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VOLUME I. POINTE-A-LA-IACHE, IA., SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1909. UMBER 7.
LATlST N[WS di
IN LOUISIANA frozen
Town Forced to Sell Light Plant Be- trees ii
cause of Loss by Prohibition, to be h
MONROE VISITED BY CYCLONE Crow'
Employes of Lumber Company Strike siFerb
Against Wage Cut. srgania
Three Infants Freeze to Death-Cov- Grower
ering Insufficient. 6, whe
Bosco-A small tornado here wreck- a meet
ed the public school building, blew will be
down a house and worked heavy will b
damage in other ways. The L
St Francisville--The third attempt clation
has been made to check the trains sident
over the Lojislan Railway and Naviga- at lea,
tion Company's tracks by placing
crossties upright in the cattle guards. Man
Grand Cane-While Ed Robinson's was s
17-year-old boy was cutting timber In kana,
the woods a tree limb fell from the an eel
top of a tall tree and struck the ne- tion,
gro on the head, and from which in- The I
Jury he died a short time later. $8,000
Monroe-A storm of cyclonic pro- per ye
portions passed over this section early the de
Friday morning. Much farm property plant.
has been destroyed and five negroes becan
are reported as injured. The proper- to me
ty loss will run to thousands of dol- with
lars. the p
Alexanderdria-Edwin E. Gremil- ment
lion, a young man of Bennettville, met nece:
death in a pecular manner. He had
S climbed a trie to cut a limb and the Bai
I'mb twisted; around, pinning him to be p
the body of:the tree. When he was Sher'
found the lib was against his breast, ers a
bshowing ti~t the breath had been tence
, knocked ou of him by the blow., ed.
Columbia While Mrs. t. E. Val'n- tence
tine, of Co enhagen. was doing some Jone
washing h clothing caught fire and of C
S'she was h bly burned so that there Pac
is. no ho' of her recovery. Mrs.. gro,
Valentine is the mother of twins:' 4:the
,Moabit ol , besides a number of other th
small chl ren. Mr. Valentine is one waf
ot Lf the ost substantial 'citizens' of - rme
'Caidwell arisb. sign
---- at o
eau Bridge--A strong move s on exe
to rganise the Breaux Bridge the
and 'rruck (droers' Associa- wo
)itt posme is to interest all
in raistag early vegetables. G
Sti Chicago, Kansas City, St. GA
S Iusto, New Orleais, Baton ers'
Sd oter polats. Several en- wit]
cltIs~n and faSmers hav, a- leu
ated the practicability ra
g Jo apdvantage early veg ber
; -***** Wma
S Orlean-Joseph Dies of this a
r Member - of - the House pla
dlstrict, has been selected So,
taut State laboi. Commission. Ca,
- I: Mries, teS new ap- 'l
Salary ofthe assistant dei
ii ryr.; lWts plae as b,
S,of ht.eepopt duer 1M
tlsatrttion C Robert E.
is weluloin n in labor
. . ,to
* lcpat ad o ent yda cam
-U". *Ii r s't4 c harom lesm
. ..I. Th ts rCowe. and i er
,"VM ;.,og.+" 'e . t o
----*4. t+i+atR9. to It
Ii4S : lc os
Crowley-The recent cold weather
did no damage to fruit trees in this
vicinity. Orange and lemon trees
which have grown up from the trees
frozen down by the big freeze of 1908
have passed through this cold snap
untouched. 'the number of orange
trees in southwest Louisiana is said
to be larger now than ever before.
Crowley-H. Winn, of Jennings, Pre
sident of the Texas-Louisiana Rice
Farmers' Association, is devoting con
siderable time and attention to the
organization of the Louisiana Rice
Growers' Association. He has arrang
ed for a meeting at Gueydan on Feb.
6, when a Vermilion Parish associa
tion will be organized. On Feb. 13
a meeting of the Acadia Parish branch
will be held and on Feb. 20 a branch
will be organized at Lake Charles.
The Louisiana Rice Farmers' Asso
t ciation now has 250 members and Pre
k sident Winn predicts that it will have
at least 1,000 members before spring.
s. Manflelds-At a meeting of the City
Council the city electric light plant
's was sold to J. L. Logan, of Texar
in kana, Tex., for $6,150. The deal is
e an echo of the recent prohibition elc
be- tion, at which the town went "dry."
n- The light plant cost the city about
$8,000 and when it was purchased the
whiskey revenue amounted to $5,000 CENS
r- per year, and it was pledged to meet
ly the deferred payments on the lignt
ty plant. On Jan. 1, 1908, the payments Presid
es became due and the city was unable
er- to meet its obligations, but arranged "a`
01- with one of the local banks to carry spoils
the paper. In January last the town ing up
was again unable io meet the pay- person
l- ments, and the sale followed as a politic
net necessary consequence. case o
te Batton Rouge-A triple hanging may le ai
to be pulled off in West Baton Rouge. In i
vas Sheriff Parker now has three prison
st, ers in his care who have been sen
-en tenced by Judge Claiborne to be hang- witho
ed. Chas. Davis, Wallace Jones and for ti
Ben Jones are the negroes under sen- cause
Li- tence of death. Wallace and Ben appoi
ape Jones were convicted for the murder of no
and of Conductor Hall, of the Texas and of th
tere Pacific Railroad. Chas. Davis, a ne- As pi
,gro, was convicted in September for meml
s 4 the murder 9f one of the guards of soris
:her the State Penitentiary, 'but his death gone
one warrant has not been signed by Goa
of ernor' Sanders.. The Gpvernor cah COT
sign all three of the death warrants
at once, and set the same date for the
on execution of the three negroes. This
idge the oficials of WeSt Baton Rouge
)cia- would like for him to do.
all - of A
•le- , Grand Cane-, E. P. Cowdin, the ing
St- Gdverment's special agent in the farm- claim
aton ers' cooperative demonstrative work, claim
eaO with headquarters at this place, be- eas
-l' lieves, a file crop of cotton will be take
llity raised desp'lt9 the .boll weevil. Num- The
age' bers of demonstration farms in this nize
parish ender Mr. Cowdin's direction, Wal
made almost a bale per acre last year, t
this and this year more cotton will be
[ouse planted than last. In addition to De men
cted Soto, Mr. Cowdin has been given of
tsaon Caddo and Red River Parishes, and in von
Sap- all 'three parishes large numbers of the
Stant demonstration farms have already not
Wa been establiahed,. Last eeason the hill bee
i du landa on this parish produced.,much Col
ot * wre cottoitthan river and bayou the
labor land. This was due partly to the to
overflow in June and July and partly con
to the ravages of the boll weevil be- awl
:b ing felt more in low lands.
Art Alexadr4a.-Floyd Wiliams, a farm
rand er who resides near Simms, on the
tli a Iron Mountain railroad, north of this
ea city, was here for the purpose of hav
in a' model male- of an automatic
switch closing device hich he has in
vented, nad for which he has obtained th
i4 t patent. This invention is a simple E
idevice .:and relates ,to automatic th
sW1tches, and has for its objett to pro. 10
*AP t ypde means. operpble- by a psi ha
z #traih for autqmatially closing the f
:swit::ch should the sme be ac- W
Ieuak ly*' o. otherwise left opeu bi
te a O t fhuler object isi to provide a track1 Si
delce, including a pivotal' lever hav- w
lg; ' one' end thereof operatively con. Jo
to nected with the switch in its. opposite
end.aA i preon, on the engine
rstrlkhed an upright lever, which throws t
i te 'witech, clodsing it if it is found A
1 Thriota the conrweti od Dr. L. O. a
IJO iC h of the Federal Bureau
jnoioy "i i the State Crop Pest
D9w tx.O Coi~ has shLiOeedtd inusecar*
t to the fIamers on its mailiag list
aa bio bIit 0o,0Q# copis of recent publi y
ca~t~lca1 onerning the boll weevil.
f |)rin:g the past tour years the com
m is.nB0. has itself published thou
* nadw·of bulletais rggardiig the weev
I r iL .Thes: have been eagerly seized
.a upon by thb. farmes, ~nd they have
aaimored :r more. .The new farm
li'~eras billetit lib , treatise of 46 pages,
t 4 * ani`t fa it wll, withlii the next
wl i e~ i, b8b maled direot from-Wash
:unto all, the planters on the
ai;cki. C~o et Coxwn'a' mailing list.
• iky # toi to this bulletin the bu
om- O OilO has alsto .consent
S-totu he Louisian. farmners
pttuMe ~r* asgcflc r pon "Winter
it :e Bol Weevil"
- 7 n .... ' . .ory o the big
y_ Lumiber Cht-
W#,,#t~h ~s~ 10 efiset ~t*O
;9: :i1~ ;~ux ith t'e this Cin
; CZpa-i-e /
SForeign isptch Says Tddy Will Be Lionized broad.
Ut A Foreign Dispatch Says Toddy Wilt Be Lionized Abroad.:
UFNDUD· DIL n nI =* -
CENSUS BILL STRIKES VETO TWE
President Points Out Evil Effects of
Spoils System. Mel
Washington.-"Thc evil effects of the the 0
spoils system and of the custom of treat- sectio
ing appointments to the public service as killed
personal prerequisites of professional ous 1
politicians are peculiarly evident in the stroy
case of a great public work which should cycloi
emphatically be done for the whole peo- in Ce
ple and with an eye single to interest." iorth
In these words President Roosevelt Fri sippi,
day summed up a message oreturning great
without his approval the bill providing couni
for the taking of the next census, be- know
cause of the provision prescribing that Mill,
appointments shall be made on the basis negri
of non-competitive examinations instead and
I of through the civil service commission. Stut
As passed by congress the bill permitted and
r members and senators to designate per- Sher
f sous for positions after they had under- tally
Sgone a simple examination. TI
aCOTTON CLAIMS BILL PASSED rain
First Measure of the Kind to Get was
e Through ~Congfress. It
Washington.-'Representative Wallace ta
of Arkansas broke the ice today, in hav- lan
e ing passed the first Southern cotton tee
Y claim bill to get through the house. The in
, claim was that iof John A. Hamiter, de
ceased, of Arkansas, and was for cotton LO
t taken by federal authorities in 1865.
i The repeated struggles to have it recog- Pit
nized have made it famous. When Mr.
n' Wallace entered congress 'for the first I
, time he introduced a .bill for the pay- kee
e ment of this claim, and at the beginning Un
i of each succeeding congress he endea- fac
in vored to have it passed. In the senate a &
of the claim has twice been allowed,' but wh
dy not until this session of congress has it mc
ll11 been possible to get it through the house. fat
cl Col. Hamiter was deeply interested in era
ou the fate of his claim and it is pathetic cal
he to reflect that before the measure passed
fly congress the venerable patriarch passed bia
e- away. - lai
THERE ARE NO NEGRO ELKS he
l Unique Case on Trial at Hot Springs,
i Hot Springs, Ark.--That a negro's face br
in is prima fade evidence to the effect that ti
led the Benevolent and Protective Order of
plo Elks of America cannot be imposed pn or
,tic their rights infringed through negro.
o.o lodges wearing similar emblems, and
having a similar ritual and roster of of
fh e ers, was developed in the trial here of
ac- W. S. Gardner and Charles F. Hodge,
pen. blacks, under arrest for violating the n
ecli State law prohibiting any person from b
hav- wearing' the emnblem or insignia of a g
on- lodge of which he is not a member. f
site Charles H. Weaver, a member of the P
ine grand lodge, described the constitution of t
ows the B. P. 0. E., declaring that it was an e
fund American lodge, exclusively 'or, member- e
ship of white male' citizens, and that '
any other person representing himself as 1
0- a membefr of the Elks was of neces. I
rau sity misrepresenting fact: The aross ex- 1
Pest amintion developed the statement from
r the witness that a negr0 wearing an Elk
ui-pin, representing himself as an Elk,'coald
not deceive white Elks, because they
- could not be members of the same order.
vOe- COTTON GROWERS ORGANIZE.
have Planters of Long Staple Have Reacha
farm- Critical Stage.
es, Charleston, S: C.-~ie Sea Island Cot
aTS ton Growers' Associltion of South Cp
the lina has been organizedl herE by Tong
list. staple planters.
a * The tbarlleton sea' iand: planterp
srit have reahed a eritiel· ata~e in'the plant
.oeris ng of lonsQple cotton, facing, a'they
Vlter do, seareity of labos, low piesi for cot
ton and incresed coa in' production.
..· wht psL e ad he eg·s C ecog
HO p a et~l~~tach~lI~'5
of . t:cks gi~ib ~ e4MtaA*~o onYi~ir
tta4~0 sl ~I~li~s s~
TWELVE DEAD FROM STORM by
Much Property Damage-Extended "ast.
From Texat Into Alabama.
Memphis, Tenn.-Reports received by
the Commnercial Appeal from this general
section show that twelve people were Japan
killed and three fatally injured, nulmer
ous houses blown down and totally do New
stroyed, and barns blown away by the 200,00
cyclone which started Friday norning men ii
in Central and Northern Texas and swept mer E
northeast through. Arkansas and Mississi, the
sippi, disappearing in Alabama. The polita
greatest loss of life was in Cullman Unite,
9 county, Alabama, where seven deaths are numb
known to have' occurred. At Booth's "At
Mill, in Issaquena county, Mississippi, a der, 1
negro nian, his wife and son were killed Sate
end his two daughters fatally injured. At der a
Stuttgart, Ark., Mrs. Emma A. Garfield out i
and the 2-year-old child of Mr. and Mrs. in tli
Sherry were killed and Mrs. Sherry fa- our r
r tally injured. -. " ould
The wind was accompanied by a hpd know
rain and haid t.rm, and much damage know
is reported to fruit trees and standing
timber. In South Mississippi especially MIN
it was the damage'to timber very large.
It is impossible to estimate the mone
e tary losses, for reports from Texas, Ok. Nag
lahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama.
Tennessee and Arkansas are meager, the H(
i telephone and telegraph wires being down
in all directions. amne
on LOANED MONEY TO A SALOON ear
,g- Pittsburg Church Finds Itself in an for I
Ir. Embarrassing Attitude.. mur
rat Pittsburg, Pa.-P. G. Bryne, a saloon- od
ry- keeper, borrowed $22,000 from the Third Iu
.ng United Presbyterian Church here. The J
Ia- fact that the money was' wanted to build fror
ste a new liquor emporium was not known 11
it when the trusties voted to accept the the
it mortgage on the property, but now the the
ae. facts have leaked out and there is a gen. tait
in eral skirmishing among the trustees to hall
!tic eancel the loan. the
aed Byrne, as soon as the Pittsburg base. .
Bed ball team leased its new grounds in Oak- gro
land, foresaw a, chance for business, and tole
he forthwith bought a building opposite ble
KS the new ball grounds. to
For this property he paid $48,000. He got
gn, needed money to put the place in shape chi
for a first-elass saloon and applied to a
face broker to place a mortgage. He placed At
that the mortgage with the Third U iited
Presbyterian Church, hence the row.
or CALLS ON DEPOSITORIES.
of- oretary Cortelyou Wants $80,000,
of 000 by reb. 24. si
de, Washington.-Secretary Cortelyou has tl
the made a call on all temporary national t
rom bank depositories, for about $30,000,000 a
f a government deposits to be paid on or be
fore Feb. 24. There areover 1,000 tem
the porary depository banks, and the secre
n of tary's call will leave exactly $10,000 is is
I an each, as the instructiops will be,.to remit AN
aber- everything above that sum. Calls hith- '
that eyto made pn the regular depository k
llf as batoa have practically exhausted th r
meces; holdings ..above the ,amounts aetua
ssex- needed to. meet disbursing officers' a
from checks. These aggregate about $55,000,- e
rElk 000. The call fo4 $24,500,000 made by u
the secrdtary early in January has been i
th responded to by all of the banks except al
they few in the far West, where remittances i
order are already on the way. , "
. JtitMENTS o FOR $oo500,000.
chs Aggregation of Fines Aissessed Against
SCot- San Franciseo.Judge Vain Fleet ha]
ashiessed judgments aggregating mome
than $500,000 azainst the insur~lhee com
panips which refusd to pay in fill the
insurance carried by their San.Francisco
inter policyholders at the time of the big fire
'plant- r1908.I All 104. casts were on the
'they calenidar of the United States idrcuit
t- court, and S of them were deeded ad
.versel t~ the insmrance companies.
I. . be . i t Death,
Sp La.-A a seue to cold
ae . weather that has prevailed ab this point
tor th last fv y ca eY the report
en te that three bb ve froeto
midath. Th, deathla wk reported by
" ""u oui.a to. the evi
(da ~.~tha chll·de i~rlepised iar beds
if' ttb "Inginaiwth this
of the, .
WE WON'T HAVE WAR
ADMIRAL EVANS SAYS JAPAN "
MUST FIGHT RUSSIA AGAIN.
Floating Loan of $360,000,000 by
Russian Government Has
Chicago.---"A few days ago, when the
Russian ' government floated a loan of
:;360,000,000, which was subscribed thir
ty times over, that was Russia's notice
to Japan to get ready for war."
Rear Admiral Robley I). Evans made
this significant statement here Sunday.
"And what is more," added the ad.
miral, "Japan herself recognizes and
realizes the position in which she is
A number of other statements of in
ternational import, viewed from the
viewpoint of Bob Evans, did the ad
miral make. Briefly summarized, they
are as follows:
The United States will have no trouble
with Japan. Neither will England.
When the next Russo-Japanese war does
come, Germany; France and Austria-will
espouse the cause of the Russians. Eng.
land will find herself allied with .Japan
W by virtue of existing treaties. What the
.result of it all will be, no man can fore
y SHAW IS PESSIMISTIC.
re Japan Could Put 900,000 Men in
er Hawaii in Thirty Days.
3e' New York.-"The Japanese could put
he 200,000 of their little brown fighting
ng men in Hawaii in thirty days," said for.
pt mer Secretary of the Treasury Shaw at
'"' the merchant marine congress in Melro
.he politan Temple. "It would take the
tan United States two years to get an equal
re number to opposecthem.
h'e "And speaking of the question of pow.
' a der, if all the powder mills in the United
led States should stop making sporting pow
At der and blasting powder and just turn
ld out battle powder, we could only make
rs' in thirty days enough powder to last
fa- our navy two hours. Think of it! We
could fight two hours a month. Japan
111 knows it. England knows it. Germany
ge knows it."
ally MINISTER FOUND MURDERED
Ok. Negro Suspect Under Arrest and
tma. Lynching Threatened.
the Houston, Miss.-Surrounded by an
own angry mob of 800 citizens, Roby Baskin,
a negro boy 18 years old, was arrested
ON near here Sunday by Deputy Sheriff J.
L. 'Wilkinson of Houston and locked up
i an for safe-keeping on the charge of having
murdered Rev. Dr. W. T. Hudson, whose
loon. body' was found Saturday night half
hird- submerged in the waters of a pond in
The J. S. Evans' cattle pasture, half a mile
build from Houston.
nown Immediately following the arrest of Mis.
- the the negro a secret meeting was held at aide
v the the Woodmen's hall. Only men of cer anll
gen tain acquaintance were allowed in the
es to hall. It is believed plans lynching was
the negro were made at this meeting.
base. A spot of blood was found on the ne- t
Oak- gre's shoe when he was arrested. He mei
, and told the officers that his nose had been *hr
posite bleeding. He contradicted this statement rol
to others by telling them that the blood kn
). He got on his shoe when he was killing a bua
shape chicken. 'h"
j AGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT
Senators Continue Effons to Prevent
PS ssage of Lati-Jap Bills. bel
Washingtonl.-President Roosevelt had .
000, conferences with Senators Flint of Cali- pri
fornia and Nixon of Nevada and per- ly
sisted in representations to them that ca
ha the situation will be critical if their re- se
e0 fctive states insist on legislation
o r be against the Japanese. th
The two senators hav agreed- to con- ne
s tem- thtie their efforts to influ ence the legis
,O latwrs against action of any sort and i
remit went away from the White House to hi
Is ith send telegrams to the leaders of their th
ository legislatures, urging pastpoieement for the g
Sth r present of any legislation. T
Ltu "I feel that we ought not to try to re
officers' eist the strong; appeals of the chief ex
55,000,r ecutive," saia Senator Flint. "I agree o
ade by with him that the time is ineliportune tl
as been for legislation now,; and I am going to
,ept a, do what I can.to help him in his ef- a
itances forts." 1
TO KEEP HIM OUT OF'CABINET 4
Directors Baise Beynold's Salary t
Against From $8a,000 to $50,000. a
Chicago.-The directors of the Conti- j
eet ban nental National Bank notified Georget
g moe M. Reynolds, "iresident of the institute, t
om- taat at a meeting'today his salary had
fill the been increased by unanimous vote from I
aancisc $35,000 to $50,000.
bigfir The increase, it is believed, will prove
on the an element in the decision of Mr. Stey
acircuit nolds as to accepting or refusing a tender
oidid ad of the portfolio of secretary of the
English and American Gallon.
Scold The English gallon is ten pounds
h poit of water at a temperature of 60 de-.
h report gree Fahrenheit The American gal
rean to lIon weighs only 8.33 piounds. The dif.
oted- by ference, therefore, is. 1.67 pounds. The
the vi- American gallon is equivalent to 3,786
i beds Uters.
Ludd il South Afrians 'Fond of Oatmeal ..
ro of the aoith Afridas are distinctly an oat.
II tid3 gt3e ealat people, over $300;000 *crth
s of f4 American breakfast food be
r al lag t )mratd n aunally into South Aft
in . I aIttnf
ut ti nin% he Pot.. ý
a, i I,
ut onlnq,~ ~~~~o~mr9
THEY were the 4
neatest ladies on ran
S /the entire street, WI
Berry and her sis
ter Alice, and they
ly on a small pen
* sion that had been th
their late father's.
In the same t
S block lived the
richest, slouchiest ba
g and most irritable
bachelor in the th
neatest InFebruary,dies on ran
le . When an unexpect. ce
ed mildness set in, w
Miss Alice turned the hose on her m
at sidewalk to wash away the ted mhes.ager
lyAll night long, however, the wind rose,
siand the fourteenth of February dawned
bitter cold, and the water used for a
washing off the ashes froze. -
Miss Lucinda was in the kitchen t
sifting ashes to resprinkle the pave
e ment, when she hard her sister
sen hriek.. Lucinda rushed to open the
t front door and saw Alice on her Citable
knees in the street supporting the
a husky shoulders of Williams, who was
shouting lustily: "This is your work!
Nice, isn't it? Always knew your con
founded neatness would cost me my s
Miss Alice coud only sob in reply. r
at "I'll sue you for this, all right,he ashe ii
bellowedng, however, the wind rose, f
Missad By this time Lucinda had akitchen t
ali- rosiftingached, and now spoke authoritative
e mently: "Well, it is plain you must be
hat carried into your house and a doctor
re frsent for at once." Beckoni g to the
bachelor's man servant, wh hovered was
near, she instructed him how to assist
the injured man without causing un
NT founded necessry pain
egis- When Williams had been laid on a
andisordered bed, Miss Lucinda made
a to him as comfortable as posiable before
heir the arrival of the doctor. The Berry
Sthe girls set to work preparing bandages.
The doctor came, set the arm, ex-ssist
thpressed approval of all that had been
-done, and left..
S When Williams heard this commendation
iree of ther maiden sisters, and after some
tune thought said:
g to "If you bring me through without
ef- crippling me, I will let you off as light
ly as possible."
T This unexpected generosity over
theiroyed the ladies. They took their reg
hlar turns, and the negro servant rued
Sthe day when they invaded his
slouchy kingdom. Though the in
ponti- jured bachelor could not know of all
orge the changem s taking place, still he felt
gitute, the infuence of orderly domestier somty.
y had They really enjoyed the nursing,
from and theoughatt said:articularly appre
ciated having M@ss Alice near, for her
g touch was delightfull me soft. So, even
is when the physician came, it was Miss
Alice who bandaged the arm after it
ly as dressed.
When able to be around agover-n it
was dif the cult to break an acquired
habit, so it happened that Mr. Wil
uns. tliams went over morning and evening
ated for MissAlice to attend to h arm.
.. ý. ý
One morning he did not come; in
stead the servant appeared with a note
for Miss Alice, who read it with
"I shall call this evening to sue for
my damages. If it is not rendered me,
I am afraid I must proceed to extreme
Miss Alice cried the better part of S
the day after the receipt of the note,
and Miss Lucinda for once was not
practical, so cried some also. i
i At seven that evening the doorrbell
rang and Miss Lucinda admitted Mr.
Williams and showed him into the paM
lor where Alice sat, openly tearful.
"Take a seat," she whispered.
He sat down facing her, and took
ther limp hand.
"Bless my soul," he cried; "what's .A
"Nothing," she exclaimed, and bult
"I wish you'd cry for me," mid the
t bachelor huskily.
3 "Oh," she moaned, "we can't V s
a those damages, Mr. Williams."
"Well, if you can't," said he, Lea
!ý you do something else? Can yott a
t. cept the worn-out old valentine that
, was thrown at your gate about ,
r month ago? Not worth picking up, /
, perhaps, old-fashioned and full of
, flaws, but a most loving valentine.
d With her cheek against the, band. ,
ir aged arm, Miss Aice cried some more
-but there wbre smiles shining
THE DAY IN SCOTLAND.
r Custom There Has Been to Choose
Le One's Valentine.
! It seems to have been a custom ia un `
n- Scotland to choose one's valentine, Ift. ;`.
ly Sir Walter Scott is to be trusted lit :
his account of the wooing dt the- Fairl
Maid of Perth and Hal of the Wynii :,
he in the novel. The always amusing and
ubiquitous Pepys, in his diary, whichi':
4) neglects nothing under the sun ap
re- parently, mentionsalt. Valentine's day ,.:
be and its customs in several places, and
or gives an amusing account of, his wife, ii
he fearing to open her eyes on St. Vales
ed tine's day while the painters and deo-
st orators were at work in her room, lest
ýn- she should see one of these unsuitable
persons first instead of a more comely'
valentine. The genial Pepys himself,
ode of course, had to call upon one of his ''
Dr friends on February 14 and ',ntreat.
rry her to become his valentine, and we
;es. will hope that he sent a suitable giftt
ex- to the lady chosen.
Whatever the origin of the custoum,
it has given rise to many quaint and
,me pretty fancies, and both poets and
lovers have employed the legend and
the saint to good purpose. The send
t ing of letters and the more or less
ht tawdry cut paper valentines, :which.
ver- the children of the last' geperation
reg- were so familiar with, undoubtedly
e-ed gave rise to the modern fashion of
his Christmas cards In this country and
in- in England, which has grown' to such
all astonishing, not to say alarming, pro
felt portions, and the comic valentine, that
hideous and dreadful creation, is. pr
g, sumably one of the evils resulting
p from the custom. However this may
her be, it is exceedingly agreeable to re
en ceive a gift of flowers, or fruit, or a
iss dainty book upon this midwinter fes
er it tival, and if it take the form of a
more useful present there is a distinct
authority for sending even these, as
i it one of the oldest customs consisted
uired in sending a veil of tissue or gause
Wil- to the fortunate valentine which was
ming selected to be the recipient of the at