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Marble Rock Weekly, The (Newspaper) - February 22, 1900, Marble Rock, IowaCopyright. By j. P. Lippincott co chapter i. On the night of the 5th of december 1ss2, the first fierce storm of the win Ter was raging in Brooklyn. The wind howled and shrieked and Drifting Snow Clung in crusts on the windows. But the lire burned furiously in John Olmstead s Library where he sat in a comfortable Assn hair his skippered feet on the fender supposed to be listening while his Nephew Ilobert Stan in. Read aloud to him. The Oid Man was called crusty at Large und crusty he surely was. He stood Well up among the wealthiest men in Brooklyn and having been a widower almost All his life he had become so thoroughly accustomed to his Oumi Way that lie had outlived even the passing suggestion that there could by and possibility be any other Way. Lie was supposed to be listening. His Warp in a it be. Determined stare upon the glowing coals. His fore head was furrowed. His right hand wandered restlessly Over his left Arm and shoulder As though seeking the seat of something that was out of or Der there. Lie was supposed to be listening but he was not listening. His mind was working Back some two and Twenty years on a night very much like this one Only later in the Winter when he sat before the fire in that same Library and read a letter disclosing to his Hor ror the fact that he had a two year Oil Nephew. Then it took another jump backward indefinitely and he thought of the Mother of the boy his Only sister Mary. From childhood he had supported her but when his Beautiful Young wife died and he really needed a sister to help him manage his grand Home Mary deliberately deserted him to marry a fanning fellow from away in some romantic unknown fellow whose Only prospects Lay in a. Few mis Erable mortgaged acres. It was made All the worse by the fact that Mary had stubbornly refused to marry Thaddeu Braddon John olm Stead s Best Friend who had been her devoted Lover from girlhood who was then in the West coining a great for tune ready to return to Brooklyn to live the moment Alary said the word. Join Jim steam Reineri Nereu new he had spoken his mind to Mary and How the. Only effect it had was thai never another word did he hear from her or her husband till the letter that came on that Stormy night. 22 years before written by the selectmen of the unknown obscurity announcing that his sister had died two a ears and her Hus Bajil a week before leaving nothing but debts and one male child two years old named Robert Stanton. It Noti fied him that the child would be held for a limited period subject to his or Der and in default would be advertised arid manipulated As town s poor. Of course the As John olm Stead called it was brought to his Brooklyn mansion and properly cared for but he had conceived such a Dis like at the Start that Robert Stanton grew up and actually left for College before the Lack of him about the House opened his Uncle s eyes to the fact that under his supposed dislike there had sprung up a great unreasoning unbounded fondness for the boy. From that moment there was Noth ing too Good for his Nephew in the old Man s estimation and the Happl St clays lie had know. Since his wife died were when Stanton came Back after graduating from the Law school settled Down in the old Home and opened an office in new York. The Young lawyer was not a Model done in Wax but a very fair result of the conditions under which he had been developing. Lie was rugged honest and refined. He had not the remotest idea of the meaning of such words As self denial or self sacrifice or of such a Quality As patience in suffering or and Vars ii. The utter Lack of feminine influence about the House left the genial and so Cial Side of his nature wholly undeveloped. He thought society a bore and society thought him cold and proud. Unlimited financial resources overburdened him with persistent friends till he easily fell into a Way of holding every one it Arm s length and constantly pushing lest they should come too near and annoy him. He was generous because it was agreeable. It relieved him of a surplus that would otherwise have been burdensome it rid him quickly and easily of disagreeable things in the line of philanthropic tramps. Wholly unwitting he won for himself a reputation for phenomenal liberality which connected with his Many conflicting characteristics produced the Universal conviction that he was sure to develop into a Prodigy of Genius. His Habi is were scrupulously Circum Spect chiefly no Doum because any rulers would have forced him More to less into some sort of society and underneath it All were sound native common sense and a rare adaptability to his profession. Thug far the Onia disagreeable life to which he had been obliged to Mymit Uncle s Tion that he should marry which effectually established in him. A determination never to do anything of the kind. It was not conscious stubborn Ness. It was simply unbroken nature instinct. This was the path Over which the old Inan s thoughts were wandering while his right hand wandered his left Arm and shoulder and some times Down along his left leg and knee. Stanton noticed the inattention and once or twice glanced up Between the lines. He fancied his Uncle Vias not. Feel ing Well and would have been glad to offer some Relief but perfect health was the one thing upon which John Oliu Stead prided himself and which it was never Safe to question. His one boast always pushing his fingers through his White hair was that he had never consulted a physician in his Iii e. The tall clock in the Corner began a ii Aini Hie Ciuck m the great Tower a few blocks away joined it a single stroke behind. One was regulated by Jona Olizi stud. The other by the official timekeeper and for More than 20 years they had told the same Story As they were telling it to night. Stanton phased for an instant and glanced at his Uncle dropped his Book and sprang to the Arm chair. The old Man s face was hushed. His forehead was wet. Ite was awake but he breathed like one sleeping too heavily. In a wild stare his eyes were fixed cd his left hand. With his right hand lie clutched the sleeve of the left Arm. Lifted it a Little Way and let it fall muttering dead Robert. stauton rang for Sam the general whispering or. Morton Sam. He Sam staggered out into the raging storm his mind struggling with the fact that the master was ill much As his body struggled in the drifts. He was trying to do two things at once which was always too much for him and be tween the two he blundered and rang the Bell at the door of Rev. Or. Borden s Home. 3ohn Olmstead was not a communicant but he was a highly valued and respected supporter of or. Borden s Church. The Good doctor opened the i floor . Rom shouted frown t to storm or. John Olmstead is sick sir. then discovering his mis take lie started away without a word of to summon or. Mortor. A single glance told the physician Why he had Bacn Cal cd. Lie asked a few questions chiefly to test the mind and the face musics looked into the patient s eyes and kneeling began to manipulate the left leg and Arm. Said John Olmstead impatiently. Or. Morton did not Stop his Examina Tion but spoke slowly i should say it was a slight stroke of apoplexy probably caused by an in material Haemorrhage on the brain. There is still sensation Here. I think it will steadily return and in two or three weeks you he the pulse in the right wrist. Quickly he followed it to Elbow and his face changed As he uncovered the patient s Chest and began a careful examination about the heart. Olmstead muttered nervously. As though thinking Aland being called upon for an opinion before it was fully formed the plan Simian replied there s a Enlar St ares of he Art dullness and an accentuated second sound and murmur. I m afraid the apoplexy came from heart disease and arterial degeneration. Are you under treatment for your had a doctor in my John Olmstead muttered. Your heart must have Given you a great Deal of never troubled me at no shortness of of course. I m growing climbing i m too heavy for stairs. I gave up leaving the ground floor Long ago unless there is an does t excitement give you Pali sometimes. I smoke too cold Only of course when i am out of or. Morton sat Down facing the patient with his Back to the fire. Every one has weak Points or. Olm he said. Yours is your do you mean that i m in a condition where i might go without the old Man , nervously seem ing suddenly to grasp the situation. Or. Morten watched his face thought fully for a moment and answered Olmstead called. A a weak trembling voice go for judge it Ssell. Bring him Back with Yon at is my mind right can i make my he asked As soon As Stanton left the room and being reassured by the physician he sat in silence till judge rus Ell came and they were left alone together. I should have taken your he Hegnin but fortunately it is not too late. I it oped that Bobert would Martt first that the other one would die Don t mention the other Cue s name in the will. Say to the next heir after Robert if he will surrender All claims and those he paused a moment to gather strength. Slowly he mentioned some minor bequests three men to act As trustees and added Lethe rest be held in Trust for Robert for ten years. Let him e the use and income and if he marries let it All be his at if he should not marry in the ten judge Russell asked. He will he Olmstead exclaimed. Hell not be such a fool. If he he Don t care for me or i i men Lei ii go Viii re it win. The other one can t get it if he signs off for the ten thousand and i Don t care who else has it ii Robert Don t want it. Write quickly. I m not Well. I feel the rest returned and did what they could for the patient while judge rus sell wrote. The storm was still increasing and to add to it the tire broke out destroyed the great building supporting the Tower with the clock which had so Long kept Pace with the clock in Olmstead s Library. Thousands must still remember How the hands of that clock moved steadily while All the building beneath it was wrapped in flame How the great Bell rang Clear and loud above the storm above the roaring and hissing of the water above the groaning and throb Bing of the engines and the shouting of the men How it struck the hour of Midnight like a grand triumphant peal less than two minutes before the roof and the Walls fell in with an awful crash stopping the wheels but leaving j the Tower with its Burden still standing like a grim minaret rising out of the ruins for there was something ghostly in those Long Black lingers that for Days remained there solemnly pointing to two minutes past twelve. The engines were heard above the storm in the Library and the Glare tinged the curtains closely drawn Over the Long windows but the lire received Little attention from the anxious ones gathered there. When the writing was finished olm read the will and in a More natural voice remarked it is Correct. Give me the Rev. Or. Borden signed As the first witness and a moment later judge Russell handed the pen to Sam. Sam was unused to writing. The solemn scene the intense excitement a vague sense of responsibility bewildered him and he made slow work at it. Judge Russell could hardly endure the delay. He had left his wife with a sick child at Home without so much As telling her that he was going out. He glanced at his watch As he handed Sam the pen. Great heavens it s 12 o clock. Hurry Man he whispered. Sam tried to hurry and was so much the slower in consequence. The Tali dead Robert. Deal clock and the clock in the Tower were striking. Lie nervously fingered the pen till they had ceased. Stanton was kneeling by the Arm chair holding his Uncle s hand. Or. Borden stood be Hind the chair with a word for Comfort or courage when it could be spoken. As the last stroke sounded olm Stead turned his head resting on the Back of the Arm chair till hit eyes looked up at the portrait of a Beautiful woman hanging above the lire and slowly he repeated twelve o clock and All is at last Sam finished writing. Judge Russell Bent Over him took the pen wrote for an instant suddenly the room seemed to vibrate and shudder. The Dull outlines of the windows glared brighter than the lights of the Library. The awful crash of the falling Walls and the shriek of the crowd about them sounded. Judge Russell caught up the will and hurried front the House. Stanton Felt a twinge contract the hand he was holding for getting the years that had made a Man of him he Laid his Cheek upon it. Or. Morton glanced at the patient s face reached his heart waited a moment and laying his hand on Stan ton s shoulder said my Friend it is Over. Lie is reverently or. Borden repeated the dying words twelve o clock and All is chapter ii. The natural adjustments which time brought about had Little Comfort for John Olmstead s Nephew. The one disagreeable feature in the past which he had not been Able to put away was his Uncle s determination that he of should marry. Now the whole world seemed to have risen up to carry on the argument. It was natural enough that social at Tention should be More drawn to him than Ever and especially to be expected that the trustees. Judge Russeli and or. Borden knowing of the condition hanging a ser him should lose no Opportunity to presort such of their friends As might Aid him to meet it. Stanton failed to grasp the natural philosophy of it however and realized a of that for disagreeable. The Tut Trtat to Uncle being dead we yet speaking Only held him the More firmly in instinctive , and where John Olmstead s arguments failed there Wai Little Hope that the rest of the world could succeed. The Only result Wai that Stanton shrank More and More from society and delved deeper and More earnestly in his profession. It was an excellent thing for Hii Progress at the bar and he really began to develop into what everyone had pre of i Prodigy. Straightway it began to be commonly acknowledged that he was one of the shrewdest Cross examiners in the state. It Only tended however to make society More charitable with his eccentricities and More relentlessly adoring. A weak Man would have yielded at once a Strong Man never. Stanton wag neither. He had elements of strength but he was not Strong. After five years of it he said to him self i believe that the Only Way to make life Worth living is to have a wife to attend to the social there s no sense in a social Side any Way. What does it amount to but it is and apparently it is something that always will be. I can t attend to it. But i m always expected to and evidently i be either to keep on making excuses or making myself miserable All my life or else to find a wife who will attend to it for to be Coxel Puetx grandmother s birthday. A gentle vainly boy. A gentle boy a Manly boy is the boy 1 love to boy an uptight boy is the toy of boys Lor me. The gentle boy guards Well his lips t to. 1 c the Manly boy will stoop to meanness nor deceive. An honest boy Cli prs to the right through seasons foul Ami a upright boy will faithful be when trusted anywhere. The gentle boy the Manly boy. Upright and honest too. Will always find a Host of among the Good and True. He reaps Reward in Good finds Joy in giving Joy and the right to Bear the a gentle Manly l. Charles in the evangelist. A boy s peasantry. How a Lori flit clip Hugo Milken consider fable Money in quite n Way. How the event is celebrated Amoute the poor pc Sims of the Tsyrul. It is charged by some foreigners who visit this country that americans Are less deferential to the than Are the people of other countries. It is cer Tain that we might a Arii something from the simple peasants of the Tyro in regard to giving to the aged the Lov ing and Dutiful homage to which their declining years entitle them. An Exchange gives the following from a Pri vate letter the morning of our arrival we were awakened by the sound of a violin and flutes under the window and hurry ing Down we found the Little House adorned As for a or the door and breathing the High chair which was set in state. The table was already covered with gifts brought by the Young people whose music we had heard. The whole neighbourhood were Kinsfolk and these gifts came from uncles and cousins in every far Oil degree. They were very simple for the donors Are Ted gloves a shawl a Basket of Flowers jars of fruit loaves of bread but upon All some Little message of love was pinned. Is there a Bride in the 1 asked of my landlord. " Ach Weinhe said. We do not make such a other about our Young people. It is our grandmother s birth Day White apron and High Lehet Cap was a heroine All Day. Sitting in state to receive visits and dealing out slices from a. Sued loaf to All who came. 1 could not but remember certain grandmothers at Home just As much loved As she probably but Dull Sau lives were never brightened by any such pleasure As this and i thought that we could learn much from these poor Moun companion. Her thoughtfulness. Wallace Evans k slender 13-year-old lad in knickerbockers owns the largest peasantry in the West Selling Sod eggs in a season and hatching nearly As Many Birds. Sueh an Enterprise conducted by a boy is generally a makeshift but the Juhans pheasant a is perfect in construction having about 173x200 feet under wire with the latest improved Hatcher and houses. It is divided into a network of special Yards every Gate closing and Locking automatically so there is no danger of the Birds escaping. The flock of Gold pheasants is a gorgeous sight with their Brilliant yellow Heads capes of Orange and Blue lined with void Green Scarlet bodies burnished wings and Long Graceful tails Dot Ted with Black. They Are a fad among the fanciers and their Price is increasing As they now bring 530 a pair. The beautifully plumaged Hen lays 30 eggs in a season which Are Worth ten dollars a dozen. He has a Large number of English pheasants furnish ing a Fine contrast to the Golden Beau ties. They Lay from 50 to 75 eggs which Are readily sold for five dollars a set tin g. His Covey of quails would make a Hunter s heart leap As they ily to cover the dear creature was looking Phenil to the time when she would Xot him. Beautiful my the elderly millionaire who had mar ried the famous Beauty regarded the watch Chain admiringly. A very delightful birthday he continued beaming upon his fair Young wife. So massive and yet in such excellent i am so glad you like she observed. It was so cheap too. Just think it Cost Only Only echoed the millionaire in astonishment. Fifteen dollars for this solid Gold of of course it in t solid she interposed. You could never get a solid Gold Chain for that Price what is it. Why Gold filled to be i said her husband stroking his Chin reflectively. But Why this sudden Streak of Economy Don t you think i can afford to Wear a solid Gold of course you she asserted. is to last fur ten said the millionaire inquiringly Well she concludedafter1 some hesitation As that is quite As Long As you Are Likely to live i thought it would be foolish extravagance to pay any Eyre in woman s companion. A Frank one slut a Frenchman who was not regarded As one of the sort of men who would seek the Field of Honor averred in the presence of a group who were talking about duelling that he had once participated in a Duel. Tell us about they called out. Well you he said they us our pistols. Mine appeared to be All right. I looked at Cap the everything was a order. Buti Didu i go Why did t because i went com Pantori. Zolck work. Said or. Wickwire. What is asked wife i was just reeding care a lot on wheat being taken Frow the threshed ground and Antt Case of indigestion in leu Tui Jour Max. Feeding the pheasants. With a whirr of wings and warning cries. The old Birds were imported from Tennessee where thousands of the luckless Birds follow i Trail of Grain leading into a wire enclosed Cor ral and Are then shipped to breeders. In the can Sci of each Yard is a neatly stacked pile of Brush and Straw which affords a native Retreat for All the Birds. The English pheasants Are very Hardy and frolic in the Snow and ice like children but the Golden hover in their bitter cold weather. Wallace also raises canaries on a Large scale and his aviary is an Ideal place for the songsters never dream they Are imprisoned. Their Breeding Cage is a building 15x20 feet filled up with branches and boughs where they build their nests like wild Birds and their play Cage is 20x30 feet. A red Squirrel with a splendid Brush is their sole com Panion. Then there Are fancy chickens. Golden polish with dazzling feathers that look As if they had been dipped in gorgeous dyes and Black polish White crested fowls whose snowy bonnets Are like nodding chrysanthemums. Fear crop. The timid Quail comes at his whistle. He will have a Large exhibit at the fourth annual show of the Chicago poultry and pet Stock exhibition in january and experts to add to his Fine collection of first prize ribbons. Taken As a whole the peasantry reflects unbounded credit on its Boyish proprietor who in addition to having the sole care of it is finishing the eighth Grade course in the Oak Park Louis Globe Democrat. Did t Tell truth one night a Young Man in divinity Hall at Yale undertook with a toy Rifle to hit a lamp but his aim was poor and the Ball passed through the win Dow of an eminent professor of Sci ence and hit the Wall. This was an Opportunity for science and the pro to work computed tin carve and traced the Ball right Back to the room of an who did t even know that the Rifle had been fired. In vain the student pro tested his innocence. There were the infallible figures to prove his guilt it might have resulted in his suspension when the real culprit came Forward and confessed. He convinced the pro Cessor that he had made a mistake of 300 fett in his figures and the Man of science was Only too god to drop the matter right pretty White Heron. How n Lvuv Bird helps the to hid Liui self of urn an what Are these Birds doing on elephants Back what is their object in pecking and clawing at his hide and seemingly trying their hardest to annoy and distress the great brute tis rather an impudent and proceeding one would naturally thick for with one sweep of his powerful trunk the elephant could whisk them All from his Back and crush them to rot Hiliet pc. I facts which will answer these questions. You must All know what parasites Art. Your dictionary or encyclopedia will Tell you that they Are of two great of the vegetable King Dom and these of the animal. In the Sirsi division or botany As it is other Wise named parasites Are plants which live directly of other plants and through their Root take their nourish ment from the larger growth and not from the ground. The orchids a wonderful species of Flower of which thera Are several Hundred varieties in the United states and several thousands in the tropics answer this description partially but though they live of tree 4 i Ali White herons at work. And other plants which arc rooted in the ground their roots in turn Are not fastened into the tree but arc exposed to the air and absorb food from it. The Mistletoe the Flower which with the Holly and other evergreens is used for decorations at Christmas time is however a Complete parasite and in habits the Oak tree usually growing in the crotches of its great branches. The Mistletoe brings us to the kissing Bug which is not of botany but of entomology which is a division of zoology and now we Are getting near to the elephant and the Birds. Naturalists Tell us that every living creature or growing thing has its Para site. Even the Flea they say which i3 in itself a parasite Kas smaller fleas to keep it scratching and annoyed. If this is a fact and the theory Correct and susceptible of further application then parasite to. 2 must have his troubles where does it Stop and what a terrible Case of Flea eat Flea it must he and what a source of satisfaction it would be to the poor dog to know How his Tor mentors Wero being tortured from the Flea to the elephant is a big jump but we will make it to the one v Ith the Birds his Back. The Birds Are there after parasites and that is the answer to the first question. One would think that the elephant with his wonderful endurance his comparative ignorance of pain and with a hide that is inches thick to protect him would be above be ing annoyed by Littie things but he in t. In the deep forests of. Africa where the elephant roams there lives also an insect called 1lu and a is his most hated and feared enemy. Against Lions and tigers against the great Rhinoceros even th6 elephant is As Well fortified As a battleship i Tii a but tiie tick is too Small to be fought. The Tough thick hide which is proof against the Elwawi of the icon and the thorns of the Jungle ii easy to the tick and he just bores it full of holes lie gets Down into Tho crevices or wrinkles of the elephant s bark and there he stays and gnaws and Chews and wriggles and scratches. To amount of rubbing against rocks or will relieve the smarting. But the elephant has a Friend a Birl Friend. No sooner is the tick comport ably situated than a pair of Bright piercing yellow eyes seeks him out Oil a Long slender Graceful Baak plucks Forth from his hiding and feasting. The owner of those eyes and that Bill is a Beautiful White Heron lie is Small of body loner of and hire of heart and and in Northern Africa he is said by thana Tives and Hunters to be the elephant s guardian Angel. The elephant seems to judge him so. Too for ugly tempered As he often is he is never Cross with the Heron or ibis As he is called in the Nile country. When the Long slender Bill sinks deep into his sore flesh As it sometimes docs he is patient with his Benefactor and bearing the pain without a twitch seems to know that it is for the Best. N countries where there Are no elephants the ibis seeks cab or animals and performs the same service for oxen and sheep which it does for the Mammoth of the Jungle and from this it comes to be called the cattle her commercial Tribune. Nor trained. The Boer Hories Are run Arkadiy Well trained animals and when the trans Vaal is to form an of firing line their horses Are taught to remain stationary As Oon As they feel the dropped Over their necks. Spider i Ankur in in inn. Spiders n Ninguem in Japan. They spin their webs on the talc Rapto and Are so numerous is to Causa a serious loss of insulation. Sweeping the wires does Litte Good As the begin Over again
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