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Colorado river ami the Sau Beruadiuo
Mountains. I've a well established
horror of that bit of 'country, and Til
tell you why. You may "remember
that the section of the Southern Faciiic
crossing the Yuma desert was the last
portion of the road built. While the
road was being constructed I owned
some stage lines iu Arizona, and the
Southern Pacitic asked me to put on a
line between Yuma and seven Plains
to connect the two liuesof the railroad.
Before deciding I thought it best to
drive over and inspect the .route, and,
taking one of my best drivers. I start
ed from Colton in alight wagon drawn
by two good horses. Our load was
made up mainly of water barrels, and
we calculated that we had more than
enough to carry us through. Tiio real
sand desert, iu which there is no living
thing, animal or vegetable, is about
180 miles wide, aiul iu those days not
a drop of water could be had on the
route. The distance was too great to
bo made in the night, and in the day
time uo shelter from the heat could be
found, a ml it was no worse to be mov
ing slowly "than to be at rest. The
heat was appalling, and we couldn't
put a hand upon anything metallic.
Why, when llicy built the' railroad
across there, the. men had to use wood
en tongs to handle the rails, and tliey
needed gloves even then.
"Hali way across the desert, we came
upon a party of four men whose horses
had given out, and as they had no wat
er we divided our stock with them so
that they could get back alive. Then one
of our barrels sprung a leak, ami
we lost a lot before we knew it. Our
horses suffered horribly, but we could
do uo more than cool their mouths now
and then with a wet sponge, and when
we had thirty miles yet to go they col
lapsed iu the afternoon. We had' just
a pint of water left at that time, and
both of us were parched with thirst.
I drank a third of the pint and set out
a-foot for Yuma, leaving the lest of
the water for the driver, who was too
much used up to walk.
"Walking in the sand was hard,
slow work, and it was broad daylight
when 1 sighted the Colorado river.
That ip of silver gleam iu the sun
light was the most blessed sight, my
eyes ever rested upon, and I broke in
to a run toward the river with a wild
desire to plunge into the water and
Jrink the stream dry. I was half
crazed with thirst and fatigue and
had no more sense than a mile post,
and if I hadn't been stopped I'd have
killed myself with drinking. That's a
pointer for your eold water cranks.
Intemperate use of water at that time
would have killed me quicker than all
the whisky my skin could hold. By
good luck somebody in Yuma saw me
running ziz/.ag across the plain toward
the river and knew by liiv actions that
I was desert era/.y. A party of men
rau out and slopped me. ami I fought
them iu my frantic desire to reach the
river and plunge into it. But they
overpowered me, and gave me just a
sip of water at a time until the worst
3f my thirst was queuehed. ami then
I became rational and told them about
the driver.
"Within an hour a relief party was
made up and started out with plenty
of water in a wagougaind had re
covered sufiieieutly to go with the
party. When we got to where I had
left the outlit, we found only the wag
on and the two dead horses." The driv
er had disappeared. Jt was easy to
track the mau, however, as the wind
had not blown his footprints full of
saud, and in an hour or two we found
him, after following his aimless errat
ic wanderings. I'll uever forget the
sight. The man's tongue, swollen and
black as your boots protuded from his
uiouth, his eves were bulsriug from his
head and staring like a maniac's, and
he was covered with blood that flowed
from two wounds in his throat. Thirst
had made him crazy, and when the
feeling of suffocation in his throat had
become intolerable, he had slashed his
neck vertically on each side of the
windpipe, iu the vain hope of relieving
the tension. Of course this cutting
did no good directly, but possibly the
letting of blood did no harm. The
man's suffering must have been hid
eous. We caught him with some dif
ficulty and took him back to Yuma,
giving him a little water every few
minutes on the way, and he finally re
covered after some weeks iu the hos
pital.
"I didn't put any stage line across
that corner of the desert, you can bet.
When I think of that trip even New
York seems better than the desert—
that kind of a desert, I mean."
The old master was given another
commission, and naught was heard in
the art gallery save the gentle gurg
ling of two works of art through two
straws, as Colonel McCarthy and the
other man meditated upon the horrors
of unquenchable thirst.
A"
Buy'¥Strarige~Heiii
"You have heard the saying, 'In one
ear and out the other,"' said a young
Boston specialist to a Herald man. Of
course, the adage was familiar, and
without waiting for a reply, the doctor
continued. ''I've seen many'strange
things in my practice, but the most
startling was a practical demonstration
of that ancient saw. I treat diseases
of the eye and ear, and although you
may know very little of physiology,
you probably do know that the ear
drum is the instrument of bearing.
xukiis are strange peculiarities ot
that same eardrum. For instance, I
once had a man come to me who eould
hear very little and had a pain in his
"head. He did not know what the
trouble was, and when, after an ex
amination, I told him that it would bo
necessary to make au opening in his
eardrum, he said that he supposed
that he would never be able to hear
again. You see, he held the popular
notion that when the drum head is
broken it gives no soun i.
"After some persuasion he consent
ed to the necessary operation, and,
cutting both ear drums.
"I removed the
accumulation from behind them. The
effect was magical, as ho couUl then
hear perfectly. The organs grew over,
but the iuternal trouble continued, and
the operation was repeated several
times with equal success. Another pa
tieut of mine suffered from a disease
of the ear which had almost eutifely
destroyed the drum. Only the merest
shretrof the tissue remained on cither
side, and yet his hearing was good.
"These are queer cases, and rather
{undermine the popular theory in re
gard to the hearing, but the one I
started in to tell you was more .won
derful. About' two years ago 'a boy
came IP me for'.treatment for a dis
j«ase vf the head, with a long name,
#4thatJ'don't suppose you care for. ^.11
^-the
Cill^ortili Man Tells YVliy lm Lom On«
Desert nnil Hat** Another. V-
"There is a difference iu deserts,
says Colouel Juau D. McCarthy. of
California, in an intcrviuw'published
in the New York Sun," "and I don't
mean to say that I'm stuck on tlie bi«
•4t sand valley that stretches between the
openings in his head were ofun
usual size. His mouth and eyes ore
largo, he had a big nose, with wide
nostrils, and his ears were in propor
tion. 1 performed the necessary oper
ation, and cleared out the cavity. With
a strong blast from my air pump
over there I blew a powder into his
left ear. He interrupted me in this by
saying that the medicine seemed to be
coming out on the other side. I smiled
indulgently at what 1 told him was his
imagination, and at lirst paid
110
at­
tention to the matter. He persisted
in his assertion, however, and to satis
fy him that he was wrong I examined
his right ear. There was no doubt of
it the powder was going clear through
his head. It was going iu one ear and
out the other.
"What is the explanation? It is
simple enough. The large openings in
the boy's head permitted* the powder,
dnveu by the powerful blast, to trav
erse the chanuel from his left ear to
the upper part of his nose, through
his nose, and thence by Che correspond
ing channel on the right side of his
ear. All the powder did not get
through, but a considerable portion of
it did."
THE BEAUTIFUL DOG STAR.
It is difficult to conceive that this
beautiful star is a globe much larger
than our own sun, says Chambers'
Journal, yet it is a fact that Sirius is a
suu many times mom mighty than
our owu. That splended star, which
even to our most powerful telescopes
appears as a mere point of light, is in
reality a globe emitting so epormous a
quantity of light and heat that were it
to take the place of our sun every
creature on this earth would be con
sumed by its burning rays.
Sirius shining, witli far greater luster
than any other star, it was natural that
astronomers should have regarded this
as being the nearest of all the "fixed"
stars, but recent investigation on the
distances of the stars has shown that
the nearest to us is Alpha Centauri, a
star belonging to the southern latitudes,
though it is probable that .Sirius is about
fourth on the list in order of distance.
I'or though there are about lifteen
or twenty stars whose distances have
been conjectured the astronomer knows
that in reality all of them save three or
four lie at distances too great to be
measured by any instruments we have
at present.
Astronomers agree in fixing the dis
tance of the nearest star at 22,(100,000,
0Ot),000 miles, and it: is certain that the
distance of Sirius is more than three,
and less than six times that of Alpha
Centauri, most likely shout live times
so that we are probably not far from
the truth if we set the distance of Sirius
at about 100.000.000.000,000 of miles.
What a vast distance is this which sep
arates us from that bright star! Words
and ligures of themselves fail to con
vey to our minds any adequeate idea
of its true character.
To take a common example of illus
trating such enormous distances: It
is calculated that the ball from an Arm
strong 100-pounder quits the gun with
the speed of about 400 yards per sec
ond. Now, if this Velocity could be
kept up it would require uo"fewer than
100,0011.000 years before the ball eould
reach Sirius. Again, take the swiftest
form of velocity of which we have any
knowledge, light, which travels at the
rate of nearly 200.000 miles per second,
or about. 12.000,000 miles a minute, yet
the distance of Sirius is so vast that it
would take nearly twenty years for its
light to reach us: so that if Sirius was
suddenly to become extinct we should
no be acquainted with the fait till
twenty years hence.
l*ain.
1 ntn a mystery that walks the earth
Since man begun To he
Sorrow and Sin stood spon-ors at my birth.
And IVnor christcucd nie.
Moro pitiless than Deiil li, who gathercth
His victims day tiy day.
I doom mini daily to desire death,
Aud still forbear to slay.
Moro merciless than Time, I leave mau youtb
And suck life's sweetness out
More cruel time Despair, I show man truth.
And leave liiin strength to doubt.
I bind the freest, in my subtle band
I blanch the boldest cheek
hold the heart? of poets in my hand.
And wring them ere they speak.
I walk in darkness over souls that bleed
I shape eneh us I go
To something different 1 drop the seed
Whence grapes or thistles grow.
No two that dream me dream the sell'-sanu
faec
No two name me alike.
A horror without form. 1 till all space—
Across all time 1 strike.
Man cries aud cringes to mine unseen rod
Kings own my sovereignly
Seers may but prove nie as hey prove a god—
Vei none denielh inc.
—liraee Dcnio l.llchllclii in the Independents
Disease of the Teeth.
One of the most common affections
of the teeth is tartar, a deposit which
comes from the salva and the various
impurities with which it is mingled,
forming an adherent crust which may
be almost Hint-like in hardness, or so
soft that it may easily be removed
with a linger-nail the color, also, may
vary from black to white, through
nearly all gradations. Where, as often
happens, the formation insinuates it
self. between the gums and the teeth,
it may work irreparable mischief, and
whenever a deposit is noticed, it should
have prompt attention at the hands of
the deutist—not only for its removal,
but for the correction, if possible, of
the cause.
It cannot be too strongly impressed
that any diseased condition of the
teeth should at once have treatment,
and this for a variety of reasons, not
all of which receive the attention that,
is their due. It it not only necessary
iu ordev to prjevent more extended
ravages, but thfe general health must
unavoidably sulffer. The breath of a
person with diseased teeth is ofteu so
offensive as to sicken those who chance
to inhale it. and,!
of course, correspond
ingly mortifying to the sufferer. But
this js not all, nor the worst. The of
fensive particles, which render expira
tions so offensive, must inevitably be
carried to the lungs, where their effect
will inevitably be felt, sooner, or later:
and, mingled with tho food and drink,
they go to the stomach, whence their
rank poison, absorbed into the circula
tion, permeates the system with dead
ly influence. How importaut, then,
that cleanliness and constant care of
the^ mouth and teeth should be ex
ercised as a preventive of more serious
disorders of tho general system.—Good
Housekeeping.
A Big War Vessel.
The latest addition, to the British
navy, the Victoria, ji* said to be the
largest war vessel at present ready for
active service. She cost over $1,000.
000, and carries a crew of 589 officer!
aud men.
1
A Jackson county West Virginia)
school tcdcher of 30f the other day
elopocl with and was tWrriod to one of
her pupils jf tho mature age ot 16
yours*
HOW HUMIDITY IS MEASURED.
The ffhlrilni P«yeliromet*r and a Tabl«
of Figure* tlie Only Appllauceg.
Tho Psychrometer. a sketch Of which
appears in this article is the instrument
used to measure the humidity of the at
mosphere. This is the way it works:—
On cnct of the iron rods is fastened a
thermometer precisely alike save that
the bulb of one of them is covered with
a small linen sheath. The observer wets
the covered bulb iu a cup of rain water
that is standing in the room. In a half
minute the mercury iu this thermometer
begins to fall rapidly. After it has fall
en sufficiently the observer turns the
handle of the crank shown in the sketch,
nnd the two thermometers revolve,mak
ing a wiiirriujr noise as they beat the
air liko the arms of a windmill. Half
a minute of turning is enough. Now it
will be seen that the wet thermometer
registers a lower temperature than it did
before it was moistened, while the dry
thermometer does not differ in its regis
'.ratiou.
The observer notes tho two registers,
and when he returns to his office he con
sults a table t.f Semes, which gives him
the amount of humidity in the atmos
phfte at the moment he made his ob
servation. On the day that I witnessed
this measuring operation says a reporter
for the N. Y. J/ern'd. the dry thenno
inptcr registered 70 degrees and the wet
one recorded i»"j. From these two figures
the observer announced that there was
forty-two per ccnt of humidity in the
moisture.
'•Tlie amount of moisture now present
in the atmosphere," explained Sergeant
Dunn, who made the observation just
described, "is in ratio to the amount
when the atmosphere is thoroughly
saturated, which is 100 per cent. Owing
to the expansion of warm air the atmos
phere has a greater capacity for mois
ture on a warm than on a cold day.
That is, the atmosphere can take up
m^rc moisture on a warm than on a cold
day. Our humidity now stands at forty
two per cent. In case the temperature
should increase and the evaporation re
main stationary, the per ccnt of humid
ity would decrease because of the great
er capacity of warm air to hold mois
ture. The moisture would not be auy
less, but it would be diffused over a
greater area. If, on the other hand, the
temperature should decrease, the humid
'ity would show a greater per cent. A
(icrious fall in temperature would causa
sufficient condensation of moisture to
produce a rainfall.
"I have Known the thermometer to
register 90 degrees and the psychrometer
jo record ninety-live per emit of humid
ity in tho atmosphere and yet no rain
fell. On the other hand, 1 have known
rain to fall with only seventy per cent
of humidity in the atmosphere. The
amount of humidity in the atmosphere
up to the point of complete saturation,
which is 100 degree.--, dues not necessari
ly produce rain, it requires other con
ditions than that to cause rain. The
humidity must be condensed before rain
can fail."
"What is the highest per ccnt of
humidity you have ever observed in the
atmosphere where rain did not fallV"
"1 have known the humidity to be
ninety-nine per ccnt with uo rain, but
there was a dense fog, which is almost
the same as rain."
"Or a haze?" I hazarded.
"Not at all. Haze always means dry
weather. The driest weather we have
is apt to be hazy. The haze results
from minute sediments taken up by the
atmosphere. Wbem the humidity is 100
per cent and the psychrometer is whirled
the two thermometers do not show the
slightest variation. Tue evaporation of
the moisture in the Iiuen sheath does not
have any added effect. No matter how
hard the instilment is whirled, the re
gisters remain the same. Tne normal
humidity at this station is sixty-two per
cent. When it goes above that figure
we are apt to suffer.
"We have always measured humidity,
in one way or another, but it was ouly
a few years ago that the psychrometer
was invented, so as to give all stations a
uniform basis of measurement. Tho
new table of figures we used was made
up a year ago. Before that lime the ob
server had to go Ihrough a long calcu
lation before lie could figure out the
humidity after he had made his obser
vations.
Vule.« ol AIIIUIIHI Training.
"Do you believe in athletics?" wa!
asked of a well-known business-man who
was found practicing with dunrj-bells at
the buck of the store the other day.
"Certainly I do." he promptly replied.
"Think it helps your health?"
"I know it does, aud it has saved my
bacon ouce or twice."
"Please relnle,"
"Well, a couple of years ago I took
twenty four lessons in boxing and
worked up a big muscle nnd lots of sand.
I was going home one night soon aftei
graduating, when a man jumped out at
me from the allay. In a minute he was
nowhere."
"Hit him hard, cli?"
"No, 1 didn't kit him at all."
"Tr.p him up and fall on him?"
"No."
"Didn't kick him?"
"No."
"Well, what did vou do?"
"Outrun him! But for my nthletit
exercises I couldn't have done it."—
Detroit Free Pres*.
A Low Down Trlclc.
The other day, says the Detroit Fret
Pi
•ess, when seven or eight men were
lounging in a saloon on Brush street, a
stranger entered. It was plain that he
was dry. It was also plain tlint he wiw
a mau who didn't have the moral cour
age to stand at the bar and drink alone
before a crowd.
The crowd stood up. The strangei
advanced to the bar and the crowd
moved with him.
"Well?" asked tlie bartender.
The man took a quarter from his vest,
laid it carefully down on the board, aud
calmlvsiid:
"W. t:r for one, and let it bo cold."
He was w.is given a glass, charged the
usual price of a beer, aud as he drained
bis glass and picked up his change, he
said:
"Yum! But that hits the spot! I'd
have asked you genllemen, but no out
should take ou a strange drink iu liol
weather like this. Splendid brand,that.
I'll probably be in nirain."
There is a woman at Sednlia who be
comes thoroughly charted with electrici
ty every lime'she iUe» on the electric
iwai!.
A". 'V S V".
Bow She FaUlflml ih In Glmta tli«
Status of tk«:TmlI
Mr. and Mrs. T-—r,: young married
people over in Brooklyn, of comforta
ble but not pretentlgjas. fortunes, re
cently had occasion to wonder at a
deference that seemed suddenly to
have crept into the bearing of their
acquaintances toward then), -says the
Womau About Town of the New York
Evening Sun. It was' a little inex
plicable. to be sure, but noue the less
delightful, and so they weut on enjoy
ing it even while they wondered about
it.
Now, a short time ago the young
house-wife had engaged a demure
looking maid, a very jewel of a serv
ant, and wholly devoted to the inter
ests of the family, but that this maid
could have anything to do with the
new state of affairs had not yet oc
curred to them.
On one of the recent warm days Mrs.
met a friend on the street aud
paused for a moment's greeting.
"How very fortunate you are to have
the luxury of yachting whenever you
wish, this dreadful weather!" congrat
ulated her friend.
"Yachting whenever we wish!"
echoed Mrs. "1 don't under
stand you."
'•Haven't you a yacht of your own
this summer," asked her friend.
"Neither this summer nor any other
summer," said Mrs. positively.
••Why,", answered the friend, "a
fortnight ago my husband aud I called
at your home Sunday afternoon. Your
maid came to tho door aud told
us that Mr. and yourself had
gone out for the dav iu vour new
yacht."
Mrs. mused deeply thereat,
but decided to say nothing to the
maid. A few days later, however, a
woman frieud calling said: "By tho
way, I have not yet seen you driving
in your new carriage, I thiiik."
•But I aveu't any new carriage,"
replied Mrs. iu amaze. "What
do you mean?"
"Why," answered her visitor, "a
short time ago when I called your
maid told me that you had gone out
driving to try your new horses!"
A sudden light broke upon Mrs.
's wind. Ou the instant of her
guest's departure she sought out her
faithful servant.
"Mary," she said, "did you toll Mr.
and Mrs. not long ago that we
.had
TOne
out in our new yacht?"
"Yos'm." said Mary.
"Aud did you tell Mrs. (J that I
had gone ou! to try my new horses?"
"Yos'm,again said Mary.
"And have you told any other things
like that to other people?"
"Yes'm."
And then it came out that not only
was Alary perfectly devoted to .tho
family lortunes, but was more ambi
tious for the elevation thereof than the
family itself, and that upon everv pos
sible occasion she had given like in
formation to their friends. To one
visitor she had said that they had gone
out to refurnish their country home,
to another that tliev had gone coach
ing with a party "of friends, and to
still another who had called iu '.ho
evening that they were givinir a din
ner at Delinonico's on that particular
night.
-Oh, Mary, how could you?'' moaned
the little mistress. "Don't you see
what trouble vou have brought upon
I1S.J
I "f ain't seen none yet," responded
the astute maiden. ••Iveryhody looks
pleased an' goes away and comes hack
quick again.'mi' shure isn't that what
ye like?" Aud wasn't, it a little un
just that Mary's devotion should have
been rewarded by prompt dismissal?
Some Things Never in Fashion.
There are some things that are ncvei
in fashion, although the enterprising
shopman may till his windows with
them. One is green gloves if on«
green glove can be worse than another
it is that kind with V-shaped sections
of while kid set in them. These never
were aud never will be fashionable.and
do uot let anybody induce you to spend
your money ou them.
Then while scarlet crepe bonnets and
scarlet trimmings are in good taste,
leave all red hats, specially the large
ones, to the people iu the nursery.
Arrange your red coloring iu some
other way and do not have it all iu a
hat. La Mode never approves ol
them.
Then do not believe that, black.grays
and browns are to be forgotten fori
soni(! odd shade of green, pink,or blue:'
the lirst are always iu good taste.
Peculiar tints are never to be dcsiivd
unless one has a wardrobe in which
gowns are very numerous.
Do not be persuaded into buying
anything. Think out before you start
what you want, and endeavor to get ii.
The penance of wearing unbecoming
and unsuitable costumes, or adjuncts^
is a trying one so he wise, anil by
choosing judiciously do not put your
self iu a positiou that will involve your
having to undergo it. Sackcloth ami
ashes mean happiness as compared
with silk and tulle for all hours and
occasions. Mrs. Million, in LadieJ
home «Journal.
A Disappointed Policeman.
"Well, that's the woorst I iver saw,'
said Policeman Double X, as he stood
mournfully twirling his club ou a cor
ner oil Harlem street at 2 o'clock one
chilly moruing last week.
"What's the matter, officer?" asked
a sympathizing and curious newspaper
man.
"Matter enough. You see, there's a
new mail at. the saloon at the corner
beyant. and not knowin him well I
to I'd hit him easy like the hirst
toime. So I dropped "in at the fami.v
entrance and sez 1 to him, frindiy like,
ye know, "Could you give me a'driuk
av wather?' sez I, winking mildly be
times. *Av coorse I wili,' sez he,
haudiu' me a glass trough the growler
hole. An' phawt do you tink? It wit*
a glass of water. Begorra, phawt some*
men don't know would biasht a loci
—S. 1". Tribune.
Ail Azteo C'ityv
Another forgotten Tolfee or Aztec
city has been discovered in Mexico. It
is located among the mountains of the
state of Vera Cruz, and does uot seem
to have ever been visited in modem
times except by Indians. Some of the
buildings are four and live stories
high, and the cornices aud windows
are skillfully worked out. The build
ings are frescoed in colors that appear
as bright as if just put on. Many iu.
scribed slabs of stone are found.
An Old Umbrella.
Mayor Job Male, of Phiintield, N, J.,
who 80 years old, has an umbrella
that lie lists carried, for thirty-live
years. It has been re-covered four
times, though never lust or luislau!
ouce.
Sufi
-1" 1
®l»e King nnd the Cobbler.
A cobbler he sat in a dirty old stall,
o™lnsr with elliows, and hammer, and awl.
Ids mantle and crown euaie bv.
will) his feet on tho earth, uwl bis nose in tlie
sxy,
"Ho! ho!" quoth tho cobbler, "Ha! lni! I
dare sn.v
If lie had to work like me all the day,
,,l.i is If lily, important, met fussy old swell
ould not like his billet one-half so well,'
"Couic try," said the King, "and here lit ou
my ciown,
And 1 to your last will most, (fladly sit clown,
'11 '"end a boot, noise I cun make.
Which tor work in this lil'e we too often inls-
Uike."
The Kinu smashed a flntrer Iu bitting a nail.
And tlie wax kept bini Urin on tlie seat of the
pail
At last he (tot anprry, and terribly swore
.that mending of boots should be stopped by
tho law.
"This crown," roared the cobbler, "won't keep
out the cold:
Like many other folks, I'm deceived by tho
Bold.
And as for this muntlo"—and here lie fell
down—
"There are more cheeks about it than Mar
gery's gown."
They looked at each other, and laughed at tho
game
(And, liatl we been there, we had Just doue
the same).
Sail! the King, "Let us both to our stations
return:
I'm ting tilings to the proof is the right way
to learu."
Tlie King died in battle, the cobbler in bed,
And as he was dying these lasl words lie said.
"I've bci a good colibler. a very good tiling,
1 hope where I'm going shan't he a King."
.lolin I'arnell.
GOiNG IM'lt TOGETHER,
1 1
As 1 entered the room and felt my
way to the bedside of the person hail
been sent to minister to, 1 could not
but feel a strange emotion of pity well
up in my heart. 1 had often l/eheld,
and had bccome accustomed to scenes
of poverty and suffering, but there
was something different in this place
from what 1 was in the habit of asso
ciating within the lower class. The
room was almost devoid of furniture
iu fact. I might say, entirely so, for all
my eyes could see in the semi-dark
ness was a little bedstead, mattressless
and covered with an old quilt, a tat
tered blanket, a small table, a chair,
and a liny cupboard. But I did not
allow much of my time to be taken up
with these observations, for I had
been summoned to relieve the suffer
ings of a sick woman.
I drew back a torn curtain from tho
brokeu-paned window, and, by the aid
of a little shaft of sunshine that came
dancing into tlie room, I saw a pale,
pinched face resting uneasily against
the cotton pillow, while a pair of deep
blue eyes met mine with a pitiful gaze.
A beautiful head, covered with a mass
of nut-brown curls, tossed to and fro
by the pains that were racking it,
and slowly, but surely, snapping the
life from the frail form. I took the
wasted hand in mine and felt the flut
tering pulse, the stroke of which de
noted great weakness.
"How long have you been sick?" I
asked.
"About a month." was the gasping
reply, anil a half-suppressed moan fol
lowed the answer.
"You are uot here alone, are you?" I
continued, as a thrill of sympathetic
sadness rau over
ine,
imagining this
little creature without company iu this
dreary place, and sick.
A faint, tender smile fluttered about
her parched lips as she replied:
"No: John stays with me as much
as he can. but you know he must search
for work and can not give me all his
noble heart would like to."
1 thought of the stout, broad-shoul
dered fellow who had come to me aud
begged me to make the call and felt
that he must be .lohn.
"lit! is your husband, is he not?" I
asked.
"Yes," came the low answer.
••Why doesn't he get some one to
stay with you?"
••We are strangers here," she said,
"and know no one who would come,
unless we were able to pay them, and
that is impossible, for John lias uot
Deen at work b\U a few days since wo
came. lie sits up with me at night
and during the day looks for something
to do, coming every now aud then to
see that I am all right."
Just then a soft step was heard at
the door, aud looking up I beheld
John entering. He came lo the bed.
and, stooping, tenderly lifted the frail
body and held it in his arms as if she
were an infant. The great beaming
eyes turned toward him with a love
light shining from their depths that is
rarely equaled, and as his lips bent
and gently caressed the little mouth a
look of perfect, happiness lit up the
countenance of the young wife. Pres
ently he put her hack on the bed, and,
motioning to me, walked from the
room. 1 followed and joined him on
the oulsidc.
He turned as I reached his side, aud
with a face, worn aud thin from lire
less watching and suspense asked:
"l)iicior. can she live?"
"Not iu this place," ^replied, "she
must he removed, and that, at once, to
quarters where she will have careful
nursing ami close attention."
He buried lii^ face iu his hands aud
Bobbed like a child, and huskily said:
••1 have been trying to get her to go
to her mother's, in the country, where
she would get all of this but. doctor,
she refused to go unless I accompany
her, and that is out of the question, for
1 have barely enough to send her. You
see," and here he faltered, "we ran
away from home aud got married,
which made her parents very angry.
They have sent all of our letters back
to us unopened, but if she would go
to them 1 know they would take her
in."
"Would you go if you could?" I
asked, as lie ceased speaking and once
more broke the stillness with his sobs.
"Would 1?" he almost screamed,
"my God, doctor, I would give this
right arm of mine for enough to pay
our way to the country home she de
serted for me."
"Go, then," I quickly replied, "and
get a carriage, and I will have her
ready by the time you return you
shall go home together."
lie did uot pause for a moment, and
was almost Hying down the street be
fore I had ceased speakiug. 1 re
entered the sick-chamber and sought
the side of my paticut:, aud to my dis
may found her much weaker lhau I
expected. I raised her into a sitting
posture, and holding her almost iu my
arms, said:
"We are going to send you home to
your mother, where you will liavo
bright suushine to cheer yhu and the
sweet songs of birds lo awaken you iu
the morning."
licr head leaned to one side until her
eyes were lixed on mine, aud a peaceful
smile of happiness filled her face with
a supernatural glow.
"Is—is John go—ing, too?" she
gasped.
"Yes," I replied, "he is going home
with yon."
"Lay ma down, then, and—and let
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ittiraagblk" y
With a licart tilled with sadne«s
gently replaced the wasted figure on
the bed and sat down beside her to
wait for John.
It seemed that he would never come,
and impatiently I watched the fading
woman, praying that her husband
would make all possible speed, for it
was only a matter of a short time, if
slio could be moved at once her life
was saved, for the very meutiou of her
old home, with Joiiu beside her.
seemed to imbue her with renewed
vigor.
As I sat alone, iier head turned to
ward me and those great, blue eves
once more opened, and with a smile of
delight she murmured, so low that 1 was
forced to kneel beside her to catch the
words: "We are going home together
thauk God! I will not have to so
alone."
Once more her long lashes closed
aud she slept peacefully.
IfL'wo hours passed and John did
not come, and I was
getting more wor
ried everv moment, when at last I
heard the sound of footsteps entering
the hall below. With a peculiar feeU
inu' that all was not right, I weut
lo tho door just in time to sec several
men coming slowly up the stairs with
something between them covered with
a white cloth. As they neared me one
of them approached me and said: "A
few minutes ago. sir, a man dashed
across the street in front of the carl
was driving, and before 1 could stop
one of the horses struck him and the
car ran over him. No one in the crowd
that gathered knew him, except a man
who thought he had seen him hang
around this building, and thinking
perhaps his folks lived lieri we have
brought his body on. Please look at
him and see if 'you know his face."
With a sickening dread I advauecd
nnd raised the cloth: there 1 saw what
I had expected, the mutilated face ol
John.
"lie was not killed instantly," con
tinued the man, "for after reaching
him he muttered something about
him aud somebodv going home to
gether.
I did not reply to the driver, but
taking him by the arm, drew him into
the room. As we entered the sick wo
man moved uneasily and a low moan
escaped her lips, followed by a gentle
whisper that sounded more like tiie
last breath of a sweet strain of music
than anything else:
"Thank God, John, we are going
home together!"
There came a short gasp from her,
and realizing too well the meaning of
it, I sprang to her side and lifted her
up.
But I held in my arms nothing but
a piece of lifeless clay they had iu
dced "gone home toget her."—A'tiieunt
-N• II oucl, in Atinnlii 1'on.itilttlivii.
In the Kick Itoom.
Combing the hair usually is done af
ter the patient, tiie bed, aud the room
are in order. The most comfortable
way of wearing the hair when in bed
is, probably, coiled upon the top of the
head. It is also the style, as a rule,
most becoming to the' patient. You
may here smile, but this last consider
ation is not a small matter. We none
of us. probably, look our best, when we
are .sick, and the uurse who brings nut
the good points aud leaves us a degree
less woe-begone will be duly appreci
ated. Our feelings of courage and
hope depend a good ileal upon out
looks. If we know thai we look well,
it is lint a step lo hope that we shall
be well while if we look as wretchedly
as wo leel. we arc apt to despair of the
future. Your patient's appearance is
then not a small matter. Study to
keep her appearance at its best. When
combing out the hair it will fall back
ward over the pillow. Commence loos
ing the tangles from the ends of the
hairs instead of from ner the roots.
Here again do not hurry, do not pull,
but, with the greatest gentleness, loos
en the snarls and finally brush the
scalp thoroughly, braid and replace ill
a coronet or if pins eaunot be borne,
simply let the braid fall upon the pil
low. Auother method of bed-dressing
is to part the hair iu the middle and
braid it at tho sides. The desires of
your patient are your ouly guide iu
this matter. In the care of the tinger
uails. you will also let your patient di
rect you. These little olliees do uot,
as a rule, fatigue the patient while
they serve to pass the time of au oth
erwise tedious convalescence.— The
iHglUiiiyiilr.
Treatment l'or fartial Asphyxia.
In regard to the. treatment of
sons overcome with gas
gr.-tious were made
speakers at the recent
American Gaslight
Toronto. The most
per-
sevcral sug
by different
meeting of the
Association at
practical were
authority of a
those quoted on the
prominent physician.
1. Take tin? man at once into the
fresh air. Don't croud around him.
•J. Keep him on his back. Don't
raise his head or turn him ou his side.
Loosen his clothing at his neck.
4. Give a liltle brandy and water,
not more than four tahlespoonfuls of
brandy. Give the ammonia mixture(one
part iu all. aromatic! ammonia to six
teen parts water) iu small quantities at
short intervals, a teaspooul'ul every
two or three minutes.
,'j. Slap the faec and chest with the
wet end of a towel.
6. Apply warmth and friction if the
body or limbs are cold.
7. If the breathing is feeble or
irregular artificial respiration should
be used and kept up until there is no
doubt, thai it can no longer lie of use.
5. Administer oxvgen. Collcac Acc
ord.
A Whistling Well.
In the town of Great Valley, in Cat
taraugus County, there is an iulerest
ing curiosity known locally as the
"whistling well." located on the farm
of'Colonel Wesley Flint. About forty
live years ago the well was dug by the
colouel father to the depth of forly
liyc feet, but no water accumulated,
and the well was put down as a Hat
failure. A strong current of air was
noticed rushing into the well at times
and at other times rushing out of it.
A tlat stone with a 1 3-4-iuch hole was
tilted over the hole and a whistle
placed in it, which chauged its tune as
the air was drawu up or down. This
whistle proved a reliable weather ba
rometer. In settled weather the whistle
was silent, but an approaching storm
heralded by a warning shriek of the
whistle as the air rushed out of the
well, but as clear weather approached
the current of air changed aud was
drawu into the well aud the faithful
whistle chauged and told its story
by its chauged tone.—Albany Argus.
A rich Italian has purchased tho
Villa Zirio. ab Sau Renio. in which the
Emperor Frederick was ill so long be
fore he went to Berlin to be crowned,
ami has closed it rigorously agaiust all
visitors.
HZ- J'
Oiri Who
March 25.—Tom callcd /JarttjB:
Tom is splendid, and lie loves tttfc
he is too plebeian. He is a d—fate.f
jiig-iron. Pig-iron! Father 8ay*'he':^J$?f
very rich now and will bo a.
someday. What care I for millionaires!^..,
Pa is a millionaire several times overl
riie inau who wins me inust bring
foreign title a coronet shall 'alonr^^lf?
adorn my brow. vpl
March 28.—Tom has made a declara- fej.
tion he wants to many me. Marry #4'!^
a in A an an a a in
iron! The iron crown of Loinbardy.
might suit nie, but money couldn't
buy that. Tom will never be anythiog
but a plebeiau. Noble fellow, though.
So manlv and so handsome. Poor
Tom! Why weren't you born with
title?
March 80.—I have met the object of
my dreams! A prince!—a real, live
Italian prince! It was at Mrs. Jay's
reception last night. All the Jays ir
town were there. The prince paid me
constant attention. It was amusing to
see Tqm seowl. I couldn't heli out
smile, for 1 don't care. Between pig
iron and prince what girl of spirit
could hesitate lo decid
April l. The prince called last
night. The top of his head doesn't
come up to Tom's shoulder, but oh.how
sweetiy he talks iu his liquid Italiau
tongue! But there is one thing I didn't
like. He borrowed a nickel of me tc
pay his car-fan- back to his hotel.
These printvss are so eccentric.
April 10.—-We are to be married, the
prince and I. joy! joy! The dream
of my life is to be fulfilled—I shall
wear a princely coronet. He has just
sent me the most, beautiful bouquet—
and the bill came with it, but neve!
mind. Pa has to pay something for
prince. I wouldn't have Tom know il
for the world, though. We shall sail
for Italy immediately after the cere
mony.
Hoard Ship. May 10.—The prince,
my husband, acts very queer. Hf
asked me this morning for a little
change to pay the barber. Afterward
he- came ilowu and said he must have
10 cents for a cigar. Are princes then
so penniless?
May -1 inn laid up iu my berth,
oruised Irom head to foot. The prince
demanded all the money I had, and
when 1 refused he beat me. He even
asked with a sneer what I supposed he
married an American woman for if she
wasn lo support him. Ho is becom
ing insupportable.
May 10. -We have landed, but I 'am
so laine from tho beatings I have re
ceived that 1 can hardly walk. The
prince has carried off mv jewelry aud
pawned it.
^Mny 11-—) horror! shame! shame!
The prince has been arrested as a thief
and swindler, lie is no prince at all,
but a horrid barber, who rau away to
America with his employer's money,
ami now he is iu jail. I 'have cabled
pa lor money lo get home. The prince
has gone, but the prints lie left will
uever disappear. 2'iuras ,Sifliiu/..
Klciiiental Prayers.
When Max O'ltell was questing in
Scotland for humor he was told of a
Presbyterian minister who had just cut
his hay. and. the weather not being
very propitious for making it, he knelt
near liis open window and addressed
lo heaven the following prayer: "O
Lord, send to us wind for ihe'hay: uot
a ratitiu', laniiii", learin' wind, but a
notighiu', soughin". winnin1 wind."
But Dean Hamsay was before Max
0 Kell. says the 'Icnth Mtfgozim:,
and as the story appeared in his '"Kem
inisccnces" due acknowledgment of the
fact was given. We should, however,
submit that the dean was not. first in
the lield, but that the circumstances
may have crept out of the talinud and
been captured aud carried to the Pres
byterian fold, as we liucl the following
in a learned transaction: "Choqi. the
circling charmer, was asked to pray
for rain. After his preparations aud
prayers drops began to fall. have
uot asked for this.' said lie, "but for
such abundance as to fill wells, ditches
aud caves.' A tempest of rain was the
result. -No.' said he, 'that is not what
1 ask, but rain of pleasantness, bless
ing and free will.' The rain moder
ated, but continued to fall till Israel
hail to leave Jerusalem for the Temple
Mount on account of the swelling tor
rents. 'Pray now,' they cried, 'for
its iliscontiiiiiiiuets' -Go and see,' said
he, 'whether the water has covered the
Inquiry stone.' The president of the
Sanhedrim sent hiin the following mes
sage: "Were it any other mau than
Clioni I would decree his excommuni
cation. but what can 1 do unto thee,
whose presumption, iike that of a sou
against his father, is met by the eter
nal one with the fulfillment of my
desires."
A Taste of Kentucky Ulite-Grass.
In the course of the ten days that
followed the last ten days of May, I
had an opportunity to taste it pretty
well, and my mind has had a grassy
flavor ever since. 1 had an opportuni
ty to sec this restless and liLful Amer
ean nature of ours in a more equable
and beuelicent mood than I had ever
before seen it in: all its savageness
ami acrid ncss gone, no thought now
but submission to the hand and wants
of man. I afterward saw the prairie
of Illinois, and the vast level stretches
of farming country of northern Ohio
and Indiana, but these lands were no
where quite so human, quite so beau
tiful, or quite so productive as the
blue-grass region. Oue likes to see
the earth's surface lifted up and un
dulating a little, as if it heaved aud
swelled with emotion il suggests more
life, aud at the same time that the
sense of repose is greater. There is
no repose iu a prairie it is stagnation,
it is a dnttl level. Those immense
stretches of flat laud pain the eye, as
if all life aud expression had gone
from the face of earth. There :s just un
even ncss enough in the blue-grass re
gion to give nobility ami variety to the
landscape. From almost auy given
point one commands broad and ex
tensive views—immense fields of wheat
or barley, or corn or hemp, or grass or
clover, or of woodland pastures.—Joint
Burroughs, in Centura.
Why He Diiln't stay Out West.
A young man who went "West,"
filled with enthusiasm and a desire to
••grow up with ihe country." surprised
his friends by returning home after an
absence of several weeks. He said
that whi!e he was out land hunting iu
what he thought was the garden "spot
of America he came across a boarded
up claim shanty. Ou the boards nailed
across the door lie found this inscrip
tion, "Fore miles from a navber. Six
teen miles from a postotis." Twenty
live miles from a raleroad. A hundred
and atey from timber. Two hundred
and fifty feet from water. There'*
place like home. We've gouv
spend the winter witU my
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