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FOR LITTLE PEOPLE.
AFTER VACATION.
Huok iwnin to Mchool. lrnrs,
Vaai;i.n rt iys :u iloii
You've Inn! yo::r shun- of frnlld,
And lnla t play a ml fun.
Ym'u l!hl in iniuiy a Iti pU, dear,
And cllnilx' 1 up niiny n hill;.
Now biu- uy v in to ilinol, Ui'urs,
To :uily villi u will.
Wr nil can wc r!i the 1 ottor
For lmrtnii hoiiilny.
For plavliiK t uii nmi tonnls,
And ridini? "r. tin- hny.
The icioat ol 1 I m 't of Nuturo
rrepttrta us pltiin to see
How vory well worth lf.irntr.ff
All othi'r books tnny bo.
So lnu U uiruiu to n.houl, dears.
Vnrntlen-tlmr Is do ic;
You v ha I u merry reiva.
With liits nyt Ion of fun.
You've been i.l:e ir.Its In putur
l'ru:rl to bit u:nl telii.
Now t( ,i,ly. rcmly, children,
It s time to marvh nu.l trnln.
Tin only dunce loiter
When ound the m hool-beirn en!!,
So mil tn nink. my boys and gir'.j,
And troop In. ot.e nmi all.
Forsi hiiol In very plensimt.
When, utter l.t of fun,
Vft ntlon days are over.
And renl work lieun.
Margaret E. Suiwhut, in Hnrprrs Younj
People.
TOMMY, THE GOPHER.
History of a Queer I.tttln OfDea ret and
Conipatilnn.
Tommy wan a pet popher, nn;l, lilco
other pet, had his little history. II
came to its in a vory tvmiirknble way.
I was sitting; in my orllcp, in the third
story of one of those hljr cilice build
ings in tlte city, when one of the ofiiee
Kirls exclaimed: "What is that?" rioiut
injr to a little nnimul nlmut the size of
a rut, ruunin? in ut the door. If it hml
been a rut we should not have been
surprised, us they were common; but
this little fellow had a bushy tail, anil
rows of spots alone; his back, and ears
hardly visible above his fur. I knew
him at once, for I had seen plenty of
his kind on our prairie farm when 1 was
a boy, and used todltf them out of their
holes in the ground, or drown them out
by pouring in water, as they scratched
up our seed corn, liut how this little
fellow could have got into the
city, and up Into the third story of
of an office building1 was a mystery.
Evidently some one had brought him
in; but no one in the building knew
anything about him, so as he seemed
quite trnne, it wus decided to adopt him
as an oftlce pet. and he was named
Tommy. And as nature had provided
him with a nice suit of clothes, ull he
needed was food, drink and a nest.
We soon found that he liked peanuts,
find it was greut fun to see him eat
them. When anyone called, "Tommy,
Tommy," and held out a peanut, ho
would run and sit up on his hind feet,
reach out his little paws, and beg for
his peanut. When ho got it he would
shell it, put the kernel into his pocket,
and hold np his paws for another, and
when he pot both pockets full, he
would run ofl to his nest, store away
his nuts, and come back for more.
Now your will wonder about his
pockets. Well, every gopher has two
pockets, one in each cheek, in which he
carries food and bedding to his nest.
He makes his nest in a hole in the
ground, which he digs out with his
paws, putting the earth into his pock
ets and carrying it out. I knew that
our Tcmtuy would want such a nest, so
I gt :t hirce box and rilled it with
earth for him, packing it in tight.
Tommy went vigorously to work, and
soon had a eosey little room dug out
in the bottom, just big enough for him
self, with :t winding passage down to
it, where he made a nest of bits of pa
per and cloth and twine, picked up
round the ollice.
- When it was finished, Tommy's de
mauds for peanuts increased, und he
soon In il in u lurge supply. It was
amusing to see hiin hold up his paws
and beg, us if he were very hungry,
when his pockets were so full of ker
nels that his cheeks were puffed out.
If we gave him a nut that hud no ker
el, he wvuld get very angry, spring
ing1 at th hand of the person who gave
it, and biting it if he got a chance.
One day he found a satchel In which
there was some cake; so he gnawed a
hole in it, and was soon inside helping
himself. U'e wondered where he had
gone, when some one happened to no
tice the sutchel, and saw Tommy peer
ing out through the hole, which wus
just big enough to lit his head.
He had large black eyes, but his
sight did not seem to be sharp proba
bly beeauso his eyes were better adapt
ed to the dim light of a life under
ground than to the bright sunlight
ur.d he was ufraid of objects which he
could not see clearly; the dust-brush,
which he evidently regarded as soitu
big burly animal, was an object of es
pecial terror to hiin, and he would act
like a cat frightened by a dog when It
was' placed near him. You should
know that every animal has a little
curtain inside of his eve. called
the iris, with a window in the
middle of it, called the pupil, around
which is a muscle which contracts,
making the window smaller when the
ligkt is bright, and expands, making
it larger, when the light is dim. You
have often seen the pupils if pussy's
eyes pet small in the light and large in
the dark, so that she can see almost as
weil by a dim light as by a bright one.
Hut as gophers do not live much in the
daylight, their eyes have lurgo pupils
adapted to semi-darkness.
Tommy liked to lie and bask inn
warm, sunny spot on the floor, just ns
yon have seen puss do. He became
finite tame, und would sometimes climb
np and sit on my knee; but he would
not allow anyone to touch him or
stroke him, and always resented any
uh fiimiliurity by his peculiar little
colding chir-r-r, or an attempt to bite.
About the middle of Rummer he dis
appeared, and could not be found any
where; and his odd little ways had
made hltn sujIi a pet that ho was greut
ly missed. We knew he coul 1 nothavo
left the office, and so concluded he
nvat Vo in his nest, but whether dead
or olive no one kuew. So when six
weuks had passed, and he did not make
hia appearance, wo einntiud the curia (
oat of his box, when out jumped
Tommy, angry as he could be, and
scolding lo-idly with his Usual chir-r-r,
chir-r-r, but none the worse for his
long ideep.
The box was filled again, and Tcrtm.v
J-.ade himself :i new tji;:,t. netir th top
1 i s Mu . for lin win too sleepy for
t -.'p Hgg':ttr. laid in i: fresh Mipp'y of
!'. nuts, i n 1 in n l:y days went to
t leep ngal.'i nut f'e it. five months; ho
;!i:itwe siw im:!i.;i of him till the
.Growing I'cUrunry, when ho cntnn
out, lean and hungry, making his usual
demand for peanuts; but was soon as
fat anil lively us ever.
We now happened tn learn his parly
history, and how ha came to us. Three
or four young gophers had been
brought in from the country by a son
of the janitor, who lived in the build
ing, und had all run away and been
caught by the eats, or had fallen down
the stairs, except this little fellow; ami
he hail crept in behind a coal bin in
the hall, and slept there all winter till
he came to us.
In this way we learned that gophers,
like bears and some other animals,
sleep, or hibernate, ns it is culled,
during a large part of the year, which
accounts fcr the fact that they are
i.ehlom seen except In spring and early
summer; and so they escape the sum
mer's heat and winter's cold in their
underground nests.and come out full of
vigorous new life in spring.
You will lie sorry to learn that poor
little Tommy came to a sad end. There
was always a vessel of water left for
iiiin, but one Saturday night it was for
gotten, and so he went to the wash
basin to get a drink, and fell Into the
water and was drowned, not being able
to climb up the slippery sides and get
out; and there we found him on Mon
day morning. That was n sorrowful
day in our of.lee, for Tommy was a
j;reat favorite. The little body was
tenderly wrapped in paper, placed in a
box. and taken home and buried in the
garden: and many tears were shed over
our little pet's grave. Philip Atkin
son, in Wide Awake.
WHAT THE SMOKE SAID.
Story of the Young Mn Who Didn't Have
Any "(illt-Kdcrd I.nrk."
A poor young man was leaning
ngalnst a post on lloston common. At
least, I took him to be a poor young
man, judging from his words, and from
the expression of his fuce. He hold in
his hand the languishing stub of a
cigar, with a puff from which he fro
quently Insulted the inoffensive air.
Said the poor young fellow, the cor
ners of his mouth drawn down almost
to his chin: "It's hard luck. I don't
seem to get along. The firm doesn't
pay me enough by half. Now there's
Hill Akens, he went in when I did, and
he owns his house, und ho has money
in the bank to boot, whilo I bahl my
pocket's full of bills, und I eun't keep a
cent. Xow, he has luck, gilt-edged
luck, while I have "
While ho was thinking of a word
mean enough to express his financial
depression the poor fellow took a puff
at his cigar, and we both of us watched
the smoke whirl away in the uir.
What was my astonishment to see the
curling wreaths form themselves into
letters, shaped like script, and rend
ing: "Here goes my money!" 1 looked
at tho young man in amazement, but
he was serenely puffing away, quite
oblivions to that strange smoke pen
manship. "That's queer!" exclaimed I; but he
without allowing me to explain what
was queer, went on with his complaint.
"Queer? I should say so! And just
see how that Hill Akens stands with
the firm! Why, there's some talk of
his getting into partnership. Hut I
why, the cither day I hinted to the old
gentleman that 1 thought my salary
ought to be raised, nnd he as good us
told me if 1 didn't like it I might leave
it. Leave it? I guess I would, in a
hurry, if I could get another place."
And this time he gave nn exceedingly
vigorous puff at the cigar.
Again the mysterious air currents
twisted the smoke, turned it over and
over, and drew it out into the words:
"Here goes my reputation!" I was
about to call his attention to the re
markable phenomenon for, though,
he wus leaning back with one eye
cocked up ut the smoke, evidently he
did not read anything in it but ho
proceeded In a still more indignant
strain.
"And what makes It all tho more un
grateful is that I am absolutely wear
ing myself out in their service. My
head itches nearly ull the time, und my
eyes nche, and I nm actually getting
to be afraid of heart disease, I have
such queer feelings in my chest. They
ought not to expect any one man to do
as much work as I do at least on such
a ridiculous salary."
With these dolorous words the poor
chap slowly straightened himself und
sauntered disconsolately away, still
comforting himself with his cigar.
And as the twisting. Mirpentine train
of smoke strung out after him it took
shape much as before, save that this
time it read: "Here goes my health."
And as 1 passed on 1 shed a tear for
the poor, persecuted, unfortunate
young man. Amos 11. Wells, in Young
Men's Km.
.Milk from u Tree.
Away off among the mountains of
Venezuela prows a treo with enrious
roots and leaves. Its roots hardly go
into tho ground.
Many months of tho year the people,
there never have any rain, and tho
branches look just as if they wern
dried up. Hut if you should take a
borer, and make a hole in the trunk,
rich creumy milk would flow out l.-oia
it.
Very early in the mornin-r, if you
were there, you would see the blacks
and other natives, coming from ail
parts, with big bowls to get thin lus
cious milk. They drink there, nmi then
they fill tho bowls and carry some homo
to their children. The cream thickens
on top as they walk. Often tho chil.
dren go themselvoa.
This tree in their language is called
"palo de vaca," which means oovr tree.
Mrs. 0. Ilu.ll, Id Our Lttthj Onus.
A MONSTROUS IJJfUTE.
Nothlngf Llko It Known to tho
Most Emkiont Eaologisto.
It litis) n t'rllil l;i'.', Illt. Ifellll. Ill;;
I'lery ll;,os, Wmi'ly in le, llos;.y
Tall. IViwerftil Lli-ibi Hml
Kim llin ; rtoi:: l.
The "dog enter," pant hi'r, or whatever
ft Is that has created roTist -riKi'lo'i
time nnd n't.i'n throughout this sec
tion iiiining the count t y folks, lr.vi
ngnln made Its appearance, nftcr an
Interval of something like a year, says
n Dnhvlllvi (ICy.) lUyiw'l.oh to' tlv.i Cin
cinnati ICnqtiirer. Tho c.i;teneo of
thl i strange animul litis been scouted
at by the skeptics, but persons of un
doubted veracity who claim to have
teen the monster during its midnight
prowling iny they r.re willing to
make oath to the statements c.inecrn-
About five years ngo it made Its ap
pearance in this county, nnd several
parties were organized in the vicinity
nf I'erryville to hunt the strange beast
down nnd exterminate it, but none
were successful in their mission, r'n.r.i
the fact that It seldom, if ever, at
tacked nnything favo dogs, the people
gave It the name of the "dog eater,"
nnd by this It has been known for
about seven years. Persons vi r. ed In
nutnral history sny they can recall
nothing like it, nnd seem to think,
from the descriptions given by those
who have caught glimpses of the ani
mnl, that it is a cross between a pan
ther nnd n mastiff, though tho descrip
tions vary so ut times that such u con
clusion cannot be relied upon.
Its last appearance was in Mercer
connty, a short distance from this city,
.lames O'Connor and tho colored driver
of K. K. Coleman's bus were returning
from I'.urgin with several passengcM
nlHiard, and had just passed the old
Walden farm nnd were coming down
hill at a moderately rapid gait, when
suddenly tho tenm stopped, reared,
snorted and plunged about, almost up
setting the bus and badly frightening
the passeugers, acting jv.st ns horses
have been seen to elo when scared by
some strange beast.
In a moment the occupants of the
vehicle wero startled and almost
paralyzed at seeing an animal of
V s.l'
'It-,-
THAT MOST WOXDKHFVI. ANIMAL.
enormous size and ferocious looks
spring out of tho woodland into the
road, glare nt the conveyance a
moment and then leisurely leave the
scene without molesting anything.
The animal was distinctly seen by Mr.
O'Connor and the driver, who were
sitting upon the front seat. They de
scribed it as being of a dark color,
with a broad, llat-like body and head,
large, fiery eyes, woolly hide, powerful
limbs, bushy tail und a monstrous head
und mouth. There can be no doubt of
Mr. O'Connor having scon this animal,
as ho would not concoct such a strune
story, and his testimony ubout tho up-,
pea ranee of the bea.-.t is corroborated by
others who have seen it.
The question u.iked many is: What
is this monster that comes and goes,
and still molests nothing except the
worthless curs ot tho country, except
now and then dustroying a fancy set
ter? It is no stranger in Mercer coun
ty. Several years back there was a
current report that soma strange
animal had taken up its abode in
lloono's cave, and the iixonli. tlium.
i i
about, especially tho colored portion,
wero very mucn uinrmeu. and ntrutd to
Tenturu out after nbrhr.. A f..w .1...
termined ones, however, explored tho
cave, out lulled to tint! the mounter,
though they discovered strange-looking
tracks in tho moist earth on the
floor of the cave.
Two other gentlemen, Mr. l'hil
Marks and Kdward !I. I'ov. th.. nrtlst
claim to havo seen thl3 remnrkablo
beast one night us they were returning
from a coon-hunting expedition. They
were riding leisurely ulong the pike,
engaged in conversation, their 11 no
pack of hounds fol'.ov.-ir.g behind,
weary and worn out after tho chase,
when suddenly Murks' horsi! reared
up and had it not been for Mr. Marks'
expert horsemanship he would have
been thrown backward trrainst the
ground. Mr. Fox, who preserved his
presence of mind, soon saw the catisu
of the trouble. The. dog cater hud
stepped out into the road nheud of the
parly und be.vun drinking out of a
small stream, and right here this ani
mal's f.trange inlluenco over dogs was
illustrated. Tho hound:! following
along seemed to become paralyzed
with fright. They huddled together,
trembling with fear ami whining
piteously. Mr. Fox drew his revolver
and shot at th'j dog eater, which
jumped over tho fence ami tliappeared.
Tho artist is confident that ho hit tho
monster, but thinks that tho thick
coating of hair on it was too much for
tho small bullet used. After tho ani
mal had got out of tho way tho
hounds struck for homo nt a 2:40
gait. Mr. Marks can bo found nt hia
placo of business in this city ut any
time, and will cheerfully detail tho
story of his experience with tho now
noted animal. Mr. Fox, at tho re
quest ol the reporter, made u rough
sketch of the dog-eater as it appeared
to film
IV. L. DOUGLAS
03 SHOE nowAVp.
Do you wear thorn? When next In need try pair,
Beat In the world.
3 nn
250
$2.00
FOR LADICl
42.00
I.7S
FOR BOVt
75
If ypii want l (ins DRESS SHOE, mad In tho latest
tylci, don't pay $6 to $8, try my $3, $3.50, $4.00 ot
$5 Shot, They tit equal to custom made and look and
wear as well, If yon wish to conomke In your footwear,
do so by purchasing W. L. Douglas Shoes, Nam and
price stamped on the bottom, look for It when you buy.
W. L DOUGLAS, ItrorUton, Mui. Sold by
P. I. Tiontlor, tilnnnistmt'ir. Wm. Hubert, Kspy,
II. N. i. J- G. White, liu.'kl.orn,
A. M. Hewitt, OratiKOVllle.
(l, K. Sponsler, Mine H 1 1 1 if o.
J. 11. Ilcnrlc, .frrseytowii, I'n.
!-;-." months.
n- F. Sharh.esr, Prc3.
m K fin Mk.
n III! 'n"UBIk
4.00M
.50 v
42.50 M
42.25 . JVJ
2.00f
for .mJI P4L'
N. U.Fi'NK, Sec,
BLOOMSBURC
LAND IMPROVEMENT COMPANY
Capital Stock $30,000.
riottotl property is in the coming business centre of the
town, at includes aUo lwrt of
equal in desirability fur residence purposes.
CHOICE LOTS are oil'ercd ut values that will be doubled
in a short time.
No such opportunity can be had elsewhere to make money.
Lots secured on SMALL MONTHLY PAYMENTS
Maps of the town and of plotted uronertv furnished nn im
plication.
Call upon or write to the Secretary, or J. S. Woods, Sales
ft 1 I . 1 1 A -
Agent, or any member ot tlie lioard ot Directors.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
B. F. Siiarpless; J. L. Dillon.
C. W. Nkal A. G. Briggs, Dr. I. W. Willits,
Dn. H. AV. McReynolds, N. Ij. FUNK.
5-1 a 6 mos.
ALEXANDER BROTHERS & CO.
DEALERS IN
Cigars, Tobacco, Candies, Fruits and Huts
SOLE AGENTS FOR
Henry Maillard's Fine Candies. Fresh Every Week.
IF:E,ts::isr-sr Gooes a Specialty,
SOLE AGENTS FOR
c
F.F. Adams & Co's Fine Cut Chewing Tobacco
LSolc agents for the following bruuds of Cigars-
Hoary Clay, Loniros, Nor.-r.al, Indian Princess, Sarr.son, Silvor Asb
Bloomsburg Pa.
IF YOU ARE IN NEEDOF "
CARPET, JT1ATTIIVCJ,
or Oflf. GLOTII,
YOU WILL FIND A NICE LINE AT
, W. M. BEOWEl'B
2nd Door aoove Court Houne.
A large lot of Window Curtains in stock.
STOESI
Shoes for a family cot more than any other article. My
experience of over 20 years in handling shoes enables mo to
select my stock in such a manner as to give you the most com
fort and service for the least money. Come and see me and I
will save you money on your shoes.
My lines of Dry Goods, Notions, Genii Furnishing Goods.
Groceries, etc., are complete.
W.
"The Best is, aye, the cheapest."
Avoid Imitations and Substi
tutes for
2
V ' I THE POSITIVE CURE.
YEAR
m TK2 ;f(Csl3T,i;:s!3.
II von wii.it work Hint lr li'iinnt unil i . I 1 1, 1 .It ,
si-it. I it - ioih nilili i-.s i.iitiicilluii Iv. Wi- tt in lt mi ii
unit MiMiii-ii liuw tilt-Hill Iiiiiii t. .1.011 ii r i.ik til
I l,t;ti!i n-r 'iir iviiii.uit I. ..i n j- i.ml hi i inn
i ,., i ii-iiuu, mui liiriili.li I in-1 ln I" h.i hi ul ivhii Ii
tin r.iil liiusi- Unit uiiintiiil. .N ... i . 1 1 c ilillii iili in
li'fiin ur thiil rriiiiirve iiiiirli thin I lit- viTk Ic
i-iim , lic.illhv, mui liiniiirubh', mi'l cull lii nin r dur
lll'i il.IV llllll- III I I I'llllip", l l'llt III VmIII cm II il i.l
III. Wlll-H-VM- villi llvcv 1 hi" ITMIIf OT II (l-W
Imiiri' work ortrii eqiinlM n n li iii-i-.
Wi' Imvr tan, -lit 'hnu iih.Ip r! Imlh Ii , nmi ml
ntfi's. H'hI in.lliv lilivo IiiM fniiinlfitln n t...i "!ll
sm-'-lv hrliy thi-M ir!i" sm-ii' nf ll'r flitr-ti'-f
im-ll III Ihl. rnnlilrv owi- thrlr hii-ci'-h III 1 1 1 - In
Hip sunt ski'ti tin-in h-IiIIi- In inir i i'i.l"y mis
nirn. on, ri-inli-r, nuiv tin lis wi-ll, trv It V(,n
iMiimni tml. N o riipfi ul iM'Pi-s-iirv Wc til i "'tin t
ivlih snini-ililnu tlml i new , nollil. mui ", A
linek brimful i f mli'lce l fn i- In nil 1 -1 1 - mir
si-It bv n iltlnu tor it to il.i.v mil In inorioir.
lii'lnvn nrr cosily
C. C. ALLEN & CO.,
Box 420,
AUGUSTA, MAINE.
C. II. Cami hell, Trca .
the fiictorv district, ami him nn
H. MOORE.
LD
ILook Mere I
Do you want a
Do ou wxuit an
'3m.
1 , r '
Do you want a
Ho you want nnv kind
of n MUSICAL IN
STRUMENT?
Do you want SIIEET
If so, do not send your mon
ey away from home, but deal
with a reliable dealer rifrht
here, who will make things
right, it there is anything
wrong.
For anything in this line
the place to go is to
'3
Ware-rooms, Main Stree he
low Market.
THE MARKETS.
liLOOMSBUKG MARKETS.
COKBKCTID WKKKLY. KMTAIL PKIC'tlf.
Butter per lb $ .aS
r.ggs per dozen .24
Lard per lb .14
Ham ner nound. .is
Pork, whole, per pound 07 to .08
Jieet, quarter, per pound 06 to .08
u neat per bushel .8!
Oats " .co
Rve " " 80
Wheat flour per bbl 4.00
Hay per ton iO.co
Potatoes per bushel .65
Turnips " " .25
Onions " " 1.00
Sweet potatoes per peck 25 to .35
i .inuci 1 it.3 ucr Ul..,, , ,I
Tallow per lb
.08
.14
.14
.o3
OS
.18
.iS
C3
.05
.40 to .50
.90
.65
2.00
1.25
1.25
1. 25
10
.14
.10
.10
Shoulder " "
Side meat " "
Vinegar, per qt
Dried apples per lb
Dried cherries, pitted. . . .
Raspberries
Cow Hides per lb
Steer " '
CalfSkin
Sheep pelts ,
Shelled corn per bus
Corn meal, cwt
Iran,
Chop
Middlings
Chickens per lb
i in keys " "
Ducks " "
Coal.
No. 6, delivered.
" 4 and s ' .
2.50
3 5
" 6 at yard .
a 25
" 4 and s at yard... 3 25
M
Snlters,
I . fcV- X I PARKER'S
W&$H . HAIR BALSAM
t)iinL$'if CInnie. mid braminc the hair.
iJU.lt -- I 1 ruiuutca luxununt rruwth.
'7iJl'" ""A' Never Tails to Buatoro Oray
AT Hul l Vouthful ColorT
1 if 1 1 Cwvt acalp di.a.eli huir UlUii.
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