The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 8, 1893 · Page 3
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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, February 8, 1893
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THE TOTMEft MS VfotNtis, AflO'XA, toWA< is- r-ORFElt. it wSs New Dear's eve—the eve of evenings when all humanity es delight in officiating at the wake of the dead year and ushering in wiui mingled feelings of joy and hope the new born babe of father Tline. Crciwds of people, yoiing and old, rich and poor, were wending their-way down 1 firoadwayt laughing and chatting inei-ri- ly» says tiie New 1'ork Herald. . An immense crowd of people was standing hi front of Trinity*: church, Walting to hear tiae melodious chimes of that dignified old edifice pour out their notes of joy. The air was clear and cold, and countless stars gaaed down upon the enthusiastic throng, lending their brilliant rays to the festive occasion. In the doorway of an old Pine street building, a few steps from Broadway, .stood three suspicious looking men. Any policeman might have told you that they were three of tiie most desperate pickpockets in Nqw York. The toll, thin individual, whose derby hat was drawn pown to shade his nervous black eyes, /Was Miko Dahlen, find his companions were-rBob Letton and Bill Tarbor, the latter a delicate, smooth faced young man with a sad, pinched face. "What oils yer to-night?" said the toll miuoj addressing Bill. "Yer look and In' of, anyway?" "Old-times,"-replied-Bill. "Whenever .act a kinder glum. What er yer thlnk- New Year's conies around I can't help •thinking of some one." "A girl, I s'pose," Mike said. "Yes, a girl, and the best girl that icver.lived." "Everybody's girl is the best girl that •ever lived," remarked Bob. "Perhaps," Bill said, absently, "but Annie—that was her name, boys"—Bob nesitated, and it seemed as if he had •some difficulty in speaking— "that is, I— 1 mean I've never met a girl like Annie since." "Don't suppose yer have," said Mike. "The time you knew how well off I was. You see, I met her one time at a flwell reception, and wo fell in love right .away. Her father, Alexander Marbury, was a rich merchant. He has retired now, I think. Well, he too, took a great interest ha me, aud he treated one like bis own son. It was a New Year's eve, <too, ten years ago to-night, and Annie and I became engaged." Bill turned his face away from, his two interested churns as if to conceal a, tear. •"The devil must have been ha me,*' Bill resumed. "I got away with a lot of the firm's money, aud I had to skip. I bave never seen or heard of her since, but it must have broken her heart" "Quit, quit," said Mike. "What's the use o'f crying over spilled milk ? Maybe she's better off without yer. Things are " Mike's remarks were cut short by the chimes beginning to peal forth their music. Suddenly the figure of a man, with case. A name was engraved on the. Inside. • ' j "That's bad," said Mike. "But our chum in Brooklyn kJn fix it so that the name disappears. He used to be ha the' watch business himself and he knows how to work it." Bill glanced at the name, and the watch fell from his .hands. "What's the matter?" cried Mike." "You'll break the works." , "That noine! That name!" muttered BUI. "What's tiie matter with the name?" "I have stolen that watch from Annie's father. We cannot keep it. I Will return it (to him myself to-night." . "Man, you're crazy," cried Mike. "I know what I am doing. As lo/w as I ana I would not have taken that watch from the man who oiice, treated me as his sou. But I ain't to blame. I didn't know him any more." "Here, Bill, tumble to yourself and be sensible. I swear I never saw you .weaken like this." "Blame me if you like, but that watch does not remain in 1 our possession to-night," said Bill resolutely. "I will go now and give it up, 4f I am arrested for it." "7* m won't if I kin help it," said Mike 5n an ugly mood. "Give me that watch," ajad he mnde a quick move to recover it from Bill's clutch. "Stand back, now," cried BUI, "01 there'll be trouble." But Mike and Bob made a rush for him, ancl BIU, after "dodging them several tunes around the table, took a position ha tho comer and drew Ills pistol. Mike and Bob hesitated. The big, muscular bartender had, meanwliilo, overheard jwhat the trouble AVOS, and his sympathy was with Mike and Bob. Taking in the situation at a glance, he procured a club and, stealthily creeping into the room through the, , rear door, he rushed at Bill and com- wh «- ! "• ' TALES OF THEtOWN. BrUtoI AH It Appeared Four iiundrett Ships Still come up to Bristol Bridge, and to tiie Stone Bridge over tiie Fronie, just as they did 400 years ago, although splendid new docks have been built at tiie mouth of the Avon to accommodate the larger traffic with the West Indies and other parts;of, Amqr- ica, Franco and Spain, and tiie other countries of the Old World. Still left to us are many precious memorials of old days, and >.m tho center of the city much remains to suggest to us its appearance In 14!.)", the- year of tiie first voyage from Kngijind to the No(w World, the voyage that first opened the American continent to Kuropoau knowledge, and one that was followed hi tho next year by the discovery of the United States coast from Maine to Virginia. Not long before this time the learned and painstaking William Wor- ctster, a native of Bristol, luid amused his leisure, on his return to his native city, by pacing up and down its streets, and talcing note of the number of steps or paces each street contained ha length and width. His rough note-book is still extant, and in it he has jotted down many little pieces of Information, from which we can build a. picture of the; aspect of Uie city hi Ills day, that is to say in 1480. Let us stand at this comer, in the pelled him to drop the pistol with a l \™ vy *? . 1lnipo8p ou * *• * > j It/*kc»Y\ •miH-irtl f\iff\c3 it rtfYtin heart of tho jincleiit city, where four ways meet, and the High Cross stood. Tlie arrangement Irresistibly reminds us of Chester and other Roman, cities, and although history .Is silent as to Bristol having been a Roman town, it is possible that the similarity is more than mi accidental coincidence. We find our analogy in tiie liberties and privileges of Bristol, for these correispoiud with the rights accorded to Roman towns, and recognized even by tho grasping Saxon, thought no tax too All swift blow from his club. Then the three grappled' with Bill for the possession of tlie watch. But weak as he was, compared with his assailants, the latter experienced great difficulty in overpowering him. They rolled from one end of Wie room to the other, over- tui*nhag tables and chate and making tiie air ring with'curses. Suddenly tiie keen blside of a knife glistened in Mike's hand, airid the next moment it was plunged injto the side of Bill. A great commotion was heard outside. "Run for yer life!" cried Bob. "It's the police!" Leaving "Rill blooding on. the floor with tiie watch still In his possession, the three rushed through the rear door. A moment later tjwo policemen, a detective and an 1 old gentleman came Into the room. "That's the follow who was banging around the church to-night. He must have the watch," said the detective. Bill uttered n. groan nlnd turned bis in the shadow of the doorway. "A happy New Year, ter ye, me gents,", he cried, coming forward. unkempt. beard, and dirty, ragged deathly pulp, face, toward the speaker, clothes, hove in sight. He was singing' "Why, he's stabbed," said one of the In a cracked, unmusical voice tiie quaint policemen. "We'll have to ring for an melody of an old Scotch song. He stop-. ambulance." ped when he espied the three figures j Bill glano.-vl from one face to another, and when his eyes fell upon the countenance of the old genltleman ! a tremor went thront'H his whole body. "Souse me, but I shakin' hands ' "Mr, Marlmry," said he with an ef- "wid do whole world to-night, for de new fort- year's comln'. I've been cruising wid' Tlie old wntteman .started when he "bad luck in my days, but hope always heard his aiamo and looked intently at conies'back tor me wid de new year, j the dying man. •Shake, gents, shake." | "Good lioavifli! William, William!" And tiie nigged man shook the hands he cried with grojvt emotion, -of three pickpockets with much warmth ( "Nev—er mind me, Mr. . Marbury. -and then resumed his way and his song.- For—-for—give me; I took the watch, "There's the kind of a man yer /want but I didn't know it was your's. to imitate," said Mike, slapping Bill on I The old man bent tenderly over the •the bade. "Forget the old and begin the dying form. new. But come, we're wasting time. We got business on hand, and if we •don't get out of here tiie cops'll take us In." The three figures hurried out of the doorwajy and mingled with tiie crowd •on Broadway. "There's our game," whispered Mike. "See that old bloke wid de old woman that just passed us. His coat's open and TVO got a dandy chance for his watch." They kept close at the old gentleman's heels. ~ "Yer want ter work that, Bill," said "Bob. "Yer better at watches than we •are. /We're only good at pins." Bill declined the offer at first, but •finally consented to undertake the job. The Old'gentleman and Ills companion •cam« to'a halt, at tho corner of Wall street, and rested their backs against a Tailing in front of the. corner bundling. 'The three pickpockets found positions direcdy In front of him. Bill eagerly watched Ms opportunity, and when the •old gentleman, was busy gazing up at the Trinity-church steeple, Bill deftly •extracted his watch from Ills • pocket and moved a.way. But the old gentleman had become aware of some move- •ment In the neighborhood of his watch pocket, and on glancing down and seeing We chain dangling and the precious timepiece gone, he set up a yell for the thief and in a moment the wildest con- -fuslon prevailed. 'Bill and his companions had gaUnod considerable headway, 'nowever, and were out of sight before the, real situation downed upon the ••crowd. *~About half an hour later Bill and his •companions had found refuge in their lieadquartoirs, a dirty, vile smelling 1>ar-room in Waiter street. "Well, fish it out and let's see what the case is worth," said Mike eagerly, -when they were alone in the back Toom. An exclamation of surprise was utter•ed' by all as Bill laid the gold watch on. the table. """That's worth five hundred to us at "Well, whoi-0 Is the watch?" said the detective, gruffly. "Here, Mr. Marbury. When I saw your name in it I meant to return It to you nt once, and—and they stabbed m© for it. Take it." With groat off out he handed over the watch. Ho breathed with difficulty, and his eyes had., a cadaverous stare. 'Will the ambulance never come?' 1 cried the old gentleman. "Too late—too—late," murmured Bill. "A hap—py New Year to you and— and An—nie." There was one more effort to breathe, then a pause, and Bill was dead. cried Bob. "The best haul we've made yet," said ,-Mlke. The case,of the jwatch was beautiful, »- .engraved, f-nd in the center was set i^fft-oun of pure white diamonds, whoso • e-parldtfrjwas reflated in the eyes of THE WEDDING TOUR. Lurking Doubts Sometimes Mar Its Full Measure of Happiness, Tribute: The festivities were left behind, and they were whirling' to the station to take the train for the wedding tour. With a very heavy sigh the bride leaned dejectedly, against the cushions and gazed through the window. Anon a tear gathered upon the eyelashes and clung trembling there. Her husband was not slow fo detect the attitude of sorrow. "My darling-" A wild ahum filled his face. -—"what has comei over you?" The trembling teardrop fell and splashed upon her cheek. Anothei came and then another, and finally a very torrent of grief wet her face. Yet she was silent. "Light of my life" He was well nigh frantic. "what distresses you? Do you regret" She Interrupted him with on exclamation of horror. "No, no, no," he cried, throwing her arms impulsively about his neck, "not that. I—oh, oh—boo, yo-o" He drew her closer and kissed awjiy her tears. "What is it, sweetheart? Tell" He was gently insistent. "me, won't you?" "Oh—boo, hoo—I h-half b-b-believe th-the maid—boo hoo—of h-honor'look- ed prettier than I did. Oh, oh!" After a time he succeeded In. reas- rent below, and curious accidents resulted from tltls singular arrangement. In the words of an eye-witness, ''it has indeed occurred that a mast of a vessel came through the kitchen window, and even rose up through the shop floor, and that the utensils of the cellar wero afloat, and that an ox forced his way through the shop window behind ami fell, Int6' the river, mid the like." Tho cellars alluded to were formed in the piers of the bridge, under the roadway. Crossing the bridge and turning to the loft, we are hi the quarter in which was carried on the manufacture to wliieh the wealth of Bristol was primarily duo. Tucker Street was the special street of the "tuckers," or cloth-workers, and thu groat merchant family of Couyuges, of whom we shall have to speak later, had their origin hi tills street. As they acquired wealth, they began to export their own cloth, and from this they embarked on a general carrying trade, sending ships into all seas, from Iceland to the Levant. This may be taken as nti example of the manner in which many other merchants amassed thu wealth that enabled them to do so much for tiie adornment of their nativu parishes and to found extensive charities for the poor. In the fourteenth century Thomas Blankott was a manufacturer and introducer, if not the inventor, of the useful article that bears his name. The cloth trade was divided into many branches, each having its own JUMBO, THE FIGHTc-R. A To in en t that li Worth .Monnr n* A front. St. Louts ftrloboi Democrat: cats? Did you ever sew 'em tightV" said Jim Bums at the Llndoll, and ho waked right up and sa.t erect in his arm clmlr at the first mention of the matter. "Wily, In my house 1 we have ii tomcat 1 wouldn't take ,$r>0 for. Wo will him ish simplicity. this year,' he said by way of introduction. "She had sized him up in about a second, t could see that by her look, "Tom- j | m t she. never let on. " 'Yes, sir,' she responded with, modest timidity. "Do you like such things, he naked! insinuatingly. " 'Oh, yes, sir,' this time with child- .Tuinbo, '.Turn' Tor short, a slate-colored sort of an old fellow /with never a white hair on him. Maltese blood, my young- 'Wluit were you admiring most?* \v;is his next, inquiry. " 'Thoso drummer clocks,' she replied. est boy says, and he has Investigated , as she pointed out the objects of are ' tiio who'oea I in my town. from 'a' to 'izord.' ( admiration. over 'In Illinois, | " 'Dnimmer clocks?' lue asked. there are generally about two tomcats to a square, '.Tuiii' haw Ids whole square to himself. He tolerates no visiting., lie is very quiet and sleepy during tho day, likes to be nursed and potted by the children and purrs like si tea-kettle when you smooth him down. Ho, takes JIP noitlco of his several |Wiv«*p. morning or aftonioon, In fact sulv.n:'|-s mookly when they spit at him and strike with their as he passes by. At nightfall, though, lie Is tra.nsfonnod. Ho goes on duty with alacrity. "I'Morco as ton furies, terrible as'lidl,' he patrols tho whole, premises, lies in wji,U with grei,fli oyi« under tho current hushes, skims along the fences, creeps over the woodshed and other outbuildings, c.rotu'.hos In tho oavo- troughs, and from time to time emits 'Yes, sir,' this very demurely. " 'Why do you will them drummer clocks?' "She looked up at htm -with charming innocence. ' " 'Because, sir, they have brass faces,' and she laughed such a low, sweet little laugh that. 1 snorted right out and tho New Yorker fairly ran away. PLUNGED OVER THE CLIFF. guild, but tho chief and representative a. yoo-ojv of dollance which makes the of these was that of the merchant tall- j old cook shiver in her bed. Some nights ors, which survived luitil the present It's very hard not to shy a Ixiotjaek or century, and its hall, with a handsomely a. s<xla lw>tllo at him. but. wo know thai carved doorway, still remains. As Bris- he tends strictly to his own business tol was one of the Staple Towns, where ' and means no hiinn to the household, woollen goods coidd be sold to foreign-1 "But be lias a rival in tho nolghbor- ers, and the duties thereon paid to the ing square- who from time to time. these privileges were the brightright of the Bristol citizen. Among them was tlite 'right to impose tolls on goods bought by foreigners, who were further restricted from staying in the city for nioi-e than forty days, and from selling anything except through a Bristol broker. At one period it was the scat, of a mint,- a distinction only conferred on importalnt places. The freedom of Coventry was purchased, according to the bcatiful old legend, by the splendid devotion of Godiva; but Bristol could claim from time immemorial to bo toll- free, and subject to no lord but the ung. From successive monavchs it. pur- 'Iiased cliar.tors granting it even more extended rights, and when impecunious kings had no more privileges to sell, they raised money by imposing a fine, by way of a "benevolence" of £500, on account of the costliness of the citizens dress; "and every man worth £200 to pay 20 s., because men's wives went so sumptuously apparelled". Tills was in 1400, and it, is notable that in 1480, only four years before, the merchants of Bristol had bitterly complained to the same monarch, the newly crowned Henry VII., of the losses they had sustained and the damage to their trade by the long and fierce war of the Roses. It is a remarkable instance of the marvelous elasticity of the city's resources, and of'the profits made by renewed trade, that during these four years not only did distress give way to ostentation, but all the streets had been newly paved, each man being responsible for the portion which lay before his own house. The "backs" and. quays along the river had been put in repair at great expense some yeans previously. Two peculiarities are noted about Bristid streets: no coaches or carriages or carts were used 'in them, but only sledges, probably owing to the exist- ejn.ce of very extensive cellarage beneath them; and the city was remarkable for its s'jstem of underground drainage, In which respect it was far in advance of most towns of that day. The four chief streets led! from the central point above spoken of to the principal gatop of the city, one of which St. Johns gate, is sitill standing, and piously supports the tower and spire of the church from .which it takes its name. At tiie intersection of the streets no less than three parish churches, two of which remain, looked down on the High Cross,'now, after many vicissitudes carefully preserved in private grounds at some distance, from. Bristol. Though lost to the city, a reproduction of it adorns the open space by tiie cathedral, and marks the spot where tiie, original cross was erected otter .the exigencies of traffic necessitated its removal from the city's centrojk-^int. Attached to the wall of one V. the neighboring churches stood an edifice f owning a sort of exchange for the merchants of Bristol. This was the Tolzey, or Tollsell, and with its successor—for it was rebuilt in 1583-served the same purpose, until superseded in 1740 by tiie present Exchange. The street leading south ward from the High Cross formerly passed under a gate beneath the chancel of St. Nicholas Church, and then crossed the Old Bridge, a structure of singular interest and J remarkable construction. Like London Bridge, it had houses on each side and a chapel ha the center, but in this case the chapel spanned the roadway, and even projected beyond the line of houses, a separate pier being built for It on the eastern or up-river side of the bridge proper. Over the archway by which the road passed under the crown, the Mayor of Bristol being also Mayor of the Staple, and responsible for the collection of tills lax. it. was enacted in the reign of Kdlward 111. that the Maytfr should first have served as one of the four aldermen elected by tho weavers to supervise their craft. This shows the close-connect Ion between the guild of weavers and the government of the city, as well as the Importance of tiie office of Mayor, and the caro (alien to have none but a duly qualified person elected to that office. The annual swearing in of the Mayor was a most interesting and imposing formality, and there is a curious drawing illustrating the ceremony in an old MS. book in tiie possession of the corporation, known as "The Mayor's Kaleudar." It represents tiie Guildhall hung with blue cloth, and emblazoned on the windows arc the arms of the city, of England in the reign of Henry VI., and the cross of St. George. The old Mayor hands the Bible fca his successor, while tiie town clerk, below, reads him the oath. The sword- bearer is there, with the Mayor's stale sword and cap of office; the aldermen and other officers stand round the table, on which an inkstand and pen-case, a bag of money, and a leather case for the Bible. The various gowns are gorgeous with color and trimmed with rich fur. The duties of the Mayor were very numerous, including tiie supervision of the various crafts, auditing the accounts of the charities, and attending tiie various churches in state ion the days of their respective saints. He had to regulate tiie sales of ale and fuel, and all this ha addition to liolding a daily court of justice. D1FTERED WITH WEBSTER. Was Unfortunate for the Gr«tit l.ex- i«oj? apher. Cliicago Mall: A few weeks ngo f visited a graded school hi one of the lesser Indiana towns. It was "examination day," and tiae president of the School Board—a large, pompous old fellow—was present. 1 presume that school room was never so quiet before. A reading class was called and a bright little fellow rose and, in a monotone, drawled through a paragraph about a massacre 5n the time of Nero. "Ah! urn!" uajtemipted the "educator," "will you please have that little boy read that verse again?" The paragraph was given again precisely as before. . "Ah! urn!" exclaimed the wise man, smiffing likte a pleased cliimpanzee, "why do you '.pronouiuce that .word 'massa-ker?" The youngster hung his head and made no reply. "It should be. pronounced 'massa- cree,' " continued tlie board member, benignly. There was a painful silence for a moment; then tiie teacher meekly said. "Excuse me, Mr. Blank, but the fault is mine, I think, if that word is mispronounced. I have told the class to pronounce it 'massa-ker.'" "But why, sir, may I inquire?" "I believe that Webster favors pronunciation." "Impossible, sir," | "Well, that is a matter easily settled. Here is a copy of 'Webster's Unabridged.' Suppose wo refer to it." Tho "educator" seized the dictionary and hurriedly turned to the word. For a moment his face was a study. Then lie, removed his glasses, wiped them on a red baiidanna handkerchief, and, n comes over for a shindy. He Is younger (ban '.rum,' black as night, with a tail about, a yard along, which has the motion of a serpent. He has a voice, too, wllh a human stop fo It—-a vox hutnnna they call it; in organ building, don't they? Well, in tire rise and fall of that prolonged note, about the hour of mi(hii,'.';lil, there Is more suggestion of ghosts, hobgoblins and horrors of all sorts than one can well imagine who has not hoard it. T know some day that black cat. with this voice and tail, will whip Mum.' "1 saw them come together one dim moonlight night not; long ago. The 'yeofowing' began tho moment they caught, sight of each other. As they slowly crept up they stretched their necks oui! of all proportion, elongated their whole bodies until their bellies scraped the ground; th-eir heads actually passed each other, but their eyes glared sideways like coals of fire. Suddenly '.Turn' feigned retreat. His adversary immediately bounced him, but when he got there Mum' was on his back and ready for business. "f .saw his tactics at once. He held with his teeth and got. in his work with his bind legs. The fur flew, I tell you. They disappeared in the bushes (with a yell of fury. T don't know how it came out. but. next morning 1 found Mum' in tho sun on the top rail of a picket: fence. Ho blinked kindly at me out of one eye, tfie other being closed. His right ear hung down over his jaw. There were gouts of blood and spots of bare skin along bis sales, and I knew from the way he hugged the rail that it had a warm and soothing effect upon hLs torn belly. The other cat must have suffered, too, but he set up his old song the next night, and If ho forces the fighting I knojw Mum,' sooner or later, will have to go mid or." hrr.*> 1*1 <>' % l'.»-tr OUm ttnif tit* Alullorhorn Ahiiinlonoil to heir 1'n.te. "1 \v;is (mi. 1 of a parly of six," said Dr. WelwortJi! of Oterbeiu college, Ohio, to a. St. f.ouls Globe-Democrat writer, "that left the village of HarUburg, la Switzerland, oitc August morning a few years ago, to attempt to scale the rocky heights of tho. Maltlerhorn.That feat has boon accomplished since by s.'veral Alpine climbers, and yet It Is still a rare oi'cnroiu'o. Someday II hope to accomplish my (k'.siro, and look down from its snow-capped peaks. Wii secured two guides, and having ascended the first oasry slopes, we came to where the guides advised tlhe use of the chain system—that is of taking along rope and knotting it about the waist of each person, about twenty feet) apart. Then if one shouldsllp or fall he could not roll away, for the others could assist him. We tied ourselves together and resumed the asseut. Soon we were hlglu into the regions of cold winds, and steadily near- Ing the clouds that cap the mountain's peak. Several times one or another of the men fell and each time had regained his o) mi lion with the end of the roep.All at ouet'. a groat cry come from belowjthe h threw of my companions had slipped) and fallen, and their combined weight threaitened to drg ua all over toe cliff. i staggered under tlie load as did the second guide, who was close behind mo, thu elder guide having taken the lead. The situation was precarious. We were all slipping from our positions. The li.iju.Ung guide at last lost his grip, and called down from above to cut the rope. I did not understand until the guide below mis drew a knife and severed the rope between liimself and our last) three coma n pious. They rollrd away over the precipice and were no doubt crushed below. Tills freed us of a great weight, aind wo all regained our feet. Then we decided to retreat. The guide secnid not! to rgret his action very much. He said it was simply a choice of three or eight deaths, and he preferred three. It was tin awful oecmTcnce, but Illustrated- to me the lawless, etlhlcli'ss character of necessary and self-preservation." SUICIDE OF CATTLE. TOBLACHEP SEE. Fishing for Speckled llenutle* at tho Head of mi Alplno Liiku. There is another hike, about three miles north of Landro, called the To-- blacbcr See, and there I repaired the defeat of Misurina. The trout at the outlet, by the bridge, were veiy small, and while the old fisherman wjis endeavoring to catch some of them in his new neit, which would 1 not work, I pushed my boat up to the head of tiie lake, where the stream came in. The green water was amazingly clear, but tho current kept the fish with tiieir heads up stream; so that one could come up behind them near enouglu for a long cost without being seen. As my fly lighted above them, and came gently down with the ripple, I saw the first fish turn and take it. A motion of the wrist him, and he played just as gome-' ly as a trout in my favorite Long Island pond. How different tiie color, IJluough, as he came out of the water. This fellow was all silvery, with light pink spots on his aides, I took seven of Ills companions, in weight some four pounds, and then, stopped because the evening light was failing. How pleasant Included by lli« Suirerlnsr >>f the Aulmals In a. Barren, WuterleHM l.lincl. 10 very body knows Charlie Duchet who is a typical western oharact/cr. He knows every inch of ground between I'hoonix and the Navaai reservation, and has had hairbreadth escapes byp thedo- xen. He roturnd rcentiy from a trip to the Magoloues and had quite a rough time, saft' tiie Phoenix Herald: Ho left Fort McDowell and went to thu Veifl and through quicksand, liigh watr and other drawbacks; he was three and a half dayswithout food, himself and horse, and traveled in thai) time 83 miles. He rports atrrible condition of txffairs in the ranges of that section. It Is dryer than evr bfor known and cattle are perishing by 'hundreds. At one place lie was in a boxcanyon aud observed that cattio winch caineto drink wer so weak and exhiwistd that on coming to the creek they fell into the water, some of them drowning and others drinking so much they could not walk. The country is utterly barren of feed, tmd cattle walk lowing over the menos, cropping bpprush any tiling tlliat beara signs of vegetable life. Mr, Duchet was near a cliff at least a(K) feet high over the Verde, on Murray's ranch, and saw a cow walking slowly toward tiie edgev He expected to see it stop at a reason able distance, but instead, without slopk its pace, it walked rigtat over the edge, striking two or three times in tiae precipitous descent, and landing mangled and dead. _ is to fish ha such a place and at such an hour. The novelty of tiie scene, Hhe cr occurred, grandeur of, the iJUidscapje lend a. charm, to tho sport. But the sport Itself is so familiar that one feels at home—the motion of the rod, the feathery swish of (the line, the sight of the rising fish—it all brings back a huu- memories, and thoughts of comrades, some fur away til i-VJXA *L/t-t»AVXU 4A*lt*/ jtilM.Al.V«iiVVi4*-'*-»-»v**.j v*uuj » » •» -i placing them, said very solemnly: "I,across the sea and perhaps even now i *" » r ' ** * ' c*?4-4-!n<y oiwntiH fit A "i*Vvi»«er /»«i m f\_fii«-t ITI am perfectly astounded, sir, that Mr. Webster should have made such a mistake as that!" Unli<*n»in<ng l>vlty. New York Tribune.—A Kentucky Bap- chapel a tower of four lofty stories rose. Hst minister says that some years ago to a total height of 108 feet. Tho a Baptist church in that State tried a houses over the shops on each side of man for kissing his wife. The formu- the road were four and five stories ha lated charge was entered "Unbecoming , certain degree. .''v ' )»•>>,. height, and were occupied by some of tiie wealthiest tradesmen ha tiae city. Tho fronts of the houses rested on the main structure of tiie bridge; the backs levity." The gentleman accused had been* from home several weeks on business, and on his return he met his wife at the meeting house, and hi the pre- rested on a sort of subsidiary bridge, sence of the congregation embraced her or rather a wall supported on arches, with a sounding smack on the lipa. on each side of the main bridge, whilcwSorae of the staid old deacons were so tiae partition walls and flooaing were shocked at such levity In tho house of can-led on beams laid across the inter- God that the genttewan was arraigned venlng space, i Nothing, therefore but on the above o^ijpge, a.nd escaped dls- thcse beams and floors separated the mlssaj front $8 V°fe W agr?^"! > to shops o| - " '•*- 1 -'~ «--«-— »*i \M,I.', sitting around the forest camp-fire In Maine or Canada, and some with whom we sjaall keep company no more until wo cross the greater ocean into that better country whither they have preceded us. HU<| Si/.fil Him Up. lt was as clear acase of suicide as ev- , .* occurred. Other cattle have been known to walk into quicksand and be smoljhered, .; ! - Ho Wag Forgetful. Detroit Free Press: "My husband Is the most forgetful man I ever saw," said the'lady to her visitor, "and be was that way before I married him, Indeed, if it hadn't been for that I don't think I should have had him." Naturally the visitor asked for the story. I was looking in a window there was a fine dfeplay of Christmas goods, and tlie only other person near was a good-looking young woman. She ;was a typo of snappy girl I like to see, and I watehed her studying the contents of tho window. Pretty soon ft dapper drummer from New York stopped and began eyeing the'girl, instead o$ what was to, the window. Ke along, an4 1ft ft Pflg Bftfefttea be at her, says,;tt "It was this way,' r resumed the lady. "While we were engaged I asked him to do something for me, and he forgot it; he forgot is so many times that at where last we quarreled about it and I became very angry. " 'Our engagement ends right here, 1 I said to him, 'and I never want t9 yo$Cgain. Go away and forget me entirely. I want you to-forget me utter-: ly,' I repeated for emphasJg, , <i «vca*y well,' be sal4, 1 wffl If J don't forget it,' and tt«5 earnest,way It made me smile and, of Cfl ^; '; f,* $4vs

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