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The Tucumcari news. [volume] (Tucumcari, N.M.) 1905-1907, February 10, 1906, Image 10

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Wen Trouble Comes
When Trouble Comes.
Won trouble l a-coniln' ,
l.nl ilo thunder, will his ilnmimln'
"Koop In do middle it dc toad,"
It's iniKlity risky, olltnbln' IiIkIi
Won I lint Horn- onine by
So, "Koip In ck- inltlillo or ilc road!"
Do wort" Is blj; nn' wide.
So. look out for Unto an tide
"Kfop In do middle or do road,
Kf you ollmb on IiIkIi at all,
You must pick a plaoo tor fall.
So, "Keep In do middle or do rond!
Atlanta Constitution.
ply saying thnt ho would bo in tin EACH WORE THE OTHER'8 COAT
same scat n3 on the evening previous.
Jmm class
(Copyilght, 1905. by Dally Story Pub. Co.)
With Miss Arllno Kimball, prima
tlonna of the Witches of Orloif opera
company, I had just passed tluough
the s age door to the street after a
matinee performance, when, from
among the bystanders grouped about
the stage door, a ragged, degraded
looking man, bearing the marks of the
ravages of drink suddenly sprang forth
and, grasping my companion about the
waist, kissed her repeatedly in spite of
her violent efforts to free herself. Sup
posing him to be a maniac or crazed
by drink, I was so fearful of violence
that I stood for the moment unable to
move. Arline's face Hushed scarlet,
her black eyes flashing angrily, as she
finally broke away from him. Then I
noted a quick change in her demeanor.
"Then you have met him before?"
"I have seen him many times,
though not purposely, but I have never
spoken a word with him. You see,"
she settled back in the seat a littlo
mure comfortably, "I first knew of him
when I was playing a minor role in
"The Merry Wizard" opera, you know.
That was four years ago." She looked
ifllectlvely out of the cab window and
remained silent for some minutes,
seeming lost in reverie.
"Four years ago ''
"Oh. yes," resumed she, passing her
hand over hur forehead. "Pardon me
for breaking off so abruptly. Well, 1
was making my first distinct success,
although I had but a minor part.
Every one said I was accomplishing
l went through my part with a strange
luipitnn u-nlnhlnc Oil I11V Sllll'ItS. Tllk
gaze of a whole audience seemed tn
mo to have concentrated In that. ont.
pair of eyes. After the performance
ho stood at the stage entranco as oo
fore with the same statue-like lmtnov
An Amusing Incident Between
Short Man and a Tall Friend.
A coat comedy occured recently In
u Chicago press bureau. Two' en:
ployeeo of the concern, one extremely
short, the other tall, had been detained
overtime, anil did not leavo the ofllce
"Who Stole My Coat?"
search among the divers garments
She suddenly grow pale and her ex- I a. great deal with small opportunities,
pression softened.
"Release htm!" cried she in a
strange tone. "Do not harm hira; do
not call the police."
The pitiable looking wretch when
freed from the rough hands immediate
ly bowed his head in humiliation and
in a broken voice began to beg pardon.
Arllno without a word pressed a bank
note in his hand, then drew me hur
riedly toward her carriage. We drove
off in haste.
Amazed as I was at this extraordi
nary affair, I was even more puzzled,
for in it there seemed to be a deeper
significance than there should have
been In -a mere sudden Impulse of a
maniac ; But although wo were close
friends we had been schoolmates
when iirl-l felt it a too delicate af
fair to pry Into She must have per
ceived my curios 'v, however, or per-
Kissed her repeatedly,
haps expected it as most natural, for
wo had been seated in the carriage but
a few moments when she addressed
me with some agitation.
"Nell, you've witnessed a strange
scene. Ah. that poor fellow. My heart
achca for him."
"But your compassion Is 111 de
served," declared I warmly. "You
shou'd have had him arrested "
'Wo, no! A thousand timos no!"
replied she with spirit. "When I think
to what a condition ho has been re
ductal I feel a strange sense of guilt,
and yet I know I cannot rightly ho
and as I reconsider, I can quite agree
with them. The 'Wizard' had been
running but a few days when one even
ing 1 received at the stage entrance
a note from a stranger. Now, you
must have hoard, dear, of the audaci
ous letters that a successful actress la
sure to receive from the opposite sex,
letters that deserve to be torn up and
thrown away without as much as open
ing them."
"One, I suppose, of the many an
noyances that you are obliged to en
dure." "Only too true. But this noto was
quite odd In its way. The writer was
so modest as to not even sign his
name. Ho made no silly compliments,
merely stating that ho desired to bo a
good friend, but proposing no plan by
which wo could become acquainted.
To nppease my probable curiosity, I
suppose, ho mentioned the exact seat
in the front row that he would occupy.
There was a noto of sincerity in the
letter that Impressed me strongly, but
1 ns you know I was at that time en
gaged to George, although that fact
was kept to ourselves, and of course
I placed no serious thought In this
i stranger. I was merely amused, cur
ious, half expecting It would prove
' some sort of a joke.
' Later In the evening I was present-
. ed with an enormous bunch of rcses.
On the card attached was the simple
Incription: "A3."
"I expected that after the perform
ance, as a matter of course, he would
f be waking for me at the stage door
and would there ntlempt to speak to
me. I confess I was a bit troubled
about that, so I purposely fell In with
two girls who were going my way up
town, though of course I didn't drop
a word to them, about my new
friend. As I wnlked out with
them, there close by the door
stood my mysterious admirer, fault
lessly attired In evening dress,
looking in every particular a gentle
man. Not a word; not a move; not
the slightest attempt to attract my at
tention. He seemed content to simply
devour me with his eyes.
"The following evening I found him
at the stage door like a sentinel on
watch. As I passed by 1 was alone
this time, for I had forgotten all about
him during the dn -still no word;
but ho watched me go In as though
his eyes could not rest on mo long
nnniiL'h. More rot-rs with a noto sfnv
ability, the same Immutable sller.co, tho 100iS ln the coatroom wore
the same steadfast gaze. practically bare.
"But why did you not manago to got T)l0 g,)ort mnn 0I,tered first, and
an introduction?" 1 ,,ftcr washing his face and handB turn-
"But there was George, my dear t(J tQ th(J nook wher0 iie Was accustom
"But you liked him?" e(! t0 i0ilV0 his overcoat every day.
"I will not say." ' what was his surprise and disgust
After a pause I Inquired: 'ou U) flnd nothlng there. Then began a
surnlv mad a some inquiries auoul
"Oh, yes. Through a friend I learned
his name, that he was wealthy, of high
social standing, and of Irreproachable
character. Why he should have beep
so attracted to mo is ono of those
things thnt v;e can't nnalyzc. He v;as
said to be rather odd. Well, 1 flmillj
awoke to my responsibilities, and tswnv
moned the courage to do what I should
have done at the beginning. My mar
riago to Georgo was made known tc
him. The result was quite contrary
to my expectations. Knowing hi in to
be somewhat a man of the world. 1 whih remained hanglnc on tho wall
had presumed thnt ho would awake tQ revea tie missing coat, but to no
purpose. Finally giving up in despair,
the little man seized tho first coat he
could lay his hands on and set out fo;
I ome, It proved a fair fit, and al
though his heart was filled with angei
at tho usurper of his rightful cov
erings ho was partially satisfied.
A few minutes later the tall man
entered the coatroom and went
through the same lavatory exercises
a? had his predecessor. This man
was addicted to the use of on ofllce
coat. Removing tho latter, ho was
surprised to find no garment where
he was used to leave his undercoat
while at work. After appropriately
cursing the thief, ho nlso seized the
nearest coat available, and worrying
his overcoat on over it, wended hia
way homeward.
Tho two met tho next morning in
tho coatroom.
"I had a funny experience last
night," said the small man, thereupon
relating his difficulties.
"Why, you've got my overcoat," ex
claimed the tall man sliding out of hia
garment which the short man had
worn homo the evening before.
Tho latter turned ln astonishment
"The same immutable silence, the
same steadfast gaze."
from his dream and take a cynical
view of tho affair; and there comes
the sad part of It all." i
At this point I fancied that I suw u
tremor sweep over her, but at tho tlmu
I felt half inclined to a'tribute It to
the jouncing of tho carriage. In a
moment she resumed her narrative,
but with a slower and more mellowed
"In a sort of desperation ho seemed
suddently bent upon ruining himself
as quickly as possible. Excessive
drinking and gambling drew him rap
idly from his high positio.i to poverty
and disgrace. He repulsed all his
friend's efforts to help hi n. I racked
my brains to discover nn honorable
means of assisting him, but in vain.
Many a time 1 appealed t(- George, but
he through, I think, a set ret jenlousy,
claimed that all effort was both use
less and uncalled-for. Until to-day I
haven't seen him for months, and had
hoped that ho had at last succumbed
to friendly persuasion."
"But Iocs not his strange behavior
of thih afternoon Indicate insanity?"
"No; lrom what 1 know ot h'ii l I
think not. More probabl) a desperate
passion released of the 1 onds of pro
priety by his degraded condition. Nell,
I ought to do something, but what?
what can I do?"
For tho moment tho rattling of the
carriage over the pavements was her
only answer; then I Indiscreetly gave
vent to a sudden thought. "Arllno, If
George weie suddenly los' from your
life and memory, would uu "
"Nell" she turned toward mo with
n startled look and pressed her fingers
against my lips "If you have read
my heart, say no more."
"You've Got My Overcoat."
and surveyed his tall friend with
amazement. But his eyes opened still
wider ns ho was unable to suppress
the statement;
"But, by thunder, you wore my over
coat for nn undercoat."
And then both laughed.
Has Letter of Trafalgar Sailor.
A Manchester, N. H., mnn nas a let
ter written by Hugh Follund on board
of "his majesty's ship Bellona," July
J2, 1 SI ?. . He wns taken prisoner by
12, 3 SI 2. He was taken prisoner by
the Americans at the battle of Lake
Chanipliin. Ho was afterward ex
changed, but preferred to romnin In
this country. Ho spent the rest of his
lllo in Vermont.
When you see a girl picking lint off
a young man's coat in public, it'c a
safe hot thnt her engagement Mnp Vi
quit s now.
Wanted Ladder to Reap Corn.
A farmer at Crows Fork, Mo., in
quired the height of a ladder used by
ah neiial diver. Receiving tho reply
that it was about fit) feet, he said; "
just wanted to know, for I'm think
ing of trying to borrow the thing to
use in gathering some creek bottom
corn I've got this time. Corn is sn
tall down my wny this fall that a lad
der like that would bo just tho trick
when wo get to gathering."

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