Sterling Standard from Sterling, Illinois on April 15, 1897 · Page 7
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

Sterling Standard from Sterling, Illinois · Page 7

Sterling, Illinois
Issue Date:
Thursday, April 15, 1897
Page 7
Start Free Trial

I. ** Jmp-py year has fled. 3s.ll, PsEH"? you w?»«» all my own; h*» J«*v*« jhftve felt th£ autumn blight, Th» 'wintry frtorm has blown. h*fcde<3 not the cold blast, >r the •winter's Icy atr; we'found our climate Jn the heart, And It -was trammer there. It. . !fli« fttttifi'me* sun is bright. Sail, Th4 sides are-pure In hue; ~ Bat clouds will sometimes sadden them, An<S dltn thsir lovely blue;. &e<t clouds may'Corns to UB, SallJ ' But thire they will not stay; wof there's a. 8]>ell In fond hearts To chase their gloom away. " '" "'"III. -:-•_-. In Blcknesa and" In sorrow Thine eyes were on me still, E£»d there was comfort In each glance To Charm the sense of 111; !AM were they absent now, Ball, I'd seek my bed of palh, And bless each pang that gave me back TJioae lookB of love again. IV. O, pleasant Ae the •welcome kiss, Wtien day's dull round Is o'er S&nd sweet the music of the step That meets me at the door, {Though worldly cares may visit us, I reck not -when they fall, (While I hav? thy kind lips, my Bali,/ _ TEo sinile awayrthemrall.—r—r—r— , —Drake. >r lit* THE AMBITION OFEVA (By Clarence Rook.) VA Norrlngton inserted her latch key Into tho keyhole ef a Bedford Square boardinghouse and entered. It was a dismal, windy, rainy November evening, an'd ever since lunch she had been paddling about {London, climbing the grimy stairs of newspaper offices and talking to people iwlio did" not seem especially pleased to Bee her. Her skirts were wet and faer eyes. On the hall table, disclosed Iby tho flickering gas Jet, were some ,lettern. "A year ago today," said Eva to herself as she closed the door against the wind., "Haa he written or has he forgotten?" • ; •'•••', H« had not forgotten. Eva picked up the letter from the hall table, looked ftuic&ly round at tne closed hall door, at the closed" 1 dining room door, and at the baise door that led to the kitchen stairs—and kissed it. Then she went upstairs to her bed-sitting room with the letter in her hand and a great joy in hep heart. . "Hateful little room!" she murmured to herself as she struck a match and lit the gas. "But it's the last time, thank. God!" ' The room^as not really bad—a bed In the corner, a washstand, a wardrobe, here and there a picture on the walls, and a table by the windpw, rather rickety, on which lay a heap of manuscript i— : a half-finished story. "I will burn that before I go to. bed tonight," Bald Eva, as she caught sight of it.- : •'"'-' Than ph.e took off her hftt / ^'s- •drew the only easy chair under the gas 3et, and sat down. Fingering the -let- 'tar,, she did not open -it at once. Now that happiness stretched in front of her It .waa .pleasant to linger on the con 'fines' of misery, to look back on the life $he.was to leave. - . "It ia not everyone," said Eva re- Jlectlyelyi "who can make, experiments In life—without expense." ' ' Eva Norrtngton had been the pride of the provincial town which gave her (birth,, At the high school no girl could 'stand against her. Her forme? govern- «sfl,-wb,orhowr and-then-asked her favorite puplia tp tea, said she might be 'a head-mistress'one day, ,To Eva .this " eeemed absurd. But when, at the ago of 20, ehe gained a guinea prize for a «tory in a weekly paper she began to think that at least she .might be a great novelist. At any rate, she folt jsure. that somewhere ahead of her stretched a career; and as her twenty- first birthday approached she an- jnounced to her startled parents her Intention of going to London in search 6f it. Thereupon ensued a series of '•domestic ocenes, such as have been teoiampn of late 'in the homes' of En, gland, wbcrrein the parents play .the part; of toe apprehensive hen, the Daughter that of the -adventurous duckling. The duckling invariably gains its pv-int, and so it was with Eva 'Norrlngton. Having refuted argument and resisted persuasion for. a certain • Dumber of weeks, Eva obtained a grudging consent to her departure. The townspeople knew not whether to .ad- jnire or disapprove. But they had read ia novels of young ladles who took their lives an4 their latchkeys into their own hands,-be ( carae famous, and j, married respectably after all, So, during the weeks of preparation for her campaign E'.va became something of a figure in local society, and more than " "one dinner party was 'given In her hon• or, as well as plentiful, advice as to the necessary precautions against London • ^ttUe""and many recipes for guardji against the colds induced by the foga that infest the metropolis. Eva was almost happy, for she had ithe hopefulness of youth and beauty. apd all the exhilaration of taking her lite iuto her hands and fashioning it &s she would, wfth none to raise o'bjec- " flouts to the process. She would have -\iteefl quite happy but for AUaa-Craig. 'fifoF" Allan Craig, w,beaevev he heard „ ty§4lt Eva, was beojt o»-going to Loni dow to make a, 'name for herself, offered her iiis own ae a sub- it wg,a a good enough uatoe, at tfae foot o! a check it was ge fly r^yected, an Allan Craig toad t ia- As she sat fingering h<sr tetter In h<rf j bed-sitting r&otn. ehe went, over th« ! ftrting eceise ta her mind. Tho de- | aila of it would only Increase the de- : ight of the letter. For Eva had ! earned during the last year that imp- plneas is so rare that it deserves to be oiled on the tongue and not swallowed n haste. It was at a dance on the night >efore her departure—her lant dance, BO she thdught, before she started life n. earnest They >vere sitting out a dance together; for Eva woa not disposed to think unkindly of Allan,' hough she might resent his intrusion ttlo her scheme of life." Sne" femem- >ered how there had beea silence be- ween them for some moments, how Alan had leaned his elbows on his knees and dug the heel of his dancing shoe nto the carpet. "And are you quite determined to— to leave us?" said Allan. 'Of course," eald Eva". "My boxes are all packed." . ' "Full of manuscript novels and things?" • 'One novel and several stories." 'I cannot understand why youjwaijt "I want to—well—to live a larger life." "You mean you want to live in a bigger, place?" "Well—not exactly. I don't think you quite understand." "I quite understand that there is not enough scope for you hete and that I am a selfish brute for trying to keep you from your ambition. Look here, Eva, can you honestly say that you don't love me a little bit?" Allan had risen and was standing over her. Eva looked at him. She could see him standing there now—big, comely, with eomethlng in "his eyes that thrilled her, half with fear and half with pleasure. She rose and faced him. • "I .shall be very sorry to leave you— very sorry." "Then why-—" ._ aloft g the road sh« had longed to »h« «MJ!CI judge better w.h!th«r t wotild laed her. It wt>-al<! lead ter o a plae« In ths newspaper paragraphs, 0 a plftcs on the bookstalls, to a place n the photographers' windows, and to a place ia Bay-water or South Kensing- on. This, then, must be the end of he struggle and tha turmoil of the Ightt And how ehe hated th'e Ight! A fight wherein victory would bring her no nearer to the actualities 1 life; for ehe had come to l«arn In the year's struggle that our social sys- em by no means places women on an equality with "men," and^ that "whereas men can buy the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil by the pottle," women must buy the tree outright, and pay cash. It wan terribly unfair; And the most unfair thing about the whole business was that, while success was almost within her rrasp, success was not what she wanted. There was ho fun in living yoUr own life when that Is precisely the life you do not want to lead. V It was not as though Allan Craig had neverJdssed Eva Norrlngton. - opened^he " letter, cutting TJiS envelope with her nail-scissors. For some distinction must be made between your first love letter and your boot- maker's bill. She felt as one who baa aeld his breath to feel what suffocation IB like. The letter was long. Eva read quickly at first, then slowly, knitting her brows aa ehe turned tho pages, and came at last to the signature, "Ever your friend, Allan Craig." The letter lay for some minutes in Eva's lap, while she looked vaguely round _her room. He "is afraid of spoiling my career—my, success has put up an insuperable barrier between us," she murmured. The phrases of the letter had burned themselves Into her brain. "Oh, Allan! I wish I could tell you — or do you want to hear?" ' , ' Wh«n the dinner bell rang an hour MlergardH, =yoTF r ieer 1 ATiIan 1— t-kno w : I have It in me to do good work, and I must be where good work is wanted. Here I am hampered; In London- — " "You may fall," said Allan, with a note of hope In his voice. "I shall succeed— I know I shall." "Will you write to me?" Eva hesitated. She was half-Inclined to give in to that extent. Allan had mistaken her hesitation. "No," he said; "There shall be no selfishness in my love for you. I will wait a year from tonight; and then, if London is — no go, you know, there will always bo me. You can't expect me to pray for your success, can you?" Eva, placed on her mettle, looked him in the face. I am bound to succeed," she said, and turned to go. • Th.e waltz had ceased in -the room below and a rustle of skirts and a ripple 'of .tongues had taken its plaqe," ,, . ..''_ ,.: . " e,. perhaps,!' "Quick!" ehe said, "some one will come." A woman may forget many things, iyit no woman^ forgets the_flrst time -a lovdr'sTann^waa"around~ter waist and a lover's lips upon her own. And as Eva sat in tie corner of a third-class carriage 'in the' London train next morning, looking"' forward to the career before her, the remembrance of the support of Allan's arm persisted In obtruding Itself. Having got what she had wanted, she already began to doubt if she . wanted what ehe had got. For a career, after all, is rather a lonesome sort of thing. §uch small success as may come to the inexperienced girl upon her first Incursion .Into Uterature_camejto J2y_a,_ INTRODUCED HIS WIFE. She lived sparingly, worked hard, an<3 never made the mistake of refusing in vitations on the ground of work. She staid up a little later, ,or got up a little earlier instead. A weekly column on "Health end Beauty," pjaced at her disposal by the youthful editor of a new woman's paper, who had met her al the Writers' Club and ., thought her pretty, paid her weekly bill at .the boarding house, Her stories found frequent acceptance.jsaiid occasional welcome in: the minor periodicals, and a happy meeting with an editor at a din ner party paved the way to her appearance }n a widely-read .magazine. By the end of, the year Eva Norrlngton had got so far towards the realization of her ambition that wheu people hearc her ^anifc mentioned they wrlnklec tlielr brows and tried to remember where they-.had heard it before. At home, of course, her fame was great The papers in which she wrote circulated freely in tlie town, her stories were discussed at afternoon teas, anc townsfolk were glad to 'think that they participated to some extent in the literary movement of the ceutury, Aod all this litoe Eva-was fcorribly loaely. Site knew pleaty of people and Ufceft Uiwa; they were kiftfi to a «fi$i« $ft, <J*»za b@cau« they }ik««i ber fcr writing table, where she had been tolling over her half-finished manuscript She had not burned it ' Five years passed before she saw Allan Craig again, and then the meeting was unexpected, at the exit of the theater' whither Eva had gone to see the hundredth performance of her play. Allan was obviously proud, of knowing her, and Introduced hla wife, to whom she gave graceful recognition. It waa raining, and Allan offered to see Eva to a cab. They stood for a moment on the steps to the entrance. "Yea," said. Allan, In answer to .Eva's polite 1 question, "all is going well. We have a little daughter— Eva— my wife's name, curiously enough." He stood by the hansom as she entered, guarding her dress from the wheel. .As she turned to give the ad-> drees, he said: ''I ought to congratulate you on your success. -It is. very sweet to me. You know— you— you owe it all to merAre "Yes; I owe it to you,' 1 she said, leaning forward as the apron closed about her, and. the attendant constable grew impatient^ _"Come and jee me— Tues-days." " T : ~r~''.~ •"I can't think why I- should be. so silly," said Eva. to herself, - as she stuffed her' handkerchief back Into her pocket and felt for her latchkey* when the cab drew up before the hall door of her flat . in Kensington.— London Black and White. QUEER BOATING CUSTOMS. The Kgyiitluu Dulmblyeh and the Por- tugucno Muletii. And now, shifting the scene from the isles of the Pacific to the Nile, we find anothef~characterlstic lateen-sail craft in the Egyptian dahabiyeh, the" passenger-boat of the Nile, or in the nuggar, the freight boat of that historic river, eays a traveler in St. Nicholas. Theae craft ply under regular racing rig, for the huge yard, with its powerful sweep, is about one-third-longer than the hull, arid there is also a lateen-rigged jiggermast. Where one of these craft Is eighty feet long, the yard is 1.20—so long that it is made of several pieces firmly spliced. This enormous sail power is required to stem the current. Nine months of the year ". the captain baa the wind fair upstream and on the return voyage he stows away the sail and Just floatia down. -To swing around with the. current he has a" rudder six feet wide, the tiller extending over the top of the cabin, which is flush with the deck. And so the dahabiyeh drifts slowly past the ancient ruins along this famous stream, >and the pasaenger on this craft, of a type perhaps coeval with the Pharaohs, • concludes that he who had not "done" Egypt on a dah- abiyeh has not done it at all. The nug- gar is like the dahabiyeh, except that it • has no deck, only a stage for the steersman; It is a rough-looking craft built .of short pieces of wood so loosely Joined as to require much plugging with mild and rags. Perhaps the odd- est-lookl?ig craft in the world is the muleta, the boat of the « Portuguese fishermen. _The remarkable features of the rig are the numerous little sprit- Bails forward, which resemble so many little white winged birds, flying ahead of the vessel. Curious, too, is'the rowel o! ornamental nails at the bow. The usual method of fishing from the mu- leta is with drag-nets. Wpag. "It is no absolute disgrace to be ragged," said the critical lady, "but I wouldJike to know if you can give any excuse, for the—ah—-absolutely awful condition of your Dcu/t you think a scrubbing would do them good?" i know it would," admittet Wwry WatJtina, "but the fact }a hard I caoi't afford Rcvattt In On Jan. 8 we put ninety eggs In a Jrst-class incubator, and on Jan. 12 we eet fifteen eggs tinder a large Buff Co- cbln hen,- making a total of 105 eggs set out for a midwinter hatch, writes SL B. Oeer la Texas Farm and Ranch. Of the incubator eggs, thirteen tested out the first ten, or five days after they were started. - Ojl the 15 under the hen all tested fertile* Ten days later, five more came out of the Incubator, and five others were marked "doubtful," leaving sixty-seven good and strongly Impregnated eggs in the machine. In the meantime, the hen had broken one egg, leavihg 14 under her that still tested all right Then came the terribly cold weather of the latter part of the month, that sent the temperature, in the room where the Incubator was away down near to zero. Still the Uher- mometer Inside stood at 103 degrees. ." made i t BO cold 'for our hen, however, that-we moved her and her nest into the back kitchen. The eggs In the Incubator were a little slow In hatching, some of the chicks being twenty- two days In gettlnp out In all, there were forty-six chlckens'hatched from the total of ninety eggs put In, or a fraction over 50 per cent. A good man} fully developed chicks died in tha shell Just at hatching time. This we attribute to two causes; imperfect moisture and chilling when it was absolutely necessary to open the incubator, the •weather was so cold. In due time the hen came off with her chickens,- and there were fourteen chicks, too—one chick for T?ach, egg. Do we condemn the incubator? No. We are well satisfied with our mid winter hatch, sit has done better, much better, and It will do better again. Circumstances were against it. And yet the results were BatlBfax:toryr^Wh^woUia'noTglYel,wo" eggs f or a^chielc JiriHFmonln of January? We are very sure that we would every time. We put all the chicks In a brooder. We have lost seven, of which the most were small and weakly at first. The balance are lively little chaps that it is a pleasure to feed and look after. Habit and Fowls. Tho 'poultry editor of the Fanners' Review has been forcibly struck for years by the extent to which habit exists among fowls. It Is a factor of considerable importance, and one that nd poultry raiser can afford to ignore. Especially Is this true In regard to the food that the birds eat. Sometimes it IB important that fowls be taught to eat a certain food. They jnay at first refuse it, but-if given-the food repeatedly will in many cases come to like it. One winter the writer had a good many beets and tried to feed them out to the birds'vefused the proffered dainty with scorn.' 'So the beets rotted in the cellar or were thrown out into the snow, there being no other use to which they could .be-put—This-winter the writer has again had an experlerice-in'-feed^ Ing beets. He tried some chopped.and the birds did not care for them. They simply looked over the brightly colored pile and went away, apparently convinced that nothing of that color could be good to eat. A few hens, however, picked at them daintily. But the food was offered them 'again and again on consecutive days. . The last day a half •basket was offered them, and though they had an abundance of uneaten food they .greedily devoured the chopped beets, and when the feeder went to get the 'basket not a scrap remained;—The birds had,come to the conclusion that the chopp'eo! beets were a first-class food. The writer Is now lamenting that be has not a good stock of beets to be used in this-way, and determines that next year he will lay in a good supply. '•••' ! •'.'•••.;•' : A similar experience was undergone in feeding oats. At "first the fowls seemed averse to eating them, but now they seem to like them better than any other food, possibly excepting corn. We have heard some poultry raisers say that they sever feed oats because they have tried them sometimes and the hens will not eat, them. Try them again and keep trying. »' '•'•"•' Frosted Combs. In a recent walk through South Water street/ Chicago, the writer was forcibly struck by the .great number of fowls that had had their combs frozen. Booth after booth was paesed where all of tne chickens had their combs frozen down to their heads. So uniform was this circumstance that one could but help wondering at the barbarous treatment so ' universally accorded the fowls. It Is not likely .that the fowls ^are subjected to such severities of .weather after corning into the hands of the commission men, for there had not been weather for three weeks of the time that would freeze combs. The dilapidated appearance given to the heads of the birds made them very uninviting to the purchaser, and we doubt not had something to do with lowering the price. Be this as It may, feelings of humanity should J«ad one to protect their helpless animals from unnecessary suffering.'. To crowd the fattening rapidly, feed at least five times If the male is not pure breed he will effect no improvement in the flock. Where a man "keeps a hundred hens the bouse should be cleaned out every day. • ; . . " . Make the poultry house a thing qf beauty if possible. It should not bs & detriment to the looks ol the The Ammonia, arising rroia accumulated a»'opp!Egs is the po^Hry faous« is \Jetrta4iutal to tae ijefeltii of tha For weeks we have been preparing for this Great Easter- tld6 Event, by securing Tom tte leading fashion centers, novelties that are appropriate and in demand at Easter. Special Low Prices have been made to stimulate generous buying, and those who are wise will make their.selections before-the-Saturday rush, as many novelties shown cannot be again duplicated.. . Easter Neck Wear, : '••[aster Linen Collars & Cuffs Easter Belts and Veilings, The newest conceits and novelties can be found here. EASTER CAPES and JACKETS. We have received direct from manufacturers some very .handsome —Plumsretc;—Seerthernr EASTER CAPES. Fresh assortments just received for Easter sales. Correct in style, handsomely made, in both Cloth and Silk. FOR RASTER- Twenty-five beautiful brocaded Silk Capes, both plain black and fancy} lined—aereat 8&.00 value,"*. FOR EASTER, *" EASTER UMBRELLAS— Fresh assortments just" opened. Fifty Gloria Urn- brellas, natural wood handles, silver trimmed, steel frame, warranted .fast black, cheap at 81.00..,.. FOR EASTER Fifty handsome Umbrellas, steel rod, tight roll, natural wood handles, fu.1,1 26 ~ inches," fast colors, .warranted, good value at S1.50 FOR EASTER Fifty superb Umbrellas, ele- —^-gantly mounted^ natnral wood—handieSj—Sterling- 75c lOc 18c Silver trimmed, 26 inches, line silk serge covering, some steel rods, values f /\A up to 88,00,-. l.llll ' FOR EASTER *" vv EASTER HANDKERCHIEFS. 200 doz. beautifully embroidered Handkerchiefs, specially reduced for this Easter Sale,' some with plain embroidery, some embroi dered.with silk, some lace trimmed—a magnificent collection tor Easter— . il HANDKERCHIEFS^ r "~ft7. Values up to 12J£c—choice .... Ov HANDKERCHIEFS— . Values up to 15o—choice. HANDKERCHIEFS— Values up to 19c—choice. HANDKERCHIEFS- Values up to 25c—choice. A splendid opportunity to save mon ey and supply your Easter wants. EASTER KID GLOVES. We start this sale with • • * V complete assortment of sizes and cplors,but cannot tell how iOng we will be able tp maintain complete stocks. Those who are kid Glove wise will make ' early selections. THE QEISTER. Our popular Lacing Glove , that we have sold with almost universal satisfaction, fresh assortments of the new Spring shades and black, for Easter THE DAVENPORT. Our superb two clasp Glove, newest Spring f /\/v shades and black.a regular I IIII . ^ 81.25 glove for, »»VV VIRGINIA, A superb 3-clasp Glove in | all the newest and scarce I shades; a 82.00 glove for. *' EASTER HOSIERY. 25 dozen Ladles' Fancy Hose, new styles, superb .. quality, the kind you have been accustomed to pay 35o for, in this Easter Sale, Choice... '. JV 'rffe If* [ have land'and Akron Cement and Windsor Fresh Lime always hand* My Spring: stock of flflWHr ^9ttf oA^inEMfflRAitA^^MRRCTHiflBjBfei^Bv is arriving (iaijy and tft@ grades can't be beat. Get Prices, of me before you buy. Telephone No. 19. Good clean Clover and Timothy Seed for sale at Moses Dillon's Elevator. Bright clean Salt, 78 cents per barrel, Moses Dillon* Perfumery, .256'an ounce, » ; Former price, 400 Good Soap, 7b a cake* 'Former price, .10o .. .. —r—^—-—-,-—Former price, 2§c- Pendls, 3 for 5Ci , Former price, 3c each Two 5c pkgs. of Gum for 5c- W.P.Hallett, ao w. 3rd st. ... Druggist. Our Cheap Hats • Range from ' $1.00 TO $4.00 EACH and._. ,_ . Our~Selec^ Patterns ,• from $5.00 TO $15,00 EACH MISS ALICE WILKINSi, No. 5 East Third Street.. Books, Mftg*cme« and ¥t* • pen neatly «o4 eubBt»n (tally bound, u> diaeraat irtjrlM »ndat prices to tun tb« UaiM«ikt«j» STERLING STANDARD SINDIIf , Iwu, New, . Millinery Store* Has an elegant line of Hats, Ribbons and Flowers of the very latest styles and colors. Our price for trimming jindretrimmingis oajy 16c, First door north of Gait House Batr&aoe,

What members have found on this page

Get access to

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 11,200+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Try it free