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ENGLISH AS SHE IS WROTE.
There was a German poet vrho in English tried
And with the dictionary big he wrestled all the
And though lie chose -with extra care the words
spelled all alike,
JIc spoiled his Utt e poem for a rhyme ho
THE POEM (!).
The sirl I'll wed shouM always knead
With her fair hands the dough,
Because the stuff called biker's bread
Is hard to eat and tough.
She should hive learned in early youth,
Home duties old and new.
-And never pout her pretty mouth.
When helpluR mother sew.
Her temper she must sweetly mold.
So nothing is a plasue.
.And not desert me if I should
Be stricken with the aue.
1 could enjoy a cup of tea.
If sweetened with her laughter,
And never let a false.idca
Our happy hom--life slaughter.
At evening, when work is done,
Beside her I shall linger.
And her ths sweet piano's tone,
And her's if she's a singer.
. U. Vodoe, in Goodall's San.
THE END OE A ROAD.
A. Romance of Three Lives
How It Ended.
Written for This Paper.
a unicago lawyer,
handsome and well-to-do,
decided to treat
himself to a vacation.
He reached this con
' elusion one afternoon
early in August, as he
'w sat alone in his office
where the mercury.
for the past ten days,
had registered one hundred in the shade
with oppressive monotony.
To a man blessed with a fortune, such a
determination offers a choice of pleasures,
a jaunt across the Continent, Alaska, En
gland, Paris, tho Rhine. John Strangford,
however, had exhausted long ago the
novelty of foreign travel. A visit to his old
home, his own country place now, which he
had not inspected for some time, appeared
sufficiently attractive, and ho immediately
experienced that bouyancy of spirit which
results from a choice wisely and speedily
made. He placed his unopened books upon
the shelves, dropped some papers into a
drawer and putting on his hat locked the
door and went down into the street.
He made his way through the shabby,
pcrsj-iring crowd that surged in front of one
of the great stores on State street where
everything is sold, from a shovel to a bon
net. At the corner of Madison street a boy
thrust a cluster of old-fashioned meadow
lillies into his hand. They were yellow
and without fragrance, but they brought to
mind vivid recollectionsof old haunts which
he was soon to see again. He paid for them
with a liberality that delighted the child
and pursued his way, past storage and com
mission houses, over the bridge to his own
apartments in a pleasant neighborhood on
the North Side. A burning wind blew from
the west across the parched prairies, bear
ing unsavory odors from the stock yards
and Bridgeport; while to tho east the lake
stretched away to tho dim sky-line, as still
and glittering as molten glass, not a sail in
Strangford's preparations were soon com
pleted and an hour later the train bore him
through tho squalid suburbs, peopled by
gregarian Danes and Norwegians, thence out
into the oien country toward a region of
streams and forests. He woudered a little
why he should ever care to go back to Gran
don. His parents were dead, he was tho
last of his nice, and his old friends were
scattered orhad changed until they were no
longer the same. And he somewhat sadly
recalled other home comings while he was
still in college that remote and halcyon
period when he had nurtured ambitions
and dreamed dreams.
He reached Grandon in tho night and went
to a little tavern which he lenew, and being
.hown into a clean, comfortable room, soon
slept the sleep of the just. In tho morning,
after a late and leisurely breakfast, he went
out for a strolL He saw few familiar
faces ; smart Queen Ann villas, shaved lawns
and geranium beds had superceded the
weather-beaten houses he remembered. The
old homestead alone remained unaltered. It
stood on tho edge of the village, fields join
ing the orchard just behind tho house. He
had lot tho place to somn decent, middle
aged people without children, reserving two
rooms in tho west wing up stairs for him
self, with liberty to go and como as he
pleased. Thcs? were to be always in readi
ness for him whenever he choso to occupy
them; and Mrs. Hester, who sat by the
window sewinsr, saw him as he came up the
front walk, and thanked fortune that only
yesterday she had aired them and set them
in order. Presently, after an exchange of
salutations and a little common-place con
versation, he was seated in an arm chair by
his favorite windoWsmoking a good cigar.
Ho surveyed the broad acres, tho flocks and
herds which were an appreciable part of his
possessions, the etchings, books, and the
heavy, old-fashioned furniture of tho apart
ment with very genuine satisfaction.
"After all," he reflected, here are all the
elemonts ot human happiness," and ho con
gratulated himself that, if ho had achieved
no very brilliant success, he could still look
the world in tho face without shame, that
he had committed no irretrievable blunder,
and that there still remained to him undi
minished strength, hope and health.
His luggage arrived in the course of tho
morning, and thus within twenty-four hours
he had left the heat, smoke and dust of the
city behind him, and was established in the
midst of summer verdure and quiet, pre
pared to enjoy it all with a cheerful spirit
and an untroubled mind.
After the early dinner, an excellent one
by the way, for Mrs. Hester prided hersek'
on hor cookery, ho decided that ho would set
out at once to re-explore tho old place fa
miliar to his boyhood. A horse was brought
round, and he rods down the lane, out into
the highway, and was lost to Mrs. Hester's
The sky had boon suddenly overcast with
clouds; there was a chill in the air, premoni
tory of approaching frost; here and there
tho woodvinowas beginning to turn, and the
leaves of the horsechestnut, the first to fall,
were already brown and shriveled. There
was a continuous whirr of grasshoppers;
the crickets chirped in the crisp, green
grass, and he breathed the grateful frag
rance of mint and pennyroyal growing in
the shady fence corners. He could hear
through tho stillness the sharp, decided
strokes of the wood-chopper's axe, the caw
ing of crows, as they walked over tho newly
plowed furrows, while the crowing of cocks
and the subdued barking of dogs echoed
faintly from distant farms. Ho reined up
his horse that it might drink from a spring
by the roadside. Here the road divided,
one diverging track winding up the steep,
stony hillside, tho other crossing tho creek,
running parallel with the stream until it
was lost to view behind an abrupt bend. On
one side was a dense growth of willows, on
the other, fertile, sandy bottom-lands, plant
ed in corn and bordered with purple iron
weed. "Which shall I choose!" he askea aloud,
for"he had left familiar territory behind him
and all this was now.
"Here, evidently, my hum-drum fortunes
change. I must guess at which, end of the
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rainbow the pot of gold is buried and go
back, rich orempty-nandei, 33 fate shall de
termine." He regarded both carefully and
then continued, humoring his odd fancy.
"Nothing worth having comes easily. I will
choose the hill road."
Pebbles loosened under the horse's hoofs,
rolled down and dropped into the stream
below with a splash, and a king Usher, dis
turbed, flew up the stream with a discord
He rode probably an hour, meeting no one,
seeing no human habitation and hearing n
sound of human life. The track, little trav
eled, became more and more indistinct and
ended suddenly at the gate of a farm yard.
A low-roofed house stood back In its yard,
sheltered by some noble beeches, its porch
overrun with vines, behind which sat a
It was an unexpected sight in that locality,
the popular taste for art not having pro
gressed beyond the lithograph andplaster-of-paris
image. There was something in the
air and attire of the artist which showed
that she was not indigenous. Upon the flimsy
pretext of asking for a drink, he dismounted,
tied his horse to the fence and walked up
to the steps. As he approached he perceived
that the curves of her cheek and chin were
perfect, and that her bright brown hair was
of silken fineness.
She was absorbed in her study a cluster
of thistles which were looiely arranged in
an earthen jug on a table in front of her.
She started as the gravel crunched under
his heel and turning, looked at him ques
tioningly. He .instantly decided that her
eyes were the most wonderful that he had
ever seen; they were large and grey, with
straight brows and long lashes.much darker
than her hair; the expression was one of in
She rose at once when ho asked for the
water, brought it and set the glass upon the
table when he had drank; then, picking up
her palette resumed her work without in
viting him to come in. It was evidently an
inhospitable dismissal, but ho was not to be
so easily rebuffed.
"Mrs. Allen is not at home," she ex
plained, as if to excuse herself, seeing that
he hesitated. "The family have gono to
Grandon for the day, and they will not re
turn until late in the evening."
"Then you do not live here!" heaaked,
aimlessly, intcntupon holding his ground.
"No," she said, smiling slightly. "I am
that obnoxious person a summer boarder."
"We belong to the same class, then, and
with sympathies and instincts in common,
the relations between us should bo friendly."
She bowed affirmatively and, thus encour
aged, he asked permission to look at hor
work, which she granted with somo reluct
ance. Unfinished as it was, it gavo evidence of
merit of high order. Ho watched her
slender lingers manipulating the brushes,
and observed, somewhat irrelevantly, that
"to those who possessed a genuino taste for
it, painting must be a very delightful occu
pation." "As an occupation it is delightful :
IIE STOOD AND WATCHED HER SKETOIIN'O.
as a profession well like literature, it is a
good staff but a poorcrutch. When there is
tho constant pressure of uecessity behind it,
it becomes drudgery." She dropped a tiny
fleck of whito upon a petal, worked It in
painstakingly for a moment, and then con
tinued: "I do not paint altogether because I choose
to, but because I must. It is work that has
always been poorly rewarded in the West,
a state of affairs that is growing more and
more discouraging, now that every body is
an amateur more or less depraved."
Strangford laughed at tho cynical little
speech and the soft, pensive tono in which it
was uttered. She had perceived that his ap
pearance and manner were unquestionably
those of a gentleman, and, finally relenting,
pointed to a chair and asked him to be
Ho endeavored not to accept the coveted
invitation with too much alacrity, and drew
the chair forward with precision, where he
could study her face and her graceful poses
without appearing to do so.
"This is a lovely place," he remarked,
looking out upon the stretches of emerald
fields and the cool dusky vistas of the ad
joining woods. "I think," ho continued,
"that it is becoming fashionable to profess
a love for nature which few people really
feel. There are thousands who live in the
nnnntrv who aro isnorant of the names of
plantsbirds and even trees that they have
soon ever sinco thoy were born."
"That is true enough," she replied, "and
tho summer exodus of city people, on the
other hand, is only in obedience to the law
of self-preservation. They must get away
from heated Avails anil pavements those
who can and they tako refugo in the cool
places that aro to be found here, in tho
mountains or by the seashore. They come
because thoy must, and not because all this
means any thing to ttiem. I think tho gift
of appreciating nature must be born in on?,
liko the real love for books, or pictures or
music It can not be created, although
latent sparks are sometimes fanned into
rather a cheerful flame."
Her reserve had gradually worn away and
she was by this tim3, if not cordial, at least
hospitably gracious. Their conversation
presently became less abstract and after
that mysterious and unxplainable manner
of strangers in a strango laud, they began
Strangford handed her his card, relieved
that she showed no apprehension when she
learned that he lived in Chicago, and he ex
plained that the country for miles around
Grandon used to be familiar to him every
inch of it when he was a boy.
In return she told him that her name was
Margaret Wyat, that sho was a teacher of
drawing and painting In a girls' boarding
school in tho South. Hor homo had been,
formerly, in St. Louis. She had come North
to study and rest and finish a few orders at
Just at this juncture two figures came
suddenly around tho cor ner of the house
two burly, unkempt and unshaven vaga
bonds, smelling of villainous whisky and as
ragged as scare-crows. They made a whin
ing request for tood and coffee, and when
Strangford sternly ordered them to bo gone,
slunk away, muttering curses and scowling
Ther-j was the silence of desertion about
the premises and the empty house, and
Margaret, although outwardly composed,
was in a tremor of fe3r lest they should re
turn. Thoy went down the road, however,
without looking back.
Strangford turned to her and said gravely:
"You seo how unsafe it is for you to remain
here alone, and I hope you will not be so
rash again. I do not know what might
have happened if I had not been horc,
which was the merest accident. Ton should
remember that tho safety and seclusion of
the country aro things of tho past; there is
no place so remote or inaccessible that it is
not overrun by these goths and vandals
the refuse of city workshops and the over
flow of city slums." He shivered as ne
thought of the peril she nad escaped and
said decidedly that he would remain until
the Aliens returned, and she said with much
meekness that she would be very ghtd.
"I am too disturbed to paint any more this
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afternoon," she added, laughing nervously
as she thrust the wat brushes into tho cup
of wat3r where they were usually deposited,
removing the apron which she wore to pro
tect her dress. Sho picked up a garden hat
and sail, "Coma we will go and look at th8
flowers; it will b-i like a communion with
good and f rieadJy spirits after a visitation
Mrs. AUon'i garden was her pride. There
all sorts of sweet old-fashioned flowers
bloomed together in rich luxuriance; stiff
bachelor's buttons, velvety phlox and ver
benas, mourning bride, love lies bleeding,
and white petunias, above which silvery
winged moths hovored in the odorous dusk.
They strolled up and down the broad,
clean walks talking of many things, with
as much easo and interest as if their acquaint
ance had been a matter of many years. The
barrier of conventionality so suddenly and
and unavoidably swept away, they were
brought more closely together than they
might have been after months of casual
The family returned at sundown and they
then went back into the house. Margaret
introduced Strangford to Mrs. Allen, who
remembered that sho had known his mother
and insisted that he should remain until
after supper. Margaret shyly seconded the
invitation, and, though, fearing that he
might weary her, Strangford found himself
unable to refuse.
As he rode back to Gradon in tho moon
light, he seemed to have lived a lifetime,
and could hardly convince himself that the
whole experience was not a dream.
Upon such natures impressions are made J
instantly and indelibly. He required no
time in which to determine if an acquaint
ance was to bo a friend or an enemy, or re
main merely an acquaintance. Ho seemed
to have known Margaret Wyat, however, in
some previous state of existence ages be
fore. Every word, tono and gesture were
familiar, and in exacting a promise that she
would never again remain at the farm-house
alone, he felt as if he were re-assuming old
responsibilities that he had temporarily laid
It was a friendship from the beginning
and progressed rapidly, tho two being
drawn together by common sympathies, or
by diverse opinions even still more potent.
The Allen farm was not so far from the
Hester's but that he could ride over almost
daily on some pretext; now it was to bring
her some book which she had expressed a
desire to read, the Sunday papers or tho
lato magazines. Mrs. Allen was absorbed in
household affairs and rarely intmded. The
visits were presently extended into walks,
or he accompanied her upon her sketching
expeditions in tho neighborhood, and on
these occasions usually stretched himself on
tho grass at her feet and read aloud while
That he was deeply infatuated he did not
pretend to deny, although he was in a pain
ful state of doubt concerning her feeling to
ward him. Her manner was a strange
mixture of reserve, of discouraging ease and
frankness which he had supposed no woman
could assume toward a man whom she
loved. She had shown nothing of that shy
ness and embarrassment which aro com
monly hold to be peculiarly feminine symp
toms of the grand passion.
Still, ho consoled himself that she was not
a school girl, but a woman of mature years,
thoroughly couversant with the customs of
the world. Tho heart of such a woman is
an unfathomable mystery, aud the mani
festation ot its impulse as varying as the
effects of anesthetics or intoxicants in dif
After that first brief confidence sho never
spoke of herself again. Sho had made one
request which from any other woman
Strangford would have thought peculiar.
Sho had asked him to call her Margaret.
"My mother was a Quakere3s," sho ex
plained, "and I find myself still influenced
by the old forms. And there is another
reason that perhaps I may tell you some
day." She was tho last person in tho world
to havo permitted oven a hint of flippant
familiarity, and he called her Margaret as
he might have addressed Athino. He trusted
her implicitly; that sho was purity itself,
that sho was all that was sweet and true
and noble he knewjas well as if he had
known every circumstance of her history
from childhood. He had been content with
just what sho vouchsafed that he should
know, and did not seek to precipitate an
explanation a confession he did not once
think it might bo which, for her own good
and sufficient reasons, sho had seen lit to
In all their talks tho subject of marriage
was nover touched upon, directly or indi
rectly. It was evidently distasteful or unin
teresting to her, and if she had any opinions
she kept them to herself.
The days slipped by unconsciously and
September was near at hand. One after
noon they sat together under the shadow of
a pino on a hillside, she painting and ho
reading, as usual. She looked up and per
ceived that tho valley below them was al
ready in shadow.
"Pardon me for interrupting you," sho
said suddenly, "it is growing late and wo
must go. Mrs. Allen will think our friends
the tramps have returned and murdered
us." Strangford closed the book at once.
"And," she continued mechanically, as if
repeating something by note, "I must tell
you that I return to tho South to-morrow
evening, so our pieaaaub uoy uiu o u
Strangford started violently at this not
wholly unexpected but dreaded announce
ment; his checks flushed under their tan,
but he recovered himself with an effort.
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"Nonsense" he said lightly. "Two such
congenial spirits do not cross each other's
path once in ages. You do not know mo
after all these weeks if you think I am to
be taken up and thrown aside with such in
difference." "ButlmeanwhatI say," said she, smil
"So do I"
Sho did not reply and he went on soberly:
"You arc not so blind, Margaret but that
you must have seen just what this friend
ship has been to me. Although accident,
destiny, whatever you choose to call it, has
thrown us together. I am not a man who
makes friends easily, or loses them with
out regret. There aro not a dozen people in
the world who care for me or for whom I
care. There is no one toward whom I have
felt as I have toward you "
"O hush, hush !" she said passionately.
"I can not accuse you of deceiving me,"
ho continued as if sho had not spoken.
"There has been nothing whatever on your
part which I could construe into encourage
ment, except tho simple fact that you have
tolerated my society. It is my own fault
wholly, if the egotism of my sex prompted
me to imagine that you might perceive that
I loved you sincerely, and have hoped un
ceasingly to win you and make you love me
v;hA looked at him an instant a look of
inexpressible anguish and remorse and
burst into bitter weeping.
This sobered him at once. Me numoiy
asked her forgiveness, and asked that she
would have patience with him.
"I have been blind and selfish," she said
when she could speak with composure. "But
I have lived so lonz in solitude, that I could
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not deny myself the solace of human com
panionship. I told yon once that I would
tell you more of my history. I find that I
can not. We must part, the parting must
bo final, and I desire you to forget me or re
member me only as you have known mo.
What I am or may have been can be nothing
"Never!" he protested vehemently. "I
can not let you go. It is too late." Then
with sudden fear he asked her if she loved
some one else.
"No;" she whispered with a shudder.
"Do you care for me at all!"
"I can not tell you. Do not urge me any
longer. I can only repeat what I have
already said; we must part to-night, and our
parting in ust be final. I know that you will
not force upon me an acquaintance 1 can no
longer retain, whatever I may desire. You
will respect my wish no not my wishes
but the inexorable destiny that stands be
Strangford did not reply; his brain was in
a whirl, but in all his bewilderment he
clung to the hope, or rather to the firm be
lief, that he had the strength and patience
to finally overcome any other obstacle, or to
contend triumphantly with any difficulty
that might separate them for a time.
He passed a sleepless night, and in a state
of feverish uncertainty and indecision, tho
morning wore away.
That he should submissively let her go
beyond all recall, or beyond reach of his aid,
should she ever need it, was impossible, so
notwithstanding her request, repeated many
times, he determined to see her once more.
As he halted again to let his horse drink
at the wayside spring, his glance wandered
over the diverging roads one winding up
the hillside, the other disappearing behind
tho willows that fringed the bank of tho
creek, and ho recalled the day when he had
been impelled by his good or evil genius to
choose between them.
Tho few weeks had effected little change
in the landscape. That afternoon and this
were strangely alike, and he felt, for a mo
ment, as if he had returned, empty-handed,
to the starting point of some futile journey.
The same gray clouds veiled tho sky;
there was the same hint of approaching
frost in tho chilly air; he heard the same
sounds the whirr of the grasshoppers, the
chirping of the crickets in the grass, the
barking of dogs and tho lowing of cows from
But there had been, within his own soul,
a tremendous and abiding change, and,
either in the happy conclusion of his ex
perience, its rich fruition, or the dearth and
bitterness of denial a new life was before
He halted at tho Allen's gate, his fleeting
discouragement succeeded by fresh hope
and renewed determination inspired by tho
consciousness of being again in Margaret's
presence. He felt rather than saw that she
was in her old place behind the vines. At
the same moment he caught tho penetrating
odor of a cigar. Then he saw a man sitting
beside her, tilted back in his chair. His
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feet, encased in embroidered slippers, rested
on tho railing. A gay smoking cap and a
gaudy dressing gown were conspicuous
features of his attire. Ho might have been
handsome once, but his face now was
stolid and sensual. A bristling black mous
tache did not conceal his coarse mouth, and
he surveyed Strangford from under the
thick lids of his half-closed, blood-shot eyes,
with undisguised insolence. Ho removed
the cigar, held it between the stubby fingers
of his rough, red hand, and without chang
ing his attitude waited for Strangford to
make known his business. Margaret glided
forward like some wan, unhappy ghost, and
said, as she extended her hand:
"Mr. Strangford, this is ray husband."
Some rointi In Surgical Methods as Prac
ticed at Ilellevue.
"Belle vuc knows not pus," is the
proud boast of the great hospital in
New York City. Perhaps this is not
literally true, but it is nearly so, and
it is made possible by the most re
markable system of precaution that
can well be imagined. It is almost
tnifl that Hellevuo is scrubbed with
antiseptics. The floors are sprayed
with such preparations, surgeons and
attendants wash to the elbows in anti
septics when an operation is to be per
formed, and instruments are kept for
hours in an antiseptic bath.
Should an instrument be dropped on
tho floor it is kicked from the room and
another from the antiseptic bath is
used in its place. The towels of the
hospital are washed in antiseptics and
kept from the air, lest germs of disease
reach them. When brought out for
use they are sprayed in antiseptics,
and when a wound is bound the towels
are piled on several inches thick, that
germs from the air may be intercepted.
A mangled hand i3 scrubbed with an
tiseptics and bound with sprayed ban
dages. Operations that were scarcely known
a few years ago are performed almost
weekly at Bellevue. A Western phy
sician who spends a short time each
year studying his profession in the
hospitals of Xew York, says that he
finds at each visit some operation that
was not attempted before. Ho sees
the progress of surgery here with as
tonishment. Though he may have
read in medical journals of this or that
new operation, the sight of it comes to
him like a revelation.
There is a popular belief that Amer
ica is far behind the old world in sur
gery, but a resident physician of for
eign birth declares that no country
performs daring and successful opera
tions with the frequency with which
they are performed here. The Ameri
can surgeon, when a difficult operation
is to be performed, often precedes it by
a similar operation upon a dead sub.
ject. So does the French surgeon, but
tho latter often approaches the living
subject with nervousness, while the
American surgeon is as cool in the one
case as the other. The same physician
owns that Germany does many won
derful things In surgery, and thinks
the study of her progress highly val
uable. N. T.' Telegram.
Horses accustomed to active exer
cise are' often injured by being kept
standing in the stable when not needed
In the field. Turn them out nights
and reduce their grain ration.
KA'-"c 'Vttft -.
A Kansas ranchman predicts that
cheap beef and mutton of the future
will come from the immense grassy
plains of Brazil and the Argentine Re
public Kew York's hotels are a small city
in themselves. There were only nine
teen of them in 1870, but now there are
sixty-two, with six more to follow, and
they will accommodate 30,000 people.
Good authorities say the Mexican
horse is a serviceable animal, good for
long journeys, easy in a canter, intelli
gent, full of fun at times, but rarely
vicious, and could he be domesticated
in the United States would be very
English shoemakers always cut a
V in the bench leather for luck. Swed
ish carpenters mark a cross on their
tools for the same purpose, and many
painters mark a cross and triangle on
a high scaffolding before they feel com
fortable upon it.
A number of ladies in Philadelphia
get their bonnets very cheaply by hav
ing a clever girl milliner out of employ
ment come-to the house. They pay her
five dollars a day, and in one day she
trims up the bonnets and hats for all
the women in the family.
The following story comes from
North Vassalboro, Me.: On Tuesday,
the 21th ult., a man died and left a sor
rowing widow to mourn his loss. On
Wednesday, tho 25th, sho had filed her
intentions of marriage in tho town
clerk's office. Thursday she followed
the remains of her deceased husband to
the grave. On the succeeding Monday
she was living happily with husband
No. 2, and on Wednosday, the lstinst.,
the loving couple started on their wed
The Queen of England never sends
her personal correspondence through
tho regular mail as her subjects do.
Every trivial communication, whether
of a personal or a private nature, is de
livered at its destination by a Queen's
messenger. Queen Victoria is the only
living sovereign who indulges in this
little piece of extravagance at the ex
penso of her subjects. Private and un
important letters from other potentates
are sent like epistles from mere ordi
nary mortals, by the post.
In a village in Central New York
there was a great deal of aristocracy
and wealth and eligible matches were
scarce, or at least the supply of desira
ble men wns not equal to the number
of women, and there was much wire
pulling to bring about results. A little
girl, whose father was a widower, used
to havo her compositions praised by
the teacher, who was a well preserved
maiden lady. A little schoolmate said
to her one day, after hearing it: "If
my father was a widower, my compo
sitions would be just as good as yours!'
Not improved workmanship but
rapidity is the distinguished feature of
the mechanical arts and trades nowa
days. An instance of this was notice
able in tho experience of a lady who
went into an umbrella maker's store
one day and asked for an umbrella of
peculiar size and make which she
wanted to take with her at once to
Liverpool. The dealer did not have
one in stock but said that he could
make one in short order if she would
wait. She sat down in anticipation of
a dreary afternoon of waiting, but in
precisely twenty-five minutes departed
with the finished article. It had been
made up entire from tho raw materials.
In Montana a snake-was discovered
which could imitate the whistle of the
"Bob Whito" with easo. While it was
under surveillance it crouched in the
long prairie grass and emitted the call
as plainly as any partridge could. Con
tinuing the effort, it soon heard an
answer, and a moment later a young
partridge alighted almost at its mouth.
Quick as a flash it sprang upon its
victim; there was a momentary flutter
of wings, a stray feather or two, and
then the snake remained master of the
field. To those who doubt this story
the prairie is still shown as proof of
the veracity of the narrators.
The Boston Journal of Health says:
"It is recommended that the milk sup
ply of cities, at least in hot weather, be
scalded as soon as received by the con
sumers to prevent it souring. To scald
milk properly the following method is
advised: Take a thin glass bottle with
a rubber cork, fill it with milk nearly
up to tho neck, and place it uncorked
in a kettle of water, which should then
be gradually brought to a boil. When
steam has commenced to escape from
the bottle, cork it lightly and continue
the boiling for thirty-five to forty min
utes, and tho process will be complete.
A bottle of milk thus preserved, it is
said, will remain sweet a month if kept
in a cool place and tightly corked."
THE HEATHEN CHINEE.
(low Discipline Was Administered to a
Suspected Celestial Farmer.
Yesterday news reached the officials
here of a summary execution which
took place at Ngan-tong-hien, one of
tho towns belonging to this Fu. 'A
farmer in that district named Pa'n
(nicknamed T'oh Chao, because he had
only a thumb on his left hand) was
said to be the head of a secret society
numbering several tens of thousands,
in this province and Shantung. As ho
was constantly going to and fro, and
was supposed to be plotting against
the Government, two military officers,
acting under instructions from their
superiors, resolved to arrest him the
next time he returned home.
With this purpose in view, they sur
rounded his house with a band of sol
diers, but on approaching nearer one
of the officers was shot dead, and the
man broke from the house and fled.
He was soon overtaken and disabled
by a blow from the other officer's sword,
when he was slowly tortured to death
by the soldiers gashing his body to
pieces with their knives. They then
tore out his heart and hung it up on a
pole in front of his house to intimidate
his followers. Before attempting to
escape from the house, the unfortunate
victim is said to have killed hi3 daugh
ter, a girl of sixteen years of age, fear
ing lest she should be assaulted by the
brutal soldiers. The surviving officer
came yesterday to report the case to
the Chun-tai, the Brigadier General,
who Uvea hera. Pekin Gazette.
The ABILENE IMPROVEMENT CO. offers
$100,000 IN BONUSES
to reliable manufacturing concerns who will
locate in Abilejie. Abilene is the largest as
well as the most prosperous city in Centra
Kansas. It will soon have
TIIREE NEW TR1K LINES OF RAILROADS,
making FOUR lines, which will insure un
equaled shipping facilities.
MEI IMPROVEMENT CO
. ABILENE. KANSAS.
THE ABILENE NATIONAL
CAPITAL, - $150,000.
CLARK H. BARKER, President
W. P. RICE, Yice-President,
E. D. HUMPHREY, Cashier.
A. K. PERRY, Assistant Cashier,
TRANSACTS A GENERAL BANKING BUSINESS.
Bnsiness of Merchants, Farmers and Individuals generally
solicited. TJnequnled facilities for the transaction of all
business intrusted to us.
A. FRY. J. C. BOYER, Attorney and Notary.
FRY, BOYER CO.,
BEAL ESTATE, LOANS AID IS0EA1E.
Loaus ou farms and cltj property. Real Estate bought anil soM.
Insurance contracts at current rates. Notary business promptlj attended
to. Special bargains in city aud luburban property.
Citizens' Bank Building,
mT A TtT.TTTTlI3 1870.
LEBOLD, FISHER & CO., Proprietors
Done in all its branches. MORTGAGES negotiated on Fnrf
Property at 6, 7 and 8 per cent., with reasonable connnissioi,
Also, money on Farms without commission.
At all times ; for sale at lowest rates.
Furnished on all the principal cities of the world.
BOJSTDS BOUGHT AJSTD SOLD.
Special attention given to business of Farmers and Stockmen.
Personal liability not limited, as is the case with
Wtav Film mi M ft
MBp VVlUr nBr
We are giring special attention to this department; carry the largest
and finest line or UXDERTAKEKS' SUPPLIES In the city, aad are pre
pared to attead to this bnsiness In all lis branches.
Corner Fourth and Broadway.
a K- IXBOLD, J. M. riSHEK, 3. S. HZRBSTV
E. A. Hehbst, Ca3hler.
Our Individual liability Is not United, as Is tne
case with stockholders of incorporated baaSs.
LESOLD, FISHER & CO., Baakers,
C. G. BESSEY.
No one saonld purcnae real estate until
they know th; title 13 perfect.
W. T. DAVIDSON
has the most complete set ol Abstract
la tho County. 14 years experience.
Office oxer Post-ofllce,
ABILENE, - KANSAS
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