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Old Enoch Gray lived in the now
almost forgotten town of Castaway, ‘"on the coast of Maine, and his son “Scat” lived with him. Old Enoch was a grizzled veteran of over seventy years, a relic of the civil war, in which he had done good service as a pilot in the fleets of Du pont and Porter, but was now badly crippled by rheumatism, and the re sults of his fifty years’ exposure to the wind and weather in all quarters of the globe. He had long been a widower, and the only one left of his numerous children was this son. christened Samnel Carter, now twenty-two years of age, and as long and lank and homely as could be found on the en tire coast. Because Samuel Carter had a kind of feline expression and from his earliest babyhood could climb like a cat, anything from the old lib erty pole on shore to the mast of a vessel at sea when the winds were blowing great guns, and because he had a habit of making a sort of pur ring sound, when about to speak, the children had first nicknamed him “Pussy,” and then someone said “Scat.” and “Scat” it was thenceforth. Old Enoch was the captain of one of the many pleasure boats and now the most sought for, when the sum mer boarders wanted a man in whose knowledge of seamanship they had the most implicit confidence, and whose prophecies of the winds and all possible storms were so much more to be relied upon than "Old Improba bilities,” as they called the Weather Bureau at' Washington. If the party was to be large and the trip was to be to one of the many islands and in cluded a clam-bake and chowder din ner. “Scat” generally accompanied his father, and many stories were told of his great strength and remarkable agility, and jokes were made at the size of his immense feet. It was said his shoes were made on a special “last,” and he always insisted on having the soles filled with great brass-headed nails. Castaway was in those days, and may be yet, the home of many sa loons and drinking places, and the n “SCAT,” AS HE LOOKED. street bordering on the wharves was lined with them, wnere Jack when ashore was wont to leave not only all' his hard-earned dollars, but his manli ness and happy disposition, and to be transformed into a fighting and quar relsome brute. Late on an afternoon, as Captain Gray and “Scat” were nearing their landing place, with a party of young people. Captain Dick Hardaker, full of bad gin and worse temper, stag gered down to the wharf, and with deep-muttered curses watched them as they prepared to disembark. Years before Captain Dick had been one of the town’s best-trusted sailing mas ters and most-respected representa tatives but on an unfortunate voyage had run his ship on the rocks and lost crew and cargo. In spite of his personal bravery and proof that the accident was unavoidable and through no fault of his, the Scotch verdict of “not proven” nad been given, and he had failed to get anoth er ship. This and the mishap itself had soured his disposition and changed him from a bluff-hearty sail or, into a drunken, quarrelsome loafer. He was a man of powerful frame, standing six feet two inches in his stocking feet, and was given a wide berth by all his quondam friends and shipmates, especially when, as was most generally the case, he was under the influence of bad liquor. The two captains had been old friends, and had weathered many a gale together, but now seldom spoke. That morning Captain Dick had met the pleasure party and offered his boat and ser vices, but his habits were well known, and his blood-shot eyes bore proof, only too plainly, of the last night’s potations, which the many morning drams had failed to rectify. When ten minutes later the party engaged old Enoch, and one of the boys flip pantly remarked, “No Scotch verdict or bad whiskey for us,” Captain Dick turned away with an angry oath and muttered that he would take his re venge later. After the boat was tied up and Enoch and his son were leaving the wharf, preceded by his party, Cap tain Dick strode over, planted himself directly in front of the old man, and calling him a vile name, added: “Don’t you know I always want to kill snakes and sneaks, whenever I meet them.” Captain Enoch's eyes flashed—for he himself had been a fn mous fighter in his day, and no man had ever doubted Ins courage—but he answered quietly, “Tut, tut, Captain Dick, we're too old friends to quarrel about nothing, and anyway you know my fighting days are over." “Yes, damn you, didn’t I say yon were a sneaking old hypocrite, and only fit to sail a lot of dudes and school girls?” “Well. I’m going to slap that griz zled old face of yours, and. then per haps you’ll get up'spunk enough to strike back, so I can have an excuse to throw you overboard.” Cries of “shame, shame,” were heard from the loungers near, for everyone loved Cap tain Enoch—and were beginning to hate Captain Dick—and two of the bright college boys that composed the late sailing party hastened back to do what they could to prevent the threat from being put into execution. Suddenly a sort of purring sound ; was heard behind them, as “Seat's” long body pushed them aside, and in his slow, hesitating, almost girl-like voice, he “aid: “Captain Dick, don’t I I THE APPARITION. you strike my father.” Captain Dick stared in stupid amazement. “Why, you young fool, clear out of my way. I’ve half a mind to double you up and drop you overboard, before I do the old man; get out of my way,” he thundered. The pupils of "Scat's” eyes nar rowed, as do those or his feline pro totype when cornered by some big dog, but he stood still, seemingly un cornered and looking ns ungainly and awkward as if at a school examina tion. The captain started towards him. with his arm .raised and his powerful fist clenched, and old Enoch hastily grabbed a club .that lay on the wharf. But “Seat” said softly: “Never mind. Pap—Just you watch me.” Stepping rapidly backward, as the captain continued to advance, ho deftly calculated the distance, and as quick as lightning threw a hand spring. Instead of landing on his feet, he shot out those immense hob nailed shoes with fearful force, land ing them both full in the captain’s face, cutting it to the bone in a dozen places. Captain Dick dropped as if hit by a cannon ball, without even a groan. A week later, when he slowly dragged himself from his bed, and got the first view of his swollen eyes,' his broken nose, and his “generally cut up and distorted features, he mut tered, “What a whale of a squall must have struck us.” Then opened his cabin door, walked out, and the good people of the village saw him no more. They Worked the Fraternity. The Grand Regent of the Royal Ar canum, of the District of Columbia, tells a story on himself, how after pa- : tiently urging, persuading and nagging, he managed to gefc a fellow acquaint ance to join his order. This new mem ber,—say Mr. Smith—after joining was at first delinquent in paying his dues, and the great mogul of the fraternity < had much trouble in getting- him to pay up. After a time, much to his surprise, Mr. Smith sent his money in promptly on the day it was due; then he sent in ; his money two months in advance. A , short time after, Mrs. Smith came into . the Grand Regent’s place of business and said, “Won’t you please come . around to see Mr. Smith, he is very ill.” Of course the kind-hearted Regent went. He found Smith very ill, indeed, so sick that the physician had told him his time on earth was limited, and Smith took occasion to thank the Re gent for getting him to join the order so that he might not pass away leav ing his family unprovided for. Smith died. His widow then beseeched the Regent to try to get her some work to do so that she might support her family. The Grand Regent was again obliging, and by hard work and an un- ' limited amount of red tape, got her through the civil service examination and she obtained a position in one of the Government Departments. Just be fore receiving her notice to go to work (about six months after her husband’s demise) she appeared again at the Grand Regent’s office and said: “I want to thank you for what you have done for me. I have just re ceived my appointment, but I -don’t think I will take the place; I have something better. I want to ask one more favor, won’t you please recom mend this party’s admission to your order?” “Well, now, Mrs. Smith,” said the Regent, “that is something I can’t do without knowing the applicant.” **Oh, he is all right, I can assure you," she replied, “he’s my husband.” There is one pawnshop in Paris op erated by the government, where the average number of watches pawned a day is one thousand, and where on an average one thousand wedding rings are pawned each week. At Rajputna, India, is one of the largest artificial lakes or reservoirs in the world. This reservoir, covering an area of 21 square miles, known as the Great Tank of Dhebar, is used for irrigating purposes. DEATH IN A SNOW STORM. An Interesting Account of a Winter » Spent In the Wilds of Idaho. Eastern people, said the old miner, as he deftly caugnt a live coal from the wood fire, around which we had gathered after our day’s hunt* in the Maine woods, and thrust it in the bowl of his pipe, have but little idea of the heavy snow falls of the Hookies and the Sierras, or what damage is often caused from the ac cumulated weight. I remember well, he added, hearing my father tell how in York State back in the thirties, that the fall was once so great that the men were com pelled to organize relief parties to dig away the big drifts from many of the houses, and that when driving along the streets one could almost look, from the level, into the second story window. Hut as I passed the first twenty years of my life in that town and .witnessed nothing more remarkable than drifts over the top rails of fences and the temporary blocking of the scarcely-traveled back roads, I conclude those stories must have gained somewnat from the lapse of years. He smoked rapidly and quietly for a moment, perhaps to gather his thoughts a little and resumed, ‘Why the fall was so excessive and contin uous once in Idaho Territory upon the steep roof of our mill, that the large timber of 12x14 below which the en gine had been built, -was bent almost to breaking. We feared our extra WPi P'll t YVnillrl finraltr hmolr if Knf fortunately the weather changed, the warm south wind blew up the canyon and the snow below the eaves of the building settled so that we could dig under the huge mass and by night had caused a minature snow slide and relieved the strain. I believe, how ever, the timber never regained its normal position. But in the mining town in the Sierras where I wintered in the early sixties, our first snow fell during October and in the morning lay four feet on the level. The storm lasted about forty-eight hours and we then had beautiful weather for sev eral weeks. When tne snow had par tially melted, the frame of a ten horse wagon, from which the wagon box had been removed, was found to be crushed to splinters, even the spokes of the wheels being torn and twisted out of all recognition. From the last of November until May, se vere storms were of very frequent oc currence until, by actual measure ment, the jjnow lay nearly thirty feet on the level. To travel any distance whatever was of course impossible, without snow shoes, and every man, woman and child became more or less of an expert. We used the Norwegian shoe exclusively, for with them the Bport is fast and furious. Eleven feet long and about fonr inches broad, with a leather band about one-third from the toe by which the foot is firmly held by its forward pressure, the toe of the shoe gracefully turned upward, we learned to brag of them and clierlsh them, as the rider does his horse, as well we might, for with out them we were helpless. The bot tom of the shoe Is made as smooth as glass and covered after each trip with a mixture of tallow and bees wax. A stout hickory pole, chosen with great care, about six feet long and with a knob on the end, is the juiding rudder, and the expert soon learns to pass near, and often be tween, objects where the slightest miscalculation would mean death. 4s the speed, down any steep moun tain §ide, often exceeds a mile a min-, ite, the modern cyclist or auto is not In it Of course in these deep snows the )ne story cabin of the miner would soon be buried, but care is always :a ken to shovel away as far as pos able the accumulations that come pi’ith the earlier storms. When there ire piles everywhere and shovelling jeeomes useless, the snow is per nitted to lie where It falls and in tress and egress to the cabin is made >y way of the chimney. No fires for varmth are needed, as not a breath >f air can enter the cabin and none i re made exeept such as can be kept n the large camp kettles, hung in :he fire place on a crane. The ehhn rey is kept free from snow by means >f a wooden roof fitting over its top, md above it, and it is absolutely es sential that between it and the roof he snow must be kept cleared away, 'teps are arranged in the chimney :or easy climbing and when the miner inters his cabin he stands his shoes n the snow bank a short way from he chimney, as otherwise his home -ould not readily be found. Onee more he paused, refilled and ighted his pipe and said as if to him self. And it all happened over forty fears ago. The two Carlton brothers, veterans >f the Civil War from Maine, where :hey claimed to have some snow storms of their own, lived in a cabin some little distance from the main street. The huge banks of snow; had ong since covered it and, like many >thers, for several weeks they had jrawled in and out of it through their ’himneys. This was their first win ter in these mountains and they had jeen often warned to keep the place jelow the chimney clear from snow, est the top be covered some night md they be smothered. But they lad laughed good naturedly and said hey were old backwoodsmen and ivere not afraid. After a storm of inusual severity which had lasted several days the question was asked n the loafing room of the hotel (a jig three story building where a half hundred miners made their home), if any one had seen or heard of Alf. Carlton, his brother Jim having mow-shoed to an adjoining town the week before. No one had, and the former spokesman added, "Well, you know he's a tenderfoot and isn’t any too careful about keeping the chlm aey open, as he should be.” A few minutes later the speaker rose and moving to the window (we •ntered and departed from the sec jnd story) said, “I reckon my boy and [ will go over to his cabin. If we seed any help I’D send the boy back.” About ten minutes later the boy glided up to the window, opened it and called out, “Pap says all of you come over quick, bring lots of snow shovels and a couple, of blankets. Let some of the women get one of the .bed rooms warm and make some hot soup and coffee.” It. don’t take much time for us old fellows whose lives are full of tragedies and start ling episodes, to get ready for almost any kind of contingency; and before the boy had stopped talking, more than two dozen strong and willing men and several of the other sex, not always the weaker sex in a mining camp, were gliding over the interven ing half mile. It was a beautiful morning after the storm and in the light, crisp air of that great altitude every object stood out as clear and distinct as if all nature rejoiced, and no thought of death was possible. The green branches of the many pines were heavily weighted with the late ly fallen snow, and the level expanse of Meadow Lake with its white cov ering glistened in the bright sunlight like an immense mirror. Not a word was spoken nor a sonnd heard in the still air, except the swish of our snow snoes, as we glided rapidly toward Carlton’s cabin. This was built, as I have said, a lit tle distance from the more thickly settled part ef the town (although now very many of the smaller cabins were buried out of sight and upon our arrival, nothing could be seen to distinguish its position, except a huge mound of snow and the ends of two snow shoes; presumably where the chimney was. Two dozen willing hands were soon hard at work, clear ing away the huge drifts, and as soon as the chimney was uncovered 'we --TT v. J.VM1V-U UUU tApCV, ICU, that the space around It had been permitted to lie and harden. It was but too plain that what had fallen during this previous storm laid rapid ly filled the small space below the chimney cap, and the cabin been her metically sealed. As soon as the opening was made, a couple of us climbed down. Poor Carlton stood, leaning against the bricks of the chimney; fully clothed, even to his blue army overcoat, and the air was thick with a close, foul odor. There were no matches in the cabin or up on his person. He had evidently slept long and soundly and realized from his sensations when he awoke and be came partially conscious that he was being smothered. That he had become bewildered and had wandered aimless ly around tbe cabin was evident by the articles strewn upon the floor, and when he finally found the chimney, had been teo weak to make the ascent and bad gradually fallen into his last sleep. We judged he bad been dead for forty-eight hours or more, and as the storm was raging so fiercely at that time, it is by no means certain -that he could have been rescued, had his condition been known. The body was wrapped in blankets and tenderly carried to tbe hotel, and prepared at once for burial. The grave was dug near an old pine tree through twenty-four feet of snow, and steps had to be cut to lead down to the ground. There was no minister in the camp, but one of the women brought out a prayer book and the burial service was read and probably each one of us sent up some sort of a prayer, that he might make a hap py landing on the other shore. Over a hundred men and women on snow shoes accompanied the body from the hotel to the grave, the wind singing a soft requiem as we laid the body away in that great white sepul cher and commented upon the singu lar fatality that had carred him safe ly through years of bloody strife, to at last meet his death in that strange manner 8.500 feet above his home of early days on the rock-bound shores of the Atlantic. Briefs from Everywhere. No intoxicants were allowed Rus sian prisoners in Japan. A carved war god supposed to be over a thousand years old has been found in a cave in Colorado. One oupce of radium contains pow er enough, if it could be utilized, to lift ten thousand tons one mile high. The Arabs claim that Eve’s grave Is in a cemetery at Jeddah wmch was closed for interments over a thou sand years ago. The Denver and jRio Grande Rail road Is employing Navajo Indians as section hands, finding them better workmen than South Europe laborers. - 9 The herring is one of the most mig ratory of fish. They are only caught as a rule during the spawning season. Where they go to after that is not Known. The new postage stamps which Ja pan is printing for Korea show a chry santhemum, emblem of Japan, a plum blossom, emblem of Korea, and two pigeons, symbolic of the postal ser vice. - In 1718 a French scholar named Henzoin published a work about giants, beginning with Adam, who he asserted was 123 feet 9 Inches tall, Eve being only five feet shorter. The railway scrap heap of the country last year reached the value of $1,250,000. This was the value of picked-up coupling pins, waste paper, old nails, bolts and the like. The dress of Persian women on the street is so uniform that a man can not recognize bis own wife, mother or daughter and to lift the veil of a woman on the street in Persia is a capital offense, The English cottagers are .the most flower-loving people In the world. Many of their flowers are descended from the gardens of the monasteries dis established by Henry VIII. The cot tages themselves, whether they are owned or rented, descend from genera tion to generation and are In the true Bence homes. F R E E! (LADIES THIS ic For Scarf GIVEN AWAY Send us your nsme and address sod we will send you free and post-paid 24 pieces of our lewelry novelties to sell at 10 cents each. Everybody you show them to will buy them of you. When sold send us the $2.40 end we will s$ once send you this Handsome Fur Scarf It is nearly 48 inches long, made from black Lynx fur, has six full, bushy tabs, very latest style, and wo know you will be more than pleased with It. When you receive it we know you will say it is the moat elegant and thoroughly good fur you have ever seen. Nothing similar to this scarf has ever before been offered as a premium; it will give years of satisfactory wear. It gives a stylish, dressy effect to the wearer’s appearance. The only reason we can offer them is we had a large number of them made up for us by one of the large furriers during the summer when trade was quiet; this is the only reason we are able to offer such an expensive premium. We hope you will take advantage of eur offer without delay. This is an extrlordinary offer and cannot be duplicated by any other reliable concern. We trust you with our iewelry until sold. It costs you nothing to get this fur. Address, COLUMBIA NOVELTY CO., Dept. 655. Cast Boston. Mass. New Walk For Women. From London comps startling re ports of a new figure and a new pose which have been called into existence by the winter fashions. Women who have for the last year been lightly tripping In the short “trottoir” skirt have found that they mast adapt their style of walking to the new or der of thhings. A slow, languorous movement of the limbs is therefore cultivated, as being more conductive to grace when wearing the long “red ingote” coat and the newly intro duced princess styles. The new walk is just a little sug gestive of the “Gibson girl,” but In a modified form. The figure is held upr right at the sbouldern, with the slightest forward bend at the waist, the head is erect, the chin in and the legs swing from the hips. The cor rect poise is not attained all at once— according to the London Express—and at the physical eifitnre schools, where society is now graduating in the art of how to .walk in a “redingote,” some yery drastic orders are given. The practice of sleeping on the back or one side is fatal to the new poise. If the woman of fashion would look baB and statoly she must sleep face downward, with a pillow tightly wedged under her chin in order to avoid suffocation. Climate in the Philippines. Major General Leonard Wood in a report to the War Department says that in his opinion there is no subject upon which more nonsense has been written than that of the bad effects of Ehe Philippine climate on the health of officers and soldiers. Returns from California show that the value of the orange crop shipped out of that State last season was $23, 125,000. Of this sum the growers re ceived $14,500,000 and the railroad and refrigerator lines $9,425,000. The average number of hairs which grow on the head of a red-haired man is a little over 20,000 hairs. Dark :iair is three times as fine and the av erage crop is about 105,000, while a fair-haired man or woman averages from 150 to 175 thousand hairs. 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