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WWW PUBLISHING COMPAUY,
To My JIusband.
No pile of architectural jone.
With columns tower and arch abounding.
Within apartments large and lone.
And s ately corridors resounding.
But structure, claiming only grace.
Proportioned to a resting place
A spot where sutllght HUes to shine
Through curtained windows softly gleaming
And Jlickenn through the hanging vine
Is dimmed within by love-light beamins
From eyes, azlow with heavenly ray.
And lips, where household graces play
The leaves ty whispering winds are stirred,
And round about the birds are singing;
Within still sweeter sound is heard.
The silvery laugh of childhood ringing,
And tender tones and accents kind,
The soul of harmony unbind
And Ties s.ui In by drifting snow
Cciitent we let the storm-wind bluster;
We lace the hearth-lire's ruddy glow
While shadows drear behind us cluster;
No blast with bitter breath can chill
The heart another's heart doth fill
The pictures from the wa'nscot smile
On scarlet bloom through verdure showing;
While books the fleeting hours beguile.
And converse sweet is freely flowing
A central glow diffusing light.
Rcond the reach of human sight
Tne thrifty house-wife jili j her round
Of daily care, yet cheerful duty.
For toil is sweet if toil abound
With harmony and grace and beauty;
Tne commonplace becomes divine.
And water is transformed to wine
Or weal or woe which e'er betides,
There's joy where heart on heart reposes,
When love within the home abides
Like perfume round the heart of rose3;
So fair a dwelling-place it stands
A type of that not made with hands
Jr. Marie W. Tufft. in Watchman.
OLD SEATON'S PLANS.
Excellent Reasons Why He Con
cluded to Alter Thernu
"Matters have reached a certain p'int, and
Clum must hear to reason."
So said old Luke Seaton to his wife one
evening in the autumn of the year.
"If he were a old man there'd be some ex
cuse for the fuss she's a-makin' ; but he's
young and well-favored and owns a quarter
section o' pood land, mostly paid for by his
own hard tl'l. Any pearl ort to think her
self lucky; an' C'lummu3t hear to reason.
Look inter the almanac, mother, and see
when the moon changes. The pip's just
right; fatenouph 'n'not too fat; but we
mustn't slorter in the decrease, kase why,
the meat'll shrink in fr.vin'. First quarter
comes next Tuesday J Well, that's as pood
a day as any for pip-killin', and better meat
than fresrh ribs and tenderlines few folks
u'd crave, even for a weddin' supper. Pig
slortcred and put up on Tuesday, bakin'
done on Wednesday, and weddin' on Tliurs
day that's the layin'-out. Call Clum."
Mrs. Seaton, the meek spirited Lady Cap-
ulet of this story, obeyed, and presently Co
lumbia, her daughter, entered. She was a
tall, handsome country pirl, with a face
bright and sincere. When her father's
"layin'-out" was repeated to her, she shook
her bead, and said with slow scorn:
' I wonder that you should suppose you
could mako mo do it!"
The old man raged and raved. He abused
his daughter, and abused her mother for not
having taught her filial obedience, and
ended by abusing a certain young man
named Ralph Bryan, who hud made love to
Columbia, and who Columbia favored.
"Tho good-fer-nothing, weakly drug-store
clerk, 'thout a dollar's wuth o land or live
stock in the world!"
"He has that that's better than land or
stock," sa'd Columbia; "he has brains and a
At this her father fairly danced about in
Lis angry excitement.
"You take up fer him, do ye Well, I've
settled all that. He's hed his orders, and
you've hed yourn. Ho keep3 ofTu this place,
or sure as my dog Hull's pot teeth in his
head, they gits sot in his scrawny shanks.
Brains and a pood heart! To think of a fel
ler with nothin' in the world but brains an'
a good heart, havin' the base fortytood to
ask a man o' mymeans fer his only darter!"
Then, wc prieve to say, Columbia forgot
the fifth commandment and spoke words to
her parent's dishonor.
"Italph Bryan is above us all. He con
descended when he came to ask for his wifo
the daughter of a man proud of his ignor
ance: a man who could never be persuaded
to learn to read and write!"
"Ye sassy jado!" growled tho old farmer,
savagely. "Insultin' yer own father, who
morc'n half desarves it for sparin' ye from
tho work to po to school, 'stid o' makin' ye
hoc corn summers and shell the same win
ters! But all the same, he's hed his orders,
and you've hed yourn. Sure as your name
is Columby Ann Seaton, so sure you'll be
married to William Haywood next Thurs
day. Figger out what you want from town
for the supper fixin's, and I'll git the same
to-morrer; and if ye behave as a good girl
ort, I'll do by ye, in the matter o' outsettin'
in a way that'll surprise ye."
"I'll never marry Bill Haywood," said Co
lumbia, firmly. "Why, he has scarcely asked
me! I have never spoken a hundred words
with the man in my life !"
"Well, ye'll hev a chance to speak several
hundred with him before ye die of old age.
And if he hasn't asked you, he's asked me,
which amounts to a pood deal more in this
case. D'ye hear that? Nobody can't say a
word ag'in him, and, if it wa'nt for the Wid
dcr Lockery, aud her gamo-makin', dam
agin' tongue, the pearls 'ud be crowdin'
each other off'n the floor fer a chance to
stand up with him."
The widow Lockery, in her own peculiar,
serio-comic style, did pive William Haywood
a rather protesquo setting forth, somewhat
"I'd heerd as how Billy was rather too
avaricious for a young man, neplectin' his
selfandkeepin' a mean oudacious kind of
ol' bachelor's hall, all on account of savin'
ness. But I said 'twas to his credit to be
savin'. It's creditable to git property, and
creditable to save it, in all reasonable and
becomin' ways; but there's a kind of 'con
omy that's both unreasonable and unbecom
ing Well, one'day Lavynie's little boy kern
and told methat WillHaywoodwantedsomo
o' my cut-short beans to plantwithhiscorn;
so, when he was givin' his corn the first
plowin', Itookali'e poke o' them beans
and started 'cross lots to the field I knew he
was workin' in. I kera close up to him afore
ho saw me, and had a chance to look the
critter over; and I tell you he was a sight!
Not that he's such a humly wretch. He's
tall and well put up, with a fairish face, only
his eyes have a narrer, borin' sort 'o squint.
But the way he was dressed! Hickory
shirt that's all right. Cowhide boots all
right, too. But ho hed on gulluses made
out'u a old pair o' buggy reins, and a mangy
old plug hat that was his father's the nap
peeled off in places. And his trousers they
was the worst! I hardly know how to
tell you about them; he was wearin'them
onmentionables in such an onmentionable
"way. You see they hed begun to show
cigns of givin' out, and to make 'em last
longer he had actually reversed 'em put
'em on front backwards and back front
wards. Sure's you live, the bulges his knees
ned made -were, at the back of his legs ! Well
I stood there! Presently I went on to tell
him how to plant them cut-shorts; but I'm
blest if I know to-day whether I tol' him to
put six beans to a hill, or a bean to six hills !
I kep' a fillin' up and a fillin' up; and when
I turned to po home, I got the oft eye of his
old hoss, and then I hed to laugh- I"113 critr
ter gimme such a droll look, and the corners
ofhis mouth kep' atwitchin' like he was
goin' to bust ripht out! "When that young
man started on arf ter hi3 plow, I secretly
pronounced him a annymated skeercrow.
"Well, I sorntered homewards, ana as i
passed Beaton's I saw the old man out puttin'
anew ground-chunk under a panel o' fence.
He riz up and said: Good mornin',' and I
returned the compliment in a proper man
ner. Then I said sort o' slow and airnest :
"Ijust seen Billy.'
"'Well,' the old fellow snapped out, 'Bil
ly's all ripht, I pucss.'
" 'No,' says I, 'he ain't all right by a long
shot.' Seaton turned to his work a minute,
and then turned back to me and said:
"Look here, now, Mis3 Lockery, I know
what you mean by the smile3. Don't po
a-tellin' all over the kentry how Billy looks
when he's about his work. I know how
that boy is wearin' off his clothes, and I
know the reason why. He still owes some
on the last piece of land he bought the
Wells eighty and when he gets that paid
off and is clean out o' debt, his garments
will come 'round agin, to their nateral and
proper position. Billy's all right, I tell ye;
and the gearl ort to feel proud that he wants
fer his wife!'
" 'Well,' says I, 'if that's tho way the
land lays, I pity Clum.' Then I ponied
Mrs. Lockery was not the only one of the
simple, friendly neighbors who, in their
hearts, pitied Columbia. Young Haywood
was a niggard from childhood. He was,
moreover, accredited with a domineering
will and sullen temper. He was a meaner
man than Seaton, and more to be dreaded,
inasmuch as he was quieter and had more
latent force than the elder skinflint.
The day after he laid down the law to his
daughter, as before related, Seaton went to
town with a load of wheat to sell. He was
charged with various small commissions in
the grocery and confectionery line, by Mrs.
Seaton. Columbia had nothing to say. In
tho secrecy of her chamber she penned a
few lines to her lover, and her little brother
Tom undertook to deliver the letter at the
imminent risk of being seen by his father.
Tuesday morning came, and with it the
pig-killing. Old Seaton himself reveled in it,
and it was a not altogether unpleasant epi
sode to his wifo; while the two boys, Hiram
and Tommy, were made glad by the un
wonted turmoil, the scalding and scraping,
the hanging up, head downwards, of the
sleek carcass, and, later on, by the white,
curly tail given them to roast over the coals
to eat with salt
Columbia kept in the back ground. Once,
as her father and mother were looking over
a box of dried herb3, in search of summer
savory for the sausage, she heard the for
'She'll be all right when the time comes.
Bill was in town Saturday and bought a
hull new suit of store clothes. I told him
not to come 'round 'fore Thursday; that
Clum was awful busy, and that she was all
right for the weddin'. You see, 1 knew she
would be. Bill goes to Briertown to-day
for the license."
That evening, as supper was preparing,
and the farmer's family were assembled in
the wide, bright kitchen, there came a re
sounding rap at the door. The big dog
bristled and prowled, but a word from his
master quieted him. Seaton himself opened
tho door, and was confronted by an Irish
tablecloth peddler, footsore and weary,
who with many bows and much palaver
asked for supper and a night's lodging.
"I guess ye may stay." said Seaton.
"We'll give yo a sheer o' sech as we've got,
and charge ye fer it." These weemen will
tak' it in truck. Ye can pay 'em out'n yer
"I'm immense oblecgcd to yer," said the
peddler, swinging his heavy pack from his
shoulder to the floor. "An' its the rare
f oine towels an' handkerchers I'll show the
leddies in the mornin'."
An hour or so later, down under the big
sycamore by the "run," or brook, Columbia
stood talking with Ralph Bryan.
It was their first meeting since the mes
sage Tommy had carried on Saturday.
Ralph urged a clandestine marriage, but
Columbia would not consent. She was sure
of only one thing. She would never inarry
Haywood. She would refuse at the last
moment, and bear her father's wrath.
"I shall bo banished from home, and I
would not care for that, only on mother's
account. I can hire out, and take care of
myself there, dear, I only meant till you
were better able to take care of me. It
would be folly for us to marry now. You
must take your last course of lectures, get
your doctor's diploma, and practice your
profession at least a year before we marry.
We have often settled that between us."
Then Ralph broke out into hot, hard
words against Bill Haywood.
"Why couldn't he have set his gopher's
eye on somo two-fisted giantess, like tho
widow Morse! She'd be a mate for BilL
When her renters in town fall behind on
quarter-day, she carries out their furniture
with her own hands, nails up tho shutters,
locks the door, and puts the key in her
pocket. Why couldn't Bill have thought of
her! What made him want my Anna?"
"Things ought to be so different!" moaned
Anna herself. "Father ought to favor you,
you have done so well to support and edu
cate yourself; and in a year or two we could
bo married with all good reason on our side.
Now I do not know what will happen !" And
the strong girl broke down crying.
Something did happen within the next
hour that let a sudden plow of cheering
light over the dark prospect.
Soon after supper, farmer Seaton lay
down on the calico lounge In the kitchen, to
dozo away in the evening till betltime. The
packman was shown to his room upstairs,
where, after naming his family saints, ho
prepared to go to rest. He stretched his
tired back and arms, with audible yawns,
then took ofl his shoes and stockings, and
procecced to anoint his inflamed and
blistered feet with "Socerer's Salve," a
a patent preparation, composed mainly of
essential oils, whose pungent odor soon
found its way to every corner of the house.
Old Seaton drew his breath with deep
snores, and tho dream-elves were busy in his
brain. Suddonly he awoke, and sat bolt
upright. He snuffed loudly twice or thrice,
then, fixing his wifo with the glittering eye,
ho shouted in a whisper-
"Jane, me woman! Do you know we're
bein' kluryformed ! Can't ye smell it?"
Mrs. Seaton, who was knitting by the
lamp, sniffed softly and said:
"Yes, father, I do smell something smells
like medicine o' some kind."
"Medicine 1" cried the old man; "it'sklury
form, and we've got to be a budgin' or we'll
be put to sleen and robbed. It's that das
tardly tramp upstairs. He knows I sold
that load of o' wheat Saturday, and he
knows where I put the money. I dreamed a
bit ago ho was holding a bottle to my nose.
Git them boys out o' bed, quick! Where's
Clum? I don't know what to do she'd
think of something!"
Mrs. Seaton hurried excitedly to waken
Tom and Hiram, who slept in a 'recess" off
the kitchen. The boys kicked and whined
at being told to rise, then rolled over and
went to sleep again. She then ran out on
the back stoop, and called her daughter. As
she re-entered the kitchen, her husband ex
claimed: "Look at them varmints o' boys! They
are not petting up at all! Pore, innercent
lambs, to be smothered in their sleep? Wake
tip, ye young whelps, and dance 'round here,
or ye'll get a tech o' the strap !"
Just then Columbia entered. After ad
mitting that she "smelled something" she
suggested to her parent that if he thought
the peddler was practicing upon them, to
fetch tho man downstairs, and put him out
of the house.
"Ye'd like to her me shot or stabbed,
would ye?" cried the old coward. "He's
armed to the teeth, Til warrant. Don'tlet
'em set down, nor don't set down yourself,
if ye vallyyer life and property. Open nil
the winders, but don't go away, fori want
ye should keep your eye on the red chlst.
I'm going to load my pun and keep my guard
en the outside; there's more of 'em not far
off. You, Clumby Ann, run over to Abe
Mott's and tell him to come hero to wunst.
I dassent tackle that rascal alone."
Columbia started to perform her father's
order, leaving him charging his fowling-
piece with buckshot and touching up the
sleepy boys with his punstick. The path to
Abe Mott s lay by the old sycamore, where
she found Ralph still waiting, anxious to
know the meaning of that frightened call
irom tne house. She was hastily telling him
when they were startled by the almost sim
ultaneous report of two guns. They ran in
the direction of the shots and came upon the
scene of a queer duel between whom would
you guess old man Seaton and Billy Hay
wood! It so happened that upon his return from
Briertown with the license Bill had be
thought him of a pair of saucy raccoons that
had been flourishing rankly on the new corn
that stood shocked on a certain portion of
his estate: namely, the "Wells eighty."
He determined to devote the remainder of
the broken afternoon to cleaning and "prim
ing his double-barrelled gun, and, wLa the
moon had risen he would try for a shit at
the marauders. The "Wells eighty" ws
disconnected with his main farm, and 10
reach it he had to go through a lane that
skirted Seaton's orchard. He was skulking
along on the errand we have explained, when
he suddenly came upon the old man, likewise
armed with a shotgun. The instant he came
in sight, Seaton yelled, "Take him, Bull!"
and fired, the charge blowing away the up
per half of the ancestral "tove-pipe hat.
Billy returnea fire promptly peppering his
would-be father-in-law's left arm and shoul
der. At the same moment he was seized
from behind by Seaton l big dog. The
half-crazed old man rushed upon his an
tagonist with a clubbed gun, just as the
latter drew a hunting-knife and plunged it
with fatal effect into the dog's neck. Seaton's
ill-aimed blow was parried, and the two men
gave each other a look of enraged recog
nition. Haywood then lired the remaining
charge into the body of tho writhing dog,
and disappeared on a loping run. Tho old
farmer tumbled down in the dust beside
Bull, muttering: "Blood and carnage!
Blood and carnage !"
They got him up his wife, Columbia, and
Ralph Bryan and were taking him into tho
house, when the peddler came limping out,
his bandaged feet radiating the condensed
perfume of a German pharmacy. Columbia
managed to say to him :
"Don't let father see you. Get your pack
and sleep on the haymow."
"I will, mum," he whispered, "and light
out airly. An' its murtherin' dhrunk the
owld man is," he remarked to himself, as
ho climbed the ladder to the hay-loft.
The next morning Seaton, sitting bolstered
up in bed, held a conference with his valued
friend and trusted adviser, Abram Mott,
who counseled him in this wise:.
"Just keep this young fellow right by yo
for a few days. He knows moro about sur
gery than half the old sarjints in the kentry.
You mind when that drunken Jim Stiles got
run over and his head peeled? Well, Ralph
Bryan was on the grouud, and he just
straightened outthattorn skelp.and stetched
it to its place, and patted it down and sewed
it up, neat as a ball-cover, and it got well !
See that with my own eyes ! He's a doctor,
all but the diploniy, and the beauty of it is,
ho dassent charge yo. You've got right
smart of fever now, and you'll be laid up
for a week anyhow; and if ye git a doctor
out from town he'll make a bill that'll take
half yer summer's crop to pay. Just keep
this chap right by ye says he's willin' to
stay and you'll come out all right in a few
days. He's got the most o' them shot out o'
ye now, and he can pick the rest out at odd
spells, when you feel like lettin' him."
As this pood man was leaving the house
he gave Columbia's ear a sly pinch and said:
"Look here, my chicken; jist credit yer
Uncle Abe with doin' ye a good turn in yon
der." Seaton was quite ill for a week or two.
He was also strangely subdued and chast
ened in spirit. Ho seemed to have for
gotten a good many things. He seemed
to have forgot to ask how Ralph hap
pened to bo thoro that night He for
got to inquire after the peddler. H also
forgot that he was the first offender in
tho shooting affray. He only remembered
that ho was a poor old man, who had been
fired upon and wounded upon his own land,
and that his faithful and beloved dog was
dead. He would whimper and moan awhile,
then drop off to sleep peacefully? wishing
plagues of mildew and murrain on his old
time favorite, Billy Haywood. One day
after he was able to sit up, he said to Ralph,
who had been his constant, tireless at
tendant: "You've acted the part of a son by me,
and I'm goin' to act the part of a father by
you. Go to Chicago this winter, and git
yer diploniy from old Rush, and when spring
comes you and Clum may have yer own
And they did.
On the morning after the fracas, young
Haywood set his wits to work to solve the
problem, "what to do about it" He was
all ready to pet married clothes bought,
license procured,'etc As for tho Seatons,
he well knew that Bull's murderer dare not
go near the house for some time to come.
Mrs. Morse had often crossed his mental
vision, and before noon that day he had
actually proposed to the thrifty widow, tho
motto on whose coat of arms was: "Pay
up or pack up."
He then rode back to Briertown and
bribed the county clerk with a barrel of
winter apples to change tho namo in the
license from Columbia Ann Seaton to Maria
Morse; and the next day the very Thurs
day farmer Seaton had so firmly fixed for
his wedding Billy and tho widow -were
married. Angelina Teal, in Cosmopolitan.
m 9 0
A Gotham Fairy Tale.
"Ton see," said a Broadway car con
ductor, as he registered two fares on
the indicator in response to three just
received, "it isn't as easy for us con
ductors to cheat the company as the
public seem to think. We are re
quired," he continued, "as he collected
live fares and rang up three in a buoy
ant manner, "to obtain five cents from
every passenger, and then to register
each fare on the indicator. Of course,"
he observed, meanwhile ringing up
one in exchange for two fares taken in,
"each passenger sees me ring the indi
cator for his or her fare, and it is im
possible not to do so without being
found out. "Why," he added, jerking
tho rope so gently that the indicator
didn't ring for the two fares he had
then pocketed, "if I did not register
every fare I receive I should deem it
proper for any one to have me arrested
for dishonesty." So I had him arrested.
Gateau of Apples: Put into a sauce
pan a half-pint of water together with
a half-pound of loaf sugar. Let it boil,
and when it becomes a thick syrup,
have some tart apples pared, cored and
sliced; add a pound of these to the
syrup, flavoring the mixture with the
zest and juice of a lemon. Allow it to
boil, stirring it constantly; when the
mass becomes thick, press it into a
damp moid, and when thoroughly set
turn it out on a dish; pour a thick
custard around it and serve. .
Detectives swooped down upon a
funeral at Xewbern, Tenn., and cap
tured a desperate horse thief so quietly
as not to disturb the services in the
GOTHAM'S TALL SPIRES.
St. Patrick's Cathedral as It Appears
Above the Roof.
The twin spires of St Patrick's Ca
thedral are the tallest church spires in
America and rank among the tallest in
the world. They measured in tho archi
tect's plans 328 feet, but there has
been a certain amount of gain over this
in construction which mahes them
about 330 feet from the curb. Tho
only tower over a building in this
country higher than this is, it is be
lieved, the uncompleted one on tho
public building in Philadelphia, which
will be 550 feet high when it is done.
There are higher spires over European
cathedrals, among them those at Vi
enna, Cologne, Chartiers, Antwerp and
Salisbury. Trinity spire in this city
is 284 feet high. St. Patrick's spires,
with the whole cathedral, were planned
by and built under the supervision of
James Renwick, of this city. The ca
thedral was first projected by Arch
bishop Hughes about 1850. In 1853
Mr. Renwick drew tho first plans.
These were reduced in size aud other
wise changed by Archbishop Hughes,
and in 1857 Mr. Renwick drew the
The corner-stone was laid on August
15, 1858 thirty years, one month and
nineteen days before the topmost stone
was set in the last of the spires. The
cathedral was dedicated nearly ten
years ago, but the spires were then
only to a level of the roof of tho build
ing. They were left in that condition
until the fall of 1885, when work was
resumed. It has been continued ever
since, except when the weather pre
vented. George Mann & Co., of Bal
timore, did the work under contract.
It has been done without a single ac
cident to any person employed upon
the spires. The work at first pro
ceeded rapidli', but as the distance
from the ground became greater and
the space in which to work decreased,
fewer and fewer men were employed
and shorter progress made. For
the last few weeks only five or
six men could be employed, and
they had to be expert steepletacks.
The spires are of white marble
throughout, except that a copper rod
through the center holds the extreme
upper pieces composing the finial in
place. The spires are octagonal in
form, mounted on octagonal lantern
towers that rise from tho level of the
roof. Their design is very elaborate,
and it has been carried out with ex
quisite workmanship that is "almost
wasted at the great heights at which
it is placed. X. T. Sun.
Excellent Work Done by tho National De
partment of Agriculture.
The microscopist of the Department
of Agriculture, Prof. Thomas Taylor,
has begun an examination of the condi
ments of commerce for the purpose of
ascertaining which of them are adul
terated, the methods and extent of tho
adulteration, and of discovering meth
ods by which the consumer may detect
The first article treated was pepper,
and the method of the investigation is
here briefly described. A section of a
pepper-corn is placed under a micro
scope, and magnified one hundred and
fifty diameters. Its appearance is care
fully noted aud photographed, and a
drawing in colors is made, showing ex
actly how it looks. The pure powder
of pepper-corns is then treated in tho
same way, and, from a comparison of
the image of this with that of the sec
tion, the changes caused by grinding
may be noted. The next step was to
examine specimens of the pepper of
commerco to ascertain if it presented
the same appearance as the pure pep
per already photographed and drawn.
In a majority of cases it did not, the
differences being so striking as to mark
it as an entirely different article.
Prof. Taylor has ascertained that tho
substance used in adulterating pepper
is the seed or stone of the olive. These
are obtained in large quantities from
the olive-oil factories, and ground up
with the pepper-corns, the extent of
the adulteration being in somo cases as
great as fifty per cent
No method of popularly detecting
adulteration of pepper has yet been
found. In bulk the pure pepper is dark
er in color than that to which olive-seeds
have been added; but the difference is
so slight that no person, unless pos
sessed of a sample to compare with,
would be able to discover any differ
. THE GREEN SPORTSMAN.
What the Old Hunter Thinks of the Nov
ice and Ills Ways.
The greenhorn is to be found in the
woods as well as anywhere else in the
the world. His manners, his dress,
his very carriage, all betray him. His
gun is a new one; his shooting jacket
and boots smell of the shop. He has
an exaggerated idea of every thing
about the woods. To his verdant im
agination trout are as plenty in the
lakes and streams as herring in the
mighty ocean. There is at least one
wildcat in every tree and a deer feeding
in every meadow. To his mind the
deep forest is clothed in a halo of
mystery, of which he is to be the ex
plorer; and, like Livingstone and Stan
ley, he is to be the revealer of these
mighty secrets. The old woodsman
makes nothing of creaking trees, and
the weird sound produced by ono
branch scraping against another would
hardly command a passing though t,but
1 have known a novice to sit half a day
by the side of this phenomenon, wait
ing for a wildcat to show himself from
the branches overhead. There is a
tinge of disappointment occasioned by
the knowledge of the fact which cornea
later on, that of all solitary places
excepting perhaps the fabulous Great
American Desert the unbroken
wilderness has the fewest signs of ani
mal life of any place on the entiro
continent. You may travel all day and
not see a partridge, a deer, wildcat,
bear, fox, robin, crow or bluebird, and
hardly a squirrel. The deep wood on
a quiet day is the very personification
of stillness. Game there is. but it
gathers in certain localities, according
to the season. The newcomer has
eyes, but they see not; ears has he, but
they hear not; and you can trust him
to make noise enough to keep the game
just out of sight Forest and Stream,
-r-The genius of America is stepping
high about these days. The average
number of patents issued weekly is
over three hundred.
High water and consequent floods
are often a boon to Southern towns.
The Augusta Chronicle of Georgia says
that the years after the freshets have
always been the most healthy, and that
that city is to-day one of the cleanest
in the world.
In Delaware a little theft is severely
punished. A man who stole a door
mat was sentenced to pay for tho mat,
to receive ten lashes at the public
hitching post and then was sent to jail
for thirty days.
A $20 bill came into the hands of a
banker with these vvords written in a
bold, legible hand on its face: "This
is the last of $100,000." The sentence
epitomizes the story of a spendthrift, a
speculator or a debauchee.
The most original suicide comes
from Yadkin County, N. C, where one
Rufo Revis broke into his neighbor's
still room and putting one end of a
syphon in a barrel of whisky and the
other in his mouth, got so entirely full
that he had not space for breath.
Scientists rank the habits of bees
the most reliable of all weather prog
nostications. They become restless
and irritable before a storm, and in
eight or nine instances within three
years their indications have proven
correct when the barometer has failed.
"Ma," said a little student of natur
al history, "do frogs go to Ireland in
the winter time, when every thing is
froze up?" "No, my dear; what makes
you ask such a question?" "Because
teacher says they always hibernate in
winter," was the reply of the observing
A man of Brazil, Ind., who died
suddenly the other day, had a most
curious mania for stealing women's
shoes. A few years ago he was ar
rested, and forty or fifty pairs or shoes
and slippers were recovered. After
his death over sixty pairs of women's
shoes were found in the hut where he
An amiable young female peda
gogue residing in the Mohawk Valley
prides herself on the close relations of
trust and confidence which exist be
tween her and the many little ones in
the primary department. One day a
little fellow made his way to the teach
er's desk, and, with many blushes and
much embarrassment, finally managed
to say: "You don't care, do you, Miss
, if my pants don't match my coat?"
The following paragraph appeared
the other day in the Sharp County
(Ark.) Record: "We want within the
next sixty days, delivered at our sanc
tum, east end of Main street, or at our
wife's residence, south side of town,
within legal hours, $1,000 good and
lawful money of United States, eighty
one gallons of first-class sorghum, 100
bushels of prime wheat, twenty bar
rels of corn in shuck (no stalks needed),
1,500 new subscribers, orders for fifty
more new business cards and advertise
ments for our columns which would
show that business men appreciate the
Probably the first prohibition peti
tion issued in this country has been dis
covered in the State archives of North
Carolina. On May 26, 1756, King Hag
ler, of the Catawbas, thus petitioned
Chief Justice Henley: "I desire a
stop may be put to the selling of strong
liquors by the white people to my peo
ple, especially near the Indians. If the
white people make strong drink let
them sell it to one another, or drink it
in their own families. This will avoid
a great deal of mischief which other
wise will happen from my people get
ting drunk and quarreling with the
white people." The Chief Justice, as
appears from an indorsement, prom
ised to bring the matter to the Govern
A FAMOUS DETECTIVE.
Somo of tho Clever Captures of 31. Sou.
dais, of tho Paris Police.
The French detective force has been
greatly decried and depreciated by the
public of recent years, and it has beon
commonly remarked that its members
had lost that professional astuteness
and ability which distinguished M.
Claude and other famous limiers, who
have either published their own ex
periences, like that wortiy, or who
have been described under assumed
names by novelists of the "Gaborian
school." The promptness with which
Allmayer, the notorious swipdler, was
recently arrested at Havre shows, how
ever, that there is still some fine "blood
hounds" in the detective force. M.
Soudais, who was the prime mover in
the arrest of Allmayer, is one of these.
He is a man between thirty-five
and forty years old, with a short,
rugged beard, and looks like a
rotund and comfortable citizen
who has "made his pile," and has
nothing to do for the remainder of his
life but to discuss politics at second
hand and to play dominoes in cafes.
M. Soudais flies at all kinds of game,
but his favorite birds are defaulting
financiers and big swindlers. Never
theless, when there is no important
culprit to be followed from the boule
vards to the banks of the Bosporus, M.
Soudais does not disdain to track low
murderers and burglars to their lairs
in the Palace Maubert or the dingy en
's Irons of Paris. One of his first cap
tures was that of Savreux, a railway
cushier, who stole 6,000, and whom
he arrested in Vienna. Later on he
bunted out Maisonneuve, who mur
dered a loose woman in the Rue de
Pome; Dim and Farme, two wretches
who "knived" an old bourgeois to death
in the Vincennes wood, and finally he
tracked Mouvet, the absconding bank
director, to Constantinople, and with
the aid of two Levantine thieves laid
a trap for him into which he felL M.
Soudais was obliged to employ the
thieves because he could, as he said,
reckon but little on the help of the
Constantinople police. As for All
mayer, the detective had looked foi
him in Belgrade, then Genoa, and next
in Biaritz and it was only by the merest
chance that he heard of the swindler' J
presence in Normandy, whether All
mayer had gone in order to "cut &
dash" during the summer season with
the mercenary creature of bis affec
tions. London Telegraphy
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