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MISSOURI. RIVER BOATS.
Trip? of <k? Old Bld? WkttUri Im.
the Early 1??? ?.
In the early days thore was n regu
lar lino of packets between St. I .nuts
and Si. Joseph, all side wheelers, nnd
the average round trip occupied eight
days. A bout left St. I.ouls every day
for the Missouri river, aud as thero
wero fourteen boats In the line each
boat made a round trip once every two
weeks during the season. During the
winter the boats ran between 8t. I.ouls
nnd New Orleans.
Coming up the river the boats ran
all night, but lu going down they al
ways laid up as soon as darkness set
in. In going down the river flio boats
usually left St. Joseph early in the
afternoon aud laid up for the night at
YVoston, where there was always a lot
of freight to load. Tho next day they
went to Lexington, the next to Itoon
rille nnd the next to St. Louis. Occa
sionally during high water a boat
would lenvo Lexington at daylight nnd
reach St. Louis In time for breakfast
the next morning.
The boats carried from 200 to 100
passengers on the trip up the river,
counting the immigrants on the deck,
but going back they only had cabin j
pussougers. Tho cablu fare from St.
I.ouls to St. Joseph ranged from $10
to $15, which included meals und state
room. The boats were all supplied
with fine cooks, and tho passengers
lived on the best that money could
Tho average boat carried 500 to 000
tons of freight In addition to passen
gers. During low water freight that
now costs 20 cents a hundred cost $2.50
a hundred. Tho oxpenso of a round
trip from St. Louis to St. Joseph, In
cluding loading and unloading, was es
timated at $4,000, and the income from
cost to $7,000. Each boat carried a
Crew of from 80 to 100 mou. The aver
age value of the boats in the line was
probably $45,000 each.
The boats wero often on sund lmrs,
where they sometimes remained for a
day and night, but altogether the time
was made surprisingly well. A pilot
who had a reputation for keeping his
boot off the bars commanded as high
ns $500 a month. Each boat was pro
vided with two pilots, aud this oxpenso
usually amounted to from $900 to $1,
000 a month. All a river pilot saved
he put lu big watch chain. You could
tell a high priced phot by the alee of
the UnkH lu hit gold watch chain. A
rattling good first mate who knew bow
to handle a boat after It at ck a bar
received $200 a mouth.
Poker was a favorite river amuse
ment, aud It wna not an uncommon
sight to see eight or ten games going
at the same time lu tho main cabin of
a steamboat. And the playing was for
actual money, which was displayed In
stacka on die tables.
Among tho famous boats on the river
at that time were the Kate Kln'ney, F.
U. Aubry, Mornlug Star, John D. Per
ry. Sioux City, Omaha, Carrier and the
James II. Lucas. Tho last named mado
the fastest run In the history of tho
river?(59 hours ana 22 minutes from St.
Louis to St Joseph.
Ute first false eye was a metal band
which gripped the head nnd was fitted
with a plate to cover the blind eye,
covered with leather on which an
eye was painted. Then came shells,
like halves of nutshells, of gold, silver
or copper, enameled or painted to re
semble an eye and Inserted under the
eyelid. As an Improvement upon these,
artificial oyes were made of porcelain
and at last of glass.
"Did you ever notice anything funny
about his conversationY'
"Funny? 1 Bhould eay not. Thore's
absolutely no point to It."
"That's the funny pnrt of It Having
no point to it, how is it that he bores
so quickly?*'?Philadelphia Press.
A PImo Pt>r Him.
First Floorwalker?Poor old BJonea
has completely lost his hearing. Pm
afraid he will lose his Job. Socond
Floorwalker- Nousonno. H**8 to be
transferred to the complaint desk.?
Nothing Is so good for an Ignorant
man na silence, and If hs was sensible
of this hs would not be ignomui.?
PITH AND POINT.
A child is always surprised that you
don't know tho washerwoman at its
When you throw a friend a bouquet,
don't throw It bo he will catch the
thorns In his hands.
Hope is a progressive game. One's
children fulling to become famous, the
hope progresses to the grandchildren.
It is easy for a woman to he polite;
all she has to do Is to smile, but a
mau has to smile and raise his hat.
Worrying about the future is believ
ing there will be ghosts tomorrow,
though you know there are none today.
Parents are hard on their ehlhlron
when the children are young, and when
When the parents are ohl the children
are hard on the parents. ? Atehlson
The TlieuluKlt'itl I.nl?) rliilli.
Stephen Essex, a Methodist minister,
In the hero In "The Bishop's Nlcco."
Ills state of mind after his early wan
derings in tho theological labyrinth is
thus described by tho author, Clcorgo
At twenty-seven Stephen Essox had
not made a perfect recovery from (ho
panic Into which a premature discoV
ery of the plan of salvatlo.i had thrown
him. He had employed the remedies
which are prescribed to heal our coin
niOll moral Illnesses, but their aban
donee and variety as well as lfs dis
position to leave none untastcd had re
tarded his convalescence. Ills present
condition was that of one who, though
realizing that he has balled, almost
miraculously, .lust Inside the end of op
portunity, Is still fearful of doing
something which will undo everything.
Chancellor D'Aguesseau, observing
that his wife always delayed ten or
twelvo minute.-) before she came down
to dinner and reluctant to lose so much
time dolly, began tho composition of a
work which he prosecuted only while
thus kept waiting. At tho end of fif
teen yenre a book In three qtiarto vol
u ??s was completed, which ran
through three editions nnd was held In
A Bearded 1'rmfc,
One of tho earliest of the Amorlcan
bearded froaka waa Louis Jasper, who
lived In southern Virginia at about the
timo of the close of the Revolutionary
war. Ills beard was nine and a half
foot long and correspondingly thick
nnd heavy. Ho could take his mus
tucho between his fingers and extend
bis arms to their full length, and still
the ends of tho mustache were over- a
foot beyond his finger tips.
Tho wasp was buzzing languidly
around the houso cat.
"You needn't come any nearer," said
"I won't hurt you," sntd the wasp.
"I'm half sick today, anyhow."
"Whloh half?" asked tho cat, buck
ing off.?Chicago Tribune.
Ilcury Hyde?You ought to bo in the
workhouse. Roofless Rufus -I know
it, boss, but I Jest can't boar de ideal
Henry Hyde?You shouldn't be so
proud. Roofless Rufus 'Taint pride,
boss; it's the name o' de place I can't
stand. Cleveland Leader.
Most people would rather preach half
u day than practice half an hour.?
*.:.....,; itunutn inteiuirence.
Mrs. McBryde- John, I'm simply dis
gusted. While I was out this morning
the cat got into thu pantry and ate
every single thing oxcept a cajko I had
Just linked. Mr. McBryde?What a
wonderful thing animal Instinct is, to
be sure! Cleveland leader.
I have seldom known any ono who
deserted truth In trlflos that could be'
trusted In matters of importance.?
Not Thnt Kind of a Server.
Heavy Tragedian - Hurry up with
my order. I am used to people serv
ing me In a hurry. Walter?t don't
doubt It, but l am no sheriff.
More Thau Rent.
"Are you bent on spending all of
"No; I'm broke."-Cleveland Plain
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