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6/>e MIRROR A Published Weekly ‘‘jjT* Minnesota.<2>ta.te Vol. XXI.—No. 46. Joshua peters* s*Wero. There were few people in the beauti ful little city of M who had a worse reputation than Joshua Peters. He was a lazy, good-for-nothing sort of chap whose personal appearance aroused nothing but contempt. Oc casionally he would go to work, but he never kept at it very long. Everybody called him “Josh,” because he was so out of tune with his surroundings, and looked so trampish and was so un communicative. Whenever anything was stolen, Josh was always to be the first one suspected of committing the deed. • The night the hardware store was burgalized of several hundred dollars’ worth of cutlery, the officers at once proceeded to Mr. Peters’ house and made a careful search of the premises. They found Josh asleep. On awaken ing him they questioned him closely, but they might just as well have ad dressed their remarks to the battered cook-stove that stood in one corner of the room, as Josh was a 9 little interest ed in their talk as was the vagabond cat that slept under the bed. The of ficers then examined the bed, the floor, and went over the place with a fine tooth comb, but nothing rewarded their eearch. Just over the casing on the Inside of the door they noticed a dou ble row of wißhbones. However, this find shed no light on the missing cut lery, but it furnished a clue that was the undoing of poor Josh. People in the neighborhood of Josh’s home had often missed a chicken or two, but they always attributed their loss to dogs. As Josh never kept any chickens nor was never known to buy any, it did not take the officers very tong to surmise where those wishbones came from. A close watch was kept on Josh’s night movements, and it was not long before he was caught with two fat pullets on his person. The evidence was conclusive. He wa6 held to the grand jury. When his trial took place he made no defense nor even consulted with the attorney the court appointed, but pled guilty and was given a year and six months in prison. Everyone seemed to think that Josh deserved the sentence. They thought that the prison term would put a little ginger into his movements. No one bad a word of sympathy for him, and as far as the city was concerned, it would have displayed the same indif ference if he had been sent to hades for a bucket of water. We shall pass what transpired dur ing his sojourn behind the walls of the peuitentiary. When he returned he was the same shiftless, unconcerned chap as formerly. The feeling against bim was more intensified than before, for he now had the brand of ex-con vict suffixed to his unsavory reputa tion. Josh was not a vicious character by any means. His wants were few, and he eat the poorest of fare. Per haps it was his self-sufficiency that gritted on the peoples’ nerves, for he possessed nothing and only earned enough to supply his frugal wants. It is true that he occasionally “bor rowed” one of his neighbor’s chickens, but this was no sign that be was mor ally depraved. He simply lacked am bition—the get-there spirit of the age In which he lived. He knew that no one cared a rap for him, so he lived alone and apart from others. One bright summer day just as the ovening was drawing to a close, the ding-dong of the fire bell disturbed the usual serenity of the peaceful city. Ding-ding-ding it went with frightful rapidity calling the department to the scene of danger. Everywhere men were running in the direction of the fire and asking each other where and what was burning. Occasionally the bell would stop its frightful ringing and slowly toll the number of the ward In which the fire was located, thus di recting the people to the scene of action. The mayor’s house was burn ing and among the first to arrive on the .premises was Josh Peters. He took in the situation at a glance, and was the first to hear the agonizing cry of the mayor’s wife for someone to save her little girl. While others ap peared rooted to the spot speechless with horror, Josh instantly took off his tattered coat, and, holding it in front of him to shield his face in case of necessity, he bravely entered the burn ing dwelling at a bound, the personifi cation of action galvanized into life. When he disappeared thru the door way the crowd gave a tremendous cheer, and then became silent. A few asked those nearby in whispered tones who the man was. On being told that it was Josh Peters, they did not be lieve it and shook their heads sagely. They did not believe he was capable of such supreme heroism. As the sec onds sped into minutes the crowd be came impatient. They thought he had met a horrible death. They shouted for him to hurry and other foolish re marks which he did not hear amid the roaring of the flames. Finally he ap peared with a bundle in his arms. He laid the precious burden in the out stretched arms of the hysterical wom an and then fell forward in a dead faint. The crowd stopped its cheering i for the hero. A dozen men rushed to his aid, among the first being the mayor i and a doctor. They gently turned - poor Josh on his back, and what a i sight he was. His hair and eyebrows were singed off and he was bleeding iu i several places.. When he was revived he was taken to a nearby house and his wounds dressed. The mayor asked him bow he felt and he merely thanked him for his kindness—that was all. “Doctor,” said the mayor in feeling tones, “I want you to spare no expense in taking care of this man. If his eye sight is affected, get the best specialist you can; spare no expense in pulling him thru. Such a splendid act of her oism I have never seen, and it shall be fittingly rewarded. Hereafter, Mr. Peters shall not become the butt of every man’s suspicion and persecution in this town.” The mayor kept his word. When he moved into another house he had Jtsh moved there and he and his wife tended to his wants with loving solicitude during his convalescence. His eye sight was not injured and he improved rapidly. The kindness he received caused him to become more talkative, and he even smiled and played with the little girl he saved from a horrible death. The day Josh walked down town will always be a memorable one in the history of his life. Everybody greeted him kindly. He was not ashamed to look auy man in the face, and he re turned their salutations with zest. Was he not worthy of th6ir admiration? Surely yes, tor what was his past when weighed beside his noble self-sacrific ing deed of saving the child of the highest citizen in the town ? From a social pariah he had become one of the notables of the town. Even the ladies who formerly swished their skirts to one side as he passed, now acknowl edged his greeting. When Josh fully recovered from his injuries the mayor made him his coach man, and he often told his friends that Peters was one of the most faithful men that ever worked for him. One day the mayor asked Josh about those two rows of wishbones which were dis covered over his door, and what was his object in putting them there. Josh laughed uproarously as he recalled the incident. He said: “When mother died we had, twenty-five or thirty chick ens in the back yard but her death made me so heartbroken and melan choly that 1 forgot to feed them. Mother was dear to me and I felt her loss keenly. It was weeks before I recovered from the blow. During that awful time the chickens wandered away and never came back. It was about this time that everybody looked upon me with suspicion and laid all “IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO REND.” STILLWATER, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, MAY 28, 1908. kinds of evil deeds at my door. I be came indifferent and didn’t care a snap for their opinion, altho I was as honest as any man in town. 1 was too despondent to work, so 1 concluded to take a chicken here and there from the neighbors, to even the score as it were. I reasoned that they were rightfully mine. 1 kept the wishbones above the door so as to keep track of the number I had taken, and when 1 had accumu lated twenty-five I intended to stop. Well, I had almost gotten that number together when 1 was caught. You know what happened. The court called it stealing, but 1 did not look at it in that light at the time,” and Josh and the mayor both laughed at the conclusion of the story. “Well, Josh, it is a good thing you became a hero,” said the mayor. An other year or two of the kind of treat ment you had been receiving would have driven you mad. it is a wonder you stood it as long as you did with out hurting some one.” “I admit that I was treated worse than a dog, but my thoughts were so fully centered upon mother’s death that I never considered how badly I was used at the time. I have forgotten the miserable past. Why, 1 can’t even remember whether I enjoyed those chickens.” In the case of Josh Peters the town prophets were ali wrong. Instead of being hung, as they predicted, he be came a hero and joined the ranks of the respectables. X. Some Changes in London. Paper Read Before trie Chautauqua Circle. During the past twelve years London has undergone many and much needed changes. The greatest of these, and the most expensive, were the electrifi cation of underground railways—Met ropolitan and District Railways. As these two systems are mostly under ground you may imagine the pleasant change for patrons by electrification versus the former system, iucidently realize what a wholesome change it has become. In 1896, ere the above changes were contemplated, a new tube railway was started irom the Mansion House to Shepherd’s Bush. Tms was the first electric railway in London, and the consensus of public opinion was that the venture would prove nonpaying. The Tube Railway, or “Two Penny,” as it is termed, is considerably further underground than the Metropolitan and District. There can be but little doubt but that this tube railway ven ture was the beginning of improve ments in locomotion, and led to the changes in the Metropolitan and Dis trict systems. The Tube Railway consists of a double track, as it were, and each track is in a separate tube. The various sta tions are roomy and clean, and fresh air is supplied by hydraulic power. Elevators convey patrons up and down at these stations. The trains are com posed of from four to six corridor coaches, in fact the patronage this rail way received showed the general ap preciation of the superior service ren dered to the public than by the old system. The difficulties encountered by the Metropolitan and District were greater than those which confronted the New Tube Railway. Engineers claimed that anew line the same length as these two railways could have been completed in half the time that was required and would not have cost more. In 1904 the wprk was rapidly pushed and has proved to be what the public needed. As these changes progressed the tramways were gradually modern ized by electricity. And thus electricity has wrought remarkable changes in lieu of the old method of horse cars. London, as Paris, is a great city for buses, and it was an amusing sight to witness the experiments with motor buses. Many kinds of motor buses were tried before a suitable vehicle was found to be adaptable to the needs. It afforded much pleasure to the old style bus drivers to see motor buses stalled and their criticisms were, at times, amusing to spectators. The building of the Tower Bridge was a needed improvement as it re lieved part of the traffic from the Lon don Bridge. The Tower Bridge is termed a double-decker.' When a steamboat or sailiug vessel desires to pass, the street part is raised in two sections from the center by hydraulic power. Pedestrians are taken up in the elevator to the top part and continue on their way, the top being enclosed to prevent persons from accidents or self destruction. As the sides are partly glass, from the top, good views may be obtained of the different docks and the river. And yet, with the Tower Bridge as an accommodation toward traffic, it became necessary to widen the London Bridge. There are now three divisions, each way, (or six altogether) for traffic going over the London Bridge. Again, the Strand has also been widened from the Law Courts to the Criterion Thea tre, aud has bad the required effect, also tends toward beautifyiug one of London’s busiest thoroughfares. The geueral postoffice is again being enlarged to meet present-day require ments. This general postoffice is the largest in the world. On Fleet Street, well known to Loudon-goers, two or three fifteen-story buildings are being erected and other improvements ac complished. The Fire Department has been com pletely remodeled aud brought to a higher standard of efficiency. This remodeling took the County Couucil five years to accomplish—from 1898 to 1903. The embankment electric rail ways have been completed and afford greater convenience to the suburb residents traveling to and from the - city than former methods, t In Whitehall the new War office is a • great improvement over the old one in Pall Mall and shows that architecture art is beautifying Londou. This re minds me of a story connected with the old War office. Iu 1886 the chief of the Engineering Department requisi tioned for material to repair various roads. The requisition was mislaid. Ln 1906 when the fixtures, etc., of the old War ottice were being removed to the new building the old requisition was found and laid on the Chief Engi neer’s desk. He, overlooking the date, signed and sent it to the contractor at Aldershot, who started to haul the ma terial, per requisition, and dump it on a new road before the mistake was de tected —it took twenty years to secure the material. The American who has not visited London during the past twelve years would be greatly surprised at the changes for the better. The Old Bailey has been pulled down and a modern building occupies the site. The new courthouse is more appropriate to the city’s needs than the old one was. St. Saviour’s Cathedral has been repaired; the Lady Chapel was restored and dedicated to the memory of John Harvard, a memorial tribute relative to his founding of the great American university which bears his name. This was accomplished by a party of patri otic Americans, for in this old church John Harvard was baptised. The beautiful memorial window in the chapel was presented by the late Amer ican ambassador to England—Hon. Joseph H. Choate. This memorial token stands forth as a symbol of the high appreciation Americans have for the founder of Harvard University— and should be seen by all Americans who visit London. Charing Cross has been remodeled. A modern building stands where the old station used to be. In Whitehall the numerous changes have beautified the place while establishing Jong felt wants b.v modern improvements. The old Royal Aquarium, tor years one of London’s places of amusement, has disappeared. The ground was pur Tcdus.l si.uoa year, in advance, I CMIVIO..J alx Monthg> 50 cents. chased by the Wesleyans, who are erecting a building for headquarters. In passing along Victoria Street one may note various changes wrought within the past few years. Passing the Army and Navy stores one may turn off of the street, pass up another and soon come to the Romau Catholic Cathedral. This was what the late Cardinal Vaughn strove for during his life. He began the raising of funds to erect this cathedral. When completed it will, no doubt, be the worshipping place for the Catholics of the big city. Passing Victoria Street one comes in full view of the new Victoria station— a huge building of red brick and stone—a credit to the architects ideas, lu the old building amusing scenes were of daily occurrence owing to con« % fusion, or bewilderment, of travelers However, the modern structure has changed the difficulties of former years. Therefore, with the numerous im provements that have taken place during the last twelve years, and the millions expended, a new London seems to have arisen. It always has been a problem for the County Council to find a light for the streets which would prove beneficient in the fog. Electric lights have proved a failure. Gas lights were being used in 1904. If you are not familiar with a Loudon fog, you can not imagine what one is; yoa can scarcely see a foot in front of you. Should anyone invent a light, necessary to such a need, he would be blessed by Londoners. I have only alluded to a few of the principal changes toward improvement, for to be more specific would require more time than our alloted reading time. Rex. The Mighty Fallen. “All men are weak in the presence of temptation. One may think him self strong in absence of sore tempta tion, but he is not strong. He cannot staud alone. The tall oak which tosses its giant branches against the sky appears to be strong when the wind is hushed. The strongest man in the world cannot shake it. A hun dred horses may try their strength against it in vain. But when the tor nado sweeps over the laud the oak bows before the fury of the blast. Its fiber is tried, and it may fail. So it is with strong men who boast of their strength. They are not afraid. They laugh at temptation. This is all very well so long as temptation is ab sent. But let a violent storm of temp tation spring up, and the strong bends before the blast. There are men in the penitentiary today who stood high in respect and confidence of people among whom they lived. No man is a match for temptation unless he seeks and finds strength from above.”— Exchange. The spirit of cheerfulness is some times the result of a happy tempera ment whose nerves have never been disturbed by loss, sickness or calamity. Sometimes it is the abundance of youth still finding a surplus of vigor after the toils of the day. Sometimes it is the expression of character which from the reserves of its own nature and ex perience is able to preserve a cheerful disposition under even the most dis couraging circumstances and face life always with hope and good cheer. Such a character is a strength and a defense not only to him who has it, but to all his associates and to all who feel his influence. They are the watch towers of humanity, whose lights shine thru the dark night of human strug gle and whose word is an inspira tion of hope and encouragement.— Ex. Whenever you see a man in distress recognize in him your fellow man.— Seneca. A good countenance is a letter of recommendation.—Fielding.