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♦ “ED” MOTT’S WRITIN’S. ♦ . t ♦ if A Newcomer at Biler Run ♦ |®.' ■ ♦ ♦ —Story of the Snoring t | Rattlesnake and Snap- ♦ jping Turtle as a Farm * Hand. * ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ ♦♦♦ (ARTICLE NO. 2.) ANKWOOMIOR had settled on the old Hill Huimer clearing. along the back toad to Suiter's sawmill. In t the Kiler Rim district, lie was an en tire stranger there and hail as yet shown no disposition that would indi cate possession of any intention on Ids part to demonstrate that he was much of a mixer. George Washington I’ergenkanqier, the imaginative one-eyed Horner of the Run and its environment. by and by concluded thiil it behooved him to arouse The newcomer—Jim Tucker by name—to a sense of tb<>' lay of things around there and strike him with some HUie showing of the capacity of the Pergenkamper genius in the way of vivid depiction of the wonderful and startling habit Nature was indulging herself in in her order of life nr and about Hiler Run. p This duty of .Mr. Tergenhamper's made a strong appeal to him one drowsy afternoon as he lolled buck in the big sheepskin chair on the back stoop, listening to tin* soothing song of the grasshoppers down in the rye stub ble. and he took to reflecting that that was Just the sort of time to stroll over along by the new resident's domicile apd acquaint him with some Hiler Hun ( possibilities as handled in the George Washington Pergenkamper way. in stead of lying out there on the back stoop In the big sheepskin chair, stretching and gaping like a lazy old long eared hound. So, after a while, he found himself on the way to do his duty by Biler Run and himself in lie half of Jim Tucker. Jim Tucker was sitting on a chopping block at his wood pile out along the road when Mr. Pergenkamper got hU first sight of him. Mr. Tin ker was a lean, sharp faced individual, and he was busy at skinning eels. This seemed to George Washington I’ergen tnniper as offering promise of an open ing. and he stopped in Iris stroll and said, "How-de-do?” to Jim Tucker. Jim said. "How-de-do?" back to him p.and went right on with his col skinning. THE "Rattler mms .still -snorts* The Homer of Hiler Hun was some p-wtaat taken aback at the impassiveuess of the new citizen, but attributed it in bia Ignorance of what went along with the presence then confronting him. So George Washington Pergenkamper smiled benigmiutly on tiim and. with condescending patronage, said:— "Skinning eels, eh?” The man on flic chopping block pon dered a while and then said;— m. "Well. I’ll tell you about that. Kelt like oranges—not much use till you skin ’em—l thought l'd skin 'em. Yes. I'm skinning eels.” "This callow citizen is getting pre aumptuou*,” said Mr. Pergenkamper to himself, “hut I'll humor him and lead him on.” "Snaky looking critters, ain't they?" said lie. referring io the eels, “Ytp." replied the muu, fetching up P mother wriggling eel and starling to rip the skin off it, “Do yon know anything about snakes?" That made George Washington Per genkamper smile. Now lie was coining to his own. Now he would start in to bring confusion to this Inconsiderate newcomer and wake him to a realiza tion of the place of the Pergenkamper genius In Biler Run. Asa sample of a poteney the custodian of that genius f got ready to tell Jim Tucker, merely [ as an eye opener, about the blncksuake that chased to the rescue of a rabbit that a dog was after (and on the heels of), helped the rabbit over the fence and then turned around and whipped the dog. Mr. Tucker, wrapped up In his cel skinning, wouldn’t listen, but said;— you ever hear a rattlesnake Whore?" m Right there the Pergenkamper genius got a whack in the neck that almost sent It to take the count. It actually gasped, and Instead of George Wash itigton Pergenkamper getting his stride >Stwving Turtle HAvnp.es at home. and telling Jim Tucker about the time lie had been kept awake by a couple of rattlesnakes that bad crept in bed with him and snored so outrageously that be couldn't gel asleep until he got up and squeezed a patent clothes pin over each one of their noses he supinely stroked Ins chin and said no. he never had. "1 never did but once, either.” said The man on the chopping Mock. "Poor fellow!" Then lie paused in his eel skinning, seemed To feel bad over some recollec tion. rose by and by from his chopping block, looked toward a little barn that stood back a way from the road and called out:- “Rupert! Oh-h-h. Rupert!" Then he stood a little while as if he was waiting for somebody or some tiling. Nothing appeared and he said to the dazed Mr. Pergenkamper;— "He's getting ready to run The fan ning mill like as not and didn’t hear me. I’d like yon to meet him." George Washington Pergenkamper felt the world rolling away front under Ins feet. So unstable did his footing seem that all he could do was to stam mer out: — ‘‘Not the rattlesnake that snored?” "No.” said tile new citizen, Tucker, sitting down to ids eel skinning again. “Not the rattlesnake that snored, poor fellow! Hut the rattlesnake that snored was the curse of Rupert, though. Sit down. Take the old black oak chunk yonder. It hain't got so many knots on It as the rest of ’em,” said Mr, Tucker, giving with a comprehensive sweep of his hand the privilege of the woodpile to Mr. Pergenkamper. who hazily sank to the resting place while Jim Tucker, us he went, on with his eel skinning, enlightened him further. He told Mr. Pergenkamper how he went over to the pond one day. looking nature over and taking note of how she and her creatures were acting, when bis eye fell on a big snapping turtle lying on the shore, quiescent in fhe sun. Its head and its tail and its legs were housed within its shell. By and by what should Mr. Tucker see coming out from among a lot of stones, up along the shore, some distance beyond the turtle, but a good sized rattlesnake, it came right on toward the spot where Ihe turtle lay, and when it got there it never stopped, but climbed right on fhe turtle's back and colled' itself there, with its head raised above the coil and its glaring eyes fixed on the end of the turtle where its head and neck would be if the turtle shot them out. Mr, Pucker assured .Mr. Pergen katnper that tie saw at once that if fhe turtle ever did shoot his head and neck out, the rattler's poison fangs would he socked into them clear down to the gums Just behind the turtle’s ears and so quick that the turtle would never know what had hnpened to him. “1 felt sorry for the turtle.” said Air. Tucker, unwinding an eel that was doing contortionist stunts up his arm and eliminating its pelt, "for I knew that he would be starting to go hack to the water by and by, and he couldn’t well do that without sticking his head and neck out of Ids shell, so 1 was on fhe point of saving him from what was threatening him when I noticed that the rattler was getting sleepy. Kvery little while it would nod, nod. nod until after a while it Just couldn't hold its head up any longer and ii curled down In its coll and went to sleep. “And pretty soon," said Mr. Tucker “I heard him snore, poor fellow! Snore? Snored like a hired man!” Jim Tucker paused to unravel an other eel. and George Washington Per genknmper raised Ids bead and actually begged him to go on. "This is one thing I never knew about snakes before." said he "Go on!" "Never heard one snore, eh?" said Mr. Tucker. "1 never did. except that once, and If It hadn’t been for that one snoring I never would have seen the point of that turtle’s nose ns it come out of the shell, for 1 would have gone bome and left the rattler in the de licious embrace of Morpheus, and the subsequent proceedings wouldn't have been a feather in (he cap of tltesi- prem ises here.” Then Citizen Tucker stood up and railed out toward the burn again;— "Rupert! Oli-h-h-h, Rupert!” He waited a uiluute. stretching his neck to see whal result his call hud. tiut, nobody putting in an appearance, he sat down again to his eel skinning, saying:—"Me’s gone down cellar to kind o' see about stowing the 'talers way. l shouldn't wonder I'd like in inenjons for to have yon meet him." And with a meekness that would have appalled his old time compatriot* af Hiler Run and sent them hurrying for the doctor George Washington I’er genkamper raised his head and said that he would he glad to meet him, as If there was any one thing that he liked to see more than another it was attentive and Industrious farm help. Jim Tucker said that, as for that. Rupert had ’em all skinned a mile. Then he went back to what he had that. dav ou tha shore of the pond. xjgjj BXAiC&VILLE NEWS, STARKVILLE, MISSISSII lie saw. lie said. The turtle's nose com ing out of the shell, after a while, and it. kept c.n coming out until the turtle onhl peck hack and see how things were looking up there on his roof, and. hearing the rattler snoring away, he ■alcnlated that now was the accepted time, and In* accepted it. “The way that turtle rose on all fours,” said Mr. Tucker, "couldn’t have been beaten by mushrooms coming up. it was so steady, unjoggly and certain, and a trained elephant taking steps over his trainer. lying In the circus ring, couldn't have been any more slow and careful ttian the turtle was as he turned to march toward the pond, with that sleeping and snoring rattler on his back poor fellow! And the turtle go; there at lasi, the rattler still snoring like a tipsy fiddler. He slipped into the water as if he had been greased, took the rattler out into the pond and sank down out of sight like a chunk of lead That washed Ihe rattler off fhe turtle's back, and be woke up. I suppose, the most astound ed serpent that ever was. “Then the turtle grabbed him and pulled him tinder the water, and when the snake came up again he was Srowned dead, as dead as the bottom mackerel in the kit. The turtle Just gave the snake one glare and then swam back to i.iie shore and resumed his quiescent, attitude, all shut up in his shell. "I didn’t have the time to stay there and study turtle manners and customs any longer, so I lugged that one home to study 'em at my leisure. He hadn’t been here more than a week when he coaxed the old lien's brood of chicks on Ids hack and was giving them a joy ride on fhe gooJfe pond, greatly to their delight. Hut to the terror of the mother hen. who. mad all the way through, pitched into the turtle with beak and claws when he lauded her chicks ou shore, only to see him pull himself in side of himself and never say a word. We found him in the bant next, day shelling corn for the old hen. with her just more than tickled to pieces over him. "And the first thing we knew." con tinued Air. Tucker, “that Turtle had Jumped in and took to running fhe churning machine, and so he went from one thing to another till he has got to be Ihe best all round hired help we have on the place. "Rupert! Oh-h-h-h, Rupert!" (he new citizen called again, getting up from his cel skinning. "Hut, there.” said he. suddenly thinking of something. "1 forgot to tell yon we named him Ru pert because it was such a nice sound ing name and so easy to say. t'an'l get him to bear me. somehow. S'pose we walk up and see what he's doing I'd like to have you meet him." "If this here gets out." said George Washington Pergenkamper, bitterly, to himself as he gol up obediently and went along with Mr. Tucker, "I'll have to shake the dust of Hiler Run off my feet and take to some wilder and deeper woods!" Mr. Tucker led the way. Not seeing Rupert anywhere, he called to his hired man. who was lying on the back stoop smoking his pipe:—“Where's Rupert just now, Ahunanzor?” “Rupert?" said Ihe hired man. “Why. I think lie's gone down to the hack medder to fetch in the spotted heifer that went lame.” "Socks!” exclaimed Mr. Tucker, alt put out. "That's too bumdickered bad! He won't lie hack now much before to-night! <’an you wait?" George Wasliington Pergenkamper told Jim Tucker that be was tremen dous sorry and disappointed, bur he couldn't wait. "Well, say!” said Citizen Tucker, ■SoaeMrawo when RUHMb WHO rncMiuoMtv with a happy thought. "If you can get, •round here early some morning while Rupert's doing the milking that would he a hang up time to meet him!” Witli tile sense that now all was lost to him, and that hereafter his genius would have Jo squat in a rear seat In the domain of Hiler Run, George Wash ington I'ergcnkampcr was about *o say he would he glad to get around there some morning to meet Rupert at the milking time, when- "Hi. Ihere. yoh George Washington I’ergcnkampcr! Rouse yourself up out o’ Hint slice|skln chair! (juit your snorin’ like a durn tired out old coon dog and skite along and feed them hogs that's squealin' enough to wake mum mies from the tomb!" Tims the voice of Mrs. George Wash ington Bergen hamper. Air. Pergen kamper woke up and wiped his inspir ing brow. “Genius survives even in dreamt!” •aid be, bugging himself, “though ill does have to wake up and coat slops! before swine!” ToKHSUMEEPERjI J ff°a ?Exote nooto "T'C remote the slain of mud fromi I clothing nib well with raw |i -1 tato. When the clothesline needs cleaning wrap it around the washboard and scrub it with a brush in soapsuds. When washing mauve prints and muslins put a little soda in the water hi whieh they are washed in order to keep the eolor from running out. Soda is said to have exactly the opposite ef fect on mauve that it has on other dyes. A blacking that will lie found inval uable for stoves is made by mixing; equal parts of kerosene and turpentine mixed with a good stove polish until you have a paste of the consistency of thick cream. Apply while the stove is slightly warm and polish with a flan nel cloth. To remove Ink stains from wash ma terials pour a tablespoonful of kero sene* on them and rub well. Then rinse in kerosene and the spots will disap pear as if by magic. This should be done before the regulation washing. A solution of chloride of lime and water, a tablespoon fill of tin* lime to two gallons of water, is an excellent medium for removing the most stub born stains. Soak ibe stained garment for hours in the soldi ion and in lime the offending spots will disappear, and this without, injury to the fabric. To remove grease spots from table cloths. coals, trousers, &<•., sandwich the article between two pieces of blot ting paper and rest a licit Iron over the damaged part fora few minutes. To clean fine muslin I louses, table centres. X<\. dissolve a tablespoonfnl of borax in a gallon of water; pul the mus lins into lids and let them remain for Sturgis Locals. (By Miss Sallic Bevill.) Since tlie •■Flue” has subsided we can get to glean a tittle news. Mrs. J. W. Landrum spent Sunday in West Point with her husband Mr. Archie Henry is home from the navy for a short visit. He looks well and happy, Mrs. Mollie Harris is visiting Mrs. Nannie Thomas. The years have passed over her light, l.v since she lefi her girl-hood borne; Mr. James Bevill spent Fri day, Saturday and Sunday with hotnefoiks and returned to West Point Sunday i veiling. Mr. Jake Richardson arrived home Irom the training camp a few days ayo. Dr. W. E. Murphy returned from the hospital Tuesday. He had a nervous collapse as are suit of the ‘ flu” and has been undergoing treatment for a month. Dr. O. W. Roberts has been holding the tort alone and though working hard seems to be holding out splendidly. Mrs. J. T. Smith returned home from Winona Tuesday where she has been quite ill for several weeks. Post master Livingstone lias resigned and is making prepara, lions to move to the delta soon. Misses Alice Hinson and Pearl Bruce visited Mis* Jewel Bruce Sunday Miss Pearl West spent the week-end with .her uncle, Mr, Will Lee and returned to school Monday. , Mrs. Nannie Brown has been quite ill for some lime. A surprise wedding took place Monday at the hotel when Mr. Ledbetter led to the altar Miss Hannah Barron. Mr. Ledbetter is the < fticient telegraph opera tor hare. He is an earnest Christian. Miss Hannah is one of our towns most refined young ladies. half an hour: then gently rub them out in firm white suds. Wlten a wicker chair requires clean ing dust it well and wash in tepid soap -aids. Mix together equal parts of tur pentine and sweet oil and a few drops of methylated spirits. Wlten the chair is quite dry rub with a cloth moistened with the polish. To renovate hat bands when stained by perspiration dissolve one and oue tiialf ounces white Castile soap in four ounces of alcohol anti one ounce each of sulphuric ether and ammonia; apply with ti sponge or toothbrush, nth smartly, rinse out with clear rain water. This is equally good to reno vate any cloth with fast color. Before fastening tlte chopper to the lahlc place a piece of sandpaper, large enough to go under both clamps, rough side up. on the table: screw the chop per up fight and you will not be both ered with clamps working loose. Unvarnished black walnut can be successfully cleaned by rubbing It thor oughly with a piece of soft flannel soaked in either sweet or sour milk. When kitchen sn<h curtains are in clined to stick to the window with frost and steam fasten a cord across the lower part of the sash with tacks lu each corner. The curtain never cling* to the window and keeps much cleaner. Some laundresses get good results by starching with rice water, with water in which potatoes have been boiled strained thoroughly, of course—with cornstarch, with while flour. And then there is the fine starch that does uot need cooking that can lie very satisfac torily used in many cases, it should be made according to directions on each package. VVi> vvisle for tliem a happy voyage upon the sea of life. 081 I’U ARY Wo have just received the, sad intelligence that Waller Bishops an Oktibbeha boy lias made the supreme sacrifice “over there,’* He was slain Oct. ißib. Of some fifty former pupils in service this is the first to fall in baffle and it is with a sad heart that his old teacher pens a few lines to Ins memory. He was a dutiful son. an obe dient pupil, an affectionate friend. With a bright future be. fore him he joined the ranks and marched away to follow Old dory to victory or death. For him it Was to find a grave in a foreign land with no mother’s farewell kiss upon Ins brow as the death dews gathered, hut me. Hunks angels hovered near to bear that pure young soul to its maker. Dear Walter, you have given your all for Freedom’s cause. May each nruhv drop of your heart’s blood be a jewel m your crown of life. And though our human hearts would cry out for vengeance up. on the ruthless Hun who laid you low we leave him m God’s hands who notes the sparrow’s fall and hath said, “Vengeance is mine, 1 will repay.*’ To the heart broken father and mother, the sorrowing sister and brothers, we extend lenderesr. sympathy and pray that you may be a re united family around the great white throne where no tear-drops dim the eye. Sal He Lee Bevill. GOOD NEWS. 25c Cash per 10U lbs for old waste paper. When you burn old pa per you burn money. Save all your old books, magazines, news, papers, ledgers and other kinds of paper and bnngDthem to Win. Shienblum. the Junk 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 rags. Wm. BHEINBLUM, Hear of Blumenfeld & Fried Slarkville, Miss.