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RALEIGH, N. C., THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 1907.
LETTER FROM BILKINS.
The Major and Bilkins Discuss the
Thaw Trial-Betsy Thinking About
Getting a Divorce The Major Fi
nally Consoles and Gets Her Con
tented Bob Still at Jamestown
Exposition, and Will be at the
Coming State Fair.
Correspondence Raleigh Enterprise.
Bilkinsville, N. C, April 11.
Mr. Editur: Agin I seet myself
ter rite you a letter ter let you know
that I'm still in the lan' o vthe livin',
an' am keepin' in the front line ov
up-ter'-date toppicks. But me an'
Betsy air not agreed on awl subjeeks;
fer she hez bin readin' so much er
bout the Thaw trial that she hez er
bout concluded that she wants a de
vorce herself. She wants to take a
trip to Europe incognature, an' to
git some gay Lothario to fall in love
with her; a juke or a lord with plen
ty ov money will suit her. But I '
told her the dukes an' lords made
like they loved rich American women
just ter git their money an' when
they were married they spent awl
their money, then they want a de
vorce. Betsy thought the question
awl over an' said she did not see
how Mrs. Stanford White could wear
black fer that liberteen White. Hit
seemed ter Betsy that if hit wuz her
she would be glad that Stanford
White hed bin kilt by the bullet from
Harry Thaw's pistol. Betsy sez that
feller Jeroam wuz tryin' first ter de
clare Thaw sane when he kilt White;
then tried ter prove him insane when
he klit him and still insane now.
Betsy is in favor ov turnin' Thaw
loose. She thinks Evelyn Nesbit
Thaw hez suffered ernuff ter clear
her husban'.. Besides the mother
hood ov the land will be pleased ter
know that White will hev no more
chances ter ruin their darters with
hiz "room ov mirrors," the "Dead
Rat ov Paris" or by the use ov hiz
many millyuns. She thinks Delmas
iz more than a match fer Jeroam, an'
that hiz summin up will be one ov
the most beautiful specimons ov or
ertory that hez been heard in this
country since the immortal Patrick
Henry said, "Give me liberty, or give
me death." I talked ter Betsy so
kindly erbout our long, happy mar
rid " life that she concluded that hit
wuz best fer us ter still work in har
ness tergether ; so she iz the same
sweet wife that she hez awlways bin,
an' we will still go through life ter
gether linked with a chain ov love.
Bob is still at the Exposishun, an
Iz the favorit of awl visitors. He
takes hiz daily exercize goin' eround
the track at a 2:01 speed. But Maud
would not race with Bob, but chal
lenged every muel in the ground ter
a kickin' match. Opper hez Maud on
hand an' will be glad ter show her
kickin' qualities. Bob will leave here
before long for the North Carolina
State Fair, which will cum off in
October next. She will be the synose
ure of awl eyes. No more at presen.
Your az ever,
Written for The Raleigh Enterprise.
The Rich and the Poor Boy; or, Pov
erty is No Crime.
(1) "You are a poor wretch," said
a lad to his school-mate. "Your
father has to saw wood for a living
and mine is so rich that he is not
obliged to work at all."
"Do you think I am to blame for
my father's poverty?" said the poor
"Why, no, perhaps not," said the
other; "but then how wretched you
"Is my being wretched any reason
why you should insult me?" said the
(2) "I didn't insult you," said the
other; "I only told you what I
thought. Did you think I was ignor
ant of what you told me?" said the
"No," said the other; "but you did
not seem to feel poor, and I thought
I would just put you in mind of it."
"I did not feel poor," said the
poor boy, because riches do not se
cure happiness, and poverty is not
the greatest evil. I can see that with
riches a person may lack knowledge
and a good disposition, which are far
C. B. WILLIAMS.
Garner, N. C.
bank at Benson, on January 22, 1903.
On January 30, 1903,. they blew the
safe of W. G. Shoemaker in Charlotte,
securing $250 and two marked nick
els, afterwards found in possession
of Wilson on his arrest at Monroe.
They also blew two safes at Matthews
on January 31, 1903, only obtaining
a small sum of money.
Jefferson's birthday will be cele
brated next Saturday. While fifty-
seven different varieties of Jefferson
ians interpreters and mantle-wearers
discourse, he and the muse of his
tory will take to the cyclone cellar.
New York Tribune.
The Manager Dumb on Wage Ques-
Norfolk, Va., April 6. At the office
of General Manager T. F. Whittelsey
of the Seaboard Air Line Railway it
was to-day declared that Mr. Whittel
sey had no statement to make either
way on the demands being made by
the engineers of the Seaboard for a
10 per cent general increase and 15
per cent increase for switch engi
neers. As to whether the Seaboard
expects to take any action on the sub
ject one way or the other, no state
ment could be heard at Mr. Whittel-
Official Count of Vote in Chicago.
Chicago, April 6. -The official can
vass of the vote of last Tuesday was
completed last night by the election
commissioners. Chief Clerk Isaac
Powell started that the total probably
will be computed to-day in time to
file with the county clerk.
Mr. Busse lost seventy-eight votes
in the thirty-five wards of the city
in the canvass, while Mayor Dunne
gained 115 votes. Keep apparently
lost eighty-three votes. Brubaker
gained forty-one votes. It appeared
that the traction ordinances gained
about 300 votes.
Senator Beasley's Long Quest in Vain.
Norfolk, Va., April 5. Ex-Senator
Beasley of North Carolina, father of
the lad of whose abduction Joshua
Harrison was recently convicted at
Elizabeth City and sentenced to twen
ty years in the penitentiary, has just
returned from a 3,000 mile trip in
search of the boy, a greatly disap
The child who was said to have
been of the description of his son an
swers the description almost exactly,
but proved not to be the missing boy.
Three Blowers of Safes Sentenced.
Mocksville, N. C, April 6. The
three safe-blowers on trial here for
robbing the bank at this place plead
guilty and threw themselves on the
mercy of the court.
Judge Moore then sentenced them
as follows: That Wood and Rogers
each be imprisoned in the State
Penitentiary at hard labor for the
term of two years and six months,
and Wilson be imprisoned in the
State Penitentiary for the term of fif
Investigation shows that these men
were tried and sentenced at Green
ville, S. C. . for robbery of the post
office at Greers on January 16, 1903.
They appear also to have been im
plicated in the safe-blowing of the
The Dog That Found Himself.
When Homer Davenport visited
Turkey and the desert bordering
the Euphrates last summer in search
of magazine material for the Wo
man's Home Companion, he picked
up a tribal dog and gained from the
incident a novel and interest insight
into dog life as found in the desert.
While out walking on the evening
of our arrival, with Haflz and Sheik
Ali," says Mr. Davenport, "I saw in
one tent a litter of puppies. There
were four big, husky youngsters in
the litter, and the father and moth
er. The largest of the puppies, white
with black ears and a spot, strolled
out to see us. I stooped and petted
him, whereon he fell upon his back
with his heels in the air. He enjoy
ed the petting and I could see him
glancing back at his family as if
wishing that his prominence in be
ing noticed would be seen by the
"At that time I couldn't under
stand all that this look meant, but 1
learned later. The puppy was get
ting so big that his own father was
unkind to him. He knew of the un
written dog law of the desert tribes
which sent every male puppy forth
to hustle for himself at a very early
age. He knew that his only salva
tlon rested on his success In getting
some tent owner to adopt him, and
he also realized that he. must find a
tent pretty soon. Only that morning
his father, a big, wolf-like animal,
had growled at him in a manner he
could not mistake.
"When he heard that menacing
growl my puppy felt his hair rise
along his spine, and he knew thai
his strength was not yet sufficient
for him to give battle to the old man
He had seen other puppies fight for
the home; he had seen, not so many
days past, one big pup in the second
tent whip the father and assume
charge of the tent. If my puppy had
been able to speak and his
words' could have been translated
into American, I am sure he would
have said something like this:
" 'Well, it's up to me to get a hus
tie on pretty quick or dad will be af
ter me.' .
"During my next stroll I stopped
and petted him again, and that time
we knew each other a little better.
He was still as bashful as most pup
pies are who haven't shed their pup
py teeth, but as we finally parted I
saw him look at me with a long,
hopeful expression, and in that ex
pression he seemed to tell me that he
was a youngster with a purpose in
" 'My dad don't understand me,' he
appeared to say mournfully. 'You
know as well as me that boys gen
erally stay home until they're twenty-one,
but in my case I've got to get
out when I'm only thirteen. Tough,
"Well, that evening at the tent,
after the Bedouins had gone, we saw
a big white baby head with black
soft ears appear under the flap. We
sat and watched while a soft, fluffy
body followed the head, and then we
knew that our puppy was returning
our visit in true Bodouin fashion."
The puppy after adopting Daven
port followed him across the desert.
Then came the final scene in the
"Sheik Ali had galloped his horse,
a fine Kehilan Ajuz, on a mile ahead
to the tent of his own tribe, and pres
ently the horsemen came riding to
ward us, carrying long spears. My
attention was taken by the superb
horses four bays, two grays and a
chestnut. As we drew nearer more
people came to meet us, and the ex
citement was general. Near the
Sheik's tent, large and well con
structed, were several Bedouins kill
ing a sheep for dinner. All the dogs
In the neighborhood were watching
"Suddenly, when we were about to
dismount,' a number of wolf-like
dogs, big and ferocious, came tearing
up to us, and before any one could
interfere, my poor puppy went down
before the attack. It was over in a
moment. The tribesmen drove the
hounds away, but only to leave, torn
and disfigured, the youngster, my
volunteer body-guard, my puppy who
had left home for me.
"I felt as if I could destroy all the
dogs of the desert for this wanton
murder. To me it meant more than
the loss of a dog it means the pass
ing of a love that could not be bought
for money. The affection of thia
puppy was spontaneous, and it was
mine, and although there were no
circling collars on him as he died, he
didn't whimper, he didn't turn his
tail, he died as he had traveled in
the shadow of the horse, and before
his master's eyes."
I have chosen the service of Al
mighty God, in whatever position he
pleases to place me, as the one object
of my life. To this great object I
have determined to devote all my
faculties of body and soul. But then
neither body nor soul can be sound
or healthy without innocent recrea
tion. Innocent recreation, therefore,
I will have I take it as a matter
of deliberate choice, not merely be
cause it gratifies me, but chiefly be
cause it is subservient to my end.-
Edward M. Goulburn.
Gentleman "Frederick, go up
stairs and tell my wife to stop her
singing. "Footman "That is not
my lady, sir; it's the cook. Shall
I?" Gentleman "No, for heav
en's sake, don't say anything!"