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OUR OLD MAMMY.
“What’s that for?” asked a reporter, as he saw a car driver on Woodward avenue, take a nickle from his pocket and pass it into the fare box. “For her ” “What her?” The car stopped and the driver got out with a “Good morning, mammy,” and assisted an old woman of seventy to enter the car. “Did you pay for her?” “Yes.” “Why?” “Well, the story runs back for al most two years,’’ he said, as lie picked up his lines “I reckon you know Bill Blank?” “Yes.” “Well, two years ago he was one of the toughest men in Detroit. He drank, swore, gambled, and had all the other vices lying around loose I tell you he was a terror when off duty and on a spree. He was get ting so bad on his car that another week would have bounced him, but something happened:” “What?” “He was coming up one evening, half drunk and full of evil, and was somewhere about Davenport street when he lurched over the dashboard. T_r- --la _ _ i t 11 navi im; horse began to kick and to run. The old lady there was the only passenger on the car, and when she saw the ac cident she came out, grabbed the fly ing lines with one hand, and the brake with the other, and looking down on Bill she called out: “ ‘Oh, Lord! help me to save him! He’s a wicked young man and not fit to die!’ “Well, she stopped that car and held to the horse until some one came along and helped Bill out of his fix, and she was all the time call ing him ‘poor boy’ and ‘my son,’ and thanking God he was not killed. He had a close call though, and it was a solemn warning. From that night he hasn’t taken a drink, and no one on this line has a cleaner mouth or is taking better care of himself.” “And the old woman?” “She lives away out, along with a daughter. Many’s the dollar Bill has sent her since that night in the way of clothes and provisions, and he’ll never forget her. The story came to the rest of us after awhile, and we have sort of adopted her as ‘Our Old Mammy.’ We help her on and off, pay her nickle out of our own pocket, and when the car isn’t too full we have a minute’s chat with her. She likes us all, and we wouldn’t trade her off for the whole line. It is a little bit of romance among ourselves, you see.” “Yes. Did she ever talk to you?” “Did she? She sat right there on that stool, one day two months ago, and said: “ ‘My son, let drink alone. It robs the pocket, cheats the brain, leaving you friendless! Don’t swear! Oaths go with a vicious soul! Keep your temper! The man who can not con trol his temper is no better than a caged wolf!’ “She said that with her blue eyes reading my soul, and her old voice trembling with earnestness, and every word went right to my heart and lodged there. She’s had something to say to most of the boys, and I ex pect each one is the better for it. Curious, ain’t it, how we found our old mother, and maybe you will be lieve with some of the rest of us that Providence had a hand in it..—Detroit Free Press. Taking Her at Her Word.—“Do dearest, let mo call you mine, my own, my love, my love, my very self,” burst forth Alphonse, as he and Birdie sat side by side on the front porch. “Oh, you’re beside yourself,” she said, impatiently. “Ah, thank you, thank you, sweetie. Those words make me so happy! Why could you not have spoken them months ago and dispelled my dread ful fear.” While we wrangle hero in the dark, we are dying and passing to the world that will decide all our con troversies; and the safest passage thither is by peaceable holiness. The modesty of certain ambitious persons consists of becoming great without making too much noise; it may be said that thoy advance in the world on tiptoe. HOW HE WON A BET. An amusing incident in the unwrit ten history of Abraham Lincoln, is told by Hon. Ward Lamon, of this city, says the Denver Tribune. While tire gentlemen were law partners in Illinois, and before Lin coln was thought of for President, they happened to visit an agricul tural fair in an inland town in Ten nessee. Lincoln was in high spirits and seemed bent on fun. While casting about for such amusement as the ex hibition afforded, Lincoln discovered an attraction in the shape of a turned down flour barrel containing a badger. “Fifty dollars for a dog that will haul the badger out of the barrel,” shouted the red faced man who owned the outfit. “Fifty dollars, I say, to the dog that can haul out the badger.” There were a few takers of the badger man’s offer, but the luckless dog owners who invested twenty-five ceuts in the experiment invariably lost in the speculation, for the teeth of the badger were sharp, and every dog that entered its stronghold came out in a jiffy, while the ferocious an imal held the fort and grinned all over Mr. Lincoln hit upon a happy thought. Taking Ward to one side, j they found a lank countryman with a i—_tiro “Want to make $50 with that dog1?’ “’Course I do,’’ replied the man. The dog was bartered for, and as Lincoln approached the badger man, elbowing his way through the crowd, he said: “I’ll invest a quarter in your game, sir.” The badger operator looked at Lin coln’s hungry dog, and smiled as he took the silver quarter. Lincoln took the dog and led him up to the barrel. Hastily grabbing the mastiff, he threw it into the open ing. t’other end first. There was a pause only for a second, and then followed a lively scrape inside of the barrel. “Hold on, there,’’ cried the mana ger. “Fair play—” “But he was too late with his re monstrance. Out sprang the badly frightened dog with a badger hang ing to his hind-quarters. The crowd parted, and away went the dog and badger into tho iunor field of the race track. The badger stuck like a leech, and the crowd roared. Lincoln fair ly went into a spasm of mirth, the fun was so enjoyable. The countryman owning the dog, was paralyzed, ns was the owner of the badger, who set up a great howl and was mad enough to fight. “Produce your $50,’’ said Lincoln to the badger keeper. “Foul play, foul play," cried the chagrined gamester, “and I’ll never pay it.” Here is where Lamon came in ser viceable. Catching the badger’s friend by the neck, he cried: “Give up the $50 or I will wallup you.” Lamon’s herculean proportions be ing too argumentary to be trifled with, the money was handed to Mr. Lincoln, who in turn gave it to the countryman. The dog was well paid for, and the badger business closed for want of a badger. ---- Stranger—What do you charge for those rooms for the season ? Landlady—Let me see. Yon said something about being at Newport all last summer, did you not ? Stranger—Yes. Landlady—My terms are 810 a day. Stranger—My gracious ! I can’t af ford to pay that. Landlady—It is cheaper than go ing to Newport. Stranger—I meant Newport, Pa. I was staying at a farm house near there, and paid 80 a week. Landlady—Oh, excuse me. In that caso my terms will be 85.50 a week. ---- Persons who are always innocently cheerful and good humored are very useful in the world; they maintain peace nnd happiness, and spread a thankful temper among all who live around them. It is shameful for a man to rest in ignorance of the structure of his own body, especially when the knowledge of it mainly conduces to his welfare and directs his application of hi< own powers. HOW THEY COMPROMISED. A man about thirty-five years old, galloped down the stoue steps lead ing to a Western Union Telegraph office recently, and rushed at the re ceiving clerk with the inquiry. “Can I express my feelings in a telegram?” “Do you mean that you wish to use profane language?’’ “I do. I want to use some of the tallest kind of it.” “We can't send anything of that sort. There are no letters in the Morse alphabet to stand for swear words.” “Well, then, I’ll have to let it go, but I wanted to telegraph to my brother that I’d been robbed. I put my satchel down to fight with a hack man, and some one stole it.” Ho went away growling and mut tering, but in about an hour he re turned in still hotter haste, and ex claimed: “Now I’ve been robbed of my coat and §20 in cash, and I’ve got to swear by telegraph or bust! Hung a coat on a telegraph pole while I was try ing to out-jump a fellow, and some one gobbled it.” “As I told you before, we don’t transmit any profane language,’’ re plied the clerk, “you can inform your brother that you have had bad luck.” “And not express my feelings! Oh, _I TT . . 1* • i 0-ivy. lit nuumu U UCUCVC 1L WUb Lllti. Make an exception in my ease, can't you?” The clerk couldn’t, and the man said he would do his swearing by let ter, and make it heavy enough for double postage. It w’asn’t half an hour, however, before he re-appeared, and this time he couldn’t stand still as he shouted out: “I’ve got to do it. Hadn’t been out of here ten minutes when a chap in a shooting gallery mopped me all over the floor. Robbed—licked— mopped! Say! lemme swear by tele graph. I’ve got a dollar left and I will give it to you to send ten words to Bay City?” “You might get around the rule by sending a cipher dispatch,” suggested the clerk. “Bully! I tumble! I’ll fix it in just a minute!” And he wrote and handed in: “Robbed! * * * Licked! ! ! !_ it!-it! Send me §20 * * * ! ! ! “There she is,” he said, as he paid for it. “There’s robbery, meanness, arson, stealing, pounding, sentiment, profanity and brotherly love all put into the one thing, and you can bet your life Bill will catch on. I’ll go out now and get in jail and wait for his answer,” -«- ---«= He Obeyed His Instructions.—In Austin it is impossible to ascertain when any particular train leaves, with out going to the depot and enquiring of t.lin ficlvP.f flfrnnf. linw mtrnTr lir-»nvc« behind time the train is. Colonel Yerger wished to go to San Antonia on the eleven o’clock train, so he said to his colored servant: “Sam go down to the depot and see what time the eleven-o’clock train leaves.” It was about three o’clock when Sam returned. “Well, when does the train leave?” “Its done left, boss.” “What?” “I did jest whnt yer tole me. Yer tole me ter see when de train left, and I watched it till it was plain outer sight on the udder side ob de Colo rado libber.” A little girl sat on the floor crying. After a while she stopped and seemed buried in thought. Looking up sud denly, she said. “Mamma, what was I crying for?” “Because I wouldn’t let you go down town." “Oh, yes,” and she set up another howl. Doctor to undertaker—“Well, I shall have a corpse for you to-mor row,” “To morrow? Why, to mor row is Sunday. Couldn’t you make it the day after?” Doctor (reflec tively)—“Yes, I guess after all I can pull him through, but the next day he is yours, sure.” Another man’s admiration is a back ground against which many an ordi nary woman has shone, clad in unac customed graces to her lover’s eyes. Do not for one repulse forego the purpose that you resolved to effect. VARIETIES. The cobbler’s wife is badly shod. As old as tha hills—The Valleys. Be patient, for the world is broad and wide. He who has lost his honor can lose nothing more. There is some help for all the de fects of fortune. The chestnut is for the man who takes its shell off. Memory is the granary of the mind, and of experience. Earthly paradise: parents young, the children small. Youth is a continual intoxication, the fever of reason. Men do nothing excellent but by imagination of nature. Fiction pleases the more in propor tion as it resembles truth. Our acts mak%or mar us; we are the children of our own deeds. To count but few things necessary is the foundation of many virtues. Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking. Nothing present is so barren, but that there are fertile fields beyond. The greatest man is he who chooses right with the most invincible reso lution. mere is no kind ol conscious obe dience that is not an advance on law lessness. As to trouble, who expects to find cherries without stones, or roses with out thorns? It is a poor sort of business to waste your breath whistling for yes terday's breeze. If we had no defects, we would not take so much pleasure in discov ering those of others. Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving one another It is as impracticable to tie up the tongue of malice as to erect barri cades in the open fields. A great name it; like an eternal ep itaph engraved by the admiration of men on the road of time. I have lived to know that the se cret of happiness is never to allow your energies to stagnate. Prosperity tries the human hear! with the deepest probe, and draws forth the hidden character. Many men have just enough faith to make them miserable, but not suffi cient to make them hopeful. True joy is a serene and sober mo tion; and they are miserably out who take laughing for rejoicing. Advice is like the snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind. To a woman's eye there is always an atmosphere of youth left about a man who has once mado love to her. T -1 J. _ 1.1. ___ -UW IUC UU honor to the rich, an aid to the young, and a supportand comfort to the aged. Simplicity, of all things, is the hardest to be copied, and easo is only to be acquired with the greatest labor. Music opens to men an undiscov ered realm, a world which has nothing in common with the outer world of sense. It is with flowers as with moral qualities; the bright are sometimes poisonous; but, I believe, never the sweet. ’Tis an ill thing to be ashamed o' one’s poverty, but much worse not tc make use of lawful endeavors tc avoid it. Open your mouth and purse can tiously, and your stock of reputation and wealth shall, at least in repute be great. To be wiser than other men is to be more honest than they, and strengtl of mind is only courage to see and speak the truth. Half-knowledge is the bane of teach ing as half-truths are the curse ol some pulpits and the perilous poisor in many books. A king ought not fall from the throne except with»the throne itself under its lofty ruins he alone find; an honored death and an honored tomb. 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