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KEEPING STEP TOGETHER.
The Band "was playing martial airs.
In.ihyttimic rhyme; and, marking time,
he drums were loudly beating;
Andthbseln uniform "so fine,
"With soldier cap and feather,
.And others there along the square
Were keeping step together.
Beside mc walked a maiden fair
Whose heart I had been seeking
For many a day, but had not found
The courage yet for speaking; '
And as I watched her glowing face
I really wpndered whether.
As.mah and -wife, throughout our life,"
JVc cou d keep step together.
The tane'vas changed; but still the band
Kept up its martial measure;
In unison the crowd moved on
To business, or to pleasure ;
And she emboldened by the scene,
Or by the bracing weather
Exclaimed: "Just see how nicely we
Are keeping step together:"
Ahtjjuickly I improved the time,
2ly Heart a quickstep beating.
And foon the old. old story I
,Was tenderly repeating;
Andvhen the "Wedding March" was played,
Close bound by Hymen's tether,
Aflowtfthe aisle, with rjptnrous smile,
We two kept step together.
The years have sped; and we are old.
Who once were young and sprightly;
But still within onr hearts tho tiamo
Of love is burning brightly;
And though we've met with cloudy days.
And some tempestuous weather.
True comrades still through good or ill
We're keeping step together.
X. T. Ledger.
A WOULD-BE SOLDIER.
" Poloon Eonyparte " Has His For
"Yes, Sis Dinah, dey s:iy3 ns how
dem gypsies camped down at Holly
Springs knows ebrj-thing in de world;
lio iv long you gwine ter lib, how much
money you gwine ter make, and who
vit gwine ter marry ef you is single.
Why. Sis Mary Jeniimy Lee, she
pinledly told me how dey 'scribed her
fust husband eben ter de wart on his
nose, till she could most see hin$ and
she nebbcr said a mortal word 'bout
him ter one ob 'em. 1'sc clean feared
to go and see dein."
Mrs. Cleopatra Allen, a credulous old
nogress, two shades darker than her
namesake of the Nile, had dropped in
for. a pleasant gossip with her neigh
bor, Mrs. Dinah Maria Mullins.
An encampment of gypsies at Holly
Springs, about a mile distant from the
Turkey Creek settlement, had thrown
the colored folks into the wildest con
fusion. Nothing was heard but their
wonderful prophecies and fortune
telling, and though the wisest and most
experienced of the men tried to prevent
their women folks from frequenting
the gypsy encampment, many a dollar
crossed the hard palms of the decep
tive old crones.
"Well, I duniio. Sis Cleopatry." Mrs.
Dinah answered, deliberately. She was
a stout, stolid-looking black woman,
slow of speech and slow of comprehen
sion. "I dunno as how you ought ter
go. Jacob he says as how they're 'Gyp
tians and vritches, and cast-offs from
do Lord, and dat it don't become church
members to 'aociate wid sech heathens.
I'm powerful curus, I must sa ter
"know ef dey kin tell me who tuck my
brass kettle wot wos stole last summer
outer de yard. P'raps I'll send Poleon
Bonyparte ter axe 'em."
"Maybe dey kin tell cf 1'se givin-3 ter
ho a sojer. mammy!" Napoleon Bona
,'Napoleon, being very short and stout,
-with a small head which only held a
thimbleful of sense, had decided that
regimentals would exactly suit his
style. He believed that with a gun and
sword and fierce mustache, a few strag
gling hairs of which he was at that time
nursing, he would be a terror to the
boys of his own age at Turke Creek,
and a hero to its dusky damsels.
Whether he was to be a drummer or
a general he had not yet decided, nor
how ho was to reach the envied military
height; but he had several times seen a
parade of militia at the neighboring
town of Plaquemine. and his thoughts
by day and dreams by night were full of
the "pomp and circumstance of glorious
His mother smiled proudly and ap
provingly at her son's speech.
"It do "beat all do way dat ar boj
lubs sojerin'," she said. "He's jest
borned one, and he's light complected
like his Uncle Nathan, wot went out
wid Marse James Anderson and fout in
do war ob independince. Leastwise,
Marse James he fout, and Nathan he
seed de battles wid his own eyes.
Tse been arter Jacob ter send
Poleon ter dat milintary school dey
calls West P'int, and let him foller de
sojer trade. He's all de chile we'se
got. Sis Cleopatry, and his pappy
oughtn't ter hinder him; but Jacob is
sot aginst do milintary, and he goes on
awful when wo talks 'bout it."
"Ho aint got no call to do dat."
lira Cleopatra replied, solemnly.
"He's no pore folks, ter skimp and save
sorhe"kin gib his son an eddication.
Folks do say Brudder Jacob has got a
power ob money hid away, caze he
don't believe in no banks.'
Mrs. Mullins smiled mysteriously-.
"I don't say yes and I don't say no.
Sis Cleopatry. Sartain sure, Jacob
Mullins don't b'iieve in banks, wot's
always, a-bein' Tobbed and breakin' J
how when he gits money, he's gwine to
"Wot's dat j-er sayin', olo ooman,
'bout money?" and Mrs. Dinah, turn
ing, saw her husband looking sus
piciously at lier.
' Jacob Mullins was a strong, shrewd
lookingvolil fellow, with rather a stern
expression on his'face.
rfShe answered hastilyi,"IjWor jjest
tellia' .Sis Cleopatry -you do'n'b'lieve in
obns. g K if a ,
4 "W5ltfseeinas jhow Iaint got.no
iuoney7tcrpnt "in no banks, it don't
matter wot b'lieves in. Is you goin',
Mis Allen? Well, good-mornin' !
"Look here, ole ooman!" he said, as
soon as theTisitor had departed. "Wot
was you sayin' 'bout money ter dat
clack-tongae? Did you say as howl
"No, I didn't open my head 'bout it,"
Dinah said, half-frightened and half
angry. "But you knows j-ou has it,
and you keeps me dat short dat me and
Poleon Bonyparte ain't got no decent
"I don't want no clothes!" piped
Poleon. "Dad, I wants regimentals
and a sword and a drum."
"Shut up, youidjit!" cried his father,
furiously. "Go out and feed de cows,
and ef you says regimentals ter me
agin. Til sojer you!" '
Poleon Bonyparte obeyed sulkily. He
thought his father very hard and
miserly, for he knew he had money.
Lying awake one night, when he ought
to have been fast asleep, he heard his
father and mother discussing the safest
hiding-place for their earnings, and
they decided upon a large knot-holo in
the crib, or barn, over which a plank
could be nailed, and which could only
be reached by a ladder.
"Ebry night I'm calklatin' to see
robbers break in," old Jacob said.
"Dey s'picions as how I'se got de
money in de house, but nobody'll tink
ob de barn, sure. I don't b'lievc in
buryiu' money, specially bank-notes.
Hogs mought root 'em up and damp git
terdeni, but my knot-hole bant is safe
Neither father nor mother dreamed
that Poleon had overheard this con
versation, and I must say one thing for
the would-be soldier: he was Ihoroughry
honest, and would not have touched
one penny of the mone'; but it made
him chuckle and feel rich every time
his ej'es fell on the boardeil knot-hole.
That evening, however, his mind was
running on the gypsies. He must have
his fortune told, whatever might come
of it. He was the proud possessor of
twenty-five cents, given to him that
morning by Judge Cameron for holding
his horse. He had determined to make
it the nucleus for the purchase of a
drum and sword, but the gypsies were
going away, and he must know if fu
turity held regimentals for him.
He fed the cows, and hastcucd to the
It was only a short distance from his
father's farm, and he was quite familiar
with the looks of the swartl-browcd
men who had loitered about the farm
to sell ponies, or mend pans and pots,
until old Jacob ordered them from his
premises. But many a peep had Poleon
taken of their encampment, and they
all knew him by sight and name. The
camp was a scene of confusion that
evening, for the gypsies were preparing
A bright-eyd young woman ap
proached the boy, who was standing
irresolutely on one foot, as was his cus
tom when perplexed. He had not made
up his mind whether he would have his
fortune told or not.
"And what does my pretty j-onng
gentleman want?" she said, witli an
insinuating smile. "We're going away
before light to-morrow, and he must
speak now, if he wants an thing."
"I corned ter hab my fortune tolt,'i
Poleon stammered, "but I reckon you
ain't got time. I ain't got but twenty
live cents, and 1 doesn't know if dat's
enuff ter buy a good fortune."
The woman laughed, and stepping
aside, beckoned to one of the men who
stood near the wagons. Poleon recog
nized him as one of the most persistent
haunters of the farm. A conversation
ensued between him and the woman in
a strange language, and in a few min
utes she returned, smiling, to the boy.
"Will the young gentleman cross my
palm with the silver," she said insinu
atingly," and let me see his hand?"
Poleon laid a trembling palm in hers,
and she studied it intently for a few
"I see a sword glittcrin'," she said,
in a low, mysterious voice, "and the
brass buttons of a soldier. You're
goin' to march to battle, but yon won't
be hurt oil no. I see you a comin'
back from the wars with banners flying
and fife and drum pitying, and I see
yes, I see gold epaulets on your shoul
der a Gineral's epaulets."
"0 Lordy!" ejaculated Poleon. light
headed and fairly intoxicated by this
picture of military grandeur.
"Yes," continued the gypsy, fixing
her keen eyes upon the boy's face.
"And then you'll march home in 3-our
grandeur, and your pa will pour alt the
hidden money at your feet, and say:
'It's yours, take it all.' Yes, every
cent of the money he's hid, but I can
see whore it is"
"Gracious!" cried astonished Poleon.
"You kin see de money in de knot-hole
in de barn and de plank kiverin' it,
"Of course. I sec the knot-hole and
the plank nailed over it as plain as I
see your face."
"Wot will pappy say when he hears
dat?" cried Poleon. appalled at this
display of what he thought superhuman
power. He little dreamed who had be
trayed the secret
"If you tell him," said the gypsy, in
a terrible voice, and frowiiii g darkly,
"if you tell him, your fortune won't
come true good-bye to soldiering. But
if you are secret, come to-morrow, at
sunrise, to that big oak yonder, and
under it you'll find what 3ou.want most
in the world."
Poleon ran home, his head in a whirl.'
He forgot all about the treasure, all
about every thing but what he was to
find the next day. Of course, it would
be a uniform. He certainly wanted
that more than any thing else in tho
world, and the gypsy had shown that
she knew every thing.
He passed a sleepless night, and was
up by daylight But he did not go near
the tree until sunrise, as the gypsy had
told him. When he had reached the
spot, there was nothing there but a bed
of dry leaves, which he scattered about
In his disappointment he threw him
self on the ground and cried aloud. Ho
had been basely cheated, and into his
slow mind there began to creep Gig
thought that he had been duped, and
that the gypsies were impostars.
He walked slowly home, feeling ut
terly cast down, but when ho neared
the farm he heard unusual sounds
which made him quicken his steps. At
the door of tho barn was his father,
dashing about like a lunatic, tearing
his wool, and uttering short, sharp
cries. Dinah stood near, the picture of
misery and despair.
"I-e been robbed! They've tuck all
my money!" Jacob cried, a3 he saw
his son. "De robbers is done broke in
de knot-hole and the hunderd dollars is
done gone. Saddle ole Jim, Poleon,
and riite fur yer life ter de sheriff. Tell
him ter come and cotch de tief. Run,
Poleon stood for a moment stupefied.
Then lie had an inspiration.
"Dem gypsies has done tuck it, dad!"
he cried. "They tolt me yisterday
'bout your money bein' in de knot
hole." He forgot, or did not know, the part
he had taken in tho little drama.
The old man gave him one sharp
look, dashed off, saddled the pony, a'td
was in town in a few minutes. The
gj-psies wcro pursued, and Jacob was
more fortunate than the most of those
whom the fraternity victimize, for a
part of the notes were recovered, owing
to a private mark which the astute
Jacob had put upon them.
As for what passed between father
and son on that occasion, no one knows.
but it is certain that "Poleon Bony
parte" seems to have lost his military
proclivities. Like his great namesake,
he has found his St. Helena. Youth's
FLYING FOR HIS LIFE.
How Emperor William Once Had to HIdt
In ll.i rn- and Ditches.
This remarkable account, which has
only now been made public, although
the more important details were
known, is abstracted from the unpub
lished memoirs of a diplomatist whe
was a participator in tho events of tht
eventful year of revolution, and an eye
witness of much that concerned the
late Emperor William of Germain-.
In 1848, the j-ear of the continental
revolutions, the people of Berlin, fol
lowing the example of those of Paris,
raised barricades, and after four days'
fighting the King, the elder brother ol
the late Emperor, who was then Princ(
of Prussia, ordered the Prince, who had
been organizing tho attacks on the bar
ricades, to retire with the troops frorr
Potsdam. Prince William sought ac
interview with tho lung, who refused
to rescind the order, when the Princt
broke his sword and, throwing it at hi:
elder brother's feet, left the palace.
The nobles and tho aristocracy wished
the King to abdicate in favor of the
Prince, but the people were so enraged
against the latter, in consequence ol
his ordering the barricades to bo car
ried by the troops that ho had to es
cape in disguise, whilst the democracj
triumphed and paraded the King or
horseback through the streets of Ber
lin. The Prince, disguised as a coach
man, took refuge on an island in the
river; but here he was not safe, and he
tied to the Spardau; but, being known,
the maj-or talked of giving him to the
democrats as a traitor to his counUy,
and he was again obliged to have re
course to flight to save his life.
To save the crown jewels, the plate
and the imperial treasuers from the
clutches of the victorious party, it was
necessary to remove them from the pal
ace. Fortunately a private dooropened
on to the river, and the valuables were
placed on board barges, which, for the
purposes of disguise, were draped with
black cloth, as though they contained
the bodies of insurgents slain at the
barricades. In this manner they were
transferred to the railways, and roacheil
Hamburg as merchandise, and were
put on board a vessel about to leave for
England. The Prince, however, had to
leave the railway being threatened with
death on several occasions; to save his
life ho had still further to disguise him
self, cutting off his beard and wearing
strange clothes. Wandering on foot
he hid himself away in peasants' cot
tages and slept in barns. It was im
portant that he should embark for En
gland without being recognized. To
accomplish this end he passed over the
frontier on to Danish territory and
arrived at last at a villa belonging to
his friend Oswald, where, for tho first
time since he left Berlin, he enjoyed
the luxury of a bed. The following
day tho Prince, under the name of
Muller, embarked on board a vessel
about to sail for London, accompanied
by a single aid-de-camp. London
Queen. - ,
AUNT HELEN'S PLUCK.
A Venernblo I-arty Who Indulge to Gym
I was making a call the other day at
a house where the family aunt, an old
lady well on toward ninety years of age,
is an inmate. We wore sitting quietly in
the drawing-room, and I had just about
reached the middle of a capital story,
when I was interrupted by a startling
serie3 of thumps and whacks on the
floor above. I paused for a moment,
thinking it likely that my hostess
would desire to rush upstairs at once
and ascertain which particular boy had
broken his leg or otherwise disabled
himself; but she appeared to be perfect
ly unconcerned, and her husband en
deavored to reassure me by saying:
"Go on; there is no cause for alarm; it
is only Aunt Helen practicing calis
thenics." Now, inasmuch, as Aunt Helen is, to
1113- knowledge, between eighty-five and
ninety years old, and, what is more im
portant, has recently sustained a severe
injury, so that she has to go on crutches,
I took this remark of my host as a bad
joke, and greeted it with a feeble at
tempt at a laugh. But I soon perceived
that I had fallen into an error. A frown
gathered on tho lady's face, and nn
friend explained, seriously, that Aunt
Helen, though lame, as I have said,
and forced to pursue her exercise while
standing on one leg, is yet so bent up
on living that she engages for half an
hour every day in certain gymnastic
performances, tho exact nature of which
I do not quite understand.
I recall one similar spirit in history.
Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough in Hor
ace Walpolo's time, lay very ili, with
her attendants gathered at her bedside.
"She must be blistered or she will die,"
whispered the physician. "I shall do
neither," said the old Duchess, and she
was as good as her word. Boston Post.
"Charles," said his fond wife, as
she appeared at tho bedside: "aren't
you ashamed to lie there at this hour on
a Sunday morning?" "Well, my dear,"
he replied, as he very languidly opened
one eye and let it softly cioso again, "I
do feef mortified; but I hope to sleep it
off before you get back from church."
A TERRIBLE WEAPON.
The Zallntkl Dynamite flan Intended for
the Italian GoT.rument.
Captain E. L. Zalinski, the inventor
of that terrible engine of war. the pneu
matic dynamite torpedo gun, has been
experimenting with the gun recently
completed for the Italian Government
which will cosl-SW.OO!).
This gun, in the language of Captain
Zalinski, is an serial torpedo projecting
machine, possessing many advantages
over the appliances for projecting the
torpedo through the water. It i3 of
15-inch caliber, and its range will be
at least one mile. The full caliber
shell will carry 600 pounds of explosive
gelatine, equivalent to 852 pounds of
dynamite No. 1 or 943 pounds of gun
cotton. Shells con taining smaller
charges can also be thrown. Tho gun
barrel is a light tube, having a smooth
bore. The loading is done at the
breech. Air at 1.000 pounds pressure
is admitted through a balanced valve,
made so as to open and close by a
single move of the operator. The time
of opening and closing can be varied so
that the range can b9 changed without
altering cither the elevation or pres
sure. In order to maintain the pressure as
nearly uniform as possible, wrought
iron reservoirs of from twelve to six
teen inches in diameter and about
twenty feet long are used, the air be
ing supplied to them by any type of
high pressure compressor. The power
of this fifteen-inch gun is great It is
clear that the value of a weapon which
can project a huge mass of powerful
explosive equal to three-quarters of the
entire bulk of the projectile to a dis
tance of one and a half miles with per
fect accuracy, can not be disputed. In
Captain Zalinski's office is one of the
shells to be used in the big gun. It is
made of brass tubings and castings, as
light as possible.
A tail tube with spiral vanes attached
is annexed to the shell in order to re
tain it in its proper trajectory. Non
metallic pins in the head keep it cen
tral at this point and free from metallic
contact while a leather gas-check and
vulcanized fiber projections keep it
central at the tail. The charge thus
far used has been uncamphorized ex
plosive gelatine, having a core of dy
namite. This core is for the purpose of
producing a complete detonation of the
less sensitive explosive gelatine. In
the cruiser Yorktown are three of the
new tifteen-inch dynamite guns, placed
abreast and parallel to onoanother at
a fixed angle of sixteen degrees.
The training of the gun is accom
plished by steering the vessel, which is
done by steam, and the running of the
engines which drive the twin screws.
The range can be varied by means oi
valves. Tho guns are required to be
loaded twice per minute. The shells will
be handled by hydraulic machinery and
provision is to be made for the storage
of thirty full-caliber shells. The gun
for Italy, now completed, is to be trained,
elevated and loaded by hydraulic ma
chinery. It is mounted on an iron base,
which when in place will rest upon a
heavy masonry foundation. The York
town when completed will cost 8350,
000. This includes tho guns. The
speed of this vessel will be at least
twenty knots. The speed is exceeded
by the small and light torpedo-boats
built abroad, but the Yorktown's hull
will be sufficiently strong to be service
able in rough wator, which is not the
case with the more lightly built torpedo-boats.
Tho torpedo shell has a double field
of action, the over-water and under
water hull. It is estimated that the
decks of the most heavily armed ships
will be vulnerable to even the eight
inch torpedo shells charged with IOC
pounds of explosive gelatine and a very
large portion of the more heavily
armored parts of tho shell charged with
600 pounds. Philadelphia Timc3.
Some of Those Who Cat Quite a Figure
In .European Politics.
The two most powerful republican
statesmen in Franco are married to
American women. Waddington was
married to an American woman in -England,
and Clemenceau was married to
a Yankee girl on her native heath.
Waddington is the son of English
parents, but a native of France and a
thorough Frenchman in tastes and in
stincts. Clemenceau, when he was
exiled from his country in the time of
tho Little Napoleon, settled for awhile
in the United Stales and taujjht school
There was a bevy of marriageable
j'oung girls in his set, and all were en
gaged to wed but one. He persuaded
the one to accept him, and the last en
gaged was the first to be married.
Clemenceau hastened home at the
breaking out of the Franco-Prussian
war, fought for his country, and when
peace came, he took an active part in
politics. He is c.tlleil an extreme
radical in France, but in this country
he would p:t33 for a conservative. He
is a thorough republican, and is am
bitious to plant the main stems of the
United States Constitution in Franco.
Mrs. Clemenceau is the head of the
house, and has the pleasure of know
ing that her husband is one of the most
domestic and best regulated men mor
ally in Fronch public life.
Some eminent British politicians, too,
are wedded to Americans. Sir William
Vernon Harcourt Gladstone's first lieu
tenant in command of the Liberal party,
is married to tho daughter of John
Lathrop Motley, at one time Minister to
England. Harcourt bears the reputa
tion of baing gracious to his wife only.
He has the ugliest disposition of any
man in English public life. He can
seldom say a kind word of anybody
but hi3 wife when a gruff word will an
swer as wclL In this country he would
stand no chance in politics, but in En
gland members of Parliament and pub
lic men generally seldom come in con
tact with the great body of the people.
Harcourt can mount a platform and
larrup the Tories for hours at a time,
and that, satisfies his Liberal constitu
ents. The wife of Thomas Power O'Conner,
Mr. Parnell's ablest lieutenant, is also
an American, the daughter of the late
Judge PascbalL of Texas". St. Louis
That would be a weak enterprise
which could not stand a loan.
Giants are not particularly happy.
An overgrown man has a grewsome
lool:. N. 0. Picayune.
"Women are the dearest, cutest
creatures in the world, but they can't
tell how a shoe fits until they see tho
number. ' ' Binghamton Bepublican.
It is a little strange that among all
the eminent men Avho have recently
written of "books which have helped
me" none should have mentioned the
dictionary. Xew Haven News.
Mrs. Chargeitplease "Good morn
ing, Mr. Tapemeasure. I should like
to see something in the way of a small
check." Mr. Tapemeasure (fervently)
"So should I." Detroit Free Press."
"You never find me hiding my
light under a bushel." remarked Mr.
McSwilligen, in the course of a dis
cussion with his wife. "You don't
need to," was the somewhat acrid re
ply; "a quart measure is quite large
enough." Pittsburgh Chronicle.
"Dear me," said the little Boston
boy, after intellectual suasion had failed
and they had spanked him for the first
time; "if I had had the slightest sus
picion that the resultant sensation was
so poignant I should never have invited
the experiment." Puck.
Husband (in the early morning)
"What are you going through my
pockets for, my dear?" Wife "A little
change, John." Husband "Have you
no money of your own?" Wife "Yes;
but it is so much easier to find a man's
pocket John, than a woman's." Har
It is stated that over 10.000 Ameri
can pianos have been shipped to Russia
in the last ten years. This will explain
why so many Russian Anarchists come
to this country. The outlaws are labor
ing under the comforting delusion that
all the pianos in this country have been
sent to Russia. Norrislown Herald.
Mr. Cazenove "Of course we shall
see 3ou at Newport this season, Mrs.
Poindexter?" Mrs. Poindexter "No;
I've been thinking of Saratoga." Mr.
Cazenove "But it's so awfully warm
there." Mrs. Poindexter "You for
get, Mr. Cazenove, that I passed three
years in Newport while waiting for
divorce papers. If any thing can be
warmer than that I'd like to know it"
Passenger(to stranger) "Minister
of the gospel, 1 imagine, sir?" Stranger
"Yes, sir. I have been a minister of
the gospel for forty-twoyears, but I ex
pect to retire soon." Passenger
"That is a very sensible move, sir. I
think when a man has made mone3
enough in his business he ought to got
out of it and en jo- himself." N. Y. Sun.
Southern Californian "Don't want
to buy an orange grove, eh? Only an
artist?" Stranger "I am an artist,
and was advised b3' ni3' friend, Joaquin
Miller, to eomo to California for studies
instead of going to Itaty-. He says
California is the true color land of the
globe. I was just thinking of painting
the beautiful landscape .before me."
"That all belongs to me, mister, cver3
foot of it; but I'll let 3'ou make a pict
ure of it for half the profits." Omaha
Literature of English etiquette
convc3rs the valuable information that
Dukes' eldest sons take precedence
over Earls, but the Dukes' younger
sons have to fall in line behind Earls'
aid Marquises' eldest sons, and so on
down. The graduation is a little com
plicated over there, but on this side of
the water all doubt is removed b3 our
simple rule of letting the drum major
lead the whole procession. Pittsburgh
ENGAGED YOUNG MEN.
A Jeweler's Clerk Tells How They Select'
"It's funny to see the different wa3s
in which various men select engage
ment rings, and when a man comes in
here for that purpose cverj clerk in the
store can recognize the fact at once.
Of course he has only come in to look
at some watches or a pair of sleeve
buttons, but the very manner in which
ho avoids the ring case betrays him at
once. After a few minutes, when he
feels a little more at his ease, he
usuall' takes the clerk into his confi
dence and asks to be shown some soli
taires. If it's his first venture and he
doesn't feel quite sure of his ground he
will even go so far as to ask if solitaires
aren't sometimes iwed as engagement
rings. The clerk's answer usually re
moves the last vestige of doubt and
then the purchaser throws aside all re
serve and selects from the assortment
befoi-e him the ring which strikes the
happ3 medium between the depth of
his affections and of his pocket.
"Other men, again, walk in with the
iiows just beaming from all over them.
'Engaged' is visible from the top of
their heads to the soles of their feet.
The purchaser of this class makes no
secret of his errand, and usualty' de
parts on hi3 wa3 rejoicing in a very
"From all indications I should say
that this year will see an3 number of
weddings. For the last month we have
averaged three engagement rings a
day." Jewelers' Weekly.
What Causes Headache.
Overwork in doors.
Want of fresh air in bed rooms.
Nervousness, however induced.
Waut of abundant skin-exciting ex
ercise. Tne excitement inseparable from a
Neglect of the ordinary rules that
conduce to health.
Over-indulgence in food, especially
of a stimlating character.
Weakness or debility of body, how
ever produced. This can only be
remedied by proper nutriment
Work or study indoors, carried on in
an unnatural or cramped position of
Literary men and women ought to
do most of their work at a standing
desk, lying down now and then to ease
brain and heart and permit ideas to
flow. They should work out of doors in
fine weather with their feet resting on
a board, not on the earth and under
canvas in wet weather It is surprising
the good this simple advice, if followed,
can effect Pioneer-Press.
SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY.
Extracting oil from cedar boughs
is a new industry in Maine.
Rosewood shingles are being im
ported as a novelty for trimming showy
cottages at seaside l-esorts.
Steel, when hardened, decreases in
specific gravity, contracts in length and
increases in diameter.
A New York hatter sa3s that none
of the so-called Panama hats are made
at Panama. The best of them, he ex
plains, comes from GuyaquiL
A late refinement in dentistry is a
tiny electric lamp for lighting up the
cavities of teeth during the process of
Dealers in hard wood furnishings
say that sycamore vood is rapidly
coming into use. It "works' well,
makes an excellent finish, and is much
cheaper than birch, maple, or oak.
A sugar refining company with
$5,000,000 capital has been started to
use Henry Friend's new method of re
fining by electricity. The cost will be
about sevent3'-five cents a ton.
A recent English invention relates
to casting packing rings read for use
without boring or turning. The rings
are cast in a chill mold around a me
The introduction of American
watches into England has reduced the
number of gold cases marked at the
London Assay Office from 34.S44inl876
to 20,416 in 1886. and of silver c:ises
from 119,894 in 1876 to 95.70S in 1886.
Tho mystery regarding the whites
of eggs after the ice-cream factories
have used , up their 3'olks is explained
b3 a statement that they are used to
make albumenized paper for photogra
phy. The question having arisen as to
why the fallen branches of trees, at
certain stages of decay, are more or
less colored through their tissues with
various shades of green, it is alleged
that chemical analysis shows the pres
ence of iron as the base of the green
The smallest circular saw in use is
one used in slitting gold pens. It is a
disc about the size of a five-cent piece
and has the thickness of ordinarv
paper. Its velocity tends to keep it
rigid enough for use; four hundred
revolutions a minute is the ordinary
rate of these diminutive saws.
The latest idea in the direction of
waterproof footwear is a shoe made
with a stout calfskin vamp, seamless,
underlying which is a vamp of thin
rubber, and between it and the lining,
which is of stout canvas. The bottom
of the shoes has a rubber intcrlininj:
between the outer and inner soles, and
thus the shoe is about as near water
proof as a leather shoe can be.
Barrels are now being made of
hard and soft wood, each alternate
stave being of tho soft variety and
slightly thicker than tho hard wood
stave. The edges of the staves are cut
square, and, when placed together to
form the barrel, the outsides are even,
and there is a V-shaped crack between
each stayc from top to bottom. In
this arrangement the operation of driv
ing tho hoops forces the edges of the
hard staves into the soft ones until the
cracks are closed, and the extra thick
ness of the latter causes its inner edges
to lap over those of the hard wood
staves, thus making the joint doublj
secure. In some recent scientific experi
ments on the effects of cold, two frogs
were frozen solid in a temperature of
about 20 F., and kept in that con
dition for half an hour. On thawing
slowly the3 recovered perfectly, but it
was found that large periods of exposure
invraiabh' killed the animals. The ex
periment was tried of freezing hermet
ically sealed moat so as to kill its
bacterial organisms, and thus render it
incapable of putref-ing. It was found,
however, that so low a temperature as
80 below zero would not destroy the
vitality of micro-organisms. It was
thus made clear that the attempts to
preserve meat for a long time by a
momentary freezing of it 'must be
THE RULING PASSION.
Why an Kmluent Jua.ro Excutetl an Im
In one of the coast States there lived
two men of ver3' dissimiliardispositions,
but whoso similar taste in one thing
led them to "meet together" on an oc
casion long remembered bv- many
nresent One was an eminent judge,
and the other was tho French keeper of
a sailor's loft. The judge was holding
court, and the loft-keepcr was an im
portant witness in a case before him.
The witness was called, but he came
not, nor answered. "Where is Suson?"
asked the judge, impatient at tlw non
appearance of the witness.
"He will not answer, your honor?"
replied the sheriff.
"Go and find him, and bring him
into court?" cried the judge, sternly.
The sheriff went to look for him, and
found the Frenchman a deeply inter
ested spectator of a cock-fight then go
ing on in the village. Returning to the
court-room, he reported to the judge:
"Your honor, Mr. Suson is looking at
a chicken-fight and sa3s that all the
judges in the State can't bring him
Immediately a change came over the
judge's feelings and expression, and in
a mild but earnest and clearty- heard
voice he asked: "Is it true, sheriff, that
the cock-tight is now a-going on?"
"It is your honor," replied the sheriff.
"Well, gentlemen," said the judge,
addressing the jury and law-ers, "I
very much desire to witness that light
myself. Tho court is adjourned for
half an hour." Harper's Magazine
Why Johnny Was Late.
A crabbed old bachelor who teaches
school not far from Austin was very in
dignant at little Johnny Flapjack the
only son of Mrs. Flapjack, and she a
widow for coming late.
"1 couldn't help being late," sobbed
"Because ma ha3 done been and got
married yesterday, and I had to wait
for my breakfast"
"Got married, has she? Any thing
to make yon late at school.- What
won't she do next, I wonder?" Texas
GENERAL BANKING BUSINESS
Gives Especial Attention to Collections
Buys and Sells Foreign sad Do
Negotiates Mortgage Loans
pT"AU business promptly attended to. Lly
(Malott & Company.)
ABILENE, - - - K1NS1S.
Transaots a general banking' business
So limit to onr liability.
A. W. RICE, D. K. G0RDE5, J0D3
JOHSTZ, W. B. GILES AND
T. H. MALOTT.
T. H. MALOTT, Cashier.
jr. E. Bokebiiakx, Pres. Theo. Moshzb, CasH
FIRST NATIONAL BANE,
Capital, $75,000. ' Surplus, $lo,000
STAMBACGH, HDRD & DEWETf,
ATTORNEYS AT LAW;
T. S. BARTON, Prop'r,
Respectfully inrites the citizens of Abi
lene to his Bukerj, at the old Keller,
itand, on Third street, where he has
tonstantlj a snpplj of the best
to be found In the citj. Special orders
for anything In mj line promptly at4
tended to on short notice.
T, S. BARTOH,
Respectfully inform all who intend
building in Manchester and vicinity
that they are prepared to furnish
Plasterii :-: fflai
AS LOW AS THE LOWEST.
Call and get estimates before
M. T. GOSS & CO.,
ST. LOUIS MD THE EAST.
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