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TRIPP'S
TEA SET,
How It Brought Discord Among
Rival Inheritants.
By FRANK H. SWEET.
ICopyright, 1909, by American Press Asso
ciation.]
When good old Mr. and Mrs. Tripp
died within a week of each other there
was, I regret to say, an immediate dis
agreement among their heirs over the
small property left by the old people.
Such disagreements are so shameful
ly common now that this one might
not have excited any particular inter
est had it not been for the somewhat
peculiar nature of the article over
which the cupidity of the various heirs
had asserted itself.
Few indeed were the possessions Mr.
and Mrs. Tripp left behind them. They
did not own even the humble little
brown house in which they had lived
for the past ten years, and when their
funeral expenses had been paid there
was not a dollar left of the sum found
in an old pewter teapot on the top
shelf of the red cupboard in the kitch
en. Frugal as they had been, it was
evident that this sum represented the
sum total of their savings of many
years.
But Mr. and Mrs. Tripp had not al
ways been so poor as they were at the
last, and there was one of Mrs. Tripp's
possessions which she had always ex
hibited with pride as a relic of her
better days and as undeniable proof of
the fact that there had been a time
when she "had had a-plenty."
Over this her relatives now disputed.
What was it? Only a white china tea
set, each piece of which had a broad
gold band around the rim.
"It's pure chany," Mrs. Tripp would
often say, with a thrill of pride, as
she held a saucer or a plate before the
eyes of her visitors. "See how thin it
is. You kin look right through it. Sol
omon give it to me on our tenth wed
ding day. He was in the grocery busi
ness then an' doin' well, an' he'd gone
to New York to buy goods, an' when
he come home he brung this, all packed
so carefully in straw that they wa'n't
a piece broke, but one of the sass
dishes was cracked a little, an' I nevei
used it none, so it ain't never broke
either. I think the world an' all of my
chany."
The dearly prized "chany" had for
years graced an old fashioned what
not in a corner of Mrs. Tripp's best
room. There was nothing else on the
whatnot but two big "chany" dogs, one
a reddish brown and the other a dark
blue, which looked as though they felt
themselves responsible for the safety
of the dishes and intended being faith
ful to their trust.
Mr. and Mrs. Tripp had no children,
but they had some relativescousins
and second cousins and more remote
connections. These relatives were nu
merous, however. Just how numerous
they were was made manifest when
It came to dividing the few personal
belongings of the old people.
The "heirs" met at the house on
their way home from the funeral.
Hardly were they assembled when
Nancy Johnson, own cousin to Mrs.
Tripp, said:
"Of course you all know that my
father an' Betty Tripp's mother was
own brother an' sister, an' that made
me an' Betty own cousins. So it
seems only fair that I should at least
have my choice of her things, speshlj
POLITELY BUT FIRMLY BEPUSINO ADMIT-
TANCE.
when I might claim 'em all. But
ain't one to act selfish, an' I'm willin'
you should all have your sheer of
what's left after I've packed up Betty's
chany tea set an'
"I knowed that was what you was.
goin' to say," interrupted Mrs. Cephas
King, "an' I can tell you that Solo
mon Tripp was my own cousin, an'
the tea things was as much his as they
was Betty's, an' I've as much right
to 'em as you have!"
A thin, sharp voice came from a
corner of the room.
"Betty Tripp told me ag'in an' ag'in,"
it said, "that she wanted me to have
them dishes when she was done with
'em. She said"
"She told me the same thing," inter
posed Mrs. ^yrus Masterson, who was
only a third cousin.
"I took more care of her endurin' her
Ast sickness than anybody else!" in
terrupted Second Cousin Beulah Ho
vey, "an' one day we was talkin'
'bout the chany, an' Betty says, says
she, 'Beulah,' says she, "bout that
chany tea set,' says she, as leave
you had it as any one an' a little
leaver.'"
"Them's the very words she said to
my wife," put in Mr. Ezra Simmons, a
little old man with a feminine face
and voice. "An' Betty was a own
cousin of mine."
"An' of mine!" said a tall woman in
rusty black near the whatnot on which
the coveted china stood.
So the strife continued until there
was no possibility of an amicable ad
justment of the claims of the various
claimants. They finally left the house
and the china in possession of Miss
Selina Sharpe, a lady of about fifty
years, who, although an own cousin
of Mr. Tripp, had put forward no
claim to the china, declaring that she
had no wish to claim it.
"But there's one thing certain," said
Miss Sharpe as she closed the door be
hind the last of the "heirs," "there
shan't one of 'em step their foot into
this house again to touch the chany
or anything else until it's settled by
law who has a right to 'em. I've rent
ed the house myself of its owner, an'
I won't have my doors darkened by
any of them."
Miss Sharpe adhered to this resolu
tion, politely but firmly refusing ad
mittance to several of the claimants
who called during the following week
"to talk it over" with her and possibly
to carry the china home in triumph.
Besides the china, there was nothing
among Mr. and Mrs. Tripp's few poor
belongings that the relatives coveted,
all of the furniture of any value hav
ing been sold or given in payment of a
few bills that came in after the fu
neral.
Accordingly Miss Sharpe was soon
left in undisturbed possession of what
was left, and the china, guarded by
the faithful dogs, still rested on the
old walnut whatnot three weeks after
the old couple to whom it had given
pleasure had been laid away in the lit
tle cemetery behind the village church.
Mrs. Cephas King and Nancy John
son had been next door neighbors and
very warm friends up to the time the
dispute over the china arose, but now,
alas, they scornfully passed by with
out a word or smile of recognition
when they met, and the King children
were forbidden to have anything at all
to do with the Johnson children.
Mrs. Cyrus Masterson lived directly
across the street from Beulah Hovey,
and so frequent had been the friendly,
pleasant little calls the ladies had
made upon each other that a smoothly
worn path led from one house to the
other. Now all was changed. The
path was wholly disused, and Mrs.
Masterson carefully gathered up her
skirts when she met Mrs. Hovey on
the street lest they should suffer con
tamination by coming into contact
with those of her once beloved neigh
bor.
Mrs. Ezra Simmons returned a cer
tain basque pattern she had borrowed
of Selina Sharpe with a note stating
that "in consequence of the course you
have seen fit to pursoo in relations to
my husband's own dear dead cuzzen's
chiny tea things, which now rightfully
belongs to me, I return the inclosed
bask pattern an' would thank you for
my cup cake reseet an' my polynay
pattern, not desiring that anything of
yours should remain in my possession,
an' visa versy, an' that we do not
speak to each other from this date."
So it was that there were discord
and enmity where there had once been
peace and harmony. Not one of the
contending claimants condescended to
speak to any of her rivals to the in
heritance.
A month had passed and the bad
feeling was at its height when Mr. and
Mrs. Ezra Simmons one evening con
cluded to spend an hour with their
friends Mr. and Mrs. Deacon Drewe.
The deacon and his wife were not at
home when Mr. and Mrs. Simmons ar
rived, but Sally, the maidservant, said
that she was expecting them every mo
ment and invited the callers to wait
until their return.
They had waited in the parlor a few
moments when the bell rang and Sally
was heard to tell other callers that her
master and mistress would be in very
soon and to invite them also to come
in and wait. Directly afterward Mr.
and Mrs. Cyrus Masterson were ush
ered in. Seeing the Simmonses, the
newcomers haughtily withdrew to a
corner of the parlor and sat down in
silence.
A third ring of the bell and Mrs.
Beulah Hovey appeared at the parlor
door. She gave the previous occu
pants of the parlor a stony stare and
then went to sit stiffly erect in the
center of a sofa, where she seemed
engaged in studying intently the pat
tern of the paper on the wall.
Perfect silence ensued for a moment
when the bell again rang and Nancy
Johnson's voice was heard at the door.
When Mr. and Mrs. Drewe followed
all these callers into the parlor, strange
as it may peem, they had with them
Mrs. Cephas King, who was too cour
ageous a voman to be in the least
daunted by what she beheld. She
calmly seated herself in a comforta
ble rocking chair and composedly re
turned Mrs. Nancy Johnson's stare.
While Mr. and Mrs. Drewe were
vainly endeavoring to start a general
conversation the village fire bell rang
for the first time in many months.
The fire company consisted of those
who could be first in getting to a small
room in the rear of the postoffice,
where there were six fire extinguish
ers and a hand reel and hose.
The entire population of the village
was in the street in less than five min
utes after the first sounding of the bell,
and it was soon known that the fire
was in the little brown house lately
occurred bv Mr. and Mrs Trlnn. but
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aow in the possession of Miss Selina
Sharpe.
The first comers found the present
tenant of the cottage flying wildly
around, throwing her few belongings
into the street and screaming "Fire!"
at the top of her voice.
When the occupants of Mr. Drewe's
parlor reached the cottage they found
the roof in flames and smoke pouring
from the windows, while the fire com
pany was still in the distance.
"Has my chany been got out yet?"
shrieked Nancy Johnson.
"Your chany?" said Cyrilla Mills,
who was only a fourth cousin.
"I'd say my chany,'" said Beulah
Hovey.
"It won't be anybody's if it ain't got
out o' there right off!" shrieked Ezra
Simmons.
At that instant the men appeared in
the smoking doorway trying to balance
the whatnot and its contents between
them. The blue dog toppled over and
fell to pieces on the stone step as they
reached the door. The brown one
threatened to do the same, and the
cups and other dishes were swaying
unsteadily from side to side.
"Be careful of my dishes!" cried Mrs.
Mills.
"Youroh!" "Oh!" "O-o-o-h!"
"If that ain't too bad!"
One of the men had stepped off the
little porch sooner than the other, thus
tilting the whatnot forward and send-
DOWN WITH A CRASH.
tag every piece of the cherished china
down with a crash on the brick walk
before the door.
The several heirs looked at each
other in silence for a moment. Then
Beulah Hovey suddenly cried out, with
a hysterical little laugh, "Well, what
geese we be!"
"So we air, Beulyso we air!" ac
quiesced Ezra Simmons. "I'd never
have made any fuss about the old
chany only for Emmeline making me
do it."
This frank confession of the ascend
ency of Mrs. Simmons created a laugh,
in which every one joined.
There were several waggish fellows
in the crowd who turned the occasion
into one of such merriment that even
grim Mrs. Johnson was found chuckling
half aloud, while Thyrza Masterson
and Mrs. Simmons, being at heart good
natured and keenly susceptible to even
poor wit, laughed louder than any one
else and walked home together side
by side in the most amicable manner.
That was the end of all ill feeling over
the china as well as the end of the
china itself.
An Australian Blowhole.
A great natural curiosity is the "blow
hole" on the Australian coast near
Klama, the colony of New South
Wales. It may be found in the mid
dle of a rocky headland running out
into the sea. With each successive
breaker the ocean spray is sent shoot
ing up into the air, sometimes from
300 to 400 feet, accompanied by a rum
bling noise as of distant thunder,
which can be heard for miles. This
"blowhole" consists of a perpendicu
lar cavity, nearly circular, with a di
ameter of about ten yards, and has
the appearance of being a crater of an
extinct volcano. It is connected with
the ocean by a cave about a hundred
yards in length. Into this cave waves
rush during stormy weather, and as
the cave extends some distance farther
into the rock than the "blowhole" on
the entrance of each wave this hole
becomes full of compressed air, which,
when the tension becomes too great,
blows the water with great force up
the perpendicular opening. London
Standard.
The Giraffe's Timidity.
A giraffe is very timid on hearing
slight sounds, but is indifferent to loud
ones. A writer in the Leisure Hour
says: "Noisy sounds, like a man walk
ing by with hobnail boots, it does not
notice, but a lady coming in with hard
ly more sound than the rustling of her
dress makes it start, with pricked ears
and eyes distended. We remember
well, after a terrible explosion of gun
powder on a barge on the canal, ask
ing the keeper of the giraffes of that
day how they had taken it, and he said
he was surprised how very little notice
they took. They jumped to their feet,
but almost at once lay down again
when they found nothing happened.
"But," he added, "if' I were at night
time to creep along that gallery in my
socks they would be so scared that I
believe they would dash themselves to
bits. They fear the lurking foe
The Freezing Point of Helium Gas Is
Just Above It.
Although familiar to scientists, it is
not generally known "that the true
aero of heat has been determined. By
this absolute zero is meant a temper
ature which cannot get any colder,
which means that no heat whatever
exists or can exist at that point. This
point is only about 450 degrees below
the zero of our ordinary Fahrenheit
thermometers or 273 degrees below the
zero centigrade. To realize what it
signifies a few words must be placed
here defining heat itself.
Heat is caused simply by the thou
sands of little molecules in any body
or thing vibrating very fast and thus
sending out waves into the ether.
When these waves strike any matter
they cause that matter to become hot,
as we say. Now, the faster these
molecules vibrate the more heat is
given out and the hotter is the body
itself. The slower the molecules the
colder the body. So, if a condition
could be reached where the molecules
did not vibrate at all, why, there could
be no heat, and therefore the body
would be absolutely cold. This con
dition of affairs is reached at the
above mentioned number of degrees
below our ordinary scales. It is need
less to say, however, that this abso
lute zero of heat has never been at
tained on this earth, the closest ever
reached by man being one degree
above it. This is 272 below zero centi
grade and is the freezing point of
helium gas, which a German professor
claims to have frozen at that tempera
ture.
From this theory of heat a peculiar
view is obtained of our bodies and
articles of matter. We would find, if
we had a microscope to see small
enough, that every bit of matter at
any temperature that we can now get
is a seething mass of moving mole
cules and vibrating particles. One
proof of this is when a metal expands
on becoming warmer. If we weigh it
we find that a hot body weighs no
more than the same body cold, yet it
gets larger, both longer and broader.
To do this it must be composed of
moving particles that on becoming ex
cited get farther apart. Another proof
is that liquids and gases have been
forced-through every solid that exists
almost. Thus water has been forced
through lead, sulphur dioxide through
iron, etc. The computed size of these
molecules is rather interesting. It is
claimed that if a drop of water rep
resented the earth the1
number of mole
cules in the drop would be about equal
to the number of grains of sand in
the earth.Exchange.
Changing Her Mind.
By an unwritten law it is held to be
the privilege of woman to change her
mind, a license of which she rarely
fails to avail herself. The German
proverb has it that "women are varia
ble as April weather." According to
an old English adage, "A woman's
mind the winter winds change oft."
In Spain it is much the same: "Wo-
men, wind and fortune soon change,
and she can laugh and cry both in a
Wind." The old Latin poet Catullus
was of opinion that "what a woman
says to her ardent lover ought to be
written on the winds or on running
water." Even the gallant Sir Philip
Sidney wrote
He water plows and soweth in the sand
And hopes the flickering wind with net to
hold
Who hath his hopes laid on a woman's
hand.
Kansas City Star.
A High Day.
"Yassah, I suttingly would do dat
job for yo', colonel, and proud o' de
chance to extinguish muhse'f. Would
horraw right in on it dis minute, sah,
if 'twuzn't for one thing," said a cer
tain lopsided colored citizen who was
so unafraid of manual labor that he
would often fall asleep in its presence,
"and dat is, sah, dat I never likes to
stigmatize muhse'f by working on a
hollerday."
"Why, this is not a holiday," re
turned the would be employer.
"Yassah! 'Tis wid me, if you'll dars
'skuse me, sah. It's de university o' de
day muh oldest boy was done sent to
de penitenchy "Puck.
Wild Animals In New York City.
It is a remarkable fact that there
are always more wild animals about
than any but the expert has an idea of.
For example, there are within twenty
miles of New York city fully fifty dif
ferent kindsnot counting birds, rep
tiles or fishesone-quarter of which
at least are abundant, or more partic
ularly within the limits of Greater
New York there are at least a dozen
species of wild beasts, half of which
are quite common.Country Life In
America.
Getting Used to 'Em.
"I just have heard of the arrival of
the third child in the Jones family,"
remarked the woman. "The announce
ment of the firstborn was made by
beautifully engraved cards tied with
tiny white ribbon, the second was by
telegraph, and this third one, though a
much wished for boy, was made mere
ly by a postal card."New York Press.
She Could Talk.
CynicusThat girl never says much,
does she? SillicusWhy, she talks all
the time. CynicusThat doesn't alter
my contention.Philadelphia Record.
Doubted the Statistics.
Mt
he "How did Harkins act when
heard he had triplets in his family?"
"He could hardly believe his own
census."Boston Transcript.
Our wealth is often a snare to our
selves and always a temptation to
others.Cotton.
Summer Footwear
Main Street,
The feet demand lighter covering during the hot
weather like the rest of the body.
Summer foot comfort is essentially a matter of proper
shoes. Winter shoes in summer are no more suitable than
are overcoats.
Oxfords Are Ideal
We have a complete range of all the shades that are
right for the season. Many of them are distinctive in de
signmodishgiving opportunity for individuality.
We have them for Men, Women and children.
Men's $2.50 to $5.00
Women's $1.50 to $3.50
Children's $1.00 to $2.00
A pleasure to show you. "fjjfc
The Princeton Boot and Shoe Man
Solomon Long
Job Printing and Job Printing
THEREcaredtwo
kinds of Job Printingtnat which is neat and
artisti an that which possesses neither of these qualities. The
Princeton Union makes it a point to turn out none but the former
kind,',and the Union finds this easy because it has the type, machinery
and skilled labor with which to accomplish it.
NotHing Looks Worse Than
BotcKed Job Printing.
It is a drawback to the business of a merchant or anyone else who uses
it. Botched Job Printing suggests loose methods. Then why not use
the kind printed by the Union? It costs you no more and gives the
public a good impression of your business. The Princeton Union is
prepared to execute every description of
Commercial and Fancy Printing
at short notice and nominal prices. If you are in need of letterheads,
noteheads, billheads, statements, cards, posters, programs, wedding
invitations or any other work in the printing line, an order for the
same placed with the Union will insure its being produced in an at-
tractive and up-to-date style.
U/ye PRINCETON UNION
Princeton, Minnesota.
MONUMENTS
It is still time to order a monument and have the same erected
before Decoration day. Call and see our finished monuments
in stock. You may find there just what you want
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