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WEEKLY EDmO^ WIXySBORO, S. C.. WEDNESDAY. NQYEMBER 9. 1881 ESTABLISHED IN 1848. -fY
THE BLACK ROBE.
I
BY X7ILKIE COLLINS.
*
?AUTHOR OF?
"THE 'WOJIAST IN" WEIT2," " THE M00>
STONE," " AFTER DARE," "jfO N'AME,"
" MAX AST> WIFE," "THELAW ANU
r THE LADY," "THE NEW HAGDALES,"
ETC., ETC.
CHAPTER XI.? (CONTTSTTED )
Lady Lorlng found Miss Eyrecourt ii
ner own room. The little portrait ol
liomayne which she had 'drawn froir
recollection lay on the tabic before her.
She was examining it with the closest
attention.
" Well, Stella, and what does the
portrait tell you?"
" "What I knew before, Adelaide.
There is nothing false and cruel in that
^ face."
"And does the discovery satisfy yoxi?
For my part I despise Fiomayne for
hiding himself from us. Gin you excuse
him ?'
Stella locked up the portrait in her
writing-case. "I can wait," she said,
s. quietly.
This assertion of patience seemed to
irritate 'Lady Loring. "What is the
matter with you this morning?" she
asked. " You are more reserved than
ever."
"No; I am only out of spirits, Adelaide.
I can't help thinking of that
meeting with "Winterfield. I feel as if
some misfortune was hanging over my
head."
"Don't speak of that hateful man!"
her ladyship exclaimed. "I have something
to tell vou about Eomavne. Are
you completely absorbed in your presentiments
of evil, or do you think you
can listen to me ?"
Stella's face answered, her. Lady
* Loring described . tlio interview with
ifajor Hynd ia the minutest detail?
including, by the way of illustration,
the major's manners and personal appearance.
" He and Lord Loring," she
added, "botn think that Komayne will
never hear the last of it, if ho allows
r these foreigners to look to him for
money. Until something more is known
about them, the letter is not to be
forwarded."
"I wish I had tho letter!" cried
Stella.
"Would you send it to the bankers?"
" Instantly! Does it matter whether
these poor French people are worthy of
Romayne's generosity? If it restores
his tranquillity to help them, who cares
whether they deserve the help ? They
are not even to know who it is that
assists them?Homayne is to be their
unknown friend. It is he, not they,
whom we have to think of?his peace
of mind is everything; their merit is
nothing. I say it's cruel to him to keep
him in ignorance of what has happened.
"Why didn't you take the letter away from
Major Hynd T
" Gently, Stella! The major is going
to make inquiries about the widow and
children when he returns to London."
"When he returns!" Stella repeated,
indignantly. ""Who knows what the
poor wretches may be suffering in the
intervr.1, and what Itomayne may feel ii
? he ever hears of it? Tell me the address
aga:il?it was soaewaaB m jLAuugi/uu,
you said."
"Why do you want to know it?"
Lady Loring asked. "You are not
going to write to Itomavne yourself?"
"I am going to think before I do
* anything. If you can't trust my discretion,
Adelaide, you have only to say
?>!"
It was spoken sharply. Lady Loring
s reply betrayed a certain loss oi
temper on her side.
"Manage your own affairs, Stella; I
have done meddling with them." Her
unlncky visit to Eomayne at the hotel
1 11 1-: - ~c
/> naa oeen a suvjecu ui ms^uvc uc
the two friends, and this referred to it.
"You shall have the address,'' my lady
added, in her grandest manner. She
wrote it on a piece of paper and left the
room.
Easily irritated, Lady Loring had the
merit of being easily appeased. That
" meanest of all vices, the vice of sulkf^\
iness, had no existence in her natnre. Ir
> five minntes she regretted her little outr
bnrst of irritability. For five minutes
more she waited on the chance that
Stella might be the first to seek a reconciliation.
The interval passed and
nothing happened.
" Have I really offended ber?" Laaj
x? Loring asked herself. The next moment
she was on her way back to Stella.
The room was empty. She rang the
bell for the maid.
" Where is Miss Evreconrt?"
- " Gone ont, my ladj."
" Did she leave no message?"
" No, my lady, she went away in t
great hurry."
Lady Loring at once drew the conclu
sion that Stella had rashly taken th<
affair of the General's family into he:
own hands. Was it possible to say hov
this most imprudent proceeding micrhl
i< en.l? After hesitating and reflecting
J and hesitating again. Lad." -Loriug','
anxiety got beyond her conirol. Sh<
'Jt MI -not only decided on following Stella
bnt'in the excess of her nervons appre
J hension, she took one of t-hu vaen-ser
[ I vants with her in case of emergency.
chapter xrr. ?ran genet: yl's family.
Ik
Not always remarkable for arriving a
fe k jnst coiiclu^i-ms. Lady Loving ha<
drawn the right inference this time
Stella had stopped the Urst cab iha
v. (i r\f% r>r\r\ Ayvaot&A tV> A
I. XiCX, UA*VVVVX? v.. . . ~
K. to Camp's Hill, Islington.
Tlio aspect of the miserable litll
J7 street, closed at one end, and swarm
I; ing with dirty children quarreling ove
7 their play, daunted her for the momenl
^ Even the cabman, drawing up at th
j entrance co the street, expressed hi
opinion tiiui it was a queer sort of plac
for a voung lady to ventur , into alone
Stella thought of Romayn. Her fin
persuasion that shy was helping him t
perform an act of mercy, which was (t
his mind) an net of atonement as wel
roused her courage. She boldly aj
proached the open door of No. 10, an
knocked on it with her parasol.
The tangled gray hair and grimy fac
of a hideous old woman showed then
: selves slowly, .it the end of the passage,
! rising from the strong-smelling obscnr|
itv of the kitchen regions.
j t: What do jon want?" said the half|
seen witch of the London slums.
I ' jjoes .uauam -uaruiac live nere:
j Stella asked.
! "Do you mean the foreigner?"
^ <t V/v. M
ICS.
! " Sccond floor." "With those instroci
tions, the upper half of the witch sank
! and vanished.
j Stella gathered her skirts together,
| and ascended a filthy flight of stairs foi
j the first tirae in her life.
Coarse voices, shameless language,
j gross laughter behind the closed doors
j of the first floor hurried her on her way
? ! to the rooms on the higher flight. Here
[ : there was a change for the better?here,
at least, there was silence. She knocked
at the door on the landing cf the second
lloor. A gentle voice answered, in
French, "Entrez;" then quickly substituted
theEoglish equivalent, " Come
in." Stella opened the door.
The wretchedly furnished room was
| scrupulously ciean. women, m
1 dresses of coarse black stuff, sat at a
small, round table, working a'i the same
picce of embroidery. The elder of the
two rose when the visitor entered the
room. Her worn and weary face still
showed the remains of beauty, in its
finely-proportioned parts?her dim eyes
rested on Stella with an expression of
piteous entreaty.
"Have you come for the work
" # 9
madam?" she asked, in English, spoken
with a strong foreign accent. "Pray
forgive me ; I have not finished it yet."
The second of the two workwomen
SUUUUU1V 1UWMII up.
She, too, was wan and frail; but her
eyes were bright; her movements still
preserved the elasticity cf youth. Her
liKeness to the elder woman proclaimed
their relationship even before she
spoke.
"Ah! it's ray fault!" she burst out
passionately in French. " j??ras hungry
and tired, and I slept longer than I
ought. My mother was too kind.^o
wake me and set me to work.-"""! am a
selfish wretch, and my mother is an
angel!" She dashed away the tears
Withering in her eyes, and proudly,
fiercely, resumed her work.
Stella hastened to reassure them the
moment she could make herself hoard.
Indeed, I have nothing to do with
:lie work," she said. speaking: in French,
so that they mightthe more readily understand
her. "Icame here, Madame
Maviilac?if yon will nr:t be offended
with me for plainly owning ii?to offer
yon some little help."
" Charity?" asked the daughter, looking
up again sternly from her needle.
" Sympathy," Stella answered, gently.
The girl resumed her work. " I beg
your pardon," she said; "I shall learn
to submit to my lot in time."
?- i i_t
Tiio quio:, inn^-simerms moiuer
placed a chair for Stella. " Yon have a
kind, beautiful fac<% Mis*," s]ie said,
" and I am sure you "will make allowances
for ray poor girl. I remember
the time when I was as quick to feel as
she is. Mav I ask how you came to hear
of us?"
,!I hop y.v.t will excuse mp," Steiia
replied. ' I am not at liberty to an
STVor tiiar question.
Hie mother said nothing. The
| daughter asked sharply. " Why not?"
Stella addressed her answer to the
mother. " I come from a person who
desires to he of service to you as an unknown
friend," she said.
The wan face of the widow suddenly
brightened. "Oh!" she exclaimed,
" has my brother heard of the General's
death, and has he forgiven me my marriage
at last?"
" No, no!" Stella interposed; "I must
not mislead you. The person whom I
i represent is no relation of yours."
Even in spite of this positive asser
tion, the poor woman held desperately
, to the hope that had been roused in her.
' The name by which you know me may
mislead you," she suggested, anxiously.
" My late husband assumed the name
in his exile here. Perhaps if I told
, you "
( Tlie daughter stopped nor tnere.
"My dear mother, leave tliis to me.:*
, The widow sighed resignedly, ar.-d 10
; sumed'her work. "Madam Marillac
will do very well as a name." the girl
t continued, turning to Stella, "until we
? knov.- something more of each other. I
, suppose yon are wel! acqxiainted with
. t ie person whom von represent?"
" Certainly, or I should not be here."
"You know the person's family con
nections, in that case, and von can say
' for certain whether they are French con
aections or not ?"
"1 can say for certain," Stella an'
swered, " that they are English connections.
I represent a friend who
feels kindly toward Madame Marillac;
iOthing more."
" You see, mother, yon were mistaken.
? Bear it as bravely, dear, as yon have
be: -e other trials." Saying jthis very
- ten..t?riy, she addressed herself once
; moru to Stella, without attempting to
i .conceal the accompanying change in her
j manm-i to coldness and distrust. "One
l ! -rd-iinTf" RIIA Raid.
ll UA U9 XUUOU oyvvku ~
, "Oar fi-vy friends aro nearly as poor
s as we a > ..., and they are all French. I
; tell yen positively that we have no
, English frn-nds. How has this anony
mous benef for been informed of our
- poverty? You are a stranger tons?
you cannot hu/e gives the information?"'
Stella's eye=? were now opened to the
awkward position in which she had
j. placed herself. S;:e met the difficulty
j boldly, still uphi-.d by the conviction
that she was servug a purpose clier*
ished by Itomayne.
"You liad good rca=on3 no d^ubt,
?. _ -1 ~ C 7 ^ or?r'tc.irl rmiT
IJIUUwLLUISCJUVJj ?> ixtJU j v c* iv,vv?. v ?
mother to conco.il her true name," she
rejoined. "Be just enough to believe
r that your 4 anonymous benefactor* has
k good reasons for concealment, too."
e It was well said, and ifc encouraged
g Madame Marillac to take Stella's part.
e 44 My dear Blanche you speak rathe;
u harshly to this good young lady," sh<
a said to her daughter. 44 You have onh
0 to look at her to cee that she meaD:
o well."
I, ; Blanche took up her needle agaii
>- with dogged submission.
d ; 44 If we are to accept chanty, mother
! I should like to know the hand tha
? : gives it," she answered. "I will saj
i"! no more."
, " When you are as old as I am, my
| desfr," rejoined Madame Marillac, ''you r
j will not think quite .so positive as you a
! think now. I Lave learnt some hard r
! lessons," site proceeded, turning to I
1 Stella, "and I hope I am the better for s
them. My life has not been a happy *
one?" " " , 8
"Your life "fins boon a martyrdom !" 3
, ; said the girl, breaking out again in ^
: | spite of herself. "Oh, mv father! my E
father!" She pushed aside the work *
I and hid her face in her hands.
. | The gentle mother spoke severely for ^
j the first time. I
I "Respect your father's memory!" I
, | she said. Blanche trembled and kept c
. silence. "I have no false pride,"
! Madame Marillac continued. "I own r
that we are miserably poor; and I thank *
you, my dear young lady, for your kind s
intentions toward xis, without cmbar- s
rassing you by any inquiries. We man- F
age to live. While mv* eyes last our ^
work helps to support us. My good ^
eldest daughter has some employment n
as a teacher of music, and contributes e
her little share to assist our poor house- s
hold. I don't distrust you ; I only say, u
W ns trr n littlfi longer if we cannot fc
help ourselves." v
Slie had barelv pronounced the last *
words when a startling interruption ?
led to consequences which the persons 8
present had not forsecn. A shrill, wail- ^
ing voice suddenly pierced through the s'
flimsy partition which divided the front c
room and the back room.
"Bread!" cried the voice; "I'm ?
hungry. Bread! bread!" ^
The daughter started to her feet. k
" Think of his betraying us ut this
moment !" she exclaimed, indignantly.
rTl>r> Yn/->Hif.r men in cilonoA fl.nfl flllArAd ^
a cupboard. Its position was opposite
to the place in which Stella was sitting. ^
She saw two'or three knives and forks,
some cups and saucers and plates, and 5
a folded tablecloth. Nothing else ap- x
peared on the shelves; not even the
stray crust of bread for which the poor ^
woman had been looking. (:Go, my
dear, and quiet your brother," she said,
and closed the cupboard-door aga;n as
patiently as ever. ^
Blanche left them. Stella opened *T
her pocketbook as the door closed. *
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" for G-od's sake, take something!"
0]
3he cried. " I offer it with the siucerest
respect ?I offer it as a loan!"' iQ
Madame Marillac gently signed to
Stella to close the pocketbook again. ^
" That kind heart of yours must not
bo distressed about trifles" she said.
" The baker will trust us until vo got jthe
money for our work, and my liaughter
knows it. "If you can toil me jr
nothing else, my dear, will you tell me 0j
rnnv (51in?tiau name? it is r);iinhd to i
* ~ ~ # * ci
me to speak to you quite as a straa- ^
ger." m
Stella at once complied witli the
ST
request. Madame Mariliae smiled as
1 4 1 * 111
she repeated ine name.
"There is almost another tie between ^
us," she said. " We have your name in
France?it speaks with a familiar sound
to me in this strange place. Dear Miss ^
Stella, when my poor bey startled you
by that cry for focd, he recalled to mo
the saddest of all my anxieties. When .
I think of him, I should be tempted, if /
my better sense did not restrain me
vr_ i t l i T
i>o: no: put uauii ui? puuivei/uuyii.. j.
am incapable of tlie shameless audacity 1
of borrowing a sum of money which I
could never repay. Let me tell yon 01
what my trouble is and you will understand
that I am in earnest. I had two
son?, Miss Stella. The elder?the most se
lovable, the most affectionate of my
children?was killed in a duel." ^
The sudden disclosure drew a cry of ^
sym]>athy from Stella, which she was m
not mistress enough of herself to sup- ^
press. Now, for the first time, she un- cc
- - . nr
derstood the remorse that tortured "l"
Romayne, as she had not understood it
when Lady Loring had told her the
terrible story of the duel. Attributing cc
the effect produced on her to the sensitive
nature of a young woman, Madamo ro
Marillac innocently added to Stella's
distress bv making excuses.
Ci
"lam sorry to have frightened you.
my dear" she said. "In your happy
country such a dreadful death as my 1
son's is unknown. I am obliged to a,(
mention it, or von might not understand L
P(
what I have still to say. Perhaps I had *
better not go on?" ^
Stella roused herself. " Yes, Yes !"
she answered, eagerly. "Pray go on!" ,-a
" -<Iy son in the next room," the j pi
widow resumed, " is only fourteen J ;e
years old. It has pleased God sorely to st:
afflict a harmless creature. He has not
been in his right mind sines?since that sa
miserable day when ho followed the E
duelists and saw his brother's death. 1(
Oh, you are turning pale! How } si<
thoughtless, how cruel of me! I onght 31
* -1 T ll-.i 1. 1 I
co nave rememocreu mat sue;: uuuvts jl
as tliese have never overshadowed your bi
happy life!"
Struggling to recover her self-con- llf
trol, Stella tried to reassure Madame 5l
Marillac bv a gesture. She had heard ^
the voice which haunted Komayne?the 31
conviction of it shook her with super- Q(
stitious terror" from head to foot. Not
the words that had pleaded hunger
and called for bread, but thos9 other
rrmv.le << ieeoccin ocMCCi'r* fl'rfl I ^
you rang ia her cars. She entreated
Madame Marillac to break the unen- -r(
durable interval of silence. The widow's
calm voice had a soothing influence ^
which she was eager to feel. "Go on,"
she repeated, '-pray go on!"
" I ought not to lay all the blame of ; T
my boy's affliction on the duel," said | ^
Madame Marillac. " In childhood, his |
mind never grew with hisbodilv growth. I
, V O I ^
His brother s death may have onlv I 1
' : Y
hurried the result wnich was sooner or j '
J I
later but too sure to come. You need , ',
ta 1 nn fAor nf liim. TTi> is never vio- C'
. *v - ' " ? ?- ,
lent?and he is the most beautiful of j R
* all mv children. Would vou like to see |
* i ii
him !
' " No; I would rather hear von speak .
of him. Is he not conscious of his own j ?
^ misfortune?" j
"for weeks together, Stella?lam!1
? -i
' sure I may call you Stella ? ?he is quite s
' calm; you would see no difference, 8
outwardly, betweenhim and other boys. w
5 Unhavpilv, it is iusfc at those times 3
1 * " . i,
that a spirit of impatience seeiiis to l1
possess him. Te watches his opportu- 0
nity, and however careful we may be, '
> he is crauiug enough to escape our vig- j
t ilaD^e." i
' j "Do you mean that he leaves you and i ]
i his sisters ?" ' t
"Yes, that is what I mean. Foi
tearly two months past he has beer
.way from us. Yesterday only lii*
eturn relieved us from a state of susjense
which I cannot attempt to deic-ribe.
We don't know where ho ha*
>een, or in the* company of what per,ons
lie has passed the time of hi?
.bsence. No persuasion will induce
lim to speak on the subject. Thi*
n.-rnin<r *vo listenpd while ho
alking to himself."
Stella felt the thrill of a sadden fear.
IVas it part of the hoy's madness to reteat
tlie words which still echoed in
'omayne's ears'? " Does he ever speak
if the duel'?" she asked.
"Never! He seems to have lost all
aemory of it. We only heard, this
norning, one or two unconnected words,
omething ahoxit a woman, and then
aore that appeared to allude to some
terson's death. Last 'night I was with
dm when he "went to bed, and I found
hat he had something to conceal from
ae. He let me fold all his clothes, as
tsual, except his waistcoat, and that he
natchod away from me, and put it
mcler his pillow. We have no hope of
>eing able to examine the waistcoat
ritliout his knowledge. His sleep is
[ke the sL ep of a clog; if you only approach
him he wakes instantly. Forgive
me in troubling you with these
rifling details, only interesting to ourelves.
You will at least understand the
onstant anxiety that we suffer."
"In your unhappy position," said
Itella, " I should tiy to resign myself
o -oarting with him?I mean, to place
.im under medical care."
The mother's face saddened.
"I have inquired about it," she
nswered. "IIe must pass anight in
le workhouse before he can be received
a pauper lunatic in a public asylum,
h, my dear, I am afraid there is
nne pride still left in me ! He is my
lly son now ; his father was a General
: the French array; I was brought up
nong people of good blood and breedg;
I cau't take my own boy to the
orkliouse!"
Stella took her hand.
"I feel for you with all my heart,"
ic said. "Place him privately, dear
adam Marillac, under skillful and
hd control, and let me, do let me,
)en the pocketbook again!"
The widow steadily refused even to
ok at the pocketbook.
"Perhaps," Stella persisted, "you
)n't know of a private asylum that
ouid satisfy you?"
" My dear, I do know of such a place,
he good doctor who attended my liusind
in his last illness told me of it. A
iend of his receives a certain number
: poor people into his house, and
larges no more than the cost of mainining
them. An unattainable sum to
e. There is the temptation that I
>oke of. The help of a few pounds I
ight accept, if I fell ill, because I
ight afterward pay it back. But a
rger sum?never!"
She rose as if to end the interview.
:ella tried every means of persuasion
iat she could think of, and tried in
tin. The friendlv disnnte between
iein miglit have been prolonged, if they
id not both been silenced by another
lerrupuon jrom me next room.
This time it was notosly endurable, it
as even welcome. The poor boy was
.aying the air of a French vaudeville
1 a pipe or flageolet.
"Now he is happy !" .said the mother.
He is a born musician; d ecome and
e him!"
An idea struck Stella. She overcame
Le inveterate reluctance in her to see
ie boy so fatally associated with the
isery of Eomayae's life. As Madam
arillac led the way to the door of
mimunication between the rooms she
licklv took from her pocketbook the
mknotes with which she had provided
jrself, and folded them so that they
mid be easily concealed in her hau l.
She followed the widow into the little
iom.
The boy was sitting on his bed. He
id down his flageolet and bowed to
;ella. liis long silky hair flowed to
s shoulders. But one betrayal of a
?ranged mind presented itself in his
plicate face?his large, soft eves had
.e glassy vacant look which it is imjssihlc
to mistake.
"Do yon like music, mademoiselle?"
$ asked, gently.
Stella asked hiia to play his little
udevillo air again. He proudly comied
with the request. His sister
emecT to resent the presence of a
ranger.
"The work is at a standstill," slie
id, and passed into tho front room,
er mothci followed her as fur as the
>or to give hor some necessary directs.
Steila seized her opportunity.
13 put the banknotes into the pocket
the boy's jacket, and whispered to
m:
" Give them to your mother when I
tve gone away." Under those circum
ances slie felt sure that Madam Marlao
would xield to the temptation.
ie could resist much, but she could
)t resist her son.
The boy nodded, to show that he unjrstood
her. The moment after he
id down his flageolet with an expreson
of surprise.
' You are trembling!" he said. "Ars
>u frightened?"
She was frightened. The mere sense
: touching him made hcrshudder. Did
.10 feel a vaguo presentment of some
vil to come from that momentary assoi
at ion with him! Madam Marillac,
lrniug away from her daughter, nox-ed
Stella's agitation.
" Surely, my poor boy doesn't alarm
Pamva .Qf/illo
Oil: OliC d?ViU? J^VIVIV iV/in* vuiuy
c.sTer some one outside knocked at the
c>r. Lady Loving's servant appeared,
harged with a carefully-worded mesige.
" If you please, miss, a friend is wait:g
for yon below.'' Any excnso for
epartnre was welcome to Stella a; that
loment. She promised to call at the
O'jse again in a few days. ]tfadam
ravillac kissed her on the forehead as
he took her leave. Her nerves were
till shaken by that momentary contact
rith the boy. Descending the stairs,
lie trembled so that she was obliged to
old by the servant's arm. She was not
n-vs-:,,.+ ,i; i . (.
/dfcUrtlJLlJ LiUilAi. M HUV lLi.ll iu iLlCO-ii..
TO BF. CONTINUED.
A memorial window of richlv-stainec
jlass is to be placed in St. James
Episcopal Chnrcb, Elberon, N. J., t(
he memory of General Garfield.
THE NECESSITY OF SLEEP.
1 Tendency to Extend Repose Indicative of
Lous Lite and Mental Power.
Dr. Oswald says in tlie Popular
Science Monthly: There is no danger
of a child's, especially a boj, oversleephimself
unless the hardships of his
waking hours are so intolerable that
oblivion becomes a blessing; but it can
. do no harm to make the health-giving
. morning hour as attractive as possible.
' Provide some out-door amusement, a
! prize, foot races, a butterfly hunt, or
gathering wind-fall in the apple orchards.
If the desire for longer sleep
. can outweigh such inducements there
must be something wrong?plethoric
diet, probably, or over-study. The requisite
amount of sleep depends on the
temperament and occupation as well as
the age ; with children under ten, however,
tco much indulgence would be an
error on the safer side. Let them
choose their allowance between eight
and ten hours; in after years seven
hours should be the minimum, nine the
maximum for healthy children ; sickly
cues ought to have cart blanche, both
. as to quantum snd time of repose;
. consumptives especiauv neea auine rest
they can get.
for all wasting diseases, panacea without
price or money.. Nothing can be
more injndicionsiiyii^tS^iint. children
. in their sleep witE^s viewiof gaining a
few hours' study?>^Tiiafc plan,"- says
Pestalozzi, " defeats" its own purpose,
for snch children are never wich awake;
you can keep them out of bed, but you
. cannot prevent them from dozing with
their eyes open. A wide-awake boy will
1 learn more in one hour than a day
dreamer in ten.". Habitual deficiency
of sleep will undermine^ .the strongest
: constitution; headache, throbbing and
, feverish heat are precursors of graver
evils, unless a temporary loss of mental
power compels an armistice with outraged
nature. King Alfred, Spinoza,
Kepler, Victor Alfieri,- Madam de
Stael, and Frederick Schiller killed
themselves with restless study; Beethoven
ana Charles Dickens, too, probably
repaid the debt ofnature by their habit
of fighting fatigue with strong coffee.
Sleeplessness may lead to chronic hypochondria,
and even to idiocy ; without
their long vigils tbe monks of the Thebais
and the fathers of the Alexandrian
church could hardly have written such
stupendous nonsense. It is a curious
fact that compulsory wakefulness combined
with mental activity often induces
o /-if rrnrTvi/1 insnmnift an fiTlsnlnfpi I
inability to obtain the sleep which it
was at first so difficult to resist. In
such casea the only remedy is fresh air
and a complete change of occupation.
During sleep the brain is in a comparatively
bloodless condition ; a hot head
and throbbing temples are unfavorable
to repose, and it has been suggested
that insomnia might be counteracted by
a hot foot bath, chafing the arms and
legs, or any similar operation that would
divert the blood from' the head toward
the extremities, and thus tend to diminish
the acti vityof the cerebral circulation.
Listening to.distant music or the rip-!
pling of a river current has also a wonderful
hypnotic effect, the repetition of
monotonous sounds, or, indeed, of my
sensonal impression, seems more favorable
to re^e than their entire absence.
The philosopher Kant assures us that he
could obtain sleep in a paroxysm of
gout by resolutely fixing his attention
on some abstruse ethical or mathematical
problem, b it remarks that the
success of that method depend. on tee
I laboriousness of tlie mental process;
| the mind, as it were, takes refuge in
j sleep as the alternative of drudging at
a wearisome task. Eobert Burton, too,
gives a number of sixnilior recipes, besides
a list of wondrous medicinal compounds
to be swallowed or inhaled ad
lioram somr.i, but in ordinary cases it
is better to try the effects of outdoor
exercise before resorting to dormousefat,
theological text-books or other
desperate remedies.
Being naturally a sound and long
1 * ? i 1- - -1 i."L ~
Sleeper nas oeen raiuseu auiuug mc sui- |
est prognostics of a long life, and sleep
after a wasting disease as the most certain
symptom of recovery. Most brain
workers are afflicted with occasional fits
of insomania. but the faculty of sustaining
health and vigor npon a very small
allowance of sleep is generally a concomitant
of mental inferiority or at least
inactivity. The most intelligent animals,
dogs and monkeys, sleep longest;
stupid brutes merely stretch their legs;
their inert brain needs no rest. A cow
never sleeps in the proper sense of the
word. Mirabeau, Goethe and James
Quinn often slumbered for twelve or
fourteen hours successively, while
Leopold I. of Austria, and Charlts
TV n? Sriain. the heartless and brain
less bigots, could content themselves
with five hours sleep out of the twentyfour,
and their prototype, the emperor
Justinian often even with one.
WORDS OF WISDOM.
Genius begins great works; labor
alcne finishes them.
Adversity borrows its sharpest sting
from onr impatience.
Love is a severe critic. Hate can
pardon more than love.
All flattery is dangerous. So people
always think when addressed to themselves.
Like a book, man has two blank
pages?at the beginning and at the end;
in fancy and old age.
No grander thing can a man do than
to give a helping hand to a yonng man
who has been discouraged.
In the undertakings of thy work assume
a confidence of success and ability
to cope with and complete it.
Not that which men do worthily, but
that which they do successfully is what
history makes haste to record.
Impudence, silly talk, foolish vanity,
and vain curiosity are closely allied;
they are children from one family.
Spare your own soul the anguish of
feeling that you have dragged others
with you dowu to the gates of death.
It is easy to make sacrifices for those
whom we love, but it is a noble victory
to overcome self for the sake of our enemies.
Our hearis must be more contracted
than our e*es, or we should not murmur
at every little cloud which we can plainly
see is but a speck in the universe of
light.
There are men who have so little of
earnest ambition in their lives that you
i-n flia nnn/>lnc;inn fVlof fVip?
| ttie iUiCCU LU tJUt/ VVUVAUU1VM .
: were born merely for the purpose of
digestion.
Looking ahead for happiness in this
world has been compared to " bottling
sunshine for next year's use." Taking
comfort as we go on is the only way to
make sure of it.
To use the present hour by meeting
1 every dntv that conscience approves
; with fitting welcome and fearless per1
formance, is to deserve the garlands of
I f/ir+nrwa and the smiles of hatminess.
and better insures entrance to that
heavenly mansion, whose post is omniscient
and whose lease is eternal.
To affect what is not curs, is to admit
the virtue of that which we have not the
conrage to make our own, and sets the
seal of falsehood upon our character;
but the true man. on the discovery of a
virtue in his neighbor, or a fault in himself,
seeks to cultivate the one and
eradicate the other.
1 Prof. King would like to trade bis
i' baloon for a mule, or some other anio
mal that can carry him out of the
country.
How Jimmy Brown Studied Wasps.
We had a lecture the other day, because
our people wanted to get even
with the people of the next town, who
had a returned missionary with a whole
lot of idols, the week before. The lecture
was all about wasps and beetles and
such, and the lecturer had a magic lantern
and a microscope, and everything
that was adapted to improve and vitrify
the infant mind, as our minister said
when he introduced him. I believe the
lecturer was a wicked, bad maD, who
came to our place on purpose to get
me into trouble. Else why did he urge
i-'.o 1-x-n-c ctnrtv -nrasns. and tell US how
to collect wasps' nests without getting
stung ? The grown up people thought
it was all right, however, and Mr. Traverse
said to me, " Listen to what the
gentleman says, Jimmy, and improve
yonr mind with wasps."
Well, I thought I would do as I was
told, especially as I knew of a tremendous
big wasps' nest under the eaves of our
barn. I got a ladder and a lantern the
very night after the lecture, and prepared
to study wasps. The lecturer
said that the way'to do was to wait till
the wssj- "?;^tf_bed, and then to creep up
clasp it right over the door of the nest.
Of course the wasps can't get out when
they wake up in the morning, and you
can take the nest and hang it up in-yourroom
; and after two or three days, when
you open the nest and let the wasps out,
and feed them with powdered sugar,
they'll be so tame and grateful that
thpv'll riAs-Ar think of stinfrinsr VOU, and
you can study them ail day long and
learn lots of useful lessons. Now is it
probable that any real good man would
put up a boy to any such nonsense as
this? It's my belief that the lecturer
was hired by somebody to come and
entice all our boys to get themselves
stung.
As I was saying, I got a ladder and a
lantern, and a piece of paper covered
with mncilage, and after dark I climbed
nn in fho icccnc' nccf. And R+nrvnpf? nn
"""f ? ? -""STL V I
the door, and then brought the nest |
down in my hand. I was going to carry |
it up to ray room, but just then mother
called me ; so I put the nest under the
seat of our carriage, and went into the
hou3e, where I was put to bed having
taken the lantern out to the barn : and
the next morning I forgot all about the
nest.
I forgot it because I was invited to go
on a picnic with Mr. Travers and my
sister Sue and a whole lot of people,
and any fellow would have forgot it if
he had been in my place. Mr. Traverse
borrowed tatners carriage, ana ne ana
Sue were to sit on tlie back seat, and
Mr. Travels aunt, who is pretty old and
cross, was to sit on the front seat with
Dr. Jones, the new minister, and I was
to sit with the driver. We all started
about nine o'clock, and a big basket of
provisions was crowded into the carriage
between everybody's feet.
"We hadn't gone mornamile when
Mr. Travers cries out: "My good gracious
! Sue, I've run an awful pin into
my leg. Why can't you girls be more
careful about pins ?" Sue replied that
she hadn;t any pins where they could
run into anybody, and was going to say
something more, when she screamed as
if she was killed, and began to jump
up and down and shake herself. Just
then Dr. .Tones jumped about two feet
straight into air, and said, "Oh, my!"
and Miss 1 ravers took to screaming,
"Fire! murder! help!" and slapping
herself in a way that was quite awful.
I began to think they were all going
crazy, when all of a sudden I remembered
the wasps' nest.
Somehow the wasps had got out of
the nest and were exploring all over the
carriage. The driver stooped the
horses to see what was the matter, and
turned pale with fright when he saw
Dr. Jones catch the basket of provisions
and throw it out of the carriage, and
then jump straight into it Then Mr.
Travers and his aunt and Sue all came
flying out together, and were all mixed
up with Dr. Jones and the provisions
on the side of the road. They didn't
stop long, however, for the wasps were
looking for them ; so they got up and
rushed for the river, and went into it as
if they were going to drown themselves
?only it wasn't more than two feet
deep.
George?he's the driver?was beginning
to ask, "Is thisyer some swimmin'
match that's goin' on!" when a wasp hit
him on the n^ck, and another hit me on
tiie cheek. \Ye left tiiat carriage in a i
hum-, and I never stopped till I got to |
my room and rolled myself np in the
bedclothes. All the wasps followed
me, so that Mr. Travers and Sue and
the rest of them were left in peace, and
might have gone to the picnic, only
4-T->^Tr falf nc* if +V>/v?r rnnot nnnta for !
i/J-icjr iuu a>? ix tuvj J_LJ.u^v MVWW -w- .
arnica, and, besides, tlie horses had run
away, though they were canght afterward,
and didn't break anything.
This was all because that lecturer advised
me to study wasps. I followed
his directions, and it wasn't my fauJt
that the wasps began to study Mr.
Travers and his aunt, and Sue and Dr.
t ?J J T>,,4.
0 OHfciSj itLiti LLLC ciLlU vjUUi^C? juru.u j?&uxav;X} i
when he was told about it, said that my |
"conduct was such," and the only thing j
that saved me was that my legs were
stung all over, and father said he didn't
have the heart to do any more to them
with a switch.
Reason in liirds.
Several years ago a pair of my canaries
built; while the hen was setting the
weather became intensely hot. She
drooped, and I began to fear that she
would not . be strong enough to hatch
the eggs. I watched the birds closely
andjsoon found that the cock was a devoted
nurse. He bathed in the fresh
cold water I supplied every morning, j
then went to the edge of the nest, and
the lien buried her head in his breast
and was refreshed. Without hands and
without a sponge what more conld we
have done ? Tbe following spring the
same bird was hanging in a window with
three other canaries, each in a separate
cage. I was sitting in the room and
heard my little favorite give a peculiar
cry. I looked up and saw all the birds
crouching on their perches, paralyzed
with fright. On going to the window
to ascertain the cause of their terror, I
saw a large balloon passing over the
end of the street. The birds did not
move till it was out of sight, when all
gave a chirp of relief. The balloon was
only in sight of the bird who gave the
alarm, and I have no doubt he mistook
it for a bird of prey. I have a green
and a yellow canary hanging side by
side. They are treated exactly alike
and are warm friends. One has ofteD
refused to partake of some delicacy till
the other was supplied with it. One
day I had five blossoms of dandelion ; I
gave three to the green bird, two to the
yellow one. The latter flew about his
cage singing in a shrill voice, and showingnnmistakable
signs of anger. Guessing
the cause, I took away one of the
three flowers, when both birds settled
down quietly to enjoy their feast.?
Spectator.
So Very Young'.
A queen of society who has enjoyed a
long reign, has to appear in court as a
witness.
" Your age, if you please ?"
" My age ? Ahem?let me see?I am
?no ! I was?dear me, how poor my
i memory is I"
" Come, come, madam ! Surely you
recollect ^hen you were born ?"
" No, sir; I was so very young at the
time, you see!"
FACTS FOIl THE CURIOUS.
The Romans considered it disgraceful
i to be dunned.
The earliest mention o* parks is
i among the Persians.
Pilots were anciently called loaesi
men from lode-star, the polar star.
It is said that dwarfs die of premature
old age and giants of exhaustion.
The Chinese written language consists
of one hundred thousand characi
ters.
On account of the scarcity of wood
I in India the people burn manure for
iuei.
I Hindoo pickpockets "crib" with their
toes while they stand with folded arms
in a crowd.
The Egyptians placed a mummy at
their festal boards to remind them of
immortality.
The ivory of the walrus is covered
with enamel so hard as to strike fire
with fiint or steel.
Probably 100,000 is an underestimate
of the number of eggs shed annually
by the herring.
,-^he Chinese divide the day into
round!?60 ? 37
A man may travel 11,500 miles, in an
almost straight line in Russia, 7,500 .by
steam,2, 600 by rail, and the remaining
3,200 on horseback
Between the years 1783 and 1857 six
great earthquakes took place in Naples,
which lost thereby 1,500 inhabitants
per year of that period.
Grecian doors opened outward, so
that a person leaving the house knocked
first within, lest he should open the
rlnnr in thft fnre nt flrnsser-hv
Morocco bindings for books came into
use in 1494, being introdnced by
Grolier, -who was the treasurer and
ambassador of the king of France.
The classical ancients had white
wails on purpose for inscriptions in red
chalk?like our nandbilis?of which
the gates of Pompeii show instances.
In the seventh century Paulus
Avineta defined sugar as "the Indian
salt in color ana form like common
salt, but in taste and sweetness like
honey."
The art of iron smelting was known
in England during the time of the
Roman occupation, and working in
steel was practiced th^re before the
Normon conquest.
There is on exhibition in Savannah,
Georgia, an ingenious piece of workmanship.
It is a large far. simile of the
coat-of arms of Georgia, constructed
entirely of canceled postage stamps.
A Florida man who owns 150,000 cattle
is a recluse, and lives in a shanty which
has neither fireplace nor chimney. He
seldom sees men. and hides his money
in cans. His surplus cattle he sells in
Cuba.
As an instance of the thoroughness
with which musketry practice is taught
in the German army may be mentioned
a device which has been introduced
with good results, me oetter to accustom
the men to interferences with
sight in a battle, clonds of smoke are
produced by burning fruze and wet
grass, or by other means between the
marksman and his aim.
"Dieu et mon droit" (God and my
right) is the motto of the royal family
of England. It was first assumed by
Bichard I., to intimate that he held his
sovereignty from God alone. It seems
to have been dropped among the immediate
successors of that prince, but
was revived by Edward III., when he
first claimed the crown of France.
Since, in the reign of Elizabeth,
William II., and Anne, it has formed
the royal motto of England.
A Laughable Story.
Frank Chanfrau was playing in St.
Louis in March last against Salvini.
On Saturday the tragedian gave the
usual matinee, but Chanfrau did not, so
he went to see the great Italian act.
Beth companies were stopping at the
same hotel, and ar. dinner were seated
at adjoining tables. Mr. and Mrs.
Chanfrau were sitting together, while
opposite them, at the next table, sat
Salvini and Chizzola. Salvini did not
speak a word of English, and when any
one addressed him in that tongue Chizzola
interpreted.
When Chanfrau entered the diningroom
he bowed to Salvini. As he sat
down, Henrietta said:
"?ay something to him, Frank."
"Eow can I? He don't understand
English."
"Well," replied his wife, "Chizzola
will tell him."
"What shall I say?"
"Tell him you saw him play to-day."
"I saw you this afternoon," shouted
Chanfrau across the table. Chizzola
interpreted and Salvini smiled.
"Delighted," suggested Henrietta.
"Delighted," repeated Chanfrau.
"Charmed with the performance," j
whispered the lady.
"Charmed with the performance," j
bawled the comedian.
"THinK IE your uest par:, murmured
Mrs. Chanfrau. i
By this time the members of J the two
companies were almost choking with
suppressed laughter. In the meantime
Mr. Chanfrau had begun to drink his
soup, and ^me of it was dripping down
his chin.
"Hope I shall seo yon again," whispered
his wifo.
"Hope I shall see yon again," repeated
the husband.
rTust then Henrietta saw the soup that
was leaking out ?nd whispered :
"Wipe off your chin."
"JVip? off your chin," shouted Chanran
at Salvini.
Just then there ^ is a howl of laughter,
anl the subsequent proceedings
can be imagined better than described.
Cannibals Shipped to Europe.
Captain G. Schweers, of the Hamburg
steamship Thebes, who arrived in Hamburg
on the 20th from the western coast
of South America, has brought with
him a strange human cargo. During
i his passage through the Magellan Straits
I he obtained eleven " Feuerlanders "?
four men, four women, and three children?veritable
cannibals. Some difficulties
had to be overcome before he
could persuade them to undertake a
voyage to Europe, and ihe problem as
to their food on the passage was also
the cause of a good deal of anxiety, as
| it was impossible to lay in a stock of
! some kindred tribes for tiie sustenance.
The captain reports that he "was highly
! satisfied with their behavior as passeni
gers. At first he laid ordinary cooked
meat before them, bnt t?e whole company
sickened; hereupon they were
provided with raw flesh, and they recovered
their normal state of health,
j Thev were offered tallow candles, at
first in fun, but they regarded this sort
of food as a very choice European deli
; cacy and the women invariable made
1 their children partake of it. All the
j members of this curious company
j showed a remarkable capacity for learni
ing and acquired a number of German
! and Spanish words and sentences with
! facility and employed them to good
j purpose. The visitors are to be sent to
! Paris first, where they will be exhibited
| ?or will exhibit themselves we should,
j perhaps, rather say?to their civilized
I brethren in the Jardin of d'Acclimataj
tion. They are next to be forwarded
! to Hamburg and after a short stay in
i that city they will make the tour of the
great cities of Enrope.?London O'lobe
POPULAR SCIENCE.
At the city of Medina, in Italy, and
abont four miles around it, wherever
the earth is dug, wuen the workmen arrive
at a distance of sixty-three feet
they come to a bed of chalk, which they
bore with an anger, five feet deep. They
then -withdraw from the pit before the
anger 8 removed, and upon its extraction
the water bursts through the aperture
with great violence, and quickly
fills the newly made well, which continues
full and is affected neither by rains
nor drought. But what is the tnost remarkable
in the operation is the layer
of eaith as we descend. At the depth
of fourteen feet are found the ruins of
an ancient city, paved streets, houses,
floors, and different pieces of mason
work. Under this is found a soft oozj
earth, made up of vegetables, and at
twenty-six feet large trees, with the
walnuts still sticking to the stem,"and
tfep Ipavpq And branches in a uerfect
state of preservation. At twenty-eight j
feet deep a soft chalk is found, mixed
with a vast quantity of shells, and the
bed is two feet thick. Under this vegetables
are found again.
even^rg^^v^*
made to totally disappear through the influence
upon the-climate of clearing the
land from wood. The classic lands of
antiquity abound with sad lessons of deforestation.
The springs and brooks of
Palestine are dry, and the soil has lost
its frnitfulness. The Jordan is four feet
lower than in New Testament days. The
fruitfulness of Sardinia and Sicily, once
the granaries of Italy, has disappeared;
while most of the countries of ancient
civilization nave sunerea irom tne desolating
influence of forest iemovaL On
the other hand, man can improve the
condition of the land in which he lives
?more slowly indeed, but quite as surely
by cultivating and preserving the
-forests. In earlier years the delta
of Upper Egypt was visited by but five
or six rainy days, in a year, but this
number was increased by the planting
of twenty million trees to forty-five or
j forty six. Remarkable results have
been produced by the Suez Canal. Ismaila
is bnilt on what was a sandy des
ert, but since the ground has become
saturated with canal water, trees, bushes
and other plants have sprung up as; if
by magic, and, with the raappearance of
vegetation, the climate has changed.
A few years ago rain was unknown in
those regions, while in the year ending
in May, 1869, fourteen days of rain was
recorded, and once such a storm that
the natives looked upon it as a supernatural
event. Rains have continued
to visit the country thereabouts, and so
recently as a few weeks since a very
heavy fall was reported.
The property that some lizards have
of changing their color is well-known,
but it is not well understood. The exercise
of it has been supposed to be associated
with the color of objects near
the animals, and to be in the nature of
a protective mimicry, but this is'.very far
from being certain. Sarah P. Monks
records in the American Naturalist her
observations with two green lizards of
the Southern States, or American chameleons,
a male and a female, but they
do not seem to make the matter any
more clear. The changes of color were
different in the two specimens, and the
J- J i. ^
same caust? uiu juuo o oucux j
"The female," she says, "in the daytime
is generally dark-brown or drab,
speckled with white, and has a higher
dorsal line, Sometimes, however, she
is grayish. "When very dark, even the
under side is brown, but when lighter
colored the under side is gray or white.
But at night she becomes some shade
of green, rarely a pale green. Once or
twice during July I have seen her green
in the daytime. On tne other hand,
the male is generally pale green. Their
colores arc differents shade of green,
yellow and brown. When changing, the
coming color does not suffuse the entire
body at once, bnt first appears on
the legs and sides of the head and body,
the dorsal line and tail often remaining
dark long after the other parts are light
colored." She can see no reason for
the changing of color, for it come regardless
of the object on which the
lizards are placed, the amonnt of light
and darkness, or, apparently, of the ;
condition thev are in. and her observa- !
tions, as a whole, have been "contradictory
and unsatisfactory, etc."
Thirty Tons of Human Bones.
Thirty tons oi human bons have just
been landed at Bristol from Turkey.
Picked up in the immediate neighborhood
of Plevna, carted thence to Kodosto,
they now go to enrich English !
soil. To those who do not give to such
a matter much consideration, it may be
as well to mention that tfii"?tons of
bones mean the skeletons of 30,oC
men. They do not include, probably,
many stones or pieces of wood, but in
all likelihood are the actual bones of
the gallant men who from the inside
and the outside of the wonderful earthworks
which Osman Pasha made, fought
as hard as they could for the nations to
j which they belonged. The battles of:
j September, 1S77, alone contributed ]
nearly all this number of skeletons; but >
! there were other terrible fights in July j
and August, and again when the place j
1 surrendered. Each contest furnished its j
quota of bones, and of these a large j
proportion now comes to Eagland. It j
is appalling to think what was the j
actual loss of human life in the space |
between the Danube and the iEgean. j
But one thing is certain; the thirty tons j
of skeletons just landed at Bristol do ;
not at all adequately represent the j
slaughter that took place.?London
I Teleorovh. j
A Just Tribute.
Senator Voorhees delivered an elo;
quent address at a Garfield memorial
i meeting atTerre Eaute, Ind., last week.
| He said be bad known the late Presij
dent 18 years, had served seven years
1 in Congress with him, andthattbe kind!
ness of hi3 nature and bis mental ac-1
I tivity were his leading traits. "There [
; was," said Mr. Voorhees, "a light in
his face, a chord in his voice, and a
pressure in bis hand which were fall of i
1 love for his fellow-beings ; he had the
I joyous spirits of boyhood and the robust
i intellectuality of manhood more per
fectly combined than any man I ever
' knew. Nature was bountiful to him, \
i and his acquirements were extensive
I and solid. If I might make a compari;
son I would say that with the exception
of Jefferson and John Qaincv Adams
! he was the most learned President in
what is written in books in the whole
range of American historv."
?
The disproportion of the costs of a
law suit to the damages obtained was
| probably never greater than in a case
** V _ TT-.-n TT O- 10 40
i argueu Dy ?imaui n. oewiira in i.?so.
' A newspaper addressed to aMissFelton
, was received at the Syracuse postoffiee
| The postmaster refused to deliver the
! paper without letter postage, because
the initials of the sender were on the
| wrapper. The lady sued in a justice's
' court for the value of the paper, and
: was awarded six cents damages. The
! postmaster appealed, ana the case was
I carried successively to the court cf
I common pleas, the supreme court of
the State, the court of appeals and the
j United States supreme conrr, each
; affirming the original decision. "When
j the case entered the last tribunal S136.90
j in costs had been added to the six cents
' damages.
lier Sailor Lad.
i
After?a long time after?TenDyson.
Home they brought her sailor lad
Grown a man across the sea,
Tall and broad and black of bo;r:l, ,
And hoarse of voice as he may be.
Hand to shake and month to kiss,
Both he offered ere he spoke:
But she said, " What man is this
Comes to play a sorry joke?"
5
Then they praised him?called him " smart,
" fighrest lad that ever slept," .?
But her son she did not know,
And she neither smiled nor wept. v .
Rose, a nurse of ninety years, ??1
| Set a pigeon-pie in sight;
She saw him eat?" 'Tis he! 'tis he!"'
She knew him?by his appetite!
m
HUMOROUS.
Prof. Bell's wife is a deaf urate?
dumb bell.
Even the most expert riflemen are
fond of Misses.
"Yon way only/want a part of mytale^,
bnt I am m ^^^hoie>J replied
was ftmny enon^h'to'make J donkey
laugh. I laughed till I cried."
"I have run for about everything
over here except Parliament, and
been elected everytime."?Iroquois.
A cruel maiden: -Are you lonely tonight,
Miss Ada ?' " No, sir; I wish I
was lonelier." And he bade her adieu- ' _
?Brooklyn Eagle.
An Indian idol was recently found in
Kansas. It was made of earthenware, -<
was brown in color, and has a handle. ^ :
It will hold two quarts. "
Squinting constracticn : The charity
committee did not mean exactly what
they said when they announced: "The
smallest con mormons wili oe most,
gratefully received." The
earth weighs 12,099,672,000,000
000,000 pounds, more or less. Just
think of this, je pompons politicians, * *
who imagine that the west end tips np
a little every time one of yon go east.?
Detroit Free Press. ? _
A Wall street broker, who was caught
in a comer, acknowledges a loss of some
$23,000, and adds: "I al-l-lways
p-p-prefer to ack-k-k-knowledge a loss
than a g-g-gain, for it d-d-discourages
p-p-people from t-t-trying to b-b-bcrrow
m-m-money from me."
An exchange says: " Adams' Express
Company has subscribed 5>i,uw to a
reward fond for train robbers." Didn't
know, before, that it w*s necessary to
reward train robbers; ^hotight they
worked for what they could get, and
fonnd themselves.?Texas Sif lings.
James Gordon Bennett is described *'
by a New York correspondent as a "sad * v
looking man." The correspondent
evidently saw the great editor after he
had inadvertently hammered his shin
with a polo stick." There are mournful
eras in the lives of all great men.?
Toledo Blade.
When a woman gets frightened at
night, she pulls the bed-cover over her
head, says she is scared, and goes to
sleep ; but with a man it is different.
He says he is not afraid, pushes the
cover down, and lies tremblingly awake
for two or three hoars, straining his
ears at every sound.?Oil 'City Derrick.
There must be something wrong^,.'
about the family government, when a
four-year-old boy is heard praying:
"Oh Lord, take all the naughty out of
Johnny, and all the scold out of papa,
? -1 rv^QTwrna
UI1U till tUC JU UiiiOU VUU vx ;.U?II.|..IW
Amen." No doubt the little fellow fell
asleep after that, in a blissf al confidence
that life was going to be brighter for
him. ,
Confiding lore: "Charlie, have you
got a hooked nose ? " " Yes, darling,"
answered Charlie, smiling. 'T " I'm
afraid it is a little liable to that criticism."
"Well, I never shonld haT^r^
noticed it," she added, indignantly,
" if that horrid Sprigg girl across the
way hadn't told rae to ask yon if you
wouldn't like to sell it for a syphon."?
Brooklyn Eagle.
Last night a young fellow going
through Bromfield street, saw a man
asleep in a doorway and proceeded to
give him a punch in the ribs, remark- ^
ing: "Why the deuce don't you get
up and have some life about you?"
And the sleeper arose and went for that
young fellow and beat the earth with
him and tore him all to pieces and then
miidlv replied: "Why don't I have
some life about me ? Don't i ?"?Boston
Post.
Fame: "Did you ever write a novel
askcd an elderly lady, addressing her
question to a short-haired man who sat
beside her in the railroad train, whom
she had long vainly endeavored to
|^se from his seeming stupor by s
W ?> '-(i^rrogatives. "No," he
saiv.,. w ^ ^closing one of his eyes
and V **h a wcaj?; Wk"I've
never wrote a novel, but i?ve
done something that'll mate my name
live just as long. I've sat for my portrait
in the rogues' gallery."
George was a good boy. He was al???
? ? ?? /va(N/^ or]TKA
WJiVJ5 *>1X11111^ LKJ ^.mv/
teacher told him one day that lie should
avoid the appearance of evil. George
remembered this. When he stole Farmer
Clover's apples that night, he saved
the cores ana dropped them in front of
Dick Blackerskite's yard. Dick was a
bad boy, and got punished for string
Fanner Clover's apples, but George
avoided the appearance of evil. He ate
the apples. The good are always rewarded
in this world, and the bad punished.?Boston
Transcript. u
An Indianapolis scissors grinder >
claims to have been with the Duke of
Wellington in forty battles, and that he
received 132 sword" cuts and eleven gunshot
wounds. We don't believe the
Duke of Wellington had any use for a
scissors grinder. The Duke was not
editing a paper, as we understand it.
j Still, if the Duke did liave a scissors
grinder, and he went around with his
grinding machine, ringing a bell and
shouting, the way they do now-a-days,
we don't blame the Dike's neighbors
for stabbing him 132 times and shooting
bim eleven times with a gun. He
deserved it.?Peek's Sun.
How lo be Beautiful.
Most people would like to be handsome.
Ail cannot have good features?
they are as God made them ; but almost
any one can look well, especially with
good health. It is Lard to give rules in
a very short space, but in brief these
will do:
Keep clean?wash freely. All the
skin wants is leave to act free, and it
takes care of itself. Its thousands of
air holes must not be closed.
; Eat regularly, and sleep enough?not
! too much. The stomach can no i^ore
! work all the time, day snl night, than
j a horse. It must have regular work and
! rest.
! Good teeth are a help to good looks.
Brash them with ?. soft brush, especially
: at night. Go to bed vita cleansed
I teeth. Of course to have white teeth ifc
is needful to let tobacco aione. All
women know that. Washes for ike
! teeth should he very simple. Add may ?
; whiten the teeth, but it takes off the
j enamel and injures them.
Sleep in a cool room, in pure air. No
; one can have a cleanly skin who breathes
: bad air. But more than all, in order
i to look well, wake up mind and sou),
| Vfben tbe mind is awake, the dull, -;Jjj
I ele< py look passes from the ejes.

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