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About The Madras pioneer. (Madras, Crook County, Or.) 1904-current | View Entire Issue (Jan. 3, 1907)
Do you know why tho sun Is bright today?
Why the flowers arc decked In so fair array?
Why all thlR wide world Is so glad and gay?
My dearest Is coming homo!
Did you hear the mockingbird's gladsome note?
Such a world of Joy from so small a throat 1
A message to me his carols lloat
My dearest Is coming homo!
Do you know why the same glad song Is mine?
Wliy my face Is reflecting God's own sunshine?
Why my being Is filled with a Joy divine?
My dearest Is coming home !
ITe Is coming home. Fro,ni the toll and stress,
Coming to cheer all my loneliness,
And to list to the love that my lips confess,
My dearest Is coming home!
lie Is coming home to the arms that wait;
To 'clasp him forever, whate'er his fnte,
To guard him In high or low estato!
My dearest Is coming home !
&s&sZ5- xfl.rE&v P- .
OUR men were seated upon a
tracer's veranda at Maduro, one
of the Marshall Islands. The
night was brilliantly moonlit, and the
Lull nnd spars of a little white brig
tha: lay anchored In the nguon about
i utile distant from the trader's house
j-tood out as clearly and d!?tinetly as
If she were but 50 yards away from
where they sat.
Three of the men present were vis
itors Ned Packenham, the captain;
Harvey, the mate, and Deulson, the
supercargo of the Indiana. Lhe fourth
was the trader himself, a jjrlzzled old
'wanderer of past CO.
It was long past midnight, and the
old trader's numerous half-caste family
liad turned In to sleep some hours be
fore. It so happened that the old man
Lad Just been talking about a stalwart
son of his, who had died n f-w months
previously, and Packenham and Denl
son, to whom the lad had been well
known, asked the father where the
lody had been burled.
"In there," replied the old man,
pointing to a small whlte-walled In
closure about a stone's throw from
where we were sitting. 'There's a
$:oud many graves there now. Let me
c'C. There is Dawney, tlie skipper of
the Maid of Samoa, and three of his
crew ; Peterson, the Dutchman him
that got a bullet Into him for fooling
around too much with a pistol In his
liand and challenging natives to light
when he was drunk; two or three of
my wife's relatives, who wanted to be
Juried in my boneyard because they
thought to make me some return for
lieeplng their families after tney were
dead ; my boy Tom and the white wom
an." "White woman?" said the mate of
tho brig. "Did a white woman die
"I'll tell you all I know, bnd a very
meer yarn It Is, too. In those days I
was the only white man bote. I got
on very well with the natives and was
loIng a big business. There were not
many whaleshlps here then, but every
ten months or so a vessel came here
Irom Sydney, and I was making money
.Land over list.
"The house In which I then lived
tood farther away toward the point,
In rather a clearer spot than this. You
can see the place from here and also
-.see that a house standing In such a po
sition would be visible not only from
aill parts of the Inside beichea of the
lagoon, but from the sea as well.
"My wife not the present one, you
3mow was a Bonln Island half-bred
Portuguese woman, and as she general
ly talked to mo In English and had no
aiative ways to speak of, we used to
It outside in the evenings pretty often
nnd watch our kids and the village
people dancing and otherwise amusing
themselves on the beach.
"Itotau, the head chief of this lagoon,
one night told us that a canoe had come
Irom MI111, an Island about three days'
aall to tho leeward of Waller's place,
and reported that a ship had passed
quite close to their Island about a week
"After wo had sat talking for awhile
my wlfo called the children In and put
them to sleep, and Itatou and I and
Lis wives sat outside a bit longer smok
ing. It was u moonlight night, al
most as bright as It Is to-night, and
the sea was as smooth as a mill pond
m smooth, In fact, that thnre was not
-even a break upon the rsef, and, the
trade wind having died away, there
was not the sound of a leaf stlrrlug hi
the palm grove.
"We had been sitting like this for
about half an hour, when Xora, my
wife, just as she was coming out of the
door to Join us, gave a cry.
" Te Kalibuke! Look at the ship.'
"I Jumped up and looited, and there,
sure enough, was a big ship Just show
ing round the point, and close In, not
more than a mile away from tho reef.
"For a moment I was a bit scared,
remembering that there was not a
breath of wind, and yet seeing her
moving. Then I remembered the cur
rent, and knew that she must have
run up to the land from tho westward
before dark perhaps, and that as soon
as the breeze had died away the cur
rent, which runs about four knots, had
caught her and was now moving her
along. I took her to be either a Yan
kee or a British North American.
"Just as I had asked Itotau to get
one of his women to hunt up a boat's
crew he sang out: 'Listen, Ted, I hear
"In another moment or two I heard
It myself plain enough click, clack,
click, clack and at the same time saw
that the ship was heading away from
"I knew the ship was right enough,
and could not get Into any clanger, as
the current would take her clear of the
land In another hour or so, so we all
went to the point to see here the
boat was coming.
"As soon as she was within 100 yards
of the beach I balled them to keep a
bit to starboard, as there was a big
coral bowlder right In rront of the spot
they were steering for.
" 'Aye, aye !' answered the roan steer
ing, and he did as I told him. In an
other minute or two the ftoat shot up
on the beach, and we crowded round
" 'Stand back, please,' says the offi
cer, speaking In a curious, hurried kind
of way, and then I saw that he had a
pistol in his left hand, and that the
men with him looked white and scared,
and seemed to take no notice of us.
"Two of the men Jumped out, and
then we saw that there was another
person In the boat a woman. She was
sitting on the bottom boards, lying
against the stern sheets, and seemed
to be either asleep or dead. The offi
cer helping them, they lifted her up
and out of the boat and carried her
ashore. Then the officer tamed to me,
and I saw that, though he tried to
speak quietly, he was In a flurry over
"'What's all this I said. 'What's
the matter? What have you got this
pistol In your hand for, and what Is
the matter with this womnn '
"He put the pistol out of sight pret
ty quick, and then, speaking so rapid
ly I could hardly follow him, said that
the lady was the captain's wife, and
she had been taken 111 very suddenly,
and her husband, seeing my house so
close to, had determined to send her
ashore, and see if anything could be
done for her.
'That's queer.' I said. 'Why
didn't he come with her hlmwdf? Look
here I don't believe all this. How
did he know, even though the house U
here, that a white man lives In It
And I want to have a look at the wom
an's face. She might be dead for all
"By this time my wife and one of
Hotau's wives had gone up to tho wom
an, and I saw that, although she wasn't
dead, she looked very like It, for her
eyes were closed and she ecemed quite
unconscious of all that was going on.
She was young about Jfl or so and
was rather pretty.
" 'Please take her to your house,'
says tho officer, 'and as soon as we
have towed the ship out of danger tho
captain will come ashore and see you.'
"'Hold on!' says I, and I grabbed
him by the arm. 'Do you ;iean to say
you're going oft In this fashion without
telling me anything further? Who are
you, anyway? What Is tho ship's
"He hesitated Just a second and then
said; The Inca Prince, Cupt. Brough
ton. But I can't stay to talk now,
The captain himself wlli tell you about
it In tho morning.'
"And then, before I could ttoo him,
ho Jumped back out of my reach Into
the boat, and the four sailors, two of
whom were nigger of some sort.
Ghoved oflf, and away they went again.
"Well, wo carried tho woman up to
tho house and placed her In a chair,
and the moment my wlfo look off tho
woolen wrapper that covered her head
and shoulders she cried out that there
was blood running down her neck. And
H didn't take mo long to discover that
fie womnn was dying from a bullet
wound In tho bnck of her head.
"Wo did all that wo possibly could
for the poor thing, but sho never re
gained consciousness, and toward sun
rise she died quietly. There was noth
ing nbout her clothing to thow wlm
she was, but she wore rings such as
would belong to a woman ol some po
sition. That she had been murdered I
could not doubt, and perhaps some
day, oven nfter nil these yenrs, tho
crime may come to light."
"But what became or the Milp?" ask
ed the mate of the Indiana.
"Out of sight by 8 o'clock In tho
morning. As soon as I saw what was
the matter with the woman 1 knew
that we need not expect to s-hi any one
from the ship back aealn."
"I wonder what the true story of
that woman's death was?" said Pack
enham, thoughtfully, as ho looked to
ward the place where she was burled.
"Heaven only knows," answered the
old trader. "Whether It was a mutiny
nnd her husband was uiurdered, or
whether the officer who came ashore
with her was tho captain himself, and
her husband as well, 1 ca'iot tell. Any
way, I have since learned that thero
never was a ship named the lnca
Prince. Tve told the stoy to every
ship master I've met since that night,
and It was written about a pood deal
In the English nnd AmerKui newspa
pers. Then the affair wis forgotten,
and, like many another such thing, tho
secret may never come out" London
AMERICANS BUY POOR LAND.
Colonfnta In Culm Rive Too Much At
tention to I.nvr Price.
It must be remembered Unit there Is
some very poor land as well as much
very good land In Cuba. In only too
many cases the buyers eltho did not
know or did not care about the quality
of their purchases If on'.y the price
was low enough. Flowery prospectus
es, with pictures of beautiful tropical
scenes, and luscious fruits, and most
extravagant statements as to tho pro
fits to be derived from the products
of the few acres, were scattered broad
cast, especially In the United States,
Large commissions were given to can
vassers nnd the work was merely be
gun of unloading worthless acres that
cost only ?2 or ?3 on unsophisticated
teachers, clerks and railroad men at
price ranging all the way from $15
or $20 to $50 or more per acre.
During the early days of my resi
dence In Cuba I had the good fortune
to travel some distance by rail with a
typical representative of the most
charming class, the well-to-do Cuban
planter. My friend was educated In
France, had traveled much hi Europe,
and had resided for many years In the
States. He was thoroughly lasted on
Cuban agriculture and was keenly alive
to any suggestion as to the means by
which existing conditions could be im
proved. He talked entertainingly and Instruc
tively of the country through which we
were passing, pointing out with unerr
ing Judgment the best cane lands,
others that were suitable tor tobacco,
and still others that were -ireful only
for pasturage. Finally, the charact
er of the country began to change and
we came Into a region where the scanty
egetatIon proclaimed only too clearly
the poorness of the soil.
"And what," I said, "do you consider
this land Is good for?"
'This," he said, "so far as 1 know,
Is good only to sell to American colo
nists." World To-day.
The Clock Plnnt.
There Is a plant, a native of Borneo,
which Is known as the "clock plant."
The name Is derived from the action
of the sun's rays on the leaves, which
are three In number, a large one ex
tending forward, with two small ones
at the base pointing sideways. These,
coming in contact with the rays of tho
sun, oscillate like the pendulum of a
clock, the larger leaf moving upward
and downward, going its full length
every forty-five minutes, the smaller
leaves moving toward tho larger, com
pleting the distance forward and back
ward everj' forty-live minutes, thus re
sembling tho hour and minute hands
of a clock.
Mrs. Newrlch lived In nn expenslvo
and luxurious hotel. She knew that
well-appointed equipages of many sorts
were to bo had, ajul proposed to show!
that she knew what was suitable for
"Chawles," she said to Mr. Newrlch's
alet one nfternoon, with great dignity.
"I nm going to return some calls this
afternoon, and you may go to tho ti
hlo and tell them to Rend up the best
cart-de-vlslt they have."
A Conxollnif Thought.
"They say you aro hut tho servant
of tho trusts," said the reproving
"Well," answered Senator Sorghum.
'The position has Its advantages. Of
course, It's more agreeable to bo tho
boss but nfter all, tho servant Isn't tho
one the grand Jury goes after." Wash
About tho hardest thing In this
world to handle Is a Jealous disposition,
Ell Germany con
vulsed with laughter over
boatw Captain and hood
winked Burgomaster and
If the verdict on Wllhclm Volgt. tho
rx-convlct cobbler who captured lvoo-peuk-k
Town Hall nnd rilled tho urn
1 nlclpnl treasury,
could be deter
mined by tho
votes of tho Ger
man people, thero
Is no doubt ho
would Ihj allowed
to go scot freo by
n largo majority.
Though a crim
inal, as the nu
thor of tho great
est hoax of tho
nge, ho Is acclaim
ed n hero through
out Germany. Ho
holds the stage as
the world's cham
pion bluffer. Ho
has eclipsed tho
Kaiser at his best.
Ho has conferred
tho town which
wiujam voiot. wnH the scene of
his exploit. He has added a new verb
to tho dictionary to koepenlck. Ex
cept In officialdom, which he so lenutl-
full v fooled, tho only regret re It in con
nection with tho Incident Is that he has
Now that his personality has been re
vealed to the worm, HW Rrvim-r M"""
the admiration for the colossal audaci
ty which enabled him to carry his plot
through successfully. It would lie hard
to find a man outwardly more 111 suit
ed to the role which he played. "Low
class" Is writ large all over him. It
Is the fetish of the military uniform
which mnde It possible for such n man
to carry out his daring coup. Nowhere
else but In Germany could he have
succeeded. That Is one of the lessons
which Germany Is taking to heart.
Volgt fully realizes the fame that ho
has achieved, and not even the pros
Iect of spending tho rest of his life In
prison lessens Ills satisfaction. When
the Idea of his coup first came to him
Volgt frequented music halls nnd other
places where military officers resort
that he might study them and their
ways. Tho deference with which ho
observed they were everywhere treated
soon convinced him that the uniform
counted for vastly more than the man
Inside of It He had first thought of
raiding one of the Berlin municipali
ties, but came to tho conclusion that In
a place where there are so many of
ficers about the risk was a little too
great Then he selected Koepenlck, a
thriving city of 75,000 Inhabitants on
the outskirts of tho capital, for his ex
ploit. After donning a discarded uniform of
p. captain In the First Iteglment of In
fantry guards, which he purchased In
a second hand clothing shop, he stroll
ed cnlmly along a street In tho east of
Berlin, awaiting the return of a detach
ment of grenadier guards from the
drilling ground to their hnrrncks. True
to his calculations, the detachment ap
peared, consisting of twenty-four men,
each carrying a rifle.
"Your men must follow me," said
Volgt, accosting tho corporal. "I have
the Knlser's orders to make an Impor
tant arrest and need your assistance."
Grimy and battered though ho was,
nnd much too old for n captain, none
of the soldiers thought for an Instant
of challenging the seedy uniform of tho
first guards. They oleyed him like
sheep. He marched them to tho near
est railway station, whenco he took
them by train to Koepenlck. Arrived
at Koepenlck he ordered them to fix
bayonets and inarch to t) town hall.
Uniting nt the telephone exchange,
Volgt ordered the official In charge to
cut off communications with the town
hall for the next two hours under pen
alty of Incurring the Kaiser's dlspleas
ure. The uniform triumphed again.
The trembling official promised Implicit
Tho chief of the Koepenlck police
took orders from Volgt without ques
tlon. The uniform hypnotized him, ns
It did everylHxly else. By VolgfH di
rectlons ho placed n squad of poll?o
around the town hall to keep the crowd
hack, and as proof of his zeal, actually
arrested five citizens whoso curiosity
got tho better of their discretion. In
his wildest extravaganzas Gilbert novor
conceived anything more ludicrous
than a municipal pollco force helping a
thief to loot tho municipal treasury and
arresting honest men to make things
easier for hhn. ,
Now only red tnpo fettered official
dom which has been held up to ridi
cule feels sore over tho exploit. The
fetish of tho military uniform has re
ceived n deadly blow. Tho day may
come when Germany, freed from tho
tyranny of a military bureaucracy,
may recognize that It owes n debt of
gratitude to tho cobbler who mndo tho
wholo world laugh.
Volgt's case has cnlled nttentlon to
another form of tyranny which needs
reforming In Germany. It Is tho sys
torn of pollco supervision of ex-convicts.
That maiJo It Impossible for
Volgt to make nn honest living. It wns
ho says, because there was no wny'
open to him by which ho could mako
a decent living honestly that ho con-
iceived tho Idea of effecting a coup
which ho romuy nopou would bring
him enough money to enable him to llvo
without nny more work, either honest
or dishonest, nnd wed nn old sweet
heart. Thnt tho hoary sinner has hoiiio
good stuff In him which has survived
a score of years spout In Jails In hIiowii
by tho fact, attested by tho old folk In
whoso Iiouso ho wan lodging when
caught, thnt ho nursed thero, with
touching devotion, n young girl who
wns dying of consumption,
DIFFERENCES OF DIARISTS.
Horr Tivo Public Men IMfTcreil In
ICatliuute of lllmtinrck,
Public men who keep diaries should
either hop that thoy nro destnyed while
there is yet time, or get together fro.
quently to eomparo notes nnd agree In
their versions of Incidents, says the
Boston Transcript Either course would
save tho hUtPxInn of tho future a world
of trouble, the nature of which Is indi
cated by the sharp differences between
the late Prince Hohenloho's explanation
of Bismarck's policy nnd that recorded
by Crlspt. Tho former, who was uio of
Bismarck's successors as German chun.
cellor, wrote In his diary, on the nil
thorlty of the grand duke of Baden, un
cle of tho knlscr, that tho Imiwrlnl dis
trust of BlHiiiarck wiih based yi a suv
plclon that ho wa secretly favoring
HiiHsla and laboring to undermine the
triple alliance. Crlspl, the Italian pre
mier, left a diary, extract from which
tho nephew has printed In fucslmllo to
demonstrate that Bismarck was a zeal
ous superior, not e,nly officially hut
jiersonnlly. of the alliance. Crlspl wroto
while Bismarck's words were fresh In
:0, memory. BLsmnrck explained that
he had endeavored to live In friendship
with Uussla, hut had failed, nnd urged
that In extension f the drelhund thero
should bo u "grouping" of Austria, Italy
and England. WheUier we should no
ccpt the grand duke's statement, pre
sumably based on the confidences f his
nephew, or that of Crlspl, In estimating
Bismarck, In a puzzlo Unit promises tu
be prolltlc of literature.
BlMimrck Is still an Ido! with a larre
proortlou of the Germans, who, how
ever, may be deferential enough to, the
kaiser to moderate tho terms of their
defense. Those who have studied him
In "a neutral atmosphere" may recon
cile the differenced between diarists by
saying that Bismarck talked one wny
with one man, and tho oppe.slte with
another, and that ho wn-s pulling wool
over Crlspl's eyes as he luul pulled It
over those of Najwleon III. Bismarck
was n lleji with a great mnny fox traits
In his make-up. Letters and diaries -ire
of great value to the historian, but their
product Is often small as compared
with the amount of lalnir necessary to
reconcile contradiction and extract Uie
residuum of fact Without them many
historical incidents would be cloudy,
and It cannot have cxcnicd detection
that some of the richest finds hnvc been
made In letters which their writers sol
emnly pledged tho recipients to, destroy.
One of the moHt luminous documents In
the Paston cnrrcriKndeuco has a P. S,
rending "Bum UiIh letter."
IS MOST BEAUTIFUL
WOMAN IN ENGLAND.
This Is Lady Beatrice PolcCntwr,
the woman to whom King Edward; Huh
awarded the palm of beauty of -ills
realm. Ho recently referred to her as
"England's handsomest woman," and
that title Is expected to cling to. her for
many years. Lady Beatrice Is tho wife
of General Pole-Carow and daughter (ft
tho Marquess of Ormonde.
Njmv un Aiitl-ISxpiMiNloulat.
A Virginia mountaineer, who had
strayed to Hlchmoiid c;i nn excunloi,
and who, as his holiday progressed, be
came rather hilarious, grew overcoilfl
dent of his twn greatness.
"Gentlemen," ho said, "I kin lick any
man In Itlchmond."
No one tried to, dlsputo tho assertion,
and he tried again.
"Gentlemen," ho snld, "I kin lick nuv
man In tho wholo Stnto of Vlrglnny."
The wordH wero hardly out of hi
mouth before n tall, sinewy man from
his own part of tho State entered the
game and gave tho boaster a good
The mountaineer had a sense of hu
mor. He slowly picked hlumolf and
faced tho group to which ho had boa ic
ed, "Gentlemen," ho said, "I nm now
ready to acknowledge that I klvered to-)
much territory In that last statement"
Bnltlmoro Still. ' '' '
Hedd I see In Germany tho Kai
ser's chief chauffeur must motor
through Ufa uudor tho Imposing tltlo
Oreeno What's tho matter? Had ho
beoa speeding? Yonkera Statesmuu.
When ! r " Ik. . .
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1,0 lcv tho ho ' u,
When tho frn. '"VVM
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tlckln' of n dotk.
Then your apple, all , (..th.,
onen n feller keep
is noureii nrnnnii ih .it.. .
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dun ii'iiit ripnn..
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vmii uiuuuu uu me
I'd want to 'coramodst 'ca J &
wholo Imlurlnc flock,
When the frost l on the pankls todfk
fodder In the nhoct
Jntne Whltcomb Kile;.
MANY CIQARETTE3 IMP0RTE1
atntfr hy (Jrrekn of Grrtk TiUttt,
Thfr Are Called HsrptUi. '
A controversy which h ewa ftks
in luii'ii-. iiiiu ravnj
laud, ait to the rival merits tt lit
Hli mid Lgyptlna clgaref seeaula
1 to Ik? nettled hy n report of 1 4
I. ffll..l 4jl.tj I. Am
1 IIWIII WIU luueu o.cii- " "
great cigarette-producing ns'Moffii
world, thero nro Importel tato
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country evury yirnr uiuic im r
two worth of foreign-made ritsn-a
some TurklHh nml tame hffP'lu-
. ... I ftrAdrl"l
i urKoy is a inrce luuauirp"--
country, yielding 60.0U0 tomottoii
no every year, and the TnH "
well known, are n nation of wl
The amount of tobacco ralllaW
U IncoiiHlilernblc, and rt KffP&a
c gatettcrt are Imported Into tali c
trv In coiiHldcrablo amniti flttf
iV?S.' -..i...iinn nt the r.Jtte,l
1 lie exiiininiH"" ,. .ji
offered by tho American
t-ibncco crop limt year wi lU g
Clretco over hnrrwtedbMtJftJ
(HO round. A brand o lr
Why, It l mt,itZ
. .... it b. WflUM cl?Wtlelr
maue oy , ln ,w w
,H.r Is too expensive In '
ta.Miieiw lmH gone o qj
!oht fnmou. cigarette
aro Greeks. ..
A very largo "Ia
undrla, anil u V &
Creek, who Impo rtlWf
their own country and . j,
, foreign coun'r
United States Uclnj ( the dg
ror Egypt.. "
foct ureeK iBportt
tho title TurkUU being m
A native jwatman tu
of West Africa nt tab
the Country """' , to W P
"ia Mm following leer w
master: . . ih oleIlrt
Dear Mastor-I ." vWf
reirrot to Inform you u f
bath tlila worn"" " " w wrtfij
sor o i m uga, -
you? lA-inB corpora'' nIfi
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