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FULTON COUNTY NEWS.
Published Every Thursday. 13. W. Veck, Editor. McCONNELLSBURG, PA. Thursday, Dec. 7, 1899. Published Weekly. 1.00 per Annum in Advance. Prompt attention will be given to applications for ad vertising rates. Job Printing of every des cription executed with prompt ness, in a workmanlike manner and at consistent prices.' "NOW I LAY Mi: DOWN TO 'SLEEP." Night's suble vobuti tucked in the day And silvery utars bi'jran to peep, When kneeling down, I lisping pray, "Now 1 luy nie down to sleep." My altur then my mother's knee At thought of whose deur name I weep Those were the words she taught to me; "I 'pray Thee, Lord, my soul to keep." How many now, grown gray with years, Ere of sweet sluml)rrthey partake, Forget to say, oft-times with tears, "If I should die before I wake?" From infancy to wintry age, While life endures, we suppliance make. And ever thus, the child, the sage, "IprayThee,Lord,my soul to take." Whitticr At Home. The first ih.stallmontof a .sorios of lettorn that passed between Whitticr and Gail Hamilton are published for the first time in tho December Ladies Home Journal. In one letter (written, however, to a friend) Gail Hamilton gives this interesting glimpse of Whit ticr at home: "Imagine Whitticr and me sit ting together one whole day and two evenings, talking all the time and then repeating it! . . . One of the brass knobs on the Franklin stove was loose and came off in my hand. I turned it over and remarked upon its brightness. He said, 'Now does n't thee know that thee is making work?' 'How?' I asked. 'Why, destroying the brightness by handling it' I rubbed it with my handkerchief and asked the housekeeper if I had made her any work. 'Oh,' she said, 'you make me no work. Mr. Whitticr always takes care of these brass es himself.' That accounted, I said, for his anxiety and dis missed mine for I did not think a man generally had any more work than was good for him! . The little balls of the trimming of my dress kept coming off and were lying around on the floor. I picked one up just as I was coming away and said,' There, I will give you that as a keepsake. ' He laughed, and said he had two in his pocket already! . . . Hetold some company in theeveu iug that I had talked so much it had made him hoarse!" Tricks of Choir Singers. One of the Euglish bishops lias been complaining that he notices about many choir boys and men a want of reverence and of atten tion to the services that are going on, and he exemplifies this by saying that the choristers talk in song and have a sort of "volun tary" of their own wherein they drop the original words and, to sacred music, chant: "I am so hungry; I hope we shall finish soon. "' Hut this, in reality, is a very old complaint, and tho average stage manager is far more afflict ed by it than even are choirmas ters connected with places of wor ship. The rows of chorus men and girls one sees on the stage carry on long conversations about everything under the sun, and to music. And all tho time they in dulge in tho gestures they have been taught as appropriate to the scene, their thoughts are re ally with tho themes of their chat, and thus it is that these gestures seem so wooden and ar tificial. And it is a fact that the great bulk of the chorus people engaged in the high class "Ital ian" opera sing any giberish they please. Nothing dies so laird or rallies bo often as intolerance. If. W. Heechcr. THREE-CARD MONTE. A Trick that Some Fulton Coun ty People Have Run Up Against and Got Hit, III. I' i-:lt SMAI.LI.SI. VACANT VAN EI, IN THE DOME. , The Story of a Married Man's Vis j it to 11 (iroecry Store. Houck invented the three card monte game before he became of age. This is a trick with cards that has fleeced more peoble out of money than any other game ever practiced. This trick is played with three aces, two black ones and one red. It is always played with a confederate to help, or "stall, "for the game. The op erator takes three cards between his fingers, showing them to the victim and then shuffles them about and drops face down Uxn the table, offering to bet any amount of money that no one can pick out the red ace. At this point the operator turns his head a moment to spit or to speak to some one in tho crowd behind him, and in that moment the con federate picks up tho red ace card, shows it to the victim, "crimps" the corner of the card and lays it down again, apparently all unseen by tho operator The operator again shuffles the three cards and throws them Umu the table face down. There lies the card with its crimped corner. The victim supposes, of course, that it is the red ace and bets and picks it up to find that it is a black one, and he has lost his money. . The oper ator, when he picked up and shuffled the cards carelessly the second time, with a deft move ment of his fingers removed the crimp in the red ace card and put a similar crimp in the black aoo card. That was all there was to the trick. Houck worked it for years in hotels, on billiard tables, at fairs and circuses and on railroad I ruins and steamboats. He taught the trickto Canada Bill, anoted ga mb ler, and the two worked together all over the country. They paid thousands aud thousands of dol lars to railroad men in the old days for the privilege of working the game on trains and they made money. Later, when nearly every State in the Union, passed laws aimed directly against the working of the three card monte game, it became unprofitable and was giv en up by Houck. But about that time an ingenious English cock ney invented the "three shell" gnme, which was even more pro ductive than three card monte, and Houck took it up. The three shell game is a modern improve ment on the ancient thimble rig ging game that was worked at English fairs for many years. The old way was for the operator to crook his knee over the head of a cane that stood upright on the ground between three thimbles on top of his leg, offering to bet that no one could pick the thimble under which the seed was hidden. Tho shell game has gathered its millions and it is good for mill ions more. THROWN OUT OF COl H I. "In tho good old days of Ken tucky," says The Bar, "there was a court composed of three magistrates to try certain cases appealed from a single justice of the peace. Tho three magistrates were backwoodsmen. A case was being tried one day that was very important, aud several hours of listening to the reading dojosi tious and the arguments of coun sel, prd and con, and pro and cou again, had so nearly entangled the court in a labyrinth of per plexiug quostious of law and fact that they doubted their ability to blaze their way out. So they whispered to the loading lawyer at the bar, who was sitting by as a spectator, and asked .him what he thought ought to be done with tho case. - - " 'I think it ought to bo thrown out of court,' was tho prompt aud emphatic reply. "That settled it. '"Mr. Clerk," said tho chief magistrate, 'pass up them pa pers. ' "Thonapers, which made quite a largo bundle, wo handed tho chief magistrate. "'Now, Mr. Sherilf,' said he deliberately, 'open that window.' "The sheriff ojHmod tho win dow and the case was throwu out of court. "The foud that followed lasted fifteen years." There; are occasions when a man feels small, there are occa sious when he feels smaller and there are occasions -when he feels smallest. This tale deals witli one of the last mentioned. He had been instructed to got something at one of the large grocery houses in the business section of the city, "because," as his wife explained it," they don't keep it out here." He had also beeu instructed to get just two pounds of it. "be cause," as his wife again explain ed, "I merely wish to try it and see whether it is an improvement upon what I am now using." Then she wrote the name on a slip of paper for him, for she had learned by experience not to trust to his memory, and inform ed him that she didn't know how much it would cost, but that it certainly would not be very much, to which he resiwmdod that he was glad of that, for the reason that ho had "only a little change with him. So it happened that he drifted into one of the big retail grocery 1 louses that afternoon, pulled out a scrap of paper with the name of what he wanted on it, handed it to a clerk and said he'd take two pounds. The clerk looked a little sur prised and asked if he couldn't use five pounds, as the stulf came in five pound packages, but he felt confident that his wife knew her business, and besides he could not forget that he only had about $1.7" in change in his pock et anyway, so he coldly informed the clerk that he knew what ho wanted aud how much he wanted aud that he saw no reason for wasting his hard earned cash on more than that just because they were fools enough to put it up in large packages. The clerk said "All right" and brolce the five jwund package to get the necessary two pounds. Then it suddenly dawned upon the young man that in view of the blult' he had made he would be in a very awkward jiosition if the two pounds came to more than his 1.7."). He recalled that his wife had said that it would not cost very much, but she had said the same thing once about a bon net, and he had never placed much faith in her views of the value of things since. However, he made the best of the situation aud asked, "How much?" without a trace of nervousness. "Three cents a pound," an swered the clerk. That was when he experienced the superlative of the adjective "small." He felt ho had made about 0 cents' worth of work to got (5 cents' worth of stuff out of a 15 cent package aud in addition had suffered a full dollar's worth of mental torture. He was not in good humor when he readied home. Chicago Post. COUNTLESS MILES. Statements as to the distance of the pole star from the earth which have appeared in some of the newspapers lately have beeu ridiculously inadequate. One of the estimates made is r)5,0()(,()()0 miles. Now, if one will remem ber that the sun is !J;),(00,000 miles away aud that its light comes to us in eight minutes, he will see that if the foregoing esti mate of the distance of the polo star were right its beams could reach us in about 1") days. It would be only about. 2,70;) times as far off as the sun. Light travels (S.OOO.OUO, 000,000 miles in a year, and evon the most modest guesses as to the parallax of Polaris make it SJ" light years. Pritchard's estimate in 1887 was 00 light years, but he has since modified his figures. Hence, if one will write LM0 and add 12 ciphers thereto he will have tho number of miles which the most conservative authorities believe iutervcue between tho earth aud the pole star. New York Tribune. Tho man who pardons easily courts injury, CorniUe. Good order is the foundation of all good things. Burke. Good mauners aud good mor al, are sworn friends and fast allies. Bartol. In the interior of the dome of the capital there hangs a big painter's scaffold, which hides one panel of the big mural paint ings that illustrate the leading events of tho nation's history. Visitors usually suppose that tho scaffold is being used by clean ers. Residents have ceased to notice it. The scaffold has been there for L'S years. It makes a white wall aud a story. When congress decided to have the mural historical paintings ex ocutod it employed a celebrated artist named Brumidi to do tho work. It decided the subjects of the pictures and appropriated money for the work. Brumidi began to paint. When he was half way around the dome Brumidi died. Con gress appointed Costaggini, an other famous painter, to finish the work. As Costaggini approached the end of his task he found that, either through his own error or Brumidi's, there were not enough pictures to go around. Enough white space remained for another painting. The artist reported to the com mittee of congress which had charge of the work. Its mem bers told him to wait while they decided on a subject. After a little while they determined that the space should be occupied by a picture showing the driving of the last spike on the Union Paci fic railroad. When the matter came up in congress for confirmation the opponents of Senator Stanford saw in it a scheme for his perso nal aggrandizement and they fought it. The plan was defeated and Costaggini was told to wait longer. He is still waiting. From time to time other pictures have been proposed, but no subject has seemed of sufficient itnjiortance to satisfy congress. When the world's fair at Chi cago became a success it, was pro posed to make that the subject of the painting. Potter Palmer, Moses P. Handy, the board of lady managers and so many other Chicagoans wanted to be in it, however, that congress decided that Chicago wanted too much; aud rejected the plan. Since then no picture to fill the place has been projKwed. A resolution to have a picture of tho victory of Dewey at Ma nila painted in the space intro duced into both houses, it sceins probable would not meet a dis senting vote. N. Y. Journal. WHAT IT MKillT HAVE COST. In a certain town in Vermont, said a Boston drummer, as he chewed away at a pepsin tablet, I picked up a wallet containing $r00 in cash. In it were papers bear ing the owner's name, and ho proved to bo the mayor of tho town. I at once hunted him up aud handed over his lost cash, and as he received it he looked me over and scratched the back of his head aud said: "I shall reward you, of course. Bow much do you think you ought to have." "Nothing whatever, sir. I am glad to restore your property." "But you expect something?" "No, sir."' "Didn't look for me to give you a cent?" "Not a red.". "It don't seem iossible," ho went on as he looked mo over again, "but I'll have to take you at your word. Do you know what it might have cost me, sir, had any one else found this wallet?" "I can't say, of course." "I'd have had to hand over at least 10 coats, sir, and ho might have struck mo for 15 or 25." DECEIVED BY APPEARANCES. yX'&AVSM'AM t a.:J PARLOR RUC It was General Leo's custom to leave his tent door open in the morning for a sprightly hen that had gone into tho egg business promptly and thus had saved her head. When she stopped in Gen eral Leo would put aside his work and walk past deferentially upon tho outside until her cackle an nounced the mysteries of egg lay ing at an end. She roosted and rode in his wagon, was an eye witness of the battles of Chancel lorsville and Gettysburg and was finally sacrificed upon the altar of hospitality at Orange Court Houao in 1HU ; ? ; CM .IU I AT GREATHEAD Many years ago a number of Peoria Indians organized a show company and made a tour of the east. They were mostly half breeds and all were thoroughly educated in English, but it was stipulated by the management that they must talk only in their native tongue, and when they got on their war togs they looked sav- aire enousrh. indeed. Anions? the !V All all Wfinl Rllir A fapf v O fpff company was Will Labadie, well :fi to the square yard. Will lay Hat on the floor ,'nB" i - ji! n v i . ?J iiu was sumaing in me corriuor 01 , , rtlMJ U Soa ,lne 01 l-AKI'fclh aUllyo Prices. lune, , m Our asortment of i fear while li-opp re's n g- for i 1 1 whol. kin oft , U a Irho is Vide t hose irt.'s r an eastern hotel, dressed in his chief's robes and looking every inch the savage man of fiction, when he was approached by an elegantly gowned lady and the following conversation ensued: "How?" "Ugh." "You big chief in your coun try?" "Ugh." "You go to Washington to see great White Father?" "Ugh." "You cannot speak white man's tongue; you no speak English?" "No madam. I regret to say that I do not understand the lan guage." The poor woman was greatly surprised and embarrassed, but perhaps not so much as a bevy of girls on a later occasion. In al most every town some of the au dience would remain behind to get a better view of the awful sav ages. One night Labadie had tak en his seat in the orchestra box after the show and four or five young ladies who were standing near commenced to comment on his personal appearance' "How would you like to kiss him?" said one of the maidens, with a titter. "Oh, girls! let's all do it, just to see how it would feel to kiss a real Indian!" exclaimed one more daring than the rest, whereupon Labadie turned calm ly to them aud said: "Ladies, nothing would .afford me more pleasure than to give you a practical illustration of the osculatory accomplisments of the red man." There was a chorus of little screams, a swish of skirts and the theater was empty. SOME FIRST APPEARANCES. Can furnish them any size from 6x9 feet ,lv General Merchandise pump was made Envelopes were first used in The first air in 1(")4. Anaesthesia was first discover ed in 1844. The first balloon ascent was made in 1873. ine nrst lucirer match was made in 1829. The first horse railroad was built in 18L'0-7. The first matches were made at Nuremburg in 1477. Tho first newspaper advertise ments appeared in loi)2. The first copper coin was coin ed in New Haven in 1087. Kerosene was first used for lighting purposes in 181'tt. The first almanac was printed by George von Purback in 1400. The first chimneys were intro duced into Rome from Padua in 1308. Glass was early discovered. Glass beads were found on mum mies over 3,(XX) years old. The first attempt to manufac ture pins in this country was made soon after the war of 1812. The first national bank in the United States ,was incorporated by congress, December 81, 1783. The first temperance society in this country was organized in Saratoga county, N. Y. in March, 1808. Supplying All Wants. The Peddler I have the most excellent silver polish. The Lady of tho House Don't need it. I haven't got an v silver. Well, then, it will take grease spots out of wall paper." "Haven't got any wall paper." "Then it will renew the curl in feathers." "Haven't got any feathers." "Well, then, it will mako oil paintings look like new." "Haven't got any oil paintings. " "Well, then, a little taken inter nally will make you feel as if you had some of these things. Good day." The crown prince of Germany becomes of age next May and will have as his separate estab lishment the old castle at Potsdam, Jjg will be kept up to the fy goods as usual. 3ti high standard in qt J. W. GREATHEAD, Established 1792. thoui man, you n ave he foi Continued forRI ro'a ii 4444444444444444444444444 A WORO Before Institute have world ed foi i chin forld' lBgt f life ian a If you want "v An Elegant Cheap SuitT we are making them. Hands to make six anlinftd'B! suits every week, and we are making them chea;ou: better than ever. : Our Suiting and Pantaloon assortment is large. 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