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A ROMANCE OF
AY," Mollie," said Nolan, in
. an * off-hand manner,
".what's that fellow in the
.leggings doin' up here?"
The sun had passed the meridian,
and the shadows were beginning to
fall oe Nolan's side. The hop-field code
of courtesy demands that -when a man
is picking with a "lady** he give ber
always the shady side. But Nolan, in
his perturbation of mind, forgot his
"Nothin'," came indifferently from
Mollie, feeling the rays pelting down
?Trpou her head, and remembering the
thoughtfulness pf the fellow in the
leggings in pulling the fullest vines
down on her side.
"Say, Mollie," asked Nolan, persua
sively; after a half-hour's silence, dur
ing which time several couples had
changed sides so that tbs girl might
have the benefit of 142 shade, "what
was he hangln* round you all morn in'
"Nothin'!" The black eyes were
stubbornly glued to their work, while
beads, of perspiration stood out on the
round, tanned cheeks.
Thereafter, vine after vine was
reached and .stripped in oppressive
silence. At length, after having de
cided to adopt ? course of moody
.silence, which should break the
"haughty spirit of this girl, and make
her hang upon his slightest word,
Nolan, heard himself say, before he
knew it, in tender, coaxing tones:
"Say, Mollie, what was ho talkin' to
aVNothinM " Mollie's chin went into
the air and her lips snapped together
like the blades of a jack-knife. Thc
beads, of perspiration brui grown into
rivulets that trickled from nose to
x fchin, and splashed into the basket.
.T?he foreman of the field rode hy sev
eral-times, and noticed gratefully there
/was,; less talking and more work being
done between: the two than usual,
and when at last the shadows grew so
long it did not matter which side of
the row. she-was on, and the sjui begun
to redden bel ?nd a bank of smoke and
dust, the joyful sound of the quitting
ben' pealed over the fields.
Arms just lifted to reach a vine,
hands in the'act of stripping a branch,
fingers - just crooked to pick a last
hop, stopped and fell empty at the
sound of that first tap. The unhappy
Nolan could not stop his thoughts so
quickly, nor resist a last appealing.
"Say, Mollie, what's the matter with
But"the maid only threw a defiant
'.'Nothin'!" over her shoulder as she
was joined at the end of thc row by a
tall fellow in leggings. The black eyes
lost their defiance, the lips rippled into
smiles as she pushed her sun-bonnet
back and looked up into thc laughing
face under the sombrero.
"Great place, isn't it?" the tall fel
low said, half to himself, as he
watched the pickers filing by-China
men, Indians, Japs, and whites of ev
ery-brand, and all sorts of conditions.
.There was the objectionable clement
of "hobos," of course, in plentitudc,
but the majority of the pickers were
tK& inen -who; after harvesting their
cwn meagre little Ji^y crops, packed
their .'wagons, loaded in their families,
Titled to th^ir dogs,, and started off
.. Jfree or four weeks* camp injthe
hop-fields. With these families it is
a regular instifaition, and the one in
teresting occasion of the year. Herc
n?wfacq?aintanccs ave made, foot-hill
gossip exchanged for tule district scan
dals, flirtations and romances spring
up, flourish, and die, with the hops,
and most of the back country belles
date their social debut from the Sat-,
urday night dances.
Mollie stole a one-sided glance at
the fellow in the leggings, and took
in every detail as his eyes followed the
crowd. She held her head just a trifle,
higher than usual when familiar faces
looked up and saw her chatting with
this stylish looking fellow in the cor
duroy knickers. In fact, when some
of her Coon Creek friends came along,
she found it Inconvenient to look their
way, for she felt that in refined society
their "Hello Mol!" would not be con
sidered good form.
"How long have you worked here?"
the tall fellow asked her, shortening his
stride^ tb fall in with her little trip.
Mollie, delighted to be called upon
for information, gurgled out everything
she knew about the hop-fields; the ad
vantage of being paid by the piece
instead of the day, the amount the
average picker could make a day, the
weighing in the baskets, the processing
in the kiln, the pressing and baling,
and the joys of the dance given every
Saturday night. Adding, for she could
scarcely believe this distinguished-look
ing personage could be a common
picker, like Mike Nolan and Pinny
Smith, and thc rest of them: "Are
you visiting at Hoptown?"
.iNo," the fellow laughed. "I'm a cit
izen, if I can stand these beastly
.hours. For the next few weeks I'm
a son of the soil in order to fill up my
coffers for the next semester," This
fellow relished the dilating power of
the black eyes beside him, and Mollie,
having studied Short Primer of Chem
istry, felt herself on an intellectual
level with this'college senior.
As they neared the camp ehe was
conscious of a double row of curious
eyes peering at her from under tent
flaps, but tucking her chin up into
the*alr, ?be walked along as oblivious
of them, apparently, as if she and this
new-friend were alone in a wilderness.
Before picking-time tho next morn
ing-it was thoroughly understood by
all the tenters on Mollie's side of the"
field that Nolan's race was run, and
that Mollie had a,-new "steady" from
"below," as the southern counties are
termed by thc inhabitants of the north
Nolan, his wrath cooled by a night's
repose, became awarexof this fact when
*?e waited at the usuai trysting place
"\e *rst row of poles, and saw the
..i sombrero-looming up in the wake
of the blue sun-bonnet. The rest of thc
day-he was pursued by the cheerful
jibes of his friends about being thrown
down for a city "guy." Poor Mike,
even his dauntless good humor went
/down under their clumsy efforts at
Bat Mike Nolan was not the only one
suddenly'effaced from the girl's fickle
men?ory. There were Pinny, and Spike
and'Big Terry,-into whose youug and
susceptible hearts her black eyes had,
burned big holes, now not even seen
.when they passed her on the row.
. The cy?s under the sombrero lost
nothing of the situation.- This little
girl was undoubtedly^ pretty after a
sort" of wild-rose type, she certainly
wasche only one in the field who could
help to make the long hot days en
durable to him. Her eyes had a way of
widening when he talked to her, which
was highly agreeable to him, and he
spared no opportunity to produce that
effect. Her cheeks, too, had a frank
little way of going pink-sometimes
red-when the allusion, was direct
.enough-and altogether her open ad
miration put a fine gilt edge on his
"Is it possible you have never been
to San Francisco?" he asked her, one
"Nb, I've never been there," she ad
mitted, apologetically, "but," she
hastened to add, in order to dispel any
idea of rusticity that admission might
have given, "I've been twice to Ked
Bluff, and we live only nine miles from
"Have you ever thought you might'
like to live there?" he pursued, reach
ing up to pull down a cut vine from the
pole. His glance was very direct this
time, and his tones full of meaning.
It was pretty to see her. eyes and
cheeks glow with a deeper hue, so in
tent was he on noting the effect he
could produce with the slightest touch.
He did not wait for an answer, but
went on. "Wouldn't you like-"
But just then tho Sacramento train
thundered by on the trestle, drowning
his words, but not the look in his eyes.
And on the the heels of that, the noon
bell rang, at which everybody quit
work, and they walked up to thc set
tlement together in silence-little Mol
lie's feet touching thc ground only in
high places, her foolish little heed
'way tip in the clouds, the man's
thoughts miles away from the scene
about him, and thc hope of his heart
centred on getting on thc 'varsity foot
By the end of thc season Miss .Mol
lie's social circle had narrowed down
to few more than her own family, and
one tall man. She had discovered her
tastes to be of the climbing variety,
and had reached the fatal conclusion
that not one of her old friends at Coon
Creek possessed a particle bf culture
or s'.yle. And when, before dispersing
for another year, the pickers prepared
to give a grand ball in honor of the
wind-up of the hop-season, Mollie de
termined to chow them the size of the
gulf that now yawned between her
self and them.
These hop-pickers' dances are open
to every one. so there are not many
lines of social distinction drawn. The
men exchange their bandana neck
'kerchiefs for stiff celluloid collars, and
the girls wash out a sprigged lawn
frflfck, and are radiant and ready for
the frolic. But Mollie, with a reck
less slash into her summer's earnings,
burst upon the scene, on thc eventful
evening, an animated billow of frills,
and flounces, and furbelows.
As thc frolic progressed, thc tall
fellow with his sombrero under his
arm, watched the scene from the door
way with an amused, wondering smile.
The big dining room that seated 500
hungry pickers three times a day had
been transformed lu less than an hour
into a dancing hall. The tables had
been hoisted to the ceiling by stout
bale ropes, where they were secured to
the rafters, while the'shelf that ran
the length of the room on both "lien,
Was studded"at regular interv?is^wlth
empty bottles, into each of which was
stuck a tallow candle.
After the good old-fashioned custom,
Pinny Smith, with a- girl in a yellow
frock, led off the grand march, after
which there were polkas, quadrilles,
schottisches, and dances his town-bred
feet had forgotten, or never learned.
When his eye caught Mollie's, he
crossed the roora to ask her for a
dance. From the opposite doorway
Spike had started toward her at tlie
same time. She held her fan-a gauzy,
flimsy thing that represented the price
of several long days' picking, so she
might not seem to notice Spike-and
her breath in fear lest he should reach
her first. The fellow'in the leggings
was so interested ia his surroundings
he walked slowly, and Spike, she saw,
was gaining. In a second he would be
within speaking range and all would
be lost. The next instant she rose to
her feet, turned her back on the crest
fallen Spike, and reached her hand
toward the tall fellow, approaching in
his leisurely, indifferent manner.
When thc accordion began to wall
out "The Blue aud the Gray," the man
found to his surprise-this little back
woods beauty could dance.- She didn't
hop, ncr "scrape matches," nor stiffen
like a poker in his arms; she danced
with that lithe free grace with which
a bird flics, or a fish swims', because it
was the natural expression of her.
bubbling, lightsome spirits.
But, all too soon the. music wa*
stopped, and there was a .mad stam
pede for the counter, over which pink
lemonade and cookies were sold. Thc
leggined fellow, however, led the ra
diant little girl.out into the moonlight,
which had transformed the denuded
redwood hop-poles into endless colon
nades. Regardless of her slippers and
flounces, everything but the dominat
ing presence of thc man beside her, she
strolled down the row on the rough
bare ground. When they regained the
ball room pro tera., the music had
struck into the long, swinging strains
of -"Creole Belles," Again they circled
'round and 'round, never pausing for n
breath until the music stopped.
Happy little Mollie! This was her
brief hour of triumph, and she carried
it off with a high hand. Her Coon
Creek friends, who were not too
dazzled by her airs and graces, came
up as usKal and asked her for a dance,
but the next one was always engaged.
Nolan looked a moment longingly in
her direction when he caught the first
bar of "The Honeysuckle and the Bee,"
but having heard of the treatment ac
corded the other fellows, he turned
and consoled himself with the Hen
When at last the danoo was over,
when thc accordion had wheezed out
the plaintive strains of Home, Sweet
Home," and the happy dancers paired
off in twos for the best part of the
evening's fun-the walk home in the
moonlight-Mollie wondered, in her
simple little soul, if heaven could bc
any better than this.
Her companion did not tell her that
bc was going away thc next morning
until they had reached her own tent
door.- He had fancied she might be.
sorry, but had not imagined she would
care so much. He was sorry the moon
was not brighter, for he knew he was
missing much of the tell-tale play of
expression in her eyes and cheeks. And
when, arter repeated protestations of
remembering her until his dying day,
and promises cf coming up to Coon
Creek to visit Uncle Sy's dairy ranci?
tho very first chance ho got, he tool?.
her hand to say "good-by" and bent so
low her cheeks Aimed up as red .'.s
her lips. But she could not have been
so angry as she pretended to be. be
cause, after thc lights were out all up
and down the line, they were still
It was not a long walk to noptown
station, and next day tho tall young
fellow, again in tweeds and a Panania
hat, tramped up and down the plat
form, impatient to be back into tho stir
and bustle of the life he had left, and
recounting to himself for the hun
dredth time his chances of getting cn
the 'varsity team as half-back.
"Hello, old man:", he shouted, cs he
jumped en the step, wondering at this
gathering of thc clans.
"Hello! Hello!" a volley of voices
echoed as he entered the car. "Just
coming down from Shasta," one of the
fellows explained; "my sister and some
friends of hers In the car. Come onl"
Tho train moved slowly when it
crossed the trestle. Mollie had counted
on that, and hurried to the end of thc
hop-field so she might get a'Jas't smiling
adieu from the car Avindov.\ Four, five,
six windows slipped by, and-her heart
began to fail, but at tho eighth, there
he ires, looking toward her, too. The
bla.ck eyes widened .ns tho wintlow
came abreast of her fence-post. Yes,
his head was turned in her direction,
but why, oh why, did he not see her
handkerchief waving wildly at him:
The next moment brought into view a
fair-haired girl in the seat behind him.
and the same look, tho same smile she
had lived upon all these weeks were
bent upon the new face. It could not
be possible that he had fovgotten hei
already!- Still, trusting little Mollie
waved her handkerchief, and then her
bonnet., His head was turned in her
direction, but he had eyes for no one
but this trim-looking girl with thi
dotted veil. A moment more and the
train was gone, the rear end of the
baggage car grew smaller and dimmer,
till it was out of sight.
When the forlorn little figure turnee
back to the hop-field, a great, dry sot
In her throat and an empty ache in hoi
heart, the one or two Coon Creek peo
ple she met let her see they had learned
they were not expected to speak to her
At a turn in the road she passed a
hilarious group of pickers exchanging
tin-types with hearty promises of meet
ing again next year. Pinny was there,
lavishing peanuts and gum on the
crowd, and though he saw her, he did
not look np. She drew her bonnet
down over her eyes and told herself
she didn't care. But as she walked up
the long, hot avenue alone, she met
Nolan, his high spirits restored, walk
ing home with the red-haired Henessy
girl.-San Francisco Argonaut.
MOOSE AND LOCOMOTIVES.
The L'.-.ual Result of Their Comin? To
The spunky and stubuurn bull moose
has again been defying the locomotive
in Maine, with the usual disastrous
results-to the moose. This time a
whole moose family was wiped ont
in about ten seconds, making a great
waste of big game and a lot of w
for the section men.
It was on Tuesday last that i
engineer of a freight train on t
Bangor and Arcostook road, as h
locomotive rounded a sharp curve c
a down grade, saw on the track .
few rods ahead three moose-a bit
bull, a cow and a calf. He sounded
the whistle expecting to see thc wh^c
family make a break for th?:woods,
but they stood their .ground, and the
bull, with a snort of defiance, braced
himself for the combat, swinging bia
great antlered head as though he ex
pected to toss the locomotive sky
The shriek of thc whistle sent men
scurrying over the tops of the cars,
setting brakes, while the engineer had
the brakes on locomotive and tender
clamped up so tightly that the wheels
were sliding and smoking over thc
rails. The speed of the train and its
momentum were too great, however,
to be overcome in the short distance,
and down swept the fast freight upon
the heroic moose family. There waa
a crash and a crunching under the
wheels, while blood spattered over
the boiler head, and fragments of
moose went whirling through the air.
When, a few rods further on, the
train was brought to a stop, it was
found that all three of the moose had
been killed, the carcasses of the cow
and thc calf being thrown some dis
tance from the track, while the car
cass of the bull had been ground
under the wheels. At the next station
the section boss was informed, and
a crew was sent back to bury the
moose family. The men said that the
bull was a monster-one of the largest
ever seen along the line of the Aroo
A few days ago a train on the Inter
colonial railway ran a race with a
big moose which was promenading
the track near Dalhousie Junction.
The moose ran for half a mile or more
at surprising speed, and then, finding
that the footing was bad on the tics,
left the track and ran along in the
ditch. Here the animal tried to jump
a high wire fence, but stuck half way
over and hung there while the train
came up. One of the passengers says
that the moose looked puzzled and
ashamed when the train passed him.
Bangor (Me.) Correspondent of thc
New York Tribune.
How He Saved Himself.
A prominent clergyman used to tell
of one of his parishioners who had
been very sick: A physician had given
him some medicine and told him he
could go out, but under no circum
stances was ho to get wet. The man
wont out on the farm and a shower of
rain came up suddenly. There was no
shelter near, and to save himself he
crawled into a hollow log. Tho action
of the rain caused the log to shrink so
as.to endanger his life.
He could not move, and being
brought face to face with death the
whole of his past life came before bim
as in a panorama. He remembered the
days of his childhood, his entrance
upon life, his successes and his sins,
then he remembered, last of all, that
when he left home that morning he re
fused his wife, when she asked him for
fifty cents, for the church, and the
thought made him feel so small that he
had no difficulty in getting out of thc
log.-Grace Church Bells.
A Chanced Mon.
A Scotchman had reached the sum
mit of his ambitions, says Everybody's
Magazine, in attaining to the magiste
rial bench. Thc honor seemed to him a
great one, and he tried to live up to it.
With his head high in thc air he
swaggered along till lie went bolt up
against a cow winch had not the man
ners to get out of the way, but contin
ued to browse by the roadside in mild
"Mon," cried thc indignant owner,
"mind my coo!"
"Woman," he replied, with fine dig
nity, "Im no longer a mon. I'm a bail
Flimsy English Building.
It used to be affirmed that English
building if tardier was more thorough
than American. But this view of the
case wiil no longer serve. American
building ls decidedly more thorough
and serviceable. I have yet to find a
house in all London which Is not the
prey of drafts. Inri c ud, the horrible
dampness of English winters might be
shorn of its worst bed room, sitting
room and dining room terrors if houses
were more solidly put together. In
the older parts of the "West End thia
shell-like quality of structures con
stantly surprises and annoys the for
eigner. It is all very well for him
if ho comes here to spend a few sum
mer weeks. Then he lauds the "de
licious coolness" of the climate and
fails to realize that in winter stealthy
air currents would creep upon him
from every quarter. There are hun
dreds of houses in the emart regions
of Portland place, Bayswater, Knights
bridge and Kensington, where an ut
ter lack of repair prevails, where
sometimes the wind almost whistles
below the ill-Joined doors, and where
gas is often absent from all but one
or two apartments. And yet for lodg
ings in these houses prices are at all
times asked which a New Yorker
would regard, in his own city, as the
quintessence of extortion.-The Con
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RAREST OF DELACIES.
DIAMOND BACK TERRAPIN OFTEN
BRING $100 A DOZEN.
How the Species is Hunted-High Cost
Encourages the Use of Substitutes
Danger of Extinction-Found By
Sounding With a Stick.
Crlsfield, 'Md., is now the chief
source of terrapin supply, although a
few are sent to market each season
from the Choptank River and the wa
ters of Talbot County. For some
years the dealers at Crisfield and
other points have been gathering the
diamond backs, a few at a time, and
keeping them in pounds staked off in
the water. Nearly all the good Chesa
peake terrapin left are nov/ impris
oned in these pounds, it is estimated.
It la illegal to market those under five
inches in length on the lower shell,
and pound men keep the undersized
until they reach the required length.
Prices at Crisfield now are: For those
seven to eight inches long, $60 a
dozen; six to seven inches, $3G a
dozen; five to six inches, $14 a do?,en,
and under five inches $2 a dozen.
There seems to be a g-oat discrep
ancy between $G0 and $2 a dozen, out
of all proportion to the size, but ter
rapin are distinguished for more quali
ties than mere price. As they in
crease in flavor with age and appear
to be more tender, the one hundred or
more years of a terrapin's existence is
worthy of some consideration. Then,
as said before, tho small ones cannot
be marketed, and not every hunter is
able to keep them until they reach the
The item of cost is considerably in
creased, however, before the diamond
back is found on the banquet board.
Orders from consumers are usually
placed with city dealers, who may or
may net bc able to fill them from the
stocks on hand. If a dealer receives
a large order and hasn't a sufficient
supply, he skirmishes around among
other dealers, and frequently sends to
other cities. New York and Philadel
phia are thus drawn upon at times by
Baltimore dealers to meet demands,
but as a rule it is this city that is ask
ed to help out her Northern sisters.
In the course of the diamond back's'
progress from his native waters to the
epicure's table its value begins to soar.
The prices to the consumer range
from $30 to SSO or more a dozen. As
only the wealthy can enjoy the delici
ous dish, and as most of those who in
clude it in their special menus desire
as good an article as they can get, the
cost is usually from SCO to S75 a dozen.
Large sizes readily bring $100.
Catching terrapin for market was
once more or less followed as a busi
ness all along the bay shores, but it
is now practically an incidental of
the waterman's life, as the scarcity of
thc game makes the hunt unprofitable.
It is considered a great piece of luck
at present to find a diamond back or
two snuggled down in the mud. Dredg
ing for them with drass somewhat
resembling the crab net was lucrative
at one time, but ls now almost forgot
ten. The few found arc taken in a
The diamond-back hunter goes out
to the marshes with a slender iron bar
or "prod," which he sticks down at in
tervals of about six inches in spots
which look to him as though likely to
hide the pre}*. Early in the fall the
terrapin go to the marshes and bury
themselves in the soft mud to the
depth of a foot or more. Many sink in
the mud at the bottom of a muskrat
run. Others select some retired pond
and disappear from sight in its ooze.
In these places the "prodder" hunts
usually after the first winter thaw of
ice. The terrapin then seems to rise
almost to the top of tho mud and sink
again, leaving p. distinct depression as
it settles back in place. When struck
with the blunt end of the iron prod
the hunter pulls the quarry out with a
little hook in one end of the bar.
Sometimes a piece of wood is struck
with tho rod. The novice is unable to
distinguish between the sound made
upon thc wood and the ring of a terra
pin's back, but. to tho experienced
hunter it is quite different, and he sel
dom makes mistakes. The old hun
ters say that the terrapin never hi
bernates in deep water, but always
seeks the shallows or thc marshes
in which to bury.
In collecting terrapin enough for a
shipment the reptiles are sometimes
kept for several weeks out of their
native element. They are usually stor
ed in a dry temperate room or box un
til ready to be sent to market.
Thc desultory collector or one not
regularly in the business usually shins
his terrapin to market in small lots
soon after securing them and they arc
kept in the storage houses of city deal
ers until wanted. They arc usually
placed in a dry room or large box
and left to shift for themselves. One
local dealer states that his firm has
had $10.000 worth on hand at a time,
"but that hasn't been within the last
ten years," he added. The bay-shore
collectors and dealers usually come
to the city about November 1 to ar
range for marketing the season's sup
The scarcity of the genuine article
and the resillar demand for it have, of
course, led to the use of substitutes,
some of which are sold and bought in
good faith, while frequently the sub
stitute masquerades an the banquet
board as the highly prized diamond
One of the most frequently used of
these pseudo diamond-backs is the
Biloxi terrapin, so called because it
comes principally from the marshes
and bayous of the gulf near Biloxi,
Miss. The "golden" also often takes
the place of its more aristocratic rela
tive at stately functions. Many golden
come from the West. The meat of
these plebian cousins of the lordly
diamond back is not as dark, but only
to the educated taste is much different
from thc real luxury. The golden and
Biloxi articles arc also increasing in
value as the demand for them grows,
and those of good size and other mar
ketable attainments sometimes reach
as high as $25 a dozen.
With the passing of the diamond
back the business of developing
"sliders" and "red-belly" terrapin for
market has begun in some sections of
tho Eastern Shore. The "slider" orton
attains large proportions, weighing as
much as twenty pounds or more. The
"rod-belly" is a smaller species. The
larger variety occasionally sells for as
high as $2.50 apiece, though thc aver
age price is from 75 cents to $1.50.
The smaller variety sells for from 75
cents to $1.50 a dozen.
These terrapin bury in thc mud from
three to five feet deep and, like the
diamond-back, are found by sounding
with a stick and pulled out with a
hook. Thc female, before she deposits
her eggs, is most sought arter, as the
numerous eggs add greatly to the rich
ness of the prepaiod disn. The fe
male terrapin deposits her eggs rang
ing from twenty-five to thirty in nura
ber, in the sandy fields near her breed
ing grounds. The eggg aro covered
with sand and pocked at night, and
the terrapin seeks the water again be
fore the hot sun reaches her. Old
trappers say they have known terra
pin to be killed by the sun while mak
ing their way to the marsh after lay
The crow is the greatest enemy to
the terrapin, hunting out their nests
and destroying the eggs by whole
Gas as Fuel. v .
The use of gas as a fuel and source
of power has made wonderful strides
during the past decade, and present in
dications point to a still more marked
advancement in the methods ci pro
duction and systems of ?ghting, heat
ing and power supply, says Mines and
Minerals. The systems of incandes
cent gas lighting, so prevalent and
popular at the present time, depend
for their efficiency wholly upon the
heating power of gas, rather than on
its luminosity. Water gas or pro
ducer gas will undoubtedly be the fu
ture heating and lighting agencies, and
along the lines of their production will
be directed most of the forces of in
vestigation and improvement. The
future trend of gas production will
probably be in favor of generator
rather than retort gases, which ought
to result in purer gases, i. e., gases of
a fairly constant chemica^ composition.
Ireland's Land Holders.
There are really very few large land
owners in Ireland. Most of the
wealthy Irish landed gentry derive
their incomes from sources other than
their Irish estates. For instance, in
the King's County there are 600 land
lords, of whom 100 are possessed of
over 1,000 acres of land and 200 per
sons own less than 300 acres. There
are only two landlords ii. the county
who own estates of considerable size.
One is Lord Digby, who is the owner
of 30,000 acres, and the other, Lord
Rosse, who has 22,000 acres. In the
County of Cork, whoch is. of course,
the biggest county in Ireland, there
aro 8,000 landlords, of whom 3,000 own
less than one acre of ' nd. Of the re
maining 5,000 landlord* there are but.
twenty who possess over 10,000 acres;
of these twenty estates at least ten
are insolvent, and consequently thc
owners do not receive a penny from
them in the way of income. Altogether
there are about 30,000 landed proporle
tors in Ireland, but it is doubtful if
one of them receives anything like a
big income from his Irish estates.
Englishman's Use cf Holidays.
People ma" argue that there are too
many bank holidays in England, and
there is undoubtedly some reason in
the contention, but for all that no ono
will ever persuade the average Eng
lishman that a bank holiday is not ono
of the very best things in life. It is
the onion that animates the salad of
his labor. In the midst of his labor
ious days it shines ahead of him as the
lights of home shine to the mariner.
He saves up his money for it, he
studies maps and railv ay guides for
weeks ahead of the auspicious morn,
and he even buys a new pa'r of brown
shoes for its greater glory. All these
things may appear as vanities in the
eyes of the bustling American, who
cannot be persuaded that men were
intended for any purpose in thc world
other than one of hard and grinding
labor. But people have come to think
that the expectation of such occasions
as bank holidays-the pleasure of a
whole day spent at thc seaside or in
green woodlands, and the entire
freedom from the environment of one"s
normal existence-lend to a toil of
zest, a spring and an elasticity which
manifest themselves in the character
and qual'ty of thc work. That is the
theory, a1; all events. Of course,
where such festivals are celebrated by
brutish debauchery they are occasions
of evil, but the working classes as a
whole arc certainly beginning to free
themselves from the charge that they
cannot keep holiday without getting
Cave Bears Caught in a Trap.
News has reached Frfessor J. C.
Merriman, head of thc palentological
department of the University of Cali
fornia, that a cavern bas been explored
near Baird, says a San Francisco
special in the New York Herald. Mr.
Sinclair, the geologist, who has con
tinued the work in the cavern made
famous by the discovery of the ursus
spelaeus. ot cave bear, reports the dis
covery or a branch cave replete with
Upon entering thc newly opened
cave he found tho surface of thc cav
ern floor littered with the bones of tho
giant cave bear, just as they had lain
there for thousands of years, since
the egress of their lair was filled up
and they were trapped by the slipping
of thc earth.
Thc bones found in the main cavern
were buried deep in silt, and it was
questioned whether or not tho origi
nal animals had lived in the cave or
their bones had been washed in by
subterranean waters. The discovery
of Mr. Sinclair proves conclusively
that an ancient den of the monsters
has been uucovcred.
Spaghetti as a Weapon.
Judge A. M. Aucoln of the Second
City Criminal Court was confronted
With a delicate and puzzling question
in thc case of Frank Klem, a Gorman
Is Sphaghetti a dangerous weapon?
That was the question. Mrs. Kiefer
charged that the merchant assaulted
her with a bunch of spaghetti, and
the corpus de licti was clearly proven.
Judge Aucoin, for the benefit and guid
ance of jurists throughout thc land,
held that spaghetti was not a danger
ous weapon, but that despite this fact
an assault with spaghetti could be
made, and the person so offending was
amenable to the lav/ thc same as if
the weapon used had been a bludgeon
of a meat ax.
The testimony showed that Mrs.
Kiefer sent to Klem's p'acc for five
cents' worth of spaghetti; that when
she received it she considered it
spoiled and sen: it back, and Instead,
of getting her money refunded she
says abuses worn heaped upon her
through her messenger. Then tho
lady called on the grocer In person.
The merchant, it. is alleged, at sonic
point during the Babylonic colloquy
threw the spaghetti in the lady's face
and threatened to throw a weight at
The Court thought this fact was
clearly established. "Spaghetti is not
a dangeraus weapon," said the Court,
"but the defendant is guilty of the
assault and will be held for sentence.
-New Orleans Times-Democrat.
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In every country of the civilized world
Sisters of Charity are known. Not only
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to thrir care, hut they also minister to
their bodily needj.
With so many children to take care of
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these wise and prudent Sisters have found
P?rima a never failing safeguard.
Dr. Hartman receives many letters from
Cathode Sisters from all over the United
States. A recommend recently received
from a Catholic institution in Detroit,
Mich., road as follows:
Dr. S. Ii. Hartman, Columbus. Ohio:
De-xr Sir:-"Tlie young girl who
used the Feruna was suffering from
laryngitis, and los* of voice. The
result of the treatment waa most
satisfactory. She found great relief,
and af ter further use of the medi
cine we hope to be able to say she is
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The young girl waa under the care of the
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the above letter testifies.
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Six men held the title of "Father of
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seem to know that there was a "Moth
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It is said she made only one mistake
in the course of her reifrn-consenting
to the partition of Poland. On the
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Thc man who is always on time often
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Detached bits ot human skin live two
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A Jlcr?iner takes on thc avcrago 120
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There is now one lunatic in Ireland for
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Thc man of many parts seldom parts his
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?ghs, Colds, Grip and'
The following letter is from Congressman
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The Peruna Medicine Co., Columbus, 0.:
Gentlemen: "I J
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and feel greatly *
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