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THE A FTE
O, lot us be glad that only tho earth
Beneath us lies frozen and cold:
That still the days find beautiful birth.
Through orient gates of gold;
That still above v* tho fathomless
O'ernrches the dazzling light;
That still tho stars shine tender and
Through tho infinite depths of night.
W By WILLI.
IHE colonel, the pro
fessor and young
Jack Hawley wer"
seated around Ino
table in a bay win
dow of the club
Thc dinner had
been excellent and
the old colonel, a3
tho guest of the
evening, was fcel
genial, as he drew a haudful of chauge
from ont bia trousers' pocket in order
to reward the attentions of thc waiter.
As he did so the quick eye of the
professor took note of a silver piece
considerably larger than a dollar.
"That's a curious coin, colonel," he
remarked, leauing forward over the
., "That's a Louis," said the colonel,
picking it out from the other coins in
his hand and passing it over to the
"I always imagined that a 'Louis'
was a gold piece/' remarked young
"They are generally gold," replied
the colouel; "but evidently some sil
ver Louis were coined, for here is
"I have never seen nor heard of one
before," said the professor, looking
with interest at the largp, clumsy coin,
with the heavy countenance of Louis
XVI., and nuder it the date 177G. "I
suppose this must be both rare and
"I prize it more highly because of
the wonderful coincidence connected
with it," replied the colonel.
"Let's hear it,"said young Hawley.
"Well," when I was a lad," began
the colonel, leauiug back in his chair
and lighting a cigar. ".Such a loug
time ago that your grandfather, Jack,
Was at school at the time and the pro
fessor's father was probably wearing
"Oh, hardly as long as that," inter
rupted the professor, laughing, "I'm j
over forty-six myself; you'll make
make yourself eighty at that rate."
,M "JValL-tliafc would not be so far ou t
of the way; I was seventy-four lasT
month." And the old colonel stroked
his white goatee complacently, for he
did not look a day over sixty-live. "It
"was when I was a j'outh of eighteen,
working in a jeweler's shop in Boston,
that this coin first came into my pos
session. At that time, as you know,
a great many Spanish, Mexican and
French coins were in circulation in
this country, and I took this one in
my wages. The face of the unfortun
ate French monarch rather took my
fancy, and I kjpt it fora pocket piece.
But before I go any further I want to
ask whether either of you gentlemen
see any marked peculiarity about this
coin?" And the colonel. tossed it
npon the table.
The professor examined it closely,
"I notice that it bears the date of
American independence," he said.
"Well, that's hardly a peculiarity
There were doubtless others minted in
the same year."
"I don't see anything else."
The colonel smiled. "Well, there
is, and I'll let you endeavor to find
it out while I tell you the history.
"In the year 1815 I went to Mex
ico. Silver mining was what I went
there for, but I did about everything
before I left the country, and ended
by going iuto Taylor's army whenthe
war broke out.
"One dayl was seated in a gaming
house at Saltillo. Oh, I was wild
enough in those days, Jack Hawley,
and hardly a week passed that Dave
Cranston and Pedro Blanco (they
were my two partners), and I did not
come into town for a little gamo of
"Well, on this day-ever to be
remembered by mc as the last time I
sat down to a game of chanco where
the stakes were money"-hero the
colonel took a long pull at his cigar
and expelled the smoke slowly-"I
was having a particularly hard run of
luck and lost so rapidly that In less
than an hour after first sitting down
I was cleaned out. I had not had
nearly enough excitement for my
money, and wanted badly to keep on
playing. Searching all my pockets in
the hope of finding a stray coin I drew
out this Louis, which I had carried for
over fonr years. The thought at once
flashed through my mind that per
haps on this piece my luck would
change, and I might retrieve my shat
tered fortunes. So I tossed it on the
table and took another hand at the
"And not only won back your los
ings, but such a large sum in addition
that yon wisely resolved- never to
tempt, your luck again," interrupted
"Inside of five minutes," said the
colonel impressively, "I arose from
that table, having lost this piece and
everything of vallie that I possessed,
down to tho silver mounting on my
horse's bridle,, and I would have
staked the horse himself had not Davo
Cranston and Pedro dragged me away
from the table, and putting me on the
animal's back, rode off with me be
tween them to our camp. I'm not go
ing to read yon a lecture on the im
morality of gambling, young Hawley,
nor lengthen out this story with an ac
count of my life in Mexico. Suffice it
to say that I kept my resolution in re
gard to gaming, and whatever fortune
I have made was not amassed in Mex
"I suppose you got this piece back
by purchasing it from the winner,"
remarked the professor, dropping it
on the table and putting down his eru
to listen to the ring.
"To my great ohagrin he left Sal-11
O, let us be glad that only tbo snow
Lies white as a winding sheet;
That the heart ol the earth has warmth,
And strongly her life-pulses beat;
That soon shad her fires awaken and set
Each nerve of naturo a-thrill,
And brimming with beauty the earth shall
That long she lay silent and chill.
-Dart Fairthorne, in Vick's Magazine?
5T Louis. 1
\M SAGE. W
tillo that same afternoon, and I never
set eyes on him again."
"Indeed! Then bow in the world
did you regain possession of it?"
"Forty years later," said ?the col
. "Phew," whistled young Hawley,
under his breath.
"I was sojourning for a few days in
a small town in Southern Spain.
Passing through a narrow street one
afternoon on my way back to thc
hotel, I chanced to stop, as any one
might, to look into the window of a
dealer in curios, and the first object
that caught my eye was this identical
coin. Now, I know that this sounds
incredible. I, myself, at first thought
it was merely a coin of the same de
nomination ana date, but imagine my
surprise when, upon going in and ex
amining it closeiy I discovered that it
was the very same Louis that I had
lost at play in Saltillo so many years
ago. I gladly paid the shopkeeper
six pesos for it, and I have carried it
in my pocket ever since. '
Here the colonel stopped.
"Is that all?" inquired young
"That is all, except that I will now
proceed to show you-"
"Will you permit me to take a look
at the coin?" The speaker who inter
rupted them had risen from a table in
the adjoining alcove and now stood at
the professor's elbow. Ho looked
some years older thau the colonel, his
hair was white and he leaned upon a
heavy cane, one leg being decidedly
"I'm Major Tracer; 1 overheard
part of your conversation as I sat at
my table there, and I was so interested
that I could not refrain from coming
over and, at the risk of intruding, tak
ing a part in it."
"No intrusion at all, sir. One old
soldier is always glad to make the
acquaintance of another, and your
name, major, is known to every veter
an of tbe Mexican War. Permit me
to introduce my friends, Professor
Langton and Mr. Hawley."
"The colonel has just been -
faining us with a remar
of the loss and subseque;
Ttf?s" [?wvr of-'moiwyv"
fessor, hauding the coi
"Seventeen seventy ..?
date," said the major h
Then puttiug the coin .
took np a fruit knife r <
dull point exactly ove1
in the word Louis,
from the edge, he gr
pressure and the fae
open as though ou n
exclamation of surpuoi- A..
took it and inspected it closely. Some
skilled workman had cut it open all
around the milled edge and titted a
spring iuside, just under the letter
"0." So nicely had the work been
done that when closed it was not ap
parent to the naked eye. When
opened, it was seen that a groove had
been hollowed through the inside
about au inch and a half long and one
eighth of an inch wide.
"By all the powers, how comes it
that you knew thai secret?" cried the
colonel, dumbfounded, as the major
threw the fruit knife back on the table.
Without ausweriug the question di
rectly, the major took the other old
soldier by the baud and, looking into
bis eyes with a peculiar expression on
his face, asked: "Were you tho mau
w ho did that delicate piece of mechani
"Tell me what on earth induced you
to do it?"
"For the life of me I can't say.
What induces people to make baskets
out of cherry pits, lockets out of hair i :
and the thousand and one little gim-1 j
cracks that are always being made? I
was a skillful workman, and in an idle
boni I took up this coin, cut it open
iud fitted it with a spring. There is
just one way to open it. You must
nave had the piece in your possession i ?
it one time and stumbled upon the 11
secret. I put something in that cavity
in the centre-did you take it out?"
The major drew up a chair and
Wretched his pfiff leg out under the
lable comfortably. "In 1847," he
jegan, looking fixedly at thc colonel,
"I was also in Mexico." The colonel
nodded and handed the major a cigar.
"Thanks. I was with Scott at Vera
"And I,"'said the colonel, giving
aim n light, "was with Taylor in the
northern part of the country."
"Having lived in Mexico for a
lumber of years previous to the war,"
continued the major, lighting his
jigar, "and speaking the language of
the country, I was more valuable in
the secret service than is the field,
so I was," here he puffed on the cigar
for a few seconds to get it well lighted
"I understand," and the colonel
"The American army took np quar
ters at Jalapa, where I left them and
made a detour towards the south, to
liscover a suitable route by which our
forces could approach the City of
Mexico, and avoid the fortifications
?nd ambuscades which General Santa
inna had provided for their reception.
[ had been most successful, and had
reached Molino de! Key, a small town
dmost in the shadow of the walls of
Mexico City, when I was captured by
;he Mexicans and thrown into tho jail
:o await trial as a spy. Imagine my
lespair. I had every inch of the
ground from Jalapa carefully photo
graphed in my brain. Could furnish
?icott with information of the greatest
importance, and here I was jugged in
:hat little, miserable Mexican jail witV
avery prospect of being condemned t+
tenth, and uo possible way of getting
any part of my valuable information
to the ears of the general.
"You will, of course, surmise tliat
the first thing I luud done on being
left alone in my cell was to examine
every avenue of possible escape. My
room was ten by twelve. There was
in it a table, one chair and a pallet of
straw. Ono small iron barred win
dow, looking out on the prison yard
beneat. arnished what light there
M'as, lue bars were half au inch in
diameter, aud firmly set in the
masonry. Using all my strength I
could not budge them. I was not,
however, kept long in suspense. On
the afternoon of the second day I was
taken out, tried, found guilty, and
condemned to be shot at sunrise on
the day following-that is, within fif
"On my return to the hot, badly
aired cell with the stunning effect of
my sentence benumbing my brain, I
sat listlessly down by the table and
allowed my head to rest in the hollow
of my hands. My attitude of dejec
tion appealed to the sergeant Avho
brought me in, for placing his bandon
my shoulder ho asked if there was
nothing he could do for me. I shook
my head. 'There are some very nice
grapes in the market place outside,'
he said persuasively. The sound of the
word 'grapes' recalled to my mind how
parched the roof of my mouth was, so I
thanked him, aud said I should enjoy
a few. I handed him n hali eagle,
which my captors had overlooked
when they took everything else of
value from mc. In less than five
minutes he wns back with a basket of
delicious-looking fruit, which he
placed on the table at my elbow, and
offered me the change. I motioned
him to keep it, saying that he could
spend it to better advantage than I.
He pocketed it with au expression on
his countenance intending to denote
commiseration, but he was such a
h<ppy, smiling-faced feliow that the
effect was rather comical. As he Avas
putting the change in his pocket one
of the larger coins slipped through
his fingers and striking the floor on its
edge it circled about the room and
ended by nestling on the straw at my
feet. Actuated by a feeling of deli
cacy the sergeant withdrew without
stooping to pick it up, and hardly
noticing the occurrence I remained
seated at the table. After a short
time I puiled myself together enough
to eat some grapes, and then com
menced to write n few lines to my
friends at home in the hopes that
through the kindness of my jailer,
who had also furnished me with paper
and ])encil,they wt nhl some day reach
the h:mds for whom they were in
tended. As I finished writing my
eye caught the glitter of the coin at my
feet. I picked it up and tossed it onto
the table before me. On looking at it
closer I noticed that it was a French
coin, with the head of Louis XVI.
stamped upon it. Tiiis sent me off
most invisible to the naked eye. The j
next moment I was standing on my ?
stool at the window, e^crimeiitiiigon j
the iron bar. The little instrument
was made of thc hardest steel, and its j
tiny teeth made some impassion on \
the iron. For half an hour I worked ,
away persistently, and by that time ,
I had cut into the bar a little. Not ,
much, to bc sure, but still enough to ,
raise my ho])es. It was ouly a ques- j
tion of time and not being interrupted, i
and I should be through that window. ,
I worked away like a beaver. Twelve j
Lours to saw through two half-inch ,
bars. I had read of men who, with ;
files made with watch-springs, had cut j
their way to liberty through iron bolts (
and bars, or with no other tool than ,
tho blade of of a penknife had dug ,
through a dozen feet of stone and ?,
mortar to the daylight beyond; bat f
these men had taken weeks and \
months to complete their task, while j
I had just one short * .inner night ]
The heat was intfl"' , and what with j
the exei*' ' ?he constant fear of
interruption, the perspiration rolled (
in great drops from my brow. I had ,
been at work, as it seemed to me, ,
about two hours, and had cut \
tialf through tho first, bar, when I was
startled by tho rattle of a key in the
lock behind me. Like an antelope I was ,
away from the window, nnd by tho
time the door swung open I was scated
an my stool at the table with my face
down and my hands elapsed about my
bead. A soldier entered the cell with 1
a lantern which he held above my J
bead. I did not move. He placed
one hand on my back. I could feel 1
my heart throbbing like an engine, (
and I thought it must send a tremor
through my whole body, which he
could not help noticiug,but he merely (
commented upon the perspiration
which drenched my shirt. I had i
taken off my coat in order to work i
more freely. Stretching out my arms 1
and yawning, as if I had just awakened, *<
I looked up dully. It was not the t
same fellow who had gotten me the 1
grapes. 'Have you come for me?' I J
inquired, blinking at the lantern. i
'"Oh, no; it is only two o'clock.' (
"'Two o'clock!'I cried inwardly, I
'In two hours it will be day, and I I
bave not cut through one bar yet.*
" 'I thought I beard a rat gnawing i
in here and I came in to drive it away, j
Thc place is full of them, and they 1
steal the prisoners' bread if they arc r
Foolish enough to go to sleep leaving 1
any food uneaten.'
"Then he stepped to the window. I (
jlntched the edge of the table tightly
and turned slowly on my stool. He ?
took hold of one of thc bars-and the \
one I had been sawing-and looked t
yat. I do not know to this day ,
whether he discovered my work; but (
[ 'could afford to tako no risk, so
stepping up behind him I drew him ,
aver backward onto the table. He \
lid not cry* out, for my fingers on ,
bis throat prevented. He was ,
as a baby in my hands, and in
fi moment T had him bound, ?
[fagged and lying on my straw. Talc- ]
ing a pistol from his belt I marie a i
sign to him that if ho movod or made ^
the slightest attempt to give tho alarm f
it would be bis last act. In all roy
excitement at the entrance of th:? sol
dier, I had found time to replace the
file in the coin and put the wiolo
thing into my pocket. I now had rea
son to curse this carelessness, for A
did not know how to open the pieco
again. I knew I had stumbled on i;
by pressing a spring near the edge,
but just where I could not tell. Tak
ing up my pencil I went carefully
about the rim. I must have missed it
the first and second times round, but
the third time on striking, as I then
noted, exactly over the letter '0,' the
Louis flew open again. Ten precious
minutes had been lost, and I set to
work with desperate energy. The
further I cut into tba bar the slower
thc work went, and I also had
to couduct my operations with
one eye on the Mexican, He did not
move, but lay there watching me out
of his large, dark eyes, wonderingly.
Nearly two hours pnssed thus when
the faint twittering of a bird warned
me of approaching day. I had not
finished the first bar. I seemed to be
making no progress at all now. Once
tho little file had slipped from my
fingers and fallen to the floor, where I
had been obliged to grope for it, and
the constant fear lest it should slip
again and fall outside made me doubly
cautious and slow. As the first streaks
of red tinged the eastern sky the roll
of the drum in the guardroom beneath
told me that the sentries were about
to be changed. Exerting all my
strength I wrenched the bar free at
the bottom and bent it inward and
upward like a hook. The aperture
thus made was small, but still ? might
squeeze through. The remembrance
how, as a boy, I used to crawl into
our barn at home through a small
window from which a pane of glass
hud been knocked, came to my mind
encouragingly. Snatching up the
pistol I pushed the table under the
window, aud, jumping upon it, began,
feet first, to work myself through the
hole. I was about the same size all the
wayup in those days"-here the major
looked rather regretfully at ^tbe pres
ent generous proportions of his waist
coat-"but when I had gotten half
way through I stuck fast. Just at
this moment I heard voices at the
door and a key grate in the lock.
They had some difficulty in unlocking
it, for I had left the key in the lock on
my side. Meanwhile I struggled
valiantl}', but the more I wriggled the
tighter I seemed to get wedged in the
window, aud the blood surged up into
my head with splitting violence.
There I was, caught in my own trap,
waving , my legs about and striking
them against the wall on the outside.
"The key on my side of the door
fell to the floor, and the key on the
other side turned in the lock. I
called out as menacingly as my lack of
breath would permit: 'The first who
enters will be shot dead.' Hero ? ,
gave a tremendous squirm. 'I have
--. . ~-AU ??ha
Iiis last shot, for as his ball struck the
mortal- from the Avail near me I raised
my pistol aud picked him off his perch.
[ let go my hold. There was a soft
burr of ripping flanuel, and I fell lo
the ground. I was upon my feet and
aver the wall like a cat. As I leaped
i volley of shot followed me, and the
?soldiers poured out of the jail in pur
suit. There were some horses tied in
front of the j)ostoffice opposite, and
creaking the tether of one of them I
ivas on his back and away np the street
in a flash. It was only an eighth of a
ailie long. You know how these little
Mexican towns are built. Pandemon
um reigned there for about ten sec
onds, and then I was off towards the
iiountains. A dozen men were after
ne in full chase, but ,'they never camp
ivithin shooting distance again. You
tee, I knew the country even better
,han they, having been scouting in it
'or weeks. I made my way back to our
ines with all possible dispatch, avoid
ng any en* unter with the natives.
"When I 2 .'ally reached the Amori
:on army I found i!iat Scott had given
ip all idea of seeing me again, aud was
preparing to press forward to the at
"On the 18th of August our forces
vere shelling the City of Mexico from
;he very town of Molino del Rey, and
m the 19th we took the city itself by
"I wanted to have a hand at whip
ing Santa Anna, so took part in the
marge and received a wound in the
eg which resulted in this." The
najor stuck out his left leg from tin
ier the table. "Cork, sir!
"That, gentlemen, is how I come to
enow how to open this remarkable
Theu drawing a fat wallet from his
nside vest pocket he fished out from
ts recesses something folded in what
iad once been white paper, now dark
ivith age. Unwrapping it he disclosed
i tiny file, with delicate saw-teeth.
Fitting the file into the cavity in the
?oin he handed it to the colonel, say
ng, as he did so: "Allow me to re
dore to you all your property." But
;he latter refused it. "No, major, I
bink it should beloug to you."
"Well, I should like to keep it
is a memento, but in turn
fou must permit me to celebrate my
irai meeting with the man to whom I
:m so deeply indebted, by ordering a
jottlo of champagne."
"With all my heart,'1 said the genial
"And now," continued the major,
ifter the arrival of the wine, as he
illed the 'glasses around, "I want to
isk you agaiu: What induced you to
>ut a file, of all things, into the centre
>f that coin after cutting it open?"
"And I can only say," replied the
colonel, "that it was because that lit
:le file happened to be lying on my
vork table near at hand. It was the
"It was a lucky chance for me,"
(aid the major, devoutly, as he raised
lin glass, "otherwise I should not
mvo had th?3 pleasure of drinking your
^ery good health to-day,"-Short
A City of Pleasure Lovers
With Half a Million De?
and Gamble in th
No city in the world ia just now so
much in the American eye as Havana,
in whose harbor our noble battle ship
was blown up, says tho New York
Herald. Here is a vivid picture of
life in .the Cuban capital as it is to
"This sport is purely Spanish. Wo
Cubans do not enjoy it, and who
knows that before long it may be pro
hibited by au act of Lioness?" The
speaker was a handsome man, with a
strong, thoughtful face, as he looked
down into the ?bull ring in Havana
several Sundays ago. Mazzintini,
Spain's great toreador, had . just
brought a magnificent Mexican bull to
his knees by a -quick, daring thrust.
The thousands of spectators who lined
the ainpitheatre, tier upon tier, were
applauding frantically. Hats were
being shied into thc ring with reck
less generosity, only to be disdainfully
thrown back to the seats and scram
bled for by the owners.
"It was not such a crowd as one sees
in Madrid or Seville. As the speaker
I'have just quoted remarked, bull
fighting; or bull butchering, is not a
Ciaban sport; it is essentially Spanish.
Cubans love baseball. They do not
play it now, because, silly ns it may
seem, Weyler forbade the game.
This only makes them love it all the
All through the cager, excited crowd
on that Sunday afternoon sat sad eyed
boys in the uniform of Spain, with
A TVPICAL BPAXISH SOLDTEK.
half a dozen officers high in command.
It had been rumored in Havana that
there was to be another popular out
cry against autonomy, and the sad
eyed boy soldiers were there with
their Mauser rifles to see to it that the
dignity of the latest Spanish experi
ment for holding the island was not
The last bull is butchered and the
crowd files peacefully ont of the ring
and starts on a trot for the ferryboat
that runs across the bay. There was
no outcry, and Havana's narrow
streets swallowed up its bull fighting
population only to disgorge it on tho
promenades of the Central Park when
tho lights are lit and the military band
plays inspiring martial airs. Around
and around the park the crowds stroll,
smoking strong cigarettes or occasion
ally breaking rauks to eat ice cream
at one of the numerous cafes.
All Havana eats ice cream. They
make it of the most unheard of fruits
and eat it with delicate little sugar
wafers. The stroll is over by eleven,
and then the city is wrapped in its
nervous, fitful sleep.
It is truly astonishing how accus
tomed one beoom#3 even to tho ?most
1( Who Attend Bull Fights ?g
ad or Missing and Dance
e Face of Death.
tragic affairs of life. Ju Cuba people
are (lying by hundreds. The Arch
bishop of Havana has said that his
parisli registers show over 500, OOO mis
sing since thc war began. Almost every
woman in the street wears deep mourn
ing; plantations are burned and de
vastated; the tramp of armed men and
the rattle of gun carriages awaken all
from morning slumbers; food is scarce
and becoming scarcer; the bare neces
sities of life are d ear and becoming
dearer; yet tho music and the dance
LL STREET IN HAVANA.
go on. There is money to gamble at
the clubs and pennies for the poor to
risk in lottery schemes. Spain has
spent ?50,000.000 to put down the re
bellion; yet the National pastime-the
bull fight-goes on every Sunday as
if there were no hungry, fiercely de
termined men in tho hills. In fact,
people are tired talking war; in society
they talk of something else unless
nome novel incident occurs. Widows
and mothers seem to have drained
their dregs of sorrow and go about sad
eyed, but composed, as if their grief
were too deep for tears.
What is left of Cuban society wraps
itself in exclusiveness and awaits its
time. Tho wealthy land owners at the
beginning of the war sought refuge in
Europe or the United States. Most of
them had no thought of reduced in
comes. Then caine burned fields and
impoverished tenants; edicts of the
government forbiddiner tho f*v<w?i?otw |
_years ago, and the American,
Spaniard, Englishman and German be
came their mcsters. Several scions of
the old regime were compariug notes
on oki times one evening in my bear
"Why," said one, "we sometimes
came into Havana with big wagons
and drove out to the plantations a
whole baud of music. We would then
invite hundreds of our kinsmen and
friends, and keep up a jollification for
two, three, and sometimes four weeks. "
The best troops in the Spanish ser
vice do not belong to the line, but to
that admirable corps of military police
known ns the Orden Publico. This is
a corps d'elite, composed of young
soldiers, Spaniards to a man, all of
whom havo been selected from the
regular army on account of their su
perior intelligence and physical quali
ties. They perform regular police patrol
duty aud do it with a degree of dig
nity and courtesy that might well
serve ns a model for deportment for
the Greater New York police force.
Their uniform is distinctively military,
consisting of a dark blue tunic faced
with red, wide blue trousers with red
stripes, aud a jaunty cap, something
after the fashion of the French fatigue
cap, until recently worn in our army.
Ordinarily they are armed with a huge
revolver, worn on the left side iu a
buff leather sheath, and a short,
straight sword. They are all admir
ably set up, and their arms, equip
ments and uniforms are the very pink
of perfection, in striking contrast to
the slovenliness and dilapidation of
weapons and clothing that characterize
the Spanish soldier of the line.
All tourists who have had occasion
to come into contact with an Order
Publico will cheerfully testify to his
unfailing courtesy. It was this corps
which, equipped as infantry with Rem
ington rifles, distinguished itself by
tho masterly manner in which it
handled the mobs during the riots,
MPED NE Alt THE TUNTA.
without once having occasion to fire a
Although the evidences of war to be
seen in Havana are scanty enough; it
is amazing how frequently the insur
gents manage to run the guard of the
outposts and make forays into tue
suburbs. Hardly a week passes that
a squadron of a dozen or so reckless
horsemen does not make a night raid
SPECTATORS AT A BULL FIGHT.
on the li' . town of Casa Blanca,
across the uay, and a scant quarter of
a mile from the Palace itself. These
raids are made half in bravado and
half for the purpose of looting the few
stores in the place to procure supplies
of liquors and provisions, and as a
finale, before retreating across the
hills to the westward, the raiders gen
erally discharge a few random shots
at the city across thc bay.
THE MEDAL OF HONOR.
Greatest Trlze Which tho United StatcB
l'.Mtows Ui?on Its Soldiers.
Tba American Medal of Honor, it
self of no intrinsic value and bestow
ing no rank or privilege, lias been the
sole reward of many of the most
thrilling deeds in American history.
The deeds which this medal recognizes
are not familiar to the public, but it
is more difficult to win than tho Vic
toria Cross of England, the Iron Cross
of Germany or the Cross of St. George
of Russia, though it is hardly so
famous as these even in our country.
The American Medal of Honor, as
all the world know, or should know,
is presented by the War Department,
and will continue to be, upon all who
"distinguish themselves in actiou.'.'
The order was founded by Washing
ton, so that the country has never
been without this power bestowing a
mark of distinction on its heroes.
The simplicity of American institu
tions has been responsible perhaps
for the fact that this order is not more
famous than it is. Unlike tho cere
monies in European countries, there
is no parade of troops in presenting it
and no official ceremony of any kind.
It is sent to the hero through the
mails, and the name of thc mau who
UNITED STATES MEDAL OF nONOR,
wears it does not appear in the Annual
Kegister or the almanac.
The original order was founded by
Washington in the year 1782. At
first merely badges were used, which
usually consisted of a narrow piece of
white cloth worn on the left arm.
The order at that time carried with it
the privilege that the wearer should be
permitted to pass all guards and sen
tinels as the officers were permitted
to do. And Washington added to this
order this characteristic sentence:
"Tho road to glory in a patriot army
and a free country is thus opened to
In the year lSG2the order empower
ed to confer the American Medal of
Honor was created and was amended
in 1863. In this year tho sum of
S20,000 was appropriated, and the
interest of this has ever since been
used for this purpose. The American
Medal of Honor has up to the present
time been conferred upon about 500
heroes, many of whom are still living.
Hough on the Florist.
Orchids must bloom as they are ad
vertised to, the English Court of Ap
peals has decided. A man who bought
a bulb for $100, which he was told
would produce a white ilower, and
after cultivating it for two years ob
tained a purple blossom, has recovered
?250 costs from the vender.
A KocI<ln?; Stono Weighing 270 Ton?.
About a league distant from the
town of Tandil, India, stands a bal
ancing rock. It weighs 270 tons and
THIS HOCKING STONE WEIGHS 270 TONS.
is so nicely posed that it may be made
to "crack a walnut, aud so firm thut
when an ambitious man once yoked a
thousand horses to it he was unable to
Ain't no use o' frettln'
'Bout the weather, friends;
Got to take whatever
The kind Crentor sends.
What it clouds do gether.
And the cold winds blow?
Can't have jlst fair weather
All the time, you know.
But there's ono thing certain,'
If your stomach's rlghr.
You can make the darkest
Day seem nice 'n' bright.
Git up in the mornln',
Rustle 'round a blt;
Show 'em there's some ginger
In your system yit.
Sing 'n' dance 'n' whistle,
Startle all creation
Anything to git your
Bio d in circulation
Hake somebody happy
Lordy, that's the way
Any ono can brighten
Up the darkest day!
HUMOR OF THE DAY.
"Your friend?" "No; merely an
acquaintance from whom I borrow
"Who is that military-looking
chap?" "That, sir, is the hero of a
"Did you get your bike on the in
stallment plan?" "Yes, I pay the
doctor ten dollars a moiith."-Puck.
Jones-"Why, Bridget, this is a
very small ogg!" Bridget-"Sure,
sir, it was just laid this morning."
Detroit Free Press.
Women don't need to be told that
tlie prick bf conscience is about as
])roductive of pin-money as anything
you can mention.-Puck.
The ohief aim of some women's
lives seems to be to get things slicked
np one day before it is time . to slick
'em up for the next.-Puck. .
Van Braam-"Jaysmith says he is
an expert in toxicology." Shingles
j "He must mean intoxicology.-Pitts
burg Commercial Telegraph.
"You think you are a pretty smooth
article," said the salt. "I have been
told," replied the lard, "that I am
quite refined."-Cincinnati Enquirer.
Miss Trill-"I love to hear the birds
sing." Jack Downright (warmly)
' 'So do I. They never attempt a piece
beyond their ability."-London Tit
"There are things in this world
more valuable than money, my son."
"I know it. That's the reason I want
money to buy them with."-Detroit
Druggist-"See here! Why didn't
you tell that customer that we had
: something just as good?" New Clerk
i -"Because he was after some postage
Stranger (in Texas)-"How long do
you fellows work at a stretch?" Cow
boy-"Well, it depends ?.good deal
on how easy a feller dies. Dey're
. .. :>.. ' . ? toi o?
i ?gui ?tf"r??.-? '
, ??swuu. -j.-? L. L'.I i/UIUlllll.
I . "So that burglar carried off all yoi r
j silver?" "Yes; but what upset us the
j most was that he drank up all our
cream and we had none for our coffee
at breakfast."-Detroit Free Press.
Blobbs-"That fellow to whom I
nodded -will probably cut me the next
time he sees me." Slobbs-"Why?"
Blobbs-"He's my barber; and he's
very careless. "-Philadelphia Record.
Mrs. Hoyle-"What was all that
noise at your house this morning?"
Mrs. Doyle-"The servant broke some
of the china and then my husband
broke] one of the commandments."
' 'I have a doctor's certificate here
that I cannot sing to-night," said the
prima donna. "What?" roared the
manager; "I'll give you Ja certificate
that you never could sing. "-Detroit
i Free. Press.
Her Mamma--''She says when she
! undertook to reprove you your re
! marks were, to say the least, out of
?place."- Her Husband - "Why, I
j couldn't get a word in edgewise."
I Detroit Journal.
Prisoner-"It's hard to charge'me
j with forgery, for you see I can't even
sign my own name." Judge-"Thai;
point is immaterial; it's another man's
name you're accused of signing."
Mrs. Stuckup-"Is this Mr. Slim
purse you have engaged yourself to a
man of means?" Sensible Daughter
-"Yes, mother. He means all he
says, and that's the sort of a husband
"No, no," said the Circassian
beauty; "I can never marry the tat
tooed mau." "My!" replied the fat
lady ; ' T should call him a good catch. "
"Not so," continued the beauty. "He
has an elephant on his hands."-Phila
"Now, Thomas," said a certain
bishop, after taking his servant to task
one morning, "who is it that sees all
we do and hears all we say and knows
all we think, and who regards oven me
.u my bishop's robes as but a vile
tvorni of the dust?" And Thomas re
plied, "The missus, sir."-London
Foggier Than London.
Esquimalt is the only place in the
British empire, according to a recent
climatological report, that exceeds
London in cloudiness. Esquimalt is
also the dampest place in the empire,
while Adelaide, in Australia, is the
dryest. Ceylon is the hottest, and
Northwest Canada the coldest pos
session that the flag of England floats
Projectiles used by the United States
army for its great modern guns costas
follows: So?id shot, 8-inch, $(59.80
each; 10-inch, SH4.59 each; 12-inch,
$212 each; 12-inoh mortar shells,
weighing 800 pounds, ?114 each, and
12-inch mortar shells, weighing 1000
ounds, .$105 each.
The loftiest active volcauo is Coto
>axi. It ia 18.S80 feet high, and its
asi great eruption waa ia 1855,