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THE BETTER CHOICE.
QV little do wo gaze on nature's fa
I Too much Lave dwelt in colleges and
iWhpre man pursues the miserable race
; Of wealth ami more bouk learning. The
jj muse frowns
K On him whose footsteps o'er the breezy
Seldom have pressed; our need is solitude,
i For the harh dissonance of the city
jThose dreams of virtue, loveliness and
(Which in tlie breast of youth, however
I fctiflcd, brood.
Uiet us arise and shake away the dust
rick and pavement from our Hying
ormer visions irom rcniemoranee
2 And even forgot that once we trod the
Up in the mountains haply we may
f meet . -
vThose glorious fancies that still shun thej
P The rill's wild music, tremulous and
i sweet. 4
nVill lend a softer cadence to our son?.
JThi? cataiar ts eurbless strength may
j touch us to be strong.
LA ml flowers and perfumes and untainted
And forest preen with dark cathedral
tAnd tlie fleet birds, whose mission is to
"Nature's truo music on their outspread
And mossy banks and overhanging
.Of trailing honeysuckle tliese shall teach
L- Our tcngues toLrcathe the passion that
The inmost spirit, and we shall learn a
4Wilf-pei.rr:il enough all human hearts to
r Sports AtieM.
II E storekeeper':
horse had coinpli
monted his oats bv
. r". warnn to k
wood: but he had
also demolished a
fence with which
' a 'cottager had
tmdeitakfn to close a path that had
ibeen free for a generation, ami the old
settlors who met at the store to talk it
ver were not .so sympathetic as they"
anight have been.
"Aain't iiothin' so bad, but It could
be whs, Isaac." asserted Cap'n Pomer
oy, who was deaf and dogmatic. "The
lioss might 'a missed that air feneeV
the argued, with the conlidence of one
rwho is seldom contradicted, "lie might
'a' sie weil into the main road n tramp
ed 011 a young one, whereas, you bein
tselee'inan. he's saved you 'u' Pilsbury
jtho job of bavin' the fence took down,
"That don't pay me for ten bushel o
corn," the storekeeper ventured to sug
"st. ; 'Hoy?"
J ''Ten bushel o' corn!" the storekeeper
repeated. Then, as Cap'n Pomeroy
snarled disapproval, and the others
peented equally ready to question his
public spirit he hastened to add: "Oh.
I'm glad V you be that the fence is
down; I don't begrodgo the corn, not
any to speak of. I ain't a-goin to say
I'm glad I lost it. though; can't erpect
ine tew. can ye:"
k- Iley V
F "'Tildy Peters would hev," another
speaker put in. He had entered fo
quietly chat the storekeeper jumped
aside, surprised, and thereby pave him
in opening to the most coveted corner,
close to the cracker-barrel. It was a
rplaee that the storekeeper found It
afer to reserve for a toothless pa
triarch, but since the thing was done he
ftiiatle the best of it.
, "What's that about 'Tildy, Uncle
'Aaron';" he inquired.
"Oh. tli ain't no great of a story
nlKuit her. It wuz her gin'ral disposi
,tion. s ye might say. that made me
ttpcak tqi. 'Thankful 'Tildy, everybody
: "She n' her man lived over on the old
Ha scorn place. Lived there till soino
miieres 'bout '00, 'n' then they movd
nit West, 'n last I heard of 'em Sim
found a gold mine '11' they v.az big as
any toads in tin puddle. I s'picion gold
mines must lay on top o' the ground
out in that country, Sim never would 'a,
dug fer onenot in his right mind, he
"Lazier 'n Sam Hill, he wuz. a rays
plaunin out waysto save work, 'if
let! in things go while be figgered on
V111. l)iln't hevt no downright bad
liabits. ye know. Jest plain lazy wuz
what aihil him. His part o' the place
looked like l'oorhouse Corner. Hers
rwuz different, mind ye, n so was she.
Never no liens roosted on her while
'whe wuz inventin' a aig gatherer, I bate
j "YouM V thought she'd worried
About Sim's bein so easy goln"; but ye
an't tell nothiif about women folks.
JFor all she wuz so spry, nolKly over
ilieerd her find fault. It wuz all t'other
way. If he did somethiu' or didn't do
!twuiethiif that stirred up a muss, she
nTays fished 'round till the found a
rMessin' In It.
"I rVollect her proceedin's one time,
n I guess 't wuz the only time, that
Kim did somethin like work. 'Twixt
one tiling 'if another, he kep' It up for
nigh a fortnit. Fust it wuz to git rid of
a wood chuck that had growed up fond 1
' garden sass. Sim didn't have no
utate fair election o' veg'tables when
the woodchuck sot In, but putty soon
they begun to look like the fag end o'
desolation. The critter wotddif t touch
Anything with p'ison In it. Sim tried
tolm, faithful. Looked as though th
unly thing to do wuz to dig him out
i "I d'know whether you ever started
to oncarth a woodchuck? I hev; It's
uusier talked u'i?ut than done. A good
V,Tv.t; running away. lie
' lia' suitcm1 his
wP&ZL'' 10:1,1 ovo" sovoral
smart woodchuck d burrer to Chlny, j
ir you coma ne-aa mm straight uown.
Sim followed this one's trail 'bout thirty
foot, 'n' then he didn't 'pear to be 'any
nearer the woodchuck's bedroom 'n' he
wuz at first "When Sim quit diggin.
'count o takin a crick in Iiis back, I f'r
one didn't feel to blame him.
'T wuz jest about the time he quit
that a story got 'round, consamiif old
a.. - - -
MET AT TnE
Cap'n Iascom. Some says it started
with a shipmate o' his, that knowed
certain, that the Cap'n brung home a
good deal o' money from his last cruise.
He had money, wasn't no doubt o' that,
but when he died the only vallybles
that wuz found on him wuz a silver
thre'pence 'n' a snuffbox. Jim IJnscom,
that was his brother, lived 'n' died
without any clew to any more. IJut
this 'ere story had it that the Cap'n had
a belt full when he left Portland to
come home, the last time, '11 must 'a.
brought it to the Island.
"So whilst the crick wuz gittin' out
of his back, Sim he pupposcd to do
some prof'table meditatin. Didn't
seem to him the Cap'n would 'a' hid
his money in the house, f'r Aunt Polly
would hev found it (she was a master
hand for lindin' out things that didn't
belong to her, Aunt Polly was). Over
'n above that. Sim concluded the Cap'n
wouldn't take it to the barn. That hail
been burnt down since the Itascoms
time, anyhow; seemed s if an old sailor
d rut her hev his belongiifs outdoors,
where the' was landmarks, as it ware,
'n when Sim got it narrered down to
this, he 'lowed he could spot the place.
"ThU wuz a big boulder, right anigh
the stone wall where Sim had been
a -diggin for woodchuck. It weighed
three ton. mobbe. No livin man could
'a' got under it to hide anythin! But
Sim wouldn't l"t that stump him, a'ter
he made up his mind. He dug round
the aidges a little, 'if found some angle
worms u' saw-bugs, 'n tinadc a big
hole down in the lower no'theast corner
o the rock.
"Tildy didn't say nothin' ag'in his
foolishness. Fact is, I cal'late, she didn't
know tho whole of it. Prob'ly Sim
didn't tell her he wuz aimin' to oncovcr
the univarse, their part of it. to find
buried treasures. I know he didn't
give her no warnin when he touched
the tiling off, f'r he told me so. She
wuz in the but fry, gittiif ready to
churn, when he lighted his fuse and
laid down behind tlie stone wall.
"Well, sir! Sim done a good enough
job. that time. That air boulder went
off like tlie crack o' doom 'n busted
into more 'n forty million pieces. Sim
could hear 'em a-rippin' an' a-tearin'
for an hour, seemed to him, 'if he didn't
hardly dast to git up 'if lind out what
he had done. "When ho did wipe the
dust out of his eyes 'if peek over tho
wall, he see that one piece o' rock had
knocked down the chimbly, 'n another
had sailed clean through the buU'ry
winder 'if he wuz jest uarvin himself
to go in 'n pick up his wife vhen, lo
'n' behold! she stuck her head out
"She looked kind o' onsettled, wha';
with a cut on her forehead 'if the skim
milk runnhf out of her hair, 'u' I guess
fur a minute Sim thought he wuz go in
to git his come-uppanee. But she wuz
stariu every which way 'if didn't seem
to see him. Sim thought she wuz gone
looney. He wuz gittiif ready to ask
her, when all of a sudden she p'inta
him to a streak of somethin' that wuz
licketty-splittiu out o' sight
"'Ain't that nice, Sim! she says.
'You've broke up that old woodchuck,
"No!" Uncle Aaron added crustily, a
moment later (one of the small boys
had asked a question and spoiled his
climax). "Xo, consarn ye! Tae' wa'n't
nothin' under the boulder. Detroit
Millions in It. .
A German who had vainly tried to
make a fortune In many ways at last
fell ill. But on what the doctor declared
to be his deathbed an idea with millions
In It struck him. He sent for a lawyer
and dictated a will, 'in which he be
queathed vast sums of money to his
wife, his family, and various charitable
institutions. The lawyer, a notorious
talker, spread tho tidings, and great
was the chagrin of numerous acquaint
ances to think how they had neglected
to pay court to the dying millionaire.
Our strategist wart not so 111 as the doc
tor supposed, and presently ho recov
ered. Then it was that fortune-hunters
'begged hlra to Invest their money,
urged him to accept loans, and gave
him a credit second to none' In the city.
At first ho coyly refused these flatter
Jng testimonials, but was gradually
forced to relent, and, having lived In
clover for a considerable time, has just
f ailcd-for an enormous sum.
No More Kscnpf .
After filling the post of prison warden
for ten years Bruschlnl adopted tho
profession of grave digger.
"What led you to change your occu
pation?" Inquired a friend.
"The circumstance that in my.. new
employment I have no escape to fear."
REPORTS OF CHIEFS.
SECRETARIES REVIEW WORK
AND MAKE SUGGESTIONS.
Herbert Wants More Battle Ships and
Torpedo lioats KckcU Tells All
About Banks Luuiont la Pleased
with the Condition of the Army.
Affairs of a Nation.
The total number of national banks or
ganized since June !', lSiKl, has 1m';i
r.0,'i. There were in nrtive operation
on Oct. ."51 l,71ö, with an authorized
capital stok of oiil.l.'i.JH-", represent
ed by 1 1 M shareholder: average num
ber of shares. Ü.l'Id: shareholder. 77.
The total amount of their irct;lati'n out
standing was 2 l.'!.s.s7. .'!. of wlii h
amount 815Mi.lSM.lMil was secured by
United States bonds, and 8-',..7'M.ii;!) by
lawful money deposited with tke Treas
urer of the Tinted States.
During the report year forty-thre
b.;nks were organized, located iu twenty
different States, with an agresrate cap
ital stock of Sl.StM.IKiO. Of these new
banks twenty-eight, with a capital sto ; k
of ?L,.."."!u.KMi, are in the northern and
northwestern section of the country, and
fifteen, with a capital stock aggregati ig
8l.::t;M.MM, hi the south and southwest.
Tlie number of banks organized during
the year was less than ÖU per i nt. of tho
There was a net increase during the
year of 81,.771.Ö'.7 in the amount of cir
culation secured by bonds ami a gross
increase of So,."..ö"lo in the total circula
tion. Of the o.71o banks iu active operation.
2.1MM, with a capital stock f ,i '.720.
8.TJ, are in the northern and northeast
ern halt" of the country, and SI 4. with a
capital stock of 810i;,N4S.!i."o. in the south
and southwest. There are U.r.ll national
banks located east of the M ississippi
liiver, with a capital stock of 8.7,7.il:.-
7JJ'J. and 1,lOt West of the Mississippi.
with a capital stock of Si :!.". m;i ,'..m .
The number of banks leaving the sys
tem by reason of the expira t ion of tiiHr
corporate existence was four. Din ing the
Uncle Sam--Hi, '.here! (let out of that!
back yard! Chicago Tribune.
year ending Oct. öl, lS'.M. the corporate
existence of twenty-eight banks will ex
pire. In tlie succeeding tT. years, from
IS'.M to 15XIÖ. the corporate existence of
NSJ banks will expire. The number of
banks leaving the system during the year
through voluntary liquidation was lifty
one. having a capital stock of '.Wo.lUO
and circulation of 8 1 . 1 "- "
Receivers for thirty-six banks have
been appointed during the year. The
aggregate capital stock of these banks
was $. i,l!öö, and their circulation -Sl.-000.401'.
Of these banks, two, with a
capital stock of ?-!"" ,mj , were reported
last year as being in voluntary liquida
tion, and nine, with a capital stock of
8-,7. "i0. h K), were of the number of banks
which closed their doors in lS'.K'I and sub
sequently resumed business, but through
continued business depression and the
slow character of their assets were un
able to meet their obligations, and were
thus compelled to go into insolvency.
The following amendments to the law
"1. That the Comptroller be empow
ered to remove officers of national banks
for violations of law and mismanage
ment. "2. That loans to executive officers and
employes be restricted and made only up
on the approval of the board of directors.
"3. That the. assistant cashier, in the
absence of the cashier, be authorized to
sign the circulating notes of the bank
and reports of con lition.
"4. That some classed" public officers
be empowered to administer the general
oaths required by the national-bank act.
"5. That bank examiners be required
to take an oath of office and execute a
Mi. That upon a day in each year, to
he designated by the Comptroller, he
directors of national banks shall be re
quired to make an examination of the
affairs of the banks and submit to the
Comptroller a report.
"7. That the Comptroller be author
ized to issue circulating notes to the par
value of the bonds deposited by them
with the Treasurer of the Cnited States
to secure such notes.
"S. That the semi-annual tax on circu
lating notes of national banks be reduced
to one-fourth of 1 per cent, per annum."
LAMONT'S It K PORT.
Some Chancen Recommended Mat'
tcrs Are Generally satifoctory.
In his annual report Secretary Lamoat
shows the effective strength of the army
to be 10,084 of all arms. The new law
regulating enlistments has greatly im
proved the personnel of the army, and has
not impeded required enlistments. Of
7,780 men recruited during the year
5,318 were native born. The strictness
of the examinations, physical, mental
and moral, mny bo measured from the
fact thatoS.-l!) applicants were rejected.
The addition of two companies to each
of twenty-fire infantry regiments, and
two fodt batteries to each of tire artil-
lery regiments is recommended. Fonr
companies is the size command recom
mended for one officer's control. Increase
from SIX) to Ü.IMMI yards in effectiveness
of small nrms is noted. The battalion
organization of State militia is commend
ed. 1'or the contemplated increase in
force 81.1'(M).o?d will be required annual
ly. Over 8Ö.1 n H i.i mm redaction of expense
for regular force, per year, has been ef
fected. It is said the staff force of offi
cers is too great, nearly one-third of the
.$..im5,..ö7i of salaries going to this cl iss.
Tho present chiefs of bureaus in the
staff organization of the army are pro
nounced capable and eSücieiit men. in
every way worthy of the responsible
places they occupy and zealous in tie
faithful performance of duty'. But a
plan to insure retirement after a term of
years, and promotion of next in rank, is
recommended. The relations betwe n
regular army and State militia are most
gratifying. At need, over PmI.imhi volun
teers, equipped for active duty in the
highest sense, could be placed in the fiH.l
within forty-eight hours. ( 'onsiderahl.
space is tilled by the Secretary in consid
ering the questions of seacoast defenses,
dynamite guns. etc.. and river and harbor
improvements and numerous other sub
jects are considered.
SIXKBTAKY HlIKBl.KT'S DKSIIM'.
Two More Battleships and Twelve
Torpe:lo lioats If ecoin mi-nilcd.
Secretary Herbert, in his annual re
port, shows the progress made during th-
year in the construction of ( lovernment
cruisers, and speaks in high praise of tie;
workmanship on the new navy. He also
outlines the work under contract, and
"An inspection of tlie relative strength
of navies will furnish, it is believed, all
the argument now needed for the con
tinuation of the building program here
tofore indicated by the action of Congress.
We are not in want of oidiivirv unar
mored cruisers or of gunboats, but we are
lamentably deficient in torpedoboats. and
we certainly need nero battleships. An
inspection of tlie building programs t'
other nations will demonstrate that the
lessons taught at Valu and YA'oi Ilai Wei
have tended to contirm tlie belief of naval
experts throughout the world in iho elli
cacy of these two classes of vessels.
You're getting altogether too near my
T respectfully recommend the con
struction of two battl'-diips and at least
twelve torpedoboats. The gratifying
progress made by our manufacturers of
steel and our shipbuilders and the com
petition among them has enabled the de
partment during the last two years to con
tract for gunboats and torpedoboats at a
very large reduction from former prices.
The price per ton for the gunboats Ma
chias and Castine. conti.icted for in
April, 1S'.M was 8-"'n-.s''i. the avenge
price of the three gunboats contracted for
in January. lSIll, and of the six others
just let 'nit to contract is 8---.81 per
ton, a saving of 8S0..VJ per ton. or !'(' per
rent, of the price of the ships. The price
of the I'ricsson, contracted for in Octo
ber. IS'.II, was 8:U0.s:i per ton. The
average juice of the six torpedoboats con
tracted for in is;. is 87(ii.rS per ton, a
reduction of 8 17! .!!" per ton. or of about
I'll per cent, in the price of the boats.
These prices compare very favorably
with the prices for similar work done
Secretary Herbert devotes considerable
space to consideration of armor plates,
ordnance, projectiles, submarine, boats,
automobile torpedoes, etc., and to im
provements 'in the business methods of
In Chinese; Villages.
Mr. Wcldon and I often went Into
tin' villages, walking between the fields
of' shivering rice, but far offener the
villagers came to see us in our house
boat men, women, babies, dogs and
all. Always some little side canal, the
ofMiootof the main waterway, was the
only street between or before the vil
lage houses. There was always the
towpath. but the best route was by a
second path leading behind tho houses.
By following that we passed through
tho farms and yards. We saw the men
and women thrashing ihe rice by beat
ing a log with bandfulls of it to scatter
the kernels on the ground. We saw the
fanners turning the soil over and
breaking it up laboriously, or punching;
holes In the thick clay, dropping seeds
In them, and then smearing the holen
over with a rake. We went into the
Inner courts of the better houses, and
noted how the men. and even the tiniest
baby boys, thrust themselves forward
to greet us, while the women and girls
slunk behind or merely peeped through
the doorways and open windows tho
latter being Elizabethan contrivances,
framed for little panes of oiled paper
or the enamelled inner coating of sea
shells. White goats, woltish dogs, common-sense
chickens, hump-backed cows
ami nose-led buffaloes make up the an
imal life that is so painfully missing in
Japan and so abundant in China.
The Luciferlans, au early Christian
sect, took their name from Lucifer, tht)
Bishop of CagliarL
FICTION OUTDONE. -
A Girl's Sudden Fancy for an Old Man
at a Kcccption.
sometimes you meet with such s.'orles'
as that of Col. James P. Stanford In
a play or a novel which unfolds what
is seemingly an utterly Improbable
train of events. To Col. Stanford it
seems like a terrible nightmare; so
much so, Indeed that he is said to bo
ruined in body and mind. lie left bis
young bride of two months some forty
live years ago to go to South America.
News soon came saying that she was
dead. lie wrote many letters and got
no answers. Then he met with reverses
and disappointments, and It was many
years beforo ho saw the United States
again. Cor the last twenty years ho
has been a lecturer on tlie lecture
courses of the towns and smaller cities.
At a reception given to him in Mor
rlstown. Pa., recently, be met a
young woman to whom lie took a great
fancy. They became so friendly that
the lecturer told her the sad story of
bis early life. He bad meant no more
than to touch a girl's sentiment with
tho story of a young bride's death. But
she supplied it with a sequel as aston
ishing and calmly cruel as the climax:
of one of Thomas Hardy's short stories,
and tlie mere telling of which would
wring tho heart of the least sentimen
tal of maids.
-Isn't it strange?" she said. "My
grandfather's name was the same as
yours, and he left bis bride to go to
South America. But he, and not his
A few direct questions and the long
lost father knew the truth. . lie led the
young woman to one side and asked:
"Is your grandmother still living V
"When the young woman, who was as
yet quite unconscious of what the an
swer meant to tho charming, gray-haired
man before her, said that bis wifo
was dead he nearly swooned, and since
that moment his friends speak of him
as being no longer himself, lie has
met the daughter who was unborn
when he left his young wife, and who
is now a mature matron of 44, but
seems to be unable to recover from the
shock of the news about his wife-of
the thought that she had lived so many
years after he supposed that she was
dead. He. has cancelled all of hi?
lecture engagements, and will retire to
his home in Wheaton, 111., and his
daughter and granddaughter will do all
in their power to make bis last days
Th Amazon and its aflluents aliound
In turtles, says Dr. Kidder, in his "Bra
zil and the Brazilians." In September
and October, the months when the eggs
are deposited, the streams will be fairly
speckled with turtles, paddling their
clumsy carcasses up to their native
sandbar. They lay from eighty to one
hundred and twenty eggs every other
year. Turtle egg butter is a substance
peculiar to this part of the globe.
When tho turtles come to the sard
beaches to lay their eggs, so great are
their numbers that the noise of the!r
shMis .striking against each other in
rush Is said to bo sometimes heard at
long distances. Their work commences
at dusk and ends with the following
During the daytime the inhabitant
collect these eggs and pile them up in
heaps, like the stacks of cannon ball
seen at a navy yard. These heaps are
often twenty feet in diameter, and of
a corresponding height. While yet
fresh tlie eggs are thrown into wooden
canoes or other large vessels and broken
with sticks and stamped line with tho
feet. Water is then poured on, and
the whole is exposed to the rays of tho
sun. The heat brings the oily matter of
the egg's to tho surface, from which it
is skimmed with cuyas and shells. Af
ter this it is subjected to a moderato
heat until ready for use.
When clariiled, it has the appearance
of butter that has been melted. It al
ways retains the taste of fish oil, but la
mucii prized for seasoning by tlie In
dians and those who are accustomed
to its use. It is conveyed to market in
In earlior times It was estimated that
nearly two hundred and fifty millions
of tunic eggs were annually destroyed
for the manufacture of this inauteigo.
The government now regulates tho tm
tle egg harvest, so that there may not
be such wholesale destruction. There
are some extensive beaches which yield
two thousand pots of oil annually,
fcach pot contains five gallons, and re
quires about twenty-live hundred eggs,
which would give a total of live million
tggs destroyed in one locality.
Ijooking Forward to Conflict.
It has been noticed, that for some
time past there have been mysterious
purchases of old helmets of the cavalry
regiments stationed along the eastern
frontier of Trance. It is supposed
these purchases are made on account
of the German cavalry scouts, as. In
case of hostilities, wearing tho French
helmet, and with their great cloaks
hiding their uniform, it would be easy
for them to reconnoitcr positions quiet-
Worst of All.
"There's nothing worse in this world
than ostentation," said Carraway.
"Oh, yes, there Is," said (iorse. "Bos
tontatlon Is much worse."
"What Is Boston tation?"
"Ostentation plus Boston.v said Gar
ra way. Harper's Bazar.
Flora (at the seaside) What sort of a
fellow is he, anyway?
Julia I don't know. I've only been
engaged to him since last evening.-
Crane that ldfts 150 Tonn.
It 1s said that tho largest crane In
the world Ls at the Krupp Iron works.
It lifts and turns a weight of 150 ton.
MIXED FILLY WITH WIFE.
Talk of a KacI nc Man Who IiraffsetS
About Both. i
A certain Houston racing nvan was
married some months ago. He also Is
the proud possessor of a tine --year-old
lilly that has made five and a half fur
longs in 1 :m'J, and he expects her to d
better at the next races. He has named
thefillyafter his wife and both of them
ere dear to his heart. A Houston Post
man, who ran across him, found him
Xjito willing to talk.
"Yes," he said. "I am the happiest
man in Texas. Bessie and I are keep
ing house now. and getting quite well
settled down. That lilly of mine Is go
ing to do wonders yet. Bessie takes as
much interest in her a.s I do. You know,
I have named her for my wife. She's a
thoroughbred.. I tell you. It's a 1'iie sight
to see her trotting around at home."
"Who. the lilly V"
"No, my wife. She's gn;ng to bet
twelve dozen pairs of kid gloves on
Bessie next time she goes In. I havo
but one objection to her. She goes
with her head on one shh and, o
course, cross-legged, and tears off her
"Your w-w-wife?" r
"No; what's the matter with you? Tlie?
filly. It pleases me very much to havo
my friends inquire abonr Bessie. Sh-i
is get tin g to bo quite a favorite. I hart
hard work to get Iter, too. She trots
double wit ho;: t a break."
"The lilly, you mean':"'
"Xo. my wife. 1 took Bessie out driv
ing with thr filly yesterday. Bessie?'.
a daNy. She's a little high in one shoul
der and a trifle stiff in one leg, but her
wind is all right. What do you think of
"Beally, I- T I never had the pleas
ure of meeting your wife, but I have no
"What nro yon talklnsr about? I Tnean
the filly. The raos come off just on tho
anniversary of our marriage. The races
are going to 1? a big thing. You know
Ave have been married just a. year. I
expoi-r. Bessie to do wonders. There's
a newcomer going to be here that we
are looking for with much intenst. You
must, really come out i:nd e- our first
"I-I-I -really, it would be indeli
cate. 1 you mus: really excuse nie
I never saw anything of the kind; I
"Oh. there's nothing wrong about
horse races. They're line sport. So
long, now. I've got to go and ia.kc Bes
sie out and sweat her a little."
A Horse's Tail.
In well-formed horses the tail should
he strong at the root, rising high from
the croup, the direction of which it fol
lows. When this is horizontal the tail
is gracefully carried, especially when
the horse is moving. With powerful,
good-shaped horses it is often carried
upward, or even curved over the back,
especially when the horse is livery.
Tlie health and strengt1.! of the animals
are, according to popular notions, indi
cated by the resistance the tail offers to
manual interference and by the way ia
which it is carried. To some extent
also it affords an indication of tbo
horse: disposition. -
-V fidgety horse. usually has the Fa?l,
like the cars, always in motion; wLn
about to kick, the tail is drawn down
ward between the legs; wiien the anl-'
mal is fatigued or exhausted then it Is
drooping and frequently tremulous;
and with some horses, whoa galloping,
is it swung about in a circular manner
or lashed from side to .side. Thero
can scarcely be any doubt also that,
like the tail of birds, it as.siis in tho
horse's movements, as when the animal
is galloping in a small circle, or rap
idlj turning round a corner, it is curved
to the inner side.
With well-bred horses the hair of the
tail is comparatively fine and straight,
and often grows to such a length that
it reaches the ground; coarse-bred
horses may also have the hair long,
but then it is usually very thick and
strong, -ami more or less frizzly, though
soft curly hair may occasionally be no
ticed in the tail of thoroughbred horses.
In some horses there is a tendency to
shedding of the tail hair t his. like that
of the mane, tail, forelock, fetlocks and
some other parts, is permanent, and not
shed at certain seasons. ns in other re
gions of tho body); the horse is then,
said to be "rat-tailed," and there Is a
popular saying to the effect that such a
horse is never a bad one. In other in
stances the tail ha'.r falls off except at
the end of the dock, where it forms a
tuft, and the horse is then 'Vow-tailed"
or "mule-tailed." TT
In a late social encounter Charley cov
ered himself with glory. He was caught
napping on a porch of the summer re
sort. A pair of soft little hands cov
ered his eyes, and a sweet voice com
manded, "Guess who it Is." Nothing
very dreadful for Charley in this, you
think; but then, you don't know that
Charley was engaged to two girls, and,
for the life of him. couldn't decido
which voice it was, w Inch made the sit
uation very embarrassing. A wrong;
guess would lead to complications aw
ful to think of. But a happy thought
Inspired Charley, and be announced,
"It's the dearest, sweetest little girl iti
all the world." "Oh, you lovely boy!"
gurgled the satisfied one, as she remov
ed her hands. And now Charley thinks
of applying for a foreign ministry, frcT
iug that his talents would be wasted
In any other than a diplomatic field.
Next Best Thine.
Willie E. Kent-Can't you let me ouT
this afternoon to attend my grandiuj"
Staldto Home Not very we'd; but yon
can slip out now and then to look at thV
score. New York World.
When the first baby Is about a year
old, almost all the money In the house
xnay be found in the baby's bank.