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THEAEGTS. SATURDAY. DECEMBER 15. 190O. '
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"XNHAS AT ' THE:- FARM,
T1IK unmtstakahl" man mad sif.ua of ('hiistr.ias rvere left behind when
I plunged into the dr-ary waste of snow b-ynd the borders of the
town f.r the annual ilgrimage to uncle's farui. Only the snow, hid
ing hush and fene-. the white mantled trees and the -old gave a sug
gestion tl:ar somewhere beneath the chillim: rural surface of things there were
joyous L'rouiis j.iejia rin holiday revels. Winter was too keen, t.M freezing, not
ti have :i ): hrcr si!- than that which lay out of doors.
As I passed the bin bam the sounds of yuii' voi.-es behind the buy:e doors
told me that 'oii!iis I'rmik and Jim were ins'ile. perhaps niendiii liJM-Iie.ss or
tools or liirini' for the live stock. The little door, framed in the huse ones,
opened to my hand, and Jim and Frank, one holding open a rra:n bat; and the
other emptyi'i;r a lm-hel into its mealy, ;r.-ijiiii;r month, smiled a welcome.
"Without looking up. I'nele Imvid "struck of"" another heael up measure of
jrrain and marked it down on the score. "I thought it was about time." said
he. .in. I I ti. it knew that my soeial status at the farm had not changed since
the last viMt.
The liorses in their stalls stopped nosing the hay and pricked up their ears
for :. minute. tin rattle helil their ends lazily and stared: then the atmosphere
each had on a brand new suit from wool raised on the farm. These trifles
were the only evidence of a holiday, for l.-.t a word of Christmas had beii
si.ol.cn. We entered the strung out. rambling line of buildings constituting
the farmhouse, through a wimmI shedinto the washroom, then past a storeroom
having a faint suggestion of holding supplies that were toothsome. Next came
a summer I ifchen with a positive r.dorof newly peeled apples, doughnuts and
Kplced miner oieat. I'nele led the way out upon the porch to r-void the crowd
ed main kitchen, through the open door of which came hot and heavily laden
air from ample ovens and steaming kettles and pans.
Coii-in Martha, the unpluckcd llower of a group of seven girls, rushed for
ward to give t he lirst effusive greeting, and Cousin Ilattie. with Cousin Mar
vin S Wile, .irllllle. followed sillt
!n make believe gillishliess.
.Aunt Harriet, looking geiierousj
eno.igh to v.i-h that all creation
might sit down to the fe.-ist.
whose stages ot preparation
v. ere shown by stains and Hour
pai'-hi s csti n-liug from her eves j
to the hem of her apron, said in
kindly rcproval. "You're here,
but alone, as usual."
J'roni the or h we went in
to the family sitting room, and
llllele -eeliied to cut loose from
his follow in as he sat down be-t-idc
'oiisjii Tild.V. Whose fresh i
Widow's Weeds lent a Somber
Key to the oeeasioii. Jim and
I'rank gavr a hand in choking
-Heiice to their mourning sister.
and 1 wanted to. bui h:nl to answer for the city aunt and cousins. Two father
less little em s rushed in with six other sets of huppy grandchildren, and soiu
brrtiesst tied from the farmhouse, for the lest of that day at least.
Cousin Miirioii started in to rheck her brood, hut her childless sister Kath
erlne said: "i.et the young ones go it. Time enough to lie sober when they get
old." Then uncle got down on the floor and turned himself into a horse play
ing granddaddy until the racket made the old house shake.
My cousins stole out and hurried iicrvoiitdy to the carriage house, on the
-ide of the farm, opposite the big barn. There was life and bustle there, for
tdclghhclls gave infill inch. dies as they were taken oft" and hung up: horses
tsianiped and were told, with sounding slaps, to "Cet over!" Cousin Marvin
was acting the host to the brothers in law from the hill farms. He lived on a
M-ttii.it of l:Mid set off from the hoiuesti-ad and was uncle's right hand man.
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scattered -d began placing great rolls upon the parapet to build it higher.
- vnow man as big as a giant and a rabbit the size of a Saint Hernard were
Iatched up with a nose :.iul an ear. and we were asked to review the sights
tf the frosty Christmas museum.
The call to dinner led to a real charge through every dxr of the mansion,
and when we get a glimpse of the dining room, as the women seated the little
ones, it presented a jtiniHe of happy, red faces and beais of cooked 'things in
brown, w hite, pink and yellow.
All Christinas dinners are alike in one thing -under. any and all e'uvum
Htanees the guests are ravenously hungry and boisterously happy, and neither
old nor young 1 an observe the rule of not talking with the mouth full; other
wise the feast would be silent, and with ." mouths enjoying Aunt Harriet's
bounteous spread thut dinner was not at all quiet. Moreover. I didn't regret
Laving turned my barlAipon town celebrations for a Christmas at the farm.
G. KlWNETII Cii mer.
resumed its throbhintr stillness
until the load of hafes had been
titd and set in rows. Only this
and iiothins: more by way of
ceremony in receiving a Christ
mas piiest. Later came inqui
ries after "the folks-'' and the
newest doings in town.
While uncle cast a satisfied
irhincc at the bursting haymow,
the sleek liorses ntid tattle and
the rows of bags Jim :;i:d Frank
challenged me to guesses at the
remaining contents of the bins.
"You will all l.ave another
fitiess." chimed in my uncle,
"and now let's go and see what's
going on In the kitchen." I no
ticed for the first time that his
linen was very fresh for a farm
er at work and that the boys
There was a word or two of re
gret from the older ones for the
lamented Samuel, who had been
there last Christmas; then the
group marched single tile be
hind the stalwart Marvin over
the narrow snow path to the
Floating up from the front
yard came a babel of voices,
and Kalph. the oldest grandson,
a fat. hearty lad. snouted to us
loys. 'Come and bee our Christ
mas:"' As we rounded the cor
ner of the house the same tones
cried out. "Heady, aim, tire!"
and a dox.cn balls whisked past
our heads from 11 snow fort
manned by a troop of boys and
girls in mutllers and mittens.
After this reception the garrison
Comloc Down "With m Ftrichatt.
"Comlog down from the clouds In a
parachute is like a dream," said a cir
cus balloon artist. "Ever dream of
falling from a high place? You come
down, alight quietly and awake, and
you're not hurt. Well, that's the para
chute drop over again. No; there is no
danger. A parachute can be guided
readily on the down trip, but you can't
steer a balloon. To guide a parachute
out of barm's way a practiced hand
can tilt it one way or the other, spill
out air and thus work it to where you
.want to laud or to avoid water, trees,
chimneys or church spires.
"Circus ascensions are generally
made in the evening. When the sun
goes down, the wind goes down. The
balloon then shoots into the air, and
the parachute drops bac k on the circus
lot or not far away.
A balloon is made of 4 cent musfin
and weighs about 500 pounds. A para
chute is made of S cent muslin. The
rope that secures the parachute is cut
with a knife. The aeronaut drops
fully luO feet before the parachute be
gins to fill. It must fill if you're up
high enough. Invariably the fall is
head first. When the parachute be
gins to fill, the descent Is less rapid,
ami finally when the parachute has
finally tilled it bulges out with a pop.
Then the aeronaut climbs on to his tra
peze and guides the parachute to a safe
landing. In seven cases out of ten you
can land back on the lot where you
(started from-" New York News.
"Wonted a Job mm Bom.
A boy of about 14, with well worn
clothes and a face In which timidity
and determination struggled for the
mastery, entered the oflice of a ship
ping house on Front street one day last
week, approached the desk of him
whose appearance spoke the control of
the establishment and, catching his
eye, sa id :
"Io you want a boss, mister?"
"What!" exclaimed the proprietor,
surprised out of his self control.
"I want to know if you want a boss,
"I don't understand you. What do
you mean V"
"Well, sir, I've been looking for
something to do for three weeks now,
ami nobody wants a boy. so today I
thought I'd see if somebody didn't
want a boss. I'd like to be a boss."
"Well, well! That's not bad. Are
you willing to work up to the job? It
took me years to get it."
" 'Deed I am, sir. if you'll give me
Today an earnest boy in jumper and
overalls is struggling with bundles and
Iacking cases In the shipping room of
the concern. He intends tobe boss of
the establishment before his side
whiskers, which Lave not yet sprout
ed, are as gray as those of the present
And the chances, with his energy and
will, are in his favor. New York
Four Good Smokes Cheap.
"Gimme . three nickel cigars," said
the man with the red necktie at the
restaurant counter. He was quickly
"Now gimme a good Havana or Key
West cigar, about a lo center."
He carefully lighted the Havana ci
gar and tucked the nickel cigars in his
upper vest pocket.
"You smoke a Havana yourself and
keep the nickel cigars for your friends,
1 suppose':'' said the dealer, with a
"No," said the man with the red
necktie; "I've got a better scheme than
that. 1 always smoke a 13 cent Ha
vana or Key West cigar after dinner.
Then I smoke the nickel cigars after
ward. The nickel cigars taste exactly
like the Havana cigar, and thus I get
the benefit of four choice cigars that
ordinarily would cost mo 00 cents for
"Try it yourself." said the man with
the red necktie as he walked out. Chi
The Picture and the Frkmr,
A well known artist used to tell a
good story concerning his first acade
my picture. He was favored by many
visitors to see it. his frame maker
among the number. This good fellow
took his stand before the work and
seemed buried in profound admiration.
"Well." said the painter, "what do
you think of it. John?"
"Think of it, sir? Why. it's perfect.
You won't see one better. I know. Mr.
has got one just like it."
"What!" said the amazed artist- "A
picture just like that?"
"Oh." replied the frame maker. "I
wasn't talking alxut pictures. I was
speaking of the frame. Y'ou may be
lieve me, sir, it's the frames as gets
'em in. and that is Just a beauty!"
"Wherein Thejr Were Alike.
A country minister who. though a
poor man, was notoriously defective
and hesitating in his style of delivery
in the pulpit, was sitting having a cup
of tea with one of the old spinsters
connected with his congregation when
he observed that the siout of the tea
pot was either choked or too narrow.
"Your teapot. Miss Kenuedy." he re
marked, "disna disna rin weol."
"Ay, jist like yoursel'. Mr. Broon."
retorted the nettled lady. "It has an
unco pulr delivery."
How He Got III.
Mrs. Askins What makes Mr. Mod
dlin so sick?
Mrs. Moddlin Oh. he was out last
right drinking somebody's health.
"In de case ob er good many men."
remarked Uncle Ephe. "de lung power
am no indication ob de brain power."
Colorado Springs Gazette. .
The only proper place for the practi
cal Joker is the "dangerous" ward of
an insane asylum. Philadelphia Ga
LOOKING AND SEEING.
THERE IS A VAST DIFFERENCE BE
TWEEN THESE TWO ACTS.
It la Important to Caltirate the Pow
er of Observation Even la Ordinary
ThlBci A Kaenltr Possessed by
AH, bat Developed by Fw.
It Is the hope and desire of all par
ents that their children shall make
tome sort of a mark In the world when
they grow up. They do not in the ma
jority of cases expect that their off
spring will become famous and make
names that will live for ages, but they
cherish the thought that they will be
successful men andfwomen in some
profession or business. That is the
keynote, that success shall be their
Yet it is a fact that most parents
neglect or pay very little attention to
one part of the child's education which
is of the highest importance. They do
not train the perceptive faculties.
Tower of observation will help you
more than anything else in your strug
gle for existence, and yet there are
comparatively few people who are
keen observers. One small fact will
prov; this latter statement. The man
who observes everything, he who sees
everything he looks at. is singled out
either as an inquisitive person or a
clever one, and this shows that he is
It is easy to give Instances of this
lack of perception eveu in the ordinary
things of life. Some years ago an art
ist engaged iu a London firm of print
ers had to draw an advertisement in
which the central figure was a cock in
the act of crowing. Nothing seemed
easier, but when he set to work the
artist found himself confronted by a
difficulty does the cock show its
tongue prominently when it 'crow?
Every one of the hundred men employ
ed by the firm had seen a cock crow
scores of times, yet not one of them
could answer the question. The artist
had to go to a friend who kept fowls'
and chase the poor rooster round and
round the yard until it crowed.
A schoolmaster, wishing to test the
perception of his boys, asked them how
many times they had seen a cow or
pictures of that animal and found, as
he had expected, that all the boys had
seen the creature more times than they
could remember. Then he rfflTTV to
give small prizes to the boys who could
correctly answer this question, "Are a
cow's ears above, below. In front or r.r
behind Its horns?" Only two boys
gained prizes, and theirs was guess
work. Now sit down and test yourself in
some such simple manner. Yo have
all seen a horse "down." Can you de
scribe how it rises? Does It get up on
its fore feet first and theu oil its hind
feet or does it kneel first, then get on
its hind feet and finally on its fore
However, you need not cac your
self to the animal kingdom in testing
your perceptive faculties. Many sub
jects will suggest themselves to yon on
As an excuse for this want, of obser
vation it is often urged that "a man
can't know everything," but the excuse
is a bad one. There is a great differ
ence between knowing little or nothing
and knowing everything. When the
faculty has been trained, it requires no.
more effort to note the points of the
object looked at than it does to glance
at that same object and come away
none the wiser.
The chances of success in life are on
the side of the man who knows cer
tain things because he has learned
about them by using his senses instead
of having to go to a book for all that
he wishes to know. Rooks are indis
pensable, as there are so many things
which cannot come within the range of
our observation; but. wherever possi
ble, we should use our senses to ac
quire knowledge at first hand.
This will explain why men who can
not read or write have built up sub
stantial businesses. They have made
use of the Mjwer possessed by all, but
cultivated by very few.
The perceptive faculty must be train
ed during childhood and youth. After
tiie completion of the twentieth year
very little progress fan be made.' A
grown maw is unable to develop his
potyers of observation to any satisfac
tory degree. Youth Is full of energy,
and that is the time to inculcate the
lesson that we should sec all that our
eyes rest upon.
It should be the object of every par
ent to teach his child to nofe every ob
ject that comes in his way. When out
for a walk in a park, the child should
be told to observe the shapes of the
leaves on the different trees, the paling
of the color of auimals toward the un
der part of the body and so on and
should be told that when asked a ques
tion on the subject he must be prepar
ed to say that it is so, not that he
thinks it is. -
All children have Inquiring minds,
and after a walk or two, coupled with
such instruction as we have mention
ed, you will find the child making groat
progress and aeqtiiriug a quality that
will be invaluable to him in after life.
One of the methods adopted by Hou
dln, the conjurer, for 'quickcnjng the
perception of his son was to make him
walk rapidly past a shop window or a
stall on which a number of articles
were displayed and then write down a
list of the objects noticed. At first only
half a dozen articles were perceived
during the moment occupied in passing
the store or window, but after having
done it once a day for a month the boy
was able to make a list of 40 objects.
Pearson's Wccklv. .
Coffee as a beverage had a slight
start of tea in London, for the first cof
fee house was opened about th year
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