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About Estacada progress. (Estacada, Or.) 1908-1916 | View Entire Issue (March 18, 1915)
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EGOS IN WATER-GLASS
T w enty-four famous authors were
asked recently to name the best
short story in the English language
The choice of Owen Johnson was
The Notorious Jumping Frog ot
Calaveras County," by A'.ark Twain,
whose complete works are publish
ed by Messrs. Harper & Brothers.
compliance with the request he couldn't he'd change sides. Any
I I I of ii friend o f mine who wrote way that sidled the other side would
I I I
from tiie east. 1 eulled on ¿rood suit him. Just sos he got a bet lie
» — - J Matured, garrulous old Simon was satisfied.
W lieeter and inquired after my friend's
'But still he was lucky, uncommon
friend. Leonidas W. Smiley, as re lucky. H e most always come out win
quested to do. and 1 hereunto append net*. H e was alw ays ready and laying
the result. 1 have a lurking suspicion for a chance.
There couldn't Is* no
that Leonidas \V. Smiley Is a myth; sollt’ ry thing mentioned but that tel
Unit my friend never knew sueli a per ler'd uflor to bet on it and take ary
sonam?, and that he only eonjeetured side you pieuse. ns I was Just telling
(hat if I asked old W heeler about him you. If there was a horse race you'd
it would remind him o f Ids infamous tiud him flush «»r you d tine! him busted
Jim Smiley, and lie would go to work at the end of It; if there was a dog
and bore me to death with some e x tight he'd bet <»n It; if there was a cat
asperating reiuiulaeeuee o f him us long tight he'd bet on it; it there was a
and us tedious as it shot.id I k * useless chicken tight he'd bet on it
to me. I f that was tin* design it suc there was tw o birds setting oil a fence
he would bet you wbi«*h one would lly
I found Simon W heeler do/.lng com
tirst. or if there was a «am p meeting
fortaId.i by the barroom stove o f the lie would be there reg'lar t«> tier oil
dilapidated tavern in the decayed min
Parson Walker, which he judged to be
ing « amp o f Angel's, and I noticed that the best exhorfer a I Hint here, and so
he was fat and hnldhcaded aud hadan he was. too. iiim I a good man.
expression o f winning gentleness and
“ i f he even see ii straddle bug start
sim plicity u| mui his tranquil counte to go anywheres la* would i»et you
lie roused up and gave me how long it would take him to get to—
good day. I told him a friend o f mine to wherever lie was going to. and if
hud commissioned me t«i make some you took him up he would fuller that
inquiries a limit a cherished companion straddle bug to Mexico but what he
o f his boyhood, named Leonidas W. would find out where he was bound for
Smiley, Lev. Leonidas W. Smiley, a and how long lie was on the road
young minister o f the gospel, who lie | Lots o f the boys here has seen that
had heard was at one time a resident Smiley and run fell you about him.
of Angel s Lump. I added that If Mr. ! Why. It never made ii «» difference to
W heeler could tell me auytuiug about b iin -h e d hot mi tiling the dangest
this Lev. Leonidas W. Smiley, i would feller. Parson W alker’s w ife laid very
feel under many obligations to him.
, sick once for a good while, and it seem
Simon Wheeler backed me Into a ! ed ns If they warn’t going t«» save her.
«orner and bloeknded me there with : But one morning lie m ine in. and Smi-
Ids chair iiud then sat down and reeled I ley up and asked him how she was.
«»If the monotonous narrative \j;hi«h I and lie said she was eonsid'able better,
follow s this paragraph.
li e never j thank the Lord f«»r Ills inf'nit mercy.
smiled, lie never frowned, he never I and coming on so smart that, with the
changed his voice from the gentle Mow j blessing «if Prnv'denm. she'd get well
ing key t«i which he tuned Ills initial yet.
And Smiley before lie thought
sentence, lie never betrayed the slight ■ays. 'W ell. I'll r«»sk ft!.no she don't
est suspicion o f enthusiasm, hut all a n y w a v '
through the interminable narrative
“ Thlsh yer Smiley had a mnre— the
there rail a vein o f impressive earnest
ness and sincerity which showed me boys called her the fifteen minute nag.
plainly that, so fa r from his imagining but that was only in fun. you know,
tlint there was anything ridiculous or because, o f course, she was faster
runny about his story, he regarded it | than that—and he used to win money
ou that horse, for ail she was so slow
as a really Im ism aut uiatter aud ad
mired Its tw o heroes as men o f trails- and alw ays had the asthma nr the dis-
« emlent genius in finesse. 1 let him go temper or the consumption or some-
tiling o f tlwit kind They used to give
on In his own way aud ucver inter
her tw o or three hundred yards’ start
rupted him once.
and then pass her under way. but til
“ L ev. Leonidas W .- h 'u i- L e v . L e -
Well. there was a feller here once by ways at the fag end o f the race she'd
the name o f Jim Smiley In the winter get excited and desperate-like aud
j o f '4P. or maybe it was the spring o f come cavorting and straddling up and
j ’50. 1 don't recollect exactly somehow. »u tte r in g her legs around limber,
though what makes me think it w hs sometimes in the air and sometimes
| one or the other Is been use I remember out to one side amongst the fences and
the big flume warn’t tin Is bed when he kicking lip m-o-r-e dust and raising
tirst come to the camp. But anyway m-o-r-e rucket with her coughing and
tie was the curiousest man about, a I
sneezing and blowing her none, and al
ways betting on anything that turned ways fetch up at the stand Just about
a neck ahead, as near us you could
ui» you ever see If he could get any
body to bet ou the other side, and if "Ipher It down.
"And he iia.l a little small bull pup
that to look at him you'd think he
warn't worth a cent but to set around,
look ornery and iuy for a chance to
steal something. But as soon us mon
ey was up ou him he was a different
His underjaw'd begin to stick
out like the fo'custle o f a steamboat,
and his teeth would uncover and shine
like the furnaces. And a dog might
tuekle him and bullyrag him and bite
him and throw him over his shoulder
tw o or three times, and Andrew Jack-
son—which was the name o f the pup
Andrew Jackson would never let on
but what he was satisfied and hadn't
expected nothing else and the bets be
ing doubled and doubled on the other
side all the time till the money was all
up. and theu all o f a sudden lie would
grab the other dog Jest o.v the j'.nt
•if his hiud leg and freeze t«» it. u«»t
chaw, you understand, but only Just
grip and hang ou till they thr«»wed up
the 8|M>nge. If It was a year.
"Sm iley always come «nit winner on
(hat pup till he harnessed a «log once
that didn’ t have no bind legs, because
they'd been sawed «»IT in a circular
saw. and when the thing Innl •one far
enough, and the money was all up. an I
be couie to make a snatch for his pet
holt, he seen in a minute Imw he'd
been impost d *»n and how the tithe»*
! dog had him in the door, so to speak,
and he |»eared surprised, mid I In n he
J looked sorter discouraged-like and
I didn't try no more t«> win the tight.
I and so he got all ticked out b d.
! give Smiley a look as much as to
j say his heart was broke, and it was
his fault, for putting up a dog that
hadn't no hind legs for him t«» take
holt of. which was his main depeml
d ic e in a tight, and theu lie limped
■ off a piece aud laid down and died
' was a good pup. was that Andrew
' Jackson, aud would have made a name
for himself if he’d lived, for the stuff
was in him aud tie had genius, i know
it. because lie bad no opportunities t<»
speak of. aud it don't stand to reason
that a dog could make su« b a tight
as he could under them circumstances
if he hadn't no talent.
it alw ays
makes me feel sorry when I think o f
that last tight **f his'n and the way It
j turned out.
••Well, this yer Smiley had rat tar-
• riers and chicken rocks ami touieats
i aud all them kind o f things till you
« ouldn’t rest, and you cou.diTt fetch
j nothing for him to bet <>u but he’d
; mutch you.
lie kebhed a fr< g one
day and tool* him home and said Ii -
ea 1’lated to educate him. and s«i he
never done nothing for three months
but set in Ids b.nk ya.d and learn
that frog t«» jump. And you bet lie d»d
j learn him too. He'd give him a little
| punch lieliiud. aud tin* next minute
you'd see ttiai frog whirling in the air
like a d«tiighiiut—see him turn one sum
mersef or may lie a « «nip e. f lie got a
good stari. and come d«»wn finifooted
and all right, like a «•at. lie got him
lip so iii the matter of ket« lung tiles
and kep* him in pru t«« e s«i « «instant
that he'd nail a lly every rime as fur
iis he could see him.
"Smiley said all a frog want«si was
education and lie eou.d do iiu m i any
thing. and i believe him.
W in I’ ve
seen him sci Oan'l Webster down Imre
on tills fl«M»r I >nii*l Webster was tin*
name o f the frog nmf slug otu. 'Fifes.
Dnn'I. tiles!' And «piicker'ii you could
wink he'd spring straight up and snake
a fly off'ii the counter there and thip
down on the floor ng'ln ns solid as a
go!» o f mud aud fall to scratching the
side o f Ills head with his hind f«»«*t. as
Indifferent as If lie hadn’t ii «» i«len h«*d
been doing any iimre'n anv fr«>g might
Yon never see a frog s«» nnxlest
and straightf«»r*ard as he was. for all
he was s«» gifted.
\n»1 when I? «sane
to fair end square lumping <m a den!
level be could get over more ground at
one straddle than Hiiy animal o f his
breed you e ver see. Jumping «»u a dead
leve* was Ida strong suit, you under
stand. and when it come to that Smiley
would ante up money on him aa long
as he had a red. Smiley was mon
strous proud o f his frog, and well he
might be. for fellers that h*d traveled
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