Sullivan republican. (Laporte, Pa.) 1883-1896, September 27, 1889, Image 1
SULLIVAN REPUBLICAN. W. M. CHENEY, Publisher. VOL. VII. POET AND KING. Though I am king I have no throne Save this rough wooden siege alone; I have no empire, yet my sway Extends a myriad leagues away! No servile vassal bends his knee In groveling reverence to me— Yet, at my word, all hearts beat high And there is fire in every eye. And love and gratitude they bring As tribute unto me, a king! The folks that throng the busy street Know not it is a king they meet, And I am glad there is not seen The monarch in my face and mien; I should not chooso to ho the cause Of fawning or of coarse applause— I am content to know the arts Wherewith to lord it o'er their hearts; For, when unto their hearts I sing, I am a king, I am a king! My scepter—see, it is a pea! Wherewith I rule these hearts of men; Sometimes itpleaseth to beguile Its monarch fancy with a smile- Sometimes it i3 athirst for tears And so adown the laureled years I walk, the noblest lord on earth, Dispensing sympathy and mirth— Aha, it is a magic thing That makes me what I am—a king! Let empires crumble as they may. Proudly I hold imperial sway! The sunshine and the rain of years Are human smiles and human tears That come or vanish at my call— I am the monarch of them all! Mindful alone of this am I: The songs I sing shall never die- Not even envious death can wring His glory from so great a king! Come, brother, be a king with mo And rule mankind eternally; Lift up the weak and cheer the strong, Defend the truth, combat the wrong! You'll find no scepter like the pen To hold and sway the hearts of meu; Its edicts flow in blood and tears That will out wash the flood of years— So, brother, sing the songs, oh, sing, And be with me a king—a king; Captured by Comanches. I had been scouting from Fort Eascom. on the Canadian River, and carrying de spatches between that point and Fort Stanton, on the Rio Pecos, for six months, before the Comanches called the turn on me. It is agreed that an Apache is a fiend incarnate, but in the old days there wasn't much choice between the tribes. All were bloodthirsty and re- ' lentless, and it mattered little into whose hands a prisoner might •fall. Every tor- i ture which ingenuity could suggest was ' certain to be applied, anil 110 ransom, i however great, could effect the release of a prisoner. It was while engaged in such an effort that my first capture came ' about. A party of citizens from Santa Fe had come out Fort Basconi for a hunt along the Canadian River to the cast. They j were all well-known men, and were out- ; fitted in the finest style, having the best of firearms, and being accompanied by four hunters and guides of long exper- j ience. The Indians were bitterly hostile j at this time, and although seldom seen j near the fort, they were ever on the I watch for any one leaving its shelter. ! This party numbered twenty, all told,and j was strong enough togo anywhere, pro- j viding it was well handled. It left the j post, one Sunday morning and was gone j three weeks, and, up to two days before j reaching the post, all went well. Then ' a Dr. Albertson, of Albuquerque, tarried behind one morning as the party broke : camp, and three Comanches dashed in and cut him off. They mounted him on his own horse and had a start of half a mile before the mishap was discovered, and, although pursuit was made, it was useless. The Doctor was a man of : prominence, holding some position under the Government, and having many friends, and the party no sooner reached the post than it was determined to make every effort to secure his release. It was idle to think of sending out au armed force, and it was finally decided that I should go out as au emissary to treat for his ransom. It was agreed that I should promise the Indians as high as 810,000 in cash for his release, and all were hope ful that this large sum would induce the redskins to give him up. i had been told time and agaiu that the Comanches had never been known to give a prisoner, and I was therefore in a state of doubt as I rode away on my errand. I had got to put myself in their hands in order to negotiate, and if they refused to give up the Doctor it was probable that they would hang onto me. I rode away to the east, knowing that the prisoner had been conveyed to some camp in the Wichita range. I left the post in the morning and rode hard all day without sighting au Indian. At dark I went into camp and had no alarm during ftie night, and at sunrise was again hold- Mg for the mountains. At about 11 LAPORTE, PA.., FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1889. o'clock, while riding over broken ground, I caught sight of an Indian taking cover, and halting my horse I made the peace signs with my blanket. Ten minutes later I was surrounded by a dozen war riors, who were evidently astonished at my foolhardiness, I could speak their lingo fairly well, and I told them what I had come for, and asked to be taken to the nearest village. This request was sulkily complied with, and at the end of two hours I found myself in the village of Red Moon, Chief of all the Comanches. The village was scattered along the river for a mile or more, and numbered at least a thousand souls. My advent was hailed with whoops and yells and other tokens of satisfaction, and even when it was known that I had voluntarily come into camp 011 an errand of mercy it was hard to restrain some of the young bucks from doing me injury. I was taken directly to Red Moon's tent, and my reception there was anything but cordial. He was any thing but noble in speech and look. He was dirty, unkempt and out of sorts, and I had no sooner set eyes ou him than I knew my mission would be a failure. "Why does the dog of a white man como to my camp?" was his salutation. "Pour days ago some of your warriors j captured a white hunter a sun's journey j ot the west," I replied. "They did, and to-morrow lie shall' die!" "I have come from his friends to buy his liberty. They will give Red Moon more silver than he ever had before." "I spit upon the white man's money!" he retorted. "The white man has killed my young men. built his forts on my land, and would drive us away if he were strong enough. I would not take food from his hand if I was starving!" I named the price which we would pay | for the Doctor, and tried to make him un- I dcrstand how many guns and blankets i and other things the amount would pur- i chase, but he grew more and more ex- ! cited, and finally shouted: "Does the white man regard the Co manches ns squaws that their heads can be turned by soft talk? Only the Dog- j Indian begs for mercy from a foe or takes | presents from an enemy. Were you to j oiler all you had I would not give him up. lie shall die. I have said it!" Finding him so obstinate and deter- j mined, I mentioned that I had come j alone and placed myself in his power, j trusting to his honor to be permitted to return in safety. "Did Task you to corae?" he thundered. "Are you not here to insult me? You shall see the other prisoner die, and then you shall suffer the same fate!" I began to protest, but was hurried ; away to a lodge, disarmed, searched, and j very roughly used. Before being left alone, my hands and feet were tied, and the buck who did j this gave me a good-day in the shape of a slap in the face which made my teeth rattle. I was left alone until just at dark, when a boy brought me a gourd of water, and helped it to my lips while I drank. I thanked him, and inquired where the Doctor was. He replied that he was con fined in a lodge about two hundred feet 1 away, and that he would be put to the ' torture next day. All the tribe within call had been notified to be present. I asked him about my own fate, and he said it was understood that I was to die the day after. If there was any doubt about this it was soon dispelled. The boy had scarcely disappeared when old Red Moon appeared. He was now fully dressed as a chief, and had on all his dignity. I was lying on my back, and he stood over me far a moment, glower ing down upon me with savage expression before he said: "Does the white man think the Co rnauehe a dog that he can come into his village and insult him?" "On the contrary, the white man knows the Comanches to be brave," I re plied, "and no chief is greater or braver than Red .Moon." "But you come to buy ns off." "The white man captured by your brave warrior is neither a soldier, hunter ' nor scout. He is a man of peace, living I far away. He has never harmed you. He is u threat medicine man among his i people. For these reasons his friends i hoped'the great chief would spare his ! life. AVe wished to make you a pres- I ent." "White dog, you lie!" shouted the | Chief. "You wish to get us in a trap!" I argued and protested, and again ap ! penled to his honor in my own case. He | heard me through, and then gave me j several hearty kicks in the side, and ex i claimed: "You shall die! You were«ta fool to< come!" The kicksimade me mad, aid feeling* that I had no hope of release I opened on Red Moon in the choicest Billings gate of the West. I called him a cow ardly paltroon, squaw, buzzard, and. everything else mean I could think of. I, offered to fight him in any way he wanted, and boasted that I had on one occasion charged five of his briwest. war riors and killed two and run the others into the woods. I gaveiit to hinnstrsught from the shoulder for ten minutes with out a break, and he did not interrupt me by word or gesture. When I finally paused for want of breath he said: "The white scout is not a dog, as I thought for. He is a brave man. lie will not cry and beg for his life when the fire is lighted at his feet. My young meu shall let it be known at the fort that be died without being a woman." "And that's more than you can say for any of your warriorsi!" I flung back at him. "The Comanche whines like a dog when he is hurt. He cannot stand fire. When his feet get a little warm he be comes a child." He pulled his knife from his belt, thinking to end my life tlneii aud there, but on the second thought he replaced it I and walked out. Directly he had gone ; two warriors came in with a liberal sup- I ply of food, and my arms wss untied and I was given a chance to eat. They ap peared good natured, and as the thongs (were being replaced one of them said: "The white man is very brave. He will hold out a long time." At last two guards were placed outside my tent, and knowing that I had no show for escape, I made myself as com fotable as possible and soon fell asleep. It, may be thought curious that a person. | could sleep soundly under such circum-. | stances, but as a matter of fact I did not. open my eyes until long after daylight, i There was considerable bustle in the I camp, aud in a few minutes my break j fast was brought, in. Arms and legs were j now untied, and one of the three bucks who came into the tent informed me that preparations were being made to torture ! the Doctor. It was an hour later before | I was sent for. Then my arms were left free and my legs were bobbed just below I the knees. While I could walk it was only ] j with short steps, and the idea of my try ) i ing to escape from such a crowd was too | absurd to be entertained. I found the inhabitants of the village drawn up in two long lines extendiug out on the plains. Even children five or six years old, were in line, each one armed with stick or switch. 1 was led to the head of the line between two warriors, and in four or five minutes the Doctor was brought out Red Moon had arranged this as a mental tor ' ture to both of us. He signified to us that we might speak, and I at once in formed the Doctor of my errand and its ! failure. He expressed his pleasure that \ '.lis friends thought so well of him, aud | his sorrow that 1 had brought misfortune j upon myself, and he seemed to have made | ii]> his mind to die like a man. I knew ! the Indians thoroughly, and 1 told him ; what the programme would be. After running the gauntlet, he would be tied to 1 a post and "jbmitted to the powder tor ! ture, w! 1 consists in shooting charges of pow ,-r into the flesh, with the muzzle !of the gun only a foot, or two away. After that would come cutting and inu i tilatiug, and he would not be tied to the tire stake until pretty thoroughly ex hausted. I advised him to do as I in ! tended to do-—leap upon some warrior as he ran down the lines, grab his knife or I tomahawk, if possible, and then fight, un til they would have to kill him then and j there. He calmly replied that he should ! adopt the plan, shook me by the hand, ! and all was ready. As we talked I had been getting the | lay of the village. It was only a quarter of a mile to the foothills. I had made up my mind to make a break for liberty, ( and I hud my plans all laid before the 1 Doctor started. Red Moon commanded I me to tell him that, he was to run straight down the lane aud back, and that if he made a good run he would not be much hurt. I gave him the information, and advised him to make his break about j two-thirds of the way down, as he came to the last of the warriors. When I stepped back my elbows touched a guard on either side and I saw that they were deeply interested in the scene before | them. When I dropped my left hand i down it was close to the hilt of the war rior's knife, and then I was ss ready as I could he. The Doctor was a powerful big tellow and was entirely naked. He i was to start at the report of a rifle tired ■ in the air, and when the signal came he j bounded away like a deer. The lines closed up and eveiy»oiw 'tried to strike at him, but the climax 'came when he made his bolt. With &, leap to one side he seized a tomahawk*, and at that, mo ment I got hold of the knife without being detected. A great cry arose and one of my goards str/rted forward I bent down and cut my thongs at a single sweep, and then I,y a back hand blow, drove the knife sr» far into the body of the other guard, who had given me no attention, that it/was wrenched from my grasp as he fell. Then I bounded away down the xiver,. and I believe I had a start of twimty rods before pursuit began. It is not bn.igadocio to assert that in those days I'!h) id the speed aud bottom of a thoroughbito 1. I hadn't the least fear of being overtaken after I got that start by anyone 011 foot, and as I at once made for the brokf n ground their ponies had no advantage I looked back only once, and that was .as I got clear of the village. At least fifty Indians were pursuing me on foot, and .l few minutes later a score of others lind raorunted. The pursuers were so strung out that no one dared shoot, and -when I got settled down to the pace I mn, for my life. In five or six minutes I wns 'in the foothills, and in ten I had gained tine shelter of the scrub pine. At that momet it twenty rifles turned loose on me, but none of the bullets came near enough to make me dodge, and I con trived to putin my best licks. They followed me for about four miles, losing ground all the time, and then drew ofl to return to the Doctor. It was five days before I gut back to the fort, my clothes in tatters, and my strength almost gone, aud it was two years before I learned the particulars of the Doctor's fate. He made a gallant fight when he got posses sion of the (tomahawk, killing a warrior and a boy and wounding another warrior and'an old man, but he was overpowered and-disarnuil, and then the devils glutted their vengeance. Some idea of his suf ferings can be imagined from the fact that .he wast under some sort of tort ure for three days and nights, and and there was still life left in him when he was given up to the fangs of the village (logs. The Comanche who gave mo the particulars was then "a ward of the Government," drawing his rations, ammunition, and blankets from the very men whose scalps he hungered for, and he could not be punished. He identified himself as the warior who was guarding me on the right when I made my break, and for his carelessness on that occasion the chief stripped him of all his worldly possessions and gave the goods to the widow of the warrior I had slain.— x New York Sun. A Snake Steals a Boat Captain A. B. Couldwell had an inter esting and unusual experience for this latitude with a snake at Wigton's Point the other day. He was fishing in the creek, and had occasion togo ashore,and. after tying his small string of perch to the stern of the boat, the Nellie C., he pulled her upon the beach. Half an hour later he returned, but just in time to see his prized boat moving slowly toward the center of the stream. Without a second thought he rushed into the water,through the wild rice, and leaped into the boat. The mystery which had shrouded the affair was dissolved when he discovered that a monstrous snake had swallowed one of the perch and had towed the boat out. Couldwell got a little excited. He seized an unwieldy punt pole, and. with a well-directed aim, struck the snake across the back, which had the effect of breaking the stringer but enraged the snake. "It whirled and started for the occuj>ants of the boat with an open mouth," said Cauldwell, "that would take in a forty-five-cent watermelon." The other occupant of the boat, his young daughter, became frightened, and thought of all the wonderful pictures seen in show bills where oxen are represented as being devoured by these enormous rep tiles. Couldwell took to the oars; this gave the snake new courage, and he was soon alongside and forced an anchorage. Couldwell's good nature vanished, aud with the strength of a Hercules he struck the snake upon the head, following up this advantage with well-aimed blows until he beheld his adversary slain before him. It measured seven and a half feet, and was of a swamp species; a dark, narrow streak down the back from head to tail, and yellow and red stripes around the body. This species is seldom seen in this climate. Toledo (Ohio) Commercial. The French Government, when it takes possession of the telephones in France, proposes furnishing the service to the public at coat. Terms—sl.2s in Advance; $1.50 after Three Months, POPULAR SCIENCE. Coal cutting machines are now run bj electricity. The civerage depth of all the oceans is from 2000 to 2500 fathoms. At the next military manoeuvres in Prance a new application of telegraphy will be made, which innovation it is thought will be of the greatest utility in time of war. Electric lighting is said to be one of the hardest kinds of work for a steam engine, the continuous running and the •work being thrown on and off instantane ously, causing immense strain. An Easton (Penn.) paper says Charles Zinc has au umorphopliallus plant, the only-one of the kind in that section. The odor of the flower is that of stale raw meat, but its color is beautiful. Concerning the great British naval re view—every armor plate in that fleet is fastened with the late Sir William Pallis er's patent screw bolts, and the Govern ment has never paid for one of them yet. Discussions on the economic size of line wire brings out the fact that the di ameter of the wire depends on the price of copper, cost of power and quantity of current, and is entirely independent of the length of the»current. Ten men with drills operated by elec tricity can take out as much ore and tun nel as far as 100 men with picks, shovels and blasting material, besides which the buildings can be lighted aud a great sav ing on insurance and oil made thereby. One papermiill in England, in Setting bourne, manufactures enough paper every year to put a belt around the world some 100 inches in width. One of the constituents of this paper is esparto grass, which is brought in great bales from Algeria. A test has I een made in France to see whether the color of a horse had any thing to do with his characteristics. It has been demonstrated that any sucix idea is all nonsense. Pedigree and early training have all to do with it, and color nothing whatever. At the sham battle fough at Spandaut by the German troops for the amusement of Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria one division used a new "smokeless"' powder, the effect being that no smoke was visible at a distance of 300 yards, and no sound was heard beyond a slight tapping. From a recent study of the bones of anthropoid apes it appears that the goril la and chimpanzee approach nearest to man, but in different degrees, the orang outang holding the third place. But great differences exist between the pro portions of the human frame and those of all the apes. Dr. Nansen estimates that the ice of Greenland's interior must be 0000 feet thick in places, even the tops of the mountains probably being covered with hundreds of feet of glaciers. He believes that the wind has much to do with main taining the ice level, and that the quanti ty of snow does not vary much from year to year. There are in Nevada several deposits of mineral soap, one of which has been worked for some years, the soap being formed by natural combinations of soda, borax and mineral oils, the process in some localities being assisted by hot springs; some of these natural soaps are cut up and sold as found, but they arc of tener used in combination with other soaps. The latest use of photography is to make a cannon ball take a picture of its own wabblings. An arrangement some thing like a camera is to be placed in the forward end of the projectile, and when it is fired directly at the sun the light traces lines upon the plate, from the di rection of which it can be told whether the projectile has kept in one position or has wavefed to and fro during its flight. Oriental Vigor. Tliere has just died at Mian Mir an old Mussulman woman named Bhuorie, who, says the Lahore paper, is credited with having reached the advanced age of 150 vears. She was brought from near Mont gomery lately by road to the house of her grandson at Mian Mir. and this person is in old man of some eighty years, with married grown-up children aud grand children. Padang, says the Straits Times, cau boast something out of the way in the ihape of a Nias womau. who, by two ausbands, has had no less than thirty-two children, all girls. The number of he jranchildren is so great that she cannot ell how many they muster. She is »til! ictive, strong and in good health. NO. 51. FUN. Net weight—The mossbunker catch. After young Parkford, the grocer, hail hugged his girl he called her strained honey. The man who registers at a hotel at night, is soon on the "retired list."— New York News. No wonder the spoon looks so hollow and long-faced. What in the world is oftener in the soup? Mrs. A.—"Do you play theorgan, Mr. Smith?" Smith—"Yes, if the handle is not broken."— Upoeh. Fashion item from the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch: Treasurers' accounts are being worn very short this season. The first man who discovered the elixir of life died at the age of twenty , nine.— Commercial Advertiser. Wisdom does not always come in the yellow leaf, but you'll generally find it in the seer.— Glenn Falls Republican. At a concert in Wilkesbarre, Penu., while every one was applauding, a little child exclaimed: "Oh, mamma, see all j the big men pattycaking.''— Chicago Herald. Do you think it is grammatical to say, "He summers in the country?" Low tone—"Why not? You can say 'He falls in the mud'or'He springs in the water.' Chicago America. "I guess I'll take my vacation over again, if you have no objection," said a flashy young clerk to his employer. "Not the slightest, sir. You can make it per manent."—Hartford Post. Miss Cutely—"May I marry Mr, Rich ley, mamma?'' Mrs. Cutely (decidedly) j —"Not on auy account!" Miss Cutely (toying with her mother's hand) —"Not ! even on his bank account, mamma!"— i Lawrence American. Mr. Import (to applicant for position) ! —"You say you are able to distinguish I a genuine diamond. What are its prin j cipal features?" Arthur Smart— "A j grand stand, a home plate and whitewash | lines between the bases.— Jewelers' Weekly. A Hor3e Swam Eight Miles. A horse belonging to a ferryman was on the boat recently at Irvine and was in the act of drinking, when he plunged for -1 ward from some cause and fell into the water up to his nose. With remarkable ! instinct he turned round and swam to the ( boat, and made several efforts to crawl back into it, but it only served to push it further away. By this time he had drifted below the ferry, and ae then made efforts Ito get out upon either bank. In this he also failed, as the bank was too steep. He then turned aside and swam down ' the middle of the river. The ferryman, Mr. White, made vain efforts to rescue his horse, and, watching him until he j was out of sight, gave up all hopes of ; ever seeing him again. Next morning ■ the passengers on the Irvine stage were | amused at the manner in which the ferry - ' man was fondly caressing a horse which had just arrived, and later learned that the steamboat from Ford had picked up the swimming animal eight miles below. When dragged upon the boat he sank i down, too completely exhausted to stand. When this became known the sympathiz | ing passengers joined with Mr. White in i his exuberance over the recovery of his noble steed.— Richmond (Ky.) Register. Gum in Felt Hats. Of late some complaint has been heard as to the wearing quality of these hats. It is stated that they are over stiffened and over finished, and that the gum soon appears upon the surface and the struc ture is easily broken. This is a fault which in years past dogged the steps of the American hatter and wearied the retailer. A hat when sold would seem to be perfect, with no trace of gum on the surface. In a few days it would be brought back looking as if a glue pot had been upset upon the brim. Sometimes even the crown would be disfigured. It was difficult to convince some customers that the retailer was not aware before hand that such a condition would en sue. The reasons why the gum showed itself first upon the brim was that the brim was more heavily stiffened than the crown and was handled more in use. The discovery and the application of the wire edge for brims enabled hatters to dispense with much of the stiffening, and crowns as well as brims were gummed lighter, and thus the whole lmt became flexible. Freedom from the gum nuisance and ease of adjustment to the head were both secured by this improvement,— Mtn's Out fitter.