The Muskogee Cimeter. (Muskogee, Okla.), Vol. 9, No. 50, Ed. 1, Friday, September 25, 1908 Page: 2 of 8
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W. M. TWINI Mlth
From tho daya of Herodotus and
Marco Polo tnwol Iiub boon recog-
nized ns un oducallvo and civilizing
oxj)orlence. A year on tlio continent
of Europe is considered tho best pos-
siblo "finishing" courso for English
and American youth whoso puronts
can afford it; but it is not so com-
monly perceived that a great and val-
uable advanco Is steadily going on in
this country by virtuo of tho Inter-
change of visitors between north and
south and east and west. It Is a
commonplace that the United States
prosonls great diversity of climate
and that it has been peopled from
many different nations of widely vary-
ing habits of life and thought. Such
a diversity of olemenls united in one
national entity would bo agreataourco
of weakness wore it not for tho con-
stant travel for which Americans are
noted. Much of this is due to tho an-
nual conventions of national organiza-
tions. Tho Christian Endeavor so-
ciety tho National Educational nsso-
ck ion tho Grand Army and many
other bodies meet onco a year each
time in a now place; and special rail-
road rates induce largo numbers to'
visit cities which they might other-
wise never see. Tho local prldo of
thoso who act as hosts insures a full
appreciation of whatovor is of inter-
est in Uio surroundings; nnd tho In-
terchange of hospitality draws peoplo
from tho different sections moro close-
ly together and gives them an oppor-
tunity to broaden their outlook and
got new points of view. In a smaller
way hundreds of trado associations
and fraternal orders are doing tho
same thing for their members. The
inlluonce of it is probably greater
than any ono can see declares the
Youth's Companion. It has demon-
strated tho fact that hospitality Is not
tho exclusive possession of any ono
Bectlon; that communities which differ
widely In their views on many matters
may each hnvo good reason for the
faitli that Is 'in them; and in tho
end it will greatly hHp to form and
fostor a feeling of national solidarity.
Even tho gain in moro geographical
knowledge is something. "I have seen
wonderful crops of corn and wheat In
my country" said a recont western
visitor to the Now England coast "but
this Is tho first time 1 have ever seen
rocks growing out of the water."
This Is a skeptical age notwith-
standing tho fact that there are many
"easy marks" who can bo readily
"worked" by appeals to their credul-
it y. A Hindoo hypnotist out In Ohio
hnd a lively experience owing to tho
prevalent doubt as to tho gonulneness
of his exploits lie professed to hyp-
notize a young girl and bury her in
a grave in which she was loft for nine
days. Hut certain unbollovers alloged
that a tunnel led to tho grave that
tho colli n had a falso bottom and that
tho girl's pretonded hypnotic sleep
without food was a "fako." Sa
wrought up wore some of tho crowd
says tho Troy (N. Y.) Times that
there wero threats of "gun play" and
general commotion. Tho oxcltomont
calmed down but whllo It lasted thoro
was every prospect of a row. Tho
man from Ohio nowadays much re-
sembles his fellow-American from Mis-
souri. Ho wants to bo shown.
In addition to tho joy of aviating
thoro is always tho fascinating uncer-
tainty na to tho details of tho sub-
sequent connection with terra iiriuu.
THE ASCENT OF MAN.
He stood upon the earth and turned
To gazo on sky and land and sea
While in his ear the whisper burned.
"Behold these all belong to thee!"
O wondrous call to conquests newl
O thrill of blood! O joy of soull
O peaks with ever-wide-Ing vlewl
O race with still receding goall
He heard; he followed evermore
Stumbling and falling wandering far;
Yet sti II advancing while before
His footsteps shone the guiding star.
Until he stood with regal brow
No more as on the primal sod
A creature yet ungrown but now
Lord of two worlds and child of God.
Rossitcr W. Raymond.
THE FACE IN THE MIRROR
By RICHARD B SHELTON
(Copyilght by Shortatory Pub. Co.)
It was Caverley's intention to se-
lect a present for her birthday no
ordinary conventional little gift but
somothing which would show her that
tho selection had required time and
search something you couldn't see ly-
ing In shop windows or advertised in
tho back of magazines somothing to
bring tho color to her cheeks and tho
sparkle to her eyes and cause her to
exclaim "You've rummaged all over
town for it haven't you you dear
To this end ho spent many after-
noons in queer places pawnbrokers'
shops curio stores and musty base-
ments where odd volumes or first edi-
tions might be brought to light.
Ho had well-nigh given up further
search and decided to go back to a
llttlo shop uptown and purchase an
hour glass of quaintly carved Ivory
ho hadn't tho faintest Idea to what
use she could put It when a lucky
chance changed his plans.
Ho was passing an auction room
whore a red Hag Haunted over tho
sidewalk and a shabby man with
leathern lungs bawled forth an an-
nouncement that the entire stock of
treasures Inside would bo sacrificed
at auction at 2.30 and in the same
breath he Invited the passerby to step
in and Inspect It. Moro from idle cu-
riosity than anything else Caverley
went within. There was the usual
array of vases and chlnaware jtatu-
ettes and rather glaring lamps. He
wandered about whllo a little man
with a high pitched voice trotted be-
side him tolling wonderful tales about
every article before which Caverley
mado a momentary pause.
"Delft sir genuine Delft" tho llttlo
man was saying as ho held up some
hideous blue platos when Caverley In-
terrupted him with an exclamation of
surprlao. His eye had fallen on a
silver hand mirror and ho picked it
up and examined It carefully.
"Tho very thing" ho said to him-
self; then turning to his self-appointed
guldo "How much?"
Everything was to bo sold at auc-
tion tho man explained still if the
gentleman desired It very much and
found it Inconvenient to come in tho
"I do" said Caverley shortly. "How
How much did ho think it worth to
him? Caverley named a price and the
other made hasto to take him up. A
few moments later with his purchase
in his pocket ho was hurrying up tho
It was a queer llttlo mirror. Tho
back was of oxidized silver quaintly
embossed an impossible Cupid reach-
ing out for a laurel wreath which com-
pletely surrounded him. It was tho
very thing for a present to her.
For some time ho sat turning tho
mirror ubout in his hands making
jocular comments now and then to
tho enwreathed Cupid. Then suddenly
ho sat bolt upright with a strnuge
expression on his face. He had glanced
into tho mirror and the reflection he
beheld there was not that of his own
features. He could scarcely believe
his sight. He looked again. The faco
ho beheld was one from which he
shrank; a strong firm face it might
havo been at some time but now
It was disfigured by hideous scars.
He laid tho mirror on a nearby table
and sprang from his chair. He knew
it was weakness but for the life of
him he could not help walking over
to the glass on his shaving table and
glancing into it. It was his own faco
that met his gaze and he was hear
tily ashamed of tho sigh of relief he
gave as he saw it
He returned to his chair and picked
up tho mirror. Again ho glanced Into
It. This time it was his own square
clean-shaven face which looked back
"Well I am a skittish fool" said
he and turned the mirror over. The
Cupid favored him with the smile
which was its perpetual attribute and
at that Caverley laughed easily aud
put the mirror in a drawer.
"You're not quite so much tho ar-
ticle I wanted as I took you to be"
But some sort of morbid fascination
about the mirror caused him to tuke
it often from the drawer. Ho came
to look upon it with loathing and
each time that uncouth faco peered
back at him he felt creepy sensa-
tions of alternate warmth and chifl
yet so strong was the spell it cast
over his better senses that he was
unable to keep his mind from it.
When her birthday came Caverley
took her the hour-giass and made no
mention of the mirror. Indeed ho
spoke of it to no ono for he felt an
intense disgust at Ails own actions re-
garding it. Yet every night ho brought
It out and turned it about ilhttl the
faco ho had como to hate stared back
at him. Then with a curse ho would
throw It Into tho drawer and paco
tho room until ho was tired out.
In time ho discovered that tho mir-
ror must bo held in a certain position
for tho face to appear. Otherwlso it
gave normal reflections. His discovery
gave him a certain courage. It took
away some of the welrdness of tho
thing and suggested tho prosaic
course of inquiring into tho origin of
tho curio. He sought the manager of
the auction room who with a smile
and bow professed entire ignoranco
of the source whence the mirror had
como. Caverley taking out a $20-
dollar note clipped it in two with his
pocket scissors and handed one half
to the auctioneer.
"This half is now useless to me"
he said "but it will bo worth $20 to
you when you discover who sold you
Some weeks passed and Caverley
studied the mirror in a practical way.
He noted that it was of unusual thick-
ness and this aroused his suspicions.
"I'll take it to pieces" said he and
this ho proceeded to do. It took con-
siderable time and patlcnco to work
the back loose without damaging tho
glass but by. dint of perseverance
ho managed it. Hack of the glass ho
found a shallow metal pan. Ho at-
tacked this and in a few moments hud
separated it from tho mirror proper.
The pan removed tho whole matter
was plain. Set slantwise beneath tho
beveling on tho right-hand side was
an ambrotype of the face he knew
so well. The picturo extended per-
haps a third of the distance across the
mirror and was covered with a thick
plate of glass so that looking squarely
into the mirror rollection was nor-
mal but by sloping It to tho right
until tho ambrotype was horizontal
tho faco with the scars appeared.
Caverley took the ambrotype to the
light and stood looking at It for soma
"Whoever you are" said he "you're
not an attractive chap but I'd double
that twenty to find out about you."
Tho mnttor was rapidly slipping
from his mind when ono day the man-
ager of the auction-room called on
him and brought with him an elderly
gentleman whom Caverley judged
rightly to bo a lawyer.
"That mirror" tho elderly gentle-"
man said when the matter on which
they had called was broached "was
the property of a client of mine a
Miss Damon. It was sold after her
death with a lot of other personal
property not disposed of in her will.
There's a queer story about it but
I don't know that I can tell it correct-
ly for it was told to me in fragmonts
whenever my client cared to mention
the subject which I assure you srr
was seldom indeed. As well as I can
piece these bits together it was some-
thing like this:
"Many years ago her family' lived
in tho south and there she met u
young physician who became greatly
attached to her. It seems an epldemlo
of smallpox broko out and the doctor
risked his professional reputation in
getting the Damons away and through
the lines of the 'shot-gun quarantine'
which had been established. He re-
mained there and eventually came
down vith the disease which left him
with horrible scars. Upon his re-
covery .he wrote Miss Damon telling
her of this and she replied In a letter
filled with expressions of deepest sym-
pathy; scars of tho sklu she wrote
could not mar the soul and bade him
come to her but somehow the letter
miscarried and he never received it.
He waited for the answer through
several trying months and then wrote
her saying he should go abroad to
bury himself somewhere In Europe.
Sho was right he said to consider
him us one deud. He sent the mirror
at the same time. There wasn't much
to tell and 1 fear I have hardly done
It Justice" tho lawyer concluded.
Caverley with great patience put
tho mirror together again and that
evening ho took it to the lady for
whom' he had bought it and told her
tho story. And she being a sympa
f.iotlc little woman wept.
Glad to Get Back to His Cage.
A Hon broke loose at an electrical
exhibition at Marseilles and made his
way on tho stage of the theater whero
a ballet was being rehearsed. Tho
panic among tho women of tho ballet
when the lion suddenly came into
view was intense. Three of the dan-
cers however were possessed of more
courage than the rest and snatching
off their shoes they beat the greatly
astonished beast into submission
When the lion tamer arrived the Hon
welcomed him with ovident Joy and
allowed himself to bo led buck to his
cage in the most docile fashion. He
seemed as glad to get away from the
ballet girls vlb they were to be rid of
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