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THE HOUSE OF HATE.
Mine en"my builded well, with the soft blue
hills in bight;
But betwist his house and the hills I builded a
house for spite;
And the name thereof I set In stone-work over
"With a carving of bats and apes ; and I called it
The House of Hate.
And the front was alive with masks of malice
and of despair.
Horned demons that leered In stone, and women
with serpent hair;
That, whenever his glance would rest on the soft
hills far and blue.
It must fall on mine evil work, and my hatred
bhould pierce him through.
And I said: "I will dwell herein, for beholding
my heart's desire
On my foe." and I knelt, and fain had brightened
the hearth with tire:
Ent the brands they woulJ hiss and die, as with
curses a strangled man.
And the hearth was cold from the hour that
the Hous of Hate began.
And I cMImI with a voice of power: '-Make ye
merry. H friends of mine.
In the hall of my Houe of Hate, where is plenti
ful store, and wine;
"IVewill drink unhealth to-rcther unto him I
have foiled and fooled:"
And they stared and they passed me by; but I
scorned to be thereby schooled.
And I ordered my board for feast, sad I drank
in the topmost seat
Choice prape from a curious cup; and the first it
was wonder sweet:
But the second was bitter indeed, and the-lhird
was bitter and black.
And the gloom of the grave came on me, and I
cast the cup to wrack.
Alone, I was stark alone, and the shadows were
each a fear.
And thinly I laughed, but once, for the echoes
were strange to hear.
And the wind on the stairway howled, as a
green-eyed nolf might cry:
And I heard ray heart: I must look on the face
of a man, or die!
So I crept to my mirrored face, and I looked,
and I saw it grown
(By the light in my shaking hand) to the like
of the mask-, of stone;
And with horror I 'hrieked aloud as I flung my
torch and fled:
And a lire snake writhed where it fell, and at
midnight the sky was red.
And at morn, when the House of Hate was a
ruin, despoiled of tiame,
1 fell at mine enemy's feet, and besought him to
But he looked in mine eyes and smiled, and his
eyes were calm and great:
"You rave, or have dreamed," ho said: ,-I saw
not your House of Hate!"
OLD ME. NICKLEPOD.
Ho Provided for FIosbIo's
"I haven't the slightest objection to Jack,
-my dear, and when he has saved money
enough to provide for you in case of sick
ness or misfortune, I will gladly give my
consent to your marriage. '
"How much money, papa?"
'Really, Flossie, you are incorrigible. Say
live thousand dollars."
"And that, with his present salary, would
lake five years at least."
"And you would have reached the ad
vanced age of twenty-three."
"Pretty old, papa."
"Yes, in the neighborhood of 'the sere and
"I've agood mind to marry Mr. Nicklepod."
"Excellent idea. He would doubtless set
tle a million on 3-ou, and be accommodating
enough to die In a month or two."
"He's most old enough to die, isn't he!"
Judge Somerton looked up from his pile of
papers, and gave his daughter's speaking
countenance, a quick examination. There
nvas something in her maimer of asking this
question a little different from usual, and
the judge was an expert iu detecting bhades
of this kind.
"Mr. Nicklepod told me one day that he
would crive any thing if he could have me
nbout his .touso all the time," the girl went
on. half laughing and half pouting.
"You would make a splendid trumpeter,
The Judge's suspicions were quite allayed
now, and the easiest way out of these annoy
ing love complications was to treat the inat
ter :i lightly as possible.
"0,my luugs are good," said Flossie; "and
1 wouldn't mind singing into the trumpet.
1'apa Somerton, what a lark! Think of how
many edifying things I could say with my
hack to the poor old gentleman. I could
abuse him to all the furniture in the houe,
and he'd never be the wiser. I'll consider
"When a woman considers, she is gen
At this )Kinttho judge resumed his search
among the intricacies of rhirography, and
hi daughter went on with her ducting and
putting to rights. After awhile the silence
was again broken by the latter.
'You were iworwhen you married, papa"'
"As a church mouse. Flossij."
"Why did you do it!"
"lSecause I didn't know any better."
"Hut you aud mamma were very happy."
"Florence," and now the kindly, middle
aged man brought his hand down hard upon
his desk, "if 1 had waited until I had saved
tome money your mother would be alive
now. It was hardship and poverty that
sowed the beeds of a fatal dk-oase. In three
years, Flossie, there were two children born
to us. My salary wa quite inadequate for
all the added expenses. Then came fret
tings and heartaches, and a six-months'
illness of my own. We suffered as none can
understand save those who have had similar
exiericnccA Your mother was eighteen,
Flossie. She should not have married at
that age. Our love was all right, but our
marriage at that time was a fatal mistake.
Now you know why I advise you as I do."
Long after the judge had left the house the
saddening effect of his words remained, but
vouth is unable to remain very long in the
shadow of another's erief. and so after
awhile Miss Florence doffed her sweeping
cap, put away her sad thoughts, and want
outinothepirden. It was a warm April
day, and shrubs and grass wero responding
in their brightest manner to Nature's caress
ing invitation. Such a day was too much
for Flossie. She could scarcely have, been
sad under any provocation, but a look at the
bright, sunny face and sparkling brown eyes
Hvas enough to convince one thr.t the spirit
of mischief was exceedingly strong within
her. Her coquettish carden hat was posed
at the exact augle for boeoaiingness, and
her plump little ilgure, arrayed in a dress
she had cut aud made with her own fair
hands, was one to be looked after and ad
mired by every lover of harmony. There
was a cate leadine from the judge's garden
to that of his millionaire neighbor, the latter
"being possessed of that genial and generous
disposition which likes to share its pleasures
vvitb others. Mr. NIcklepod, who was fond
of working with his flowers, spent much of
his time in his largo hothouses, and thither
the young woman, humming and smiling,
hetook herself. Mr. Nicklepod's ear-trumpet
xepobcd by tho side of a bed of carnation
pinks, while its owner busied himself with
some orange-trees further on.
"I wonder how long I could stand it to yell
,into an ear-trumpet!'' the visitor solilo
quized. "Of course I could hide it when I
didn't feel like talking. But then 1 suppose
he'd be making signs and faces at me, and I
should have to make faces and signs at him,
and that would be worse than the trumpet."
"With tula tho judge's daughter seized tho
somewhat formidable-looking instrument
-and went lb meet her friend.
"Why, Blossom, good-morning," said the
millionaire, heartily. "Nobody but you ever
thinks to bring me my trumpet."
t Andnobodybutnewould-ever-thiiik -of-hypothecating
your trumpet," said the
naughtj girl, under her breath.
"How's your pa J" Mr. Nicklepod con
tinued. "Quits well, but a little cross," said
Florence, bending over the "porringer'5 as
she called it. "1 hope you are not cross, Mr.
The smile deepened about the girl's mouth
as she wondered what must have been her
expression of countenance when giving ut
terance to these words. She felt it to be
the most designing speech of her life.
"Cros3 with you J" protested the old man.
gallantly; "impossible. I can't believe the
judge is ever cross, Blossom; but if he is,
you can run right away to my house any
time, and you shall have any thing you
want as long as you live."
"I seem to be traveling bv lightning ex
press, and on the locomotive at that," said
the minx, totto voce. "But what would papa
do?" she asked of the trumpet.
"You will be leaving him some time, I
"Yes, in about fifty years," said the girl
"And you see, child," Mr. Nicklepod went
on, "it would be very handy for your pa u
he only had to come next door to see you."
"I never thought of that," said Flossie;
'and I guess I'll come," she said aloud, aDd
then to herself; "I wish I dared as!: him
how long he thinks he is going to live."
I've a good mind to take you at your
word, Blossom. I'm a pretty old man, but
hearty yet, aud there is one thing I haven't
forgot, and that's how to treat women folks.
I m a very lonesome old duffer, too, with all
my money, child.
"The back gate would be real convenient
for papa, wouldn't it!" said Flossie into the
trumpet, and in a tone which was just on
the edge of a sob. "But by what gate could
Jack come iu2" was the next thought, and
now the sob was softly shattered, and the
April tears fell in a blinding mist.
"Blossom, what's the mattt i" said the
old man, with real concern. "It can't be
possible that the judge has really been
cross enough to make you cry!"
"O, no, indeed!" said Flossie. "I was
thinking how nice it would be" to have all
the flowers I wanted."
"You could have had those at any time,"
was tho somewhat disconcerted response.
"Yes, Mr. Nickkjpod" Flossie was deter
mined to be honest even in the hour of her
greatest deceit "and all the money."
The seamed and wrinkled face took on a
grave expression, and the old head shook a
little at tho mention of this word.
"Money isn't every thing, Blossom," he
said, "Money won't provide me with ears,
or keep the rheumatism out of my knees, or
tho loneliness from my heart. But you
shall have money. Now go and tell John to
cut all the flowers you want, and then run
home and tell your pa of my offer. I think
you had both betttcr come m and take din
ner with mc to-night, and we'll talk it all
"He doesn't act particularly hilarious,
seems to me," said Flossie, as she turned
away. "But I'm engaged, anyway plighted
to an octogenarian, or a centurian, or some
thing of that kind. Jack'll hate me, of
course; but wheu he finds I have done it for
his sake he'll have to relent. If I don't have
but a million, that will be better than
scraping and twisting for years to save five
thousand dollars. Papa always said that
riches would be very becoming to me. Poor
papa ! Poor Jack !"
When the judge returned to his home,
about three o'clock that afternoon, he was
much burprlsed to find his daughter reclin
ing upon the library-lounge with her head
"What's the matter, Flossie? What is it
"Vinegar, papa. I've had hysterics, and
this is tho reaction."
"I hope you are not getting cranky, and
weak, and nervous, like the girl of the
"I am not getting any thing, papa; I've
got I've got all I want, aud more than I
want; and nothing that I want. I've got
old Mr. Nicklepod and his ear-trumpet for
my future husband, papa, and there's mil
lions in it; but where oh, where is Jack?"
For a moment the judge stood as if petri
fied, and then burst into a perfect torrent of
laughter. At this point the vinegar band
age was discarded, and the prospective mil
lionairess came to n sitting position.
"Isn't it funny.' Isn't it very funny?" she
remarked, with flashing eyes. "But you are
responsible for it, with your talk about five
thousand dollars. 1 went deliberately into
Mr. Nicklepod's, and made him propose to
me. I was bound to settle it to-uuy. And
now, papa, will you break tho news to Jack?
We are to dine with the ear-trumpet to
night, and then ex'iml parties and dances,
with Jack so handsome and lovely in his
full-dress suit, and enter long-sleeved
gowns aud old age without ears."
"You'll have ears enough for both," said
the judge. "They seem to have grown
longer since morning."
"But. papa, Mr. Nicklepod is certainly
over eighty, isn't hoi"
"Flossie, what have you been doing!'
"Truly, papa, just what I said. O, dear
me. how my head aches. Mercy! how my
heart aches !'
"Ulon my word I thought better of
Nicklepod."' said the judce to himself
awhile afterwards. "But I pity tho man
young, old or middle-aged who gets my
Floss!" and then the judge laughed again,
though there was a touch of something be
sides merriment in his heart.
That evening the millionaire was at his
best. Carefully dressed and "valeted," as
Flossie remarked, he looked much younger
than when in his garden or on the street.
"Good for forty years. I should say, Floss,"
whispered the judge, wickedly.
"He is real handsome," was the astonish
ing reply, "and I shall live to be proud of
"I suppose Blossom has told you of our
compact," Mr. Nieklepoi began, when at
dessert, the sen-ants having left the dining
room. Tho judge nodded, the car-trumpet being
on Flo.-sie's side.
"Are you agreed!" was the next direct
question put by the old gentleman.
"Nod up and down," said Flossie. "Don't
you dare do it sideways."
The judge reached for the trumpet and
yelled into it:
"We'll talk about that later."
"Very well," said Mr. Nicklepod ; "I am.
as I told Blossom, an old man, and perhaps
not very good company; but I know how to
treat women folks let 'em have their
liberty, and give them plenty of money
eh?" and now tho millionaire's face was
"That ought to bo satisfactory." said the
judge; "but there are those who would
abuse such broad privileges and one of
them is not so very far off, either," ho
added, under his breath.
"Perhaps! but Blossom wouldn't be one
of that kind. No, indeed; I am sure of
The judge shook his head "sideways" that
time. It seemed an involuntary movement.
"Can't you circumiocute to how old he is,
papa!" said naughty Flossie.
"I was telling Neighbor Davis this morn
ing," the host began as if in answer to her
question, 'that I really look older than I
am, being only seventy-two last week."
"You are in for it," tho jy6ge remarked,
as the speaker paused a moment to fill his
glass. "Feel of your ears, Fles, and learn
for yourself if they haven't grown."
"My father," Mr. Nicldepod resumed,
"lived to be ninety-six, and then died from
an aecident. My mother was in her nine
tieth year when she passed away. In fact,
wo are a very long-lived race, though we
seem to age early."
"According to precedent, twenty years at
least," said the judge.
"The reason I haven't married again," the
millionaire went on, "is because I could
never bring myself to believe that any one
whom I cared for could ever care for me;
and to have a wife whose constant wish, was
for ny death would be rather hard lines
''Bless om"-manat;ed to ncd-her-faesdrbut
her face was turned away from her host, and
her father was surprised to seehow pale it
"Why, are you like Ca?sar's wife!" the
latter managed to ask. in his old joking man
ner. If Flossie lost her grip at this crisis
the consequences would be more dramatic
than he cued to contemplate. But happily
the change from the dining-room to the
beautiful library caused a change in the con
versation, and the victim of her own folly
had a chance to recover herself. It was a
long, strange evening, and one to be remem
bered while life lasted. The two men played
checkers, while the girl guest wandered
about among the books and pictures, steal
ing occasionally into the great drawing
rooms, and coming back again as white and
scared as if she had seen a ghost.
"Will it be lonely for you, Blossom?" the
old gentleman asked, as she returned from
one of these excursions. "I've been think
ing," he added, without waiting for an an
swer, "that it'll make things about right if
I can persuade your pa to come, too. Ho
has no one but you, and then I need some
business help, and it would be a hearten
ing thing to have a true friend at hand."
O, dear! he is going to marry us both,"
What do you say, judge?" Mr. Nicklepod
went on. "Suppose you try it lor a year:
There is no reason why this house can not
be a home to you both in the truest sense of
the word. Do tako pity on me, neighbors,
for I believe I am the lonesomest old vaga
bond in the whole world."
-Judge Somerton, I wish I was dead,"
said Flossie; and then, seizing the trumpet,
she said, in broken tones: "Mr. Nicklepod
you arc an old angel, and papa don't know
what to say, and I am in just as bad a state.
I'd love to live here with all these beautiful
things, and with you. so kind and generous,
and so would papa that is, if he has a sin
gle sense left. And I made up my mind I
would live liere just beeause I loved Jack
you know Jack and he hadn't any money,
and he couldn't marry me in about ten
For mercy's sake, Flo3s," the judge put
in, imploringly, "don't be a simpleton."
"It's begun, and it has got to come," was
the girl's quick answer. "And, Mr. Nickle
pod, I thought some time I could take Jack
a lot of money that is, if he would wait for
mo nnil I didn't see how I could really do
you any harm that is, if you were truly
fond of me."
"You are an honest, blessed girl," said the
old man, brushing away a tear, "aud I am
truly fond of you, and truly desirous to pro
mote your best interests. But, Blossom, I
would no sooner marry you than I would
kill you. Such a wicked thought has novo r
crossed my mind. You shall have two
fathers. Blossom, and you shall have Jack,
too: but not to marry him now, because you
are not old enough, and Jack hasn't had a
chance to show what kind of stuff there is
in him yet. Five years from now, if he
proves worthy, you shall go to him with a
dowry. Then we will have the jollicst wed
ding that ever was, and I will dance with
For a moment there was utter silence in
the room, and then Flossie lifted her right
hand, and with a characteristic movement
of her little forefinger, baid into the trumpet:
"You two men have had your heads to
gether. That is as plain as the nose on your
face," giving her father's nasal organ a little
tweak. "But, Papa Nicklepod, Judge Somer
ton and his daughter will be with you anon,
and the way you will have to stand round
and mind the housekeeper will be a cau
tion." , .
'All right," said Mr. Nicklepod; "give mo
a kiss; and I do wish 1 could tell you how
happy you have made me !"
The kiss was given, and it was no disgrace
to Flossie that her eyes overflowed with
tears. Eleanor Kirk, in Letlie'.i U'tekly.
Wretch Who Gloria In Yl'ouuilln.
feelings or Other.
No person more completely pos
sesses tho power of creating misery in
his house than the domestic tyrant,
embittering, as ho does, the lives of his
nearest relatives by his selfishness and
cxigennt temper. The great essentials
for happinpss in social life are freedom
and trust; but these important elements
are banished out of the little home
world ruled over by one of these im
perious autocrats. He makes it a rule
to exhibit tho most profound disregard
for the feelings of others, and by an in
dulgence in covert sneers, harsh and
insulting words, the self-control of his
victims is soreVy tried. Consciousness
of power is no doubt the cause of his
ovurbcarinsr wavs. The domestic tv-
rani always has the highest possible
appreciation of himself. His opinion
admits of no question. Being his opin
ion, it must be right, and in an arbitrary
manner he expects his family to
acquiesce, or to feign acquiescence,
with him on all points. He looks upon
himself in every sense as a superior be
ing, far above his surroundings. In his
own estimation he is too highly bred
and too refined to support the incon
veniences of daily occurrences which
are endured by others. His organiza
tion is too sensitive and finely strung
to tolerate small domestic troubles. He.
if any thing, is only too generous and
virtuous; he feels compassion for him
self alone, regretting that tho grandeur
of hi character is not sufficiently ap
preciated. His most trilling acts are
magnified by him into samples of stu
pendous liberality. Iu his complete
self satisfaction he announces ho is
only too good in sacrificing himself,
and ho laments that ho does not re
ceive tho admiration he considers his
He possesses in the highest degree
the power of wounding the feelings of
others, and by his persistent efforts to
mortify their sensibilities, he appears to
treat that powevas an accomplishment,
which he never neglects to display at
every opportunity. The inmates of
many an apparently happy home, if
questioned as to the background, would
bear testimony as to wrung hearts,
caused by a domestic tyrant. Xo won
der, with such a man for the head of
the house, there is a jrener.il sense of
relief when the front door shuts behind
him. and a feeling of suppressed joy
when he is away. Besides the misery
caused by him to his household, the
domestic tyrant must really experience
a considerable amount of mental dis
comfort hiruelf. He can not fail to
perceive the sort of change that comes
over the cheerful family parly when he
appears or the kind of chill that his
presence brings. Instinct must tell
him how carefully topics of conversa
tion are chosen for the family meals,
how much constraint prevails, and what
a strict avoidance of any subject there
is that may lead to wrathful question
ings. Curiously enough, out of his
home he is generally the genial, jovial
sort of man, and very likely is looked
upon as a rather good-hearted sort of
fellow, for it is only to his family that
he shows his teeth." Christian & Work.
A Vermont woman broke her jaw,
and her husband facetiously called her
the "ex-speaker." Ar. Y. Star.
RIGHTS AND DUTIES.
The Importance of Using Qpr's l'r.TJIf-gcj
to the JJest Good of Society
The truth that every new r:Iit
secured involves new obligations :i:.d
new duties needs mrch more einpha-.i
than it at present receives. Tin; ucs v
to gain rights is strong enough :intl
sufficiently manifested, but the d:-
to fulfill worthily the trusts tJuy ;u -pose
is comparatively weak. A mis
chained hand aud foot is certainly
prived of the right of free motion, am!
justh demands re'pase. But l.m-t y
he is set free a multitude of duties :.n.i
obligations spring up. Where A: h
direct his steps? How shall he ;:-e li
hands? What good thing is he to In-in
out of his liberty that was imjvii'.j'.o
l-before? If lie uses his newiy-fo'.n-t
power only to abuse and maltreat I.Is
fellowmen. it may well be dun.i:-'
whether, after all. his former state f
restraint were not preferable. So wi'.U
all other rights free thought, fiv
speech, free press, free labor thi-y aiv
blessings in proportion as t!iy nr
exercised for good: when they are n- .
in the interests of selfishness and grci d.
or to destroy the rights of others. :
to break down law and order, t .
cease to be benefactions, and if c:i
rieit iu such directions beyond c r. "
limits society justly retracts :.
boon. Rights used in the cat:-e
of wrong certainly forfeit tb-i-claim
to recognition, and render 1 1 -very
name an absurdity. It i- linu
that more emphasis were laid up--:,
moral obligation, both as betu ecu nai.
and his fellow-man and between I.'.'
man and the community. Too iikm,
people are developing a keen in.-iuiu
into what they suppose others v.--them,
while maintaining a dullness ni
perception truly alarming as to v. ha:
they owe to others. Clamoring Imn'.'y
for their own rights, the- forget how
many rightful claims of others the;, aiv
constantly withholding. It is. of cour-e.
only the few extremely pronounced
cases of this injustice with which the
law can deal. By far the larger pro
portion are beyond the reach of lav
courts. The father of a family, claim
in" the right to order his own hoii.-e! old.
robs his children of the most sacred
rights, and through avarice, or selfish
ness, or ill -humor, wrecks their happi
ness and prospects. Or an avaricin::.
manufacturer, who claims the right t
manage his own business without intei
fernnep. so manages it that his work
men muse labor at starvation wag s.
anil his customers must pay full pn
for an adulterated article. Or tin
laborer eagerly claims his right ti
labor at pleasure, and to ceas-- whe.
he will, yet utterly disregards the ssnu
right of his fellow-laborer, and compel
him, by threat and penalty, to abstain
from working at his command. Thu-;.
in the name of liberty, many an act o
tyranny nourishes; in tho name of lr
dom, many a feeble one becomes en
slaved; in the name of human
many a man and woman
crucllv wronged; in the nan.e
of free speech, many a fair reputation
is ruined, many falsehoods dissemi
nated, many errors taught. What i
needed among us more than the insist
ence of rights is the enforcement ol
duty. It should be imprc-sed upon me
minds and hearts of all that a right is
not something merely to secure, to re
joice in, and to use at pleasuie, but
that it is a, solemn trust to hold, an ob
ligation to fulfill, a power to wield, a
responsibility for which eacli who pos
sesses it is accountable. The question
so often asked: "Am I receiving all
the rights to which I am entitled?"
shouhUjc coupled with the more im
portant and searching one: "Am I
using all the rights with which I am
invested for the best good of society?
Am I giving to others all the righ's
which belong to theni, as far as my
power extends?" It is this attitude oi
mind which gives breath and dignity to
life, and raises justice aud generosity
to their rightful places in society. Only
as men live for something higher and
nobler than self can they attain their
true value, and only as this is done
habitually by individuals can we hopo
to see an'elevatcd and prosperous com
munity. A movement in this direction
is being made by the formation of so
cieties, whose object is said tp bo "the
dissemination of a knowledge of the
principles of good citizenship and the
promotion of the observance of the
duties imposed thereby." We gladly
welcome all such endeavors, hoping
that their influence may be widely dif
fused and may help to place the whole
doctrine of rights upon the firm and
sure basis of righteousness. Philadel
Wbern They OrScinnteil niul How They
Vere Carried Around tho WorliL
It is well known that high cultiva
tion tends to produce fruit containing
fewer seeds until at last all the powers
of tho tree or plant are directed to the
perfecting of the pulp. In .'ome cases
no seed appears. The finest varieties
of plantains and bananas, pineapples
and bread-fruit have no seeds. Of
course, all such trees and plants have
to be propagated from shoots or cut
finr Tt. has been a common belief
that the life of sm-h plants could not
be prolonged indefinitely. In the case
of the apple and tbe orange this is true.
The trees have to be raicd from seeds,
and the seedless varieties are grafted
Such varieties of fruit could not anso
in a state of nature. They are the re
sult of selection by the early races of
mankind. It must have been the case
that the fruit was abundant, so that
people were content only with the best.
It must also have been a favorite, if
not a necessary article of food, or men
would not have improved it by careful
Humboldt thought that some specie3
of the plantain were native to America,
but the early discoverers made no men
tion of finding it here. If we could
prove it to be native, it would x-aise our
estimate of the civilization of the peo
ple. As the case stands, the probabil
ity is that these seedless fruits were
first produced in the East Indies, and
from that point have been carried
around the world. The name of tho
banana indicates that it was given in
the East, and that the fruit was a lead
ing one in the ancient markets.
SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY.
Dr.-Henocque, of Paris, has invent
ed a new spectroscope for investigating;
tho changes in the blood. It is expect
ed to prove of importance in studying
There are in all seven species of
parasites known to prey on the Hessian
fly. Miss Ormerod. an English woman,
famous for her insect knowledge, has
hatched them out and classified them.
It is estimated that over 30,000
pianos are in use in the city of Brook
lyn alone. In the opinion of some peo
ple the time is fast approaching when a
piano will become a necessity instead
of a luxury.
There are 337 blast furnaces in
operation in the United States, produc
ing 125,539 tons per week, and 313
idle, with a weekly rapacity of 122,042
tons. The anthracite capacity has in
creased from 33,602 tons weekly a year
ago to S5.273 now. Public. Opinion.
Prof. W. Matticn Williams offers as
a better explanation than the old one
of the zigzag course of lightning that,
owing to variations of moisture, the
conducting power of different portions
air is variable, and the electric dis
charge follows the course of least resist
ance. The bacillus of cancer is hard to
find, and Dr. Senger roports to the
Berlin Clinical Society that he has been
unable to verifv observations claimed
to have revealed the organ'sm. Cancer
appears to be peculiar to man. as it has
never been inoculated in the lower ani
mals. A new kind of glass has been in
Tented in Sweden which is asserted to
possess wonderful microscopic power.
While the highest power of an old
fashioned microscopic lens reveals only
the 1-400. 000th part of an inch, this new
gla's will enable u; to distinguish
1-204. 700, 000th part of an inch.
Picture frames aro now made of
paper and colored like walnut, and are
so perfect that no one could detect them
without cutting them. Paper pulp,
flue, linseed oil and carbonate of lime
or whiting are mixed together and
heated into a thick cream, which, on
being allowed to cool, is run into molds
The trade in birds for women's
hats was so enormous last year that a
single London dealer admitted that he
solil two millions of small birds of every
kind and color. At one auction in one
week, there were sold G.000 birds of
paradise. 5,000 lmpeyan pheasants,
400,000 humming birds, and other
birds from North and South America,
and 360.000 feathered skins from India.
According to General Tilo, the
continents average 3 deg. C. (54 dog.
F.) colder than the oceans between the
latitudes of 90 deg. N. and 50 deg. S.
The New Continent is 3 deg. colder
than the Old; and the Atlantic 26 deg.
colder than the Pacific. The northern
hemisphere contains 14 per cent, of the
cold regions, 35 per cent of the tem
perate and 51 per cent of tho hot.
"An automatic safety engine,"
burning kerosene oil, is said to be all
that its name implies. Tho several
parts arc so well designed that a hot
bearing has never been known as yet
The fuel is kerosene oil. at the exceed
ingly low tire test of 110 to 115 de
grees, which makes a cheaper fuel than
hard coal at $1.50 per ton. These
engines are adapted to a great variety
of work, from running sewing ma
chines to driving elevators. They will
never fail where fair usage is granted
Celluloid has recently been used as
a substitute for copper in sheathing tho
hulls of vessels, and has been found to
answer the purpose admirably. Plates
of this substance have been applied to
a number of vessels and allowed to re
main six months. At the end of that
time the parts of the hull left uncovered
were found to present abundant col
lections of marine vegetations, while
the celluloid was intact and free from
any such vegetable masses. It is said
that it can be applied to the hull in
very thin plates and vet answer all de
mands for solidity, rosistance to chem
ical action, etc Iron Age.
Literary Paroxysm That Are Absolutely
Absurd and Nnufteatlns.
The Oriental imagery, so plentiful
in all the written communications of
the Eastern peoples, has been earned by
the Turks to the point where its liter
ary paroxysms become very absurd.
One Effendi, or dignitary, writing to
another, speaks of himself as "thy ser
vant," "thy miserable valet," "thy
sl-ivo." and so on. while all his refer-
encesto the person addressed are to
"thy highness," "thy gracious lord
ship," "thy most exalted personality,"
and the like.
The Turk, in addressing his equals
or superiors, never uses the plain
words "you" or "me." Instead of "I
saw you "tho other day at the mosque,"
he says: "I observed at the mosque
the dust of your excellency's feet."
There is a Turkish proverb which de
clares the word "me" to be always and
Here are two genuine Turkish invi
tations to festivals:
"Noble and venerated friend: To
night, when the silver barque of the
moon, now fourteen da-3 old, floats
out upon the sky's azure expanse, be
stowing upon all the world romance
and tenderness, we shall be assembled
at the village of Rumili Hissar, in the
place called Hozreti-Mollah, a spot full
of delights; and all the night, even to
the rising of the sun. we shall taste the
pleasure of the feast. We shall not ad
mit a delay so great as the thickness of
a hair. May the fleetness of sails and
the strength of rowers bring thee, thou
source of joy, to all thy friends!"
"Most gracious master and most
venerated lord: This evening, if it
plca-e Allah, when the great king of
the army of stars, the sun of all the
worlds, shall, setting forth towards the
realms o! the shadows, thrust his foot
into the stirrup of velocity, thou art
besought to illuminate us with the
bright rays of .thy countenance, which,
indeed, rivals the sun's. Thy arrival,
like that of the zephyr of the spring
time, will for us, dissipate the somber
night of solitude and desolation."
And this ponderous composition is
only an invitation to "come and dine
at six." Youth's Companion.
The ABILENE IMPBOVEMENT CO. offers
$100,000 IN BONUSES
to reliable mannfacturing concerns who will
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well as the most prosperous city in Central
Kansas. It will soon have
THREE HEW TRUNK LINES OF RAILROADS,
making FOUR lines, which will insure un
equaled shipping facilities.
ABILEM 1P1IEBT CO
THE ABILENE NATIONAL BANK
CAPITAL, - $150,000.
CLARK H. BARKER, President.
W. P. RICE, Yice-President.
TEiriSAOTS A GENERAL BANKING BUSINESS.
Business of Merchants, Farmers and Individuals generally
solicited. Unequaled facilities for the transaction of all
business intrusted to us.
J. C. BOYER, Attorney and Notary. C. G. BESSEY.
FRY, BOYER CO.,
Loans on farms and city property. Heal Estate bought ami sold.
Insurance contracts at current rates. Notary business promptly attended
to. Special bargains in city and suburban property.
Citizens' Bank Building,
Tmm in nil its branches. MORTGAGES
Property at G, 7 and 8 ier cent., with reasonable
Also, money on Farms without commission.
At all times ; for sale at lowest rates.
Furnished on all the principal cities of the world.
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Snecial attention siren to business of Farmers and Stockmen.
Personal liability not limited, as is the case with
Ill Fiitoe ifl M ft
HHflv r 1 iM will
We nre eiTing special attention to this department; carry the largest
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pared to attend to this business In all ils branches.
Corner Fourtn and Broadway.
a H. LEBOLD,
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J. E. HERBST,
E- A. Hehbst, Cashier.
Our individual liability is not limited, as is the
case with stockholders of incorporated banks.
LEBOLD, FISHER & CO., Bankers,
E. D. HUMPHREY, Cashier.
A. K. PERRy, Assistant Cashier.
& CO., Proprietors.
No one should purchase real estate until
they know in i title is perfect.
W. T. DAVIDSON
has the most complete set of Abstract
In the County. U years,' experience
Office over Post-office,
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