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Jpe Wlxthii'x gailij gagle: ujcsfey plrnmg, ietrrnarq 24, 1891.
A LETTEK THAT CAME.
IT CAST A GLOOM OVER A NAVY
OFFICER'S WHOLE LIFE.
At tlio Timo Ho Was Aboard a Man-o'-War
The 'Tilot Letter" That Did the
Mischief It "Was a Well Written let
ter, but It Miscarried.
The officers of the mess -tvere sitting
around the wardroom table. It vras just
after dinner. They were telling stories
of shipwreck and disaster. Each one, it
appeared, had liad a more terrifying ex
perience than the one who spoke imme
diately before him. All had spun tneir
yarns but one. Ho smoked reflectively
in silence for a few minutes. Then he
"Well, gentlemen, you have all had
many unpleasant, some frightful, experi
ences. The story I am about to relate to
you, however, will prove, aa. you will all
admit when you hear it, far more terri
ble than any yet told. The events hap
pened a number of years ago, but they
have cast a gloom over my whole life."
The officer stopped and pulled upon
hi? cigar in silence for a while. The oth
ers settled into attitudes of attention.
The officer went on:
"Some hero are young in the service,
and will not remember when it was the
invariable custom for a man-o'-war to
take a pilot aboard upon leaving port
At this time I was on the Pacific station.
Our homo port was San Francisco, so I
hired a house there and settled my wife
in it. At that period the 'pilot letter'
was an institution among the officers of
the ship. After wo weighed anchor and
began steaming down the bay all hands
would hurry to their rooms and write
farewell letters to their wives, sweet
hearts and mothers.
"These letters were taken ashore by the
pilot when ho left us outside. One day
wo were ordered to the South Pacific for
a long cruibe. I bid farewell to my
weeping wife, who was sure she would
ikiver se mo again, and promised her
most faithfully I would send her a long
pilot letter. That was at night, and we
expected 1o weigh anchor the next morn
ing. I spent the night aboard, and got
up early. I had some time on my hands.
That letter was a burden on my mind, I
THE WORLD'S VERDICT.
The drops of water slung -across the camels back
Had leaked, and aB the day upon the desert sands
The water, drop by drop, had fallen, till at last
The skins were well nigh draiaed, and that which
When gathered in th up of gold made fewer
Than there -were jewels bordering the goblet's
The brother pilgrims, who together sought tho
Of holy All's martyred sons, at Maggrib, saw
The ruin which the day had brought unto their
And each one looked tho other steadfast in the
Each saw the shadow of the wings of Azrael,
Yet for a moment neither spoke, 6ave in low
And then the elder whispered, "Brother, drink,
and peace and life bo thine."
The other answered: "God is God.
It is the Prophet's will drink thou."
Thus argued they
Until El Marfa, and they laid them down to rest,
The cup between, and each held out his hand to
The goblet with its precious drops of life away.
It was El Ghadda when they waked. The burn
Bad been on high four hours, and within that
Had dried the water up. When this the brothers
They bowed in prayer, and rising, loosed their
And bade them wander where they would. Then,
nek and faint.
They laid them down again, and in their dreams
The cup overflowed with crystal water which each
Unto his brother
When again the red sun set
They passed into the Garden of the Faithful Ones.
Next day a caravan passed by that spot, and saw
Tho brothers lying with their hands stretched out
To grasp the golden cup, each still in death's em-
And one long bearded sheik, whose hair was
white with age.
Picked up tho cup, noted the studding gems, and
Questioning the greed by which man was made
Up life, and all life held, for one small bit of gold.
And then tho caravan passed on ngain.
Flavel Scott Mines in Harper's Weekly.
A "CLOSE CALL."
"I remember of once having a very nar
row escape from death; and the recollection
is always forced strongly upon me when
ever I am a trifle ill and feel the need of
Thus said my companion as we drew our
chairs a little nearer to the large round
stove that occupied the center of the wait
ing room of a small station bouse at a junc
tion on the railroad.
It was in midwinter, and a heavy fall of
so I concluded to write it then and get it snow that day had drifted into a deep cut
out of tho way. I did so. I wrote at a number of miles down the road, so that
length, for my heart was full. To be
Euro, we did not expect to weigh anchor
for several hours, but as I wanted to be
realistic, I described how wo did it, and
then proceeded to describe our passage
out through the Golden Gate. 1 had
trone out many times before, and knew
the whole scene perfectly. I depicted it
in graphic colors. .
"I told of the beauties of tho city,
growing smaller and smaller and finally
disappearing; of tho harbor fortifica-1
the t rain we were both intending to take
was very much delayed. In fact, it was
scarcely possible to say just how long wo
were doomed to wait in that little coop of
a station hou&e. Luckily there was only
tho two of us, for any number would have
found poor accommodations, both as to
food a little of which was furnished us by
tho station man and the seating and heat
ing capacity of the place.
It was just growing night, and my com
panion in affliction who, by the way, had
traveled extensively tjhd thus learned to
take unavoidable circumstances with a
uuus as muy loomeu up uy turns ana , very easy and philosophical spirit-had
by turns faded away; of tho glo- lighted another cigar and thrown open the
rious effect of tho late afternoon sun i stove door, in order, as he said, "to put as
upon the receding Californian shores; of i much life on tho scene as possible."
my feeling3 .-is I reflected that I might Tho firo burned briskly, and from the
never see those lessening shores or my ' Pen door thcre C!ime a lonS diverging
dear wife again. It was nn affecting ' eleam of light which fell directly upon the
letter, and (you will pardon the vanity)
a well written one. It bore upon it the
stamp of sincerity. Finally 1 told her
that the pilot was now about to leave us
alone upon the bottomless deep, and that
I must close. 1 ended with something
incoherent, and signed my name hur
riedly. Then I directed and stamped it
and dropped it into tho ship's letter box
for the pilot to take ashore when ho left
us in the evening.
UOW THE LETTER MISCARRIED.
"Well, the pilot came aboard about 9
o'clock, and we began to weigh anchor.
Of course everything was confusion
there. About 11 o'clock it was suddenly
discovered that there was trouble with
th steering gear which had been over
looked. 1 was detailed to direct the
lepairing. About noon I reported to tho
captain that the difficulty of getting at
ilr ricuble was such that wo would not
Le able to start before night. It appeared
afterward that the captain immediately
sent the pilot off, deciding not to start
before morning. About sundown I re
ported everything as ship shape, and
that wo were leady for an early start.
Tho captain was pleased, and readily
granted the request mado by half a
dozen of us to go aahorc overnight. Wo
wtre rowed ashore, a jolly crowd, and
as I hurried home I pictured to myself
1113 wife's glad surprise.
"But 1 cannot dc&cribo to j-ou the ex-
1 nt of my wife's surprise when she saw
fz. It surprised mo, jukI her cimous '
boanng for the next two hours, some
times merry almost to the point of hys
tria, and then apparently depressed and
even sad puzzled me wry much. After
snpper she settled down in a calm mood,
which, however, seemed only a coenng
for suppressed feelings of some sort. 1
' stretched myself at ease on the lounge,
and fche seated herself beside me. Pres
ently, without warning, she began to
read to me aloud. At the end of the
first sentence I bounced up as if I had
been slapped in the face.
"At the end of the- second sentence 1
reached out for the paper sh was read
ing. But she made a gesture of com
mand, and actually compelled me to sit
ell-Li ami litn to every word of that
wretched pilot letter which I had writ
ten her tLr.t morning. Yes, notwith
standing our decision to remain at
anchor overnight, that wretched pilot
hzd actually brought my letter ashoro at
noon and mailed it. I have wished manv
times since that I had choked him the
next morning." Now York Sun.
A Mjstcrious Visitor.
Xew Servant Please, mum, there's a
strange lady down stairs and she didn't
have no card, bho tool: oil her things
as if she intended to staj-, and she looked
around die room with her nose in the
air, as if things wasn't good enough for
her, an' she rubbed the winder to see if
it was cle.sn. an' she peeked m tho dark
corners, an' then looked at the dust on
ItLr fingers an' emifed.
Mistress I can't imagine who the
creature can be. Mjr husband's mother
nd sisrers ars in Europe. New York
Ascending 3tont Blanc
The first woman who made the ascent of
Moat El.nt w a a young French mademoi
selle o! 22 Mario Paradis by name who
accomplished the feat in 1S0O. A few years
since, Miss Strattoa, a brave English girl,
made the ascent in mid winter. She is said
to have frozen two lingers on hcrwavup,
and she fell in love with her guide" and
married him when she reached tho foot of
lbs mountain. New Yojk Ledger.
countenance of my friend, seeming to deep
en the furrown, yet at the same time cover
ing all with an appearance of composure.
I therefore assumed an easy posture
considering the hard, timo worn chair I oc
cupied and looking at the features of the
narrator I listened while he gave me this
I had charge of the city trade that year
for the firm I am still with, and was there
fore pretty well acquainted with all the
druggists and with many of their clerks.
It was at a time of the year when busi
ness was unusually brisk, and I found that
I sometimes had no small amount of extra
work to do. For instance, upon this par
ticular occasion I had been asked by the
house to run out to a small suburban place
on an important matter, and yet I had
pledged certain of the trade to see them on
I that day; and therefore I found it consid-
I er.ibly past dark, and raining coldly, when
I I got back to tho city.
It is not very exhilarating to one's spirits
to think of starting right out and making
four or five places involving as many
miles of travel before you can have rest,
autl, moreover, in such weather, when
yon're mighty tired, aud about half sick in
the bargain. But the firm depended on me,
and I was bound to cover the ground.
So, without even taking my supper, I
jumped iuto a cab aud directed the driver
to the first point on my route.
After turning this way and that and
splashing through mud for half an hour,
the driver pulled up before the blue and red
lights of a corner drug store.
1 soon transacted my business and was
just about leaving, when, having a hearty
acquaintance with the clerk, and at that
particular moment suffering some extra
pangs in my stomach, I said:
"Charlie, put me up about half an ounce
of hydrocholic acid. I'm sometimes tioubled
with my stomach some sort of dyspepsia,
I guess and I find that a few drops of the
nciu help me better than anything else I
He went about preparing the medicine,
while wc-continueda running conversation,
lie was quite a fellow to talk, and as we
were alone in the store he gave himself a
1 took the small bottle he handed me,
placed it in my pocket, and again started
on my rounds.
It was almost 10 o'clock when I reached
my last stopping place, and as it was but a
block distant frjrni my house I dismissed
my a.b and went into the store.
imding no one present but a new clerk
only remained a moment, being too desir
ous of finding warmth and rest for my cole
and weary frame.
Stepping out into the storm I buttonet
my coat snugly about me and started on s
slow run for my residence.
I had done maybe half the distance when
I was startled by loud crie coming from
some point in the darkness ahead of me. I
stopped, and then there came to my ears:
"Cab! cab! Hold! For God's, sake, cab!"
I could see the light frcu the cab I had
just discharged about a block down the
dark :ienuc,und peering nc-.in through
the blackness I could discover that the
driver's attention had been attracted by the
call, and that he had reined in his horse.
Only some one w anting to go down town
I thought, and yet the peculiarly pleading
character and evident fright of those tones
did no: le.i e me.
I went on, howevr, bur, had only cov
erea a rew steps when JT heard some one run
rapidly along on the opposite side of the
The person was manifestlv very much
frightened, for I could hear the quick,
startling cries he gave out as he sped over
the wet walk.
For some reason or other I felt strangely
and strongly influenced by this occurrence,
and instead of passing onis I would ha e
done upon almost anv other occasion I
stood there m the drizzling rain watching
and listening to the neeting figure, though
I could hear much better than I could lee.
Looking back and following the cries I
soon saw. by the rays from a dim street
lamp and. the light from the drug store
windows, a man dash across the street,
right through the mud, and plunge madiy
into the drug store.
When I saw this I felt satisfied that it
was all explained quite as well as if I was
to return and ask questions.
"Some person in the neighborhood is cer
tainly sick, and this man is after medicine
or after a doctor."
With 6uch a thought I tried to throw
aside the incident. Such occurrences are
so frequent in the city that one comes to
give them very little more than passing
I therefore continued on to my house,
and betook myself at once to my room, yet
somehow an irresistible force seemed to be
holding me. I moved slowly and with an
apparent spirit of irresolution.
I threw off my wet coat, and then realiz
ing considerable distress in my stomach I
concluded to take some medicine forthwith.
Turning a little water into a glass and
taking out of my pocket the small vial I
had received from the drag clerk I counted
out just an even five drops.
I remember this distinctly, for some
thing prompted me to caution, and I count
ed the drops three times from bottle to
And yet, notwithstanding this careful
ness, and that never before in my life do I
believe m3-self to have been guilty of
taking a dose of medicine without first,
and thoughtfully, looking at the label,
still on this occasion I clearly have it in
mind that I did not take this precaution.
Well, I stood beside my table slowly
stirring the acid mixture with a lead pencil
preparatory to "taking it down." when I
heard rapid footfalls approaching the
street door, and a second later the bell was
violent!' and continuouslv rung.
My first impulse was to quietly swallow
the draught and then go down to the door,
but the same unseen hand that, had re
strained me since the affrighted cries In the
street still held its power, and the glass
was not raised to my lips.
Ding-ling-ling-ling-ling-ling! echoed the
bell without interruption, and when I
opened the door a wild eyed, mud bespat
tered, and generally disheveled man gasped
"Have have you taken it? For
God's sake wh what have you done
with that that me medicine ?' '
It then flashed upon my mind who the
person was, though I at first took him to
be an escaped lunatic.
"Is that you, Charlie? What's the mat
ter?" I asked, still not quite understanding
what he meant for I did not think of the
"Tell me, quick," he answered, clutch
ing me by the arm and looking wildly into
myfeyes. "Have you taken that medi
cine 1 gave you when you were at
"No," said I, now comprehending fully.
"I was just going to take it when you
pulled my hell."
"Thank God!" he said, and then collapsed
in a heap at my feet.
I picked the poor fellow up and was about
to call for some of the people in the house
when he recovered himself, and with my
assistance he crawled slowly up to my
warm and comfortable room.
After a rest from the terrible strain he
had undergone he gave me his experience
something like this:
"You had not left the store very long be
fore I commenced to feel agitated and ner
vous over something. For some little pe
riod I could not think what it was that so
.annoyed me, until finally my thoughts
drifted toward you and the medicine I had
put up at your request. The more I ponder
ed this over in my mind just that much
more did I feel convinced that I had made
a mistake. I then remembered of hearing
you say that a few drops of the acid helped
you moro than anything else, and it at
once came upon me that you had called for
hydrochloric acid instead of hydrocyanic
acid the medicine I gave you.
"I knew that hydrocyanic acid was a
deadly poison in the dose you spoke of tak
ing, and I almost lost my senses when the
full reality of my error became evident. 1
cannot begin to tell you how I felt or how
I have felt all through tho matter until
"I knew that the moment you took that
medicine you were beyond all help, for it
acts almost instantly and very certainly.
Yet how was I to prevent it?
"I first rang up the firm, but could get
no response. I wanted to learn of your
residence, so that I could go there at once.
"I then rang at the next drug store,
thinking you might have stooned there.
"Every moment I was getting wilder, an
a realization grew upon me that my mis
take certainly meant yonr death, unless
measures were very quickly interposed to
"Running back to the store I immedi
ately called up thechief of police, gave him
your name, and quickly detailed the events
"I soon had word over the line that your
former residence was found, but that you
had moved lately, and it seemed that no
one knew exactly where.
"After ringing about all the 'phones in
the city so it appeared to me it was final
ly ascertained that you lived on Williams
street, though the axact number was still
"We rang up all the drug stores on or
near imams street, but they did not
know your number and had not seen you.
"It seems that a fearful long time was
consumed in trying to obtain some inkling
of your place of residence, and in the mean
time the agony I was suffering was some
thing terrible. Every few minutes I would
ring up the chief of police, until I guess he
thought I certainly was crazy. But your
life depended upon everything and I could
not bo calm.
"Finally word was sent me that a squad
of police had been sent to Williams street
to intercept any cab, and at the same time
to make diligent search for your quarters.
"It flashed upon me at that moment that
you might yet bo in some drug store on
this side of the city. I sent this theory to
the chief, and he at once telephoned to
every store he could reach.
"In a few minutes I was hanging trem
bling onto the 'phone I was called and
notified that responses had come m from
several places saying that you had been
there, but had left a short time before.
"This intelligence gave me some ease, for
by it I knew that you were still alive, and
if the police patrol of Williams street only
kept their eyes open aside from reaching
the point in time you would uncouotcoly
yet escape the poisonous dose.
"Then a moment Liter word came to my
ear that you had five minutes previously
left B 's drug store, and it was noticed
that you drove south toward Williams
"After this information my nerves could
stand it no longer, and seeing a cab just
passing I ran out, jumped inside, and yelled
to the driver to 'fly' for Williams street as
fast as he could go. And he did let his nag
'fly.' I thought he would go to pieces sev
eral times as we dashed over crosswalks
md whizzed around the corners.
"You see I was afraid those 'cops' would !
not sneceed. and fortunate it is for both ot
us that I did have this fear.
"We had just struck the head of Will
iams street, where I left my driver with in
structions to stop any cab, and I had run
down the street a ways, when I saw a cab
light turn a corner. I rushed on, calling
out as loudly as I could, and succeeded in
stopping him, to find to my untold joy that
it was the ery cab you had just left."
"The driver told me that you could be
found at the corner store, and thither 1
"There, as you can infer, my joy of the
moment before was crushed by the icJorma
tion that tou had deD&rted but a second
previously, and the lunkhead of a clerk did
not know your number.
"Would I ever find you?
"Heavens! how I panted. To think that
I was just upon your heels, and then that
you should again drop into utter darkness!
"I guess that clei-kmust have thought
that I was a trifls more than 'mentally in
competent,' for 1" priced up and down,
pulling at my hair and bemoaning my mis
fortune. "I was upon the point of rushing out
when the 'phone rang. I had the door hall
open, but that ding-ling-ling somehow ap
pealed to me and I therefore paused.
"'Say,' bawled out the green clerk, 1
guess this is what you want. Here's a lady
says: "If T. R. Rushy which is my name
of 217 William street calls in the morning
you may hand him the note Heft." '
"Heavens and earth! bnt I went out oi
that store with a mighty bound.
"Those numbers 217 are most indelibly
impressed upon my mind. I never shall
"Well, I sprinted down tho street yelling
out 'Two hundred and seventeenl'at the top
of my voice until I reached the cab I had
"The driver said we were very close to
that number, and running up to ons house
he saw that it was 202. Then looking down
the street a short distance he noticed this
house and the light in these upper windows.
" 'There's th' place,' he said. 'I've been
there, an' know it.'
"In a flash I cleared the space, bounded
up the steps, pulled the bell, and well, you
know the rest."
"Thus you see what a mighty close call I
had," said my companion, as he finished
hi3 cigar and threw the stub into the blaz
"I have only to add that the lady who
was so decidedly instrumental in saving
my life by sending that telephone mes
sagenow has my name, and together we
are bearing the joys and burdens of life.
"I might also add that we never move
now without at once leaving our new ad
dress, together with our old one, at the
nearest drug store; and also that I never,
positively never, take medicine of any kind
whatsoever without carefully reading and
rereading the label."
"That is certainly a remarkable inci
dent," 1 said, "and puts me in mind
Just then a long whistle sounded from
the distance and we both jumped up and
looked down the track, where the bright
headlight of a locomotive was seen.
"Hello! here she comes," said my fellow
traveler, and we each gathered up our
I regret to say that I have never since
chanced to meet tho interesting companion
I had tho night I waited for the snow
bound train. George Henry Cleveland in
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Mr. Beochcr Was Snrprised.
Rev. Henry Ward Beecher's lovo for
children was well known. He always lis
tened to their prattle -with interest, and
they talked to him with fearless frankness
on all subjects. He was sometimes rather
startled by their remarks. He used to tell
the following story with great enjoyment:
One Sunday, as he was returning from
church, he was overtaken by one of his
parishioners who held his little daughter
by the hand. In his sermon that day he
had earnestly exhorted every one to prac
tice human kindness. The little girl, evi
dently anxious that her father should be
rebuked, volunteered tho information that
papa had scolded Mary that morning.
"And who is Mary?" inquired Mr.
"Why, Mary is our cook," replied the lit
"Well, well, that is too bad. But I hope
pa doesn't scold mamma," said Mr.
Beecher, with a twinkle in Ms eye as he
glanced at his old friend.
"Well. I guess not," said the small dam
sel. "My mamma isn't a servant none of
my parents ain't servants. Why, they
ain't even servants of the Lord." Boston
People who are sly should be discreet. A
lady who had a servant somewhat given to
curiosity inquired upon returning from a
visit one afternoon:
"Did the carrier leave any mail, Mary?"
"Nothing but a postal card, ma'am."
"Whom is it from, Mary?"
"And did you think I'd be reading it,
ma'am?"' said the girl with an injured air.
"Perhaps not; but any one who sends
me messages on postal cards is stupid and
impertinent that's all."
"You'll excuse me, ma'am," said the
servant, loftily, "but that's a nice, purty
way to be talkin' about your own motherl"
Fins on His Feet.
Billy Barber, sole owner of Barber's Raft,
on Wolf's pond, Sullivan county, N. Y.,
has a peculiar habit of going barefooted
tho year around, and it is said that he has
never had on a pair of boots, shoes or
It is claimed that Barter was found on a
raft up in "Old Sullivan" on a cold Novem
ber day thirty-eight years ago, when he
was about ten days old. Billy had not a
particle of clothing on at that time, and
how he came to bo on the raft no one could
ever find out. It has been suggested that,
Jonah like, he was cast out on the raft by
a big pickerel. This looks almost plausi
ble, for exposure has caused fin-like ap
pendages to grow out of the sides of his
pedal extremities just like the fins on a
pickerel, and between the toes he is webbed
somewhat like a duck.
When he was found young Barber was
taken in, cared for and reared to manhood
by a poor but kind hearted Sullivan county
fisherman. He has never been away from
home in his life, and has never seen a
locomotive or steamboat or heard the
tinkle of a telephone belL He cares for
nothing but fishing, and summer and
winter you can find him on the pond
either on his raft or tho ice.
During the winter this peculiar character
can bo seen daily star-ding on the ice bare
footed watching his tip ups. New York
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of Sedgwick County.
ESTABLISHED :-: IN:-: 1870.
of Pino Lumber
Office and yards on Mosely avo, betwee
Douglas ave. and First St. Branch yard
at Union city, Oklahoma and El Reno I.T
J. P. ALLEN,
Everything Kepi in a Firstclass Drag Store
103 EAST DOUGLAS AVE.
WICHITA, - - - KAN.
ueauiNTtowrrH -the eKOCtrnv or thc cckjmhywtu
03T i2N MUCH MPCRMATIOtl MWM A iTUOY OF TMI U? Of THI
P'1 i ipMh 1MB IT" "" i
Strong Men Mast Hare Great Tan.
Charles Louvier, a carpenter of Paris,
found it child's play to roll a tin basin be
tween his fingers into a cylinder. On one
occasion he carried off a soldier on guard
who had gone to sleep in the sentry box,
depositing both on a low churchyard wall
close by. An equally amusing story is
told of a Dane, Knut Kundson, a lock
smith, who, while standing in a window
on the ground floor, lifted with one hand
half a bullock from the shoulder of a
butcher who was toiling past with his
load. Chambers' Journal.
A Cow's Milk Easily Poisoned.
Why should wc protect animals? I have
told you already one reason because every
cruelty the animal suffers just before death
poisons the meat.
Now I am going to tell you another. If
you throw stones at a cow, or frighten or
injure her, it goes right to the milk and
poisons the milk.
I wouldn't for 10 drink the milk of a
cow that had been badly treated, if I
In Switzerland, It Is said, they will pay
higher wages to a milkmaid who can sing
to the cows than to one who cannot.
In the hall where the Wisconsin Dairy
men's association holds its meetings they
have put up a great sign on the wall, "Al
ways speak to your cow as you would to a
ladv." George T. Angell's ' j
raithfal to His Meerschaum.
An old resident tells us that the reason
be doesn't smoke is because he can't find a
pipe to suit him. He smoked one meer
schaum pipe steadily for twelve years, and
then left it on the rail of the steamer on
which he is engineer, and somebody
knocked it overboard. That was twelve
years ago, and he has remained so con
stant to the memory of that pipe that no
other would take its place. Bath (Me.)
Magnus Scottr I don't want your paper.
Canvasser If you will subscribe I'll
have a good obituary of you written in the
paper when yon die. American Stationer.
The Stndy of Sanitation".
We should have a teacher of sanitary
livinjr and dietetics in every school in this
The family doctor can do much to en
lighten the general darkness by insisting
upon the value of sanitary living &s a j
means of preserving the health. The suc
cess of the earlier practitioners of homoeo
pathy was largely attributable to their in
sistence of reasonable attention to the
needs of the body. When it does not oc
cur to the physician to give explicit orders
about sanitary observances, the nurse or
mother should ask him for them, and
should supplement them by studying all
the sound authorities in her reach.
As a matter of fact many diseases pro
ceed from disturbance of the nutritive
functions, and the doctor's prescription of
Too Much for a Gourmet.
Once on a time a woodcock was sent as a
tribute of respectful admiration to a
French cure. Done to a golden brown and
reposing on an equally brown slice of toast,
the repast awaited the knife and fork of
the good priest, when he was called away
for a moment. His absence was short, but
alas! It was long enough for a cat a mis
erable cat to make off with the expected
treat. At least that was what Catherine
the cook told the cure when he returned.
Easter came, aud the good woman was
obliged to kneel before tho confessional
and confess her misdeeds. When her
venial sins had been disposed of she stop
"Well, Catherine, go on," said the con
fessor; "others are waiting." "I dare not,
father." ''Is it so very bad?" "Yes. ves.
father. You remember that woodcock?"
"The woodcock stolen by the cat do I
not" exclaimed the prieat in a dolorous
voice. "I was the cat," gasped Catherine.
"You ate it?" asked the priest. "Yes, fa
ther, nent day." uAndhow" "Cold."
"Cold! and you a cook, who might have
made it into a salmi I Wretched woman,
you shall not have absolutiol" Ex
change. Several Kinds T .Eels.
Often in smelting on the ice what h In
correctly called a conger eel is caught.
This fish has an eel -ike body and scnlpin
hke head with a perfectly diabolical ex
pression. The fishermen always cut off
the hook and allow the fish to drop in the
water after hammering him to death.
They will snap at the finger of a person,
and are "sud to be rcry powmoos, which I
doubt, although I have noticed that cau
will not eat them. Tne true ooneec or isea
eel i oflen 10 feet long and weighs iGQ
pounds. Then there is the so called
"slime eil,w which gets into codfish in the
trawl and eats them out, leaving only a
sack of fish bones when he is through.
These are worthies, hut the true eel Is a
delicacy second to no ftah. Part of his 511
name comes from hi"? tenacity of life. His
gill covers fit so snugly when out of water
mat his gills are a lonjj time In drying op.
The flounder is another fish nearly as
tough. Spawn is never seen in eela sa in
smelts, tomcods, etc And it is a 3ter-
Puzzled Over tne Cheek.
The knowledge that some women possess
of business and finance is astonishing. And
then again the knowledge that some wom
en do not possess on the self same topic is
stiH more astonishing. There is one pe
culiar thing about a woman's business
tact and talent. It doesn't seem to matter
how bright she may be, as soon as a check
gets into the transaction she is in deep
water. I had occasion tibe other morning
to pay a bill of $7.50, and with the air oC a
man proud of the fact tfcnt a thinly clad
collector did not have to wear out four
pairs of shoes chasing him, I walked into
the store and handed out a check for the
amount of the bill. The young woman
looked at both sides of the check and
studied it carefully, redlnif it as If It were
a continued lovo story. She finally glanced
up and remarked
"I don't know about this."
Thinking that she meant to cast some
reflection on thc value of the check, I waa
just getting myself into shape to retaliate,
when asmile came over theyoung'wonnan's
face as if the had at last reached thc land,
and she said:
"I haven't bandied many checks, but I
guess I know how."
Then she indorsed the check, rociptcd the
bill, banded them both back to me, and anid
in a very sweet way:
"Thank you very much."
This left me with nay bill receipted and
a check for $7.30. In other words, I was
7.50 ahead in the transaction. I explained
the situation to the young woman, but
from the vacant look os her faoo it was
easy to see that Khe couldn't gnup the mis
take. The check waa too much for her.
I told the story in paxt & few minutes
later to a cynical newspaper man, and ha
"That shows what a woman knows about
business. Did you give Out cJteck back?"
"Yes." ' j
"Well, it seems to me that tbit bow
what yon know about business," was Lis
next remark, made in a diaguteI ton,
Kansas City Times.
Clio, Rod Island & Pad Ry.
Including Lints East nm! Wet of th Mtiui'rt
River. Tho tttrect Iloute to and from CItjrAOO.
BOCK ISLAND. DAVUNPOItT. DE8 axOINEB.
COUNCIL BLUFFS. WATICHTOWN, SIOUX
FALLS. XTNTTZAPOLIB, ST. PAUL, 8T JOS
EPH. ATCHISON. LEAVENWORTH. XAN8AB
CITY. TOPEKA. DENVER. COLORADO Hp-KOa
and PUED LO. Frea Heel In lnr Chnlr Cant to and
from CHICAOO. CALDWELL. HUTCHINSON
and DODOE CTTT. nnd Palnco Blooptnc Cr bo-
twoon CHICAGO. WIC1UT .and rTUTClIINBON.
Dally Train to and trom .KINGFISHER, la thi
SOLID VESTIBULE EXPRESS TRAINS
of Through Coachra. Bl?oprH. and Blnln? Cara
daily botwnnn CHICAOO, DK3 MOINES. COUN
CIL DLUFrB and OMAHA, and Fno Reclining
Chair Cara brrcn CHICAOO and DENVXR,
COLORADO SPRINGS and PUEBLO, via UU Jca.
eph. or Kannoa City fend Tontaa. Excursion
iailr. -with Choi co of Bontts to ana from Sal
Lake. Portland, Loa Anirclca and San FrancUco.
Tho Direct Linn to and from Plhe'a Peak. Xaat
tou. Garden of tho Ooda, tho Sanitarium, acj
Bccsio Ortndeura of Colorado,
Via Tho Albert Loa Route.
Solid Erprcsa Trains dailr botwoeu Ic7oan!l
Hinnoapolis and St. Paul, with TTIUQ-JQK. Ra
clinlng Choir Cars (FREE) to and from tfcoaa
ointa and Kansas City Throujth Chair Car and
Bioqprr between Peoria. Spirit Laka and Sioua
Talis via Rock Island. Tho Favorita Llna U
Vatrrtown, ElouxFalls, tho Summer Kaort and
Hunting and Fiihing Orouada of thaNortawaat.
The Short Lino via 8esce and Kankakaa offr
faculties to travel to and from Indianapolis. Cin
cinnati and othsr Southern point.
ForTSckota, Kapa. Fclueni, or deairad Informa
tion, apply at any Coupon Tickat Office, or addreat
E. ST. JOHN. JOHN SEBASTIAN,
Oosl aCanacer. Oral Tkt. Pat. Art.
REAL ESTATE AGENTS.
W carry a complete Una of all kindt pf Uoob
nd OTankfi, xnch & ars itC by Ha ZnaXt Arau
cowisthyr f pdj .Mortracta. AB4trau. IWelsl
Pooka K6M Book, Ret Recutita, Votary JTiMtt
KaomVLs and Blanks, Contract Honk. Pocki Hv
Estate Book lor Farm and C3tr Fre&erty. t'c Or
Asm hy mall promptly atUadad to. Aa&rrt
THE WI0ETTA EAGLE,
MISSOURI :-: PACIFIC
The mtt popular route te JCansa
City, St. IOWiB and Chicago si si!
Point wit nd Kr1k, tdno U Hot
Spftnrt, Ark., New OzSasqs, Xla-rlfla,
And ail potato Sontk ud HoutheMt.
(Truss is secondare in his Txiroose of helr- ! " mt people where and how they deposit
ine nature, nnfolanri - ths rK a. f tneir ejres. Some dsim that the white
trir tTwiiment. nf )i.-., .Jk;v. omitrn , Eubscanoe cliQtdn? to ther
trie treatment of disease, which endeavora
to reaca the enl throucn the cicestive
organs, is incidental to the earliest practice
of medicine, and, survivraz all chaoses of
theory and practice, the intestinal canal
still remains the battle ground where the
issue of the gravest disorders ia decided.
That many c the remedies are to be
found within the range of ordinary food is
but natural when we consider how many
medicines are of vegetable origin. Mot of
the "old women s herbs and cipjes" &
hold high place in the mt-dern pharmaco
poeia, and conversely some of our every
day foods have poisonous properties; for
instance, our pleasant, familiar nutmez,
wherewith we sspice our castanas and hot
toddies, is a virulent poison, an entire
clobe being capable of kfllinsa person if
tsxen at once. Juliet Gordon Its TS.
Fubsiance clinging to their rides is spawn.
G. Y7. Singer in Lewisraa Journal.
It Bothered Hits
The late Gen. Spinner was a Luster, fish
erman, trapper, botanist and naturalist,
and could always giTd a gocd reason ex
cept in the case of a froc. He firmly be
lieved that the cretznt?s fore hs ocsht
to hare bn made the longer, and could
show wherein each a taicR would tare
been a crcat adritat&ce. Detroit Free
Ways of Cooking: Bananas.
If the banana is taken Juxt affr ft rind
baa bejrrn to grow prolden but 1 still
streaked with gnea it will contain a great
deal of starch, which will make it palat
able when cooked, while the small amount
of sugar which haa been formed will Hire
itasweetnew like a vweet potato. Strip
the rind off and boil It until soft, and It
will make one of the nicest vegetable yon
ever ate. If you live in the country, where
yon are blesaed with the luxury of aa opn
wood fire, try roasting some peeled half
ripened bananas in the anhea, &. you do po
tatoes, and see how savory a morsel they
It Is one of the commonest sights along
the Amazon to see group of half clad In
dian men and women squatting around
IiUle camp fires roasting ban&aaa and bar
ing endleaa mirth trying to pick tbeza out
of the hot coals without burning their i
fingers. We ere all used to fried baaaaax,
but we are prone to forget that for tiis
purpose they should not be fully rfce, as
that makes them too soft and too street.
Abore all, a basaaaroeyvd or fried should
be staved hot, for as soon as it boam cold
it grows tough xud nnpaUstable, Cocrttv
nsy U gala &b Harp-ar Yoaag People,
SOLID DAIL7 TU3 -
St Louis, Kansas City, Pueblo
Pullman Ballet Sleeping Gara
COLORADO SHORT LINE
Tke Snortetat llmt to EU Louis.
KAS SAJ OUT TO ST. L0UI&
Tullmskn Buffet raUrpstjj Can.
Free SUejKjstmf &utr Cam
A Picas Wish.
A yoacjgsser of focr, rather noted for his
eVpravity timu otherwise, was takes into
his mother" bedrocaj the otaer &xj aed
intrcdntyd to his baby hter, oa 4ay old.
Be Nseesed te kok a th k arrival wita
coau4rrs5e encarraasmest, sot rrasatuad
j with diftapprrsral, sod at Use saaxi time to
B TT 1 Wl lET.4. I-A I ar ' " - I Z. E1OT. I I -
rr-i l. ...... n ,-,tj V i.f I 7r ,, ' "j"
iwir j a. A.i.j, b. c jiticrij-f trim toxsy satas;nrjg wottfey of Ifeeocca-
neot conductor. J rfoa. Ymaxij ts remarked, with a rkfejc
Moc you're quite wrong,' retorted th infection xprjtTetrfjrreaoftaeQem
sarcastic passenger. "Qaxte the reverse, j "Weil, 1 Wye abe'll bo a Carwiaa. -
IB is - corse Gir. o&rprs auv.
WICHITA, EJLSBA a.