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About The Maupin times. (Maupin, Or.) 1914-1930 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 29, 1915)
By LOUISE MERRIFIELD.
It was a dear little house. Florence
and Drake went over every corner of
It that first wonderful day when they
saw Wrecker's Cove from a car win
dow, and seized their suitcases, and
fairly flew off tho train.
"It's a peach of a spot," Drake ex
claimed gratefully. He had set the suit
case down and mopped off his fore
head. "I wish we were honeymooning
this month instead of last month,
Florence had nodded her bead in
deep sympathy. Ever since the wed
ding they had wandered from hotel to
hotel along the east shore, hunting a
restful, dreamy spot of sweethoarting
solitude. This day they had been on
their way to Shepherd's Landing. Flor
ence had found It on a guide map for
summer tourists, and she liked the
pine grove behind the hotel. It looked
shadowy and propitious. Yet midway
along the little sleepy railroad line,
the train had switched out around a
headland of tumbled brownish-green
rock, and suddenly Wrecker's Cove
lay revealed, a curve of sand so
smooth and white it looked like creamy
silk outspread in the sunlight.
"Here we light," said Flo, Joyously.
"I hope thore's a hotel."
' There was, but It was not pleasing.
It was a one-story edifice with a bar
room and a long dining room with pink
mosquito netting over the long tables.
"Are there cottages to let?" Drake
had asked the proprietor. He was also
local station agent, and express agent,
and ran the livery stable.
"Not that I ever beard of. Have yer
been up to the Tamerlln cottage? Hut
still, I doubt if he'd let It with all them
things In it."
"1 haven't heard of It. You point the
way, and I'll find it." They went out
to where Flo waited anxiously. The
hotelkeepcr pointed out a sort of bird
house that seomed to hang to the side
of the brownish-green headland.
"There 'tis," he said. "It ain't nuth
In' to look at. The foller that come
here and built It was peculiar. He was
He stopped. Down the path came a
young man. The hotelkeoper hailed
"Going ter lot your house, Mr. Tam
erlln?" "I had not thought of It, Hlckson,
"I'll take it for throo months, caRh In
advance," Drake put In with ono of his
fleeting strategic impulses.
That afternoon Flo opened the little
front door with her own key as house
wife, and walked In. It was a Joy, thnt
houso. The walls were of sea sand,
with oak beams, The great fireplace
called out a welcome to them. There
was a crane in It, and a big black ket
tle hung on it, waiting for a friendly
"I don't see why Mr. Tamerlln fixed
this all up so adorably Just for a
bachelor's shack," said Flo, suspicious
ly, after a few" days' residence. "Drake,
It's the dearest little place, and I've
found shirtwaist boxes tucked away
with linen, sheets and pillow cases,
"Where did Mr. Tamerlln say he was
going?" Flo wont on absently.
. "Ho didn't say. 1 saw him sitting on
a lone rock in the offing yesterday
morning tho other side of the boat
landing. He's not a native, 1 found.
He built the house last year, and fit
ted It up early In the spring. In June
he went away, and came back Just a
week before we came. He said Mrs.
Tamerlln would be on later,"
' "Then she Is his wife." In a tone of
relieved conviction. "Maybe they've
quarreled, and separated. Drake, dear
think of It!"
"Ho looks miserable enough for any
tragedy, the poor kid. I think I'll got
him out fishing and let him unburden
bis mind." Drake grinned. He was
big and normal and happy. The nerv
ous worries of another man's heart
strings were amusing. He would got
hold of tho boy and shake him up a
bit, show him the whole world did not
ring down the drop curtain Just be
cause Dan Cupid. Bulked, and wouldn't
play. Twice he tackled the proposition
of better acquaintance with Tamorlln,
and twice he was rebuffed. His land
lord did not fish. He did not care for
boating. He was not going to stay
long at Wrecker's Cove.
"How about all these trunks and
boxes In the cellar?" asked Drake,
mildly. "Taking any of them away!
My wife's been a bit nervous over
them. Bpoke of skeletons."
"They contain my bride's trousseau
and her family belongings," replied
Tamerlln, In a melancholy tone. "If
they are not in your way, I should
like to leave them. They are very
dear to me."
"Leave them by all means, my dear
boy," Drake said hastily. "And don't
worry. We'll look after the place.
Life's pretty rough after all."
Tamerlln nodded his head Blowly.
and strode away down the beach. The
next day he left on a little coasting
Drake leaned back against the wall
in a large hickory chair, and beamed
on the face of nature, Below him the
little train had Just glided iu and out
again. Then the lone little back sud
denly wakened to Ufa, and darted uti
the incline towards the Tamorlin col
luge. It must be .someone for the
"Oh, Druko, what If after all, It
should be she alive?" whispered Flo,
the tears springing to her eyes. "May
bo they were separated. The poor
"Sho doeBn't look pitiable." Drake
returned, looking down at the figure
which was alighting from the hack at
their garden gate. "Shall I Btiek, or
do you want to manage her!"
"Drake," she remombered suddenly.
"Didn't Tnruerliu come back last night?
V.r. Hlckson said so when he brought
m the mall."
"Did , he?" Drake's brain worked
slowly nt deduction, "Shall I go and
find out!" ,
"Oh, of course, goose!" Flo pushed
him out the back door as the knock
sounded on the front screen door,
She was striking looking, Flo de
cided instantly, tall, gray-eyed, with
chestnut hair In close, crinkly braids
bound about her head, and escaping
curls. Hut she looked tired, and Flo
was tender hearted.
"This Is Mr. Tamerlin's house, I was
"Yes, won't you come In?" Flo put
on her nlcost welcoming smile. Her
visitor entered, and deliberately looked
about the living room.
"He has made It all very homelike
for you, hasn't he?"
She sank into one of the hickory
chairs, and removed her hat, leaning
her heud back on the brown cushion.
"I love It," said Flo Impulsively.
"It's the happiest summer we've ever
spent. It's an ideal place for a honey
moon." "How long since since you came
"About two weeks! But we shall
stay here until fall." She looked Flo
over curiously, with little hard lines
about her mouth as though she want
ed to cry. "Do you really love him In
so short a time?"
"Love him? Drake?"
They both rose, facing each other
like two little Jealous tigresses.
"Are you talking of my husband?",
demanded Flo, haughtily, as haughtily
as she could from five foot two.
"I am speaking of the man who, by
all laws of love and good faith should
be my huBband," retorted the stranger.
Flo realized as Bhe put back her long
white veil that she was very young
too, and Just at this Instant her face
was colorless. ,
"This whole house was built for me,
for my honeymoon, do you hear? I
only returned from British Columbia
yesterday and found that Billle Tam
erlln had broken his word to me and
I have come for my things."
"Your things" Flo tried to explain
as light broke on her.
"You needn't try to claim them too,
at all. I sent them down the day be
fore we were to be married, two
trunks and my books and a lot of
things from my room at college. It
was all arranged and had been for
weeks, weeks, do you hear?" She was
clenching the edge of the little oak
table until her white kid gloves parted
at the soams. "My brother and father
didn't like Billio, and I was going to
run away with him, and and then a
lotter came from the West from dad.
and he was horribly ill, and so of
course I went to him. I left word for
Blllie, and find he never received the
letter. I was frightened, and In haste
to catch the first train West, and left
the letter on my bureau. Oh, It is all
such a terrible mlxup, and I hate the
sight of you, whoever you are."
Flo stood amazed at tho recklcBS
heartbroken flood of words. Outside
on the veranda there came the sound
of masculine footfalls, and she turned
with relief as Tamorlln and Drake, her
own blessed, honeymooning Drake, en
tered the room.
Tamerlln never stopped for conven
tionalitles. With two steps he reached
the side of the stranger, and took her
Into his embrace right before his ten
ants. It did Flo good to see him grip
her firmly, masterfully, and plant kiss
after klsB in tho proper spirit on her
"We'll step outside for a few min
utes" Drake began tactfully, but Tam
erlln stopped him.
"Don't, Edgorly. I want you to meet
Miss Creston. 8he will be Mrs. Tamer
lln" Just as soon as I can dig up the
gentloman who ties love knots around
here with swiftness and dexterity."
"I thought you had grown tired wait
ing, Billle," came a little muffled tone
from the head on his shouldor. Flo and
Drake stared out the door at the
gleaming quicksilver of the sea at high
noon far below them. "1 thought Bhe
was your wife."
"Whore would I have found a wife In
six weeks? Didn't 1 hang around and
munch my heart waiting for some
word from you? I thought you had
gone away for good, of course, and
rented the shack when the chance
turned up. Edgorly, will you sublet
this place back to me?"
"Just looking up the next train on
to Shepherd's Landing," responded
Drake, with a cheerful smilo of re
nunciation. (Copyright, by McOlure Newspaper Syn
dicate) Protecting Wild Life.
The permanent wild life protection
fund, which W. T. Homaday of New
York has been Instrumental in collect
ing during the last two years, now
amounts to more than $73,000. The
Income of this fund Is to be used for
conducting a nation-wide campaign
during the next hundred years in be
half of wildlife protection. Efforts
will be made to stop the sale of wild
game, promote laws to prevent unnat
uralized aliens from owning or using
rifles and shotguns, stop all spring
and lnte winter shooting, stop aty Wil
ing of Insectivorous birds for food and
of all birds for millinery purposes, in
crease the number of game preserves,
etc. It Is proponed to begin nt-m Sep
tember a campaign in favor of treat
ing game sanctuaries in the national
forests on a very comprehensive scale.
"Our friend always puts his beat
foot forward, although he is a trifle ua
"Yes," replied Senator Sorghum; "t
man who puts his bost loot forward
ought to be careful at least to keot
his shoes polished."
A Street Brawl,
"Lay off me! Lay off me!" laid
the first tough citizen,
"Before I hits yer, tell me (Mi,"
said the second tough citizen.
"Wot's yer fav'rlte horspital?"
Alyoe Remember, there are Just
as good fish In the sea as ever were
Orayce Yes, but a iish thatfc
caught is worth two or three in ttit
Transitive and Intransitive,
"That young woman noxt dooi
playa the piano from morning to nlgsi
I don't believe she ever tires."
"You are mistaken. She tire m
Some men, not satisfied with natrA
ally ugly faces, see fit to whistle d
the street. Lafayette Courier.
THF, canal In southern France
which, with the help of the
Garonne river, unites the At
lantic and the Mediterranean
1b the oldest, longest, and least
known of the world's inter-marine
canals. Built in the seventeenth cen
tury, It has always been known as the
Canal du Midi or du Languedoc. Start
ing at Toulouse, It runs about 150
miles In an easterly direction until It
finds the Mediterranean at the port of
Cette. It Is thus about three timeB
as long as the Fanama canal, but In
Its locks, proportions, boats, and gen
eral traffic It is very similar to the
Erie canal In Its palmy days, writes
Frank R. Arnold in the Los Angeles
When you come out of the railway
station at Toulouse you have to cross
the canal before you can get Into the
city. The boulevards along by it are
named for Riquet and Bonrepos; for
the father, who planned the canal but
died six months before It was finished,
and the son who completed the work.
And a little way up the canal is a
statue to Pierre Paul Riquet, the in
scriptions of which give the history of
the canal in a nutshell. One side tells
how the two seas are Joined at the di
vide of Naurouse and how the water
comes down there from the mountains
to make the commercial high
way. From the other sides you learn
that the edict for construction went
forth from LouIb XIV on October 6,
1666, and that navigation began on
May 15, 1681, and that the grateful
City of Toulouse dedicated this monu
ment to Its benefactor in 1853.
Through a Farming Country.
As you leave Toulouse for the Medi
terranean, the canal, on mounting to
ward the divide, passes through a fine
corn, wheat and alfalfa farming coun-
YrlERE ThC CANSL. CROSSES THE ORB AT BEZIERS
try. It Is a broad, fertile plain shut
In on both sides by low hills like the
Platte valley In Nebraska. A rare
thing In France, where villages
abound, It 1b a country of scattered
tarnus, even the churches with their
octagonal brick towers In the Tou
louse style having only one or two
houses about them. Hocks of geese
are In every barnyard, for goose Is
the mainstay of the local meat supply.
White oxen do all the work In the
fields, but are too "molasse," the boat
men say, to draw the canal boats. A
New Englander would say they are as
slow as cold molasses. The canal
bunks are lined with elm and plane
trees, and the views between give a
series of moving farm pictures that
stand out with a Colorado-like clear
ness, for this country Is what Henri
Martin, the Paris mural painter, calls
the land of limpid light.
It takes from one to two days to
reach Naurouse, where the divide is.
Here one has the best chance to see
how admirably Riquet planned his
work, for it was there he Bolved the
chief difficulty of the canal, the prob
lem of water supply. Up to the north
and east, for twenty-five miles at least,
extends the Black mountain, the most
southerly ramification of the Ce
vennes. On the Toulouse side is the
River Sor, and on the Mediterranean
were many small mountain streams
running Into tributaries of the Aude,
the chief river on that side. Riquet,
who lived at Revel, not far from Nau
rouse, had given twenty-two years of
Btudy to the problem before he proved
to the king's commissioners that he
could tap the Sor on one side and
bring the Alzau, the Lampy, and
three other mountain streams Into a
reservoir above Naurouse.
The discovery of phosphorus by
Brandt in 1668 was first applied com
mercially as a means of obtaining Are
by Godfrey Haulwltz of London, who
In 1860, under the direction of Robert
Boyle, prepared and Bold large quan
tities. It was used for procuring Are
by rubblug small particles between
the folds of brown paper, and a sul
phur match was ignited from the re
sulting flame; but as phosphorus was
both costly and dangerous this inven
tion was not long employed.
Jnpanese cooks seldom use the fin
gers In the preparation of food. Chop
sticks, spoons and many other ingen
ious little utensils In white wood do the
work, which is of the most elaborate
nature, many of the dishes requiring
twenty-four hours to prepare.
Not Much to Worry About.
Investigation of the geological sur
rey on the erosion of drainage basis
(roves that the surface of the country
s being worn away at the rate of
ibout an lncb In 760 year.
The Toulouse side of the canal
Riquet pushed through in about two
years, having at one time a force of
7,200 workers, including 600 women,
while 1,000 others were busy on the
mountain reservoirs and ditches. The
first stretch on the east side wns as
far as. Trebes, beyond Carcassonne,
and, as locks abound, It took more
time. The first important town you
come to is Castelnaudary, a dead, pro
vincial town with the usual central
square surrounded by sleepy cafes.
The harbor Is finer than that of Tou
louse, and the town rises from It to
the octagonal church tower with a cer
tain gray dignity for all the buildings
are of stone on that side of Naurouse.
From Castelnaudary on to Beziers
the Black mountain is ever on the
left, while to the right are distant
glimpses of the Pyrenees. The coun
try becomes more and more southern
In appearance until you reach Carcas
sonne, which rises up from the Aude,
the most medieval sight in France.
From then on the country is wholly
given over to the grape, and you can
see the peasants dusting the, leaves
with Bordeaux mixture. At the Cresse
river the canal sends an eighteen
kilometer branch down to Narbonne,
whose cathedral spires are plainly vis
ible against the southern sky. Then,
all the country becomes an ancient
lake bed converted Into a mammoth
plain of vineyards. It is the former
marsh country of the old Lake Ru
brensls, which calls to mind by its
geological history the ancient Lake
Bonneville of the state of Utah. Out
of it you drop into the Mediterranean
marshes by the Malpas tunnel, 120
meters long. This is an extraordinary
knot of thoroughfares. Above the hill
is the old Roman road from Beziers tc
Narbonne; through the hill is Riquet'i
tunnel, the first subterranean canal In
the world, and below are two other
tunnels, one for the railroad and one
for an aqueduct some perforation,
a modern would say.
Down to the City of Cette,
In the flat country to which the ca
nal descends by nine locks at Beziers
are three volcanic humps, two rivers
and a lake. The humps represent first
Beziers on the Orb river, then Agde
by the Herault, and finally the moun
tain of Cette close to the Mediterran
ean. Except for these the canal coun
try is monotonous with vineyards pro
tected by windbreaks of tamarack and
reeds. Every available spot has Its
vine. At Les Onglous the canal prop
er ends, and canal boats are towed for
about twelve kilometers across the
Etang de Thau Into the city of Cette.
The Mountain of Cette Stands out In
that flat country as Big Blue hill does
near Boston. It reminds one vaguely
of Gibraltar. The main streets all go
uphill, and you have views constantly
out on the Mediterranean.
The port of Cette Is made up of bas
slns and canals and seems to Invade
all the lower part of the town. This
work Is all due to the planning and
Initiative of Riquet fully as much as
the canal behind it He had to havo
a Mediterranean port, and the Moun
tain of Cette was a Becure post to
which he might tie It At Its base he
made a canal from the Etang de Thau
to the sea, filled In land and con
structed basslns and breakwaters
The whole harbor Is purely artificial,
and even today the Btruggle against
nature has to be kept up to keep out
the Invading sand and to accommo
date the ever-Increasing commerce
from Africa, Spain and Italy.
Those who teach morality, limiting
Its obligations to duties toward fam
ily or country, teach you a more or
less narrow egoism and lad you to
what is evil for others and for them
selves. Country and family are like
two circles drawn within a greater
circle which contains them both; like
two steps of a ladder without which
you could not climb any higher, but
upon which It Is forbidden you to
stay your feet. Mazzinl.
First Safety Matches.
Safety matches did not come Into
use until 1852, when a Swede by the
name of J. H. Lundstrom started to
make these matches at Jonkopiug. li.
though his process had been patented
eight years previously by another
Swede, G. E. Pasch, who, however
never put into practical use bis Inven
tion. Optimism Pays Best ,
In business the one who nssumaj
that the world Is honest will often do
better than the man who believes It to
be peopled with rogues.
SPLENDID WHILE THEY LAST
New Year Resolutions Are Good
Things, Provided They Are Not of
the Priggish Assortment
Dr. Anna Howard Shaw, at a tea at
the Acorn club In Philadelphia, said of
New Year resolutions:
"They are splendid things provid
ed, of course, that they're not prig
gish. There's a type of girl that leans
to priggish resolutions.
"In my childhood, I remember, a
little girl came to play with me about
New Year's time who was Blmply In
sufferable. "'What's the matter with her?" I
" 'Oh,' said another little girl, 'she's
keeping all her New Year resolutions;
but she'll be all right again in a day
or so.' "
When the fat plumber met his
friend the thin carpenter he grinned
"Saw a queer accident yesterday
"What was it?" the carpenter asked.
"Professor Dlggendelve was cross
ing the street with the manuscript of
his lecture in his hand when an auto
mobile bumped Into him and scattered
his notes all over the street"
"Was the professor hurt much?"
"No, but be was knocked speech
less." A SMALL ONE.
Knight Stands I want you to under
stand that I am star of this company.
Howell Rant You may be billed as
a star, but you couldn't be found by a
Enlargement of the Pocketbook.
Two Manhattan physicians were en
Joying the breeze from the front seat
on the "hurricane deck" of a River
side drive bus one sultry afternoon
when part of their conversation was
overheard. It ran like this:
"I performed an operation for ap
pendicitis on the wife of a millionaire
yesterday," sand the stouter of the
"Yes," said the other. "What was
she suffering from?"
They had Just been married and
were about to start on their wedding
trip. As Is the custom with bride
grooms, he was embarrassed to the
point of forgetfulness, but he met the
situation like an expert.
"Why, Harry, you bought only one
ticket," said the bride reproachfully.
"Just like me, dear," said Harry
quickly; "always forgetting myself."
"BrUcom Is devoting all his time to
that new war balloon he thinks he has
"How far has he got?"
"Why, yesterday he ripped the roof
from two hencoops and a sleeping
porch, crashed through a woodshed
and a pergola and landed on his neigh
bor's garage five doors away."
Elderly Unfortunate Help ma, kind
lady! Anything you can give?
The Kind Lady (who happens to be
an antivlvlsectlonist) Just the thing!
I'll give you one of Fid's old blankets;
your poor dog must feel the cold ter
In tho Dentist's Office.
"It Is queer people get so fright
ened just about having a tooth
"It Is that, especially when you
consider they always have their nerve
Hickvllle Stage Hand (to member of
visiting "Hamlet" company) It cer
tainly can't be no fun havln' to play a
grave digger night after night
Actor (cheerfully) Oh, the position
Is not to be sneered at when a hostile
audience starts a bombardment
Puck. More Strategy.
"Call on all the regiments for volun
teers with red whiskers."
"For what purpose, excellency?" ,
"To He on their backB and furnish
an imitation of fall foliage as an am
bush." A Mutual Wish.
"Don't you ah know, Miss Pepper,
sometimes 1 ah wish I were a rajah
or something like ah that over in
"Isn't It strange, Mr. Bore, I was
Just thinking the same thing."
"Truth crushed to earth will rise
again," remarked the quotation fiend.
"Right you are," rejoined the stu
dent of human nature, "but it seldom
gets up until after the referee has
Change Without Variety.
Boarder Here's a nickel I found In
Landlady Yes, I put It there. You're
been complaining, I understand, about
lack of change in your meals.
Attorney How old are you, Madam!
Attorney Beg your pardon; how
much younger are you than the lady
if. Mi iJLI
Mlfcil llllilt: t lllllilliif illifti
SStJfa ---J rv'Vilt
WHAT a hard time old Father
Knickerbocker has endeav
oring to satisfy the jaded
pleasure palates of his mul
Having Bomethlng less than 10,000
theaters, vaudeville houses, moving
picture establishments and amusement
places generally, he seems constantly
to feel called upon to put forth some
thing new and different to hold his in
habitants. As a matter of fact, he could not get
rid of them If he wished to do so. The
vast majority of those who have be
come real New Yorkers would stay
right there if he stripped them of
everything and tied them to an elec
tric sign on Broadway. They would
stand right there and enjoy Its glitter
and feel sorry for all those who were
"condemned" to live beyond the glow
of the White Lights.
But he doeBn't seem to realize that,
and so hardly a day passes that we
do not read of some new enterprise to
be launched for the stated purpose of
entertaining the people of New York
city. There" may be some who will
think that these new undertakings are
merely for the purpose of making
money, but their advertisements say
nothing of the sort
Time Brings Changes.
Yet It is all different now from what
it has been. Time was when each new
enterprise of the character referred
to was launched with bold announce
ments about the high prices that
would be charged. That was before
the European war got under way,
when New Ydrk had money oozing out
of Its pockets. Now, however, every
new amusement project comes forth
modestly telling us that prices will be
extremely reasonable. There has been
a realization and an acceptance of the
fact that money is not being spent so
freely here as it once was.
Hardly a theater in Manhattan to
day is running on the old scale of
prices; or, if it is. It has out slips, pro
curable at almost every store, which
entitles the holder to a seat at half
the advertised price. The very best
Broadway theatrical productions are
now having "popular priced" matinees
and there is hardly an entertainment
on the Island for which some kind of
seat may not be procured for 25 cents
And the character of the entertain
ment Is changing even as are the
prices. For Instance, the old Eden
Musee, on Twenty-third street, recent
ly closed its doors. This famous in
stitution has been one of the sights of
the city for years. There was a time
when something like 10,000 people
passed through its doors daily; but re
cently It has had a struggle to keep
alive and that struggle was finally
ended In defeat. Location had some
thing to do with that Twenty-third
ptreet, Madison square, there once was
the very heart of things, but now New
York has moved uptown. The white
lights do not send their beams quite
that far south these nights and al
ready Twenty-third street is lined with
"For Rent" signs, many of which have
been so long there that they are ob
scured by dust and dirt
Madison Square Garden Going.
Yet another landmark of old New
York has fallen before the march of
Manhattanites "uptown." The famous
Madison Square garden, familiar the
:ountry over, either through visit to
the metropolis or illustration, Is to
make way for Improvements. Its no
ble tower, the work of Stanford White,
Jlaln by Harry K. Thaw nine years
igo, will be missed by visitors and
residents alike. Many of the most
notable men of America have ad
dressed audiences in the structure.
But Father Knick is no whit discour
aged. He moves on uptown and keeps
trying. Ab stated, new announce
ments appear almost dally, telling us
lhat ere long we will have something
else to entertain us. Ope of the latest
A planter In South Carolina writes
that he once saw a hawk dart Into
a flock of pigeons, but miss his strike.
The pigeons scattered and the hawk
singled out one for pursuit The pi
geon rose to a great height, always
keeping above the hawk to prevent
it from striking. When the pigeon
got dlreetly over an old horsepower
glnhouse, raised 10 feet from the
ground, it suddenly darted by the
hawk and came groundward like a
shot. In a line a few feet from the Bide
of this glnhouse. Tho hawk pursued,
and like two streaks they came down.
Eight feet from the ground the pigeon
swerved aside under the ginhouse.
The hawk dashed headlong to its
death on the ground. Youth's Com
panion. Tradition Without Foundation."
A short time ago the curio collec
tion of i, Philadelphlan went to the
auction room. Two whisky bottles
tnto which was blown the name of
E. C. Boot, a distiller In Philadelphia
about 1840, brought $28 and $30. They
were empty, but there Is a tradition,
of theso announcements Is to the ef
fect that an enormous Ice palace Is to
be erected at once on Broadway be
tween Forty-third and Forty-fourth
streets. Its size will equal that of the
New York hippodrome (which recent
ly failed as a home for moving-pic-tureB)
and It will have several res
taurants (reasonable prices) on Its
upper fioorB. The lower floor will be
of ice and around it at a somewhat
higher altitude will be a balcony
where one may dine and watch the
carnival on the Ice below. Of course
the Ice will be for skating. The whole
affair Is to be different from anything
on the Island in spite of the fact that
we already have a number of Indoor
New Gigantic Enterprise.
Then, a little farther north, another
enterprise has begun. The Grand
Central palace has opened a "three
ring" moving picture carnival which
will occupy its vast exhibition halls.
You pay one small price of admission (
and you may enter any of the "movies"
therein, or pass from one to the other
at will. If you care to stay through
out all, you will have had just eight
hours of moving pictures, which Bhould
satisfy even the most rabid moving
picture fan. There Is a terraced gar
den, too, In which one may procure
drinks and refreshments while he In
hales the odor of beautiful flowers
and tobacco smoke. But there is more.
At one desk, you may register your
name as an applicant for a "job" with
the movies and at another you may
leave your "scenario." In each case
what Is left will be referred to tho
proper authorities, and in this way
you may break into moving pictures
at any moment.
So, you see, Father Knickerbocker
is doing his real best to keep us en
tertained throughout all the seasons,
though some people seem to think
he is merely trying to take our
money away from us. But, as we ex
plained, we have effected a sort of
compromise. He charges us less and
offers us more, while we go more
and give less. It Is really quite satis
factory all around.
One of the charms of living In New
York, to many, lies In the fact that
they will probably never meet anyone
they know on the streets. In a small
town they soon become more or less
known, and If they make $700 a month
and dress after a fashion to shame
the queen of Sheba, some acquaint
ance Is sure to "call" them on It. But
there, as Boon as they go out of their
apartments, they feel as if they are
on the stage and It is up to them to
assume any role they feel capable of
playing and how they do enjoy It!
Agate and Onyx.
The distinction between agate and
onyx Is not apparent to everyone, as
is indicated by the samples of the two
minerals received by the United States
geological survey with requests for In
formation. Onyx marble, or Mexican
onyx, Is composed of calcium carbo
nate or banded limestone. True agate
is a variety of silica. Onyx marble Is
much softer than agate and is rarely
used for gems, but when onyx is ob
tained In pieces of sufficient size It Is
cut and polished for small ornamental
objects like inkstands and paper
weights, as well as for table tops and
soda water fountains.
Wells Foretell Storms.
On the approach of storms the water
In the wells of southern Minnesota,
which is ordinarily clear, becomes
cloudy or milky; in others It becomes
bright yellow or deep red. Among
those whose waters become milky be
fore storms are certain wells near
Lakevllle, in Scott county, and the
most pronounced examples of discolor
ation are In the vicinity of Watervllle,
in Le Sueur county. The mllklness is
due to silt or clay, and the yellow and
red colors to fine pwtlcles of iron
wholly unfounded, that Mr. Booz's
brand of whiBky was so popular, that
it brought the word "booze" into the
vernacular. Etymologists may point
to the old English "house," to an old
Dutch word, or even to the Arabic.
The Philadelphlan has neither eyes
nor ears for etymologists; ho forgets
that Sheridan used "boozed;" ho knew
only E. C. Booz and remembers that
the distiller, an admirer of William
Henry Harrison, had his bottles madj
In the form of a log cabin. Ho should
have gone further and filled his bot
tles with hard elder, for Harrison's
campaign was known as the hard-elder
A man finds himself pleased he
does not know why, with the cheer
fulness of his companion. It is like
a sudden sunshine that awakens a
secret delight In the mind, without
its attending to it The heart re
joices of Its own accord, and natu
rally flows out into friendship and
benevolence toward the person who
hag bo kindly an effect upon it