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The Starkville news. (Starkville, Miss.) 1902-1960, November 22, 1918, Image 3

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k t “A Stranger at Catfish ♦
“■ y ♦
t Corner*” (the Man with ♦
| One Eye). j
his “eot at the tavern fire, paused
only long enough in his last round
with the hear and the wildcat to note
that the stranger who eame in and sai
down, without a word to anybody, was
. solemn as an owl. had a palpably red
r nose and but one eye. and wore a
' eoonskln cap that made no concealment
of the fact that It had not been patted
gently by the band of time; then he
pitched In again with his struggle with
the bear and tbe wildcat.
“I hadn’t no mor'n choked the con
sumed Inconstder't b'ar till bis tongn*
was bangin' out ez fur cz it could git
* an’ his eyes was poppln’ out on liis
cheeks,’’ said Uncle Snod. "when I
’skiver’d tile Wildcat serooehin’ on the
limb, not ten foot above me. ready fel
- light on my topknot and like ez not
spile my scalp eonsider'lile. But Hi'
ain’t no wildcat ez ever sot daws In
things that kin jump qiiieker’n ray
thinker-up kin work, an' ez i dodged
that un ez she come sailin' down onten
* that tree to git that scalp o' mine 1
twisted !' bruin’s bead up'ards. his
mouth open like a sot b’ar trap, an'
kerplunk, the wildcat went plungin’
in it, head first.
“Snap went them jaws o’ the b’ar
tight shet on to the wildcat’s gullet. 1
unclutched the b'ar. He dropped to the
ground, an’ the most pleiisin'est sight I
( think 1 ever see was the way in* chawed
the nine lives onten that wildcat, one
arter another, 'fore hi* could spit her
out. It. was iiiebbe sort of a mean trick
fer me to play on her. but she hadn’t
orto sneaked in on me that way. It was
• lucky thing fer the b’ar, though, fer
I didn't have tin* heart to finish him
arter him savin’ my scalp that way, an’
ez he got up a-tremblin'. a’peettn' me
to clutch him ag’lu. I jest shoo’d him
away into till* woods. An' I bet you Ills
pelt was worth $-40 if it was worth a
cent, at that!"
"Sounds eonsider'lile like ez if George
Washington Pergenkamper mowt be
lelliu’ of It,” quietly remarked Jeb
George Washington I’ergenkamper
of the Biler Run district, 'way over the
i mountain, was known only by reputa
tion in the Catfish Corners bailiwick,
but that reputation was for a gift for
amazing narrative flint roused to .leal
ousy not only Biler Hun aspirants for
fame In putting on record certain won
derful experiences of their own but
those similarly ambitious even a far
away a* Cal fish Corners.
, “Poof!" exclaimed Uncle Snod Lu
kens contemptuously In reply to .Tek
Hawkins. “That feller! Poof! Him !>•
darned! I see you luiin t got onl\ on*
eye. How does Hint eoiueV"
This ‘to the solemn stranger, whose
shortage In visual equipment was s#
apparenr. as was likewise the ultra
warm tint of his nasal outfit, a featura
the publicity of which, according to
the luwaist Gzing up of it by Uncle
’ thiod, offered the oue lies! bet that if
its possessor should ever have the cast
ing vote In a contest for supremacy of
the wet or dry in the township the
wets would win. The rudeness of
Uncle Snod Lukens' query as to the
reason for that single eye in the
stranger's head was prompted by what
had seemed to him to he a measure of
scorufuiness in Hint solemn individ
ual’s manner toward him as ids bear
and wildcat struggle bad progressed
r "1 see you haln't got only one eye,"
•aid he. “How does that come?"
"Why,” replied the stranger, prompt
ly, "It’s because I'm a Niversllee of old
Passadankv. and why my first name is
Uncle Snod squared around, gasped
a little and with a mocking bow said: —
"Pleased to meet yon!"
“1 see you are,” responded the
•oleum stranger. "1 can see. too, mid
1 am no mind reader at that, that you
are wondering why the name of Nlver
altee, whether of old Pnssadanky or of
any other old place, should depend on
one eye, aud why the designating prefix
of ike should be a circumstance merely
collateral to the possession of that one
eye. I can see that as plain as—yes.
as plain us the nose on my face."
“Then you don't have to he no mind
reader, by skeezlx!” Uncle Snod gave
the stranger emphatic assurame.
“You’ve got mind roadm’ knocked over
hung up and skinned out clean dor i
to the taller! An’ I own up to Hie
"Huh, huh,” said the unsmiling
stranger, with a nod to Unde Sn.il
"And yet if my grand father's name
had been llorodotus Peppitiawagglei
Instead ol Ike Niversllee it would ha.e
devolved on me to say to you that m
one eye was because I was a I’eppin
swiiggler of old Pnssudank.v, and why
my first name was llorodotus Thus
you may easily Infer that the one eye
would have been no respecter of per
Aons sud that things might be much
•worse with me; for can you think up a
Pti'uelci: fate than u> have t' miss along
tnrongo rnrs vnto or tears, even wnn
two (‘.von. compelled to answer ‘Here!’
win i) tne name of Ho:oifntus Peppin
swaggler is called on tin* roll?’'
“N’t unless it was that you'd have
to answer ’No’ if somebody’d ask you
if you’d have a leetle sumiiin'!" Unde
Snod Lukens, still hot at the stranger
spoke up and said.
The stranger paused a moment as it
to see if any one was inclined to put
that fate lo the test. -Nobody's indiua
lion seeming to have its finger pointed
that way he resumed.
“And listen," said he, ' All men with
eye ain't Ike Niverslicen, of course,
but If you ever nieetai man with two
eyes who says he's a Mversliee of old
I’assadanky. and that Ids name Is Ike,
repudiate him. He's working you.
There never lias been a two-eyed Ike
Xiverslice of old Passndauky since
my grand fa llier, Ike Niversllee. made
the division of Ids own two eyes with
the hollow old chestnut stub this 1
busted on liiin. ami kept only one eye
for his personal use; never. Have you
curiosity enough hi reserve to warrant
yon In wondering whal the pedigree
of lids one eye of mine might be?"
I T nele Snod I,nkens blurted right old
that he’d be dnnied if he had. but .lei.
Hawkins assumed the responsibility of
a collective answer for the rest and
said that they didn't know, come to
lldnk it over, hut wind they bad.
1 hen listen." said the stranger
stroking here and there a reminiscence
of coon hair that still clung to his cap
“It was springtime In the early days
of old I’assadanky. The hears and (in
ground hogs and the coons were waking
from their long winter sleep in the
rocky dens and holes in the ground
and hollow stumps and trees. The voice
of ihe logging hee. the stone frolic and
the ham raising was heard in (In* land
strengthened to more expensive and
raucous volume as the insidious accel
erator of those rugged recreations fell
lower lo the jug—the accelerator they
used in old I’assadanky In those days
of the fathers having a repute the mere
mem ion of which raised some people's
“Nevertheless, duty having called my
grandfather Ike Niversllee that early
springtime, he had licen making the
rounds of those neighborly functions
not only umiwed by the repute whien
that sharp toothed wassail bore, but
brave to rashness in absorbent contact
with it; and one day while on his way
from a barn raising function that had
lasted two days—not so much on ac
count of Hie size of flic barn that had
to la* raised, some folks are on record
as having said, as it was on account
of the size of the accelerator jug that
had to lie lowered—he sat down in the
woods on a log to rest. I violate no
confidence when 1 say that as he sat
there and presently saw the hollow old
chestnut stub that stood near tiy slowly
and steadily swell out two or three
inches all around and then steadily and
slowly fall back again, keeping on do
ing tliis at regular intervals—like you
might pump nind in a blacksmith’s
bellows and let it out again, and each
swelling out of the shell increasing the
girth of the stub by an inch or more—
I violate no confidence when I say that
my grandfather began to recall a ini tu
ber of sea rev things he had heard that
the old E’assad,-inky barn raising ac
celerator laid the reputation of being
capable of calling up for review by
ttiose who had dared it in Inconsider
ate dalliance, and he wished he was
home. And I’ve often heard him de
clare that it was a good thing for him
that someone qualified to administer
an oath wasn’t there that, minute, for
lied have sworn off on Hie spot, sure
as din ks h-qnaekiug!
"Ves. and a minute later he'd have
rushed for the nearest squire's and
everlastingly sworn off anyhow, if kind
fortune hadn’t conn* along and stepped
in just in time to prevent it. Nor it
wasn'l the old slnli busting and flying
inlo he never knew how many pieces,
and one piece blinking him in' one eve
mid putting it out. that would have sent
him on that rush, but when lie saw with
the one eye lie had left a whole lot of
I hose pieces of that busted stub turn
into ringtail coons and go to scampering
and frisking and tumbling about he let
go one all-pervading howl, and clapping
his baud over ids plinked-onl eye turned
to fly for the squire's at a clip that
would have left Hie fleetest footed deer
a laggard in ids wake. If liiilie Wig
gins had been three seconds later coin
ing along dial way that day my grand
father would never have stopped until
he had signed. sealed and delivered that
everlasting swear-off, and. belief in the
Influences of heredity being strong
within me. il would have been a sad
blow to Ids posterity.’’
The stranger paused ami east his eye
down along his nose. If might tic to call
attention to Hie fact that If there was
anything in heredity he had indeed the
evidence to present that his grandfather
never did get to the swearing-off place.
".Inst as my grandfather was turning
to fly to Hie squire’s.” the stranger re
sumed, "along came Rnhe Wiggins. it,
stopped and hailed ray grandfather.
‘"Hello. Ike!' he hailed. 'Where In
the mime of the scamperin’ skinflints
did all. o’ (hen. summersctthi' ring-tail
coons conic from?
"Then my grandfather knew It wasn't
the barn raising accelerator after all,
and he grabbed Hi.lie’s ham ..nd shook
It until he iiost twisted It off, and he
said to Unite:—
" 'Reuben, v ords can't tell you what
you've saved in* from! And Bulger's
barn raisin' sot for day after to-mor
row, and it to I e the liiigerln’est one o’
the season!’
"(Irandfnftier's gratitude fell on Kuhe
In great hig chunks, so to speak, but
that one eye of his was gone forever.
Ike Niversllee wasn't my grandfather
then, of course, nor anybody else’s
grandfather. The father aud grand
father habit took hold of him later on.
My father was his first born. With one
eye. They named him Ike. 1 was mv
fatiiac'E tkaUxWML With oue ive, tWv
named me U<e. Other sons camp to my
grandfather, with by and by sons of
I hoir own, and one ever among ’em
somehow with only one eye. 'l’iiey al
ways named him Ike. Never aiiylhlng
else, and never a two-eyed Ike. That’s
why I say to you that my one eye Is
because I’m a Nlversliee of old Fassa
danky, and why my first name is Ike.
•’That's why. Ves. friend. One mo
ment." said I lie stranger, raising a dep
recating hand at the rising impatience
of i’ncle Smsl I,likens, in whose mind
were raging thoughts of those coons
and the hollow chestnut. "Ves; that
caper of (lie hollow old chestnut stub.
So many ring-tail coons had snuggled
in that stall tlie fall before to sleep for
the winter that they stuffed It full from
shell to shell. They had begun to wake
up at the call of the early springtime.
"As they began to breathe, the com
bined stretch of so many lungs inside
the stub had to have room. The stub
wasn’t big enough to stand the longer
and stronger breathing of the coons as
they got wider and wider awake, and
wasn’t strong enough to hold it lit. So
what was the poor old stub to do? Bust:
time was all. And lit busted, if one
piece of It hadn't plinked my grand
father. Ike Nlversliee, In the eye,why—
nut there you have It—the pedigree of
Mils one eye of mine amt of all the one
eyes of all the Ike Niverslices of old
Passadanky. Lung power of the ring
tail coon was sire of 'em all!. That sur
prises you. doesn't it?"
It certainly did. Uncle Snod Lukeits
dared with bulging eyes at the
stranger, lie had no word to say.
"Facts," said flic stranger, "are al
ways surprising. Always.”
I hen he pondered some as lie gazed
at the open spaces now vacant of fur on
his cap. lint they, although facts indis
putable. seemed to cause him no sur
prise. Then he passed to the place
where the landlord stood and called for
applejack. lie got it. The applejack
was a hunting fact. But even that
iidn t surprise him. and with his solemn
all' u|an him he wrote Ids name on the
tavern register and went off to bed.
I tide Snod stared after him a while
and tlieu shipped ids fist on his leg and
•xcla lm<*d:—
"Dura his prevaricatin' plctur’s! I got
to take off my hat to that feller, sure
ez cats a-scratchin'!”
"But th' hain’t nobody on this hull
wide earthly footstool of ouru. Uncle
Snod, that that feller'll ever have to
take his hat off to. by gravy!” said the
landlord. ‘‘Not even to”
And the landlord pointed to tlie stran
ger's signature on the tavern register:—
"Ueorge Washington Pergenkamper,
Bller Run.”
Commander Evangeline Booth
Says War Relief Work
Must Be Extended.
Commander Evangeline Booth, lead
er of the Salvation Army In the Unit
ed Slates, has been suddenly called
Upon to furnish S(M additional war
twork women for France. The request
is contained in a report Just received
by her from Col. William A. Barker
of tlie Salvationist forces, whom she
sent to France over s year ago to es
tablish hutment mid general war relief
work with tlie- American troops.
“We will do all we can to till tills
demand,” said Commander Booth when
discussing the approaching Fulled
War Work Campaign, “and (lie need
itself should impress the American
public all the more with the absolute
necessity for sustaining and enlarging
the war relief work of the seven or
gan I/a cions, besides the noble Red
Cross, now merged for a drive for
funds. Knelt Is n vital cog in a vast
machine for human relief, and each is
indlspensilde, serving Its particular
elements In Its own way.
“The Salvation Army was Itofli In
hardship, reared in privation and
trained to every phase of human mis
ery and how lo cope with it. Perhaps
that accounts in some degree for the
success our work lias attained and for
which we are thankful,
"We are of the common people, and
we 101 lon u practical basis. We learn
ed the lesson of how lo do it in the
Boer war, when we stood at Ihe side
of Britain’s troops and weathered it
out to the end. We have been tried
by fire, and the mothers and fathers
of America, as In other countries, trust
the Salvation Army to do the thing
they would like to do for (heir men If
they hut had the chance.
“With 1.210 trained workers at tha
from, operating front 420 hula and
iltigoiita, the Salvation Army la doing,
has done and will cotilinne In do its
best for tlie cause of bainanlty and
la lpia and Portugal sugar pries*
ars soaring. Both couutrlcs havs besa
seriously affected by tbs short best
sugar crop In Europe and the lack of
ocean tonnage to move stocks of can*
sagar isolated in far away porta.
Granulated sugar, home grown, wa*
being sold In Barcelona, Spain, during
tha early summer at 19 cents a pound,
Tfcs prlca of brown sugar In Lisbon
Portugal, fixed by governmental
was $1.04 to $1.12 a pound.
By comparison the price of beef
MIM is Sweden lo 14 cents a pound.
T o lli Hpusdkeepeiul
TO the old-fashioned housekeeper
and cook the methods of accurate
measurement do not seem Impor
tant. When our cooks begin to learn
that cooking is an exact science there
will be less said about "luck" in cook
ing. Tlie "lilt, or miss” methods of
measurements are the”cause of poor re
Cooks, as well as other workmen,
should have good tools to work with
if they expect to realize success. There
are standard spoons and measuring
cups on the market that are full meas
ure, and there are those which lack
from one to two tablespoonfuls in a
cup. Be sure that those you buy are
full half pint cups and spoons the stan
dard size. Sixteen tablespoon fills of
material will be found in tlie standard
measuring cup, sixty drops are in a
teaspoon and three teaspoonftils fill a
standard tablespoon.
In using a tahlespoonful of material
it is levelled off* with a knife: so is the
teaspoon and the cup. Baking powder
and soda should be free from lumps and
lightened by tossing before measuring.
In measuring flour the average cook
fakes too much by dipping it in a cup
or shaking it down when measuring.
Flour should be sifted before measur
ing. then lightly dropped into the cup
with a tablespoon and smoothed off
with spoon or knife. In taking a meas
ure for half a teaspoonful or any part,
fill it level with a knife and cut down
through the centre, from the handle to
the tip. pushing off the half, or divide
in thirds by marking the full spoon
Directions as to combining materials
should be followed if one wants uni
formity, for tlie adding of a beaten egg
to a hot soup will cause a curdled mess.
Four a little of the hot soup into tlie
Mississippi Woman
Serves Fighting Men
As Y. W. C. A. Worker
She I* rather wpi and very winning.
Her eyes repeat the blue on her Y.
W. C. A. uniform that carriee tha
Insignia of her Berries. Her hair, j
grey for all the shortness of her span
of years, frames a fece worn, not thin, I
but fine with a Buffering that 1b mere j
than merely vicarious.
She has lived in the shad ewe, ha*
ptood by while the throe were press
ed down above tortured eyes, has held
the hands of these who knelt in their
Gethsemane. In a very literal and un
restricted sense, “She hath done what
she could” for those who overseas en
dure what we, sheltered and safe, read
about. She ts to tell her story tn all
cities of our Southeastern Department
gs a National speaker for the Y, W.
C. A. during the United War Work
Campaign to raise <240,000,000 during
the week of November 11.
At the recent United War Work Con
vention in Jackson, she was wanted
(or a speech tn the main convention
hall while she was busy with rummll
teo work elsewhere. Several efforts
were made to find her, the program
lagged. Presently Gypsy Smith was
missed out of a front seat; soon after
he returned leading her up the aisle.
At the foot of the rostrum he gathered
up with a sweeping gesture R. H.
King, J. M. (Minton, Capt, George R.
Dingle and O. W. Busnhgen. As the
audience rose to Its feet at sight of
"Our Katie’’ the five men, like prank
ish school boys, made a crescent back
ground for the one small woman, while
from five throats —bass, tenor and
baritone —rolled the lilting strains of
Te Katie Boyd George Mississippi
women owe the fact that today the
name of their grand old common
wealth is on the map of national and
International service. Shall all womjn
by concert of effort and sacrifice honor
her splendid achievement?
| We owe her a special sort of allagi
mm*—* fealty of duty, of tradition gad
egg mid then It can be added to the
Cabbage. If cooked in boiling waited
water, uncovered, will be more digesti
ble and will not scent the house as It
does when cooked tightly covered.
When washing white silk allow one
taidespoonfnl of alcohol to every twe
quarts of water. Wash In the usual
way with white soap. Itoll in Turkish
lowel for ten minutes, then iron. Silk
washed this way will keep pure white
and he like new every time it is laun
To clean sewer sink pipes take a tea
spoonful of washing soda and a cupful
of vinegar, and when the soda Is dis
solved pour it down the sink.
One of the host methods of cleaning
| painted woodwork is to use naphtha
soap exactly as you would use it in
washing clothes. Itub the woodwork
over with a well soaped cloth and let It
stand a few minutes. This loosens the
dirt as soaking the clothes loosens it in
laundry work, so that when one goes
over the woodwork a second time all
soil comes off almost without nibbing.
This method is not only quicker than
scrubbing, but much better for the
paint. /
Screw a small hook In the end of
your broom and mop handles. Fine to
bang them up by and to pull down a
window or a window shade.
To Iron over hooks and eyes and but
tons. lay a Turkish towel four double
bn the table, and lay the buttons, hooks
and eyes face down, ironing on the I
wrong side.
Tea grounds mixed with salt and
sprinkled on the cafpets will brighten
and clean them wonderfully.
* J
affection. Win n she speaks on hears
asuin the viluant voice of her grand
fattier, J. Z. George, as in legislative
' alls during trying days of recnnstruc-|
tion, he helped to mould the destiny of I
our generation, Her forebear’s indom-l
Jtable spirit rings in her voice, ma-l
nates from her small supple frame,
calls to you from her steady eyes.
In Prance fifty per cent of the total
energy of the people la aald to go into
military effort. JHardahlpa, hunger,
aorrow—all suffering la etaenaed with
the explanation, "it la the war.” Thld
la the kind of apirlt needed la every
American home.
••• • •
U-Boata and waatefulnoae art tvrta
| Raw places, watery blis-
I ters, cracks under the
burning- pain when touch
r £ er °f infection and blood
Poison. Q. B. ECZEMA
TREATMENT; greaseless
liquid: antiseptic, disinfec-
Itant: stops the itching at
once: takes out the
inflammation: kills the
Successfully used for
! Eczema, Tetter, Skin
[ Eruptions of all kinds,
j At your drug store, 60c;
25c Cash per 100 lbs for old waste
paper. When you hum old pa
per you hum money. Save all
your old books, magazines, news,
papers, ledgers and other kinds
of paper and bringOthem to Wrn.
Shienblmn. the Jnnk Dealer and
he will pay you cash for same.
Also the highest cash price for
all other junk such as old scrap
Iron, bones, metal, sacks and
Rear of Blumenfeld A Fried
Stark ville, Miss.

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