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:711 i i i i , i II "I=, cash) calmly said it was an heirloom ...,.n..,,I1[ _ _` t [of her family, had descended to her " ''" "'''" lllllr=" ILl--i/Vd )tJ I had distinguished himself in some san- -- " guinary engagement during some un- pleasant bit of warfare with the Brit- In a Big Department Store---Conies. siena of a Floor Walker. Gleanings,00G0ssip ish. Anyhow, the bluff went with a rush. The day after the reception Mrs. Blank was at the store and said she did not like the sideboard. She bad decided to return it; she wanted her money refunded. Now, it is an inviola- ble rule for the store to take back any article within reason that the customer is not satisfied with and refund the money. The clerk who had made the sale saw his commissions shriveling. "The money was counted into her palm, and a team was sent after the sideboard. It's in the store now, await- ing a newcomer. "But of all the mean shoppers, the one who takes financial advantage of a salesgirl is the meanest. Some wo- men will make a small purchase and hand a girl a dollar bill. Now, the girl is required by the rules of the store to hold the bill lxl the shopper's gaze and say, 'You gave me a dollar bill?' Of course, nine out of ten shop- pers will say, 'Yes,' and walk away up- on obtaining the proper change. But the tenth shopper ts likely to say wizen tim girl hands her the change. 'Why, I gave you two dollars.' and, of course, the girl denies it. Then follows a Origin of Letters "O. K." The letters "O. K." are an abbrevi- ated form of indorsement, approval or commendation. How they came to be thus used is here explained. In the colonial days of this country it was generally conceded that the best rum and tobacco were imported from Aux Cayes. in San Domlngo. and hence the' best of anything came to be known as Aux Cayes, or O. K. The term passed into general use in the presidential campaign of 1828, when the supposed illiteracy of Andrew Jackson, the Democratic candidate, was condemned and ridiculed by his Whig opponents. Seba Smith, tile humorist, started the droll fabrication that Jackson indors- ed, all documents sent to him for Ills approval with tile letters "O. K.," un- der the impression that they formed the initial of "ell Korrect."--New York W'eekly. No Editors There. q'he Prison Mirror, publisimd at the Mhmesota penitentiary, says: "Why Is it that from the first inception of nation, 'shoot me at once.' "St. Louis Hotel Reporter. $ * $ The Turquoise. Perhaps the most popular stone Just now is the turquoise, $35 not being considered an out-of-the-way price to pay for quite a small stone, provided the color be good. Grease or water spoils these stones entirely, and this is the reason that people with moist t;kins can seldom manage to keep the stone a good color for any length of time.--Cincinnati Enquirer. $ $ $ The Production of Raw Silk. China still easily leads the world in the production of raw silk. Europe ranking next with about half the pro- duction of China, and Japan making a close third. In1899 the exports from China were 16,986,443 pounds, and from Japan 7.808,693 pounds. The en- lire production of Europe was only 8.829,075 pounds, divided as follows: Italy, 6.814.070 pounds; France, 1,234.- 576 pounds; Austria-Hungary, 608,470 pounds, and Spain. 171,959 pounds.- St. Louis Hotel Reporter. A Truck Farmers' Paradise. How great are the possibilities of Hawaii as a fruit and vegetable grow- ing country will be understood when "Yes, we'see a good bit of queer life,'; said a floor walker In one of the big department stores. "Can't help it; i comes our way. (Mattings, madam? I Third floor; take elevator) There waa[ woman in here this morning and[ she was fashionably dressed. She had[ with her a handsome girl, who was[ probably ten years old. The kid was l rigged out swell. (Hurry, cash; lady I wants to catch a train!) Well, the woman saunters around and finally gets into the millinery. In front of her was a stand of fancy trimmed straw hats for girls. She looks the bunch over, picks one up, puts it on the head of the kid and coolly walks out." "Didn't the child have a hat when she came in?" "Certainly, but that didn't cut any ice with the swell dame; she lifts the lid off the kid and puts the new one on her head. The hat she swiped was worth $2.25. The hat she left behind was worth about 98 cents, and it  wasn't much of a bargain at that. (No, madam, we do not exchange hair brushes.) " "Some women are perfect imps. They love to shop, and will order all sorts of goods sent c. o. d. to fictitious ad- dresses. The other day a woman went lnto our house furnishing department and ordered about $75 worth of goods sent to an address in upper Harlem. She was well dressed and appeared re- sponsible. "We took her name and address without hesitation, and told her we'd send the goods out on the first deliv- ery in the morning. She seemed pleas- ed and went away wearing the look of contentment that arises only from sat- isfactory shopping. "Now, $75 worth of house furnish- lnges will make a pretty good load when you stop to consider that many of the articles do not cost more than five or ten cents Well, the stuff was sent out, and about 4 o'clock In the afternoon the driver came back and said that nosuch woman was known at the address given. Then we knew we had been neatly taken in. (Shirt waists on the second floor, madam.) "Of course, there was no use kick- ing; we'd been done up before, and we'll be done up again, "Oh, I can tell you, Some women are a hard lot to deal with. The average man wouldn't think of trying to do up a department store; but with some women--well, it's different. "A woman came in the other day and got, by some means, a credit check for $70. She went into a department and bought a shirt waist for $2 and ,had a refund check made out for $68, which she lost no time in getting. So well and quicldy did her scheme work bat site tried it on another store. Meanwhile, one of our detectives start- ed out on her trail and while she was -orking the game on the second store he nabbed her. "Shoplifting? Tile loss is something enormous, We've got a corps of men and women detectives, and practically every employe in the store is a self- appointed Hawkshaw, and yet for all that we can't put a stop to this form of thievery. The woman with flowing skirts, loose wraps and capacious shop- ping bag is closely watched. So is the woman witll, the baggy umbrella. "Lots of women will sidle up to st counter and when they think no one is looking sweep trifles Into the umbrella, bag or whatever receptacle they may be using. It's a great graft for them if they are found out. "Nine out of every dozen shoplift- ers are women in fairly good circum- stances and are led to stealing solely by their inability to resist temptaflbn. "The other day we caught a woman who had stolen half a dozen pai;s of silk stockings, a satin petticoats, a pair of Oxford ties and several other hings. We sent her to the superin- tendent's'offlce, where we made her ,disgorge. She had a one-hundred-dol- lar bill in her purse. After doing a pa- t :tic'weep: act:'she p$1d fqr the stuff she had stolen and solemnly promised ever enter the store again. "Then we let her go. Sometimes we send them to Jefferson Market, where frequently the. case is compromised in some way satisfactory to the store, and. the: thlf:'sctpes . Imr.lsonment. YOU'd b.O surprised if you could read he black lists or- tlie big stores in New York. A good many pretty well,known names :are included. Df course, many are not blacklisted because of shoplift.' ing. There are a varlety of causes. .Some do not pay their bills; many. or- dew goods sent c. o. d., and then when y. r6ceive them airily decline to pay or else Just as airily say they were not ordered. "A certain woman who lives up town not So many weeks ago gave a recap. some friends from abroadi Now, this woman is a person of Ingenuity; she is resourceful to an extraordinary degree. She has money, but she loves it. Well, she went to a certain depart- ment store in quest of a sideboard. After a lot of hunting she finally de- cided upon a sideboard worth $650. "The woman ordered it sent to her home, and paid the $650 without a murmur. The salesman who sold It was in the seventh heaven of delight. Dollars floated through his mind like snowflakes through a January snow- storm. The 'sideboard was sent to Its new owner and was Intensely admired at the reception. "Mrs. Blank (hurr.y w/th that .parcel, our paper until the present time we it. becomes known that four crops of E.AGLE CITY, ALASKA. wrangle. The stub of the sales check have never had an editor to sojou!Jl In po:atoes have been produced in suc- i produced as evidence to vindicate] our midst? Other professions have[ cession on the same piece of land the glrl in her statement. If the cus-]been well represented. Of preac'hera I within twelve months. Radishes be- tomer is obdurate she will prdbably we have had enough to furnish subsist- come edible ten days after sowing; be given what she claims. The loss is]ence to an African chie for a year; Strawberry vines bear fruit all the made good by the salesgirl, who, as doctors in sufficient n'umbers to depop- year. The berries are of the finest you may imagine, call poorly afford it. ulate a state, and enough lawyers to I tlavor. These instances are fortunately rare. establish a good-sized colony in hades. Cabbage grows all the year, and it But edltoi'snot one." apparently makes no difference wheth-. $ "Sometimes.a woman will: dome In here with an article bought in anoth- er store. Of course, we can't exchange tt and don't. Then she reviles us and the" store. It isn't Very pleasant. Oc- casionally they find out their mistake, and some are honorable enough to come back and apologize. We have made some pretty good friends In this way. "Oh, yes, a big store is a place of queer happenings. (Silks? Two aisles over, madam.)'--New York Herald. Weakness. "He has a weak chin, I should say," "Decidedly! It is precisely the sort of chin you would not be surprised to see a napkin tucked under at dinner." --Detroit Journal. His Grounds. "And on what grounds do you base your application for divorce?" asked ihe lawyer of his new client. "Exertion, sah." "You mean desertion, I suppose. Your wife has left you, doubtless." "No, sah, she hasn't left me, sah." "Then you can't ask for a divorce upon the ground of desertion." "I said exertion, sah. It's de ground perzackly. She done exert herself con- tinually to make me mizzable, sah. Put it on de ground ob exertion, sah." --Detroit Free Press. er it is planted in the .spring, summer, Was Willing to Be Shot. ac autumn or winter. Parsley once sown John Hare, the famous Englisia . grows forever, apparently. Lima beans tor, is not a beauty-show prize win- eontimm to grow and bear for over a her. and his friends declare he is the year, and they have to be gathered ugliest man alive. He has recently every week after starting to bear. CU- returned to England from a tour in cumbers bear the entire year, and Be this country. On the night of the usu- do tomatoes, which, with proper at- al concert given on board the steamer tention, bear for years. Raspberries the ugly actor volunteered to contrib- I;car for six months. Pineapples come into bearing when uto to the program. His fellow pas- the plants are four months old, and sengers expected a sentimental reclta- bear in abundance for years. Lettuce tion rather tlmn a personal experience. But the ugly actor commenced thus: can be planted at axly time, and It de- velops quickly. The same is true of '2 know, lint perhaps it has not occur- red to anybody else, that I am far from celery.--Marlne Journal. a handsome man. In brief, I am such l * * * e I t athez fancy this' said Miss a very hideous individual that I mad I " : ' ,' 2hmtmd trying on a very girlish hat a vow early in life that if ever I met a ' "Well " remarked the milliner un fellow creature more ugly than myself , " r guardedly that would be becoming to l would instantly shoot him dead. Butt , " young ladies of a certain age" for years and years I searched in vain. ' "And you mean to say my age is un- "At last." continued the ugly actor, certain?" "when I was walking down BroadWay, "reller---yes. Until a young we- only a month ago, I saw an American man gets to be 24 or 25 her age is al- approaching who fulfilled my worst ways uncertain. That hat's too old apprehensions. He was an uglier man for you."--Philadelphia Press. than myself, I stopped him calmly * * * and explained the necessity of keeping Guard--Now, then, no smoking there my vow. A horrible alarm came into nay lad. his face. He feared to die. I was Boy--I ain't smoking. sorry, but it had to be. 'Am I uglier GuardYou have a cigar in your than you are?' he gasped at last. "I mouth. was obliged to answer 'Yes.' 'Then,' Boy--And l have my boots on, but I said he with a beautiful air of resig- ain't walking. A Trip to Neah Bay (The Coast Magazine.) Once upon a time--about a mouth ago two toilers took a va- cation. A vacation may be com- pared to many things; a new bonnet, for instance; inasmuch as it is as difficult to decide where and how to spend it, as to deter- mine upon the shape attd shade of the bonnet. It was decided, in a truly in- spired moment, to take this vaca- tion upon the sea; and owing to one of those rarely happy chances bestowed upon those whom the gods love, these two toilers de- termined, upon a .trip to Neah Bay. Neah Bay! The name had a. musical sonnd, and seemed to speak of picturesque, isolated wildness; and is particularly asso- ciated with Indian Baskets. So one evening the two toilers went aboard the charming and com- fortable steamboat, the Alice Ger- trude, and at midnight sailed away. From midnight till dawn the charming stretch of islands and rugged pine-clad hills were lost to view in--slumber and in dark- ness, but very early in the morn- ing shrill whistles proclaimed ap- proach to a landing. Port Town- send, in fact. one of the interest- ing points on the route; for there are stationed three forts, with their o-rest fierce cannons look- ing over the hay. Two great bat- tleships were anchored out in the bay, and the shrill bugle calling out the boats for an early drill echoed nmsicallv from the nearby hills. All the amateur photo- graphers and kodak fiends on board lined up on that side of the boat looking toward the bat- tleships, till the Alice Gertrude assumed the appearance of an hostile and attacldng force of ful- ly n half dozen small, black. death-dealing weapons, operated with more or less agitated haste. That the battleships were not alarmed into immediate action is a wonder. There were indica- tions, however, that they were cognizant of the proximity of the Alice Gertrude and her Camera Brigade, inasmuch as they came back at us through a dozen or so fierce-looking field glasses. Lit- tle steam launches sped back and forth from the hattleships to the wharf continually, each contain- ing a dozen or less of the middies, bareheaded and barefooted, but invested with an interest that brought the camera fiends to blockade ttfe stern of the boat and recldessly fire upon them. As the Gertrude slowly put off and gracefulh, swung round the near- test curve, and the camera bri- gade were clutching their instru- ments and looking anxiously for the next chance to fire, a beautifttl lighthonse was seen at hand, which underwent a steady fire from every point of view. There hangs a tale upon that lighthouse, too. Beside its white painted walls lay a half dozen im- mense red and yellow painted buoys. "Oh, my!" shrilly ex- claimed One of the Toilers. "Oh, my, see those cannon balls!" This would probably have had its compensations; this mistake. Its ridiculousness would have doubt- less given it a place among mine host, Purser Glossup's, collection of stories of the route: bu[ even that solace was denied. For even before a guffaw of laughter had time to hreak out, there rose loud and confident a snlall boy's treble, "Oh. my eye, Ms. look er here at then( punlpkins !" It was aft- erwards ascertained that the small boy was front Missouri. After a delicious breakfast, the travelers repaired to the deck add enjoyed the blue sky, the clear. snlooth water, and ttle beautiful green shore line on either side, and kept a lookout for interesting features. "Now. that," said Pnrser Glos- sup, indicating a small island with particularly brown and bleak looking sides, and small, scrubby looking trees on it, "that's a pheasant farm: that is. That's owned by some fellows in Seattle; but two old bachelors live on it. They entered into an agreement whereby neither of 'era could get out. They lived according in peace and plenty of it till it came al)ont that they disagreed. After that matters became worse and worse till neither could toler- ate the sight of the other. Now they never speak. One lives in one side of the cabin and the other one in the other side. They have but one cook stove; so one fel- low cooks his meal and eats and goes out, then the other one does likewise." Then the Camera Brigade looked at the island with glisten- ing eyes and took a shot. After which they turned to thank the story teller and discov- ered he had disappeared in pur- suit of practical but less artistic and entertaining duties. fi course of time the Gertrude arrived at Pt. illiams. It con- sists of a long wharf, a single stretch of road about three hun- dred yards long, at the end of which, at the foot of the hill, is a store, a house, a cabin and a barn. Here one man is mayor, council, s!eriff and populace. In fact. he is lord of all he surveys. Not even Crusoe himself was more inde- pendent of the world. Here, too, are crabs captured. A great ca- noe full of them ready for the slaughter rocked gently on the tide water underneatlt the edge of the wharf; and the big wire traps stood out on the sands wait- ing for the next up-tide and lot of hungry crabs. After Pt. WiJliams came lunch, and cracked crabs and crab salad. Dungeness, of rich, golden but- ter fame, looked out modestly from her sheltered place on the rich green hills; and Angeles, Cresceut and Pysht were passed. The coming of a boat is an event in all of these pisces, and if the. town isn't too far out upon the hillside the folks stroll down to the wharf and take a look at the boat while it unloads its goods for the single little store and takes on produce or a passeuger now and then for another station. It was in the light of a beauti- ful sunset that the Gertrude halt- ed at Callam. There the Camera Brigade made a grand assault tlpOll some inoffensive little calves who were .strapped about the middle and by machinery swnng into mid-air and lowered into the hold of the boat, The little calves were no sooner down than a canoe was discovered alongside the boat containing a picturesque Indian boy and a six- ty-pound salmon. More camera play. From Clallam to Neah Bay the boat was followed by a school of fish that leaped thickly through the water: here and there spring- zng up and falling l)ack with a splash. Neah Bav at last! It was night, Bargcs. torch lighted, came ont and surrotmded the boat, The in- habitants of tile Neah Bay settle- anent are Indians, and on these barges were fine specimens of this picturesque people. Some of the Gertrude's passengers went ashore on these barges to view the plcturesqtte settlement b] camp fire light, and ba, rgain for Indian treasures. It was late at night before the boat at last finished unloading her goods and reloading with sal- mon, and other produce supplied by the Indians; attd tile sleepy and satisfied Toilers with others on board, retired to dream of fishes and Indians and crabs and. cannon balls. Contract to Raise the Maine. It Is. said that Contractor Chamber- lain, of Chicago, will soon undertake the fulfillment of his agreement to raise the wreck of the Maine, sunken in Havana harbor in 1898. The gov- ernment 6bjects to the blowing up of the wreck, partly out of respect to the dead and .Partly for fear of exploding the ship's magazine. Mr. Chamberlain has therefore decided to build a water- tight dam around the wreck, pump out the water and proceed with raising the hull. A strong dam will be required. but this is to be provided in a double row of piles and a filling of sand and stone. The most remarkahle hotel in the world, it Is said, is in California, on the road between Santa Cruz and San Jose. It is a well known fact that California possesses the largest trees in the world, and a shrewd hotelkeep. er has conceived the idea of using a group of these mammoths, thus sav- ing himself the cost of building or rent. The hollow trunk of one tree, whose circumference is about twenty-two yards, Is arranged as a reception room, and the surrounding garden, sheltered by a thick roof of spreading branches, serves as dining room and smoking room. A number of other smaller hol- low trunks, make comfortable bed, rooms furnished in the most approved style, and some trees at a little dis- tance are occu by the hotel /. /