The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 25, 1895 · Page 3
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^JdfJl^ i; :„:.'/! _LjL. L ..l.--i_ ,_, J , „;.:,.. '., _ J..:..'.l ' ^.LlJLi^l^i^J^J * -..-.^ ...^ '"' ..~ -. '--' l .-'lA' ^.iil..'i-l2^i^^§fe^^^ Iggljfjgifglglfljflljgjfjmgjf^^ ' t ., ^', '^^^PS5K^ • J*f*r »^>' * '^M^ 'jj*' 1 V*\t|'V ' y I * -.** V' l» / '' / rf/W^ V MALAY NEW YEAR. ?,-• Y Malay syce came close up to tho ve'r-' anda and touched his brown forehead with the back of his open hand. "TUan" (Lord), ho said, "haye got oil for harness, two one-half cents; black oil for c'u: ' ' dah's (horse) feet, three cents; oil one cent one-half for oil, seven cents for cretah (carriage). Fourteen cents, tuan." j I put my hand into the pockets of toy white duck jacket and drew out a roll of big Borneo coppers. ; The" syce counted out the desired amount, and handed back what was left through the bamboo chicks or curtains that reduced the blinding glare of the sky to a soft, translucent gray. I closed my eyes and stretched back in my long chair, wondering vaguely at the occasion that called for such an out, lay in oils, when I heard once more the quiet, insistent "Tuan!" I opened my eyes. ; "No got red, white blue ribbon for whip." • "Sudah chukup!" (Stop talking!) I commanded.angrily. The syce shrugged his .bare shoulders and gave a hitch to his cotton sa'rong. "Tuan, to-movrow New Year day. Tuan, mem (lady) drive to Esplanade. Governor, general, all white tuans and mems there. Tuan consul's cretah teda biak (carriage not nice). Shall syce buy ribbons?" i "Yes," I answered, tossing him the rest of the coppers, "and get a new one for your arm." ! I had forgotten for the moment that It was the 31st of December. The syce touched his hand to his forehead and salaamed. i* Through the spaces of the protecting chicks I caught glimpses of my Malay kebun, or gardener, squatting on his bare feet, with his baro knees drawn up under his armpits, hacking with a heavy .knife at the short grass. The Stew mottled crotons, the yellow allamanda and pink hibiscus bushes, the clump of J- Eucharist lilies, the great trailing ., masses of orchids that hung among the . red flowers of the stately flamboyant tree by the green hedge joined to make me forget the midwinter date on the calendar. The time seemed in my half;dream July in New York or August in "VVashington, 1 Ah Minga, the "boy," in flowing pantalets and stiffly starched blouse, came silently along the wide veranda, with a cup of tea and a plate of opened man, gosteens. I roused myself, and the '•dreams of sleigbbells and ice on the Window panes, that had been flitting /through my mind at the first mention of New Yew's day by the syce, van,' Isfaed, j Ah Minga, too, mentioned as he placed 'the cool, pellucid globes before me, ' "To-mollow New Year dlay, tuan!" I On Christmas day Ah Minga had pre- Bunted the mistress with the gilded .Counterfeit presentment of a joss. The -'"servants, one and all, from Jim, the '' * " ' to the wretched Kling Dhobie man), had brought some little of their Christian mas- 'ter'8 great holiday. |4-Jn'respecting our customs, they had •tekep occasion to establish one of their ""vpj. They had adopted New Year's as ,e day when their masters should re- ufiirn t r h.eir ^presents and good will in """cash, . ' i'; 'A.t midnight we, wer§ awakened by a ' ' ' Fourth of July pandemonium, from the factories, salvos from Canning, pells fvom the churcbea, /I A'c^' v;»*-« —. . ,„.. t«&K' ••"•V.-v-"-'"'"'. -.%«*>< ^%i; >-.;.. ~ ,-«*^v • ^<ffi > '^3§& : ' S* ,'jf Arab, the Jew, the Chltty or Indian j money, lender—they were all there, many times multiplied, unconsciously' furnishing a background of extraordinary variety and plcturesqueness. At l6 o'clock we, tho favored representatives of the Anglo-Saxon race, took our place on the great veranda of the Cricket club, and gave the signal that we would condescend to be amused, for ten hours. Then the show commenced. There were not over 200 of us white people to represent law and civilization amid the teeming native population. In the center of the beautiful esplanade or play ground rose the heroic statue of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the English governor: who made Singapore possible. To my right, on the veranda, stood a modest, gray-haired little man who cleared the seas of piracy, and insured .Singapore's commercial ascendency—Sir Charles Brooke, vajah of Sarawak. A little further on, surrounded by a brilliant suite of Malay princes, was the sultan of Johore, whose' father sold the island of Singapore to the British. • The first of the sports was a series of foot races betwee.mMalay and Kling boys, almost invariably won by the Malays, who are the North American Indians of Malaysia—the old-time' kings of the soil. They are never like the Chinese, mere beasts of burden or great merchants, nor do they descend to petty trade, like the Indians and Bengal- ese. If they must work, they become horsemen.' Next came a jockey race, in which a PUCKINQ FOR UALF dozen long-limbed Malays took each a 6-year-pld child astride his shoulders, and raced for seventy*flve yards. There were sack races and greased pole climb- ipg and pig catching. Now came a singular contest— an eatr ing match, Two dozen little Malay, Kling, Tamil and Chinese boys were seated at regular intervals about an open circle by one of the governor's aids, Not pne could touch the others in any way, Each b,ad a dry, bard ship biscuit before him. At the firing of a pistol two dosen pairs pf jittle bvown n>ts went pit*a pat on two dozen hard biscuits, and in an instant the circular crackers were broken into a mass of powdered, pieces. Th.en commenced the difficult tasjj of forcing the powdered pu)p down the little throats, ' Both hands w,ere called pne fop crowding in and the" other foy gr}n<Ufls fts residue, a»4 pattipg, the stomach a,nfl throat, Kac,a Jittte com? would slyly rub Jntp tfte warm , prWfle away (n $6 £p}d,s oJC fejs, ^glpred, sargng, a,s m^ch, a p,r.wben « rival vm JesW y»jvw9UW snap a, gojjd ^crefs tfee Ja,#n *9 ft big UtUB toFWB t$\\W •who won: $i b y-.teisWftg Wi -ttw to duck for half dollars. One after another their heads would disappear into, the sticky, blinding mass, as they fished with their teeth for the shining prizes at the bottom. Successful, or otherwise, after their powers were' exhausted, they would suddenly pull out their heads, reeking with tho molasses, and make for tho ocean, unmindful of the crowds of natives in holiday attire' who blocked their way. Smearing everyone they touched, the boys ran on amid shrieks of laughter from their victims. •Then came a jlnrlkisha race, with Chinese coolies pulling Malay passengers around a half mile course. Letting go the handles of their wagons as they crossed the lino, the coolies threw their unfortunate passengers over backward into space. Tugs of : war, wrestling, matches, and boxing bouts on the turf finished the land sports, and we all ad- DIVING FOR PENNIES. journed to the yachts to witness those of the sea. There were races between imen-of-war cutters, European yachts, rowing shells, Chinese sampans and Malay colehs with great, dart-like sails, so wide-spreading that ropes were attached to the top of the masts, and a dozen naked natives hung far out over the side of tho slender boat to keep it from blowing over. In making the circle of the harbor they would spring from side to side of the boat, sometimes lost to our view in ; the spray, often missing their foothold, and dragging through the tepid water at a furious rate, Between times while watching the races, we amused ourselves throwing coppers to a fleet of native boys in small dug-outs beneath our ' bows. Every time a penny dropped into the water a dozen little bronze forms would flash in the sunlight, and nine times out of ten the coin would be rescued before it reached the bottom, Last of all came tho trooping of the English colors on tho magnificent esplanade, within the shadow o£ the cathedral; the march past of the sturdy British artillery and engineers, with their native allies, the Sikhs and Se- poys; then the feui-de-joje, and New Year's was officially recognized by the guns of the fort. That night we danced at Government house — we exiles of the temperate zone— keeping up to the last the fiction that Now Year's day under a tropical sky and within sound of the tiger's wail was really January 1st, But every remembrance and association wag, in our homesick thoughts, grouped abput an open arch fire with the sharp, crisp creak of sleigh rupners outside, in a frozen land fourteen thousand miles away. — Rounsevelle WUdrnan, in Youth's Companion, DORA'S a.n.4 . IQP- JSH YOU New Year!' Pora, from her pll* low, tp her ' sister Agnes, who, stoo,d feefore the dres^s* jngrtable, brushing hey curls. «'Wb,at makeg, you. get up ' so early? it isn't jbrea.k,f8f| tj me y^ It J§ |9 warn} an.cl feed, I'm you, pi 'teeing faa &f§ sii Tell maiam& 1 aftt c6mi«g H|hl i and she etewletf out of bet! ttS dosed tn& deot. , - . Dot a feaiShed the din!fig^fB6fit jiist ft§ bef mftmma atiS elstef feel the tif oak* fast en the tsble. li'fieddie bad fee^a ^ stored td good humof, ftad evefytJOdjr seemed happy as they gathered ofOtlnd the first morfllhg meal of the hew yeaf< fiflgnt faces, merry voices aad good wishes made it a charming fatally grdup. bora ftftd Agnea cleared the table when the meal was finished, tor there was no servant in the hoiisc, and the two Bisters helped much With Itut wbrk, that ttamma might get more tifflo to "Shall I waoh or witio the 'dished" risked Dora. "Oh, I'll wash tnem, and yoti can wipe them," said Agnes, "tot you'd rather, and I don't care." "Well, then I'm going up-stalffl to write out my New Year's resolutions; I'll be down by the time you have the dishes ready to rinse," and Pora van Up to her room. Pora spoiled several sheets of i>nppr before she had her resolutions written to suit her. Finally, she read lUcin over with a certain degree of pride: New Year's Resolutions of Pora Buckingham Prescott. "I will get up early In tho morning and help mamma with the breakfast. "I will go to bed at night without making a fuss about it. "I will dress Freddie every morning. "I will take my turn at washing the dishes, even though I like bettor to wipe them. "I will dust the parlor every day, and not leave it for Agnes. "I will not forget to make the beds when it comes my week. "I will take care of my bird every morning. "I will amuse Freddie, and not be cross to him once this year. "I will sew, on my buttons without being told. "I will not let Agnes do my share of the work, just because she is obliging. "I will always be pleasant to everybody -" "Pora, mamma wants you——" "Oh, don't come bothering me now, Aggie!" "Mamma wants you to see to Freddie." "Oh, dear! Why can't you?" "I've got to go down to the post- office." "Oh! Why, have you finished the dishes?" "All done," said Agnes, with a little smile that had not a mite of superiority In it. "But I meant to come and wipe them," said Pora, with a flush. "Never mind," said Agnes, "I knew you were busy." Pora followed her sister down-stars, thinking she would put the rooms in order and feed the canary before Agnes returned. But to her surprise, the parlor and sitting-room were dusted, Dick was eating fresh>seed with great relish, and it was 10 o'clock. How long a time she had spent over thoso resolutions! After making Baby Fred happy with a big block house, Pora slipped upstairs and brought down her paper o£ "New Year's Resolutions" and quietly laid it on the parlor flre, "I'll keep my eyes and ears open, as Aggie does, and do everything I see that needs to be done, and try to be as pleasant as she is. That will be better than writing out a thousand lutions!" Now Your Bong* BW YEAR, TBUB year. What now are you bringing? May day skies and butterflies, And merry birds a-ainglng? Frolic, play all the day, Not an hour of But the merry echo, The Jaughing New Year echo, Only answered, «S.e{jo9}!" ^New Year ( true year, now are you brl__, roses sprjngipg'gay, , vines are winging? Jest ftj»4 sport, the merriest sort, Never a tUoufbt of wo.rfc?" B,u£ the mwry 69^0, The laughing New Year echo. Only anjwered.. «T <( N,ew yejr, true yeay, Wjtet SQW are Pfl5BUeff6NIS, la a* ifeHsjisi Wat billy a ftttd 8Attri64t that when t gent my b'oy tb college ! He'd make a schdl* ar 61 hiniBolf, an' add tmto his knowledge; ! Ah 1 that, (some day,! h 6' d gf adttato' and gain a lastin? name, ' 1 Ah* by reason of his intellect go bound-in' into fame. ( Fer Jim was allers smart, y* know, and hed the sand and grit, • { And once he started on a thing, was never known to quit, He writ us from the college, and it wa'n't to our surprise, That he had gone in traialn' for a little' exercise. , His studies, they had kept him close, he wanted recreation, { Which wasn't full afforded by the summer's short vacation. \ Ho said the exercise was this—I dlsro-J member all— ' A-klckin' 'round upon the ground n little leather ball. t Well, he's come homo to us at last—at least, I guess it's Jim— ( He looks as if a cannon ball 'd been sportln' 'round with him. j We've tried in every way wo could to save his constitution, And filled him full of stitches fer to hinder dissolution. j Why, sir, I fit at Gettysburg, have marks on every limb, j But I'm a reg'lar beauty show compared • along with Jim! j I don't know what yau care to do to call the matter square; • They tell me there's no precedent that's quoted anywhere. \ He has got a broken finger, and has got a splin&red noso, | He's got a log so swollen that he can't git in his clothes; \ His head's so badly battered that you can't no outline trace; 1 He's even lost the freckles off from what was once a face. \ The only thing for you to do, as I am on my mettle, \ Is to figure up the damages and send me check to settle. j For when Jim went to .college he was stylish, pert and' trim • j And wasn't no such imago as you've made outen him. ,1 So I am In fer damages and expect "a 1 * goodly sum, As slaughter wasn't mentioned in yourj blamed curriculum. —S. H. Gray. . a Ne* fefi ' th§ calls 1 haf&are fdi«.'}mt|itf ifiefitS. fcaifa IS tdd, and 1 hftvd ftithbugM 1 have sated lag tfaiKanxidtw tshes .that fcev-eM &alii withotit aiiy noththg, afi'd 'th'at alntdS trouble that,Causes'.paln saifily pfoduee^ fever, ft pie rule to i-'entemtter, aa save'mUch useless'anxiety." Jrlwi Vlttl thiit la fraught with import doubly t happy rndh who beholds W6' uwomng uc,u warehouse feeding the tiovoutlng cldffifeiit utti mired, Happily taiost people wild 6«m f las 2 "** every thing but health, Nifce-tetitnftli neglect tho preservation of, this, when.lt palpable jeopardy. Incipient Indigestion, complaint, la grippe, Inaction fit the Utuuoj mid bladder ond malaria are nil eounterflott by Hosteller's stomach Bltiers, ' ? - A Careful Wlfo. A couple of New York ladies wera conversing about one thing and another after the manner of women. "Mrs. Sampleby has not been to see me In a long time," remarked one of the ladles. "She hasn't got time to make calls, She has to take care of and be with her husband all tho time." "I didn't know that he was sick." "Of course, he isn't sick. On the contrary, he is in the enjoyment of the best of health, ' If he was sick she wouldn't have to watch him all the time," ..i.i Only Hor Uonnot. He-'Anna, come, tfte marlcet woman is here, , ( She— Tbos,e ar^ not ,v§getaWes; tha,t'^ my new bopnet.-rFUegen4e BJaettep, ' Terrible Jteyepge, White If any housewife, says an ar.tlstj'U burdened with white frames whose' u|j_ llaess stares at her, a 'coat oi gilding or ebony will relieve the'SltuatibriVSj/ all means strive to abolish "every jbljL of white enamel or silver front the' wAUi| unless one has that elaborate. ... ishable possession—a white and.''gold drawing room. v ; Another Automaton. A recent Invention provides • .„. < ,-automatic filling of shuttles> l ,in cloth; weaving looms; by this inventlc- •"** man. can attend sixteen looms 5 ir there is no necessity 1 for .stoppingiu looma while the shuttles - 1 ---•"•—'•' filled, the quantity, of cloth doubled. INCREASE YOUR by careful investments in grain through),a| responsible flrm of large experience \ and| great success. Will send.you particulars! freo showing how a small amount'of mdneyj can be easily multiplied by successful in-;i vestments. Highest Bank references. >Op*| portunitles excellent, Pattlson, & ' Co.li Bankers and Brokers, Room W,, Omahftl Building, Chicago. ' ';•**§ Dijon, France, has a pofalar tree wlthl a record that can be traced -to 722*^.'ir D. It is 122 feet high and forty-flye feej in circumference at the base. "• \'i^^S Until January 1st, 1806, sub'scriptlonsl will bo received for Dos ,Moines l '-:Dai News one year for one,dollar., F,uU legij^ lative reports—accurate' markets—air.thej news. 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