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PUBLISHED WEEKLY. STARKVILLE, ; : : MISSISSIPPI. ■ .. - - " VAGABOND 808. (An Incident of the Kansas City flood.) Bob was a vagabond. If you had seen The limp of his legs and the lay of his fur. His gaunt, yellow body, disgracefully lean. You had vowed he was only a vagabond cur. The torrent swept down on a world un aware; And women and children and men were his prey; And Death was his brother, who walked everywhere. And the faces of mortals were white with dismay. A babe in a cradle was rocked to and fro, Tossed hither and thither ’mid flotsam and wreck/ .With only grim Death and the angels to know, A mariner on a pitiful deck. With only grim Death and the angels? Not so. On a mound over yonder a vagabond cur Heard the wail of the babe, like the sum mons of woe, * And the spirit of heroes In him was astir. Kow, vagabond Bob, now, outcast—what now? The chasm is wide by the mad current torn. And rescue’s & bark with Death at the prow— Still over the waters that wailing Is borne. X think that he shivered one moment in dread; I think that he doubted ere outward he sprung— See now in the current the vagabond head, The debris, the flotsam, the wreckage among. He reached her! He saved her! No mortal had known How long was the struggle, how cruelly hard; But the rescuers found them, the two waifs alone. And the babe was asleep, and Bob w as on guard. —Alfred J. Waterhouse. In N. Y. Times. 1 ■■lll'll A Predatory Fib By SARA ELIZABETH BURNHAM (Copyright, 1903. by Daily Story Pub. Cos.) THE Louisville & Nashville express, consisting of a locomotive, one passenger coach and an empty flatcar, which was being pushed ahead to test the roadbed, had stopped on the sub merged track, waiting for a flatboal to transfer its three passengers to an other train in waiting somewhere across the apparently interminable waste of waters caused by the annual overflow of the Tennessee river. The only woman on this train was Mrs. Thomas Abercombie, a pretty bride of three months standing, who had been married at her home in northern Wisconsin during illness and was now on her way to Thomasville. Ga., to join the newly acquired hus band, who had preceded her by a few weeks There existed an understanding- be tween the two that in order to reduce to its minimum the danger of tier be ing slung over the shoulder and car ried otf to the cave of some visionary primal male she would avoid making the acquaintance of any man whatso ever during the entire length of her REQUESTED THE MAN TO TURN THE SEAT. route. Up to the time her hat fell out of the window into the water and was promptly fished in again by the crook on the end of the handsome umbrella of a very personable man, Mrs. Aber crombie had most religiously observed her compast. “Let me see,’' she cogitated (after rendering thanks for the graceful service in a freezing manner and ob serving that her behavior had irritat ed the Personable Man), “the time has come for me to give this matter grave consideration. The flatboat will soon be here and how can I, a lady born and bred, refuse the assistance of either or both of my feliow passengers. What have I to fear from friendly inter course with these strangers, one of whom is ridiculously inoffensive in ap pearance —from the point of view given me by poor Tom, that is—and the other is a gentleman— evidently an aristocratic Englishman,’* she added, taking note of the hand some Gladstone bag, high silk hat and silver-trimmed umbrella with name plate which had been placed in the rack above the traveler’s seat. “Not a provincial Englishman with his indis pensible valet,” she ruminated, “but * citizen of the world,’ who can do with out a body servant in a country where they are mostly dispensed with by his associates. . . . Just the man I would like •to know. ... lie is probably going on a visit to that aris tocratic English colony in the Tennes see mountains founded by that son of that Lady Somebody or other, al though the man’s ow'n title is merely ‘honorable,’ being a younger son only.” Now, while the lady was thus agree ably engaged in sizing up the Person able Man he had as evidently been reciprocating the attention, a fact which did not strike her until she had encountered his eyes and each had hastily carried the gaze on to some other object a number of different times. She forced herself to sit motionless while she collected her thoughts and decided what to do next. “I begin to see where the trouble lies and must reason a way out,” she went on. “To become a Mrs. Aber crombie, of Georgia, is tantamount — in the state of Georgia —to becoming a princess, is it? It has either given me what they call the ‘big head’ down there or it has scared me into imbecil ity—like the timid child, bid show himself off. , . . Ah, I have a practical idea at last. . . . Per haps if I throw’ away my ‘man of the sea’ I may be able to rise to the occa sion. ... A ‘princess’ travels in cognito. I will do the same.” No sooner said than done. With a gracious air all her own, the young woman got up and requested the Per sonable Man to turn the seat. He did so with alacrity. Then she found herself saying: “My name is Mrs. Wilfred Percy’ 1 (apparently the name said itself). “Perhaps an exchange of cards would facilitate —” She got no further, for she suddenly recollected thal the visiting cards of Mrs. Thomas Abercrombie could scarcely be rendered available for the use of a Mrs. Wilfred Percy. More over, the sight of the effect upon the Personable Man of what she had al ready said would have arrested her in i her wild career, anyway; for in the moment before he could pull himself together she had detected upon his speaking countenance mild contempt, following unbounded amazement, to be immediately displaced by an ill concealed smile of amusement, as he pretended to be making a vigorous search for his card to avoid looking at her until he had regained compos ure. “Oh, I have used the name of some one he knows! He despises me for a fraud; he is laughing in his sleeve all the time. . . . The horrid thing!*' she reflected miserably. “Where did I get the name, anyway? I never heard it in my life. It belongs to somebody who is known to this man,” By this time her vis-a-vis had both himself and his card in hand. In a voice from which all objection able features had been carefully elim inated, and without a gleam of the amusement which he must have been actually scarce able to conceal, he be gan tentatively watching the effect as he proceeded: “I fear, my dear Mrs. —a —er —Percy, that I have greatly discomposed you by my —er —ill-concealed astonish ment —my—ah —I may say. rather sur prising demeanor. Before you con demn me —my conduct —utterly—you must listen to my explanation of it. Actually” —he broke off with an at tempt at a laugh —“1 am half afraid to give you my card until I have shown you the name plates on my traveling things. Really, I am at a loss whether to believe that —ah! I beg your par don!-see by your expression that I must prepare you for a revelation which will surprise you as much as it did me.” He laid down the card and reached up for the Gladstone bag, silk hat, and handsome umbrella. The eyes of the wretched woman had fallen on the bit of pasteboard on the seat, and, having done so, she saw nothing, heard nothing, further. She recalled a peculiar pricking sen sation of a few moments before —like Farradic electricity —and realized that it was a case of telepathic sympathy. The two had been think ing the same thoughts —the name was on the end of the man’s tongue, so to speak. But it was not possible to ex plain this. And meanwhile she was open to a serious misinterpretation which froze the blood in her veins and rendered her eyes as immovable in their sockets as if they had been in the head of a china image—or bettor, a corpse. She fel*t like a corpse, and she fervently wished she were a corpse. Then she heard herself saying, in an unnatural voice: “Ah, a remarkable co-incidence!” It certainly was “a remarkable coin cidence”; for the bit of bristol board —and no doubt the silver name plates —(she had not looked at them) —bon this legend: : HONOURABLE WILFRED PERCY. : Where the Rule Falls. “Familiarity with your millinery bills, Mrs. Highmore.” said Mr. H * as he glanced over the latest one, “1 am constrained to eay,does not breed contempt ior them.”-—Chicago Trib une- UNCLE SAM-“NOW LET’S SEE YOU PUNCH THE BAG." PUNGENT PARAGRAPHS. It is said the population of London Is so dense it is unable to see the point of an American joke. —Chicago Daily News. It may appear to you that all the good jobs are taken, but by the time yon are capable of filling one it will be vacant.—Atchison Globe. Nell—‘Ms she a. society woman?” Belle—‘‘Yes, indeed. She belongs to no less than IS societies for the suppres sion of as many things.” —Philadelphia Record, A Frightened Pride. —Bridesmaid — •‘You poor, frightened darling. Y'ou looked scared to death at the altar. ’ Bride —‘‘Yes, George trembled so I was dreadfully afraid he’d lose courage and run away.”—N. Y. Weekly. ‘‘What’s the derivation of the word •college?’” ‘‘l give it up.” ‘‘Put surely the word must mean something.” “Oh! I guess it was just faked up by some poet who needed a rhyme for ‘knowl edge.’ ” —Philadelphia Ledger. Easy Enough.—Miss Yerne —“Her complexion is just lovely. I wish 1 had it.” Miss Pepprey —“Well, you know, the advertisement says: Mf your drug gist doesn't keep it write direct to the manufacturer.’ ” —Philadelphia Press. Progressive. —‘‘Say, Parker, why does that dentist go around telling strangers funny stories?” “Why, he has an eye for business. When they laugh he notices their teeth, and if they need fixing up he passes over a card.”—Chicago Daily News. Smith —“The papers speak enthusi astically of your daughter's singing at the musicale last week.” Rogers— “ Yes, I am surprised they should all speak so flatteringly. What does the Planet say - ?” Smith —“There's nothing in the Planet about her.” Rogers — “That’s queer. I certainly sent the same notice to the Planet that I sent to the other papers.” —Boston Tran script. EffTPdan God Identified. The Egyptians had a crowded pan theon. as is well known. In it many animals had a place, and, likewise, many of its gods in human shape were provided with animal heads: Horns had the head of a hawk; Sebak that of a crocodile, Bast that of a cat. and so forth. Among them all was one god who has been a thorn in the side of archaeologists. This Set, the brother and the murderer of Osiris. In spite of his reprehensible action Set was deified, and tradition declares that he was expelled from Egypt and be came king of the deserts. His statues show him in human form with the head of an animal unknown to science. The discovery of the okapi by Sir Harry Johnston in Uganda has led a German archaeologist to identify the head of the Egyptian god with that of that zebra-like animal, and then to solve the long-standing enigma! Truly the sci ences are related when zoological dis covery lends a helping hand to archae ology! The okapi never inhabited Egypt, though it was, no doubt, known to the Egyptians; it was the king of the neighboring deserts. —N. Y. Sun. Hint from Ancient Esrypt. Mr. E. G. Acheson, of Niagara Falls, while he was searching for the best clay to make crucibles, read the state ments in the fifth chapter of Exodus about the use of straw and. stubble in the manufacture of ancienf Egyptian brick. He procured some straw, had it boiled, and mixed the dark-red liquid thus obtained with clay. He found that the plasticity of the latter was greatly Increased. Investigation showed that tannin was the active agent, and when he treated other clays with a solution of tannin in water he obtained surprising results. The strength and plasticity of the clay are Increased, and the tendency to shrink and warp is greatly reduced. In this process sun-drying is far superior to burning, and in ten days the clay fa better tempered than, in months or even years by the old processes.—- Youth’s Companion. , I / SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY. Several patents for producing solid alcohol have been granted in Germany. Seventy-six per cent, of all Bremen steamers and 80 per cent, of the Ham burg fleet are built of steel. The patching of snakes and the col lecting of their venom, which fetches $1 per grain, is a new’ industry in Aus tralia. An electric machine which is in tended to produce rain in times of drought is being constructed in Paris by a municipal engineer. The South African cycle trade is practically in the hands of British manufacturers, even American makes being imported in very small quan tities. Telegraph poles the lower end of which has been soaked in creosote last more than 30 years; in Ireland they are some erected in 1858 and still in good condition. There is a large demand for pocket knives all over South Africa. The Kaffir, however, seldom pays more than 25 cents for a knife, and conse quently cheap knives would find the best sale. The opinion of Sir John Hershel that the southern portion of the milky way, near the southern cross, is near er to us than the northern, is quoted against the assertion of Prof. Wallace that we are in the center of the uni verse. Although the first vessel passed through the Suez canal in 1565 it was not formally opened until 1860. The British government receives £814,761: yearly upon the Suez canal shares it ow ns. These it bought for just under £ 4.000,000. Capers are the flower buds of a bush that grows in France, Spain and Al geria. The buds are picked by women and are placed in barrels of vinegar for preservation. An expert can gather 44 pounds a day. It isbelieved that the bush would do well in California. RAINFALL AND THE FLOODS. Prevention of Unin to Property in the MiMKissippi Valley Its a Se rious Problem. It is a problem, 5335 the Baltimore News, that means much to the indus trial and physical w ell being of a large portion of our population—the prob lem of mastering and using the rain fall in the Mississippi watershed, in stead of permitting it to go on an an nual rampage, a menace to the nu merous population skirting the banks of the river. There are arid lands along the course of the Missouri which need badly each season the flood wa ter sent down to swell the lower Mis sissippi torrents in the early spring. In all the territory drained by the up per Mississippi scarcely a season pass es when there is not a lack of rainfall at a critical time. Forests through out that region have been swept away. Swamp land has been drained. Every channel is open and free and as soon as the winter snows melt the waters hurry over the frozen ground into the rivers and there is a flood. Scientists of to-day have found that not only are the forests important in the preservation of life-giving moist ure, but they also tend to prevent floods. Even the dust of the desert plays its part, for meteorologists tell us that without it rain clouds would probably not form. Men, in their rush for wealth, seem to have denuded the country of forests and developed a drainage system which means alter nate flood and drought. It might be well if they would now try to learn something of the conditions under w’hich nature will supply moisture without a deluge. Bringing about these conditions would: seem more ad vantageous to a symmetrical indus trial development and much safer for dwellers upon great rivers. Levee building must be supplemented by more extensive attempts to hold flood water where it falls. TOMAHAWK TRULY BURIED. Indiana of the * Went Have Even Dropped the Word from Their Language. Despite the adoption by the Indians of the northwest of the ways of the white men in the matter of vocations the English language is, perhaps, far ther from being generally used by them than ever before. The statement is made by mission aries and government agents that the Indian languages are more generally spoken and' better developed to-daj' than they were 50 years ago. This is particularly true of the Sioux, which, in two dialects, the Teton and the Yankton, has been the means of com munication for unnumbered years among the Indiana of the great plains country on both sides of the Missouri river. The law of evolution works in the Indian language just as it does in the English. The older Indians employ words and phrases that the later gen erations do not use and do not seem to understand, says the New York Sun. The change has come about largely through the influence of the mission aries, who have taken the trouble to learn the tongue, and have then em ployed their linguistic skill in system atizing it. Grammar had very little place in the old language of the Sioux, but the missionary has brought order to this part of it. One noticeable change in the char acter of the Indian language of to-day is its comparative parity. In the old days, when the tribes roamed at will, each enriched the language of the oth ers by picturesque phrases or words, either through the exchange of greet ings or the words wrung from the lips of captive braves. The Indian exhibits tfcc same quick ness in grasping anew idiom or strik ing phrase as the white man, although restricted necessarilj’ to Indian sources. It is a remarkable fact that the slang of the English tongue finds little favor with the reds, although they are eager to seize upon anything good in any other Indian tongue. Their confinement to the bounds of the reservations has had the effect of puri fying their languge in that there is little of the old mixture of other tribes to be found. All Indian language is spoken in gut tural, deep, throaty tones, with small syllables and much use of vowels. Words of the Sioux sometimes mean whole phrases of English. Take, for instance, the old word 1 “a-mah-pas-an ta-gil.” which expresses a long sen tence in English. It means that the Indian has seen something silhouetted against the sky, after dusk has set in, and that he has watched it until he could distinguish the object by the red light of the after glow. Tenderfeet scarcely ever ob serve this peculiar phenomenon of the plains, but old plainsmen have noticed that always in the evening when dark ness is gathering over the land there is a faint reappearance of glow ing red light as if the sun were about to rise again. —N. Y. Herald. The Indians who are great at notic ing things understood this phenom enon and watched for it. When writ ten the word would have “wa-yan-ka pi” added if the object had been seen by more than one. The affix “pi” al ways signifies the plural number. The old Indian words wigwam and tomahawk have no longer a place in the language of the reds. These and many others are practically extinct. They were, strictly speaking, words of eastern tribes, and in some cases they were the inventions of trappers and plainsmen. The Sioux word for wig yam is tepee, which has a more essen tially Indian sound. By prefixing and affixing, an Indian word may be lengthened out into meanings that would require a whole paragraph of English to fully trans late. The language is vert'comprehen sive, and in its greater purity is more poetical than formerly, shorn, as it now is, of what corresponded to Indian slang. It is losing a little in the way of be ing figurative, this being the result of scientific application and systematiza tion. The words and phrases still deal mainly with the ordinary things of the Indian’s simple life, and when the realm of metaphysics is entered the red man is at a loss for words, save as he can illustrate his meaning by the use of common words of double signi fication. Another New Kind of Rays. M. Blondlot, a French scientist, has discovered anew set of radiations emitted by a Roentgen tube, differing from the X-rajs in that they can be concentrated by means of a quartz lens, and can also be reflected. The X-rays undergo neither reflection nor refraction. The new rays pass through aluminum, paper and wood, being rectilinearly polarized on their emission. They are susceptible of both rotary and elliptical polarization. Bui they produce neither fluorescence nor photographic action. —Science. Forest* of Ashantee. Ashantee is one continuous forest, with small clearings, where native vil lages have been Journal.