The Oregon daily journal. (Portland, Or.) 1902-1972, January 20, 1904, Page 11, Image 11

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' Dorothy Russell, aa she will be known -oh
the stage, but Mrs. Abbott Etnsteln,
aa she la known In private life, the
daughter of Lillian Rusaell, the principal
alnger at Weber, & Fields',,, in "Whoop-De-Doo,"
ha perhapa disappointed her
managers, aa she has; the' publlo which '
. expected to welcome her to the musical
iU(e, a possible successor in later yeara
to the place now filled by her gifted
mother. f
' Mrs. Einstein rehearsed with the com-
1 pany now appearing in 'The Girl From
Kay's" at the Herald-Square theatre and
waa to make her first appearanca last
Saturday,, but a little contretemps be
tween her manager and herself resulted
in her withdrawal from the organization
and a postponement until ' some future
date of her histrionic debut. . ..
I wanted to appear first for a few
performance In the ; chorus,", said she,
"."to accustom myself to . appearing in
public before introducing a , song which
the management had arranged that I,
should sing. They- wished differently
and had planned that. I should sing the
song on the occasion of my debut. As
we disagreed on - that ; point, I retired
gracefully and-shall not attempt any
thing further until I find a small part
in some dramatic attraction. I was not
sufficiently sure of myself to undertake
the task before accustoming myself to
the footlights."
Lillian Russell "is the daughter of a
brilliant mother who believed indubitably
in the effect of prenatal Influences upon
future beings. She practiced this the
ory and bad three daughters who have
distinguished themselves in the arts, the
most conspicuous being Lillian Russell.
Lillian Russell desired a daughter
gifted and beautiful. Her daughter' i
-both. .
The Faith of Chun Tai Was Shattered by the Foreign Devil -Doctors
' C. E. Lorlmer in the Argonaut
Chun Tal walked slowly up and down
before the door of his house forgetting
in tVie cool of the evening the hot sun
that had been at noon wth the little
one in his arms.- At every step it gave
the low whimper, half patient and half
petulant, of a sick child, and he soothed
it by gentle pats of his rough hands,
whose finger joints stuck out in great
knots that seemed to have been tied
in the bone. The lines were drawn deep
in heavy corrugations on his face as he
quieted the little sufferer, and his heart
was hard and bitter within him. He
could not let his first born, die; he would
draw it back to life by the fojce pt hU
love. ' '
He muttered curses on the village doc
tor, all of whose herbs had wrought no
cure for his motherless son. In spite
of them.' the disturbance in the baby's
throat waa increasing, the fever burned
Its small crumpled, yellow body. There
was plainly no hope left. . It might be
today or it might be tomorrow that he
would be left without son to worship
t his grave, to burn Joss sticks before
the ancestral tablets of his fathers. It
waa a calamity immeasurable. : -In
his trouble a sudden need for sym
pathy came upon Chun , Tal, and he
walked toward the village threshing floor,
where, at this hour, the neighbors were
gathered. It waa early autumn, the gor
geous aeason in North China when na
ture is as lavish of blue sky as if there
were enough for every day in the year.
Gradually the crops were being gathered
in, and on all sides, from sunrise to sun-
Bet, the busy sounds of harvest.' punct-i
vated by the regular heavy thud of the
hand flails, sounded from threshing
floors innumerable scattered over the
great plain. At evening the people of
eacb village collected on their own mud
floors to gossip, to chatter or else to
squat ' stolidly in mysterious ' circles,
ghostly and indefinitely outlined by the
gray twilight smoking their water plpea
with companionable gurglings, lost in
Oriental, thoughtless reverie. Whatever
disputes or quarrels had disturbed the
even tenor of the working hours were
settled then and there, the neighbors
constituting an impromptu jury, the
Judgments equitably pronounced by the
village headman, for which respected and
responsible position the oldest male in
habitant was always chosen. ' ;
As Chun Tai approached the gray
beard askedt"kindly: 7How 1s thy aonr
"Worse, always worse," groaned the
father. ' "Thy prayers have failed- My
prayers have failed. Now medicines have
failed. -. There Is no more to be done."
The villagers gathered around him, to
look at the child, partly from sympathy,
but more from the insatiable curiosity
which is tkts dominant character note of
the Chinese countryman. A woman made
as if to take the boy out of his arms,
but he would not let him go. Very ten
derly he held the baby, his own face re
flecting the pain on the ' flushed little
one, just as a mountain lake reflects the
lights and shadows that fall on the
hill around It v.. Y v ,
After his fashion the graybeard tried
to bring comfort. "My ; son," said heJ
"have you not lost the child's mother
and recovered from your grief T'
Chun Tal1 answered bitterly: "What
man will grieve for a wife 1 A wife is
like a table that in time break and be
comes useless. By working a little
longer each day in the1 fields one may
oon purchase a better. But a first-born
on is a gitt from heaven." His voice
broke in a ob. "The water-carrier who
has a son i happier than the great man
who has none."
On the outskirts of thetcrowd some
one spoke up. "Take the child to the
foreign devil-doctor In Tal Yuan."
"Ah. Tal Yuan- Is 200 II," put in the
cautious graybeard. , shaking his head
in unison after him.
"And it is well known that foreign
devil-doctors gouge. - out children's
eyes," continued the old' man.
"But they have a medicine that heals
all sickness," resumed the first speaker.
"I have heard it myself from Wun LI.
He was healed of a shaking disease."
"No good comes ",. from the foreign
devils."' retorted the old, man, t with a
contemptuous sniff. "They may cure the
bodily disease, but they cast the evil
spell. .They kidnap children to make this
great medicine out y Of tholr . eyeballs.J
They are devils and the sons of devils."
"But is tt true the can work,cores7"
a tiked Chun Tal, eagerly. , Tell me, is it
true?" : ' I " .. ' ' :- j v
He looked over trie group of stolid,
expressionless faces for an answer. The
,rlend of Wun Li, however, had slunk
away, since custom had forbade hirn to
set up his opinion in contradiction to
that ofhe village patriarch, and Chun
Tal was met by an uncompromising si
lence. ,
"Tell me." he said again, more insist
ently, will the foreign devil-doctor cure
my son?" -
A murmur of doubtful grunts came
from the bystanders. Only the head
man replied, half under his breath: "Tai
Yuan is two hundred 11."
This made Chun Tai wince. Two
hundred 11 which 1 100 miles as we
count distance was further than his
fathers or his grandfathers had trav
eled. He himself had been but five It
from the village along the stone high
way. To him and to these simple peas
ants, a journey of a hundred miles was
a sign of light-mindedness. If he em
barked upon it, he could never again
expect to occupy the stolid, respectable
position in the village which waa now
his.' They would always point to him
with the finger of suspicion as the man
who had tried strange things and seen
strange sights. Yet for the sake of
the child, he would be willing to suffer
mistrust, to pay any price for the cloak
which should hide his boy from destiny.
The villagers would not longer allow
him to watch the growing water-melons
lest he cast the evil eye on them; that
he realized. ' He' could neither join in
the festivals nor worship the gods with
the rest In all ways ha would be as
one polluted, an outcast
Slowly, without asking more informa
tion. Chun Tai walked back to his hous
leaving a silent group behind him. All
night long he watched over the. restless
child. Now and again, with mechanical
carefulness, he wetted the little parched
lips with tea. .It seemed .years to him
before at last the first beams of the sun
appeared. Then, as he . stood in his
doorway and looked out, the trees,
which stretched away; in a long avenue
marking the course of the - road the
road to Tal Yuan--and apparently
marching along with it gave him cour
age. .
.. He went to the little wooden cupboard
built in the wall and took out a square
of blue cloth. Next he collected his few
poor belongings, the two china , teacups
and the teapot a wadded coat for the
Child, his rice bowl, and his chopsticks.
Last of all, he tied in a cloth bundle
the small store of uncooked rice that
remained, as well as what little boiled
r!qe was left over from the' last meal,
and wrapped them all in the bedqullt
Nothing remained In the squalid room,
no treasures to conceal nor valuables to
leave behind, since Chun Tat carried in
his little blue bundle all the worldly
goods that he possessed.
He pressed some hot tea again to the
lips of the boy, who rwallowad with
compulsory -gulps. Then he picked up
his bundle, grasped the baby firmly and
tenderly .in .his arms' and, shutting the
door quietly behind him, walked out
toward the stone road.
For three days he trudged along car
rying his child, begging a little food,
sleeping at night under the kindly shel
ter of some temole roof, and CAsslna- a
variety of li?e on the high road whicltl
he scarcely noticed. When the boy
seemed to ; sufTer: less . pain, . Chun Tal
walked, in spite of his burden, with an
enthusiasm, almost an exaltation. His
spirit was already looking down from
the heights, and his weary feet strug
gled to overtake It. When the child,
suffered more, he walked silently, with
a dogged stoop of his shoulders and a
shambling hitch of his hips his eyes
fixed on the ground.
The evening of the third day Chun Tai
reached the gates of Tal Yuan before
sunset and wended his way through
the streets, now and again asking the
road to the principal inn. When the
flaring candles of mutton fat were com
mencing to flicker in the tea shops he
reached the Inn and entered the court
yard. In Chun Tal's heart a tense
struggle was going on shame at his
untoward adventure, fear lest the land
lord should turn him away. .
Hearing the child crying in his arms,
the innkeeper asked, kindly: "Is the
Lchlld llir
"Yes," Chun Tal answered. "I wish
to sleep here ' tonight I am come to
search," he went on, tremulously, his
reserve breaking down, "for the medi
cine of the foreign devils which heals
all sickness.. They tell me there are
devil-doctors in Tai Yuan; is It truer
The landlord laughed. "True enough,
he said. "Men devil-dootors and women)
too. And the people are angry at them
all. Placards have been posted on the
city wall warning honest men of them
because the white healers gouge out
children's eyes for medicine."
. He walked away to speak with a man
entering the courtyard, evidently a per
son of Importance, since he rode a sleek
mule, and Chun Tal settled himself in a
corner of the courtyard and made a pil
low for the child with a little straw
from the bed being spread for the rich
man's mule.
All night long-Chun Tal lay In an ag
ony. The boy was burning with fever
and breathing hard. Since sundown there
had been a sudden drop in temperature
of 20 degrees, and these abrupt changes
in North China mean steps to the tomb.
Oh. the agony of deciding If he should
risk the child's life, his eyes, by taking
him to the mission doctor. The great
Omniscient healing medicine he must
have. But how was he to get it? The
devil-doctors dispensed tt only with their
own hands at the doors of their houses.
Turning, whirling, shifting and combin
ing, the thoughts arranged themselves
in his brain like the pattern formed by
a kaleidoscope. At last they settled into
the final .pattern, and his- mind grasped
a plan.
When the light came he searched for
the Inn keeper and besought hi permis
sion to lay the child upon the k'ang.
Servants were preparing food over a
charcoal stove in on corner of the room,
and a table stood against the wall cov
ered with rude cooking utensils. Chun
Tat sidled toward it and picked up a
big, blunt knife used for peeling vegeta
bles. Then before anyone had noticed
him he waa out of the door and on his
way down the street toward the mission
He ran breathlessly, stumbling up the
little blind alleys, vaguely picking his
way by the Iron cross on the top of the
chapel. He looked into the eyes of every
child he met is if for proof of the ru
mors which were none the less truth to
him because he found no confirmation.
On and on he ran till the little cross
was almost above him. The heavy, trou
bled breathing of the sick boy sounded
In his ears and 'urged him faster until
he neared the gate.
. There was a small walled street on one
side almost destitute of houses and emp
ty as the streets of Pompeii. He turned
Into It Slowly he disentangled the big
kn)fe from the folds of his coat He
bared his left arm deliberately and cu a
long gash above the elbow. Then he
threw the knife Into the thick grass near
the wall..
Where another man might have
fainted from the pain, Chun Tal, through
the force of his resolve, remained con
scious. No scream escaped his Hps, and
the contortions of his face were domi
nated by a look of supreme love and
sacrlflca The blood flowed freely from
the wound, and he stanched it with a lit
tle blue wrapping cloth he had brought
from home, binding his arm up roughly.
After a moment's rest he continued his
way slowly and entered the door of the
Passing through the gateway . he was
directly in a room furnished only by
benches running round the sides of ft,
and a large brass-bound chest at one
end. A, kindly man came up to him, an
elderly man.. Chun Tat pulled up hi
sleeve, showing the wound, and the doc
tor, seeing the red stream of blood trick
ling down from It left the little row of
patients sitting on the benches near the
door and attended to him first While he'
washed and dressed the wound, the devil
doctor asked him many simple questions
In the vernacular whence he cams and
how he had been hurt,
As he answered, Chun Tai wondered
that such a kind old man should gouge
out children's eyes; yet he was glad that
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Spokane, Jan. 20. The undertakers at
Spokane have been at war for some time
and now the fight has broken out in a
new direction and .a number of bodies
have peen lying in one of the morgues
for several weeks awaiting burial- jjhls
time jthe. contest' is .over the pauper
dead..; Undertaker J. 'D. Buchanan has
a contracUwith. the county to. bury the
paupers for $12 each, ; This is . less
than the actual expense of the " work,
but-the undertaker figures to make it
up on cases that are, first supposed to
be paupers and later relatives turn up
and pay handsomely, for the work. A
great many pauper . cases . first come
under the Jurisdiction of Tproner D.
L. Smith and he has been sending all
cases to the Smith & Co. morgue and
they have investigated each case care
fully and if there was any chance to
get anything from tho.relatlves, it not
they have notified ' Buchanan to come
.and get the bodies. Here Is where
"Buchanan balked. He said he would
take all the cases that came along at
the contract rate, but refvsed to go to
another undertaker ahd get a case after
he had decided there was nothing in It.
Smith & Co. refused to bury the dead
arid Buchanan to get' them and bury
them, and ' while they were scrapping It
out the bodies' have remained unburied.
The county -commissioners have taken
hold of the matter and asked an opin
ion of the. prosecuting attorney as to
what, their rights were in the case, but
the -prosecuting attorney has not been
able to find any law that fits the case
as yet He is still hunting for it
The labor unions In this, city have
been trying to enforce the state law
providing that the men on city work
shall not work more than eight hours
for some time and criminal suits have
been started against the contractors as
well us numerous civil suits.. Saturday
bids were opened for the grading of
Ash street In this city and the bids ran
from 4.200 to 16,890. -.The Jowest bid
was one made my Goorge E.' 8 tone, and
much below the others. The contractors
have ben. Investigating, the matter
since then and have discovered that the
bid of Stone was in reality a bid by
the Federal Labor union and. that the
union men Intend 'to take the contract
and do the work, v t
Stats Labor Commissioner ' Blackman
has called on Street Commissioner Root
and-demanded trmt the eight hour law
of the city, and state be enforced and
insisted that the eight hour law clause
should be placed in every contract
Inasmuch as the constitutionality ot
the eight hour law is now pending In
the courts It. is probable the city of
ficials will pay1 no attention to the state
labor commissioner. '
Thieves broke into the Cathollo
church of Our Lady of Lourdes Satur
day and stole two large gold goblets and
one' piece of -the silver and .gold ser
vice. Father Cunningham did not re
port the sacrilege for nearly 2 ( hours
after it had been discovered, in the hope
that the thieves might be tempted to
come back and try to get the rest of the
service and that they might be caught
He is able -to give a, description of a
roughly-dressed man who has been
loitering around the church for the past
two days and the police are 'how look
ing for him in the belief tbat he Is thy
thief. .The atolen gobleta and service
piece were a part of the altar collection
and highly prized by. the church con
gregation, as the pieces were worth to
the church as gift pieces far more than
the intrinsic value of the gorld. ,
The fourth annual convention of the
Inland Empire Horticulture and' Florti
cultural association will be held in Bpo
kane January 25. 2 and 27. The con
vention Of county horticultural inspec
tors has been called to meet in Spokane
at the same time. . On January 2? the
county inspectors will adjourn to Pull
man and continue their sessions there.
One of the important measures to come
before the convention will be the reso
lution introduced by J;he North Yakima
auxiliary so as to amend the constitu
tion as to change the place of the an
nual convention.
Preferred Stock CanneA Goods.
Allen & Lewis' Best Brand.
instead of subjecting his firstborn to
such a risk, he bad borne the pain him
self. '
The old knife , which had been chosen
for the Instrument of sacrifice was
rusted on the edges, and the lips of the
gash were ragged. The dressing of it
was alow, but he stood theu&ta stolidly
and unflinchingly, impatient at the wash
ing and cleaning, desirous only for the
great medicine. .At last the prelimina
ries were done. The devil-doctor walked
to the cupboard and brought out a small
box. Chun Tal's heart beat fast, and
the excitement made his arm tremble
until the healer, accustomed to the
phlegmatic dispositions of his regular
patients, wondered and was unusually
kind. Gently he laid the curing white
ointment on the cut. covering it thickly
and binding It up with clean linen bands.
Chun Tai felt a moment of despair.
"Will you give me none of the great
medicine to carry away?" he asked,
The doctor smiled and. knowlns- thafc
the cure of faith with the simple Chines
minds is half the cure, he gave Chun Tat
a tiny box of precious ointment with
careful directions. "In case you cannot
come again to the mission," he was told,
"lay the medicine on the wound and bin
It up again just as you have seen me do."
Chun Tal, when the operation was done.
fumbled with his unhurt hand In the folds
of his gown. Excitement unsteadled his.
fingers, and he was a long time finding
what he was looking for. Presently, how
ever, he drew forth a string containing
eight large cash t cents the remains of
his little store, and handed them to the
doctor. "For the great medicine," he
said simply. ,
When the white man gave them quietly"
back to him, Chun Tat was astonished.
Had he seen the mist on the doctor's eye
he would have been even more surprised.
As it was, he wondered on the curious
ways of the chlldren-stealers. .
Then back he went through the narrow
streets to his boy In the Inn. The child
was lying as he had left him, but breath
Ing more and more heavily. However,
the halting gasps which were agony to
him before, caused him no worry now.
He had obtained the elixir, the great
cure, and there was no more doubt In his
simple mind that it would save the boy
than that the boats which sailed on the
canals near htn vlllnva nu1l tfcn
ways with their painted eyes. The room
was empty, but a kettle stood as usual
on the table ? near the charcoal stove.
Rome tea remained, from the man's break
fast It was a moment's work to pour It
into a bowl and to mix in the little box
of great medicine. He stirred it well with
iav w seats, " y l ('Ot UUlillll VTJ"
tng at band. When It was dissolved, he
lifted the boy's head and poured the mix
ture between his Hps. Once, twice, and a
third. time the child gulped it down, till
nothing , remained. ' ; .
Then he lifted up the baby and walked
slowly to and fro with him. to wait for
the cure. "For two hours he paced back
nd forth, waiting." His feet were on the
highest point of the heights of faith. The
child was slowly growing cooler; he felt
its hands. They had burned beforet now
they were quits cool. The breathing was
less painful. The baby seemed to ; be
dropping into a natural sleep. Mean
while the pain in his own arm increased,
but Chun Tai hardly thought of It He
was waiting for the great healing. Only
when the boy fell fast asleep did he lay
him on the k'aug, wrapped in the little
wadded coat He laid himself down be
side him, and, worn out with watching
the pain, he, too, fell asleep.
The return of the Innkeeper to oversee
the evening meal awakened blm. With a
start he leaned over' to the child. ' It was
cool. The burning fever waa gone. Chun
Tai touohed the little face. A shudder
went over himf He felt the little hands,
the tiny brown feet He listened for the
halting , breathing. There were no la
bored sobs. f The great medicine had
cured the burning and the gasping but
It had chilled every bit of the little life
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Chun Tal smoothed the baby cheeks, he
rubbed the baby hands and then ht
knew that his faith had not availed. ' He
was not a man to burst Into a torrent of
emotion. 8tolldly he drew, the string of
cash from the bosom of his gown; On
the biggest, be pressed between the IttCn
teeth. It was the toll for the ferry'nmu
who was even then ferryinir th rhtuiicri
spirit across the nurtlhlnt 8tvx. The ret
he threw on the k'ang for the lnkfinr,
and, for a seroml time, he wrapnr-'l lh
child In the wadd-'l rout anil, with
face and srhing arm, utaikM any ni'i
his burden toward the jrtat aton-i r i ',