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A PAPER FOR THE HOME CIRCLE
MILLIIEIM PA., THURSDAY NOVEMBER 3., 1887.
A llalf-Wltted Hoy Who liccume a
The caiiuoii.ball fast mail train, west-
Ism ml, slowisl up at the little station, aud
two figures np|N*ared on the rear platform
of the last coach. One was Hamilton, the
conductor, dubbed the "Duke" by the roll
ing-stock men, on account of his dignified
carriage and over-bearing ways. The other
was a hulking, over grown Isiy, with a va
cant, almost expressionless face, and light
'Come, hurry up and pile oil*!' command
ed the "Duke."
'lluli?* interrogated the other, stupidly,
accelerating his movements not one w hit.
liistcml of re|ientit!g the command the
conductor dealt the slow one au energetic
kick in the rear that mutt him tumbling oil
tins steps, to land a blubbering heap, face
downward, in the soft Kansas mud.
'Next time learn not to dead beat your
way,' remarked the "Duke," grimly, as
the train moved on again.
No answer, except a subdued bowl, came
from the fallen one, A few moments later
the train disapjieared through the rod clay
'Ovv, wow !' the fallen boy waib*l in a
low, complaining bowl. He made no at
tempt to rise, but rolled slowly over in the
mud, muttering and moaning to himself
like a great baby.
'Hello, there, partner!' called the station
agent, a jolly, care-for-uaught looking
'Huh?' answered the prostrate boy, blink,
iug in owlish astonishment at the other.
'Come, jump up,' called the agent, 'you're
all over mud.'
'He kicked me!' moaned the lad, without
making the slightest attempt to rise.
'So I saw; but be diuu't break any bones.
So, uet up.'
'He kicked me!" repeated the Isiy, mourn
'Well, what if he did? That don't force
you to wallow in the mud like a hog.
Jump up and stop your sniveling. Ciet up,
or I'll kiek you, too!"
The boy clumsily struggled to his feet.
'Are you hungry?' the station ngeiit
The boy's dull eyes brightened. ' You bet!'
he answered, promptly, wholly forgetting
to mention again the fact that the conduct
or had kicked him.
He was soon seat<"d at the table iu the
agent's private'den,' partitioned oft' at one
end of the little de]sit. ' What is your name
aud where did you drop from?" asked Jack
Holliday, the agent, as he regarded the
The visitor jtciused long enough in the
midst ot the pleasing operation of satisfying
the Inner may to reply, mmubUugly:
'Robbies, aud —be kicked me!'
Without replying to the latter jiart of the
informatioii.'so couiplaiuingly given, Jack
'Uouuiu,: Weil, tin. l'M n <jneer name, upon
my word. Bobbles what?'
'NiHhin' Vept Bobbles, the idiot,' the Isiy
answered slow ly. 'Least ways that's w hat
the lioya say when they call me anything
'sides Bobbles. 1 don't like them boys, no
bow,* be added. 'They kick me, too!"
'You seem to Ik: the unfortunate recipient
tif many kicks. Where did you come
'Dunno,' the boy answered slowly. 'Most
ten hundred thousan' miles. The boys
chased me an' kicked me all the time an' I
run away from 'eiu, so 1 did. llaint goiu'
back no more,' be added, with a determined
shake of bis white head.
'Them boys was alius a kickiu' me.'
More Jack could not learn from the boy.
He did not know bis name and could uol
remember where lus home had been.
Ixjiiesome, kind-hearted Jack Holliday
allowed him to remain, and soon grew quite
foml of the simple lad.
As Bobbles' shyness wore off be showed
signs of greater mental as well as physical
activity aud assisted .lack iu many ways.
He soon learned to cook, and took great
pride iu being master of the culinary de*
Jack found out that at one time the boy
had been able to read and write, aud under
Jack's constant tutorage, Bobbles presently
regeiued that jiortion of his lost knowledge.
The boy grew to regard Jack much in the
same manlier that a faithful dog regards his
kind master. Often, for hours at a time,
while the station agent attcuded to Us du
ties or sat comfortably reading ami smok
ing, the idiot boy would sit crouchingly on
Us stool and regard Jack with a grave, un
•Why do you look at me in that manner?'
Jack asked one day.
'Dunno,' Bobbles answered. 'Sometimes
it seems as if I was tryin' to think 'bout
some body 1 can't just remember.'
Then, as a thought seemed to strike him,
he added :
'l'm a idiot, haint 1 Jack ?'
*Vo,' atL**! will* sxticnil
consideration for the foolish one's feelings.
'Yes 1 Ik:. Ever'body ust to say so. They
was alius a-kickin' me fer bein' one. Do
folks alius kick idiots? They can't help
bein' that way, can they Jack ?'
'ilusli, Bobbles" answered Jack, sooth
'But I want to know,' the boy persisted,
with a pathetic pleading in Us voice. 'Why
don't you kick me, UK, Jack ?'
'Why don't 1 ? Bobbles, Because Bob
bles, you have enough misfortune to bear
Bobbles did not seem to understand, but
he beamed UIHIII Jack with a smile of isisi
'Jack,, he said, 'I like you.'
The station was a lonely one and there
was not. a house iu sight. Off to the opjio
site side of the great mouiul lay brown
wheat fields, and just after harvest much of
the grain was shipped from .Jack's little
station. At other times the business done
there amounted to almost nothing, and the
trains seldom stopped unless tlagged. Ev
ery few days one of thcmail clerks dropjied
off a little, square perfumed envelope as the
train whizzed past. On the return trip the
same clerk was always oil the look-out to
reach a friendly hand for the answering let
ter, addressed to a dear little maid in an
'Hoo ! love letters !' grinned Bobbles.
'I usto carry 'em for Miss Allie. She alius
give me a dime for it. Had 'to be mighty
sly, I tell ye. Jest as sure as them boys
found I had a letter au' a dime they'd take
the money from me, an' kick me if I didn't
hurry off to the post office with the letter.
'Oh !' he added, with an inflection that was
intruded to convey volumes, 'theui was
nwful boya ' they was alius klckin' me for
mimpiu.' he said jdainlively.
In a little Eastern village dwelt the bine
eyed, Hower-faced girl with whom .lack
Holiday had been a | day mate the long
When young Jock left for the West- as
many a bravo-lmartod fellow h:nl done ls>-
fore—to seek his fortune, little Alice Halo
had bade him a tearful farewell at the old
weathcr-lieatcit gate, In the shade of the
drooping elm tree.
Just now as he wrote, .lack seemed to so
again the sweet, tear-wet face, and to inhale
once more the jM-rfniuc of the odorous, ldos
There hid lioeu no formal declaration of
love, but each read the buart of the other
and Jack knew that little Alice would wait
for him till fortune smiled u|>ouhim.
His meager salary, carefully saved bad
been judiciously invested in land, and bad
accumulated the nucleus of a little fortune.
At the base of the great round-topped mound
wliicli was partly on ids trait of land, a
coal mine had tieen discovered. Already
Kastern capitalists had made hiin au oifcr
for it, and it was understood that, should
he desire to part with it, the railroad com
pany would take it off Unhands at a goodly
advance. Taking all tilings into considera
tion, he felt himself justified in writing to
Alice and telling her his love iu terms as
strong as could be ex Dressed by soulless pen
He smiled softly to himself as be wrote
and pictured the sweet face of the recipient
Somehow the prairie breexe, that blew iu
at tbe red-cafed window, seemed laddeiied
with the jierfume of lilacs. The "click
click" of the telegraph sounders seemed
half-changed to the buzz of the butublo-bees
that droned lazily around tbe fragrant old
fashioned flowers beneath that old drooping
elm. And, seeing bis friend in a happy mood,
the idiot boy laughed aloud.be knew not why.
Robbies made little progress after learning
to read. Arithmetic was a sealed book to
Dim, and geography was a deep dark mys
tery. Patiently Jack labored to teach him
telegraphy, but the task seemed a hopeless
one. He luarucd readily enough, aud ap
parently forgot just as speedily.
Bobbles would ap|iarently memorize tbe
dots and dashes that go to make up the
Morse code. He would sound them correct
ly on the key, and immediately, to all ap
j tea ranee, forgot all about tbe imjiorts of
dots aud dashes.
•I'm afraid you are a hopeless case,' Jack
said one day when almost ready to give up
'Reckon I ain,' returned Bobbles, grin
ning philosophically. 'Old Joe usto say so.
Said hopeless idiot 'stead of lio|ieless case.
'Sitect lie knowed, too, for lie was awful
old ; most a million, I guess.'
'Feel of my haul,' he said suddenly Wild
ing Us w liite-thatched pate for Jack's in
'K*el that dent ?'
'Well, I wau't alius a idiot. Old Joe
said so. He knowed for he was worth most
a million, he was.*
Jack mused. There was certainly a
'dent,' as Bobbles called it, in bis head. A
blow of some kind hail caused it probably.
It seemed to him that a small piece of the
skull was pressed down upon tbe brain.
Maybe this was the cause of the lad's idiocy.
If removed, or rather lifted by a physician,
might not it restore the lioy's lost intelli
gence ? Jack had read of such cases aud
mentally resolved to have the experiment
tried as soon as the coal mine 'paid out,'
as the saying is.
The days passed Into weeks aud the weeks
to a mouth ; the month grew old, wanned
and died. The next wits fast slipping a
way into the jiast, and still no answer came
to the tender letter that Jack liad sent to
little Alice Hale, like a liark freighted with
a precious cargo of the hearts warmest love.
Jack's face constantly wore a worried a]>-
pearanee. The cannon-ball fast mail traiu
daily rushed by the little station as of yore,
but no little square envelopes were tossed
off by the mail clerk.
Every day Jack's question of, 'Any let
ter ?' would bo answered by a positive
Noap !' from Bobbles, who w:is always ou
the platform when the cannon-ball rushed
by. Bobbles, the innocent, was always
there to wave bis h.iiul in glad recognition
of Engineer Billy Barker or Mike Walsh,
tbe fireman, ami to shake bis fist at Hamil
ton, the conductor, whose kicking was still
fresh in Bobbles' memory. Jack grew pale
and Us jolly smile became a rarity. No
letter. That meant, be sorrowfully conclu
ded, that she had not been true to her half
spoketi vow. And at the thought .lack sad
ly lient his head,and Bobbles,ever watchful,
saw a tear drop from betwen the station
agent's fingers as he covered liis face with
'Hoo !' exclaimed the lad. 'What you a
cryiu' for ?'
Then he added, as a thought seemed to
strike him : 'Somebody b'eu kickiu' you ?'
'Yes,' answered Jack slowly. 'SomelsKly
has kicked me very close to the heart.'
Bobbles stared iu owlish wonder. 'Don't
yon think you're pretty big to cry about it?"
he said presently.
Then they sat for a long time listening to
the approach of the storm, that for two
hours had lieen muttering oft" to the east
ward. It h:ul evidently been a tempest., a
cyclone perhaps, off there ; but now its pow
er was qoiuewliat spent. Still the lightning
that accompanied it was often almost blind
ing in its intensity.
Presently the storm broke, and the thun
der roared and crashed as is seldom heard
any where but upon the Western plains.
The air seemed surcharged with electricity,
and often there were little points of electric
fire dancing and snapping on the instru
ments. 'Hoo !' cackled Bobbles, 'most ns
good as Fourth of July.' Then, while the
storm was at its height, there came a hur
ried, nervous rattling of the sdunder.
•Number 8 is calling us !' Jack cried, and
sprang to the key. He answered the call,
and a moment later the sounder began to
click frantically. Jack grasped a pen aud
blaiiK. He bad but rapidly jotted down
five words as the sounder clicked tbein oft"
when there came a blinding Hash of light
ning, accompanied instantly by a deafening
crash of thunder. The liolt seemed to have
exploded in the room, aud the Hash luomen
tarly blinded Bobbles. Without a sound
Jack fell forward. One hand dropjied a
cross the sounder aiul hushed the clicking
of the instrument. Bobbles sprang forward
and raising Jack half-dragged and half-car
ried him to the couch at the opjiosite side of
As quick as liberated tbe sounder began
agaiu its frantic clicking. Like a Hash the
Terms, SI.OO per Year, In Advance.
purport of the many lessons In telegraphy
Jack Inul laboriously beaten into his silly
head, nnd be had immediately forgotten,
seemed to dawn upon Bobbles, and clearly
be rend the ticking of the instrument.
"Washed out" were the last words of the
hurried message. Theu caine the sound
signature of the operator at Station Number
H, tell miles to the east and just aceoss Big
With all th confidence of an experienced
oj>erator the boy placed his fiugers on the
few words Jack had jienned.
'At adl hazards hold Number ' That
was ail. There the break had come.
Carefully the hoy moved the little switch
and slowly clicked off the words :
'Struck by lightning. Go on four 'num
lie waited with hated hreatli. In *a mo
ment the auswer began to tick, and he
wrote it as it came. The complete message
'At all hasarda hold Number 3. Bock
Creek ha id ge just washed out.'
Number Three ! That was the cannon
hall fast mail train ! lu the roar of the
storm and the excitement of events Bobbles
had uot heard the approach of the train ;
hut now, as he wheeled in his chair, the en
gine dashed past the door, aud through the
storm he saw the jolly face of Mike Walsh,
the fireman. He rushed out upon the plat
form. Three-fourths of the train had dash
ed past as he reached the edge of the planks,
aud the steps of the last coach came even
with him. All the strength of his muscles
was taxed to the utmost as be leaped for
ward and clutched the rail with one hand.
The force of the train Jerked blm almost
into a horizontal position, and it seemed as
if his wrist would part with the enormous
strain. He strove to grasp the rail with
other hand hut failed.
Conductor Hamilton, who happened to be
close to one of the rear windows, saw the
apparently insaue act of the boy, and rush
ed angrily out on the platform.
'Get off ' he roared.
'For God's sake hold the train !' the boy
screamed in an agony of desperation. 'Bock
Creek bridge is '
Then he was jerked from his hold and
went whirling heels over head 011 the st ne
li was hut the work of an instant for the
'Duke' to jerk the bell-OOrd. Soon, with a
grinding, a diminishing roar and a hiss of
the air brakes, the train came to a stop.
Hamilton rushed back along the track—past
Hobbles, who lay uucouscious between the
rails, aud into the dei>ot.
As bis eyes fell upon the warning mes
sage ](euned on the blank his usually red
faee grew white.
Kind hands bore Hobbles into the little
station, where he was laid lieside Jack on
the couch. When the cannon-ball left,
backing westward, toward the division sta
tion,a little stick of silver and bills—a pre*
eut from the gr iteful p i se lgers—lay bes-ide
the still unconscious It..lib e >.
jack, still dazed and stupid, ait presently
in the worn otfice-cbair aud stared iu dull
amazement at Bobbles, the money, aud the
MfegriMM, begun tit bis own band and fin
ished iu another. The puzzle was too much
for his sorely aching head, and he shook
that member stupidly aud gave up iu de
A few days later, when Bobbles had re
covered enough to be able to talk a little,
and was lying on the couch, with a broad
white cloth bonnd around his broken head,
there caine an interruption that sadly inter
fered with Jack's pastime of listening to
the messages as they went clicking by. In
stead of pawing at the top of its speed as
usual, the cannon-ball fast mail train, this
time west-bound, stopped at the small Jplat
fortn for an instant. Then, as a dainty lit
tle figure descended and tripped into the de
pot, to be instantly clasped in Jack's arms,
the traiu moved on again. Had any one
been looking out of tbe depot be might have
seen smiles of satisfaction on the faces of
the griuiy pair—Billy Barker and Mike
Walsh—while the mail clerk grinned in a
congratulatory manner, and even Hamilton
deigned to smile benignly.
The little figure waa Alice Hale. As her
lover had not come to her, after writing iu
such terms of love, and receiving' as she
supposed, her answer, she had come to the
conclusion that he was ill, perhaps dying,
and had come to him.
'But, I never received the letter,' he said,
after the first 'Hurry* was over aud they
could talk rationally.
'Letter,' piped Bobbles, raising his white
bound head. 'I remember now. You did
not ask me that day if there was any letter
for you an' I forgot it. It's back of the old
bills iu the middle pigeon-hole.'
It was speedily rescued from its long con
'Put it tliereso'sl wouldn' lose it an'
forgot,' chii]ied Bobbles, how—'
The girl sprung to the side of the boy.
•Why, you dear old Bobbles Carey, what
are you doing here ?' she cried. 'The entire
neighborhood gave you up for dead long
ago. Your parents searched for you every
where and then gave you up as the rest had
'I run away from the hoys that was alius
a-kickin' me,' Bobbles explained,cheerfully.
'Many were the letters to yon that Bob
bles used to mail for me,' Alice said.
•So this is the Miss Allie you spoke of,'
Jack remarked, turning to the lad.
'You bet!' Bobbles answered, emphatical
ly. 'She's good,' he added, presently ; 'she
never kicked me."
Hamilton, the conductor,lost one trip and
wasted a good deal of time to inform the su
periuteudeut of the circumstances of the
train-saving A day later a physician,
whose fame extended throughout several
states, arrived at the little station in com
pany with a nurse, a motherly, middle-aged
There were days of suffering for Bobbles,
and a delicate and dangerous operation.
Then science triumphed. The depressing
fragment of skull was lifted from Ilobbles'
brain and he was restored to perfect intelli
Then later a white-haired minister came
to the little station, and the cannou ball
train made a stop of fifteen minutes.
The superintendent was there, and he and
Hamilton, Billy Parker, Mike Walsh, the
mail clerk, a number of passengers and
Bobbles were witnesses of the impressive
ceremony that made Jack Holliday and Al
ice Hale man and wife. Then the superin
tendent placed a stranger in charge of the
little depot, hudled Jack, Alice, Bobbles and
the rest on to the train> and the wedding
trip of the happy couple began.
The coal mine was afterwards sold to the
railroad company for a goodly sum, and is
making money for them. Jack occupies a
good position in the employ of the railroad
company and will be the superintendent be
fore many more years roll over his head.
Bobbles is one of the family, and no one
would ever suspect the bright, intellectual
boy had ever been called an Miot.
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IN FUTURE CENTURIES.
How We Shall Be Puzzling to Our
Very, Very Great-Grandfather.
ID the year 3090 A. D., Dr. Noni
was professor of ancient history and
antiquities in the University of Tim
One morning, when his class bad
assembled to gather golden grains of
knowledge from the stares of his wis-*
dom, he said ;
'Now, young gentlemen, we will
devote this morning to the considera
tion of the language of one of the most
remarkable nations of antiqnity, name
ly, The United States of America.
The English tongue, which has long
since become a dead language, waa
used among the people of this curious
land. Mr. X—, please read the
sentence upon the blackboard.'
The student addressed arose and re
'Let her go, Gallagher !'
'Correct,'said the professor. 'This
is OD6 of the most classic phrases of
antiquity. It is ot a celebrity second
only to the famous vent vidi vici of
the Romans. 'Let her go, Gallagher/
was an invocation employed by the
citizens of the republic on ali occasions
of public importance or private peril
Gallagher is presumed to have been a
National deity, and the words 'let her
go' are doubtless, an exhortation im
plying resignation to Gallagher's will
or a petition for his intercession. The
phrase is now placed on our coins aod
embodied in our National arms, the
same as E pluribus unum appeared
OQ the shield of the United States.'
'Doctor, in reading the works of the
classic American authors, like Bill
Nye, Josh Billings and Bob Bardette,
I come across the expressions; 'Yon
can't kid me.' 'He's a fly kid, and the
like. What signifies the expletive
'The expression kid , in its most
liberal sense, replied the professor, im
plies self-sacrifice on the part of the
person addressed. I kid, tbou kiddest,
be kids. It is difficult to render into
our tongue, but yon may understand
its meaning when I say, in general
terms, that tbo Americans used the
expression to intimate their apprecia
tion ot any favor of kindness. Thus,
when one citizen said to another,
'You're kidding/ he expressed his
gratitude for a kindness rendered.
It's a very classical expression.'
When the students had written this
wisdom in their note-books. 'To-mor
row, gentlemen/ said the professor,
'we will consider the social customs
of the Americana Good day.— Tid-
If two persons are to occupy a sleep
ing room together for a night, let
them be weighed upon retiring, and
then again in the morning, and they
will find that the actual weight is at
least one pound less in the morning.
Frequently there will be a loss of two
or more pounds, and the average loss
throughout the year will be more than
a pound. That is, daring the night
there is a loss of a pound of matter
which has gone off from the body,
partly through the lungs and partly
through the pores in the skin. The
escape material is carbonic acid gas
and decayed animal matter, or poison
ous exhalations. This is diffused
through the air in part, and in part
absorbed by the bed-clothes. If a sin
gle ounce of wood or cotton be bnrned
in a room, it will so completely satur
ate the air with smoke that one can
hardly breathe, though there can be
but an ounce of foreign matter in the
air. If an ounce of cotton be bnrned
every half haur during the night, the
air will be continousiy saturated with
smoke unless there is an outlet for
it. Now the sixteen ounces of
smoke tbns formed are far less danger
ous or poisonous than the sixteen
ounces of exhalations from the longs
and bodies of two persous who have
lost a pound in weight daring the
eight hours of sleeping, for while the
dry smoke is mainly taken into the
lungs, the damps odor from the body
are absorbed both into the lungs and
into the pores of the entire body.
Nothing stronger can be said to
prove the necessity for ventilation in
bedrooms, and of thoroughly airing
the sheets, coverlets and mattresses in
the morning before putting them in
to the form of a neatly-made bed.
Children more than any others suffer
from bad air. The restless tossing
and muttering, the disturbed sleep, all
give strongest evidences of the effects
of bad air. This is further confirmed
by the dull eye, stupid expression,
languid movements, and unrefreshed
feeling which are visible in the morn
ing. Every house should be well ven
tilated, the body soflknently covered
with warm suitable clothing, and be
sure the sleep will be sound and re
freshing and will be manifested in the
hrigbfc eye and vigorous growth and