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(THE ARGUS, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1908.
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lr Christmas Story
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THE WINGS OF THE MOBNING -
THE PILLAR OP LIGHT ETC.
OOPYRiaHT,l07.BY tSWARQ J.CLODB
Prince John's Strange Ally.
Uold by Handy, the Terrier.
MADE a mistake once and nipped a tramp'g
wooden leg. Since then I look before I take
hold. But even a poodle could see that this thing
was old bone, though its eyes glinted like Tibbie's
in the dark, and there was a smell of grease about
its beaded kilt.
"Why, it's a baby's toy." said I. seeing that
"Junkie was rather taken with it.
"Let s have a look," said a voice I hated, and Tibbie walked up
lobby's neck and perched between his ears.
, "Have you ever before heard of a ju-ju, Bob ?" went on Minkie.
"No," said Bob. .
' '"I think I might tell you something about it," broke in Tibbie,
backing down Bob's mane and set
tling on his withers again.
: "Well, go on," said Minkie,
) bending a bit so a3 to watch Tib
bie's green eyes.
1 "It's a long time ago since I
had the story from a blue Persian."
"Cookie has some liver in the
ilarder." You see, Minkie knew
- "I'll try to remember," she said
,in a rather thick voice. 'It seems
that we cats used to be worshiped by the ancient Egyptians. The cat
deity was named Elurus, and we were also venerated as a symbol of
I couldn't help it Even Bob coughed and then pretended to be
chewing hay. But because I laughed Minkie clouted my ear.
"The Romans always placed a cat at the feet of the Goddess of
Liberty. They realized that no animal resists the loss of its freedom
ao furiously as a cat," continued Tibbie in her best pur. "That is
why you never see a cat wearing a collar, the badge of servitude, like
'a dog." .
' Wow ! I'll give her "servitude" next time I have a chance. "Like
a dog!" indeed.
"What has all this got to do with a ju-ju V asked Minkie.
"I am coming to that. The Egyptians were a very wise people,
(obviously, and their ways were sure to be copied by the black men
;who lived near them. They thought so much of cats that whoever
killed one, even accidentally, was punished by death. This cat headed
god, Elurus, had a human body, and his image brought luck and good
fortune to those who carried it about with them- Now, there are no
cats whcfre the black men live, but there are plenty of monkeys, so I
am just guessing."
"I see," said Minkie, quite seriously.
"Regarding that liver ?" cried Tibbie, trying to talk in an cffhand
' " -x
'I am going to interview Cookie now," was the reply.
JHold on! Where "do I come in!" I simply had to interfere.
The thing was an outrage. Fancy, getting liver for a blue-moldy
yarn like that. '
"And me?" snorted BoK.
"You're both too fat already," said Minkie calmly, but she kicked
down another lot of hay before she blew the lantern out, and I got a"
snack of steak while Tibbie waa filling up on fish heads and foie de
veau. I lapped the best part of her Tpilk, too. when she wasn't looking.
There was a keen frost that night, and the scent of the nigger, not
to mention some beery singers who call themselves "the waits," kept
me awake for hours. . Every man has a different smell, though some
folk get mad if you tell them so, but the Upper Niger tang was new
to me, and I couldn't help thinking what a place that must be for a
hunt if even a well washed black prince left such a bouquet behind
him. I suppose you are surprised
to hear' a fox terrier using French
words, but I learned them from ma
demoiselle, Minkie's governess, who
went away last month.
Next morning at breakfast all
the talk was of Prince John and the
ju-ju. Schwartz had hunted high
and low for his doll ; but, consider
ing that it wa3 in Minkie's' pocket,
he was not likely to find it. If only he had a nose like me he would
soon have been on its track. I fancied the Guv'nor was not altogether
pleased that such a rough and tumble performance should have taken
place at Holly Lodge on a Christmas eve, and Schwartz was so put out
by the loss of the ju-ju that it cast rather a gloom over the household,
excepting Minkie, Tibbie and me, of course. "As for that fool of a
parrot, he or she blessed if I can tell one parrot from another, but
this one never lays an egg," though every one calls him "Polly" well,
he was nearly delirious with excitement because Christmas time brings
nuts into his cage. Once the conversation came pretty close to our
"By the way, Millicent, that negro had a black bag in his hand
when he drove home with us last night, didn't he V inquired the Old
Man, tackling Minkie rather suddenly.
' "Oh, yes, father, dear. I saw it quite plainly. Did he take it
"I dunno, miss. He fair flummaxed me, he did, with his bowin'
an' scrapin' an' lah-di-dah manners. As I said to Cook"
"That will do, Evangeline," put in Mam. "Bring some more toast,
Minkie had steered the question off smartly, but the Guv'nor stuck
to hi3 point.
"There can be no doubt the rascal brought the bag into the house.
I remember now seeing him carry it into the hall. Yet it was not in
his possession when we caught him in the garden, and it must havo
been-found if it were lying among the shrubs or he had left it in the
houe. By Jove 1 Is it possible that he had an accomplice ? Really,
Schwartz, you ought to have called in the police if the matter is so
serious. . '
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"Excellent!" he cried. "I am glad to hear that one member of
the family has grasped the true principles of commercial success."
"I'm sure I don't know where Millicent gets her ideas from,"
sighed Mam. "When I was her age I could no more have said such
a thing than I could have flown."
"And you certainly were never built for flying, less now than
ever," smiled her husband. Of course I paid little heed to all this
chaff, because I was bolting half that jam sandwich, which Minkie
had dropped. Evangeline saw what happened and said nothing, so it
will be "Whistle and I'll come to you, my lad," tonight But I woke
up to the sounds of battle when Mam wanted to know who was going
to church. Everybody said "I," except Schwartz, who had letters to
write. You ought to have watched his face when Minkie 6aid quietly:
"In that case you will miss seeing Jack Stanhope, the friend of
whom I was telling you yesterday." '
"Jack ! Is he at home ?" Dolly blurted out and then blushed right
down her neck.
"Yes. Didn't you know V
"How could I! If it comes tp that, how do you know ?"
"lie sent me a Christmas picture post card last evening, one of the
"This quarrel is between Prince John and myself," said Schwartz J new ones, with the season's wishes and a lot of robins on one side and
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sullenly. "He may have had others to help, though it is difficult to see
how that could be under the circumstances. But this, is only the
second round of a big fight. He and I will meet again, probably on a
certain island in the Niger which we both know well. Then we shall
settle the ownership of that small god for keeps." t - ;.
"Oh," cried Dolly, "is it an idol?" ;' : .
Then Schwartz tried to pull himself together. , '.
"No, Miss Dorothy, not an idol, but a fetich," he 'said,. with his
usual grin. "The" fact is, I fear I have led you to believe that I attach
an exaggerated value to it. It is only a bit of carved ivory which the
natives regard as a talisman. But it had a sentimental interest for me,
much as a gambler at Monte Carlo might prize a champagne cork or a
piece of coal or some equally ridiculous charm which he had carried
in his pocket on the night of a big coup."
"Meow !" said Tibbie, looking up at Minkie.
"Yes, darling," said Minkie, "the dish is going out now, and I have
told Cook to save you the tidbits. Dan, come back here 1 Who stole
Tibbie's milk last night?" ;
"Misere de Dieu !" as mademoiselle said when she was turning over
the strawberry plants and grabbed a wasp who split on me ? W83
Evangeline? Wait till I catch her sliding down to the front gate
tonight when her young man whistles "Annie Rooney." I'll raise
"I suppose you had some lively times occasionally, in West Africa,
Schwartz?" said the Old Man cheerfully, his idea being to swing the
talk away from a topic which his guest seemed to avoid. ...
"Y-yes, for a few minutes every now and then. But the exciter
ment soon passed. For the Test, it was deadly dull, a aort of slow
crescendo up to the boiling point of fever and a gradual diminuendo
back to flabby health again. It is no country for a white man "unless
he wants his relations to collect his life insurance." . , ,'
0. "Yet you made money there ?"
"Oh, yes. Why else should one go to such a filthy swamp V
"Do you mean to say that the natives of a fever laden district are
physically up to the standard of the fellow we
collared last night ?"
; "No; he comes from the highlands, where the
countryis altogether different. But the money is
made at the ports and trading stations."
"Any sport?" '' " . "
; "Very little. The bush is too dense."
- "Then why do the blacks want gas pipe guns
and coal dust gunpowder?" asked Miakie, who
was making a jam sandwich.
"To shoot the whites," replied Schwartz. "So
you see it would be bad for our health if the traders gave them, good
weapons and ammunition." '. ' '. .-.
"That explains it," said Minkie. v - " '
'Explains what, dear?" inquired Mam, and Schwartz squirmed a
bit until Minkie said:
"Something I read in a narjer. mother. These wicked neeroes V 1i
high prices for rifles, and of course it is best to let them believe they
are buying the genuine article." - . ; . .
Mam was nuzzled, but the Guv'nor laughed. "
a ha'penny stamp with the"address and a little bit of a letter on the
other. Here it is. Shall I read it ?"
"Yes," said the Guv'nor, rather grimly. Outside the gang he
Understood Minkie better than anybody else, and he evidently won
dered why she was making such a dead set against Schwartz.
Minkie produced the card from the pocket which held the ju-ju.
It wn a deep pocket, lengthened by herself. She often needed it to
. (Continued on Page Eight.)
THE HEAD HUNTERS:
Uncanny Trophias That Ara Charlahad
by the Dyaka.
The bead hunting propensities ef
the )yaki are well known to the stu
dents of ethnology. The leading
thought In the taking of beads la the
idea that the conqueror could secure
the "soul" of the conquered and add it
to his own, increasing thereby his
courage and strength and consequent- ,
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the bead of the victim remained in
his possession. It is therefore the
custom of the people after battle to
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graies, each bead forming a berry.
These war trophies are considered by
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I have often had the questionable
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