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HOLLOW HOKN'S 4TH Bill BrlRRg Tells How It Was Celebrated Many Yeara Ago. N RESPONSE TO an invitation from my uncle to come ' and spend the Fourth of July with him, I saddled the pony and rode down. I arrived there on the second, and found the town 'all agog .. for a celebration. After supper, while strolling along one of the many thoroughfares of Hollow Horn Bend, I'was surprised to note the wonderful, growth of the place since I first saw it I counted two new store buildings, making four , in all, and two of the saloons had been enlarged. Standing in front of one of them was my old partner, Jerky. He was dressed in a blue , uniform, red collar and cuffs, brass buttons, and a silver badge as large as 1 a tea saucer, on which was engraved • -Cmr MABSHAL. " At sight of me 'his mouth began darting across his face as naturally as ever. "Bill, how:are you?" he burst forth, grasping my. hand in a way that caused tears to fill my eyes. Jerky was demonstrative in the way of hand-grip. I was pleased to meet •him, and happy when he released my hand. ''I thought you were in Pennsyl, vania,"Isaid. ^ "I was a trifle rank for those chaps. ' You sec, I was not used to having three or four men jump on me and belabor me with clubs when I went to arregt one of their gang. They tried that on me, and I shot a couple of them, and marched my man to the lock-up. 'The people were going to ; lynch me. I pulled a couple of guns, «nd was about to open on them, when the mayor heard of it and came down on a run. He made a little speech, telling them they had asked him to get a marshal that could run the to\yn. and he bad got one; and, furthermore, he was going to back him. They ; knew the mayor was determined, anil let up on the hanging business; but they would not consent to my being marshal, so I pulled out and got a job g ues s i "WHOA, ,_., here, where people are civilized. •What »ve you driving at, Bill?" he uncle's sheep ranch up ftuifiye years," l • i w "-*jn- '*r"3w «-VM lire ths time put- Men *,Hv! °f $»eep for five UN- posts, an4 stand for have vf,wy<*fp'y.vfVfrrri[-,[ mv*t *.&&#$&$' '.-I'J&VJ. •Ilka til lit, nn/ia Shni. «'+V,«.i interest in my welfare, but will stay with the sheep." "You ought to know the best course to pursue, but I don't like to see you throw yourself away. Going to stay till after the Fourth'.'" "yes; I came down to celebrate. Going to have a good time?" I inquired. "Bill, you will hear a couple of good speeches. The mayor told me he was getting up a 'dandy' oration, and he is going to spring a surprise on the people. Well, I must make my round. They are trying to kick up a row over to Kelsey's, but I will make 'it warm for them if they do," he said, walking away. ^ On ihe morning of the glorious Fourth the booming of the blacksmith's anvil and the prolonged yells of Young America aroused me from a profound slumber and filled my soul with patriotism. I hurriedly donned my pants and socks and passed through my bed-room window on to the roof of the stoop, the better to see the throng around the anvil. "Ho must be an officer of some kind, to judge by his uniform." "Wonder if that's the latest style of doing hair?" "Maybe he is going to deliver an oration." These remarks were followed by a giggle. I wondered where the speaker's were, and to whom they had reference. Turning my head, I saw four young ladies, dressed for the clay's sport, standing on the roof of the stoop of the adjoining house, not twenty feet from me. I fell backward through the window, my patriotism all gone. "Who lives next door, aunt?" I asked at breakfast, "Daniel Craig. His daughter Susie was over to see me this morning, before you came down. She 1ms been away, and only returned lust night. I will take you over and introduce you," she replied. "We will wait until after dinner," I said, fully determined not to come near the house again until late bed time. When I reached the street«Terky was busily engaged forming the procession. The mayor and the orator of the day headed the procession The mayor sat astride of a large, white mule, who occasionally whisked his tail or sarcastically pointed one ear forward when a fire cracker burst with unusual violence in his immediate vicinity. The mayor wa& attired in his Sunday suit, and wore a lon°-, fierce mustache. Ilk bignet of office dangled at his hip, a. full grown Uolt.'s revolver. The orator of the day was mounted on a clay-colored broncho, who could hardly keep two feet on the ground at a time, so nervous had she become over so much noise. It required all the rider's atteution to keep her in the street, So arduous were his efforts that the sweat was dropping from his nose. When Jerky at last gave the word to march, a fiend in the orowd threw a bunch of lighted crackers between the mule up4 the m»re, They began ex- pjqding like a volley of musketry, and the dust began to roll up. The mare with a terrified snort, flew across the town site and into the timber, out of view, 'J'hp mule straightened up, and, turnjpg bis head, surveyed ^ue dust »»4 fire, aiid starte4 in the opposite direction. • r I, Jerry!" yelled th? a&yov; but "There he is Sue, and presents quite an improvement over his appearance this morning." "Hush, Clara, he will hear some more of your foolishness." These remarks I heard from some persons close behind me. I did not have to turn my head to know who was talking, but hurried straight ahead. The mayor rode in soon after we reached the grounds, but it was an hour before the orator of the day came iu, with his coat on his arm, and on foot When everything was quiet, the mayor arose, and spoke as follows: "Ladies and gentlemen: You all know me, and know I am 'oft'' on speech-making; but when it comes to a shoot, I'm in it You all know what we are here for. I do not suppose there is a person present that is old enough to take a drink, but knows this is the Fourth of Juty. We are here to celebrate the glorious anniversary of American Independence. The reason why we celebrate this clay is because it's a big day in this, country. The reason we celebrate the day is because this is the spr.yest town on this lino of road. (Applause.) The name of this town has always been n . dead giveaway. It was named by -unlettered men, who never gave its future a single thought. They named it.after a defunct cowjthat perished with a disease called hollow horn near a bend in the creek on the site of this beautiful city. For the past year I have been working the railroad company to change the name. They have' consented, and from the date of this great day it will bo known;-on the maps of the world by the name of'Smith. (Groans and hisses,) What ails yer? The crowd J>pwje.d a«4 swung «du to tl* !P 4Vgllt 1JB the6 n««fa^.\,a,l hOMAlmnV.^. ^ajrflnfiSflnd^n foot Z'& K3SD OF THE CK^BBBATIOX, Ain't that a good name? It's named after your mayor, and Smith goes in this camp. (Groans.) Now the next nan that grunts will' get something-," he said, pulling his gun. "Now, I want every man to give three cheers for Smith and its mayor. Every mother's son of you shout or I will put a forty-flve where it will wa ke you shout. All ready! Hip, hip, hip, hurrah!" and the mayor swung his jfun and the crowd yelled like fiends. "Gentleman, tho man I am about to introduce to you as orator ot the da* is a lawyer from tfed Rock, and he can talk the handle off n D B tch oven, flfe will tell you all about the wars, from the battle of J3wtndy wine down to the J»st sprjmpage with the Apaches. I'elJoweitjzens, I Will now introduce to you the U«i; jasper M. Jenkg, "Cut Has' short a,s you cap, a«d »Mo Jhe toft b,ot a »d strong, whispered, pwUiug u.p his kjpg a. m £ ™ ** 41 tbftt mtJWBt the committee be- mo fc-tog $ sate flU-gotty bej,jn4 tj^ §JftPft. Tbe mayor fei4 tied, |u a mule to ttW JWwr. pi the ft iw out Aba. the" stf-flcttif-g fell oh theifl. When they got thea out the oratd* bad a \>t oketi arm. "Friends, "said the tnayor, "the orator of tho day haS bUrsted a fluke; and he says if we do ttot buy him what we aeffeed to, he will sue tho town and collect damages. He can do it, for he ha« the cinch on us, being the only lawyer around here It will take all wu raised, and We will have to send the fireworks back and stop the celebration right Where it is. "Confound that old white mule! If! ever make a strike, I will shoot him the next day," and he pulled up his trousers ohce more, and Walked disconsolately toward his office. So ended the first and the last Independence Day celebration in Hollow lorn Bend. In a year the name was Bliattged to the more euphonious one of Briggstown and the most pretentious residence in the place is now occupied by Mr. William Briggs and his wife, Susan. A new generation has grown up and the young folks think more abotft wheels, lawn tennis, cricket and the like than them old time celebrations. Actually tho folks get ashamed when they hear of Hollow Horn Bend's first celebration, and are glad that the name of the town was changed. But I reckon that there was as much patriotism in the old method as in the new one. WILLIAM BBIGOB, Esq. How Willie Spout Ills Fourth. When Willie was about five years old he spent his Fourth of July in the lo.use. He did not like that at all Ie felt bad all day, and he was really jlad when the Fourth was over. All ;he other boys were shooting off firecrackers, but, alas! he was not allowed ,o have any. Oh, how hard Willie pleaded with mamma to go out into the street! Wouldn't she let him shoot off "just me cracker?" "No, Willie,". said mamma; "you must wait until the nest Fourth, and hen you will be old enough to look ut for yourself. I am afraid now ou might be burned and badly hurt" Long before the next Fourth of July came around Willie had made great preparations. He had saved his pennies and there must have been over a dollar in his iron bank. About a weelc before the Fourth Willie went to his papa and told him what he had been saving his pennies for. "What!" inquired papa, "do you want to spend all that money for firecrackers?" "Yes," said Willie; "take it all." "Oh no!" said papa; "I will buy all the firecrackers you want and you can save your money for something else." That evening when papa came home he brought packs and packs of firecrackers, donu up in red paper and with Chinese letters on the outside. "Here you arc," said papa. "I bought some fireworks too." The next day a big box containing Bcman candles, sky-rockets, pinwheels, etc.,, came to the house. There seemed to be,no end to Willie's joy, and h'o talked of little else save the Fourth—what a day it would be! And the days passed quickly until the third of July came. That night, after Willie had been put to bed, said papa, with a quiet smile, to mamma: "Don't you think we ought to have told Willie that the Fourth comes on Sunday this year?" "Yes," said mamma; "he does not seem to know thrt. I am sure ho will be very much disappointed." Bright and early on the morning of the Fourth, Willie came running down stairs. "Where are the crackers? Let me set some off before breakfast- please do!" Then papa had to say, "No, not today, but to-morrow." First Willie looked confused, and then the tears came to his eyes. "To-day," said papa again, "is Sunday. No one is allowed to shoot off fire-crackers on the Sabbath." The poor boy was puzzled, He did not, could not, understand why the Fourth should come on Sunday. Later on the bells began to ring out all over the city. Willie saw the people going to and coming from church, and ho wont to Sunday-school himself n the afternoon. Now I have told you how Willie spent the Fourth—in the house. You can imagine how he spent the fifth of July, A. Grand Celebration. Billy and Nat and the other boys were on their way toithe village to buy fireworks for the Fourth when they saw a queer-looking wagon moving toward them. It looked like a hen-coop on wheels, but when it came nearer they found it was a huge cage with an eagle in it. * The boys surrounded the wagon at once, and fired » perfect voljy of questions at the driver. " "I took that eagle from the nest when it was little," he explained; "and I have just been carrying it to town to sell to the show; but the shew is gone, so I must cart him back." "Why, you ought to let him fly!" cried Billy. "Don't you l?now, to* morrow is the Fourth, and I guess George Washington would not have liked very well to see the American eagle cooped up like a chickeji!" The man laughed. "WpU, now, if you boys foel sp, why don't yon T?uy him,»«d let him. lopso to-morrow? He WQU.M go up like sky rockets," The toys. JoQke.4 at "each other, "That's ISP!" they aU cried together, Sq a bargain, wfts. struck, ajjd, they Tha.t eyeing the. ftMwfeff £3lJ ilJOeMe* «f Af»«M«*A IflrtcpfeMdette*. At the birth of the American reptd>- n6 its deliverers had but a small conception of the ultimate result oi A government by the people. When they broke the tyrant's chains they little dreamt that before a cefctury wottld pass the, anniversary of inde* pendence would be celebrated on the Pacific coast as well as on the Atlantic. All the Pacific coast was then in possession of Spain, France and Russia, friendly powers that had aided the. cause of American independence. No sooner had the American government been firmly established than it was seen that it Would not do to allow European powers to exercise dominion over American territory not included in the. Union. How to wrest this territory from powers that had been friendly was a grave question. So the purchase plan was Suggested and carried out and Louisiana and Florida were ceded by France and Spain respectively. The territory of Louisiana then included all the states west of the Mississippi and north of California to Alaska, The latter owned by Russia then extended as far north as Vancouver. Before it was purchased by the United States, Russia made a treaty with England by which all of Southern Alaska was ceded to the British. That territory is now known ad British Columbia. California, Texas, and New Mexico, and Nevada and part of Colorado were wrested from Mexico by conquest after all other means had failed. All the republics of South America owe their independence not alone to the patriotism of their own people, but to the menacing sympathy of Yankees as well. Now every country on the American continent, except Canada, has its Independence day to celebrate. The celebrations in the South American republics are carried out much after tho manner of those held in the United States. At the Brazilian Capital. . The 1'ourth of July this .year will be celebrated in grand style in Rio de Janiero, the capital of the Brazilian republic. Among other things on the program will be the unveiling of the statue of James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States and the promulgator of the idea which has finally become recognized as international law under the name of the Monroe Doctrine. It provides that no European power shall interfere' with the respective governments of the independent American republics of South America. European powers religiously lived up to it until the summer of 1893, when Admiral Ben ham, in command of the South Atlantic squadron, learned that there was a well understood plan on the part of the European powers to crush out the young republic. The American admiral very soon gave the Europeans, to understand that no interference would be tolerated, and kept a large fleet of American warships on guard. Had it not been for his offices, the Brazilian republic might now be a thing of the past. It is in grateful remembrance oi American aid that the Brazilians have for months been preparing to make the Fourth of July, ISO*, the greatest gala day in the country's history. A Stunner. A young mas, just home from COUBKV, wishiBf to inspire bis HttlS sister with &t*« for his learning, poi a ted to A star and said: "Do you see that bright 1 (tie lurainaf*! It's bigger than this whole world." "No 'tftin'V said she. "Yes, it is," declared the young collegian. , "Then why don't it keep oft the rain!" tvas the triumphant rejoinder. How to Conciliate Him. '•You are looking awlnl bine. What's the matter?" "That editor has sent back my last batch o£ poems. I wish i knew bow to get Ma good -will." "That's easy enough." "How am I to do it, to put him in a good humor?" "Don't send him any more poems." Quite Strong 1 Enough. "Mr. Fuzzy," questioned the little boy, curiously, '-can your bret talk?" "Why, no, my Ilttlo man, why do you ask such a question?" "Calise I heard ma say it wasn't necessary for anybody to tell her you drattk: that your bref spoke for itself." Worn Out In Harness. .In the harness ot every day business worti men and women wear ont prematurely. For some of us it is not oasy, for others, again, it is impossible to get out ot harness. It is the inflexible yoke, the strongly forged unbreakable shackle of Imperative, servitude needful to ourselves and those most dear to us. The weight of it often bows many of us into the grave before our time, but it is undoubtedly true that there is a means of rendering the burthen less onerous, and of mitigating the ailments that unremitting toll—especially of a. sedantnry kind—has a tendency to produce. Over worked clerks in counting nouses, mill operatives, bookkeepers, typewriters aud others testify to the reviving, restorative effects of Hostotter's Stomach .Hitters, and its power of renewing physical ana mental energy when overtasked and on tlieivane. Dyspepsia, failint? vigor, rheumatic, bowel and kidney complaints yield to this beneficent medicine, which is a preventive of malaria and counteracts the ef- lects o£ expqsure in inclement weather. It is the company that a man can't keep that breaks him up, especially if the girl is It is natural that the ladies should be divided on the subject of tho divided skirt. Character is always writing its name on the face in indelible ink. ' • »~«.™»»M>^» HM^iaaiu AVAXSatCA " I Suffered from Catarrh For more than a dozen years. I concluded to try Hood's Sarsaparllla. I have taken over.glx bottles and I am now porreotly froe : frpm ca- g Sarsaparilla ures In Darkest Africa. ihe Fourth of July is celebrated by Americans in nearly every country under the sun where fortune has wooed them. Even in the wilds of Darkest Africa the day is always remembered by the natives as the birthday of a nation far across the sea from which comes the commercial man, who gives them yellow gold .. and bright silver for their ivory and shells. Of all \vhite traders visiting the tribes of Central Africa the Americans are most highly esteemed by the black men, Sometimes this good feeling takes form in big feasts, which, as a rule, are held on the anniversary of the Declaration of American Independence. tarrh. I am looking and feeling better. I recommend Hood's Snrsapa-' rllla for nny complaiat caused by impure blood, and especially for catarrh." JAMES -C. SOHIMEI,, 4063 Edmond Street, Frankford Station, Philadelphia. Pa. Hood'o Pills are purely vegetable. Do you YES! 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