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FELLER'S PACKiN' UP. ’ turn away till the narrow side door
closed behind her.
When a feller’s packin’ up to leave he
After a few minutes Frances found Grnn lfa her Watts i:»e«l to tell us boys
That u Fourth «ra'o't a Fourth without any
whistles—don't you know;
her aunt, and they left the cathedral.
Or, tells you it’s the weather that afflict»
“Where is Ben?” Aunt Laura asked. lie would say, with a thump of his hickory
bis feeliu's so!
"Gone to England to do ids work ns a That It made an American rljrht down sick
Or ef from jest one corner of his eye a
boy should, and we are going to Brus To see bls sons on the Nat on’s day
tear may run,
I Sit round In a sort of listless way,
lie says lie's "jest perspirin’!”—but he sels to-night.”
1 With no « ration and no trulu band,
don't fool anyone!
Aunt Laura gave a little sigh. It Is N> Are-work show and no r ut-leer stand.
' hard ♦ > be patient with youth's per While his grandsons, before they were out
For that ’ere packin' up aiu't what they versity In bringing trouble upon Itself.
Were ashamed great Scotti—to fire off
crack it up to be;
The next day the two sat at a small
You never pack yer heart in with the table In a small patisserie near the top
other things, you see!
And so each Independence morn
Thar's the letters that she wrote you— of the Montagu de la Tour waiting for Grandfather Watts took his powder-horn,
that you've kept and loved fer chocolate. Frances was struggling with Ard the fl.nt-lock shotgun his father had
i the Rotterdam dally paper. It was When he fought under Schuyler, a country
Au' some of 'em looks blotted—but I hard work to make any sense of the And Grandfather Watts wou'd start and
reckon it's yer tears!
I queer language, but suddenly she
| stopped, appalled, nt n sentence she Ten tn les to the wood« nt Heaver Camp;
For Grandfather Watts us. d to say—and
An' the last sweet letter, ntebbe, is the one I fancied she understood—an accident to
that give the pain,
■ the Antwerp-Harwich boat and some- That a decent chipmunk or woodchuck or
An' made yer eyes run over like rivers
I thing too Dutch for comprehension had Was be ler company, fr ondly or shy.
swelled by rain.
I happened to the passengers.
Than folks who didn't keep Fourth of July.
But thnr it is amongst 'ent, an’ you sigh,
he would pull his but down on bls
I “Aunt Laura, order the cake, dear, I And so
You're only keepin' of it 'cause she writ it and I’ll be back soon. I’m going to ' And march for the woods, sou'east by bou '.
I get a Christian paper.” And Frances
with her han'.
But once ah! long, long years ng >:
I stepped Into the street, with visions of For grandfather's gone where g od men go—■
When a feller’s packin' up to leave he'd bursting boilers, enveloping waves, One hot. hot Fourth, by ways of our own.
better keep apart.
I and tires nt sea, and In the midst a Such short-cuts as boys have always known,
hurried and follow« d he de r ■ bl man
Or he'll have a sad time in tr.vin’ for to , strong, smiling white face with plead- We
B-.yond where the wilderness began,
wlfstle off his heart!
To the deep black woods at the foot of the
' Ing brown eyes.
That laugh o' bis rings hollow, an' bis
A low carriage was just creeping up And there w as a clearing and a stump—
jokes air feeble, too—
He's a funeral procession 'spite o' all that
A stump In the heart of a great wide wood;
the owner of the strong face and the And
be kin do!
there on that stump our grandfather
smile, but somehow the brown eyes
nnd shouting out there In the sun,
I never did like packin'. When the leav had censed to be supplicants and
Ami flr'ng that funny old flint lock gun
in' time conies on
turned conquerors in the brightness of Once In a minute, 1:1s head ell bare,
1 alius give ins'ructions: “Ship my things the Brussels morning.
Having Ids Four h of July cut there—
when I am gone!”
Fourtn • f July lie used to know
He was before her, her rejected lover, Th««
Back In elghteen-and-twenty or so.
Au’, that's jest what I’ve tol’ 'em! (Never
think I’ll shed a tear!—
First, with bls face to the heaven's blue,
But it looks ns ef *twuz rainin' ten or broken crown nnd to-day from a broken lb« read the "Declaration” through;
heart, for had lie not refused to play And then, with gestures to the left and
twenty mile from here!)
the hero in that channel calamity of
made an oration erudite,
which she no longer sought to read the He
Full of words six syllables long;
And then our grandfather broke Into song.
"O, Ben, I thought you were drown Ami scaring the squirrels In the trees.
"Hall, Columbia!” to the breeze.
ed!” she said in a voice lie had never
An«l I tell yon, the old mnn never beard
« Not a Hero.
Porter County's Primitive Temple of
Justice Torn Down.
Our Nation’s Birthday.
Haller says that a single fem tie ho. Be
fly lays 20,080,320 eggs in one season.
No merchant vessel flying the United
States flag passed through the Strait
of Gibraltar or the Suez Canal In 1893
or 1898. In 1895 the steamers passing
the Strait of Gibraltar numbered 3.938
nnd the sailing vessels 689. In 1898 the
steamers numbered 3,554, and the sail
ing vessels 226.
The solidified alcohol which a Berlin
firm has been sending out In a tin con
tainer, Intended to serve as a pocket
lamp and stove. Is reported to consist
essentially of 62 per cent, of alcohol, 20
of soap, nnd 18 of water. A similar
product is readily made by dissolving
scraped tallow soap In warm alcohol.
A white oak tree cut in Knox County,
Indiana, recently, Is supposed to be one
of the largest of the kind ever cut In
that section. It measured 8 feet 4
inches at the butt, 53 inches nt the
small end, scaled 7,867 feet, nnd made
four twelve-foot logs. The tree was
cut and rolled to White River; loaded
ou a barge, taken to Mount Carmel, 111.,
rolled to side track, and loaded two
logs to a car. A silver dollar would
have covered the heart of any one of
If nil the wheat, corn, oats, barley,
rye, potatoes and hay raised In the
United States In the year 1898 were
loaded In earload lots of ten tons to the
car, they would make a railroad train
106,100 miles long, being over thirty
and a third times the distance from
Boston to San Francisco, or a band of
cars reaching four and one-fourth times
nround the world. The hay alone would
till a continuous train of cars reaching
about fourteen times the distance from
Boston to San Francisco.
Anil v. hen he had done, we all slipped back,
As still as we came, on our twisting track;
While words more clear than the flint-lock
Rang in our ears
And Grandfather Watts?
He shouldered the gun bls father bore.
And marched off homo, nor'west by nor*.
—Harper’s Young People.
Qr-J Ills is what happened to a boy one
II Fourth of July. I was not the boy,
because I chanced to be a girl; but
I know him very well, and he told me
xbout It yesterday.
lie wns calle«! Dick, though it was not
bis real name. He and his friend, Bob
Shannon, had been having a glorious time
ill day, ou this particular Fourth.
They began at 5 o’clock in the morning,
with fish horns and torpedoes, then at 6
o’clock came the “Antiques and Horri
bles,” and the two boys followed them all
over town, miles and miles, till their feet
were sore, and their voices hoarse with
shouting. Such a sight as the "Antiques
and Horribles" used to be! I remember
:hat myself, if I wns “only a girl.”
They were dressed in rag» ami tatters,
with their masked faces grinning horribly
tinder ridiculous old hats. They blew huge
tin horns, hooted and yelled, and were
lurrounded by a crowd of shrieking boys,
who tried to out-hoot and out-yell them.
What a delightful moment was that,
when, after my little heart had stood still
with fright at the near approach of an
nwful monster, with a negro's face and
billy goat's horns, the face was suddenly
removed, nnd I saw the smiling, ruddy
face of Sam Judkins, the grocer's bqy,
greeting me with the customary “Helio,
As a rule, it wns nn insult to be called
Sissy, and I could not abide it; but at that
moment it wns music in my enrs.
Labor In Swollen.
Well, Bob Shannon and Dick followed
At n meeting In Stockholm the con
lhe "Horribles” to the end, and then they
tractors of the city have bound them went home and had breakfast. After that
selves to the rollowing regulations: A they tired off crackers in the back yard,
day's work shall consist of ten hours, with occasional concerts on the fish horn
nnd the following scale shall be paid: till noon; anil then they went nnd took a
Masons nnd bricklayers, 16.6 cents an swim. Refreshed by the cool water, they
hour; cnriienters, 13 cents nn hour; felt equal to anything, ami gladly joineil
helpers, 12 cents; hodcarriers, 10.2 the party that was going to fire off the old
cents. This rate of pay Is to lie In brass cannon in the vacant lot behind the
school house. This was a truly martial
creased 50 per cent, for the first four
hours of overtime, nnd doubled for
Dick, who wns n boy of lively Imagina
work nt night. Sundays nml holidays. tion, felt like Napoleon (before Waterloo),
Tlie contractors have also agreed to ami Wellington nml Grant before Rich
discharge nml hire men without con mond, all rolled into one, nnd forgot that
sulting the unions, yet no mnn Is to be Alexander and Leonidas, his favorite he
discharged for belonging to n union. roes of antiquity. knew nothing nbout the
The employers have nlso agreed to es joys of gunpowder, nnd had never heard
tablish a fund to Indemnify the men the "crack!” “bang!” the sharp spurt of
In case of accident and to nsslst In the mutch and the soft "f-z-z-1!” of the
. powder which uiuke boys' hearts leap to
their burial In case of death. The em day.
ployers agree to give the men financial
By-nml by the old cannon broke, as ev
assistance for 180 «lays at the most for eryone supposed it would, nnd strange to
Injury sustained In service. Stockholm : say. no one was hurt.
cor. Chicago Record.
“It's nil nonsense," said Dick, “about
boys getting hurt so much on the Fourth
Versatile Air. Henderson.
of July. That is, of course boys do get
In his younger days William J. Hen ' hurt, but it's only the stupid fellows who
derson, the eminent musical critic nml don't know beans. A fellow who knows
author, poet, composer and yachtsman, w hat he's nbout has no need to get hurt.
“Come along, Bob, and let's fire off this
was a contributor to a popular weekly.
He was the author of the Shinbone sto powder that's left.”
Of course, that would be great fun. and
ries of 1881-5. one day he received the
■ make a fitting liuk of delight between the
honorary degree of A. M. from Prince ■ day ami the crowning joy of the evening
ton. He marveled at this, because he i fireworks. Where should they go to fire
hail not been a popular student with the powder? Why, the tint gravel roof on
| the ell of Dick's house would be the very
"1 think it wns on account of your place—of course it would!
literary work,” said a friend to him
It was nice nml hot on the roof in the
“Your poetry ami serious work, yes,” afternoon sun; the boys lik««d it hot. Care
fully they poured the remaining powder
lnter|M»sed a friend, “but not your nig out of the horn, making a pleasant little
ger storks, BiUy. Not tliev.”
heap beside the stout chimney, which was
A year or two afterward Mr. Hender : to I k * their bulwark ami place of defense.
son had. so the story goes, a chance to
Then they laid the trail, very scientific
speak to a member of the faculty as to ally, round the chimney, and then they
the effect his early humorous stories stood and looked at it n little while, tasting
, the pure joy of anticipation, and quite
had In securing the degree,
that there were no boys so happy or I
“It was granted In spite of them. Mr. sure
so fortunate as they were in the world of I
Henderson,” was the reply.
“Shall we touch it off now? Oh. wait
Princess of Wales's Cross.
: just a minute! think whnt fun It will be,
The Princess of Wales possesses a wasn't it lucky we got this old horn? It
cross which Is suiqaiseil to always j holds such a jolly lot. Hi! won't the folks
bring good luck to Its owner. It was in the street jump? Come on. Dick, let'»
formerly the property of the King of i set her off now.”
“All right! Get behind the chimney,
Denmark, having N-en discovered years I ami
I'll touch her off. Oh, I say. Isn't I
ago In the grave of th* beautiful Queen this fun!"
Bob hid himself behind the chiazaey;]
ULY 4th is our nation's birthday.
It Is the anniversary of the be
ginning of the existence of the
United States as an independent
government. It I rings to us all the
delight which spring- from a glad
remembr nee of past t mes when
the found Hi, nr of the happy present
wer laid. It i commemorative anil
therefore festive. Everybody is
fam.liar with the anniversary idea.
No other coun'ry makes so much as ne do of anni
versaries. We love to celrbrate the birth of things, of
events, of institutions, of d coveri-s of achiev mo ts
and of nd vidua s. So the anniversary of our country’s
birth appeals to every noblest and mo t natural instinct
¡n our Americ n human natur««. We feel the Fourth of
July morn to be auspicious. W • would fain congratu
late o;ir Ir end-end neighbors on its r new d da n-
ing. It is for us "a high day.”
It is th? greatest
birthday we know. It commemo ates the nativity of a
chi d that was de-tin d to be ome a giant, and is ott
ahead , in whose strength we all are -trong.
The Fourth of July is Inde, end nee day. We cele-
Ir te not only the ind petalenoe which our foref «fliers
won from a foreign tyran', but the c vil liber y that
made so precious and essential a p r of the signal ,.e-
liie ance. Independence flay stands for internai as well
as external freedom, for liberty of sp eeh, lileity o.
press, lileity of eligion. As the oak is contained in the
acorn, so every equal right which the citizens of tl is
happy land enjoy was wrapped up, as to i s ge m, its
promi e and pot« ncy, within the folds of tt at now faded
and time-worn paper on which the D elà atlon of
Independeno was written.
Therefore the more entbusii sm on the Fou til « t
July the bett 'r. The more we cau nave of wholesale,
hear y, unstinted célébra ion t..e letter. The senti
ment of loya tv an l love for the flag needs constant
deepenin ’.' The st i it of Independence, of robust
Ameti anism. can be strengthene 1 to adv «ntage. Love
of one’s c uniry is the very essence of good citizenship
—nay, of man y manhood.
When wo joined In the chorus, word for
But he rang out strong to the bright blue
And If voices joined In his Fourth of July,
He hearil them as echo s fr< m days gone by.
VT a ? FANCE8 had been arguing and
IS/ had silenced her opponent. He
stood leaning against the stone
ef the tower waiting her pleasure to re
move from the scene of contest. But
her liue of thought held her fast, or
perhaps the beauty of Belgian land
scape would not release her. At all
events, she did move, and he waited.
Finally, he ventured to suggest:
“Won’t your Aunt Laurn be tired of
She turned Iter eyes from the brown
Scheldt flowing below as she ausweretl
carelessly: "Aunt Laura? O, she
doesn't mind! She preferred to let us
come up without her. She adores the
cathedral, and It Isn't time to be hun
Ben Ilipley had been in Antwerp four
hours, thiee of which lie had spent with
Francis I »cere, and for at least an hour
the two had been on the cathedral
tower engaged in the argument already
Ben had asked where Frances meant
to spend the winter. It was a natural
question, for they had been neighbors
and friends always at Imine tn Amer-
Ion. Even when he was nt college
there were vacations, and she con
tinued to be a warm friend. So did he,
except In the Intervals when, having
become too warm, he was obliged to
undergo a cooling process.
Her winter, she said, would be one of
hard study. Aunt Laura would select
masters lor her, and she would work
nt art, music, languages anything to
keep busy. Then he began to argue
that she was all wrong. She ought to
go home to her mother and not waste
her youth (she laughed scornfully) and
her beauty (she smiled proudly). Then
she asked him why he lived on Ban
bury road and studied mathematics nt
Oxford Instead of going Into business
with Ills father In New York. He an
swered that he wasn't worth consider
ing, that she was the only person in
the world worth talking about, and the
climax of Ills w hole argument was that
she should go back to America engaged
to him ami wait for the glorious life
they would begin together next year
S hen he had taken Ills doctor's degree.
But she was relentless and wouldn't
»ven attempt to answer his questions
w hether she cared for him at all. She
grew n little Impatient anil said he
plight to see that she couldn’t think
about such things; she was Interested
in carrying on her studies and noth
ing else. Finally he said he supposed
lhe expected him to start back for Ox
ford that night and wanted to lie con
tradicted. But she agreed that It would
be the most sensible thing to do.
Bo it had all ended, and she had be-
tome absorbed in lhe landscape and
forgetful of him until lie mentioned
Aunt I.auia and they started down the
tower. Bru was three or four steps
thond. two thirds of the way down,
a hen lie heard a stumble. Frances had
taught lier foot In her dress and fallen.
He luid Just time to brace himself w ith
in arm against either wall when she
did down u | h > ii him.
“(let your footing quick and don't
taint,” be said.
“I'm uot going to faint,” she nn«
iwered, “and 1 am quite myself ex-
•opt tluit my hat Is crooked uot that
t matters In the dark.”
Slowly he dropped his anna, ntid she
passed on before hllu. As they came
put Into the light he modelled to a
sarrlage crossing the uarrvw court.
“There Isn't a moment to lose,” he
explained. “If I am going to get my
boat. You are sure you are not hurt?”
■“Perfectly sound. bid I Lighten
“Well. yea; It didn’t seem exa< tly safe
for cither of us to have come tumbling
down that way. But 1 must go. 1
lliall see you again some day. Frances."
Somehow he got the cathedral door
•pen for her. handed her an umbrella,
look off Ilia hat, pressed her hand, and
entered the carriage. Rhe couldn't fol
low hl* movements; she only felt his
gyea resting on her as If they could not
HOOSIER LANDMARK GONE.
Dick, slow match in hand, got well out of
the way, as he thought, and with a shout
of triumph touched off the fuse.
A blinding flash, a hiss, as of fifty wild
cats tied by their tails and turned into the
standing corn of the Philistines, and then
a loud cry, as if the Philistines, or some
body, were having an exceedingly hard
time of it.
Dick crouched down, with his hands
pressed to his blackened face, and Bob
bent over him in genuine concern.
“I say, Dick, old man, are you much
“Oh, I don't know! It’s my eyes I care
about, that’s all. I can't see anything.”
“Come along down to the doctor, old
man. Shall I take your hand?”
“Take your grandmother! Don't I know
the way in the dark? I say, Bob.”
“We know what a Fourth of July fool
is now, don’t we?"
“I reckon we do, and it’s worse than an
April fool a good deal. Come along!”
Fortunately the injury to Dick’s eyes
was slight, aud he escaped with a week in
a dark room, and a fine array of blisteis,
the traces of which adorned his face for
many a day; but he has learned how not
to burn powder on the Fourth of July.- •
WHY WE CELEBRATE.
July Fourth Commemorates Washing
ton*« Victory liver Old George ill.
IIE American people
have been celebrating
the Fourth of July,
drinking r««d lemonade
aud firing red crack
ers ever since that
time back in 1776
when grandpa crawl
ed up in that ivy-man
tled tower at Philadel
phia and rang the big
Y'ou see, it was this
way: An ol«l rooster
over in England nam
ed George Threetimes
thought be owned us. He had a dead
»inch on his own country nnd he imagined
lie had the same on this one. He taxed
The demise of Iloosierdom's oldest
aud most unique public building. Por
ter County's first temple of justice,
took place iu the business center of
Valparaiso iu broad daylight not long
The history clustered about this em
bryonic legal sanctuary of the pioneer
world of Northern Indiana reads like a
fairy tale. The first session of the Cir
cuit Court ever held in Porter County
commenced the first week in October,
1836, at the home of John Saylor, Just
across the street from the present
courthouse. Judge Samuel C. Sample
seated himself with great dignity be
hind a little table, on which were
placed a few law books, and in the
presence of about forty men declared
court to be in session. The grand jury
strolled out of the stuffy courtroom
and was obliged to hold its delibera
tions under a large oak tree in the
wood close by. The members were
seated on the ground, and a log fire
was built to impart warmth and cheer
to the dismal session. Not one of those
that made up the first grand and petit
juries is now living. The outdoor ses
sions were a necessity for some time,
but soon public sentiment began to
change. Tlie people wanted more com
modious quarters in which to hold
their sessions, and in 1S37 a subscrip
tion paper was circulated to raise the
funds necessary for building a court
house, aud the munificent sum reached
A frame building. 22x30 feet, was
our tea, he did, and used the money to
sport around with the boys. When we
began to cave around about it he sent a
job-lot of his soldiers over here to hold us
down. This caused more indignation and
one day the matter was brought to a focus
when a lot of our boys got together and
belli a square men's meeting.
those present were Patrick Ilenry nnd
George Washington. Pat made a ringing
speech and told them that the people ought
to rise up out of their lethargy and make
this a free country. A declaration of in
dependence was written out and signed
and the bell was rung, as we have said.
When old George Threetimes beard of
this he sent over more soldiers ami tried
to wipe out the little band parading under
But Mr. Threetimes' gingerbread sol
diers couldn't fool our George—nit! Our
George let them chase him around New
Jersey nnd Pennsylvania ami when they
finally did catch him they at once tried to
let him go. But George didn't go—not
much! That night our George crossed
the Delaware river ami made old George
Threetimes’ army look like boiled lobsters.
Our George found the most of them at a
50-eent dame, but h«« sailed right in, nev
ertheless, and history tells us that he
broke up the ball. Because he won the
war we made our George President and
we have been having Presidents and
Fourth of July» ever since.—Exchange.
public square, with only a single room.
It was completed in tlie fall. In this
building John Pelton, tlie only man
ever sentenced to death In Porter
County, was tried and convicted of
murdering Francis Stancs, and wa9
hanged In 1838 from a tree on the site
of tlie Valparaiso high school building
relton’s was the first legal execution
of record In Northern Indiana.
The old frame court house building
was the pride of the whole northwest
corner of Indiana until 1853, when it
was succeeded by an old-fashioned
brick building, sold for a small sum
and removed to tlie west side of the
city, where It stood for years obscured
by the thick woods and underbrush.
It was then moved back to within a
few feet from where it was originally
erected, being used as a woodshed aud
Hio Village Fourth.
ORATOR, SCHOLAR, STATESMEN.
Within the shaded doorway
The eager children stand,
For the s rain» of stirring music
Announce the coming band.
The roar of distant cannon
Mingles with the chime of bells,
Wli 1« nearer st II and nearer
The joyous tumult swells.
D ar grandm i loaves her knitting,
Aud with baby on her knee
Conies anil sits among the children.
Who are shouting now with glee,
F r adown the stre t comes marching
A long and varied train
Keeping step to "Yankee Doodle,”
The merry old refrain.
Now the !ast of the procession.
With Its flags and srteamers gay,
Whisks around a distant corner
In a cloud of dust away.
Spain Lost Greatest of Her Men in
1 niilio Casteiar's Death.
The death of Emilio Castelar has re-
moved a man wbo outranked all his
contemporaries In the public life of
Spain, and who be
sides enjoyed inter
as a writer, an ora
tor and a statesman.
He was a man of
wide culture and at
a stormy career he
maintained his per*
E milio castelab . sonal honor unsul
lied, and though actively engaged la
politics he disdained the artifices of
the practical politician.
Castelar was born In Cadiz in 1832,
and at an early age lost bis father. He
liad a hard struggle to obtain an edu
cation, but by tlie aid of liis pen suc
ceeded. The revolution of 1.854 was the
starting point of his political career.
He made a speech at a public meeting
in support of democracy, aud the next
morning lie was famous. He allied
himself with the then democratic pa
per. El Tribuno, nnd each day saw his
popularity grow. In 1866 he took part
In an uprising against tlie crown and
was condemned to (hath. lie fled to
Paris, where be remained txvo years,
returning to Spain to be recognized a»
the chief of tlie Republican party.
After Amadeus, who was elected
King by the Cortes en the expulsion of
Isabella, resigned. Castelar took th«
folio of the foreign office In the Cabi
net of the newly formed republic.
Later, in 1874, Castelar became Presi
dent of the republic, with almost dicta
torial powers. While in this position
he did good service for the state. Ila
was unable, however, to maintain him
self in power, and the republic fell. Al
ft i s<? XIII. was then proclaimed King,
an«l since then Spain has lieen a mon
Of late years Castelar bad not taken
a very active part iu polities, though
be was a member of the Cortes subse
quent to the time when he was Presi
dent of the republic. He ultimately
became convinced that a monarchy
wns the best form of government tut
The Flower Garden of Europe.
The south of France Is the flowet
garden of Europe. Flower farming is
extensive In the Var X'alley. and cov
ers about 115,000 English acre». Tbeee
gardens produce over 3.000 ton» of
—Sas Francisco Examiner.
A man who lire» on hope will spend
hl* old age at »omebody'» els« expenaa»