OCR Interpretation

The Salt Lake herald. [volume] (Salt Lake City [Utah]) 1870-1909, November 02, 1902, Image 19

Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85058130/1902-11-02/ed-1/seq-19/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for

= l
< Y
i v J rf r
n Y arkli + lit d v r t + z i 0 7 > frYCta s 3
I L2r i ii
i Y u r t5ob tones tor es for Cftilbren CftilbrenBs < tbil tctt tcttH tctt32W1alt
iL 1i H Bs 32W1alt wait flDcHpugall flDcHpugallHOW SI3c ougall II N
J > p <
Mystery of a Haunted Haunt d House Houseis HouseisE
is isE Explained x plail1 a1ne d by the e Agfed AgfedMagician Ag AgJ1agiGiaI1J e ea
Magician a iciarz Archibald Archibaldv rc i a C Ci F FeMmnon
v i Memnon f1 eMmnon mnon Skeets Skeetsk Ske Bets BetsATE ts
> k ATE n i the autumn the Hooper familyname family familycame familycame
name came back from the seashore and tried triedS triedto triedto
2 S to rent reuta a house for the winter wi ter but after aftera aftersceking afterseeking
a seeking all over the city in vain for an anunoccupied anunoccupied anunoccupied
unoccupied dwelling they were at last lastobliged lastobliged lastobliged
obliged to take a very old and somewhat shabby shabbylooking shab shabbylooking y ylooking
looking house in the suburbs It was an ancient ancifcntmansion ancientmansion ancientmansion
mansion which everybody declared was haunted hauntedand hauntedand hauntedand
and it is a fact that it had never been occupied occupi d very verylong verylong verylong
long by any family that had moved into it No Nobody Nobody o obody ¬
body in the neighborhood told this to Mr Hooper Hooperbut Hoopcrbut
but every person predicted that they wouldnt stay stayin stayin stayin
in the old house more than two weeks After a afew afew afew
few days some children with whom littleHoward littleHowardSoojer little Howard HowardHooper EIowar EIowarI
I Wooper Hooper had become acquainted et asked ask d him if any anyJhing anyhing anyhing
hing had happened and whether he had seen things thingsin
in the house Then they told him all about the theghosts theghosts theghosts
ghosts which were said to haunt the old dwelling dwellingbut d dwellingbut elli 1g 1gbut
but as he had been taught that there were no suchthings such suchthings suchthings
things as ghosts he laughed laughedSoon laughedSoon laughedSoon
Soon however he had many reasons reasons to thinkthat think thinkthat thinkthat
that there certainly was something funny in the thehouse thehouse thehouse
house Two things were constantly occurring occurringwhich occurringwhich occurringwhich
which set Howard to thinking often of what the theother theother theother
other boys had told him himOn himOn himOn
On the lawn in front of the ancient mansion mansionwhich mansionwhic4 mansionwhich
which whic4 was certainly a hundred years old was a acurious acurious acurious
curious fountain It had a great circular pool or orbasin orbasin orbasin
basin in the middle of which stood a very ver uglystatue ugly uglystatue uglystatuo
statue holding a curved shell out of which the thewater thevater theeater
water no longer spouted high in the air but trickled trickledand trickledand
and dribbled slowly so that by nightfall the pool poolwas poolwas poolwas
was filled with water Every morning however the thebasin tbebasin thebasin
basin was found ioundperfectly perfectly empty almost dry in infact infact infact
fact This circumstance was noticed by the Hoopers Hoopersalmost Hooperanhnost Hoopersalmost
almost at once and many were conjectures regard regarding regarding regarding ¬
ing the cause c use of the nightly disappearance of the thewater thewatch thewater
water water They concluded at last that someone who whohad whohad whohad
had no no water vater in his house was was taking it it The other othercurious othercurious othercurious
curious thing about the mansion was the fact that thata
a jdoor door under undert11ocellar thocellar stairs could not otbe be kept keptclosed keptclosect keptclosed
closed At first dirs Mrs Hooper scolded when she shefound shefound shefound
found that somebody had left this door open al although although although ¬
though it was the door of a deep empty closet in inwhich inwhich inwhich
which nothing was kept When each of the thechil thechilr1rtnhad chi children chidren ¬
dren r1rtnhad had declared himself himsclfguilt1es5 guiltless of touching tEe tnedoor tEedoor thedoor
door Mr Hooper was blamed and then the servant servantgirl servartgirl servantgirl
girl got it and yet the th door kept opening at all allsorts allL allIr
L sorts of times It 1 t had h no keyhole nor yet a latch latch1 latchT
Ir T or fastener nothing except a little > 1 cat catch 1 h to i hoidit 1 hoId hoIdit S Sit
it shut yet y t that seemed surely sufficient if people peoplekept peopleept peoplekept
kept kaihands ept ti their th i = hands off Finally a stick of wood was wasplaced Wa Waplaced wasplaced
placed against it by Mr Hooper just to stop s op his hiswifes hiswifes hiswifes
wifes scolding Next day he saw that the wood was wasgone wasgone wasgone
gone Then he h got after the children and every ¬
body but all said they th y had never nev r touched the olddoor old olddoor olddoor
door Finally Mr dr Hooper ioocr declared that the thed door doorhad doorK or orhad
K had got on his nerves and said s id that he would wouldtho woUldgo
I go to town buy somo nails and a hammer and nail nailthe
r tho thing fas fast so that nothing but an axo would wouldopen wouldopen wouldopen
open it He had to go way to 0 town because as they
had only been two weeks in the house the hammer hammerand hammerand hammerand
and nails hadnt turned up yet among the barrels barrelsand b barrelsand re1n re1nand
and bores bO Then he had gone Howard went into the thecellar thl th thcellar
cellar which after ter all was scarcely a real realce realcebcing cellar cellarbeing celIurbeing
being on a level with the ground and then he ex esamined examined exllm ¬
amined llm Ied the door or carefully < to see if he could dis discover discoyer discover ¬
cover the cause of the mystery He wore his Indian Indianmoccasins Indianmoccasins Indianmoccasins
moccasins and his steps were noiseless and as he hestood hestoo hestood
stood stoo there silently studying the timestained and andrickety andlickcty andrickety
rickety old door it opened suddenly with a swish swishHoward swishHuward swishHoward
Howard started and was about to run when hi hithought he hethought hothought
thought of Roosevelt at San Juan Ju l and stopped stoppedHe stoppedHe
He stared into the closet and as the cellar was well welllighted welllighted wdlllighted
lighted it was vas easy to see into in o its depths and so ho hoinstantly honstantly
instantly saw something there thereHE thereST J JHE
He Heoened opened his eyes in astonishment for the thesomething thosomething thesomething
something was a bent and feeble old man dressed dressedin
in funny nny clothes of antique style whose white beard beardalmost beardalmost beardalmost
almost touched tho ground Howard thought that thathu thathe thathe
he must be dreaming but tho old mans voice drovo drovoaway drovouway drovoaway
away the thought It was only when he spoke thatHoward that thatHoward thatHoward
Howard regained r ain d his composure and his courage courageforafter courageioraiter courageioruftor
forafter all there was nothing fearsome in a feeble feebleold feebleold feebleold
old man The ancient gentleman in the long coat coatand coatnnd coatand
and silk ik stockings for thats what he wore came cameto cameto cameto
to the doorway and said saidSo saidSo saidSo
So your father is going to get nails and andnail andnailU nail nailup
U un this door eh ehHe ehIie i icRe
He is replied Howard but he h didntknow didntknowyou didz didnt fki know knowyou w wyou
you wore w word rd in there I am sure sureWell sureV sureWell
Well V ell > he mustnt do doit it I I cant have this door doorclosed doorclosed doorclosed
closed said the old man manWhy mant1 manWhy
Why t1 its our house 1 cried Howard HowardTut HowardTuttut HowardTut
Tut Tuttut > tut Ive lived here for ages before your yourfather yourfather yourfather
father Was born or his father before ihim and I Iwonthave Iwonthave Iwonthave
wonthave it itNow itNow itNow
Now as Howard knew that his grandfather was wasninetyseven wasJincty wasninetyseven
ninetyseven Jincty een years old he was very much astonished astonishedat
at this thisstatcment statement and said saidWas saidvas saiditras
Was it your house then thenlCertainly thenCertainly i iHCcrtaiu1y
Certainly not This house ho se was the residence residenceof
of the Colonial Governor before the Revolutionbut Revolution Revolutionbut
but it was unoccupied for many years and I took tookpossession tookp05ses tookpossession
iou of this closet in 1S18
possession p05ses just after the war warIve warIvo
L Ive been here ever since and nobody has dared to tothink tothink tothink
think of nailing up the door until your presump presitmptuous presumptuous pr 3iunp 3iunptuous ¬
tuous father conceived the notion I wonder what whatland 1iit 1iitkind liathind
land of people live in the world now anyhow anyhowTho anyhowThe j ji
i The little old nian fairly danced around in the thecloset thecloset thecloset
closet as he spoke Harold ventured to tosay tosayI say sayI sayHI
HI I dont dOlltthiuk think sir that my father would have havewanted havewnnted havewanted
wanted to shot you in He merely wished to keep
the door closed closedWell closedCW closedWell
CW Well l1I I want it open to togive give me air Id be besmothered besmothered besmothered
smothered soon enough if I were to be shut in here
Besides I wish to see whats going onin this world worldWhy w worldWhy rld J JThy
Why Thy dont you hire a house of youV oyvn2 oyvn2asked oWriasked ojvnasked
asked Howard HowardBecause HowardBecause HowardBecause
Because first I Ican cant t afford n ord it and andsecond second seconddont < < E Idont Edont
dont believe in in paying pa in rent r nt Thats why µ This JThishouse Thishouse Thishouse
house suits me and I have never been b e endjst en disturbed disturbedbefore disturb rPGd rPGdbefore ed edbefore
before in all these years y ars I can pursue my vocation vocationhere vocationhere vocationx
x here better betterhananywhere than anywhere else elseP
I c t
2 2THI <
l CWliatsa Whats Whai s a vocation asked Howard HowardThats HowardThats HowardThats
Thats my work I lam am or rather h I used us d to toof tobe tobe
be atoxicologist < > < zlog t but I Jpv ve not d done ne mUoDlat muoh at it itof itof
of late as as my rheumatism Bas I as bothered me me a Ip Ipthese lot lotthese lotthese
these last sixty or seventy years Youkow You know what whata whatIl
a toxicologist is I presume presume added add d the oldiman oldimanpeering old oldehanpeering n np9
peering p9 dng out at Howard from under the bushiest bushiestwhite b bushiestwhite s est estwhite
white eyebrows he had ever seen seenOh seenOh seenOh
Oh yes said s id the thelad lad Thats a man m man n whostuf3 who whostuffs whostuff3
stuffs birds and things thingsOh thingsOh thingsOh
Oh no You are thinking of a taxidermist A Arlexicologist Aoxicqlogist Atoxicologist
toxicologist is one who studies all manners manners of ofpoi ofpoins poisons poi poisons ¬
sons sons ns and other injurious or toxic matters SeeDo See SeeDo SeeilDo
lDo Do you take the poisons yourself yours lfi asked askedHoward askedHoward askedHoward
Howard uor or do you you try them on cats catsKats catsats catsRats
Rats ats mostly replied the old oldm man maxWhat manWhat n nWhat
What is your name asked Howard after he hehad hehad hehad
had thought about this reply for a moment momentArchibald momentArchibald DomentArchibald
Archibald Memnon Skeets is my name and a arare arare arare
rare name it is Ill warrant you never heard it itbefore itbefore itbefore
before and quite likely too for I made it upzn upznself up JIpmy JIpmyself my myself ¬
Then you must have had another before beforeSure beforeuSUre beforeSure
Sure I was called Paracelcus the th Magician Magicianages
ages ago agoThen agohen agoThen
Then hen cried Howard you are a magician magicianNo
No I told you I am a a toxicologist I waD waoa waoawizard waDwiz aa aawizard
wizard wiz rd once but that th t calling went out of i fashion fashiona ias ion iona
a hundred years ago I suppose I might have made madea madegood
a good living telling fortunes and selling charms charmsto
to the poor and ignorant ign rant but when the best b t and andwisest andwisest andtivisest
wisest people began to turn up their noses at atwizards atwizards atwizards
wizards and write books showing how all our trickswer tricks trickswere trickswere
were performed I very sensibly took up another anothertrade an anothertrade ther thertrade
trade No more moe whizzing for Archibald Memnon MemnonSkeets IienuionSkeets M nuion nuionSkeets
Skeets when he cant associate with the best people peopleAnd peo peopleAnd > l lAnd
And I am very happy in the toxicological al profes profession prof profession s ssion ¬
sion or was until I heard your father threaten thr atenta atentanail to tonail tonail
nail me in here hereWEaf hereVliats hereWhats
WEaf s the sense of your sticking to this musty mustyold mustyold mustyold
old closet anyhow asked the boy boyAha boyHAhal boyAha
HAhal Aha Thats the crucial question Why Well WeBI WellI
I had a lot of reasons In pursuing my studies out outin outin 11t 11tin
in the wide wide world among the trees plants plantsgrasses plantsSTsses plantsgrssses
grasses and the like I was constantly pestered pesteredPestered pestereJiPestered pesteredPestered
Pestered not merely by flies mosquitoes mo quitoes and the thelike thelike thelike
like but every time I wandered abroad I came came home homewith homewith homewith
with some new affliction such as woodticks and andjiggers andjiggers andjiggers
jiggers or was all swelled up with poison pc > ison ivy Ever Everhad Everhad Everhad
had jiggers jiggersNot jiggersNot 2 2Not
Not that I know of replied Howard dubiously du dubiously dubiously ¬
biously I dont remember rememberHuh rem rememberHuh mber mberHuh
Huh if youd everhad ever had Jem em youd yo dnever never forget forgetJem iorgetem
Jem em They are as small as red pepper p 1per but when whenthey whenthey whenthey
they get in under your skin and begin to t itch they theyfeejl theyie theyfeel
feel ie like elephants You want fifty fingers each eachone eachoue eachone
one with bears claws to do the therightkfud right kind of ofscratching orscratching ofscratching
scratching when they begin to hatch out and travel travelaround travelaround travelaround
around in there And poison ivyOh ivy ivyOh 1 1Oh
Oh Ive had that exclaimed ex laimed Howard Rowardjclseveral Rowardjclseveraltimes everal everaltimes veral veraltimes
times and hives too tooVOICES 1 1VOICESiN 1VOICES
Hives are pretty tough but jiggers beat em1 em1said em emsaid j jsaid
said Mr Skeets Then there are the ticks forty fortytimes iortytimesns fortytimes
times timesns as big as jiggers but as bad Wasps and andhornets andhornets andhornets
hornets burrs in fumy my whiskers hay hayfeverancfsnakes hayfeverancfsnakesall hayfever fever and andjsnakes andjsnakesall snakes snakesall
all pestered pcstercdme me to death and Id get stone bruises bfSiisesas bruisesas
as big as halfdollars wearing wearing thesethin thcseAhinshoes shoes Oh Ohit Ohit Ohit
it was awful out there thereYou l lYou p pYou
You could have taken rooms in the city citysnid citysnidHoward said saidHoward saidHoward
Howard feeling very much like laughing lau hingfor for all allthese allthese allthese
these things scarcely bothered him at t all in the thewoods thewoods thewoods
woods woodsOh 7 Oh yes in the city Andhave ADd have these new newf newfangled newfangled
f fangled electric light wires go off on me m and andburn andburnme burn burnme burnme
me to a crisp 1 Ive read about them in tho old oldpapers oBpapcrs oldpapers
papers people leave here hereinthe in > the theeellarAna cellar Anflhave Anflhaveboilers Anffhavb have haveb6ilers >
boilers b i1crs explode c lode under me or trolley trolleyct1rs ears cars run over bvorme o overme or orme
me me or airships drop wrenches andthings and > th 1gs down an anmy on onmy onmy
my bald bnldhead head or or get knocked skyhigh sk high by an auto automobile aut autmobile automobile ¬
mobile No sir No city life for A Mheetst MheetstHis M SSeetsf SSeetsfHis keetsti9
His i9 little cellar ce lar closet is good enough for him if iffolks iffolks ifr iffolks
folks r would wOl d only leave him alone nloneThen aloneLien i
Then it wasyou was wasyou YQU who made people p l TOove inov iuovau ajyay ay ayand
from hero and think t1 nk the house wasfraunfelWmskQd was aunt el4t l Sl7 n ssdHoward k04 k04uowar
Howard uowar r
t No indeed I Not abitaofitf aibijtTof R b tThf4t itt t NbrOne Noonewould Noonewouldever 0 one would wouldever wouldeyer
ever eyer have suspected thatI idas was wa5here here herefromany < romany IJlariy noise noiseI n noiser e eI
I ever made ma d e el tIJ tiThen ifc ifcThen Jt
l Then hen why did didth1y = They y 1 atn1 n Jtiai the aie house 1o was washaunted washaunted washaunted
haunted i asked Howard HowardIt r rclt r rit
it was the houses voice oice < = All llola oldhouses old houses come cometo cometo cometo
to have a voice It caribe3ieard canbo i1 heard aJdat atTdead atdeadofnight atdeadofnighteven eadof of night nighteven nighteven
even when the air is calm and afidwhentbe whenlthe wind blows blowsthen blowsthen blowsthen
then its very loud It eomesl c come creaking and even evengrunting evengrunting evengrunting
grunting from all the old oldb beams beani5 andrafters and rafters so that thatyoud thatyoud thatyoud
youd think things thingswere were moving mpnnginevery in invery every room roomthings roomthings roomthings
things that were weretiptoeingsoft1y tiptoeing softly along the floor floorother floorother floorother
other things gs sliding slidmgand and gliding gl g pingandothers i g arid others stumbling stum stumbling stumbling ¬
bling and stubbing ghostly toes on tho uneven unevenboards unevenooards unevenboards
boards rye heard ijem em em so many ny times timesnow now thatvl thatvlhardly that1hllrdly thatJhardly
hardly notice them at alL Pmso rDi so snug sn g down here that thatI
I dont care c re No one to t pester pest r meand meahdcompelme meahdcompelmeto compel me meto meto
to do a thing thingONCE thingONCE thingQNCE
2 I think Id like like that myself myselfs said id HowardYou Howard fiowardYou HowardYou
You dont never neyer haveto havctotake hai eto take a aoathdo ii bath do you youTook Yli YliTook youlTook
Took the last one in 1825 I thinksaid think said id Mr MrSkeets YrSbets MrSkeets
Skeets SkeetsAnd
And you youneverhave neverhave never havee to clean your yo nails comb combyour combyour combyour
your hair nor get it cut nor brush your y ur clothes clothesnor cJothesnor clothesnor
nor shine your shoes I suppose supposeNever supposNever supposeNever
Never I am a regular oldtime hermit he it for forthey forthey forthey
they never had to do any of these things and nd thats thatsthe thatsthe hatsthe
the reason they wanted to go andbe and be hermits hermitsI hermitsIsuspect I Isuspect Isuspect
suspect suspectTd suspectId suspectId
Id like to t be one only I dont think I could couldthe couldstand couldstand
stand that closet Id willingly be a hermit out in inthe in inthe
the woods said Howard Why not notlets let s uxup uxupa nxup nxupa x uP uPa
a tent out among the trees yonder and I could couldsometimes couldsometimes ouldsometimes
sometimes come and stay with you youToo y you youToo ul7 ul7uToo
Too many bugs said saidMr Mr Skeets Ske ts with a shud shudder shudder shudder ¬
Then youll be nailed in inWouldnt inV inVouldnt
Wouldnt V your father let me stay here if I asked askedhim a3kedhim askedhint
him very nicely nicelyI
I am afraid not Hes Hesa a ar very verystern ve stern man man and andhes andhes andhes
hes real mad now besides besidestrepl replied edHOwardintent edHOwardintenton H6 Howard ard intent intenton
on getting the old man man to move to the he woods for forWell forhe forhe
he was anxious t6 tot t7 a hermits l life lifeWell e eWell
Well I cantlive cant live in in a tent thatscertain thats certain ri Its Itsbad Itsbad Itsbad
bad enough here on rainy days d ys butwhatwouldit butwhatwoulditbe
be in a tent I tried a cave care once and it affected affectedmy affectedmymind my mymind mymind
mind so that I got to writing verses versesWhat versesWhat versesWhat
What did youwrite Can you remember any anyasked anyi anyiusked anyasked
asked Howard HowardOnly HowardHOnly HowardOnly
Only one or twoof two of a poem about aboutThe The Dog DogI DogS
J < J I had a dog then youknow This is the way theywent they theywent theywent
went said Mr Skeets SkeetsThe SkeetsThe SkeetsThe
The dogs they theysail sail in little barks larksBarking sL j 1
Barking from shore to shore V VThe tt tthe wThe <
The he echoes ech es making funnyharksi funnyharks
i Go harkingmore and more mores oV oVSadirons T TSadirons
s Sadirons Sadirons quite sad and andiroridogs andiroridogsFire andirondogsb andirondogsbs iron dogs dogsi s
i Fire dogssocalled dogS socalled socall d of oldYet old oldi al l lYet a
i Yet sad sadirons irons bred with fire re dogs do makeSad make makeSad a1 E3 E3Sad
Sad dogs indeed Im told toldWhy toldWby toldWhy
Why thats fine cried Howard I think you youare youare youare
are areal poet like James Popcorn Riley RiIeyQrTheo RiIeyQrTheodosia oriTheo oriTheodosia orTheodosia
dosia Garrison Ill write that down sos sos so not to toforget toiorget toforget
forget it itWhile itVhile itWhile
While he was writing the theversesdown verses downin down in na a little littlebook littlebook littlebook
book the old oldman man suddenly made a bolt boltixito into the thecloset thecloset thecloset
closet and Howard heard h ard his mother coming comingdown comingdownstairs down downstairs ¬
stairs She asked him im why he was staying stay Dgqo1V down l inthe in inthe inthe
the cellar and although althoughMr Mr Skeets vigorously ges gestured gestured gestured ¬
tured to him to keep silent he felt obliged to tell teUher tellher tellherall
her herall all about theircellar their cellar lodger lodgerShe lodgerr lodgerShe
r She was frightened but Howard said that Mr MrSkeets MrSkeets MrSkeets
Skeets was a perfect gentleman gentl man and at that the theold theold theold
old man m n came out and bowed profoundly He was wasrapre wasnore wasmore
rapre more frightened than she and when she saw that thatshe thatshe thatshe
she took courage courage and asked him h n what he was w doing doingin doingin doingin
in her cellar Howard told her what he had been beentold lieenAbld beentold
Abld told and In then suddenly recollected that tJ at Mr Skeets Skeetshad Skeetshad Skeetshad
had said that he had two reasons for staying in inthere inth inthere
there th re but had only revealed one oneYou one70u oneYou
You forgot i rgpt Jot to to fell n me the second reason rea re2son on for torliving forliving forliving
living in the cellar instead f fof of staying sta i i in a room roomupstairs roomupstairs roomupstairs
upstairs said he heIll beI
ii iiIt >
I Ill reveal the reason atonc at once s saxtUM a Sk ct ctIt r rIt
It was because the Panjandrum P hind getrm get ° nein m m
any room in the t1 e house This cellaridooris cenar aooristoosma1l aooristoosma1lfor too small smallfor smallfor
for him to reach meFor me meFor meFor
For goodness goodn s sake I What on eafth enitti eartp jte es f a Pan Panjandrum Panjandrum PanA Panjandrum ¬
jandrum 7 inquiredMrs inquired Mrs Hooper HooP Tnever r il vk heard of ofanything ofanything ofanything
anything of that name nameIts nameIts nameIts
Its an oviparous omnivorous and carnivorousanimal carnivorous carnivorousanimal carnivorousanimal
animal and a nocturnal one as wellwhich has pur pursued pursued pursued ¬
sued me for ages or ever since I defeated the thePersian thePersian thePersian
Persian conjuror Ben Hafiz Ibrihim inacontest of ofmagic ofmagie ofmagic
magic I think that Hafiz sicked the Panjandrum Panjandrumon
on me by his magic art for it t has most persistentlyhounded persistently persistentlyhounded persistentlyhounded
hounded me ever since Never a night but I hear hearhim hearhim hearhim
him prowling about the house and through the therooms therooms therooms
rooms hoping to catch me unawares unawaresThen unawaresThen unawaresThen
Then thats why they say the house is haunted hauntedcried 1 1cried Icried
cried Howard triumphantly triumphantlyI
I suppose thats the reason said Mr Skeets SkeetsThe Skeetshe SkeetsThe
The he Panjandrum never comes much when the thehouse thehouse thehouse
house is occupied however and I wasnot going to tosay tosay tosay
say anything about him himWhat himWhat himWhat
What sort of an aI animal is he asked Howard HowardWell HowardWell HowardWell
Well he is very peculiarly built and thats thatswhat thatswhat thatswhat
what has saved me His head is so much larger largerthan largerthan largerthan
than his body that he be seems all out of shape I Iwould Iwould Iwould
would say his head was about as big as the rain rainwater rainwater ram ramwater ¬
water hogshead outside and in fact its all he can cando cando cando
do to squeeze through the ordinary doors of the thehouse thehouse thehouse
house that is with his head I mean Of course courseif courseif courseif
if he can get his head in his body has plenty of ofroom ofroom ofroom
room for thats no larger than a Newfoundland Newfoundlanddogs Newfoundlanddogs Newfoundlanddogs
dogs body He is all scales and warts and lumps lumpsand lumpsand lumpsand
and looks as if he had been broken and then re repaired repaired repaired ¬
paired and on the end of his tail he has a big ball b n of ofhard oihard ozhard
hard horn If he whacks you once with that youre youredone yourodone youredone
done I tell you youcWhy youWhy youWhy
< Why dont don7the he reach into your closet backward backwardeven bac1Wa d deven
even if he cant get his head in and soak you with withhistail Withhis withhistail
histail his tail inquired Howard HowardJust HowardJ HowardJust
Just J ust because thank goodness he hasnt sense senseenough senseenough senseenough
enough to think of it and thatswhy thats why Im still here herealive herealive herealive
alive and kicking replied Mr Skeetssmiling Sheets smiling 1us I Iused Iused
used us d to wonder at it myself but Ive seen how very verystupid verystupid verystupid
stupid he is and am sure he would never conceive conceivesuch conceives conceivesuch
such s h a brilliant idea If you should see the silly
beast drinking drinkin with the utmost difficulty diffic lty from the thefountain thofountain thefountain
fountain in the front yard instead inst ad of going down downto downto downto
to the pond where he can get all he wants youwould you youwould youwould
would be convinced that he has no sense senseTHE sense senseTHE senseTHE
Ab then thats whats taking all aUofthe of thewater thewaterevery the water waterevery waterevery
every night i cried Howard HowardSure HowardSure V
Sure He comes at midnight midn midmghtand ght and drinks elI elIthat all allthat iUtliat
that is in the baling bn infandthen and then sits with his J smouth smouthu mouth mouthunder mouthunder
under u uier the spout spout of the shell drinking by driblets dribletsand dribletsand dribletsand
and you never saw anything look quite so foolish foolishThats foolishThats foolishThats
Thats all he knows Hell sit there thereiintilaear Tiritil u tif near near dawn dawnand dawnand dawnand
and then isnt full yet he can see se the pond over overthere over Oyerth overthere
there th re in plain view But silly as heisIem he e isiI is l am rim dread dreadfully drendfu ¬
fully fu 1y afraid of him for hes afterme after m for f re certain certainIll certainIll tain tainIll
Ill take a flashlight photon photograph aph of him tonight to tonight tonight
night 1 cried Howard HowardBeware HowardBeware HowardBeware
Beware of of him said Mr Skeets earnestly
He is very fierce fierceHow fiercelIow fierceHow
How far can he jump 7J asked HowardWell Howard HowardWell Row rd rdUVell
Well I cant cantsny say He hasnt legs like other otheranimals otheranimals otheranimals
animals but his feet are right up close to his bodyd bodydlike body bodylike b dY dYlikea
like likea a caterpillars and he runs like a deer deerIll d r rIll
Ill get pops gun and shoot him hinih cried the theboy theboy theboy
A bullet even a charmed witchbullet t made of ofsterling ofsterling ofsterling
sterling silver would never go through his tough toughhide tOlIghhide toughhide
hide I am am sure said Mr Skeets No o you can canao canIlothing canao
ao ao nothing when a distinguished conjuror and magi magician magician magician ¬
cian like myself a member of theMagian th the Y Magian gin i Society Societyof
of o Wizardsand Wizards andAssociato Associate Member of the Archseers ArchseersXodge Arehseerslodge ArchseersLodge
Lodge of Alchemists can an do < to nothing but hide in ina ina ina
a closet under the cellar stairs stairstWeUr stairslW stairsWeil
lW tWeUr Weil ellrweve weve foundoutgar found Qu uta lot of ofthingssince things since you yonwent youwent youwent
went out of businessandljil bet HenryKellar Henry liellar the themagician ilion theniugiciancould
magician n niugiciancould could sqon sQonfinda finda fund = a way to tofixthe fix the Panjan Panjandrum Panjandium Panjandrum
drum diumI1ve drum drumV
V V drum3ve 3ve I e never Beyer ne c r heardof h ardo Kellar but I doubt if hed hedfinishthePanjandrum hednishtheE he d dfinishthe
finishthePanjandrum finishthePanjandrumWell nishtheE Panjandrum PanjandrumWe nnjai irumP irumPWell
Well We therell therellQaa he bea a full mo moqntqnight moqlfton ntonigh ght Jsaid JsaidHoward said faidRoward saidHoward
Howard and Pingoing Pm going to take aplokafc a p pleb k at t himany himanyhow him any anyhow any anyhone ¬
how from the front window dow see if l I dont d It ItI
I >
Howard Saved ave the e Old Ma MaLife Manfs Manfsife ama amae
Life ife e by Giving Mn His Enemy Enemya erg erga
a Seidlitz Powder PowderEnormous of ofS f ffDorrnous
S ± ir Enormous Size SizeAll ith ithAll
All 11 this time Mrs Hooper had had1eenpsilen been sHeirEiSIraE sHeirEiSIraEnow s Tit Titnow m mnow
now she tremblingly declared that she was going goingto
to leave the house at once She said sherwouldnt sherwouldntremain she woulduti dwouldutremain wouldutiremain
remain one minute longer in a place infested infestetlby westenby infestedby
by wizards and Panjandrums and ran upstairs upstairsgather fan ioigather fangather
gather her children together togeth and pack up to move movaout moveout moveout
out She had only got to the parlor when MrHopper Mr MrHopper MrHopper
Hopper came home but he had forgotten org tten the nails nailsand 1ll nailsand 13 13and
and hammer because he had stopped to talk politics politicsto
to the cigar man When he heard about Mr Skeets Skeetshe Skeetshe Skeetshe
he ran down to the cellar and had a long talk with withthe willithew withthe
the thew wizard zard When he had finished he told him himthat himthat himthat
that he was willing to let him remain in his closet closetif
if he wished and that he would try to think of some someway someway somewayto
way wayto to get rid of the Panjandrum after which he hawent hewent hewent
went to the libary to look up all manner of traps trapsin trapsin trapsin
in his book on hunting and fishingWhen fishing fishingWhen fishingWhen
When night came Howard placed himself in the thewindow t1 t1window thewindow
window and watched for the Panjandrum for hours hoursand hoursand hoursand
and fell asleep there About midnight his father fathercame fathercwne fathercame
came cwne and waked him whispering Its here hereHoward hereHoward hereHoward
Howard looked out and saw the awful thing thingdrinkingfrom thingdrinking thingdrinking
drinkingfrom drinking from the basin of the fountain It had hada
a great gre t round head something ry like a tigers b a long longneck longneck longneck b
neck and a body like that of a small bear all warty wartyand wartyand wartyand
and lumpy but he couldnt couldntIsee Isee see its feet at all for forthey forthey or orey
they ey were so close to its body as to be invisible It Itdrank Itdrank Itdrank
drank all the water in the bas basin and then held ita itamouth itamouth i a amouth
mouth close to the shell for a long time Mr MrHooper MrHooper fr frHooper
Hooper hadnt brought his gun for he had in facthardly fact facthardly iacthardly
hardly believed what Skeets had told him about aboutthe aboutthe aboutthe
the animal but now he went for for it and got it itHowever itHoweyerit itHowever
However Howeyerit it was of no use for Mrs Hooper Hoop r couldnt couldntremember couldntremember couldntremember
remember in what barrel she had packed his shells shellsand shellsand shellsand
and so he couldnt fire at the Panjandrum Toward Towarddawn Towarddawn Towarddawn
dawn it went away into the woods woodsThen woodsThen woodsThen
Then Howard set to work to think out some someway someway someway
way to destroy the awful creature and after a along along along
long time he thought of a plan which was very veryoriginal veryoriginal veryoriginal
original and clever Knowing that no bullets would wouldharm woUldharm wouldit
harm it he had to t discover a method methodof of f attacking attackingthe
the Panjandrum from the inside where he was weak weakand weaknd weakand
and nd vulnerable and he proceeded to arrange for his hisattack hisattack hisattack
attack He went to the drug store without telling tellinganybody tellinganybody r ranybody
anybody what he was going to do and soon returned returnedwith returnedwith returnedwith
with a large package in each of his coat pockets All Allof Allof Allof
of his brothers and sisters begged him to tell them themwhat themwhat themwhat
what was in the two packages but he remained remainedsilent remainedsilent remainedsilent
silent saying only that they would know in the themorning thomorning themorning
morning He then arranged a sort of little plat platform p1atiorm platform = ¬
form of wire just over the shell in the hands of the thestatue thestatue thestatue
statue in the centre of the basin a sort of o wire wirebasket wirebasket wirebasket
basket in fact and from this he ran ran a cord that thatwhen thatwhen thatwhen
when sharply pulled would tip the basket over sud suddenly sudden1y suddenly ¬
denly and drop its contents below He covered the thebottom thBbottom thebottom
bottom of the basket with paper to prevent its con contents contents contents ¬
tents falling out before he was ready and then he hewent hewent hewent
went down and told Mr Skeets that he thought hecould he hecould hecould
could finish the Panjandrum that very night The Theexwizard Theexwizard Theex
exwizard ex wizard was very doubtful but said circumstances circumstancesaltered circumsbmcesaltered circumstancesaltered
altered cases and hed wait andsee and see what happened happenedKILLED happenedKILLED happenedKILLED
Howard was wa so excited that he could scarcely scarcelyeat
eat his dinner that evening and it seemed as if ifmidnight ifmidnight ifmidnight
midnight would never come His father came en came e to totne totne tothe
tne window and watched with him and was as ascurious aseurious ascurious
curious curious as any of the children cl ldren to know what his hissun hisBun hissoil
sun was about to do but Howard begged him to waitwith wait waitwith
with ith the rest and see what would happen The Thelanjandrum
Panjandrum came much earlier earlierthan than usual for it
had been a warm day and he wasvery was very thirsty in indeed ineed in indeed ¬
deed eed and he drank up all the water water in the fountain fountainAlmost fountainlmost fountainalmost
Almost instantly and eagerly licked the wet spout spoutof spoutof spoutof
of the shell as the water trickled slowly out of it
His mouth was wide open so that the moonlight moonlightshone moonlightshone moonlightshone
shone right down into it and revealed his ten rows rowsof rowsof rowsof
of teeth glistening like pearls and his scarlet tongue tongueand tongueand tongueand
and his red palate Howard had ha the string inhis inhishand in hishand his hishand
hand and waited until the Panjandrums great greatmouth greatmouth greatmouth
mouth was wide open and then pulled the string stringsharply stringsharply stringsharply
sharply and suddenly The children watching and andhis andhis andhis
his parents sawa saw a great pile of white powder fall fallout fallout fallout
out of the wire basket right into the animals red redmouth re remouth redmouth
mouth like a snowdrift from a roof The Panjan Panjanarum Panjanarum Panjanarum
arum startled jumped a few feet away and then thensuddenly thensuddenly thensuddenly
suddenly fell upon the grass and began to writhe writhaiu
iu convulsions Then he swelled up like a 1 balloonA balloon balloonA
A mass of white frothy foam flew flewo out t of his mouth mouthand mouthnnd mouthand
and there was heard a tremendous sizzling and hiss hissingjiinside hisslngfuiside hissigiiside
ingjiinside of Kim as he tossed about and tore up the thegrass thegr thegrass
grass gr ss with his claws The hissing continued for forfully foziully forfully
fully twenty minutes but long before that the Panjandrum Pan Panjandrum Panjaridrum ¬
jandrum had hadceased ceased his struggles and lay choked chokedto ch ked kedto
to death on his back When all was perf periectlyquiet periectlyquietMr perfectly ectly quiet quietMrSkeets quietMr
MrSkeets Mr Skeets was seen running out toward the dead deadanimal deadanimal deadanimal
animal with a broad grin on his face and then he hashouted heshouted heshouted
shouted shoutedHes shoutedHes shoutedHes
Hes done for I Hes completely finished finishedIRow finishedIRoward How Howard Howand ¬
ard is certainly a magician magicianAll magicianAll
All went w t put ut then and surveyed surve d the thBi creature creatureHe eaturaHe turl turlHe
He was quite dead deadNow deadNow deadNow
Now tell us what you used to kill him i said saidMr saidMr saidMr
Mr Hooper looking at his smart son withgreat withgreatrespect with great greatrespect greatrespect
respect and admiration admirationNothing admirationNothing admirationNothing
Nothing but Seidlitz powders powd rs replied r lied Howard HowardCfi Bowa BowaI
Cfi r just mixed two immensely big powders intone intoneand in inoneand one oneand
and when they fell into him all filled withwater withwateras with water wateras
as he was of course they went off as usual and andblew aildblewhim andblew
blew blewhim r him full of fizz fizzAfter fizzMter fizzAfter
After that they had the Panjandsum skinned and andstuffed antt andstuffed7
stuffed and Howard made a big pile of money ex exhabiting exhibiting exhibiting
hibiting him while Mr Skeets stood at atthedoo atthedooand the doorand door dooiiand
and explained all about him to the audience e MrSheets Mr MrSkeets MrSkeets
Skeets is still living with them although they are arein arain ara arain
in a new house and he has a a room of his own and andrHoward andHoward andHoward
Howard thinks hes the nicest company in the world worldMrs worldMrs worldMrs
Mrs Hooper Hoop r is sometimes afraid that hell teach teachher te teachher cl clher
her son to bea be n wizard but I am not afraid of thatfor that thatfor thatior
for theresno theres n money money in the magician magician business bus 11e5s nowadays now nowadays nowadaYS ¬
adays Next summer he and Howard are going to tolive tolive tolive
live is i in a tentij teJl tent i pite ite te of jiggers and poison ivy and andthereSt andther andthere
thereSt there ma t BWmethIng Be1Sbffi bei rl4thing thing more to te1la5out tell about them themWALT themWALT thcmWALT

xml | txt