The Algona Republican from Algona, Iowa on August 19, 1891 · Page 3
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Algona, Iowa
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MATH, ALGONA, IOWA- A SUMMER SOLITUDE. Broad slopes, robed regally la purple ling, Where green moist moss and scented thjrma lie hid; ' , And harebells hang the wlnd-atlrred grass amid; And ferns and foxgloves fringe the peat- stained spring. Here flames a yellow tult of furze, and there A narrow patch of vivid color shows The ant-built hillocks whore the clfltus grows; .And ruddy bracken starts up every where* 'The scattered sheep stray singly o'er the waste: Abpve, ttto plover sounds his plaintive pipe; Out yonder rise a pair of startled snipe, And seek fresh shelter with a timid haste. And far out west there gleams the wide .gray main— A silver glory where the sun-sprite spills His subtle charm—and 'neath the northern hills •faint smoke goes up of cities of the plain. A silent solemn plaoe and holy ground, Where God speaks in a still small Voice, which they Hear not who hurry by; but those who stay, And hearken, catch the tender whispered sound, And hearing, gain a strange, strong peace of heart; A new sweet patience for the pains of life; A calmer courage for Its stern'fleroe strife; A conscious power to do a nobler part. —G. Duncan Grey, In Chambers' Journal, A FAMILY FARCE. Why Farmer Grayson and Uncle Norman Enjoyed It. The yellow sunshine of a September morning shone in at the open windows of Grayson's commodious farmhouse. "The family were at breakfast. Mr. <Grayson,'a fresh complexioned, genial voiced man of forty-five, his well- fleshed form encased in a business suit, ready for an early start to town, sat at the head of the table. He wore neatly Crushed side whiskers, carried a dimple in his chin and a twinkle in his blue-gray eye. His wife would have seemed • tall should she have risen from her seat behind the coffee urn. Her dignified pres- -ence, together with the height of her aristocratic nose and a slight backward ^pose of her«head, indicated administra- •tive qualities, while the softness of her •dark <eyes and the sweetness of her well-modulated voice marked her an attractive general of the household •forces. ' Her mother, a sprightly little, old lady, engaged in supplying the manifold wants, of two half-grown boys, was at her left. The oldest son, now Hearing the end of his first college '•vacation, completed the group. Said Mrl Grayson, drawing an envelope from his pocket; "I will take occasion while in waiting for those muffins to read you the letter which I received last night from Uncle Norman." "Yes, by all means let us hear it," .spoke Grandmother Dent; "I am anxious to know how Brother and Sister Norman receive the news of our projected visit." / Mr. Grayson proceeded to read: DEAR NEPHEW, NIECE, SISTER AND ALL: Wo are in a state of bolsteroua'hilarlty t After *ll'these years to be assured 'of harboring the •whole crowd of you and that tight early, Is not 4o bo taken calmly. / Our house is a tumult pf preparation from Carrot to collar and the women of my family are In a state of excitement bordering on the extreme. Welcome I Thrice welcome to Sweet flag farm I l You certainly do well, to. try the trip across the country at this season. It will probably Increase your appetites, but wife will be ready lor you. About the business, George, I am glad that you made me so advantageous a sale. You apeak of bringing the money with you. Now I bog of you do not take;the risk. Four thousand •dollars is {.too large an amount to be bothered •with on an excursion. Express it from Cambria. Yours in affection, SAMUEL NORMAN. Grandmother Dent spoke quickly: *'Ile is right! He is right, son George! You should not think of carrying the money yourself with your careless liabits. Should you object to express- Ing it, give it to me. I often in my tusband's lifetime have carried large amounts in the pockets of my petticoat. Money is always safer with a woman." "Nonsense, mother! Just as though I am not capable of carrying a package of money a distance like that. No risk whatever! It would be folly to express it" "Uemember the affair of the Epworth notes, George," said his wife, pleasantly; "of course we know that you are fully capable of taking care of the .jnoney, if only you were not so absent- aninded. I think myself that it might "be wise to let Donald carry it if you insist upon not expressing it." "My dear! my dear!" cried Mr. Gray*on, in impatience, "This is foolishness! Believe your minds of this roat- -ter, good people. The mpney shall •reach Uncle Norman in safety." Boon. Mi'. Grayson set out for town, While Mrs. Grayson and Grandmother Dent continued their preparations for -$he visit upon which .they were to start - three days later. All sorts of cooking soon in progress to fill the capa» lunch,'baskets. Isjrtujjate it is, Clarinda," said as she deftly cut up a >)thj,li you and I have just had aln&ca, petticoats made. White BOOR ^Uftd eft a journey. And pao^Stp^^ bad put in wiU »e go handy, J%QW J wish George might have; nCarry that |ilaee like a. valuables," Just then said his to some way | destroy my 4| your lather to let me mjne, • There is no ' a petticoat for " h WhUH Mr. Graysttn tetttttM hia laid some strong linen envelopes on ibe mantel, saying: "Clarinclaf, I bought a package of these, although of course 1 only needed one for the money* They nifty be useful sometime*" "Let me have one," saifiGrandmother Dent, "that is just whati'i need to hold the mtillein for my asthma. I Will put the envelope and the pipe 1 in my pocket where they will be handy if I should have afc attack by the way.'* , The journey to Sweet Flag farm was an awkward one by rail, but across the Country it was a distance of only fifty miles of good roads. The Graysons had resided in this part of the state only a comparatively short time and this was consequently their first visit to the family of Grandmother Dent's sister for many years* They were a hilarious party as they drove along behind the handsome bays in the three-seated light wagon. The weather was in one of her most perfect moods of autumn musing. Mother Nature, it would seem, leaned back in her chair, smoking her pipe (if the irreverence may be pardoned) and dreamily gazing through the haze at her peaceful handiwork. Toward night they reached an old stone inn );o which they had been directed. They were informed that only two beds were at their disposal, as a troupe of traveling singers had engaged several and a young man, just arrived, another. Here the young man mentioned, a frank, manly fellow in appearance, came up and offered the half of his bed to either Donald or Mr. Grayson. "I will sleep with the stranger, Donald," said Mr. Grayson. "I could never rest with those two youngsters. You may take them in chaage and this will leave a bed for your mother and grandmother." The next morning it was ascertained that tli3 young stranger—James Grant he introduced himself—was traveling in their direction, and since they had taken a great liking to him they offered him a seat with them. Merrily the day passed and as they drove in at the great gates of Sweet Flag farm they saw the whole, family coming out to welcome them. There was Aunt Myra and Uncle Norman and the daughters Alice and May and a son John, not to mention a huge Newfoundland dog that seemed as glad as anyone else in his boikter- ous mirth. Turning to introduce the stranger who had ridden with them into the yard, what was Mr. Grayson's surprise to have instead the young man introduced to him as James Grant Norman, the youngest son of Uncle Norman. After they had all returned from their rooms to the wide sitting-room and had been assured by Aunt Clara that supper would soon be upon the table, Mr. Grayson remarked: "I think this young- man, James, owes us an explanation. What was your object, my boy, in thus hoodwinking your relatives?" "Well, you see, sir," said James, "father was very much worried about that money and I suggested that I meet you at the stone inn, and perhaps if anything should happen, being well armed, I might be of assistance. I rode over with A neighbor going in that direction. "It was a later thought, passing myself off as a stranger. When I saw that you did not recognize me, I thought it would be a good joke. "Then I feel as though I owe you an apology for a further action of mine," hesitating a little. "When we went to bed last night I noticed that you threw your coat inside out over a chair. I could not help seeing an envelope looking as though it ' might contain money in one of the pockets. I could not sleep thinking of it and finally rose and put the envelope under my pillow. As you did not mention the matter in the morning I retained the envelope and now return it, sir, hoping that no harm is done." To James' surprise, his relative did not seem in the least concerned at this exposure of his carelessness, but with even more than his usual number of dimples and twinkles handed the package over to Mr. Norman, saying: "Allow me to congratulate you, sir, upon your son's thoughtfulness. Open the package and see if the money be intact." Mr. Norman, too, was smiling and the rest of the Graysons seemed suddenly mirthful. The old man slowly opened his jackknife and as slowly cut the envelope and held up to view—a stiffly wrapped package of folded handkerchiefs! ' Mr. Grayeon looked confounded. But before anybody could speak Donald arose and handed his father another envelope, saying: "father, you must forgive me, for I have an explanation to make. Mother requester 5 me to look after the money when you first brought it home. At first it did not seem necessary to me, but noticing the careless way, pardon me, in which you were leaving your coat about, I was finally prevailed upon by her to prepare another package, filled as you have seen, with handkerchiefs which I substituted for the real package. The 1 ' 6 you have the money, sir, safe and sound," "Open it, Uncle Norman," cried Mr. Grayson, tossing it over. "Count your money," Both men were laughing loudly, Uncle Norman leaning back in a shout which threatened the ceiling. He managed at lasl to open the envelope and in the midst of the expectancy held up more handkerchiefs wrapped in the same way! Again the laugh arose, while Mr- Grayson looked puzzled and his wife and mother a little concealed in the podSISt of mf coat." ; , Araid the shouts of the listeners another envelope waft slowly opened by Mr. Norman. To the consternation of all but one out came a bundle of closely wrapped mullein leaves! In the midst of the excitement Grandmother Dent arose and began diving into the inttel' pocket of he* black petticoat, soon producing ft fourth envelope. With a little pardonable pride, she began: "I advised George in the first place to intrust the money with: me ftttd notv you can all see that he should have done so. "I worried about it all the first day of our journey, but that night at the inn Clarinda confided to me the fact of its being in the pocket of h&r petticoat. Said she: 'It's the safest place to leave it for the night. No one could find a woman's pocket.' . , "Now I could not sleep thinking that all the next day that large sum of money would be in that child's possses- sion. It happened that I had in my pocket mullein leaves in ad envelope exactly like the other. So out I slipped and just changed the packages. Here, brother Norman, is your money!.'' Amidst cheers Uncle Normin opened the envelope and out came the money at last. ,' Everyone began congratulating grandmother, when they noticed that Uncle Norman was curiously examining the money. Soon he handed some of it to Donald and James, asking them what they thought of it. "It is counterfeit, Sir!" cried Donald, "And a bad counterfeit at that," added James excitedly. While everyone crowded around, Mr. Norman gravely demanded of his nephew who paid him the money. It was now noticed' that Mi'. Grayson was shaking violently behind a handkerchief and soon his laughter burst forth, while to the consternation of the others Mr. Norman joined him. "Come, it is time, George, to explain to these bewildered people," said he, soon. "Very well, I will make the attempt," began Mr. Grayson. "The day I went to town I fully intended bringing the money with me, and bought a package of envelopes with that intention. Hearing, however, before returning home, of some thefts in the country, I resolved to express it, and did so. "^Returning, I fell in with Jim Damp, the old sheriff. He stopped to tell me of a find he had just made of a large quantity of green goods in the possession of a swindling peddler, and showed me a package of the money. The idea entered my mind that I sliould enjoy very much paying back this family of mine for their distrust of my business capabilities and borrowed some of it. "But when I reached home it seemed rather a mean trick, and I left the envelope of counterfeit bills in my-pocket, not thinking of it again until this morning at the inn, when, finding it gone, 1 supposed I had dropped it out. "Uncle Norman informed me when I first shook hands with him that he had just to-day received the money! And," he added, "you may believe he and I have been able to enjoy this." Amidst the laughter no one laughed louder than the victims of the family farce.—Carrie M. Gilbert, in Western Bural. AN INDIAN PRIZE FIGHT. PITH AND POINT* ,—"Miss Amanda, t» , I am over tay carl m love with you!" "Then 1 can cer^ tainly believe'in the size Of your Ibtel" •*~FHejrfimle Blaetter. '•'•//• '—First Office Boy—"He's no newspaper man." Second Office'Boy 4 —"No?'*. "Naw; he's a journalist. He writes wid a gold pen."—N. Y. Recorder. —Lady Customer—"That pair of slippers 1 bought of you a short time ago have worn out." Clerk—"Bad leather, ma'am?" »No, bad boy."—Dixie. —Forewarned is Foiirarmed.—"Why In thunder didn't you girls tell mo you were both coming? A fellow can't handle a pair of horses with his teeth."— Smith, Gray & Co.'s Monthly. Squeers (ai the circus)—"Look at Peiinibs! See how he starts every time 61 ringmaster flourishes his horsewhip!" Nickleby—"Yes; Pen nibs used to (edit a society paper, you know."— Boston News. -j-An Unmeant Hint.—Miss X. Trava- gai?t—"I think the brooch you are wearing? is one of the most beautiful lyres I hafe ever seen." Miss Sheye—"You ought to see the gentleman who WAR REMINISCENCES AN INCIDENT OP WAR TIMES, to re it to me!"—Jeweler's Weekly. ju: ga --Bowman—"How would you like to go[ sailing on my yacht .some day, Wil- liej?" Willie—"No you don't. I heard atjout that yacht." Bowman—"What did you hear?" Willie—"Sister was ottjt in it two hours in a spanking bujbcze."—N. Y. Herald. •''-Cause for Eejoicing.—Dashaway— "ijwas in your furnisher's yesterday, and he said he was anxious for that ten dollars you owed him." Travers— "What did you tell him?" Dashaway— "I told him he oujfht to be thankful that it wasn't any'more."—Clothier and Furnisher. —Farmer Gilson came down from up country the other day and brouglithis boy along to let him see the sights. "Paw," said the lad, amazed at seeing hearse horses trot, "that ain't a funer'l, is it?" "Yes, 'tis; these city folks hev to hurry lilte sixty to get a man buried 'fore the mourners furgit "im."—Detroit Free Press. —The Egotism of Genius. — Fond Mother—"Don't you want to see the evening papers, Mortimer?" Minimus Poet—"Why, is there anything about me in them?" Fond Mother—"Not that I know of, darling." Minimus Poet (pettishly)—"Good heavens, mother, then what on earth ^iould I want to See them for?"—Punch. —"Nearly every house has a skeleton in its closet, I suppose," said Mrs. Hashem one day at dinner. "Yes," replied Billy Bliven, "and I guess this house might as well be getting a closet ready for my use." That is how it happens that he received only two berries for desert, while all the other boarders were r.eveling in three.—Washington Post. —Carrying Out a Principle.—"Yes," continued the druggist, in an argument, "I think it very unprincipled in the gas company to charge more for the gas used as light than for that consumed as fuel. I, for one, am against such principles. I say, let there be one price for and to all and everything." Then, to customer: "And what is it you wish?" Customer—"I'd like one pound of caraway seed. How much is it?" Druggist —"Thirty-five cents, please." Customer —"I have only a quarter with me. It's for the baker across the way." Druggist—'•"Oh, is that so? I only charge a quarter to bakers. Thank you. Goodby!"—Pharmaceutical Era. "Donald," not man- that money out? It When Two Bucks Enter the Ring They Battle In Earnest. It is a fact that among Indians of the same tribe, though they may number thousands, there are few cases of quarrels among them that ever result in murder. This is strange'when it is remembered that the Indian is passionate, uncontrolled in his impulses, gruel and ferocious by nature. They have their difficulties and quarrels, however, but arbitration of the old men prevents bloodshed or murder. Yet once in awhile a fight occurs, and it is a novel sight to witness.. One buck challenges another to combat, and, accompanied by their friends to the battle ground, each buck is stripped and made to confront the other. Between them lies a a war club—a smooth, long piece of hard wood, seasoned by years of service and regarded as a sort of mascot because of the blood stains on it received during the war. The seconds of the surly looking duelists toss up a piece of bark on "the wet or dry" principle, when boys long ago chose sides in playing "town ball." The winner picks up the club, and his opponent, folding his arras, sturdily plants himself, bending his head. • It is the club bearer's privilege to whack his antagonist just as hard as he can, and with all the vigorous maliciousness he can command, on the back. It is a foul blow to strike above or below the back. One blow is struck, and then the man who has endured it picks up the club, and his opponent is subjected to all the force he can command. So tfce whacking goes on, and almost every blow is a knockdown one, until the duelist last knocked down rises to his feet and refuses to accept the club from his opponent, He has had enough and the party breaks up. The severity of tne punishment inflicted and endured in these duels is marvelous. The club used has a jagged edge, and every blow struck brings blood, making deep cuts and fearful bruises. Such fights are brutal and nauseating in the coolness of their procedure and the appearance of both contestants after victory is won and defeat confessed.—St. Louis (Slobe-Democrat. A ntnn ivhnxfl Aiitt-t'nloii Peking a HI unity Fight. The doath of Addison Jf. Starr Francisco recalls an exciting incident of war times in Portland when he was sheriff. One night in the winter of 1S(W Cnpt. Staples, of the steamer JJrother.lonatlian, which afterward went down off Crescent City, Gal., Capt. Dodge, a gambler named Fred Patter- jlon and a familiar character known as "One-armed Brown" were drinking in the old Pioneer hotel on Front and Washington streets. All were taking a drink with Staples, who was pretty well "loaded. 1 * When Hie barkeeper said "all ready, gentlemen," Capt Staples lifted his glass and said: "Here's to the Union!" "To hallfax with the Union," answered Patterson, before any one could say Jack Robinson. Immediately the other men look after Patterson, who ran out of the hotel into the street. The fire bells were rung and so were the church bolls, summoning nearly everybody who lived in Portland. A great crowd collected about th8 Pioneer hotel and threatened to hang Patterson. Brown got a rope, the lamp-post was handy, and Patterson was all that was needed. He had taken refuge on the stairs of the hotel, and as brown approached with the rope he cried out: "I. will kill the first man who comes up thejstairs.' "Give me the rope," shouted Capt. Staples! "and I'll bring him down by the nccl^." Staplep took the rope and started up stairs. As he approached Patterson the latter fired a shot in the air. Nothing daunted, Staples kept on. The time Patterson fired to kill, and Capt. Staples fell with a mortal wound in his stomach. Patterson fled and took refuge in an outhouse and surrendered to Louis M. Starr, Addison's brother, who was then deputy sheriff. As he was leading Patterson to jail hundreds of people crowded around and threatened mob violence; Sheriff Starr appeared on the scene about this time, and, drawing his pistol,' threatened to kill the first man who touched Patterson. This prevented trouble. The next day • Patterson was released on ten thousand-dollar bonds, furnished by ex-United States Senator Ben Stark, T. J. Holmes and A. Arrigoni. The jury before which he was tried acquitted him. Patterson was afterward shot dead in a barber's ch^air in Walla Walla by a man named Do'nahoe, who was a special policeman in Portland when Capt. Staples was killed.—Northwest Magazine. ADMIRAL AND GENERAL. tit dfc "Call ttot this traift raft tia tbn before the express ,vrl\l leave?" The oM&t •fdplittd that it alight, it was contrary to ttie regulations the road. "Then,"' -'Shirt" Butler, "wd will it" "Bttfc it is contrary to the regfulll* tions," insisted the railroad man. "No, it is not," quickly replied But* ler. "There are new regulations 1ft force now." And, ordering the passenger coach to bo cut off, he sprang Upotfc the engine and gave the engineer th* word of command: "Go through!" The engineer hesitating, the general seized the throttle, remarking: "I know something about a locomotive myself." 1 Without further remonstrance the ett» gineer started the locomotive, and th« big iron horse was soon speeding dowtfc the t.ra,ck at a tremendous pace, Butlelr standing watch in hand timing the distance between the mile posts. It was a terrific pace for those days and the run was made in total darkness. Just before midnight the lights of the capital were discerned in the dis- tanco, and two minutes later the engine came shrieking into the station, just five minutes before the time scheduled fur the departure of the Baltimore express. ''Well done, my man," said Butler, as- he slapped tho engineer on the back j and jumped upon the station platform. "The new regulations are revoked and the old ones renewed." Butler sprang into a waiting carriage and was quickly whirled to the White House. President Lincoln was aroused and Montgomery Blair and Capt. Fox, assistant secretary of the navy, were speedily summoned. Mr. Lincoln appeared in a long white night shirt, and upon hearing the news seized Fox, a next j short stout man, in his arms and the two danced around '»he room, the president's long naked legs cutting the wildest capers. — N. Y. World. THE AMOY CHINESE WIFE. THE COLONEL'S PIPE. Everyone listened intently as tinaUy Mrs. Urayapn said she thought' she could explain the whole thing. "I did urge Donald to take possession of the jnouey," Baj$ she, "but after J I found he had done so I was not ro- | lieved. I thought I should feel much sa.fer to have it in »y owa care. Still not wishing $p hurt his Jge) jmjs by eug- tet ma oar Qi ve just opeaed and Flrnt Armored Snip. The first account we have of an ar* morcd ship is in 1530. It was one of the fleet of the knjgbts pf St, John, entirely sheathed with lead, and it is said U> have successfully resisted all the shot of that day. At tbe siege ot Gibraltar in 1783 the French and Spaniards employed a light iron bomb-proofing- over their decka. The first practical use of wroug-ht-ij-on platee as a defense lor the sides of Yeggplg w*s by tfce in the Crigj^an. war in i$.5S, to used against && Bussian forts i* fee A Creature that Lives the Life of an . ble Slave. The domestic life of the Amoy Chinese is admirable and detestable. The wife is not a companion, but a drudge. Unless she belongs to the coolie or boatman class, her feet have been bandaged in infancy, so that her gait suggests a young boy learning to use stilts. Her costume is nnique, consisting of four to seven blouses, as many trousers, hose and low-cut shoec. She wears no hat, and> in lieu of gloves, buries her hands in the f olils of. her long sleeves. In appearance/ she is neat as a fashion-plate. Her hair, oiled every day and shampooed every week, gleams like carved jet, her face shines from soap, water and friction; her clothes are spotless and are brushed and ironed every morning. She is mild-mannered and courteous. But her ignorance is unfathomable and her superstition a wonder. She burns joss-sticks at the door to keep away evil -spirits; in the garden to scare mildew and parasites from her plants; in the dining-room as an antidote to poisons, and in the bedroom to intimidate the nightmare, burglars and wild beasts. She receives no company but a few women of whom her husband approves* She knows no men outside of ler family circle. It is a deadly insult to ask a Chinese gentleman how his wife is. She is sad when her better half makes money because she fears he will take an additional wife or two and purchase one or more concubines. If he dies it is her duty, prescribed by a custom seven thousand years old, to commit suicide, BO that her sons can erect a monument to their mother as "a Virtuous Widow." Shi goes nowhere, reads little or nothing, sees no amusements and has no social pleasure. She never complains be* cause she ha» been taught to be what eheis and no thought of change? or difference has probably ever crossed her mind. At times she catches glimpse of European women, but gards them with more contempt and deeper loathing than the outcasts of her own sejf and race. Her happiness is in her kitohen, her garden and her children. It is through having nothing else to do that she acquired her vellous fifttl in raising silkworms, •pinning the thread, weaving the tissue and making the exquisite embroideries for whack China is famous. —N, V. Jour» Tho Only Remembered Instance. of a Man Holding Both Ranks at the Same Time. Rear-Admiral Samuel P. Carter is the only man in this country who has held high grades in both the army and navy. He may be compared to an inverted axiom, a man who was big enough to hold two commissions at one and the same time. He was a brigadier-general in the army and a lieutenant in the navy in the early part of the civil war and a major-general in the army and only a lieutenant commander in the navy at the close of the war. To-day he is a rear-admiral on the retired list of thJj navy. Rea.v Admiral Carter was born in Carter county, Tenn., and was appointed a midshipman in the navy February 14, 1840. When the civil war began he was a lieutenant on the Seminole :in the Brazil squadron, and believing that the navy would have little active work to do, he asked to be assigned to the army, and on July 11, 1861, reported to the secretary of war for special duty. He was instructed to go to East Tennessee ;o raise troops and organize the Tennessee brigade, to which he' was assigned to command in September with she appointment of brigadier general. Elis first engagement was at Wild Cat, ., in October, when Zollicoffer, the confederate general in command, was repulsed. He was at the battle of Mill Springs, January, 1863, and in the operations against Cumberland Gap until it was captured on June 17, 1863. He was also in the Kanawha v alley in November, 1863, when the rebels were driven out and the valley occupied by union troops. Ha commanded the cavalry expedition into East Tennessee which tore up the railroads and destroyed the bridges, and was in several engagements in which the rebels were always defeated. It was the first cavalry raid of any importance made by the union troops into rebel territory. For this conspicuous service he was promoted to major general, and he was in several engagement* afterward, and in September, 1803, was made provost marshal general in Tennessee, which place he retained until near the close of the war, when he asked for active duty and was sent to North Carolina, being in command of Goldsboro during its occupancy by Gen. Sherman's forces. In January, 1806, he was mustered out of the army and returned to the navy with the grade of commander, of the rank of lieutenant colonel of the army. — Chicago Post A False Dl»guosl». Miss Opopper—How do th»y tell th# Ibff 6 of ft^OlP&O t Ja$fc %upper—-By the teeth. ~ ~" yeiJ whefjhet' tb< It Had a History and He Hated, to Fart With It. During the summer of '64 when many of the three year regiments were being sent home to be discharged, there were several colored regiments of infantry camped together near the city of Chattanooga. The officers were trying to get acquainted and have a good time. Meerschaum pipes became all the rage with every one who could smoke. The colonel of one of the regiments got a fine one. It was beautifully carved. The bowl was held in an eagle's claw. Everybody knows that the next thing after purchasing a meerschaum pipe is to color it. To color it means to smoke with it until the nicotin penetrating the bowl from the inside reaches the surface and imparts to it a 'beautiful rich, brown color. It usually requires a few months to color a pipe to suit the owner. During the coloring period the pipe is always a ready subject for discussion and examination to see how it ' is coming on. The colonel's pipe was the finest in camp and cost its owner a fancy sum, but he did'not have 1 the pa« tience to color it. Shortly after this, a young lieutenant )f good address, got ona of those imita- ions of clay pipes which was already olored. It had all the marks of age ,bout it, looking exactly like the old rerman pipes of long ago. One day the Colonel accosted him (both smoking) on the parade: "Where did you get that pipe, lieutenant? Its a fine one." 'Well, I got it from an old German that was dead broke," replied the lieutenant. "He was just up from the front, on. his way home to be discharged. Ha ooked bad, I guess he wanted some commissary and I bantered him for a- rrade. He hated to part with it and said his father and grandfather had, smoked it and that the stem was German cherry, but as he was hard up I got it" "Well, lieutenant," said the colonel, "how will you trade. As you moke stronger tobacco than T do, you can soon color this one." "Oh, I don't mow," he replied, "this has a history and it is old. I don't care to," and was about turning away when the colonel said: "I'll give you this pipe and twen- ;y dollars for it." He consented rather reluctantly, but added, "being as it is pou, colonel, I will"" The next day ' every one who wanted a cigar needed only to hunt up the colonel and say: "Where did you get such a finely colored meerschaum?"—National Tribune. A iSTQRY OF QEN. the H|» Midnight Ride from Baltimore National Capital. An old Washingtonian tells of a tb.riUiog midnight ride by Gen. Ben Butler from Baltimore to Washington to carry the news of the capture of Fort Hatteras to President Lincoln. After the fort had been occupied by BuOler's troops the general started on a transport for Washington by way of Annapolis, At the latter point a locomotive and a passenger car were found, and th' general was whirled to n&polif. Junction, where he was stopped at 11 o'clock at night by an offteer of the road, who said his train coul< not proceed until the regular express from Washington to Baltimore ba< passed. "Hf# the tnill loft Washington NEGROES IN THE WAR. Colored Troops Prove Their Mettle at the Assault on Fort Hudson, The impression still prevails in some quarters that the colored people did lit" ble or-nothing in the civil war to secure " their own freedom. The well informed tnow that this is incorrecti In the la* ter battles of the great struggle many of them offered up their lives for their r$ce and their country. Tftey made good soldiers, and the officers who commanded them frequently had occasion, to- praise them. In the fierce assault 09 Port Hudson, May 37, 1868, tworegt- menta of colored troops tools part A* the use of Negroes in the army was then something of an experiment, GNsn,, Banks noted their befcanor closely, and after the battle made this report; "Th» position occupied bytUese troops was one of importance and called for the utmost steadiness ted bravery in tho&e to whom it waj> coiifideaV It gives pleasuf« to F«pp?| that t)*ey every expectation, In rosw jy their conduct was heroic^ No could be mope detommitoed OP more daring. They jnade da** ing the day three charges upo» J&e fc»>, teries of the enemy, §nfferin,p heavy losses and holding their at nightfall with the other the right of our line, Whatever may nave existed efficiency of tlxe hi$wy of tfcJf djtf j sively to those wh« w«r* to obsenrs Ifee ooadtwt meats tfe%t tfee this clase of troojps ^ *^sv

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