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c~Thc late Congressman ?. B. Cox's doep
Interest in letter carriers ia well remem?
bered, and thoy propose erecting a hand
sonio mouumcut over his grave. Euch
carrier will be asked to subscribe $2 to?
ward tho fuud.
Oyster culture is attracting consider
able attention in the South Atlantic
States. Georgia and North Carolina
have planted large oyster farms recently,
and South Carolina, not to be left, is
contemplating a plntit of -WOO acres if
Cholera is said to have broken out in
Persia, and the authorities by way of pre?
venting the spread of the disease have
forbidden the population Oil the Mcsso
potamian frontier, under the severest
penalties, to cat grapes and fruits, and
have ordered them to eat fowls.
Tho pay roll of officers and sailors in
the United States navy this year will
amount to nearly eight millions of dol?
lars. Tin- feeding and clothing of tho
men will cost another million and a half.
What a bagatelle that is as compared
with the value and importance of a good
Squadron id ships ready for service any
The issuing nl contracts by our Gov?
ernment for eight new war vessels moans
increased work foi private ship-building
firms throughout the country. At pres?
ent manufacturers in Boston, Bristol,
New York. Philadelphia, Baltimore and
San Francisco are all doing private con?
tract work on vessels of war, to say noth?
ing of the linns scattered everywhen
throughout the couutry that contribute
by sublet contracts.
The municipality of Parts has invited
the oliicials ol the London School Hoard
to favor them with some details of their
work last winter iu providing free meals
for the poor children alt ending the board
schools. The request arises out of n
proposal which has been discussed ol
late by the Pare Municipal Council lo
provide a free breakfast for those of the
children attending their primary schooln
?whose parents arc so indigent as to he tin
ible to give them a meal.
William S. Roberts, who is a cripple,
taught school in the country north of
Kearney, Neb., and at the same time,
won the heart of Miss Minnie Bears, the
result being an engagement. Tin: fickle
Minnie afterward changed her mind and
married another man. For this breach
of promise Roberts brought action in the
eourl and obtained a judgment tor dam?
ages in the sum ol slttltltl, but. as .Minnie j
is wealthy in affection only is is probable I
thai Mr. Roberts will be compelled t?I
continue school teaching for a livelihood. ?
A new company, like the famous East
India Company, has just been chartered
by the Government of Great Britain, Its
powers are almost sovereign, and it i<
hoped that il will do fur Africa all and
more than all that its predecessor did for
India. Its African dominion will bo
called Zambesi.i, Zuinbcsilnnd, ami will
cover Matabclcland, North Bcchunnnlaud
and Khama's territory, in all four linn
drc I thousand square miles, or twice the
Drcu of Franc-. Mote than half this vast
region is Hi for Buropcnu Settlement, and
the wdiole of it is rich in minerals.
A report conn s from tho City of Mexico
that General Bnrriindin, an exile from
Guatemala, resident there is aided by the
Mexican Government in a plan lor the
starling of a revolution in his native laud.
General Diaz, it is said, is ambitious to
become Dictator or President of all the
territory between the Rio Grande and the
Isthmus of Panama, and the revolution,
now in course of preparation, is to tie but
a step toward a great union of all the
Central American countries witli the Mex?
ican Republic. Money, it is asserted, has
been furnished by Mexico for the pur?
chase in New York tity of arms to he
?'jsed by the revolutionists.
Judged by its merits the American con?
tribution to the Paris Exposition has been
eminently successful. It was very little
more extensive than the corresponding
exhibit iu the affair of 1S7H at thcTroca
dcro, but the prizes taken were more
numerous, especially in the higher grades.
The following table shows how American
exhibits compare this year with those ol
eleven years ago:
_ isla. issa.
Grand prizes. 10 ,r,r
Special prizes. 7 (
Gold medals.143 Kr..
Silver medals.-J2-1 2S1
Bronse medal*.,..277 22!
Honorable mention.?0S 20t
The emigration policy of the Austrian
Government the New York CvmmtrciiU
Advertiser regards as entirely iu harmony
with our immigration policy. "For n
second tune during the past few mouths,"
our contemporary says, "wc learn of the
arrest of steamship agents in Austria for
inducing peasants to emigrate to America
by picturing it ns n hind which overflow
Cth with work and money. It appears
that the motive of the Austrian Govern?
ment is not so much to secure the emi?
grants against fraud and exiled wretch?
edness, as to prevent its young men from
escaping military service. But whatever
the motive, our own country is to be con?
gratulated upon the attitude which the
Austrian Government has assumed. It
is victimized Ignorance in Austria and
Italy, more than Government assistance
in Great Britain, which supplies us with
the most helpless and objectionable class
The old year goes
O'er the drifted snows,
Ami the gray old year huth brought mo
He both Molen (he hud andthedanelngleaf,
And the dear little robin that used to sing
At my window-sill in the balmy spring,
And I lie rapturous kisses my lover gave,
lie haih hidden loin, too, in a narrow grave
Deep down from the light of the broad, blue
And -o through the rush of my tears I cry :
As the old year goes
O'er lite drifted snows,
Kor the gray old year hath brought me grief.
Tin' new year comes
With the beat of drums,
And elangor Ol bills in the windy vale.
He bringelh (belong of the nightingale;
And what If his robe is fringed with snow,
Tho April bails mi bis Ih)S0IU blow,
lie seudeth a new love unto me
Prom an ancient country aeros? the sea.
And far tothe South we will sail away
Through the purj.lc dusk of a perfumed May.
All hail !
'I lie new year conies
With the heat of drums,
And music or bells in the wintry vale.
? ilfti> ii it Irving.
THE BRIDE'S ROSES.
This grand and ancient temple, which
was built in the far-gone days of the
old British regime in America, stands
amid the low-lying hills that encircle
the swift-flowing Rnnpahatinock, with
t he spires of Frcdcricksburg shining in
the distance, and (ho everlasting pines,
for which Virginia is so noted, standing
in thick files on either hand.
Centuries uaon centuries have ex.
ponded their itotllt! upon tho massive
Walls, and yet they stand, mule but
most eloquent monuments of the
strength ami durability of old-time
One can even yet discoversomo traces
of the old nltlr-StOUCI and tho tablets
whereon the names of the dead and
gone Vestrymen are recorded, and the
pew once occupied by Washington and
his relatives is Still reverently pointed
out to every sigllt-secr who turns out of
the beaten thoroughfare of travel to
have a look at th's lacre.l and venerable
'?But the bride's rose, have you seen
that? ' questioned the guide as wc were
making our way out over the crumbling
heaps of mortar.
"The bride's rose? Why no, what Is
Our guide vai n woman?a gray and
gaunt old creature, who lives in n little
hut near at hand and earns nn honest
penny now and then by showing travel?
ers over (he ruins of old Potomac
She turned back on tho instant,
shaking her gray head slowly from side
"Ah, yon must see the bride's rose,''
she said; "conic along!"
Wc followed her back over heaps of
debris, under the crumbling arches of
the old Kingllsh temple?bats and ghost
moths hurtling in our very eye-, and
the hush of the falling twilight ail
j about us. Through the main aisle, rail
at the great arched door, down the fidl?
en steps into a little court -yard.
The old woman stooped down and
parted the rank, luxuriant growth that
covered Ihe ruin: at our feet.
"There it is," she said; "look!''
Wo Itoopsd down, and looking
closoly, saw amid the rank grass a great
cluster of scarlet rose?. Tho shrub
upon which they bloomed seemed to he
small and stunted in Itsgrowtb; but the
flowers were n marvel of perfect loveli?
ness?so large, so fine, so delicate in
tint and lex.uro, more like the culti?
vated bloom of a hot-house than tho
wild growth of the Raids. ? i
"Slop! You wouldn't touch 'cm';"
e.ricd tho old u-oimiu in utter horror, as
we put out our hand to pull one of the
perfect flowers. "Don't, for pity's
sake! It is the bride's rose, red with
blood; and presently the bride herself
will come, ss is her wont every night,
and gather them, mid every morning
they bloom again afresh. Duft touch
Wc drew back with au involuntary
shudder, and the old woman rose to her
feet, letting the rank grasses close
around the blood-red blossoms.
"Come," she said, in a sort of awed
whisper, "you'vo seen tho rose?; let's
be going. The dark will be upon us?
and the bride walks at dark! We
mustu't be here when she comes! Hark
?thut's her voice now I Don't you hear?
She always comes a singing, so that her
lover may know when to meet her.
Don't you heart"'
With her skeleton finger uplifted and
her hollow geze fixed on mine, Ihe old
ctenture stood ond listened. A faint,
sweet muiinur lhat might have been the
echo of distant song, or the pulsing of
the summer air, thrilled the twilight si?
"Don't you heart" ibe tried, in ter?
ror. ' Come away!''
And, Laif in nwo mysc'f, ns I looked
back at tho gray ruins, over which the
?uaimer darkness was falling, 1 fol?
lowed her across the grciyi copse,
through the moaning pine ridges and
up the low doorway of her little hut.
There was a liglit within, and we could
see her daughter busy preparing our
The old woman sat down upon the
stouo sill, and wiped the pcifpitation
from her brow.
"We've run a ritk," sho la'.dj "if
we'd ha' lingered another ba'.f hour.
'tWJiild ha' been the last o' us. No
ouo ever lives ai onco tees tho bride.
One mau was foolhardy enough to try
it long ugo; ho waited and watched to
pee her come, nud ho was no'cr heard
"Bhc must be a terrible bride, then,'"
I answered, silling down beiido her;
"won't yon tell mo about her? Tell
?no the stoiy from beginning to cn I.
There is a story, isn't there?"
"Oh, yes; I've told it hundreds of
times in my day. Listen, and you
shall hoar it. It all happened centuries
ago, when the old church yonder was
Then she continued: ' 'A great gen?
tleman come across the sea from Eng?
land? Lord C'u'ross by name. Ho
lived in n gicat houso down among tho
hills below there, and had no cad o'
servant", and dishes o' gold and silver
to eat out ?f, and fine carriages to ri ic
in; and his daughter was the grandest
lady iu the wdiole country, and the
handsomest. She had a skin like the
snow, and cheeks like primrose*, ami
eyes like stars, and she wore gowns o'
the finest silk ever worn.
"Well, LorJ Culross meant to marry
her lo Some great man who wai to conic
across from England; hut tho Lady
Diana?that was her name?what should
she do but fall iu love with the head
architect, wdio wai a- building the old
church down yonder.
"He was a fine young fellow, but he
come o' the people and wnsn'tovor rich,
and lie daren't show himself nt Luid
Culross's great house; so every evening
at twilight the Lady Diana she comes
down to the church to meet him, and
they walks up and down?talking o'
their love, till the midnight stars were
"Lord UulrosS knows nothing about
it, and he sr-nd; to Eugland for tho line
gentleman to come over and marry his
daughter. And ho comes, and puls a
glittering ring on L i ly Diana's linger,
and the wedding day is fixed and the
wedding finery a-making up?white
silks and satins an I laces, such as never
was teen nforc under ihe sun.
"And Lady Diana is afraid to say a
word, but she goes on a- meeting her
lover. Every evening at twilight she
g^es down to the church; and if he isn't J
there the falls to singing iu her soft I
sweet voice, and he hears her, and
comes, mi 1 they walk up and down to?
"Hut at last the wedding-day comes,
and Ihe wedding feast is cooked, and
all the grand wedding guests invited.
And the wedding finery ii all in readi?
ness, and Lord Culrosi commands his
daughter to get ready for her marriage.
And she dare not disobey or open her
mouth to tell him a word about the mau
she loves. So she sits while and still,
like a ^host, while they robe her in the
white silks and laces, and jewels, and
then they lead her down the greit stair
I ca-c, and put her in tho carriage, and
the grand wedding party dlivcsdowtl
to till new church. They are to be
married there?'.he very first marriage
before the new altar.
"A groom gallop) ahead, to bid the
lead architect to have tho bells in
rcalinc-s to ring for the wedding, and
he goes up on the dizzy steep'.o in :i
gie.it hurry, to sec for him-elf thttall
is right. lie has heard nothing of the
marriage, and h is no dream that Lad)
Culross is to b'j the bride.
' Hut presently he looks down, just
us the grand parly comes dashing up;
and he sees Lady Diana come walking
up to the step;, all in her white silk;
and laces, with her white veil flowing
to her feet, and she a-leaniag on the
arm of the fine EiglHh gentleman, anc
all in a minute it dishes through hit
j mind what is going to be ? that Lldj
I Diana has played him false, ami ha
! loino to church to be another man";
"Ho grows blind and sick, end rceb
where he stands, and presently he fall!
headlong down from the dizzy steeple.
He strikes the flagstones in the court?
yard, right a' Luly Diana's feet, ni slu
comes sweeping up oa her bridegroom's
"She sees him, and knows him, nni
falls on her knees beside him, with a;,
awful cry. The blood stains her will!?
marriage robes, and the white roses in
her hair fall out, and lio dabbled iu a
pool of red blood.
"They raise her up, nnd carry hei
off, hut the wedding docs not go on,
for the poor lady lies in ft swoon, and
that night flic dies, a-calling on liei
dead lover's name.
"The next day, when the men comi
to wash away the blood-stains from the
flng-ttoncs whtrj the poor architect fell,
they find that Lady D.nun's bridal roses
have taken root, au.l arc growiug be?
twixt the flag-stones in tho court-yard,
and instead of being white, they are
"Thftt's the story of the bride's roses.
And for hundreds and hundreds ol
years they have grown and bloomed in
that same spot; and every night, tie
surely as the dark falls, the poor,
broken-hearted lady comes a-singing,
with her white laces, nnd her long mar?
riage veil n-trailing nnd rustling, nnd
she stoops down and gathers the re.l
roses; but when the next morning
comes they arc blooming again as froh
as ever. AVinter er Summer, the bride'I
roses never fai1.
"They arc emblems of her love."
"My goodness!" said she. "That's
hnrdiy worth mentioning," said her
spiteful neighbor, iu her spiteful way.
Aud now thoy never speuk ai ihey pass'
Tho word "caHco" Ins a queer ori?
gin. Many centuries ago the first mon?
arch of the'province of Malabar gave tc
ono of his chiefs, at a icwar.l for dis?
tinguished services, his iword and all
the land within the limit of which a
cock crowing at a certain temple could
be heard. From this circumstaoco t be?
little town which grew up in tho cen?
tre of this territory wns called Calicodn,
or tho ccc'c crowing. Afterward it
was called Calicut, and from this piece
the first cotton goods were imported
into England, bearing the naino ol
KEW WALKING SKI KT.
i'be walking skirt of tho period has
indeed undorgono a revolution. It is
all in one piece, and on!y contains a
single scam; and is, moreover, made up
of what may be called the wrong way
of the slull I Tho meaning of this ex?
traordinary statu of things is that manu?
facturers havo bethought them of weav?
ing materials that, taken fiom selvage
to selvage, measure the average length
of the skirt required by any woman who
IS not B giantess. All along one si le
is woven a border of stripes or otiier
pattern suitable for the bottom of n
skirt. Thus, when tho one (earn is
sewn, you have an ample petticoat ab?
solutely lingered.?JVcio York J'oit.
NOTIONS RESPECTING WEDDINGS.
Winter is the favorite marrying sea?
December .'51 is a favorite wedding
day In Scotland.
Never read the marriage service en?
The shower of rice is n prayer fot
A bride shoul I uso no pins in her
wedding cl othes.
A bride must wear nothing green?
that color is emblematic of evil.
To change the name ami not the let?
ter is change for WOTSC, and not for
A btidc on' her return home must be
carried over the threshold by the
groom's relative-. ? Cincinnati
PADS OK Tili: q VEENS.
The pation of the cm pre 3 8 of Austria
is ti ling.
The delight of the empress of Russia
Queen Victoria is never so happy r.s
when sitting by a death bstl.
Nothing delights the queen of Itnly
more than to add another pcatl to Lor
The Empress Frederick is a miser.
The empress of Germany is strongly
Tho (p:ccn of Portugal is tho most
extravagant dresser In Europe.
The Empress Eugenie is the saddest
And the queen of Greece is the finest !
The last named has a pond lined with
pure while inaiblo, rivaling the fa motu i
rose marb!e bath of Ismail Pasha, where
Coia Pearl used to l athe in champagne
and display her lovely fotin. In former |
times a favorite pastime of the qtiscn of
(iicccc was to bar the (loots of this c:t- |
chanted garden, and, withbcr ladies-in
waiting and mails, net impromptu
scenes from Greek mythology.
The queen of Portugal loves the fame
sport, but in n more rugg d manner,
and dashes into the fiercest breakers
like a man. Indeed, sovotal times she
has been decorated for her bravery in
saving human life.
OA It .MF NTS FOR GIRLS.
Tiny Z uavc jackets of velvet adorn
Boinc caahmeio dress waists.
Eiffel red cloaks arc immensely popu?
Bonnets for very little girls match
their cloaks in color.
Full hipped empiro waists, straight
skirts and huge sleeves remain in style.
Fine tucks and feather stitching trim 1
the white muslin slipi und drcsics worn
by very small girls.
Dark plaid wool, either in the soft
French colors or in Ihe bright Scotch
clan tartans make \ncful scao il dresses.
Some exquisite costumes of old-pink
cashmere with relief accessories of
French gray velvet in the front and
back of the pleated waist are shown at
the Lilliputian bazaar in West Twenty
third street, which, thanks to the
prowess of Bcsb & Co., is tu fait in a'l
its departments and a priceless boon to
small humanity from the largctt lad or
lassie to the littlest baby in the family.
Striped cloths in two shndci of brown
arc made tip into serviceable school
clonks for girl?.
Pinid woolens divide the honors
with bordered ones and soft, thick twill
Blight red hats of felt, with project?
ing brims, aro finished with narrow rows
of block velvet ?round the low crown,
each row terminating on the right side
with a bow. A largo rosette of I ho vel?
vet on tho top toward the left of the
irown holds a blackbird in place.
Smocking is still done on frocks of
cashmere and India silk.
Gu'.mpcs ore still in form for the
?smallest girl. ? Chicago -S'toi.
TIIF. FEMININE 11ANO.
Probably no fashion or fancy has
.en so firm a hold on the feminine
.lion of the population, as has the
le.ng, which is now celebrating the
eighteenth year of its reigo. In the
face of ridicule and criticism it b-is
held its own Binco 1671, when, in somo j
inexplicable manner, it made its ap- J
pcarancc upon certain fashionable '
brows, in a short time nil classo? hol'
udopte.l the white fringe, ai it was
then styled by tho newspapers. The
.general a lap ability to ulm >it any typ^
of face accounts for its popularity, and
although decried and caricature-!, it |
has never lost its hold upon the fcmilo
heart. First came the severely straight.
j fringe across the forehead, becoming
to so few maidens. Then tho curled
j bang was introduce] not to tnke its
j place, but to share its popularity. Mon- j
j taguo bangs came next, with their sug- i
I gestioa of soap, water nnd bandoliuc. |
I Then the "Langtry," introduced by
the J er toy Lily, necessitated u sacrifice ,
of nil the long locks on the crown of
the head, whereas heretofore only u
?holt fringe had been worn on tho fore-;
head. The Itutslan bangs, short and '
shaip-pointed, viel with the saucer*
shaped, until Mrs. Cleveland changed
the entire complexion of events by
wearing the pompadour bang, made so;
popular by the lir?t of her photographs, I
which were be:;t broadcast over the,
Innd. 0 r!s with broad, clear fore- j
heads at once brushed back their hair, |
retaining only the soft rings of hair on '
the side, a la C cvoland. Now, that'
the fair young mistress of the White j
llousa has teen deposed, something
new in the hair-dressing line has been
brought into fashion. It is here, an I j
evidently here to stay. If yon should j
j happen to meet a girl on the fashiona- j
j Lie thoroughfare with a circular patch j
' on her for.!head, think not shy has been j
wounded If a pugiliitic encounter, or j
if she be a btunettc, that she is carry
ing a small stove I d directly over the :
bridge of her uos.-, but remember that
I this is the very latest fad iu bougs.?
-V.ts Ycrt Ti'i'/t.
FASHION KOT KB.
Trains r.rc again made <pi tc long on j
gowns designed for f?ll dress.
A new shade of heliotrope is called
' ?Florence Nightingale."
Ueeeh brown and friar gray are the
newest shales of these colors.
The reseda and other gray green
shades nrc now rivalled by n rich, deep,
moss green tint.
Clasps of very light-weight silver
I metal arc put on fur capes and tippets
in lieu of frog'.
Tho luge-wave! Astrakhan or enra- j
cal fur is stylish for trimming cloths,.
and velvets, nnd some modistes have
imported cloth gowns with tho whole
bodice of Astrakhan.
Cloth jackets of simple shape in ecru ]
or green shades ate m i Ij very dressy by j
being striped with black Astrakhan fur
applied in lengthwiss baa .It from the j
collar to the cad of the coat.
For the promenade fashion wears a
tall collar of mink, seal, fox or marten, |
with until to match. L >n - streu riling j
boas uro thou ;ht to ba more nppropri- j
a'e for the carriage aud theatre than
Nothing could ba bar. Isomer than
the elegant French anil R issi iu loug
coats of velvet and broadcloth now on ,
exhibition, the e further enriched by j
ur trimming) and rare decorations in I
embroidery or silk work in applique. j
Lice canes, w.th a hood for wearing
? . I
ov.t the hair, have a long scan in
front, whie'l hangt lo the foot of the I
evening cloak. Other Modicis scarfs j
have a fine wire to clasp them about the
nick, rc?;u rin^ no further fastening.
Throe different fabrics aro mule use
of oust me of the dressy Paris wraps,
the backs and fronti of c.oth nnd vel?
vet ca nppl qtu, the cape-collar of plain
velvet, the lining of armu e silk, with
Alaska sable "collar and edgings a? a j
Tho rqnarc, ha tging slccvei that arc'
j ?; feature of many of the winter cloaks,
:o reminiscent of th-j lima of Qicon
in- la, and a noted fashion publica?
tion makes the prediction that by the
I l me of the cslebrati in of the Columbus
quadri-centennial, wc may be em slating
the stylo of dress of that period.
A novelty iu fringed trimmings it
the passementerie sadi, which may h:
had in various widths und colois, and
lias deep sewing-silk fringes. These
sashes may be put on about the lowei
edge of a painted baique, in the style
so popular in the US-J of ribboi, or mny
be arranged in n bow r.t the bnck.
Itemed >j for Tired Jb'i/cs.
People speak about their eyes ns be?
ing tiled, meaning that the retina or
feeing portion of the eye is fatigued,
but such is not the case, as tho retina
i hardly ever gets tire 1. The fatigue is
j in the inner anil outer muscles attached
I to the eyeball and muscle of nccomino
I daliou which surrounds the lern of the
I eye. AVhcn a nenr object is to be
; looked at, this muscle relaxes and al?
lows the lens to thicken, increasing its
reflective power. The inner and outer
muscles arc used iu covering tho eye on
the object to be looked nt. It is in tho
three muscles mentioned that tho fa?
tigue is felt, and relief is secured tem?
porarily by cloring the eye or looking
nt far-distant objects. Tue usual indi?
cation of strain is a redness of the rim
of the eyelid, bstokening n congested
sii.tc of tho inner surface, nccoinpan ied
with some pain. Sometimes this wenri
ncss indicates the need of glassci
rightly adapted to the person, and in
other cases the remedy is to innssngc
the eye and its surroundings as fur ai
miy be with the hnnd wet in cold
QUAINT AND CLH10US.
A Texas man of S5 year* Las just had
a 21st son bom to bi:u. .
The total nutr.bsr of whippings in
tLe PltlSbUrg (I'.-nn.) public schools
during October was 243.
In a handfui of clover p! ueked in Iiis
yanl. EJwnr.l R> elder of Bethlehem,
Ponn., found 50 leur-ienf stalks.
An eastern Ohio man lias b'jon mar?
ried three lluiei. Each time there was
opposition, und be had to elope with
Ia Cleat water barb r, F.a , there is n
spring <>r rtelicioui driuking water,
bubbl.ng through the mass of salt
water whic'.l cuVsiopsS it. ?
Lore:.;-.' D. Tutor nn.l Gerlrllle P.
Harp, students of ihe O.'s Moinci
(lows.) co lvg ?, luve been oxpvlied he
cauio they clopeil and got nintried.
Ik'njamin Harrison was in a polio:
court In Washington for nn assault, and
Lw: Morton llntnmi day wni louiul tr
be insane. They were both colored
A woman residing near Tubes Hill,
N. Y., has a pet snake. Tue reptile is
very tamo, and spends hours ia playing
with the cat, with which it is on the
best of tcriui.
The Lancaster (I'cnn.) police, unable
to fix any cr.ni: on a suspicions char,
acter arrested tiiero, bought a railroad
ticket with the money fun id on him
and shipped him out of town.
Near Bilvorton, Oregon, i* a quarry
of wdiat is ca lci "fire-place stone."
It is soft when mine I, and can be
sawed or chopped In any desired shape,
and when subjected to intense heat
dots not teem to bo affected,
A few days ago workmen tit Moiris
villc, N. .1., unearthed a fine palcollth
of nrgillitc, tea feet below the surface,
which ii pionoimccd a relic of a pregla
cial man. Il had a jagg.nl c Ige, ovi
dcntly having been fashioned for c
An English scientist says that if we
were to visit the maun wo should lind
the days and nights a fortnight in
length, and if wo "survived the scorch?
ing during tho day we should certain.y
be frozen to death during tbe ensuing
Tlttc:1 men being unable to drive or
ding a 400-pound pig from its pen tit
Reiuhold, Pcnn., they called in tha as
listance of Jjhn Berkley, a giant in
5:rct:gtli. lie deliberately picked the
kicking porker up and carried it out
George Jennings of Now Portage, 0.,
was fishing in Wo! f Cresk and had set
a Hue and went further up tho stream.
Whonhe returned he found a duck ha 1
swallowed ibo minnow and swam away
with the polo and line. II; followed it
i:p and cap'.u ei it. This is a now way
to get duck'.
In thcCsr-ado Mountains, about sev?
enty-live miles from Jacksonville, Ore?
gon, is to be fou l I the Great Sunken
Lake, the deepcit lake in the world.
It is said to average 2000 feet down to
the water on all si lei. Tiio depth of
the water is unknown. It is about fif?
teen miles long by four and a half
A sign that is attracting hundreds of
people to where it hang-, on a carpenter
thop, In Patterson, N. J., reads:
"Collins made and repaired. Extra
Urong ones for country people." The
o!d man who owns the establishment
has his own coflin on hand. It is made
of pine wood, and is covered with a
ucat pattern of wallpaper.
While remodeling a chimney in an
old hoiae-tead in Cherry field, Me., for
the purpose of attaching a hot air fur?
nace, an inecrcsting relio in Cue form of
alitt'.c brown jug of unusual shape wai
found in nn arch of the chimney, which
certainly had not icon the light for 100
years. It was empty, but smelled of
Millions of gallons of rich brine, de?
rived from the action of the infiltrated
rainfall on the rock-salt beneath, run
to waste in Transylvania an 1 Wallachia
because prices arc too low to render the
manufacture profitable. Yet the salt is
so pure that, merely crushed into pow?
der, it ii fit for use without undergoing
any refining process.
Curiosities of the Postage Stamp.
There are about 0000 varieties of
postage stamps now in use by the
different nations of the world. The
museum of the Berlin postollicc alone
contains a collection of between 4000
and 5000 specimens, half of which arc
European, and the remainder divided
between tho Americas, Asia, Africa and
The emblems upon the stamps of na?
tions arc legion; the earth, the sea nud
the vaulted canopy above us have been
ransacked for curious uni meaningless
devices and legenis. Tnc entire nni
lnal kingdom, the stars and the moon
in nil its phasct, besides legendary em?
blems by tho thousands arc known to
the collectors of stamps, who prido
thcra<elves upon being "philatelists."
Upon the printed fuci-s of these little
squirts of paper may be found the effi
g.c , of five emperors, eighteen kings,
three qneons] o to grand duke, several
inferior titled rulcrt and mdny presi?
dents. M. Phillippo dc Ferrari, pcr
hapi has the largest and most valuable
collection of s'.nmps in the world,
amounting to something like 250,000,
and within the present year sold one
single little stamp to n collector iu
Paris for ,511,0001
J? There a Canine Laixiiuage.
A curious 6iglit was witnessed ono
afternoon ou the wharf at Cincinnati.
Agcntleinnn, accompanied by two tine
specimens of the water spaniel, went,
down to the landing of the Newport,
ferry, at the Joot of Ltwronce street..
Bmiehow lie bcc.tno scparatad from tho
canines, or rather they failed to follow
him aboard. The boat bad got ont in
the stream, when the dogs caught sight,
of their master and discovered he was.
fast leaving them. Standing on the.
edge of the float, both set up a vigor?
ous yelping, which attractc I the atten?
tion ol the bystanders.
Suddenly the older and larger dog
plunged into the river and bo'jan to
swim rapidly toward the Kentucky
shore. He had gone about 10.) yuids.
when he seemed to become aware that.
h;s brute companion had not loliowcd.
Turning around, ho swam back toward
the spot where thoyouajor dog stood.
As he dicw alongside the float he made
no effort to get aboard. Too two began
to bark at each other?to hold an ani?
mated conversation in tho dog tongue,
as it wer.1. The older dog, ai he 11 >at
ed by the side of the landing barked '
encouragement to the more timid nni
mal, and apparently was urging the lat?
ter to jump into the wat.'r. The bark?
ing duct lasted some minutes, and then
the ycuag dog, seemiugly conviuctd by
his companion's assuraoca, grew bold,
and su Idculy bounded into the river.
The first dog gave a delights 1 yelp,
and, both turning their nosei toward
Kentucky, began to swim straight,
across, side by side. H >ih continued
to bark until they reached the shore,
and could be heard ou both sides of tho *
river. The people on the ferry a id tho
K-ntucky shore saw the strange race,
nnd with people on this side and on
the biidgc, watched it to the end. The
dogs lauded opposite to the barracks,
where they were awaited by their own?
er, who, with several other gentleman,
had hurriedly walked down tho bank.
There was no limit to the delight of
the two animals as they rushed up to
their mister. The river at that point,
is nearly half a mile wide. The action
of tho dogs seemed to indicate that
they had a language of their own, and
the paternal manifestations of thi elder
brute were most interoitin*f to sec.
J/oui Long Ho Von Sleep.
Insomnia is rightly regarded as one
of the marks of nil overwrought or
j worried netvous system, mid conversely
We may take it that sound sleep lasting
I for a reasonable period, say from six to
l nine hours in the case of adults, is a
I fair to it of nervous competence.
IVarious accidental causes mny tempora?
rily interfere with sleep in tho healthy;
I but still the rule holds good, and a nor?
mal brain reveals its condition by obe?
dience to this daily rythmic Variation? ^
Custom can do much to contract one's
natural term of sleep, a fact of which
wc are constantly reminded, in theso
days of hig'.l pressure; but the process
is too artificial to bo freely employed.
L ilorloua days with scanty intervals of
lest go far to secure all th-j needful con?
ditions of insomnia. In allotting hours
of sleep it is impos-ihlc to adopt any
maxim or uniform custom. The duo
allowance vnrivs with tho individual.
Age, constitution, sex, faligua, exer?
cise, each lias its share of influence.
Young persona and hard workers nat
umr^nead an 1 should have more sleep
than those who neither grow nor labor.
\V( men have by common con sc it been
assigned a longer psrlod of rest than
men, end this arrangement, in the event
of their doing b ird work, is in strict
accord with their generally lighter phys?
ical conttructuro nnd rocurrent infirmi?
ties. Absolu e rule thirc is none, and
it is of little moment to fix an exact
average allowance, provided the recur?
rence of sle.-p be regular and ?s amount.
Sufficient for the needs of a given per?
son, so that fntlgue d.oo.1 not result in
such nerve prostration and irritability
as render healthy rest impossible.?
The Kjyptlan 1'uraniltlx,
The following i.ro figure, giving di?
mensions of the principal pyramids of
Egypt: Pyramid of Khun, height-'
?150.75 feet, breadth of basa 746 feet;.
Pyramid of Khnra, 447.5 feet high,
600.75 feet breadth at base; Pyramid
of Mankara, 203 feet high and 352.878
feet breadth at base. At soon as
Pharaoh mounted tho throno he gave
orders to a nobleman, the master of an
the bull lings of the land, to plan the
work nnd cjt the stona. Tho ker?
nel of the future edificy was raised on
the limestone soil of the duicrt, in the.
form of a small pyramid,-btftfp'in steps
of which the wcll-construc'o.l and fin?
ished intinor formed the king's eternal
dwelling, with his stone sarcophagus,
lying on the 6tone fl ior. I/jt us sup?
pose that this first Luilding was finished
while the Piinraoh still lived. A sec?
ond covering was added, atone b/ stone,
on tho outside of tha kernol, ft third to
the second, and to this even a fourth,
nnd the mass of tho giant building
grew greater the longer the king en?
joyed existence. And then nt last,,
when it became almost impossible tc
extend the area of tha pyramid farther,
a casing of hard stone, polished like,
glass, and fitted accurately into tho
ting es of tho steps, covered the vast
mass of the king's sepulchre, present?
ing a gignntic triangle on each of its
four faces. More than 70 such pyra?
mids once rose on tho margin of the
desert, cnch telling of a king of whom,
j it was r.t once the tomb and the monu?