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THE UPPEU DES MOINES, AtJGH >NA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 3 1893. OPTICS IDENTITY, WILLIAM T. ADAMS is THE NOVELIST'S REAL NAME. A WHITER WHOSE WORK ALT. BOYS LOVE. Ho Is Now 70 Yours of Age and Has Resided for Many Years In Dorchester, Olio of the Suburbs of Boston- He Is a Hnfd Worker. A man a trifle below the medium height—certainly not live feet and n half tall—with a round face, grey luilr, considerably thinned on tlio top of Ills hend, a short grizzled heard, the mildest hlue eyes, with a half humorous Iwin- klo In them, and a slow manner of speaking in a gentle voice—such at the ago of 70 Is Wlllinm T. Adorns whom nil the world knows ns Oliver Optic, the mjut who In the last forty years lias provided the hoys of this country with a largo proportion of their fiction. Oliver Optic—It does not come easy jlo speak of him as Mr. Ada ins—resides today, and. hns for many years, in an unpretentious hut spacious house on Dorchester avenue in Dorchester, one of the water front suburbs of Boston. An atmosphere of old-fashioned comfort reigns within, writes Mildred Al- drlch in the Detroit Free Tress. All is essentially New England, like Mr. Adams himself. The large parlor hns its walls lined with book-shelves and at one comer opens Into the master's den a small, square room added to the house by roofing in a part, of the back piazza. This was done years ago that the writer might have more seclusion when at work. One corner. Is occupied by n, typewriter and its ample table. Some years ago there exists among the Cherokees a ! ed me as to ait least In numbers, called the Ketoowah wore full of confidence In him, but they allowed the manuscript, as It was to be submitted to one judge. It was indorsed, and the first, half was In tlie hands of the compositors AVhile the second was being written. He has been writing talcs of boyish adventure ever since. Many have'objected that, Mr. Adams' stories are too sensational, but. It can, on tlio other hand, be said that he hns never idealized eA-il or left, it unpunished. If this 1)0 not he scheme of life, it is certainly well In fiction that, virtue, should be rewarded. Ho never f.tils to teach a. lesson of chivalry and to stir ambition. He believes and he certainly has grounds for It for he knows "boys weil, that the Interests of lads must bo caught With tlio spirit of adventure if you hope to hold their attention while you tenieh a, lesson. But he Avrltes Avllh great care. Never tiresomely technical, never striving i the defense of their homes from the after realism or historical or gcographi-, Invasion of tho pale-faced brother either cal alccuraey to the extent of marring, U .V s<iu:iilter sovereignty or by squaw- tho interest of his tale, Avhalovor detail i U1 i cn privileges. Only full-bloods are ho does introduce is always correct.' eligible to membership, but so jealously He studies charts for his naval stories, j is tlie Keetowah Avatched that what amd his tales of yachting and sea, and i olso ls necessary for membership Is adventure. He has conquered the arts i no ' : known outside of the order. The of shipbuilding and navigation, and hci soclo t.v now has a membership of about CHEROKLEE SECRET SOCIETY, would, turn itty attention to my 'own 'with Julia," she sudd, "she's acting :'j ugt closed a Series of evangelistic — — j head, pulling out one hair at a time and a \vfuliy queer." meetings in Indianapolis. For twenty Its Object the Preservation of Indian ; looking for a number on it, as I had The, janitor went to sec what the years he has been preaching. He came Legends and Traditions. heard the preacher say tfliat the hairs ( trouble was with Julia. There was a to America about four years ago. -ri ie ynfaiita Isabella (aunt of the ( | of my head AVo.ro .numbered. Some- pretty sick woman, but he said nothing, I Not many pel-sons Hire aware that times the stupendous problem confront- only advised her to go homo. say or do I ! King of Spain), AA-ho is to take part In set-ret society that is hundreds of yeah were I called upon by the class leader ing, as usual, but she looked as. if life' f a j,. j s „ nctive old. as old. In. fact, as the tribe if.solf, : to tell my experience. My father, IIOAV- | wore not so groat a delight as some'of 20 though' i and Is today stronger than it ever was, [ever, believed that I enjoyed it all and people declare it Is. Perhaps her ill-' O i ( i 4he Is s-ild reported for work the next morn-' the opening ceremonies at *........ .MI...1 * O . ., and animated as> a girl more tlian twice that .,. ,. ,. . „ . - - . ... . „„.. „„,.- 1C , said to be an indefatigable ers. This society is thought it a grand meeting. Ho was ness of tho day before made her feel' sportswoman • rah, AVhlch. literally j always sure to be called upon to take, that. a. slight stimulant would do her l" TI IO rrinrri , translated, means elder brother. The [a prominent part. Had 1io not been St. Louis Post-Dispatch says it is a ' '"> would have f<<lt hurt and slighted, The Prince of Wales, who is very good. Perhaps she had found a certain foud of nl i (logR) jj as .,. special affection grade of brandy in the building good'for a little Dandle Dinmont, Venus by sort of Indian freemasonry and has its its secrc there tiiir tho Cherol . __ f . , _ ._ „ _ 11 veil there for years, who are not even [some taffy. When it; cooled off I tested Avhlch received her attention wore those aware of the existence of a sooicy every | il:s strength and found that it held of the aforesaid lawyer. Twenty min- member of Avhlch is sworn to assist iii slck do great tilings by and by. Sir William Harcourt is said to have had a curious experience last week. i1n! y ;,ii, 1 T I1 ,n! lbOI ' L i 1 1ll! ! 11 IlU)11S fll " lc V'f pot ' !1 f- sll ° told the janitor between ! Parliament strcet'and all the thorough- ad false teeth, and an idea suggested, her sobs. Again enough brandy AVas i- fl ,. PS •„ «,„ noiirhlmrlmnd of thn .. - enough brandy itself. I had btion invited to a surprise! gone from tlie bottle to make a goocl- Avhich Avas to be tfliat very evening,' - - - but I knew I coud not go. "Promptly at half-past seven tho boll of the little church began to ring. The little, old, smiling man who always rauy it was proud of his office. He has toweled the, world pretty well a thousand full-bloods, each the head of j nml nn original stylo of Ills own which over In getting ai real flavor and color a family, and thus tho organization | W1S !l medley of every hitonotloii that for such of his stories as take boys represents about five thousand persons, j a bcl1 ls eapablo of expressing. The to foreign countries. ' Formerly the Keetowah only comprised i litt:l0 ol<i Innn Uil(1 '"fide that bell a. sized drink. Now the lawyer Is uncertain as to whether he ought to throw away that brandy or not. So long as it remains fares in Ihc neighborhood of the Houses of Parliament were pervaded by strings of sandwis'h men, bearing boards with fflris Inscription,: "Whfr> would rob the poor man of his beer? Sir William Harcourt." As tho Chan- there the punishment will fit the crime, j cc ,ii ol . O f the Exchequer was on his should any one steal a drink from the way to Westminister, he came full tribal affairs; its mandate once issued Ho has enough knowledge of foreign tne chiefs and some few of the older tongues to get about everywhere, ancli 111011 of " 10 Mho. Then it was all-pow- if his travels carry him to Spain or to j 01>ful antl exercised full control over all Germany, to France or to Italy or the northern countries of Europe, he is able to get about and make himself understood and to be helpful to others. He has crossed the Atlantic seven times, and knows his own country north, Avest aind south as well as does in the east, Universally he Is liked. There is study for thirty years and he could almost make it speak. He began three with three lively taps, which said, 'Come to church I' and ended with four, was never questioned even by the most I which said with disgust, 'Then slay at powerful chief. It dictated treaties, llomcl> Between those two extremes powerful proclaimed Avar or peace, settled disputes and guided the welfare of the tribe In all matters, spiritual and temporal. Such was the Koelowah until within Hie past fifty years. When the sweetness of nature about him that white niaai's' government, was formed makes those AA'ho meet him fond of him. | nllrt the affairs of the people were taken Ho and his Avife, now that their only i fl ' om the hands of the few and admin- he had writer's cramp and since then he has used a typewriter. A low chair in front of tho typewriter, an easy chair at; the window, a tier of shelves concealed by a curtain across one end of the room, and a plain book shelf filled with books of reference, most of them nautical volumes, charts, gazetteers and guide books, complete the furnishings. And it is here that every day the writer spends a.t least six hours. Mr. Adams' methods of work are as simple as the man and ills surroundings. Beside him on a "rest," stood a blank book opened to a page Avhero were jotted down the names of characters of the story on which he was at work-one of tho "All Round the AVorld" series. Besides 1 eacli name were Jotted figures representing the ages of tho characters and occasionally there was an explanatory word. Such are tho only notes that this author of juvenile adventures uses. On a wide shelf under the bookraick stood an open book on a. "rest" like that used for music. This was a chart, of the harbor into which the hero of tho l)ook he was a,t work on—whom boys •luiow well today as Louis Belgra.vo— "was sailing hLs yacht at the point of his •story when I interrupted him. "AVill you foil me," I asked him, "how .you plum your Avork? Do you write at regular intervals or do you haA'o to Walt until you feel like it?'" "If T did that," was his laughing reply, "I should never write a line. I luiive never seen the time that I had not rather be flogged than begin to work, but once I am at it, it. is just as difficult for mo to slop. While T do one story another grows up beside it in my mind." Ho works regularly, just so much every day, as a, laborer at any other •^profession would have to do. iflo never re-writes or copies. For his first long story, "Hatchle, the Guardian SlaA'o,' lie received $:'17.50, and did not think himself ill-paid either. Tho selection of tho pen namie by Avhlch ho is known came about in this way. A now play "by a Boston gentleman" was produced at the museum, in which thero was a. character called Dr. Optic. This name took Mr. Adams' fancy. At: that time lie Avas addicted to writing humorous doggerel for public occasions, and being in want of a signature, ho added the. alliterative Oliver to the name In (lie play, and it first a,p- poared under the title of a poem as Oliver Optic, M. D., of tho Mutual Admiration society. Ho next .used It as the signature In the Wavorloy Magazine for three moral tales. It: is only as a wrilor for boys that first, story for boys AVMS Avrltten fully Mr. Adams is now known. But his thirteen years after ho became known as an author. A now publishing linn- Brown, Bazin & Co.—wanted a juvenile, book, and asked him to furnish it. At first ho flatly refused. Ho had never written anything for young people, and had felt no call to do so. But Mr. Bazin, Avho was a warm personal friend, believed that ho could do exactly \vhat was wanted. Mr. Adams, it is claimed, had thought • about writing a story about boats and boat building simply for the boys in his Sunday schoolclass, and now, yielding to Mr. Bazin's entreaties ho promised that, during his vacation ho Avould seo Avhat ho could do for him out of that idea. So was begun tho first of the now well-known "Boat Club Series." The first, half of the story Avas Avrit- ten in ton days. Happening in to iho store then, ho was asked if he had bo- gun it. When lie replied that one-half was finished, ho was greedily asked for the copy at once. To ubsthe Avrit- er naturally objected. It was ras first attempt. Ho Avas by no means convinced that he coxdd do it, and felt 'it htu-dly right that It should be hurried Into press In that way. The publishers living child, who is the Avife of Sol Smith Rusell, the popular actor, is no longer with them, live quietly in the Dorchester house, which is rented to a relative with whom they reside free from domestic responsibilities. And in addition to his Avorks of fiction, almost more extensive than, those of any American writer of his class, Mr. Adams has been widely known as an editor. For ten years he had charge Is to-red by men elected by the people and the Indians saw their power and their birthright steadily passing away, (heir customs and language receding before the march of civilization, they tho ear could distinguish Imitations of Avcding bells, dinner bells, alarm bells, and funeral bells; the tollnsj part preceding the four linol taps. As my father and I drew near I kindly offered him a piece of taffy. He took it and opening and read the scripture lesson that evening. He took a seat in the midst of. the congrcga.tion, and wJiile tho hymn was being strng, ho became aware that his jaws were rigid. The taffy had done its Avorli. The horror in his face AA'as like that of one con- bottle, and yet he does not want to tempt a ncAv scrubwoman (for the old one has boon discharged) to sin and sickness. However, as he has not yet made up his mind, the bottle still remains in the cupboard. If the new woman proves worthy of her trust—or, as in this case it happens to be tho distrust—it will be a case, though she will never know It, of virtue having Its OAvn reward. But ff she should take a drink, why, then, tho silent and faithful detective in the innocent-looking bottle will reveal Tier crime. HE PERSONATED ST. PETER. The Extraordinary Confidence Worked on an Ignorant Hungarian Woman. realized that unless something Avas done sckms of beconain S ossofied. The last to countract these influences the Cherokee would soon pass from the face of the earth. To prevent this became at once tho object of the Ketoowah, and it was so enlarged as to include the of the Student amd Schoolmate. In | heads of all full-blooded families, so :1807 Messrs. Lee & Shcphard, started | tllflt privy council it became , Oliver Optic's magazine, Our Boys and n POAvcrful oaitli-bouiul organization. Girls, which for nine years was con- No Cherokeen Avhosc blood has been tinned under his entire control and in I tainted can become a member, and it is which some of his most popular stories ran as serials. In 1SSO Our Little Ones, ai very juvenile magazine, as its title suggest, was started Avitli Oliver Optic as its editor. Later the Nursery, so long published by .Tolm L. Shorey, Avas consolidated Avitli the newer magazine. said that Hie penalty for disclosing the simplest secret is death. The chief aim of the KetooAvah at the presoirt day is to perpetuate tho legends, customs and language of tho Cherokees. The existence of tMs-society accounts for something that has often puzzled Inquiring Tho periodical is UOAV issued by the Persons who have found that is is very Russell Publishing company, Oliver Optic continuing at Us head. ROYAL PERSONAGES. Gossips About Various Sprigs of Gentility. Lord Erne, Avlio has boon taking so very conspicuous a part in the great rarely that a fun-blooded Cherokee does not both read and Avrife Ins- OAVH tonguo fluently. They all have* n classical Cherokeen education, and as their- language is not taught, in the public sctools, and they have no- schools of their own, Avlien and where- they learned' to write it Avas a mystery. Every Kctoowah is bound to touch- it to Mk children, antl-homc-mle demonstration: at Bel- " 1Kl 1noi ' e exists a pride among them fast, is one of the most rabid members I so s(l ' OI1 S that tile full-blood Avho has of ills pa,rly, being of an-exceedingly I ! lot nccmirc(1 these-accomplishments-is energetic and fiery disposition. He! iu eontinuul disgrace and is made- to possesses a lino London house in St. tcc \, his , 1 i « nloi1 ' aDC!e ' most keenly and George's place, looking out to Hyde park, Avliere his countess does a good deal of entertaining during tho season. Lord Erne is an Eton boy and a Christ's church man and is- related to continually. Among' its members arc- some of the ablest of the- Gherokecs, Indians Avlio have acquired thorough English educations and Avho are Etw- yers, ministers- and born readers-. It that sporting quintet of brothers, thei ls natural to suppose that those arc the marquis of Watorford and the Lords' leadors ' uut this is not known. Certain Charles, Bill, Marcus and Deleval Beres-1 lfc Is> tll ° soclet y exerts a powcrfiu" ih- ford. ' jfiuenco in the government by casting Maj. Candy, father of tlie duchess i its ontlro rote !ls a mtuv f01 " or "gainst of Nowcasfol, Avhose offensive and vid-1 cei ' tam measures, it is never heard of gar conduct on the occasfon of the re-| m l )olitics ' aiul J' ot it has often toeon jcnt hunt ball at Welbeek abbey got him into such trouble with tho proprietor of that noble pile, the duke of Portland, has recently met with an unpleasant accident Avhtch is ctiusln noticed that at an election the fiill- bloods are sure to support; tho saino ticket. There- is no Avay for a candidate to approach the society to secure its support, for he does not kuoAV who good deal of anxiety to the duchess : lts mombors ' !U ' 0p . They sel 'ect theiF dck- et and vote for it and thero are no buttons. The members have n sign* language by Avhlch they can converse in- and to his family. Ho is very fond of dogs, a tasto which the duchess inherits from him in an 4 ,„ exaggerated degree, and he has rather ^gently among themselves wholly un- a failing for caressing stray animals "'" ' without regard to their OAVU doggy ideas on chance acquaintance. The result; is that ho was severely bitten In the hand the other day by a colly dog, and the dog is now under close observation observed and employ this means of communication when others are near. Through the medium of their national paper, one-half of Avhich is printed In Cherokee and is sent free to all citizens Avlio do not read Enyllsh, tho full-blood all public more convers- verse was reached and he was scarcely able to open Ins mouth. "iTlie situation was alaiTnlng, and something must be done. He tried to pull tho taffy out Avith his fingers and fa-Bed. The last lino in the last A-crse Avas being suns. He greAV desperate anct took his tooth out, both upper and lower .^plates. 'I AMish you had not gives me that taffy,' he Avhispored me AA^th trembling voice, and rose to lead in prayer, in anything but. a prayerful mood: Heads which) wore wont to bo bowed in reverence began to poop around 1 ret the strange voice. Ho prayed as if he had somo hot potato- Irs liis month. His familiar brotucrn AT'OI-O much puzzled, and tho usual 'inn-ens' were msmgr because the brethren wero uncertain as to what ho was saying. He had it sweet A'oice and time of it. 1 tell you 1 . 'Then lite leader grew eloquent and started in- for a rousing old-fashioned' time of it, and a mischievous boy who sa,t in tho seat of the scornful near the door jumped up and yelled 'halleliuTali!* and fflie leader shouted 'amen! 1 ' and said that dear boy had it, and Ihen- he told his wife, who nursed tlie baby on tho platform, to pray. She put down- the infant, and: In hler fervor became oblivious to sumrandinys. The baby placed it between jjiis teetHir. BfcaiijpS' fond of sweetmeats the tasto pleased him. I-Id was to offer prayer at tlie rolled off and, lifting its voice, swelled tho chorus; But there was no sucli word as 'amen' in its lexicon. Tho happy father reached fortli; his homy hand nnd 'yanked*' It, voice and all to his bosom and' tickled its nose. Avitli liis whiskers till'it pulled them so hard'that its happy father yelled: 'Gee whiz!'hold on there!'' and It did hold on, and the brethren and' sisters thought that It Avas religion- that caused him to shout. "It Avas good enough surprise party for me and I was not sorry I missed the other,"' concluded tho suburbanite as the train stopped at Mnywood'. u —• --— . i »«*vi\xi. vjAvyiav., \JUO\JL i il- | ii ... lion with tho object of determining if' nioroll » rllly Posted upon he is in any way afflicted with rabies ! lnal;tors fm<1 in f»ct much m< Until the period of probation j,.,^ " lllt witu nffnlra of state than his halt 1 - pusaoil by there must remain a chance | blo(xlert Brother, of tho mayor's becoming a victim to hydrophobia. Ono Avonld Imagine that tho duties in connect ion Avith this otlico of lord chamberlain, Avhlch Lord Carrlngton linds most to his tasto, are those Avhich give him tho control and censorship of the I.oiidou theater, for ho is an excel- . ' " *— v ^.l v *.- . . t ^.v^vl. 14*V K>ULJtll UiUUl.U UL HIS lent amateur actor, and Avhon at Cam-, fellow, Avhen tlie train was vet twenty bridge university ho took part in many miles away from Chicago.'Ills com- 01 the performances of the dramatic panion assented. INNOCENT LOOKING BOTTLE. But tho Brandy Which It Contained' Was Not Good for the Health. A laAvyer who has offices In one of the big buildings down town joined with tho Janitor of the building recently in doing- a little detective Avork, says tho Now York Tribune. On- NOAV Year's day some one sent him a bottle of brandy, and not knowing j'ust what to do with it ho put it away in n. little cupboard under the washstand. In looking through the cupboard several woks fa for lie found that somo one had removed the cork from tho bottle and had taken several drinks of the brandy. More out of curiosity than anything "Do yon seo that little church ovorj else tlle lawyer made a slight: pencil yonderV" asked the suburbanite of his murk'on the label of tho bottle, just at the top edge of tho liquid. A few A BAD BOY'S REVENGE. A Combination That. Upset the Gravity of tho Prayer Meeting. club there- in conjunction Avith the present editor of Punch, Bernand, Sii m, ,..i *, IT 11 i . ..-." ....*,..*.*,.. in^iv. >i in.ui j wiio n Uuile.-, flail, who is now recorder of small boy, and he made me attend thero the city ol London, and a. number of willli him. Yes, I had to listen to every oilier equally distinguished individuals, sermon, and go to everv mooting i As lord chamberlain Lord Carrington thought at tho time that T Avas getting is the arbiter as to the correct length of tho .skirls of tho figurantes of tho ballet, and It Avas his predecessor in days later ho found that somo more brandy had boon baleen. There was no "Well it is nearly fifty years old. My doubli that it Avas being taken In father was deacon there Avhen I Avas a 'hlnks as the brandy was disappearing "'- " ' - In small quaintlties. There being no reason to suspect any of his clerks, typewriters or boys, the gottlng| liuvy01 ' Sfi nt for (lie janitor. an overdose and I planned schemes lo | "Well," said the Janitor, Avhon the avoid regular attendance, especially at situation had been explained to him, tlie Friday evening gathering. I under- "maybe it's tho Avoman who cleans up Tho police of tlie district round Bez- clon, Hungary, are looking for the man who recently swindled' the widow R'ez-. gel under the pretense of being St. Peter, says the- NCAV York Sun. Franz Rezgoi, a peasant proprietor in Bczdorr, died a few Aveeks ago. He loft his small farm and $4.00' in the savings bank to his childless widow.- As Bezdon is a little nest of a place, every inhabitant know of the bequest as AA-elT as of the withdrawn! of $200 from the bank by Mrs. Rezgei. On- tlio evening of the day when she drew tlio money Mrs. Rezgei tied up the bill's- In a handkerchief and laid the bundle under her pillow before going to bed'.. Shortly before midnight she was roused by a knock at her door. "Who is there?" she-called; The-answer shook her simple, superstitious heart with fear. It said: "I am he, tho holy Peter, Avho wa-toh- es'at the gate of heaven; Open to me; I bring a message from your husband." Mrs. Rezgcl fearfully obeyed her visitor's command, and a- bearded figure in flowing Avhito igarments entered', took a seat, and in biblical language informed the old woman kneeling- at its feet that her husband had Avafted for- two days at the gate of heaven-, through which he could' not be admitted' until his sins should have' been Avashed away. The expense attendant upon- cleaning Mr. Reagei' of his sins, the figure added, Avould bo $400. Without hesitation Mrs. RezgeHianded to the supposititious St. Peter the handkerchief containing .$200 and' promised' to- giro- Mm next evening- the- other $200 necessary to open the gaites to the spirit of her husband. St. Peter- accepted the money and promised to return in twenty-four hours for tlie rest.. When on the next day Mrs. Rczgei drew the rest of her deposit from the savings bank the president became anxious- for tne welfare of the old woman and asked her AA r hat she intended' to do, Avitli the money. She told him, and' ho at once- sent to the nearest town for a policeman. Tlie policeman, However, did not understand the urgency of the call 1 , and delayed his response for twelve hours. Meanwhile "St. Peter'" had obtained'the balance of the ransom for Mr. Rezgei ; and 1 bad vanished. tilt upon a line of these plctoral accusations, and with such speed as might b'o he crossed the road to avoid them. His advocacy of the Local Option bill has mado him extremely unpopular with tlio working men. Judge Augustus F. Ricks, who has come into prominence by reason of the labor litigation at Toledo, Is 50 years of ago. Ho entered Keuyou College in Jnc, 1801, but left at tlie end of his freshman year to enter tho Federal service as First Lieutenant of tho 104th Ohio Volunteers, After the war ho read law at Musslllon, Tex. He was one of the founders of the Kiiox- ville Chronicle. Returning, to Masslllon in 1875, Hie associated himself Avith Judge Anson Peas. From 187S until 1S80 ho was clerk of the United States circuit and district courts,, and he became Judge of tlie. court on the retirement of Judge Welker: "I once thought that I could, be an actor," says James Wliitcomb Rilcy, "but I found they Avouldn't let me. Whenever I sow a chance to do some good acting, someKMug that would be natural, that autocrat, the stage manager, would yell out, 'Here that ain't the way to do that, NOAV you eome hi here, at this entrance, and you stand there, and you do' this way,, find, you do that Avay.' Well, I AA'as always in hot water at rehearsals, and,, of course couldn't do any good acting hi tlie piece. My heart wasn't in it. It AVUS all on a false basis, don't you see? Why,. I had to say to liim,. 'No man ever said that thing the Avay you want mo, to say it. 'Taint natural, 'taint trutliful, an' it Avill not go,' 'No matter,' says he, 'you do the way I tell you. I've {jot to look out for. the proper effect.' Well, I soon saA\r they wn'n't going to let me be an. actor, I AA-as discouraged." QUEEN'S SATELLITES. ,j, - - .--.. _ '--,7 »---."««i^)-)Hiin.»n i\^ 4 i niittV'l •* - •• PJ v*»^ 11 L.»II 11,11. YVJIVS vii\;<ijif3 I'J.' ollice Avlio caused so much talk by oh- stood, thought, and felt as a child, and these rooms every night. Maybe it is Jecling to the costume of Fay Temple-j tho stereotyped expressions I hoard |' 111(1 maybe it ain't. If it Is wo can wero prefunctory to me. My parent I "»d out, and if It ain't, why, sho Avon't ton as Improper. Secretary Moehler, of Kansas stated seined lo think ttlia.t I should put away childish things. T Avas often about the 01 Avhichi I have personal! only boy there, and tho contemplation knoAvlwlgo, that in tho same neighbor-' of my diminutive six.e as compared hood, and under exactly thtv ; S amo with tho elders and chief rulei-H was Avealher and soil conditions, one farmer has a yield of forty bushels of corn per acre, Av.luie his neighbor has less than fifteen busies, tlio differences I prosont, or counted beads in the result being wholly duo to a difference in farming. There has not been a time in many years when tlie dllfcjont and industrious farmer was so amply reAvnrdod for extra care and attention given to the culture of his crops as last jXear," oppressive. "By Avay of relief I made grlmma<*>s at any other small boy that might bo on Sister Flatbusllo's neck as far as I could see tihom, or kept taly on the number of times the leader offered his tribute of tobacco juice to the cuspidor. By way of diversion I would gaze at Deacon Slybottle's bald head and wonder if It looked anything like pUsha's, bo any (lie worse oft'." Then ho wont away, returning in a. short Avhllo Avith a little package of while powder. "Now," ho said, after ho had poured the powder Into the bolllo, "this is a tartar emetic. It Avon't hurt her very much, but, if she takes a drink of tills brandy I think Ave'll hoar a_bout it." And ho did. That evening after the lawyer and all the clerks had gone tho woman went as usual to the rooms to swoop and dust thorn. Half an hour later another scrubwoman went to tho Janitor. ' .PERSONS AND THINGS, Four Chicago men; have played 20,000- games of euchor together during the past sixteen years.. A scarcity of .spring chickens is reported. They (un-re doubtless wjtth,- clniAvn to avoid getting into, a broil. There are said to be 7CF,000 lawyers in tho United States, one-seventh of whom have offices iu Now York. There are said) to bo about 2,075 rert- Avood trees left in California. They have an averagte. diameter of 33 feet. Hans Hloliter-, Avho is to take Nikiseh place Avltih, tlio Boston Orchestra, is one of tho most distinguished conductors in tlie world. Members of Parliament, while addressing the House, must wear their hats, and many of the speeches seem lo come through the crowns thereof. Lord Shannon, AV!IO before his succession to the title served on a ranch In Manitoba, is now known among his friends as the "Cowboy poor.' An ax that weighs 3,890 pounds and has a girth of 11 feet, is OAvned by \VUllam McMllan of Atlanta, Iowa, who thinks it is tlie largest ax in the Avorld. At an Anarchist funeral in Paris recently there AA'as an unexpectedly scn- siblo feature. At the cemetery' gate a collection Avas taken up for the poor AVkiOAV. Pennslyvania has a sockless states- mn, Senator BroAvn of York, Avhoso footwear consists soley (and heely) of boots. Ho says he feels more com- fottable without hosiery. Thd Queon of C( roa keeps in her service a woman physician AA-IIO Is required to visit Her Majesty daily and stay Avlthln call if required, for a salary of $16,500— a pretty comfortable sort of foreign mission. People Who Are Always Found, hi The Royal Train.. It is. interesting to observe- how Sir Algernon and Lady Bortlrwick, Avho own the London Morning' Post, niako a point of following the queen about wherever she goes, Avith the object, of coui-.so, of increasing their social prestige and of bringing'Sir Algernon nearer Uhc culmination of his. ambition—namely, a peerage. Sir. Algernon aiid his Avifo first acquired tho personal acquaintance of her majesty Avhich they. UOAV enjoy when, they very judiciously hired the^ highland castle and estate of the- Far- quharsons, Avhicli adjoin Balmoral. This effected, they thereupon took a house hi the neighborhood of Windsor,, and thus became included among those favored denizens of thw Windsor district Avhom the queen ocwisionly honors Avith afternoon calls during hoi- dally drive, and who from time to, time are iavited to the castle whenever dramatic entertainments or concerts take plaeo by command of the queen. No sooner did Lady Borfhwick leai-u that the queen was to spend Easter at Florence than she Immediately determined to be there at the same- time, and devoted a lasyo sum of maney to- hiring the villii adjoining tlmt belonging to the dowager countess of Cniwlord and now inluihftalod bv the queen. Of course the. natural result of this is that Iho Court Circular, which' is revised and edited by the queen herself, almost daily records that either hormajesty has called upon Ladyi Bortlnvick or olso that Lady Bort£ wick IIIIH 'dined with the queen. And thus Sir Algernon's object is tittnin- sovereign and as h.moied wth hoi- friendship, {l nd he obtains the assur- auce that-having already secured first a knighthood and then a baronetcy by the kindness of tho queon ho Avill in duo coin-so iK-iselvo tho longofl-for peerage as a further token of the good- wiu of Ills sovereign. It is, poor economy to lot the farm manure go to Mmfe mul ™™ prict-d commercial fertilizers barn-yard manure nearest and the commercial made, rSSS~£=S: Oregon IK Tl1 somo Wte Tmni/i i ll ' 110rtod ns one of the ,? , uble C1 '°l j s in th farmers. Alfred Mace, son of the "Something seems to be the. matter English,' prize-flgWer, Je

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