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ISEHTIIimNGlN-v-MEsSENGISR FRIDAY, JBIiY 26, 1S87
BOWSER HAS SCHEME
iFinds Man Who Has Invented
Way' to Reduce Coal Bills.
MAKES A TEST IN FURNACE.
Formula Fails to Bring About tfc De
irod Result, and" Experiment Ends
In a FiaKt Mra. B. Tries to Console
Copyright, 1907, by Homer Sprague.
At 2 o'clock the other afternoon a
strange man called at the Bowser
house and asked If he was home yet
and when answered In the negative
said that he had an appointment with
him for that hour and would wait.
While he sat down on the front steps
Mrs. Dowser cudgeled her brains as to
what he might want. He was a long,
lean, lank and solemn looking man.
He seemed a man who had been dis
appointed In the world and had lost all
hope. She couldn't think he was a man
who had a covr or a balloon to sell.
The mystery had lasted only a quar
ter of an hour, when Mr. Dowser came
home. He was walking fast and had a
business air about him. After saying
a few words to the man on the steps
he entered the house, and of course
Mrs. Dowser asked him what was go
ing to happen.
"The man out on the steps Is a Mr.
Rasher," he replied. "I have been talk
ing with him all the forenoon. He is
the man who Invented the 'catch any
thing' trap. It will catch anything
from a bug to an elephant, and the
man who beat him out of his patent
has ma a m'il'.oii dollars rvit of it."
"Is that why h l o down in the
mouth V" ask.xl Mrs. Dowser.
Hi Was sn Inventor.
"That ;n:.l other things. Ho is the
inventor of the double ended nursing
bottle for twins. lie brought out the
machine to throw cats off the fence.
A SORT OP EXPLOSION BLEW THE FURNACE
lie invented pasteboard soles for shoes,
and all in all he has brought out a
dozen good things. He has trusted
men, and they have robbed him of the
fruits of his labor."
"And has he now invented an India
rubber barrel or something else he
wants you to take up with him?"
"Don't try to be sarcastic at this ear
ly stage of the game. Mr. Rasher drop
ped into the office this morning to see
me on business. From the first in
stant he set eyes on me he felt that he
could trust me. As he told me later I
hare a frank and innocent counte
nance that is an index of ray soul.
After we had talked for an hour he
told me that he was the inventor of a
patent fuel that is going to make mil
lions of dollars for some one."
"But there are half a dozen men
making the same claim," protested
Mrs. Bowser, "and as far as we know
nothing great has come of it."
"Never you mind about the half doz
en men and their claims. Their names
are not Rasher. This man knows what
he is about. "When he says that he
has a fuel that is going to revolution
ize the world and drive 10,000 coal
dealers to suicide you can get ready
for something to happen. What he
wants is money enough to get this
patent. He wr.nts me to advance the
amount and will give me half his
rights. I am not to advance a cent un
til after I have satisfied myself that
the fuel is all right. Have yon any
fault io find with that arrangement?"
"Why. no. but I hope you will be
thoroughly ratisf.ed before you go into
such a thing."
Considsred Him Honest.
'Certainly I shall. Mrs. Bowser. I
am no ten-year-old boy. I think the
man Is honest and sincere, but I shall
still have an eye on him. If he's
shamming he'll find a man as smart
a -3 he is."
"But how are you going to find out
a bout the fuel?"
"We are going to burn some In the
furnace. It's pretty hot weather, but
I guess we can rtand it for an hour or
so. I shall insist on the severest
Mrs. Bowser thought there might be
something in It and raised no further
objections. She had read that other
were experimenting and why not Mr.
Bowser? While he was getting Into
n old suit of clothes Mr. Rasher dis
appeared for a few minutes. Then a
horse and wagon drove up with three
-or. four bags full of something that
were carried down cellar. Then there
was a mixture. As near as Mr. Bow
ser could determine, for Mr. , Rasher
wasn't giving things away yet, , the
ogs contained. ashes, ts$nd and U me.
J When thejr hsd been mixed together a
and it was dampened with water.
Three or four old boxes were knocked
to place3 and a fire started in the fur
nace, and whep) ttwre,,WJ a good
blaze going the inventor said:
"We will now shovel the mixture In
and yon will see something wonder
ful' The wonderful thing . occurred two
minutes later. A sort of explosion
blew the furnace doer open, and a
great puff of acrid smoke went Coating
all through the bouse. At the same
moment all the fire in the furnace went
out, and Mrs. Bowser called from the
bead of the cellar stairs:
"Mr. Bowser, what on earth is hap
pening down there?"
"Nothing. It was just a back draft
from the furnace, probably by a rat's
nest in the chimney. There is no call
for you to get excited.
"It may be that I didn't get in the
right powder," explained Mr. Rasher
as he peered into the furnace. "Xo; I
think I didn't If you will hand me
$2 I will go and get the other thing."
"But, man, don't you know the prop
er ingredients?" asked Mr. Bowser.
"Haven't you got them written down?"
"No. I might lose the memoranda,
you see. I want to be careful this
time. Being a little excited, I may
have asked for the wrong powder."
He took the money and was gone ten
minutes and then came back with a
five cent packet of Rochelle salts in
his hand and let Mr. Bowser see the
label on it to show that he trusted
him. Ho didn'.t return the change
from the bill. The fire was rekindled,
the salts sprinkled on the heap, and
after ten minutes a shovelful of the
mixture was dumped in, with the ob
servation: Must Close AU Drafts.
"We now have sufficient fuel in the
furnace to last for a week. As soon
ai things get re.lhot we must close all
Vnt. things dirt not get redhot. There
was a sputtering and a stewing inside
the fu"naee for two or three minutes,
and then there seemed to be nothing
further doing. Mr. Bowser and Mr.
Rasher Sat on their boxes in silence
and expectation, and the gas meter ut
tered a sort of Avail and registered an
other 500 feet. Finally the inventor
arose, tiptoed over to the furnace and
opened the door.
All inside was blackness and dark
ness. There was no redhotness not
by a jugful.
"The thing don't seem to pan out,"
said Mr. Bowser in hard tones.
"Xo, but I see the reason. I should
have burned a certain powder to clear
the flues of dust first. In my haste
and anxiety I forgot that. If you will
give me $3 I will run over to the drug
"What's the name of the powder?"
"Excuse me, but I will tell you later
on. Once tuo aust is out or me lu
i11 will be well. You might be shaking
the stuff out while I am gone."
Mr. Bowser gave up grudgingly. He
was losing faith in Mr. Rasher and
dreading Mrs. Bowser's words and
looks. The inventor departed, visited
the drug store and a saloon and re
turned after awhile with a lump of
something in his hand.
"I thought you went for powder?"
queried Mr. Bowser.
Meant a Lump.
"Did I say powder? I often say that
when I mean lump. We will be all
"Isn't there some change coming to
believe so, but I can't stop just
In with your paper and kin-
When a fire had been lighted once
more the powder was thrown in, and
the men stood back. They needn't
have done ro. That lump of something
v. as only chalk and had no idea of ex
t ;o.l::ii. After two minutes some more
of thi patent fuel was shoveled in
;::'l Mr. Ilasher smiled and said:
There won't be any more disap
nol".i:rt':t?. Hear the furnace roar?"
LVj . there was no roar.
a rw.v.id lilio a I
an woman frying
le.-Vii ba?o:: over
a t orncob lire, and
then there v..: a rT:;sr r.nd all was
is t;1M :'s: thr- yvr.r. Mr. Bowser look
el into the furnace to find the same
old blackness. As be turned to ask Mr.
Raslver what in ! ! ! ! he meant
bv ' ! ! ! the inventor made for
the stairs. There was a yell, and, Mr.
Bowser made after him. The fleeing
man ran through the kitchen hall and
out of the area crate, but before
could leap the front gate Mr. Bowser
caught him. Fifteen minutes later as
Mrs. Bowser was putting salve on a
skiiined nose and washing a bitten ear
she quietly observed:
"Never mind, dear. You have got a
shovelful of sand and lime left down
cellar, and we will try and get along
some way until you can invest m u.
new burglar alarm and make $1,000,
000." M. QUAD.
Can't Always Tell.
She i thought you said nothing
would ever come between us?
H Well, you can't tell what may
happen on a pinch. Optical Review.
NO , SUMMER, THAT . TEAK.
The year 1816 was known through
out the United States and Europe as
the coldest ever known by any person
There are persons in Northern New
York who have been in the habit ot
keeping diaries for years, and it is
from the pages of an old diary begun
In 1810 and kept unbroken until' 1840
that the following information regard
ing the year without a summer ha3
January was so mild that most per
sons allowed their fires to go out -ind
did not burn wood except for cooking.
There were a few cold days, but they
ruar ywas cold. Some days were cold
air was warm and spring like. Feb
uary was cold. Some days were colder
cr than in January, but the weather
was about the same.
March from the first to the 6th was
inclined to be windy. It came in like
a small lion and went out like an in-
; nocent sheep.
April came in warm but as the days
grew longer, the air became colder
an dthe first of May there was a
temperature like that of winter, with
plenty of snow and ice.
In May the young buds were frozen
dead, ice formed half an inch thick
on ponds and rivers, corn was killed,
and the cornfields were plante adgain
and again until it became too late to
raise a crop. By the last of May the
trees in this climate are usually in
eaf and birds and flowers are plenti
When the last of May arrived in
1816 everything had been killed by the
June was the coldest month of roses
ever witnessed in this latitude. Frost
and ice common as buttercups general
al are. Almost every green thing was
killed;. all fruit was destroyed.
Snow fell ten inches deep in Vermont.
There was a 7-inch fall in the interior
of New York state, and the same, in
Massachusettes. There were only a
few moderately warm days. Every
body looked, longed and waited for
warm weather,, but warm weamer did
It was also dry; very little rain fell.
All summer long the wind blew stead
ily from the north in blasts, laden with
snow and ice. Mothers knit socks of
double thickness for their children and
made thick mittens.
Planting and shivering was dne to
gether and farmers who worked out
their taxes on the roads wore over
coats and mittens.
On July 17 there was a heavy fall
A Vermont farmer sent a flock of
sheep to pasture on June 1C. The
morning of the 17th dawned with the
thermometer below the freezing point.
About 9 o'clock in the morning the
owner of the sheep started to look
for his flock. Before leaving home he
turned and said to his wife joking
"Better start the neighbors soon; it's
the middle of June and I may get lost
in the snow."
An hour after he had left home a
terrible snow storm came up. The
snow fell thick and fast, and, as there
was so much wind, the fleecy masses
piled up in great drifts along the wind
ward side of the fences and out-build
Night came and the farmer had not
been heard of.
His wife became frightened and
alarmed the neighborhood. All the
neighbors joined the seaching party.
On the third day they found him. He
was lying in a hollow on the hill side
with both feet frozen; he was half
covered with snow but still alive.
Most of the sheep were lost.
A farmer near Tewksbury, Vermont,
owned a large field of corn. He built
Nearly every night he and his men
took turns in keeping up the fires and
watching that the corn did not
The farmer was awarded for his
tireless labors by having the only crop
of corn in the region.
July came with snow and ice. On
the 4th of July ice was as thick as
window glass formed throughout New
England, . .ew York, and in some parts
Indian corn which in some parts or
the east had struggled through May
and June, gave up froze and died.
To the suprise of everybody August
proved the worst month of all . Almost
every green thing in this country
and Europe was blasted with frost.
Snow fell at Barnet, 30 miles from
London, England, on August 30.
Newspapers received from England
stated that 1816 would be remembered
as the year in which there was no
Very little rorn ripened in New Eng
land. There was great privation and thous
ands of persons would have perish
ed in this country had it not been for
the abundance of fish and wild game.
Danbury (Conn.) News.
GOVERNOR GLENN'S NEXT MOVE
ON THE S ENATORS HIP
That is Governor' Glenn's idea now,
state prohibition. It is a well known
fact that he is still anxious to be Unit
ed States senator and if the next legis
lature should be composed of mem
bers, the majority of whom stand with
the governor on this question, a gen
eral election for all the state will prob
ably be called, or a state law passed
without submitting the question to
Organ editors ought to see their op
portunity and get in on the ground
floor so as to be able to throw some
boquets at themselves when the dis
pensary and saloon have been put o:u
of business Durham Herald.
CASTOR I A
For Infants and Children. '
Iba Kind Yoa Have Ataajs Btrcgbt
, AN ASTUTE ADVERTISER.
' Tke tragic death, of 2Ir. Whitley of
Loodoo, who was the head of tfee
largest store In the world, has recall
ed to old fxie&ds various Incidents In
Mr. Whitley, advertised bis store as
a "Universal pro rider."
He claimed that he could furnlsk
anything that was asked from a paper
of pins or needles to an elephant, for
he actually had an zoological garden,
where were many animals for sale.
One day, says the World's Event
Magazine, an old friend called at the
store, one whom Mr. Whitley had not
seen for a long time.
After the usual greetings, the friend,
slapping Mr. Whitley on the shoulder,
"Yoy claim, do you not that your
store is a universal provider?"
"Yes, sir, I do, and I am positive
you cannot ask for anything that !
"I will prove you," said the friend,
"I want a wife."
"That's all right," was the quick re
sponse. "You are in earnest?"
"Surely I am" said the caller
Immediately Mr. Whitley called an
errand boy and said:
"You go to the millinery floor" nam
ing the floor, and tell Miss C. that I
wish her to report at my office at
Miss C. came, and the merchant in
troduced her to his friend, and said to
the young lady:
"This man has come here for a wife
and I recommended you. To my knowl
edee he is a eood man and rich. Will
you marry him?"
Miss C was greatly surprised and af
ter a little talk asked for a few days
to consider and make more acquaint
ance with the gentleman.
The couple was married within a
week and so far as the world knows
they are living happily in London.
If they are not happy they keep It
Before the store was ready thede
was much speculation as to its seccess
Upon the opening day Mr. Whitley
was on the alert to see who would be
his first customer.
A lady, passed middle age, was the
first. She bought some choice goods
taking tliem with her, as she wished
her mantua maker to have them quick
She had paid for her goods and was
ready to leave the store when Mr.
Whitley stepped to her side and
"You are my. first customer acd 1
would like to have your name and ad
dress for I wish to send you a pres
ent," She thanked him, told him her name
and address , and asked:
"Am I, then the first buyer in this
great undertaking? Let us pray."
She knelt just where she had s'ood
as did the astonished clerks that were
nearby and Mr. Whitley. In a few
earnest words she asked God's bless
ing upon them all
Each year, as long as the woman
lived, when Mr. Whitley celebrated the
anniversary of the opening ot his store
he remembered his first customer with
a suitable gift. Philadelphia Ledger.
COMMITTED TO HOKE SMITH
"I remember so well once when Joe
Blackburn anl I were on the same com -mittee,"
said Senator P. "It was dur
ing the democratic administration, and
there had been a good deal of bother
trying to get the secretary of agricul
ture to agree to a certain thing, and
Blackburn had been sent to talk him
over to the committee's plan, in fact
the whole cabinet had been difficult to
"When Joe came back several of us
were assembled in the committee room
among us who was Senator Vest, who
was sunk dejectedly into the depth of
an armchair. Some one asked:
" 'Well, Joe did you succeed? "
'"Succeedr he echoed. Then he bs
gan tramping up and down, fuming
and fussing. Finally he broke out:
" 'Of al lthe obstinate things in the
shape of a cabinet officer I ever en
countered, commend me to J. Sterl
ing Morton! Don't you agree with lie,
"Vest roused up slowly and answer
ed: "'I'm sorry Joe, but I am commit
ted to Hoke Smith.' "Durham Her
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It. send nraty-ve cents in
Baltimore, aid. "
aai a botfie wiU be mailed yo. ,
and yon will
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