North Carolina Newspapers

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VOL. II.
RALEIGH, N. C, THURSDAY, MAY 18, 1905.
NO. 5
LETTER FROM BILKINS.
The Major Has Pulled Himself To
gether and Is Filling Numerous Offi
ces to His Own SatisfactionPut
ting the Union County Law Into
Effect in His Township -Looking
Forward to the President's Visit.
Correspondence of the Enterprise. -
I tell you hit iz nice ter be at home
whar you don't hev ter put on eny
style an' don't hev ter wear your
coat an' a standin' collar in hot weth
er. Me an' Betsy hain't had a cross
wurd sinse I pxt home, an' she treats
me nne. ine dinners x gu nam x so
full rf -frilla anrl' TTi"onrV an' fllAV
am i no cut glass on the table like
they wuz in that hotel at Ashevillc,
but they taste a 100 per sent better.
If the nixt legislature gives me the
lokermotive affixy I'm goin' ter stay
at home an' tuff hit out. I would
hev stayed at home this time if Betsy
hadn't insisted that hit iz so much
more stylish an' sosierty like ter go
gallivantin' eround when you git er
bout half sick. My private an' offish
ual opinion iz that when a man iz
sick enuff ter. fro erway f rum home,
he iz not sick ter hurt.
, Sinse hit got hot Betsy hez bin
hintin' eround that we will hev ter
go ter Fuquay Springs an' spend the
jick every time ; she says enything :
hirtfcllnpBilL brincr hit irb erfiriiL . . I
reckon we will hev ter go sumwhar.
She will hev ter show thet new dress
an' hat. Wimin air curryositys eny-
how. The older I git the less I know
erbout them. A heap ov men like ter
dress up an' show off. But I don't
beleeve one out ov a thousan' would
pack up an' go ter the Springs or a
seashore resort jist ter show a suit
ov clothes. If I knowed ov one ov
that sort I'd send him ter the rodea
fer six months.
This mornin' Betsy axed me if I had
desided which I'd ruther do, go ter
the Springs or the seashore? I know
in my mind that Betsy hes done de
sided whar she will go an' that fixes
hit. 5ut 1 tole her that my omsnuai
ingagements would stand in the way
ov goin' enywhar. Bein' school
committyman, rode superviser, con
sterable an' justis ov the peece will
take up awl my time. Them that
dance hev ter pay the fiddler. Then
that I tole her that the Preserdent
iz cummin' ter Raleigh this fall an'
I'm going ter invite him ter cum out
an' spend a few days with us an' take
a bear hunt. "I'd like ter see you an'
the Preserdent huntin' bears eround
here," said Betsy. "They hain't bin
a bear here in a hundred years," con
tinued Betsy. "I know that," sez 'I,
"but I'm goin' ter borrow that big
bear they hev in Pullen Park at Ra
leigh an' turn him loose out here. I'll
tell Mr. Roosevelt that they iz plenty
ov fine bears here, but hit iz erginst
the law ter kill 'em. Ov course he
must be law-abidin'. But we kin hev
a sham bear hunt like they hev sham
battles an naval fites. When we git
in site ov "Bruno" I'll tell Mr. Roose
velt ter blaze erway, but ter aim high.
When he shoots he will tecknically
shoot the bear rite through the heart,
but prackticallft he won't touch a
hair. Then '-the nusepaper corre
spondents whut air' trailin' erlong
kin report that the rreseraent snot
n nix hundred round bear on 'Squire
Bilkins' farm an' shipped the bear ter
Wflihinortoii by expreii. Ill hire a
brass band ter cum out an' play while
we air eatin' dinner. We peeple in
offishual life hev ter make a purty
smart stir when we air swappin' com
plimints. Awl that will cum high,
an'. I tole Betsy we must save our
money an' gude clothes fer the oc
cashun. I hev bin puttin' the Union County
anty-licker law in operashun here. I
got wurd that Bill Sanders wuz lyin'
drunk erbout half a mile frum my
house the other day. I tuk a wagon
erlong and arrested him an' hawled
him back ter my court fer trial. But
he wuz plum senseless an' I had ter
isshue a writ an' stay the purseedings
till he slept hit off. When he got
erbout half sober he wuz the scardest
man I've seed in erlong time. He
sed: "Judge, I hope you won't be
hard on me, bein' this iz the first
time I've bin in your court. Please
make the fine lite."
"Bill, whar did you git that lick-
.er?" sed I, "an' how much?"
"At the dispensary in Raleigh,"
sed he. "I got a quart; yer honor."
"Drink hit awl?" I axed.
"Yes, I drunk hit awl," sed Bill.
"I thought so," sez I, "an' you were
so drunk that I didn't know at first
whether ter hold a coroner's inquest
or iist arrest you fer bein'- drunk an'
.down on the highways. But I find
'several pints in this case that will
make me put on my studyin' cap."
"They wuz only two pints,-yer hon
!or," sed Bill. ' , '
: "I- wuz not referrin' ter pints ov
licker," sed I, "exsept insidentally,"
but I beleeve the Union County ack
which perhibits havin' one quart or
more licker in your perseshun hes
bin violated. Bill begun ter tremble,
an' sez: "Pleeze, yer honer, may I
plead my own case ?"
"Blaze erway," sed I.
"Your honer, I plead not gilty. In
the first place, the Union County law
wuz only fer that county, hit don't
touch Wake, an' in the nixt place the
court can't perduce a quart ov licker
or nrove that hit iz in my perseshun."
' "Hold up thar," sez I, "the Supreme
Court held in the anty-jug law that
hit would be erginst the constertu shun
ter arrest a jug in one county an' not
in another, so thet law fer one or
two counties wuz stretched awl over
the State jist bekase hit didn't say
hit wuzzent to cover the State. I
rule here an' now that the Union
County ack iz null and voyed onless
hit kin be stretched enywhar we want
hit, an' hit applies ter you, an' your
own statement that you hed drunk a
quart ov licker iz the best everdence
in the wurld; hit Tz red hot primary
facy everdence."
"But I drunk, the licker," sed Bill,
"an' that iz primary facy everdence
that I didn't mean ter sell hit."
"You air rite," sed I, "an' I'll weigh
that in the scales ov justis. I'll
serve a writ ov superseedus on myself
an' delay the purseedins, which iz the
same az suspendin' judgment. By
payin' the cost, which iz $3, you will
be discharged until furder notis." An'
Bill wuz glad ter git off so litely.
Truly, '
ZEKE BILKINS.
"Courtship is light comedy," says
a writer. If it ends in matrimony
it will wind up on the bill as a melo
drama, or a farce with the curtain
going down in the divorce court,
Wilmington Star;
Marvels of Memory.
A good memory is one of the chief
elements of worldly success. Without
it, the finest intellect or imagination
is constantly hampered in its strug
gles with the world, and, if the mem
ory is very defective, often goes down
in utter discouragement and defeat.
The way to get a good memory, or
to retain it, if you have one already,
is by exercise, for this function of
the mind has a definite physical basis
in the brain, and, like any other part
or organ of the body, must be used,
to be strengthened. And if it is
properly used and exercised, the lim
its of its attainments and usefulness
are almost boundless, as some of the
allustrations given below will indi
cate. , V.
Themistocles, a famous Greek
general, is said to have known every
citizen in Athens. Otho, the Roman
emperor, attained great popularity,
and through that, his seat on the
throne, by learning the name of ev
ery soldier and officer of his army.
Hortensius, the Roman orator, is
said to have been able, after sitting
a whole day at a public sale, to give
an account from memory of all
things sold, with the prices and
names of the purchasers,
i Coming down to later times, there
;is a very interesting story told of
Frederick the Great, of Prussia, the
: French author Voltaire, and an Eng
lishman with a very long memory. It
is said that at the king's request,
Voltaire read one of his long poems,
that he had just completed in manu
script, through aloud, while the Eng
lishman was concealed from Vol
taire's sight, in such a position that
he could hear every word.
After the reading of the poem,
Frederick observed to the author that
the production could not be an origi
nal one, as there was a foreign gen
tleman present, who could recite ev
ery word of it. Voltaire listened in
amazement to the stranger as he re
peated, word for word, the poem
which he had been at so much pains
in composing, and, giving way to a
momentary outbreak of passion, he
tore themanuscript in pieces. He
was then informed how the English
man had become acquainted with his
poem, and his anger being appeased
he was willing to do penace by copy
ing down the work from the second
repetition of the stranger, who was
able to go through it the same as be
fore. When reporting was forbidden in
the houses of the English Parlia
ment, and any one seen to make
notes was immediately ejected, the
speeches, nevertheless, were pub
lished in the public press. It was
discovered that one Woodfall used
to be present in the gallery during
the speeches, and, sitting with his
head between his hands, actually
committed the speeches to memory.
They were afterwards published.
Lord Macaulay had a marvelous
facility for remembering what he
read, and he once declared that if
by accident all the copies of Mil
ton's "Paradise Lost" were destroy
ed, he would be able to write out the
whole of this long poem without a
single error. In fact, he once per
formed the marvelous feat of re
peating the whole poem, making only
one omission.
Charles Dickens, who was once a
reporter,' and thus had occasion to
roam about the itreeti a great deal,
contracted the habit of reading the
signs of shopkeepers. So firmly fix
ed upon him did this habit become,
that he was able, after walking
a long street, to repeat the names
and business of every shopkeeper on
the thoroughfare.
But great power of memory is not
always found in educated persons.
There is a notable instance of "Blind
Jamie," who lived some years ago
m Stirling, England. He was a
poor, uneducated man, and totally
blind, yet he could actually repeat
after a few minutes' consideration,
any verse required from any part of
the Bible, even the obscurest and
least important.
The power of retaining events has
also sometimes been manifest in a
marked degree. A laboring man
named McCartney, at fifty-four
years of age, claimed that he could
recollect the events of every day
for forty years. A test was made by
a well-known public man who had
kept a written record for forty-five
years. The man's statement was
fully corroborated indeed, so ac
curate was his recollection that he
could recall without apparent effort
the state of the weather on any given
day during that long period of time.
Everywhere.
Defective Eyesight and Hearing.
Writing in the June Delineator on
the care of the eyes and ears, Dr.
Grace Peckham Murray says: "Many
children have imperfect vision and
suffer from it long before the pa
rents are aware of it. These are
some of the indications which should
lead one to suspect trouble: The eyes
are red and inflamed most of the
time, and v styes occur frequently.
Children who need glasses squint and
peer, or shut their eyes to a chink,
or hold a book or an object close
under their noses or far off at arm's
length, or they may fear the light or
have a drawn and anxious look and
be unable to read from the black
board. All such children should have
a careful examination of the eyes,
and be fitted with the kind of glasses
that are necessary to correct their
vision. Many children that have the
appearance of being backward and
stupid are not in reality, but seem
so because of their imperfect vision
or hearing."
Elsewhere, in the same article, we
read in regard to the ears, that:
"Earache in a child is a symptom
that requires immediate attention,
since it may be due to boils and ab
scesses or inflammations, which give
rise to chronic middle-ear trouble.
The danger is that such trouble will
extend to the soft bones back of
the ear, and what is called a mastoid
abscess will form, which, if it breaks
into the brain, may prove fatal; so
in case of earache and inflammations
always look out for the swelling
which comes back of the ear, and call
in the physician in time to prevent
disaster. Children who seem stupid
and do not answer readily when
spoken to may have imperfect hear
ing. This should be kept in mind
and tests applied to discover if such
is the case."
Baltimore reports that the crab
crop is promising. This helps to
assuage our grief over the failure of
the peach crop in Delaware and
Northern Georgia, Philadelphia Inquirer,
    

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