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J MY BACK. YARD.
I left off 9choo! at ten year old,
I. But have my share or knowledge,
And I am educateder
i Than any chap from college;
Ideas have been tanned into me,
Jest biled and stewed in hard,
Jest baked in by the sun thet shines
In my back-yard,
An' I believe it's Bible truth
If man wants to be wisa,
He's got to live out in the air
Beneath the open skies:
The tulip in the sunlight bi\?aks
The earth's skull, old and hard.
An' the sun sprouts thoughts in my ol' skul
In my tack-yard.
Take your lirains out in tne sunsame,
If you want }-our thoughts to sprout
Strong-stocked, purple-colored fancies
Flowers er faith, not weeds er doubt;
Give yer bare braia to the sunlight,
i Let its lances stab ye hard,
An! yer'll fin' some thoughts worth thinking
In my back-yard.
There's thoughts thet's salted down in books
Like salt pork in a bsrrul,
An' boys in school will eat the stu.f
If rammed in by a ferrule;
But new uutainted meat er thought
Thet don't digesi so hard,
Xa fouu' out in the opeu air
In my back-yard.
The power thet makes the parsnips grow
An' sprouts the early grain.
Will start the tendrils er the soul,
An' fertilize the brain,
80 I wash in a sun- bath, an'
< let her soak in hard,
An' strong, red flowers er thought are growi
In my back-yard.
The brightest thoughts a fellow thinks
"They ain't in any book thet's foua'
On any libr'y shelf.
Ifo college president could think
If he thought long an' hard,
Thoughts like the sun soaks into rae
In my back-yard.
?6*. IV. Foss, in Yankee Blade
THE FONTENOY FLATS
BY HELEN FORREST GRAVES.
"Well," said Mrs. Dedfold, "we'v
got to more. That's very plain."
"Yes," said Miriam, "we've got ti
move. Nobody could stand that sill
lactory that's being built opposite, witl
its whiizmg macninery ana tr.e liver;
stable in the rear."
"The next question," said Rosamond
*'Is where we are tc go."
A dead silence followed this proclama
tiou. The Deufold family eyed eacl
other, and nobody spoke until Mr. Ded
fold, a bald-headed man, with weak eyei
and a fringe of sandy whiskers on eacl
side of his face, broke the portentou;
' For my part,"' said he, "I shoul<
like a liitie place in the country, wher<
we could grow strawberries and toma
toes and see the green grass.
"Pa!" remonstrated Rosamond, wh<
was a fine, tall young woman, with i
good deal of color and sparkling blact
''Quite out of the question'" said Mrs
Dcdfold, tossing her aquiline nose.
"I don't see that,'' reasoned Mr. Ded
fold. "Doctor Fortnum has offered mi
the refusal of that pretty Gothic cottagi
of his?not more than half an hour ou
on the New Jersey road?with fou
. acres of ground?
"Doctor Fortnum, indeed!" said Mrs
Dcdfold. "I wish he'd mind his owt
business. Because he chooses to burrov
in the country himself, is that any rca
son he should compel other people to d(
"There's quite a pleasant little socie
ty there," suggested Phebe, the young
est of all the Dedfolds, who had an ap
ple-blossom lace, with inquiring blu<
eyes aud the palest shade of yellow hair
"Sccietj!" echoed Mrs. Dedford?
out on me i>ew .jersey roau: rrog
and mud-turtles and owls?that's th
sort of society, I imagine."
"I haven't seen anything that I liket
better than that fiat on Fonteno;
Street," said Miriam.
r. ''Too high," said Mr. Dedford.
i "Only eighteen hundred dollnrc
year." pleaded his wile. And such a lo
i '-It's over a confectioner's shop!"
' "That's no objection," insisted Mrs
^ Dedford. "The finest flats in the cit
?and all the first-cla33 hotels, you knov
?are over stores. And D'Artagnan's i
an exceedingly select place. The Staf
fords and Bailingers live in the Fonte
noy Flats, too!"
Mr. Dedford groaned.
"I never did faucy living in a flat,
said he. "Packed in with everybod
cwc, uivc oaiuiuco iu a i/u.v
"I think it would be perfectly de
.lightful," said Miriam, ecstatically.
"It would certainly minimize th
trouble of housekeeping/' observed he
"And it would be so stylish," adde
Rosamond, clapping her plump, whit
"And you know, Paul," added Mrs
Dedford, "you always leave these dc
mestic affairs to me."
The head of the house rose, with
shrug of his shoulders.
"Well, have it your own way," sai
he. "Where are my gloves? Pheb<
did I leave my cane down stairs? Wh}
child, what arc you crying for?"
"I don't know," faltered the yellow
haired lassie, her head drooping for a
instant on her father's shoulder, as the
.stood together in the dimlv-lisrhted hal
<:I think it's because we've got to mov<
And I do so hate the idea of a flat/'
t:So do I," chuckled Mr. Dedfolc
4'But cbccr up, Phebe-bird! We can
always have our owu way, and inothi
and the girls are determined, it seems.
While Phebe and her father were e:
changing coutidcures down stairs, Mr
Dedfold aod her two elder daughters, i
the room above, had resolved themselvi
into a committee of the whole on tl
question of ways and means.
"Wc must have uew carpets througl
out," said the sa?e matron. "And
don't see how we can get along wiihoi
an Eastlakc parlor suit and s; piar
"What will papa say?" breathed Mi
"Well, I don't enre'." flashed out lio
amoud. "Xow that we've really g<
into good society?"
"Or, iu short," saucily interrupt
Miriam, "now that you are going to 1
the Countcs3 Sca?;lir,sa?"
41 Don't, Mirry!" cried Kosnmom
blushing and laughing. "What non^ii
you are talking!"
"Well, I don't care - he is very han<
some," declared Miriam. "And th
diamond stud he wears is a regular
headlight. How jealous Fanny Duplex
will be, and the Nottingham girls! And
oh, Rosamond, how nice the saloon parlor
in the Fontenoy Flats will be for the
wedding breakfast! Mamma, where are
"Why, if we really are going to decide
on those apartments over D'Artagnan's,"
said Mrs. Dedfold, ''we must
engage them at once. Such a bargain as
that don't go begging long."
Roeamond sat looking out of the window
with sparkling eyes, and lips half
Darted in an involuntary smile, while
Miriam ran after her mother, pleading
1 to be allowed tn go, too.
"Isn't it nice about Rosy and the
count, mamma?'' said she, breathlessly.
"Won't it be splendid to talk about 'my
sister the countess?" Do you suppose
she'll hive a chateau on the Lake of
Comoand a pakzzo in Rome? Of course,
she'll bave Phebe and me to stay with
her very often."
' "Mrs. Dedfold smiled a complacent
smile. The idea of a titled son-in-law
, wa3 ineffably dear tj her heart.
"Do you suppose?he really is?a
j Tht?re stood yellow-haired Phebe,
close at their elbow.
"Really a count!''sharply echoed Mrs.
Dedfold, "Why, of course, he is. I did
not suppose, Phebe, that a daughter of
mine could stoop to the degrading vice
Phebe colored scarlet.
" ortJ/3 okrt UT a rr? nnf imIahq*
~ UJ. C&LL1 LUa , CdiU out) X uiu uvv jvwivvMf
Mrs. Dedtold broke abruptly ia with
, short and sudden directions as to the
marketing and dinner, and presently
Phebe was left alone.
"Mamma,''said Miriam, "can't you
see it all? Phebe is simply infatuated by
those Fortuums. She and papa have
neither of them any pride. What will
j Count Scagliosa think of a country doctor
i for a brother-in-law?"
"It mustn't be allowed to go on!" said
' Mrs. Dedfold, authoritatively. "Now
. is just the turning point of all of your
I lives. If we can keep up a certain ap'
pearance and style for the next two or
j three years?and if papa will only tako
my advise?we can easily secure as brilliant
matches for Phebe and you as Rosae
mond has already obtained."
And with her heart swelling with
5 pride, Mrs. Dedfold sailed into the Fonc
tanoy Flats and asked to see "the vacant
7' The regular janitor, a genteel creature
i in black, with English side whiskers and
, , a white tic, wa3 out; but his deputy, a
j good natured little Irishman, came
: promptly forward.
i j "Is it the fourth floor, ma'am, or the
- i one over D'Artagnan's?" asked he.
J | "I'll look at both of them,'' said Mrs.
i j Dedfold, with the dignity of a future
3 i householder.
"Well, ma'am,''said the janitor, "If
I j you'll excuse tbe pastry cook?"
' nil J nr T?_,1
2 I " ine wnair exciaimeu airs, vcu
j It's D'Artagnan's new cook," explained
3: the smiling Irishman. "He gets a power
i j o' wages, an' kapcs bis pianny an' his
t i poodle, like a gintleman, an' he only
works at the pasthry three houre in the
. maarnin' an' three in tbc afthernoon.
An' they tell me he's going to be married
to a rich lady an' turn gintleman altoi
i gether pretty soon. Sure it's a foine
J j thing to be a furriner, wid a resate for
t claret punches an paddyfoy-grass, that all
r j the gectury's wild afther! And D'Ar|
tagnan is buildin' a boodewar for him at
. the back, but he's settled down moighty
i j comfortable in the impty flat till it's let,
t . so he is. But if ye don't mind the pianny
an the poodle- "
) j And thus speaking, the attendant
i flung the door open, shouting:
- j "Ladies to luk at the flat, Misther
- ; Scaggles!"
* | me scrams 01 a piaao ceaseu suuiuc
j what abruptly, a shaggy little dog ran
. I forward, shrilly barking, a tall man in a
- ! negligee velvet jacket and a tasseled :'ez
s | perched sidewise on his locks, rose and
e ! turned half-way around, revealing a
1 swarthy complexion and opaquely dark
v i 4-Count Scagliosa!" cried out Mrs.
' i Dedfold.
j "Sure an' ye're mistook altogether,"
a said Patrick. '-It's the new cook,
, ma'am, from D'Artagnan's restaurant below
| The culinary count staggered back and
. ; volunteered uever a word in his own dey
| fense. The little dog barked ceaselessly;
v j the Irishman looked from one to the
s ' other with puzzled mien.
- } *'P'rap3 you'd rather see the other flat,
- ! since the puppy's so unceevil," said he.
And he added, as they went down stairs,
I "Yez'll plaze to excuse the furriuer,
" ; ma'am. He dhrinks a good deal, and he
7 | isn't always presentable."
I Miriam looked with agonized eyes at
i- her mother.
i "I?I don't think we'll look any
e farther to-day, mamma,'' she faltered,
r | And the two ladies left the Fontenoy
i Flats without arriving at any definite cond
e | Fortunately Rn-amond D^dfold's heart
I was le>s involved in the Scagliosa alli>.
ance than her pride. But pride, as we
- all know, is a sensitive spot, and the
; wound was deep.
a [ Honest Mr. Dcdfold never knew why
I the count's stock went dowD so sudd
: denly in the domestic market.
! "Xot but what I atn glad of it," said
r, > he. 4,I never did believe in foreign husi
bands for American girls, wnd so you've
r- all come around ro my view of the mat
I i-- 1 fJ it !_ ?I1
,u i cer, UJivc you: wen, i uuu l uiiiik yuu 11
ty j ever regret it. And as for the new
1. | home?eh?"
?. "I tbink, upon the whole," said Mr.
I Dedfold, "that country air will be
1. ! good for the girls, and rents seem to be
't' a deal cheaper in New Jersey. So if
it Doctor Forinuui hasn't let that Gothic
" cottage yet--"
"Didn't I tell you he was keeping it
s. j for me?" said Mr. Dedfold. But in the
in I arrangement of the rooms, you needn't
e3 ' make any allowance for Phebe here"?
ic | putting his arms caressingly around her
| shoulder. "She's to be married to Doci
| tor Fortnum in June,"
11 "I'm so glad!" said Rosamond, with
ut | a little quiver to her lip. "Phebe dc10
! serves the best husband in the world."
j "Yes," cried honest Miriam, she never
r- was dazzled by diamonds and titles."
And the big "To Let" still hangs in
3- ! the windows of the Fonteaoy Flats,
ot I>ut D'Artagnau's famous foreign cook,
j hired by a better pecuniary ofFev from a
d i Chicago restaurant, masquerades in so
)e ; cietv no more.?Saturday JSight.
3. An oak log that was recently sawed in
sc I Henry Maley's mill, near Franklin, Ind.,
J hail a hollow in which 127 black snakes
il- j had nested. The largest is said to have
at I measured seventy-eight inches in length.
-PLEASANT LITERATURE FOR
WHAT A WOMAN 8HOUID WEIGH.
A woman whose weight ia?
Feet. Inches. Pounds. Fket. Inc.Kt?. Pound*.
5 0 118 5 5 139
5 1 124 5 6 143
5 2 128 5 T 148
5 3 130 5 8 ,153.
5 4 136 5 9 158
This table is for women between
twenty and forty-five years of age. After
that they hecome heavier. A womaji
should weigh but little less than a man
in proportion to her weight.?Pittsburg.
A PRAIRIE PRIMA DONNA.
Texas is now coming forward with a
young woman who, it is claimed, is possessed
of a voice that in future will charm
the multitude. Heretofore the broad,
bounding West has been supplying the
world with singers, but the Lone Star
State has put in a bid for a share of the
honor, and well-informed people say the
bid ought to be listened to. The young
woman who is said to possess this remarkable
voice is Anita Goldberg, a native
of Texas. The voice is a contralto,
and in order to employ it in practice her
friends have secured her a position in
the choir of St. Augustine's Catholic
Church in New York City. During the
past winter the young woman has appeared
private concerts. Her voice is one of at
remarkable range and depth, and with
proper training ought to be developed to
a degree that would justify her in studying
grand opera.?Once-a Week.
FELLOW CLERKS RARELY MARRY.
It is a popular idea that women clerks
employed in retail stores and mercantile
offices find husbands among the men with
whom thev associate in business every
day, but it is not a fact. Most of the
girls who marry select their mates from a
class of men who are in sonie other and
more remunerative business. The principal
reason for this is to te found in
the fact that the girls soun become imbued
with sensible ideas in regard to the
life of those who have to work for a living.
A girl soon finds out all about the
man who works at the same counter with
her and knows that he earns but little
more than she does herself. Matrimonial
bliss on a salary just sufficient for one
has no temptations for the average shopgirl.
Then, too, there is a desire on the
part of both to marry money, A male
clerk keeps his eye on his employer's
daughter, ajid the young saleswoman
dreams of being the second wife of the
superintendent or general manager.?
New York World.
THE CLOAK MODEL.
To the saleswomen throughout the land
the cloak model of the wholesale department
is the most envied woman in business
life. They gossip about her personality,
and she is surrounded in their
eyes with a certain halo of mystery.
The leading models, indeed, are quite
inor>oeoihlfl unvft tn tlirtSP IhfiV mPftfc in
business relations. In many of the larger
houses the models never come into the
show-room, for a good model i3 such a
jewel that she is guarded against the approaches
of impressionable salesmen &s
carefully as against rivals in the trade.
The wholesale cloak model is essentially
a woman of graceful carriage and of
perfect form. She must be bright in
temperament, for her tact will oftentimes
turn the balance in the critical moment
of a sa!e. It would be the natural inference
that a clever, beautiful woman,
sure of herself in the attributes that command
the admiration of the multitude,
would desire to pose in the full light of
the public gaze, but a well-known newspaper
man exhausted all his ingenuity in
an attempt to get the photographs of
some of the leading figures not long ago
and entirely failed. Outside of working
hours the models receive the homage and
attention that falls to the lot of all
beautiful worneu. Sometimes the model
marries the hr.id of the house, or his
son, or some one attached to the concern.
One raads of the conquests of the typewriter
in the field of business life, but
those of the model are more romantic,
for the typewriter is not necessarily
beautiful, while the model must be so.
It is said, too, that cloak models invariably
make model wives.?New York Recorder.
A GLANCE AT HATS ANT) BONNETS.
A glance at the hats and bonnets oi
the promenp.dera on our fashionable
thoroughfares leads one to wender what
can be devised in the way of new styles
for coming seasons.
It would seem that there could be
nothing which has uot been used. We
; sec mouerareiy nigu truwm, vcij
crowns, and no crowns at all, but a sort
of pan-cake affair, usually of fine braid
with an edge of lace or fancy braid.
Brims vary from the merest edge to
wide Happy proportions, or with closely
covered sides or bsck-rolled high and
edge-crimped or bent in all manner of
Never were small hats of fine plain or
fancy braid as popular as at present.
They are neat, natty, stylish, and as a
rule, becoming, and may be very inexpensive
if the wearer desires. Almost
every home contains material for half a
dozen pretty little hats of this sort.
Small bonnets, hats, toques and caps
of various sorts are worn. Small frames
may be covered with gauze or tissue, or
with crepe de Chine, silk, velvet or
eloth. A. feather, wing, aigrette or a
bunch of flowers or foliage will make a
pretty trimming. Head-gear in very
light colors is popular, more so than for
many seasons. While this is becoming
to some persons it is subject to the greateat
abuse, and many are the caricatures
seeu on tho streets.
Women with bad complexions wear
tints that only the most perfect lily and
rose should attempt, and age and
wrinkles put on youthful colors and
styles, and naturally enough makes itself
Of course there are black and darkcolored
bonnets and hats in all styles
and shapes, aDd will be as long as there
are practical and sensible people who
knew what ifl good taste and are willing
to follow its teachings.?New York
A RENOVATOR OF FACES.
A Miss Sheppard who keeps a beautyshop
in London, is said to be making
money renovating the faces of society
vomen. She has been a masseuse, and
t^Cieby has acquired practical experience.
Her method is simple, and is the
more commendable that, after the neces
sary course of treatment, she teachea
ladies, the entire process, thus enabling
then; with & little care to keep their com*
plexions. in order. Miss Sheppard begins
by waahing the face thoroughly in
soft tepid water- with a honey-comb
sponge well soaped with a creamy white
3oap?this last is a specialty, she alone
possessing the receipe for making it. A
warmer lather is then introduced, when
a third and fourth follow, till as hot as
caa be borne. The face being thus
thoroughly cleansed and heated, a yellow
white cream, comprising soothing
emollients, is rubbed in, the whole surface
gently but firmly massed, the lines
being carefully rubbed in an opposite direction.
This friction, if capably done,
tends to restore muscular power to anj
tissues wasted by illness or ether causes,
giving me Dccuimug iuuuucu uuuiuui.
Now tho .face is well rinsed in scented
water, removing any particles of grease,
then it is steamed by a vaporizer, the
fumes of which exhale a fragrant tonit
water, which can be made in varioua
kinds to suit different skins and their requirements.
A soft towel should always
be used in wiping the skin, and a cooling
powder being applied, the complexion
has during the process acquired a
fairer appearance, while it is soft and
cooi to the touch, thus obviating the
great discomfort all mu3t experience
from bitter easterly winds. Few people
are, perhaps, aware that the face is tht
most sensitive part of the body, the
famework being covered by a network
of delicate nerves, arteries, and veins,
whioh readily become congested by contact
with heat, cold, or fatigue. Nothing
relieves pain caused in this manner
like careful massage on the parts affected.
It is true that neuralgia has its
seat often in more serious causes, but in
many cases it yields readily to surface
treatment, and many sufferers would
readily testify to the relief given by the
process here described.?New York
The honeysuckle is a popular design in
prisms iu silver take more than
the bright finish with pierced borders.
A pretty turquoise necklace lately
seen was formed of stars and cresccnts.
New fans are of crepe embroidered
with chrysanthemums and huge pansies.
Pink is very pretty on a black hat,
black dress, or as lining for a black
The daintiest brooches tor summer
dresses are those which take the form of
A very handsome spoon seen recently
was of gold with a haudle designed in
Exceedingly effective arc lace pin9 3ct
with stones which form attractive color
Th *. dog-flower is an effective design
in silverware when chased on a bright
Back combs are being welcomed once
more, those with elaborately wrought
headings proving the choice.
A charming bracelet is formed of two
strands of gold wire twisted and set at
regular intervals with 3mall diamonds.
Wash silks, white India silks, ponges
and 6urahs with embroidered polka dots
are used lor shirt waists, which are
made this season in every conceivable
Kid gloves are staple. Silk and lace
gloves come and go, but the kid endure^.
Glace mousquetaires are not much in demand,
but are to be found in some beautiful
Do uot disdain diess and the little
niceties of the toilet. You may be a
very clever woman, perhap3 even intellectual;
but, for all that, you cannot afford
to be car-iless in the3c matters.
No woman with any sense of self-re
spect should allow herself to sink into a
dowdy, but, whatever be her trials, vexations
and disappointments, she should
dress as well as her position will allow.
The skirt which is mo3t in vogue is
the sheath, skirt, which is fitted to the
wearer by parts at the top and hangs
plain to the edge of the foundation skirt,
which is then finished with a cluster of
Lavender, unless of an exceptionally
pale shade, looks prettier and i3 more
becoming if edged with black at neck
and wrists. Gray is softer and more
tender in hue combined with white, or
with gray of a paler shade.
The prettiest trimmings for French
ginghams, batistes and similar fabrics
nre nf nnon-work embroideries. or 1 isrht.
delicate lino laces. Creair-colored Russian
applique bands are also used, and
brier-stitched cotton gimps.
Thr latest foreign fashion in note-paper
just now is the Louis XV., in grayish-white,
scrolled at the top and with
gold edges, and the birch bark, the lastnamed
having a mottled surface, and being
very pleasant to write on.
The flat rather broad sailor hat, with
its very low crown, is almost universally
becoming, and has achieved this season
an almost unprecedented popularity. The
hat require? little trimming, the simpler
the more in accord with its style.
The rage for gold has brought the gold
gauzs veil to the fore. Its popularity
should be limited to women who are
young, whose complexions are above reproach.
Chantilly Iacc is noted with
tiny gold balls scattered here and there
Some very expensive "jewelled" and
other buttons once again appear upon
new bodices nnd waistcoats. Double
fronts button over others, some of them
crossing en chale, fastening on the hip, a
style quite popular in Bedford cord and
India cashmere tailor costumes.
Among fresh Paris models is a handsome
black striped grenadine with cut
jet flowers iu the stripe. It is cut en
princesse, laced behind, and is finished
with a demi-fan train. A flounce of rich
black lace is round the bottom of the
skirt and the sleeves are high and full.
It is Dot likely that tea-gowns will ever
go out of fashion. They are too comfortable,
too graceful and far too picturesque
to be forsaken, at least until some
garment with simintilar or greater advantages
and attractions can be devised,
and that creation ha3 not as yet appeared.
The real summer cape; nre the deep
lace ones made with velvet yokes heavily
studded with jet, steel, gold, or the
very elaborate jewels that are shown in
star shapes. A lace wrap always seems
essentially feminine, and for that reasou
the lace cape, or, as the English people
call it, "cloak," "will have a decided
vogue giveu it.
Something; Abont Rug- Desfypu.
111 was very much amused," said a
gentleman, recently,, who- for many
years had lived in Constantinople, '4at
some of the efforts made- in this country
to reproduce Turkish desigu* io rugs ,
and fabrics. Anything that was oddshaped
was called Turkish. As long as
a rug has a lot of yellow, blue and red
in it auci is made up of a mosiac of nondescript
little details, the manufacturer
seems to feel that he has produced an
Oriental design. The truth is, though,
an Oriental rug, to the native, tells a
story a9 clearly and as expressive as literature.
The details of the design are
not meaningless marks or figures ; they
are symbols, and suggest historical
events, reminiscence and romance. I
could probably explain the matter more
lucidly by this analogy Presuming
that you had been to Europe and collected
bric-a-brac and curios?a few
vases from the Sevres works, an old
sword from Damascus,, some pottery
from Rome, and strange relic3 from
Pompeii. You have come back and
conventionalized these shape3 f?ad introJ
J i1 _ _ H.i
uuccu tuern iu u uui way iuiu ouluq
fabric. To you these various forms
bring up a wealth of reminiscence. They
tell of a- tour of Europe, and the incidents
of the trip are revived at every
glance. So, to the Oriental mind, every
detail of the rug of bis district arouses
the same fund of reminiscence."?Upholsterer.
Pigeons lYhlch Fljr Backward.
Captain Malogoll, the bead of the Italian
military carrier pigeon depots, has,
after immense and unwearying trouble,
succeeded in getting bis pigeons to fly
backward and forward betweeu Rome and
Civita Vecchia, seventy-two kilometers,
says the Cornbill Magazine. This practical
success has shattered the theories of
various ornithologists, such as Russ, who
hare affirmed that pigeons cannot be
made to fly in two dhections. The chief
points to be observed in the rearing of
pigeons are: Roomy, warm houses, facing
toward the sun, scrupulous cleanli
nesa, light food and abundance 01 clean,
fresh water. The smaller the bird and
the quieter its color the better chat ce it
stands of safety from human and other
enemies. Among the latter the falcon is
the mo3t dangerous. The military pigeon
post is best organized in Germany, Italy
and France. In the last French budget
a sum of 68,000 francs was devoted to
that branch of the service, and there are
at present in France thirty-two subdepots
besides the chief pigeon station.
In Italy there are twelve sub-depots and
five in the Italian possessions in Africa.
?-L/VJW//* J. / UilOlri tj/tf
For the common house-sparrow, as
distinguished from the so-called hedgesparrow
and the tree-sparrow, nothing
can be urged in its favor. Destroy them
utterly, is my advice. Experience has
3hown that their ill-advised importation
into Australia and North America ha3
wrought incalculable harm to cultivated
vegetation. The bird is a grain and
vegetable feeder for at least three-fourths
of the year, seeking insects only when
leaf buds and cereals are not available
for food. Sparrow clubs should be encouraged
in every village, in order to
check the undue increase ot tae species,
which, by the way, breeds at least three
times in the year. In connection with
these sparrow clubs, it i3 somewhat
curious to note that the authorities in
some English country parishes have from
time immemorial paid the lads at the
rate of four a penny for killing these
birds, and have, moreover, purcLased
t egg9. And some kind of sparrow scem9
to have been considered destructive in
Syria in ancient days for we are expressly
told that "two sparrows were sold for a
A City Founded by Colnmbns.
The United State3ship Enterprise is ,.0
go to Port Plata to do some hydrographic
work and in all probability to get permission
to visit und examine the rains Oi
the settlement of Isabella, on the north
coast of San Domingo. The object o(
the visit is to supply the Commissioners
of the Chicago Exhibition with authentic
information with reference to the settle
meat founded by Columbus in 1493, it
having been tho first European settlement
in the new world. There is no settlement
whatever in the immediate vicinity
of the ruins at present, anrl persons
who have been there say that the
ruins are overgrown by vegotatiou and
that it is impossible to find them without
a guide. The Enterprise will probably
procure one at Port Plata. After
eomnletinff the examination of the ruins
J 1 CJ
she will probably go to Cardenes Bay off
the coast of the Cuba, to get certain hydrographic
information. ? Chicago Post.
A Ti^cr Beats a Lion.
It is popularly supposed that tin lion
is the most courageous and powerful ?f
the carnivora, or at least of the felida;
but on the few recorded occasions of a
battle royal between the lion and the
Bengal tiger the lion has come off second
best. One such combat occurred recently
at the Calcutta Zoo betweeu an African
lioness and a tigress. They are exhibited
in adjoining compartments of the
aume cage, and the door having been
carelessly opened between the two corannrtmenta.
the tieress rushed in anddis
posed of her rival in a fight which lasted
about tea minutes.?Forest and Stream.
Heat Tests in ft Deep Well.
The first official test of the deep well
on Bogg's Run, Wheeling, \V. Va., have
been made. A thermometer suspended
at the depth of 500 feet showed the
temperature of seventy-two degrees,
which was what was expected. At tue
bottom of the well, however, at 4500
feet, it registered 107 degrees. The
mercury was expected to go much higher.
It is thought that possibly the temperature
at this depth varies for some uuknown
reason. Some time ago when
the water was drawn up a man put his
iiis baud in it, and found it painfully hot.
Some rare metals possessing special j
qualities arc required for certain work. J
Thm tvillniliiim is used in makin<? some i
parts of timepieces, and irridium for the
points of gold pens. Lithium is the
lightest of metals. Khodium is extremely
hard f*nd brittle, and is only fusible at a
very high temperature, and irridium is
the heaviest substance hitherto discovered.
The uniuitiatcd have uo idea
of the value of these scarce products,
which are most of them far more procious
than gold and silver, us far as their
market value is concerned.?Brooklyn
C it inn.
GIVK A. KIND WORD WHE!C YOU Ck'J.
Do you know a heart that hungers
For a word of love and cheer?
There are many such about us;
It may be thnt one i9 near.
Look around you. If you find it, J
Speak the word that's needed so,
Ana your own heart may be strengthened
By the help that you bestow.
It may be that some one falters
Ou the brink of sin and wrong.
And a word from you might save hiir>Help
to make the tempted strong. 1
Look about you, 0 my brother?
What a sin is yours and miue <
If we see that help is needed
And we give no friendly sign. ?
Never think kind words are wasted,
Bread on waters cast are they.
And it may be we shall tiud them
Coming back to us some day. ]
Coming back when sorely needed, !
In a time of sharp distress;
So. my friend, let's give them freely;
Gift and giver God will bless.
? [The Housewife. j
A VARIED EXI'KRIENCE. ,
The R?v. Mr. Behrends of Brooklyn has i
had a large experience and liberal training, i
He knows manv theologies, and can preach (
each and all. He was baptized in ttie Dntch <
Church, in Holland, where he was born; i
was confirmed in the Lutheran Church, in
which his father was a minister; was con- 1
verted by the exhortations ot a Methodist 1
circuit-rider; began his ministry in the Bap- 1
tist church, in which he preached for ten 1
years, and then went into Congregational- i
ism. After that, why should it be hard to i
Unite all these churches? Their confessions 1
could be kept separate, or melted into one, '
as metals are iu making bells.?[Herald and
HOMES WITHOUT GOD.
One alarming evil of the nineteenth
century is the number of irreligious homes
found in every community. Not homes
without culture, refinement and elegance;
not homes wanting in social and worldly enjoyment;
but irreligious homes?homes in
whfoh nmrtirall v fliprp ifl no DraVPT. 110
God, no Bible reading, no worship. Practically,
God is as much excluded from many
homes as he is from the marts of trade or
ball-room. Alas for such homes ! the fathers
unsaved, keiring no testimony for Christ,
placing before the children no Christian
example. Sometimes both parents are
unconverted and as indifferent to the
Gospel or to a word like this as they are to
the most blasphemous infidel. Oh, what a
calamity is this! If parents are irreligious,
and can dispense with God and His church,
how are we to expect better of the children?
Godly homes have done more for the peace
of society and spread of the Gospel throughout
the world than any other single agency.
If this be true, who can speak the dreadful
influence and results of irreligious homes!
Many of them are excellent In many thing?,
but wholly un-Christlan, God have mercy
on them!?[Our Young Peop'.o.
HOW TO KEAD THE R BLE.
You cannot bo holy, my young friends,
unless you in secret live upon the blessed
Word of God, and you will not live upon it,
unless it comes to you as the sacred word of
His mouth. It is very sweet to get a lettet
from home when you are far away. It is
like a bunch of fresh flowers in the wintei
time. A letter from the dear one at home
is as music beard over the water, but half a
dozen words from that dear mouth are bet
ter than a score of pages of manuscript, foi
there is a sweetness about the I.ok ai. tone
fKof nnnnr nnnnrf OOTTXT
IUIIW pO|/Cl WWUtiVV v?l ? J .
The Bible should l>e to you not a book
only, but a speaking trumpet, through
which God speaks from afar to you, 80 that
you may catch the very tones of His voice.
You must read the Word of God to this
end, for it is while reading, meditating and
studying, and seeking to dip yourself into itt
spirit, that it seems suddenly to change from
a witten book into a talking book or pbono
graph. It whispers to you or thunders at
you as though God had hidden Illmsell
among its pages a-d spoken to your condi
t;on?as though Jesus, who feedeth among
the lilies, had made the chapter to be lily
beds and had come to feed there. Ask Jesu;
to cause His Word to como fresh from His
own mouth to your soul, and if it be so, anc
you thus live in daily communion with s
personal Christ, you will make' good speed
on your pilgrim way to the eternal city i
?[C. H. Spurgeon.
WHAT WEALTH OWFfl.
"Your wealth Is not vour own," said a 1
certain clergyman to wefl-ousbioned pews; j 1
' it is not charity to help the poor, but s , '
duty which you owe them." A critic an ]
swers: "If t owe my property to anybody, I 1
4" ? *-??* in.liirwtnnl rl A 7 Tt?n i I
IU ?uui p.liutuioi luviiTiuuai UU X v/ttv Jb.
What claim has he on me for any part of it,
anil for wbat part? Must we "not admit |
that the word 'owe' in this application waf
wrongly used'" !
It .cannot be said that the phrase is of nc
consequence. Of ail the dangers which j '
threaten modern society, the worst and !
greatest comes when those who have little 01
nothing begin to believe that the property ol ]
others rightly belongs to them; that the rich
man has no right to the property he holds; !
must have robbed others or he could not be
rich, and ought to be forced to disgorge \
Hence the public teacher who, whether in i :
carelessness or in excess of feeling, uses J .
words which may be interpreted as denvint j J
the rights of propertv, is liable to do mor< i j
mischief than years of labor can undo.
On the other hand, the danger comes onh I
because wealth has f ir too often ignored its !
oblteations, treated the poor as if they had ,
no claims or rights, and poisoned every act |
of charity with an insolence of patronage j
making it offensive and insufferable. The I
hard man who grinds his wor^itigmon ! ^
fleeces to the utmost those with whom b? :
""As icnahk nnli? f?M? cnlfiwll Amk I
traiirp, ucta r? l uuii vuir ivi ovuicm . ?
and tramp'es underfoot the poor and the I 1
weak as if tliey had no souls, can never set , j
the account right bv a liberal check in the ! ,
p'ate on Sunday. The lives of such men \
make socialism "and all its furies and follie' . ,
not only possible, but intensely natural. 1
The Christian rule is not hard to find, j
There is a sense in which every man does ,
literally owe all that he has and all that he is j
He does in very truth rob somebody, if he j
does not devote all that he is and has to the i
good of others. He owes to the Infinite j
Giver, from whom he has received all. He I }
holds all property, all powers, and life i'self, I ]
only as a trust, which he has no right to <
devote to the gratification of self, but is i
bouml by a most sncred duty to use for the ' ,
good of others. To liim it belongs to fudge \ j
in what way lie can best use that trust, nnd J
any property he his. to him. and to the I j
Mister who will approve or condemn. 11
But the poor are not God's authorized I
collectors To them belong no title what- j ,
ever to the property. He has given in trust ,
to others, or suffered others to gain. Only ,
too oft?n the "unfaithful servant,'' of whom j
it was said,''From him that hath not shall ,
be taken even that which he hath," is he c
who hag so abused his powers and opportunities
in this world that he can neither care
" - *? - t-I IT af
ior oinem or ior fiiinscii. mm a*
raankiml ami society. The naked fact that j
aman lias nothing gives him not the right ,
to the slightest share of the vast wealth j
which the holders are hound to use accord- ,
ins to the will of the Master. It might not
be his will that the nearest penniless man ,
should have enough money to buy another
drink. . ]
Wealth owes all that it can do to make !
the world haomer and better. But poverty
also owes all that it can do to the same end.
The poor owe not to the rich nor the rich to
the poor, hut both to him for whom ail
1 1_ r?.._ 1.
are oniy siewnriis. rm <mu wiquestion
is whnt he hail done with the gift's
and opportunities nn-1 powers entrusted to
him.?[New York Tribune.
Fifteen years ago a depositor in the
Second National Bank of Monmouth,
111., drew some monoy, and as the
teller soon afterwards missed a S10C
bill, it was suspected that the depositor
had been overpaid. He dei.ied the
accusatiou, but suspicion attached tc
him until the other dav, when a car- j
penter, tearing apart au old counter ic !
the bank, found a mouse's nest, and iu |
it the missing bill only a little muti j
lated. ? - I
SABBATH SCHOOL Jj|
INTERNATIONAL LESSON FOB.
Lesson Text: *The Bonk of the Lav
Found." II Chronicles, xxxtr *
14-28?Golden Text. Psalm j
cxix., 72?Commentary. j
14. "HilViaij the priest found a book of
aw of the Lord given by Moses." Hezekiatr
Jeansed and repaired the temple anA~J
-estored the worship of the tn?
5od. He also kept a great passover for
[srael, and many from Asher, M&nasseh and :< : Jebulun
came to Jerusalem to join in tfar ^
:elebration of it (xxx., 10, 11), This was
'ollowed by a great destruction of idoia --r
hroughout the land, and thus Hezektafe jr
jvTought good and right and truth befora O:he
Lord, and did it with all his heart
He was succeeded by his son Munn?nh, ':%*
?ho reigned fortj-five years, and for ft part ;>f
his reign tried to do as much for the amft ' ??
is his father had done for God: but being "p,
iaken prisoner and carried to Babylon,
repented and became a changed man: and tw? -j
ng restored to bis throne and kingdom, hsr,-;3
uughtto restore the worship of the traa/-S
]rod. His son Amon reigned two years aaif;'lid
evil.- He was-succeeded by Joeiah, Ma .
ion, in whosd reign our lesson is found.
15. "I have found the book of the Lmt M ,h
the house of th3 Lord." Thus said TTflkialfc' 1 ^
the priest, to Shaphan, the scribe, as he ganm ' -.7'
him the book. It is probable that this is tha
book referrod to in Deut. xzri., 24-28, and IF
so it would be nearly 800 years old. Davtt
and others had made good use of it, bat it ;:-V*
had been for the most part neglected, and a*., lt:
useless as many a family Bible to-day l}4iiC upon
a parlor table. j " |iS
10. "And Shaphan carried the book to Iks v<
king." As Shaphan went to report tothr ,'5
king concerning'the accomplishment of. th?'. "jr
work he took the book with him, having Brat -;
read it for himself (II Kings xxif, 8). Bal -jeM
before he refers to the book he girae ma- 1 jfl
count of the work that it is being faithfaHy '79
accomplished. Josiah, the king, -dii te-v
teres ted in the contents of this book, and wu ,9
already acting according to 9ome of iU prtb
cepts, although he was not acquainted wttSt /9B
its fuil instructions, and Shapnan no doirife ':M
knew that he would be glad to see the book uM
and know it better. But his giving a ?aitfcr- ;'3[a
ful account of work faithfully done before :'*jM
speaking of the book i3 very suggestive. V
youde9ireto give the word of God to an* ',*!
who is ignorant of it, it will be much
apt to be received and read if, as a buwirct I
man,your life testifie3 to its effect upyiyaazw
self in producing faithful service. |
17. flThey have gathered together'
money that was found in the house of tka J
Lord, and have delivered it into the haoda ?J
of the overseers, and to the hand of thar ']
workmen." A remarkable statement isnuubt^^^H
concerning the workmen at this time. a? |
well as tne workmen in the days of that -~jl
other king who began to reign when but a J
boy. It is said that no reckoning was kept ., 4
with the men into whose hands they guvn J
the money because they dealt faithfully M .
Kings, xii., 15; xxii., 7). We do not reads..
that thers wa? any lack o' money,or aajj^aB
urging the people to give, or any extraortgT '-a
nary efforts to raise ine necessary amount; l-i |
but the needs being mentioned, and theplaea
for holding the offerings indicated, the vou-^ ^ I
untary gifts of the people proved suflBckBt-.'^M
for the work. God will always thus provide* vsH
for his own work whenever he is relied up6afc>^3?
18. "Hilkiah the prinrt hath given me a- jjs
book. And Shaphan read in it before tto .^11
king." Nothing so grand was ever read before
peasant or king as the word of the King
of Kings, and no greater honor could be coo^ -f< I
ferred upon any mortal than to be a montt^
piece for the Lord God of Hosts. />?
10. "And it came to pass, when thekine 1
had heard the words of the law, that he rmm vffig
his clothes." By the law is the knowledge jfl
of sin (Rom. iii.. 20), and as Josiah heard Qts I
law of the Lord he saw as he never had b?~ 'J
fore how great the sins of the nation were* - \3
His heart trembled at the word, and there- :?$
fore he was a blessed man (Isa. IxviI
What a contrast between this king who zmt sj I
his clothes when he heard the word of God, I
and that other king who, when the word wipt rAffl
read to him, cut it with a penknife and tturew . <SM
it into the fire (Jer. xxxvi., 23-24)! S
20,21. "Go, inquire of the Lord former -la
and for them that are left in Israel and is ^3
Judah, concerning the words of the book - a
that is found." These men were appointed .3
by the king to ascertain more fully concern- '
ing these words. Here is a priest and a kins," :'J%M
but a prophet is wanted who will make pla&r. - .
the word of the Lord. *>'^1
"Great is the wrath of the Lord th*t i* -aM
poured out upon us, because our fathers
not kept the word of the Lord to do after all.
th: t is written in this book.'' There is mora ';39
than enough in any of the last sir chapter* ' I
of Deutercnomy or in Lev xxvi. to cause
Josiah to have uttered these words; and it'.
was manifest to all that many of these curses
bad already actually com9 upon the land , 7?
and upon the people because or their sin*.
2*2. "And HiJkiah and they that the kinj I
bad appointed went to Hulcwh, the propbe- *1
tes?." This was in the eighteenth year of ' "Ji
Josiah's reign, or live years after Jeremiah -'J'jl
began to prophecy (Jer. i., 2). and we won- 31
ier that they did not"go to him. Zephani&h.
also prophesied in Josiah's reigu iZaph. i., J
1), but for some reason the messenger* go to-. 31
Huldah, who dwelt in Jerusalem. It mar - -J&l
be that neither of the others was in the ?? - -M
at the time. This is the only connection m f-SH
which her name is found in the Scripture^ ol
ind it is ouly mentioned here and in II Kiiyp ' ,'ga
'23. "And she answered them, Thns xaith '-3W
;he Lord God of Israel, tell ye the man tbar 5381
ent you to me.:' These men were only thtt
nessengers of Kin?; Josiah. tjeir bn liusM? "5-3B
ivis to deliver the king's message correctlj | . Jgl
lud carry back a correct answer. Happy art 'I
ill messengers who are privileged to carry '
X LiU-3 MXUU cun uvtu.
24. "Thus saith the Lord, Behold I wiff v
jring evil upon this place, all the curses that ire
written in the book." . There comes j
time when, both in the history of nations
inrt of individuals, God's spirit ceases ttv i
rtrire (Gen. vi? 3), and the long restrained JS
judgments are allowed to fall. This is still -jg
the day of tnercy, but soon the Lord Jetns ?j|
shall ba revealed rrom heaven in vengeanca ^ ;.^
)n them that know not God and obey not tbs
gospel (II Thess. i., 7, 8).
Jo. "Because they have forsaken me. and ;
ciave burned incenseuntoother gods." Many -ty
tvere the entreaties by Moses and Joshua notr
to forsake Hod, and solemu the warnings as 1.
:o wlmt the result would be if they forsook ?
Him (see Deut. xxxi., 16, 1"; Josh, xxiv^ ^
JO). And yet that very thing they did, so ./ >
that the prophets and Psalms are full of
amentations because Israel forsook the God
)f their fathers.
'JO. "And as far as th9 king of Judah, who j
sent you to inquire of the Lord, so shall y? "?
say unto him." The evil spoken of was W> ,'\J
:ouie upon the ungodly people, but the Lord '
aiowetii them that are His (II Tim. il.t W,>
indnoevil can befall them. g
27. "Because thine heart was tender, anl , I
:'noa didst bumble thyself before God what I
h v.i heardst His words.7' The Lord is nigh I
into them that are of a broken heart. A I
jroken and a contrite heart, 0 God, thou witt
lot despise. God resisteth the proud, bttt
fivetll graci 10 tue uuiuuic.
2S. "Behold, I will gather thee to thy ,4|
fathers, and thou shalt oe gathered to thy
grave in peace, neither shall thine eyes tea .
all the evil." JcMiah was not to witne&j tb? .#jj
sufferings of his people nor the desolatioa ot i
tiis land. It was God's will for him that bo ;
should have a peaceful death and buriaL
while his spirit went to join the company a?
the redeemed who had passed over before ^
him. That he died in battle was owing t? ;
his willfulness and his refusing to heed the
words of God through Necho (chap, un^
22, 33) We bring much evil upon ourselva*
which God would gladly spare us if we w?ra
?uly obedient.? Lesson Helper. '
a native ot Borneo stole a Han*
mock belonging 10 an -uubiaou ?
aionarv, and his chief sentenced him I
Anf Viia nlnnrlpr fir lflSA 1x18 hdtdr .7^9
W CUV UiO
He was given seven days in which tor I
tickle his palate with the outfit, and he fl
accomplished the feat. Ha is noir I
It is recalled of General Sherma* "fl
that he did not like a broad story anj I
more than General Grant, of
this anocdote is related: Some ona R|
in a company, where lie was, pre.-enfc
began by way of a preface, "I be iera
there are no ladies present." "No," 9
said Grant; "but there are gentleman I* |