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TITOS. J. ADAMS; PROPRIETOR
EDGEFIELI), S. C., WEDNAAY. APRIL
California has just adopted tho
golden poppy as tho State flower.
On tho Belgian State railways fares
are lower than anywhere else in
Seventy-five per cent, of the enlist
ments in the regular army last year
were of Americans.
Something like a boom is reported
in the gold rogion in the North Caro
lina foothills. Tho field is like that
Lord Roseberry thinks that tho
"new Eastern question" is one of tho
gravest that England has ever been
called to consider.
"Tho inoculation of foreigners
with the American idea," according
to Ecv. Dr. Parkhurst, "it the ono
need of the country just now."
Professor Frank Parsons asserts that
in New York City it costs a man from
$30 to ?100 a year for the same amount
of transportation he gets in Berlin for
"In the course of two or three gen
erations fhe survivors of the Indian
Territory tribes will be among the
richest peoplo in this country," pre
dicts the Louisville Courier-Journal.
A league has been forn ed in Franco
to assert tho rights of pedestrians
against bicyclists. The members
ngTee never to get out of the way of
a bicycle; they think that in case of
collision the cyclist is sure to get the
worst of it.
A girl baby was born at Kokomo,
Ind., the other day who is tho four
teenth daughter of a fourteenth
daughter of a fourteenth daughter, a
record which is thought to be un
precedented. The New Orleans Pica
yune maintains that she ought to be a
witch, if there is any truth in tradi
Says the Pleasanton (Cal.) Times:
It seems a pity the white labor ot this
locality should be made to take a back
seat and allow the Japaueso to como
in by tho carload and go into tho
fields and do the work that the idh
men m Pleasanton and elsewhere
should bo doing and would be glad to
do had they the chance.
.The. .ijig statue xti, Wi : 1 i ? ;
which ^surmounts the
Philadelphia City Kai?
Penn Treaty Park. Th it
the citizens who get only u .
profile view of the statue,
please everybody, J. Chester
has proposed to put the statue on a
revolving pedestal, which will be
turned around once every twenty-four
hours by means of clockwork. v
The Popular Health Magazine ob
serves: "The desire in a child for
candy and sweets is a natural ono and
should not be stifled. Good candy
and sweets in moderation, if that
point can be found, not only do no
harm, but are actually beneficial. Too
much sweet upsets the stomach and
spoils tho appetite, but candy in mod
eration if it is not taken before a meal
is a food which children crave natu
The hansom cab will, in tho opin
ion of members of the cab fraternity,
eventually give place to the bicycle,
except that m this case tho bicycle is
to be a tricyele, states the Chicago
Times-Herald. The vehicle will havo
two seats, one for tho driver and one
for thc passenger. This will save the
expense of keeping a horse and give
the cabman needed exercise. It is
conceivable that two sets of pedals
might be provided and reduced rates
given to eturdy passengers who would
help push themselves.
Ono of the strangest coffins ever
told of is that for which the British
War Department is said to be respon
sible Tho story is that a workman
engaged in casting metal for tho man
ufacture of ordnance at tho Woolwich
Arsenal lost his balance and fell into
a caldron containing twelve tons of
molten steel. The metal was at white
heat, and tho mm was utterly con
sumed in less time than it takes to tell
of it. The War Department authori
ties held a conference and decided not
to profane the dead by using the
metal in tho manufacture of ordnance,
and that mass of metal wa3 actually
buried and a Church of England
clergyman read tho service for the
dead over it.
Exit Sir Philip Francis in tho role
of "Jnnius," exclaims tho New York
Independent. Mr. W. Fraser Rae, in
a letter to the Athemourn, introduces
new and convincing evidences that
Francis could not have been the au
thor of the "Letters of Jnnius," as ho
has discovered in the London Morning
Chronicle of Angnst 2d, 1774, a hither
to unnoticed letter of Junius, pub
lished nearly five months after Sir
Philip had sailed for India, and refer
ring to current, political events which
he could not have known. There is
concurrent testimony of several lead
ing statesman of tho time that they
kn.-w who Junius was, and that it was
not Sir Philip Francis. His vanity,
however, encouraged people to -at
tribute the letters to him.
WHERE UNCIJE SAM KEEPS HIS
GOLD AND SILVER.
Aa Enormous Quantity of Bullion
and Coins in thc Treasury Build
ins-Odd Figures as to tho
Bulk of tho Silver.
?N tho National Capital there is no
spot moro attractive to strangers
than the big vaults o? the Treas
ury Department. These vast re
positories of gold and silver are
among tho curiosities of the towu.
Th ny rank in interest with the Wash
ington Monument, tho Dead Letter
Ofiice and the echo stones of the Capi
tol. Every day, between tho hours of
10 ami 12, swarms of strangers descend
tbo damp, dark staircase in tho big
Treasury building to the realuie of the
precious metals. A guide accompanies
them, and as the visitors peer through
the iron grating at tho steel safes
holding gold, or tho wooden boxes
containing silver, the gnide delivers
for tbeir benefit a most entertaining
lecture. He tells them how much of
each hind uf money in eich vault, tho
nature of the precautions adopted
GREAT SILVER VAULT IN THE
against sneak thievery, tunneling and i
other forms of burglary. '
Thc most interesting part of the :
show i " -"H.
are in t ....
ury, and . ... dd, et!
ver, noi* . r.
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hold ii wf?-b \ hoir 1
'.Gr tat Tehosophat !" exciamieu a u
:-:r. wirb bulging ?yes, as be ?<
sta .: nt tue door to this vault .
"Yes, it's all silver,"replied tue ac- .
commodating aud iut-dl'jent guide, i
"Thisbig vault ' J<*Upies all the spac3
under the northern courtyard of thc '
Treasury building. Its exact measure- i
ment is eighty-nine feet long, fifty- i
one feet wide, aud twelve feet high.
Behind the iron grating you see j
wooden boxes. They are all full of i
silver-$2000 in each box. The boxe^ ?
are piled all around the edges, and in * i
tho middle are bags of silver piled in ?
a great heap. We havclotsof trouble i
with this silver. Tho boxes burst and
the bugs get rotten, aud then when a
new Administration comes in we have
to we $h it nil. It takes us About
three r*'?nth to do the job, and it's
dreadful hard work."
"Docs this vault contaiu all of
Uncle Sam's silver?" asked the
"Oh, no, bless you, no," responded
tho guide. "Here we have only $103,
240,000 in coined dollars. That is
less than a fifth of all tho silver the
Government owns. In vault Kc. 2
von passed that on your way in-wc
have $18,000,000. In smaller vaults
wo havo a few millions more. We
never could find space tor all Uncle
Lam's sliver here. Wc are frightfully
crowded as it is. In nil wo have
here 1GO.OOJ,000 or 170,000,000 of
silver dollars. Tho remainder of the
370,000,OOO of coined dollars owned
by the Government is in tbs sub-treas
uries at New York, Chicago ?md other
"You say Uncle Sara has more than
50n, OOO,000 of silver dollars on hwyl?"
"Yes, sir. Standard dollar*, H70,
000,000, and silver bullion enough to
make 17^,000.00!) more ; grand total,
"But there must be a lot of silver
dollars ia circulation?'' asked the
"Not nt many ns you would think,"
replied the guide. "We have coined
422,000,000 of these dollar?, and the
number in circulation is now only 53,
000,000. Tho people don't seem to
want 'em. We've done everything we
could to induce the people to take the
standard dollar. Congress has appro
priated money nearly every year to
enable the Secretary of the Treasury
to send out silver dollars in exchange
for other money without expense to
the people, but it doesn't seem to
make any difference. They don't go.
Why, tho number of standard dollars
in circulation now is much smaller
than it was a few ycar3 ago. Instead
of inducing the people to take more
of the dollars, they havo actually been
sending thom back to us. "
"Do you know how much tho Gov
ernment has paid out for silver?"
asked the stranaer.
"To a cent," replied the guido, con
sulting a little notebook which he
drew from his pocket. "We have
bought 503,003,811 tine ounces, for
which wo have paid $316,623,011.
That is an awful lot of money."
By this time every man and womer,
in the crowd was listening intently to
what the guide had to say.
"Now, if you have seventeen of
these silver dollars," he went on, "you
UNITED STATES TREASURY.
can easily hold them in your hand.
They weigh just about a pound. Bat
if you have a thousand dollars you will
- n&ant all vou could carry, or
tead of i thousand siive* dellars yon
[wye a million. That sicins ti.-ir? ..- ion* i
. ' ; '..'..u .., .. .
l09 O? ?]v.;v.
ir you nave ? > uvu- .
in the same way they will reach 125
feet. But suppose you have a million.
Then they will make a whito streak
more than twenty-three and one-half
"Having now secured a better ap
preciation of the magnitude of a mill
ion," the guide continued, "let me
spve you some figures I have made at
add moments about tho 548,000,000
silver dollars Uncle Sam has in these
und his other vaults.
"If ull of these dollars were placed
rim to rim, fiat, they would reach
nearly 13,000 miles.
"They would cover all the space be
tween the rails on a railway line clear
across the State of Iowa, a distance of
"The weight of all Uncle Sam's sil
ver is 10,440 tons. If it were loaded
into railroad carp, 40,000 pounds to
tho car, wo should have 822 car loads.
This would make twenty trains of
forty-one cars each, and these trains,
with their locomotives, would have an
aggregate length of six miles.
"The coiued dollars are packed in
boxes containing ?2000 each. It is
about all a mau can do to carry off one
of these boxes. Suppose wo want to
move all of Uncle Sam's silver by man
power at the Bame time, wo should
need at this rate 274,000 men. Giv
ing each man five feet of room, they
would make a singlo procession more
than 250 miles.
"If tho Government wen forced to
carry nil tho silver across conutry in
wagons probably 2000 pounds wonld
bo a fair load to each two-horse team,
taking good roads or bed roads. Six
teen thousand teams would be re
quired, and when on the road close
together, one after another, they
would make a caravan considerably
more than a hundred miles long.
EMPIRE OE DRESS.
SUMMER STYLES IN WOMEN'S
II ATS. AND FROCKS.
Still Bows of Ribbon Arc thc Lat
est Freak in Millinery- Fash
THE latest freakish mle in
millinery cuts away the whole
aide of tho wide brim of a
hat and substitutes out
spreading, stiff bows of ribbon. iThese
bows, or rather loops, stand out like
the spokes of a whceJ, and may be
bent up and dow? in any becoming
manner. It seems rather a pity to cut
the hat up like that, doesn't it? lint
fashion's chief fancy just now is to cut
np one thing that another may be run
in to take the place of what is ont
away. Bows stand out so jauntily
from'the hat in the accomjianying
illustration that they seem to be
having pretty much their own way,
but the hat brim here is left intact.
For that matter the appearance that
the bows havo of standing wherever
they wilt" is all pretence, for all the
upper ones are wired into carefully
considered positions. Hats of this
sort aro made of fancy straw, with
wido and slightly rolling brims of
contrasting color aud braid that are
taken up in back and fastened against
the low crowns with a full bow of rib
bon. . The same ribbon is then used
for the bows in front, and the garni
ture is completed with bunches of
roses placed at random.
Some of the fashionable bonnets are
almost make believes. Such are no
more'! than a very narrow band of
on'V/ i aad j??*re?ed ribltoa l'uni
..' . . ?? .. - ? ?
twines i ctfhead and tba rh ..: : .
ci?se ?OW, a tiny flower and a flash of
jewel is at each end of this band, and
standing up jauntily, a little at ono
side as if it were gayly making its way
down the pretty slope of the head, is
a codeado of stiffened lace. A little
way off the head appears to be orna
mented by this little cockade only,
and tho observer must guoss how the
HAT Wirn BIBBON* BOWS.
thing sticks on. It should be need
less to suggest that only a very pretty
woman with crinky hair or one with
faultlessly smooth, glossy locks, should
risk this kind of headdress.
White parasols prevail, ono of plain,
iich silk, without trimmings, being
seen in almost every carriage on a
sunny day. The chiffon parasols are
reserved for midsummer aud for pi
azza uso, whero tho sun is less fierce.
Others in white aud black stripes in
row after row around tho centre are
of very thick silks, and are in best
stylo when quito plain.
For those who object to thc glare
that comes through these pretty white
canopies aro changeablo silk covers of
two very rich aud rather showy col
ora, while ladies just returned from
abroad have brought home coaching
parasols of largo gay Scotch plaids,
with a thick polished stick and faceted
crystal knob. Thc small old-time sun
shades that may be turned down on
one 6ide aro again used by elderly la
dies, who appreciate I bom for their
lightness and convenience.
Black fabrics are specially liked for
street wear. A silk wrap Priestley
Clairette is made with a plain skirt, n
full blouse waist and very large leg-o'
miltton sleeves. The collar and belt
aro of tho finest out-jet embroidery,
and from tho belt fail ends of ribbon
covered with jet embroidery io match.
This is an ideal dress for Hummer, as
tho material is not affected either by
dampness or even a severe wetting.
The jet embroidery is done on fino
satin, and is proof against all weathers.
UTE FLORAL BLOUSE.
Nowadays a woman oannot have too
many evening blouses, and they can
be made so easily from some left-over
silks or a few yards of cheap light
silk, trimmed with chiffon and flowers,
that they have become a genuino
economical form of dress. Among
the newest bodices is "The Floral,"
mado of satin or merv, with a trimmed
waterfall and bertha of violets or other
STREET GOWN'S AND LONG GLOVES.
Nearly all the really stunning street
gowns, outside of the strict tailor
mades, are made, according to tho
New York Advertiser, with elbow
sleeves, to be met by long gloves.
Somo of these sleeves have a tight
inch or so below the elbow over which
Li:; Iii--* j-;. .1r.v.va anti tc ?.: . -
' ."' ? is
co navo tho tops of these gloves slip
ping ail the time, as they do ; but,
again, when does a woman's arm look
so well as when she stretches it, but,
while with the other hand she pulls ap
that horrid glove. Indeed, thees
gloves take the plaoe of the lorgnette,
the fan or the scarf. It has always
been essential that the woman1 of
fashion shall have somethiug about
her costume that she may prune and
prink. The graceful scarf gives her
every chance for pretty movement of
the handsome shoulders, for delicate
waving of tho head and bendiagof the
neck and for graceful swaying of tho
body to meet the lingering folds.
The lorgnette is not nearly so good
a "property" as tho scarf, but it
serves. The hand, wrist and arm may
graco themselves with a thousand
pretty tricks iu tho use of this weapon ;
and there is such a chanca to bend the
head prettily on the neok. The eye
brows get their chance, too, so de
cidedly the lorgnette has its uses
further than as something to look
through; but just now the long gloves
are favored over both these acces
Sleeves that demand just such gloves
are put into the dress to-day,
and tho whole is a very swagger out
door outfit. Made princess from
mixed tan coaching cloth, the skirt
portion has a plaited panel, and the
bodice is plain, save for a trimming
of silk folds set off with enameled but
tons. Similar bands outline the arm
holes and a bias fold of the cloth
comes around the waist, ending at the
SIMPLE STYLES FOR HALF-GROWN GIRLS.
! There are few departments of dress
that require moro careful handling
than that of a half-grown girl. She is
too large for children's fashions and
not quito old enough for grown-ups,
and her costuming is usually attended
with n good deal ot worry and perplex
ity. Thero are, however, some simple
stylos that are always to be approved
and that aro girlish and becoming
without being too formal and compli
cated. One of thespis a dress of white
nun's veiling. Tho skirt is in straight
widths, with tho front and sidos slight
ly gored and plaited in to a belt.
Down the front of the skirt and in two
strips at cither sido arc bands of inser
tion, ribbon or galloons. Thc waist ie
slightly full, gathered into a yoke and
belt, aud from shoulders to belt and
iu tho front and back are perpendicu
lar bands of tho same garniture. The
sleeves aro very fall puffs of the mate
rial, with bands of trimming from the
armholes down to thc narrow cuffs
just below tho elbows. Frills of laco
fall over the arms, aud Ibo collar is
finished with a narrow ruchiug of silk,
with n fall of lacu below it.
A handsome dress has tho skirt
trimmed with medallion* set on to
form patterns. These medallions aro
about, as large as a silver dollar. Homo
of them are perfectly plain and flat.
Others have tassels falling from the
middle, Une dress has the frout of
the waist, the yoko and the nppoff
part of tho skirt ornamented wifc??
A Unique Lighthouse.
The lighthouse that has been erect
ed by the United States Government
at Paris Island, Port Poyal, South
Carolina, is novel in form, and, though
erected as an experiment, it has done its
duty well. It is the most economical
structure in the history of lighthouse
construction. "When first erected it
was regarded with many misgivings
The light, which is run up and down
THE CHEAPEST OF ALIJ IrfGHTHOUSES.
in rails in the plane of the structure,
is housed by day. * At night it is
hoisted to ira place at the apex of the
triaugle by machinery worked in the
oil house at the base of the structure.
Tho large foundation plates aro about
forty feet apart. Tho focal plane of
tho light is 120 feet above tho sea
level, but tho top of Ibo structure is
132 feet from the ground. The cost
of the iron work set up is $9100, and
that of tho fltrncture completo and
lighted about S12.000.
The Wealthiest Woman's Son.
It would be difficult to locate that
much-talked-about young man, Ed
ward H. E. Green, tho son of tho re
nowned Hotty, the wealthiest woman
in the country. Ho lives much of the
time in Chicago, where he owns about
three miles of land in the heart of the
city. It is to the very groat credit of
this young man-and so bespeaks well
ioi his future wife-that he is not
'^Nba^^-of h-?? ^^^xcoentrio mother. ^
i:r* to ho, altheaT B&c . : :
bj?stbo taipiakoh lot
EDWARD H. II. GREEX.
on her way to scrub out offices. There
is a rumor to tho effect that Edward
Green remonstrates with his mother
and urges her to take a little rest and
comfort. But to no avail. Edward
Green, although lame, is a good-look
ing young man, and will be a good
catch. He is of excellent family, well
spoken, good mannered and all that a
good husband need to be-and this is
not counting the ono hundred millions
and moro which Mamma Hetty will
leave him when she goes to the place
whither money can neither travel nor
talk.-New York Advertiser.
A Match For the Lawyer.
A dialogue about heaven took placo
a few days ago between a member of
the Baltimore County bar and a lady
eighty-two years old, who was un
der examination in au equity case.
The lawyer, to test the lady's faith in
tho hereafter, asked her if she thought
we would know each other in heaven.
She replied by asking him another
question as to where heaven was. His
reply was not satisfactory to the old
lady, and she told the lawyer that if
he wanted to question her about any
place ho mnst locnto it. Thou she
added : "Of course, wo will kuow each
other in heuveu, for our bodies will be
the same there, except that we will
not have any blood in us."
The lawyer next asked her if 6he
thought peoplo would have teeth in
heaven. She said she could not an
swer that definitely, but sho thought
they would. Ono thing was cortain,
she added: "People would have teeth
m the place allottod to the wicked,"
and she could prove it by Scripture.
"How can you prove it?" said the law
yer. "Why,"shereplied, "theSerip
tnre says the wicked snail bo turned
into utter darkness, where there shall
bo weeping, wailing aud gnashing of
teeth, and how could they gnash their
teeth if they did not have any?" Tho
attorney did not proceed any further
ou that lino of examination.-Balti
While the prevailing agricultural
depression in Eugland does not tend
to lill the pockets of the shopkeeper.-,
it is continually adding to their size
of tho towns. This is notable in sev
eral places in Yorkshire.
The late Lord Cairns, of England,
was the son of a cobbler, while the
father of Lord Brassey was a day la
borer and his mother a Liverpool
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THAN PILLS, never gripes, never weak
ens, but works in such an easy and
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relief comes quick and sure, and one
feels new all over. It never fails.
Everybody needs take a liver remedy,
and everyone should take only Sim
mons Liver Regulator.
Be sure you get it. Thc Red Z
is ou the wrapper. J. H. Zeilin &
A STUPENDOUS FEAT.
Reclaiminq 750 Square Miles of
Land Now Under Water,
One or the most stupendous feats
in engineering which tho world has
ever seen is proposed by the people of
Holland, being nothing less than the
reclamation of the waters submerged
by the Zuyder Zee. The scheme, if
carried out, will result in recovering
about 750 square miles of land now
undor water and will add a new prov
ince to tho country. It is estimated
that the work will cost over $130,
000,000, and will require 353 years of
constant labor. The Dutch Govern
ment has recently received a favor
able report on the plans from tho
Roval commission appointed to look
into the project, and it is reported
that tho government and many of the
leading citizens of Holland consider
the scheme practicable. In the ex
pansion of territory, in tho increase
of trade and agriculture, and in the
giving to thousands of people the op
portunity of profitable employment,
tho project, though a stupendous
and very costly ono. will be one that
will recommend itself to most Hol
The work proposed to bo dono con
sists,' first, of the construction of au
extensive embankment from almosb
the extreme point of North Hnllan.i
tpjib^ries* " J, so aa to shut
alLf ug^:c~ arcess
; .-.?;-: : ? : .. .'?esof
poses, wm De over ?piao.UUU.UUU."
There is one important point which
lias been raised by the objectors to
the plan, and that is that its con
summation will practically destroy
the Zuyder Zee fisheries, the reve
nues of which now average about
$850,000 per year, employment being
given through these fisheries to 3,000
persons, and 1,500 vessels. To com
pensate the fishermen for their loss
the Royal commission proposes to
give to every man thus deprived of a
means of livelihood a new vessel suib
ahlo for tho North Sea fisheries; and
further to insure them against acci
dent, to pension old fishermen and to
exempt from harbor dues all the craft
owned by them. It is believed in
Holland that after tho settlement of
thc secondary questions the gov
arnmont will at onco order thc great
work of reclaiming these lands under
water to bo begun.
Appearances Are Deceitful.
It did look queer, hut
Edward was behind.
A New Violet.
While exploring in the Cascado
Mountains during jost summer Pro
fessor Lloyd, of Forest Grove, dis
covered a new violet. It is a small
plant with a delicate white llowcr
with translucent pelais, and grows
in wet mos-y places. Ho has named
it Viola Maeloskeyi in honor of his
preceptor in biology at Princeton.
THAT FATAL lUr.AXCB.
"My expenditures never exceed
my receipts," said Hawkins.
"Mine do," sighed Wilkins, " In
fact, I am very much afraid I shall
never have any receipts for my last
"If these teams were lined up side
hy sido in solid phalanx, as the wagons
of settlers were on the borders of the
Oklahoma strip, they would make a
column thirty miles long.
"Suppose all this silver was coined
and stored away loose, so you could
get at it easily, and you were set count
ing it, dollar by dollar. How long do
you suppose it would take you to
count it all? WeU, if yon ran tho
dollars through your fingers at tho
rate of 100 a minute aud worked ten
hours a day, excepting Sundays, it
would take you about thirty years to
finish the job. It is now 12 o'clock,
ladies and gentlomen, and the vaults
will have to bo closed, under the rules
of the Department. "-Chicago Times
Don't Fail to Twirl lour Thumbs.
A physician in ckargo of a well
known nsyluni for the care of tho in
sano recently said : "There is ono in
fallible test either for the approach or
tho presence of lunacy. If tho per
son whose case is being examined is
seen to mako no use of his thumb, if
he lets it stand out at righi angles
from tho hand, and employs it neither
in salutation, writing, nor any other
manual exercise, you may set it down
as a fact that that person's mental
bnlance is gono. He or she may con
verso intelligibly, may in every re
spect bo guarding the secret of a mind
diseased with the utmost care and
canning, but the telltale thumb will
infallibly betray tho lurking madness
which is concealed behind a plausible
How to Make a Sovel S?oiiso Trap.
Mice aro very knowing little ani
mals and aro often too shrewd to bo
caught by even the best steel traps.
To make a very effective mouse trap
take a large jar-tho kind used for
jam and preserves-and tie over the
top a piece of stiff brown paper. In
tho center of this cut a cross. Set tho
jar in a closet and suepend by a string
a piece of toasted cheese or bacon
rind over tho centre. If the mice
cannot easily reach the top of the jar
a runway may be constructed by plao
ing ono end of a board on the edge of
the jar and allowing the other end to
rest on tho floor. If thero aro any
mice about tho bait will attract
them. Just as 60on as tho first mouse
reaches the centro of the paper he
will drop through into the jar, and the
paper will fly back ready for the nott
Tho same kind of a trap may De
U6ed for catching rats, only a barrel
must bo substituted for tho jar. A
rat will soon gnaw out of such a trap
if not prevented. The best way to
avoid this is to fill tho barrel partly
with water. This trap is a great fa
vorite with country people. They lay
THE HOME-MADE MOUSE TRAP.
a good-sized stone or brick in the bot
tom of tho barrel, nnd pour in just
enough water to como level with the
top ot this. The first rat that tum
bles in, of course, climbs on tho brick
tc get out of tho water. As soon aa
another victim arrives there is a fight
for possession of tho ouly dry spot.
The noise attracts other rodents, so
by morning a dozen or moro may be
swimming and squealing and fighting
for dear life.
The tarantula is a giant spider,
sometimes measuring four inches ia
length. It is fawn-colored above, with
white Bides, marked with whitish
It has four pairs of well-developod
legs, in addition to tho mandibles or
jaws, which contain the poison appara
tus. These aro grooved, and tho pois
onous secretion, which is similar ia
composition to tho venom of snakes,
is contained in a aland at tho base of
the mandibles and is forced through
the groovos when the spider is angry
and grasps its victim. Tho body and
legs aro thickly covered with hair.
Although the bite of tho tarantula
can hardly bo classed as deadiy, it is
always extremely painful, anu has
probably in some cases caused death.
Tho tarantula ?B remarkable both ?
for its fierceness and its extraordin
ary swiftness. By tho use of eight
long and vigorous legs it flashes ovor
tho ground, and as theso logs aro sharp
and prehensile, it can run up a per?
pendicular surface with great ease.
No ono peed therefore be surprised t(
soo a tarantula nm up from the ground
lo his chin.
The tarant ula catches small birds,
mice nnd insects, lt is ablo to use its
poison with greater relative effeot ou
these than on mau n.nd other large ani
THIS IK A TAUANTUTJA.