The Algona Republican from Algona, Iowa on June 20, 1894 · Page 3
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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, June 20, 1894
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ALtKJ^i, WEi53rfeSiJA¥, 20, 1834 L mt a-. _ tt of-'-sn .afe *&• »' ITTL ROM toy windows we could look across the court* yard into the interior of the entresol, in which little Gabriel's family lived—little Gabe, they called him in the house, 'The father was a cutter in a cloak house, the mother, worn down by much "bearing of children, white-haired, though she Was but fifty- nve, and feeble, looked afteJ? the household with such strength as she had left. Of their 1 five children, the three oldest had gone out into the World to earn their living. The two youngest were left at home, a girl of eighteen, who was a dressmaker, and little Gabe, who was a hunchback. The child of parents who. like so many others among the Paris Working classes, had passed half their life in the unwholesome atmosphere of dark, ill-ventilated back-shops, little Gabe was hopelessly deformed in every way. His thin, little,' feeble legs scarcely supported his warped and stunted body; his head, which had developed out of all proportion, was sunken between hib shoulders. But the child's face had an exquisite delicacy, and an ',, oression that haunted one's mem- He was 8 years old, but from his height one would not havo taken him to be 5; yet, with his prominent forehead, his two large, meditative, dark-brown eyes, so sad, so precocious in their thoughtfulness, the face of little Gabe was almost that of a man of 30. His father, his mother and the elder sister, worshiped the child on accountot his gentle ways and his intelligence, which was very unusually advanced. l One evening, after school hours, I saw-him sitting near the porter's lodge, at the door. His mother had gone out to buy something, and, as his sister had not returned from her work, he had found the rooms locked and was waiting, leaning- against the wall, with his eyes hungrily turned toward the street, and on his face a look of resigned patience. I stopped to speak to him and he answered me with long, frightened, observing 1 glances. At 'that • moment his sister came in, breathlessly. i "Ah, my poor Gabe," she cried, "I kept you waiting! You were getting impatient, were you not?" j "No,"" replied little Gabe, 'a voice as clear as a silver bell, "I 'was only thinking- that perhaps you ^Vere tired of me and, would not come jback. I am so ill and give so much trouble*" i "Oh, you naughty boy!" exclaimed the young girl, covering him with kisses. She turned tb me with her | eyes full of tears. "He is so intelligent and so lovable! He is like a grown person in his ideas. If only he had a little health*and strength! The doctor said that if we could take him to Berck this summer the sea air and the playing in the sand might do him good. But Berck is far and it costs so much to go! All the same, I must try to earn the money in some way." And the young girl worked morning and evening to get the necessary sum together. She bent for hours over her machine, plaiting, piping, cutting, ,^J»«Jftt'6 Tf St. TO STOP rap BOV." almost without a, mo s bouse knew little apd the tenants' wives ^ proved the " w i% ;wevl?. They ' to Stop, t&f' l>Qy^b8» the caartyard QI<O», j They Jura t^t ibd trite and fevatnp in the ion of the day. It was a dress which had cost something in the first place, and, of course, one Wanted to make it do for little dances, etc., the following Winter. One evening while little Gabe Was playing with the inkstand, it slipped from his thin hands and the contents poured themselves over the satin of the dress. They did not scold him, The consternation on his face was hard ehoiigh to see< as it Was. The sister smothered a scream, and began nervously, silently, to sponge the stuff, and calculate the extent of the damage done. The ink had ruined eight breadths of the satin. Bight breadths at fifteen francs a metre—that made a total of 120 francs. This was much to take from the little savings bank, much to take from the money set aside for little Gabe's journey, It must be gived up for this year. That journey to the seaside so long talked of. The seamstress kissed little Gabe, and set to Work again. The following winter was a hard one in the entre-sol. The autumn had been rainy and little Gabe's health had suffered. He had pains in his bones, fever and headaches. The doctor ausculating him, had shaken his head and insisted again that the child should be sent to Berck a i soon as the xvarm weather came. This time there was to be no question about it. No matter what it might cost, they would go to the seashore at the end of .May. The sewing machine \vhirred more swiftly than overhand the light down there burned later into the night. They had bought little Gabe a picture book with nothing but sea views in it; sketches of ports with a forest of masts in a line along the quais; rocky cliffs with white waves breaking, at their feet; fishermen's barges scattered over the sea like a flight of white- winged birds. The child seemed now to talk of nothing but the sea. He dreamed of it at night, and sometimes during the day, he had strange, sick hallucinations, in which he saw, in the gray fog that filled the court yard, the vision of a coast beaten by the tides, of expanses of water on which sailed ships with swelling sails. The winter turned out to be unusually cold and damp, and I now never met .little Gabe in the porte-cochere. The doctor had absolutely forbidden his going- out. From time to time I saw him at his window, back of the raised curtain. His sorrowful eyes, which were sunken in their sockets, looked out wonderingly, and his thin little fingers seemed to be tracing vaguely the outlines of ships against the pane. Then suddenly his glance would fall upon the casement at which I stood, and feeling that I was watching him, he would draw the muslin curtain down with nervous shyness. Toward the middle "of March I ceased seeing him at the window. His bones ached more and more, his enfeebled limbs seemed no longer able to carry him, and the pains in his head were growing worse. He spent whole days stretched out in his little bed, turning over the leaves of that picture book, where for the hundredth time, he could see the sea and the great ships 'with their white sails. He had not given up the idea of his journey. "When shall we be going?" he would ask his,sister. And when the young girl explained to him that they must wait for spring, he would insist in his shrill little voice: "But I am in a hurry; I want to get well quickly, very quickly, so you may not cry any more." " < And, in the meantime, he wanted always to have near him the large pink shell whose pearly gclges, when he layed his ear against them, made him hear the far-away sound of that sea which was to cure him of all of his ills. Toward'Easter longer heard the dull hum of > the sewing machine in the entre sol, Theya was no more work done down there, but the lamplight that streamed from one window till late into .the night showed that watchers were sitting by the sick child's bedside. "He is yery low," murmured the porter's wife!, instinctively drawing a fat little urchin of her own closer tc her skirts. "It won't be very long now, Poor little fellow, it would be a happy release." One morning at the floor I passed a narrow box carried by two under* takers and, followed by the mourners, Jt was,little Gabe, wfcp hacj left at last, fQ,r Ws journey toward ftve wefts* of the unknown, OP SCIESCE There is a very strong fli^i^e. ^Q bat/ among tfce, pgajauts pf SQI Qemany, A feeling 1 of disgust r fea.F tabes, possession of WfeO find,B bats paly because I. iujes will fted upon his pppls ' h a n f|4o ttw WBoke, fewt 1 " '$$%' $$y$Vjl §iBfl njiafOPtUney * ^ti^^S^^' • '^§;;li§iJ^Wx^Q t l,lje^?0e 9 4oMe L AND DISCOVERIES. itf ttnpto*6d Electric ObmlbttS—Ma* chine lot Slicing Potatoe*—A Notftlty to* Vloiitt M4ye*i—A frei* Atlantic Cable—Notea of Progress. telcctrlo Omnibus. For several years electric omnibules have been in service on London street but after much experimenting they have just reached a type of perfection, and the one shown in the cut will Soon be running in London, Thfc felectrical omnibus made its first trip through the streets of London in the ttimrner of 1888, and attracted consid* Srable attention. One of the early runs Was over a distance of 4 nearly four miles, taking thirty-five minutes, and the experience which was gained in its Working dem> onstrated that the knowledge neces* sary for driving it could be picked tip by an ordinary cab or omnibus drivel? in a few days, no greater skill being required to handle such a vehicle with precision and safety than was necessary in the case of a horse bus or cab. Each car could easily make six fourteen-mile trips per day, or a total of 588 miles per week per car, giving a total of 14,700 miles of service per week. T fe *rr «?"-vv r$kT.»sa' JJ8PJPW& """-liMite Tft!,r-anl The new car is a full-sized, twenty- six passenger omnibus. It has two batteries of accumulators, each weighing about seventeen hundred-weight. These go under the seats, Silvester's Remedy AgainHt Dampness. The process consists in using two< washe* or solutions for covering the surface of the walls—one composed of Castile soap and water and one of alum and water. The proportions are three- quarters of a pound of soap to one gallon of water and half a pound of alum to four gallons of water, both substances to be perfectly dissolved in water before .being used. The walls should be perfectly clean and dry and the temperature of the air not above 50 degrees Fall, when the compositions- are applied. The first, or soap, wash should be laid on when boiling hot,;, with a flat .brush, taking care to form; a froth on the brickwork. This wash 1 ; should remain twenty-four hours, so as to become dry and hard before the second, or alum, wash is applied, which "• should be done in the same manner as' the first. The temperature of this wash,'when applied, may be 60 or 70 degrees Fah., and this also should remain twenty-four hours before a second coat of this soap wash is put on. These coats are to be applied alternately until the walls are made impervious to' water. The alum and soap thus combined form an insoluble compound, says Architect and Building, filling the pores of the masonry and entirely .preventing 1 the water from entering the walL ^New Atlantic Cable, A new telegraph cable is now being laid from Waterville, Ireland, to Nova Scotia, The entire cable will be about 2,000 miles long. The Faraday, not being large enough to carry the whole cable, will drop the shore sections, about 500 miles, first, and then lay the deep sea cable, which is smaller than the shore ends. The cable is guaranteed to afford 33% per cent improvement in! speed over the other cables in use by the Commercial company, This will insiire transmission at the rate of thirty words per minute, The cable is much larger than any ocean cable hitherto made. The Nova Scotia end has .been, provided with additional protecting armor to prevent its being broken by the anchors of fishing vessels, ' . ' Novelty for Violin Flayers- Prof, M. J. Dumas has introduced a novel and ingenious process by which violinists' can acquire a very light The bow is weig&ted with eome very Intefe&tittg 6ft* servations and figures relating to thid subject. He states that sixteen miles of thirty inch wooden conduit were constructed in that work, ifi addition to a considerable letL.t'th of forty-four inch pipe. The timber used wias California redwood, and the thirty inch conduit was constructed to stand under a head of 185 feet. We tindefstand from the paper named that the total average cost of the thirty inch pipe was $1.36 per lineal foot, of which about 48 cents constituted the cost of trenching and back filling A gang of eight to sixteen men laid from 150 to 300 feet of the same size conduit per day. These mains were Composed of staves dressed very smooth to cylindrical sides and radial edges, and were held to the cylindrical form by mild steel bands placed at a distance apart depending Upon the head, but never exceeding seventeen inches, The pores of the wood are filled with the water under the pressure, so that it oozes through to a slight extent, thus realizing the condition for permanent preservation. The pipe is framed in the trench, and all handling in full-sized section is avoided; at the same time the interior finish is so smooth that the advantageous conditions of flow are secured. Mr, Schuyler estimates that the use of these wooden conduits effect a saving of over §1,000,000 in this particular work—Fire and Water. A Maliojrany Pavement. The dealer in hardwood who tenderly handles his stock of mahogany with kid gloves for fear of losing a splinter now and then, will undoubtedly be shocked, says the Mississippi Valley Lumberman, to hear that mahogany is being used by the Paris municipal council for roadways, This sounds* almost like a dream of oriental magnificence, yet it is true. A portion of the Rue Lafayette has been pulled up and workmen are laying down blocks of real Brazilian mahogany of a fine texture and color. It is, however, an experiment, as mahogany is dearer than other, woods usually used for this purpose, but it is expected that the extra outlay will be more than compensated for by the greater durabi lity of the mahogany. Teat of Projectiles. At a recent government trial of projectiles at Indian Head, half ton missiles were fired from the 13 inch gun,. The target was a 12. inch nickel steel plate, and two shells went entirely through it, one of them'breaking to pieces and the other remaining intact after it had cleared the plate. The Carpenter shell was unhurt by the operation of rushing its half ton mass through a foot of solid steel. The 17- inch armor for the battle ships is yet to be tested. For Siloing Potatoes. The cut below shows a new machine for cutting' potatoes in the French way. Its working'is very simple. The potato is placed over a "bed of through which it is forced by the leyer. The potatoes are cut in a uniform size,- which makes them very at- traqtive looking when placed on the table, Y ' The most curipus of all objects in New Zealand is that which the M.$pris call ' 'awetp. " One is uncertain wb'ether to call it an animal or a plant. In the first stages of its existence it is simply a caterpillar about • three pr iqyp inches in length, and always f ound in cpnneetipn^with the rata^tree, a kind pf flpwering myrtle. It appears that when it reaches J ull growth it es itself two pr three inches under nd, where, instead of undergoing ordinary ebrysalis process, it bees gradually transfprmed into a R}|»ti which exaefcly fills the body #p4 sbjtots U P a * *be neck to tbe beigbt o| elgbt'or ten inches. This ' plant resembles in appearance ft diminutive b^ush, R nd we twp, animal and. pif Bt, »re always f Qupd inseparable, ,, So OTHER SOAP DOES ITS WORK SoWeu ONE TRIAL WILL PBOYE THIS. ** HK.FAIRBANK C The Best Shoes for the Least Money. W, L DOUGLAS $3 SHOE FOR > GENTLEMEN, $6, $4 and $3.5O Dress Shoe* 83.5O Police Shoe, 3 Soles. S2.5O, $2for Worklngmen. 82 and $1.75 for Boys, i LADIES AND MISSES; $3, $2.50 $2, $1.70 CAUTION.—If any deale* offers . you W. I» DonglM shoes at a reduced price, or says ho has them without the name Btamped- on tho bottom, put him down as a fraud. \ W. L, DOUGLAS Shoes are stylish, easy fitting, and give better satisfaction at the prices advertised than any other make. Try one pair and be convinced. The stamping of W. L. Douglas* name and price on the bottom,, which guarantees their value, saves thousands of dollars annually to those -who ^wear them.. Dealers who push the sale of W- L. Douglas Shoes gain customers, which helps to increase the sales on their full line of goods. They can nfford to sell at a less profit* 1 and -we believe you can gave money by baying all yonr foot-wear of the dealer advex* tlsod below. Catalogue free upon application. IV. JU DOUGLAS. Brockton. For Sale in owa, by B. H. ANDERSON. T*irrr TWTInlF? JL nJ2f- JL1M 1 JCrJTv -IS THE- EOST POPULAR REPUBLICAN NEWSAPER OF TEE WEST AND t ; THE LKRGEST IRCULPCTlON. DAILY (without Sunday), $6.00 per year. DAILY fwilh Sund^)V$8.00 per year. 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