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THE NATIONAL BANK OF AUGUSTA
ly C. HAYNS, Frea't F. Q. FORD, Cashier.
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|Undmded Profits <? M> I ?JsUUU
I Facilities o' our magnificent New VanH I
loontalnlng 410 Safety-Lock Bozos. Differ-1
lent Sizes are offered S to our patrons and I
I the public at 83.00 to 510.00?> or ?ntiim.
IL. C. Hu jue,
Chas, C. Howard,
EDGEFIELD, S. C.. WEDNESDAY. MARCH 25. 1903.
5 As Good
A<?r By LOUISE
'v "There!" said Miss Ann EHza Som
ers,, setting the rolling pin on the end,
and deftly scraping off the dough,
that had accumulated on its sides. "If
I do say it. there ain't bin a hand
somer batch of doughnuts than that set
on any pantry.shelf ia Belton this fall
leastwise, none that we've seen.
"Gim-m? one o' them," said a small
voicer as a dirty little hand was thrust
in at the kitchen window, and a grimy
finger pointed at the colander -piled
' high with the brown circles, braid
and diamonds, that Miss Ann Eli
was contemplating with so much satis
"JLand sa.iics alive!" she cried, and
tho'rolling-pin fell to-fie floor.-with a
bang. "YVlio be you? Git right down
^__from there. I shouldn't wonder if you
was a steppin' right on my j?cminot
The hand was w'?f?rc?rawn so'quickly
and it had been such a small hand, that
Miss Somers, from some feeling of
compunction, or possibly to gain time,
added, "You kin go round back:"
Now Miss Eliza, all through the
morning, as she lifted from the boiling
fat each doughnut as it attained the
required shade of brown, had seen v
sions of her self offering her friends,
who might drop in during the day, a
few of her doughnuts on one of her
best china plates, and .she could almost
hear them say, "These are the best I
ever did eat; they just melt in your
mouth-;" and she could seo herself with
proud generosity complying to their
requests- for- ihs receipt.
She knew there would be no such ap
preciation from a boy-boys had no
pl?c?*'iri Miss Eliza's catalogue'of use
ful "things-nevertheless she selected
the last doughnut that had been fried,
made from odds and ends of dough
which had the merit of being much
larger, if also much inferior in quality
to' the others, and after depositing the
colander in the pantry, stepped to the
."Well, I never did!" she cried, rest
ing both hands on her hips and regard
ing the owner of the hand that had
---v^sa-4^djejv__disturb?d her equanimity,
seven to ten years cid. Pie was vcry
small, but his face might have seen a
score of years, so deen were its line'
It was framed in the rim of a brown
derby hat that had, probably, once 1
sheltered a more fortunate member of
The few articles of clothing. al
though in tatters, were evidently his
own, as regarded origin as well as
possession; while ?ls feet were protect
From .under the hat two big gray
eyes fixed upon the doughnut which
Miss Eliza held in her hand; not long,
however,, for 'waiving all ceremony, the
boy tool^ it" quickly from between her
Angers, and the doughnut disappeared
in three mouthfuls, so much to Miss
Eliza's alarm, that she ran for a glass
of milk; for she often remarked that
sponge cake and doughnuts, be they
ever so light, did beat all for sticking
in one's throat, and for her part she
never could cat either without drinking
at least two cups of tea to get them
The milk followed the doughnut, and
evidently met with some degree of ap
preciation, for the hard and weary little
face softened as it was lifted to Miss
Eliza's, and the boy said -
^"Gim-me sumpin' ter do."
"Miss Somers regarded all boys as her
natural enemies. Liiiug alone for the
past twenty years since her father,
Farmer Somers, died, she associated
them only with stolen fruit and tram
pled flower beds, and so declared them
"imps and posts," and impatient with
herself for relenting toward one of the
race to this extent, said sharply,
."Yes, wash your face."
' She closed the door, drove the bolt
in with a good deal -of force, and went
back to her task of clearing up.
This done, and having eaten her fru
gal dinner, she went up-stairs and
made;her afternoon toilet.
Before sitting down to her small
mending she thought of her plants ne
glected this busy day; so taking the
watering pot from its hook in the
porch, she went out to the cistern to
fill it. for she always maintained that
no plants ever flourished like those
watered with pure rain water.
? This was a day of upsets. There, by
the side of thc cistern, cuddled up in a
heap, his head pillowed on the butter
firkin, that served for a bucket, lay her
small acquaintance of the morning, fast
? [His face, streaked by his recent ama
teur ablutions, looked so dra\ n and
pinched that Miss Somers was startled
aid took hold of his shoulder.
jThe boy jumped to his feet, ducked
Ader her arm, and ran to the other
sae of the cistern.
"I-I washed r^e face; gim me sump
in ter do," he said, for he felt there was
need of propitiating this woman, who,
notwithstanding her kindness, spoke
and looked so sternly.
"You needn't be so scairt; what do
you mean, going to sleep in my yard,
right side of the cistern, too; you
might a' fallen in and drowned, then
there'd been a pretty how-de-do."
"Me name's Mugsy, and I come from
the city; guess I was clean beat. I kin
"Humph! beat you may be, but I
don't seo anything clean about you; as
for work, I'd like to know what you
"I kin scrub floors, an' sift ashes, an'
If there was one thing Miss Eliza dis
liked to do it was to sift ashes. She
said she never got cn the south rJe
of the barrel but what the win;) ?lew
from the north, and it she chr >ged to
the north side1, the wind wa^ oound to
shift to the south.
The idea of a boy be'^g useful, and
"^ch a specimen as t^.s appeared to be,
haunting thepr<iiises all day like a
"There's a sifter full over on that
barrel; you kin sift that, if you're so
.terrible.*- anxious, and then you go
.* ?ifes^EHza* went back to her plants
but many a grub had Mugsy to thank
that night for undisturbed dreams for
Mit EM*<^ could not forget the figure
as it looked, asleep by thc cistern; and
when Mugsy appeared at the door with
the sifter," holding a generous supply
of rescued bits of coal, she handed him
a thick slice of bread spreed with mo
"I s'pose you're hungry again by
"I allers is;" and looking up at Miss
Eliza with his mouth full, he said, "Kin
I stay here? I ain't got no place."
"You mean you ain't got no folks;
whera'd you sleep last night?"
"Down de road, under some beards;
Miss*Eliza wen?, back to the kitchen,
and left Mugsy sitting on the steps.
She drew thc table to the center of
the room, spread the red- cloth, and
put two plates in place, the last quite
forcibly, as she said aloud,
"Well, tenny rate,, he shan't sleep out
doors tonight, laying up rheumatism
enough to last his natural life. You-er
Mu-Mugsy (setch an onchristian name
I never heard), come in here."
Mugsy came just over the threshold
and stood staring about while the lamp
was lighted and the curtains drawn.
Standing in the lamp light Miss Som
ers could see where the buttons were
gone from the thread-bare coat; that
it was all that sheltered Mugsy from
"Ain't you got any flannels?" said
"Flannens!" said Mugsy, blankly,
"dats me coat."
"Do you see that sofy?" said Miss
Eliza, pointing to a venerable specimen
that stood in the corner of the kitchen.
"Well, I am going to give you a com
forter and you can sleep there tonight,
and in thc morning we'll see. If you
were a girl, nov/, I should know better
what to do with you; but a boy!"
"You sit down there," said Miss
Eliza, pointing to the chair opposite
her own, "and drink this bowl of tea;
then you might as well go to bed." .
Mugsy sat down and not only drank
?TL but also ate some bread and
ot tu?- uiiorlsnea u^j^m?, W
then obediently lay down on the sofa"
as Miss Eliza tucked in the connor'er
he turned on h:s side and said drow
I si ly,
"Me warra, and ain't hungry "
Miss Eliza took off her glasses and
wiped them, they blunod suddenly '
"How that kettle does steam," she
?Dr the time the few dishes were
ledger was safe for the night.
She took the lamp and went into the
adjoining room where she slept, and
returned with a suit of her own flan
nels which she proceeded to abbreviate
as to the extremities; this done, she
locked up the house and went to bed.
She was up bright and early in the
morning, but not .?.nrlier than Mugsy,
for when she openu her door, there
he was on the hearth, before a freshly
"Hello!" he said.
"Well, I am beat," said Miss Eliza,
and a faint smile might have been seen
lurking about the corners of her mouth
as she filled the kettle, but she spoke
no word of commendation. Mugsy was
a boy, and she did not know what m
might not do next.
After breakfast Miss Somers brought
from tho barn a large backet of dried
b?ans which she gave Mugsy to shell,
and carefully locking up the rest of the
house she left Mugsy in the kitchen,
charging him on no account to go out,
and with her basket on her arm she
started for the village.
There at the store she bought a suit
of boy's clothes, boots and a cap.
. Miss Eliza hurried home and found
Mugsy playing a mysterious game with
a few of thc beans he had finished
Mugsy's eyes grew round with won
der as Miss Eliza opened the bundles
and dressed him In his new clothes.
"There, you look like somebody now;
but if you'd been a girl, I could a made
you look better, boy's clothes are ter
rible expensive. As Mugsy made him
self useful about the house and barn
during the day, Miss Eliza's thoughts
ran somewhat in this fashion:
"He's sort of handy, and if he'd been
a girl, I don't know but I might have
kept him; but I never could abide boys.
I shall have to look about and see what
can he done with him."
Day after day, went by, however, and
no effort was made to find other quar
ters for Mugsy.
He had been at Miss Eliza's about
two weeks and the short legs, much
rounder than they were the day he
asked for the doughnut at the kitchen
window, had saved Miss Eliza many
One day Mugsy came across the yard
dangling a pail from which he had just
poured a mixture that brought joy to
the heart of Dennie, the pig.
He took tho pail into the kitchen,
expecting Miss Somers to wash it, but
she was not there.
"Misanliza!" no answer. He went to
her room; she was not there; then to
the door, and looked about, an., at last
to the gate and down the road, and
there such a sight met his view that
his eyes seemed to start from their
Down the road with lowered head,
and pawing the road, came Mr. Per
kins' bull, old Plato, and before him,
fleeing for her life, ran M'ss Eliza, his
What could he do? As if in answer to
Lis question the red table cloth, hang
ing from the line, flapped across his
face; quick as thought he tore if from
its fastenings, and screaming at the
top of his voice,
"I'me comin', Misanliza! Hi you
Such a noise diverted the bull's at
tention from the fleeing figure in front,
and he turned. This fiery object writh
ing and twisting about roused all his
fierceness, and with a loud bellow he
fairly flew for Mugsy.
After running a short distance, and
the thud of the bull's hoofs coming
nearer and nearer, Mugsy knew ho
could never reach thc gate, so dropping
the tablecloth, he scrambled over tho
stone wall just as Plato was upon him.
He dropped on the other side, but
something else fell too. There was a
faint cry, and then it was very still
save for the heavy breathing of the
bull as he trampled and tore the table
cloth into ribbons. Having veniod his
wrath on this article, he galloped down
the road and was soon out of sight.
Presently Miss Eliza's head appeared
above the wall on the opposite side of
the road. How quiet it was; the bull
had disappeared and where was Muggy?
In fear and trembling she regained the
r?id and walked quickly towards the
She passed the remains of the table
cloth. Such a pity! The diamond pat
tern had been her pride and joy; "but
then it might a been me," she thought,
and went on.
Through thc house and barn she
went, calling "Mugsy, Mugsy," and her
heart beat faster and faster, for she
did not hear the familiar 'True a corn
Then it occurred to her that the
table cloth, had been very near tho
stone wal!, and she ran down to where
it lay aftd looked over.
There lay Mugsy, his eyes closed and
a heavy stone on one foot.
Miss Eliza pulled several of the
stones from the wall so she could step
over, and lifted off tho heavy one that
lay on Mugsy's foot.
She caught him in her arms and kiss
ed him again and again, rubbed his
hands and called his name.
Mugsy opened his eyes and sait'
Miss Eliza rolled up her apron and
put it under Mugsy's head and then
hastened back to the house, where she
put two of her best down pillows into
the wheelbarrow and J ?turning to
Mugsy, lifted him gently in and started
for the house.
"When she reached thc gate she saw
Silas Perl-ins coming up the road, lead
ing his bull by a stout chain attached
to a ring in his nose.
"Well, I ne\er was so glad to see
you. Sile Perkins. You jist aitch that
critter o' yourn to that apple tree, an'
hitch him strong, harness up old Peg,
and go for Doctor Wakefield. That |
beast has most killed my boy."
"Your boy! Well, I swan."
"Yes. my boy; don't stand there ask
ing foolish questions; I don't know
but he'll die."
f^^-HT-?Ter^?lfrtffi?' nfif?fr obeyed
I most everybody did whcnUis3 EIi:a
Miss Somers laid Mugsy on h^ofa
in the kitchen, and made him as co?J
tortable as possible.
Soon she heard Farmer Perkins'
hurS in60"'" D?Ct0r WakefleW
"Well, Mugsy, what's the trouble?
M^^-th^M^ -ow," oaid the
mg. "Humph, we iTLiiSj^'oJdBBEtodv
ether, I guess; now just take a long
breath; that's the boy, again; once
As Mugsy lost consciousness. Doctor
Wakefield turned to Miss Eliza and
"It's pretty bad, but there's only one
small bone broken, he will bc round
spry as ever in a few weeks."
The doctor stayed until .Mugsy began
to recover from the efforts of thc ether,
and then Miss Eliza knelt by thc side
of thc sofa and said,
"How did you come to think of the
table cloth, Mugsy?"
He stole one arm around Miss Eliza's
neck and said; -
"I knowed ycr warnt much on racin*
an'-an'-I liked yer, just-like-a
One Sunday morning pix months af
ter. Miss Eliza stood at the font, in the
little village church with a boy about
eight years old. whom the minister
baptized Joseph Henry Somers.-Wav
Benjamin Franklin's Visit to Ger
In a doctor's thesis by an American
we find mention of Franklin in Ger
many. "The Relation of German Pub
licists to the American War of Inde
pendence, 177")-17S3. Inaugural Dissen
tation for tho Doctor's Degree of tho
Philosophic Faculty of the University
of Leipsic submitted by Herbert P. Gal
linger, Amherst, Massachusetts, I.cip
sic. 1000, is a pamphlrv ia G^rmnn rf
seventy-seven pages, with an addition
al page giving tho derails of Dr. Gal
linger's life. On p. 8, etc., he says:
"Franklin visited Germany in IT'Jli, and
in G?ttingen, where he mitt Achenwall
and Schlozcr, awakened interest for
tho colonies." In a foot-note bc adds:
"Achenwall published in the Hannover
ian Magazine, beginning of 17G7, p. 258,
etc., 'Some Observations on North
America and tho Pritish Colonies from
verbal information furnished by Mr.
B. Franklin.' " At the close, the strug
gle between thc mother country and
the colonies is described entirely from
the American point of view. It is clear
that Achenwall was convinced by
Franklin. In closing ho says: "1 doubt
not that other men of learning in this
country have used their acquaintance
with this honored man (Franklin) as
well as I. Could they be persuaded to
give thc public their noteworthy con
versation with him, it would bo do
ing the public a great benefit." These
observation? were reprinted twice,
in 17C9 at Frankfurt and Stuttgart, and
in 1777 at Helmstedt. They appear to
be the only account of thc dispute over
the constitutional questions at issue in
America in the Gorman language pub
lished before 1770.-.1. G. Rosengarten,
in Lippincott's Magazine.
Illinois Girl Declared a Spendthrift.
A rather nov<;l case from Normal at
tracted much -ittcntion in the county
court, Miss Hrttio Watt, an extremely
pretty girl of 19, being thc defendant.
She was recently left a fortune of $10,
000 and her relatives filed complaint
that she had become a spendthrift and
was dissipating her bank account so
rapidly that unless immediate steps
were taken to prevent it she would be
penniless. A goodly portion of her
wealth had besn spent in traveling
over the country and in buying finery.
The case was hoard by a jury and a
verdict was found against the girl. Ac
cordingly tho court appointed a con
servator, who will ba\c sob* charge ol
her fortune until she becomes of logai
age_St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
READING THE BIBLE.
8ome Facts That Occur to Few Per
sons in These Days.
"Did you evor figure out how long lt
would take you to read the Bible?"
asked an observant man. "Well, you
would be surprised to know in what
a short space of time you could finish
the last chapter of the Holy Book.
Of course there are different ways of
reading. There are men and women
who read without knowing anything
about what they read. They ars the
class of persons who never get lasting
impressions from the book. They may
pick out one or two chapters, but
when it comes to the various phases
of the story they do not remember.
This is due largely to a sort of uncon
scious bias which the reader shows
for one character or another, or to an
abnormal sympathy for some of the si
lent actors in the plot But there are
persons on the other hand who read
critically and who can talk about the
book they have read when they come
to lay it aside. Readers of this latter
kind will be considered in the calcula
tion which follows:
"There are in the Old and New Tes
taments combined a total of GG books,
containing 1189 chapters, 31,173 verses
and a total of 773,692 words, approxi
mately. The Old Testament contains
39 books, 929 chapters, 23,214 verses
and approximately 592,239 words, .while
in the New Testament there are 27
books, 2G0 chapters, 7939 verses and
181,253 words approximately. Adiding
these together we get the total given.
How long will it take a person to read
the Old Testament, with its 5*>2 2'iO
words, or the 3SI,253 words of the New
Testament? And how long to read thc
773.G92 words of both? A man can read
undeistandingly 100 wards every min
ute. By hurrying a man can read 1G0
words, or probably more. I will as
sume that a man can read critically,
that is, carefully and understandingly,
at least GO words a minute. That is
slow reading, being only 3G00 words
an hour. . Suppose a man should de
vote an hour a day to the Bible.
"At this rate he would read 108,000
words in 30 clays, or a month's time.
At this rate he would read the Old
Testament in less than six months,
and he could finish the New Testament
in less than two months. Thc whole
Bible could bc read in less than eight
months by devoting simply one hour
to it each day. Yet there are few per
sons outside of students who claim to
have read thc Bible from lid to lid.
Which argues that the agc is strangely
perverse."-New Orleans Time-Demo
?? Plantagenet Monuments.
^he renewed attempt which is being
Il>on this side of the straits of Do
a fl?sse attention to the neglect
vcr to ai^kj
4. .. V^LP^taeenet monuments
?? ^Vf?N?ench abbey of Fon
in the famous ^Westminster Ga
who take no particular interest in
them, may have as decided an objec
tion to their being removed to West
minster abbey now as they showed
when that step was last suggested
some 40 years ago. These monuments
are leeumbent effigies, dressed in their
royal robes, of our Henry II and his
v:je. Eleanor of Guionnc, their mn
Richard Coeur dc Lion and their
daughter-in-law, Isabel d'Angouleme,
widow of John. What was once an ab
bey has since become a prison, and
more than one endeavor has been made
to secure that these most interesting
relics-which are also fine specimens
of the art work of their time-should
either be fittingly preserved in the
place where they so long have lain
or be brought to Westminster. But
although during the revolutionary pe
riod they were in almost as great dan
gar of desecration and even destruc
tion as the tombs of the French kings
themselves in St. Denis, and despite
the fact that they have since been left,
and are still being left to moulder and
docay, there seems little chance of their
reclamation. And thus it is that they
remain, as an English ex-foreign becre
tarv 4 '..years since sold the then for
eign nu-ister of France, "neglected!
exploited '-v a jailer, seen by few in
their allott?.': place, interesting Franco
but little, OL' unhappily unknown by
and lost to En^and." Is there nothing
in the present ?. -?tente cordiale which
will remedy this? '
Gt ting Down to Level of People.
Thomas B. Reed, a Philadelphia
lawyer says, made a political address
in a small Pennsylvania town some
years ago. The town hall was small
and badly lighted, and the speaker's
desk was set exceedingly close lo the
edge of the platform.
Mr. Reed, as his speech progressed,
became o.citcd. He forgot his sur
roundings, ho forgot how near he was
to the platform's edge, and inadver
tently be leaned upon his lectern too
heavily, with the result that it and he
fell to the floor together.
The desk alighted first, with consid
erable noise, and the speaker followed
in a cloud ol' dust. He immediately
rose to his feet again, none thc worse,
but tuc laughter of the townspeople
would not allow him to proceed. Ho
stood this loud and coarse laughter
for mme moments. Then he held up
"Don't laugh at mc," he said, "Don't
laugh. I was merely getting down to
the level o? my audience."-New York
Babies Don't Get Seasick.
"Babies never got seasick. I have
carried thousands of them in my lime,"
said an American Lino steward, ac
cording to The Philadelphia Record,
"and in rough weather I have seen
their fathers, mothers, brothers and
sisters keel over like soldiers before a
cannon ball, but not so with the ba
bies. Whe'.her it be rough or smooth
at sea, a baby is always an excellent
saUor-rosy, jolly, and with thc appe
tito o." a horse. Do you know the ex
plantation of this singular fact? It is
as simple as thc fact is ttrango. Ba
bies don't get seasick because they
are accustomed (o the rocking of-tho
cradle That movement is much like
thc rocking of a ship. A baby aboard
ship, therefore, is merely a baby in an
unusually big eradle, and lhere is noth
ing odd to him about thc rocking, for
it is what ho has been accustomed to
all his life."
,??.?Jik M^^ V^i^ i^i^i^J^
1 Be Ancient Ruins of
7 : - By F.nos Bro .\n.
TjrtAVELEIt who recently
visited the f;imous ruins nt
P?llenla1, Stn te of Cliinpns,
Mexico, laments thc changes
which time and the clements arc grad
ually making in their appen rn ucc and
condition. Nothing has over been done
by the Federal Government to preserve
those Impressive monuments of thu
highly cultured race who constructed
them, and of whoso history and origin
but little is known. Tho climate of the
region in which the ruins are situated
ls the direct opposite of that of Egypt,
Inasmuch as the rainfall at Palcnko
has been known to amount to 2?!)
Inches a year. Tho air is humid and
?ncournges decay, and at thc same
:imo .itiinuiatcs the rapid growth of
:he vinos and creeping plants, which
OABVIXvi FUO.M TIIS ItU-XS OF PA LEX KB
are disintegrating the walls and pave
ments'and will eventually'- level thom
to tho ground. So dense is the foliage
surrounding the ruins that light from
the sun is almost totally obscured. The
photographer who was employed by
the Mexican-Government to take pic
tures ^?T^t lie ruins could accomplish
his object In some Instances only by
means of a flash light. Tho ruins of
Palenkc are about 200 milos from the
port or/ Frontern, and are readied by
steamer up the Tabasco River to San
Juan [Bautista and thence by trail.
The group nil lie within a radius of
2000 feet, and consist of nine distinct
structoes, ; of which the "palace" is
the li?kt-.and most ce?ir?]. The!
ruIneOj^^dings consist ^of temples,
en od j
sentiiPTkiUie scenes and ov?HTs1
naUon's life are carefully depicted.
From them tho physical characteristics
and domestic habits may be correctly
ascertained. . The dimensions of the
"palace" are great. Its length is 2^8
feet, and breadth ISO foot, and it is el
evated on a mound .?>10 foot long, 2fi0
feet wide and forty feet high. Tho ma
terial used was stone, many blocks of
prodigious size being used, and all
joined together with mortar. As great
architectural ability was displayed by
the builders of tho edifices at Palcnko
as was shown by the architects who
erected those of the Nile. How it was
possible for a primitivo people to fash
ion, convey and sculpture such im
mense stones as were emoloyed is tho
wonder ol' modern archaeologists. It
would seem that the same people were
the builders of these structures found
at Mllta, Mayapnn, Tula, as well ns at
Palenkc, a race which covered Yucatan
and the Southern States of Mexico
with mighty temples.
A French scientist with a lively Im
agination and unusual powers of ob
servation credits tho "Toltocs" with
building these ancient temples, and
fixes the seventh century as tho period
of their erection, but those confident
assertions aro doubted. Others place
the a-a in which they were built as
early as the date of the pyramids of
?gypt. However, it seems to bo provod
beyond a doubt that many centuries
before the 'discovery of America these
ruins were in existence. It Is not be
lieved that .Cortex or those with him
knew of the Falcnke ruins, though
that conqueror must have boen close
to them nt one time. Europeans first
hoard o" them in 1750, but lt was not
until 17S7 that they were explored.
The key unlocking the mysteries hid
den Ju the hieroglyphics which are
carved on hundreds of tablets may
some time be discovered, and the his
tory of a great race of people and'thelr
origin bo known, but their successors
who now Inhabit the region have no
'jaditionti that can aid the Inquirer.
The ruins of Palenke should bo pre
served, ana tho Mexican Government
owe that much to thc world. If lt were
possible to clear the timber away anil
destroy the growth of vines which is
rapidly overwhelming them, these In
teresting relics might bc saved for the
future.. They have so far resisted the
effect?of time and physical convulsion,
but must eventually succumb to tho
ceaseless, persistent and silent assaults
of an overwhelming tropical growth.
A NEW BANANA.
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A ?Strange Sut Interesting Product of
A new banana has recently been de
scribed by Mr. Fletcher, of the Botanic
Gardens, at Hongkong. The seeds of
this plant, which is known ns 'the
"Elephant's Head," were- obtained by
a Mr. Wilson lu Yunnan in ISO!). The
seeds were planted iu the Hongkong
gardens in IS!)!) and three plauts grew,
two uf which still U'ya and thrive. It
is cultivated by thc natives for the in
ner portion of the trunk, which is
used ns food. The plants arc from
ten to twelve feet high, with about a
dozen leaves each. It is a highly orna
mental species, with broad, arching
leaves, ten or twelve feet long. The
trunk is conical. The fruit ls club
shaped, of a golden yellow color, and
about four luches long. They contain
on an average twenty seeds imbedded
Tomb nf Prc.-hlent Arthur.
xne monument at .the grave of Ches
ter ?. Arthur, in Bural Cemetery, AI
D.iny. New York, ls in tho form of an
angel placing a palm leaf on a sarco
phagus. It is a beautiful piece of
sculpture. At the base there appears
only the simple Inscription, "Arthur."
Somehow or other a girl with her
first diamond ring loses ull interest in
:E KUI NED TEMPLE OF PALENKE
It is not likely that English ocean
steamers will soon be built longer than
the latest specimens. No ship of more
than 7?0 feet-can work in the Liver
pool doeks, and in thc Loudon docks
700 feet is the limit.
TR Oldest Mm in
157-and Ke Has Documents
to Prove lt.
Undoubtedly the oldest man In the
world, and probably the oldest human
being, ls Manuel del Valle, cf Menlo
MANUEL DEL VA,
Park, Cal. Ile- nas reached the age h
if 157 years. aj
Ile has legal proof of his age. Ii) h
many cases of persons living beyond a
ibo hundred mark who have attracted ir
public attention there has been gru.e V
loubt ns to the year of their birth.
Belief in their age is based upon their
jwn stories or on hearsay.
Manuel del Valle's proof ls docu
mentary. Ile has In his possession the I T<
..ertilicate of his birth, signed by the j ci
?efe politico, o
that a human being could have reac
the age of 157.
At the time Del Valle, was born
George Washington was only thirteen
years old. This living man was ten
years old when the French and Indian
Ile was a grown man of twenty
when the battle of Bunker Hill was
He was already an old man when
Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo,
being then sixty-five years ol '.
Del Valle was 101 years old at the
beginning of the Mexican war.
He retired from activo business nine
teen years before tba:, having then
reached the age of eighty-eight
He was twenty j a.s a customs ofli
cial at Ensenada. Lower California
From 1S14 to 1S45 he acted as super
uumerary in the Franciscan mission at
San Quentin. Lower California, the
lirst mission building to be established
on tlie Pacific coast, and which is now
In 1S45, when lie was just 100 years
old, Del Vade came with relatives to
what is now San Francisco in a vessel
that sailed around C?.pc Horn. He
has lived In Menlo Park since then
and has occupied the same room, his
great-grandnophew. Jose del Valle,
looking after the truck farm that sup
ports the family.
-Manuel del Valle looks his great age.
Ile is a little, dried-up. frail man.
scarcely five feet tall and weighing not
more than ninety pounds, lio is still
able to walk without assistance and
takes a daily stroll about bis house.
Ile has not been moro than two blocka.
away from It in thirty years. He can
see but little, but ho hears, fairly .well
He speaks English brokenly, but un
derstands it well. He never was much
interested In the big events of tho
world, ne says he bas never used "
liquor nor tobacco. Furthermore ho
declares that he never has wet his feet
uor been-out lu a frost, apparently
LLE, AGED 157.
olding these things to be equally
bcmlnable. He never eats solid food, -
Is only nourishment being bean broth,
nd all day long he sits in the sunshine
i front of his adobe home.-New York
I'orld. .. .' .'?
Remarkable Fishing Coats.
This "photo was taken- n't' r"nisr?inayo,
a the coast of Peru, and shows soi
?markable fish.'ng-boats constructed
likely of bundles of reeds tied rough
'HE "BOATS" OF THE FISHERMEN" OJ
PACAS3IAY0, rsnU, CONSIST OF BUN
DLES OF BBEDS TIED KOCOHLY TO
ishcrman kneels or sits astride the
>road end and used a thin paddle.
These bouts, which can be launched
brough very rough surf, were prob
ibly used by the Indians many years
>eforc the Spanish conquest. In the
iccoinpanying photograph wc sec them
wing dried, a most necessary process
ifter they have boon ?nade use of foi
ishing purposes-The Wide World
The Howitt Lan") in Unplnnd.
The remarkable mercury vapor lamps
leviscd by Mr. Peter Cooper Hewitt
ire now being exhibited at the otlices
if the Westinghouse Company. These
lamps can be run off any ordinary con
tinuous-current electric light supply
system, and show an efficiency of two
to three candles p?r watt, or for the
same lighting require-only about one
ninth the current taken by ordinary
irlow lamps. The sole drawback to thc
light lies In its extraordinary color.
There ls a total absence of all red rays,
and consequently all tints red by ordi
nary light are curiously perverted, ?
lady's Hps look purple; so that at pres
ent no attempt is being made fo utilize
the light for domestic purposes, as
feminine opposition would be toe
strong. In other eases, however, the
light has very strong advantages. Il
is stated that it is an excellent light to
work by, aud this we can well believe
Smart I>oc Savt-s Trouble. '
The following Incident occurred
while the writer was a student In tin
Philadelphia Normal School. Th?
teacher of drawing there was extreme
ly anxious that tho girls should d<
She requested them to make a draw
lng to illustrate a story in which a do.?
and a tree were the principal factors
One bright young lady finished .hej
work ?nil then sat ycrj complacently
waiting for her criticism. Present?]
Miss Campbell appeared, and as sh!
looked upon a beautifully finished
drawing of a tree she said: "Vcr,'
good, but where is the dog?" "Th!
dog," exclaimed the young Inly. "'Oh
he's behind the tree."-Philadelphia
All tho world loves^a lover exec]*
the fellow who has bcou cut out.