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1 Woolly Wisp
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g By Jlolia HoraW Hamlin. j
THE mere fact that he -was a sheep
grave him a woolly reputation. He
liafl not always flocked with Virginia's
denizens, yet he lived there when that
place reeked of wild, western life, and
the sheep seemed not at alLout of his
element on the gay C'orastock Lode.
Woolly was a derelict, a lone lamb
when first he entered Virginia's pre
cincts, abandoned by a careless shep
herd and pursued by coyotes into the
very heart of that bustling- mining'
camp. The miners were just chang
ing shifts when the lambkin darted
down C street, night shadows threw a
gloom abroad, and the diminutive, flit
ting white olrjt?:.-t mystified the miners
sis they trooped homewards. One
thick-tonjvued individual shouted out:
"Look at it, boys! Tis a will o' wisp!"
The "wisp" bleated pitifully, and the
merry men laughed loudly as they be
held a timid lamb. "Not will o' wisp,
c 1.... I..,.:,1..n.r wn(1ll,r nno I
In such fahsion did the sheep come
by his name, and from that date
Woolly Wisp played a privileged role
in Virginia's circles. No one person
claimed him. . He was public prop
erty, and consequently Woolly's
bringing up lacked a certain propor
tion of home influence so essential
to the proper training of j oung things.
The first real wicked deed Woolly en
acted endeared him to the whole bevy
of school children. If the sheep had
reasoning powers, one would be in-
eliEfd to believe he maliciously
planned his assault against Prof. Wig
stie, principal of the Virginia schools.
ihe principal adhered to tlie roa i
motta, and the pupils hated him much.
and reared him more. 1'rot. vvigsiie
"was partial to tan shoes; he eared not
what style they were so long as the
color gleamed yellow. His most recent
;acrjfiusition in .shoe leather made glad
his heart a glaring saffron shade, and
soles that squeaked in a minor key,
tibus attracting not .only the eye but
,tbe car as well.
Tsolly Wisp stood in a side street
osf bright morning. The hang of his
head bespoken dejectedness; a bat
terrd tin can, suffixed, explaining his
bad mood. Woolly frequently rattled
tin-ts.are through the precipitous
streCm on Mt. Davidson's slopes. It
always ruffled his temper, which was
pretty average bad at its best. While
,foroJing in this ugly state of mind, a
taU, spare man with vividly yellow and
noisy shoes adorning his pedal extrem
ities squeaked by in insolent complai
' sance. Woolly stamped his foot; the
can clattered behind him off he went,
-jnot like, but in reality, a battering
jam. Prof. Wigstie sprawled quite
across C street. Many of his irrepres
sible pupils gathered about the fallen
owner of yellow shoes and lost dignity.
sWoolly Wisp tarried not, but eontinue-d
' "oh his career at a rattling pace.
After that star performance of the
sheep, no youth in any oi the Virginia
"cliques" ever again attached things
to his tail. He was, in their eyes, a
creature to be revered as the hero who
"tloiTnfd" the terrible Wigstie. In such
g-uise Woolly commanded all due re
spect from the younger generation, and
his future popularity was assured sim-
ply by that one daring act.
.Woolly wasn't a traditional lamb, for
ne never ventured near tne school-1
house. The truce established between
himself and the school children oc
eurred at a too recent date to carry any
weight with him. He distrusted impul
sive youth, and many times he betook
himself to the outskirts of Virginia
City that he might be entirely out of
eight and hearing of rough youngsters.
Prof. Wigstie lived near the town's
edge, in a house that looked three sto
ries high, front view, and a me're shed,
back view. The sterpness of the side
hill sit? sccoi.nted for this disparity.
.The small front yard blazed with big
sunflowers and brilliant dahlias.
Woolly admired this rare garden-spot,
and forced an entrance one luckless
afternoon. The professor, returning
irom . school, espied the trespasser;
his wrath flared .forth, and he bore
down upon the sheep in a frcnzy.
.Woolly realized that safety lay in
flight, and he immediately took that
course. Away went pedagogue and
Tarn, careening down the mountain.
At a moment when the race seemed
lost to Prof. Wigstie, a dire calamity
befell the pursued. An old miniug
shaft, partially obscured by sage
brush, yawned directly in the sheep's
path. He disappeared down its black
derpths. No sign, no sound could Prof.
Wigstie detect of the ingulfed tor
ment. "Good enough! That blaste-d beast
. Is a hoodoo, arid it's good riddance of
,-Uiis petted Woolly Wisp."
The removing of the $700,000,000
worth of silver and' gold from the
heart of Mt. Davidson necessitated a
wonderful amount of excavation. To
" say that the whole mountain is honey
combed is a plain statement of. truth.
A force of men picking in a tortuous
drift heard a muffled ba-a, ba-a. They
stopped work; caught the sour.d ar ain,
f and, with a few strokes' of picks, broke
throug-h into an old shaft. Rather an
emaciated-looking sheep met their
surprised gaze. One of his horns had
been broken off; he appeared slightly
"lazed but they recognized in him the
mysteriously disappeared Woolly
"Poor Woolly! You're a sorry sight,
but we are right glad to see you
again," said Slimps, he who first dis
covered this will, o' wisp.
It didn't. take long to get the sheep
out of his underground prison, nor did
it consume much time for him to re
gain his normal sprightliness.
One lives in Virginia City but a brief
period ere on learns that the wind
blows fiercely and frequently. Jocu
larly termed Wsshoe zephyrs are these
sweeping breezes that lift and carry
tin roofs, capsize houses and deftly
pick box cars clear off the tracks.
Prof. Wigstie was an imported teach
er. -His peculiarities were extremely
at ends that is, he .adored - yellow
shoes, as hereinbefore mentioned,
and, although past 50, had luxuriant,
curly, black hair. On a Sunday, sev
eral days after Woolly's rescue, the'
professor and his wife were coming
home from church. The morning had
dawned beautifully, so Prof. Wigstie
took much pains with his toilet. Shoes
a burnished yellow, hair an oily mass
of curls. A Washoe zephyr sprung
suddenly out of the west, ven as the
congregation poured forth from the
holy edifice. It blew and raged and
rampaged with vim. It twisted gowns
awry, and caught up an occasional hat,
or kerchief, or loose wrap. Prof.'
Wigstie held on to his head-gear faith
fully; abruptly tfiirning- a corner, he
let go his hat, threw up his hands and
shouted: "Sarah, fciarah, look at it!
That diemon of a sheep! Why he is a
thousand feet " v
The sentence went unfinished. A
boisterous gust snatched the profes
'sor's hat, and at first thought one
would imagine his hair arose from
fright at- the spectacle of Woolly
Wisp's ghost, Not so; his hair lacked
anchorage 'twas false. And there,
in sight of the--whole congregation,
Prof. Wigstie stood, a hatless, hair
less individual; while his wig- strange
coincidence that Wigstie should wear
a wig whirled 'gayly on the wjngs of
"Hoodoo sheep! Hoodoo sheep!"
The words ran through his mind and
slipped audibly over his tongue. The
"hoodoo" sheep saw the tangled black
ball of hair rolling swiftly toward him.
He jumped aside then in funny stiff-"
effa,eQ leaps he took after the obiec
jjjs ov; ba-a, ba-af accompanied every
A jolly crowd of miners steppedout
of a saloon. They observed the details
of the Sabbath street-show and how
the- did hoot! Some one grabbed up
the wig with mock eourtesj- it was
retiH-ned to the dazed, chagrined peda
gogue. Prof. Wigstie silently -esolved
that vengeance should be his; that
this sheep and he could not live peace
fully together n "Virginia City.
He thought of shooting the beast
no. that could not be; for the handling
of pistols alarmed him as much as his
wielding of a strap terrified the schol
ars. "Poison! I'll lav it in my garden,
leave the gat e open and Woolly's appe
tite will do the rest."
That evening the professor saw the
undaunted .sheep eying his oasis-Tike
flower-garden. "Delays are danger
ous," quoted Wigstie, oracularly, and'
he quickly procured strychnine and
deftly placed it here and there on the
Owing to'the dilapidated eonditior.
of the wind-tossed wig, the professor
had ordered a new crop of hair. The
same arrived late in the evening of
this day on which Wigstie plotted
against Woolly's life. Visitors hap
pened to be at his house, and he laid
the package on his bureau without
examining it. Mrs. Professor c wom
an', and curious opened the bundle,
smiled approvingly and whispered to
herself: "Dear Henry, he has at last
overcome his pride for his youthful
looks. Bless his dear heart! This'
j gray wig will be so becoming to him
she placed the w; on tie stand where
nenry always kept his hair, and quite
In the wee early hours of morning
Prof. Wigstie awoke with a start. He
listened apprehensively. An unusual
pattering noise filled the room He
reached over in the dark and grabbed
his wig, clapped it on his head, leaped
out of bed and rushed to the window. 1
He saw Great Scott! he saw Woolly
Wisp multiplied an hundredfold ! There
were sheep in his garden; sheep racing
down the street; sheep scattered all
over the Fidehill. What could it. mean?
Was he dreaming? He trembled as the
word "hoodoo" flashed through his
mind. Pale moonbeams flooded every
thing. They cast a ghostly pallor upon
the sleeping, sheep-haunted city. Prof.
Wigstie turned aside. A mirror stood
in the niche by the faintly illuminated
window. Horror upon horrors! His
hair his false hair had actually
It is a wonder the man "didn't go
stark, staring mad. His wife tried to
explain the miracles but failed utter
ly. She did explain, thougli, to the
trustees, why her husband could not
attend to hi3 school duties; for he van
ished completely, nor was 'he again
ever heard of by Comstockers.
Mrs- Wigstie .languished for a few
weeks in her loney house. Several
letters addressed to Prof. Wigstie ar
rived, among which she discovered one
from the hairdresser who supplied him
with hirsute furnishings. It read like
an apology; a mistake had been made;
his wig was sent to another party, ana
the other, party an old man received
his, the professor's, black curls. Sirs.
W shook her head, murmurea
something about "poor, puzzled der"
and silently weipt.
When a letter came, shortly after
ward, she cheered up amazingly; bade
a few friends good-by, and it was ru
mored joined her husband, who came
to his senses, but could not muster up
enough courage to come-back to the
scenes of his mortifying experiences
with Woolly Wisp.
Woolly, fickle creature, deserted his
happy home and wandered off with the
flock of sheep that passed through Vir
ginia's streets on the night of Wijj
Not knowiog A.at became of Prof.
Wigstie, we cannot sa-y wh-etlter
Woolly persisted in being his "hoo
doo," or whether, -which is more likely,
he went the way ol all ordinary mut-ton-sJieep.
San Francisco Argonaut.
5 nTSTR rRnTTfiTJ OT? fiRRH.
Delayed by the failure to Work of
tbe Filling and Sealing .
Considerable delay is being occa
sioned in the congressional, seed dis
tribution by the failure of the filling
and sealing machinery to work as it
was expected to do. The invention is
a new one, and not yet.in a state of
perfection, but it is thought that the
inventor, who spends his time in the I
plant, will be able to have it in good
working order in the next few days.
Just now the work of filling, sealing
and! franking the bags is being done
by hand as rapidly as possible, and
some orders are being gotten out for
the localities in which planting first j
It is thought by the contractors that; I
the plant, which is conveniently lo- '
cated near the post office, will be in
full working order in the next few day&,
and- that, even with the present delay
and the extra appropriation, the work
will be completed much more rapidly
than ever before.
Some fear is entertained by some
congressmen lest Secretary Wilson's
test for germination is too high, and
that he is paying too much attention
to the scientific character of the sup
ply, and thus materially retarding the
distribution. The congressmen frank
ly confess that it is the Quantity and
speed of the distribution ' for which
they care more than for the quality,
and already they are making- uneasv
calls at the plant where the seeds are
t.: .,, 1 , . " c , fus "re
Deing nancned a,nd to the seed division
of the agricultural department.
Details of a thrilling fight in which,
an enormous timber wolf vanquished
a pack of 18 hound3 reached Mattoon,
111., the other day. It occurred on
the Sizemore farm, near Alarley, Ed
gar county, and was witnessed by
Siebert Scott, . William Creech and
Mark Davidson, .who were at work in
a suga'r camp. They saw the wolf
running, followed by the dogs. The
pursued animal was weak from the
long chase, and, seeing, the men, ran
into a shallow, creek. There it turned
at bay.- The hounds attacked it vi
ciously for an hour, but retired with
slit noses, lacerated flanks and bleed
ing bodies. The wounded but vic
torious wolf" was shot and killed "by
.Scott as it clambered upon the bank.
DESCENT OF THE BARINGS.
History of a Great Commercial Family
Extending; Through Centuries.
Two centuries ago there lived at Bre
men, in Germany, a pastor of the Luth
eran church named Franz Baring, or
Bacring. In those days, says Spare
Moments, the ministers of his order
might be men of great learning, but
their circSimstances were at the best
moderate. His son, John Baring, went
to England and established himself as a
clotarnaker near Exeter, in Devonshire.
rom the ranks of the cloth drapers and
the linen drapers, quite as often as from
amcng the goldsmiths, the merchants
and bankers were then recruited. John
Tiaring's son, Francis, born in 1740, was
sent at an early age to learn the ""art,
trade and mystery" of a merchant, and
before he died he made himself, by con
sent, the first merchant in the world.
He was a director in the Honorable
East Indian Company, then one of the
highest rewards to which a merchant
might hope to attain: for a time he was
the great company's chairman; for
twenty-two years he sat in parliament,
then a far more exclusive body than it
has become under the extended suf
frage; in 1793 he was made a baronet;
in 1810 he died. But his first title to
honor is that he founded the house of
Barings. His sons were the first Baring
All previous records in the fasting
line have been broken by a queer rep
tile called a cyclodus, owned' by Jo
seph St. Clair, a cigar merchant of 104
Hudson street, New York city. After
a seven, months' fast, during which the
cyclodus took nothing in the shape of
sustenance, it died last Sunday night.
In the seven months it increased, from
eight to 15 inches in length and grew
stouter in proportion.
The cyclodus is a species of sand
lizard, belonging to the family of scin
cidoe. In color it is silver and)' gray,
with brown spots and dark gray rings
around its body, and is found on the
rocky shores of- Australia. The most
peculiar feature of this, reptile is- that
it is double-headed. The four legs are
jointed so that it can walk in either
direction without turning round. The
cyclodus is web-footed. The foot has
four fingers1-and a thumb, while the
joints on the legs are made on the. same
principle a? a man's elbows.
When two furtive, lightly-garbed
figures stole back to their respective
"beds, the sky was shivering towards
the dawn. As Amherst crept into his
bed, the next man to him moved, and
muttered in his sleep. "We beseech
Thee to hear us. Good Lord." He was
the second tenor in the choir, and had
been practicing some new music the
day before at the squeaking har
monium. "Amen," said Davy, fervently, as he
drew the blanket over his head.
At the same moment the bugle rang
out "Reveille," clear, as a bell reson
ant as the last trump each note ris
ing and falling on the still air. It was
echoed from cliff to cliff, from fort to
barracks, till the whole island rang
with the news that another day was
And the .gunners of Tigne woke to
reluctant life,, and grumbled' them
selves into uniform and pipe-clayed
helmets once again. But there was
gladness in two rough, honest hearts,
for a shadow had rolled away with the
purple line of night-cloud -into the sea.
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Notice to Creditors.
Notice is hereby Riven to all persons concern
ed that the underslpnedhasneen daly appointed
1 rifcets-'t, by thecouuty court of Heuton state
o Orcgn. All perbons having claims aculnst
aamimstiatilx ci ti.e estate oi uiuiatn Allen,
iadb state of W:l:if.inallen deceased, atehi-reLy
required to present the same wita the proper
! vouchers duly verinea as oy law required witc-
deiBigned at hai residence about 5 miles south
v est of Philomath, Oregon, or at the office ot
E E Wilson. In Corvallis, Benton County
Dated: this August 9th, 1902.
Administratrix of theestate of William Al ea
Bears the Ttl3 You HaVB AlV.'a'S ''flUgB
Guardians' Sale of Real Estate.
Notice is hereby given that the undersigned
as guardian of the persons and estates of Syoil
Q Walker and Aldwin R Walker, minors will on
Wednesday, the 27th day of August, 19(12. at the
court bouse door, in the city of Corvallis, In
Benton county, Oreg n. at the hour of 10 o'clock
fn the forenoon of said day offer for sale and
sell at public auction to the highest bidder for
cash, free of incumbrance all the right, title
and interest of said Sybil G Walker and Aid win
E Walker, in and to that certain real property
bounded and described as follows, towlt: Com
mencing at a point 12)4 chains east of the south
east corner of the northwest quarter of south
east quarter of section 20 township 11 soutb of
range 5 west of the Willamette meridian in the
county of Benton, an. state of Oregon; thence
east -25 chains, thence north CO chains thenco
west 25 drain?, thence soutb 60 chains to place
of beginning, containing 15o acres more or less.
Said sale is made under and in pursuance of a
license and order of sale granted by the county
court of the state of Oregon for Muluumah
county on the 22nd day of July, 1902, in the
matter of the guardianship of said Sybil (i
Walker and Aid win K Walker, said minors,
Dated this July 26, 1902
Guardian ol tbe persons and estates of Sybil G
Walker and Aldwiu ft. Walker, minors.
Notice to Creditors.
Notice Is hereby given to all persons concern
ed that the undersigned has been duly appoint
ed administrator of the estate of James Marvin
Applewhite, deceased oy the county court of the
state of O regon for Bantan county. All persons
having claims against said estate of James
Marvin Applewhite, deceased, are hereby ie:
quired to present the same with the proper
vouchers, duly verified as by law required;
within six months from the-date hereof to the
undersigned nt his law office in Corvallis, Ben
ton county. Oregon.
Dated this July 20th, 1902. "
E. E: Wilson .
AiJministratorof the estate of James Marvin
In the District Court of tbe United States for
the Dlntiict of Oregon,
In the matter of John M Osburn, bankrupt In
To the ci editors of the above named bank
rupt. .Notice is hereby given that J O Wflson. trus
tee in the above entitled matter has tiled his
final account as uucb trustee and the said ac
count will be examined 2nd passed upon at the
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day the 4th day of August A D, 1j2.
Also that at the same time and place a div
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clared and paid.
Dated this 23rd of July a d, 1902.
Eeferee in Bankruptcy-
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Train 3 for Detroit, Breitenbush and
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H. H. Cronise, .Agent Corvallis.
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