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VOL. LXVI. NO. 6.
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THE HUES OF THE BIRDS.
A Scientific Explanation of Ute Color of
the Feathered Songster*.
Does light have an influence in
changing the color of those parts of
animals that are exposed to it gener
ation after r, generation? . Evidence
showing that it does has been
adduced, says the London Optician.
The question is wide-r?aching, be
cause, if it ls to be answered in the
affirmative,'acquired.qualities must be
inheritable, and the great point about
which biologists have wrangled for
years is settled. The action of light
on colors.in general is-vvell known. It
is observed In many: cases, with birds;
at le'ast so Messrs. Meyer and Wig
glesworth concluded from their study
of the birds of Celebes. They have
observed, several facts that sunoort
their ? .... . ?i -?
of th? ?? ? " "
The pA .
action . --? ?mee iii sonic
birds,, while exposed parts a?e black.
With one species of paroquet the
wing feathers are blue-green on the
side that touches the body and black
on the other side; and it is the same
with others. Another class of in
stances is observed when the tail
feathers are partly covered by the
feathers that protect them; the
former are paler at their bases, and
tend toward white. This is seen very
clearly with several birds that have
the exposed part black. The base of
all feathers, where they are protected,
is palor and less brilliant in tint.
Light has an evident influence on the
pigmentation of the plumage. The
first birds mentioned are quite black
when seen from above, while from be
low they appear white. Wherever
their feathers are exposed to the sun
they are black; where protected they
are white. With cage birds the oppo
site is often seen; the plumage be
comes dark when they are kept in the
shade and is more brightly colored
when they arc exposed to light.
Joke of a Merry Englishman.
No Englishman, of the present time
ls graver in his appearance and de
meanor than Sir Henry Howorth, and
?o'one looking at him would suspect
him of being capable of a joke. Yet
he is one of the merriest men in all
It is related that when the Archaeo
logical Institute paid its recent visits
to Dorsetshire, the members g?th?red
in the old disused Saxon church, at
Wareham. After much learned talk,
the vicar described how, during re
cent excavations for underpinning
the chancel arch, a stone coffin had
been found at a considerable depth,
adding, that it must have been pre
viously disturbed, because of the"
multiplicity of bonos it contained, the
head cavity being occupied by three
jaw bones. Sir Henry, on hearing
this, leaned forward and asked the
clergyman, with much earnestness,
if there was any inscription on the
coffin. The reply was in the negative,
the vicar adding that he believed an
inscribed stone coffin would be most
"Ah," said Sir Henry,."you disap
point me. I was in the hopes that
you might have found the name of
Howjorth, for an,, ancestor with three
jaws would be some: excuse, .for
my intolerable loquacity."-London
They Did Not Mate.
Everybody in his corner of the auc
tion room crowded around him. He
had "just bought from the unclaimed
expi-lss package? offered for'sale a big,
shaky parcel of uncertain shape. He
had paid 70 cents for it, which is
rather a large rum to risk on a blind
purchase, especially since nearly all
the packages sold that morning turned
out to be. iron castings for rare and
unknown machines. "But," said he,
with a sly twinkle in his eye, "I seen
iii through a hole; they's shoes.an' new
'uns, slr." He tore open the parcel
and held up a big hob-nailed leather
boot^ He put his. hand down into the
parcel again and fished up a man's low
shoe, then a lady's slipper then a
baby's little shoe. He kept pulling out
shoes until his arms were full then he
looked up despairingly. "They're all
right," said he. "Yes but you're left,"
called some one*frooi the back of the
f for inspection. Watches, J?k
Xot ?lass, Clocks, Sterling W
Fancy Goods, Etc.
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FLCRDA'S BLUSHING TREE.
Tile Secret of II? Foliado Chancing Color
When It'itu l'ail*.
"Among the many wonders of those
strange swamps there is nothing more
surprising than the blushing tree,"
-said Albert F..Dewey of . Punta Gorda,
Fla., who has recently passed a month
in the Everglades of Florida.
"The blushing tree," continued Mr.
Dewey, "is by no means common. It
is found only id tho dense thickets of
those interminable marshes, whose
luxuriant vegetation is a revelation
to explorers. It is called the blush
in? tree by those who know it because,
It actually blushes when the rain falls
upon it. This phenomenon is appar
ently'incomprehensible. It never fails
to astound those who see it for the first
HTT?" **""- - - - -ofoHaiiR and beautiful
marvellous bit of vegetable life. I
could scarcely believe the story he
told'me, yet curiosity at length over
came incredulity, and we set forth one
morning in a small canoe. We spent
nearly three days paddling and poling
our way over the winding waters. In
the afternoon of the third day I be
gan to wonder if he had only been
deceiving me for the sake of the boat
hire and his pay as guide, when he
gave a grunt of satisfaction and point
?d to the right.
"Distrustfully I followed him ashore
and through the underbrush. Beneath
great cypress trees, hoary with the gray
hanging moss, and past immense bay
trees we wended our way inland.
Eagerly he led the way until reach
ing the edge of a little open space he
stopped and with silent pride point
ed toward the centre. Gracefully a
tree, with broad, banana-like leaves,
reared itself aloft. Wide spreading
branches hung down, slightly waving
in the warm breeze. Its emerald hued
foliage was the most beautiful I had
ever beheld. It roso to a height of L'O
feet and its thick, substantial trunk
indicated many 'years of existence.
Tb is, the old Seminole informed me,
was 'thc blushing tree.'
"I told him to prepare to camp
here until it rained, regardless of
time. We unrolled our blankets,
stretched out mosquito bars, without
which one cannot sleep in the glades,
cooked supper and roiled up in our
blankets for the night. That night,
the day following and the next night
.passed without rajn.
"I began to think ft would never
rain, when about noon a cloud dark
ened the sky overhead. I put a rub
ber poncho over my shoulders and
fixed my eyes on the green and pretty
tree a dozen yards away. It was
covered with a greenish insect, the
size of a large wood tick, which in
tensified its color. The rain began to
fall in torrents, after its custom in
that region. Beside me,, grinning con*
fidently with a pipe in his mouth,
stood the Seminole.
"As tho cold water drenched the
tree, I was amazed to noto a changing
of color. Gradually, yet unmistakably
the green hue was giving way to
pink. The Indian had told the truth.
The tree was blushing r the rain.
"In a few minutes the green had
faded from sight. Only in a few,
hali hidden spots beneath broad
branches and on its trunk was there
a tinge of green to be seen. The tree
was as pink as the cheek of a healthy
"After an hour or more the. shower
passed over and I watched with no
less interest the wonderful tree as
sume its familiar green once more.
As it was changing back to emerald
I suddenly realized the secret of the
phenomenon. The tiny insects and
not the tree itself changed color.
These' peculiar parasites are pos
sessed of the power of chameleons.
In the bright warm sunshine they are
greener than the tree on which they
live, but when the chilly rain falls
upon them they contract their little
backs and become a pretty pink in
color. Millions of them thus change
the tint of the tree. They are found
only upon one species of trees which
grow in certain parts of the Ever
glades."-Denver Evening Post.
A Square Menl.
A singe swallow will devour C000
, flies in a day.
How happy is he born and taught,
That serveth not another's will;
Whose armor is his honest thought,
And simple truth his utmost skill!
Whose passions not his masters are,
Whose soul ls still prepared for death,
Not tied into the world with care
Or public fame, or private breath; ,
Who env.es none that chance doth raise,
Or vice; who never understood
How deepest wounds are given by praise;
Nor rules of state, but rules of good;
"T s LACK Jake Murphy was the
I-<^ bigger, but it did not take
_j longer than five minutes to
Q determine who was the bet
ter man. Even Mike Hudok, the big
Polander, saw lt. He was viewing the
fray from an upturned beer keg In
front of Yankee Pete's saloon.
"Jim lick 'um, heap quick," he ejac
ulated, and his words were prophetic.
In less than ten minutes Black Jake
was thoroughly and scientifically
"licked," and he knew it. Ile would
have fallen on his face again as he
staggered up after the last knock
down blow, if some one had not given
him an arm to lean on. Through the
blood that blinded him he saw the
crowd in a red haze. But his reeling
sight looked for but one object, and
his whole brain and soul were filled
with a fierce and devllsh hatred for
the man who stood near with bruised
face and bared arms-his conqueror.
Slocum's Patch had no sympathy
for Black Jake Murphy. As a rule,
the Patch displayed no excessive fas
tidiousness ns to the component parts
of its select society. It had even got
beyond objecting to the Polander and
Hungarian. But with Jake Murphy
and his father it refused to associate
on any terms more friendly than those
Involved in imbibing Yankee Pete's
whisky at their expense. It could not
be asserted that either father or sou
were at all discomposed by this par
tial ostracism. It rather seemed to
suit their sullen and mororo disposi
tions. They did not seek the allure
ments of Slocum Patch society, ex
cept on the rather rare occasions when
together they sat down for a drinking
bout at Yankee Pete's. Then all who
chose could drink at their expense,
and. then for the few' hours their
-nmnpv i??of,wi ~~~~ --.
Patch. They lived there aiuuc, -
from one year's end to another no one
else crossed its threshold. Around It,
in summer, the soft breeze murmured
among the scraggy hemlocks and oaks.
The wild violet and honeysuckle gave
out their fragrance. From Its door the
great Wyoming Valley stretched away
as In a panorama. Pltvllle's many
spires rose not four miles away, and cn
a still Sunday morning the distant
chime of its bells was borne to the
ear. Half a mlle distant rose the mas
s've timbers that marked the opening
of the new Woodford shaft, the big
gest and deepest In all that region;
where 1200 feet below the sinkers had
Just struck the red ash vein and were
finishing their contract.
The old man smoking his pipe ton
his doorstep made no comment as his
son washed the blood from his face at
the little spring near the door. At last
"Who've yer been llckin' now?"
"No one," growled his sen; "curse
him, he licked me."
The old man gave a grunt.
"Who was lt?" he asked.
"Sarve yer right. I told yer to quit
foolln' round his gal. Easy nuff ter
see she thought more o' his little finger
than o'yer whole carcass."
"God strike me dead if I don't have
It was a bitter threat that Black
Jake made, and the deadly bate that
filled his heart made it no idle one.
. ' * * * ? * e
It was midnight, but down in the
shaft midnight and midday were the
same. Looking" up, a faint speck of
white could be seen In the day time,
but no trace of light penetrated that
awful depth. Three men stood there,
waiting for their turn to go up. The
smoky lamps stuck in their oilskin
caps threw a dull and flickering light
over their faces and figures, wrapped
to the chin In waterproofs. They stood
In water almost to the knee, and the
ceaseless splash and patter of the fall
ing drops told where lt came from.
Thirty feet above them, on a plat
form protected by heavy timbers, .i
powerful pump made the confined air
throb with the heavy plunk plunk ot
Its stroke. The pump runner sat there
motionless, smoking. It was old Mur
phy, Black Jake's father. Jake him
self stood below, and one of the two
with him was Jim Carroll.
There was a fierce and evil look Ju
Black Jake's eyes as they stood silent
ly walting for the bucket to descend.
That look had never left him since tte
day Jim Carroll had "licked" him for
being too attentive to his sweetheart
Black Jake was not the mau to for
give or forget, and the bitterness of
defeat was made still more bitter by
disappointed love. He was a rough
and sullen mau, but years ago he h:id
set his heart upon that girl, before
Jim Carroll ever knew her. But shu
was young and he not over-coniident.
He had waited too long, for .Tim Car
roll stepped In, and now they were
married. Black Jake set his teeth and
breathed hard when he heard it. Ile
said nothing, but his old father watch
ing him knew that Carroll's life was
In danger. Considered from ah ab
stract point of view, tho old man had
no particular objection to his son put
ting Carroll out of the way, but some
Btrange and deep-hidden boud held
these two men together. Had such a
PY UFE. *
Who hath his life from rumora freed,
. Whose conscience is his strong retreat;
Whose stat? can neither flatterers ked,
Nor ruin make oppressors great;
Who God doth late and early, pray,
More of His grace than gifts to lend; .
And entertains the harmless day :
With a well-chosen bool? or friend ?
This man is freed-from servile hands;
Of hope to rise, or fear to fall:' ? &
Lord of himself, though not of lanais; .
And having nothing, yet hath all. j
-Sir Henry Wotton.
possibility ever arisen, old :Murpby
would readily have laid down hlsipwn
life to save that of his ison. He
watched him then lest he should do
that which might necessitate de
parture from this world at the bauds
of the sheriff. His watching brought
him great uneasiness. Black .take had
changed. He did not seek an oppor
tunity to revenge his defeat in open
fight. Rather he avoided Carroll,vfmd
when they were together, aotl^ work
ing in the same shaft they could'jiot
keep apart, he was quiet, and fair
spokon. This was not Black Jake's
nature and the old man feared for
what was to come.
Sitting at his post, looking dowji nt
the three men below him. old 3Iurphy,
In the nickering light of the' mhsers'
lamps, caught a glimpse of his Son's
face and a terror fell on bim. Some
thing told him in those set and" sullen
features and eyes that seemed to parn
with inward fire that ibo Hine liad
With a rattle and rush the;rfflB|y
iron bucket plunged down through .the
darkness and touched the water ere
it stopped, slowly tura'ng with^he
twist of the rope that, like a *h in line
of black, disappeared iu the blackness
Jake Murphy gripped It and sprang
inside. Only two men could go upMn
lt at once.
"Come Jim," he cried, "gt-t hi," and
looked at Carroll.
Old Murphy's tongue was loosened.
"Hold oa, Jim," he called out". ."I
want yer to holp me fix this valve
afore yer go up."
Jim turned Irresolute. In that mo
ment the other man jumped in the
"All righi!" he cried, "Let her go.!?
Carroll saw that the bucket was
curling from the exhaust pipes. As
they left the bucket Black Jake bid his
companion a surly "good night*' and
started off as though for home. But
once out of sight he turned and swiftly
and silently crept back. He passed
the mouth of the shaft, and disap
peared in the shadow of the eugine
Within the engine house Tom Allis,
the engineer, stood at his post Be
fore him was the huge conical drum
sixteen feet In diameter, round which
the snake-like cable was coiled in
grooves. On ecch side of him "were
those mighty engines whose gigantic
power could, when the time came,
snatch the carriage and loaded car up
those twelve hurdred feet of depth in
fifty seconds. Vlth one haul on the
throttle he walled for the signal to
lower, lt cane. The bell clanked, the
throttle shot open, the steam rushed
Into the geat cylinders, and down
dropped th bucket like a stone
dropped dwn a well. With steady
eye Allis rarked the cable as it reeled
swiftly 0/ the drum. He never nor
ticed the slowly-revolving dial that
told of te bucket's descent. Fori his
practicee'eye a bar of white paint
daubed >n the cable was a better
guide, n another instant that white
mark tis off the drum, when the
throttlewas closed, the reversing bar
shot b;k with a crash, again the
steam jshed into the cylinders, and
the enine, with a few short pants,
stoppet The bucket swung at the
same tpth within half an Inch that
it hadvhen Jack Blake climbed on
the boid. It was Tom Allls's boast
that if e knew a man's exact beigh:
he couldrop that bucket on hie head
wlthoudoiug more than smooth out
He knv there was one more man to
come u The pump, runner's shift
would t expire for four hours yet,
and allhc sinkers hut one were up.
With h hand on the throttle lerer he
waited or the signal to holst. A
minuteassed and two, but he stood
like a aven etatue.
Clantelank! clank! The bell struck
three nes. It was the signal to
hoist di care, as human weight tilled
the beet. Slowly he drew the throt
tle o|. and the gigantic engines,
wakirfrom their brlif rest, once
more ?it the drum flying round. Coll
after 1 of writhing cable was wound
about. One hand on the throttle
and other on the reversing lever,
ToniUs watched the spinning druin
and s white marks on lt that told
him len to stop. As he stood there
he ? the reversing lever shake and'
tren?, as If some one had touched
it ' bad no time to think of this, for
iu Jther second thc bucket was
wit one hundred feet of the surface.
Ho>SGd the throttle and pushed the.
/lld cry burst from his lips. Aa
h?shed it, the bar shot back with
a ling crash, but the reversing gear
nf moved. The engines would not
r(se. In that awful moment his
pnce of mind never left him. He
sd the brake bar and threw all his
?dit upon lt The band of steel that
ced the drum gripped tight But
<t could that do to stop the mas
I engines running at high speed?
jammed lt back and rushed from
s he did so, the bucket shot up
lin the shaft Two mea were in it
A cry burst from them as the bucket
. .without pause or stop, leaped up amid
the heavy timbers and sped swiftly
on toward the great sheave wheels.
Another wild cry, and then an awful
crash as the bucket dashed against the
. wheels. A human form whirled tn
the air, Btruck against the timbers,
and plunged out of sight down the
yawning blackness of the shaft. An
other form was clinging to the timbers
?j far aloft
"Who Is that?" called tile engineer,
"jim Carroll," answered the man
. dinging to thc timbers.
?. -"Who .was it that fell down the
An?ther awful cry broke the stillness
of the night Down from the shadow
of the engine house Black Jake Mur
phy came running. ?
"Who?" be cried,-and no words can
tell the fearful agony In his voice,
"Who went down the shaft?"
"?Your father, Jake," said the en
With one bound Jake was at the
"Father," he cried, "father!" Euc
the black pit gave no answer to his
frantic call. With a wild cry ho
turned. Throwing his hands aloft he
shook his clinched fist at Carroll, still
clinging to the timbers, end with a
fearful imprecation on his lips feU
backward into the awful depth.
* . * ? % % .
The Investigation that followed
showed that a connecting pin In the
reversing gear had fallen out or been
removed. It was beneath the floor on
which the engineer stood, and any
one could reach lt unseen. It was
also shown by Jim Carroll's testimony
that old Murphy, the pump runner,
who should not have left his post un
til relieved, had Insisted on coming np
to the surfaee with bim.-Waverley
FED THE MINK.
Fish In tho Low Streams Furnished Food
For Fur-Bearing Animals. ..
1 "It ls truly an ill wind that blows
good to no one," remarked a skin buy
er for one of the big fur houses of the
city, according to the New York Times.
"Take last summer's drought as an in
stance. It resulted badly in the crops
of farmers UP In New England, where
I have been scouring the country for a
couple of weeks past. Men who have
I a liking for fly fishing bewailed tho.
lack of rain, for the streams ran dry
and trout perished by hundreds In
.some of the mountain streams. On the
other hand, the drought was a good
thing for the hunters and trappers that
T u-*?- '*-1--Tha?? h ii ve.found
fact that the animals have had better
feeding than they have had for years
past. They are great fish eaters.
With the trout streams reduced to
mere ribbons of water, the big trout
all went to the deep pools and became
prisoners there. With plenty of water
to move about in a trout ls abundantly
able to take care of Itself as against
the mink. But, Imprisoned In the
pools, the mink had the trout at his
mercy, and the mink that has not had
all the trout he wanted this summer
has been a lazy beast. They have been
able to simply gorge themselves, and
that ls why the mink are so fat and
sleek this fall. I think the catch of
mink skins this winter, when the sea
son ls really on, will be the finest we
have had In a long time. So, you see,
the drought worked well for my busi
ness, even though it was a little hard
on the farmer and fisherman."
In the Matter of Eggs.
May I, as a whilom keeper of hens,
and, so to speak, an eggs-pert, attempt
tb answer "F. K. M.," who wants to
know what is the difference between
"a new-laid egg" and a "fresh" egg? I
cannot speak of the trade difference,
but the real difference Is that a new
laid egg ls, when bolled, milky or
creamy as to what ls called the white,
tvhlle a merely fresh egg has the white,
>r albumen, transparent or colorless,
rhe egg after being laid retains this
:e8t of newness for some three or four
inys, according to the season. After
:hat lt can only be called fresh. The
freshness may last for several weeks,
>r even months, If the egg ls properly
:ared for. The only proper way ls to
ieep lt-on one end or the other-taking
?are to turn lt at least once a day.
[?his can be managed by having a thin
ioard, perforated with holes in which
he eggs may rest, on a shelf exposed
o the air. Thc egg remains fresh and
;ood so long as the yelk is evenly con
alned In the middle. The moment the
elk, which Is of specific gravity great
r than the white, touches the shell,
vhlch ls porous, lt ls exposed to the
lr, and ceases to live, entering upon
orruptibn. By the help of lime, oil,
utter nnd various other devices, the
?fe of an egg may be prolonged for
rade purposes, but no egg can be con
ldered fresh which, if placed under a
en, would not hatch, and most, If not
ll, of the shop eggs are dead, If not
nwholesome.-Letter in London Times.
Bears In a Mix-Up.
Two of the monster bears at the Zoo
ogaged in a fierce fight for scalps a
JW days ago. The animal attendants
'ere compelled to use hot hons to sep
rate them. The bears fell out over a
irkey that was left over from Thanks
Iving. Their keeper divided the tur
ey "half and half." as he thought j
ne of the bears got lt into his head
lat the other bear had a little the
3St of It, and hostilities began. The
lonsters fairly shook the building and
awed and gnashed their teeth for
illy ten minutes. Bear skin was
lng around the den promiscuously,
he bear that was defeated was taken
> the Zoo hospital on a stretcher, bad
damaged. The hospital ls a very in- -
resting part of the establishment, t
id ls provided with all the necessary | i
ljuncts for the proper surgical treat? G
ent of Injured animals.-Baltimore ?
ews. - ii
I Pina (fa Uf?rld's [
Bears and Wolv<
Many Varieties of
/""V HINA is' the last great game
( f preserve in the world. Many
will be surprised to learn
that, notwithstanding the
dense population of China and the
centuries since the country has become
thickly populated, it is still the best
stocked with game of any country hu
Even In the regions about Pekin,
now occupied by the allied troops,
where villages . dot the plains every
mile or two and the population exceeds
2000 to thc sqnare mile, wolves, foxes,
raccoons, weasels and rabbits are so
thick as to he pests, while such game
as pigeons, quail, grouse and rice
birds are found in Immense flocks. The
wolves of China are particularly nu
merous and fearless, and many lives
are lost every winter from their depre
The Chinese farmers do not live on
the land that they cultivate, but gath
er themselves in small villages every
mlle or two. For protection from- tho
wolves which infest that'country the 3c
unlaces are usually surrounded by
gather for great wolf drives aim ?mi
their swords and pikes beat out the
fields and kill large numbers of the
One reason why game is so thick lo
China is the absence of any finished
weapon to hunt with. Although the
WOLF BINGS ON THE VILLAGE WALL.
Chinese were the first inventors of
gunpowder and firearms, still their
shotguns have never been sufficiently
improved to be of much service In
hunting. lu the first place the Chinese
have never invented or used the per
cussion oap. Their gun barrels are
roughly cast and many of the cheaper
ones look as IC made out of pot metal.
The lower end of the barrel has a
small vent on the side with a flash pan
attached. Over the stock of the gun
is a holder shaped like a half bent fin
ger, made of soft steel, and split so as
to hold a piece of lighted punk or in
cense. To fire his gun the Chinaman
fills the flash pan and then, with his
thumb, pushes the holder forward till
the lighted punk touches the powder
in the flash pan. By this time any
creature with an atom of intelligence
ls a mlle away more or less, and un
less something else happens along op
portunely to receive the charge, thc
shot is wasted.
The reason for the number of foxes
o be found in China lies in the Ci?
iese belief in the transmigration of
ouls. The Chiue.se think that depart
id spirits prefer foxes to any other
lulciuis as post-mortem habitations.
?as? ?ame Preserve.
?s Still Abound.
Deer and Birds.
The taking of game by tbe Cbinese is
chiefly by means of nets, runnin;
nooses and dead-falls. Quail and rab
bits are taken almost solely by mean
jf nets, which the Chinese set in
standing grain, and into which they
[hen carefully drive the game. Fo
larger game they use pits with trip
'alls and nooses with weights, ar
ranged to catch the animal around the
leek and hang it.
Tho abundance of game in China is
30t peculiar to any part of the em
jire. In the mountains, both north and
iouth, are found great numbers cf
>ears, both black and brown, and
itrange as it may seem, they are most
mmerous in the province of Shun
ing, which is one of the most thick
y populated and the oldest province
>f the Chinese empire.
Tigers and leopards are also found
a all the mountainous parts of China,
he royal tiger of India Is found In
he range of mountains which parallel
he coast from Canton north to the
ang-tse, while In the mountains of
ie north Is found the great Siberian
r Mfino^" - -uirH i- +w ---
.que hunting lodges. The deer in
lis north park are fine, large animals,
C a dun color, with magnificent ant
rs, somewhat resembling our Ameri
in wapiti, but peculiar in having
hat the Chinese call a mule tail.
Probably the commonest game bird
! China is the pheasaut. Szechuan
the home of a peculiar animal that
light be called a "missing link." It
a species of ape, growing quite
rge, adults reaching four feet in
light. It lives in the mountains and
protected from the cold by heavy
ir and mane. It is peculiar for the
LCt that lt "hibernates like a bear, and
ie Chinese, recognizing this peculiar!
., call it thc run-hiung, or the mau
?ar. It is much sought for Its flesh,
id its paws are prized as great dell
There is so much swamp and lake
untry In China that it ls very nat
tily a great country for snipe and
over, while the rich feeding to be
und in its great rice fields makes it
e home of greater flocks of swans
id geese and wild ducks of all Va
;t'es than can be found anywhere
se in the world. The Chinese are
eat pigeon fanciers, and take advan
ge of the pigeon habit of flying Ju
oves to steal from each "other and
take wild pigeons. They do this by
stening wooden whistles on the tails
the leaders of their own flock, for
e purpose of attracting o*.her pigeons
them. The air of Chirese cities Is
ll of soft aeolian noces of these
There is another method of taking
me practiced by the Chinese which
ist not be omitted, and this by
?ans of trained falcons. The great
ort of falconry, once so popular in
the courts of the world, survives
ongiy In China. Here hav/Hs, eagles
d falcons are still taught to pursue
? quarry, and the great falcon mar
t In tlie southern part of Pekin, 's
i of the sights of the Chinese cap?
Here on Immense racks are
usands of hooded birds, exposed for
?, and the Chinese sport ls often
u along the street or highway with
his favorite bird mounted on his leattw
er-bound wist - In Mongolia- the gold'
en eagle itself ls still trained and much'
used in hunting deer.
With the quieting of the present dis
turbance and the creation of a better,
understanding between the Chinese
and the outside world there, will doubt-,
less be a great influx of -outside sports-;
men into that country. Those who
have roamed over the world seeking
the dangers and pleasures of takim;
large game will here seek their last
opportunities and find richer rewards
for their skill and endurance than they
have found anywhere .else In tho
A Fropoaul on an Egg.
The Bristol Mercury says that at a
well-known grocer's in Stoke's Croft a
few days ago, one of the assistant?
was opening a box of 300 eggs from
Canada, when he came upon one good
sized hen's egg, on which he found
written in the neat handwriting o?
evidently a young lady the following:
"Miss E. Wing, West Port, Ontario,"
and beneath the address the gentle
postscript-always the,best part of a
lady's letter, "with a view to matri
mony." . The proprietor, on arriving at
the establishment, and hearing of the
singular incident asked the assistant,
a young bachelor, what he had don?
In the matter. "Oh," promptly replied
the young man, "I responded at once,
ind the letter is already posted to
West Port, Ontario, acknowledging .
rhe receipt of the interesting offer and
asking for further particulars by next
An Antiseptic Broom.
The most up-to-date broom, and that .
tvblch sweeps the cleanest, has a mi
crobe destroyer attached, as shown In
:he accompanying illustration. The
aew broom was designed by a South
erner. It consists of a bag to be ,at
:ached to the end of the broom handle
jefore the straws are wired in pl?ce,
?vlth a hole drilled In the handle to a
)oint above the straws for the Inser- ?
:ion of the chemicals, etc., which form .
:he microbe destroyer. The antiseptic
s preferably made in the form of hard*
jails, which readily roll into the bag
ihrough the channel, and to promote
:he dissemination of the compound
ihrough the straws a quantity of
.vater, alcohol or other solvent may
dso be introduced through the agency
HE NEW MIOBOBE-DESTBOYINO BRO Ci
f a can, or the balls and liquid ma;
e replaced by a semifluid antlsepth
rtilch will slowly filter through th
abric and dampen the broom.
All germs of disease, as well as dirt
rill vanish before the onslaught of the
ew antiseptic broom.
A Curions Timepiece.
A Parisian novelty is a sun-dlal
ratch, with compass, as shown in our
lustration. It is made of nickeled cop
er, and is to be recommended to hunt
rs, fishermen, cyclists-in short to all
rho spend much time in the open air.
a the upper part a small compass Ia
xed, at the lower is marked a scale
C the hours, and in the centre there
i a small finger, which can be raised
ad lowered at will.
In order to use this novel watch it
held in the sun, flat It is turned so
i to have the blue compass needle
tinting between north and northwest,
iien a yellow finger is raised from Its
icket in the middle, and its shadow,
st on the scale will show the time.
Danger in Lead Pencils.
Lead pencils are the latest subject
r condemnation by the English doe
rs, or rather the method ot usln,;
ad pencils in schools. There have
en outbreaks of skin and other att
enta in a number of schools lately
lilch have puzzled the doctors, and
e school medical inspectors, after
nsiderable inquiry, now assert that
e school pencils are to blame. The
actlce, it appears, ls that pencils are
ovided for the whole school, and are
llected at the end of each day, and
distributed next morning. In this
ly a single pencil makes a tour of
e class and is sucked in turn by
>st of the children. The moral of
e discovery is: "One child, one pen
A Choice of Terms.
'Here's another man who got away
th some money that didn't belong to
n," said the young woman who was
iding the paper.
'How much?" inquired Miss Cay
'It doesn't state."
'That's too bad! I wanted to deter
ne whether he Is a plain thief, a
sguided embezzler or a bold finan
A Great Discovery.
t's a funny thing that no great his
ian has ever written a successful
itorics? novel.-New York Press. >