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TO A COLDFISH.
HVhat a wee wor]d is yours, indeed, 0 fish
Of burnished-metai hue imprisoned
JHow small the sea of your transparent
:"i et would you have it larger at your
/ Or don't you care?
?ee! I can raise a tempest with my pen!
J.UU*. ?uen joure rocKea amiu your
' By two small fingers of my lady's ten,
. The thought comes over me to ask again,
Fish, do you care?
I don't suppose you do, there with your
^As rare to you as is mv lady rare?
$our Liliputian mermaid of the glass;
Why, I could live in joy with Maud the
.And in a smaller world the seasons pass,
Xor would I care.
"?Freeman Tilden, in Boston Transcript.
I The Lost Miniature |
? By A. I}. Lee. ?
r r * T is vathc-r a peculiar case," lie
a I smiled -wisely. Everyone
thinks his case peculiar. Ill
reality it generally proves unusual
only to the one concerned in it.
My book was turned face down, on
!the window sill. I was ready to listen.
but Alyn did uot go on at once.
He sat quietly gazing out of the window
across the river. -The smile was
Etill on my face as I suggested:
"This 'peculiar case' certainly has
^ "It has a heroine. ^?S."
Alyn's eyes were so frank as they
met mine. His gaze had not been so
direct nor his face so clear the last
time I had seen him. A year's absence
from his old associate had certainly
Ibeen good for him. It was a pleasure
. to look at him.
Just now his expression puzzled me.
I could not fathom it, but it invited
me to continue.
"Have" 'you her photograph with
' He drew out of his breast pocket a
Bmall red leather case and opening it
ihanded it to me. It needed but one
glance at the painted oval to make me
i ex claim impetuously:
"You love her. No one could doubt
that for an instant."
Such a picture. A dainty little head
R covered with short curling hair; a delR.
icate, loving, te stng face; dark, full
fc* ibewitching eye The throat was
Ibare, and an in stinct mass of white
gauze ended the portrait.
"You must love her." I spoke with
"I do," returned Alyn, "most sincerely."
Still his expression puzzled me. An
Inscrutable smile played over his face,
I but he delayed beginning the story he .
had volunteered to tell.
"And she?" I hesitated over the in- ,
quiry remembering what manner of
man it was who had gone l'rcm us a |
tqoi* n crr\
A eentle expression passed over ,
"I think she is fond of me." he re- ,
I stretched out my hand and Alyn j
grasped it warmly.
"I do believe." he said, earnestly. ]
"that if ever a man was fortunate j
r "that man is I. Will you care to listen? .
I used to tell you things when I was a ,
boy." he added, apologetically. (
I picked up my sewing, always lying ]
ready against such times as this, and ,
leaned back in my rocker. ]
Alyn reached for the picture. He j
leaned his head on one hand and his ,
elbow on the table. In the other liaud (
he held the case where his eyes could j
rest on the face. His own face became .
? grave. I
"It was a year ago. One night, or ,
r morning, rather, I landed on the ferry ,
I on the way to my lodgings. I couldn't ?
get a street ear nor a cab. In fact. I \
was too drunk to think of either, so I ,
stumbled along just keening straight ,
enough to escape the police. In frout (
of my lodgings is an.electric light. A
slight fall of snow had whiteued the
pavement and made distinct this case
beneath the light. 1 had just strength '>
and sense enough left to pick it up, i
tumble up the stairs and stretch my
self out on my couch." '
Alyn snapped the cas? shut and 1
paused a moment. '
"Some time the next day I awoke. 1
and the first thins that attracted my ?
attention was this?open on the floor. '
' and her eyes looking up at me?me in I
An expression of disgust good to see 1
came over the man's face. (
"I quickly shut the case and put '
myself anil my room in order. Then
I sat down and studied her."
Still absorbed in his narrative Alyn
opened tlje case again and dropped
'his eyes on -the photograph. i
"I told you this was a peculiar case,
and you will think. I fear, that I am 1
a peculiar man. But the more I .
looked at her the more I wanted to
look. I never parted with the minia- 1
tnrp. I carried it around in mv noeket !
and thought and thought about her, i
until she became a living presence to i
me, a beautiful woman always with i
me. I became absent-minded. The i
fellows complained, but I came to
have an engagement always when
they wanted me. My engagement
was with this?ibe lady of the miniature.
I had lost my heart to her.
'About the original of the photograph
I reasoned this way. She would not
be carrying her own miniature around
1n all probability. It must have been
lost by a friend, and, probably, here
was the hard part of it all, by her lover.
If I advertised it he would claim
it and I should not meet her.
"I didn't advertise. I did something
far more irrational. I spout my spare
hours searching. I visited stores and
walked the streets. I haunted the
residence part of the city. I went to
the opera and scanned the boxes rather
than the stage. Needless to say, I
did not find her; yet I never lost iiope.
I felt I must find her and look at her.
t iti'nw timn T nnmiArl
1 ItTll IU!? illlCCll cts-i; v|/vucu
ithis case. I would not give up the
Bearch. When I had exhausted every
resource of my own I did something
.which I had shrunk from doiug before;
I hunted out the best detective
1n the city and told him to spare
neither time nor money in finding her.
"Within two weeks I received a note
from him. He -was obliged to leave
the town suddenly. He wrote somethin.?
" 'I've found her at 320 Water avenue.
Imopene Munroe. Will give you
particulars when I return to-morrow.
Slip is nnvinns tn rocnrnr the minia
"But I could not await the next day,
and saw no reason why it would be
necessary. I had the photograph and
would take it to her. Because of It I
should insure myself a reception at
"I went to 320 Water avenue thai
evening. It is an elegant residence in
perfect keeping with the case and
face. I had scribbled on my card< 1
'The finder of the miniature.' T1k 1
maid who admitted me said that Miss <
Munroe was at home. She took the ]
card and left me in the receptior <
room. It was one of the most?wha? (
shall I call it??delicious rooms I was (
ever in. une siue was nneu w;tn ueef ,
windows draped in soft, dainty cup
tains and filled with plants aud flow
ers. The air was heavy with the
scent of roses.
"I stood before one of the windows
looking at the blossoms when she
came. She came so quietly and gently
that I did not hear hei*. It was
only when the sweetest, lowest, clear
est voice I had ever heard, s.iid, 'At
last I am to have my miniature,' that
I knew she was in the room. I con
fess I trembled, as I turned and took
the hand of?"
Alyn stopped and smiled. It was a
half sad, half amused, wholly inscrutable
smile. My sewing had fallen into
my lap and I leaned forward listening
"The hand of the original of the picture.
These eyes, this mouth, this del
icate complexion, mis same son curling
hair. I was looking on it all, the
Alyn raiseU his eyes* The amusement
had faded away.
"The liair was snowy white and the
skin was wrinkled. Hers was indeed
the face of the miniature, the face of
fifty years ago. My foolish fancy was
destroyed, but in its place came the
sweetest little white-haired lady that
man was ever privileged to call friend.
And this miniature?some way I had
a strange reluctance to Dart with it,
and so here it is with me now. That
is all," concluded Alyn abruptly.
"That is enough," I said quietly. "I
think that face has stood between you
Alyn broke in hastily.
"O that is nothing. I couldn't carry
this," holding up the photograph,
"into such places as I had been frequenting.
and so, well, it's all right."
Alyn buttoned up his coat and smiled
at me frankly as he went out by way
of the office door.
tka riArtfA^ lmc o 1TVOTC em'rl thorn
XUC UVV.IVI UllO UAttMj wr v%%>w
was the making of a man in that boy.
?St. Louis Star.
Thousands of Wild Geese.
Wild geese, honkers anil yellow legs
are arriving on Sauvie's Island by the
thousand on their way North, and
some of the farmers there are using
bad language because the law passed
by the late Legislature forbids them to
shoot these geese. They allege that
the geese are destroying their crops
and devastating their pastures, and demand
protection. One irate rancher
was assured that he could not be
harmed for protecting his crops and
was told to take a club and sail in and
kill as many of them as he could. He
had no idea of undertaking any such
wild goose chase" ns that, but made
threats of tryilig powder and shot
3u the web-footed birds. Frobably
lie might be allowed to kill the geese
co protect his crop and might be allowed
to give away those killed, but
f he uudertakes to sell them the game
tvarden will be afte.- him. A thousand
jr two wild geese, hungry from a
ong flight, can soon play havoc with
i grain field or a pasture. In California
the farmers shoot the'wild geese
ivliich come on their farms by the
tvagonload. It is the opinion of most
sportsmen that the Legislature overlid
the matter of protecting game
n*lien they made is unlawful to shoot
ivild geese at this season.?Morning
3regoniau. * i
A Baby Canary's Music Lesson.
In the account of a pair of canaries *
ind their offspring, which is published
n the Ladles' Home Journal, Florence .
Morse Kingsley tells how the oldest
baby bird, as soon as he learned to
flutter from one perch to another and
to reach for a seed and crack it, was
[>ut into a cage by himself and hung (
3iic on the veranda near the father *
Dud, who was nameu \\ ce \\ line w mkie,
and was a superb singer. Then J
the baby bird's education began. First, *
lie learned to jump fearlessly into his J
L-hiua bathtub and flutter his wings ,
,iud get himself gloriously wet, just as
father did. Next, he cuddled himself '
iuto a delightfully comfortable little 1
bunch on his perch and listened at- '
tentively while Wee Willie Wiukie
*aug his wonderful song. The second
week we heard a funny, sweet little :
chirping and gurgling. It was the 1
young canary; he had begun to study '
liis profession in earnest. Hour after 1
hour the little fellow practiced, happi-.
ly and patiently. One day he trilled a 1
little trill, and* the next day he had i
learned three new gurgles, and the day (
after that he wove the trill and the 1
gurgles together and added a longer
trill on a higher key. In three weeks' ]
time we were asking, "is it Wee Willie '
Winkie who is singing, or the baby?" J
It Was Easier.
"Sam" Elder told the doctors some
pretty good stories the other afternoon
at the Massachusetts Medical Society
dinner, about their own profession.
From the way his hearers laughed
I should think the yarns were about
all new. One was about an old practitioner,
who, because of auvaueing
years, had relinquished all of his outof-town
practice to his young assistant.
One night the older physician
was called on by two men in a buggy.
one of wlioin wanted tLie doctor to
come to liis bouse, eight miles away,
and attend his wife, who was very ill.
"She will have no one but you. doctor,"
said the man.
"Well, I'll go for ?10, aud not a cent
less," said the doctor.
A whispered consultation went on in
the carriage, and finally the physician
heard a voice say: "Better pay the
ten. It's a good deal cheaper than
And the doctor got his money.?Boston
-r ;?v ,
| New York Capitali
I Yucatan to It
I 'as the 1
1* -y EW YORK capitalists ar
j\ about to attempt one of tb
i ^ most extraordinary open
<?" tions that has ever been eoi
templated by man. Tliey intend to tr
to restore in Yucatan a civilizatio:
3ead these hundreds of years, to re
Dopulate the streets of its forgotte:
cities, to revive the past glories of
jnee famous country, to refresh it
Jesert wastes with the water whic
>nce made a green and a goodly lan<
! f.AT_CHl?HSN* iTZ* '
)f that which Is now but a wildernes
>f sand and desolation, and to agai:
et flowing the tide of life and com
nerce which once profited by the nal
jral resources of this old-world lane
[n its conception the project is a
iarlng as if an attempt were mad
:o restore the life of ancient Egypt an
people again the palaces of the Phai
The country upon which*this r<
narkable experiment will be mad
ies at the southeastern extremity c
Mexico. It has been characterized b
Tavelers as the hottest place on eart
-Death Valley only excepted?but sc
?ntists, who trust to tnermomctcr
ather than to the perspiratory remeii
trances of explorers, say that the cl
nate of Yucatan has been defamec
They say that the average hlghes
temperature is only ninety-eight d<
jrees, while very often the mercur
registers as little as seventy-five d<
;rees. Yucatan lies twenty degree
from the equator?the twentieth d(
jree of longitude intersecting th
Yucatan, like Egypt, is a country c
Magnificent tradition. That it wa
jnce a country of great wealth and c
i high degree of civilization is thoi
>ughly established, yet although it wa
>nce a region rich in agricultural pre
lucts, it is to-day almost a forgotte:
:orner of the earth, badly watered, lit
le cultivated and maintaining a plac
n the affairs of mankind only becaus
ts forest are rich in mahogany, rose
,vood, logwood and other valuable tin
>er. Having an area of 2S.1TS squar
niles and a population of 275,500nostly
Maya Indians ? the countr
possesses only twenty-tive miles o
ailroad line. This railroad connect
:he capital, Merida, with its port o
Progreso, on the northwest coast.
According to the official return
:here are altogether in Yucatan seve
:ities, thirteen towns, sixty-two ruine
:Ities, 143 villages, fifteen abandone
settlements and 330 haciendas. Scarc<
y any of these places have as man
is 10,000 inhabitants, the populatio
)f the great majority falling beloi
This is the sort of country which Nc
Cork capitalists confidently expectby
the help of American enterprise a
cuuch as by the power of money?t
convert into a land of prosperity
There is a certain element of specuk
tion about the undertaking, hut ti
tnen who have entered into the proje<
are emphatically not of the class wb
lend their names to schemes of doub
The ancient ruins of Yucatan an
their meaning have really been th
main reason for the interest In th
country taken by the New York cap
talists. It is perfectly evident thf
Yucatan at one time supported a ver
large population; that the country w?
well watered and that the practice <
agriculture had attained a high stani
aUEjRUINStCK.UXM AL.*^r 1 '
ard. To-day Yucatan is very nearly
waterless desert, and yet it seems ee
tain that neither the climate nor tl
topography of the country has cliang<
materially since the days of the a
sts to Restore |
:s Ancient Place I
World's Garden Spot. |
e cient civilization. It is for this rea
e son that some account of the knowr
x- history of the former civilization and
l- ruins of Yucatan becomes interesting
y and pertinent at this point.
q Of the sixty-two ruined cities of Yu
>- catan proper the most important, oi
d at least the best known and mosi
a fully described are those of Izamal,
s Mayapan, Ake, Acanceh, Uxmal, Ti1^
kul and Kabah, all centred in the
d northwest corner of the peninsula
S^l. w W "/'+A o- '
s round about Merida, the capital, which
a itself stands upon the ruins of Tihu
i- Chichen-Itza, about midway between
t- Tikul and the east coast; Labna, Noh
1. becan and Potonchan, in the Campecht
s district. Most of these places were
e described and illustrated by Stephens
d and Catherwood nearly fifty years
ago, and have recently been revisited
and redescrlbed by Desire Charnay,
from whose book the illustrations ace
companying this article were reprof
y A more modern and productive inh
vestigator was Dr. de Plongeon, who,
with his wife, spent many years in
s Investigating the ruins and inscripl
tions found in Yucatan.
i- To de Plongeon is due the now genI.
" erally admitted theory that the civill
zation of Yucatan was allied to thai
of Egypt. He established the fact thai
many of the gods represented in the
mural paintings of the inhabitants ol
Yucatan- were identical with the Egyp
tion divinities. De Plongeon alsc
pointed out the fact that the same
head-dresses were worn by the Egyp
tion kings and the Yucatan rulers,
ft, The value of skilled investigation ol
J' the Yucatan ruins can be appreciated
when it Is said that they are recognized
as being among the most beautiful
specimens of architecture In the
world. The structures, especially those
of Uxmal, Ake, Kabah and ChichenItza,
excel all other American ruins.
~ There is nothing comparable to them
on the Mexican table-land.
y Uxmal. for instance, stands altof
,v getheruinrivaled for the magnitude ol
its buildings, the richness of its sculpcv
tured facades and the almost classic
- beauty of its statuary. Its most cons
spiculous edifice bears the name ol
o the Nunnery, though there is siigm
r. evidence that nuns ever inhabited th(
i- building. There is also a beautiful
ie building known as the Governor's
;t Palace, which possesses a wonderful
io frieze, 325 feet long, decorated witt
t- a row of colossal heads in high relief,
divided into panels, and filled alter
d nately with panels of heads and pan
ie els of designs resembling arabesques
e One of the strangest and most signifi
i- cant monuments in Yucatan is found
it at Ake, ten miles east of Merida,
y where there is a huge pyramid, witt
is an immense flight of steps, presenting
>f features different from anything else
1- where discovered in Yucatan. This
a strange monument is surmounted bj
r- thirty-six pillars, each four feet squav
le and from fourteen to sixteen feet Iii^b
jd At Izaiual. a few miles east of Aue
fv there is another great pyramid, with i
, r ' -v. \ ? y: . -x
i base 630 feet square. Near It are
; three other pyramids and a colossal
| head, thirteen feet high, which bears
OF* TOLTSC f .
. ????-?' ?
. a strong resemblance to the Sphinx,
as far as style is concerned. Unlike
that great monolith, however, the Izamal
Sphinx is built up of rough stones
which have been covered with mortar.
The interesting feature of all these
ruins, from the modern and utilitarian
point of view, is the proof they afford
that at some time, not very remote,
the country of Yucatan was almost as
crowded with people as modern China.
Wonder has been expressed that such
a bleak, arid and almost streamless
land should have ever become the seat
of empire and the home of a flourishing
civilization, but from a geographical
standpoint the absence of rivers
on the Yucatan plateau appears to be
due not so much to a deficient rainfall
as to the extremely porous nature of
the ground, which absorbs water like
a spongo, and thereby prevents the de?
vplnnmpnt nf snrfnpn strenms.
; It is to this problem that modern
i methods will be applied, although, in
their very application, they will have
i been copicd from those of the ancients.
i Yucatan is not a dry and waterless
i land at all, only, like many another
i country, it will only yield its treasures
I to those who will work for them. Be,
neath the surface of Yucatan the
waters accumulate In such abundance
that a sufficient supply may always 4?e
had by any one who will take the
trouble to sink a well. The water Js
, so thoroughly distributed, indeed, that
i any part of the tableland may be suc
cessfully tapped^for water.
In that fact lies the secret of the old
time prosperity of Yucatan and its
LACE RE?TORE>> ^
present day desolation?Brooklyn
Beefeater With a Sense of Humor.
> Some years ago I followed a party of
| tourists around the tower, and heard
one of the "beefeaters" who garrison
, that venerable fortress narrate the
] history of the various trophies. He
was a man of humor and indulged in
, frequent jokes, and as he came to a
j long row of dismounted cannon he
winked at me and remarked:
' These 'ere cannon was hall captured
from the Yankees."
| ''When?" I asked.
' "In warious wars," he responded
"Then why do you label them as
1 having been captured from the Turks,
the Russians and other nations?"
"To spare yer honor's feelings, sir,"
he responded politely.
But no cannon or tiag or any trophy
among the thousands that may be seen
in the Tower of London ever belonged
, to the army or navy of the United
States. If there were ever one even
of the most insignificant character it
would be shown with pride to every
American tourist.?W. E. Curtis, in
New York Coals Up on Hottest Days.
"Ijt is strange that on the hottest
: days of the year the pavements should
' be blocked up with loads of coal that
have just been delivered and black
ened with the dust of other loads that
have already been consigned to the
1 cellar," grumbled the woman in fhe
5 white pique shirt. "I have had occa1
sion to walk a long distance to-day.
1 I traveled over many different streets,
and everywhere I went I was obliged
to sweep up billows of coal soot with
the hem of my garments. I never before
realized how much coal is delivered
on hot days when everybody is
i supposed to cook with gas and to flee
. from a fire as from the plague, I don't
t own a house or have anything to do
; with the management of one, but if
ever I do get rich enough to hare
i something to say about how our household
shall be run, I will positively forbid
the delivery of coal during June,
July and August. The mere sight of
so much fuel raises a person's temperatuce
about ten degrees, and its concealment
from the public gaze ought
to be enforced by law."?New Yorl;
A Clerical Dilemmn.
There is a story told of a candidate
for priest's orders, who was preaching
an extempore trial sermon before the
late Archbishop Tuit and Dean Stanley.
In his extreme nervousness he
began in a stammering way, " I will
U1VK1U lily ilikj inv
converted and unconverted." This
proved too much for the Primate's
sense of humor, and he exclaimed, "I
think, sir, as there are only two of us,
you had better say which is which
r The longest-lived people have gen*
3 erally be'.u those who made breakfast
. the prir.c-.pul meal of the day. The
. stomach hn.s more vigor in the oiorui
ing than at any time.
*- i "'wfe.-.
A Paris newspaper announces the
invention of an instrument called the
topophone. which registers sounds too
faint for human hearing, and which
will enable navigators to determine
the exact position of other vessels Id
One of the simplest, cheapest and
best sterilizers is sunshine, and it is
important to allow as much sun in
a sick room as possible. The same
rule is applicable to the rooms of
healthy people. The good effects of
"sun bathing" in the treatment of convalescents
is ample proof of the utllitv
of the rays of the sun for therapeutic
One of the professors at the Pasteur
Institute in Paris has discovered a
microbe that breeds a pestilence
among rats. Specimens of it have been
tested on farms and in warehouses
with success. In one-half the cases
the whole colony of rats were destroyed;
in other eases, the number
itoc orrontiv rpfiiirnd. Thus science
will take tlie place of nature, and the
occupation of the cats will be gone
An instance of the transformation
by scientific means of a deleterious
into a useful substance is furnished
by a process recently Invented in
Germany, in connection with the
manufacture of superphosphate fertilizer
where apatite is used. The
large volumes of hydrofluoric acid that
are given off seuiously contaminate
th^e atmosphere, but by the new process
these gases are recovered in the
form of fluosilicic acid, which is used
in the manufacture of artificial stone
for hardening soft limestone and sandstone,
and for other purposes.
Under certain conditions there ^nay
be seen in the night sky, exactly opposite
to the place where the sun may
then be, a faint light, rounded in outline,
to which the name "gegenschlen"
has been given. It has always been
a mystery to astronomers, but Professor
Pickering has suggested that it
may be a cometary or meteoric satellite
of the earth. He thinks it may be
composed of a cloud of meteors, 1,000,000
miles from the earth, and revolving
around it in a period of just one
solar year, so that the sun and the
ghostly satellite are always on ogposite
sides of the earth.
Professor Standfuss, of Zurich, has
been studying the effects of solar heat
and temperature 'on butterflies. More
than forty thousand butterflies were
subjected to close examination. Some
degrees more or less change the nature
and looks so much that they take on "
every appearance of having been born
in a warmer or colder climate. On one
occasion, it being very cold in Switzerland.
a butterfly common there suddenly
began to look like a butterfly
from Lapland. Others subjected to a
higher solar temperature changed and
looked like butterflies from Corsico or
Syria. The experiments, which are
to be continued, led to the production
of butterflies of an entirely new type,
some being of a very beautiful description,
Vegetarians have been attending
the annual congress of their Federal
Union at the Memorial Hall, Farriugrlnn
street. London, and hoping fer
vently for the reclamation of the carnivorous
millions outside. In accordance
with the custom at these annual
gatherings, there was an exhibition
of preparations from which every vestige
of the hateful meat was rigorously
A hardened unbeliever who visited
the exhibition was a little astonished
to discover at one of the stalls a plate
of what looked like cutlets. It was
reassuring, however, to learn that they
were absolutely innocent of meat, and
that, like the rissoles on another dish,
they might be eaten without a blush
by the truest disciple of the turnip.
Nut foods, moulded to counterfeit
the shameless sausage; countless extracts
and preparations warranted to
impart more bone, brain, blood and
muscle than an entire herd of prize
cattle, and innumerable tabloids, powders.
syrups, desiccated foods, breads,
this, biscuits and soups, all suggestively
named and attractively put up. were
on show for the delectation of the
faithful and the conversion of those
?i. - ?- ? ' '" *1*" rln t*L-nnao nf IIn hp.
W11 u Hauun iu mc v.
lief.?New York Herald.
Soda as Fire Extinguisher.
"Druggists generally realize the
value of soda fountains in extinguish- ing
tires," said Chief Musham, of Chicago,
the other day to an Inter-Ocean
reporter. '"They have not, however,
carried the idea very fai. If each drug
store which has a fountain were supplied
with a slender line of hose,
which could be attached, many small
fires which afterwards grow to large
ones could be extinguished promptly.
An average soda fountain can force
a small stream of water ten or twelve
feet. It carries a pressure of 125 to
180 pounds, which is enough for fire
"Many an incipient blaze has been
extinguished by the use of a soda
siphon. The 'great point is to get at
tbe flames at the beginning. If hose
were provided, with attachments by
which it could be coupled to the fountain,
a saving of thousands of dollars
in small fires could be effected each
Another new Kensington street
name, says tlia London Chronicle, has
literary interest. The improved street
between Charles street and Kensington
Square has been named Thackeray ,
street, in houor of the author of "Vanity
Fair." who lived for eight or nine
years in Onslow Square, close Viy.
At the house which he had built- for
himself at No. Palace <!reeu. Kensington,
he <lied ou Christmas Eve.
Apparently t!:eiv i* uu othvr
street in London I (earing h-* name,
though a largo temperaucv hotel in
the Bloomsbury district has been
named the Thackeray, and has beeu
followed by a Kingsl?y.
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Improvement In Carrycombg.
Here Is an improvement In cnrrj*
combs which *wiU be appreciated bj
every horseman, as,it will do in an in*
stant the work he is apt to neglect un?
til it becomes absolutely necessary
from the clogging of the teeth with
hair and dirt. The inventor is Oscar
S. Jennings, and in his invention he
,= ? 1)'
automatically dislodges the hah
provides a curved spring plate, slotted
iu 4_'ULuuruj wuu me rows 01 leeiu ui
the comb, with a hinge at one end /
to attach it to the side of the comb
frame. "The plate is provided at its
opposite edge with a crimp extending
either part way or clear across, whichi
serves to lock the plate against the
back of the comb while the latter is in
use. When it is desired to clean the
curry-comb a slight pressure of the
thumb on the locking crimp will allow
the plate to spriug clear of the teettt
and assume its natural curve again,
at the same time ridding itself of the*
dirt and hair which it has dislodged
from the teeth. The best feature of
the improvement is the curving of the
cleaner so tnat it will fly clear of the
teeth without the necessity of pulling
it free with the hand.
Single Tree Hammock.
The novelty of the hammock shown
In the picture consists in its ability to
keep on the shady side of the tree at
all hours of the day, and it also has
SWINGS LATERALLY ABOTTND THE TBEE,
the advantage of being adapted foe
use on a single tree or the side of a;
house, where only one support is available.
Of course, it will not curve from
end to end like the ordinary hammock,
but it has a swinging motion of it8
own. and it can be made quite as comfortable
for resting as those now in
use. The attachment to the tree is made
by a ball and socket joint and the
two hooks, with the suspending cables,
the joint allowing the hammock to
swing laterally in substantially the
same plane. By providing duplicate
heads for suspending the hammock, it
can be moved around the tree into '>
another position, as the day advances,
thus always keeping under the shady
side of the tree, and when not In use
it folds up flat for storage in small
Handy Barrel Boiler.
Here is an invention which will be
appreciated by those who have hacT
occasion to handle barrels filled with
any heavy material, or even empty
ones, the device being intended for use
in steering and propelling the barrel
along much more rapidly than can be
done with the hands or feet The inventor
is Andrew C. Rowe, and ho
has designed the roller especially for
use in flour mills, sugar refineries and
breweries, where it is necessary to f
handle large numbers of barrels daily. f
In use the tongue or handle is pressed /
TONGS FOB HANDLING BABBELS. .
toward the cross-l^ar until the jawa
or clamps have spread sufficiently to
pass over the enj?? of the barrel, when
a reverse movement throws the points
on the ends of the clamps into the
heads of th/e barrel with sufficient
force to permit their use as spindles
by which the barrel can be pushed
from place to place as desired. The
facility "With which the tongs will
guide and propel a barrel will greatly
increase the number which can be
handled in a given time, and much
less effort is required than without the
Where They Draw the Line.
A burglar with an elastic conscience
broke* into a house on Monroe street, /
Brooklyn, recently, and stole the faini- .
ly rubber plant. Brooklynites feel
that this is stretching the burglary
business a little loo lar.?New York
The Spider'* Thread.
A spider's thread is really composed
of four smaller threads, each of which
consists of 1000 separate tiny threads,
so that the thread we ses is spun of