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A Romance of the Stage,
SO you wonder why a
lellow with my tal
ent should have left
the stage, do you?
Well, Ferd, I'm much
obliged to you for
your little compli
ment, so I'll tell you
my true reason,
which is known to
but f ewpeople, either
in the profession or
out of it.
"The last three
years of my public
life were quite successful. I was lucky in
having a tip-top fellow for manager Gus
Bailey, an honest, square man, who could
keep his own secrets and other people's too.
"Like most actors, 1 was not quite satis
fied to play the parts for which I was best
adapted; my "old men" pleased the public
far better than they did me. 1 preferred
theltomeo business, and once in a while
Bailey consented to Ml me for such parts.
"By one of these coincidence which really
do occur now and then, Murray, our lead
ing young man, broke his hip just at the
timelllle. d'Esterrc joined us, audi, having
been longer in the company than any other
man, was cast in his place. This made an
cnemyfor me of Lawrence, who firmly ex
pected the promotion, but I cared little for
"Had the whole company been down on
me I would not have known it, for it was
patent to me as well as others that our new
star was quite well satisfied with the
change in her stage lover. Lawrence was
a capital actor, but his private life was not
of the best, and that was one reason
why he did not get the vacant berth; occa
sionally he would becomo loo hilarious to
be depended upon and his undcr-study did
not enjoy a sinecure.
" How muchyou mustcnj03 the 'Pastime
of an Hour,' Mr. Osmynl" said Mile.
d'Esterre to me.
' 'Why so?' I said, in surprise.
" 'I always see you in the wings, when you
arc not on the stage, through the whole of
this act,' she answered.
"I was fluttered; this young and pretty
girl with the fanciful French name was an
honest, simple-hearted American girl with
out either flightinessor prudery, aud I was
glad that she took note of where I was. I
"'One must stand somewhere, and my
waits are very short.'
''Dojou know,' she added, sinking her
voice almost to a whisper, 'it is a real com-
BUT LOVE IS MORE ARDENT THAN FIRE."
"fort to me to know that you are so near. I
lnrc say you will think mo very silly, but I
never feel quite easy until Mr. Lawrcuco
has stamped on that burning paper; my
dress is very fluffy and"
' "Have no more uneasiness,' I said, truth
fully. 'I, too, dislike that business and I
watch your dress as carefully as if I were
I dared not say more nor speak in too ten
der a tone, for Lawrence had drawn near
and was scowling fiercely at us. I fancied
that he was not quite himself.
"Tho second scene in our play was a
hackneyed one. Lawrence, the unsuccess
ful suitor, flourished before his lady's gaze
the will her father had made subsequent to
tho only one found at his death; the ono he
Lad just found rescinding the old man's be
quest of great wealth to his daughter, pro
vided she marry Sir Harry Vaughn (Law
"When she firmly and for the -third time
refuses to marry him or any one but Jack
Leslie (myselt) he tears the paper in his
rage, thrusts tho two strips into a lighted
candle, and, waving them before her, cries:
" 'So vanishes all proof that your father
weakly changed his miud ! No one but you
and mo knows that this will was ever made,
and as these flames flicker and spread you
see your ease, and luxury, and comfort dis
appear Sisappear forever, unless you
in:irry me !'
"Then ho throws the burning ends of
the paper on tho floor, and stamps on them,
" OJow, let us see what is bof ore you !
Comfort with me or starvation with your
"As tho days had grown into months I
had seen very plainly that Lawrenco and I
spoke our respectivo lines from our hearts.
Did Mile. d'Esterre! How I longed to know!
Lawrence was a fascinating fellow, I was
not; he had a fairly good social position,
and I was supposed to have none; ho had
a good income besides his salary, I had
"2f o ono in our company knew my his
tory, but I will tell you tho gist of it now.
Though I was billed as Max Osmyn my law
ful appellation was Henry Osmyn Maxwell;
my grandfather, who was very wealthy,
had announced his intention of making me
heir to most of his property, but after years
of kindness and indulgence he rut mo off
without a shilling because I refused flatly
to marry the granddaughter of ono of his
cronies, an old reprobate whom I detested.
"Of course, Lawrenco did not know it,
and tho numberless ways in which.tho cad
tried to teach me my place, socially, were
very amusing. I scorned the fellow too
much to feel angered at him.
"This night when Mile. d'Estcrre had con
fided her anxiety to me I was even more
watchful than before. I imagined that
Lawrenco was unusually excited (I learned
afterward that she really had rejected liim
in earnest that afternoon) and threw much
emphasis into his lines.
"He brandished the burning papers in a
wild manner nd then cast them to the floor
in a reckless way. Just what I feared
would happen some time now took place.
"A breath of wind, caused, perhaps, by a
sudden movement of Mile. d'Esterro's trail
ing robe, flicked one of the papers close to j
her; the dying flamo gave one last flicker, J
"bent forward, and seized, a diaphanous inn
or flounce or somethingon her skirt, started
into new life, and was fain to clasp my dar
ling in its fiery embrace.
"But love is moro ardent than fire. In an
instant I darted forward and crushed Out
the flamo with my hands.
"Lawrence, who had not seen the fire,
thought 1 was improvising something tfl
spoil bis situation, I presume, for he
grasped me by the shoulder and swung me
forcibly into the flies. , How the 'a adience
hissed him ! Host of them had understood
the unexpected scene and many were
breathless wiih terror. The orchestra
leader whispered to Mile. d'Esterre that it
was affright,' and she went on with her
'Comfort, with a craven like you ! Soon
er would I die ! Sooner, a thousand times
sooner, would I starve with my dear Jack
and here he is, to learn how I love h'"i and
detest you,' were her lines.
"And how the audience applauded now!
They did not seem to notice the rather dis
heveled condition of 'dear Jack's' wig and
collar and necktie, a result of his sudden
and unintentional exit at Lawrence's hands,
and they certainly did not know that the
hands of 'dear Jack,' so tenderly clasped by
the heroine, were smarting and blistered !
"Of course she knew the condition of my
paws, and it was when she insisted on
dressing and bandaging them for me that I
found courage enough to tell her how I
loved her. j
" 'You say you love me and want to mar-
ry me,' she said, by and by, m a tone of '
surprise, 'yet you know nothing of me, not
even my name, for I am not French.'
"'I know that you are a sweet, noble
woman, be your name what it may,' I made
rcpl-. 'But before 1 insist on an answer to
my question I must tell you my story.'
"Which I did, accidentally omitting all
"How very strange! My father, at the
instance of my ambitious step-mother,
turned against me becausel would not aree
to marry some one he had selected for me.
Perhaps I was romantic, for I refused to
even see the young man. I said I would be
loved for myself alone and would give my
hand only where my heart went.'
" 'Had you seen tho fellow may be you
would have liked him, and then I should
never havo met you,' I said, jealously.
u. cou a not have fancied him ! In all tho
country there is not an idler, gayer, moro
useless man than that youn? Henry J5ax-
well! A devotee of tennis '
" ' WTioP I cried, excitedly.
"Henry MaxwelL Did you ever hear of
him in New York?'
'""Well, rather,' I answered, smilinsr.
"'I'll warrant you never heard any good
" 'I hftVf thf tmnrPCEinn Tinf lir nnin
risked burntfingerstoextinguish the flames
on a j-oung lady's dress that of a Miss
Anna Gordon, I believe; did you ever hear
"'Who are you'' she asked, abruptly, m
" 'Henry Osrayn Maxwell, billed as Max
Osmyn, very much at your service. A fool-
ish fellow, who angered his grandfather,
: 'r, , .. u
inaiiy uuu .inijit viurujn, suiut.N.imt's now
known as Mile. d'Esterre.'
"How perfectly absurd!' was all she
"It may have been perfectly absurd, but
it was all quite true.
"Wo closed our engagement with Gus
Bailey that spring, and he, who had known
my wife's story, was the only person taken
into our confidence and the only witness at
our quiet wedding.
4lOf course, our respective families re
ceived us with open arms; to be sure, they
laughed at us, but at the same time they
showered gifts upon us and my delighted
grandfather presented me with "a charming
villa up the Hudson.
"Here's our address come and see us on
your way home and tell us whetheryou, too,
think our conduct was 'perfectly absurd,'
as our relatives express it "Chicago Times.
SOME ODD REMEDIES.
How Agne Wa Treated and Cared in the
Days of Yore.
Ague was much more prevalent in tho
old days, when so many thousand acres of
what is now good arable land were lying in
waste marshes, reeking with malarial
vapor. But tho sufferer was not without
choico of other remedies which, if their
efficacy was at all in proportion to their
simplioity, left little to be desired. If he
wero unablo to obtain the chips of a gib
bet, or objected to them on superstitious
grounds, many other courses were open to
him. Thus, he is directed to have a cake
baked of salted bran ; while the fit is on he
is to break up the cake and give the pieces
to a dog. The disease will then leave him
and stick to poor Tray. Another authority
recommends him to seal up a spider in a
goose-quill and hang the quill round hi3
neck, allowing it to reach as low a3 the pit
of tho stomach. Aspen leaves wero good
against ague. And this reminds me of one
cunous principlo which appears to have
influenced tho leech strongly in his choico
of remedies the so called "Doctrine ol
Signatures." To the old physician all
plants seemed to possess such curative
powers as would render him valuable as
sistance if he only knew the ailments in
which a particular plant, or part of a plant,
might be prescribed with propriety. His
peculiar method of reading between the
lines in the book of nature soon enabled
him to surmount this difficulty to his own
satisfaction, if not to the advantage of tho
patient. The shape of a leaf or flower, its
color and a hundred other trifles were
gladly accepted as indications of tho medic
inal virtues upon which he could most
confidently relv. Thus, nettle tea was sure !
to prove helpful in a case of nettle rash; i
the heart-sh3ped leaves of tho ordinary j
wood sorrcll wero remedial ia cardiac dis-
case; and turmeric, on account of its deep
yellow color, was of great reputation in tho
treatment of jaundice. Is it any wonder, i
then, that the quivering leaves of the aspen I
were esteemed as a cure for ague. All tho .
Year Round. j
A Useless Journey.
My littlo four-year-old brother was led I
into tho room to see a new sister. He stood ,
for a moment in deep thought, and then
"Mamma, did baby turn from Heaven!"
'Did I turn from Heaven!"
"Did 'oo turn from Heaven?"
"Is we alldoing back to Heaven!"
"I hope so."
"Den I'd dess as leave have stayed dare
and saved tar faro." N. Y. World.
When They Began.
'Out West," says a theatrical manager,
"thev don't alwavs do thines in New York
style. We played at a little theater in Sa- ;
lem, Ore., two weeks ago, andwhenlasked '
an old man with lout; whiskers, who was
a sort of generalf actotum about the theater,
vrhattimo they usually rang up the curtain,
he said, shifting a quid of tobacco in his
mouth: 'Well, we don't have no reg'lstr
time; wegenly begin when the folks be
gin to stomp.' So we waited until our
audience got there and 'stomped,' which
was about nine o'clock. St Louis Republic.
Bagley-So Bailey has turned over a new -
SSrtaS1 rdtdrinU'eh-!H6neVC rdra k
Pcterby No; but ho does now.
where the new leaf comes in. Jadge.
The Irish question 'That'll ye take!"
FOUR AND EIGHTY-FOUR.
Little Rachel, street and fair.
Standing br Great-grandma's chair.
Closely watches bow the shining needles fly.
In and out tbey swifjly go.
Bound and round eech circling row.
Gran'ma teach me how to do it by and by!"
Such a tiny little maiden!
Soft brown eves with wonder laden.
I Tossmir curls that frame the little earnest
Wonder-eyes, can you discover
How the yarn goes back and over.
And the glancing needles fly from place to
What thro' Grandma's mind is flitting
As she sits there, slowly lcnitticg?
Do the fourscore years unravel one by one.
Until all the vacant spaces.
Slowly All with vanished faces
And with voices of the loved ones long since
Looking over life's loa story.
Near its close a golden glory
Seems to make the darkest pages heavenly
It was hard to learn their meaning,
Hut God's promise intervening
Gently said: "At evening timo it shall be
And how gladly would she borrow.
Some fair spell to shield from sorrow
And from danger, this beloved little onel
But the trustfin eyes upturning.
Can not read this love and yearning.
Life's to her a fairy tale but just begun.
Ben and Roger
"What "Was in 'inn.'
Ben and Roger Moore woro "rail
road boy.." Their father was an engi
neer on one of the great Western roads,
and thov had been born and brought up
in a comfortable little cottage by tho
., ... . . ., ", J ,,
vcry sldo of tho iviiC' so that theJ' could
not remember a time when rushing
I trains.screaming whistles, clanging bells
! and the acrid smell of eo:il smoke had
j not becn familiar things to them. Smart
little railroaders they wore, at ages
' when most boys hardly know a throttle
j from a reversing lever; for they had
'been unconsciously picking up knowl
edge every day of their lives during the
j hours spent at the station or in the re
pair shops, or while the yard master
favored them with a trip on the queer
j little shifting engine, which puffed up
and down tho interlacing sidetracks
from morning till night.
As they grew older their father occas
Bionally took ono of them with him on
the great express locomotive 209,
where they learned to stop and start
tho magnificent machine, and even to
run it on safo stretches of road. Often
Ben relieved tho big, good-natured
fireman at tho shovel, and fed tho box
under his directions, while Roger at
tended to tho bell and whistle and
learned to manage tho air brake.
Of course it was against tho rules of
the road, but rules havo their excep
tions, and the pair of young engineers
woro such exceptions. Even the stern
potentate, the division superintendent,
uttered never a word of objection when
he saw the two youthful faces in the
cab, black with smoke and beamug
with pleasure, while train Lands and
station men smilingly waved .their caps
to Ben or Roger leaning out of the win
dow and watching lor signals and
switches as if tho wholo train depended
upon his vigilance.
"They can run an easy piece as well
as I can," Mr. Moore once proudly
'An' they' do prutty will in a toight
place, too," added the fireman. But Mr.
Mooro shook his head at this.
"Perhaps so, Mike; but it isn't know
ing the machino that pulls a man
through tight places. It's pluck and
grit and a cool head, and thinking of
your train first and yourself last that's
what it is."
"Sure. But if ivcr th' b'ys have to
6how what's in 'em, yez won't find 'em
lackin'. O've soized 'em oop, an Oi
till yez thoy'ro th' roight soort. Wait
till they've tho chanco, an' ye'H see."
Only a short time afterward they
actually did havo the chance, audi will
leave it to yon whether or no Miko
Murphy was mistaken.
"What's the matter with that car?
It's moving off of itself!" exclaimed
Roger, whilo he and his brother were
standing at tho station awaiting their
father's train. Down tho track at the
enu- 0r tije vard a flat car loaded with
, , , ,-t , -., .
tles wa .slowl -hd,ln? alon? wltUout
an3" visib.e means of propulsion,
"Brakes loosened." replied Ben.
"She'll bo stopped in a minute. Yes.
there goes somebody now."
A man climbed on board and made
his way to tho brakes. He turned the
wheel vigorously, but without effect
Another joined him, and both, throwing
their weight on the brakes, could bo
seen heavily leaning outward and
swing half around as they strained to
stop tho ponderous car.
"No use. Brakes must be out of
order," said Roger, after a minute's
"Yes, that's it," assented Bon, care
lessly. But even while yet speaking,
ho gave a sudden start of excitement.
"Roger, there's going to be trouble.
See how ii gathers speed. It must be
j getting on the down grade just outside
"And that goes clear to Gravelly Run
Bridge," replied Roger, also becoming
excited. "Tho flat will be runninglike
lightning by tho time it gets there."
"Yes, and it'll pitch off the bridge,
beside," continued Ben. "But I don't
sec what can be done about it. The
men havo given up. See! They're
jumping off and it's time they did."
"Well, tho company will lose some
money," said Roger, "but that's all the
: harm, for there's a clear track and no
train comins up for two hours."
But Ben all at once grasped his
oroiuer uy mo nrutu
U Roger, don t you remember?
There's a gang repairing the bridge at
Mm brook! They're clear down in the
gnllj whore they can't see or hear the
car, and it'll fall right over upon them!
They'll ail be killed! They'll all be
Roger could not say a word. He
stood staring after the car, pale-faced
and breathing haft. Ben looked around
helplessly until his eyes fell upon some
thing that made his heart leap with joy.
It was the change ei ine waiting to re
lieve their father s when his train came
in. It stood on the main track near the
two boys, but with no ono aboard, for
the engineer and fireman were eating
their noon lunch at the roundhouse, as
they generally did.
"Jump aboard, quick, quick!" criep
Ben, dragging Roger toward tho loco
motive. "We can't stop to call the
crew we must run her ourselves. I'm
the strongest I'll fire and you you
start her up! Hurry!"
Roger instantly understood. Ho
sprang upon tho foot-board after his
brother, and grasped the lever and
throttle. It was no time for careful
handling, and tho great engine fairly
jumped on tho rails as tho abruptly
opened valves sent the steam rushing
through it. Ben seized the whistle
lever, and a long scream of warning
sounded in the ears of the astonished
men who wero watching tho runaway
car, while, almost at the same moment
with the sound, the roaring locomotive
leaped by them over the rattling
switches and shot down tho lino liko a
Both boys, now that they were actu
ally at work to avert a disaster, the
vory thought of which had unnerved
them a minute before, wero cool and
steady. Roger, with hands occupied
and feet braced firmly against tho
heavy shocks and lurches of tho flying
engine, moved his eyes from the track
ahead only for a swift glance at tho
gauges. Ben fed the fire-box with all
the skill he knew, recalling Miko
Murphy's instructions . and doing his
best to keep a steady, hot lire without
smothering it by putting on too much
coal, the common mistake of inexperi
enced firemen. Never once sinco start
ing had ho looked away from his work,
or even taken a singlo glimpse from
tho window directly in front of him.
Yet all the time his mind was busv.
He had set out upon this wild race with
tho single idea of chasing the flat car,
and in some way preventing tho de
struction it was sure to create if left to
But now tho question was whether
the car could bo overtaken, and, if it
could, what should then bo done.
Knowing how far away the bridge was
from the station, he mentally calculated
the probable speed of tho Hat and the
time it would occupy in making the
distance. Then, between shovelfuls of
coal, ho fixed the pace necessary to
come up'wiih tho chase sufficiently far
from the bridge to allow opportunity
for securing tho runaway by a plan
which had just occurred to him.
"There it is!" cried Roger, as the'
swept around a long curve. "It's run
ning nearly as fast as wo are."
For the first timo Ben looked out at
the flying telegraph poles, whilo count
ing the jars of the wheels on tho joints
of tho rails.
"Give her a little more, Roger," said
The engine seemod to drop from un
der them with its increased speed on
tho down grade, rolling aud pitching
like a ship at sea. Ahead the flat was
bounding along tho rails, strewing the
track-side as it ran with heavy lies, for !
its load had becn shifted by tho shock
of rounding tho curve. Several times
the pursuing cngino struck and threw
aside some of the ties which had
fallen partly across the rails. Fear
fully dangerous it was, but Roger did
not oven think of slowing up. On tho
contrary, he crowded his machino a
littlo harder. There was need of it, for
the bridge was less than a mile away,
and a mile at this speed was only a few
seconds over a minute. Ben also knew
that. Ho threw down his shovel, caught
up an iron pin, and opened tho doors
leading out upon tho boiler. Roger
looked at him anxiously, but never
spoke. The thing must be done, if both
his brother and himself gave up their
lives in doing it, foi there, down under
tho bridge, wero twenty men hus
bands and fathers, many of .them
working awaj', unconscious of the
death that was rushing upon them at
fifty miles an hour.
Clinging to tho brass railing, and al
most choked by tho fierce rush of air
that the engine created as it tore along,
Ben crawled slowly to tho buffers, and,
from there let himself down till his
feet rested upon tho frame of tho pilot.
Half sitting, half standing, ho held on
to a brace with one hand, and with the
other raised the heavy coupling-rod
which hung along the tho front angle
of tho pilot.
It wiu a terrible place. Stunned by
the furious noise, smothered in dust
and bewildered by tiie dizzy sweeping
of the roadbed under him, his head
swam, and for a moment he thought he
should falL But the weakness passed
away before the thought of what de
pended upon him.
He must save those lives, that was
what he was there for. .
The engine was gaining rapidly, but
still not rapidly enough. A few sec
onds more would render all this strug
gle useless. He leaned out and waved
his hand. Instantly another of those
headlong leaps told him that Roger had
seen his signal, and that all steam was
The distance decreased. A hundred
yards fifty twenty -live! Now tho rum
bling, swaying mass of timber was di
rectly overhead, and Ben rose to his
feet as cool as he .had ever been in his
With pin and coupling-rod in hand,
ke stood balancing himself on the nar
row frame that jarred and jumped be
neath him. noticing even then the
steady skill with iftiich his brother was
reducing tho engine's speed to corre
spond with that of the car and prevent
a heavy shock. Another second, and
he dropped the rod in place, passed tho
pin through and fell backward upon
The wheels screamed and grated, the
steam roared, and the wholo engine
irroaned nniW thn rnokinfr strain of
the reverse, but the car's way was be-
ing checked, and slower and slowor.it
went, until its impetus was finally
overcome and destroyed by tho drag
and pull behind it Right before, not
fifty feet off. was the bridge, but the
car had stopped.
Well, you can imagine what a scene
thero was tho terrified workmen
swarming out from among the timbers
down in the ravine, learning what they
had escaped, who had saved them, and
how it had been done. And you can
imagine another scene, an hour or two
later, when tho shouting procession of
grateful men and wives and mothers
and sisters, crying for joy, brought the
two young heroes up to tho station,
where Engineer Mooro was waiting.
But you can not imagine what tho
father's feelings wero on hearing tho
story, nor how ho was proud and glad
and frightened and thankful all at
OKca. Nobody could imagine that
Mike Murphy was simply uproari
ous. "Hurroo! Didn't Oi till yez?" ho
kept saying. "Didn't Oi say yo'd soo
what was in 'em whin they had tho
chance? An' thoy'vo had tho chance,
an' yo do see! Hurroo!" Manloy H.
Pike, in Youth's Companion.
An Eastern Man'i Kx.ilts.1 Eatlniate of
When a friend comes from tho East
and you take him out to see tho sights,
you show him every thing with an air
of proprietorship. Tho placo seems to
belong to you. It does not matter
whether you have been hero since IS 19
or whether you only caiuo a month bo
foro your friend. You tako him through
tho park and you point out all its beau
ties with that self-satisfaction which
seems to say: "I did all this." You drive
him to the Cliff House and show him
tho seals, and smilo its if you owned
them. You dwell upon tho beauties of
tho bay, and the shipping seom3 to bo
long to jou. You even direct his at
tention to the elegant mansion of sorao
millionaire, and speak of it in a toiio
as if you had made tho millionaire and
paid for his house. Your friend is grate
ful. He feels as if California was all
your doing, and he would not-ihavo en
joyed it if it had not been for j-ou. But
he does not often carry it as far :is a
gentleman who came out from tho East
a few months ago. He had been shown
every thing; he had the marvelous
beauty and wealth of the State elabor
ately explained to him; ho had been
dined and wined and made to enjoy
himself. Ho hud been enthusiastically
entertained ono night with an elegant
dinner and plenty of good wino, and a
great deal of lively story-tolling, and
ho was in an effusively admiring con
dition. It was about ono o'clock in tho
morning, and merry and mellow he
found himself in a circle of friends,
joking and chatting, when suddenly
the house began to shake, tho windows
to rattle, the globes to jingle. He was
happy and gay, and ho merely looked
up and said:
"That must havo been a pretty heavy
wagon passing? '
"That! That was an earthquake."
"An earthquake? You don't say
so!" ho said, as ho arose and grasped
his friend's hand. "Thank you! You
have given mo the best time I ever had
in my life. You have shown mo the
most beautiful scenery. You havo
given mo the best dinners, the best
wine; and now you havo given me an
earthquake. I'm obliged to jou deep
ly obliged to you. 1 shall never for
get your kindness never." San Fran
First Railway in Germany.
A most curious paper has been found
in the archives of the Nuremburg-Fur-ther
railway, the "first railway con
structed in Germany. It is tho official
opinion of the Bavarian high medical
collegium concerning the probable ef
fect of the general introduction of rail
way travel upon the health of Bavarian
subjects. The rapidity of tho new
transit would, according to the learned
doctors, "certainly cause a brain dis
ease which would eventually develop
into delirium furiosum." Of courso
every one who wished to expose him
self to this conseijienco of the now
mode of travel might bo allowed to do
so undisturbed by the State. Other
persons, however, should be protected
from the perils attendant upon the
rapid locomotion. Spectators by the
wayside were liable to brain trouble
after merely watching the passing
steamers. Therefore, tho railway and
cars should be concealed from view by
close board fences at least five yards
high. All things considered, a better
way of protecting the subjects of the
Bavarian crown would be to forbid al
together the construction of the rail
way. The opinion was given in 1837
in response to a Government inquiry.
How fate likes to lead its misfor
tunes in couplta is evidenced ,in the
case of the unfortunate owner of the
cartridge factory which blew up at
Antwerp, killing so many people. No
sooner had he been taken into custody.
charged with carelessness, than there .
was an explosion in the bullet foundry
at Paris belonging to him, injuring my
era! workmen severely.
USEFUL AND SUGGESTIVE.
Table Talk advises keeping out of
tho frying-pan and trusting to the
Use great care in serving food for
the tablo, as tho smallest spatter of
grease or gravy changes tho appear
ance and spoils an otherwise pretty
A London medical man says: "Bo
I careful in your dealings with horserad-
J ish- It irritates the stomadi far moro
I than spice, and an overdose will bring
j on:in "np'easant sensation for days."
A Swedish servant maid, finding"
' that her Stress was troubled with
s'eepiessness, toid nep of a nractxco 0f
the people of her ennntrv who
are similarity afflicted. It was to tako
a napkin, dip it in ice cold water,
wringing slightly, and la- it across her
C3es. The plan was followed, and it
worked liko a charm.
Rice Jelly. Mix enough water to
two heaping teaspoonfuls of rico flour
i to make a thin paste; then add a coffee
cupful of boiling water. Sweeten to
tasto with loaf sugar. Boil it until it is
transparent Flavor it by boiling with
it a stick of cinnamon if tho jelly is in
tended for a patient afflicted with summer-complaint;
or add. instead, several
drops of lemon juice jf intended for a
pationt with fever. Mold it Prac
Tho care of tho finger nails should
not be neglected. It will not take long
beforo a child will feel as conscious as
a grown person of unclean nails. Theso
trifles show the difference between tho
child of thoughtful parents, who think
of all the good they can do their chil
dren, and the careless parents who
think it is too much bother and that
the childron will learn these things for
themselves when they go out in society.
Many seemed to be possessed with
ine ltiea iiiai a man can not taice caro
1 of his health without worrying about it
and making himself constantly unhap
py for fear that ho will do something
ho ought not to do. Never was thero
a moro er.-oueous opinion. A person
who takes rational caro of his body
does not necessarily become a crank or
so notional that it makes every ono
uncomfortable to live with him, but
just tho reverse. lie should lecomo
more interesting, more intelligent and
. inspired by higher ideas, and be a
more ueligntfui companion. Herald,
tVhjr Mothers Slioulil Miuly tho Loading
l'rinclIi4 of Sanitation.
Every mother should make household
lrygicne a study. To do this sho need
not bo obliged' to institute exhaustive
research in technical treatises, but s?ho
'should acquaint herself enough with
tho leading principle ofj sanitation to
preclude the likelihood of her children
becoming poisoned by defectivo drain
ngo or neglected garbage through her
ignorance of tho deadly iufluenco theso
exert It may bo safely declared that
where thero aro evil odors, perfect
hcalthfulncss can not exist If tho
mother notices offensive smells proceed
ing from tho drain pipes, or sinks, or
basins, if an effluvium arises from tho
cellar, she may be sure something is
wrong, and her first busine&s must bo to
investigate tho cause of the trouble. In
modern houses tho system of traps used
in wasto pipes is much more jerfect
than in buildings erected even ten
years ago. Where there is any doubt
as to whether the traps are in perfect
working order, no timo should bo lost
in summoning a plumber. It is better
to pay his bills than those of a physi
cian. Even when there seems to bo nothing
radically wrong about the drains and
sewer connections, it is safo touso a few
simple precautions. One of the best of
theso is to flush every pipe daily with
hot wator, if that is possible- To this
may bo added crushed washing-soda,
household ammonia, potash, or somo
good disinfectant Chloride of lime is
so disagreeable to most people that tho
remedy gained by employing it seems to
many almost worse than tho disease it
is to counteract Copperas water is in
offensive, cheap and easily prepared.
It must bo handled with caro however,
for it makes ugly spots and stains, even
upon white goods, that are almost im
possible to efface.
Tho accumulation of wasto heaps
in tho cellar or yard should never be
permitted. What can not be burned
in tho kitchen stove with tho aid of a
hot fire, closed lids and open drafts,
should be sent off by a scavenger to a
remote dumping ground. Stores of
fruit and vegetables should be picked
over at regular intervals, that tho rot
ting portions may bo thrown away.
This courso not only avoids risk from
the decaying matter, but helps to pre
serve that which has not yet been
tainted. The cellar should never be
allowed to become a receptacle for gar
bage of any kind, for it is too easily
overlooked in those underground re
cesses. If scraps and remnants aro
kept in sight, they are much less likely
to be neglected than if they aro hidden
in an out-of-the-way corner where
they may escape tho housekeepers
Children seem to have a natural pro
clivity for unhealthy locstlities. If
thero is a damp, heavily shaded corner
of tho garden, they seek this in pref
erence to tho sunny open. If there is
a place where they can get their feet
wet, thither they gravitatis with unfail
ing directness. The mother must exer
cise constant vigilance to prevent tho
seeds of soro throats, rheumatism or
diphtheria being sown in the baby sys-'
toms. Childish ailments that can not
bo escaped are only too plenty without
incurring tho risk of tUoso that care
and watchfulusss may aid to averU