Bohemia nugget. (Cottage Grove, Or.) 1899-1907, December 27, 1901, Image 2

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    The Doctor
By Hesba
H "H I I H I 1 1 1 I 1 1 I I I I I I 1 1 1 1
t-i,., !,.. .,.,, in with Intense sever
ity. Icicles a yard lone hung to the
caves, and tho snow lay unmelted for
days together on tho roofs. Moro often
thnn not we were -without wood for our
flre, and when we had it, it was grecr.
and unseasoned, and oniy smomorvu
nwny with a smoke that stuns nnd irri
tated our eyes. Our Insufficient and un
friri ns with no in
ward warmth. At times tho pangs of
hunger grew too strong for us both, and
forced me to spend a little of tho money
I was nursing so carefully. As soon as
I could make myseir understood, i v
out occasionally after dark to buy bread
and milk.
I found that I had no duties to perform
u. t. nf t).n thm Trench
pupils desired to learn English. Lnglisn
girls, who Had ueen uocoyeu "im
same snare by the same false photograph
...M-l, VimiI ontmnned me.
ItUU (JIUlni.iua ...... , i,
were all of families too poor to be nblc
to forfeit tho money wmcu nau uccu ju.u
l J. lK,lr Vrrnrll education.
I u nuiuiiLu u ...... - i
Two of them, however, completed their
term at Christmas ana rciurncu uomo
weak and 111; tho third was to leave in
the spring.
Very fast melted away my money. 1
could not see the child pining with hun
ger, though every sou I spent made our
return to England more difficult. Mad
ame Terrier put no hindrance In my way,
for the more food we purchased for our
selves, tho less we ate at her table. The
bitter cold and the coarse, food told upon
Minima's delicate little frame. Vet
what could J do7 I dared not write to
Mrs. Wilkinson, and I very much doubt
ed if there would be any benefit to be
hoped for if I ran the risk. Minima did
not know tho address of any one of the
persons who had subscribed for her edu
cation and board. She was as friendless
as I was in the world.
So faraway were Dr. Martin Dobrce
and Tardif that I dared not count them
as friends who could have any power to
help me. Better for Dr. Martin Dobreo
If ho could altogether forget mc, nnd
return to bis cousin Julia. Perhaps he
had done so already.
Towards the middle of February Mad
ame Perrier's coarse face was nlways
overcast, and monsieur seemed gloomy,
too gloomy to retain oven French polite
ness of manner towards any of us. The
household was under a cloud, but I could
not discover why. What little discipline
and work there had been In the school
was quite at an end. Every one was left
to do as she chose.
Early one morning, long before the day
'break, I was startled out of my sleep by
a hurried knock at my door. It proved
to be Mademoiselle Morel. I opened the
door for her, and she appeared Jn her
bonnet and walking dres, carrying a
lamp lu her hand, which lit up her weary
tear-stained face. She took a seat at
the foot of my bed and buried her face
In her handkerchief.
"Mademoiselle," she said, "here Is a
grand misfortune, a misfortune without
parallel. Monsieur and madame are
"Gone!" I repeated; "where are they
"I do not know, mademoiselle," she
answered; "I know nothing at all. They
nre gone away. The poor good people
were in debt, nnd their creditors are as
hard as stone. They are gone, and I
have no means to carry on the establish
nnnf rVn enlinnl fa finished."
"But I am to stay here twelve months,
I cried. In dismay, "and Minima was to
stay four years. The money has been
paid to them for It. What is to become
of us?"
"I cannot say, mademoiselle; I am des
olated myself," she replied, with a fresh
burst of tears; "all Is finished here. If
you have not money enough to take you
back to England, you must write to your
friends. I urn going to return to Bor
deaux. I detest Normandy; it is so cold
and trlste."
"But what is to bo done with the other
pupils?" I Inquired.
"The EuglUh pupil goes with me to
Parls' she answered; "she has her
friends there. The French demolselhs
nre not far from their own homos, and
they return to-day by the omnibus to
Granville. It is a misfortune without
parallel, mademoiselle a misfortune
without n parallel."
To crown all, the was going to start
Immmtliitplv liv the omnibus to Falaiso.
and on by rail to Paris, not waiting for
the storm to nurse, ana kissuu me on
l.ntl, f.hiL-i- lmiln me adieu, and was
nnnn lnm-iiiir me In utter darkness, before
I fairly comprehended the rapid French
in which she conveyed ner intention, i
had seen my lust of Monsieur and Mad
nr,m Tnrrlir. nnil of Mademoiselle Morel
All I had to do was to see to myself
nnd Minima, I carried our breakfast
back with me, when I returned to MIn
"I wish I'd been born a boy," she said
plaintively; "they can get their own liv
ing sooner than girls, nnd better. How
soon do you think I could get my own
living; 1 coum ue a nine nursemaid
n- vnn k'nnw: nm I'd eat verv little."
"What makes you talk ubout getting
your living r i asseu.
"How pulu you look!" she answered,
nodding her little head; "why, I heard
something of what mademoiselle said.
You're very poor, aren't you, Aunt
"Very poor!" I repeated, hiding my
face on her pillow, whilst hot tears fore-
ml ttinmanli-nH tlirntlph mv nvoliiltt.
"Oh! this will never do," said tho child
ish voice; "wo mustu t cry, you know,
Tho boys always said it was like a baby
to cry; and father used to say, 'Courage,
Xfl, ili, in I' Pnrluina. when nil our monev
Is gone, we shall find n great big purse
full of gold; or else a uenuiuui rrcocu
prince will seo you and fall In love with
you, and tako us both to his palnce, and
mako you his princess; and wo shall all
grow up till wo lie."
r 1niu)ini1 lit tho OllllltV Of this childish
climax, In spite of the, heaviness of my
heart and tho springing of my tears,
Minima's fresh young fancies were too
I W I W -r-H-K-r
droll to resist, especially in combination
with her shrewd, old-womanish knowl
edge of many things of which 1 was Ig
norant. It was now that across the darkness of
my prospects flashed a thought that seem
ed like an angel of light. Why should I
not try to make my way to Mrs. Dobrec.
Martin's mother, to whom I could tell
my whole history, and on whose friend
ship and protection I could rely Implicit
ly? By this time Kate Daltrey would
have quitted the Channel Islands, satis
fied that I had eluded her pursuit.
The route was neither long nor difficult;
at Granville a vessel sailed direct for
Jersey, and we were not more than thir
ty miles from Granville. It was a dis
tance that we could almost walk. If
Mrs. Dobree could not help me, Tardif
would take Minima into his house for a
time, and the child could not have n hap
pier home. I could count upon my good
Tardif doing that. These plans were tak
ing shape in my brain, when I heard n
voice calling softly under the window. I
opened the casement, and leaning out,
saw the welcome face of Rosalie, the
milk woman.
"Will you permit mc to come In?" she
"Yes, yes, come in." I said eagerly.
She entered, and sainted us both with
much ceremony.
"So my little Emile and his spouse are
gone, mademoiselle." she said, in a mys
terious whisper. "I hare been saying to
myself, 'What will my little English lady
do?' That Is why I am here. Behold
"I do not know what to do," I answer
ed. "If mademoiselle is not difficult," she
said, "she and the little one could rest
with me for a day or two. My bed is
clean and soft bah! ten times softer
than these paillasses. I would ask only a
franc a night for It. That Is much less
than at tho hotels, where they charge
for light and attendance. Mademoiselle
could write to her friends, If she has not
enough money to carry her and the little
one back to their own country."
"I have no friends," I said desponding
If. "No friends! no relations!" sho ex
claimed. "Not one," I replied.
I was only too glad to get a shelter for
Minima and myself for another night.
MademoUellc Rosalie explained to mc the
French system of borrowing money upon
articles. But upon packing up our few
possessions. I remembered that only a
few days beforo Madame Perrier had
borrowed from me my Bcalskin mantle,
the one valuable thing I had remaining.
I had lent it reluctantly, and in spite of
myself; and It had never been returned.
Minima's wardrobe was still poorer than
my own. All tho money we could raise
was less than two napoleons; and with
this we had to make our way to Gran
ville, and from thence to Guernsey. We
could not travel luxuriously.
The next morning we left Noireau on
foot, and strolled on as If we were walk
ing on air, and could feel no fntigue.
Every step which carried us nearer to
Granville brought new hope to me. The
face of Martin's mother came often to
my mind, looking at me, as she had done
in Sark, with a mournful yet tender smile
a smile behind which lay many tears.
"Courage!" I said to myself; "every
hour brings you nearer to her."
I had full directions hb to our route,
nnd I carried a letter from Itosalle to a
cousin of hers, who lived In a convent
about twelve miles from Noireau. If we
reached the convent before six o'clock we
should find the doors open, and should
gain admission. But in the afternoon tho
sky changed. The wind chnnged a point
or two from the south, and a breath from
the east blew, with a chilly touch, over
the wide open plain we were now cross
ing. The road was very desolate. It
brought us after a while to the edge of
a common, stretching before us, drear
and brown, as far as my eye could reach.
"Are you very tired, my Minima?" I
"It wilt be so nice to go to bed, when
we reach the convent," she said, looking
up with a smile. "I can t Imagine why
the prince has not come yet."
"Perhaps he Is coming all the time,"
I answered, "and he'll lind us when we
want him worst.
We plodded on after that, looking for
tho convent, or for any dwelling where
wo could stay till morning. But none
came in sight, or any persou from whom
wo could learn whero we were wander
Ing. I was growing frightened, dismay
ed. What would become of us both, if
we could find no shelter from the cold of
a February night?
There were unshed tears in my eyes
for I would not Jet Minima know my
fears when I saw dimly, through the
mist, a high cross standiug in the midst
of a small grove of yews and cypresses,
planted formally about it. Tho rain was
beating against It, and tho wind sobbing
In the trees surrounding it. It seemed
so sad, so forsaken, that It drew us to It
Without speaking the child and I crept
to the shelter at its foot, and sat down
to rest there, as if wo were companions
to It In Its loneliness.
It was too dark now to see far along
the road, but as wo waited and watched
there came into sight a rudo sort of cov-
ered carriage, like a market curt, drawn
by a horso with a blue sheep-skin hang
ing round his neck. The pace at which
ho was going was not obovo u Jog-trot,
and he came almost to a standstill opno
site the cross, as If it was customary to
pause there. This was the instant to on-
peal for aid. I darted forwurd and
stretched out my nanus to tno driver.
"Help us," I cried; "wo have lost our
way, and the night is come." i could seo
now that thtf driver was a hurly, red-
faced, clean-shaven Norman peasant. Ho
crossed himself hurriedly, nnd glunccd
at tho grovo of dark, solemn trees from
which wo had come. But by his sido sut
a nrlest. in li s cassock and broad-brim'
mod hut fastened up at tho sides, who
alighted almost before I had finished
speaking, and stood before ns bare head
ed, and bowing profoundly.
"Madame, no saw, in a ninim wm-i i
what town are you going?"
"We are going to urnnvme, i nu-
swored; "hut I nm afraid I have lost tno
way. We aro very tlrod. this Httlo child
.i,i t. Wo ran walk no more, monsieur.
Take care of us. 1 pray you."
I spoke brokenly, ror in nn cxircmu
lite this It was difficult to put my re
quest Into French. The priest appeared
perplexed, but he went back and held a
short, earnest conversation with tho driv
er, in a siilHlned voice.
"Madame," ho said, returning to mo, i
nm Francis I,aurentlc. the cure of Villi"
eu-bols. It Is quite a small vlllogo ubout
a league from here, and wo nre on tno
road to It; but tho route to Granville is
Ikiliim Ndilnd us. nnd It la still far
ther to the nearest village. There Is not
time to return with you this evening.
Will you, then, go with us to lllc-eu-bois?
and to-morrow wo will send you
on to Granville."
He spoke very slowly and distinctly,
n m..hp ivinllnl video, which filled
me with confidence. I could hardly dis
tinguish his rentures. uui mi nair ns
Hvorr white, nnd shone In the gloom, as
he still stood bareheaded before me,
though the rain was falling fast.
"Take care of us, monsieur," I .replied,
putting my hand In his; "we will go with
"Make haste, then, my children." ho
said cheerfully: "the rain will hurt you.
I,et mc lift the mlgnonne! Bah! How
little sho Is. Now, madame, permit me."
Tlior.i nn. n sunt III the llUt'k'. . wllll'll
we reached by climbing over tho front
bench, assisted by the driver, mere we
were well sheltered from tho driving wind
and rain, with our feet resting upon n
sack of potatoes, and mc two sirmigu
figures of the Norman peasant In hit
blouso nnd whlto cotton cap, aud tho
cure In his hat and cassock, filling up the
front of the car norore us.
Tkn. ,,ni T?rnrhwnmpn. Monsieur
le Cure," observed the driver, nfter a
short pause.
' nn mr fnnA Jonn." WaS tho CUTO 8
answer; "by their tongue I should say
they aro English. Englishwomen aro ex
tremely Intrepid, and voyage about all the
world quite alone, like this. ItIs only a
marvel to me that we nave never encoun
tered one of them beforo to-day."
"Monsieur," I Interrupted, feeling al
most guilty In having listened so far, "I
understand French very well, though I
speak It badly."
"Pardou, madamo!" he replied, "I hore
you will not be grieved by the foolish
words we have been speauing one to ine
After that all was still again for some
t. AvAn, tlw, ttnltllnt nf tho bells, and
I.UJl, V-VV, v. '
the pad-pad of the horse's feet upon the
steep and rugged road. uy anu oy a in-
ntnnls etrlUnr- nfhnpll fnintlr down
JM&l nu - -
the valley; and the cure turned round
and addressed me again.
,.n-i..A i. ..I. tlllni7f nisilnme." he snld.
llluc iuj ' n - .
stretching forth his hand to point it out;
"it Is very small, nnu my pansu vuummi
hut four hundred and twenty-two souls,
some of them very little ones. They all
know me, nrtd regard me aB a lamer.
They love mc, though I have some rebel
We entered a narrow and roughly pav
ed village street. The houses, ns I saw
afterwards, were all huddled together,
with a small church at the point farthest
from the entrance; and the road ended at
its porch, as if there wero no other place
In the world beyond It.
We drove at last Into a square court
yard, paved with pebbles. Almost be
fore the horse could stop I saw a stream
of light shining from an open uoor across
a causeway, and the voice of n woman.
whom I could not see, spoue eageny u
soon ns the horse's hoofs had ceased to
scrape upon the pebbles.
(To be continued.!
V Warnlnjc t Preacher.
"I thought It would be ensy enough to
convert the lay people of the town, but
realized, of course, mat tno ministers
would be a harder task. I reniemuer
one of the first sermons I preached with
that Idea before me. It was a not sum
mer day, nnd n gentleman very much
under the Intluencu of liquor slid Into
the rear part of tho church and went to
sleep. It was somewhat disquieting at
nrst, but I soon warmed up to the sub
ject and forgot htm. What happened
hns ulwavs been u warning to mis
against very loud preaching I waked
him up. Sly vehemence so (iisitiri)e(i m nrru.1. wnlk'iMl unsteadily
up the nlsle, and stopped In 'front of
the pulpit I was dreaiiruny einimr
rassed, I remember, but I retained suf
ficient presence of mind to take what
I thought wns nn clllclcnt and brilliant
means of bridging over the gap, for, of
course, I had stopped preaching when
ho stood still and looked at me. Lean
ing over the pulpit I remarked suavely:
" 'I perceive that my good brother Is
111. Wlllsome '
"Before any one could move, how
ever, he lifted his head, and. llxlng his
blinking eyes upon me, remarked In
perfectly distinct tones heard through
out the church:
" 'I sh'd think such preachln' 'ud
mako everybody 111!' "Cyrus Towns
end Brady, In New Llppincott.
Chunoo for a Castlo.
Tho following advertisement appears
In a London paper:
"A rock built crenelated castle, buf
feted by the Atlnntlc surge, at one of
tho most romantic nnd dreaded points
of our Iroubound coast, in full view of
the death stone; shipwrecks frequent,
corpses common; three reception and
seven bedrooms; every modern conven
ience; 10 gs. a week Address," etc.
Persons In need of a castlo and who
nm fnnd of shipwrecks nnd corpses
should not overlook this opportunity.
Pittsburg commercial unzeiie.
Tho Chief Cost.
Asklt And so you havo given up
your summer trip to Wetspot-by-the-
Telllt Yes. I had to. I had money
enough for expenses, but not enough
for tips. Baltimore American.
Tuberculosis in Paris.
Of tho 4),088 deaths which occurred
In Paris In 1800, ns many as 12,314 aro
attributed to tuberculosis, or moro
than one-fourth.
Hie Lectured lllm lltcalitn lie Did
Not ltlso uul Olvo Her III. Hciit
Mliilit Huve Kelt Ahnmocl, but
Didn't Heeiit To.
Shu was of an Ititormedlntu ago
which menus !hmu M) mid soino odd
very shnrp fcatiired and distinctly pet
ulant looking. Sho looked iih If she
might bestow thu bulk of her ufTectloii
upon n couple of ngiM cuts and par
rota. Sho boarded nn uptown Uth strvot
car at 1Mb street mid Now York avo
nuo tho other afternoon. There wasn't
n vneuut seat In sight. They wure all,
except ouo, occupied by women, who,
Btrnugely enough, wore actually press
ed quite close together, contrary to tho
usual femlnluu schumu of spreading out
skirts nnd bundles so as to take up
sulllclent mom for two or three sit
ters. The ono man seated In the car
wns a sturdy, smooth-faced Individual,
dressed In black. His seat wus near
the door.
Tho sharp-featured woinnn gated fix
edly at It I hi as she renclied for a strap.
However, he appenred to be Interested
lu the view through the opposite win
dow, nnd ho didn't notice her fixed
"Huh!" snld the woinnn with tho
sharp fentures, as the car started
ahead. And us she said It she gazed
at the man In black as If ho belonged
to n hitherto uneatalogued species of
fuzzy caterpillar.
Howwer, the sturdy mnn In black
didn't see her nt all. nor did ho appear
to hear her. Ho pulled an evening pa
per from his coat pocket, spread It out
and began to mad.
"Tho rummers of some folks!" ejneu
lnted tho Bhnrp-fi'uturod woman, glar
ing Bquaro at tho mnn In black; who,
however, was obviously qulto enwmp
ped with the news of thoidny.
"Huh! Big lummoxes that sprawl
around In seats and let ladles stand
up!" muttered the womau who dldu't
belle her petulant looks.
The solitary mnle passenger smiled at
a Joko that caught his eye nt the bot
torn of tho newspaper page, and ns
suredly did not see her.
"It's mighty Httlo raisin' somo pooplo
vo had!" went on tho Blinrp-fcatiired
woman, ns If addressing all hands lu
the car aud most of the women In the
car were snickering by this time. "I
novcr seen the like, so I didn't!"
The man lu black turned over to the
Schley case In his uewspnper nnd
yawned slightly.
"Much some Ill-mannered creatures
care, so long as they can spraddlo their
lazy, good-f'r-nothlti' bones nrpund in
comfort," went on the sharp-featured
woman as tho car rounded Thomas cir
"Some folks nre so deef nnd dumb
that they can't never tako a hint," sho
continued, after a pause.
The man lu black yawned cavernous
ly over the court of Inquiry testimony,
as well ho might, yet he didn't seem
to bo In nnywlse awaro of the contin
gency of the petulant woman.
At length, as tho car was passing It
street she couldn't stand his callous In
difference any longer. She leaned over
the man In black, and as she did so he
looked nt her for the first time, with
a surprised expression.
"Did you ever see n mnn give his sent
to a lady where you came from, wher
ever that Is?" she nBked tho sturdy
looking man In black.
The man reddened and tobo from his
seat with great dlfllculty, supporting
himself heavily on a cane.
"It was always my custom, madam
to surrender my scat In cars for Indies
until I met with nn nccldent which
has rendered me permanently Inllrni,"
ho snld, slgnnllng to the conductor to
Btop tho car. The sharp-faced womau
plumped herself Into his sent and then
the mnn In black walked painfully to
thu rear platform. One of his legs
was of cork Tho other women, per
ceiving this, looked Hyinpathetlcnlly
toward him as ho was helped off tho
car by tho conductor and then scowled
at tho sharp-faced woman. But sho
didn't appear to bo bothered, says the
Washington Star, and returned scowl
for scowl.
Queer Statistics that Hiorr an KtII
Week In uverr juontli.
An ancient soothsayer said to im
perlal Caesar: "Beware tho Ides of
But If tho theory of Dr. Granvlllo
Macleod, of South Chicago, Is correct
tho modern advisor can say: "Beware
tho 20th to tho 20th of every month."
Dr. Macleod's assertion seems to bo
verified by statistics taken from tho
records of railroad companies, iron
works, grain elevators, boiler works,
hospitals, and many establishments em
ploying largo forces of men, as well us
the books of tno coroner's oiiico.
Reference to the records of tho Cook
County Hospital for each month for tho
past tlvo years shows an average of
ninety-live cases of Injuries by accident
a month. Out of this total slxty-tlvo
occurred during tho "fatal" period.
The coroner's ofllco shows a moro
startling confirmation of tho doctor's
theory. About 05 per cent, or nearly
two-thirds of tho deaths by accidents
and other causes requiring olllclal in
vestlgatlon occur between tho 20th and
the 20th of each month.
Of tho days of tho week occurring in
this "fatal" period Saturdays nnd Mon
days appear to como particularly under
tho malign influence. Tins may ue par
tially explained from tho fact that 'a
..c tho Inborlnir class are
paid on Saturday, ami many m-TldontH
result from intemperance, nn ....
tiiktfiMtuitnf mini M.ilil. "Saturday means
liny day. pny !y menus booze. Ihhwo
means trouble, nnu uuiunu ...
news." ,
Professor It. A. McQueen, now m
,1.1., i. nt f.,t- in n in- vents ll real-
niuinim vj.ij, .iv
dent of India, and a close student or tl '
llralimlii rellglan, thoosophy, nnd "' 11
sciences, says that the priests III tnu
Braliinln temples imvo nnu
t ii, i ,( thu tmrtlcithtr period
of the month the serpent mmlo "lj
piMtraneo In the garden or iweu .."
tempted Eve. with tho result that man
fell from the favor of God. and ever
since then this particular time has been
regarded as especially uniuci.j.
Make u H.eclultjr of It uud ! H"r
All tno lime.
Birds are subject to disease qulto as
..It iiu lillllltlll iii.iiiL-s. Phthisis ear-
tin itiii"
rles off many a parrot, and pet canaries
are very subject to enteric. irc..i...
these allinents and performing minor
surgical operations upon reainemi ...
tlonts keeps at least one London bird
doctor busy imwt of the time. l"
methods bv which lie operuien
given lu the Strand Magazine
One of tho rerrnetory paueiim w.-..k-.u
,. mii-mt Miiirering from a horny
growth over one of Its nostrils. Its
struggles wen) absolutely lerrnn.,
in the end It had to be wrapped I" t'ln
to prevent wing dapping-
Canaries, being iiiiturniiy inig.iu ......
.....,ru. ntu-nvN delicate III the elllimte
of (Seat llltnln. aro a class of patients
to which the blnl doctor gives speci...
study and attention. They form, as a
...... .1,.. i,.,-..i. luirtlnii of his clientele.
I ui.', inu ..,... i
for, as dinwliig rooin pets, they are l
far the gmitest favorites or toe iwi.kv..
world. The treatment accorded them
has to be of the most delicate descrip
tion, while the handling of their Isslles
f,,r i-.irioim ailments Is in itself nn oper
ation demanding tho utmost care, as an
Inadvertent squeeze might cause their
death. The affection showered by own
ers of canaries umii their little pets is
often quite touching, many ladles mak
ing It n stipulation that they nre present
while any necessnry oimtuuuh is .
carried out. Tears are shed freely, on
such occasions, and Joy becomes mani
fest ns soon ns the poor nine oinnes uiv
pronounced "out of danger."
The Foriuer'n I'ollteneM Vu Too Much
for llio Pol I cem hii.
In the old days, before the cnble and
electric cars, and when horse cars run
on Broadway, truckmen practically
nded the street, nnd did not pny tut
slightest httl to remarks from the ear
drivers requesting them more or Icm
(rather more) emphatically to get out
of the way. until they decided mat
they were ready to do so. lien tin?
cablo and dually tho electric cars came
In the truckmen became a little more
careful, for u very few encounters with
the cars showed them that their tnieks
could be knocked Into kindling wood
lu a few minutes. Nowadays they get
out of the way fairly exeilltiously If
grudgingly, but such an exchange of
nmenltles as was heard the oilier day
lMjtween truckman nnd motormnii Is n
record, says the New York Mall and
Fx press.
It was on Dunne street, nnd n heavy
truck wus keeping back a car. The mo
tormnn clanged his bell loudly, and the
driver of the truck turned around and
"If you will wait until we reneh the
next corner I shall be very glnd to get
out of your way."
'Thnnk you very much." answered
the motormnn. "You are most obllg
"Gosh!" snld the policeman on th
Bridge Hunting Pigeon.,
Those who visit Fort George, and
who yield to a very natural Impulse lo
have a look at what Is going mi down
on the Speeedway. are apt lo have their
attention drawn by n xomid of many
fluttering wings as they descend Hie
steep pnlhs ami stiilrwuys clnse hostile
the Washington Bridge. The wings be
long to runaway pigeons from near-by
private cotes, the birds making their
now found home In the bridge's stone
abutments and the iron arches.
The pigeons lire there summer nnd
winter-lay eggs there ami hutch their
young. They live In the Indentations
which have been left lu tho masonry
to prevent the sweating of the rock.
These Indentutlons provide the coziest
sort of homes for them, Just big onogli
for two. When the lledgellngo are
strong and able to fly they soon Mini
mates, and also crevices somewhere
In tho rocks of the bridge lo set up
housekeeping on their own account.
Hltllng-ltooin Druiuu.
"Who comes there?" called little WII
lie, the sentry, In threatening tones, as
ho brought Ills deadly wooden gun Into
shooting position.
"A friend!" answered little Toiumiu
from behind the rocking clinlr,
"Advance and give the countersign,"
hissed the sentry, "or I'll shoot your
head off."
An ominous silence followed this ter
riblo threat, then Toniuile snld plain
tlvely: "I'vo forgot It."
"You can't remember nulliln'," ex
claimed Wllllo In illsgtiHt, throwing
down his gun. "Cum over hero an' I'll
whisper It to yer ag'ln,"-oiilo State
Choup Living.
Millions of men in India live, mnrry
nnd rear apparently healthy children
upon nn Income of no cents a week
aud sometimes It falls below flint '
If tho now raglnu coats fit. u-iiv tim
dou't flt ' '
Guest What a splendid dinner! I
don't often got ns good a meal ns tills.
Little Willie (son of the host)-Y'o
don't, either.- 15x.
Miidgo-Anotlier of those swindling
beggars. Ho snld he was blind, and
ask-eil for 'a penny,, beautiful lndy.'
H0llVell, I daresay ho was blind.
Mrs. Jones-Ulmrles linn an uncoil
qiiernblo spirit. Mrs. Hnillh-Indeed
Mrs. Jones-Yin; ho was two hours un
locking tho front door early this morn
ing. To Begin at Once. Mnniiun Never
put off until to-morrow what you can
do to ilny. Johnnie-Well. then. I'll eat
the rest of the pto iiow.-llalllinoro
Colonel llragg-Pvo fought and bled
for my country, sir; I'vo " Alexan
der Smart-Yes. but did you ever help
your wlfo hang plclures7-Olilu Slate
Mrs. Goldtseln-lltey. Ilteyl Felix
has svnllered a penny. Mr. Goldsieln
Vot a great poy. Alretty ho vnnts to
slitart In peezness ns a peiiny-ln der
slot machine.
"Miss Holler sqys sho thinks sho will
havo her voice tried." "Well, If sho
does, the verdict will be 'Guilty of
murder in the llrst degree.' "-Philadelphia
"Hut surely." urged Harlow, "seetiu
Is believing." "Not neoiHumrlly." re
sponded Dobson; "for Instance. I seo
you every day. but ns lo believing you
"-Stray Storlei,
IIIIIihoii -How was Jones yesterday?
Glllmou He seemed to Is. laboring mi
ller n strange delusion. IIIIIihoii -Indeed!
1 thought ho was playing golf.
Gllbson-Ho did Jolies?-Town Topics.
"Any word from my ir hunlinud In
the other world?" asked the widow of
tho medium. "Nothing more." replied
the medium, "than n request for somo
Ice nnd a palmetto fan."- Atlanta Con
stitution. Schoolmaster New tell me, what
wero the thoughts that passed through
Sir Isaac Newton's mind when the n(
pie fell on his head? Hopeful Pupil
I 'xpeets he was awful glnd It warn't
a brlek.-TIt-lilts.
"Men of genius seldom mnkii nny
money," remarked the hlntttiidltiou
IK'rson. "Really!" answered tho very
modern mnn. "As If there wero any
showing you nre a genius except mak
ing money " Washington Slnr.
Sizing lllm Up. Shopman What
style of hat do you wish, sir? Cholly
Ah! I mn not particular about the style;
something to suit my bend, don't yu
know. Shopman - Step this way and
look nt our soft fells. -Tlt-lllts.
Miss Tourlste-You have some strong
and rugged types of tuntihood out lu
this western country. Stage Driver
Yaas. miss, we hev men out here thet
don't think It's iinthln' t' hold up a
railroad train. Ohio State Journal.
Mr. Flushing (hospltnblyl-So you
have Joined our club. Mr. Kliuhurst
(wearily)-Yes. My wife has got tho
house so full of "coney comers" there
Isn't nny place where I can sit down
nnd be comfortuhlo:-' Brooklyn Itnglo.
"The duke." snld the Muropeau gen
tleman, "belongs to one of the most
eminent nnd lulliientlal families of our
time." "Indeed!" responded the Amer
ican millionaire, with Interest; "who U
his fother ln law?"-Washlngtoii Star.
He- I know I'm lute, but I couldn't
help It. You see, I was detained n cou
ple of hours by an old friend who hud
just got back to town after a long a'
fccucc. 1 lind to tell him all I knew.
She (snappishly) I don't see why that
should have kept you so long.
Hostess Are you a musician, Mr.
Whooper? Wliooper, who Is dying to
give an exhibition of bis powers Well
er yes, 1 think I can lay claim to
somo knowledge of music, Ilostoss
I'm delighted to hear It. - My daughter
Is going to play, nnd I should ho so
glad If you would turn tho music for
Partlck It's poor ndvlec yo'vo been
glvln' me. Didn't ye say th best tolino
to nsk n nion a favor was after dinner?
Blfklns-1 certainly did. "Well, 01 wlnt
to ould lliiffers wld th' schniallost
kolud a v a request, and ho refused. It
was ofter dinner, too." "Aro you sum
ho had had his dluner?" "Faith It's
little 01 know about ould Buffers' In
gin's nnd outcomln'gj but Ql'd hud
mlno."-N. Y. Weekly.
Rallying Rapidly: Surgeon (nfter tho
operatlou)-I nm glnd to bu ablo to as
sure you, Mrs. Tyto Phlst, that tho
danger Is now over uud your husband
will recover. We have successfully re
moved the appendix vernilfornils, and
It Is of such a unique formation that 1
shall preserve It for use lu my medical
lectures. Mr. Tyto Phlst (opening Ills
oyoHj-You'll nllow mo something for
It. I suppose. doctor?-Chleago Tribune.
"Children," said thu teacher, whllo
Instructing tho class lu composition,
"you should not attempt any flights of
fancy, but simply b yourselves, and
write what Is In you. Do not linllnto
any other persou's writing or draw
Inspirations from outside sources." Ah
a result of this ndvlco Johnny Wlso
turned in tho following; composition:
Wo should not attempt any lilies of
fancy, but rite what Is In us. In mo
tharo Is my stuinnilck, lungs, hurt, liv
er, two apples, onu piece of 'p0, ouo
stick lemon candy, uud my dinner."