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The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, December 13, 1902, Image 7

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Throughout the scientific world there is a general feeling that within a few days important news may be expected from Glace Bay, Cape Briton, N. S.,
where Signor Marconi is.pursulng his investigations in wireless telegraphy. Lately the doings of the great Inventor have been shrouded in deepest mystery,
but Marconi has promised that within a very short time a wireless commercial message service will be an accomplished fact. At any moment the news may
now be expected that messages and not merely signal signs have been flashed across the Atlantic, from Nova Scotia to Poldhau, Cornwall, England. The first
message will probably take the form of a congratulatory Marconigram from Gov. Gen. MInto, of Canada, to King Edward.
of tbe ewants
"Women who employ servants are cer
tainly to be pitied," remarked a much
enduring housekeeper the other day.'
"They are at the mercy of their servants.
I have heard of the tramp hieroglyphics,
which are frequently written on the out
side of houses and at the entrance of
country places, each of which has a
meaning that is understood by every
member of the hobo fraternity, although
the marks are perfectly unintelligible
and unnotlceable to the householder.
"But, although I have been keeping
house and employing servants for a
number of years, I have Just learned
that a certain class of servants, who
might well be called domestic tramps,
because they are always changing places,
actually boycott a house where they
have been employed, and not been suited,
by writing their opinions of the family
in places where the newly employed ser
vants can easily find them.
"Cooks have come and gone without
any apparent reason whatever. Wait
resses and chambermaids, who would
appear pleased at first, would leave with
out notice. I did not know what to do.
I could not understand why. I had to
haunt Intelligence offices and be con
stantly changing servants. I have al
ways been kind to my girls, giving them
easy work, regular hours and kind treat
ment -
"This year, however, has been an awful
one." 1 could not solve the mystery and
could not Imagine why I was so unpop
ular, until I employed a new servant who
told me the secret.
" 'When I came here, she said, 'I
found writings everywhere, on the
shelves, on the kitchen table and up
stairs in my room, and they all stated
that this place was a hard one, and that
you were a cranky woman. One girl had
written them and all the rest of the ser
vants hod signed them.'
"The girl also told me that she had de
cided to leave her signature and avaunt
like the rest, but that I looked pleasant,
so she decided to stay, and see for her
self. "I had discharged the first girl, and
the others, scared by her graphic ac
count, had left on their own accord, but
not until they had added their names
to the score against me. It is really a
wonder that I ever got a girl to stay at
Another Instance of the tricks of mali
cious servants is furnished by the case
of that of a certain woman, who is kind
hearted and generous in the extreme,
who dismissed a French maid because
she had no character. After that she
found she could not replace her. After
a series of unsuccessful attempts she
answered an advertisement that seemed
promising and requested the applicant to
call upon her. For reply she received a
postal card with one word, "Connue,"
written upon it.
"It shocked me," she exclaimed. "I
felt as if I were a bad character."
A South Lincoln woman employed a
colored girl to work for her. The girl
lived in the city, but near the outskirts.
The -woman noticed provisions disap
pearing and, upon Investigation, found
that her girl (who went home nights)
always carried a pound of butter or a
loaf of bread, or something similar, home
to her family, who were in reduced cir
cumstances. If all the tricks of servants
were to be enumerated, some one would
have to publish a book and call It "The
Pranks of Servants."
This Picture
was made from a kodak
photo of a Nebraska baby
whose parents reside at
Fairfield, Nebraska, and
own a
Schaff Bros. Piano.
The Schaff Bros. Co. are
using this cut for a catch
"ad." all over the United
States, and call it "Cupid
at Play on the Schaff Bros.
Piano." By the way, have
you seen the new 20th Cen
tury High Grade Schaff
Bros. Piano? It is one of
the finest Pianos made.and
can be seen at the ware
rooms of the
Matthews Piano Co. 0I,2st Lincoln, Nebraska
Lincoln If you Want First c,ass Senrice Cal1 on Us-
J. r3.nSfCr Piano and Fur- all grades of a fine line of Car-
niture Moving. Coal riages and Buggies

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