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How Wells Clock Striken.
The great clock of Wells cathedral in
England was built in 1322 for Glaston.
bury abbey and ran 250 years before
it was removed to Wells.
The striking mechanism of the clock
is very curious and elaborate. Above
the dial Is a little battlemented turret,
with four knights on horseback, armed
with hinces. standing guard round it.
At some distance froin the clock itself.
near the end of the transept, is a life
size painted figure, quaintly ugly, with
a battleax In its hand. while outside
the cathedral is a second large dial,
guarded by two tall figures of knights
When the gilt stars point to the hour,
the painted figure (Jack Blandivir, as
he is called by the country people about
Wells, no one knows why) strikes the
quarters by striking his heels against
two bells behind him and then tolls the
great bell of the clock by striking it
with his battleax. The two standing
knights in armor strike the outside bell
with their halberds, and at the first
stroke of the great he'l the four knights
on horseback over the inside dial start
at a gallop and rush round and round
the turret in a mimic tournament, in
which one knight Is thrown from his
horse and regains his sent IS every
Out of Tune.
A piano tuner employed by a city
frm was sent to a certain suburb to
tune a piano. He found the instrument
In good condition and not in the least
need of attention.
A few days later the firm received a
letter from the owner of the plano, a
lady of musical intention, stating that
obe piano had not been properly tuned.
It was no better than before.
After receiving a reprimand from his
employer the hapless tuner made an
other trip to the suburbs and again
tested every note, only to find, as be
fore, no fault with the instrument.
This time lie told the lady so.
"Yes," she said, "it does seem all
right, doesn't It, when you play on it,
but as soon as I begin to sing It gets
all out of tune again."
The Javanese musical instruments
are made mostly of bamboo. They also
played upon a pipe or whistle, which
was about three fe,t long and six
inches across. This sounded 1ike the
hollow roar of a lion. Another was a
bundle of tub-s of ditYerent lengths,
which covered the small boy who car
ried it like a big saddle. A log hewn
out with two strings stretched across
it served as a drimi. A zither of six
teen stri-ngs and a mno(lin of two
completed thei. outdoor band, while
inside one could hear otlier music miade
by j ;vgs of wonderfully pure and
A Donkey Decoy.
A traveler in centra-I Africa tells of
a native inmter of the Wanderobo
tribe who was the possessor of a most
acconplished donkey, which, with an
antelope's horns strapped to its head,
its body covered with a skin or painted
to resemihie the inimal Its master in
teldelld to -Ilk Ihat (lay, was the
meml; o* (i ing 2111many an unwary
creatre intq tallin. a victim to the
poi.4owd arrovs of' the hinnter crouch
ilg b0hinld hi s fIur111 footfl(d a.ssistant.
"'I'mi anious(li~ to get the namiies of all
prese."I, saidlI the reorter. "Wil you
obl ige me"'~
"Oh," .stid the~ meaek nan, "yoiunmay
"You meani 'Mr'. and1( Mr's. er
Pe(k,' donui't you?"
"I wol) hiIprefer' than,", he repliecd,
withm a fur i ie ghlnce oiver hiis shoul
decr, "b iut for' goodneit'ss' sakIe dion't say
I gave it to1 you that waiy."'
T1hey' hav-e curious met hods ini Per
sIn ohf insulring law and1( ordelr. A fall
ure of the crops had resulteId inI a dear
loaf, which umch (enragedl( thle popu)1
lace. Ini or'der to <uell td tumult the
shah ordleredi a nitiniber~ of bakers to re
clve s(eeral hundmlred strokes with a
'0(, biesidies a few ninoir little a ttenm
(ons, such1 as thle amnputatjon of' an
Icer .Stlt uii.
'Why ido you st ill enl h her a 'liii do
of thii centiury irl' it wvas only
Sini speing of h ir Nlii oward the
oh thle lai I -atury.
deIclphin a . dii r.
v~e ,(vi ii T i('d..~ y''t 111pon a lnme
mit niew suburbi'h of' youlrs?"
.I am going. to cull it 1-ookout.'
l't seel a nytin bg striking or orlg
can't. ThInk howv everybody in
will run to tihe windows when
)man calls out the name of the
torso Same as Man.
'mann's best friends is the
espon'ided thle moan with the
hai t. '"1'nat d1id y'oi ever
it a teribhle falcilly ourii biest
'me- "'E d~isppinWtoin yo:uin
Lowell and Bret IIarte.
Bret Iarte, flushed with first fame,
vas Mr. Howells' guest for a week
a the early seventies. Harte's breezy
loliemianisn delighted Cambridge and
ts environs, which quite as thoroughly
iused the young Caliornan journal
It was fine to see himi hinnorously ac
epting the hunorous attribution of
cientile sympathies from Agassiz in
oupliient of his famous epic describ
ng the incidents that "broke up the
ociety upon the Stanislaus." It was
little fearsome to hear him frankly
wning to Lowell his dislike for some
hing overliterary in the phrasing of
ertain verses of "The Cathedral." But
owell could stand that sort of thing
roi a man who could say the sort of
hings that Ilarte said to him of that
lelicioutj line picturing the bobolink as
.tuns down a brook of laughter In the air.
That, Iarte told him, was the line
io liked beat of all his lines, and Low
il smoked, well content with the
raise. Yet they were not men to get
on well together, Lowel having limita
:ons in directions where 'Harte had
Patti InId William I.
The story of Adelina Patti's first en
ounter with Emperor William i. is
ivorth repeating. It was at Homburg
'hat the meeting took place, and the
liva was then quite a young girl. On
.he evening of the same day an Invi
'ation came to her and her father to
neet his imperial majesty next morn
ng at the springs at 7 o'clock.
"I get up at that hour," cried the
Ipoiled child, "to Please any emperor?
4o, no! I wouldn't think of it! Tell
Willian I., ever good natured, laugh
?d heartily over her ultimatum, which
greatly amused him. The last time
:kls majesty saw Patti was in Berlin,
Ind lie was then a dying man. When
fhe called upon him at his box he wel
.omed her with his most genial smile.
"Ah," ho said, "you remember Hom
3urg? But you don't mind waiting
tipon me now."
The Naval Academy.
The line oflicers of the navy are ar
ranged in one straight line from ad
mral to the lowest midshipman. After
they are graduated from the acaderny,
In order to merit their respectivo
2lasses their relative positions never
2iaige except when advancement in
numbers for special heroism is earned
In war or a court martial decrees the
reverse. Tf a boy loses place In his
class, be loses place in the ladder of
promotion. Whether he is graduated
at the top or bottom of his class may
determine whether or not he shall
reach an admiral's stars. In no other
[ailing does a boy's college standing
thus directly Influence the success of
his entire professional career.-Inde
A Dplomlatie Animwer.
"Now, low old do you tiink ' am?"
coyly asked a literary spInster of a
wan whose unfailing courtesy was sup
pleniented by his wit on many ocea
"M%y dear lady, that is a hard ques
tion fo- ono who Call scarcely remem
b'r his own age," said tihe muan cau.
tiously. "amd in your case it is par
tricular ly diiflienilt, for you look livye
yearms younuger' than it seemiis possible
ue in be wvhien I ('onsidler whaut a
we 'er-fmu amounit you have accom
"'1 am tuIhe unini Iest. man allive!''
"WaI the mrnattemr?"
"Wh''y, I hea rd thatI shet was enga:ged.
so I went r'oiund and( riopiosedt to) hier so
that she woulEdn' t tiinkc I hadml been tri
fling with her.''
"Andh wasn't she engaged.?"
"Yes, but she broke it oft'. She said
my love was more sincere than the
uther fellow's "
"D.ear mIe!"' sighed'c Mrts. Oldcasthe.
"'I dlon't know-, whiat we are to do with
the hiol piolIl."'
"J,osiah i." relied'( heri hostess, "wanit
L'd to hove outS 11:l in a box anid set in
th librnill: y wjindw bW ut I just toldi hIm
"'Ifo rO mayiv' ar ':; iyoul see?'' slit
And ithalit wa':s then be(nin of it all.
"A\.liuiost aro h410is Itoyh~od." said( Mr.
Jpmtor'(, w ho 'tt'iloim boastsh, "our
Iohnny113 has been) i amidehxttrous.'"
"My hboy usedl to he I roubled a good
leal that wily it'h ie wvas little," re
inarked Mr'. Gaswveli. "We always
gave him castor oil for it."-Ixchange.
'The Retort sareantie.
Spartacus-What would you advise
is the most effective disguise that I
rnight aussume for' the masked ball to
Sinm1 cus-Y ou miighit put on aii in
tolligten t look.-n BaiI nio' Amerc.
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