The Oregon scout. (Union, Union County, Or.) 188?-1918, February 27, 1886, Image 6

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Charity not In ottentntlon town
Tr charity a hunchcd-folil tnilceil;
It sprltiftcth In Iliy heart from noble teed,
Implanted by the hand of l.ove alone
And shall foicvnr live, tbo' nil unknown
It sbeddeth comfort o'er tl;o Ileitis of
Tlio' never written he lis sacred crccd
Tho' tlccps It not beneath the lofty stone,
Thou sweetest fiow'rof human graces nil,
. True charity, how enn I ting thy prclftc
With this mj starveling verse these talents
small 1
In dim hcruillajrc. pairing perfect days
Calmy Hvest thou In ho'y pence, won
In humhlo ways by duties grandly done.
(.'. O. JUniiUeii, In Chicago Current,
Doctor Antekirtt.
3E5y T ules "Vcinae,
Atrriror. oi' "jounsnr to inn centoe
op Tin: earth," "Titir to the moon,1
" twenty thousand iikaoues
undeis the sea," etc., etc.
Translation cepurtghtcd bi (7. IP. Ilanna, mi.
Tltero nro pcoplo who givo n good
deal of employment to fauio that woman
of a hundred moutlis whoso trumpets
blare forth tliuir names towards t ho
four cardinal points of tho enrth.
This was ho in tho esse of tho cele
brated Dootor Antekirtt, who had just
arrived in tho harbor of Ornvosa. His
arrival had been signalized by an inci
dont whicli would havo been enough to
attract publio attention to tho most
ordinary traveler. Ami ho was not an
ordinary traveler.
For several years thero had been
woven around Doctor Autokirttn sort of
legend in all tho legendary countries of
tho extreme East. Asia from tho Dar
danelles to tho Sue. (Junal, Africa from
Suez to Tunis, tho lied Sen along tho
wholo Arab coast, resounded with his
namo as that of a man of extraordinary
knowledge in tho physical sciences, n
sort of gnostic or lalob who possessed
tho hist nccrols of tho universe. In
earlier times ho would liavo been called
an Epiphane, in tho countries of tho
Euphrates ho would have been vener
ated as u descendant of tho ancient
How much ot this loputation wn
tindesorved? All tliat would make tho
Marian a magician, all that would attri
bute to him supernatural power. Tho
truth is that Doctor Antekirtt was u
man, nothing but a man of high educa
tion, powerful mind, shrewd judgment,
great penotration and marvelous perspi
cacity, who had been remarkably served
by circumstances. For example, in 0110
of tho central provinces of Asia Minor
ho had boon able, by a discovery of hi3
own, to kuvo a wholo population from a
terrible epidemic up to then considered
to bo contagious ; and in consequence
his famo .was unequalled.
Ono thing that contributed to hii
celebrity was tho impenetrable mystery
whicli surrounded him. Whenco came
ho? No ono know. What had been hi
history ? Nouo could say. ' Where had
lid lived and how ? All that was certain
fthout Doctor Antekirtt was that ho wan
adored by the people iu Asia Minor and
Eastern Africa, that he was held (o bo a
physician of wonderful skill, tint tho
report of his extraordinary cures had
even reached tho great soiontitlo centres
of Europe, and that his attentions wero
03 frooly bostowod on tho poorest as on
tho richest man and pashas of these pro
vinoo.i. But ho had never boon seen in
tho West, ami for many years his plaoo
of residence was unknown ; and henco
tho propensity to regurd him as somo
mysterious avatar, somo Hindoo incar
nation, somo supernatural being curing
by 6upornnttirnl means.
But if Dootor Antekirtt had not yet
practiced his art in tho principal States
of Europe, his nputation had preceded
him. Although ho had only arrived at
Kagusii as an ordinary traveler a
wealthy tourist yachting in tho Mediter
ranean tho news of his arrival soon
spread through tho town ; and tho acci
dent bo narrowly prevented by tho oour
ogo of Capo Matifou had had tho effect
of still further arousing tho publio
Tho yacht would havo done orcdit to
tho wealthiest and most fastidious of
nautical spirtsmon. Her two masts
without rake and placed well amidships
thus giving hor the full benefit of a
largo mainsail nnd foro-stuysail hor
long bowsprit with Its two jibs, Iter yards
on tho foremast, and her powerful spars
wore dosigned for a sail plan th it would '
drive her at iminon-o spued. She was,
as wo have said, a schooner of about ,
threo hundred and llfty tons. Of long, I
lino lines, neither too broad in the beam,
nor too deep in tho draught, but of
ample stability, she was a craft that iu n 1
senniiui's hands could bo depended on in I
all weathers. Iu a decent breeze, either !
on or off tho wind, she could easily reel 1
off her thirteen knots an hour, and
would havo held her own iu n mutch 1
with any of tho oruok cruisers of tho
British clubs. (
Hor interior lUtings wore in keeping
with her external appearance. The 1
whiteness of her Canadian pluo deck, '
without a knot in its planking, hor com- ,
pauions and skylights ot teak with their ,
brasswork as bright us gold, her beauti- I
fully oarvod holm, her sparo spars under
their white cases, hor taut halliards and 1
running riggiug contrasting iu color
with hor galvanized iron shrouds and
stays, her yurnlshod boats hanging grace- i
fully from their davits, tho brilliant ;
bUok of her hull relieved only by a plain
gold riband combinod to make her n
vessel of exquisite taste and extreme
This yaoht ia of enumerable import
uoe in our Btory. Slio was tho iloatlug
homo of that mysforidus personage tp
hero. Below, luxury strove with com
fort. The cabins and saloons were deco
rated regardless of cost. The carpets
and hanging and tho rest, of the furni
ture worn ingeniously adapted for all
tho requirements of pleasure navigation
nnd this was nhowu not only in tho
cab ns but even in tho pautry, " hero tho
silver nnd porcelain services wero kept
secure from tho movement of tho .ship,
in the galley which was a picturo ot
Dutch cleanlincsi, nnd in tho crow's
quarters. Tho men, numbering about
twenty, wero dressed hko Maltoso sailors,
with short trouso'.-s. sea boots, striped
shirti, brown waistbands, rod caps and
jruernseys on which in white letters
there appeared tho initials of tho
schooner's nnmo and that of her
But to what port did this yacht belong?
On what register had sho been entered?
In what Mediterranean country did sho
lay up for the winter? What was her
nationality ? No ono know, just ns no
ono know tho nationality of tho Doctor.
A grcon Hag with n red cross in tho
upper corner lloated at her gaff. And
tho Hags of all nations could bo sought
through in vain for such an ousign.
Nevertheless tho officer of tho port
before Doctor Antekirtt camo nshoro
had had the papers sent to them, and
doubtless found them in due order, for
after the visit of tho health officer they
had given her freo pratique.
But what was this schooner's namo?
Thcro was written on her counter in tho
neatest of gold lettering the solitary
word "Savarena."
Such wan tho splendid plcasuro craft
that was now tho admired of all in tho
harbor of Grnvosn Point Peseado and
Cupo Matifou, who in tho morning wero
to bo received on board by Dootor Ante
kirtt, regarded her with no less curiosity,
and with a great deal more emotion
than the sailors of tho port. As natives
of tho coast of Provence they wero well
up iu seafaring matters. Point Peseado
especially regarded this gem of marine
architecture with all tho fooling of a
connoisseur. And tins is what they
said to each other in tho evening after
they had closed flioir show :
"Ah 1" mid Capo Matifou.
"Oiil"' said Point Peseado.
"Eh, Point Peseado?'
" Who said sho wasn't Capo Matifou?"
Anil these words doing dutv for admir-
auvo lnici-jccuous were ns expressive in
tho mouths of tho two acrobats as others
much longer could havo been.
The Savarona was now anchorod : her
nails even stowo 1, hor rigging was all
coiled carefully down, and tho awning
had beon pitched aft. Sho was moored
across an angle of tho harbor and thus
showed that rather a long stay was in
During tho evening Doctor Antokirtt
contented himself with a short walk in
tho neighborhood of Grnvosa. While
Silas Toronthal and his daughter
returned to llagusa in thoir carriage,
which hod waited for them on tho quay,
and the young innn wo havo mentioned
wentvlmok down tho long avouuo with
out waiting for tho ojd of tho fair then
in full swing, tho Doctor strolled about
the harbor. It is one of tho best on the
const, and at. tho time contained a con
sidernblo amount of shipping of different
nationalities. Then after leaving tho
town ho followed tho shoro of tho bay of
Ombra Fiumoru, which extends for about
thirty-six miles to tho mouth of tho
little river Ombra, which is deep enough
for vessels of moderate draught to ascend
almost to tho foot of tho Vlnstizn
Mountains. About niuo o'clock ho
returned to tho jetty, whero ho watched
the arrival of a largo Lloyd mail steamer
from tho Indian Ocean. Thou ho
returned on board, went down to his
cabin und remained there till the morn
ing. '
Such was his custom, nnd tho captain
of thoSavarena aseamuu named Nnrsos,
thou in his fortieth year had orders
nover to trouble tho Doctor during his
hours of solitude.
It should be said that tho officers and
crow know no more of tho past history
of tho ownor than outsiders. They
woro nouo the less devoted io him, lnidy
and soul. Although tho Dodor would
not tolorato the least infraction of dis
cipline, ho was very kind and liberal to
afl. And mou wero always ready to join
tho Savarena. Never was there a repri
mand to give, u punishment to inthct,
or a dismissal to elTect. It was an
though tho schooner's crow wero all ono
After tho Doctor had como aboard all
arrangements were made for the night.
The lights wero got up fore and nft, tho
watch was set, and complete silence
reigned on board
The Doctor was sea'ed on n largo
couch iu an angle of his apartment On
tho table were a few newspapers that his
servant had bought iu Gruvosa. Tho
Doctor run them over carelessly, taking
no note ot tho leaders, but picking out
tho foots and reading the shipping news
uud the fashionable movements. Then
ho threw tho papers down, a sort of
toninolont torpor gained upon him, and
about eleven o'clock without callitig his
valot, ho lay down, though it was bomo
time before ho slept.
And if wo onuld havo read tho thought
that especially troubled him we might
havo been Bin-prised to llnd that it found
shapo iu words us. "Who was that
young innn who bowed to Silas, Toron
thai on th quay at Gmvosa?"
About eight o'clock next morning tho
Dootor appeared on deck. Tho day
promised to bo magiiitlcent. The nun
was already hhhiiug on tho mountain
tops which form the background of tho
bay. The shadows were swiftly retreat
ing to tho choie across tho surfaeo of
tho waters, and very hoou tho sun shone
diieot on tho Savareua.
Captain Nnrsoscanie up to the Dcotor
to receive orders, which, after a. pleasant
greeting wero given him in a very few
A inimilo afterwanls a IkxU left tho
Mihoouor with four uien and a coxswain
uud headed for tho wharf, whero tho
was to wait tho oonvenioueo of Poiut
Peseado and Capo Matifou.
It was a grand day and a grand cere
mony iu tho nonuidio existence of tho
two honest fellows who hod wandered so
many hundred miles away from that
beloved Province they so longnd to see.
They were both on tho jetty. They
had changed their professional costume
for ordinary clothes rather worn, per
hapsbut clean ; and stood there look
ing at tho yacht and admiring her as
before. And they wero in particularly
good spirits. Not only had they supped
last night, but they had breakfasted this
morning. A piece oi extravagance that
could only be explained by their having
taken tho extraordinary amount of forty
two llorins. But do not let it bo thought
that thoyhad dissipated all their receipts.
No ! Point Peseado was prudent, and
looked ahead, and life was assured for a
dozen days at tho least.
"It's to you wo owo that, Capo
Matifou I"
" Oh I Peseado 1"
"Yes, you, vou big man."
"Well, yes, to mo if you like!"
answered Matifou.
The Savnrena's boat now camo along
side tho wharf. The coxswain rose, cap
in hand, and hastened tosay that ho was
"at tho gentlemen's orders."
"Gentlemen 1 Whnt gentlemen?"
asked Point Pescade.
"Yours ;lves," answered tho coxswain.
"You, whom Dootor Antekirtt is wait
ing for onboard."
" Good 1 You pee wo nro gentlemen
already," said Foiut Poscado.
Capo Matifou opened his hugo eyes
nnd twirled his hat iu his hands.
"When you aro ready, gentlemen, "
said tho coxswain.
"Oh, wo nro quite rendy quito
ready," said Poiut Peseado, with a most
affable bow.
And a moment afterwards tho two
friends wero comfortably seated on the
black rug with red edging which
covered tho thwart, whilo tho coxswain
had taken his place behind them.
Of course the enormous weight of our
Hercules brought tho boat down four or
live inches below her usual load-line.
And tho corners of tho rug hnd to bo
turned in to prevent thoir dragging in
the wator. Tho four oars dipped, and
tho boat slipped quickly along towards
tho Savarena.
It must be admitted that tho two pas
sengers were rather excited nnd even
shy. Such honors for a pair of mounto
baiilcs 1 Capo Matifou dared no stir.
Point Peseado, with all his confusion,
could not conceal that cheerful sniilo
which always aniiuatcd his intelligent
Tho boat passed round tho schooner's
stern and stopped at tho s.arboard gan
way the place of honor.
Tho ladder bent beneath Matifou's
weight as ho went up tho side. As soon
as ho and Poscado reached tho deck they
wero taken aft to tho Dootor.
After a cordial "good mornin
several formalities and ceremonies had
to be cone through beforo the visitors
would consent to sit down. At last they
did so.
Tho Doctor looked at them for a mill
uto or so without speaking. His pas
Bionless, hnnd.soino fneo impressed them
greatly. But there could bo no doubt
ing that if tho smilo was not on his lips
it was in his heart.
" My friends," said ho, "yesterday you
saved my crew and myself from a great
danger. I wish to thank you once mote
for having done so, and that is why I
asked you to como on board.
"Doctor," answered Point Peseado,
who began to recover somo of his nssur
once, "vou nro very kind. But what
my comrndo did any man would havo
dono in his place, if ho had had tho
Mntifougavoan affirmative sign which
consisted in shaking his head up and
"Bo it so," said tho Dootor, "but that
is not all, for your companion has risked
hisdife. and I consider I am under an
obligation to him."
"Oh! Doctor," roplied PointPoscade,
"you will make my old Capo blush, and
it will never do to let tho blood rush to
his head."
"Well, my friond," continued tho
Dootor, " 1 seo you do not euro for com
phments ! So 1 will not insist upon
them 1 However, as every service is
worthy of"
"Doctor! nnswerod Point Peseado.
"I bog pardon for interruptingyou, but
n good action, as tho copvbook say, is its
ownroward, and -wo have been rewarded.
"Already ! And How?" naked tho
Doctor, who began to think that ho had
beon anticipated.
"Undoubtedly I replied resendo.
"Alter that extraordinary exhibition of
strength on tho part of our Hercules,
tho publio vero anxious to judgo for
themselves of his powers under more
nrtistio conditions. And so they camo
in crowds to our provencal nrona. Capo
Matifou throw half a dozen of tho stout
est inountnineors and strotigost porters
of Grnves;i, and wo took au enormous
"Yes, unprecedented, in our acrobntio
" And how much ?"
"Forty-two llorins 1"
"Oh! indeed! But I did not know
that I" answered tho Doctor, good
htunomlly. "If I had known that you
woro giving a pel formanco I hhouldhavo
made it a duty and a pleasure to bo
present. You will ullow mo then to pay
for my sent"
"This evening, Doctor," inswered
Point IVi-eade, "if you come to honor
our oflbrts with your presence."
Capo Matifou bowed politely nnd
flirugged up his hugo shoulders,
'which had nover yet bitten the dust,"
to quoto from tho verbal programme
ssuod by P. nut Pesoado.
Tho Dootor saw that ho could not per
suade tho acrobats to receive any
rewtml-ut least of n pecuniary kind.
Ho resolved therefore to proceed dill'ci
cutty. Besides, his plans with regard to
them hnd been decided on the .novious
uight, and from inquiries he had made
regarding the mountebanks, ho hat!
found thnt they wero really honest men
in whom all confidence could be placed.
"What are your names?" asked he.
" The only name I am known by is
"And yours?"
" Matifou," answered Hercules.
"That is to say, CapeMntifou," added
Poscado, not without somo prido in
mentioning ij namo of such renown in
the arenas of tho south of Franco.
"Butthoso aro surnames," observed
tho Doctor.
" Wo havo no others," answered Pos
cado; " or if wo had. our pockets got out
of repair and wo lost thorn on tho road."
"And your relations?"
"Eolations, Doctor! Our means
havo nover allowed us such luxuries!
But if wo ever get rich, wo can easily
Hnd them."
"You aro Frenchmen? From what
part of Franco ?"
"From Provence," said Poscado,
proudly ; "that is to say wo aro French
men twice over."
"You nro facetious, Toint Peseado !"
"That is my trade. Just imagine a
clown with n rod tail, a street jester with
a solemn humor. Ho would got more
apples in an hour than ho could eat in a
lifetime! Yes I am rather lively,
extremely lively, I must admit. "
" Capo Matifou is moro serious, more
thoughtful, moro everything!" said
Point Pcscnde, giving his compnnion n
friendly pat much ns if ho wero caross
ing a horse. "That is his trndo also.
When you aro pitching halt-hundreds
about you havo to bo serious 1 When
you wrestle you not only use your arms
but your head ! And Capo Matifou has
always been wrestling with misery!
And ho has not yet been thrown !"
The Doctor listened with interest to
tho bravo lit lo fellow who brought no
complaint against tho fate that had used
him so ill. lie saw that ho possessed as
much heart as intelligence, and won
dered what ho would havo become had
material means not failed him at tho
outset of life.
"And whoronroyou going now?" he
"Whero chanco leads us," answered
Point Peseado. "And it is not always
a bad guide, for it generally knows the
roads, although I fancy it has taken us
rather too far away from homo this time.
After all, that is our fault. Wo ought to
have asked whore it was going."
Tho Doctor looked at them both for a
luinuto. Then ho continued :
"What can I do for yon ?"
"Nothing, sir," answered Peseado
"nothing, I nssuro you."
"Would you not iiko very much to go
back to Provence ?"
At oaco a light sprang into their oyes.
" I ism tako you there."
" That would bo capital," said Poscado.
.ml then addressing his companion,
ho said :
"Capo Matifou, would you liko to go
"Yes if you come, Point Poscado."
"But what should wo do? Howshould
wo live ?"
Cupo Matifou knit his brows as was
bis way when in a tlx.
"Wo can do we can do " ho
"You know nothing about it and
neither do I! But anyhow it is our
country ! Isn't it strange, Doctor, that
fellows liko us have a country, that
although wo havo no parents wo aro
born soniowhero ? It has always seemed
queor to mo.."
"Can you nrmnge for both of you to
stop with mo?" asked tho Dootor.
At this unexpected proposition Pes
eado jumped up with n btart, whilo Hor
oules looked on, wondering if ho ought
to get up too.
"Stop with you, Doctor?" nnswered
roint Peseado. "But what good shall
wo do to you? Exhibitions of strength
nnd activity wo are accustomed to, but
ffo can do nothing else ! Aud unless it
is to amuse you during tho voyngo M
Listen," Niid the Doctor. " I want
n few men, brave, devoted, clover nnd
intelligent, who can help mo in my plana.
'Pll..i io .r. Ir...... ......
Will you join these men ?"
"But when your plausure realized"
said Point PcHeade.
"You need uot leave mo uuless vou
like," said tho Doctor with , smilo.
lou can stay on board with me. And i
look here, you can givo a fuw lesions in
gymnnstics to tho crow. But If you
want to go back to your country you
can do so, and I'll seo you do not want
for tho rest of your lives. "
J' Oh I Doctor," said Pescade. "But
you do not intend to leave us nothing to
do ! It-will not do for us to bo good for
nothing !"
"I will give you something to do that
will suit you."
"Tho offer is a tempting one," said
"What is your objection to it?"
" Only one, perhaps. You seo us two,
Capo Matifou and mo. Wo nro of tho
same country, and wo ought to bo of tho
samo family if wo had a family. Two
brothers at heart. Capo Matifou could
not exist without Point Pescade, nor
could Point-Poscado without Capo Mati
fou. Imagine the Siamese twins 1 You
must nover separato us, for separation
would cost us our lives. Wo nro quito
binmese, nnd we liko you very much,
And Point Pescade held out his hand
to Cape Matifou, who pressed it against
his breast as if ho had been a child.
"My friend," said the Doctor, "I had
nojidca of separating you, and I under
stand that you will nover leave each
" Then wo can look upon it as arranged
if "
"If what?"
"If Capo Matifou consents."
"Say yes, Point rescailo," nnswered
Hercules, "and you will have said yes
for both."
'Good." said tho Doctor, "that is all
right, and you will never reient it I
From this day forward you neod do
nothing else."
" Oh, Doctor ! Toko care !" said Pes
cade. "You may be engaging moro
than you think."
"And why?"
"Wo may cost you too much ! Partic
ularly Matifou ! Ho is a tremendous
enter, and you wouldn't like lifm to lose
his strength in your service."
"I hope ho will double it"
"Then ho'll ruin you 1"
"He jvon't ruin me, Point Pescade."
"But he'll want two meals three
meals a day 1"
"Five, six, ten if ho likes," said tho
Dootor, with a smilo. " Ho'll find the
'table always laid for him."
"Eh! Old Capo!" exclaimed Point
Pescade, quito delightedly. "You will
bo able to grub away to your heart's
"And so will you, Point Pescade."
"Oh! I! I nm a bird. But may I
ask, sir, if wo aro going to sea ?"
"Very frequently. I havo now bnsi
noss in all quarters of the Mediterranean. I
My patients aro scattered all over the
coast. I am going to carry on a sort of
international practice of medicine!
When a sick man wants mo in Tangier
or in tho lialearics, when I nm at Suez,
nm I not to go to him ? WThat a physi
cian does in a large town from one quar
ter to another I do from the Straits of
Gibraltar to tho Archipelago, from tho
Adriatic to tho Gulf of Lvons, from tho
Ionian Sea to tho Gulf of Cadiz 1 I havo
other vessels ten times faster than this
schooner, uud generally you will como
with mo in my visits."
"That wo will. Doctor," said Point
Pescade, rubbing his hands.
" Aro you afraid of tho sea ?" asked
tho Doctor.
"Afraid of tho sea 1" exclaimed Point
Pescade. "Children of Provonco !
Ragn:nuffiii3 rolling about in tho coast
boa.s ! No I Wo aro not afraid of the
sea, nor of tho pretended sickness it
yields. Wo nro used to walk about with
our heads down aud pur heels up, aud if
tho ladies and gentlemen who nro
inclined to bo seasick only had a couple
of months of that exerciso they would
nover want to stiok their noses in tho
basins 1 Walk up ! walk up I gentlemen
and ladies, aud do as the others do !"
And Peseado camo out with a scrap of
his patter as guyly as if ho woro on the
stand in front of his arena.
"That's good, Point Peseado !" said
tho Doc: or. "Wo wiil listen to you as
long as you liko, and I advise you ncvej
to loso your clieorful humor. Laugh,
my boy, laugh and ting ns much as you
like. Tho futuro may havo such tad
things in store for us that wo cannot
afford to despiso happiuoss as wo go."
As ho spoke tho Doctor becamo serioas
again, and Pescade, who was iratomng
him, camo to tho conclusion that in hu
past life ho lind experienced u greats
shore of eri"' m usual
"Gir." saVI he, af'.er a pause, 4' from
to-day we b"lntig to you body and soul."
"And from to day," answered the
Doc or, "you can take possession of
your cabin. Probably I shall remain
few days at Gravosa and Itugusn, but it
is ns well you should get into tho way ol
living on board the Savarena."
"Uuttlyou hike us off to your country,"
added Pescade.
"1. have no country," said tho Dootor,
"or rather 1 have a country, n country
of my own, which can beconio yours if
you hko."
"Como on, Matifou, then. Wo'll go
and liquidate our houso of business I
Bo easy. Wo owe no Ono a thing, and
wo aro not going to offer a composition!"
And having taken leavo of tho Doctor
they embarked in tho boat that was
waiting for them, and wero rowed to the
In a couplo of hours they had mado
out their inventory nnd transferred to
come brother showman tho trestles,
painted canvas, big drum and tambou
rine, which formed tho wholo assets.
The transfer did not tako long, and was
not very difficult, and tho weight of tho
money realized did not seriously incon
venience thorn.
But Point Pcscnde l.e;tback his ncro
bat's costume nnd his cornet, and Mati
fou kept his trombone and his wrestliug
suit It would havo been too much for
them to part with such old frionds that
reminded them of so many triumphs
nnd successes ; and so they wore packed
nt tho bottom of tho small trunk which
contained their furuituro, thoir ward
robo and all their belongings.
About ono o'clock in tho afternoon
Point Peseado and Matifou returned to
tho Savarena. A largo cabin forward
had been assigned to them a comfort
able cabin "furnished with overytliing
you could desire," ns Peseado said.
Tho crew gave a cordinl greeting to
tho newcomers who had saved them from
a tcrriblo accident, and Point Pescade
nnd Matifou had no occasion to grievo
for the food they had left behind them.
"You see, Capo Matifou," said Pes
cade, "when you are led you will reach
everything. But you must bo lodl"
Capo Matifou only replied by a nod,
his mouth wns full of a hugo piece of
grilled ham, which, accompanied by ten
fried eggs, very soon disappeared down
his throat.
" It is worth all the money to see you
eat 1" said Pescade.
to nn coxTiNtrnn.
American Opium Smokers.
Tho class of Americans most addicted
to opium smoking- are said to bo actors
nnd traveling men, with a fair sprink
ling of all other professions and pur
suits mixed in with them. Ono of the
most complete wrecks from opium in
this city to-day is a lawyer, however,
who in two short years has lost a prac
tice worth at least $10,000 a year and a
number of friends worth all the way
from a pleasant handshake to tho cheer
ful loan of a thousand or two. He tried
it just to see how it went, and it went
very badly in his case, indeed. To-day
his friends avoid him and his family aro
dependent upon others, whilo ho himself
finds no enjoyment outside of , n few
pipes of opium, smoked whenever and
wherever it can be found for tho little
money he can raise.
Another authenticated c-aso Is that ol
a young lady who has smoked as high
as 70 grains of opium a day, but she
could afford it, as she camo of u good
family in this city, and had money to
keep up the habit. It is said there a.-o
a nunilwr of women hero in Now York
who average 400 grains of opium per
day, and many men who snioko from
GOO to 800 daily, every othor day, or
once a week, as the habit has gained
control over them, and us they are. able
to regulate their actions iu this respect.
Sonic men make it a regular practice to
go on an opium debauch onco a week
or once a month, as tho caso may be,
but the great majority of thorn smoke
and dream continually us long as their
money lasts, stopping only when cash
gives out and tho den keepers become
Strigent State laws havo failed com
pletely to put a stop to tho practice in
this as well as other states, and if tho
habit increases as rapidly within tho
next ten years as it has within tho past
ten years, it will become n serious ques
tion with Unclo Sam what to do with
the load introduced hero by tho Chineso
originally in tho shapo of tho little
opium lien, nnd swell to tho sizo of a
small world of woo through tho readi
ness with which a civilized peoplo nurso
it. In some parts of China it has been
so very destructive that tho lips of opi
um smokers that is, tho upper lips
were cut away in order to provent suc
tion in holding the pipe for a "draw,"
but oven this failed to arrost (ho habit
or stop now recruits from joining tho
vast army of smokers. Inlcr-Occan.
Tommy's Ited, White ami Hluo Bones.
The minister was calling on Mrs.
Bushman, and while sho was putting on
her false front and powdering up Tom
my came into tho parlor with a box
under his arm.
"What have you hero, Tommy?"
sweetly inquired the minister.
"Lot oboncs, sir," replied Tommy,
"Bones, eh. What do you do with
"Play with 'em. There's red ones,
an' hluo onos an' whito ones."
"Show mo how you play with them."
"Well, I'll givo vou some, and then
you say, 'I seo you blind' and then I say,
I'll straddle you.' Thon you say, 'I stay
in,' then you put four bones in tho mid
dle an' 1 put four, and then you say, I
call,' then I get all tho bono. Funny,
ain't it?"
"Why, I don't seo any gamo to that"
"Oh.'yes, pa and Mr. Kaiser an' Mr.
Johnson an' Mr. Burton they played it
down in tho dluin'-rooni las' night, nn' j
I peeked through the ke-holo, nnd pa
ho had a awful lot o' boms, an' ho was
latlln' liko ho was tickled. Guess ho
likes to play iu"
The next Sunday tho minlstor
preached n sermon on gamoling, and he
tired it right at Bushman, who felt un
comfortable and wotidored who gavo
him away. JirooUin Times.
An outfit ot pine Mraw and a board mounted
on a i-ou pie of well-greased barrel sUrea fui-IpIh-s
the southern boys and girls all tho tobog
caulug titer ever get uulesjthqj um north-