Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on March 27, 1891 · Page 2
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 2

Logansport, Indiana
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Friday, March 27, 1891
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NOT ENCOURAGING. Banner Hopkins' Experiments with a High-Toned Community. -The Society at BacIUu«vl!le, L. 1., Objected to HU Industrious Habits, and Finally Froze Him Out-How He Trlod to Bo Agreeable. [COPYRIGHT. 1891.1 Society in Bacillusville, L. I.. i s so ex- elusive that only the malaria can get tcto it The old residents of the town have no place among the aristocracy, and the relations between the two tlasses remind one of those tender sen- tunents which bind the Xorth American Indian to this government. The com- -mon herd is kept within its "reservation." The wealth and fashion of Bacillns- viUe extend themselves alon~ Grcen- Uwn avenue, which is regarded as the finest street in the world by everybody who lives on it. And without doubt it is worthy of remark, for it is lined with handsome residences, whose owners look out through their mosquito bars npon beautiful and extensive grounds. It was Uy a "fluke," therefore, that a rusty old codger like Farmer Alphonso t, Hopkins secured the magnificent resi- r -dence and comer lot which Broker I Lemuel Skinner had lacked the time to jf dispose of previous to taking the fast ? mail for Canada. Skinner had been one , of the brightest ornaments of Green, lawn avenue, and his departure was the more regretted because not even • extradition proceedings could brin^ him • back. : There was nothing ornamental about Farmer Hopkins. Forty years spent in wresting vegetables from the unwillin" bosom of Long Island had not given ^ him those graces of language and bearing which had distinguished Skinner. Hopkins possessed such a dilapidated ^ and melancholy exterior that one min-ht have doubted whether he could buy land enough at a dollar an acre to secure a comfortable burial. For that xeason his negotiations were not sus- f pectedby the Greenlawn avenue people, and he bought the place quietly for ^ cash, before they were aware of his h> -tentions. He could afford it, for a life f of hard-fisted economy and an unex- pocted inheritance had made him rich. When the golden windfall came Mr. • and Mrs. Hopkins decided that it was -., time their two daughters left off washing dishes and learned to play on the piano. Mrs. Hopkins favored moving to Fifth avenue, because New York society was gay and the girls were at an age when they naturally liked going into company. But Alphonso objected. He said that the moral atmosphere of New York was impure; and, moreover, the Fifth avenue houses had almost no grounds around them. He did not want to be obliged to scrape his boots at the gate every morning for fear of carrying, away his entire front yard. Bacillusville was the result of a compromise. The Hopkins took their new neighbors by surprise and the first intimation of the true state of the ease was derived from the sight of Alphonso in a suit of faded blue overalls sitting on the front steps of his residence, loading a clay pipe with plug tobacco. The gentle zephyrs of early May wafted the smoke to the aristocratic nostrils of Mrs. Eoche-Jones, mistress of the mansion on Alphonso's left, as she was preparing to enter har carriage for an afternoon driver. She turned and looked at Alphonso with horror; he nodded pleasantly and caUed: "Good day, ma'am," in a voice which made the cultured ah- of Greenlawn avenue shudder. . "I'm afeared them folks below us ain't goin' to be neighborly," he said to Mrs. Hopkins when she appeared on -the porch shortly afterwards. "Oh, I would not borry no trouble about it, father," replied Mrs. Hopkins. "Trj^ women folks can most generally fix those things up quickest. I'll kind o' make an errand over there in the mornin', makin' out as if I wanted to "borry a,flat or a little yeast. I can allers get acquainted with a woman best in her own kitchen." Mr& Hopkins did not find Mrs. Eoche- Jones in htf own kitchen, which may account for'the failure of her pacific mission. Then Alphonso tried the experiment of smoking his after-supper pipe sitting on the little ornamented fence which separated his grounds from those of the Eoche-Joneses. He as- -,«umed an easy attitude, calculated to •SWOB acnis wits- end for an occupation. Bred to a life of perpetual toil, he could not be relieved of the primal curse by the accident of an inheritance. His daughters found practicing on the piano an agreeable substitute for household work. They enjoyed it much more than their neighbors did, for what they lacked in skill they made up in energy. But their horny-handed sire was too old to get his exercise in the acquirement of graceful accomplishments. He needed something searching. Trimming up the trees around his house afforded him a relief which was small compared to the misery inflicted upon Van Alpines and'Roche-Joneses by the spectacle of their new neighbor, clad'in tiis rustic garments, seated on a limb and chawing a large mouthful of tobacco in time with the motion of his saw. When ;ill his own trees were trimmed, he volunteered to do as much for those in the surrounding grounds., but his offers were refused and he was forced to console himself by joining the laborers employed by the town to c.ire for the shade trees along the highways. Thus he.Hvhiled away a few days, but before lor f ennui attacked him again as violently ; p. if he had known the society name for it. , Then he painted his house. When the idea of doing it occurred to him, he accepted it as an inspiration. It was cie'on de-last day before their departure; "but it wa'nt no use. This is my last experiment with a high-toned com| munity." EOWAEP FIELDING. AMONG THE SuLPinTK in the nests is a good remedy for lice. WAJZ.V, well-ventilated .coops should be provided for the early chicks. A LITTLE care in shutting fowls up at the start will teach them to lay in the house. COLD, wet, improper feed and filth are the four leading causes of disease among poultry. THP.IFTIEE and more vigorous chicks will be secured }f the eggs used for hatching are fresh, FRESH earth iu which the hens can wallow and scratch will be found of considerable benefit, IT will help to promote health if care is taken to wash out the drinking vessels clean every morning. THE gizzard of the fowl masticates the food, but this can only be done with plenty of sharp, gritty material. By selecting eggs for hatching from the hens that lay the earliest and best, a decided improvement can be made in the breed. THE white or browm Leghorns are a very desirable breefl where eggs are wanted. They are good layers, but not good setters. nests should always be in a darkened place. The hens will not be disturbed so much nor be liable to break so many eggs. HENS at this time should not be overfed. Keep them with a sharp appetite, so that they will take exercise enough to keep healthy. Two TABLE3POOOTU7.S of crude ear- bolic acid to each bucketful of whitewash will make it much more destructive to lice. HENS and poultry of every kind will not thrive if kept in dark, close quarters. ^ They need plenty of fresh air and light to thrive well. WHILE milk is an excellent food for fowls, care should be taken not to allow it to stand in the vessels until it becomes rancid. Keep the vessels clean. The Important >f purifying the blood cannot be overestimated, for without pure blood you cannot enjoy good health. At tbis season nearly every one needs a, good medicine to purify, vitalize, and enrich the Wood, and we aslc you to try Hood's PprilJiai' Sarsaparilla, It strengthens rcouncil and fiunds up thc systemi creates an appetite, and tones the digestion, while It eradicates disease. The peculiar combination, proportion, and preparation of the vegetable remedies used give to Hood's Sarsaparilla pecul- -p >, .,. lar curative powers. No ' O ' tSGlT other mediciuebassucbarecord of wonderful cures. If you have made up your mind to buy Hood's Sarsaparilla do not be induced to take any other instead. It is a Peculiar Medicine, and is worthy your confidence. Hood's Sarsaparilla is sold oy all druggists Prepared by C. I. Hood & Co., Lowell, Mass.' IOO Doses One Dollar Attractive and Promising Investments in CHICAGO REAL ESTATE TURNER & BOND, CHITTER w A JTEIGEBORLY CALL. -draw Mr. Eoche-Jones into friendly discussion of politics or the weather, but that gentleman only glanced out of the parlor window and scowled. "They shan't say 't I ain't doin'my duty as a good neighbor," he said; and he continued to bow cordially to everybody who came within range. But time began : to hang heavily on his hands. For the first few days he . had enough to 'do, looking around the place and "slickin* it up." This occu- fiually decided, to paint the back and front yellow and the two sides brown. Then Alphonso mixed his paints on the lawn; slung his ladders and prepared for work. This frightful project broke the armed neutrality which had been observed hitherto by his new' neighbors. Mr. Eoche-Jones ventured to call with a remonstrance. He said: "Mr. Hopkins, up to this tune we have not troubled you with any—" "Bless my soul," cried Alphonso, "so that is why you hung back. Afraid of troublin' me. Wall now, I swan! I've done you an injustice. Mother—" he called to Mrs. Hopkins, who appeared in the front hall at this moment— 'here's Mr. Jones come over to see us and explain why he ain't been more neighborly. Seems that he thought we'd be busy, havin' jest moved in, so he didn't want to trouble us." "No trouble at all, Mr. Jones, I'm sure," said Mrs. Hopkins, wiping her right hand on her apron as she advanced. "We'd a-been glad to see you or Mrs. Jones any day. Tell her to come over and bring her sewin' work whenevershe feels like it." It was an unusual situation for Mr. Eoche-Jones, but he endeavored to do his duty by those whom he represented. He tried a dozen times to introduce the subject of paint or to hint at the practices by which Hopkins had previously made himself obnoxious, but on every occasion he was interrupted by exclamations of cordiality, which were evidently inspired ,by the notion that he was apologizing for the coolness which had been shown the Hopkins family. Hopkins finished his house-painting without further interruption. He lingered -over it, knowing how badly he would feel when it was done, and he was forced to be idle again. The work gave him opportunities for reflection, and he got an idea which promised a 'little steady occupation. He resolved to keep a cow. He could raise almost enough hay on the lawn to feed her, and no doubt his neighbors would be glad to take a little of the milk. Mrs. Hopkins approved, and the cow was purchased. When this was done he lavished renewed attentions upon his cow. He did everything for this mild-eyed beast which his ingenuity could devise, and at last when he could think of nothing els he butchered her in the back °JZK This led to a call from Mr. Van Alpine "Mr. Hopkins," said he, "I want to speak of that unusual spectacle on your premises this morning." "Yes," said Hopkins,^»almly; "how much do you think the critter weighed? "I have no desire to know, but " "Sho; I was in hopes I could sell you a quarter. Down our way when a man kills a critter his neighbors most always take some of it off'n his hands." Mr. Van Alpine lost his temper. He threatened legal proceedings, and when they failed to terrify Hopkins, he hinted at illegal proceedings by vigilance committee. "Mother," said Mr. Hopkins, in reporting this interview to his wife, "I don't think we can live among such heathens any longer. Soon's I collect our milk bills and salt down that beef I believe we'll puU up stakes." The milk biljs met with almost unanimous repudiation. 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