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BESIEGED BY A PYTHON.
A WEIRD TALE OP A CLERK'S TERRIBLE
A Huge Snake at Lar^o in a
Counting Room.?Taking: Refngo
in a Safe.?A Lucky Escape.
Twenty years ago I was the managing
clerk in an English merchant's office.
My work was heavy. Many nights I
sat at my books until into the small
hours of the morning. Once or twice I
actually dozed off into a sleep, to be
awakened by the woman who cleaned
the various rooms coming to her work.
The house I was connected with had
a branch establishment in India doing a
large business, and many curious consignments
of goods, quite outside of our
usual articles of commerce, passed
through our hands. Priceless cloths
and native fabrics, brass and gold ornaments
set with precious stones, collections
of stones, botanical specimens,
birds, animals?everything, in fact, until
at times the contents of the cases, if
opened and spread out, would have
made a very average museum.
One afternoon a large box was delivered
from one of the ships labelled
"To be kept in a moderately warm
place." I was away from the warehouse
at the time of its arrival, and the
? ? in niitfir nffinfi. On
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my return I casually noticed the caso in
passing, and saw that one end was
slightly cru3hed, as if by some heavier
case falling on it. This was a mere accidental
My private office was just four walls,
hung with maps and charts. A writing
bureau in the centre of the floor behind
the door; behind the bureau a large
iron fireproof safe some six feet high
and four feet square, standing twelve or
fourteen inches from the wall, and a
case of books and three or four chairs
completed the inventory. I was going
to work late, and in^i short time I was
alone in the large building.
I worked steadily until midnight I
arose and paced abont the room for a
A sound, as of a chair being moved
in the adjoining room, startled me.
I stepped to the door, and opened it.
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mo ligtit irom a street lump u\, mo
room fairly woll, and after a glance I
concluded it must have been fancy, and
returned to my desk, leaving the door
A few minutes afterward, a faint,
bars'1 sound camc from the samo direction,
a curious, rubbing sound, undeniably
within the next room, and quite as
undeniably moving toward the door
leading to where I was sitting.
I rose to my feet, and as I did so the
head and neck of a hugh snake protruded
through the doorway into the
I stood transfixed with horror.
When the reptile saw me it stopped
for a second, its eyes grew more and
more aflame until they resembled two
lurid balls of fire, its tongue darted in
and out of its mouth, and the head
raised higher and higher until nearly
level with my own. I could hear its
body coiling and recoiling in fury in the
darkness beyond, and there I stood
powerless, unarmed, and apparently
unable even to move.
I looked once around in a despairing
scarch for some outlet of escape, and,
as I took my eyes from those of the
u ?5f 1/iwnmil ifn nnd
darted toward me. Another sccond nnd
it would have caught mc, when, seeing
the open safe, I rushed in and shut the
door. A small petty cash book fell to
the floor, half in, half out of the safe,
holding the door open about half an
But for that book I would hnve speedily
been suffocated. Not thinking of
that I stooped and tried to draw the
book inside, but the snake, moving
simultaneously with myself, had dashed
itself against the safe, and in its brute fury
thinking the safe part-and parcel of myself
had thrown its coils around it, compressing
the door so tightly that I fortunately
could not remove the book,
which was my sole means of ventilation.
Half crazed with fright I pulled and
lugged at it without avail. The perspiration
rolled down my facc, my heart
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UCUL UlIlIU^l K# uurbtiu^, uuu vivuu nibu
the book holding the door ajar I seemed
to be at the point of suffocation. Gasping
for breath and utterly nerveless I
fell against the door and slid to the floor
in a dead faint.
How long I remained so I cannot tell;
perhaps a few minutes,perhaps an hour.
At last my senses returned,and although
dreadfully cramped by the position into
which I had subsided in the narrow
space, I felt I had not the power to rise,
and lay there gazing through the narrow
opening at the two folds which encircled
my refuse, feeling a horrible sensation
that I shall never forget. I even
passed my finger out and touched one,
feeling a quivering movement that told
tne the reptile had drawn its coils to
their utmost tension in the hope of
crushing the shell that held the precious
kernel of myself.
By an effort I collected my ideas, and.
remembering the box and the crushed
end, could readily account for the presence
of the intruder. I knew that it
was customary to feed them to satiety
before shipping, send them oil, and as a
rule they arrived here still in the state
of stupor. This one might have had a
long ^passage, and coming out of the
sleep wanted water, grew furious, burst
the weak end of the case, and finding
me attacked mo by instinct.
I grew calmer and investigated my
position thoroughly. I rose to my feet,
and as I did so my foot rested on something
uneven. I picked it up and found
it to be one of those long ink erasers,
haviDg a blade about four inches long,
sharp as a razor, tempered like a Damascus
blade, the handle being about five
inches long and flat in shape. It must
have fallen out of the cash book, these
knives frequently being shut in the
books by the careless clerks. Taking
tho knife in my right hand I thrust it
into the thinest fold with all my
strength. There was a horrible, sickening
tearing sound, and quickly withdrawing
the blade, I thrust it again
and again into the folds, until at the
third or fourth stab I saw the folds relax
and eo sliding: down the sides of the
safe to the floor, lying there squirmin
and writhing in convulsions.
I dared not move for nearly an hour, nr?
until all seemed quiet; then opening the
door, I dashed across the room into thu j
outer office, banged to the door, locked
it, and, hatless, rushed to the nearest 111
police station. At first my story was
discredited, and I was almost loeked up ^Dj
as being arunk, but eventually four
officers armed with revolvers cauio with mai
Wc found the reptile nearly dead, but on '
still tremulous when touched, the cuts
with the keen knife, owing to the ex- *erl
treme tension of the coils, having nearly knc
severed the body in half. It measured S?3
just 33 feet 5 inches from head to tail.? fia
Neva York Sun. 0 f.
In a Jeweler's Window. Lai
A retail icweler says: 4'Do I ever
keep a lookout for suspicious charncters U1?
in front of my show-window with pieces vcr
of lead-pipe or bricks? No, I can't say ver
that I do. The watching wouldn't f
amount tc much unless it was pretty the
steady, and that would necessitate a mo1
trusted man behind the counter for that Pra
purpose alone. But a funny thing that *DS
I do notice is the regularity with which Pr.c
some people will come up to gaze upon ^'s
a certain article, who nevertheless have Pat
neither the means nor the desire to pur- my
"Now, a schoolboy will come again
and again to feast his eyes upon ape- "'1]
culiar mechanical clock, and stick his sPa
tongue a little further into his chcck coa
each time as he marvels upon how it is *lsu
made to work. Just so, I suppose are j3 t
the poorer classes of people fascinated
by a display of glistening gems, which sPa
represent a sum by them at once converted
in thought into delicacies innumerable,
and three meals a day for mu
several months. Sometimes a person cas
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uecuLues IUUIMJ ?u>,uvi. *v? ?
displayed, and really feels bad when it
"I remember one instance of a seedylooking
individual who came regularly PjP
every morning and took a long look at a
handsome diamond and ruby bracelet Pas
worth nearly $800, and always went "1"
away with a satisfied smile. Ho camo ?v<
regularly for two months, and at first I *k?
suspectcd him of evil designs, but I soon ( ?
saw my fears were groundless. Well, our
the morning after tho bracelet was sold CXF
that man came up and looked high and
low for the familiar object. Finally he "ac
walkedinand demanded of my clerk 1
where it was. 'Sold,'said ho. 'What!' """?
shrieked the -seedy man. Soldi Why
you fraud, what do you meau by putting
goods in your window to attract buyers,
and then selling them! You don't catch
mo buyiug anything herel' and he no*
stalked out in a high dungeon. Somo
other dealer is probably 'attracting' his JJH
custom now. I have had many amusing rj
experiences with tho window-gazers, ^rj(
Due in oaaicy mis one kalcuuu tutu t-u .
alL"? [The Jewelers' Weekly.
A Climatic Peculiarity. I Cor
A correspondent of an Eastern paper lira
points out the fact that at Lucerne, in of
the southern part of this state, a high $1(
range of thermometer?ho puts it at wi<
11G?can be endured even by the rec
workers in the field withouf a great deal uo<
of inconvenience. He attributes* the are
fact to the movement of the coast winds sid
and the cool nights which tend so much wa
to recuperation. This condition of the ma
atmosphere is not peculiar to bit
Luccrne and Southern California. It sor
is common also to Central and a cot
part of Upper California. It is a well- R.
established fact that in this state ninety lin
degrees of heat does not cause a great Pa
deal of personal discomfort. It can bo lin:
ODdurcd much more easily than seventy- Ma
six degrees at the East. The higher plf
range with us is not attended with Th
wilted collars, nor crushed wristbands, cnl
except in the case of violent exertion, fig
fho reason is not exclusively the th.'
prevalence of coast winds, but the cc<
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dryness oi me aimospnerc. i uu uvm, v*
absorbed by the system at once radiates an<
in all directions. At the E:ist, ale
in consequence of th,*? greater moisturb fo'
of the atmosphere, tho heat is retained, itCalifornians
have been known to flee
precipitately from New York with a
thcrmometrical range of from seventysix
to eighty degrees, though ten '
degrees more would not render them An
uncomfortable in the southern country, en
or the Sacramento or San Joaquin val- on
leys. Tho radiation outward of the pr<
heat is also supposed to account for the Tli
absence of sunstroke, and of rabiee a"1
among dogs.?San Francisco Enquiirer. wi
A Japanese Street co
To stroll down tho principal street of Ln
Tokio, of an evening, is a species of ha
liberal education. Long lines of gayly- cu
lighted shops, crammed with wares to trc
captivate alike the novice and the con- te;
noisseur, look out upon an equally end- soi
less succession of torchlit booths, that ns(
display a happy medley of old curios thi
and new conceits. Hero the very latest fat
thing in inventions, a gutta-percha rat, sia
that for some reason best known to the lot
vendor scampers about squeaking with a a t
mimicry to shame the original, holds an str
admiring crowd spellbound with mia- to
gled trepidation and delight. of
There a native zoctropc, ingenious in
round of pleasure, whose top, fashioned pa
after the type of a turbine wheel, enables
a candle in the centre to supply
both illumination and motive power at
tho same time, affords to as many as can
find room on its circumference a peep
at the composite antics of a consecutivcly
pictured monkey in the act of a J
jumping a box. Then again it is some ,CJ
flower stand, in the growth of whose , u
shrubs art has dared even to interfere
with nature, and begotten forms which ?
the parent plant would fail to recog- al<
nize, while opposite this show is a
booth that, among its other curiosities, , ?
has fo" sal<s little microscopes with legs.
Thu? from one attraction to another you ac
wander on for miles, curried along with
the tide of pleasure seekers in a sort of
realized dream.?Atlantic Monthly.
Do Astonished Her. Si
"Mabel, I have something to say that
I think will astonish you.", k'
'What is it Harry?" iu
"I am going away." 0]
"Oh Harry! you are always getting
up some nice surprise for me."?Merchant
Explosions of Natural Gas.
Pc arc told that dreadful consequences
likely to follow tho American enteric
of boring for natural gas; that in
na the Lake Foo-Chang rests upon a
:rict that was blown up ancl all its
abitants destroyed, and that tho
ie catastrophe is imminent in tho
ited States unless the laws restrict tho
iher developments in the boring of so
ly wells. The correspondent who
ads this noto of alarm says: "Should
explosion occur, there will bs such an
icaval as will dwarf the most
iblo of earthquakes ever
iwn. The country along tho
belt from Toledo through Ohio, Inna
and Kentucky will be ripped up
i depth of from 1,200 to 1,500 feet
. flopped over like a pancake, leaving
iasm through which the waters of
:c Eric will come howling down fillthc
Ohio and Mississippi valleys and
tting them out forever." This is
y startling and to many may appear
y plausible, seeing that tho quantity
*as that sometimes rushes forth when
3c wells are opened is somsting cnoru*.
Those, however, who have made
ctical experiments on explodsuch
gases will not be
vented from settling in the Ohio or
isissippi Valley by fear of the antici
cd catastrophe. Lecturers who, like
self, have often shown the old popucxperimcnt
of the electrical pistol
I especially appreciate my meaning,
is is a tube through which an electric
rk may be passod into a mixture of
1 gas and atmospheric air. Tho
al mode of showing the experiment
o hold tho tube over a gas jet for a
r seconds, then cork it and pass the
rk. It should explode and shoot out
cork, but very frequently fails, and
y? Simply becauso it contains too
cli gas. Tho lecturer, in such
e, removes tho cork, blows down
tube or otherwise removes some of
gas. and introduces air in its place,
n trie3 again, and bang it goc*. The
t is that a tube, a borehole, a gase,
a gasholder, a cavern, or coal mine
:d or nearly filled with hydro-carbon
is perfectly incxplosivo. If half
:d with such gas it will not explode,
jn at the present day the majority of
so who pass the great gasholders
jasomcters," as they are miscalled) of
gas woriis imagine that a terrible
ilosion would occur if a light reached
ir contents. The fact is that if a
ning torchcd wero plunged into ono
ihem when filled with gas the torch
uld be instantly extinguished, and
gas issuing from the hole through
ich the torch was thrown would
iply burn in the air, but not in the
der. It would be a big gas jet nnr)
hing further.?Gentleman's Mcujazina.
Ilionaircs in a Chicago Restaurant.
The restaurants in tho business dis;ts,
which arc patronizsd alike by
i heads of houses and their clcrks,
en present opportunities for intering
observations of extremes in th?
nmercial world. The merchant wh?
iwa the profits on an annual business
millions is often seen alongside of a
)-a-week clerk, both munching sandflies.
The other day there was a
aarkable gathering of millionaires at
>n in one of these restaurants, which
i provided with a long counter bees
tables placed in alcove rooms. It
s purely an accidental meeting; each
n had dropped in for a
e to cat. Scattered about,
no elevated on stools at the
inter, some seated at tables, were W.
Linn, Sam Allcrton, George Champ,
John Cudahy, Norman Ream, E.
rdridgc. Nelson Morris, John Wilms,
Charles Counsclman, while
it-cii ? 11 Fipkl walked throuffh the
icc and B. P. Hutchinson looked in.
ere were, besides, a dozen men prest
whose wealth is expressed in six
arcs. An observer roughly estimates
it the wealth of the twenty men cx:dcd
$40,000,000. Its owners, instead
lunching sumptuously on tie rarest
i costliest viands the menu provided,
nost to a man ate sparingly of simple
>d and spent no unnecessary time ovei
? Chicago News.
An Eastern Ruler's Palace.
rhe interior of the palace of the
rieer of Bokhara, writes a corrcspond( ,
is very simple, luxuriousness being
iv cimwn in rostlv carr>ots and the
i-sencc of a large staff of servants.
ie walls are not decorated. In the
dience hall there arc two wardrobes,
th mirrors, and in one corner a marble
ituc of Psycho. A long tabic occu;d
the centre of the dining room,
yercd with a red silk tablecloth,
ckeys in turbans served the Bok:
ran visitors with green tea in china
ps, and the Russian guests were
:atcd to black tea in tumblers. After
i dinner was served, consisting o 1
ip, meat and eggs. The Ameer, on
lending the throno, disposed of all
a valuables bequeathed him by his
;her including presents from the Rusn
Court. The purchasers were rich
:al traders, who bought the articles at
rcry low price. The correspondent
itcs that it is not of raro occurrence
see watches set in diamonds and parts
enameled services in the bazaar and
private hands offered for sale at comntivcly
Yalnc of Showy Uniforms,
Lord Wolselcy is very dccidod on the
lue of dress uniforms. "The soldier
a peculiar animal." lie says, "who can
jno be brought to the highest efficienby
inducing him to believe that he
longs to a regiment infinitely supcrioi
others about him. In their desire to
ster this spirit colonels arc greatly
led by being able to point to soma 71c'
iliarity in dress." Again he says: "The
itter you dress a soldier the more
ghly he will be thought of by womcr
td consequently by himself."
The Most Patient Man.
"Who was the most patient man?r
ked a teacher in one of Pittsburg':
None of tho small scholars seemed t<
iow until a little chap, who had beer
a brown study for a few minutes, licit
3 his hand.
"Who was it, Johnny?"
"It was tho man who had tho awfu
jor turkcj;"?Fifttburg Qhrohi(fcx
VIGILANTES IN POWER.
AN ARMY OFFICER'S EXPERIENCE
Ho Stabs Their messenger, and
They Propose to Hang Him in
Defiance of the United States.
It was in the year 1852 that the vigilances
committtec found itself with an immense
amount of business on hand,
which callcd for immediate attention and
action. Having discarded the cumbrous
machinery and the slow methods of tho
courts, it began work expeditiously.
Among the men they had under the ban
wa3 a criminal against whom there was
information to be obtained before tho
committee would be justified by its self
imposed regulations in proceeding to extreme
measures. The members, all of
whom were men of influence and
position, knowing that they were acting
outside the pale,if not in absolute defiance
of tho law, were always slow to
convict without the most positive and
overwhelming evidence of guilt To
secure the testimony in the case in question,
it was necessary to submit to their
process of inquiry a United States army
officer named Ash, whose rank, I think,
was that of colonel His office was on
the corner of Kearney and Washington
streets, up stairs, opposite tho Plaza.
A messenger from the committee was sent
to him with the usual credentials. You
must understand that all persons connected
with tho committee were looked
UpULL OO UJJLXKsULOJ vuu
ing even to tho errand boy. You can
easily imagine it was very risky to question
tho authority of one of them, especially
when he came from the committee
in an official capacity.
Tho man who was deputed to call upon
Colonel Ash was a determined fellow,
and so was the soldier upon whom
he called. Wheu the messenger had.
presented his credentials and conveyed
the demand of tho vigilantes for the
colonel's presence, tho. latter brought
his piercing eyes to bear upon his visitor,
and, raising himself to his full six
feet of height, said sternly: "I recognize
no official from a vigilance committoe.
Neither do I recognize such a
committee. Leave my office."
The messenger retorted with a spice
which was equal to the army officer's
haughtiness: "While you, Colonel Ash,
represent tho laws of tho United States,
I represent the gallows, and one, too,
which operates with heedless ceremony."
This reply was too much for the
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CUUlCriU UU1UUU1* JUU o|;irtu^ vMW
vigilante, ?nd with ono blow of his
double-edged dagger ho split the messenger's
neck from tho left ear almost
down to the point of tho shoulder. The
vigilante dropped to the floor apparently
In a very few minutes the committeo
were apprised of the fato of their emissary,
and in a few minutes more Colonel
Ash was their prisoner and quietly escorted
to the "fort." The defences outside
the headquarters of the vigilantes
were modelled after General Jackson's
famous barricade at New Orleans, sandbags,
however, being substituted in this
case for cotton bales to the height of the
second story of the building. Cannon
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commanded the approacnes irom me
north, east and south. Tho "fort" was
on the west 6ide of th? street, in the
middle of the block, with a largo open
space in front, and was patrolled by
pickets outside and inside, who paced
up and down under arm3 day and night.
Tho members of tho committee
fully appreciated the gravity of an
incident that had made a United States
army officer their prisoner. To have
such an officer in the hands of the vigilanco
committee, charged with the murder
of one of their own members, marked
a serious crisis in the affairs of the organization.
Word was brought to headquarters
that tho wounded messenger
I was living, but that there was no hope
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01 nis recovery, xiiusi v*
came to tho conclusion that no matter
how the injuries of the committee's
member might terminate, the life of the
colonel was doomed. He had sympathizers
in tho committee and out of it
who sinccrcly wished that he had not
defied the only strong administrator of
justice in the city, but all felt that, in
order to preserve the authority of tho
committee and to continue it the terror
of evil doers, Colonel Ash must hang.
The friend3 of the colonel wero wild
with despair. The courts could render
no assistance. Tho time was short.
There had been for some time lying in tho
bay, down towards the Golden Gate, a
United States man-of-war, a frigate
well manned and equipped. As a last
resort Colonel Ash's friends appealed to
1 the commander to demand tho prisoner
in the name of the United States government,
or at least to delay his execution.
The commander complied with
the request and opened up a diplomatic
correspondence which terminated in tho
1 threat of the commander:
"If you hang Colonel Ash I will razt
1 tho city, or as much of it as I can, to
' the ground."
The committee replied: "Much as wo
1 /egret to come in conflict with the laws
J of the United States, if our officer dies
' Colonel Ash will hang."
Fortunately for all concerned, the officer
of the committee recovered, and
may bo living yet, for all I know, and
Colonel Ash, too, for ho was discharged
from custody.?Philadelphia News.
i Dangers of Foul Air.
If the condensed breath collected on
I the cool window panes of a room where
: a number of persons has been assembled
be burned, a smell as of singed hair will
show the presence of organic matter, and
if the condensed breath be allowed to
! remain on the windows for a few days,
! it will be found, on examination by the
i microscope, that it is alive with animalculoe.
It is the inhalation nf air containing
such putrescent matter which
causes half of the sick headaches, which
, might be avoided by a circulation of
fresh air. ?American Analyst.
A Pertinent Inquiry.
| "Bah Jovo, Jawge, you shouldn't in
\ tewupt a fellah when he's talking.
bad a bwilliant idea in me head and
uow I've lo^t it. Tt's gone, Jawcrc."
"Did it die of IonclinojB, Cholly?"?
A Missouri w?man has collected .17,653
It is claimed that the total population
of China is 392,000,000 persons.
The King of Holland has a remarkable
historical collcction of harness.
A citizen of Laccaster, Pa., has raised
a sweet potato lb inches long and not
thicker than an ordinary chair leg.
The Transvaal Republic, South Africa,
was founded by Dutch Boers (farmers),
in 1848, its independence was declared
Jan. 17t 1852, and its constitution was
proclaimed Feb. 13, 1858.
A Lewiston (Me.) blacksmith spends
much of his time in making iron and
steel finger rings, which he says are a
sure cure for rheumatism. He geta fifty
A ? * ' "rn iM?n nfo fVl flm
cems lipiecc lur lucui uuu naimuij kuvu.
W. T. Bryson, of Auraria, Ga., saw a
flock of fifteen ducks huddled close
together on a stream. He killed eleven
of them with one shot from his gun,
shooting them all through the head. He
has witnesses to prove it.
The common thistle, which now covers
large areas in southern Chili, is said
to have been introduced there by an
Englishman, who imported a bushel of
seed, and sowed it under the delusion i
that the plant would prove valuable for
Golden trout are only found in the
brooks of Mount Whitney, up near the
banks of perpetual snow. They have a
rmlrlnn atrine down each side, and are the
most beautiful fish that swim. It is said
that those who saw the first specimens of
these trout that were brought down from
the head of Whitney creek, thought they
were made up for the show, and that
stripes of gold leaf were glued to their
Hashish is superseding morphine and
vaporized ether, it is said, in the affection
of the Parisian dilettanti drunkards.
They have founded a hashish
club on the Rue St. Michael, where
they meet every Friday. The amount
of the drug which each shall take is prescribed
by a doctor, and the dose is prepared
by a chemist, both members of the
club. It is taken in pills, and not
chewed, drunk or smoked, as are the
Oriental fashions. Each of the members
is bound to describe to the other, either
in writing or verbally, his sensations as
the drug gains its influence over him.
Liriug Fish Swimming in Oil.
A letter from the town of Albert Lea,
Minn., to the New York Sun says that
while two men in the employ of a Mr.
Hazard were digging at the* base of a
small hill they noticed a sudden increase
in the oily deposit of a small stream.
They dug into what seemed to be a natural
oasiu in a cleft formed by two large
rocks. The excavation made was rapidly
filled with a thin, yellowish oil, and
after the hole had been cleared of debris
it filled quite rapidly with oil, wh ch
spouted in thin jet* from the sides of the
A blast was necessary for further developments.
This made an opening two
feet wide in the side of the basin, showing
a large cavernous hole, from which
proceeded a strong smell of oil. It was
some time before the men dared to enter,
beiDg afraid of an explosion, but a safety
lamp was procured from an old coal
miner, who also volunteered to explore.
He was gone but a few moments when
he returned and called for a pail. This
was furnished, and he re-entered the
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cavern. When he came ouine nau mo
pail full of the thin, yellowish oil, which,
free from dirt, was clear and translucid.
But a greater surprise was at hand.
There appeared to be something living in
the oil. Closer examination showed that
there were at least fifty 3mall fish swimming
about in the oil, as lively and unconcerncd,
apparently, as a speckled
trout in his native stream. The fish
averaged from an inch to two inches
long. They were of a bright yellow
color, and without scales. They resembled
the fish of the river in Mammoth
Cave in that they had no eyes. In all
other rcspccts save those mentioned they
were like the common minnow.
Several pounds of this wonderful variety
of the finny tribe were taken out. An
old Frenchman, who w;is once engaged
in the sardine fisheries off the coast of
France, prepared some of the fish for the
table, and declared them to be equal to
the best sardines. Several scientific gentlemen
arc now analyzing and experimenting
with the oil, with a view of as
certaining its value.
His Hearthstone Is Never Cold,
There is a man living near Danbury,
N. CM who forty-five years ago married
and determined that so long as he lived
his hearthstone should never become
cold. To this determination he has adhered
with a persistency amounting
almost to superstition. lie has never
slept trom home a single night, has never
tasted food from any other board except
his own, and never at any time had a
match on his premises. The fire has
never been permitted to burn out in his
fire-place, nor has he ever used a gill of
kerosene oil, bought a pound of candles
or anything else for the purpose of lighting
his residence, which boasts of only
two windows, or rather two holes cut in
the logs of which his house is built,
about eight by ten inches; the roof is of
boards, and has only been replaced three
times during the lorty-fivn years. lie
has been three times married, and is the
father of fourteen children, all of whom
are living and all married but three.
He lias great-grandchildren, but the
number ot his decendants we have been
unable to learn. He is still in vigorous
health, and jocularly tells his wife that
he expects et her death to marry again
and raise another family.?Henry (iV. C.)
A Great Electric Light.
Here is sad news for my poor distant
owls, but you young folk will not object
to it. There is now in Australia an
electric light, said to be the largest in the
world, which the dear Little Schoolma'am
tells me sheds as much light
as could be thrown by 180,000 candles!
Think of that! This light is very properly
set in the Sydney light-house,'
whence it oan throw ou- its guiding
beams far over the sea. Sailors' many
miles away can see it and steer for home
accordingly. ?St. Nicholas.
Her voice rose like the rising lark,
?.nd soared into the skies;
To me the stars left heaven dark.
And gathered in her eyes.
The trembling air La music broke,
And quivered into bells;
The mocking bird in envy woke;
The sea despised its shells.
The rippling wavelet softly flows,
And whispers to the shore;
The perfume of the sleeping rose
Seems sweeter than before.
A breeze drinks up the fairy sound
And sighs it through the air;
I saw a star slide to the ground,
The better still to hear.
So silvery soft it seemed to me,
Ho tremulously sweet,
I longed to fall upon my knee
And worship at her feet
Methought 'twould be a happy tiling
No more a sound to hear,
So these melodious tones might ring
Forever in my ear.
HUMOR OF THE DAY.
A select affair?A first class oyster
An early settler?a man who pays for
his lodging before going to bed.
They raise vegetable tallow in Australia.
There's the place to laugh and
All great men ore attentive listeners.
Many of them acquire the habit by being
A married man can always pack a
trunk more easily than a bachelor can.
He gets his wife to do it for him.?Bostoo
Farmer's Wife: "I must go home; I
have a great deal to do. We are going
to kill an ox to-day." City Damsel:
44 What, you kill an entire ox at once?"
?Fliegende Blaetter. I
44 Pa," said a New Hampshire farmer's
daugter, 44 the laziest tramp.I ever saw
came into the yard to-day. He stood
there by the wood pile and let the dog
undress him."?Burlington Free Press.
"You may say what you please about
Pompano," said Bagley, hotly," bui you
must aekowledge that he is generous to
a fault." 4,I admit it," said Mrs. Bagley?44to
his own fault."?Philadelphia
Doctor (to convalescent patient): 111
have taken the liberty, Sir, of making
out my bill." Patient (looking at bill):
" ~ J?i.?
" lireat xieaveas, uuutui, jruu uvun ?pect
me to take all this in one dose!"?
She (sentimentally inclined): " What
is your favorite flower, Mr. Pitt ?" He
(commercially inclined): "Well, we
handle various brands, but there is the
biggest margin in Red Winter No. 2."?
A Wisconsin court has decided tnat a
husband may open his wife's letters.
That is all very well, so far ns it goes,
but what this country wants is a law to
protect a husband who forgets to mail
his wife's letters.?New York Newt.
One day little Emma's mother reproved
her quite sharply for not changing her
shoes. After a moment's reflection
Emma said: '"I wish you would be real
good to me, mamma. I think you would
like it after you got used to it."?JDetroit
Some Valuable Woods.
The tulip tree is a native of America,
and is found from Canada to Florida. It
is especially abundant in the Western
States. The wood is greatly valued for
the ease with which it can be?worked.
Satin wood is the name applied to several
woods of commerce which acquire a
peculiar lusture when polished; the principal
of these are brought from India and
the Bahamas and West Indies. The
Indian satin wood is from a tree of the
meliaceae family, which grows to a height
of 50 or 60 feet, and is found along the
Coromandel coast and other parts of India;
the wood is hard and .yellow. The
Bahaman wood comes from a tree of another
species; it is lighter colored than
the India wood. Rosewood is a name
applied in commerce to several costly
kinds of ornamental wood, which come
from different countries and from very
different trees. The best-known rosewoods
are from Brazil and other parts of
South America. Africa and Burmese
rosewoods are thought 10 come from a
different species of the same family aa
South American trees. Other kinds are
brought from different places and are ob
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kind is found on the Canary Islands only,
another on the island of Jamaica, and
others at different place.*. Sandal wood
is the name of the aromatic wood of several
species of santalum, mainly found in
the East Indies, and on the mainland of
India, though certain kinds are also obtained
in the forests of the Hawaiian
Islands, the Feejee Islands, and in Australia.
Black ebony wood is found
principally in Ceylon, Madagascar,
Mauritius, where it grows spontaneously,
and is cultivated to a certain extent in
other localities of the East. The wood
of all species of the holly tree is remarkably
white when tiie tree is young, but
assumes a darker color with age. The
Eu opean holly is found especially in
Itnly, Greece, and the Danubian provinces.
It grows abundantly throughout
Southern Europe, and is also cultivated
in Great Britain The American holly is
found aloug the Atlantic coast, from
Maine southward, and is especially
abund;int iu Virginia and the Carolinas.
It docs not seem to flourish so well in
Preparing and Spinning Flux.
Flax gives us two classes of yarn,
namely, linen or line yarn and tow yarn.
The processes of preparing linen yarn
are very similar to those of preparing
worsteds; of course, the machines are
different in their construction, because of
the difference in the length and character
of the fibre. Flax is ''hackled," beat or
crushed to make it fle ible; it is then
"scutched," an operation equivalent to
combing. In some cases tha fibres are
too long to work; they are then broken
by a "saw." After the scutching the
short fibres are carded for "tow" yarn in
the same manner as the "noil," or short
fibres of wool after combing, are carded
for woolen yarn.