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THE CELLAR OF DEATH. A NIGHT-WATCHMAN'S STORY. [Newspaper Article] — Foster and Toora Mirror and South Gippsland Shire Advocate — 7 May 1914
THE CELLAR OF DEATH. NIGHT-WATCHMAN'S STORY. Do 1 think you inquisitive, sir? Nay, but I don't. "Tie only natural Xor anyone to ask a man who isn't thirty-five yet what "it was that turned his hair white. For you don't often see a fellow of my age with snow white locks like these, I'll warrant. I reckon I'm what they call unique. It was a single night iu the cellar ot the Northchester Sugar House that did it, If you care to know, though I ain't so sure that I altogether likes telling my story even now, after sis years and more. Many a night have 1 wakened up from sleep, trembling from Uc'iul to foot, aft streaming about that terrible night. The hor ror of it seems fixed m my brain past all forgetting. It comes back to mo so plainly that somehow my blood dries up all in a moment. I tell you, air, If ever any man was rescued from death by the skin of his teeth, it's the white-haired man who stands be fore you. But first of all, before I begin to reach the blood-curdling part-for you m...
DICKENS' BEARD. [Newspaper Article] — Foster and Toora Mirror and South Gippsland Shire Advocate — 7 May 1914
/./;&lt; DICKENS' BEARO. On Duct-'mbur lS5.r>, the men of th - French "Arm;.' of 'lie Orient" - Hi'' Crimean veterans who had storni tin' Alma heights Hide by side with i i'.r 11riJi.;h troops, who hail coine to tiic timely assistance of the redcoats lukennann. ;itk1 had captured the L.n-a; .Maiakhoii' fortress, the key of .A-basiopol - '..'ere passed in review by th" French Iimperor in the Place Ven lioine. Two interesting features mark ed tiiis memorable parade-which, by th- ime may see faithfully repro ''.eed in miniature at the Paris "Army ?Museum." line was the presence of the sur vivors of Napoleon I.'s Imperial Guard,, tee hm-o'-s of Austerlitz and Wagrani, of Jena and Waterloo. Bent and shrunken in their quaint, oUKfishion . ?(, uniforms, they were appropriately rrouped around the base of the Ven (lonie Column, the lofty shaft of bronze -sculptured with scenes of battle, east by the Emperor's decree from the cannon his soldiers had captured from their foes. Less c...
ARGENTINA'S WHEAT INDUSTRY. [Newspaper Article] — Foster and Toora Mirror and South Gippsland Shire Advocate — 7 May 1914
ARGENTINA'S WHEAT INDUSTRY. Argentina, inspite of poor market facilities ami :i backward fanning po pulation. already ranks third anion.!; the three wheat-exporting countries of the world Its area devoted to v. heat cultivation has doubled during !he pas! ton -...ars, and is three times as large as it was only fifteen years ago. There i* every prospect, too. of a still great": .advance in the near future. Owiii-. to conditions of cli mate and soil. Argentina cannot, it would seem, .?liter into serious com petition with Canada in the produc tion of "strong" wheat. llarleta wheat, origin.illy brought from Italy, forms about 70 per cent, of I lie crop, and Russian vlioat "u per cent., while the remainiii-; 10 per cent would in clude various classes of wheat, tome ot which are grown specially for mak ing macaroni- In a general way, Ar gentine whciits are classed in the iu twnational markets as intermediate in character between the soft white wheats of Australia and the Pacific Coast, an...
Making Sure. [Newspaper Article] — Foster and Toora Mirror and South Gippsland Shire Advocate — 7 May 1914
Making Sure.I A 1'iiy walked into a ;:Io(-o:''s shop and handed to th-> assistant a paper, eontainini; some white powder. "I say," lie asked, "what do you U'ink that isV" Tho .m-oeer smelle ' i( ihen touched ;? Willi his iini;r. and pl;u-od some oil his tongue. "Well, I sheuM s,,.. was soda," he said. "Thai's just what moth-r .^ys," was lhe reply, "but father swears It's rat pcison. Will you try if again to make sure?" .
"One for the General." [Newspaper Article] — Foster and Toora Mirror and South Gippsland Shire Advocate — 7 May 1914
"One for the General." A few years ago, at a Colonial sta tion, a very pompous general was mafc ' ing his annual inspection of a famous Irish regiment; now, although he bore i a great reputation as a martinet, lie had seen no active service, and was one of those who judged a soldier's worth by his conduct sheet. There was serving in the regiment one Patrick O'Doherty, who had been through three arduous campaigns, and who was the proud possessor of five war medals, including one for "dis tinguished conduct on the field." Un fortunately for Patrick .the piping times of peace had reigned for six years, and, owing to his weakness for strong drink and the allurements of the pretty girls in the garrison town, ho was constantly in trouble, anil only that morning had been deprived of his last good conduct badge, on the usual charge of "drunk anil out of bounds." As the general passed down the ranks ho was attracted by the magni ficent physique of the gallant but in corrigible Irishman, whos...
THE ARAB'S SIGN. [Newspaper Article] — Foster and Toora Mirror and South Gippsland Shire Advocate — 7 May 1914
THE ARAB'S SIGN. During- the Egyptian War of 1882 the warship holding the high road to Jerusalem at Kantara, in the Suez Canal, was surrounded by an atmo sphere of hostility. The one and only hotel in the place seemed to he the re fuge of all the denizens of the desert. A careful watch had ever to be. kept, the men were under arms at night as well as day, wild shouts and rushing of feet, strange bugle calls and.whist ling were heard at night; the^fresh provisions coming from Port Said every night were rushed by the prowl ing Bedouins on the banks, the whole or part of them taken. .At timers the desert seemed to be alive with small parties of Arabs on the prowl, always at a safe distance, but nevertheless near enough to get on the tnen'H nerves. This state of things continued for a month, when suddenly an event oc curred which changed the whole as pect of the situation. One night the proprietor of the ho tel-came on board wringing his hands with grief. An important operation had to b...
The Last Lap. [Newspaper Article] — Foster and Toora Mirror and South Gippsland Shire Advocate — 7 May 1914
The Last Lap. A'Newcastle man was blessed with a large family of daughters, now grown to marriageable- age. One evening he walked Into his drawing room and surprised his second daugh ter, sitting on the lap of a young fel low. The old gentleman did not al low his equanimity to be disturbed. He simply remarked: "Ah, Lucy, I see your race for a" husband is nearly over." "What makes you say that, papa?" asked the girl, blushing painfully. "You seem to be on the last lap," chortled the old gentleman. The chairman at a journalists' din ner tbe other day told the following story: ''I met a newspaper man to-day wbc came to Collins-street twenty years ago with exactly twenty-five shillings in his pocket. He is now worth forty thousand pounds. He owes that entirely to his own ability and ei.-ergy, combined with good health and a high code o£ ethics, and the fact that a relative died and left him with thirty-nine thousand nine hundret'. and ninety-eight pounds."
SIZE OF SHEAF. [Newspaper Article] — Foster and Toora Mirror and South Gippsland Shire Advocate — 7 May 1914
SIZE OF SHEAF. There can be no set size for a sheaf, &lt;?s the size must be regulated accord ins to conditions. For instance, In wet districts, or where the crops are late in maturing, the small sheaf is the safer, as the sun and wind are better able to penetrate through the sheaf, and so minimise the risk of sprouting or moulding about the band. Again, by making the sheaves on the small size, stacking can be commenc ed a day or two sooner. On the oth er hand, however, the large-sized sheaves have their advantages. First, it is more economical on twine; sec ondly, much time is saved in stook ing and stacking; thirdly, a fair-sized sheaf will stand ? up against winds in the stook better than the small size.
FOR THE FARMER. THE ROTARY DISC PLOUGH. [Newspaper Article] — Foster and Toora Mirror and South Gippsland Shire Advocate — 7 May 1914
FOR THE FARMER. THE ROTARY DISC PLOUGH. The rotary disc plough possesses the following advantages over the mould-board implements: 1. Owing to the construction and movement of tin- discs tin.' draught is greatly reduced, and the capacity ot the implements considerably increas ed. Their great power in breaking up hard land makes it possible to com mence the ploughing of stubbh- hum much earlier than is the case \ hen mould boards arc used, thus increas ing the capacity of the soil to re ceive and retain moisture at a season when, under ordinary conditions, sat islactory mould hoard work is im practicable. Tin:- work is more cheaply done. The discs are so placed that one disc lores the broken soil sideways against the next one. pulverising it and performing the operation of pack in;;, thep-by improving th»: stci! bet! anil preventing the escaped moisture to a greater extent than is possible iu the more open work of other ploughs. Preference should lie given to implements that have the...
FLOCK MANAGEMENT. [Newspaper Article] — Foster and Toora Mirror and South Gippsland Shire Advocate — 7 May 1914
FLOCK MANAGEMENT. It" strong, healthy and vigorous lainbs are wanted, extra care must be- given to the ewe flock from time of mating to time of lambing. During this time the ewes should be steadily gaining In flesh. It is not desirable that the ewe flock after mating should ever have to become the scavengers of the farm; that business should be lett for store sheep. The ewe flock is too valuable for that work, for it is from this flock that the future feeding lamb is obtained. One often hears of heavy losses be ing experienced by .sheep breeders through ewes being frightened by (logs and other causes, and this brings tc mind reasons that ought to be up permost in the minds of all those who have charge of lambing ewes. Among I hem there is one precaution that should never be absent, and that is this: That, the ewe flock should never l>&lt; allowed to rushed by the shep herd's dog. nor should it be hurried when being driven, nor under any cir cumstances should it be given a...
CROPS FOR FODDER. [Newspaper Article] — Foster and Toora Mirror and South Gippsland Shire Advocate — 7 May 1914
CROPS FOR FODDER. The time seems opportune to di rect the attention of farmers to the necessity of planting fodder crops, und for their subsequent conservation as a provision for stock and feed dur ing the winter. The weather this season "has been very dry, and in al most every district absence of rain has been severely felt. The man who dceB not take this wise precaution of providing winter feed will have a grim realisation of his lack of forethought when, he finds his dairy herd, ami other stock, languishing for the food which Nature withholds, during her tinpropitious seasons. It is, however, quite within the pro vince of the farmer to conserve suffi cient fodder for his stock to tide over the winter. There are so many ex amples of the splendid results from silos that it is hard to conceive why the practice of making silage has not become more general throughout the State. When we have the managers of but ter and cheese factories reporting "the satisfactory increase of milk suppl...
HOW TO MAKE A WILL. A Thing that Everybody Should Know [Newspaper Article] — Foster and Toora Mirror and South Gippsland Shire Advocate — 7 May 1914
HOW TO MAKE A WILL. A Thing that Everybody Should Know Too much stress cannot be laid upon the fact that it is the houndeii duty ot every person who is either the present or yrospective owner oi any property whatever- ami especially when this properly lie in the form of real estate -to make a will. The making of a will is a much neglected duty, especi ally with women, and yet it should hi: the desire of every person to leave his or her business matters in such condi tion that, in the event of death, the survivors may, with the smallest ex penditure of time, energy and money, settle the deceased affairs in the man ner which they know in have hi-en lie testator's wish. There is a very genera! impression that to dahhle in legal matters of anj kind whatever means considerable &lt; x pense; but it may be as well to point out that a lawyer, as a rule, regulars his charges not only by the amount of work done, but by th- ability oi the client to pay. Co to any reliable solicitor, an...
CHAPTER VII. [Newspaper Article] — Foster and Toora Mirror and South Gippsland Shire Advocate — 7 May 1914
CHAPTER VII., Bellairs was essentially a man of action. That very night he saw Ro bert Holman, one of the leading pri vate detectives in London, and placed in his hands the inquiry into the af fair of!Goldstein and Sheila's pearls, assuring him that he, Bellairs, would pay the £2000 on the day the pearls were brought back to him uninjured; but he was careful to caution Mr. Holman that an expert in precious stones must examine them in order to see that no exchanges had been made. Holman undertook the job, and ex ecuted it with great dexterity, and Bellairs had the satisfaction of re covering Sheila's pearls at the loss of £2000, which he, had been saving to wards his wife's future needs. He put them back carefully into his safe, and then set Holman to discover where Ralph was hiding. The miser able youth was found without much difficulty and brought (back to Sunny side by Holman, who, however, by the IC.C.'s request, refused even to" leave the room in which Halpli was Eeated until Be...
FEATHERED WITH BOTTLES. [Newspaper Article] — Foster and Toora Mirror and South Gippsland Shire Advocate — 7 May 1914
FEATHERED WITH BOTTLES. Baron Kenyon, at one time Lord Chief Justice of England, loved to hear himself talk, and his summings up were at times extraordinary exam ples of flamboyant speech. Here Is a specimen taken from "Law and Laughter": Addressing a butler convicted of stealing his master's wine, Lord Kne yon once said:-"Prisoner at the bar, you stand convicted on the most con clusive evidence of a crime of inex pressible atrocity-a crime that de nies the sacred springs of domestic confidence, and is calculated to strike alarm into the breast of every Eng lishman who invests largely in the choice vintages of Southern Europe. Like the serpent of old, you have stung the hand of your protector. For tunate in having a generous employer, you might without discovery have continued to, supply your wretched wife and children with the comforts of sufficient prosperity, and even with some of the luxuries of affluence; but, dead to every claim of natural affection, and blind to your own real...
A Harmless Ghost. [Newspaper Article] — Foster and Toora Mirror and South Gippsland Shire Advocate — 7 May 1914
A Harmless Ghost. Mone-eutter, in the days v.li,&lt;n men wore knee-breeches ;md wi^s, &lt;m>? . -wiling u 'shed to ;«1(] a Ten- letter.; M an epitaph on a gravestone reo ntl\ ? 't up. Ho obtained permission, and weni with his tools and lantern to complete the task. The churchyard wan cool and gloomy, and very soon he lighted an extra candle to give more light. Suddenly, as lie stooped over the work, he heard a curious rustling hiss-"Hush!" He lilted his head and look"d round hut. saw nothing. He fell hi work again; hut 110 sooner was his head bowed over the stone than the faint, mysterious "hush!" was heard again. He could stand it 110 longer, hut got up and lied l'or his life, and was not consoled until he was in bed and fast asleep. The next morning he was sitting with his wife at breakfast, when she said suddenly, "I'eter, what is the matter with your wig? It is all burnt on one side." He gave a cry 01' joy, to his wife's surprise. The mystery was explain ed-t...
Others He had Heard Of. [Newspaper Article] — Foster and Toora Mirror and South Gippsland Shire Advocate — 7 May 1914
Others He had Heard Of. It wilH company field training. The captain saw a young soldier trying to cook his dinner with :i biidiy made fire. Going to him, lie showed him how to make a quick-cooking lire, say ing: "Look at the time you are wast in;:. When I was on the West Coast, I often had lo h'.ml my breakfast. 1 used to go about two miles in the jungle. shoot my food, skin or pine!-: it, then cook and eat it. and return to the ramp under the hah hour." Then he un wisely added: "Of course yon have heard of ill" West Coast?" "Yes, sir," replied the young sol dier, "and also of Ananias, George Washington, and de iiougeinont." Clearing Himself. Murphy was an assistant &lt;ook on hoard a "trooper" hound for India. The tirst morning lie forgot 'o wash t:ie I oiler mil ai;e|- breakfast.; con seipionily, there were tea-leave; on the surface ol the soup when dinner was served. To clear himselt of blame, lie went to the respective messes, and said: "If ye/. I'oind any tay-leaves in ...