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KKD RIVER. NBW MEXICO. The Teaching Profession. There was a time when the school toaster's profession was adopted by many college graduates as a pis aller, or as a temporary means of livelihood before taking up some other kind of work. The qualities and the special training now required of a teacher have given him a much more Indepen dent and even more honorable posi tion than he formerly held. Conse quently, there have been an Increased esprit de corps, and a greater seal In tin- profession. In his address before the Middlesex Teachers' association. President Eliot spoke of the enthusi astic devotion for their calling and preference for it above all others: which are often demanded and which, he might have addod, are often found among those who are engaged in the work of education. For efficiency can not be secured by high salaries and pensions. Like the profession of arms, that of teaching is one that is choBen more often for glory than for gain, hut it is Important that glory should not have to be sought at the expense of ordinary comfort, says the New York Post "In Harvard college," aid Dr. Eliot, "the salaries are high er than In the teaching profession generally, yet they are lower than can he had by men of the right quality in other professions." The Matinee Girl. "It Is a good thing there are enough of the typical 'matinee girls' to fill the Itheaters on Saturday afternoons," aaid the man in the box office, "other wise there would be a good many mtcant seats. Gradually the prejudice against the 'matinee girl' crowd Is growing. 'Give me a ticket for any performance except Saturday after noon,' is the request that we hear more and more frequently. The Jab bering and the giggling that seem to jbe an inevitable part of a Saturday 'afternoon performance mar the pleas ure of the earnest theater-goer. 'The trouble is," said one woman who is a good judge of plays and actors, 'that the fca' jrday matinee folks laugh, cry and applaud In the wrong places. There is one strong play now on the hoards that illustrates this tendency .perfectly. From the beginning the "girls" of all ages who are not famll llar with the story of the play make 'beta with each other as to which girl the vacillating hero will marry, and all atlusions to the plight of the ap parently forsaken sweetheart call forth an explosion of giggles, especial ly from the top balcony. At no other performance do the vital points in serious plays miss the mark.' " Wild Beasts of India. A statistical paper on India, late ly published in London, makes the statement that in 1904 the total num ber of persons killed by wild beasts Id India was 24,034, of whom nearly 22,000 fell victims to snakes. Tigers killed nearly 800, and leopards nearly 400. On the other side of the ac count are 65,000 snakes killed, and 16,000 other wild animals. To many persons It may seem strange that a country so old as In dia should still harbor so many wild beasts, and that they should be per nitted to commit such depredations, says the Youth's Companion. It must be remembered that the country is of irast extent, much of it still covered fwith dense jungle; and that religious scruples prevent many of the inhab itants from taking the life of any ani mal, hence general measures of exter mination receive little native support. Two Fisheries Questions. j Two Important fisheries questions Meeting America are under consider ation. One is the problem of stop plng pelagic sealing, that is, the shoot ing of the migrating seals at sea, and the indiscriminate destruction of fe males. If the Canadians agree to stop the practice, It is probable that Japan will come into the agreement says the Youth's Companion. The other problem concerns the use of purse seines by Americans on the New foundland herring-grounds, and is be ing discussed by representatives of the British, American and Newfound land governments. Great Britain ad imlts the justice of the colonial po isition that the use of purse seines threatens destruction of the fisheries, but may under pressure of the Amer ican interests conclude an agreement orer the heads of the colonial com tnlusioners The American people are very prone to boast about the amount of money they spend on education. Noth ing could make a poorer boast The mount looks big in the aggregate, but It Is really trifling when analyzed. And the fact is that we pay our teach- Ft a wage too small to be spoken of Ihout a Mush. I The Pullman porter does not get all I it The company has just decided a divide $25,000,000 surplus among tfc stockholder The Vindication of Paphroditus. JY 8. B. HACKLEY. (Copyright, 19M, by Dally Btory Tub. Co.) "Ef 1 could Jest do somethin' onct to make Luclndy believe In me! Ef some thin' would only Jest turn up!" The afternoon sun beat down fierce and scorching on the bent figure In the saddle, and the yellow dust (n the parched road, stirred In a cloud by the hoofs of the cattle the man was driv ing to water at the mile distant river, stung his sombre blue eyes, but he paid little heed lo these discomforts the pain of the heart wound Luclndy had given him at noon overpowered them. "Paphry Banisej," she had said caustically, "I don't want to hear an other word about what that gypsy over on the river told you 'bout good for tune soon a-comin' to you! I have no patience with your believln' In signs and with doin's, and what makes me sick is your everlastln' a sayln', 'there's a promise o' this and o' that in the air,' 'the sign Is favorable," and slch like! You're always a feelin' 'somethln's goin' to turn up,' and what good's ever turned up sence 1 married you nigh 35 year ago? "First, soon's we married, the house burnt down, and afore we got any paid on the new house, mother and brother Lem, the only kin i had, took sick and died, and what with their doctor's bills and funeral expenses, and cverythin', the yeller Jersey a brealiln' her leg along o' Canler's dog a runntll' loose, and the hogs takin' the cholera, and your slowness and mismanagement, we got clear behind. "And wust of all, none o' our five chlllern lived to see three year until Prilly came and her the sweetest thing that ever lived, born blind! And now. Holly Brock, he says, there's an eye doctor away off In New York that he k no wed last year when he was there a studyln' medicine, that he knows could operate on her eyes and she could see, but hit'd cost hundreds! "Ef them signs and Indications you'ro so everlastin'ly believin' In," she wound up in bitter sarcasm, "ef they'd show you how to raise the money to pay off the mortgage on these 50 acres, and dig us the well we're a fairly sufferln' for sence the spring's got so it dries up ever' year besides payin' the doctor to git Pril lle's sight, so she'd be willln' to marry the man she's a lovln', and as has been a wantln' her five year (blind as she is) and a worryin' because she won't let him take her blind mebbe you'd better ride off to the gypsy camp after you water the cows and ask 'em to tell you some more signs!" The week before Paphroditus had refused to g) to town with the butter and eggs because he heard a hawk screech, and it was "bad luck" to go against It and the next day when he wont with the marketing he had taken a portion of the slender sum the but ter and eggs brought, to have his for tune told. Luclnda might Jeer, indeed, but wasn't it a sort of sign (a rabbit that crossed the road) that caused him to leave the highway and take the field path that led him to the home of old Abner Jenkins, there to serve as farm helper? Old Abncr owned 50 acres in the Chadwick Hills, but his choicest pos session was uot his well-tilled land, his commodious double log cabin, nor his stalwart son Lemuel, nor yet the 13,- 000 which lo save from the guerrilla bands that rendezvoused In that lo cality, he buried during the absence of his family, and, of which, after his sudden death, no trace was found. From the moment he caught sight of Abncr's black-eyed, sharp-tongued and pretty daughter, Luclnda, Paphroditus singled her out as Abner's choicest ob ject of his unwavering admiration and love. This September the drouth was ter rible the corn was withered, and the grass browned as in an oven and. worst of all, the Ramsey spring had failed and their water for household needs had to be hauled daily from the river. "Ef the signs wusn't so long a com in' true ef somethin' would only Jest turn up now!" Paphroditus repeated mournfully to himself, as, still under the depressing spell of Lucinda's scoffing, he drove the cattle back into the pasture, and hitched the gray mules to the wagon. "Sort of short of water, friend?" a man called to him from the river bank, as he filled his barrels out In the middle of the stream. Paphroditus fell into ready conve-3.1 tlon with the stranger, and soon learned he was a printer going on to the nearest city, and a "dowser" or water-witch" as well, who could locate underground streams. "What's to bender you a stayln' all night with me, and a showin' me where to dig fer water?" Paphroditus pro posed eagerly. The tramp accepted his invitation. "Luclndy, he knows the sign, and he never falls, he aays and we might, we orter dig a well soon!" Luclndy sniffed scornfully. "The sign! Paphroditus Ramsey, will you never learn no sense? Here you go bring in a big, hungry man to feed anil bed, Just because he has a 'sign' to play off on you to git fed two or three meals. How we goin' to dig a well and no money? A poor Uvln' we have, and a worse one we would have ef I took in ever' straggler that comes! 1 hate the day I married you!" The slow tears crept in Paphroditus' faded eyes, and the blind girl ran across the puncheon floor and leaned on her father's shoulder, and patted bis wet cheek, as her mother flounced out of the room. t "Newr mind. Daddy." she whis pered, "Mammy don't mean morf'n half she says! Don't you fret, Daddy, we know Ma ain't meanln' nothln'l" Paphroditus took the pale face be tween ills hand s and kissed the clear brown eyes that could not see. How many times Prlscilla had in tervened to save him from her moth er's wrath, or comforted him wheu she scolded! Next morning after an early break fast, the printer guest, eagerly watched by Paphroditus, took a forked twig out from a peach tree, and be gun to tramp about the yard. The mystical rod never changed Its posi tion in his hands until he stepped upon the large flat rook that had been the hearth-stone In the old house that was burned. Then the twig began to tremble convulsively and suddenly Jerked downward. Again and again the witchery was tried from every direction, but the twig would only fall when the "witch" stepped upon the old hearth-stone. "You will surely find water at a depth of ten feet," he assured his host at parting. Next morning Paphroditus rose early and while his wife prepared the morning meal, he collected his spades, i.ls hoes and digger. "Whatever Is your Pap a doin' out there by the old hearth-rock. Prlllie?" Luclnda exclaimed two hours later. "There's Thad Counts and Josh Lee and Josh's two hired men with him, 1 and they'll all a lif tin' and a pfitln' at that old hearth-rock. I guess your Pap's a gittln' ready to dig a well a follerln' after a fool sign 1 told him to pay no attention to!" When at length the heavy stone was pried out of Its long-time bed, the nelghlior. Josh Iee and his men laugh ingly expressed their good wishes for the success of the well and hurried back to their work from which they had reluctantly come at Paphroditus' urgent request, but young Counts lingered, hoping to catch a glimpse of Priscllla. Paphroditus raked out a little of the dry earth with a hoe, then suddenly dropped on his knees, and dug with his fingers In the loosened dirt. Lu clnda watched him curiously. Priscllla took hold of her arm. "What Is It, mother?" she asked eagerly as the older woman gave an excited exclamation. The two men, kneeling by the hole were rapidly turning over something, as though counting coins. Presently Paphroditus raised himself, and threw up his hands. "Thank the Lord fer his mercy!" he fervently ejaculated. "Help us, Prlllie!" exclaimed her mother, "I believe they've found the gold money your granpap buried!" She sat down weakly on the top step of the porch as the men ap proached each bearing three long rust-corroded tin boxes. "Luclndy," Paphroditus began thickly, laying his burden at her feet, "the sign o' good fortune is proved true. Somethin' is turned up at last! The $3,000 in gold is found the debt can be paid, Prlllie can be made to see, and her and Thad her and Thad " he hesitated and looked at Thaddeus. Flushed and eager, and with his blue eyes bright with hope, the young man turned to the little trembling figure. "O Prillle," he pleaded, "you won't turn me away when you can see, will you?" Priscllla did not answer but she did not elude his eager arms, and she laid her head on his breast with a little sob of joy, and Thad was satis fied. Paphroditus, overcome, sank down on the step beside Luclndy. "I'm powerful glad, Luclndy," he murmured, brokenly, "powerful glad for your sake somethin' has turned up at last! And O Luclndy," he con tinued, wistfully, "can't you believe In me a little now?" Luclndy drew the bowed grizzled head down on her lap, and softly pat ted the knotted hands that rested on her knees. "I've alius believed In you, Paphry," she said, her voice full of remorseful tenderness, "always no matter what I've said!" What She Remembered. Husband Many people at church this forenoon, dear? Wife Yes, a large number. "Good sermon?" "Delightful." "What was the text?" "U was it was, really, I have for gotten." "Humph! Was Mrs. Purling there?" "She was." "What had she on?" "Well, she had on a fall wrap of very dark pompellan red cloth, with narrow insertions of black velvet in the sides of the skirt. A small yoke trimming of the velvet covered the upper part of the chest, and was outlined with a mixed tinsel braid. A narrow braiding l-irdled the waist, and the cuffs were ornamented in the same way. It had a cape attachment plaited upon the shoulders and attached by other plaltn at the waist line, giving a dolman ap pearance to the back. She " "That'll do. I don't wonder that you forgot the text!" Dally Picayune. The Soft Answer. "I wouldn't mind your playing poker with the crowd, but you always lose." "Well, dear, that merely proves the truth of the old saying, 'Lucky in love unlucky at cards.' " "Ob, well, I guess you can afford to play once In a while." Houston Post. Mr. Henpeck. "Do you believe In divorce?" "No, Indeed!" "Why not?" "My wife won't let me." Houatou Pott DEACON GOT MONEY CHURCH-GOER MORE LIBERAL THAN HE MEANT TO BE. Now the Question la, Who Will Be Given Credit for the Half Dollar Unintentionally Contributed to the Collection? Being an occasional church-goer he was supposed to be able to behave properly and preserve his equanimity through any ordinary service. His family was therefore somewhat curi ous when he returned from church one Sunday noon with a most discon solate air, says the Providence Jour nal. "Didn't you like the sermon?" asked his wife. "Oh, the senion was all right, I guess," said ho clumly. "Well, what's the matter?" she per sisted. "Nothing's the matter," he retorted sharply. "Can't a man look solemn when he gets back from a solemn re ligious service without causing a riot in his own home?" His wife said nothing for a time, and then, with happy inspiration, asked casually: "How much did you put In the con tribution box to-day?" There was a pronounced pause, and then the reply came with serious de liberation. "Seventy-five cents." "Wasn't 'hat rather liberal?" she in quired, knowing he usually played a quarter limit. "Rather," he answered. "Rather liberal, it struck me. Rather too lib eral." Then he chuckled and went on with out further urging. "You see. It was this way: I was sitting alone in a back seat on the side aisle. When the deacon started down for the contribution I felt for Bome change and found I had Just two pieces, a quarter and a half. Some how I felt pretty good natured, and was thinking of putting in the half instead of the quarter as uBual. While 1 was deliberating I'm blessed if the half didn't slip out of my fingers and roll out into the aisle, close to the second pew in front. I didn't want to scramble for it then, and figured I could get it at the close of the serv ice. So I sat back and waited for the box to come along and dropped In the quarter. "Just as he got to me the deacon noticed that be was half a lap ahead of the deacon on the other side and stopped to wait. And, naturally, while ho was waiting, his eyes lit on the half-dollar lying In the aisle in front of him. "And what did that old sinner do but grab for it, look around curiously a minute and then drop it into the box. And I didn't have the nerve to breathe a word. Just sat like a dum my and watched the half go to the angels, and me without another cent in my clothes, having to walk home instead of taking a trolley. Wouldn't that make you mad?" Then he added, chuckling again: "What I'm wondering now is whether I get credit from St. Peter for giving the whole 75 cents or just for the quarter." "You won't get credit for any of It," observed his wife. "St. Peter'll check off the credit for the quarter to cover your wicked feelings when you saw the half dollar go, too." "That'd be a mean trick," he re sponded, as he reached for his Sunday paper. Many a Slip. "Hello, Newly wed! When did you get back from your wedding trip?" ' Yesterday." "Have a good time?" "Yes, fine; only " "Only what?" "O, nothing." "Well, of course, if you don't want to tell me, all right. You know I'll not repeat, but " "Well, I don't mind telling you, but don't let it go any farther." "Sure, I'll not." "Well, we did have a fine trip, as I Bald, although we met with an acci dent that temporarily marred the serenity of the Journey. But you'll not repeat this?" "Never in a thousand years." "Well, you know there are a lot of short tunnels and Bnowsheds between here and Denver. The first one caught me in the smoking compartment and we were out of it before I could get to where my wife was Bitting. But I was on the lookout for the next one and made a run for her. I arrived Just in time to get one kiss before we shot out Into daylight again." "Yes. Go on." "That's about all. It wasn't my wife I had kissed." Pacific Monthly. drVounded Pride. "Did you have a good time In Europe?" "Not very," answered Mr. Cumrox. "You see, it kind of nettled mother and the girls to see me of so little con sequence that I could go abroad with out being suspected of nurBing a presidential boom or dodging an in vestigation." Washington Star. Responsibilities. "You never make speeches In your campaigns," said the friend. "No," answered Senator Sorghum. "You can trust other people to make the orations. But the cash account needs personal supervision." Uncle Ephr'm. "Take de case ob de 'Poutle Paul," said Uncle Ephr'm. "He nsbber stud ied fur de ministry, an' ylt der ain't a preacher on dls yarth dat kin hold a candle to 'im." Chicago Tribune. UNWRITTEN PAGE OF HISTORY. Incident Said to Have Caused City's Defeat for Presidency. An unwritten page In the history of American politics came to light at the city hall In Minneapolis when Mary Hunter, colored, 95 years old and a former slave, gave her version of the failure of Henry Clay to be elected to the presidency of the United States In 1832. She witnessed the famous banquet given by the state of North Carolina to Mr. Clay at Asheville. Hundreds of tables were spread under the trees, and no greater enthusiasm waB aver evoked by a political event than was displayed there. Nearly all the prom inent men of the south were there, and the name of Henry Clay was on every tongue. His election seemed assured until a cloud of scandal crossed the hurl zon. Clay, she said, fell In love with a beautiful octoroon, who had been freed by her master In North Carolina. The secret was exposed a few deys after the banquet, and for many weeks the magnificent girl was the object of all gossip In that part of the country. "My mother knew the girl well," said Mary Hunter, "and the talk start ed caused her to disappear. No oue ever heard of her after that" In order to save the social standing of those who attended the great feast the matter was not spread broadcast, but leading politicians of both the south and north were aBked to pre vent Henry Clay from ever occupying the presidential chair. How their work succeeded is a mat ter of history in North Carolina, but when Clay was defeated the subject was dropped and no one cared to probe It further. Mary Hunter went to Minneapolis when the Sixth and Seventh Minneso ta regiments returned at the close ot the civil war. She has worked nearly every day since she was seven years old and still earns her living by hard day work. A short time ago she In jured her back, and for the first time in her life, Bhe has asked for charity. "I must work 01 I will die," she told Edward Ekman, of the poor depart ment. "If I can get a little wood and something to eat for a few days I will be up and working like I always have done." ( Mary Hunter has been employed by several prominent families, who say she Is wonderfully bright and active. Clock to Control Lights. Consul Albert Halstead of Birming ham reports that an automatic gas controller has been patented and Is now on sale In England which may materially lessen the cost of public lighting In the municipalities of the United States if in practical operation It fulfills the claims of its owners. The controller Is said to be adapt able to any type of incandescent burn er, to fit any lamp and to be instan taneous in its lighting and extinguish ing. The mechanism consists ot a clock which can be so set as to light the gas each night and extinguish it I each morning, so as to make an auto- ' matlc variation of the time of lighting and extinguishing according to the calendar. In short, by means of a chart, the street lights are turned on and off, lighted and extinguished at a different moment each day through out the year, according to the season. This is an advantage, it Is claimed, over any other controller now on the market, one adjustment a year being sufficient. It is claimed that the apparatus would require no attention except winding once a fortnight, and that once set it would not have to be reset for a year. The gas can be turned on and off in the ordinary way. Sci entific American. Saved from the Flames. "If all the deeds of dog heroes came to light an account of them would fill many volumes," says ChumB. "A gentleman who owned a pair of very fine horses possessed also a St. Ilernard dog which was deeply at tached to the animals. One night Bruno, the dog, awakened the family by furious barking, and it was soon discovered that the stables were on Are. "The owner unlocked the door, dashed In, and at great personal risk released one of the frantic horses and led It out He then found that It was Impossible to return for the other, ow ing to the violence of the flames. At that moment he was astonished to see his dog appear leading the horse, the end of the halter rope dangling be tween his teeth. "Investigation showed that the St. Bernard had actually bitten the rope through in order to save one of Its friends from so horrible a death." As Compared. "Speaking of happiness," said the homegrown philosopher, "a bachelor with $50,000 Isn't as happy as a poor married man with seven marriageable daughters." "Why not?" queried the youth. "Because," explained the philosophy dispenser, "the former wants more than he has, while the latter has more than be wants." The Duet. Tippler (at club) Doesn't the still small voice reproach you when yon tell your wife a He about being at the office? Rounder Yes, but It's a choice be tween the still, small voice and a loud, big one. BoBton Transcript. Consolation. Mr. Hussel The doctor says If I don't take a little rest and not work so hard I'll be dead In a year. Mrs. Hussel What a consolation It must be to you to know that your life'u insured. NOVEMBER ailments THEIR PREVENTION AND CURE. November Is the month of fal'tng temperatures. Over all the temperate regions the hot weather hat patted and the first rigors of winter have ap peared. As the great bulk of civilized nations Is located in the Temperate Zones, the effect of changing sea sons is a ques tion of the high est importance. When the weath The Human System Must Adjust itself to Changing Tem peratures. er begins to change from warm to cold, when cool nights succeed hot nights, when clear, cold days follow hot, sultry days, the human body must adjust itself to this changed condition or perish. The perspiration incident to warm weather has been checked. This de tains within the system poisonous materials which have heretofore four! escape through the perspiration. Most of the poisonous materials re tained in the Bystem by the checked perspiration find their way out of the body, If at all, through the kidneys. This throws upon the kidneys extra labor. They become charged and over loaded with the poisonous excretory materials. This has a tendency to in flame the kidneys, producing function al diseases of the kidneys and some times Brlght's Disease. Peruna acts upon the skin by stimu lating the emunctory glands and ducts, thus preventing the detention of pois onous materials which should pass out. Peruna Invigorates the Sidneys and encourages them to fulfill their function in spite of the chills and dis couragements of cold weather. feruna is a combination o f well-tried bann 1 e 8 s remedies that have stood the test of time. Many of these Pe-ru-na is a World Renowned Bern edy Tor Climatic Diseases. remedies have been used by doctors and by the people In Europe and America for a hundred years. ' Peruna has been used by Dr. Hart man In his private practice for many years with notable results. Its efficacy has been proven by decades of use by thousands of people, and has been substantiated over and over by many thousands of homes. RATTLE OF THE RIVETER. The Man from Oklahoma Thought It Was a Woodpecker. Charley's uncle from Oklahoma was up town being shown the sights, he having come In the day before with a few loads of steers, and Charley was doing the honors. They were walking along on Grand avenue discussing the tall buildings, when all of a sudden one ot those rackety riveting machines began ham mering away at high speed on a top story of a steel skyscraper building. The old man stopped as if he'd run against something. He lurried his eyes in the direction of the sound but could make out nothjng. When he turned to his bewildered nephew his eyes were fairly popping. "Great Scott!" he exclaimed. "But I'd like to see that woodpecker. It must be a whopper." Kansas City Star. WORST CASE OF ECZEMA. Spread Rapidly Over Body Limbs and Arms Had to Be Bandaged Marvelous Cure by Cuticura. "My son, who Is now twenty-two years of age, when he was four months old began to have eczema on his face, spreading quite rapidly until he was nearly covered. We had all the doctors around us, and some from larger places, but no one helped him a particle. The eczema was something terrible, and the doctors said it was the worst case they ever saw. At times his whole body and face were covered, all but his feet. I had to bandage his limbs and arms; his scalp was just dreadful. A friend teased me to try cuticura, and I be gan to use all three of the Cuticura Remedies. He was better In two months; and In six months be was well. Mrs. R. L. Rlsley, Plermont, N. H., Oct. 24, 1905." Records of Wagers. Betting Is neither bo general' nor so promiscuous as it was 150 years ago, when books for recording wagers were always kept on the tables in the much frequented coffee houses of London. Some of these books are still to be found among collections of antiques, and they make interesting reading. All manner of bets are entered there, on marriages, births an J deaths, on the duration of a ministry, on the length of the lives of prominent per sonages, on the possibility of earth quakes, and even on hangings. Flowers Kept Long In Storage. A French experimenter, named Ver cler, has succeeded in keeping certain kinds of peonies more than three months In cold storage, with the flow ers In fair preservation to the end of that period. Red and white China peonies, for some unknown reason, best stood the long tests.