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was speaking in a low voice: there was much noise.
I was deeply interested, and straining my ears to
catch his words, stretching my neck, holding my
breath, to hear, unconscious of everything but the
fascinating tale. I heard him say. "At this point he
seized her by her long hair.— "she shrieking and
begging, — bent her neck across his knee, and with
one awful sweep of the razor —
That was X. X.'s interruption, bearable at thirty
miles. By the time I had reached that place in
my mumblings Mrs. Dodge's dining room was so
silent, so breathlessly .-till, that if you had dropped
.. Thou nt an y where* in it you could have heard it
smack the floor. [This was tried. 1 well remember
it.— M. T.] When I delivered that yell the entire
dinner company jumped as one person, and punched
their heads through the ceiling, damaging it, for
it was only lath and plaster, and it all came down
on us, and much of it went into the victuals and
made them gritty; but no one was hurt.
Then I explained why it was that I had played that
game, and begged then-; to take the moral of it home
to their hearts and be rational and merciful thence
forth, ami cease from screaming in mass, and agree
to let on,' person talk at a time and the rest listen
in grateful and unvexed peace. They granted my
prayer.and wt had a happy time all the rest of the
evening. I do not think I have ever had a better
time in my life. This was largely because the new
terms enabled me to keep the floor— now that I
'nail it— and do all the talking myself. 1 do like to
hear myself talk. Susy has exposed this in her
biography of me.
DEAN SAGE was .1 delightful man. yet in one
waj a terror to his friends; for he loved them so
well that lie could not refrain from playing prac
tical iokes on them. We have to be pretty deeply
in love with a person before we can do him the
honor of ioking familiarly with him. Dean Sage
was the best citizen I have known in America. It
takes courage to be a good citizen, and lie had
plenty of :t. IK' allowed no individual and no cor
poration to infringe his smallest right and escape
unpunished. He was very rich, and very generous,
and benevolent, and he gave away his money with
.. prodigal hand; but if an individual or corpora
tion infringed a right of his, to the value of ten cents.
he would spend thousands of dollars' worth of time
and labor and money and persistence on the matt
er, and would not lower his flag until he had won
his battle or lost it.
He and Rev. Mr. Harris had been classmates m
C< Uege, and to the clay of Sage's death they were as
f< nd of each <ythcr as an engaged pair. It follows,
DURING a siav in the city of
Panama it is far more inter
esting not to live in the American
t.^rt. Ancon; f<>r from the hear:
of the old city one is able to
see and stu.lv the life of the natives
"on the inside." which is much
more satisfactory and enlighten
ing than the casual glimpse the
average American tourisi is afford
ed from his American chair on the
American porch of the screamingly
American Hotel Tivoli.
1^ is indeed interesting to view
fi r the firsi time the fiestas with
which, on November 3. the Pana
manian celebrates his indepen
dem ■ from Colombian rul<
t;,. -..: ; ,i re i.ii • nthusiasm that,
;:r years ago, was reserved
for November 28, when he was
accustomed :■ rejoice in his free
dom from Spain.
A - firsi glain< - it is hard •■■ 1
perceive whj the independence
should be celebrated f"r three
whole days and nights 1 t carnival;
;.,;• a clos< r a. quaintance with
the immod< rate temperan enl of
the I. a- • mak< -i: quite natural.
They <lr:!.k. and make merry, and
uerade in the public
and plazas They gloal over the scene «'f the l«ull
baiting, anil take part in it too. In the evening the
men dance first at the club balls ami afterward in
the Plaza Central, where the characteristic native
dance, the "cumbia, ' is in lull swing until three or
four o'clock Hi the morning Usually, all this con
linu< tW three «la\- La I \<ar a delegation was
„. ;.- to the President's iml.pc- with a petition asking
leave to celebrate for one day more, which Obaldia,
the a< ting Pr< sid< ni . grant* d
'J'his last and extra day of the fiestas, November
t found the cit) worn out, bui anxiously striving
to keep up the appearance >•! a gaietj i1 wa • iren
t irunk to feel The bull baiting in the Plaza
Herrera had a straggling attendance, consisting of
habby populace, the picturesque Spaniards,
and the red necktied whisky sodden Jamaica
negroe: The better people and tr\ie sjn.rts did
1.. • bother to watch; l"r the) knew what to ex
pect. During the fiestas they never kill the i nil.
without sa\ing. that whenever Sage found an op
portunity to play a joke upon Harris. Harris was
sure to suffer.
Along about 1873 Sage fell a victim to an illness
which reduced him to a skeleton and defied all the
efforts of the physicians to cure it. He went
Adirondacks, and took Harris with him. Sage had
always been an active man. and he couldu t i«lie
any day wholly away in inanition, bui walked
every day to the limit of his strength. One day,
toward nightfall, the pair came upon a humble log
cabin which I'ore these words painted upon a shingle:
"Entertainment for Man and Beast."
They were obliged to stop there for the night.
Sage's strength being exhausted. They entered the
cabin, and found its owner and sole occupant there,
a rugged and sturdy and simple hearted man of
middle age. He l ked supper and placed it
the travelers, — salt junk, boiled beans, corn bread.
i.v.il black coffee. Sage's stomach could abide
nothing but the mosl delicate food; therefore this
banquet revolted him. and he sat at the table un
employed, while Harris fed ravenously, Kmitlessly,
gratefully; for he had been chaplain in a fighting
regimental] through the war. and had kept in per
fection the grand and uncritical appetite and splendid
physical vigor which those four years, ft.f t. >ttgh tare and
activity had furnished him. Sage went supp
to bed", and tossed and writhed all night upon a
shuck mattress that was full of attentive and
ested corncobs. In the nii.rriin^ Harris was 1
again, and devoured the odious break]
contentedly and as delightedly as he had dev< ured
its twin the night before.
Sage sat upon the porch, empty, and c 1
plated the performance and meditated revenge.
Presently he beckoned to the landlord and took him
aside and had a confidential talk with him. He <>=:■:
"I am the paymaster. What is the bill"-'"
■"Two suppers, fifty cents; two beds, <:
two breakfasts, fifty cents; total, a dollar ..:.■!
thirty cents."
Sage said, "Go back and make out the bill and
fetch it to me here on the porch. Make it t:.
d> 'liars "
"'Thirteen dollar- Why, it"s impossible! I am
no robber. I am charging you wh.it I charge •
body, it's a dollar and thirty cents, and that's ..11
it is."
"My man. I've got something to say abutb ut this
as well as you It's thirteen dollars. You'll make
out your bill for that, anil you'll take it too, . r
you'll not get a cent !"
The man was troubled, and said. "I don't under
stand this. I can't make it out."
"Well, I understand it. I know what lam ai
and no true Panamanian sets any fun :i: .^ bull
tight that does not end m a kill
Late in the afternoon the wearied bulls were
being driven home from the temporary arena
built for the occasion in the I'Lw'a A ClOwd «f
Spanish workmen, always the most enthusiastic anil
last to leave a toro exhibition, were following closely,
staggering, singing, swearing, and goading the ani
mals with -harp sticks One ol the bulls be
unmanageable and broke away from the man that
held the rope attached to hi> boms Instead ol
turning on his tormentors, the crazed bt
headlong down the principal >treet. the Avenida
Central. Immediately the cry was raised, "Torol
■ '" Men, women, and children tied to righi
aiid left into doorways; but some 1 t the bi
specimens of manhood joined in the exciting pur
suit Toro, chased by the drunken mob, and ..-.
determined a •!.< ■. to make the mosl < t !.
continued on his j res. i[ itate v. after.
It's thirteen dollars, and I wan: the bill madscr
for that. There's no other terms. Get it ready id
bring it out here. I will examine it and be outngjd.
You understand? I •will dispute the bill. Youxse
stand to it. You must refuse to take less. I*£
begin to lose my temper; you must begin to ij
yours. I will all you hard names; you must a.
me harder ones. I will raise rr.y voice; you rrs
raise yours. You must go into a rage, — foas z
the mouth, if you can; insert some soap to help:
along Now go along and foßovt your instructions
The man played his assigned part, and played:
well. He brought the bill, and stood waiting i:
results. Sage's face began to cloud up. hiseyes.
snap, and his nostrils to inflate like a horse's; is.
he broke out with :
"Thirteen dollars! You mean to say that yn
charge thirteen dollars for these damned inhnss:
hospitalities of yours? Are you a professional fcs
cancer? Is it your custom to — '
The mar. burst in with spirit. " Xow. I don't ra:
any more out of you! That's a plenty! The Mi
thirteen dollars, "and you'll pay it— that's allM
couple of characterless adventurers bilking us
way through this country and attem'] ting to dicta
terms to a gentleman. — a gentleman who receive!
you, supposing you were gentlemen yourselves
whereas in my opinion hell's full of- _ , .
Sage broke' in. "'Not another vrord of ™K(1
won't have it! I regard you as :'. ■■ lowest *B
thief that ever— " . rrr .-.,
'■ Don't you use that word again ! By — -•" li aa
you by the neck and — "
Hariris came rushing out. and j ■: as the ta
were about to grapple he pushed I rnself terses
them and began t<> implore. "Oh. LVan.^cn
don't! Xovr, Mr. Smith, contn I yourself! V
think of your family. Dean! Think what a seas
But they burst out with maledicti ins, iHipscx
tions, and all the hard names they « uld digoatu
the rich accumulations of their educated demons
and in the midst of it the man shouted:
" ' When gentlemen come t« i this b ius. . I ;^ a: /f^
as gentlemen. When people cohi the nc^
with the ordinary appetites of gentlemen^! cca. D
them a dollar and thirty cents for •• h it I ra»°*r
you; but when a man" brines a hell :;red Fa=o
here thai gorges a barrel of' perk and foot iff
of beans at two sittings — "
Sage broke in. in a voice that was .oquent,«"•
remorse and self reproach. "I never thou?n. v
that, and I ask your pardon. I; am ashamed^
myself and of my 'frier..!. Here's your thirteeao*
lars. and my apologies along with it.
To ie ccr.t'f.^e.i Si>r.dcy eftt* •-■''-
Finally two pxU. oh V^
American from their easT str
and stylish clothes, beans* <*
noise. Wked un-ur..: ..r.d tc^
themselves in the d ectipaw,
the frightened a,,:, '
in different directions. 1< ' c vV ..
pkked out the one " ith the OOgr
est dress ami chase.l her. j^,
stepped into an open <! o** a ?-..-J
doorways re lei open n rasars*
f..r jt-.st one second. rhe *J?2
I Lull was passing, she <&rtetf*f
and. seizing the trailing rope £ ;
tached t.. his horns. heM J^f*
managed tv withstand, v.ithou-^ ;
ing.'Wj abrupt halt. U*fft\
wildly; but the girl « mtr 2jjl«
keep'back of him. bolding^t^w \
the rope. The bull turned oaj*;,
and chafed: but she had »t?g
two bull fights tor nothing,*^
leaped fn.m side to si.le. nuj-j
the big animal constantlj^g
his direction, as she had seea^
toreadors do. She kept-^SS
dreadful moment until the pl^,,p l^,,
less keeper arrived As &**%%
him the rope she saw the !iin *;L f
surging toward her. She fcn£ »5
were w.lder things th.r, buUs.^
having once seen a sue* c»tu - •
dor borne high on the shouldersol ,-^%ff ii
t.itors. she ran speedily home amni tne
and cheers of the pleased Spanish mob. -^
This is but one incident of the ric^.is. -.»^
and stranger things are constantly *^i#
that wonderful little country, which is no« ■
of so much interest to all. The dusky r.aa^ <
his midday meal of highly seasoned * x * foC^vS3
made of native vegetables) within a stones
of the Tivoli, where a long, tasteless, aoa^j
American menu is served. Sturdy little
black babies romp almost under .the O ool *^^
hatnlstmie American turnouts in the l^ >rJ p
Here Past and Present seem t«> meet. - s -. u " s^e
there i- friction. Different ages could not Irt
by side like twin brothers But. with xrx *£&
work in hand as a common interest, the tv.o n '
are bound to agree in time. And. as the two t
touch, the Panamanian will shake hands in gra»
and fraternity with the American.

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