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JANUARY i, 1889,
JANUARY 1, 1889,
CONCORD, N. C, APRIL 13, 1888.
BY HENRY BURTON.
Never a word is said
But it trembles in the air,
And the truant voice has sped
To vibrate everywhere ;
And perhaps far off in eternal years
itc echo may ring upon our ears.
Never are kind acts done
To wipe the weeping eyes,
Bat, like dashes of the sun,
They signal to the skies ;
Atd up above the angels read
How we have helped the sorer need.
Never a day is given
But it tones the after years,
And it carries up to heaven
Its sunshine or its tears ;
YLile the to-morrows stand and wait
1 he silent mutes by the outer gate.
There is no end to the sky,
And the stars are everywhere,
And time is eternity,
And the here is over there ;
i or tho common deeds of the com
Are ringing bells in the far away.
MOV AGAIXKT CiORILLA.
tliirl Between the (limit Ape and
W. P. Pond gives in the New "5
Star a vivid account of a combat
which he witnessed between a lion
and a gorilla in Central Africa. "We
juote from his story as follows :
My guide suddenly paused and
made a sign to me with his open
palm, which, in the language of the
hunter, said that he had struck a
trail, or heard some token of the
proximity of game that had escaped
my less acute powers. I cautiously
advanced to his side, and following
the direction of his finger peered
t lirough the brush, and saw that we
lay upon the edge of a small clear
ing, overshadowed by an enormous
tree, Avhose foliage, without really
admitting a greater volume of light,
seemed to equalize the gleam, and so
render objects at a distance of thirty
or forty yards perfectly perceptible.
Plight opposite to us, with his back
against a tree, was the sleeping form
of a huge gorilla, his hands hanging
down by his sides, his legs crooked
iu front of hrlft, and his head list
lessly lying sidewise on his shoulder.
Some distance from him was the fe
male, apparently busily engaged in
gathering nuts, swinging from tree
to tree, now "disappearing into the
surrounding forest, but ever and
anon returning to keep watch and
ward over the sleeping lord and mas
ter. For some minutes I hesitated as to
w hat course to pursue, whether to
attempt to get any closer, as the dis
tance was rather a long one, in such
a light, to attack an animal like the
gorilla, who, if only wounded, would
in all probability, with the female,
charge right down on us ; or, if I
should take all risks and rely upon
the second rifle of mv guide. At
hi-.t I decided to take
where I was, but upon
riile I heard a scream of
the female, which caused the sleeper
to start to its feet, and as it did so
tiio female literally fell from a tree
oil the edge of the clearing down to
the ground, uttering the most pierc
ing cries that human imagination
Then a terrific roar that shook the
very ground broke upon the silence
iv.A told the history of the female
gorilla's fright. It was a lion, and
at the sound of his voice she again
fled into the trees, while the male
deep, savage hoarse roar
the answer to the lion's
Immediately a crashing
sound was heard, and a full-grown
lion bounded into the open space and
stood "with his head erect, his mane
bristling like the hair on a cat, the
personification of brute strength and
As his eyes lighted on the gorilla
his tail began to wave' to and fro.
"Wilder and wilder grew its sweep,
until at last it struck its ribs, first
one side and then the other, with re
sounding blows, while roar upon roar
gave token of his increasing rage and
The gorilla placed his upper hands
upon the ground and bounded into
the air fully six feet, alighting on
his four hands and bounding up
again and again, seemingly for the
purpose of enraging the lion to the
greatest possible degree. He then
rose to his full height on his hinder
hands, uttering tremendous roars and
beating his breast with his great fist,
producing sounds like those made by
heavy blows upon a bass drum.
Then he dropped upon all fours
again, remaining perfectly motion
less with the exception of his eye
brows, which worked up and down
with lightning speed, giving an ex
pression of ferocity to his face that
Fascinated with the sight, my rifle
dropped from my shoulder.and my
guide and I lay flat upon theground,
mute witnesses of the tragedy about
to be enacted. Suddenly the lion
uttered another ear-splitting roar and
bounded forward. A few short steps,
a tremendous leap, two or three
sharp, .short growls, and both com
batants were in the air together, the
gorilla having leaped high as the
lion charged. In mid-air the lion
turned and struck, apparently vainly,
at the gorilla, who, as the lion fell on !
his 6ide upon the ground, alighted
on him, struck him two terrific blows
and bounded away with a sidling run
to a distance of several yards. 1
could now see that the gorilla was
severely wounded on the head and
side, and that the lion had a fearful
gash in his side, for surely his ribs
could never have withstood those tw o
As soon as he regained his feet he
charged the gorilla again and again,
but was eluded every time, it being
almost impossible to follow their
rapid movements in the half light
of the clearing. At last the lion
paused, and as he did so the ape
dashed at him, and, striking him a
stunning blow upon the side of the
head, completely rolled him over.
Again and again the gorilla returned
the charge and knocked the lion
sidewise. These blows seemed to daze
the great cat, and as he rose he more
than once staggered and fell, the go
rilla meanwhile dancing with a pe
culiar bobbing movement around and
in front of him.
The lion now hegan to make feints
to draw his adversary within range.
At last, stopping in a mad rush, the
gorilla struck short, the lion rushed
in, turned upon his back and received
the gorilla with teeth and claws
Growls, snarls and roars pealed forth
from a whirling mass of leaves and
dust; limbs and bodies strangely
mingled were seen through it, as
though twenty beasts instead of two
in one conglomerate
At last there was a
sickening crash, a horrible crunching
of hones, a demoniacal yell of pain,
faster and faster whirled the mass
then followed a pause, and I saw the
lion was uppermost with the left
arm of the gorilla in his powerfu
iaws: his claws were fixed in the
ape's shoulder, and he himself was
one mass of gashes and rents. The
right hand of the gorilla was fixed
in the lion's side, and both his hinder
hands were drawn up and seemingly
imbedded in the lion's ribs.
There was a moment's pause, as if
for breath, and then the gorilla sud
denly twisted his head under the
lion's throat, the hinder hands were
straightened out with a nauseating
sound of rending flesh, as with one
swift stroke he completely disem
boweled the lion. There arose a ter
rible cry of anguish, a sudden swirl
around, several strokes of brown
paws, and dark, hairy arms through
the cloud of dust, and then all was
over. The whirling leaves settled,
and there in a death-grip lay the
two mighty monarchs of the wilds.
The lion was utterly disemboweled,
his entrails having been seized by
the prehensile hinder hands and lit
erally dragged out by the very roots,
while the lion, by a last dying ef
fort, had succeeded in getting his
throat freed from the gorilla's teeth,
and with one powerful blow had
smashed the gorilla's head as a ham
mer does a hickory nut. There they
lay, motionless, and there we lay,
too, fascinated, entirely enthralled at
the strange spectacle we had just
Presently a figure, moving on the
edge of the clearing, attracted our
notice, and we saw the female gorilla
peering out between the bushes with
an agonizingly human look upon her
face that was dreadful to see. Slowly
and cautiously she advanced across
the open space until she reached the
bodies; then she touched first one
and then the other, uttering plain
tive cries of grief that were touch
ing in the extreme. At last she
managed to disentangle the body of
her mate, looked into the eyes, ex
amined the wounds, and, still cry
ing, took it in her arms, and labori
ously dragging it across the open
space, disappeared in the forest be
yond. She was safe from my rifle.
I would not have shot her for a mil
lion dollars, and it was with a
strange feeling of depression that I
turned my back upon the clearing,
and following my guide left behind
the scene of one of the most inter
esting and vivid experiences of my
not uneventful life.
Dakota Ball-Itooni falls.
Salute your partner !
Opposite the same !
Swing your honey !
All cut away!
Right hand to partner and grand
right and left !
Cheat 'er swing !
First gent skip to the right!
Ladies follow after !
Hoe 'er down !
Lady in center and three hands'
Lead to the next !
Sw ing your duckies !
Cage the queen !
Cheat him if you can!
Break down the floor !
All shake yer feet!
Each lady grab a man !
First team pull to the right!
Grab hands, and cut away to the
Six hands 'round !
Doe-se-do and a doe-doe-doe !
Fourth couple sa-shay down the
Sa-shay back !
Whoop 'em up !
Git away girls, git away fast !
Gents in the center, and four
hands 'round !
There you go to yer seats !
Whoop-la ! Puck.
THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
Loral Taxation, Etc.
Article 7 section 7 of our Constitu
tion is as follows :
No county, city, town, or other
municipal corporation shall contract
any debt, pledge its faith, or loan its
credit, nor shall any tax be levied,
or collected by any officers of the
same, except for the neccesary expen
ses thereof, unless by a vote of a ma
jority of the qualified voters therein."
If, therefore, any county, city,
town or other municipal corporation
desires to increase its school funds
by taxation, beyond the Constitu
tional limitation, it must ask for and
secure from the General Assembly a
special act submitting the question
to the voters. A majority of the
qualified voters will decide it.
By such special legislation public
schools are, on a permanent basis,
their terras extending to eight or
nine months per annum, in Golds-
boro, Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro,
Winston, Reidsville, Salisbury,
Charlotte and Asheville.
In Fayetteville and New Berne
similar excellent schools are con
ducted by the use of the general
public school funds supplemented
by private funds ; and in Wilmin
ton the public schools are supported
entirely by the general public school
funds. All of these schools have
gradually grown in efficiency until
they command the respect and pat
ronage of the people, and are illus
trations of not only the possible ef
ficiency and safety of public schools,
but also of the cheapness of educa-
tion for all the children when com
munities take hold of it in good
earnest and supplement their public
funds either by taxing themselves or
by private subscriptions. These
schools will bear the ngut ot inves
tigation, and it is to be hoped that
as their light is shed abroad other
similar schools will be established.
It is not for me to say to what ex
tent the people are able and ought to
tax themselves for schools. I may,
however, with propriety sary that, as
a system of public schools is fixed in
our Constitution, and as whatever is
worth doing at all is worth doing
well, it is the part of wisdom to add
to the funds already set apart by the
Constitution and the statutes a suffi
cient amount of money, as fast as
the people are able to bear it, to
make the schools what they ought
to be in town and country. Good
schools will command the respect
and support of the people; inferior
ones will not and ought not. The
remedy, however, for inferior
schools rests with the people.
I say in town axd country, because
as a rule the country child has in
some respects much the advantage
of one living in the city even in an
educational point of view, although
the country school term be shorter.
Education is not merely, or perhaps
principally, book learning not
merely a knowledge of Reading,
Writing, Arithmetic, English Gram
mar, Geography, History, &c, &c,
which the boy or p-irl may carry into
everyday work ; tut education is de
velopment of braix power a devel
opment of all the faculties of the
mind along with physical power and
knowledge of facts. Our young peo
ple must be taught to think, reason
and observe for themselves, and ariy
process that secures this result will
There is much discussion now
about manual and industrial training
in the public schools, and the lead
ing arguments in its favor is that
in the exercise, mental and physical,
of doing work with the hands the
young people are not only devloped
physically but are taught to reason,
think and observe for themselves,
and in a practical way to apply what
they learn from books. The very
process of their minds must be sub
jected to develop all their powers.
Now this process the boy on the farm
is put through in the work that farm
life requires. The farmer who
requires his boys not only to do the
ordinary work in the field, but also
furnishes them with a blacksmith
shop and a wood shop, and encour
ages them to make repairs of farm
machinery, sharpen plows, make hoe
handles, axe-handles, and anything
they may desire to make, is giving
them a very valuable education. He
is making them eeason, think, and
observe. A boy cannot drive a nail,
scribe a board and saw it to the
scribe, make a toy wagon or do any
work without being mentally devel
oped as well as physically. Many
men who have comparatively little
book-learning have large brain power
and make valuable citizens and
marked success in life work.
What I have said about farm life
for boys has equally strong applica
tion to girls. There are so many
things to be done in field and house
that thehandsand brains of the girls
may also be kept busy, ant with
equal.advautage to their mental and
Of course I do not mean to dis
courage book-learning, but I do
mean to say to the children in the
rural districts that even though they
may not have so long school terms
as do the children in the city, yet I
they have educational advantages
that city children do not have. It is
a good thing to learn in school what
the books teach, but it is equally a
good thing to learn to work. A very
large proportion of the growth of
our cities and manufacturing inter
ests is due to the perseverance,
strength of character, and strengh of
intellect of men who were born and
trained in the country.
Let the country schools as well as
the city schools be gradually worked
up to longer terms and more effi
ciency, but let not manual labor by
the young people be underrated as
an educational iactok, or as a prep
aration for practical success in earn
ing a living. ;
Census, Enrollment, Attendance, Ac.
According to the last returns the
whole number of white and colored
children between the ages of 6 and
21 years was 566,270. The white
children, during the last 4 years, in
creased from 321,561 to 353,481 ; total
in four years 31,920 or 9.92 per cent.
During the same time the colored
children increased from 193,843 to
212,789; total f 3,916 or 9.77 per
cent. Thus it will be seen that the
rate of increase is very nearly the
same for both races, the whites hav
ing increased only 15 per cent, faster
or 15 in 10,000.
Last year there were enrolled in the
white schools 57.2 per cent, or 2022,
134 out of 353,481 children ; in the
colored schools 57.8 per cent, or 124,
145 out cf 218,789. The average
daily attendance in white schools
was 35.2 per cent, and in the colored
schools 35.05 percent. Looking back
over four yeai the figures show
that there is a small increase in both
the enrollment and average attend
ance of the whites and a small de
crease of the colored. I state this
because it is sometimes said that
the colored people attend the public
schools better than the whites. This
may be true for snme communities,
but it is not so for the State accord
ing to the returns made to my office.
Besides, the whites have a much
larger popalational attendance in
private schools than the negroes
Because there are enrolled in our
public schools only 57 or 58 child
ren out of every 100 there is an opin
ion among many people that the re
maining 42 or 43 do not attend all.
This is not the fact. Our school
age is from G to 21 years, a period of
15 years. Duriug any one session a
large number of small children with
in school age will not be enrolled
who at some subequenttime will be ;
and also a great many, say from 16
to 21, diop out of the public schools
to engage in work or to pass into the
private schools and colleges and are
not enrolled in the public schools.
The fact is that during the short
tiur-e that our schooiS are m session
we have enrolled in them a larger per
cent, of population than Massachu
setts, Connecticut, or New York. We
have enrolled 20. 03 per cent, of the
whole population including men,
women and children, of all ages, or
one per cut. in five, while Massachu
setts has only 18 per ceut, Connecti
cut 18.71 per cent, and New York
19.28 per cent. These figures are
taken from the last report of the
Commissioner of Education and are
based on the TJuited States census
of 18S0 and the latest school census
of the States compared. And furth
er, our daily average attendance in
proportion to the whole population
is better than in New York or Con
necticut. I am free to say that quite a large
number of our children do not avail
themselves of the facilities they
have. but the greatest difference be
tween the educational status of our
State and those I have named above,
and other Northern States, consists
in the length of annual school
terms. North Carolina has GO days
per annum, (just about the same for
both races), Ma sachusetts 173, Con
necticut 179, and New York 178.
With nearly the same rate of en
rollment and average attendance
and, say, three times as long terms,
the public educational forces in these
three States are three times as great
as are those of our State, granting
that our teachers are as well prepar
ed for their work. We are indeed
far behind in the educational race,
but still our public schools are im
proving in efficiency and attendance,
and our many private schools are
giving valuable help both in the in
struction of children who are not
included in the public school enroll
ment, and in providing higher edu
cation to those young persons who
have passed beyond the public
In estimating our educational fa
cilities I have taken the average for
the State. We must not lose sight
of the fact that, while the average
school term is GO days or 3 ruouths,
some counties have only about 2
months, and others have 4 months
or more. This results from several
1. A difference in valuation of
property in the different counties.
2. Closer collections of school
funds by officers of some counties
than of others.
3. Rt ceipts from license of retail
liquor dealers, which are large in
some counties and small or nothing
4. Special levies for schools by
some uounty uommissioners ana
Hone by others. S. M. Finger,
Supt. Public Instruction.
A RARE CONFEDERATE COIN.
A $1 Oolrt Piece Found In Atlanta and
Said to be Worth $630.
One of the best jokes of the sea
son is current in the Gate City Bank
building. All the lawyers are laugh
ing about it. The victims are Mr.
Frank Walker, Col. John B. Eed
wine and a negro boy, whose name is
Jerry Johnson. A few days ago this
boy was standing near a trash pile
and was engaged in running his toes
through the debris. He noticed
something bright in the pile, and
when he picked it up he found it to
be a small yellow coin. At first he
thought it was copper, but as he fin
gered it his native sense told him it
wras too heavy for copper,, so he at
once conjectured that it was made of
gold. lie had some business with
Mr. Walker, and while in his office
showed him the piece of money. He
asked the lawyer how much he would
give him for it. Woolfolk's attorney,
after eyeing it closely, thought it
was a gold dollar, and as he was par
ticularly anxious to get such a coin
to wear on his watch chain, offered
the boy $1 for it, which he gleefully
Mr. Walker gave the coin a care
ful examination and became con
vinced that he had paid too much
for it. He was in Col. Redwine's
office and took the coin out and ex
hibited it to the great financier.
" What will you
give me for it ?"
" I'll give you $1," was the reply.
"And I'll give you $1.25," inter
rupted a man who had come in to
renew a note.
" Hone," exclaimed Mr. Walker.
" Here's your money," was the
The buyer left the office with his
coin, and the lawyer thought he had
made a good bargain.
Hurrying off to a man that buys
coins, the purchaser exhibited the
piece. The dealer scrutinized it
closely and said:
" What will you take for it ?"
" What will you give ?"
After a little consideration
dealer said :
" Will you take $25 for it ?"
The answer was :
" No, but I'll take $30 for it."
" It's a go ; here's your money
and the happy man walked out of
The coin which figured in these
transactions is a Confederate gol
dollar. A gentleman while talking
to a reporter said :
" The worst sold man of the four
was he who sold the coin for $30. If
it be true that it is, as represented,:
genuine Confederate gold dollar, it
is worth $050. I am told that there
are only six of these coins in exi
ence. lliev are the only ones which
were coined. They are "worth
each." Atlanta Constitution.
Irrigation as Old as History.
irrigation is by no means a new
plan. It is as old as history, if not
older. Both in the Old World and
the New the irrigating canal has
been an important factor in civiliza
tion. The valleys of the Tigris and
Euphrates were made the gardens
of the world's civilization by it, and
with the destruction of the system
of irrigating the fields, once made
fertile by it, again became arid
sandy wastes. The Remans used ir
ligation to increase the productive
ness of certain parts of the Italian
peninsula, and their old system is
still in use, and makes fruitful 3,
500,000 acres. When the Spaniards
conquered Peru, Prescott tells us,
the realm of the Incas was a garden
in fertility, owing to a vast system
of excellent irrigating canals. The
Aztecs of Mexico knew the secret of
the irrigating ditch and bequathed
a knowledge of it to the modern
Mexican. In the Salt River valley,
in Arizona, the Hernenway expedi
tion has found ample evidences of a
complete system of canals which ren
dered what is now almost a desert
plain a fruitful valley capable of sup
porting thousands of people. It is
no new plan, then no new idea
that it is now being brought iuto
use to reclaim and fructify the non
arable lands in the vast states and
territories of the west and south
west. Cleveland Leader.
Sympathy. A six-year-old Boston
girl was offering sympathy to a
neighbor who had UTst a child.
"Yes, Mrs. Brown,". said she, "I
know just how to .sympathize with
you, for I lost a little brother myself
"Indeed, Ethel," said Mrs. Brown,
" I don't remember it. How old
were jou when he died V
"Oh," answered the child, "it was
long before you knew our family.
He died several years before I was
The Boy and the English Sparrow.
Much is being said and written in
regard to the ravages of the English
sparrow. Many and varied are the
modes suggested for their destruc
tion, but the most feasible one seems
to be turn the boys loose with full
permission to go lor every sparrow
he sees. If the average boy cannot
exterminate him, then does the spar
row deserve to live. The following
is the experience of a gentleman
who turned his boy loose with in
structions to rid his premises of the
You wouldn't, think there was
much good about a cooked English
sparrow, but there is. Between cold
snaps and the sparrows my garden
has not proven the oasis I calculated
upon, and knowing that nothing
earthly could prevent the cold snaps
from snapping the snap beans and
other truck, my youngster set a trap
in the garden to stop the birds. He
succeeded in snaring a couple of
dozen, and with the old nursery
rhyme of four and twenty black
birds cooked up in a pie still fresh in
his memory he resolved to give us a
pie of four and twenty sparrows for
The sparrow is a most deceptive
little rascal as to size. Apparently
he is as big as a robin, but when he
is divested of his feathers and has
undergone stewing he turns out to
be about the size of your thumb,
But the pie ! There was a plenty of
butter and seasoning, and topped
over with a rich, brown, short crust,
and it Avas toothsome. The sparrow
has a gamy taste, though when with
one bite yon nip off his breast you
take all of him : but that little mor
sel is fine. But for the fact that you
have a sort of repugnance to spar
rows as tood, you would, enioy a
sparrow pie as much as if the pie
had been made of any other kind of
All sorts of efforts have been made
to suppress the sparrow, but he will
not down, and to get rid of him
make pies of him. Set you a trap in
the garden, sprinkle meal under and
about it, and in the morning when
you go out to see the tender vegeta
tion sprouting through the ground
with blackened heads your consola
tion will be found in the bird trap.
The Hot Springs News had its
meditative powers aroused by the
story of " Uncle Zack's Courtship "
which George A ay lor is running n
the Conway Tribune. Being re
minded of a somewhat similar court
ship, the News tells the story briefly
The story is credited to an Arkan
sawyer residing in Clarke county
Calling upon his lady love his ex
treme bashfulness precluded all ut
terance save from the heart. This
state of affairs was mutual, so the
two simply sat and loved and looked
and looked and loved, all the while
inching up closer together. Finally
he broke the spell by the ejacula
" S'pose we buss."
Shyly came the answer without
looking up :
"Don't keerf we do."
Thev proceeded to "buss," after
which another long silence prevailed,
while the chairs kept slowly gravi
tating toward each other. Finally
the spell was again broken, when he
" S'pose we marry."
In the same manner she responded:
"Don't keerf we do."
This ended the courtship, and the
wedding soon followed.
A Leap From the C'lond.
A Jackson special says : Professor
Hogan made a magnificent leap
from his balloon shortly after noon
today. The first attempt at an as
cension was a failure, but the second
effort was a success and the airship
soon reached a height estimated at
10,000 feet. At this elevation the
balloon seemed to stand still and by
the aid of glasses Hogan could be
seen edging over the side of the car.
Suddenly a cry went up "He's
jumped, '' and the crowd craned their
necks to see the man dash himself
The parachute failed to work at
first and the daring aeronaut was
seen diving to the earth with light
ning speed. A moment later, how
ever, the umbrella-shaped life pre
server opened its wings, and llo
gan's rapid descent was checked.
From that point he dropped slowly
and reached the earth safely in four
minutes, at a point about one and a
half miles from the city. The fool
hardy man dropped 500 feet before
his parachute opened.
down to breakfast with a swollen
visage. Whereupon mamma says to
the four-year-old :
" Why, Georgie, darling, don't you
feel well ? Tell mamma what the
Georgie (full of influenza) "No, Sof a locality that is free from an
I don't feel well. Bofe of my eyesjarchy and sound in native American
is leakm , and one of my noses don
go." Harper's Bazaar.
A girl down South wanted a bus
band so bad she paid $150,000 for
one and picked out an editor. We
come high, but they must have us.
Our Society Journal.
Only a little while ago a young
ady died in Kansas City. She went
straight to heaven, of course, as any
person dying in Kansas City would
naturally do. St. Peter met her at
the gate. "Yes," he said in response
to her application for admission ;
yes, I see. You come directly
from" "Kansas City," said tho
pilgrim. "You were a member of
the Church of the Good Sinners, I
see," continued the saint, consult
ing the record. "In full fellowship
and good standing," said the appli
cant promptly. "Yes," St. Peter
went on, "I see nothing against you
here. Wait one moment." He call
ed a happy looking saint to his side,
and they held a whispered consulta
tion. Peter's face grew sorrowful
and he shook his head sadly as ha
turned again to the applicant. "Thi
rnan says," he remarked, "that you
used to sit sideways in crowded
street cars when he lived in Kansas
City. I'm sorry but there is no room
for you here. Turn to the left, and
mind the step. If you hurry you
will have company ; the commercial
traveler who piles his valise on on
seat and his feet on another in a
railroad car has been sent down that
way." And the young woman wept
and ran and caught up with him,
and they both joined the rest of the
herd and ran violently down a steep
place into the sea. Burdette, in
mt m tm
A Good Reason Why.
They have been talkihg of the
sharp games played on innocent peo
ple by sharp men, when Green look
ed up and said :
"Gentlemen, I don't brag about
my wife being sharper than a razor,
but I'll tell you what I'll do. I'll
write a note, sign it with my own
name, and ask her to deliver my
Sunday suit to bearer for repairs.
You may send it up to the house,
and I'll bet you 5 she'll be too sharp
to let the clothes go."
"We'll take the bet!" called two
or three voices, and there being five
of them, they clipped in a dollar
The note was written and signed,
and despatched by a messenger boy.
In half an hour he returned, empty
handed as to clothes, but having a
note, which read :
"Come off the perch ! All tho
clothes you have in the word are on
"Gentlemen," said the winner, as
he pocketed his fiver, "let me recom
mend it to you as something which
always wins, and as I must meet ii
man at 3 o'clock, I will now bid you
good-day !" Detroit Free Press.
A story used to be told many years
ago of a merchant who was peculiarly
subject to fits of absent-mindediK.';-.
Once he was writing a letter, and
thought, absent-mindedly, he'd for
gotten his correspondent's first nam-.
Turning to one of his clerks, h.
"What's John Jackson's first
The clerk, accustomed to his em
plover's peculiarity, replied:
The merchant wrote the letter,
put it in an envelope, and was again
at a loss. To the same clerk he the::,
"Excuse me, James, I've forgotten
John Jackson's last name."
But a better story than the above
is told of a gentleman in the city
who was met by a friend one morn
ing hurrying back from the depot
toward his home.
"What's the matter ?" the friend
"Oh, I've left my watch under my
pillow, and I'm going to get it."
" You'll miss your train."
. "Oh, no," was the absent-minded
man's reply. "See, I've got four
minutes yet," and he took out his
watch to enforce the statement. And
he didnt't realize for a minute what
it was that made his friend laugh s
heartily. Pittsburg Dispatch.
Free from Avarciiy. When
ever a great strike paralyzes the bu
siness of a section of the North wo
are forcibly reminded of the differ
ence between the North and the
South in the respect of the distur
bances. It only remains for capital
ists and laborers in the South to ap
preciate the value of dealing fairly
with each other, and the capital that
we need so much to develop our
natural resources will come to tho
place where investment is safe, and
where there can be no fear of con
stant strife. We wish to impress
this on our people, and point tho
surest way to obtain the arterial
blood of manufacture and trade.
Let it be known that the States of
Virginia and North Carolina are solid
for investments, and capital will b.
quick to appreciate the advantages
1 1 ideas. luchmond 1 lines.
" Say, Jim, it seems ter me thoso
Chinese are forever at work." "Ah,
i they're barbarians an'
any better. Let's go over to the cor
ner saloon and see if we can't strike
some one fer a drink.'