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PASSING OF THE DRUM.
Lieutenant Cou iuarrast Perkins of
the United States Marine Corps writes
an article entitled "The Last of the
Drums," for St. Nicholas. Lieuten
ant Perkins says:
I think few know that of all the
time-honored equipments of war
which these days of military progress
have left us, the drum is the oldest;
but, like the sword and the bayonet,
the drum is fast disappearing. Its
companion, the fife, hallowed by tra
ditions of valor oven in our own his
tory, from Lexington to Gettysburg,
is already gone, and another decade
will still forever the inspiriting martial
music of the drum.
"What boy has not felt his pulses
tnrill and his heart swell with patriotic
pride and martial ardor while gazing
upon the well known picture of the
Eevolution, the "Minute Men of '76"
forsaking the ploughshare and flying
to take down the old flintlock at the
tocsin of war-the throbbing of the
chum and the shrill screaming of the
fife, sounded by two scarred veterans,
bare-headed,' white-haired, and in
their shirt-sleeves, marching through
fields and along the roads, calling the
patriots to wrns.
Every New England schoolboy has
read the story of Abigail and Eliza
beth, the sisters of Newburyport, who
during the Revolution repolled alone
an attack of the British by beating
furiously an old drum and blowing a
fife. The British troops, who were
about to land, hurried back to their
ships, thinking a whole army lay in
ambush to repulse them!
Thus did a fife and drum drive off
. the enemy and save a town from pil
lage and ruin.
The military drum is supposed to
have " been introduced in Europe by
the Moors and Saracens, during the
middle ages, and was quickly adopted
by armies. The drum of to-day differs
little, and in appearance only, from
the earliest form. It consists, as
every boy knows, of two pieces of
parchment, or batter hoads, stretched
over the ends of a hollow cylinder and
struck with sticks. For ages this in;
strnment has been known among sav
ag3 tribes and barbaric nations, who
use its weird music to accompany their
religions rites, as well as for Avar pur
The tom-tom of the Sioux Iudian
is a good example of a primitive
In civilized warfare the drum has
ever been connected with deeds of
maniai A-alor, and its voice is dear to
the heart of the soldier who has fol
lowed its pulsing into the deadly fire
of battle, or even in reviews and
military parades, Avhen rank upon
rank sweep up a street keeping per
fect alignment and step to the drum's
It has found a place in history
through the daring bravery of more
than one beardless boy who has
sounded at the critieal moment the
pas de charge or "rally" just in time
to turn the tide of battle.
Johnny Clem, the "drummer boy
of Shiloh," Avho beat the rally without
orders when his regiment had broken,
panic stricken, and thus helped to
save the day, -was made an officer for
his heroism, and is now a major in the
United States army.
In fable, song and story the drum
has evex kept pace with the most
%-aliant deeds of men. Rudyard Kip
ling's pathetic little stor}- of "Thc
Drums of the Fore and Aft," two
courageous drummer-boys who, at the
cost of their own ?A-es, led the charge
and saved the honor of their regiment
when routed by the Afghans, tells of a
- deed such as is to be found in history
as Avell as in fiction. More than onoe
has the drum claimed a place in the
front rank of storming battalions, oi
led desperate charges in the van of a
What wonder, then, that wo look
sorrowfully into tho future, when
battling Avili Jio longer be inspired by
the "war-drum's throb;" for we know
that the advance of military science,
with all its death-dealing machine
guns, magazine-rifles, and its smoke
less powder, will surely sound the
knell of the drum.
Six Costly Things.
The biggest price for a painting was
that paid for Meissonier's "1814."
M. Chanchard gave $170,000 for it.
The most costly building of modern
times is that of the New York state
capitol at Albany. Nineteen million
six hundred thousand dollars have
been spent on it. In 1892 I. Malcolm
Forbes paid $150,000 to Senator Stan
ford for the horse Arion, making it
the most valuable equine the Avorld
has ever knoAvn. The most A-aluable
book in the world is a Hebrew Bible
now in the vatican. In 1512 Pope
Julins II refused to sell it for its
weight in gold, which would amount
to about $103,000. The "Imperial"
diamond is considered Ihe finest stone
of its kind in the Avorld. The Nizam
of Hyderabad offered $2,150,000, the
largest price ever known, for this dia
mond. The costliest meal ever served
was a supper given by Eelius Verus to
a dozen guests. It is said to have
Bannister, the comedian, wa3 pre
sented to a proud old Scotch darno.
"Who are the Bannisters?" she asked
peevishly. "I do not recollect meet
ing with them before." "Madame,"
replied the actor, gravely, "we are
closely connected with the Stairs." j
"Ah! there is a good and ancient fam
ilyl" cried madame. "Mr. Bannister,
I am delighted to make your acquaint
An Elephant and a Baby.
At the circus parade in Middletown
recently a small child on Broad street
got away from its mother and toddled
ont in the street to see Jumbo. Before
anyone could realize what the child
was np to, it was directly in front of
the herd of elephants. Everyone ex
pected to see tue little one crushed to
death, but the leader of the herd care
fully picked Lhe little one np with his
trunk and swung her out of all dan
Personal Piety and Hot Weather.
Hot weather brings no excuse for
neglecting family or private devotions,
and not until its effects actually dis
qualify one for exertion is it a reason
for remaining away from the house of
God. The truly devout will say: "If
I am ever needed it is today."-Chris -
Washing a Fine Ait.
Ever since spinning was a typo of womanly
Industry, from aga to ago it has b?en ex
pocted that beautiful apparel should clothe
women. To keep dainty belongings in good
order lt is nooessary to have them properly
laundered. This ls especially trae lu tho
laundering of pretty summor gowns, which ls
now quito a Ano art. To do Hie work proporly,
fill a tub two-thirds full of wann water.dlssolro
the fourth of a cake of Ivory Soap (which will
not fode tho most delicate color?.) add lt to the
water; wash tho articles through lt. rinso first
In clear and thee in blue water: wring, dip in
thin Etarch, shake out and hang on tho linc in
tho shade. When dry, sprlnklo and Iron.
Gowns thus laundered will retain their fr esh
ness the entlro season. ELIZA ll. I'AK.KKK
MADE SICH BY HIS NOSE.
STORY OF JOHN MOOSMAN, A WEST
I VIRCINIA "SMELLER."
An Extraordinarily Developed Power of
Smell Which Enabled Him to Locate
Oil Wells With Unerring Certainty
He Was Deaf and Dumb and Illiterate.
j-, One of the best-known and thor
oughly unique personages in the West
Virginia oil fields was killed by a rail
road train near this city yesterday
evening, says a story from Parkers
burg, "W. Va., ?" the" Pittsburg Dis
He was John Moosraan, sixty-three
years old, and a native of Switzerland.
Till 1889 he lived ou a small farm back
pf St. Mary's, and had neither, wealth
nor prominence. When he died he
i was known personally to every oil man
in the State, and was worth $300,000.
He was what was known as a "smel
ler." He possessed tho rave gift, be
lieved by oil men to be supernatural,
of locating oil by merely passing over
! thc surface of the gvound, without any
! of the witchery of hazel switches.
I peach-tvee forks, or other devices,
supposed years ago to accompany such
I efforts to locate xvater wells. That he
I possessed this faculty no one doubts,
for there are hundreds of material
I proofs of his work.
When the oil excitement fivst struck
the vicinity of Belmont, this State,
about ten years ago, Moosman tried
to induce some of the prospectors to
j pay him a fee to select locations for
I wells. His proposition that he could
find oil, if it existed, was laughed at
by some, but when wells were drilled
where he said there was no oil, and
none was found, more cvedence was
placed in his word.
Later he secured Wilson Hurley for
i client, and located five producing
wells for him in a space of ten acres.
This feat made Moosman's reputation.
From that time on his services were
almost in constant demand, and hun
dreds of gushers have been drilled-on
spots which he selected, while as many
projects have been abandoned because
he declared there was no oil under the
3pots selected by the projectors of oil
Among the most noted of his loca
tions was the famous Lubeck Oil Com
pany gusher, near Cairo, which has
made all the members of the original
company wealthy, and which led to
the development of one of the largest
and richest fields iu West Virginia.
For the last few years he was able
to command fabulous sums for locat
ing wells, and as ho grew more wealthy
he cared more for his ease than the
oilers of olients. Lately ho had oper
ated in oil himself, and, with his won
derful faculty, his success was phe
nomenal. Wealthy oil concerns, among
them the local corporations of the
Standard, kept detectives constantly
employed to watch Moosmau whenever
he went from home, with instructions
to buy or lease land at auy price in
tho -vicinity of places where he located
wells for himself. By this plan many
persons have shaved iu his prosperity.
He leaves a family, and one of his
sou3 was supposed to possess his
father's faculty, but experiments made
by Moosman himself proved the fal
lacy of this belief. The old man would
take the boy with him on his expedi
tions, but in no instance did the
younger Moosman show any ability to
detect what appeared to be an open
book to his father.
How the old man read the geography
of the oil pools, located frequently
from two to three thousand feet below
tho surface, is a mystery which he
never volunteered, tj clear up, and
which offers of cash would not induce
him to explain. He was stone deaf,
and had not spoken a word for. more
than twenty years. ~*
His communications were all by fin
ger signs, he being poorly educated,
and not oapcble of making himself in
telligible by written characters. Even
the deaf and dumb alphabet was of lit
tle use to him, and he conducted nearly
ali his business through the interpre
tation of members of his family, all of
whom could understand his every
Persons of a scientific turn have at
tempted to get from him some state
ment whether he read the presence of
oil by means of nervous impressions,
whether the sensations produced were
akin to el ectrical phenomena, or whether
the knowledge came to him as a reve
lation from some supernatural force,
but these efforts all proved futile,
though his children, Avho are educated
and interested in the scientific side of
the case, made every effort to aid.
As stated above, Moosman was stone
deaf, and that was what led to his j
death. His children Iud often warned
him of the danger of walking on rail
roads, but he paid no attention to |
them, and on several previous occa
sions had narrow escapes from being
run down by trains. His death was
instantaneous and painless, there be
ing but a small scar on his forehead to
3how where the locomotive struck him.
We ave all familiar with water, gas
and electricity being measured for our
consumption by means of meters, but
the supplying of heat through pipes
and meters is rather a novel scheme to
most of uo. In Harrisburg, Penn. , a
company distributes through somo
three miles of asbestua^ covered pipe,
varying in size from three inches to a
foot, heat for warming purposes to many
residents and business houses, at a
cost not exceeding that of ordinary
house heating, to Bay nothing of the
discomfort of making fires, attending
to furnaces, bringing in fuel and tak
ing out ashes. Thi3 heat ia steam
and is metered out to each consumer;
the charges being from three dollars to
three dollars and fifty cents per thou
sand cubic feet of space warmed. The
Bteam is distributed at only twenty
pounds pressure, and the heat can be
as readily regulated as the flow of gas.
The plant is on-the Holly system, and
representa twelve hundred horse
power. The service is available from
the first chilly autumn day until the
warm days of summer, and is not only
economical and satisfactory to the con
sumers, but said to be very profitable
to the supplying companies. There
is no doubt that our ordinary system
of domestic heating is not only gross
ly extravagant and uncomfortable, and
that in large cities such commercial
heating plants must prove highly re
munerative to the investors.
Causee of Pauperism.
Investigations made by the Bureau
of Labor Statistics of Massachusetta
showed that of 3230 paupers exam
ined, 2108, or 65.26 per cent., were
addicted to the use of liquor; 866, or
26.81 per cent, were total abstainers,
while in regard to the other 256, or
7.93 per cent., no information could
be seoured. Of the total abstainers 41
per cent, were minors. Out of 2701
cases 1274, or 47.17 per cent., attri
buted their pauperism to their own
intemperate habits. In 1642. or 64.82
per cent, ont of 2379 cases one or both
parents were addicted to drink.
NO USE FOR HAY.
A Horse Which Prefers Meat and Tish to
The most extraordinary appetite
known in a horse belongs to Billy, n
handsome bay owned by A. Decour
tieux <fc Son, the butchers nf the Pacific
Fruit Market. Horses are frequently
known to show a liking for sugar, aud
instances are related where they would
drink beer, but who ever saw a horse
that was fond of meat aud fish?
Billy's duties are to draw tho firm's
delivery and his stand is in Merchant
street in front of the shop. Hero he
ia often on exhibition, eating with an
apparent relish steak, liver, tripe, aud,
in short, almost auy variety of meat
handed to him. Sometimes, after hav
ing had his feed of oats and hay, he re
fuses to munch meat, but this seldom
Billy's appetite developed several
months ago. No one knew of it until
one eay he Avas seen to reach into a
butcher's cart that was tied ahead ol
him and calmly begin eating a steak.
After that, he was fed often with the
firm's wares, and many a bet has been
won and lost on his appetite.
The horse formerly varied his car
nal meals by purloining fish, but he
was cured in a manner that was ludi
crous to the spectators, but very pain
ful for the equine phenomenon.
He reached into a fish wagon ene
day when his olfactories detected the
odor of his favorite smell, but an active
and belligerent crab took offense at the
intrusion and promptly fastened to his
Billy shook his head frantically and
whinnied in pain, but the crustacean
held on until he was crushed by being
banged against the side of the wagon.
Since then the horse has kept clear of
Billy is the favorite of the market,
and a strange teamster who had tho
temerity to lay a whip across his back
one morning to make room, was nearly
mobbed by indignant butchers and
fishmongers. He is also the pet of his
owner's family, and his sleek hide and
general evidence of good care show
that he does not lack for attention.
San Francisco Call.
Thc Western Saddle.
Be it known that he who has ridden
only on an English pig-skin will.find
that there are things he has no
knowledge of when first he throws a
leg over the stock saddle of the West;
and when he has seen a bronco-buster
ride a bucking mustang on its native
heath, ho must admit that although
the cowboy may be neither neat nor
well-maunered, ho could yet give
points on rough riding to those who
follow the fox-hounds.
As the cowboy's mode of riding is
distinctive, so is his horse-furniture,
and it is admirably adapted to his
particular needs. The stock saddle,
for instance, is as different from the
English hunting or park saddle as a
park drag is from a trottiug-sulky; yet
each is perfectly suited to the pur
poses for which it was designed. The
stock saddle is of Spanish-American
birth, aud must be heavily built
sometimes forty pounds in weight
in order to have the requisite strength,
for the high horn or pomme, is neces
sary to the cowboy in all the uses of
the lariat, or "rope," as it is now al
most universally called, and thus it is
required to stand the most sudden
aud severe strains. The rope is a very
essential article of tho cow-puueher's
equipment. It is ordinarily about
forty feet long, and can be thrown
with accuracy perhaps thirty feet by
the average puncher, although some
use it effectively at a distance of ten
or fifteen fe?t further if its length is
proportionately greater.. In catching
stock or in hauling anything, be it a
mire wagon, a bogged steer, or wood
for the camp-fire, the rope is given a
double turn around the horn, and the
saddle must be strong indeed to endure
such work. Moreover, it must be
tightly girthed over the heavy saddle
blankets, and this calls for the
cumbersome cinch-rigging, which in
most parts of the West ia double.
Allan Hendricks, in Lippincott's.
Florida's Profitable rincapplo Crop.
From tho reports of all those who
have shipped pineapples already this
season and have received returns for
them, we learn that the prices re
ceived have been very good so far.
By this we mean they have brought
from seven to oight cents apiece for
poorer quality of common pines up to
ten, twelve and fifteen cents apiece
for good ones of the common kiud,
and in some cases oven more than
This is doing very well, and if the
rest of the pines shipped this season
average anything like this in prices,
the growers will be perfectly satisfied,
for at such prices there is money in
raising them. Of course the fancy
pines that were shipped brought fancy
prices, in most cases selliug all the
way from twenty-five cents to $1, and
in some instances SI.50 apiece. This
year is the banner year as far as the
crop is concerned, and, from indica
tions now, it bids fab- to be tho ban
ner year for prices and profits also.
There is surely good money in raising
4-ines, and our growers are finding it
out this year even if they never knew
The statistics of the present crop
cannot bo obtained in full until tho
close of the shipping season, but esti
mates promise a total of 150,000 bar
rels, or 300,000 standard o "tes.
West Palm Beach (Fla.) Tropical Sun.
To Malte Wolf Kill Wolf.
A Western genius has made a dis
covery which, if all that he claims for
it be true, will settle the coyote and
wolf question for all time. The dis
covery consists of a yellowish-brown
liquid. The mode of extermination is
to trap a wolf or coyote alive and in
ject three drops of the fluid beneath
the skin. Tuis operation is repeated
three times in twelve hours, at the
end ol' which time the animal, with
green-eyed dilated pupils, frothing at
the mouth and raving mad, is rel >ased
and turned loose. It lives from thirty
to forty hours, after being liberated,
but, like a dog with hydrophobia, it
bites everything that it comes in con
tact with, and as every other wolf thus
bitten becomes inoculated, the poisou
spreads and death follows at a rapid,
rato. It is cruel, perhaps, but effec
Cables have their adversities even
on the bottom of the Atlantic. Ic 3
bergs passing over sometimes cut
them in two. Volcanic eruptions
sometimes injure them. A few years
ago three Atlantic cables went down
at the same time and in cb on: the
same spot. No other e :planation has
been found but volcanic disturbance.
Near shore the risks multiply. One
of the commonest is the anchors of
fishing smacks, a whole fleet some
times riding on a cable at once. The
rocks and breakers near the coast are
The London people are computed
to spend $6,000,000 daily.
OUR BUDGET OF HUMOR
LAUGHTER-PROVOKING STORIES FOR
LOVERS OF FUN.
The Difference-Thc Deed of Deeds-Noth
ing Better-Tho Henson-Distinction
Breaking It to Him-Can't Be Done
She Stooped to Conquer, Bte, Bte.
The Senior Ands a most surprising chango,
When for the world ho leaves his college
In college he had always too much work,
But now ho sees he can't And work at all;
"Tell me, doctor, what do you con
sider an ideal case?" -
"A healthy man with an incurable
Breaking It to Him.
Husband-"Do you need anything
for the house?"
Wife-"The cook says there is not
enough china to last the week ont."
"I'm writing to Belle.''
"Because you have something spe
cial to say?"
"No; because I have nothing spe
cial to do."-Puck.
"I wish to see some collars."
Yes, ma'am. Ah-ladies' or gen
"Gentlemen's, sir. For ladies'
Sauce For Geese and Ganders.
"Won't it be delightful when we ail
have flying machines!"
"I don't know about that ; of course
our creditors will havo them, too."
He Stooped to Conquer.
Mrs. Fussanfeather-"I understand
that Mr. Tallman kissed you on the
stoop last night."
Miss Fussanfeather-"Why, yes,
mamma; he's so tall, he had to."
Can't Be Dune.
Archie-"I always think evening
dress must be so trying to a lady of
Archie-"Because she can't laugh in
More Cl rr ICM M ii'HS.
Excited Wife-"Oh, Professor, the
cook has fallen and broken her collar
Professor-"Discharge her at once!
You told her what to expect if she
broke anything more."-Detroit Free
Lost in the Shuffle.
"How ave your geological studies
progressing, Miss Climely?'
"Very nicely, indeed. I found a
lovely piece of rock quartz to-day up
on the hill back of the hotel. But,
unfortunately, I laid it upon my soap
dish when I weut up to dress, and now
I can't tell which is thc soap."-Life.
A Learned Opinion.
Son-"Pa, what is a whisky
Father (who knows whereof)-"Er
-well, my boy, a large swelled head;
an C1TOUOU5 impression of great and
sudden wealth; a disposition to fight a
man twice your size; an aptness for
making the world appear lop-sided
and to bo revolving rapidly; any one
of them may be properly called a
whisky's trait.-Harlem Life.
Got Her Money's. Worth.
Some timo ago our local operator
took a telegram which read:
' Miss Matide, will you bc mine?"
It was delivered to the proper party,
and soon she came tripping into the
office to wire her reply. It read:
"Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.
Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes."
Ten words, you see, and she paid
her quarter, and then tripped out of
the room with the sweetest kind of a
"Coming home from the American
Mothers' meeting I saw such a lovely
child playing in thc street in front of
our house. Such a dear little boy! I
quito wanted to kiss him. I wonder
whose child he is."
"Did he have yellow hair?" asked
"And blue eyes?"
"Beautiful blue eye3."
"And an old shirt waist?"
"Oh, a horrid shirt waist!"
"Then I know whose child he is."
But Ho Wasn't.
One rainy day. tho late Stubby
Childs was on his way to the corner at
which he and his friend always met,
when he. encountered a young student
whose face he recognized dimly, hav
ing seen it every day for somo weeks
in his morning class.
"Have you seen my friend?" he
"Yes sir," replied the student,
pausing respectfully in the midst of a
mud-puddle to remove his cap; "he is
at the corner waiting for you."
"Good," replied tho professor,
looking over his spectacles. "I thank
yon; you may bo seated!"-Harvard
First White Child.
The first child of English parents
born in America was Virginia Dare,
the daughter of Ananias Dare and
Eleanor White, members of one of the
bands of colonists sent cut to the
newly-discovered country by Sir Wal
f?s This event took place on August 18,
1587, and, appropriately enough, one
of the counties on Roanoke Islands is
called Dare County. While Virginia
was the first English subject born in
the then distant land, a number of col
onists had settled in America two years
previously; but they returned to Eng
land in 1586.
In order to commemorate this settle
ment, a memorial has just been erected
on the site of old Fort Raleigh, on
Roanoke Island. This memorial bears
an inscription stating that: "On this
site, in August, 1585, tho colonists
sent from England by Sir Walter
Raleigh built the fort called the New
Fort, in Virginia."
It was peculiarly appropriate that
the first child born in America should
be christened in the name of the State
which owed its own title to the desire
to pay a courtly compliment to tho
Virgin Queen of England.
A Rabbit Club.
Tho people of Wolf Valley, Texas,
have organized a rabbit club. The
club pays one cent for each cottontail
scalp, and two and one-half cents for
each jack rabbit. The organization of
this club is a necessity. Rabbits have
ruined all fruit trees this winter which
were not protected by oak bushes. If
spmething is not done to destroy these
poets the farmers will suffer great loss.
CAKE AND POETRY?
Waat art thou, Life? A fleeing day of
A trembling dawn on a wide-reaching,
A fervid noon-Eve's shadow, dim and
(Oh, that reminds me. I must bake some
' cake for tea.)
Thy morn is beautiful, oh Lifel (I ought
To glance Into the cook-book, so to make
"Three eggs-a cup of cream," just as I
With all its dreams, so high, so true, so
Grand is thy full, sweet noontide, ("sift tho
And stir it in." I'm glad the oven's hojt
When lofty purposo arms tho soul with
? ('.'Ilaisins and currants, one cup each,
Night, and the day's fulllllmenl! Oh, how
How wondrous is this mystery! ("Then
A teaspoonful of lemon flavoring"-there!
Now, while it bakes, I'll write my poem
Madeline S. Bridges, in Ladles' Home Jour
PITH AND POINT.
"Stark is a bicycle crank, isn't he?"
"I should say he was. When it rains
he stays home and runs his cyclo
meter. "-Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The difference between the astrono
mer and thc chorus girl is that one
studies tho stars aud the other under
studies them.-Philadelphia Record.
First Bicycle Girl-"Oh, yes; I
often fall off, but, I always land on my
feet." Second Ditto-"I think you
said, you were from Chicago. "-Boston
"These lake excursions seem so lone
some." "Lonesome? Why, I am
with you." "Yes, I know, but I
couldn't bring my wheel along./'-Chi
Fuddy-"I understand that Wigley
spends most of his evenings here at
your house?". Duddy-"I had an im
pression that it was my evenings that
' he spends here. "-Boston Transcript.
There's the bicycle face and the bicycle
With its queer, altltudlnous curve;
And the bicycle tongue, In the middle hung,
And tho scorcher's bicycle nerve.
Watts-"Getting a little rest out
your way Bince the piano girl took to
the wheel, aren't you?" Potts-"Naw.
Her bicycle suit is louder than than
the piano was."-Indianapolis Jour
"What made you quit the club,
Billy?" "Reason enough, I can tell
you. I worked five years tobe e'ected
Treasurer and then they insisted on
putting in a cash register."-Detroit
, Barrow-"That's a dandy wheel
you have there, old man. I'll take a
little spin on it some day. By the way,
what kind of a wheel do you think I
ought to ride?" Marrow-"Ono of
your own."-Brooklyn Life.
"Itold her I was' afraid to kiss her
while we were on the tandem for fear
we would both fall off." "What did
she say?" "She said she hoped I
didn't call myself an experienced
Gent (solicitously)-"Sir, I have
here- Bonie indestructible pieplatc3."
Mr.; Hall Bedi-oome (grimly)-"Well,
you have come to the right house to
sell them. That's the sort of pies
Mrs.' Skinner gives us. "-^ Puck.
Mrs. -Eastlake-"You visited Venice
while you were in Europe, I hear,
Mrs. Trotter?" Mrs. Trotter-"Yes,
indeed, and we were rowed about by
one bf the chandeliers for which thab
city is noted. "-Harper's Bazar.
Fuddy-"They say you have a lik
ing ?>r Miss Spontel." Duddy
"Nonsense 1 The woman is insuppor
table." Fuddy-"That's just it. You
won't have to support her. She's got
enough for two."-Boston Transcript.
Gobang-"I think I'll do quite a
little shooting this summer. I wonder
what the close season is?" Buckshot
-"Well, in your case, old man, "I
fancy if you applied to the legislature,
they'd throw the whole year open to
A Cat That Goes Cycling:.
Chicago boasts of a feline cyclist.
He is Dixie Norton, of 4011 Drexel
Boulevard, and as his mistress, Mrs.
Leland Norton, spins down the boule
vard he stands erect in a fauciful In
dian basket that brings from the handle
bar, and watches the sights with all
the eagerness of a happy child at a
"How did Dixie learn to ride?
Why," said Mrs. Norton, "he was al
ways crazy to go out, and one evening
last summer I picked up his basket
and held him at arm's length while I
rode around the block. After that he
used to perch on my shoulder, but as
his avoirdupois increased, I was
obliged to swing him from the handle
The query, "Dixie, darling, do yo*
want to go to ride?" is sufficient io
send Dixie bounding with delighted
squeals headforemost into his basket,
where be wriggles and twists until
"heads are up," when he sets upa
piteous howl. When taken from tho
wheel his vocalization is something
terrific, and he frantically clutches
and claws everything in reach. Mrs.
Norton believes he is equal to a hun
dred mile run, and eomo day a gold
century bar may rest on the snow
white breast of Dixie Norton.-New
York Commercial Advertiser.
Finger In a Catfish.
A man's finger in the stomach of a
large catfish was what John Vincent,
a colored fisherman, found several
days ago while preparing his string of
fif.h for supper, says the Augusta (Ga.)
News. John's appetite had been
whetted up to a considerable extent at
the thoughts of crisp, brown fish on
his table for supper, and his mouth
fairly watered as he busily cleaned his
fish. The finding of this finger, how
ever, destroyed his appetite, and tho
entire lot of fish were thrown away.
The finger, while lacerated, seemed
to be well preserved, with the nail and
all intact. The catfish in which the
finger was found was a large one and
was caught on the South Carolina side
several miles down tho river. The
fish evidently got hold of the body of
some man who was drowned and nib
bled off one of his fingers. This makes
the second^time the finger of a person
has been found in a fish's stomach.
Several years ago, it will bo remem
bered, a child's finger was discovered
'under similar circumstances.
V ros i dr nt 'fl Mun H1 o n Not White wu shed.
Colonel T. A. Bingham, Superinten
dent of Publio Buildings and Grounds
at Washington, in answer to an Agri
culturist subscriber's inquiry as to
how the whitewash was mado that was
used on the White House years ago,
says that not within the recollection of
the office has the exterior of the Execu
tive Mansion been whitewashed.
White lead and linseed oil is used
whevi painting the mansion.-Ameri
can -Agriculturist. .- -
GOOD ROADS NOTES.
We clip from Dun's Eeview the fol
"St. Louis-Business has improved
in all lines this week two to fifteen
per cent. Groceries are in the back
ground, but promise improvement
soon with better roads."
Memphis-Since the waters receded
and country roads have improved,
trade and collections have been
Moral-Good roads and good busi
ness are synonymous terms.-L. A.
A Farmer's Views.
The farmers' real taxes are not those
which he pays into the town treasury,
but the most burdensome tax is the
unnecessary expense which he must
meet wherever he does his work at a
disadvantage. If he insists on cut
ting grass with a scythe where a mow
ing machine could be used, he is
taxing himself by as much as the in
creased labor, but it doesn't seem like
taxes because it isn't oalled by that
If he goes twice to town instead of
once with a "given load, his tax is very
materially increased, but in spite of
thia, he too often objects to paying
out the dollar that might bring him
two in another way. In view of these
facts, it is refreshing to receive a letter
from a farmer, who says that he be*
Heves in the extensive building of
permanent highways for the reason
that such means of communication
would decrease the farmers' taxes
rather than increase them,-L. A. Wi
Good Itor.ds and Broad Tires.3
The movement in favor of good roads^
which has at last really begun to agi
tato rural communities all over the
country involves many contributory
issues of considerable importance. For
instance, associations which have un*
dertaken the task of improving the
ocuntry roads are generally advising
farmers to make use of broad tires
upon their wagon-wheels, instead of
the narrow tires which cut and rut a
soft road so deeply,
It is not easy to induce the farmers
to follow this advice, because it im
plies and requires at the outset the re^
pairing of the' road. Broad-tired
wagons could make little or no progress
over some of the muddy and rough
roads which are too often found not
far from tho busiest and most thriving
cities. Narrow wheels cut their way
through more easily, but only at the
cost of exhausting the horses which
draw the wagon, and of still further
injuring the road as a thoroughfare;
If the highway could but be im
proved sufficiently to bear the heavy
tires, the wheels would act like a minia
ture road-roller, and assist in keeping
the road in good condition instead of
tearing it to pieces.
As au immediate result, access to
markets would be made much more
easy, draught animals would gain in
effioienoy and length of service, and it
would bo possible to transport larger
loads with greater ease and^ conveni
ence than is the case at present;
The farmers and the rural commu
nities which they control hesitate to
take the first step because of the im
mediate expense involved; It ought
"not to be hard to convince so intelli
gent a portion of the community that
real economy, both of labor and money,
would be gained by improved road
beds and the use of broader tires.
The Youth's Companion.
Avoca, Ia., is making some extensive
A Boad Improvement Association
has beeti organized at Lima, 0;
The Legislature of Massachusetts
has appropriated $800,000 to be u^ed
in road building in various parts of the
Good roads throughout ihis Common
weaifch are absolutely necessary. I am
?or the Good Boads bill and all that it
means, and will be until it becomes a
law.-Bepresentatiye Ebenezer Adams,
Bad roads caused the death of E. E.
Brown, at Deposit, N. Y., recently.
Mr. Brown was driving a heavy wagon
through the streets of that town when
the wagon caught in a rut throwing
him to the ground, and the wheel
passed over his head, injuring him so
Beverely that he died in a fow hours.
Convict labor in road building is be
ing employed in Duval County, Flor
ida, and in North Carolina. In the
latter case twenty-one and a half cents
per day per head is said to cover the
cost of food, clothes, medical atten
dance and guards, compared with
twenty-eight cents per day for main
taining the samo prisoners in jail,
Perils of Orchid Hunting.
English florists and flower lovers are
in a great state of mind over an orchid
recently exhibited by Sander, the St.
Albans grower. Its scientific name ia
the Cattleya Beineckiaua, which to
the initiative mind, says the New York
Times, is not very promising, but the
flower itself is described as a vision of
beauty and delight. The wings of its
seagull-like blojsnm are white as snow,
while the body portion is of gold and
vermilion, eight inches across. It is
the largest and most beautiful Cattleya
ever known to the civilized world, and
it would tako 1000 guineas to buy it.
Arnold, the famous orchid collector,
sent it to England just before he lost
his life while hunting for further sim
ilar treasures. Arnold was the man
who, while traveling in Venezuela,
made the acquaintance of a young
fellow who appeared to be roving foi
pleasure. Arnold traveled with him
for some distance, but a few chance .
words in a wayside inn made Arnold
aware that the supposed pleasure seek
er was really another orchid collector
bent on the same errand as himself,
and using every means to supplant him.
At once Arnold drew his revolver, and
there and then gave his acquaintance
the option of either fighting a duel
with bim or retiring from the field.
The latter course was chosen. Ar
nold's death soon afterward, under cir
cumstances which have never yet been
cleared up, is by no means a solitary
exam])le of the perils of orchid hunt
ing, and though in the more civilized
districts the work is comparatively
easy, there are still countries in which
an orchid seeker may be said to carry
his life in his hands.
ltevolvlng Observation Tower.
A revolving observation tower has
been erected at Great Yarmouth, Eng
land, in honor of tho Queen's Jubilee.
The design comprises a strong hexa
gonal steel tower 150 feet high by four
teen feet in diameter, surrounded by
a circular structure or elevator. This
elevator is raised and lowered by four
strong cables, each of which is capable
of performing the work alone. On
this elevator is a circular platform
fitted with rollers. While the eleva
tor ascends and descends the tower the
platform revolves around it, thus af
fording an uninterrupted and unsur
passed view of the surrounding coun
FACTS AND FIGURES.
Tho vatican at Borne is the largest
palace that has ever been erected. In
length it is 1,200 feet, and in breadth
1,000 feat. It contains 4,422 rooms.
The Brooklyn bridge gives employ
ment to a permanent for?a of 778 men
and -women, of whom ninety-five are
policemen and 216 in the train de
Spain has more sunshine than any
other country i Europe. The yearly
average in S ain is 3,000 hours; that
of Italy 2,3 0, Germany 1,700 and
The surviving members of the Vir
ginia secession convention are to write
out their recollection of its session.* at
the request of the Virginia Historical
The largest mass of pure rock salt
in the world lies under the province
of Galicia, Hungary. It is known to
be 550 miles loug, twenty broad and
250 feet in thicksesB.
The Austrian legislature has sanc
tioned the building of an acqueduct
which will cost $12,500,000, and will
supply the Coolgardie gold mines with
5,000,000 gallons of water daily.
It is estimated that $70,000 worth of
meat and ?90,000 worth of bread are
consumed daiiy in New York city,
while $21,000 is ?he average of milk
and cream per day.
In Holland the birth of a baby is
announced by hanging a pincushion
outside the door. If tho baby is a
boy, a red cushion is suspended; and,
if a girl, a white cushion announces
At Arnettsville, W. Va., a few days
ago, Curtis Miller, a young m?n, was
struck by lightning while walking
along the street. The bolt tore his
clothing from his body, even to his
undergarments,and removed his shoes.
Singular as it may seem he was only
stunned a little and ran a square to
One Way To Fiud Cut.
They were sitting on the sands side
by side, looking out over the ocean.
"How peaceful it looks!" said he.
"Yes," said she, "but how very
"True," he observed, "and yet how
calm and restful it appears. With you
by my side I could sail on forever."
"Yes?" sha queried.
"Yes," he affirmed, "forever. Will
"On one condition," she replied.
"I am a cautious girl, and I do not
wish to be over hasty. But I will lot
you make the test, and when the test
is made and you say it is successful, I
will go with you."
"And that test, love," he cried.
"You take a boat and sail on for
ever, and after you have sailed on for
ever, tell me how it works," ehe
And sha left him meditating.-Har
"I can't give you anything!" snapp
ed the lady to the tramp. "You're the
thirteenth tramp that has called here
"Well, mum," said the tramp, after
a little consideration, "you look a
clever, sensible lady that don't believo
in any nonsense; and jist to show that
there ain't any truth in that silly
superstition about thirteen bein' au
uulucky number, I 'ope you will give
me a trifle, mum.'-Tit-Bits.
Darby Reading of an old Text.
"Uncle Ben," said Miss B., "from
what portion of the Bible do you de
rive so much comfort?" . Laying his
index finger in the palm of his hand,
the old fellow proceeded as follows:
"Well, de Bible says, 'Dem dat de
Lord loveth He chases!' An* from de
way He is bin chasin' o' me dis year, I
know I mus' be one 'er His favorites.
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A dormant liver, or you will buller all tho tor
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Constipation, headaches, dyspepsia, furred
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The cholera morbus wi tl never submit to ar
We think Piso'6 Cure fot Consumption is the
only medicine for Coughs.-JKSNIE PINCKAKD,
Springflold, Ills., Oct. 1,18M.
Rev. H. P. Carson, Scotland, Dak., says:
"Two bottles of Hall's Catarrh Cure completely
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If afflicted with soro eyes use Dr. Isaac Thomp
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A New Jersey Woman Expresses
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I suffered for a long time with nervous
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i of the womb. It
my back would
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* had dull
I was weary
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burden to me.
I sought the
relief, but all
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