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The Royal Society, of Dublin, lately
offered a number of prizes for seeding
potatoes, hoping, by the introduction of
new varieties, to overcome the effects of
the destructive potato disease. A great
many new sorts were shown, all of which
will be given a thorough test.
The great river Euphrates is in danger
of disappearing altogether. Of late
years the banks below Babylon have
been giving away so that the stream
spreads out into a marsh, until steamers
could not pass, and only a narrow channel
remained for native boats. Now
this passage is becomiug obliterated, and
fViAVA i'q nnnorrr that the famous river
will be swallowed up by the desert.
English journals record the late voyage
of a large steamer, owned in London
winch has been fitted to burn petroleum.
Good time was made, and general satisfaction
is expressed with the experiment.
The consumption of oil on the voyage
vas a little over eight gallons per hour,
costing about ?1 per day, while the cost
of coal for that period is calculated to
be ?7. Beside the saving in coal, a great
saving will be effcctcd in labor.
By a recent law iu Indiana, any person
who knowingly permits Canada
thistles to grow and mature upon his
land, or land under his charge, is liable
to a fine of not less than $5, or more than
$20, and double the amount for a second
offence. Subject to the same fines are
supervisors of the highways of the State
who allow these thistles to grow on any
road in their districts; or roadmasters
of railway lines, through whose negligence
these thistles grow about stations
or along the right of way under their
One-quarter of the live stock of the
country is owned and fed in the South.
The South has $000,000,000 invested
in milch cows, oxen, other cattle, sheep ^
hogs, horses and mules. The South
owns one-third of the milch cows, oxen,
other cattle and hogs of the country, or
fully her proportion according to population.
One-quarter of the sheep of the
country are kept in the South, when ten
years ago .the proportion wa3 only oneseventh.
The negroes own very little j
live stock, unless dogs are included under
"I am interested," says "Wyatt Gill, a
traveler of the time, "in the discussion
going on at home about fish as food for
the brain. For years past there have
been annually resident iu the training
institution at Rarotonga from "fifty to
seventy natives of various islands of the
South Pacific. The most quick-witted
students come from low coral islands
and have grown to manhood on a diet of
fish and cocoanuts. In muscular strength,
however, and in the power of endurance,
they are decidedly inferior to the inhab'
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The following, which appears in
"Our Country," by B. J. Lossing, Volume
1, page 295, is interesting in view
of the recent prohibitory election in Atlanta,
Ga.: "Rum appears to have been
freely used at first in Georgia. In the
minutes of the trustc3s, under date of
August 11, 1793, is the following report:
'Read a letter from William Oglethorpe
with an account of the death of several
persons in Georgia, which he imputed to
the drinking of rum. Resolved, That
the drinking of rum in Georgia be absolutely
prohibited, and that all which lie
brought there be stavedThis was a
short but pretty effectual prohibitory
The farm of Hon. David M. Clough,
of Canterbury, the well-known "corn
king," comprises 500 acres, and follows
the fertile bank of the Merrimac ri%'er
for one mile. Among the productions
of this season are: Corn in the ear,
ij,uuu Dusaeis; oais, i,uuu; puiaiuus,
500, and hay, 150 tons. The farm has
100 head of neat stock and eight horses.
For sixty years no intoxicating liquors
ot any kind, or cider, have been allowed
as a beverage. Distinguished agriculturists
call this the best farm in tho
Merrimac valley. In addition to the
homestead, Colonel Clough owes 500
acres of land in Canterbury, Boscawen
and Nortlifield, and large tracts in "\Vil?
mot and London, in all about 1,500
An African explorer, II, H. Johnson,
in an account of a journey to Killmajaro,
describes the natives as clever smiths,
who forge all sorts of tools, arms, and
decorative articles from pig iron, which
is brought from the country of Usanga,
near Lake Jipe. The forge consists simply
of a pair of goatskin bellows with a
stone nozzle, which is thrust into the
furnace of charcoal. The bellows is kept
Kir oorornl r,r>cra flirnaf: into thp
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ground, and a huge stone is often placed
on the pipe to keep it firm. After the
iron has been heated white hot in the
charcoal it is taken out by the iron
placers and beaten on a stone anvil. The
Chaga smiths not only make spear blades
and knives, but fabricate the finest and
most delicate chains.
There have been notable changes in
the fashions of footwear within a generation,
said a noted New York dealer,
who has been in business for over half a
century. In earlier days males wore long
top boots the year round almost exclusively,
only varying in thickncss. With
the incoming of woman's gaiter boots
men began to grow more partial in shoes,
and gradually discarded the long-leg appendage.
The prevalance of hoopskirts
among women rendered a species of protective
foot-wear necessary, while on the
other hand the style of tight-fitting
trousers with men made the legs of boots
an encumbrance. Rubber shoes, meanwhile,
have become cheap and popular,
bo that both sexes are on a place of equality
in the matter of covering for their
The use of natural gas as fuel is one of
the possibilities of the near future. This
is true, not only in regard to Pittsburg
and other places where gas wells exist,
but also in towns situated at distances
rcinete from the supply. How to force
the gas beyond the limit to which its
natural pressure, as it escapes from the
well, will send it, is a problem which
seems likely to soon be solved. It is
proposed to place at the limit of the
natural flow a pumping station, so that
the gas-fluid may be forced to indefinite
distances. This fluid is likely to be
sought after, as it is cheap, cleanly and
nossessed of labor-saving qualities.
Manufacturers especially are interested
in obtaining a supply, as it is said to be
cheaper than any other fuel, and capable
of improving the quality of many articles
produced by iron workers.
The Chicago Times asserts that "the
popular impressions concerning the bee j
must be revised. It has long been
praised for its industry and sobriety, but
it has recently been learned that in these
respects the bee is a fraud. As a matter
of downright, cold fact, 'the little busy
bee' wor'. s but about three hours a day,
and is a most thorough going loafer the
re3t of the time. Its reputation
for sobriety is as little deserved. Its
oropensity for the bowl, indeed, has become
a sort of grievance for beekeepers.
Wherever hives are kept in the neighborhood
of a cider mill the bee3 always
neglect work, go oil and get full, stay
out nights, and get boisterous and disorderly.
So addicted arc they to cider
that in some parts of the East beekeepers
are said to have asked cider makers
to fence in their muls with fine wine netting."
The axtent of tbe islands attached to
Alaska, and commonly known as the
Aleutian archipeligo, is so great that the
extreme western iimit of United States
territory is situated in east longitude,
white the extreme western point of the
continent of Asia, East Cape, inBehring's
Strait, is in west longitude. The incredulity
of the average citizen will be
taxed when told that the extensive domain
embraced within the Aleutian
Islands is inhabited by a Christian, civilized
and industrious people, who are,
by the provisions of our treaty with
Russia, entitled to the protection of the
government of the United States, having
become citizens thereof without the ceremony
of naturalization, and who live in
a climate fas genial as that of Italy or
the south of France. Their claim to
Christian civilization is based on the
I fact that they are members of the Greek
! church, and that their customs and
I habits are identical with common civili!
zation. Their dress is in conformity>
they live in similar houses, they give and
I take in marriage, they send their children
| to school, ihey eat with knives and forks,
they get drunk and whip their wives,
like other civilized people.
A flood of light is let in on the singular
spread of socialism in the German
capital by statistics showing th&t in Berlin
no less than 91,000 families, comprising
400,000 individuals, have to live,
sleep and often work in "suites" of a
single room. In 3,000 of these rooms j
there is neither ttove nor fireplace. Onefourth
of their tenants are poor lodgers.
Twenty-five thousand families live in
cellars under sanitary conditions that
are characterized as absolutely shocking.
Speaking about this matter the New York
1'ribunc says: "Such meagre accommodations
as our New York tenements afford,
with their two or three rooms to
each family, are at a premium, and
would be accounted a great boon
by thousands. Only of the poorest
and the best classes of dwellings
?those renting at 10,000 reichmarks a
year or over?is there abundance, for
the Berlin builder is a speculator, not a
philanthropist. The; poor have not
even the chance of going to church of a
Sunday to meditate on better things to
come, were they so minded, for all the
Protestaut churches and chapels in Berlin
have together hardly seats for 50,000,
whilp fhft servant rrirls alone would
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number over 60,000."
A Pugilist's Da ly Life.
A writer iu the Detroit Free Press
says: I had an interview last week with
a pugilist, a man of splendid physique,
whose business it is to keep himself in
good conditiou. He lives somewhat differently
from a "literary feller" whose
hard knocks are given with pen and ink
from the wrist rather than from the
shoulder. My pugilistic friend neither
drinks nor smokes, and in that sets a
good example to the men of the pen,
which is, I fear, rarely followed. He
rises at 5:30 and take3 a couple of raw
eggs. After that a walk, and breakfast
at 7. Breakfast consists of a pound of
beef, "blood rare," as he says, with
bread and tea. After breakfast a rest.
Then he hits a bag for a while, and afterward
takes a run with ' sweaters1' on.
After the run comes a bath, and then he
lies around till dinner. At dinner he
gets away with another pound of beefsteak
with bread and roast apples. This
at 12. A rest for an hour and after
that a ten-mile walk, with club and
/liimh-linil fn fnllnw. Runner at
5:30 on a mutton chop, crackers and
tea. After supper he takes a walk of a
mile or two and goes to bed before 9.
All this, of course, when he is training
for a tight, and after a week or two of
such living he feels that he can "knock
out" any tive-meal-a-day man on the first
The Story of the Rain.
You can accurately tell th3 man "who's married,
If you'll notice now he acts some rainy clay,
And observe how o'er his lady friend is carried
The umbrella that should keep the rain
If j-ou find the lady hisstrong arm gripping,
And is walking very closely by his side,
While the water is upon his shoulder dripping.
You may know she i3 a maiden or a bride.
If the drippings fall, however, on her bonnet,
And he walks about a foot or so ahead,
Then she's nothing bat his wife, depend upon
And they've been for half a score of winters
As God doth kindly stay
His rough wind in the day
His east wind keenly blows;
Bo in the time of need
When hearts are sore and bleed
His dearest love He shows:
For all the storms He guides;
On all the winds He rides,
What wo can bear He knows.
?Henry A. Lcucly, in the Current
"A CHANCE SEED."
IIow the bells ran# that New Year's
day, which happened to come on Sunday,
and how the sun shone and the folks of
Dcnman smiled as they wished each
other a happy New Year.
Denman was a small country town,
and one of the churches was a little way
in the woods, with pleasant woodland I
paths leading to it. That Sunday, in j
the great public road which lan in front
of the church, there was a large traveling
wagon, which had stopped under a
The mu'es hud been taken out and
wnrn orazinf? in the woods, and a ragged ;
w O o . . _
little urchin sat astride the tongue of
the wagon, gazing curiously at the
passers-by with wide open eyes.
"Wot do them folks mean, dad?" he
asked of a tall, sickly-looking man, who
was leaning against the wagon. "Wot
is they sayin' 'Happy New Year' to each ;
other fur? Wot is it all about?"
The man laughed a hard and bitter
"Well, it means, Nathan, that if you
have got fine clothcs and a fine house,
and heaps of good friends, and don't
have any use for anybody, folks will j
wish you all kinds of grand things. It
don't mean nothin' much, this 'Happy I
New Year.' It's just like sayin' how
dy'e any other day." i
"It sounds fine, anyhow," Nathan j
snid, meditatively. "Keckon any of
them is goin' to wish us 'Happv New
Year?' It might please ma, you know,"
"No, you fool!" the man cried, angrily.
"Ain't we poor and ragged, and
what do you think them fine folks care
for us? Do you think your poor sick ma
cares now whether they speak to her or
not? If you or I went on the premises 1
for a bucket of water, more likely they'd
take us up as tramps instead of savin'
'Happy New Year.1"
He scrambled into the wagon and
made his way to the rear, where a woman
lay on a mattress tossing and groaning.
At times, she seemed to sink into a profound
stupor, and then to rouse up with
' It's swamp fever, not a doubt of
that," he muttered ; "and no chance of
gettin' on for ever so long. No money
to pay a doctor, and I reckon they'd see
me in Jericho before they'd come to her
for nothin.'- I don't like that blue,
pinched look round her nose, it looks
like poor little Clem and Hannah before
"Allan!" the sick woman said, suddenly,
opening her eyes. "What day is
"It's the first of January. Dorcas; New
"We've been a long time gettin' to it,
somehow. We've been years comin',
haven't we? and it's such a long
"If you mean we've been a long time
on the road since we started," Allan
answered, sooinmgiy, xur uci ejw *vc?u
very wild, "it's been just two weeks, and
you've had the fever for seven days. But
you feel better, old woman, don't you?
You'll start to gettin' well this very Nevv
She sank back again and the dimness
began to gather in her eyes. But his
words seemed to have made some impression
on her brain.
"A new year! a new year!" she muttered.
"A new year to begin all over
again, Allan. You'll throw away the
liquor and you'll be a new man, and I'll
?I'll be fine and glad again."
She fell into a profound sleep with
the words on her lips, at least into
what might have seemed to be sleep,
but for spasmodic twitchinga of her
In the meantime Nathan, from his
perch on the wagon tongue, swung his
legs and watched the people going to
church. A little girl came tripping along,
a child about 8 years old, the prettiest
little creature, Nathan thought, he had
lie had lived all his.twelve years on a
vast Texas prairie, seeing only the roughest
of men and women, and children
who, in their small way, were as rough
as their parents. This dainty little crea1
turc, with her soft crimson cloak and red
hood, reminded him of a beautiful red
She looked at him, smiled, and called
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out, "nappy new luai, nuic uuyi
Nathan did not answer. He did not
know what to say to this unexpected
salutation, but he colored to the very
roots of his curly flaxen hair, and kicked
more vigorously than ever against the
tongue of the wagon.
The child paused, and looked at him
with surprise in her bright eyes.
"Hasn't you got any tongue to talk,
little boy," she asked. "Why don't you
go to church?"
Nathan stuck out his tongue a little
way, indignant at the suspicion that he
was deficient in that useful member.
"Why don't you go to church?" she
He glanced from his dirty, ragged
clothes to her pretty costume. It was
the first time in his life that social distinctions
had dawned upon hiui. The
little girl saw the look, and with a quickness
beyond her age understood it, and
a look of pity came into her face.
"You're awful poor, little boy, I
guess," she said; "but theu, you know,
you might wash your hands and your
fate. If you was clean, Mr. Crane?he's
j the sexton, you know?would give you
I a seat in church."
"1 don't want to go," iNatfian louna
his tongue at last. "My ma, she's awful
sick in there," with p jerk of his thumb
toward the wagon; "and dad he says
she's got swamp fever. Two of us died
with the fever in Texas, and we're movin'
back to Mississippi, where dad come
from. "When ma's well, I don't go so
dirty: but she's awful sick."
"Oh, I'm sn sorry!" with quick sympathy.
But my papa can cure her, sure.
Why, he's the very bestest doctor in tbe
world ! Thai's our house," pointing to
a large brick building just visible
through the trees. "Go right there and
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astv xoi" ur. jYiiiyoerry. iuu ten mm
Lily sent you, and he must come right
awav and cure your sick ma. He do
anything for me," with a toss of her
In his excitement Nathan had descended
from his perch, and approached
the child. She eyed him rather doubtfully,
his grimy face and hands showing
to great disadvantage on nearer inspection.
; "Good-by!" she said, edging off. "I
l hope your ma will be well soon." Then
hesitatingly, "if I was you, I'd wash my
face and hands 'fore I went to my papa.
He might take you for a tramp, you
Nathan watched her tripping away
with a vague pain at his heart. He was
a very quick boy, and he had noticed
and felt the look of disgust when her
eyes fell on his hands.
He held them up and gazed at them
critically. They were black, sure enough;
filthier than he had ever seen them before,
for his poor, overworked mother
had always kept them clean. A strange
feeling of shame came over him as he
ran to the back of the wagon.
"Dad," he whispered, seeing that his
mother seemed asleep, "is thar a piece \
of soap handy you kin give me? I want'
ter wash my face and hands, they're so
"Here's some," handing it out to him.
"What bee's stung you, that fust time '
in your life you want to be clean?"
"Well, a little gal tolt me her par, Dr.
Mavberry, what lives in that thar big
brick house, is a fust-rate doctor, and he
kin cure ma if 1 goes fur him. Maybe
he wouldn't come ef I went thar dirty." ;
"Maybe he won't come whether you !
went there clean or dirty," Allan Ross
said, with the impatience of great trouble, i
"Them big-bug3 don't go no whar whar
they can't get fees."
"I'll try," Nathan said, resolutely.
"She tolt me I wos to say Lily sent me,
and he'd come quick as winkin'."
When the grime was washed from his j
face, you saw what a clear-skinned, j
bright-eyed little fellow Nathan Ross J
was. He had a frank, winning face, j
white teeth and a smile which made
him actually handsome. He started off j
at a run. which he kept up until he !
stood in front of the house where a horse
and buggy were hitched. A gentleman j
wns just coming out of the gate.
"\\~eli, little fellow, what do you i
want?"he asked. "Idon't know your:
face; you must be a stranger here-!
"We've jest come outer Texas. Our ;
wagon is back there a piece. My ma she's
awful sick, and a little gal tolt me you
wos a goo.i doctor, ana you'd come and
see her when I tolt you Lily said you
wos to come."
The gent'eman laughed.
"The saucy little minx! She's forever
picking up patients in the highways and
byways. Very well, my little man. I
must obey Lily, of course; aud after I've ;
seen a very sick patient, I'll ride out to
your camp. In half an hour I'll be
lie drove off, and Nathan sauntered
back, believing firmly that now he had
i a doctor, his mother would recover
instantly. He had walked about half
the distance wnen he saw in the middle
of the road an immense black bull,
pawing the ground, his shaggy head
lowered, and uttering every now and
then a deep, stifled roar which shook the
"'Pears like that fellow's awful mad,"
he muttered. "I reckon I'd better give
him a clear track, fur I don't fe2l like
skinnin' up a tree this moruin'."
He started on a circuitous route, but
had not fone far when he heard the
merry voices of children coming down
the road, rie knew they could not see
the bull until tliey came right upon him,
as the road took a short turn just at the I
point of danger.
lie pres3ed through the bushes, and
saw at some little distance three or four
girls, and among them the red cloak of
I his little friend of the morning.
"Oh, my Masters!" he cried aloud,
"the bull will make arter that red thing
sure as shootin'. Halloo, you, thar! turn
back! turn back!"
The children heard him, and at that
moment one of the number, lookiDg
down tho road, caught a glimpse of the
furious monster. He had turned, and
his red eyes were glaring at them.
Uttering scream after scream, the
children fled, all but Lily, who, panic|
stricken, felt her feet glued to the
| ground. She could not even utter a cry.
I With bounds like a deer, Nathan
: seized her as the bull made ins
i charge. The boy's Texas training stood
j him in goad stead at that moment.
He tore the red cloak from the child's
shoulders, and as the bull dashed upon
them, threw it over his head. The infuriated
beast, completely blinded
dashed around madly.
"Run, Lily, run!" Nathan cried; and
half-dragging, half-carrying the almost
j insensible child, he ran toward the
j wagon. "When they gained it, he
i stopped to breathe.
"Don't be scared," he said ze assur;
ingly, "he can't git at us here, nohow,
j We can jump in the wagon, and dad's
got a rille that don't miss. Look at him
j tearin' down the road the other way.
He's arter the fellar wot threw the red
thing over his head. I'm feared it's
clean spiled now," apologetically, "but
if 1 hadn't done that, he'd have hooked
"Oh, I don't care," Lily sobbed, holding
on tightly to her preserver. "It
was too awful to see those big eyes just
| like blazin' lire, un, you muse ue sucu u,
j brave boy!" looking at him admiringly
through her tears.
A buggy drove up, unperceivea by the
excited children, and Dr. Maybcrry
"Good heavens, Lily! what are you
doing there ?" he cried. "Where is your
cloak, and what are you crying about?"
With a cry of joy, Lily threw herself
on her astonished father, and in spite of
j sobs managed to make him understand
; the situation.
"You are a brave boy," he said, holding
out his hand to Nathan. "I will
| speak to you after I have seen your
mother. Here, Lily, get in the buggy,
1 and wrap up in the blanket. Your
! mother is in the wagon, I suppose?11
and he made his way in the crowded
She was lying motionless as the doctor
bent over her. Ilis examination was
very brief, and his eyes met the hus|
band's as he raised them. No words
were spoken, but the doctor shook his
j "I knowed it," Allan ssid hoarsely.
! "I knowed she wor death-struck yeater1
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a ay. sue s uuuu u guuu >iuv, <?
good mother, and I s'pose the Lord saw
her life was too hard, and He's goiu' to
take her. O Dorcas! Dorcas!" aud he
buried his face in the bed clothcs, and
j groaned with the repressed anguish of a
Dr. Maybcrry looked out and beckoned
I Nathan to him.
"Go to your father," he whispered.
"You will soon be all he has."
He saw the look of agony in the
boy's face, but noticed, too, that
: by a strong effort, he uttered
110 outcry, but went quietly to his father's
side, and knelt by him, putting his
i arms round his neck.
j "I'll take my little girl home," said Dr.
j Mayberrv, "and return here immediately
When he returned, the woman was
dead, aud the husband utterly prostrated
j by grief. Nathan, in a voice choked by
i sobs, was doing his best to soothe his
"Now don't take on so, dad. It's
hard on you, and it's hard on me, too,
but we've got to bear it,"
"She kept talkin 'bout it's bein' New
Year's Day," Allan Ross said, turning
his bloodshot eyes on the doctor; "and
she said we was to turn over a new leaf,
and I was to give up liquor. It's killed
her, sir, I know, the hard work, and
heartbreak, and me a sot, and a brute
half my time. I'm sober now, and I
want you to hear me swear on this poor
dead hand that worked fur me to the last,
that pison shall pass my lips sooner
than liquor. She's keepin' her New Year
in a better place, but she kin hear me, I
"A good resolution, my poor fellow,"
Dr. Mayberry said, kindly; "but I have
something to say to you, and I want you
to come home with me. Here come two
kind neighbors, excellent women, who
will perform the last offices for your
wife. Come now."
The business must have been of some
importance, for it was an hour before
they came from the doctor's study.
"I will do a good pait by the boy,"
Dr. Maybcrry said. "My wife and 1
owe him a debt of gratitude for saviug
my only child's life. Beside, I have been
struck by his self command and thought fulness
to-day. There is a great deal in
So Nathan stayed behind when his
father started for Mississippi the next
day. He stayed reluctantly, and hid in
the wood all day, after parting wth his
father. To that warm, faithful little
heart, the poverty shared with the parent
he loved was better than all the luxury
of his new home.
But he came back to the house that
evening, very pale and grave, but neither
sullen nor tearful.
I have no space to follow up his life
after that New Year's day. His father
kept the pledge taken on his dead wife's
hand, and was blessed with a full measure
Nathan Ross is a very successful lawyer,
a grave, thoughtful man, with all
the marked characteristics of his boyhood.
But he has what people call a
"crank." Every New Year's day he
goes among the poor and sorrowful with
gifts, and he raises his hat, and cries
out, "Ilappy New Year," to the filthiest
beggar he meets.?Youth's Companion.
Rev. Sam Jones' Style.
The following is an extract from a
sermon by Rev. Sam Jones, the Southern
The saddest attitude of tlie soul as it
lies oa the brink of perdition is the attitude
of slumber. A man sleeping over
his immortal interest! Can you imagine
a man like that? In our State we have
a Mr. "William A. Rogers, President of
the Marietta Female college. One morning
his wife was indisposed and he sent
his servant to the drug store for quinine.
In a few moments the servant c.ime back.
Mrs. Rogers took the powder and put it
on her tongue. She rinsed it down with
water, but as soon as she had swallowed
it she walked to the front porch, and to
her husband, who was in the flower
yard, she said: "Husband, that was not
quinine I took just now. I sent for
quinine, but I am satisfied that was not
quinine." Mr. Rogers ran down with all
his might to the drug store, and said:
''What was that you sent my wife?"' The
druggist threw up his hands and said:
"Sir, I have sent enough morphine to
your house to kill a dozen peisons." Mr.
Rogers ran over to the doctor's office
and carried two physicians home witli
him. They administered emetics and
strong coffee and various remedies, and
/1iror?Hir o likfi atnnnr hfifran to
crawl over her frame. The agonized
husband turned to the doctors and said:
i "Is there any chance to save my poor
j wife?" "Yes," they replied, "if we can
keep her awake for four hours we can
save her life." The minutes seemed like
hours as they walked her up and down
the floor, and threw cold water in her
' face and whipped her person with cruel
switches, and every means was used.
Directly that death like stupor became
so oppressive that she turned to her husband
and said: "Husband, please, sir,
let me go to sleep," and he said, "Oh,
wife, if you go to sleep you will never
wake up again in this world." "I Know
that, "she said, "but please, sir, lot me go
to sleep." And they walked her up and
down the floor, aud, directly, when the
stupor overwhelmed he whole being, she
turned to her husband, and said: "Husi
band; please, sir, let me sleep for just
five minutes." And he said: "Wife, if
you go to sleep for five minutes, you will
never wake up. Arise! Arouse!" And
flma fliou nrnifVvl nnf-.il tlin fnur hours
! bad pasicd, and the doctors pronounced
! And I have seeu the soul of man just
in that condition. I have worked with
; him and wrestled with him day after
day, aud week after week, and the devil
i would administer opiates to his soul and
'he would say: "Just let me sleep until
this service is over?this last hour's service
of the meeting. Just let me sleep
! through this." And I have aroused him
and we have sung, "Come humble sinner,"
and on and on, and then he said:
j "Just let me sleep through this last
But if I die, that mercy sought
That on the King have cried,
It's then to die?delightful thought?
As sinner never died.
And he sang the verse through, and
he closed his eyes and slept and slept
1 and slept, until in hell hs opened his
eyes, wide awake forever! Oh, brother,
mn von sleen that wav? Oh, brother!
; Oh, how men sleep over their immortal
interest! How men sleep over the interest
of their souls!
The Smallest Dos in the World.
Nearly 200 hundred different kinds ol
dogs! Think of it! And yet this is not
difficult to believe; for, we have water
dogs, and watch dogs, and sheep dogs,
and fighting dogs, aud pet do?*s, and
i sledge dogs, and carriage dogs, thick
dogs and slender dogs, long-legged and
short-legged; dogs for killing rats, and
dogs for killing wild boars; dogs foi
j use, and dogs for ornament; dogs to
care for us, aud dogs for us to care for.
I Then* there is the little dog?the toy
I dog, as it is called. The smaliness to
! which a dog can be reduced is remarkai
ble; and if the size of the very smallest
! dog had not been ollicially recorded, no
one could be blamed for doubting the
j facts concerning the little fellow. Tiny,
; a blnck-and tan terrier, has the honor of
, having been the smallest full-grown dog
j that ever lived. lie belonged to Lieutenant-General
Sir Archibald Maclaine,
of England, and in honor of his extreme
tininess is now carefully preserved under
a glass case. Tiny was less than four
inches long, and could comfortably curl
i up and take a nap in a common glass
tumbler. An ordinary linger ring was
i large enough for his collar, and when
. lie sat up a baby's hand would almost
I have made a broad and safe resting
; place for liira. Of course Tinv was of
1 no account against a rat. Indeed, a
j hearty, self-respecting mouse would
have stood its ground against the little
| fellow. But if Tiny had not strength, he
did have courage, and would bark as
lustily as his little lungs would let him
at the biggest rat that ever lived?when
the rat was dead.?St. Nicholas.
Dr. George L. Fitch, iu charge of the
hospitals of llonolula, says leprosy is
hereditary, and cannot be communicated
by one person to another under any combination
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newest trimming. Olive wood is alM-.- gap
used in the same manner.
Elephant color is very stylish fof
street costumes, and generally vetjf
becoming to any complexion.
Lamb's wool wadding is much morfi
healthful and lisdit for lininsr anv wint<&
FOR FE . JNIME READERS.
A glance?a touch of hands! and Love is
A hopeful, untried child, with vague desires
Showing through limpid eyes like unknown
That shine throuch Dure pale stars at early
?Mar ah Ellis Ri;ctn, in the Current
Women a* IS:isincss TOanajjcrs.
"Any number of ladies keep their checkbooks,"
said Cashier Osborne, of the Chicago
Merchant's Loan and Trust company,
"and check against their bank deposits
for household and personal expenses,
just as their husbands do in the business.
It is very convenient for ladies to
do this, as they can go shopping and
make extensive purchases without bothering
the stores or their husbands with
bills, and without carrying currency
around with them. Some ladies are
given a regular allowance by their husbands,
in some cases I know of running
as high as $20,000 a year. The wife ot
one of our richest merchants takes entire
chaige of the household, the
grounds, the stable, everything. She
watches the domestic end of their affairs
as closely as the husband does the business
end. She issues her checks to pay
the servants, the stablemen, the harness
repairer, the carriage-maker, the grocer,
the butcher, and everybody. She even
takes charge of all home improvements,
and pays the painter, the boss stonemason,
the decorator, the carpenter, and so
ou* Such a woman is a great help to a
man who has many irons in the fire and a
great business on his hands. Many men
who are not wealthy make deposits to
their wives' credit, and we handle their
checks. In fact there has been a sort of
craze among Chicago ladies for bank accounts
and check books. It is a good
A Xew York Girl's Fanny Invention.
The girl in this case is innocent in exterior,
but her smooth skin is stuffed full
of wiks, says a New York letter. She
motioned ine to a chair in her parlor
wnen I called, and to a seat in it. The
piece of furniture was handsome, but in
no way curious. Simultaneously she
settled into another chnir which, though
its upholstered bottom seemed to be on
a level with the one I was on, let her
down about a foot nearer the floor. Seeing
that I regarded the difference as
phenomenal, she said: ''Ah, I don't
mind telling you all about it. I call
these my trick chairs, but I didn't care
to work 'em on you. When put to the
use for which I planned them I assign
the visitor to the one I am now in, and
take for myself the one you have. They
are based on the principle that a cool,
composed person always has a tremendous
advantage over a flustered, awkward
one, especially if the former be a
woman and the latter a man. Now,
please stund up a minute. Now, let us
change 6eats. Down you drop ten or
twelve inches below the point that you
would expect to if you had not already
observed the deep mashiness of the upholstery.
Were you an impressionable,
bashful, rather sentimental visitor,
startled and surprised by the depression
that threatened to bump you on the carpet
itself, you would be utterly deprived
of equanimity, don't you see? At the
same time, I would be posed calmly and
demurely on this more solid chair, clear i
above your insignificant par, with my 1
supremacy fully established, for the one j
interview, anyhow. Oh, I have found i
the invention exceedingly effective and
A Croatian Wedding.
"When once whispered about in Croatian
social circles that a young man and
maiden have looked kindly upon each
other, the affair is immediately laid before
two gospodars, venerable patriarchs,
men of wise understanding, holding
in charge aft matters pertaining to
financial and social interests connected
with the well-being of the community.
These sage councilors determine the
value of the young girl to be paid in
cattle; this point settled is regarded as
an official pledge.
Oddly en ough, never by word or sign, until
the contracting parties meet at church,
when a "fair" is held, must they seem
even to know each other. At this public
gathering, relatives and friends being
present, rings are exchanged, marking a
public betrothal. After this the brideelect
may purchase all the wedding
finery she fancies at the expense of her
After lhe "Inir" the gospodar-in-chief,
in the name of the happy suitor, sends !
to the maiden au apple filled with gold
and silver coins; this is "dowry." In
addition to the cattle which the groom
must give for his affianced, he must also I
present to each member of her family a !
gift, and lucky is the youth if his purse j
be not emptied thereby.
A clown leads the wedding procession; !
he must ride the most ungainly beast to i
be found; he must be clad in a grotesque !
blending of male and female attire; on I
his hat must be the wing of a goose, and '
he must be the readiest of the uproarous |
crowd, with the wildest of jokes and j
wittiest of speeches, with a bright word ;
and a saucy jest for all whom he meets, j
The bride fellows the clown, having by i
her side a faithful companion of her own j
sex. The groom follows on horseback, j
bearing a handsome boquet; over his ]
shoulders is worn a cloak, thrown about j
him as he left the home of the bride. |
Reaching the church, the betrothed stand I
under a canopy, and two silver-gilt or J
bronze crowns are held above their heads. !
Prayer is offered by the priest, after j
which, holding a crown over the groom's
head, he says: "I crown thee, servant of
God, for this maiden." Lifting the secnnrl
crnwn above the head of the bride,
he repeats: "I crown thee, servant of
God. forthisman." A. sumptuous feast,
held at the bridegroom's house, follows,
continuing three days and nights. The
morning after the ceremony the bride
serves water to the guests, receiving
from each a gift.
Slippers must be worn unadorned.
Capes with sleeves are seen among
Even Russian blouses are made of jersey
The graceful draped skirt dies slowly,
but it is certainly doomed.
Undraped, plaited, or gathered skirts
grow more and more in favor.
Lacing is as much in style as buttoning,
either for boots or dresses.
The lace mitts which meet the short
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sleeves are lasnionaoie ana ueuuming us
Turquoise blue and deep sapphire make
the two extremes of the blues shown this
"Mikado'' styles are still the rage, and
much ingenuity is shown in many orig[
Short-cropped hair is the latest Paris
fashion, but it needs to be very artistically
cut to be successful.
Mahogany beads and pendants are the
0? w ,
garment than cotton batting.
Medicis ruffs are both fashionable an<J
becoming, but they should not be too
stiffly wired in order to set well.
Tubular braid finishes some of the
most stylish jackets, and is sure not to
wear out while the garment lasts. . J
The new all-over undergarments are
in great favor, and are indispeasable in this
climate to insure good health.
The hair must be worn high on the
head in easy loops and knots, and the
pins for dressing are in endless variety.
Valencicnnes net is used for the sleeve*
and yokes of young girls' party dresses
where the garniture is of the same pretty
Black silk dresses never go out of
fashion. The limitations of their uses
for certain occasions are only more defined.
The huge buttons so fashio.iable on
outer garments this season are sewn on to
the garment by heavy silk cord or
The old, old-fashioned pumpkin hood
is to be revived, but it is in no wise th?
staid old affair as formerly. It is much
decked out and embellishhd.
The unglazed Suede glove holds its
favor in public estimation, but is word '
less soiled, thanks to decency, than last
season, and is seen in more shades.
A fine gauze lisle thread white stoclc*
incr should alwavs be worn under a black
or colored stocking, no matter whether Si
of silk, lisle thread or cashmere wool.
There are some black dress stuiFS
for evening Wear which are very ,
sumptuous and beautiful. These are,
brocades with figures outlined in jet 01 , j
cut steel beads.
While the present style of draperie# '
lasts, the Pinis Irish poplins cannot be
in full favor; Queen Victoria is a patron) ^
of them, and while that continues the'
mills will not close.
Bonnets of felt, cut in narrow stiipsand
braided after the manner of coarse
straw, are novelties. They are cottage
shapes, faced with velvet and trimmed! jri
with velvet, silk or satin ribbons, feather#" *
The latest styles in hose show evervi
color and shade shown to the dyer, aqa^
many combinations of color arc made!
with an elaborate instep pattern which*
may have boucle effects or flat designs <
in Roman colors.
Diamonds must be laid aside for' fti
short season, except on State or full*;
dress occasions. * Emeralds are in great,
favor, and rubies and their imitations (
are much used in the elaborate dress %
panels now in vogue.
TUft dihiods ana uuuk.ic3 usou uu imu j *..*
ionable dresses to-day give the silveremitlk * :
opportunities for the display of beautiful]
workmanship. Sometimes "these buttons'
and buckles are of bronze or old silver, i /
cut in classic shapes in high square?
relief; again they are of cbascd gold!
in rich dead shades, and jet-, again they i
are of carved bog oak with silver trim-1
One of the most novel bonnets of tieseason
was an artificial bird's nest made !
of wood-colored chenille and real bircH
bark, with the natural moss growing;
thereon. A half-dozen or so of
tiny birdlings, with mouths open for thesusculent
worm, gave an additional lifelike
effect to the new boonet and formed
the decoration of this very original piece
of millinery. Dark graen velvet tie string*
completed the idea.
Tiro Hundred Millions.
Mr. Yanderbilt was worth $200,000,000.
If we say that he was worth $500,~
000,000, or $1,000,000,000 do we get aperceptibly
different impression about
the bulk of his fortune? Most people do - ;
not. To the average mind the conception
of enormous wealth is much thesame
whether it be reckoned in hundred*
of millions or in vigmtillions. The;
human mind cannot grasp these great
sums or clearly appreciate the difference,
between one hundred millions and two
Let us try and describe Mr. Vanderbilt's
great fortune in terms of linear,
square, and cubic measurement and of
weight. Everybody understands theseterms,
and they make a definite impression
on men's minds.
If this sum of $200,000,000 were iiv
standard silver dollars it would present
such features as this :
Put lengthwise, dollar after dollar, it
would stretch a distance of 4,672 miles,
making a silver streak from New York
across the ocean to Liverpool.
Piled up, dollar ou dollar, it woulck
reach a height of 355 miles.
Laid flat on the ground, the dollars
would cover a space of nearly sixty,
The weight of this mass of silver
would be 7,160 tons.
To transport it would require 358 cars,
carrying twenty tons each (this is thecapacity
of the strongest freight cars)
and making a train just about two miles
and a half long.
On ordinary grades it would require
twelve locomotives to haul this trainOn
roads of steep grades and sharp
curves, fifteen or twenty locomotiveswould
be needed. " . V *p
In one-dollar bills this two-hundredmillion-dollar
fortune would assume
such shape as this: *
| The bills stretched lengthwise would
extend 23,674 miles, or nearly the cir!
cumference of the earth at the equator.
I Piled up on one another, close a3
' leaves in a new book, they would reach
, a height of twelve miles.
Spread out on the ground they would
cover 740 acres, or nearly the whole surface
of Central Park, including ponds
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A safe deposit vault to contain these
bills would require to be twenty-three
feet long, twenty-two feet wide, and
twenty feet high.?New York Tines.
Inventor of tlic Lisrlirning- Rod.
One of our German contemporaries
devoted recently some spuce to the experiments
of one Procopious Diwisch,
j and details a number of interesting de|
vices produced by him. Among them
1 the lightning rod occupies a prominent
: position, and Diwisch's biography claims
for him the priority of invention in this
lield, on the strength of the fact that he
erected such a contrivance in his garden
in 1751. So far as dates are concerned
Diwisch can by no means be counted as
the original Jacob in the lightning rod
business, as the thing had been done
some time before by several others, and
the idea of drawing sparks from the M
clouds had been suggested by Franklin
iu 1749. Indeed, records show that before
Diwisch's date two houses in Phila*
delphia were struck by lightning during
a thunder storm, and the one protected
by lightning rods was not injured, while
the other was severely damaged.?Electrical