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Published Erery Saturday Morning, During
the Season, November to May, at
Plnebnrst, Hoore County, North Carolina
(Founded by James W. Tufts)
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Saturday, December 18,1900.
The .Milkman' Hour.
Between the dark and the daylight,
When the footpad's beginning to cower,
Comes a start In the day's occupations -That
is known as the milkman's hour.
I hear in the alley beneath me
The clatter of horses' feet,
The sound of a door that is opened,
And a voice neither low nor sweet.
From my chamber I hear, in the gaslight,
Ascending the steep back stair,
Grave Alex or whistling fiufus,
Or Edwin with tousled hair.
I whisper a prayer for silence;
Yet 1 know by their raucous cries
They are plotting and planning together
To open my sleepy eyes.
A sudden rush up the stairway,
A rattle of glass in the hall!
From the fourth floor down to the basement
An avalanche seems to fall!
Their noises get into my turret,
Marcelling my golden hair;
If I venture to snore they btlll hound me;
They seem to be everywhere.
I almost devour them with hisses,
But their noises about me entwine,
Till I wish that their lacteal fluid
Would suideutly turn into brine.
Do you know, O wild-eyed banditti,
As you over the banisters leap,
With a milk-curdling yell to your horses,
It's fcood-by to my beauty sleep!
Notwithstanding, you enter my fortress,
And here you are likely to stay,
Until 1 arise and cremate you
And scatter your dust away.
I'm afraid we must keep you forever,
You flend with the cloven hoof!
Till we stable a cow in the laundry,
Or a nanny goat on the roof ! .
JMckanniny lini'i Foresight.
Listen, Mistah Santy Claus,
To what I has to say; ...
1's had a heap o' anxiousness
'Bout dis nex' Chiismas day.
Dem s toe kin' s I'd been standin' In
Is shrunk an' nios' wore th'oo, -Foh
holdin' gil's dey would a' be
A bit o' good to you.
An' so I went,an' got a sack
An' emptied out de corn;
I's hung it by de chim'ly place
To wait for Christmas morn.
I's made de 'rangements bo's you'll find
Of room dar is no lack. -Don
bother wif de hosiery,
But Jes' All up de sack.
THE' AGE OF PASTIMES
HE oldest game known
to man is chess. The
origin of this game, or
mimic battle, as Gold
smith called it in his
translation of Vida,
dates back to 3000 B. C. It is rich in
legendary anecdotes, and its venerable
nomenclature has been transmitted
through all changes in language from
the earliest tongues of the Indo-Euro
pean to the latest.
A peculiar thing about chess, with its
combination of idle amusement and ex
treme mental toil, is that it is the only-
game sanctioned by priesthoods of all
beliefs. The principal piece in the game
derives its name, king, from the Persian
Shah, or ruler.
Many men whose names have gone
down to posterity, such as Charlemagne,
Tamerlane, Frederick the Great, Charles
XII., Voltaire, Rousseau, and Ben
Franklin, have been devotees and stu
dents of the game.
Chess is Asiatic in origin, and origin
ally more attention was paid to it by
Asiatic students and ph losophers than
by men of western countries. Of late
years, however, its popularity has great
ly increasd among western nations, and
national chess tournaments are now held
by experts from nearly all countries.
The history of chess may be divided
into three periods : The age of the pri
meval Indian game, extending from its
origin down to the sixth century A. D. ;
the age of the medieval chess, from the
sixth century to the sixteenth century ;
and the age of the modern chess, from
the last of the sixteenth century to the
present day. Of course, many changes
in the method of play took place in the
course of development of the game, and
as it is played now it is different from
the game the ancients knew.
Chess has been played in nearly every
country. Chess-boards have been found
among the ruins at Pompeii, and in the
Koman Forum one may still see the out
line of a checker-board roughly scratch
ed on the stone walk by some senate
rial page of Caesar's time. In the Orient
both games have been played from time
Tennis was first played in the early
part of the sixteenth century in England
and France. Matches for considerable
wagers were frequently held, and rather
than give up the game many men played
for parts of their wearing apparel after
their money was gone.
In England toward the last of that
century, covered tennis-courts were
erected, and nearly all the nobility play
ed, including the women. Henry VII.
was a devoted follower of tennis, and
Henry Till, was also fascinated by the
The first royal tennis match was plav-
ed between this monarch with the Em
peror Maximilian for a partner, against
the Prince of Orange and the Marquis
de lirandenborow. Charles II. was the
first person to adopt a tennis costume.
COCK-FIGHTING AMONG THE GREEKS
The sport of cock-fighting seems to
have originated with Themistocles of
Greece. When he was leading an army
against the Persians he noted two cocks
in a desperate battle.
To stimulate the courage of his sol
diers, he pointed out the bravery of birds
and having won his battle with the Per
sians, he ordered that an annual cock
fight should be held to celebrate his
In England the records show that the
first cock-fight took place in 1191.
Our game of golf, or goff, as it was
formerly called, was a popular sport in
England and Scotland about the begin
ning of the seventeenth century. It was
played, by the nobility, . and was the
favorite pastime of Prince Henry, son of
Golf sticks were then called "bands,"
and golf balls were made of leather and
stuffed with feathers. The principle of
the game was practically the same then
as it is now.
Bowling is one of our games that origi
nated in the Middle Ages. The exact
date of its introduction is obscure ; but
it has been clearly traced to the thir
The first bowling-greens were made in
England. In bad weather these could
not be used to advantage, and this led to
the construction of covered bowling-
Horse-racing originated in England in
the reign of King Henry II. Our fore
fathers were captivated by this pastime,
and large wagers were often won and
lost on favorite horses.
Later, about the time of James I., the
betting fell away from horse-racing and
the contests were run for prizes of
Hand-ball is among the oldest of our
According to Homer, it originated
about the time of the fall of Troy, and
though it has passed through many
changes, its principles are much the
same as when it was played by the
A kind of foot-ball was first played
about the time of Edward III. in Eng
land. Shortly after its advent, however,
it was prohibited.
Later it was again revived, but in the
reign of James I. it was suppressed as
being rough and brutal.
The game of polo was played cen
turies ago in Persia and India. Even the
natives of Bokhara play a similar game
of ball on horseback.
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