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I leaned out of the window, I smelt the white
Dark, darf was the garden, I saw not the
"Novy if there be footsteps, he come?, my
Hush, nightingale, hush 1 Oh, sweet night
Till I listen and hear
If a step draweth near,
For my love he is late!
' Tbe skies in the darkness stoop nearer and
I A cluster of stars bangs like fruit in the
The fall of the water comes sweeter, comes
To what art thou listening, and what dost
Let the etar-clusters grow,
Let the sweet waters flow,
And cross quickly to me.
Son night moln^-that hover where honey
From sycamore blossoms, or settle or
You glow-worm?. shine out, and the pathway
To him that comes darkling along tbo
Ah, my sailor, moke haste.
For the time runs to waste,
And my love lieth deep?
"fToo deep for swift telling; and yet, my one
Fve conned theo an answer, it waits thee
By the sycamore passed he. and through *he
Then all the sweet speech I had fashioned
Bat I'll love him more, more
Thau e'er wife loved before,
Be the days dark or bright.
Cruise of the "Jemima."
Charlie, my young brother, had been
fagging at his studies; I had just
passed the B. C. S. E., and was propor
tionately elate. We had earned our
snmmer holiday, we thought; and
nothing loth was I when Charlie, with
a map in his hand, pointed out a spot
on the Caitiness coast and exclaimed :
"Here we arel There we'll gol
What say yon, Frank?"
u Very good choice. Plenty of
ozone, fishing and boating; fashion
at a discount. Where is the time
A primitive fishing village?call it
Clanhead?was quickly fixed upen ;
* and after ihs usual delight of railway
travebng we found ourselves in. a
place richly endowed by nature, but
? minus an inn. *,
A Highland cottage, however,
proved a comfortable enough shelter;
. and after a night's rest and a hearty
fish breakfast we strolled off toward
;.' the sea.
In the one straggling street of Clan
head were yellow-haired children who
stood in wide-eyed, innocent wonder,
and stared at us. Perhaps they were
overcome by the sight ?f our hideous
brown sand-shoes; or it might have
been that tluy were bewitched by
Charlie's handsome face
Charlie is the Adonis of our family;
and I?well, I am an ugly young man
with a marvelously wide mouth, eye
sight so near that I cannot pick up a
sixpence without the help of my
glasses, and an expression, to say the
least of it, seared. -
Such as we were, we stood the Jads'
and lasses' scrutiny unabashed, plod
ding on till we perceived a middle-aged
man leaning on a gate in, I imagined,
ft dolce far niente condition.
He turned, however, and moved to
?? Will ye no' be tafcin' a sail the
. mornin', gentlemen?"
M Just what we want," cried Charlie .
"Aweel, tak ye the first turn to the
reet an' it'll bring ye tathe head o' the
cliff. Some way bock yell see the
openin' to a ravine. Gang awa through
the gap, an' ye'll soon be where the sea
washes the cliff-foot Be ye canny, for
the tide's high the noo, and the shal
lowest water there may droun' ye. In
five minutes I'll be cjomin' roond wi'
my boat an' my mate at your service."
The boatman touched his cap and
moved off; we made for the ravine,
passed down it, and came suddenly
upon the most magnificent expanse of
rolling water that our eyes had ever
Shortly, from, I suppose, some shel
tering nook under the cliff, came along
our little craft, the "Jemima," with
her mainsail spread and her ma ter at
the helm, while Donald, his mate,kept
watch at the bow.
? With a "Yo hoy! Steady! Yo
hoy!" she was "brought to," and in
scrambled we, neck or nothing.
We were scarcely seated before,
emerging from the ravine, toiling on
with the help of a crutch over loose
earth and bowlders, came a girl with a
sweet but very sad face. Evidently
she was suffering in mind and body.
"Ech.lIinny,IIinny!" said our boat
man, with a softened intonation. " Ye
should na act sae, my dear. When
gentlemen hire the ' Jemima' they
dinna expect to tak' her master's fam
ily aboord. Gang awa' home aga'n,
" Oh, by all means, take your friend
"Ben is my na-r.e, s r, an' I thank
?y6 for your kindness. Come, then,
bairn! an', look ye, dinra trust to your
crutch when ye step aboord. Should
the boat luff, it may slip f rae under ye
Let me lay it deon at the stern, an.
gi'e me your hond. Xow, steady, an
in ye are "
Ben guided the boat off, then turne I
to the girl again.
"Eh, my bairnie, not sae mickle as
a sp?ck o' head-gear ! an' they bits o'
fal-lal clothing dying aboot ye; ye'll
cotch your death !?ye n aim hae my
jacket on. Alebbe, sir, ye'll lie sa?kind
as to haud the tiller whiles I dress her
oop. There, now, Mamie, are ye no
Off we were before the w'nd, our
swelling mainsa:l hiding the man at
the bow. The grand sea and sky threw
Charlie and myself into ecstacies; Ben.
used to su-.h scene?, was quiet, and, I
thought, sad, while the lassie looked
"Eh, mydoo," said Ben, "ye w<re
oop wi' the birds; I marked ye wend
in' your way to the cliff by the first
glint o' the sun. Ye's liken to a wraith,
my dearie. Ye'se aye wanderin'.
Aweel, lay doon your h ai awhile on
my shoulder, an' be takin' a wee bit
With his disengaged arm Ben sup
ported the frail little body, and scon
Ms charge was dozing a? restfully as
any weary child. ?
As she elept I espied a wedding-ring
on her finger, and "even in repose he?
face told * tale of mental and bodily
suffering. Some heavy calamity, I
thought, must have. fallen upon her.
Her childlike confidence in Ben and
his tenderness toward her were pa
thetic, and, altogether, my sympathy
sympathy was won.
Presently I ventured to ask if she
were not an invalid, and returned
"Oo, yes, sir; an' she is my only
bairn. Pretty doo. She married owre
early. An* a week after, Ta:n, her
husband, sailed north wi' his crew fcr
the "fishin*. Three months hae passel
sin' the wofu' day, Lut nae word can
I we get of boat or men."
j " Then you think the ve3sel?"
" Went doon, sir, is what you mean ?
There is nae doot aboot it; for, miles
awa' along coast, a p.'ece of her sail
was washed ashore. But my lamb
knowsna that; an' sae, i'stead o' puttin'
on widow's weeds, she aye says we'se
boun*to find him; an' she watches the
sea an' questions every fi dierman she
meets till it's ju$t pitifu' to hear
"She is n?arly distraught," thought
j I. Then I gave Ben a warning note
regarding the imperative need of try
ing to divert her mind from her trou
ble. Also I proffered a word of advice
about her lameness, which, it appeared,
arose from some recent injury done to
the muscles, and which I gathered,
hal been treated in anything but a
Bon was delighted to find that I
was a doctor, and most grateful for my
interest in him. Indeed, he was so
earnest in pour'ng out his thanks when
I volunteered to take Main e's ease in
hand while I was at Clanhead, that the
i man at the tow (as he afterward
i owned} became an absorbed and sym
pathetic listener; for Mamie and he
had been playmates, and he felt rather
down-hearted. Ben told me, when
Tarn carried her off.
Deep in our subject, and entirely
free from apprehension, we scudded
pleasantly along. One moment all
our thoughts were of healing; the
next;?crash I crash!! crash!!! over
j our heads, under our feet, every
A swift glance at the mainsail, a
wrench at the tiller, and a tremendous
shout from Ben:
"Bow, there, bow! are ye sleepin',
The warning was too late! A large
! vessel was down upon us; our ma'n
I sail pierced through by her bowsprit;
our timbers were shivering under h^r
bows. I heard shouting on the deck
above us; I saw a man leap from t!ie
vessel's side; I saw Mamie wake up in
an agony of terror and throw her arms
round her father's neck; I heard Ben
say. "Nae dinna cumber me, but strike
ye oot an' trust." 1 knew we were all
in the water, for I saw Ben supporting
his child as he swam vigorously toward
the man who had leaped over. I saw
I Charley going down (neither he nor I
l -was a swimmer), I clutched at him
I fruitlessly; : then some- confused
I cries of "Keep your heads up!"
"Here's a life-belt!" "Catch this rope!"
rind soon. Uufc-txxm Mro-rvrccs swuuOttl
far away and undistinguishable; I
i knew that salt water was in my nos
! trih and mouth ; there was singing in
i my ears, roaring in my bead; I felt a
mad impulse to rise; I did rise;
j again, for a m rment only, I heard
eager voices near me, and caught a
t glimpsie of the efforts that were being
made to save us; in an agony I made
an effort to keep up; it was futile;
then, hiss ! hiss ! swish ! through my
very brain ; after that, darkness, dense
darkness! a clear consciousness that
the hand of death was upon me; a cry
from my inmost soul to heaven and?
a strange, deep calm.
* * * * * *
The sun was going down in a flood
of crimson glory. I lay upon a well
swabbed deirk all alone. "Where had I
been? Where was I going? What
had happened? I pinched myself
and felt the pain; so I was still in the
fie.Qb. I tried my voice?"Hi! hilloa I
No one came. I sat up and took a
specu'atlve survey. The vessel was
taut and trim, and she smelled of tim
ber, but she was not of British build.
As I cogitated?rather weakly, I must
own?a footstep sounded on the deck,
and along came a good-natured-looking
seaman, fair and blue-eyed; he made
his way to me and gazed smilingly
" What s'iip is this?" queried I.
A shake of the head.
" Are you a German?"
Two shakes of the head.
"Speak, man, in some tongue or
other, will you':"
Tae word "sneak" he understood,
and obeyed with energy. But no
word of any language could I pick out
from his strange jabber.
Feeling, no d ??bt, that my tin ler
standihg wanted arousing, he went
away and shortly returned with six
other men; some strong, fair and blue
eyed like himseif. the re t short *r,
darker, but powerfully built, and all
chattering the most unintelligible
As they bent their energies to make
me acquainted with something or
other, I tried hard t > discover their
nationalities, when ? happy thought!?
came hitting through my brain the
" Andthrn the b'.ue-ey^d Xorsenan toli
Aiajaof hedaysef o d."
" You are from Norway !" bawled I
"And you," to tie darker men, "you
are Swede5. Am I right?"
" Ha! Norrowav! Xorge! Norge!
Aa! IIa! Norrike! IIa! IIa!'
The words were taken up like a
refrain with boisterous satisfaction.
Had I only raised my ey.s t > the
vessel's Hag, I might have seen at first
that she was called the "Jarl IJakon."
But jus', the.i my wits were scatt red.
They began, however, to disentangle
thems lves. a id thoughts of Charlie,
Ben and the rest crowded upon me.
W?e.e were they? Where was the
lame girl? and where the "Jemima?"
It was useless to question, so I rose
up and with rather unsteady gat
walked across t\e de :k and found my
way to the captain's cabin.
?n one side lay Ben, with pain in
every lina of his face; in the rapta'n's
berth, locking absolutely dead, was
Mamie; stretched out on a rug lay my
brother. He. however, managed to
moan out " lhavo !" when he saw me.
I went to the girl's tide and felt her
pulse. Then, "Where'sthe captain?"
s id I to Ben's careless mate, Donald,
who was standing by, the picture of
helpless di -tress.
"Here," came a ready answer from
a mellow voice behind me.
I turned. There stood a portly gray
headed man, with a trustworthy face.
He spoke English; this was worth
something just then.
"Have you a wife?a lady on board,
sir, who will carry out my instructions
respecting this patient?"
" A re yot^en, a physician ?"
"I am a member of the College oT
, Surgeons, and am anxious to do my
! best in this emergency."
j "I am heartily glad, sir. A lady?
, no; there is not one on board. Bat
i there is a man who would lay down
] his life for this child. He is burly,
but docile; let him be her nurse."
1 " Oh, her father ? But he is in sorry
j plight himself. I fear I shall find
some broken bones when I have time
1 to lo jk at him."
" Xo, not her father?her husband."
I glanced at Ben.
'?1 kna\v,"said he; "there's areet
,' bright siller linin' too oor clood, thank
" Bring him in," quoth I.
He came, a young fellow having a
splendid physique and six-feet-two in
I height, the very man who had leaped
I from the side of the "Jarl Hakon" to
j our rescue.
I I stretched out my arm in front of
I the berth as a warning or barrier.
! But Tarn had tact and caution. He
stood mutely looking down on his
! ghostly young wife, then, in response
to a touch on his arm, he bent his head
I to take my orders
I While Mamie remained unconscious
J he was to keep his post quietly, using
j the prescribed remedies; the moment
! she showed signs of consciousness he'
was to vanish,
I turned to Ben, who I found had .
i "SplintsI" said I to Charlie, who
,' was on his feet by this time. " Go to
I the captain for thin wood, and tools to
I shape it, also linen for bandages?a
J sheet will do. Now, Ben, you are a
! Briton, I know; will you trust me to
I .see to that bone?"
"Trust ye? Ay, sir; I ne'er wince
at sic like. I'd be poorly off an' it
i That businei? was got through, and
' Ben had scarcely uttered a moan from
j first to last, but cold perspiration stood
'? on his forehead, and I was just dis
j patching Donald for a strong cup of
tea to revive him when?a sudden
knock on my arm.
" I turned sharply. "Beg pardon,
sir," whispered Tarn, as his great bulk
rolled and stumbled into a dark corner
' beyond me.
But Mamie'st eyes were wide open;
I the whiteness had gone from her face;
her breath came thick and fast; she
even triel to raise herself on her el
" Father! father ! Te'sc form' my
Quaking with fear lest the remedy
should be worse than the disease, I
motioned Tarn out from his tading
I saw the girl's face flush violently;
I saw her throw up her arms to clasp
her husband's neck; I saw the young
giant turn white and weak with
i emotion ; then away darted I, never
halting till I reachel the stern. Tyro
as I was, I would rather have set half
a dozen more bones than have stood
. out that meeting.
The captain was there, and very soon
we got into conversation. Here is the
substance of what he told me.
j- Ti-io *? J<*rl-II(?kon " -TreeGoing nplno
? trade between Bergen and Aberdeen.
; On her last homeward voyage she had
picked up Tam and another seaman
I who were beating hopelessly about in
; a small boat, half dead with thirst and
j exhaustion. Tarn's fine frame had
; 1 attlel through, and he was working
his way back to Scotland; but his
companion in peril had succumbed and
I was laid in a Norwegian grave.
j Mamie walked without her crutch
j before I left Clanhead, and Ben's bone
! was doing famously. I was in high
! spirits at ray success as surgeon on my
I own account. I had gained friends,
I too. stanch and leal. Said Tam at
I Ye'se gi'en me a bonny wife for a
sickly ane, an' I'll ne'er thank ye enoo.
j 44 All right, Tam; you saved my life
; when you leaped from the 'Jarl
I Hakon,' you know, so we're more than
i quits. And look here, lad, if ever you
want a friend, send to me."
"Sae I will, sir ; an' 'uld ye e'er
need an act o' reet willin' an' laithfu'
service, ye'll send to me?"
That compact was an honest one,
and it will stand.
The Chinese Bamboo.
A bamboo, be it said, can be put to
more u-e than any other thing of the
i vegetable kind in the world. What
would our opposite neighbors in the
' Celestial empire do without it? It is
1 employe I for nearly all conceivable, be
side some almost inconceivable pur
1 poses on land an I water.and even in the
air; for kites are made of it, and so
are the queer little whistles bound totho
tame pigeons to frighten crows from
' the grain fiel is. It can be u ed in
the whole cane, in strips, in segments
or in threads ami no part comes amiss.
The tu! ei are suitable for water-pipes,
and to it answers for aqueducts; it is
so strong that foot-hridgjs are con
structed of it, and light enough for
rafts; so available that a whole house
can be built of it?the frame, the
thatch, the lattice-, the partitions; ami
it furnishes material for thb tables and
chairs, and some of the utensils and
decorative articles; it is so hard that
j knives are m :de from thin slices, ;;n I
I fo delicate that it may he carved into
daintiest of boxes, and even thimbles
and necklace^; so elastic that baskets
are woven of it, so fi!>rous that it may
be twis'ed into ropes and cordage. It
supplies lining for the chests of tea,
strands for lishing-nets, strips for
fans, and canes stilt enoagh for oars
and spears and pl.inquin-poles. It is
one of the four things without which
China would he China no longer?rice
for fco I, tea for drink, silk lor wear,
and bamboo for everything.?Amanda
P.. Harris, in Wide Aicake.
*' IVasp-Waisted Vampire.',
The military academy at West Point
was formerly an object of attack by
stump orators, anxious to excite popu
lar prejudice against an institution
which in the (.rator's judgment was
aristocra' ic. There is a story told of a
cadet, named Joe Blankster, who si
lenced a stump orater in the days of
" Tippecanoe and Tyler too:"
While doe was home he went to a
political meeting. The orator spoke
of the tyranny of the government, of
the President living in a great white
palace and feeding off of a gold spoon,
and of a place called West Point,
where wasp-wa'sted vampires were
educated at the expense of the people. I
"I'm one of thosj ' wasp-waisted
vampires,'" said Joe, as he stepped
upon the platform.
Joe's waist could hardly be spanned
with a horse's girth; and when th6
people taw him they laughed and said*
" If that is a sampln we want more oi
The United States has paid its sol
diers $7v/O.OCO,000 in pensions.
LIFE ON A'ANT?CKET SHOALS. I
Where the Fish Are Canght that Supply a
IicrcoPart of the United States?Fishing
A writer in the New York Sun ha*
an interesting account of the visits
paid by the city's fishing fleets in Kan
tucket shoals, and the way in which
fish are caught. After describing the
fishing smacks used on the cruise, and
the manner of reaching Nantucket
shoals, the writer continues interest
ingly as follows:
As the tallow on the leal announces
that we have struck the off-shore
grounds the vessel heaves to, and the
fish hues, two to a man, are thrown
over. All sorts of fish are taken up?
cunners, skates, dog fish, star- tisb,
winkles and the like, and mayhap a
little black rock or "ground keeper,"
as the sailors term them. Time passes,
and it is evident that the school cod
for which we are in search are not
I here. A shift is made. Likely enough
then at the first cast of a hook a jerk
is felt, and the fisher pulls his line
handover hand, till in a moment a
handsome gray-ba ked and white
bellied thirty-pound school cod is lying
on the deck. All hands rush to the r
lines, clam shells are thrown over
with bits of bait to toll the fish, and
the fun begins. The fish bite fiercely.
As fast as one 1 ne is unloaded the
other is found fa t, and the fish chase
their impaled companh ns to the ve y
surface of the water. One forgets
the fog and the cold in the
excitement of the hour. The tide
has now turned, and is bearing
us away to the north, and we
are tsking the fish with us. Fingers
soon grow sore from contact with the
lines, and hard words are plentifully
bestowed upon the straggling fish as
they resist the efforts of tendo.- hands
to pull them from the bottom. Thus
the fishing goes on uninterrupted for
hours, until at length an unusual swish
of the water is heard und r the lee,
and suddenly there shoots out of the
fog and across our bow a mammoth
ocean steamer, looming up in the mists
like a moving mountain. She passes
so near to us as to affright the most
hardened of the crew. A slight change
in her course and she would have
crashed over our little vessil as though
it was but a feather. As she vanished
in the thickening gloom of approaching
darkness fishing is suspended, the ves
sel is run into shoaler water and an
choret, and all hands but the cook be
gin the work of stowing away the
day's catch. The lish are headed,
gutted and washed, and after hours of
hard labor are snuggly packed in tiers
in pounded ice. Then after a delicious
supper of hot bread and coffee and
delicately browned fresh cod tongues,
the crew, save the watch, find their
berths worn out with labor. Six hours
of slumber and the day's work is re
peated, often with the most discour
Sometimes in the height of thick
fishing the biting will suddenly cease,
and the old heads know that a halibut
is about. A good halibu t will^briPir
rrom ?iu to ^bu, but special pains ire
required in hooking, playing and land
ing him. Liberal tiaits of menhaden
are substituted for the clams, for the
cod are frightened away by the ap
proach of the monster i'-t fish. Sud
denly " zip, zip," sings out one of the
lines, and the fish runs away with the
hook. The skillful angler knows bet
ter than to "snub" him too quickly,
else he'll tear out. A halibut is very
ganuy. He can be played almost to
the surface, when he will make a sound,
and the line whizzes through the sore
creases in your hands till he gets tire I
of running. At length he is brought
to the surtace, ani a man en either
side of his captor seizes the halibut's
head with large gaff hooks, and sum
marily jerks him in on deck, where a
"muddling" club is vigorously applied
to his brain and his throat is cut.
Some of these fish are very iarge and
strong, weighing over 300 pounds.
Hand lin'ng, as it is termed, is not
the only means employed by the cod
fishermen in capturing the'r prey.
Trawls are extensively used, particu
larly in the winter. On some grounds
the lish w 11 take a still ba t, while
they will decline that from a bobbing
hand line. Trawls were for years op
posed by the old hunkers in the busi
ness, but now the) are extensively
used all along the coa t, especially in
shoal water, where the school lisii come
in for spawning purposes. A cod
trawd is made of much lighter mate
rial than is employed for catching hali
but. A cod trawl consists of a " run
ner," or main line, 400 or 5'JO fathom s
long, of the size of a lead pencil, to
which, at a distance of a few feet
apart, are "ganged" hooks small enough
to be easily (swallowed by the fish.
Each hook lias a line two feet long.
Trawls are coile.l away in tubs for use,
each hook being baited and la d in the
center, so that the tub when fllleJ
looks more like a tub of cord with a
pile of fat sea clams in the center than
a deadly lish trap. When set the trawl
is simply stretched cut over the fish
ing ground, with an anchor at either
end and large buoys attached to the
anchors. A smack frequently carries
from 2'-,000 to 35,000 hooks arrange I
in this manner. The amount of ground
covered by them and the great num
ber of hooks which the six men com
posing the smack's crew can tend show
the advantage of the trawling system j
over hand lines. Then, too, some or I
all of the hooks ran be set in the morn
ing and hauled in before a gale springs I
up, so that a handsome fare of fish
may sometimes be taken in a few
hours, although the vess 1 may almost
immediately after be driven off the
ground by the storm.
The men handle the trawls with
great dexterity. The smack is an
chored, and the fishing wherries put
out filled with the "gear" to be
"wet." Each boat is managed by a
man who rows off from the vessel till
he is lost to view in the ever-present
fog. The spinning t'de, another ever
present feature of Nantucket shoals,
soon carries him well astern of the
smack, and then he casts over his
trawl buoy and lets down the head an- j
chor, taking care to have his sheath j
knife ready in case of accidents, for |
the foaling of the traw), which is (ly
ing out of the boat as she is borne
away on the tide, would upset the
light" craft as quickly as a flash of
lightning. The fisherman throws the
trawl out with his right hand, using
his thumb and forefinger or a stick.
His strong arm keeps a shower of line
and baited hooks in the air all the
time until the bottoms of the tubs are
reached, when he throws over his foot
anchor, to which his boat is also
moored, and then calmly seat'ng him
self in the stern, two miles from the
smack in the cheerless fog, he unwinds
a heavy halibut lin^ with a ten-pound
sinker, and whiles away the time in
the hope of taking one or two of these
fish. It is in still, lonely and exposed
positions, when cold winds and seeth*
ing tides make the fisherman's life one
of dreariness, attended with constant
danger, that tobacco comes to his solace.
All the fishermen chew and iimoke
without stint. By-and-bye the tide
slackens and turns off at right angles,
preparatory to running with its accus
tomed violence in the opposite direc
tion. A blast from a horn or a shot
from a gun on board the smack warns
the fisherman that it is slack water
and time to haul on the trawl. He
heaves up his anchor, and works with
a will, coiling away- his trawl as he
takes it in. Then, no matter how co'c*
the day is, nothing: but warmth oi
body is felt, for the mind is bent
wholly on what the drawing of the
lottery will bring forth Sometimes
the hooks, as far as the eye can see
under water, come upladen with han 1
some cod, haddock, pollock, and occa
sionally a halibut, livery hook gene
rally has something, for it is poor bot
tom indeed that cmhot furnish even
a conger eel, a " krissr konnere " or a
dogfish. Beautiful sponges and siielis
come t) the surface, together with all
the varied brie a brarof the bottom of
the sea, for a trawl is a perfect scav
enger, picking up rocks and
delaying work, so that the tide begins
to run strongly aga'n, and the boat
man has to cut lo.ise and pull for his
life to reach the smack. A horn is
kept blowing en tin ves-.el till all
tin boats have returned from their
morning's work. Then dinner is eaten,
gears are re-bai:eJ, fish ara dresscrl,
and the " set" in the afternoon is re
peated. Boats are occasionally lo3t in
this fishing, a?d nnn who havenrssed
their smacks have been picked up by
merchant vessels far out to sea. The
work goP3 on unceasingly until a fare
of fish is caught, and then comes the
welcome order to take to the boat
All hands shake out the sails with a
will, every inch of canvas is spread,
the relics of slaughter are scrubbed
from the decks, arid the vessel is
washed from stem to stern.
The trip to Fulton market begins,
and in a few hoars the flying craft
runs clear of the fog and gets into civ
ilized weather oncj more. Making
piissages and tin week in New York
aro the fishermen's halcyon daj's, which
he more than pays for when encoun
taring the dangers of. storm, tide,
shoals and coll sions on the ever-shift
ing shoals of Nantucket.
Drinks of All Nations.
Ancient Egypt had a speries of wine
and also a liquor called zythos, drawn
from bariey by fermentation, resem
bling beer. That the people did not
escape from intoxication is shown by
drawings which have b:?en preserved
of slaves carrying their masters home,
and the like; but the effectsoJ: the two
drinks were noticed to be different.
Grecians used wine from Ihe earliest
period, and history gives many tokens
that thoy did so to excess. But the
statement thaLth?y were fond of pour
ing salt water into it to improve the
flavor raises a gentle suspicion that it
differed from modernjwine. The like
ini'erejnco is w"ffIfltltMcr^rrn dl n j that
among the Bo Dans? the low-priced
grades of wine sold at threepence for
ten gallons, and that the magnates
drank it by the gallon. But both the
Grecians and Romans imported wine
from Egypt. Who knows but this
may have been the chief cause of in
temperance among them?
Julius Casar's troops seem to have
tarried, perhaps not the original idea
of wine and malt liquor, but improved
ways of making them, to Gaul and
Brita'n; and grape culture and wine
making throve in France because
natural to the siiil and climate, while
ale an I beer were so suited to English
cond tions, and were so easily made by
a people raising an abundance of
grain, that they soon became the na
tional beverages in preference to the
mead and cider with which the ancient
Britons had bean wont to regale them
selves. Barley is the basis of several
drinks made in different parte of the
world by processes juialagous to mod
ern brewing, but thoy are totally dif
ferent in their intoxicating effects.
The discoverers of America found
maize in use among the native tribes
in making a species of beer called
chica; and history indicates that the
natives would have suffered less from
intemperance if they had clung to
their own drink than they have since
adopting the strong liquors introduced
by the whites. There are some unex
pected Si es of these beverages. In
England, /ruce, fir, birch, maple and
ash trees have in former years been
tapped and the sap fermented for a
drink. The willow.poplar, sycamore and
walnut are said to yield palatable bov
t rages. Koumiss, of which descrip
tions were published during President
Garfield's illness, is fermented milk,
and is the basis of what may be called
the koumiss cure, administered to in
dividuals at establisments maintained
among the Tartars; bat doctors differ
as to whether the treatment when tried
by Americans or Englishmen effects a
radical cure or only causes a temporary
fatness. The drink is a favorite one
among the Tartars and Circassians,
aad they have a legend that the angel
who succored Hagar in the desert
showed 1 er how to make it, and the
r- eipe has be?n handed down from that
time. The t hinese mak- liquors, and
mischievous ones?to indulge them
f eely in their native drinks would not
lie a hopeful experiment?from rice,
from palm and even from mutton.
Sake is a beor which has been long and
widely used in Japan, and, though
strong, is called wholesome; and the
Japanese make other drinks from
plums, from the juice of the plum or
b'r h, and from the flowers of the
motherwort and the peach. The Rus
sians delight in a quass made from bar
li y an 1 rye Hour. Several varieties of
gras-, herbs or flowers, roots of sundry
plants, the juices of the sugarcane, the
aloe or the cavassa. and even of the
potato and b?et are used among vari
ous tribes or nations as the basis of
some favorite drink.
To ) Late.
Dr. Stephan, secretary of state, is
director general of the German tde
graph system. On a recent tour of in
spection he entered an oiliee just as a
cispatch was 1 eing received addressed
to the operator. The director general
demanded to see it. The operator
tremblingly handed it over, but the
good-humored director only laughed on
reading: " Be on your guard, Stephan
is on the rampage, he puts his nose
into everybody's pie." He took his re
venge by dictating the following reply:
"Too late?nose io already in my pie."
The famous packet finer Great West
ern, now sailiug between San Fran
cisco and other Pacific ports, is already
twice as old as ships usually get to be.
She first sailed from New York to
Liverpool forty years ago, and re
mained in tho Atlantic fleet; twenty
AUGUST 30, 1883.
A WONDERFUL C lYEBIf.
Charles Dudley Warner's Description of tlio
Wonders of Lurny Cave.
In a letter from Luray, Va., to the
Hartford Courant Charles Dudley
Warner says: In the vestibule of
Luray Cavern, Virgin a, is a monster
pillar, very highly fluted, about twen
ty-live feet in diameter, called Wash
ington's column. All the chambers
and most of the objects in the caverns
have been named, and genera'ly from
the r resemblance to natural or arti
ficial objects. From the vestibule we
enter a long narrow passage called the
Vegetable garden, from its display of
vegetable forms, very good imitations
of potatoes, carrots and the like. We
then enter the theatre, a great audi
ence hall, and thence to the fish mar
ket. Here hang along th^ walls as if
. for sale, hut perfectly sweet in this
constant temperature, varieties of lish,
a'most perfectly formed, even to the
white bellies and the wiggle in the
tail; one can identify the shad, the
ba s, the perch, the mackerel, and the
illusion is perfected by the trickling
moisture, wliich gives a slimy
fishy look to the objects. There
is the Elfin ramble, fantasti
cally ornamented, six hundred feet
long and three hundred in breadth, an 1
beyond that Pluto's chasm, a rift live
hundred feet long, ten broad, and
seventy deep, a dive into subterranean
gloom. From this point wonders open
on t very side. In the distance is seen
suspended in air, projected on the ckirk
ness, a white specter. We pass on to
a miniature lake, where the formation
of crystals is still going on, to the
bridal chamber, w.th its delicately
veiled stalactites and stalagmites, and
its long trailing arms of alabaster; to
tin Giants' hall, with columns of
Egyptian massiveness and sculpturings
of Grecian fineness. And we here
pass near other objects?Diana's Lath,
Titania's veil, and the Saracen's tent,
the latter a perfect representation of
the fold3 of a conical tent, with the
curtains drawn aside in front. Else
where is a throne with a hanging
canopy. These objects require no aid
of the imagination to make them
out. Some of the most striking ef
fects are of hanging shawls, scarfs and
lambrequins, in graceful folds, and
some of them witn borders striped in
colors. Illumined by placing candles
behind them the illusion is beautiful.
One of the great sights is the Cathe
dral, a vast, lofty apartment with gi
gantic columns and profuse roof orna
mentation. At one end is the stone
organ, with its row of regular pipes.
When these are struck they produce
musical notes. Striking them in irreg
ular succession with a stick, the guide
plays "Days of Absence" without
missing a note, and a lively quickstep
with only the loss of a note or two.
There are elsewhere hollow, resound
ing shafts and thin, upright masses of
alabaster, which sound like drums
when struck. In one place is a vast
fallen column, fifty feet long and four
teen feet thick. It once hung sus
pended with its great companions, and
the place in the roof whence it broke
off is still visible. It has lain prostrate
so many ages that a stalagmite column
has slowly grown up from the drip on
one end of it. Drooping near it is an
angel's wing of alabaster whiteness,
[ ten feet high and seven broad, taper
i ing like a wing, and finished on the sur
face with feather-like sculpture.
Everywhere one sees masses of gi
gantic, glittering columns, the Tower
of Babel, the leaning Tower of Pisa,
the Sultana, the double column, a
frozen cascade, and a hundred won
ders. There is a very good imita
tion of an elephant's head and
trunk, the long neck and head of a
camel, with the drooping lip. Through
the hollow column it is said an ascent
can be made to a chamber sixty feet
above. Near this the eye is arrested
by the retreating form of an alabaster
lady, in party toilet Her head is hid
by the jamb of the doorway, but, says
truly a visitor, the rounded shoulders,
delicate arms, shapely waist
and long flowing skirt and train,
profusely ornamented, are all there.
It has been named "Cinderella
Leaving the Ball." Beyond this, by
way of the Bridge of Sighs, one comes
to Skeleton Gulch. At the bottom of
this, in a narrow trench, are several
human bones more or less imbedded in
the calcareous drip. I made out clearly
an arm hone. From the amount of
drip over these bones they have proba
bly lain here 200 years. Nobody knows
who left the skeleton here orhisobject
in leaving it here, but the notion gains
ground that these are the bones of a
character much heard of since the war,
a fossil politician.
One of the minor curiosities in the
floor of one chamber is a bird's nest
containing three small white birds'
egg3, pebbles rounded by the action of
water. The guide, who is a man of
truth, swore that nest and eggs were
found exactly as we saw them. When
he asked me if I did not believe it, 1
told him I believed anything he said so
long as I was underground with him
and he wan the only man present who
knew the way out.
I understood the guide to say that
the lowest point we descended in tho
cave is 2<J0 feet below the entrance. I
have nothing more to say of it except
that I believe it is the most highly
ornamented, fantastic, bewilderingly
beautiful piece of work known to man
that nature has anywhere executed
unaided. But then we know very
little more about the earth beneath us
than about heaven above.
Smallpox and Cream of Tartar.
Dr. A. W. Cain, who lives in Ches
ter county, not far from Christiana,
says he recently made a very interest
ing experiment, the result of which
seems confirmatory of the theory of
the famous English physician who first
promulgated the eltieaey of cream of
tartar as a smallpox antidote. The
doctor very naturally conceived that if
the drinking cream of tartar dissolved
in water would almost immediately
give relief to a person afllicted with
smallpox, it would also dissipate the
effects of vaccination which had thor
oughly taken. So procuring some
vaccine virus from Dr. Plank, of
Christiana, Dr. Cain vaccinate.! him
self and wife. Both vaccinations took
finely. When the swo'.lings were &h,
their height, and their arms son st,
each drank a pint of wat t in which
one ounce of cream of tartar had been
dissolved. In a few hours the swell
ing and soreness had entirely disap
peared.?Lancaster (Penn.) Inquirer.
To cleanse br; ?^.?catch your ook
agent, hold him vu?qc the pump and
sponge him with a v"ar of sand soap.
To destroy weeds?introduce your
widow to a bachelor, and let natme
take its coriTS*<~Ifarat7ion Iniepend*
It Was the Girl.
A traveling man, noticing a pretty
girl alone in the car, went over in her
direction, and smilingly asked:
"Is this seat engaged, miss?"
"No, sir, but I am, and he is going
to get on at the next station."
don?" and he pi ked up his feet, after
stumbling over them, and went into
the smoking car to be alone awhile.?
Before marriage: " Excuse me,
George. Did my parasol hurt you?"
" Oh, no, my dear. It would be a
pleasure if it did."
After marriage : " Great heavens I
There was never a woman under the
sun that knew how trt carry a parasol
without scratching a fallow's eyes
" And there never was a man that
knew enough to walk on the right side
of a woman with a parasol."
k*' There isn't any right side to a
--vornan with a parasol."--Hartford
Circumstances Alter Cases.
Not long ago as an elderly couple
were out walking a lady on the
opposite side of the street tripped and
fell down. The old gentleman rushed
across the street, raised his hat, and
offered to assist her in any possible
v ay. His wife followed him across at
a slow pace, and witnessing his devo
tion to the stranger, she got mad, and
shook her fist at him. "It's all right
?it's all right," he whispered. " Yes,
I know it is," she hotly exclaimed;
" here an unknown woman hurts her
toe, and you plow across the street to
eat her up with kindness. The other
day when I fell downstairs you stood,
and laughed, and chuckled, and tickled
your ribs, and wanted to know if I
was practicing for a circus."
Not a Fashion Editor.
A young lady in the rural districts
wrote to us asking advice about how
to have a dress made. Now, we
didn't know any more about a dress
than a single man ought to, and didn't
know what to say. J3ut we wanted
to accommodate her, so we got a fash
ion magazine, copied a description of
a dress, and sent it to her. Yesterday
the queerest creature we ever saw
bounced into our ollice. "Do you see
this dr.s ?'' sh.) demanded; "I've
worn it in here to let you see it. This
i3 the thing you advised me to make.
Look at it." Then she went on. She
ha l cau?ed the dress to be mad? up,
and worn it to the city, expecting it
to be right in style, and found it to be
a terror. Investigation showed that
the magazine was of 1847. We hadn't
observe 1 it before. Then there was
only one thing for us to do. We told
her that we were not the editor who
wrote the article, and took her to th:
ollice of tho literary editor, who.n we
pointed out as the man. Then we fled
the ollice. We hope we shall not see
the literary editor for a few days. He
is a man of violent impulse, an I some
body might get hurt.?Boston Post.
niuninjr a I?oy.
A Detroit physician who had busi
ness on Wood!, ridge street yesterday
had his attention called to a boy about
twelve years of age who had picked
up a cracked watermelon from a com
mission house and was eating it in the
" Boy, that melon isn't ripe," warned
" I didn't say it was," was the blunt
" And it's sour."
" Well, I kin sweeten her, I guess."
" You look out for the cholera mor
"I've had 'er, and the smallpox,
"See here, boy," said the doctor,
thinking to make a last appeal,." if
you eat that melon you'll be dead in
side of twenty-four hours."
" And you look a-here!" replied the
boy, as he cut olf another slice with a
piece of iron hoop," "you may chin
and talk and scare all you want to, hut
I'm no kid! I know what yer want,
but yer can't have it I You can take
this melon home for fifteen "cnts in
cash, but yer can't scare me into let
ting it go for nothing ! You'd better
I buy your melons in the reg'lar way and
j save yer chin for next year's cam
I paign."?Detroit Fie: Press.
Hrothcr Unrdnrr'N Recipe
A communication from Josephu-t
Jackson, an honorary member of the
club residing in Washington, made in
quiries if brother Gardner had a
recipe for telling a ripe watermelon
from a green one. If so, the commis
sioner of agriculture wanted it at once
and would send the club enough seed
to raise live acres of Canada thistles.
Yes, I reck< n I has a recipe dat
nebber fa'ls," replied the old man.
" When I i'eid.s d s need of a water
mllyon tonic I go 's down to de mar
ket an' looks around. In de fust
place, pick fur a mellyon dat am well
built and well roofed over. Let y*?r
mellyon he all body an' no legs. 1ml
it on de tloo' :?n' press on it. Listen
fur a cra-klin' noise. Den thump on
it an' listen fur an echo. J)en roll it
along an* sc;e if it seems chunky. Den
ax (h; man if he am suah it am ripe.
Den thtim it some m?\ Den remark
dat you won't take it unless it am
plugged If <le plug shows up red
an'juicy an'sort <,' angelic, take de
mellyon home. Dar am three chances
outer live da", it ain't ripe, but you kin
take revenge bydividin' wid you nay
bor if it am green."?Lime-Kilu. L'lub,
Free Pr ss.
A Social Hup.
"I unders'and you w.t:* at a social
hop at Mr. Brown's hut night," said
one young man to another.
" Yi s, I was there," was the hesi
" Did von have a livelv time?"
" Weif, I should smile.'"
Who wa> present ontheoc: asion ?"
"Oh, there was the old man. and the
old woman, the daughter .Mary, she's
my girl you know, the three brothers,
and a neighbor or two."
?'No more than that for a hop?"
"If you'd seen us, you would have
thought it was enough."
" Why, what did yon do?'
" I didn't do much if anything. I
only went to see my girl, and the old
man, you know, didn't like it, and hi
walked in, and before 1 knew anything
he hopped on to me. Then Mary
hopped on to him, and the old lady
hopped on to Mary, and the bays
hopped on to the others, and the
neighbors came in and I hopped on
to my opportunity and got out."
" It wasn't so awful slow aftt r all,
"Was it? Well, look at my eyes
and this arm in a sling, and this cat
on my head, and these sewed?up places
in my clothes, and then go up and
take a squint at Mary and the old man*
and the old woman, and the boys and
the furniture. Slow? Slow?? Well,
don't bill me for any more social hopa
till the spring of 1998."
The Farthqcakc that Canif from Pem e Im
Sam Wall, of Wilmington, Del., as
j mild-eyed a Celestial as ever sprayed a
.linen shirt, visited the Philadelphia
Zoo, and after having "heaplee fun"
in the monkey house, stopped over at
the elephant's home. A party of
wicked lads beguiled the innocent flat
iron artist into conversation, and fin
ally persuaded him to give one of the
elephants a ginger cake which they
had dosed with red pepper. They then
retired to watch for the result. Sam
patted the animal's trunk softly with
one hand, and remarked: "Eat'es
muchee." The elephant closed iti
eyes lazily, and reached out for the
cake with its long trunk. Sam ga7.ed
with placid satisfaction at the beast as
it curled up trunk and poked the cake
down its throat. Then the elephant's
little eyes snapped viciously. Sam did
not appear to notice this, and turned
around to get another cake. As he
did so the elephant reached out his
long trunk and wound it about the
luckless Chinaman's body. Then there
was a whirl and the thud of a China
man's body twelve feet outside of the
ropes. The keeper rushed to the
scene, and promptly pulled Sam's head
from a parrot cage, where he had been
jammed, and carried him out for dead.
At the door, however, Sam revived,
opened Ids eyes and remarked: ".Muchee
eartquakee." Then he got on his feel
and walked reflectively to the station
He took the next train for Wilming
ton, where he confidentially said to a
friend: "Chinaman heaplee foollee
alle same like Melican man. Me
washee alle time now."
How Spools are Made.
In the manufacture of spools white
birch is used exclusively. The wood
is first sawed into pieces four feet in
length and of nine sizes, varying by
11 sixteenths from an inch to an inch
and a half square. It is then dried as
thoroughly as it can be out of doors.
Inside the factory it first goes to the
rougher, where the strips are first cut
into cylinders the length of a spool
and the hole bored, the turning and
boring being performed at one opera
i tion, and the cutting off with a small
j circular saw at another, all on one ma
chine. These little cylinders drop
from the rougher into a barrel, from
whence they are removed to the rollers
or revolving slated cylinders, in which
i the fine dirt and fuzz left by the saw
and bits are removed. The pieces are
then picked over by hand and all im
perfect ones are sorted out to feed the
ever hungry fires under the boiler.
The next process is a more thorough
seasoning of the blocks in a loft, and
! then they go to the reamer, where the
center holes are made to the exact size
required, wdiich cannot be done by the
i rougher on account of the shrinking of
i the wood a"ter leaving that machine.
Until lately the reaming has been done
by an ordinary reaming tool working
in a lathe, the work being fed by
hand; but a new machine has been
recently put in which will ream the
spools as fast as two boys can feed
tneni into the spouts. At each oscil
lation of the shaft two spools are
reamed, one at each end, the machine
i turning out about 240 per minute.
The next machine is the finisher,
which is an attachment to an ordinary
lathe, fcy which the spools are turned
; into shape by one operation, at the rate
of 1,000 to 1,500 per hour. There are
eight cutting knives on this machine;
one at each end, standing up perpen
dicular to the length of the spool f oi
trimming the end; one at each
end, horizontally, for turning
the outside of the flange;
between these, two others, standing
' diagonally, for the inside of the flange:
another, horizontally, for turning out
the space between the two flanges, and
a small circular chisel for cutting the
i finish on the top of the spoo1. The
spools have now received their shape,
and need only the finishing touches.
These are given first by the polishers,
which are the same as the rollers
above, the friction of the spools against
each other giving them the required
j polish. After remaining in this from
four to five hours they are again sorted
by hand and all imperfect ones re
moved, arter which they go to the em
I bosser, a sort of printing machine,
j which stamps the number of the1
! thread and some ornamental devices
j upon the head of i ach spool. They
; are then packed in stout sacks, accord
' ing to tiie size of the spools.? Manu
! facturer and Jin Uder.
The Cowboy's Toy.
i A Valentine (Neb.) correspondent
I says: This is the home of the cow
| puncher. Here he stands, tall, well
j formed, with muscles of iron and
I bronzed, generally handsome face,
j Ilighb jots a ways blue shirt and heavy
i rants, an immense white hat, at the
[ hip a glistening revolver of the largest
pattern, always lc::ded, and always ac
; companied by a belt filled with car
tridges. Tins is the cowboy's toy.
: He plays with this as children play
with toy pistols, and lire; it off wh ?n
j ever he feels 1 ke it. The night is
merry with its general fu-ijlade. The
cjwbo/ shoots dogs with it, shoots at
stovepipe hats if they app ar tn the
street, shoots at the ground in front of
the "tenderfoot" and scatters the dirt
; over his polished shoes; he flourishes
it in the moonlight, he plays tunes on
j it, he serenades witli it. The wind
, blew off a strang.r's stiff hat the other
I night, an uichin caught it and tosso I
I it into the air, twenty revolvers wero
whipped out and the hat fell to the
I ground riddled with holes. I picked
' up a bullet last night which was lire I
] into the hard ground two inciies, just
i in front of the leading store. It was
.fired "just for fur."
The Plant or the Kissing Traditio?,
j The cultivation of that singular
j parasiti:: shrub, the mistletoe, for orna
: mental purposes is recommended in
! foreign papers, and y Ming tree-; with
; mistletoe growing on them are offered
? for sal; it English nu-series. It is
| generally found on branches o.' apple
I trees, but it is not very particular in
i this respect and takes its habitation
i ako on different other trees. It may
I be raised from seed placed in the
j crevices of th s bark of young, healthy
branches, or it may be proj agated by
grafting, in wh'ch case a portion of
the bark of the tre3 from which it h
taken has to be cut witli the piece and
] firmly secured to the new position.- ?
i American Garden.
- ?? -_
At Sotmar, in Germany, during a
thunderstorm, a mother and her four
children were killed by a single fia?b
1. All chanffift, jn advertisemcdte mtuf
reach ii? cj?j*ridny.
2. Iuwriting to this office on business
nlwrryy^ive yonr name and poetoffice ad
3. Articles for publication should be writ
ten in a clear, legible hand, and on only osi
side of the page.
4. Business letters und communication^*
to be published should be written on separata
sheets, and the object of each dearly in
cheated by necessary aote when reqrijrecL
JOB JPJR ITVTIlVGr
DONE WITH NEATNESS AND DISP ATCH
Th? shadows closed on the or: hard gloom*,
The scent of the locusts filled the lane.
Tb.3 light winds kissed the .mist-trees
And bore on their wings the 1033 of rain
Clouds in the red west dimmed tbe skies
With fleecy fingers, cold and gray,
Ap the BWeet-breitbecl kino with Juno'?
Came down the clover-perfumed way.
And the shepherdess there, in the morning
With red lips fashioned like Cupid's bow,
Her clear gray eyes so tender bright,
And white brow catching the sunset'u
I will hear her spea'c, when the lowinjr
Is folded under the walnut trees,
Soft as the note of a singing bird?
And I'd g'.rs a thousand dollars ripht out or
the office if I coa.d think of any rhyme fo r
"trees'- except "breuze," but I can't; nil
the same, I heard her voice; she hit a brmd'e
cow over the hip with a cedar pa;", and said:
1' So, brute, t o! Huddup your f >oi! Stand
o er 1 I'll spike your tail to the fence if yen
strike me with it agnin I to, brute, eol"? .
Burlington Hawkeye. t
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"Why," exclaimed a tourist, "a
donkey couldn't climb that hill," and
then he added, " and. I'm not going to
When the hen with chickens at
tacked the small boy in his mother's
yard the hen informed him she had
him some time.
" Wi e:e is my darling boy to-day ?"
Oh, anxious mother, bark,
He's stealing a ride on a street car gay
Headed for a baseball park.
"Here, waiter, didn't I ask for new
potatoes? These are last j ear's."
Waiter?"You wouldn't call.a baby
born last year old, would you r"?Eos
Nearly four hundred persons were
killed by the wind last year in this
country. This Is a terrible record for
an off year in politics.?New York
She sang, "I want to be an angel,"
and he swore that site was one already.
To this she blushingly demurred. Then
he married her. Demurrer sust^ft4?efJr-'?s
?Cincinnati Saturday Night.
u What is a color guard, papa?" the
good boy asked. A parasol and veil,
my son," replied the worldly-wise
father, and the little boy silently won
dered with such things.?Buidette.
Of the three cyclones in Michigan ?
this year none of them has carried a
cook stove seven miles and tenderly
sat it down at the back door of some
poor but worthy widow.?Detroit Free
Press. r j
"Isthat dog mad?" he asked tte
boy as the animal dashed by. "I
reckon he is," replied the boy. " I juft
see a butcher take a piece o' menu
away from him and kick him six feet
into the air." V
A young correspondent complains \
that " there are too many lawyers in "*;
the country." Oh, no, my boy; they ' ^
aren't too many lawyers. There aren't
half enough clients, that's alL?
It's Lowell who asks, " What is so
rare as a day in June?" is it not?
Well, now, if he had only stopped to
think a minute, he might have known
the 29th of February was the answer
to the riddle.?Harvard Lampoon,
A Brooklyn woman has been ar
rested charged with stealing an ac
cordion. A woman wicked enough to
steal an accordion would do worse.
She would even play on the diabolical
The curiosity of a child of flvo had
been aroused by seeing a magnifying
glass. " How many times does it mag
nify?" asked a gentleman, thinking to
puzzle him. "As many times as you.
look through it," was the quick reply.
The old weapon used by David \o
slew Goliah seems, looking at it in tbV
light of these latter c ays, to knock theN^
romance all out of the great victory of \
the former. The "sling" slews giants
and pigmies alike even unto this day,
and people marvel nut thereat.?Peck's
A Peoria girl recently planted a lot
of feathers with the hope that they
would bring forth an early crop of
spring chickens. Sli 2 is closely related
to the young lady who wouldn't eat
veal because she thought she could
never afterward look a cow in the
A London oculist says that culture
diminishes the size of the eyes. The
gentleman is only partly right, it is the
effect of culture. Look at the cultured
Bostonian, Mr. Sullivan, for instance.
He not only diminishes the size of
eyes, but in most c:ises entirely closes
A pressed brick from the new city
building in Philadelphia has been sub
jected to a hydraulic pressure of five
hundred thousand pounds. If ever a
man is smote with one of those brick,
it will be useless for him to dodg?. It
would knock him down if it didn't
come within a rod of him.?Hawkeye.
In North Br.zil there are no pro
feasional dressmakers, the finest ladies
usually making their own costumes.
When a man buys his wife a two-dollar
dress he doesn't have to give her ten
dollars to have it made. There are
some things in North Bra il worthy
of imitation in this country.?Norris~
" Yes," said Spillmnn, " I knew Mr.
and Mrs. Brown well. I never saw
another couple enjoy married life like
they did. They lived together more
than forty yiars, and never a cross
word passed betwet n them." " Inch ei.
what a remarkably congenial couple."
" Yes, they were d"uf and dumb/'?
Charles Franc's Adams, Jr., attacks
the system which now preva Is in the
colleges of making Creek and Latin
the basis of a liberal education. Mr.
Adams should rest his soul in patience.
Baseball and boat rowing are rap dly
supplanting Greek und Latin as the
basis of a liberal collrge ed'ieatcn.
European i tatht'r inns are cradually
reducing their est m te* of the popu
lation of China. It used to pe not at
over 400,CO.),000. Behm and Wagner
reduce the r estimate for China and
Corea from 434,.rj0J.O00 to jJ79,%0,0(L>.
Peterson reduces his e timate bv 75
000,000, making the p resent total" 350,
O00.C00. Cr. Happe:, inks otary, be
lieves this can safety? be reduced
another 50,000,001?. dr. nppsley,
actingcommis^ioner ol; cu .tomp, thinks
250,000,00) more near v correct than
350 0)0,000. The loss&j by the Ta?p ng
and Mohamme "an rebellions, and by '
the famine and pe t lence wh ch swept
the provinces "of I hili. i haitiing,
Shansi, Shensi an 1 Ilouan, are vari
ously estimated at from 61,000,(00 to