The Daily Review from Decatur, Illinois on December 22, 1902 · Page 3
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Decatur, Illinois
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Monday, December 22, 1902
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MONDAY EVENING, DBCEfUEK aa, xgoa. THE DECATUB CH1USTMAS AWDIEJVCE By REBECCA OTTOLEN'iUI Copyright, 1002, by Rebecca Ottolengul ..~ y S MKHWMletsI )E were dowr "T«» Nights la ·Barroom" la the ten-twenty- thirty houses In the small towns at the time when that scale of price* enjoyed great vogue through- cut many sections of this country. We were making a Jump of sixty miles over · particularly poor stretch of railroad, ·nd every one was In a bad humor owing to the fact that we were bound to arrive too late for our Christmas din- Mr, and as we had a matinee at 1 o'clock sharp we were doomed to fast until sapper time. Our discontent, aggravated by the Irregularity with which the ghost had recently been walking, brought about a conversation upon the unreliability of ten-twenty-thirty managers In general and of ours In particular. "Tou youngsters may consider this a trifle tough," observed the First Old Man. "but this Is nothing to what I have been through. Last Christmas 1 was in Manitoba. 'Ten Nights' was our bill too. We struck a little town the name of which I forget, but I do i member that we were booked for two nights and, of course, the usual Christ mas matinee. We arrived at about 5 In the morning, and the company started at once for the hotel recommended by tfce alleged advance agent, who, I may add parenthetically, had the faculty of getting things wrong oftener than any man I have evermet. I had beenwlththe company the season before, and I knew what it meant when he recommended S. house--'Cooking Like Mother Used to Do' on the blotting paper In the register. There's No Place Like Home* or 'Home, Sweet Home,' or perhaps both worked In shaded worsted mottoes on the walls, frost an Inch thick on the windows at noon and all that sort of thing. So I called the manager aside and made a quick touch for $2. I got M cents, which was exactly 20 cents more than I expected, but I concealed my elation as best I could and In formed the manager that I guested should go to another place of which I kad heard. He said that as we were paying our own board It made no difference to him, cautioned me to remember that we were to play In the hall above the brick livery stable and not In the ·choolhouse, as advertised, and then rushed on to Join the others of the com pany, looking back as he went, doubtless wondering what In all creation a man could want with 20 cents in such a town. "I started In toward what appeared to be the proper place for the middle of the village, and seeing a saloon the external appearance of which seemed to tksiststte Indicate that I could there get more than one drink for my 20 cents. I drop- I In. I say'dropped In 1 advisedly, for, while there was nothing to lead one to suspect that the floor of the saloon was not on the street level, It was really about a foot below It Naturally, therefore, as I stepped In I fell headlong. My moist overcoat, with Its long fur cuffs and deep fur collar"--here the First Old Man paused and looked about him Impresslvely-'plcked up a large portion of the sawdust with which the Door was bestrewn, and when some of the hangers on about the place assisted me to my feet I was a sight, and no mistake. However. I soon forgot my troubles, and It Is possible that I was assisted In reaching that more pleasant mental condition by the numerous rounds' paid for by the only other man present besides myself, who appeared to be a stranger. I there learned, too. that the village had long been in need of a fire department and that Christman night had been set aside for an entertainment In which, it would appear from the conversation, every man, woman and child In the place was to participate. Indeed, I marveled at the shortsightedness of this policy of hav Ing the entire population as entertain' ers. leaving no one to play the role of spectator. My heart sunk when I heard of this opposition, for I knew that our manager had less than $12 In cash at the time, while the railroad fare to the next stand was more than $25. "Ilut In good company, especially when that good company has an apparently Inexhaustible supply of money, trouble does not rest heavily upon one's shoulders, and I had soon forgotten that there was such a thing in the world as bad luck. "My new found friend. James Wln- dus, was a strikingly handsome fellow. He was Immaculately dressed, and could not help mentally calculating that his sealskin ulster would have sold for enough to pay the board of our entire company for several months. Wlndus professed to have taken a great fancy to me. nml we were soon on terms ol Intimacy, as close ns though we had known oach other for years. Windus intimated that he wan traveling through Canada In the Interest of a syndicate organised for the purpose of wiping out the so called beef trust In the United States. At any rate he had contracted In that neighborhood for hundreds of rattle to be delivered during the follonlng summer. Ha had paid deposits In many Instances, and whatever doubt of his responsibility the suspicious Manltnbans may have had was quickly dispelled by the promptness with which the checks to his order were cashed by the local merchants who were vastly Impressed by the name of the big packing firm at the bottom of the paper. Wlndus had become exceedingly popular, although he had been In the town less than ten days prior to the arrival of our company. "It was manifest at a glance that this man was no dude. Aside from the fact that he was particularly well built, 'here was about bis every step that Indefinable slnuousness which indicates the man of athletic training. In one respect I did not like him--his eyes were so 'shifty* as to lead at first to the be- lef that he was suffering from some affection of the optlo nerves. I soon saw that this was not so and that, moreover, nothing escaped that pair of eyes. Then I began to feel that he was insincere, his ultra effusiveness lending color to the theory. But a single square look at the man, who when the occasion demanded could look as unflinchingly Into one's eyes as into the bottom of a glass, was sufficient to dispel all doubt and make you his friend. "I had lost all track of time. It had not once occurred to me that I had neglected to engage board and that we were advertised to give a matinee at 2 o'clock. Some one started finally for the door, with the semi-apologetic statement that while he disliked to leave BO jolly a crowd, he would be compelled to do so, as his wife had made him promise to be home sharp on time for dinner. That lady, it developed, wished to get away promptly to attend to her duties in connection with the flre company entertainment of the evening. "That brought me to my senses--temporarily. I had previously told Windus of my connection with the theatrical crowd, and, knowing that the manager would not object to having a man with real money around in case of necessity. I made bold to Invite him to meet me at the 'theater' at half ;mst 1 for the purpose of going 'back' during the performance. He accepted tho invitation nnd In turn insisted that I should be his guest at dinner, explaining that he had two very fair rooms over the saloon. "The snow had begun to fall In heavy flakes shortly after I reached the place, and when we looked out the ground was covered to the dopth of several Inches. I was convinced that the combined opposition of Christmas dinners and that snowstorm woulil effectually destroy whatever possibilities of a good matinee had previously existed. The'.i, too, the pios- pect of a substantial, home cooked meal tempted mi-, and I yielded. The other members of the little group left after awhile, nnd Windus ami I Rot Into an animated discussion of tin 1 itla- tlve claims of New York and Chicago te recognition as the metropolis of the Uhlted States. We were becoming a trifle heated when the proprietor announced that dinner awaited us upstairs. "And what a dinner that was! A turkey which must have weighed fifteen pounds, and was roasted to a turn, lay in all his savory glory at one end of the table. Celery and the other regulation Christmas trimmings flanked his turkeyshlp, while from an adjoining room Issued a pungent oijor which'told in unmlstaknlile terms that we were to wind up wllh a plum pudding made by a person who understood the concocting of this most Important feature of a real Christmas blowout. Wlndus did the honors as if to the rrmnner born, and while I profited that ho had helped me. to more than I could possibly dispose of without the certainty of an after attack of Indlecr.tlon, I could not help admlrlni? the perspicacity which had enabled Mm to discern that I was a mighty liuriRry man. I waited politely, though 1 must confess rather Impa- "THE THEATER'S ON FIRE!" tlently, fir him to help himself befare beginning my attack upon the appetizing viands. "When !n had served himself, rathei sparingly (is I thought, In view of the clabnnili neys of the repast, I ftraspci my knife nnd fork and cut off a. piece of the hi cast. Tho Juice actually followed the sti'ol." Tho Flist Old Man again paused Every member of (lie company sat up Htrnlght and evinced the first acute ln ti'i'est In til" nturntivc-. One or two 01 the people stealthily brought out pack' .iKes containing drlod-to-a-crlsp sand wlchcs, simipplcd ugnlnst the rule: from the ttilihi of the- hotel nt the lasi stand. It was manifest that the tale was inorenslnB rather than allaying th dissatisfaction prodneoil ly the dlama prospei t nlit ad of us. The Klrst Old Man continued: "Yes I w a « Just ulinul to take my firs m o u t h f u l of the t i i r k y when the pro prletov of the place thrust his hea( hrough the doorway and, yelling The heater's on fire!' rushed pellmell dowm he steps, It transpired that he was he moving spirit in the plan to organ- ise a fjre department and was slated to be the first chief. Hungry as X was, the prospect of being stranded In that Jay village was too horrible for contem- )latlon, and I dashed from the room, lollowed by Wlndus. We found that some hay In the livery stable on the floor below the 'theater' was afire. The entire village was on hand, and every man appeared to be in the way of er- ery other man. Suggestions were numerous as snowHakes. but, aside from these, there was 'nothing doing.' Finally some genius in a spasm of Inspiration suggested that what was most needed Just then was water. Some of us rushed to the well at the rear of the stable only to find that the chain was frosen In hard. Hot water was obtained, the chain was thawed clear and there was every prospect of extinguish. ng the blaze In short order, when--the haln broke. It then became necessary to form a bucket brigade. The members were obliged to walk nearly the distance of a city block for water, it Is therefore not surprising that by the time the second 'round' had been made the flre had extended to the stage above the stable, where were all our costumes. These were totally destro)ed. ·It was an awful blow to our company, not so much because of the loss of the costumes, for costumes, as you all know, do not cut much figure In ·Ten Nights In a Barroom,' and the street clothes of most of us would have made very fair substitutes. But all of what would have been our hotel trunks, had we been in position to indulge in such modern luxuries, had been sent to the theater. Accordingly, aside from the apparel at the time on our backs, we were practically clothesless. There was the greatest scurrying about you ever saw. The manager again Informed us with that exasperat- Ingly easy air of comforting assurance which had caused him to be cordially hated by all of his people that the money In his possession was less than half of what was necessary to transport us to the next stand. Things looked mighty blue, I can tell you. "At. this juncturs Wlndus came to the fronl like a man. " 'Hire the ballroom of the hotel, 1 he suggested, 'and give the entertainment there.' " 'A splendid idea,' replied the man nger, who forthwith set out to make arrangements for the hall and to have handbills announcing the change printed. The hall was readily secured, but there was no printing office In the town. I got hold of the dregs in a can of green paint In the hotel and with the aid of the proprietor's wife, an old sheet and a couple of mop handles soon had a very fair sandwich sign constructed. The wind was blowing a gale, and the property man, who was sent out with the 'sandwich, 1 promptly returned, vow- Ing that nothing would Induce him to venture forth again. The leading man was the most athletic member of our company, and, despite MB protests, he was sent out with the 'sandwich.' Within five minutes he returned minus the 'sandwich,' which had been blown to ribbons. As a last resort we stuck a notice up in the postofftce. "At I etotoek tta drugstore that not a Mat had been sold, once mor« Wlndus came to the Calling the member* of th« ailde. he MM: 'Hve thlB perfot tonight. Don't IM worried about fitting to the next Hand. Here an some Jive dollar goldpleoet--United States mon*r at that--on* for each of you. Keep the faots of thli little gift away from the manager. I ihall tell htm that If he will give his performance befoi* me tonight I will pay htm $50 In gold when the final curtain fall*.' Talk about your New York hit* and that MI* of thing) Nothing that erer happened to u« could have madt M happier. Tou would not have suspected that we had but a few minutes earlier lost practically all we owned. The hotel nerved aa early supper, and we went to the theater with light hearts. No seats had ret been sold. The same con. dltlon prevailed at. 7:30. Even Wlndus had not arrived. We Bent out a scouting party and learned that be had been celebrating his triumph In having a special performance all to himself a trine too heavily, and the tottn constable had Inconsiderately locked him up. Our manager, seeing the promised $60 'going a-gllmmerlng/ tried to negotiate with the offleer, tmt that'official was obdurate. Finally la consideration of $10. which the manager reluctantly paid. leaving himself practically ·broke,' Wlndus was liberated and was soon seated In the hotel ballroom. The performance went of* very smoothly, and Wlndus applauded daring the first two acts at every possible opportunity. "There was a long delay between the second and third acts, and when the sheet which did duty as a curtain was drawn aside Windus had disappeared. We Immediately 'closed In' again, the manager, not knowing of the gifts to us, suspecting treachery. Just then the hotel proprietor came back. Ho was very indignant as he explained that the constable had rearrested Wltidus, his authority being a telegram from the chief of police of Winnipeg, who asserted that Windus was one of the most skillful counterfeiters in the world and that he was suspected of then having In his possession several thousand spurious five dollar goldpleces." The First Old Mai) sighed. So did we. "Talk about your hard luck on Christmas!" he said. "There we were"-The train came to'a sudden halt, as though It had struck something, as Indeed It had--a snowbank. We were stuck In a cut, miles away from anywhere, with BO propped, the conductor comfortingly assured us, of getting out until a snowplow could reach us, This, he added, would not be befare midnight. The First Old Man got up and walked to the end of the car, where he took the seat Immediately facing the redhot stove. Doubling himself up into as small a compass as possible, he pulled hlB collar, once fur, up about his ears, drew his cap down as far as It would come and was soon asleep. But he dreamed; likewise he spoko In hi* sleep, and this much could be brokenly made out by the brakeman who stood near: "I--made--a--mistake In not--accept* Ing -- that -- engagement -- dear--old ·« Harry--Harry Irving offered me." as* ***»tst»t«t^WJ'.k*^ **** IQIHEfi WANTS Says the Husband Agreed to Give It. NOW HE IS KEEPING IT. Writ of Habeas Corpus Is Asked For. In.* rralhrr, » 7-ycnr-olit Rlrl. Is tho sitbjct I «f a habeas corpus ca»» suirted in tho circuit court Monday morning. The chJIil l» the daughter of Min». Nt-lllc I'ratber ami her former husband. Joim M. 1'rathcr, of Glasgow, Scotl codnty. Ills. The father must bring tho child In'o court and (.how cause Why ho Is detaining her. u» Is alleged. In the petition for the tabes* oorpun. which van tiled by Attorney O. C. Ix-For- jK-e Morality. It I* Mated that tho pell- tinner. Mr«. Nellie ITftther. was former ly tho wife it John E. Pra'lhtT, and thnt they wcio divorced on the petition of th* husband during the April term. 1902, In tho Scott county circuit court. CM.AIMS AN AGREUMBNT The petitioner claim* I hat according to a former agreement »he had with her husband »h- was to h a v e the euro and custody of 'thfi child nnii did hnve Ih* child until July, 1«B, when she pcnnlttc tn« girl t go to Scott county l» visit Die father. It in aliened that the father now refuses tn let the child return to tho mother's homo In Bfflngham. Mr*. Pruther st*tr» that she believe- that she had a good defense to the dl voreo suit brought against ihw. but ths because the husband had agreed to let he htivc the child *b* did -not appear in de fcnue In the divorce suit. Sho Also :.talc-i thnt the child wa» not mentioned 'n th dlvorcw proc«edlne* and WH* not Hive In custody to *Hh*r parent', excepting s the father prevWusly agiwd. Mrs. Prother culms that It would be great Injustlc* to keep the child »wn from her and In th* petition asks that a injunction ho Issued compelling the tattie to bring th* child Into court forthwlt and show cause why he nhouhi detain tier. GRANTED THE Judge Cochrsn granted 1 the petition an the writ was issued. The writ !· again* tho sheriff of Macon county «o get the! J child, and also against the father, John | HrsAher, to produce the child. Th* shorlff will go 4o Glasgow -am* get the child or endeavor to do so. The «··*», H to s-taUtt wss «af.»d ta Maeon countjr because tt was nor* can- 10 do sxt. Judge* being awajr la other counties that ml,"*it have been sc- letted. , I.ONO MMi 1 ^ From now until Chrl»tim.» Is tho. limit pill hv JiHlirr ,'ochran on ',y- time the InwM-rs consume In mnkl. f the flmil In tin- Might v«rst.\ Walker case. ' T t o attorneys were ready tn begin their .irKumvntx 'Monday morning nnd the Jiiils,--- told t h m 'to *H through by Chrism, is and It would IK- nil right. Tho l n w r w -1'irtcd. I:ND or THE THRW. Th Jiiiu.iry l« rm of the In nil cmirt ·111 follow the October 'term w l t t i n i i l any r i n k nr v.i''fiti'»n V t w e r n . 'Phi- cnso of Vi Jtv vi rsim H" nsi nlnum'li w i l l ln» Urn xt .mi. mi t i n . ilorkrl t» )»· l ; i k ( ; i vp r trial Th^ri- w i l l he court Tw.sdny nd \V-dni4div .end \\YdncKiliiy ni--ht iirt will ndjnhrn u n t i l 1. Ulvoive r.«» nnd mttiir.s w i l l lc hiNird l.i.i. ', nnd .1 mill the o tnlxT term will ndj'ii.rn ;i(HPlny i vrnliiir. ",. ,ud hr January «rm will eimvtne Monday. Jitn. 5, when he common l;iw ducket w i l l he- taken up. 'he en to of H a w k i n s VIT.MIIH I'errla\ In which the plaintiff claims that th* tie- endnnt wan guilty of alienation of his wife's affections, will probably bo -the flrst !."· tiikrn up. AI'I'KAMCD. iThe apprnl cat ( . of \v. F. Pickle · cram ·Idwiird 8h.istct n hnx 'been fllod In the ·fflc.' of tho c l n i i i t clerk The caae 1* IIM trie] In for. ;i Juxtlce of the peace and judKrwn! i..r (In wa« glvm tho lilalntlff. It w,ix .1 HUH t recover lies for making a mt«tc deal. VtncenneH In AruDltlons , Pec 2! --Vlnccnnoi. Tnd . Is a candidate for the honor of hnvlnir :i« American wnrHlil'i n n t n t i l a f ( » r IUT An energetic delouatlon from th it plsu- 1 ui'li-d "ii S i c r i ' t . i t y M"odv t ' i urcc this. Th,- m i m l i r m told him that the first war- ·.hip I.IIMK.III .1 in N\-w York for thn A n i ' - t UMH n m y wri^ MnniiM Vlnccnni"* nnd 1md nv'dc so credit ilile record thnt tho nnmo should not be lost. Strntton, son of the late Wlnfldd He-it t Mr Moody promised to take the rcuqcst Strntton, the wealthy Colorado miner Into consideration. will he married here next Wednesday - t tn Mies Josephine Idrrabcp, dnitghter of WIs.. Dec 22.-lsaac Henry the late Alderman Chester Larrqbco. Outfittin New Charleston Paper. Charleston. Ill . bee. 22--A new Republican dallv p,i|i.r l» tn be launched lore this week A stock company has been formed anil npillcntion has been made for lr.cnrpr.rnil«n papers. The enp- tallzntlim IK ."(», The plnnt "f the Weekly Herald w i l l furnish tho basis on wlilch to build th.. new organ. It Is rumored thnt Jmlin' r. K. Dunn la tho chief Backer of the new paper. This will m.ikc four dally papers for Charleston. CURES WEAK MEN FREE nsous IOVB A«D A aim MOMS FOB AIL How »ny m» may o;aloklr cure hlmMlf attar y*u of iurr*ruif trom mual wnkMS*. lot) Tttslltjr, night kMMi, vmrlooe*!*, «te., and tutors*, ·mall weak orstm to full ill* »nd rigor. Simply Mat your n«m» ana alMr*» to Dr. Xoapp Mtolcal comp«ny. UU Hull building, DMlolt. Mick., and they will fl»dly fend In* teMlpti with fall direction! K th»t my mu B»r ««ny our* blmwlC it horn*. This ii e*r- Ulnly ft muM smmui ofttr. *nd th* following nlnwli tskm from llnlr dally mall ihow what SMI tatek ef tlulr t»n«oiity: "Owr ain-tiMw ·onpt say slnon* thtnta for yoara of tw*nt tat*. 1 liav» given your trwunmt ft tkorough Mil. anil lh« beinOt hai ksw ezlraordloarr. It kw oomphUly Late Arrivals in Morris ChairssReduced Prices Large Rattan Fall Roll Rocker--$3.49 tesehrefl end t kai of lh« nclp* ··dt tar It is a boon (E Outfitting CO., *# But Main Street. 4 Scrofula \ It is commonly inherited. ^A Few are entirely free from It, Pale, weak, puny children an afflicted with it in nine eases oat ef tea, and many sdnRs suffer from it Common Indications an bunches La the neck, abscesses, cutaneous eruptions, inflamed eyelids, son ears, rickets, catarrh, waiting, and geaeral debility. Hood's SarsaparlUa and PUts Eradicate it, positively and absolute* ly, This statement to based on the thousands ef permanent cures these medicines hare wrovght. "Mr dsofbtat baa snotala, wltk elsrea sonsoaberMCkandaboaslMrean. Hood's SanaparlUa was highly recommended and she took It and was cored. She Is now tn good health." Mas. J. H. Jons, Parfcet Cltr.Ind. 1 Hood'e ·areapa.rine promisee ts eure end keejM the premise. The Edison Phonograph makes a most a c c e p t a b l e Xmas Present. We keep them always in stock. Just received a large supply of the atest Records Crane Ashby (35 Merchant St. SINGIE BINDER Prlco to dealers, |3C 00 per M. They cost more than other B-cent but the higher price enables this factory to use higher grado tobaccos, thus giving the consum- er better quality than Ig possible in big profit clgui'8. Tho smoker has LEARNED to RELY «i their uniform quality. No other Cc cigar ever won so many Ida smokers. Because of their excellent qual« tty and popularity there arc many tmU tators. DON'T LET THEM FOOL YOU There Is no substitute. OFFICE DESKS CHRISTMAS PRESENTS. Kinds suitable for the home or offices. Prices range from SIO 10 $50. SCOVILL CO. Dr. Clara A. Garb er 411 Power* Block a. BL, ·.*··«. m, IMS, EWSPAPER k.- * ' ' X 4 ' " x * t x x ' t x x « S fc/VV bPAPER

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