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J^IRD CENTER 
CARTOONS 



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BIRD CENTER 
CARTOONS 



A Chronicle of Social Happenings at Bird Center^ Illinois 



PICTURES AND TEXT 
Br 

JOHN r. McCUrCHEON 




CHICAGO 

A, C, McCLURG 

1904 



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Copyright 

A. C. McClubq & Co. 

1904 

Published March 30, 1904 



Theficturei and text appearing in this volume are used v>iti tie 
kind permisiioa of " The Chicago Tribune " excepting three full- 
page dra-wings ivhich are reproduced through the courtesy of *' The 
Chicago Record-Herald," 



UNIVERSITY PRESS ' JOHN WILSON 
AND SON * CAMBR1DGE| U. S, A. 



A WORD ABOUT BIRD CENTER 

7 HE pictures and text in this collection are intended to chron- 
icle the social happenings in a small community. Beyond this, 
there has been no definite purpose in the work. If the collec- 
tion seems to satirize some forms of gayety in the smaller 
communities, or if it should happen to poke a little good-natured fun 
at some of the ornate pretensions of society in the larger communities, 
so much the better, for then the book may be endowed with a mission. 
Tou will find Bird Center ites in large cities as well as in small ones, 
and it is to be regretted that there are not more of them. For they 
are all good, generous, and genuine people, and their social circle is one 
to which any one gifted with good instincts and decency may enter. 
The poor are as welcome as the rich, and the one who would share 
their pleasures is not required to show a luxuriant genealogical tree. 
There are no social feuds or jealousies, no false pretenses, and no striv- 
ing to be more than one really is. No one feels himself to be better 
than his neighbor, and the impulse of generosity and kindness is common 
to all. In the words of Mr. Winthrop K. Biddle, of Philadelphia, 
Pa., " there is not a cross word in the history of Bird Center'' 

John T. McCutcheon 

Chicago, February 20, 1^04 



Ivi 196186 



CONTENTS 



The Fourth of July Lawn Fete 

The Reception to Mr. Pumphrey 

The Horse Show 

The Church Bazaar 

The Grand Opening of the New Country 

Club 
The Picnic in Hornbeck's Grove 
Captain Fry's Party 
The Mysterious Stranger 
The Marriage of Mr. J. Milton Brown 

TO Miss Lucile Ramona Fry 
The Gala Day at the County Fair 
Mrs. Riley Withersby's Grand Social 

Function 
The Labor Day Field Sports 
The Arrival of the Ninth Rollicking 

Little Walpole 
Naming the Ninth Rollicking Little 

Walpole 
The Return of the Travellers 



The Baby Show 

The Harvest Home Party 

The Foot Ball Game 

The Hay Wagon Function 

A Night in Bohemia 

The Mysterious Stranger Speaks 

The Swap Party 

The Thanksgiving Supper 

The Dancing Club Entertainment 

The Mysterious Stranger's Story 

The Grand Bal Poudre 

Mr. Figgey's Party 

The Christmas Tree 

The Surprise Party 

The Grand Masquerade Party 

The Skating Party 

A Literary Evening 

The Arrival of the Automobile 



These Cartoons concern the Social Doings and jldventures 

of the following People 



Rev. Walpole, "a man to all the country dear." 

Mrs. Riley Withersby, the "Grand Dame" of 
Bird Center. If everybody were as good as she, 
there would be no need of churches. 

Capt. Roscoe Fry, who fought at Gettysburg, Pa. 
He will tell you many an interesting anecdote of 
that memorable fight. 

Mr. J.Milton Brown, the well known artist of the 
Bird Center Tintype Studio. He has no ene- 
mies in Bird Center. 

Mr. Smiley Greene, the popular undertaker. A 
man of infinite good humor and the soul of exu- 
berant joy. He will cheer you up no matter how 
far down you are. 

Mr. J. Oscar Fisher, " ye editor." He will put your 
name in the paper if you are among those present. 

" Mine Host " Mort Peters, of the Bird Center 
House. If you should visit Bird Center, Mort 
will entertain you by the day or week, American 
style, with dinner at noon and supper at six. 

Mr. Gus Figgey, of Chicago, the busiest man in 
the world. He " gets busy " and hopes you will 
do the same. 

Mr. Winthrop K. Biddle, of Philadelphia, Pa. 
He came out of the East to woo one of Bird 
Center's fairest daughters. He was slow but sure, 
for he finally won her, and we hope he will live 
happily ever afterward. 

Mr. Chris C. Newbower, who takes a drink now 
and then, but principally now. Chris is only an 
" innocent bystander " in social doings. 

Mr. Elmer Pratt, who can always be counted on 
to carry water at the picnics. Elmer wears a 
pompadour. 

Mr. Riley Peters, the village frivoller. If you 
are a young lady visiting in Bird Center, Riley 
will do the honors and propose to you with his 
fingers crossed. 

Mr. Wilbur Fry, " he plays musical instru- 
ments." When you attend a social function at 
Bird Center, you will see Wilbur and his 
mandolin. 

Mr. Orville Peters. Orvillc is the musical col- 
laborator of Mr. Wilbur Fry. 

Mr. Ernest Pratt, of St. Louis. Ernest has 
come to visit his brother Elmer. He wears 
whiskers and sings in the choir. If the prairies 
are set on fire, Ernest can prove an alibi. 

Mrs. Rev. Walpole, mother of the nine rollicking 
Walpoles. 



Judge Warden, of the Superior Court. He has 
been mentioned for Congress, for the Senate, and 
for Governor, and if he were a democrat he would 
be mentioned for President. 

Dr. Crosby Niebling. " Doc " will get a cure out 
of you if there is any cure in you. 

Mr. Wes Kidwell, the station agent, father of 
little Homer Kidwell, who won third prize at the 
Baby Show. 

Attorney D. I. Black, who doesn't take society 
seriously, but who drifts in when functions are 
going on. 

Mrs. Roscoe Fry, wife of Captain Roscoe Fry. 
Her mission in life is to interrupt the Captain 
when he tells about Gettysburg, Pa. 

Mrs. J. Milton Brown, nee Miss Lucile Ramona 
Fry, formerly daughter of Captain Fry. She 
stands for the elevation of her sex. 

Mrs. Smiley Greene, who gives the cues for her 
husband's jokes. 

Miss Myrtle Peters, daughter of Mine Host 
Mort Peters. Myrtle is a debutante and has 
nothing else to do. 

Mrs. Doc Niebling — just Mrs. — that's all. 

Miss Flossye Niebling, nee Flora. Now you 
know her. 

Miss Mae Niebling. When she was a little girl. 
May was a brunette. Now she 's an old maid. 

Mrs. D. I. Black, a mural decoration at social 
functions. A very good-hearted lady. 

Miss Kate Warden, a graduate of Bryn Mawr, who 
has Mr. Biddle, of Philadelphia, jumping for the fly. 

Miss Barnard of Xenia, Ohio, reported en- 
gaged to Mr. Riley Peters. 

Miss Applegate, of Veedersburg, Ind., re- 
ported engaged to Mr. Riley Peters. 

Miss Pickett, of Danville, 111., reported en- 
gaged to Mr. Riley Peters. 

Miss Meadows of Madison, Wis., reported en- 
gaged to Mr. Riley Peters. 

Miss Matlock, of Fond du Lac, Wis., reported 

engaged to Mr. Riley Peters. 

Miss Minerva Maltby, of Decatur, 111., reported 
engaged to Mr. Riley Peters. 

Miss Norma Cousins of Lafayette, Ind., reported 
engaged to Mr. Riley Peters. 

Miss Elsie Burbank of Morristown, N. J., not 
reported engaged to Mr. Riley Peters. 

The Mysterious Stranger. You can find out 
all about him if you look through the book. 



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'THE FOURTH 

OF JULT 

LJWN FETE 




JUDGE HORATIO S. WARDEN 
From a daguerreotyp* 



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Attorney D. I. Black was called away during 
the reading of the Declaration of Independence 
on the Fourth. "I've heard it before and I 
don't reckon they 've revised it lately," said he. 



Captain Fry was enthusiastic in his praises of 
the decorations on the lawn at Mrs. Riley With- 
ersby's. "It takes me back to the Battle of 
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, when I see all these 
patriotic emblems," said he, proudly. 




"It's a masterly production," said Mine Host 
Mort Peters, referring to the Declaration of Inde- 
pendence read by Judge Warden at Mrs. Biley 
Withersby's Fourth of July Lawn Fete. 



ter spent 

Waure- 
ftve been 

nd Miss 

■d to their 

tine their 

M. J. 

led m the 

eld at the 
I Stubbei-t 

fLchea upon 
rue" at the 
the Advent- 
ht officiated 

d to Boston 
ame her du- 
's School of 

Miss Cran- 
In Worces- 

to be held 

gregatlonal 

of prayer: 

t. Mathews 

pon '"Jona- 

<• of Rellg- 

■Jg Rev. G. 

talk upon 

ssons, and 

■g meeting 

Iressed by 

rd..Thurs- 

atlbn," byi 



FOURTH OF JULY LAWN FETE 



A delightful affair was the Fourth of July- 
lawn fete given last Saturday at the home of 
Mrs. Riley Withersby. A full quota of the 
Bird Center elite was present and all voted 
that the glorious natal day of our independence 
had never been so fittingly observed before. 
Judge Warden read the Declaration of Inde- 
pendence, which was listened to with keenest 
interest by all present and was thoroughly en- 
joyed. Miss Lucile Bamona Fry sang " The 
Star Spangled Banner " and was accompanied 
by Messrs. Orville Peters and Wilbur Fiy on 
the mandolin. The spacious grounds were 
tastefully decorated under the direction of Mr. 
J. Milton Brown, the well-known artist of the 
Bird Center tintype studios, and Miss Lucile 
Ramona Fry, herself an artist of no mean 
talent. In the evening the scene reminded 
all those present of a veritable fairyland. Ele- 
gant refreshments were served and were pre- 



sided over by Miss Myrtle Peters and Mae 
Niebling. Among those present were Mrs. 
Riley Withersby, the Rev. Walpole and wife 
and eight rollicking children, Mr. Smiley W. 
Greene, the popular undertaker, and wife and 
children ; Mr. Cyrus Hornbeck of the State 
bank. Judge Horatio S. Warden, Capt. Boscoe 
Fry and wife, "Mine Host" Mort Peters of 
the Bird Center house and wife. Attorney D. 
I. Black and wife and children. Dr. Crosby 
Niebling and wife, Messrs. Winthrop K. Bid- 
die, who is here from Philadelphia, Pa., on 
business; Elmer Pratt, Homer Withersby, 
Orville Peters, Riley W. Peters, Wilbur Fry, 
Garfield Black, and "ye editor," J. Oscar 
Fisher ; Misses Flossye Niebling, Bar- 
nard of Xenia, O. ; Lucile Ramona Fry, Kate 
Warden, who is home from Bryn Mawr for the 
summer ; Mae Niebling, and Myrtle Peters. 
— J. OSOAB F18HER. 



uuuoequeil 

until the 

Maria 
Kasbaa 
to act as 
suburban 
log detair 

Quite ' 
school tr 
Monday 
the hall 

The 
Friday 
much eq 

Chub 
of the 1) 
cers fori 
bar, prf 
MUsC 
treas.; 
Gilson, 
Stiles, , 

At th^ 
last Tof 
chosen « 
treasure' 
fbsigned. 

The lai 
to the wok 
annual in« 
Mrs. Wm. . 
Daniels, see 




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'J'HE RECEPTION TO 
MR. PUMPHRET 




THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER 
From t hutjr sketch by Mrs. LncUe Bamona Pry- 
Brown 



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Hon. Ephraim Pumphrey ia one of those men 
•who will be most heard in the House of Repre- 
sentatives. Mr. Chris C. Newbower says that 
■when the Hon. Ephraim orates you can hear him 
a mile. 




Congressman Pumphrey is very popular -with 
the ladies. It is estimated that m the last cam- 
paign he kissed nearly two thousand babies and 
said that each had a great future ahead of it. 
" What a splendid head," he says, admiringly. 
And then he studies the baby's features intently 
for a moment and adds confidently, And what 
a remarkable resemblance it bears to some ot 
the pictures of Abraham Lincoln when he was a 
child." Mr. Pumphrey was elected by over 
2,000 majority. 



trill present 

«pherd boy," 

iDg, Jan. 28. 

a leap year 

ling, Feb. 12. 

1 the Luther 

be given by 

«ce, in town 

16. 

lusually cold 
bluebirds aiid 
me. He and 
in April, ac- 
ailer. 

n. 28, is the 

Jed citizen — 

Kre remember 

six years old. 

Dting oD the- 

Wednesday, 

aerally occur 

at the fact is 

. Burprised at 

bis place on 

Uuicbins of 

.iih leave this 

stored in town. 

the lowest of- 

5° below zero. 

or the whole 

« the coldest 

The above 

bermometers 



Reception in Honor of the Hon. Ephraim 
Pumphrey, Congressman-Elect 



Bird Center united in paying nomage to a 
distinguished statesman last Thursday even- 
ing. Hon. Ephraim Pumphrey, the silver 
tongued orator of the Middle West, the man 
whose magic eloquence has held vast audiences 
spellbound, the man whose magnetism has 
electrified all who come in contact with him 
was the recipient of a magnificent reception 
at the K of P hall. He shook hands with all 
and had a pleasant word for each and every 
one. All of our leading citizens were present 
and applauded enthusiastically the timely 
remarks made by the well known statesman. 
In the course of his remarks, Congressman 
Pumphrey congratulated Bird Center on its 
civic patriotism and said that he saw a splen- 
did future ahead for this thriving city. In 
the great applause that followed, Captain Fry 
sprang up and proposed three cheers for our 
next governor — Hon. Ephraim Pomphrey 



and they were given with a right good 
will. 

Among those present were Mrs. Kiley 
Withersby, widow of the late Eiley Withers- 
by ; Kev. Walpole and wife and children. Dr. 
Crosby Niebling and wife. Judge Horatio S. 
Warden, Mr. Smiley W. Greene, the popular 
undertaker, and wife and children ; Captain 
Roscoe Fry and wife, Mine Host, "Mort" 
Peters, of the Bird Center House, and wife ; 
Attorney D. I. Black and wife, Messrs. Win- 
throp K. Biddle, of Philadelphia, Elmer Pratt, 
Homer Withersby, Orville Peters, Riley W. 
Peters, Wilbur Fry, and "ye editor," J. Oscar 

Fisher ; Misses Flossye Niebling, Barnard, 

of Xenia, Ohio; Lucile Eamona Fry, Kate 
Warden, who is home for the Thanksgiving 
vacation ; Mae Niebling, and Myrtle Peters. 
Chris C. Newbower was also among those 
present. —J. Oscar Fisher. 



1 



Mrs. C. A 

Miss Ssit 
Sunday wi 

There 
common U 
than a wee 
of them ovei 
members of 
here and the 
funerals. 

Mr. Bo 
terday in 
cal comp', 
been doit 
nesB in A 
pects to B, 
turning to 

Tomorri 
UnilariaD 
will speak 
most importi 
that at Calb 
ma. Miss ' 
hoan Bcho^ 
practicall;! 
saving of 
service b 
cordially 
serrice ot 



Leominste 
ard Stone 
Howard ^ 



q'HE HORSE SHOW 




CAPTAIN ROSCOE FRY 

A gallant veteran of the Civil War 

From a daguerreotype 





Mr. J. Milton Brown, the well known artist, 
and Miss Lucile Ramona Fry, herself an artist 
of no mean talent, did the decorations for the 
Horse Show. They were much admired. 



Mr. Cyrus Hombeck was a guest of Mrs. Eiley 
Withersby at the Horse Show. 





Messrs. Wilbur Fry and Orville Peters dig- 
coursed sweet strains at the Horse Show. You 
can always count on Messrs. Wilbur and Orville. 



J. Oscar Fisher, of the Bird Center "Argosy," 
was indefatigable in getting names and costumes 
at the Horse Show. 



will present 
epherd boy," 
jDg, Jan. 28. 

a leap year 
ling, Feb. 12. 
1 the Luther 

be given by 
Dce, in town 

lusually cold 
iluebirda and 
me. He and 
in April, ac- 
(iller. 

n. 28, is the 

Jed citizen — 

(re remember 

six years old. 

Dting on the 

Wednesday, 
nerally occur 
It the fact is 

surprised at 

bis place on 

Uutcbins of 

.iih leave this 

stored in town. 

the lowest ot- 

6° below zero. 

or the whole 

s the coldest 

The above 

hermometers 

to Littleton 
ieral of Mrs. 
een a valued 

Qg from an 
him to his 

{ndents met 
breaking bis 

i Chapman 
are now cir- 
«rs, showing 
id a licensed 
n compound 
ion organized 
f Npw Jersey, 
Many Groton 
te Chapman 
Measure indi- 



THE HORSE SHOW 



The Bird Center Horse Show last Saturday 
was one of the most brilliant affairs of its kind 
ever giveu in Bird Center, if not in the entire 
country. Society was out en masse, and all 
agreed that it was a great success. An admis- 
sion fee of 25 cents was charged, which barred 
the presence of those not strictly in the exclu- 
sive circles of local society. Perhaps the most 
notable exhibit was the spanking team of Mr. 
Smiley W. Greene, the popular undertaker, 
who himself handled the reins, assisted by 
Mrs. Greene, and two of the little Greenes. 
This exhibit was awarded first prize by the 
two judges, Dr. Niebling and "mine host" 
Mort Peters of the Bird Center house. There 
was some talk of favoritism in this award, as 
it is well known that the doctor and Mr. 
Greene have mutual business interests, but 
this criticism came only from disgruntled ex- 
hibitors who failed to land the coveted blue 
ribbon. The boxes were crowded with our 
best people, particularly that of the Eev. 
Walpole, who was present with Mrs. Walpole 
and his eight rollicking children. The grounds 
were tastefully decorated under the) direction 
of Miss Lucile Ramona Fry and Mr. J. Milton 
Brown, the well known artist of the Bird 
Center tintype studios. Messrs. Orville Peters 
and Wilbur Fry discoursed sweet strains, add- 
ing greatly to the pleasure of the occasion. 



ADDITIONAL NOTES ON THE 
HORSE SHOW 

Miss Lucile Ramona Fry and J. Milton 
Brown, the well known artist, occupied a box 
at the horse show aud received many encom- 
iums on the skill and taste shown in the 
decorations. 



Miss Kate Warden entertained a box party, 
among those present being Mr. Winthrop K. 
Biddle of Philadelphia, Pa., and Mr. Elmer 
Pratt. 



Miss - 



■ Barnard of Xenia, 0., who has 



been visiting Miss Mae Peters, has decided to 
prolong her visit a week. 

Mrs. Riley Withersby entertained Mr. Cyrus 
Hornbeck of the bank at a box party. Mra. 
W. wore her new Paris hat, about which 
there has been so much pleasant gossip re- 
cently. It was the cynosure of all eyes. 
— o— 

Judge Horatio S. Warden and Attorney D. 
L Black were prominently seen in the arena. 
— o — 

Capt. Roscoe Fry said the sight of so many 

beautiful steeds reminded him of the great 

cavalry charge at the battle of Gettysburg, 

Pa. 

— o — 

Homer Withersby, accompanied by Miss 
Myrtle Peters, drove his thoroughbred. Kaiser, 
to his new buckboard. 

— o — 

Garfield Black and Miss Flossye Niebling 
occupied a box. 

— o — 

Miss Barnard of Xenia, O., was 

obliged to leave her box on account of the 
sun hurting her eyes. She was accompanied 
by Mr. Riley W. Peters. 

Mr. Chris C. Newbower was also among 
those present. He was an hour and a half in 
passing a given point. 

— J. OSCAB FiSBER. 



baa lurtber pro 
hayfork one day 
he was pushing 
and down h6 fld 
distance of ovet 
is a brave, stui^ 
badly wrench^ 
everything in . 
kept right on * 
Mies Helef 
New York 
Brunswick,, 
Owing to L 
Washington, 
given up. 

Tuesday, J« 
Boston will fa, 
ment of the 
Mr. Kendall, 

Harold Lil 
the M.i.T. thif 
night's abSeno 

If anyone Wi 
brother C. F. 
the parliament^ 
leading item il 
news. 

Twenty-six bv 
of the town is gi' 
we want. Who 
with the hot w( 
June '03'? 

A great deal 
for Mr. and It^ 
den death of .' 
day, at the) 
Both parents 
when they lef 
ently in bis 
was supposed 
the care of hi: 
and died be 
moned. He 
old. 

Mrs. C. 4 
H., for a fei 

Miss Mar 
Stone, startet. 
in Salem, III., 
only sixty mile 
the mildness of^ 
matter to bear ly. 

To THE EDITf 

your correspond! 
the express but 
was done Mr, ■' 



• • • 



• ••••• • 4 •*• 



'J^HE CHURCH 
BAZAAR 




MR. WINTHROP K. BIDDLE 

Of PhUadelphia, Pa. 

From a group pictvtre of the Princeton Glea CSlab 



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Judge Warden and Attorney D. I. Black re- 
gretted very much that important legal business 
prevented their attendance at the Church Baaiar. 
" It beats all how these business matters coma 
up just when a fellow wants to go somewhere," 
said Mr. Black, affably. Judge Warden echoed 
those sentiments. 




Mr. Smiley 
Greene, the popu- 
lar undertaker, 
was unable to be 
present at the 
Church Bazaar as 
he was obliged to 
attend a commit- 
tee meeting at the 
K. of P. Hall. "I 
was represented, 
though," said Mr. 
Greene gayly, " I 
sent my wife, my 
pocket-book, and 
two children to 
the bazaar and my 
wife and the two 
children got home 
safely." 




Mr. J. MUton 
Brown, the well- 
known artist of 
the Bird Center 
Tintype Stu- 
dios, was obliged 
to be absent 
from the Church 
Bazaar last Fri- 
day eve. J.Mil- 
ton Brawn has 
been entertain- 
ing a persistent 
specimen of 
Job's comforter 
for several days, 
and he did not 
feel like mixing 
with the festive 
throng. 




Doctor Crosby Nie- 
bling was also unable 
to be present at the 
Church Bazaar, a.s he 
was detained by pro- 
fessional business. One 
of Mrs. Kidwell's chil- 
dren was under the 
weather somewhat and 
Doc had to get it out. 




Mr. Winthrop K. 
Biddle of Philadelphia, 
Pa., was unfortunately 
unable to be present 
at the Church Bazaar, 
but he .sent a proxy 
with instructions to 
vote for Miss Warden 
as the most beautiful 
young lady. 




Mr. Chris C. New- 
bower was also not 
present at the Church 
Bazaar last Friday 
eve. "I forgot all 
about it," said Mr. 
N., " and besides I 
was short of funds." 



ter spent 

Waure- 
eve been 

nd Miss 

'd to their 

ting their 

M. J. 

aed m the 

eld af the 
I Stubberi 

^ched ■ upon 
tue" at the 
me Advent- 
tit officiated 

/d to Boston 
Ume her du- 
's School of 

Miss Cran- 
in Worces- 

. to be hold 



THE CHURCH BAZAAR 



One of the grandest times ever indulged in 
by the people of this vicinity was the Church 
Bazaar held last Friday evening A goodly 
crowd attended and suffice to say, all united 
in voting the affair a pronounced] success. 
Many and varied were the forms of amuse- 
ment, and it is with pleasure that we learn 
that the function was a great financial suc- 
cess. Over sixty dollars were added to the 
coffers of the church, and will be applied 
to the church debt. Among those present 
was Rev Walpole who passed to and fro 
with words of kindness for all. Miss Kate 



Warden was voted the most beautiful lady 
in Bird Center with Miss Mae Niebling and 
Miss Myrtle Peters for place and show, re- 
spectively. Miss "W. received 128 votes at 
five cents a vote. The fortune-teller's booth 
was the most prominent center of attraction, 
where each and everyone was warned to be- 
ware of a dark man or a dark woman. 
Grab-bag, and other diversions were extremely 
popular, and when at last the gay throng 
departed for their homes, there was an 
unmistakable conviction that the affair had 
been a grand success. 



read by the r 
earlier Iife,cl| 
previous to t' 
attitude towi 
of the day. 
followed by 
ters. through 
simple, so fa 
but all of th 
meaning, M^! 
them all. "' 
oil held later; 
J. Batt to be e 
Id the after 
by Prof. C. 9 
theological 
vine messr 
quality of' 
right hao 
Wm. O. 
council. 
W. Tupi 
mentally 
to the peo. 
BosroD. I 



I 



^HE GRAND 
OPENING of the 
NEW COUNTRY 
CLUB 




ATTORNEY D. I. BLACK 
From a daguerreotype 



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If you are interested 
in golf yon will be glad 
to read about the score 
made by Mr. Elmer Pratt 
at the Bird Center Coun- 
try Club. 




Read J. Oscar Fisher's 
great desciiption of the 
opening of the Bird Cen- 
ter Country Club, in this 
week's " Argosy." 




Mr. Smiley Greene, the 
popular undertaker, and 
wife and children, were 
among those present at 
the opening of the Bird 
Center Country Clut. 




Banker Cyrus Hom- 
beck was prominent in 
the view taken by J. 
Milton Brown at the 
opening of the Bird Cen- 
ter Country Club. 







The Rev. Mr. Wal- 
pole, accompanied by 
Mrs. Walpole and the 
eight rollicking little 
Walpoles, attended the 
opening of the Bird Cen- 
ter Country Club. 



,v. Robert N. 

tdox CoDgre- 

^k place 00 

aFt one. At 

';il called at 

'. J. Batt of 

,r, llev C. C. 

A paper was 

ag record of 

id fellowship 

'bis present 

>1 questions 

.nation that 

older minis- 

,oi qtiestioDP, 

<ito concerned, 

lome doctrinal 

^^rect and met 

private couci- 

Jby Kev. W. 

,ctory. 

b was given 

, of Hartford 

t, " The di- 

I power and 

^life." 'The 

(.ven by Rev. 

on behalf of 

, Rev, Geo. 

We must be 

" Charge 

Loomis of 

people was, 

«eD ministers, 

bat the bu- 

Rev. Eliba 

orate here 

ell remem ' 

vod like his 

>enedictioD 

jtor. 

tbe'delight- 

during the 

welt chosen 

ion and G. 

'Miss Carrie' 

Sety and pastor 
plifting services 
there is not the 
ifOD of either. ' 

^elia Frost of 

\nerat of Mrs. 

\||t week. No 

this servict*, 

^ here and 

\s OD warm 



THE GRAND OPENING OF THE 
NEW COUNTRY CLUB 



The opening of the new Country club last 
Saturday was perhaps one of the most auspi- 
cious events that Bird Center society has ever 
witnessed. All of our local society leaders 
assembled early at the commodious clubhouse 
to do honor to the occasion and to witness 
the installation of the new six hole course that 
has been laid out in the meadow back of Mrs. 
Riley Withersby's bam. Mrs. Withersby had 
kindly tendered the use of her land for the golf 
course, and many were the thanks that were 
showered upon her for her public spiritedness. 
It was originally proposed that the compliment 
be paid her of naming the club the "Mrs. 
Riley Withersby Country Club," but she 
modestly suggested that it be called the 
Bird Center Country Club. Her only con- 
dition stipulated in donating the land was 
that no intoxicating beverages be sold and 
that Sunday playing be not indulged in. The 
club house was tastefully decorated by Mr. J. 
Milton Brown, the well known artist of the 
Bird Center Tintype Studios, and Miss Lucile 
Ramona Fry. Potted palms, graceful festoons 
of drapery, and Japanese lanterns were used 
with telling effect, making the scene one of 
exquisite beauty. Messrs. Orville Peters and 
Wilbur Fry enlivened the occasion with dul- 
cet strains of "merry mandolins." On the 
whole, it was a gala day in local society, and 
one long to be remembered. Mr. J. Milton 
Brown took a view of the members and an- 
nounces that he will present a copy to each 
one present. Mr. Brown is to be compli- 
mented on his public spirit and is a valued 
member of our community. 



ADDITIONAL NOTES 

Mrs. Withersby asked as a special conces- 
sion to the older players, many of whom have 
never played golf, that bogey be made easy for 
them, so the house committee made 48 strokes 
bogey for the six holes. 
— o— 

Mr. Winthrop K. Biddle of Philadelphia, 
Pa., made the course in 27, which is 21 under 
bogey. 

— o — 

The Rev. Walpole and wife and eight rol- 
licking little Walpoles were present and were 
in the view taken by Mr. Brown. The Rev. 
Walpole kindly told Mr. B. that two copies of 
the picture would be sufficient for his family, 
but the gallant artist intends to send one to 
each and every member regardless. 
— o — 

Homer Withersby lost his hat and was 
absent when the view was taken. 
— — 

Riley Peters had a good one on Dr. Nie- 
bling, who is somewhat near-sighted. He said 
that " Doc " would have to use a short club 
and tee his ball a foot and a half off the ground 
so that he could see it. 

Mr. Chris C. Newbower was also present, 
but did not have his picture taken. Chris 
says that he is n't much of a society man. 

Miss — — Barnard of Xenia, Ohio, and Riley 
Peters occupied the hammock at the club- 
house when the picture was taken. We regret 
that Miss Barnard returns home early next 
week. 

— o — 

Miss Applegate of Veedersburg, In- 
diana, is soon to visit the Frys. 



Tbursday, Ja 
the examinati 
10.15 in the f 
Concord was 
Hiller of We 
read by the r 
earlier life,c| 
previous to I' 
attitude towt 
of the day. 
followed by 
ters, through 
simple, so fa 
but all of th 
meaning, M^ 
them ail. "' 
cil held later; 
J. Batt to bee 

In the afte' 
by Prof. C. ' 
theological 
vine mess' 
quality of 
right bao 
Wm. O. 
council. 
W. Tupf 
mentally 
to the peOk 
Boston. 1 
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represent d 
man elemeo 
Loomis, w^ 
thirty-thre^, 
bered by al( 
brother is t 
was pronout 

ijomething 
ful bospiiali^ 
noon hour, al 
choir. M'lBB 
A. Cook were 
Phelps, organ 

Inspiration 
must have ct 
of the; day.i 
slightest clO) 

News it* 
Rutland offic 
Dolly Patten 
one could be,. 
as during he^ 
charge of tbf 
terms of fri^ . 
able womaii 

Walter Tl. 



J'HE PICNIC IN 
HORNBECK'S 
GROVE 




MINE HOST MORT PETEES 

Of the Bird Center House 

From a daguerreotype 





The Rev. Walpole attended the picnic at Bird 
Center last Saturday. He was accompanied by- 
Mrs. Walpole and the eight rollicking little Wal- 
poles. The picnic was given under the auspices 
of Capt. and Mrs. Fry. 



Banker Homteck was very attentive to Mrs. 
Riley Withersby, widow of the late Hon. Riley 
Withersby, at the picnic given at Bird Center 
last Saturday. If you are interested in the mat- 
ter you should read J. Oscar Fisher's great report 
in this week's "Argosy." 




Miss Lucile Ramona Fry is engaged. If you 
are interested in matrimony, by all means see 
this week's " Atgosy." 




Mr. J. Milton Brown, the well known artist of 
the Bird Center Tintype studios, attended the 
picnic held last Saturdajr. For certain reasons 
he attracted much attention, all of which will be 
explained in this week's " Argosy," 



BO establish a 
imery for the 
from the un- 

.polig has jast 

(ion with hoaor 

i midshipman. 

second exam 

hty- three out 

:d for inefE 

he A. F. Co- 
tont of JVIan- 
e years. He 
>. W.'Canney 
of self and 

ch right and 

ightoQ farm, 

loyalty of a 

It slipped as 

upper scaffqld 

tndin^ below, a 

it. Mr. Hanson 

nd in spite of a 

has spurned 

liniments and 

id friends in 
i ia now at 
jfeeks' visit, 
e's family in 
tity may be 

Ilo quartet of 
.(i entertain- 
r.his season. 

stadies at 
larly a fort- 

'low neatly 
ythiog in 
ok at the 
' yorough 

nt parts 
weather 
ing fault 
part of 

'expressed 
In the sud- 
Wednes- 
'eat road, 
time, and 
itSLS appar- 
onvuliions 



THE PICNIC IN HORNBECK'S GROVE 



A most delightful affair was the basket pic- 
nic last Saturday under the auspices of Cap. 
and Mrs. Roscoe Fry in Hornbeck's Grove. 

The function was given in honor of Miss 

Applegate of Veedersburg, Indiana, who is 
spending a few days with the Fr}'s, and, in 
addition, the occasion was taken advantage of 
by Capt. Fry to announce the engagement of 
his talented daughter, Miss Lucile Ramona, to 
Mr. J. Milton Brown, our well known artist, 
thus killing two birds with one stone. The 
grove was beautiful in nature's own deco- 
rations, which, without disparagement of the 
magnificent decorating that has been done at 
previous affairs by Mr. Brown and Miss Fry, 
was most pleasing to the eye. A sumptuous 
repast was spread and the ground fairly groaned 
under the weight of the elegant viands. While 
the ladies prepared the collation, the jolly pic- 
nickers sat around in pleasant contemplation 
of the gastronomic joys in store for them, and 
for an hour preceding the feast the festal board 
was truly the cynosure of all eyes. Mrs. Riley 
Withersby brought the fried spring chicken, 
which was voted capital. Mrs. Mort Peters 
brought the veal loaf and olives ; Mrs. Smiley 
Greene, wife of the popular undertaker, won 
many friends with her luscious Saratoga chips ; 
Mrs. Rev. Walpole brought the deviled eggs, 
and Miss Kate Warden's brandied peaches 
were par excellent. But why enumerate all 
the delicious things and the lovely women who 
brought them ? Suffice to say that there 
was potato salad, grape jelly, chocolate cake, 
angels' cake, sardines, sandwiches, watermelon 
preserves, and an endless string of etceteras. 
The afternoon was pleasantly whiled away in 
various outdoor sports — throwing horseshoes, 
etc., etc., and Messrs. Orville Peters and Wil 
bur Fry discoursed sweet strains on their tune- 
ful mandolins. 



ADDITIONAL NOTES 

Rev. Walpole and wife and eight rollicking 
little Walpoles were prominently seen at the 
picnic. 

Capt. Fry has traded his roan for Mort 
Peters' bay. The gallant captain says that the 
bay reminds him of the horse he rode in the 
battle of Gettysburg, Pa. 

Mr. Elmer Pratt won many encomiums for 

carrying water from the spring, which was 

several hundred yards away. Miss Warden 

presented him with a nosegay, which was very 

much admired. 

— o — 

"Doc." Niebling said he would have to eat 

heartily, for he reckoned he would have a busy 

night ahead of him, judging from the way the 

young folks tackled the tempting viands. 

— o — 

Mr. Riley Peters and Miss Applegate 

occupied a hammock during the afternoon. 
Miss Applegate says that Bird Center is the 
loveliest place she ha.s ever visited. 

Miss Lucile Ramona Fry made a beautiful 
engraving of the scene. Miss Lucile has un- 
doubted talent as a sketch artist and won 
many encomiums. 

— — 

When Capt. Fry announced the engagement 
of his daughter to Mr. Brown at the end of the 
feast, much pleasant interest was manifested 
by all those present. Congratulations were 
showered on the happy young couple, all of 
which were taken with becoming modesty. It 
is understood that the wedding will take place 
in August, soon after pension day. 

— J. OSCAK FiSHEK. 



Bishop 7, 
he retur* 
been to 1 
a dlvislo^ 
this couit 
months al 
asked wh', 
autlforlzeo 
Of latei 
among the 
fairs that 
the mattj 
When qq 
.lect he I 
Tlerney 3 
news of, 



be expec' 



til the d' 
is said ) 
Ity, that 
divided, 
which I^ 
sons In 
the time 
nounced ■ 

About 
sumnion/ 
consults 
they w 
the di^ 
well- liv 
tlon ha« 
the div| 
Januari 
will be 
part of' 
New H 
state an 
portant 
in the Hi> 
cese will 
New Lion6 
possibly Ml 

In these 
French-Can, 
practically a 
they are qui 
of living aif 
called Irlshi 
almost the 
In other paf 
reason extj 
choosing t^ 
cese. 

The Rev.", 
of the Catl^ 
spoken of a 
He Is one on 
the diocese.' 
spoken of I3 
Shanley of ' 
Hartford. H^ 
National Cat? 
and for severg 
the ConnecticU, 
Tierney has al 
terest. The p» 
most acceptabt 
dian, element, 
O'Keefe of Wai 
In the town tiff 
county. Its p' 
cotton and wo^ 



QAPTAIN FRT'S 
PJRTr 




REV. WALPOLE 

" A man to all the country dear ' 

From a daguerreotype 




SmUey Greene, the popular undertaker, tried to 
cheer up Capt. Fry m his hour of trouble. If 
you are interested in underUkers and trouble, 
read the account in the Bird Center "Argosy. 




This little girlis a Bird 
Center girl, and she sym- 
pathized with Capt. Fry 
in his hour of trouble. 
But she did not know 
what the trouble was un- 
til she saw J. Oscar Fish- 
er's great story In the 
" Argosy." 




Mr. J. Milton Brown, the well known artist of 
Bird Center, and Miss Lucile Ramona Fry, the 
talented daughter of Capt. Roscoe Fry, may not 
be married after all. Misa Lucile Bamona be- 
lieves that she should stick to her gallant father 
in his hour of trouble. 



■awmill in 

lit seven or 

i as much as 

load from the 

ias some good 

tmsters. Wm. 

to have drawn 

land to eleven 

will present 
epherd boy," 
jDg, Jan. 28. 

a leap year 

ing, Feb. 12. 
I the Luther 

be given by 
oce, in town 
16. 

lusaally cold 
iluebirds and 
tne. He and 
in April, ac- 
ailer. 

1i. 28, is the 
•»ed citizen — 
>re remember 
■six years old. 
Oting on the 
' Wednesday, 
oerally occur 
It the fact is 
.^surprised at 

bis place on 

Uutcbios of 

dth leave this 

stored in town. 

the lowest of- 
6° below zero, 
or the whole 

8 the coldest 
The above 

hermometers 

to Littleton 
ieral of Mrs. 
Mn • valued 

OK from an 
oim to bis 

;ddents met 
breaking his 

e Chapman 
are now cir- 
ers, showing 
id a licensed 
n compound 
ion organized 
f New Jersey, 
Many Groton 
(le Chapman 
''leasure indi- 



^nsworth, a 
>st weeic at 
t. He bad 



CAPTAIN FRY'S PARTY 



A full quota of our local society circles 
assembled last Thursday eve at the pleasant 
home of Capt. Fry on Little Round Top hill, 
where a most delightful time, replete with 
good cheer and conviviality, would have been 
had but for the recent financial misfortunes 
that have befallen our beloved fellow citizen. 
When the merrymakers gathered they were 
surprised, not to say astounded, to find the 
Captain laboring under some great sorrow. 
He at once became the cynosure of all eyes 
and many were the anxious inquiries as to the 
cause of his dejection. At length he explained 
the cause, the details of which are — viz. : It 
seems that Mr. Cyrus Hombeck, Pres. of 
the Bird Center Bank, holds a mortgage on 
the Fry homestead and had threatened to 
foreclose unless some delinquent payments be 
immediately made. Mr. Hornbeck doubtless 
selected the present time for his demand 
because of the approaching happy nuptials 
of Miss Lucile Eamona Fry and Mr. J. Mil- 
ton Brown, reasoning that the Capt. would 
make extreme efforts to pay the claim rather 
than undergo the humiliation of being evicted 
on the eve of the wedding. Capt. Fry was 
just on the point of recalling the invitations 
for his party when Mr. Hornbeck sent a note 
saying that the payment of the claim had been 
guaranteed by a person whose identity he was 
required to keep secret. It is assumed that 
the mysterious benefactor knew Capt. Fry's 
pride would not permit him to accept an 
unsecured loan and hence had taken this 
means of relieving the Captain's embarrass- 
ment. Capt. Fry cannot imagine who has 
befriended him and he fears that pity instead 
of old friendship has actuated the kindness. 
He declares that he would rather work on the 
streets than be an object of pity. The editor 
of the Argosy interviewed Mr. Hombeck, who 
said : " Business is business, and a mortgage is 
no respecter of sentiment." It is well known 
that Mr. Hombeck, who has matrimonial 
desires, wishes to obtain possession of the Fry 
homestead, partly on account of its location 
and partly on account of its historic associa- 
tion. During the Black Hawk war a notable 
skirmish occurred there and in the late fifties 
Abraham Lincoln once spent a night in the 
old house. Society is agog and on the qui vive 



regarding the mysterious friend and further 
developments are awaited with interest. 
— o — 

ADDITIONAL SOCIETY NOTES 

Miss Applegate of Veedersburg, Ind., 

who has been visiting the Frys, left for home 
Friday morning. Mr. Riley Peters saw her 
off. 

Capt. Fry says that he is half glad his 
trouble came, because it showed him how 
many good friends he has. 
— o^ 

Mr. Winthrop K. Biddle of Philadelphia, 
Pa., who has been in our midst some weeks 
looking for investments, has decided to remain 
several weeks longer. 

— o^ 

" Doc " Niebling expressed his sympathy in 

his characteristic bluff way. He called Capt. 

Fry an old granny and told him to draw on 

him for any amount. 

— o — 

Mr. Smiley Greene, our popular undertaker, 
did grand work in cheering up Capt. Fry. 
Smiley regrets that the dull season prevents 
him extending more substantial assistance. 
— — 

Many were the encomiums about Miss Fry's 
beautifid water colors that adorn the walls of 
the front room of her pleasant home. 
— o — 

It is possible that Miss Fry's marriage to 
Mr. J. Milton Brown may not take place. 
She feels that all her efforts should be devoted 
toward rendering financial help to her father 
in his hour of trouble. If she can obtain 
lucrative employment doing art work she 
hopes to render much assistance, whereas if 
she weds she can render none. Mr. Brown 
has offered her a splendid position in his tin- 
type studio. 

Miss Elsie Burbank of Morristown, N. J., 
is soon to be the guest of her aunt, Mrs. Riley 
Withersby. 

A little bird tells us that Mr. W K 

B of P , Pa., is in our midst for a 

tenderer purpose than a business investment. 

Here 's our hand, W ! 

— J. Oscar Fisheb. 



of Mrs. Jr* 
day. 

Rev. C 
father, 1 
this weel 

On acci 
day evenii 
Brook line' 
ent at the 
the installi 
consequen 
until the 

Mario' 
Nashua 
to act as 
suburban 
log detair 

Quite/ 
schuol U 
Mondaji 
the ball 

The 
Friday 
much eq 

Chuf 
of the i) 
cers fori 
bar, pr/ 
Miss E' 
treas.; 
Gilson, 
Stiles, , 

At th( 
last Tu« 
chosen • 
treasure' 
rbsigned. 

The lai 
to the woL 
annual me 
Mrs. Wm. . 
Daniels, sec 
treasurer aa 

The ladiei 
plans to ser' 
vestries Tue 
six to eight 
is hoped foi^ 
requested f 
with thei^ 
solicitatioi 

Bo 

News ii'' 
of the ladie. 
Tbarsday e. 
officers wer 
prei" ; Mrs, 
L. W. Rich*., 
er, treat. 

Ernest Bar 
trip to Nova i 

W. H. Gore 
linocket, Me., 
their house it 
family. 

L. W.Ricl 



;•. 






J' HE MrsTERIOUS 
STRJNGER 




DB. NIBBLING 
From a daguerreotype 




The children of Bird 
Center are behaving un- 
usually well since the 
mysterious stranger 
came to town. 




All the Bird Center 
children are afraid the 
mysterious stranger may 
pop around a comer and 
get them. They are al- 
ways on the qui vive for 
his appearance. 



always felr. in 
by the tonns- 

|V. Robert N. 
kIox CoDgre- 
3ok place on 
art one. At 
';il called at 
'. J. Batt of 
.r, Rev C. C. 
A paper was 
Jg record of 
id fellowship 
his preseDi 
il questions 
ination that 
older minis- 
,oi question f, 
ere concerned, 
lome doctrinal 
erect and met 
private coun- 
by Rev. W. 
(Ctory. 

b was given 

, of Hartford 

r, " The di- 

■' power and 

^life." "The 

VvenbvEeV. 

!on behalf of 

', Rev. Geo. 

We mast be 

" Charge 

Loomis of 

people was, 

ven ministers, 

but the hu- 

Rev. Elibu 

x>rate here 

'eli remem 

ind like his 

benediction 

nor. 

the'delight- 

during the 

welt chosen 

ion and G. 

Miss Carrie 

^ety and pastor 
oplif ting services 
there is not the 
Von of either. 

^elia Frost of 

tnerat of Mrs. 

\yt week. No 

thii servicr, 

\e here and 

\i 00 warm 

^uly vener- 

'committee 



THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER 



Perhaps never before have our social circles 
been rocked to their foundations more than 
they have been during the past week. A 
mysterious stranger has appeared on the 
streets of our bustling city and many are the 
speculations as to his identity. The whole 
town is agog over the mystery and little else 
has been the subject of conversation since his 
advent in our midst. He is a veritable 
enigma. Ko one knows who he is or whence 
he comes from. He simply appeared like a 
bolt from a clear sky. Some think that he is 
an emissary of the czar, here on some secret 
mission. Others contend that he is a detec- 
tive and still others hint at some dark sinister 
mission. Sufficient to say however that thus 
far he has baffled all attempts to solve the 
mystery. The editor of the " Argosy " inter- 
viewed a number of prominent citizens regard- 
ing him. 

Airs. Riley Withersby — "I first saw him 
at Mr. Peters' lawn party last Wednesday. I 
was sitting talking to Rev. Walpole, Mr. 
Greene and Mrs. Greene, and J. Oscar Fisher 
of the Argosy. We were discussing the 
creation of a salon where our local artistic 
and literarj' lights might meet this winter. 
Suddenly this stranger appeared and leaned 
against the fence regarding us with intense 
interest. I have no theory as to his iden- 
tity." 

Capt. Fry — "I first saw him at Mr. 
Peters' lawn party. Mort Peters and I were 
discussing the mistake made by Lee at Gettys- 
burg. I was arguing that Gen. Gordon 
should have had a free rein, when all of a 
sudden, Mort called my attention to the 
strange looking man standing by the fence. 
He looked to me like a Confederate spy. " 

Chris C. Newbower — "I first saw him 
last Wednesday at Mort Peters' party. I was 
setting by a tree listening to Orville Peters 
and Wilbur Fry playing the mandolins, when 
I looked up and saw a queer looking man in 



black. He stopped for a few moments, and 
then with a kind of a sneer, walked on. That 's 
the last time I seen him." 

J. Milton Brown — "I first saw him at 
Peters' lawn function. Miss Fry and I were 
discussing art, when my attention was called 
to the stranger. He certainly was a queer 
looking specimen." 

Riley Peters — "1 first saw him at father's 
lawn fete last Wednesday. He looked like a 
nihilist to me." 

Mr. Winthrop K. Biddle, of Philadelphia. 
Pa. — "I did n't see the stranger. I was talk- 
ing to Miss Burbank, whose brother made a 
trip up the Nile with me, and we were so 
interested that I didn't know the man had 
been there until he was gone." 

Mr. Elmer Pratt — " I first saw the stranger 

at Mort Peters' lawn party. My, but he 

soared me at first. He must be a detective. 

I tried to call Kate Warden's attention to him 

but I don't think she saw him until it was too 

late." 

— o — 

ADDmONAL XOTES 

Quite a number of Bird Centerites enjoyed 
the dulcet strains of the mandolins at "Mine 
Host " Mort Peters' lawn fSte last Wednesday. 
— o^ 

The wedding of Miss Lucile Ramona Fry 
and Mr. J. Milton Brown, the well known 
artist, has been set for a date sometime this 
month. It may be remembered that Miss Fry 
decided last week that she shouldn't marry 
while her father needed her help in his finan- 
cial troubles, so her new decision comes as a 
happy surprise. 

The identity of the unknown friend who 
guaranteed the payment of Capt. Fry's mort- 
gage last week has not as yet been divulged. 
More anon. 

— J. Oscar Fisheb. 



wifA 

T. W. Han', 
left hand man a. 
had further pro 
hayfork one day 
he was pushine; 
and down he fie 
distance of ove^ 
is a brave, stuiC 
badly wrench^ 
everything in 
kept right on * 

Mies Helef 
New York 
Brunswick,^ 
Owing to i, 
Washington, 
given up. 

Tuesday, 3k 
Boston will ttt, 
ment of the 
Mr. Kendall, ' 

Harold Lit 
the M.i.T. ihii 
night's abteno 

If anyone w> 
brother C. F 
the parliament^ 
leading iten) ii 
news. 

Twenty-six bt 
of the town is gi\ 
we want. Whoi 
with the hot w^ 
June '03? 

A great deaV 
for Mr. and Af 
den death of ' 
day, at the! 
Both parentr 
when they let 
ently in his 
was supposed 
the care of hii 
and died be 
moned. He 
old. 

Mrs. C. A 
H., for a fei 

Miss Mart 
Stone, starteL 
in Salem, 111., 
only sixty mile 
the mildness of*^ 
matter to hear i^. 

To THE EDlTt 

your correspond* 
the express bus 
was done Mr, - 
has been tomtf 
business has be*, 
at presents Om 



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'J'HE MARRIAGE 

OF MISS FRY 

AND MR. BROWN 




CYRUS HORNBECK 

Of the bank. He looks like his picture 

From a daguerreotype 



Sing out the wedding 
bells! Mr. J. MUton 
Brown and Miss Lucile 
Eamona Try were mar- 
ried last Tuesday and 
are spending their honey- 
moon at Niagara Falls. 
They were wedded sooner 
than expected in order 
that they might take ad- 
vantage of the excursion 
rates to the Falls. 




Trunk and telescope of 
Mr. and Mrs. J. Milton 
Brown (n^ Miss Lucile 
Bamona Fry) as they ap- 
peared at station. It is 
suspected that Mr. Wil- 
bur Fry, the groom's best 
man, did the decorating. 




There was so much 
rice thrown after Mr. J. 
Milton Brown and Mrs. 
J. Milton Brown (n^e 
Lucile Ramona Fry) that 
a small boy was sent out 
to gather it up. No one 
knows who sent him, 
but it is suspected that 
Mr. Cyrus Hombeok of 
the bank ia the frugal 
party. 




Clock presented to Mr. 
and Mrs. J. Milton 
Brown (n^e Miss Lucile 
Eamona Fry) by Mr. El- 
mer Pratt. A pretty bit 
of sentiment is exhibited 
here, for Mr. Pratt placed 
the hour hand at 1, in- 
dicating that the happy 
recipients were now one. 
They were much touched 
by it, and Mr. Pratt de- 
serves many encomiums 
for his cleverness. 




Mr. and Mrs. J. Mil- 
ton Brown (nee Lucile 
Kamona Fry) en route 
to Niagara Falls. Mr. 
Eiley Peters got off a 
good joke on them. He 
put a number of new tin 
kitchen utensils in their 
car, with the names of 
the happy couple. All 
the passengers saw the 
joke, but up to the hour 
of leaving Mr. and Mrs. 
Brown had not noticed 
it. 




evening 

Boston. 

returned 

her home 

ner vaca- 

spendlng 
iida 
6 visiting 

ter spent 

Waure- 
five been 

tid Miss 

fd to their 

ting their 

M. J. 

aed in the 

eld at the 
IL Stubbei't 

ached upon 
rue" at the 
'.he Advent, 
nt officiated 

.■d to Boston 
Ume her du- 
's School of 

Miss Cran- 
in Worces- 

to be hold 

igregatlonal 

of prayer: 

I. Mathews 

pon '"Jona- 

f of Rellg. 

\g Rev. Ci. 

talk upon 

ssons, and 

ig meeting 

Iressed by 

rd.,Thurs- 

atibn," by 

fite pastor 

^ PYlday 

' meeting. 

jsident of 

» will ad- 

plted wltM 
jchurch bn 
1th— Ho-w- 
yi, Arthur 

churches: 

Mrs. Milo 

hor. 

' company 
.»t at the 

61 reopened 
vlnter term, 
»rs: Prlncl- 

Miss Jessie 
eonard. Miss 

Hammond, 
MIss' Ruth 
s Miss Nel- 

.hool are the 
S3la I. Bai- 
Mtss 3essi<> 



THE MARRIAGE OF MR. J. MILTON 
BROWN TO MISS LUCILE RAMONA FRY 



At the pleasant home of Capt. Roscoe Fry 
iu this city last Tuesday eve occurred the 
liappy nuptials of Mr. J. Milton Brown, the 
well known artist, to Miss Lucile Bamona 
Fry, one of Bird Center's fairest daughters. 
The event was one of the most beautiful of tlxe 
summer, everything combining to make the 
nuptial scene one long to be remembered. 
The parlors in which the ceremony was per- 
formed were artistically decorated with aspara- 
gus fern, intermingled with sweet peas, etc. 
Promptly at 8 P. M. as the strains of Mendel- 
sohn's wedding march, played by the Messrs. 
Orville Peters and Wilbur Fry on the man- 
dolins, filled the house, tlie bi'idal party 
entered the rooms, prepared for the occasion. 
The bridegroom was attended by Mr. Riley 
Peters and Miss Flossye Niebling acted as 
bridesmaid. The groom and best man looked 
their finest in the conventional attire for such 
occasions. The bride was very charming in a 
bridal gown of white silk mulls, overdress 
shirred, trimmed with medallions and silk 
bows. She carried a bouquet of white bride 
roses in her hand. The bridesmaid carried 
pink roses and wore a dress of pink mulls 
trimmed with cheny lace and ribbon. They 
advanced to a position 'neath a canopy of fern, 
where they stood while Rev. Walpole, dre.ssed 
in conventional black, conducted the beautiful 
and impressive ceremony which united for life 
the destinies of two young people loved and 
respected by all who know them. Following 
the congratulations an elegant repast was 
served, after which Mr. and Mrs. Brown (nee 
Miss Lucile Ramona Fry) departed for their 
honeymoon trip. They were accompanied to 
the depot by a merry crowd, and as they 
boarded the train were showered with rice 
and old shoes, much to the delight of many 
onlookers. That their married life may be 
long and happy is the sincere wish of a host 
of friends. 

ADDITIONAL NOTES ANENT 
THE NUPTIALS 

Mr. Riley Peters was the first to kiss the 
bride. 



It was somewhat of a surprise that the wed- 
ding occurred so soon, but it was Mr. Brown's 
wish to take advantage of the excursion rates 
to Niagara Falls that the happy event was set 
earlier than anticipated. 



Mrs. Roscoe Fry was visibly moved by the 
ceremony, but Miss Flossye Niebling consoled 
her with the argument that it had to come 
sooner or later. Such is life. 



Mr. Homer Withersby looked spick and 
span in his new Tuxedo. 



They could hardly hold Mr. Smiley Greene, 
the popular undertaker, when tliey began to 
kiss the bride. 



Dr. Niebling, in congratulating the groom, 
paid many encomiums to the sterling worth of 
the bride, and was thanked with becoming 
modesty. 

— o — 

After the ceremony Mr. J. Milton Brown 
took a flash light of the decorations. Capt. 
Fry was describing Pickett's charge at the 
battle of Gettysburg, Pa., to Rev. Walpole, 
and the sudden explosion startled him so 
much that it was some time before he gained 
his composure. 



The mysterious stranger who has been dark- 
ening our streets for a week was observed 
hanging about the premises. Ye editor saw 
him, but said nothing, as he could not verify 
it. This far there is no clew to his identity. 



Many were the beautiful presents received 
by the happy couple. They were dbplayed 
in the parlor and attracted much favorable 
comment. 

— J. Oscar Fisher. 



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by church > 

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authorized 

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French-Can, 
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almost the 
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spoken of a 
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the diocese.' 
spoken of la 
Shanley of 
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National CatI 
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& • • 



'J^HE GALA DAT 
at the COUNTT 
FAIR 




MRS. ROSCOE FRY 
From a dagaerreotypo 




Last week was the 
County Fair at Bird Cen- 
ter, and all the best cir- 
clea were among those 
present. Mr. Smiley- 
Greene, the popular un- 
dertaker, entered into the 
spirit of the occasion 
with much zest. Smiley 
is a great favorite with 
the children, and even 
the old people can't help 
liking him. Read about 
the Fair in this week's 
"Argosy." 




Riley Peters got off a 
good joke on the chil- 
dren out at the Bird 
Center Fair last Thurs- 
day. He painted one of 
the prize pumpkins so 
that all the little boys 
and girls were quite star- 
tled. Riley is a great 
practical joker. 




Mr. Cyrus Homlieck 
entered his trotting mare 
Gypsy Queen for the 
Mrs. Riley Withersby 
sweepstakes, but was 
beaten by an unknown 
horse, entered under the 
name of Capt. Fry. 
There is considerable 
speculation as to who 
o\vns the strange entry. 
Mr. Hornbeck is much 
vexed about the matter, 
and vows to be revenged. 




Here is something that 
will interest all the la- 
dies. It is a prize quilt 
that was exhibited by 
Mrs. Wes Kidwell at the 
Bird Center County Fair. 
There are 6,245 pieces 
in the quilt and twelve 
years were consumed in 
making it. If you are 
interested in prize quilts 
see the account in the 
" Argosy," 




Riley Peters played a 
good joke on Elmer Pratt 
at the Bird Center County 
Fair last Thursday. El- 
mer had a new pair of 
shoes, and they hurt him 
so much that he went 
behind the floral hall to 
rest the shoes. Riley 
took Kate Warden 
around, and Elmer was 
hopping mad. He says 
Riley Peters has about 
as much idea of a joks 
as a shoat. 



.poll's has jast 
tioD with hoaor 

1 midtbipmaD. 

second exam 
htjr- three out 
td for iaeffi 

he A. F. Co- 
ient of Man- 

e Tears. He 

C VV. Canney 

of self and 

th. right and 

jghtOD farm, 

lo^lty of a 

It slipped as 

npper scaffold 

indinz below, • 

%. Mr. Hanson 

ad in spite of a 

has sparned 

liniments and 

^d friend* in 
i is now at 
weeks' visit. 
«'s family in 
citjr ma/ be 

tlo qiurtet of 
d entertain- 
^■his season. 

■todies at 
^rljr A fort- 

ow neatly 

rthing in 

9k at the 

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nt parts 
weather 
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part of 

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B the sud- 

Wednes* 

■eat road. 



THE GALA DAY AT THE COUNTY FAIR 



Last Thursday was the gala day at the 
County Fair. All the Bird Center smart set 
determined to make the occasion a social sue 
cess, and therefore attended en masse. And 
truly they succeeded, for it was widely adver- 
tised that our social leaders would he present, 
and this attracted large crowds eager to he 
among those present at a function graced by 
our society people. Over 3,000 admissions 
were recorded, and Old Sol smiled through the 
entire afternoon. In the evening the crowd 
was augmented by many people from the city, 
who sought surcease from toil in the dizzy 
diversions of the social vortex. 



ADDmONAL NOTES ON THE 
EXPOSITION 

Rev. Walpole and four of the rollicking 
little Walpoles were among those present. 
Mrs. Walpole was not present. 

Mr. J. Milton Brown, the well known artist 
of the Bird Center Tintype Studios, was pres- 
ent with his bride, Mrs. J. Milton Brown, n^e 
Lucile Ramona Fry, formerly daughter of 
Capt. Roscoe Fry. 

Mr. Smiley Greene, our popular undertaker, 
was a persistent patron of the merry go round. 
He invited ten children to join him in a can- 
ter and finished first, with a time allowance 
of eight seconds. 



Mrs. Riley Withersby and her niece. Miss 
Elsie Burbank of Morristown, N. J., occupied 
prominent seats in the amphitheater. They 
were accompanied by Mr. Winthrop K. Bid- 
die of Philadelphia, Pa. 

Capt. Roscoe Fry was the grand marshal. 
— — 

In the Mrs. Riley Withersby sweepstakes 
there were four entries. Cyrus Hombeck, 
our local banker, entered his mare, Gypsy 
Queen, and thought he had a sure thing, but 
an unknown horse, entered under the name 
of Capt. Roscoe Fry, captured the coveted 
trophy. There is considerable speculation 
alK)Ut the matter, for Capt. Fry says that the 
horse does not belong to him, and that he 
does not know the owner. It is as much of a 
mystery to him as the identity of the person 
who paid the mortgage which Mr. Hombeck 
threatened to foreclose. An early solution is 
hoped for. 

The mysterious stranger was observed lurk- 
ing behind the floral hall, and attracted much 
attention. It is now rumored that he is a 
foreign nobleipan seeking an American bride, 
and in consequence all our buds are on the 
qui rive about him. 

A baby show is on the tapis in Bird Center 
society, and may occur some time in Sep- 
tember. 

— J. OSCAK FiSHEE. 



day evenii 
Brooklioe' 
ent at the 
the instalU 
conaequev 
until the 

Maria 
Nashoa 
to act as 
suburban 
ing detair 

Quite / 
schuol U 
Moodajr 
the hal^ 

The 
Friday 
much ei| 

Chub 
of the ij 
cers fori 
bar, prf 
MissS' 
treas.; , 
Gilsoo, 
Stiles, , 

Atth^ 
last Tof 
chosen « 
treasurs 
rbslgned. 

TbelM 
to the woi 
annual m^ 
Mrs. Wm. . 
Daniels, see 
treasurer an 

The ladie, 
plans to ser 
vestries Tue 
six to eight 
is hoped fa 
requested i 
with thei( 
solicitatioi 



News li 
of the ladiei 




^(^moii^ 



MRS. RILET 
WiTHERSBrS 
GRAND SOCIAL 
FUNCTION 




MRS. D. I. BLACK 
From a daguerreotype 




Mrs. Riley Withersby 
had real colored waiters 
down from Chicago at 
her party last Thursday 
evening. It was the most 
recherche function ever 
held in Bird Center, and 
you should see a pic- 
ture of it in this week's 
"Argosy." 




Mr. and Mrs. J. Mil- 
ton Brown (n^e Miss 
Liicile Ramona Fry) 
greatly enjoyed the oil 
painting of Mrs. Riley 
Withersby. It was 
painted last year by a 
celebrated New York 
artist, who makes a spe- 
cialty of society women, 
and is a splendid like- 
ness. Mrs. Withersby 
considers it the best pic- 
ture she has ever bad 
painted. 




Capt. Roscoe Fry 
greatly admired a paint- 
ing of the battle of Get- 
tysburg, Pa. The Capt. 
says he was shot so 
many times at that fight 
that he got used to it. 




Miss Kate Warden 
•was obliged to leave Mrs. 
Riley Withersby 's party 
early on account of a 
severe headache. Even 
Elmer Pratt could not 
induce her to remain. 




Rev. Walpole and four 
of the rollicking little 
Walpoles were present 
at Mrs. Withersby 's party 
last Thursday in Bird 
Center. They were 
much impressed by the 
grandeur of Mrs. W.'s 
residence. 



her home 

ner vaca- 

spending 
nda 
i^ visiting 

ter spent 

Waure- 
ftve been 

tid Miss 

"d to their 

ting their 

M. J. 

aed in the 

eld at the 
^ Stubbei-t 

ached upon 
jue" at the 
\he Advent- 
ht officiated 

/d to Boston 
Ume her du- 
'8 School of 

Miss Cran- 
in Worces- 

to be hold 

gregational 

of prayer: 

I. Mathews 

pon "Jona- 

r of Rellg- 

'ig Rev. a. 

talk upon 

esons, and 

g meeting 

Jressed by 

rd. Thurs- 

atlbn," by ' 

ate pastor 

». Friday 

• meeting. 

^sident of 

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Qited wlta 
ichurch bn 

Jth— How- 
Vi, Arthur 

churches: 

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Mlss .Jessie 

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MRS. RILEY WITHERSBY'S GRAND 
SOCIAL FUNCTION 



Perhaps never before in the history of Bird 
Center has there been such a grand social func- 
tion as that given last Thursday eve at the 
palatial residence of Mrs. Riley Withersby. 
, All of the city's best circles were among those 
present and that a par excellent time was had 
was the universal opinion. An orchestra from 
Chicago rendered exquisite strains and a 
caterer from the same metropolis dispensed 
the elegant viands. The big drawing room 
was a scene of almost Eutopian splendor and 
many were the encomiums paid the charming 
hostess for her magnificent hospitality, which 
was truly on a most oriental scale of luxury. 
Just before refreshments were served Mrs. 
Withersby explained that the purpo.se of the 
gathering was to form a local culture club, 
similar to the famous salons of Paris, where 
culture could meet in wholesome communion 
and the feast of reason mingle with the flow 
of soul. The suggestion met with unanimous 
approval, so that throughout the coming win- 
ter all the wit and genius of our progressive 
city will doubtless scintillate with dazzling 
effulgence. 



ADDITIONAL NOTES 

Mr. Chris C. Newbower was also present. 
Chris thought Mrs. W. was going to start a 
saloon and was one of the early arrivals. He 
spent the evening looking at the views. 
— o — 

Real colored waiters from Chicago served 
the collation. 



Mine Host "Mort" Peters of the Bird 
Center House was not present. 
— — 

It is rumored that Mrs. Withersby will 
soon give another function. Mr. Peters will 
serve and Messrs. Orville Peters and Wilbur 
Fry will furnish the music. 

— — 

The mysterious stranger, who has been re- 
cently mystifying Bird Center, came up on 
the porch and solemnly surveyed the gay as- 
semblage through a window and then dis- 
appeared. 

Eev. Walpole and four of the rollicking 
little Walpoles were prominently seen among 
those present. Mrs. Walpole was not present. 

Mrs. Lucile Ramoua Fry- Brown, nee Miss 
Lucile Ramona Fry, wife of our well known 
artist, Mr. J. Milton Brown of the Bird Cen- 
ter Tintype Studios, rendered " Robin Adair " 
on the piano. She received many encomiums. 



Ye editor's dog ' ' Spot "was frightened out 
of two years' growth by the polar bear rug 
that adorns Mrs. Withersby 's drawing room. 



Mr. Winthrop K. Biddle of Philadelphia, 
Pa., was attentive to Miss Elsie Burbank of 
Morristown, N. J., who is visiting her aunt, 
Mrs. Withersby. 

— J. Oscar Fishee. 



this weel 
On acct 
day eveni 
Brookline 
ent at the 
the installi 
consequea 
until the 

Mario'' 
Nashua 
to act as 
suburban 
ing detail 

Quite / 
schuol tf 
Monday 
the ball 

The 
Friday 
much eQ 

Chub 
of the it 
cers fort 
bar, pr/ 
Miss E 
treas.; , 
GilsoD, 
Stiles, , 

At th< 
last Tttf 
chosen « 
treasure 
rbsigned. 

The lai 
to the woti 
annual me 
Mrs. Wm. . 
Daniels, 6ec 
treasurer aq 

The ladiei 
plans to ser 
vestries Tue 
six to eight 
is hoped foik 
requested t 
with thei( 
Bolicitatioi 

B» 

News li 
of the ladie. 
Thursday e. 
officers wer 



J'HE LABOR DAT 
FIELD SPORTS 




MRS. MORT PETERS 
From a daguerreotype 




At the great field day sports last Saturday 
in Bird Center Mr. Smiley Greene, the popular 
undertaker, won the prize for " hop, step, and 
jump." The prize was a fine buggy whip, worth 
91. Mr. Greene's children were much frightened 
■when they saw their papa hopping ahout. They 
could not understand such strange maneuvers. 
They thought he had gone crazy. 







Mr. Elmer Pratt won the running high jump 
and received a fine box of fragrant Havanas. 
His jump has never been equaled in Bird Center 
but once before. 




Ye editor, J. Oscar Fisher of the Bird Center 
"Argosy," gallantly rescued the Rev. Walpole's 
silk hat at the Labor day field sports at Bird 
Center last Saturday. It was just at the finish 
of the seventy-five yard dash for ladies, and 
Miss Flossye Niebling was bearing down under 
full sail when one of the rollicking little Wal- 
poles ambled out in the danger zone. Mr. Fisher 
received many encomiums for his presence of 
mind. 




Right in the midst of the Labor day field sporti 
last Saturday the mysterious stranger who has 
been lurking around Bird Center rode up and 
solemnly gazed at the festivities for a few mo- 
ments. He then galloped away and was not 
seen again. As yet there is no solution of the 
mystery, although it has been discovered that 
the horse answers to the name of " Frank." A 
slip of paper was found two miles south of town 
last Wednesday bearing the name " Hamilton 
Bullwiiikle," but whether it is the mysterious 
stranger's name we are not prepared to state. 



imttert. Wm. 
Q have drawn 
land to eleven 

will pretent 
epberd boy," 
tog, Jan. 28. 

a leap year 

•in|;,l<eb.l2. 
i the Lutber 

be giren by 
oce, in town 

lasoally cold 
iluebirda aiid 
me. He and 

in April, ac- 
(iller. 

tt. 28, ii the 
••ed citizen — 
ire remember 

•ixyeartold. 

oting on the 

Wedoetday, 
oerally occur 
It the fact it 

aurprited at 

bia place on 

UutcbiDi of 

.<th leave this 

stored in town. 

the lowest of- 

&° below zero. 

or the whole 

« the coldest 

The above 

hermometert 

to Littleton 
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Mdenta met 
breaking bit 

Chapmin 

are now cir- 

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td a licenaed 



THE LABOR DAY FIELD SPORTS 



Like the Olympian games of old were the 
Labor day field sports at the Bird Center 
Country club last Saturday afternoon, and the 
occasion was made memorable by the presence 
of all our best circles, with one exception, Mrs. 
Rev. Walpole being among those absent It 
was originally intended that the Labor day 
celebration be held on Labor day, but Capt. 
Roscoe Fry suggested that they be held on 
Saturday, thus making it possible for a full 
report of the proceedings to appear in this 
week's ' ' Argosy. " Another consideration was 
the fact that Mr. Cyrus Hombeck of the bank 
announced that his employes could not have 
Monday off, and in order that they might 
attend the exercises the sports were held 
Saturday afternoon. A large and brilliant 
concourse was present, and the local society 
leaders vied with each other in joust and 
tourney, so that all in all the event wa^i one 
long to be remembered. 

The order of the day was as follows : Pro- 
cession, 9 a.m., headed by the Bird Center 
comet band. 2 : 30 — Field sports at the 
Country club. The following prizes were 
offered: Running broad jump, hat, $1.50; 
standing broad jump, knife, $1.25 ; hop, step, 
and jump, buggy whip ; running high jump, 
box Havanas, $1.50 ; standing high jump, 
shaving ticket ; three legged race, two boxes 
cigars ; 75 yard dash for ladies, first prize, 
$1.50 merchandise at drugstore ; second prize, 
beautiful jardineer; 100 yard dash, for all 
sexes, first prize, $3. hat ; second prize, fly 
net ; egg race for girls under 13, 5-lb. beef 
steak donated by butcher ; sack race, umbrella ; 
fat man's race, no entries; long ball throw, 



first prize, large ham ; second prize, jack 
knife. 

The various competitions passed ofif with 
great eclat, all agreeing that a splendid time 
was participated in. After these exercises 
there was a band concert, with dancing in the 
eve. Prizes of an easel and a smoking set 
were given to the two best dancers. 



ASDITIOirAL NOTES 

The question that now is agitating Bird 
Center is — "Is ' Hamilton Bull winkle ' the 
name of the mysterious stranger ? " 

Miss Elsie Burbank of Morristown, N. J., 
has decided to stay for some time longer as the 
guest of her aunt, Mrs. Riley Withersby. 

Miss Kate Warden is on the sick list. 

— — 
Mrs. Riley Withersby contributed $50 
toward the expenses of the field day sports. 

Messrs. Wilbur Fry and Orville Peters, our 
mandolin club, collaborated in a three legged 
race. A box of 25 cigars was divided equally 
between them. 

As we go to jiress we are informed that an 
interesting rumor is abroad regarding a happy 
event in the Rev. Wal pole's family, but there 
is insufiicient time to verify it. Fuilher par- 
ticulars will appear in our next issue. 

— J. OSCAK FiSHEK. 



the examinati 
10.15 in the fl 
Concord was 
Hitler of We 
read by the n 
earlier life,c) 
previoua to t' 
attitude towt 
of the day. 
followed by 
tera, through 
aim pie, so fa 
but all of th 
meaning, Mti 
them all. "■ 
cil held later; 
J. Batt to bee 

Id the after 
by Prof. C. 9 
theological 
vine mess< 
quality of* 
right bao 
Wm. O. 
council. 
W. Tnpf 
mentally 
to the peek 
Boston. I 
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muD elemeo 
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brother is « 
waa proDonc 

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ful hospiiali\ 
noon hour, al 
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A. Cook werf 
Phelps, organ 

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of the day.i 
slightest clOt 

New8 it 
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Dolly Patteq 
one could bci! 
as during hef 
charge of thf 
terms of fri^ 
able womait 




ti^fjjfam^ 



q-'HE ARRIVAL OF 

THE NINTH 

LITTLE WALPOLE 




MKS. REV. WALPOLE 

Mother of the nine rollicking Walpoles 

From a daguerreotype 




"I am 
Walpole. " 



young 



Mr. 




" Why, it 'a the dear- 
est, loveliest little angel 
I *ve ever seen," said Mrs. 
Riley Withersby. " Its 
features are its mother's, 
but there is something 
about it that resembles 
its papa." 




" It '8 the living image 
of its papa," said J. MU- 
ton Brown. 




"I can't say that it 
looks like anybody," 
said Mr. Chris C. New- 
bower; "all kids look 
alike to me at that age." 




"Really, all joking 
aside, do you think it 
looks like me?" said 
the Rev. Walpole. 




"Why, I'd know that 
young'un was a Walpole 
as far as a minie ball 
would carry," said Capt. 
Roscoe Fry. 




" Ah, Dr. Walpole, you 
ought to be a mighty 
proud man to have as 
fine a baby as that one 
is," said Mr. Smiley 
Greene, the popular 
undertaker. 




"Why, it's the per- 
fect image of its mam- 
ma," said Mrs. Lucile 
Raniona Fry-Brown, n^e 
Miss Lucile Eamona 
Fry, wife of Mr. J. Mil- 
ton Brown of the Bird 
Center tintype studios. 
" And what aritistic 
hands, too I Why, it's 
just the cunningest little 
dear in the world ! " 






tarSierg, XiU 
cows. Thejr 
(raaaportatioD 
10 establish a 
tmery for the 
from the un- 

•polia has jast 
(ion with hooor 

1 midsbipmaa. 

second exam 
hty-three out 
:(1 for ioelB 

he A. F. Co- 
font of Man- 
e years. He 
C W. Canney 
of self and 

th right and 

igbloQ farm, 

loyalty of a 

It slipped as 

apper scaSold 

tndin^ below, 9 

It. Mr. Hanson 

nd in spite of a 

has spurned 

liniments and 

)d friends in 
d is now at 
'reeks' visit, 
e's family in 
city may be 

llo quartet of 
.(t entertain- 
Uiia MMon. 

stadies at 
•rly a fort- 



THE ARRIVAL OF THE NINTH ROL- 
LICKING LITTLE WALPOLE 



\kow neatly 
ytbing in 
ok at the 
'ywrough 

nt parts 

weather 

<ing fault 

part of 

(expressed 
la the sad- 
Wedoec- 
■eat road, 
time, and 
nu appar- 



On last Monday morning occurred the birth 
of a young son to Eev. and Mrs. Walpole, and 
as a mark of the love which Bird Center has 
for this worthy couple a number of our best 
circles visited the parsonage last Saturday 
afternoon to pay their respects. Mrs. Eiley 
Withersby was the first to suggest the idea of 
a public view of the new anival, and the news 
fled like wildfire, so that the visit grew to the 
proportions of a sizable function. Many of 
those present closed their stores, which was a 
great compliment, considering that Saturday 
afternoon is a very busy time in the Bird 
Center commercial world. Nearly everybody 
brought along some tribute in the way of 
flowers or presents. Mrs. Withersby's beauti- 
ful gold cup attracted much attention. It was 
marked: "From Mrs. Eiley Withersby to 
■Walpole. Love the Giver." A blank 
space was left for the name to be filled in when 
a name is selected. Many magnificent bou 
quets were presented and Mr. Elmer Pratt 
brought a fine large basket of fruit. At the 
house, Mr. Smiley Greene formed a line, so 
that those present could pass along and take 
a look, thereby avoiding confusion. Many 
were the encomiums that were paid the bounc- 
ing youngster, and the universal verdict was 
that it was the finest baby in the land. Rev. 
Walpole was much touched by the many ex- 
pressions of affection, and in a voice full of 
emotion he made a short speech of thanks. 
" My dear friends," he said, " I never realized 
before how very dear my good friends of Bird 
Center are, and I assure you that Mrs. Walpole 
and I are deeply grateful. And now I am 
going to ask you to help me in a little matter. 
I want you my dear friends, to name the little 
fellow. I want each and every one to suggest 
a name, and I am sure that we shall manage 
to get a good one. Let me suggest that you 



think over the matter for a few days, and then 
we will meet and make the final selection. 
My dear friends, I thank you from the bottom 
of my heart." 



ADDITIONAL NOTES 

In last week's paper we neglected to give 
the names of the merchants donating the 
prizes for the Labor Day Field Sports. We 
no* hasten to do so. Mr. Daniel Lucas, pro- 
prietor of the Twentieth Century Hat Em- 
porium, donated two hats and an umbrella ; 
Amos Wilkins, a smoking set and three boxes 
of cigars ; Druggist Finney presented two 
knives, an easel, a beautiful jardineer, and 
$1.50 in merchandise at drugstore ; William 
Glickman donated a choice ham and a five lb. 
beefsteak ; Harry Marshall, of the Bird Center 
Tonsorial parlors presented a shaving ticket ; 
and Mr. Harve Quackenbush presented a fly 
net and a fine buggy whip. 



Mr. Chris C. Newbower was also among 
those present at the Walpole reception. Chris 
brought along a bunch of goldenrod, but was 
ashamed to go in. " I 'm a kind of a black 
sheep," says he, "and I don't want to be 
butting in society." Eev. Walpole said that 
black sheep were the people he was looking for, 
and he told Chris to come in at all times and 
make himself perfectly at home. Bev. Wal- 
pole is the right kind. 



Mr. Riley Peters took a day off and Thnrs- 
dayed in Chicago last Thursday. Riley says 
that all work and no play makes Jack a busy 
boy. 

— J. OsCAB FiSHSB. 



Chester for Ca 
has taken poW 
bouae, bil fir 
wifft 

T. W. Hani 
left hand man »^ 
bad further pro 
hayfork one day 
he was pusbini; 
and down be &t 
distance of ove| 
is a brave, stuir; 
badly wrench^ 
everytblilg in 
kept right on * 

Miss Helef 
New York 
Brunswrck, 
Owing to i. 
Washington 
given up. 

Tuesday, J« 
Boston will to, 
ment of the 
Mr. Kendall, 

Harold Lil 
the M.i.T. tbif 
night's ab^ena 

If anyone Wt 
brother C. F 
the parliament^ 
leading item ii 
news. 

Twenty-six b%, 
of the town is gi> 
we want. Wboi 
with the hot W9 
June '03? 

A great deaV 
for Mr. and &f 
den death of .' 
day, at the! 
Both parents 
when they lei 
ently in his 
was supposed 
the care of hii 
and died be 
mooed. Ua 
old. 

Mrs. C. 4 
U.-, for a fev 

Miss Mar 
Stone, startei 
in Salem, 111.,, 
only si.xty mila 
the mildness of^ 
matter to bear 1^. 

To THE EDIT* 



J^ A MING THE 
NINTH ROL- 
LICKING LITTLE 
WJLPOLE 




MRS. DR. NIBBLING 
From a dagaeireotype 




Capt. Fry suggested 
several appropriate 
names for tne ninth rol- 
licking Walpole. If you 
are interested in babies 
and baby naming you 
should read all about it 
in thia week's " Argosy." 




Acting upon the sug- 
gestion that the friends 
and neighbors of the Rev. 
Walpole meet to suggest 
a name for the ninth rol- 
licking little Walpole, 
Mr, Smiley Greene, the 
popular undertaker, in- 
vited the Bird Center so- 
cial world to gather at 
his home to select a 
name. Mr. Greene acted 
as chairman. 




Mrs. Lucile Ramona 
Fry-Brown, wife of J. 
Milton Brown, rendered 
a difficult selection on 
Mr. Smiley Greene's cot- 
tage organ. Mr. Brown 
turned the music and 
won many encomiums 
for his easiness of maa- 




Ye editor, J. Oscar 
Fisher of the Bird Center 
" Argosy," was ap- 
pointed recording secre- 
tary and jotted down the 
various names suggested 
for the ninth rollicking 
little Walpole. Some of 
the names suggested were 
quite entertaining. 




Mr. Chris C. Newbower 
was also present at Mr. 
Smiley Greene's baby 
naming party, but took 
no active part. Chris 
says he is a bachelor and 
has had no experience in 
naming children. Mr. 
N. greatly admired a fine 
crayon pictuia of Mr. 
Greene. 




Klegant refreshments 
were served at the baby 
naming party given by 
Mr. Smiley Greene. No 
expense was spared. 
Olives and almonds re- 
mained on the table 
through the entire sup- 
per. 



4" 



.polig bag jost 

(ion with honor 

i midsbipmaa. 

second exam 

hty- three out 

■A for ineffi 

he A. F. Co- 
fenC of Man- 
e years. He 
C W. Canney 
of self and 

th right and 

igbioD farm, 

loyalty of a 

It slipped as 

upper scaffold 

idinz below, a 

Mr. Hanso'n 

d in spite of a 

has spurned 

iniments and 

)d friends in 
d if DOW at 
weeks' visit, 
u's family in 
city may be 

'lo qusrtet of 
li entertain- 
this season. 

studies at 
larly- a fort- 

^ow neatly 
ythiog in 
ok at the 
'yorough 

rit parts 

weather 

ling fault 

part of 

oressed 

tie sud- 

edoes- 

^t road. 

time, and 

MM appar- 

nnvulsions 

tie was in 



SUGGESTING A NAME FOR THE NINTH 
ROLLICKING LITTLE WALPOLE 



On last Thursday eve there gathered at the 
hospitable residence of Mr. Smiley Greene, the 
popular undertaker, a gay galaxy of our best 
social leaders. The purpose of the conclave 
was to suggest and, if convenient, select a 
suitable and appropriate cognomen for the 
nintb little Walpole that arrived a couple of 
weeks ago. Mr. Greene and his charming 
wife welcomed the guests one by one, and after 
the customary preliminaries, such as extend- 
ing greetings, etc., all were led into the parlor, 
where chairs sufficient for all were arranged in 
rows. Mr. Greene, by common consent, acted 
as chairman, and ye editor, J. Oscar Fisher, 
was selected as recording secretary. " Ladies 
and gentlemen," said Mr. G., "you are all 
aware, of course, of the purpose of this meet- 
ing. Rev. Walpole has been good enough to 
express a desire that his good friends of Bird 
Center select a name for his youngest child, 
and I hope you have all come with some splen- 
did suggestions." Mr. Elmer Pratt at once 
arose and said he thought " Birdie " would be 
appropriate, as it would always be a graceful 
tribute to the name of our beautiful little 
city. "The suggestion is an excellent one," 
said Mr. Greene, " but this is a boy, not a 
girl, and I'm afraid we cannot consider it." 
Everybody had a good laugh on Elmer and he 
was much mortified at his mistake. Mrs. 
Lucile Ramona Fry-Brown, nde Miss Lucile 
Ramona Fry, then arose and submitted the 
following suggestions : Irving Longfellow Wal- 
pole, Tennyson Keats Walpole, and Emerson 
Walpole. Mrs. Riley Withersby warmly com- 
plimented the last suggestion, but said she 



thought the first two were unwieldy and not 
euphonious. Capt. Fry suggested Meade Wal- 
pole, McClellan Walpole, and Sheridan Wal- 
pole. Dr. Niebliug suggested Lorenz Walpole, 
in honor of a distinguished surgeon. Ye editor 
suggested Greeley Walpole, Dana Walpole, and 
Gordon B. Walpole. Among other names sug- 
gested were Matthew, John, David, Luke, 
Sylvester, Claude, Clarence, William, Ezra, 
Amos, Livingston, Stuyvesant, Montgomery, 
Marmaduke, Winston, and many others. A 
number of ballots were taken and the number 
finally narrowed down to Emerson, Sheridan, 
Wesley, Winston, Stuyvesant, and Roosevelt. 
A deadlock then occuiTed and at a late hour 
no decision could be arrived at. It was then 
suggested that ye editor invite suggestions 
from the readers of the " Argosy," and he now 
asks his readers to submit suggestions. Ele- 
gant refreshments were served and a most 
enjoj'able time was participated in. 



ADDITIONAL NOTES 

Miss Matlock of Fond du Lac, Wis., 

arrives next week on a visit to Miss Flossye 

Niebliug. 

— — 

Mr. Riley Peters has ordered a fine new suit 

of clothes. 

— — 

Intense excitement exists in Bird Center as 
a result of the invitation extended for sugges- 
tions to the baby naming competition. 

— J. Oscar Fisher. 



I 



A repor 
Rome twi 
one was cj 
v.as cons' 
Bishop 7 
he retuH 
been lo 1 
a divisioi 
this couii 
months a? 
asked wh», 
autiforizea 
Of Iat,e 
among: the 
fairs that 
the matt 
When qw 
lect he j 
Tierney ' 
news of 
be expec 
til the d* 
Is said I 
ity. that 
divided, 
which i4 
sons In 
the time 
nounced . 

About , 
summon' 
consult* 
they vf 
the dn 
well la 
tlon ha, 
the dlvi 
Januarj « 

will be 
part of 
New H 
state an 
portant 
in the Hi 
cese win 
New Lend 
possibly MJ 

In these 
French-Can, 
practically a 
they are qui 
of living an 
called Irlshi 
almost the 
In other pa 
reason exti 
choosing tl 
cese. 

The Rev. 
of the Oath 
spoken of si, 
He Is one ot 
the diocese.' 
spoken of Is 
Shanley of 
Hartford. Ht 
National Cat! 
and for severs 
the Connecticu 
Tierney has al 



'J' HE RETURN of 
the TRAVELLERS 




J. OSCAR FISHER 

Editor of the Bird Center "Argosy" 

From a tintype by Mr. J. Milton Brown 




Large Crowd Gathers. 

Bird Center, Oct. 3. — [Special.] — A large 
crowd gatliered at tlie depot to witness the arri- 
val home of the Bird Centerites who have been 
absent from our midst for a few days attending 
the centennial celebration in Chicago. A right 
royal welcome was extended the travelers. 

J. Oscar Fisher, 
Special Correspondent. 




What Mrs. Riley Withersby Said. 

Bird Center, Oct. 3. — [Special.] — The first 
question asked by Mrs. Riley Withersby on her 
arrival from a few days in Chicago was : " Have 
you selected a name for the ninth rollicking little 
Walpole ? " When informed that the name Tim- 
othy Withersby Walpole had been selected she 
was much touched, and at once announced that a 
nice present would be sent to the bouncing boy. 

J. OSOAB FiSHEB, 

Special Correspondent. 




The Wanderers Have Returned. 

Bird Center, Oct. 3. — [Special.] — Mrs. Riley 
Withersby, Mr. J. Milton Brown, Mr. Smiley 
Greene, the popular undertaker, and Mr. Riley 
Peters have returned from a visit to the centen- 
nial jubilee in Chicago. All are well and report 
having a grand time. 

J. OscAK Fisher, 
Special Correspondent. 



epherd boy," 
40g, Jan. 28. 

a leap year 
JDg.Feb. 12, 
I the Luther 

be given by 
oce, in town 
16. 

lusually cold 
iluebirda atid 
me. He abd 
in April, ac- 
ailer. 

H. 28, is the 

■»ed citizen — 

Kre remember 

Bjx yean old. 

otiog on the 
Wedneeday, 
oerally occur 
It the fact ie 
. Burprited at 

bis place on 

Uutcbins of 

.<th leave this 

stored in town. 

the lowest of- 
6° below zero, 
or the whole 

8 the coldest 
The above 

hermometers 



RETURN OF THE TRAVELLERS 



Last Saturday afternoon was made memo- 
rable by the return from Chicago of Mrs. 
Riley Withersby, Mr. J. Milton Brown, the 
well known artist of the Bird Center Tintype 
Studios, Mr. Smiley Greene, the popular un- 
dertaker, and Mr. Riley Peters. Quite a 
concourse was assembled at the depot when 
the train bearing our esteemed townsmen 
drew in and a right royal welcome was ex- 
tended the home-comers. Although the trav- 
ellers had been absent only a few days 
attending the Chicago Centennial Jubilee, yet 
Bird Center society was as rejoiced to see^ 
them as if they had gone as far away as New 
York or the far East. "How's Chicago?" 
was the universal question that greeted them, 
but Mrs. Withersby was too anxious to know 
what name had been selected for the ninth 
little rollicking Walpole to discuss centen- 
nials. " We selected the name ' Timothy 
Withersby Walpole," " announced Rev. Wal- 



pole, proudly. "Timothy after my old col- 
lege president and Withersby after a lady 
whom all Bird Center delights to honor and 
love. The names are long, but as that is 
perhaps all I shall ever be able to give the 
young man I thought I might as well be 
generous with them." Mrs. Withereby was 
delighted, and later in the day deposited a 
check for $1,000 in the bank for Mr. T. W. 
Walpole. All the travellers are well and 
report having an enjoyable time. "AVe had 
an elegant time," said Riley Peters, "but we 
are glad to be back home again." 



ADDITIONAl NOTE 

Our local society people are talking of hav- 
ing a baby show in the near future. 

— J. OscAK Fisher. 



been to 1 
a dlvlsloi 
this couiy 
months a? 
asked wh', 
autlfoHzeo 
Of lat,e: 
among the 
fairs that 
the matt. 
When qia 
.lect he i 
Tierney il 
news of, 
be expec 
tH the d' 
is said t 
Ity. that 
divided, 
which ia 
sons In 
the time 
nounced . 
About ) 
sumnion'' 
consul ty 
they V 
the di\ 
well la 
tlon ha. 
the divt 
Januarj 
will be 
part of' 
New H 
state ai) 
portant 
in the Hi 
cese will 
New Lon6 
possibly Mt 



q'HE BAB r SHOW 




\(, AHaWH BUM* • TIMTIfti 



^1 



J. MILTON BROWN 

The well-known artist of the Bird Center Tintype 

Studios 




Mr. Smiley Greene, the 
popular undertaker, was 
a proud exhibitor at the 
Bird Center Baby Show. 
The " Greene entry " 
consisted of two small 
Greenes and won many 
encomiums. 




Mrs. Lucile Ramona 
Fry-Brown, Mr. Riley 
Peters, and ye editor, J. 
Oscar Fisher, were to be 
the judges at the Bird 
Center Baby Show, but 
ye editor asked to be 
excused. He said the 
circulation of his paper 
might be affected if he 
didn't give a prize to 
every baby present. 




The greatness of a na- 
tion depends upon the 
hand that rocks the 
cradle. Pay a tribute to 
that hand by reading 
about the Bird Center 
Baby Show in this week's 
" Ai^osy." 




If you love children 
or have friends that love 
children, read J. Oscar 
Fisher's lucid account of 
the Bird Center Baby 
Show in this week's 
"Argosy." 




Mr. J. Milton Brown, 
the well known artist of 
the Bird Center Tintype 
Studios, is laid up with 
nervous prostration. He 
tried to take a group 
picture of the babies at 
he Baby Show, 



,ner vaea- 

spending 
/Ids 
b visiting 

ter spent 

Waure- 
ave been 

tid Mtss 

'd to their 

ting their 

M. J. 

aed m the 

eld at the 
t Stubbei-i 

pched upon 
lue" at the 
\he Advent- 
nt officiated 

id to Boston 
lime her du- 
'8 School of 

Miss Cran- 
in Worces- 

/ to be held 

igregatlonal 

of prayer: 

I. Mathews 

pon "Jona» 

f of Rellg. 

\g Rev. a. 

taJk upon 

.esons, and 

<g meeting 

Iressed by 

rd..Thurs- 

atibn," by 

^te pastor 

^ Friday 

•• meeting. 

lisident of 

, wiU ad- 

alted wita 

church bn 

Jtb— How-: 

Arthur 

churches: 



THE BABY SHOW 



Local society was agog last week over the 
Baby Show that was held in the Knights of 
Pythias Hall, and all those who attended 
voted the innovation a grand success. There 
were over twenty-five entries in all classes and 
it is needless to say that every baby present 
was the finest of its kind that ever lived. 
The judges were Mrs. Lncile Eamona Fry- 
Brown, Mr. Riley Peters, and Miss Mae 
Kiebling, but when the time for judging came 
Mr. Peters was not to be found. The judges 
had some difficulty in determining the age 
limit of a baby, some contending that all 
children under four years were babies, while 
one of the judges wished the age limit raised 
to six years, so that the eldest child of Mr. 
and Mrs. Smiley Greene might be entered in 
the competition. A compromise fixed the 
age limit at five. The exhibits were judged 
for beauty, disposition, amiability, approach- 
ableness, and glow of health, beauty counting 
40 points, and each of the other qualities 15 
points. The contest for first prize finally 
narrowed down to three babies, the ninth 
rollicking Walpole, little Cecelia Greene, 
and little Homer Kidwell, youngest son of 
Wes Kidwell, the station agent. The last 
named wore a soldier's cap and was warmly 
advocated by Captain Eoscoe Fry, father of 
one of the judges. ' ' That young-un has the 
makings of a soldier," declared the doughty 



captain, " and he ought to get first prize." It 
was finally decided to give first prize to little 
Timothy Withersby Walpole, second prize 
to Cecelia Greene as a compliment to the fair 
sex, and the third prize to Homer Kidwell 
Brevets and certificates of honorable mention 
were given to all the other competitoi-s. 



ADDITIONAL NOTES 

Mrs. Kiley Withersby was interviewed on 
the result of the award and declared that if 
she had her way every blessed baby in the 
show would have received first prize. By 
actual count Mrs. W. said "Is n't it the cutest 
little dear that ever lived" exactly twenty- 
seven times. 

Mr. Chris C. Newbower said he didn't 
suppose there were so many babies in the 
world. Chris says they all looked alike to him. 

The mysterious stranger looked in for a 
moment or two and then abruptly disappeared. 
— o— 

Mr. Eiley Peters entertained Miss 

Pickett of Danville, 111., who is a guest of 
the Greenes. 

— J. OscAB Fisher. 



Mildre 
cord JuD> 
Mrs. C. A 

Miss iSai 
Sunday wi 

There 
common t 
than a wet 
of them ov( 
members oi 
here and tbi 
funerals. 

Mr. Bo 
terday in 
cal comp-, 
been doit 
ness in A 
pects to s, 
turning to 

Tomon 
Unitarian 
will speak 
most impot 
that at Cat) 
ma. Miss 
houn scho 
practically 
saving of 
service b 
cordially 
. service ot 



News 
Leomittste 
ard Stone 
Howard r 
vember, .' 
tacked •! 
by Stone 
not recc 
him froL-y 

TheW 
day with i 

Frank B 
the grip. 




J ,J J » . 

a * * *»* » 



fHE HARVEST 
HOME PARTT 




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fe. 



J.MiaoN BROWH - TlMItPES O 

0"*D tcNTcft,. i-i^ 



MRS. J. MILTON BROWN 

Nie Miss Lucile Ramona Fry, formerly 

daughter of Capt. Fry 

From a tintype by Ur. J. Milton Brown 




Mr. Riley Peters was 
a regular cutup at the 
Harvest Home Party 
held last week in Bird 
Center. He played so 
many jokes tnat folka 
considered him perfectly 
killing. 




Mr. Elraer Pratt had 
a splendid makeup at 
the Harvest Home Party 
held last week in Bird 
Center. He won many 
encomiums. 




Attorney D. I. Black 
was among those present 
also. He voted the cider 
par excellent. 




Mr. and Mrs. J. Mil- 
ton Brown were also 
present at the Harvest 
Home Party Held in 
Bird Center last week. 
They did the decorations 
in the bam. 




Mr. Smiley Greene, 
the popular undertaker, 
was the life of the party 
at the Harvest Home 
Party held in Bird Cen- 
ter last week. 




A Harve.<!t Home Party 
was held last week in 
Mrs. Riley Withersby's 
bam. All those present 
wore country costumes. 
This is a picture of Mrs. 
Withersby's costume. 



spending 
Ads 
b visitlns 

ter spent 

Waure- 
ftve been 

nd Miss 

'd to their 

ting their 

M. J. 

3ed in the 

eld at the 
t Stubbei-i 

fiched ' upon 
rue" at the 
\he Advent- 
ht officiated 

id to Boston 
Ume her du- 
■"8 School of 

Miss Cran- 
in Worces- 

/ to be hold 

'gregational 

of prayer: 

I. Mathews 

pon "Jona- 

<: of kelig- 

'ig Rev. Q. 

tallc upon 

.ssons, and 

•g meeting 

Jresse<J by 

rd.Thurs- 

atibn," by ' 

ate pastor 

%. Friday 

f meeting. 

isident of 

, will ad- 

nited wml 
jchurch bn 
Uh— How- 
V>. Arthur 

churches: 

Mrs. Milo 

lior. 

' company 
<it at the 

61 reopened 
vinter term, 
(ra: Prlnci- 
Miss .Jessie 
eonard. Miss 
Hammond, 
>««■ ■ 'Ruth 



THE HARVEST HOME PARTY IN MRS. 
RILEY WITHERSBY'S BARN 



Right royally did Mrs. Riley Withersby 
ehtertain the social elect of Bird Center last 
Thursday eve. It was the occasion of a Har 
vest Home festival held in the large and com 
niodious barn belonging to the charming 
hostess, and everybody attended costumed de 
rigeur in country style. The barn was appro- 
priately decorated in seasonable fashion, large 
yeUow pumpkins blending in harmonious 
sympathy with shocks of com and sprigs of 
ruddy sumach. Japanese lanterns and strings 
of golden ears of corn were festooned grace- 
fully hither and thither, while interspersed 
here and there were great bunches of parti- 
colored autumn leaves, the whole making a 
scene long to be remembered. A barrel of 
sweet cider helped to enliven the festivities 
and attracted much favorable comment. Mr. 
J. Milton Brown, the well known artist, and 
his talented wife, Mrs. Lucile Ramona Fry- 
Brown, did the decorating and were warmly 
complimented upon the results of their taste- 
ful genius. Messre. Orville Peters and Wilbur 
Fry discoursed sweet strains" on fiddle and 
banjo, and it was not until the wee small 
hours that the rollicking merrymakers ad- 
journed to the arms of Morpheus. 



ADDrnONAL NOTES 

Rev. Walpole was among those present and 
courteously joined in the Virginia reel, win- 
ning many friends for the liberality of his 
broadmindedness. 



Congressman Ephraim Pumphrey, who is ip 
Bird Centar on legal business, also attended, 
and he announced that he expected to have 
Congressman Landis of Indiana as his guest, 
but Mr. Landis telegraphed at the last moment 
saying he could not be among those present. 



Many and varied were the old fashioned 
tunes played by the talented orchestra. 

" We 're just as good as town folks be. 
And a good deal better if the truth were 
known," 

was a popular refrain. When the Virginia reel 
was danced the guests all united in singing — 

" With a hand in the hopper and another in 

the sack, 
Ladies step forward and gents fall back." 

Another jolly old timer that came in for 
attention was — 

" Possum up a gum stump, coon him in the 

hoUer, 
Johnny in the grapevine, fat as he can waller." 



Mr. Riley Peters entertained the crowd with 
many a quip and joke and was voted by Miss 

Pickett of Danville to have been the life 

of the party. 



May there be many Harvest Home parties 
is the wish of all Bird Center society. 

-J. OSCAB FiSHIR. 



^^.ctuiinaci 

10.15 in the H 
Concord was 
Hilier of We 
read by the r 
earlier life.ct 
previous to t' 
attitude towt 
of the day. 
followed by 
ters, through 
simple, so fa 
but all of ih 
meaning, Mil 
tbem all. ' 
cil held later; 
J. Uatt to be< 

Id the aftei 
by Prof. C. f 
theological 
vine mes8{ 
quality o(' 
right hao 
Wm. O. 
council. 
W. Tupf 
m<;ntaliy 
to the peOk 
Boston. I 
" Remembt 
represent d 
man elemeo 
Loom is, wk 
thirty -ihre^ 
bered by alt 
brother is « 
was proDoat 

Something 
ful hospiialiv 
noon hour, al 
choir. Aliss 
A. Cook werr 
Phelps, orgao 

Inspiration 
must have cf 
of the day.i 
•lightest clO) 

News it!. 
Rutland offi<i 
Dolly Patteii 
one could b(!; 
as during M 
charge of th< 
terms of fric 
able womsi^ 

Walter Tl 



'J'HE FOOT BALL 
GAME 







MESSES. ELMER AND ERNEST PRATT 
Fiom s group picture by Mr. J. Milton Brown 




aiie Bird Center foot- 
ball team: Elmer Pratt, 
captain and quarter 
back ; Mr. Mort Peters, 
center ; J. Milton Brown, 
left guard ; Cliris C. 
Newbower, right guard ; 
Smiley Greene, left 
tackle ; Orville Peters, 
right tackle ; Wilbur Fry, 
left end; Riley Peters, 
right end ; Winthrop K. 
Biddle and J. Oscar 
Fisher, half backs; Ho- 
mer Withersby, full 
back. Average weight 
of team, 142 pounds. 




Smiley Greene's 105 
yard dash, with splendid 
interference by J. Milton 
Brown. 




Capt. Fry says he sel- 
dom forgets a face once 
he has seen it, and he is 
sure that he has seen 
the mysterious stranger 
somewhere years ago. If 
the Captain can recall 
the circumstance it will 
do much toward clearing 
up the baffling mystery 
of the stranger's identity. 




The Rev. Walpole and 
several of the rollicking 
little Walpoles were 
present and rooted for 
the home team. 




Capt. Eoacoe Fry wu 
the umpire and referee. 
He said Smiley Greene's 
105 yard dash reminded 
him of an infantry 
charge at Gettysburg, 
Pa. 



L 



MS some good 

tmaters. Wm. 

Q have drawn 

land to eleven 

will present 
epherd boy," 
log, Jan. 28. 

a leap year 
linK.Feb. 12. 
I the Luther 

be given by 
oce. in town 
\6. 

lusnally cold 
tluebirds aiid 
!me. He and 
in April, ac- 
iiller. 

<D. 28, i» the 
Jed citizen — 
ire remember 
■aix years old. 
Oting on the 
■ Wednesday, 
aerally occur 
It the fact is 
.anrprised at 

bis place on 

Uutcbios of 

dth leave this 

stored in town. 

the lowest of- 

S° below zero. 

or the whole 

e the coldest 

The above 

hermometers 

to Littleton 
leral of Mrs. 
sen a valued 

Qg from an 
him to bis 

(ddehta'met 
ttreaking,tiis 

e Chapman 
are now cir- 
era, showing 
id a licensed 
n compound 
ion organized 
f N<>w Jersey, 
Many Groton 
le Chapman 
Measure indi- 



The Bird Center Business Men Play a Busi- 
ness Men's Team from Americus, 111. 



A little nonsense now and then is relished 
by the wisest men." Truly was this proverb 
exemplified last Saturday afternoon when a 
goodly crowd assembled on the qui vive to 
see prominent business men of Bird Center 
meet and vanquish a business men's team 
from the neighboring town of Americus. Un- 
dertaker, editor, hotel keeper, etc., united for 
the nonce and threw aside their conventional 
dignity in a rollicking game of football. It 
may aptly be said that it was a great game, 
replete with brilliant plays and provocative of 
great enthusiasm, and that all who witnessed 
the contest went away well rewarded for their 
trouble in attending. Capt. Fry acted as 
umpire and referee, and what he said was final. 
The score was 76 to 42 in favor of the home 
team and there were no serious accidents. 
Mr. J. Milton Brown, the well known artist, 
was temporarily hors de combat, but soon was 
convalescent and continued through the game. 
The line-up : 

BniD CESTKR BUSINBSS MES WEIGHT 

" Mine Host " Mort Peters . . 210 

J. Milton Brown 12C 

Chris C. Newbower .... 174 

Orrille Peters 131 

Wilbur Fry 152 

Smiley Greene HO 

J. Oscar Fisher 142 

Winthrop K. Biddle, of Phila., 

Penn. 158 

Biley Peters 147 

Homer Withersby 163 

Elmer Pratt 131 



Centre . . . 

Bight guard . 

Left guard . . 

Right tackle . 

Left tackle . . 

Bight end . . 

Left end . . 
Right hall back 



Left halfback 
Full back . . 
Quarterback . 



AUKRICUS BUSINESS MEN WEIOHT 

Centre . . . Newt Pumphrey 174 

Bight guard . Jake Noblock 228 

Left guard . . WiU Nesbit 163 

Bight tackle . R- H. SmaU 127 

Left tackle . . Johnson 214 

Right end . . Frank Potter 117 

Left end . . Charley Hitchcock 198 

Right half back Alf Clevison 182 

Left half back John Michaels 213 

Full back . . Hector Jonea 174 

Quarterback . William Small 218 



ADDrriONAL NOTES 

Rev. "Walpole and several of the rollicking 
little Walpoles were interested spectators. 



Mrs. Riley Withersby and Miss Kate Warden 
viewed the contest from a vehicle. A little 
bird tells us that we may soon have a pleasant 
piece of news to announce in regard to Miss 
Kate. 

Elmer Pratt, while making a long dash 
down the field, stopped to tie his shoe and 
lost the ball. Elmer said " Kings ex," but 
not soon enough to prevent the right guard 
of the opposing team from falling on him. 

The mysterious stranger, whose movements 
in and about Bird Center have caused much 
speculation, rode up and watched the game 
for a few moments and then galloped swiftly 
away. Capt. Fry is certain that he has seen 
the man before, but he cannot quite place 
him. He is not certain whether it was at the 
Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., or some place else- 
where. " I never forget a face," says Capt. 
Fry, " but I find it hard to remember names 
and dates." Let us hope for an early solution 
of the mystery. 

Cyrus Hombeck of the Bird Center Bank 
watched the game for a few moments and then 
left in disgust. " There 's no fool like an old 
fool," said he as he watched Mort Peters par- 
ticipating in the game. Mr. Hornbeck has 
raised the rent on the Tin Type Studio of Mr. 
J. Milton Brown. 

— J, OSCAK FiSHEE. 



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q'HE HAT WAGON 
FUNCTION 




MB. SMILEY GREENE 

The popular undertaker, and wife 

From a picture by Mr. J. Milton Brown 




Bird Center was agog 
last week in the brilliant 
whirl of social functions 
held in honor of Miss Ce- 
celia Pumphrey, daugh- 
ter of Congressman Pum- 
phrey. Miss Pumphrey 
is a guest at the resi- 
dence of Mrs. Riley 
Withersby. Among the 
many functions was a 
grand hay wagon party 
in honor of Miss Pum- 
phrey. 




Mr. Smiley Greene, the 
popular undertaker, at- 
tended the hay wagon 
party given last week in 
honor of Miss Pumphrey. 
Spoiley drove his spank- 
ing team and was accom- 
panied by Mrs. Greene 
and two of the lesser 
Greenes. 




Mr. J. Milton Brown, 
the well known artist of 
Bird Center, secured 
gome excellent photos of 
the grand hay wagon 
party held in honor of 
Miss Pumphrey, daugh- 
ter of Conp'essman Pmn- 
phrey. 



tt Have drawn 
sand to eleven 

trill present 

epherd boy," 

jDg, Jan. 28. 

a leap year 

ling, Feb. 12. 

} the Luther 

be given by 

oce, in town 

\6. 

lusually cold 
tluebirds atid 
jne. He and 
in April, ac- 
filler. 

U. 28, is the 
Jed citizen — 
ure remember 
six years old. 
Oting on the 
Wednesday, 
Derally occur 
It the fact is 
surprised at 

bis place on 

Uutchins of 

jth leave this 

stored in town. 

the lowest of- 

5° below zero. 

or the whole 

8 the coldest 

The above 

bermometers 

to Littleton 
leral of Mrs. 
een a valaed 

Qg from an 
nim to bis 

I'ddents met 
breaking bis 

e Chapman 
are now cir- 
ers, showing 
id a licensed 
n compound 
ion organized 



The Hay Wagon Function in Honor of Miss 

Pumphrey, Daughter of Congressman 

Pumphrey 



All Bird Center united last week to do 
homage to Miss Cecelia Pumphrey, the beau- 
tiful and charming daughter of our congress- 
man. Each member of local society vied to 
outdo the others in the lavishness of his enter- 
tainment, so that the week was an unbroken 
round of social gayety that played hob with 
the business and commercial interests of the 
town. Several stores were closed in order that 
the enjoyment of the various functions might 
not be interfered with. Seven elaborate din- 
ners, six luncheons, and several breakfasts 
were given, and in addition there were driving 
parties and other functions galore. So that it 
is little wonder that Miss Pumphrey enjoyed 
herself to the fullest extent and left Bird 
Center with a heart full of gratitude and a 
mind thronged with pleasant memories. Per- 
haps the most gala of all the functions was 
the elegant hay wagon party given last Thurs- 
day, which was attended by a full quota of our 
society leaders. It was originally planned that 
the merrymakers go to Hombeck's Grove, 
where a large bonfire was to be held, but Mr. 
Hornbeck asked too large a rental of the 
premises, so the party drove out to the farm- 
house of Fremont Clevinger, where fried 
chicken, etc., v>u se.vui. Mine Host Mort 
Peters and Mr. Wes Kidwell tooled the two 
hay wagons, respectively, and won many enco- 
miums for their excellent skill. Miss — 
Pickett of Danville, 111., and Mr. Riley Peters 
were present on a tandem, for it is Mr. Peters' 



intention to make cycling a social fad again, 
as it was several years ago. Mrs. Riley 
Withersby drove out, accompanied by Miss 
Pumphrey, in a beautiful picture hat which 
enhanced rather than otherwise, her pleasing 
appearance. Mr. Winthrop K. Biddle of 
Phila., Pa., and Miss Kate Warden also were 
guests of Mrs. Withersby. It was a source of 
general regret that the chicken dinner had to 
be hastily discussed in order that the party be 
back in town in time for the dinner given 
that evening by Mrs. Smiley Greene. All in 
all, a most delightful function was the hay 
wagon party. 

— — 

ADDITIONAL NOTES 

The mysterious stranger was present as an 
onlooker. Captain Fry is sure that he has 
seen the man somewhere before, but try as he 
may he cannot remember the circumstances. 

Rev. Walpole was present and occupied a 
seat of vantage on Mort Peters' wagon. Rev. 
W. believes that it is not necessary for a 
preacher to be sanctimonious in order to be 
good. 

It is rumored that Mr. Riley Peters is en- 
gaged to Miss Pickett of Danville. Up 

to the hour of going to press the rumor could 
not be verified. 



Mildred, 
cord June 
Mrs. C. A 

Miss Sat 
Sunday wi 

There 
common ti 
than a wee 
of them ovei 
I members of 
here and the 
funerals. 

Mr. Bo 
terday in 
cal comp 
been doit 
ness in A 
pects to s, 
turning to 

Tomontv 
Unitarian 
will speak 
most importf 
that at Calb 
ma. Miss ' 
boun scho^ 
practically 
saving of 
service b 
cordially 
. service ot 



News 
Leominste 
ard Stone 
Howard a 
vember, t 
tacked an 
by Stone 
not recc 
him frotv 

TbeW 
day with & 

Frank H 
the grip. 

The bal 
is expecte 
depot. 

Don't > 
town ha? 
. Mr. » 



^ NIGHT IN 
B HEM I A 




MISS FLOSSYE NIBBLING 

Daughter of Dr. Niebling 

From a tintype by Mr. J. Milton Brown 




" There ninst be no 
formality here," said Mr. 
Smiley Greene at the 
Bohemian function held 
in Mr. J . Milton Brown's 
tintype studios. " Take 
off your coats if you 
want to, for this is a 
night for nntrammeled 
revelry." 




Last Thursday night 
was a night in Bohemia 
for Bird Center society. 
Mr. J. Milton Brown, 
the well known artist, 
gave a Dutch supper in 
his studio, and every one 
conspired to give the oc- 
casion the true artistic 
atmosphere. Mr. Elmer 
Pratt was dressed to rep- 
resent a student of the 
Latin qviarter in Paris, 
France. 




Mr. J. Milton Brown 
the well known artist 
was attired as Svengali 
at the studio party. It 
required a keen imagi- 
nation to think that one 
was not in the Latin 
quarter of Paris instead 
of Bird Center. 




Mrs. J. Milton Brown, 
n^e Miss Lucile Ramona 
Fry, was attired as 
Trilby at the Bohemian 
affair given in her liege 
lord's studio last Thurs- 
day evening. She added 
much to the artistic at- 
mosphere. 




Miss Flossye Niebling 
presided at the chafing 
dish and made a Welsh 
rarebit that would have 
been most toothsome had 
the alcohol not given 
out. 




Rev. Walpole was 
prominently seen at the 
Bohemian festivities held 
last Thursday in Mr. J. 
Milton Brown's tintype 
studios. He had diffi- 
culty in keeping the rol- 
licking Walpolea out of 
the darkroom. 



ner vaca- 

spendlng 
Ads 
^ visiting 

ter spent 

Waure- 
five been 

tid Miss 

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ling their 

M. J. 

led in ' the 

eld at the 
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ached ' upon 
hie" at the 
\he Advent- 
bt officiated 

id to Boston 
kime her du- 
's School of 

Miss Cran- 
in Worces- 

, to be held 

\Bregational 

of prayer: 

I. Mathews 

pon '"Jona- 

r of Relig- 

"Jg Rev. G. 

talk upon 

ssons, and 

g meeting 

Jressed by 

rd.Thurs- 

atlbn," by 

ate pastor 

^ Friday 

>' meeting. 

(jsident of 

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nited wltri 
' jchurch bn 

1th— How- 

ji, Arthur 

churches: 

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6rs: Princl- 

Miss .Jessie 

«onard, Miss 



A NIGHT IN BOHEMIA 



Like some brilliant function in the Latin 
Quarter of Paris, France, was the post-nuptial 
Dutch supper given in the Tin Type Studio of 
Mr. J. Milton Brown under the auspices of 
himself and talented wife last Thursday even- 
ing. To many of those present it was the first 
glimpse of the real, rollicking, Bohemian life 
led by artists, and as such it was a more than 
memorable event. Truly, it was a night of 
revelry, and all our local society people threw 
aside the conventionalities of modem society 
and gave themselves up to the fascinations of 
untrammeled gayety. Mrs. J. Milton Brown, 
who will be remembered as having formerly 
been the daughter of Captain Roscoe Fry, 
arranged the details of the affair, and it is 
needless to say that success crowned her 
efforts with a prodigal hand. Many of the 
guests were attired in true artistic style with 
velvet coats and flowing ties, and, as if to 
accentuate the artistic atmosphere, Mr. Brown 
was dressed as Svengali and Mrs. Brown as 
Trilby, two well known characters of the 
Latin Quarter. At an early hour Mr. Smiley 
Greene announced that every one should be as 
Bohemian as possible. Smiley took off his 
coa*, rolled up his sleeves, and passed the cob 
pipes, so that soon the artistic atmosphere 
was prevalent. Mr. Chris C. Newbower said 
he didn't know how to be Bohemian, but 
would keep his hat on if that would help any. 
Several of the ladies presided at the chafing 
dish and the frankfurters were most tooth- 
some. Tea was served and other tempting 
delicacies regaled the inner man. One of the 
rollicking Walpoles created some consterna- 
tion by inquiring of Bev. Walpole if they 



were going to have ice cream, a question that 
embarrassed the hostess exceedingly. Another 
of the Walpole children, not realiziog the 
social nature of the affair, inquired frequently 
whether Mr. Brown was going to take a photo- 
graph. Notwithstanding these circumstances 
the post-nuptial affair was a grand success. 
May there be many more of them. 



ADDiriONAI NOTES 

Congressman Pumphrey and his son Newt 
were present. The congressman made a short 
speech, in which he said the country was 
prosperous and that he would get a new post- 
office for Bird Center. He went to Washing- 
ton Saturday, and before leaving said that he 
would not vote for the naval increase unless 
he gets the appropriation for the Bird Center 
P. O. 



Congressman Pumphrey, who is our most 
eligible widower, entertained Mrs. Withersby 
with a glowing account of the attractiveness of 
Washington to those in official life. She was 
much interested. 

— — 

Miss Meadows of Madison, Wis., is 

visiting Miss Myrtle Peters. Mr, Riley Peters 
is doing the honors. 



Capt. Fry has not yet been able to remem- 
ber where he has seen the mysterious stranger. 
— J. Oscar FishekT 



day evenii 
Brookline 
ent at the 
the inittaUi 
coosequeor 
until the 

Maria 
Nashua 
to act as 
suburban 
log detair 

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school tr 
Mondaji 
tbu bal^ 

The 
Friday 
much ei) 

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of the 1p| 
cars fori 
bar, pr/ 
Mies F' 
treas.; . 
GilsoD, 
Stiles, , 

Atth^ 
last Tuf 
chosen » 
treasure 
rbsigned. 

The lai 
to the woL 
annual me 
Mrs. Wm. , 
Daniels, tec 
treasurer an, 

The ladiei 
plans to ser' 
vestries Tue 
six to eight 
is hoped foit 
r^queeted f 
with thei^ 
eolicitatioi 

BO 

News li 
of the ladie. 
Thursday e 
officers wer 




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'J^HE MTSTERIOUS 
STRJNGER SPEAKS 




^ii. 



J.MinoN BROWN • T'W T^PE^ ^"J 



MISS MAE NIBBLING 

Daughter of Dr. Ntebling 

Prom a tiutjrpe by Mr> J. MUtou Brown 



THRILLING SENSATION. 



Bird Center Agog Over Mysterious 
Stranger. 

INTENSE EXCITEMENT! 




STARTLING DENOUEMENT. 



All About Bird Center Sensation. 



THE MYSTERIOUS STKANGER. 




INTENSE EXCITEMENT! 



Captain Fry's Revelation. 
THRILLING STORY I 




CAPTAIN FRY REMEMBERS. 



Bird Center in Throes of Excitement. 



Little Knots of People Discussing Latest 
Developments. 



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ET '""^^mamm 



by the towns- 

V. Robert N. 

kIox CoDgre- 

j>ok place od 

art one. At 

';il called at 

'. J. Batt of 

ir, Uev C.C. 

A paper was 

ag record of 

id fellowship 

bis preseDi 

'I questions 

.nation that 

older minis- 

,oi qtiestioDF, 

ere concerned, 

<ome doctrinal 

erect and met 

private couct- 

by Kev. W. 

fitory. 

a was given 

, of Hartford 

t, "The di- 

' power and 

^life." 'The 

, ven by Rev. 

on behalf of 

, Rev. Geo. 

We must be 

" Charge 

Loomis of 

people was, 

Ven ministers, 

bat the hu- 

Kev. Eliha 

crate here 

ell remem 

lod like his 

tienediciioD 

jtor. 

the'delight- 

during the 

welt chosen 

»on and G. 

'Aliss Carrie 

llcty and pastor 
Uplifting services 
there is not the 
%on of either. 

toelia Frosl of 

\neral of Mrs. 

\ft week. No 

this service, 

«e here and 

\s on warm 

tuly vener- 



THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER SPEAKS 



At a late hour Saturday afternoon Mr. 
Winthrop K. Biddle sent out invitations to 
the social elect asking them to an informal 
supper that evening at the Bird Center house. 
On the cards were the figures " 11 to 6," 
which Mr. Elmer Pratt construed to mean the 
hours for the entertainment, and was on hand 
promptly at 6. Elmer had to await three hours, 
however, for it was not until -9 o'clock that 
the remainder of the merrymakers began to 
gather. Truly, all were upon the alert in 
anticipation of a jovial time, and knowing 
ones surmised that Mr. Biddle intended to 
make an interesting announcement regarding 
himself and a very charming young lady of 
Bird Center. Each guest was met by the host 
and informed that the event was in celebration 
of Princeton's victory over Yale by a score of 
11 to 6. For a while all went well as a mar- 
riage bell, when suddenly, like lightning from 
a serene sky, the rude hand of Fate strode in 
and ruthlessly destroyed the bon camaraderie 
of the function. 

It was the Mysterious Stranger, whose 
presence in Bird Center has been such a per- 
plexing mystery ! 

He boldly stalked into the midst of the gay 
throng, and, tapping Capt. Fry on the shoulder, 
said in a deep voice, " Capt. Jacob Roscoe Fry, 
you are, indeed, the most fortunate of men ! " 
The gallant captain staggered back as if 
struck by a bombshell, and a wild look of 
recognition flashed in his eyes. " That voice 
— that voice," he gasped. "I remember, I 
remember ! " and fell fainting into the arms of 
Rev. Walpole. In the confusion that followed 
the stranger disappeared as if by magic. Capt. 
Fry was removed to his home and Dr. Niebling 
has invoked absolute quiet for his patient. 
Up to the hour of going to press he had not 
recovered consciousness, and all Bird Center 
awaits breathlessly for his recovery. Intense 



excitement reigns, and the subject monopo- 
lizes all conversation. The solution of the 
mystery may explain who saved Capt. Fry's 
home from Cyrus Hornbeck when the latter 
attempted to foreclose the mortgage. It may 
also explain who entered, under Capt. Fry's 
name, the horse that beat Cyrus Hombeck's 
trotter at the county fair. It may explain the 
$100 bill that was anonymously sent to the 
ninth rollicking Walpole. And it may explain 
the mysterious card that bore the name 
" Hamilton Bullwinkle." In the meantime 
local circles are agog. 



ADDITIONAL NOTES 

The question of the hour is, " What did the 
Mysterious Stranger mean when he said that 
Capt. Fry is the most fortunate of men ? " 

Congressman Pumphrey writes from Wash- 
ington that he will oppose the recognition of 
the Republic of Panama unless Bird Center 
gets its appropriation for a new postoffice. He 
also dwells at length upon the gayety of the 
social life there and the charming attractions 
of Washington as a residence city. 

It is rumored that Mr. Riley Peters is en- 
gaged to Miss Meadows of Madison, who has 
been visiting in Bird Center. 
— o — 

Mr. Chris C. Newbower thinks the Myste- 
rious Stranger is here on some kind of an ad- 
vertising scheme, and as soon as everybody 
is interested the scheme will be sprung. 
— — 
Mr. and Mrs. Smiley Greene announce a 
SWAP party for next Thursday evening. 

— J. OscAK Fisher. 



back of the 
thirty-two i 

Mildred, 
cord June 
Mrs. C. A 

Miss Sit 
Sunday wi 

There 
common ti 
than a wee 
of them ovei 
members of 
here and the 
funerals. 

Mr. Bq 
terday ia 
cal comp'. 
been doir 
ness in A 
pects to s, 
turning to 

Tomorr 
Unitarian 
will speak 
most import! 
that at Calb 
ma. Miss ' 
houn 8cho< 
practically 
saving of 
service b 
cordially 
. service ot 



News 
Leominste 
ard Stone 
Howard a 
vember, v 
tacked an 
by Stone 
not recc 
him fro^ 

The W 
day with & 

Frank H 
the grip. 

The bal 
is expecte 
depot. 

Don't I 
town ha? 

Mr. », 
girl hot 

Mr. a 
Hersey 
stallatio 




» It » , ' * * 



q'HE SWAP PARTY 







MISS MYRTLE PBH^ES 

The debutante daughter of Mine Host 

Mort Peters 

From a tintype by Mr. J. Milton Brown 





We 're glad to hear the doctor say- 
That Fry is in no danger, 
And when he 'a well that he can tell 
Us all about the Stranger. 



When Smiley Greene does undertake 
To give a social function, 
The people know that they can go 
Without the least compunction. 





Elmer Pratt was also at 
The party in Bird Center. 
His polka dot cravat was shot < 
With spots of bright mageuter. 



J. Oscar Fisher, who is he ? 
He 'a the editor of the Argosy ; 
He gets the news from round the town, 
He writes it up and jots it down. 
He 's here and there and everywhere. 
Tells where you go and what you wear, 
And if you do anything that 's new 
He '11 get up an item or interview, 
And put your name in the paper. 





Rev. Walpole, don't you know, 
To Smiley Greene's did gayly go. 
He now agrees, with features glad, 
That a lovely time by all was had. 



The swap parW given by Smiley Greene 
Was the best Binl Center has ever seen ; 
Society leaders were there galore 
And enjoyed themselves as never before. 



ner vaca- 

spending 
Ada 
§ visiting 

ter spent 

Waure- 
Ave been 

tid Miss 

'd to their 

ting,Uieir 

M._ J. 

led In the 

eld at the 
^ Stubbeit 

3.ched upon 
,nae" at the 
\he Advent, 
ht officiated 

,'d to Boston 
\xTne her du- 
'S School Qt 

Miss Cran- 
in Worces- 

fto be held 

Igregational 

of prayer: 

I. Mathews 

pon "Jona- 

r of kelig- 

tg Rev. a. 

tallc upon 

flsons, and 

g meeting 

iressed by 

rd.Thurs- 

etlbn," by 

ate pastor 

f. Friday 

' meeting. 

(isldent of 

i, will ad- 

pited with 
fchurch bn 
Ith— How- 
Vi, Arthur 

churches: 

Mrs. Milo 

hor. 

' company 
fit at the 

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vinter term, 

trs: Princi- 

Miss .Jessie 

eonard. Miss 

Hammond, 

Miss' 'Ruth 

s Miss Nel- 

Jiofolare the 
Saia I. Bai- 
I Miss 3es^<> 

'JProt H. G. 
tetant:. Miss 



THE SWAP PARTY AT THE SMILEY 

GREENES' 



Right royally did Mr. and Mrs. Smiley 
Greene, the popular undertaker and his wife, 
respectively, entertain the elite of Bird Center 
last Thursday evening at their hospitable 
home. It was a swap party. Were you ever 
at a swap party ? You can swap away any- 
thing you don't care to keep. Everybody 
brings the things they wish to trade, all care- 
fully wrapped up, so that you don't know 
what you 're trading for. It 's tiude sight un- 
seen, and everybody keeps swapping until he 
gets something better than he started with. 
Ye editor ended the evening with a broken 
vase, a pair of ex-suspenders, and a broken 
pipe. The last swap of the evening was when 
Mr. Riley Peters swapped with Rev. Walpole. 
AU the company gathered around as the good 
parson undid his package. " Ah, Riley, I 'm 
afraid you are going to play a joke on me," 
said Rev. Walpole, as he noticed the amused 
interest of the throng around him. Several 
of the rollicking Walpoles clamored to know 
if the package contained candy. At length, 
after having untied several inner packages, 
and dreading the laugh that he felt was to be 
at his expense, Rev. Walpole came to a little 
box. It contajned a beautiful gold watch, 
with the following inscription: "To Rev. 
Wesley Walpole, from his loyal friends of 
Bird Center. A man is he to all the country 
dear." Rev. Walpole attempted to express 
his thanks, but broke down, and silently 
grasped the hands of his devoted friends. 
After this the assembled company adjourned 
to refresh the inner man with the tempting 
viands that fairly made the table groan. Mrs. 
Greene was much mortified to find that Messrs. 
Omlle Peters and Wilbur Fry, who were out 
on the hall stairway rendering the mandolin 
music, had not been notified that supper was 



being served until it was nearly over. ' ' I 
may be wedded to my music," said Wilbur, 
resentfully, " but I occasionally like to frivol 
with a piece of cake." All had a good laugh 
at their expense. The party closed at the 
witching hour of midnight, and the guests 
soon sought the arms of Morpheus. To say 
they had a good time is putting it mildly. 



ADDITIOlfAI NOTES 

Miss Kate Warden is in Chicago shopping. 
Bird Center society is exchanging many a 
knowing wink. 

Mr. Winthrop K. Biddle has returned to 
his home in Philadelphia, Pa., to spend 
Thanksgiving. He will return immediately 
afterwards to look after his interests here. 
— o— 

Mr. Chris C. Newbower was also present at 
the swap party. Chris said that he had 
nothing to swap unless some one wanted to 
swap a few fish stories. 

Miss Meadows has returned to her home 
in Madison, Wis. Before leaving she said 
there was no truth in the report of her engage- 
ment to Mr. Riley Peters. 
— o^ 
Miss Maltby of Decatur, 111., is soon to be 
a guest at the Nieblings. 
— o — 

Mr. and Mrs. Mort Peters expect to intro- 
duce their daughter. Miss Myrtle, to society 
this winter. A number of debutante luncheons 
will be held. 

— J. Oscar Fishek. 



back of the 
thirty-two i 

Mildred, 
cord June 
Mrs. C. A 

Miss Saf 
Sunday wi 

There 
commoo ti 
than a wee 
of them ovei 
members of 
here and the 
funeral*. 

Mr. Bq 
terday in 
cal comp'. 
been doit 
pess in A 
pects to s, 
turoiag to 

Tomorri 
UnitariaD 
will speak 
most import) 
that at Calb 
ma. Miss ' 
houn 8cho< 
practically 
saving of 
service b 
cordially 
. service ot 



Nkws 
Leominste 
ard Stone 
Howard < 
vember, t 
tacked ao 
by Stone 
not recc 
him frotv 

The W 
day with & 

Frank B 
the grip. 

Thebal 
is expects 
depot. 

Don't ) 
town haj 

Mr. » 
girl boi 

Mr. a 
Hersey 
staliatio 
tional cl 

Harry 



fHE THANKS- 
GIVING SUPPER 




J.MllMM mv» • 1IMWES o 



MESSRS. WILBUR FRY AND 

ORVILLE PETERS 

Who always bring the music 

From a tlntyp« by Mr. J. Milton Brown 



One of the Rev. Walpole's children was found 
to be weeping after it had eaten its fill at the 
Thanksgiving Supper. The rollicking youngster 
was deploring the fact that he had eaten so much 
turkey that he had no room left for the ice 
cream. " Such is life," observed the Bev, Wal- 
pole, sententiously. 





One of the turkeys that played a star part at 
the Bird Center Thanksgiving supper weighed 
twenty-eight pounds, and was brought up on 
Fremont Clevinger's farm. Fremont and his 
wife were fond of "Sultan," such being the 
name of the majestic fowl, and were loath to 
part with him. 



fo«d from the 
i»s some (;ood 
imsterg. Wm. 
ti have drawn 

sand to eleven 

will present 
epherd boy," 
jDg, Jan. 28. 
a leap year 
ling, Feb. 12. 
) the Luther 
be given by 
oce, in town 
16. 

luBually cold 
iluebirds and 
me. He and 
in April, ac- 
aUer. 

'a. 28, is the 
■»ed citizen — 
ire remember 
six years old. 
Oting on the 
Wednesday) 
oerully occur 
It the fact is 
surprised at 

bis place on 

Uutchins of 

.<th leave this 

stored in town. 

the lowest of- 

5° below zero. 

or the whole 

8 the coldest 

The above 

tiermometers 

to Littleton 
leral of Mrs. 
een a valued 

og from an 
him to hi* 

;ddents met 
breaking bis 

e Chapman 
are now cir- 
«n, showio? 
id a licensed 
n compound 
ion organized 
f Npw Jersey, 
Many Groton 
|>e Chapman 



THANKSGIVING SUPPER IN HONOR 
OF MISS MYRTLE PETERS 



"Mine Host" Mort Peters of the Bird 
Center House was the host at a superb func- 
tion held at our local caravansary last Thurs- 
day evening. It was originally intended that 
the occasion be a sumptuous supper in honor 
of the brave men and women who landed at 
Plymouth Bock, Mass., 283 yrs. ago, but the 
plan was later changed to include the intro- 
duction of Miss Myrtle Peters to society. 
And perhaps never before did a young bud 
make her maiden bow to the great vortex of 
society under more auspicious circumstances. 
The host of social leaders; the great dining 
room echoing with inspiring strains ; the splen- 
did repast that might have done Lucullus 
proud ; all conspired to make the occasion one 
long to be remembered. The table was deco- 
rated with turkey wings and flowers, a happy 
idea for which Mr. Riley Peters won many 
encomiums. Judge Warden made a few happy 
remarks before the tempting viands were 
brought in and dwelt eloquently upon the 
years of social triumphs that now lay before 
the young debutante. " All honor to woman- 
hood," he said. "The nation's greatness 
rests with the hand that — " At this point 
he paused with impressive effect, and in the 
eloquent silence was heard the small voice of 
one of the rollicking Wal poles, "Are they 
going to have ice cream, ma ? " The judge sat 
down in great confusion, and many were the 
jokes at his expense. A telegram was re- 
ceived from Mr. Winthrop K. Biddle from 
Philadelphia, Pa., wishing all Bird Center a 
happy Thanksgiving day. Before the enter- 
tainment closed a letter signed by all present 
was sent to Captain Fry, expressing the hope 
that liis proverbial good health would soon 
return. 



ADDITIONAL NOTES 

Mr. Chris C. Newbower looked in at the 
festal board and was spied by Rev. Walpole, 
who insisted that Chris straightway join the 

merry throng. 

— 0— 
It is rumored that Mr. Riley Peters is en- 
gaged to Miss Maltby of Decatur, 111. 

Kiley refused to be interviewed on the subject, 

but Miss M said that she had not heard 

the rumor. 

A debutante luncheon will be given on 
Monday by Mrs. Smiley Greene for Miss 
Myrtle Peters. The following will be present : 
Mrs. Riley Withersby, Mrs. D. I. Black, Mrs. 
Dr. Niebling, Mrs. J. Milton Brown, Miss 
Flossye Niebling, Miss Mae Niebling, and 
Miss Kate Warden. 

A debutante tea will be given on Tuesday 
by Miss Kate Warden for Miss Myrtle Peters. 
The following will be present : Mrs. Riley 
Withersby, Mrs. D. I. Black, Mrs. Dr. Nieb- 
ling, Mrs. Smiley Greene, Mrs. J. Milton 
Brown, Miss Flossye Niebling, and Miss Mae 
Niebling. 

A studio tea will be given by Mrs. J. 
Milton Brown in honor of Miss Myrtle Peters 
next Wednesday. The following will be pres- 
ent : Mrs. Riley Withersby, Mrs. D. I. Black, 
Mrs. Dr. Niebling, Mrs. Smiley Greene, Miss 
Flossye Niebling, Miss Mae Niebling, and 

Miss Kate Warden. 

— — 

It is rumored that a bal poudre is to be an 
event of the near future. Mrs. J. Milton 
Brown has charge of the function, and it 
promises to be a great success. 

— J. Oscar Fisher. 



Rev. C 
father, 1 
this weel 

On acci 
day evenii 
Brookline' 
ent at the 
the install) 
consequeif 
until the 

Mario' 
Nashua 
to act as 
suburban 
iDg detair 

Quite / 
Echuol u 
Monday 
the hall 

The 
Friday 
much ei) 

Chub 
of the sj 
cers fori 
bar, pr/ 
Miss E' 
treas.; , 
Gilsoo, 
Stiles, , 

Atth^ 
last Tuf 
chosen « 
treasure 
rbsigned. 

The lai 
to the woi 
annual me 
Mrs. Wm. , 
Daniels, sec 
treasurer aa 

The ladiei 
plans to ser' 
vestries Tue 
six to eight 
is hoped foi> 
requested / 
with thei^ 
solicitatioi 

Bt) 

News li 
of the ladie. 
Thursday » 
officers wer 
pres ; Mrs, 
L. W. Ricbn,, 
er. I real. 




^^CuT^eM 



J'HE DANCING CLUB 
ENTER TAINMENT 




MR. GUS FIGGEY 

Of Chicago, the busiest man iu the world 

IVom a photograph bjr a well-known photographer 




^AiiltDnS\ctim 



Oigp cBwrBft. 



STimio. 




I ctiftpcanTai*-- 



^-^ STUDIO 



Portrait of Mr. Riley Peters and Miss 

Applegate of Veedersburg, Ind. Riley is a great 
hand with the girls, especially the visiting young 
ladies. 



This is a portrait of Mr. Winthrop K. Biddla 
of Philadelphia, Pa. He became acquainted with 
Miss Kate Warden when the latter was attending 
Bryn Mawr. A little bird tells us that he has 
come all the way to Bird Center to be near her. 
Mr. Elmer Pratt is also a suitor for her favor. 
Who will win the prize ? 




OlROCgNTgft. 






J^idnn 



We are indebted to Mr. J. Milton Brown, the 
well known artist of the Bird Center tintype stu- 
dios, for this excellent picture of the Rev. Wal- 
pole, Mrs. Walpole, and half of the rollicking 
little Walpoles. These worthy citizens of Bird 
Center will appear in greater detail in to-morrow's 
"Argosy." 




_ B IRQ _jt artftgi*. 






SToijiO, 



Portrait of Mr. Smiley Greene, the popular un- 
dertaker, and wife. If you are interested in them, 
see this week's "Argosy." They are always 
among those present at all social gatherings. 



he A. F. Co- 

i«DC of Man- 

e years. He 

' W. Canney 

of self and 

b right and 

igbtOB farm, 

loyalty of a 

It slipped as 

apper sca£Fold 

indin? below, a 

tt. Mr. Hanson 

nd io spite of a 

has spurned 

liniments and 

«d friends in 
i is now at 
weeks' visit, 
e's family in 
tity may be 

llo quartet of 
{i entertain- 
this season. 

stndies at 
arljr « fort- 



Mrs. Smiley W. Greene, Wife of the Popular 

Undertaker, celebrates Thanksgiving 

by entertaining the Dancing Club 



The Dancing Club met at the home of Mrs. 
Smiley W. Greene on Thanksgiving eve. A 
full quota of our fellow townsmen attended 
and all agreed on parting that a most enjoya- 
ble time was had. Mrs. Greene was beauti- 
fully gowned in a blue and white creation 
trimmed with sprays of immortelles. Elegant 
refreshments were served and the occasion was 
rendered quite Bohemian in character by the 
presence of our talented local artist, J. Milton 
Brown of the Bird Center Tintype Studios. 
Rev. Walpole and family dropped in for a few 
moments during the early part of the festivi- 
ties. 



ADDITIONAL SOCIETY NOTES 

Chris C. Newbower was also among those 
present at Mrs. Smiley W. Greene's dancing 
club entertainment. Chris says that he is not 
much of a shining light in the social whirl. 



Miss Barnard, of Xenia, Ohio, who has 

been visiting the Misses Niebling, has decided 
to remain here a week longer. Here 's to you, 
B y P s. 



is a brare, 'stmt 
badly wrenche 
everythldg in 
kept right on ' 

Miss Relet 
New York 
Brunswruk,^ 
Owing to i 
Washington 
given up. 

Tuesday, 3< 
Boston will fi^ 
ment of the 
Mr. Kendall, 

Harold Lil 
the M.i.T. thi> 
night's abSeno 

If anyone w> 
brother C. F 
the parliamentl 
leading itern ii 
news. 

Twenty-six bt, 
of the town is gi> 
we want. Wboi 
with the hot wr 
June '03? 

A great deal' 
for Mr. and if 
den death of . 



-^.r^ A" ' \ 




^/^(^fcneo'' 



'J'HE MYSTERIOUS 
STRANGERS STORY 




MR. CHRIS C. NEWBOWER 

Who attends anyway 

From a tintype by Mr. J. Milton Brown 



.. • • • 





"South of Mason and Dixon's lino they call 
me ' Cannonball ' Peyton, because I happened to 
pick up a live bombshell and toss it into a river 
two seconds before it exploded. My comrades 
seemed to think it was a commendable act." — 
Extract from the story of Col. Calhoun Peyton, 
the Mysterious Stiaoger. 



"Down in Texas they call me 'Tombstone' 
Peyton. One day when Capt. Lawton was chas- 
ing Geronimo a bunch of Apaches surrounded 
the post, set fire to the fort, and corralled eight 
of us out in the garrison cemetery. Seven of ua 
■were killed, but I managed to hold off the Indi- 
ans until reinforcements came. I don't deserve 
any credit for it, but the boys have called me 
' Tombstone ' ever since." — £!xtract from the 
story of Col. Calhoun Peyton, the Mysterious 
Stranger. 





" He was a stranger and a cussed Yank, but 
he was a noble man and a hero." — Extract from 
the story of CoL Calhoun Peyton, the Mysteri- 
ous Stranger. 



" After Appomattox I swore that I 'd never 
be reconstructed, and, by Jeemses' River, I never 
■will be. Down in Virginia they call me ' Unre- 
constructible ' Peyton.' — Extract from the story 
of Col. Calhoun Peyton, the Mysterious Stranger. 



MS some good 

imaters. Wm. 

Q have drawn 

sand to eleven 

will present 
epherd boy," 
jDg, Jan. 28. 

a leap year 

ingiFeb. 12. 
I the Luther 

be given by 
oce, in town 

lusaally cold 
iluebirda atid 
me. He and 
in April, ac- 
iUer. 

n. 28, is the 
Jed citizen — 
ire remember 
six years old. 
ating on the- 
Wednesday, 
Derally occur 
I the fact is 
surprised at 

his place on 

' Uutcbios of 
ith leave this 
tored in town, 
the lowest of- 
5° below zero, 
or the whole 

e the coldest 
The above 

hermometers 

to Littleton 
leral of Mrs. 
e«n a_iralued 

ig from'an 
him to bis 

indents' met 
breaking bis 



THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER'S 

STORY 



The readers of the Argosy may remember 
that considerable curiosity has been occasioned 
by the presence in Bird Center of a stranger 
whose actions have habitually been surrounded 
by much mystery. A short time ago he entered 
the Bird Center House, where a function was 
in progress, and tapping our honored towns- 
man, Captain Fry, ou the shoulder, he uttered 
a mystifying speech. " Captain Fry, you are, 
indeed, the most fortunate of men." The Cap- 
tain fainted and became seriously ill, for the 
voice was one that seemed to come from a man 
who he supposed had been dead over forty 
years. Last Friday evening he had so far 
recovered as to be able to tell the story and 
many of his friends gathered at the hospitable 
Fry homestead to hear the truth. 

" Aly friends," began the Captain, "I ivill 
tell you who this stranger is. " At that moment 
the curtains parted, and standing before the 
assembled guests was the mysterious personage 
himself. 

' ' Stop ! " he cried. ' ' I will tell the story." 
The company was thunderstruck. "My name 
is Col. Calhoun Peyton of the Confederate 
States of America. I have never been recon- 
structed, so that to-day I am probably the only 
living secessionist. I was in Pickett's charge 
at Gettysburg and was shot to pieces. A Yan- 
kee soldier stopped and gave me water and 
asked if I had any message to send home. 
' Yes,' said L ' You 're a Yankee and I hate 



you, but you re a noble man just the same. 
Take this old sword and give it to my mother. 
It was my father's in the Mexican war and my 
grandfather's in the war of 1812. Tell her that 
it has honored the name of Peyton to the last.' 
The Yankee took my name and told me his 
name was Eoscoe Fry of the Eleventh corps, 
under Meade. For nearly two months that 
Yankee soldier clung to that battered old 
blade and finally managed to get through the 
lines and reach the Peyton homestead in Vir- 
ginia. The sword is still in our family and 
the Peytons have honored the name of that 
unknown Yankee hero for over forty years. I 
swore that I should find him. I have searched 
the war records and have visited scores of Frys 
throughout the land. I found him in Bird 
Center, and by the great Lord Harry, he shall 
soon know how substantial is the gratitude of 
a Virginia Peyton. I have found him in finan- 
cial distress, but before the week is over he 
shall see that I can also help a man that is 
down. My address is Col. ' Cannonball ' Pey- 
ton, Virginia. A letter with that address will 
reach me. Ladies and gentlemen, I wish you 
good-night, and to Bird Center, farewell for- 
ever." And before he could be stopped he 
had gone. 

Bird Center is agog over the event and further 
developments will be awaited with interest. 

J. Oscar Fisheh. 



Mildred 
cord June 
Mrs. C. A 

Miss Sai 
Sunday wi 

There 
common ti 
than a wee 
of them ovei 
members of 
here and the 
funerals. 

Mr. Bo 
terday in 
cal comp 
been doit 
Dess in A 
pects to 8, 
turning to 

Tomorr 
Unitarian 
will speak 
most importi 
that at Catb 
ma. Miss ' 
houn 8cho< 
practically 
saving of 
service b 
cordially 
service ot 



News 
Leominste 
ard Stone 
Howard a 
vember, v 
tacked an 
by Stone 
not recc 
him {roLv 

TheW 
day with Ik 

Frank H 
the grip. 

The bat 
is escpecte 
depot. 



'J'HE GRAND BAL 
POUDRE 




MR. WES KIDWELL 

The genial station agent 

Ftom a tintjpe by Ur. J. Milton Brovn 




Mrs. J. MiltonBrown — n^e Miss Lucile Ramona 
Fry, formerly daughter of Capt. Roscoe Fry — 
visited Chicago last week to procure wigs, etc., 
for the Bal Pondre. When she tried on a Marie 
Antoinette coiffeur the wigeur ejaculated: " Ah, 
charmante, mademoiselle ! " " Madame, if you 
please,'' answered Mrs. J. Milton. " Ees it pos- 
seeble ? " exclaimed the wigeur. Mrs. J. Milton 
tells the story with much pride, for the French- 
man evidently considered her too youthful looking 
to be married. 




Bird Center society leaders gave a grand Bal 
Poudre last week. Several telegrams were sent to 
Congressman Pumphrey in Washington asking 
him to dauce in one of the quadrilles. When the 
honorable gentleman learned that he would be 
expected to powder his hair and wear silk knee 
breeches he wired his regrets. " I may want to 
run for office again,'' he said. Many were the 
regrets in local society circles, for the Hon. 
Ephraim has a handsome figure. 




Mr. J. Milton Brown, the well known artist, 
appeared at the Bal Poudre with hair powdered 
white and with silk stockings and knee breeches. 
At first glance a man would easily suppose that 
the centuries had parted and that some grand 
courtier of the time of the Grand Monarch stood 
before him. Mr. Brown's artisticnature prompted 
him to enter into the spirit of the occasion with 
unrestrained zest. He won many encomiums on 
his natty appearance and was constantly the 
center of an admiring throng. 




Last week must have been the busiest week in 
the history of Bird Center, if all the stories th9 
men told were true. Mrs. J. Milton Brown asked 
Judge Warden, Attorney Black, and Dr. Niebling 
to dance in the quadrille. " Men are so scarce, 
she said. But Judge Warden had some impor- 
tant court work to attend to; Attorney D. I. 
Black had to work day and night on a com- 
plicated brief, and Dr. Niebling said that he ex- 
pected to be busy on the night of the quadrille. 
There was much regret on account of their in- 
ability to appear in wigs and breeches. 



Q have drawn 
sand to eleven 

will present 
epherd boy," 
jog, Jan. 28. 

a leap year 
dng, Feb. 12. 
1 the Luther 

be given by 
oce, in town 

lusoally cold 
tluebirda and 
sue. He and 

in April, ac- 
ailer. 

n. 28, it the 
Jed citizen — 
nre remember 

six years old. 

Qting on the 

Wednesday, 
nerally occur 
u the fact is 

surprised at 

bis place on 

Uutcbins of 

.<ih leave this 

stored in town. 

the lowest of- 

6° below zero. 

or the whole 

« the coldest 

The above 

hermometers 

to Littleton 
leral of Mrs. 
een a valued 

og from an 
him to bis 

I'ndenta met 
Areakiog bis 

e Chapman 



THE GRAND BAL POUDRE 



A veritable fairyland, indeed, was the grand 
Bal Poudre held last Thursday eve in the 
Knights of Pythias Hall, a courtly scene of 
regal magnificence that brought vividly back 
to mind the splendid sumptuousness of the 
Grand Monarch's reign, when France itself 
was staggered by the dazzling splendor of Ver- 
sailles and the Tuileries. A scene that baffles 
human pen to adequately describe, a scene 
beside which all the overpowering gorgeousness 
of Europe pales into comparative insignificance. 
Imagine a bewildering vistaof rainbows studded 
with blazing jewels ; picture a flashing diadem 
of stars that bathed the world in brilliant radi- 
ance ; fancy a great ballroom thronged with 
gallant courtiers and grand ladies treading the 
stately measures of La Minuet de la Coui-t ; 
and then in your mind's eye spread over this 
regal scene the magic effulgence of a thousand 
Aurora Borealises, and you may faintly con- 
ceive of the grandeur of Bird Center's first 
Bal Poudre. 

There were two sets in the quadrille, under 
the auspices respectively of Mrs. J. Milton 
Brown and Mrs. Doctor Niebling. Those 
dancing in Mrs. Brown's set were Mr. and 
Mrs. J. Milton Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Smiley 
Greene, "Mine Host" Mort Peters, Miss 
Myrtle Peters, Miss Minerva Maltby of 
Decatur, and Mr. Gus Figgey of Chicago, who 
kindly consented at the last' moment to take 
part. Mrs. Niebling's set was composed of 
Mrs. Kiebling, Miss Flossye Kiebling, Miss 



Mae Niebling, Miss Kate Warden, Messrs. 
Winthrop K. Biddle of Philadelphia, Elmer 
Pratt, Riley Peters, Mr. Newt Pumphrey, son 
of Congressman Pumphrey. 

The costumes were ravishingly beautiful. 
Mrs. Riley Withersby appeared in the costume 
of Marie Antoinette, but did not dance. Mrs. 
J. Milton Brown was in the costume of 
Mademoiselle Louise de la Valliire, Miss 
Warden appeared as Madame de Sevigne, Miss 
Myrtle Peters as Mademoiselle Tris-Jolie. Mr. 
Gus Figgey took the honors among the men. 
He was gorgeously dressed and did more than 
his share of the dancing. At frequent inter- 
vals the ringing voice of Mr. Figgey could be 
heard above the music exhorting the dancers 
to "get busy and put some life in their work." 
Mr. Figgey is a prominent traveling salesman 
and has the reputation of being the briskest 
man in the business. He says that he will 
endeavor to "make " Bird Center once a week 
hereafter. "This town is hot stulf," says 
genial Mr. F. 

A vast assemblage witnessed the ball from 
the gallery, and all united in bestowing many 
encomiums upon Mi's. Brown for the successful 
outcome of the ball. Mr. Pumphrey suggested 
that it be given again in the neighboring town 
of Americus, but the ladies are so tired out 
that they want to rest a while before thinking 
of repeating it. All in all, it was a magni- 
ficent function. 

— J. OSCAE FiSHEK. 



cord June 
Mrs. C. A 

Miss Sat 
Sunday wi 

There 
common ti 
than a wee 
of them ovei 
members of 
here and the 
funerals. 

Mr. Bp 
terday in 
cal comp 
been doit 
ness in A 
pects to 8, 
turning to 

Tomorp 
Unitarian 
will speak 
most import! 
that at Calb 
ma. Miss ' 
houn 8cho< 
practically 
saving of 
service b 
cordially 
. service ot 



News 
Leominste 
ard Stone 
Howard a 
vember, v 
tacked an 
by Stone 
not recc 
him fro^ 

TheW 
.day with & 

Frank B 
the grip. 

The bat 
is expecte 
depot. 



][j[R. FIGGET'S 
PARTY 




MR. EILEY PETERS AND MISS - 
BARNARD 
Of Xenia, 0. 
From a tintype \fj Mr. J. Milton Brown 




Mr. Gus Figgey arrived in Bird Center on the 
5 o'clock accommodation. By 6 he had decided 
to have a party, by 6:15 he had taken his list of 
guests to the "Argosy" office, by 6:30 he had 
telegraphed to Chicago for a pingpong set, by 
6:45 he had ordered a phonograph from Peoria, 
and by 7 o'clock he had the florists decorating 
the parlor in the Bird Center House. 




" Now be sure to spell my name right," said 
Mr. Gus Figgey to the editor of the "Argosy." 
"Nearly all you editors get it 'Figgy' instead 
of ' Figgey.' I want to get the name spelled 
right for I want to send a copy of the paper to a 
little friend up in Chicago." 




" I 'm going to make things hum in Bird Cen- 
ter," said Mr. Gus Figgey. " I '11 make an hour 
seem like thirty minutes, and the guests at my 
party will enjoy themselves as if their lives de- 
pended on it." 




Mr. Gus Figgey may best be described as a 
man who is twenty years ahead of his time and 
afraid it will catch up with him. Mr. Chris C. 
Newbower says that the more he sees of Mr. 
Figgey socially the more he admires him as a 
business man. 



Ber Taea- 

-spending 
i)ds 
1^ visiting 

ter apent 

Waure- 
Ave . been 

<ld MIS9 

Id to their 

tins their 

M. ^ J. 

aed in^ the 

*M at the 
1l Stubbert 

ached upon 
lue" at the 
}he Advent- 
nt officiated 

A to Boston 
Ume her du- 
's School of 

illss Cran- 
in Worces- 

/ to be held 

\gregatlonal 

of prayer: 

I. Mathews 

pon "Jona- 

t of Rellg- 

l»g Rev. G. 

talk upon 

ssons, and 

ig meeting 

Jressed by 

rd.Thurs- 

atlbn," by 

ate pastor 

^ Friday 

'' meeting. 

jsldent of 

, will ad- 

Qlted wltM 
fchurch bn 
'ith— How- 
p, Arthur 

churches: 

Airs. Milo 

hor, 

' company 
lit at the 

61 reopened 
vinter term, 
!rs: Princi- 

Miss .Jessie 
eonard. Miss 

Hammond, 
Miss' 'Ruth 
s Miss Nel- 



MR. FIGGEY GIVES A PARTY 



An affair long to be remembered was the 
entertainment giren at the Bird Center House 
last Thursday eveuing under the auspices of 
the genial Mr. Figgey of Chicago. The party 
was elegant in detail and the scene during the 
height of the merrymaking was one of almost 
oriental splendor. The flash of jewelry, the 
rustle of silk and satin, the exquisite strains 
of music, and the delightful viands that 
tempted the Inner man all combined to pro- 
duce an effect of rare elegance. Mr. Figgey, 
the host, met the guests at the door and at 
once assigned them to the various forms of 
social enjoyment. "What's miue is yours," 
he announced, hospitably. " So get busy 
and have a good time." 

Mr. Smiley Greene, the popular under- 
taker, and ye editor, J. Oscar Fisher, were 
assigned to the pingpong table and beguiled 
a pleasant half hour in the seductions of that 
athletic sport. Mrs. Riley Withersby, Judge 
Warden, and Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Niebling were 
assigned to the whist table, Mr. Chris C. 
Newbower was entertained with a set of 
stereoscopic views of Niagara in winter, and 
Mine Host Mort Peters and Rev. Walpole 
were detailed to settle the checker cham- 
pionship of Bird Center. Mrs. Smiley Greene 
and Mrs. Mort Peters were led to the chafing 
dish by Mr. Figgey, who said, genially : 
" Now, ladies, fix us up something like 
mother used to make." Mr. Elmer Pratt and 
Homer Withersby were left in charge of the 
phonograph and were told to keep it hard at 
work. "Keep her going," said Mr. Figgey, 
"and don't mind anything it says. It 
does n't belong to the union." 

Messrs. Orville Peters and Wilbur Fry 
were invited to regale the assemblage with 



some mandolin music. "Tear off a few 
yards of the dreamy," remarked Mr. F., "so 
that those who wish to dance may trip the 
light fantastic." Mrs. J. Milton Brown offi- 
ciated at the piano and accompanied Messrs. 
Wes Eidwell and Ernest Pratt in some rol- 
licking ballads. Mr. Pratt is from St, Louis 
and is now sojourning in our midst as the 
guest of his brother Elmer. The parlors 
were decorated with wreaths and festoons 
of smilax, with here and there an American 
flag tastefully draped. In addition to the 
other forms of entertainment, Mr. Figgey 
had an exhibition of posters, and later in the 
evening read an original poem entitled " Bird 
Center, Fairest Village of the Plain." A 
photo of the affair was made by Mr. J. Mil- 
ton Brown, under the personal direction of 
Mr. Figgey. ' ' Now, be sure to get a good 
one, Milton," exclaimed Mr. F. just before 
the flash exploded. All in all, it was the 
most eventful function ever held in Bird 
Center. "I shall never forget your party, 
Mr. Figgey," said Mrs. Withersby, on de- 
parting. "Nor I," added Chris Newbower, 
"no matter how hard I try." 



ADDITIONAL NOTES 

Capt. and Mrs. Roscoe Fry have returned 
from Virginia. We are reliably informed that 
Col. Calhoun Peyton, the mysterious stranger, 
has settled a large estate on the gallant cap- 
tain. Mr. Cyrus Hornbeck of the Bird 
Center Bank was the first to call and ofl'er his 
effusive congratulations. It is understood that 
Mr. Hornbeck wishes to handle the estate. 

— J. OscAE Fisher. 



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TREE 




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MR. RILEY PETERS AND MISS 

MINERVA MALTBY 

Of Decatur, HI. 

From a tintype by Mr. J. Milton Brown 





Master Harvey Greene, son of Mr. Smiley 
Greene, was so agitated that he was afraid to go 
up for his present when Santa called his name. 
He finally yielded to a sustained maternal pres- 
sure from the rear, and soon was surrounding a 
choice assortment of candy. 



The Christmas tree was the cynosure of all 
eyes. Several of the children observed with 
wonderment that the sleigh bells worn by Santa 
were exactly like Mr. Greene's sleigh bells. 





All the children each received a lai^e bag of 
mixed candy done up in a lovely pink mosquito 
net sack. It was delightful to see how the little 
people burrowed for the gumdrops 



Mr. Chris C. Newbower and his little niece 
Celia were also present. Chris was sad when he 
noticed that all the other little children were 
getting so many more things than little Celia. 



ter Bijciii, 

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ave been 

nd Miss 

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M. J. 

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THE CHRISTMAS TREE 



Amidst the happy laughter of children and 
the singing of Christmas carols by the choir, 
composed of Messrs. Orville Peters, Wilbur 
Fry, Wes Kidwell, and Ernest Pratt, the 
brilliant Yuletide festivities in Bird Center 
went resounding down into history. Perhaps 
never before was Trinity church so thronged 
and never before was a Christmas tree so 
grand and generous. Like some enchanted 
cornucopia it was ! From its spangled 
branches it rained beautiful benefactions to 
left and to right, and the wealth of its treas- 
ures seemed inexhaustible. Like a magician 
of old did Mr. Smiley Greene, who essayed 
the r61e of Santa, shower the bountiful fruits 
of that magnificent cone of dazzling splendor 
upon the fortunate people of Bird Center. 
He was assisted by Mr. Elmer Pratt, who 
from the heights of a trembling ladder plucked 
the presents from the topmost limbs. Mr. 
Winthrop K. Biddle of Philadelphia, Pa., 
assisted Mr. Pratt, and Mine Host Mort 
Peters of the Bird Center House read off the 



names from the presents. As each name was 
read the happy beneficiary stepped forward 
and received the present from Santa. Miss 
Minerva Maltby of Decatur, who is still in 
our midst, received a beautiful manicure set, 
and the wiseacres looked knowingly at Mr. 
Eiley Peters. All the children of the Sunday 
school received numerous presents and were 
agog with merriment as they opened the 
sumptuous bags of candy or inspected the 
elegant presents that Santa gave them. It 
was not until the presents had been entirely 
distributed that it was noticed that little 
Celia Newbower had received none, and had 
left the church crying, with her Uncle Chris. 
Much regret was expressed and Mrs. Riley 
Withersby is going to get some beautiful 
presents and take them to her. "It was a 
shame that we overlooked Celia," she said, 
' ' and the poor child must have been broken- 
hearted." Mr. Greene received many enco- 
miums for his splendid rendition of the r61e 
of Santa Glaus. 

— J. Oscar Fisher. 



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Miss Helet 
New York 
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Boston will fn 
ment of the 
Mr. Kendall, 

Harold Lil 
the M.LT. thi» 
night'*8 ab^eno 

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brother C. F 
the parliament^ 
leading item ii 
news. 

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of the town is gi 
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June '03? 

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J'HE SURPRISE 
PJRTr 



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MR. RILEY PETERS AND MISS 

NORMA COUSINS 

Of Lafayette, Ind. 

Prom a tintype by Mr. J. Milton Brown 




Riley Peters is 
authority for the 
rumor that if any- 
body on the bobsled 
had cold hands it 
was not his fault. 



I 




There was food galore for all who cared to eat at 
the home of Capt. Fry last Thursday evening. All 
expressed themselves as being delighted with the 
sumptuous viands. 




Elegant refresh- 
ments were served 
and all agreed on 
parting that a lovely 
time was had. 




It was a lap lunch 
that was served at 
the hospitable home 
of Capt. Fry by the 
genial host and hia 
charming wife. 



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spendlng 
Ads 
b visiting 

ter spent 

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Miss Cran- 
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gregational 

of prayer: 

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pon "Jona- 

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talk upon 

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THE SURPRISE PARTY AT 
CAPTAIN FRY'S 



Calm was the night and through the trembling 

air 
Sweet strains of music did softly play. 

'Neath a clear sky, serene save where the 
slender crescent of Luna hung suspended like 
the sword of Damocles ; 'neath the great dome 
of the heavens whose illimitable canopy was 
spangled with countless constellations that 
sparkled in the cold night air, did the local 
society circles of Bird Center disport them- 
selves in a grand bobsled party last Thursday 
eve. 

Midst jingling bells that rang with musical 
rhythm upon the quiet night, making the 
welkin ring with their tintinabulations ; midst 
song and laughter that awoke the silent echoes, 
thus did society regale itself in pleasant di- 
version. And truly, a royal time was partici- 
pated in by all. Messrs. Kidwell and Ernest 
Pratt sang some rollicking songs, among which 
were " In the Evening by the Moonlight," 
"Jingle Bells," " Seeing Nellie Home," and 
"My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean." They 
were accompanied by Mes-srs. Orville Peters 
and Wilbur Fry on the mandolins. 

After a jolly ride out to Fremont Clevinger's 
and back the two commodious sleds with their 
load of human freight drew uj) before the 
hospitable home of Capt. and Mrs. Fry, for it 
was a surprise party in honor of those worthies. 
The gallant captain came to the door in great 
alarm as he heard the clamor at his gate. 
"Hello, here, what's all this huUabalop 
about 1" he shouted. "We've come to sur- 
prise you," sang out Doc Niebling. " Well, 
you've done it," answered the captain. "I 
thought it was a gang of Comanche Indians 
that broke loose. Come right in and make 
yourselves perfectly at home." 



Quite an amusing incident occnrred as the 
merrymakers were disembarking, causing much 
amusement. Mr. Biley Peters tried to wash 
Miss Minerva Maltby's (of Decatur, 111.) face 
in snow, and succeeded after a desperate strug- 
gle of a second or two. Mr. P. was so carried 
away by the success of his ruse that he also 
kissed Miss Maltby, to the great amusement 
of the crowd. " That 's right, Eiley," yelled 
Mr. Gus Figgey, " get busy. Don't let her 
bluff you." Miss Maltby swore that she would 
never speak to Riley again. " Boys will be 
boys," quoth Rev. Walpole, laughingly. 
"Yes, and some boys will be nuisances," 
answered Miss Maltby hotly. Later in the 
evening, however, it was observed that the 
unrepentant Riley had been forgiven and that 
he and his lady friend were better friends than 
ever. 

Mrs. Walpole declared she was nearly frozen 
when she arrived at their destination. "My 
hands are like icicles," she said to Miss Maltby. 
"Why, mine are n't a bit cold," answered Miss 
M., and the remark was greeted by loud 
shouts of laughter and shouts of " Eiley ! " 
and the young lady was overcome with mor- 
tification. 

A splendid time was had by all who partook 
of Captain Fry's generous hospitality. Cider 
and nuts and apples and doughnuts were 
brought forth from cellar and cupboard and 
the revelers regaled themselves until the wee 
small hours. At tlie conclusion of the enter- 
tainment all present voted the Captain and his 
wife charming hosts and three lusty cheers 
were given. All in all, it was a delightful 
function. 

— J. OscAK Fisher. 



by cnurch 

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J'HE GRAND MAS- 
^UERADE PARTY 




TWO OF THE ELDEST LITTLE 

ROLLICKING WALPOLES 
From a tintype by Mr. J. Milton Brown 




Mr. RUey Petera won 
the ladies' hearts by ap. 
pearing at the masquer- 
lade in Bird Center as a 
SpanUh toreador. "Kl 
toro ! El toro ! " shouted 
Riley as he danced into 
the hall, and all the Ut- 
tie rollicking Walpoleg 
were much alarmed ia 
consequence. 



Mr. J. Milton Brown, the 
well known artist of the Bird 
Center Tintype studios, was 
one of the most beheld of all 
those who attended the Bird 
Center masquerade party. He 
appeared as Capt. Kidd, the 
well known pirate. 




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H'M 




Mrs. Riley Withersby 
appeared as Good Queen 
Bess, more familiarly 
known to readers of 
history as Queen Eliza- 
beth of the Elizabethan 
period of England. A 
truly queenly figure, 
was the universal com- 
ment. 



Mrs. J. Milton Brown, 
n^e Miss Lucile Ramona 
Fry, formerly daughter 
of Capt. Roscoe Fry, 
looked sweet and win- 
some as Barbara Friet- 
chie last week at the 
Bird Center masquerade /y; ■i 
party. She was the ob- 7/ 
served of all observers, 
and vied with all others 
for the honors of the 
evening. 




^J" 




Mr. Smiley Greene, the 
popular undertaker, essayed 
the rSIe of Mephistopheles 
at the Bird Center mas- 
querade party, and all pres- 
ent voted his rendition of 
the rule as being most suc- 
cessful. 



Mr. Elmer Pratt appeared at the 
masquerade party at Bird Center 
last week as a cowboy. Elmeri 
looked liked a regular daredevil 
from the high hills, and won many' 
encomiums by his fierce bearing. 



I US mucn as 
load from the 

^as some i;ood 

imsters. Wm. 

n have drawn 

sand to eleven 

will present 
epberd boy," 
jog, Jan. 28. 

a leap year 
ing, Feb. 12. 
1 the Luther 

be given by 
oce, in town 

lusually cold 
iluebirds aiid 
me. He and 
in April, ac- 
ailer. 

n. 28, is the 

Jed citizen — 

ve remember 

six years old. 

oting on the 

Wednesday, 

oerally occur 

II the fact is 
•nrprised at 

bis place on 

Uutcbins of 

;lh leave this 

U>red in town. 

the lowest of- 

5° below zero. 

sr the whole 

« the coldest 

The above 

hermometers 

to Littleton 
leral of Mrs. 
en • valued 

g from va 
bim to his 

indents met 
areakiog bis 

e Chapman 
are now cir- 
ert, showioe 
id a licensed 
n compound 
ion organized 
f N<>w Jersey, 
Many Groton 
ke Chapman 
'leasore indi- 



THE GRAND MASQUERADE PARTY 



Unusually fine was the Masquerade Party 
held last Thuraday evening in the K. of P. 
Hall at Bird Center. AH the elite of the town 
were among those present, and many and 
varied were the costumes that graced the occa- 
sion. Indeed, it would he hard to say which 
was the most elegant, yet suffice to say all were 
extremely tasteful and pleasing to behold. 

Mr. Riley Peters, as the dashing toreador, 
attracted universal attention and greatly 
amused the young people by his antics. Mrs. 
Riley Withersby, as Queen Eli2abeth, wore a 
costume which in point of sumptuousncss 
easily carried off the honors. Many and earnest 
were the encomiums that were showered upon 
" Good Queen Bess," all of which she received 
with becoming modesty. 

Mr. Smiley Greene, the popular undertaker, 
gave a genial rendition of the r61e of Mephis- 
topheles and endowed that historic character 
I with graces of manner which one would hardly 
suspect from his Satanic Majesty. Dr. Niebling 
appeared as Oliver Ci'omwell of England, and 
Mr. Elmer Pratt made a dashing cowboy in 
slouch hat and " chapparels. " Elmer was 
most successful until he got tangled up in his 
lasso and had to be extricated. 

Mine Host Mort Peters of the Bird Center 
House interpreted the r81e of Friar Tuck in a 
most pleasing manner, while Mr. Ernest Pratt 
of St. Louis paid a graceful tribute to his 
native city by appearing as St. Louis, the 
patron saint of the exposition city on the 
Mississippi. Capt. Fry looked warlike as Don 
Quixote, and was greeted with shouts of 
laughter as he made a valiant charge upon Mr. 
Gus Figgey of Chicago, who had been admon- 
ishing the merrymakers to "get busy." Mr. 
Figgey appeared as Kapoleon and threw a 
new light upon the character of the great 
Corsican. 

Mr. Winthrop K. Biddle of Philadelphia, 
Pa., appeared in the uniform of a colonial 
soldier and won many encomiums from Miss 



Kate Warden, who made a very charming 
Dolly Madison. Messrs. Orville Peters and 
Wilbur Fry looked dashing in their costumes 
of troubadours, and enlivened the occasion 
with dulcet strains from merry mandolins. 
Mrs. Smiley Greene, as Empress Josephine, 
was tastefully garbed in fullest harmony, 
while Mrs. J. Milton Brown rendered the r61e 
of Miss Barbara Frietchie in a manner that 
evoked much admiration from all present. 

Miss Minerva Maltby of Decatur was sur- 
passingly beautiful as Miss Maud Muller, and 
was generously admired. Some one asked her 
why she had not brought her rake, and quick 
as a flash Mr. Figgey shouted, " Why, she did. 
There he is," and pointed to Mr. Riley Peters, 
who was quite nonplussed at the sally. 

Mr. J. Milton Brown made the hit of the 
evening as Capt. Kidd. He was thoroughly 
en rapport with his part and looked every inch 
a pirate chieftain such as was the well known 
buccaneer, Capt. Kidd. Mr. Figgey sug- 
gested that Rev. Walpole should have played 
Capt Kidd on account of the nine rollicking 
Walpoles that were present, but Rev. W. was 
attired as a Puritan father, and as such made 
a decided hit. 

Mrs. Walpole essayed the part of Priscilla 
the Puritan maiden in a most happy vein. 
She carried Ma.ster Timothy Walpole, and 
Master Wesley Walpole, and made a most 
pleasing picture. As Mr. Biddle remarked, 
the anachronism was delicious, a compliment 
that Mrs. Walpole greatly appreciated, coming 
as it did from such a cultured gentleman as Mr. 
B. Mr. Homer Withersby took the r61e of Ivan 
the Terrible and looked most charming. 

There were many other beautiful costumes, 
but space forbids au extended description. 
Ye editor attempted the part of Sam Weller. 
The function was voted a grand success, and 
all departed inwardly hoping that ere long the 
event will be repeated. 

— J. Oscar Fisher. 



Key. C 
father, 1 
this weet 

On acci 
day evenii 
Urookline' 
ent at the 
the install! 
consequer 
until the 

Mario 
Nashua 
to act as 
suburban 
log detair 

Quite .' 
schuol tr 
Monday 
the hall 

The 
Friday 
much eq 

Chub 
of the If 
cers fori 
bar, prf 
MiesE 
treas.; 
Uilson, 
Stiles, , 

Atth^ 
last Tof 
chosfen « 
treasure 
resigned. 

The lai 
to the woii 
annual m^ 
Mrs. Wm. . 
Daniels, sec 
treasurer aa 

The ladiei 
plans to ser' 
vestries Tue 
six to eight 
is hoped to* 
requested / 
with thei^ 
solicitatioi 

News vl 
of the ladie. 
Thursday ». 
officers wer 
pre» ; Mrs, 
L. W. Ricba,, 
er, treat. 

Ernest Bar 
trip to Nova S 



q^HE SKATING 
PARTr 




THE NINTH ROLLICKING WALPOLE 
From a tintype by Mr. J. Milton Brown 




Miss Minerva Maltby 
of Decatur, 111., who has 
beeu visiting friends in 
Bird Center, left for 
home last Thursday. Mr 
Biley Peters saw her oSf 
at the depot. " Now, be 
sure to write to me often, 
Riley," said Miss Malt- 
by, just before getting 
on the train. "I'll write 
every day," said Kiley, 
gloomily. "I don't see 
how I can live without 
you." 





When the train bear- 
ing Miss Maltby pulled 
out of the Bird Center 
depot, Riley Peters sank 
upon a truck the picture 
of despair and loneliness. 
"I'm struck hard," he 
muttered sadly. "She's 
the only girl I've ever 
loved." 



"Come, come, Riley," 
said Mr. Smiley Green, 
the popular undertaker, 
when he saw Riley Pet- 
ers mourning for his de- 
parted sweethfeart. " Be 
a man and brace up. 
She '11 be back here again 
before long and, besides, 
Decatur is n't so awfully 
far away. In the mean- 
time I want you to meet 
Miss Cousins of Lafay- 
ette, Ind., who is com- 
ing in on the west bound 
accommodation." 




Miss Norma Cousins of 
Lafayette, fnd., was met 
at the depot by Mr. 
Smiley Greene, whose 
family she has come to 
visit. Mr. Riley Peters 
was also present when 
the young lady arrived. 




"Riley, I want you to 
meet the nicest girl in 
Indiana. Mr. Peters, this 
is Miss Cousins of Lafay- 
ette. You must be good 
friends while she is here." 
" Delighted to meet you, 
Mr. Peters," exclaimed 
Miss Cousins, brightly. 
"Are you any i-elation 
to the Judge Peters of 
Terre Haute?" 



Mr. Riley Peters ac- 
companied Miss Cousins 
in the surrey from the 
station and pointed out 
various points of inter- 
est for her delectation. 
" Over there," said Riley, 
gayly, "is where we are 
to have our skating party 
to-night. I speak to have 
you for my partner in 
the cotillon." " How 
lovely ! " exclaimed Miss 
Cousins. " Why, I adore 
Bird Center already, and 
I'm sure I shall love every- 
body in it." " I hope so," said Riley, meaningly. 
And Miss Cousins blushed very prettily. 



Mr. Biley Peters es- 
corted Miss Cousins of 
Lafayette to the home of 
Mr. and Mrs. Smiley 
Greene, where she is to 
visit. Riley staid for tea 
and afterwards read her 
palm. "You have a 
wonderful power over 
men," he read, studying 
the cross hatching of her 
palm. " No man can re- 
sist your magnetic charm 
of manner." Miss Cous- 
ins talked of nothing else 
that evening at dinner 
but of what a delightful chap Mr. Riley Peters is. 





-7 



ti have drawn 
jand to eleven 

yi'M present 
epberd boy," 
jng, Jan. 28. 

a leap year 
iJDor, Feb. 12. 
1 the Luther 

be given by 
oce, in town 
t6. 

luBually cold 
iluebirds and 
:iue. He and 
in April, ac- 
liller. 

a. 28, is the 

Jed citizen — 

we remember 

six years old. 

oting on the- 

Wednesday, 
oerally occur 
It the fact is 
surprised at 

bis place on 

iiutcbins of 

,<tb leave this 

4tored in town. 

the lowest of- 

5° below zero. 

or the whole 

« the coldest 

The above 

bermometers 

to Littleton 
leral of Mrs. 
een a valued 

ag from an 
him to bis 



THE SKATING PARTY 



Truly a scene of almost Bacchanalian gayety 
was Bird Center last Thursday evening, for it 
■was then that the Skating Party was held at 
the grounds of the Country Club. The com- 
modious clubhouse was lighted up and a huge 
fire blazed in the capacious fireplace, while 
before the cozy edifice was the pond of glis- 
tening ice upon which the skaters reveled. 
Scattered here and there were entrancing 
Japanese lanterns which imparted an almost 
oriental splendor to the scene. High in the 
starry firmament fair Luna beamed down ap- 
provingly at the gay assemblage. Among 
the skaters present ye editor noted several 
that would attract attention in any gathering. 
Mr. Smiley Greene, the popular undertaker, 
was the life of the party. "Say, Smiley," 
shouted Mr. Gus Figgey, of Chicago, "it 
makes you feel good to have so many of us on 
ice, don't it ? " Mr. Greene was deeply hurt 
by this remark and was on the point of going 
home when Mr. Figgey assured him it was 
just a funny remark and meant nothing. 
" Why, Mr. Greene," said "Gus," earnestly, 
" I would n't hurt your feelings for a hundred 
dollars." Mr. Ernest Pratt was one of the 
much admired figures observed weaving in 
and out among the gliders. Mr. P. skates 
with a slow and extremely graceful stride and 
won many encomiums. Mr. J. Milton Brown, 



the well known artist, essayed his first at- 
tempt and was soon doing fig\ire eights, etc. , 
with much nonchalance. Mr. Winthrop K. 
Biddle of Philadelphia, Pa., and Miss Kate 
Warden were much admired. " What an 
elegant couple they'll make," said Mrs. 
Withersby, with the kindly eye of a match- 
maker. "I reckon it's a go," answered 
Mort Peters. " I saw a package from some 
New York jewelry house that came to the 
hotel for him the other day. And that looks 
pretty suspicious, says I." Mr. Eiley Peters 
and Miss Norma Cousins of Lafayette, Ind., 
were also much in evidence. Messrs. Orville 
Peters and Wilbur Fry rendered some exqui- 
site music, and elegant refreshments consist- 
ing of escalloped oysters, etc., were served 
in the clubhou.se. 



ADDITIONAL NOTES 

Mr. Cyrus Hombeck of the State bank was 
among those present. We understand Mr. 
Hombeck has lost considerable in steel stocks 
the past year. He was very attentive to Mrs. 
Withersby and was extremely friendly to 
Capt. Fry, who is soon to receive a large 
legacy from Virginia. Verbuni .sap, Captain. 
— J. Oscar Fisher. 



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^ LITERARY 
EVENING 




MRS. RILEY WITHERSBY 

"Widow of the late Hon. RUey Withersby 

From a painting by H. Careless-Durang, of Parta 




Miss Kate Warden of Bird Center, the charm- 
ing daughter of Judge Horatio S. Warden, at- 
tended Bryn Mawr and graduated with the class 
of '03. During the holidays of 1902 Miss Warden 
accompanied a crowd of Bryn Mawr girls to hear 
the Princeton Glee club sing in Philadelphia. 
She was enthusiastic in her praises of a Mr. 
Biddle, who sang an amusing topical song. 




Bird Center society soon was aware that Mr. 
Biddle was devoting more time to Miss Warden 
than to his search for business opportunities. 
But they were undecided as to which of the two 
yoimg men — Elmer Pratt or Winthrop K. — 
had the inside track. " I 'II bet she takes Elmer," 
said Mort Peters, after studj-ing the situation. 
" No, she won't," said Mrs. Peters; "she 's per- 
fectly crazy about Mr. Biddle, but does n't want 
him to suspect it." 




After a week, during which Mr. Biddle paid 
nndivided attention to Miss Burbank of Morris- 
town, N. J., Miss Warden was on the verge of 
a collapse. She had headaches which prevented 
her attending the functions where Mr. Biddle and 
Miss Burbank were likely to be. The days were 
wretched ones for her, and when Mr. Pratt called 
she was not at home. 




Mr. Winthrop K. Biddle of Philadelphia, Pa., 
was one of the most popular men in the Prince- 
ton Glee club. At the entertainment the club 
fave in Philadelphia during the holidays of 1902 
Ir. Biddle made a great hit with a topical song 
entitled " 0, How He Ramble<l." 




For several weeks Miss Warden carried on a 
desperate flirtation with Mr. Elmer Pratt, and 
was apparently obvious to the fact that Mr. 
Biddle was in the neighborhood. Mr. Biddle 
was disconsolate and resolved to adopt heroic 
tactics. So he plunged into a violent flirtation 
with Miss Elsie Burbank of Morristown, N. J., 
who had come to visit her aunt, Mrs. Riley 
Withersby. Miss Warden suddenly lost interest 
in Mr. Pratt. 




When Mi.ss Burbank left Bird Center there 
was a reconciliation between Miss Warden and 
Mr. Biddle, and both confe.8sed that they had 
been " manexivering." And now they are en- 
gaged and Bird Centerites are hoping that it will 
''take." "I knew all the time that it would come 
out that way," said Mort Peters, oracularly. 



tarSiera, \/d 
cows. They 
.raosportatioo 
to establish a 
imery for the 
from the uo- 

.polis has jast 

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second exann 

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:d for ineffi 

be A. F. Co- 
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of self and 

th right and 

jghtOQ farm, 

loyalty of a 

It slipped as 

upper scaffold 

tnding below, a 

%. Mr. Hanson 

vd in spite of a 

has spurned 

liniments and 

id friends in 
d is now at 
weeks' visit. 

e'a family in 
«itjr may be 

llo quartet of 
in entertain- 
fjiis season. 

itndies at 
trly a fort- 

^ow neatly 
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ok at the 
'yorough 

lit parts 
weather 
ing fault 
part of 

'expressed 
In the sud- 

Wedoee- 
■eat road, 
time, and 
«as appar- 
nnvulsions 
He was in 

McLean, 
I be sum- 
n months' 

Mchester, N. 
her sister. 



A LITERARY EVENING 



Seldom, if indeed ever, has an evening been 
more consecrated to the Feast of Reason than 
was last Thursday evening in Bird Center. 
For on that date the members of the Pierian 
Culture club met at the hospitable home of 
Judge Warden, there to indulge in intellectual 
essays, orations, discussions, and what not. 
Many and scholarly were the literary titbits, 
and if any one went home none the wiser for 
the evening's entertainment it was his own 
fault. Without the slightest exaggeration, 
the evening may be pronounced one of the 
most complete in the history of Bird Center, 
up to the time we go to press. 

The parlor fairly radiated the warm hos- 
pitality of the host and contrasted agreeably 
with the sharp temperature outside, the 
hurtling snow, the nipping frost, etc., and 
gave a keener zest to life's joyous reign. 
Messrs. Orville Peters and Wilbur Fry opened 
the meeting with a solo on their mandolins, 
followed by other selections, which elicited 
much applause and were much appreciated 
by music lovers and even those who mutely 
admire the harmony of sound. 

Mrs. J. Milton Brown, formerly the daugh- 
ter of Capt. Roscoe Fry, then read a poem. 
" It is a little thing I scratched off on New 
Year's eve," she said, "and if you insist I'll 
be very glad to render it." Loud applause 
greeted this cheery introductory remark, and 
'midst absolute silence she read the poem, a 
copy of which the " Argosy " was fortunate to 
get. 

" 'T is New Year's eve, ring out the bells 

And blow the blatant horn, 
Sound loud the knells, with joy receive 

And welcome New Year's moru ! 
Let every voice sing out in praise 

Of January first. 
The day of days when hearts rejoice. 

Until they nearly burst." 

Mr. J. Milton Brown, the well known artist, 
then read an essay, entitled " The Decadence 
of the Daguerreotype and the Relation of 
Photography to the Higher Expressions of 
Art." It was a scholarly exposition of the 
subject, and elicited many heartfelt encomi- 
ums for the author. 



The following subject was then debated : 
"Resolved, That every man is doing the best 
he can, all things considered." Mr. Smiley 
■Greene and Rev. Walpole took the affirmative 
and Attorney D. I. Black and Doc Niebling 
took the negative. It was decided in favor of 
the affirmative. 

Judge Warden then announced the subject 
for general discussion — " What is success ? " — 
and all partook in the arguments. Many and 
varied were the opinions as to what consti- 
tuted "succesis." 

Mr. Gus Figgey of Chicago wais the first to 
expre-ss an opinion. "When a man makes a 
million dollars, and is able to hold on to it 
then I think he may be considered success- 
ful." 

Judge Warden responded that "success" 
meant different things to different people. 
"For instance, is Mr. Hombeck, our local 
banker, successful ? He has great wealth but 
no friends. Is Mr. Smiley Greene successful ? 
He has many friends and no wealth. Is 
Rev, Walpole successful ? He has a fine, 
large family, all are well and happy, and he 
is beloved by all. Would he trade a single 
little Walpole for all of Mr. Hornbeck's 
wealth ? Or would Mr. Hombeck give all 
his wealth for a single little Walpole ? Has 
Congressman Pumphrey achieved success ? 
He occupies an exalted position, is strong 
with the administration, and has the entree 
to the White house between certain hours. 
My friends, there is a different standaiii of 
success for every human being." 

The discussion waxed hot and heavy till 
a late hour, when all departed, loud in their 
praise of the evening's entertainment. 



ADDITIONAL NOTES 

Judge Warden announced the engagement 
of Miss Eate, his charming daughter, to Mr. 
Winthrop K. Biddle of Philadelphia, Pa. 
Here is our hand, Winthrop. What is Bird 
Center's loss is your gain. 

— J. Oscar Fisher. 



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Sunday wi 

Tuesday 
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'fHE ARRIVAL OF 
THE AUTOMOBILE 




MISS KATE WARDEN 
Daughter of Judge Warden 
From a photograph by Dyer 




WintIiropK.Biddle, 
of Philadelphia, pays 
some glowiii" encomi- 
ums to Bird Center. 
" There is not a cross 
word in the whole his- 
tory of Bird Center," 
he said, admiringly. 
Mr. Biddle is soon to 
wed one of our fairest 
daughters. 




Rev. Walpole is 
working hard in his 
efforts to reform Mr. 
Chris C. Newbower, 
who has occasionally 
trifled with the wine 
when it WiS red. We 
hope that liis labors 
may be rewarded 
with success. 




Mrs. Riley With- 
ersby is a lady you 
all would like to 
know. Someone 
has made this re- 
mark regarding 
lier. " If every- 
body in the world 
was as nice as Mrs. 
Withersby the 
preachers woiJd be 
out of their jobs, 
and we would have 
no further use for 
churches." 




Mr. Gus Figgey, 
of Chicago, who is 
known among his 
friends as " the 
busiest man in the 
world," says that 
he would rather 
spend a week in 
Bird Center than a 
yearin lots of other 
places he might 
mention. " This 
town is hot stuff," 
says the genial Mr. 
Figgey. 




Mr. Chris C. Newbower, who has been drink- 
ing rather hard of late, is thinking of reforming. 
" Ever since that Christmas tree, when little Celia 
Newbower got no presents and all the rest of the 
children did, I have been very much depressed 
and consequently I might have taken a drop or 
two too much. Thanks to Rev. Walpole, though, 
I 'm thinking seriously about mending my ways." 




Capt. Roscoe 
Fry, who may be 
remembered as 
having been finan- 
cially embarrassed 
some months ago, 
is now occupying a 
pleasant place on 
the sunny side of 
Easy Street. A 
legacy amounting 
to nearly $60,000 
has been left him 
by the Peyton fam- 
ily of Virginia. 
" Here 's our hand. 
Captain, with the 
palm down, not 
up." 



THE ARRIVAL OF THE AUTOMOBILE 



cowg. They 
traosportatioD 
BO establish a 
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from the uo- 

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second exam 

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of self and 

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loyalty of a 

It slipped as 

apper seafiold 

>ndin7 below, s 

it. Mr. Hanson 

nd io spit^ of a 

has spurned 

liniments and 

«d friends in 
i is now at 
^reeks' visit. 
h's family in 
city may be 

IIo quartet of 
^ entertain- 
'.his season. 

stadies at 
larly a fort- 
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weather 

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part of 

(expressed 

'n the sud- 

Wednes- 

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time, and 

ras appar- 

nnvulsions 

tie was in 

McLean, 

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her sister. 
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western home 



Bird Center was enlivened during the past 
week by the arrival of a fine automobile for 
Mr. Winthrop K. Biddle of Philadelphia, Pa., 
who is sojourning in our midst. Quite a 
crowd gathered in front of the Bird Center 
house to inspect the beautiful machine, and 
all expressed themselves as being highly satis- 
fied. Mr. B. took a number of citizens for a 
spin, and Mr. J. Milton Brown took a snap- 
shot, which doubtless will be up to his usual 
high standard of artistic excellence. " What 
kind of a machine is it ? " asked Capt. Fry of 
the proud owner. "It's a touring car," an- 
swered Mr. Biddle. " A bridal touring car ! " 
shouted Mr. Gus Figgey of Chicago, with a 
roar of laughter. Miss Kate Warden blushed 
rosily at this witty sally, and all present had 
a good laugh at her expense. 

PETTY POINTERS 

It is rumored that Mr. Riley Peters is 
engaged to Miss Norma Cousins of Lafayette, 
Ind., who is visiting the family of Mr. Smiley 
Greene. The rumor could not be verified, 
but the wiseacres smile knowingly. 
— — 

Hon. Ephraim Pumphrey, our distinguished 
congressman, writes from Washington, D. C, 
that he hopes to rush the bill for a new post- 
office in Bird Center to a successful conclu- 
sion. " If the bill is not passed," he writes, 
" I will block all legislation on the Panama 
canal. I think that I have the support of 
Congressman Landis of Indiana and Congress- 
man Cousins of Iowa, and hope to enlist 
others in my behalf." Hon. Pumphrey has 
our earnest moral support and we wish him 
success in his undertaking. 
— — 

Mr. Harve Quackenbush, our local livery- 
man, has purchased a new surrey for the 

summer trade. 

— o — 

Capt. Roscoe Fry has received notice from 

Virginia that an estate valued at nearly 

$60,000 has been transferred to him by Col. 

Calhoun Peyton. It may be remembered 

that Col. Peyton was the mysterious stranger 

who was frequently seen in our midst some 

weeks ago and whose life was saved by Capt. 

Fry at the battle of Gettysburg; Pa. We all 

rejoice in Capt. Fry's good fortune, and there 

is already talk of running him for sheriff. 



Here is our hand, captain, with the palm 

down. 

— — 
Mr. Cyrus Hornbeck of the State bank has 
invited Capt. Fry to embark in a big mining 
investment with him. He desires the cap- 
tain to put 350,000 in the venture, but the 
doughty captain has refused to consider the 
proposition. 

Mr. Chris C. Newbower, who has a heart 
as big as an ox, and a thirst in proportion, 
is seriously thinking of taking the pledge. 
When asked why he had been drinking so 
hard of late he gave the following explana- 
tion : "Well, you see, it was this way. On 
Christmas eve I took ray little niece Ce.lia to 
the church Christmas tree and all the children 
got presents except her, and that made her 
cry and made me feel so bad that — well, you 
know. But lately, Mrs. Withersby has been 
so nice to the little girl, giving her presents 
and having her to meals up to her house, that 
I feel sort of ashamed of myself, so I 'm think- 
ing of reforming. I don't promise to, but if 
they don't crowd me, I think it 's likely that 
I'll brace up and be a man." Here is our 
hand, Chris. 

Messrs. Wilbur Fry and Orville Peters were 
too late to get in the picture taken by Mr. J. 
Milton Brown last week. These two worthies 
were practicing some new tunes up in the 
Oddfellows' hall and did not hear of the pic- 
ture until after it had been taken. 

Mr. Winthrop K. Biddle of Philadelphia, Pa., 
gives the "Argosy" the following interview 
regarding his future plans : "I shall return to 
Philadelphia soon to make arrangements for 
my wedding to Miss Warden, which will prob- 
ably occur in the spring. We shall go to 
Europe for a brief trip, and afterwards take up 
our home in Philadelphia, where we want our 
Bird Center friends to come and visit us. 
I 've grown to be very fond of the good people 
here and I want to say most sincerely that I 
have never met a more genuine and generous 
lot of people in my life. And the town itself 
— well, there is not a cross word in the whole 
history of Bird Center." We shall be sorry 
to lose Mr. Biddle and we '11 give him a wed- 
ding that he '11 not soon forget. 

— J. OscAE Fishes. 



Chester for tK 
has taken poW 
bouse, bis fa 
wif«. 

T. W. Han! 
left hand man a. 
had further pro 
hayfork one day 
he was pushing 
and down he At 
distance of ovet 
is a brave, stuit; 
badly wrench^ 
every thlilg in . 
kept right oa^ 

Miss Helei^ 
New York 
Brunswrck,, 
Owing to it 
Washington, 
given up. 

Tuesday, J 
Boston will fa 
ment of the 
Mr. Kendall, -^ 

Harold Lij 
the M.i.T. ihii 
night'*s abfieno 

If anyone wi 
brother C. F, 
the parliament^ 
leading item ii 
news. 

Twenty-six bt 
of the town is gi 
we want. Who 
with the hot wi 
June '03? 

A great deal' 
for Mr. and if 
den death of ' 
day, at thei 
Both parents 
when they lei 
ently in bis 
was supposed 
the care of hii 
and died be 
moned. He 
old. 

Mrs. C. 4 
H., for a fe'i 

Miss Man 
Stone, startet. 
in Salem, III., 
only sixty mile 
the mildness of^ 
matter to hear ly. 

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your correspond! 
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was done Mr. ^ 
has been somi^ 
business has be<. 
at present. 0» 
non-delivery one^ 
but notify peoplt 
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