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SeventeaathYitar Eatabllahed 1881
Published Every Tuesday and Friday by
UKUCE MILIERfEaitors and Owner
Copyright x8gl
traveler Yes drum
mer if you like it better its all the
same to me I learned long1 ago to be
all things to men if so by I miglit sell
goods to any The plan has paid pretty
well too I have as good a trade as any
west of the Alleghenies Line Hard
ware Firm Irons Steele New
York No the name isnt a fake though
it is what you might call a coincidence
My customers All sorts and condi
tions of men literally Everybody
must have hardware of some kind an
ax and a knife are prime necessities
even with the savage Queer experi
ences Well rather
About the best of my customers is
the Mammoth Moral Menagerie and
Gircus Combination They buy all their
hardware through me and vou would
them in some town on their route twice
a year to take orders and I am fre
quently asked to make something out of
the way for some one or other of the
performers There was one such order
that I kept a state secret for years I
dont suppose it can do any harm to
tell about it now It hasnt been a
secret since well I might as well tell
you the story
You know every circus has a lion
king or queen and the queen especial
ly is a trump cardi always The Ms
Cs had such a one a pretty little
woman who looked as though she would
scream at a mouse but who -went into
the cages and ordered the lions and
1 fj
ious look that women get and was
frailer thaiu when first knew her I
wondered if our rods were all right and
went behind the scenes to ask Yes the
work was excellent and had lasted well
but alas she had had a grand desola
tion Guisseppe I remembered Guis
seppe was dead I hadnt given a
thought of Guisseppe since I had seen
him last tout I understood that she
meant the old man I said yes and
was duly sympathetic I never hurt a
womans feelings if I can help it There
was suck a troubled look in her eyes
that it made me want to help her The
little woman was as straight as a string
and I was sorry when she quit the Ms
Cs for the proprietors are a good
sort as square as circus men can be
I asked her if I might call and talk over
old times
Certainly would I be so good
So the next day between perform
ances Iwent to the address she gave me
a second class but passably respectable
theatrical boarding house She seemed
glad to see me and talked freely in that
eager way women do who have no one
to confide in Guissepe was a great
loss His death left her absolutely with
out a protector and there was a man in
the company who persecuted her he
wished to marry her and she abhorred
him Fortunately there was no one
else since her suitor had sworn that if
she should smile on a rival he would
kill her and she believed he would
I had my advice to offer people
hardly guess how much it is I meet erally have I urged her either to go
home to Italy sne naa some munuy
saved or to return to the Ms Cs
I thought she seemed to like the last
suggestion and I gathered that if the
circus managers should make her an
offer it would be accepted
Well I made it a point to write to
Turner -with whom I am rather chum
mv in a business way I knew he would
be glad to get her back so it was a
Heinarkahle Scene Witnessed im
Georgia Field
There were 90 happy negroes wear-
ing the stripes of convicts in Georgia
one day recently v
All their happiness was caused be-
cause Deputy Sheriff C P Trimble has
a big heart and also a big watermelon
Mr Trimbles watermelon patch is
situated in East Point and for some
days a squad of 90 negro convicts has
been working on the road that runs by
the forbidden fruit For days the song
that the poor devils would sing to the
rattling of their chains was something
about the inferiority of all the fruits
of the earth compared to the water
melon ending with the plaintive
Oh gimme oh gimme I really wish
you would dat watermelon groin on
de vine
The other day their song was an
swered It was raining and they could
not work and Mr Trimble ordered
Capt Duncan who has charge of them
to turn them in and let them eat their
fill Capt Duncan knew better than to
turn 90 hungry convicts right into a
field of melons for he wanted to save
the vines arid he knew that they would
eat vines and all so he selected several
of the trusties and sent them up to
the field with a big two horse wagon
Those trusties knew what they had to
do and if one wagon ever had a load
of melons that one did When it rolled
into camp there was a kind of lull that
comes before a storm only a moment
for the melon hungry negroes to grasp
the situation and then the massacre
There were no knives to cut them up
with There were no dainty slices like
one sees in a boarding house It was
like a swarm of locusts turned loose in
a grain field There was one loner swish
chance to do him a good turn and the j and a swush a blur of red a universal
next spring when I made my semi- grunt of satisfaction and the wagon
annual visit she was there in much bet- was on the way back to the field for
ter spirits intensely grateful still more
ing the lions and tigers with the moral J Oliver Twist wasnt in it when it
suasion of red hot steel I came to calling for more with these
Only Bengal the tiger who had hungry convicts When the wagon
came back with 200 or 300 more the
tigers around in a way to make your
hair stand on end
She carried a little rattan just such
a cane as dndes used to delight in be
fore they took to lugging around sticks
as big as themselves It astonished
everybody to see how afraid those
beasts were of that slight wand The
newspaper reporters said it was the
power of the human eye but after I
had seen her once or twice I made up
my mind that the eye wasnt in it and
that the cane was every time Once at
Frankfort the biggest tiger as ugly
a brute as you would care to keep out
of the way of sprang at her in a fashion
that made one woman in the audience
faint and a dozen shriek She never
flinched though the tiger set his teeth
into her left shoulder she just gave it
the rod until the beast let go howling
The men rushed in and shut the inner
door but she had saved herself before
they got tli ere
1 asked no questions but I had some
curiosity about that cane and it was
a satisfaction when one day Mdlle
Leonie that was her name requested
a private interview with hie She
brought an old man with her some sort
of relation who was as faithful a
in The Bride of Lam
mermoor He went to every door and
window to make sure there was no one
eavesdropping and then stood at the
door outside to prevent our being in
terrupted Of course the conversation
was albout the cane The mystery like
all mysteries was simple enough when
you knew it The rattan was hollow
and lined with asbestos which was
much less used then than it is now
Inside the rattan was a steel rod which
by pressing a spring could be made to
protrude beyond the ferule The old
man heated the rod to white heat b
fore each performance and its touch
was torture no wonder the beasts had
learned to dread it
- Much burning had injured the rods
thesecould have been renewed without
betraying the secret but of late the
holder had seemed out of order and the
heat hurt her hand
I assured her that the matter could
be fixed without sending to Italy prom
ised secrecy and made a special trip to
New York to see that the cane had a
new lining properly put in
Some months after that my lion
queen left the Ms Cs to join a dime
museum in an eastern city and it was
a year or more before I saw her Then
I chanced to be in that city on business
for the firm and seeing her name on the
posters I took a couifty friend to see
the show She was as great a success
as ever but she had that worried
wounded her had neither forgotten iior
forgiven He would be glad to do her
a mischief Then there was also an
other beast a recent purchase who was
sulky and ill conditioned so that if once
the rod was not quite hot However
she had a spirit lamp in her dressing
room and heated it herself there could
be no danger And in the winter she
was going home to Italy Her aunt
had written her of a pretty little farm
which could be bought for a sum with
in her means There were only needed
a few more dollars to stock it
Accordingly in the autumn posters of
the circus there was a two f oat lettered
announcement of the farewell engage
ment of Mdlle Leonie before her final
retirement from the arena and return
to Italy
When I saw her she was in a great
fright Her obstreperous lover had
come to see her and was threatening all
manner of terrible things unless she
gave up the idea of leaving Ameri
ca and agreed to marry him at once
That night I was with two or three
customers and as there was nothing
else of any account going on wc strolled
into the circus
It is a very good show but I have
seen it so often that I am pretty well
used to it Besides I was thinking of
other things When the lion queen
came on however my companions were
so much interested that I roused up
She went through her act wi th the lions
who seemed rather to like her in fine
form but when she came on for the
tiger act I felt uneasy the brutes had
a wicked look that I thought boded
trouble Still the familiar rod was in
her hand and I took a professional
pride in that rod
I can hardily tell you how it hap
pened Such things take place in a
flash Both beasts were upon her at
once snarling and growling like devils
incarnate How she did lay on with
that rod It seemed impossible that
anything with sensation could stand
so much red hotsteel Good God was
it possible they had snatched it from
her and broken it in pieces I rushed
in with the attendants who hurried
into the cage with goads andiwhips and
drove the brutes off but it was too late
After it was all over 1 picked up the
broken rattan Then I understood It
was only an ordinary cane like any
other an exact copy of ours but with
out the inner rod The villainhad been
talking to her just before she came on
for the last act and- of course he had
managed to substitute it for hers I
suppose she was scared out of her wits
and so did not notice But how are yop
going to prove it
melons that had gone before had been
forgotten and the second onslaught be
gan It was more stubborn and a lit
tle longer but the victory was just as
Old negroes that had not tasted a bit
of the red fruit since last year would
grab a melon give it one affectionate
hug and then let us draw a curtain
over the scene No mortal man could
tell where the negro began and the
melon left off The rinds went the
same way that the meat did and there
were enough seed swallowed to
the whole United States appendicitis
if properly distributed
When the last reports were received
the wagon was still making trips to
the patch and Mr Trimbles melons
were disappearing at the rate of about
90 a minute
In spite of the recent investigation
of the convicts there are at least 90
of them in the state whose condition
has been very much improved already
and there were 90 of them who went to
sleep swearing that Boss Trimble he
was a good white man and thinking
that being a convict was not so bad
after all Atlanta Journal
Letters with Queer Addresses Kind
Tlieir Destination
It is wonderful how inuch confi
dence people have in a letter carriers
ability to deliver letters said a letter
carrier to a Star reporter Very often
we have letters to deliver Avith scarcely
any address at all and even
feet If they manage however to get
the number of the house and the street
right we can generally do the restart
matters not how the names are spelledf
or even if they have been left off alto
gether In other instances the names
are all right but there is no address
In nine cases out of ten such letters
reach their destination though thej
are often somewhat delayed I had a
letter a few days ago which illustrates
my idea It was addressed to a public
wagon stand to be delivered to the
driver of a gray horse with a covered
furniture wagon the wagon being
painted green It was the last word
that secured the delivery for it hap
pens there are three white horse
which are usually on that stand but
there was only one green painted
wagon The laughable part of it Was
that the letter was marked Immediate
I visited that stand three times during
the day and though white horses wore
in evidence each time I was there the
green painted wagon did not -show lip
until my last trip I delivered the let
ter It was an order for the drive to
move some furniture Another letter
I once delivered was equally blindly ad
dressed It was addressed to Mr
who owns two Spitz dogs one a yellow
and the other a gray In a note on the
back of the envelope addressed to the
letter carrier the information was
given that the name had slipped the
mind of the writer but that the man
with the dogs was known1 to the carrier
It happened that I did know the man
and had often seen him with his dogsT
but he lived two miles from my route
though he very frequently came
through it visiting his son who lived
in my district He got his letterS
Washington Star
Made His Pile
Yes said the Francisco business
man I made my fortune out of Klon
Dig it out
Not by a darn sight I sold outfits
to the geezers who were going up to
dig -Philadelphia North American
Good By
I find if impossible to express my
self stammered the swell youth f rom
the city r 5
Never mind the express An accom
modation train leaves in 20 miirates
answered the fair country maiden
Detroit Free Press -
- T
tlcmhers o Parliament Thinlc Their
Army and Aavy Invincible
Two distinct ideas are to be reck
oned with when one is considering- the
possibilities of war between Japan and
the United States When Marauis Itn
was in New York recently he declared
da the most positive terms that Japan
had no desire to annex the Hawaiian
islands and that nothing could be
further from the intention of the gov
ernment of his country than to have
trouble with the United States Such
a i thing as Japan going to war with
America he said was too preposter
ous to toe even thinkable
t Marquis Itos ideas are those of all
high government officials in Japan
These men have much political experi
ence they have been trained many of
them for a quarter of a century in
-European and Asiatic diplomacy They
are familiar with public affairs tho
world over and know well what should
be the policy of their country in its
relations with foreign powers They
-know what Japan can do they under
stand that there are many things she
cannot do and they know why The
conquest of China has not turned their
heads They knew they would win be
fore they went to war for they were
well informed of Chinas weakness and
of their own strength They knew also
that if Russia took a hand in the game
seriously affairs would assume a dif
ferent aspect and that diplomacj
rather than force of arms would be
Japans recourse
This condition of intelligent under
standing is different from that of the
two houses ot parliament however and
parliament though not supreme is a
nrrnwiTur nnwpr iti Trmnn rmrl nnnnrift
iv wj
be ignored It voices the minds of the
people for it is in great part made up
of men elected by public vote but as ix
s not ten years old it has had little
experience It does not know how to
behave itself and is exceedingly im
patient of restraint so much so that
efforts to put into effect the rules of
procedure such as are used in the par
liaments of other nations meet with no
encouragement The parliament mem
bers who have the dispositions of chil
dren are carried away with Japans
success in the war with China They
ipelieve that their fleet and their army
are mvinciuie win uul iiauen
when a cabinet minister appears be
fore them to ask them to go slowly
Yamato damashi they cry We
are the people As one of them con
ifided to an American not long ago
I hope that England France Germany
and Russia do not interfere with Ja
pans policy regarding China for I
should greatly regret tne f act it J axan
were obliged to declare Avar and oblit
erate England France Germany and
t This is the mind of a large number of
the members of the Japanese diet It
s as different as well may be from the
jdeas of the members of the cabinet
lof the privy council and of the mikado
but it must be reckoned with when
-trying to determine the orobable ac
tion Japan will take on the Hawaiian
question America is better liked in
Japan than any other country and
with good reason but should parlia
ment get an idea that America was
meddling with her dignity which is
in truth vanity the whole country
would splutter and the spluttering
would have to be attended to NY
Incident That Is Worthy of the Pen
of a Genius
The story of a whole company of sol
diers enlisting to be grafted for duty
in bits to save the life of a suffering lit
tle girl is worthy of Kipling It is how
ever a true story from Illinois A
young girl named Florence Connell in
attempting to fill a gasoline stove was
horribly burned Usually a person
whose skin is so much burned as hers
dies but she survived yet after six
months perfect care and treatment was
still unhealed The physician in charge
proposed skin grafting Two healthy
brothers of the girl offered first Take
as much as you want doctor to save
Florence they said Twenty patches
were taken from one 44 from the other
and adjusted to the suffering sisters
need Then a third brother who is cap
tain of militia company A submitted
to the surgeons knife and contributed
33 patches for his sisters healing- And
then his whole company volunteered
for the service and offered themselves
when needed
The doctor accepted picked out sev
ral members and warned the others
that he might have to call on some of
them To their honor and credit not
one flinched but all reported for duty
and from among them 125 more grafts
were made This has about finishedthe
work but if more patches are needed
qualified subjects are ready The girl
is getting well slowly but surely and
has gained 20 pounds during the last
month The doctor thinks she will be
In condition to leave the hospital and
go to her home before snow flies and
the soldier boys will give a serenade
when she is well enough to the little
sister of the regiment Boston Trans-
Her Heart Is Elsewhere
Mrs Tenspot You ladies are all
wrong in guessing that Miss Frisbie
will marry Mr Hungerford
Mrs Gazzam What makes you say
I have been noticing her conversa
tion carefully and I find that she al
ways speaks of Mr Hungerford with
the greatest respect and in the most
glowing terms N Y World
A Barsrain
She How nicely you did that And
would would you care to always re
pair nry punctures
He Darling it would be the greatest
joy of my life for me to do so if you
would promise to darn my socks in re
So they rode along in search of a par
ton Cleveland Leader
Luxurious JourBcylng Beforn
Days of Palace Cars
Sitting in the shade of his curious
little shanty at lock 65 a reporter one
afternoon recently found Daniel Hib
bard the oldest lock tender in point of
service in the state Every canal man
who has been on the ditch any length
of time knows Dan Hibbard as the
reteran is affectionately and generally
Yes Im Dan Hibbard declared the
gray haired man laying aside his pipe
as the newspaper man made his inquiry
Oldest lock tender Well yes oldest
in service There are a few men older
in years than I be but none of them has
served 40 years at a post of this kind
But Ive been servin on the canal for
50 years altogether for Heft my fathers
farm when I was 16 and drove a team of
horses on the ditch I was mighty glad
to get away from the toils of the farm
and I thought it was fun driving horses
for 12 a month and board on the boat
Before his long term as lock tender
began Hibbard saw a little packet boat
Riding on board a packet was a
luxury too I can tell you recalled Mr
Hibbard None of these Wagners or
Pullmans were finer for downright
comfort and for sociability of the pas
sengers I never saw anything that sur
passed a packet People became thor
oughly acquainted for sometimes they
were together for several days The
passengers slept and ate on the boat
and the service was always good There
were four lines running in those days
There was a line from Buffalo to Roches
ter another from Rochester to Syracuse
another from Syracuse to Utica and the
fourth was from Utica to Schenectady
There was no packet line from Schenec
tady to Albany for two reasons The
first was that too much time had to be
consumed in passing the nine locks at
Schenectady and the second reason
was that there were but few towns of
any importance along the line Stage
coaches ran through the country of
course so that Albany was not entirely
isolated from the rest of the world
Every daj a boat used to leave from
Rochester in the morning and every
night there would be another The
horses would go on a trot so that pret
ty good time was made The boat
that left Rochester in the morning
would get in Buffalo the same night
find the boat that left at night would
reach its destination the following
morning The day boats served meals
while the night boats were provided
with sleeping accommodations One
hundred and fifty persons could be
well taken care of at night
The meals were good and the boat
captains used to buy fruit cheap from
the fanners Peaches were 25 cents a
bushel and plums and apples were
worth barely anything There were a
barber shop and bar on board Every
thing at the bar was three cents except
brandy that was sixpence Most of the
passengers on the day boats would ride
on deck to see the beautiful country
through which the canal passed
The ride from Rochester to Buffalo
was especially enjoyable on account of
the great sandstone quarries at Medina
and the fine sight of the big locks at
Lockport There the boats had to over
come an elevation of 200 feet The roar
of the water used to frighten timid pas
sengers The fare was three cents a
mile with board on the boat and also a
berth Thus in two days a person
could make the journey from Schenec
tady to Buffalo and have a fine time on
the way
Sometimes we had trouble especial
ly at the locks There were single locks
altogether then and the boat that ar
rived locked through save when
there were packet boats and these were
supposed to have the right of way Once
in awhile the men on the packet boat
would have to fight for the lock and
then there would be a high old time i
remember a fellow called Sleepy Jim
who used to travel simply for the op
portunity to fight The packet boats
generally won out however Roches
ter Post Express
Tadpole Pond Lilies
One of the most beautiful floral ex
hibits in New England5 says a Con
necticut man is upon Tadpole pond
a famous pond lily pond on the line of
the Norwich Worcester railroad one
mile above Jewett City Conn The
surface of the pond is now a mass of
pink-and-white pond lilies and their
fragrance is carried for miles bv tlt a
summer winds No one knows how
long this remarkable garden of pond
lilies has been in existence bat for
many years Tadpoles lilies have been
sought by picnic parties from near by
counties in this state Massachusetts
and Rhode Island Cart loads of the
flowers are carried away but there
seems to be no diminution in the
The railroad comes suddenly upon
the poml which it divides in halves
and in an instant the passengers de
tect the fragrance of the lilies and
throw up the windows the better to
view the beautiful and unusual sight
In one section of Tadpole there is a
large tract of lilies the blossoms of
which are of so rich a pink as to be al
most rose colored They arc of ex
ceeding rare beauty and are much
sought after by collectors Chicago
Inter Ocean
Pneumatic Tubes for aiessases
It is fetrange that while this country
is so far advanced in electric railways it
should be behind Europe in the pneu
matic tube system of transmitting
messages and small packages Some of
the large cities of Europe such as Lon
don Liverpool Birmingham Paris and
Berlin have been provided with pneu
matic tubes for messages for 40 years
and they carry on an immense business
St Louis Globe Democrat
Not to Be Beaten
My little sister is the best baby you
ever saw She sleeps 24 hours every
Huh ourn sleeps 26Cleveland
fplain Dealer T
J 5-
An ant which Sir John Lubbock the
English naturalist had kept for obser
died where
vation many years recently
unon the Indian Mirror published an
obituary notice of the death of his aunt
By the death of his father young
Ogden Goelet becomes probably the
richest lad of his years in the country
He is 20 years old andit is believed that
of he will be worth
when he comes age
Rev Dr Henry M Field 7G years pf
active duty as editor
age is still doing
of the New York Evangelist being able
to work a dozen hours a day Dr Field
is qf the same family as Judge Field of
the United States supreme court
There is trouble over cQld tea at
Westminster v Sir Alfred Lawson de
clares that the great shebeen as he
pleasantly calls the house of commons r
restaurant is unlicensed and that if
liquor selling there is not stopped he
will have it raided by the police
Mrs Craigie John Oliver Hobbs
is said to find her diversion in music
and chess Mrs Flora Annie Steel is
devoted to music singing painting
acting and cooking To be truly de
voted to any one of the above pursuits
would require no ordinary strength of
Ouida the novelist writes The
trouser is the culminating point in
modern male attire of ugliness in
decency nnsuitability andantihygienic
stupidity The chimney pot is the more
ludicrous but I think the trouser is tne
more odious portion of masculine cloth
ing It would make a guy of Apollos
It is reported in Atchison Kan that
J D Harmon the famous Missouri
laugher is dead Harmon had a guf
faw which could be heard for many
blocks and it was so contagious that he
was a great attraction when he visited
Atchison to sell the products of his
farm Harmon lived a few miles across
the Missouri line
A Hint That WorJcedT
Maude I wonder how it happened
that Mr Smarte nroposed fr finnMoO
Ti u t j -
ouu x understand sdie told him
that anther man was tryipto marry
her for 3ier money Tit Btf 1
r5 v
71 V
Writers Forget That Women Have
Fathers as Well as Mothers
All women have fathers as well as
mothers That is a fact of natural his
tory which we do not suppose the most
advanced of the crovyds -who are now
writing about women and their progress
are prepared definitely to deny but they
would certainly like to deny it if they
could The assumption which under
lies all their views is that women are
not only different from men physically
intellectually and morally but hnt
they belong to a different race which
may as time advances have a destiny
of its own They write as if the great
Hindu legists who hold that female
property should descend only to fe
males had perceived part of a great
truth which is that women are con
tinuously separate from men inherit
nothing from them and are forever ad
vancing upon a line of their own which
will in the end or at all events may
in the end after what Mrs Green callsjv
an anarchic period develop in themLro
something probably superior to any vL
thing in men or at the worst some
thing radically different
The human race with these writers is
male but -women are female and there-
fore something quite other than hu
man Their strength and their weak
ness their virtues and their failings be
long to themselves and no more belong
to a common humanity than the quali
ties of cattle and the qualities of the
f elidae belong to a common animal na
ture They have a different line as well
as a different law of progress and will
in the end develop into beings entirely
separate -from men probably much
higher but at all events so different
that to reason from the progress of one
sex to the progress of the other is as
futile as to reason that because wolves
have in the course of unnumbered ages
developed into dogs therefore cat
must in the course of countless aeon
develop into dogs also In the violence
of their recoil from the Tennysouiau
idea that woman is but lesser man th
more fanatical writers attribute to her
qualities faculties and above all a fu
ture fate which would if their assump
tion were true prove her to belong tn
an essentially different species which
resembles man only for a momeut
when as it were accidentally she ii
level with him in a race in which she ia
destined to be far the first The fact
that as all men are the sons of women
they must share in any inherited ex
cellence or even change which their
mothers may devplop is not so much de
nied as ignored and the whole question
is treated as if all men Avere the de
scendants of Adam and all women of
Eve not by a license of poetic speech
but in prosaic fact London Spectator
Perfume from Living Plants
Capt Smee has discovered a method
of gathering the scent of flowers as the
plant is growing He takes a glass
funnel and heats the thin end over a
spirit lamp He then- draws out the
stem to a fine point This accomplished
the funnel is filled with ice and placed
on a retort stand the pointed end be
ing placed in- a small glass bottle
without touching it After this the
standi and the funnel are placed in a
greenhouse among the flowers whose
odors it is desired to collect Gradually- -the
vapor rises from the flowers and in
meeting the colder surface of the fun-
condenses into drops on he outside
of the glass From the point of con
densation it tricklesdown until it -
into the bottle In a surprisingly short
time a large amount of perfume is col
lected and it is claimed that 90 per cent
of the contents of the bottle is perfume
the rest is water Strange to say this
essence of the flower needs to be adul
terated with spirits of wine Otherwise
it would become sour andi useless
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