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P. C. COLLINS, Cashier, CHAS. A. SCOTT, Vice President, Ja CHESHIRE VJEBB, 2nd Vice President THE IB ow o i& maw nlme nil nfiCQUnt With fiVfin mnn: WAmnn nnri tilM'U i. To new entorprlswo w II bo clad tooxtond such accommodationo aa to consistent with cbnaervattvo banklnfl We claim toctho Fna DEPOSITS FROM OtOO OP TAItEfdj ( THE HOMESTEADER. 'Wind-swept and rire-swept and swept with bitter rain . " '. This was the L world I came to when I came across thesea , Sun-drenched and panting, a pregnant,' waiting plain .' Calling out to humankind, calling out to me! - - " ; ; : Leafv lanes and gentle fikicj and little fields all green This was the world I came from when I fared across the sea iThe mansion and the village and the farmhouse in between, " V . Never any room for more, never room for me! v . - I ' :, I've fought the wind and braved it. I cringe to it no more! I've fought the creeping ar back and cheered to see it die. - -I've shut the bitter rain outside and safe within my door Laughed to think I feared a thing not as strong as I! 1 mind the long white road that ran between the hedgerows neat. In that little, strange old world I left behind me long ago I mind the air so full of bells "at evening, far and sweet All and all for some one else I had leave to go! And this is what I came to when I came' across the sea, -Miles and miles of unused sky and miles of unturned loam," And miles of room for some one else and miles of room for me The cry of exile changing to the sweeter cry of "Home!" Isabel Ecclestone Mackay; in Youth's Companion. o ' . .. oefteo - eoeeSo . . ottaoioa T WHAT FSTEILF COIli n ??? v u www - wrvw-ai Br can I !. nn IN FMFRRFNHY r Af aa-aqh rTw","a,J' www A R99 9sse ee.9 v b Estelle's mother sat at the break-' fast table reading a letter, a look of consternation growing on her face as she followed its contents. Estelle's father had gone down town to bis office before the postman had brought the mail, and Estelle and her mother were finishing their breakfast alone. Baby a little tot of four was still asleep in his room. - "Mercy me, daughter, "what do you think? Uncle Ned and his young eon whom we have never had the pleasure of seeing are passing through our town- to-morrow and will stop off to pay us a few hours' visit between trains. And what a predicament I am in Bridget called home on account of a s'ck Uster and my laundress late with her work. There isn't a clean napkin a clean good one, I mean in the house, and the best damask table cloth is soiled ! from the luncheon we had last week. Now isn't it just the worst luck, dear? I could almost cry, if crying would help me out in this matter. Uncle Ned's wife is the finest house keeper I ever knew; nothing ever seems to go wrong with her Jiouse hold." Estelle sat thinking a minute. Then she said: "To-morrow is Sat urday. That's good luck, anyway," mamma, for I shall be at home to help you." "No, dear; you'll have your music lesson to take in the morning and your Sunday-school lesson to prepare in the afternoon, and you know 3 ou invited Sadie Martin over to spend a part of the evening with you. So I'll just have to do the best I can and make my apologies to Uncle Ned and yoUng Cousin Frank. But though we are to be found in this predicament, I cannot feel sorry that uncle and Frank are coming, for I always loved uncle as though he were my brother. You know he is only a few years older than I am, and Frank is just three years older than you. So the visit though short will be such a pleasant one." Estelle had risen from the table and was quickly clearing the things away. "Now, mamma, it's getting close upon school time, , and I must kelp you with the breakfast work be fore I go. So let's not fret ourselves about to-morrow till it dawns. You know what papa always says, 'Never cross the bridge till you come to it.' So I have partly made up my mind what to do for to-morrow; but I shall give you my suggestion this evening after school." "Estelle, you're going to be a practical, capable woman; I know it." And the mother stopped stacking up dishes long enough to kiss the cheek of her pretty daughter, who was bustling about as busy as a bee. "Well, mamma, I hope I shall al ways know how to act in an emerg ency," Estelle replied, putting on a tog kitchen apron and beginning to wash the dishes. . "And it's the-emergency that puts me all out and gets me flustrated," said the mother. "I never was good at planning ways and means." "Well, we'll have our-ways and means this time," laughed Estelle. ; Half an hour later Estelle was off to school, her bright face seriouo as the hurried along. "Let me see I'll just drop- by the grocer's and ths ders for to-monftttv. We'll Tmv roast fowl and cauliflower, dressed with cream, and but there's the school bell! No more about victuals. Miss Estelle Brown, unless you wish to miss your grammar lesson. Gram mar doesn't mix well with cauli flower. So let things to eat wait their turn." . '. ' ': - That afternoon after school Es telle hurried round to the grocer's and the butcher's, giving orders for. the following morning. "You'd best deliver the chicken this evening, so that I may have.it all picked and prepared for roasting to-morrow morning," she said to the obliging butcher. When Estelle reached home she round a new comnlication. "Her I JSP- t so much nicer this warm weather than soup. We'll omit fish and have the chicken, apple: dressing, cauli flower, browned sweet ; potatoes; pick!es, thin slices of bread for sec- '.. ond course. Then we'll have a 'mixed vegetable and fruit salad, fol lowed by ice cream and cake. Then cheese, crackers, coffee." -."Well, daughter, that sounds tempting enough- to suit any one," declared Mrs. Brown. "But ij will require lots of work, and T'll be all tired out and not feel like enjoying uncle and Frank. It's such a task . to prepare a dinner for company, j dear." . . - nut wncn you nave a cook ana a cook's assistant," , said - Estelle, "What time does Uncle Ned arrive?" "At precisely 2 o'clock, and leaves at 7." - ; : "Then we'll dine at exactly 5," said Estelle. "An early hour, but it can't be remedied." "What a little helper you are, dearie," said the poor mother, feel ing that a load had been lifted from her shoulders by this dear fourteen-year-old daughter. "But you said we have a cook and a cook's assist ant, dear. Pray,' who are they?"7 "I'm the cook, mamma, and you're the assistant," smiled. Estelle. "To morrow Is to be my day in the kitchen, and I shall be all rested be fore the company arrives, too. The dinner will be ready for the cooking before they come, and all I'll have reaching for the blossoms. " "And whom have I the pleasure of thank- ing for these?" he asked. ' "Oh. Mrs. Brown's cook," said Estelle, dropping her face to hide the look of mischief lurking there. , "Ah-h-h!" And Frank fairly gasped. "Why, are you you a BALLADE OF THE RECEPTION. "Yes, a cook, and you shall sam ple my dinner in five minutes," de clared Estelle, "and I beg your par don, sir, for being so bold as to speak to you ; but I .think you are one of the newly arrived guests, " aren't you?" -" : . And then she tripped away, going into the kitchen anji closing the door behind her, leaving Frank looking after her in amazement. "Whew! If she's a cook! Well, I'll eat my .hat! She s as pretty as a blossom -and such manners and lan guage .v and voice! Why,, I'd ' swear she was a born lady." . Then he returned to the house and all went into the dining room, where Estelle, shorn of the big kitchen apron . and her face blushing and smiling; received them and was in troduced to Uncle Ned and Frank. "Cook! " And , Frank took both Estelle's hands in greeting, "Well, I knew there was a mistake somewhere." 'No, just a good joke," laughed Estelle. And then as tney all en joyed the delightful dinner Mrs. Brown explained their dilemma re garding their cook, saying: "And it to do is to put it in and on the stove is Estelle's own dinner, planned and r Dear me, how do you do! " " I've Joaeecrtor Bee-you-ow - Why, what a pretty blue! -It s new Tm certain No? ... My dresses alwa3s show; " . But vou you've such a way " . A bit of lace--a bow (Yes, such a pleasant day!) - That Smith woman!" Well, who Invited her here? Oh, Indeed! You like her, too? -But she's so common, though Yes, really quite de trop, ... And-then .the neighbors, say Of course these stories grow (Yes, such a pleasant day!) Dear Mrs. Smith, it's yon! Here I've looked high and low To find someone I knew .. A song!- How beastly slow! " And May! voice like a crow, , I loved that last one, May, - It seemed so apropos (Yes, such a pleasant day I) : r'-f' - ENVOY? .4 ' :: No. really; I must go; I'd simply love to stay. But "best of friends" vou know (Yes, such a pleasant day!) ' Horatio Winslow, in Puck- 1 and let the heat do the rest." "I've spent the day laundering some napkins, our best stable cloth and going all over the china and silver," explained the mother, catch ing some of Estelle's enthusiasm. The next day Mrs. Brown found just how capable Estelle was in an emergency. The guests arrived on time and found Mrs. Brown in a dainty frock waiting to receive them in the parlor. Estelle" had decided she would not appear on the scene; as she put it, till the dinner was served. Then she'd meet Uncle Ned and Frank at table. After everything was in readiness, SUCCESS. OaaJaW1 JaIa1aJaI aIaIvM w5a1a$a fAAfcM OaIKKW W'XtMAtAW VtA?Aj!A tMAtW MlA;vivi vfvfAtvj ViAtA?VAf lA(vJyS MaMaVvV' StyAt? AVW VAfAVfA vHamaw VlANlAAj BOSTON FIRM RECENTLY OFFERED a prize lor M best delinition.ol ibat constituted success. A Kan sas woman was awarded de prize, and this was tor answer : . "He has achieied success who has lived well, laughed often, and lOYed muchi who has gainet the respect ol intelligent men and the loYe oI little chfldren; who has filled his niche, has accomplished his task; who has lelt the world better than he Iound it, whether by an improyed poppy, a perfect poem, or rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who has always looted for the best in others and given the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose money a benediction. tarn VVtA?AV A A I -ir v tt vr WWMVA Vl,HAt vJavJ VAfV UAiAtAtAS) MAVV Al SB mm JaI WW?AfA MA1aIMi -UAlAlAf mmm) WMAVW VAJMAV prepared by herself that you , now have before you." "Ah, wonderful," cried Uncle Ned. "And, now I understand why Estelle did not come to greet us on our ar rival." - 7 " ,- 'if you'd "1 caught her as I did back in the .garden," said Frank, knowingly, "you'd have seen her In her kitchen regalia. And it s aw fully becoming, too." "You'd best pay attention to your grape iruit, sir," saia jsstene witn mock gravity. "And as for kitchen regalia well, how do you like flirt ing with the cook?" Then the laugh was at Frank's ex pense, his father saying dryly: "I'll have to keep a watchful eye on you, FranK, 11 you're given 10 visiting the little cook's flower gar den. Next thing we'll have you-asking her to take a stroll with you through the park, eh?" . And so Estelle saved the day, and the dinner and the visit were a de cided success, and Frank at parting said, bending over her . pretty hand : 'Cousin, what would you think if I should tell you that I should love to correspond with a cook-lady?" "In order to get all her secret recipes for dainty dishes, I presume," retorted Estelle. And again Frank was the subject of laughter. -Wash ington Star. ; Briggs ' Even divorce, nowadays:. offers no sure relief." - Griggs -"How so-?" "Why, in nine cases out of ten a man Is free to marry again." Life. LUULUt iuu uavc uub ici; iuua to live, my man." Patrique Dooligan "Phaix, Oi knowed that as soon as Tver yez comminced docthorin' me. -Judge. " I wonder what becomes of all the newsDanersT . "Most 01 tnem lose- their identity in the paper mills, hut the jokes keep bobbing tip for years afterward. " Cleveland Plain Dealer- There was a red hen Who laideggs in a pen, Hut 1 do not know how Nor do I know when Because of accidents in various nar Ties, the British Admiralty plans to cool all vanships, with refrigerating app-watiis. . ' V' - : Genuine ruby glass, owes Its color to the presence of particles of gold too small to be seen without the aid of the- strongest microscope. . The longest clock pendulum in the world is at St. Chad's, Shrewsbury, England. It is twenty-two feet in length and the ball weighs 200 pounds. French scientists are studying a pe culiar movement of the sands along the northern coasts of France, Belgi um and. Holland. A fine sand origin ating on the coast" of Normandy has been found as far away as Denmark. A novel method of pumping liquids from bore holes is by means , of an endless rope, somewhat after the fash ion of the chain pump, only In tnis - case the liquid to be raised is an-. sorbed by the rope and squeezed out between the rollers at the surface. Appendicitis is a new disease In hame only, and it has - been traced back to ancient Egypt by the explora tions of Capt. H. G. Lyons in fifty- seven cemeteries of the Nile Valley just south of the Pillars of Konosso. Female abdominal organs from ona gfrave were so well preserved that this disease could be recognized. Another body showed typical lesions of gout both forearms of a young woman had. been broken and were bandaged wittt splints, and numerous bones showing reunited- fractures, gave evidence of much surgical skill. ' A London mus- Though I know she's a Henny-pen penny- j eum will acquire from these graves a W. WORDS OF WISDOM 4 I ' IN I ft m R lii IN iti (S H Bs for K (U SS T5? S. -R ; 6S? VtSS- little brother, called Baby, had? crushed his finger between some stones in the yard and required much of his mother's attention. And. there, sitting in the rocking chair, vthe cry ing baby on her lap"; was poor mother, her face full of distress. "Oh, daughter," she moaned; "poor baby's finger is badly bruised, and I just can't put him down to, attend to preparations for to-morrow. I guess you'll have to phone to the grocery and the bu- " - "I've been at the grocery and left our! order for ;to-morrow,' said Es telle, stooping to-kiss the now hushed brother. ; : "Why, you thoughtful girl!" ex claimed Mrs. Brown. "But chicken? Why, - how did you- ever think to get one? I hadn't, made up my mind yet just what we'd have for dinner to-morrow. Once I thought we'd just have a cutlet or a steak."- "And I have decided on the menu, even the ice cream packed in Ice in the cellar, Estelle ran out on the back porch . to cool l her face a "bit before calling the guests to dinner; The flower beds in the rear, yard were still in bloom, untouched by frost as yet, and Estelle decided to gather another handful; of posies : for ccy erily jvho hath seen a ' greater monument to vanity than a very young man in his first white waist coat? .." . A girl who bloridines her hair runs the risk'of having people suspect the gray matter beneath is also bleached. When a girl promises to be a sister to a man she doesn't by this token in vest him with the privilege to lecture her. ' : . The shade of Solomon goes off into silent r hysterics as the graduating wisdom of June ascends as incense upward. ' ; f':Z - iy;':- T"" Cupid packed up bag and baggage and skipped the day the courts pro-: nounced love letters "documentary evidence." . . -'; ; ' r ' , .. It's an unreasonable man who does not allow for a red haired girl having a little fire in her disposition. . A woman never begins to realize that she is getting old until some one the tabler though she .had already tells her.how young she is looting. if you please, mamma. For the first batcher's this evening and give or-i0urse we'll have grape fruit. Jt's placed a great bowl of them there. " Just as she was stooping to gather some of . the finest flowers she heard a step behind her, and looking around, beheld a tall, handsome young chap of about seventeen years of age. A smile flitted over? Estelle's face as she rose and bowed low- to the stranger. "Ah, do you wish 'a nosegay, sir?" she" said, prettily, knowing that the youth was her. sec ond cousin, Frank, who: was . doubt- Who could question the devotion of the man who: doesn't wince when his -wife calls him pet names in pub lic? Lots of men who couldn't be held with hoops of steel are helpless before half a dozen yards of blue ribbon. The difference between Laura Jean and life is that in the latter the or ange blossoms are not thornless and scented' with violet water. The fluffy maiden who comes to, work in a pink silk shirt waist may less stretching his legs by walking have a head for business, but appear- about the. grounds after his tiresome ances are tremendously against her. and long train ride. - : From "Eve's Epigrams," In the With pleasure," ' smiled Frank, New York Telegram. ' - , pen hen. " Children's Magazine, "They say Brushington is getting enormous prices for his pictures. "Yes, I've heard ; so." "I never thought hewas a great artist." "He isn't, but as a salesman he's a won der." Chicago Record-Herald. A vouna fellow lived in Souedunk. Who said: "Life in these times is punk: umte plainly 1 see Ihey've waited for me r. To give them of wisdom a chunk." ' r - v Baltimore American "How did you come to write that thrilling story, so full of absorbing heart interest? " "Well," answered the eminent author, "the publishers wanted about 40,000 words with which to wedge the illustrations apart. "Louisville Courier-Journal, "If plants have .thoughts, feelings and emotions similar to those of hu man beings-" "Well ? " "How the average cantaloupe must,chuckle"with malicious glee at the look of disap pointment on the face of the person who has just cut it open!" Chicago Tribune. "Has your order been taken?" asked one of. the waiters. "Yes," said Mr. Welbroke, "fifteen minutes ago. If it isn't too late, though, I'd like to change it." "To change your order; sir?" "Yes; If you don't mind I'll change it to an entreaty." Chi cago Tribune. ; ; - r '.; "Your speech didn't impress me as containing any new ideas," remarked the friend doubtfully. "That's good," answered ' Senator Sorghum. "A speech with new ideas is very liable to result in giving your enemies a chance to denounce you as the cham pion of some sort of an 'ism.. -Washington Star. Mrs. Jones (a suffragette)- I don't ask special privileges, Mr. Jones. What I should ask is that -you, for instance, a man, should treat me exactly as yoifwould another man. Instead of" talking small talk, -and treating me like a thing to be pro tected, and all that, assume towards me the attitude you do to Mr. War rington. Treat me like a good fel low." Mr, Jones (quickly) "Why, certainly, old chap. Lend me a fiver, will you? "Philadelphia Inquirer. valuable collection" illustrating early disease and accidents and the treat ment. 7 7 : The Elusive Carp. " To become a successful carp, fisher the first essential is patience, as with the .most . suitable tackle, baits and weather, and with care taken to . in sure success, it is quite possible to fish" for days. without getting so much as a carp bite; and this, too, in waters known to be well, stocked with them. Carp fishing is a very high branch of the angler's art Fishing Gazette City people who are occasionally startled . by seeing a manhole cover blown from the pavement general-.? ascribe the blame to leaking gas mains. But there are probably many " other sources from which dangerousa gases find iheir way into sewers, andi one of these is indicated by an , inves tigation recently reportedroftheein--erican Chemical Society"? by Prof. Av A. Breneman. He showed that the en trance of a mixture of. gasoline and soap into drains and sewers from gar ages, factories and other places where such materials are employed for wash ing, fa sufficient to account for the liberation of much combustible vapor, which may play a part in sewer e plosionsv C'.:'.'- , The "Snake Cure." Novel crimes are occasionally com mitted in Paris, as, for instance: An old gypsy woman called on a . doctor living in the Place Pierriere and asked him to visit her daughter, who was lying, ill in a caravan on the fortifica tions near by. "I have tried the ser pent cure," she said, "but there was no result If yon will allow me to pay your fee in advance I shall be sure you will ccms." ; -The doctor consented, and the old woman handed him a $100 note. As he was getting the change out of the safe she again mentioned the "serpent cure," and he asked her what it was. ""This, she said, and taking a box from voder her' rasps, she turned half a dozen snakes out on the floor. The doctor was startled and rushed out of the room. : When he returned with a stick he found that the woman and the snakes had vanished, while all the money in the safe had also gone. He still held the $100 note in his hand, but this proved to be a forgery- Chicago News. In - London more fires occur on Sat urday than on any other day of the week, and more in August and De cember than in any other months. All the trfoks off the heathen Chines are not rain, opines the) Buffalo Cour ier. It is alleged that many Chinese after working in Mexico steal - Into this country Cor the express purpose Cft being arrested and sent to their native land at the government's ex pense Then -when they get ready they return to Mexico, with Intention to work tike same scheme again.