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Anecdotes and Incidents p*
The Player's Story
"I was playing once with the elder
Sothern when he was doing the hero
in a romantic play which required his
leaping from a window in a tall tower
to the stage beiow. where he alighted
on a mattress behind a wooden rock,
and immediately made off rapidly into
a forest," said an old actor who was
telling some theatrical anecdotes to a
party of friends recently, says the
Washington Star. "One night, in per
forming this bit of acrobatic business,
he hurt his ankle and vowed he would
leap no more. Accordingly the next
day the manager hired a professional
circus performer to do the actual leap,
while the actor had to slip back under
one part of the tower wall and descend
by a safe but unromantic ladder to his
dressing room. The manager provid
ed the circus man with a costume
precisely like Sothern's to the end that
the illusion might be kept up with the
audience, and sent him to the theater
to practice. The man made the jump
and set up a loud complaint.
"What's the row?'' inquired a young
member of the company who happened
to be at the theater.
" 'Why, see here,' explained the pro
fessional acrobat, 'this 'ere drop is
dead easy. A man with a wooden leg
and two glass eyes could do it. Now.
if they let me turn a somerset in the
air I wouldn't make any fus.'
" 'Capital!' said the young actor. Do
" 'You think Mr. Sothern wouldn't
mind?' said the athlete, doubtfully.
" 'Mind!' returned the young player,
'why, he'd be tickled to death and
probably have your salary raised as
well. Besides, it would bring down
the house. Do it, by all means.'
I "That evening, when the part of the
performance was reached wherein the
4iero took leave of the heroine Sothern
jwae gratified to see his substitute
crouching in the shadow of the case
ment ready to leap.
" 'Love, good-night — good-night!"
cried Sothern.
"'Stay!' pleaded the heroine, cling
ing round his neck; 'stay! that leap is
" 'Nay, my sweet; 'tis honor. I leap,
s /^
'tis true, but what in my heart doth
bear me up? Thine image, love!
Good-night—good-night ! '
"He kissed her frantically on the
'forehead, tore himself from her em
brace and rushed across the open space
in the shadow.
"'Jump!' he hissed between his
teeth. Out into the air shot the circus
man, whirled around like the fly wheel
of a steam engine, and lit like a bird
on the highest part of the rock. The
applause came in thunders. The man
bowed stiffly, and walked off proudly
Into the wings with his arms folded.
"I cannot remember just what Soth
ern said, but his remarks were of a
rather profane and very uncompli
mentary nature, and you can rest as
sured that the circus man was not al
. lowed to repeat his high art jump at
the next performance."
Old-Time Indian Munt
Charles Gipson relates the following
interesting account of an old time In
dian hunt in the Creek Nation, says
the Dallas News.
"Some fifty-five years ago the Creek
Indians would go on camp hunts that
Hasted from November until M y. On
*these hunts it was common f r t <"n to
go aB far as the Rocky mountains.
They tell of seeing people who traveled
on their hands and feet, and in this
way van very fast. The young men
,tried to overtake them, but were al
ways left far behind in the race. They
t«ll of seeing a species of wild chicken,
jthe little roosters being a size smaller
than the little bantam of today. The
! only time to see them was very early
in the morning. They crowed nearly
like any other chicken, and were very
wild and very hard to discover after
daylight,but the best hunters found and
killed them sometimes. They found in
the hanging rocks a species of honey
bee that built their comb and filled
them with a honey that looked like
lard, and was very palatable, but was
always candied. They brought this
honey home for their families to eat in
deerskins, that are now termed case
hides. After filling up the hides with
honey they were basted with the ten
dons of a deer's back and were handily
brought home on a broncho. After
the return of the hunters there was a
grand powwow.
"The Creek squaw can make a bread
y ..
that will remain sweet and sound for
six months. This is how it is made;
They take ordinary corn, pound it in
the ordinary way. Instead of sprink
ling the corn with water they sprinkle
it with lye; after being pounded into
fine meal it is mixed with wood ashes
instead of baking powder. This is
baked in a skillet in little rings, each
weighing four ounces. When it will
stand any amount of rough handling
and the inclemency of the weather has
no effect on this bread, cold or hot.
This bread after six months can be put
into a camp kettle, and a little water
added, and when it becomes soaked
makes a very good and wholesome
bread. The lye seems to preserve the
bread through any and all kinds of
weather, and it is this kind of bread
that the Indians take along when they
go on a long journey or take a long
Mistaken (or Letter (arrier.
The drivers of a well known local
laundry are equipped with uniforms
very much like that of letter carriers.
Strangers in the city often mistake
these hustling laundrymen for govern
ment employes. The other afternoon,
says the Chattanooga News, a lady
hailed one of the drivers, and, without
asking any questions, gave him a let
ter, which she intended that he should
mail. The letter was returned to the
lady, with the remark that "I haven't
time to take this to the postoflice for
"Well," she replied, "I shall report
you to Mr. Sharp. He is a personal
friend of mine, and he'll discharge
"What do you take me for?" the bo
gus letter carrier inquired.
"An idiot!" was the heated reply.
"Stunt for you!" replied the man.
"I'm a laundryman. Say, where does
your husband have his laundry work
Then the irate lady sneaked off
down the street, endeavoring to con
ceal hen- blushes. She discovered har
mistake and was "just dying to Hugh."
Tale of Maryland Railroad.
"One of the most unique railroads in
the country," said a traveling sales
man to a Baltimore Siurman, "was en
countered by me on a recent trip
through southern Maryland.
"The road is twenty miles long and
runs from Brandywine, on the Pope's
Creek branch of the Baltimore & Po
tomac railroad,- in Charles county, to
Mechanicsville, in St. Mary's county.
Its corporate name is the Washington
& Potomac railroad company. The
single train which runs each way daily
is made up of the engine, one freight
car and one combination baggage and
passenger car. The schedule seems to
be a very liberal one and no hurry
is manifested in train movements.
"The conductor of the train, who
also acts as baggagemaster upon oc
casion, is general manager of the road.
He issues orders as general manager
and obeys them as conductor. When,
as conductor, he thinks the schedule
should be changed, he notifies the gen
eral manager (himself), who, if he
thinks it advisable, makes up a new
Schedule, and issues running orders
accordingly to the conductor (also
himself) and the latter obeys. There
are no ticket agents along the route
that I could learn of, and the conduc
tor collects fares as on a street railway
here, punching a hole for each fare
in a slip of cardboard. Then he gees
into the baggage car, sees that the
trunks are properly delivered and
looks after express and mail packages.
"I was obliged to take a long drive
in the country from one of the stations
and was anxious to get back in time
to catch the train on its return trip. I
told my driver of my wish.
" 'Oh, that's all right,' he said. 'If
we are pushed for time we will stop
the train four or five miles up the
"But, will it stop? There is no sta
tion there.'
" 'That makes no difference,' the
driver replied. 'All you have to do is
to appear on the track at any road
crossing and hail the engineer.'
"Although the road cannot boast the
accommodation of trunk lines," con
tinued the speaker, "it is really a great
convenience to the country through
which it passes. People down there
tell me it has been kept going several
years almost entirely through the ef
forts of the young manager-conductor,
who is hard-working, untiring and
very popular. He has been busy im
proving the roadbed recently."
% How the Alligator Was Named.
When the Spanish discoverers first
saw the American crocodile,now known
as the alligator, they were so astound
ed and impressed by its size that they
called it "el lagarto." "Lagarto" means
lizard and "el" means "the." The
Spaniards laid especial stress upon the
first word to signify that it was the
king of its kind—"the" lizard." When
Sir Walter Raleigh sailed up the Ori
noco river the natives still called the
reptile "legarto" and he used the word
in his book, "Discovery of New Guia
na." His English sailors caught the
name, and never having seen it writ
ten, they soon began to transform it
by mispronunciation. "El" became
"al," and when Ben Jonson had occa
sion to write of the creature he used
"aligarta." "Gator" is a much readier
word for English tongues, and it was
not long before the transforming pro
cess worked out "alligator." Then the
dictionary makers pounced upon the
word and put it away in their books,
where it is likely to keep a permanent
place, even though "el lagarto" itself
become extinct.
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