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December 26, 1901     The Saguache Crescent
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Home ,.. . Way out Bruicambe Lane, past Cherry Spring and Gorsuch, lay the old Barkdull Place, which had been in the family since the first Barkdull came over the Alleghanies and down the Ohio River on a flat boat. The folks at the crossroads store said the place was run down. But what could be ex- pected when a woman had been farm- ing it and young Philip Barkdull was of too easy a nature to settle down to hard work? The Barkdulls had, THE MOTHEIL somehow, dropped almost out of the community. In other times the father had driven into Harmony Church ev- ely Sunday morning and had even been spoken of for deacon the year before he died. But he died at thirty- nine and left only one son. The mother was not of the settlemenL She came from a distant county and her near relatives were dead. But she made a struggle which the neighbors described as "powerful" and held the farm to- gether for young Philip. In the strug- gle she grew old and narrow and dull. She drew away from her neighbors and was shy with Parson Bllderback whe~n he made his yearly call. Her heart was in her husband's grave, her sole in- terest in the tall and straight young creature who called her "mother," but who seemed slipping away from her. He was like his father, kind but masterful. His determinations beat upon her "ways," as he called them, as the waves beat upon a rocky cliff. He had achieved some . education against her wishes, had made changes in the farming system, had lately gone to church when she' said she was "too tired," and she resented his independ- ence. Did she not own him? Had he not had her very life and health and strength for ten weary years? Never once would she consider his probable marriage. She did not intend he should marry. He owed so much to her, he must be her staff, her comfort tn her old age. And this she had more than once said to him in no uncertain fashion. "You are .exactin' full measure," l~e said, with a grim smile, "'but I'll al- ways see after you, don't fear." It was New Year's Day. Mrs. Bark- dull sat in a work chair in the middle of the kitchen. The cat mewed around her feet, the fire was getting low, but she never moved. There was a letter In her lap and over it she had folded her toll-reddened hands. Half an hour 'before Slm Turner had ridden into the lane on a shaggy mar~ and called out to her over the fence to come and get her letter. His coonskin cap was drawn tightly over his ears and his breath made a white smoke over the purple comforter about his neck. "You wouldn't hey got the letter if I hadn't been goln' to Gorsuch, Mls' Barkdull. There wasn't a soul comln' this way but me. Dec' Ltggett's sent for Dec' Sparks to see aid man Snoor- ter with "lm. He's pretty bad." Mrs. Barkdull had taken the letter with chattering teeth and a protest. "I reckon its for Philip. He's in to Harmony or else he's gone over to Chllloway's to see 'bout some Chlny Polands. But I'm bleeged." But the letter was addressed to her. The hands of the clock went on and on. Still the woman sat mechanically rocking to and fro in the cold room. Ordinarily she would have been astir at this time to get the supper, to feed the chickens, to make all ready for the night that was coming on windy and cold. But she sat still. Another hour passed. It was near the early twilight of the winter day. The fire was entirely out, the eat had Jumped upon the very hearth. Sud- denly she heard the sound of far-off wheels and they came nearer. A ve- hicle bumped over the frozen ridges in the house lane. A wagon stopped and she heard cheerful talk and laugh- ter in men's voices. Then there were near steps and a heavy trunk was deposited on the front porch. She heard the house doors tried, but she never stirred. At last the kitchen door opened and two persons hurried in, closing it hurriedly ~galnst the plerc- "Inn wind. The most aggressive In- truder was her son, Philip BarkdulL The other was a young woman with a pale, but bright face and braids of d~rk brown hair coiled under her Sun- da~ hat. "Mother!" exclaimed the young man, glancing in dismay at the fireless stove, the unfinished work. "Mother, didn't you get my letter.? All the doors are locked. Are you sick?" ~e glanced at him with most miser- iable eyes and moved her hands from the letter in her lap. "I got it. Sire fetched it a while ago." "What ails you? Are you sick? Here's my wife and no fire after her cold ride. Speak to her." But the old woman folded her hands over the letter and was dumb. The man's face grew dark. The stranger had been looking on with amazed eyes. She now went straight to Philip and placed her hand on his shoulder. "She doesn't want me here. See how she suffers." "That does not matter. This is my home and yours. We have a right here. She must welcome you." She stood a moment in thought. "You did not tell me all. I do not wish to hurt her so much; she is your mother, remember thai:" He winced at the soft touch. "She was bound to do something queer. Be sensible and fight it out for good." But the voice was even gentler. "~Ive her time. Don't say anything harsh. Let us build a fire and get supper." Philip Barkdull was sorely hurt. He led the way to the sacred and unused spare chamber which was dismally cold and gloomy. He dragged in the trunks. Afterward he came into the kitchen and built a rousing fire in the cook stove and put on the tea kettle. He disappeared into the spare room with kindling, and the old woman heard the roaring of a fire in the long unused west chimney. In miserable silence the old woman watched them go to and fro. The fire crackled and sputtered, the teakettle boiled; the cat purred. Her son, the pride and stay of her future, went here and there showing this stranger where this and that was kepL He spread the cloth himself; he helped carry the dishes and made the tea; he helped her place the food on the table. Was this her baby, her boy, her son: He was hideously unreal. She had never seen this side of his nature. The newcomer was no awkward hand. She cooked eggs and made crisp toast, Philip sliced the cold pork left from yesterday's dinner. The old wo- man's long-dormant hospitality awoke enough to feel vaguely sorry that there was no cake; then the cold misery closed in around her heart and she told herself that her son was lost to her. They were in the pantry, their heads together. Her sense of hearing seem- THE BRIDle. ed supernaturally keen. Were they whispering? It would always be so. She almost believed she heard a sen- tence or two. "You must not blame me. She never would have let me marry at all. She will not go about among other people, and it has made her queer." The old woman looke~l down at her knobbed fists, her misshapen, tortured hands. She looked at her rough dress, her heavy patched shoes. Once she had been young and light of heart. And today she had the harvest of toil and deprivation and the tears shed in the lonesome darkness of long widow- hood. What would become of her? Her wandering eyes fell upon the table. There were three places set, one at the end where the cups and saucers were, two opposite at the sides. Who would sit at the head of the table now? It had been her p Jane for thirty-five years. Echoes of that sabdued con- versation in the pantry floated in. "Whatever we do, It must be right, What would the Lord say to any feel- ing? If we have done wrong, Philip, we must try to right it." Philip went through the kitchen and picked up another stick of wood. She heard him stirring up the fire in the next room. It was never very com- fortabl~. Would she have to give up her warm south bedroom ? Philip would want his wife to be first. Men forgot their mothers when they had wives. Supper was ready. The young woman walked across the floor with the teapot in her hand. Philip was bringing in the big lamp from the best room and was lighting it. She saw his face brighten as he looked beyond, the flame to his wife. "All ready, Mary?" In long ago days there had come another Mary to that home, one whose span of life was but a day and whose tiny form had been taken with sobs from her side. to be buried by its father under the cedars on the slope. Mary? It was the name of memories. The kitchen was now warm and cheerY. The cat had returned to her lap and was rubbing against her arms in the old loving way. Suddenly she felt her hands taken from her lap by a person on either side. "Come, mother, our supper i~ -eadyo" said her son, in a strangely gen~s voice. "Come, mother, supper is ready," said a voice still gentler. The old woman rose to her feet. Her lips twitched, tears ran slowly down her furrowed cheeks. She allowed her- self to be led to the table and installed in her old seat behind the teacups, and it was she who asked the blessing.-- Elizabeth Cherry Waltz in "House- keeper." A Defense. From the Farmers' Review: Between Thanksgiving and Christmas Is the season of church fairs and similar en- tertainments. The poor economy of these methods of raising money--not making it, has been frequently ex- posed, but like many processes in the world of physics whereby potential en- ergy is converted into kinetic force at great loss, the wastefulness can be defended on good grounds. The wom- an whose contributions represents an outlay of say fifty cents for materials feels that she has given vastly more when a bit of herself has gone into the gift, that is, when she has ex- pended time and skill for the conver- sion of the raw materials into some manufactured artlcl~ of greater value. The average mortal derives far more pleasure from giving when the gift carries with it an individuality or sug- gestion of the giver than cbuld be re- alized from the bestowal of cold, im- personal cash. The masculine head of the house is commonly an unrecognized participant in such philanthropies and his moods must be considered. Most men would consider it good economy to contribute some manufac- tured article because the value repre- sented by the time and skill expended upon it by his wife or daughter would cost him nothing. The materials com- monly come out of regular household supplies, so there is no immediate de- mand on his pocketbook and there is a measure of satisfaction in having the day of reckoning postponed. He com- monly shares his wife's anxiety to. help a worthy cause, but numerous ap- peals of a like nature develop pru- dence. They cast about how they can be most generous at least expense, and the spiritual value of the benevolence to the giver is lost in a measure. It seems harder to combat the charge of poor economy when we admit, as we must, that the people who give are commonly the ones who buy. But it should be remembered that the selling is usually a gala occasion with com- pensating social features. Our pleas- ures are bought as well as our neces- sities and swapping is one of our fun- damental enjoyments. We see it man- ifested in its simplest form among the savages and among boys before they have taken on the artificialities of civ- ilization. The more it costs us' to swap, the more we appreciate what we get, for even the bargain hunter reckons that his time and shrewdness are represented in the value of his pur- chase. Undoubtedly It is these consid- erations, though perhaps unformulated and vaguely realized, that reconcile us to contributing to the church supper and then eating It. at an additional cost. We must eat anyway, and what- ever we get in addition to food is that much clear gain. Then we have besides the consciousness of doing-our part toward the maintenance of the social and philanthropic machinery of the church.--Emily Hibbard. Nelly', f~ eke Hands. One day my brother was out driv- ing in the country, w.hen a stranger stopped him by exclaiming, "Hallo: that used to be my horse." "Guess not," replied my brother, "I bought her at a livery stable, and they told me she' came from Boston." "H'~n!" said the man. "What do you call her?" My brother answered that the horse was sold to him under the name of "Pink." "He," said the man, "that isn't her name." Suddenly he cried out sharply, "Nelly!" Quick as a flash the horse pricked up her ears and looked around. "Nelly," said the man, stepping in front of her, "shake hands!" Up came the horse's right hoof for the man to take. "Now give us the other hand, Nel- ly." And she raised he left forefoot. "There!" said the smiling man; "d'ye suppose that wasn't my ~arse?" --Our Dumb Animals. Developing Photographs In the Light. The great inconvenience at times of developing photographic plates in a dark closet has led to many experi- ments in search of practical methods for developing them in the light. Prof- Francis E. Nippes, o~ Washington Uni- versity, St. Louis, has devoted much time to experimenting along these lines. He finds that as the camera ~x- posure is shorter, the developing bath must be more strongly illuminated. He has succeeded in developing clear pic- tures with no trace of fog when the bath has been placed directly in the sunlight and covered by transparent color screens. Good results have been obtained with ruby and pure yellow screens. The screens are prepared by "fixing" an unused photographic plate, and after drying the gelatine film, put- ting the plate in a ~vater solution ef red or yellow aniline. "Johnnie, your hair is wet. You've been swimming again." "I fell in. ma~" "Nonsense. Your clothes are per- fectly dry." "Yes're. I know'd you didn't Want me to wet 'era, so I took 'em off be- fore I fell in."~Tid-Bits. THE INDIAN'3 RELIGION. Malevolent Spirits Concern the Children of the Forest. The Indian's religion is a curious study, and the more curious because his ideas concerning the theory and practice of medicine are so interwoven with his religion that it is hard to say where the one ends and the other begins. He se~ems to believe that every- thing has a spirit--that all animals and even trees and stones, have within them spirits. When he slnys a dan- gerous animal, therefore, he offers to- bacco or apologies to it and explains the necessity his family was under for food; or else he lays the blame of its destruction upon somebody else. When he catches the first salmon of the spring run he propitiates it by offer- ings and ceremonials, so as to appease the displeasure of its kind and to In- sure that the run will not fail the next season. He also takes care that the bones of slain beaver and deer shall not be gnawed by the dogs and the spirits of the slain enraged as a"1 consequence. The most of his religi- ous efforts are directed to the propitia- tion of these innumerable spirits, on the one hand, that they may be won over to help him. He hopes they will make him a successful warrior and hunter, give him rain when he wants it, keep him well and strong, or cure him when sick. Good spirits, however, the Indian cares very little for; it is the bad, malevolent spirits that con- cern him most. Hence the Indian "shaman," or medicine man, is also his priest, so far as he has any. For it is the shaman that pretends an ability to control bad spirits and coax them out of a person when they have entered and taken possession. That the Indian believes in some sort of future existence is true, but that this belief has crystalized into the form of a "Happy Hunting Ground," of which we have heard so much, is much to be doubted. To the Indian mind the fu- ture is vague and uncertain. He seems to be much more concerned in pro- pitiating the spirits of the friends that have gone before, of which he is much afraid, than of preparing him- self for a future state of any sort. The idea of eternal punishment he never dreams of. The idea of a Great Spirit or Su- preme Deity, who watches over the destinies of mankind, was brought to the Indian by his white br3ther, and is a conception to which the Indian had not reached.--Philadelphia Times. AN ARABIAN PRESCRIPTION. Haphazard Use of Plants In Treatment of All Diseases, Medicine is supposed by the follow- ers of Islam to possess some super- natural power, and this popular notion enables many Arabian physicians to acquire a great reputation for wisdom at a very small cost. A physician of this type is not well educated. He knows how to read and write his own tongue and he is acquainted with the properties of a number of plants, which he uses at haphazard in the treatment of all diseases, but beyond this he knows nothing. In his opinion the most effective prescriptions con- sists of verses which are selected from the Koran and written on colored bits of paper. These bits of paper are then to be swallowed by the sick per- sons, who are assured that they will speedily become convalescent. Sometimes the prescription is placed in water until it is at the point oi boiling, and then it must be drunk by the unfortunate patient. No matter hOW absur:l they may seem, the pa- tients f:tlthfully follow the prescrip- tions, and never hesitate to pay a high )rice for them. Nay, at the bidding of their physicians they even performjthe most foolish antics, and if they are not dead by that tJme they are next obliged to swallow doses composed of plants, roots and metals. In case of fever a more extraordinary method is employed. The physician writes on an egg certain verses from the Korau and then bi,l~ the patient f]atch the egg, informing him that if a chicken comes out he will certainly be cured. Patients suffering from other maladies usual?y make a mixture of mercury and ferrocyanrue o~ potassium, which they place over a fire so that they may inhale the vapour. Among other substances used in prescriptions are fat. codfish oil. garlic, aniseed, pepper. salt, angelica, asafoetida, orange water and vinegar. The druggist does not prepare prescriptions, but delivers tl,e ingredients, the quantity of each being solely designated by its monetary value, and the patient himself is ex- pected to mix tllem. A Lent Company. A good deal of fun has been made of British war office red tape, owing to the disappearance of the Ninety- eighth company of Yeomanry. The company raised 300 men strong in Yorkshire a year ago and properly en- rolled, after which the war office lost track of it. It was found after a long search that tne men had been divided up into other commands and that most of them had been sent to South Africa, hut the wax officp had no record of how or when this was done. Officially the Ninety-eighth company remains lost. New York Sun. A Wicked Woman's Wiles. Messalina, the infamous wife of Claudius Caesar, was small and lively. ~ne had black eyes that sparkled when she talked, and a persuading, pleading way tkat no one could resist. It was said of her that she was so clever at hypocrisy that she could : smile on her lo~e,/and lean caressingly on his bosom while he drank the poison her own hands had prepared. A farm Journal says that in the crop of one dead quail was found 101 potato bug~. Gossip From He, ppenings of ~mr ~ . - /.- ~ Interest in the ~: Ce ptt i City. "I (Special Letter.) on some of the questions upon which The president is beginning to be famous amon~ other things for big i dinner parties, for big lunches and in general for a large and generous hos- t pitality. He seldom or never lunches Ior dines alone, and more often his guests number half a dozen. He is an I ideal host. Mrs. Roosevelt did not receive on Friday. There is a rumor that these agreeable afternoons have had to be given up. The crowd of selfish ego- tists who insist on forcing themselves upon her privacy and pushing through the White House doors have obliged her to refuse to be at home to the few. Mrs. Harrison solved better, per- haps, than any other president's wife the problem of informan gatherings. She found special invitations the only possible means of limiting the number of her guests. Those who remember her pleasant little musicales and even- ings in the "upstairs" apartments al- ways have regretted them. She gave the names of those invited to the door- keepers and resolutely refused to re- ceive outside intruders. Gen. Henderson of Iowa, the new speaker of the house, is one of the most popular men in Washington. Al- ways approachable, he never seems to be too much overwhelmed with public business to grant a caller attention. Gen. Henderson was born in Scot- land in 1840. At the age of six he was brought to the states, and shortly thereafter took up his residence in Iowa. He entered the forty-eighth congress representing the third con- gressional district, and has represent- ed that district in every congress up to this time. On the organization of the fifty-sixth congress he was elected speaker of the house, and has just been re-elected by the majority in the fifty- seventh congress to again preside over that body. Gem Henderson is, as has been dem- onstrated by his overwhelming choice as speaker, extremely popular with his side of the chamber, and is highly es- teemed by the democratic minority. In the matter of legislation the gen- eral has not taken a decided position the republicans in congress are more or less divided, such as the tariff. He! thinks that the ship subsidy bill as~ presented to the fifty-sixth congress ought to be modified; he favors the Nicaraguan canal, but thinks it ought to be purely an American institution, without "an English accent in any: syllable of it." He wants the re-en- actment of the Geary, or Chinese ex-: clusion law; is in favor of the passage! of the river and harbor bill. and gen- erally believes in liberal legislation and~ appropriations. The speaker is more occupied at present with members importuning him about good committee assignments than anything else. Old members want' to bs advanced on committees, and new members are anxious to get on im- portant committees for the purpose of getting some show. He handles them all in an easy, suave style, and while some leave him disappointed, very few go away angry. Contrary to expectation, the throng of visitors at the White House has in- creased, instead of diminishing, since congress came to tpwn and opened shop. Until this week the White House has been the center of attraction and arrivals at the capital have made a bee line to "see the president." It was thought the opening of congress would draw the crowd toward the other end of Pennsylvania avenue, but it is ap- parent the president wH1 gain and not lose visitors by the assembling of the lawmakers. The people who are trying to raise money for the purpose of erecting a memorial arch to President McKinley have devised a scheme to make the people of this city contribute. One of the largest theaters in the capital has been secured for each Sunday night during the winter. Prominent minis- ters have been asked to deliver a lec- ture during the winter admission to which shall be free. In the middle of the discourse the speakers are to pause long enough to permit the" arch build- ers' to take up a collection, the pro- ceeds of which will be devoted to the arch. 8 l~lr. David B. Henderson, of Iowa. HOMICIDE IN AMERICA. off. He saw monkeys apparently stop. 8t~rtling Figures 8how Increasing Dis- regard for Human Life. A Louisville preacher has recently made the startling assertion that "home life is safer in the dominions of the ameer of Af6hanistan than it is in Kentucky. There are more mur- ders in Louisville with 200,000 people than there are in London with its 7000,000. There are more murders in Kentucky with its 2,000,000 people than in Great Britain with a population of 40,000,000. Finally, there are more murders in the United States than in the whole of Europe, with Italy and Turkey left out and Russia incluc~ed." The Nashville American says--and who can deny--that "this statement is true." The American asseverates that "no other civilized nation approaches this in the question of murder, and those which come nearest to it are such countries as Italy and Turkey, where the assassin's knife is freely used and where men allow their anger and hate and disgraceful passions to rule their conduct. This nation has a red record of which it should be heartily ashamed." Animals Know to Laugh. A well-known explorer of Africa says tllere is no doubt that many ani- mals talk and laugh in certain ways among themselves. In Africa he has heard the gorillas laugh when they came to rob a man's field and found that elephants had already destroyed everything, as if they appreciated the Joke against themselves. Again, he heard a gorilla which he found among some choice berries call an- other monkey that was a long way ping to think for a long time before making some move. These animals, by the way, rarely drink water, but eat Juicy berries and fruits instead. The explorer was impressed by the fact that even in a trbpical forest some animals have to workhard for a living. Some of them travel miles every day to get food, and have all kinds of trouble in finding a safe place to spend the night. T i ! ! [ t l t b e e U V d ulg ther, abid sult~ the mlgl as a goin epen bund were hand them af a mlil( Training Russian Policemen. It is not generally known that in St. Petersburg there exists a special school where young men are trained for pt lice service in the two capitals. In consequence of the numerous outbreaks and ~he growing necessity for a more efficient and well-trained police force, the minister of the interior has re- solved to open a second policemen's training school for service in the, prov- inces. The school will have several courses of lectures and practical drill for officers and men. During their training the young men will be used occasionally for actual service in the ~| capital, so as to give them practical experience in the discharge of their duties. Who can help admiring the painstaking care and foresight of Rus- sian autocracy, in defending its own precious existence? Experiments'are now being made by ~)1 daughiAn, many European manufacturers as to at hen the steam making economies of Amero ie~,~ coal. with a view to using it. Atlant! ne~. The coal fields of the south cover city of 60,000 square miles, seven times as epistle~ large as those of Great Britain, Francs, did no~ Germany ," ' Belgium combined.,,.~I he cou