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"The World is Governed Too Much."
IIB.Y L. BIOSSAT, Business Manager. ALEXANDRIA, LOUISIANA, WEDNESDAY. AUGUST 20, 1890. VOL. X
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MY FRIEND'S COUSIN.
Why I Concluded Not to Stop Oft
at St. Thomas.
The train was just pulling out of the
Detroit tepot, and I leaned back in my
seat and began to study the inspiring col
umns of a Detroit paper. The train was
loaded on one of those huge ferry-boats
which are used by the railroad compa
ny to transport their cars over the river,
and I was soon in the little town of
Windsor, on the Canadian shore. The
train did nor remain hero long, and as
It was just moving away from the sta
tion I heard the question:
"Is this seat engaged?"
Ilooked up. If I had seen an old
woman, or perchance a cheeky drum
mer, I know that I should have been
tempted to state that it was. But
neither of these terrifying apparitions
confronted me. On the contrary, I saw
a very pretty, fresh-faced young girl
standing in the aisle with her hands
filled with parcels and a small travel
ing bag at her feet.
"No, it is not," I hastened to say, re
moving my little valise from the seat. I
rose to my feet and helped the young
lady store her impedimcnta away. The
bundles were placed in a rack above my
head; the valise was placed on the floor
near my feet.
"Thank you," she said, after we were
seated. "I am very sorry to give you
so much trouble."
"It is no trouble at all," I returned.
her voice was low and sweet. I began to
regard my companion with a little in
terest She had on a simple gray trav
eling dress, a pretty little hat to match,
which was trimmed with a few bits of
I was silent, regarding some of the
travelers about me. There was the tra
ditional drummer with his stove-pipe
hat, and his air of assurance; there was
the old man who sat calmly brushing
he flies from his bare, bald head; in tho
seat in front of us was the old lady who
hadlosther ticket. She had turned every
pocket inside out twice, opened her
traveling hag four times, taken a large
bite of pear, and at last found out that
she had accidentally laid her ticket
down on the window-sill by her side.
I soon grow tired of gazing at the
passengers about me. I had seen the
same lot over and over again. The pas
sengers of a railroad car are alike the
worldover. I had finished reading my
paper, and I looked out of the window.
We were now rapidly speeding along the
shores of Lake St. Clair.
"Don't you think the lake is very
pretty?" I said to my companion.
"Oh! awfully pretty. Do you see
that island, way over there?" she an
swered, pointing off toward the west.
"Yes," I replied. "That dark-looking
place? Is that an i:sland?''
"Yes;" she replied. "We had an aw
fully nice time there last Thursday.
You know my cousin has a sail boat,
and we went uip there with two of our
friends and the minister-I almost for
got him, he is such a meek-looking man
-and we spent the day there, and actu
ally made a fish chowder-I wish I had
some of it now! It is awfully good.
Have you ever eaten fish chowder?"
"No," I replied, very much amused at
the way she rattled on. Ilow very con
fiding she was about her fish chowder,
and what a preponderance of "awfully's"
she used! "No, I had never eaten fish
chowder-at least not under such cir
cumstances. The proper way to eat fish
chowder, is, I suppose, away out on an
island, where you can build up a fire on
the rocks, and cook the fish you have
"Yes, that is the way!" she said in her
childish manner. "I think lish chowder
tastes much nicer in the open air, than
in the house."
This question of fish chowder seemed
to possess great interest, for we talked
about fish chowder, and fish for some
"Don't you like to sail?" she at length
"Yes, very much indeed," I answered.
"But I did not have a chance to go out
much. Why, once when I went uip to
Bay City on the Morning Star I was
actually a little sea s;ick."
She laughed. "That was funny. But
yo ought to have seen the minister the
day we went up to the lake. When we
got to the island he did not want a bit
of chowder, and he looked as pale as a
"It seems to me sort of funny that pvo
Sa he sick on these fresh water lakes."
"Idon't think it is. The waves are
sometimes very high and choppy. But
I have never been sick,"she added,with
a proud air.
"That is very nice," I commented.
"1 have had lots of fun thissummer,"
she rattled on. "I have been visiting
my cousin, Ilerbert Roberts-"
"Herbert Roberts!"' I broke in. "Does
Herbert Roberts live in Windsor?"
,, "Yes," she replied, in a surprised tone.
Do you know him?"
"Know IIerbert Roberts!" I said.
"Well, I rather think I do. We roomed
together in old Hlarvard for many a
year. And to think that I have been
Ia Detroit, and did not kInow that he
was just across the river from me."
"Why, you must be Horace IHewitt,"
she ventured, rather timidly. "I have
heard Herbert speak of you often."
"Yes." I said. "I am IIorace IIewitt,
sad I think there can be no doubt that
you are the Cousin Alice that HIerbert
used to be getting letters from so often.
'Once a week, was it not?"
"Yes," she replied, "I wrote to him
onCe a week."
"Well, Miss Alice-IIamilton, I boe
le,--I am greatly pleased to make
or acquaintance. I hope I shall have
the pleasure of traveling with you as
.I am only going to St. Thomas!"
"Why how very singular!" I said.
"That I my destination, also," I pro
•i'cated, dimly conscious that my
tieket for Buffalo was reposing in my
Poelet, ignorantof the insult I had just
glveai,_ "I stop at St. Thomas!' I
ted to see what sort of a place St.
e omar was, and perhaps I might also
O more of Miss Alice Hamilton, whim
MO usal Herbert was always holding
Stome as, a perfect paragon in the
" thlaiine graqe and beaiuty, and
whom he always said I must marry. ]
was not prepared, however, to marr3
Miss Hamilton now, on theo spot, aftol
an acquaintance of two hours, and per.
haps she, also, might have a few ob
jections to such a proceeding. But ]
was ofully resolved to see more of her.
She was pretty, and I am sure that I
had enjoyed my brief tete a tete with her,
and also the dissertations on fislh
chowder, more than I choose to admit tc
myself at present. After the disclosure
that I was Cousin IIerbert's room-mate
Miss Alice HIamilton became much more
confidential than before.
"Didn't you boys have lots of fun al
college?" she asked me. "Ilerbert told
me about how once you filled his bed
with cold water one winter night."
"Yes, I believe I did once revenge
myself on him for something he had
done to me. We used to have greal
"But how was it that you did nol
know that he was in Windsor?"
"I don't know," I replied. "I am very
sorry indeed that I did not know it.
We have not seen each other since we
graduated three years ago. I shall have
to go back to Windsor and see him, I
"Ahl You have been in Detroit,
think you said?"
"YeS," I replied. "I haro been spend.
ing my vacation with my brother.
You know I have a school in the East.'
"Indeed! You reside in Worcester, I
believe, Herbert said."
"Yes, I am a teacher in one of the
schools in that city."
"I have not yet seen any reason why
he should go back East. Don't you like
"Yes, I think I do, although it is not
especially picturesque; at least noi
along here," and I glanced out of the
window at the flat, uniutcrestin(
prairie, which was covered with a thiclk
growth of underbrush as far as the cy(
"You would like St. Thomas, I air
sure," she said. "It is not so very fai
from the lake, and vwe frequently ge
down for a week's fishing, and then
there is good hunting a little way fron
"Yes, I think I should like St.
Thomas. Blut I can not stay long. I
must be home in a month at the very
latest. But now I am free to rove about
wherever I like."
"How funny that you should select
St. Thomas as a place to rove about in.
havo you ever been there before?'
"No, I have not, but I know I shall
like it. I understand there are some
very fine hotels in the town."
"Oh! yes, the Crown is quite a good
one for so small a town. You know that
St. Thomas is not very large."
"Yes, I knowv!" I said vaguely, not
having the slightest idea about it. I
had never seen Sa Thomas, as I had
come West by aoiothor route. But it
seemed to me that any town would be c
paradise if Miss Alico Iamilton were in
The train sped on, and we talked on
various and sundry subjects, and I was
beginning to thi.ak that what Cousin
Herbert had said about Miss Alice
IIamilton was perfbctly correct in every
"We are almost at St. Thomas," Miss
Alice IHamilton said, presently.
"Indeed!" I replied. "Of course you
will let me help you with these bundles.
You expect some one to meet you at
"Yes," she said. I noticed that she
blushed. "Tom will be there; he ox
"Tom?" I inquired.
"Yes; Tom Stafford. Did not IIerbert
"Tell me what?"
"Why, that I was engaged to Tom
HIow prettily she blushed when she
said this. But I am sure that I re
ceived the intelligence with great forti
tude. Alice Hiamilton engaged! Well,
I had known her but four hours, and yet
I wished she was engaged to me.
"We are nearly there," she said, as
the train began to slow up. I began to
gather together her bundles.
"How long are you going to stay
here?"sho asked, as we rose to leave
"I don't know, I'm sure," I answered.
I seemed to have lost a little of my on
thusiasm over St. Thomas. I began to
wish that I had not said I was going to
stop at St. Thomas at all. Why should
I? I half resolved not to.
"1 wonder where Tom is?" said Miss
Alico Hamilton, as we wont down the
stops of the car.
"Oh! there he is," and she hastened
up to a blonde-bearded young giant, and
demurely kissed him.
As I saw this, I concluded that I
would not stay at St. Thomas at alLt
"You may give Tom the bundles, and
1 am so awfully obliged to you," she
said to me as soon as her greetings with
Tom were over. "I don't know how I
should have survived if you-" but Idid
not hear the rest. I knew thatmy train
would soon start off, and I was about to
put into execution a plan which was to
deliver me from my dilemma. I loft
the two on the platform, hastily en
tered the station, and walking up to the
telegraph office, I toro a blank from it,
and hastened out on to the platform.
Just as I went out of the door, the bell
of the engino rang! I immediately ap
proached Miss Alico IIHamilton and said:
"I am awfully sorry, Miss IHamilton,
that I can not stop at St. Thomas, as I
have a telegram here that calls me to
Buffalo at once. Good-bye!" and just
as the last ear of the train loft the sta
tion I swung myself on the back plat
"I am so sorry," she said to me as the
car moved away. "When you come
back, you must stop in and see us!"'
"Yes, when I come back; I will!" I
called back, trying not to put any em
phasis on the "when."-.William E.
Baldwin, in Drake's Magazine.
A Practical Girl.
Young Miss Wilgus-Where are you
Rev. Mr. Wilgus-To the tempranco
meeting. We intend to inaugurate a
movement to save the young men of the
Young Miss Wilgus-Try and save a
nice one for me, wil you, dear papa?
WELL, WELL, WELLI
7&A Republioan Organ Attacks P'ension
r Colmisaioner Rauln.
Either Pension Commissioner Raum
should resign or his son John should go
out of the pension business. There
ought to be sufficient sense of the pro
prieties of life in the family to force one
of them to quit.
It appears that a man named Wilkin
son and :Mr. John Raum have gone into
the pension and bounty claims business,
the senior partner having an office in
the little village of Mount Carmel in
this State, and the junior partner hav
ing one in Washington, and looking
after cases before a bureau where his
1father is Commissioner and one of his
brothers a clerk. The firm is advertis
a ing over Illinois and probably over the
t It is not at all probable that Messrs.
Wilkinson & Raum have any special
t facilities for getting business attended
to at the Pension Bureau. It would be
hazardous to favor them at the expense
of other claim agents. Still, the name
° of a public officer is being used to get
business for a firm of which his son is
one of the members. The old soldiers
will believe that an agent who is so near
to the Commuissioner must have advan
tages which others do not possess. It
comes close, therefore, to being a case of
getting business under false pretenses.
A son who had any delicacy of feeling
would not do any thing which would
subject his father to unjust but natural
3 suspicions. A father who cared much
for his good name would not tolerate
for a moment the attempt on the part
of a son to trade on it. The members of
t the Raum family seem to have thick
t hides, however, and they may not mind
what the outside worldis saying so long
as the cash comes in.
General Raum went into office under
favorable circumstances. lie had made
a good record in the Internal Revenue
Bureau. IIe succeeded the "surplus
buster," Tanner, whose administration
r of the office had been marked by irreg
° ularities, such as the rerating of pen
sions, but for some time back the pres
ent incumbent has been the object of
charges in and out of Congress, and to
some of them he has male no reply. So
far as those accusations hinted at mis
conduct nobody who knew him be
lieved them. When he was accused of
t peddling out anong his clerks the stock
of a company in which he was inter
ested he denied it, and his denial was
l ut in the light of this unrebuked ap
pearanco of his son as a pension agent
at a time when the business, owing to
the passage of the dependent act, is to
be a most profitable one, it is difficult
to see how far General Raum's denials
of p:ast charges can be given much
weight. lieo has shown too plainly that
he has not a high standard of official
proi:pie ty-that he is willing to put -up
with suspicion and distrust, so that
some member of his family may make
a little money out of the old soldiers.
Ils course is mortifying to every Illi
noisan.-Chicago Tribune (Rep.).
THE ELECTION LAW.
Condemned by luizsis Men in All Bec
3 tias of the Country.
As a general rule, we think that bust
ness journals should not interfere in
partisan politics, but ther3 are political
measures which are s: intimately PJso
ciated with the welf;:re of the whole
country that it becomes the duty of
every business man to speak out and let
himself ba heard upon them.
At Appomattox General Grant said to
General Leo: "Tell your men to take
their horses home with them to help
them make their crops," and afterward
uttered the immortal words: "Let us
The people of the South accepted their
defeat in good part, and went earnestly
to work to retrieve their fortunes, with
a result which has challenged the ad
miration of the world; but just as the
New South is emerging from its dark
ness, with its labor contented and 'its
resources developing by a union of
Southern effort and Northern capital,
certain politicians, actuated by the
same spirit which General Grant re
buked, now come forward and for parti
san purposes seek again to stir up strife
between the North and the South by
proposing what id popularly known as
"the force bill," a Federal election law
wI hich Lincoln, Grant and Garfield, the
great leaders of the Republican party,
if alive to-day, would unhesitatingly
condemn, and which every fair-minded
man must pronounce as unwise as it is
unnecessary. Even intelligent colored
men are already found protesting against
it as sure to result in detriment to their
The conditions at the South are such
that until the colored people have grown
in intelligence, toleration and virtue,
the white race must necessarily be the
dominant race. Northern Republicans,
who visit the South and see for them
solves, admit this. The property of the
South i, being taxed to educate the col
ored people, and in time they will rise
to the responsibilities and duties of cit
izenship; but to attempt to employ bay
onets in regulating elections in a Repub
lican country a quarter of a century af
ter the war, is a step backward that "the
common sense of most" will not indorse,
and that the dominant party will find to
be as bad policy from a Republican party
point of vie w, as it is untimely and u'n
Among the first to condemn it will be
the men in blue, who fought against the
men in gray, and who sympathize more
with the sentiments of their great lead
er than they do with those who seek to
speak for the Republican party to-day.
At any rate, it is time for the business
men of the United States to protest in
the name of-the country's welfare against
such legislation as the force bill, and
that they will protest earnestly and vig
orously the leaders of the Republican
party will find out in 1892, if the- do
not before.a--American Grocer.
-Senator Allison for a good while
has been getting ready to strike an at
tractive attitude as a tariff reformer of
parts, but Mr, Secretary Blaine now ap
pears to have raised the Iowa statesman
out of the game. Perhaps it is begin
ning to dawn on the bland gentleman
from Dubuque thatdelays aroe danger
Can They Better Themselves by Joining a
a New I'arty?
The silly report that there is a fight
on between the Democratic and Farm.
ers' Union Lanor party is entirely un
founded. The truth is the essential
principles of the two parties are the
same, and the question is, can Demo
cratic farmer,. better themselves by
leaving their party and going to some
other? The Republican party is re
sponsible for the hard times and scarcity
of money in the West. Farmers who
have voted that ticket have abundant
right to complain, as they have not
been represented at all. The men they
have elected to law-making bodies have
never taken into account their interests
and wishes, but have wholly ignored
them. On the other hand this is not
true of Democrats. Democratic legis
lators have done their utmost to em.
body into laws for the past thirty years
the very measures Mnich the Western
people are so earnestly demanudingnow.
They were unable to do so, however,
because the party has not had com
plete control of the Government since
As a sample of some of the legisla
tion passed by Democratic legislative
bodies, take the work of the Indiane
Legislature two years ago. Among
the important laws passed by it were
1. The new school-book law, which
reduces the cost of text books forty per
2. The Australian election system
which will prevent fraud at the polls.
3. The payment of wages every twc
weeks to employes.
0 ther laws might be cited, but these
are sufficient for the present. They
are all in the interest of the people and
what they have been demanding. In
Missouri, a Democratic State, the only
law so far passed in the United Stater
against trusts, an anti-trust law can be
found which confiscates the propert3
of these oppressive organizations, and
which has served to compel them tc
quit operating in that State. So, by
careful inquiry, the Democratic farmer
and laborer will find that his party har
done all in its power to forward his in.
terests, always meeting with the united
opposition of Republican legislators.
What then has a Democratic farmei
or laborer to gain in leaving his part.
to vote a third ticket? Nothing. A
Republican, however, has the best rea.
sons to leave his party. If the Repub
can farmers of this county are honest
and sincere in advocating the principles
enunciated by the F. M. B. A., and
Farmers' Alliance, we do not under.
stand how they can ever consistentl3
vote a Republican ticket again. If the
measures advocated by these orders are
in their interest, then of necessity the
measures that have been passed and
are being voted for now by the Repub
lican party are directly against theil
interests, while thote of the Democrat
ic party are in harmony with thein
This is a serious subject, and should be
the object of serious consideration or
the part of every voter.-Washingto,
--It seems to be settled that State
rights are for Northern States. The
South must content itself with National
-Vice-President Morton is not one
of those prohibitionists who carry water
on both shoulders. One of his shoulder.
he devotes to alcoholic mixtures.-Cour
- That stanch Republican paper
the Philadelphia American, advises al:
Republicans to vote the Democratic
Gubernatorial ticket this time. Things
seem all ready for a "tidal wave" in
the Keystone State.-Boston Globe.
- So there will be no Pattison me
and no Wallace men in the Ponnsyl.
vania Democracy. They are all Demo
"We will unite the white rose and the red,
Smile Heaven upon this fair conj unction."
-N. Y. Sun.
-The New York Tribune editorialli
inquires: "Who says it is a force bill?'
Well, leaving out a few millions ol
Democrats, the Pioneer-Press o:
Minnesota says so, and Murat Halstead
of Brooklyn and Cincinnati says so.-c
-Why should the House or the
Administration be expected to take
notice of the scandalous conduct oj
Pension Commissioner Raum? Is he
not a Republican, engaged in distribut
ing the surplus among his own rela
tions and clients and the pension raid.
ers?-N. Y. World.
---The force bill will produce [an
other crop of carpet-baggers, but they
will not find the South of 1865 in 1800,
and it would be well enough for them
to exercise a degree of caution when
they approach Kemper County.-Louis.
----In an interview with the Roches
ter Union (Dem.) Bob Ingersoll says:
"I believe in protecting what are called
the infant industries, but after these
'infants' get to be six feet high and
wear No. 12 boots is about time to stop
rocking the cradle, especially when the
infant' tells you that if you stop rock
ing he will get out of the cradle and
kick your head off."
--The Republican party, as it is or
ganized and inspired, is a party of war,
pestilence and -mine. Its sectional
policy is aimed at the destruction of the
South. Its economic policy will surely
bring ruin to the North. All that is re
quired to fulfill its mission is time, and
.when the people of the United States
awaken some fne morning to find their
Treasury empty, the South in flames,
and the wolf at the door they will rise
up even in New England and rend the
authors of their misery limb from limb
-Even that stanch Republican or
gan, the Independent, agrees that "the
vindication of Quay by the Republican
convention in Pennsylvania has been re
ceived with something like dismay by
some of the most loyal and devoted ad
herents of the Republican party in thai
State." And it regards the pdhsibility
of Pattison's election over Quay's man,
Delamater, as a consummation devoutly
to be wished by all ~go ]Lepublicana,
THE NILE SOURCES.
They Wore Not Discovered by Stanley, as
In the month of January, 1858, Cap.
tain John Hanning Spoke, attached to
the expedition of the distinguished
Captain, now Sir Richard Burton, reached
the southern extremity of the great in
land sea situated south of the equator,
which he called the "Victoria Nyanza."
Spoke's discovery was, however, incom
plete, many geographers claiming that
the river which flowed out of the lake
in the north was not nor could not be
the Nile. Speke endeavored to trace
this river; but when a short distance
from the lake, he was driven from the
river, and was forced to abandon his
project, leaving the question still one
of geographical discussion and doubt.
Ismail Pasha, Khedive, imbued with
the ambition to emulate his illustrious
grandsire--discover the source of
Egypt's great river and extend his do
main to its head waters-authorized
Sir Samuel Baker to undertake a voy
age of discovery, which resulted in the
finding of a lake (in 1864), which he
called the Albert Nyanza, situated be
twoeen the first and second parallels
north. Baker thus discovered the sec
end Nile source.
Sir Samuel subsequently was ap
pointed Governor-General of the Equa
torial Provinces of Egypt, and was re
placed by General Gordon in February,
1874. The writer, then an officer in the
general staff of the Egyptian army, was
chosen as chief of staff to General Gor
don, and immediately on his arrival at
Gondocoro, undertook to complete the
unanished work of Captain Speke at
the same time that he was urgently or
dered to reach the capital of the famous
M'Tesa, King of Uganda, with the view
of anticipating the "Stanley Herald
and London Telegraph Expedition,"
then about to set out from England.
As may be seen by the book published
on this subject, a treaty was made with
the King just nine months before Stan
ley's arrival, who found the ground
taken by the Khedive's military sta
tions, extending to the Lake Victoria
itself. It was a sore dissappointment
to Stanley, for the even then covered
country of Uganda had become Egyp
tian territory, as manifested in the fol
lowing official note, communicated by
the Egyptian Minister for Foreign Af
fairs to the representatives of all the
great powers. It said:
"There is accomplished the annexa
tion to Egypt of all the territories situ
ated in and around the great lakes,
Victoria and Albert and their affluents.
We are happy to have to announce the
result of that expedition, which has sue
ceeded, due to the energy and devotion
of those who have accomplished it un.
der the direction of Gordon Pasha, and
in the generous spirit of aiding in the
fecundation of these countries by civili
zation, by agriculture and by com
. In addition to the diplomatic coup de
main which had been the first intention
and object of his mission, accomplished
under hardships almost unparalleled in
the history of travel, the Americo
Egyptian officer descended the river,
and after greatsufferingand endurance,
and accompanied only with two faithful
soldiers and two servants, he traced the
stream to its connecting point with
Lake Albert, thus solving finally and
forever the problem of the Nile sources,
and at the same time adding another
lake to the system in the discovery of
Mr. Henry M. Stanley's name has not
been mentioned here among those who
may claim to be the discoverers of the
Nile sources. Mr. Stanley is not a Nile
source discoverer, in fact. He did not
discover the Victoria or the Albert
Nyanzas, nor Lake Ibrahim, and these
lakes constitute the Nile sources, and
none others.-Col. Chaille-Long, in Hare
Opium Smoking in London.
Some startling facts are brought to
light by a writer in a recent issue of the
Medical Press concerning the increase
in the habit of smoking opium in Lon
don. A gentleman who had been told
that this habit was growing determined
to make some inquiries himself. After
some time he learned that application
for information should be made to a
certain well-known medical practitioner
living in the West End. The gentle
man's wife wrote to this practitioner
asking information and received in re
ply a copy of a pamphlet entitled
"Opium Smoking as a Therapeutil
Power, According to the LatestMedical
Authorities." The pamphlet describes
in detail the method of preparing and
smoking the opium and recites the con
ditions which are said to be specially
benefitted by taking the drug in this
form. The physician who is supposed
to be the author of the pamphlet is
a confirmed opium smoker and he seems
to be actuated with a desire to drag
others down to the level of his owr
Disease Communicated by Flsh.
Fish are subject to the same diseases
which prevail among other animals and
are thus in the same degree liable to
communicate disease to those who par
take of them unless so :thoroughly
cooked that all parasitic germs will be
killed. .A gentleman who has been
making a scientific study of the fish in
New York harbor finds that among these
alone there exists over thirty different
kinds of parasites. Epidemics have
sometimes prevailed among fish to the
extent of killing them in vast numbelr
so that they were washed upon the
shores in great heaps, as off the coast of
the Carolinas a few years ago.-From -
Lecture by Dr. J. IL Kellogg.
He Would Not Do.
"Yes," said the presidentof the base
ball club, "we need a good catcher, and
perhaps you will suit. What experi
ence have you had with the game?"
"None at all, sir," replied the appli
cant; "the fact is, I have been a detec
"O, you won't do. We want a otch
er who can catch."-The Jury.
-A boy easy onelothes nqyer amount
to much; but then, as they say about
spooks, ther r in't s e4--la4R'P
A PETRIFIED WONDER.
The Great Forest of Petrillied Wood Near
The petrified forest at Florissant is
located in a green valley a mile and a
half from the station. The road to it
leads south from the railroad, rising
over the rolling hills in gentle slopes
and disclosing new and beautiful views
at every turn. To the east and north
rise the green slopes of the divide, cul
minating on the east in the snow-capped
summit of Pike's Peak. To the north,
about five miles, Crystal Peak stands
out, a sharp cone, from a cluster of
wooded hills rising in round terraces to d
its base. Far to the west, over the in
tervening mountains and park, may be
seen the snowy range, a perpetual wall
of snowy white on the horizon, mak- 1
ing the backbone of the continent.
Everywhere along the road may be
found little chips of petrified wood, d
either dropped there by curiosity hunt
ers or scattered from the remains of
some stump in the immediate vicinity.
After going up and down through
several little valleys, the road decends
a rather steep grade to the valley
where the "forest" is located. The
valley is broader here than elsewhere,
and here and there, scattered over the
bottom and on the lower slopes of the
surrounding hills, are little mounds of
white petrified chips, marking the
spots where the tops of the stumps
reach the surface. Only one of the
stumps has as yet been entirely uncov
ered, and to this most of the visitors go
first. It is on the edge of a small
grove on the west side of the valley.
Over it is a rough scaffolding.
from which are suspended several saws,
still deeply imbedded in the stump.
Several years ago, when the Midland
was first opened, some one conceived
the idea of transplanting the stump to
Manitou, butt was found that it could
not pass through the tunnels on the
road. He then commenced to saw it in.
to vertical slabs, which he thought
could be put together afterward. The
saws sank easily in the .top of. the
stump for about two feet, when they
encountered hard silica, to whiclf the
outside air bad not penetrated, and
there they studk. 1
The stump is about forty-five feet in
circumference and twelve feet high.
Its shape is perfect; the buttressed b
roots, the knots and the irregularities l
of the bark are all there, as;distinct as
those on any of the pine trees close at
band. The wood varies greatly. While s
all of it shows distinctly the grain and I
peculiaties of pine wood, there are
some pieces which are as hard as flint
and white as marble, while others are
soft and almost like natural wood. By
pulling off pieces of the petrified wood I
here and there are found little fibers
which the silica did not for some reason R
reach, but these crumble to dust when o
touched. The tree has been indentifled
as belonging to the same family as the s
giant trees in California. ,
Across the valley from the large
stump is another one almost as peculiar.
It is a large bluish-black stone which is i
made of thousands of pieces of petrified
charcoal, conglomerated in asolid mass. .t
None of the pieces are over an inch il b
length, and how they became knit to-a
gether is likely to remain a geological t
The place in its present condition will 0
fully repay a visitor, but the expendi. F
ture of a few thousand dollars by the b
town of Florissant in securing title t
the land, digging out the stumps and
grading the grounds would make it a
very great point of attraction for curios"
ity and pleasure seekers. The forest is
reached by a ride of thirty-six miles on
the Colorado Midland, over the divide
-Colorado Sprilgs Gazette.
A Pretty Italian Phrase.
- The Italians have a pretty phrase tq
express that fine kind of tact which it
independent of education. They call i'
"the intellect of love;" and they have
crystalized in those four words one of
the most ethereal, but also one ofethe
most potent characteristics of humia
nature. Not the most liberal education
gives this intellect of love where the
materials have been denied by nature1
not the most restricted range of knowl
edge destroys it where it is there by the
constitution of things. People whd
have this intellect of love are as slow to
take offense as to give it. They have
none of the prickly heat of tempera.
ment which flushes out into a moral
eruption at the least contrariety of cir
cumstances. They make allowances
for wealth, health, disappointments,
annoyances, misunderstandings, and
they give the benefitof the doubt on the
charitable side, whenever it is possible
to frame a doubt at alLt They nevel
quarrel Even if things go badly, as by
reason of malice and misrepresentation
as they do sometimes with the best in
the world, they suffer quietly, and de
not make bad worse.-St. Louis Globe.
Charminlg Gowns for Late Summer.
Printed mousseline delaines are
-ressy, cooler even than alpaca, and
also very much worn. Many women
prefer them to foulards, which soon
lose their dressing and look limp and
worn. The blue and white and green
and white foulards have also lost caste,
from being greatly reduced in price
and becoming quite a livery at the
various resorts. The delaines are al
most invariably ribbon-trimmed, and
show some exceedingly delicate and
beautiful colorings and designs. The
favorite patterns are detached bunches
of flowers or sprays. The very large
straggling devices which were popular
last year are not much affected this ase
mon.-N. Y. Post.
As to Measures.
School-Teaeher-Johnny, what does
the word meter mean?
School-Teacher-Now, Johnny, what
do they measure with ihe meter?
Johnny-Gas, electricity, water Snd
No Idea of It.
Husband (at 9ii a. m.)-Are you going
to let me stand here and pound on this
door the whole night, my dear.
Wife-Why, of course not I Intend
to bail the first policeman I see egi
-av Ye Woke 4se-N Worm4. .
PITH AND POINT.
-"And, Alphonse, do you think you
can love me a little when I am old?"
"Yes, very."-Boston Times.
-Never get mad when the other fel
low does. Wait until he cools off, and
then you will have the field to youself.
-Interviewer-'-"You began life as a
clerk, did you not?" Merchant-"No,
sir; I began life as a king. I was the
first baby.-Terre Haute Express.
-Jenks-"Winks married a woman
of intellect, didn't he?" Blinks-"1
don't know. Why?" Jenks-"I notice
he never has any buttons on his
clothes."-N. Y. Weekly.
-"By the way, how is Higgins? I
heard he was at death's door." "I don't4.
know about that, but the last time I
saw him he was on the step pulling the
doctor's bell."-Philadelphia Times.
-Farmer Wayback-"All my pigs
broke out last night and the constable
put them in the pound." Farmer Wise
-"Take care of the pens and the -
pounds will take care of themselves."
-In the Sanctum-"What doyou mean
by saying that the author of this story
:s a young man of twenty? He is sixty
tour years of age." "You forget. He
was twenty when the story was accept
-d.-N. Y. Sun.
--Spacer-"Oh, well, I don't care
whether you accept my jokes or not.
I can sell them elsewhere." Ed
itor-"I dare say you can. What has
been done once can be done again, and
all these jokes have been sold before."'
-She had sent off a telegram and was
waiting for an answer.. Suddenly the
peculiar halting click of the receiving-
machine sounded in- the office, and she
-aid to her companion: "That's from
George, I know. I can tell his stutter."
-Magazize Editor-"Great Lucifer!
man, we can't accept such a poem as
that." -Poet-"Why? I think it one of
the best things I have ever done."
Magazine Editor-"."Bah,it's too simple.
Why,our readers would understand what
it means the first time they read it"
-A Williamsport girl, who, th the
matter of beauty and effectionate exu
berance, was not to say "fresh as first.-.
love and rosy as the dawn," was asked
why she did not get married, and this
ii what she said in reply:. "I have con
siderable money of my own, I have .it,
parrot that can swear and a monkey-.,
that chews tobacco, so that I have no :
need of a husband."-Oil City Blizzard.. i
-Sweet Girl Graduate-"Pm so glad:
you liked my essay on 'The Philoso
phical and' Religious Thought of the
Ancient Etruscans.' Do you know I'm.
going to send it to a journal in the city
of Washington for publication." Friend
-"I certainly would do so, as the essay -
shows you to `be' a oundly and thor
oughly-educated American woman'
Sweoet Girl Graduate-"By the way,
what state is Washington in?--Amer-.
-"Brethren and sisters," and the pa
tient old pastor buttoned his. thread-.".
bare coat closer abouthis spare form, I I
notice that members of this 'congregaa
tion' are shivering from the cold,:i
should-have replaced the broken pof
of glass in this window behind ni2
weeks ago with rags it they could have
been spared from the family .w~drobe.
The collection for foreign misisii will: -
now be taken up.
A SHOPPING INCIDENT.
Experiences of a Busy Woman Whose'
Time Was Preeloue.
She was a busy woman, getting
ready to go away -for the summer, and
time was precious, but she must buy,
before she went, a pair of new corsets.
"P. D., size 22." She stepped into a
large dry goods,establishment on Wash
ington street, and went to the corset
counter. The ladies who were there to
sell corsets were all, busy, but finally
one concluded to stop gossipping long
enough to ask what was wanted.
"A pair of corsets, please, P. D., size
22," humbly answered thelittle woman,
glad that at last her presence had be
The saleslady languidly turned over
the stock in intervals of her continued
gossip, and at last produced a P. D.
"Yes, but that's size 23."
"Well, we haven't got any 22 down
here. Here, boy, go up-stairs and get
some P. D. corsets, sizes 91, 22 and 3S,
several of each."
The busy woman, after waiting forthe
boy intil she nearly fell off the stool
through weariness, went over to the
bustle counter, the shirt counter and
the sacque counter to while the time
away, and by and by returned to the
"Has the boy come back yet?"
"No, be has not."
"When is he likely to return?"
"When he is ready." (toplofttically.)
The afternoon wore away. The boy
at last returns with four pairs of corsets
which he deposited on the counter, re
marking that there was not any size s
upstairs, and the saleslady looked at
the busy woman with a glance in which
triumph was strangely mingled with in
"Oh," gasped the would-be customer,
"how I wish I had known that half an
hour ago. I need not then have wasted
all this time."
SSlowly, oh, so slowly, the dignified
saleslady turned to the o'unter, opened
a box and.diselosed a "P. D., size 22."
"Why, did the boy bring that?"
"Did you have it here all the time?"
"But why did you not give it to me
ihen you knew I wVt in:such a hurry?"
I "We don'tserv our eustomers with
electricity," remarked tht saleslady as,
with a crushing manner and aspect and
tone she turned away. She conde
scended, however,- after awhile, to
come back and deliver 'the ppokage
and the change, after which she re'
sumed her sadly interrupted gossip,
while the busy woman made rpiqd
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