Sterling Standard from Sterling, Illinois on April 15, 1897 · Page 11
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Sterling Standard from Sterling, Illinois · Page 11

Sterling, Illinois
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Thursday, April 15, 1897
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GOOD READING" FOR BOYS AND GIRLS. on On« Stilt— O«orgA Wa»hii*Kton W*n Born S3 at Is to Be the CM«. Bntnmor Day*. ' P TlJ'B dale and down the bourne, . O'er the meadow swift we fly; Now we sing, and now- we mourn, Now we Whistle, now we sigh. By the grassy- i fringed river, T h r o u g h the murmuring reeds wo sweep; Mia the lily-leaves we quiver, To their very, hearts we .creep, 'if' ' • Now *he maiden rose Is blushing At the frolic things we say, While aside her cheek we're rushing, Like Borne truant bees o£ play. Through, the blooming groves we rustle, Kissing every bud we pass 1 ,— AS we did it in the bustle, Scarcely knowing how It was. l Down the glen, across the tnountajn, O'er the "yellow heath we roam, Whirling round about the fountain 5 " Till its little breakers foam. .iV" Bending down the weeping willows, *lfa While our vesper hymn we sigh; „, * Then unto our rosy pillows • ? i On- our weary wings we hie. it '-'!'' '*-•.. . " \ JV There, of Idlenesses dreaming, ' J* Scarce from waking we refrain, <t , Moments long as ages deeming, ^ ' Till we're at our play again. f | '," How Polly Helped. 'J . Little Polly has found a way to be ;. useful. Polly is nearly 6 yjears old, and j . a very mischievous, frolicsome little • miss.. .'.-(•• Not long ago Polly's older brother,' 1 -"- BeaVjwas coasting < lying-flat on his sled. As fate'would (have it, just as he meared the bottom and was going verylfast, he ran into a cutter driven ^oy his uncle. When they picked film up he was unconscious, 'and both of his arms dangled helpless-' - ly at his sides. At first they thought r he was -killed, but the doctor soon brought him around, although both of his arms were broken. >l - .Polly didn't fully understand what • the matter was, and she felt very much grieved because they wouldn't let her go in to see •Ben. ^ "I won't 'aturb him," she .said; "I'll comfort him. I'll be uffsful." But Polly's mother knew bow Polly > was useful, and refused, to let her go In. Two or three days of suffering i passed-for Ben, and then one afternoon Polly was allowed to visit him. He lay on the sofa by the window, very pale and quiet, with his arms fastened close to his-side and covered" with" little boxes. Polly looked; very s'ympathetlc, the tears swimming In her eyes, and she .was as quiet as any mouse. Her mother left the room for a moment. While 6ho<was gone-Ben-puckered-up his nose, .wrinkled his forehead and called out complalnlngly: • "Ma, iny nose itches, and I can't reach it." ' ; . ' • Up Jumped Polly in an instant. "I'll," she said, and in a moment ehe. h'ad seized a'paper cutter and was'gravely rubbing Ben's nose with the edge of it. When her mother came back Polly^looked around triumphantly. : v , "I am uffsful," she said, proudly. ' '*' ' And after that, by the special request i. ,. of Ben, Polly was appointed head nose-'— - scratcherand assistant'to the nurse. . A "wtuf<*r pf<-nt<y r* it-, reads, corn-era nothlas; to the mind; •but Trnit until yon hear what it if, and then the fan of it may bo appreciated. Ths?re is to -bo one given shortly here In town, rind those who have been' naked are In eager antlcipaliori of ths result. All the girls are asKed to bring some sort of food or refreshment, and the onewho is at the head of it hag arranged the details so "feystematlcally that, there will be no possibility of two glrle bringing the same eupper. One girl will bring sandwiches, another cake, another tea and sugar, another fried oysters, Another chickea or lobster salad, etc,., just AS they a picnic in the country. The hampers will be taken Into the dining room and unpacked there. No servants are allowed until after the meal is over, and then they will come in to clear away •the debris. Half the fun of a picnic is the setting of the table and the unpacking of the well-filled baskets. All superfluous sofas, tables and divans, lamps and chairs will be taken out of the drawing-room and dining-room, leaving only what is necessary. Kitchen tables are to be used,-and evergreen trees have been ordered from the florist to^put about the room to give it a more rustic appearance. Thq men have not been mentioned yet, but, of course, plenty of them have been asked to come, and, Hot -being as sanguine as the girls, they are wondering whether it will be a success or a bore. One young man Is very much exercised as to "whether the fellows will be allowed to smoke or not. They always do at picnics!" Of course, there will be the inevitable Virginia reel, and there IB some talk of an Impromptu vaudeville performance, so much the fashion now. Some of the girls have prepared chor- ruses to sing, and there will, perhaps be a little mandolin or banjo playing. "Hygienic nounea" Invented. What is called a, "hygienic bouse" V clan, and "illustrates rather forcibly the possibility of preventive measures being worse to undergo than several maladies. The walls of this extremely modern and scientific dwelling are made of parallel -plates of ground glass several Inches apart; with a concentrated solution of alum or salts of soda between them. -These plates are fixed in metal -frames, by. which they are built together.' The roof is not translucent, and is made of materials which , are impervious to heat, thus keeping out the sunshine and holding in .the warmth^ of .the rooms. The house, is entered by an underground door, <to which a stair leads. Tho air also enters underground,- and passes •through a microbe filter of-x:otton woo and glycerine. It circulates through the rooms by means of gratings, and escapes tinder the roof. .The house is • heated by the sun, except when a stove Is,.found to be_necesBary. . The salt so- lutlons between'the panes absorb the heat by day arid give it forth by night. In the summer the air is cooled by its passage underground; and tempers the tropical warmth of the climate. The llluminatlon^side~is"dlffused~fronTrall parts of the walls, but there are no windows out of which the inhabitants can look, and it is difficult to see how they will endure life In a place so horribly wholesome—and dull. CHILIMEN'S CORNER, GOOD HEADING FOR BOYS AND GIRLS. X>lttl» Maber« Mrftterr, » Chllflren'i Sketch by Margaret Unoe—A Youth'* Rflply—jUrifier's Money Under a Hog:— A little .Hatty—Boys «ad Church. In the Neat. O BIRDS, they say, In last year's nests! . "What, h»! but there ' are other guests! J>To songs they slngr, no wings have they— These quiet people dressed In gray. My Lady Bird her nest did line With down of silkweed soft and fine; ' And here and there wlth<dalnty skill She trimmed It with a lichen frill. A rose-bush blossomed at her door, And dropped pink petals on her floor; But months ago away she flew, 'And all her well-fledged nestlings, too. And much surprised to-day she'd be, Could she the present lodgers see; I know she'd never bid them stay— These humble people dressed In gray. It wlil r«a1i thn atUhifJo of of tho hotiPfi of commons who, when cornninnftedl by Charts L, Braking to arrest the five mem hers, to point them, out, replied that "he had neither eyes to see nor tongue to speak, save by command of the house." English blood has tho habit of reasserting Ite«1f now and then, boiling up as does tBe great geyser of the Yellowstone Park. Yet 'tis not Mouse strange that, Mistress Should .choose this nest for her own bouse. • "The ground Is cold, the grass Is dead; up there Hwould wanner be," she said. "Besides, a few dry leaves I'll get, And make them In a coverlet." So there she lives this very day, With all her children, dressed In gray. And, when the winter sun peeks out, All wrapped in furs they run about; And up and down they gaily go, And leave their footprints In the snow. «* I)anc|ng on One Stilt. No doubt 1 you have found It difficult to walk on a pair of stilts without falling 'off, but what would you 4hink of walking on a single' stilt fifteen feet 'high, as some' of the Hindoo Jugglers do? "'••'• • '•:"'• •'••....; -•-. '-' '•;-.. • The juggler is mounted on a stiff 'bamboo pole, the top of which Is tied to a girdle worn around his Waist. A small cushion is fastened a few feet down the pole, which acts as a leg rest. The acrobat,hops around a, large space ,'}u the 'liveliest way, "uttering cheerful shouts and accompanied by the tapping of a curious drum. He also exe- , cutes a sort pf dance, and goes through a little pantomime. It is a marvelous ' feat '. of equilibrium. To walk on a ' pair of stilts as high as this would be a performance worthy of exhibition on our variety stage, But to hop around on one is quite another thing. * The same 'man can do many other .'wonderful tilings, -He 'appears absolutely perfect In the art of balancing, He can balance a very light stick on ftls nose end a very heavy end on hia chin, and then throw the. heavy one into the air with his head and catch it On the end of the light one. When ijalancing these two sticks, end on end, he will make one revolve in one direction and the other 4n the other, He puts one hand, on a flat circular " stone/ throws his feet up into the air and balances a stick on each of them. 4,t the same time he revolves rapidly i» the pivot formed by his arm and the stone. ' '' For Fun a r.nrty. "Who's Got the Whistle?" Is $ game with no end of fun in it. Most of the party—at least all who do not know, the game—should be excluded from the room where the fun is going on. Blindr fold one of the girls or,, boys who haven't 1 learned the tr|clc and place-hlm in the center of a, circle, in whichi all the other players are "sitting, just as if "hunt the slipper" were to be played. While the blindfolding is in progress, let some s person slip up quietly and tie t the whistle by a long .string to some part of the dress of the blindfolded one. The gaine consists in getting hold of the whistle and blowing it wTiile the blindfolded player tries to guess who has it. Of course he has t%e whistle himself, and until he discovers the" trick the fun runs high. When he has found the whistle anotBer player can be called into the room and blindfold' ed and the trick played again. .'• In WIat«r. Country girls, who certainly have the t of getting up picnics, may have of them in summer, and, for all know, in winter, also, but we are not positive whether they have ever what our New York girls are c»U- a "winter picnic, 1 ' It Is a great to think that New York girls formal, aad above doiag anything a the way o| wmueentefit which, by &&&.& cosBitierecl "Mtt m ' . Washington's Two Birthday*. Really Washington was horn on February 11, instead of February 22.. The record in the Washington family Bible shows that George was born on the llth day of February; 1732, and the first known celebration of the event was on February 11, 1784, when Washington was at the height of his power and fame. Why, then, do we celebrate February 22? Under the old method pf counting time, called the old style, no account of leap years was made, and gradually the calendar ran behind, so to spea$. When the new and correct calendar was' adopted Washington's birthday, which was February 13, O. (3. (old style), became February 22, new style. ' '*-.-•• Growth of Population In Europe. A statement published in the European Economist gives some facts with regard to the growth of population in the various countries of Europe during the decennial period 188B-85. The aggregate increase was 29,922,800. Some states have "advanced greatly. For example, Russia added 12,510,800 to her existing pppulatlon', Germany y 4,522,600; Auatro-Hungary, 3,602,2QO; Great Britain, 2,462,400; Turkey, 1,100,00.0, and France, 67,100. : "No, no!" exclaimed -little Bert, as w»a atout to take Ma lis an$ w^ W» tears. "Please ,. , . , ow . ns the nest, I have not heard, rd like to know what Lady Bird To Mistress Mouse, next spring, will say, If they should_chance^Jto_meet_8ome- day! •> —Edith M. Thomas, in St. Nicholas. Itlahel'a Mystery. ; "I've'been thinking," said Mabel, very slowly. "I've been.thinking that maybe we've got a real live mystery &l our house." •'' "Oh!" exclaimed Alice. "O Mabel! what is it?" "You know Simon, our new man," whispered Mabel. "Well, what do you think hia letters are? They're S. T. Patrick, Alice, that's Just the very letters!" Alice'looked perplexed. •• . ,"Why, maybe he's a relation of tomorrow!" explained Mabel, excitedly. "Not tomorrow, Alice, but the njan tomorrow's named for. .He puts a period* between S and T when he writes.his name, but maybe he doesn't know any better. There ought not to be any period for ST, saint, had there, Alice?" - "No," said, Alice, "there Jsn't-any! period in my spelling-book." , "He's made a mistake," declared Mabel. "Papa told mamma this morning hej.was green," she continued. "Wasn't St. Patrick green? He most likely was.' 'Cause what do they wear green ribbons for, If he wasn't? Let's us go ask him right away. Wouldn't it be splendid If he Was a relation, a son or a cousin or an uncle!" said Mabel. "Simon, Simon!" she called, as they opened the big barn doors. ; 'That does yer want^ miss?" asked Simon, as toe came out of the harnees- room. . . "Do you like frogs?" inquired Mabel. ' - Ml«ei*« Money Under fto«r« er (he carpet In the room where Isaac H. Lewla, the Neponset hermit, who died a month ago, lived, there were founijjjtew days ago, says a Boston special, bonds, deeds for property, cash and various kinds of securities, the total value of which is over $50,000. The life of Lewie was that of a recluse. No one was allowed to enter his home, and it was seldom that he bowed or spoke to those whom he met on the street. - Mr. Lewis was alone when he died. His neighbors even didn't know that he was 111. He had been dead several days when his body was discovered. The police searched the house previous to the burial for money enough to pay the expenses. All that was found was $18, which was found sewed in the lining of the old man's vest. . Patrolman Foster was put in charge of the case. After searching nearly a •week he went to the city hall and looked over the records In the assessor's office. There he found that Mn Lewis owned land in Dorchester, which ia valued at something like |18,000., Foster then .returned to the house and commenced another search. In a corner under an old piece of carpet which had been nailed to the flnor, he found deeds for real estate, bends and money. The Hayes Planters, * The THomas Disc, Tfce.Qattley Spring Lilt Bidmg Cultivator, TheSattleySpringLiftWaikingduitimto^ The Gorn Queen and Maide'n Guitlirator, The Hummer Sulky and Ghang, The HustleV Sulky and G-ang* The Superior Force Feed Seeder, The G-ale Steel Lever Harrow, The Weber Wagon, The Aermotor Windmill, The Meyer'sJPumps and^Oylinders, And a full line of Buggies, Carriages and Road Wagons. . COE A tittle Hasty. Numerous complaints had come before a certain public official in regard to the quality o mates of one of tho public institutions •and he determined to investigate for himself in order to see if the matter really required attention, says the New. York Journal. . ' Making his -way. to the particular building in question just about dinner time, he walked straight over to where the kitchen was located. At .the very door he encountered two muscular- booking men carrying a huge, steaming boiler. "Put that kettle down," he ordered, brusquely, and the men at once obeyed. "Get me a spoon," he next commanded. The man that brought the spoon was about to eay something, but was ordered to ke.ep quiet. "Take off tbe lid," was the next command; "I'm going to taste it."' The two men. were utterly cowed by the official's brusqueness and -wonderingly watched him gulp flown a good mouthful." .. •• . : •" T"Do you mean to say that you call this - soup ?" the "official demanded. "Why, It tastes to me more like dirty water." TooThose in Need o "-"So-it~is,"-repUea:^ne~~of~the^ meriT respectfully. "We were just scrubbing the floors.". "Me is it!" laughed Simon. "Shure, it's not much use for ra^ to like 'em or dislike 'em these days. Thgre'iB_niYer a frog out of his whiter hole ylt. Why would ye be afther axin*.?" he asked. '"Cause we thought you were a relation to—to—a man—" • • ' • "A green man!" interrupted, Alice, "that-had a name like tomorrow!" "And we thought—Simon—maybe— he—he—was/your relation," stuttered Mabel, getting red in the face. '"Specially if you didn't like frogs." "Ha! ha! Ho-o!" laughed Simon, "Mo a relation to St. Patrick's day. Ho! ho! ho!" he laughed again. "Wait till I be afther tellin' Bridget of that!" "And aint you, Simon," asked Mabel, "aint you a.real live mystery after all?" . "Ha! ha! Ho-o!" laughed Simon agaln.-^Margaret Dane in Youth's Companion. , A Youth 1 * Reply. The Union -Debating society of Oxford university, has disclosed to many a man the possession of that gift which enables him to think on his feet and to express hia thoughts so that those who listen may be- impressed. It has trained statesmen, preachers and teachers so to lift up their voices that the world aeeded their message. When the union began its life the university "dons pounced, upon lit, as "likely to lead young men to form premature ideas." Having at first no habitation of its own, It used the rooms of the students. On one occasion, -while Samuel JWil- jerforce, subsequently the eloquent , was speaking, one of the proctor's assistants—"bulldojt" Is his col- ege name—put In an appearance and said;: Gentlemen, the proctor desires that you should disperse and retire each to four own college." .The chairman, named Patten, rose with dignity and *ith the calmness of a speaker of the house of. commons, eaid: • ' "Sir, the house has received the proc. ,or's message, and will send an answei' to the sujnrnwyj by aa officer of its own." The ehairaiwa'p quiet, dignified «,t- Knocked Out by-«.Qaall. Arthur L. Lezinsky met with a peculiar accident at Stockton, Gal., a few days ago. He and some friends wore making a trial trip on the new railroad running from Stockton toCoral Hollow. Their excursion train consisted of a locomotive and a flat.cpr provided with chairs.- When a short distance.out from Stockton the engineer gave tho .party_a^fastride',.. As tho train rushed along a great number of quail flow frightened back and forth across the' track from the grass and' bushes. Dozens of the birds passed across the car low enough to make several of the gentlemen who were standing up dodge quickly In order to prevent being struck. Lezinsky didn't dodge, in- .stead he took off his hat and tried to catch a quail. Before anybody realized what had happened Lezlnsky's companions saw the Stockton man fall suddenly to tine floor of the car. By his side lay a dead quail. His friends found him insensible. The cause of the accident was readily seen., A bird had struck him close to the left eye and temple. The force of the collision had been such as to kill the quail and knock the lawyer unconscious. We are prepared to offer the farmers in this vicinity exceptional bargains in DISK HARROWS and CORN PLANTERS, furnishing machines that are unequalled for simplicity, durability, and superior quality of work, and urge mat all parties interested call and inspect our samples and get our figures for Cash, before making purchases of goods ROCK FALLS, ILLINOIS. THE STERLING STANDARD, Job Printing and Book Binding. Work Unexcelled. Prices Reasonable. ~ Office Thoroughly Equipped for all Classes of Work. uulou being troubled by to o| our Fulae Teeth »n^l Lockjaw. Mrs. James H. Ward, of Mount Morris, N. T., who had purchased an upper plate of artificial teeth, thought ehe would use J.t, The plate sprung into place with a enap and seemed to fit very snugly, In the night her gums began to swell, and -she tried to remove the plate to relieve the pain, but it would not come out. The more her gums swelled the more Intense became the pain. The plate was wedged In solidly. She tried to pry it out with a fork and tofliook it out with a shoer buttoner, but failed to make any impression on it. Dr. F. D( Brown was eent for, also Drs. L. and M. Gi lien. They worked over her several hours, and finally succeeded 'in wedging the plate out. Mrs. Ward,was thrown Into convulsion and came within an ace of having lockjaw. She was plucky, however, and in the morning wanted to try to wear it again. She thought she could get used to it-in time. Her husT baud said "no," and put the plate in his pocket. He will not give it up, and saye his wife -will jiave to eat bread ij-nd milk for a long time before he will allow her "to risk lockjaw .again. With the asbSstance of the latest f m&- calnes, a piece of leather cjyi be transformed iftto a pa&r of boots IB four mUrutes, to -which time it U># fcw&i of The New Yorf Weekly Tribune FOK . EVEBY member of EVERY family on EVEBY farm, in EVEBY village, in EVEBY State or Territory. FOU Education, FOB Noble'Maubo(»<v FQK True Womanhood. IT GIVES all important news of the IT GIVES all important news of the World. IT GIVES the most reliable market reporis IT GIVES brilliant and instructive editorials, IT GIVES fascinating sbrt stories II CIS VKS ail KEevf eile IT GIVES scientific and rneehaniea! i IT SIvES illustrated fashion articles, IT GIVES humorons illustrations. It GIVES entertainment to joeiig Hi$ rid. IT GIVES satisfaction everywhere to eveijMj. "$ ¥. ONE'YEM'fNth7f.

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