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Water Valley progress. (Water Valley, Miss.) 1882-1918, December 05, 1903, Image 2

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I know a man
With face of tan.
But who Is ever kind;
Whom girls and boys
Leave games and toys
Each eventide to find.
When day grows dim,
They watch for him.
He comes to place his claim;
He wears the crown
Of Dreaming-town;
The Sand-Man Is his name.
t When sparkling eyes
Droop sleepywise
And busy lips grow dumb;
When little heads
Nod toward the beds.
We know the Sand-Man's come.
JOHNNY SPEAKS.
The Sand-Man he’s a jolly old fellow.
His face is kind, his voice Is mellow.
But he makes your eyelids as heavy as
lead.
And then yen got to go off to bed; ,
I don’t think 1 like the Sand-Man.
But T’ve been playing this livelong day:
It. does make a fellow so tired to play!
Oh. mj’, I’m a-yawning right here before
ma,
I’m the sleepiest fellow that ever you saw.
T think I do like the Sand-Man.
—Paul L. Dunbar, in Chicago Daily News.
EDUCATED OYSTERS.
Srliuola for Bivalves Are Maintained
by Many Eastern Wholesale
Dealers in Fish.
“A school for oysters,” said a Phil
adelphia dealer in fish, “is an institu
tion that you would swear could not
exist, for oysters are notorious for
their stupidity. It is, however, a fact
that there are many oyster schools.
An oyster’s intelligence is limited, but
it has intelligence. Years ago a cer
tain wise fish dealer discovered that
if you take an oyster suddenly from
its subaqueous bed it opens its shell,
whereupon the life-giving water inside
It all escapes, and the oyster dies.
But if you expose an oyster in the air
gradually, lifting it out of the water
for a few minutes, and then returning
it again, it gradually learns that to
keep its shfell closed when out of the
water is the best thing for its health.
These investigators found that they
could take two oysters, one trained
and one untrained, and the trained oy
ster. keeping its shell closed while out
of the water, would live a long time,
while the untrained one, opening its
shell, would die In a few hours. There
fore, training schools for oysters were
established. The schools are in ap
pearance nothing more than reservoirs
full of water. Oysters are put in them,
and the water is drained off, and then
returned again. It is kept off for a
few minutes at first, then for ten min
utes, then for half an hour, and so on.
Oysters in these schools learn that
they will live longest and live health
iest out of water, if, they hold their
shells shut tight. As soon as they
learn this, they are graduated, and go
out into the world.”—N. Y. Weekly.
DANCING EGG TRICK.
A Little Experiment for Boys and
Girls That Is Sure to Prove En
tertaining; Always.
To execute this little experiment you
need a hard-boiled egg and a smooth
china plate. To be sure that the ex
periment is going to be successful, keep
the egg in a perpendicular position
while it is being boiled.
Place the plate upside down on the
table, allowing it to stand out a little
THE DANCING EGG.
over the edge of the table, to be able
to catch it quickly with your hand.
Place the egg in the center of the plate
and putting the thumb of the left hand
and the index linger of the right hand on
both ends of the egg, give it a sudden
twirl causing it to turn around in quick
motion. The egg will gradually stand
on one end; then you grab the plate,
and all you have to do is to keep the egg
in motion, which is not difficult.—Phil
adelphia Press.
Good for Some Parpoici.
Butcher—Wasn’t that a good steak 1
sent you yesterday ?
Customer—Oh, it was a good durable
aleak.—Life.
MOUSY’S QUEER HOME.
I^okrd Around for a Soltnblr I.oea
tlon for Some Time and Then
Settled In Oriole Keat.
Once a Mother Mouse started out to
find a home for herself and five tiny
baby mice, as soft as velvet, and as
pink as the bottom of a baby's foot.
First, she looked into an old woolen
stocking in the attic under the eaves,
and nearly decided to take it because
it was so warm and comfortable. Still,
there were other things to consider in
selecting a house. There was no view
from the front door for one thing. It
opened right upon the shingles of the
roof, and there would be difficulties in
educating the babies so far away from
the dining-room. She was an ambi
tious little Mother Mouse, and hoped
to see them all do well in life, as
smart little mice should.
So she decided not to take the stock
ing house, and went to see a haibox
next, where there was a pretty little
bonnet crown lined with white silk, all
ready to go to housekeeping in. There
was only one objection to this, and
that was, a tenant could not be cer
tain of the lease.
The owner of this attractive bonnet
house, likely as not the next bright
day, would take it into her head to
wear the thing, though for what pur
pose it was beyond the average mouse
to understand. Therja was such a fine
veranda, too, made by the bonnet rim,
where the babies could play tag and
hide and seek, in the chiffon. It real
ly seemed a great pity not to be able
to secure such a desirable house, and
Mother Mouse went back to take one
more walk on the wide porch and nib
ble a mouthful of white ostrich feath
ers that grew by the side of it. These
she would use in making a cozy cor
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THE ORIOLE’S NEST.
ner when she should get settled. She
was still in doubt where to locate
when I first met her.
There was a swinging seat out on
the big porch close by the screen of
the dining-room window. An armful
of cattails leaned up in the corner, and
right above them hung an oriole’s nest,
looking just like a work bag covered
with coarse gray lace. While I sat
there in the twilight Lady ' Mouse
came climbing up the screen with her
cunning little feet, just as you would
climb up a ladder. I watched her
until the bell rang for tea and told
the family about our visitor. Then we
forgot all about her. One day, not
long afterward, we were all out there
with books and sewing, when some
one noticed a tiny ball of gray fur
on the floor under the oriole’s nest.
What do you suppose it was? The
smallest dot of a baby mouse, and the
poor little thing was quite dead!
“How did it get there!” everybody
asked, and then I remembered Mrs.
Mouse and her trip up the wire screen.
“She has a nest in those cattails,”
said some one.
So we all looked, but there was no
mouse nest in the cattails.
“Maybe it’s in the oriole’s nest,” said
somebody else.
“Nonsense! It’s too high up. Be
sides, mice don’t nest in bird houses,”
said the others.
But we got a chair and the tallest
one of us stood on tiptoe and peered
down into the nest, and there, snug
gled close together in milk weed silk
and ostrich feather quilts, were four
other tiny baby mice with skin like
pink velvet covered with a soft down
like the bloom on a peach. Probr,bly
the other baby wanted to see the
world too soon and lost his balance,
and so fell down, and down, to the
hard floor under the cattails. Poor lit
tle venturesome baby mouse!
. The rest of them behaved as little
mice should, and are probably living
to a good old mouse age by this time.
No doubt they have lived in a great
many houses, but they could not hope
to find a daintier home than an ori
ole’s nest. Could they?—Detroit Free
Press.
Two Author*.
It is related that shortly after Eun
ciman, the well known writer on sea
farers and smugglers and poachers,
had bitterly fallen out with the late
W. E. Henley, he lay dying in London.
To Henley in Edinburgh, lame and ill,
came an indirect message that Runci
man believed that if Henley would
come and look on him he would get
well. It was a dying man’s whimsey,
but Henley took the train from Edin
burgh—and arrived in London to find
his friend dead.
A BIG TRANSITION
Wake Island in the Pacific and Its ^
Interesting History.
Unclaimed Five Venn. Ago, It I«
Owned by the Greatest Nation
on Kartli and Upholds the
Great PacWe fable.
One of the remarkable transitions
which has resulted from the progress
and development of the Lnited States
during the past, few years has been the
elevation of a lonely little coral reef and
sand patch in the midst of the great Pa
cific to the dignity of a cable station.
\Vake island has long been known to
navigators of the southern Pacific as a
lowlying coral reef island not discernible
more than five miles away in the day '
time and not at all at night, and hence
proving a serious menace to ships.
When the United States came into con
trol of the Philippines the need of a cable
to the new possessions was realized. Gen.
Greene, while en route to Manila in 1898,
LANDING THE CABLE AT GUAM,
visited Wake island and, finding it unin
habited planted a record of possession
and raised the flag of the United States.
Realizing the value of the island as a
landing place for the Pacific cable which
was under consideration at that time,
formal possession was taken of it the fol
lowing year. It is from nine to 20 miles
in circumference, according to wind and
tide. The larger part of it is a lagoon.
Vegetation is searce, there is no fresh
water, and the only food to be found con
sists of a few birds and plenty of fish.
It would be hard to imagine a more
desolate region than this island. The
finishing touch to the weirdness and for
saken loneliness of the place is given by
the group of rough wooden crosses placed
by shipwrecked sailors over the graves
of shipmates. One of the crosses marks
the grave of the captain of the ship
wrecked on the reef about 30 years ago.
The crew, all but the captain and one
man, went to explore Bird island, which
Is incloqy^ Ijy the same reef, and on their
return fount! their captain murdered and
accused their shipmate of the crime. On
the departure of the men from the island
it was decided to leave the murderer be
hind, and in spite of his entreaties this
was done. He was eventually rescued
in an insane condition by a passing ves
sel. The other graves are those of a part
of the crew of an American bark who
lied of scurvy after being shipwrecked
on the island.
The laying of the cable upon the island
was accomplished in a manner similar
to that which marked the work at Guam,
which is the next cable landing station
towards Manila. The great cable was
coiled upon pontoons and brought into
shore as closely as possible. The cable
was then floated ashore by means of bar
rels. A party of American blue jackets
assisted the cable hands in the hard work
of getting the cable into position.. This
cable station will be a lonely post, and
yet the throb of life of the outside world
will be felt. Hawaii, on the west and
GRAVES OF SAILORS ON WAKE ISLAND.
Guam on the east will be able to speak
across the waters because Wake island
will be the faithful link between the two.
Again we say: What a transition.
Heretofore ownerless, now owned by
the greatest nation upon the earth. Here
tofore only a barren lonely spot, now the
connecting link between San Francisco
on the west and Manila on the east, and
the place which will dally feel the throb
of life of the twentieth century. Hereto
fore a menace to navigation, now a re
sponsible agent in the commerical and
political activities of the world. Wajct
island hence forth is more than a gave
yard for shipwrecked sailors.
Cause of HI* Dislike.
Dodgers—Let’s cross over. There
comes a man I don’t care to meet.
Rodgers—What’s he ever done to
you?
“Oh, nothing, except he stuck a knife
into me once, about two years ago.”
“Whew! And didn’t you ever get
even with him?’*
“Never did; that’s the trouble. It was
a surgical operation and the bill is still
unpaidKansas City Journal.
RAIL AHD TIE.
The great Mexican railway, from
Salina Cruz, on the Pacific, to Coatza
coalcos, on the gulf, will bring New
York and New Orleans 1,500 miles near
er San Francisco than will the Panama
canal.
In speaking of the present discussion
over the possibility of contagion in
sleeping cars a physician says: “I know
several people who travel a great deal,
who carry their blankets as a part ol
their luggage, and have the same used
|>y the porter when the bed is made up
at night”
Robert J. Wright, of Rockville Cen
ter, Long Island, has instituted a pecul
iar suit against the Long Island rail
road. His daughter was married not
long ago, and Mr. Wright had arranged
with the company to have a fast ex
press train stop there to take up wed
ding guests. The evening was stormy
and the train, being late, did not stop.
.Some of the guests did not believe that
there was any intention to stop the
train, and he wants the company to
compensate him for the humiliation of
having his veracity questioned.
BuHineatH Precaution.
A caller at the boarding house of Mrs.
Irons was surprised to see a line greyhound
basking in the sun outside the kitchen
door. -'l didn't know you had a dog,” she
said, "lie’s a beautiful animal. How long
have you had him?”
“Two or three years.”
“IIow does it happen I have never seen
him in passing along here?”
”We don't allow him to leave the back
yard,” replied Mrs. Irons, with emphasis.
“What kind of an advertisement would it
be for a boarding house to have a creature
as lean as that dog is standing round in
front of it?”—Youth’s Companion.
Those Flats.
The mother with her little ten-year-old
daughter was returning to her tiny tfat
after a call on a friend who resided in a
large house, with spacious grounds about
it. As she neared the house she sighed
and remarked to her little daughter:
“Dolly, when I come back home after
visiting Mrs. Wallin I feel as if I had
come back to live in a hat box.”
Dolly gave a sigh exactly like her
mother’s and said, dismally:
“And I feci as if I had come back to live
in a keyhole.”—N. Y. Times.
Ihe Doctor's Statement.
St. John, Kaus., Nov. 10th.—This town
has a genuine sensation in the case of a
little boy, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wil
liam McBride. Dr. Limes, the attending
physician, says:
“leaflet Fever of a very malignant type
brought this child very near to death and
when the fever left him, he was semi-para*
lyzed in the right leg and right arm. He
also lost hearing in his right ear and his
mind was much affected.
“His parents tried another treatment for
a time and when I was recalled I found
that he was having spells very'like Epilep
sy and was very bad and gradually growing
worse. I advised the use of Dodd’s Kid
ney Pills and in a short time the child be
gan to improve. Inside of a week the
nervous spasms or epileptic seizures ceased
altogether.”
Mr. and Mrs. McBride have made a
sworn statement of the facts and Dr. Jesse
L. Limes has added his sworn statement
saying that Dodd’s Kidney Pills and noth
ing else cured the fits.
Cheap Notoriety.
Mrs. Closefist—Oh, do buy me a new
bonnet, my dear. It will set all my friends
talking.
Mr. Closefist—If you’re after notoriety,
why don’t you get the old one retrimmed?
That will make your friends talk twice
is much.—Stray Stories.
“Some folks,” said Uncle Eben, “gits
credit foh bein’ lucky ’case dey has sense;
an’ others gits credit foh havin’ sense
'cause dey’s lucky.”—Washington Star.
Miss Rose Peterson, Secretary l*
Parkdale Tennis Club, Chicago, from* ex
perience advises all young girls who have
pains and sickness peculiar to their sex, to use
Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound.
How many beautiful young girls develop into worn, listless and
hopeless women, simply because sufficient attention has not been paid
to their physical development. No woman is exempt from physical
weakness and periodic pain, and young girls just budding into woman
hood should be carefully guided physically' as well as morally.
If you know of any young lady who is sick, and needs motherly
advice, ask her to write to Mrs. Pinkham at Lynn, Mass., who will
give her advice free, from a source of knowledge which is un
equalled in the country. Do not hesitate about stating details
which one may not like to talk about, and which are essential for
a full understanding of the case.
Miss Hannah E. Mershon, Collings
wood, N. J., says: (
,«I thought I would write and tell you
that, by following your kind advice, I feel like
a new person. I was always thin and delicate,
and so weak that I could hardly do anything.
Menstruation was irregular.
WI tried a bottle of your Vegetable Com
pound and began to feel better right away. I con
tinued its use, and am now well and strong, and
menstruate regularly. I cannot say enough for
— what your medicine did for me.
How rirs. Pinkham Helped
Fannie Kumpe.
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the use of Lydia E. Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound. The pains
in my back and womb have all left me, and my menstrual trouble is
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__ ]vf raw Fannie Kumpk, 1922 Chester St, Little Rock, Ark. (Dec. 16,1900.)
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