The Lampasas Daily Leader. (Lampasas, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 571, Ed. 1 Wednesday, January 10, 1906 Page: 3 of 4
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Faretvell and Welcome <!
Because the Old Year dying lay,
The winds went sobbing on their way.
The lonely fields wrere brown and bar®.
The oaks, so lately green and fair,
Tossed all their naked limbs in air.
The brief day faded into night;
The moon and stars were veiled from
And earth seemed covered wdth a blight.
I woke—the sad night fled forlorn!
Fair as a planet newly born
The earth arose to greet the morn.
Above a sun of fervid gold
The turquoise sky its depth unrolled
A wreath of diamonds veiled each tree;
Where yesterday death seemed to be.
A new white world smiled up-at me.
—Ninette M. Lowater in N. Y. Sun.
(Copyright, 1905, by Daily Story
“I don’t believe your father will
■ever consent, dear,” George had said,
very gravely, his very shoulders bow-
led under the weight of his grief. He
was fully 19, and this was the first
time he had ever been really in love.
Of course there had been fancies,
back there in the days of his youth.
But he was 19 now, and he knew his
•own mind. He knew that Sidney
Lee was the one woman in all the
world who had been foreordained to
become Mrs. George Armitage. Guess
a man of 19 knows affinities when he
meets them—and when the girl
throws her arms about his neck and
cries because her father won’t let her
be his—that is, the man’s who knows
affinities when he sees them.
“But maybe he will consent if you
work hard and we wait a few years,
■George,” Sid ventured, hopefully.
“Wait!” echoed George, drearily.
**I have not time to wait. I love you
too much to wait. I can’t wait. Life i3
too short. Think what a few years
There was no question that a few
years would shorten George's span ter-
ribly. Then he spoke like the true
“If your father won’t give his con-
sent, Sid,” he said firmly, “let’s get
married without it. What right- have
parents to wreck the happiness of
their chidren’s lives?”
“You mean to run away—to elope?”
gasped Sidney, in an awful voice,
“Why, father would never forgive us
in the world. Besides, dear,” she said,
practically, “do you make enough for
us to live on? < won’t it be better to
wait for a raise in your salary? If
we elope, father would discharge you,
“I did not think you were mercen-
ary, Sid,” the young man replied sev-
erely. “I really did not.”
He said it so tragically that Sidney
was miserable again.
“I did not mean to be mercenary,
George, dear,” she said tearfully. “But
you know we must live.”
“Well, looking at the matter from
the most practical side,” said George,
-as if that was making a great ^con-
cession to the sensible, “I get $14 a
week now. I can get a job any timel
at Morrow’s. The old man has asked
me to work for him and you know
about Nell." ^
“Yes, I know that Nell would give
her neck to have you work" for her
father,” said Sidney, .a little spitefully
and all jealously. “I know that she
comes into your place just on pur-
"Wait!” echoed George drearily, “I
love you too much to wait.”
pose to see you. Papa has told me
all about it.”
“There’s nothing between us at all,
ddar,” George hastened to say, for
he saw he was on dangerous ground.
“Your fatjfcgr has often joked me about
It too and I just led him on, for that
keeps him from suspecting that it is
you I love. Besides,” he--concluded,
with an injured air, “I guess Nell can
come to see me if Jim can hang
“Ph, he is just a friend,” answered
Sidney ...airily. “I don’t care a rap
about hi^though I believe that papa
would like mb-to marry him. He says
that would unite our warring commer-
cial houses and make allies out of
competitors, or something of-the sort.”
“I thought he had a grudge against
old Morrow,” grinned George, but Sid
wasn’t in any mood to joke. A wo-
man has no sense of humor anyhow,
The-upshot of it was that Sid re-
fused to get married without her fath-
er’s consent and George looked so
down in the dumps for two or three
days that the old man noticed it.
“What’s the matter, George,?” he
asked cheerily, giving the bookkeep-
er a friendly nudge, for he was a
“Why don’t you get along without it?”
jolly old chap. “Has Nellie given you
George grinned lugubriously.
“I am sure, sir,” he said, longing to
kick the old man under the desk “that
it is tough to have a girl love you and
to have your happines wrecked by a
hard-hearted old fellow that has for-
gotten he was ever young himself.”
George took a savage delight in
knocking the effigy of Sidney’s father
about the office in this vicarious man-
r is i.
^,AT. o the old man won’t give his
consent, hey?” replied the old gentle-
man. “Well, why don’t you get
along without it?”
George gasped. ’’Get along with-
out it!” That was tbj? scheme that
was ever uppermost in his thought,
but Sidney would not listen to it.
The mere - fact that the old man h*ad
the honor to be bis employer had
made the mistake of supposing that
the daughter of his ancient business
rival was the girl in the case was a
mere incident. A daring thought
“If, T only dared, sir,” he said; with
hypocritical reluctance. “I am afraid
you would not forgive me.”
“Why, what havb I to forgive?”
asked the old man in surprise. “I
should like to get ahead of the old
curmudgeon. I’ll help you all I can,
young man. By Jove! If you run
away with the girl you love. I’ll give
you two week’s pay and raise your
salary $3 a week when you get back!
Brace up, young man. By jingo! I
was young myself once. Faint heart
never won fair lady. I keep pretty
close track of my own girl, and it is old
Morrow’s business to take care of
his. Anybody who gets the best of
me under my very eyes will know it.’
The old man chuckled at the
thought of assisting in a scheme that
would make old Morrow furious. He
was almost as much interested in the
affair as though it. were he himself
who was going to elope.
“Darling,” said George, enthusiasti-
cally, “your father is going to help us
He says that. I may elope with the
girl I love if I want to and he will
raise my salary in the bargain. Only
you must not breathe a word of it.
It will all come right in the end.
Isn’t it just splendid.” *
Many and mysterious were the con-
ferences held between the two con-
spirators and finally it was all ar-
ranged that Miss Sidney was to take
the carriage and drive George td
Morrow’s and take Nell for a drive.
Then they would go to Higginsvllle
and get married by the parson at that
pla.ee, returning the same day.
Nell came into the store for some
hooks and eyes on the day agreed
upon and that young lady was greatly
astonished when the odd man slyly
pinched her ear. The clerks wonder-
ed why the “old man” chuckled so
much that day and they wondered
still more when, at closing time,
George got into the Lee carriage and
drove off with Sidney. Her father
stood in the door waving his hand an^
The first he knew of the true state
of affairs was when Bud Tucker
brought him a message about 9 o’clock
that night. It was sent from Higgins-
ville and read as follows:
“Dear father-in-law: Sidney for-
got to drive over to Morrow’s. We
will drive over to-morrow! George.’
What he said belongs to another
chapter, to be devoted to the elas-
ticity and expressiveness of the Eng-
lish language. This is only a one
But he. forgave them in the long
NEAT AND EFFECTIVE REBUKE.
Showing How Unnecessary ft Is To
Give the Lie Direct.
Senator Foraker was contradicting
a certain statement.
“Though this is a firm contradic-
tion,” he said, “I want it to be a pleas-
ant and polite one. It is not neces-
sary, when men tell falsehoods, to call
them liars and club them over the
head. Their error can be pointed out
in neater and more graceful ways.
“In a small town in Indiana a group
of drummers were assembled. They
sat in the reading-room of the coun-
try hotel. On the flimsy hotel paper
they had finished writing to their
firms with the lumpy ink and the
rusted pens which the hotel manage-
ment provided, and now, with news-
paper reading and desultory talk, they
whiled away the tedious evening.
“A young drummer in a red tie took
the cigarette from his mouth and
“ ‘Well, my day’s sales here reached
$5,000. Not bad for a small town,
“An elderly drummer looked up
from his newspaper and said quietly:
“ ‘Not bad at all. It is wonderful
what one can sometimes do in these
little places. On my last trip here
my commissions came to just what
you say your sales did.’
“The young man reddened.
“ ‘This isn’t a lying competition,’ he
“ ‘Oh, excuse me,’ said the other.
‘I thought it was.’ ”
A Delicate Compliment,
Many delicate compliments have
been paid the fair sex by men subtle
in speech, but here is one straight
from the heart of an illiterate negro
that is difficult to excel:
It is recalled by the Rev. C. P.
Smith of Kansas City, in telling the
story of a marriage fee.
“When I was preaching at Walla
Walla, Wash.,” he says, “there was no
negro preacher in town, and I was
often called upon to perform a cere-
mony between negroes. One after-
noon, after I had married a young
negro couple, the groom asked the
price of the service.”
“ ‘Oh, well,’ said I, ‘you can pay me
whatever you think it is worth to you.’
“The negro turned and silently look-
ed his bride over from head to foot,
then slowly rolling up the whites of
his eyes to me, said:
“ ‘Lawd, sah. you has done ruined
me for life; you has, fur sure.’”
A Station Without Signals.
There is no chance of a signalman
making a mistake at Wanstrow Sta-
tion—the smallest on the Great West-
ern railway—for the simple; reason
that there are no signals, and, conse-
quently, no signalman. The station is
situated on the Wells branch of Som-
ersetshire, between Witham and Cran-
more, a structure consisting of a plat-
form about 24 yards long and a small
waiting room. In the waiting-room is
a fire grate, and on the platform one
lamp. No station master, porter, or
other staff is kept at Wanstrow, the
station being under the supervision
of the Witham station master, who
pays occasional visits to the place to
see that everything is in order.: In
the winter a platelayer makes a fire
in the waiting-room, attends to it dur-
ing the day, and lights the platform
lamp when necessarj.—London Tit
“Do you believe,” queried the long-
haired passenger, “that people will
have the same vocation in the next
world as they have in this?”
"No,” replied the hardware drum-
fer. “That would be impossible in
“Why do you think so?” asked the
1. h. p.
“Because,” explained the knight of
the sample case, “there are quite a
number of ice dealers in this world.”
MARSHAL WAS UNDULY LENIENT.
Nebraska Official Removed From
Office by the President.
Irving Baxter, United States district
attorney for Nebraska, has been re-
moved from office by President Roose-
District Attorney Baxter, who was
appointed to office last spring, prose-
cuted on behalf of the government
the case against Richards & Comstock,
cattle raisers, who were charged with
fencing illegally the public lands in
Nebraska and whose prosecution was
brought about by investigations into
■land frauds made under the direction
of Secretary of the Interior Hitchcock.
The men were convicted and senten-
ced to six hours in the custody of the
United States marshal. Practically
no defense was made in the trial.
In carrying out the sentence the
United States marshals deputized the
attorneys of Richards & Comstock to
take charge of the defendants for the
six hours of their sentence. For ex-
ercising this leniency the marshal was
removed from office.
TRIUMPH OF MODERN HYGIENE.
Largely Shown In Constantly Increas-
There can be no question that the
prevalence of certain diseases has in-
creased during the last half century.
Conspicuous among these are diabetes
and insomnia, both of which are large-
ly due to the mental stress of a hard-
er struggle for existence. The in-
creased consumption of alcohol and
the free use of narcotics are also re-
sponsible for many morbid conditions
unknown to our hardier forbears. But,
in comparing the present prevalence
of diseases with that of the past there
are several factors for which due al-
lowance is often not made. One of
these is that our forefathers died, as
a rule, at a considerably younger age
than their descendants; if they did
not perish by the sword they were,
moved down from time to time by the
plague and other devasting epidemics.
In this way they escaped- many of the
diseases not only of old age, but of
advanced middle generation represent-
ed to a much larger extent than is
the case the survival of the fittest.
Most of the weaklings is that it has
preserved a large proportion of these
Storms on Mars Terrific.
Weather wise prophets are issuing
bulletins of the rain and shine in
Mars. The-most tumultous tempests
that the elements offer the earth
dweller are holidays compared with
the storms of two weeks and again
of forty-one days in length which Prof.
Pickering of Harvard has found rag-
ing around Martians. The clouds of
Mars are always light yellow. The.
desert regions are a darker shade of
yellow. Long duration of storms and
long clear intervals between* are char-
acter?sties of Martian weather. One
possible reason for the great meteor-
ological changes is the greater tenuity
of atmosphere there. Mars presents
vast and conspicuous changes in ap-
pearance, whereas a Martian astrono-
mer, looking towards earth, would
find that the annual changes which he
could perceive over the surface ot our.
planet present considerable sameness
and lack of variety.
Great West Coming To Its Own.
The mighty west is qoming into:its
own. The present growth of the coun-
try is authoritatively stated to center
west of a line drawn from Chicago to
New Orleans. The secret of the
growth is found not in any fever for
sudden wealth but is the secret of a
working race. The wheat fields of the
Dakotas and Montana, the timber
lands of Washington and Oregon, the
salmon fisheries of the north coast,
the coal mines of British Columbia
are stubborn resources to be developed
slowly by coaxing and humoring with
a risk of long years • and all the for-
tunes of the pioneers. Through labor,
self-sacrifice, patience, and courage
these great states are being built with
golden destinies. The capitalists of
the mighty west, whose “mightier
place in the politics, commerce, and
affairs of the union is almost axio-
TANTALUM A HARD SUBSTANCE.
Diamond Drill Has No Effect On This
Tantalum cuts tantalum. Diamonds
cannot cut it. The only effect pro-
duced by a diamond drill, worked day
and night for three days on a sheet
of pure metallic tantalum one twenty-
fifth of an inch thick, with a speed of
5,000 revolutions per minute, was a
slight dint in the sheet and the wear-
ing out of the diamond. Tantalum dif-
fers from all other known substances
in combining extreme hardness with
extreme ductility. When red hot it is
easily rolled into wires and sheets or
drawn into wire. It is scarcely affec-
ted by the oxygen of the air even at a
red heat, and not at all at ordinary
temperatures, and it is not dissolved
by the strongest acids, nor does' it
amalgamate with mercury. It melts
only at the highest attainable temper-
atures, and is therefore well fitted for
filaments in incandescent lamps, being
much stronger than carbon. If it can
be obtained in sufficient quantity it
should prove most useful. It will fur-
nish better boring tools than the dia-
mond drill, cheaper electric lights than
carbon, and as a plate or a wire hard-
er than diamond, yet strong and tough,
it suggests almost limitless uses.
Every other hard substance is brittle,
a fact which has hampered the en-
gineer for centuries.
CHOSEN MINISTER TO NORWAY.
Herbert H. D. Peirce First American
Representative at New Court.
Herbert H. D. Peirce, who bas been
selected by the president to be the
first United States minister to Norway,
has for several years been third as-
sistant secretary of state at Washing-
ton. His most recent work that came
to the notice of the public was as rep-
resentative of the state department
of the Portsmouth peace* conference.
As third secretary, the consular ser-
vice has been under his immediate
charge, and in 1904 he made a trip
around the world inspecting United
States consulates. The results of
this trip, which are found in the rec-
ommendation for the improvement of
the consular service, are regarded an
of great value. Mr. Peirce has held
secretaryships in the diplomatic ser-
vice, including that of first secretary
•- . \
at St. Petersburg, where he was;
charge d’affaires. In the absence of
the secretary of state he has frequent-
ly been in charge of the state depart-
Hens Now Rival of Cow.
The farmer’s hen is becoming a*
worthy companion to his cow,' says:
Secretary of Argriculture Wilson. The
annual production of eggs is now a
score of billions. Poultry products1
have climbed to a place of mote than
half a billion dollars in value. Dui’-
ing the last sixteen years the domestic*
exports of farm products have amount-
ed to $12,000,000,000, more than
enough to buy all of the railroads of
the country at ,their commercial value,,
and this wras a mere surplus for which!
there was no demand at home. Wealth'
production on the farms of the United:
States in 1905 reached the highest
amount ever attained in this or any
other, country—$6,415,000,000. "Should
there be no release from his present
position as a wealth producer. three
years hence the farmer will find that
.the- farming element, about 35 per
cent of the population, has produced;
an amount of wealth :Within ten years
equal to one-half ;of the entire na-
tional wealth produced in three-cenc
Brazil Woods Beautiful.
Beautiful Brazil woods are recom-
mended to capitalists. Cabinet woods
of many kinds abound, are easy to
reach, and fairly easy to get. Be-
cause of the lack of enterprise among
the Brazilians only small quantities
have been exported. Communication
with the woods is bad, freights and
wage? are high. An American corn-*
pany with $5,000;000 is beginning to
exploit some of the best regions. If,
hopes-to overcome obstacles by the ap-
plication of modern milling and trans-
portation methods. An elevated swing-
ing railroad will carry the logs from
the woods to the mills, which are to
be located near or on good roads.
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Vernor, J. E. The Lampasas Daily Leader. (Lampasas, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 571, Ed. 1 Wednesday, January 10, 1906, newspaper, January 10, 1906; Lampasas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth895031/m1/3/: accessed November 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Lampasas Public Library.