Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on August 30, 1896 · Page 12
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 12

Logansport, Indiana
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Sunday, August 30, 1896
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BAB ON THE DEAR DEPARTED The Clever Writer's Experience at a Country Burial. FUn-klii, OrutiBo County, K. Y., August 20, ISOli. ,-\Ve ImvL' liiid considerable excitement. There lius Ueeu a death iu the Tillage. The (,'ouUumnu who died was BO less to Ihe community, but once it wns voully known that he \viis no longer-olive, the peeuliai- majesty of death siiirouudod him tuul everybody agreed that, after all be hud beeu his own worst'enemy, and his fnalts had luirt uobody but him.wlf. This is always snid about an utterly worthless man. Tlie uunoiuK-iMiii'ut ol' I he ruucrnl came to TIS iu this Conn. A. lous, lanky, sub- diJOdiloolcinfr imlivUlual, wearing a silk Mt Hint, had once been fresh and now was decidedly shabby looking, •srcontliod, I may say swathed, in crape, and' having two Ions weepers at the buck, nppeared at the front door. His (minis, long :uul nervous, were covered- by ill-IlttluK black cotton -loves. Following the easy tashiou of the house, I opened the trout door. He thrust at me, without a word, a small • tray von which in-posed :i black-bordered epistle. >T''or a moment I thought be wfts-ivhsit the cliildren call "the b;id mau""!i.nd that he had come for me. andlikv the young lady described by Ml 1 .-- 'Riley, I should be switched ' ttfotifth "tlie ceiliu' before I knowed what I was about." At a second glance, I saw there was a-ribbon, a black one, about tlie letter, iced the purport of the whole perform- iince chiwncd on me. With a solemnity that wu:< us sudden as it was real, I took up the letter, untied the ribbon and'found that, on the black-bordered paper, was written the announcement of "the deatli of lames Philip Gmlgius. aged 72. might lie rest in peace, and •we were invited to come to the funeral. T tied "up what might be called the UTER-AKY REMAINS OF JAMKS T HI LIP and told the bearer that we would be there. He looked at me and Inquired. "Any cards?" At first I wr.s going to say that T would draw to a straight, but it; gnidnally dawned on me that this w-as not a poker game, but some social point that I did not understand. Aunt Maria, hearing the conversation, appeared on'the .scene, took up the literary; remains of James Philip Gud- gjns. nntlccl and read them, rushed into ibc house and brought out one of my cards, one of Nanny's and one of 'Obcle Timoth's which had been written by the hotel clerk when ho was on 10s wedding trip. These were laid upon the tray, and it was supposed, by • 'me at least, that James Phillip's ideas of etiquette were now satislled. Aunt Maria seemed surprised that I bad never heard of this way of announcing a funeral. She said it was. aristocratic, and she also said that it wus- very praiseworthy In James Philip's widow to take- so much trouble about him, because, when he was lir- iug, ho had been so slighted in his ways. I do not know wliy funerals lit the country always take place In tUe- heat of the afternoon, but they do. Long- before the time the fences, the piazza* and the horse block wore decorated with the men and boys from the Tillage who have ,. COME TO SEC THE SHOW. ' Later on, those who have been honored with invitations as well as all the Kin, drive up, the men suffering agony . in their black clothes, and the women, in a subdued way, having a very good trine. I refused to enter the house, and Uncle Timothy told me atterwards tlint Jim Philip looked quite natural, though he had paled some, especially about the uose. From what I had lifcard; of Jim Philip I Imagined that tclsi was Jin improvement. Going to tlie 1 funeral, we took iu Mis' Tomlin- aon; and I never knew before how agreeable she was. She is great on funeral manners, and she toad her handkerchief at just the riglit angle while her little finger, clothed in black, poked out as It should, and she wept . in a lady-like .fashion, dropping a tear about every hnlt hour and not allowing herself to become excited. She told us o£ widowers, who had mourned for three weeks and then gotten married; ' a'lio'toM us of widows who could not bear to Took at the dead, and who had been' frirtiug with the deacons after thb 1 funeral. Indeed, Mis' Tomllnson made me think that people were very foolish to die, Inasmuch ns their going . meant entire forgetfnlness of thein.and •click" goodness. Uncle Timothy, who Jius- a decided sense of humor, added jafe'funernl story. He said ho heard of on Irish funeral whore the children of ttte deceased sent a wreath marked "Papa," as the flowers were lifted from th'e hearse to be put on the grave, tlie jffrst-lciter dropped offr and to the hor- ror'of Ih'f family, it was seen that THE: WHEATH. WAS MARKED "APA." , This -was'enough. The dead man was forgotten, ami the honor and glory of County Kbscommon was maintained. Tnecc was a free flght, and a .collec- tion was taken up for the widow, whose only regret was that her man was not there to throw back the Insult with a hot Iron. But I think mine was the best funeral story. My mother had a maid named Em- nu'lUie, who had lived with her foi 1 many years. She was a typical South- darky'with an admiration I'or bright colors, a laugh as che'ert'ul as possible, an Immense amount, of sympathy for anybody who was ill or iu trouble, a reverence for the family m which she lived, the Southern ability to cook when It was necessary, a belief that nobody was like her "Missy," nud admiration for mourning nnfl n delight in a funeral that nobody could surpass. For years Emmeline's father had been known to the family as "Uncle Cole." This good old-colored gentleman puld us an occasional visit, and there was a rumor that his age was some place in the neighborhood of one hundred and •twenty-live and that he was U'KELY TO LIVE KOREVEU.. No cavalier ever surpassed Uncle Cole in gallantry: while his knowledge in regard to who was who and what was what, was so great that hy would have been a wonderful Help to ihe compiler of ,'in American Burke. Late one niffht. the news -was brought by a. small boy that Uncle Cole was dead, and "tluit: Kmmeline, she had better hurry up to look at the remains, and that Sis said she had better bring all the money she had." Emmeline had not been living amid her present surroundings and to her age without having due respect, for appearances, consequently, that night she started out to borrow her mourning and the 'next day, escorted by three enormous darkios, her special admirers, she went oil' to the train that would tiiko'her where Uncle Cole had abided. The procession, as It went down tlie hill, was touching in tlie extreme. ' Kmmcliue is very light iu color and has a very trim figure. She seemed shrouded in a long crape veil. She leaned on the arm of her favored admirer, Theodore, a famous cook in a restaurant, while the less favored adorers walked arm. in arm behind. The darkies for at least two blocks down the street gazed at this pageant with admiration, and wherever Emmo- llne thonght the group was big enough she rested her head on Theodore's shoulder, and' mournfully sobbed out, "Uncle Cole were always decent to me." Sunday was the day set for the funeral, consequently Emmeline's admirers were expected to go out on that day. They were met at the station by a sniii.ll boy familiarly known as '•Ragged Jim." He greeted them with a smile, and inquired, "Gentlemen, I hopes you has brought your weep- ings?" They proved this by bringing forth two razors and a pistol. Then Ragged Jim escorted the aristocratic contingent to the house. Emmeline and Sis, the oldest sister, had evidently had a quarrel for they wore sitting one, at one end, and one at the other end. of poor Uncle Cole's coffin. Uncle Cole himself had frequently told me, "Mammy, she had had fifteen head of children," but at the funeral only thirteen were present. In time, the preacher appeared on tlie scene, and to Emmeline's consternation, was seized by Sis, who talked to him for a long time, after which he suggested that the funeral now be started with the solemnity due the occasion. Emmeline and Theodore walked together, while the GENTLEMEN WITH THE "WEEP- INGS" were just behind thenv The church reached, the thirteen head of children all seated, the preacher began,. "Sister Chloe, weep; your father is dead. Brother Juniper, weep; your father is dead! M;iry Jane weep; your father Is dead!" This was kept up until twelve were named and Emmelino was left out There was an insult she would not stand, and so she raised up in all her majesty and her crape veil, and asked , "Is I nskin' too much when I iloqnircs why I Is left out." At the other end of the 'bench stood tip Sis with the answer: "Uncle Cole, he were none of your father." Back came the retort from Emmeline; "I knowed ho weren't; Tse got the best blood of the South In my veins; I'se always knowed it, but Uncle Cole, he were always, good to me, and unless I" is properly treated "at this funeral, I don't go for to give one cent toward payiu' the. preacher or the undertaker." Tills -threat probably induced the preacher to interfere, for he said, "Sister, let ns have no flecrlmina- tions." Tlie funeral went on quietly after this, poor. Uncle Cole was put in his last resting place, and the family returned to the bouse, where there was the usual dinner to serve. Theodore positively declined to partake of the feast, "Kase he never eat after woman cookin'." This lilt at the cooking made all the blood of all tue Coles boll in Sis's veins- She told Theodore thnt Emmeliub was-a demoralization, that, without a -wedding ring, she bad two small boys. Bmmellne coine. to the front with the expresslye reply, "So I has, an' what Is you doin' to keep 'cm? The State in -which I'se a free citizen is , carln' for {hem two dinkeys." After tills the "weepings" were used, the mourning garments were torn to nigs. Ragged Jim was mnde happy, and late-that night-a «gnt for a painter—Emmelluc cnme home and greeted her "Missy," with a chuckle and the information "de funeral was a grout success. We represented de •stocaoy, de borrowed veil am tattered, we got de bettor in de fight. I'll have nothing- more to do with any of de Cole family, and not one cent of mi- money shall go to pay dt- preacher, and de undertaker, mi' he needn't count on it, kase he can't take up the coffin, and he-can't have me took away by the policeman, kase Theodore said, as how if I weren't Uncle Cole's daughter, and so publicly denounced as such, the law couldn't tech me, bnt 1 does hope, Missy, that somebody will give Sis an' Chloe tho best lashin' they lias ever had." The renl ' SOUTHERN DARKY LS A JOY FOREVER in her use of words. Emmeline was very dignified as far as pronunriiition went. The last time I saw her she had entered into the marital state, uniting herself with a Keiitlema.i^whitewasher commonly known as Tommy Jenkins. Matrimony had not changed her. She invited me." when I called on her, to have a milk punch, and on my declining it she said: "Oh. do have it', little Missy, the milk cnme from an elderly cow.'" Ten minutes lianl thinking made me at last understand that Km- meline was not disparaging the milk as coming from an old fountain, but praising it as coming direct from rt beautiful AHlerney. However, the ne\v veneration of clarUies is not like the old and It: is a pity. The old nne was so full of joy: was so happy and so eager to have everybody else happy that: it Is a pity for it to die out. The .Mammy who nursed my father and me. who had been my trrandmother's maid and who sleeps at the feet of my grandmother, was a common type throughout the South, but. you don't see that type nowadays. The new maid yearns. I'or false teeth and a trunk: she is fond of medicine, and LIKES TO GO TO A WHITE DOCTOR, " She wants the hymns that are printed iu books, and no longer composes them to meet the demands of the hour. As I sny 'this I seem to hear the voice of Emmeline announcing! in clear tones: "De rocks an' de mountains will all fade away. An' we will have a new hidin' place that day." Just why Emmeline should long for a now hiding place on the resurrection dny, she does not know, but it sounds well, and the words adapt themselves to the tune. We have told so many stories that we have forgotten that we were going to Jim Philip Gndgin's funeral. Uncle Timothy has driven us around by the village, and we the at home before we- know it I do not thinK Uncle Timothy wanted to go Into the graveyard, and Mis' Tomlinson says: ^'Mrs. Jim Phillip is a woman with no emotions, so there would not have been much pleasure." "Sic traslt gloria nwindi." This is about the only Latin I know, and I trust you can translate it, because you are surely better in Latin and everything else than is • ' BAB. ADVENTURE OF TANDEM RIDERS One of Lafayette's most enthusiastic gentleman cyclists, and.the owner of a tandem wheel, lincl quite an adventure tho other night while exercising his "bicycle built for two"—the other of the couple being a young lady. They were speeding along a suburban avenue when a buggy in advance of their coiu'sc, looming up in the darkness, was suddenly by the driver turned and converted into a blockade of the road. The companion of the relnsman in the vehicle, a ma' 1 ! with a piratical cast of countenance, leaped to the ground and moved toward the approaching tandem, its • headlight showing only tho outlines of the young lady on the front saddle. The highwayman gruffly called a halt and the menace of his purpose- was most apparent until the athletic young man at the rear end of the tandem dismounted and came into the little circle of illumination with a glistening revolver in his right hand. The would-be ^"Dick Turpln" Immediately subsided', and mildly requested—not money, watches or rings—simply a "chew of tobacco," The .world is to be astonished, perhaps, by another bicycle feat, this time attempted by two young men of Hartford City named Ward and Blssett, who are out on a.tandem to make 5,000 miles in fifty-sis days. They were here Wednesday and left for Chicago. They will torn 1 the entire country. The Bicycle In Bnft Flghtn. The latest Spanish fad is to have mat- odors mounted on' bicycles instead of horses. It has not approved (Satisfactory, ns efficient aid could not be given the toreador at the,critical, moment..—Referee. ... .- • , . • . .- .'•;.-. •••• '• -"-' ention I most cordially invite the public, and especially the ladies, to call at my place of business and inspect the largest and best line of Kitchen Utensils ever shown in the city. Granite ware is a thing of the past compared with STRANSKY STEEL WARE, and the prices are far below that of Granite. A Guarantee of Five Years Given on Each Piece. H. J. CRISMOND, 312 Market Street. CHINESE HIGHBINDERS. BltterneH of the Vendetta Shcmn la • Recent Incident. The bitterness of tlie vendetta ol local Chinese merchants was shown recently iu the arrival ruid warlike preparations of ' 13 of the most notorious hatchet men iu the state. The appearance of these hifi-libindcrs and the announcement that the price held- upon the heads of Joe Gar and LeeMeeToy had been increased to $1,000 caused the greatest excitement in. the district. The news spread rapidly and agents of botli sides were on the streets, at the police sto.tions and at the Chinese consulate. It is claimed that the highbinders have b«c.n brought to this city by Lee Yip Duck, the Chinese merchant and pambler, who instigated the expulsion of the proscribed merchants from their society^ and at whose door it placed the blame lor all the recent disturbances, including 1 the murder of the Chinese clamdig-ecrs. Four Chinese have reported to the authorities that they overheard a conversation in which Lee Yip Duck guaranteed \o pay $1,000 for the life of ei.ther Joe .Gar er Lee Hee Toy. These men are willing 1 to swear to their statement and insist Uiut a series of new murders 5s being planned. Most of the Chinese hig'hbindexs -who arrived in the city are fvom Fresno. They belong- to the Bowon-Tong, the most notorious and most powerful highbinders' society in 1>hc state. Among its members-arc the most dwspcrate Chinese criminals in California. • Stevens & Bedwards, / ilumbing, Gas Fitting, Hot Water and Steam Heating HYDRANTS, HOSE, HOSE GOODS, And All Kinds of LAWN SPRINKLERS. GAS AND ELECTRIC FIXTURES. STEAM AND BRASS GOODS OF EVERY DESCRIPTION. AGENTS AT LOGANSPORT FOR / Electric Buzzers and Fans. TEMPERATURE DURING ECLIPSE The Wonderful Scientific Discovery of a French ABtronomer. The astronomers are constantly on the lookout for something 1 remarkable which may be connected with natural- phenomena. Upwards of 50 yenra .ago Prof. Marcet, of Geneva, Switzerland, .suggested that the darkening of the sun during solar eclipses- probably had. some slight effect on the. temperature. In 1852 M. Berigny, a French astrbuo- mer, commenced, some experiments, which were calculated to tcst,the truth. of the theory advanced by Prof. Mar- .cet. He provided himself with delicate instruments of the most approved pat-" tera and took 21 observations between August, 18S2, and May 3,1891. In sum-' reiog up the results of this remarkable series of observations M. Berigny says: "'I find that when the sky is free from clouds during an eclipse the temperature of the air is sensibly lowered,-but if the sky is overcast with clouds, however thin and attenuated, the temperature is increased from the moment of contact until some minutes after the eclipse is ended." Here is something certainly w.on.- 'Jcrful, the most remarkable point. nbout It being the fact that during. cloudy weather the temperature rises : frcim 'the moment of contact! And the moon is 240,000 milesjiviay, too. COOKERY HERBS. E»ery noniewlle BhonKJ tJnderft»nd ud Cultivate Their U»«i. Iferbs "used in.-cookery, while they may-be-purchased in thfe markets of |£o larger cities of the United States, arc, rarely procurable Jn. those of eiualle^ towns. To the average ruralist they ttiw unknown, or, if known, their use is ik>» understood. la first rate cookery, which is one of delicate combinations; and flavors, they ore absolutely indjs-; ipensable, and th«Ir Absence therefrom is quickly detected by cultivates palates. Chives, tarragon, chcvril, savory, sorrel, etc., may be_ grown with little, trouble cither out of doors or ir. ; boxes in the house. Pulverized dried herbs-that; are BOldJn'bo.tties-.or.tin are of little value; For flavorlng-purposea they arc ha-rdly^more'e ; fl'cctive than' so much dried dust. Sorrel soup, on account of its pleasantly acid,-flavor,.is much in vogue in Europe." Here'it is almost entirely unknown, and is rarely or ever served except in fa'njilics oi foreign origin or at restaurants that en- courage'a special clientele. Of oil the herbs only sog« rnd mint arc in universal use with us.. For this "boon we -!are indebted' to the • favor-, accorded, •sausages!'und the popularity; .bt-tns "mint julep." '-' • YANKEE 'ENTERPRISE NEEDED. Good Field In Centrnl America for Am«r- \ cun riuck and Ingenuity. ' Taken as a whole. Central America offers a fair field for foreign enterprise, •says the North-American,Beview. .By young men of self-denying and.sober naoiis, possessing a capital o'f'fr&m. $5,000 amd a tolerable knowledge • ol the. Spanish language, success either Jp commerce, agriculture or mining- may be confidently counted upon,- but ttcJJ must avoid all interference in. local pol- il ics. In these, as in all other countries,! the foreigner whose character and modo^ at life command respect, will very Seldom, if even-suffer molestation at th« hands of -the authorities, Tho Nicaragua canal, if once commenced la .earnest, will open, up tho almost inexhaustible resources of that republic, and the engineering worlts alone tqJl, offer lucrative employment to thousands of foreigners. Its physical difficulties are insignificant compared with.those, which Lesscps never overcame oil the Isthmus of Panama; .and.-perbape tfte greatest; obstacle to' contend' "witi^-ty the silting of the alluvial deposits "at the mouth of the San; Juan river, the. Atlantic entrance tO"the : canal. Its whole length will be 104' English miles,' 110 of which are included in. the grea^ lake of Nicaragua, 134'm0es above 0)^ sea level, whose total superficial are* 'in 3,668 English nquaro miles, belngj 30 miles long and 25 jni'cs broad, With an-average depth of five fathoms. . ' : .rench'Thrift, ' A French railway has hit upon a. new; source of revenue. In the future, pffo-j We who accompany their friends tofinjh of ,the stations on that line to see them! off. will only be admitted to tic. plat* form on payment of a fee, of one- pefaay^ as"thiK railway is the largest in Fronfic, b considerable yearlyi0um ia cxpectea to be >aerive4 from this source. :

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