OCR Interpretation


Okolona messenger. (Okolona, Miss.) 1900-current, August 15, 1906, Image 5

Image and text provided by Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn87065462/1906-08-15/ed-1/seq-5/

What is OCR?


Thumbnail for

The Major.
BY CHAELES EDMUND BARKER,
(Copyright, 1906, by Dally Story pub. Co.)
He was oiie of the kind of people
, wno come naturally by a nickname,
The major was oue of the most meth
oaical of men. ' Promptly at nine
o'clock he came down fresh and pink
from bieakfast, read his mall In the
comfortable seclusion of the writing
room, dictated the answers to his let
tera to the hotel stenographer, lit
fresh cigar at the cigar stand, and then
dull business cares were brushed aside,
and ho repaired with sprightly steps
to the bar, where he seated himself
In a favorite corner and began the se
rlous occupation of the day by order
lng a "gentleman's drink of whisky."
Other drinks followed at intervals
during the morning, varyed In strength
and lrequency by the character and
numbers of the other visitors. '
By the hour of noon he had reached
a stage of mellowness that developed
, a rare play of rich, and spicy wit.
" It was beneath the manhood of the
major to approach the dining-room
while in bis cups. When six o'clock
came, his dinner was served to him
at his particular table In tho corner of
the bar, and the sitting, more often
than not, was continued uuiil mid
night.
, With all his roysterlng habits, It
should not be hastily concluded that
the major led an entirely useless or
purposeless existence. Many were the
tales of his generosity. When "Dab,
the old head porter, was laid up with
rheumatism, it was the major who vis
lted him in his little hovel of a home
on "The West Side," provided for his
family and paid his doctor's bill. Then
every one knew of his kindly and sym
pathetic interest when Miss McFee, the
old-maid stenographer, took pneu
monia and died.
And then the new stenographer
came.
She was a lump of a girl, as round
, as a pigeon, with frank, brown eyes
that seemed to challenge respect and
chivalry by their very innocence. Her
voice was soft and respectful, and It
was an Inspiration to see her personal
and complete interest in her patrons,
Miss Mitchell was her name, and It
was hard to keep from becoming con'
fldentlal with her at the very first in
terview.
Almost from the first, the sharp ob
servers among the frequenters of the
Windsor, noticed that it took the ma
jor somewhat longer to dictate his
mall to Miss Mitchell than it had to
. Miss McFee, and, moreover, he did not
hurry away to the bar quite so precipi
tately.
: One day in the midst of the letters,
Miss Mitchell looked up for an in
stant at a lady who was passing
through the lobby.
I "What an exquisite bunch of vio
lets," she said.
"Very pretty," replied the, major, fol
lowing her glance, and then they went
on with their work.
Ista' boy placed a fine bunch of Eng
Jlsh beauties In the little bud -ase
that had been Miss McFee's, on Miss
Mitchell's desk, and morning after
morning this was repeated.
After the morning dictation during
one of the little chats which the ma
jor had come to allow himself, Miss
Mitchell, one day expressed a very ad
verse opinion about the men who
drank and were "fast"
This speech had a marked effect
, upon the major. '
The very next day, after his business
routine,' the major left a forwarding
address with the clerk on duty and
registered out. His absence was no
ticed immediately In the bar, and in
quiries were made of the clerk.
A month two months passed, and
still the major had not returned to his
old corner in the Windsor bar. The
only mark of his long residence at the
hotel was tha little bunch of fresh vio-
1a4 inrV. 4 V iotlv a rltnaf? "ht 4 act "MTI-Vi
It? US n 11 iVs&A uuu; nuwiuvu tuioa Miitvu-
; ell's desk. , i
; One day, as unheralded as had been
his departure, the major returned to
the Windsor. His complexion was
whiter and his eyes were clearer, oth
erwise he was the same old major,
careless, lively and jovial.
He dictated his letters to Miss
Mitchell as usual the next morning,
but it was observed and marked with
m"ch special notice that he did not
follow his old habit of turning toward
the baft immediately thereafter, In
stead of this, he Stepped into a big
Automobile that stood at the door and
was away in a trice. ' He became a
devotee of this big machine. A large
portion of the day her gave himself to
runs and tours. Sometimes he car
ried a friend or two with him on these
excursions; but they were rarely any
of his old friends of the bar.
At least once he asked Miss Mitch
U to ride with him, but she met the J
proposal with a cheerful "no, thank
you, tnat iert .no room ior aouot
about her decision.
A morning came on which he at
tended to his correspondence with
more than usual care. In addition to
the regular grind of business he wrote
some long delayed .missives to old col
lege friends dashing, brilliant, uncon
ventional letters they were, full of
the boyish spirit which the major still
held, notwithstanding his acknowl
edged 38 ' years. When he had quite
finished, he drew from his pocket an
important looking paper. -
"Miss Mitchell, I have a very par
' tlcular matter I wish to speak about
No, you needn't take my words down
on paper I'm not dictating. The fact
is I am thinking of wU, giving you
the chance of dictating 'some to me, If
you think proper." 1
"Why what do you mean, Mr. Ebs-
CABINET
Mantels,
TILE AND GRATES,
W
Catalogue
very prices.
r
Floor Tile
For Bath Rooms, Offi
ces and Banus.
Also
Wall Tile and
"Enametile."
LEAKE
AND
GOODLETT,
TUPELO, MISS.
bourne," she asked, her large, neavy
lashed eyes looking the utmost won
der.
"It's a very simple matter, Miss
Mitchell at least I used to think it
was when I observed the symptoms in
other folks. But don't look at me
like that you might pretend you are
taking notes; some one wilj see and
wonder what we are talking about "
"Oh, if it's anything Improper, you
mustn't say it, Mr. Ebsbourne." She
was plainly agitated.
"Noc the very least improper, little
one, but the most natural thing that
ever occurred to me in all my wud1
harum-scarum life. No, listen calmly;
if what I say is - not pleasing you,
will stop, and we will not talk about
it any more. I love you.. Don't start
so, Miss Mitchell. I have loved you
ever since the first time you looked
at me with those clear, liquid, honest,
pure eyes of yours. - I have read in
their depths more than I ever discov
ered in my wanderings over two conti
nents. I will not bewilder you by try
lng to tell you all I feel; for in so
doing I would only bewilder myself.
want to give you just the idea and
leave you to think it over and get used
to it. I can't help loving you, any
more than I could help breathing or
living If I didn't breathe."
"Why Mr, Ebsbourne," she replied,
"I don't think I care for you in any
way like that."
"I didn't expect you to, little one,
But you can give me a little hope,
can't you 7 You don't dislike me, da
you?"
"I think you are very kind."
"That's enough that's enough
Don't need to say another word. I'll
go now and let you get used to the
idea of having a lover." ' n
"Thank you," was all Miss Mitchell
could think of to say.
True to his word, the major did not
urge his attentions upon the little
stenographer.
The sequel was none of the major's
planning. He only knew that-he was
speeding down the river road one
afternoon, when a young horse driven
by a market gardener took fright and
plunged about, backing the heavy wag
on directly across his way at the mo
ment when he supposed the driver was
going to be able to manage his team
wlthaat further difficult.
A
Are nice to send to
friends out of town
Made from negativps
taken right here in Ok
4olona, post cards are
all the more interest
ing. A number of views to
select from will be
found at the Photo
graph Galery of
0K0L0NA,
Oris
Km:'-
MISS.
moio waa a crasn auu cue major
felt a sharp twinge of pain. When he
again oponed his eyes, they were car
rying bim in at the ladles' entrance of
the Windsor.
A f h'lish form ' and white ' face
pushod through the tangled crowd of
people about him, and a pair of soft
pink arms slipped about his neck.
The reactionary pains were settling in,
but the presence of those arms seemed
to lift the tension from his quiver
ing r.erves, and he felt as comfortable
as a biby on its mother'B breast. And
there came flowers every day, and
many little home comforts that the
major had not seen or thought much
about since lie was a chunk of a boy.
At lost there came a day when the
doctor told the major he might see
his friends. The major said something
in the strictest confidence to his nurse,
and after a very long time Miss Mitch
ell came up accompanied by a sweet
faced, motherly little woman in black,
whom the major knew by instinct
must be Miss Mitchell's mother.
"Mr. Ebsbourne," said Miss Mitchell,
timidly, "I didn't know I cared in that
way, but I do."
SOLDIERS HUNT COVER. ...
Bed Bugs of Southern Texas Are Ens
miss Warriors Find It
Hard to Rout.
Rifle ranges and target practice may
be all ve-y fine in theory, declare the
regulars at Fort Sam Houston, but
the peculiarities of the faunt of south
west Texas conspire to make it some
what irksome.
In other words, the men are com
plaining of red bugs. These are so
called In Texas. In other places they
are known as jiggers or cbiggers. In
France they are known as.chigres and
in other places as cheguas and chegoes,
by which latter name they are lexi
cographically catalogued. They are
fancifully known as the Leptus lrri
tans and by others are called tha Sar
copscylla penetrans. By the soldiers
they are called hell.
It is no uncommon sight to see one
of the regulars hunt a secluded spot,
unlace bis leggins and his much con
voluted trousers, lower his summer
cottons and then go after the Leptus.
It is the legs of the khaki-clad
Achilles that are the favorite sojourn
ing spot for the Leptl penetrantes.
There is smaller chance jot continuous
disturbance from the owner of the
shank and greater opportunity to pene
trate. The Sarcopyscylla is an entertaining
little animal. His salutes are matu
tinal and his vespers are nocturnally
prolonged. He is with you in your up
rising and your down-sitting and is
amenable neither to rhyme nojr rea
son. He toils not, neither does he spin,
but Solomon with all his proverbs can
not sting you into so great a dissat
isfaction with life as one of these. '
Hence the soldiers are not in favor
of target practice when the red bugs
come as the perquisites. San Antonio
Express.
City -Greenhouse for Mourners.
To encourage the poorer classes to
decorate the graves of relatives and
friends with growing flowers instead
of With artificial wreaths or cut flow
ers the Hammersmith borough coun
cil, of England, has erected a green
house near Its cemetery gates, where
geraniums and other pot flowers may
be bought for a few pence Hitherto
graves have been adorned with flowers
placed in jars and bottles.
SCIENCE AND THE ObCULT
Possibility . That Twentieth Century
Knowledge Will Admit Progress
from the Unknown.
Will twentieth century knowledge
remove the prejudice against the oc
cult? Astronomy and geology and
chemistry are permitted to be in the
hands of the man of science, but life
and mind phenomena are declared to
be outside the province of physical
science, yet the same was said about
astronomy and geology and chemistry
not many generations ago. Was not
war made upon those who undertook
to show that the earth was not more
than 6,000 years old, and were not
.the chemists who showed how or
ganic compounds could be formed be
lieved to be. enemies of the truth and
bent on misleading mankind? Is It
not eurious to contemplate that those
who know least about a given science
should be the ones to set its limits,
who know what cannot be done or
hoped for so much better than those
who devote their lives and their best
endeavors to discover what is true
and what seems probable? All the
progress of science is a progress fr6m
the unknown, that is the hidden or
the occult, to the known which is
not hidden but patent Perhaps the
present century will be able effectu
ally to warn everyBody of the dan
ger of setting any limits to knowl
edge. : , .
HORSE'S LOVE OF HOME.
Heart Hunger One of the Strongest
Characteristics of the Animal
Longs for Familiar Stall.
The strongest instinct in the horse
Us that of home all his thoughts and
Interests lie there and the most wear
ing pain he suffers la that of nostal
giathe longing for the familiar stall
land the well-loved surroundings, -fcays
(Outing. What wonder that our pets
almost Invariably return to us from
puck unhappy experiences mere shad
ws of their former selves and in such
-wretched bodily condition that it is
months before, they regain their usual
neaicn ana spirits, we mama tha
pan ta charge, poor feed, bad sta
bling, Insufficient pasturage, etc., and
overlook entirely the fact that it ra
our on. fault, and the direct result
The Cause of Many
Sudden Deaths.
There Is a ' disease prevailing in this
country most dangerous because so decep
tive. Many sudden
deaths are caused by
It heart disease,
pneumonia, heart
failure or apoplexy
r are often the result
of kidney disease. If
kidney trouble is al
io wed to advance the
kidney-poisoned
blood will attack the
ii
vuai organs or urn
kidneys themselves break down and waste
away cell by cell.
Bladder troubles most always result from
a derangement of the kidneys and a cure Is
obtained quickest by a proper treatment of
th.9 kidneys. If you are feeling badly you
can make no mistake by taking Dr. Kilmer's
Swamp-Root, the great kidney, liver and
bladder remedy.
It corrects inability to hold urine and scald
ing pain in passing' it, and overcomes that
unpleasant necessity of being compelled to
go often during the day, and to get up many
times during the night. The mild and the
extraordinary effect of Swamp-Root is soon
realized. It stands the highest for its won
derful cures of the most distressing cases.
Swamp-Root is pleasant to take and sold
by all druggists In fifty-cent and one-dollar
sized bottles. You may
have a sample bottle of
this wonderful new dis
covery and a book that
tells all about It, DOtn Homo of Swamp-Root.
sent free by mail. Address Dr. Kilmer & Co.
Binghamton, N. Y. Whsn writing mention
reading this generous offer in this paper.
Don't make any mistake, but re
member the name, Swamp'Root, Dr,
Kilmer'eSwamp-Root, and the address
Blngbampton, New York.on every bottle,
or neart-nunger wnich no grass, grain
or roof-tree could entirely assuage.
Of course the little-used muscles have,
from lack of exercise, shrunk and lost
their firmness and plumpness; the
crest has fallen from the same cause;
"poverty lines" appear in the quar
ters and shoulders; the tail and mane
are all out of shape, or all worn away;
the feet stubbed off; the coat dingy
and sunburnt; the skin full of all
manner of scars, cuts and abrasions;
all these are the effect, not the cause,
of the lack of bodily condition which
Is two-thirds due sheerly and solely,
in' the high-bred, nervous, sensitive
horse, to simple homesickness.
Sunday Dyspepsia.
"Sunday dyspepsia that is what
you have," said the doctor, smiling.
"Sunday dyspepsia?"
"Yes, and it is not a rare complaint,
either. It is due to this habit of eat
ing foolishly and gluttonously on Sun
day. "Through the week you eat like a
sensible man a moderate breakfast
early, a light luncheon and a good,
substantial dinner at the end of the
day.
"But on Sunday you eat a heavy
breakfast at 10. or 11. At 1 you sit
down to an enormous dinner, stuf
fing yourself without appetite, and at
6:30, when you are really hungry, you
eat light, unsatisfactory food, like
Saratoga chips and lettuce . sand
wichesIn a word, a Sunday supper.
"The result of this change for the
worse, made once a week by millions
of men, Is Sunday dyspepsia, an ail
ment for which I always prescribe a
6 o'clock Sunday dinner."
PUBLiC WANTS TOO MUCH.
Impossible -to Perfect Gret Inven
tions in Short Space of Time
A Story in Point
Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, in a
series of remarkable experiments, has
been sending wireless messages from
tetrahedral kites.
In a discussion of these experiments
Dr. Bell said:
"It takes a long time to make a new
idea practicable and commercial.
Most people think the first successful
flight of a flying machine should have
been immediately followed by the ap
pearance, of great fleets of passenger
flying machines, or that the first suc
cessful wireless message should have
been immediately followed by a cheap
wireless service to all parts of the
world."
Dr. Bell smiled. ,
' "They would have inventions made
practicable with a speed that k only
possible in suburban toilet-making,"
he resumed.
"A suburbanite's wife the other
morning rushed into the man's room,
shook him roughly and said: ,
" 'John, John! You've ' only got
three minutes to catch your train.'
" 'AU right,' said the man coolly, as
be leaped out of bed and seized his
eiotnes. 'Tell the cook to hurry break
fast." .: . :-: ,.
Chip Off. the Old Block.
DeLong I met your son this morn-ingi-
-.
Shortleigh Don't you think he re
sembles me a good deal?
DeLong That's what. He tne.l to
borrow a dollar fioin The,
, Indigestion for 23 Years.
Mr. W. G. Mannel, , Bilozl, Miss.,
says : "1 suffered for twenty-three years
with a most severe case of Indigestion.
After I had been treated by three physi
cians with no benefit, I began to use
patent medicines. I used everything I
oonld hear of without results, nntil I
got the wonderful Fa-Nol. It pave me
? nick relief. My, appetite is fine, and
scarcely hare any symptom of my old
trouble, although I bave nsed only two
bottles up till now. It has done more
for me than all I bare tried for years
pat together.
THE ORIGINAL LAXATIVE COUQM SYRUP
ke::::eby'$ laxative k:::emai
EDEJJCEEIXI
The Mark of
When to Quit
Hn English journal requested a
number of its largest adver
tisers to give their opinions con
cerning the best time to stop ad
vertising, and the following replies
were received:
When 'the population ceases
to multiply and the generations
that crowd on after you and never
heard of you stop coming on.
When you have convinced ev
erybody whoee life will touch yours
that you have better goods and
lower prices than they can get
anywhere else.
When you stop making .for
tunes right in your sight solely'
through the direct use of the
mighty agent.
When you forget the words of
the shrewdest and most successful
men concerning the mam cause of
their prosperity.
When younger and fresher
houses in your line cease starting
up and using the trade journals in
telling people how much better
they can do for them than you can
When you would rather have
your own way and fail than to take
advice and win.
THE MODERN NAZARETH.
Boyhood Home of Jesus Is Now an
TJp-to-Date and Cosmopol
itan City.
Nazareth, where Jesus spent his
boyhood, calls to. mind a picture of
a hazy, half-mythical village of the
far east. The Palestine of to-day is
a network of railroads and telegraph
wires. Modern hotels with elevators
and bell boys now occupy sacred
places of history.
Cafes stand where once the hosts
of Israel fought, contending with
chariots and horsemen. The awkward
camelback is transplanted by the
compartment car. One would look
in vain for the hospitable villager
standing at the door of his humble
flat-roofed home. Tall, slanting
roofed buildings predominate, with
fresh red tiles imported from France.
In a prominent place on the brow
of a bin stands the English orphan
age, which provides for the education
of the orphans of Palestine. English
and Arabic are taught here, as well
as housekeeping and needlework.
A telegraph station, with an Ar
menian operator in citizen's dress,
keeps Nazareth in touch with the
world. Here, when occasion demands,
messages can click their way across
to America.
TAKING NO CHANCES.
. '.,n f f
Han Sought Safety from Lightning
by Assuming Position a la
Alligator.
Tha police at No. 4 station are anx
iously trying to solve ., this Query:
"Why does lightning never strike an
alligator!" .:;. r
During the storm the other after
noon Patrick Lacey, the . colored po
liceman attached to the station, and
who Is at o resent encased in janitor
Good Printing.
r
work, was cleaning Ihe" walls," when"!
the lightning struck the gong of tb
patrol wagon. That was enough for
Lacey, who did not stand upon the
ceremony of his going, but went 1
The attaches of the station searched!
for him for about two hours, appre
hensive that tha lightning had got
him, but ultimately Inspector R. S.
Gray found him lying flat on hiaf
stomach on a pile of sawdust in thai
cellar. On being asked what he was!
doing there, Lacey put this query to
the inspector: i
"Did you ever hear of an alligatof
being struck by lightning!"
' "No; why?"
''It is for that reason I am on my
stomach." Pittsburg Press. f
Defiance.
Nero as in a fierce mood after the),
peacock banquet J
"Great forum," whispered tha fal
senator, "but the boss has a wicked,
gleam In his eye! Why, he looks an,
though he had the nerve to delta
lightning." .
"Lightning?" replied tha lean sena
tor. "Why, he looks as though ha
had the nerve to defy the head,
waiter." , V
But after tha orange wine the great)
emperor was oosorreu 10 ions ove
a golden tip.
John D. Rockefeller has presented to
the University of Chicago a fine collec
tion of fossils. He did not include
himself In the exhibit.
Good crop and good prices are the
signs of the times and the reasons why
yon can afford to gets that new ri and
harness. And we'el make yon as close
a price as yon wonld expect in a bard
year. Gome and see ns anr way.
Adams & Neobeet.
Curt Cold, Croup and Wh coping Cong. .

xml | txt