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FARM AND FIRESIDE.
Some" Practical Suggestions for Our
Tho following briefs arc made from a sound,
practical essay on wheat, which waa read by
Joseph Allen Gano, Butler comity, Ohio, before
the Agricultural Association of that county:
"First, and the chief requirement, is the
preparation of the seed-bed even tho fertility
of thcsoil isnot more essential than this; there
is no better soil for wheat than clay when well
msuurod and drained, either naturally or
artificially, but this drainage must bo had to
secure a. crop.
"Tho land should bo plowed the first half of
.Tulv, and not later than tho middlo of August,
as it'will thus have time to settle and beeomo
eomraet, but it should h- thoroughly pulver
ized by the harrow and voller; the soil should
be closely compart, yet should bo finely pul
verised ; whatever fertility there may bo in
the soil, it will not be available if the seed-bed
is not properly prepared.
"Tiuioof seeding, September 10th to 20th;
but wheat growers should be governed by tho
season. Have seen crops of -10 bushels to the
acre which was sown on tfho 12th of October.
"Amount of seed porucre, five to six pecks
(li to li bushels).
"The seed should be selected and reclcancd
after tho threshing machine by the fanning
mill, and all small and 1 tght grains taken out,
so as to sow none but the largest and best ma
tured grains. As to kind: the Fultz variety
has for seven years given the best aggregate,
yield, and Michigan Amber the next. Both of
these varieties do well in southern Ohio, and
do well on clay soil or black loam. As to tho
method of seeding: drilled wheat makos a
better general average, than broadcast sowing.
This, I think, will not bo disputed by any
"Depth of seeding: one inch when tho seed
bed is in good condition, as all experiments
have proven that seed planted two or three
inches comes up slovr, and is spindling. It al
ways lacks the vigor and vitality of the plants
sown the proper depth one inch.
"I have not tested the advantage as to an
increase of yield sufficiently to recommend
cultivating in the spring. I havo harrowed
wheat in the spring, and do not think there
was any gain, but one year is not sulficient to
form a fair conclusion."
These ideas are gathered from personal obser
vation and practical experiments in forty years
The jute of commerce is now understood to
be the fiber of two Indian plants, Corcliorus cap
snlaris, and CorcJtorus obtorius. These two spe
cies are si? most undistinguishahle, except as to
the formation of the seed pods ; tho pods of tho
first iK'iaed are short, globular, and wrinkled,
-while those of the last are about the thickness
of a i tii 1. and about two inches in length.
Both f .hints are annual, and grow from G to 1G
feet or more in height,.thc average of crops in
ordinary good soil being about 10 feet high,
with stems from one-half inch to one and one
half inches in thickness, seldom sending out
Bide branches, except near tho top.
The wf d "jute" is supposed to bo the angli
cized for..i of the Indian word jhot, which is ap
plied tp vegetable fibers generally, regardless
of ifjje& origin. . '
Thy jute plant can be grown over a very
largo-portion of the United States. Its culture
is of'the most simple character. The seeds are
sown in spring in drills about -1 feet apart, and
when the plants are about -1 inches they are
thinned so aslo be from S to 10 inches apart in
tkc rows. For weaving purposes, the plants arc
cut when in full flower; for cordage, they" are
allowed to grow uutil the seed ripens. If cut
before flowering, the fiber is very beautiful,
but it lacks strength ; if cut after the seeds are
ripe, the fiber is strong but harsh, wanting in
gloss, mixed with bark, although the quantity
is greater than is procured from the earlier
cuttings; the later cuttings invariably pro
duce fibor of a dark or grayish color.
After tho stalks are cut they arc steeped
from ten to fifteen days in water; for quick
rotting still water is considered the best, but a
better fibor is procured when the steeping is
done in gently running wafer. "When the
retting has progressed so far that tho fibers
separate easily it is ready for cleaning.
The question of profitable culture of jute in
America depends upon the machinery employed
in separating the fiber from the woody stem.
In India, this is done in a slow manner by very
cheap labor, by processes which certainly will
lie- improved upon here when circumstances
This fiber has long been employed in the
manufacture of coarse goods, such as gunny
bags and coarse carpeting, but of late years it
is much used in finer fabrics, and is mixed
-with cotton warps of cloth, and also with
silk, where its fine lustre can scarcely be de
tected. APPLICATION OP 1'AKIS GKJXN.
The Jitiral New. YorJ:er, after thoroughly ex
perimenting witli various modes of applying
Paris green, finds it best to mix it with plaster
rather than with water. The tendency of the
heavy, insoluble powder to sink prevents its
equal distribution in water, no matter how
carefully it may lie kept stirred, and the leaves
of plants arc liable to be injured by the water
in the bottom of the vessel. Much ol tiie
water also falls to tho ground ; neither docs it
sottle uniformly over the leaves, and while we
must use a tablespoonful of the green to a pail
ful of water to render it effective, the same
quantity thoroughly mixed with two pailfuls
of plaster will prove just as effectual.
Paris green is a perfect beetle insecticide,
and from careful use and experiment since its
introduction we arc of the opinion that it will
be hard to improve upon it. When properly
applied it need not injure the leaves to the
smallest extent. Purchase a pure article, then
mix it on an unused floor with an iron-tooth
rake, using only green enough to impart the
first visible tint of green, and then sift it upon
pachy's urn grass.
This is a form of the common rye grass, and
has been in cultivation since early in the pres
Dr. Slurtevant, of the New York station, has
it in cultivation. He remarks that " It was
sown April 10th, and vegetated May 2d. On
May flth it was far ahead in vigor of the other
seventeen species of grasses sown, and during
the summer has presented a shining green,
dense, spreading growth of succulent herbage.
It oilers promise of being superior grass for
pastures even in the year of planting. Our
ton feet square plat justifies a glowing tribute
to the possible great usefulness which it may
develop for grazing purposes, while tho whole
appearance of the plant is of one which
can retain its succulency during summer
All of tho varieties of Lolinm jjcraijie, of
which the above is one, are better adapted to
cool, moist climates than to warm, dry cli
mates. One of their peculiar characteristics is
their rapid growth in low temperatures;, but
we consider that the variety known as Italian
ryegrass (distinguished by tho seeds having
awns) is by far tho most valuable of all for
certain districts of this country.
"We have frequently recommended the Italian
rye grass for trial in the Southern States as a
hay crop, and we are impressed with tho idea,
based upon considerable experience with this
rass, that it may beeomo of tho greatest value
districts where- the ordinary summer ma
turing grasses are unable to withstand tho
summer heat. Wo know that if this grass is
sown in October, south of tho Potomac, it will
afford a cutting for hay so early tho following
year that stubble may be plowed under in time
for a cotton or corn crop. Unlike tho Hunga
rian millet, the Italian rye grass will grow
under low temperatures, and this is one of its
best peculiarities. It will also succeed admir
ably even in warm climates, when irrigated.
We have seen it stated, that in Europe, when
irrigated with sowcrage water, eighty tons of
green grass have been rut from one aero during
the summer. Even in the cool climate of
Scotland seeds of this variety, sown on the
17th of May, was ready to cut for hay on the
0th of August following, and a good second
crop was cut on the 1st of October. It is a bi
ennial grass, therefore not fitted for perma
llt'PT puoor OATS.
It is tho opinion of Dr. Perkins, of Ashland,
Virginia, that the red rust proof oats are the
best ami surest for a good crop. It is best to
sow soiuetime in September. Earlier sowing,
with a mild fall, may advance the crop too far
into tho stem before cold weather sets in.
Inferring to tho above it might be remarked
that in the Southern States, where the winter
is not so severe as to destroy oats, heavier
crops aro produced than in localities immedi
ately north of the line of frost exemption.
Tho crop grows slowly during winter and ad
vances to maturity during tho spring months,
and is harvested before the dry weather of
summer overtakes it, and thus heavier crops
and a heaver grain is secured than can be pro
duced with spring sown oats, except in cool,
moist regions, which are favorable to the oat
flour axd imr.AD.
A test has been made in Xow York of tho
strength of the patent process flour made from
the best hard spring wheat and flour made by j
the same process from Xo. 2 red winter wheat, j
Tho test was conducted by fiist-class bakers,
who were not informed of the objects of tho
experiment. The winter wheat flour was sell
ing at $1.50 a barrel less than the spring wheat
flour, and it was so sold because it was thought
that a barrel of tho spring wheat Hour would
take up from forty to sixty pounds more of
water than would the other. To the surprise
of all it turned out that the spring wheat flour
made only four and one-half pounds more
bread than tho winter wheat flour did. The
bread made in the tests was exhibited on the
Xew York Produce Exchange, and the winter
wheat bread was pronounced the best.
EFFECTS OF GOOD CULTURE.
For several years after a writer in the Prac
tical Farmer began raising wheat ho could not
get the yield higher than twenty-three bushels
per acre, although tho land was rich enough
to raise large crops of grass, corn, and potatoos.
The wheat was top-dressed with rotten manure,
but still the yield was no greater. Then the
two-horse sulky cultivators came around. He
bought one and used it freely in connection
with the harrow and roller, and the next year,
without any manure, his wheat yield jumped
up ten bushels per acre.
ENSILAGE AM) SILOS.
Tho Department of Agriculture his just
published a special reportsummarizing answers
to a request to give a full statement of tho re
sults of experiments in tho matter of silos and
ensilage. With regard to the profitableness of
this method of preserving food for stock there
is hardly a doubt expressed, and nob a dissent
ing opinion by those who have fried it. It is
generally considered that two tons of ensilage
is equal. in value to one ton of hay.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.
Our Agricultural Editor's Weekly
Chat With Ills
A "Western Farmer" asks for an opinion as
to the value of prickly comfrcy as a fodder for
stock. Having heard a good deal about it, he
wishes to know if itis worthy of culture for the
abovepurpose. Ans.: This is one of those plants
that seem to have a faculty of turning up in
agricultural papers now and again as having
much merit, but which fail to establish them
selves permanently. It was first brought into
notice as an agricultural plant about sixty
years ago, and was guaranteed to produce thirty
tons of green fodder in one year.- Tho leaves
are large, coarse, and their stems are prickly;
it is altogether unworthy of notice as com
pared to the many valuable grasses and clovers
now so plentifully and easily produced.
"Old Farmer" asks if it is a good plan to
keep up an apple orchard "by placing young
trees in the holes from which the decayed
tree has been removed. In reply we would
most emphatically advise against this replant
ing old, worn-out orchards. Plant a young
orchard in new ground; that is, new as far as
growing apples is concerned. We believe that
apple trees would be much longer lived, and
bo moro uniformly fruitful, if they were
planted in single, or at most, double rows, at
wide distances apart, instead of being set in
compact blocks, as has been customary.
G. W. Funis, Florida, writes concerning the
camphor tree, as to its adaptability to his State.
In answer we would say that the camphor
tree of Japan will grow in any part of the
State of Florida, and in other States further
north. As to the camphor production of
which he asks for information, wo havo no
knowledge of its cost. The drug is prepared
from the wood by boiling the chopped branches
in water, when, after sometime, the camphor
becomes deposited, and is ultimately purified
"I have in my yard several trees of the
common white maple which havo been losing
their leaves; they first turn yellow, then drop
oil'. On closer observation, I see that the bark
of the branches, as well as parts of tho main
stem, are covered with scale insects. Is there
any way of curing them?" ,1. O., Pittsburgh,
Pa. 'Ans.: Prune the tree hack, so as to re
move the smaller branches and twigs, then
cover the entire tree with a coating of com
In reply to Julia S., in regard to nectarines,
we would state that hf-r informant was per
fectly correct in asserting that this fruit is a
variety of tho pcaclu Instances havo been
recorded of nectarines having been found on
trees also bearing peaches: further instances
are given where frui ts have been produced with
one side pubescent, like the peach, and the
other side smooth like the nectarine. Tho
French call the nectarine- a smooth-skinned
" In what respect does California clover differ
from the common red clover?" In answer to
this question from a Nebraska subscriber, wo
would say that California clover is a local name
given to tho 2fcdicago saliva, a European plant,
which has bucn cultivated for centuries as a
foreage plant. It is also known as lucerne,
alfalfa, and Chili clover.
"J. II." asks for the origin of tho namo
"sweet chestnut." as applied to tho common
chestnut tree. Ans.: We presume that it is on
account of the fruit being sweet, as compared to
that of tho horse-chestnut, which is astringent'
HOME, SWEET HOME.
Something About Woman's Work Above
and Below Stairs.
According to a reporter of that city, Miss
Susan B. Anthony left St. Louis the other day
for Leavenworth with two medium-sized trunks
for baggage. At first the baggage-master ob
jected to check them both on a single ticket,
and demanded pay for extra woight. "But,"
said she, " they together weigh less than tho
ordinary-sized 'Saratoga.' 1 distribute the
weight in this way purposely to save the man
who docs the lifting." The clerk looked at
her incredulously. "And you tell me seriously
that you do this simply out of consideration
for the baggage-men?" "I do." "How long
havo you done it?" "All my life. I Jiover
purchased a largo trunk, for fear I might add
to tho over-burdened baggage-man's afflic
tions." Tho clerk walked off and conferred
with tho head of tho department. Then the
two returned together. "Do I uudestand,"
said tho chief, "that you, of all women, have
been the first to show humanity toward rail
road people ? " " That is a tenet of my creed."
" Check that baggage," said the chief with em
phasis; "and when you run for ollicc, Miss
Anthony, you shall have my vole." "Mine
too," echoed tho clerk, handing her tho checks,
and the trio parted, happy.
THE RIGHTS OF WOJIA.N.
At the recent meeting of the Woman's Indus
trial League iu this city tho following admir
able letter from Gen. W. S. Bosecraus was made
tir. - Tl r n 11 10QO
Mrs. CnAia.OTTK .Smith.
Maimm: Accept my deep contrition and apoiQ
gies for having twice failed to mjihI yon what you
had u right to unv win in your hand, and which I
had piutlv vrilicn, expressing my hearty sym
pathy with nil reasonable movements to enlarge
the opportunities for proper employment and just
compensation for the services of women.
I'nder tho dominion of ancient Gentilism, woman
ha-, been ami still continues practically u slave.
I'nder modern materialism ami its congeners .she
is made thctovgodde-sof sensuality, -which brings
her to deeper phy-ical and moral degradation.
Christianity, which proclaims her the equal of man
in the grandeur and dignity of her duties and im
mortal destinv, alone prescribes her true position
in human ocutv, and glonlies and sanctifies the
virgiiml as well as tho married life. To maintain
herself in this position, woman should be helped
with all reasonable opportunities and safeguards.
In the bosom of the family ami in the discharge of
wifely and mntcrnul duties they aro found forlhose
who choose the married life. Kor virgins and wid
ows the cares of society should be redoubled. To
give them safe opportunities to earn their own
livelihood in nil brandies of employment suited to
their strength, intelligence, and skill is a work not
merelv of merev but or justice. To sec that they
are paid equal wages for equal services with the
other sex is manifestly fair and just. Nor should
anv evils which have grown up in the Departments,
through infamies as damning to those who havo
asked as to those who have allowed them, be
pleaded to excuse the Government from being n
leader in the work. Jxt any one who helps to pre
vent the employment of female skill and labor in
suitable occupations in tin Departments be pillo
ried as an enemy of society, whose acts help to
make difiicult the fulfillment ' :-- '-""
Yours, very truly, " - '
ILANTS TN PATU.OK 1
Tho primary difficulty in ,
dwelling rooms is that of tin
of the air. To kcop plants :
of growth, it is essential that
a degree of moisture in thei.
mosphcre which is not othe
the rooms of a dwelling-hous'
ous expedients that may bo i
view tho modification of this
ting the pots in saucers covri
pots being elevated so that t
will not come in contact with
would result in destroying tl
happened to bo an aquatic,
with clean sand, and tho 1
moistened, the pot being plat
a cleanly method of procurii
tions; by extending this met
susfaco of moist sand is sec
supplying water to the air u
ciable. A convenient arran
a ledge of wood above the cd
sized table, lining it and the
tho platform with zinc or -level
with tho upper surface
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sand, upon which the pot plants are placed.
This is an exceedingly satisfactory arrange
ment in regard to watering tho plants, since
any surplus water, either from the surface or
the bottom of the pot, is absorbed by the sand
and serves the purposo of supplying moisturo
for evaporation. The foliage can also receive
occasional sprinklings by setting tho plants
closely together in tho centro of tho tablo and
watering tho leaves through a fine-rosed pot.
The aphis, or green fly, is oftontimesasourco
of annoyance- to parlor plants, and their rid
dance is a troublesome operation, whore the
usual green-house method of fumigating with
thosmoko of burning tobacco cannot boapplicd.
If only a few shoots arc attacked by these in
sects, they may be brushed off "with a soft
painter's brush. A large collection of plants
can bo kept clear of insects in this manner by
promptly removing the insects as they appear.
But when plants become thoroughly infested,
it maybe necessary to sprinkle them with
water in which tobacco stems have been steeped.
For this operation tho plants should bo taken
out of doors, laid on 'their sides, and drenched
with tho liquor, turning them over so that
every leaf may rccoivo a portion. If tho first
is not effective, then a second application will
clean tho plants.
The watering of parlor plants is usually the
greatest cause of failure- in their management.
No definite rules can be given; but the most
important general rule is never to water a
plant until tho soil is comparatively dry.
In tho first place, gros-grain silk is reinstated
as the standard medium silk of general trade.
With its return to favor thero have como in
its train a host of repped goods velours, In
dicium, Ottoman satin and silk; plush velours,
velours Parisienne ; all manner of repped and
corded fabrics, in fine, both in silk and in
wool, with various names denoting their
repped character. Drap do Thibet, an old and
excellent woolen fabric, is revived, along with
Biaritz cloth, while Irish poplins havo at last
lifted themselves from obscurity. Many of
tho new woolens aro brocaded all over with
flowers or figures of silk in contrasting colors,
and are intended for wear ovor plain skirts of
either wool, silk or velvet, just as the fashion
able salines havo been worn during tho past
season. Checks and plaids, largo and small,
are to bo found in quantities, and thero is a
host, of striped goods in all qualities wool,
silk and wool, silk, silk and satin, velvet,
moire all possible combinations, in fact. Some
of tho new cloths aro as soft as India cashmere
and drape beautifully. English fashious grow
in favor on this side of tho Atlantic, and cloth
dresses, sailor made, aro tho leading choice
with fashionable women for tho street. Some
of thoso arc severely simple, depending for
their chic altogether upon theirexquisitefitand
perfect make ; others aro elaborately braided,
while othors yet are finished with deep Charles
II collars, wide cutis and bordors of plush or
Braiding will bo plentifully used as a trim
ming for costumes of cloth, vigogne, cashmere,
and the like, fine braids forming arabesques,
tho edges merely sown so as to cause them to
stand upright liko a cord. A narrow braid
sewn on flat somtimes follows tho design and
gives a moro eloborato look to tho patern. Tho
D. 0., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1882.
braiding covers the chest and diminishes to
ward the waist. The sleoves havo a rounded
cuff, not too large, also braided. The corsage
is fastened either by a row of small passemen
terio buttons, or by brandebourg, with cords
covering the centres.
Tho Ilutvar jacket, which promises to he the
favorite fall wrap for young ladies is, as its
name denotes, almost covered with braiding in
soutache or cord, and fastens with military
frogs. These woolen walking-suits, whether
plain or braided, will, however, lie invariably
In one color, whether the material bo plain or
checked; indeed, there is a decided fancy for
monotone suits, even where two, three, or as
many as four fabrics are employed in tho samo
dress, silk, moire satin and velvet all being in
the same tint.
Mrs. Sarah Kay, who was a washerwoman
when she went to Lcadvillc, Col., has made a
fortune of $1,000,000.
The mother of Artemus Ward Mrs. Browne
resides at Waterford, Me. Sho is seventy
years old, but still fino looking, and gifted with
charming conversational powers.
Jean Ingelow, the English poetess, is a small,
slight woman with bright, expressive eyes, and
hair slightly tinged with gray drawn smoothly
back from her forhead. Sho is about forty
Miss Mary Obrcn, a former student of Yassar
College, is associate editor of tho largest and
most influential paper of St. Joseph, Mo., writ
ing under the ho.h deplume of Julia Scott. Sho
is the only lady editor of her State, and is of
rare intellectual and literary abilities.
Tho prize of 1,000 francs offered by M. Isaac
Pereira. a French banker, for an essay upon
the extinction of pauperism, has been won by
a woman. A year was given for studying the
subject, and among the competitors were Ger
mans, Italians, English, and French. Madame
Cassimir Ladroyet is a Frenchwoman, who had
been for some time resident in Boston.
Of tho Princess Louise, a very amusing story
is told. She was sketching one day from
nature when ahoy, who had stood by looking on,
asked her: "Please, ma'am, is that me you're
drawing milking that cow in the picture?"
" Why, yes, my little man, but I didn't know
you were looking." " Co, if it's me," continued
the boy, unmindful of the Koyal artist's con
fusion, " you'vo put me on the wrong side of
tho cow, and I'll got kicked into tho next
A gaudily dressed, melodramatic-looking
seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, from
the gypsy encampment, was the innocent object
of a great deal of curiosity while walking down
irwilu'5iv X(- York, one dav last week. Her
person was adorned with curious-looking trin
kets peculiar to her people. Her dress was of
more numerous colors than Joseph's traditional
coat. Her ochre-colored shoulders and brawny
arms were bare. A variegated parasol covered
a hat that may have been in fashion some
where at sometime. She was not at all an
noyed at tho attention paid her, but seemed to
look upon it all as tho homage due a queen
'cards, clairvoyance, and palmistry.
In England it is comparatively rarely that
omen obtain public appointments. Two such
npointments have, however, recently taken
lace: Miss Agnes Mary Markwich has been
. jpointcd secretary to the Uckficld Building
-ociety, registrar of births and deaths for the
strict of Isfield, and assistant overseer and
.Hector of the poor rates for tho parish. She
ccecdcd her father in these positions, which
.s d been held by him for many years. Tho
. :opd appointment to which our attention has
-.. en called is that of Mrs. McAlister to the
i . jistrarship of births and deaths in West Loi-
: f iter, the position having become vacant
1 1.. rough the death of her husband.
To make Cream Pie Beat to a cream three
blespoonfuls of sugar and one of buttor; add
o tablespoonfuls of flour, two eggs, half a
nt of cream; flavor with lemon.
To make Lemon rudding Mix well two cups
. sugar with half a cup of butter; add two
ated lemons, fivo eggs. Lino a deep disli
' ith paste and pour in tho mixture; bake
To Pvoast Oysters Butter a few slices of toast,
lay ou a shallow dish; put on the liquor of tho
oysters to heat; season, and just before it boils
add tho oysters; let them boil up at once, and
pour ovor the toast.
To mako Soda Buscuit Ono quart of flour,
two teaspoonfuls of cream tartar, ono of soda,
butter the sizoof an egg, one and one-half cups
of sweet milk; mix with flour, roll out and
bake in a quick oven ten minutes.
To mako Pumpkin Pic Cut the pumpkin in
small pieces, pare and boil till tender; rub
through tho collander. The day the pies are
to be made add three pints of the pumpkin to
fivo eggs, a pinch of salt and ginger to taste.
Bako with bottom crust only.
To Pickle Oysters Salt two quarts of
fresh oysters and place them on tho stove to
simmer, not to boil ; take out the oysters, and
to the liquor add a pint of vinegar, quatter of
an ounco 'each of cloves and mace, two dozen
pepper corns; let them come to a boil and pour
over the oysters placed in a jar.
To make Yeget able Soup Time: Four hours
and a half. Thrco onions, (5 potatoes, G carrots,
-1 turnips, half a pound of butter, ono head of
celery, a spoonful of catsup, a bunch of sweet
herbs. Peel, slice, and fry the vegetables, etc.,
in half a pound of butter, and pour over them
two quarts of boiling water. Let them stew
slowly for four hours, then strain through a
coarse cloth or sieve. Put the soup into a
stew-pan, with a head of celery. Stew till
To make Potato Pastry Chop cold boiled
beef fine; season with pepper, and add a little
drawn butter, putting in parsley and onion
pickle, chopped. Pour this mixture into a
greased hake-dish; cover with hard-boiled
eggs, sliced. Work a large cup of mashed po
tatoes soft with a cup of milk and two table
spoonfuls of butter. Add prepared flour until
you can just roll it out the softer the better,
so long as you can handle it. Poll into a thick
sheet. Spread upon the surface of your mince,
printing tho edges, and bake in a moderate
oven to a fino brown.
Tho night of Summer.
lhj S. M. Peck.
So gently did sweet Summer pass mo by,
So lovely was tho smile sho east,
Lulled by her beauty I
Scarce- knew she passed.
I only caught a gleaming in tho west
That must have been her trailing gown,
"When night, unwelcome guest,
Came swooping down.
0 little Star, thy pale and quivering faco
Proclaims that thou didst never seo
Another with her grace
And melody I
Beneath some other sky that loveliness
Shall Uoat upon the waving wheat,
And other ears shall bless
Thoe carols sweet!
So haste ye winds that blow where'er ye list,
Unseen through all the chungeful years,
And tell her that yo kissed
These falling tears.
Fair Star, the hour is late; our dreary lot
Como let us strive to drown in sleep,
1 in my lonely cot,
Thou in the deep. . ,
i Boston Transcript.
OUR YOUNG FOLKS.
The Bullet-Proof Man: A Story of
By David JTcr.
A bright, burning summer day on tho border
of tho Sahara Desert; tho huge, bare cliffs of
tho El Kantarah Pass hanging like a cloud on
the northern horizon; a quivering film of in
tense heat along the line where tho rich blue
of tho cloudless sky met the hot, lifeless,
brassy yellow of the desert; and in the fore
ground a group of Arabs, encamped besido a
tiny stream, in tin. shade- of: the clustering
palms that overhung it.
Somo were munching handfuls of parched
corn, others were lying fast asleep, while one
dried-up old scarecrow with ono eye, and a
head liko a worn-out scrubbing brush was
out somo interminable Jbastern te-
Tho story did not appear to get on very fast,
however, which was not surprising, inasmuch
as the whole of it, from beginning to end (if
it ever had any,) was pretty much in this
"Now when the Prince Sclim (may his name
bo honored forever!) came up to tho gate of the
palace a gato higher than the dome of tho
Kaabah holy place at Mecca, and built all of
marble whiter than the whitest milk lo!
there stood before it a giant, mighty and ex
ceeding terrible. Then was the Prince of Gul
istan soro amazed, and said, 'Never since I,
Sclim, sou of Mahmoud, sou of Sayid, son of
AH, first woro a yataghan sabre havo I be
held such a monster as this ! "
And so on for another half-hour, keeping!
poor Prince Selim waiting at tho gate of the
But on a sudden an exclamation of astonish
ment broke from one of the group, and all eyes
were turned to stare at a spectacle quite as
wonderful to them as any of the marvels to
which they had just been listening.
Sauntering leisurely over the burning plain,
as composedly as if he were lounging along tho
boulevards of Paris or St. Petersburg, instead
of traversing one of the most dangerous spots
in tho wholo of North Africa, was a solitary
man, coming slowly toward them. True, he
woro tho white mantel and huge many
folded turban of the East, but ho was none the
less a European, as his fair complexion, well
trimmed beard, and jauntily cut pauts suffi
Instantly tho universal listlessncss changed
to bustle and excitement. The sleepers woke
up, the lunch party forsook their dates and
com, the story-teller and his hoarers started to
their feet together, and all alike hurried, for
ward to meet their strange visitor.
But to their unbounded amazement tho
strange visitor took no notice of them what
ever beyond a slight bow and the usual " Peace
bo with you!" spoken in good Arabic, though
with an unmistakably French accent. Step
ping into tho shade of the palms, he bent down
to the stream, took a leng draught of the cool,
clear water, and then seating himself upon the
bank, took oft' his turban and began to fan his
hot face with a fallen palm leaf, as if wishing
to show his coolness in a double sense.
The Arabs woro completely taken aback.
They had seen men look pale, and try to run
away from them ; and they had seen men look
fierce, and rush at them pistol iu hand; but a
man who paid no attention to them at all, and
who hardly seemed to know whether they were
there or not, was a thing which they had never
seen before, and thoy did not know what to
mako of it. In fact, like most men of their
nine tlm mnmnnt thev encountered a man
whom they could not frighten, they at once
began to be frightened themselves.
At length tho chief, seeming to think him
self bound to set an example of courage to his
followers, walked right up to the stranger,
while tho rest approached moro cautiously,
very much as a man approaches a strango dog
which may spring up and bite him at any
"Peace bo with thee, my brothor!" said the
chief, in a voice not quito so steady as it might
"With thee bo peace, oh, sheik chief of
the children of the desert!" replied tho un
known. "What seeks the Frank European chief
among the warriors of tho tribo of Ben-
" I am a magician, answered tho stranger,
Tho Arabs looked at each other with undis
guised trepidation. A magician among them,
and a Frank magician at that! Who could toll
what he might do to them? For every Arab
had heard tho fame of the mighty soicercrs
who could mako wagons run without horses,
ships go without sails, messages fly along a wire
through the air swifter than an arrow, littlo
scraps of paper serve as money, and other scraps
of paper no bigger than a true believer's turban,
show tho whereabouts of all the wells, rivers,
hills and caravan tracks, over an area cf thou
sands of miles. Evidently this unknown gentle
man was not a man to bo trifled with.
"I am a magician," repeated the mysterious
guest, before any one could speak in reply, " and
I havo como to seo if in tho tribe of Ben-Asyr
thero bo another magician like myself, and to
try my power against his."
This challenge was followed by a gloomy
and univorsal silence. But suddenly a cun
ning twinkle showed itself in tho chiefs small
rat-like eye. Perhaps this strango man was
only boasting in order to frighten them. At
any rate, it might be worth while to seo what
ho was made of, and how much he could really
do. So tho chiof made a very polito bow, and
" We aro far from the tents of our tribe, and
none of our great magicians aro with us; but
let tho wise man of the Franks show us his
power, that wo may behold it, ami honor him
as he deserves."
"That will I do willingly," answered the
stranger, with a readiness which rather dis
concerted tho worthy chief. "Look all of you
upon this coin" and he held out a silver
franc" which I havo marked with a circle, as
yo see. Thinkcst thou, O sheik of tho Bon
Asyr, that thou canst hold it too firmly for mo
to take it away ? "
"With tho blessing of Heaven and of the
Prophet, I can," replied tho chief, confidently.
" Let us try, then," said the stranger, press
ing the coin into tho Arab's entended hand,
which instantly closed upon it as if meaning
never to lot it go again.
" Presto! pass!" shouted tho magician, in a
high, shrill voice; and tho chief, opening his
hand, found to his unfeigned dismay that it
Amid the general silenco and bewilderment,
tho stranger pointed to a huge overripe date
that lay rotting on tho ground at some dis
tance, which ono of tho Arabs instantly
handed to him. Ono stroko of a knife laid it
open, and out tumbled the marked coin.
Thero was a visible movement of surpriso
among the Arabs, and even the chief himself
looked not a littlo discomfited.
"For a warrior of the desert, thou art easily
conquered," said the Frenchman, jeeringly;
' but it is no wonder that ill fortune should
como upon th o tribo of Ben-Asyr, when their
chief himself, a follower of the Prophet, car
ries with him tho liquor which the? Prophet
" What mean you?" cried tho chief fiercely.
"This," answered, tho other, as, thrusting
his baud into tho sheik's wallet, ho hold forth
to the horrified eyes of the band a small flask
of unmistakable- French wine.
' Dog of a Frank ! " roared tho sheik, losing
all patience, " do you daro to try your magical
tricks upon a true believer? Take that!"
He snatched a pistol from his girdle, and
aimed it full at tho conjurer's face; but it
only flashed in the pan, and as ho dashed it
furiously to the ground, his unmoved opponent
"Do you think, then, that I am to be hurt
by mortal weapons? Try it again, if you will;
or rather let me load a pistol for you, and you
shall seo whether I am bullet-proof or no."
He drew a second pistol from the girdle of
the sheik, who was too much astounded to ob
ject, and loaded it before tho eyes of the wholo
band, marking the ball with his knifo just
before dropping it into the barrel.
" Fire ! " cried he, putting tho weapon into
the sheik's hand.
The chief fired, and for a moment tho smoko
hid everything. When it cleared, the stranger,
with a mocking smilo on his face, was seen to
lei fall the marked bullet from his mouth into hi3
hand, and hold it up for every one to look at.
The dark faces of tho Arabs turned perfectly
green with terror; but before anybody had time
to say a word a loud shout was heard from bo
hind, and up dashed threo mounted French
officers with a score of light horsemen.
Instantly the Arabs took to their heels with
a howl of dismay, never waiting to see whether
tho new-comers were real men, or phantoms
called up by the terrible magician. Tho spot
was deserted in a moment, and far out on tho
plain might bo seen a confused whirl of arms,
limbs, and white mantles flying along like dust
driven by the wind.
"Kcally, M. Houdin, you must be more care
ful," cried the French Colonel, excitedly. "To
think of your venturing alone among all thoso
cut-throats! What a fright you've given us!"
"And somebody else too, seemingly,'' said Rob
ert Houdin for it was indeed tho famous
sleight-of-hand artist glancing slyiug at tho
flying Arabs. "When I first came upon them
I knew it was no use running, so I decided to
face it out, and scare them a littlo instead. Tho
next time you make a raid through these parts,
Colonel, take a few conjurers with you ; they'll
bo worth a whole battalion of infantry, take
my word for it." Harper's Young People.
Trouble iTith the Telephone.
From the Detroit Free Press.
"I doan' know vhat I shall do mit dat tele
phone of mine," observed a citizen as he en
tered the headquarters of the company yester
day and sat down in a discouraged way.
"Out of order, is it?"
"Sometimes it vhas, and sometimes itvhas
all right. If I go to speak mit der coal man,
or der City Hall, or der butcher, it vhas all
right, und I can hear every word. Ifsonie
pody vhants to order my peer, I get de name
shust as plain as daylight."
"And when does it fail?"
"Yhell, just liko two hours ago. A saloon
man he owes me $1S, und I rings hinToop and.
calls out: 'Hello! hello! I likes dot monish.
to-day!' Don he vhants to know who I am,
und ho says ho can't catch der name. I tell
him oafer and. oafer, und by an' by ho calls
oudt dat ho doan' deal in watermelons, und.
dot he goes in to pave Gratiot street, und dot
ho is sorry he can't sign my betition to der
Council. Den I haf to go all oafer again, und
he tells mo to stand back, und. to como closer,
und to speak- louder, und at last he gits mad.
und tells mo dot if I call him a dandy again
he'll proke my head. It's no use I can't mako
one of my customers hear me. If someting3
doan' ail my telephone it may bo ash my voice
is giving out. I vhish you would examine me
und see if I had better let my son Shon do der
talking vhilo I keep der pooks."
By Willis B. Allen.
O'er the dusty roadside bending
"With its wondrous weight of gold.
Can it be the rod enchanted
Midas used iu days of old ?
Hush ! perchance it is a princcs3
In the sunlight nodding there,
Spell-hound by the -wicked fairy
Sleepy little Golden Hair!
Nay, it is Bclshazzar's banquet,
"Where the drowsy monarch sups
With his swarm of courtiers, drinking
From the sacred, golden cups.
See, I pluck his tiny kingdom
Long ago it was decreed
And divide it, dear, between us.
You the Persian, I the Medc.
SeTen Idle Littlo 3Ien.
By E. Vinton Blake.
Seven idle little men were sitting on a tree,
Discussing all that's happened and all that's auro
Seven giant bumble-bees, from off a bush of posies
Stung the seven little men upon their seven noses.
Seven shrieks arose nt once and seven wives did
All the seven noses Avero bandaged, one by one;
Seven messengers were sent, in seven separate
To bring back seven doctors in seven awful hur
ries. Into bed the men were put, still groaning loud and
And seven solemn doctors upon their pntienta
"Hum! tho case is dangerous! to hinder further
Wo must give you boneset, and castor-oil, and
Seven little backs arose without the least delay;
Seven fearful t.omer?aultswero turned, right awny;
All the clothes were scattered on all the seven
Slau went all the medicines at all the doctors'
Seven doctors scurried in very serious fright ;
Seven little men sat down and laughed with all
Then their seven hats they put, each, on hi3 curly
Sallied out together and walked abroad in state.
Intooro' Public Spirit.
Thero is a land of tears and bitter wailing
A land most like that drear one Dante knew,
Where wan-facod Niohcs, with dnrk robes trailing,
In sad procession move, brow bound with ruo.
It is a land peopled by witles3 mortals
Compared with them the Virgins live were wiso
And it is writ above its gloomy portals:
" We did not think it paid to advertise."
There is a Innd that flows with milk and honey
Not the condensed nor yet the sorghum strains
Each dweller bears a gripsack fat with money,
Bonds, coupons, stocks, nnd various other gains,
Happy are these as, at high tide, the clamlet;
No tear doth drown the laughtei in their eyes;
For better luck they'd not donate one damlet;
The pastry's theirs-thoy learned to advertise!
A Professional Tlew.
The artist watched the forest
Aglow with gold and red,
And, in a burst of rapture,
Most gushingly he said :
"I liko this dreamy picture,
It makes my soul elate
'Twill bring mo twenty dollars
, When painted on a plate."