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THK 'ABGUS; MONDAY." NOVEMBER 30,
Minkie, a Christmas Story
(Contlnund from Tagre Seven.)
short and said lie had no time for riddlcsas hcihad tccn dreaming' of l"'' ixncle disagree he became, very excited -nd appealed to me
nide a young rabbit when I had induced one to leave his home and
friends, because keepers make a beastly fuss about
these small matters if they hear of them.
"It has the West Strand postmark, 9 a. m.,
Dec. 24," said she, "and this is what he writes:
"Dear Minkie Just arrived from Marseilles, ex-S. S.
Persia. It was enough to freeze Dan's tall off crossing
the channel, but I am glad to be here early, as I can do
- a bit of shopping (being in need of decoration) before 1
run down to Dalq End. I shall be strolling past the
lodge about 6 o'clock and will be delighted if you are
visible. Otherwise we shall meet at church tomorrow
and exchange winks if Grampus is there too. Yours
"P. S. 1 have brought you a pet mongoose.
"That is all."
"Quite enough too. May I ask who 'Grampus'
is?" said her father.
"Ills uncle. Jack depends on him for Im al
lowance, so he has to humor him, but he never agreed with him about
that shooting squabble, you know."
"I know nothing about his views and care less, and I do not wish you
to exchange either post cards or winks with him or any of his name."
"Tom," put in Ham gently, "this is Christmas morning."
"I have not forgotten that, my dear. Nor have I forgotten this
day two years ago, when the other Stanhope ignored my proffered
hand before a dozen of our mutual acquaintances. You hear, Milli
cent ? I have spoken."
"Yes, father, dear, but it is such a pity about the moneroose. And
I had a new word I wanted to surprise Jack with. Christmas picture
post card is such a mouthful, so I intended to call it a Chris-card.
Don't you think that rather neat?"
"I do, but it is not comparable to the neatness with which you
draw a red herring across the scent. Of course if he sends you the
mongoose you may keep it and write a civil note of thanks, but we can
hardly indulge in a close friendship with the nephew when the uncle
cannot find a good word to say for us."
I was that delighted that I scraped Minkie's leg to tell her I was
underneath the table. A mongoose coming to join the family ! What
is a mongoose, anyhow? Has it four legs or two? Can it fight? I
must have murmured my thoughts aloud, because the parrot gave a
screech that made Schwartz jump. '
"Go and hide in the nearest rabbit burrow, little dog," he yelled.
"Run away and bury -yourself with a bone. When that mongoose
turns up he'll chase you into the next parish. Oh, Christopher 1
Aren't we havin' a beano ? Another rum 'ot, please, miss."
I kept my temper. There is no use arguing with a parrot. You
can't get at him, and he has an amazing variety of language at com
mand. But I must state one small point in his favor. If you pay no
heed to his vulgarity and cut out of hi3 talk the silly bits which seem
to please people who wear clothes, he gives one a lot of useful infor
mation, lie will not say a word in a friendly, way, same as I give
even Tibbie the nod if there's a mouse in the kitchen. The best plan'
is to sauce him or sneer at him. Then he flies into a rage and talks
like a book.
"So, Polly," said I, "you shouldn't strain your voice in that fash
ion. It will make your feet ache."
He knew what I meant well enough, because just then he was
nanging head downward from his perch. He reached out and took a grip
of a steel tar in his beak, pretending he had hold of me by the neck.
"If I were you, I'd whitewash my face in the hope that. the mon
goose would not recognize me after the first round," he croaked.
"I believe you are afraid of the thing yourself."
"Say not so, whiskers. Kiss me, mother, kiss your darling. A
full grown mongoose will make you the sickest dog in the British isles.
.Whoop at him, Boxer! Back to him, Bendigo!"
"Evangeline," said Mam, "put the green cloth over that bird. He
grows worse daily, and I cannot make out where he learns so much
cockney slang." . .
Minkie kicked me under the table. She guessed I had been teasing
him. At any rate, the parrot clearly expected to witness a first rate
set-to when the mongoose arrived. In his own mind he had.already
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taken a ticket for the iront row of the stalls, and 1 meant to oblige
him with a star turn. A mongoose may be able to catch a snake, but
he must not put on airs with a dog who killed thirty rats in one minute
the last time Farmer Ilodson thrashed his barley stack.
I heard Schwartz telling Dolly that he had changed his mind and
would go to church, so at half past 10 they walked off to the village.
It was quite warm in the sun, but the air was nippy, so I gave Tib a
" run across the lawn when I found her stalking a sparrow. Then I
went round to see Bob. , He was busy eating. I suppose a horse has
to get through a lot of hay before he fills up.
Anyhow, when I asked Bob what a mongoose was he was rather
; fit, I nearl
YPg&L mk1 Schwartz,
V& crtui tribe in
niggers all night. ( , ' .
' I heard afterward that if affairs were lively at Holly Lodge it was
not all peace and good will to men at the parish church. Grampu had
an attack of gout a day earlier than usual so Jack went to Christy
mas service alone. He winked twice at Minkie, but Bhe gazed at him.'
steadily with the only eye he could .
see. Dolly was entirely taken up
with her prayer book, so Jack took
careful stock of the-red haired man
with her. But a captain of hussars ; fr
who has won the D. S. O. has no
reason to be ashamed of being
alive, so when our people came through the lich" gate there was Cap
tain Stanhope, with his hat off, smiling quite pleasantly and wishing
them the compliments of the season. , .' - 1
Of course Mam and the Guv'nor, being gentlefolk, had to respond.
Schwartz made to walk on with Dolly, but she stopped, too, and
Minkie shook hands with Jack first of anybody , v
The old man was hardly comfortable. He nudged Mam'a arm,
and they would have joined Schwartz if J ack hadn't said :
"By the way, Mr. Grosvenor, I want to have a chat with you on a
matter of some importance. Can you spare me a few minutes now, or
shall I call later in the day?" . V
v Dolly blushed, and her father saw it. He stiffened a bit, just as I
do when my hair rises. ' '
"I am sorry, Captain Stanhope, but I fear that any exchange of
confidences between us will not only be useless, but open to misinter
pretation," he said coldly.
"Let me explain that I am running dead against my uncle's wishes
in Beekine this interview," protested Jack. "Believe me, I am actu
ated by the best of good feeling toward you and your family, sir."
"I do credit that, but any discussion of the point must inflict
"This is really a serious matter." ; :
"So is everything where your uncle and I are concerned. Come
on, my dear. We cannot keep Mr. Schwartz waiting."
The Guv'nor lifted his hat and inarched away. Mam said nothing,
Dolly didn't care tuppence how her skirt draped, Minkie said that if
for 'assistance.' The villagers spotted him and began to gather, so I
took him to the manor, unfortunately." . w -y v : ;
"Why unfortunately ?" demanded Minkie. 1
"Because some of the servants told my uncle he "Was there, and
the old boy made me bring him upstairs."
"Well?" ' ' V" ;
y lost my temper with both of themv It. seems that
who was a lov down trader on the Niger, stole some sort of
fetich belonging to the Kwantu bushmen, the most pow
the hinterland. That was three years ago. Since then
he'has beeome enormously wealthy, and the niggers say it is because he
holds this ju-ju, which is the luckiest thing in Africa. They, at least,
have had all sort3 of plagues since they lost it tsetse fly, smallpox,
bad rubber years, and I don't know what besides. At any rate, they
are on the verge of rebellion. Their ju-ju men, or wizards, are preach
ing wholesale murder of the whites.- Some German traders have sup
plied them with Mannlicher rifles and ammunition, and there is real
danger of a terrific mutiny. Now, I am a British officer, and I have
some experience of superstitious natives, if not of negroes, so I can
quite realize what may happen out there if the cause of disaffection is
not removed. You can hardly grasp the serious nature of the busi
ness, Minkie, but Dorothy, being older"
Can appreciate it much better, of course," said Minkie. "Yet I
am beginning to see things. Did Prince John' say what would happen
if the ju-ju were restored ?"
That is a very sensible question for a kid," observed Jack approv
ingly. "He vows that the whole affair will end the instant the Kwantu
ju-ju men receive back their fetich. He and 'a few leading bushmen,
some of whom have been educated in England, remember, have re
strained the mutiny by a solemn undertaking to bring the god home
before the spring rains begin. They have offered Schwartz all the
money they can scrape together if he will only give it up, but he
laughs at them and defies them."
"He didn't seem to laugh last night," put in Minkie.
"Do you believe he'has really lost it?"
"Oh, yes. I am quite sure of that?" and she felt in her pocket
"Well, I am at my wits' end to decide how to act. Prince John is
equally certain that Schwartz has recovered it. When Dan brought
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grinned. Dolly thought she would like to slap Schwartz, so she joined uun smau Da& m Vea tne ju-ju was Knocseu
MJnlo' th hirh tl, W t.n rnA wW th W hv tn flv out of hand and lt must therefore, be in Holly Lodge somewhere.
wripn T tret nftpr tViPm e neSro a determined man, and there is a look in his eyes which
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"I think it's too bad of father to snub Jack in that way," she said,
"Dad is making a mistake," agreed Minkie. "If you take my
advice, you will come with me this afternoon and find out what it is
Jack wants to say."
"How can I? Where can I see him? - We can't go to the manor
"I have arranged to meet Jack at half past 2 near the Four Lanes."
"You have arranged?"
"Yes. While you were squinting up to find out if your hat was at
the right tilt I was watching Jack drawing a cross and 2:30 on the
gravel with his stick. I nodded, so " that is all Tight. Are you
coming?" ; : . ...
Dolly was flurried. "I dunno," she murmured. "'You don't un
derstand things, "Minkie. Dad is desperately anxious that we should
not offend Mr. Schwartz, who can be either a very good friend or a
dangerous enemy. Oh, sis, what a happy world it would be if we
had all the money Ave want !"
"P'raps. Schwartz is rich, and he looked happy last night, didn't
he ? Jack's uncle is rolling in coin, and today he is nursing a foot the
size of an elephant s."
"I am not thinking of myself, Minkie." : . " ' ,,' ', '
"I know that. You are trying to help Dad,! and he is fretting
because he has to pay a lot of money on the 10th' of January."
Dolly opened her eyes widely.
"Who told you?" she cried." v'
"Sh-s-s-h I There s Mam calling. She wants us to look in at
nurse's cottage. What about Jack quick ?"
"I'll see," whispered Dolly. .
People who play poker are a bit doubtful when they say that.
If you add the recognized fact that
the woman who hesitates is lost,
you will understand at once that
when j Minkie .and I climbed over
the orchard fence at 2:15 Miss
Dorothy came running after us.
."Mam has gone upstairs, and
Mr. Schwartz and . father are in
the library, so I will join you in
your stroll,'- she said, trying to
keep up a pretense, ;
"Jack will be waiting."
He was. He saw us coming long before we reached the cross'
roads, and his first words meant Avar. :J .
"Who is this fellow Schwartz?" he demanded.
"A friend of father's," said Dorothy. :
"Well, he is a rogue," said Jack.' "I wanted to warn Mr. Gros-.
venor about him this morning, but he -wouldn't listen to me." -
"Oh, was that it?" and Dorothy's nose went up jn the air, ;
"Partly not all. I say, Minkie, if you take Dan into the warren
you will find a heap of rabbits. The keepers are a mile away. I told
them you were coming. " , . rt-, -t t . . ; ..
"Then Dan can go by himself. . I am far more interested in
Schwartz than Dot is. Do you know anything about ju-jus?" ' ...
"By, Jove, Minkie, you do come to, the point. Why, that blessed
nigger" prince is at the manor now. plotting mischief with rriy uncle."
"How did he get there I I suppose'you met him last night ?"
"Yes. I was passing along the road when I heard Jim turn him
out of" the gate andrder him not to show his black mug inside 'the
grounds again. I wondered what on earth' a aarky Vas idoingVt Dale
End. Thinking he was a Hindoo,bne of the natives who come to
England.to read up.law,J spoke to him, but aa soon aa we reached a
lamp I saw he was a negro. He was irr awful trouble and appeared to
have been badly handled. 'As soon as he discovered that I was a
friend of youra which I mean to'temaln,
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'Step out, then," said Minkie.
I have seen in a Pathan's when -' Well, no matter. If your father
will not meet me, he will at least read a letter. Now, Minkie, it will
soon be too dark to find anything among the bushes"
"Rats !" cried Minkie so sharply that I jumped, thinking she
meant it. 1 ou ve got six months f urlourih. so you 11 meet Dot often
enough. Please go on. What does Prince John intend to do next V
"He may endeavor to burgle your house. He will kill Schwartz
if need be. He will certainly kill Dan." '
Oh, indeed ! . I pricked up my ears at this. What between the
nigger and the mongoose I'm in for a lively time. Nobody is going to
be happy until I am cold meat.
"But they will put him in jail if he tries burglary' said Minkie,
who was unmoved by the prospect of my early death.
"He says that Schwartz dare not face him in a court of law."
"It is our house, you know." N
Captain Stanhope sighed perplexedly. He was a man, discussing
hard things with two girls. Minkie gave me a look as much as to say,
"Don't miss a word of this," and went on:
"Of course one can't credit the absurd idea that a piece of wood
or brass, or whatever it is, can bring good luck to any one."
"Our ebony acquaintance holds so strongly to the absurdity that
he will stop short, of nothing in the effort to' secure it. And my old
fool of an-r-I beg your pardon, I mean my respected uncle is actu
ally plotting with him as to ways and means. lie is in favor of in
forming the government, but the Kwantu gentleman says the colonial
office will scoff at the notion. He is ricrht there. The officials in
Whitehall always do scoff until a certain number of white men and
women are murdered and an army corps has to be sent to exact
"it seems to me that the kiilincr will befnn here, probably with a
white dog r-r-rip !" observed Minkie, stooping to dig me in the ribs,
"Mongoose !" I yelled, but she didn't appear to take any notice.
"I wouldn't write to Dad if I wereyou," she continued. "He
would simply take sides with Schwartz. But you can write to me, if
you like, only you must not wink nor send post cards."
"What do you mean?" ' , '
"Dorothy will tell you. Come on, Dan ; let's have a look at the
When we were quite by ourselves Minkie took the ivory doll from
her pocket and surveyed it seriously. ' ...
"J u-ju," she said, "I hope you can really accomplish these won
ders, because I'm going to do things, and there will be a fearful row
if I don't succeed." , . .
I nearly killed twice in ten minutes, but a warren is the deuce and
all if some of the holes are not stopped and you have no ferret. When
we rejoined the others any dog could see that Dorothy had been cry
ing. Yet she didn't exactly look miserable, "as Jim's wife looked
when her first baby died. -Women are queer. Sometimes you can't
tell whether they are glad or sorry, because they weep just the same.
The girls were dressing for dinner when a man in livery came with
a wooden box and a note for "Miss Millicent Grosvenor'
, a Oh, wow and wag exerlasting it's the mongoose I
Slang That Isn't Slang.
"We are no oJ to Uuag. Bald tbe
woman wLu read, "Umt we have fall
en Into tbe habit of Including In that
category almost erery unusual -word
or phrase for example, the verb to
faze, which raeans to baffle, to con-
fuse, to purple- That word Is mis
spelled variously phase, pbaze, pbeaze
and feaze. It Is not slang, and any
woman may use It without fear, for It
Is as good English as any other in tbe
language. Shakespeare employs it.
spelling it faze,' as lt should be spell
ed. Then there Is the phrase lie
down,' which almost everybody re
gards as slangy when used in the
sense of surrender to obstacles or fa
tigue. It, too, Is not slang.
"We have for it no less an authority
than Thomas a Kempls, who certainly
cannot be considered an imitator of
George Ade. That eminent writer
says: 'Love feels no burden, thinks
nothing of trouble, attempts what is
above Its strength, pleads no exense
ct Impossibility, for it thinks all things
lawful for Itself and all things possi
ble. It is therefore able to. undertake
all things, and It completes many
things and warrants them to take ef
fect where he who does not love would
He down.' He undoubtedly uses the ex
pression as meaning to .give up in the
face of difficulties. It's better not to
class a word or phrase as slang unless
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