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Fort Wayne Weekly Breeze (Newspaper) - April 27, 2012, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Loves Gallop. She mid i years ago took a ride through the wind through the Snow Side by Side through the fog through Tho Fen weary Laud a of vre jogged steady then loin in hand she and i Rode again pleasant dream slacker hands on the rein by a Stream never Mist never showers Why not sing trotting fast through the Flowers kissed by Spring. Through the Moss through the Fern through the heat Neath the Blue by the bum firm in seat Rosy cheeked a life or death 1�?o is our cry. Galloped now out of breath she and z. Faster still cares behind we outpaced on we Rode through the wind till we raced Side by Side. Neither gains Why not die ? still we hold to the reins she and i. Of i the turf How it rang to our steeds. As they raced anti they sprang Over the Meads 1 of Tho Woods and their Gold on the Lay when the reins fit a our hold slipped away. A Harper s Hopes. k. It. Columns. One afternoon a few years ago while on one of my bicycle rambles i found myself lazily pushing my wheel along the Beautiful Passaic Valley in new Jersey. There Are Many Little Beauty spots in new Jersey nothing very grand to Awe but Beautiful Hills and undulating valleys that Are As much sought for by the Lover of nature As the grand and Sublime and i know of no spot More picturesque and Lovely in this respect than the comparatively unknown Passaic Valley. Many of its delightful landscapes have been caught by the magic of my camera and adorn the pictorial record of my flights by wheel. On this particular afternoon i was making my Way along the Valley by a Road new to me and was enjoying from the Saddle to the fullest extent All the beauties presented. I dismounted at a Spring at the Roadside to quench my thirst and for a few moments rest. Peering through the tall thick hedge of Sassafras and cat Briers that grew where the Fence was supposed to be i was astonished to see a Short distance Back in the Field the deplorable ruin of what had at one time been a Large and elegant residence. A there is a Chance for investigation and a View a was my mental comment. So chaining my wheel to a sapling beside the Road i threw the strap of my camera Over my shoulder and made my Way to the old House. It was indeed a picture of desolation and neglect. The paint had Long since yielded to the action of the elements and the windows were devoid of Glas one Side of the entire Structure had fallen Down leaving the floors of the second and third stories swaying and stretching out As if in Blind attempt to reach the support which should be there. The wild Brier wound about the columns of the portico and rank weeds waved about the threshold of the dour. In contemplating this strange ruin i became lost in reverie As my mind conjured up what might be phantoms of its past. How Long i stood there i do not know when a voice near me asked a what do Jou see to Admire stranger a startled from my reverie i turned and standing near me was a Little old Man whose dress and kindly face betokened him to be something other than one of the people around there. He was dressed in Black and what was most noticeable about him was his Long White hair which fell in Graceful curls on his shoulders from beneath a Black Slouch hat. A individually nothing collectively All a i replied and then waited for him to speak again. A you Admire it collectively for its aspect of ruin Quot he asked. A can you Admire decay a a yes if it is he eyed me closely for a moment and then asked a you Are not of these parts a a no a i replied a i am travelling and in stopping at the Spring to drink and looking through the hedge i saw the House and came Over for a closer look at it. A a then a said he a you have never heard its Story. Come sit with me on its door Stone and i will Tell you something about so brushing the weeds from the Broad door Stone we seated ourselves and he told me the Story of the House. A this House since the Day it was finished has never been inhabited. No fire has Ever warmed its Hearth Stone nor has a Light at night Ever beamed from those now vacant and staring windows its Walls have never echoed to the laugh of youth or the. Sigh of age. It has been a House a Structure a never a habitation a Home. It was built by Daniel Pratt nearly half a Century ago. When he built this House he was in the strength and vigor of manhood at Twenty two. There is Seldom a human being starts on the Road of Kef with brighter prospects. All the lands around Here was his Birthright and Well filled Barnes spoke of the fruitfulness of tie soil. Itiat More natural with everything of fair Promise than that he should look about him for a wife and Hel meet. Daniel was handsome in those Days and More than one Lasa would have been pleased had she been asked to. Link her Fortune with his. In course of time Daniel began showing marked attention to the daughter of a Farmer living a few Jailes away and it was not Long before the gossips said that they were plighted. Belle Markham was pretty but she was rather harem Scarem and of course everybody said that she was not the woman for Daniel Pratt. She was what you would Call a Tom boy in these Days she would ride the wildest horse or climb the tallest Chestnut tree. With her Rifle she would bring the Squirrel from his Perch in the Hickory or Stop the marauding Hawk in his Aerial flight. Daniel admired these wild ways and used to say a when we Are married Shell Settle Down All so he went along just As Happy As coaids be. Belle was his promised wife and that he might have a fitting place to take his Bride this House was built and i Tell you it was a grand House in those Days people came Miles to see the a big House a As it was called. Daniel superintended its construction himself and paid the greatest attention to every detail. When the House was finished then came the furnishing. The furniture All came from new York and with it a Small army of workmen from the City. Carpets such As had never been seen in thi3 part of the world were Cut and Laid Beds were draped windows were shaded everything in grand style and to Cap All a harpsichord that came from across the water was brought and set in the grand parlor. During All the building and fixing the to to Bride never once saw the House or any of its furnishings. Daniel had asked her to come but she had a whim that she did not want to see it until she went there As lii3 Bride and Daniel much disappointed Humoured her. At last everything was finished and in order even to the sparkling glassware on the sideboard and the Wood in the great fireplace ready for the spark. The Day of the wedding came and Daniel with a Gay cavalcade of his friends set out to claim his Bride. A a they were heartily welcomed at the Markham Homestead and the Bride in apparently the Best of spirits withdrew to prepare for the ceremony. The time for the ceremony came Tho guests were ready the minister in his Robes stood waiting but the Bride tarried. Five ten fifteen minutes passed but. She did not come. One of the girls was sent to hasten her. And came Back with a blanched faced. She was not there. Her bridal dress Lead not been touched. A fall was confusion in an instant lights flashed to and fro men muttered and hurried away women wept and wrung their hands the Bride had disappeared As effectually As though the Earth had opened and swallowed her. The Story of Ginevra rushed to their minds and every place was searched. At last they went to the stables to get the horses to search Tho roads when they discovered that two of the horses were missing. This added to the complications concerning the missing Bride. They were soon set at rest however by one of the farm hands a half witted fellow approaching Daniel and giving him a letter. What had been a growing suspicion in his mind was confirmed. His promised wife had tied with another. Her note told in a few words that she had tied with her Cousin whom she loved better than Daniel. A a upon inquiry of the bearer of the letter the farm hand said that it was Given him by a lady whom he did not know who told him to give it to or. Pratt when the clock struck 10, and not thinking that it might have any bearing on the disappearance of the Bride kept it until the clock struck As requested. A she had gone with her Cousin a sort of never do Well a Sailor who was a former Lover and who had returned just in time to coax her off with him. A Daniel ordered that they should not be pursued and Rode Back Home speaking never a word to any. He spent the balance of the night in his House alone they would not leave him until he promised to do no harm to himself. The next morning he locked up the House and made a solemn vow that no one should Ever live in it but that it should stand As a Monument to his ruined Hopes and blasted life. He was a strange Man this Daniel Pratt. A years passed and the House was never opened Moth and Mould silently did their work. One night in a heavy Gale this Side of the House fell Down and it was something sad to see the rooms All set As they were locked up. After that the things began to disappear nobody knew How and now everything Lias been carried away except the harpsichord Aud that you can Seo standing in the old parlor vet. A word was taken to Daniel that the old House was falling to pieces but he would not have a Nail driven in it to save it his orders always were a let it alone a and when told that the furnishings were disappearing he said a let them go they May do some Good. A he never married but went to work on the farm a terribly changed my he Seldom spoke to any one except to give orders and would sit for hours alone but Many of the poor people bless him. There is Many a Load of Wood and sack of flour that find their Way to the door where they Are most needed and at the proper time. A word came a few years after Belle ran away that the ship commanded by her husband had been lost at sea and All on Board had perished. After that they said that the House was haunted and people have Given it a wide berth. Time is doing its work and the old House will soon crumble and fall to dust As will the body of its owner. It is a sad Story stranger Ponder on it. It May do you Good. Coo Urbye forever the old Man arose and before i could say a word passed rapidly amp from sight in the gathering Twilight which had come without my noticing it so fixed had my attention been by the strange recital. I arose As in a dream and hurried Back to my wheel. As i forced my Way through the hedge a countryman who chanced to be passing looked As me in open mouthed wonder. A did you meet any one on the Road above Here a i asked. A yes a a he replied. A who was it.?" i asked again. A Daniel Pratt a god bless him a was his reply As he eyed me half fearfully and moved rapidly away in the gathering darkness. A Yankee Blade. Lincoln on april 23, 1801. A Lincoln by nature and habit so Calm so equable so a demonstrative nevertheless passed this period of interrupted communication and isolation from the North in a state of nervous tension which put All his great Powers of mental and physical endurance to their severest trial. Gen. Scott a reports though invariably expressing his Confidence in successful defense frankly admitted the evident danger and the president., with his acuteness of observation Aud his rapidity and correctness of inference lost no single one of the external indications of doubt and apprehension. Day after Day pre diction failed and Hope was deferred troops did not come ships did not arrive railroads remained broken messengers failed to reach their destination. That fact itself demonstrated that he was in ironed by the unknown and that whether a Union or a secession army would first reach the capital was at Best an uncertainty. To a coarse or vulgar nature such a situation would have brought Only one of two feelings a either overpowering personal fear or overweening bravado. But Lincoln almost a giant in physical stature and strength combined in his intellectual nature a masculine courage and Power of logic with a sentimental tenderness As delicate As a woman Saud an Ideal sensitiveness of conscience. This presidential Trust which he had assumed was to him not a Mere regalia of rank and Honor. Its terrible duties and responsibilities seemed rather a coat of steel Armor not Only heavy to Bear but cutting remorselessly into the Quick flesh. That one of the successors of Washington should find himself even to this degree in the hands of his enemies was personally humiliating but that the majesty of a great nation should be thus insulted and its visible symbols of authority be placed in jeopardy above All that the hitherto glorious example of the Republic to other nations should stand in this peril of Surprise and possible sudden collapse the Constitution be scoffed and jeered and human Freedom become once More a by word and reproach this must have begot in him an anxiety approaching torture. In the Eves of his countrymen and of the world he was holding the Scales of National destiny he alone knew that for the moment the forces which made the beam vibrate with such uncertainty were beyond his control. In others society he gave no sign of his inner emotions. But once on the afternoon of the 23d, the business of the Day being Over the exec Xit Ive office deserted after walking the floor alone in silent thought for nearly half an hour he stopped and gazed Long and wistfully out of the window Down the Potomac in the direction of the expected ships Aud unconscious of any presence in the room at length broke out with irrepressible anguish in the repeated exclamation a Why done to they Como Why done to they come a a Century s life of Lincoln. Twin Brothers handwriting. I hear a Good Story on a couple of Lewiston men. They Are twin Brothers and the most remarkable in some respects that Ever existed. Both Are of scientific artistic turn of mind and remarkably capable in Many ways. The most curious thing to me however is the fact that their great resemblance extends even to their handwriting and has been a great Puzzle to Bank officials and everybody else. These Brothers Are inventive and have lately patented an important device. The Story As i heard it is that after the specification and affidavits Etc., Etc., were made it was required that both should make oaths and sign documents. They did so and the papers were sent to the Patent office. Not Long after their attorney received notification of irregularities in proceedings and soon the specified statement was made from the United states Patent Olliee that the Law required that both persons should sign Tho papers while in this Case it was very evident that one person had signed both papers. The lawyer smiled. Here was a direct statement. The United states Patent office experts did no to say that they a a thought that the names had been signed by the same person but they Deli Heatly stated in so Many words that one person had signed both names. He had to make a personal explanation to the Patent office and relate How wonderful is the wondrous Affinity of me journal. The widow deceived him. A your children All turned out Well j reckon a said a Man addressing an old acquaintance he had not seen for Many years. A Well yes All but Bill poor a drunk Licker i reckon a a to no never drunk no Licker but a in to amounted to nothing. Bill Wiz deceived and it ruins a love affair a a yes and a mighty bad she married some other Feller he a a Oil no she married him. She Wiz a Widder and let on Liat she was Well i off but she Wasny to. Way she Wasny table to get Bill a decent suit of clothes the week arte Thev Wiz married. Yes the poor fellow has lost Confidence. A curious facts about wills. The numerous instances on record of the trouble and litigation which have Arisen from the doubtful expression and intention of testator omissions loss of the document their destruction by vermin and otherwise would till an interesting volume. The delay too of men of property in making their wills till they become mentally incapable or death prevents their doing so As if it were executing a a death warrant a instead a simple business transaction is to be regretted. Among numerous celebrated cases May be mentioned that of the great real property lawyer the late lord st. Leonards whose will could not be found and was supposed to have been buried hidden about his person. Other eminent lawyers have failed to appoint executors omitted the Date or some important clause or word which has called for the intervention of the court and often resulted in depriving persons of what the testator intended them to have to the enriching of the others thus in some instances going to i it Rove that the a Man who is his own lawyer has a fool Lor a a Man will Seldom bestow the same thought and care on his own affair that he will on those of other people. Through a clerical error i have seen a marital control written a martial a for along time it was customary to begin the document a in the name of Lod amen i a. B., being of sound mind and body a and so on the intention evidently being to prevent questions arising As to the state of the testator a mind undue influence ete., but it is obvious that this Mere statement unsupported by evidence could scarcely a hold then again men formerly gave Back their souls to their maker. I once came across the probate of a will of a sea faring Man which ran a first i humbly bequeath my soul to god. My maker beseeching his gracious acceptance Anil forgiveness of All my sins my body i give to the Earth or sea As it shall please him to order. My worldly affairs i dispose of As most lawyers while properly resenting interference with their province a red tape a by a amateurs a often reap a Rich Harvest from the usual bundling of such meddlers. I remember a Case where a party had his will prepared and a codicil afterwards endorsed in proper Legal form. Requiring a second codicil he thought it an easy matter to add it himself and thus save expense. He wrote it All right taking the previous one for a guide and called in two a a credible persons who affixed their names As a a witnesses to its due but the testator had unfortunately omitted to sign it and it doubtless formed a Nice Point of Law for the Couri it to decide As to whether being written by the testator himself combined of course with the witnesses signatures and testimony it constituted a a execution of the codicil. The term a Cut off with a shilling has become the subject of a stage play and it bears a Well known relation to to wills. I question however whether there Are Many authentic instances of its having been actually employed in writing being perhaps More significant of a fathers threat to an offending son. I did however come across a genuine Case in the improved will of a Farmer written by himself in a memorandum Book in which he said inter Alia a i give to my son John one shilling Sterling Money of great Britain. A Detroit a a a re Prens. Their occupy lion Iwuc. Gradually step by step the Washerwoman has found her occupation gone. The increase of steam laundries has driven her to other Means of livelihood and where she once lived in opulence on the proceeds of clothes washed at the rate of �1 to $2 per dozen she now works out by the Day or does housework. John chinaman also has much to do with this worthy a downfall but his prices Are far in excess of either steam laundries or old fashioned Washerwoman. During the past few years Many improvements have been made in laundry apparatus. A greater part of the City of Troy is Given up to manufacturing concerns which turn out annually hundreds of thousands of dollars Worth of engines Ali Izzer Starc Liers and other machinery used in rapid washing of dirty Linen. In Brooklyn to Dav there Are no less than 300 steam laundries As against three four years ago. Many Brooklyn ites a few years ago thought to obtain clean collars and cuts it was necessary to Send them to Troy by express each week. A Large number of firms made Small fortunes catering to the whims of these capricious gentlemen and although it was claimed that laundry was sent up the River weekly by some it was thought to be washed in new York a visit to a Troy steam laundry is productive of interest. Each customer has a private Mark Aud although the clothes of 100 customers Are thrown into a vat and boiled they Are when starched and dried sorted out in separate and Correct piles. Brooklyn ites were at first inclined to look upon steam laundries with suspicion. They contended and with a Good Deal of truth that in passing through the machinery the collars and cuffs became worn and frayed. Acids too were sometimes used and these had a tendency to eat the Linen. The machinery used at first was crude. But Tou holes were frequently torn out while occasionally a Collar would emerge from the process devoid of its outside Linen. One of the most interesting pieces of machinery to be seen in a steam laundry is the a Lizzer. This machine a which dries the clothes makes 1,000 revolutions a minute and is similar to Tho sugar refiner in its methods of operation. The Only hand work done is performed in the searching room. Here women Are employed each be inf seated behind a bowl of starch into which they dip the collars and cuffs. In the sorting room Young men Quick of sight and possessing excellent memories Are Empio de. The average health of those employed in the hot rooms of a steam laundry is Good. While their wages Are not very High the women Are paid from $5 to $10 per week while the men receive from $6 to $20.�?Brooklyn finds. In a Lake in Berkshire a Large misshapen and unwieldy Chub was found so strange in appearance and unsightly in its movements that the most Apt zoologist could not account for its Lineal descent or say if it wa3 Piscatori or amphibious. The creature was found in a kind of Cage formed by the washed roots of an Elm tree by this Lake. When Young and much smaller the fish must have Gott into its strange prison. Limited to a Mere turn the wonder is that As it must have forced its Way in it did not Force its Way out but Here it was after years must have elapsed taking quite the form of the gnarled and struggling roots. With no room to develop the Tail had almost disappeared the dorsal Fin was altogether obliterated and the body had become very hard and the Scales like so much encrustation of mud divided into layers. The nose was so pushed in and the Gills so enlarged that when looked at full in the face it had Tia appearance of a negro whose face had been despoiled of its shining and oily surface. Indeed its existence was a matter of Marvel As the water subsided and increased at times so that in dry weather it had Only the moist Muddy Home and a sem fluid for its subsistence. When removed it seemed a Puzzle to know whether to class this strange discovery As a reptile fish or anything else. As some workmen were Felling Timber near Herne Bay they discovered in the Center of one of the Trees a cavity in which were the remains of a cat. The Skeleton was entire and some hair of a Sandy color yet remained on the skin. It is conjectured that the animal having entered a hollow part of the tree was unable to extricate itself and the Wood in process of years had grown around it. Curious finds have not infrequently been made in Trees. A some woodcutters in the Forest in Frommling made a it strange discovery. They began to fell a venerable Oak which they soon found to be quite hollow. Being half decayed it speedily came to the ground with a crash disclosing a Skeleton in excellent preservation even the boots which came above the knee were perfect. its Side were a Powderhorn a a porcelain pipe bowl and a Silver watch. The Teeth were perfect. It would seem to be the Skeleton of a Man Between thirty and forty years of ago. It is conjectured that while engaged in Hunting he climbed the tree for some purpose and slipped into the hollow trunk from which there was no release Aud he probably a lied from starvation. Another mystery was found in the heart of an Oak. From a tree of this kind a Large Block eighteen inches in diameter that had been knocking about in various Yards and woodshed was split up lately and in it was found a Auger Liole about three fourths of an Inch in size containing a Bunch of human hair done up in a piece of printed paper. The hair was near the Center of the Block and fastened in with a Pine plug. It was Aji patently put in when the tree was quite Small As the tree had grown Over the plug to the thickness of about four inches with the Grain perfectly smooth and straight. A Chambers journal. The Nutriment in oysters. Speaking roughly a quart of oysters contains on an average about the same Quantity of actual nutritive substance As a quart of milk or a Pound of very lean beef or a Pound and a half of fresh codfish or two thirds of a Pound of bread. But while the weight of the actual Nutriment in the different quantities of food material named is very nearly the same the Quality is widely different. That of the very lean meat or codfish contains what is called in chemical language protein compounds or a lies i formers a the substances which make blood muscle Tendon Bone brain and other nitrogenous tissues. That of the bread contains but Little of these and consists chiefly of starch with a Little fat and other compounds which serve the body a fuel and Supply it with heat and mus Eulalar Power. The nutritive substance of oysters contains considerable of both the flesh forming and the More especially heat and Force giving ingredients. Oysters come nearer to milk than almost any common food material As regards both the amounts and the relative proportions of nutrients and their food values of equal weights of milk and oysters i. <?., their values for supplying the body with material to build up its parts repair its wastes and furnish it with heat and Energy would be pretty nearly the same. A in. O. At Iva ter Wesleyan Wood Timber. Wagon Carriage plow makers Etc have for years been drawing their supplies of hard Wood Timber from Indiana Michigan Etc. But hereafter they will look mainly to the South where there Are millions of acres which the Axman has scarcely disturbed. Western Kentucky Western Tennessee South Carolina. Arkansas and the Northern half of the Gulf states Are now the United states great depositories of hard Wood Timber. There Are Over 10,0. 0.-Oou of acres in that Region yet of the Best hard Wood the United states Ever j Maine a Geisier ,
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