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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, February 9, 1898
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oily ty (he oaken newtt /\jtseythihking no one nighj Oto ciitclj the dainty jewet^J j^ss her on the sty..' HJery cautiously and still ! Tibloe, making not asigrt» And 1 bear— "I woncter win I Get d Valentine?'^ , -she's .sune lo have one. Wffrd \ Wh&t will wi'nsome poljy say i — Will -she icorrt my heart if offered. On the good Sajnts day? o -* L THE LOST YEARS. r WO crimson spots appeared upon Miss Jemima's pale face when she heard the gatelatch c 1 i c U. She knew that her brother was bringing in the mail.and as he entered the , room she bent low- /?>-er over her work, __^, her crochet needle flew"faster and she coughed a slight cough. She knew, without looking up, that her brother brought in a pile o£ valentines in his hand, and that when presently he should have finished distributing them to his eager sons and daughters, her nephews and nieces, he would come and bring one to her— or else? He would not do this last. It was this dread that brought the crimson spots to her cheeks. If there was one for her he would presently come, and leaning over her shoulder, he would say, as he dropped upon her lap the larger, handsomer one than all the others: "This looks mighty suspicious, Sis Mimic;" Each year for seven years her brother had tenderly handed his sister her valentine. After he had seen the look of pain and confusion that followed Us playful teasing in presenting the lirst one, he had never more than relieved the moment by a passing jest. The regular coming of "Aunt Jemima's valentine" was a mystery in the ihousehold. i It had been thirteen years since she .had quarreled with Eli Taylor, her lover, and they had parted in anger, never to meet again. Since then she had stayed at home.and quietly grown old. Fourteen years ago she had been in the flush of this, her only romance, and St. Valentine's day had brought a ^great, thick envelope, in which lay, fragrant with perfume, a gorgeous valentine. The oldest children had been very small when this resplendent confection had come into their home. Some ci! tlMn h:icl not been born, but they had all grown up in the knowledge of it. Shortly after she received it there •arose a foolish lovers' quarrel—Eli had gone away in anger—and that had 'been the end. Disputes over trifles are the hardest to mend, each party finding it difficult to forgive the other for being angry for so slight a cause. And so the years had passed. For ten long years the beautiful valentine had lain carefully put away. its time-stained face and caught its musty odor, she seemed to realize again the very body of her lost love, and for the first time in all the years the fountains of her sorrow were broken up, and she sobbed her tired heart out over the old valentine. Is there a dead-hearted woman in all God's beautiful world, I wonder, who would not weep again, if she could, over some of life's yellowing symbols —symbols of love gone by, of passion cooled—who would not feel almost as if in the recovery of her tears she had found Joy again? For the first time since the separation, she clasped the valentine to her bosom and called her lover's name over and over again, sobbing it, without hope, as one in the death agony. Miss Jemima, in her suddenly realized young-love setting, had become, to her own consciousness, old and of a date gone by. But there is apt to come a time In "THIS LOOKS MIGHTY SUSPICIOUS, SIS MIMIE." For five years Jemima had looked at it With tearless eyes and a hardened heart. And then came the memorable first anniversary when the children u£ the household began to celebrate the 4ay, and tiny comic pictured pages began flitting in from their school eweet- |n the yputhful jnerriweijt of those pudding romances Miaa Jemima seemed to see a sort of reflectipn of her pwu |t p^e f^lt Impelled to go to her own ropm. and to lock the door and look at old valentine. ,»»w, ftrange, t/ewor abo^ heart and an unsteady baud ehe THE FOUNTAINS OR HER SORROW WERE BROKEN. the life of the live single woman of forty—if she be alive enough—when in the face of even negative and affectionate disparagement she is moved to declare herself. One thing, indeed, it was to own a yellow, time-stained valentine, anil quite a different one to bo of the dimpled throng who crowded the Jonesville postofflco on Valentine's day. "I reckon them young ones would think it was perfec'ly re-dic'lous ef I was to git a valentine at my time of life," Miss Jemima said, aloud, to her looking glass one morning. It was the day before St. Valentine of the year following her day of tears. "But I'll show 'em!" she added, with some resolution, as she turned to her bureau drawer. And she did show them. On the next day a great envelope addressed to Miss Jemima Martha Sprague came in with the package of lesser favors, and Miss Jemima suddenly found herself the absorbing center of a new Interest—an Interest that after having revolved about her awhile flew off in suspicion toward every superannuated bachelor or widower within a radius of thirty miles of Jonesville. For ten years her self-sent valentine was a mystery to the other members of the family. As the years passed, if her brother began to suspect, he made no sign of it save in an added tenderness. And, of course, he could not know. On the anniversary upon which this little record of her life had opened, the situation was somewhat exceptional. The valentine had hitherto always been mailed in Jonesville—her own town. This postmark had been notec and commented upon, and yet it luu seemed impossible to have it otherwise. But this year, in spite of man> complications and difficulties, she hac resolved that the envelope should tel a new story. The farthest point from which, with in her possible acquaintance, it would naturally hail was the railroad town of—let us call it Hope. 'The extreme difficulty in the case lay in the fact that tho postofflce here wai kept by her old. Jover, KJi Taylor- Here, for ten years, he had lived hi reticent bachelor days, selling plpwi and garden seed and 'cotton prints and medicines, and keeping .postof a small corner of his store. Jemima pondered upon < pf sending h,&rpU a Valentin |W old lover's haMa, the f <r of the scheme began to change from mpossible green to rosy red. | Instead of dreading, she began ar- lently to desire this thing. But the only possible plan I:T which ihe could manage secretly to have the ralehtine mailed in Hope—a plan over which she had lost sleep, and in which he had been finally aided by an illiterate colored servant going there, to eturn next day—it must reach her on he day before Valentine's. This day md come and gone, and her valentine had not returned to her. Had the negro failed to mail it? Had it remained all night in the postofflce—in possession of her lover? Would she ver see It again? Would her brother ever, ever, ever get through with the children and finish giving out their valentines? • Miss Jemima had not long to wait, and yet it seemed an age, before the distribution was over, and she felt •ather than saw her brother moving n her direction. "Bigger an' purtier one 'n ever for Aunt 'Mimie this time—looks to me Ike," he said, as at last he laid the great envelope upon her trembling inee. "Don't reckon it's anything extry— n partic'lar," she answered, not at all mowing what she said, as she con- inued her work, leaving the valentine tfhere he had dropped it: not touch- ng it, indeed, until she presently wound up her yarn in answer to the upper-bell. Then she took it, with her work-basket, Into her own room, md dropping it into her upper bureau drawer, turned the key. As she sat to-night looking at the utslde of the envelope, turning it over •md over in her thin hands, great hot ears fell upon it and ran down upon ler fingers, but she did not heed hem. It was even dearer now than ever before, after this recent passage hrough her lover's hands. At this nought she raised it lovingly and laid t against her cheek. Could he have mndled it and passed it on without a bought of her? Impossible. And ince he had thought of her, what must lave been the nature of his thoughts? Was he jealous—jealous because somebody else was sending his old sweet- icart a valentine? This year's envelope, selected with great pains and trouble from a sample atalogue and ordered from a distant Ity, was a fine affair profusely decorated with love symbols. For a long time Miss Jemima sat njoylng the luxury of nearness to her over that the unopened envelope -had brought her before she felt inclined o confront the far-away romance typified by the yellowed sheet within. And ret she wanted to see even tills again —to realize its recovery. And so, with thoughts both eager md fearful, she finally inserted a hair- Jin carefully in the envelope, ripping t open delicately on two sides, so that t might come out without injury to ts frail, perforated edges. Then, care- ully holding its sides apart, she shook t. And now—Something happened. One of God's best traits is that He doesn't ell all He knows—and sees. How "Miss Jemima felt or acted, whether she screamed or fainted, no one will ever know, when, instead of he familiar pictured thing, there fell nto her lap a beautiful, brand-new valentine. It was certainly a long time before she recovered herself enough to take he strange thing Into her hands, and vhen she did so, It was with fingers hat trembled so violently that a bit of paper that came within the valen- ine fluttered and fell beyond her •each. There it lay for fully several minutes before she had strength to nove from her seat to recover it. There was writing on the fluttering ragment, but what it was and why Miss Jemima wept over it and read it again and again are other trifling hings that perhaps God does well not o tell. The details of other people's romances are not always Interesting to outsiders. However in this particular case, it may be interesting to know that the woman who took charge of the old SHE LAID IT LOVINGLY AGAINST HER CHEEK. lover's room In Hope and who had an investigating way with her, produced seven or eight torn scraps of paper collected at this period from 1 scrap basket, on each one of which was written, in slightly varying terms bits of rough sketches of a note in which occurred broken sentences like the following: "—sending you this new valentine Just, as hearty as I sent the old one eighteen years-—" "You sha'nt never want for a fresh PRO again every year long as J live unless you take—'' "—If you waat the ol<J one bacjs a§ftiu anj me alpng wjtfc |t," . following gay, and 8 good njany ipter- things 'happened in quick suc- ceasifih. And then? There Was a little, quiet, middle- aged wedding in the church on Easter Sunday. It Was the old lover's Idea :o have it then; as he said their happiness was a resurrection from the dead, and belonged to the Easter season, and there was no one to object. Miss Jemima showed her new valentine to the family before the wedding :ame off, but in spite • of all their coaxing and begging, she observed a rigid reticence In regard to all those ;bat had come between that and the old one; and so, seeing the last one actually in evidence, and rejoicing, in ber happiness, they would only smile and whisper that they supposed he and she had been "quar'lin 1 it out on them valentines." "I ain't fitten for you, Jemimy, honey, no mo'n I was eighteen years ago," he said, his arm timidly Idcklng her chair, the night before the wedding, "but ef you keered enough about me to warm over the little valentine I sent you nigh twenty year ago, and to make out to live on It, I rackon I can keep you supplied with jest ez good ez thet, fresh every day an' hour. But befo' I take you into church I want to all yo' attention to the fac' thet I'm a criminal li'ble to the state's prison for openin' yo' mail—an' if you say so, why, I'll haf to go." "Well, Ell," Miss Jemima answered, quite seriously, "ef you're li'ble to state's prison for what you have done, I don't know but I am worthy to go to a hotter place—for the deceit I've practiced." "Well," said Ell, "I reckon ef the truth was told, the place where we jest nachelly both b'long is the insane asylum—for the ejiots we've acted. When I reflect that I might 'a' been ex happy ez I am now eighteen year ago, an',think about all the time we've lost— Well— How comes it that Easter comes so late this year, anyhow?" FINIS. FIFTY-FIFTH CONGRESS. SESATE. Washington, Jan. 31 .-To-day's sessiot of the senate lasted six hours. Iwo of tn« general appropriation bills, that for tn Eruptions On the Face " I was troubled ' N a February morning, in the classic days of old, A gallant youth sat dreaming of a maid with curls of gold. Her voice was sweeter than a flute, her step was like a queen's, And not a waist In all the town was neat as Bveleen's. Oft before her Ivied window in the snowdrifts or the dew He had lingered, looking fondly at the tapers shining through, But the maiden was as bashful as her beauty was divine, So now he sought to woo her with a dainty valentine. Before him on the table lay a rose of velvet red. A fillet wrought of silver just to fit her curly head, A string of coral, rosy like her glowing finger tips, And frosted sugnr plums to melt like kisses on her lips. And yet he could not make a choice, till Cupid, straying near, Behind his gilded quiver hid a smile that held a sneer; "Go write," he said, "a pretty note, and ask her to be thine, And seal it with a kiss to send by old St. Valentine." The lover took a scented sheet, in hue of palest pink, And on it with a slender quill he wrote in blackest ink: "Dear Eveleen!—sweet Eveleen! thy name is my delight, It maketh music in my heart from morning until night. 'Tis mating time for all the birds, and happy things are they, But I am left a lonely man to sigh my life away— To sigh my life away, my love, if thou wilt not be mine. Oh, come to me, fair Eveleen, and be my Valentine!" Across the purple eventide, and over hill and dale The moon, a silver crescent, flung her glory like a veil. And still he sat a-dreamlng of the lips he longed to kiss, When inward swung the oaken door— what vision fair was this? A slight and graceful ligure all in ruby velvet dressed, With a tear upon her lashes, and a lily on her breast. , He felt her arms about him in their snowy whiteness twine; "I come to thee, my dearest love, to bo thy Valentine!" Oh, ye laggard lover pining like the youth of olden times For a shy and lovely maiden, find a lesson in my rhymes, Do not woo her at a distance, sighing at her garden gate, Lest another boldly enters and you find yourself too late. Do not send her cards of satin scattered o'er with flying doves, And a wreath of roses tended by a host of dimpled Loves, But a frankly written letter, with your heart in every line; And ghe will come, like Eveleen, and be your Valentine. —Minna Irving. army carrying $23,243,403 and that for the legislative, judicial and executive depart monts, carrying $31,058,520, were passed, the latter consisting of 121 pages, occupy ing the attention of the senate during the greater part of the session. After a briei executive session the senate adjourned. HOUSE. The house buried the Teller resolution, declaring the bonds of the United State; payable in silver, under an adverse majority of fifty votes. The republicans wort solidly arrayed in opposition, with two_exceptions. Mr. Liuney, of North Carolina who voted with the democrats and populists, and Mr. White of North Carolina, the only colored person in the house who answered "present" when his name was called. The desertions from the democratic side were Mr. McAleer of Pennsylvania and Mr. Elliott of South Carolina. Both voted with the republicans against the proposition. The vote was reached after five hours of debate under a special order adopted at the opening of the session to-dnv. SENATE. Washington, Feb. 1.— The senate spent almost its entire time in executive session debating the Hawaiian annexation treaty. A motion by Tliurston to postpone consid oration till March 1 was voted down. Platt of Connecticut spoke for the treaty and Whito of California andPettigrewof South Dakota against it. HOUSE. The house devoted most of. the session tc the District of Columbia appropriation bill but had not completed it at the time ol adjournment. Some politics was injected into the debate just at the close. SENATE. Washington, Fob. 2.— Beyond the reading of the agricultural appropriation bill and agreeing to the amendments proposed by the committee, the senate transacted no business of importance in open session to-day. The greater part of tltc afternoon was passed in executive session, the discussion being upon the Hawaiian annexation treaty. nouKii. The house, after three days, spent on. the District of Columbia appropriation bill. mostly in political discussion, passed the measure, and then took up the bill to provide fortiilKiitions and coast defenses of tho country. SENATE. Washington, Feb. 3.— As a result of tiia German order prohibiting the importation of American fruits, Mr. Davis, chairman of the committee on foreign relations, presented a resolution calling on the president for correspondence and other information bearing on the matter. Agreed to. The agricultural appropriation bill, carrying £8,537,203, after being slightly amended, was passed. A r-liprt executive session was held. IIOCSE. The lipuse spent the day ostensibly considering the fortiflcatious appropriation bill. In reality the- major portion of the time was consumed in tlio discussion of political topics. The existence of prosperity in this country was again the mum question of. dispute. SENATE. Washington, Feb. 4. — Lindsay, of Kentucky, replying to the resolution adopted by the Kentucky legislature asking him to support the Chicago platform or resign, said his views were those of ;i majority of his state, and they wero well Iniown when he was elected to the senate. Ho denied the right of the legislature to demand his resignation, and refused to give up his seat. No business of importance was transacted und adjournment was taken till Monday. HOUSE. The whole day was consumed in passing eighteen of tho twenty-four private pension bills favorably acted upon last Friday night. Incidentally tho approaching sale of tho Kansas Pacific railway was discussed, the democrats urging that tho administration bo empowered to bid the full amount of the debt, principal and interest. HOUSE. I Washington, Feb. 5.— The house during its entire session had under consideration the bill making appropriations for fortifications and coast defenses. Little interest seemed to bo manifested in the proceedings, less than one-half of the members being present during the session. The bill was passed by tho house, carrying $4,144,912, against $9.517,141 last year. face as face I thought I would give Hood's Su- eaparilla a trial, and after taking a few botUes I was cured. I nm now also free subject for some time." C. E. TC6 Milwaukee Street, Milwaukee, Hood's Sarsaparilla c True Blood Purifier. A WINTKB SONG. n , TV, To-who; to-who, a merry note, doth keel the pot. . When roasted crabs buss in the bowl, Then nightly sl njjf *S£. starl * ' To-whit. to-who, a merry note, While greasy -loan doth keel the pot. wnne bK-u^j —Shakespeiv. Mnny 1'eopln Ciinnot Drink coffee at night. It spoils their sleep. You can drink Orain-O when you please and sleep like a top. For Gram-O does not stimulate; it nourishes, cheers and feeds Yet it looks and tnstes like the best coffee. For nervous persons, young people and children Gram-O is the perfect drink. Made from pure grams. Get a package from your grocer to-ttay. Try it in place of coffee. 15 and ^5c. Irregular eyebrows may he trained to grow in the requisite arch with the aid of a tiny tooth brush and a little vase- line. ' To Cure Constipation Jforever. Tnko Onscnrofs Cnnrtv Cathartic. 1Uo or 25o if C. C. C. fall to miro ilni|ij. r ists refund money. CLiua hns established a consulate at Warsaw, with the object of promoting trade between Poland und Manchuria. Star Tobacco Is the leading brand of the world, because it is the best. If it were not for our fathers many of us would have to select our political parties for ourselves. Conglilng; Lends to Consumption. Kemp's Balsam will stop the cough at once. Go to your druggist to-day and get a sample bottle free. Sold in 25 and GO cent bottles. Go at once; delays are dangerous. One objection to budamg genius is that it is inclined to blow. "Love never dieth," We learn this as a. promise. We get, after such suffering as involves a* it were a new birth ana 5 Qther .ftWJjWw, tQ know It f*s experience.—Qeorjje g, Merrlam, Jowa rutciit Office Report. DKS MOINES, Feb. 2.—Ten patents were issued last week to Iowa inventors by the acting commissioner. In the Court of Appeals Judge Morris has recently given the following: "The fact that a party does not know that a rival has entered the field is no excuse for delay, since the risk that a rival may appear at any time is something which any inventor is bound to contemplate and to anticipate, and in this lies the fundamental reason for the requirement of due diligence." The earlier an inventor can complete his invention and get his application for a patent on record in the United States Patent office, the better. "When, however, the invention is not complete but shows patentable invention we can prepare and Hie applications incomplete and add improvements within a year from the date of filing so that the record evidence will afford a good degree of protection to the first and earliest part of an invention to which improvements are subsequently made to perfect it. A number of such applications for different tmbjects have been filed by us in the U. S. Patent office this week and will await further actions of the inventors to complete and prosecute their claims. Valuable information about obtaining, valuing and selling patents sent free to any address. THOMAS G. OKWIG & Co., Solicitors of Patents. Over a,000,000 canary birds are annually bred in Germany, and brin revenue of $3,000,000. London has three vegetarian restaurants. In the three an average of 1,550 dinners are daily served. In one, of them potatoes arc cooked in fourteen different ways. The Alaskans trap bears by tying e, piece of whalebone, in the shape of an N, in <v piece of meat. 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