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ABILENE REFLECIOB
PCTJMSHED BY
GfflraS PDBLISHIHG COMPAnX
OLD SAWS IN RHYME.
If you don't like it, lump it; don't blow your
own bora:
Too big tor his buttons; acknowledge the com.
Standing water's unwholesome a standing
debt, too;
.And only give honor where honoris due.
As clay in the potter's hands; mijht maketh
right:
Do not be the tail to another one's kite.
The sweet bread of idleness mo: tly is crust:
Be eats humble pie; he takes nobody's dust.
A jewclis consistency; all fiddle faddlc;
Strike the dog in the manger; your own canoe
paddle.
Nursing trouble don't mend it; speak not than
speak ill:
The still pig's the one which gets most of the
swill.
Upon its own bottom each tub ought to stand;
Christmas cometh but once in a year; hand in
hand.
The children of old maids and bachelor's wives
Are perfect; shank's mare; but the fittest sur
vives. Any port in a storm: going off like hot cakes;
In your pipe put and smoke it; sly boots; no
great shakes.
Some old two-and-sixpenee; too good to be true;
Never trust in another your duties to do.
Competition's the life of trade: sharp as a tack;
As dead as a door nail; a hard nut to crack.
Lookers on more than players see; slick as a
whistle:
Heavy as lead; just as light as a thistle.
A ragged cap often may orown golden brains;
What one person loses another one gains;
A pot many own is ill stirred and worse boiled;
By one rotten apple a barrel-full's spoiled.
Domestic infelicity is a thorn in the flesh ;
Happy go lucky; whipped cur dreads the lash.
If a woman drowns hunt her up stream; split
ting hairs;
The wits are wool-gathering; putting on airs.
All moonshine; blue Monday; some pumpkins;
high jinks:
A chain's only strong as its weakest or links,
As cool as a cucumber; thicker than mud:
As long as a piece of string; nipped in the bud.
Telling the truth is more easy than lying:
The sweetest of jovs from us always are flying.
IT. C. Dodge, in GooJall'i a"!m.
AKTHUE MAY.
How He Became Sprigs & Co.'s
Ohaplain Not a Love Story.
Written for This Paper.
Spriggs and Company, proprietors and ope
rators of sundry coal minos, turnaces and
rolling mills in Western Pennsylvania, sat
in the "snuggery" at the rear of Spriggs and
Company's office.
John Spriggs, who is "Spriggs," and
Peter Spriggs, who is "the Company," in
vented the snuggery with an eye to other
inventions in connection with their enor
mous business. In the snuggery no books,
no desks, no 3ny thing were to be found,
save and ercept a pair of immense arm
chairs, two pipes and a huge earthenware
jar of smoking tobacco. In the snuggery
Spriggs and Company held their cabinet
councils, when they planned and sifted mat
ters which they considered too exclusive
even for the ears of their manager and their
head book-keeper.
Perhaps the most unique matter ever dis
cussed and cardiaUy settled by two wealthy
business men was under Spriggs and Com
pany's consideration in their snuggery some
few years ago.
"He's saved us a clear hundred thousand
in buildings and machinery, Pete, to say
nothing about loss of orders," said Spriggs
to the Company.
"Notaceut less, John," responded the
Company.
"We can afford to do something hand
some,"' continued Spriggs.
"We can," echoed the Company.
Silence ensued for a few moments save
only for the steady puffing of Spriggs and
Company on the brace of capacious pipes.
Down came Spriggs' hand upon his broad
knee, and he bent forward as he exclaimed
with considerable emphasis, "I have it !'
"Have whatl" queried the Company.
something hnd-
"I have a good idea by which, if carried
out, we can help the parson and do ourselves
and the boys no harm. We'll build a church
a church that shall be a credit to the Lord
and to Spriggs and Company. There's a
good lot near the old mill, and we might
build a parsonage as well without crowding
cither the church or the mill. Then we
might set aside a iwrcentage of the profits
each year to help run that church. I tell
you, Pete, this young May has grit, and
knows how to handle our men better than
we do ourselves. So we'll appoint him
chaplain in charge of Spriggs and Compa
ny's churclu What do you say J"
"I cordially agree with you, John. We
owe young May more than ordinary recog
nition; besides which, I foel sure that a
church, with such a parson, in connection
with our works, will be a batter thing for
all of us than we can properly appreciate at
present."
After which prophetic remark, Spriggs
and Company adjourned to consult with
their bookkeeper in regard to ways and
means.
Such a convention, tending to such a very
practically and worthy conclusion, requires
Mme explanation; and therein lies our
story.
Arthur May was, by all his acquaintances
and manyjof his friends, considered a crank;
as a matter of fact he merely had some very
decided notions and opinions of his own.
For example: Upon coming of age he re
linquished a fairly large fortune bestow
ing it upon sundry charities and scientific
institutions merely retaining sufficient to
supply his absolute needs from time to
time. People said his ideas were wild,
visionary and Utopian some even asserting
that Arthur May was a socialist, nihilist
and anarchist combined. When he an
nounced his intention of studying for the
ministry his friends said he was crazy, aa
no May had ever been known to bind him
self to any creed or canon. That was true
enough, and Arthur was May enough to re
fuse to trot in the traces of orthodoxy. He
entered no theological seminary and sub
scribed to no confession of faith. He
studied his New Testament with his own
common sense for commentary and concor
dance. He thought that the love of God
and love for his neighbor made a strong
combination for a preacher, without tho aid
of 'ologies and 'isms. When he was twenty
five years old he left his mother's home de
iermlnefi to find a field of labor and he
found it. Found it in the dirt-begrimed re-
"WE CAN .FFOUD TO DO
SOME."
ion of Ironvale, "where a thousand men
with dependant families earned their bread
by the sweat of their brows men who
worked like horses six days each week and
loafed away their Sundays men who said
so much that was black and dirty and un
pleasant that most of them came very near
forgetting that they were men. And thai,
by the way, wa3 one thing which Arthur
May never proposed to overlook. He had
started out to do his life-work as a preacher
and teacher, but he never intended to forget
that he was also a man.
Arthur May made his first public bow to
the Ironvale population under rather favor
able, if risky, circumstances. "While in
Johnstown he had heard of the place, and
sauntered over (a matter of a ten-mile walk)
one day in the fall. The more of dirt,
squalor, misery and degradation he beheld
in the streets and homes, the more he be
came convinced that it was the very place
for practical Christian work a place where
a few simple sanitary and hygienic lessons
would bemore to the point than hypothetical
discussions on such questions as conditional
immortality and the personality of the
deviL So he decided to stay, and estab
lished his headquarters at the none too
sweet and clean hostelry dignified by the
name of the Ironworkers' Exchange.
Opposite to the hotel was a three-story
frame building, apparently rented out in
flats. On the first night of his advent to
Ironvale, Arthur May was about to retire
when he noticed smoke entering his own
half-open window. He peered out into the
night and beheld a small flame slowly spread
ing itself over the front of the dinsy tene
ment house across the street. Without
waiting to don his coat and vest, he hastily
ran down stairs and gave the alarm. All
the inmates of the tenement were soon in
the street, but as there was not even the
pretence of a fire department in Ironvale,
the meager furniture of the house was
doomed and the building itself was soon
enwrapped in flames. Suddenly a small,
slender figure in a white night-dress ap
peared at a window on the top-story. It
was apparently a little girl of seven or eight
years, and, although not a word that she
said could be heard in the crowd, it was
easy to see that she was greatly terrified and
crying for help.
"Great God!" said a woman, "it's Tim
Doolan's little Em ! She's all alone, poor
young'un her mother dead three week's
ago, an' Jim, the night watchman, over to
the sheet iron mill !"'
Other women in the crowd screamed and
wrung their hands; some of the men be
moaned the lack of a hook and ladder, while
others, with hands in pockets and gaping
mouths, watched with lazy unconcern or
idle curiosity the fate of the helpless child.
TIIEN- DASHING
THE SMOKE AN'D
But while the crowd talked, cried and
gaped, Arthur May hastily endeavored to
comprehend the plan of the burning house
and its stairways. Then, heedless of the
scorching heat, the blinding and suffocating
smoke, and deaf to the warning cries of the
men, he rushed into the ill-fated building.
With great difficulty he found tho child and
wrapped her in an old sh3vl which he saw
lying in the room. Then, dashing again
through the smoke and flames, he emerged
once more on to the street, where he was
greeted with a loud hurrah and almost deaf
ening hand-clapping. Arthur gave up the
motherless girl to some of the women and
quietly returned to his lodgings. But sev
eral of the Ironvale people followed him,
and in the office of the hotel his sleeves
rolled up, his hair and mustache singed, and
his face, hands and arms blackened by tho
smoke Arthur May held quite a reception,
in the course of which he took occasion to
introduce himself and explain his object in
coming to Ironvale. When he said he was
a preacher and wanted the men to come and
hear him talk to them next Sunday, they all
promised to be on hand, for they thought
a man who wasn't afraid to risk his life, as
Arthur had done, was worthy a hearing,
whatever he might have to say. One thing
was assured Arthur's popularity with the
women folk; and that was a great thing in
Ironvale, as indeed it is in any community.
Another method was necessary iu Iron
vale to secure the lasting regard and esteem
of the men, and the opportunity to bid for
the respect of the Ironvale masculine popu
lation came in Arthur's way on the first
Sunday in the smoky town.
There was no church in Ironvale; there
was not even a hall, so on Sun Jay afternoon
Arthur took up a position just outside of the
big mills belonging to Spriggs and Company.
Somehow or other he had managed to make
it pretty well known that he was goiug to
preach, and quite a crowd assembled to hear
the young fellow who had so gallantly
rescued "Jim Doolan's little Em."
Arthur was a fascinating speaker, and be
ing a good judge of human nature and pos
sessed of his full share of common sense,
he made himself more than interesting to
these rough men, who gave him a respect
ful hearing. There was one man iu the
crowd, however, who objected to the preach
ing. This was Jerry Burke, a big loafing
bully, who worked very little and drank a
great, deal. He was a chronic grumbler and
especially objected, on general principles, to
any thing like an innovation likely to better
the moral condition of things in Ironvale.
This same Burke was a sharp thorn in the
side of Sprigsrs and Company, who only toler
erated the fellow about their works, fearful
of possible mischief which he might per
petrate should they discharge him. Physic
ally, Burke was a powerful fellow, stand
ing six feet high and tipping the scale at
two hundred pounds. He was never satis
fied with either the wages or the hours of
work, though as a matter of fact he had
small cause for being discontented. In
short, he was a bully, a sneak, and uncon
scionably lazy. Still, among the Ironvale
men he had some sort of a following: the
weak-minded and Spore ignorant workmen
looked upon Burkc'as the champion of their
rights, and an additional reason for their
tolerance of Jerry as a sort of unacknowl
edged leader, was the fact that they knew
he could "lick" any one of them.
Now about the time that Arthur May
came to Ironvale, Burke, with some other
restless spirits in a neighboring iron center,
was secretly arranging plans for a strike
among Spriggs and Company's employes. Of
oourse, so far as Jerry Burke was con
cerned, he cared nothing about bettering
the condition of the "boys;" he was looking
to his own aggrandizement as a '-labor
leader," and to the easy acquisition of money
by means of assessments which would bs
levied on the boys to further the strike.
Now Burke had a fairly good idea that a
sensible young fellow like Arthur May
would not naturally assist him in his
schemes, so he resolved to inform the
preacher that he must "git." Arthur had
almost finished his "talk," when Burke,
who was in the crowd, rudely interrupted.
"Most through, parson!"
"Yes," said Arthur. "Are jou tired?"
"O, you can finish your say this time, but
yon can't talk here any more. Preachin's
all right, xnebbe, but we don't want it here.
Savey!"
"Well, my friend, no one else seems to
object, and if you don't like it Just stay
away. StHL I wouM rather have you come
and listen. I may as well announce now,
IffggTA
TIIROUGn
FLAME.
my friends, that I shall be here next Sunday
afternoon. Perhaps bsfore the cold weather
comes we can get a hall or church built."
"We don't want no halL nor no church,
nor no paraon," said Burke. "If you try to
shoot off in this part of the country asrain,
you'll be sorry, that's all I have to say 1"
"If I do, what then!" inquired Arthur.
"Only this; I shall knock a few of your
teeth down your throat to sorter choke you
off!"
All thl3 time none of the couple of hun
dred men assembled uttered a word, though
once or twice the women cried "Shame on
ye. Jerry!" or "Give th3 parson a show!"
Arthur sikl up the situation in a mo
ment. He saw at once that hi; would bo
persecutor was a bully, so often found in
communities of ignorant men, and under
stood that Burke must be summarily dis
posed of if he hoped to stay and do any good
in Ironvale. Now If there was one thing
Arthur May had been proficient in at col
lege it was boxing and wrestling. tilL he
was not a powerful man. and weighed less
by fifty pounds than Jerry Burke. So the
resolution at which he arrived was a risky
one.
"Boys," said Arthur, "this man says he
will lick me if I stay in Ironvale. Now, I
am going to stay and he may as well lick me
now as later on. I don't much believe in
fighting never saw any fun in it; especially
it looks bad qn a Sunday and in a preacher.
Sometimes, however, it is nocessary. It is
necessary now, I think, and I guess you
boys will stand off and see that a stranger
gets fair play!"
Off came Arthur's coat, and steppingdown
from his impromptu platform of rough
stone he walked briskly over to Burke, wno
was at that moment the most completely
surprised man in Ironvale.
"I'll take that licking now, Mr. Bully!"
Burke had no coat to throw off, as he was
already standing in his shirtsleeves, but he
replied by giving Arthur a back-handed slap
in the face.
Well, some of the Ironvale men tell, to
this day, how it was the "prettiest" thing
they ever saw "the way that the parson
knocked out Jerry Burke," who, in ten
minutes from the time he first interrupted
Arthur, had as much as he could do to sneak
off like a whipped cur.
From that time on, with the exception of
half a dozen malcontents like Burke, every
man, woman and child in Ironvale was
ArthurMay's warm admirer. As for Jerry
Burke, he found it vastly more pleasant to
reside in a neighboring town.
Yet, although Mr. Burko removed irom
Ironvale, he by no means relinquished his
various schemes for bringing about a strike
at Spriggs and Company's. But, in view of
the fact that thousands of men in adjoining
districts were idle, Burke and his coadju
tors did not find many of the men very en
thusiastic about striking; and when Spriggs
and Company, getting wind of the efforts of
the Burke gang, voluntarily raised the
wages ten percent., the professional growlers
felt that they might as well withdraw from
Ironvale. Burke was the angriest and most
disappointed man in Western Pennsylvania;
all his chronic ill will and bad blood was
focused in a determination to wreak ven
gence, first on Spriggs and Company, and
then on the "poor fools" who could be paci
fied with a "paltry ten per cent, sop."
Somehow or other Arthur May got to
know that Jerry Burke occasionally found
his way to Ironvale, and certain sly and
underhanded actions of the fellow's made
Arthur suspect that Burke's motive in visit
ing his old haunts were other than ordi
nary, so he resolved to watch him closely.
One night, about two months after Arthur
May's first appearance in Ironvale, the par
son (as every one called Arthur, and as he
rather lilted to be called) was making his
way to his humble lodgings. As he passed
Spriggs and Company's engine house the
only building belonging to the firm which
could lay any claim to substantiality or
architectural beauty he noticed a man steal
up to one of the windows, which he opened
and entered. He noticed that the man car
ried a small package. A minute later the man
emerged from the same window, minus the
package, and Arthur then saw that It was
Jerry Burke.
Now Arthur, for prudential reasons, car
ried a small revolver, and this Mr. Burke
suddenly found within about two yards of
his eyes.
"Burke, you are up to no good !"
"What's that to you !"'
"Now, my lad, you know you can't bluff
me. You ought to know I am not afraid of
you at even odds. With this weapon I ab
solutely command you to explain your
presence here."
"I don't have to. Pity a man can't move
about without telling his business to a
d d preacher!"
v -
Airrnun addhessixg tiie ckowd.
"Now, Burke, 1 mean what I say. But as
you refuse to tell me any thing, I must find
out why you were in the engine house. You
will lead the way through the door, not
through the window. You know me. If
you disobey me I shall feel compelled to
shoot. Goon!"
Slowly and sullenly Burke led the way.
The door was open, and just inside sat an
old man who did duty as watchman. "Ah,
Walker," said Arthur, "bring your lamp,
will you?"
The old watchman was surprised, but
asked no question as he complied with Ar
thur's request. Tb.6 building was large,
built of red brick and stone. It was divided
iuto two portions, one covering the six im
mense boilers and the other the two power
ful engines.
The window which Burke had entered
was on the side farthest from the doorway
and just behind one of the engines.
All was quiet at this hour, work being
ulack, and consequently no night shift being
run.
"Look around a little, Walker," said May,
as with pistol in hand, he closely watched
Burke.
But Walker discovered nothing unusual.
"Ain'tyou glad!" asked Burke, sneeringly.
"Why were you here, Burke!" inquired
Arthur, very sternly.
"Because it suited me," was the rough
reply. Arthur wondered what he should
do next. He still kept Burke well covered,
but his thoughts were very busy. For a
minute or two all was as still as death so
still that Arthur could detect what sounded
like the muffled ticking of a clock.
"Is there a clock in this building, Walker?"
queried Arthur.
"Yes, sir. But it stopped this two weeks
and more."
Arthur noticeo. a queer expression pass
over Burke's features, and an inspiration
seized the parson.
"Burke, that ticking is of some infernal
machine which you have brought here I
know it. I have both read of and seen such
things."
"Yes, curse you, and if you don't hurry out
of here we shall all be to hell in a few
minutes."
"Scoundrel!"
Arthur still watched his nan, and still
thought He thought of the costly engines
which if destroyed would throw out of em-
( ployment a thousand' men for aaveral wecka.
fi 0 fik
"'
He thought of a possible terrific explosion
and the loss of life, probably, in the cottage
which stood only a stone's throw away; he
thought of his own life, and of old Walker,
and even of Burke himself.
"Burke, you are not a man. You are a
deviL If you will pick up that package and
carry it down to the creek you shall have
that chance of your life; if you refuse I
shall shoot you in a moment 3 hall kill
you."
The fellow began to whine like a babv
and said it was almost time for the horrible
machine to do it3 work. Said it was only
set for fifteen minutes. Coward that he was,
Burke begged for his own life, caring
nothing for the lives or property of others.
"At once, fellow, at once pick up that
deviltry and take it to the creek. When it
is th the water I will see that you have a
chance to escape and then, never show
your face near Ironvale again !"
Seeing Arthur in earnest, Burke tardily
took the ticking package from the machinery
of the engine and made his way out of the
building, followed at a short distance by
Arthur who was himself running a great
risk.
Once outside, tho villain walked briskly
toward the creek, which lay some three
hundred yards distant. He soon reached
the banks and hurled tho package, which
was evidently heavy, into mid-stream. But
one thing both he and Arthur had forgotten,
or had been ignorant of. There was thick
ice on the water, and as the package struct
with considerable force there was a tremen
dous explosion which shattered tho ice and
splashed the water in all directions.
Arthur was fifty yards or more from tho
creek, but was thrown down by the shock
and severe'y stunned. As for Burke, a
dozen large pieces of ice struck him deal
ing him a fearful death.
It isn't necessary to go into auy more
particulars but that's how Arthur May
cama to be bprigg3 and Company's chaplain.
W. H. S. Atkinson.
LONE STAR GREATNESS.
The
riethorir Treasury and th Grand
Capital of the State of Texas.
No man can travel through this great
Lone Star State, as I have often done,
without being impressed with its mag
nitude and present wealth and over
awed at its prospective importance.
We get but a vague idea of its size
when we are told that its area is 291,
000 square miles. It helps us to think
of it as forty-one times as large as the
State of Rhode Lsland, six times as
large as the State of New York, and
that it might have a lake in the center
of it fao largo that if the whole of
France were anchored in the middle of
this lake it could not be seen from the
Texas shore.
Governor Ross gave mo a few facts
about the finances of the State that
comport with its magnitude. Its
bonded indebtedness, mostly held in
the State, in round numbers, is $4,
500,000. Like Uncle Sam, it is troubled
with a surplus that it don't know what
to do with. It has in the general State
Treasury a surplus of over $2,000,000.
Its school fund has a surplus of over
$16,000,000, more than half loaued out
on county and railroad bonds, and
they are seeking an investment for the
balance.
The farmers to whom the State has
been selling its lands on forty years'
time, with only 5 per cent, interest, in
the hope that they would be very dil
atory about paying the principal, are
piling in the money to the overbur
dened State Treasurer. The counties
are doing the same. To add to its
misery the State has 30,000,000 acres of
land yet to sell, which are bringing
every year higher and higher prices.
Poor Texas! Let every nation and in
dividual on the face of the earth that
is sighing '-for lack of a dollar or two"'
drop a tear over the lofty loneliness of
this melancholy State.
The first State House of Texas was
simply a double log cabin. Then came
two or three larger ones, oue after the
other. But such was the obesity of the
body politic that in 187.3 a State Con
vention oflered anybody three million
acres of land up in the Pan Handle that
would build them a real big State
House. These lands then were not sup
posed to be worth more than fifty cents
an acre. Governor Ross told me that
under General Houston he commanded
the frontier when he was nineteen
years old. and was all over these lands,
then in a particularly dry time. He
says ho has to confess with shame that,
as a member of that convention, he told
them how barren these lands were, and
that ho wouldn't accept them as a gra
cious gift. Well, in five or six years
three men from Chicago came along
that were fools enough to take up the
offer thev said thev would build them
a big, fine State Hoyae for those worth
less land. These men were Joiin V.
Farwell, his brother Charles 15. Far
well, now United States Senator from
Illinois, and a little man called Abner
Taylor. Work was begun in 1834. and,
to help alonjr, some quarrymen in Bel
ton gave all the red grauite for the
building, and the State sent its convicts
to quarry it. Now the State has the
largest State capitol in the Union, if
not the finest, and second in size only
to the capitol at Washington. It is 562
feet long. 287 feet wide, and its height,
from base line to the silver star in the
hand of the goddess of Liberty sur
mounting the dome, is 311 feet four
feet higher than the national goddess
at Washington. It is grand, elaborate
and massive in its exterior, anfl its 256
interior apartments are light, airy, ele
gant, magnificent. I have been all
through it to-day. and I don't wonder
that Texans are tickled with iL Gov
ernor Ross tells me li cost the Chicago
syndicate $4,500,000 in cash. And what
have they got to show for the pin money
they have spent? A little farm that it
takes 750 miles of fencing to surround,
to say nothing of cross fences, watered,
where lakes, rivers and springs are
lacking, by flowing artesian wells only
150 feet deep worth, says Governor
Ross, $9,000,000. C. M. Cadi, in At
lanta Constitution.
No kind of grain is so well adapted
to feeding young stock of any kind as
oats. Their large proportion of husks
keeps them from cloying the stomach
even of stock that has too poor diges
tion for thriving on corn. Pigs will
prefer the latter grain, if both are
given together, but the pig is not the
best judge uf what is adapted to his
needs. The oats should, however, be
at least full weight to give the best re
sult. It has been shown by experience
that a pig digests a larger percentage
of grain, converting it into animal in
crease, than a steer, cow or sheep.
MISCELLANEOUS.'
A shoemaker at Atlanta, Ga., lately
completed a pair of shoes that are four
teen inches long, 51 wide and 8 deep.
A human subject without collar
bones has been met with in a St. Louis
dissecting room. This structure is that
of most of the vertebrates, such as
lions, bears, etc.
A New York coroner's physician
remarks that in his experience he has
found that more people die in the
fourth floor of a building than any of
the others. In the cases of sudden
deaths he says that there are more
which take place on the fourth floor in
one year in New York than in all other
parts of the houses combined.
For quickness in raising money lor
business enterprises Hutchinson, Kan.,
seems to outrank some of the large
cities. They called a meeting out there
for such a purpose, and, after the hall
was filled, locked the door. A local
paper tells that work then began, and
in just one hour and fifteen minutes
the sum of $224,000 was subscribed.
A novel instrument was filed the
other day at Springfield, Mo., by
George Schmidt, in the shape of a
deed adopting Maggie Brown, the
three-year-old daughter of Julia Brown.
In consideration of one dollar the
mother ag.-ees to relinquish all legal
rights and privileges over her child,
and the foster father agrees to properly
support and maintain her, to treat her
humanely, and properly feed, clothe,
shelter and educate her.
It was at Dublin, in 1741, that tho
first performance of the "Messiah"
took place, Dr. Beattie, author of the
"Minstrel" and the "Essay on Truth,"
records an interesting anecdote told
him by the Earl of Kinuoul. Calling
on Handel a few dnys after the first
performance, he naturally paid him
some compliments on the success of
the noble entertainment which he had
given the public. "My lord," said
Handel, "I should be sorry if I only
entertained them; 1 wish to make them
A Belfast, Me., woman has found
a way to dispose of money with holes
punched in it. She recently offered
one to a merchant there, not with the
shame-faced or hurried manner in
which such coins are often offered, but
reluctlantly, asserting that it was a
keepsake, and she would not part with
it for any money, but would leave it
provided the merchant would promise
to keep it until she could call for it,
which she promised to do within a
week. The merchant took the keep
sake, delivered her goods, aud gave
back the necessary change for five dol
lars, and the customer departed and
has not been seen since. The mer
chant is about fifty cents out.
Salutations in Japan are something
remarkable, and are thus described by
a correspondent of the San Francisco
Chronicle: "The men of Japan are
always excessively polite to one an
other. They bend their backs and bow
their heads, and put their two hands
back to back between their knees and
have a great time. But the most
amusing thing is to see two old ladies
in Japan meeting one another on the
street. They catch sight of one another
three or four blocks apart. They im
mediately begin to make obeisance al
one another, and they keep bending
and bowing at short intervals until
they come together, when they make a
peculiar hiss by drawing in the breath
and keep on saying 'Ohavo' for about
two minutes."
A fish of the sturgeon variety,
about eighteen inches in length was re
cently given to the superintendent ol
an ice factory in Parkersburg, W. Ya.
It was placed in one of the ice molds
and frozen in the center of a huge cube
of ice. This block of ice was put in a
public place, where the citizens could
view the fish, frozen hard and fast in
the center of the cake. The ice began
to melt aud it dwindled until the body
of the fish was exposed to the air while
the head was still firmly imbedded in
the ice. The tail of the fish was seen
to move slightly, as the hot sun poured
its rays upon it. Attention being called
to the fact, the head was carefully
released from its icy prison and the
sturgeon placed in a tank of water. It
recovered completely in a few minutes,
and was apparently as sound as ever.
CONCERNING FAULTS.
Whatever May Be Their Cause There Ij
No Merit In Thein.
It is difficult to define exactly what
we mean by a fault. There is a popu
lar impression, which is nearly cor
rect, that it is something irregular, but
that it lacks in magnitude or intent
something of that which goes to con
stitute a positive sin. In many in
stances faults are simply irregularities
in execution, or mere inattentions.
negations, and almost always have th
quality of being incidental; not inter
tional, not purposed, nor the result d
passion.
There are a great many who suppose
that there is a merit in fanlts. We
think they do not discriminate very
wisely. It is true that perfect people
are the most disagreeable and intoler
able people in the world those so
called perfect men that, in order not
to speak wrong, never speak at all,
and, in order not to do wrong, do noth
ing; those cold, precise, inelastic, hard,
smooth, polished people, that are re
garded as perfect by themselves. It
is true that when you are in contact
with such people you hunger and thirst
for some roughness, and wish they
would break out somehow and seem
to be human.
There is an impression derived from
excess in that direction that faults are
signs of a fertile nature; like the bark
on wholesome trees; like gnarls and
knots on the oak; and people say that
they would not want a man to have
fewer faults, because they give a kind
of robustness to character.
Now, there may be certain kinds of
faults of which this is true faults of
manner, faults of irregularity but
this ought not to blind us to the moral
character and to the effects of faults
that involve principle, that touch, the
question of benevolence and selfish
ness, that run their roots, even deeper,
and touch the very seat of honor and
character. X. T. Ledger.
$100,000 IMPORTANT-$100,000
TO MANUFACTURERS.
The ABILENE IMPROVEMENT CO. offers
$100,000 IN BONUSES
to reliable manufacturing concerns who will
locate in Abilene. Abilene is trie largest as
well as the most prosperous city in Central
Kansas. It will soon have
THREE NEW TR1K LINES OF R1ILR01DS,
making FOUR lines, which will insure un
equaled shipping facilities.
ADDEESS
ABILENE If HIENT CO
ABILENE. KANSAS.
THE ABILENE NATIONAL BANK
CAPITAL, - $150,000.
CLARK H. BARKER, President.
IV. P. RICE, Vice-President.
E. B. HUMPHREY, Cashier.
A. K. PERRY, Assistant Cashier.
TRANSACTS A GENERAL BAMING BUSINESS.
Business of Merchants, Farmers and Individuals generally
solicited. Unequaled facilities for the transaction of all
business intrnsted to ns.
A. FRY. J. C. BOYER, Attorney and Notary.
FRY, BOYER CO.,
HEAL ESTATE, MANS Ai HIAIE.
Loans on farms and citj property. Real Estate bought and sold.
Insurance contracts at current rates. Notary business promptlj attended
to. Special bargains in city and suburban property.
Citizens' Bank Building,
TTtgarTf A TtT.TH
AJBILEISTE,
LEBOLD, FISHER
ABILENE
BANKING BUSINESS
Bone in all its branches. MORTGAGES negotiated on Fant
Property at 6, 7 and 8 per cent., with reasonable commissiou.
Also, money on Farms without commission.
STEAMSHIP TICKETS
At all times ; for sale at lowest rates.
F'oiroig'xi :E3:x:oliL:o.-e
Furnished on all the principal cities of the world.
BOJSTDS BOUGHT AND SOLD.
Special attention given to business of Farmers and Sfockmeiu
Personal liability not limited, as is the case with
Incorporated Banks.
Dpbai Fife in! iii it
IWDERTAKERS.
We are girisg special atletitiea te this departneat; carry the largest
aad flHest line er UNDERTAKERS' SUPPLIES ia the city, aad are pre
pared te attead te tils baslaess ia all Its breaches.
LOWEST PRICES
Corner Fourth and Broadway.
ABILENE BANK.
a H. LEBOLD, J. M. nSUElt, 1. C IIEHB3T,
Proprietors.
E. A. Herbst, Cashier.
Our individual liability is not limited, as is the
case witii stockholders of incorporated banks.
IEB0LD, FISHER & CO., Baakera,
ABILENE, KANSAS.
C. G. BESSEY.
ABILENE, KANSAS.
H t.iTT-1 1870.
KANSAS.
& CO., Proprietors.
BAM
ABSTRACTS.
Ko one should purchase real estato until
they know the title is perfect.
W. T. DAVIDSON
has the most complete set of Abstracts
lathe County. 14 years' experience.
Omee OTer Post-omce.
ABILENE, - KANSAS.
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