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HE “BROKE" jftLL SEATTLE
Faro Men Waiting far the Con quering Alaskan, ONCE A YEAR HE PLUNGES Asked the "Limit,” They Pointed to the Ceil ing, and He Went and Won Clean to the Top. Seattle Wash.) Correspondence New York Press. For a whole twelve months the faro dealers of Seattle have been waiting and watching for him. For the man with the wind-tanned face, and the grave, quiet eyes, who one day fifteen years ago came down from the gold fields of Alaska and broke every little silver faro bank in this little faro-ridden town. Once a year since that night when he “came In with a shoestring and went out with rolls,” the man with the wind-tanned face returned to Seattle searching for the golden fleece that he had found fifteen years ago and lost again. It has eluded him ever since. Sometimes he has had it almost within his grasp, but each time It has slipped out and he has gone home with his little satchel empty. He Is a strange charac ter even in this young land, where strange characters are common, and hts failure to make his customary pilgrim age this year has awakened In the minds of the veteran dealers the memory of the time when he "broke the town.” It was In the old days, or the new days, ralher, when Seattle was flushed with her first prosperity, and was playing the thimble-riggers und eastern black sheep that came within her gates. They were wild and boisterous days of affluence un til he came; and then they didn’t fully recover from the shock for two months. . • He was different from the regular pa trons of the joints. If ho carried a gun he never exposed It, and he showed a dis tressing want of taste in the diamonds which he did nbt wear. When he walked Into the saloon where, right opposite the bar. the biggest game in town was dealt, and In his quiet voice asked what the limit was, the lookout smiled and the dealer pointed to the celling. It was an old pantomime and he understood it. To ask the limit was either a greenhorn's trick or a would-be sport's attempt to plunge, and when he placed only a "ten spot” on the high card the lookout smiled wisely again and the dealer winked. Hut the man with grave eyes nei ther smiled nor winked. He watched the dealer caress with his fingers the deal card on top, ss all dealers do before slip ping it from the box. The first card was a jack, and the chances of his winning were Just two in thirteen. The dealer looked at him with pitying contempt, and then exposed a king. "How do you want It?" he asked. "I ll let It ride," he answered, and that ten spot "rode” on the right card until It had swelled to a hundred, and the deal had rc-ached the last turn. He leaned over and placed the whole stack on the deuce and king to win at three to one. They took some Interest in the quiet man then, and they took mors when tlv» deuce and king were the first two cards out and he hud called the turn. He had a chance to plunge on the next deal, and when It was half over he had all those add-tlmers guessing. His stack Tiaft been doubled four times, and when the turn came around again and he re peated his query, "What's the limit?" Ilie dealer winked hard with both eyes. "Anything you’ve got, dust or dollars goes here.” Every penny of it went on the cards nnd the rounders gathered closer. "You’ve broke us!" exclaimed the man behind the box. "Want to play any more?” The man looked at him and smiled. "Hring 'em on." They got another bank ing fund and he ate Into that more fiercely than the first one. They changed dealers on him, nnd*before the night was over every man In town who could bank a game had had a try at him, and he broke them all. Ear Into the haggard dawn they sat there and watched him quietly draw a ytream of g*U that they were powerless to st* m. He played I hem hard and mer cilessly, and when they had to confess that the town was broke he left them «s quietly as he came, lie had won be tween $50,000 and $00,000. and lie express ed neither the customary sympathy for them nor offered to treat. He walked out. Hnd they talked about him for two months, and then forgot him. •fust a year afterward he came around they hntl first seen him. He played his game in the same manner, a.nd though they treated him with utmost deference this lime, he had no luck and lost steadi ly all night, and when he left It was his turn to announce that he was broke. That was fourteen years ago. and the old days have gone, and with them many of the old-time gamblers, but each year the man who broke the town has re turned. Sometimes he has won heavily for hours: but only once, about six years ago. has he approached anything like his former coup. That one time he was play ing against the original clique that he had made penniless before, and for a little while It seemed as though they were doomed again. He was *12,000 to the good, and half th“ town was watching him. He played with all his olden daring and reckless ness. hut the little silver box was too strong for him, and he went back penni less. but unconcerned. The gnme must have reclaimed all of his winnings on that night, but he has never shown any more regret over his losses than he did delight when as a winner he "sewed up the town of Seattle.” Perhaps the Yukon country, with Its wild torrents and its wilder crew, lias claimed him at last, ns it has claimed hundreds of others who have been lured to Its fields of gold, but as long as there is n faro box and a man “to keep coses" left in Seattle the memory of the man with the wind-tanned face and (he grave quiet eyes will live. To reduce our stock of la dies’ desks we will sell them at cost. STOWERS FURNITURE CO., 1816 and 1818 2d Avenue. % n-28-tf General freight snd passen ger office Alabama Great Southern Railroad removed to No. 7 North 20th street. Tele phone 848._ii-5-tf A Mexican Hoy’s Sport. In Mexico the boy* know nothing ol hns-ball, football, cricket, golf, lawn ten nls and the similar games which to us are household words. They are not In 0'rested in boating or sailing or blcyclt ridlr.lT, outside of the large towns. Wha do they like? How do they amuso them Scivf'-'S ? Well, they ride horseback; horses an cheap In Mexico, where It is literally true that beggars ride on horseback; thej dance a little, hunt a little, and gamble i great deal. And, of course, they smoke beginning at an age when they woulc hardly he out of kilts In this country. One thing else they do, which is a sporl peculiar to themselves. They play st bull fighting because It Is the ambition of every Mexican boy to be a buU fighter. In mimic play they use their shawls as banderas, use sticks as pikes and a fiat piece of wood as a sword. One boy acts as the bull, and the others act the part of the picadores, banderllleros and mata dores. When they grow older they participate In real bull fights, but of an amateur kind. Bulls are used, but of the common breed, and as an additional precaution, their horns are sawed off. The boys, dressed In all the finery of a professional niatadore, enter the ring, tease the bull and carry out the regular programme in all save the killing of the bull. Of course, the bull sometimes kills the boy, but his parents regard him as having died like a hero on the field of battle, and the wounded boys pa rade thdr bruises and scars as proud mementoes of the fray. These amateur fights are considered great events in country towns, fully equal to the coming of the circus to an American village. All the young ladles, with their chaperones, are present, and of course every man and boy who can possibly get Into the amphitheater. Two or three of the young ladles are chosen as "queens of the feast,” and a promi nent citizen is selected as master of the feast. When the bull is brought into the ring the fun begins. Usually he chases every one over the fence and cavorts around in high anger. Soon the fighters, with their scarlet, green and yellow mantles, re enter the ring and flaunt them in the face of the bull. He is teased thus until the master of the feast blows the cornet. Then the picadors ride In, dressed in gay costumes, and the hull Is teased into try ing to unseat them and kill the horses. II the picadors are skillful, they keep off the animal; if not, there Is a dead horse and often an Injured rider. Then the banderillos, or little spears, made in Imitation of sombreros, and other fantastic designs of varied colored paper or silk, are handed to the young man, who attempts to plunge them into the Bhoulders of the bull. If he succeeds, he Is wildly cheered. This ends the first fight. The vaqueros come in and lasso the bull, take out the banderillos and chase him out of the ring. The young fighters are then called be fore the queen and decorated with rlbirm sashes, which are placed over their right shoulders, and they strut about the ring until the cornet calls forth another bull, and the crowd Joins In yelling "Otro, tore, otro, toro!” (another bull). The last hull, after going through the performance, Is thrown down, a ro?.t placed around him and a peon for -5 cents rides the infuriated animal about Then comes the jyind-up. A half-tame bull, with padded horns, is turned loose in the ring, and every boy in the en closure piles into the l ing and waves his scrape at the hull, which chases them over the fence and about the ring madly. The boys are now in their glory. They are teasing a real bull and may be hurt. Often one is trampled on and badly bruised by the bull. The rest simply howl with delight. By this time the audience has departed. Everyone has had a chance to light the bull. A ball at night ends the festivities. Such are opportunities offered the lads of Mexico toward their cherished am bition to become fighters of blooded bulls. —R. J. Knorr in Golden Days._ In winter rheumatism is the most se vere. Hood's Sarsaparilla permanently cures rheumatism. Tile Siamese T.wrns. t few mller firdTn Mount Airy, N. C., ■ fs The homes of the famous Siamese twins, Eng and Chang, who were born in Siam of Chinese parents in 1811. These twins traveled all over the world in charge of their manager, Mr. Bunker, whose name they finally assumed. They came at last into Surry county sight seeing; they declared that it was the grandest country they had ever seen, and having already made a decent for tune they decided to buy property and settle permanently in Surry. • - They met and fell In love with Miss Adelaide Yates of Wilkes, an adjoining county. Miss Yates was In an awful predicament, beloved by both, but neith er could tell of his affection without the other hearing it. Finally the matter was settled by Miss Sallie Yates, a sister of Miss Adelaide, consenting to become the bride of one and Miss Adelaide the oth er. The parents of the Misses Yates strenuously objected to the double mar riage, but the young ladles were not to be deterred, so they eloped, met their lovers on the bank of a little stream on the roadside near their home, and. a preacher being present, they were quiet ly married. The two couples settled within two miles of Mount Airy and for several years lived together. Owing to domestic quarrels, however, two homes were found necessary, and each built a comfortable home. They lived alternate weeks at each other's homes, and each raised a large family of children, some of whom still live nnd are among the most pros perous and highly respected people in Surry county. They were probably the most wonder ful of all human phenomena. They lived to an advanced age and were clever, law abiding men. It is said they would some times have their little quarrels and one would threaten to kick the other over the fence. In 1874 Eng, who had been In fall ing health, died very suddenly. Indeed, on awaking one morning his brother Chang found that. Eng had died during the night. Physicians were summoned, hut before they arrived Chang had died! and they were buried as they had lived, side by side.—Ex. Ladies, our opening Mon day, December 9. Jewelry Palace of R Sturges, 1924 1st Avenue. 12-7-2/ For plumbing work tele phone No. 2 or call on Ross Bros , 1922 3d avenue. 12-7-21 A Horse With a Memory. Eleven years ago a horse was pur chased for the fire engine Portland No. 2, on Munjoy Hill. This horse was called ■‘Old Tom,” and It helped draw the en gine for six years and was then dis posed of. I have been drawing an ash cart of late years, and the other day went by tlie engine house. Engineer Loring, who knew the horse well, since they came to the engine house at the same time and were there together for six years,fell Into conversation wllh the driver, and told him lie hadn’t a doubt that If the old horse was put in his old stall and the gong was sounded he would rush for his place in front of the engine just as he used lo do. The driver doubted this, and they agreed to try it. The old horse, now' IB years old, was put in his old stall, where lie hadn’t been for five years. At the first sound of the gong he started for his old place under the harness in front of the engine. He tried to go quickly, but made a sorry exhibition of nimbleness compared to Ills former habit. This seems lo lie pretty good evidence of a horse’s memory.—Portland Press. Florida Oranges. B. B. Hudson & Co. 12-6-2t-frl-su Ladies opening of the larg est jewelry store in the South, Monday, December 9. Robert Sturges.__ 12-7-2 General freight and passen ger office of Southern Railway removed to No. 7 North 20th street. Telephone 846. 11-B-tf HUNTING LIONS. Exciting Pleasures Attended With Grave Danger. Nineteenth Century. Some of those evenings in the jungle are among the pleasantest recollections. What greater pleasure than coming in from a successful hunt to find one's companion has had his share of spoA, and over the post-prandial coffee to mu tually recite otie's experiences of the day? The darkness succeeding the fall of day is Just giving way to the bright light of the rising moon, whose rapidly widening silver edge we see through the tops of the mimosa Jungle. The circle of fire in the zareba throws a ruddy glow on the picturesque figures of the men grouped about them at their meal or preparing for rest. In the far distance we hear the howl of the hyena or the gruff bark of the questing lion. His majesty may perhaps be Inclined to visit us later in the evening; very well, we will give him a royal reception. “Achmed, tell Adam to put the ten-bore and half a dozen cartridges in my bed!” Right, o'clock—time to turn in. "Where is my revolver? Ah, here it is. I will put it under my pillow as usual for fear of ac cidents.” "Good night!" ‘Night!” and we are soon asleep to a brief lullaby from the sentry, who never ceases singing throughout his watch; asleep, but not a heavy slumber; any unusual noise and we shall both be wide awake, having wakened up suddenly without a move ment, unless it be that of a hand to a weapon: wide awake, to drop off again the moment we are satisfied that all is well. It is a wonderful faculty of the human mind which enables It to adapt its sleep to circumstances; at home we lay our heads down and sleep till shouted at by a servant who has banged about the room for ten minutes previously; go to the jungle or Lhe prairie, and our sleep is net on a hair trigger; wo wake up ten times in tile night and ten times we are asleep again within half a minute, having made sure all is right. As the night advances we are glad to pull the water-proof sheets over us, sometimes right over our heads, to keep off the heavy dew, which otherwise would soak up to the skin. Hong before daylight Jama would l>e called by the sentry (whose clock was a star), and in his turn go and wake V with the remark: "I think, sir, it is 3:30.” V., drawing his watch—our only chro nometer-from under his pillow,’ would check the accuracy of Jama’s assertion wilh thn aid of a match, and. if his state ment held water, would order a start. My own watch, a cheap one, broke down very soon after entering the Haud, so we had to rely entirely on V.’s timepiece, an excellent lever watch, for our observa tions. On one occasion (he sentry must have dropped off to sleep a moment, and then wakened up again to find the stars ob scured by clouds. Thinking, apparently, that he had had a prolonged nap, he wake Jama, who addressed to V. his usual matutinal salutation of “I think so, sir; It's 3:30.” Imagine my compan ion's feelings when he found, on con sulting his watch, that it was only just midnight! The new census statistics of Rhode Island show that women predominate over men in the state to the number of 10,000. In Providence alone, with a popu lation of 145,472, women outnumber the men by 5000. The entire population of the state is 384,758. an Itcrease of 80.000 JSoo. W ' .1 DUKE Cigarettes Vf IHigh Grade Tobacco! AND 1 | ABSOLUTELY PURE j 12-30-an-wPd-frl-wky-ly W* iw-nJ tho marvelona French /ii H» dyx Rom oily CALTHOS frw*. autl a u/It! Iw \ logoi cuaranf^o that CaH^hus will 4 STOP Dlcolmrirrc A FmWnnn, V ■> ,ut *4* T OL'RE N|*^rmn«4>rrhon. YaricoccJc \pl| \ uod RESTORE Loot Vlff»r. V IjU. Jzr Use it and pay if satisfied. 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PRIVATE MEDICAL DISPENSARY, Steiner Bank Bnidling, corner First Ave nue and 21st Street, Birmingham, Ala. iThe oldest, best equipped and most suc cessful institution of its kind in the South. ^ Established in the city of Birmingham, Ala., August 3, 1887. £ Office Hours—8:30 a. m. to 12 m., 1:30 to '/"'IsSSIP™**" _ 5at) p. m. Sunday, 10 a. m . to 12 m. The Specialist who treats thousands of patients has more experience than the physician who occasionally practices on one. The indisputable fact that Dr. Holloway is the only physician In the South con trolling sufficient practice In private troubles, such as Syphilis, Gonorrhoea, Gleet. Stricture. Cad Blood, Skin and Bladder Diseases, Ulcers, Womb Troubles, etc., to devote his whole time to their cure Is sufficient evidence of his great experience and successful treatment. Special attention is given to the treatment of unfortunates suffering from enrly imprudence, errors of youth, loss of vitality, loss of manhood, sexual de bility, or any of its maddening effects. GET WELL and enjoy life as you should. Many men and youths are today occupying subordinate positions in life who, if they were able to exercise their brain power to its full and natural capacity, would instead be leaders. If you live in or near the city, call at my Private Dispensary. If at a distance, writ*' me your trouble, enclosing stamp for reply. My book on private diseases and proper question lists will be sent to anyone on n pplication.__ All People Like the Eest. I Sell Only Standard Goods 1—\ ti. I « r T T -1 > fA Patent Medicines, Toilet Articles, Seeds, Medical Wines and Liquors. | JJ VJ 1^130* Hyacinths, Narcissus, Lillies, Tulips, Crocus. am si in Agent ior me uene oi Bumpier wnisKy. •John L. Parker, Druggist, 212 North Twentieth Street.