RALEIGH, N. C, THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 1907.
B1LKINS AT JAMESTOWN.
Everything on a Big Scale Mrs.
Bilkins Gets Excited - for Once
Will Soon Go to Washington A
Sketch of Grover Cleveland.
Correspondence of the Enterprise.
Jamestown, Va., June 2 6.
We air havin' lively times here
now big fires, an' everything iz ruri
nin' on a big skale. They wuz sev
eral hotels burnt up at Pine Beach
to-day, about fifty buildings in all
being burnt. I tell you hit made a
big blaze. The Inside Inn didn't
burn, but sum ov the outside Inns
went up in smoke.
Betsy wuz purty nigh exsited ter
deth. . She thought Judgment Day
wuz comin'. I told her ter keep
quiet, that if the whole country
would git ter burnin' I would take
her on Bob an' ride out inter the
ocean whar the fire couldn't cum,
but she wuz erfeard that her new
dress that she bought at Willow
Springs would git burnt up or git
wet, if we rid out in the ocean, so
1 couldn't passify her fer a long
They hain't got no "midway" at
the Expersishun, but they hev got
purty nigh everything else. I wish
Preserdent Roosevelt would cum
back down here fer a day or two;
I'd like to show him the sites. He
left too soon. But I reckon he hez
plenty ov things ter look at up in
Washington. When I go up there,
which will be soon, I am goin'. ter
try ter git him ter saddle up his
horse and cum back ter Jamestown
with me. Betsy will be gone home
then and we kin sorter paint things
up a little bit. They ain't nothin
like havin' things jist right. I've
bin sorter keepin' my eyes peeled
erround here an' am gittin' holt ov
the ropes now.
The longer I stay in Virginny the
more I larn erbout this kentry. Az
the skollars say, Virginia has a past,
awlso a present an' a future. They
Iz awlways sumthin' doin' in Virgin
ny. That State iz called the mother
ov Preserdents. At one time they
had a monopyly ov the Preserdent
business. But the other monopylies
and trusts sorter combined tergether
an' put Virginny out ov business,
New York then tried the monopyly
business an' put in Mr. Grover Cleve
land. He fished an' hunted ducks
an' messed up the White House
more or less an' cum purty nigh put
tin the country out ov business with
5 cent cotton an' 15 cent corn. That
put New York out ov the business fer
Bum time till she got in ergin by the
assassynashun of Preserdent McKin
ley, an' Roosevelt went in. Billy
Bryan got holt ov sum money an'
bought a farm in Virginny so he
could becum a son ov the "mother
of Preserdents," But Billy's rabbit
foot had got most too dry an' he
couldn't work it.
If I kin git Betsy ter go home pur
ty soon I'll go up an' git Preserdent
Roosevelt an' we'll send a tellygram
ter Billy Bryan, away out in Ne
brasky an' tell him ter cum an' meet
us at Jamestown, so we kin talk over
things in general an' the next eleck
shun in particular. If I kin git them
2 ter ride Bob eround a little I kin
tell whether Billy iz the rite man ter
run. or not. I wan ter stand in with
both ov them an' then I will git an
offis no matter which iz eleckted.
I'm a bang-up pollytishun nowydays,
and I wanter git in a posishun so
that when the perlitical lightnin' be
gins ter flash hit can't miss me. I
may deside a little later ter be a dark
horse candydate fer Preserdent.
v Az ever,"
Catnip at the Menagerie.
People who live in the country
know well the herb called catnip.
We have seen it produce exactly the
effect described here on a pet cat that
lived in the city where it could not
get the plant.
Some time ago an armful of fresh
catnip was picked and taken to Lin
coln Park to try its effect on the ani
mals there. So far as is known, cat
nip does not grow in the native
homes of these animals, so it was the
first time they had ever smelled it.
The scent of the plant filled the
whole place, and as soon as it had
reached the parrot's corner the two
gaudily attired macaws set up a note
that drowned thought and made for
the side of the cage, poking their
beaks and claws through. When the
catnip was brought near them they
became nearly frantic. They were
given some and devoured it, stem,
leaf and blossom, with an avidity
commensurate with the noise of their
The keeper and the catnip carrier
then made for the cage of Billy, the
African leopard. Before the front of
his cage was reached he had bounded
from the shelf whereon he lay, appar
ently asleep, and stood expectant. A
double handful of catnip was passed
through to the floor of the den. Never
was the prey of this African dweller
in his wild state pounced upon more
rapidly or with more absolute savage
enjoyment. First Billy ate a mouth
ful of the catnip, then he lay flat on
his back and wriggled through the
green mass until his black-spotted
yellow hide was filled with the odor.
Then Billy sat on a bunch of the cat
nip, caught a leaf-laden stem up in
either paw and rubbed his cheeks,
chin, nose, eyes and head. He ate
an additional mouthful or two and
then jumped back to his self, where
he lay the very picture of content
ment. In the tiger's cage there is a very
young, but full-grown animal. When
this great, surly beast inhaled the
first sniff of the catnip, he began to
mew like a kitten. Prior to this, the
softest note of his voice had been
one which put the roar of the big
maned South American lion to shame.
That vicious tiger and his kindly
dispositioned mate fairly revelled in
the liberal allowance of the plant
which was thrust into her cage. They
rolled about in it and played togeth
er like six-weeks-old kittens. They
mewed and purred; tossed it about,
ate of It, and after getting about as
liberal a dose as had Billy, the leop
ard, they likewise leaped to their re
spective shelves and blinked lazily
at the sun.
The big lion, Major, was either too
dignified or too lazy to pay more
than passing attention to the bunch
of catnip which fell to his lot. He
ate a mouthful or two of it, licked
his chops in a "that's not half-bad
way, and then went back to his nap.
The three baby Hons quarreled over
their allowance, and ate it every bit.
Daily Bettering Our Best.
Some men are content if they do
not fall behind their fellows; oth
ers, if they do not fall behind them
selves. But there are some who are
not content unless they are surpass
ing both others and themselves, and
becoming ever better men, superior
to conventional standards and to
their own best attainments. Edward
Bowen of Harrow was such a man.
It was said of him: "The desire to
make good better, and better best,
was with him an instinct." "He
found his happiness in habitual self
sacrifice. At all times he was insist
ent upon self-sacrifice, even in the
smallest things. Never take the cor
ner seat in a railway carriage when
other people are in the compart
ment.' " "He did not wish to be
known or remembered by men; but
he wished to serve and to be loved
by many friends. Above all, thought
he, to serve ; since to serve was the
duty, to be loved, only the reward."
"I don't know how it is, sir," a boy
said about him, "but if Mr. Bowen
teaches a lesson, he makes you work
twice as hard as other masters, but
you like it twice as much, and you
learn far more." It is the man who
is becoming better himself who sac
rifices himself. The stationary man
preserves himself. And it is the man
who sacrifices himself who can per
suade others to sacrifice their old
selves and to become better men.
Sunday School Times.
Mr. Angell, in Our Dumb Animals,
has this to say about fishing:
. Always kill fish as soon as they are
taken from the water by a sharp blow
with a baton or stick on the back of
They keep better, eat better, and
are in all respects better than those
that suffer just before dying.
The best fishermen in Europe and
America know this the suffering ot
any animal just before dying always
tends to make the meat unwholesome
and sometimes poisonous.
The writer recalls well when he
was a boy a Welshman and his fam
iy In the same village plied fishing
as his business. He and his boys
each carried a wooden mallet, and
as fast as fish were drawn in each
was killed at' once. Another fisher
man asked why he did it. He an
swered: "Would you eat cows' meat
that died a natural death?"
"Of course not."
"Neither would I eat a fish's meat
that died a natural death." From
The Young Churchman.
A girl may say she doesn't use
either powder or paint -may fool
some men, but sometimes she meets
the man who has had as much ex
perience as she and knows more
about blending it. Durham Sun.
Fourth of July Attractions at Points
Along Raleigh & Southport Ry.
At Fayetteville, N. C, a grand mil
itary display, commemorating March,
1865, when General Wade Hampton,
standing under the arch of the old
market house, killed with his pistol
a cavalryman advancing up Gilles
pie street. The Third Battalion of
the Second Regiment, composed of
the Sampson Light Infantry, the Max
to Guards, the Lumber Bridge Light
Infantry, and the Fayetteville Inde
pendent Light Infantry, will attack
and defend the old market house.
This building stands at the intersec
tion of two streets, and ample room
is thereby afforded for the action of
the companies and for spectators.
The afternoon train, due to leave
Fayetteville at 2.15, will be held un
til 4.40, thereby giving every one
ample time to view this great event,
and get back to their homes in time
for supper. And those wishing to
do so will have ample time to reach
Raleigh in time for the fire-works.
At Fuquay, the Annual Picnic
The grounds and springs have been
very much improved and beautified
a grand place to spend a pleasant
day. - .
At Raleigh. The white companies
composing the Raleigh fire depart
ment wil give a grand exhibition of
modern fire-fighting. Hose wagon
races, hand-reel races, hook and lad
der races, quick steaming and long
distance throwing of water by the
new steamer. All of these events
against the record time of previous
State Firemen's Tournaments. A
grand and elegant display of fire
works at night.
On account of the above special
occasions, the Raleigh and South
port Railway will sell tickets, re
turn limit July 5th, for one first
class fare for the round trip from
any point on its line. Tickets on
sale July 4, 1907. J. A. Mills,
President and General Manager.
Parlor Car Service Between Golds
boro, Morehead City, and Beau
fort, N. C.
Commenceing Saturday June 1,
1907, the parlor car Vance will be
operated on trains Nos. 2 and 3 be
tween Goldsboro, Morehead City, and
Leave Beaufort, 7.30 a. m., More
head City, 7.50 a. m., arriving at
Goldsboro at 11.20 a. m., connecting
with A. C. L. train No. 48 from the
South, No. 49 from the North, and
with the Southern Railway train No.
108 from the South, West and North.
Leave Goldsboro at 4.10 p. m., con
necting with A. C. L. train No. 48
from the South, West and North.
The parlor car fare, in addition to
the regular first-class fare, will be
for distance of 75 miles or less, 25
cents, and for 76 to 98 miles, 50
cents. II. C. Hudgins, General Pas
senger Agent; R. E. L. Bunch, Traffic
CHANGE IN SCHEDULE.
Durham & Southern Railway Com
pany In Effect May 5th.
This company will change its train
schedule, taking effect Sunday, May
5th. Sunday trains will be discon
tinued. Trains will leave Junction
points as follows:
No. 41 Leave Durham, 4.15 p.
m.; leave Apex, 5.15 p.m.; leave
Varina, 5.50 p. m.; arrive Dunn 7.00
No. 5 Leave Durham, 7.30 a.m.;
leave Apex, 9.15 a.m.; leave Varina,
10.45 a.m.; arrive Dunn, 1.00 p.m.
No. 38 Leave Dunn, 7.00 a.m.;
leave Varina, 8.05 a.m.; leave Apex,
8.35 a. m.; arrive Durham, 9.35 a. in.
No. 6 Leave Dunn, 8.45 a. m.;
leave Varina, 10.45 a.m.; leave Apex,
11.55 a.m.; arrive Durham, 2.15 p.m.
S. H. REAMS,
Gen'l Passenger Agt.