life is apt to come to himself after
a time If he is not entirely ruined, and
then he goes to an opposite extreme, is
rude and self asserting, while he Is try
ing to establish an equilibrium, and
the mother can't imagine what the
trouble is." New York Times.
lp" or "Vup."
A curious American colloquialism, of
which I certainly cannot see the ad
vantage, writes William Archer iu Tall
Mall Gazette, is the substitution of
"yep" or "yup" for "yes" and of
"nope" for "no." No doubt we have
in England the coster's "yuss," but one
benrs even educated Americans now
and then using "yep" or some other
corruption of "yes," scarcely to lo in
dicated by the ordinary alphabetical
symbols. It seems to me a pity. I
Kducated Americans, too, will often '
say "somewheres" and "a long ways."
I have little doubt that this "s" lias a
grammatical history of its own. Prob
ably it is an old case euding. just as
"he goes out nights," on which Mr.
Andrew Lang is so severe, is a sur
vival of the "o'nights" which Shakes
peare puts in the mouth of Julius Cap
sar ("Sleek headed mn and eucb as
sleep o'nights"). j
At the same time, as "somewheres"
has become irremediably a vulgarism
in England, it would. I think, le a
graceful concession on the part of ed
ucated Americans to drop the "s."
After all. "somewhere" does not Jar
in America, and "somewheres" very
distinctly Jars in England.
"Put your tongue out," said the doc
tor to 4-yenr-old Gilbert.
Little Gilbert protruded tbe tip of
So, no; put it right out," said the
The little fellow shook bis head
weakly, aud the tears gathered in bis
"I can't, doctor." he ventured at last.
"It's fastened on to me."
Read not much at a time, but medi
tate as much as your time and capaci
ty anl disjiositiou will give you leave,
ever rememlering that little reading
and much thinking, little speaking and
much bearing, is the best way to be
Jnflge Was the stolen Jewelry gold
or silver? Well, why don't you an
swer? Prisoner Don't yon know, judge,
what silence I? Fliegende Blatter.
A BULKY RECEIPT. 1
Tbe Bank Depositor Had SometUac
to Show For Ilia Money.
A man with a German accent and a
fierce red mustache walked Into one of
the banks the other day and announc
ed that he wanted to open an account
lie was directed to the proper official
and from a well worn belt extracted
&VX. This sum he banded through the
The bank official shoved the big sig
nature book toward the depositor for
his signature. Just then the official's
attention was attracted in another di
rection. When, a second later, he turn
ed around, the man with the red mus
tache was coolly walking toward the
door with the book, which contained
the signatures of all the depositors in
the bank, tucked under his arm.
The assistant cashier yelled:
"Hold on. there!"
But the Teuton pursued bis even
course toward the street.
The official rushed from behind his
counter and caught the new depositor
Just as he reached the door.
"What are you doing with that
book?" demanded the bank official an
grily, laying hold of the precious vol
ume. "Why, I thought that was the receipt
for my $500!" answered the German,
In the same bank a well dressed wo
man called to deposit $300. -
The assistant cashier pushed the sig
nature book toward her, after receiv
ing the deposit.
"Sign jour name there," said the offi
cial, indicating the proper place.
The woman took up the pen and
made a show of writing, but the steel
point never touched the paper. After
a few more fancy flourishes in the air
the woman handed back the pen, say
ing: "Last summer I used to write my
name ail right, but for some reason I
can't do it now."
The back official directed her to
make an "X" in the book. Chicago
TWO MEAN TOWNS.
Tbe Storlea That the Traveling Men
Told Alioot Tliem.
They were talking about bad towns.
"The meanest place I ever was in,"
said the man who travels for a Chicago
house, "is down in Massachusetts. Say.
do you know what happened" while 1
was stopping there once? A man had
fallen through a hole in a sidewalk and
sustained injuries that resulted in the
loss of his right arm. lie sued the city
for damages, and the case was tried
before a jury, which, the papers said,
was composed of representative citi
zens. Well, what do you su;iose they
did to him? Itrought In a verdict In
favor of the city, holding that inas
much as he was left banded his injury
didn't amount to anything."
"Yes," the cigar man said, "that's a
pretty mean towu. I admit, but 1 know
of a worse one. This place is In Penn
sylvania. An acquaintance of mine
down there was Injured some time ago
in pretty much the same way the man
you mentioned got hurt. He fell on a
bad sidewalk and lost one of his legs.
He sued the city, and didn't get any
thing. I never heard just why. but
probably because the jurors didn't be
lieve be needed more than one leg in
bis business, seeing that he was a bar
ber and couldn't bone a razor or shave
a man with his foot anyway. But
wait. I haven't come to the point at
which the real meanness developed.
Being a poor man. he couldn't afford to
buy a cork leg, so he had to get along
with a wooden peg. and one day while
he was crossing the principal street
this peg in some way got wedged be
tween a couple of paving stones right
in the middle of the street car track.
It took them nearly an hour to get him
loose, aud what do you suppose hnp-IK-ned
then? Blamed if they didn't go
and fine him $10 and costs for obstruct
ing traffic!" Chicago Times-Herald.
Why A Cemetery Kenref
It was a Maine graveyard, and the
fence thereof was in a most disreputa
Some of the neighbors were trying to
start a movement to put a new fence
around the cemetery, aud it was meet
ing with general approval till the caus
tic wit of Darius Howard was aroused.
"What for?" he inquired. "What's
the need of fencing the graveyard?
There ain't no one inside that wants to
come out, and I'm darn sure there ain't
any one outside that wants to get in.
So what's the need of the fence?"
And the fence was not built till folk
had ceased to chuckle over tbe thrust
of Darius. Lewiston Journal.
Wherein They Differed.
Dr. Emily Blackwell, one of the pio
neers of her sex in medicine, heard a
young physician deliver a tierce dia
tribe against opening tbe doors of the
profession to women. When he ceas
ed, she asked:
"Will you please tell me one reason
why they should not practice medi
cine?" "Certainly, madam. They haven't the
muscle, the brawn, the physical
"I see. sir. Your conception of a
ickroom is a slaughter bouse. Mine
Is not." San Francisco Argonaut.
Dobs aid Men.
I The puppy, as such, thinks every one
is bis friend. As he grows up he curb
his enthusiasm. When an old dog with
gray Jowls, he only glares at people
who call to him. Human beings have j
many canine traits, including lour
teeth of the sort used by" man's best
friend. New Y'ork World.
events. Tbe cares of today arc seldom
the cars of tomorrow, and when we
lie dowa at night we may say to most
of oar troubles, "Ye have done your
worst, and we shall meet no more," j
THE AB6H7S. SUN DAY, DECEMBER
THE ONE SURE THING.
There are sounds of laughter and singing
And sounds that of woe mMke part.
As the earth to its fate foes swinging.
But love is lord of the heart.
And cloudy or fair the weather
Some souls will be dr. ft ins together
And souls be drifting apart.
Dark evil may lurk in tbe byways.
Still blinking in wrath at the dawn.
And the terror leap forth on the highways
Of the sword from its scabbard withdrawn.
But cloudy or fair the weather
Some souls will be drifting tocither
And souls be drifting apart.
Though unmoved by the poet's dreaming.
Men tarry too long in the mart
And grow cold in the pride of their scheming.
Yet love is lord of the hecrt.
And cloudy or fsir tbe weather
Some souls will be drifting together
And some be drifting ; rt.
W. T. Talbott in Washington Star.
A COTTON PLANT.
Tbe Story of One Shown on. the Sew
There Is a story still told to visitors
to the New York Cotton Exchange
which always amuses its tellers quite
as much as Its hearers. It concerns a
very superb specimen of the cotton
plant which was brought into the ex
change one October morning years ago
and placed iu the center of the pit
around which gather every day the
men who buy and sell millions of bales
of the white staple every mouth.
There had been bad weather in Tex
as that season, with reports of irrep
arable damage to the crop, but this
superb plant, laden with bolls through
out its six feet of height and coming,
as it did. from Waco, iu the most Im
portant cotton section of the Lone Star
State, was exhibited as conclusive
proof that the stories of a ruined crop
were certainly false. All New York's
big cotton operators came to look at
it aud to admire it. and most of them
remained to sell a few thousand bales.
"If that is what Waco cau produce."
they said, "the Texas crop alone will
be big enough to put cotton down a
cent or two per pound."
Late iu the day. however, there
strolled Into the exchange a shrewd
old farmer from one of the cotton
states east of the Mississippi. He had
heard of six foot cotton plauts from
Texas, and he wanted to see one. A
single look at this specimen was suffi
cient. "Humbug." he said. "That plant is
made of wax. aud it grew iu South
And so it proved. The hoax had
demonstrated what Its authors assert
ed, that very few people in New York,
even among cotton brokers, would
know a cotton plant if they saw one.
New York Mail and Express.
Hovr (bi Onk Will Crow.
There are trees which would seem to
substantiate the theory of some sci
entists that there Is no rensou why a
tree should ever die unless destroyed
by unfavorable conditions or accident.
The oak. for example, will live as a
sapling for ages until gi-en opportu
nity for growth. There is an old say
ing to the effect that if a pine forest is
cut down an oak forest will grow,
and this Is said to be literally true.
Many of the acorus carried into the
pine woods by birds and squirrels are
left to sprout in the ground. As the
tiny saplings grow browsing natives
of the forest shades nibble off their
tender loaves. Again and again uew
leaves are put forth, only to serve as
food for hungry deer or moose or oth
er marauding creatures. And so, hid-!
den from sunlight, deprived, ns It j
would appear, of every essential of
life, the little plants live on, and when
at last the pines are felled and the sun
light reaches them they begin their era
Spar-neon Finds av Text.
Xear where Spurgeou's tabernacle
stands half a dozen main streets all
meet at one point. There is a drinking
fountain there, which has stood there
for many years. It was one very hot
summer's evening, and the drinking
fountain was In strong dcninud. I
wanted a drink myself, aud in a happy
sort of way while waiting my turn I
said to some of the people standing
by: "Hurry up. I'm parched." Some
body patted me on the back and said:
"Thank you, my man. You have given
me my text for tonight." It was Mr.
The guard added that he was on his
way to the tablernacle at the time,
and SSpurgeon preached one of the fin
est sermons he had ever heard on the
words: "Hurry up. I'm parched."
Tbe Tallest Beast.
Trobably the ugliest beast in the
world is a monkey, a grewsome look-
ing animal called the bearded sakl.
This Is so utterly grotesque a beast
that it would scarcely be safe to let a
child or nervous person see it. The
ugliness is not of an amusing kind, but
of an evil, sinister nature. The beast
has a sort of leard and a countenance
unlike anything else in shape and lines.
The monkey itself is not particularly
savage, but is so hideous that the na
tives of its country. South America,
say that no beast of prey, however
hungry, will tackle It. Kven a hungry
Jaguar will starve in a cageful of sakis. j
A Calic Not !-.
The following is a copy of a unique
notice affixed to the church door ut
Whiteehurcb, London: "Missing, last
Sunday, some families from church.
Stolen, several hours from the Lord's
day, by a number of ieoplc of differ
ent age, dressed in their Sunday
Travelers by rail In Brittany often
glide paxt (iuiugamp without remem
bering that it was hre that was pro
duced that useful fabric gingham.
The soil of Egypt at the present day
is tilled by exactly tbe same kind of
plow that was used 5,000 years ago.
1 7, 1899.
ollars Worth of Christmas Goods
Until yon have seen Brookman's Assortment of
i;f Fine, heavy Ladies' set rinjr set
with line stones, worth H O
jgk 83.50, only M " O O
Ladies' Ring set with opals, pearls
W; rubies, or any stone
you want, worth J.i.jOVfciL L
while they last only 7X1
80.75 buys a Gent's Gold Filled
Watch with a 13 jewel movement,
stem wind and set. lie-
member only $!).T5. SM J
Worth double d
For 12.(X you can ret a Ladies'
Gold Filled Watch, case guaranteed
'for2J years, with a 11 jewel Wal-
thani made move- N
men t, worth iM. 00 ql200
Ladies' fine Solid Silver Watch,
with a stem wind and se; movement,
sold bv most dealers Q HI
for So.OUK PRICE kTpO.OO
Lulies" Gold Filled Engraved Case
with an American 7 je ; eled move
ment, regular price tf-i 7 L
8.25. OUR PRICE O
La-lies' Kincr worth w
$5.5o, while they last Jj.icO
Don't fail to see our, large line of Silver Butter Knives and Sugar Spoons
in sets, Cold Aeat Forks, Berry Spoons, Cream Ladles, Salid Forks, Egg
Servers, Tea Sets, Atomizers, Cups and Saucers, Shaving Augs and Brush,
Ink Stands, Salt and Pepper and many other articles too numerous to men
tion. We Invite You To Visit Our Store Before Christmas
By all means and see the many useful Christmas Presents we have
for von to select from, and the great number of Bargains.
I BROOKMAN I
Jeweler and Oatician 20th St., Reck Island, III. r
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MACREADY ON THE STAGE.
Tbe Tragedian V.'ni Not a Pleasant
Man to Act 1Vltli.
Macready was a dreadful man to act
with. You had the pleasant sensation
of knowing that you were doing noth
ing that he wanted you to do, though
following strictly his instructions. He
would press you down with his hand
on your head and tell you in an under
tone to stand up. Mr. Macready was a
terribly nervous actor. Any little
thing which happened unexpectedly ir
ritated him beyond endurance.
One night at the Park "Macbeth"
was the play. Mrs. Sloman, an old
fashioned actress, dressed Lady Mac
beth In the manner which prevailed
in her early life, in black velvet, point
lace and pearl beads. In the murder
scene part of bis dress caught on the
tassels of her pearl girdle. The string
broke, the beads fell to the floor softly
with a pretty rhythmic sound, distinct
ly heard through the intense silence
of the scene.
This so exasperated Mr. Macready
that he was almost frantic, until, with
the final lines of the scene, "Wake,
Duncan with the knocking, oh! Wotdd
thou eouldst," he threw Mrs. Sloman
off the stage, with words which I hope
were unheard by the public and were
certainly unlit for publication. "Auto
biographical Sketches," by Mrs. John
Drew, in Scribner's.
A City With Tno Cnrrlnses.
There are only two carriages in town.
One belongs to the archbishop, and the
ofber carriage Is the property of the
government and one of the perquisites
that pertain to the presidential power.
It is an ordinary landau, imported from
Paris in pieces and put together by lo
cal talent, aud a native artist has
painted upon the panels of the doors
a brilliant reproduction of the coat of
arms of the republic, about a foot
square, in the national colors green,
yellow and red. This is greatly ad
mired by the populace, who see the
carriage only occasionally, on state oc
casions, when it is drawn by four big
black horses wearing harness heavily
mounted with silver and decorated
with rosettes, tassels and streamers of
the national colors. La I'az (Bolivia)
Cor. Chicago ltecord.
Am Illustrloas Newsboy.
The guests at my table at the lunch
eon were Professors Oncist and Hoff
man aud Von Iiunseu. While thus re
freshing ourselves, both physically and
mentally. Hoffman told the following
story of Faraday, whom he had known
very intimately. They were walking
one day together through the streets of
London, where both were then profess
ors, when Faraday stoped a news
boy and bought a paer. Hoffman ask
ed him why, with bis house supplied
regularly with all the papers be need
ed, he stopped to buy a paper from a
boy in the street. Faraday replied, "I
was once a newsboy myself and sold
papers on tbe street." John Bigelow's
Recollections in Century.
DON'T BUY A
S1.75 buys a fine, solid gold DIA
MON'U set ring-. They mmwm
are worth $3.00 but we Vk 7
will sell them at only H7-"--
For 70 cents we will sell you a
solid silver spoon with a -v
gilt bowl, fancy handle, iC
worth $1.00, only j
Sterling Silver Paper Knife, Nail
File, Glove Buttoners, your "j t51r
choice of any one C
Very fine Gilt Clocks, just the
thing to make your room look swell,
fine time keepers, reg-
ular price $3.50. OL'R VCO OR
PRICE while they last" ' '-'
$12.00 buys a Ladies' Watch, hand
engraved cold filled case, which is
guaranteed for 20 years, fitted with
a Waltham made 11 jeweled move
ment, just the thing to make your
best girl happy for Christmas. Reg
ular price Sl-50..
Don't fail to get oneJpX2 00
Another assortment of Dickens'
Vest Chains, with a r
finecharm from $225 upk-p w w t7
will b-s our aim this year to outdo our former ef
forts on Christmas goods. We have always carried
a handsome array, but this ye our assortment in
cludes many pretty things that will help you to
solve the difficult problem of buying an appropriate
present. The price as well as the goods are sure to
You Find Here Hundreds of Fancy Rockers in
Novel parlor pieces.
Pretty dining room furniture.
Iron bed steads and bed room furniture.
Dressing tables, china closets and center tables.
Rugs all sizes and ill kinds of new and pretty cir
Parlor cabin ts, book cases, music cabinets and
Hundreds of Other Atractive Presents for the
Holiday Season Call and See Us.
Clemann & Salzmann
Fine assortment of Gent's O O r
Gold Chains at 90c each VI V
Half dozen Silver Plated Tea
Spoons sold bv most dealers
for $1.00 OLTR PRICE VfOC
Fine assortment of Ebony Hair
Brushes. Clothes Brushes, Combs,
Tooth Brushes, Mirrors with fine
French Plate glass, Blotters, Eras
ers. Nail Files, etc., which we are
selling for 55c and up to g g r.
$4.50 OO W
Ladies' Gold Plated Chains, sol
dered link with a gold slide, slide
set with beautiful
stone. Worth $3.00.
Ladies' beautiful Side Combs, set
with lino white brilliants.
Will dose them out at 7
only 75 cents mJy
We also have a fine assortment of
Silver Smoking Sets, with a tray,
cigar holder, match bolder, ash
tray, fine hand engraved, which
should be sold for $5,
atUonWly .!ii1.8:'l..th.!" $3.50