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Efc&r&itfElkat. "Independent in All Things." J; w. dorrington, Proprietor.
VOLUME XVII. YUMA, ARIZONA, SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 1888. NUMBER 22.
THE BELATED COURIER.
"Why waited he, the laggard mcsssengcr!
A thousand suns like funeral'pyreshad burned:
A thousand days, slow-winged, had taken
Through the dim valleys of the twilight land
Into the regions of eternal night.
Why tarried he, the absent messenger!
Through many nights the harvest moon had
And shadows faded from deep dusk to gray
Then Eastern skies were flecked with crimson
And all the nights had vanished into day.
"Why-was ho late, the tardy messenger?
The snows of many winters filled the skies
Slow drifted down, then melted slow away
To babble seaward in the summer streams
That follow were June's sunny footsteps
Why loitered he, the slothful messenger?
Before mine eyes the glow of summer days.
Slow-deepened like the tints of ripening
Until the north-wind's banners led the van
And snow-flakes fell, and covered wood and
Why lingered he, the slow-paced messenger?
Because to those who wait he latest comes,
I sought him then, but found that he h ad fled
To carry to the one who shunned him most
A strange and solemn message from the
Ernext ilcGalfev. in Inter-Oaan.
A COMMONPLACE WOMAN.
"But the Dearest "and Bravest in
She was a school-teacher spending
the vacation at her brother's by the
Her brother was keeper of a light
house on an island, separated from the
mainland by a wide, deep channel that
could be a swirling whirlpool when
the storms were high.
Will's wife was a pretty woman, but
sho thought more of her own dainty
comfort than of how the world went
on. By what charm she won the
warm heart of Will Browning. Will's
sister could not determine, but she
was perfectly just, even to those she
disliked, and she knew the frivolous
little woman must be lovable, or Will
would never have chosen her from
among her many friends. S sho met
her with a kiss, overlooking the un
welcome expression on her sister-in-law's
face; and as she was passion
ately fond of the sea, the days were
full of pleasure for her.
The island was small, but a delightful
place in summer, the cool broezs
sweeping in from the sea, now moist
with the touch of the mist, now warm
from the kiss of the sun; the gray
gulls swarmed over the rocks, calling.
calling; their cries like music to the
girl weary of the stifling city; the
ocean a new world; the sky a marvel
of beauty. .
Near the tower, and connected with
it by a covered passage, was the
keeper's cottage of gray sione. rough
without but cozy within, and a cheery
sight for " weary eyes; and Carrie
Browning found the summer one of
liappiness. and full of thoughts for all
her future life.
One of her chief pleasures was to go
with her brother as the sun was setting
up the winding stone staircase to the
top of the tower; to stand at the rail
ing and watch the sun settle lower
and lower beyond the wide sweep of
waters, and then when he was gone
and the heavens glowing with
rose color and all warm tints
of sunset, to help her brother
light the great lamps inside the heavy
glass case, and, turning again to the
sea, to watch the darkness, soft and
mysterious, creep in and in with the
gray mists till the tower light was
like the eye of God. never weary, ever
So the days passed clear and sunny,
with no rain, only the sea mists to
cool the parched earth, until vacation
was gone but for one lingering day;
and of this day Carrie made the
most. Her trunk was fairly
crammed with shells and pebbles and
pressed seaweed, with which she
would teach the children in her care
many a wonderful lesson of the life
"br-yond the city, and the exquisite
works of God.
Sho had closed down the lid and
turned the key with a half sigh, half
smile, saying to her sister-in-law:
"Life is too beautiful to live in one
summer, isn't it, Bella?"
But Bella shrugged her shoulders,
and replied that for her part life was
woefully dull and uneventful.
"Life would be simply unbearable,"
she added, lightly, "were it not for
these breaks once in a while," refer
ring to a party in the town across the
channel, that night, to which they all
were invited. "And I hope Will will
not be so absurd as to let the chance
pass. But he is so ridiculous, so thor
oughly commonplace like you, Car
rie." a rippling laugh parting her red
lips, "that I can never be sure of his
leaving home even half a night! There
is no sense in his being so particular.
No one would object, and Carl, his as
sistant, is perfectly capable of watch
ing the light till our return. Of course
he goes sometimes, if it is all fair, but
I am never sure of him."
"Buthe never keeps yon home, Bella,
even if he can not go," Carrie said,
in defense of her brother. Sure
ly you can find no fault
Kith him there; and if ho
thinks it unsafe for him to leave,
he: ought to know better than we. L.
isn't his own pleasure he thinks of.
you know, but the lives of others."
"You are going to-night, of course."
Bella interrupted, carelessly. "Tom
Williams will be there, and Tom you
could not disappoint!"
"I've not decided yet about going,"
Carrie replied, quietly, not heeding
the other's laughter. "I would rather
listen, to the soa out on the rocks,
than to dance the ljouvs away,"
i believe." Bella said, sharply,
"tliat you prefer being a common
place school-teacher, than exirt your
self enough to be pleasant to Tom,
even though you know ho has plenty
ot money! xou anu. win are as near
alike as possible."
"An unconscious compliment to
me," C.irrie said, softly, a warm light
on her face. "If I am ever as good
woman as Will is a man, I shall be
And sho left tin room and the house
with this thought possessing her
mind; that a commonplace life may
be a beautiful life, if one but tries to
make it so. The waves among the
rocks and alonir the reef, in and out
among the sedge, sang life's song to
her in monotone, and she listened.
The day was unusually sultry, and
as the sun sank lower and lower to
the west, heavy clouds banked them
selves along the northern horizon, and
widened and mounted up toward mid-
"I don't like the looks of the
weather." Will said, standing with
Carrie at the doorway and watching
the going down of the sun. "I'd bet
ter not go to-night, BMla. B-jntly has
never occn alone, and 1 do i ot wish to
leave him in charge such an evening
as this, for the night will ba wild. You
two girls go; Bcntly'll row you over
and Tom will bring you home."
"We'll do nothing of tho sort. Will!"
Bella declared, emphatically. "You
must go with us. Bently is perfectly
capable of caring for thn lamps this
once If he isn't, why do you have
him? Anyway, it isn't so dreadfully
"Not important!" Will turned his
steady brown eyes full on his wife.
"My dear Bella, if but one life were
lost to-night in the storm that is com
ing, would you have me go?"
B; 1 a protested eagerly that there
was no such danger; that Bontly was
capable; that sho would never forgive
him did ho net go this once, when Car
rie interrupted her.
"Will," she said, and tho-sunlight
red and threatening was full in her
face, "you go wish Bella. I would
prefer remaining home. I understand
the lamps, a id Bently will assist me.
Trust mj, nothing shall happen if I
can holp it- I rather wish to be
At first Will would not consent to
this, but Bella was persistent and
Carrie insisted; and he knew if once
the lamps were set, there was nothing
to do at least not until he could re
turn; so ho finally agreed, and they
started ere the sun went ' d :vn, for
Bella would have it so.
The heavens grow dark with storm;
the sun was almost gone, and Carrie.
beginning to feel uneasy becausj Bent
ly did not convi as usual, took into her
own slim hand the task of setting a
light for the safety of those on the sen.
It was not a hard task. Sho lit the
groat double wick with steady hands.
and fastened securely the glass doors
around the lamps, but she did not
linger as usual on the balcony to
watch tho world of night come up from
She went down stairs to tho cheery
sitting-room anil watched tlie sea
tumble along the rocks and the lurid
lightning play among tho clouds, but
Bontly did not come, and a feeling Jof
dread took possession of her.
Carrie loaned her face against tho
casing of the window and watched
Darkness was over every thing,
broken only now and then by the fire
in the clouds; while the rolling thun
der, the roar of the surf and the beat
ing rain, wore the only sounds.
Presently through Carrie's thoughts
the idea impressed itself on her
mind that something was wrong;
and suddenly liko a blinding flash, the
truth was upon her.
The light was not shining!
What was the matter sho did not
know. Of onlv one thins: was sho
certain unless the lamps were lit at
once, any vessel near the coast was
in danger of shipwreck upon the
She was alone, and the undertaking
was dangerous in tho storm and dark
ness; but she had undertaken the
charge of tho light until her brother's
return, and the charge should be as
faithfully carried out as was in her
power. She must have left some part
of her work undone, or the accid cnt
would not have happened. Such a
thing never happened when her
brother was there.
All these thoughts were swift as the
lightning, and hurricdlv taking down
the lantern in the passage and light
i ng it, she ran up the stairs to the
tower, and was amazed to find both
the huge lamps burning brightly like
fiery monsters. Her eyes were quick to
note all things up there just then, and
she saw the cause of the outer dark
ness. The heavy covering around the
outside of the glass had not been re
moved, and tho lights within were
It was a simpl3 solution of the mys
terious darkness, but it was full of
danger and possible death to tho brave
woman, who comprehended all with
only a lightening of the lip and a
sudden paleness over the delicate
Firmly she passed down the first
low flight of stone stairs to the land
ing; then, with an inarticulate prayer
on her lips, she reached up, and un
fastening the heavy door at the side,
forced it open and fa col tho wild
storm. A slender iron ladder up the
side of the tower, without railing m-
unport, wrs her only means of reach
ing the u-. c ny atuve; and up this
perilous way -hu went oravely.
Tho winds, tore at her th-ess and, her j
lantern; the rain heat in tury against
her; tho lightning was blinding, the
thunder like roar of artillery in- battle.
But she succeeded; and unfastening
and rolling together the cover, she
let out a flood of light on tho boiling
waves along the shore, and showed
the white line of breakers on the reef
and a boat recking like a sholl in the
midst of it.
Fur a moment she he'd her breath
in awe and terror; then, undaunted,
sought her way carefully down the
slippery ladder; but when she reached
the tower door and turned to enter,
she found it had blown shut, she hav
ing failed to fasten it open, and it
could not be opened from the outsid !
Frantically she clung to the iron
steps in the rush of wild thoughts that
overpowered her, while tho. storm
throbbed in fury around her. Sud
denly a gull, driven by the wind past
her. struck the lantern and it fell from
her hold, dashed in fragments below.
Should she lose her hold, the same fate
would bo her?.
At midnight, when the storm abated
enough for a boat to live on the water.
Will left his wife among her friends,
and crossed to the light-house in
nameless anxiety. In tho cheery sitting-room
he found Carrie and Tom
Williams sitting comfortably beside
an open fire on the hearth, andlearncd
from the latter tho story of his sister's
bravery, and how Williams found her
having crossed tho channel in
the fiercest of tho storm, on learning
from B dla that Carrie was alone in
the storm crouchod on tho stone
lodge outside tho tower door, drenched
and pallid, but brave as ever a woman
And Will drew her in his arni3
tenderly, his faco full of pride and sor
row, and told her of his regret for
leaving her so carelessly. And Carrie
laughed brightly now the danger was
over, and said, with a tender touch on
her brother's hand, that "it wasn't
much, and even Tom agreed she was
a commonplace woman a very com
monplace woman indeed!"
To which Tom added later, his
strong face full of tenderness:
"But the dearest and bravest com
monplace woman in the world, Car
rie!." And Carrie made no reply. J. K.
Ludlum. in Woman's Magazine.
TA'-OGA BAY'S SHARK.
It lias Ettten V arums I'eople, ami Is Not
liegarilctl a& ll I'et.
A very large and ancient-looking
shark has been swimming about
Taboga Bay recently. It is known to
tho islanders and generally down the
ba- by its marks, and by those who
know it is called the 'Soniberera,"
owing to its having seized and eaten
a man off Anton some years ago under
peculiar circumstances. It appears a
schooner was sailing slowly along off
Anton Point when the hat of one of tho
crew was blown overboard. Tho man
jumped into the sea to regain his hat,
when he was seized by this shark,
which promptly dived with its prey.
Subsequently, off the Morro Island,
the same animal was seen to seize the
brother of Rev. Salinas, of Taboga,
while ho was bathing, and "to carry
him under. No further traces of this
second victim were ever seon. The
same shark is credited by the bay
sailors with other dcatlis, but the in
stances mentioned are vouched for by
many. The natives, who claim to
recognize it as an annual visitor,
speak of these incidents as a matter of
island history, dating from the period
when tho factory of the Pacific Stoam
Navigation Company was at Morro.
and when tho animal first acquired
notoriety by eating an Englishman
who attempted to swim from a vessel
then at anchor there to another.
All the fishermen have a peculiar,
and it appears well-founded terror of
this animal, and none will dive in tho
vicinity of its haunt, although the
water is not over live feet in depth.
In connection with this carnivorous
monster the old inhabitants of Tabo
ga relate a legend, and in which
they appear to have perfect faith,
which is worth recounting. They be
lieve that below the spot where he so
periodical visit to
when on his j
bles 'a valuable coral bed. and I
that when in that vicinitv the t
shark believes it to befits peculiar i
duty to keep constant and "careful
guard over that treasure. One thin"- !
in connection with this peculiar
legend is, however, certain, and that
is that none of the bay divers and
they aro all good men, as they havo
proved when pearl fishing will at
tempt to dive in that vicinity, and
you can not persuado any of tho
islanders, addicted as they aro to tho
water, to bathe in that place. This
animal, wo are informed, is of tho
shark species, and not a marine
monster of the flat-headed type, such
as was tho last big one caught thore
some few years agojby an Italian man-
of-war which was then at anchor off
that island. Panama Star and Herald.
Dc Brazza, the African explorer,
says the upper Congo regiou teems
with ivory. He found large quantities
of tusks in sonic of the villages, and
they were offered to him for small
quantities of beads. While ho was
floating down tho river ho saw in eiirht
days 105 elephants along the bank.
A Texan who has been in the
penitentiary five times for horsesteal
ing, was released mo oiner nay. Hav
ing just completed a five years sen
tence. Before nightfall ho had stolen
another horse ami was lodged in a
CARE OF CLOTHES.
How to ISrusIi IlaU, Woolen "Wraps and
As most peoplo like to havo their
clothes last as long and look as well
as po-siblc, a few hints on the care of
clothes may not como amis. All
must admit that clothes that are
cared for properly will outlast those
that are neglected, aside from their
also appearing better. It does not
matter how fino tho material may be
of which the' are made, if they aro
dust-grimed from carelessness in
brushing, or ill-fitting from neglectful
folding or hanging, they will never
make as good an appearance as those
made from a cheaper and poorer
grado of cloth that has been cared
There is no color that shows the
dust sooner than black. If a smooth
faced fabric tho dust may be easily
removed with a brush-broom or bris
tle brush, or if left some time un
brusln d. it is not of so much impor
tance, for it may ba removed at almost
any time before using, but if the cloth
is corded or rough faced, it is of
the utmost importance that it
shall bii brushed thoroughly as soon as
convenient. After coming in from
outside, tho clothes aro very apt to re
tain a good deal of the dust of tho
street, and at such a time, if possible,
they should be brushed thoroughly ere
putting away. First, the hat or bon
net must bo brushed well, trimming
an I all. If of felt or straw, a bristle
brush, such as is used for clothes, is
'the best; but if of velvet, a finer one.
which is made especially for such a
purpose, should bo used. If it is of
cloth, a lino corn broom will do very
well, and some also use this article for
felt, but generally it is too coarse, and
is not as good in any way as the bristlo
brush. In brushing a felt hat or bon
net, always brush one way to keep it
After being caught in a rain or
snow-storm with a felt hat, and it is
wot, on coming inside do not put it to
dry without brushing. With the brush
begin at tho rim and go round and
round, always tho one way,
brushing very hard, until tho
crown is reached, brushing this
in tho same way until yon fin
ish in tho ccntor the top of the crown;
llien put it away to dry and when
wanted it will look almost as good as
new. Never put a felt hat away while
wet without brushing; or it will be
spotted when dry. M"u's stiff hats
may bo kept Jooking nice if treated
in this way after being out in a
If tho outside garment or wrap is of
smooth or corded mHterial, n should
be well brushed and 'hung away, but
if rough faced, it will need to bo taken
into the air and well shaken in addi
tion to brushing, to remove even a
part of the dust that is sure to adhere
to it. A dress, whether rough or
smooth cloth, should be taken out
into the air and shaken, owing to its
being next to impossible to get into
the crevices of tho draperies, where
tho dust is certain to find
a lodgment, with a brush
broom or bristle brush. Never
use a brush of any kind on a silk
dress, as a piece of woolen cloth will
do tho work a great deal better, and
will not injure tho fabric, which a
brush generally does. It is a go d
plan to hang heavy dresses and wraps
on the line once in a while, when a
stiff wind is blowing, which will do
more toward cleansing than all tho
brushing that could b3 given them.
To bo sure, this is not to be recom
mended for light, delicate material,
but only for such goods as hold the
dust. It is very important that men's
dark-colored diagonal clothes should
be brushed frequently, for, if neglect
ed, it will be found impossible to re
move tho dust, and if the clothes aro
black, they soon have the appearance
of being off color long ere they should
Never turn a coat inside out when
hanging it np, or you will surely ruin
the sot of the collar. Where conven
ient wire frames are the best to uso
for this purpose, but lacking these,
hang the coat by tho loop at the col-
Jiir Wltn 1,10 n2ht side out. .Never
"ung a dress up inside out, but if possi
u'e allow it two nails, some distance
apart. Hang it with front facing out,
by tho loops usually placed on tho
waistband at each side breadth This
way of hanging a dress will keep tho
I urapcry anu plaits, if tnere are any.
m position, and is the mode recom
mended by an experienced dress
maker. Some have the loops by
which to hang up their basques on tho
waist lino inside, or the collar, but
tho best authority advises them to
be sown one under each arm.
Tho same nails used for tho
skirt are not generally too far
apart, but if they should be, one of
tho skirt nails, and another one driven
into the wall tho distance wished for
the basque, can be used. Hang the
basque lirst and tho skirt over it. To
be sure, where there is much trim
ming on a basque, or it is of delicate
fabric which will not boar crushing,
it may be well to hang it alone away
from the skirt, but usually it is best
to hang both together. In a room
having no closet or wardrobe, always
cover the clothes if hung on a wall
with a cambric or cretonne curtain.
This plan is excelcnt for coveriug
clothes in a closet also, and will savo
a good de. 1 of wear from brushing,
for no matU" how close the closet
may be, dust Is sure to find an eng
trance, and as it must lodge some
where, it generally finds a resting
place amtiig the clothes, -Boston
PITH AND POINT.
In this world it is not what wo
tako up, but what we give up, that
makes us rich.
Don't ask a man if he enjoys good
health. Did you ever know any one
Tho hypocrite would not put on
tho appearance of virtue if it was not
the most proper means to gain love.
Tho truly illustrious are they who
do not court the praise of tho world,
but perform tho actions which de
' 'Train up a chill in the way he
should go;' and keep a little ahead of
him in tho same way, during the train
ing, to bo sure ho goes."
Women aro contradictory creat
ures. When they say they will give
you a piece of their mind the' give
you no peace. Yonker3 Statesman.
If joii would find a great many
faults, bo on the lookmt; but if you
want to find thorn in unlimited quan
tities, be on the look-in.
Don't size up a man b7 the thick
ness of his roll. He may havo a two
dollar bill of uncertain pedigrco
wrapped around a section of rag
carpet. Don't try, if you are an ordinal'
man, to occupy two seals in a crowded
horse-car. Only women can do that
and look as innocent as a lily of tho
valley all the while. Somerville Jour
nal. Hs (admiring a vase of flowers)
"Aren't they beautiful? Do you
know, Mis3ltugo, they remind mo of
you." She (softly) "But. Mr. Cute,
they aro artificial." He "Ah, yes;
but you'd never know it." Judge.
Sometimes peoplo havo fame
thrust upon them, but usually it is
something boughs at a prico that
makos it very dear. They who havo
tho most of it doubt if it is worth what
it costs. I'resbylerian.
A stranger sat down beside a St.
Louis woman in a street car, and
whispered to her to watch the young
man on her right, who was a pickpocket-
While sho watched as directed
tho stranger on her left stole her
"Hiw is it so many sheriff and
their officers are Jews?" asked Way
farer, refisctivcly. as ho folded up an
official paper headed "Tho Djbtors'
Aoi, 1869." "Bel on? to the tribe of
Levy," answered Top. with a cad
reminiscent smile. London Topical
When a new town is growing all
the male inhabitants of the place can
drink at the same bar: but they must
have at least five ki: churches to
accommodate those oi diltoiout creods.
This peculiarity shows that religion is
divided where sin is united, and tho
match is unequal. Ni 0. Pieaiune.
Disappointed Amateur Author
"I have just received my drama back
with thanks. I havo sent poems, es
says and stories, but every thing gets
returned. What can I send that will
meet with acceptance?" Sympathetic
and Practical Friend "Try a twelve
months' subscription." Life.
An Indisputable nml Celobratetl Case of
Sultan Abdul-Aziz had an undoubted
predisposition to insanity in his blood;
the mind of his brother. Abdul-Med-jid,
whom ho succeeded, had broken
down under his excesses while still a
young man. and his nophew. Murad,
who succeeded him, became hopelessly
insane immediately after his acces
sion. He had himself, to my own
knowledge, been out of his mind on
several different occasions; the first
time as far back as 1863, when I find
mentioned in letters that I wrote from
Athens, where I was on a special mis
sion, and on two later occasions within
eighteen months of his deposition I
had spoken of his insanity in my let
ters to Lord Djrby, reporting that I
had been told of it as an undoubted
fact, by one of the ministers with
whom I was intimate, and mentioning
some of the peculiarities by which it
was exhibited. At one time he would
not look at any thing that was written
in black ink, and every document had
to be copied in red before it could be
laid before him. Ministers appointed
to foreign courts could not proceed to
their posts, and were kept in waiting
indefinitely, because their credentials
addressed to foreign sovereigns could
not well bo written in red ink. and he
would not sign those that were writ
ten in black. At another time a dread
of fire had got hold of him to such a
pitch that, except in his own apart
ment, ho would not allow a candlo or
a lamp to bo lighted in the whole of
his vast palace, its innumerable
inmates being forced to gropo
about in the dark from sunset
to sunrise; and in many other respects
his conduct passed tho bounds of moro
eccentricity. That such a mind a3 his
should havo entirely given way under
tho blow that had fallen upon him
need hardly excite surprise, and under
tho circumstances thore is nothing
even improbable in tho fact of his
taking his own life, especially as he
was known to hold that suicide was
tho proper resource of a deposed mon
arch. When the news of the abdica
tion of tho Emperor Napoleon was
brought to him his immediato excla
mation had been: "And that man con
sents to live!" When I first heard this
story I did not know whether to be
lieve it, but tho truth of it was after
ward vouched for to mo by the porson
to whom the Sultan said it, and ho is
not a man whose word need bo
doubted. Sir Henry Eliqty ii Fine
READING FOE THE YOUNG.
A BIT OF ADVICE.
There are some bo vs and girls
Who have a bad -way
Of putting oft worlc
That they should do to-day.
" Let it go till to-morrow,"
They carelessly say:
Or, '"Twill do hye-and-bye.
When we're through with our play."
But oh, boys, and oh, girls.
And ob, girls, and oh, boys,
As sure as young folks
-Make a great deal of noise,
" Let it go till to-morrow,"
And you'll learn, to your sorrow,
'Tis ten chances to one
If it ever gets done :
And "bye-and-bye" leads.
In spite of endeavor.
To turn from the trjcl:.
Almost always, to never.
Do at once, when you can.
What your hands finds to do
Is the bit of advice
An old girl gives to you:
Then, with hearts light and free.
You can pleasure pursue.
And the suu will seem brighter.
The heavens more blue.
For oh. girls, and oh, boys,
And oh, boys, and oh, girls,
As sure as from oysters
Come beautiful pearls,
" Let it go till to-morrow,"
And you'll learn, to your sorrow,
'Tis ten chances to one
If it ever gets done:
And "bye-and-bye" leads.
In spite of endeavor.
To turn from the track.
Almost always, to necer.
-SlurQaret Eytinie, in Ilurptr t Tounj People.
MY LITTLE KITTY.
Its Traslc Fati and A.I1 Because of Sly
It is such an ugly, bad. dreadful,
sad story that 1 don't like very well
to tell it. Ugly and bad because I
was such a bad girl, and sad and
dreadful because of my poor little
kilty. But, perhaps, if I tell it some
other little girl will see how much bel
ter it is not to do what you are told
not to. And if you can't just once in
a while help doing it, not to try to
hide it, but go and tell right away.
Or if you can't do that, why. tell as
soon as you can. i
She was the cunningest little thing
you ever saw my kitty. Soft and
silky and whito all over, so I called
iicr Snowball at first But every
time Bridget called her to got some
milk, she used to say: "Snobblc,
Snobble" and I didn't liko it; so we
all got to calling her just kitty- And
it was enough name for her; for every
time I called kitty, kitty, kitty, she'd
come running, with her little feet go
ii g patter, palter, patter on tho floor
till she found me.
I might hive had her yet, if it hadn't
boon for Aunt E r.ily's coming. I
don't mean that it was Aunt E.nily's
fault, for it was all mine; but it began
with that. Aunt E nily had a beauti
ful little chain she used to wear roun!
her neck, and there was a little locket
hung on it, the prettiest little round
blue thing! It was just like one that
Nettie Hammond's grandpa gave her
on hrr birthday, only prettier. Aunt
Emily usod to let me look at it when I
climbed up in her lap. It had some
of her mother's hair in it, but one day
she said she believed she'd have to
give it to me when I was a little big
ger, and she would put her picture in
it the.. And she tried it on my neck,
and it just exactly fitted.
I wondered how much bigger I'd
have to get, but of course it wouldn' t
be polite for me to ask her, but I
didn't. But every timo I wont into
her room, and I knew it was in a little
box in her bureau drawer, I ufe.l to
look in the glass to see if I wasn't
growing very fast. I used to go to
bi-d very early, because every body
says that makes little girls grow. One
night 1 went right after supper and
I don't liko to go to bed early, either
but the next morning I didn't seem to
have grown any moro than I did other
I used to wish I could find a good
fairy Avho would touch me. with her
wand, and make me a big girl all at
once. But I knew tho fairies were all
gone, though I don't see why there
shouldn't be fairies to day, for I'm
sure we want them as much as Cin
derella and Jack-and-the-beanstalk
did. I told papa 1 wished we had
fairies to make things grow, and he
"Fades, my little daughter? Why,
we have fairies all about us beautiful
ones. They come along, every one
with a sunshine wand, and beam on
the little flowers and the grass and
every thing else out of doors. Then
they hurry away and bring tho rain
drops thousands f thorn and throw
them down. And then they bring a
million little fairies to "fan them."
Papa laughed, so I knew ho just
meant sunshine and things, and I
"But, papa, I meant fairies to make
little girls grow."
"Well, the very same things make
little girls grow," ho said.
I sat out in tho sunshino a -groat,
great while, and then I went and
looked in the glass. But I wasn't a
bit bigger. And when it rained I wont
out into the garden all alone, and
stayed till I was wetthrough. I had a
dreadful cold after it. And I didn't
look any bigger, and nobody said:
How that child grows!"
Nettie Hammond invited mo to a
party, and I wanted the chain ami
locket worse than ever. I kept hoping
and hoping all the timo tliat Aunt
Emily would say I was big cnougli
before the party; butsho didn't. An I
when I was all dressed to go, I went
up to her room, just to see if sho
wouldn't think so. Aunt Emily
wasn't there, and when I looked out
of the window, I saw her going out of
tho gate to go down town. I thought
I'd just prep and seo if the locket was
in $ box- and it was, Then I thoiight
Pd like to see how it looked over my
Mamma always says that if thore is
any thing dreadful in the world, it's a
child that will go meddling with
other people's things when they don't
know, and that you can't trust to bo
just as good when you're not looking
as when yon are. And I knew it was
the kind of thing Tom Tom's my
brother would call mean and tricky
and sneaky. But I took out the locket
and put it on. and it looked prettier
than ever. My little kitty came in,
and sho jumped on the buroau and
came purring close up to "me.
"Here, kitty," I said, "you've got
on a white dress, too. You must try
I went to put it on her, but she
didn't liko it a bit. Sho tried to get
away, but I held her tight and put the
chain 'round her neck. And it hung
doivn so loose I had to put it 'round
twice. Then she made her tail up as
big. and said: "Spht-sphf," and
jumped away from me. Sho backed
clear across tho room, and when sho
couldn't back out of tho chain sho
gave a long "meow-w-w," and then
out of the window she went, just liko
a flash. And I could see her going
like a white streak through the or
chard. I ran out after her, but mamma
called me, and I had to stop, for I
didn' t dare to tell her. I had to go to
tho party. And when I came homo
after supper and wont out and called:
"Kitty, kitty, kitty," sho didn't come.
0 dear! How I hunted, and hunted,
and hunted, and howl missed my little
kitty! And yet I was afraid all tho
time that she would come with the
locket, and then every body would
know I had been meddling. I wanted
to find her all by myself, and put that
locket back. But she hadn't come
when Aunt Emily looked for her locket
and couldn't find it. Sho was sorry
the most because it was her mother's
hair, and her mother was dead.
Mamma was very much pnzzled aDout
it to thiuk any thing in the house
could go without any body knowing;
but she thought AuntE.nily must have
lost it off her neck.
1 know I ought to tell, but everyday
I thought I'd wait one day more. I
cried and cried; I felt so bad about
the locket and my kitty, and Aunt .
Emily and every body petted me and
were sorry for me, because they
thought it was just my kitty I was
One day some little girls came to see
me. and we went to play in the
orchard. We climbed up in tho tree
and Lily March said to me:
"What is that whito thing hanging
T ", ad, and then I gave a dreadful
scream and ran in tho house and put
my head in mamma's lap and cried,
while I told her all about it. Yes, in
deed, it was my poor darling little
kitty, hanging out in the tree, dead.
She had caught the chain in a branch
of the tree, and it had held her fast
and choked her to death
Nobody scolded me. Only mamma
talked a little to mo about how naughty
I had been, but I know it before. Aunt
Emily said sho would give me the
chain at once, but I didn't want it 1
never could bear to wear it, for it
would always make mo think how il
killed my little kitty, all for my fault.
Sydneu Bayer, in Interior.
The men of Japau are always ex
cessivtdy polite to one another. They
bend their backs and bow their heads
and put their hands back to back be
tween their knees and havo a great
time. But the most amusing thing is
to see two old ladies meeting one an
other on the street. Tho street i3
empty, wo will say, and they catch
sight of one another three or four
blocks apart. They immediately begin
to make obeisance at one another, and
they keep bending and bowing at short
intervals until they come together,
when they make that peculiar
hiss by drawing in the breath
and keep on saying "Ohavo"
for about two minutes. Tho young
things, tho "Moosmais," are very
charming and graceful in their greet
ing of one another, but the old ladies
are ornate and elaborate in their ad
dress. And the language has beon
framed with a view to the necessities
of politpncss and of difference in rank.
"Are," with accent on the c, is the
verb to be. If you are talking to a
coolie, somebody very much below
you, "are is goou enougu ior "js.
If you are talking to one a little below
you, or you wish to be polite to an un
derling, you use "arnnas." If you are
on formal terms with an equal yon say
"gozarimas," and when you address a
man high above you in rankyou make
it 'gozarimasuru." It's an elastic
language, and pulls out to almost any
length. San Francisco Chronicle.
C. H. Ojgood, a veteran of the
Mexican war and the war of tho R i
bellion, who recently passed a few
days in Ashland. Wis., is a remark
ab'.o man in many ways. It is said
that tho bullets ho carries in his body
will weigh a r.ound, and he can show
fort' distinct scars of wounds which
ho received in service. His stomach
and his finger tips are blue from the
poison of tho copper bullets fired into
him by tho Mexican regulars. For the
past twenty years ho has been roam
ing the mountains and plains with
Mexican desperadoes- He is over
sixty years old, but is still rugged an I
The British posi-olliee service em--ploys
8.000 women. C nnpetitors for '
places have to b" ver eighteen aij
under twenty years of ago,