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The Starkvillc News
PUBLISHED WEEKLY. 6TARKVILUS* : : ; MISSISSIPPI. A Desperate Remedy A But Vergelsope Needed Sleep VERGELSOPE needed his sleep. Eight hours of solid and undis turbed slumber were what nature de manded of him, and he liked to see to i*. that nature was satisfied. It was no use telling him that Hux ley thought six hours of sleep ample for any healthy man or that Napoleon got along with four hours. Vergelsope said very truly that Napoleon and he Avere two different persons. “Further more,” he continued, "1 don’t believe Huxley ever said anything of the sort. Napoleon may have been unable to sleep more than four hours at a stretch, but then I think I remember reading somewhere that he took cat naps at any old time through the day. Anyway, he’s a pretty example to hold L T-r ■ C ’' - ' 1 . > vp to mankind. I tell you, if he had slept longer he might have been a more amiable character. He might have had some heart and conscience.” That theory Vergelsope had an op- IKrtunity to test not many nights ago. He retired to his room at his usual hour of ten o’clock and by 10:30 was m bed. At 11:30 he awoke. A dog— a horse-voiced dog—was barking, it seemed, directly under his window. Vergelsope drowsily wondered whether burglars v/ere attempting an entrance to the house. He wondered what dog—what dog— Then he fell asleep again. But only for an instant. Another volley of gruff barks broke on the stillness of the night. Vergelsope shut his eyes tighter and tried to close his ears. But the noise was too insistent, too clamorous. It called for attention —wakeful attention. Vegelsope listened. The barking ceased and he could hear the ticking of the clock in the hall, the ticking of his Avatch, the snoring of a distant member of the family, but no stealthy footfall, no snap of a breaking window catch or tinkling of sacked silverware. He grunted disgustedly and was roll ing back into an easier position in the bed when there came another bark — just one and faintly. Vergelsope could hear an answering bark evident ly some blocks distant. “They’re just amusing themselves,” said Vergelscope. “I won’t pay any at tention to it. I’ll go to sleep.” Possibly the defiance of the distant dog demanded some consideration. At fdl events the dog at hand did not im mediately reply. Vergelscope was very nearly—not quite, but very nearly— asleep again when the dog made bis rejoinder. It was ioua, nmaus and prolonged. The moment it ceased the distant dog and an intermediate dog took up the dissonant war note. Vergelsope was a mild man and a mild-spoken one, so he said: “Oh, pshaw!” and waited. “1 wonder what dog that can be,” he. mused. “It must be next door. It’s funny they don’t wake and speak to it. What can anybody want with a dog right in the heart of town? I don’t see what earthly use it can be. If this sort of thing keeps up I won’t be able to sleep to-night. Perhaps I can get used to it, though. 1 suppose I’ll have to if they keep the animal. I wonder if they have taken yut a license for ii ’’ There was another lull —at least the remoter dogs seemed to have thj noise to themselves. That w’as net so bad. Vergelsope decided that they would not prevent him from sleeping. He punched up his pillow and tried it again, but he found that the expect ancy of another outbreak was weigh ing on his mind. After some time had elapsed he struck a match and looked at his watch. It was 12:45. “Think of that!” groaned Vergel sopo. “All this time that 1 might have been sleeping. I won’t be fit for a thing to-morrow. Well, they seem to have stopped now, all of them.” The intermediate yapping recom menced. Vergelsope listened nervous ly, but nothing further seemed to come of it. He tried anew posture, settled his pillow again and closed his eyes. Had he been asleep? He hardly thought so. If he had it could not have been more than a few minutes. “Any man who keeps a beast like that around to annoy his inoffensive neighbors ought to be hanged,” mut tered Vergelsope, as the dog below the window rent, the air with his harsh, gruff voice. “It isn’t the dog’s fault, it’s the man’s. It’s dog’s nature, but a human being of average intelligence hasn't any excuse for inflicting the dog on people. Hanging wouldn’t he a bit too severe. The man must he brutal himself, indifferent to the sufferings of his fellow creatures and careless of their rights. He’s a menace to society end society would be justified in get ting rid of him.” Then he remarked, rather inconsist ently, “Darn the measly dog!” The concert went on. At 2:30 o’clock Vergelsope arose, grinding his teeth. He lit the gas and, opening a drawer in his bureau, took from it a revolver. As he did so he caught sight of his reflection in the mirror. Certainly he looked a terrible object. His face was pale and drawn Jnto an expression of demoniacal an ger. His hair was disheveled and his mild whiskers were bristling. He did not. stop to contemplate his tragic as pect, however, but opening his window stepped out on a little balcony that overlooked the back yard, first turn ing out the gas. Guided by the sound of the barking, he aimed deliberately ana fired. The bark broke off into a sharp howling. There was a thumping noise, the faint rattle of a chain and all was still. Cautiously Vegelsope reentered his room, groped his way to the bureau, replaced his revolver and then got into ted. The peculiar thing about it was that even then he did not sleep. He could have had half an hour more than Napoleon’s allowance even then, but conscience was busy with him. Once he said, “I hope, at least, that I killed it instantly.” Again—perhaps an hour later —he said, “I’d give SIOO cold cash to it bark again.” And again: “I didn’t think it was in me. The nature of his reflections may be judged. He got up at seven o’clock, a hag gard wreck, bathed, dressed and pres ently mustered up courage to look out of the window. His next door neigh bor and a stranger were standing by the porch looking at a fine black re triever that was straining at his chain and whining. The stranger snapped bis finger and the dog barked gruffly and reared on his hind legs. “Isn’t he a bird?” said the stranger. “Well, old man, I’m much obliged to you for keeping him. If you’ll come down any time now I’ll give you the best shooting you ever had and show you what work the pup can do.” “All right; I’ll surely come,” said the neighbor. The stranger unchained the deg and led him out into the alley. Vergelsope breathed a sigh of inex pressible relief. “The bullet must have knocked a stone against him and scared him,” he said. “Well, it shows what a man can be capable of if he doesn’t get his regular night’s sleep.” —Chicago Daily News. $10,000,000 for Agriculture. Ten million dollars of new capital was put into Colorado agriculture and irri gation in 1903, and the population of the state was increased between 15,000 and 20.000. One railroad company’s land sales in Colorado amounted to nearly a million dollars for the year. It is esti mated that reservoirs now under con struction in the Centennial state will add 1.000. acres to the irrigable ares. A NOVELTY IN RAILROADING. The Denver, Northwestern and Pacific railroad, the latest rail line to cross the continental divide, has performed a unique engineering feat near the summit of the rookies. After passing through the tunnel, the track, winding along precipices for a mile, surmounts the summit on a trestle 168 feet above the summit’s portal. HUNT FOR HUSBANDS HERE English Girls Are Advised to Come to America If They Would Marry. “Why do so few English girls marry American men, while so many English men marry American women?” is a question w'hich is repeatedly asked. It is always assumed in England that American men are plain, ill-dressed and vulgar, which is, of course, absolutely false, declares the London Graphic. Some of the most perfect and most polished gentlemen of recent times have been Americans who have served as am bassadors in London or at one of the continental capitals. It i>s not to be sup posed that the president of the United States carefully searched America, dis covered three or four “gentlemen” and dispatched them to Europe to represent their country! Asa matter of fact, the British have inherited a prejudice against Americans, and that makes many of the former imagine that American men are gener ally and greatly inferior to our own. Of course, in an enormous country such as is America. w r here families may rise from the gutter to splendor in a moment almost, there must be many men who occupy some sort of position and have noLbeen trained for the life. Placing one side there still re main many v< jy rich, good-looking, well dressed, well Educated men. who w’ould be excellent Husbands were British girls to win thorn. Why not carry the w r ar into the enemy’s country? “But we English girls do not travel as do the Americans; they are gad abouts, we are stay-at-homes.” In other words, the ordinary British girl is still governed by the customs of 50 years ago or more, when there were no fast steamers that crossed the Atlan tic. no expresses that ran their 60 miles an hour, when traveling was so expen sive that only the very rich could in dulge in it. and w hen the world was al together different. The American girls are more on a level with the times, and it is chiefly because of this that they are so emi nently successful. As our women have so far changed, let them now visit the United States as unconcernedly as they go to the Riviera in the spring and to Germany in the autumn. Bees Remove Their Dead. Over 100,000 honey bees were killed during the fire at the Eureka paper mills here the other day. As soon as the smoke had rolled away and the charred rem nants of their homes had cooled the lit tle insects, humanlike, set to work clea ing up. Apparently, an ambulance corps was formed, numbering several hundred bees. These began getting out of the way their dead comrades, many of them killed by stung firemen, and the way they worked suggested the work that must be going on daily on the Husso-Jap battlefields. Each bee tackled a dead one and struggled away with it, and as the field was strewn with thousands they have been employed the past lew days.— Bridgeport (Conn.) cor. Philadelphia Record. Value in Certain Crops. Statisticians have sharpened their pencils and set themselves to making es timates of the value of this year’s crop of cereals, cotton and hay. The asser tion is made, on quite reputable author ity, that the value of these crops may reach no less a sum than $3,000,000,000. In 1903 it is estimated such crops were worth $2,755,000,000, and in 1902 their value w'as $2,784,000,000. It is regarded as absolutely certain that their value this year will be the largest in the his tory of the country.—lron Age. Praise for American Sailors. It Is only those who have personal/T known American naval officers who can fully appreciate their high qualities- There is not a service In the world which produces more cultivated men. Their range of knowledge is quite striking. The naval American officer has this ad vantage over his military brother, that he has seen so much more of the w r orld outside of his own count ry— London Modern Society. HACKNEYED PHRASES USED Prize Essay That Contains Sugges tions Which May Be Useful to Writers. London Tit-Bits recently offered a prize for the best contribution on hack neyed terms used in writing and speak ing. and here is the winning paper; it purports to be a law against the use of worn out expressions: Be it enacted by the king’s most ex cellent majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the long-suffering and sorely-afflicted reading public, and by the authority of the same, *s follows; 1. Any journalist, litterateur, novel ist, penny-a-liner or any other ink slinger. who, after the passing of this act, shall write, print or publish, or cause to be written, printed or published any of the following or similar hack neyed or over-used phrases—that is to say, in alluding to the awful mystery of death shall refer to “that bourn from whence no traveler returns; ” or. in men tioning a deceased person, shall write of him or her as having “shuffled off this mortal coil;” or shall designate the con dition of the unmarried as a “state of single blessedness.” or speak of a newly married couple as “the happy pair,” or of a wife as “the better half,” or shall deny by implication or indisputable scientific fact, by asserting the possibil ity of a person’s being “conspicuous by his absence; or shall write with profane pen the expressions, “a sight for the gods” or “a sight to make angels weep;” or, in reference to physical attributes or peculiarities, shall use any of the fol lowing expressions: “The bated breath.” “the human form divine.” “eagle glance,” “magnetic gaze,” "dilated nos trils,” “willowy forms.” “arch smile,” “daintily gloved hand,” “flowing locks.” “golden tresses,” “delicately tinted lips.” “the inner man,” or shall speak of the “popular president,” “the courteous gen eral manager,” “the genial secretary,” “the charming hostess,” “a few well chosen words,” “the succulent bivalve,” “the psychological moment,” “so near, yet so far.” “last but not least,” “a dull, sickening thud,” “his own inimitable style,” “old Sol,” “the gentle light of the moon.” “a cool million.” or shall use any similar hackneyed expressions, such person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, being thereof convicted by public opinion, shall be compelled to pay away half of his salary to the Home for Old Jokes, and the delinquent shall offer an ample apology to the public, and agree never again to infringe the provisions of this act. Panama Canal Victims. It has been said that as many as 50.- 000 men lost their lives by disease during the French attempt to dig the Panama canal. It is evident that the United States will go about the job in a better way, and is already taking steps to avoid such a scandal. Surgeon Maj. Edie, whose experience in Manila should en able him to judge intelligently, has studied the sanitary problem for our government, and Col. Black, described as “the man who cleaned up Havana.” has made a sanitary survey of the canal zone. Everything points to the necessity of a strict military control of the sani tary conditions and lives of the work men. —Detroit Free Press. Hard Winter for Alaska. According to the Indians Alaska is in for a hard winter. These “old settlers” say that snow will fall early this year, and that it will be very cold before spring. They freely predict that there will be much hardship among the na tives. Chilkoot Jack, the dean of the In dians in the vicinity of Skagway, is among those who shiver every time win ter is spoken. “Nika tum-tum,” he says, in speaking of the winter that is fast approaching, “hi-yu Indian min-a --loose,” which means in his judgment many Indians will die from the cold. — Skagw’ay Alaskan. Sarcophagus. A sarcophagus dating from the year 1,000. and containing human remains, has been discovered by some workmen while digging a well in the Rue des Go belins, Pa/ - is. PILFERED PHILOSOPHY. The man who taJtes life as a dose, al ways finds it a bitter one. Great souls can neither be starved by poverty nor choked by riches. There are some people whose energy teems to be exhausted in reaching the conclusion that something ought to be done. * Whenever you meet a man who dis trusts everybody, you have found one whom it is safe for everybody to dis trust. The workman who does no more than he is paid to do, soon finds himself un able to get anything to do that is paid for. “Some people," says a dusky philoso pher, “takes credit foh lookin’ on de bright side when dey 4s simply talcin’ life easy, ready to shif’ de 'sponsibility when de trouble comes." “WHACKS” And What They Mean. When Old Mother Nature gives yon a “whack,” remember “there’s a rea son,” so try and say “thank you,” then set about finding what you have done to demand the rebuke, and try and get back into line, for that’s the happy place after all. Curious how many highly organized people fail to appreciate and heed the first little, gentle “whacks” of the good old Dame, but go right along with the habit, whatever it may be, that causes her disapproval. Whisky, Tobacco, Coffee, Tea or other unnat ural treatment of the body, until se rious illness sets in or some chronic disease. Some people seem to get on very well with those things for aw'hile, and Mother Nature apparently cares but little what they do. Perhaps she has no particular plana for them and thinks it little use to w'oste time in their training. There are people, however, who se*m to be selected by Nature to “do things.” The old Mother expects them to carry out some department of her great work. A portion of these select ed ones oft and again seek to stimulate and then deaden the tool (the body) by someone or more of the drugs— Whisky, Tobacco, Coffee, Tea, Mor phine, etc. You know all of these throw down the same class of alkaloids in Chem ical analysis. They stimulate and then depress. They take from man or woman the pow er to do his or her best work. After these people have drugged for E time, they get a hint, or mild “whack,” to remind them that they have work to do, a mission to perform, and should be about the business, but aro loafing along the wayside and be come unfitted for the fame and for tune that waits for them if they but stick to the course and keep the body clear of obstructions so it can carry out the behests of the mind. Sickness is a call to “come up high er.” These hints come in various forms. It may be stomach trouble or bowels, heart, eyes, kidneys or gen eral nervous prostration. You may de pend upon it when a “whack” comes it’s a warning to quit some abuse &nd do the right and fair thing with, the body. Perhaps it is coffee drinking that offends. That is one of the greatest causes of human disorder among Americans. Now, then, if Mother Nature is gen tle with you and only gives light little “whacks” at first to attract at tention, don’t abuse her consideration, or she will soon hit you harder, sure. And you may also be sure she will hit you very, very hard if you insist on following the way you have been going. It seems hard work to give up a habit, and we try all sorts of plans to charge our ill feelings to some other cause than the real one. Coffee drinkers when ill will attrib ute the trouble to bad food, malaria, overwork and what not, but they keep on being sick and gradually getting worse, until they are finally forced to quit entirely, even the “only ono cup a day.” Then they begin to get better, dnd unless they have gone long enough to set up some fixed organic disease, they generally get entirely* well. It is easy to quit coffee at once and for all, by having well made Postum, with its rich, deep, seal brown color which comes to the beautiful golden, browm when good cream is added, and the crisp snap of good, mild Java is there if the Postum has been boiled long enough to bring it out. It pays to be well and happy for good old Mother Nature then sends us her blessings of many and various kinds and helps us to gain fame and fortune. Strip off the handicaps, leave out the deadening habits, heed Mother Nature’s hint*, quit being a loser and become a winner. She will help yon sure if you cut out the things that keep you back. “There’s a reason," and a profound one. Look in each package for a copy oC the famous little hook. “The Road tm Wellville."