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THE STARKVILLE NEWS.
VOLUME 11. • A STRAY DAY. Into the heart of winter crept a day Filled with the amber glory of a noon That broods above the world when radiant May Clasps hands with queenly June. Like some fair truant, who release had found From sunny cloisters under southern skies. She came to us, sedately capped and gowned, But laughter in her eyes! Warmed by her smile the little snowbirds swept Across the icy fields on happy wing; Beneath the earth s chill crust where’er she stepped The flowers dreamed of spring! Lulled by the gentle presence of that day The bitter winter winds grew soft and sweet; The arrows of the frost sped low', and lay Harmless beneath her feet. She freed imprisoned springs, and sent the rills With dance and song to levels far below; Swept from the bold, brown faces of the hills Their velvet masks of snow. Indulgent Mother Nature looked and smiled At all the pretty pranks and willful play Of this unchidden, daring, darling child She soon must send away! For when the sunset fires began to glow. And all the snowbirds* song had ceased: When shadows lengthened o’er the fields of snow Toward the darkening east. The pretty vagrant went as she had come. Across the land to where warm sunbeams lay— The fleeting phantom—the dear ghost of some Forgotten summer’s day! —Eva Best, in Youth's Companion. I The Tables I | Turned | I By LENA BbINN LEWIS | THERE are live of the Perkins’, in cluding Stilly, and “a bard lot of hoys to manage,” old Mr. Howard remarked the morning 1 saw a sweet looking girl come Ou\ of the cottage across the”way. “Yes, Sally has her hands full,” he continued. “1 wonder she has managed with the twins both down with the mumps and Rob in high school, but :*he is a trump and seems to keep the ball rolling and the trous ers and stockings patched and darned in good shape; and she is always doing something to give the boys a good time. “Sally is two years younger than Rob. but she gave up her chance of an education and has scrimped and saved to help him through school and has been so cheerful through it all. Yes. she has a bit of fun about her, too, and I think that has something to do with her success in keeping the family together. It’s a regular clubhouse for Rob’s friends, and the boys all stand by Sally Perkins. “I shall never forget last April Fool’s day. It and oes me good every time I think of it.” Mr. Howard laughed heartily, and 1 appreciated his story of how Sally turned the tables. “It seems that Rob Perkins was full of good-natured mischief and one of -those boys that are always getting others into scrapes. He was a great fellow for company and sometimes taxed Sallie’s patience and the pantry to the extreme. He would say: “O, Sally. I have asked George and Charlie to come over to-night. Do not go to any trouble, but get a light supper.” And Sally would have to plan and •contrive to have things really nice, for she had as much pride as Rob and wanted him to make as good a show ing in his home as the other boyscould do; and the result was that both she and Rob were general favorites among the young people. It was Rob’s last year in high school, and as Sally busied herself about her work she was thinking of what the future held in store for them all. Af ter Rob left home to teach, then came Jim, but he had determined to go into the electrical business and w’ould not finish school. Sally had ambitions for the twins, and was seriously thinking and planning for their welfare, when she was interrupted. think it’s a downright shame, if it is Rob’s crowd.” The two little boys had come into the kitchen and Sally looked up from the apple she was paring, and saw that they were really very serious. “What is it that is such a shame?” she asked, going on with her pies. “Why, Rob and the other boys are going to play a mean joke on some of the girls to-morrow night. You know there is to be a concert at the assem bly rooms, and the boys have written invitations inviting them girls to at tend, and they had us kids deliver •them. We overheard the plan, but did not dare to refuse to take them, you know.” “Well, that is all very nice so far,” and Sally half wished she had been in the invited party. It was a concert that she would like very much to at tend. “Yes, but they are not goingtocall for the girls at all, but send another lot of notes with only ‘April Fool’ written on a blank sheet. The boys say they are only getting even for snubs, but J don’t believe any of them have been snubbed unless they needed it. They are a conceited lot, anyway.” Sally reproved her small brother for making such an assertion, but she half trailed a§_ she knew that she was near ly of the same opinion. “The fellows are all going to go. to the concert and have a jolly uiue, ‘slugging it,’ and for my part 1 can’t see the funny part ot it,” added one twin. Sally was thoughtful for a moment, then her face lighted with fun and she said, “Fil turn the tables on these boys, and you will have to help me.” Later in the evening, Rob came in w hist ling. “Hello. Sally, give me a kiss- You’re the best girl in a thousand lands, and —” “What’s wanted, Rob? You must be going to ask a favor,” she said, smil ingly. “Pshaw. I do mean it, Sally. But, say, could I have the fellows over to supper to-morrow night? W T e are all going to the symphony, you know. You needn’t make a spread, but get us just a light supper.” “Why, yes, Rob, that will be jolly and I think ‘a light supper’ will be nicest, anyway, for you will probably want to take the girls out for a cup of coffee or a rarebit after the concert.” Rob smiled a very happy smile and said: “You are all right, little girl, and I know someone else who thinks so, too.” Sally's cheeks grew very pink, and Rob settled down to his £atin. Early the next morning, the twins went on another round of calls, and carried dainty notes to the girls, in which Sally had fully explained the situation. And by afternoon the girls, including Sally, had tickets for the concert and had arranged to meet at the assembly rooms at an early hour. Sally’s plan was working. She had sent the twins to spend the evening with a neighbor; Jim had gone into the country for the night, and the wav was clear for her to carry out her idea. The twins were permitted to assist in preparing the supper for the boys, and their part was to go after the candlesticks, which the girls had offered for the occasion. Sally’s eyes sparkled as she spread the snowy table cloth and placed the silver at each plate, with a napkin and even a finger bowl j?n the side. In front of each plate stood a lighted candle, and in the center of the table ✓ t was a large candelabra with si* candles. Standing by this was a large WANT WAXED PAPER-BAGS. Cuntomers of the Grocer Insist Upon Having; Their Purchases Put Up in Them. “I should like to get my hands on the man who began to line the or dinary paper bag of commerce with waxed paper,” said an up-town gro cer, reports the New York Times. “Women will not have their* orders sent home in anything else now. The coarse brown paper bags that our mothers used to get are almost out of business If a woman wants to keep a thing dry she asks to have it sent in a waxed paper bag. If she wants to keep it moist she also wants a waxed paper bag. Tea and coffee go into waxed paper to keep them dry and fresh. A nice head of let tuce calls for waxed paper to keep it moist. Cakes, candies and confec tionery of all sorts must be put in wax paper bags. Sugar and flour are about the only things for which we can use the old-fashioned bags. It was once only a fad in the trade, calculated to please somewhat fas* tidious customers who wanted to carry a small parcel home without soiling their gloves. Now it is a demand in the business, even for de livery orders.” The Charitable Sex. He—What an exceptionally good complexion Mrs. Fortyodd has! She —Yes; it’s too good to be true. —Cincinnati Enquirer, STARKVILLE, MISS., FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 1903. card with the following printed mes sage: “Light Suppers For foolish duffers On All Fools’ Eve." Sally made good her escape and met the boys on the way to the house. Rob looked amazed when he saw her, but she smiled reassuringly, and said: “I bad an invitation out to tea, boys, and I left a light supper on the table; you can just help yourselves. I thought you might enjoy having a little party all by yourselves, you know.’” The boys agreed t hat that would be the finest thing out, and Sally hurried on to meet the girls. Rob was hilarious and opened the dining-room door with a grand flour ish, saying: “Hurrah, boys, lam as hungry as a bear, and I—” Here he stopped short and a look of wonder and dismay came over his face. The lighted candles had sur prised him, and in a moment he-saw there was not a thing to eat on the table. One of the boys had espied the card and read it aloud to the others. Everyone laughed his hardest, but Rob. The joke was on him, and he explained to the boys his usual re quest for a Tight supper;’ he felt mean that they all should have to suffer at his -expense. He soon re gained his good nature, hawever, and said: “Well, we will make a raid on the pantry.” But to his chagrin, the door was securely locked, as was the base ment, and they were forced to go without theirsupper. George Madden said later: “Do you know, boys, I feel that perhaps we have gone too far, and 1 propose that we go after the girls, after all. and own up to the joke and turn it all into a good time at the concert. We can probably ge,t seats about the house, and if not, we can go over to Smith’s and have a little supper to gether.” What George said usually carried weight, and as it was getting late they hurried away in separate direc tions, promising to* meet at the as sembly rooms. One by one they arrived at the con cert, alone and wi f h queer expres sions on their faces. For the first time they associated Sally with the joke, and George Madden said to him self: “She is the nicest girl I ever knew, ami I mean to know her bet ter ** The girls were'all together in good seats and seemingly enjoying the mu sic .to the. fullest extent. The boys could not find seats, and as they were so late the ones for which they had tickets had been given to others, and they were obliged to stand. They talked matters over and decided to wait for the girls and own them selves beaten in their own game, and propose that they all go out for sup per, as they had planned; but the girls had another idea and slipped through a side entrance, and the boys had the privilege of seeing them through the window of \\innie Ger ard’s home, deep in the mystery of a chafing-dish concoction; and they felt very foolish and small, as was the appropriate way to feel on All Fools* eve.—Detroit Free Press. She Got the Money. “Harry.” she said. “I want $100.” “But, my dear,” he protested, “that’s nearly all the cash 1 have on hand at the present moment, and I had planned to use it to take up a note.” “Oh, well,” she returned, carelessly, “if you think the man who holds the note can make thing’s any hotter for you than I can, why, go ahead.” Thus it happened that she got the money.—Chicago Post. Privileged Person. Caller —Well, the nerve of that. Merchant —What’s that? Caller —Why, didn’t you hear that snip of a boy referring to you as “Bill”?' Merchant—Sh! That’s our office boy. So long as I can pretend I didn’t hear him it’s all right.—Catholic Standard and Times. ’Waitings tor Instructions. A mistress told her maid, Betsy, that she must not always do things on her own responsibility, .but first ask per mission. The next day Betsy walked into the parlor and said, politely: “Please, madam, # the cat is busy eat ing up the duck in the pantry; must I drive her away or not?” —Tit-Bits. Good Enongh for Him. Hewitt— What became of that fellow who was always telling people to go to grass? Jewett—He took his own medicine at last. * Hewitt —How was that? Jewett —He married a grass widow, —N. Y. Herald. THE TUNE IS OUR OWN. Eli Sr I ud ‘a Claim to the Air of tea” and the night of Thia Country to It. Many Americans in visiting Eng land have been surprised and Hal tered when a British military bund has played the air of “America” and the English crowd has risen to its feet and doffed its hats. Similarly, English viaitors to this country have got up and bowed as to a compliment when an American band has blared the same tune. It has taken time in each case to convince the hearer that “God Save the King” and “America” have the same air. Of course, fbe Briton has become indignant over the theft of a national air, forgetti ag that the colonies, with their alle giance to a British king, had a claim to the melody and on their revolt could fairly set their own new words to it, says the Philadelphia Recoid. The charge of theft and musical poverty in America has inspired a patriotic association in little Rhode Island to offer a gold medal to any body who shall compose a new’ and “a better” air to Dr. Smith’s inspir ing words. Rhode Island denies that Great Britain is musical, and affirms that our own country (whose coon songs as played by Sousa's band have captured king and queen and become the burden of every wdiistling news boy, coster and clubman in has a degree of musical talent and culture which even Germany cannot rival. Therefore it is impatient un der the charge of stealing the most venerated of British melodies. It is vain, however, to hope for a popular acceptance of anew tune for “America.” The present air has been sung on too many glorious and sig nificant occasions to the words of our heart-filling hymn to be surren dered to the British. When we were forced to break loose from the op pressive mother we retained the com mon law, the language, the absbrd system of weights and measures and whatever seemed to our sires to be desirable. We retained “Yankee Doodle” and the air of “America,” putting our own words to each. More than a century and a quarter has en deared to us these tunes, and we shall keep them. When Gen. Sherman vis ited Ireland he found that the mel ody of “Marching Through Georgia” belonged to an old Irish song, but it has been hallowed by us by the camp fires of thousands of Grand Army posts and is ours beyond surrender. Cultured musicians have complained of the quality of our national airs, which include “America,” “Hail Co lumbia,” “The Star Spangled Ban ner,” “Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean” (which suggests that Colum bia is an isle), and several war songs. Still, they have not been able to pro duce a melody of such conspicuous merit as to win instant popular ad miration. It may be association alone which endears “America” to us. but there is no escape from the fact that we all love it and are stirred by it; and we shall cling to it in spite of any complaints from the unnat ural mother country which undertook to spank us without provocation and lost us in consequence. His Tnlncky Lapse. “I had a good job last summer, but lost it on account of my fool absent mindedness,” said poor old Seldum Fedd, pessimistically. “I was actin’ as de echo fer a mountain hotel; an’ I done all right till one moonlight night, when a smart guy from de city hollered: ‘Hello, Smith!’ Burn, me! I fergot meself, an’ answered back: ‘Which Smith do you mean?”'— Judge. Edible to Him. “Y"ou say,” tittered the fiancee of the vegetarian, “that you could fairly eat me. Now, isn’t that contrary to the tenets of your belief ?” “Not at all,” asserted the vegetarian. “But if you ate me—” “I should simply be eating a peach.” No use talking, the meat diet isn’t the only one that makes the mind active —Judge. IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM. Bats Jn the Philippine islands are as big as cats, and with the wings spread measure three feet from tip to tip. A bite from one of them Is said to be poisonous. Many animals feign illness. In mili tary stables horses are known to have pretended to be lame in order to avoid going to a military exercise. A chim panzee in the zoo had been fed on cake when ill; for some time after his re covery he often feigned coughing in order to procure further dainties. NUMBER 6. FASHION’S FANCIES. ] Striking Featnre* ref the Sruroa'i Coiamen and Odd Item* of Fr mini ue FiJitry. Putty colored cloths and Monta Carlo shapes are particularly in evi dence in the advance showing- of spring- wraps. Very wide sleeves are a feature of the new models in coats, and braids and straps are conspicuous as trim mings. Drawnwork, hemstitching and em broidery distinguishes the latest turn overs, reports the Brooklyn Eagle. The stock and belt sets for wash shirt waists in contrasting shades of heavy linen are smart and effective. A plain buckle of pearl or the gilt harness type fastens the belt. The broad collar is the bright star in the sartorial firmament. Exqui site lace of every variety, ambroid* ered linen, batiste, swiss and lawn, are all utilized for the newest crea tions in accessories of this sort, and the styles of 1830 and the subsequent few decades are revived. Tassels will dangle on spring cos tumes to a noticeable extent, and, in conjunction with passementerie and lace medallions, will be the most fa vored garniture. The latest motifs consist of a center of lace encircled by passementerie ornamented with pendants. The fancy for fruit designs in em broidery and other forms of embel lishment continues and the cherry and apple have appeared as claim ants for some of the fashionable prestige heretofore enjoyed exclu sively by the grapes. An exceeding ly effective galloon in heavy white linen is embroidered with a design of apples and foliage in self color. Among the handsomest of the nevr belts is one fashioned from a heavy black silk passementerie. Two pieces of passementerie are utilized for this belt, which tapers to- a nar row width in front and is finished with strings of black teakwood beads with tasseled ends. An exqjrisite evening coat- brought out this season by a well known mo diste was of Ivory toned chiffon painted with clusters of Japanese chrysanthemums in pale gold and buff tones with occasional embroid ery in gold and silver thread. A note of black was artistically introduced and draping the shoulders and around the hem were flounces of but ter colored guipure embroidered with chrysanthemums. Tomato Mold* for Salad. Put a can of tomatoes on to stevr with four whole cloves, a piece of bay leaf, a tessponful of salt* a few pepper corns, a teaspoonful paprika and a teaspoonful sugar. Simmer for 15 minutes, then add a tablespoonful of gelatine dissolved in a cup of water. When the gelatine is dissolved, strain the jelly into small bowls or moldsand set away to harden. When ready to serve scoop out jelly in center of each mold, fill with chicken, oyster, lobster, shrimps, or a vegetable mayonnaise salad, turn out carefully on a lettuce leaf; decorate with a star of mayon naise and serve. The seooped-out jelly can be used for a soup or to dec orate another salad. —Washington Star. To Cook Smoked Beef, Smoked beef is good and wholesome if properly cooked. Usually it is tough and leathery. Soak the beef for a few minutes in tepid water, then re move and press between the folds of a clean cloth to get the salt and wa ter out. Fry in butter, sprinkle in a little flour, and add gradually half a pint of milk, stirring carefully.—N. Y. Post. A Laasdry Hint. To preserve the ecru tint of lace in lauudrying put it through thin starch colored with tea or coffee or simply rinse in tea or coffee water. For old lace tea gives the best tint. —Brooklyn Eagle. PLANT LIFE. New Zealand has an ivy tree which has a thick, short trunk and heavy branches. It is not a climbing plant. By applying glucose or glycerin to their roots a French scientist declares that he has been able to stimulate the growth of plants. Flowering plants may be forced to blossom at any time by exposing them to ether fumes for two days twice, with an interval of two days between, and then placing for two weeks in a. hothouse. •'