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THOS. J. ADAMS, PROPRIETOR
EDGEFIELD, S. C./fcEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1897.
VOL. LXII. NO. 46.
?Id century, tottering to thy rest,
All vainly dost thou beat thy breast;
A new dawn gilds the mountain crest,
lha glory ot thy wondrous day,
"With all its glitter and display,
In twilight shr. -low dies away. 1 ?
Almost the poet, in whose rhymo
Thy praise is sung In verse sublimo.
Begins his lay "Ouco on a timo."
Strange fancies All thy time-worn brain;
Thou dreamcst thou art young again,
With battle cr>- on land and main.
And a dread turmoil of unrest
Embroils tho Orient and tho West;
Alarums sound at thy behest.
E'en Israel's children, in thy throes,
Imagine o'er agnin their woes;
And many a hope toward Zion goes.
I1 A CHANGE C
?|? Ey THOMAS ?
HE day Silas
Eyan, the pro
prietor and man
ager of Eyan's
Kanch, set his
in a large body
o? the best Gov
ernment land in
sas, he stirred
up a good sized
and brought the
augrily about his head. He had no
shadow of right to the land, and
naturally the settlers and home-seekers
resented his cool appropriation of it to
his own use. There were ruc n who
wanted it for homes, and who -were
entitled to it under the laws, and these
men looked upon Ey ad's conduct as a
base infringement on their rights and
were not sparing in their denunciation
of him and his order.
Near Ryan's Ranch there was a little
town know as Prairie City. It was au
insignificant place, with less than two
hundred population, but it gave pro
mise of great things in the future. Its
inhabitants, *nnd the settler on the
prairie about it, believed that in time
Prairie City would become one of the
leadiug towns of Kansas. Unfort
unately, however, the hopes of those
people were never to be realized. A
railroad was soon after built through
that part of the couutry and it missed
Prairie Ciiy by just two miles. The
result was a new town on the railroad
and the death of the old one. Prairie
City went the way of hundreds of
other Kansas towns. Its population
took up then* possessions, includiug
their houses, and moved across the
prairie to the railroad.
In Prairie City 's halcyon days, how
ever, it boasted of a newspaper, the
Prairie City Eagle. It was not much
of a paper, being small and poorly
printed, but it was quite as good as ita
patronage Justified! It's subscription
list was extremely limited, and its ad
vertising business was dwarfed to one
column of display matter and a few
lines of pay locals.
The Eagle, as a matter of course,
stood by the town people and thc set
tlers, and when Ryau set his men to
fencing in the public lands for grazing
purposes, it came out with a strong
editorial denouncing him in the sever
ost terms. It pronounced his action
dishonest, as he was stealing the peo
ple's rights. It went further and said
that it was the lowest and most con
temptible species of dishonesty, since
by it he was stealing the homes from
poor, struggling men and their Avives
and children, thereby robbing them
of a chance to earn an honest living.
"It is the duty of the homeseekers,"
it went on, "to protect themselves
against the encroachments of this
greedy cormorant, who, for the sake
of adding to his illgotten wealth,
would starve even the innocent, un
conscious, helpless babe in its moth
er's arms. It is tho duty of the set
lers to band themselves together, to
take the law in their own hands, and
cut the wire that shuts them out of
their own. Tear down the fence,
drive off or kill tho usurper's cattle
aud give him to understand that if the
Government won't protect you, you
can and will protect yourselves."
A copy of the paper containing this
editorial fell into Eyan's bauds. Ho
read it and boiled over with wrath and
indignation. He was forced to ad
mit that there was much truth in the
article, but it was none the more pala
table to him f?w that. He swore ven
geance against the Eagle and its edi
tor, and vowed that not another issue
of the paper should be published.
At dinner time he read the article to
his employes as they sat at the table.
They were six in number, recently
emigrated from a ranch down in Texas,
and had a reputation for being the
hardest and most reckless dare-devils
that ever iode the range. When Ryan
had finished reading he said:
"What do you think of that?"
"I think it's blamed big crowing
from a mighty little rooster," one of
the cowboys replied.
"If the settlers want to take that
editor's advice r.nd try it on about
cutting the wires," another said, "just
let them. They'll find before they
get through with it that they've got
into the hottest and most unhealthy
job they ever tackled."
"Then you boys will stand by me?"
"Of course we will," one of them
answered. "We're paid to work for
you, and we've not got any love for
settlers. We'll see that your fence is
not cut and that your cattle are not
"That's all right," Eyan said, "but
there is something else I want you to
"What is it?"
"I want this paper squelched."
"We'll squelch it."
"I want yon to ride over to Prairie
City to-night and clean the thing out
root and branch. Burn thc office,
smash np the old press and chase tho
editor ont of the country."
"We'll do it."
Just after supper that night the
cowboys loaded their pistols carefully
and buckled them about their waists.
Then they brought out their horses,
saddled and mounted them, and roclo
away in the direction of Prairie City
The world is mad-men shout and cry
Beholding wonders in tho sky,
Renewing faith in prophecy.
Old century, we love thee well.
Thy tamo the chronicler will tell
"When long forgot thy funeral knell.
For many a noble thought hath sped
To nobler action by thee led,
And many a high-soulcd word was said.
New happiness came in thy wake.
Righted was many an old mistake;
An ago-worn thirst thy springs did slake.
Rest thee-new hopes b9gin to play;
They drivo thy death-born fears away,
And usher in the newer day.
Rest thee, brave requiem shall be thine.
Whose lustrous deeds will long outshine
The strange vagaries of Cocllno.
-Felix Gerson, in Philadelphia Lodger.
at ra mad gallop. Just before they
reached the town they came to a halt.
One of them said:
"Now, boys, we don't want to tako
any reckless chances in this business,
so we had better be a little cautious.
I guess that editor is a spindle-shanked,.
goggle-eyed old rooster froni the East,
who'd drop dead at tho sight of a
pistol, but still he may be a raiment
of a different color. For all Ave know
he may turn loose and go to pumping
lead into us at the rate of about sixty
bullets a minute. It will bo safest to
kind of slip rip on him and tako him
The others agreed to this proposi
tion, and accordingly they rode quietly
into town, dismounted and tied their
horses, and noiselessly approached the
Eagle oflice. A light was shining
through a window of the little one
story box building, and by one com
mon impulse the cowboys stole cau
tiously forward to this wiudow with a
view to peeping into the room to see
how the land lay.
On one side of the room they saw a
rickety old typestand containing a half
dozen cases of type. On the other side
stood ap old army press, while in the
center there was a ziuc-covered goods
box which answered in the place of an
imposing stone. Up at the end of the
room was a small table at which was
seated a woman.
The woman's elbows rested on the
table and her face lay between her
hands. She was sitting directly in
front of tho window, apparently look
ing straight at it, so the cowboys had
a good, square view of her features.
They saw that she was young and
pretty, not much more than a child,
and very sad. There was a deeply
troubled expression on her face, and
once they saw her brush tears from her
"The editor's, wife or daughter, I
reckon, " one of the cowboys whispered.
* "Guess, so," one of the others re
plied; "and like as not the old whelp's
beon abusing her." . : ' *
"I'm going in and talk to her," tho
first speaker announced. "You chaps
wait outside till I come back."
"A good idea," another agreed.
"We want to see a little more into
thia business before AVG do anything
The coAvboy walked around to the
door and entered the office. He passed
across the floor and stopped just be
fore the little table at Avhich the wom
an Avas sitting. He took oft' his hat,
made an awkward bow, and said:
"Good evening, lady. I hope I find
A shade of fear passed over the
woman's face and a startled look came
to her eyes when she saw the man's
hugo pistols and noted his cowboy at
tire. ?Still, she answered calmly and
"I am quite well, thaine you. Is
there anything I can do for you?"
"Why, I don't know. I reckon
maybe Fd liko to sec thc editor of this
"I am the editor."
"Well, but I Avant to see the man
your father, or husbaud, or whoever
"There is no man here. I am all
"Yon don't mean that yoit are run
ning this paper all by yourself?"
"Yes, sir, except for the help of a
boy, who manages the press for me."
The cowboy whistled, then stood
staring at the woman in amazement.
At last he ejaculated:
"Well, if that don't stump me! A
Avomau running a paper all alone,
with no men folks to help her! Gee,
but it must be lots of hard work!"
"It is, but I don't mind that. I'd
be willing to work night and day if I
could just manage some Avay|to keep
tho paper going."
"You're not figuring on stopping it,
"Yes. I'll have to stop it. I can't
g.T* enough money to buy any moro
paper. *\Iy mother is sick and I have
to buy medicine and things for her.
Poor mother! I don't know how I
shall provide for, you noAv."
The girl's voice trembled and her
eyes filled Avith tears. The cowboy
looked on a moment, then paced rapid
ly two or three times across the room.
Finally he said:
"You wait herc for me. I'll be
back in a few minutes."
He hurried out to his companions
Avho were Availing at the door. He
drew them to a safe distance from the
office and then told them all he had
discovered. They heard him to the
"So that woman," one of them said,
"wrot? that piece about Byan."
"Then, if we kick up a fuss Avith
anybody, it's got to be with her?"
"In that case I guess AVG Avon't kick
up any fuss."
"Not if I can help it. It's all right
enough to pile onto a man and squelch
him, but it's a different thing Avhen it
comes to a poor, lone woman strug
gling bravely to support her sick
"The paper is going to quit any
how,-' someone remarked, "so it's all
right to lei it alone. It can't do any
The man AVIIO had come from the
room Avas silent and thoughtful for a
moment, then he said:
"I reckon the paper's not going to
luit, either. I've got money enough
:o tide it over a few weeks, aud-"
"I've got enough to tide it ov?r n
few more weeks," another said, and
iie was promptly followed by the
others with like propositions. Thc
ipshot of it all was that a minute
,ater a roll of money was put into tho
jirl's hands, and before she had re
covered from her astonishment the
cowboys were on their way back to
"Wonder what Ryan will think?"
one of them remarked as ,they rodo
"Don't matter what he thinks," au
other replied. "We didn't hire to
liim to mako war on women."
Thanks to the aid given by the cow
boys, the Eaglo lived; and when Prai
rie City moved to the new town tho
Eagle went with it, and there't grew
und prospered and in timo became a
prominent paper. But its editor never
knew the true object of tho night's
visit that was paid her by the cowboys
of Ryan's Ranch. Whether she would
bave thought any tho leiis of them if
she had known is a matter of doubt.
Naturally, Byan was displeased with
the'action of his employes; the moro
especially since the Eagle kept up its
Bght on him. But there was nothing
lie could do save submit, since he had
contracted xwith his employes for a
year, and he could not discharge them
for refusing to do an unlawful act. He
ivas entirely helpless and when the
settlers cut his fence and took up
claims on his range he had lo quietly
jive way to them and seek grazing
[ands elsewhere.-Detroit Free Press.
SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL
The white rhinoceros is nearly ex
:incfc. London has two studed speci
mens aud another is in the Capo Town
Heavy trucks are being fitted with
jail bearings now. The principle is
diat of bicyclo bearings used on a
Saville Kent, a naturalist, has "au
?wi, or "morepork," as he calls it,
ivhich plays possum, stiffening itself
jut uutil it appears ns* part of tho
branch of a tree in thc naturalist's
Frozen butterflies arc ofter, found
on tho snow by mountain climbers,
ind the insects are so brittle that they
break unless carefully handled. When
taken to a warmer climato they re
cover and flyaway.
A little electric railway connects tho
lining room, kitchen and cellar of tho
residence of Dr. Siemens, the famous
Berlin electrician. By pressing a but
ton, articles in ono apartment arc
quickly conveyed to any of the others.
Experiments upon a substratum of
swauipy soil on che Myrtle Grove farm,
n Queen Anne County, Maryland,
iiave developed a new fertilizing ma
terial and a new stock for a brown
ind durable paint. The mud, when
mbjected to an evaporating process,
jardens into crusty blocks. This
substance, when crushed, has been
found available for fertilizing, or as
;he body of a paint, if i he usual mix
ing fluids be added.
It is said that a yen ag man. whose
lame is not given, after a march of
line hours from Boivlj-Bou-Arrcridj,
las discovered the ruins of the old
Arabic capital, Kalaa, once the chief
teat of the Ulmmadites. Among them :
vere the remains of au old mosque,
ivhich had evidently been rebuilt from
:he ruins of au aucient Christian
church, on thc plan of thc Basilica.
Sear it was a wash basin, fed by a
fountain, constructed of beautiful
rariegated marble. It betrays its
Christian origin by a double Latin
cross, with an almost effaced inscrip
tion, evidently au aucient Christian
The walking of a fly on the ceiliugis
i familia; phenomenon not yet fully
understood. A recent paper by Mrs.
D. H. Dierhold mentions that tho mi
croscope quickly disproves the old
theory that flies hold to smooth sur
faces by means of suckers, and that
Hooke's idea that flies stick to glass
by a viscus secretion was shown a
iozen years ago to bo only partly
sound. Dr. Rombout has established
tho fact that thc flies hang on by tho
[?elp of capillary adhesion-the mole
cular attraction between solid and
liquid bodies. It is true the foot hairs
iro very miuuto, but as each fly is
said to have 10,000 or 20,000, we need
uot bc surprised at what they can do.
It appears that the envious remedies
of a century or two ago are still re
tained in some parts of thc earth. A
Russian journal mentions that the in
habitants of a malarial locality in thc
government of Kharkov have in re
cent years used powdered crabs with
great success in fevers, and that this
powder has been adopted in preference
to quinine. A teaspoonful is generally
sufficient to cure the intermittent
"ever, a second dose being required
only in obstinate cases. ? The powder
is prepared by pouring ordinary whis
ky on live crabs until they are put to
sleep, when they ?ire put on a bread
pan in a hot oven, thoroughly dried,
pulverized and passed through a sievo.
The Office Ho Meld
A man who for some }fears has been
ongaged in tho service of a large tele
phone corporation in Greater New
1'ork was recently asked by an ac
quaintance to name the title of his
position. The telephone man re
plied somewhat as follows: "I hardly
know myself. Whenever there is
any little task requiring r-'ome tact, cr
when an unruly customer lias to bo
pacified, or when a situation requir
ing a little diplomacy arises, or when
any kind of work that no one el so
wants to do comes along, your humble
servant is called upon. I have asked
several times to have my position do
fiued. The nearest I have to it is
that I am a special agent. I have
about decided to take a title for my
self, and I think it will be 'First. Aid
to the Injured.'"-Electrical Review.
A Mortgaged Cat.
There ave very few articles that can
not bc mortgaged, but when thc clerks
in the County Clerk's ollico took a
chattlc mortgage to file, and, looking
over the list of articles, they found a
cat, they were perfectly dumbfounded.
They say that they have seen many a
strange thing mortgaged, but never
before saw a cat. The mortgage was
given by Charles Arnold to J. Claus,
rind it is hard to say what would
be done if the cat ran away.-Chichi
aati Commercial-Tribune. I
DESCRIPTION OF A
The final fate of the Nicaragua
Canal project will shortly be decided,
says the New York Herald. ; The
United "States gunboat Newport has
sailed away with a commission of en
gineers appointed by tho Government,
and their report as to the feasibility
of the watterway between the Atlantic
and Pacific will determine whether or
not the United States shall control
this great but still embryonic enter
Eecords show that it became a 'seri
ons matter in the last century, but no
definite plan of action was ever adopted
until a few years ago, when work on
the route Avas actually began.
But this canal through the isthmus
is not a thing which can be accom
plished readily, and there is some di
vergence of opinion in regard to tho
best place on thc isthmus through
which to cut it. Tho French have
been working through the narrower
strip neav Panama, but so far there is
no immediate promise of successful
Tho American company has chosen
the longer, though apparently less
difficult, route through tho State of
Nicaragua. On this line the natural
water courses will be used extensively,
and it is suj^posed by many to be, con
sequently, a move practical undertak
STON'F. IDOL, RUINS OF QURIGTJA.
lng than the one through the higher
hills near Panama.
At the eastern entrance of the ca
nal is the settlement of Greytown.
After proper dredging and lights have
made the harbor navigable a ship ap
proaching from the eastward will not
lind the navigation difficult. At the
present time, however, the shoal
water and the low country, partly
hidden in the almost continual rain,
make the approach rather dangerous.
On ontcring the ship will proceed
along an almost straight cut until the
Ochoa district is reached. Here an
enormous dam cross the natural bed
of the San Juan Biver marks the first
point where remarkable skill in engi
neering will be displayed. Tho ship
110 UTE OF THE P
will be turned into the natural bed of
this lai'ge stream, and will proceed
slowly through the jungle country
until locked up to the level of Lake
Nicaragua. This will be about 110
feet above the mean low water level
in thc Caribbeau Sea, and is called
mean lake level. On entering Lake
Nicaragua the channel across the
lake runs straight toward the point on
1IKADLAND AT BRITO, PACIFIC OUTLET
the opposite shore where the cut to
the Pacific begins. The lake is less
than fifty miles wide at. its broadest
point ?ind is deep chough at a distance
0? half a mite from the shore to float
the largest ship. Here tho sailor will
ave a breathing spell after his cruise
overland, and after being locked down
JA CANAL. 1
GIGANTIC PROJECT. Jg
to tho quiet waters of the Pacific, the
vessel will be free to proceed to her
destination with a full realization of
how well the quiet ocean deserves its
The commission appointed by the
President to go over the proposed route
during the winter of 1897-8 is to de
cide certain questions in regard to the
cost and feasibility of tho project, as
suggested by the canal company. It
is composed of three of thc ablest men
in the United States for deciding those
UA) STREET SCENE.
matters, aud is supported hy a num
ber of naval officers, civil engineers
and assistants. Two men-of-war will
aid the expedition and will assist in
the hydrographie work in the harbors
on tho east and west coasts. The
ahoro parties will have to go over many
of the old lines, and, as the jungle has
long closed these, they will have to
cut their way through, as before, with
The Commissioners will return to
the United States in the spring, and,
ESTRANGE TO CAN*AT/, GnEYTOWX.
as their report will probably be final
as to the interest the Government will
take in the project, the civilized world
will await them with some impatience
to know if the greatest of Eepnblics
will decide to control the gateway to
" " - Xedves RB Good as Fruit.
A French druggist, named Jasque
min, has conceived the idea that the
flavor of fruits of shrubs and trees gen
erally is generated in the flowers of
these plants, and passes from them in
to the fruits. The fragrance which
the leaves of the blanck currant bush
give off, especially after a little rub
bing, and which is so very similar to
the to the taste of the berry, has led
this mau to 1 adopt this opinion. He
goes further, and says that the pleas
ant taste of the apple, pear or grape is
prepared in tho leaves of the respec
tive plants, althoug he admits that it
is hardly noticeable with these, and
by far not in the ^ame degree as with
the black currant. Jasquemiu places
apple leaves in water containing from
fifteen percent of sugar; then he adds
yeast. During tho process of fermen
tation there is an odor of apples, and
when tho fermentation is finished and
the yeast has settled, a straw yellow
liquid is obtained which possesses tho
fine "bouquet" of the fruit of the re
spective trees from which tho leaves
were obtained. With vino leaves the
results are still more prolific. A
beverage tasting and smelling strongly
of wino is obtained, and finally brandy
may be distilled from it which is equal
to the best cognac.
Saving a Sixpence.
Patrick, a thrifty tradesman in the
neighborhood of tho Dublin docks,
was, as the story goes, a man who
never spent a penny more than he
needed to spend; but he was, never
theless, as good a man at tho making
of an Irish bull as any that lived
between Bantry aud Ballycastle.
Having one day occasion to send a
letter to Glasnevin, Patrick called a
messenger and asked him his price for
going such a distance.
"It'll be a shillin'," said the man.
"Twoico too much!" said Patrick.
"Let nt be sixpence."
"Nivver," answered the messenger.
"The way is that lonely that I'd nivver
go it undera shillin'."
"Lonely, is it?" said Patrick,
scratching his head. "Naith, an'
ye're roight. Now, man, I'll tell ye
what we'll do; mako it sixpence, an'
I'll go wid ye to kape ye company)"
Ing?nions Strcot T ump.
Street lamps can bo mounted on a
new telescopic, post to make them
easy to reach for trimming and filling,
a setscrew engaging the central shaft
to hold it in a position with pulleys
and weights set in the post to counter
balance the lamp.
There lives in Devonshire, England,
a man seventy years old, whose fath
er, ninety years nhl, and grand fat h er,
one hundred and ten years old, are
A PROVISION KINC.
Phillp 1). Armour, tho Chicago Pork
l'ocker, Beean With Little Capitol.
Philip D. Armour, of Chicago, ?aya
the Times-Herald, of that city, un
questionably deserves a niche beside
the greatest of the historic captains of
American industry. As a speculator
he has been most successful in the in
vestment of his capital in productive
concerns that have been of widespread
service to society. He has handled,
produced, stored and distributed food
stuffs to all America and all Europe,
and he has been liberally remuner
ated for his work, because he has been
and is now a rich mau.
Like many of his kind, Mr. Armour
begau the struggle of life with nothing
in the way of capital. The first capi
tal he got he dug ont of the ground in
the form of gold from the placers of
California. His first venture in indus
try was as a pork packer iu Milwau
kee. The war wave came along and
carried him in a very short time to
the possession of great wealth. The
foresight that has ever characterized
him led him to Chicago and ho then
began to build up the great business
of which he is master to-day. He has
bought and sold various properties.
As director and owner of producing
industries he has been most success
ful. As a mere trader-a buyer and
seller-he has rare pluck and sagacity,
and ho has added to his stor-^ very
largely by this means.
Mr. Armour makes no display of.
waalt'u. He dresses simply, lives in
Sktin honso,. in^ interested'4rr-ecrnca
tion.'and has a way of wiping out the
debts of small churches of all creeds
that amazes the impecunious congre
gations thereof. ?
Thc Three Sisters Who Lisped.
There were three sisters who lisped
very badly, and their mother, who was
solicitous about finding husbands for
them, was continually admonishing
them to hold their tongues. This is
difficult for a girl that has no impedi
ment in her speech, but it is impossi
ble for one that stammers. One even
ing tho threo lispers were invited to
"a quilting" at a neighbor's.
"Now, mind, girls," said the anx
ious mother, "some nice young men
are going to be there, and you must
not say a word, or they will learn that
you lisp, and won't caro lo make up
They promised to be silent, and
went to thc quilting. When they
reached the house they sat down and
quilted diligently in silence, and
nothing could induce them to take
part in the conversation. At last the
eldest wanted the scissors, aud tried
to make signs to her next sister to
pass them to her, but could not at
tract her attention. Losing patience,
she stammered out:
"Thither, path me the thithorth."
The other replied with indignation:
"Didn't ma thay that oo thouldu't
th ay nuythin"?"
This was too much for the youngest,
and she exclaimed in a self-congratu
"ji'leth God, I Bin' thaid nothin'!"
Consul Versus Captain.
While Sir Eichard Burton was Con
sul on i he west coast of Africa the
merchants were put to inconvenience
by the captains of the ships discharg
ing their cargoes and steaming off
again without their correspondence.
They appealed for help to the new
Consul. Burton examined tho con
tracts and found that the "captain of
a ship must stop nt a port eighteen
hours' daylight for that purpose."
When the next ship came in the cap
tain looked into the Consul's office
and said: "Hurry Tip with my papers,
I want to be off!"
"You cannot go, I have not finished
my letters,"returned Burton, and re
ferred him to the contract. The cap
tain repeated his intention of leaving
tho port immediately.
"Verywell,"returned Burton. "I'm
going up to the Governor's, and shall
shot two guns. If you go out ono min
ute before your eighteen hours' day
light expires I shall send the first
gun right across your bows, aud the
second slap iuto you. Good morn
The captain did not go out till half
an hour after his eighteen hours' day
light had elapsed, and as long as Bur
ton was there all the captains were
equally careful.-Weekly Telegraph.
An Imp nrturbal>le Hen.
A hen jumped ou tho fender of a
Brockton and Taunton electric railway
car in Massachusetts, and taking a
comfortable position rode to Taunton.
She created a sensation on her way
through thc city, and many thought
fdie was dead until the car stopped
and they saw her get up, shake her
self and walk leisurely up the street,
where she was lost sight of almost im
A "Ten-Mile Tunnel.
A tuunel ten miles long, which will
be the longest in England, is to be
jut through Shap Fells by the Lon
don and Northwestern Railroad, in
order to shorten the west coast route
Remarkable Teat of a Kanaka Swimmer
There ia a native living in Nawili
will, district of Lihue, on the Island
of Kauai, whom every one knows as
Johnny, but -whose family name is
Kualakai. This latter name he has
had tattooed on his arm, together with
the picture of a deceased sweetheart
In appearance he is a typical native,
muscular, with the appearance of an
Johnny is a remarkable good swim
mer, and, it is said, was at one time
very much addicted to the habit of
stealing ducks. His method was very
simple. He would hide in the bul
rushes along the edge of the. duck
ponds and would, from time to time'
dive out where the ducks happened to
be, snatch one or two from the sur
face, push them into a bag, swim back
again to the rushes, there to take
breath for another sally. In this way
he succeeded in making quite a com
fortable living. However he has
given up his crooked ways, and now
resides like e peaceably inclined citi
zen, relying on work that is given
him from time to time.
When ont on a hunting or fishing
expedition there is no better man on
the island of Kauai than AV;3 same
Johnny. Barefooted he will climb
all over the dangerous palls that fall
away abruptly and end thousands of
feet below in the sea. The festive
goat itself is not more active, and
when huntiing for this kind of game
he is as invaluable a man to chase the
animals round to a point of vantage.
'K~As a diver there are few natives,
even, who can beat him. In diving
after lobsters he has the very uncom
fortable habit of swimming a great
distance into caves that have no open
ing above the water. Beneath the
rocks of these places he will feel .
around, never failing to come to the
top, bringing with him something to
make glad the hearts of the house
wives.-Pacific Commercial Adver
^ Valuable Economic Discovery.
A discovery which promises to be of
gi eat economic value comes from Mesa
Grande, Cal. The vegetation in this
district is infested with au insect
which, on being removed from the
twigs of oak, on which it thrives, and
compressed in quautities by the hand,
becomes a more or less 'pliable lump,
somewhat resembling rubber, but not
possessing the same olasticitv. The
substance makes an admirabij chew
ing gum, as it takes and retains flavors
better than other gums. Part of it
has been proved by chemical analysis
to be a true wax and part resembles
rubber in its physical properties. The
product is equally interesting from a
chemical and industrial point of view,
and the supply is well-nigh inexhausti
ble. In calling attention to this pro
duct Dr. L. Howard mentions several
cases in which industry is indebted to
the insect world for unique substances.
For many years the cochineal or cac
tus-scale plant was used as the basis
of an importaut red dye, until practi
cally superseded by the introduction
of aniline dyes. A single species of
lac insect produces practically all of
the shell lac, stick lac and button lac
'of"commerce. In southwestern Asia
tho creosote bushes are the breeding
ground of enormous quautities of a lac
insect, the commercial possibilities of
which have not yet been developed.
This insect has been known to science
only since ISSI, but long prior to that
time the Indians collected the scale
insects and formed them into elastic
balls, which their runners were in the
habit of kicking before them as they
journeyed from one point to another.
A species of scale insect in China
yields a pure white wax of great value
and rarity. The Chinese wax is said
to have ten limes the illuminating
power of other waxes. It is a beauti
ful substance, resembling beeswax
more than vegetable wax in its chemi
cal composition and is clear white in
An Unexpected Answer.
A boy had been up for an examina
tion in Scripture, had failed utterly,
and the relations between him and the
examiner bad become somewhat
strained. The latter asked him if
there were any text in the whole Bible
he could quote. He pondered, and
then repeated: " 'And Judas went out
"Is there any other verse you know
in the Bible?" the examiner asked.
"Yes. 'Go thou and do likewise.'"
There was a solemn pause, and the
Cholly's Brilliant Act.
Cholly Spoonbrain-"I did the most
brilliant act of my life at the Dullards
j last night."
The Old Man-"What did you do,
j light the gas?"
A "CAME SHE KNOWS.
When Bertha gets the checkers out
And lays them for a social game,
She'll Improvise, beyond a doubt,
Some rules to regulate the same;
For Bertha cannot bear to lose,
Yet cannot hope to always win,
Save by a system that pursues
A plan bewildering as sin.
Full well, indeed, this gamo she plays,
And many players fall before her;
Borne conquered" by her skilful ways
And some because-they half adore her.
If chance she makes a hapless move
She'll "take it back" to dodge disaster
And lift appealing eyes to prove
That in such winning ways she's master?
Then, .vchen the final move draws near,
And dire defeat she can surmise,
Her hands will shield the board in fear,
And she will vanquish with her sighs.
Thus Bertha plays the game of draughts,
iTor needs the science of the wise;
In this, as in some sweeter crafts,
She conquers by her wits-and eyes!
HUMOR OF THE DAY.
friend-"How do yon get along
with the cooking?" The Bride-"Ad
mirably! I blame it on the range."
"Pounder has had to go ont of the
band." "What was the trouble?"
"He has got too fat to balance the
Yeast-"I've just invested in on? of
those salt-and-pepper suits." Crim
sonbeak-"Well, that sounds as if it
would be good for at least two sea
"They have discovered a lake up in
Alaska that is teeming with fish."
"Eh? I thought they -did all their
teaming with dogs."-Cleveland Plain
He-"I suppose if your father found
me here he would kick me out of the
door?" She-"Oh, I don't know;
papa's punting is wretched."-Detroit
Hall-"What are you doing now?"
Gall-"Oh, I'm making a house-to
house canvass to ascertain why people
don't want to buy a new patent clothes
"The horse has another point of
superiority over the wheel." "What
is it?" "When a horse is getting ready
to shy at anything, you can jil it by
his ears."-Chicago Becord.
Hungry Higgins-"As fur eight
hours being enough fer a day's work
-" Weary Watkins-"It ain't.
Any man who'll do a day's work orter
git six "months." - Indianapolis
"Darling," he cried, "I can not live
without you." "But," she replied,
"my father is bankrupt." "In that
case," he despondently replied, "I
guess TH go and shoot myself."-Chi
Teacher-"Don't any of you know
how to find mountains on the map?
Now, look at this map of Alaska.
What is that row or chain of dark,
round spots?" Class (in chorus)
"Boswell," said Dr. Johnson; meet
ing the biographer on the street, "I
have been reading your manuscripts.
There is a great deal about yourself in .
them. They seem to me to be You
moirs rather than Memoirs."-Puok.
She-"But surely you believe that
the 'sins of the father are visited on the
children?" He-"Bather. My gov
ernor promised to let me have a fiver
this morning; but he lost it at poker
last night, so I didn't get it!"-Punch.
Miss Youngly-"So you've only
known him a month? Don't you think
you're taking a great many chances in
marrying him?" Miss Oldwai e (can
didly)-"Dear me, no. It's the only
chance I've had in ten years. "-Judge.
"I'm afraid," said the candidate
gloomily, "the other side has mo
beaten, and they know it." "Why do
you think so?" asked his friend.
"Well, there are very few campaign
lies being circulated about me."
She-"If you could have one wish,
what-would it be?" He-"It would
be that-that-oh, if I only dared to
tell you what it would be!" She
"Well, go on. Why do you suppose I
brought up the wishing subject?"
Suburbs- "I guess we'd better give
up keeping ohickens. We don't seem
to have any luck." Mrs. Suburbs
"How can you expect to have any luck,
my dear? When you set a hen you
invariably put thirteen eggs under
"Seems to me it costs you a good
deal to study," said the father, as he
handed his son money to buy books
with. "I know it," replied thisyouth,
pocketing gratefully a ten-dollar-bill,
"and I don't study very hard either."
Miss Quickstep-"What part of town
are we driving through, Mr. Fibble?"
Fweddy-"I haven't the least idea."
Mi?3 Quickstep-"I was aware ofthat.
Still, I thought it possible you might
know what part of town we are driving
He-"They say that George Hartley
has been talking a good deal behind
your back lately." She-"I'd like to
knowjwhat he's been saying." He
"Oh, you know well enough. It was
all done on his tandem." Then she
drew a long sigh of relief.-Clevelard
MisB Ancient Wantiman (suddenly
awakening)-"I seo you have my
pocket-book; but there's very little
money in that compared with what I
have in bank." Burglar (gruffly)
"Well, there ain't no way to git thatl"
Miss Ancient Wantimar-"H'm! Aro
you a single man?"-Puck.
"Borus, in your last novel you spoil
the story by raising an insurmountable
barrier between the hero and heroine,
whe certainly ought to have married
each other." "I couldn't help it,
Naggus. My wife insisted that I was
the hero of the story myself, and she
got jealous of the heroine."-Chicago
False Teeth Facts.
According to statistics about 4,000,
000 false teeth are manufactured
annually in this country, while one
ton of gold and three tons of silver and
platinum, to the value of ?100,000, ara
used in filling teeth.
Short Service Veil Pensioned.
Frank Mark, of St. Louis, is the
only pensioner in Missouri who ii
awarded $100 a month, yet he was ia
the army only sixteen days and did not
fight a battle. He lost both arms ia