The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on July 7, 1897 · Page 3
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Algona, Iowa
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TfiE DBS WlCT^lONl Amos Vl.*.(Coi»fnttrfit>.) she lwhfl 't will her mother »fnttrfit>.) | "that you could ever grow to doubt remonstrated, | m e ?" "I am in [or, fisfi bed U C " going to marry Mabel, hot er. The thought of leaving an' uncertain position has dls- all along. I want to make "You might as well ask me," I replied, "if I think the sun will not rise to-morrow. No, Mabel, it is Impossible that I should ever doubt you; the mere suggestion would make me unhappy, to it we matter: Selves. wife before I go to sea—I want did I not know you are all that is good j sure of you, my darling!—ahd and pure and constant." are the principal parties in the My answer did not appear to satisfy . we've settled it between our- her. ' . . 4._^_4.i »^ A t-lt n«4 rvi *rn UC go my dear old mother, give u a kiss, and welcome my wife, „ heart is bettef than all the gold contains." Heedless to say that the old woman g won over, and promised to keep our secret. No one was to know any- whose the thing "Suppose," she continued, with a woman's persistence, "that circumstances should arise in your absence- remember the harder task of faith is yotirs " ••Why?" I inquired, interrupting her. "I should never doubt," she answered, with a tender smile. "Knowing you from the time I was a child, and you being always my best and dearest friend, my love for you and faith in you have become a part of my life. So It comes natural to me. When of it but ourselves, and it was left to me to make all the arrangements Perhaps It is as well .for me to mention that I had risen to the position of first-mate, and that I had been promised a command at no distant date; therefore my getting-mar- you first saw me you were a man ' rled was not a very unwise or unrea- ^ "Yes," I.said, again interrupting her; "but a man who had never loved any woman but my mother. Well, go on." "Suppose, then," she repeated, "that circumstances should arise in your absence that might cause people to speak of me through no fault of mine, as they did of me and that man"—I knew that she referred to Mr. Druce, and that, holding him in abhorrence she shrunk sonable proceeding It was not till late that I parted from Mabelr and I went straight .to her house with the key which she had given me. The night was dark, and as I put the key into the door I heard a soft step behind me. I turned my head, and, dark as it was, I recognized Mr. Druce. He stopped within a step or two of me. and then approached close to my side. "What are you doing there?" he asked. He had evidently flot recognized me. I "What are you doing?" I retorted, "prowling about this house at this time of night.? Remember the lesson I gave you this morning, and don't provoke me to give you another." "Oh, it's you, Amos Beecroft!" he cried, and was proceeding with his talk when I shut the door in his face. I \vas in no mood to parley with him, and for Mabel's sake deemed it best to avoid violence. I lighted the candle, and sat down and smoked my pipe, thinking of Mabel and the future. Fully an hour (passed in this way. Before I went to bed, I threw open the window of the bedroom, and stood with the light of the candle shining upon me. .It was a ^back room, and looked out, as our own cottage did, on a little bit of garden. I saw the shadow of a man lingering about, and with wrathful thoughts of Jlr. Druce I ran out of the house with the intention of thrashing him if my surmise was correct. But when I was In the open air, I saw neither man nor shadow of man, and I returned to the house, and slept. No suspicion O'f the probable consequences of this incident entered my mind. If it had— But how can I, of all men in the world, speculate upon consequences—I, whose destiny seems to have been fixed and determined by fate? Af Scarecrows wild fenlw little ifitftiffc < of the sea of ft sailot'S drttlfcs, &tid s!t§? an tin reasonable iofcg vdyftge'—!ft e&fi- sefluehce of toy being 6tjmp*etied to be more than ordiftatlty careful because of the ineompetency of my Crew—we arrived safely at -ottr, destination ana there took in cftfgo for dear old fittg- land. I looked Upon It as the happiest of happy omens that I arrived home at Christmas-tide. 1 had been absent exactly three years. With a Joy stirring it* my heat-* whch I have not the power to express, I set out from the docks for the dear little cottage of shells in Briston. It was evening before 1 could get free, ahd the night was dark—but not lone* ly. flowers seemed to rise 111 the snow as 1 walked, seemed to grow in the 1 air as I stepped on Ward. Cold? Not a bit of it. Everything was warm and beautiful ahd bright, as it should be at Christmas. All my anxieties and troubles were how at an end. How grate* ful 1 was that, by God's mercy, Iwas spared, and enabled to spend another Christmas ashore with my darling wife and my dear old mother! 1 recalled the memory of the last happy Christmas I had spent in their dear society, and of the lesson of love and faith I had then learned. And there came Upon me in fuller force a dim, sweet hope I had nursed and cherished through all my wanderings—a hope which I hardly dared to shape into words—that when I reached home I should see in Mabel's arms a child Who would call me father. How I had dwelt upon that hope! How I had cherished it! What resolutions I had formed to bring up my child in a worthy way, and to make him proud of me, as I was of Beecroft .Mariner, my father! I pictured him in my imagination dressed, as I used to be, in tiny sailor-clothes—I knew full well they would dress him in no BASE BAM, GOSSIP, ON f HE DIAMOND. & n*<i tfcty tm* the thft t'taii— WAflt Hi* St. touts f MM in i»oer Ga»6 of Cleveland fciftb— Vaft «** Ah* t*rmln*icl to Stajf. \ »*- from uttering his name—"would a sus- j other fashion, out of love for me—and saw myself him in my arms . * „ . . . .. . . - ,., - . SilW 1I1YOC11 UU.11J111£ UU.V1 1" »»»J «»»*•« picipn of doubt of my love and faith , ' fl , £ street and show . e CHAPTER VII. N' the day before Christmas Mabel and I were married, and as I placed the ring on her finger 1 felt that my happiness was complete. That same Christmas eve she, my mother and I were in Greenwich, where I had .engaged rooms. The Christmas bells rang out auguries of a happy future, ami I set words to them— words which formed the sweetest melody that ever fell on a man's soul. Mabel looked inexpressibly fair and beautiful, and, in the light of our happiness, my old mother appeared .to grow young again. Never was a man so blessed as I. "God bless this day," I said, as we '•toiree.aat together, I with an arm around each, "God bless this clay for ever and ever!" . We sat in the dusk, talking of the past and the future; and during a lull my mother sung a few lines of "Yo, heave, ho!" my' father's favorite song, and broke down in the middle, overcome by remembrance of the past. A few moments afterward Mabel, with * tender nestling toward me, sung, in a low, sweet voice, a song I had never heard before. One verse especially pleased me, and she sung it again at ray desire, as I wished to fix the words in my min.d; ' "Though friends be chi'ling, \ And waves dividing, , In faith abiding, *" I'll still be true; "And I'll pray for theo, On the stormy ocean, In deep devotion, That's what I'll do." A long, Jong silence followed; and awoke frgm the dream into ever enter your mind? That Is what I want to know." ' • ' "And when you know it, will you rest satisfied," I asked, with a light heart and in a light tone, "and never think again of such an impossibility." "Yes, Amos." "Well, then, I will first show you that I can be as obstinate as yourself. Do you know of any such circumstance likely to arise?" She paused a moment before she replied: "No; I know of none." "Then take my answer, my dearest. Nothing could ever shake my faith in you—nothing could ever weaken my love for you. If any necessity really existed that these words should be spoken, I am glad that they are spoken at Christmas. Henceforth this good season holds a more sacred place in my heart, because it has brought me the priceless blessing of your love; because, also, of the lesson it has taught me—the lesson of faith, to live forever undimmed in my soul!" She held me round the neck, and, kissing me, tearfully, whispered that she would never, never forget the words I had spoken. And so that happy Christmas flew away all too swiftly, and the day arrived when my duties called me away from my darling's side. 1 will not dwell upon our parting. The grief I suffered is too deep for words. But hope was before me—hope that perhaps on my next voyage I should be in a position to claim my wife, and take her with me in my ship as.the captain's lady. ing him with pride to the pcbple as the randson of the best and bravest sailor that ever answered to the call of duty. My heart sung within me, and either my cheeriness, or my brisk step, or the brightness of my face, or all of them together mayhap, caused me to receive many a pleasant look from the passersby—looks, be sure, which I returned with interest. Home! dear, sweet home! There were no lights in the Brlxton lanes, but I could have found my way if I had been blind. Many a lime on the wild seas, when the wind was howling round me, and not a star could be seen in the dark skies, had I in my fancy threaded my way through these paths, and seen the cottage of Beecroft, Mariner, shining out of the gloom with my wife and mother waiting at CHAPTER VIII. was '"Wh.ich we j, a d faij,^ we gppke again, Almost in whispers, of ttoe bright prom- W which life hew put for us. I I shall have ijvqre than, on,e talisman we; 1 ' fjajd Mabel, "vyjiea you are " rtily, man proposes and God disposes. I anticipated that I should be absent for not longer than twelve months, and it was three years before I stepped upon my native land again. Brlelly, this is the' reason why: _ We were bound for China and while we lay there unload- In"' the agents of the vessel accepted a profitable charter for Australia. The cold fields had just been discovered in that nart of the world, and the chance not to be missed. I fretted at the but duty ' was before me, and that" stood first. AVe set sail for the Australian coast. Our voyage was a disastrous one. When within two days- sail of our destination, our ship, The Blue Jacket, was overtaken by a violent storm, w.hich so disabled her that we had to take to our boats. It happened strangely enough that another vessel, named The Blue Jacket, was caught in S£ torm, and went down with all hands We were wore fortunate. Only one man was lost-our skipper-so that the command devolved upon me. We were picked up and taken into Melbourne, and there I reported myself. My great anxiety now was to get home as soon as possible, but a temptation was thrown in my way which I could Jo rei it I ^ offered the command of a vessel belonging to the owners of Ul ' 'fhis vessel was to , and there take in To successfully ac- u thliTto the satisfaction of my would be as good as the making No move partings from Mabel as I joyfuily-though the door to' welcome me; and now, as 1 turned the lane in which our cottage was situated, a dull feeling of pain crept into my heart because I did not hear the pattering of the feet nor the faces of these I so fondly loved. Only for a moment did this unreasonable feeling have play; I shook it off resolutely. How could they know, how could they tell, the hour and the minute I should appear among them? I called myself aloud a great simpleton, and laughed, and stepped on softly, enjoying in anticipation the happiness which In a few moments would be mine. Thought I, "There'll be a light In the cottage window, and Mabel and mother will be setting together, Mabel with our child on her knee"—I had set my heart on it, you see—"prattling to him, perhaps, of the father his young eyes had never yet beheld; or perhaps the child will be asleep, and Mabel will be kneeling by his side, holding a shell to his ear, so that the murmuring voices of the sea might perchance mingle themselves in his dreams; and then, at the sound of my voice, there will be cries of joy, and happy feet running to the door, and loving arms round my neck, and baby's great eyes staring at me, wondering what it is all about." All these fond fancies were mine as I walked slowly onward. (TO BB COST!SCBO.I :fi elimination of . _„_»—>4 Von dsr Ahe is not I rt \Mm*~ all that la necessary td end the eclipse of base ball In St. Lotlis. The local fans will not patronise art infer- 4 ior team, and anyone familiar with the facts knows that it is impossible to strengthen the local team enough to make It a factor In the present race or even formidable in 1898, says the Sporting News. Allen ownership is never desirable, but it is the only possible way in which St. Lottls can- be given her proper position in the base ball world. The Robinsons are determined to leave Cleveland and are anxious to buy the St. Louis franchise with a view of transferring their Indians to this city. Such a deal would be hailed with delight by the local enthusiasts, who have given the Robinsons assurances of hearty support. Von der Ahe refused to sell or cbfasHler a proposition from the Cleveland magnates, because the dally papers urged him to get out of the game, and roasted hint while throwing bouquets at the would- be purchasers. He declared that ho would not accept a million dollars for his base ball holdings and had the effrontery to announce that he has all the money he needs. The generally accepted story Is that he Is not taking in enough money at the gate to meet current expenses, and there is much speculation as to where the money will come from to pay his players. The Washington club was paid $32 for its first game at Sportsman's park and a trifle less on Tuesday. Von der Ahe will hold on to his club as Ions as he can. as he can't afford to sell it, for his creditors, and not he, w.111 receive the purchase price. The Robinsons need not be In a hurry. They 'can bide in patlunco ;i.t Cleveland until 'the red flag floats ovir Sportsman's park. Then they can get the Browns at a fair figure. In case the deal is made, it is said that the Cleveland franchise will be transferred to Buffalo, Troy or Albany, succeeding the latter In the Eastern "League. The consent of the Eastern League is necessary, but this, so a National League magnate asserts, is assured. The base ball map will ,be changed before the season Is much fur- ^ f- *f$t ' i ^>i-, ^ t , i TOY rtdf, fsi&aft, Mctltttft; MeAleetv Me- Mfthofa, f lef nan s Cftfsgy, Clafke, Qiiiaft Reilly, MeSarr. Murphy, iteiley, MctHi; aM others. "fhfefl eoaies the defraAfi phntah*, inclitdlng Cross, Chllds, Dahfen, Stengel, Burkelt, fieck1ey,Sngdeh,Van Hal* tren, tfassainear, Lattge, Lbhg, Shoeh, Hartmafi, irotttii, Vaughn, Selbach, Reltfc, Gumbert, Bierbauer ; Shindle, Pfefter, Soyle, Shugatt, fclmmei', Ful- liselv Sehiebeek, P'etta, Schriver, Witrock, Breitenstein and POT 6F feiHlMt ler, Steirt. Ehret, "So we see that the men of Irish and German lineage predominate in this profession of base hall. Possibly it is the Irishman's love of a scrap or his proficiency in the Use of a club which leads him into the pleasures and pursuits of the diamond. Why the Germans are almost cQtially proficient in the playing ai-t is hard to say, unless It is because that nation as a rule is blessed with better eyesight than almost any other people on earth." Louisville's Circa f, Short Stop. Joseph Dotan, the brilliant shortstop of the Louisville club, was born in Baltimore, Md., on February 24, 1873. He learned to play base ball in Omaha, Neb., to which city his family removed while he was a youth and even as a boy showed remarkable, skill' at the game. So well did he progress that he attracted the attention of the owners of the Omaha Club of the Western As- auCldtion, who induced him to become a professional In 1894, In 1895, young Dolan secured an engagement with the Cedar Rapids Club, of the Western Association. His batting average for that season was .302 and his fielding average was .923. He became a member of the Lynchburg Club of the Virginia Slate League in 189G and the standard of his playing was so high that the Loulsvlllo Club of the National League an <sf fsft 1* tiff- tsa* 1B1B. ' i Thg fftrltesi fflefttioti 6! tfcft fey 1 ifi Englishman fs probably thai eofitaW6iJ t< In a letter from-Mr. Wlckftaffi, ftt ', agent of the fiast iftdia cftffii?afiy* • written from Flrafider, in japan, fi* thS t , 2/th of Jtthe, 161S, to Mr, fifotBft,' tfi* other officer of the Company, t&id'ent. at Macao, asking him to send "a pet. olv the best chaw," says Litfpiiicoit'sV IA „ Mr. Eaton's accounts at exftendtiWe'S occurs this item: "Three alive? £6f«'' ringers to dflng chaw ifl." it was Hot ' uhtll the middle df the Seventeenth BptK tury that the English began ttt use" te&. f The first importattbhs Wefe 1 *f8m Jftv"| and the price ranged frard 16 to «-«• per pound. la the Metctlrlus PoliticH* uf September, 1685, appears the M* lowing advertisement; "that excellent and by all physifciiitis approved CHinft tlfink, qalled by the Chlneans Telia, fcy, other nations tay, or tea, la sold at the sultancss Head, a eaphee*faoti!te itt Sweetings Rents, by the Rayal Exchange, London." Pepys enters iii his 1 diary on the 25th of September, 1660! "I did send for a cup of tee, a China drink, of which I had never drunk before." This is proof of the novelty of the drink in England at that date. la 1664 it is recorded that the Bast India company presented the king With two pounds and two ounces of "thea." About this time, cumptlon of tea however, the con- and coffee became fashionable and the importations larga in proportion. THE OLDEST PHYSICIAN. Actlye Frac* ; 03 and Who I* Still In ttcn< (Columbus, Ohio, Letter.) Dr. Charles Frederick Hermann Wullgohs Is the oldest physician in Ohio, and lives at Doylestown, In Wayne county. Although he has seen ninety-three years of life upon earth, ther advanced. A Slur riuyci". Jones is already giving proof of the benefits derived from his first season in the major league. He made a great record in 1896, but gives promise of even surpassing that record this year. He has improved Wonderfully in fielding, is a surer catch on flies, quicker on his feet in stopping grounders, and as for throwing, batting and base running—well, the cranks may judge- for themselves before the championship race is much older.—Ex. JOSEPH DOLAN. purchased his release. His fielding per- csntage while with thoLynchburgteam was .931 and he batted at a .333 clip. After joining the Colonels in 1896, his batting average was .228, and he fielded at a .941 standard. An injury to his arm has caused his temporary retirement-from the game and his absence is a serious handicap to his club. Dr. Stuckey, wlio found a slight dislocation in Dolan's throwing arm, with the assistance of other surgeons, adjusted it and predicts that it will soon be as good as ever. IMoro Indian Bull. TRAINED CHAMELEONS. Blue Jacket first to London. owners of me. en o I th < ed I the offer. I wrote hpme to Sou He good news t the \Vlmt a Uttlti CJlrl Accomplished with Two of These Keptlleg. Much has been written about the beauty, the stupidity, and the vicious- n»ss of the lizard tribe, and I want to say a word about the intelligence of the chameleon, a little reptile belonging to the great lizard family, and Jn size the antipodo of the alligator, its bjg brother, says a correspondent of the Washington Star. The incident I now relate came under my personal observation, and demonstrates that the chameleon is susceptible of education and can be ranked with animals classed much higher in the scale of intellectual development. Miss Henrietta Kcene, a little lady of 12 years, Jiving in Philadelphia, was presented with two Florida chameleons, and she at once began instructing and educating her pets, By continued gentleness and kindness she won their confidence, and at her call they would raise their heads, listen, and then come running quickly. Soon they responded to their names— Brinton and Baby— anfl nodded their little heads knowingly. Site then taught them t<? stand up pij their Another Clever Shortfieldur. Samuel Gillen, who has been doing such clever work at short field for the Philadelphia club, of the National League and American Association,was born in 1870, at Allegheny, Pa., and gained considerable local prominence as an amateur before starting out on his professional career, which he did with the Davenport Club, of the Illinois-Iowa League, in 1891, he participating in sixty championship games that-season, in fifty-six of which he played as short stop. In 1892 he was with the Quincy Club, of the same league, and had a fielding average of ,905 as a short stop, Ho has been doing some pretty clever work this year for the Philadelphias, ]n seven games played April 23, 26, 27, 28, 21), 30, and May 1, at Philadelphia, against the New York, Boston and Brooklyn teams, he accepted fifty-four escape P* V _, T - MN,. m *#r *!*%&; m liflyfo$WW4W*/* n * r legs and put tftsiv liltie p&wg . SAMUEL GILLEN. out of fifty-six chances at short field, his best performance being in the flyst games against the Byooklyns when Accepted »H ot ten and eleven clianceji, respectively. Captain Lawtou's Seneca Indian Club won't be the only Red-skin combination on tour this season. Dr. G. W. Harkins,secretary of the Choctaw Medical Board at Coalgate, Ind., is also going to take out a team of Choctaw braves, who beside playing Indian baso ball, which is played with sticks like lacrosse, will give war dances, courts, trials and executions and various other kinds of Indian ceremonies. in the Indian ball game there are 12 plnyers on a side. The Indians do not use their hands to handle the ball— that is, the hands do not come in contact with the ball, The ball if. caught and thrown with the assistance of the two sticks. The game is said to be extremely interesting, and to require much science. , The Choct;aw manager, Dr. Harkins, has applied to the Cincinnati Club for the use of the,Cincinnati ball park on a convenient date. The managers uf other League clubs also have been asked to give the Indians a date, niun.v Surprises. This is a season of surprises in baseball and no mistake, and that with the season but five weeks old at the least. First, the pony pitchers in the ranks of the national league are making a wonderful showing, winning about as many games as the old-timers; second, the work of Rltchey, Stahl, Lajoie, Geier, Sockalexls and Gillen is causing no end of comment; third, the low scores of the games in the big circuit, where the double figures are raroly observed as the total, is a singular fact; fourth, the unprecedented number of tie games that havo been played is also something remarkable, there being about ten among the National League clubs, besides those of the minor circuits. And then comes the fact that that play which is about aa rare a? the finding ?20 pearls in oyster shells—the hair-raising triple play- has already jnaterialtzed four times la DR. C. F. H. WULLGOHS. he is well preserved and perfectly healthy. To show how well preserved he really is it is only necessary to state that the doctor practices his profession as actively and with as much success as might a man of half his years. His father was a surgeon in the army of Germany, He was killed at the age of 83 while riding a horse attending to ihis duties on a battlefield. The aged Ohioan was educated at Guestrow and Parchlni. He was a schoolmate of Von Moltke. He practiced medicine In. •his native land until 1835, when political troubles caused him to emigrate to iAmerlca. After spending a few years: In the Bast, ha came West, and settled in Ohio, The doctor has smoked regularly since he was 53, but never indulged in" tobacco before that age. Ha is up to date in his knowledge o£ medicine, and looks forward to many. 1 more years of active life, •v& >m Kurly Fashions iu Wedding Garments; | It is interesting to note that the choice of white for wedding dresses is comparatively a modern fashion, The Roman brides wore yellow, and in most Eastern countries, pink is the bridal 1 color. During the Middle Ages tlie Renaissance brides wore crimson, •most of the Plantagenet and Tudor fiuoens weie married in this vivid hue, which is still popular in parts of Brittany, where the bride is usually dressed in crimson brocade, It was Mary Ktuart who first changed the color of bridal garments. At her marriage with Francis II, of France, in 1553-^-whioh took place not before the altar, put be*' fore the great doors oil Notre Dame-t- sho was gowned in white brocade, with a train of pale blue Persian velvet six yards In length. This innpva- tiou caused quite a stir in $he faslfipn- able world at that time.' It was .not,' however, till quite the end of the seven- teenlh century that pure color hitherto worn by royal French widows—became popular for bvidaj garments in England, and looking te tbe attitu$a-o( prayer, ( Qfffl Wee Willy Dajjimani) }s a. walking FQJ- yeays ftu- a'iQutbpaw, Not gmitfc Jiav§ 4 bgj^Mpf ftilMita; &tp|H!if ]tyv l^'lJWp^.i^^^ 1 WMW< It an Accident? Philosophers tell us tha(, there are no such things as accidepts pi' coincidence^ iu, the sense usually attached tq words, Events described as they tell us, just as guj-ely pr as those which fall move naturaly under the laws pf order and sequence, A,v so-caljed chance occurrence often Inv deed becomes magnified into » '<flian> t ! test Pj-oyldence," vjewed in the of Us consequences, Of was, the feappy accident, if we ni^y it so, tp wbiob the present Sxjthej'land \owes. Uej- pggjtlqn; sajd tftat p»e day, at ( tb,e late I^qrd, Rgsslyn there, to;

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