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A. Difference of Opinion. – • [Newspaper Article] — Amador Ledger — 27 April 1900
A. Difference of Opinion. - • The fat man is sure he has paid his : fare to the conductor. He Is positive on this point, because he had only a nickel, and it has passed from his possession. The conductor is also positive, with no actual proof therefor, that the fat man has not contributed his mite to swell the coffers of the corporation. He demands the fare. The fat man for obvious reasons refuses. He announces in a bleat of rage that he'll see the conductor and the corporation elsewhere before he yields. The other passengers are wild with joy. They have no particular love for the corporation, they do not know the fat man, and if they met the conductor again they would not look at him. Passengers seldom do. They are loyal Americans. Behind the fat man's underlying principle there Is knowledge of a six mile walk, an angry wife, a cold supper and a neglected euchre party. He announces again that he will see the conductor elsewhere. Ha does. He sees the conductor in the street. The fat...
The White House Hall Box. [Newspaper Article] — Amador Ledger — 27 April 1900
The White House Hall Box. "An amusing thing that we frequently see at the White House," said one of the attaches there, "is the mailing of letters In the White House letter box by. visitors to the city. All visitors to Washington go to the ' executive mansion, and many of them notice the letter box In the vestibule just before entering the east room. Some of them decide to mail letters there, believing that these letters will contain the stamp of the White House. Of course It would be a great thing for a distant relative to receive a letter postmarked at the White House. "The other day an intelligent looking woman, accompanied by several grown daughters, asked me to lend her a pencil. I heard her say, 'Won't it be lovely to mail them a letter from here and let them see that we've been to the president's home?' She proceeded to write for some time, secured an envelope, addressed It and then proudly dropped the epistle In our letter box. She went off with a radiant face. She was sure ...
Made It a Burlesque. [Newspaper Article] — Amador Ledger — 27 April 1900
Made It a Burlesque. Franklin Fyles recalls some amusing first night experiences in his article on "The Theater and Its People" in The Ladles' Home Journal. One be relates Is of Laura Don, now dead: "She bad the role of an Egyptian princess in 'Fresh, the American.' . It was intended that she should be seriously and sentimentally Impressive, while the late John T. Raymond, the star of the company, should be contrastingly comical as the lover. But the audience would not have it so. Nor was it anything in Miss Don's appearance, for she was beautiful, nor In her acting, for it was clever, that made the people laugh. It came of a miscalculation by the author. The quick witted woman, seeing that she could not control the audience, resolved to humor It. By an exaggeration of speech and manner she turned the part into burlesque, and It was always after acted in that way." Mr. Fyles also tells that "in 'Cleopatra,' as produced by the late Fanny Davenport a general should have given to bis q...
The Iceland Dinner. [Newspaper Article] — Amador Ledger — 27 April 1900
The Iceland Dinner. In Iceland the native's dinner usually consists of dried fish and butter. The fish Is ling or cod, which, when caught, is split open and then hung on the lines by the seashore to dry in the cold winds and hot sun. When thus preserved, they . will keep for years, being as bard as the nether millstone. When wanted for dinner, the fish is well hammered by a stone mallet and then cut up Into strips. In this state Jt Is eaten, but it Is said that it needs an Icelander's teeth to get through the meal. The butter is not spread on the fish, but the two are taken alternately, first a mouthful of fish, then a mouthful of butter. It may easily be supposed that the Icelander Is thankful to have his jaws well greased after every mouthful of the tough morsel.
Bis Resentment. [Newspaper Article] — Amador Ledger — 27 April 1900
Bis Resentment. A Memphis young lady who is very fond of her sister's little child, a boy of 2 or 3 years, who is visiting her now, was trying yesterday to get him to let her "fix him up" tp have his photograph taken. She got her curling tongs and was trying to coax him to let her curl his hair. But with true boyish disgust at the idea of having his hair treated Uke a girl's he refused to submit to the process. She insisted, however, and offered him every kind of bribe, but in every Instance he refused to allow her to do what she wished, and finally, becoming tired of her attempt to get him to submit, he sat down, crossed his legs and looked up at -her very seriously and said: "Auntie, I tell yon what I'll do. I won't take a dollar to let you curl my hair, but I'll give you a dollar If you just go away and let my hair alone."— Memphis Scimitar.
Tro«t. [Newspaper Article] — Amador Ledger — 27 April 1900
Tro«t. Hoax— l believe everything my wife tells me. Joax— On general principles? Hoax— Yes; 1 think every man should believe about half he hears, and I prefer to believe the better half.-Ph-Ja-delpbla Record. In Madagascar silk Is the only fabric used In the manufacture of clothing. It is cheaper than llaeu la Ireland.
THE REGENT DIAMOND. [Newspaper Article] — Amador Ledger — 27 April 1900
THE REGENT DIAMOND. It Is Acknowledged the Most Perfect Brilliant In Existence. The "Pitt" (or "Regent," as it was afterward called) is the most perfect brilliant in existence, and its history is also very remarkable. It is said to have been f ounil by a slave in the Parteal mines in 1701, who to retain his treasure cut a bole in the calf of bis leg, in which he concealed it, although U is more probable he secreted it linong the bandages. The slave escaped to the coast with his find, where he encountered an English skipper, whom he made his confidant, offering, Indeed, to bestow upon him the stone In return for his liberty. • The mariner, apparently consenting to the slave's proposal, took him out to sea and when there drowned him, after obtaining possession of the diamond. Disposing of the gem to a diamond merchant for £1,000, it Is said the man afterward hanged himself in a fit of remorse. . • Mr. Pitt, governor of Fort St. George and great-grandfather of the illustrious William P...
MINERS AND MORPHINE. [Newspaper Article] — Amador Ledger — 27 April 1900
MINERS AND MORPHINE. \ Necessary Custom Which In Sot Pleasant to Contemplate. "When I was In the northwest," said :i gentleman with some money invested In mines, "I employed a prospector to go out into the mountains looking for properties which had been recommended to me. One day he was to have jtonu from our camp over Into a very rough and rocky district but when evening came he reported that he baJn't made the trip. " 'Why not?' I inquired. " 'Because I didn't have my morphine with me,' be responded in a very matter of fact manner. . " 'Morphine!' said I In astonishment. 'What has that got to do with it? You are not a morphine fiend, are you?' " 'Not as much of a one as you are a tenderfoot,' he laughed and proceeded to inform me that every prospector who knew his business always carried with him enough morphine to kill a man easily and that he did so in order to end himself quickly in case of an accident which would disable him far away from assistance. There were many Instances ...
An Absentmln'ded Professor. [Newspaper Article] — Amador Ledger — 27 April 1900
An Absentmln'ded Professor. I have a story. of a gentleman now engaged in educational work which Is, I think, somewhat remarkable and is also quite true. This gentleman was once professor of mathematics In a fine New England college. He was greatly Interested in the work and devoted himself so wholly to It that a natural tendency which be had to absentmlndedness became much accentuated. One day when he had guests at dinner and was helping them to fish from a platter he took a plate bottom side up, put a fish on the bottom of the plate and banded It thus to one of the guests. There was a laugh at once, and his wife said, "My dear, if your absentmindedness has gone so far that you are serving people food on the bottoms of plates, I shall Insist on your resigning your professorship." . She did insist on It, and he resigned and went Into another and more general field of teaching. He is still a little inclined to be forgetful— like some of the rest of us— but he has never since served f...
His Answer Was Reassnrlna;. [Newspaper Article] — Amador Ledger — 27 April 1900
His Answer Was Reassnrlna;. Mgr. Calino, the simple hearted and Ingenuous Frenchman, happened to be riding in a train in the same compartment with a lady who was in constant fear of a smashup. At every sudden stop, every jar, every sound of the bell or whistle, she cried out: "Oh! Oh! Have wo run off the track? Is It a collision? Are we going to be Wiled?" Calino paid no attention, but remained wrapped In solemn silence. Presently the lady said to him: "And you, sir, aren't you afraid of railroad accidents?" "ls'o|t I, madame," answered Calino reassuringly. "It has been foretold that I am to die on the guillotine!" The nervous woman went into hysterics and had to be removed from the train at the pest station. — Youth's Companion.
At the Theater. [Newspaper Article] — Amador Ledger — 27 April 1900
At the Theater. Fuddy— What do you laugh at that old Joke for? When I told It to you three months ago, you didn't even smile, and now you laugh at it as though you would die. Duddy— Yes, I know; I paid to get in here, and I'm bound to make the most of my pioney'g worth.— Boston Transcript.
Their First Stepa. [Newspaper Article] — Amador Ledger — 27 April 1900
Their First Stepa. "A man goes wrong," said the social sage, "from pure cussedness; a woman out of mere curiosity."— Philadelphia North American. If all the money In the world were divided equally among the people, each person would get about $30. Kissing the bands of great men was t Grecian custom.
CADENZA. [Newspaper Article] — Amador Ledger — 27 April 1900
CADENZA. Sing not to me, iweet. The gong that is sorrow. Hearts that are young beat With joy of tomorrow. Gilding the kind che*t With bliss that they borrow. Hearts that are old fear . Thought of lost gladness. Not for the duller ear itualc of sadness. "' .-;. Out and alas, dear, Memory is madness! ' •-Harriet Prescott Spofford in Woman'! Boms Companion. : : ■ : ■ ■ . :
ODD TOWN OF CULLODEN. [Newspaper Article] — Amador Ledger — 27 April 1900
ODD TOWN OF CULLODEN. The Liquor Element "Engineered' the Antls Out of the Village. "I reckon we've got the oddest town In our state that there is in the_United States," said a West Virginia man. "Ever hear of Culloden? I don't mean the clans of Culloden described by the poet Campbell. I mean Culloden, W. Va. Well, sir, about half the population of the town doesn't live In the town and can't vote in the town, although they are right in the town. "I'll explain. The good people, and they are in the majority, too, are down on saloons and liquor In any shape. They got. up a temperance meeting and purposed to drive the liquor men out of town. When you find a West Virginian who believes In liquor, you find a man who is ready to fight for It The liquor people got together and In some way got the confidence of the town engineer. I don't know whether be was a liquor man or not, but they got him on their side. The engineer discovered that the town was not laid out right and be got authority t...
A Palnfal Memory. [Newspaper Article] — Amador Ledger — 27 April 1900
A Palnfal Memory. A lady who lives on Morgan street took her 5-year-old son to a photographer's to have his picture taken. She was anxious to secure a good likeness at this particular sitting because she wished to distribute the pictures among some friends who were then her guests. }':. The child's idea of the affair, however, did not apparently harmonize with . that of his mother, for when the man with the camera began to adjust the lens and direct it toward little Edward that young person set up what was unquestionably a howl. In vain did the mother call into use her utmost forensic abilities. Edward did not want his picture taken. "Why, my child," she said soothingly, "the gentleman won't hurt you. Just smile and keep still a moment, and it will be all over before you know it" j "Yes, I know, mamma," whimpered the youth, with the tears running down bis cheeks, "but that's what you told me at the dentist's."— St Louis Post-Dispatch.
THE SAMPLE FIEND. [Newspaper Article] — Amador Ledger — 27 April 1900
THE SAMPLE FIEND. It Takes Lots of Material to Snpply the Sampler's Demands. Coming suddenly upon a salesman in a retail store who had a number of yard long lengths of new piques liberally sprinkled with those little price rags (the pins all stuck through the several thicknesses and bent down), one understood all at once t'e full Import of the demands of the sample fiend. Marked off evenly like a checkerboard, with 17 price tags lengthwise and sevfn to the width, which made 119 to the yard, the salesman was goIng over the lot with a pencil, setting down the width and price on each. At one store the one who Is at the head of each stock attends to the preparing of the samples of his particular stock. Thus the pique camples would be cut by one, samples of swlss by another, of organdie' by another, and so on. In the silk department one man, who Is kept for the purpose, does it all. And It takes all bis time. For people from a distance who do their buying by mail this is of course a very...