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gi 3-Its correspondents are able and energetic*
VOL. 19. NO. 19.
But He Had an Interest in the Affair
and Needed the MoneyCase Where
Persistence Won a Complete Tri
The following story is told of a cer
tain young man in Mount "Vernon who
had been living rather close to the
ground, as the saying goes, according
to the New York Times, and who was
hadly in need of funds.
The young man went to a friend and
told him of his predicament, request
ing a loan at the same time. His
friend was not "touchable," however,
but he told the young man that if he
would collect a bill he had against a
certain man whose home was in a
swell district of the city he might
have half of the proceeds.
The fellow accepted and made his
way to the home of the debtor. A
young lady answered his ring and he
inquired for Mr. B., the man of the
"Mr. is not at home," replied the
young lady.
"Oh, he isn't?" said the collector.
"Well, I'll just step and wait for
Without waiting for an answer he
slipped inside the door, took off his
coat and hat, and sat down an
easy chair in the parlor. He picked
up a paper and made himself as much
at home as if the house was his own.
He had read about fifteen minutes
when Mr. B. came into the room and
inquired as to the young man's busi
"Well," said that individual, "I have
a little bill here that I wish to collect
It is from B. & Co."
"I am very sorry," said Mr. B., "but
I am afraid that I cannot meet it just
at present,"
"Oh, there's no hurry," said the col
lector, "I can wait awhile," and he
settled back in the chair and resumed
reading the paper.
Mr looked at him in surprise, and
after a minute's thought said. "Really,
it is dinner time and I am quite hun
gry You must excuse me,"
"Why, certainly," was the reply. "I
am a little hungry myself. I don't
mind eatmg dinner with you at all,"
and before the astonished man could
reply he was through the door and in
aplace for% him.
They ate dinner and had a cold bottle
after it and by that time it was grow
ing late They talked of the weather
and one thing and another and in time
the clock struck 10 and Mr. B. began
to be worried. As a last resource he
"It is time that I should retire.
While your company has not been an
ticipated it has been enjoyable. I
hope that you will call again."
But the young man was not feazed.
He calmly replied "I have been pleas
antly entertained, Mr. B. Now, if you
will show me my room, I shall retire
Mr B, glared at the intruder. That
person simply sat and smoked his
after-dinner cigar and looked at peace
with the world. This state of affairs
continued until early in the morning,
when Mr. B. lost all control of himself,
pulled out his checkbook, wrote a
check for the amount of the bill and
threw it to the young man.
"Now, you blank-blanked lobster,"
lie said, "get out of this house as quick
as you can. If you don't there'll be
The collector got his hat and coat
and went out into the street with a
smile on his face. It was a hard
struggle, but persistence had won.
Nicknames of Prominent Men.
Nearly every prominent man of
title in England has a nickname and
some of these cognomens are a trifle
odd. For instance, Sir Michael Her
bert, British minister to Washington,
is known as "Mungo," just why does
not seem to be clearly known the
duke of Westminster is called "Bend-
Or," which was a Derby winner own
ed by his grandfather the duke of
Marlborough is "Sunny," from Sun
derland, one of his many second
titles, and Lord Granville Gordon has
all his life answered to the name of
A Lyric.
How fair it is, the world around,
The changing life, each day's surprise,
To see the stars, the land, the sea,
To look into your eyes.
To hear the ecstasy of morn,
The birds in field and wood rejoice,
The madrigals of wind and trees,
To listen to your voice.
To feel the warm, firm, throbbing life,
The friendly hands our -fingers press,
The strong, true work in which we share,
To feel your soft caress.
How fair it is, the world around,
How wonderful and sweet the past.
That knows its ecstasy and work,
That knows ou loving heart.
Precious Butterflies.
A splendid gift has just been made
to the Taris Museum of Natural His
torj. M. de Boullet, who possessed
one of the most perfect collections of
papilionaceae in the world, ha? pre
sented it to the museum. The'^speci
mens number 20,000 and their value
is estimated at 4,000. ^By this mu
nificent act the collection of the mu
seum is doubled.^
Many Suicides in Chicago.
For several jears past suicides have
'been inereaihg Chicago at a ratio
far in exces^ of the increase in popu
lation. Thrtee^ hundred and fifty-six
suicides in 1900 werejfonojgejl JyJ$9,
In lSdlfand 4
quiring where his seat would be _M*4 -Ouiwu.Un^-^f^v^^*5v2&ateP*r^&d
Gees a Decline in the Great Ameri
cs H?bit.
The bitter cry of the victims of the
"tip nuisance" is loud in the land, but
the recipients of tips have usuallj
maintained a haughty silence Now
Mr. James S. Stemons, a colored
waiter explains their point of view
in the Independent.
Waiters' wages have everywhere
been reduced with the growth of tips,
so that the tipper is merely making
good the deficiencies of tlie employer.
But of late there has also been a
great decline in the volume of tips,
so that the waiter, underpaid and
confronted with the loss of his per
quisite at the same time, is flattened
between the two rolls of a wringer.
In a number of representative
hotels and restaurants in different
cities the tips received by colored
waiters vary from nothing at one
place in Cleveland to a dollar and a
half a day in New York. At the best
hotel in New Orleans they average
seventy-five cents a day, in Louisville
fifteen cents, and in 'Philadelphia
from forty cents to a dollar. The
usual range in the South is low.
In the North the tendency is for
the best hotels and restaurants to
employ white waiters Where color
ed men are employed they get much
lower wages.
As a rule colored waiters draw
from $18 to $22 a month in wages,
and they are lucky when they can
get $15 more in tips. In most res
taurants the bulk of the business is
compressed within two or three
hours, and ten cents is the prevailing
fee "In fact, it is only the most
aggressive waiter who manages to
average so much as fifty cents a day
in tips."
The recipient of this.tip takes it as
a matter of hard necessitynot be
cause he likes to The author of the
article quoted worked for three
years before he consented to accept
one and then it was forced upon him.
But the tip will stay until the patrons
of hotels and restaurants induce pro
prietors to pay living wages. Such a
movement, if Mr. Stemons may be
credited, will have the enthusiastic
support of the waiters, whose sup
posed exactions inspired the virtuous
resolves of the Anti-Tippmg league.
How Thoughtful Child Provided
Season's Enjoyment.
story-of tftechrfdhood
his daughter Llcga.rae..
"Once, when Hildegarde was a lit
tle girl," he will begin, "she was
elated over the fact that we were
all going to spend the summer at the
seashore. Particularly was she elated
on the night before our departure.
Her eyes shone, her cheeks were
flushed, and she could do nothing but
dance and clap her hands for joy.
After she had gone to her room
I heard her chattering away like an
insane person for a long time. I
peeped and saw her on her knees
praying. Over and over again she
repeated the same prayer.
'Hildegarde,' I said, 'what on
earth are you doing, child?'
1 am saymg my prayers now for
all summer,' she answered, "so that I
won't have to waste any time on
them while we are away.'**New
York Tribune.
Bilkins and His Joke.
Forty years ago Bilkins, then a lad,
saw it for the first time. It was in
an old almanac which had been
printed before he was born. The alm
anac credited it to a still older pub
lication. Bilkins laughed when he
saw it. To his immature mind it ap
peared funny. Then he took tt unto
himself for his own, and every year
at the recurring season he has in
flicted it upon his friends.
The other day while ram was fall
ing, Bilkins, in a waterproof coat and
under an umbrella, met Silkins dash
mg along unprotected from the ele
ments. Bilkins seized the oppor
"Hello, Silkins!" he cried. "Where's
your umbrella? Lent, I'll bet. Ha!
"No!" howled Silkins. "It's stolen,
you dodgasted idiot!" And he smote
Bilkins full sore.
A policeman assisted Bilkins out of
the gutter. While waiting 'for the
ambulance the officer said:
"Let this be a warning to you. Re
member, the man who jokes about an
umbrella and Lent borrows trouble
from people who are glad to let him
have it."
True Love.
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to lemove
O no! it is an ever fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never
It is the star to every wandering bark
Whose worth's unkr-own, although his
hight be taken,
Love's not Time's fool, though rosj lips
and cheeks
Withm his bending sickle's compass
Love alters not with his brief hours and
But bears it out ev'n to the edge of
If this-be error, ard upon me proved,
I never writ, nor1
no man ever loved
-t,* Shakespeare.,
te Theories and Eacts.
That a theory accords with- the facts
does not necessarily prove it true. Ac
cording to ijPoincpre, the eminent
French mathematician,1
&& 'infinite
number of theories^only^ onte c%w|ich
is actualfy, true, jmay be devfeetf to ac
count for any given state of facts*?
Many Fraternities at Cornell./
I -iiHnrii3ity-*i^'*aiaJ~'i--''*--
Now that the Panama canal is an
assured thing, a little study of the ac
companying map willgamed. show some^ of
fcib advamag?*
The heavy line running south from
New York is the^tamshi track to
Colon, and th* distance is 1981 miles.
At an avpraafe^njaejlof Jpurteen. knots
'edkno1tljc^iJ*tpac,e fur the modern
steamship, the voyage could be made
in an hour or two less than six days.
From Panama to San Francisco the
distance is 3277 miles, which, at the
same average speed, "-would require
nine days' and eighteen hours' steam
ing. Say sixteen days for the ocean
voyage, and allow four days for pass
ing through the canal, and the whole
trip would be made in twenty days,
or inside of three weeks.
At present a steamer must follow
the solid line running off to the south
east to Cape St. Roqua. Once around
this cape the course follqws the coast
in a southwesterly direction to the
Straits of Magellan, thence out into
the Pacific, where a straight course
can be steered for the Farallone
islands, just outside of San Francisco.
On this track the distance is 12,589
miles, which at the same average
speed would require thirty-seven and
a half days' continuous steaming
Allowing for delays in the Straits of
Magellan, and for coaling, and the
voyage would take all of forty days,
or just double the time of the Panama
The sailing track as indicated by
the line of dashes is 15,660 miles, and
while our best clipper ships have
f Fac Smfle.
Collectors and philatelists become
enthusiastic when they speak of the
famous Brattleboro, Vt., postage
stamp, which is said to be the first
ever used in America.
Dr. Frederick N. Palmer, who was
Battleboro's postmaster from July,
1845, to November, 184*8, was the in
ventor of the stamp which we re
producer The facsimile herewith pre
sented was prepared by thev
of Major F. W. Childs, when he was
postmaster. -This was at the request
of many collectors. ?4B&&%Bffiiji
I)r. Frederick N. Palmer wasoon/
lielfast. 1815 and came^yto
made the outward voyage in 100 to
110 days, many a good ship has taken
a full four, five and even six months
on the voyage...
Again turn to the chart and follow
the zigzag line out jiround the
"Horn" This, is the 1
j*~s&*#g. ,vs^ol oiufvj,^
geiVf$ftr''\ ooK&eii sqUare-ri^g
built in Bath.
The dots represent the noon posi
tions from day to day, tae voyage
commencing on June 17 from the
Delaware capes. While the straight
lines show the distance gained each
day they do not always^-represent the
actual path of the ship, as when the
wind is ahead the ship may tack back
and forth across the line a number of
times in the twenty-four hours.
The track indicated is 16,226 miles
long, but there is no doubt that the
ship covered more than 17,000 miles
on this vojage.
This voyage of 117 days was the
record run of that ^year, and was
especially good because the Horn was
rounded midwinter.
The reader may wonder why the
sailing track runs so far to the east
ward on leaving New York. The rea
son is that to take advantage of the
northeast trade wind a ship must get
well off the coast to make a fair wind
of it, otherwise she would have to
beat her way along the coast of
Brazil, and thus lode much time.
Again in the Pacific this same "trade"
carries the ship far to the westward
of San Francisco, and not until she
has reached the zone of prevailing
westerly winds (above 30 deg. north)
Brattleboro some time in 1836 as a
music teacher. He became a student
of the law and studied in the office of
Judge Asa Keyes. In 1840 he mar
ried Miss Ellen, oldest daughter of
Judge Keyes, and five years later he
was appointed postmaster.
It was during his three years in
cumbency that he inaugurated a num
ber of improvements in the office, and
in 1846 issued the little astamp for
can she swing around and head
for "'Frisco
Because of this same wind the sail
ing track from Panama to San Fran
cisco would be an immense half-circle
By a the canal route another grea
which collectors are now willing to
pay fabulous prices. It is stated that postage stamps in 1840, and. Brazil in
-one has been\ sold at* the extraordi
nary prjeeof $176. is said that
onlv -two Boston collectors^ ea boast
of owning a Palmer stamp. One was
bought about fifty years ago for sev
enty-five cents. The other, bought in
1882, cost in the vicinity of $100.
It is said that a Mr. Collins of New
York has the only uncancelled Brat
tleboro stamp known to be in exist
ence. He has won the philatelic blue
ribbon for securing the rarest stamp
on the American catalogue, and that
means the whole world.
Great Britain adopted the use of
1831^ *The United States did not com
mence to use- tfcemgpuntil July.
sicciit. sena uw) sua.iL upwaiu. one tuuw
d^he '6,646 miles, or about 1,000 almost let go when a frightened look
miles more than to San Francisco,
but by way of the Magellan straits
the ship would have to steam 13,200
miles, or twice as far.
The sailing vessel could save very
much, and after picking up the north
east trade on leaving Panama she
would have a fair wind all the way
to the islands, while a voyage around
the Horn would be 14,970 miles long
and necessitate a long battle with the
heavy westerly gales in that far
southern latitude.
Nothing would suit the old Cape
Horn "shell-back" better than to be
able to "cut across lots" and thus es
cape the much dreaded "corner"
which has sent so many of his mates
to "Davy Jones' locker."
One thing more might be mention
ed, and that is the voyage to the Phil
ippines. While the distance (11,500
miles) is practically the same either
by Suez or Panama, in case of war
between this country and a foreign
power the latter route would be far
better, for many reasons.
With this canal once open for busi
ness there will be no further neces
sity of sending a big battleship on
a dangerous 15,000 mile "hurry up"
voyage to reach a place but a little
over 3,000 miles away.
How a Musician's Wife Induces
to Play for their friends.
The German musician who is at the
head of one of the well-known private
conservatories is much averse to play
ing for the entertainment of his
friends. He teaches all day and when
evening comes is usually so tired of
the piano that requests for a little
music are often in vain, to the great
disappointment of those who know his
musicianly skill.
But the artist's small and vivacious
frau has a way to entrap him when the
occasion seems to demand it. She her
self plays with some excellence, but
not sufficiently well to escape the ex
plosive criticism of her husband. But
she sometimes sacrifices herself for
the pleasure of her friends. When all
the efforts to induce the artist to play
have been in vain, she goes to the
piano and begins something that he
is particularly fond of, most likely a
bit of Wagner or Mendelssohn.
In about three minutes her husband
grows restless, frowns, shifts his feet,
and runs his hands through his leonine
locks. After two minutes more he
leaps up, sputtering:
"Gott in Himmel' That is all wrong.
Horrible! You blay worse effery day,
Louisaworse and worse I show you.
Here, like this!"
He seats himself, and the piano
sings. That piece finished, something
else occurs to him, his fingers get the
fire in them, and for an hour he for
gets his refusals and resolutions. And
so far he has not suspected the trick.
New York Mail and Express.
Little Girl Had Learned Her Lesson
of Reverence Well.
George T. Winston, president of the
North Carolina A. and M. college,
thinks he has the prize when it comes
to children's sayings.
While visiting in Asheville he went
to see one of his friends and met the
3-year-old daughter of the family. Her
parents were religious people, and she
had learned from them that God was
everywhere and that she must always
try to please Him. Dr. Winston and
she became friends, and the next time
he went to her house he carried a
bow and arrow as a gift. She was de
lighted, and the two went out on the
lawn to try the toy. He taught her
how to shoott it, and she prepared to
send the shaft upward. She pointed
came over her face Then she looked
up and, raising her voice, said:
"Det out of the way, Dod, I'm goim
to shoot."New York Times.
A Cool Monarch.
King Victor Emanuel HI of Italy, in
spite of his diminutive stature, which
often makes him the butt of his en
emies' jests, is known for a man of
dauntless courage and iron nerves.
A few years ago while holding the
rank of colonel in a regiment of artil
lery he was intrusted with the testing
ot a new cannon that the army was
then experimenting with. He pro
ceeded to the trial field accompanied
by several officers "-of rank and the
inventor, and after a short explanation
of the relative points of the gun order
was given to aim it at the target.
At the first shot the huge engine of
destruction exploded near the breech
with a terrible crash, and the panic
stricken men fled precipitately. Not
so Victor Emanuel, who did not stir an
inch, but, turning with an amused
smile to the frightened officers, reas
sured them chaffingly:
"No danger now, gentlemen," he
said calmly "you should have fled be
fore the explosion."Philadelphia Sat
urday Evening Post.
Legends That Will Live.
It makes no difference what proof
to the contrary is offered, the Ameri
can people will always believe and
maintain that Raleigh once -lived in
Virginia, that Putnam crawled into
a den of wild wolves, that Paul Re
vere saved his country by a ride, and
that Barbara Freitchie dared the
rebels, just as poets have written
that Funston did actually swim the
Calumpit, and that Roosevelt charged
up the hill in the battle at San Juan
in the very way that Verestchagin
puts it. These things can no longer
be considered as matters in dispute
or points pf controversy in our his
tory. The belief in them is as deeply
imbedded in the hearts of all Ameri
cans as is the belief that Washington
never lied or swore and Mrs. Leary's
cow kicked over the lamp which
caused the big fire in Chicago.
De blizzard come a'screemm*.
An' a-rushin' 'cross de Ian'
An' we looked for ruination
Loomin' up on every han'.
But it never touch de wil' flowers
A sleepin' In de wood
In May dey'll come up smilin'
An' a-feelin' purty good.
Dars folks jes' like de blizzard,
Dey roars a day or two,
An' makes us mighty nervous
An' spoils our comfort, too.
But we knows it doesn't matter,
'Cause when dey's had deir say
Dis world will keep a-movin*
In de good ol'-fashioned way.
?j A Greater Feat.
WhartonLast night at the theater
I saw a magician break two eggs into
a silk hat, hold the hat over a flame,
and then produce two live rabbits
from it. And the hat was not injured.
I think that a ^wonderful trick.
BartonPshaw! That's nothing. At
the house where I board the cook can
break two eggs into a', bowl, and after
beating them a little, tir out an ome
let the landlady'will ^make to serve
six persons without s^amingjier con
science in the least.
4-It iruie^rgbn of ALL A*e**!nerican.
5-It is not eototreHfid by any ring or clique-
6-It asks $o support but the people's.
$2.40 PER YEAB.
Well-Planned Race Track Coup
Would Have Netted Thousands of
Dollars More But for an Oversight
of the Managers.
"I won't say that it's about as hard
for a man born in 1870 to get a total
disability pension for participating in
the battle of Gettysburg as it is to
pull off a successful hog slaughtering
an a race track nowadays, but I don't
mind mentioning in confidence that
the people who fetch through a suc
cessful killing on a race course at
this stage of the game have got to be
mighty slick, and they have got to
have a whole lot of luck besides,"
said a veteran trainer in charge of a
string out at Benning. "Any one of a
thousand things can flatten a prepar
ed coup out like a piece of roofing
tin nowadays. The railbirds, in the
first place, have got the prepared
killing pretty nigh coppered. Noth
ing gets away from them on any track
from dawn's early light. And even if
the word doesn't leak, the battle be
tween the lajers and the players has
now reached such an acute stage that
the boys with the slates begin to
rub the minute a man whose face
they know begins to make the rounds
9n any horse with a price chalked up
against him. Not only this, but the
most foolish little mishap can utterly
flestioy all possibility of pulling off a
killing that has been shrewdly and
carefully planned and worked over,
night and day, for months.
"A few years ago that fine mare
Fleur-de-lis was brought East, after
a, successful campaign on the Califor
nia tracks, for a killing. There were
fewer railbirds then than there are
now, and therefore it was a lot easier
to give her preparation and workouts
without taking chances on her form
being revealed.
"The mare was pitchforked, with
cothing worth mentioning in the way
of weight on her back, into an over
night handicap with a lot of swagger
horses, which made a good
price against her a certainty.
Her people designed to blis
ter the poolrooms throughout
the country on the win, and so they
sent their commissioners to various
a cOUPJe of
"Now, a short time before the day
of the contemplated killing, the owner
cf the mare got permission from
the Jockey Club stewards, for some
reason or other, to change the maie*S
rame from Fleur-de lis to Maxme
The commissioners who had gone
West and South with the big money
to bet on Fleur-de lis didn't know any
thing about this switch of the mare's
name to Maxine, and, through an
oversight, they were not mfcimed
It happened that the poolrooms
the commissioners went to failed to
chalk 'formerly Fleurde-lis' after the
name of Maxine, as is occasionally
done on the poolroom blackboards
when a horse's name is changed, and
so the commissioners, concluding, for
some reason or other, that the mare
hadn't been entered in the race that
was to be the killing, kept all of that
fine Fleur-de-lis money right in their
clothes You can draw for yourself a
little charcoal sketch of how these
commissioners felt when the opera
tors in the poolrooms, after calling
off the race and announcing that
Maxine had strolled in something
easy, supplemented their call-off with
the dry remark: 'Maxine was form
erly Fluer-de-lis.'
"The Maxine party made a big
thing of the win at the track, of
course but so trivial art oversight as
their failure to inform their commis
sioners that a change in the mare's
name had been applied for cost them
a good many tens of thousands of
dollars."Washington Post.
German Motorist in Hard Luck.
In Germany the motorist is in a
sad dilemma. A sedate elderly gen
tleman was returning home one even
ing in his motor and passed through
a small town called Dmgsda. At that
hour of the night the streets were
empty, so he omitted to sound his
bell as the local regulations prescribe
Shortly 'after committing this crime
he was .served with a summons for
not sounding a warning while cross
ing a public thoroughfare. He pro
tested, but in vain, and the fine was
paid. Some weeks later he made the
same journey at the same hour and,
mindful of past misdeeds*, loudly
sounded the alarm at the crossroads.
The result was the issue of a second
summons, this time for causing "rest
disturbing noise"!
Poet's Murmuring Stream.
A poet came from 'vay back east
Unto the glorious west,
Whose charms, he claimed, had ne'er br
In fitting garb been dressed.
He wrote of mountain, mesa, butte
He saBg of azure skies,
Whose blue he likened to the blue
Of the western girl's bright eyes.
His noblest effort, so he thought,
Was'on the murmuring stream
That rippled 'tween alfalfa banks.
A sweet, soft-slumbering dream,
He took this to his western maid,
She laughedthe little witch
And cried, "That stream? Ha! ha! Why,
Bad's irrigating ditch!"
Sunset Magazine. -v
x^**8ecrtt of Happines8,( s^Tr
is always good to obtain whatA*
one desires," said the citizen.
"Yes, replied the philosopher, "btit^*
it* is hetter tQ Oestee only *$&&$
a obtain." *&SL &9$3

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