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lENtRY L. BIOS AT, Business Manager. LEXANDRIA, LOUIIANA, WEDNESDAY , DECEMBER 9, 1891. VOL. XLVI. NO. 50.
They part upon the crowded strect.
And part and p:ert; with tireless feet
They stand and stand, their agile tongues
Propclled by pctent, ,active lungs,
TScy Lisa'. they part; they backward hie
To kiss and part and say: "Good-by:!"
"Well, good-by:" "Good-by!" 'Good-byl"
"Well, good-by I"
Te cn.::inC pu:s, the whistle blows,
And to :a:A ft the truekmrnn goes,
At "All ab'ard!' the trav'lers rush,
gcept (:ic trPo that ver gu.h,
Ani kia3 .andl part and kiss and cry
Above a:l other roars: "Good-by!"
"Well, good-by !" ".Ggod-by !" "Good-by!"
With oulturcd pitch or common a'1v,
At chtrch or market, -hut or hall,
At feast or funeral, still are heard
rho pair whio speak one more last word,
And start and wait and amplify
'rheir parting with a "Well, good-by!"
"Well, ooed-by !' "Good-by " "Good-by:"
"Well, good-by I"
And oh! when night comes drooping down
With gentle touch to hush the town,
Thebe's yet no respite; for below
plrohasOco'tis Bridget and her bean,
Or dainty Kate and hers, who sigh
To part and wait and say: "Oood-byl"
"Well, good-by!" "Good-by!" "Good-by!"
"Well, good-by !"
THE UNMUSICAL PIANO.
And How It Was That It Ceased
Why 1Athetle Mr. Jlmpson No Longer
Objects to Ills Lonely, Sad Neigh
bor's Muesic:l Eflorts-In a
"Had a queer experience the other
day," s:tid J impson at the club, sipping
his cofce. The after-dinner conversa
tion had drifted into a discussion as to
whether the piano was a curse or. a
blessino5 to modern life. The opinions
seemod t be about evenly divided.
"c:rtainly it cannot be said of the
piano, as of other instruments, thatits
"'Musicb rose with its Voluptuous swell, -
Soft eye; looked love . to eyes which spal:e
For Byron wrote that at a time when
the piano was as yet practically un.
known. Nor did Woodsworth have ref
orcnco to the piano when he remarked:
''"Where music dwells,
Llagering, and wandering on as loath to die,
Like tughts, whose very sweetness yielded
That tey wore born for immortality.'
"Nw no; it has been amply stated
that 'music hath charms to soothe the
savage breast,' but not piano music.
That ine was penned at a much earlier
'"When Must3. heavenly maid, was young,
While yet in early Greece she sung,'
And, therefore, ye brethren of the
quill, I have to cast my vote against
the further continuance of this instru
ment of torture auricular and mental
This harangue had been delivered by
Simpson, the recognized authority on
the poets, a man who was always
etnaniter in modo, fortiter in re and whose
voice, therefore, was rather potent. It
was in reply to him that Jimpson had
"Had a queer experience the other
And to this a chorus had responded
with: "Thet by all means let us have
"Well," said Jimpson, "you know I
have lived in a flat since last May. It's
cozy, containing every kind of improve
meet that heart can wish, and for
about a month I felt real comfortable
in it. but one evening, just about.
dusk, as I was lolling in my easy chair,
I heard music overhead in the upper
fiat It was piano music. That in
itself was nothing to get angry about,
but the kind of music it was! Played
by somebody who has never been
properly taught, who hacks away and
makes each note shriek and howl, who
has no conception of harmony, meas
ure and time, the hackneyed pieces
which filtered down to ma through the
ceiling in unmsthetic chunks by no
means promoted my post-prandial di
gestion. Next morning I inquired as
to the identity of this modern Torque
mada. I was told by the janitor it was
a young widower, who had lost his
Wife but recently, a quiet, unobtrusive,
otherwise well-behaved man. Next
evening, as I sat at my desk, painfully
seeking for a proper denouement in
the plot of my new novel-the hero
haring gotten himself into an awful
hole, from which it was very hard to
extricate him-the music ovelrhead be
gan again. The same music, same
Pleees. And it was played as exas
peratingly as ever, by clumsy fingers
ad .with a touch that would have done
honor to a wood-chopper. 1 felt sick
Itheart. In spite of all my efforts to
Ignore this tantalizing music, I could
not Every bar hit my sensitive car
like a trip-hammer. I was unable to
-Ontinue work. And that night in my
sdeep I heard as an endless refrain the
trills and frills of 'Jo Anderson, My
Jo' 'Comin' Thro' the Rtye,' 'Annie
Ltarle' and 'Nancy Lee.' It w-as a
regular nightmare. Walkling and
sleeping, those over-ripe tunes followed
me about--ate with me, drank with
m4e, slept with me and prevented me
-ral work. Thus a fortnight passed.
SI was just about on the brink of
"Last Wednesday evening, as the
Plato fiend above was again racking
mY soul and body, I became desperate.
Of course, I knew I had no legal right
,o Interfere, nor to tell him to stop his
ITfernal playing. But an insatiable
dfire to see what this fiend in human
5hpelooked like, and whether, por
haP, by bulldozing or by skillful fat
-? I might prevail upon him to let up
o nme, had taken possession of me. I
a-ated away to a shadow during
that fortnight, and I thought he might
Possily take pity on me if threats or
diplomacy should not prevail So 1
-Icmbcd up that flight of stairs and
c c~hedthe electric button. Instantly
the playing ceased. Slow, heavy steps,
S hof one tired out, came, and the door
las opened. I was invited in.
"W ien had sat ddwn in his dining
S I hurriedly took an inventory.
'Tee was but the lighted piano lamp,
: 'that shed a rather dim and uncer~
,lght over the rest of the room.
Us noticed all sorts of reminiscencea
of his dead wife. There were;. prcbtt
embroidered tidies on the. sofa and
chairs; there were several~ tiny paint
ings--quite evidently the work of a
female amateur; and there was apor*
trait of the dcceased' herself, draped in
crape, and in one corner of -the frame.
stuck a faded, dried bunch of flowers.
The picture showed a pretty young face,
whose dark eyes .seeped to look upon.
me with a gentle, reproachful gaze. I
began to feel aload Settling down on
me and the heart within me grew
heavy.. I.felt worse than an intraud4er
I felt like a ruthless foe in this fnonrn
ful home of a happiness that had bene
Just then my neighbor's voice struet'
" 'What can I do for your'
"Mechanically, following but the ni.
pulse that had brenglt me up their;, I.
told him of my trials and tribilations,
due to his incessant piano playing in
"When 1 had ended the nian loolkedý
at me with the expression of., a hunted
dog whose last refuge is about to p.
taken ~rom him. He nodded his head
'Yes, yes,' he said, with a.: voice tl.at
seemed full of unwept tears 'I might.
have known it. Somebody was sure to
object.' And as. I hastily int-rposed,
some remarks intended to make my i'-i
trusion less painful to him, this neigh
bor of mine with the sad. mien slowly.,
turned his face to the light so that I1
could study the features furrowed. by
sorrow, notice the hair on the tbmples
and how it began to wax thin and gran
despite his thirty-five years.
"'You are quite right,' ,he .ptip
mured. 'I know what good playing
means, for my wife-sloe played' v'e1i'
and I've often enough listened to llcr
to know. Not that she was a p1et
feet performer. She generally. .oply
played simple tunes, those that apeak
to and touch the heart. But she played
them so well and with somtich' feeling.
(I saw a tear in the man's eye.) But
what am I to do? You see, '.I az gt t1e
bank all day long. (He .is. cashier in
it.) When my work is ovei I go home.
Often have I meant to g6,tb the tTsea
ter or some concert; or to an` f-;
-tertainment at the housen f'iYfrien4
But I cantiot. It is inipbssible,' hed
rooms, the scene of our brif.liappino"
draw me-as with hoolks of steel. ,I cs4
not resist.' And'what'Should I do else
where? The'thuught bTxItihy polo Wiife
follows me everywhere. ',nd hlre l
see her. I feel her resoinTe. and thit
consoles me for her loss. That, too, has
driven me to the .piano-ther. piano. I
know next to nothing of 'musidi it is
true. But when I sat don ih6.ir
stool for the first time -and looked
through her sheets of music the irre
sistible desire came over me to try and
play her favorite pieces - those she
played so well' and which Fdiall her'
most viVidlyto .me-apd I've done it. I
play them. I learned how without 1
teacher-insensibly, -by degrees, .'just
trusting to my poor knowledge of the
notes and to my memory. I suppose-in
fact I know-it must sound horrible to
others, especially neighbors, this play
ing of mine. But-it is such happiness
to me. I see her again, gracefully
bending over the piano and nodding to
me, giving me one of her sweetglances.
And that is why I am playing at this
piano during my leisure hours in the
"There was silence in that room.
Then I rose, shook the hand of the
man whom I had, an.hour ago, .wished
in hades, and stole away. ;And now=
that is the queerest thing of all-his
playing no longer disturbs me at my
work. In fact, it inspires me. I sup
pose a part of the fancies that come
over him iare shared by me, and I shall
never disturb' him again."
"Well," said Simpson, who had a
suspicious moisture in his left, his
weak, eye, "that shows that even the
piano is good for something. Let's go."
A Popular Superstition Pricked- Rich
Planntors of Plebelan Origin.
It is the favorite theory of political
Swriters that there was in 1860 a distinct
difference between northern and
southern character, arising out of the
fact that the dominant element in the
north has descended from the Puritan,
and in the south was descended from
the Cavalier. It is now established
that no such 4ifference of origin can
be tpr-ven. The Virginian and-'the
Maryland planters, the New Jersey
Quakers and the Connecticut and Mass
achusetts settlers sprang from the
same class in England. The elements
chiefly represented in all the colonies
at the time of their foundation were
the intelligent yeomanry and small
land owners. The aristocracy of which
the south boasted so much was not de
scended from the younger or the older
sons of Englishmen of rank; it was
made up of the sons and grandsons and
great-grandsons of those planters who
were the first by their shrewdness and
energy to acquire large landed estates.
The climate had brought"about some
changes, and in the south there had
been developed a class of 'small land
owners, the so-called poor whites,-who
had but little improved during the
century previous to the civil wdr. The
original bases of the white population
were, however,, the sames--Albert
Bushnell Hart, in New England.Mg._
Playing Card Figures.
Few people know the significance of
the figures in playing cards. In olden
times hearts represented "ehoirmen"
or ecclesiastics, and the early cards of
that suite have a cape which in form
rescmbled a heart. The spade was
originally a pikehead, typifying the
nobility of the soldiery. The artisans
were represented by a stone tile, now
known as a diamond. Farmers were
represented by a trefoil or clover leaf,
now called a club. The four kings
were originally David; Alexander,
Caesar and Charlemagne, representing
birth, fortitude, piety and wisddin.
The knaves were either knights or
servants to knights.-Chicago Times.
-Oh, Vanity!--Tom--"You say you
have succeeded in easting from your
mind all feelings of pride?"' Jack
"Yes, that is the truth, exactly, and I
am proud at last to be able I Isay its
BLAINE AND M'KiILEV , '
Republican Tumbeihr Juggllng with Pab
If. it were not forbidden to us td at
tribute even th' possibility of a jocose
view of politics,.to.the serious.minded
republicans of, Kansas, we should say;
that their ."boom'" for IBlaine and Me-.
.Kinley as the ticket for 1809 was in,
spired solely by i sense of hunicfi.
And we should be' confirhed"'in this
judgment 'by the explanation that this
,combination.. appeals to the Kansas
i~nd bedause it represents the two
cardinal -principles of republicanism,
".ciprocity and protection. ; It would
.~dd to the grim fun of, the satggestion,
were we permitted to 'take tit as funat'
6ll, thtlt the:friends of McKinley;:wlh
'ished to halve his inane 'leiid the'
Eket,' are 'cheerfully re4unddii b thl
ends of Mr.. i3laine that the. latter is
]ely to die before the end of the four
ars' term, and so the high 'ambitions
two 'great men 'can be equally and
everally satisfied in one eleatibn. But,
we have irdtimated; it'is not permis
ible to interpret the'ideas of "taaqsas
ipublicans by the light of humor.
Ilhey are dead in earnest. and ;when
ley suggest Blaine and McKinley,
eciprocity and protection, an invalid.
statesman and a lusty politician, as
teir conception of what will win in
the next election, they mean what they
sIy, every word of it, and mean it with
sincerity not without a touch of
or, to the observer who is as sober
~iinded as the Kansas republican him.
Ilf, and who is, moreover, wide-awake
the significance 'of recent events;
0is proposition is curiously in accord
*ith the condition both of the party
hind and' the party prospects It is'
ally a rude, simple, half-gi~otesque,
alf-pitiful attempt a8 correct intr-,
etation of the situation. TJese Kan
fs people know: that protection was
%aten, and badly beaten, :in~NewYdrk,
SMassachus tts; and 'in' Iw"bd;. id
Iat it appeared to win in Ohio- aud' ihi
nnsylvania., To the rebellidous re
blicans of , the first group of states
ey offer iBaie.pn .repiprocity; to
le faithfuLof tho.latter group.of stater,
iey offer protection and Mc'Kialey.
d =since the great body of the party
11 stick to protection,; they give to
em the assurance that, though they
Ie to be represented only.in the sec=
t' place on the ticket; their candidate
Iay fairly, hope, in the, course of 'ni
re, to succeed the actual candidate
r the .presidency.in the performance
the functions of that. office. -,And
this is the joggling iith public opinion,
the effort to'cheat the conscience and
intellect of' the American people,which
really seems to these men likely.to be
successful. It is nothing to them'that,
so far as this combination woull work
at all, ,it would be a.trick, that. Mr.
Blaine's reciprocity is 'in reality 'the
essential opposite of Mn McKinley's.
protedfion and vice versai, ahd that'if
these plans were carried out, the'ticket
elected, and McKinley _i ere to become'
president by the death in due titme of
Mr. Blaine, every man. who voted for
Mr. Blaine would be deceived., All that
they think of, all- that they care for,
honest souls and narrow as they 'are,
is that the republicah party shall 'sne
ceedt the' dreadful democrats be de
feated, and the saints inherit: the' post
ofies ' '
It is not nnfair'to say that this is~ in
accord with the condition of.mirnnd of
the' republicans, nor. that , it fairly.
represents the means by- which their
leaders hope to win- in the next )"pesiý
dential contest. The Kansas affange
ment c6rresponds very 'closely to the
McKinley'bill with the recipirecity at=
tachment, and certainly it.,is'perfeetly
well .known that one and the other,
and each, alternately .have, been
"worked for all they were :worth," ac
cording. to 'the varying latitudes. If it
were possible to hold the old-time re
publicans to the ticket by the McKin
ley form of protectioii, and mt thie same
time hold the dissatisfied by the Bl'aine
device of reciprocity, no scruple of
conscience would.prevent Happily, it
is not possible, The process of enlight
enment has gone too far in the pdblic
mind. The old-time republicans will,
indeed, cofttiinue to vote the ticket, as
they did in Pennsylvanlia, whoever is
on it, and whatever li'n'"V eepresent
But the men whom Mr. Blaine hoped
to catch witr ieciprocity will no longer
rise to that hbit. They know .what it
really is' aid bvhlt it eoicaals, an'd th ey.
will have none of :t. This Mr. Blaine
hinisalf' ees plainly ejiough. 'Coduld hh"
hilve his,way to-day he would not. ~top
at the illusory reciprocity, of the Mc
Kinley bilL He would give tlhe coun
try real reciprocity; that is 'to say, he
would, a'1ie has tr ed'to db in the cas'
of Canada, give the country freer
trade, which is as different from pro
tection as heat from cold. Bu't it'lfs
doubtful if even that would now check
the 'tide of dissatisfaction with the
whole protection policy and idea.' The'
republican leaders made their fatal er
ror in the last congress. Then they
lad a chance to take the work of the
revision and reduction of the' tariff iih
their own hands, and had they done so
they would have been left to finish the
task. Instead, they make the burden'
of the tariff heavier; and now, unless.
all signs fail, thoe country has deter
niined to be done, in due time, with it
and with them.-N. Y. Times.
There are 'tiventy-tbt-ee widows and
daughters of revolutionary soldiers
who still draw pensionis, though the
last male survivor died long ago. ..This,
fact leads to some curious speculations
as to the number os. .Wlidws of veter
ans of the civil war. who may be o :the
pension rolls one hundred years hence.
But under proper legislation there
need be no fear on that score.' There is
no justice in taxing the people to pay
a pension for the remainder of her life
to a young woman who married a vet
eran about to drop in his grave. A
woman who marries a veteran after,
the war is over undergoes no hardships
that give her a claim for pension. But
had such a law been ia.existence it
would make a great differenmce in the
number of widows on the pelision rolls
There has been some legislation on
this subject, but more may be needed.
--N, Y, Pressr
TItM ,FOR,'AN 'ACOQUNT'NG.
Signltladnt 8116Sle Of the Se#Betai~s of th
-ow that Secrbti. ' Fostei. iHd' got'
trougi eampght i g,i i OhOl:nri'a hasi
no logger any motve fr coee ringt t e'
facts about the iotrditiop,of ,the treas-,
tn'y, We think-he, ought teo let the pubPi
lie know how seriouis;.thateiondition is. "
The record' o4.:treasur'y, receipts i a ed
expenditure' f6r 'Octobe completes
four months t t4ie 'eturrAt seal vent',
and shows the same alarming, falling,
off in inc me that, has been'- noticeable'
ever since the McKinley .tarift toolk
full efeftet. or the last four. months
bhe receipts: from eiistoms haver been
hut $58;,734,45, or f.3,o504,262 less t~aa .
for the same per'drt last year. This is
at the ate oa ieiditidni in rev enu4 of
90SI 5'1,786 a y'ear in custdms alote. 4r
While the .returns on ,rihe score of in.
ternal revenue show.,a sig~),jncrease
for the first third o.ftho,,yer,. thegr is
a, falling off in other -items which
brings the total., regeipts: of,..tho
treasury ,for the . period,. down' to
$1;i,7i46,95,. as- .eou;pg ed l .yit,
th.e , corresponding $T54 l3B,894 inr
16'0. Here, then, is a total dliniiitott
of revenuC gding on at tile i ati#df'$105,
551,697 yearly." Now; it"iis perfectly
:futile 'for , Mr. Foster to keep on
saying, in the' face of this sihowing,
that the treasiry is in an "easY" ceqn=
dition. It is in the highly uneasy cotnb
dition q a map with miore debts thaxi
money', The appropriations call for ap'.
outlay of $166,000,090:during: the, time
when the revenue has been but $119,
000,000 That means an annual deficit
of more thittl $140,000,000; -Does -the
'secretary call that "easy?"" It is eC'
ta~n:thdt' he does not .in his 'pyiv te'
talks with bankers, whbtever he ih 'i.y:
feel cempelfed to sayop t, ie tait-. ]
by friendly bankers"td "hold up" ap
proprjatignp' :%'hatis just whatlb gqis
been doing, as the figures show on their
fades He has been pditing'off the evil
day as 1Jp1'5~as `possb)j; jbpukhq , ,il
have to tell4thb truth in jus repeWinto.
congress next month, and then the for
qrrn: hope of his party thalt the demo
crats' may blunder in financiaFmatteis
will have at least this bai!s to go upon,
that an unsurpassed model of blunder
ing his been set them by the " republic.
A TIME-HONORED " CUSTOM. :
Repubtcan palm f, or. ti Wound.
. eaten Leader ,
The benevolent-, work, ofpr ovidjng
for the ,unsuccessful- and ".impov'etiished
republican cazndidates lor office, a.ji~ the
recent eledtion ih adw beAtW t-fkei 'up"
with noble zeal by'tlib 'p6litidimns of
that 'party. '~inge-honiored' pr ced'eht
has made tle rule 'ath'i li~ ho ,leads a
republican column to defeat shall have
hi. hurts plastered witsl .an appoint
ment to. federal, office.;, Occasional
violations of this' unwritten law have
only the effect of maklig it more': in
flexible in the. erd, for the 'unrewaided
ones, as in the case of Warne 1 iiler,:
are prone. lo see~k ,evengu )ipoi t *a
later candidates of their party, and to
secure it in a fashion well fitted to ip
spire the party 'rulers with .aw fitim de:
terminationrto err in that 'respect:.no
more. Therefore It is that rfo 'evasive
massae 'fhll of soft words buit destittite'
of proiuise of plach has on tdo tlid late`.
ones hpeq14tq upo' the identity of the,
:at, lace. that, s.hal bq'!his. ,Munh
probability attaches to the rumor thaj,
a senatorship will be'-opgned for him1
by the appointdnment of Irank -fliscook
to' the vacant;post of- secretary of war
-a situation 'leculiarly fitted .to the,
talents of that senatorial Adohis,. since
foi" twenty-five years its' duties, with
inconsiderSlUle' exceptibns,' have" been
discharged bythe chief clerkl' It it be
urged'that Fasselt can but poorly rep
resent the Empire state i4;te sena.te
the response is obvious. . It is not New,
York that he will be chosen, to.uphold,
biut rather Tom1 Platt's ititerests knd
those of the admiinhtruti-aoin-C hlcago
Times. ' " "..
P.--OlPT, S. 0o _PJN,IONS.
.r-Ancd 'how (otv. McKiehily saysf
"the people are tired of tariff agita-'
tion." 'He aidc" hlls, repiblicai" cbnfer-'
rees ,jiF tlired ( at, lut thl 'i Ube
more weary behre the epa~lgpi of:
1892 isover,.-Tpledoee. : , . ,
-*--As Mr: Blainehasnottwistedthe!
,tail of the British lion,"and a'J, 10loat
'Fassett failed""to twist" the tail'"f.tthe'
demodratic tie, how b "tare the sharperst
o? theleulgl'ihpan unatiohal' cditnentith
to shape aplatifrm that willreijoic the
masses. -'Louisville-Courier JournaL
- --The'republican gooseis not hook.:
ingb high forrMr. 'B. Harrison'srenon-'
ination at present, 'In fact, the repuli.'
lican piarty sedri'n to lie rapidly reach
ing the conclusion that' its interest
will be ipromoted.by his early return to.
his employment as an Indianapolis cor
poration 'lawyer.--st, Louis Repubiao.
----It isevident that the administra.
tion of Benjamin Harrison which
throiugh6iit' Its career hdasteadily-nvr
rowed its dealings iiith the republicitis
of New Ydrk 'to the e`sabli~siing .f
HfonThomas Coli'ier Platt iii the abso
lute and undivided control of the party.
organization-. .cannot 'again command
the fill republicman sts~ength in anM elec
tibn. -N. Y. Sun. -
- -The claim of the rep~ liihs tiat:
Iowa is afely theirs ~n anpatie ti c
palgn is not founded ippqnfBppts, (jpy,
Boies bas :stated; ta.,he,cdpucted the
battle upon the i4arifE as well as the
prohibitory issue, and~the people of the
state have stood by him. The reliance'
pliced by reptiblibatis i" tilh Haitkeye
state is now a, thing of the imast. IowW
is now to bib' fiierceIy c:9ttested battle
ground and thp .qblancea, are al .in
favor of thedempcrats.--bicago lobeo
----The- democracy of New ;York
state are thorohghly united and are to
day in entire ascdord 'with' the' senti-:
ment pf the national democracy as to
the le~dership'and )ine on which the
canvass -next. year; oBdoiot by'foaght
The situation isone a ull of enrnonage
ment for the party in every state .i the'
union, and an-attemnit to disturbitby
the pursuit of chimeras in issues or
candidates, we believe, would·- be s
verely reprobatedbytli6 party atlat~,.
Such'a pursuit, however, is inow hiIgly
PG1 OF-_ 0F :wTHE' WIL't DUCK.
'tJI CaieiV irs k ltbeA' Oa" Maksi 'Tie i
.: Iis "teAi MinIitee .it
'iA iiinln of ateotleten' Interested in
,seooting; wro dnsrid 't"he .fall seC. '
son0u, when the conversation turned'bn
the speed of wild ,ducks, a iubject' TiI
which :'the- gunners of t~is city-, will!
sho'rtly beb utensely ,interested, and on ..
which :thee is totne diversity. of 'bpin
ton. John Petty, pobably: o ou' of 'the I
?est shots on Wll~4 fow In' 'tli ',esti
'I liave had'agoodde lof experience t
with wild fo} but, what I am going'tO
tell you I have., gathered ip the , tW :1
lrotm others, and it :can be relied upon. I
can tell ,ydii withiti a, fractinim about
hopy mtlieb 'spide adione of. them cita 1
fQ:t overf an"hobitt.; 'Thbce ¶Sd not a'
the s19west 4,iCk th ,ie t '
"lut tlriecvai laWk , the rcer of (
themiall, if he lay .lin elf qt,:tcp his .
work. 'When this dusk is-tkting things
easyt b yrij ing a little!: trip.around, the
bloC,i e it wire, -Ie goes: throtigh the
airat th rat'e'-6f 'oit'dio glity miles an Y
hour. If. he has busiiesS Sdotmerilere I
and imas'toget iteri h'4 ut,'ate least
two ii iles behind hin'Aveiy niihute, and 1
does it jay. If yo'n di't bebidv ethis a
just file squgre at the leader di' u·striig
of anuvas-backs who are out, on a busi- t
.pess cruise., somewiere. Shot travel 1
"pretty fast, andifyou happento.hit one
of the birds see If it is not the sixth,or .
sevehth one back of the drake -or lead- e
er. :A drake does not always 'lead, but -.
generall. dogs 'if thereis one in the' 1
fllk:,l ifs tlleue are I"nort'y:t li t eldoai :1
tal e the lead, fit awvise 'd hep wiill t
_h found there. If you w'ish to birilg i
her dowg you mush aim at ,least eight
feet'aheadof lier, und if sle.n als you I
WL lfind leer a; long .distjc o!:,--say I
several hundred yasdil ,,,."., t
"The! mallard 'is.-slowaer$it$ all Ie t
ddl dbd to' niake a mile W`Ihininte; but hse:
can flo it "h akaat'tb. HIregular 1
flilit'i` t'-drtk-fve niles( an hour.
iiThe black duck is a cloe relative
io thre mallard,,s.. aiso slow compared.
with the canvas-bask, and. thelpint il,.
,widgeon, .and taWoddnoldare; but little
faster. 'The :redhead e-.u4W 'easy and :1
makeli tilety tlied libut!'nas ong as I
he liles;, ' " 'd'ay l' n.ecet#sry. ',"Thlie
.blce ii ieal :.arid is 'sbeautlful
con iqptheegr'e, ing, c fliy tide b.
aide .and .wake ,ppe:,hu#d . inlaes ar
hourwithout tur~nig ,father ::. ,
"And maybe you: think a,.wild goose
can't fly: But he can: If .ydu see a big
fliock of' Oadas mbving -along so 'high
,p thit 'they seenii to be'iscraping the'
slky withl their baclts, you' would hardly
think .they weie makiung t hundred
miles an hour, but they are. , The. ild I
goose is not much of a pedestrian, but
on the wing he is a huntmer.""-Omahe
. ELIZABETHAN HQME.I LfE.
Social Condlitlons In London Diurhi' the
" S i xteenth (enturr.
in th 'ese narrow limits it is inhpo-.
sible to. reproduce i3pclh of .tlie"liza
-bethan -daily life, Here .however, are
certain details:, ' ' ; ., ,' . -
The ordering: of the', household was r
~ti·ict!" Servanits anid ptdnticen we.ef up
at, six :o'clock In the s~mm6iii,'' and at'
,eyen o'glo k in the, winter., No onigon
any..petence,, except that ,qf il1iiess,.
was tct,absent lairisealf fron, Inorinug
" ad evefing prayers; there was to :b
`'16 stiil~ing, notprofane language. Sun-.
'ly Wet 'lean-siriht-, d #. Dinher, was
'at et(evred o'4,lock, sii.pper a'sit b''cblock.
"There 'vas . no- pril~fie'oif private office
which was' no t ,pirided ivith a Bible.
In the bettr . classes -there was -a ggn
eral enthusiasm, fpr' learning of all
kinds. - The ladies, imitating the exam
ple of the church, practiced embroidery,
wrote' beautifully,, played enrious in
strulents, knew how to sing in parts,
dressed with as much m'ingiificepce as
they could .afford, .dtaced the coranto
and the lavolta as well astthe simple
Jey, and' studied languagegs-Latin,
Greek-aid - Italian:. ,The, last .was: the
favorite'; lanRagge. 8 Mady -'eollected
books'. Dir;Jfohn Dee liad ad ]inhy as
four thoftsah'of :Wiich one' thoduiaud
'vere ~ayii rlts. They were rrit·inged
on the erirev iLth the leves turned
ountward,-not tthe,,backs. Thip-was to
'show the .gilding, the--gold clasps and
tbe 'silkren strings. : The. boOks -were
liuti vitB grett care and cost; every
blody knows the beaity type used in the
printing. ""' ,
' Tourname ntswlere maintaiued uinitil
the end of Eliabeth's reign. nut ,we
Ihdar~ little ofthem, .and it .is not
l!ikelevy that they retained much of
their',old popilarity. One Shr Henry
Lee .entered .the tIlt-yard" 'every
year lntil age "egented' him. 'They
also lept uip the ~ort of' tilting at the
quintain in the water., But their favor.'
ite amusemenits ,yerQ the-pageant and
the play.. The pageant came,- before
theplay and while the latter was per
'frined&on. a- -rough scaffold- in an inn
yard, the :former was provided"with
Ssplendid ,;resses, musIc," soigs, and
proIrixiB'ofi:every 'kind. THere were
,page nts for the r~eceptiprioC .the ling
whep! blie ,maq a proenssion into the.
city;,there, were: court pageants; there.
,ere.private -pageants in great nien's
hushoea;the"e were 'pageants got up by
companies.-'Walter Besant, in iHar.
. per's 4gzin: "- - -
,Ne . , :City 5olses. -.
.,Newt oenie to - cities ard' a~lwayr
gRretly '.inhed'& aid confusiied iut first
by ti ( ihdeAsatiiloise, but afteri
i-a tme b ekones ansepsible to.them,
•,.higi. the rule, but like,all others, it
haib tsexcetio;is. Occiasionally are
I encounteed. personis whol ave, nervous
1 systems so Iniely balaniied that they
. are .entirely .h"lrowsi off ',he ,conter,"
Sand&;the rumbling of ,horse cars, .the
jingling of bells and the rattle of rick
iety wagons are ' ebnstant wetr and
I tear- upon- them. The full' 'effebt 'of
these distubainces on such ipeople is
-scarcely evTernpreciatdpe ven by them
Selves~ and thiey are siIgular4 y disposd
4 httreson backwarc4 and iponiclude that
. ervous weakness is:the omase of their
S-extremo,,sgnsitivreness to 'the .noises,
: whereas these-no;ises sire oftentimesthe
r ireid-ease of their nervoes' weakdiess '
A abort Atay in"the cotinth, ought to
sihow them hbe!r iritgke, for one and
ali testify "how good it seema'to' et
where it is quiet."--Standard
' SELFISHNESS - tAEWARDED.;
Udw'. a. Greedy ..1'aveler. Was . lroeed to
S:r. Yield the Seats Uib .ad Retained..,.,,
The subjeet of tbhe;ethics of politeness b
as m'anifested by trAvelers in yielding
or retalning their car" seats 'fortirs'a
nevpcreihingtg topic df conVersation n
mougl those .wlhobave occasion to study
.1e various phases of the problem. I.
.In'donnection With the subject a.co .
xmercIal.traveler gives an illustration'of $
ativeent' that' · 4eintly ecme to his at,
terition. It oCeti*red one day on an ac
com odatioi' traiin ihiinling on the
pennsylvania'railrodid btetween Coluim-,
l4s, (0.) and. Indianapolis, and was 'as
follows: .. .. . ... .
'"~'The -train was entirely inadequate Y
tdace~mmodate the travelers," said the
$rpeakbr. ~"It hal come through from '
Pittsbnrgh, and the. passenger' car ivas
aiready vell'filled alien I entered it at
Coblumbus. There were but few vacant r
"The " first seat' i espied was by the I'
side of one of th6se human hogs that d
one encounters nýore frequently upon
A rahlroad" traih than 'anywhere 'else. ft
He had carefully .spread 'his 'dercoat,' t1
ri'psqck and. sundry otlier "articles on'
the seat by.b hisside so as to make it in-. l
'acbssible to-another passenger.
"I: did not like the man's.looks, but sc
as the car was- crowded I approached ac
him to ask if the 'seat 'was taken. Be- is
fore I;could put the question he looked a]
up ana said gruffy: 'This seat is taken,
sir.'~, I was rather surprised ait his T
-adding. the word 'sir,' and I knew that 'T
'he had lied when he made the other
:tatement. However it did not: trouble b
me much, as I rieadily found an'inslop- 3
eupied'pplice. ' ...
"While I jourineyed 'along 'I heard
the' log, tell fifteen separate and dis- n
.tiuct lies in order. ,to ,retain the entire .i
seat -He varied the formula some- a
:what At one timne it, as .a wave of b,
tliei hand and :aglance at. the :rear of k
tlihe car to,idicate that the, .ocupant
'of thb seat was. in the smoking car.
Anotlier tinee to the ihquiry.of a mild.
mannered and 'timid qiuestioner, he re
plied with a stolid sthre. ' '
. 'I was tet pted to; crawl' up behi`d: -'
hini, to'call him a isr ahfd then tihrasli'
him.sI- l dicd 'nothing. of the sort,' hoiv
,hbr, and eventually. I hcci my revenge.
"It came. in' the.shape of, a bis red.
faced -counntryman who boarded ?the
.tin 'n t a way-statioh. ': The new comer.
weighed fully two hundred. ad 'fifty d
pounds, and from ,iis, soiled cldthing I
judged he worked ,ii a slaughter-house
of something 9qualy'savory. b
"As luc: would .have it, the only iva
cant' seat was ,the one beside the sel
fish hog., As the other human porcine i
halted the guardian of the. latter said: I
'This seat is'-- " . . ' "
" 'That's all right,' 'said the sweet'"
smelling heavy weight !as lie plumped a
himself with a thud' beside the oceau. ,
'part. 'I guess I'll keep it till the other P
fellow comes along.' .
"Our selfish traveler started to blus
t'ior, but the red-faced ruffian soon- took -
that out of him by sundry threats of 7
violence. ' . '
'"After awhile the secoxid baribarian I
grew good-humored. He told fnqny (?) a
kieecdotes and poked, the .first. hog in., E
.the ribs, as he himsilf went off with; a
long-continued rounds of- coarse ladghh' G
ter, He wanted to 'know 'where -his I
',companion came froni 'and whYe' he
was going. He spat tobacco juic"'8·ai s
him out of the window, or espectord ed
upon the floor near the. firt .trqeler's~
gffects. ... ,
."It was easy to see that- the original
hog was about the moit miserable man
in the world. .
-"At "last the latter, could stand it no
longer,. He crawled out of his seat,
gathered up his traps and entered, the
s~aoking-ear, where for forty' miles-he
alternated- between 'standing and oc
cupying a knost uncomfortable seat on
a wood boi.'-N.. V': Herald.
Astonishila jjppg o.-I i Dog.
-. A woman residing in the neighbor'
hood of Melrose, Scotland, wife of an
industrious and rebpectable laborer,
had for a considerable time been sub
ject tq epileptic attacks, which came on
generally in the 'course of the ,day.,
She had no servant, and 'her children
were' too young'to render her any as
sistaiice during the pabxy'anis 'Tihe
wanti of an attendiant i'6, hqwever, in'
'some measure supplied, in the absence of
her husband, by a faithful and sagacious
collie dog, which no sooner perceived:its
mistress endeavoring with difficulty to
reach her bed,' than he ran howling fodr
Sher huisband, 'aiil continued barking
r and howling antil he found him, when
'he' returned with him to the house, the
faithful dog lead~ i i tle Wvay, and ap
pearing' delighted to see his master
' coming to his'wife's assistatnrce UIpo
I no occasion w as this dog known to~aeg
Slect his duty when his mistress was
taken ill,' and' at whi'h ver distabhe
from 'home his master may have hap
pened to be at work, he did not cease
I running with all his speed, hoevling all
the time in the 'mnost piteous mhannei
until he was able' to find him.- N. Y;
A 'eylonese frlnde.
He wore black trousers and coa~t, a
white waistcoat and a heavyround black
cap. On his coat, at the sleeves;,'s well
as down the frontafid on'Iils waistcoat,
'were iumerotis buttons;' eah one of
' gold, with a gleaming diamond for a
t center. ' Round his waist was a heavy
r gold girdle of massive links, with two
loops in. front which went to form a
Swatch chain long enough and strong
Senough for his hlighn.ess to hang him
Ssel'f'with: ' 'The third shd fourtli fingers
' of each hand W9ere 'loadd with' rings
set twrith brilli'ants and precious stoites.
S In his waistcoat pocket' the to' of -a
cigaretteocise was phowing, and Wrhen
I he puled it out at the end of the gaind'
I there was a big cluster of brilliants ini.
Sthe center of the coneave side. His
'walkinga-stick had a gold cross-head,
I and on theother side his initials were
Sset with diamonds and rubles.--San
r Francisco Chronicle:".
L A ,Rean Overcharge.
''You can go to Europe now in seas
Sthan ~iiix days"
S'That's so-but they charge the old
sixteen day rates just the same,".
PITH AP .POUINT.
' -en are meet likely to rave about
a woman's hair when it is found in the
into each lite some rain must fall,
.sud you are sure to be caught out in iti
without an umbrella.-Atchison Globe;
-. -Mrs. Brown-"What color are your
)ttle boy's eyes?" Mrs. Robinson
"Black, generally. He's a terrible
-You can.tell more about a man's
.character bytrading horses .with' him
:once than yhb can by hearing him talk
for a year in prayer-meeting.
-A Confession.- He-"A. peawy for
your thoughts." She---"You'd ind~them
dear at the price." He--'Whatwere
you thinking about?" She-"You."-
-Miss de Mare-"But why diL Y"
get dropped,' Mr. Flags?" Mr. e..--.,
Flage (late ')`.. Ididn't weft.a1
junior "= asislis de i...gre l
did?"-a' r J .anpodh.
-."I seby'the per that a t'ieper.
formance of your ww play lasitiglt
there were several als for the suIthi6.
"That's a: mistake- in the print, It
should read 'authorities.'"
-The Difference.-"Maude looks
something like Chapple-don'tyon think
so?" ".I'm! Well, perhaps. 'But.Mande
is'much more masculine than be is in,
--First Tramp-"Hullo!" 'Second
Tramp - "Hullol" First Tramp -
'tWhebe'd you git your new clothes?"'
"'Sli! "Dbn't give it away! Farmers has:
begun to dress up the' searecrows in the
~ornfle ld ......... -
'-''tdb'll ',be ,a man like one of 'us:
some day," said the patronizing sports
man to a lad who was throwing his line
into the sahie stream:k'~ "Yes, sif," he
answered,; "I spose 'I iwll some day,
but I. blieyeI'd rather .stay smaJl and
ketbh a few fish."-Washington Star.
-THe Will 'ind It iii'the Ple.-Van
'Tay-"-''t'stuck on that prbttSr cook
down at 'the restaurant; she has thea:
finest head of .blonde hair, I ever saw. , ;,.
i'.1 would like .to -have a lock of it," ..
Young Ogbourne--''I'l put you onb; y,
leiar boy; order a piecpf pie."--Brook
-Jogging His Memory,..- Miss l"e
Peyster-"I have been ti'ying 'to flind"'
out where your daughter got her new
gown. "Have 'you an Idea?"n' CoL Bio
derwickl (g~imly)-"I -ought f to 'know.i
The.womp u. she bqught it, froum hap
ben around to my oercq every day for
a month."'-Cloak Review:.
' ---"What is the meahing of 'bearded
like a pard, dear?' '" said Angelina to
Edward, a they wereoconpying a din
.gle.armohatira. the parlot one eveping.
:"l don't know." replied .Edward, with
ad aonkidus 5obk toward the :door; "bhit
afte r1've bearded your pa,.dear, I can'.
'robably tell Byou.",'- Boston Tran-,
-The Rules Must eic omplied Witik.
--Robber'(to banluteller)--"I'm Blbody
Jim, th" .Rip Roaring Snorter of the
Rockles; hapd over that there easb."
.Bank Teller (mechanically)--'I havr'
no doubt, personally, sir, thatyo-are
Bloody Jim, the Rip -Roaring Snorter
of the Rockies, but, ski, you willhae. .
to get somebody.to. identfy you."-I- ,,
--iiconsistent.-"Why, what's: the
matter iWith you?" exclaimed 'one ama- ,-i
tour. bearhulter to another as..tb y,.,,,
paused long enough to realize that they
had inanidged tt Ohttran the' ~ I.sly,
"what's the matter withyou, anyway.? .:
' e,aofep ljbard you .boastof your legal
'aspirations, and here you've been ran=
ning away'iotn a nitre 'chan;e to be ad
mitted to the b'ar."-Boston Courier. -
""WHEN THE TiDE GOES OUT."
A Lggend That Has Beceived a Strange
"'When the tide goes out he will die.""
With the assurance born of long eR4
perience beside deathibsds, the nurse in
somber..gray whisLpred these wordsto
a sufferer's friendis onie nightfin a tite
Smenthoune in Seventeenth street
The man.had been working onte. t
dock and a crane had fallen and struck
Shim on the head. They bore him away'
Sto hissqualild home. The companyhad
Ssent a doctor and a purse, but these
were now of small avail.
S"It is only a legend" .
Ya+,; it'is buly a 1gend; but wait and
o There was the faint tickling of the
r clock, but that was all that broke thei
silence'of the next few hours.
SThe night ebbed slowly away.
e Dawn was almost breqking.
S "The tide-it is veir neat the full '
r now," -whispered the patient wateher.'
SeCome closer if you want to see him
: Andtbe lttlegroup inthe room moved -
e closer. And so, too, he died, died when
Sthe tide went out at break of day; and
e out on the bosom of the tide had swept
Saway, toward a gieat, unlighted sea, I.
Shuman soul; .
.i 't ionply alegend, I know," said the
nurse afterwar "lbut I have been be.
side' many death-beds. and never yet'
have I kiown the fancy to prove false.
a There seems to be even in death, as in
k life, a strange tide, and in the case of•
11 death a tide in sOme strange sort blend
t, ed and acting in keeping with the celta
,f of jhe tide that runs out to the ecean ,
a -N.Y. Woirld. '
S Why Ther Hate,Each Other.
a "INow Sam uel,"' 'said '6is doting
S'amother' '3you 'are going to see one of
S'theclSosigir4:. to-night.,you ever me.t,
r' and ,want yop to pake a good impres-,
sion. N'e, the-irway to do that is'to!
show' appreciation. As some one says,
a 'Be a good listener.' Now, don't yop
: forget it."
i~ o r " o't, inothb,," nkswered the dut
is At another house, the one to which
SBamuel's feet were tending, a loving
e aunit was sayinig to her visiting niece:
u "Now, if Sam comes, don't you rattle .
on as' if you hadn't any brains. Just
you keep quiet and. let him do the
talking. He'll like you. all the better
mu for it."
And to this day those rmatch-msaking
id women can't understadzt&*hy those two
- young folks desPaise eacb oQher,'-L-n