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A Gun For Little John and
Dynamite For the
This is my coun
try's natal fojA if
morn. My V|) [R/>
heart with fjlr/
I've bought a U&tGwvLWk
gun for little rH
John, the jig
sometimes // A
And Susie has a [j \l
She'll burn vA
herself, I fear. wsvroNNdSU
But what's the ———————
difference if BOUGHT A GUN
L. J , FOB LITTLE JOHN."
she does? It's
only once a year!
That I in patriotism lack it never shall
The baby has some crackers now that
might blow off his head.
They're somewhat dangerous; they're
filled with dynamite, I hear.
But shoot them off, my darling child)
'tis only once a year.
I've heard that rockets have been
known to put out children's eyes.
Of course in every childish sport some
danger lurking lies.
We'll have to take our chsnce of that—
they mustn't stand too near—
For we must celebrate the Fourth; 'tis
only once a year.
So, though the
MMMMJ baby's blown
\ *° k' ts
\ \ Johnny's lost
\ k'* sight,
y f— Though Susie's
j burnt off by
time that ft
\ T ** * is night,
\lVk l4 I'll sing "My
of thee," in
' r ° r ' have kept
"THOUGH THE BABY'S ? H J CH EOMM
BLOWN TO BITS." BUT ONC ® A
—Elsie Duncan Yale in Lippincott's.
The flag of the United States was
adopted by our national congress June
The brilliant flag of Austria-Hungary
was adopted March 6, 1869, and floats
over 24,000,000 people.
The oldest flag in existence is that of
Denmark, which dates from 1219.
The well known tricolor of France
dates from the revolution of 1789.
The German flag was first unfurled
in 1867 and floats over an empire of
In compliment to William, prince of
Orange, the great leader, the colors of
the house of Orange were added by
the sturdy peopie of the Netherlands
at the end of their long bout with
Spain, orange, white and blue, but no
body knows how during the ceuturies
since the orange became changed te
Peter the Great, it is said, borrowed
the idea of the Russian flag from the
Dutch, among whom he learned ship
building. He simply turned the Dutch
tricolor, red, white and blue, upside
dow n. ,
The simple striping of the red and
yellow in the flag of Spain was sug
gested by the arms of Afagon.
The white cross on the red field of
the Swiss flag has a religious meaning.
It was adopted as an appeal to heaven
in 1339, when the stout Swiss fought
and won one of their greatest battles.
The crescent, mood and stars were
adopted by the Turks as their device
on the capture of Constantinople by
Mohammed 11. in 1453.
it baa taken a thousand years to
build up the great British empire of
386,000,000 people, of which the fa
miliar flag of Great Britain is the eym-
THE HICKORY DEMOCRAT
LEARNING TO SWIM.
The Fat Man Who Was a Model of
Patienco and Perseverance.
Persistence in undertaking is a laud
able virtue, but it can be a bit over''
done sometimes, as in a case described
by Y. L. Molloy in "Our Autumn Holi
day on French Rivers." Mr. Molloy
and bis t'rieuds, longing for a good
dive, went to a swimming school on an
island in the Seine. They donned their
rented costumes and were preparing
for the plunge when a man with ropes
came along and Insisted on tying them
about their waists. It was according
to police regulations, and, although they
made an indignant protest, they were
obliged to submit
While we were dressing, says Mr.
Molloy, we asked the two swimming
masters for an extra towel.
"Pardon," they replied, "we must at
tend to our monsieur."
Then we saw that there had come
upon the platform a short and absurd
ly fat man dressed in bathing costume,
swimming sandals and oiled cap.
"Let's see him go in." said we
"What a splash he'll make!"
The swimming masters received the
new arrival at the middle of the plat
form. There he balanced himself on
his stomach on a wooden stump two
feet high. The masters seized him by
his hands nnd feet and with slow and
deliberate movements made him strike
out with lb .-action of swimming. The>
kept this up for a quarter of an hour,
and the perspiration rolled off him in
"He'll be awfully hot to go into the
water after that." said I.
But he did not go into the water. Th
swimming lesson over, he moved to
"ward the dressing room, saying:
"I have done better today."
"Ah, yes," answered one of the mas
ters. "Your progress is admirable."
The fat man Iteanied with complai
sance and went iu to dress.
I called the swimming masters aside
"Does 'our monsieur' practice often
like that? He must have great perse
"Perseverance! He has, worked liae
i this for five years, and he lias never
j been in the water!"
SIGN OF A BEATEN MAN.
Runner Who Looks Behind Almost
Sure tto Lose the Race.
'There are many more good distance
ruuners now than in my days," said ai
old time champion after watching a
three mile scratch race at the New
York Athletic club games. "But the
habits of the runners have not changed
any, for I noticed one little trick in
the race that bore the significance that
used to attach to it
"To the casual onlooker there was
nothing to choose between the two
leaders when they were beginning the
last quarter of a mile. Right from the
crack of the pistol they were running
almost stride for stride with the low,
graceful, easy action of the real long
"Neither bad called into use the re
serve power which must be utilized in
the final sprint for victory when they
turned into ,the stretch for the final
lap. Then one of them slightly turned
his bead to see where the third man
" 'That man is beaten,' was the
thought which occurred to me at once
and it proved true, as always, for when
the dash for the finish began he allow
ed his rival to get a lead of five yards
before going after him in earnest pur
"From that point to the finish there
was no perceptible difference in the
speed of the men, but the man who
had turned his head to make sure that
he would get second place, instead of
bending every energy to win, of course
lauded where his thoughts placed
him."—New York Sun.
The Gun Barrets Grew.
In the early days in the northwest
when the Hudson Bay company laid the
foundations of great fortunes by trade
with the savages and a gun paid for as
many beaver skins as would reach to
the muzzle of it, the skins packed flat
ami the gun held upright, it was alleg
ed that the barrel of the weapon grew
and grew with each successive year
until the Indian, after he had bought
it with the peltry, had to borrow a file
and cut off a foot of useless metal.
HICKORY, N. C., THURSDAY, JUNE 25,1908.
This glorious Independence day
Stands memorable in history—
A date that hints the mingled play
Of sequence and of mystery.
'Twas Hawthorne's birthday, eighteen
His myriad Anglo-Saxon debtors
Acclaim from many a distant shore
The graceful "Marble Faun" of let
And Garibaldi, too, was born
On this day back in eighteen and
To Italy, by faction torn.
He brought our own free Union leaven.
"We broke the ground for our canal—
The Erie: De Witt Clinton planned It—
On July Fourth at Rome, and all
The world of eighteen and sixteen
A decade more, see Adams dead.
The elder John, our second president,
And Monticello's pall is laid
On Jefferson, her laureled resident
Monroe, whose doctrine statesmen quote.
In eighteen and thirty-one was strick
He died on July Fourth, you note.
Whose words our nation's pulses
Texas annexed in forty-five—
Again the mystic date is fateful—
And parties long will strive and strive
To settle if the gain Is grateful.
Vicksburg surrendered, sixty-four,
The river key to upland regions.
Grant's triumph rings from shote to
Our flag above his conquering legions.
St. Louis' mighty bridge of steel
In* seventy-four is opened proudly—
A giant bond, our poets feel,
'Twlxt east and west, applauded loudly.
In ninety-four—again this date—
With Yankee energy to lead 'em
And bound to test the will of fate,
Hawaiians make their strike for free*
In ninety-eight the Fourth is cheered.
Applause for Schley and Sampson mix
Spain's navy smashed, as It appeared
The day before, beyond all fixing.
This glorious Independence day
Stands memorable in history—
A date that hints the mingled play
Of sequence and of mystery!
Gaganini, the wonderful violinist,
bad a narrow escape at Forrara from a
violent death. Enraged by some hissing
from the pit, he resolved to avenge the
insult, and at the close of his pro
gramme Informed the audience that he
would Imitate the language of various
animals. After having rendered the
notes of different birds, the mewing of
a cat, and the barking of a dog, he ad
vanced to the footlights, and, saying.
"This is for those who hissed!" imitat
ed the braying of an ass. At this the
occupauts of the pit rose, rushed on to
the stage and would probably have
killed their caluininator had he not
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FORTY-SIX STARS NOW.
Oklahoma's Admission to Union Keeps
Flag Factories Busy.
The United States naval fiagmaking
establishment in the bureau of equip
ment building at the Brooklyn navy
yard has beeu unusually busy this
year. One cause of this activity was
the adding of the additional star for
the new state of Oklahoma to the
national flag, making forty-six stars in
all. This necessitated an entirely new
arrangement .of the stars as well as
the manufacture of thousands of the
new forty-six star ensigns which every
American vessel will have to carry.
Although the new flag does Apt go into
effect officially until July 4, to have
the required number in readiness
meant' hustle on the part of the flag
The stars are cut by machine, a star
shaped die cutting out a half hundred
stars at one stroke. These are basted
on by hand and finally stitched on the
flag by machine. Instead of the old
arrangement, where the six rows alter
nate each with seven or eight stars,
the new United States flag has them
arranged in the following manner:
Top row, eight stars; second row.
seven; third row, eight; fourth row.
eight; fifth row, seven; sixth row. eight.
The operatives engaged in making
the flags enjoy their work and enter
into It with more interest than is
usually displayed by men and women
ei;gaged in an occupation of this sort.
B. t few very large flags are turned out
in the establishment, the demand being
almost wholly for the sizes used on
battleships and fortifications.
The full flag equipment of a battle
ship costs about $2,500. New York
Fixing His Status.
A waiter spilled some soup on the
clothing of a portly, choleric old gentle
man dining with his wife in an up
town lobster palace the other night
whereupon the old gentleman Jumped
to his feet aud, calling the manager,
burst Into a tirade which ended with
the somewhat auticllmatic charge that
the waiter was "no gentleman."
"This man is not supposed to be a
gentleman," said the manager coldly.
"He is merely a waiter."—New York
Minister—lf any one present can
show cause why this couple should not
become man and wife, let him speak
now or forever hold his peace. Tommy
—I k}n, mister. He thinks aunty's only
twenty-flve, aud she's forty.
Economy may be the road to wealth,
bat nine-tenths of those who are com
pelled to travel it never reach the goal
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A Story of Russia, Grand
Dukes, Bombs and
By GERALD BRENAN.
"I don't care If be is a gyand duke,
lie has spoiled my Fourth of July!"
And Jack Langdon shook his small
brown fist after the retreating carriage
of his excellency the governor of 0.
Jack Langdon's father was one of
the growing number of Americans
who have taken up business in Rus
sia. He owned the iron works of V.
and was respected both by foreigners
and natives throughout the province
governed by the Grand Duke Alexis
Alexandrovitch. Relying on this re
spect and the favor with which the
authorities regarded him, Mr. Lang
don had ventured to waylay the grand
duke on one of ills morning drives for
the purpose of asking certain privi
leges. The reply of the governor was
polite, but none the less decided. He
said: "You ask, my dear M. Langdon,
that your sou be permitted to celebrate
your national holiday, the Fourth of
July, by the letting off of certain ex
plosives. I regret to have to inform
you that such methods of jubilation,
while common in America, could not
be allowed in Russia. Firecrackers
and bombs are too closely related."
"But, surely," protested Mr. Lang
don, "a tiny demonstration In honor
of the birth of a friendly nation"—
The grand duke raised his hand
"I cannot help it," he said, "but such
is the law. Your son will have to fore
go his cannon crackers, I' fear, this
Fourth of July."
. And then, signaling to his outriders,
the governor drove on, leaving Mr.
Langdon rather annoyed and little Jack
vecy angry indeed.
"I think it's a shame," soliloquized
Jack, stalking moodily away, "and if
ever I get to be president of the United
States I'll remember this to Russia."
Despite his father's remonstrances
Jack refused to be consoled. It was
(lis first Fourth away from home, and
he yearned with a mighty yearning for
the "bang-bang" the patriotically
exploded cracker. ,Vnd the more he
thought it over the more he hated the
Russian government in general and the
province of V. in particular.
Brooding over his rebuff. Jack saun
tered along the roadway until he en
countered the familiar telecque driven
foy Uncle Petrouchka, a neighboring
neasant, with whom he had picked up
*ome sort of acquaintance. To Jack's
surprise. Uncle Petronchka did not
seem so friendly as usual. In fact, the
old farmer acknowledged the boy's
salute only by a gruff inclination of
liis head and shook his mare's rein to
urge her to a faster pace.
"Hello!" exclaimed Jack. "What can
foe the matter with Uncle Petronchka?
This is not fair day at V., so he can
uot have taken too much vodka. 1
have done nothing to offend him, and
[ can't understand why he should act
like this. Hello, Uncle Petronchka!
What has happened to make you so
But Petronchka, answering only by a
grant. whipped up his shaggy mare,
and the telecque disappeared round a
Jack's curiosity was aroused, and
for the nonce he forgot all about tin
' on ® '°°P 80 as
LmCLE'- to touch at a cer
-1 ain neighboring
■Lni it was possible
for Jack by cut
[JH ELTWTK / V ting sharply
ffl £ ' across country
, WT. 'J- to come out ahead
mm- 6V* of Petronchka's
JT ' um bering farm
ml 7 wagon two
v ® rBts farther
Wj v/ on - Across coun
H Tm — borders of tl'e
V'lrfflL forest and en
countering noli **-
\ he once mce
leaped into the
hard, white road
posite side of
EACH CARRIED UPON the loop.
•nxs BACK A HEAVY "This is a great
PACK. joke on Uncle
Petronchka!" he cried. "How the old
fellow will cross himself and wonder
to see me here before him!"
Then it occurred to Jack to give the
telecque driver a surprise, and, step
ping into a little wood of pine and
birch, he crouched down in the grass
to await Petronchka's coming.
But the first wayfarers to pass along
the quiet road came from the opposite
direction —that in which Moscow lay.
Peering out of his hiding place. Jack
Langdon saw that these travelers were
three in number, that they Journeyed
afoot and that each carried upon his
back a heavy pack.
"This is the grove, Autoa," said one
of them as they came near the place
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where Jack lay. "I remember the
trees. Let us set down our packs and
wait for the peasant."
"Let them down lightly." cautioned
another as he deposited his burden
with extraordinary care on the soft,
grassy hank. "Anything like a Jar
might send us all to the blessed land
"Where there are no czars and no
governor generals." added the third,
with a little laugh. Then all three set
dowu their packs and sat cautiously
"The peasant is late," said the last
speaker after a pause. "I hope, Mi
chael Dimitroviteli, that you have not
seared him away."
"On the contrary," said the man ad
dressed, "I think I have scared him
hither. 1 told him frankly that unless
he band would cut his throat
as he slept."
"You did not let him suspect what
the packs contain, I hope?" asked the
one called Auton.
"Certainly not. He thinks we are
simply smuggling rare Swiss clocks
into V. The packs loaded into his
telecque, he will return to the farm
house. Tomorrow he has a license to
haul a load of vegetables from the
market garden of this Yankee mill
owner, Langdon, into this city. He
will carry the packs under his vegeta
bles and deposit them unsuspected in
the care of our good friend Feodor
Michaelovltch. the tavern keeper. Once
in Feodor's hands the rest is easy."
Michael Dimitrovitch slapped his
"Aha!" he said. "It is easy indeed
down the cellar stairs of Feodor's Inn
and thence through the mine to the
palace vaults. Ho, ho! It will be a sad
day for the grand duke, the Fourth ot
July. Those three Httle boxes of dyna
mite will blow the record chamber into
atoms. All the incriminating docu
ments will be destroyed—those docu
ments which the grand duke has spent
so many years gathering together. Per
haps even his excellency himself and
a few of his officers may— But let us
hope for the best!"
The other two nihilists laughed in
chorus as their companion boasted of
the coming destruction of the grand
duke's record room, wherein so many
manuscripts dangerous to the existence
of their brotherhood were stored. As
for Jack. Langdon, young as he was, he
could not help but understand the na-'
ture of the plot which bad unraveled
itself before him, and he shuddered
involuntarily as he glanced at the three
heavy packs, which he now knew to
contain dynamite. All his bitter re
sentment against the grand duke was
now forgotten, and, burrowing deeper
into the deep grass, he waited develop
ments, while pondering with all his
might over some means of preventing
the threatened outrage.
Presently along the road came the
rumble of Uncle Petronchka's telecque.
Jack saw the three conspirators lift
up their packs
wood once more, l
along the road I
In the wake of fc? \
Uncle Petronch- \
surrounded the .„ A
, . ... PETRONCHKA. WAS HoB
farmnouseof the RIFIED TO PEBCETVX
old farmer, drag- THEREIN THE GRAND
ged him out of DUKE.
bed and captured the packs of dyna
mite. Dragged by torchlight to the
steps of a carriage near by, Petronchka
was horrified to perceive therein the
Grand Duke Alexis Alexandrovitch
seated beside his little acquaintance,
Jack Langdon. When he learned that
what he thought were packages ef
smuggled clocks really contained dead
ly explosives, Petronchka broke down
utterly and told the whole story, giv
ing descriptions of the three conspira
tors, which afterward led to their cap
ture, and completely verifying the ac
count conveyed to the grand duke by
little Jack Langdon.
Jack had saddled his own pony and
ridden at full gallop into V., where
he found the governor at a brilliant
banquet The news of a nihilistic con
spiracy, however, secured him an audi
ence, with the result that Petronch
ka's house was surrounded, the dyna
mite captured and the state records
"And now, my little hero," said the
governor when all was over, "what
rewards can I confer upon you for
your great service to Russia?"
Jack thought a moment and then an
swered, "First, I should like poor old
Petronchka to get off, and, second, I
want leave to explode firecrackers on
the Fourth of July."
With an amused smile, the grand
duke wrote the following order and
Jlanded it to the petitioner:
For the reason that Ivan Ivanovltch
Langdon has placed the empire under aa
obligation It Is hereby ordained—
First.—Tfrat tne prisoner, i-erronctilca,
be remanded Indefinitely in tbe custody
of the said Ivan Ivanovltch.
Second.—That the said Ivan Ivanovltch
be permitted on the 4th day of July next
ensuing to explode firecrackers and squibs
in such quantities as he thinks fit la
honor of his native country; and.
Third.— That the municipality of V. be
ordered to supply the said Ivan Ivano
vltch with one ton of the very best fire
crackers which its merchants can im
port across the frontier at the expense of
Given under my hand and seal.
-Chicago Inter Ocean.
There are many flags in many lands, ~
And there are flags of every hue.
But there's no flag, however grand,
Like our own red, white and blue.
A Fourth of July Gam*.
The new Fourth of July game of
"abbreviated states" calls forth lively,
competition. A prize is given, for the
first correct list of the following ques
What state reminds you of a great
What state can be often multiplied?
What state commences the domestic
What state is mightier than the
What state is always sure of Itself?
What state has a medical degree?
What state to a chronic Invalid? HI.
What state is a maiden? Miss.
What state suggests a sheltered
What state is a woman's name?
The Chesapeake a Flour Mill* '
The Chesapeake's final fate was a
curious one. She was taken to Eng
land and in 1820 was sold to one John
i*rior, a miller of Wickham, for old
timber. Prior tore down his old flour
mill and built another one out of the
Chesapeake's timbers, many of which
still contained solid shot from the
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