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WHEN MAMIE DIED.
Tfcaa Mamie died, the boose was hashed and
wneless presence seemed to enter there, , ;
-A, Spectre we could neither see nor hear.
When Mamie died.
When Mamie died the birds forgot to sing.
And nature sympathized in tears of rain;
3jt seemed as if our hearts were rent in twain
When Mamie died.
Whn Mamie died we could not understand,
"We bowed in grief, the children round us cried;
. Sot now we know the dear Lord took her hand
When Mamie died.
Mooea Oage Shirley in Yankee Blade.
If this story, dear reader, were the
"work of my imagination, I should hesi
tate to write it. It would seem too im
probable with its mixture of tragic and
ludicrous, but I can assure you that, as
tar as the facta relating to Ana's doll go.
tt is entirely true.
Ana was once in the service of a friend
of mine, and her present position, her
bouse and husband, are as I represent
. them. If I have failed to do justice to
any one, it is to the doll, whose beauty
great judges declare to have been inde
scribable. But Ana had no doll when
this story begins. She was u rosy cheeked
girl with flaxen braids wound about her
head, and big blue eyes that still seemed
staring at the world with infantile aston-
iahment. She was but seventeen, but
. even then betrothed to a certain young
Hans who had placed himself with a
grocer a youth as red cheeked, round
eyed and baby faced as Ana herself.
They were very fond of each other and
very true to each other, but they had
prudent souls, and had set before them
selves the fact that a certain sum must
be Baved before they married. It was a
comfortable sum, too, not to be made by
a maid servant and a grocer's clerk in a
Slurry: but, as Ana confided to her mis
tress, "Yen some peoples gets married
togeder, right away comes dose children,
and cos' dem much money. - It is better
dot dose peoples wait until dey got dot
money once already."
No one ever contradicted Ana or strove
to dissuade her from her purpose. . If
Hans ever said anything to anybody
which seemed unlikely, for he would sit
long hours without speaking, even to
Ana on Sunday evenings, when he al
ways went to see her he was probably
encouraged in his economical intentions.
At all events this honest pair of German
lovers never swerved from their object.
Every month they made a deposit in a
savings bank, 'and slowly the dimes
"turned to dollars, and ' the dollars to
eagles, and the eagles became the sum
,f total of the marriage portion very
alowlyT some sweethearts would have
fancied, but Hans and Ana possessed
their souls with patience.
For years each Sunday afternoon saw
aim arrive at the kitchen door of Ana's
' service place dressed in his best clothes
and wearing a red geranium blossom in
his buttonhole. Sometimes they went to
church together hand in hand were
they "not betrothed? and if any one
grinned neither Hans nor Ana was of
fended. He bought her papers of pep
permint drops and sticky slabs of taffy.
She knitted him red worsted comforters,
and blue mittens, and yellow wristlets,
and sometimes they read their hymn
books and sometimes their bankbooks,
rejoicing when the money gathered in-
, teres t, until at last there came a day
when Ana revealed to her mistress that
the money had been accumulated and
that the wedding was at hand.
Meanwhile Ana's cheeks had faded
and Ana's eyes were not so blue, and
little puckers were to be seen at the cor
ners of her mouth, and certain pencil
lines crossed her forehead, which had
been as smooth as ivory on her betrothal
Hans, too, had changed from a round,
early headed boy to a stocky man, with
a bald spot on the top of his head, and
both of them had lost sundry teeth.
which thev were far too economical to
aeek to have replaced by a dentist.
Still they were as fond of each other
as ever, and very happy- in the little
frame house, with a small garden about
it, which they bought and furnished
from their savings. Hans was also prom
ised a partnership in the grocery, and it
seemed as though their good angels had
looked favorably upon these humble and
honest lovers. Their house shone with
cleanliness. In their little parlor were
the brightest carpet, the whitest cur
tains and the most highly colored re
ligious pictures to be bought. A clock
set in a Swiss cottage of carved wood
ticked away between a German china
shepherd and shepherdess. There was an
escritoire in which the bankbooks were
locked up, and the usual number of
chairs and a table, also an enlarged photo
graph of Hans and Ana, hand in hand.
taken in their early courting days. Sa
' cred indeed was this apartment, but the
other rooms were just as tidy, and for
a while Ana seemed perfectly happy
There came a time, however, when she
. seemed to her late mistress to have
grown graver to be anxious about some
thing. She sighed, and when questioned
"Yes, I have some droubles." .
Pressed to say what ' they were, she
"I vait now a good vile for de good
Lord to send dose lee tie childrens, and
'dose leetle childrens did not come. And
Hans, he vaits too.
But children did not come to them.
One day Hans, having been, as in duty
bound, to the church fair with his wife
- -on his arm and his money in his pocket,
had bought several pretty and useful
- things, and taken chances in something
on the toy tablehe hardly knew what
. because that worthy lady, the pastor's
sister, had requested him to do so. Hans
was economical, but to spend money at
a church fair was a religious duty in his
eyes and Ana's. It was the last day of
the fair, and just as he was about to
leave the building the pastor's sister
touched him on the.arm and said:
"Well, Hans, don't go without your
"My doll?" said Hans. ;
"You drew the doll," said the pastor's
sister. "You had the lucky number,
"Ah, I nave no children to give a doll
to," said Hans, in his native language;
but he went back to the toy table and
took the parcel that was handed to him.
"I will take it," said Ana. ' -
She carried it home in her arms, say
ing to Hans every now and then:
"This is heavy heavy as a real baby,
as large and soft as if it were alive."
When they reached home she lighted
a .light, and sitting down began to un
wrap the folds of muslin and paper, and
shortly looked upon one of the most
beautiful objects they had ever seen.
It was one of those wonderfully fine
imported dolls that are really artistic.
Its face was as sweet as a cherub's, its
waxen arms and shoulders had dimples
in them, its flaxen hair curled about its
temples. It had the face of a little child
of two years old, and was as large as a"
baby of six months. When it was held
up its eyes opened: when it was laid
upon its back they closed. Ana stared
at it solemnly, and suddenly uttered a
-cry of rapture. Then Hans, all this time
attentive but remote, stepped forward
and knelt down .beside his wife. He
timidly touched the doll with his finger.
"Kiss it, then, my beloved," said Ana.
"This is no common doll," said his
wife. "This is a doll child. The dear
Lord has sent it to as to compensate.
Then they kissed it. That night it lay
between them folded in a shawL The
next day the neighbors were astonished
by seeing a cradle carried into Ana's
house. Curiosity leading them to call,
they found Ana sitting in her parlor
sewing and softly rocking the doll, which
looked as though alive. She was making
a nightgown for it. No one dared to
laugh somehow no one wanted to laugh,
for Ana repeated solemnly a German
phrase, which can only be translated
thus, "It is by the love of God given."
A certain superstitious admiration,
such as they felt when they looked at
holy shrines in the church on Christmas
night, possessed them, and Ana played
the mother to her doll in peace". She
dressed it as she would have dressed- her
own baby, held it on her knee, folded it
in her arms atld bade it kiss Hans on his
return home at night, and actually in a
very little while there appeared in the
entry of the little house a perambulator.
in which Hans and Ana took the doll to
ride every Sunday afternoon exactly as
other parents took their real babies. '
Just as quietly as they had carried out
their long engagement these two grown
np children carried on their pretense of
being parents, and the mne days' wonder
ceased to interest the neighbors in time,
save when they told it to astonish some
Alas! who could have thought that
this- curious-play would end tragically?
But it did.
One morning Ana, disheveled and in
tears, appeared at her late mistresses'
house. Her sobs choked her utterance.
but at last she contrived to say:
Oh, madam! great droubles great
droubles de vorst droubles dot can
come! Oh, madam!"
"Is Hans sick?" the lady asked, fearing
that even worse had happened.
But Ana replied:
"His heart is broke like mine! Oh!
never can ve laugh any more all is
The lady waited .for an explanation.
It came at last.
"My baby doll my dear, God given
baby doll is dead!"
Ana. what are you saying? A doll
cannot die," said her mistress.
"My doll baby is dead she is killed
dead!" said '' Ana "she is killed dead!
I tell you how dot happens: Last night
I just put dot child asleep, mit on her
de little nightgown and set de cradle in
de parlor vere all vos still, ven comes
my goot friend .Gretchen und her hus
band und her ' leetle dog, . und . make
some coffee on de table, nnd we drinks
und laughs. I : tinks noding and Hans
tiuks noding, but all de while Gretchen
" 'Vere goes dat bad dogV
" 'Oh," I ay, 'he plays never mind.'
"I vish to be polite, but she say:
" 'Yen he is like dot still he does mis
"So ven ve laughs und eat leetle
cakes und drink coffee, a long time dey
go away, und she calls de dog und he
" I like not dot dog's looks,' my friend
say. 'He has stole someding. If yon
have got some meat put avay for break
fast you find it not.
" 'Oh, I guess all right,' I say. But de
leetle dog lick so on his mouth, und she
" 'All wrong, I am sure."
' "So I laugh, nnd ve all shakes hands
nnd go. und ve goes in nnd locks up.
nnd I says:
" 'Now I get my doll child, and goes
straight avay to bed,' und I goes into
dot parlor door mit a candle, "und I see
my- child lying deat und bitten - und
eaten by dot dog on dot floor, und I falls
down und knows noddings."
As soon as she could quiet Ana a little
the sympathizing lady went with her to
her house. .
, There in the cradle lay a very dead
doll indeed. The dog had -eaten the
wax head and arms and chewed the kid
body into tatters.' There was no possi
bility of repair or renovation; but after
a while it occurred to the lady to sug
gest a means of comfort, and she said:
"After a while you can bny another
doll, Ana, One as pretty will cost some
thing, . but you won't grudge that. 1
will tell you where, and you can dress it
in the same clothes, and forget all that
At these words the mourning Ana
ceased her sobs and turned upon her with
"Buy a doll! I am not a .fool!" said
she. "You do not den know dot dere is
like dis lost one no oder? Dis was by de
dear God given to me, because so much
I wanted a child. - No, my doll child is
dead, and de world goes unter."
And from that time to this Ana and
Hans have been sad and unsmiling, and
in their little garden is a little mound
covered with turf and decorated as are
the graves of German children. Here
lie the tatters of their adored doll.
Mary Kyle Dallas in Fireside Companion.
FACE TO . FACE WtTH DEATH.
A Tanas Soeiety Woman's Eesnsrfcable
Expei-tenee Before at Mirror.
"At the ball last night," said a man'
talking to a companion at his club din
ner, "a girl with whom I sat out one of
the dances told me of a rather curious
experience she had earlier in the evening.
She said she . was in the hands of her .
maid for the ball, was seated before her
dressing table having her hair done; the
room was warm and "flooded with light:
her ball gown was in her sight. She
was reading during the process some
light society novel, and, as she rather
shamefacedly confessed, munching bon
bons between times.
"All at once she grew tired of candies
and fiction, and, putting both aside, sat
looking in the glass while the maid
worked. She was thinking of the ball
and various anticipations she had con
cerning it, when, suddenly, without
warning, and from no apparent cause,
she found herself face to face with her
' ''She put it very graphically: 'It was
personal death I was struggling with,"
she said, 'not the abstract death that we
read of in the newspapers nor the future
long-to-be-postponed mortality which we
more or less indifferently accept as one
common destiny. . It was the actual end
of my life, the finis of everything for
me, and the going out from my home
and friends to the darkness and horror
of the unknown beyond. What religi
ous faith I had forsook me completely.
".'I trembled and a cold dampness
gathered on my forehead, I choked and
started to my feet. My maid, alarmed,
asked if I were ill. I said yes, and 1
was ill with dread, but nothing more,
for I was conscious of feeling perfectly
welL She went to fetch a glass of water,
and before she returned the vision, or
whatever it was, had gone as quickly as
it had come. The hairdressing was re
sumed, and I could detect no physical
results of the visitation, which was terri
bly real and awful while it lasted, and 1
shall not soon forget it.
"I reminded ' her of some verses of
Aldrich on a similar subject, where
while the carriage waits at the door f o)
milady's forgotten fan, the husband oi
lover is confronted in the same dismal
way, but she had never seen or heard of
them. Her experience was evidently
very genuine and had made a consider
able impression upon her." New York
Discovery of Natural Gas.
The first that was heard of natural gas
in the states was in the year 1815, when
it was found in Charles town. Some six
years later, a story is told of a woman
going out one dark night to draw water
at a place called Fredonia, in New York
state when she put down her lantern.
much to her consternation a Bpring of
gas by the well took fire. In 1824, when
Lafayette passed through the same neigh
borhood, in honor of the occasion, Taylor
house, where he staid, was illuminated
with the gas laid on by pipes direct from
The great reservoirs or natural gas
were first tapped in the process of boring
artesian wells. As soon as- one' of the
drills reached a certain depth the whole
apparatus was blown high np into the
air, and the gas escaped by the vent with
a roar that could be beard from afar.
One American gentleman boring for
water met with this experience, and, hav
ing no other use for the gas, stuck a tall
pipe into the hole, applied a light to the
top, when the flame shot upward, and
thus created a beacon fire which illumi
nated the country round for miles. Years
afterward this light was still burning,
and probably may be seen to this day.
' Why Soldiers Break Banks.
There are very few bridges in the
world over which troops are allowed to
march in regular step. In general, when
coming to P bridge, particularly a sus
pension bridge, the drums or bands are
stopped, the array is broken and the sol
diers pass over without keeping step, or
rather taking pains not to keep step.
The reason is found in the fact that a
very slight initial vibration, if continued,
is imparted to the whole structure, and
in a short time becomes so strong a down
ward strain at every recurrence as speed
ily to endanger the safety of the strong
The same principle is illustrated in
some houses, which can be made to
tremble from roof to foundation by per
sistently and regularly pressing with the
foot on a loose board in one of the floors.
A similar curious "circumstance is seen
in the case of certain churches in which
it is dangerous to play the heavy pedal
pipes of a grand organ, for the reason
that the vibration becomes so great as to
shatter the panes of glass in the win
dows, and even to imperil the safety of
the roof. St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
Spiders Are Industrious.
" No small insect ever escapes from the
web of a spider, a fact which is not to
be wondered - at when it is considered
that an ordinary sized snare may con
tain as many as 120,000 viscid globules.
The spinner is constantly engaged in re
pairing injuries to the web inflicted by
wind, stray leaves or captured insects.
Once a day the whole snare is subjected
to rigorous examination, and any broken
or loosened threads are adjusted. Corn
An Open Inctosnre. -
The following was related by the late
Judge Breckenridge, of western Penn
sylvania: "I once heard a Virginia law
yer object to an expression in one of the
acts of the assembly of Pennsylvania,
which read, 'That the state house yard
in the city of Philadelphia should be
surrounded by a brick wall and remain
an open indosure forever.' " Providence
Off and On.
Bingway Those are not your clothes,
Featherstone No, my tailor's. .
Bingway What are you wearing
them for? -
. Featherstone My own are being re
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Office, N. W. Cor. Washington and Second Sts.
The Grate City of the Inland Empire is situated at
the head of navigation on the Middle Columbia, and
is a thriving, prosperous city.
It is the supply city for an extensive and rich agri
cultural an V grazing country, its trade reaching as
far south as Summer Lake, a distance of over fwc
THE LARGEST WOOL MARKET.
. The rich grazing country along the eastern slope
of the the Cascades furnishes pasture for thousands
of sheep, the -wool from "which finds market here. O. I
The Dalles is the larerest original -wool shippmO-
point in America, about 5,000,000 pounds being
shipped last year.
' ITS PRODUCTS. "
The salmon fisheries are the finest on the Columbia,
yielding this year a revenue of $1,500,000 -which can
and -will be more than doubled in the near future.
The products of the beautiful Klickital valley finely
market here, and the country south and east has this
year filled the -warehouses, and all available storage
places to overflo-wing -with their products.
ITS WEALTH K
It is the richest city of its size on the coast, and its
money is scattered over and is being used to develop,
more farming country than is tributary to any other
city in Eastern Oregon.
Its situation is unsurpassed! Its climate delight
ful! Its possibilities incalculable! Its resources un
limited! And on these corner stones she stands.
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