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HE 8EDALIA "WEEKLY BAEGG. JLLT 22, 1890.
DEACON DINWIDDIE. The Old Gentleman Leaves Bos ton and Takes a Trip on the St. Lawrence. Me Goos Boat Biding, With a Beautiful Young Lady for His Companion. He Catches Fish, Entertains the Deaconesses and Has a Good Time Generally. Thousand Islands, St. Lawrence "River, July 5, 1890. I left Boston, June 28 for Clare mont, K. H., about 150 miles distant, where I arrived that evening. I here called upon Capt. H. C. Fny, editor jf the National Eagle, a weekly pa per published in an inland town of ,000 sous. Capt Fay s a practical printer, with whom I learned to set tvpe and run a paper forty years ago. It was -quite a treat to visit one who was kind, patient and indulgent to a homeless boy, endeavoring tj master the art pr. .-'vative of all ar . He and his pood wife greeted me almost as cordially as one of their own in, and I s? ent the Sabbath at CAPT. H. C. FAY. their beautiful home, situated in a very picturesque locality near the Connecticut river. THE FITCHBURG RAILROAD. (J. K. Watson, general passenger agent.) On leaving Boston I took the Pitchburg railroad, one of the finest -equipped and excellent tracked roads in any country. Remarkable speed was made, and as the train sped over the country it was abundantly patron ized at the different stations, which were quite frequent. This was on the main line of the road, which runs to Troy, N. Y., and is the "Hoosac Tun nel Koute," known in the west quite familiarly and favorably. THE CHESHIRE RAILROAD. j (F. H. Kingsbury, general ticket agent, Keene, N. H.) At Fitchburg, Mass., I took the Cheshire road, which runs west. It is a small road, i only sixty-four miles long, but is like st the balance of the roads in this country the very best and runs through the granite region, where great quantities of this beautiful stone :are quarried and shipped to cities for building and paving purposes. AT BELLOWS FALLS I encountered the Central Yermont railroad. (S. W. Cummings, general passenger agent, St. Albans, Vt.) This is a great railroad system, ex tending through the state from eat to west, and to Ogdensburg, NewYork, besides the various branches. The route of this road is a marvel of beauty through the valley of the Coanecticut river, winding along the aarrow banks far above the waters of a rushing stream of clear water that is utilized in driving various manufac turing establishments which almost line its banks. The scenery along this line of road is simply grand, with the beautiful Green mountains tower ing far above the triin, their very tops vieing with the clouds as to which should reach the blue canopy of heaven. No westerner can afford to visit the New England states with out taking this route, as the scenery there is in very close competition with the beauty of the mountain ews of theJRio Grande road in Colorado. The equipment of tl e Cheshire road with its great locomotives, comfortably appointed cars, and rock ballasted track makes it a very desirable route. ALIGHT RIDE IN NORTHEFN NEW YOPK. About 6 o'clock p. m., June 30, the "White mountain excursionists, includ ing Mr. and M.s. Stephens, of Columbia-overtook us at Swanton. Ver mont. Their Wagner sleeper was T" coupled to the tram on winch l nan traveled from Essex Junction, Vt., and awav we went, crossing Lake - - v Champlain on trestle, arriving at House Point, New York, at twi light, which means about nine o?clock in this latitude. This point was 114 miles from our destination that night, Ogdeusburg, N. Y., and our train over one hour behind schedule time. Such running as that engineer did 1 A mile a min ute, much of the time, through the darkness, with a large train load of excursionists, each watching the fences and telegraph poles, which could hardly be counted. Mack, of San dusky, a thorough, candid, devoted and reliable Sunday school teacher, sat beside your own deacon, perfectly resigned to the speed of the train and his pending fate. SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST. Said he, as he slapped Ed Stephens on the shoulder and nudged Deacon Dinwiddie in the short ribs : "We are safe and I know it." This road is part of the Central Vermont system and is just as good, if not a little better, than the balance. The Ohio excursionists bade us good night at Norwood, twenty-five mile3 distant from Ogdensburg. They were there coupled to a train on the Home, Watertown and Ogdensburg road, and away they went toward Niagara Falls, where they were due at 7 o'clock the morning or July 1. Mr. and Mrs. Stephens and the writer arrived at Ogdensburg five minutes before midnight, on time, that engine driver having made up the time ; and Stephens' hair, which "stood up" during the ride, was three days in getting down, or in its normal condition. We registered at the Sey more house and asked for rooms. The night clerk at that hotel was the dumbest bocby I ever met behind a hotel counter. He knew little or nothing about the trains or boats to leave the next morning, and it is a question whether "his mother knew he was out" or not. He had the con ventional red necktie, and a bosus dia mond as large as a skillet. I hope he will improve by the time he gets as baldheaded as I am. THE THOUSAND ISLAND3. The next morning we took a boat on the St. Lawrence river and arrived at the far famed Thousand Islauds about one o'clock p. m. This is a great place, .bond and devoted mothers have their day here, and old maids have two afternoons and several nights. A perfect sea of water, a forest of foliage and shrubbery, a village of cot tages, and an archipellago all in one. We took dinner at the Crossmore house. It will accommodate 500 guests and is a great resort for pleasure seekers. In the dining room we found white help. They had gentlemanly bearing and intellectual faces. They are all, with the exception of the head waiter, col lege students, earning the wherewith, during Tacation, to pursue their stud ies the next term. Afer dinner we boarded another steamer and landed at Clayton, eight miles distant, passing some beautiful places on islands, among which was "Castle Rest, owned by Geo. M. Pullman, of Pullman Palace Car Fame one who is a real benefactor to the traveling public. His two daughters of Chi cago, and much esteemed and venera ble mother, arrived here from New York several days ago and are enjoy ing the quiet and rest of her son's palatial island home, where she is surrounded by every comfort that wealth and loving children can sug gest. On August 12th, next, she will celebrate her 82nd birthday. Her son, Rev. R. H. Pullman, of Balti more, 13 also at the Islands. There are a hundred more cottages on the many islands up the river, and while not as imposing as Pullman's, they show outward comfort and ex hibitions of architectural skill that are lovely in the extreme. GREW WEARr OF "WATTING Among the voung men who acted w as waiters in one of the hotels on the river was a voung man from Trov, who came up to the Thousand Islands to get experience in tbat line. His parents are wealthy and would cer tainly have raised serious objections to such a proceeding, had he not in formed them that he was head clerk in a larere hotel. But the voung man tired m a few davs oi the lite or a waiter and to-day neglected his duties to such an extent as to meet with dis charge. He left the dining-room, doffed his waiter's garments, dressed himself in a neat, stylish suit, regis tered and went ia to dine. He wmed after he dined and the wine was charged up to him, when his identity was discovered. The gossips are all agog over the little lark or a rich man's son. A FISHING EXCURSION. On the morning of July 2, Mr. and Mrs. Stephens in a boat with an oarL man, and the deacon with a young lady in another boat, started for a fishing excursion. Stephens S3id: "If T pnn nnlv orftt some fish I will florreeto tarry at the Islands several days." At noon we janaea on an lsiana auu IpnrnpH t.hflt. MrL StenhfiTIR had ftftlipht WMX " JT m O" tit tip. "haw and nerch. wliilft Mr. Stenh- ens had secured five fish and four ! "nihWiaa " OT in thf nfhav Knfc had some eight or ten of the choice finny ones. The fisherman here not only know3 where and how to get the piscatorial prey, but he knows as well how to cook and serve them when he has landed bis party in some secluded nook for the dinner, fit for the best, for Peter Pehl, never served a more palatable meal. After we had landed from the inner depths of the boats came forth a surprising array of cooking utensils, and even a foldmg table and camp stools to match were forthcoming. Fish are dressed and cooked,coffee made, pickles, cold meats, bread, potatoes and minor sorts of condiments, not neglecting, if you please, a bottle of "comfort stolen in by Deacon Dmwiddie, were produced, A dinner like this serves to prolong life and make the world look brighter. We lounged on the beautiful lawn, under the shade of the sugar tree, for an hour and then made anoth er raid on the fin ny tribe, and at night it was found Mhat Mrs. Steph ens had led the f party in the num bers caught and goodness of their SIMEON DINWIDDIE. kind. The next morning Stephens was up with the lark and engaging the larder for the day. This day, all went up the river, and again we had a fine diu ner on the roek-bound shore of an island. We quit fishing at 2:30 p. m. and returned to the hotel. Mrs. Stephens caught nineteen, while Mr. Stephens succeeded in capturing only seven, and all the evening he was telling how "we caught twenty-six." Deacon Dinwiddie does not luxuri ate in telling "fish stories" like Col. Stephens, hence will not tell what a wonderful "catch" the fisherman and fisherwoman in the other boat made. THE NEW ISLAND WANDERER. At three o'clock our party boarded the above named steamer for a trip of forty miles among the islands, going up on the American side and going down on the Canadian side, through the "lost channel," touching at Gananoque, a busy and picturesque Canadian tuwnj then on through amaze of apparently impassible channels, emerging into open water again near Westminster park, nearly opposite Alexauder Bay, returning to Clayton through a group of islands crowned with beautiful and costly villas, touching at other resorts before reaching the place of starting a two and one-half hours' trip, during which we were greeted from botli shores with the waving of handker chiefs by the ladies and gentlemen and the hilarious shouts of happy child ren. Such is only two days' pleasure at this famous resort, and the one hundredth part i3 only mi .! seen. ne oeauties or mis piace are indescribable. Life is not worth clinging to unless thi3 place is visited ; then one will cling to it, to come again. WESTMINSTER PARK. This is a resort on Wells Island, organized and improved by the Pres byterians. I visited this place and stopped at the hotel kept by H. F. Inglehart. It is reached bv a steamer run by Capt. Daniel J. .frames, who visited Sedalia two years ago. The captain is a safe mariner and bears the cognomen of "Old Skipper" hon orably and successfully. lhe urban ity and polish he employs as he hands off and on his prettv cratt the old ladies and pretty maidens, is wonder ful to behold, and none would ever suspect that he was the ancient hay seed who was an elderly companion of Deacon Dinwiddie in his boyhood days. feefore I visited this famous ecclesi astical resort, I made Capt. Eames promise that he would introduce me to the deaconesses and all others on the isand as a plain matter-of-fact deacon of the Methodist church, tearing the people would take me for a Presby terian preacher. Then my embarrassment would have been great. Through the kindness ot Uaptam Eames I passed the ordeal very well, only a few old ladies would insist on calling me "Brother Dinwiddie. Westminster park was established as a summer christain home for the Presbyterians, and other people of like tastes and culture could find a safe retreat from the care3 and perplexities of business and where they could bring their families and feel that they were safe from the baneful influences that usually lurk around the fashion able summer resort3. The air i3 cool here and heavily charged with ozone. . THE HAMMOCK On beautiful grass lawns, with a wealth of shade in secluded nooks or side hills, hammocks do their full duty for rest and pleasure. The hammock has much to answer for. 4 , It has dfivftlnnfid'- front ' lot of m&mm strings into a patent factor in mid summer social joys. A summer bereft of a hammock would be to the American lad and lass a dreary and unromantic period. Given a good article of moonlight and a hammock big enough for two, and there is no combination which will more rapidly and thoroughly ad vance the cause of Cupid and bring about the lighting of Hymen's torch. Between the moon and the ham mock there i3 a certain analogy. A young moon i3 very like a hammock, and when Luna appears in the west, her crescent apparently swung be tween two invisib'e tree3 and fastened with a pair of bright stars, the anal ogy is complete. One can readily fancy an angel swaying in the celes tial hammock, which i3 said also to contain a man. And the idea is so apt to fix itself in the mind of the ar dent mortal who gazes westward that his first impulse is to get a hammock and an earthly angel of his own, and then to sway joyously to the rhythm of two hearts that beat as one. A s an aid to flirtation it is twin sister to a fan. If a couple ever trust themselves to the support of the same hammock at the same time, whether at West minster park or elsewhere, Cupid has h;s own way thereafter. The pair must of necessity be brought into such sweet proximity that every par ticle of formality and reserve is melted away, into very thin conventionality. HOW THE YOUNG LADIES DRESS. The young ladies and misses dres3 just as near like the boys as they can and preserve the identity of their sex. Woolen shirts; rolling collars, with the rollicking large necktie, tied in a bow knot, the ends fluttering in the breeze ; navy blue skirts ; fair leather shoes, and a cap of some soft, light texture, the front pulled down toward the nose; and when standing still, one loot forward the other, as if brac ing against some impending sudden jar such is the style here. Alto gether, their make up is jaunty, rav ishing, becoming and supremely lovely. (Boquets not expected by the writer.) JONAH AND THE WHALE. "Fish stories' are now ripe and are being harvested. The crop is un usually goad. The other day E. W. Stephens, of Columbia, was telling how "we caught twenty-six at one seance." The Kev. Dr. Hillman, an eminent Baptist divine, ofNew York, whose hair is white with the baptism of many years, overhearing Stephens, said : ltI caught fifty (?J to-day and returned before five o'clock all black bass, the lightest weighing about two and one-half pounds." Although no more a thoughtless youth, It's folly lo be wishing That he will reverence the traih When just returned from fishiag. Stephens turned his head away, venturing a casual remark as to what the weather would be in Missouri on July 4. Later he said : "The Baptists are a little better all-around truth tellers than others." That night Dr. Hillman and Stephens went to a Bap tist prayer meeting in the village of Clayton, where, I reckon, they evened up the fish stories 5 i some manner or way that was in accordance with the practices and f- :lings of the Bap tists. I noticed one thing, subse quently, that Dr. Hillman and Stephens told no more fishing yarns to each other, but each talked on that subject to outsiders. HOW TO BEACH HERE. There is but one all-rail practical route to the Thousand Islands, and that is by the Rome, Watertown and Ogdenburg railroad. (Theodore But terfield, general passenger agent, Os wego, JST. Y.) The pleasure-seeke. s in going from St. Louis can take the Vandalia route (J. M. Chesbrough, assistant general passenger agent.) for New York City, thence to TJtica, N. Y., where you strike the R.t W. & O. railroad This brings you within three hours' ride of the greatest ofpeasure resorts. Another route from St. Louis is via the Wabash railway (F. Chandler, passenger agent, St. Louis) to Detroit, thence east on the Michigan Central, a grand road, with O. W. Ruggles, Chicago, as general passenger agent. A six hours' run from Detroit wid bring you to to Niagara Falls, where you can connect with the Rome, Watertown and Ogdensburg railroad direct for the Thousand Island?, distant about seven hours' ride. At tb9 Falls pas sengers have ample time to view this wonderful place, which can be seen by no other road to the Thousand Islands. This latter road is furnished with iU the modern comforts of traveling. Its roadbed rrns along tie banks of Lake Ontario and through a pictuiesque country, noted for its beautiful land scape and pretty cities and vilhges, Lawrance river. In my next I will tell you more of river life its joys, sorrows unknown, and what can be seen at this Ameri can Venice. Smeon Dinwiddie, Deacon, A STKANGE BURIAL. Explosion of a Coffin at Midnight at South Fork. Strange Scenes Witnessed by "Watchers" ever the Dead Hasty Funeral at Dead of Night. One of the most singular burials, which was performed under the most peculiar and wierd circumstances, took place at Spring Fork, some fif teen miles distant from this city, at an early hour a week ago yesterday. Among the early settlers of this, Pettis county, were a young German by the name of John V. Peterson and his wife. They lccited in the south ern part of the county, near Spring Fork. They were industrious and frugal and prospered, accumulating many acres of land and storing away a good bank account. On last Thursday one week ago Mr3. Peterson, after nearly reach ing the allotted three score and ten years died with dropsy. When a girl Mrs. Peterson was slim and sup pie, as graceful a maiden as ever be came a bride, but as years passed on she grew in flesh and at the time of her death was a remarkably large wo m an, weighing nearly 300 pounds. Immediately after Mrs. Peterson had passed from thi3 world into an other, arrangements were made for the funeral. The largest casket to be procured in this city was the exact measurement required, at the time of death, but as it was not delivered until Friday morning, the corpse had swo len so much that it was crowded into the too narrow case with much difficul ty. The lid was then screwed down and the remains left in that condition for burial. As ice could not be procured the course taken was considered the wisest under the circumstances. The funeral services were set for Saturday afternoon and, as is custom ary, a number of neighbors acted as "watchers" on Friday night. Just as the stillness of midnight was ap proaching, the watchers were startled by a loud report in the parlor of the mansion where the coffin had been placed. The women screamed and ran out of the house but the men plucked up enough courage to go, or rather attempt to go, into the parlor. Of necessity thev baited at the door, lhe scene presented was a most hor rible one. The gases of the body bad accumulated within the ( casket until their force, like pent-up steam witkm a boiler with no safety- valve, burst the glasa over the face and bosom of Mrs. Peterson. So ter rific was the explosion that the body was shot forward and upward, the head of the corpse protruding from the coffin. The men in the hallway haled in alarm they were stricken with a paDic, yet not one of them could command strength enough to fly. Tbey did not stand in the door way long. A vaporh h cloud quickly filled the half-lighted parlor, and it was laden with the rankest of putrid odors. Then the men fled to the din ing room and sent for John Peterson. He had been trying to sleep in a gar ret chamber but the hot sultry weath er had kept him awake. He heard the explosion, and, after dressing himselt, met the messenger on the stairway. A consultation was held and it was decided that owing to the putrid con dition of the remains of the deceased that the burial should take place at once. A half a dczen of the male "watchers" agreed to dig a grave in the garden plat, near the house, while the others attended to the other de tails of the burial. The grave having been prepared the coffin was carried to the burial place and strong ropes were placed under the casket. Just as the coffin was being lowered one of the assistants let go of his end of the rope. This threw the weight at I the head ot the comn and the ropes were jerked from the hands of the men stationed there. The coffin fell with great force, head down, and was burst to pieces. Another consultation was held and it was decided to fill up the grave at once without waiting for another casket. It was evidently the best they could do under the circum stances. Certainly, Give Ser a Bin?. A correspondent at Beaman wants to know if it is still fashionable to giye a young lady an engagement ring a3 soon as the timid but loving ''vf biut - the bargain. The Bazoo unhesituciuly answers that it is just the proper caper. The girl won't VinV. It is hio-hlv nrm-ier tn nrpsfint. I 0 1 C JL " I the young lady w.'th the engagement xing at any tme when you are alone with her, whether it happens to be her birihoV-or not. Being engaged to marry h , it would not be out of place to give her a gentle kiss in addi tion as a birthday gift. It is not nec-c-sary to. hire a hall for this occasion. A GRAND SCOOP OF AT Messeriy&Meuschke's Every vestige of merchant dise pertaining to warm sea son will he cleared out re gardless of value. THIS WEEK. Lawns must go. Challies must go. White Goods must go. Gloves and Mitts must go. Parasols and Fans must go. Summer Dress Goods of all kinds must go. PROFITS WILL SO, Be on hand Monday morn ing and see how 'twill be done and help to close out summer goods and be benefit ed. Excursion rates to all de partments of our store. Messeriy k Meuschke 3 NO. 232, H.W.G0I.QU0il'(MSt8. N. B. Our store will he closed during the hot weather at 6 o'clock p. m. excepting the I4th, 15th, 16th, 17th and Saturdays. TURLINGTON'S CASE SET. The Trial Will Commence at Boonville Monday Next Hensley's Continued. Boonville, Mo,, July 17. Special. J In the circuit court of Cooper county, this morning, the case f th State vs. JohnO. Turlington, charged with the murder of Sheriff Thomas C. Cranmer, was set by Judge Ed wards for trial on Monday next. The case against Hensley will not come up this term of court. Judge W. S. Shirk will defend both prisoners. FOUND IN THE WOODS. A Missing Man Shot Dead and His Throat Cut. DeSoto,Mo., July 17. News reach ed here yesterday of the finding of the body of the missing man, JB. B. Day, who disappeared from Mineral Point some time since. The body was found in the woods within a mile of the place where Day was to take dinner on the day of his death. A bullet hole was found in his head and his throat had been cut. Definite partic ulars cann not be obtained to-night. Health Improving. Dr. Mills, of Lougwood, says the condition of J. P. Kemp, democratic candidate for sheriff, is rapidly im proving and that he will soon be able to be out and attending to business,, all reports contrary, notwithstanding. For the cure of the inflamation and congestion called "a cold in the head" there is more potency in Ely's Cream Balm than in anything it is possible to prescribe. This prepar ation has for years past been making a brilliant success as a remedy for cold in the head catarrh and hay fever. Used in the initial stages of these complaints Cream Balm pre vents any serious development of the symtoms, while almost numberles cases are on record of radical cures of chronic catarrh, after all other mode of treatment have failed, Ml WW