Covina Argus from Covina, California on July 31, 1909 · Page 3
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Covina Argus from Covina, California · Page 3

Covina, California
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Saturday, July 31, 1909
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EASY MONEY MEN. Covina Contributes to the Support of Two Fakers With in Old Game. Prince Albert coats, high hats and sanctimonious carriage of figure, a smooth tongue, a bible, and a lot of musty stories and tricks of the mountebank, seem to be all that is necessary to exact dollars from the pockets of trustful ones in Covina. Many the time and oft the old gag has been worked, and the town is poorer by a large number of dollars, and seemingly no wiser in experience. If a man once bitten by a faker's trick should remain forever afterward immune from the same tricks, the experience would be worth the money, but the sad part of it is that when the faker comes again he Is welcomed with open arms. In making this statement Covina is not confessing to a fault which is hers alone, for it applies Just as well to every town in Southern California. Saturday night, two smooth ones appeared in town, looking grand enough to serve on the governor's staff. Their equipment for working the town consisted of the afore mentioned Prince Albert coats and high hats, also the afore-mentioned bible, a gasoline torch and stand, a bunch of pamphlets, and gall without any boundary. Both were physicians, so they said. They certainly were surgeons, for they were able to extract gold coins from pockets that are locally known to- be sealed beyond all ordinary methods of attack. A line of talk, both religious and Jocular, a few .tricks with a rope, some bad "ventriloquism, and the sale was on. The faker in the cart was selling a book of formulas, sure cure for all kinds of diseases of the mind and body, largely recipes for men's diseases, and all of them scraped together from ancient books of medicine of bad repute. The book was no more than a cheap pamphlet, printed on cheap paper, costing perhaps five cents apiece wholesale. The faker sold them to the people for a dollar—and he sold them, that's the marvelous thing about it—sold these cheap pamphlets, such as the mails are constantly full of and carried for a one cent stamp. He .sold them > for one dollar, a lot .of them, them put out his light and said goodnight. The other faker was doing ,_lhe stunt of consultation. He diagnosed cases and stuck them anywhere from five to ten dollars for preliminary consultation. He did business too. The same gentlemen have been doing b'isinsss clean across the United States, leaving a trail of malignant diseases, threatened heart failures, etcetera, wherever they stopped for business. These two smooth ones received a license good for one month's practice, from the' city authorities, as they do in every town where they operate. This license, It is understood, cost them two dollars. The two fakers left town the first of the week, and prom ised to come back. It may be nobody's business why the city authorities issue licenses for such practise, but it causes a little wonder. Perhaps the fakers will come back. If so, are you ready to dig up some money for them? They can't continue in business without your money. LIFE IN MEXICO. Whtra They Bar the Windows and Leave the Doors Open. The City of Mexico swarms with life yet it is still life. It is the hour of the •lesta when you arrive nml the streets are deserted of moving things, thougl every darkened doorway possesses its own colony of slumborers who hnve cast themselves down where they stood to sleep away the heat laden hours when no man works. Even the very dogs slink Into the shadow of the dazzling walls mid loll pitifully. The tinkle of mule bells Is hushed. The cry of the muleteer sounds no longer To walk through these streets with im perious foot, after the British fashion seems sacrilege. One might be walk Ing through u city of the dead. But the hot hours pnss, the city awakens, the mules strain and plunge at the collar, the dogs prowl about be tween the legs of those who pass, the shops are opened, the scent of garlic saturated cookery rises strongly, man tllla shrouded faces peep from ancient casemates protected by massive iron bars, and the city of sleep becomes a city of leisurely wakefulness. You notice these barred casemates particular ly. They are a feature of Mexico Householders bar the windows and leave the doors unfastened, and here you have an epitome of Mexican char acter: Do nothing openly, everything on the sly, even to wooing your lady love. You might spend a long lifetime in the City of Mexico and still leave much unseen, there are so many features to note—the actual city life, the life beyond those jealously guarded windows, the life lived In the flowei scented patios where cooling fountains play with musical softness. Here comes.a vaquero riding .nonchalantly up the street, a typical product of Mexico, a cattle hand from one of the outlying ranches, n perfect fury unchained when the liquor of the country Is In him, a gentle, dreamy child When tbo liquor has evaporated, and yet between the two events he might have committed a clown murders with out the slightest compunction. Ills swarthy face is alight with merry laughter. His earrings sparkle in the declining sun. The gay trappings of his magnificent horse fling back dazzling specks of color. In his cha- parajos (those fringed overalls which protect the speckless white riding breeches from the dust of the way), his bell buttoned jacket, his sombrero, with the haft of a machete protruding from his crimson sash, he might be a hero of old legend Instead of a commonplace cowboy.—Frank H. Shaw in Chambers' Journal WENT BROKE AT VENICE. Two Little Chaps From Pomona Reach Covina at Two in the Morning. Two little boys, ten and twelve years of age, came into Covina on the last car from Los Angeles Sunday night. They were "flat busted." One, the younger, found his way up the stairs into McLeod's rooming house, and rang the bell timidly. It was then two o'clock in the morning. He said he wanted to know the way to the railroad station, so that he could start and walk the tracks to Pomona, where he lived. The proprietor told him he had better stay in the house until morning. •'Will U cost anything?" asked the boy in a weary voice. When told that it would be all right, he said, "Well, I'll call my brother." The lads were given a bed and breakfast, and started on their way in the morning. They belong to a nice family in Pomona, and had been to Venice, where, like many older than themselves, they had spent all their money, with the exception of seventy-rive cents, which paid their fares to Covina. Men Wear Trousers. No living man of this age ever deliberately chose to "adopt trousers." He was forced into them and all other eccentricities of dress by woman. In the very earliest sartorial experience of every man he is swathed in a queer bundle of incoherent bandages by a woman. Later she puts him Into cute little dresses so that the neighbors can't tell him from his little .sister. Still later she cuts off his curls and puts him Into knickerbockers, and ho puts on "long pants" when she gives the word and not before. That Is all that man has to do or ever had to do with wearing trousers. Woman forced him into them in the first place, and now he Is afraid to wear anything else for fear of making u sensation.—Providence Journal. Virginia Cabbage. Select a small, tine pointed head of cabbage, cutting off the top for a lid. C'ut out the center, leaving a wall un Inch thick. Chop one cupful of cabbage very fine, then add one cupful each of ground ham and veal, one grated onion and finely chopped green pepper, six rolled crackers, two beaten eggs, one cupful of milk, two tablespoonfuls of melted butter, one-half tcuspouriful each of celery salt and salt, one saltspoonful of white pepper and two dashes of cayenue. Mix thoroughly, fill cabbage, tie on the lid, put lu a cheesecloth bag and boll In salted water for one hour. Slice crosswise and serve with cream .sauce. Delicious. Serve, the potato croquettes on the same platter.— Chicago Itecord-IIer- ald. OF UGLY MEN Case of John Wilkes, the Famous London Alderman. HE WEDDED A NOTED BEAUTY Fatherly Advice. "Dafl," said tbo country youth who had Just graduated from the district school, "I have long chcrlshi-d a desire to go on tint stage and have at last decided, wllh your permission, lo" — "My boy," interrupted the old granger, "all tin; worltl'n a stage. You liltcb the mules to the l»lg red plow and transfer the outfit to the ten acre lot behind tbo Imrn, where you can enact the star role In that l«-autlful drama entitled 'Down on the Farm.'" Chicago .N'cws. For Sale—Modern five-room cottage on Cottage Drive. Latest improve- nieuts. Reasonable terms. Address ('. F. Jackson. Alfalfa for sal.; in the field or de- j li\ered. Telephone 1."/.'», f'ovina. Price i according to quality. Field at west end ; cl Workman avenue. Nearest alfalfa lanch tu Covinu. tf Courtship In the North. The old Eskimo lit a cup of walrus oil and peered over the sealskin curtain. "Aurora." he called, sharply, "In that young man down there yet '•" '•Yea, pa," answered the Eskimo belle. "Well, I want you to cut him out, underhand?" "Er—you'll have to do It yourself, f)a. He has been here HO long he is frozen to the snow settee." "i*r .--efc.i Magazine. And He Wat So Homely That Hit Looks Frightened the Children In th Streets— BaiHy, With a Face Like i Horse, Won a Famous French Beauty There was perhaps ns much tmtt ::* boasting in tho statement of Johi Wllkrs. the famous London nldermnn •Mid olinmpion of British electors •Tgly ns I am, if I can hnve but a 'liiurier of an hour's start I will gci he better of any man, however poor looking, in the graces of any woman.' Of Willies' abnormal ugliness there vns never a question, for Is It not re Tded that the "very children In tho ••Tcet ran away affrighted at. the sight i' him?" And yet his powers of fnsci ii'.tion were so great that "ladles of :/,\iuty and fashion vied with enel • 'lu r for his notice, while men of 'liindsome exterior and all courtlj races looked enviously on." There were, I! Is said, few beautief • >f the day whose hand Wilkes mlghl •MM hnve confidently hoped to win, and >vhen he le/I Mary Mead to the altar '10 made a wife of one of the richest :ind most lovely women of her time •• 'Beauty and the Beast' they cull us,' Wilkes once said to his friend Patter, "and I cannot honestly tlnd fault with Hie description." Jean Paul Marat, whoso name will always be associated with the evil history of the French revolution, was notoriously (he ugliest man of his day in Paris. When this reputation rcach- (1 his ears Marut Is said to have remarked, "But why limit my supremacy to Paris?" And Indeed the restriction was much too modest. And yet in his earlier years, when lie. was the most popular of court doc tors, his very ugliness seemed to exer- ^Ise such a fascination over arlstoerat- c ladles that they crowded his consulting rooms in order to catch n glimpse of nnd to exchange words with him under tho flimsiest pretexts of imaginary ailments. The studied Indlffcr- nce with which he treated nllko their charms and their flattery only mado them the more Insistent until he declared to a friend that ho would have :o fly from Paris to escape the perso- cutlon of his fair admirers. Ballly, mayor of Paris at the time of the reign of terror, Is said to have had a face almost exactly like that of a horse. Ills appearance was, in fact, so abnormal, so monstrous, that cbii drcn shrieked and women fainted at the very sight of him, and yet his wife was one of the most lovely women In the whole of France—so lovoly that as a girl she was known ns "the beautiful angel." That there Is n powerful fascination lor some women In extreme ugliness la proved by Innumerable cases In which women who hnve been richly dowered with physical charms have fallen mad- y in love with men of almost repulsive appearance. A London paper records a remarkable cnso of this kind In 1817, when 1/ady Mary X. married Mr. Mudford, i London attorney. Lady Mary was a girl of peerless •harms, the most beautiful of all the •ourt ladles and the favorite toast of ho world of aristocrats. She might— 'or her birth and fortune were almost iqual to her beauty—have chosen her uisband from among dukes, and even more than one royal prince sought her mnd in vain. To the consternation of society, she married Mr. Mudford, not only "a pet- Ifogglng attorney," but a man of iil- nost unnatural ugliness of face and with n deformed hand and foot. Singular, too, ns It may appear, her marled life was one of unclouded happiness, and to her dying day, nearly forty years later, she never seemed to have a moment's regret for her choice of a husband. Still more remarkable was the Htory told of a moHt beautiful helivss with an attachment for one of the freaks of a traveling show, and she persisted In marrying him In spite of all the efforts of her friends ami relations. This singular object of her affections masqueraded under the title of "the man monkey, or the ugliest IIKITI In the world," and he had an excellent claim to the title. Exchange. An Awkward Tixt. A butcher of a certain village, being a devout Christian, whenever lie sent a business note Invariably accompanied It with a text. A certain lady, wishing him to kill Home of her pigs, Kent him a letter to notify him of the fact, to which he scut the following reply: "Dear Madam I will call on Friday to kill your hogs without fall. Yours, Mr. B. N. B. 'Be ye also ready.'"- ' London Graphic. i GOING EAST? Phone and have our Agent call and tell you all about the Low Rates FOR ROUND-TRIP TICKETS EAST IN EFFECT August 9,10,11,12,13; Sept. 7, 8, 9,10,13,14,15 Here are some of the Rates: OMAHA, $60.00 ST. LOUIS, KANSAS CITY, - - - 60.00 NEW YORK, CHICAGO, 72.50 WASHINGTON, Tickets Good for Stop-overs. Return Limit, Oct. 31, 1909. - - $ 67.50 - - - 108.50 - - 107.50 Choice of Routes. SOUTHERN PACIFIC Phone 144 D. B, SCHENCK, Agent, Covina LOS ANGELES OFFICE, 600 SOUTH SPRING ST. FOR SALE. (Man or Woman) A 320 ACRE SOUTH AFRICAN VETERAN BOUNTY LAND CERTIFICATE. Issued by the Department of the In- lerior, Government of Canada, Ottawa, under tho Volunteer Bounty Act, 190H. C.ood for 320 acres of any Dominion and open for entry in Alberta, Saska- tchawan, or Manitoba. Any person, over th age of 18 years, MAN OR WOMAN, can acquire this land with this certificate, without further charge. For Immediate sale, $800.00. Write or wire L. E. Tolford, 131 Shuter St., Toronto, Canada. 7.31 PASO ROBLES HOT SPRINGS On the Coast Line. The equal of any n the world and set in the midst of such climatic conditions as constantly invite :o the open air. A delightful place fot •est, recuperation, constitutional trcat- nnits and recreation. The new ball louse, with its superb equipment, is unrivaled by anything in this country, Hy- iropatliic treatments, mud baths, swini- ning baths, Turkish baths. Particular 1 it SOUTHF.KN PACIFIC OKKICKS House Moving McCRARY UROS. arc prqmrecl to make contracts to move buildings of every description, heavy machinery and trco moving with promptness and despatch. We have the experience of years in the business and guarantee our work. McCrary Bros. ARGUS BLOCK Phone 5008 Covida, Cat. WE CAN FIND YOU * A BUYER * # * For Orange Groves * "V Alfalfa Lands or * City Property * # * ,Ot List your, property with HH. ^ I * Covina Realty Co. * t*#******** ****.**$ Jshnssn & INigg BLACKSMITHS ilacksmithino Our Specialty af all Kinds Shop on Citrus Ave WANTED FROM OWNERS Orange Groves AND He Had Noticed. Father (who l.-t always trying to teach his HOU how to act while at the table) -Well, John, you see, when I have finlrihed earing I always leave ! the table. John Yen, .sir, and that I* about all you do leave —London Mull. Large Ranches I advertise nil over the world, and can cell your property. Address JOHN THOMAS, 240 Byrne Building, Los Angeles. I N, WILSON The Blacksmith With the most skillful mechanics and the best equipment we can do your work in the most workmanlike and best manner in shortei time and at a reasonable cost to you. We. also carry a line of Farm Implements, Wagons, Etc, and if you are thinking of purchasing a vehicle 01 any kind we in vitc you to call and look over our line and talk the matter over. We will guarantee you a square deal and save you a few dollars besides We Can Furnish Complete Either COTTAGE or a Qualified. The great magazine editor .sneered. "What rl^'iit have you." h>- a.ikcd, "to think you'll ever make a poet?" "Well. ,-,lr." thu youth -aid. tliuidly, "I've been fa«lil;g iliati III a -.ideshuW for t.t»: lu.-.t two season.-!."- < 'iiic Sure! "fit: iimii dat don't do nulli/i' but look out for \o. 1," Hald I,'iic|. ; Kberi, "I* purty sure HOOIHT or later to attract attentioii to IdfHc'f .IH about d>: KriiHlIe.-it figgi-r in d(. 'rlthmetlc " Wa^hingto/i Star Kverybody'a Bread. favoiiti; Top .N'of.r h Warner, V/hiUei i I MANSION Prices within the reach of all. Phone 116 Covina Furniture Company

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