The Curtis Courier. (Curtis, Okla.), Vol. 6, No. 52, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 13, 1906 Page: 2 of 8
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The Young Folks.
By William Wallace, jr.
Sniffles and rorxlles were twins.
They had the bluest eyes and the
(relluwest hair you ever saw, and
their bodies were made of fine hid,
while tlx ir heads, hands and feet
were of bisque. Sniffles wore a
dainty sailor suit of white ser^e
trimmed with bine braid and brass
buttons, and Foodies was glorious
in a frock of pink mullc trimmed
with white lace. Therefore, you
will understand that Sniffles was a
boy doll and Toodles a j»irl doll.
• lie h<me of Sniffles and Tood-
les was a verv, very nice one. not
•o say qttile elegant'. Rut the twins
grew so tired of staying forever in
i he nursery, where Hx-ir little
mother came during her vacations
hnd holidavs to |dav with them,
^nd they were not the only play-
things she had. for the great phv-
fnem was cro<«-'t»-(| with everv
Manner of toy known to tovmak-
er'. and as the '-nmll mistre>s of
th" room was rni nnlv child, stie
bad manv other interests than
lb' se belonging to her niirs**rvt
It-rides tlio little mother of Sniff-
le* 1' and Toodles >vis net*iim -i |,jt
•O' old for dolls, for she Ind been
%t::t away to a private school the
▼ear before, and since then had
fett hers-lf finite a voting ladv. al-
though she was but ten years of
And so it was that the twins
•fghed for change and excitement.
'Often they looked flown from the
■nrserv window into a prettv park
that bordered the opposite side of
the street and watched with lonely
hearts the children nlaving there.
So many little girls came to the
fmrk every flay, bringing their dol-
lies with them for the air rpd rec-
reation. Some of the dolls rode in
dainty wicker eahs. -md this «si«rbt
rmsrd Sniffles and Toodles to feel
•be irony of their fate all the k^n-
fr; for was there not a dear, silk-
lined doll cab— bought expressly
tor them—right there in the room
%tth them? And had it not been
•evera? months since fltov had been
taf-en abroad in it? And was this
SNIFFLES AND TOOuLfcS RAN AWAY.
that she love* us dearly in memory! “Yes. but we’d better remain
oi the old da)'. ^ I hen in a few here aixl keep watch over them or
weeks more she’ll be gone to the some evil person will carry them
country or seashore with her pa- off,” said the other. So they sat
rent' atxl more loneliness will fol- down beside the twins and waited
**r U^’ almost dark. As no one came
tei, I guess you are about to claim the dolls, ami it was so
right,” acquiesced Sniffles, other- late that the children must go
wise the "Admiral.” "Rut as the home, they decided to cam them
house is always locked, how are home ami return to the park the
we going to get out of it? I’m in following day. carrying tbe dolls
for going some place if we can up and down the paths hunting for
make mtr escape.” ,],eir owner. So Sniffles and Too |.
\\ lu re there’s a will there’s a les soon found themselves tile cen-
wav, quoted Toodles. "We ll wait ter of an admiring family. There
and watch. Tomorrow the maid was the mother and father and h g
wi'l come here to put the things in brother to express their pleasure
order tor the winter, and ten to with the dolls. Never had t’ e
one she’ll leave the nursery floor twins be»n so happv as in this new
opm while she is busy. Then we home. Here thev occupied chairs
must slip out while her hack is at 'lie table beside the little, ladi ;
turned. Once we are down stairs who had found them. And at
m the hall we II have no difficulty night thev were put to bed on a big
in getting to the street, for the chair—well covered, too. from the
postman will come several times in cold—in the room in which the
the afternoon and we must creep girls slept.
out past the butler as he is finger-1 The next day the little girls
mg the mail You know he is half promenaded the park paths far
> m< and very curious about the several hours, going in the morn-
addresses on the envelopes. I’ve jng and again ir the afternoon
seen him turn the letters over and wjth the dolls in a prettv cib,
over, studying the superscriptions v latch they had borrowed from a
. I",stm*’irks, leaving the door friend for the purpose. And everv
l.ir the while. During one of child thev met thev would ask:
these pauses of his—and while he "Did you lose a doll or dolls in the
is intently spelling out the name pai|. yesterday?” To which they
on some envelope—we must creep aJway, met with a negative an-
from behind the hall bench, where Mver<
we shall hide, and gain the street And so they went again and
w ilc the door is open for us ” again to the park, day after day,
I m with you, sister, said Snif- huntinfg for the owner of Sniffles
es. ot utwise the Admiral. ”1 at1fj Toodles to no avail. After a
hope the maid wi 1 not fail to coni" I wcek bad Knnc bv thp children’s
tomorrow; to do this r. mu and that parcnts tol(1 thcni ,i,at tl,cv might
she wil! kmdly leave the room door makc up thcjr minds that the dolls
, had been left bv some out-of-town
t 11 *; morrow true to rood-' cbj|d> and that thev would never he
les prediction—the house mai l claimed. So the jitt|e Kjrls ,hn cd
came into the nursery to arrange and dapped their hands with glee,
am pit n«iy things for the win- for now Sniffles and Toodles be-
ter. And-as Toodles had dc- ,on , to tbem. And in thc pri.
dare,l she might do-she left the v * of thcir bed ,hat night Tood-
door open into the hall. Scarcely lcs whispCred to Sniffles: “I’m ban-
had she hefnin nultimr hu/qv in* *. * «
had she begun putting away the
toys, which lay scattered about on
tables and chairs, when Toodles
pv now; aren’t you Admiral?” To
which the Admiral replied:
'This ship just suits me. There’s
.......................... . , - ... inis snip just suns me. meres
toot enough to make even a doll’s ,a ^cr ,brotber *° something doing. I always hated
fccjrt heavy? ,!°!'PW her.»^ .<)?")«;« too touch riche, and aristocracy.
But every lane has a turning
Bofht, not to sav an end, and Sniff-
ita and Toodles made up their
I ’Ms to bring their lonely, ,un-
fventful life to some change. This
•ccision was reached one cool No-
vember day as thev lav on the edge
of a table and looked out on the
gay life of the park and street he-
towr. Tt was Toodles—veritable
little Eve, to tempt her ^brother—-
quickly and quietly, and within a
few moments they were safely
hind the great cushioned hall
bench, which stood in a shadowy
corner near the front door.
Then they folded their hands and
went to sleep, as happy as could be.
It Is to Bmil*.
To live too fast it also to die too
who first suggested leaving the
Borne where thev had lived ever
•free the first Christmas after thev
Were made in France and brought
this country to he put in a Fifth
“Well, Admiral.” said Toodles,
F ho always called her brother b'v
that honorable title, owing to his
WuTor suit, which suggested the
Mvy. “I’ve been thinking today
that it would be worth while for us
fio ^ leave this dull place. There
Isn’t a child in the house nor in
me Mock, except the little ones
wpo com^ from some of the less
Autocratic streets to play in the
Baric opposite. Even the rrown-
Vips will soon be going to Europe
•—or some other place—for the
Vinter. Then here we’ll lie in this
tonefv room till next summer*
|rnen onr little mother will come*
i to take a peep at us, kiss us
,?>udy do and then tell us she is
big to play with us longer, but
After waiting there for an hour fa8t
or more in almost breathless anx- j prospective heirs are usually glad to
iot) Sniffles and Toodles heard wear dead men's shoes,
the hell ring and saw' .the butler, xhc worker with the most sand us-
open thc door and take h’s hands j „njjy (8 the first to raise the dust,
lull of letters. As lie stood glanc-, To lo8e head ,8 often the im.
ing them over the great door naodlate preface of losing one’s feet
ajar_Tn°c,lcs,crept forth, keeping If solne of your chlna ha3 been m
well in the shadow, and pissed right' the famtly for year9 you probably
1 y the old butlers legs out upon „a8h your own dlshe8.
. ™>ite nifrblc .S|CPS- Senngi XVhen thP poor youn(? man find8 8
h.s sister safe outside Smffles fol- rlch „Mt„ half,- he ai80 ,8 apt to find
lowe.l just at the very minute when bctter QUarter8.
the bttUer turned to c ose the door. The gonK of the nightlngaIe8 may be
Rut the old fellow s head he.ng el- go mournful mornlng after
evated in a most d.gmfied fashion. t flud thelr bills all over
he did not sec the pair of small folk dew
who nndr flioir i»vit fr.-im hie rarn.
They say a woman’s atm is poor. It
who made their exit from his care-
fully guarded portal.
| Once in the street the way was
easy for the twins. They ran
across to the park that was now*
almost empty of people, for the fall
winds were blowing about very
cold. Rut dolls do not mind thc
cold unless they are wax: then the
low temperature cracks them and
spoils their smooth skin.
"I suggest we stop here for a
i few moments.” said Sniffles, jump-
ing upon a rustic bench. “This is
the path where all the children
1 come when thc wind blow’s, for the
hill yonder and the hedge behind
protect this particular spot.”
Hardly had Toodles taken her
seat beside her brother, the
| “Admiral,” when down the
path came trooping two lit-
tle girls and a little dog
at their heels. “Ah,” cried one,
! pointing at Sniffles and Toodles,
“someone has left two dolls 1
Mercy, aren’t they 1-o-v-e-l-v 1”
“Oh, aren’t they, just?” an-
swered the second little girl, and
even the dog stopped and sniffed
at the toes of the twins and wagged
his tail in commendation of them.
“\Ye mustn’t take them, though,”
added the last speaker, “for who-
ever forgot them will return
is only natural, after all. that she
should find herself at a man’s feet
when she has thrown herself at his
When a man is told that he Is sus-
pected of being a genius he frequently
destroys the suspicion hy trying to
Work doesn't hurt a man half as bad
as to be worked.
The game that I love beat, said Ned. , gtr little Indians sitting iu a row
Is dear old gay baseball. ■ Ont-ide thetr warm bxp «.•
I’ve never, never played a game One got up and ran away.
I bat compares to It at all ” And the 0*vrs eri'd. ’ V” tk«!”
VV‘*t'* ‘hat/*m “f baseball?” ] Ftve |„Ue Indians played at cards;
One cheated, and was called a liar.
He got mad and cHmt.cd a tv o:
Asked freckled Sam O'Hare;
“Why, kid, it's not s patchln
To football—that 1 swear.”
“Well, you may have football.
And baseball, If you choose;**
So siioke young Hank, the scholar,
“But o'er neither I enthuse.
"I love the game of old-time chess,
For It shows brain and wit;
And really Is the only game
That for gentlemen Is fit.”
Sntull Hob was listening to the talk,
And said: "Thou games may be
The ones you fellers like the best,
But playing hookey Just suits me.”
Tfcep four sat around the fire.
Four little Indians eating meat
f rom a kettle neuth a tree;
One fellow swallowed too much bone!
And died, leaving only thice.
Three liUie Indians all wrapped up
In blankets, bright and new;
One rolled dow u the great steep bank
Leaving the other two.
Two little Indians out on march.
Going towards the setting sun;
One fell through the river Ice!
And then there was but one, '
One little Indian all alone
Took a very sudden pain;
He crept Into a little hole,
■ ne’er came cut again.
Opportunity Ml usd.
"Why, what’s the matter, my lad?"
“Boo, hoc. Youre Is the third shiny high hat wot’s passed in de last half
tour an’ I ain’t got no pebble left. Boo hoo.”
1 Pop. whut’s the differ?:-ce between a visit and a visitation?"
“Er—wty. when ycur grandmothei visits ns it is a visitation!"
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The Curtis Courier. (Curtis, Okla.), Vol. 6, No. 52, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 13, 1906, newspaper, December 13, 1906; Curtis, Oklahoma. (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc405428/m1/2/: accessed November 16, 2019), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.