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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, October 20, 1897
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THM UPPfcit Mftrt.limiKttM ALBOtTA IOWA.. WjliartMDAY OCXPQffl»A 1S07, INTERNATIONAL PRESS ASSOCIATION. Solomon gave a grunt of doubtful approval. Solomon," continued CHAPTER. II.— The eyes of the .two old'men met; the minister flushed -slightly, while ^olomoft's dry lips assumed the shape generally taken when one is about to give a prolonged whistle; but no sound tallowed. ••Whaur did your reverence find the Kira? On the doorstane, did you snv?" The minister nodded. Thereupon Solomon walked over to the chair, put on a pair of brass-rimmed spectacles, and inspected the child much as his master had done, but with prolonged and dubious shakes of the head. "Lord preserve us a'!" he muttered. "Solomon," cried Mr. Lorraine impatiently, "what's to be done?" Solomon scratched his head, then MB face lightened with sudden Inspiration, as he answered: "Put the thing whaur ye found him, on the doorstane. Lea' him there- he's nane o' ocrs. Maybe the niither will come back and take him awa 1 ." The minister's face flushed indignantly. "On sveh a night as this! Solomon Mucklebackit, if you have no more Christian advice than that to offer, you can go back to bed." Solomon was astonished. Seldom liad'he .seen his master exhibit such ?uthority. tempered with indignation. Not knowing how to reply, he effected a diversion. "See, sir" he said, still Inspecting the child as if it wore some curious species of fish, "the cratur's wringln' watr" Such was the fach, though it had escaped the minister's agitated scrutiny. The shawl and under-dress of the Infant were soaked with rain or melted snow. ••'Bless my soul!" cried Lorraine, Lending down by Solomon's side; "and its little body is 'tuite cold. Fetch Mysie' Simpson at once." Solomon shook his head. "Mysie's away the night wi' her kinsfolk at the Mearns." "Then there's only one thing to be dene," cried Mr. Lorraine, with sudden decision. "We must undress the child at onca and put him to bed, and in the morning we can decide how' to act. If we leave him like this he will die of cold." -Put him to bed!" echoed Solomon. "Whaur:" "In my room, Solomon, unless you would like to take him with you." -Wi' me! I'm no used wi' bairns. "Good nigbt, the minister. A word of protest was on the sexton's tongue, but he checked It In time; then with one last stare of amazement, perplexity and surprise he left the room, "The' warl's comln' to an en'," ho muttered, as lie ascended the stairs to his room. "A. woman-bairn in oor house!—a lasisie in the minister's ain bed! Weel, weel, weel!" Meantime, Mr. Lorraine sat by the bedside, looking at the child, who had almost immediately fallen asleep. Presently he reached out his arm and took one of her little hands into his own, and his eyes were dim and his soul was traveling back to the past! Hours passed thus, and he still sat In a dream. "Marjorlc, my bonny doo!" he murmured aloud again. "Is this indeed a gift from God—and you?" The wretched mother, whoever she was, had Indeed chosen wisely when she had resolved, while determining to abandon her infant, to leave it at the gentle minister's door. Days passed, and in spite of Solomon's protestations, it was Still an inmate of the manse. Mysle Simpson understood the rearing process well, and since the child, as she had surmised, had never known the breast. It throve well upon "the bottle." The minister went and came lightly, as if the burden of twenty years had been taken from hia shoulders; had It indeed been his own offspring he could not have been more anxious or more tender. And Solomon Mucklebaekit, deapHe-hte assumption of sternness and indignation was secretly sympathetic. He, too, had a tender corner in his heart. BASE BALL GOSSIP NOTES OF INTEREST ABOUT f HE NATIONAL GAME. At- One of the Latent Find* of the tngton Clah—How SttftlW HM tftltied the J^ront Kftnk—the thre* trip Schedule. whichi the child's innccsnt beauty I couldna sleep a wink!" "Then he shall stay with me. Solomon, how pretty he is, how bright his eyes are! Fetch me a blanket at once, and warm it by the fire." Solomon left the room. The minister lifted the burden in his arms, and | sat down by the hearth. Then, nervously and awkwardly, he undid the shawl and put It aside; loosened the baby's outer garments, which were quite wet, aiid drew them gently off. -Thus engaged, the good man was indeed a picture to see—his soft eyes beaming with love and tenderness, his face puzzled and troubled, his little at work with clumsy y.lump hands kindness. Solomon entered with a blanket, warmed it for a minute at the flre, and then placed it softly under the child, which now lay mother-naked— as sweet and bright a little cherub as v.vev drew mother's milk. Suddenly, the sexton uttered an ex- bedside fast asleep, with his gray head resting on the side of the pillow, and his right arm outstretched over the comuorpane above the still slumbering child. At the soand of Solomon's entrance, however, Mr. L'jrralne awoke at once, rubbed his eyes, and looked in a dazed way around him; then his eyes fell upon the infant, and his face grew bright as sunshine. "Bless me, meenlstef! Hae ye been watching hsre. a' nicht?" "I fell to sleep," was the reply, "and I was dreaming, Solomon, such bonny dreams! I thought that I was up yonder among the angels, and that one of them came to me with a face I well remember—ah, so bright!—and put a little bairn—this bairn—into my arms; and then, as I held the pretty one, a thousand voices sang an old Scotch pong, the 'Land o' the Leal. 1 Dear me! —and it is nearly daybreak, I suppose?" Solomon did not reply in words, but, pulling up the blind, showed the outer world still dark, but. trembling to the Look, flrst dim rays of wintry dawn, while snow was thicidy falling, and the garden was covered with a sheet of virgin white. The minister rose shivering, for the air was bitter cold; his limbs, loo, were stiff and chilly. "What's to be done now?" asked Solomon, gloomily. "I maun awa' an' feenlsh the grave, but Mysie will be here at six." "I will watch until Mysie comes, answered Mr. Lorraine; then, bending over the bed, he continued: "See, Solomon, my man, how soundly she sleeps and'how pretty she looks." Soloman grunted and moved toward '"Will I put on the parritch mysel'?" he demanded. "Ye maun be wanting something after sic a night." . did not fail to touch. One morning, some scvon or eight days after the arrival of Ue Infant, v hen the storms had blown themselves hoarse, and a dull black thaw had succeeded the falling and drifting snow, nows came to -he manso that the body of a woman had been found lying on the brink of the Annan, just whore Its waters meet the wide sands of the Sol way, and mingle with the sat *tream oC the ocean tide. Greatly agi- iated. Mr. Lorraine mounted his pony, and at once rode along the lonely highway which winds through the fiat reaches of the Moss. Arriving close to the great sands, ho was directed to a disused outbuilding or bain, belonging to a large sea-facing, and standing some hundred yards above high-water mark A group of fishermen and peas- S men and women were clustered at the door; at lus approach the men 1ft- ed their hats respectfully, and the women courtesled. oT making iuqurles, the minister learned that the'body ; had beeiv dis- , covered at daybreak by some sa mon • he found the rain- flaners w hcn netting tho river at tne ister sitting by the mornlng tide. They had at once given ' ' ' " he alarm, and carried "it" up to the dilapidated barn where It was then •!•„„ barn was without a door and partially roofless. Day and nig*t the salt spray of the ocean was blown up- OHN HILLARY SWAIM. author of the Washington club's '"finds," is two-game series that Cleveland, Washington, Cincinnati, PittSburg, Louisville, Baltimore and Brooklyn may be counted in ravof of it, if it Is feasible, with every prospect of agreement by St. Louis and Chicago. If it goes ift- to effect the base ball panorama will shift so rapidly another season that three visiting clubs weekly will keep the cranks on the guess. SCAftED THE GROOMS,! WlEK ABOUt fO SE FRIGHTENED Contnge to *"««e this OMcai—Oft* Could Hot imer th* Vbwg Uewltti* Hlg EittMhe InclHenti CHAPTER III. T FIVE o'clock the next morning, when S o 1 o m on Mucklebackit, candle in hand, descended the 'stairs. on it, Incrusting its black sides species of filmy salt; and from the dark rafters and down the broken walls clung slimy weeds and mosses; and it a pcclt of sea-gulls wheeled and over screau\ed. Tho minister took off his hat and entered in bans headed. , Stretched upon the earthen floor was what seemed at first rathor a shapeless mass than a human form; a piece of coarse tarpaulin was placed over it, covering H from head to foot. Gently and reverently, Mr. Lorraine drew back a corner of the tarpaulin and revealed to view the disfigured liiiea- s of what had once been a living the vertical wonder of the major league, being In hln zenith, perpendicular, upright and plumb. Ho was born March 1.1,1874, at Cadwallader, O« and learned to play ball while attending the Sclo college. His professional career began as a pitcher with the Twin City team—Dennison and Urlchs- ville—of the Interstate .league, and when that team was disbanded he finished the season with the Cambridge, O., club, a semi-professional organization that met and vanquished many firat-class teams. It was while with the Cambridge nine that he was highly recommended to Manager Bancroft, of the Cincinnati club, as having wonderful speed, curves and control. In isnii hu was engaged to pitch for the Fort Wayne team, of the Interstate League, known as the Cleveland club s "farm," and did exceedingly well until the Fort Waynes disbanded, on Sept. 18, when he was signed by the New Castle club, of the same league, and finished tho season with the latter's team. Some of his most noteworthy pitching feats that season were as follows: On June 4, 1896, at Youngstown, p., he held tho home team down to fo-ir safe hits, the Fort Waynes winning by 3 to 2, In eleven innings. On July 31, at Fort Wayne, he allowed the Youngstown only four safe hits, and again on Sept. 7, at Fort Wayne, the same team made only three safe hits off him. On Sept. 24, at Wheeling, after joining the New Castles, he prevented the Wheel- ings from making more than two safe hits. Three, times during that season the Wheelings made only three runs off his pitching, twice he performed the same trick to the New Castles, and once each the Toledo, Washington and Youngstown teams, made only three runs to a game. On' two 'Other occasions he held the Toledo and New Castle teams down to one run each to a game, and In three games the Youngs- towns scored only two runs to each. iy the Washington It is rumored that President Leadley has about perfected arrangements for the transfer of the Grand Rapids club to Chicago In 1898. It the scheme goes through, which is hardly likely, the minor leaguers will play at home while the major organization is away on its trips. President Leadley admitted that negotiations for the proposed transfer were under way. Chicago would prove a handy town to have tn the circuit. All of the teams pass through Chicago, coming and going. When the league- was organized two years ago tho question was broached, but dropped. the Itotot-t Courteous. Uncle Anson is getting on swimmingly as a comedlan.and a wit. In that pugilistic matinee at the Polo grounds last Saturday Uncle objected to one of Bob Bmslle's rulings, and Scrappy Joyce dealt himself a hand in the argument. "Say, Anson, your stable of fillies is becoming real rude lately for .400 percenters. You're playing dirty ball lately, ain't you?" "Coming from so high an authority on dirty ball as you, I guess there must be something in it," was Uncle's reply.— Washington Post. Seloe'd View. Manager Selee and Buck Ewing agree there are fewer star catchers nowadays compared with the old time brainy backstops. Ewlng says that thsie are but three In the league today. ments ove ., "Lord"preserve us all. It's no a inan- ild ava! It's a wee lassie!" Mr. Lorraine started, trembled and almost draped liis load; then, bashfully, and tenderly, he wrapped the w&rm blanket around the infant, leaving only its face visible. "Lad or lassie," he said, "the Lord has left it in our keeping!" Stooping to the hearth-rug, Solomon lifted from it a tiny chemise which had fallen there, and examined it with ludicrous horror. Suddenly hia eyes perceived something which had escaped Mr. Lorraine's nervous gaze. Pinned to the chemise was a piece of [paper with some writing upon it. , >m.e^n|ster!" : cried Solomon, uuplnn'ing tlie paper and holding it up; there's a letter addressed to yoursel' ."Nothing, nothing. Go on to the kirkyard." \n hour later, when the old woman appeared, having let. herself in by a lceV at the back dopr, she was at once apprised of the situation. Having learned by old habit to keep her thoughts to herself, and being of kindly disposition, and the mother of a large grown-up family, she at once, rithout questioning, entered upon her duties as The child having Will I read it?" "Certainly." Then Solomon read, iu his own Inroad accent, which we will not reproduce, these words, which were writ- ten'in a clear though tremulous fe- pnale harfd: "To Mr. Losvalne—By the time you ead this the writer will bf lying dead ind cold'in Annan Water. You are a good man and a clergyman. Keep tlie , as a gift of Gou. <<nd as you use JUT may Qod lue you!" That was'all. Solowon stammered i',the words In horror, while Mr. te'listened in genuine astonish ent. "There, nieenister!" exclaimed jpon, indignantly. "Did I no' tell yo. it's a scandal, an outrage! Keep the jairn, indeed, »nd a woman-bairn, notion!" ,, Soloivon," interposed the .• solemu'y. "I begin to see the and o' God in this." the bedclothes, he placed wakened, crying, sho took it up in her arms and hushed it upon her bosom, where it soon became still; then, pass- , ing to the kitchen, she warmed some new milk, and fed it with a spoon. By this time day had broken, and when he had seen the child comfortably cared for, the minister put on his cloak and walked forth to make in- ''Vhe village consiuted of one straggling street : with numerous small cottages a few poverty-stricken shops, and a one-storied tavern. Jock Stevens who kept the latter, was stand- the threshold with a drowsy having just thrown open the face- but though the features were changed and unrc,ogn!,able and toe -sockots wore empty of their shin- n K orl-a and the mouth disfigured and hidden by foulness, the face was still set in a woman's golden hair. with the horror deep upon him, the minister trembled and prayed. Then, drawing the covering still lower, he oxiight a glimpse of the delicate hand Hutched as in the agonies of death; and sparkling on the middle fingers thereof was a slender ring of gold. "God forgive me," he murmured to himself; "if this is the mother of the child, I did he.' a cruel wrong." He stood gazing and praying for some time, his eyes were dim with sympathetic tears; then, after replacing the covering reverently, he turned away and passed through the group whir.h clustered, watching him, at tho door. (TO ME CONTIXURU.) the Maslioiialniul Doll. No doubt the earliest manufactured toy of all was the doll. Little. girls play with, dolls everywhere,, and ..have always done so. Indeefl, among ' the Bechuanans and Basutos at the present time married women carry dolls unti they are supplanted by real children There is for its possessor a curious in dividuallty about a doll, altogether un accountable to other people. How oft en may It be observed that a child club, on the recommendation of Pitcher Mercer, of the same club. Mercer's discovery of Swalm took place in the Call of 189G, after the championship season, when Mercer was on a barnstorming tour of western Pennsylvania, and Ohio, playing exhibition games with a picked team. It was at Nilos, O., that Mercer's team met Swalm.who completely puzzled them. Mercer was so enthusiastic over Swaim's work that he wrote to ICarl Wagner, treasurer of the Washington club, who sent Manager Schme'lz to sec Swalnv/ who was then at his home. Schmelz signed him in November, 1S96. It is said that Swaim has a most puzzling delivery, its deception arising from the swing of ils arm while delivering the ball. He He names Charley Farrell as one, but refuses to name the other tv/o. lla UI III «mnj «-... — - — cj ---- ----- - a ms a slow, deliberate motion, and a formed for the purpose^ of •ound swing, and it is hard to tell whether he is going to send up a curve, slow curve ball, or a straight, speedy Myrne \». Mr. Charles H. Byrne, president of Brooklyn club, characterized President Freedman's remarks about the Cincinnati club as outrageous. "Mr. Freedman has made some serious charges in his recent interviews," said President Byrne. "He has charged umpires with being drunk and combining to give the New York club the worst of It. He has accused President Young of treating his club unfairly, and has Intimated that there Is a clique In the league ' his team the worst of It. Now, Mr. Freedman at the annual meeting at Phlhi- one. . He has a deceptive drop ball and plenty of. speed when he wants to use It He has been doing some excellent pitching of late for the Washingtons, since that club has begun to work him in turns with Mercer and MeJames. His best pitching was probably against the Brooklyns, on Aug. 13, at Washington, when they made only four safe hits off hia delivery, the Washingtons winning by 7 to 3. He has also won games from the Boston, Philadelphia and Chi-' .rdgo teams; :\ -All vtltat'^ppears-negeg-:: sary to bring him out and place him before the public as a star pitcher is regular work. delphia will have to make good these charges or ha will have to apologize. The league cannot afford to rest under the scandalous charges he has made. He is reckless, and doesn't cure what he says. He must now prove his charges or acknowledge that he was wrong." three trip President Byrne, of the Brooklyn club, in discussing the proposed change Diamond Glint*. Cincinnati and Boston, we are toK have not yet made any protests on uui- 'pires. Very"good, indeed, but there is 'nothing to shtfw that either club has ye't; received the worst of it from any umpire, either at home or abroad. The Plttsburg Gazette is out with an appeal to the National League to prevent the engagement of prize flghteru as temporary players, merely for drawing purposes, by any club operating ing on stare, «-—<=. - , door; and on questioning him Mr. Loi- ralne gained his first and only piece of information. A woman, strange to the Place, had entered tho inn over night, carrying an infant underneath her Ehawl. and asked for a g ass of milk which she had drunk hastily and flitted away-Hke a ghost. Her face "•as Partially hidden, but Jock was cm-tain that she was a stranger. Stay ve« there was :something more. SK quired for the manse, and th mumper had pointed out the dlrec lion of the church and tho minister further inquiries up and down the la-o elicited no further information. Perplexed and weary the good man will neglect the splendid new five shilling waxen beauty, with Its gorgeous Inery and cling faithfully to the clis- eputable, noseless wreck of rags that iaa been Us favorite hitherto! Some- hing causes other children, besides Helen's babies, to dislike "buyed dol- ies " "ven in the presence of an article made of an old towel. This something, whatever it j a> is doubtless a great comtovt to the small girte of Washonaland,. It is an innocent, armless sort of affair, without any such disfigurement as waist or shoulders might cause, no knee joints to get uiifasten.ed, and nothing at the end of its legs to cause expense at the shoemaker's. As regards dress, it is inexpensive, the whole suit of apparel consisting of a piece of string threaded through a hole humanely bored through the head.— The Stvand. , infant in a cozy spot, and arranged Be blankets tenderly around It , SoUwW. Is she not •vi Here, in trotted back to the manse, were, in IE.udely-funmhed kitchen he found fire ournlng, his breakfast d Mysle seated by the ingle- ade wlh the child in her lap, in a voluble conversation with the old sex- Novelty In Typo A new idea in type material is the combination of glass with celluloid or hard rubber. The -body of the type IB made of rubber or celluloid upon which glass-topped letters are firmly cemented. In order that the face of the type in' the form may not touch, the extreme face is a trifle smaller than the body portion. Great advantages are claimed for this sort of type, among them being that glass will wear very much longer than metal, and the print will therefore be sharper and clearer. With the slightly elastic base and the small sections in which the letters are made there is but IHUe danger of said: JOHN H. SWAIM. "As matters now stand, with ton, breakage, even with very rapid work the twelve-club league base ball Is either a feast;or a,famine.. Our clubs are so long away frP.m home that the public" forget them, and so long at home that the patronage falls off, particularly when a number of the weaker clubs have many dates in succession. I gee much to commend in the two- serlea-three-trip system, and I think that it has a chance for trial in the league IE we find that we can arrange dates so as to get from city to city. Jumps like those from St. Louis to Boston are the most serious obstacle to a schedule built on this plan. So favorably have many of the clubs been Impressed \vUh the idea of under the national agreement. The one Baltimore player who is universally respected and liked, because he never mixes in any kick put up by his fellow Orioles, is Willie Keeler. He demonstrates that one can be a winning ball player without being a flannel mouthed kicker. It Is reported that Chicago has stolen a march on other clnbs and signed outfielder Gilboy, of Buffalo. Why does Chicago want any new infleldera 01 outflolders? The present team Is Cast enough, and only needs another first- class battery.— Ex. It is settled that the Cincinnati wil not train at New Orleans next spring Manager Ewing says that the Creacen City climate is too damp and that the players ure not benefited by the race in progress there at that season of th year. During the Montreal-Springflelc game recently Jimmy Baunon called Umpire Mason a vile name and Mason struck him on the jaw. Tom Banuon of Montreal ran in from left fleld and .struck Mason. They were separtod and th* game went on. Louisville made no mistake when it ' outfielder Nance. He covers a OSSIBLY evef* man about to marry experiences a novel inward flutter when crucial hour arrives and brings the altar Into sight,, but It is not often, that one hears of a-, prospective bus-' band whose nerve deserts him to the extent that ho fights shy of the cere- (1 « fp mony at the last moment and alloWfl the brids to leave the church without having changed her name^ says Happy, Thoughts. Hitches of this startling kind do, however, now and then occur. The bridegroom has not the courago to face the public ordeal, and the situation becomes both humorous and dramatic. A most amusing attack ofi "nerves" of this order was witnessed: by a large crowd at a country church, not long since. The bridegroom watt late in arriving. When at length ho came abreast of the church gates,'i'.eat- ed and flurried, the sight of hia whltd- , robed life partner in the mltUt u£ an imposing party fairly scattered what courage he had summoned for th» ( occasion. He turned and made, offl across country as fast as his shaking 1 legs would carry him. The crowd and a number of his indignant friends pursuing him, he took refuge up a tree, and no remonstrances would induce him to descend and go through the ceremony. He paid rather dearly for his 1 cowardice, however, for the hrida promptly Jilted him and walked to the same church with a bolder man a few months later. At another church in the neighborhood a number of people who had flocked to' see a popular local couple made one were curiously disappointed. When it came to the turn of the bridegroom to give utterance to his vows he was found to be tongue- tied by sheer nervousness. The longer they waited for him to raeover tl.-a worse he became, and finally, white asi a ghost, he wheeled about and run outj t of the building. As no amount of jeers 1 or encouragement served to induce him 1 to attempt the ordeal a second time he ( perforce remained in single misery. Plenty of humorous instances havei ! been recorded where the intended husband, brave enough in his wpoing.hos found himself unable to stand and be, publicly married. One gentleman be-| came so unnerved at sight of the swell-i ing assembly and the preparations 1hat| he slipped into the vestry and locked) himself in until the registrar lost pa-i tlence and the ceremony had to bei abandoned. In another case a .missing! bridegroom was discovered locked in: his bedroom at home and sheer forcei had to be used by his friends before* he could be-induced to walk to thei church. As it turned out he was too! late. The bride felt herself justified in; declining to fulfill her part of the contract with so diffident a partner. But perhaps as unique an example of what may be termed "altar fright" as any known was one which causiud quite a sensation in a midland town somet years ago. The circumstances were peculiar enough to bear repetition. A ; young man, standing at the altar with.' the future participant of his joys and! sorrows, suddenly tainted when asked to declare his willingness to take a wife 1 and had to be carried home in a cab. Later he essayed to enter the lista of matrimony with more success, hut, strange to say, his nervousness again reached such a pitch that he swooned at precisely the same part of the proceedings. When on a third occasion the same weakness overcame him as oon as he entered the church Jt be-' ame evident that his physical cour- ige was not equal to the ordeal. Wlit.'th- »r the bride declined to look foolish or a fourth time or whether ttu; cerev nony was subsequently performed ln ; irivate was not told. Brides, it is in- eresting to note, do not appear to auf-' 'er from any such backwardness.: fhelr nervousness seems to be of a' different order and it is seldom or', never that one hears of a case where; Ihe lady has failed to come up to thej "lino" through mere dread of publicity. Where MUBtB«hes Are l»»rre«]. Time was in England when the em-' •jloyes of banks might not wear beards; or mustaches. This restriction has in •ilmost every instance long been removed. One exception still remains. The historic house of Coutts, where royalty keeps its private accounts, de-; dines to alter the rule of a by-gone age, and visitors to its ancient walls will' note that its employes present a ve- markably trim and smart appearance, The younger clerks yearning 1'or those, hirsute adornments so dear to budding adolescence have recently memorialised 1 the partners on this subject, but, alasl without success. great deal of ground, judges fly balls accurately, and is a very hard hitter and fast runner. Ho does not plajr with any frills and furbelows, but h« generally gees everything he goes aft- The death is recorded in England. Sameul Harradau, father of Harraden, \vb,Q >yrpte Wife (revisiting the scene of her betrothal)— I< remember, Algernon, so. well when you proposed to me, how. painfully embarrassed you were. Algernon—Yes, deav; and I vowember s« well how kind aud encouraging you- wore, and how very easy you made it' tor me, after all. . han' the testh formed, r?T7,.t , Koc,n

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