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VOL.XV. PICKENS, S. C., THURSDAY, FEBRUARY_4 1886 NO 19
Slue are the hill-tos away in the distance,
ATid noisily trilleth the locust his lay,
Dreaming beoometh a part of existence,
4 And mogneth the wind as it shivers away.
Bustling the maples till leaves fall and qu ver,
And rattling the blades of the brown-tasseled
a ing ter g eod riplin the river,
The stiliness is startled by sound of nuts drop
The ereek is half-covered with butternut
White oows in the sunshine and shadow are
Theseshgis grinding the gold from the
Now sail through the azure the spirit of flowl
With white wings outspread in a glorjflod
Moths nervously tiit for their few happ hours
It seemeth the morn of tho world a Final
And hark l at the sunrise the chantieleer's
That ringeth as sweet as pure Israfeel's
To school, now, the shouting, gay children are
'Ibe only activity, color and noise.
Ah dear are the t! hildren i-the tidy girl airy
The boy fighting hornets, who taketh no
Now painting his name with the ripened poko
Now trying to slip in the fairl
At evening the katydid shrilloth and raspoth,
The frog and the screeoh-owl-and fliro-flies
The moon in pale gossamer stitleth and gasp
Bo filled with her passion and sorrowed by
She loolcoth on lovers, and scomoth as sad
As if she had lost, and was ever more drear
The Night's lustrous eyes are all troubled and
And down on the marigold trickles a tear I
-C. L. Phifer, in The Current.
THE TELEGRAPHIC SIGNAL.
John Mills, the hero of this sketch,
was a railroad engineer, and had been
for a long time in the company's em
ploy. When the new engine "59" was
completed and placed on the road, John
was given charge of it, andi he evinced
a nat'iral pride n his preferment. At
one of the stations there was it young
girl, a telegraph operator, between whom
and the engineer there had sprung up a
mutual attachment, and whenever "59"
caine along. Kate generally managed to
be at the door and exchange signals
with her lover. One day the train was
detained at the station, and the locomo
tive detached and sent up the road, to
do some additional work, and Kate went
along for a ride. As she listened to the
sharp, shrill notes of the whistle, it
occurred to her that she might teach
John to sound her name in the Morse
telegraphic charaeters, so that she could
distnguish his signal from that of the
other engines, whenever his train ap
proached. The plan worked to a charm,
.and far and near the whistle shrieked
:K-a-te, until one day, as the operator
.stepped upon the platform, she over
'heard a conversation between two young
-men, and learned that they understood
tho signal, and wore laughingly wonder
ing who Kate could be. Their means
,of communication having been dis
covered they were obliged to discontinue
it. In the meantime, Kate had, by
nucans of the telegraph, made the ac
quaintance of a young lady, an operator
in a distant city, but whom she had
never seen, and to her she made known
the fact that the secret had been dis
covered. Then her friend suggested a
plan as brilliant as it was ingenous. It
w ' simply to arrange a means of tele
gihie communication between the ap
pioaching train and the station, so as to
ring a bell hidden away in the closet of
Kate's oflice, engine "59" being the
only one provided with the means of
completing the circuit, which was done
by laying the poker upon the tender
brake so as to touch the wire in passing.
Kate found an opportunity to acquaint
John with the proposed plan, and in the
meantime had found an abandoned
wire which ran for a long distance close
by the track, and which she p)roposed to
use for carrtying out her purpose.
Thanksgiving (lay caime soon after, andit
John fortunately having a holiday, he
and Kate went bravely to wvork, and be
fore the (lay had ended the task was
completed, andl provedl a complete sue.
cess. The #M-matlc finale of their love
.episode i iold in following.sketceh:
It w as very singular how absent-innded
:and inattentive the operator was on the
,day that the great scientific eniterp)rise
-was finished. No wonder she was dis
-turbed. Would the new line work?
Would her little battery be strong
enough for such a great ciircuit? Would
John be able to close it? The petople
began to assemble for the train. The
clock pointed to the hour for its arrival.
Suddenly, with startling distinctness,
the bell rang clear- and loud in the echo
ing room. With a cry of dlelight she
put on her dlainty hat and ran in haste
gut upon the p)latform. The whistle
broke l oud and clear on the cool, cmisp
air, and "59" appeared round the curve
In the woods. Ihe splendid monster
slid swiftly uip to her feet and1 paumsed.
"Perfect, John! Perfect! It works to
a ch arm."
With a spring she reached the cab and
sat down on the fireman's seat.
"Blessed if I could tell what lhe was
going to (do," said the fireman. "Hie
told me about it. Awful bright idlea!
You see, lie laid the poker on the tender
brake there, andI It hit the tree slam,
and I saw the wires touch. It was just
But the happy moments 8sped, andl
"59" groaned and slowly departed,
while K ate stood on the platform, her
face wreathed in smiles and white
So the lovers met each (lay, and none
knew how she was made aware of his
approach with such absolute certaint.y.
Sefenee applied to love, or rather love
* applied to science, can move the world.
Two whole weeks passed, and then
there suddenly arrived at the station,
late one evening, a special, with the
directors' car attached. The 'honorable
directors were hungry--they always are
-and would pause on their journey and
take a cup of tea and a bit of supper.
ffhe honorables and their Wives and
chldren filled the station, and the p lace
put on quite a gala aspect. As for Kat
*he demurely sat in her den, book i
hand, and over its unread pages ad
mired the gay party in the brightly
Buddenly with furious rattle, her elco
-trio bell sprang Into life. Every spark
of color left her face, and her book fell
With a dull glam to the floor. What
was it? What did It mean? Who rang
it? With aflfrighted face she burst from
har offilo and hbr.haa throuh,~ h as-.
Gonished people and out upon the snow
,overed platform. There stood the
lirectors' train upon the track of the
"The conductor! Whore is heP Oh,
sir! Start! Start! Get to the siding!
the express! The express is coming!"
With a cry she snatched a lantern
rom a brakeman's hand, and in a
lash was gone. They saw her light
itching and dancing through the dark
iess and they were lost in wonder and
%mazomen+ The girl is crazy! No
rain is duo now! There can be no
Ian r. She must be
Ah! that horrible whistle. Such a
wild shriek on a winter's night! The
non sprang to the train, the women
mnd children fled in frantic terror in
. "Run for your lives," screamed the
onductor. "There's % smash-up com
A short, sharp scream from the
histle. The head-light gleamed on the
mnow-covered track, and there was a
nad rush of .sliding wheels and the
igantic engine roared like a demon.
L'he great "59" slowly drew near and
>topped in the woods. A hundred heads
ooked out, and a stalwart figure leaped
town from the engine and ran on into
he bright glow of the head-light.
"Oh! John, I "
She fell into his arms senseless and
white, and the lantern dropped from
her nerveless hand.
They took her up tenderly and bore
er into the station-house and laid her
.Ipon the sofa in the "ladies' room."
With hushed voices they gathered round
:o offer aid and comfort. Who was she?
iiow did she save the train? How did
the know of its approachP
"She is my daughter," said the old
statlonmaster. "She tends the tele.
'1 he'president of the railroad, in his
gold-bowed spectacles, drew near. One
grand lady in silk and satin pillowed
Kate's head on her breast. They all
gathered near to see if she revived. She
opened her eyes and gazed about dream.
ily, as if in search of something.
"Do you wish anything. my dear?"
said the president, taking her hand.
"Some water, if 1ou please, sir; and I
They handed her some wine in a silver
goblet. She sipped a little. and then
looked among the strange faces as if in
search of someone.
"Are you looking for anyone, miss?'
"Yes-no-it is no matter. Thank
you, ma'am, I feel better. I sprained
my foot on the sleepers when I ran
down the track. It is not severe, and
I'll sit up."
They were greatly pleased to see her
recover, and a quiet buzz of conversa
tion filled the room. How did she know
it? How could she tell the special was
chasing us? Good heavens! if she had
not known it, what an awful loss 01
life there would have been; it was very
careless of the superintendent to follovi
our train in such a reckless manner.
"You feel better, my dear," said the
"Yes, sir, thank you. I'm sure l'u
thankful. I knew John-I mean th'
engine was coming."
"You cannot be more grateful tha:
we are to you for averting such a disa.
"I'm sure I'm pleased, sir. I neve
thought the telegraph--"
She paused abruptly.
"I'd rather not tell, sir."
"But you will tell us how you knev
the engine was coming?"
"Must you know?"
"We ought to know in order to re
ward you pr1operly."'
She put up her hand in a gesture
refusal, and waIs silent. The presider
and directors consulted togetheir, ani
two of thcm camne to her andI briefly sai
they would be glad to know how sh
had been mnade aware of the approael
"Well, sir, if John is willing, I wi
toll you all."
John Mills, the engineer, was c'allce
and lie came ini, cal) ini hand, and thm
txntire company gathlered round in ti.
Without the slightest aflectation sI
put her hand on John's grimy arm, anx
"Shall I tell them, John? Tlhey win
to know about it. It savedl the(ir live
''And miino, too.'' saidl John i, reverenm
ly. "You had best tell them, or 1
She sat down again, andl then ams
there John explained how the open cir
euit line hiad been built, how it was
tised, and frankly told why it had been
Never did story create p)rofounider sen
sation. .The gentlemen shook hands
with him, andl the president actually
kissed her for the company. A real cor
>oration kiss, loud and hearty. TIheo
atheis fell upon her nieck, aind actually
erieed over the splendid girl. Even the
u'hildre,n pulimd her dlress, and put their
arms about her neck, andl kissed away
the hiapply tears that coveredl her cheeks.
Poor child! She was coveredl with
confusion, and knew not wvhat to say or
hio, and looknd impllloringly to John.
Hie dIrew near, and p)roily took her
band in his, and she brushed away the
tears and smYiled.
TJ.he gentlemen sudd(enly seemed to
have found something vastly interesting
to talk about, for they gatheored ini a
knot in the coirner of the room. Pres
ntly the pridu(ent saidl aloud
"' ientlemen andl directors, you must
pardon me, and I trust the ladlies will
:10 the same, if I call you to order for a
brief matter of business.
TIhiere was a suddlEen hush, and the
room, now p)ackedl to sfoain a
painfully quiet. sihain a
"The secretary will please take mini
ites of this meeting."
The secretary sat down at Kate's (leak,
and then there was a little pause. _
Every ('ye was turned to a corner
where a gray-haired gentleman had
mounted a chair.
"Mr. Graves, director for the State,
tI,beg leave, sir, to ofFer a readlu.
Then he began to read from a slip of
"Whereas, John Mills niero
engine number '69,' of this engw ine,
eree1 a prIvae . s gra; bwy ine
as he, witl the assitan*ce of the te
graph operator of this s'a'lon (I eave
blank for her rune), used the said 1i
without the conent of this Compan
and for other than railway business:
"It is r:eselV Id t1hat. he be suspend
permanently, from his po,i)tion as c
gineer, and that the said operator
requested to r
A murmur of d:pprobation 1illed
room, but the prei:l:nt conanand
silence, and the State direetor wenlt c
"' -reign her place.
"It is further resolved, and is here
ordered, that the said John Mills be al
is appointed chief engineer of the n(
repair shops at .;lawson."
A tremendous cheer broke from t
assombled company, and the resoluti
was passed with a shout of assent.
How it all ended they never kne
It seemed like a dream, and they cot
not believe it true till they stood alo
in the winter's ight on the track 1
side that glorious "59." The few ci
the engine had brought up had be
joined to the train, and "59" had be
rolled out on the siding. With ma
handshakings for John, and hea
kisses for Kate, and a round of parti
cheers for the two, the trans had sl
away. The idlers had dispersed, at
nono lingered about the abandon
station save the lovers. "59" woI
stay that night on the siding, and tl
hata walked up the track to bid it a lo
For a few moments they stood in I
glow of the great lamp, and then
quietly put it out, and left the giant
breathe away its fiery life ir gen
clouds of white steam. As for the loy
they had no - need of its light. '1
winter stars shone upon them, and 1
calm, cold night seemed a parad
What Hanging is Like.
The following account of the son
tions of hanging is sent us by a cor
spondent who is a member of a kind
"Suicide Club," and was actually,
says, partly hung the other day, in 1
presence of several friends:
A good stout rope had been obtaini
This was securely fastened to the raft(
of the barn roof. I pulled at the rc
with my hands to make sure that
would not break. Then I permitted n
self to be blind-folded and mounted o1
chair. For the moment, I admit, I v
weak enough to turn pale and tremb
I soon, however, recoveredl my preser
of mind. Putting amy head through I
noose, I gave the sigal. I felt the clh
drawn from under me, There w;s
great jerk, and I felt a violent pain
my neck, as though my scarf had all
a sudden become tight. Now con
the most curious part of my experieni
After the first feeling of torture, whic
admit was decidedly very severe, I 1I
consciousness. I seemed to be trai
ported into a new world, more beauti:
than anything imagined by the poet.
was swimmtinlg, methought, in a sea
oil. The feeling was exquisitely
1'nuQ As 1 swam easily and with<
oate of alnml um -....... . , "'.e
p)erimen'at. Th'ley all considered amy eo:
(duct heroic, but aibsolutely refused
emulate tme. TIhey said I looked
ghastly--P'all Mall Gazette.
Concerning Nan es.
'The fact is, searcely any .uisance
a greater nuisance thtan thtat p)ertaana
to ill-assorted names. Why, fori
stance, witht our beautiful andl music
Indian nomnenelature, should we ha
our Syracuse, Memph is, Thebes, Troled
St. Louis, San Francisco. Cairo, Bal:
Ion, Jerusalem? What an uneuphao
otus, ill-assorted nmem is New Yo
whten wo cain hmave Manhtattan fort
taking! Whyr should racing mares
namned Miss rood ford and( Flora Te:
p loP-or an Indian Hole-in-the-Wn
Man-Afraid-of-liis-llors' etc.? W
should a htarmtonty composed for a rc
gious hyn bae namned Federal str<
and anothter Bowdoin square? W
shtouldl two of our gunmboaits be call
Terror andl Vixen?~ Why should1(
many names of hamlets, vi"ages, tow
andl cities be repeatedl in thtirty-cif
states ,and( seven territories, and gi
rise to iunumerable Washaingtons, Jat
Bonvilles, ,Jeffersonts, Adamtses, antd
on?-C(hristian at li'ork;.
The fact that a commercial agon
has been beaten in a suit to collect dai
ages for an injurious report and ordler
by a Montreal couart to pay $4,000 oug
to htave a wholesome efrect on concer
of the sort. Mercantile agencies a
useful institutions beyond doubt, t
they blunder miserab)ly at timtes al
ought to stuffer for it when they inja
business reputations. - Chicago Tribum
A party of French scientists Is soart
ing for remains of the roe, the gigan
bird so minutely desceribedl in the "Ai
bian Nighuts." Fragments of eggs ha
been found, but nio skeletonh or bana
e- QUEER THINGS IN TEXAS.
1o Charaetertstlcs of Some of the Native
The centipede is not a very pretty In
sect. le runs too much to legs. Once
be I thought them of no use, but after see
ing a lot of Chiricahua Indian papooses
le pulling centipedes from their holes and
Cd greedily devouring them, legs, poison
and all, I no longer doubted the wisdom
and beneficence of their creation. In
the course of my checkered career I
1have had several adventures with con
'w tipedes and always came out second
best. A centipede can raise a blister on
a man's body quicker than a red hot
h iron,and if you don't immediately apply
a remedial poultice of pounded prickly
pear and dose yourself inwardly with
Id post whisky---w ich latter is warranted
to kill anything but an army nule--the
resultant effects may be serious. Ceu -
e tipedes usually attack their victim at
night, when he is asleep and can't de
el fend himself. They are armed with
en1 about 200 little lances conveniently
ny lashed to the too of each foot---of whici
y they have several-and at the base of
rig each lance is a tiny sack of venom. If
d a centi)ede crawls across your body
ed which he'll most likely do if you lie
down anywhere within a half a mile of
1cy him-you'll have no difficulty in follow
ng his trail, and you'll remember his
n yisit for weeks. o man ever (ld from
he the bite of a centipede, but I have
lie known one to make a man wish he were
L'rs Tho tarantula is an exaggerated spi
'he der, with teeth and hair. They are al
:le ways ready for a fight and will tackle
isc anything, not excluding a buzz-saw. In
days gone by I have 0ten amused my.
self by teasing one with a red-hot coal.
At first they would fight shy, but after
they once got mad they would attack
sa- that coal and never surrender until they
re- were burned to a crisp. I never heard
of of any one eating a tarantula. If one
he bites you use same remedies as pre
e scribed for centipede sting, only more
d. 5' TIE VINEGAROAN.
rs The vinegaroan has never been scien
'r tifically classified, and is content to plod
I through life undistinguished. save by
ty his humble frontier patronymic. The
'a Mexicans and Indians, who have been
,e. acquainted with the vinegaroan longer
c. than I have, solemnly assert that Iis
lie bite is deadly. I have always taken
li their word for it. The vinegaroan lives
a under decaying logs, and, if disturbed,
i scorns to run. I saw a fight once be
f tween a vinegaron and a tarantula.
of The tarantula was lifted out of the pit
es dead in one minute.
TITE STINGING LIZZARD
is found most anywhere, but principally
) snugly ensconced in the folds of your
uI blanket when you lie down at night. Ie
always lets you know that lie is there,
of and I have known strong men to tear
Ic- their hair and dance and pray in a very
(. undignified and eccentric fashion, upon
discovering that a stinging lizzard had
xA selected them as a bedfellow. The sting
ing lizzard's weapon of defense and of
fense is his tail, which is lon- and as
full of joints as a bamboo poTe. When
he punches you with the sharp end of
this caudal appendage you think of
sheol's fire and howl. The stinging liz
zard is not, good to eat. The application
of a fresh (iu'd of tobacco will take the
fire out of the spot where lie salutes
THE I)EVII. HOuSE.
The body of a devil horse is all of the
same size, and he looks not unlike a
green walking-stick set up on twelve
other walking-sticks, six on a side. The
scientific mcen who hnave sorught to clars
sify thre farina of TJexas have somehow
overlooked the devil horse, but lie
does5n't seeni to indi( the slight andl
continues e'atchiing flies with monoton.
ouis persistency. Iwas never bitten by
a dlevillhorse,anid I never met any one
whiolhad been, but thre natives class them
among the p)ioioous, andl they ought to
A COLONY OF FIRE ANTS.
My camp was one invaded b)y fire
ants. It was aL good p)lace, convenient
to wood arid wvater,and I hated to leave.
I disputed thre right of occupancy with
themn for three wveeks, at tIre end( of
which time I incoiitinently surrendered
andl fled. D)uring that three weeks I
durg them out, burned them out andl
-(drownied them out, but they didn't seem
Sto mind it, ini the lea.st. TIhey wvent on
- burrowving thre building and exploring
*the surroundinig country, arid whlen my
tent got frill of them, rind I had been
\.bitten in about 3,000,000 different
~"places, I thought it. time to move. T1hie
to bi to of the fire ait is like the sting of the
tOstingirng' lizzar'd. It hurts andl makes a
sore p)1lace. They increase withI a raplid -
ity that is alarming, andi the more you
try to exterminate them thre mocre nni
merous they become. It uisedl to be a
test of coruraige aniong the (Comanche
n-Iniasfor a bir'ave to thlruist his bareud
alarm into a nest of fire ants andi hold it,
vo there without flinching, while Iris comi
o, panionis wecnt through the movemrenits of
aL somewhat compllicteud dance around
.' hits tortured body'. TIhey don't (do it anyv
rk more. Once near Pope's Crossing, on
lie the Pecos river, I reached a village of
be fire ants and started to make a dietouir.
a. We discovered Indian signs of recent
II, dante, arid halted to inivestigarte. A bande
of Indianhad' camp)ed onr thre edlge of
the at vilari ad a prisoner, wh'lo af
net terwaIrd proved( to be a bear-hunter
by namuedi Goggirn, was stripphedl, bound
ed hanid and1( foot, andir laid dIown among
so the ant hills. You can iminru~e h'su hor
ns rible sufferings. WVe found Ihis bones
lit and( gave themii a dlecent briaul. The
ye lire ant is p)ugnaciouis, andl his mode
k. of warfare is always aggressi 'e. In the
so aggregate, lie will attack any living
thmn, 'from ant olephant (town, kill hinm
bsheer force of numbers, and deovouir
albtthe howels.-Snder-son, TJexas,
cy C'or. of the I%iladelphia Timens.
T'ho ministers, it seems, trouble the
ltlibre.rians as much as any other class of
a perons.At arecet con erence of libra
re rians in New York D)r. Blucl, Librarian
ut of Union TIheologi cal Seminary, was
re1 as'ked how lie got along, le said lie
weuas afraid that ministers were as bad as
re. any one else, for'sine he had been lib
rarian niore than 1,000 voluimes had
hi- been taken. "One minister,'' he said,
~lo "kept a book twenty-three .yeaurs, but
& finally returned it, with a note to the
ye ef'lect th at he noede the hook no lonver,
A memory of names and faces not
only contributes to social success, but
to eminence in official positions. A f
teacher who always succeeded in memo
rizing the names of her fifty pupils cl
within the first forenoon of the term,
has declared that in that faculty lay one w
cause of her effective discipline.
"If I can say," she explained, "on the
very first day of school, 'Mary Jones,
what are you doinoP' 'Toni Brown,
where is your book? the scholars begin e
to fear my quickness of thought. Each 1)
one has an ill-defined feeling that I
may not only know his name, but all his a
The man who aspires to be a leader P
of the people will do well to cultivate a g
memory of faces.
President Van Buren was said to pos
sess that faculty in a high degree of P
perfection. A gentleman was once in
troducing a party of friends to him, and
when he reached the fourth member of
the group, Mr. Van Buren anticipated i
him by saying,
"This is Mr. Tfhompson."
'Yes," said the gentleman, "I was
once introduced to you, but lid not sup- C
pose you would remember it.''
"Oh, yes, certainly I do. You were l
introduced to me at Syracuse, in 1835,
on the occasion of the visit of General v
Jackson to that city, and with you were
three other gentlemen. You were the
second presented,"-a statement which
the gentleman confirmed.
On the occasion of the meeting, at
Montreal, of scientists from all parts of tl
the world last year, many of these ir
learned gentlemen desired to be pre
sented to General Grant, who according- 1
ly received them; but their guide was
greatly astonished at finding that he
recognized many of them before their
names were mentioned. A frequent
form of salutation was, 'How do you r
do, Professor? I met you at Liver
pool," or, "I saw you last in Manches- a
When the guests had taken their leave,
the general's friend asked where he c
coul( have become acquainted with so s
"Oh, I met them abroad." was the
answer. They had been introduced to
him there among crowds of other stran
gers, but he had fixed their faces in- a
delibly upon his memory. At another 14
time, lie recognized a -lady whom lie
had seen for a few moments only, years
before, and then as one of several hun
dred schoolgirls. ft
A delicate flattery is implied in the
fact that one's name or face has niade
so deep an impression uponl a stranger a
that he has been able to retain it through
a period of years. And since it shows a
truer kindliness to preserve a gracious
attitude towards the world at large F
rather than a hostile one. such a flattery a
of strangers may spring from something
nobler that mere se.f-interest.- Youth's I
The Adventure of a Mouse, n
A mother--mouse, when her childrenw
had nearly reached the age at which it ii
became time for them to seek their own ! fi
fortunes in the world, cautione(l them rc
particularly against the traps and dan- ct
gers that would lie in their paths. "My
children," said she, "the cheese looks at
very tempting, and is even sometimes Iy
toasted, but beware of it; for it will I
bring misfortune to you.'' of
One time the whole family of younger T1
mice came upon ia trap. "This, I sup- th
pose." said the eldest and wisest, "is an
the trap against which our mother so s1
carefully warned us. And yet," he tlh
continued, "the cheese looks very tempt- 11
ing. I dloubt extremely if there be any li
real dlanger in it, Antd even if there Wt
be, I think that, by a proper amount of di:
self-control and wvarmness, one might wi
avoidl at ill consequ ences. Because thi
some have been caugh t, it (lees not nee- li(
essarily follow that a like fate must p(
overtake all. At least I shall inspect b)i
the trap to satisfy myself whether there 5o
is really as much danger in it as our 'TI
mother said. You know she is apt to ra
be over-cautious very often." And ey
wvith this reniark, in spite of the urgent CO
wairnmgscv of his brothers, the over-wise m<l
mouse deliberately entered the trap. ile
"'I canniot see," said he, wvhien lie was hit
within, ''that there is any real dlanger, ha
andl it is very pleasant here. One neCed sm
not cat of the cheese. you know." be
But even as lie spoke the delicious sti
smiell of the c'heese overcame his can- It
tion ; lie concluded there could he lie ar
danger in taking the smallest nibble, li
No sooner, however, had he touched ti
the tempting morsel, than~ the trap fell po~
and he was a prisoner'.w
''Alas!" said lie to his weeping moth-- gl
er, who had hastened to the trap) upon enI
learning the fate of her son, "I now If
(discover, when it is too late to repent, wI
that the experience of age is safer than
the presumptuous wisdomi of youth."-- chl
Christmas St. NiTcholas. a
A story is going the rounds about the p)r<
unique Mr. IIenry Prouse Cooper, the tio
tailor, who has figured somiewhmat in smi
New York courta ini times p)ast. One a.
day, just :cr Mr. Cooper' hiad been aLr- s4,
rested at the instance of somebodly who bia
didn'lt like the way that Mr'. Cooper
spenit his own moniey, a young man who ,
happened to be runniung ani Ishmaelite
sort of paperC p)rinlted an edlitori: p''ara- n4
graph pitching iinto Mr. Cooper's wiceked of
enemiiies amnd setting Mmr. Cooper him nself p(
up for little less thani an archiangel. Mr. th1
Cooper saw this~ paragraph mi (de tat
time', and made a call upon01 the young Pa
maon to render thanks. "'I believe you an
have aii account with me,'' said 'Mr. Sh
Cooper before lie left. "'I asked imy B
bookkeeper for it before I camie dlown- ani
towni to-day, and here it is, all recei >)ted. th
my friend. Take it as a token of mi el<
appreciation; y'our bill is all wiped out. ' tr
"Rleeiptedi!'' ejaculated that practical lio!
journmalist. "'Wiped ou t! Wiped out be ph1
blanked! What you want to dio is to set th
up a new init right quick. D)on't come Sti
around lhere with -our anient history.D
1 wvi1ed out that bill myself eight months X.
ago. ' This sort of financiering capti- abh
vated Mr. IIenry P'rous'e Cooper, and the
young man got jus't what lie wanted. S
Baroniess Bhurdett C'outts has the sati.- .
faction of knowing that her youmng Amer
ican-born huusbamndbeat the muarqjuis of.
Lorne for a seat in thme house of (omi
mion)s. Th'le nmarquuis is the queen's son
ia-law, and it was her majesty whoh
snubbed the baroness because ihe muari
ried a young man. Rel
t3oino Street-Car Nuisances.
Mlen who have been eating onions.
Men who smoke bad cigars on th
Men who chew and expectorate in
Pedlers who fill the ears with thol
111es and smell badly.
Men who whistle.
The stareful dude.
The awful masher.
Alen who talk so loudly that no on
se can hope to be heard by his neigli
Men who sit sideways when peopl
"e looking for seats.
Men who crowd the platform so tha
ople are squeezed nearly to death i
Atting on or oft the cars.
Men who pick their teeth in public.
Men who clean their finger-nails i
Juveniles who insist on sky-larking.
Boys who eat pen-nuts.
''he small boy who, on muddy day
tsists on kneeling on the seats.
len who hun all the way.
Men who want to know where th
ir is going to and when they get ther
Women who flirt with the wrong fe
The girPwhto hangs on to him all tl
The bundle woman.
The lady who has just been doing
tle shopping and bought out the stor
The ubrella fiend who always >ok<
e driver in the back or the condtuct<
The stout lady who, when the c
rehes. subsid es in one's lap.
The shrill-. oiced female.
The mother of six who brings tl
hole six alon r.
The lady wlio will mistake the be]
)pe for the strap.
The woman who at every street corn,
sks where she is to get out.
The gum-eating girl.
The women who after stopping ti
tr only take live minutes to kiss mi
fhe old ,vonng girl.
The lmuslcal enthusiast.
T1he s.stage-struck girl.
The girl who captures the conduetor
ttention so that he hus no eyes or ca
ft for his business.
The loud girl.
The women who paint.
The stalwart party who challenges yc
r your seat.
'l'he girl who looks at you too hard.
The girl who won't. look at you r
.-. Y. (iraphic.
Resenting an Intruder.
From John i1rrough's paper on Bir<
nemies, in the December Century , w
tote the follovng: '"(n), day a tragl
t" was enacteul a few yards from whel
was sitting with a book; two son,
m1"rows were trving to defend the
c'st against a black snake. The ci
outs, intrrogating note of a chicke
ho had su(ll(enly come upon the secr
his walk, tirst caused me to look u
OM mV reading. There were the spa
ws, with wings raised in a way p
iliarly expressivt of horror 1n(1 di,
av,rushing ahout a low clump of grah
tl bushes. 'T'hen, looking more elos(
I saw the glistening form of th
a'k snake, :ill the quick movenel
his hend as he tried toseize the 1,inh
ie sparrows (larted about and tlhroutn
e grass ami weeds. trying to beat tl'
ake ofl. Their tails and wings wer
read, and, "1itin g with the heat. am
e desperate struggle, they 'presented;
cst sigulat sp,e("tacle. Ihey ut tere<
> ely, ot a souiind escaped theimi.; the,
'Ie plily spaeehless wi't h horror ani
smiay. 1 ot once dlid they~ drop thiei
lngs, and the peculiar expr'ession1 o
oseupIllift ed palns, as it were, I shatl
v'er forget. It occurr'iedl to me that
rha ps, here wias a catse of attempjtel
rd-cehar'ii mg on the part of the snaike
I looked o't from behind the felle
ue bird'(s charLlged thle sna:ke and14 hal
'sed1 him nfrloml ever'y side, but wer<
idlently tunder' 110 se'll1 save thIiat 0
1lrage ill defen in g thieit' nest. Eveir
>men'lit or1 two'( 1 (conhl( See the4 h1ead( anm
ek of thle st)epent nmke4 a swe at thi
'ds, wihenx the onei st reek at wvould fal
('k, and tIcw otlu:r' wiould( r'ew the Ias
little (Ianigeri th:.J the snake couh
ike and hohl( one of the birds, thou g]
rembil ledl foi' thiem, they were so bob
d1i approntebed' so neal' to the snake'
mi, bt w,i thou4t sIucess. I low ~ thb
nigs idlwling1;;ly'11Th11 thie sna1k
(d14 oil to4 tim near f'nace, b:m-'ly es
ping thle .+>ne which I huld4 at' hiim
cinu lim t:u n 41t:riiI-d an d11'ranged
r1)'d l4,e lmny iudr ith S4h'i'41 sone
d1 I bd;lm'd 11nyself 'for' not avb
hied a t oInc'e to the r'escue wl,.4n thi
hI 4lnmy was Iupon)) hihni. TIhere i
>b)ably lil t l' tl'rutlh ill tIc h)ppular' 1n4
ike is th14 mlost 11ubtle, alert, nim
'ihlih of ourli snalkes, and11 Ihav'e neuve:
d(s in his iniouthI."
l'he Pll Mal\I.l Gazie(tte gives the follow
asa euiouslly com)prel'(hensive 1lis
lin~ gIli '54ocial ists' ' : EdA wa: rdu C.ar'
econoif t: li MI ~ichael I )av itt, thle agi
ori; lielfort lha , thel e"s'ayist ; Kegmi
ull, thle pub14 liher; and( Watlter. lOesan
I Mrs. I ,ynn II anton, thte niovelists
rlley, KeaIts', ,J 0ne1S, Brhl')i, D obell
)wningi, Swinburnae, William Morris
I EdAwm Arnlold,. the poets; Ruiskin,
art (rit ie; ChIiarles Kinigsley, thi
m11terir'e O 'lirien and F'er'gus O)'Con
,the chlart.ists ; Roberlt (Owen t h
ilanthiropist; and1 II. M. I lyanmar
journal ist; llrert Spencer, Jobi
art Mill, 'T. II. Iluixley., and Chle
rwin ;,*iolm Tynda'l th e scientist; an
Iliaml Kimgdoni Cli'or'd, the 1mo0
MIme. Ad(ehli Patt i w'ill be mardriedi
r. Nicolini ini ,ine next thlat is1
V, in the legal per'Iiod oft teln monti
er her (lvorce from the( Marqluis
ux. Nicolini's r'eal name is Erne
cholas, andl he belongs to a humb
ench family. Ilis wvife, from wvho
has just been dhivored( by mutu
nsent, andl from wIhoil i a
parltated nmany years, is an Italian lat
Limed Maria Anna.
o A Japanese judge lately fined a news.
paper man for not eyediting an articlo
e clipped from a conteiporary.
Nearly 600 newspapers in the United
r States bear the name of -News. of which
thirty-four are located in Pennsylvania.
Tho-c is a demand from China for
150 Christian missionaries at once. Con
verts are multiplying in all parts of the
An English lookmaker has construot
? ed a key which he says is capable of
opening 22,600 patent lever looks, all of
which difl'er In their combinations.
a )r. Albert Thompson, a young Irish
physician, has been presented with the
Albert medal for removing poison in a
a case of diplhtheria by sucking it away.
M. de Lesseps is said to look wonder
fully well, although for several months
past he has been harassed by puny syn
i, dicates gotten up for the purpose of
oustig him from his position as presi
dent of the Interoceanie Canal associa
Mr. George W. Childs, of Philadelphia,
has added an interesting item to Amerl
can annals by his discovery that Com
niodore Stewart, grandfather of Charles
e Stewart Parnell, is tha one who induced
Joseph Bonaparte to buy land and build
his house at Bordentown, N. J.
a A boy in Cleveland fell from a tree
and dislocated his neck. A surgeon
was sent for, who replaced the disjoint
. ed vertebrte so skillfully that the boy re
covered, and is to-day as well as over.
it '1his operation has been frequently at.
tempted, but very seldom with success.
Judging from a paragraph now going
ie the rounds of the medical press, the
higher education of women does not
1 cn(lduce to connubiality and fecundity.
Of 759 female college graduates only 196
er are married. Of these, 66 have no chil
dren, and 130 have had 263 children, of
which 232 are living.
to A well-known scientist says the feel
d ing of one while standing on a high
mountain or on the edge of a deep abyss
is to fly. Instances are noted where
persons, unable to resist this impulse,
iave east themselves headlong into dark,
's yawning chasms, in the belief that they
rs would reach the bottom in safety.
Of all the eminent jurists who have
sat ti ion the Supreme Court bench of
the United states from the organization
Au of the government to the present time,
only one of theni has been impeached
Samuel Chase, in 1804. lie was accused
t of unjust, tyrannical and arbitrary con
duct at certain trials, but was acquit
By an automatic tea or coffee-pot used
I- by the French army it is impossible to
e obtain a drop of coflee unless the water
is boiling. The water is underneath
e the col'ee but when it boils it rises up
- through a central tube and falls over
ir the coll'ee or ten, percolates, goes down
i- to the lower part of the apparatus, is
n warned again and once more travels
p Near Odessa two Greek merchants by
mistake purchased the same lot in a
ce ry. 'T'lie matter was referred, after
a warm dispute, to the District Judgo,
who decided "first come, first served,"
and that whichever died first should
0 have the coveted resting-place, it being
t understood that neither would take an
unfair advantage of the other by com
i uitting suicide.
Mrs. Livermore is an enthusiastic ad
vocate of co-operative housekeeping.
She, with some fifty other families, has
experimented with a co-operative laun
dry, and has been able to reduce the
cost of her washin<r andl ironing to 27
(eents a dIozen, inclu%ling dresses and the
most difficult pieces. She says the same
econonne results have been obtained ini
other departments of housekeeping.
While I am on the subject of heraldry
let me recall at good story credited to
William R. Tlravers. It was told that
- wvhen A. T. Stewart conceived the idea
of setting up a coat of arms he wont to
fMr. Trravers for advice. Mr. Travers
e sulggestedl an emp)loyer rampant, chas
Iinmg a lazy salesman with a yardstick;
3 and Mr. Stewart did not speak to him
1 again for a month. This anecdote is
- p)robably about as authentic as the
> other, which st ates that Mr. Stewart, be
I ing extremely loquacious at a State ban
1 qjuet at l)ehnonico's, Mr. Travers silenc
1 ed him b~y calling the length of the table,
S "Cash!"-N. I'. Today.
S Agriculture is the basis of the prosper.
ity of the worldh. If he who mlakestwvo
b hladeCs of grass grow where only one0
sp)rang upl >)efore (deserves wvell of his
country, then Mr. Mitehell Henry, M. P'.
-for GalIway County, deserves a statue as
a public b)enefactor. Onk his estate at
SKylemore, Connemnara, he has planted
"'the Caucasian variety of tihe prickly
Comfrey _(&/mphytusm aspeertmum),
Sand from it has alreadly produced this
year, by five cuttings, forty tons to the
acre, and another cutting is yet to conmc.
TIhis has been grown upon reclaimed
peat land, of which millions of acres
couild be had( in Ireland, and is excellent
for fattening. Cattle eat it greedily; it
is excellent for dairy cows; it fattens
p)heasaLnts, (lucks, and all sorts of fowls,
and in feeding them saves two-thirds of
.. the grain that couldl not otherwise be
l sed.-Englhsh paper.
- Others besides Miss Anderson have
sufT'ered from the too fervent idolatry of
- D)ubhn worshippers. Titiens relates
Sthat one night there she played Riena In
t Weber's "Oberon" for her benefit. But
;a whole evening of tuneful Wober was
,not enough for the Dublinites. In the
.mid.dle of the opera the cantatrico had
,to sing a few verse' written to the tunie
e of ',St. Patrick's I.ay" by a local poet.
,This pode'imance aroused theO onthusi
- asmi and ilatterem! Lhe vanity of the audi.
e enIce, andl "The Last Rose of Summer"
,was dlemandt d. Already oyertaxed, she
a bowed and bowed again and shook her
a head. But the gods were inexorable.
d She was forced to comply. At the end of
of the opera, she was dlragged1, as usual,
a great crowdl, as Mary Anderson was,
the Shielbourne Hotel. When Rho apor
o0 ed at thme window to ho0W her thak
:o shouts came from hundreds of volees o4
'5 "The Last Rose." "Gentlemen, I ath
lo extremely obliged, but I am too tired to
sing, slpoke the exhausted diva. 1htt
Ic all in vain. Her gallam't Irish admirers
m1 rem-amned shouting "Rose" until a de o.
al tation of would-be sloepers from h
mD hotel begged her to sing the air for tho