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Thankgivin' coracs but once a year.
Carve that 'issum. Sue!)
Ton can bet I'll pot my share,
Carve that 'iHssum. Sue!)
Turkeys they is nice to oat,
Brown an' basted, fat an' sweet;
But they can't Wat 'possum meat
Carve that 'possum. S'ie!)
Thankful as I'm poin' to be,
(Carve that 'possum. Sue!)
1 love you and you love me,
(Carve that 'po-sum. Sue!)
Carve him straight an! arve him tm
While the gravy like dw,
But ;-ter than the lips o' you,
(Carve that "wsum. Sue!)
Cotton hit's pec out o sight.
(Carve that "possum. Siii!)
But hit's hit my appetite,
(Cnrvo that osum. Sue!'
Don't fare what's tie country fate,
'Possum hound to save the state;
JCacle Hilly. pas jcr plate;
(Carve that "N.sum. Sue!)
-Atlanta Constitution.
JOllX (JRIITTX wa a young me
chanic in a t hrivini; manufacturing
town in the interior of an Kastern
State, and when he hal boon promoted to
the .superintendence of (lie shops where
he had begun his apprenticeship, it was
a proud day for him. and as well for
Martha Men r. who thought John was
the brightest young fellow the town had
ever produced. And perhaps he was. for
be had under way inventions, which,
when completed, would revolutionize the
work of the shops in which he was en
gaged and would also revolutionize John's
financial Situation and make him equal to
the owners of the shops. He was but
3, and for two years he had been shap-
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ing all his fortunes by the wishes of
Martha Mercer.
And now he was promoted, he would
go and claim the girl, and let her share
before all the world his honors and his
So it was. and the sun never shone on a
fairer day thai was their wedding day.
Ami there were no clou. Is for a year.
?Then they fame thick and fast, for John
was disappointed in one of his inven
tions and. like many bright minds, his
could not stand the shock of defeat.
though it might only b temporary. Jle
wa morose and ugly, and though he still
Superintended the shops, there was no
longer spirit in his work and there seemed
to him to be no longer barm in his home.
A baby had come, and there was sun
shine in its smile to all except the father,
lie seemed to think that it was only an
addition to his burdens, and he almost re
fused to touch the little one when he
came home after the work of the day.
Martha was suffering all this in silence
and she dared not offer consolation, for
he grew angry if she talked to him. ami
for a time lie never spoke at his own
table. At last the strain was too great
for him and one night he came home
drunk, not bleared and red. as the vet
eran drunkard comes, but white awl
stupid, as if he had been under the in
fluence of some deadly drug. From this
time his downfall was rapid, mid within a
ear he !iad lost his place and had driven
his wife and child into the street. Then
he disappeared and 'Martha, heartbroken,
Vent with her child to her father's place
in thr country.
She heard no word from John and daily
ln worked about the farmhouse, for in
that there was relief from thought. Her
faiher gave her an interest in the small
products and she devoted herself to the
raising of joultry. The child grew, too,
bright and strong and beautiful, and al
ways reminding her of his father, whose
linage lie bore. When the frosts of the
second year since .John had gone came,
Martha had a tine lot of Thanksgiving
turkeys for the city merket and she sent
them away with a hope that somewhere
In the world one might come to the table
where John sat. and to that extent, at
least, she eoiiM eon t rilm te to his comfort.
It was a ?;;::iil hope, though, for she
knew that the John she saw last would
not t" ante to eat turkey at Tlianksiv-
at must in; a i. most si a;;i:i:ki.
Ing, unless it was in a prison whose au
thorities were kind.
It was the day before Thanksgiving in
the city and John ('riilin walked slowly
shot the street toward the boarding
house which he claimed a i home. It was
not the same John CriHin of the other
day, but a new one. He had gone down
and down until si t last in a drunken row
In a dive he had received a blow in the
head which bad almost killed him. For
weeks he had lain unknown in the hos
pital of the city and then strength had
come agaiD, and he had gone forth to
make a new name for himself. He had
had time to think, and he had availed him
self of It. In year's time lie had come
to the front again in the same line of
work, and the old inventions were now
restored and what had proved a disap
pointment before, .was the success lie had
hoped it would be. 'He was on the sure
road to fortune, and in the house where
he lired Mr. (Jrifhn was considered the
first man of the place. He was sad al
ways and his associates knew he must
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have a liistory. but no one ever spoke of it,
and he surely did not.
lie was ashamed of his past, ashamed
to let Martha know where he was. The
old love had come again and he would
have given all he possessed to have had
Martha as his again, but he dared not ask
for that which he had so ruthlessly cast
aside. He thought of the child and hoped
that some time he might meet the little
fellow, and through him come agr. :i to
the mother, but there was suk'.II chance
of such a meeting, for he knew that
Martha's people came to the city only at
long intervals. Besides, that was too
much like the way those things com to
pass on the stage, and John did not be
lieve they ever happened so in real life.
II was thinking overihis situation and
wondering what they, were doing then in
the old place, and what they would have
for Thansgiving, when a child ran out
and called 'Tap:i." At first, he almost
staggered, then he stopped and stood
still. The child came nearer, and, notic
ing that it had made a mistake, it turned
away with a half-frightened cry and ran
to its nurse.
John went on to his home, nervous, and
more than usually depressed, but he re
sisted the feeling with all his power, and
when he went in to his dinner he was
himself again; quiet, self-possessed, and
the friend of all. When he entered the
dining-room everybody appeared to be
tilking at once, and he laughingly asked
what had happened.
"I'ass the cause of the disturbance to
Mr. (Jrillin.V said one of the boarders to
another, who was studying what seemed
to be a very much worn and crumpled
"I got that to-day out of the dressed
turkey we are to have to-morrow,
the la milady, as he took the paper.
"What' is it" he a ;ked. "A bill
the turkey?"
: Mr. (Iritlin was not given to jokes, and
this was received with applause. It was
still going on when he looked at the paper.
It had evidently been a small handbill,
printed on one side, and he looked at the
printed side. Only a portion of it re
mained, nnd on that what other words
might have been he did not see. AH he
saw was "Urinton." and Hrinton was the
town where Martha lived. He turned
pale, but it passed on the instant, and he
turned the sheet over. There written in
pencil were the words:
"May the wife who gots this be as hap
py as 1 once was: and may she never be
a unhappy as I am now."
There was no name; no indication
whence it came, and if it had not been for
the tell-tale word on the other side, the
wonder might have never been solved.
As .7hn read the words, those near
him saw a great change come into his
face. At first, it paled and there was a
look of Pgony, then he smiled and as he
smiled, he turned to th landlady.
"Will you dine at (J on Thanksgiving:'"
be said, briefly.
She was so upset by the sudden change
in the state of affairs that she could
scarcely speak, but she, managed some
how to tell him that was the hour.
"Save three places for me," he said,
rising. ' I have just time to catch a train
now. and I can not explain uutil tomor
row at dinner."
That wt'.s all the boarders had to talk
about then for a whole diy, but it was
enough, and when 0 o'clock came ou
Thanksgiving day everybody was at the
table promptly, some of them in their
curiosity having cancelled engagements to
dine with friend.
The three places were vacant for an
hour, it seemed to the boarders, but in
reality it was only a quarter after G when
Mr. Irinin came in with his wife and the
boy, and John told the story to those
about him, and if there were tears as lie
went over it all. ami how at last he had
found Martha waiting and hoping always
for him, they were tears of thanksgiving.
Kclcctin n Turkey.
A good cook gives these directions:
Choose n turkey short and plump in pref
erence to the others, eyes should be bright,
feet soft, legs smooth, spurs short and
skin should look soft, showing layers of
yellowish fat and white Mesh. He says,
look to t he joints to see If they aro pliable,
and to the end of the breast bone to see if
it is flexible. This connoisseur further
recommends dry-picked ones as much
nicer than those which have been scalded,
nnd declares hen turkeys are not as finely
flavored as cocks. After the pin feathers
have boon removed with burning paper
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and the inside thoronghly rinsed, both
outside and inside should be wiped dry
with a clean towel. A turkey to be stuffed
should be prepared the day before. If
roasted, it should be cooked slow and
evenly, with frequent bastings of flour
ami butter. A good fowl is often spoiled
by being baked in too short a time in too
hot an oven.
Mrs. lorothj-'s Thanksgiving.
Squire Ephraim Drew and his good wife
' True
They invited some guests to dine.
Anl drink to the health of the common
wealth In a glass of Thanksgiving wine.
Said Ephraim Drew to his good wife
"When asking Judge Jonathan Drake
We'll ask the young man, his sou Jona
than, For my daughter Dorothy's sake."
The guests came nt last to the squire's
Ileeeiving a welcome bland.
And Dorothy blushed as Jonathan
With his lips her lilly-white hand.
With wondering eyes at the turkey'H size
The guests did exclaim and admire:
There were dainties beside, boiled, baked,
stewed and fried,
And a big plum pudding on tire.
To Jonathan's plate, by a lucky fate,
It chanced that the wishbone fell;
Then softly said he to fair Dorothy,
"My lot shall this wishbone Ml.
"I'll wish you ami I, when a year slips by.
May dine on Thanksgiving day.
With none to o'erhear, or to interfere.
And with all but ourselves away."
Then they broke the bone; with a stifled
He lost; and sighed heavily
To note the glad smile that she wore the
So he asked what her wish might be.
She blushed rosy red. "Well, I thought,"
she said,
"Lest you lose, 'twas surer this way
For me to wish, too, that your wish come
Your wish for next Thanksgiving day."
Harper's Bazar.
The Children's Thanksgiving.
The children should be encouraged to
help in the preparations for the great oc
casion, writes Klizabeth lb binson Scovil,
In the Ladies' Home Journal. They dear
ly love to be busy, and if work can be
made interesting to them they will do it
When Ooreruor Bradford Issued his
were went Into tho forests for game and
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cheerfully. If the idea is suggested to
them they will feel a proud satisfaction
in the knowledge that they pared the ap
ples for the pies, or stoned the raisins for
the cake. It gives them a sense of pro
prietorship in the result, which is whole
some for them, if rather comical to th
An old-fashioned Thanksgiving de
mands a midday dinner. Whatever fash
ion may dictate on other days she should
not be listened to on this one, pattieularly
when there are children to be considered.
After dinner there should he lime lor
games and the "recreations" which the
Pilgrim fathers themselves dil not dis
dain. Foot -ball is the timediopored game
that has delighted many genera'tuns of
boys. He fore it attained to its present
height of scientific generalship, when liy
ing wedges were unknown, :t as
fiercely contested as on ihe modern bittio
liehl, and perhaps even more fun was ex
tracted from it.
The Wiggle Device.
Said the Wipgle: "I'm an artist nnd of
course 1 can't afford
A lot f pie and turkey for my Thanks
giving board;
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Hut I took my points and went to work,
and now, as you may see.
I've got a splendid turkey, as fine as tine
can be."
All Depends on t lie Turkey.
'How ere' you going to spend Thanks
giving, Uncle Jake?"
"Well, suh, hit's des 'cord in' ter de
turkey. Kf he's quiet, en donn mos' too
high, I'll spen de day at home; but ef he's
noisy, en I mek' any mistakes, dey's no
tellin whar I'll fotch up!" Detroit Free
What's that you've got there. Jones?"
"Thanksivin' turkey! Just won. her at
a raffle an' only had fifteen chances at
a dollar a chance!" Yonkers (Gazette.
ct -r 's
first proclamation of thanksgiving wmu
they returned landed with turkeys.
iff ' Z- 1
Gen. Miles Says We Are Inadequately
Protected at Seaport Placca.
The annual report of Gen. Miles, com
manding the army, has been made public.
The personnel is shown to be in excellent
condition, well instructed, etlicient and
attentive to duty. Liberal appropriations
are required for public buildings at the
posts, many of which are out of repair.
1'iider the head of coast defenses tJen.
Miles stat s that the condition of these
defenses is such as to require decided and
immediate action for their improvement.
The unguarded erudition of our mast is
known by every first-class power, and our
people should li? be "led into false se- J
eunty. He recalls v. hat he s;:id m hn
report of 1SS1I upn the absolute import
ance of the defense of the entire 1'acitio
coast in view of the fact that it was pos
sible for uny naval juiwer to blockade ev
ery important port within ninety days,
while it would lake many years to make
a successful resistance, and ihe country
might be required to iay indemnity of
Sr.iH.W.(.HM,(NHi. While the railroads might
transport a million brave men to the coa-t
they would he useless without appliances
to cope with the modern engines of war,
and with all our intelligence, pride, inven- ;
live genius and enterprise nc arc as far
behind in the modern appliances of war as
China or Japan.
While he does not anticipate war in the
near future he shows that in the last "'m)
years in less ihan 1 per cent, of the wars
lias there been any formal warning or
declaration before hostilities, and as it
would require years of time to construct
modern weapons of war it would be un
wise to disregard the lessons of history.
In our own country, for nearly " years,
there lias never been a period of thir'.y
live years in which it hits not been in
volved in war. He points to the case of
China, which made the fatal mistake of
relying upon its vastly superior numbers
for safety, and argues that the best guar
anty of per re is a condition of readiness
for war. Touching the infantry, lien.
Miles recommends ihe three-battalion or
ganization and regimental posts to keep
the companies of regiments together. He
thinks that at least one full regiment of
cavalry should be assembled at Fort
Kiley. Kansas, where field maneuvers
might be undertaken annually. To thor
oughly demonstrate the utility of bicycles
nnd motor wagons in the army it is rec
ommended lhat a force of twelve coin
panics be equipped with these devices, to
be manned from ihe 4.(S!0 officers and
men in the army able to use a bicycle,
which has been already found extremelj
Kobbcrs Secure 20,000 in Fanta Fc
Depot at Color.nto Sirina.
At Colorado Springs. Colo., two masked
bandits robbed the Wells-Fa rgo express
oÜi'-e Monday night of $l'A.tM0. They
presented revolvers to the head of Assist
ant Agent deorge Kroiit and compelled
him to open the safe. After they had
helped themselves they ma-Je their es
cape. The Santa Fe fast Chicago train arrived
there at 1:4'J and stopped. The agent,
(ItH)rso Krout, stepped out on the plat
form to attend to the express matter, and
after arranging everything waved his
hand at the messenger on the train and
it pulled out of the depot, south-bound
toward Pueblo. Waving a parting salute
to the messenger, who stood in the door,
Krout turned to enter his own otlice. As
he crossed the threshold he saw two
forms in the far corner of ihe room. The
men had Hour sacks over their heads.
Fach figure held a revolver and as the
agent entered he was ordered to throw up
bis hands and yivo up the nvoney in the
safe. As the men spoke I hey eniuhaizcd
their so tions.
The agent passed back into Ihe room,
where he was told to open ihe safe. When
the rohliors first entered the place they
found a ?l.ooo package" lying on the
table. This Krout told them was all he
had. but he finally admitted that there
was Sö.ooO more in the safe. They forced
him to open the strong box :ind give the
$Ö.(MM, hut when he closed the door ho
shut in Js'LVfOO that the roUers knew
nothing about. Krout was then made to
undress himself and go to bed and cover
himself up. and while lying there tho
thieves made their escape.
The place where the robbery occurred
is on the outskirts of the town east of
the city and is brilliantly lighted by great
arc electric lights on all sidis. The place
where the money was kept was in a small
house two hundred yards from the depot
and dividerl into two compartments.
REPortT on the: mails.
1'irft As"st tut Postmaster ticocrnl
Makes II J Kcpori.
First Assistant Fosttnask-r (Jeneral
Krank II. Jones lias i:i.-o!o Iiis m:nu.-il re
port for the year ending June I Jo, 1SSI.".
Mr. Jones shows that the divisions under
his supervision have saved during the
year i,.';;."..'!!. the principal items bei a.;
in tho yaving in the carrier service hy
stopping overtime and reduction of the
force, amounting to !1.o(!0,0l0. The sal
aries of all presidential postmasters
amounted to .".M'T.'JiH. and the gross re
ceipts of poslid'iccs ."().o:!S.(i')7. Mr.
Jones recommended the abolition of ex
perimental free delivery unless SIO.oiM,
ll'fO is appropriated for the purpose: als)
free rural delivery unless .'(. mh.imvj is
Of the espionage, investigation and dis
charge of carriers for caiu Mr. Jono.s
says that oS" carriers have been re
moved, reviews the conditions which
made the investigations necessary, the
principal one being lhat the accumulation
of overtime claims showed (hat something
was wrong. An estimate of $llthio,.'!oo
is made for the free delivery service next
year. The money order report shows that
there are HU2U domestic money order of
fices and orders to the amount of .Slö'I.
7o'.US0 were issued and $10! 5.1."! MIS'.)
paid. Mr. Jones recommends legislation
requiring clerks handling money order
business to give bonds.
The boiler of Lehigh A: Hudson Kail
way engine No. I.'J blew up at Warwick.
X. Y. Two men were instantly killed
and two died l:itcr from their injuries.
The I lay Slate Trust Company of Itos
toii has commenced foreclosure proceed
ings in the Failed Slates Court against
the Oregon Itailway Extension Company
and all the alliliating corporations. The1
amounts involved aggregate over $-1,-XJO.OOO.
Winston Leonard Churchill, next iti
succession to the.Mnrllorough dukedom,
has arrived at Xew York and will proceed
to Cuba, where he expects to be allowed
the privilege of accompanying the Span
ish forces, merely in the capacity of an
onlooker, however.
The Ostrich Swallowed a MMM Ci
gar und There Was Trouble.
There was a performance In the os
trich department of the syndic.) lo
chows yesterdaj which had not l-vii
advertised. It took the place of iho
strong man feature? which was adver
tised, but didn't com? off. Samioio
Hughes was standing near the ostrich
conservatory, making a .sclent ilic study
of tie birds and smoking a freshly
lighted ten-cent cigar. An ostrich sud
denly lengthened his nock about a fo.H
nnd removed the cigr-.r from Mr.
Hughes' mouth and swallowed it, ;iro
and all. The length of an ostrich's nee!;
furnishes a wonderful opportunity for
a lighted cigar, and It burned every
Inch of the way as it went down. Tb
ostrich acted as if it regretted having
given way to the promptings of his
Indiscriminate appetite. A gentleman
connected with the show in the capac
ity of chambermaid for tiie ostriches
saw the cigar disappear within tho
bird's bill. He accused Mr. Hughes
of having made a voluntary contri
bution and uttered language whicU
was neither polite nor moral, showing
that the spiritual training of this greu
educational menagerie Is not what it U
cracked up to be. He threatened to
eject Mr. Hughes from the premises.
Mr. Hughes tried to explain that he
was the chief loser by the transaction,
and that the whole thing was an affair
between himself and the ostrich. LKq
UJy United States Marshal Kzckiel also
began to say that the ostrich had
brought the trouble on himself. Tin
showman pushed Mr. Kzekiel aside, and
the officer was compelled to exhibit Iiis
gun as his badge of authority. In the
meantime the cigar had been extin
guished in the bird's gizzard, ami h.
seemed to have forgotten the episodo
of the cigar and was looking longingly
at an empty soda water bottle which
lay on tho. ground just out "f reach.
Tucson Star.
Student as Car Conductors.
It is a well-known fact that many
students whose moans do not run :
paying for a college course make up th
deficiency by hiring themselves as
waiters at pleasure resorts and coun
try hotels during the summer. For
such deserving young men a new open
ing has presented itself. It is said
that during the last summer between
thirty and forty students of Jefferson
Medical College, the Philadelphia Col
lege of Dentistry, the Fuiverslty of
Pennsylvania and other colleges in
Philadelphia obtained employment as
conductors on the cars of the electric
railroads of the city. All of the young
men came from a distance, and were
working their way through college.
The railroad company was extremely
sorry when the time came for the re
sumption of the studies of the colle
gians, who had proved to be the best
conductors in the city, nnd who were
highly appreciated by the public. An
official of the company said the stu
dents were thoroughly honest, intelli
gent and polite, and. as their desire
was to earn as much as possible, they
were always willing to work extra
hours and take out special cars. So
fully 1 i 1 the passengers appreciate
being treated with civility that they
gave but little trouble to the students,
who thus escaped many of the unpleas
ant contingencies of car conducting.
One young man. in fact, liked the
work so well lhat he is doubtful wheth
er be will go back to college, and in th
meantime has remained in the employ
of the company. The collegians lived
economically and have probably saved
about Sl'lO each, which will come in
very handily for the winter's college
ex pen es. K 1 c c t r i ca 1 K e v i e w.
Duel of Pryor ami Potter.
During; in acrimonious debate in th
House, shortly before the war. Mr. Pot
ter, of Wisconsin, made some very
sharp strictures on Mr. Pryor, of Vir
ginia. The result was a challenge from
Pryor to figlit a duel, which Potter
promptly accept oil, naming as terr.n
ho wis knives at live paces, terms whh'h
ho well knew Pryor would not dare to
accept, as ho was a small man, whib
Potter was a large, powerful man. and
familiar with tho use of the how;
knife. Pryor declined on the ground
that the proposed terms wore beneath
the dignity of a gentleman to accept.
im! so tr-matter ended. P.ht on the
day following the challenge, while the
result was still unknown, ixrth Potter
and Pryor were absent during roll-call,
rand when Potter's name was called a
Quaker member rose, and. in a mild
voice, said: "Mr. Speaker, I am inform
ed that the gentleman from Wisconsin
had a Pryor engagement." And when
Pryor's name was called, a moment
later, he no again, saying: "Mr.
Speaker. I hear that the gentleman
from Virginia has gone to be as clay in
the hands of the Potter."
Armor ClatI Timber.
A Halt! more inventor has hit upon
tho idea of making armor clad timber,
lie takes any piece of timber, it seems,
its shape or size being of no conse
quence, and. having laid a thin sheet
of metal on one of its surfaces, passes
It through a series of rollers, which is
said to fasten the timber and metal
Immovably together. He claims that
wood so treated is proof against lire,
water and vermin. It is covered with
three coats of paint, and U estimated to
codt 1 cent per square foot.
A Xew Arrangement.
On the Ixunlon district railway, by
an automatic mechanism, the name of
each station is now shown in every
carriage before the station is reached.
This was made necessary by the fact
that on the stations themselves Up?
names are completely lost by the adver
tisements that cover tho walls, yet tin
cost of the Improvement U to be met
by surrounding the names that am
shown by the machine with more ad
vert! seinen ta.

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