Garber Sentinel. (Garber, Okla.), Vol. 14, No. 9, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 5, 1912 Page: 7 of 8
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MADE TRAMP MINER'S HEIR
T is not often that a man
feeds a Btray fowl and has
it magically turn into the
goose that laid the gold-
en egg, but that is
just what has happened
to Joe Harris of Knox-
ville, former auction-
eer and member of the
Tennessee legislature and
now in his old age a poor
poultry dealor. T^wenty-
tive years ago Harris fed,
clothed and staked a tramp
miner, William Robinson,
whom he picked up on the streets of
Knoxville, and the other day through
Ixjndon solicitors he learned that he
Is the beneficiary of Robinson's will.
The one time trainp died recently in
Melbourne leaving an estate said to
exceded two million dollars.
When he befriended Robinson Har-
ris was a famous auctioneer and went
from city to city through the south
conducting sales. He was a pictur-
esque figure. Tall and gaunt, a little
stooped, always in frock coat and high
silk hat. Harris attracted crowds
wherever he went. He had a tre-
mendous stock of funny stories and
knew how to tell them so that when
he mounted a stand to cry his goods
men pushed as close as they could to
listen because they were sure of en-
tertainment. He was quick to see
funny incidents and could always get
back at any wag who tried to ba
facetious with him. Sales were often
delayed until his services could be
He made from three to five hundred
■dollars every day he worked and
sometimes by taking a commission
would make as much as $10,500 a day.
Generous to a fault, he spent and gave
away money as fast as he earned It.
No one in distress was ever refused
help by him.
One day as he waited for a train in
Virginia he saw a woman crying in the
station. She held a baby in her arms
while a little boy about five years old
sat beside her, trying to console her.
"What's the trouble over there?"
Harris asked a native cf the place.
"She's been turned oht and has to
go home to her folks," came the an-
"Why?" asked Harris, touched by
the woman's grief.
"Did you see that rich Col. W— at
the sale today? Well, he sold her hus-
band a little house for $1,000. They
were to pay for it on the installment
plan. Her husband died last week ow-
ing the Colonel $271, so he turned the
woman and the children out because,
he said, he knew they could not finish
"That amount don't represent a
day's work for me," said Harris. "Call
some responsible man. I'll leave the
money to finish paying for the house."
Harris was already opening a wallet
containing more than $1,000 which he
had just made in that particular town.
"Let the poor thing stay in her home!"
The train was whistling, and Har-
ris handed over the amount, adding,
"I'll be here again Monday and will
settle any minor expenses incident to
The favor was forgotten by Harris
until a day or two ago he had a let-
ter from the little boy, now grown to
manhood. He had read an account
of Harris' good fortune and wanted
to congratulate him. Ho and his moth-
er had never been able to write their
thanks for his kindness to them be-
cause all they knew of their benefac-
tor was that his name was Harris
and that he was an auctioneer. They
did not know where he lived
This was only one of many like in-
cidents In his life. He once gave a
beggar whom he found in a pitiable
physical condition in the streets of
Nashville $150 with which to go to a
hospital for treatment.
It was in January, 1887, that Harris
met the man who has just left him
more than $2,000,000. At that time
Harris operated an auction house in
Knoxville. As he went into town one
morning he stopped by an old freight
depot that ho had just bought and was
having torn down. While he was look-
ing about giving orderB to the men at
work, he noticed Robinson tip his
shabby old hat to him Harris
stopped and looked the man in the
face. Robinson was evidently hungry.
"Have you had breakfast, young
man?" Robinson was then 28.
"No, sir, 1 haven t."
"Take this quarter," began Harris,
"and go over to Ronner's saloon and
get you two drinks. They'll brace
you up. Then I'll take you home for
At the table Harris offered Robin-
son f2 a day to oversee the negroes
at work on the old depot. Robinson
accepted eagerly. When Harris pass-
picked up a violin belonging to Harris.
"Never in my life had 1 heard such
fiddling, declared Harris in an in-
terview last night. "That's the same
Butte, .Mont., was a rnecca then for
j all fortune hunters, and Uoblnsou was
j anxious to try his luck there. So Ilar-
l ' is paid his debt to Col. Bell, bought
I t'im a ticket to Butte and gave him
a roll of money. Robinson left Nash- i
ville March 10, lS87
Six years iate^ Harris heard from ,
him. The expressman brought him a !
package containing $500 from Robin- j
son, who was then at Cape Nome, In ]
the gold fields of Alaska.
Since that time Harris has had j
many misfortunes. The great strain j
of auctioneering both indoors and out
■ GIRL'S PLUCK
Saved Her Father's
STRICT AS TO DIVORCE
fers constantly with his throat No
longer able to conduct sales, he is con- j
nected with a small poultry business
and is forced to live in a very modest
old fiddle there under rny bed I turn- has almost ruined his v
ed to my wife when he finished play-
ing and I said, You can expect this
man home to supper tonight. Any-
body that fiddles like Robinson here
can find lodging as well as food in my
Ho the medley played on the old
fiddle changed the course of events
for both men. Harris can still hear
the old tune echoing down the years,
but now to the accompaniment of
^ ou needn't go back to work those
denly left behind. He would need to
travel lightly that evening.
Afterward with his knife he ripped
up the registered mall bug. Here dis- j
i appointment met him; he had not cal-
*!,« n ♦ n | . _ . . . ! elated that It was the day before | NORWEGIAN LAWS PROMISE TO
ilie Uut-Ueneraled a Robber and ; pay day, and that the mail would be j SOLVE A PROBLEM.
light He thrust a bundle of the more '
promising looking letters into his j
pockets. Meanwhile, evldenly com- Recogn|,e Incompatablllty of Temper-
plely cowed and frightened, the girl i
lay back in the chair, watching hlra t
| with wide-open, horrified eyes. Men- j
j zies anticipated no trouble from her. |
He rose; lie was going to put the tel-
I '-graph and telephone out of commis-
| slon. The former
By H. M
As the freight
round the benu Into the distance Men
ties crouched under the lee of the j
"Oice. He suf- bank and looked cautiously around I
him. His clothes were ragged, his
shoes displayed a liberal space of un- '
clad ankle; also, he was hungry.
"Hard Luck" Menzies, he wus called ,
His wife, still fond of the beau- j among Ills fctiow yeggs, Hobo by j
tiful things to which she was accua- : trade, thief as a side line, h\s sobri- I
tomed until late years, has made their quel had hitherto always justified It- i
two rooms over an old store bright ; self. Where others of his kind re- j
with window boxes of blooming How-1 ceived a generous meal he would fall |
ers and green vines. foul of a bulldog; and he hardly ever j grinning
Everything about the place is neat I stole a ride but he was spotted and j
and clean, but very plain. There are ' thrown into the cinder-strewn road-
six or eight large
ament, but Are Not In Haste to
Act Upon It—Children, and
Division of Property.
already accomplished with a small
fire ax which lay conveniently near
to hand; but as he approached the
latter instrument, considering where
to begin, the girl spoke for the first
A Narweglan woman, Fru Ella
enterprise he bad ; Anker, a leader of the feminist move-
ment in Norway, announces that the
divorce problem is solved in her coun
try. The law is new as yet, having
been framed in 1910, but so far it has
worked well and is of promise.
The Norwegian law is based on the
"Won't you do something for me principle that the only moral basis of
first.'" she asked piteously. I uiarriage Is a mutual love. Wh6n tola
miss," answered Menzles,
"Except put back them
. _ bird cages in the bed
niggers this afternoon," Harris told I combination living and bedroom, for j This lime, however, fate seemed to
0.'"so" as they left the house lo- j Mr. Harris is a great admirer of Bong- | bave been kind to htm. lie had laid
to the auction
gether. "You com
house with me."
it was a new Robinson, freshly
shaven and well dressed in new
clothes from his shoes to his hat who
went home with Harris that night.
When Harris went to Nashville to
take his seat as representative from
Knox county in the Tennessee legis-
lature he took Robinson with him. Be-
fore starting he had his own tailor
make Robinson a $45 suit of clothes.
Harris had won eight silk hats on Har-
rison's election and he handed one
of them over to his new friend.
"If I wear a silk hat to Nashville
you 21 wear one too," he said.
Tliey stopped at the old Maxwell
bouae and Harris furnished Robinson
birds and loves to hear their music. his plans well. He had ridden from
He does not seem elated over the ( Uniondale upon a freight and leaped
news of his good luck, but will contin- j off at the precalculated place without
ue to go about his work as usual until j detection. He knew that Old Man
the fortune has actually been turned Keyes, the station agent, was hurry-
over to him, As he sat in the light "l|K west upon the night, train that
of a little oil lamp on a table beside rRU by 1 lowland Junction, that his
him, never lifting his eyes from the daughter took charge during bis rare
"°°r as he talked, he did not appear absences, and that there must be two
to be over 50. for hiB hair and long thousand dollars, all told, in the tiny
mustache are still red, with no touch wayside station which stood alone In
of gray. Hs modest about his gen i the center of a vast plain of swamp-
erosity in the past, constantly declar 'ots.
ing that he never did much for char Tb
I never did anything more than 1 1 were almost Infinitesimal. Once the
ought to have done," he frequently as 1 money was his he would strike for
Berts. "I have made over $100,000 Uniondale along the pike which par-
auctioneering." | alleled the railroad, and, the five
"No, no, it isn't that." she answered
hastily, "it's my father. He'll lose
his position for this and he's too old
to get employment anywhere else"
Menzies leered at her amiably.
"Sorry to get him fired from his job,"
he said. "VVhatcher want me to do?
Get him another?"
"Well, what kin 1 do?" Menzles
growled. "Divvy up with him?"
"No. I want you to leave a ines
sage saying that you took the money
I'll—I'll write it for you on my type
writer," she added with trembling ! divorced they appear before a magis-
lips, while her heart began beatlnti (rate and ask for "an order." They
| furiously. "It won't, take a moment, then go to the "Conciliation Board "
night was moonless and this i And It's his position." | whose business it Is to examine into
favored him; the chances of capture [ Menzles was tickled by the Idea, i the case and If possible bring about a
As a tramp he had acquired the habit ! reconciliation. Finding this Impossl-
ol leaving impudent messages on the hie. they are granted an order of sep
walls of hostile farm buildings; this J
ceases and the parties are convinced
they can no longer live together hap-
pily. the law steps In and provides for
divorce The first step is admission
to separation. No divorce is granted
under a year after separation is asked
for. This is the stated period when
both parties ask for divorce on
grounds that intimate mutual good
will no longer exists and reconcilia-
tion is impossible. If only one party
asks for divorce the period of separa
tion is two years.
The proceedings are largely in the
hands of the administrative officials,
and do not ordinarily get into court.
When a couple decide they wish to be
miles completed, what easier than to
conceal himself and his hoard among
the floating mining population of that
little Pennsylvania town?
After a while he rose cautiously
from behind tile shelter of the bank
and, crouching low toward the damp
ground, approached the shanty. A
single electric light burned within.
Against this he could see the profile
of a woman seated at a typewriter;
be heard as he drew nearer the tap,
tap of the keys. At her left band
was a telegraph hoard; at her right
a telephone. His first object, then,
must be to withdraw her attention
from those two convenient instru-
ments, before he could venture to
lay hands upon the comfortable piles
of greenbacks which a sure instinct
told him lay neatly folded within the
drawer of her desk.
struck him as humorous. Besides, no-
body knew his scrawl. "Sure, miss,"
he answered. "Only, you see, my ed-
dication was rather neglected after I
leit college, and 1 ain't a first-class
"I only want you to put your name
to It," answered the girl "May 1 go
to the typewriter?"
As Menzies watched her suspicious-
ly, she rose and drew her chair to the
front of the machine, In which she
inserted a sheet of telegraph paper.
The telephone, on which Menzles fixed
his eye, ready in case of treachery,
stood on a movable arm, placed there
for the person at the desk, so that It
could be swung back, this obviating
a ration, for one year or two. as above,
at the end of which period, if either
demands it, the decree of divorce Is
granted. The administrative officials
investigate the charges, settle the
financial question and arrange as to
the care of children. The cost Is very
slight, from $1 to $25, no lawyers be-
After divorce, the common property
Is divided equally between husband
and wife. Usually the husband Is
called on to contribute to the support
of his wife If the divorce is caused
by her conduct he can be excused
from this duty; If she marries again
he Is also excused. The magistrate
fixes the amount of the levy and col-
lects his contribution. When a Nor-
the necessity of rising and going to weglan husband dies or is divorced t>is
the box on the wall. From the top \ wife cati claim half of his possessions,
of the desk projected a pile of led He cannot give away more than one-
gers, form books and paper; the I third of his property without her con-
girl's eye had quickly noticed that, in | sent, whereas she has a right to all
she earns after her marriage
All at once his eyes fell upon some- | pushing back the telephone arm, tht
thing that set his heart thumping ex- j hook of the receiver would brush this,
ultantly. It was a revolver, doubtless ! By deft manipulation . .
the girl's father's, which he had left i She pushed it petulantly away, and,
with her for protectioti in case any- j as she had hoped, the pile of books
body should choose that night of all ■ caught the hook, so that tho receiver
others on which to make hia attempt. | w as iu)t resting squarely In it. To one
But she had placed It at her back. , unpractloed in the use of the instru-
on a small table and just within ! ment the difference would not have , v..
reach of his hand if be could gain j been noticeable; nevertheless the ef* | th
the window sill. With the dexterity
born of long practice Menzies hoisted
himself upon the sill and, reaching
In carefully, grasped the weapon by
the muzzle and drew it toward him.
At that moment the, girl suddenly
rose, and Menzies, still holding the
weapon, crouched hack behind the
jutting portion of the window frame;
lect was to summon the person at
the other end to his receiver. And
thus, three miles away, the bell was
sounding in Harry Grant's wayside
office. He hurried to the receiver.
"Hello!' he called "Is that you
Kdna?" He repeated bis call twice;
and then, In sudden apprehension,
listening intently, be heard the faint
Children are regarded as a mutual
obligation and both parents must aid
In their sunport. No fixed rules are ,
laid down, tpe circumstances deciding
the case according to the view of the
magistrate The parents may decide
upon a plan, subject to the magis-
trate's approval If they cannot agree
minister of justice settles the
in this position he was invisible ex- j click-click of the girl's typewriter,
cept in case she should come to the Meanwhile the girl had begun to
window. The girl took down the re- ! Wl'lte her message.
ceiver Menzies prepared for flight "This is to certify," she wrote, and
at Iter, first words Then, as he re- ' read, "that I—1?" she looked up in-
membered that she bad made no i qulrlngly
movement toward the revolver, his
Hello! she called. "Crosstown!
that you, Harry? Yes, this is me.
Father had to meet the superinten-
dent n*. HOwland Junction this eve-
ning and I'm In charge. No; why
should ; be af.-aid? He left me his
revolver" Menzies heard her laugh
isoftlv. Tiien, "You're at the telephone
tonight?" she continued. "Of course
"My monaker, Miss? Menzles—
Hard Luck Menzles is what they calls
me I* guess we'll let It go at that."
"That I, Hard Luck Menzles, have
robbed this office of all the bills that
were in the desk, and have likewise
stolen the registered mail, during Mr
Keyes' absence." She breathed s
huge sigh of relief Now at all cost
she must detain him a few moments.
"That means ten years for lnterfer-
with plenty of spending money. Rob ^ He lias no children except an adopt
insou never mentioned his relatives ir , ed daughter, now married, who lives
he had any living He appeared to be ! in Kentucky Since the news of hi-
a man of refinement and culture, well I fortune has gone out over the country
able to take care of himself in the i Harris has received hundreds of let
company of the legislators and state j ters, many of thom rrom women who
senators with whom he was constantly j want to marry him. If he is single.
associated in the famous old hotel in they write, please notify them and
Tennessee's capital. He was grateful i they will send their pictures
to Harris and warm In his praise of "The notoriety is the only un pleas'
him. lie frequently expressed his be- j a„t thing about it." he laughed, hold '"rawer—Ilikewise the registered mall
lief that he would strike it rich some j ing the lamp over his head to light his j Hp Srlnned with the satisfaction of
day and be able to return Harris' visitors down the dark hallway of the work well do ie for the girl, terrified,
kindness i old building, which lie may soon lea M*1"81 uttered a stifled
One night as they were having a I for a luxurious houie. sank Into her
drink together Robinson declared that
he wanted to play the grain market at
old Col. Bell's place, and Harris gave j Mr. Dudgeon, director-general of th j was actually In the drawer
him toO for the purpose. Later Rob- department of agriculture, states thai Now If you'll sit perfectly still,
inson went to the Maxwell house with the department is interesting itself ii ! miss," said Menzies, "you won't be
$l,.tno tint he hnd made out of the ! the propagation of the white egrol, i hurt any I'll just shift you away
I will If I need anybody, but who's j '"s wirl1 the government mails," she
going tc break in this evening of all
nights in the year?"
A few more words and (be bung
up the receiver Turning to resume
her seat, the girl came face to face
with Menzies, now. In tho room and
covering her with the revolver
"Sorry to scare you, miss," he vol-
unteered, "hut I'm not going to harm
you. I want that money in that there
Egypt to Preserve Egret.
cry and then
chair, half fainting,
-taring up at him with a look of ab-
j ject terror. Menzies looked; the key
r , which is a great worm destroyer.
Now, Robinson, you put $1,000 in Unfortunately, owing
1 from that there telegraph
mv .. . . . . , ^ - r, to the tradf He carried her In the chair Into
hi , a 8 Nash- that is carried on in its feathers, the (the center of the office and then set
t is safe, and you can operate | species had become rather rare in | about his task. Inside the drawer,
ward Robinson appeared to be much
depressed and finally confessed that
ed the depot at noon he called to Rob- I he had lost his laBt dollar on May
inson and took him home to dinner, wheat and was in debt $50 to Col.
After the meal was over Robinson ' Bell.
on the remaining three hundred, ad Egypt. A law has now been passed neatly stacked into separate compart-
Iff,? T'0 ""T I Prohibiting the shooting of this bird | ments, were various piles of bills-
with the result that while in the be
ginning of the year there were onlj
800 wbito egrets at Slmbellawen tlicrt
are now about double that number —
five fifties, a heap of twenties, and
several tens and lives There must
have been more nearly a thousand
than five hundred dollars, besides a
heap of silver, which Menzles pru-
said, half Incoherently
"Hell!" answered Menzles lrrever
ently. "Is that all? Go on. 'And I'll
meet you all in—heaven ' Now gimme
the pen and I'll put my tag to It."
He signed and then, snatching the
fire ax, with a few well-directed
blows put the telephone out of com
mission and, buttoning his coat
round him, leaped through the win-
As the typewriter ceased and the
crash sounded over the wires the
man at the other end leaped for his
"Robbery at Balnesville," he clicked
over the keys "A woman killed. I
Telephone Uniondale and all sta- I
New Idea for Stereoscope.
The old-time stereoscope, the friend
of our childhood days, is promised a
return to popularity in a somewhat
new guise The old-time device has
been hitched to the latest phase of the
• holographic art and It may bo but
'i short tlm« before the modernized
stereoscope will be seen in the par-
lors and sitting rooms of every home
as it was once before. The mov-
ing picture machine has been made
available for domestic purposes, it is
no longer limited to the auditorium
and the hall, but a new camera, small,
compact, and easily operated and not
expensive, places the facility for mak
ing ihese pictures within the reach of
the amateur With the knowledge ac
quired with a little practice one may
make pictures which will catch the
merry twinkle of the eye, the fleeting
light " baby's dimple and the little
Individualities which are lost in the
fussimss of the studio pose.
Sometimes one wonders if the world
has forever lost its sense of peace and
beauty, and if we are to whiz and yell
and advertise till the end of time Will
i simple pleasures seem tame and quiet
! ways unsuccessful? Or are we mac'
I only for a little term, and will we re-
j turn to spacious and serene things
! after this fever cools? Shall we soon
! turn from the clatter of these days.
the temporal dioplay, the unreal
j values Eel on position and success, the
| scorn of what is simple-hearted and
generous, the haste and noise that
drown out all gentle voices? It is time
to recover our knowledge of the wtnd
tions." Then lie collapsed in his seat I .u un. u
and bis face went white. But he did " thp hlU?' theu8",!,,t ******* o' a
not leave his Instrument until ,he ""'turners day. the swift wind-swept
"How do you know?"
"I got her last message. Morse code
on typewriter In front of open
That was how "Hard Luck" Men-
zles came to step Into the anus of a
posse at Crosstown.
(Copyright. 1912. by W. a. Chapman.)
The fragrant flower proclaims Itself
procession of early autumn clouds, tho
sea In calm and storm, with the break-
ing waves that near away the beach—
Pretty Well Settled Now,
A Boston jurist has decided that a
husband is justified in resisting a
wife's attempts to go through his
pockets. As there was a previous de
clslon to the contrary, It is now up
to the higher tribunal—and the wives.
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