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The Progress. (Shreveport, La.) 1892-1900, December 31, 1898, Image 6

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Picturesque and Unique Views in Out-of-the
Way Nooks.
You are taken ashore from the ship
at Havana by rowboats hooded with
canvas against the sun, and the sturdy
boatmen give the visitor the first im
pression of the real Cubans. They
are an admixture of African and In
dian and Spaniard, with the blood of
the African very evidently supreme
among the lower classes. There is a
frowzy crew of hackmen and hotel
runners bawling out an almost unin
telligible Spanish patois at the landing
as your welcome to "the pearl of the
Antilles," and the Cuban cochero im
presses your American nationality
upon you at once. Like other cabmen
the world over he considers the Ameri
can as his legitimate prey, and while
Cubans pay one price, and foreigners
in general a figure one-third higher,
the proverbially wealthy American
must pay two-thirds more, as a gen
eral thing, unless he be an adept at
parrying an overcharge.
Havan' is dilapidated and pictur
esque, and the traveler will find as
much of the bizarre and unique in a
stroll up the Prado and about the lesser
streets as he has perhaps ever en
countered in a like distance anywhere.
To me the most interesting hour in
the day in one of those antique towns
is in the very early morning, when the
place is just getting awake and the
hucksters are coming in.
These country people arrive in all
sorts of ways for the daily market.
One group comes afoot, with tremend
ously heavy loads of fruits and vege
tables carelessly balanced on their
heads or swung on their backs. Here
is a swarthy fellow leading a horse
bearing capacious reeded panniers of
fruits and stalks of sugar-cane, which
latter is a favorite natural confection B
with the masses, for a copper will buy
a long stick of it. The fruitse are
mostly new to any one not tropi.o
traveled, and the familiar-looking
bananas are tucked in with sapotes,
mamayes, aguacates, chabacanos,
mangoes, and a great variety of other
products rarely ever seen outside those
latitudes. This fellow will soon be
ashoutingouthis stook with loud-lunged
persistency about the streets and into
the patios of the houses, and will then
sleep and amoke away the rest of the
Lumbering wains come straining
hnto town, drawn by heavy-necked
yokes with restraining nose-hitches.
A four-team of these oattle and their
great eart will alone blook the average
side-street, so thle country ox-carts i
rarely get very far into town. When I
two of them meet there is an ably i
eonduoted debate on road rights and E
aconsiderable native profanity. An am
bulating haystack adds a picturesque j
touach to the scene and a breath from z
the fields. As the diminitive horse t
ander the load swings down the way c
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The Cubans are like every other
Spanish-tinctured nationality in their
utter indifference to time. Theirs is a
land of manana indeed, and almost
nothing can ever hurry them. Over
in the railroad yards the crews can
sometimes be seen switching the
trains back and forth by yokes of
oxen, while the locomotive engine
stands idly by, and the engineer and
firemen smoke cigarettes in the cab.
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n Hours are consumed by this and like i
- leisure and primitive pursuits, but no i
one is so foolish as to heat his blood I
by raving over the delay, as do those 6
nervons Americanos from the North. z
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"How many cows there are about
the streets!". somebody exclaims, and
then he is calmly informed that the
morning's milk is simply being deliv
ered. A bunch of cattle and their
driver stop before a house, and the
portero comes out with a cup for the
morning's supply. It is seen then
that the cows are being milked from
door to door by the dairymen, for this.
SIs the way the saute Cauban honeewives
have taken to assure for their tables a
leeteal supply which is entirely fresh
sad absolutely pare. Otherwise, the
Pe4O~ fngrvender might dilute& the
milk before "deli eing it to hias ss.
t eiers, -and, craftily stir into the
watery fui4 the juice of the sweet 1
p to sto Uio t up to 4a tu d,
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creamy cast. Even with the cows
milked before the door one must con
tinue to watch the milkman, for I have
even heard of their haring a rubber
bag of water concealed under their
loose frocks and connected with a rub
ber tube running down the inside of
the sleeve, its tip being concealed in
the hollow of the milking-hand. Only
a gentle pressure upon the bag of water
within is needed to thus cause both
milk and water to flow into the cup at
the same time. The milk-venders of
Italy and India have also learned their
trade to perfection, for they practise
this identical trick.
Havana has many quiet nooks and
corners which escape the American
visitors. The walk from the Prado to
the little park of the Punts takes
hardly more than a minute, yet this
spot remains unknown to many.
The Cathedral of Columbus may be
approched from it either by a walk
along the parapets, on the water front,
or by strolling through one of the nar
row streets lined with substantial
warehouses. Following the quay
there is the view of Cabana fortress
across the bay, and of the masts and
rigging of the ships in the harbor.
Commerce had not yet spread its
wings, and the shipping is not exten
sive. A pleasanter walk is through
Cuba street, with glimpses into the
barracks of the Spanish soldiers and
chance views of the home life of the
people who dwell in their stores and
shops. Seeing the soldiers in the
barracks one is tempted to ask if they
are ever clean. And of the dwellers
in Havana houses the question will
recur a thousand times: How can
they help feeling themselves prison
ers behind those massive doors ai 'd
grated windows?
It is better to come to the Cathe
dral this way than to take a cab and
drive directly from the hotel. Com.
ing in a cab the two towers stand out
just like the towers of innumerable
other cathedrals, and the crumbling
gray stones are as other time-eaten
monuments. But coming upon the
Cathedral out of some byway unex
pectedly, the whole panorama of its
history may sweep across the mental
vision in a flash. As for the sacred
bones of Columbus, they are by com
mon report gone. They might have
been removed openly with the consent
of the United States Government it
it had been asked. The ceremony
would have been of historio interest,
but the painfal reflections to which it
would have given rise may exacuse
Captain-General Blanco for the mys
tory with which the removal of those
ashes was aooomplished. Santo Do
mingo can henceforth dispute with 4
Madrid instead of with HBavana the 1
genuinheness of the ashes.
The Cathedral will lose none of its
attractiveness if the disputed ashes
are no longer in the urn (,r under the
slab which was suppos-d to cover
them, And good poetr and' good
'epitaph wiiting will belthe gainers z
that 'the tomb of Columbus is no a
longer sibject to the niitijtio
' 1.
)ws Oh, rest thou, Image of the great CaQIonl
- Thousand centuries remain, guarded in the
ave .nd in remembrance of our nation!
beIr Don Jose Garcia de Arboleya, a
eir 6learned Spaniard who wrote a histori
b; cal and descriptive manual of Cubn
o half a century ago, pathetically asked
in whore the muses were when these
ly lines were inscribed. He received ne
er answer.
of 1any Dangers Presented Even to the
eir Water Traveler.
s There are dangers en route to the
Kd Ilondike, even when the water route
n is followed. The river steamer, in
o shooting' the dangerous White Horse
es rapids a.id Miles Canyon on its way
,s from Lake Bennett to Dawson, goes
through many difficulties. On enter
e ing the canyon with its huge wall-like
Ik sides, there is an abrupt turn, and it
t is most dificult to prevent the steam
Irt, r dashing against the rocks as the
r- turn is made. The illustration rep
Sresents the steamer Goddard on her
way to Dawson City. She just grazed
her side against the sheer rugged cliffs
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as she entered, but the captain brought
her round in a straight line with the can
yon, and no damage resulted. The
engines were kept at full speed to
give her steerage way, and as she
tore down the river the excitement
was intense. After fifteen minutes of
suspense, during which five miles of
1 swift water was traversed, the steam
er took her last leap in the foaming
White Horse, and entered the lower
branches of the Sixty Mile. Then on
she went through Lake Lebarge to
the Pelly River. Though the waters
were unknown, and the rocks and
sandbars not shown an any chart, the
captain, with an apparently instine
tive knowledge and with consungmate
judgment, cleared every obstacle, not
ing each treacherous place for use in
future trips. a
Wilhelmina is to Wed.
Queen Wilhelmina of Holland is to
marry her cousin, Prince William of
Wied. It is a love match, and, while
it does not particularly please the s
courtiers and royal match-makers, who
wanted the young Queen to wed some
monarch or heir apparent, the gentle
Wilhelmina is happy. h
Prince William of Wied is the h
second son of Prince William Adolphas
Maximilian Charles, whose I famiy
domain is at Neuweid, Rhenish Ppussj*,
He was born March 26, 1878, and is
therefore in his twenty-third year. As
Prince of Wied he would have attracted
little attention in European court cir
cles; as the consort of Queen Wilhelm.
ina he will be the first gentlemanin the
kingdom of Holland. Only the Queen
herself will takeprecedence of him, and
his place will be beside her at all oourt
and other official ceremonies. Hewill' Dl
share her income, and his children
.will inherit her throne. In a word he
will occupy in Holland the same posi
tion that Prince Albe: .ocoupied in
England as consort to Queen Victoria.
"Pausing the other day at a push
eart standing by the sidewalk to buy
an apple,' said Mr. Nobbleton, "I
dropped a niokel, which fell between
the curb and the wheel of the cart, an
inonrveaient place from which to re m.
cover it. As Istooped toplok it up,
the veador said: 'Don't,' and
hapdedme a nickel from his own
pocket. He would pick it up."-New
York Sun.
Japanese air cushionsare made of
paper and cotton, take up,when empty
no more room than a pair of gloves; U
and cost only one-third as much as
rubber oulShions,
Is caused by acid In the blood. Hood's
Sarsaparilla neutralizes this acid and cures
the aches and pains. Do not suffer any,
longer when a remedy is at hand. Take
the great medicine which has cured so mano
others, and you may confldently expect it
will give you the reliet you so much desire
Hood's Sarsaparilla
s18 Amer ca's Greatest Medicine. Price =l
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Hood's Pills cure sick headache. 3c
One Verse of Poetry Paid for Robbie
Burns' Dinner.
Here is a story told of Robert Burns
t in his youth: Burns was living in the
town of Ayr, and, though still young,
had attained more than a local reputa
tion as a poet. One day he was pass
r ing through the main street of the
Stown and saw two strangers sitting at
3 one of the inn windows. With idle
curiosity he stopped to look at them.
Seeing him, and thinking that the
rustic might afford them some amuse.
ment while waiting, the strangers call
ed him in and asked him to dine with
them. Burns readily accepted the in
vitation and proved a merry, entertain
ing guest. When dinner was nearly
finished the strangers suggested that
each should try his hand at verse mak
ing, and that the one who failed to
write a rhyme should pay for the din
ner. They felt secure in their chal
lenge, believing that their rustic guest
would pay for the meal. The rhymes
were read and Burns read the follow
ing: "I, Johnny Peep, saw two sheep:
two sheep saw me. Half a crown apiece
will pay for their fleece, and I, Johnny
Peep, go free." The strangers' aston
ishment was great, and they both ex- i"
claimed: "Who are you? You must be
Robbie Burns."
The Savage Bachelor.
"They say," said the scientiflq
boarder, "that microbes are the cause
of baldness." "I've said a good many
means things about wives," said the
Savage Bachelor, "but I never called
them microbes."-Indianapolis Jour-<
These Grateful Women Who Have:,
Been Helped by Mrs. Pinkham.
Women who have suffered severelyg
and been relieved of their ills by Mrs.
Pinkham's advice and medicine arOt
constantly urging publication of their
statements for the benefit of other wo,
men Here are two such letters:
Mrs. LIZZIE BEVERLY, 258 Merrimaso
St., Lowell, Mass., writes:
" It affords me great pleasure to tell:'
all suffering women of the benefitIhave
received from taking Lydia E. Pink :
ham's Vegetable Compound. Icanhard
ly findwords toexpressmygratitudefor
what she has done for me. My trouble:
was ulceration of the womb. I was tin
der the doctor's care. Upon examinae
tion he found fifteen very large ulcer, e
but he failed todome good. I took set*.
eralbottlesof Lydia E. Pinkham's Vege*$
table Compound, also used the Sanative
Wash, and am cured. Mrs. Pinkhansm'
medicine saved my life, and I wond '
recommend it to all suffering women.'
Mrs. Anos TBOMBLEAY, Ellenburgh
Ctr., N. Y.. writes:
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was born, causing me to have mi
legs, and was sick in bed for' eight-,
weeks. Doctors did me no good.. I
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benefit she had derived from taking
Lydia E. Pinkham's medicine, and ad
vised me to try it. I did so, and ba4
takeu only half a bottle before I 1
able to sit in a chair. After akn
three bottles I could do my own work`.
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