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A KANSAS EXPRESSION.
CURIOUS ORIGIN OF A PECULIAR
PHRASE USED IN THE WEST.
ollowingr Tom's Wheelbarrow" la a
Term That Ha Become Very Common.
THw "Tom" Wu It Means' That
Kan Has Dome Wrong.
Among the scouts who accompanied
'Gen. Sheridan during the campaign
against the Indians in the winter of
1868-69, who were attached to headquar
ters in the capacity of couriers, selected
for their courage and knowledge of say
age methods, was Tom McFadden, who
made a record for himself, and was one
of the scouts sent out by Gen. Sheridan
to bring "Sa-tan-ta" in as a hostage
when the villainous old savage was sit
ting on hia horse apart from his great
hand of allied warriors on a knoll, con
templating whether to attack the troops,
who were in battle array one morning
in front of Fort Cobb, and who was ex
tremely impudent. McFadden was after
ward one of Gen. Miles' scouts in his
wonderful campaign against the TnrKa-na
Late in the fall of 1867 McFadden and
two other trappers established a camp on
the Paradise, about two miles above its
junction with the Saline. They had re
markable luck, and in a short time had
accumulated a large lot of pelts, furs,
"buffalo hams and elk and deer meat.
.'They possessed but one small team of
horses, and their supplies running low
they concluded to go to the then embryo
town of Ellsworth, on the Smoky Hill,
which had just been started on account
of its proximity to Fort Barker, then the
-most important military depot and post
on the plains. It was also the nearest
trading point for the many hunters scat
tered along the rivers and streams of the
wilderness of central Kansas, and about
seventy miles from McFadden's camp.
So Mac and one of his partners hoofed it
into the new town, intending to hire
teams to bring their meat and skins to
the railroad, to purchase their needed
supplies, including poison the most nec
essary article of all their wants with
which to kill wolves. -
FINDING THE BARROW.
Arriving at Ellsworth they vainly en
deavored to hire teams, but all in the
region had been employed by the quar
termaster's department at Fort Harker
-in hauling hay from the various "grass
camps" in the vicinity, so they had to go
back, as they had left their only other
partner alone in camp with but a few
rounds of ammunition and the Indians
anything but friendly. The railroad, at
the time of their arrival at Ellsworth,
was running a train to what is now
Bunker Hill, then only a water tank sta
tion, to which point they shipped their
supplies, as it was some miles nearer
their camp, intending to pack the most
needed articles on their backs and return
with their own team in a few days for
those things they could not take along.
After arriving at Bunker Hill and
dumping their supplies on the little plat
form, dreading to start out on their long
tramp loaded down with what they must
take, intending to store the rest in some
Mcure place until they could come for
them, McFadden happened to see a pile
f wheelbarrows belonging to the rail
road company piled bottom side up along
the track, and with the inspiration that
)B born of genius he turned to his part
ner and said, "Dan, this darned question
of transportation is settled right here,
for here is a vehicle that looks as if it
was constructed for our special purpose
at this ticklish juncture."
So, waiting until the station men were
out of sight, they proceeded to load up
one of the fortunately discovered wheel
barrows with their supplies, which in
cluded among many smaller things 200
pounds of flour, and away they went
across the high prairie toward their
camp. Their route went over a smooth
country until they neared the "breaks"
of the Saline, and then it . required a
good knowledge of the region to find a
passage through the precipitous lime
atone bluffs which characterize that por
tion of Kansas.
FOLLOWING THE TRAIL.
It is a difficult matter, or rather was
in those early days, for a "tenderfoot" to
find his way down into the valley of the
Saline, as it is the most lumpy region in
that part of the state. Knowing the
whole country well, Tom and his part
ner struck for the nearest point on the
river, satisfied that with their unique
means of transportation they could go
down the bluffs anywhere and cross the
stream where a wagon would not dare
to attempt it. At last the fortunate
hunters arrived at their camp, tired,
but with their supplies intact.
The next season that immigration
which grew to be phenomenal in so short
a time began to seek the beautiful and
tempting valleys of the tributaries of
the Saline, and of course the only route
to the coveted localities was through the
rough country north of the Union Pacific
in Kansas, and the starting points the
stations of the road. Bunker Hill was a
favorite initial point on account of its
nearness to the "Paradise" valley, and
McFadden's wheelbarrow trail, which
was stall plainly visible, was taken for
the wagon track of some preceding im-
. migrant, which all persistently followed,
and, naturally, too, only to be suddenly
-brought ' up all standing at some inac
cessible bluff down which it was impos-
' able to go.
Then nothing was left to do but re
irace their steps to the main 'divide,"
losing ten or twelve miles thereby. Thus
a broad trail was made through the
rough country, and considerable pro
fanity was breathed on the pure atmos
phere of the virgin prairie in that vicin
ity until the errors of the "old wheel
harrow trail" were corrected. It be
' came a by word at last, when a man was
lost and turned up after going .miles out
of his way, "Well, he has only been fol
lowing Tom McFadden's wheelbarrow
; trail to the Sane." Kansas City Star.
Mrs. Romero, wife of the. Mexican
minister at Washington, has had the
back of her neck photographed. :
for joy as he heard the sentence he
thought he should never hear again.
"Now, what do you propose to do?" in
quired Benjamin Hambleton.
"I says fer you to write to dat man
and see whut he says. "Well share
profits. , Of course you kin have mos'
"Mos" haff," indignantly. "Mos' haff,
when I does all de writm' and reading?
No, sir! I gits whole haff or not write."
"All right, all right," hurriedly as
visions of a lost fortune again float be
fore him. Amiability being restored,
they worked and plotted together like
ld cronies should. The letter was writ
ten and posted; they had only to wait a
week or two before they could dress up
and live like folks in the big 'ouse.
Uncle Peter began to wear "the big
gest" air imaginable. He became lazier
than ever and plagued Marse Bob al
most out of his wits. The negroes all
wondered what had got into Uncle
Peter. He usually bade them good
morning in the pleasantest manner, but
now it was with the condescension of a
monarch. Angeline was no longer the
"apple of his eye." She found herself
not noticed at all, and thereby became
sulky and switched about more than
ever while she walked. But it all was
lost upon Uncle Peter. He was going
to get rich in his old age, and that was
all he wanted. He dreamed of it at
night, and went a-day dreaming over it
Uncle Peter was too talkative, how
ever, to let his secret remain one longer
than a few days. He had no idea he
had "let the cat out of the bag," but be
fore one week had expired all the negroes
on the plantation knew he had discov
ered a method for getting rich, and all
were on the qui vive for discovery, but
they did not let Uncle Peter have an
inkling of their intentions.
One Saturday afternoon as the clouds
in the west began to lose some of their
exquisite coloring, for night was creep
ing on, all of the hands, Uncle Peter in
cluded, had gathered about the back
door of the big house. AT eyes were
centered upon Marse Bob, who stood on
the stone steps with a stone jug in one
hand and a cup in the other. Every
face was wreathed in smiles at the
thought of a dram. As Marse Bob
poured out the liquid which ran with
such a good old sound, "So good, good,
good, good," it seemed to say, he talked
and gave much good, good, good, good
advice while he distributed it around.
The darkies had just wiped their mouths
on their coat Bleeves preparatory to leav
ing, when a little negro boy came up
with the mail. Marse Bob glanced over
it hastily, and called out:
"Halloa, here, Peter a postal for you."
"Yas, sir," responded Uncle Peter,
stepping up with happy expectation in
his tones and movements. v
"Shall I read it for you?" with a twin
kle in his eyes, for he had read it while
speaking, and had heard something of
Peter's boasting lately.
"Yas, sir, s'pose you do," responded
Peter, who was feeling generous after
his smile. He didn't care just then if
all the darkies ia Christendom knew how
to get rich.
Marse Bob cleared his throat, while
all the . hands turned around to hear
what Uncle Peter's correspondent had
"How to get rich. Eat nothing, wear
nothing, and work like old Nick."
There was a shout of laughter from
every pair of lips save Uncle Peter's.
He was dumb with disappointment and
rage. He said not a word, but turned
away and walked off "a sadder and a
It is a month later. Riches are never
mentioned by Peter now. He is cured.
His fellow workmen plagued his poor
old life almost out of him, until one
morning he turned like a wounded lion
at bay and made them all fly. Since
that time he has lived in peace. A curi
ous coolness grew up between rnrrt and
the preacher at one time, but the genial
nature of both old darkies has thawed
that out, and they are the same old
cronies, only they never speak of wealth
to each other. Mrs. E. M. Stewart in
The Value of Sleep.
Gen. Lord Wolseley, England's lead
ing soldier, is a man of simple and ab
stemious habits, and is an emphatic
advocate of sleep. When he is his own
master he goes to rest between 10 and
11 and is up before 6. He is a sound
sleeper, and can sleep at almost any time
and under any circumstances, which is
no doubt one great secret of success; for
in war, as in politics, the man who can
not sleep might as well retire from the
running. "You cannot put in your
time more profitably than in sleeping,"
Lord Wolseley says, and the saying is
one that may well be taken to heart by
all hard workers. As long' as you can
sleep you ean always renew your
strength. It is when sleep fails that
your balance at the bank of life is cut
off. Best Things.
The Value of Armor In War Ships.
The value of armor has been a matter
constantly discussed since its first intro
duction. So long as it remained, as it
did for a time, superior to the attack of
the gun its desirability was certain, but
when the race began between the two
the gun early seized and maintained the
lead. From that time to the present ad
vocates of the abolition of armor have
been very numerous. They compare the
state of affairs with that which existed
prior to the disuse of personal armor,
but so long as armor can be so arranged
as to protect certain vital points it is
probable that it will be so used. Still
there are some good arguments in sup
port of decuirassement to use a French
word that is particularly expressive. :
New York Herald.
Pull Sown the Blinds.
To all secret societies with Venetian
blinds inside their windows: See that
the slats are turned carefully down be
fore initiating a candidate, or somebody
across the street will have as much fun
out of the ceremony as the members.
Governing; Children. '
Parents have proudly told me of sick
ening battles with their children, will
pitted against will, till at last the strong
er physique gained the mastery, and the
child's "will was broken." Such vic
tories are worse than defeats. I have
seen a" father and his little boy stand
pitted against each other, with a look in
each face that I could call nothing but
hatred; and when I thought of the
power of the one and the helplessness of
the other. I could not but admire the
boy's pluck. There should be no such
occasions. The parent stands convicted
of utter stupidity in finding himself in
any such situation.
There are times when it is, wiser for
the parent to ignore some mood on the
child's part. The part of the parent
should be in ever seeking the wise
opportunity to impress the child with
the virtue that is the reverse of
some fault it falls into. Children pass
through various phases, and some dragon
of a fault that one has been worrying
over and planning against suddenly van
ishes into thin air and is no more. Some
times one fixes a fault by noticing it too
much. It becomes an expression of
nervousness. The child repeats a fault
through an inability to pass over it. It
becomes like a hard word in the spelling
book that he has met before. He recog
nizes the word without knowing its
name, and at the same moment remem
bers his struggles with it, and the pain
ful impression fills him with nervous
ness, his mind becomes confused and he
cannot control his thought. It is wise
with a fault, as with the hard word, to
let it go to escape it. ' Omit the hard
word; avoid anything to excite the ha
bitual fault. Presently the child for
gets the fault. It may be said that in
judicious parents often create their chil
dren's faults. Harper's Bazar.
. Rapid Transit In New York.
A school inspector who is rather fond
of finding fault with the teachers, in his
department was visiting one of the
primary public schools, when the female
teacher in charge asked a number of
urchins the following question, "Now,
children, if you had a boat at Buffalo,
and wanted to get it out on the ocean as
soon as possible, and the distance by
canal to salt water was 860 miles, and
by the St. Lawrence river 1,122 miles,
which would be the shorter way to
bring it?" The children were puzzled.
This was rather irritating, in the pres
ence of the inspector. "Why, you stupid
little things," began the teacher.
"One moment, .Miss B ", said the
inspector rising. "I have found that
teachers do not .take enough pains to
simplify the questions ' that they ask of
children. It is very important too,
that analogies should be drawn from
their personal experience. If more pains
were taken in this respect, and an ap
peal made to the reason of the pupils,
not only yourself, Miss B , but a
great many other teachers would suc
ceed much better.
"Now, children, it is only two blocks
to the Third avenue elevated road, but
it is eight blocks to the Sixth avenue
road. Now if you wanted to get to an
elevated road in a hurry to which would
yougor "To the Third avenue road,"
shouted the children in triumph. "Cer
tainly," said the inspector smiling, "be
cause it is the nearer. Now then, -if
you had a boat at Buffalo, and wanted
to reach the ocean in a hurry, which
way would you take it?" The children
thought a minute, and then burst out
simultaneously, "By the Third avenue
road!" New York Tribune.
It is well to be always polite, but there
are times when it is better to be natural
than to attempt the elaboration of social
courtesies. The safest rule in any case
is to be simple and do the obvious thing;
this will not only be most sincere, but
will often save one from appearing ridic
ulous. A gentlemen who wished to give pleas
ure to a young lady of his acquaintance,
i'iss Mott, arranged a boating party in
her honor. The guests were chosen with
her approval and everything was done
to her liking.
Unfortunately the wind proved treach
erous, and about the middle of the day
the party found themselves becalmed on
a sea which, rose and fell in the long
ground swell that is sure to prove too
much for all but experienced sailors. It
was not long before most of the party
were ill, Miss Mott being one of the
first to succumb. She lay in a wretched
heap ou the deck of the yacht, refusing
to be moved, her hair in disarray and
her whole appearance that of unutter
"I am so sorry that you are ill, Miss
Mott," the host said. "When I wish to
give you pleasure again I will not pro
pose a water party. V
With a supreme effort Miss Mott
raised her ghastly face, about which the
hair straggled, wet with the sweat of
agony. An attempt at a smile showed
itself on her white lips.
"Oh, I am having a perfectly lovely
time," she said feebly.
The earnestness with which she spoke
was too much for the gravity of her
companions and, sick or well, they burst
into a laugh, which so overcame Miss
Mott that she fell to weeping bitter
tears. Youth's Companion.
. Tipping Is Economical to Diners.
Systematic tipping of waiters pays. A
tip here and there by the occasional pa
tron of restaurants is simply generosity.
The regular tipping of one waiter at one
restaurant, however, is great economy.
When the waiter is sure of the tip the
service is much better, and there are
possibilities in an a la carte order which
only the well trained and well tipped
Go to your regular restaurant with a
friend, and if your purse is' small order
a one portion dinner. There will be a
few extra oysters, a larger tureen of soup,
the roast will be in two generous slices,
just enough for two throughout. Now
give your waiter a double tip, and the
next time you ask a friend to dinner you
will be treated like lords. New York
Telegram. . .
J. M. HUNTINGTON & CO,
Real Estate and
Abstracts of, and Information Concern
ing Land Titles on Short Notice.
Land for Sale and Houses to Rent.
Parties Looking for Homes in
COUNTRY OR CITY,
OR IN SEARCH OF
. Should Call, on or Write to us.
Agents for a Full Line of, -
Leaflinff Fire Insurance Companies,
And Will Write Insurance for
Correspondence Solicited. All Letters
Promptly Answered. Call on or
J. M. HUNTINGTON & CO.
Opera House Block, The Dalles, Or.
Has Opened a
In Connection With his Fruit Stand
and Will Serve
Hot Coffee, Ham Sandwich, Pigs' Feet,
and Fresh Oysters.
Convenient to the Passenger
On Second St., near corner of Madison.
. Also a
Branch Bakery, California
Orange Cider, and the
Best Apple Cider.
If you want a good lunch, give me a call.
Open all Night
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Late Rec. U. S. Land Office. Notary Public.
THOHHBURY & HUDSON.
ROOMS 8 and 9 LAXD OFFICE BUILDING,
Postoffipe Box 325,
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And all other Business in the U. S. Land Office
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Lands under the recent Forfeiture Act,
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city, and adjacent country, to assist in
developing our industries, in extending
and opening up new channels for our
trade, in securing an open river, and in
helping THE DALLES to take her prop
er position as the
Leading City of Eastern Oregon. ;
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