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[Copyright, "*>v r*. B. Lewis.] 1
4k MONO. li.?- t uigs Mr. Bowser
planted i?i i.js hnek yard when
the showers and sunshine of
May brought up recollections j
of his days on the farm was a paper j
of sunflower seeds. After a couple of i
weeks a single sunflower made its ap- I
pearance. The other seeds were either !
scratched up by the cats or trampled i
half way down to China by the heavy
foot cff the cook as she looked around
for lost clothespins.
That stalk was treasured as something
more precious than gold. He
walked out to gaze upon it before
breakfast and he sauntered out to look
after its welfare after dinner. Sticks
were stuck around It to prevent the
cats from scratching their backs or in- .
BE GRINNED AND RUBBED HIS HANDS
WHEN HE SAW IT.
dulging in athletics, and Mrs. Bowser
and the cook were given strict injunctions
not to go within five feet of it.
"Isn't it going to a great deal of trouble
to raise an old sunflower?" asked
Mrs. Bowser on one of the occasions
when she hnd been cautioned.
"I'd go to fifty times the trouble," he
retorted. "There is no vegetable or
flower that brings the old days back to
me like the sunflowers. As a child I
played beneath their shade. As a
youth I watched their golden heads follow
the sun from east to west. As a
s young man I?I"?
"You didn't eat them?"
"No, ma'am, I didn't. The first time
I told my love was amid a patch of
sunflowers, and I can never, never forget
"Did you tell it to a sunflower?" asked
Mrs. Bowser after she got through
"Never you mind," he replied. *1
wouldn't trade that sunflower for the
best horse in town, and if anything
happens to it you'n hear from me. If
I catch our blamed old cat out there
walking around it again she'll need
nine more lives."
As the days went by that sunflower -
. ' "I NEED NO LANTERN
reached up. It got tall .and fuzzy and
put forth leaves. Its roots reached
down Into the earth and intwined
themselves around old bottles and
brickbats, and the stalk stood up as
stiff as a crowbar. Now and then a
boy took a shy at it with a stone from
the alley, and now and then the midnight
cats circled around it when playing
tag, but it escaped injury.
At length it got a head on it. It was
a small head, but it was in the right
x > rr> ttrtUNor rrin
sptH IU grun uipoti. ^.*1.. 0
ned and nibbed his hands as he saw it.
It was in the green yet, but he knew
that the day must come when it would
turn the color of gold and be studded
with thousands of black seeds.
"By George, but she's a success?an
unqualified success," he said to Mrs.
Bowser that evening, and he was so
good natured over it that she asked
him for $2 to buy stockings and got it.
The other evening Mr. Bowser came
home with a headache and forgot his
sunflower until twilight had begun to
gather. Then he walked out to see
what changes a day had brought forth.
* There had been a thunderstorm during
the day, and during its prevalence he
had been somewhat worried for fear
that a thunderbolt might go astray and
damage h's pet. Sniffing the air for
odor of brimstone, be sauntered to the
? back end of the yard and a moment
later was struck so helpless that he had
to lean up against the alley fence. His
[eared by Him MysteriLoss
Is & Grievous Blow
sunflower was gone. He robbed his
eyes and looked again and again, but
it had vanished and only a hole in the
ground remained. Not a leaf, not a
fragment of stalk, was scattered on the
grass to give a clew to the mystery.
"What on earth ails you?" asked Mrs.
Bowser as Mr. Bowser stood before her
a few minutes later with pale face and
"G-one!" he stammered in reply.
"What do you mean?"
"My sunflower! It's gone! It was
there this morning, but some one has
pulled it up during the day."
"Are you sure?"
"Of course I'm sure. Have I got so
blind that I can't see sunflowers a foot
from my nose? Woman, what sort of a
bloody minded conspiracy is this?"
"There is no conspiracy about It I
was down town this afternoon, and
while the cook was busy 1 suppose that
some of those hoodlum boys came
through the alley gate and rooted up
your sunflower. I'm sorry it's gone,
but don't talk nonsense."
"Nonsense!" he shouted as his white
face suddenly turned a bright red. "Do
you call it nonsense that my sunflower
has been rooted up and carried off?the
flower that I've watched and tended
and loved all these long weeks? You
were downtown, were you, instead of
being home to present such a sacrilege?
And the cook?the cook was too
busy to notice the back yard run or
boys, who migh*" have carried off the
fences for all of her By the great horn
spoon, madam, but? but"?
. And he choked and gasped and flung
his arms about and was too overcome
"It may possibly be lying in the alley."
said Mrs. Bowser in soothing
tones, "and if so you can replant and
save it. Sunflowers are very hardy,
"Lying in the alley! Lying crushed
and broken and dead in the alley! The
flower of my youth, of my early manhood,
of my first love! By thunder,
woman, somebody has got to suffer for
this! I'll have revenge if it takes a
"I'll go out with you and look in the
"Don't trouble yourself. The deed is
done, and you are to blame for it. That
sunflower is dead, and it only remains
to find and punish the murderers. I
am going to look for them."
"But where will you look? If you
will light the lantern I'll go with you"?
"I need no lantern to find the trail,
and while I am following it up you can
sit here and gurgle and grin and smile
over the success of your" conspiracy.
When you get tired of grinning and
rmrclino- nnd smilinc von can CO to
Mr. Bowser put on his hat and stalked
forth into the night and the alley,
and at 10 o'clock he had not been
heard of. The clocks struck 11 and
still no word. Then the hour of midnight
boomed, and he w-s still absent.
It was 1 o'clock in the morning when
-Mrs. Bowser routed out the cook and
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Mv , If ill!
TO FIND THE TRAIL."
had her take to. the nearest police station
a message reading:
"If any policeman finds a man walking
up and down alleys and talking of
conspiracies and sunflowers and early
loves, don't lock him up for a lunatic.
It is only Mr. Bowser searching for his
strayed or stolen Sunflower, and he will
be all right as soon as he knows that
bunch of catnip has been discovered in
a corner of his back yard."
His Idea Exactly.
Uncle?How do you like your Sunday
Tommy?Oh. she's got good sense.
She's smarter than mom is.
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Tommy?Sure! Her ail' me thinks
alike. She says Sunday school don't
do me no good.?Philadelphia Press.
Cured Hemorrhages of the Lungs
"Several years since my lungs
were so badly affected tbafc I had
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Ake, of Wood, Iud. "I took treatment
with several physicians without
any benefit. I then started to
take Foley's Honey and Tar aDd my
luDgs are now as sound as a bullet.
I recommend it in advanced stages
of lung trouble." The Kaufmann
it Nasi come.
As inevitable as the changing seasons of
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end disasters suffered by many women at
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Lack of Rain Hurts Cotton.
Americus, (id ?The cotton crop
bai already fallen cff considerably,
and unless a general rain comes and
that quickly, the cotton crop of this
section will be vastly reduced from
former eetimatee. A'ready the loss
sustained by the ^rotrccted drought
is enormous and this is being added
to as each day parses without needed
moisture for the parched plant that
lies limp and wilted under a blazing
September sun. Vast damage has
already resulted and the end is not
yet. In some localities here there
has been no rain in many weeks.
The growth of the plant is checked,
forms have fallen off, the leaves are
turning yellow and bolls opening prematurely.
Even a general rain now
would not repair half the damage
wrought already, but would relieve
the situation very materially.
Even the smaller crops show perceptibly
the effects of the parching
sun, but the greatest loss is sustained
in the damage to cotton. Already
the loss sustained will reduce the
crop here several thousand bales, it
The Genuine vs. Conterfeits.
The genuine is always better than
a counterfeit, butthe truth of this
statement is never more forciblv
realized or more thoroughly appreciated
than when jou compare
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piles no remedy is equal to DeWitt's
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The First Boycott.
For the first time, merchants in
Columblia have been boycotted.
This action is illegal and therefore
the boycott is in a way anonymous.
It is not known who is at the bottom
of the business, but investigations
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are oeing maae ana 11 iue respuuBible
party is found suit will be brought
against him or them.
Mr. J. B. Reidlinger, one of the
parties named in the anonymous circular
scattered around covertly, has
been having some trouble with the
plumbers' union recently.
You Know What You Are
When you take Grove's Tasteless
Chill Tonic because the formuia is
plainly printed on every bottle showing
that it is simply Iron and Quinine
in a tasteless form, No Cure, No Pay.
Negroes are Here to Stay.
Senator Hoar discussed "Problems
of the Nation" at the annual outing
of the Essex Club of Massachusetts,
at Baker's Island, recently. Discuss,
ing the race problem in the South
the Senator said: "I know, my
friends, that there are special difficulties
in this problem as it affects
our colored fellow citizens. I know
how deeply moved are the feeliDgsof
our Southern brethren. I would not
utter toward them a word of reproach.
I know how near to their
j homes and how close to their social
| and political life comes this cloud
and shadow. I see that one en hue|
iastic Southern gentleman has renewed
the proposition that we shall
| send ten million negroeB out of the :
country. This is totally impracticable.
Let us not delude ourselves.
We have got this question to meet
squarely at home. The negro will
stay. The European and Asiatic will j
come. You cannot turn them cut !
and you cannot keep them out/'
Wide and Narrow Tires.
Water and narrow tires aid one another
in destroying the roads, while,
on the other hand, wide tires are
roadmakere. They roll and harden
the surface, and every loaded wagon
becomes in effect a road roller. The
difference in the action of a narrow
tire and a wide one is about the
same ae the difference between a
crowbar and a tamper?the one tears
up; the other packs down. By using
wide tires the cost and labor of keeping
road3 in repair are greatly reduced.
Therefore if you want good
roads, either of dirt or stone, use
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wide tires anu inuuce an juui uuigubcrs
to do likewise.
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Sold by ail druggists.
Just What Was Ezpectod.
The Brooker Washington incident
at Hamlet, N. G, has started some
smart bucks in different parts of the
country to "butting in" at white
hotels and restaurants, but they find
that every place is not so easy as
Hamlet. In an Alabama town several
of the presumptuous ones got a
good flogging and in Wilmington a
few days ago a couple of them nar
rowly escaped another flogging by
making themselves scarce -ifa ~ ch
short order that there was no tiiLv, to
apply the corrective. Brooker T.
has not been doing much good in the
country since he got mixed up with
What is Life?
In the last analysis nobody knowp,
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Abase that law even slightly, pain
results. Irregular living means derangement
of the organs, resulting
| in Constipation, Headache or L'ver
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Dat's er Fact.
"Br'er Williams," said Brother
Thomas, "'spose a mad bull wuzter
take after you, what would you do?"
"Climb a tree, suh!" said Brother
"But?'spose you had de rhematism,
en a wooden leg, en couldn't
Brother Williams was silent a moment,
then he seid:
4 Bc'er Thomas, it's des sich 'quisitive
niggers ez you dat keeps dis
race problem gwin. Ef de lynchin'
committee don't git you finally it'll
be 'kaze you outruns 'em !"
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