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MimLRnnioH, Va., Deo. 17, 189G.
Fully onc-thirl of the Inml in Great
'Britain i owned by members of the
House of Lords
There nro ni iro tlmn 2),000 vol
umes in tho N.itionul Ij.brarjr of Mex
ico, mill ml litiotn aro beiii) tnntlo by
every stontner from New York buJ
Tlie (lermnii iiiiii.-m nrn.in tho opin
iou of tlia liL-rliu lluichiituzigt'r,
onions tlio lest nnl in tlio world,
tluir ini-omu ranin; from $J25 to
$3)0 per yenr, witli gilt of html aud
lifts iuMirnuco added.
Tlio work f I'XtiMi'Iin mibhl tntitil
aid to tlio mi.l'irin timiium U of Ar
nii'ijiu t:"' br.-ivuly on in the United
SUtin, while J'.iiropn is Iiiinv cYuilinir.
I no ini'stioti of Chrihtinuit y nud
Immunity voritis i'oliti(!ul expediency
!il tho Iki in mco of ii)vcr.
Tlicrc is nothing lil.o bi inj vcrn
lib'! l'i i iic-H P.iuhno Do Mutternu'li,
who un-d t net Iho fashion.'! in I'urii
unJi-r tin) St C'jii"! I lin i i o, lm rn
ci'ivnl tho ;i mi l tni'il it mi l did(Vm
of honor for f it rutin nt tho Jlti'lu
ii.'ht (Hung ir ) Ktlnhitiuu.
Ttvoliriidud NtinUet, liko invention,
spoih to oiij.',iiiuto Hininltittu'oiisly in
Jill" n nt liik!i'H, tiotoi tho New York
Sun. Ju-t in cmo ii bi-in; ixhibited
alive nn n curiosity iu Now York, I'ro
ft'Hsor A. I j. Mot, of tin) Tuluii'! Uni
versity Mi clioul .School ut N. vv Orleans
is 'xhil'it:ng oin-,ir Hi'rvi il in nlcohol,
which ho i;ot nc ntly at Hayoa (ijulu.
College t r it i ii i ii is t'oiiiiti indeed
lo bo inimlu'red it in on t Liu iieeenMties
rather tlmn tho luxurim of li e, do
chirrs tin' Sew York Advtrtii-er. Tlio
day laborer in Ircqiiciitly (juito nsiuix
ioiiM to nnd u bi i ;ht hou to tho uni
rcrMty us is tho millionaire. l'.u h
ycur renter luiMiber of young tni'il
mid women mo iini:rieulat d ; each
year n greater number graduated tlinu
tlio year before. Jt goen without Miy
i u pj that tn ii-li of tho country's intel
lectual vigor Hudfiiti-ririe is Mi.ituined
ly itH iuHtitutions of learning.
An Englishman, now iu Washing
ton, Burn: "Tho poor rnnn iu thin
oouutry neoius to bo morn 'lf-r2oct-ing
thau tho chronic tmiiiier that bus
Hindu tho Uiiuio of W'hi teqhuptil Unto
riouR nil over tho world. Tho lnttor
in iu Mich abject jioverty that bo bus
loht all bopo of over bettering bis con
dition. How the ruiserublo wretches
livo is n myntery. And when it couioh
to tho women this Nation has un iiu
iiu'Iiho ii'ivaijtn Your wotuoii do
out In ipient public drinking-houses.
It is tho greiitoit ilisgrnei) of Loudon
that tho women of tho poorer class
nro ns good customers of thu liquor
hhopH us tho men, it 'id worse lit ill, tho
poison is h inde' I Hi' in iiciobs tho bar
by 0110 id their own hex. Jn Kiht
Loiido.'i rlii.diici of lender yearn lie
coinpa'iy their mothers into eiu'h
Mr. J. 1. O Cotiiiell, id tho liureitu
of St itii.tics in tlio Tieiisury J'cpnit
rnent at Washington, junits in thu
New Y'urli Hun uu open letter to l'ie
bidetit E.iot, of ll.irvard, whom bo
takes to In-k very courteously for
neglecting to givo due iittuntion, in it
recent mugazino article ou "1'ivo
Amerieun Coutrilutioiis to Civiliza
tion," to wh it tho IriHh. luivo contri
buted to tho United States. Mr.
O'CouU"!! Bttacks Dr. EIioI'h uiiuuip
tion that tho "Euglisli race" predomi
nated in thin country in thooighteentb
oentury, and gives iuterentiug reasons
for bin belief that Micro wero luoro
people who derived from Ireland than
from England mining tho eighteenth
century Americans. Ho makes it clear,
explains Harper's Weekly, where it
good part of tho hitch is, however,
when bo claims nil tho Seitch-Itmh
emigrants to America hs lush. Irish
they certainly were, to be Hiiro, if they
wero born and lived in Ireland, but to
dencrilie u Scotch-Irishinnu us uu Irish
man is to dihcrihn him very inuuM
riently, "Iiihhuinu"oouvoyi! ouo iileu;
"KeotcU-Iribhiuuii" another; und as
long an there is bo very nubiitHiiliitl a
disparity between Iho ideaa conveyed
it ia a waste of ink to urguo that oua
word would aervo for both, Nevertho
lens, Mr. O'Couneli'a exjiohition of the
altlt) of Ireland's eui Iv contributions
to tho Americsu republic is interest
ing aud ia a jiirt of our Lintory that
ia not guuurady npireciuted.
Flo (telling a liaii'-lnviiilth ndventuro)
Aud In the bright innonllght wt could
iioo tho d.Tfk n.uz.h'.s of tho tvolvea.
t5ho (brentlilensl.vi (Hi, how Rind you
must have been thnt they had tho luuz
sic ou. liar"-'"'- linear.
.A. Second Flight.
BY r.OR ANDKltSOX Noitmq.
Iin Mills family were nt
Biippvr. It was a warm
summer evening, and
tho eraokmg lamp in
tho center of tho table
swarmed with tuiuute
injects atlractcd by ita
light and beat. Tho
light, fubilufd by thoblackuucd chim
ney and the iiiRccts, fell npou a com
mon red tablecloth, greasy in apoto,
not too clean nnywherc, upon which
was uprca 1 tho food commonly con
niiiied by tho family.
It nlxo fell upon tho face of tho dif
ferent members of tho Mills family,
grouped unsystoinatieally n'oont tho
red titblecloth; upon tho lienvy faco
of tho father, bending over bis plate
Millculy, nil I on tho bland face ot tho
mother who, hopeless of luippino-s in
her earthly life, hud turned to heaven
ly tiiin,H, looking forward to a man
aion in tho okies, ainco her earthly
habitation had been tho bumbleit of
At her right hand ant bcr fnvorito
eon, James. lSeaido this young man
Bnt bis ai-trr, n girl of nbout aixteen,
who would have been pretty but for
to vlovcnly buttons unfiiHtencd nt
tho throat of her calico gown. A
younger brotlier ocupicl tho neat
next to bis mother on ber right
baud, nu 1 near him sat Luolla, a baby
ou either tide.
"I'll tnko Bomo moro meat, pa,"
aitid James, piiabiu his phtto for the
Tho father raised bis heal. "What
any?" ho asked, for ho was very deaf
unless two beads noddoJ together
"(iivo tuo florae more meat," re
"1'hero ain't no more," said the
fat her. "It's all gone.
"That comes of bavin two extras in
tho faMi'ly when there ain't enough
meat to go 'tuna 1 an 'tis," growled
And thoy nil looked otLuella, boforo
whom tho insects about the lamp mid
dculy swam iu a kind of mist. Hue
raided ber cup to ber lips and choked
ns nho tried to drink tho muddy colTec.
tihe rose, coughing, andlelttho tablo;
Kuing oat through the kitohen dcor
into tho back yard, sho Bank down nt
tho foot of n littlo tree, nil trembling
and crying, ber wet face iu ber aprou.
The tit of crying grew upon bcr, she
shook with sobs and littlo gasping
moans; bo grovelled in the wet
grass, her faco pressing av'aint-t its
cool i n j green, bor nails suuk ia bcr
Does our Mother Earth somctimos
com'ort her children in their distress?
Something in tho smell of tbo earthy
earth, iu t'io more contact with tiie
sweet, green, dewy carpet soothed
Luelbi'rt berrt. l'resently tho ceased
towrithoaod moan; sho only sobtied
now and, thou lio it hint and tire I
child upon tho bosom id its mother.
After uwhilo kIio grew entirely quiet,
tiirniu,' hi r faco sidewi-o and looking
out ut tlio brooding night, ut tho
inyriiil of tnmkliu:; stars in the
purplish dotr.o overhen 1, ,md at the
lire. lies daneiug hero and thero iu the
long, waving prastes.
As sho lay thero something of the
night's quiet stole into ber brain, nu I
calmly, without any of thnt acute
agitation that bad bhaken ber nt first,
alio began to think over her past life.
Sho had married early too early
in order to get away from this poor
home, whicu was always on tho verge
of peuury, and always had been ns far
back as sho could rem6inuer; nud
sho bad not been happy. Her
married lito bad been made up
of petty quarrels, which bad
tlually euded in ber return to this
meagre borne nest with her children.
Her brother's taunt was a commou
one; but perhaps tonight tho flesh
was unusually weak. Huo found it
impossible to endure tho lash in si
lence. She bad felt like turning upon
them nud blazing out in oue grout
Hash of indignation, and she bad only
come out btro iu the night to weep
nud wring her bands olouo; sho was
so poor a worm she would not dare let
them see sho bad niuJo the foebleut
attempt to turn.
She was nu usurper, they bad made
ber understand that from the tirst. A
bird onco mated has no right to return
to the borne nest. She was taking the
very bread out of their mouttis; and
yet she bad earned ber living since
the first day of her arrival; she bad
been t tie household drudge at the beek
aud call of every mombtr of the
She clinched ber bands as she
tbonght of the cruel taunting of the
little sister, whom, as a baby, she bad
carried about in ber arms.
Her mother did not openly reproach
ber, but she was not tho les oruel.
Loading ber li'e of perfection, it was
ber custom to read daily from some
passage ot Scripture, nud lattuilr sho
bad invaribly cuostn this text: "For
this cause shall u in in leave father and
mother nud cleave uuto bis wire, and
they two shall bo oue devh. There
fore what Uod bath joined together,
let no man put asunder."
And Luclla J"i.y acr meaning right
well. It was as plain to bor an if bor
mother bad read, "For this canso shall
a woman leave ber father and mothor
and cloavo unto bcr husband."
Tho droning morning voice had
dwelt with her through the day, tho
words changed to suit bcr caso as we
chnngo tho words of most texts to
suit oar own case, "A woman shall
cleave unto ber bnshanJ, cleave unto
ber husband." Well, why not? As
sho looked out into tho dusky night
ber thoughts went back to John nud
totheir last quarrel. What bad it
been nbont? She couldn't remoral.or.
Jt was perhaps somo littlo thing that
led to hot words, h llaro of recrimina
tion, toar nnd in the en 1 to this
separation, this iiiierablo separation I
If John only knew how sho folt to
night, bow liko ft lost do2 left out iu
tho cold, nfraid of stones, afraid of
blows from broom", nfraid of every
thing, bo would feel sorry for ber, sho
knew bo would.
Ho bnd been kind to ber lu mnny
ways. Sho bad not bad to work very
hard ever. Sho bad not worked in
John's homo ns she did here, nud then
bis bread bad not been tho bread of
charity choked down with taunts. Oh
not John was generous aul kind if
bo wero a bit high tempered. She
suddenly raised upon her elbow. What
if ho bad been high tempered, too,
nnd sullen and mulish? 1'erhnps it
was bcr fault, after all, thut they bad
A flush cntno over her fnco in the
dusk. Suppose, oh suppofO she
should go to him now this very night,
und usk him to forgive her, wonld he?
So intent was slio on this thought
that n littlo band, warm nnd moist,
crept into her owu unuoticod, then an
other, and baby Hess cuddled close,
rubbing ber soft cheek against ber
"I want o, momscy,' b'uo said, nnd
Lue'l't bugged her to her bosom. In
ber selfish distress sho bad lorgotteu
Sho lay still with tho chill in her
nrms, John's child? Thero was a look
of Johu in the pretty face, with its
bolf closcd eyes.
If she should go back to him now
with baby lies surely be would take
ber in. Sho was bo tired ot doing
battls with tho cruel world eiugle
bunded. Suddenly bcr mind was mado up.
She was ready to go now if be
would take bcr. A thrill of
joy shook ber nt tho very
thought of bomo, ber own home, a
place iu which sho bud every right to
live, where sho would bo no usurper,
whero she would no longer eat the
bread that belonged to others.
She waits. 1 until tho child's eyelids
closed, nud then sbo raised ber und
carried ber to tho bouso whero she
found littlo Alice asleep ou the door
step, her round arms supporting her
liny littlo face. Tho sight was like a
spur urging ber onward.
Sho woSo iho child and coaxed ber
into tho house; thero sho stood, bold
ly upright, tho Imby in bcr arms, tho
child elitgiu.; to her skirts, a new in
dependence in her attitude siueo ber
resolve to go back to her husband.
Her mothor was reading by tho dim
light of tuo amoking lump which sho
bud never thought to turu down.
James But loosely in a ( hair, bis legs
far apart, bis clasped bands behind
his bead. Eliza bad pushed back tho
unwashed dishes and leaned ber el
bows ou the table, a frown on her
brow, ber chin in her bauds, devour
ing a yollow baoked novel.
They looked np inquiringly as
Luelia stood in the uiiddlo of the
room with ber children. They won
dered why she was not in tbo kitchen,
as usual, washing up the dishes.
"I'm going home to Johu," she said
in auswer to the look.
Well, go along, then," said James,
spittiug between two divided teeth at
tho black oavity of tho summer tiro
placo nnd bitting the exact spot aimed
at, "aud good riddance to bad rub
bish." "I wish to goodness you would wash
the dishes first, exclaimed Eliza, to
whom tho feel ot greasy dish water
was wurso thau perdition.
"The Lord be with yon," said her
mother, ber eyes upon ber book as if
sbo wore reading the words off, "the
Lord be with you till wo meet again."
Luelia laughed hysterically, for bor
mother's intonation of the worjs "till
we meet again" expressed to ber sen
sitive ear that that meeting would be
at some far-distant day.
With that mirthless laugh she passed
out ot the bouso into the road that
led to John's bo. ao. Tho way was not
long, but baby Bess .grew liko lead,
and her heart sank at every step.
What it ho wore away? What It be
refused to take ber in? What would
she do then? Where would sho turn?
Littlo Alice begau to cry from sheer
weariness. Luelia pressed ber band
and hashed ber with a word ; cowod
by those weeks ot dependence ou ber
grandmother's charity, tho child was
About half way Luelia sat down by
the roadside, the sleeping child was so
heavy, and thought again. Should
sba go ont ITsr hear! failed her, 'and
yet it was impossible to return. Sho
could bear James's taroastia words,
Eliza's jeers and ber mother' invaria
ble text, and she felt that death was
Alice began to cry sleepily, it was
past ber bedtime, and rising, Lnella
walked hesitatingly to John's home.
No, he was not away, thero was a
light in the window.
She knocked timidly, and waited.
She had not long to wait la on
moment he opened the door and looked
out at her as she stood in the stream
of light from the la-np within. A piti
ful picture she made, and sweet, too,
bareheaded, a half-frightened look in
her wide, blue eyes, her tear-stained
cheeks and wet lashes telling their
own tale of suffering and uuhoppi
ness. "I've come back borne, John," she
began, qniveringly, nnd before she
could say another word he had her in
his arms, she and her children.
U'IIIP littla r.nnlla " tiA a.ni.1 n ,1
his voice sounded liko mnsio n her
cars, "i're been wsiti'ng for you I've
been waiting all thee weeks I"
Monthly Illustrator and Home and
1'nnnila's Forest Wealth.
Tho forests of Canada have supplied
moro or less tho wants of Europo tor
centuries. From tho earliest days of
its occupation by the French, tho
forest wealth ot the country washed
by tho St. Lawrence ongngod tbo at
tention of tho (Sovernraent of France,
who saw therein vast resources avail
able for their naval j-ards. They drew
from tbeso forests largo numbers of
masts aud spars, an 1 issued stringent
regulations for tho preservation of the
standing oak. When tho country was
first ceded to Great liritain but little
attention was paid at first to its vast
timber supply, owing to tho fact that
almott the wholo of tho Iialtio trado
was carried ou in Uritish bottom,
and thnt the timber of Northern En
rope provided un unfailing nnd con
vctiietit return freight for tho ship
ping thus cngaed. When, however,
tho troubles of tho Niipoloonio era
commenced, nnd especially when tho
continental blockade was enforced,
the timber supplies of tho ISaltio be
coming uncertain nnd insiiflicient, at
tention was directed to tho North
American colonics, with tho result of
increasing tho qusntitr of timber
which reached Orout liritain from 1
2000 tons iu tho vcar 1S00 to 123.U00
tons in 1S10 nnd to 30,003 tons in
l2 Iu IS'J.1 tho amount exported
to tho United Kingdom showed a total
of 1,:U0,(jS3 tons. Northcastera
A ltclgiau ilrigiinil.
A man named Wilto Helens, chief of
an audacious band of brigauds who
bavo infested the outskirts of Mahnes
for some time past, bus been captured.
This man aud bis band bare been a
terror to the whole countryside, com
mitting their crimes in broad daylig'it
under threats of murder or burning
down the habitations of those they at
tackod. Tho list of crimes against
Helens includes several cases of mur
der, as well as over 500 charges of rob
It is stated that in tho communes of
and I'utto at Uonheyden thero
are not ten of the inhabitants who
have not been victims of this man and
his baud. Early in this year a gen
daruio who utteiuptod to arrest Helens
was shot dead by him. He has bnd a
number of hairbreadth escapes from
iirre-it. Recently ho bad publicly
threatened to murder tlio burgomaster
of W'avro-Saiuto-Catlicriue and to burn
dowu bis bouse, nud iu consequence
thia functionary bad to placo himself
nuiler polioo protection. Recently
Helens went to nu inn at Wavro-Sainto-Catherine,
uud, information beiug
given to tho police, they surioundod
tho liouso nud eventually overpowered
him. A brother of Helens was recent
ly condemned to penal tcrvi;udo, for
life for similar crimes.
A Uaby Hangs Itself.
Tho two year-oil Bon of D. L. Cul
len, of Los Angelor, Cal., died recent
ly under peculiarly distressing cir
cumstances. Tho little fellow aooi
dentally hnngod himself, and tho
injuries produced by partial strangu
lation resulted in death two days
Tho ohild had seen older children
playing iu a swing, winding them
selves up in the ropo and whirling
around as tho rope unwound, and ho
attempted to imitate their play whoa
he was alone.
Not being able to get wholly into
the swing, ho placed his neek in tho
bight and twistod around until tho
ropo was tightly woind about his
throat. As his feet were still on the
ground tho ropo did not unwind, and
when tho child was found he was an
conscious. The littlo ono nover re
covered full consciousness, although
ovory known method was triod to
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