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The . San Francisco Sunday Call
The Autobiography of a Cotton Stocking
Lola Davis
YOU want my history? Well, you
shall have it, though I am only a
**fca* been," and*ther« are many
who will vouch for it* trutbful
I first experienced conscious exist
ence under the warm sunny skies of
Georgia, where I seemed to be impris
oned by soft, green bands that I could
almost burst asunder. I felt, though,
that the time for my liberation had,
not arrived. , I could not adjust my
thoughts sufficiently to decide just
where or what I was. I only knew
tliat I lived, that warm, gentle breezes
fanned me and rocked my cradle.. - 1
waited, convinced that some mighty
power controlled my destiny, and that
In good time I should develop into-; a
different condition of existence. Then
one glorious • morning in ' August my
prison bars were riven by the sun's
warm rays, under the benign influence
of which my whole nature expanded. I
seemed to fnlarge so rapidly that while
rejoicing In ay: freedom. I ; deemed It
safer to c!lng a little more. securely to
my parent stem. ..
Suddenly a voice was heard exclaim
ing in a load tone and alarmingly, near
to me: \u25a0 •..-.': • \u25a0•- ~i
"Look here. Billy, . did * you «ver see
a finer blossom of cotton T
"Cotton! So lam a banch of cotton."
I soliloquized, swelling, puffing and ex
panding until I felt that I ; mast ..take
wings and fly. away. , However, no such
fj happinets was In store for me. for I had
A only enjoyed my new existence a short
* time, when suddenly a black. shape cast
Its ominous shadow, over me. for t a mo
ment, and. before I 'could -cry .out I the
hand of a negro • cotton picker : closed
over rae, snatched me ruthlessly' from
my flower cradle, and regardless of my
beauty \u25a0 dumped me . unceremoniously
Into a huge basket, where my Identity
was entirely:. lost among. the myriads
of cotton bunches around' me. .
Gaspingly. l cried. "What is to become
of us?" ., My neighbor, bedrabbled and
crushed by the heavy, 'black hands of
the cotton picker, answered faintly: '
**I' don't know. Some- horrible fate
pe rhaps, " but keep up . your courage, we
shall not be kept long In suspense/*;
.The next; few days were of unspeak
able torment Such wild, -whirling,,
rushing, plunging baths, hot, cold and
medicated, until I thought .that the end
had come. Life could stand no more.
Nevertheless -worse tortures- followed.
The roaring machinery pulled -and
twisted all that was' left of my, unfor
tunate body^untll I was drawn out Into
exceedingly fine threads: I % was no
longer pure and white: as when -I first
saw ; the sunlight, for I . had been Igno
mlnlouely dipped into dye. "Fast black,"
I heard a voice exclaim in exultant
tones. .Then, before I was accustomed
to this, new; environment, I* was again
caught in the maze of machinery.; With
resignation I awaited .my fate and . in
a short time I realized that another
strange -formula tlve process- had: over
taken me, and • that I was possessed , of
a/ r dainty,; shape .which 1 1 : could .; not de
scribe, and I longed for some means by
which I could inspect my new,fvm- ;.
With Ineffable peace I found myself
lying" tn : a. r long, narrow .home.) ; Not
aloneitfor>severar;others, exactly like"
*ac» in Iforin! and' color," lay, around me,
above and below.
"Puringmyitempestuous career, I 'had
occasionally/heard of marvelous things
utterly, unknown to; me, such as '\u25a0 ''aj ll f e
partner,?- ."at marriage." \u0084J'a7m ate,','' and
i:had*somehow,got the impression- that
these '.-:\u25a0 all . ' indicated ' ; ; : imprisonment;
Fancy, then,', my: dismay -at finding myf
self ; bound, i hard ; and ,i fast;- to "another.
I realized, that, l. .too, had a* mate. •
'" -.This .new* phase _of life \{ bewildered
me.' We. lay undisturbed, only occa
.\u25a0 \u25a0 .;-'"\u25a0., ; " \ \u25a0' :"
Bow[^ffliglity Hunter
Visited the Inland Mission
And Failed to Avoid the Camera
C»ROM Nairobi and Mombasa,, in
I British East Africa, the cable ha!
I * brought brief news of the "bull?
time" that Theodore Roosevelt it:
having in pursuit of big game. - New
York has chronicled the receipt of
baby' antelope forwarded alive from"
the camp of the mighty hunter, and the
Smithsonian Institution at Washington
has received \ numerous . cases of pelts
and bones, relics of the African beasts
that' fell to 'the. rifles' of Colonel Roose
velt and his son -Kermif '
But in the news/ and * the trophies
there has been a singular absence of
photographs of the former president's
progress through the -dark -continent
There is a reason. Kermit Roosevelt
is the official photographer of the ex
pedition.' There are no newspapermea
attached to the party. The pictures
taken are the property ; of the hunters
and are not for publication— not. yet
The dearth of pictorial accompani
ment to the news of slain lions and
charging elephants makes more inter
esting the receipt in San Francisco of
four Roosevelt snapshots "taken in .
Africa. The pictures do not show him
in the act of confronting a lion, nor
drawing a bead upon the least vulner
able spot of a rhinoceros, but* set him
forth , in a role les3 strenuous and
equally characteristic— feted guest, of
the/ common people and a- friend of
The snapshots were taken; at Kijabe
by Frederick McKendrick, a missionary
at the Inland African mission. ' Roose
velt was en route to the Sotik district,
from Nairobi, after having broken all
shooting records on the Kapiti plains.
McKendrJck is the of a well
known ,Californian lumberman and he
sent the pictures to his relative < in
this city.
The day before reaching Kijabe
Roosevelt and Major Mearris rode on
-sionally getting. a glimpse of sunlight
when" ,pur \u25a0 home ;was, rudely jerked
from.- its ' foundation 'and j strange voices
gave us slight * clews to what wa^
transpiring around us. The ominous
words that seemed always .to portend
our disturbance were: \u25a0
,'TdUlkea pair' of black cotton hose,
Xo. 8.". k Could", this /refer to my ' mate
and cmc?. Had 'we^ at last discovered
our Identity? -Always, when.; we heard
these words, we -were .sure. :to be.
.dragged ' oour.fromt r . from i our "seclusion. In
spected, \u25a0 mauled around, ' and always,
for some -unaccountable reason, thrown
aside, until one; day; a*. pair of soft,"
white hands held us longer than usual!
'\u25a0'', "I'll ' take those. .Send ; them to IXo.
\u25a0 Fourth avenue, .Sunset ' district."
_ ; Alas : what \u25a0\u25a0 fate awaits ' us ; now? - At :
\u25a0least; we were' going but our
ppace was of short; duration. Could it
be possible that; the soft hands /which*
had held us so .kindly, a few hours . be- %
- fore i could ' no w ;so cruelly -> tear - .us :
• apart? I was stretched out of all aetn- :
blance^to^symmetry : and " I ', longed '?..\%\
know.; the j fate of ' my,; companion. ,'0 -
."I^ook. at; my "new stockings. ' Aren't
\u25a0they,cner*.y^, : :.>.c -.::\u25a0:.;\u25a0,-\u25a0,'\u25a0. .' :> s \u25a0-
V "Great! "/where .'did you get themr*"
.' At "\u25a0the" 1 ,". ! '"\u25a0 ' . \u25a0 ,/-. \u25a0. \u25a0-\u25a0 . ':./, '' r\u25a0 \u25a0'
"How ; much^dld ; they/ cost?" ; T
• !'Fif ty cents only ; ; .very ;. c^heap!" '
: Alaa ! i how.; are :i the , mighty fallen I .
Afterjall our -• trials] and. tribulations, to
• be > wo rth : only; 50 : cents." j My; conscious
ness became : suddenly, alertyforl I; real- s
; lzed -; thatS? beside 'me * wa» • my^ mate."
That< we were t eachi surrounding : a -
dainty J: ankle.'; cThls f much - we ; dlscov- -
: ered \ from . a ; glance " into a^ full * length
mirror. In; my.t lady's 3 boudoir. \u25a0;;-- } ~ -
:-. Our : f ornrer strials X sank into « InVlg- i
->\u25a0 nificance " beside } what iwas " henceforth ~
ito* 4 be fourfclot^fWe^wenti/on : picnics,^
boating .« parties, ,'dancing, (shopping ' and \u25a0\u25a0
on hundreds h( excursions i:until^ by ;~
some'', strange); mishap, I i f ound v myself '
afflicted^ with ; a * tiny .-; hole In - my,? toe, %
My! shame and Tchagrlni were unspeak-."
the cowcatcher of the train and had
an unusual .opportunity* to view the
countrj'. Its possibilities impressed
the observant American and he told
the East African settlers what a. great /
future ; they had before thenil " ; .
At Kijabe 14 American missionaries
and their families welcomed^ the*
hunter: They did more; they prepared
an al fresco spread under the leafless
trees of a grove that might find Its
counterpart in any of the vales of
Mill valley. A. board floor was laid,
canvas was stretched overhead on
ropes and poles, and* at each end. the
able when - I .was, contemptuously
tossed into a /'darning basket? to wait
until : I r should *be iVdarned." ./ I fancier!
this must be -some frightful operation,
for I recalled .with, terror, the voice of
my; mistress, who . occasionally, under
great: excitement, protested; that ."she
•would : b^ -darned!" ;I J never -seemed
quite \u25a0 myself i again;:' * : r-: dlocovered soon
enough, what* a* ; V disfiguring f process
darning "Is under Inexperienced flngers.
I . longed .for \u25a0 quiet,; even oblivion.
"I shall spend ;my 'vacation ;:at the.
coast,** said my mistress one fair July
day, "I'll pack my trunk^ and be' off to
the . seashore." V ./'\u25a0';' -•\u25a0'
No ; peace* for the unfortunate stock
ing , of a- happy girl! _, I was^forced-.to
accompany her to the seashore and -to
participate In manygayeties, getting an:
occasional;. rest;' when 'some *> other 'un
fortunate stocking ', would take V my
place. : \u25a0 \_ : '. ' V " / ',';;V-", y:'' ~". ."",';:'J- - y. ' \\< -
- "Are you going in. this morningrv'
••' VYos we' are alK going ln'Hf the tide
is right-'ViWhen' l discovered' that '•go
ing in" : meant a' plungo • and if rolic '- in
the > waves, ' <, my. /consternation V was" in^'
describfble;*- was It my .fate to Jbe
dragged z Into 1 the .] sport, "an % unwilling
victim. "^
Amidst" laughter , and jokes that ! hiar-;
rhonlzed little with my^, unhappy -state of
mlhd.l; was .whisked Mown to the water. 5
Such' waterlt Cold !does Snot f express at.
Even ;the7little»i foot j If- covered,'- per-",
formed gyrations.'^ trying* to
keep ) iTCjn- 1 reeling.' ; As ; mr: lady iwould'
Jump'theVf. aves'and;dlve through'them
ln"« berj efforts ? to] have T *'a I good ; Uine,*,V I
clung] t«» I that 'little ? f oqt |in j desperation.
i/-."Sufely;tliis agony. can; not slastlniuch
longer,*' *. I % thought; * whenifoh;? horrors !
I y felt £ something X that }\ had \[ held %me
tightly >. and'; given" me } courage-^some-;
thing to *.whleb£ l* hadtf clung i ln *f stark
dx^pair^-ruddeiily^let 3 go.^AWith-; each
.wave 1 1 1 felt J myself > slowly^ a nd« surely
slipplns: from ruy, moorings and Into the
mlghty/ocean, j: pnlyjfone sthlngleould
save "me," that 'my :lady s shouldihie her
1 S '\u25a0 •• -
stars and j stripes were flung/ Here
at a long table the missionaries, their
wives and ba.bies, a number of white
settlers and four of the * Roosevelt
party held their feast A snapshot was
taken of ? the; banquet; ,'another of th«
group that had finished feasting, with
one of McKendrick's children on each
side of the former president;'- another
of : Roosevelt and Director Hurlbut of
the . c Inland mission listening to the
native" children singing, and., later, a
fourth photo was taken of 'the' hunter
alone, in" front > of his 'tent, from the
peak of which ; flapped an American
sag.V ' : v"': : / : H&0- \u25a0\u25a0'•\u25a0:;\u25a0- -' : -' '
Colonel Roosevelt saw, something in
British East Africa besides big game,
amd hp gave thought to more . matters
than the :bagging >of -\u25a0 specimens for
the Smithsonian Institution. He saw
a 'country of marvelous fertility and
great - expanse — something .different
from the accepted idea of jungles and
deserts. . A few white settlers ". are
striving for !a r foothold and laying the
foundation of a ' f u tu re commonwealth.
A few^ raissioriaries are working earn
estly and with- common sense to bring
the 'black natives into the fold of
Christianity and to make them useful
in the development of the country's
resources. ' .
The former American president saw
something- that ' ; reminded him of hiJ
own - west * and his own life on the
frontier. Doubtless if~ gripped tha
heart strings of him and at the same
moment it opened his f larger vision to
the triumphs ahead of th,e settlers. At
any rate this is what he "told the
whites in East' Africa: ; .
"I am immensely interested . in the
country and its possibilities a3 an
abode for wilte men.. Very, large
tracts are fit for a fine population and
healthy and" prosperous settlements,
and it wquld be a calamity to neglect
x hem. I am convinced that this coun
'.ry has- a great agricultural and in
dustrial future,; and dt is the most : at
tractive playground in the * world. >It
most certainly presents excellent open
ings for capitalists . and . ample induce
ments \u25a0 should- be off ered them to come
self to shore. \ButJalas! a.worsV fate
befell ; me,,l was cast off. left: to perish
in .the drifting- sand ".which^gradually
covered- me until nothing 1 was left- of
me '.to enjoy the light of day but that
unfortunate; ungainly darned toe. ; ;.
: : .: As thc~ rr oon* rose: high over the \ sand
dunes and .beach; strewn -with ropes of
'kelp and seaweeds and the waves rolled
placidly \ out '.* upon .the ' sands, --; almost
! reaching; my* burial 'place, twolflgxires
approached hand In .'hand. ( Should I be
rescued, or"; engrossed in^ their -happi
ness ? would they see .only/; the \ moon
beams leflected .ln-each other's eyes?
The! young-Adonis .who approached
spied . all 'that* was ; left of .me
Stoopins. ; he ': def tly_ldragged "me - oat--
perhaps to ..peace," perhaps to >, new in-,
r^- :- r: < '\u25a0'.'.\u25a0'\u25a0---'-\u25a0'\u25a0." ' '\~:--l'
v *:Why.:that ; is my- stocking!- I lost It
; in :the". surf . ; this- morning," said 4 my
Judy's : familiar .'.voice, -which c l orecog^
\u25a0 nir ed with .'mingled^hope ,, and ; mlsgiv
tlng...,; **Xo. v it; is ; mlne^to : keep as r a^ pre
cious *souvenlrl,ofi our. summer fat'^ the
neashore. .It shall not/ bo your » again
unless you "gi v^ 'me '\u25a0• yopr; ; hand, r Say,
.what .shall; it-be-^-a*fair. exchanger* , : f.
iti'.'ifo.""ahe"BDSwered,i ti'.'ifo.""ahe"BDSwered, t "put the stocking
"in-.-your* pocket,":; and', here's ; my:. hand.
; I've s loved you,"lbeen jtrue.to you, been
Jealous % of?' youV wheii t you j flirted /.with
t theTother islrls."jNowAyou^arei slrls."jNowAyou^are mine and
!!the '/stocking*, is >»yoar».**fi A > peculiar.
smack! ng. • cracking, sound I itemed ' to
seal the^compact.l -. \u25a0 \u25a0
. My^-:days of fanguish. are'over. ;I
a wait annihilation = under : the >\u25a0 most fa
vorable surroundings. Quietly laid away
;, in* a'datnty ibox^T *haye ] t or.; my. : constant
JcompanJon: af-BachetJbag.Cof .rare '.per£
' fume. 'Ji I * am j a.", 1 , favored £ guests Inr^the
» home vmy< lady.'J^x On !.; each | annlver^"
i aa.ryloti,the - % da.y>ot; ray : rescue ' from ; the
, sand 3, of . the jbeach,'^ l; am 'always ?ten-,
f derly ,• shaken! out ; and > gi venj a.' sun \ bath,'
caressed and then laid away once more
jinypeace^andfquieti which, I so often
here. . The home maker and actual
settler and not the speculator should
be encouraged in making this a
white man's country. It 13 natural
that I should hare a peculiar good
feeling for settlers. They remind m«
of the men in our vest with /chom I
Some Pointers on Furnaces
PROPER placing of the " registers In
the rooms as regards the exterior
openings, such as windows and
doors, after taking into consideration
the direction of the prevailing winds in
winter and also with some considera
tion of the length of pipe required
in the cellar to reach the riser, is a
prime consideration. Badly placed and
too small registers account for more
than 50 per cent of furnace troablea.
Second, the furnace must' be properly
placed In the cellar and the pipes lead
ing to the risers must not only ba
proportioned to the size of the rooms
to be supplied, but also to the Isngth
of run In the cellar and the, amount of
rise which can be given them: the
longer ' the run and lower tha 'rise the
larger the, pipe. _-
*~A third ltem'Js that the opening
i *cli X Here Is a knlXa tha* no one ha*
ELlspQt^«i'rfr SaEjJ^^fe^ ' - ' ;'>r^-j; '> r^-j r» *«rer seen because tl U a new. pa>
I^^^^"*'" 1 ' I ''^-^"^!?' IH *nted kitcben knlfa never offered
|^ 4 «iß^R*^*?arS^^H^^-^ 5 2^'?-- 1 -' Sill«l l« for sa!« beror* \u25a0 ,
BMMBMilHfflgßra;^^^ fV JUt u^ to - datm *B^9 mftooid
\u25a0 We want to show yon how UioroazMy prac-i IJ^ B** «»<" piMO
tical it is to receive all the benefits o« ont-of Ik and see our guarantee 1% will be thm
doox sleeping— with the face. ooir. coming ia {By bUsest moQey maker ever offered,
contact with the crisp, ont-doos air — esioyiaj \x tf t'ead me your same and mdAnaa.
the comforts of a warm room, protected fxea K7 8. B. 311 r.LETt. Prea.. '
drafts, stoims. colds and insects— by nsiaa* a yf 340 Sayal t*"n** > Trr 4 Detroit, attea.
Walah Window Tent — — ;.
Eu an aij-rtaj to protect il*«p»r— no sail* or A II • '\u25a0% . _- \u25a0
•erowi to mar the woo<Urork-can b-> tastaaUy |«rOU Hill' Ufif«Tf)PDr!
•dirj.wKl to »n T window. Wnt« totf.y tor tnt OldV II d I finSinrnn
booiciei. - Wix.t fr«.h Alt Will Do.- aad tail ** "M J iiuil llWtflUl WM
*ZAtT^3S* "tantiaeocil/. Cl»»» anj O* 1^
" T»MSS*L fnjo Ustt Brawa ta Black.
n MBBa^ HHaßMaaaa^ a^ Ma _r far i£?^ aor w *»h or nib oZ. Cll-
i^i~Hln r n-r-L.-i,. **K*f*" ™ tiias no poiscas 13d i« not iticiT
t« Haniliain scr»m»*«<t# nor am?**j. ?oli bj- «U d.-i;-
Br/QS3P*ii*\ **Wltioat*n*;a»J." Will ststJ. or w? will !«4 you a Trial six* tor 2C\
3ttt?2 : >i!Wk t»« »*d«Bbarß.»U»r»UirTii*!^it pc»tp*td; Ur?* »l»< <elgit tl=se» at mticb.t. 6tV.
Wi£?39- Rial t%rum i $* AMr * "'iJhJZH.* I*'1 *' lt - Tour «tn??l»t <l«»'t »•- I' "cad direct tt> a*.
fia*U ;^»3n' Al *** ***^» « fr** *»• S*ad ia# ytllow wrapfr«r frtxa nro bottln pur-
• I&sl>sa9vj« W>of»» S^r\' ~7"V. •J- eos*ed from a drr:;?!jt ta<l w, wiil jlv* you
\T»T*^S^ 67 V. VS2vf[ .^Pj70 * 71 WAUTT7TTA CO.. UHi G Olrw »t.. Bt. EoaU. 3t«.
:;-W^:-y^«^w^iyi you can stop
. . :": .:..: .,.-;-. . :v,>, ...- .-... ... .; ...'.'. Yoir hu.^. s« nR INK" Iwr
81811 VCIC LwosiOtor Attx^ or Fnead from «-^*XlX^rWZ4^\a
JrAllAk I VIW Conquered at Last by ua'as wr lnexpen*i»« hem* methrxl. Haras-
, When "'Answering These' AdvertSements Please Mention Tna San Francisco Call
worked and with v&Ms) aspmssas) X
so daeply arrapathiia."
McKendrlek writes that diavmijalaa
arles war* dftTltfitad wlt2x ih» risil d
ih9 former prasldaat aad bis aoxu
Latar Booaaralt returned to K£as«
and laid tlia eearnarstona of a turar
mission sdiooL That in itself la 4
feat never performed by any otha*
American president and will last as
long ta tha memory oi tha Inland
mission of British East Africa aa daaa
tha marvelous markamasahip of
Rooaerelt and tha startUns recil*«
ness of his son la tho mamorj oJ
African hnstars.
which Is to supply frtsh air. whether
taken from the basement or. what U
preferable, from the outside, must b*
of at least threa-qnarters the capacity
of all the pipes leading from the fur
nace, the othar 35 per cent balsa; a,
rough allowance for tea expansion of
ilr brought In cold and raised to 99
or 100 degrees. The oold air duct,
preferably a gatvaslzed Iron pi?* of
heavy, weight, should b« carried above*
ground, so as to avoid any «h»~^ of
evaporating any aeeaaga water, bat
cot alongside th* taraaea. whs:» U
may become warm and tat uy a "b»ok
Yoa will raadlly appraclata that fur
aaca heating Is aa art. not a science.
and even the most succaasxul «ccs>
ilonally make roisukas.

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