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"The World is Governed Too Much."
IIlRHiL. BIOSSlT, Business Manager. ALEXANDRIA, LOUISIANA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1890. VOL. XLV.-NO. 39.
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WH.A'I' ULLY VI..
BgO She Saved More Than One
. - nor had been
Attt Mary in
S ife country. She
/ would have
f I been "perfectly
r that her father
were obhged to
city. It wasflive
weeks since she
had seen them,
and it seemed
b Polly like five months.
"One lovely afternoon Polly sat on
ithe horse-block, idly kicking one foot
lbackward and forward, watching. Aunt
NMary as she drove off to visit a sick
Just as Aunt Mary was hidden from
rsight by a bend in the road she heard
the crunching of wheels in the opposite
direction, and, on looking up, found it
was the grocer and postman of Willow
Grove, He checked his horse at the
gate, and, fumbling slowly in his coat,
drew out a white envelope, and read in
a load voice:
I "Miss Polly Gardner, in care of Mrs.
Iary West, Willow Grove. In haste."
Then be peeped over his glasses Pevere
ly at Polly, and asked sharpl.; "Who's
)lisPollyGardrer? Do yod know, lit
"0, that's me!" cried 'cAjlly, jumping
from the horse-block, ','rnd Mrs. Mary
West is aunty. Please give me my
letter. It's from mar, ma. I am so glad!"
"Can you read?"
"Yes, of cours',," said Polly indignant
ly. "I'm nine next week."
This was t',e letter:
D5aRE5T P ,IJ.Y-Papa finds he can leave his
business fo. a short time, so we have concluded
to spend heremainder of your vacation with
I I"".Aunt 'ary. We shall take the train
atb ches Willow Grove at 4:30 p. m. on the
91'4j Tell Aunt Mary to meet us if she has
Love to all, and a thousand kisses from
MAMMA AND PAPA.
As Aunt Mary would not return be
ore five o'clock, Polly determined to
aDlk down to the railroad station and
meet her father and mother alone. She
had often been there with Aunt Mary
towatch the trains come and go. It was
a small station, and very few people
Just before reaching the station the
vailroad crossed a draw-bridge. Polly
liked to watch the man open and shut
the draw as the boats in the river passed
through. There was a foot-path over
this bridge, and Polly had once crossed
a with Aunt Mary. They had stopped
sospeakto the flagman, who was pleas
ant and good-natured. He told Polly
where she could tind some beautiful
'white lilies in a pond not far away.
Thatwas more than a week ago and the
flowers were not then open, and now, as
Polly ran down the road, she thought
she would have time to gather some for
her parents before the train arrived.
When Polly reached the station she
found no one there, and on looking at
the elock found that it was only ten
minutes past four, so she had twenty
minutes to wait. Then she ran on
The flagman stood by the draw, and
Polly saw, some distance down the riv
er, a small vessel coming toward the
bridge. She ran along rapidly, and as
ahe passed the flagman he called out:
"Going for the lilies? The pond was
: ll white with them when I went by
2 this morning."
"Yes, sir; I want to pick some for
mamma and papa. They wrote me a
letter and said they were coming in the
S "You don't say so! Well, I guess
you're glad. Look out for the locomo
tive, and don't take too long picking
I eer flowers, and you'll have plenty of
j time to get back before the train comes
S She thanked him and ran on. In
about five minutes she reached the
- peond. How lovely the lilies looked,
with their snowy cups resting upon the
dark wateri But their stems were long
S ld tough, and most of them grew far
beyond her reach. She contrived to se
ewre four. Polly was sorry to leave so
many behind, but was afraid if she
lingered too long she would miss the
train. So gathering up the blossoms,
she pinned them into her belt and
- mpered back toward the bridge.
The boat had just sailed through the
drw, and the man stood ready to close
the bridge, when Polly came up. He
looked over at her from the center of
thebrdge, and called out with a smile:
"Couldn't you get any more flowers
UPSePED OVER HIs GLASSbES.
Sthosye If I had time to go to the
you should have as many as you
6 liled back at him, and then
to wateh him as he made ready
ti the great bridge back into
o the train to pass over. His
q already on the crank, when a
S ling over the railing of the
-~'t ted his attention. As be
7eIPUl it in it seemed to becaught
.Polly watched him lean
'better hold, when, to heq
There was a sudden screit and a
great spltah in the Water. But before
the .aves of thb Swiftly flowing river
closed over him Polly heard the cry:
"The train-the flag!"
Poor little Pollyl She was so alarmed
for the poor man's safety that for some
momentsshbe could thinkof nothingelse,
and ran backward and forward wring
ing her hands in despair. As he arose
to the surface she saw that he made
frantic gestures to her, and pointed up
the road from which the train was to
come. He seemed to be able to keep
himself above water with very little ef
fort, and Polly saw with joy that the
accident had been observed by the orew
of the vessel. The matt in the Water
struck out toward the boat, and Polly
could hear shouts and cheers from the
men on board.
All at once she was startled by the
far-off whistle of the approaching loco
motive. In a moment she understood
the meaning of the flagman's gestures.
She looked at the open space and then
at the brilgo. In five minutes or less
the train would come dashing into that
terrible chasm. Polly's hair almost rose
on her head with horror. It was as
much as she could do to keepher senses.
There must be some way to avert the
awful calamity. She ran swiftly along
toward the rapidly approaching train.
Lying on the ground, just by the small
wooden house where the flagman usual
ly sat, Polly saw a red flag. She re
membered having heard that this flag
was used in case of danger, or when
TIHEN CAME THE TRAIN AROUND THE
there was any reason for stopping the
cars. She did not know whether there
was yet time, but she seized the flag,
and flew wildly up the track.
"0, my papa! 0, my mamama!" she
cried; "they will fall into the river and
be drowned! What shall I do?" and
Polly waved the flag backward and for
ward as she ran.
Then came the train around the
curve. She could see the white steam
puffing from the pipe, and could hear
the panting of the engine.
"I know they'll run over me, but if
mamma and papa are killed.l don't care
to live," she said to herself as she ap
preached the great, black., noisy engine.
When it was about three hundred
feet away from her she saw a head
thrust out of the little window by the
locomotive, and then, with a great
puffing, snorting and whistling, it be
gan to move slower and slower, until at
last, when it was almost upon Polly, it
All the windows were alive with
heads and hands. The passengers
screamed and waved her off the track.
She stepped off and ran close up to the
side of the engine, and gasped out:
"The bridge is open, and the man has
fallen into the river. Please stop the
train, or you'll be drowned."
The engineer stared in amazement.
as well he might, to see a small girl
with a flushed face, hair blown wildly
about and four lilies pinned in her belt,
waving the red flag as though she had
been used to flagging trains all her life.
At that moment another remarkable
figure presented itself to the astonished
eyes of the passengers. A man, drip
ping wet, bruised and scrached, as
though he had been drawn through
briars, .came tearing toward the cars,
stumbling and almost falling at every
step. As he reached little Polly, he
snatched her up and covered her face
with kisses. "You little darling," he
cried, "do you know what you've done?
You've saved the lives of more than a
Polly, nervous and excited, began to
cry. One after another the passengers
came hurrying out of the train, and
crowded around her, praising and kiss
ing her, until she was quite ashamed,
and hid her head on the kind flagman's
shoulder, whispering: "Please take me
away to find mamma and papa."
Almost the last to alight were Polly's
parents. "Why, it's our Pollyl" they
both exclaimed at once.
The draw was now closed again, and
the conductor cried: "All aboard." The
passengers scrambled back to their
seats again. Polly's father took her
into the car with him, and now she
looked calmly at the people as they
gathered around, and answered politely
all questions put to her, but refused the
rings, chains, bracelets and watches
that the grateful passengers pressed
her to accept as tokens of their grati
tude for saving their lives.
At last Polly grew tired of so much
praise, and spoke out: "Really, I don't
deserve your thanks, for I never once
thought of any one but papa and mam
ma. So keep your presents for your
own little girls. Thank you all the
Those that heard her laughed, seeing
they could do nothing better for her
than to let her remain unnoticed for
I the short distahoe she had to go.
Wheh Polly was lifted out of the car,
and stood upon the steps of the station
while her father looked after the lug
gage, the passengers threw kisses and
waved their handkerchiefs to her until
they were out of sight.
A few days afterward Polly was as
tonished at receiving a beautiful ivory
box containing an exquisitely-enameled
medal, with these words engraved on it:
"Presented to Polly Gardner, whose
courage and presence of mind saved one
hundred lives,""u.Julia 1( Hildrte@, $i
THE PEOPLE OF CAPRI.
They Are Very Confiding and Given to
Look on l!fe's Bright side.
The Caprese, as the people of Capri
are celled, are simple, very confiding
grateful for kindness, easily amused,
and given to look on" the bright side of
life, They are industrious, ahd hate a
keen eye to the "main chance." T'hey
are not poor, comparatively speitking-,
athd there ate ho theives. By thieves t
mean robbers on a large scale: Thed
pe asants who have no gardens Wili Steal
a few vegetables frot their Hicher
neighbors whei they han get the
chahce, and servants will add a iolda
or two to the price of etvery article
they get for the padrone. On the other
hand, houses 01ay be left open dayg and
night Without fear, and money in
unlocked drawers is perfectly safe. It
is argued that the difficulty there would
be in conveying stolen goods secretly
and speedily off the island explains, the
scarcity of thieves, but a reason for
good behavior may also be found, I
think, in the absenxe of that squalid
misery which is a chief incentive to
The Caprese are religious-which does
not prevent them from swindling
fdrestieri as much as possible. "Protest
ants were made to be fleeced," urge the
priests. Their religious ideas, as is
natural with so practical a people, take
a very practical form. If the fishermen
attend mass regularly, Sant' Antonio,
patron saint of fishermen, will be so
pleased that he will beg the good God
to send them a fine harvest of fish. The
masses, therefore, are always addressed
to a large and devout congregation.
And so it is in all their dealings with
the higher powers. So much devo
tion and money spent in wax candles,
processions and fire-works-for which
the saints appear to have a peculiar
partiality-so much worldly prosperity.
The motive seems low, but at any rate
the people believe profoundly in the
gods above-their. devotion is real, and
there is no pretense at a faith for the
sake of appearances. They believe also
that the recitation of a certain number
of ayes and paternosters will help to
heal wounds and sores, aches and pains,
of every description. The altar of the
Madonna is surrounded by little waxen
effigies of arms, logs, hearts and so
forth, showing how potent are her
pleadings with the Trinity- for the
waxen arms, etc., corresponded to fleshy
members which have been heased by
means of her intercessions.--Cornhill
Fourteen Thousand Men Are Fighting the
Plague in Algeria.
Immense swarms of grasshoppers have
invaded parts of the country of Algeria
and are spoiling lots of things. Two
thousand soldiers, aided by 12,000
Arabs, have been employed to fight the
pest. The roadways present the ap
pearance of a battle-field, and extraor
dinary efforts are being made to rid the
surrounding country of this insect ene
This is not the first time that this
plague has devastated Algeria. In 1845
the harvests of almost the entire coun
try were destroyed by grasshoppers.
From 1747 to 1749 these insects doso
lated Algeria, extending their ravages
even to parts of Europe.
Millions on millions of the dead
bodies of these insects are covering at
prosent the great roadway leading from
Mascara toMostaganim and filling the
springs and rivers. The task of killing
these masses of grasshoppers is no
small one. Imagine a district of one
hundred miles in Circumference, which
not long ago was covered with wheat,
tobacco, and fig and olive trees, but
now is so densely covered with grass
hoppers that not a single green branch
or leaf can'be seen. For three years a
distinguished Parisan naturalist, M.
Kunkel, has been studying how to ex
terminate these creatures. The best
plan seems to be that of stamping the
moving, quivering heaps with the bare
feet. Shovels and other sharp instru
ments are used, but it has been noticed
that the elastic layers of grasshoppers
tend to rebound after pressure and only
the layers on top are crushed. Large
fires have also been lighted, but the
dense smoke arising from the flames is
only partly effective in preventing the
descent of these all-devouring swarms.
It Was Very Quailnt and Unlike the Paris of
Old Paris is vastly interesting and
easy to visit, too; D'Artagnan would
have stared at its modern map and
would hardly have found the city of
1648 upon it; for of the 108 or so of ruled
squares; which barely include the me
tropolis of to-day, a dozen cover the
town of the Muskeeters, the walls of
which upon the right bank of the
Seine cut straight across the garden of
the Tuileries, sliced off a corner of the
present Palais Royal Gardens, ran
northeast to the boulevards, then
really what their name signifies--forti
fled ramparts-and followed them to
Even during the youth of the muska
teers these walls had grown elastic, and
sieges of great cities were out of fashion.
Henry II. had lowered the walls, and
Richelien breached them to make way
for the Palais Cardinal, which his last
will changed into the Palais Royal and
the property of the King.
The bourgeois life had flowed over
the ramparts long since, or struggled
out through the fortified gates into the
fat bourgs, but it is mainly within their
antique limits that the old houses are
found to-day, by hundreds, from the
Bastile to the Louvre, and from the
Boulevard St. Denis to St. Germain des
Pres; they are easily recognizable, for
they thrust themselves out at the girdle
like the gentlemen and ladies who wore
the waded gowns and doublets of 162.,
The Dear Girls.
Flossie-I made a large collection of
beautiful stones while I was at the sea
Mand--S did 1; but mine were all sey
in engagement ringe whop j got theai
GENERAL COUSTR'S ENO.
A Uallant Struggle Against the Most tine
Neves featliing, as t believe, the
fearful Odds against himl, believiing
that he would find the village "otf the
run," and that bet*deen himself and
Reno be Could "dollble them tip" iii
shoft order, Cdster had jauntily trotted
down to his death. It *as a long five
mile ride from whdre he sighted tha
northern end of the illage tob here
he strUck its Center around that bold
point of bluff, and from the start to the
moment his guidons whirled into view,
and his troopers came galloping "front
into line" down near the ford, he never
fairly saw the great village-never
dreamed of its depth and extent." Round
ing th$ bluff, he suddenly found him
self face to face with thousands of the
boldest and most skilful warriors of the
prairies liHe had hoped to charge at
once into the heart of the village, to
hear the cheers of Reno's men from the
south. Instead he was greeted wit h a
perfect fury of flame and hissing lead
from the dense thicket of willow and
cottonwood, a fire that had to be an
swered at once;' Quickly he dismounted
his men and threw them forward on
the run, each fourth man holding, cav
alry fashion, the horses of the other
three. The line seems to have swept
in parallel very nearly with the general
course of the stream, but to no purpose.
The foe was ten to one in their front.
Boys and squaws were shooting from
the willows ("Oh, we had plenty
gunsl" said our story-tellers); and
worse than that, hundreds of young
warriors had mounted their ponies and
swarmed across the stream below him,
hundreds more were following and cir
cling all about him. And then it was
that Custer, the hero of a hundred dar
ing charges, seems to have realized that
he must cut his way out. "Mountl"
rang the trumpets, and leaving many a
poor fellow on the ground, the troop
ers ran for their horses. Instantly from
lodge and willow Ogalallas and Brules
sprang to horse and rushed to the ford
in mad pursuit. "Make for the heights!"
must have been the order, for the first
rush was eastward; then more to the
left, as they found their progress
barred. Then, as they reached higher
ground, all they could see, far as they
could see, circling, swooping, yelling
like demons, and all the time keeping
up their furious fire. were thousands of
the mounted Sioux. Hemmed in, out
off, dropping fast froth their saddles,
Custer's men saw that retreat was im
possible. They sprang to the ground,
"turned their horses loose," said the
Indians, and by that time half their
number had fallen. A skirmish line
was thrown out down the slope, and
there they dropped at five yards' inter
val; there their comrades found them
two days after. Every instant the
foe rode closer and gained in num
bers; every instant somre poor
follow bit the dust. At last, on a mound
that stands at the northern end of a
little ridge, Custer, with Cook, Yates
and gallant "Brother Tom," and some
dozen soldiers, all that were left by this
time, gathered in the last rally. They
sold their lives dearly, brave fellows
that they were; but they were as a
dozen to the leaves of the forest at the
end of twenty minutes, and in less than
twenty-five-all was over.-Captain
Charles King, in Harper's Magazine.
"NO MAN'S LAND."
The Original Strip of Territory Entitlea
to Z hat Name.
When one speaks of "No Man's Land"
we generally presume that he refers to
that little neck of land in Indian Terri
tory, lying between Colorado and Kant
sas on the north and Texas on the south.
But such is not always the case. The
original "No Man's Land" is a little
tongue of land extending a few miles
south of the Mason and Dixon line, be
tween the States of Maryland and Dela
ware. Every now and then somebody
starts the story that this tract is, prop.
erly speaking, part of no State, literal
ly out of the jurisdiction of the
United States; that it is one of
the left-over pieces of the whole coun
try, wherein no one owns the
ground upon which he lives. On the
maps the ground is credited to Pennsyl
vania, but, according to those same an
thorities, the claim is a shadowy one,
This triangular bit of territory was
marked off in a curious way. The
eastern boundary of Maryland was
early deterinined, but the southern
boundary of Pennsylvania was long a
matter of dispute. Finally Mason and
Dixon began their work at the eastern
boundary of Maryland, and proceeded
westward, while the northern boundary
of Delaware was declared to be a semi.
circle, whose center was New Castle. In
surveying the semi-circle it was found
that the circumference did not touch
the boundary of Maryland at its junc
tion with the Pennsylvania line, thus
giving rise to this triangular bit of land,
which has been disacarded by the three
States and only allowed to attach itself
to Pennsylvania for judicial purposea.-
St. Louis Republic.
An Anlcient Slot Machine.
The slot machine which has recently
had such a run in all catch-penny
schemes was known and used by the
Egyptians centuries before the opening
of the Christian era. Hero of Alexan
dria, who lived 200 years before the
time of Christ, describes one used for
the dispensation of holy water. A coin
of five drachmae dropped into a slot in
a vase opened a valve .which permitted
a few drops of the purifying liquid to
escape. * Surely there is nothing new
under the sun.-St. Louis Republic.
-The Araucanian people, inhabiting
the northern part of Patagonia, are of
mnedium height and great strength, the
principal peculiarity of formation be
ing in the narrowness of the front of
the head and the size of the foot. Their
marriage is an odd mixture of ceremo
nies. Theoretically the bridegroom is
supposed to steal his bride against her
will and in opposition to the wishes of
her parents; practically he buys her.
Strange to say, the match is generally
o ne of affection. As in Spain, music is
the method of expressing feeling, but,
lase, the hastrumant is a jew's-har1
without whih so v is ever see
PITH AND POINT
-"I hear that your picnic was. swell
aftair." "It was. We all got stung by
-The man that can't sing and Won't
sing deserves the sincere thanks of a
musibal comiiufnity.=iBomerville Jou1r
-A serious nebed in thee daysj I8 l ii
gas motor that is intelligent enough to g
know when the family is at thle seaside p
and honest enough to say sd.-Biighaltli ij
--'Does your.husband attend ehuich e
regularly, Mrs. Trotter?" inquired the A
new minister. "0, yes," Mrs. Trotter
answered. "He goes once a year regu
larly."-N. Y. Herald. y
-"That was an appropriate flower
Lord Impecune wore when he was mar
ried to Virginia Boodel." "I had not
heard of it. What was it?" "A marl. a
--Stanley says that sunshine in Africa
looks like moonlight. That's about the
way it looks right here at home to a
good many people, when business don't
go right.-Ram's Horn.
-Stranger--"Why are those police
men hurrying around the corner?" Citi,
zen--'"There is going to be a fight."
"Where? Around the corner?" "No, it r
is going to be here."-N. Y. World. t
-Scribbler-"I am going td make i
trouble for that fellow, Pennibs. Here t
be has published one of my poems over 1
his own .signature." Scrawley - "I
wouldn't make any fuss, old man. If i
he can stand it you ought to. "-America. ]
-Mrs. Wickwire-'-If you go first you r
will wait for me on the other shore. g
won't you, dear?" Mr. Wickwire--"I
suppose so. I never went anywhere
yet without having to wait for you at i
least half an hour."-.Terre Haute Ex
-Cunso (despairingly) -"What oh
earth made you got a divorce when you I
were in Chicago?" Mrs. Cunso-"Real- a
ly, dear, they were selling them so t
cheap-in fact, they were going at a
bargain, and I couldn't resist buying f
one. "-The Epoch.
-"Where do you get your cigars,
Bromley?" "Why do you want to
know that? You've always blackguard
ed them so." "I want to know because
my wife objects to tobacco smoke, and
I've got to smoke something."-'Louis'.
ville Courier-Journal. I
- Overworked Housewife-"I wish to
get a servant." Employment Agent-
"Well, madam, we have some elegant
ones who wish a trip to Europe, some
less desirable who would summer at
Saratoga,- and a few cheap ones who do
not object to Long Branch. Which do
you preter?"-N. Y. Weekly.
-Poet-"I don't see how you have
the choek to charge seventy-five dollars
for that suit." Tailor-"My name is
worth something, sir." Poet (drawing
his dheek)-"Well, I'll take it." Tailor
-"Bu' this check is for fifty dollars
only". Poet-"I know it--bt my name
is worth sotnething."1-N. Y. Sun.
-" )oung man," said a Congressman
to a youth who was employed in the
Capi'ol, "I will tell you frankly that" I
can's help feeling some admiration for
you' powers of endurance." "In what
way. bir?" was the inquiry, in a tone of
plea.lure. "I saw you stand and puff
cigarette smoke in your own face for at
least half an hour."-Washington Post.
- Winks-"I understand the woman
you are going to marry has been en
gaged to you for ten years." Jinks-
"Yes. You see I am a newspaper writer
by profession, and her proud father said
I could not have his daughter until I
could show him my name at the head
of an article in some great magazine.
Well, I went to work, and soon got an 1
article accepted, but it was ten years
before it was published."-Good NE ws.
-A well-known traveling agent for a
Philadelphia carriage paper has carried
off the honors for eating, in this city,
says the Cincinnati Enquirer. At a re
cent meal for himself he consumed two
whole chickens, fried Maryland style,
five pounds; one extra porterhouse
steak, ten ears of corn, one dozen toma
toes sliced with onions, one quart
stewed potatoes, one dozen corn cakes
and three quarts of beer. He was the
only manwho partook of the meal. sad
he did not fall into ashes when he
Some of Nature's Wonders.
The polypus, like the fabled hydra,
receives new life from the knife which
is lifted to destroy it. There are 4,041
muscles in a caterpillar. Hook discove
ered 14,000 mirrors in the eyes of a
drone. To effect the respiration ofa
oarp, 18,800 arteries, vessels, veins,
bones, etc., are necessary. The body
of every spider contains four little
masses, pierced, with a multitude 'of
holes (imperceptible to the naked eye),
each hole permitting the passage of a
single thread; all of the threads, to ,he
amount of 1,000 to each mass,join to
gether when they come out, and mnke
the single thread with which the spider
spins its web, so that what we call a
spider's thread consists of- more than
4,000 threads united. Lenwenhock, by
means of microscopes, observed spiders
no bigger than a grain of sand which
spun threads so fine that it took 4,000 of
them to equal in magnitude a single
hair. The fly spider, it is known, lays
an egg as large as itself--N. Y. Tele
How They Wor ced It.
Four gentlemen sit down to dine in a
summer hoteL They sit for some time,
yet none of the waiters pay any atten
tion to their wants. They are hungry.
After a moment's consultation, each of
the famished guests lays a dollar be
side his plate. There is a markedfi
change in the behavior of the waiters.
The four gentlemen eat a hearty meal
The waiters become interested. The
four leisurely picked their teeth and
calmly put their dollars back into their
pockets; they even smile. The waiters
The Greater Includes the Less.
Pedestrian-Will you kindly tell m
sir, what place this is?
SNative-This is Chicago.
Pedqstrian-Ah, yes!, Thank yount
and now poul4 you tell.. wa it . apt.
SINGLE. TAX DEPAITMENT. i
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sanlfe Garland's !tw Play-The tSingle ye
Tfx Idea in the Drama. tie
[Cooln'uIsD FRoM is45?T ISSUE.]
Aee-n6 (tenderly, -smiling)-Yes,| sk
thiisty for the sightof you. (Alice goes p5
irte the hottse. Reeves walks about, Cc
gaisticiig keeniy st all: points of the on
plain.) So this is the reality of, the em- W
igrant's dreamt ' The 'homestead in. the li
fred West1 the -house beside 'the river m/
einrboidied ii frees! 51*
A wide dun land where the ftlere suns smite,
And the Wind is a fuinace breath;
Where the beautiful sky has a siniste light, -i ~
And the earth lies dread and dry as death;
where the sod lies scorching, and the wan
And the hot, red morning has no birds- fe
lify God! what a place for my beautiful tb
girl--for anybody's girl-a.wide-walled oi
(Alice enters with a glass, which she an
ilils and bands to him. He drinks, say- el
ing): In a land like this the gift of
water must mean as it does with the ch
Arabs, the highest hlospitality. -
Alice-1 can't say how much 1-wo
Reeves (puttting his arm about ber) eo
-'Don't try. It I had only known your
real feelings-but how could I from
those letters? (ooking off left, What hi
in the world is that girl doing? She's ft
unhitching my team! I'll stopher, (Ex. w
1, talking.) . h
SAlice (walking about)--How can I let w
him go again? Have I the strength? si
But I must, I mutl! I can't leave father w
now, at the height of his terrible strug- L
gle. I must stay. i
Walter (re-enters with Linnie, hold
ing her by the hands)--I suppose this is
Linnic-anybow the - little witch, was t
unhitching my team; another minute
.and she might have had a runaway. ti
Linnie (scornfully).-Runaway noth- gi
Ingl What do you take me for? Allie es
and I hitch up the horses and go out in
the fields-we'plow, and drive the bar- s
rester-and we help shock the whnat
don't we, Allie?
Reeves (surprised)--Do you do that? n
With this hand, that I used to love to 01
watch on the piano? O" horro.'s! t
(Strokes it.) Poor bruised little hand.- p
Linnie (goes off in mou:k disgust)- p
Girls like me don't count.' My hand can d
get well itself f'r all you care. Wal'n o"
so it goes. (Goes into the house,)' i
Reeves-And' you live there? (point- n
ing at the house.)
Alice-Yes, with my people. a
Reeves - Through your horrible ri
Alice (quietly)-Yes, .and there are fi
days when that hut, poor as it is, seems s
like a palace. Last winter it sdemed as h
'if the snow would never tire of sliding'to
.and fro on the plains. Days and days
we were shut up here. a
Reeves. (deeply affected)-HRvens,
what a prison! And yet I saw dozens not
so good as I came along. '
Alice (quietly)-We lived, in tct sod
shanty a year. g
Reetes (lifting his head)--And this e
is the fede and glorious west! 'Oh, it
makes me;wild to think of you living Ii
there-it's worse than the tenement
house. :: :
- Alice (firmly but sweetly)-There was T
no other way,` They couldn't have lived
without me. My little teaching has
kept us in groceries, and beside, there C
have been days when father was too d
lame to work and I have worked in the ca
fields, and taken care of the cattle in a
the barn- ' al
Reeves (seizing her hands)--Don't tell I
me any more--'ll rage--I'll swear. u
Alice- We thiust boar it. t
Reeves (savagely)--Bear it! I won't v
bear it. I'll expose the whole infernal ci
matter in a four column leader. 1'll I
smash the next boomer that says free !t
land to me.. Free land! if this is free .a
land, what the devil-- I
Alice (stopping him)--lush, hush! ii
Reeves (freeing himself)-I say, ift
this is free land what in the devil would ii
you call high-priced land? The settler I
pays for his free land all that makes
life worth living; these families have c
purchased their bare and miserable
acres with blood and sweat andtears. r
Iiee landl bahl For a century there J
has been no free land in America .
Alice (trying tobe calm)-I know it,
but it only makes it worse to think of it.
Reeves(quickly)--Forgetit then, forI've .g
come to take you but of it Hush, nowl I
Nota word. I'vre let you spoil five of 1l
the best years of my life. You shan't I
say.a word-I n ust be heard now.
SThen follows a strugglebetween Alice I
and her lover, in which she.refuses to
leave her parents and go with him to,.
the East, at the end of which he retires, I
angered at her obstiiacy, ' "
The fourth scene 'describds the t:erri
ble droughts that is destroying the crops I
and reducing Edwards to despair, since I
another failure will indure the ,fore-I
elosure of his mortgage and leave him
without even his miserable home. The.
storm .ends with a terrible torna.o, ac
companied by hail, which absolutely de~
stroys the crops and Wvrecks the build
ings, Edwards himself receiving severe 1
injuries from which he barely escapes
with his life to find himself, in t!e end,'
paralyzed, Walter Reeves, who has iot
left the country, returzn and successful
ly presses -his suit, and the final solu-'
tion of the piroblein is that he takes 4the'
broken old'man East and cares for: his.
family, charity having to be aollb in at
last, since there is no possibility ol.flnad
inga place where a man by mere indus
try can make way against suchtibstacles
as' have beset Edwards. The play enids
with Edward's sutrender uix# his discov
ery that he is paralyzed, and closes as
Edwards (after a long panuse)-I sur-.
render. I'm best. I give up, but It
hurts, it hurts!. I'm like an old broken
scythe, hung up, t' rus. in the rain; I
ain't no use to y' now, Jnloln Here's
my hand, young man; Wa iter, my son,
take her back t' Boston whoreshe ought
t' be, an' take me back t' Derry. I'
sha'n't be a burden to y' long. I don't
dpose I'm wuth the trouble, but AI'd
kindo like t' be buried bacekthere. I
.bate t' die outon, 4his hot prairie with
no tree t?- be biirodtiudiwi seems's itf I
-couldn't esk i,'E rest: is the sweetest
j thning n the woldpi amandIike n ghe
·. , - . , .,.: -: . . . ... ,... .- .
Linnie (throws herself on his knees)-.
Oh, poppa, poppa, you make my herS
Edwards (stroking her hair)-. hope
you won't have t' suffer as Allie has, lit
Reeves (with deepest earnestness) --I
say you are fallen, but the colurthn bat
passed on, the battle-will yet; be won.' S
Courage; you' will yet live to see the, -' _
ouposts of the enemy.oarried, andLinnite
will live to see a:larger and grander a
lition cause carried to a bloodless Appo-- rt.
mattox - the abolition of industrial I
Linnie (lifts her face.)
Alice-Do you think . so? l there
Reeves-There is great hope:
Edwards-If I could believe that -Pa
feel ,easier: If I could feel
that my children and my children's
children couldhave a better chance thagi y$
I've had-I mean without your help or
anybody's help-all I ask is a ta'"
chance- ' '.
Reeves--That's what I mean. A f61 '
obance for every man-Wie comingt
'Alice do you think so?
Reeves (expandingwith enthusiasm)-:
I know it. Just as I know spring w ll
dome again. at''
Edwards--If I could b'lieve that. ::: .; :
Reeves (in the same tone)-You an'.S
help believing it, as you live the iet.:
five years; the air is already electrical.?
with inquiry.: Over us the shadow still
bangs, but' far in the west a faint, eler%.
widening crescent of light tolls of oleer ::,
skies beyond. Live for that timn, it'Wa
worth living for. Strike hands with me.;.F
Let me carry your knapsack. Believe':i
in the future
Edwards--I'1 try. (They clasp hands).
Alice-How much you are to us, :Wai
ter? You have given us all new life.
Reeves-I've only begun to be some.W
thing to you. Now'we are ready to be. =fi
gin life- together, and they shall :rest'i
Mrs. Edwards-Hore's your tea, JA+-i
Edwards (trying to rise)-Helpa ~ei up.
Mrs. Edwards-Wait a minute. Lin.
aie, bring some water and a. towel; Abi. "
lie, bring that bowl o' broth. Don't try3_:
to get up, Jason, till I get some more.-.s
pillows. (Whe women go out).
(Edwards struggles to rise, Reeves
puts his arm about his shouilders; as.he -:
toes so a look of horrow passes over the..
old man's face. He stares at Reeves; ~~
last whispers)-My God, I can't movre.°`:
IIReves-. (comprehending) - No, ; not'
Great God, man, that would be too hor.
ribla It's only temporary numbness-i
(Edward makes another desperate ee
fort and falls back on his pillow with`:
set, despairing face; a groan bursta;roa
his lips.) 1
No, no--its true-I'm paralyzed!
Alice (re-entering, hears, stands fori
an instant appalled-rushes to his side;,
-Oh, it can't be true-I
Edwards (on impulse to ihleld)-8 hI-: :
(As Alice and Reeves stand horiied,
gazing into , ach other's eyes, I e FIe
enters, danciing, whistling.),`:
Linnie-And now .we'll go tbi s' "
Boston, won't e, Aliie?
THE GOOD TIME COMING,.
The single;Tax and Henry Gesrge's Po ,
posed Reform ..: . .::
Rev. Father Huntington, of New Yore
City, made an address in Ashfleld .d
discussed the -needs of farmers and-the
causes .of the increasing depression in
agricultural districts. He showed thlt'
as farm work lies at the base in the bus.. -
iness world, every mercantile and Iin-s
ufacturing class has a class beneath it.:?
to grind the taxes out of, the farmers
virtually pay the taxes. In.the large
cities tens of thousands of laborer are
kept by starvation wages so poor
they can not buy the farmer's prod3uo
and so his market is reduced to i. minti
mum, and life becoming dull and emp
in.the country, hundreds of thousas.
of young men: and women are pouring
into the cities from what mightbi
py cuntry homes. - -
Once the farmers iwrer th la
class in New England. To-day w-h.ki,
"Who cares for the ",nefamrsi ~
millionaire is the only important "a.
And how does he get his money. By -:
controlling and restricting natgral a:..
vantages., God gaveo, the land toma'
lind to be used freely for the comiotC
good. Why is it'that 1,00 hunanklri
ings have to be crowded into one ng
block in New York City? Beoaliuseil t
possible for land to be .heldui.usj.
enormous piices-for sleculation,: 'I
tarx ipen now by taking away f
a part dof what they produce. 'This kei
ly is neothing mord nor-lessthain.e'
bery-legalized .:robberly. la.St e:Very
mani have alllhe produces, but do not
low men to have;any mnore t h
use of the land. Let them havt
title .to land Mjast as: atp.reea: i
but, let them ,pay a rentor It 9
government, for' laid beon
right to all the people. '.o it iahli
of .old in :England,. whlenth f airlit
were prosperoUs and free, and~ no la
- as they'viitually are to-day ]Leth
be but one single tixnd that leidon
Sthe iand, acordping to its. rental' ln
Then the greatest monopoly ts:tea
to-day would, be,.destroyed and th,
wouldbegin to bhtreedom in tfhe wo
Sof the wage.worker. Men whonti
rto.buy homesteadswedoualtind aid f
Sof landin the narket, or no onewii"
Skeep it who 4id not want'to zis t iA'
Sno man who can own a homestead: bei
& compelledto'work for strvatilen-fage.:r
s With.: the. eleva~tion of th oipe
s classes in the cities tbheakmer'srl
r- would be in demand afatlfrprpces,1 El
a be obsintn6. The .milliodnaresiu:
not roll upinoney so fast andintii the
c. wtould share some of their Inilligna with' ·
n ThegreatslaW of God : woiM thai
I obeyed,stbhat thelaud is given to maiens
a air and waterazIpd light ~are,: for the.be .in
, eflt of hll. Ati the other' law of God
it would be recognized that every ijnah&
i bhad aight to the enj oyment of a- l jsit;
't return for what his lb .- 'ai r':i 2
'd dzeced fromt -the -natural o
I given him. '
I What is advocate, nets.d .
I Istic partition -f ilai, : buti ::;
at lid not on laizd billon the
as~i isat -.^·-iii 0