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A PATER FOR THE HOME CIRCLE
MILLIIEIM PA.. THURSDAY. MAY 2<.. 1887.
A Panther on the Watch.
I was talking with an old man tla other
day who had been through two or three In
dian campaigns, killed grizzlies, trap|s<d
wolves, and iiad a hundred stirring adven
tures in wild life, and I asked him to name
the closest call lie ever had.
"Well the tightest squeeze I ever had
came alsmt in a queer manner," he replied.
"1 had come home to Minnesota to get well
of II stab given me in ail Indian tight in
western Dakota, and the wound was yet
sore when a friend and myself got out our
traps together and went up among the lakes
forming the source of the up|s-r Mississippi
river to hunt. It was about the middle of
SeptcmlsT w hen we got into camp, and my
strange adventure ls-gan almost at once.
We pitched IIJSIII our site for a camp alsmt
10 o'clock in the morning, and liefore night
hml onr shanty completed. The hard work
of the (lay irritated tuy wound and made me
feverish,and alsmt 10 o'clock at night,as we
were ready to turn in, I took the pail and
started to the spring for some water. The
spring was alsmt .'WO feet away, with oism
woods between. The night was clear and
still, wiih a light frost heginning.to fall,and
the slightest noise could lie heard. W lien I
was half way to the spring 1 heard a chij
munk, weasel or some small animal of the
sort ruuuiitg ou the leaves a hundred f-et
away, and the sounds actually startled me.
Then I heard a squirrel run up a tree, and 1
followed him afar up the branches by the
sounds of his claws on the hark. I believe
the rc|Krt of a ritle could have IK-CJI heard
three miles on such a night.
"I reached the spring, dipjied up a pail of
water and drank heartily, and then stood
for a moment enjoying the night and the
appalling stillness, l'resently 1 heard a j>e
culiar sound down ln-yonil the spring. I
can't tell you why or how I knew ilie sound
was made by some wild ls-ast dropping to
the ground from a tree, but that was my
impression. It was a sly action tm tlie jiart
of the heart, and on a windy night could
not have !>cen heard twenty feet. It went
through me like a Hash that a panther
which had IKVII roosting in one of the big
trees just across the open space beyond the
spring had dropjiod down to attack tue, and
1 started for the shanty like a streak of
lightning. I had vuade no mistake in juuip
ing to conclusions. As ! bolted away a
horrible scream overtook me, and I made
clean jumps of ten feet after that. We had
a couple of hounds at the cabin, and they
were curled up and asleep u lien 1 left it.
The yell of the panther brought 'em out
might y aud il en, au d 1 su p
|N(se this saved my life. That lscist wasn't
thirty feet lx-hind me when the hounds met
and jcissed me, and next instant there was
a shindy which would have ui:ide your hair
stand tip. 1 juiii|ed into the door of the
shanty just in time tocolidc with my part
ner and roll us lstli ou tin* ll>s>r, and in-fore
we could get our guns .unl get out the affair
was over—that is, one of our dogs had been
cliawed to death, the other half kilhsl and
the panther had made oil", it was certainly
a narrow eseajs- tor me, and I was weak in
the knees when 1 came to think it over.
"Wedid not hear from the beast again
for three days. We put out ninety traps
along the swamps and cr-eks, and found a
buudatiee of game in the woods, (in tlie
fourth day,alsmt 10 o'clock in the morning,
while my partner was cleaning his gun and
dressing oil" some rabbits for dinner, I went
out to bsik at some traps set tlie niglit ls>
fore. My route was along the swamp
si tores of a small lake, and it was a cloudy
day with a cold wind blowing. I had my
gun on my shoulder as I trnmissl along,and 1
had passed the third trap wit bout finding any
victims, when I came under a large tree.
As 1 was not looking for live game 1 had
not surveyed the limits altove me. The
space itctween tlie tree ami the water was
not over ten feet, and I was looking ahead
to locate the next trap when 1 stepped into
a hole and fell spraw ling. That fall proba
bly saved my life. I felt something graze
the as 1 went down, there was a horrible
snarl in my cars, and that infernal panther
plunged into the water with a great splash.
I had a shotgun with me, and it was loaded
for small game. I was up in-fore you could
count fifteen. My fall had thing the gun
several feet away, and as 1 eon Id seize it I
looked for the panther. Missing his spring
the way he did probably disconcerted liiin,
and his cold hath cooled his enthusiasm,
lie floundered around, rlitnoil hack to dry
land, and after indulging in a shake to get
rid of the water, lie growled at me and dis
appeared among the hushes. I sent the
charge of shot after him,hut lie probably got
"Weil, I got it into my head that that
varmint was after me and nolxsly else. My
partner had not even got a glimpse of him,
while he li;ul twice attacked me. 1 just left
the traps ami made a lsv line for the shanty,
and that afternoon we set a trap in the woods
to catch his highness. The other dog was
about dead of his terrible wounds, and we
finished him and use him to lctit our trap.
Two days and nights went by and nothing
further was heard of tlie panther. Then
my scare began to go off, and 1 set out to
look over half of our traps, while my part
ner took the oilier half. I took further a
round the lake than before, and at 11 o'-
clock in the forenoon I was through with
the last trap and loaded down with game.
As I couldn't carry tlie load hack to the
shanty, I sat down on a log to shuck some
of the mink and rats, and pretty soon 1 had
forgotten all about the panther. 1 was near
the butt of the log or fallen tree, the other
end of which was very bushy. I had my
back to this, and had worked for half an
hour when it struck me powerful hard and
all of a sudden that 1 was in danger. It
was like a voice calling to me, and at the
same moment a cldll traveled up my back.
I wheeled square about, and there was that
infernal panther creeping down tlie trunk
as softly as a cat to get nigh enough to
spring on me. At tny motion he stop]>cd
short with a spit anil a snarl, and greased
lightning was no where [compared to my
movements. My gun was loaded with
buckshot this time, anil I lifted her up anil
fired at him from a distance of about forty
feet, lie was hit by one or two of tlie shot,
and tlie scream he gave was heard by my
partner three-quarters of a mile away. As
lie screamed lie made a flying leap to an
other log, and from that lie went into tlie
"Do you want to know how far a panther
can jump when ho lets himself out ? I
measured the distance from log to log with
a tape line, and it was thirty-four feet to a
dot. I was looking dead at liiin, and I
know he didn't touch the ground between
tho logs, I wanted to pull up stakes for a
new locality, but tbe fear of ridicule proven-
D-d my Haying HO. My partner agreed that
it wan a little Htningo I should Is? Hlnglud
out in Hindi away by tbe brute, but an I
had e*ca]M<d him thus far there was no rea
son to lie upset. I was, however, and I
didn't leave the camp again that day. Tbe
ulglit passed quietly, and as tbe next day
was rainy neither of us went out. If the
pautln-r had visited our trap lie had kept
his paws free ot it, and I argued froin this
that he preferred live.mail to dead dog. It
bal come to lie twilight and the rain had
ceased, when my partner starb-d for the
spring, laughingly wondering If he would
see my panther. He left the disir ojs'ii as
he went. 1 hud just finished cleaning and
reloading my shotgun and had it ill my
hands to put away when something lit in
the dtsirway.and a lightning glance showed
me that It was the panther. He wasn't o
ver seven feet from ine, and was gathering
for a spring when 1 whirled the gun over,
and with out stopping to Like aim pulled
the trigger. There was a big charge of
buckshot, aud the upper half of the heart's
head was blow n ten feet awav, while the
body rolled Into the house, anil the sharp
claws seined and tore a blanket to pieces Isv
fore death came. He must have been clove
at hand when uiy jiartuer stopped out, and
why he did not attack him instead of mak
ing a fourth set at me 1 leave you to figure
out for yourself. It seemed as if I was
marked for his victim, and he didn't care to
waste time on any one else.'—New York
Saved the IH>g.
One day when tho ice was going
out of the Big Sioux river somebody
cried out that a dog was going over
the falls In two minutes the near
est bridge was covered with people.
It was a large black dog on a cuke of
fifty feet square, which was coming
down the current
'Call him off !' yelled twenty men.
'Throw hiui a rope!' howled a
'Can't we lasso him when he's go
ing under the bridge ?'
'l'll give SSO for him if he goes o
ver and comes out alive !' yelled a fat
man who put poison for his neighbor's
dog the night before.
•He'll be worth it!' said another.
'For heaven 'a sake give me a pole !'
shouted a long-legged man who had
shot two dogs that morniog, as he
leaped off the approach of the bridge
and waded through the old tin cans to
the water 'a edge.
'Give that man a pole J' again yell
ed the fat man getting red in tbe face
and climbing upon the railing.
'Poor doggie, why don't those
men save the helpless thing ?' said a
lady who rode up in a carriage with
'A hundred dollars for the dog if be
gets through alive !' whooped the fat
man, recklessly raising his own bid
and leaning out over the water.
'Hurry up with that rope 1'
'Bring a pole !'
'Doggio, doggie, nice doggie ! Come
But the dog did nothing but look
meekly around and occasionally wag
his tail as if he was trying to explain
he never expected to raise all this row.
The ice reached tbe falls, and as the
forward edge glided over tho dog step
ped back a little and then went over
and out into tbe spray and toara.
'Some of you fools go below and
pull him out 1' screamed the fat man.
'I kin lick thor man who says that
air dog don't pull through !' remark
ed a raw boned man who bad not
'Course you can,' said another one
Just then the dog appeared some
distance below the fall. He shot up
out of an eddy and being near a rock,
swam to it, leaped to the shore and
ran back toward the crowd.
'He's all right!' cried every man on
•Well. I'll be hanged,'said the fat
man who had made the larco offers,
as the dog came nearer. I'm a liar if
it ain't the same blamed cur I've been
tryiug to poison for two weeks !'
It Touches Them All.
One (lay in Willard'a hotel, in Washing
ton, John T. Raymond, the netor, stood
near the doorway reading a paper intent
ly The article that engaged his attention
WIIH a complimentary editorial about James
(L Illaine. Just as the netor tinixhed bis
reading Mr. Itlaine sauntered by. Mr.
Raymond xtopicd him and said ,
"1 don't supjKise these tilings interest
yon very much, as your name swarms li
ver the surface of every paper in the coun
try just now, hut perhaps you may care to
He pointed out the editorial and Mr.
Itlaine read it through.
"They say that public men become ut
terly callous to uewspaper comment," eon
tinueil the actor, "but I must say that
though I have been in this business a great
many years, I still manage to rake up a feel
ing of pleasure when I read a oommen
datry'notice. How is it with you ?"
".rust the same," said Mr. Blaine, with a
quizzical smile as he passed the paj>er back.
"It touches us all in one way or another."
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DWARFS AND MIDGETS.
The Whims and Oddities of These
The dwarf business Isn't what it onoe
Then, too,' continued Mr. Wheeler,
'dwarfs are running out. A few years ago
they were springing up, though not very
high,in all ]iurts of the world. It seemed to
lie a sort of a dwarf age. For a while a 35-
iiich dwarf could not earn a living salary,
lie had to |m)mhcmh Home striking physical
feature if he h<>|od to secure permanent sit
uations with museum circuits. Now, how
ever all this has changed. Ixits of tbe old
time Lilliputians haw passed away, and a
40-1 tick freak can get a clinir in a first class
curio hall if he is good-looking and intelli
gent. The business was very nearly ruin
ed at one time ly tricksters. As you have
jKtssilily olmerved, midgets without excep
tion have abnormally large heads. Unprin
cipled showmen, when the dwarf supply
Isx-amc inadequate, would take children
with large heads and old faces and work
them upon the circuits. There suddenly
became such an influx of little folks on the
market that none of the true midgets aside
from Mrs. 8 trail ton or Admiral Dot could
get work tiiat paid, 'fids has passed away,
and there is no fraud about the present rep;
resentatives of dwarfdom.
'I never saw but two perfectly formed
midgets. These were Mrs. lieu. Tom
Thumb, who is now Countess ltoacbud, and
Princess Lucy. There is always some de
formity. Take (ieuernl Thumb for instance
He was badly developed in the torso. Oth
er | atopic have poorly constructed limbs or
arms,and almost universally they are doub
b—jointed at the knees or elbows. You see
the lack of stature must Ist attributable to
something, ami as nearly as 1 can make out
it is iu the joiuts.
'What is the most striking characteristic
of these freaks ? Intemperance. There Is
no class of people ou earth so given to
drink. The males always like whiskey,
and the females dote on Iteer. < Jen. Thumb
was fond of smoking, but aside from him
tobacco is not used among the men
'1 never knew of but one family wherein
dwarfs apiteared iu more than one genera
tion. This occurred iu that of Admiral Dot.
He is the uncle of Major Adams, the mid
get clown of the Itamum show. Adams is
twenty-one inches in height, and bis father
is nearly six feet tall. Dot is traveling a
bout the country now with little Jennie
Quigley. They earn jointly SIOO a week.
'Shaking about Ifrincess Lucy reminds
me of the event that brought her into prom
inence. Years ago, when the Countess
Rosebud was Mrs. Tom Thumb, a report
was circulated that she had lieen blessed
with a child. This was not the case, and
the story was made out the whole cloth by
one of Barnum's advertising agents. The
Thumb family were unconscientious enough
to take advantage of the canary. They had
heard of the little Princess Lucy, and Mrs.
Thumb sent for her anil offered to adopt
her,send her to a convent for a few years,and
then introduce ber to the world as her
(Laughter. The scheme was a capital one,
for it is iin]toHsible to tell whether Lucy is 4
or 40 years old. The princess declined the
offer. She is now earning S2OO a week for
being eighteen inches high.
'There are several instances where mid
gets appeared in a single generation of the
family. The Harris sisters are quadruplets
They vary in height from thirty-six to for
ty-two inches, ami are daughters of a very
poor man in Eoatport, Me. The father, a
mechanic, waa a magnificent specimen of
physical manhood, large and powerful of
build, and the mother was above medium
sire. These sisters are badly deformed, all
of tliem have double-jointed elbows. Be
sides this they enjoy the reputation of being
the homliest midgets in the profession.
Young Foster, whose nom de nmsuem is
'Hop o' My Thumb,' is twenty-eight inches
tall. He has a baby brother not yet a year
old that weighed when ten days old one and
'Lucv Zirita earns the largest salary of
any dwarf in the world. She is a native of
Vera Crux, Mexico, and is very small. Her
head is proportioned nicely to her physique,
but is shaped like that of an ape. Joseph
Smith is her manager, and he gets SSOO a
week for exhibiting her. The little women
cannot win the affections of full-grown man
kind, but the men are more fortunate.
Baron Littlettngor married a lady over five
feet tall, and is tlie happy father of four fine
children. The late Commodore Nutt wed
ded a Manchester, N. H. girl, five feet five
inches tall, and left one child at his death.
Minnie Warren sister of the Countess Rose
bud, it is true, married a roller skater
named Newell, who was with Nat Goodwiu
in the 'Skating Rink.' Newell, however,
while hanlly a midget, is greatly under
'Midgets are a nervous lot, and few of
them are more than passably intelligent.
They fiy off on a tangent like a dove from a
hornet's nest. Hop o' My Thumb is the
ugliest youngster of them all, and he fre
quently indulges in spasms of rage. Dan
gerous ? Well, as much as twenty-eight
inches of humanity could bo expected
The Art of Taking Leave.
Not a few people have still to learn the
art of taking have. Some will say, "It is
time I was going," and then talk on niin
lessly for ten minutes. They will even rise
and keep their host standing ; by an effort
they may succeed in getting to the.hall !
then a new thought strikes them ; they
brighten visibly and stand for some min
utes longer, saying nothiug of importance,
but keeping everybody in a restless state.
After the iloor is opened, leave taking be
gins again. Very likely a last thought
strikes the departing visitor, and his friend
must risk a oolil to hear it to the end.
There is no need to lie offensively abrupt,
but, when you are re.uly to go, go at once—
gracefully and politely if you can, but at
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ORIGIN OF FASHIONS.
Mun'i and Woman's 8!svT to the
Whims of those High la Social
la observing the characteristics sod
changes of fashion it is impossible not
to ridicule them. We msj become
familiarized with a present fashion
and see nothing prepostarons in the
attire in which hnmaoitj may clothe
itself; bat when we look back historic
ally to the many devices which baye
been used for her occasions we find
abundance of anuaement in the rec
ords of Insurious folly. The queen of
fantasy has been denounced with the
aorthpmas of the church, stigmatized
with the ridicule of the stage and ap
parently crushed by sumptuary en
actments ; but " remrgam " is written
oa ber brow and she stalks triumphant
in every age.
Many of the fashions of former days
were invented to conceal some deform
ity of person. Hoops, cosbions, poo
lers and other monstrouß devices were
substituted to make up for certain an
kindnesses of Nature, who bad not
graced all ber creatures with the forms
to which they considered themselves
entitled. Thus patches were invented
in England in the reign of Edward
VI. by a foreign lady, who concealed
with one an eruption on her face, and
to sucn a height was tbe fashion car
ried that tbe ladies cut their black
patches into divers grotesque forms,
such as rings, crosses, crowns, etc. In
a book published at tbe time tbe antbor
has prefixed a picture of Virtue and cf
Vice, in which virtue is modestly rep
resented as wearing a plain black dress
and hood, with a 'kerchief covering
ber neck ; and Vice with a low-cut
dress wears no 'kerchief over tbe parte
which modesty should hide, and with
a face variously figured with patches
most curiously devised of all manner
of fantastical conceits.
Full-bottomed wigs were invented
by a French-barber named Dnvilier for
tbe purpose of concealing a deformity
in the shoulder of tbe Danpbin of
France, and, while tbe bean monde in
England, wore their bair luxuriant, tbe
bench and the bar were se en with the
enormous wig, and tbe physicians ap
preciated conjointly the magical effect
that was paid to it by tbe world.
To bide his ill-made legs, Charles
VII. of France introduced long coats,
reaching to tbe ground, and Henry,
Duke of Anjou, wore shoes, whose
points extended fully two feet, to con
ceal an excrescence on one of his
toes. So, also when Francis I. was
obliged to wear his hair short on ac
count of a wound be had received on
bis bead, it became the'prevailng fash
ion of the time. '
Conceive, if yon can, a beau and
belle of tbe time of Queen Elisabeth,
tbe beau dressed in his starched doub
let, bis luxurious curls, mustache and
beard starched to a point, his enor
mous breeches pushed out to a most
laughable excess, being stuffed with
wool, hair, feathers, or other light
material—to all which was attached a
rapier of about four feet in length,
sticking about horizontally from his
side ; tbe belle with a standing ruff
rising above ber head, her stays or
bodice so long waisted that it reached
to ber knees, with a large hoop farth
ingale that extended around ber likes
capacious tub, making it impossible
for ber bean to impress bis love upon
ber distant lips, and which allowed
him only to come in contact with ex.
tended bands. Yet such was the do
minion of fashion that these creatures
walked tbe earth, not with commiser
ation of mankind, but with the 'same
envy that the world now looks upon
ber disciples who parade together as
mincing monkey and the divinely
NEEDED MORE THAN ONE.
"John, do you remember when we used
to swing on my father's front gate ?"
"Ye* Maria, I da"
"And the moon used to look so beautiful,
"It did, Maria,"
"And the stars were so bright"
"I wonder if the moon is so beautiful and
the stars just as bright now as they were
then, John ?"
"I presume they are Maria."
"Then why can't we swing on the front
gate now and look at the moon and the
stars and the blue skies, with their fleecy
clouds, as we used to do then ?"
"We can if we want to."
"Then, John, let us go out to the front
gate for awhile, and see if it will seem
anything like it used to."
"All right, Maria. You go out and try
it awhile, and if you like it maybe I'll take
turn at it."
But Maria thought him too much of a
brute to do anything of the kind.
ASSOCIATION OF IDEAS.
''Say, grandma, do people always paint
the devil with red clothes on because he is
wicked and has evil spirits near Mm
all the time ?" Yes dearie, red is the color
of wickedness and sin." "Well then, is it
because grandpa has bad spirits near M*p
that his nose has got so red ?" And grand
ma suddenly commenced to knit and
she didn't know.—Aewarjfc Sunday Call.