JS STROKE OF FORTUNE
The Bit of Good Luck That Over
took Barney O'Connor.
WEALTH THRUST UPON HIM.
1 he Visitor That Called to See the Man
Who Had Been Injured—The Sight
That Greeted Him and the Hasty
Proposition He Handed Out.
Several years ngo two brothers
named McDonald were in business In
Ilalsted street. Among the tiabitims
of their establishment was a man
named O’Connor. A mau named An
derson then was claim ageut tor the
street railway company that connected
llalsted with Chicago.
Barney O'Connor was a happy-go
lucky chap who didn t worry much
about anything, lie was partial to
his beer, bad no kith or kin to be re
sponsible for. cared little tor clothes
and worked only when it was abso
lutely esseutial. which wasn't often.
McDonald Bros, liked to have Bar
ney around on account of the wit he
had brought with him from the ould
sod. and so they found little tasks for
him to do. One day Barney was loaf
ing around McDonald's about half Il
luminated and in an extremely rosy
frame of mind when they decided
they wanted some goods over in the
city. Barney was delegated to go after
them. He stopped at the corner buffet,
hoisted another one and took a car tor
The car was crowded fore and aft.
and Barney got on the aft. He didn't
get much more than halfway on the
step when there came a Jolt. The
crowd surged back on Barney, and tie.
with several others, was dumped Into
the street. Barney stifle red worse than
the rest, as he was underneath. But
he wasn’t hurt badly. He was knock
ed unconscious, but after they carried
him into a store and threw cold water
on him he came out of it lu good
shape. All that remained were a lew
Tbe conductor, however, was ex
cited. He was new at the business,
and when be took the names and ad
dresses of the victims of the crash he
got considerably balled up. Perhaps
he made Harney’s injuries a little
more grave than they really were.
After O'C'ounor got over his dizzi
ness he went on uptown and bought
his stuff for the McDonalds, lie also
visited a drinking place on Itauriotph
street. It was there that he learned
of a clam bake that sens to be held
that night at a saloon on lower 11 at
stod Celebrations of this sort sp
iraled to Barney, and he resolved to
he on hand.
He was. They had a lovely time.
Along about 12 o’clock the festivities
became superjoyous. and arguments
arose. Barney was In the midst of
these. Fisticuffs followed forensic
froth, and O'Connor was numbered
among the alalu.
How he got to his room he couldn't
explain coherently, lie sure was some
beat up. What they didn't do to blui
wouldn't take tong to tell. It was
the completest walloping he ever had
He slept late. When he woke up he
wished he could have slept later, lie
found moving undesirable after an at
tempt or two at It. so he stayed in bed.
About 2 o'clock in the afternoon the
landlord of the rooming house came up
and told Barney u mail wanted to see
him. Seldom had Barney had visitors,
and his curiosity was aroused. But
it wasn’t strong enough to Induce him
to get up. lie told the landlord to
have the man sent up to the room.
Anderson, out to settle early and
avoid tbe rush, came in and took a
look at Barney. He nearly fainted.
"It 1 get out of this ou less than sl.-
000 I’ll be lucky.” he told himself.
Then he proceeded to business.
"It kind o' bunged you up, didu’t
it?” he began as a feeler. lie couldn’t
say less, for be had a conscience.
“Well, some." acknowledged Barney,
not grasping tbe pertinence of the
question, but realizing its truth.
“You know, a suit always involves
a lot of delay and trouble, aud the
company has better facilities, and it’s
better for the plaint iff to settle’’—
"Wot are ye* talkin' about?” Barney
“Why. I’m from the street railway,
and we want to see if we can't tix
this tip for you for getting hurt. We
want to do what's right; but. ot course,
Barney saw a great light. It made
him forget bis woes.
“Do yez mean ye want to pay me for
failin' off t!i*‘ car yistiddy?" In* asked.
“That’s the idea,” answered Auder
"Well, here 1 am.” said Barney.
"How much am 1 offered?"
“Üb—er—l think—er—how'd two fifty
“1 think it’s worth at least five,” he
“Now. look here.” explained Ander
son, “if you fight this case it’ll cost
you at least SIOO for u lawyer. You
might get S3OO In a trial, aud still
again you might get nothing. It’s al
ways a good Idea”
“D* VO7. mean ye’ll give me S2.V)?"
interrupted O'Connor, sitting up quick
ly despite his aches.
"That's it.” replied Anderson so fas
cinated by the picture of war’s horrors
portrayed by Barney's face that he
failed to notice the surprise in his
"I'll take it." said O'Connor in a
hurry. "Bring it to me all in quar
The period of deepest sleep varies
from 3 o’clock to 5.
BURNED PAPER MONEY.
Source of Great Profit to the Govern
ment and Banks.
At the redemption windows of the
treasury and of the subtreasuries of
the country any silver coin that has
not been mutilated willfully and which
still is recognizable as from the mints
of the United States will be redeemed
at face value, this in spite of the
fact that the silver in the worn coin
may not be worth half ifH face value.
As to gold coin, the government stands
only a small portion of the loss from
abrasion: but. according to weight,
tlipse worn gold coins always are re
In the case of the paper currency
two-tlfths of a note must be presented
if It shall be redeemed or anew note
issued, and. no matter what the evi
dence may be as to total destruction
of this paper currency, the government
regards it as the holder's individual
loss with which it is uo further con
cerned. Fire may melt SI,OOO worth
of silver coins and It is worth Its metal
value. It may melt SI,OOO in gold
coins and the mint will pay SI,OOO in
new twenty dollar gold pieces for the
mass. But the ashes of SI,OOO in pa
per currency is without value.
In the thousands of fires over the
country every year involving office
buildings, factories, business houses
and family residences an untold total
i of legal tender notes of all kinds are
destroyed. Every piece of such paper
lost is loss to the holder and gain to
I the government or to a national bank.
It is a promissory note hopelessly lost
to the bolder. It is even more, for in
: many cases an individual man might
1 redeem bis debt obligation if he were
assured by the bolder of it that the
1 piece of paper to which he had signed
his name had been destroyed by aeci
: dent and by no chance could turn tip
i again against him.—Chicago Tribune.
Pope as a Witness.
Pope, like Garrick, made but a poor
figure in the witness box. He was
j cited to appear in defense of Bishop
Atterbnry when that prelate was tried
for high treason in the house of lords
lu 17'_’3. "1 never could speak In pub
lic," he told Spence afterward, "and 1
dou't believe that if it was a set tiling
1 could give an account of any story
to twelve friends together, though 1
could tell it to any three of them with
a great deal of pleasure. When 1 was
to appear for the bishop of Rochester
lu his trial, though 1 had but ten
words to gay aud that on a plain point
(how the bishop spent Ills time when
1 was with him at Bromley), 1 made
two or three blunders in It and that
notwithstanding the first row of lords
(which was ail l could seel were most
ly of my acquaintance.” Loudon
The Loet Company.
"Hungry. 1 suppose?" said the sharp
faced womau as she opened the door
just u little bit.
“W’y. no.” answered tbe ragged way
farer. "I've cleau forgot how to be
hungry. But I'm out and out lonely."
“Yes. You see. I haiu’t had nothing
to eat for so long that I’ve got so thin
1 can't cast no shadder, and you aiu't
no idea what company a man’s shad
der is to him while he is trnveliu’
along the road.”
Muggins Is not handsome, and he
knows it. When his first baby was
born he asked. "Does it look like me?"
Of course they replied in the affirma
"Well.” said he. with a sigh, "break
it to my wife gently."—London Tit-
Thousand Dollar Illustration
income, $1,000; expenditure, $099.i)!)
Income. $1,000; expenditure. $1,000.90
Income, $1,000; expenditure, $1,500
Madder Brown—There goes old Dau
ber. He's living on his reputation.
Maulstick—No wonder he looks so thin.
“He’s a very particular man."
"Yes. If the doctor told him that he
was going to die he would want to
telephone ahead for a good room.”—
New York Press.
How many people would be will
ing to write secret thoughts of one
day on a blackboard? —Ex.
> How Are You to Know It’s But a Minute
(■ I'nless you have a good, reliable watch to go
(f Hv —the kind I carry in all styles and prices?
" JUST ANOTHER MINUUTE, please.
Your eyes touted free l.y an expert Optician,
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Wa;ches ' Clocks ’ Jewe,,y C. A. SCUDDE.R,
iP | J ATHLNS, GA.
A Story That Won a Prize and Yet
Was Never Published.
A number of years ago a series of
prizes for the best detective story
was offered by a certain well known
western newspaper, aud the late K. K.
Burton, in collaboration with a fellow
craftsman, entered the competition.
Their story, the theme of which in
volved an Ingenious method of rob
bing a safe in spite of the protection
Hfforded by a time lock, was one of the
five which won prizes, and the authors'
portraits were duly published in the
Issue of the paper which announced
the result of tlie competition. The
prize money, constituting a considera
ble sum. was promptly paid over, but
to the author’s surprise, although the
other four winning stories were pub
lished, that of the time lock failed to
appear. After a few weeks a repre
sentative of the paper called upon Mr.
Burton, explaining that the editor was
anxious to know what authority he
had for his story and whether it would
really be possible to roll a bank after
the fashion that he had set forth.
With the help of a pencil and a few
diagrams Mr. Burton easily proved
the accuracy of the method to the ap
parent satisfaction of his interviewer
and thereafter looked forward to a
prompt appearance of tlie story. But
a few days inter the secret of the d
la.v was revealed. A special envoy of
the paper waited upon him. full of
consternation and apology, and pre
pared to make any amends within rea
son. but vv-'s emphatic in anuouucing
that it wav absolutely impossible to
publish tit*' story, because after ex
port investigation they had iiecorpo
convinced that if it should appear in
print it would destroy the protective
power of every time lock safe in the
country, and the representative of the
newspaper did not take his leave un
til he had obtained what Mr. Burton
under the circumstances easily grant
ed—a signed agreement releasing the
paper from its obligation to publish
the story md solemnly pledging him
self not to attempt to publish it else
where. Accordingly the curiosity
piqued by this bit of Inside history is
likely never to be gratified.—Bookman.
HE BOUGHT IN PARIS.
Then He Found He Could Have Done
Better Nearer Home.
Eurico Caruso, the famous tenor,
told u curious story once while in
conversation with a man prominent in
musical circles in Philadelphia. The
two were ascending the stairs from
the basement of the Bellevue-Strat
ford wheu at the first landing they
baited, aud Caruso pointed to a mar
ble bench of ancient Florentine pat
“1 am a great admirer of those
benches." he said, "and last summer i
bad a strange experience with them. 1
had just purchased a villa in Italy and
was always on tbe lookout for some
thing decorative in the way of novel
"While in Paris 1 happened to see
one of these beuches and at once con
cluded to put a dozen of tbem about
tbe grounds. 1 found the dealer and
asked the price. He said SSO apiece.
1 ordered the dozen.
"A few weeks later 1 was at my
villa looking It over and happened to
discover across the hedge at the bor
der a marble yard, aud there was the
marble cutter working ou one of those
"1 climbed tin* hedge, and after chat
ting with the man a few minutes and
admiring the great care he was exer
cising 1 asked if lie usually made such
benches. ’Oh. yes!’ he replied. 'I
make many I have an order now for
welve ot them for the great tenor Ca
ruso lie ordered them in Paris.'
"When I recovered from my surprise
1 questioned him and found that he
was really tlie man \vlu> supplied the
Paris dealer. I asked him how much
he would make me some for. and lie
replied, ‘Twenty dollars apiece, signor.
"So I wa.-; paying SSO for the priv
ilege of buying in Paris what was be
ing made at my own door, in addition
to freight both ways and extra inci
dental expenses. Now when 1 want
to buy anything for tny home 1 go to
the nearest place first”—Philadelphia
A man isn’t as anxious to have
his wife forgive his sins as lie is to
have her forget them.
H. J. GARRISON,
FULL LINE OF
High-Class Jewelry, Watches,
Clocks, Silverware, Etc.
Repairing a Specialty.
H. J. GARRISON.
Do You Believe in
Winder, Ga., October 22, ’O9.
Mr. F. W. Bondurant,
Mgr. Fidelity Mutual Life Ins. Cos.,
I have to acknowledge check for $2,000
from the Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance
Cos., of Philadelphia, Pa., through you as its
agent, and in receiving same I desire to ex
press to the company and you my sincere
appreciation for the prompt adjustment of
this claim. My husband having been killed
accidentally by being run over by the train
on the 13th of this month and the claim be
ing settled by your company on the 18th,
deserves, and I am sathfied will have, the
commendation and confidence it should se
cure from the general public.
Again expressing my thanks, I am
(Signed) LOULA M. CAIN.
If you feel your responsibility for those de
pendent on you, call or write
F. W. BONDURANT,
Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Cos.,
for the cheapest, most liberal and up-to-date con
tracts possible to secure.
Also agent for Accident, Fire and Bonds,
When a sick man is able to
grumble, growl and wrangle, he is
able to get up and do his own chores
at least. —Ex.
Sometimes a man’s past takes a
short cut and heads off his future.
A man usually drops his pros
perous look when a bill collector