THE SONG OF THE AERONAUT.
When sunset has folded the earth In a
veil , , ...
Of rose-colored tissue embroidered with
gold, . .
Then I rise and I rise through the shim
mering skiis ..
To heights where the stars glitter sil
very cold. . .
Beside me the moon glides away to tnc
In her shallop of delicate ivory wrought.
And beneath me the clouds are luce
Oh, such are joys of the aeronaut.
The world is below with its care and its
woe, , ~.
And no one can follow me here w ltn
a bill. .
I am safe from the bore with a story to
And clear of the dame with a mission
to fill. .
No trolleys to catch and no autos to
dodge, ~ ~ , ,
No annual taxes to drive me distraught
But the infinite peace of the limitl .ss
Oh, great ure the joys of the aeronaut!
Would you feel that the V in your pocket
is yours, . ,
And no one can borrow or steal *>-
Would you " flee from the wrath of your
mother-in-law, . . .
Or the thirsty mosquito determined to
Would you go where the lawn-mowei
cannot be heard, .
Or the grnphophone puncture the ouo
hies of thought? , ~
Then take a balloon to the top of tnc
And taste of the joys of the aeronaut.
—Minna Irving, in Leslie's Weekly.
An Old Woman
Faced the Sea .
By Frances J. Delano.
Once there was an old woman who
lived in a little house facing the sea.
There was a great hill in back of her,
the sky was over her, the sea in iront
of her, and not a house in sight for
many a mile.
It was thought that the old woman s
days of usefulness were over, for she
could not go to the little fishing ham
let as she used and care for the sick.
It was all she could do to keep her
house in order and tend her garden.
But still she was useful and happy
because she had a friend. She could
not see her friend, it is true, but no
more can we see our friends; it is only
their body we see, and what good
would that be if the friend were not
Well, the old woman knew that her
friend was with her, and she tried to
make her little house a pleasant place.
When she felt the fresh wind sweeping
in from the sea, and saw how the tide
came in and washed the sands clean
every day, and how the rain came down
and washed the whole earth, then she
know that her friend liked whatever
was clean. So she scoured her pewter
plates, and brought white sand for her
floor, and kept her candles always as
good as new.
She found, too, that her friend loved
beautiful things; for the great sea,
both in storm and sunshine, was al
ways wonderfully beautiful, and the
shells thrown up on the beach were
delicately fashioned. So, when she
planted her potatoes, she planted pop
ples, too, and Canterbury bells and fox
glove. Sometimes she picked a flower
or two and set in a cup upon the table,
and then she would smile, thinking of
her friend and of his love for every
She found out, after a little, that
her friend loved people—the staunch
old fishermen who kept the ships al
ways steady before the wind, and the .
wives of the fishermen, the poor old
wives and the flighty young ones, and
the little children everywhere, and the
wicked people away out in the great
world. The old woman knew that it
was beyond her power to understand
bow great was her friend’s love for all
v But she tried to help, and, when
ever the fishermen went by. she would
nod to them, and sometimes, when the
weather threatened, she would call to
them: "Ye’re safe, ye’re safe,” she
would call, “whether ye come back, or
no, ye're safe." Now and then, in the
summer time, when the children went
waudering by, she would give them
flowers and help them in their seasch
lor shells; and no weary, discouraged
traveller ever went by her door with
out being fed and cheered.
One winter's night, when there was a
great storm abroad, when the wind
came from far out of the north and lift
ed the sea as if it were a feather and
hurled it against the rocks, when the
rain came in sheets on the roof of the
old woman’s cottage, and when every
ship that could had been run into har
bor, on this night the old woman lay
in her bed. which was rocking like a
cradle, and she was listening to the
sweep of the wind, and thinking of
the sailors at sea, when all at once
lie heard a strange sound. It was not
the sea, nor the wind, nor the rain:
It was a different sound from any of
those. The old woman raised her head
and listened, then she dressed herself.
Her candle burning in the little
room below, and she seized it and peer
ed cut Into the night. She could see
(nothing because of the storm, so r- s o
hi: . die upon the table and
Bpeued her dear. With the wind and
the rain, which almost deluged the
old woman’s cottage, there came also
a stranger into the room. The woman
helped him to a seat, then did her
best to close the door against the wind.
When this was done, she turned to the
stranger. His strength was spent, and
seeing this, she started the fire to blaz
ing, and made him some gruel.
The stranger was not like the men
she was used to seeing. He was taller
and thinner than the fishermen, and
his hands were white and shapely.
His clothing was like the clothing of
“Ye come from a far country, be
like,” said the woman, when the heat
and the gruel had restored her guest.
“Aye,” said the stranger.
The old woman eyed him keenly.
“Belike ye’re a king,” she said pres
The stranger looked at the woman.
“Aye,” he said, and dropped his head
upon his breast.
“Yer courage will come with yer
strength.” said she.
But the stranger neither spoke nor
lifted his head. Then the old woman
knew that something more than lack
of strength ailed the king.
“Belike he’s forgotten,” said the wo
man to herself, and she gazed sorrow
fully at the king. Her eyes brightened
presently, and she nodded her head.
“He’ll find out that there’s naught to
take the courage out of a man. He’ll
find it out.” And she began crooning
a little song as she stirred her gruel.
The storm was over in the morning.
The beach was washed clean, the air
was sweet, and the great sea was filled
But the king did not mind the beau
ty of the morning. He sat in the door
way of the old woman’s cottage with
his head bowed upon his breast, and
for a long time lie did not speak. The
old woman, however, looked out upon
the sea and thought of her friend, and
her heart was glad within her.
The sun was high in the sky when
at last the king lifted his head and
and looked far up and down the coast.
“A God-forsaken country, madam,”
he said, looking back into the cot
The old woman was cutting bread
and cheese for the king’s dinner. She
stopped a moment, and looked down
at him. “Ah, man, there’s no such
country as that,” said she, and her
voice was quiet and sure, and there was
a light in her deep eyes that set the
king to wondering.
For many days after this the king
stayed at the little house facing the
sea, and watched the old woman and
wondered at her. At length he asked
a question that puzzled him.
“Madam,” he said, "why is it you’re
content? You are alone and have but
little. You may starve, die here alone
in this miserable place, with no one
to give you a cup of water.”
The old woman gazed at the king,
and he saw that the sorrow in her
heart was for him and not for herself.
“Why is it,” returned she, “that you,
being a king and having much, no fear
of starving or of dying alone, why is
it you are not content?”
The king did not answer the ques
tion, he turned away and went out and
walked along the store.
For many days after this the king
puzzled over the question he had
asked. At length, in the sure way
that God has of answering questions,
the truth came into the king's heart,
and he knew.
Then he sought out tho old woman,
and he had no need to speak; for she
saw that his courage had come, and
she knew that he had got at the bot
tom of all the truth there is.
After this the king was for going
back to his own country. And a sad
country it was, too. Strong men sat
idle in the towns. The wheat fields
and the corn fields were gone to weeds.
Little children lay in their cribs and
cried because they were hungry. Boys
and girls grew up ignorant and quar
relsome because the money to keep the
schools had been spent at the king’s
court. There were no good laws in
that country, and no one minded what
laws there were and so things had
gone from bad to worse for a long
But,now the king was back again,
and he had the courage of a regiment.
He gathered the wisest men in his
kingdom around him, and they made
new laws. The taxes were reduced,
and the schools were opened. Then
the strong men began to work, and
the boys and girls to go to school, and
the little children to laugh and play.
All this time the old woman lived
on in her little house facing the sea.
nor dreamed that the joy in her heart
had spread into a great country, and
made thousands of little children glad.
—The Christian Register.
Magistrate—What is your occupa
Prisoner— l am an employer of labor,
Magistrate—Well, what do you do?
Prisoner—l find employment for such
gentlemen as yourself and prison of
Sentence — Six months’ hard. —Tit-
New York city subways are now
carrying 90,000 more passengers
daily than they did one year ago.
Items of State Interest Culled
From Random Sources.
Rewards for Barn Burners.
Upon complaint of citizens of Ogle
thorpe county that a number of barns
have been burned there within the
last few months, Governor Smith
has offered a reward of SIOO for
each arrest and conviction of the par
ties guilty of these crimes.
The most recent cases were the
burning of the barns of T. J. Erwin
and A. H. Talmadge near Winterville
on December 15 and 18, respectively.
* * *
Georgia Liberal to Old Vets.
With what care and liberality Geor
gia provides for her confederate vet
erans is shown by the annual report
of State Pension Commissioner J. W.
Lindsey, which has just been issued
for the year ending December 31, 1907.
Since 1879, this report sets forth,
there has been paid out to the vet
erans of this state $11,208,011.55. For
the year 1879 the pension roll carried
$70,580. In 1907 it carried $932,685.
In 1908 it is likely that $950,000 will
be paid out. In 1906 the number of
pensioners was 15,298; in 1907 this
number had increased to 16,713.
* * *
Short Respite for Glover.
At a late hour Saturday afternoon,
Governor Smith affixed his signature to
an executive order, in which he de
clined to reduce the sentence of Ar
thur Glover from death to imprison
ment for life, but he granted a res
pite from Monday, January 27, at
which time the condemned man was
to have paid the penalty of his life,
until Friday, January 31. The gov
ernor felt that Glover was entitled to
a few more days in which to make
his preparations for death. Glover
was convicted for the murder of Maud
Dean, his sweetheart, in Augusta.
* * *
Road Working Case Up.
The department of justice at Wash
ington has taken up the case of the ci
vilian teamsters in government em
ploy who are quartered at Fort Ogle
thorpe, and who were arrested and
imprisoned for not working on the
Georgia roads. A question of the right
of the local authorities to require the
men to work on the roads is at issue,
the Washington authorities holding
that the teamsters were bound by con
tract to serve the national government
and that the attempt of the local au
thorities to take them out of the serv
ice of the United States and require
them to work for a definite time on
the state roads is an interference with
the operations of the federal govern
Cotton Association to Meet.
The annual meeting of the Georgia
division of the Southern Cotton As
sociation will be held in the senate
chamber of the state capitol at Atlanta
on Wednesday, February 5.
Officers will be chosen for the ensu
ing year, important resolutions will he
adopted relating to the work of the as
sociation, delegates at large will he
named to go to the national conven
It is desired that every county in
tlie sta-te be represented at this meet
ing and county associations are urged
to act at once in the matter of the se
lection of delegates and to notify Pres
ident M. L. Johnson, room 919 Empire
building, Atlanta, of the names and
addresses of the delegates chosen.
School Train Ready to Start.
An agrciultural train, conveying ex
hibits, expert lecturers and President
A. M. Soule of the State College of
Agriculture, will start on its journey
of 3,000 miles over the state at
Commerce on Febraurv 10, at 8 o’clock
in the morning.
The train will reach more than 150
towns, and take one month in so do
ing. It is the purpose of this train
to confer upon the farmers of Georgia
many useful and important facts re
garding agriculture. The baggage car
will be filled with exhibits. Two pas
senger coaches will be used as lec
ture rooms. Five stops will be made
each day, each one being in length
an hour and a half. It is figured that
the train will reach over 300,000 citi
zens. this having been taken from the
last census; in this estimate, however,
the larger towns are not taken in.
The last stop will be made at El
berton, March 14.
Falling Off in Tag Sales.
According to reports made to the
agricultural department the fertilizer
tag sale is falling off considerably,
this spring, from what it was last year,
Indicating a curtailment of acreage be
ing devoted to cotton and in conse
qence a diminution in the amount of
money to be raised from the sale
of these tags.
The eleven agricultural schools
about the state and the SIOO,OOO agri
cultural college at Athens, which has
just completed such a successful cot
ton school” are supported out of these
To increase this fund a bill is now
pending in the house, which will raise
the price of these fertilizer tags from
the present rate of ten cents a ton
to twenty-five cents a ton, therefore
more than doubling the sum to be
One of the chief fertilizers used in
Georgia, and throughout the south, is
cotton seed meal which serves in a
dual capacity of being a good fertil
izer filler and in addition when mix
ed with cotton seed hulls becomes the
best known cattle feed. All of these
district schools and the agricultural
college at Athens urge the use of it
both as a fertilizer and cattle feed.
The state department oZ agriculture
has sold only $6,405 worth of fertilzer
inspection tags since January 1, as
compared with sales aggregating sll,-
458 for the same period of 1907, a fall
ing off of $5,053.
j As January and Februa*y are the
big months for sales of these tags, this
fact is considered as bearing Out the
recent statement coming from the de
partment that there is prospect of
large decrease in the sale and use of
fertilizers as compared with last year.
FORGER IN THE TOILS.
Ex-Bank Cleik Chased Ail Over the Coun
try and Finally Nabbed at
Tracked through many states and
sailing under many different names, T.
Nordstrom, a former bank clerk of As
toria, Oregon, was captured at May
port, Fla., Thursday night. He is
wanted at Chicago, where, posing as
the representative of F. A. Cole &
Sons, wealthy wholesale grocers of his
home city, he forged the name of J.
Roy Bennett, cashier of the Astoria
Bank, and cashed a draft for $15,000
at the First National Bank.
From Chicago Nordstrom fled and
continued his crooked daalings in
many cities throughout the United
States. During all of his operations
since the Chicago forgery he has been
closely followed a Pinkerton detective.
This detective who located the man
and planned his capture when his- pri
vate yacht Kathryn was boarded as
she lay in midstream off Mayport by
a party of officers. Nordstrom was
taken from his bunk and hustled to
Jacksonville. From Chicago, where
he was C. A. Cole, Nordstrom appear
ed in various cities under other names.
At San Francisco, where he was track
ed, he operated under the name of B.
F. Kavanaugh. Under this name also
he carried on crooked deals at Galves
ton, Texas, and at New Orleans. From
New Orleans he was followed to Bruns
wick, Ga., where he had dealings with
the Brunswick Bank and Trus| com
pany as F. M. Wood. The forgery of
the draft on the Chicago bank was
committed on December 3rd last.
From that time until December 13
Nordstrom was followed over miles of
territory, and finally traced to Bruns
Here he lived in luxury for a time
and purchased from Frank D., Aiken,
president of the Brunswick Bank and
Trust company, the yacht, aboard
which he was beginning a world tour
when captured. From Brunswick
Nordstrom went to Jacksonville aboard
the boat, whose name was changed
from Lucile to Kathryn.
On the return trip Nordstrom was
positively identified as the man want
ed for the big forgery by photographs
in the possession of the detective and
by the fact that hir, right hand is bad
ly disfigured. The first finger is mis
shapen as the result of some accident,
and the second finger is cut off at the
When he saw' that to deny his iden
tity would gain him nothing, Nord
strom admitted his guilt and said he
would submit peacefully.
GIGANTIC FEDERAL PENSION ROLL.
Appropriations Committee Calls for Enor
mous Sum of $150,000,000.
Representative Kaifer of Ohio, chair
man of the subcommittee on pensions
of the house committee on appropria
tion, has announced informally that
that committee has agreed to recom
mend a pension roil of $150,000,000 for
the fiscal year ending June 30, 1909.
This will be about $7,000,000 in excess
of the pension roll of the res- nt year.
STOP AT THE
The best SI.OO a dsy house in the
2f,3 FOURTH ST., MACON, G*.,
Mrs. A. L. Zettler, Proprietress.
WESLEY MEMORIAL CHURCH
Soon to Be Under Construction in Atlanta*,
Says Building Committee.
Announcement was made through
the daily press last week that Wes
ley Memorial Church, the institutional
church of Georgia Methodism, will
soon he under construction. This an
nouncement comes from the building
committee of the church, and will be
read with interest by the people of
Georgia. The great movement looking
to the erection of an institutional
church, a hospital and a dormitory for
girls was inaugurated in Atlanta on.
June Id, 1907, by seven of the bishops
of the Methodist Episaoal Church,.
South, who came at the invitation of
the executive committee of the Wes
ley Memorial Enterprises. On that
day more than $200,000 was subscribed
and since that time other subscrip
tions have been made from Atlanta,
other cities and from rural communi
ties of the state.
Wseley Memorial Hospital, which:
was opened about two years ago, and
which was a part of this undertaking,
is doing splendid work, and is favor
ably known throughout the state. It
has been enlarged since the beginning
of this movement by the addition of
an annex, and from time to time fur
ther additions will be made. The
dormitory for girls will be built at
a later date. This dormitory will fur
nish a comfortable home for girls who
cannot afford to pay the prices de
manded by the best class of boarding
bouses. The church, on which work
will soon be begun, will be planned
and equipped in accordance with mod
ern ideas of institutional church,
The building of this church, dormi
tory and hospital is of interest to
the people of Georgia outside of At
lanta, because of the fact that the
work will be especially among those
who go to Atlanta from rural districts
and towns and cities of the state. The
church will be fitted with attractions
that will draw young people from
dangerous places of amusement; the
hospital is open to people of the en
tire state, and the dormitory w*.ll care
for young women who go to Atlanta
from other places. Altogether the
movements is one whose influence will
be felt throughout all of Georgia.
The purpose of this movement is
explained in detail in a booklet which
has been issued and which can be
secured upon request from the secre
tary of the executive committee of the
Wesley Memorial Enterprise, Candler
The executive committee of the en
terprise is as follows: ‘R. J. Guinn,
chairman; T. K. Gienti, vice chairman;
Forrest Adair, Asa G. Candler, E. V.
Carter, M. M. Davies, C. J. Haden, R.
A. Hemphill, J. G. Lester, R. F. Mad
dox, James L. Mayson, Dr. C. E. Mur
phy, J. A. McCord, H. Y. McCord, J.
N. McEachern, presiding elder of At
lanta district, and pastor Wesley Me
The building of thi3 church will
mark a great step fordward in relig
ious and moral life, and the people
of Georgia will undoubtedly give their
loyal support to this church and its
institutions which are planned for
great helpfulness to the people, es
pecially the young people, and for car
iusr far the sick.
HITCHCOCK PLEADS FOR BRYAN!
Nebraska Representative Delivers a Polit
ical Speech in the House.
While the urgent deficiency appro*
priaticm bill was under consideration
in the house Friday, Mr. Hitchcock
of Nebraska delivered a political
speech in the course of which he at
tacked certain statistics of Grosvenor
of Ohio regarding the political out
look. His remarks were devoted main
ly to a plea for William J. Bryan for
ROBBERS SEIZE MAIL WAGON.
Bold Exploit in New Orleans Nets Thieves
Sum of $5,000.
At New Orleans Sunday night, daring
thieves robbed a United States mail
wagon loaded w’ith incoming mall over
the Qusen and Crescent route.
The thieves were reported to have
secured about $5,000, but the postoffice
authorities refuse to make any state
ment about the amount of the rob