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XL H. GABDNEB, Publisher. BAXTER STRINGS. . KANSAS. AN UNFINISHED POEM. I feel Inspired this morning I must write. The poet's fervor, with Its wild delight, Tts solemn pathos, its "divine despair," ' Lifts me to regions where I tread on sir. m write a poem, whose resounding rhyme Shall echo down the aisles of coming time. I seize my deathless pen, and rhythm flows There fell a moonless night at summer's close; The low winds wailed in sad and sullen moans. The dark sea broke upon Its 'oold, gray stones;' " "Mamma," calloa Anna, "please to show me how To plait this skirt I'm sure I do not know." "The lesson given, Itako up my pen, Dip it anew, and then go on again "a maiden stands upon the lonely shore, 'With tangled hair that sweeps her bosom o'er" 'My dear," says John, "please potch up, if you will, This pile of sacks I've got to go to mill." 'The socks are mendod.'snd I try once more. Where was It oh! "that sweeps her bosom o'er, Camp with the salt spray falling mistily. Her hands are clasped, her cry goes out to sea," ' -"Manimn, there comes a peddler with a pack, How can he carry all that on his back?" He marches to the open door, he calls. Such Irish linen, and such wondrous shawls I In spite of me he scatters out his wares i Over the kitchon floor, and loads the chairs. And then, to finish all, the wretched sinner Looks at the clock and wants to stay to dinner. Dinner is over (I am cook myself) ; The fragments tucked away upon the shelf, .And all is still "her cry goes out to sea, My lover! when will he come bock to me? sea, that breakext on thy cold, gray stones ! - 0 winds that wall "Dear me ! there's Mrs. Jones. :6ne brings her knitting work, and now, ah me ! 1 must desert my maiden by the sea. -She brings, besides, the household skeleton, .And pioks the thing to pieces, bone by bone. I sit in torment; such anatomy Is good for those who like it not for me. She stays to tea, of course I knew she would Drinks Just four cups of Hyson, strong and good, 'Then leave me weary, sick, a little cross, And sadly meditating on the loss Sure to accrue to all posterity Tor still that maiden stands there by the sea. Ellen P. Allerton, in Lance. A MINER'S STORY. Charlie's Experience with Lively Judge Lynch. .But for the Timely Arrival of Friends His Neck Would Have lleen Longer and Tills Tarn Much Shorter The Guilty Mian's Deserts. - - ' 'In the year 1BAU a numoer 01 casual acquaintances, who had a friendly feel ing for each other, and whose mining laimshad given out about the same time, proposed among themselves to go -out prospecting for new diggings. Care--fully examining the hills, gulches and little streams of water on their way, they concluded at last to take up claims about three miles distant from the forks ' -of Nevada creek, at a place that had teen overlooked by former searchers for treasure. The prospect at first was good, but a -week's work resulted unsatisfactorily, lanywere for abandoning the claim. Some proposed another trial, deeper down. Others said they would do as the majority decided, and would have no -voice in the discussion. One somewhat excitedly swore he would not leave until he struck "bed rock or China." He was joined by two of his "chums,'' rand tbey set to work in good earnest, while the others lay at full length on the ground, or stood lazily looking on, chaffing, and trying to reason the hard -workers out of the freak. The camp soon followed the daily rou tine of a miner's life of the times, with scarce an interruption, until the -provisions gave out, and Charlie was .-sent to go to the "White Canvas Tent" to make the necessary purchases. This tent and store was situated on a small flat at the junction of two canyons about three miles away from us. The store -was put up by a trader to supply the .-scattered gold adventurers near the vi- y'uivy, iuu to servo ruourii iur iiuera .n Sunday. With two pack mules Charlie started on his rood, the butt of every one; as he rounded the last point of the hill the .last shot reached his ears: "Don't yer mammy feel afraid ter let yer go alone?" 'The answer was shouted back: "No, she : sent me to buy the little boys some lasses candy," and be disappeared from -view. At noon a man was seen putting for our camp, apparently in a great state of excitement Ills arms were swinging about like windmills. He shouted out something that none about could fathom. He was supposed to be drunk -or crazy. Once he was near enough to be understood ne nnaiiy managed in Ills exhausted and breathless state to ejaculate: "Judge Lynch your man "Wnite Tent" In a moment he was comprehended, .and the whole camp was in commotion. , Xlevolvers were buckled on, the bowie- j:niie was piacea in lis inetia in ne bolt; then with hurried footsteps the trsngcr and all left the claim, unheed ing the unguarded gold dust left behind. - There was but one thought to save one for whom every one felt that he would bt against all comers. Charlie was a favorite, the youngest , .1 . . ... , uia mo weaxesi, a most ushjj i mem- Iter, he was a sort of leader In all emer-1 gencles, honest beyond a doubt, a no body when his services were not needed. A nobody? Who was there that did not respect and care for him? Ills energy was proverbial; his freedom of speech, his easy ways and cordial familiarity made all lose sight of his superior ex cellence tor the moment; but when differences arose between our comrades he soon took the bull by the horns and smoothed matters over. He kept our camp-fire free from disorders and quarrels by the mere force of his under standing of human nature. Often be picked up other quarrels, getting the parties down on him for interfering; then with an adroit word or two made the whole affair end in Bhouts of merri mont and a general chase after him to pay him for his audacity. He was sel dom caught, and gonerally knew how to circumvent his boisterous friends. In difficulties and management he was a born leader among men; he seemed to fall easily into place in 'a natural way. None would have suspected his powers until the occasion came; then it was he became a prime mover and a master spirit Charlie reached the trading post, and this was his story: "You see, boys, after I turned the corner the old mule, Jim, as usual be gan to kick up his tricks. Two or three times I had to dismount and arrange the pack-saddle; beyond this nothing of consequence happened on the road un til I reached the trader's, old Beeswax, and made my purchases. Then I packed the goods and paid my bill with our gold dust, after which I lolled about a bit and ate my lunch, while the store keeper disappeared out to the rear of tho tent Tho only person I saw about the place was a chap fast asleep on a bench outside. When the mules were packed and when I left be was in the same place. "After, traveling slowly a good mile I saw about a dozen mon coming over the road shouting. They soon overhauled me and told me I must go back again; so I just said: 'What for? What's up now?' One of them said: 'You'll find out soon enough when you get there.' They took my mules by the head and turned them about, marching mo off with them "When we got pretty close to the tent I saw about twenty men gathered to gether, and I heard one of them say They've got the feller. I guess he'll re pent before he gets through with us.' "They unpacked my mule, opened my trackages and scattered them about without finding any thing; then one big burly fellow came - up to me rather roughly and ordered me to 'take off that red shirt' I looked at him all over, and then I said: 'Hold on a moment will yer; what does all this mean? I don't want no. fooling around me; you had better understand that' "Taking me unawares, half a dozen of the fellers grabbed me from behind. laid me on my back before I could re sist and then they searched my person. Finding nothing, they looked rather foolish, as I thought The spectators had now increased somewhat and I was placed under guard. Tho crowd began to discuss the affair, and soon I heard voices calling for a Judge Lynch and twelve jurymen. "After this I was led into the circle that hod been formed and stood before the court The judge, he looked at me very severely, with his eyebrows lower ing. With a bass voice put on for the occasion he growled out: 'What did you do with the gold dust you stole from the storekeeper?' "This made me angry, and I replied: 'You or any other man that says I stole Is a liar.' " 'That's enough; we don't want to hear no more from the culprit in the court at present Fetch along the wit nesses.' "The storekeeper swore he left me alone in the tent and that when he re turned ho missed his gold dust; that I hod disappeared, and ho went out front Finding a man fast asleep on the bench he awoke him to tell of his loss, and to hunt up some of the nearest miners to help catch the thief. 'I believe that's the chap standing there' (pointing to me). "The sleepy man testified in corrobo ration of the facts as stated; then the party who went after me made their statements, slightly exaggerated, un favorable to me. I tried to get In a word or two in my defense,' but was told to hold my tongue. "Mr. Knight a towny of mine, rode up on horseback and spoke a few words in my favor, saying there must be some mistake in the matter, that he had known me for years, and that I was above suspicion. Ills testimony was valueless, and he was looked upon with doubts as to bis character. Fortunately for me, he bad the good sense to hurry at full speed for Nevada Forks, where 1 was weU known. ' "His news spread like wildfire, and I bad good friends in those parts. There was soon considerable hustling about besides tackling on revolvers. Some borrowed without leave twelvo mules attached to two big schooners just ar rived, and started in a hurry for the tent while others footed it in hot haste. The whole preclnot was aroused. Men left their work, knowing something was up, some with' curiosity to see a man hanged, and it was not long before a complete line of men could be seen hurrying toward where I was. "The judge and jury with the specta-' tors joined In the arguments over my 'crime.' I looked about me, but there was not one friendly face I could recognize.- Mr thoughts were any thing but pleasant The hum of Tolces gradually ceased as all tried to catch the verdict from the judge's lips, who announced: Gentlemen, the jury have decided the criminal guilty of theft; but if be will tell where he has hidden the dust the jury agrel to lot him off by "kissing the whipping-post" If be will not confess, be must bang.' "For a moment there was a deep silence, and then came the conviction that my only chance for dear life was in delaying the proceedings, in hopes some of my friends might arrive in time to interfere for me. I had but faint hopes of it, for at the time I was not aware of the action taken by Mr. Knight "I spoke in slow, measured words to the judge and jury; I urged my right to be beard, taking It for granted that I was to speak in my own defense. I talked as I never had talked before, and I don't know how long I Bhould have kept on if I had not been Interrupted by a puny, pale-faced, insignificant mean looking pup, who cried out: That's enough we don't want to bear any more bosh. String him up, boys; his time's come.' fc'In a few moments they had my arms tied behind me, and I was led under a small pine tree; a rope was thrown over one of its broken, dilapidated branches; the slip-noose was made in a bungling fashion, and slipped over my hoad and around my neck. The judge gave me half an hour to live, to consider over matters, and said: 'I could then hang with my eyes wide open and see myself dlo.' "As the judge left me with the crowd in circle about me I noticed the mule riders arrive, hitch their animals, then come toward the pine tree. I recognized their faces as those of my friends. Hope now sprang into my heart I saw that one and all hod stftrn looks, and that they were armed. They wore so few in the midst of the many I dared not appeal for help; but as D.c'i Folger, with his big body, paced toward me, I heard him say, as if speaking to the crowd: 'We have come to see justice done.' By his eye I knew he meant it for me to hear and to encourage me. Soon more friends began to arrive on foot and I aw Dick talked with the Nevada fellers as they came up, and they all seemed to act in concert with each oth er, assuming positions in squads. "The judge and witnesses, together with the jury, again entered the circle, and gave me to understand: 'The time's up.' As soon as they had pronounced the words there was a stir in the vicin- I ity; the next moment before I was aware of what was going on, Dick bad slipped the noose off my neck, loosen the bonds that tied me, and I was a free man. The Nevada boys and a few oth ers formed about me as a protection, and at the same time surrounded judge and accusers. "Dick then explained to the outsiders who I was, and demanded a 'new and fair trial.' The end of it was that when the sleepy witness was searched nothing could be found on his person, but un luckily for him, as he was putting on his sailor jacket one of the boys saw a loose string banging down from his sleeve. For a joke, or from aftme sud den idea, be pulled it when forth came an empty buckskin purse. When this was shown to the storekeeper he identi fied it at once as one of his stolen ones; he knew it by the initials inside. The sleepy man now turned pale and would have sneaked away hai he not been pre vented. A search under the bench in front of the seat brought forth the missing gold dust wrappod up in a handkerchief. A full confess'oi was ex tracted, and when I left the place he was swinging and turning around with the twisting of the rope; life al Had. "The jury who had convicted me wore unanimously voted to be cobbed over a barrel, but the sentence was never car ried out as they paid a heavy forfeit in treating the crowd. The, storekeeper had to make good my losses, and in the end I got back safely to camp. My com rades arrived too late to see me 'hanged and saved by a miracle,' as they always put it With my excite ment I forgot to bring them the prom ised lasses candy." C Ward, in Over land Monthly. Feeding Canary Birds. A good many people don't know how to take care of canary birds, and I, therefore, give them the following ad vice which I got from a bird-fancier. "Never give your bird sugar, or figs, or raisins, or any thing sweet except a small piece of sweot apple (peeled) twice a week. Tut the apple in the cage in the morning and take it out at night It should have all the rape and canary seed it wants and gravel should be kept at tho bottom of the cage. Avoid feed ing the bird celery. Twice a week feed it on one-third of a boiled egg, using both the white and the yellow of the egg. Grate up the egg; that is better than putting it in whole. Give it the egg the day before it gets the apple and as large a piece of the former as of the latter. Let it have a bath every other day, using water with the chill taken oft." Epoch. . Journalistic Enterprise." Assistant Editor (of Arizona Scream er) What shall we do with the humor ous poem by Tender Foote? It's solemn as the tomb. Managing Editor Have the recep tion committee kill him next time he calls and we'll use it as an epitaph. Time. Indemnitv Money. "What do yon get an evening for. waiting at enter talnments?" "Five marks, but if there i to be singing I must ask six." Flie- geude Iliac tier. " "" THE, SUN'S CYCLONES. Disturbance of the Solar Atmosphere the Cans of Ian Spots. Prof. Hearle's lecture at the Cathollo University on the physical constitution of the sun gave some interesting infor mation respecting the sun spots. Gali leo, he said, first saw the sun spots with the telescope. Sometimes they can be teen with the naked eye as the sun is setting, but only rarely. If we take an ordinary opera-glass, taking care to pro tect our eyes with a piece of smoked glass, it is probable that we can see one or two at almost any time. The spots are composed of a dark por tion called the umbra, and a surround ing lighter portion called the penum bra They are irregular in shape and not round, as they would appear through the opera-glass. It we look through the telescope on two successive days we will see that the spots have changed their size and position. They are sometimes smaller and sometimes larger, and it often happens that new ones have ap peared that we did not see before. But it will be found that all have moved considerably to the right and this will be very noticeable every day. It takes a spot on an average about twelve and one-half days to cross over from one side to the other. They seem to move slowly near the edges and more rapidly as they reach the sun. In the center they appear broader and more round than at the edges, where they are foreshortened and become elliptical. From these and other facts we conclude that the sun is, like the earth, a globe revolving around a central axis, but it takes the sun twenty-five days to make a revolution. Sometimes the spot that we have already observed will reappear at the end of twenty-five days from its first appearance, but ordinarily they do not live as long as that The spots are found to occur only in a belt each side of the equator. They are in a continual state of flux and change, not only in themselves, but in relation to each other. They seem like the clouds in our air. The penumbra consists of rays or cylinders radiating from the umbra. Not only do the spots become elliptical as they approach the edge, but the um bra is noticed to approach the inner side of the spot and sometimes to disappear. Often there is a spiral arrangement of the rays ascthey approach indicat ing a whirlpool motion. The whole character of the umbra indicates that they are holes into which the surround ing water is being drawn with wild velocity. It is supposed that the bright surfaoe of the sun which we see is a luminous cloudy envelope or gas eous atmosphere, and that the Bpots are centers of tremendous solar cyclones compared with which the wildest tor nadoes that visit our earth are no more than the slightest breathings of a child. A velocity has been observed in their movement as great as 150 miles a sec ond. When we consider the very enor mous masses of matter, sometimes ten or even 100 times as great as the whole maBS of the earth, which are projected upward in that way or thrown to one side or the other or thrust down into the great cavities this awful manifesta tion of power gives us a better idea of what such a velocity means and of the tremendous forces which work in its production. There is still some dispute about the periodicity of the spots. The extraor dinary weather this winter has been supposed to be due to the absence of sun spots, but it is doubtful if any real connection could be demonstrated. Every eleven years there is a time when we have a maximum of sun spots, and half way between there Is a minimum of spots. This recurrence of periods of activity has been remarked ever since the spots have been under observation. Undoubtedly the spots have some con nection with the magnetic phenomena of the earth, and especially with the au rora, and through these they may have some connection with the weather. Washington Star. BIXBY GOES TO MARKET. A Domestic Experiment Fraught with Disastrous Beenlts The Bixbys live in a suburb within ten miles of New York, and they have always had their Saturday marketing sent out by the local express wagon, but the other Saturday morning when Mrs. Bixby gave Mr. B. her usual list of things he said: "See here, Mandy, I just don't think ril have our things sent out by express hereafter. It costs twenty-five cents ev'ry time, and hanged if I ain't going to just smother my pride and bring them out myself and save my quarter. I saw Brown on the train yesterday loaded with bundles, and Jones had half a dozen last night and if they and other men I know can carry bundles, 1 guess I can, too." "Of course you can," said Mrs. Bixby, encouragingly. "I've thought so my self, but I hated to ask you to do it" "Well, I'm just going to do it here after and save a dollar or so i month. Give me your list" Mr. Bixby reached home that night half an hour late. Then be burst into bis wife's presence, saying hotly: "Now, see here, Mandy Bixby, I just want it distinctly and eternally under stood that this is the last time bring marketing home! Ill break up house keeping and go into a fifth-rate board iny house first! A lovely time I've had and a beautiful exhibition I've made of myself on the streets!" "Why, Elijah!" 'Oh. Td say 'Elijah' if I were yon! You'd said it in earnest if you'd heard me swear when the bag of oranges I was carrying burst, and away they rollel nnder the horse ears and I let 'em roll and got home with just one out of fifty cents' worth of 'em! Then the fool who sold me the chicken I bought didn't put paper enough around It, and first thins; I knew there were the chicken's bare legs sticking out and its blamed neck poking out the other end of the paper, and, of course, I met every woman and man I knew in this city! The string eame off my bundle of celery, and away went the paper from it and my bag of bananas sprung a leak and I dropped one every . ten steps, and 1 let the baa of cranberries tall and away the in fernal, things went- and the crowd walked all over tie while I was trying to scrape 'em up in my handerchief, and I lost my hat and missed my train and broke that cursed bottle ot. salad oil In my new overcoat pocket, and the stuff leaked through in a stream all the way home, and I'll be divorced from this family and clear out for Montana be fore m undertake to carry another Sun day dinner home in my arms now job mind that!" Time. TO TRY MEN'S SOULS. . How Mrs. Foasbndg-o Bade Farewell te ller Loving Spouse. Mrs. James Fussbudge (about to leave home for a week, and saying good-bye to. James at the railroad depot) Let me see, only three minutes until train time. I was to afraid we'd be left Now, let me see, have I told you about every thing? You'll not forget to close the pantry window every night? Mr. James Fussbudge (anxious for train to arrive) Yes, dear. "And put it up every day?" "Yesvyes." "And don't forget about watering my plants." "No, I won't" "And you'll look after Dicky and cover his cage cold nights?" "Oh, yes. ot course. There's the train. Good-bve." "Good-bye, dear remember about locking the basement door at night. Don't trust it to Bridget" "No good-bye." "Good-bye, dear; write every day, and oh, don't forget to turn off the water at night if it should turn real cold." "No, no; I'll not forget Good-bye." "Good-bye. You know you forgot It one cold night last winter good-bye, dear and the plumber's bill pood-bye was so big, and good-bye." "Good-bye, Mary." "Good-bye, dear, remember tr "Yes, yes" "Don't forget" "No, no I must hurry off to the train, the last bell has rung and good bye." "Good-bye; mind what I said about'' "Yes. ves." "About the good-bye." "Good-bye.".. "james," (tnrou 'D tne window -re- "Yes, yes." "About the oh er g-o-o-d-D-y-e, dear!" Frantic fluttering of handkerchiefs and bobbing of heads, and final shriek on part of Mrs. T., who says: "Re-mom-ber go-o d-by e I" De trolt Free Press. USING THE TEETH'. Neglect of Mastleatlou Makes Those Tendor end Softens tho Enamel. The law of deterioration from disuse obtains with the teeth, as well as with other things. The constant and regular use of them in masticating hard food tends to make them continually grow harder and stronger and better able to resist .he influences that make for de cay, while on the other hand, living on soft food and neglect of mastication makes them tender, softens the enamel, and renders them easily susceptible to corroding effects. This is sometimes especially shown in the case of people after a long illness, who find their teeth tender and sore when they begin to re turn to a diet of solid, hard food. A dentist, speaking on the subject, says: "Some men have healthy teeth all their lives because they were given hard food during infancy. That is the period to begin to save the teeth. Mothers and nurses give children soft food, utterly ignorant in many cases of the result Crusts and hard stuffs should be given to them as soon as they can eat them.. In this way the teeth begin to grow healthy, and gradually' harden with time and use. The chewing-gum girl gives her molars plenty of wholesome and unwholesome exercise. But chew ing gum is not especially healthy, be cause only part of the teeth are used. It is jaw exercise more than any thing else. But in eating hard, wholesome food all the teeth come in contact with the substance. Tobacco-chewing is not healthy for the teeth, because the tobac co is generally placed in one location, like chewing-gum, and there remains until thrown out The Southern ne groes have better teeth than most any race, because they use them from child hood up in masticating hard food." Good Housekeeping. Hall (playing billiards) "Yoa should have aeen my game seven or eight years ago, Sherman, when I was in practice. I could knock the spots off any thing this side of New York. I don't play much now." Sherman "That's a fact nail, yon don't play ranch of a game now.? Hall (shaip!y) "What's that? If you've got any money that says I cant beat you HI make yoa walk home." Epoch. "Gath" (George Alfred Townsend) is aatl to have received his nlctnune. from a little niece that lisped. .