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?HE r?AtlONAL BANK OF AUGUSTA
I L. C. HATNK, Pree't F. G. FORD, Cashier.
Undivided lTo?ltt f $110,000.
Facilities of oar magnificent New Vault
[containing 410 Safety-Lock Boxes. Differ
ent Sizes are offered to our patrons and
the public at $3.00 to 910.00.per annum.
L. C. Hajne,
Chas. C. Howard,
EDGEFIELD. S. C., WEDNESDAY. JULY 16. 1902
TALE OF A DE
IBy ARTHUR I
The old diver was putting a rubber
latch on one of his son's suits.
"It ain't what you could call a right
handsome piece of tailoring, is it?" he
said. "The waist's just a trifle too
much like a sea-cow's, and as for the
. " trousers, an elephant's ain't much bag
gier. I don't wonder that when a maa
gets into clothing like this, and then
crowns it with a head-pieee like a
- wall-eyed lookout lamp, a shark h?ver
-takes him for anything human and
"No, ? shark won't touch ? man *ih
?rmor.' And they're not so mighty
fierc? ?fter human flesh out of it: On
? 'black' coast the natives'li tell you
they can run the surf and dive" for
?6?hs without much danger b?c?us?
s?a-tigers' hardly ever touch any but
white men; and almost all whit?s in
;hark waters have a firm belief that
dark meat'is the only sort the brutes
"As for their cruelty-'hough I've
..sot a shuddering, vivid recollection of
tho fury of one of them when wound
ad-I don't believe much in that, eith
er. Whim they make ? kill they tear
lt to pieces and down it the q?icke?*
Ihey can, which isn't more brutal than
nature. Indeed, what's made me sick
a hundred times has been the cruelty
. . * of sailors and fishermen toward them.
I like fish in a pan just a little better
than I like them in the water. But
it's ? worse animal than I've ever run
Keross that deserves torture. And ?ea
beasts are, as a rule, the most harm
less, easy-going, good-natured tribe
"My only adventure with a fehark
was in the spring when I hired with a
regular wrecking company, and had my
first job south of Cuba. That was the
rising of the famous Georgia Belle,
Y'hich'was about the unluckiest and
costliest yacht that ever kept a mil
lionaire from worrying lest he'd die
"On this occasion she'd rlln oh ttn?
o1 those saw-tooth reefs off Cayo Lar
go in the Jarilinillos; and after giving
her owner and his friends Just time
enough to get away in the boats, she'd
? backed and took to the bottom, firs',
bow and then stern. Wnen I climbed
.-^Tlown to look at her, 1 found 30 feet
S Of her forward sheathing from keel
lo cutwater riddled and torn like a
biscuit-tin target. And the first part
cd my job was to sling myself over
her side, like a house painter fror
roof, and put a 'sticking-plaster*
. "roncrete and canvas over every
~-v rd those thousand odd holes. It ws
*. month's contract, and promis?lrto
H a mighty tedious cnv, J.op. ^
\J . _ "But up above we had Cohsiderd
-. ' i verdon. Not only were there*:
ply-boat, but there was a Batabi
spoil sing-sloop raking off the reef, ana*
her officers used to come over even
ings and entertain Us" with music.
They had only a cranky mouth-?rga?
and a broken guitar; but wo all used
to join in the chorases.
"Whether it was the racket or the
refuse from the cook's galley, we
brought ourselves a visitor. The third
day I was down, a heavy shadow sud
denly swung over my head. At first
I thought the tug. had warped round ;
but when I looked up I saw a fls!i
that seemed as big as a topedo-boat
It hung above me there in the under
sea twilight, slowly furling and unfurl
ing its tail like a propeller standing
up against a tideway.
"I knew what it was. My whole ,
inner machinery seemed to stop short,
my blood went cold and heavy as mer
cury, and I clutched at my sling cables
lo keep myself from, falling. What I'd
heard of a man in armor being safe
- from sharks went out of my head like
the bubbles from my helmet; and
when at last the 'sea-tiger' slewed
around, and slid quietly off through
the black-blue wall, of ocean behind
me, I caught at the signal-line as if I
.ii ere drowning.
"Up on the tug, though, they only
thought it was a great joke. They
had seen the man-eater! The mate
r.aid he seemed to him 'about the
length of the Great Eastern, and the
mouth on him looked like a church
door hung with icicles.' Tivey, the
engineer, declared it was true that
fcbarks had the power of throwing off
electricity, for at first it was as if
they had a galvanized jumping-jack at
the end of the life-line.
"It ended with myj;oing down again,
looking silly and feeling mighty shaky
about the middle^ But I wasn't trou
bled again that day.
"Yet next morning the shark was
around, and off and on through that
week. He was always alone. It was
tho small fish, though, that always
gave me the first warning. As I
scraped at the Belle's sheathing, a
dozen or more little 'gropers' were all
the time at my elbows on the watch
for broken shell-fish and barnacles,
like chickens after worms when you're
spading a garden; and all of a sudden
they'd whip away, and next moment
the shadow would swoop in over me.
I'd work myself around sidewise on
the slings, turning slow as the hands
of a clock for fear he'd notice me
though I knew his eyes were placed
so he could only see level and- upward
-and then I'd grip myself tight an j
watch him through the ghost sun
"Yet for all my fright, I couldn't
help helng fairly fascinated by the
-way he handled himself. No fish seen
from under water seems able to make
an ungraceful move, and that great
. 38-footer threw off curves like a show
penman doing decorative birds. I sup
pose it's because a shark has a kind
of elastic cartilage instead of bone,
but I know no eel was ever freer in its
motions. And he could turn, not only
in his long length, but as if on a pivot,
though how in nature he could do lt
with nothing but fins and tail beat me.
"But the times when h? came in be
7;ind me or dropped down from the
rt: rf ace to see" me working-those were
. minutes when the only feeling I had
was cold, sick dread. He would hang
there, his nose almost under my arta
cr over my shoulder-I could feel the
water move with him .he was so close
s. MCFARLANE. F
-and look on like a big dog watching
a man whitewash a fence.
"He wasn't ugly or threatening,
merely interesced in a lazy, casual sort
of way. But while he was there I
never moved, even to turn my head.
And when he came in 'slantwise from
above, and I caught a glimpse of his
great blunt muzzle and crescent jaws
ragged with arrow-head teeth, X would
make one gasping vow. that if I got
up safely no money would ever get
mo down again.
"But once out of Water and on the
tilg am??g the ra?n, ? hadn't the spunk
tb speak. Two words to the boss, and
he'd have had the shark put out of
business in h? time, some way Or Oth^
er. Not one diver ia ?0 has his right
courag? tind?r wat?r; bdt ? w?fc to?
y??hg te acknowledge th?t theiL 1
.pretended that i'd got used te i?y VisP
tor-indeed, that I was rather interest
ed in watching him.
"I don't suppose I fooled them much.
Tivey, the engineer, seemed to guess
the truth of the matter, anyway, and
with an old man'3 delight in picking
en a younger one, he did what he
could to add to my misery. He'd throw
out hi's greasy waste whenever the
brute came around, by way of keeping
iv from deserting. And sometimes
when I was Up, he'd pitch a piece of
pork nailed to a barrel stave. Its jaws
would clash on it like a bear-trap, and
(he old fellow would chuckle horribly
and say: 'Wait till ye get absent
minded Some time down below, and
move your arm too ?ttdden! You'll
find that everything I hat moves quick
ip pork to him!'
"Then the next time the brute came
hear me I would sit all hunched to
gether, and as I felt him nose me, now
this side, now that, I quaked as if
from a spurt of icy. water. Once he
brushed me with his elephant's ear of
a forward fin and rolled his great
p?rth against me as he turned. I stif
fened out with a jerk that almost
spilled me off the slings.
"Well, that sort of thing couldn't
go on, and it didn't, but the end of it
came from a direction and w.'th a
suddenness I hadn't had any hope of.
As you may know, a good many Key
West spongers, when regular, business
ic slack, do a little 'tiger-killing.' For
shark's about half liver, and it tries
tut gallons to a cod's gills, though of
ly enough,' and the other rue*. ,
keen for the sport. ;
"Early the.next morning the spong
ers brought over their line. There
was a hundred fathoms of it, with a
slx:foot snood of' steel chain and a
regular old-time blubber-spade of a
harpoon. The men rigged the small
windless for a reel, and I had them
set it well up in the bow, figuring to
avoid fouled lines. Then I put on ex
tra weight, for my idea after making
my strike was to drop from the slings
like a plumb, and then lie lbw on bot
tom. I started down In a sort of Joy
"I hadn't much more than laid the
iron down beside me and got to work
M hen my groper 'chickens' melted out
of sight. I felt the water push against
my back, and I knew the brute was
cnce more behind me.
"I turned, but gradw My as a jack
pcrew. His great torpedo-shaped head
hung well within reach. If I could get
him through that pulpy . mackerel
crown! But he suddenly drew back,
i saw I would have to do some shadow
catching. The excitement made me
cool. He hove to, and began to throw
bis lazy curves about me. That gave
me broadside chances, but I wouldn't
take them. Then, seemingly without
the slightest fear, he turned and came
straight in on me.
"I threw up the iron. His vicious bot
tle-green eyes caught the quick move
ment with one hungry flash, and the
next movement the huge curve of
muddy white was whirling over at
and at me!
"I struck wildly just below the
spreading reef of jaws, and threw my
self oft the slings with an unnerved
jell of terror that roared and boomed
about my helmet as 4 went the 20
feet to bottom. There I flattened my
pelf beside a big f.rkin-like 'logger
head' sponge, and lay gasping.
"The Nantucket sharking boats are
not only built solid as ice-crushers,
but are covered with heavy steel-wire
meshing as well. For even the six-and
eight-foot 'wolves' they go after will
often turn when strv k and try to tear
the little craft to pieces in their fury.
Ii I'd known that then, I'd have eaten
and slept with all the 'tigers' in the
Caribbean before I tried any under-sea
"I could feel something sawing and
chopping at my hose and line, and fear
alone forced me to turn over and see
what it was. The water above me
was in one swirling ilraw and surge,
like the double maelstrom whirl from
the screws of an ocean steamer; but
there was little sand to rise from bot
tom, and I could take in the situation
with horrible clearness.
"I had simply set the brute mad with
rage, and not having me to vent it on,
he had flung himself at the slings.
The hanging stage was already jerking
about in ragged splinters, and as he
leaped and twisted and doubled, his
jaws caught and gnashed it through^
again and again. Then he threw him**
self against the -side of the Belle, rip
ping and striking and pitching about
l'.ke 20 rabid panthers. When he let
tis tail go, it was like a bunch of elas
tic thick as a tree loosed off at full
stretch. He struck faster than a
thrasher can use a flail.
"I hop? I may never again have such
feelings as I had during those min
v.*es. It seemed nothing but a choice
of deaths. At any moment he might s
see me hiding, yet if ? Slipped my
weights and tried ? r?sh for the top
he would surely p??nce on me. if he
gdt his line roiind mi??-going like a
shuttl? as he was, too-that was only
another ending: If niy air-hose once
fell . ?cross his teeth, an oat-straw
couldn't be shorn through my m?wer
knives any more easily. I lay and
"When he tired for a minute of lash
ing out at the Belle and the tangled
wreck of the slings, he drew off, sav
agely, throwing his head from side to
side and snapping his bear-trap jaws
at every jerk. Then he started to
whirl spindlevise; and when he'd
spun all the slack about him-and they
shouldn't have let Mm have a fathom
Of it-he suddenly stopped dead, and
Uko a cracking whip, with one plunge
flung free again.
"The 'liff of the water from it al
most twisted mc from my loggerhead.
And then he was back at tho slingy
and tackle again. I lost all sense so
completely that I got to talking to
myself, like a surgeon to a child.
"I found out later that my tenders
fe?ht down one signal after another: I
trever took the first of thom. Again
ftnd again the shark came back, and
when he was still for a hicment I felt
he was looking for me; and with the
terror of it my breath came sucking
in through my teeth like a whiffling
"It ended as suddenly as it began.
In one of his doublings the brute got
Lil tall round the harpoon line, exact
ly as a sailor kinks his leg round ;%
rope he's sliding down. And when,
the next moment, he stiffened out
again with tho rebound of a sprung
bow, the iron came away like a tooth
on a string. Probably it had done no
serious harm to that IS feet of gristle.
"For a moment he hung \here, vi
cious and uncertain, and thea sullenly
moved away through the shadow and
out to sea. I never saw him again.
"The color of my hair didn't do any
lightning changing In that quarter of
rn hour; they pulled me up as red
headed as ever. But I reckon, none ?
the less, that I got considerably older
iv wisdom. Since then, when I've
been scared, I've generally been honest
enough to own it, and when I've felt
that I really had to go looking for
trouTii -well, I've always had better ?
prnae than to seek it with a harpoon
ii! the under-s^a."-Youth's Compan
GUAINT ANO CURIOUS.
The atmospheric pressure upon the i
surface o; an ordinary man is 32,400 i
pounds, or over 14 1-2 tons. The or- i
dinary rise and fall of the barometer ?
increases or decreases this pressure by
IOUI i~ !
high estimate to saj .uai i.
000,000 to 10,000,000,000 feet of lumber i
are annually thus utilized.
An observer of small things is said I
to have seen a certain little fly run
three inches, taking in the passage i
from point to point, 440 steps-all
in a second of time. To equal this,
in proportion to hts size, a man would
have to run 20 miles a minute. A com- [
mon flea leaps 200 times its own
length. To do as well, a man six feet
tall would have to jump 1200 feet.
There has recently been mounted in
the Admiralty building in London a
British gun which has an interesting ;
history. The gun, which is a bronze
12-pounder, was found last year in Pe
kin by the Germans, and as it proved
to be a British piece of ordinance it
was handed over to Admiral Seymour,
who discovered that it was the gun
which he himself had lost from the
gunboat in the Canton river in the
Chinese war of 1S57-62. The Chinese
had dredged it from the river and
taken it to Pekin.
The whitening of hair, so familiar to
us, has not been easy to explain. In a
recent study of the subject, E. Metch
uikoff has found that nigment atrophy
of the hair is due to action of pha
gocytes, or white blood corpuscles,
which absorb the pigment and trans
fer it elsewhere; In whitening hair
and its roots the phagocytes filled with
pigments are numerous, while they
gradually disappear as the process
progresses, and are almost completely
absent in perfectly white hair. This
discovery of the part played by phago
cytes sheds light on various puzzling
facts. It shows, for instance, that the
sudden turning white of hair in a
single night,_or In a few days, is a
result of increased activity set up in
the phagocytes of the hair.
".cpeck*" in tin Itrlr?s?? Anny.
The following order, nothing short
of revolutionary, has just been issued
by the British war office: "Officers
and soldiers of the regulars are al
lowed to wear spectacles on or off
duty." Hitherto it has been a rule
of the British army that no officer
below the rank of major could wear
glasses: this, of course, prevented all
line officers, as well as all enlisted
men, from wearing them. Officers of
the guards and other regiments, some
of whom needed the aid of glasses, got
around the rule by. inventing the mon
ocle, sometimes irrevelently called the
"eye popper;" and a decision of the
war office made years ago solemnly
held that an officer might wear a
monocle, because it had only one
glass, and so did not fall under the
rule prohibiting glasses. The new
regulation apparpntly is the result of
"the war in South Africa, which has
developed that spectacled Boers can
shoot, and In some respects at least
will serve to bring tho British army
up to the rtandard of the German
and French armies, the officers and
men of which wear spectacles or not,
according as they need them.-New
The police force of Montreal, Can
ada, are nearing lectures once a week
on both civil and criminal law.
TO THE CLOUDS
Captive Balloon With a Car Dairying
From Below. ?1,
Patrons of suburban parks have come
to look for new sensational features
every year, and it ls not improbable
that some amusement promoter miry
decide to offer his patrons this year
ELEVATOR CARRIES PASSENGERS TO THE
Hie attraction shown in the illustration,
which hus for its object the maintain
ing of a platform at a great height,
with au elevator to carry passengers
up and down. Going up in a ballowl; "
is a feat that tlie majority of peopje,
do not care lo perform, but if thc
balloon were captive, with no chased '
for it to escape, it would make little,
diff?rence at what height lt was ari;
chored; thc higher up it was the?great>
er would be the temptation to ascend
?rid view the scenery. The intention
of the inventor is to provide a car of
lufficient buoyancy to carry cables af'
great length, with means for drawidfc
the balloons down to anchor lt "close
this Case. men; 10 ?.
in the observation platform, through
which the car rises to discharge and
take on passengers, with a single cable
to operate the car. Joseph Greth is
Tool For Ornamenting Wood.
Smoked or charred wood, leather,
etc.. have recently been used for deco
rative purposes until much interest
has been manifested in the prepara
tion of designs and articles. In the il
lustration is seen a new charring tool
for this work, the invention of John
P. Muller. It comprises a reservoir
for the storage of a volatile liquid,
which easily turns to gas when ex
posed to the air, with compression
bulbs for forcing aid through tb?V
liquid and a stylus to be beated by
the flame of thc resulting gas. The
stylus is rounded at the tip and Is
hollow, the flame being projected
against the interior Instead of acting
direct on the surface to be decorated.
Pressure on the bulbs drives air
through the liquid, mixing the latter in
vaporous form with the air and forc
HEATED STYLUS CHARS THE WOOD.
ing it to the point of delivery inside;
the stylus. Here a flame is presented
to ignite the jet, after which frequent
pressure on the bulb maintains tho
flame and controls the temperature of
the charring tool. The more rapid
the flow of air and gas the greater the?
Brush With Son? Mugazlne. |
A self soaping scrubbing brush Is the j
novelty illustrated herewith in section
and perspective. At the back of the
SF.LF-SO APING SCRUBBING BRUSH.
brush a stamped galvanized receptacle
is provided for holding the soap, which
may consist of waste, or chipped
pieces, as most convenient. These are
Introduced through a circular opening.
Thc sectional illustration shows-plainly
tlie openings through which the soap
and water are fed to the fibre or bris
?les. Tho manufacturers of this nov
elty assert their brushes use a mini
mum of soap, ?ind there is no lYead (0
swili thc door with n wet cloth before
beginning to scrub. The brush is easily
A Company Gets Permission to Build
One in Franklin, N. H.
The first trackless trolley line in
America will be in operation at Frank
lin, N. H., the City Council having
granted permission to a company to
erect poles and wires for the system
between the railroad stations.^ Work
upon the new line is to be begun at
once. A fine stretch of macadam road
will serve to give the trackless trolley
an excellent opportunity.
In Germany a line of the sort has
been operated from the old fortress of
Konigstein through the Biela valley,
the cars making use of the highway
and street pavements without diffi
culty. The cars were at first operated
over a distance of a m'le and a half,
but an extension of the service by eight
or nine miles is planned.
In place of the usual single overhead
trolley wire there are two wires, allow
ing play enough for the car to deviate
about ten feet, when need be, from its
When cars have to pass, the motor
man of one merely has to remove his
trolleys from the wires for a moment
while the other car slips past. . Thc
ability to change direction within lim
its, of course, will be necessary to
allow passing other vehicles on the
The basic idea of such a linc is not
a new one. As far back as 1882. Sie
lt is a well-known tact that with
mowers and reapers it is difficult to cut
grass or grain which has been blown
RUNS IN EITHER DIRECTION.
down by the wind and become lodged
on the ground. This trouble arises
largely from, the necessity of having
to cut around and around the piece
on all sides with the machines now in
use, instead of doing all the cutting
on the most convenient side. To pro
vide a machine which can be run back
and forth on the same side of the
field, Nils S. Hludbjorgen has designed
the reversible mower which we show
in the illustration. The tongue of the
machine is pivoted at thc centre, and
by pulling a lever the pin which locks
the tongue to the curved frame ia
drawn and the team is swung around
tu pull the mower in the opposite di
rection. The cutter bar has a double
set of knives and the mulling gear
works as well in one direction as thc
other. The mower is also designed for
use in large fields, where it is not de
sirable to cut clear around the piece
on account of its size.
The Scldsors EftK Opener.
To be extremely technical in de
scribing this invention it embodies a
series of jaws relatively movable
toward each other to contact with the
shell of un egg simultaneously at dif
ferent points in a single horizontal
plane, whereby a continuous line of
fracture is produced. To tell the-etory
in simple form, this egg-opener has
two curved arms pivoted together op
posite the haudles and carrying three
curved plates. Those plates have
slots and pins as a connecting medium,
and when the handles are drawn to
gether the arms contract the plates.
This causes the pins to slide from the
outer ends of the slots to the innei
CONTRACTION HANDLES OLir SHELL.
ends, contracting the size of the open
ing sufficiently io cause the alia rp
teeth to Lite into the shell and sevet
A ONE- ARMED
A Vise on the End of a Stump to Take
Place of a Hand.
Gustav E. Soderbaum, of Holyoke,
Muss., was born on thc Fourth of July,
and since bis arrival in this country ten
years ago two of his seven children
were born on the same memorable day.
The result is that the Fourth of July
is a day which must be properly ob
A SUBSTITUTE FOU A LOST HAND.
served in the Soderbaum household.
While this was being done a few years
;igo a cannon prematurely exploded
and blew off Soderbaum's left hand.
Being a machinist, lt was thought that
ho would never be able to follow his
trade again, but as ho had acquired
much valuable knowledge and experi
ence in his line he was greatly grieved
it the prospect in front of him. He
resolved to make an effort to do his
old work and had a device made, de
signed in a measure to take the place
sf the missing hand.
This he does with an attachment to
the arm which probably differs consid
erably from any other ever devised.
The cut (from the American Ma
chinist) shows the attachment of thc
irm with the vise in place. This vise
was made by its user, and is for hold
in?r chisels. centre-Duuch. letter stamps,
"..uv., mu soon, with the result that
he has a blackened face and perhaps
a blinded eye to show for his curiosity.
Antonio Delgrandc lias designed the
firecrncked shown in the drawing with
the intention of eliminating the dangei
of accident from this cause. To ac
complish this result the cracker lt.
made with a preliminary alarm ar
rangement which, while not sufficient
to injure the face or hands, explodes
with enough force to frighten the child
and cause it to jump back in time to
escape the effect of the main exp?o?
sion. As will be seen U3- a glance at
the picture the fuse is similar to that
hitherto emplo3*ed for discharging tho
cracker, but instead of passing direct
ly through the packing, wad into the
main charge of the explosive,, it enters
a preliminary division (??-ihr- *";be, oon
OIVES WARNING BEFORE THE EXPLOSION
taming a small charge of powder or
illuminating compound. After passing
through this compartment the fuse
extends to thc malu explosive charge.
Catche* und Kills tho Moths.
The affinity of the moth for the flame
is well known, and this Inordinate love
is utilized in the device illustrated
herewith to exterminate the insect. A
DEVICE TO EXTERMINATE INSECTS.
metallic receptacle is provided, which
h ts the sides sloping toward each other
at tile top. On this receptacle are
placed (wo plates of tin or other poi
ished tu? 'al. piovided with slots, wliich
allow them to 1K> set at right angles
to each other, supporting a small lamp
cu the shelf formed at the centre. The
receptacle underneath is partially filled
witli water, and a small quantity of
coal oil is placed on the surface to kill
the moths or other insects, which, at
tracted by the bright flame and the
numerous reflections on the surface of
?he tin, will circle around the appa
ratus until they : .. ike against ono 01
the reflectors, falling into the liquid.
EXCLUSIVE TRADE MILE.
WHAT MOST DISTINGUISHES NEW
YORK FROM OTHER CITIES.
Where People to Whom Cost I? "So Ob
ject Buy Their Goods - Stockings at
S150 a Pair und Ti ? ras from 8150,000
l'p-Can Get lticli on One Order a Week.
The thing that most distinguishes
New York from other cities is found in
Fifth avenue, between Twenty-sixth
and Forty-second streets. Here, for
nearly a mile, stretch block after
block of little stores. Many of them
are no larger than the shops of Hes
ter street. Tho majority are smaller
than the average retail stores on Third
avenue. The narrow, low buildings
frequently contain several establish
ments, one to each floor. And yet the
men who do business here pay enor
mous rents, for they occupy part of
tho most valuable ground in the world.
There are, of course, in other cities
small stores in localities of great
wealth, but here is a whole mile of
them, in two almost unbroken rows.
These stores are the most pronounced
evidence of New York's enormous
wealth, for nowhere else could they
Lave survived, in face of the great de
partment stores and large houses in
the more active centers of trade.
These small stores could not com
pete with the larger ones, but they ex
ist, because in New York so large a
proportion of the people do not need to
consider the cost of things. A small,
exclusive place appeals to them be
cause it is small and exclusive. They
value their wealth principally because
it permits them to pursue their whims,
and they are willing enough to pay the
price sufficient to maintain a compara
tively private emporium.
There is very little about these
stores that is in touch with the mod
ern life of trade. There are no cash
registers, no cash-boys and girls, and
in most of the places no cashiers or
bookkeepers, and one might be tempt
ed also to think that there were no
customers. For an hour at a time in
more than one of these places yester
day, no one entered. One can pass the
entire day loitering here, and scarce
ly see a sale made. And yesterday
was an ideal day for shopping. The
avenue outside was thronged with a
wealthy, leisurely multitude. Few,
however, of the passing carriages and
automobiles stopped. Of the people
passing from window to window, idly
inspecting the displays, not one in a
hundred went inside. Under such cir
cumstances, the merchant on Third
avenue would go bankrupt. In most
of these places, however, a single pur
chase is often enough to provide a fine
profit for a week.
. . . stores Cv ?J s nothing bht '
_j.MAvi Hi i iiuaucrpnia. The
leg was of black lisle, and might have
been woven by a spider. The lower
half was an open web over which was
worked a delicate vine, also in black.
This was- hand-embroidery. lt was
beautifully done, and produced a most
striking result. But there are now no
more of these stockings to be had. The
girl who was employed in the task is
in the hospital, and this Philadelphia
manufacturer is so peculiar in his na
ture that he has refused to put another
to the ordeal.
The trade in stockings made to or- \
der seems to be an unusually good 1
one. A customer who came in yes
terday to inquire for a $75 pair intend
ed as a present, was told that he must
wait for a few days, as the factory
where they were being made was $50,
000 behind in its orders.
A little further up the avenue was a
jewelry store into which no one might
look. Close against the glass of fhe
windows was a carved oaken panel,
rising some three feet. There was
nothing but a word, in small gilt let
ters, on the door, to indicate that there
jewels might be had. Inside, the glass
cases were filled with brilliant gems.
The office was in the rear, and con
sisted of a little roll top desk, behind
a rail, where a pleasant-faced, gray
haired old gentleman was leisurely
writing a letter with a quill pen.
"Why do you have no window dis
*play?" he was asked.
He looked up with a quiet twinkle
in his eye as he said: "Because we do
not want any." lt took some time to
explain to him why so personal a ques
tion might properly be asked, but fi
nally he explained the philosophic
principle underlying the barred and
bolted apeparance of his front.
"Our customers," said he, "are a
class of people who like to think their
dealings are exclusive. They would
not readily cuy a costly necklace that
every passing eye had seen. It would
lose its value if it became too com
And then he added: "We feel that
we are safer as we are. Your jewel
thief seldom enters a store after what
he has not seen. That, is, perhaps, a cu
rious fact. for. of course, he knows
that a store like this would have val
uable treasures, even if they were not
in the window. But when such crimes
have been run to earth, it has almost
invariably transpired that the thief
has seen the jewels exhibited, and went
in search of them. But. still, that is
only incidental. We wish to cater to
those who come on purpose to buy, and
are willing to pay for property that is
really private, and we do not wish to
tempt the merely curious to come in
side. If you would like to see some
jewels." he said, "I will show them to
He led the way into a little recep
tion room, very small and very quiet,
and very richly furnished.| In the
centre was a little cabinet on a table.
' It doesn't look much," said he,
tapping it with the fingers. Taking a
key from his pocket, he lifted its front
that rolled from view like the top of a
desk, and revealed against a back
ground of exquisite white velvet four
diamond collarettes, a tiara, and a
necklace of pearls.
"Here." said he. indicating the neck
lace, "is $175,000. It is intrinsically
worth all that, but a woman whe
wears it at her neck would rather take
it from this hidden cabinet than from
under the nose of the people on a holi
"And yet," it was suggested, "your
theory is unusual."
"Not at all," he? answered. "A T.
Stewart, the first merchant of New
York, never had a window display."
A flight of steps and a door to the
left leads into a furnished store of
three small rooms. It is not as large
as an East Side flat. There is no
stock at all, no office, no desk, no
clerks. The proprietor receives a
customer as a gentleman of leisure
does a caller, and discusses business
as they lounge in upholstery chairs.
He has nothing to sell, but when the
business is over he may, perhaps, put
a check for $25,000 in his pocket He
can then afford to wait a few days for
another customer to drop in. His
quarters are large enough, for he deal3
in castles of the air.
His widow display is a single arm
chair upholstered In cretonne with
wide bands of flowers.
"The styles have changed." said he.
"A few years ago upholstery was rich
and sombre, now it is bright and fan
ciful. French cretonne has replaced
the plush and brocade."
The walls of this cosey store are
adorned with sketches in water-color.
These are the goods in stock. A cus
tomer wanting a room furnished or
.altered may have Ideas of his own
or he may leave the whole matter to
the merchant. There are those who
worry about the smallest derails, who
spend a week in giving their order,
and who haunt the job until it is
finished. A man will sometimes enter,
stand by ihe door, and while consult
ing his watch give the street and num
ber of his residence, just finished,
leave instructions to "fix it up all
right,'* and be seen no more until he
pays the bill of thousands. This mer
chant deals only with private resi
dences. The ordinary cost of decorat-,
ing and furnishing a bedroom is from
$1,000 to $1,500. But he can, if pvi *0
it. charge $8,000 for a single table.
New York Post.
A ROMAN SCHOOLBOY.
Work Done by Graeco-ltoinan l'npila
2000 Yearn Ago.
Something new In the form of an ex
ercise book for budding Greek schol
ars has made ita appearance in Ger
many. Into this "Greek- Reader," says
the Westminster Gazette, have been
packed all sorts of delightful and al
most unknown specimens of the litera
ture of ancient Greece, such as fables,
fairy tales, stories, etc., adapted
uergarments, anoint and comb my
hair, arrange my neck-cloth, put on
a white uppergarment and a wrap
per. Then I leave my bedroom to
gether with my tutor and my maid,
salute my father and mother and
leave the house." The mixture of
Spartan abstinence in leaving home
without a breakfast and of the alto
gether un-Spartan luxury of an at
tendant tutor and maid is suggestive.
The youth goes on to explain, with
a deliciously pedantic air: "I reach
the school, enter and say 'Good morn
ing, my teacher.' He returns the salu
tation. My slave hands slate, pen box
and pencil to me. I sit down In my
place and write, and then I cross out
what I have written. I write from a
copy and show it to the teacher. He
corrects and crosses out what is bad.
Then he makes me read aloud. Mean
while the small boys have to learn
their letters and spell out syllables. .
Ono of the bigper boys reads to them v_ - -
Others write verses, and I go in for a
spelling competition. Then I decline
and analyze some verses. When I
have done all this I go home to break
fast. I change my clothes, and I eat
white bread and olives,cheese.figs and
nuts and drink some cold water. Af
ter breakfast I go back to school. I
find the reader reading aloud, and be
cays: 'Now we will begin at the be
ginning.' " This schoolboy perform
ance goes a long way to show once
more that there is nothing new under
the sun not even the trivial round of
the modern schoolboy.
Tho Modern Fattier.
"Did you call on her father this
"Yes, I did, and my head ls whirling
"Didn't use violence, did he?"
"Violence! I guess not. I got Into
his office all right. I had written ask
ing for an appointment, and he at once
pulled his watch on me and said: T
can give you just seven minutes. Talk
fast.' Well, say, that rattled me so
that I could only 'stammer. 'You want
tc marry my daughter, don't you?'
he abruptly asked. I said I did. 'Any
thing else?' ic roared. 'That's all,' I
hastily said. He made a hurried mem
orandum. 'Did you put your request
ip writing?' I told him I hadn't done
so. 'How irregular,' he snarled, and
made another memorandum. 'When?'
he yelled. "When Miss Amy is ready,'
I replied. 'She says June.' he snorted,
and made another memorandum.
'Where do you want to go on your
wedding journey?.* he cried. 'Wherever
Amy wants to go,' I murmured. 'She's
going abroad,' he said, and worked
away at another memorandum. 'One
first-class suite on steamship Adriatic,
June 25. I'll order it today. Any
thing else?' he growled. 'No, thank
you, slr,' I said. Then he put out a
clammy hand. 'Glad to know you,* he
said. 'Come in again some time when
Tra not so busy. That's all. See you
in June, I suppose. Good-day.' And
I found myself gasping outside the
door."-Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Kven G?nln* Mistaken.
"This beautiful morning," said tho
poet, "I can feel the sap rising."
"Perhaps it's only softening of thc
brain, my dear," responded his wife.