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VOL. XIII. PLYMOUTH, N. C, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1902. NO. 33.
The golden wheat stands like a wall
A twenty-acre Held.
'The brawny eradlers five in all
Hare-breasted, hairy-armed, and tall,
'Allow that patch must yield;"
Their "grape vines" o'er their shoulders
With fingers crook t, and broad blades
Like falchions backward steeled.
Like sons of Anak in their might,
They whet their shining blades,
Then to the charge a thrilling sight
Leads up the first, swings to the right
Left sweep, through cereal glades,
The shorn steins on the fingers laugh.
Fat kernels-peep through bursting chaff,
On heads 'gone to the shades.
Another, and another sweep
The second man starts in.
So v.-citd the third, in-cutting deep,
Thou fourth and fifth at distance keep, '
The same, ere they begin;
Now all with mishty rhythmic swing,
.Advar.ee, and then their broad blades
' And gleam like burnished tin.
HE autocracy of love is in
disputable; it breaks clown all
barriers when it asserts itself.
The wonder is that any one
who has felt its power should attempt
to dispute its supremacy or lessen its
obligations. From the remotest 'ages
love has laughed at locksmiths, flipped
giddy fingers at parents and guardians,
evading safe conventional trammels
to throw its future on that providence
which extends its protection to chil
dren and fools. To which type Fred
Marmon and Lillian Wickes belonged
is uncertain, but circumstances would
indicate that a fair blending of each
type united in their ensemble.
It is safe to assume that the pair
had no intention of being married
when they took a Sunday trip to St.
Joe. They were not even engaged,
but lovers they certainly were, and
had been since their earliest years.
Let no synic smile when their ages
are given. Fred was twenty -one and
Lillian eighteen, old enough to know
better, and young enough to stake all
on a fund of love that must last a
lifetime. So far they played to win.
"With the details of their marriage es
capade this chronicler has naught, to
do. They telegraphed the disagree
able truth to their respective families
said it was the result of a dare and
received all their belongings by ex
j)ra.p, comprising the hurried contents
e of six or seven trunks, five of them be
longing to Lillian. They were opened
in their room at the hotel and Lilian
broke down and wept.
"My family of dolls that I played
with when I was a happy child!" she
sobbed. "I think it was real mean for
mamma to put them in."
"And my tops and marbles, and
Robinson Crusoe,' and all my old
.school books." whimpered Fred.
"Never mind." said Mrs. Fred with
brave determination, "we'll show them
Ave can live without them."
"I don't know how," retorted Fred.
"Haven't we got each other?" she
"Yes. darling, but this is not a canni
bal age. You are sweet, but I do not
want to eat you, though I may live to
be sorry I did not."
"I hope I'll disagree with you if you
"do." pouted Lillian. "But now let us
-mpty our trunks and hang up our
"How long do you think we can live
at this hostelry?" asked Fred.
"Did you dare mo to marry you with
out a dollar in your pockets, Fred Har
mon?" "It looks that way, sweetheart."
"Oh, well, we'll come out all right.
They'll kill the fatted calf in a week
'.mi' two and beg us to come home. Wait
a I'd you'll see."
They waited, but the welcoming veal
seemed to have gone into the meat
trust; no hint of it came their way.
Fred drew a little money he had in
bank in his home city, and they left
'St. Joe, which was perilously near Chi
cago, and went to Petoskey, a point in
Michigan, where none of their friends
lived and where they had heard In
dians roved the streets in blankets and
moccasins, and they did not get very
far from the truth, either.
They stopped at Cushman's, but saw
their little stock of money going and
began to look for humbler lodging, and
Fred was willing to go to work at any
thing he could find ready to his hand.
Like all college graduates, he thought
be would confer a favor on any em
iiabvest scene )
Five crescents gap the grain a-near,
As the five blades swing home,
Five golden gavels fall a-rear, '
And five line-butted swaths appear,
Lain each inside its comb
As the five mighty reapers sway,
From side to side in slant array,
Like gulls o'er ocean's ?oam.
So, all day long, through rising morn,
And midday's shimmering heat,
The swish of severing scythes is borne,
Or whetstones chanting to the corn,
The death song of the wheat.
Only the noon-tide dinner call,
Awhile brings truce, and rest to all
A lull before defeat.
Hot, round and red, in western sky,
Sinks low the summer sun;
And still the swinging cradles sigh,
While all around the fallen lie
In sheaves, the fight near Avon;
Then binders all, and eradlers join,
And shock the sheaves, and cap, and
The day the task is done.
John B. Kaye.
ployer, by working for him. Now this
was the time for providential help, and
it came. They went out in a thunder
storm and reached the door of a pretty
cottage just as a bolt of lightning shot
from the skies, striking a tree in the
vicinity and frightening them badly.
The cottage was remote from other
dwellings and uninhabited. The win
dows were boarded up and the outside
door fastened with a padlock which
Lillian picked with a hairpin as easily
as if it had been a prearranged feat.
Fred managed to open the inside door,
and they found themselves in the coz
iest of summer homes, prettily fur
nished, with matting on the floors, any
quantity of bric-a-brac on shelves, tro
phies from Indian camps and an en
tourage of housekeeping articles in ex
cess of what they needed. A clock on
the mantel ticked merrily as if giving
the young couple a welcome. They
fell into each others' arms in an ecs
tacy of delight.
But when the storm was over and
the blue sky appeared their spirits
sunk to zero. What if they were ar
rested for breaking into a house?
"The people have just left for a few
hours, for the clock is still going," said
"Perhaps it is an eight-day clock and
they left it to run down," suggested
Fred; "we must stay until they come
and pay for any damage."
At dusk no one had appeared and
they went to the hotel for their dinner
and learned that the family owning
the cottage had been suddenly called
away. They were wealthy New York
people. These inquiries were made
surreptitiously, not at the desk or in
the office. The next day the Harmons
paid their reckoning and left the ho
tel, it was supposed for some distant
point, but night found them occupying
the pretty cottage. They had simply
pre-empted the property on a dare.
They would stay until the clock ran
And now these irresponsible young
people found themselves in a rose col
ored Bohemia, which was all the more
enchanting on account of their educa
tion from infancy on respectable con
ventional lines. They went where they
pleased, they did what they pleased,
turned night into day and day into
night. Their chafing dish suppers were
a reckless abandon of convivial fast
ing. All the prohibited dishes of their
childhood were cooked and eaten. For
tunately their menu was a simple one,
and did not include the luxuries, and the
air of that exempt country gives one
an appetite that is not fastidious. They
made the most of everything, for they
expected every morning that the clock
would be silent and their lease expire,
or that the owners of the cottage would
come and turn them out.
But no such event occurred. The
clock ticked on serenely, although they
packed up at the end of eight days to
move on, but there was no cessation
in the steady tiek-tock of the timekeep
er on the mantel. So they decided that
it. was a thirty-day clock, and waited.
When the month was up that clock
had not stopped.
No, the clock did not stop. One
morning Lillian was lifting golden
spheres of fried mush from the chafing
dish, and Fred was making the coffee
for breakfast, when a loud knock
sounded on the cottage door.
"The family. from New York?" cried
"The fatted calf!" said Fred, who
caught the profile of a masculine Ro
When they opened the door a pair of
firm arms embraced them both.
"My children!" exclaimed Lillian's
father, "why did you not let us know
you were here? We would have flown
to you on the wings of love."
"You've been a long time about it,"
said Mrs. Harmon, with dignity, as
she reached over her father's shoulder
to recognize her mother and sister,
who were bringing up the rear.
"We have been jolly happy, sir," re
marked Mr. Harmon, coolly; "there
isn't any good thing we've wanted, is
"Nothing but your approval," Lillian
said graciously; she thought it prudent
to let by-gones be by-gones.
As soon as they could get a moment
to compare notes the two agreed not
to tell the old folks the story of the cot
tage. "They would have to be educated up
to it before they would believe it," said
Lillian, "and we won't tell them about
the clock, either. Why, we could never
convince them that it hadn't been
wound up or that there wasn't any
The family stayed a week and made
it evident that the calf awaited, the
young people whenever tliey chose to
return and attend the banquet. Before
they left the old gentleman stood be
fore the mantel with a pleased expres
sion on his face and his hands under
"I see you have one of those anni
versary clocks. Must have cost you
"Oh, not so much," mumbled Fred
"It's a beauty," continued the pater,
touching the glass case with apprecia
tive fingers. "I saw them at the expo
sition in Paris and now Chicago is full
of them, I understand. Their main
value is that they only need winding
once a year."
The two castaways looked at each
other, then they giggled, and pulled
themselves together in time to say
good-bye with becoming gravity. Aud
they promised to finish their outing
and go home soon, a promise they will
undoubtedly keep. Chicago Record-Herald.
Xo Eve in Cliicajo.
A student of the Chicago Directory,
says an exchange, find that there are
in the city 700 Adams and not a single
Eve. But of Cains there are 55 and
Abels 8. The city is well supplied
with patriarchs 100 Abrahams, 19
Isaacs and GOO Jacobs. And of Solo
mons there are 110. There are 15
Darlings and but two men whose name
is Kill, and there is a total of 00 Loves,
but not a Lover, although there is one
Mormon. The most abbreviated name
is He. Some of the other odd names
are Papa, Morningstar and Paradise.
The only man in Chicago, who, accord
ing to the directory, is a Fake, is Fred
L., one of the Assistant State's At
torneys. It seems that, after all the
men in Chicago are divided in about
the same proportion as the men of the
world, according to New Testament
inferences. There are 25 Hopes, 7
Faiths and one poor, lonely Charity
among the names. There are S Pains
and only one Well.
Power From a Sewer.
City Electrician Ellicott, of Chicago,
has long been an earnest advocate of
the utilization of the water of the
Chicago drainage canal for the purpose
of generating power for eitj' use. He
has figured that the city could save
a large sum of money yearly by light
ing its streets from current thus ob
tained, but he has been unsuccessful
in having his plan adopted because of
the great original cost of such a plant,
which is estimated at two and a half
million dollars. However, the scheme
is about to be carried out by a group
of capitalists of that city, headed by
Robert Gaylord. It is said that the
company has secured options on lands
both sides of the Desplaines River,
for three-quarters of a mile south of
Joliet, 111. A dam will be erected at
this point and 20,000 horse-power de
veloped. The scheme is meeting with
some opposition' on the part of the
Sanitary District Board of Trustees.
The first box of matches ever sold
is said to have been bought by an old
coach driver for a shilling. Sir Isaac
Ilolden did not invent the lucifer match.
Though he discovered it himself, he
had been anticipated by two years by
John Walker, of Stockton-on-Tees. The
inventor refused to patent his discov
ery, and made a present of it to the
Bulbs Ued In Druggists' Windows Ar
Coins Out of Tasliion.
Those huge glass bulbs of red and
yellow and blue water, which are
called show bottles, are gradually
ceasing to be a feature of the decora
tion of druggists windows. In the
past they were as necessary to every
drug store as a red and white pole is
to a barber shop, but they have not, as
the pole has,, a well-defined history.
All that druggists know of them is
that they have been always used as
window ornaments. The brilliant
liquids that they contain are made
cheaply and plainly of chemicals and
Thus, a solution of copper and am
monia makes blue; bichromate of pot
ash makes orange; aniline dyes have of
late been used in the chemicals' place,
but the liquids fade in a strong sun
light, and have frequently to be re
newed. The liquids colored chemi
cally, on the other hand, last well nigh
In the drug store at the southwest
corner of Broad and Spruce streets
there is a show bottle of a very clear
and delicate shade of green. This is a
green so fine that many druggists have
asked for the recipe that makes it.
This, unfortunately, is unknown.
A clerk in the shop twenty -five years
ago colored the water and filled the
bottle, and a little later left for un
known parts. Preserved only by a
cork of cotton from the air, the liquid
has ever since remained as brilliant
as it was in 1877.
There are, indeed, many show bottles
in this city whose contents are from
twenty-five to fifty years old. Philadelphia-Record.
Prize For a old Process.
The Government of New Zealand
has offered a reward of $10,000 to any
person who, before the first of Janu
ary, 1904. shall invent appliances to
successfully save gold from black
sands in New Zealand. The invention
shall, in its main features, differ from
all machinery and appliances at pres
ent in use for the saving of gold,
whether coarse or fine. It shall be
readily transportable from place to
place, and shall be capable of utilizing
local water for all its requirements.
The invention must be capable of
treating not less than thirty cubic
3ards an hour of black sand or any
coarser material. It must be capable
of treating such material profitably
where there is not more than a value
in gold of six cents per cubic yard,
not less than eighty per cent, of the
gold contained in the material to be
recovered by the machine.
Cured Xy X-iiays.
According to the London Chronicle,
a remarkable case of cure of lupus by
means of the application of X-rays is
oneof the topics of interest in New-eastle-on-Tyne
medical circles. A
woman who had suffered from the
disease for over thirty years was op
erated upon at the hospital. For near
ly 200 consecutive days she was sub
jected to exposures of fifteen minutes'
duration, and after inflammation of
the tissues had set in a complete cure
ensued. The woman's face is left
practically free of scars, and for the
first time for thirty years she has
given up wearing a veil. During last
year alone twenty lupus cases were
treated, and fifteen of them resulted
in successful cures.
The Motion Prevailed.
An old town official of the city of
Macon, Ga., says in Short Stories that
during the night of the earthquake dis
turbances of 1880 the City Council was
in session. When the quake shook the
City Hall from basement to attic the
Councilmcn ran out, thinking the
house would topple over. Whereupon
the wag who kept the minutes of the
meeting concluded his record with the
"On motion of the City Hall, the
An Eight-Legged Horse.
In a consignment of Western range
horses from Colorado received at the
stockyards, Sioux City, Iowa, there
was a curiosity in the shape of a sorrel
gelding with eight legs. The horse is
owned by John Huey and John Wenzo
of White Tine, Col., and they had
raised him. They refused $1000 for
him. The animal is six years old and
weighs 900 pounds.
In one year twenty-five cubic yards
of the granite pavement of London
Bridge is reduced to powder by the
enormous traffic; 20.000 vehicles cross
daily and 200,000 foot passengers.
Members of the Senate and House
Ineligible for. Presidency.
"The late Senator McMillan, who
Michigan," remarked one of the old
Capitol employes yesterday, "was one
of the great men of Congress who
could never be President. The fact
that he was born in Canada barred
him from being a candidate for the
"The Presidency Is said to be the
goal of the politicians " he continued,
"but the requirement that Presidents
be natural-born, citizens tf tl e United
States disqualifies ;om3 excellent Pres
idential material. Senator Mc-MiiJan
will probably b sui:eedei as chair
man of the District Committee by Sen
ator Gallinger, of New Hampshire,
another Canadian by birth. There are
at least four others here in the Seu
Pte v,-ho come undo-: the sHr:o ban.
Kearns, the millionaire miner, who
came last year from Ltah, is a Cana
dian by birth, riUheugh he has lived
in the West since 1872. Senator Knute
Nelson, of Minnesota, came from over
the water. He was born in Norway
in 1843, and lived there until 1849,
when his parents brought him to Chi
cago. That same year Senator Pat
terson, of Colorado, landed in New
York. lie was then 9 years old, and
came straight from County Carlow, in
Ireland. The late Senator Sewell, of
New Jersey, was an Irishman by
birth, and that is said to have operat
ed to prevent his consideration for the
Vice Presidential nomination soma
years ago. As far back as 1831 Sen
ator J. P. Jones, of Nevada, came to
the United States from Herfordshire,
"Over in the House wing," he con
tinued (and it was evident that he had
been making a study of the Congres
sional Directory), "the ineligibles are
more numerous, and are headed by
Speaker Henderson, who came from
Scotland. The only other Scotchman
in the House is Representative Mc
Lachlan, from Argyllshire.
"Representative Jenkins, from Wis
consin; Sutherland, of Utah, and Han
bury, of New York, are Englishmen by
birth, and Naphen, of Massachusetts;
Creamer, of New York; Cooney of Mis
souri, and Delegate Rodey, of New
Mexico, came from Ireland. Mr.
Burk, one of the new members from
Philadelphia, and Bartholdt, of Mis
souri, are natives of Germany. Fred
eric Storm, of the First New York dis
trict, comes from Alsace. Another
New York' Congressman Bristow, of
Brooklyn was born at St. Michaels,
in the Azores.
"Ccnnell, of Pennsylvania, comes
from Nova Scotia, and McCleary, of
Minnesota, was born in Ontario and
educated at Montreal. Hughes, of
West Virginia, also is a Canadian by
"Fcerderer, of Philadelphia, and
young George M. McClcllan, of New
York city, were both born abroad, but
of American parents, and the same
may be said of Senators Millard, of
Nebraska, and Wetmore, of Rhode
Island. Justice Brewer, of the Uni
ted States Supreme Court, came into
this world while his parents were
missionaries in Asia Minor.
"Finally," concluded the self-appointed
investigator of birth statistics,
"there is one member of the Cabinet
of foreign birth Secretary Wilson, of
the Agricultural Department, who first
saw the light in Ayrshire Scotland,
where he lived until he was 17 years,
old" Washington Star.
Color of Torpedo Boats.
Germany has engaged in experi
ments to determine the best color for
torpedo boats to lessen their visibil
ity by day. Deep black has been in
general use for the past twenty years,
but now these smaller vessels are to
receive a gray-brown color. Of course
there is no single color that is best for
all geographical regions, but this has
been found the most effective for the
purpose in the North Sea, and gener
ally in northern waters. The Ger
man battleships are painted a gray
blue, as being the least visible by
day, since with that color, they do not
stand out In a marked way against the
water, the sky, the coast or the pow
der smoke. The British gave their
earliest torpedo boat destroyers a
gray color, and the French tried that
color on the warships years ago. Both
nations, however, gave it up, because
in some waters and under certain con
ditions of light the gray-brown waa
more readily visible than black. Nev
ertheless, Germany has now decided
on it, after exhaustive experiments .
BORN IN FOREIGN LANDS.