The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 30, 1895 · Page 3
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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, October 30, 1895
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& CHAPTER n.— After which, regardless ot retnou- .strauces and entreaties, she lathered, And rubbed and scrubbed Miss Peg , JO'Reilly's attenuated little body till it was as clean as her own. An the girt stepped out-of her bath again Mrs. Garrett was much satisfied with the result of her labor. The fair skin was still sadly disfigured by the bruises and the marks of half-healed sores; but It was as white as milk, and her tangled hair, thoroughly cleansed from the burden of mother earth It had Carried about with It, and well brushed 'and combed, was transformed into a ithlck mnno of flaxen curls, which only . required attention to render them as glossy and soft as silk. j "Well, I never did sec such a transfiguration in my life!" exclaimed the ^housekeeper. "Don't you ieel a deal slighter than ydu did before?" { "1 feel over-so comfortable," sighed the poor girl, as, lulled by the unusual warmth and nourishment she had received, her head sunk forward drearily Ion her breast. CHAPTER III. -, LESS me, If you ain't going to sleep at two o'clock in the afternoon ! Well, I don't know if it isn't the : best thing you could do. Would you like me,put you to bed and let you sleep it off, whilst I run out and see jwhat I can get in the way of clothes to .make you decent whon you wake up again?" 1 "Bod!" ejaculated Peg, dpenlng her oyes again with astonishment. "Am I ,to sleep in a bed?" • i "Bless the gal! Did you think we meant to-let you lie on the floor?. That ain't the way Mr. James does things, I can tell you." And catching up the slight figure in her arms, Mrs. Garrett 'carried it up to the top story of the fhouae, and laid it between her own .sheets. ) "A bed!" exclaimed the girl, wonder- .ingly, as she drew her hands admiringly over the pillow. "My! isn't it ^beautiful!, i feel as if I don't ever want 'to wake again," j "And I—and such as I—He down in one every night, and grumble if tho mattress ^ain't been 'turned—Lord forgive us!" thought Mrs, Garrett, and the (thought prompted her to stoop down and kiss the poor pale face on the pillow. i Peg did not respond to'the kiss. She 'only stared as it fell upon her brow on one side and shed weak tears. ; "No one never did that to me before," ' she said, brokenly, \ Something rose In the housekeeper's throat, and prevented, an answer. ( "You He still and go tp sleep," she said in parting, "and I'll bo back within an hour." ) • After which she took the note Rutb- 'ven had'given her In her pocket, with the hall door key, and sal.}led forth to •inake her purchases; for Hamilton Shore did not come homo till the evening, and few visitors were likely to ! trouble her master's bell a,t that hour the day. There are plenty of shops London where-you may clothe the at short notice, and Mrs. Gar- reft found little difficulty in procuring 'ade, not only underclothing, dress, hat' and-jacket, which render her charge fit to appear -public'at any moment, she bad waked up from a lopg g sleep, and Mrs, Garrett, to $ «h}Jd'g wp»4ermentftnd delighted htr jn, fjeoent ijneivsurrnounted ffe "a?>at$nk-1rock and black apron, ,tlefl fair curls off her face ^vith "' ~* .so;primly ftfttwot-Btte »•«"-"» pSfr, that-Ham- into the > bause* Sitting-room that the aijt; of-flinging \- heap upon t,he table 19 G,&rpe,tt,•,where did a? ywr , Master reply;' jpjjnd uncle does, Master Hamilton, and t should think that ought eaotigh Cor the smooth-faced lad like yourself. And if you tHlak Margaret has come here only to trot up and downstairs to do your bidding, you're vastly mistakea. She's got her duty to leara as a good ervant, and to try and repay your uncle or taking her into his house/and that won't leave her any leisure for fooling, as you'll soon fltd out." Mrs. Garrett had cautioned Peg not to mention the police court and the work-house before Master Hamilton, and she had placed the shame of her antecedents so vividly before the girl's eyes that she sat by her side, mute as a mouse, lest by opening her mouth she should commit some solecism, and make Mrs. Garrett angry. "Well, I suppose 1- can speak to her, or what is she here for?" cried Hamilton, unabashed; "and we can play a game of draughts together in the even- Ings, or read the same book. It's twice as jolly to read when you've got some one to talk It over with." "Young gentlemen aren't In the habit of playing draughts with their .uncle's house-maids," quoth the housekeeper, grimly. "That's a good'un! Don't I play with you?" "And Peg—that Is,'Margaret— can't I read." "I'll teach her," replied the lad, who had taken a violent fancy to the mass of flaxen curls and the large blue eyes, from which the look of distress and fear were already fading. "Wouldn't you like to learn, Peg 1" he continued to the girl. "Yes, very much," said Peg, shyly. "Her name is Margaret, and not Peg, Master Hamilton." "Why, you said Peg yourself just now; besides, It's a deal shorter, and easier to remember, and I mean to call her by it, into the bargain." "You're a saucy fellow; and I've spoiled you altogether," says Mrs, Garrett, who only spoke the truth In say- Ing so. The boy answered her by sitting down on her lap, and kissing her cheek. He was a handsome, lively lad, with an insouciant air about him that most people mistook for honesty. He generally got his own way with the housekeeper, who had known him from a ; baby, and therefore, as a rule, he be- .haved we'll to her; but if she thwarted him in a single thing, however trifling, he would fling himself out of the room In a pet, and sulk for the next twenty- four hours. Mrs. Garrett, as she watched him enter Into eager conversation with Peg O'Reilly, and play with her as though she had been his equal, wished she had thought of asking Mr. James whether his nephew had not better occupy the dining-room In the even- Ings for the future, ,It had been all very well for him to sit in her little apartment when there was no one but his old nurse to wait upon him, but a young girl^about the place made things different. However, Mr. James was with his beloved (Cannibals, and did not return home that evening, so the boy and girl, after the fashion of youngsters, had considerably advanced in intimacy before they retired to rest. Oh the next morning, the whole occurrence seemed to have passed out of Ruthven's mind, for he eat his broak- fast and rang for his boots before a single word had *been spoken between Mrs, Garrett and himself respecting his importation of the day before, But as she saw bo was about to leave the house 'w'itli'out attending to it, she made bold to broach the subject, "About that young girl you brought' borne yesterday, Mr. James?" "Oh, yes! By the way," he said carelessly, as if bo bad just recalled the transaction, "how is she going on?" "Pretty well, sir, considering all things, She seems anxious to please and willing to Jearn; but—" "But what, Mrs, Garrett? I'm In a hurry, as usual," "Do you wish Master Hamilton to pocupy my room of an evening, as he has been used tp do, sir?" "I'm sure I-don't care, I leave all (these things to ypu, you know," "Yes, sir; but with a young girl in the Uo«se—" ' ' - - - • "Poes she look dangerous, tben? Will,she bite him?;' "Lor 1 , Mr. James, ypu will have your •jpke, jjut, don't you think it would he mpre like a gentleman if 'Master Ham* lltpn were to beglo tp occupy tb> upper rooms, new that he is nearly as tali ®s ypuraelf, sir?" bim just where ypu like, Mrs. -roe the tiles, if it suits your I leave everything to ypu," reiterated Ruthven, as'b? left the •"wfre*! thii girt tfctt tfrmtite, ttt ttt jait a»wf Mutates f "0ni» & Mud ef «i& te MFS, eiif*& w6d*l getting too do : all ffiy v . r ^«W.fK *. >„ Virt" "••>. ' ' The upshpt pf which w^ tW the hpusefceeper, having;Ueated the. gjst Qf-tfte eo.RV.ersa.tip»~tp. M^gtW Jiam» }n , '.was swVty ^ wwwt *w? WPP* 6 ; ^Mjajj4hysiujgb the inj.tpuffl9»t,aJitj"'.pJ M&MWfffi^Wte AjpsonvH/^: < -'; " -. • to^«wU,y$L*fi* : ' 1 '' ;iywr«.w w S»ttew». m P^ toto 1'Tttflriiv'i-' HOA whv 1 - wnii >;»&{£ frjmjrh'the .aiie who oftoneat in? OIL UK >;te«flj -- did yM pick her" Bft?' 1 4 "Why da you watil to* kadw?*' "Because it's in mj? ffiiad to her. Will ydtl lead her to ttte?" "As a model t of course?" "Yes. For toy aew picture. She ha3 just the faee 1 want." "Is there aiiythiag ia it, theh?" "There is everything la it. It la woaderf ully -expressive." "i ( iaust look at it next time she comes "Aad her eyes are beautiful. Large, limpid, and almond-shaped. She would be useful to me In a dozen ways." "t had no idea she was a wonder, Hake what arrangements you like with Mrs, Garrett, Addlson. Whenever she catt spare her, the child Is entirely at our service." Mr. Addisoa secured the housekeeper's good will on behalf of his project, and for some days Miss Peg O'Reilly Islted his studio, and sat, mute with astonishment, whilst he made various studies of her face and figure. At the md of that time, he repeated the ques- loa he had first put to his friend: "Where oa earth did you pick up that child, Ruthven?" And Ruthven also •epeated: "Why are you so anxious to know?" "Because I am sure she Is not of common birth. The contour of her features and the formation of her limbs, tell me 10. She has the most delicately formed Ittle feet, and her nails are filbert- shaped. You will never make me be- leve that girl was born of roughs." "Did I ever try to make you believe t?" "No; but you're so close upon the matter altogether, I half suspect, you old dog, you know more about'lt than you choose to say." » "If It's come to this," said .Ruthven, aughlng, "I must make a clean breast of It. I have only kept silence for the child's sake, so you must respect my confidence. The fact is, I picked her up in a police court, where she was barged with stealing onions." "Was she innocent?" "I never inquired. I saw she was starving, and she told me • she was friendless. So I paid the fines, and brought her home to Mrs.. Garrett's care. If she turns out well, she will want to forget the police court, so I thought it best to keep her counsel. There is the long and the short of It." Ruthven, I have always said you were the best fellow In the world; but, mark my words, that child is better born than she appears. Can't you Ind out anything about her antecedents?" "Well, to tell the truth," replied Ruthven, shamefacedly, '!! have tried, without success. Mrs. Garrett-told me he girl's mother had died In a certain work-house, so I went there to gain all ,he information concerning her I could. But they had none to give me. It was the old story. A woman who called lerself Nan O'RellKy, had come Into the house some ten years ago, in a dying condition, with this child in her arms, and the authorities, knowing nothing further, were compelled, on the mother's death, to bring her up. Three years ago they drafted her out into domestic service, from which she , ran away, and they had-never heard of her again till I came across her in court. Depend upon it, the child Is nothing more than she seems." "I don't believe it. Besides she doesn't seem so, She is starved and pitched at present, but she will be a jeautlf ul and graceful woman some day." "Poor Peg! T really must have a look at her by and by," replied Ruthven, quietly amused. But the look resulted In a wonderful change for our little heroine. Ruthven observing that his friend Addlson's opinion was correct with respect to her personal qualities, had a talk with Hamilton Shore on the subject, when the ad assured his uncle that Peg showed Such aptitude for learning that he be;an to think be should be doing her an Injustice by bringing her up in a menial capacity, "There Is no doubt she will have beauty, and Hamilton says she Is very sharp. If I give the child a little education, therefore, I shall be able, by and by, perhaps, to introduce her to the stage, and put her In the way of earn- ng her own Hvlng, and any one will do ;o help Mrs. Garrett with her palls and Brushes," ' Sp the old' housekeeper's mental equilibrium was sorely upset one fine morning by the curt,observation pf Jjer master that she must look sharp abput getting Margaret O'Reilly a suitable ontflt, as he bad made arrangements sending her tp a boardjng-sohppi,. .(TO BB Kf<u»st»gre Flprence Nightingale recently sent the following message to the girls/' Of Great Britain, It wji} apply tp American girls as well: • "My 'message' to girls. wpi)Jd be: J. Train, yourselves tp your weri?, to ypur life. v The last twenty^flye or thirty yejirs §as recognized beypna jeyery-, tft}ng $U8 necessity ,pf ti^inipg.' '?, tha» tb,e But Jf : as, (I'jrJtt Betray suly) ^ }n work., MAftfcY At frlise and fan the* ftfatttiftitttflfti Apfjtftfrante in stsbiet^—At Matting* f« Altnoit Pretty frlcttofre*. - (Special Correspondence.) DOUBT If there is any city In the world Where little girls, real little ones, I mean, think so much of getting married as they do in Athens. Che day a girl friend of mine, who was studying at the Hill Memorial school, was called out of the classroom by her father, who told her to get her things and come homo with him at once. "Why, what's the matter?" she asked in alarm. "Nothing," he said, "only you are going to be married two weeks from today." 1 That was the first she knew about It, and she was only 16 years old. A year later she was divorced from her husband who was thus thrust upon her. When they are only 9 or 10 years old, the little Greek girls of the best families make their debut in society by dancing before King George and Queen Olga at the children's court ball, which takes place every year nt the royal pal- A LITTLE MAIDEN OF ATHENS. ace, towards the end of November.,This ball is'a red letter event in their lives, 'for then, for'the first time, they are al^owed to dance with older boys, and .even with the fine officers who come 'there, with swords and rattling spurs ,and bright uniforms, and do not scorn to lead these little ladles out on the, floor for a waltz or polka. . i A very pretty picture they make at this court ball, these proud littlo maidens all dressed in white, with their ^ong, black curls tied with ribbon. &After their first appearance they go to this ball every year, until they become grown up young ladles, or have found husbands for themselves, as some of them do before they are grown up. • i Very strict la the watch kept over these maids of Athens by their mammas and chaperons and governesses, who rarely allow them out of their sight. And yet in a quiet way they manage to carry on flirtations with their boy admirers, just as girls do everywhere. In the hot afternoons af- •ter lessons are over, they sit on the Uool balconies In front of their houses, 'at least they are the coolest places to be found, and many are the demure or tender glances they cast, taking their dark eyeg off their embroidery, upon the fine lads in military uniform, who never fail to stroll the promenade at that hour, j And again, when walking with their •governesses in the exposition grounds they are often followed at a discreet distance by ardent young swains, wljo take advantage sometimes of a governess' good nature or preoccupation to slip a note Into the fair one's hand, or Q, few words Into her ear. j As may be imagined, this severe! re* straint exercised over Greek girls leads bften tp unfortunate results, npt only in the way of divorcee, like the case I just mentioned, but in willful acts and elopements, I remember an incident of hole** for ventllatlofi, blsced & of food Inside, ftnf theft cohc6ftled it »$«* thfr «!ft'8 ht5ffieyn£F!ftgT#Svl&tts> ty- ftWn'fltilSflftfl fc taimfifliBalFy 5 Id nt* ry it to the flddt^s IhdicaWd, fho {.lAift Sister 1 WS« fa the" Becf^t a'ni wM tet it* sist In ty escape. At the Iftst ffiOffi6fil> however;- the cfiUfafS flf the freimfftil one failed, ahd bo argument cgiild lft» duce hfer to go. ,':,,' Here was a uflsisV indeedriafidi itot wishing* the e*eeiJtdat Idver Jfe'be disappointed and havi&g ft f Anfej/; for hint herself, the other slate? iay.dawa la the, box which was forthwith nailed up And shipped to its destination, where it at*' rived twentyfour hours later* With the girl safe and sound, , / , " . I always admired the youag dlplo-; mat's Conduct when he opened the box and discovered the exchange of sisterd that had been made. If he felt any'dls* appointment, he concealed It, assuMag" the girl that the pluck aad devotion she had shown were more precious to him than her sister's beauty. So he mar-, rled her, and I believe they were happy ever after, Peasant girls are skillful With their needles, learning from their mothers, and people come from far and near to purchase of their handiwork. For tea years the children work at their mar? rlage garments, so it is little wonder' that they achieve a splendid result. The Mohair-like materials of which the gown is made is of creamy white, sometimes woven by the peasants themselves, but more frequently'being purchased. Although the original stuff h often cheap and of heavy texture, yet from the matchless embroidery worked Upon it, It gains' value. At the bottom of the skirt are about fifty or sixty rows of little squares worked In red, blue, gold and silver thread, and presenting the appearance of a mosaic floor. The waist is cut In rather the style of an Eton jacket, and is so profusely covered with beautiful designs In embroidery that the original material Is quite ^concealed. Sometimes this jacket Is of red velvet, covered with gold lace, the material used indicating the means of the .wearer. The amount of work ,put on one. of these bridal costumes by the peasant girls Is almost endless, and when there are several daughters in one family it becomes a serious drain upon the time and resources;of the household, serving to keep the girls' fingers busy during their evenings and spare hours for many a year. By their 16th year the wedding dress Is usually completed, and as Easter week approaches all other work is put aside and the girls prepare for the great feast, to which they have bee'n so long looking forward. At this time every village in Greece presents the appearance of a great picnic ground. All the shops are closed, and on every corner are seen boys and disabled men selling* sweetmeats. About 2 o'clock In the afternoon crowds begin to gather, families coming from miles around, from all the neighboring towns, and often from Athens.Itself. Then a little later, the young girls, POSING, FOB "FAITH.' bright-eyed and radiant with happiness, come forth, dressed for the flr9t time in the gown which is at once their pride and their fortune, with their shapely arms flashing with bangles, while on the bodices' bang all their worldly wealth in the form of gold and silver coins. This is prpbably the last time they will be seen on' thjs occasion without the little silver helmet, worn by all married women, for in the dancing ttyat succeeds there ig very,,little doubt that some comejy Greek peasant will, find in e,aph of these young .girls the bride of his heart, and i^iwa 8b> <}ancep to the musio of the feas,t of Me, gara the folio wins year she. will te her place among tlje matrons,, ' s .P$$; '^'""1 In yput,hfls.e The weary teetotaler, riding along-a tety, w&iterj»o.t turnpiHe tp a farmhouse with a well«iiw«ep t» te ?ro,a.t yard &M .9, the 8h»4e hy the gate,' day, 1 ' salted, t]^ traveler be ftpcowpodatea >Ub' .very wai-i -:».ra3R ,4t'w^yer ; -pj j^^y^yvu,' ifeBjj.Xfe.jf. -.VRfHral ^KlnOf ~'hnorcicvvi£n ^vs&jw m wto.w&m.tteTnuftKt--, ,, iMttfttt ftrf ftf» fali'fttf;. V '.Y' I; f SI A'KSnlttcly- shjiffiaWit^tMlmf A Wefit V'ttglfilft mmlstfcd; affected byridiageiiV "" " toehaJahlftM " " ' jutapiag out tebple' in .I.-, have said weir ,„.«,,, «, iD ,^.. ladled - free b'ynhe^hierlffY"- An' flliabls^mir bwni d I lays twfa eggs dvefy day*' Ge1geii3viil&,''&;y»yiB £h& i boy> who ^wia a,a Javeterate td'foi'e.fae ware, yea* aid,. V^f£P , Aft AiaMaia -father has .iatighOulf hlk eWldrea to' read'%l> ^? ! ^ Ajlia'slssipp'i ' uuuuu UIIQ ariuKB' ,wiiiBKyj ininn.B uuuu women have ail the "rights'* theiy^edg A Mian ttO Color, tjveiyuimg uejus.wim.osi'w,"' and she is compelled/to':? Wear vdii glasses to"projectv l "' u "«""' ***'*"* glare: Young Darling l ington county, K. .„ . Love Dlvltie stole' a M In Fayette county^ T The servants In a schodo. _, Connecticut, while cloanltig' i-iip 1 rooms after the school closed,'.dL^ ered 3,678 wads of chewing gum; atuci about In various places. \ '. t ,.1'V,)^ A Florida negro,.Is, growing"fatVo snake steaks. ' , ';;,',' \',-; ','; jufegi One 'county In Pennsylvania, ^a8 J con-Jl trlbuted two members 'to /congress',',tr^ A to the state sefiate and two convicts the'penitentiary. -, ,-,' , ^V-^ 1 ''*",:?'•',4'^ •A Mississippi river steamboatrjrousta?;.?'! bout drinks a half gallon, of'whisky^'^ every day. . •'•>,',' •''/,.' ',-\; " '' A South Carolina'wldgw, became;hii own mother-ln-laW recently. "'That I|M to say, she Is-now'the wife ol.'her bias-'. _*,'j band's father.- .. ' < • ' i'' '' ,',';"| A New Hampshire ! gir.l of .23 -never/ v -.'<^£ tasted hot bread until thr,ee weeks ago; i when she stopped*,with^iriendsVatj-,a,M Boston hotel. .' , ,.","',,/;,'/\. «** ':'.: ^:' : 'A A dude, In Philadelphia'^...--,..^ — „ Ax out of the club to whlchf.^e^belQnged ','$& because he paid hls'talloys:fc}il' ; two'days';V"''" > after he got his clpthesf «./"-'> t An Idaho school!' teacher,; obedience with'a'revolver.,. ; '\ . . , A Baptist preacher >in , Georgia ,-,'i fuses to baptize, except, water. ., ,, <_, t * a ,,_. An Arkansas hunter" ni.-,.- __„. that will catch his tall in-lhisi.'.tee'th an'd. J j roll down a hill faster than hound in the pack can run. ,A Maine mother;Blipper;'- v v x|, still In use, which ha's BpankedLpl^'gen-^'i'f^ri eratlons of her,'famlly. ','*•'> * .'.' ' „," Michigan .has, a man who Is so fat'' that he pan't fall down haifd enough io hurt himself He Is known,'as" the Tax^t, man spheroid. , l '/ \ '" ' '' T' " \'~ A Delaware peach grower has found f an apple with fuzz on It growing on a peach tree. • . • '-, u ; , -' < <\ An Indiana calf, ,npw ,two,,;months' old, has hoofs like a borse.\ . ,,, " / A Chicago man paid his first visit to^ St. Louis in July, and he liked it so well . that he has gone there to live, A Texas preacher threw a Bible at a deacon ;who J .'started to run'ia,way' the collection, and knocked him the front steps of the church, ^breaking V his leg In two places. • < • « '; Divorced on a Train. / ( C ;< Mrs. M. L. Taylor > formerly resided;,?! with her husband at Spririg, ,'tValley;'!' Minn,, but .when a disagreement, arose;:.; which resulted in^ their estrangement"^) she removed to. LaGrosse", jwisii^and is*\ now the proprietor, pf. a ~ 4 " 1 ---- 1 ' L - f ' f tablishment. An', unc(erstandi|ig ' wf4, !^| arranged that her husband was t6 T 'm.'ake" ; vfe no contest in her, divorce 'suit. 'JWrs;- ".-a Taylor went to v Spring Valley last Tue$- was already due to leave judge, plaintiff anft, coving?} the cars. The, eyidenqe ,in the ,ofl's,e"wa9", '$1 heard en'route and a? the'|raift pulled '** intp Wyokoff,.seven 1 rojles; '.put, '' court handed the WOWM her York .Herald, c "Say, Chimmie,'c9me ) . have a '.toully •loj'o'.fwn," 1 ' f "w J *t "We've; fed de pat ert' 8,eJd|}t?' .ders, 'an' JRPW we're 4rlak,", •' .

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