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Algona, Iowa
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THE UPPEB DES MOINE8; ALQONA. tOWA WEDNESDAY AUGUST 4. ,1897, INTERNATIONAL PRESS ASSOCIATION' '* CHAPTER XIII—(CONTINUED.) Having no money at one time, I was compelled to make a longer stay than I intended at a new gold-field, where I fell In with a mate after my own mind. We sunk a shaft, and got more gold than I had ever possessed; my share of a fortnight's work was two hundred and seventy ounces. I didn't like to keep so much gold about me, nor did my mate, so we gave It ln«o the charge of a man named Richard Fairley, who had opened a deposit bank. My mate took the gold to him, and brought back the receipt. I never set eyes on the man. He didn't act fairly to us, for one fine morning he made himself scarce, and I and my mate, and a lot of others, had to whistle for our gold—and then it didn't come. Wo vowed Death to him if he ever crossed our path; and I got a description of him from my mate; a men, eleven women, eighteen children; crew, twenty-six. For the first two or three days all went well, but trouble was marching upon us. "We got into light easterly winds; about that time, also, the weather got slightly foggy. Scarcely any of the passengers were about as yet; the majority of them were below with sea sickness, and not one of the women had put in an appearance on deck. The fog beginning to Increase, and continuing to do so, a sharp lookout for land was kept. We had been out now ten days, and I observed that the skipper was getting anxious. Neither was I easy in my mind. We were in the vicinity of dangerous rocks, not laid down as yet in the charts, and the fog, growing thicker and thicker, made our position more perilous. For myself, 1 had no fear of death, but a heavy weight was on my mind with short thin scoundrel, with iron-gray ' respect to my old mother at home; and hair on his face, hanging almost from the desire to see her once more, ami his eyes—to hide his villainy I sug- ""' "'" ' ' " "" ' 1 --~Bested. However, we got more gold, and I saved over a hundred ounces, which I was not fool enough this time to part with. Well, we had pretty nigh worked out this claim, when I had a dream- not of my wife and child; no, of my old -mother. It seemed to me that she was dying before my eyes, and when I woke, and found, thank God! that I had been dreaming, the last sound I heard from her poor old lips, "Oh, Amos, my son, my son!" came to me with mournful significance. She had been a good mother to me, and I had •but ill repaid her by leaving her in her old age with no provision (as I now remembered for the first time, God forgive me), after these many years. I awoke in the dark, and I lay awake thinking until the sun rose; and in the darkness of that night I saw my duty clear before me. I resolved to go home, make the old woman comfortable tall my unjust and bitter feelings toward her had melted away), and then come back again, if necessary, and renew ray search. You may say that I might have seat money home, and that that would have answered the purpose. So I might have done; but I thought that by going home I might perchance hear news of my wife and child. I had not written a line to my mother all these • long years. Not that she could have read it, but she would have got a neighbor to read it for her; and it occurred to me all of a sudden that in my haste and hot-headedness I had neglected the chance that might have restored to my arms those who were so precious to me. I astonished my mate in the morning when I told him I was going home. No inducement that he could offer was strong enough to hold me back, and that very day I was on my road to Melbourne with my gold in a belt, buckled round my waist. When I reached Melbourne I was in no difficulty about a ship. Hobson's Bay was full of homeward-bound craft, and after running my eyes over the names, I selected The Rising Sun, a twelve-hundred-ton clipper, then lying off Sandridge, and to sail in a few days. How often have I thought that a special destiny must have led me to select that ship out of the large number that were advertised for London! I don't believe, as some believe, that our lives are ruled by chance. make amends to her for my harshness, grew stronger because of the danger we were in. It was at this time that I made the acquaintance of two of our passengers; they were children, a boy and a girl. I was standing near the lookout, straining my eyes to tho eastward, where we supposed rocks to be, when, looking down, I saw those children by my side. They, were about the same age, nine years old maybe. I placed my hand on the boy's head, and, stooping, gazed at the little fellow. He returned my look frankly. "Well, my man," said I, "and what may your name be?" "Dob," said he. His voice startled me, and I gazed more searchingly at him. A beautiful face was his, with fair, curling hair and bright blue eyes, that made mine dim, and caused my heart to beat more quickly. All the old memories flowed back upon me like a strong tide; and but that I felt such a supposition would be akin to madness, I might have encouraged the thought that by some miracle my own son was standing by my side. "And yours, my little maid?" I said to the girl. "Pearl," she answered, in a voice clear as a bell, and 'which to my fancy resembled Bob's. "Then," said I, with a strange palpitation, "Bob and Pearl are brother and sister." "Oh, no," they both replied in one breath. "But you ought to be," said I, kneeling by them, so that my face might be on a level with theirs. "Bob has blue eyes, and so has Pearl; and you have light hair, too, both of you." we beheld the treacherous roclcS straight ahead of us. As I saw the white waves—whiter because of the darkness which surrounded us—dashing against them, I had no shadow of doubt that we were lost. Pitch dark it it was, but a sailor can see rocks without a light to guide him—for the matter of that, I believe he can smell them— and it does not need a sailor's eye to see the white foam from a raging sea dashed from an Iron bound shore back into the black waters. Many's the time I have seen the spotless spray leaping up the sides of the rocks that line the foreign shores, and, curling back again in beautiful showers, laughing in the sun-sparkles that filled them with light and made them look like millions of living silver stars; but then the days were fine, and th« sun was shining. I .was different now. There was no sun and no moon, and the swell of the sea toward the shore came to my ears Ilk the sound of muffled drums. The task we had before us now was to prevent The Rising Sun from setting bodily toward the land; but the task was too much for us, and though we worked with a will we could not avoid our fate. The vessel hardly had steerage way, and the heavy southwest swell was driving her nearer and nearer to the black rocks. By midnight she had become perfectly unmanageable; and all the passengers, being now alarmed and aware of their peril, wero on deck, keeping their feet as well as they could. I looked out on the leo beam, and saw the land, like a fog bank, creeping nearer and nearer to us. In the midst of my duties I hid striven hard, but without success, to discover Bob and Pearl, and it was while I was LIFE OF A CrREil 1 WIT TOM OCHILTREE FAMED ON TWO CONTINENTS. ills noeent Dangerous Illness Many Incident* in Ochlltree & father, First Joke. MU Life—"T. Attorneys," tils recently at the OM OCHILTREE, who was reported point of death, be- natlonal a few years ago when he came to congress as a representative came a character from Texas. He He always had some outside plan In its head, and while he was still under ils majority In years he was editor of a paper and had been sent as a delegate ;o the conventions in Charleston and Baltimore. General Longstreet saw that Ochll- tree was made a colonel during the war. The reward came in return for exceptional bravery on the field. Ho fought with the confederates during all the struggle, and returning to Texas, he printed in his paper advise to the southern people "to stop crying and get solace In work." His ability was marked enough to attract the attention of President Grant and Grant made him the marshal for Texas. He and the president became great friends. It is said that Grant delighted in seeing no one more than he did in seeing Tom Ochlltree. This relation made many of the men of Galveston a bit jealous. This jealous faction once planned an Incident whereby it would get even with Ochiltree. Grant was to stop at Gal- was conspicuous to look upon, and he rarely said anything that was not con spicuous. He made friends, and he was so good natured to his enemies and so quick with his wit that the and the committee did men who were opposed to him were tree's name on the list f dlst \ n f f f anxious to get over their tilts. He was men to meet him. Ochlltree bided his pointed out on the floor of the house time, as he has never «een known to thinking of the land with a feeling of agony that a woman's voice, falling on my ea", sent a shock through me which curdled my blood. 'Hush,, my child—hush!" were tho spoken words; and it was my wife who uttered them to my boy. Dumb with a fearful joy and amaze ment I turned toward tho voice, when the Rising Sun eras! They stood with their arms round each other's waists.Bob being the shyer of the two. We prattled together for as many minutes as I could spare from my duties, and I learned that they were in no wise related. Both their mothers were ou tlie ship, they told came against a sharp, jutting rock and, if you will believe it carried part of it away. In the mids of tho cries of despair that accompanie the crash, I myself called out: "Ma bel! Mabel! give me my boy!" But m voice only added to the general torro and confusion, and before we had tim to recover ourselves, the ship lurche on to another point of rock, whic carried away her spanker-boom an rudder. And now, dark as it was be fore, it grew darker. Ay, It was 111 the Egyptian darkness, for it could almost be felt, and The Rising Sun seemed to be slowly cutting her way through it, as if it were a substance. The two points of rock which the vessel had struck formed the entrance to a huge water cave, and into this cave we were now fatally working our way. This accounted for the increasing darkness, for above us and before us were savage rocks, from the walls of which the thick slime was crawling down to the sea. This much I know, and this much I saw, but I was mercifully spared from the conscious knowledge of a great deal of the agony and terror of that awful night. The mizzen-topgallant mast coming down with tremendous force, I was struck prone to the deck by it, and for a time I partially lost my senses. (TO BffiCOVTIXOEO. > s the first native congressman from is state. It was also related that his Istrict was wider and longer than many of the states of Europe, reaching vcr a territory of twenty-seven coun- ics, and running from the Gulf to ^agle Pass, on the Rio Grande. This rea comprised 37,000 square miles. Ochiltree was practically the king of it. le was the only man in the district vhen power was in consideration. Ochiltree went to the top of capital fa- 'oritism at a single bound. He was i prince of story tellers. The beauty of his humor was that If hit no one so hard as it hit himself. He was a joko to himself. He rarely appeared upon the floor of the Forty-eighth congress that he did not put the house into a furore of laughter. The country members used to declare that he was more fun than the minstrels. His bills ami appropriations were jested through— the jest always bearing a strong argument why Texas and Texas harbors should be the especial care of the country. He called himself the "Red-headed Ranger from Texas," and the title was enough to get him a hearing before the 'business committee. It was his custom to send In word to an im portant session of a close-mouthed and complain. Colonel Ochlltree did not go to the ship to welcome Grant. He took a vantage point in the crowd that filled the streets in front of the Tremont House. He was behind two rows of celebrities, who were doing guard duty along the edges of a crimson carpet which ran from the hotel to the curb, the reception committee—or part of it—was standing in the hotel door, waiting to give the general the gladsome hand. Ochlltree watched until the general and Mrs. Grant had stepped from the carriage and then he bulged through the line. He rushed down the crimson carpet, shook heartily the hand of his old friend, and offering his arm to Mrs. Grant, marched proudly through the rank and file of leading citizens into the hotel. The mob outside demanded a speech from the general, and, constituting himself a committee of one, Colonel Ochiltree appeared with him in the hotel balcony and Introduced Grant as one of his best, truest and bravest friends. This was the last time the men in Galveston tried to snub him as a social function. DRINktNO IN IvtANV ACfcS. An interesting tcctore on the tttstot* bf Alcohol. A lecturer who was speaking on "The History of Alcohol" began by explaining the universal prevalence of stimulants or narcotic drugs as show- Ing the universal craving of mankind for something to hide the trials and troubles of life. He spoke briefly about the early beverages of the ancient Hindoos and Chinese, and then Illustrated the drinking habit of the ancient Egyptians with a curious collection of lantern slides. The habits and customs of ancient Greece came next, and the worship of the great god Dionysus, or Bacchus, was Illustrated' by some splendid photographs of vases, statues and bas-reliefs. Their wine was drunk diluted, never stronger than; half water and frequently with two,' four and even fifteen parts of th» milder fluid. Mention was made of the curious nature of their wines, the admixture of honey and spices, of resla and turpentine, even salt water, and the question of fermented and unfer-, mented wines among them and the- ancient Hebrews. The use of wina among the more hardy and less civilized Macedonians was less refined and the exploits of Philip and his son Alexander rivaled the tales told by the most ardent prohibitionists. At the feast given by Alexander at the tomb of Cyrus a prize was offered for the boldest drinker and the victor, Promachus, credited with fourteen quarts of Wine, died in three days' time from the effects of his debauch, along with some 1 , fifty of his competitors. Early Rome 1 Texas owes as much to Ochlltree as it does to any other man that ever came from the state. Ho has been dignified committee that the "Red- untiring In his efforts to keep tho state me. I. CHAPTER XIV. HE Rising Sun was a passenger ship, and was to take home, besides passengers, a cargo of wool, hides, and gold. I thought I might as well save passage money; I had no mind to set up as a fine gentleman, and if I had I shipped as a saloon passenger, as might have done, having a few hundred pounds by me, I should not have been able to keep my hands off the ropes Knowing that homeward-bound sailors were hard to get, I went to the shipping office, and glad they were to obtain an able-bodied seaman like me among the crew. They took any cattle in those days men were so loath to leave the gold fields. So there I was once more at my old trade. I was soon at work and set to with a will, and with i lighter heart than had beat in my bod) for many a long day past; though mind you, I was not the man I hac been -before the great grief of my lif had broken upon me. But I was glad to think that in a few months I should see my old mother again, and that it might be in my power to bring comfort to her bruised spirit; for the more I thought of my last interview with her, the firmer grew the conviction that I had deeply wronged and wounded her. Not that I ever believed for one moment that my wife was false to me. No, no; I clung to that anchor of faith in her love and truth. It kept me from stranding on the rock of utter disbelief in human goodness, At the appointed time we sailed out of Port Philip Bay, with a fair wind. Nearly all the passengers came aboard the last day, and I saw but little or them, having enough else to do. We had aboard a hundred and sixteen aouls, all told, made up la the following 'manner: Passengers, sixty-one "I haven't seen them on deck," said 'Oh, no," said Pearl; "they have been ill, and are not well yet. I hate the sea—I hate it!" And the little maid stamped her foot, and tears came into her eyes. "And you, Bob?" I asked. "Do you hate the sea?" "I'm fond of it," said Bob, "and I want Pearl to like it, but she won't. She says she wishes there wasn't any ea in the world. That's foolish, isn't t? But I wish it wasn't so dark." Stronger and stronger grew the spell ipon me. 'Would you like to be a sailor, Bob?" "I should," he replied, "if it wasn't so lark." I kissed the bright little fellow, and ie kissed me. Wrapped up as I was n him, I saw that Pearl was hurt because I did not offer to kiss her. I would have kissed her then, but she kept me off. "No," she said, petulantly, "you love Bob best." I had no time for further parley. I rose to my feet, and, taking the children by the hand, told them it was not safe for them to be on deck, and that they must go below. "We crept up," whispered Bob, gleefully "without anybody knowing. Pearl was frightened, and I didn't want to come till I made her. But then Pearl's a giri and I'm a little man—so mother THE CURFEW BELL. rhlladolphluiis HiiBtea Homo When 9 OVlorlc Comes. "Talk about Philadelphia being a slow place!" said the stove drummer to a Detroit Free Press writer, "it's all a mistake. The only time I was ever unable to hold my own In a crowd was in the Quaker city. I was sitting in the rotunda of a hotel there about 9 o'clock in the evening when a bell began to ring loudly somewhere near, and I jumped up and went out on the sidewalk to see if I could discover any signs of fire. When I got outside I saw everybody rushing along like mad, and about fifty men came tearing into the hotel at such a rate that they knocked me down on the sidewalk and came near trampling the life out of TOM OCHILTREE. me. 'I managed to crawl to my feet and hurried inside, wondering if I would have time to get my trunk out. Every- .ieaded Ranger from Texas" had a few remarks he would like to make covering a few points in a measure the august body had in its pigeon holes. The admission of Ochiltree meant a good laugh—a long series of good laughs—and it is a part of legislative tradition that tho colonel's stories have done for him what plain, unvarnished and prosaic logic failed to do for oth- before the public. He did so much in this respect with the papers that he edited he was at one time sent to Europe as emigrant Inspector for Texasj This gave him opportunity for many trips abroad, and he became as fluent in the continental languages as in English. He actually became a feature in the London papers, and the old Journals used to advertise interviews with was described as painfully temperate.j . especially for the fair sex, who were, sentenced to death for touching wine. It was sad to hear that kissing on the. mouth was invented by the Roman ; husband to test his wife's abstinence' from the wine cask. Later, however,! after Greece and the east were con-j quered, wine flowed freely and the ear-) ly republicans vied with the subjects of the early emperors in gross and unbridled drunkenness. The capacity ofl the Roman must have been consider-;, able, for a citizen was knighted by the emperor Claudius under the title of Trlcongius, or "three-gallon man," such having been a simple draught of. his. New England came In for a touchi by the lecturer. It was somewhat surprising to hear that, in the first call for supplies sent home by the Plymouth bay colonists, the famous appeal I headed by "ministers," there were,' along with the requests for barley, rye; and wheat for seed, and stores of fruit trees, a petition for "vyne planters"' and for "hop-rootes." Tho minister,; Mr. Higginson, was duly sent In 1628, and his ship was furnished with "forty- five tuns beere, two tuns canarie, twenty gallons aqua vitae" and only, six tons of water. The lecture closed' with a short description of the last century, characterized by the growth and development of the temperance movement. , \ Tho Now Picnic, , The announcement that a numerous and influential association of Chicagoans has decided to do Its picnicking on week days this year is preference to Sundays is probably the beginning of an Important revolution. The city; picnic has ever been an institution ofi distinctive and most peculiar features,and if it began in wholesale larceny! and ended in a riot the supposition waul that city folk preferred their picnics) that way; that they found the nndi-j uted picnic as it obtains in purely' •ustic communities too dull and un-j eventful for their palates. As soon asi the grand Sunday excursion and picriici s announced, the pickpockets and thai strong-arm gentlemen and their, friends make arrangements to lend! ;helr sophisticated and enlivening] presence. The entertainment beginsj with the (left manipulation of the; lighter craftsmen at the station andi while the train is getting under way.'; Having purloined what valuables are) accessible they politely make way.j about 12th street, for the heavier operators. Sometimes the latter merely; terrorize the passengers for a half; hour or so, taking what is handy, andi depart. Sometimes they Insist on be-i l£lJIU,lJJ.Ui3ClH"'* w t)* w * _,--. thing seemed to be quiet when I got ej , g O chiltree proves that men's traits him as the New York papers now ad- in, and I asked a man who was smoking a cigar if the fire was out. What fire?" said he. Cl *3t ww»i i» i,* v*v. j/»w»i-~w *,..«*• .— _.__ . a ct 1 come out in little things and at an vertise their weekly grist of Sunday early age. He was taken as a partner matter. The English papers are fond into his father's office. He was barely | of conventional expressions. It was " 'Wasn't the bell ringing for fire?' out o{ llls teens . The father went usually printed that the IntorviewRi I asked. away from town one day, and while he found the valiant colonel "engaged ii " 'Oh, no,' said he. 'That was our was gon e the boy had the sign changed, a sumptuous repast," or "about to si ,vffiw bell.' " Snn Antonio awakened the next morn- down to an elaborate dinner," or "rls curfew bell.' says ing to laugh for years at the strange Ing from a table groaning with all th Too Biath ««nli..u. I name of the flrm-"Thomas P. Ochil- luxuries." The descriptions are prob There ha,s come of late a change over tree and . Father, Attorneys." The ably accurate, as no man in he countr the spirit of the novel. Its noble uses grown man was no less original than | has gastronomic art to a higher stat 11£l\G|lil^**^ * * .... ... i __ tue coming a part of the picnic, greatly tot the discomfort and detriment of the< other parts. Thus through a succession of exciting alarms and affrays the, day is passed. It has long been supposed that this was the style of plcnici which the urban taste demanded. But If there is a movement to have the: picnics on week days this supposition r.:ay be ill-founded. The whole of that day no figure but the figure of Bob was in my mind, and I Indulged in the maddest speculations. If my boy lived, he would be of the same age as this little fellow; and Robert was my father's name. I should lave a-iked Bob further questions about his mother, but that I was afraid to shatter the unreasoning hope which a wild fancy had engendered. I saw no more of him or Pearl during that day, and when next I saw him Ah, me, let me not think of it. I must tell my story straight. The weather got worse instead of better, and at night-it was four bells in the first watch-"Land!" was called. I was in the watch below at the time, and we were summoned on dedk at once The course we were steering was east'by north, wind being northwest. Orders were at once given to square away the yards, to clear the vessel for the land, and then for about half an hour we hove away southeast, and after that hauled up again to the eastward In less than forty minutes, however, been aio aim . He has now honored and virtue that is sneered I path. He thought his at and insulted. The sane and healthy quiet man, of gentle habits, and view of life no longer attracts the upon placed M"* 61 ; f e "^ — I has troubled lllm fov 80me time, and r t neither is it made attractive tutelage or U\o oainouc put-bis, time ... , * An** 'RnVi'M Truam-^Vi T^VniiH T»rlf»StS ItlbOl'CCl 111 NclCOgUOCnGS pai'lSll, LI lilt! for the rescuer.—-ctaou* josepn j\.i£iuo- inicaLo jtvuuiv.v* * » with k °P f - 1 jSiSioSS 3 " to aS keep n 'their pupil' In from it. He has been confined to o thought that might possibly room, and he is now getting ready for ,,„,",„ tho Mpr*v. Th« lad I the last struggle with the disease. Hft have stood At CSettysburg. Ui H1UU&111- wi*i*v •»*. o .. w i* — .*.*.*..,, i him into the clergy. The lad the last struggle — „- _ take him into me uiuis^. 4.110 tnu >••-•*• •—- r-'-•=«»•- • Dusty Doollttle—I left a leg at f u and at the age of 15 may recover. Men of 57 hav< lettysburg, mum. Kind Old Lady- *^° Q , took the matter into his own the trial he will face and have Here's a quarter, poor fellow. Tell me d HQ vante ^ to fight Indians, about it. n. P.—There's not much to • ^ ^ were powerless, and, with tell, mum. It was a wooden one, an' a gmt deal of sh rewd planning, young the enemy surprised us so suddiut I Tgm made ajl enlistment as a private didn't think to bring it with me, mum, —New York Tribune. The grace of the spirit comes only from heaven apd Ugbts up the "-'- presence.—Spurgeop.. „ in the Texas Bangers, starting west for the scajps of the Apaches aod qomanches in 1854. A yea? knocked all the .romance out oj his boyish ambition, an4 as he wap wiWpg to and buckle d,Qwn j-g %fo t, recovered. There Is probably no man In' private life over the country whose; sickness has aroused the same attention an4 sorrow, and whose recovery will be a waiter, of, such, wide copr cern. \y«> must laugh, Before we ar^ b,appy> lest we should die wltjiautj- Recognition That Fulled. "Congressman Spouter is the recog- T':'.F.A leader of his party, is he not?" "Yes, by every one except the speaker." _ ___ LATE INVENTIONS. Clover and hay seed-catchers for at« tac-hment to mowing machines have a series of metal strips back of the cut- terbar on the machine with a pocket in the last one to hold the seed as It is shaken from the heads of the grass. A new hoisting pulley will hold Ha load at any point by means of a clamp which is brought Into action by pulling the loose rope out from the block, thus turning the metal channel in which it runs and forcing the clamp to grip the rope. i For tho purpose of entrapping aui- mals in their holes or in hollow logs a metal band is placed in the edge of the hole with sharp points around Its edge projecting Inward to permit tha animal to enter and prevent its leaving its hole. 1 A fire-escape which needs no mechanism to operate It has a series of sotti k^ots at regular Intervals o?i a rops, which, is attached to a •fifludaw 8 W , by meau,a of a hoc*, the sser grip* ping the we Yen! ih,e

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