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VOL. XII. PLYMOUTH, N. C, FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 11)02. NO. 4".
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Jj't itl 1 ihy I!, with wh'it l wut,
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Ja.it jive itiy lite.
Just livo lliv UK Rrtsrn what thou art;
Nor lrmi Mfupii ity li!iri,
Autl h ui. i-iihU ojoo up ju thy heart.
Jusc (Ivb thy iitrf.
J-ujiS livuux d:oektou, iu Boston Tran
script I PEGGY'S KNIGHT. ;
EY WILLIAM FOnSTER BBOWS.
- After having alternate.' teased and
petted his ne.ghbor teggy since the
tlays of their mutual baoyhood, Jack
Barstov awoke one even.ng in Mrs.
Rheinhart s conservatory to the as
lounci.iig tact that she had grown up,
.and that he was head over keeis in love
with her; and, manlike, he made an
immediate mess of things. Hence the
little ncto in Peggy s handwriting
which he had read until he could al
most repeat its contents backward.
"Dear Jack,' it said, "please forgive
me for being angry with you last night.
I think the music and my new dress
it was a dear, wasn't it? must have
turned your head a little. You are not
in the least in love with 11. e that is,
"J ' not in the way you think; the idea cf
. -suddenly falling in love with your oid
comrade whoru you have known ever
since she wore short clothes is posi
tively too funny.
"Don't get grumpy now, because I
won't be absurd enougn to think you
are reahy serious; but when you have
smoked your after dinner cigar, and
become my usually serene-minded Jack
again, coxe over tonight and take me
to hear Sembnch. l ve got tickets.
"P. S. Of course I like you, but not
In the way you mean; for Jack now,
Ian't get wratny it's all very well
for one's dear old chum to golf and
yacht and play at being a lawyer, but
my husband must do different things
than those things foi which I shall
reverence him as I do those knights
who wero always ready to strike a
blow for the weak and heipless without
thought of self. We have robbed too
cany orchard's together for me to see
any halo of romance encircling your
head, you old goose."
"That's juxt like Peggy," said Jack,
contemplating his office table dejected-
ly. "E:.p2Cts a fellow to be a sort of
modern Sir Galahad, rushing around
slaying impossible dragons. It isn't
' my fault that I'm not a wonder. I
pulled every wire I knew to get out
, - of Chlckamauga and go to the front,
Jmt I couldn't work it, and I can't
n vrag people in here to be clients. What
an I do? "
The empty office offering no sugges
tion, Jack grasped his hat, and light
ing the considerately suggested cigar,
departed, filled with gloom.
His. quick, athletic stride carried
him.Bw.iftiy up Washington. street, and,
heedless of hi3 course, he turned in
stinctively into Temple place, prelim
inary, to the shortest cut across the
-Common that led to Beacon street
and Peggy. Ho would not wait until
Aa he rounded the corner he collid
ed sharply with a small newsboy rush
ing in the opposite direction, who.
yielding to superior force, shot head
Jong into the gutter, his papers flying
broadcast over the muddy street.
With a quick swoop Jack seized his
Iucliless victim and set him on his
feet. "Excuse me," he said gravely,
to the smaii boy, "I am very sorry."
The diminutive boy dug his grimy
fist3 into his eyes to conceal the tears
anu Eaid, with a gulp: "I'd orter seen
Jack stared town at the much bo
freckled face. Le had expected a vol
ley of recrimination such as he had
heard from small newsboys before;
then, perhaps on the principle that
r misery loves company. Jack's heart
warmed to the sman boy.
"Look here youngster," he said sud
denly, "uid you ever have a real bang
up dinner turkey and cranberry sauce
and fixings? No? Well, come along;
Xou're going to have cne now. Never
mind tue papers; I'll buy 'em. And
ty the by, char pic, since we are going
to dine together, what's your name?"
"Mike," answered the boy "Michael
The head waiter started forward
with a frown at the muddy and dilap
idated figure of a small gamin who,
with much are air of a suddenly
trapped young fox, was preceding Mr.
Jack Barstow into this world of pro
prieties and appetizing odors, of spot
less linen and shining silver.
"It's all right, Barnes," said Jack,
"the boy is with me."
"Turkey," said Jack to the impas
sive faced waiter; "much turkey, and
cranberry sauce, and pie unlimited
Jack stopped abruptly, a flicker of
red creeping into his cheek.
From the table behind had arisen the
murmur of feminine voices, ending in
a perfectly audible exclamation:
"Positively Indecent," said the voice,
"to allow that dirty little street arab
in here; there are places, I should sup
pose, more fitting than this for prac
ticing that sort of charity. I really
believe I shall speak to Barnes and
have him sent out."
Jack's jaw set grimly. He hoped
the object of it would not understand,
but the boy rose hurriedly and reached
for his cap. Street life sharpens youth
ful eyes and wits.
" Sit down, youngster," Jack com
manded; "nobody's colng to hurt you."
and rising, he turned toward the oc
cupants of the table.
"Madam," he said, with grave delib
erationJack Barstow was famed for
his manner "I beg you will accept my
assurance that this young man, whose
unfortunate appearance is due in part
to rry carelessness, has shown by his
demeanor that he has the -soul of a
gentleman; also, madam, he is my
"Mr. Barstow," she said, charmingly,
calmly turned to resume his seat, just
in time to confront a young lady with
flaming cheeks and bright eyes. A
young lady who, at the first sound of
his voice, had risen from a seat at a
far table and come swiftly forward.
"Mr. Barstow," she said, charminly
persuasive, "will you not introduce
me to your friend?"
"Peggy!" said Jack softly. Then Mr.
Barstow rose 10 the situation. "Miss
Cunningham," said he, "allow me to
present my friend, Mr. Michael Swee
ny; Mr. Sweeny, Miss Margaret Cun
ningham." Mr. Sweeny made a wLa clutch at
his head, forgetting that his cap was
no longer there, uis expression a cu
rious conflict between awe and ad
miration as the lady bent toward him
with a winning smile.
'I am glad to wnow you." she said.
"Mr. Barstow is a very old friend of
mine; in fact'V-Miss Cunningham's
cheeks were crimson, but her head was
bravely erect "he has asked me to be
his wife, and I am going to say yes.
Will you not be the first to congratu
Mr. Sweeny was struggling with
emotions for which he could evident
ly find no words. He was a sr.V.11 boy
and this a large occasion. Mr. Swee
ny swallowed hard, then he spoke
"Thank you, leddy," said Mr. Sweeny.
He was bewildered, but Mr. Barstow
"But, Peggy," said Jack, a little lat
er, while "Mr. Sweeny" ate turkey
much turkey, and unlimited pie "you
said in the letter I thought "
"Well," said Peggy airily, though
the eyes that looked up at Jack were
very soft and shining,' "I can change
my mind, I suppose? I said that my
er-r you must do something grand
and noble; Mr. Sweeny and I think
you have." The Household.
Hiorter It'll for Sold'era.
The London Daily News makes tho
"Owing to Lord Roberts conviction
that tho sabre and lance have seen
their best days and must be replaced
even for cavalry by rifles, while the
bulk of the infantry must henceforth
be mounted, the small arms commit
.tee was instructed some mcnths ago
to find a modified form of the Lce
Enfield suitable for all arms.
"As a resullt the committee has de
cided in favor of shortening the bar
rel five inches and increasing the
twist of the rifle in order to compen
sate for the less of range and accur
acy, adding a ten cartridge clip aelion.
An experimental issue of 1000 will be
A l it f I'liilofioplinr Illml.
"Why do. some of the philosophers
affect to despite money?"
"For the reason," answered the man
who is not ashamed of being rich,
'that It is human nature to regard
with either fear or contempt tho
things with whieh wo are unfamiliar."
ANOTHER ARTIFICIXL SILK.
Thi Marie of f otlo I I Urn Sul'itbly T:o:if
el Willi lifinii u!.
Several imitations of silk are already
known to the dry goods trade. One
of the first to be invented was pro
duced by spinning a soft gummy sub
stance obtained from collodion, or gun
cotton dissolved in alcohol. The
mechanism for drawing this materia!
out into a spider's web was designed
by a Frenchman, Chardonnet His
product never had any extensive use,
lor some reason, though it had a beau
tiful lustre. The most satisfactory re
sults have been secured by subjecting
cctton thread to a soaking in alkali,
while under strain. The inventor of
the rystem was a Mr. Mercer, and the
process is called mercerizing. A great
deal of mercerized cotton is now sold
as such, and a great deal more is mar
keted under names which do not afford
to the uninitiated an Idea of its real
character. In any case, though, it is a
pcor imitation of silk, but an excellent
thing in itself.
Within the last few weeks still an
other plan has been reported from
Germany. As is common in such
case3, the preliminary announcement
is made in a sensational way, and it
probably exaggerates the facts. Still,
it is evident that the process is differ
ent from Mercer's, and the claim is
made that the goods are superior to
those which are now so well known.
The Wool and Cotton Reporter has
found a description of the new method,
which seems to resemble Chardonnct's
in at least .-one particular. The cotton
fibre 13 dissolved completely, but the
chemicals employed are different from
those used by Chardonnet. Our con
A.German chemist and an Austrian
mechanical engineer invented the pro
cess. They have obtained letters pat
ent for it in all countries. They mix
copper, ammonia and cotton waste In
a large vat. In about six hours a liquid
of a dark blue color is formed, which
passes into a large filter press, and
then out of small glass tubes into .1
mild sulphuric acid bath. It is then
1 of a gelatinous consistency, and is
caught by a small glass red. in tho
hand of a boy or girl, and reeled onto
a large spool as it passes through the
bath. The copper and ammonia, to
gether with other chemicals, are de-l-orited
as a sediment, and are used
again. As the threads are reeled,, they
receive a bath of cold water from a
j riphen.. The numerous spools centre
on one large spcol, and are then reeled
onto another, and so on, always under
cold water, until all chemicals and
acids are removed. This stage of tlv?
process occupies about four hours, and
afterward the thread is taken to a dry
It is stated that the product 13 bril
liant in color and finish, and of con
siderable textile strength. The thread
is said to consist of 10 or 20 fibres
twisted Into one, but It can be made
to any thickness required. The pres
ent price of the product is about 60
percent o&real silk. The machines are
small and compact, and are operated
by ingeniously applied electric power;
each machine can be started or stopped
without interference with the others.
The labor, too, is nearly all unskilled,
and tho patent is the properly of a
WORLD'S l-AG'ST SCHOONER.
Uniowe FIve-Mal1 Ysel ITcinj; Cor
The eyes of the v.' pping community
of this country are ,at present centred
with the deepest kind, of interest upon
the huge five-masted schooner now
in process of construction at Camden.
Me., for Capt. John G. Crowley, for
service in the coal trade between Phil
adelphia and New England ports.
This craft, whose frames are now
up, is distinguished by reason of the
fact that she is the largest fore and
aft sailing vessel the world has ever
produced, and when completed she is
calculated to have cost about $90,000,
and will spread 10,000 yards of can
vas, carrying a cargo of 4000 tons of
coal on 23 feet draught of water.
In this huge undertaking a number
of prominent Philadelphians have in
vested, among I hem being Henry W.
Cramp, S. P. Blackburn & Co., and
Samuel J. Goucher, and while the
craft, which has not yet had her name
determined upon, will hail from Taun
ton, Mass., a large percentage of her
stock will be held here.
This vessel, unlike any other sailing
craft afloat, will be lighted throughout
by electricity and heated by steam.
Her sails and gear, excepting the
steering will bo worked by steam, and
despite the condition of freights, sna
is looked upon to declare large divi
dends to her owners. Capt. Crowley
and his brother Arthur, who now man
age and sail the schooners Mount
Hope, Sagamore and Henry W. Cramp,
now trading between here and New
England ports, are the first to show
the ability of vessels when properly
run to declare dividends in these hard
The enormoirs craft which will, in
a measure, revolutionize coastwise
business, is being built by H. M.
Bean of Camden, Me., and will be
launched early in November. She is
82 feet long on keel, 44 feet breadth
of beam and 21 1-2 feet deep of hold.
Her poop deck will extend 20 feet for
ward of the main rigging. The length
over all will be 318 feet. The keelson
is eight feet high and the sister keel
son four and a half feet. .
The new craft is to have five Ore
gon pine masts, each 112 feet long and
2!) inches in diameier. The fore top
mast is to be 56 feet long and 20 inche3
in diameter, and the other four top
masts are each to be 56 feet long and
IS inches in diameter. The jibboom
is to be 75 feet long and 20 inches in
diameter. The bowsprit ha3 30 feet
outtoard and is 30 inches- square. The
fore, main, mizzen and spanker booms
arc to be 48 feet long and 14 inches in
diameter, while the jigger boom is to
be' 7S feet long and 17 inches in diam
eter. The vessel will have two GOOO-pomid
anchors, with 190 fa.homs of two and
three-eighth inch chains. Patent
engines, windlasses and screw-steering
gear will be fitted. John J. Wardell
designed the vessel, and, in addition
to being a large carrier, she is built
with a design to great speed.
The vast changes that have taken
place In shipbuilding in the last 15
years are made very apparent by the
construction of this huge craft, when
it is known that even a schooner to
carry 1000 tons of coal was a thing al
most unheard of. With the exception
of the schooner Governor Ames, this
craft will be the only five-masted
schooner afloat. Philadelphia Press.
I'tillit'lrlplt'ii Mi'l im!ri!.
If the city of Penn were to start a
Philadelphia millionaires' club, there
would be eligible for membership in
this extraordinary organization 117
men and 23 women. In other words.
140 men and women in this placid
Quaker City own more than $1,000,000
apiece. Some, of course, own consid
The richest man in this Philadelphia
millionaires' club is William Weight
man. He is said to be worth some
where between $75,000,000 and $100.
000,000 the slight difference of $25,
000,000 one way or the other not ap
pearing to worry Mr. Wetghtman. Mr.
Weightman made his money in war
times. He sold quinine" pills to the
government. His wealth is of the
solid sort real estate. He is said to
own more real estate than any other
man in Philadelphia, and. luckily, to
have selected property which is now
In the very heart of the business dis
trict. John Wanamaker eomc3 next in the
list of real estate holdins-s. and is said
to be worth about $10,000,000. Most of
the members of this exclusive million
aire coterie believe in real estate, but
William Weightman anj John Wana
maker have gobbled up the choicest
bi's in Philadelphia.
The richest woman in town is Mrs.
Sarah Van Rensselaer. She was a
Drexel. married John R. Fell, and at
his death became Mrs. Alexander Van
Rensselaer. Her wealth is estimated
at $12,000.000. Philadelphia Press.
nt l!aUf Crop for l imd.
Prof. W. M. Wheeler describes a
species of ants which raise "mush
rooms" for food. They first cut leaves
into small pieces and carry them into
their underground chambers. Then
they reduce the leaves to a pulp, which
they deposit in a heap. In this heap
the myselium of a species of fungus
finds lodging, and the subterranean
conditions favoring such a result,
minute dwellings are produced on the
vegetable mass. These are the "mush
rooms." which constitute almost the
sole food of the colony of ants that cul
A l.'e ?nver.
The best second for a duel is a sec
ond thought, for then there will be no
duel and you will not get hurt. Ner
The tongue-tied man is generally aa
ardent advocate of free spe-och.
!THE RING IN THE CLD CAK TRIE.
Imt'att Leeenl ilmt U told in a I'oaatl
1 it 1 i.tiif Coat 'I own.
Every foot of ground around thl
town is full of legends. Stories of In
dians, stories of Bienville and Iberville
and all the rest of the gentlemanly ad
venturers, and some adventurers who
were not gentlemen, can be had her
for the asking. Something of tha
dreamy charm which these ancient -oaks
cast over the wanderers from
France and Spain and other countries
is with them still. There 13 the sam
reposeful sky which bend3 over tho
mining waters of tue bay, the same '
quietude which one finds among old
p.aces, as if age had given them a
respite from the strenuous toll of a lif
of conflict, the same gentle tones
among the people, as if they wero
afraid a loud voice would wake some
of the spiiits of the restless men of
long ago. It is hard to stir tha feelins
of energy in the coast towns.
No visitor to Biloxi goes away with
out seeing the ring in the patriarchal
oak in the yard of the8 rectory of the
Church of the Redeemer. How old tho
tree is nobody knows. But it has been
here for at least two hundred years.
There is a record running that far '
back, and it was a big tree when the
record began, and the ring was ther
when the story was started. It stands
today in silent grandeur. The trunk
knotted anu gnarled, and the limbs
are bent as If wit., the weight of years.
There is one of tae most beautiful
legenus of the whole coast country
wrapped in this tree. The tree cannot
talk, so the people must do the talking
lor it. They say that long before tha
French came, long before thera wero
any Spanish in Louisiana, long before
there were any waite faces in all the
long stretch of beautiful coast, thera
was a chief whose daughter loved a
brave. She pleaded with her father
for permission to marry her lover. Sho
pleaded wuj all the eloquence and all
the vehemence of Indian maidens. She
prayed and threatened, but the old
chief had chosen another for her hus
band, and he would" not consent to tha,
change. The girl was Importunate.
Like all maias in love, she could not
see that any other man in the world
approached the brave of her choice in
all the arts of war, in the chase, or in
those tnmgs which go to make the per-
Day after day she besieged the old"
parent for consent to wed the man sho
had chosen from all the rest of tha
tribe, and day after day the old man
rteeled his heart against her appeals
and grew more and more obdurate.
Cne day when the girl had teen ex
ceptionally surp.icating, the father
-ointeu 10 a giant oak and said: When
a ring grows in yonder tree then wilt
I consent to your wedding, but not till
The girl thinking all was lost, left
him in tears. Bat that night a great
storm arose, and when the morning
came there was a perfect ring in tho
tree, caused by the interlacing of two
branches. The chief was won over. Ho
thought the great Sun God had sent
him a sign of approval, and his un
willingness melted, and the maidea
and her lover were married and lived
j to a green old age, the young warrior
J in time becoming the chief of tho
That i3 the story they tell. Any
way, the ring In the oak i3 there. It
can be seen of all men. The place is
a favorite resort, partly for the tree
and partly for the beautiful surround
ings, the old churchyard, the ivy
covered rectory and the magnificent
view of the beach beyond. Many pho
tographers have taken the view
through the ring. In order to do this
it is necessary to climb cn a stepladder.
because the ring is in a limb which,
branches from the trunk In almost a
right angle. They not only tell yoa
the etory, but show the spot whero
the girl fell weeping at the last refusal
cf her father. And if they -can show
you the tree and the very spot whera.
the girl fell, how much more proof can
they offer? The girl is gone e;d her
husband is gone, and the tree and tha .
spot are all that remain. Biloxi
(Miss.) Letter to New Orleans Times
Democrat. A Slmlest Kxptanatlon,
"How did you attain tho reputation
of being witty and satiricalt" in
quired tho methodical person.
"It was quite accidental," ansvrered
Miss Cayenne. "On two or thre.3 occa
sions I inadvertently eaid something
which left my friends no alternativa
except to laugh or get angry. And
they were too polita to do tho lattor.
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