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EDGEFIELD, S. C.. WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY 4. 1903.
There are bores In great profusion In this
world we hab?tate,
And we're pretty sore to strike 'em where
so'er we navigate
There's the man who knew your brother In
tho days of long ago ;
There's -the man whose mouth proliflo is
? *""* forever on the flow ;
Bot they're blessings in comparison-I
stand them very well
jou^l keep.awty the mah with just one
story he can.tell ! '
I have met him in Chioogo, I have met him
hi St. Lou ;
I ignorod him up in Ogden, though his face
and form 1 knew;
I have met bim in Tacoma, in Seattle
Till you'd think his little repertoire would
grow, but I declare
?He performs that same old solo, though ho
never did it well
It's a pain to meet this man with jost ono
story he can tell !
t THE PLOT MT]
? 0 By RALPH
. "Mercy, Michael!-the last man I'd
have thought of seeing in-Liverpool.
Where have you been all these years?"
"Where have you been, Dick? I
haven't roamed very far from Tat's
Corner, but you!-why, nobody's heard'
a breath'cf you for the last six years
Dick Corbett laughed recklessly, and
looked at his one-time chum, Michael
Fenwick, in-as the latter thought-a
"No; they; haven't; but, as that is
my business, and not anybody's, just
be content, my son, to know that I've
been 'sailoring' in nearly every sea,
and that now I'm chief mate of the
fastest little' fruit steam 'tramp- that
trades between Liverpcol-and the Span
"Have you a vacancy for a 'forrad
"Who for-for you- ' Why!-what's
pretty little Kitty about that she's let
ting you go to s?a?"
'.'Never mind Kitty, Dick!-I'm go
ing to sea again, because things have
be$n a_. bit rough round about Tat's
He spoke as if any reference to his
sweetheart by the other was distaste
ful--to- him; -for he clearly saw that
Dick Corbett, since he had seen him
last, was 'changed, ?. and for the worse;
be was no longer the "good fellow"
of old days.
For the moment Dick was inclined
to resent^ Michael Fenwick's evident
"disinclination to bring Kitto^rlSzeTi's'
^ame into the'conversg?fo hut think_
in!jJettBl^l^^ousht his hand
jKUy^oown upon Mic.haftl's RhAui_
now; com^^^he business."
on, and ?nisiT^h^estandin1
The two mea^^W^fc
high wall which bounds'
dock, and but a few yards fron?
5; J.'When do you sail?" asked Michael,
.as hV went up the Erl King's gang
"Day after tomorrow," returned the
mate, over his shoulder.
"Time enough to send a letter to
Tat's Corner and get a reply."
"Yes," muttered Dick Corbett as he
unlocked the door of his cabin in the
alleyway opposite the ..engine room
"You can write your letter here," he
continued, "before you sign on. After
that, for the sake of discipline, I can't
say anything to you much in the day
time-but at night, middle watch some
times, we'll have a chance for a 'pa
Michael -Fenwick's letter was to Kit
ty Hazel. ?It was not a long one; just
saying that "she must-?not think bad
ly of him fdr leaving her in this way,
and that an unexpected meeting with
Dick Corbett had made things easier
and the future more hopeful."
He was addressing the envelope.
when'Ttfck, who had left him for 10
minutes, returned. .
The mate's eyes gleamed viciously
as he caught sight of the superscrip
tion over the other's shoulder.. .
"Shall I post it for you?" he said.
- "No, Dick-or, Mr. Corbett. I sup
pose ! ought to say-no, thanks. I've
got to' go''after my 'duds' to'the board
The' other 'tried hard not to appear
disappointed, and so far succeeded as
jto awaken no, suspicion in. Michael's
of any desire to tamper with the
ie new. A. B. then signed on;
teed to be on board the following
moon and left the ship,
ad he but turned around as he
down the gangway he wou'.d nol
failed to see such an expressior.
lick Corbett's face as the iattei
watching, with his arms on th<
les would have set him thinking
the easiness of things, and th?
Illness of the future, were no
f-r. substantial as they appearei
Ihe.. posted the letter in the firs
[pillar bois'and the play went on.
Tat's .Corner was a quaint little old
! world flihing village on the west coasl
where, seven-years before, Dick Cor
bett and Michael Fenwick idled as in
: separable cronies.
(Kitty Hazel, then a girl of 16 onlj
was pretty and! sweet enough to tur
the hejads. of more than one young fe]
low in the place. But from the firs
Michael made the running.
' One thing he did not know; that hi
' friend was, behind his back, sehen
lng to supplant him in Kitty's affe<
t?ons; using as bis principal tool th
girl's?.own father, Joshua Hazell; tl
dnmkenest fisherman in all the fie?
.that sailed out of the little harbor <
Kitty's would-be lover played upc
the old fisherman's weakness to sw
an extent that in a short time thin?
seemed ripe for a declaration on h
Fortunately, however,, for Micha
and his sweetheart-; though disastrou
ly for old Joshua, a storm, that swe
For he always wants to tell lt-that's the
saddest part of all ;
And his story knows no season-Winter,
Summer, Spring, or Fall.
He eau tell it just as poorly to a crowd as
He will wake to tell it early and 6tay up to
tell it late.
He is callous to the chimings of the busy
He must tell it. for, alas! it's all the storv
he can tell !
Some sweet day some outraged human will
relax his self-control,
Then a horny-handed sexton must get out
and dig a hole
In the so4 amid the granite shrifts that rear
their heads on high.
While we slifle wicked wishes that conceru
f the by and bj*.
Won't there be a mighty scramble for a
chance to ring the kuell
Of this poor, deluded man with just one
story he cnn tell?
-S. W. Gillman, in Los Angeles Herald.
FAILED IND WAY.
the whole of the west coast, was the
means of defeating, for the time being,
at any rate, Dick Corbett's mean and
dastardly betrayal of his friend.
Old Hazell, with many another deep
sea fisherman, was drowned, almost
.within sight of land.
In him Corbett lost the only ally who
could have influenced Kitty; though
she herself declares today, that not
even her father could have shaken her
faith in Michael Fenwick.
Hard times then came to Kitty, and
at the date of Dick Corbett's disap
pearance, she was earning a scanty
I living as one of the many net-mem
bers of the fishing fleet.
By and by the fishing industry de
clined so, owing to the overwhelming
increase ia steam trawling, that Mich
as., found it impossible to make a liv
ing even, while his iirospecis of marry
ing Kitty seemed more remote than
Then it was that he determined to
go to sea for i year or two, leaving
Tat's Corner with that object, without
saying a word to Kitty, or, indeed, to
Kitty's only mistake was, that she
had not told Michael that she had
guessed that Dick Corbett loved '.tor;
her excuse to herself being that no
word had actually been spoken.
There were thus faults on both sides,
the consequences of which might, with
a little mutual confidence, have been
* * * *
out of dock, and Michael Fenwick," .
sick with disappointment at not hav
"H?cha?Twas too close for that action j
ito be quite prudent-so he made a vir- ]
lue of necessity, ar.d called his subor- ?
Spate's attention to his sweetheart's .
|??ence on the quay.
would have been rank subordi
nation tc leave the ship, even for five
minutes, so alVlfiCfc?! could do was
to lean over the rail and sp?^t? to her.
"You shouldn't have come," he said,
first looking round to see that there
were not immediate listeners. "We
shall cast off in less than 10 minutes."
. "I couldn't let you go without say
ing goodby. Michael."
'.'Yes, I know; it was wrong of me
to leave you without a word; but I
did it for the best, Kitty."
"Don't say anything more about
that. Michael-I just want you to
promise mo one thing."
"What is it?"
"Promise me you'll do what I've
asked you in this!"
As she spoke the last word she threw
on board a piece of paper wrapped
round something hard. It fell at his
feet,.and he picked it up on the instant,
and put it in his pocket.
"You mustn't remain any longer,
Kit!" (even then the ship had begun
?to move away from the quay), "I'll
remember. Good by!"
"Good by, dear'"
At that moment Corbet: called him
to do something, and when he looked
round again the steamer was a hundred
yards from the quay; all he could see
being a little figure waving a white
When they were well in the Mersey
and fairly on their way seaward he
took out and read Kitty's last little
note of appeal.
It was not really a letter; it was
just a request in one sentence:
"For your own safety's sake, dear,
and for love of me, beware of Dick
Nothing more. And Michael knew
for the first time that his sometime
friend had not only been false to him,
but that he had also to fear his pres
ent enmity and perhaps violence.
* * * ?
At six bells, first watch, Michael
was relieved, and before descending
to the fo'-castle stood leaning on the
rail, looking at the seething, rushing
Suddenly a hand was laid on his
shoulder. It was mate, Dick Corbet.
"Cold to-night, Michael," he said.
"Ay-it is that."
"Makes you think of-of firesides
and Kitty, our Kitty-eh, Michael?"
-"Let Kitty's name alone!"
"No offense, mate. But she's not
"As good as mine. Only this one CK?I
tract, and theil-"
"You may never finish this one, my
son; the Erl King isn't much Of a
boat; she's old and cranky, while seas
are rough and wiuds high."
"Well, if we go, we go; but if Kitty
can't be mine she shan't be anothei
"Sure of that?"
"Sure as death!"
"Hope you're right, my boy! Hop?
y^j're right-but-I have my doubts.'
"Of Kitty ?" queried Michael fiercely
"I don't know! Let's change th<
subject. Come down to my cabin an?
have a tot-there's no one about"
Never one ta harbor malice or han
thoughts, Michael assented, and the
two men went below to the mate's
Up above, the roaring of the ele
ments: down ' below, the doing of
Michael's lips were no sooner put to
the glass than he was conscious of
something uncanny about it.
There was no delay in its effect.
Seeming to madden and burn like vit
rol, it produced an instant sense of
suffocation, but fortunately not of
Except the "lookout" in the bows,
and the man at the wheel, aft, .there
was not a soul to see Dick Corbett
stagger on to the poop deck with the
inert body of Michael over his shoul
At Tat's Corner Kitty Hazell sits,
under the lee of some rocks on the
beach, wearily mending her nets.
There are half a score of other wo
men, young and old, working around
her, but she speaks to no one; and,
with the sympathy of their kind they
leave her severly alone.
By and by, the old man who per
forms the duties of letter carrier and
Corner, and its neighborhood, is cern
to be hobbling towards the beach.
"What be owd Maartin a dein' 'ere
now, I wunner?" said an olu dame
sitting close by Kitty.
The remark was sufficient to make
the girl raise her head.
As she did so, the old postman saw
her .oohing at him, and waved some
thing above his head.
"Kitty Hazell, it's a message for
'ee," he said, putting the oraDge-col
ored envelope into her trembling hand.
With feverish eagerness she tore it
It was from the house surgeon of a
large Liverpool hospital.
"Michael Fenwick brought herc on
landing from Braga, Portugal. Is se
riously ill. Wishes to see you."
* . ? ?
"Kit," said Michael, sobbing, in his
weakness like a child, "you will never
forgive me for not keeping my prom
"Yes, dear, I forgive you, for you
have suffered most"
"One more question, Kit."
"Dick Corbett-what of him "
He tried to raise himself in the bed
to listen to her answer.
"Tell me," he said again, excitedly.
"Is that fiend, who tried to drop me
over a ship's side, on a dark and
stormy night-is he to escape justice?"
"What do you consider justice,
Michael?" t ,?
"Death:-nothing short of death!."..
"Well dear the doctor has just told
ca?rtlvat-the Erl King, with all hands,
is renorted ?s-iiavInTr-fn'witirtar?-? -
Kitty were married, and so far as re- c
port has it, with the happiest resulta i f
-New York News. c
QUAINT AND CURIOUS t
A collection of 800 elks' teeth was
found not long ago by a curio hunter. ! 1
He dug them out of the grave of a j I
long-forgotten Indian chief in Idaho. : f
The teeth are said to be valuable for j '
A strange advertising war has been 1
In progress in New York City. One ' I
firm put up an elaborate sign, nearly '
a city block long, building Tor the pur
pose a fence estimated to contain over
2500 feet of lumber. A rival firm later
built a blank fance in from of the
other, thus completely hiding the ad
Notwithstanding that Charles Criss
man has lived within ll miles of Ports
mouth, 0., he was for the first, time
in his life in Portsmouth the other
day. He is 31 years of age and was
never more than five miles from his
home. He had never seen a street car
until then. He is married and none of
his family has ever been in any city.
I bey have moved to Portsmouth from
a little hamlet back in the dense
Among peasants of southern Italy,
Sicily and Sardinia a curious malady
has been noticed by physicians, which
is caused by eating beans. One of the
most remarkable effects of the malady
is a species of intoxication resembling
that produced by alcoholic drink. In
some cases persons predisposed to the
malady are seized with the symptoms
.of intoxication if they pass a field
where the bean plant is in flower, the
odor alone sufficing to affect them.
There is in the Royal Museum in
The Hague. Holland, a curious old
document describing the adventures
of Henry Hudson, a navigator in the
service of the Dutch East India com
pany. He it was who discovered the
river to which he gr.ve his name. A
passage of the decument reads as fol
lows: "The natives, or Indians, on his
first coming here, regarded the ship
with mighty wonder, and looked upon
it as a sea monster, and declared that
such a ship or people had never been
Perhaps the most remarkable bridges
in the world are the kettle bridges in
Russia and Siberia, of which Cossack
soldiers are expert builders. They are
I built up of the soldiers' lances and
.cooking kettles. Seven or eight.lanc.es
are placed under the handles of a num
ber of kettles and fastened by means
of rupes to form a raft: A sufficient
number of these rafts, each of which
will bear the weight of half a ton. ..re
fastened together and in the space of
half an hour a bridge is formed on
which an army may cross in confidence
He-She married a fool with plenty
She-Then why isn't she happy?
He-It brought him to his sense.
The Smart Set.
By Mrs. I*. F,
VERY few people in England
seem to have any idea where
the Faroe Islands are situated,-;
although they arc, without
doubt, some of thc most interesting
islands in Europe. Being only thirty-"
six hours' journey from England, they
are well worth a visit. The islanders,
being cut oif from the rest of the
world and marrying only among them
selves, retain customs which must at
one time have been universal in tho
North of Europe, but which have grad
ually died out elsewhere.
The Faroe scenery is magnificent-,
wild, beetling crags, thousands of feet
high, against which the sea dashes
furiously; precipitous hills, having the
appearance of terraces rising one above
the other, covered with vivid greeu
grass; beautiful waterfalls nhd
streams, land-locked fjords, and little
fishing villages nestliug in the hollows
-all combine in kaleidoscopic variety
to charm and arrest the eye by their
novelty and beauty.
So narrow are many of the channels
through which our steamer passed
that we could almost touch the cliffs
on either hand. Some of tho islands
are uninhabited except for the sheep
grazing on the short, thick herbage,
and these become so wild that they
have to be stalked and shot like game.
On some of the islets you may see a
comes ? <ig^
^nu^PBtf^ii?!i.!:/.(> any cnildrcn (
ItHWathe preceding twelve months, i
r in the spring and autumn when a \
inc day presents itself and thc sea j
'alms down suflicicntly to allow of a <
)oat being lowered to carry the sheep
o the capita! in exchange for th? ,
lecessnries of life.
There was scarcely a ripple on the
valer, tho blue of the sky reflecting ?
tsclf in tho deeper blue of the sea,
is we carno to anchor in the spacious
bay on the sont beast of Stromo, with
ibo houses of Thorshavn, the capital
)f the islauds, clustered irregularly
an the hills around, looking as if a
frood push would send them tumbling
down into the barbar. Farther on
these hills give place to lofty cliffs
rising to a height ol' 1000 feet, and cov
ered with green grass, with hore and
there gray ridges of stone cropping
through. Nowhere can one discover
trees of any sort, not even a bush or
shrub, but in spite of this there is no
monotony in tho scenery, for the va
riety of coloring and form of the
islands and the brilliant atmosphere
more than compensate for their Ab
sence. Tho whole harbor was alive
with the long, narrow boats of the
Faroese, their gunwales rising high
out of the water and the slender oars
flashing in the sunshine as they dipped
in and out. the line, well-knit forms of
their occupants silhouetted against the
sky as they propelled their craft with
vigorous strokes towards our ship,
keeping time by chanting a wild saga,
whoso haunting melody pursued us
long after thc singers had passed out
The Faroese ave magnificent fellows,
with fierce blue eyes, corn-ripe yellow
hair, ruddy complexions, and thick
beards, and their dress is particularly
becoming. Their short trousers, reach
ing to the knee, are made of homespun
cloth, woven by the Faroese women
during the long winter evenings,
adorned with several brass buttons, a
short woolen coat fastened down" in
frout with buttons, striped cloth square
jelly-hag cap. generally red and blue,
gray stockings as thick as cloth, and
shoes of yeliow tanned skius resem
bling moccasins, formed from a singh
piece of skin wrapped closely munt!
"WE SAW WHAT WE TOOK TO BE IMMENS
QUANT?T1E3 OF LINEN"-AS A MA'
TER 0? FACT IT WAS FISH LYING 1
THE SUN TO par. _
each foot, gathered at the top ar
heel by stitches which give thom
puckored-up appearance, and fasten?
round the ankles with a bright-colow
woolen string, furnishing a costun
which i.: both picturesque and prac
cal. All IIIL' men carry a gi inda kui vt
a kuife for killing whales, stuck in
leather girdle round their waist^^g
K? von Thiele.
As we were being rowed ashore wo
PSjv what we took to be immense
quantities of linen lying out on the
rocks to dry; in fact, the whole'town
A VIEW OF THORSHAV.V- THESE LITTLE
WATERCOURSES ARE USED FOR A
I VARIETY OF PURPOSES.
seemed to have chosen the day of our
arrival as its washing day. The curi
ous part of tW.vhole affair was the
size, of thj^ffcles. Tiley looked too
! ! ejp.^?VTO we went wo caine across 1
-?odin various shapes and forms, either
jeiog washed or dried, or piled up
a great stacks covered with tarpau
lin, waiting to be transported to the
South of Europe as stock fish.
Tiie town" is most picturesque and
nur ?nt. The houses ar? of all sizes
arijrl shapes, planted down higgledy
piggledy wherever a few square yards
of 'jomparatively level ground can be
foupd among the rocks; and so mixed
up /nie the houses and rocks that it is
ofttjn very difficult to discriminate be
tween the two. This resemblance is
THE CURIOUS LITTLE PARLIAMENT HOUSE
further heightened by thc nature of
the houses themselves, for'they are
mostly hewn out of the rocks or have
a foundation of unhewn stone, on
willah is placed a wooden hut from
one to two stories high, thatched with
turf, -where brilliant emerald-green
gr.iss grows in great luxuriance, aud is
used, as a browsing ground for the
goats and sheep of the neighborhood,
The windows are of glass, neatly hung
with lace curtains and adorned wit!
The Faroesc women are remarkablj
pretty, with an abundance of goldei
hair. They have blue eyes and exquis
Ito Peach complexions. Their everyda:
dress consists of a full dark /doti
skirt, a bodice of the same, with !
striped shawl round the shoulders, i
gaily-colored apron, a haudkerchie
round the bead, thick woolen stocli
ings and the universal skin shoos.
Our first visit was to the church,
woollen building of fairly large dimei
sionsi, -with plain exterior and nnrroi
windows ranged on either side, til
only outside ornament being a wcode
spirt;, with a globe on top. the who
Structure reminding one irresistibly <
a toy Noah's Ark.
Running through the town aro so
erat little streams flowing over Inrf
blocks of stone lying in irreguh
mashes at the bottom. The wat
cornos down from the hills in gre
fore*, and strengt Ii. and after a hem
raininll the channels arc filled up
the 'brim and overflow their ban!;
carrying away all obstacles. Tin
?ceiia to be* used for many purposes
for tho supply of drinking water ai
for foundry work, besides being t
favorite feeding-place of the duel
As "\ve passed by we noticed a lit
girl' Ihelplng her mother to w?sdi t
clothes; they knelt on thc ground 1
side i nie stream, holding thc artic'
to bk cleansed In the wafer with c
liana, while with the other they bi
tbenh with a wooden clapper.
worthy representatives, for tho august
chamber consists of one small room
with six long benches nt one end, tak
ing up the whole width of,the room.
These were evidently for the Ministers
and oilicials, tho rest of the members
seemingly having to content them
selves with standing in the body of the
hall. The only ornamentation Is a fine
crystal chandelier, a print of the King
of Denmark, and a Royal coat of
arms. The Faroose are also economi
cal in the payment of their members,
who receive two kroner (about fifty
five cents) per day for six weeks, the
limo the Parliament is In session.
Thc Faroe Islands were once cap
tured by the English in the commence
ment of the nineteenth century. I say
"captured." although, as a matter of
fact, there was very little capturing
j about it. When England and Denmark
j were at war a ship was sent to seize
? the Faroes, and when lt arrived-the
guns at the tiny little fort evidently
not having considered it necessary to
take any notice-the captain went on
shore arid interviewed the Governor,
askjng lum whleh he preferred, to be
annexed or bombarded. The Governor
never .hesitated for a moment. He said
that If the English had taken such a
violent fancy to the Faroes they were
quite welcome to have them; but of
one thing he was quite sure-he didn't
want any bombarding. So the islands
were duly annexed, and the man-o'-war
saiied off. Some time after, when
peace was declared between the two
belligerents, tho English captain came
back and informed the Governor that
as the war was now over the Faroes
were returned with many thanks. The
Governor took the restoration very
philosophically, evidently thinking all
foreigners were mad and the English
(he maddest of all.
Oil our way back to the ship we
passed several patches of potatoes and
barley and women busy making hay.
Under the eaves of the cottages hung
disgusting-looking strips of flesh, a
few inches in width and several feet
In length, the inside purple red and
covered with what appeared to be scaly
black leather. They turned out to be
strips of whale's flesh drying In the
sun ready for winter consumption.
The week before there had been a
big catch of whales numbering several
hundreds, tho harbor at Thorshavn
being tilled with tho great fish brought
from the place where they had been
caught to. furnish meat for the com
munity. When fresh the flesh is de
scribed ns being delicious-a cross be
tween tender beefsteak and liver
hut after it has be??n kept some time
it becomes anything but palatable to
strangers, although the Faroese de
light in it. The whales average 'rom
twenty feet to thirty feet in length
.mri .wnirrh nra* ? *?? *
THE FAMILY DEVOTJTS TUE LONG WI2?TEB
NIGHTS TO SPINNING.
those who bad all the hard work and
danger of driving the whales into the
shallow bays where they were slaught
ered, but the church and the widows
and orphans also receive a share, and
as whale's flesh constitutes to a great
extent the meat supply of the inhabi
tants, this generosity is most praise
The Faroese cat scarcely any vege
tables, their diet being almost entirely
composed of fat of every sort and
fresh tish, and strangely enough they
do not suffer from leprosy or other
kindred skin diseases-Tho Wide
World Magazine. _
China a Gc od M:rkct For Forming
Implements From This Country.
United States Consul Henry B. Mil
ler, of Ninehwnng, has recently written
a report urging American implement
dealers to make an effort to Introduce
their plows into thb Chinese farming
communities. ITo says:
"North China, Mongolia. Manchuria
and that part of Siberia bordering on
the Pacific are destined soon to be
come consumers of American agricul
tural implements. The greater part
of this country is susceptible of culti
vation. The production of wheat is
already a leading industry in various
localities. It is carried on without
the usc of any modern machinery; hut,
in spite of these crude methods, the
wheat usually sells nt about one-half
tho pi ice In the United States, and the
natives would increase the production
by millions of bushels for thc price of
thirty cents gold per bushel delivered
"The ?ilustra!ion given herewith pre
sents a general view of tho plow com
monly used. The only iron about the
implement Is a long point rhat turns
down to enter thc ground. There is
also another form of point, wider and
shorter than the ono shown'in the cut,
that very much resembles that of the
shovel plow. These points are cast in
considerable quantities in the seaports
from scrap iron that is im; orted. They
ure light inferior articles and cost from
twenty to thirty couts gold each."
Germiin Plan to Curo Kicking Horse*.
A novo! way of curing horses of tho
kicking habit is practiced in Germany.
A bag of sand or gravel is bung from
tho ceiling of thc stable in such a man
ner that 1 he bag will be a little dis
tance behind where the refractory
horse is standing. Whenever he
his unmannerly conduct
.r. says the New York
nless be is exceedingly
....... quickly learn the lesson. \
and then the bag may be removed. It
is asserted that a horse once cured in ?
this manner will never again think of 1
kjeking, but whether this is true or
not?Tinva^ecau tell. j
The Profitable .?l>,..onrl Mulo.
The Spanish-American war and thc j
Boer war are past, hut the Missouri
mule is still far from being a drug on
the market. At 0 recent sale near Co
lumbia twenty-one bead were sold i t
prices varying from *110 fo P-r
hoad. One span of two-year-old horse
mules brought S:i21-as much as a
good team of roadsters-and a two
year-old mare brought $170.
Bulgaria has issued three postage |
stamps to commemorate the defense j
of tho Shipka Pass In 1S77. and the art- ;
ist has compressed into his drawing in
cident enough for a stirring story, there
being at least a dozen figures of men,
pistols and rides, stones and rocks, etc.
The atmospheric pressure on the
body of the average man is 32,400
pounds. The ordinary rise and fall of
tho barometer increases or decreases j
this pressure 2."<jo pounds.
The usher is ono man who eau make
us all take a back seat.
THEN AND NOW.
The ancient, dear writers
A wonderful throng!
And they died in a garret,
To Jive in a song!
They told us the story
At which the worid thrills, --
Locked la a rude corner
from balifTs with bills.
The modern, mad writers
Who thunder away
They live Jn a palace,
And die in a day !
They tell us no story
And ride to Oolivlon
- On automobiles!
Blobbs-Football is not nearly so
deadly as it used to be. Slobbs-Just
wait until they get to playing it with,
Sharpe-Casper's new automobile
has run down six people. Chelton
But it is a stylish machine. Sharpe
Yes; perfectly killing.
Hook-What is Wigwag's idea In
looking up his lineage? Nye-I sup
pose to show how respectable he is in
spite of his ancestors.
Wigg-Bighedde is the personifica
tion of egotism. Wagg-Yes; he ac
tually thinks he deserves the good
opinion he has of himself.
Muggins-Was your wife satisfied
with the birthday present you gave
her? Buggins-Not wholly. She can't
find out how much it cost.
"My love for you," he wrote, "is so
deep, so vast, so powerful, I cannot ex
press it." "Why don't you send it by
freight?" She wrote back. And then
it was all off.
"In hard luck again, eh,?" "Yes; I'm
down on my uppers, sure enough." "0!
well, we all have our ups and downs.
You are down now-" "And I'm up,
Nell-So you were disappointed in
the little man, eh? Eelle-Yes; you
can't expect a man to come up to your
expectations who doesn't come up to
"So your town dispensed with the
automobile ambulance. Didn't i? mak
better time than the old one?" "No; it
had to stop too often to take in the
people it ran over."
Helen-Why is it novels always
have a good ending? Sue-Well the
one I read yesterday didn't have a good
ending. Helen-It didn't? Sue-No;
mama threw it in the fire.
La. Montt-When I first went to
gage board they said I #O?M ho t:??
as one of the family. La
why did you not remaii
I saw what the family 1
"I'll bet you," said the
lock Holmes, "I can tell
for breakfast to-day."
:an't," replied Sluvven. "
There's a dab of the yoi!
yet." "You're wrong. Ths
since day before yesterd;
"Yes, he achieved success M&
denly that we're in trouble,
he's a distinguished lawyer,.
L?,P -i^fc. on tne govp:b?j
No one knows whether
judge, general or commodore.
Skorcher-He a chauffeur?
Why he doesn't even know tho_
pie of the motive powei of the automc
bile. Miss Ina Seatz-And what is the
principle of it, Mr. Skorcher? Skorcher
know, and-er-all that sort of thing.
Phyllis-Harry is the most conceited
man I ever met. Maud-What makes
you think so? Phyllis-Why, he first
asserts that I am the most adorable
woman in the world, the most beauti
ful, intellectual, and in every respect
a paragon, and then he wants me to
A Strnnco Foster-.Wotlier.
An extraordinary, but apparently
well-authenticated story of a bear's
freak comes from a Russian village
in the district of Gdoff. The village
lies on the fringe of a forest, whence
it is of frequent occurrence for bears
to make prowling excursions both by
day and night into the adjacent set
tlements. Some two weeks agc two
young girls, aged respectively five and
13, were surprised by a huge bear at
a short distance from the village. The
animal seized and carried off the
younger child, while the elder, terror
stricken, fled home and gave the not
An immediate pursuit was institut
ed, and the search was continued dur
ing the evening and the next day, with
the assistance of neighboring villagers,
a wide cordon was drawn around an
extensive tract of the forest, and the
searchers closed in. Towards sun
down the bear and her booty were dis
covered in a dense thicket. The child
was perfectly unharmed and reclining
in a deep mossy couch made for her by
Although naturally delighted to bo
released from her strange guardian
ship, the little girl had got over her
first fright, and had subsisted fairly
well on the nuts and other forest fruits
brought to her laager by the bear. Or
almost regrets to learn that the frej
ish but kindly dispos?e
summarily kjlled by