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3 How Miss Hen Lost Her Teeth. |
BY R. F. AYRES.
COPVKIGHTED WU1. BV KOBEBT HOWAHD Hl'SSELL. ft
Mr. Squirrel anil his cousin.
Mr. Chipmunk, had always lived
near together. Mr. Squirrel had
a. fine house in the trunk of a tree, I
and Mr. Chipmunk had his house
in the ground among the tree's
roots. There were so many hick-1
ory nuts on the tree that they i
gathered each fall more than
?enough to last them all winter.
They considered themselves very j
rich, and lived in great comfort
until one day an awiul thing hap
pened: the tree blew down.
Mr. Squirrel and Mr. Chipmunk
were heartbroken. They knew J
they could neverexpectto gather
any more nuts from that tree,
for it would soon die, and there
was no other tree that bore nuts
of any kind anywhere in the
"What shall we do?"asked Mr.
"We must find another hickory
nuttree," said Mr. Squirrel. They
each took a basket and filled it
with all the nuts it would hold
anil started off together to find
another hickory nut tree.
They walked for a long time
and kept a sharp watch for an
other tree like the one they had
left, but,'although they found
some hickory nut trees, not one
suited them; some were too
small, some were too old, and
some had mean little nuts on
them that were not worth get
ting. At last they grew hungry
and sat down to eat their lunch.
They ate a lot of nuts and played
?games with the shells, and finally
they thought they would take a
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imp, su mey m.y uowii uemue
their baskets and went to sleep.
They slept very soundly in the
war'ni sun, but were finally
awakened by some one shaking
them. They awoke at the same
time, and saw an old lady with
a very cross face looking down 1
at them. She had each of them '
bv their coat collars and held
"Who are you two lazy fel
lows?" she asked sharply, "and 1
what are you doing in mv tim- !
"We are Mr. Squirrel and Mr. 1
Chipmunk," they answered, "and
we are looking for a hickory nut
tree, for ours has blown down."
"Well, come along with me and
tell me all about it." The old ,
lady, whose name was Miss Hen,
held Mr. Squirrel and Mr. Chip
munk by their coat collars and
walked them a long way through
the woods to a little house in a
hollow. They were very much
afraid, for the old lady had very
long teeth, and she was three
times as large as Mr. Squirrel and
Mr. Chipmunk, but she jerked
them crossly whenever they tried
to hang back and showed her
teeth so savagely that, they did
not dare to make any objections.
Mies lien took them into the
house and, after locking the
door very carefully, put the key
in her pocket.
"Now stir around and get my
supper for me," she said, "for 1
am so tired with walking that I
must sit down and rest. What
have you in your basket?"
"Hickory nuts," said Mr. Squir
"1 am very fond of hickory j(
nuts," said Miss Hen, so Mr.
Squirrel and Mr. Chipmunk l?e- |
gan to crack some for Miss Hen's t
supper. Whenever t hey attempt- f
ed to stop she made them go on |
until they were all cracked. Then
Mr. Squirrel offered her some in a J,
dish. "I can't eat them that (j
way," said Miss Hen.
"But we don't know how to (.
rook them," replied Mr. Squirrel.
"They make the finest stuffing
there ever was," said Miss Hen.
Stuffing for what?" inquired
"Stuffing for Chipmunks and li
Squirrels," replied Miss Hen, 'I
showing her teeth. s
Mr. Squirrel and Mr. Chipmunk ,\
looked at her, almost scared to <]
"I>on't stand there shivering," t
cried Miss Hen. "Hurry and li
make the fire and put the pot on n
to boil." r
"Now get the salt and pepper," n
said Miss Hen, and they got the 1
ealt and pepper. v
"Get me my silver spoon out of t
my sewing basket," commanded "
Miss Hen, and Mr. Squirrel went d
to the hewing basket to get the s
spoon among the spools, and I
among other things he came h
across a big lump of wax that p
Miss Hen used to fix her thread n
so she could thread her needle u
when sewing. Mr. Squirrel put t
the wax in his pocket and gave J
the spoon to Miss Hen. h
"Let me make you some hick- ii
oty nut pudding' while you are p
waiting for the pot to boil," said
he. Miss lien said that she had
never tasted hickory nut pud
ding. but that ?it sounded good,
and both Mr. Squirrel and Mr.
Chipmunk said it was delicious.
Mr.Squirrel mashed some nuts
up very tine and mashed up the
wax. Then he mixed them to
gether and heated the mixture
over the tire. As soon as it was
melted thoroughly he told Miss
Hen it was ready. When it was
cool enough to eat Miss Hen took
her silver spoon and put an
immense spoonful in her mouth.
She rolled her eyes around in all
directions and tried to spit it
out, for it did not taste at all
nice. Much to her surprise, she
found she could not open her
mouth. The wax had stuck to
her teeth and held her jaws fast
together. She jumped out of her
chair and spilled the rest of the
hickory nut pudding on the Hoor.
Then, as she started to run after
Mr. Chipmunk and Mr. Squirrel
she stepped into it and stuck fast
to the floor with both feet. As
soon as Mr. Squirrel and Mr.
Chipmunk saw that she was fast
they ran around, laughing and
making fun of her, and this made
her so angry that she made a
great effort and got her mouth
open, but the wax in the hicko
ry nut pudding had stuck her
reeth together so fast that when
she opened her month the teeth
remained stuck together, and it
[lulled them right out of her jaws,
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ou Uiau mrv ltrn Ull Llie I1UUT, Willi
lield fast by the wax. When her
teeth were out Miss Hen could
not hurt Mr. Chipmunk and Mr.
Squirrel, so they were not at all
afraid, and they made her open
the door and let them out. There
were all kinds of nut treesarotind
Miss Hen's house?hickory nut,
chestnut, butternut, walnut and
other kinds?so Mr. Chipmunk]
and Mr. Squirrel picked out a
a nice one and lived there for the
rest of their lives with plenty to
eat. Miss Hen's teeth never grew
again, and to this day, if you look
in a hen's mouth, you will not
see a eingle tooth.
The Mocking Bird.
Is the mocking bird passing
Competent observers declare
that he is; that with each return
ing springtime the sweet singer,
whose mission is to give inspira
tion to southern poets, is becom
ng noted principally for his
A poet who bemoans the change
Inds reason for it in the presence
>f that pestiferous highwayman,
:he English sparrow. His early
norning communings with na
:ure have, he says, led to the dis
loverv that no sooner does a
nocking bird complete his nest
;han sparrows come in droves
ind inaugurate a systematic
campaign for the purpose of
Iriving out the rightful owi^r in
irder that some of their number
nay take possession. They
gather arouna and keep up their
ucessant chatterings until the
nocking bird and his mate have
o give up in disgust and seek
mi . t i i *
i nen rue leaneroi tiiat particu
ar gang of sparrows, or some of
heir number selected by the gang,
akes possession. The mocking
>irds go off presumably to seek j
?astures new where the sparrow
snot. The net result is a steady
limunition in the number of
nocking birds in the vicinity of j
Wesley a Book Lover.
Wesley was to the end of nis
ife a lover of a good book,
rhough the Bible was his chief,
tudv, he would have agreed with
ifattkew Arnold that a man who:
lid not know other books could j
lot know that book as it should ;
?e known. He constantly urged
lis preachers to read, "loucan
lever be a deep preacher w ithout;
eading," he used to say, "any j
nore than a thorough Christian,
^o a young man who said his
iork lis an evangelist left him no
ime for reading he wrote: (
Hence your talent in preaching
toes not increase; it is just the
ame thai it was seven years ago.
t is lively but not deep. There
> little variety. There is no com
ass of thought." What would
ot some of us give for that vol
me of Shakespeare, annotated (
hroughout by his hand, which j
ohn I'awson destroyed after
is death for fear of scandal- (
:ing the weaker brethren??Tem- |
le Bar. ,
Service In the Woods For Which the
Birds Furnished Music.
The author of ''Sands of Sahara"
when visiting the gorge of ChifTa
came upon a strange ceremonial,
which, a native assured him, was an
unusual one. The gorge itself is
like a grand sanctuary, canopied by
trees and lighted delicately by the
sun filtering through foliage. A re
markable assemblage was there that
day?a congregation of monkeys ap
parently holding some kind of serv
ice, to which the birds of the forest
The monkeys sat in rows upon
the broad, outreaching branches of
the virgin trees. They were in par
ties of two, three or four, although
one fellow sat alone, like a decorous
; bachelor. While most of them re
mained stationary, certain patriar
chal fellows passed about the area of
assemblage, sitting down for a few
minutes on the branches beside dif
ferent families of the parish, seem
ing to gtve them counsel.
The ceremonies were conducted
! with the greatest propriety. The
' monkeys seemed to be taking part
in a service in which they were deep
ly interested. When it was over
and they were about to go out into
the world, the ruling elders could
l>e seen running about, passing from
tree to tree on the interlacing
! branches. Nor did the assembly
break up until those evidently re
spected officials had visited and sa
luted the entire convocation. Even
their departure was made most do
Then, after that serious council
! had adjourned, the monkeys fell to
enjoying themselves. They scam
pered from tree to tree; they swung
from branch to branch. Some hung
by their tails, and others, in little
coteries, hand in hand enjoyed their
midair frolic. But the old bachelor
did not clasp hands with anybody.
Tho mention of diamonds makes
every one think of a translucent,
white gem. But not all diamond.
are white. The most beautiful of
all precious stones is the red dia
mond. It surpasses the ruby in
beauty and is exceedingly rare. A
few specimens are on record, one of
which, weighing ten carats, was
bought by the Emperor Faul of
Russia for $100,000. ,
Dark blue diamonds, differing
enly from sapphires in quality and
in the beautiful play of colors pe
culiar to the diamond, are handsome
gems. Besides the Bismarck and
Hope diamonds, there are only two
known specimens in the world that
can be properly called blue dia
monds. Black and rose colored
diamonds are also rare, while the
green varieties are not so uncom
mon. The grass green is scarce,
and when it does occur is more bril
liant than tho finest emerald.
There are several varieties of
green tinted diamonds at the Muse
um of Natural History at Paris,
but the best known specimen is at
Dresden and is considered one ol
the five paragons of its kind.
The most perfect collection of
colored diamonds is in the Museum
of Vienna and is in tho form of a
bouquet, the different flowers being
composed of diamonds erf the same
color as the blooms represented.
These stones were collected by one
Virgil von Helmreicher, a Tyroleso,
who had passed many years in Bra
zil among the diamond mines.
Treatment For Gas Poisoning
Loosen the clothing at the neck.
Slap the face and tho chest with
the wet end of a towel.
Apply warmth and friction if the
body or limbs are cold.
Take the man at ooce into the
fresh air. Don't crowd around him.
Keep him on his back. Don't
raise his head or turn him on his
If the breathing is feicblc or frrcg
uLar, artificial respiration should be
used and kept up until there is no
doubt that it can no longer be of
(live the ammonia mixture (one
part in all. aromatic ammonia, to
Hi parts of water) in small quanti
ties at short intervals?a teaspoon
ful evorv two or three minutea.?
Journal of Health.
Derivation of Hurratfc
One familiar Knglish word of
n' r? ? hurrah ? says Sarah Orm
li-vett in her work on the Norman*
is -aid to data from Rolf's reign
??INui." the Frenchmen called our
llolf. and there was a law that if u
man was ill danger himself or
raCight his enemr doing any daraa.i
lie ivtuhl -raise the ery of "lla Ron !"
slid so invoke justice in Duke Roif -
mime. At the sound of the cry ev
try body waa bound on tho in.-fa:
to give chase to t!>e ofTcnder, a.i.
wlioever fni'od to respond to the
cry of "lla Ron!" must pay a heavy
One to Rolf himself. Thus bc.-nr
die old Knglish fashion of "hue and 1
?y," as well as our custom of shout
!hi'Hurrah!" when wa are pleased
edward w. pou. p. h. brooks.
POU & BROOKS,
SMITHFIELD, N. C.
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Smithfield, : : N. C.
Office in Smithwick Building.
Dr. J. W. Hatcher,
Selma N. C.
Office in Hare & Son's Drnu Store. |
L. A. MUNS. M. D.,
Physician and Surgeon
wilson's mills, n. c.
Residence near Mr. O. F. Uzzlo. office near
store of Messrs. C. M. & W. G. Wilson. Ai
calls promptly answered.
John W. Futrell, Treasurer of Johnstor j
County, will be in Smithfield every
Monday and Saturday and Court Weeks
Office in back room of the Bank of Smith
field. In his absence county orders will be
paid at the Bank
smithfield, n. c.
Transients and Boarders
On Main Business Street.
MRS J.E DICKENS,
FLOYD H PARRISH,
8MITMFIEL0, N C.
Fresh Meats, Beef and Ice
HionnsT Prices Paid for |Hides.
$y Boef cattle wanted.
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CLAYTON, N. C.
Rates 35 cents per meal or $1.00 per day. Call
and see me when you come to town.
Confectioneries and Vegetables.
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