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THE TOPEKA "DAILY STATE JON7 TiTHURSDAY EVENING, APRIL 22, 1909.
Old Timers Meet Again After
CAI5D GAME LASTED 20 YEARS..
One Wore the Blue and the
Other the Gray.
HEARD ON THE PICKET
Are Arraigned Together Today
Before Judge Crniy.
Pedro Championship of Mancelona,
Sllcli., Settled at Last.
Mancelona, Mich., April 17. To en
gage in a twenty-year pedro battle is
the unique experience of Mr. David
Lazelle and Mr. J. W.- Wallace of this
city. Mr. Wallace, the younger of the
two, was the winner of the contest,
which ended last week. Both men a.re
now well along in years, being sixty
four and seventy-five respectively.
Twenty years ago both of these men
were champion, pedro players. Kach
heard of the other's skill and for that
reason each kept away from the other.
Pedro playing was the craze at that
time, however, and there were many
who wished to see a match between
these two champions. Finally the
match was arranged by their wives.
braced up on a sofa pillow will stay
put will remain right there and not
cause any streak of misery through:
the whole family. That is just where
a Billy possum is different from a
Theodore bruin. Mr,, Possum will
calmly eat all of the red 'welcome-to-our-happy-home
thread out of the
sofa pillow, chew the leg off the grand
piano in the music room, and bite his
initials in the polished sideboard. He
is a born thief and will give a pet
crow cards and spades in stealing ev
erything that is not red hot or tied
His Peculiar Habits.
"Then his cursed idea of cleanliness
causes trouble. A 'possum, you know,
insists on washing everything he eats.
Down in my home near Owensburg we
have a big old-style well, like grand
father used to dig and wall up with
limestone. My boy got a pet 'possum a
year or two ago and the beast o' bur-
After living In Topeka a score of
years each unknown to the other, two
old soldiers, one of the Union army
and one of the Confederacy, with a
unique acquaintance and friendship
formed during the battles of the Wild
erness met for the first time since that
memorable year In the police court
room, both answering a charge of
Both veterans are now old and gray.
" Jack Patterson of the Fifty-fourth
Pennsylvania regiment has passed his
73rd birthday and P. J. Staniford of
the Fourth command of Virginia cav
alry Is 65 years of age. But in the days
of the rebellion and the long and tedi
ous campaign of the Wilderness both
were hardy and daring. The Wilder
ness was full of skirmishes and strategy
and a careful watch and picket line
were always kept with utmost dili
gence. Patterson, out on the picket
line one night when the moon shone
beautifully through a mass of drifting
clouds, stepped uneasily about listen
ing and trying to peer through the
darkness at each faint light from the
moon. Suddenly he heard a small
movement to his right and instantly
Ms rifle sprang to his shoulder. But he
,t!ll not fire, for a voice came from a
, ' stump not twenty feet away. "Don't
J move, old pal, or I'll put a sinker in
you," it said. "But how far out are
you?" "None of your business; how
far are you?" "About a quarter of a
mile I guess, pickets several hundred
yards maybe JuBt now, let's talk it over
and be sociable for a minute." "Same
here. Lonely, ain't it? Got any tobacco.
We're out on our side."
With the extended "chew of peace,"
the two came together and shook for
a short armistice. "How the thunder
did you Tanks get over here? "We
thought you were still several miles
away?" asked the south. "And you I
Johnnies, where the h did you comej
ironi, inougni you were uuwii uy iimt
infernal little creek," replied the north.
"But say, how much of that weed
have you got? If I take the fellows a
little o' that they'll make me a gen
eral." "Take the whole twist, friend,
with best regards for your taste. We've
got lots of it buc that's ail. Can you
get me a sack of the black brew some
day? Guess we'll still be here tomor
row. If you see a red rag on a bush,
I'm in it and if you don't want to get
shot say, 'D the mosquitoes' and
whistle "a little and don't forget that
. Several times later the men met on
' friendly terms and then brought com
rades for a swift game of sevenup
where a few minutes served to decide
to whom belonged the spoils of the rapid
stolen campaign. Then a skirmish en
sued and they were lost to each other.
Patterson is now sickly and much con
fined. To alleviate his suffering yester
day he took too much of the distillation
and was locked up. Stanford was ac-i
cused of drinking by his landlady and
ordered out of the house. He went to
seek another room and was arrested
trying to get through the lines though
he does not think he was drunk.
Owing to the law of preference to
old soldiers the old veterans v.-ere ex
cused for their deportment and released
by the police Judge.
With the dreadful turn affairs had
taken the wife began to recall things
Frank had told her and the course he
had pursued during the latter months
of their married career. He received
a salary of $125 a month but she never
had seen a cent of his money. Her own
property was fast being used up pay
ing bills incurred by him as well as
herself. It began to dawn upon her
that his one desire was to get all her
property away from her. He had of
fered investments for the money and
had suggested mortgaging . the home
which belonged to her. He had made
her a beautiful birthday present of a
horse and buggy in his pretended infatu
ation but later on the bills for the
same came to her for payment.
More than that notes made by Frank
t for sums of several hundred dollars
were found to have been left to their
securities to pay. and affairs with his
insurance company were not always
square as shown by a letter from his
manager. He continually wanted to get
money from Adeila and her folks to pay
for something or finance some wildcat
Upon her refusal. Frank became furi
ous and threatened her with all sorts
of degradation. "You do as I tell you
to. come through when I say so, or I'll
ruin your reputation and make your
daughter ashamed to face her friends,"
he had sworn. She became afraid of
him and dared not appear on the
streets but that he followed her every
Feeling certain that the outrageous,
terrible charge brought against her
by her persecutor was made In a ful
fillment of his threats. Adeila em
v ployed a private detective to work on
the case and thwart the purpose of
her tormenter to defame her good
name and disgrace her family.
That a young man should call upon
her need not indicate disorderly con
duct as charged by the violent hus
band to the police. That was the first
trace of Inventive construction on the
part of Frank which led to the sus
picion that -he was "Jobbing" the
whole deal. Then his remark that he
would want the officers soon and his
query if they would help him, further
aided the clue. Gilson did not know
the man who gave him the address
nor he did not know the woman he
met there. But at the precise min
ute when he arrived there, Frank was
a at the police station getting the of
ficers to go down and confront the
pair with his vicious charge.
All these points seem to tend to
ward the conclusion that the accusa
tion was the result of deep strategy
on the part of the husband to furnish
evidence in the - divorce case and to
defame and disgrace the wife whom
he took to protect and defend against
Adelia, however, has In her posses
sion papers and documents and re
ceipts which in the opinion of counsel
will present evidence adequate to free
her from her persecutor and restore
her good name.
(To be continued.! .
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David Lazelle at Left; J. W. Wallace at Right.
Lazelle had promised his wife to
challenge Wallace and Wallace had
promised his wife to challenge La
zelle, each lady being desirous that
her lord and master should prove his
superiority over the husband of the
other. Both men were foxy, although
woman's wit finally overcame their
It was at a social affair that the
climax came. Both men by their good
playing rapidly forged ahead until
both arrived at the head table at the
same time. Everyone there was ex
pecting something, and the old resi
dents of the village say It was a mo
mentous occasion, fully as momen
tous as when the governor . of North
Carolina met the governor of South
Carolina in the old days. Everybody
ceased to play in order to hear what
Lazelle looked at Wallace and Wal
lace looked at Lazelle.
Then the audience- heard Lazelle
challenge Wallace again.
"I'll play you ten straight games
for the championship of Mancelona,"
said Wallace finally. . That was 20
years ago, and then and there the con
test started, not to end until last week,
1909, the object being for one man
to win ten games In succession.
Day after day or night after night,
since then they have played, the con
test finallv becoming so monotonous
to all but the contestants that the vil
lagers ceased to watch the games.
Many and many a time one of the
men needed but a few games to end
the series, but luck always turned. A
few years ago they played all night.
Bv a strange trick "of fate, each man
would get eight or nine games :artd
then luck would turn and he would
lose one, and although the only stop
made was for a. midnight supper,
when morning came the contest was
Just where it started.
And so it continued for two score of
years until that fateful night when
... ii iJ ,,mna fiup tlmpfl in S11P-
cession, corraled a carefully guarded
pedro held by Lazelle, looked at the
tally and reached his hands across the
"I've won. John." said he.
"You have. Dave," said John. Ill
challenge you for another."
"I'm too old," remarked Dave, and
slipped away to his home to break the
news to his wife.
SUCCEEDS TEDDY BEAR.
Billy Possum Is Now a Candidate for
New York April 10. The country
will soon be surfeited with Billy Pos
sums. Toy manufacturers who with
in the last two years have put on the
American market an estimated five
million of Teddy bears are now pre
paring an estimated output of one
million Billy Possums. If the million
sell and the American pviblic accepts
the successor to the Teddy bear it
Is probable that the manufacture will
exceed in quantity even that of the
favorite of the last four years.
The possum was adopted by Presi
dent Taft while he was in the south.
Hence its name. The picture above
shows a real live possum as he actual
ly is. The possum is well known in
the south, and has been a southern
by-word for ages. But he is a com
parative stranger to the northerner.
Down In Owensburg, Ky., is one
southerner at least who doubts the
ability of Billy possum to make good
as the successor to the Teddy bear.
An Expert Opinion.
"Billy possum may be the logical
successor of the Teddy bear, but he
Is not going to be the household pet
that some folks imagine." says Colonel
William Godkln of Owensburg.
"No, sir; not with folks who" know
of the peculiar habits and traits of
the William Possum family," contin
ued Colonel Godkin. "A Teddy bear
den insisted on washing everything he
found in that well. He would slide
down and crawl up the old pole of that
sweep like a circus acrobat and when
we put in a rope to beat him at his
little game he went down the uneven
sides of the stone and washed chicken
livers, antique bone, scraps of bread
and everything else In that well until
one of the hired hands made a howl
to me about not havin' any drlnkin'
water on the place and he was tired
of guzzling soup every time he went
to the well for a drink of water.
Stood It a Long Time.
"I stood it for a long time out of
admiration for the little rascal and
the way be everlastingly lambasted
every cur dog that came to the place.
He was a regular man-eater at fight
in', but his fool habit of enforcin' his
idea of culinary cleanliness on the
whole family was what brought about
the big possum supper down In the
"No, sirree, mam, this Billy possum
cult may gain some circulation In un
informed communities, but a livin
'possum as a pet is worse than own
In' and holdin' a shawlstrap full of
rattlesnakes. The Teddy brute was
a well behaved, quiet sort of a citi
zen for children and foolish actor peo
ple to carry around; but, as I said at
the beginnln. a real live 'possum is
only a common disturber in the brute
creation. He's smart as greased
llghtnin', but he's too allf ired smart
and set in his way to have around a
house where white folks is goln' to
SOLD 7,000,000 BUSHELS
Great Day for the Bears in the Chi
Chicago. April 22. Four prominent
houses are said to have sold an aggregate
of 7,00O,CjO bushels of wheat during the
Stop loss orders poured into the pit in
such abundance that brokers seldom were
able to execute the orders within cent
of the price aimed at.
The week's decline of nearly 9 cents has
wiped out millions ofdollar s of profits,
not all of it paper. It is not difficult this
afternoon to read the loss of fortunes on
the faces of the customers who were long
n wheat. Many of them who had, at the
top, handsome profits, but waited for still
more, were bitter.
Justly or unjustly, much blame was
placed on Patten for apparently leaving
the market to itself, before the bull cam
paign had developed a safer stage.
Buy the best paint made. Buy it
direct from the factory. J. K. Jones
Paint Factory, 805 Kansas ave. !
Chas. Bennett, registered optician.
730 Kansas avenue.
Royal Neighbor camp No. 148 will give
a fourteenth anniversary entertainment
Friday evening at Exchange halL
A cellar full of tires at Padgett's Tire
House, 118 E. 7th. Topeka. Kan. - -
The case of the State against M.
Ring, a gambling charge, which was
set for hearing in city court, has been
continued until April 28.- ..
The men who want to be well dress
ed go to John Baumgartner, the tailor,
for their spring suits. 806 Kansas
After all the cheapest thing sold In
Topeka when considering the real
value received," Is the Independent tele
Eagle's Cupid cigar, is a most re
markable value at 5c. It possesses a
quality of flavor and aroma, usually
found in the most expensive brands,
always the same high quality.
Dr. C. E. Hulett. Osteopath. 813 Kan.
ave. Ind. Phone 318. Li.dy in office.
See J. THOMAS LUMBER CO. for
lumber and DEWEY PORTLAND CE
MENT. Warranted none better.
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Buys this new SCHILLING Piano, a beautiful full sized up
right grand In golden oak. 7 1-3 octave, 3 string, overstrung
bass a special good bargain.
for a genuine rosewood CHICKERING Piano. Regular $500
value; used but a short time ami put in perfect condition. Full
IN EXCHANGE AS
This superb Piano, the finest that can ho built anywhere, sold
all over the world at S12r. Goes at this sale at $298. Dandy
value! Unheard of bargain!
Tiger eye oak, full size, triple unison. 3 pedals, handsomely
carved, cheap at $375. Our price during this sale only $218,
"Why be without a Piano.
This Is one of the very special offerings in this great alc. A
very beautiful upright grand in mahogany case of 'richest fig
ure. Sold everywhere for S 150. Our -factory representative"
price $223.- Delivered anywhere free.
OPEN TONIGHT UNTIL 9:30
We Do It
Piano dealers, musicians,
the buying public wonder
how we sell brand , new,
first class, latest style Up
right Grand Piano on pay
ments for $168,$185,$198,
$21 8, $235, and the world's
best pianos for just a few
An unusual number of Pianos have been sold because
every person M ho visits this store is impressed by the
remarkable oppoi'tunity presented.
Make Tonight or Tomorrow the
Piano Days for Your Home
Newest, brightest Painos from the world's most fa
mous makers, and used and shop worn instruments of
magnificent quality will greet you here. Our salesmen
attend you courteously and carefully show you the
scores of bargains that your selection will be unham
pered. And even if you have no intention of buying,
come anyway. The wonderful display of Piano Excel
lence will surely interest you. Stay as long as you like.
Examine every Piano as carefully as you like that's
what they are here for.
OPEN TONIGHT UNTIL 9:30
Bargains for Tonight and Tomorrow
$135K A $300 Irving '
This is a full sized upright fancy case In full playing condition. Extra
fine for beginners. $10 cash, $1.25 per week. -
$190 Si&SA $300 Bradley
This is a full sized upright grand, one of the largest and. best mmt de
sirable style, and brand new a small payment down, then $7.50 pee
$245 new $400 Armstrong
Mission case, latest and finest design ever slown In this or any other
city. $10 cash sends it to your home.
$200 Sw5 $340 Armstrong
Case slightly marred in shipping. Just one of tills malte at $200. - It's
a snap. o doubt will be sold today. $15 cash, $1.50 pc-r neck.
$395 nS? a $575 HobartM. Cable
One of tlie world's best Pianos, rich hand carved mahogany case. Em
pire top. Solid mahogany molding. $SO cash, $12 per month.
$475 Haines Bros.
Full Colonial design of case in Cuban maliogany. It's the old reliable'
Haines Bros. Nothing better. $25 cash, $10 per month.
Our proposition of saving jou money is so positive, so definite, that we
would like to describe and quote every one of our bargains but: we have
not the space in which to do it. We will say, however, that we have spec
ial bargains in nearly every well known make from Chlckcring , down.
Those who have been here will vouch for the truth and sincerity 'of this '
The money we can save you on 1
Chickering, Hobart M. Cable,
Haines Bros., Everett, Crown,
And other well known makes In new Pianos will delightfully astonish you.
. Economy calls yon. Don't let this opportunity pass. We've the Piano you
want, at the price that saves you money today!
Credit certificates, bonds or checks issued by
other piano dealers will be taken as part pay on
any new piano in our store during this sale.
Send U Your Order By M&U
Emahizer - Spielman
517-519 Kansas Avenue.
The Billy Possum.'