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THE KENNA RECORD.
VOL. 7. KENNA, CHAVES COUNTY, NEW MEXICO, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1913. NO. 34. SHE JUST GIGGLED By JOHN DARLING. Sarah Cox, farmer's daughter, had one trait to distinguish . her. from a score of other farmer's daughters. She was a plain-looking girl; she worked hard; she attended district school in the winter; she had a rather harsh voice and no ear for music. Sarah had no ideals. What the fu ture held for her she neither knew nor seemed to care. Her one distin guished trait was giggling. When one comes across a girl or a woman that titters and giggles, the inference is that she was born to see the hrmor ous side of things and is easy to get along with. But Sarah Cox was neither extra good-natured nor did she giggle because she saw the point of the Joke. As often as not there was no Joke. If her mother told her to go up stairs and make the beds or she would get her ears cuffed Bhe giggled Just as heartily as if Bhe had Been a United States senator strike a banana skin and go rolling. - On an occasion Sarah's father was leading a bull across the field. The bull turned and tossed him sky high and broke a large assortment of ribs. Sarah was at hand and she giggled. She rode a horse bareback for three miles to get the doctor, and she gig gled all the way. The doctor told her she ought to ta ashamed of herself, " ' and she giggled about that There were various predictions of what sort of Bad end Sarah Cox would come to, but Bhe went on giggling and beat the whole crowd to a stand-still. She was twenty years old and had never had a beau and didn't want one, when a man came along selling wind mills. Sarah was drawing water at the well and giggling when he came Into the yard and asked for her father. "Out there," she answered as she pointed to the corn field and giggled. "Ever have a wind-mill here?" "No." "Anybody been along to talk to your father about one?" "No." (Giggle.) "Seeing that water makes me thirsty. D'ye mind giving me a drink?" Sarah filled the dipper and handed it to him with a titter for a change of program. "You hain't engaged to be married, I reckon?" tentatively queried the agent as he finished drinking and poured out the remainder of the water. Sarah put her finger in her month and then removed it to giggle. The maij walked down to the corn field where the farmer was laying up backaches for himself. "Say, I want to sell you a wind mill." "It can't be did," was' the reply. ''But it can." "Then I'll have to be a hundred years paying for it" "Guess not. As your son-in-law I can about give you one." The farmer hoed two hills of corn and then leaned on his hoe and said: "That's a thing as hain't happened yet" "Look here, Mr. Cox," said the oth er in a brisk way. "I'm a business man. I'm right up and down and no fooling time away. I've seen your daughter." "Wall?" "She'd' good to look at I should say she was a good worker." "Yep, Sarah Is a hustler." "And she's got a mighty taking way of laughing. I like it. A woman that laughs won't kick and Jaw, and tht home will always be peaceful." "I reckon that's so. mister." mused the farmer. "You've been a married man, mebbe. and are a widower now?" "Noap! Never got married. Never saw a woman to please me 'till I saw your gal a few minutes ago. She Jest fills the bill. Any objections to my be coming your son-in-law and selling you a wind mill at 60 per cent, below regu lar prices?" "Guess we'd better go up to, the bouse and talk with ma and Sarah about it" BREAKS NECK SECOND TIME Native of Chester, Pa., Has an Expe rience That Few Men Are Like ly to Duplicate. Uriah Washburn, watchman of the KeyBtone Type Foundry, is In the Chester hospital with his life de spaired of because ' James Wilson slapped him on the back and broke his neck. Once before Washburn had his neck broken, but It wao sutured together with silver wire. The hoe was hung on the top rail of the fence and the two went to the house. Sarah met them with a giggle, but her mother said to the husband: "Look ere, Moses, you are not going to buy any wind mills of this feller, and there's no use of wasting time over it." "We will first talk about marriage and then get down to wind-mills," an swered the agent . "My name is Drew. I own a house and lot In Ralslnvllle, and a farm in that county. I'm a sin gle man, good-natured and a good pro vider, and I want to marry Sarah." "Good Lord, but what fori" ex claimed the mother. "Sarah giggled. "Because I've fell In love with her." Sarah Uttered. "But It's mighty sudden." "Yes, but I'm a mighty sudden man always was. I either make a sale of a wind-mill within fifteen minutes or I pass on." Sarah giggled. "He fcays if he and Sarah gets mar ried I can have a wind-mill at half price," urged the father. "That's something of course," re plied the mother, "but I can't under stand why he fell In love with Sarah like a gun going off." "It was that giggle of hers," an swered Mr. Drew. Sarah's giggle at this was charming. "Folks have always said that giggle was a fool thing." "Then they have been mighty wrong about It. It's grand. It's glorious. It beats beauty all to pieces." Sarah gave him a grateful look and giggled. "Well, what do you think about It?" asked the mother as she looked over at the blushing girl. "I (giggle) dunno." (Titter.) "We kinder need a wind-mill, sua, gested the father. "And it's a golden chance," added Mr. Drew. "I have never made such an offer before, and of course cannot do it again." y "If Sarah would tell us what she thinks," said the mother. Impatiently. "I think (giggle) yes!" (Titter.)" That settled It. They took Mr. Drew's word for what he was, and he did not deceive them. Three days la ter there was a giggling, tittering mar riage, and two weeks later that half price wind-mill was flailing the air on the Cox farm In a way to drive all the crows out of the country. To pass to the second era, it may be said that Mr. and Mrs. Drew lived hap pily for seven years, and then the farmer went out of the wind-mill busi ness. He had to. Death claimed him for its own and It takes a very lively, live man to sell wind mills. Sarah bad continued to giggle and titter and she didn't stop till the day of his death. Then she stopped as suddenly as a carpenter's hammer when its owner hears the clock strike five. You can't stop a giggler and a tlt terer of years' standing without re sults following. The widow turned to poetry in a day. She had never tried to make a rhyme in her life before, but she tackled the Joy now by writ ing: A weeping- wldder Is Sarah Drew, And things ara looking- both black and blue; Under the sod her husband Is dead. And ahe hopes he won't get cold In the head. That was the first of a series of about a thousand "poems" Bhe pro duced. She had one on the-doctor, the undertaker, the pall-bearer, the grave digger and the ministers. Then she had one on her father, her mother and the wind mill. Then Bhe Invented and dedicated poems to everybody for five miles around, and when the per sonal field was exhausted she went for the sun and moon and stars and the howling gales and balmy breezes. Very early In her poetio career the widow Drew was called a fool and a lunatic by moBt people that knew her, and it was predicted that no man would ever look at her with a view to marriage. No man in his sober senses, they argued, could abide such a wife. Sarah knew what the general feeling was, and she took advantage of Um oo caslon to write: When Wilson slapped him on the back Washburn fell to the ground unconscious. At the hospital it was found that he was paralysed. An X ray picture was taken and then It was learned that his neck had been broken at some previous time. Five years ago he fell from an eight-story build ing. The broken portions of the ver tebrae were brought together at the German hospital in Baltimore, and his neck held together by a slender coi of silver. The surgeon will operate on Wash- They say I'm a fool because I do write Moat beautiful versea by day and by night; They lay I must live single because I'm a poet. But I'd like to know How In Bam Hill they know ltl They didn't know it They weren't even good at guessing. After about two years of widowhood and poetry, along came a cattle-raiser worth about thirty thousand dollars and read one of her poems at the village Inn, and half an hour later he knocked at the door. "I've taken a solemn vow to marry a poetess or no one. Will you be mine?" And five minutes later she answered him with: Oh Q. B. Smith would marry me. And a fine looking man la that O. B.J I've aald him yea, and we shall wed. And happy be 'till both are dead. (Copyright. IMS. by the McClure Navi . paper Syndicate.) , HAD LEARNED THE LESSON Little Glory 8aw at Once the Value of Tact, and Was Quick to Use It . "Children," said Mr. TImklns, who had been suddenly moved to deliver a little sermon, as he swallowed his sec ond egg at breakfast, "whenever you hear anybody say anything mean or unpleasant, act as though you hadn't heard it Talk about something else and pretend you didn't hear. That's what we call tact" ' Then Mr. TImklns took the 8:13 train to the city. When he got back In the latter part of the afternoon he observed that somebody had strewn his favorite golf clubs and all his golf balls over the front yard. Summoning his six-year-old daughter Glory, he said sternly: "Glory, did you get all dad's golf things out and put them out here where anybody could steal them?" "Dad," replied Glory with perfect composure, "isn't it too bad our ice cream freezer's out of order 'cause Mary can't make any Ice cream? But Mary's gone to the store to get some strawberries " "Glory, did you dig up all this turf knocking those balls around?" "And Uncle Randolph came and took mother for a ride in his auto," continued the six-year-old. "When are y.-e going to have an auto, dad?'' "But, Glory," said Mr. TImklns, "I want to know about these golf clubs. Did you strew them around here? Why don't you answer?" "Well, yes I did," said the young person, "but I was trying to change the subject, 'cause I didn't want you to know that I beard something mean and unpleasant" New York Evening Post Why Married Men Live Long. The reason a married man lives longer than a single man is because the single man leads a selfish exist ence. A married man can double hie pleasure. Any time he has a streak of good luck it tickles him all over, but it makes him feel twice as good when he tells his wife about It. And she is so pleased and proud that he feels like a two-year-old. There isn't a chance in the world of a man's ar teries hardening or his heart weaken ing when he can get a million dollars' worth of pleasure out of making his wife happy. Cincinnati Enquirer. Earliest Hunger Strike. What was the date of tho earliest hunger strike? In the second or third century of this era a Greek student wrote: "Theon to his father Theon, greeting. It was a flue thing of you not to take me with you to Alexan dria. . . . Send me a lyre, I implore you. If you don't, I won't eat; I won't drink. There now!" Father's Inconsistency, Father will splash around In two feet of water and ruin a suit of clothes to save articles in a stranger's house during a SO-cent fire. But If the pan under the ice-box flows over he will go upstairs and wake mother so she can come down and mop It up. burn again in the hope of sewing his neck onto his spine for the second time Cheater (Pa.) Dispatch to the New York Sun. Bible Workers Disliked. In Central America, Honduras, Nlca. ragua and Costa Rica in particular, the feeling among the common people is that Bibie work is only a start to lead up to political occupation. Some times even squads of men are formed to cbaaj Bible agents out of the coun ts . HINTS "WORTH WHILE it TO SAVE TIME AND WORK IN . THE HOUSEHOUp. Renovating of Old Wooden Floors a Matter of Easy Arrangement Treatment to Get Best Results From the Oil Lamps. Old wooden floors are a woman's trial. They can be improved this way: Dissolve one pound of glue in two gallons of water. Stir into this enough fine sawdust to make a thick paste and fill the cracks with it. They paste may be colored to match the wood. Or you can try this: Fill the cracks with putty. One can make the putty by mixing whiting and linseed-oil together and kneading it un til the paste is smooth. The putty may also be colored to match the wood. Some persons soak finely shredded paper in water and boll it until it Is soft pulp, and to every two gallons add one pound of glue. The cracks must be filled solid and even with the boards. Then stain or paint Soak lamp wicks in vinegar, then dry them thoroughly to keep the lamp from smoking. -Alcohol will take out candle grease. Hold a hot flatlron a few minutes above a white spot on furniture. It will soon disappear. Discoloration on china and baking dishes and custard cups can be re moved with whiting. Brooms will last longer If dipped occasionally in boiling suds. Always wash veal and mutton in weak vinegar before cooking. A coating of good machine oil rubbed over the flatirons and the bright metal parts of the sewing ma chine will keep the rust away. : Chores must be- done, but a boy and girl must .have time for some fun "if they are to be happy. Never take a stepor climb a stair that is not absolutely necessary. We waste much strength in useless pot tering. It is not the woman who works the hardest who prospers most, but the one who works to the best advantage. When farm folk take a vacation they should not go to another place in the country but to the city. People from the city go to the country for a change of scene, which means rest. Farm folks ought to go to the city for the same reason. Disease often lurks In . the sink or the bath tub pipes. Hot water and lye, carbollo acid or ammonia will keep them clean. Muriatic acid will remove dark stains on tho porcelain sing or bath tub. Desirable Floor Finish. When the house is having its brlghtening-up, the floors need their share ut attention. A floor that Is varnished and rubbed Is satisfactory both in wear and appearance. It Is durable and clean, and if wear shows in the moBt used spots, a little more varnish can easily be added. The shiny finish of unrubbed varnish Is not de sirable, but the rubbing down Is easily done. Pulverized pumice stone with crude oil or water Is used, applied with a bit of heavy felt or burlap. Only a little rubbing is necessary to destroy tha high gloss; but mora rub bing will produce a rich, smooth, vel vety finish. Ham 8andwlche. Rub a half cupful of butter to a cream and add to It a teaspoonful of mustard, the yolk of an egg, a table spoonful of salt and red or white pep per to season. Stir smooth, then add as much chopped boiled ham as will make it of the right consistency for spreading. Cut bread in thin, even slices, trimming off the crusts or not, as preferred; then spread with the mixture. The bread will not need to be buttered. Steamed Cherry Pudding. Beat three eggs until light, and add one pint of sweet milk, mix and sift three and one-half cups of sifted flour with three teaspoons of baking pow der and one-half teaspoon of salt. Make a well in the flour, slowly pour In the liquid and beat to a smooth batter. Add two tablespoons of melt ed butter and two cups of stoned cherries well drained and dredged with flour, turn into a buttered mold, cover closely and steam for three hours. Serve with cherry sauce. TO SAVE POLISHED SURFACli Homemade Plateaus May Be Fash ioned at Home by Any One With a Little Ingenuity. Very attractive disks for use under a vase of flowers, a pitcher of Ice water or the punch bowl can be made at home at trilling expense by any woman who is in the least ingenious. These glass plateaus will be found especially useful in hot weather, as they will prevent moisture from Boll lug any polished Burface. Have a piece of heavy glasB cut in the shape of a hexagon, each side measuring about five inches. Get a email piece of cretonne having a fig ure about tho same size. Lay the glass over It and tack In place by a small amount of glue along the edge. Bind the edge with gilt gimp about an inch wide, by sewing lightly at each corner it will stay In place. The cost of materials Is as follows: One yard gimp, 25 cents; one-half yard of cretonne, 15 cents. The price of the glass varies according to thickness. HELPS FOR THE HOUSEWIFE Some Few Small Things That Will Repay the Time and Trouble They Call For.- A small piece of butter put into rice when cooking prevents it boiling over and Improves the flavor. If cloth that is likely to fade is soaked for some time In strong salt water before going Into the wash tub, the colors will be much mere lasting. If a sprig of parsley dipped in vinegar be eaten after an onion, no unpleasant odor from the breath can be detected. Try this, you who are fond of this healthful but odorous vegetable. To prevent black specks from form ing on doughnuts, drop a few slices of raw potato Into the lard when fry ing the cakes. The potato also puri fies the lard, removing any touch of rancidity. Batter Pudding. Four eggs, three cups and three fourths of flour, one pint of milk, one half a teaspoon of salt, one tablespoon of melter butter, two heaping tea spoons of baking powder, one pint to one quart of fresh fruit or one-half a pound of dried fruit. If dried fruitn are used they should first be stewed and allowed to cool before being used In the pudding, the Juice being first drained away. Beat the whites and yolks of eggs separately, add the milk, then flour, and beat together, the flour and salt sifted together, the melted butter, and last the baking powder. Dredge the fruit with flour, add to the pudding, and pour into a greased pud ding mold. Cover tightly, put in boil ing water, and boil continuously for three or four hours. When the wa ter bolls away always replenish with boiling water. Serve with hard sauce or cream and sugar. Flowers on Top, A good plan for the concealment of the unsightly garbage can is to have built two stunds to be placed on either side of the kitchen porch steps large flower pots with plants being placed on top. The stands should be built Just large enough to contain the can. which Is placed on a shell that swings out when the door at the side is opened. Holes for ventilation can be made in the stand, keeping the can as thoroughly sanitary as when ex posed. Use the other stand for ashes, etc., or have shelves within for the reception of groceries or milk, if the door is fitted with lock and key. Good Housekeeping. Saves Saucepans. To save iron saucepans, turn each one up on the kitchen range once a week and give the outside a coating of blacklead. This will not only make the saucepan last longer and add to their appearance, but It will also pre vent anything cooked in them from ad hering to the saucepans. Chicken Truffles. Chop the raw meat of a four-pound chicken very fine and add four well beaten eggs, one at a tlnu, with a thlid of a pint thick cream, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook in but leied tlmbale molds, garnished with truffles and set in a pan of hot wa ter in a slow oven. Cover with but tled paper. Hake 30 minutes. Serve with this sauce: Two tablespoons each nutter r.nd flour and one cup chicken stock or milk turned on to the beat en yolkt of three eggs.