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THOS. 1 ADAMS. PROPRIETOR.
EDGEE?ELD, S. C., THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 1892.
VOL. LVII. NO. 13.
It is sait, that tho only European
monarch who is not insured is tho
Czar. The companies will risk noth
ing on Lim.
The imports of frozen meat into
England bogan fourteen years ngo,aud
last year 2,303,000 sheep aud . lambs
were imported, besides ?S3,OOO beef
Professor Euentgeu's gnat-grand
father was a cabinet maker whose works
were so famous that Goethe alludes to
them in his fairy story. ''The New
Melusine, " written in 1770.
Last year thirty-seven towns in Con
necticut were engnged in improving
their roads, and now eighty are re
ported to have joined in tho move
ment. The improvement made is
thorough and scientific The cost is
borne cqmlly by tho state,tue county
cud tho municipality.
Dr. W. H. Teuton says,in thcNine
tccuth Ceutury, that ninety percent
of tho physical sufferings of women aro
duo to ailments begotten of ennui and
lack of opportunity for workiug off
their superfluous muscular, nervous
and orga-iic energy, and that cycling
acts liko a charm for most of them.*
The annual insurance fees paid by
certain of tho salt of the earth are of
vast amen?t, and perhaps the most
heavily insured mortal is Hi? IMiijesty
King Humbert, of Italy, whose life
policies amount to $7,500,000. Tho
late Czar's dt-atlt cost tho insurance
companies no less than $1,000,000;
and when tho Prince of Wales diea
London insnrauce agencies will suffer
to the extjut of $3.250,030.
One of the latest tracts issued by
. tho British Society for the Protection
of Birds refers to thc extent that tho
bird of paradiso is being worn. Dur
ing the 1893 season ono warehouse
alone of the many that aro engaged
in the trafile tc detrimental to bird
life disposed of no less tliau 00,000
doz. ns of bird of paradiso sprays.
An appeal is made to "civilized women
throughout the world" not to counte
nance the further sacrificer of this
While Germany has been waging
war OD American food products, tak
ing the ground that they aro ndnlter^
uied, England bas b?e.i making'some
^artltf g~-t^;>vcries r.!>oui German
fritter, the Sa? Francisco Chronicle
records. Of 903 samples of butter anal
yzed by the British Board of Agri
onltnre the largest number of adulter
ated bracts (31 perceu!) was fonud
to be from thy land of the Kaizer.
Of sixty-thr.'O samples from Aineric.?
not one was rej oted. Incideutal to
all thistaere is somothiug about aotual
- beams and fictitious motes which G?r
nany would do well to ponder.
Thero aro confined in tho Montani
penitentiary 123 white men, sonio - of
whom have been thero fer years "Of
this number but two were sick. O?
the nineteen Indians who have been
oonfined iu tho pauiteutiary in the
lost two years, three are dead, one was
pardoned ia a dying condition, aud is
now bandy alive, five are in the hos
pital with the death mark on them,
and three aro ill. Of the seven who
are practically healthy, fivo have IOJU
confined but ono month, one. nine
months and one for twoyoar3. All of
these Indiaus appeared to be souud
when they were admitted to the peni
The meeting of Prince Bismarck
and Li Huug Chang racalls General
Grant's comparison between the two
mon. Ho thought them tba two
greatest men ho had known abroad.
Tho Chinaman wont to Fredrichsruh
to visit the ox-chaucelo:r. "We have
both long helped our misters to gov
ern each a great country," eaid Priuco
Bismarck. But an Oriontal is not to
be outdouo iu compilaient, and Li
made answer that though he himself
had been able to direct the 'affairs of
China, Princo Bismarck had shown
himself equal to governing a world.
If he had said a continent ho would
not havo bi?en far wrong, But thero
is a pathoB in tho interview. Each of
theso two extraordinary men is at the
end of his career. Prince Bis
marck can contemplate the Ger
man Empire which he created, not
perhaps without some anxiety as to
what ita present ruler may do with
it, but wita the assurance, neverthe
less, that it is as secure as any exist
ing work of h'imau hands. It is the
yonugest of great empires. China is
the oldest, and what must Li Hung
think of his life's ende ivor as he con
siders what China was when he first
became Viceroy and what she is now?
The E ist and the West met together I
at Friedrichsruh. Tho revolution in J
each within tho lifetime of these two
men has been equally momentous, j
When Germany became the first
Powe! ci Central Enropo there were
terrors of war, but Germany has kept
tho peace and made others keep it. |
Nobody knows what the effect of
China's fall rid of the rise of Japan
into a great Asiatic empire may be.
I4, ls not likely that tho German and
the Chinese statesmen exchanged
views on these point?. Still less is it
likely that, even if they did, we BhaU
Jtnow what they said j
New Mexico's claim to statehood
tests on the fact that she haB a popu
lation of 175,000, with taxable prop
erty valued at $45,000,000.
Tho Illinois nppcllate court hos de
Bided that where a secret society ex
pels a member thc oourts may inquire
i:;to tho expulsion and seo whether 01
uut it be just.
Tho railroad construction in the
United States for the first half of 1896
was only 717 milea This shows a
very slight improvement over the first
six months of 1895, when the record
was 620 miles.
Next May Queen Victoria will com
pleto a reign of sixty years, and th*.
officials most likely to be concerned
have been privately informed that
should the period bo accomplished
celebrations much in thc style of those
at Jubileo yoar will be held in honor
of tho event
Francis Joseph, of Austria, is one
of two independent European sover
eigns whose presumptive, heirs are
their nephews. The other is tho king
of Roumauirt. The emperor of Russia
and the king of the Belgians have
presumptive heirs in their brothers.
The king of Spaiu's presumptive heir
is bis sister, and the queen of the
Netherlands her aunt. All other
independent European sovereigns
have sons, unless tho sultan be an in
dependent European sovereign.
The mutual benefit co-operativo nnd
fraternal insurance associations of the
United States have a total membership
of 3,500,000 persons. Tho obligations
of these associations to their members
are about $5,200,000,000. The indus
trial insurance companies have a mem
bership of 6,900,000 persons with ob
ligations amonnting to $620,000,000.
These different classes of insurance
combined aggregate over $6,000,000,
000, niue times the combined capital
of the 3,700 national banks in the
Tho New York Herald says : The
militia of thc United States has been
raised to a high state of efficiency
within, the last few years. Guards
men are regarded as "toy soldiers" no
longer. The railroad riots in Chi
cago and the trolley cor strikes in^
? Brooklyn BhowVd that they have tho
manhood to rise to the heights the oc
casion calls for. With the same meth
ods of discipline existing between
them, the footing of tho regular regi
ments and most of the regiments of
the guard in regular warfare would bo
Long ago a certain Prince of Orange
was Generalissimo of the Austrians.
He fought against tho French iu Italy,
died, and was buried at Padua (1799).
For four years the Dutch Government
has been in treaty for the Prince's re
mains, and after an eudless amount of
diplomatic negotiations and corre
spondence matters were arranged, a
Dutch man-of-war arrived in Venice,
and after another three weeks' delay,
they arranged to open tho tomb and
tran-qjort by tho man-of-war lo Hol
land. It was a most impressive cere- i
mouy. A representative of the Queen I
of Holland came expressly. Admirals, |
generals, officials galoro, special |
trains, funeral car, troops lining the
way, minute guns, and flags half-mast
high, and then the tomb was opened,
There has been computed, "on the
basis of the latest scientific and statis
tical sourcos accessible," a suggestive
table of tho distribution of the people
of the globo according to their relig
ions. This table is published iu the
Deutscha Kirchenzeitung (Beriiu). j
The population of the earth is esti- I
mated at 1,500,0)0,000, distributed ae
follows: Europe, 381,200,000; Africa,
127,000,000; Asia, 351,000,000 ; Aus-j
tralio, 4,730,000; America, 133,670,-j
000; total 1.500.000,000. The lead-i
ing religions aro represented by the
following ?gure3; Protestant Chris
tians, 200,000,000; Roman Catholic
Christians, 195,000,000; Greek Cath
olic Christians, 105,000,000; total
Christians, 500,000,000. Hebrew*, 8,
000,000 : Mohammedans. 180,000,000 ;
h. athens, 812,000,000; total non
Won a King's Bride.
German papers tell an interesting
Btory regardiug the young king of
Servia's recent vain trip in search of
a bride. His majesty had taken it into
his head that he would like to marry
Princess Maria, daughter of the king
of Greeee. The Servian minister in
j Athens proposed tho rn'- iago to the
Greek rulers and received au evasive
answer. The minister was encouraged,
however, and telegraphed the king to
proceed to Athons. Tho young Grand
Duke Alexander Michaelovitch, how
ever, had long been in love with the
j Princess Marin, and when he learned
of the projects of the Servian monarch
he pressed his suit SQ hard that when
the young king arrived in Athens the
eng gement with tho Russian had al
r ady been announced. The uphappy
diplomat will suffer for his blunder,
and has already been recalled from
BY MAUDE MORRISON'.
"There's no sense io't, Sary Ann,
not the least bit in the world! If
there was anything the matter with 'im
'twould bo din?rent; but ho's a healthy
'nough youDguOjfor all I kin see,"and
Aunt Marthy dropped the armful of
wood she had been carrying into tho
box with a thud that served to em
phasize her disopprov.il.
"It hain't right that you should be
a piimperin' of 'im up a-gettin' 'im to
sentsiu' 'is weakness; 'sides you'll hev
all you kin do to keep your own end
o' the traces irum clnckin'," sho add
ed sharply, as ?ke watched Sary Ann
tying on her big gingham sun-bonnet.
"I done up the dishes ali right,
didn't I, Aunt Marthy? Au' the but
ter's worked ap into balls to suit ye?
An' I've gethered the cowslop greens
fer dinner. Is there auythiug more
that needs a-doin'?'' asked th a girl,
turniug about and facing her aunt
with indiguant oyes.
"No, tho work's did up all right,
Bary Ann, 'taiu't that, it's tho pam
periu' of 'im."
"Well, then, Aunt Marthy, if thcro
hain't nothiu' to keep me, I reckon
'twon't do no hurt if I goes out an'
gives Audy a lift 'ith them there tate r
baskets; they'ro powerful heavy," said
Sary Ann, as she opened tho door and
stepped ont upon tho sunnv stoop.
Awny off yonder lay tho 2+~JLlj
plowed fields, dark and loamy, with
patches of green June pasture land
between and a long strotch of leafy
woods beyond ; and over ali, tho sum
mer sunlight, liko a c;old?u voil.drap
"It's goin' to bo the hottest day
wo'vc hed this summer,"thought Sary
Ann, as her bare brown feet pressed
tho withered grasses in tho meadow
Not a drop of dew clung to the sleu
dor blades, and tho clover lay in flat
tened masses close to the hot earth.
Not a breath of air stirred the elder
blossoms that drooped over the rno?sy
rails of the old fence.
Sury Ann could see, among the dis
tant brown furrows, a tiny blue ob
ject, aud she knew that it was Audy,
toiling patiently over the potato
"Poor little feller 1" she mused,
"he ain't fit fur to do it. Seems 'a if
he gits peakeder an' paakeder ever'
day. It most skeers mo to see how
whito an' ghosty he looks. This hot
sun's jest a-moltin'of'im up. Ho'd
get plum bushed, I reckon, if I didn't
happen 'long, now an' agin, to spell
"Hello, there, Audy!" she cried,
as she carno nearer and couid see how
very slowly the blue gingham shirt
was creeping up and dowu the long
"Are yo bushed? I'm comin' to
spell ye!" and BIIS took off her sun
bonnet and waved it cheerily. Tho
little fellow turned at thc sound of her
voice, and looked eagerly over the
field. He took off his ragged straw
hat, and waved it to and fro in answer
to her welcome.
"No, I hain't bushed, Sary Ann,"
ho answored, lifting his pale face to
her own, and smiling feebly, "but it's
"Yes, you look 'most roasted.
Here's somo cool water I fetched ye ;
mebbe you'd better wet your hcud
'foro ye drink auy, fur fear o' suu
strokin'. I'm goin'to drap awhile!"
"You're allns a-helpin' rae, Sary
Ann. I hain't good fur much, am I?"
he asked wistfully, his eyes full ol'
"Never you mind! I reckon you
do 'nough, anyhow. You go au' set
down a-spell on that stone under the
basswood shrub," and she gave him a
gentle push in that direction.
Sary Ann brushed a tear from her
light lathes, as she picked up the
heavy basket and began to drop. Up
and down, and up and down,
the long rows she went, her bore feet
sinking ankle-deep into the steaming
loam, stopping now and again to hil
her basket at tho big bags stationed
hero and their, throughout the field.
Away over to the other eido she
could see Uncle Jerry ond tho red
oxen, and hear his voioo as he urged
them along with tho heavy drag.
"He'll git it all in afore sundown,
easy" she mused, as she shifted her bur
den from one baud to tho other, and
looked prospectively about her. "But
Andy hain't goin' to drop no more of
'em, if I kin help it. He's jost about
tuckered!" and sho glanced anxiously
over to thc dejected little hc?p auder
the basswood shrub.
Audy bad taken off bis ragged pin
bat, and it lay upon tho ground 1
siilo bim. The locks of light ho
falling about his thin faco; tho st
expression in the blue eyes thatlooki
up at her occasionally ; the weary a
titude he had taken, with his elboT
rested on his knee?, and his chi
plunged into two scrawny hand
seemed to nervo SH ry Aun into great
The sun crept higher and highc
and a brazen .yellowish glare sceme
to overspread the blue sky. Still Sat
Ann worked on, and Uncle Jen
plodded patiently along bohiud tl
red oxen. It was only when tb
cheerful sound of tho dinner-be
came over the fields, that she set th
empty basket down beside one of th
half-filled sncks, and went ovor to th
stone whero Andy sat.
She dropped down ou a little clnm;
of sod in front of him, and picked n
hie ragged bat to fun her warm face.
"My, it's hot 1" she murmured, rt
she untied her sun-bonnet, ant
brushed back the locks of rough brow
hair that hun 5 limply about her fuoe
"But it's cool, an' breezy 'nough ii
this shudder though. Bs ye gettin
rested?" she asked, anxiously, look
ing up quizzically into the boy's face
"Yep," answered Andy, in a B\O\
meditativo way. "I've been think
in'-Sayl I'm nu awful bother to you,
ain't I,Sary Ann? You're allus a-spell
in' me off, au' doiu' ray work. Say,
don't you git tirod o' workiu', Si ry
"Now, dou'tyou goto frettin' 'bon1
thet, Audy, I'm stouter'n you be
'sides I'm lots older. I'm 'most fif
teen, jest thiuk o' thet, Andy 1 When
you get as old as I am, mebby you
won't need no spelliu'," and she
renched out and laid hor arm caress-,
ingly ou the little scrawny arm.
"Whou I get big," s.iid Andy
eagerly. '?TU take care o' you, Sary
Ann. Do ynu think I'll bo stont an'
big, like Uucle Jerry, when I'm ftf-.
"Yes, when you're fifteen you'll be
lots robuster'n ye bi now, I reckon,"
another tater be you goiu' io drap,
Andy Smith ; do you hear?"
"But Aunt Marthy--" protested
"L don't keer nothin' 'bout Aunt
Mar thy 1" interrupted Sary Ann. "1
reckon all the Amit Mirth vs au'Uncle
Jerrys there be won't git no more
drappin' out o' yon, bein' as I kin
help it," she added, indignantly.
"Uucle Jerry oouuted on gettin'
thia patch iu 'tore dark," said Andy,
"Well, 'twon't be much of a stint
fur me to drap 'em, 'thont any help
frnm you. You kin stay au' help
Aunt Marthy 'bout the house-draw
the water, an' split the wood, an' secu
like. You hain't got to come out here
"'Tain't no fittin' work fura gal!"
said Aunt Martby, when S.try Ann
proposed taking Audy's place in the
potato field. "When i's a gal, gals
weroa'posed to stay in tho house an'
learn to bake au' to sew. Now,there's
that snail-shell quilt fur your sa ttiu'
out ; 'tain't more'n half done, an'
you've bjen at it 'most a your." "~
"S.'ttin-outs kiu wait, I reckon!"
muttered S.try Ann, as she piled the
dinner dishes into tho p.in of steam
"Pretty housekeeper you'll make!'
grumbled Auut Marthy. "Sides he's
a nigh onto twelve years old. Time
he's a-gettin' hardeuod to't if he ever
iutcuds to 'mount to nuything. Now
when Jerry wus his age, ho could do
'most all kiuds o' farm w.>rk- plough
iu' an' hoiu' an' d ;r3'iu'? an' ha didn't
go to peakia' up au' go?tin' wally-eycd
over it nuther. There haiu't no sense
iu't, I say. I'm pin n ont o' patience
with ye fur pamperin' of 'im up BO!"
Sary Ann did not answer, only bjut
her head lower over tbe dishpan and
worked on in sibnee; and th-?n when
the last dish was 'Wained and turned
over in its customary piaco on th'j
clean-papered shelves, nba slipped her
sun-bonnet qnietly dowu from ita peg
behind tho kitchen dmr, and sped
away over the fields.
"I reckon 1 kin atau' it batter'n
bim,1'she maned, as she picked up the
heavy basket, and began again her
wearisome journey, up and down the
The sun was just creeping down
amongst tho leafy tops of the tall
maples in tbe woodland stretch when
she reached the last row. Sbe stooped
and looked about her. The dragging
was almost finished. Sbe could hear
thc red oxen as they clanked their
heavy yoko.", and Uncle Jerry's coarse
voice ns no guided the clumsy fellows
over the brown field.
Sbe turned ber faca toward home.
A queer little figure hat humped np 011
thc old rail fencf ; and Sary Anu knew
that Andy was waiting for her. She
quickened ber pace and soon came up
to where he was sitting.
"I come to meet ye,Sary Ann. Just
look a' there!" Ho was* tending up
rig?jtt on the top rail, aud poin
toward a dark object stationed in
centre of tho far corn field.
'fife a scarecrow. Don't it !
scaly? 'Taint nothin' though but
ole pants and coat stuffed with sti
an$ MY ole hat on top of it," he
?teuess it'll make 'em git, thor
dq#t you ? " he questioned eoge
"?4oade it ail myself. Como ov
see|it." And he clammered di
from the fence and started off ia
dinaction of the scarecrow.
"It'll tickle 'im 'most to death
hoy me go," mused Sary Ann, as
followed slowly nloug behind h
heedless of her tired feet and ach
''He wa'u't so near dead but whal
co?ld gad 'round ull tho afternoon
togglin' np that . there skeercro
sw Aun t Murthy, when they co
imp supper. "You're having all yi
pains fur nothiu', Sary Ann. E
jw as abie's you bc; I've watel
'ira an' I know. No youngun co
pfpnee 'round as clipper as 'im, an'
rWj allin'. Thcro's no sense o' ',
??fcenm' 'gin work in this way;
?-jflght's well knucklo into't first
Int Thero won't bc muca chanco
spell 'im tc^uorrer, I reckon, fur 1
Jpn' to tov n, au' you've got all \
sorubbin' to git did, 'Jong 'ith the r
?Bl he Salurday's clean in'. He'll
lEbwn drappiu' fur once, an' go
'Bough fur '?ni."
.Jilt was with a heavy heart that Sa
lpn stood on tho step in thc eai
jBrning light, and watched the fnm
"'tip little figuro trudging off towar
tfo potato field.
?l'hero was no hope of spelling hi
-flat day uhe knew, with all the wee!
scrubbing to be done, and she sigh?
wearily au nhe turned agaiu to tl
homely duties that awaited her.
B?he forenoon dragged ou ve
jnbwly; bnt in spite of the work, Sa]
JSSnu went many times to tho littl
Brm er window in the attic, for son:
yfomp.se of tho blue checkered shirt i
He far-off potato field. She watch?
the brazen brassy heavens with anxioi
wes, hoping to see some tiny clot
adrift, that would bring welcome she
mr to the little fellow toiling patientl
H the hot snn ; but n pearet
wt the least faint ri I m of clot 1, onl
?fie broad expanse of glaring sky, an
:?te great yellow sun, hanging ovi
;: "I don't know what'll ever becom
of Mm. Thatsnu'il je'st naterully me
'?er," she mused, s
she oamo in from the back yard.whcr
-she bad been testing tho temperature
"Guess I'll jest tote 'im out som
cool water, seein' as the scrubbiu'a al
did,an' there's nigh unto au hour 'for
dinner time," she said, as sho tool
down a little pail from tho pantrj
shelf and curie ! it out to the pump
"It'll sorter freshen 'im up; he'l
be a-noediu' of it b.ul 'nougb,
When she reached the old fence stu
stood upright on the top rail, am
shndiug her eyes with ono hand, looked
away over the plowed fields.
There was no little blue shirt to b<
seen bonding over tho potato hills,
ouly Audy's scarecrow,staring dumbly
back at her from the corn rows.
"It looks liko tho ghost of 'im,'
thought Sary Ann, as sho started of
across the fields. "Andy 1" she called,
as she neared the middle of the potato
field, and still no sight of the familiar
"Andy 1" then sho listened for nn
answer; but only tho "caw-caw" of a
venturesome cruw, circling over her
head, broke the stillness.
"Ho's over t'other side sonic'ers,"
she mused as she hurried on.
But she did not see him until she
carno close apon him-i limp little
heap in tho middle of tho loug row,
his poor pinched choek lying white
and still, against tho dark earth, his
half-empty basket besido him.
"Oh, Audy, Andy! what's the mat
ter? Bo you sick?" she cried, as she
fell upon her knees and drew tho poor
little hci>d upon her lap.
"He's u-sunstrokiu'! " she cried, as
the pale bpi parted and gasped for
breath. She lifted him in her arms
and carried him to the friendly shel
ter of the basswood shrub.
Ob, how pitifully frail the little
figure wasl She bathed his burning
face with the rt freshing witter, and
forced a few drops of it between his
closed teeth. Thou as swift as t>e
wind sho sped away over the field for
Together they carried him, limp
?nd unconscious to tho house, and
ititi him ou Aunt Marthy's white bed
iu the spare room. They placed cool,
soothing bandages to his head, and
au ned him softly, until the blue eyes
opened, only to stare around the
room unconsciously, and close again.
They worked over him patiently
nntil Auut Marthy came home with
tho horse und buggy, then Uncle
Jerry drove back to town for the
dootor, aud Aunt Marthy took his
place at thc bedside. There were
tears in her eyes as sho bent over tho
little figure, and laid her hind on tho
"Poor leetle feller!" she murmured.
"We've been too hard on him. He's
pinta tuckered ont." And very ten
derly Aunt Marthy brought cloths
and bathed the dusty little body,doing
all that she could to bring him back
to ljfe nod cuyscioitsncs?,
Then the ductor carno and adnu
tered such remedies as bu could ; 1
thia was only thc beginning of mi
long days of suffering and anxiety
Aunt Marthy grew very gentle
tbese day.--. She went about tho ho;
with subdued footsteps, speaking i
low soft voie*, quito unlike thc ha
fretful toucs ul' uld. She was ci
kind and lenient towards S nw Ai
who hung anxiously over Andy*? b
watching for 6omo sign of recoves
and when it came it was Aunt Mart
who heaped the little sufferer's ro;
with luxuri?s, r, hu invented such daii
delicacies to tempt him back to life.
It seemed to Audy that he open
his eyes upou a fairy land. The prel
M?)aro room, with a window openi
out upou Aunt Murthy's bed of pi
sics; and, ye?, there was a buwl
. h'm on tho stand beside his bed; t
bright rag carpet,and muslin curtail
draped cheerily back from the gre
morning-glory vines outside.
He looked about him silently foi
long time, with evident enjoyniei
then he raised his great blue eyes
Aunt Murthy's in speechless gra
"I didn't get tlie taters al! drappc
did I, Aunt M ir thy? Is it too late
drap 'era now?" lie questioned in th
strange, weak, little Voice of his,
"Don't yon worry 'bout the
taters, child, you dun't have to dr:
auy more of 'em, I reckon," said Au;
Marthy, as she smoothed back tl
light locks from Andy's pale fae?
while the tear that had been gathcrii;
on her own lashes dropped silentl
upon the white coverlet.
Sary Aun saw it, and went nnd stoo
a long time ou the back steps, starin
away off across the corn fields, whei
a scarecrow flapped its limp ant
wierdly against tho twilight bkies.
Farm Field and Fireside.
Three Famous Fruit Trees.
Tho fruit of tho dato palm is tin
principal food for a greater part e
tho year of many people. Pounds
into solid cakes it is carried on trijj
over the desert, thc stones being fe
the camels. Boasted and ground th
kernels raako a good substitute fo
coffee, and also yield oil.
Tho beautiful date palm of th
tropics is iudigenuiu tu Asia am
Africa, but flourishes in all hot couu
tries. There aro aearlv 1 " . ?nenies
some eighty feet ' 0u, and living 20I
year*. Each tree yields abont 20I
iBBtTT^^MWh * geasou? Thia iuva!
uable_tcue.has no less than 360 differ
ent uses. The trunk furnishes build
ing timber, cooking utensils, bow:
and arrows; rojts are used for feuc
ng and rop-'S, as well ns articloi o
The graceful banana tree is a r?-la
tive of the plantain. Tho rapidly
growing suckers produce at any that
of the year. After a couple nf years
thc tree dies after producing several
bunches, sonic of which weigh eighty
pounds. The handsome I aves are
usually torn to ribbius by the trade
winds, and are ten feet hmg. A flas
produced from the fibers is woven in
to a thiu maslin. Green bunamis aro
dried and grouud iuto flour, which is
baked in cakes. This fruit is so com
mon that one of the huge bunches wc
see in tho grocery stores may bo pur
chased in tho tropics for twent\--fivo
cents, and in the planters' homes a
bunch' always bang.0.
Thc Care of a Watch,
few people seem to realize what a
delicate instrument a watch is. Thu
is shown by the fact that niuo men
out of ten persist in (rinding their
timepieces at night, when they retire,
instead of when they get up in tho
morning. According to a well-known
watchmaker, tho winding should bo
done iu tho morniug, so that thc
spring shall be at its strongest tension
dnriug the day, when the watch is
more liable to Jolts and shocks of va
rious kinds. Ai night the compara
tively weak spring will havo nothing
to disturb it. A watch shou'd bo
oiled every eighteen mouths. It
might run years without lubrication,
but thc wear and liar on the works
will in the cud work devastation. Thc
watchmakers are also rejoicing ill tho
fad for women's watches, especially
those who do a great deal of rep tir
ing. The average woman m iv be de
pended upon to neglect her watch,
particularly in Ibo small detail of
winding it. lu proportion to the
number sold, there are twice as many
women's watches broug'it back for re
pairs as men's.
Lightning's Queer Course.
While Aarou C. Hung,a watchmaker
residing near Beru ville, was working
at his bench recently,Ughtuing struck
his dwelling. Tho bolt passed into tho
cellar, and thence up into the roura,
where it jumped from a lot of tools tu
tho vise where Mr. Haag sat. It then
entered tho drawers, melted tools,
splintering a log of tho table, and
finally struck Mr. Haag on tho leg,
ripping his trousers into shreds and
tearing one of his shoes fruin his foot.
Mr. Haag was hurled from his seat
and his clothes were ignited. A red
s'.reak marks his leg where the electri
city passed from the knee to the foot.
Beyond a sensation ut numbness, tho
man escaped injury. Seveu members
of the family wero near by, but were
I not hurt.^-ijernutup (l\nn.) Tribune.
Movement to Protect Songster!
Frcrn Wanton Destruction.
Public Schools to Have a Day
for Instruction in Ornithology.
An appeal for tho observance of
"bird du j" in the schools throughout
thc country has been made by the
Agricultural Department. The ob
ject is to set apart a day ouco ft year
or to combine it with "Arbor day,
for instruction in tho value of our
native birds and the meaus of protect
ing them from wautou destruction
The i?ea originated with Superintend
ent of Schools Babcock of Oil City,
Penn. It has already been adopted
in two cities, Oil City and Port Madi
Tho circular of the Department of
Agriculture on thc subject recalls that
tho idea of setting apart ono day in
thc year for thc planting of trees was
lir.it suggested nearly twenty-five
years ngo by J. Sterling Morton, now
Secretary of Agriculture. It is be
lieved that the observance of a bird
day will appeal to our people-par
ticularly our youth-even moro strong
Thc circular anya that from all sides
come reports of a decrease in native
birds due to the clearing of the forests,
draining .if the swamps, and cultiva
tion of land, but especially to the in
creasing slaughter of birds for game,
the demand for feathers to supply the
milliirory trade, and the breaking up
of nests to gratify thc egg-collecting
proclivities of bran ll boys. An attempt
has been made to restrict the c.mes
by legislation. Nearly every State and
Territory has passed game laws, aud
several states have statutes protecting
insectivorous birds. Such laws arc
frequently changed, nud cannot be
expected to accomplish ranch unless
supported by popular sentiment in
favor of bird protection. Tho object
can only bo attained by demonstrating
to the people the value of birds, and
how can it be accomplished better
than through the medium of tho',
Briefly stated, tho object of Bird Day
is to difluye knowledge concerning our
native birds,and to aronse a more gen
eral interest in bird protection. As
such it should appeal not only to orni
thologists, tportbraen, and farmers,
who have i y
general public, who would Hoon appre
ciate the loss if some of thc songsters
were exterminated. It is time to give
more iuteliigent attention to the birds
and appreciate their value. Many
schools already have courses in nat
crnl history or nature study, and
such a day would add zest to
ular studies encourage the pupils to
observe carefully,and give them some
thing to look forward to and work for.
In the words of the originator
tf tho day, "tbe general observ
ance of u bird day in our
schools would probably do more to
cpen thousands of young minds to the
reception of bird lore than anything
else that can be devised." The first
thing is to interest the scholars in
birds in general, and particularly in
those of their own locality. Good
lists of bads havo been prepared for
several of tho states, and popular
books and articles on ornithology are
within the reach of everyone. But
the instruction should not bo limited
to books; tin; children should be en
couraged to observe tho birds in the
field,and study their habits and migra
tions, their nests and food, and should
be taught to respect tho laws protect
ing gamo and song birds.
What Trnc Friendship Means.
Between friends there must bc closb
sympathy, and ono must be able to
give to the other what she lacks, but
even between those friends who are
nearest and dearest it is not necessary
to lay bare one's heart. Such con
fidence is too apt to be greeted with a
curious satisfaction an t even from a
friend this gratification makes one
feel ns if one's biuises had been
touched with vitriol. A real friend
asks no questions. She takes tho
best that comes, the best that in iu
you, tho best that you caro to offer
her, and demaude nothing more.
She hai long ago learned, being
wise, that to all of us there comes a
time when nothing should be said; it
is true there is a time when some
thing should be- sud, but there is
never a time when everything should
be said. There is very often a silence
between two women friends that
means rest, and she is unwise who
breaks that silence.-Ladies' Home
To Magnetise Hairpins.
A New York man has received a
patent for a magnetizing box for hair
pins. He docs not clearly state the
object of his invention in magnetizing
the pins, but it is presumed that the
charged pins arc 1 ss liable to come
out of the hair an I be lost, and they
ure all attracted toward each othor
when in position. To remove ouo of
them it must bo done against the
magnetic force which tends to keep it
in place by attracting it to tho ri'
of birds, hui also^bvl
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A drowsy drone ;
A garden sweet ;
And all alone,
In kittie neat,
So deft and prim,
To guide the reel
With sunshine in her dovelike eyes,
The maid Priscilla daily plies
A noisy street,
Or lane, or park,
Where cyclists meeL,
By day or dark ;
From head to heel,
With resolution in her eyes ,
The modern maiden deftly plies
Poet-How do yon know the editor
isn't in? Office Boy-From your
He-Your father fought through
several lively engagements in this fort,
didn't he? She-Yes, but not so many
as I have.
When a doctor advises a patient to
go away, its a pretty good sign that he
is prosperous and bas lots of others
to fall back on.
Fanny-I know she waa 6aying
something mean about me. Grace
-What was it you overheard ? Fanny
-She said I meant well.
Mr. Bacon-That Mr. Crossley, who
called last evening, is a self-made
mao. Mrs. Bacon-Too bad he couldn't
have made himself a little more agree
Husbaud-(contemplating a pui
chti.se)->I like those "Gladstone" baga.
-So do I, Isn't he a wonderful
to lind time to invent anything
mun to hud time to ~ ' lnTOBrraytmifg*
George-I wouldn't be discouraged
by one refusal. There is no reason
on enrth why she shouldn't marry
you. Edwin-That is why I feel sure
Bbc never will.
Mrs. Fisfnz-Three minnies ofter
thc fire broke out in the hotel thou
sands of jieople were on tue tcene.
Mr. Fisftiz-I suppose they wanted to
see the tire escape.
Tbo merchant (to his daughter's
suitor)-Now how are you fixed finan
cially ? The suitor-Well, I have no
debts, Tho merchant-What a pity 1
Then I cannot give you my daughter.
"What did the stranger say when
voa gave him the bill?" Waiter-Such
mouhtroiis prices ho never saw; we
were au abominable gang of thieves.
Hctel-keeper-Good 1 So he didn't
become abusive, then?
Wurdpnll-I believe it would be
a good idea to nominate Bzskpxski.
He's a mighty good man. Heelah
Ob, ho's a good man nil right, but
how could we ever get up a campaign
yell on such a name as that?
H?-And did you cull at Monte
Carlo while you were at Nice? She
No ; papa called on him, I believe^
but from his disappointed appearance
when he returned to thc hotel, I think
Mr. Car.'o must have been ont
pose you havo some-er-suitable
books foi: a man about to-er-be mar
ried ? Head Clerk (promptly)-Yes
sir. Here,Skigglcs, show this gentle
man your line of largest sized pocket?
Lightning's Queer Coarse.
While Aaron C. Hang,a watchmaker
residing near Bernvilie, was wcrkiog
at bia bench recently,lightning struck .
bia dwelling. The bolt passed into the
cellar, and thence up into the room,
where it jumped from a lot of tools to
tho vine where Mr. Haag 6at. It then
entered the drawers, melted tools,
splintering a leg of the table, and
finally struck Mr. Haag on the leg,
ripping his trousers into shreds and
tearing one of his shoes from his foot.
Mr. Haag was hurled from his seat
aud his clothes were iguited. A red
streak marks his leg where the electri
city passed from the knee to the foot.
Beyond a sensation of numbness, the
m in escaped injury. Seven members
of the family were near by, but wer?
not hurt.-Scranton (Penn.) Tribune,
"George, there's bound to bo bolt
ing in the convention."
"Yes. I suppose that's to hold tho
planks in the platform"-Chicago
IT is said that Li Hung Chang only
wears one tuspender. And yet they
call him a statesman,