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RALEIGH, N. 0., THURSDAY, MAY 2, 1907.
LETTER FROM BILKINS.
Maj. Zeke Rilkins Introduced the
President at the Opening of the
Jamestown Exposition Betsy En
tertained Mrs. Roosevelt Roose
velt Rode Bob Major Rode Maud
The Fleets Fired a Salute in
; Honor of Bob and the President
The Opening a Grand Success
Bilkins Faced 250,000 in His In
troductory Speech The Big Show
a Success From the Start.
Correspondence Raleigh Enterprise.
y May 2, 1907.
Mr. Editur: The grate day haz
cum an' the President haz errived.
I interduced him ter a crowd ov
250,000, amid the hoorraws of awl
present. The President, after thank
in' me f er sich a nice presentashun
speech, faced the biggest crowd he
ever faced since the Spanish-American
War. He spoke ov the American
Injuns az bein' the fust settlers. How
the first colony sent out by Raleigh
"disappeared," an' the success of the
last colony. How the county haz ad
vanced in prosperity since Pokey
huntas saved John Smith's life, an'
a whole lot ov other good sense.
Betsy, during the speech ov the
President was standing near Mrs.
Roosevelt an' waz congratulatin' her
on the success of the President's
great speech. After the speech the
President rode Bob and I rode Maude
and we traversed the whole grounds,
takln' in awl pints ov interest. The
President paid high tribute to the ex
cellent qualities ov Bob, who behaved
with proper respeckt fer the distin
guished person who wuz ridin' him.
Maude carrid me with infinate
pride, knowin' that the President wuz
on Bob. On awl parts ov the
ground we wuz hailed with deelight,
an' the President expressed hiz ap
preshiashun at the pleasure he in
joyed from the ride. Me an' Mr.
Roosevelt then took dinner at the
Inside Inn, an' then parted, the Pres
ident goin' aboard the Mayflour, an'
he an' Mrs. Roosevelt took their de
parture for Washington.
Before the President an' wife left
the grounds, the warships fired a
salute in honor oy me, the President
The Big Show iz a success from
the start, an' will run till November
30th. More anon.
Yours az ever,
Maj. Bilkins has received a dis
patch from the President telling him
to ship the two bears caught at Ra
leigh by Detective Ike Rogers of the
Seaboard Air Line. Ed. 1
Death of Mr. Samuel Cooper.
Mr. W. Samuel Cooper, an aged
citizen of Barton's Creek Township,
died at the home of his son-in-law,
Mr. E. ' T. Piper, Monday morning
at 8.40 o'clock. He was sixty-five
years of age, and had been ill for
He had made his home for quite
a while with his only child, Mrs. E.
T. Piper, his wife having died several
The funeral was conducted from
the residence the following afternoon
at 3 o'clock by Rev.' J. W. Atkins,
and the interment was in the family
burying ground near the home.
How Johnny Was Cured.
Johnny was a great brag. A brag
is a boaster. If he heard a playmate
tell of something he had done, no
matter what it was, Johnny would
give a snort, and exclaim: "Pooh!
That's nothing! Who couldn't do
One evening the family sat around
the fire in the sittin-room. Papa was
readying, grandma and mamma were
sewing, Alice and Joe were studying
their lessons, when Johnny came
strutting in. He took a chair by the
table and began reading "Robinson
Presently Joe, who was younger
than Johnny, went up to his brother,
saying: "Look at my drawing.
did it to-day in school. Isn't it good?"
"Pooh! Call that good! You
ought to see the one I drew! It
beats yours all hollow!"
Joe was rather crestfallen, and lit
tle Alice, who had a sympathetic
heart, pitied her brother, and, going
to Joe, asked him to let her see his
"I wish I could do as well as you
do, Joe," she said, hoping to revive
her brother'o drooping spirits.
"Pooh !" sneered Johnny, "you
needn't try to draw ; for girls can't
make even a straight line."
It was not long before Mr. Boaster
left the room for a few moments.
When he came back, everything seem
ed to be going on as when he left.
Papa was reading, grandma and
mamma were sewing, and Joe and
Alice were busy with their lessons.
"At last I have finished my hem,"
remarked grandma, folding the nap
kin she had been hemming so indus
triously. "Pooh!" said mamma, contemptu
ously, "that is nothing. I have done
two while you are doing one!"
The children looked up quickly;
for who would have believed she
would have spoken so? It was not
like her to do so.
Grandma picked up another napkin
and began hemming it, but said noth
"Papa, look at my examples, please.
I have done every one of them, and
haven't made a single mistake," said
Alice, crossing the room to where her
father was sitting before the open
"Pooh, that's nothing," replied her
father, not even taking her paper to
look at it. "You ought to see the
way I used to do examples when I
was your age!"
Poor little Alice was greatly aston
ished to hear such a discouraging and
boastful remark from her generally
kind father, and she was about to
turn away when he drew her near to
him and whispered something in her
ear which brought the smiles to her
For a few minutes no one said any
thing, and work went on as before.
Johnny was deeply engrossed in the
history of Crusoe's adventuries, and
the other children continued their
"My flowers look so well! I be
lieve the geraniums are going to
bloom again," remarked mamma.
"Pooh! They are not half so
thrifty as those I used to raise. Why,
I had flowers all winter long, and
you have only had a few blossoms in
the whole winter," said grandma,
"What is the matter with every
body?" thought Johnny. He had
never known them to be in such a
humor as they were that evening.
When papa remarked presently
that he had stepped into the grocer's
and been weighed that afternoon,
and that he "tipped the beam" at 168
pounds, and that was doing "pretty
well" for him, mamma said, crossly:
"Pooh! You call that doing pretty
well? Old Mr. Benson weighs 225
pounds, and no one ever heard him
bragging of it."
Everybody laughed. Papa shouted.
It was such a surprise, and grandma
got up and left the room to keep
from choking with laughter.
Johnny saw them all look at him,
and after a minute or two began to
"smell a mouse," as the saying goes.
He looked rather sheepish the rest
of the evening. He wondered if he
was as disagreeable as the older folk
that evening when he boasted of what
he could do, or had done. He was
forced to admit that boasting sound
ed very unpleasant, and he resolved
to break himself of the habit. Our
Soft looking or delicate clouds
foretell fine weather, with moderate
or light breezes; hard-edged, oily
looking clouds, wind. A dark, gloomy
blue sky is windy, but a light blue
sky indicates fine weather.
Small, inky-looking clouds foretell
rain. Light scud clouds, driving
across heavy masses, show wind and
rain; but it alone may indicate wind
High upper clouds crossing the
sun, moon or stars, in a direction
different from that of the lower
clouds, or the wind then felt below,
foretell a change of wind toward their
After fine, clear weather, the first
signs in the sky of a coming change
are usually light streaks, curls, wisps
or mottled patches of white, distant
clouds, which increase, and are fol
lowed by a murky vapor that grows
into cloudiness. This appearance,
more or less oily or watery, as wind
or rain, will prevail, is an infallible
sign.' ' :.;;.
Usually, the higher and more dis
tant such clouds seem to be, the more
gradual but general the . coming
change of weather will prove.
Light, delicate, quiet tints or col
ors, with soft, undefined forms of
clouds, indicate and accompany fine
weather; but unusual or gaudy hues,
with hard, definitely outlined clouds,
foretell rain and probably strong
Misty clouds forming or hanging
on heights show wind and rain com
ing, if they remain, increase, or de
scend. If they rise or disperse, the
weather will improve and become
fine. Scrap Book.
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.
A Woman is Not a "Person."
A most amusing incident recently
occurred in St. Johns, New Bruns
wick, where a Miss Mabel French,
after passing her examination with
high honors, was denied permission
to practice law in the Supreme Court
because according to the "Act" only
"persons" were allowed tb practice
law, and "women were not persons"
-"only men were persons."
Soon after a woman was arrested
for drunkenness, and on trial plead
ed "not guilty," being "a woman"
and "not a person" therefore not
amenable to the law. The magis
trate found the law to read "that any
person found drunk was liable to fine
or imprisonment; and ruled that ac
cording to the decision of the Su
preme Court "women were not per
sons, and could not be imprisoned
nor fined," so the prisoner was dis
charged. As a result, the Legislature
promptly passed an "Act" "designat
ing women as persons;" so Miss
French was allowed her degree in
But no study of woman's political
progress - can be just that does not
take into account her rapid and
enormous development in the faculty
of organization, and in intelligent in
terest in public concerns. These are
absolutely essential to the formation
of a democracy, to the wise and safe
exercise of the suffrage; and it is
precisely in these that the phenome
nal record of the woman's movement
is most clear.
The strongest proof of woman's
long inferiority is her lack of associa
tion; only in religious bodies was she
allowed to organize; and the strong
est proof of her rapid approach to
equality is in the uncounted thou
sands who now gather together in
clubs and societies of every descrip
tion, charitable, reformatory, educa
tional, social, political; and of all
sizes, from the handful of the "La
dies' Literary" to the International
Council of Women, which in 1890
represented through its many con
stituent national organizations a
membership of six million. In the
next Quinquennial meeting of 1904
the National Councils joining had
doubjed in number, but the sum of
their respective memberships is not
at hand. Charlotte Perkins Oilman,
In the May Woman's Home Companion.
Our Christ-Like God.
It is Christ who has taught us that
to be God is not to be a mighty king
enthroned above the reach of his
creatures, but that to be God is to
have more love than all besides, to
be able to make greater sacrifices for
the good of all, to have an infinite
capacity to humble himself for oth
ers. If in Christ we find at last the
real nature of God, if we may always
expect such faithfulness and help
from God as we have In Christ, if to
be God is to be as full of love in the
future as Christ has shown himself
In the past, then may not existence
yet be that perfect joy our instincts
crave, and toward which we are slow
ly and doubtfully finding our way
through all the darkness and distress,
the shocks and fears, which are need
ed to sift what is spiritual in us from
what is unworthy? Marcus Dods.
Faithfulness is faith in operation.