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THE ARGUS. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1903.
A CASE OF
Andy Sumwalt had known Molly
Barnes for years and thought he was
aware of every good and bad trait she
possessed. "Them two has been court
In so long," said the neighbors, "and,
never bavin had a qnarrel, they'll live
together like two turtledoves." It
created, therefore, a sensation when a
,week after the marriage Andy disap
peared. The only explanation given by
bis wife was that they had quarreled.
The truth was that under the influence
of physical ailment Molly had acted
very unreasonably and harshly. Andy,
whose experience in marital life was
confined to a few days, argued, "If this
la the beginning, what will be the
end?" - Being. a determined fellow as
.well as having a dread of discord, he
made up his mind to correct what he
considered a mistake at the very out
set by leaving his wife. Nevertheless
he was not so unmanly as to force her
to take care of herself. He left with
her half his savings, and before they
were gone he began to send monthly
remittances. . Then suddenly the remit
tances stopped, for Andy fell sick. Six
months later they were resumed, but
as Molly had left the place in which
she had lived they were "returned to
Molly had been offered a position in
the city and had gone there to keep
from starvation, taking with her a lit
tle girl who bad been born to her. But
.when Molly reached the city she ar
rived without her baby, whom she had
left in a foundlings home.
The child was so pretty and attrac
tive that a number of ladies without
children wished to adopt her. The lady
president resolved to put Molly up at
auction, the proceeds to be settled upon
the child in the hands of a trustee,
Molly to be knocked down io the high
est bidder. On the day of the sale the
home matron mounted a table with
Molly In her arms and called for bids.
There were in attendance besides the
ladies mentioned a number of poorer
people who wanted a child.
Fifty dollars was bid and the amount
run up to $250 by the poorer classes
when the ladies took hold and raised It
to $1,000. At this point a man behind
the crowd dressed like a workingman
began to bid. A lady who was resolved
to have the child bid against him till
the sum of $2,000 was reached, when
she withdrew, and the child was
knocked down to the man.
"What name?" asked the matron.
"Sumwalt? That was the name
nlnned to the child's dress .when she
was brought v in here."
"I know all about her," said the man.
"I've been tracking her mother for
weeks, but I haven't gained any infor
mation except of the child."
lie pulled a great roll from his pocket
and counted twenty $100 bills without
sensibly lessening the bulk of.thekjolL.
Handing the money to the matron, ne
took his little girl in his arms, and the
expression of his face was a delight to
Andy had hunted for gold in the west
and found a coal mine. This had given
him a fortune. He had lived with a
married couple in the far west and had
noticed how much they had to bear
and forbear. Then it occurred to him
that he had fled in the face of an inev
itable attendant upon marriage, the
getting used to each other, and had he
.waited for his child she would have
been a bond far stronger than all oth
"Upon proving his story he was named
trustee for his child, and the president
of the home took sufficient interest in
finding his wife, the mother of -his
child, to enter upon the work herself.
But fche made slow progress, and after
months of endeavor gave up the work
as hopeless. Meanwhile Andy hired a
comfortable country home and a nurse
One spring morning John was work
in in his carden while Molly was
chasing butterflies over the grass. A
carriage came up the road and turned
Into the gate. Andy stood leaning on
his spade, looking at it. A presentiment
came to him that his wife was within.
But, no; she could never come to him in
such style. The carriage stopped a
short distance from him, and the lady
president of the home alighted. John
was disappointed; but, noticing anoth
er woman about to alight, his pulse
quickened again. Once more he was
doomed to disappointment at seeing
the woman dressed in the black and
white of a servant, for she must surely
be the lady's maid. Then the vision of
hi3 life flashed before him, the lady's
maid running to him with outstretched
Arms. In another moment husband
and wife were in each other's embrace,
flnrt little Mollv. coming up, was taken
Molly had at last found it possible to
support her child and had gone to the
home in quest of her.
"I have often met," said the lady
president a little later in Andy's sitting
'room, "cases like this, desertion Imme
diately or very soon after marriage,
and have wondered at the cause. Sure
ly there must be some great discovery,
some bitter disappointment. I ask as
mv reward for bringing you two to
gether that you tell me the cause In
Andy and Molly' hung their heads.
"It was all my fault," said Molly.
"All mine," said Andy.
"The cause?" asked the lady again.
"There was no cause," said Molly,
"The. starter was that I asked Andy
one morning to bring me a scuttle of
coal, and he wouldn't do it till he had
tied his cravat."
"Good gracious!" exclaimed the lady
president, throwing up her hands.
"What a contemptible cause for so
An Effective "Attaenment."
. Attaching a man's property for debt
Is supposed to be a legal process, but
an Incident which occurred years ago in
the city of Natchez, as related by Davy
Crockett In his "Life and Adventures,"
shows that there are other "attach
ments" which sometimes accomplish
a beneficent purpose.
An odd affair occurred when I was
last at Natchez, ears Mr. Crockett. A
steamboat stopped at the landing, and
one of the crew went ashore to pur
chase Drovisions. He went into a sa
loon on the way, and . the adroit in
mates contrived to rob him of all his
money. The captain of the boat, a de
termined ' fellow, went ashore in the
hope of persuading them to refund, but
Without further ceremony, tne cap
tain, assisted by his crew and passen
gers, some 300 or 4UU m numper, maue
fast an immense cable to the frame
building where the theft had been com
mitted. Then he allowed fifteen min
utes for the money to be forthcoming.
vowing that if it were not. produced
within that time he would put steam
to his boat and drag the house Into the
The thieves knew that he would keep
his word, and the money was promptly
Parching May Files.
On the banks of the Elbe a curious
sight may frequently be seen. Men
and women come there In the evening
and light fires, near which they care-
fnllv snread snacious cloths. In a few
minutes swaritis of May flies, those del
icate little creatures whose earthly life
lasts only for a few hours, hover around
the fires, and speedily hundreds nay.
thousands of them are burned and fall
on the cloths.
After a sufficient supply of flies has
been gathered in this way the fires are
.extinguished, and the cloths are care
fully raised from the ground and tauen
home. On the following morning they
are placed in a garden on a sunny spot,
the result being that the bodies of the
flips hpcome thoroughly parched. The
flies are then ready for the market and
are sold for a few cents a quart to
dealers in birds, who say that there is
no better food for nightingales, robins
other feathered nets. Only tne
lwiips nr used for this purpose, and
therefore before they are sent to mar
ket the utmost pains are taken to see
that all the wings have been removed.
Girla -who work are particularly susoeptible to female ills, especially when obliged to stand on their
feet from morning until night.
Dav in and dav out. mouth in and month out. the vear through, the worlunpr girl toils : she 13 often the
bread winner of the family, and must work that others may live ; "whether she is sick or welL whether it
rains or shines, whether it is warm or cold sho must get to her place of employment and perform the
duties exacted from her.
Among this class the sviuntoms of female diseases are early manifest by weak and aching backs,
pain in the lower limbs and lower part of the stomach; in consequence of frequent wetting of the feet
montnly periods become painmi ana irregular, ana irequentiy iaint ana aizzy speiis, witu loss 01 appetite,
until life is a burden and it is hard work to drag about. All these symptoms point to a derangement of the
female organism, and if taken in timo can be easily and permanently cured.
A Cordial Invitation 1 to Every? Sick and
It is to these srirls that Mrs. Pinkham holds out a helpinc: hand, and
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Waterprooflog Soots at Home.
I have for years used successfully a
dressing for leather boots ana soes
composed of oil and india rubber, keep-
inc out moisture and uninjurious to tne
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pliable. To prepare same, heat in an
iron vessel either fish oil, castor oil or
even tallow to about 250 degrees F,
then add, cut into small pieces, vulcan
iced or raw india rubber about one-
fifth of the weight of the oil, gradually
until the rubber is completely dissolved
in the oil: lastly, add to give it color a
small amount of printers ink. Tour
into a suitable vessel and let cool. One
or two applications of this are suffi
cient to thoroughly waterproof a pair
of boots or shoes for a season. Boots
or shoes thus dressed will take com
mon shoeblacklnc with the greatest
facility. Scientific American.
Balcao and Dumas.
It is said that: Balzac detested Dumas.
Once he brought to the Siecle the man
uscript of a novel, which was to follow
"Les Trois Mousquetaires," then being
published. He asked to be paid 26
francs a line. The director of the jour
nal hesitated. "You see, M. Dumas is
hplnsr naid only 2 francs a line." "If
you are giving 2 francs to that negro,
I shall cet out!" And Balzac stalked
Dumas was not ignorant of Balzac's
feelings toward him ami uia not spare
him. In the foyer of the Odeon theater
Balzac was talking loudly in a group
of literary men, "When I have written
myself out as a novelist, I shall go to
nlaywritinsr." "You can begin rlgut
away," called out Dumas.
An Arabian Story.
An Arab and his wife were constant
ly quarreling, and the wife always,
went straightway to her father and
made complaint One day the Arab
boxed the ears of his better half.
whereupon she went again to ner ra
ther and related her grievance, de
manding revenge. The father, a wise
old sheik, shook his head, and. after
lone reflection.- boxed his daughter's
ears and said: "Now thou art avenged.
Thy husband has boxed the ears of my
daughter, and I have boxed the ears of
his wife!" Lustige Blatter.
He Merely Made It.
"My bay doesn't seem to have got
alone here very well," said tne omce
"Well, to be perfectly frank wltn
a. mm. 1 A V A.
rou " renliea tne employer, i musi
"Ah! What's his trouble?"
"He hasn't any trouble; it's the rest
of us - who have had tnat." umcago
The angular passenger stuck her head
out through the car window.
"Why," she asked the man on the
station platform, "did you speak Just
now of that singular looking machine
as 'sher "
"Because, ma'am," replied the man
on the platform, "it's a mail snatcher."
And she took her head In again.;
The Jleal Truth.
"Didn't she marry a has been? '
"No. She thought he was a will bei
but he turned out an 'isn't "Life.
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