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The Roanoke beacon. (Plymouth, N.C.) 1889-1929, February 07, 1902, Image 1

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"1Y W1 jim? s $1.00 a Year, in Advance. FOR OOP, FOR COUNTRY, AND FOR TRUTH." Single Copy, 5 Cents. VOL. XII. PLYMOUTH, N. C, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1902. NO. 48, V l-V REST "Tlio torrent rushes with frenzied might lo rest on the quiet plain; 1 1. . .J flight, ' Then a century sleeps again. "... ' The ca:e that .sweeps with a tireless wing O er the dome of a brassy sky, -At last must droop to the pines that cling 'lo the crest of the mountain high. mmmm Mi I if I " "7"" ANXOGA, nn Indian boy of 1 a.. no trine; 01. me uoeur t d Alcnes, Avas sitting one evening with Aakloo, his lit tle sister, at the edge of the forest on the shore of Coeur d'Alene lake, and Avas telling her a favorite story, when at one of her interruptions he laughed and leaned carelessly baek and looked straight into the eyes of a cougar. "If 1 wefe drowning yon would swim out into a groat lake, too, like G rand- father Gray Beaver did. wouldn't"' the girl asked. She spoke indig nantly, for that day she had heard an old man say that hoys like Kannoga, who went to school in the reservation instead of iuto the forest, could never be brave Indians, and she was sure that, her brother was very brave. It was her show of indignation and her eager confidence that caused him to laugh now and to lean baek. She waited, but he did not answer. With both hands clasped over his copper-colored shin, and one bare foot raised slightly above" the log on which he was sitting, he stared into the great restless eyes pat looked down at him from the nearest limb, lie was with out. a weapon of any kind, and the cou gar was full grown, with a body dry looking and gaunt with hunger. Although its glance was for the mo ment fixed on him he could see that "it had been watching Aakoo and that its interest was still centred in her, as if it. had chosen her for its victim, lie was seized with sudden fear that she might move unexpectedly and thus cause the creature; to spring upon her, he sat. there seemingly unable to sipeak- or to think what-ought to be don'. "You would, wouldn't you?"' asked the girl. Her voice broke the fascinat ing spell of those terrible eyes. Kan noga knew that she would turn in a moment to see why he had not. an swered, and in order not to direct her attention" to 1he panther he lowered his glance and met. hers. But there was something in his face that made her afraid, and he looked with startling iutenlness far beyond lier. down the long, darkening stretch of deserted shore, toward the skiu oovered tepee by the spring, where Mar-la la, (heir mother, and Sis-sos-ka, . their father, lived during the hot sum mer. "Stand still!" said Kannoga. as calm ly as he could. It cost him a great ef fort to remain quietly there, without l? looking up. when ho kuew what was y. Overhead, but the effort caused him to think more clearly. ".Shut your eyes!" he said suddenly. "What for?"' asked Aakloo. frighi- -ned still more at the unaccountable ' c hange is his voice. For a moment bis lingers tightened convulsively over, his 'shin, then grad ually relaxed and unclasped. He low ered his upraised' foot, moving it slow ly, very slowly, down 'beside the lug, and .when it rested firmly in the sand lie reached cautiously forward and caught the girl by the arm. "We shall play a new game,"' he said then, and the strange, eager suggestion f a smile that flashed over his face reassured her. "Oh!" she exclaimed, and at once fhut her eyes. Kannoga. now looked steadily at the cougar, Avhile he turned his sister n bout. fed that she faced along the shore. "Walk, as slowly as you can with your eyes shut,"' he said. She started slowly enough, but the fierce eyes overhead begau to watch SOMETIME. The life avc live and the race we run, Ihe sorrrow and doubts that rend, CA !... .. Will come to a quiet end; 1 . . For mad the torrent and strong the whig, And fearful the headlong flight, Yet time the end of the day will bring, And after the day the uisdit. Lowell O. Reese, in San Francisco TSul- letin. her intently again and to grow rest less, while a yellow foot advanced un easily along the limb and broad tawny .laws stretched farther and farther downward as she moved awaj-. But Kannoga silently held up his hand and waved it in the air. At this the panther's attention attracted by the unexpected aad rapid movement, was withdrawn from the girl. "Go faster,'' said the hoy; "go fast er." She was out of reach now; be could tell by the fainter sound of her bare feet in the sand. Hun!" he called,- "Open your eyes and run. but don't look back, and don't stop till, you stand in ihe tepee with Mar-tala." "Is that all of the new game, Kan noga?"' she asked, doubtfully. "Xo," he answered; "there is more." Meanwhile he still sat in the same place, watching the cougar and hold ing its attention by the constant move- -uin.i) mcnt of his slender arm and of his grimy, tattered sleeve. When Aakloo was at a safe distance the sense of his own danger canto sud denly upon hint. If Sis-sos-ka would, only come with his rifleor (Jray Beaver, an old man now, but still a great hunter. If he had only told Aakloo! lie turned his head and looked after her. Down the winding track of sand beside the still lake, both gmwn a dull gray In the evening light, he saw her running, and he knew ihat long before she could reach the lepye he would Lu bcyoiid , the need of rescue. He had turned his head for only aif instant, but in that instant the cougar had crept nearer and its long tailjhad begun to swing slowly, stealthily, from side to side. ' , Kannoga saw no hope of escape, but with every sense alevt he studied his desperate chances. j The panther lay crouched with Us head toward the forest, while he sat facing the lake. When he had care fully measured the space between them and the distauee to the water he jumped away from the log am! rau di rectly under the panther. lifeSlr fit m O TilUlfn''; u' ill imiMz ill I V mm "4 - WMff ' The animal instantly shifted Its head, as if to leap down from the other side of the limb, but the hoy did not appear there, and it turned with mar velous agility before its great yellow body shot out Into the air. Kannoga was crushed down under its weight, but he had reached the lake and fell where the water was nearly knee deep. He felt the panther release its grasp into order to find firm footing, and when he raised up for air discovered its dripping head little more than an arm's length from his own. Then he took a deep breath and lay down upon the bottom, hoping that the panther would leave him. It stood there, however, watching over him and waiting. He, started to crawl out from shore, but it seemed to him that he had hardly mover when heavy claws sunk into his leg and dragged him back. Then, without letting go its hold, the panther immediately shifted its posi tion and began to drag him out into shallower water. lie made desperate oforis to hold fast to the lake bed, for he knew what the end would be if he reached the shore, but his fingers only plowed through the sand. The sharp point of a rock that tore him as he was dragged over it gave him hope; he grasped it with both hands and clung with all his strength, but in an instant his fingers Avere dig ging vainly in the sand again. At last he raised his head for air. The panther at once let go of his leg and came at him with open mouth, but it moved slowly in the water, and Kannoga, by a great effort, stood up. Then the beast sprung upon him. The boy had nerved himself, how ever, and fell as far out from shore as he could. When the feeling of dizziness that followed the shock had passed he found that the panther held his arm in its mouth and was swimming that its feet did not touch bottom. Then, in spite of the terrible pain it caused him, he pulled his arm down until the cougar's head was sub- IT HIS HA MX" merged. Very soon it released its hold. Then the Indian boy stood up again, and this time he became the aggressor. H rasping the slick, wet. head with both hands he forced it deep into the water. The panther's feet touched bottom. and its violent struggles threw him down, but ho got up again and held the glaring eyes and the red mouth with its while teeth more care fully just under the surface of the lake. Kannoga became very weak and hi legs trembled feebly under him, but he was thankful that they were long, for he could gfanfl with his head In the cool evening breeze while the cougar was drowning. - p At first the panther made fearful sounds as the water filled its lungs, but these presently ceased, and at last it hung a dead weight in the boy's hands. He let it sink then and loos ened a stone from the lake bed to roll upon its head. " His wcunds were slight, but painful, and the terrible battle had so weak ened him that when he reached the shore he fell exhausted, with his face toward the tepee, lie could not see Aakloo now, ncr even the canoe that came in a moment to where he lay. Gray Beaver and an old friend, pad dling out from camp, had called to the girl as she ran on the shore, and had laughed when she told them why she could not turn her head to look after them. Then they had seen the boy and the cougar in the edge of the lake, and their paddles had swung faster and with stronger strokes than they had used for many a year. When Kannoga opened his eyes Gray Beaver leaned over him and spoke gen tly: 'Aakloo will understand that game better when she is older," he said. And across a narrowing stretch of water the boy saw her waiting with Mar-tala. Robert Wr. McCulloch, in the Chicago Record-Herald. SUPPRESSING NEWS. How Kclitoi'g Are Importuned to Seep Items Out of the Paper. The practice of "keeping things out of the paper" makes it very difficult for a daily newspaper to do its duty and give all the news. There are in terested parties ready to throw them selves into the breach at every impor tant occurrence, and importune the newspapers not to publish the facts. There is hardly a week in the year when the newspapers of the city are not called upon to suppress some news item, and sometimes it happens several times in a week, says the Little Rock (Ark.) Democrat. Men will even ask and expect an item of news to be sup pressed when the entire community is already talking about it. They will ask the editors and publishers not to mention a certain occurrence when, as a matter of fact, its publication would harm no one. If the paper declines to "leave out" the item the applicant becomes very indignant; if it j-ields, and a contem porary later publishes the news it never occurs to the gentleman that he has injured the legitimate business of a newspaper, and he ought to apolo glve 'and do so no more. On the con trary, when a local newspaper "leaves out" an item, which appears later in an out-of-town journal. The very men who ask for its suppression are the first to say, "You must read such and such papers to get the news." Did it ever occur to the men who re quest a newspaper not to publish a certain item that it would be just as reasonable to ask a merchant not to make a certain sale? You are asking the newspaper to omit its most attrac tive feature, and to become tedious aud perhaps tiresome, merely for your ben efit. Possibly you may have business relations with the newspaper. That certainly gives you no right to make exactions which amount to the same thing' as if some one demanded that you dispense with the most desirable part of your business. The newspapers get tired and sick of being ' importuned to keep things out. The reporters get discouraged, ihe newspaper readers, hearing of something Avhicli ought to have ap peared on time, make derogatory re marks at the apparent lack of enter prise manifested by the journal that has been Avorked and imposed upon. The Pijeeou of St. Mark'. A colony of the celebrated pigeons of St. Mark's, transplanted from Yen ice to Vienna, have thiven and multi plied to such an extent as to. become a public nuisance. The few pairs im ported 3 00 years ago have become the progenitors of uncounted, swarms, and means of reducing their numbers have had to be resorted to. Hundreds Hock daily round an eccentric old lady, known as the "baroness."' Avho. closely veiled and preserving a strict incog nita, appears in the town park summer and winter, Avith a supply of food for them, and avIio is said to have wept id being told that the numbers of her pets were to be diminished. The Tab id. The Slystitted Kriniiie.. Many of the provident peeresses tire already purchasing the ermine robes that they Avill be required to Avear on tlie great occasion of the coronation, and no doubt their economical fore sight will be repaid, for there is no question but that the price of ermine must rise as a consequence of the un usual demand. To the unfortunate ermine, hunted to death more zealous ly to supply the demand, the chain of causes and effects must seem very mysterious. Country Life. French engineers are work'ng on plans to transform the lower Rhone iuto a gigantic hydraulic stairway. ANOTHER ABDUCTION Help! Help! A prisoner am I! My fate to many, or to die! . . Mv captor is a mighty maid, Y Adept in crafty ambuscade. She holdrf me girt with cunning wiles i With glances, blushes, pouts and smiles.J Whene'er I strive escape, alack! My circling footsteps bring me back, .. Alas! Xo ransom can be sent The wealth of all the Orient Could purchase not, I know, for me A single hour of liberty. A million steeds, a million men. Can take me hot from her again. For, aye ,she has me prisoner I die unless I marry her! Ethvin J j. Sabin, in Puck- "Has a swell trade, eh?" "Swell?, Say, he's just now collecting for goods he sold three years ago!" Detroit Free Press. i j Einks "I hear that Mr. Greatman' Avill never run for another office.". Jinks "Goodness me! When' did he die?" New York Weekly. Although in an unselfish tone , Men preach the golden rule anew Each always tries to keep bis own . And get the other fellow's, too. Washington Star. "Chappie is making money at last." "In Avhat Avay? I didn't know he couhfj do anythiug." "He can't, but he has rented the back of his collar out for sk signboard." Chicago Post. The Fretty Girl "Miss Antique was' named after her uncle George, Avasn't1 she?" The Spiteful Girl "I don't know; she looks as if she had been? named before him." Tit-Bits. 1 "Poll! My papa Avears evenin' clothe every time he goes to parties." "TharJ ain't anything Our minister wears' his night clothes eA'cry time hej preaches." Cleveland Plain Dealer. He climbed the pinnacle of fame, The height of his career; And sadly then did lie exclaim":', - ; "It's jnightly lonely here!" Philadelphia Record. Miss De Puyster "Do you realljn think it Is possible for us to loA'e out! enemies?" The Bishop "Well, ' I think we could love some people more as enemies than Ave could as friends." Puck, Ypv"-' '?', Speaking of artists, it takes a" rlcK man to dnnv a check, a pretty girl to draw attention, a horse to draw a cart,! a porous plaster to draw the skin,' and a free lunch to draAv a crowd.! Harlem Life. " The breakfast didn't suit him.' "What a pity it is," he said, "that! love's young dream never can live to grow up." "Why can't it?" she asked. It's killed off by acute dyspepsia," be, a n s wercd .Chicago Po s t . He "1 must confess to a great deal) of egotism.' Sin1 "Indeed?" He "Yes; I think about myself a great deal too much." She "Oh, that isn'tj egotism! That's merely the human.; tendency to Avorry over trifles." Glao-.; gow Times. "Death, you know," explained the1! doctor consolingly, "is like a thirty-' day note. .When it falls due why. that's the end of it." "But, doctor,: protested the business man faintly. "I1. am paying you to get. me an extension of time, and I expect you to do it," Chicago Post. Little .leanueaf (e's mother found her, one day with her face covered Avith; jam from ear to'car. "Oil, Jeannette," said her moihcr. "what Avould you think if you muglit mo looking like that some day?" "1 should think you'd had a awful good time, mamma."' said Jeannette, her face brightening. Tit Bits. Hortense "Tom Alley says he love me better than anybody else in tin Avorld, aud he says beside, that he never loved anybody else in all Ida life." Flora "Aud Charley Bliss tells: mo he has been in love with hun dreds of girls, but he loves me better, than he ever did any of them." BosY' ton Transcript. . - liurope' Blind Population. Norway, Ireland aud Spain have- more blind people in proportion to population than any other Furopeuu countries. Spain has lilt per lu.; Norway '-03 and Ireland 111. j

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