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Is It rcMly come
With its memories
With Its Joy nnd with Its pain.
There's u minor In the carol
And a shadow In tho light,
And a spray of cypress tnlnlns;
With tho holly wreath to night
And tho hush Is never broken
By laughter light and low
As we listen In tho starlight
To the "bells across tho snow."
O Christmas, merry Christmas I
'Tis not so very long
Since other voices blended
With tho carol and tho song I
It wo could but hear them sinning
As they nro singing now,
If no could but seo tho rndlanco
Of tho crown ou each dear brow;
There would bo no sign to smother,
No hidden tear to How,
As we listen In tho starlight
Vf iao "bells ncross tho snow.
OChrlstans, merry Christmas!
This no cr more can bo ;
Wo ounnot bring again tho days
Of our nnshadowed glee.
But Chrlstm.li, happy Christmas,
Sweet herald of pood will,
With holy songs of glory
Brings holy gladness still.
For peaco nnd hope may brighten.
And patient lot o may glow,
As wo listen In tho starlight
To tho "bells across tho snow."
-TranclsR. Havcrgol, in Cbrlstinn at Work.
HIS CHRISTMAS TDEKEY.
The Mishaps Accompanying Mr.
Travors' Holiday Dinner.
wore go ing
homo the first
with a look
half shy, half
s a u cy, that
well b e came
"I stayed for
Mr. T ravers
h i s color-box
down on the
step. "I never
i saw anything like these swamp maples
"I don't think much of the foliage in
November," Martha said, plunging her
white fingers among tho cranberries
she was picking.
"That doesn't sound very hospita
ble," said Travers, looking rather anx
iously at the serene face opposite him.
"Are you in a hurry to have mo go?"
"You don't earo ono way or tho
"Tlint depends on whether you prove
yourself a help or a hindrance I didn't
mind you ull summer, because you
were always out of doors sketching;
ibut if you uro to Rtay hero all winter
"bothering about tho house, I may wish
you were In Guinea."
"I hope not," said Travors, humbly
"I'll try to bo of great help to you, if
you will only tell me how. Let mo
ihclp you now."
"I'm almost through," said Martha,
"Well give me something else to do.
'What are you going to have for dinner?"
"What do you have to do with it?"
Jho asked, innocently.
"I am accustomed to kill it," she said,
with u demure look. "You might
do that for me. Do you seo
than big gobbler over in tho
poultry-yard that one with the tail
feathers out. Well, if you don't mind,
I'd like his head chopped off. I hato
tto do it myself. The sight of blood al
ways makes me sick, and one grows
tattached to tho poor things. I often
wish there was a turkey guillotine."
"Why, I never killed a chicken or
CT WAS A WII.U CHASE (JUITK ABUUIID.
turkey in my llfel" exclaimed Travers
" Yb tire not afraid?" queried Mar
tha, leveling her calm gray eyes at him
"Of course not," said Travers, ncr
vouhly. "I am perfectly willing to do
It, only I don't know how."
"Why, It's tho eusicst thing in tho
world!" said Martha, briskly. "There's
'tho wood block and thcre'b tho ax.
Catch the turkey by t he legs and lay its
'bead ou the block; then all you've got
do do is to chop."
Travers had his misgivings, but he
"vould not have uttered tliom for
Ho opened tho gate of tho poultry
yard wliltlirr Martha's eyes followed
hi in ivllh a t winkle of amubciucnt Ho
was born an artist, fastidious to a fault,
and she know ho would almost as soon
pick up a rattlcsnako us handle ono of
tho unwashed denizens of tho poultry
3 ard. It was fun for her to watch him.
Every timo lie got near tho turkey, it
took itself oft to a less dangerous lo
cality; and when, after chnslng it
around and around tho enclosure, hn
finally got tho crealuro by tho legs, it
Happed its wings in his face, and ho-lct,
it go. By this timo Marllia was1
Bcrcaming with laughter.
"Let mo catch itfor you," sho said.
"No, said Travers, determinedly,
"I'm in forltnow."
It was a wild chase qulto absurd,
indeed, because it was bo unnecessary;
and when Travers finally captured his
prey, Martha had completely lost her
"What uro you going to do now?" sho
asked, ns ho gavo tho gobbler a shake.
"I don't know any torturo too great
for him," said Travers, breathlessly.
"After all tho troublo ho has caused
me, I think I should like to roast him
"And servo him with a garnish of
burned feathers. Do you think you
would really enjoy your revenge?"
"Oh, 1 shall do exactly as you told
me," said Travers, taking up tho ax.
' 'I shall not allow myself tho least in
dulgence of my inclinations."
It was soino timo beforo ho got tho
turkey's head on tho block properly.
"Do hurry upl" cried Martha, shufc
tingher eyes. "You make mo nervous."
Almost at the same moment there
was a dull thud, as Travers brought
the ax down vigorously; but at the
critical moment tho turkey gavo a fran
tic flop, Travers let go, as tisual, and
tho lucky fowl escaped from under the
ax, to lly screaming over tho fence.
Martha opened her eyes, and saw a
growing pool of blood, but no turkey.
Travers was down on ono knee, holding
"Oh," bho cried, flying to him, "you
havo cut your foot! I am so sorry! Is
it badly hurt?"
"Yes I'm afraid it's pretty nearly
cut off," said Travers.
He was growing very white, for the
blood poured over everything, and in a
moment more ho fell over quite uncon
scious. Martha was badly frightened, but
she knew what to do, and did it.
Quick ns a flash, sho mndo of her apron
a ligature for tho wounded leg, whilo
her shrill cry for help brought her
father and the hired man quickly to the
Travers had indeed almost severed
his foot in twain, but tho surgeon who
was summoned promised to save the
member, if tho patient would follow
"Of course ho will do thatl"said
Martha, briskly. I'll see to it I
have him in my power now. He will
have to do as I say. There will be no
sketching now till after Christinas.
"He ought to mind you," said tho
doctor. "You saved his life." Ho
would havo bled to death in a very few
"I am afraid 1 can't claim obedience
on Hiat score," said Martha, regret
fully. "If it hadn't been for me, it
wouldn't have happened in tho first
Travers smiled languidly, and whis
pered: "I think I am a very lucky
fellow, if you are going to take care of
"And so do I," said tho doctor,
promptly: "I always said, Martha,
that thcro was no ono in Abington
who could nurse like you, and I think
1 should rather enjoy a month's living
on your cookery.".
Long beforo they would let Travers
put his foot down, he had lost his
pallor and was looking bettor than he
had dono before. Hut it was not
till Christmas day that he stood onco
more firmly on his feet and sat down
to dinner a well man.
Mr. Stokes was away tending a sick
friend, so that Travers had to tako tho
head of the table.
"You will havo to carve," said
Martha, as the Christmas turlcey came
in, brown and beautiful under tho
crown of holly.
"Oh, mercy, cruel maid!" cried
Travers in dismay.
"It isn't as bad as chopping off
heads," said Martha, encouragingly.
"You can't kill yourself."
"Hut I don't know howl" pleaded
"Neither do 1. And mother can't,
you know, with rheumatism in her
hands. Never mind! Chop it up,
bomehow. It will taste just as well."
Travers saw he was in for it, and
rose to tho occasion, but not without
fear. The turkey was a splendid big one,
but he had not tho least idea how to
get at it. It was easy enough shivrlng
slices off tho breast, but tho joints
worked him up into a fever. Ho did
not know where to find them.
"The anatomy of this fowl strikes
mo as being somewhat remarkable,"
he said, looking savagoly at a refrac
tory drumstick which seemed to be fur
nished with a steel Irngc.
"Thee will find tho joint further
down, Friend Travers," said Mrs.
Stakes, gently. "Don't hurry; take
thy timo to it"
"Oil, yes!" said Travers, hopefully.
"Here it is."
At the same timo ho made a wild
lunge at the fowl witli his knife; tho
turkey bllppcd on the greasy plate,
and, with remarkable vitality, jumped
completely off tho tabic on to the floor.
Travers dropped Ills knife and fork,
and sank into a chair, full of mortifi
cation and rage.
"I think I'd better let turkeys ulone,"
ho aid, grimly. "I'm sorry, Miss Mar
tha, but I didn't mean to do it"
"Never mind," sho said, picking up
tho degraded fowl and hurrying it
back to tho k'tchen. "You have cut
off enough for us on tho plate. Mother
and I both prefer white meat. Shall
I help you tocianberricb,Mr. Travers?"
Poor Travers had a sense of keen
discomfiture. What a fool Martha must
think him! a man fit for nothing but
painting poor daubs Vt wouldn't bell
Ho chafed against his o-tvn short-comings,
and when Martha cinno into tho
bittiug-room after dluuw, bhe found
him standing by the open Ore, looking
"1 am afraid you aro having a very
dull Christmas," sho said, coming up
besido him. "I nut sorry wo haven't a
house full of young peoplo to make it
"I am not," said Travers, bluntly. "I
am quite satisfied as it is. I don't want
nnybody but you. I havo been waiting
nil day to speak to you; but you were
so occupied witli that cbominablc turkey-"
"Somobody had to seo to tho dinner,"
bho said, quietly, "and mother wasn't
"I want to give you something," ho
went on, awkwardly; "a little Christ
mas gift Will you tako it and wear it,
Martha? I should like to remind you
that I shall never forget your kind
ness." Ho spoko very clumsily, but he drew
from his pocket a beautiful diamond
ring, which ho held out to her.
"O Mr. Travers!" sho cried, ns sho
held the beautiful' jewel for a moment
in her hand. "You aro very generous.
It is exquisite. Indeed, I never saw
Bpjlj ' Kpni'i j i nui'U' W 1 1 i "'"
THE TUKKEV JUMPED OFF THE TADLIi
ono so fine; but I cannot tako it from
you I cannot, indeed. My mother
would not liko mo to. It is too costly
a gift by far."
"But I want you to take it, Matha.
Won't you tako it to please me?"
"I cannot!" sho said, handing it back
to him. "But don't misunderstand
me. You must soe for yourself why
It is improper for mo to receive such a
"Pernaps so," ho returned, fingering
the ring nervously. "But there is a
very easy way out of that difficulty,
Martha, if if you will only give me tho
right to give it to you."
"You are not very explicit, Mr. Trav
ers," she said, looking down.
"Martha," ho said, seizingher hands,
"you are a flirt, like tho rest of your
sex! You know I lovo you. I havo
loved you from tho first, and if you wiU
marry a man who can neither kill nor
carve a turkey I will do my best to
Sho looked up at him, smiling.
"Roast turkey is not tho only meat in
the world, Owen," sho said, shyly. "I
can very well do without it."
But sho was not obliged to do that,
for Travers has conquered his ineffi
ciency, nnd lie kills all the poultry
in the most approved manner. And
as for carving, his wife Martha thinks
him and justly, too tho daintiest car
ver for miles around. Woman's Maga
zine. A LETTER TO SANTA KLAUS.
from tho llttlo sick girl in rag all forth flor
to SAntA Klaus, ml teecher helped me nil
I'm coin' to write to Santa,
An' this is what I'll say:
'Cause mamma's gone away.
Wo's two poor 'lttlo children,
Thlt sisser Kit nn' me,
An' Kit lives In an attic.
An' I I lives with she.
"Wo heven't any stooltin's
Thet ain't all old and tored.
But you can hang sorao prothents
Up on tba chimney board,
An' of you hang a. dolly
For children wot aro good,
Thlst writo that It's for sissor
Upon tho chimly wood.
"Now, Santa, dear, thlst llsscn,
Don' glvo me doll or slod,
I 'ant my darlln' mamma
To hold my nchln' head.
Tho tnko mo up, dear Santa,
An' hid mo In your pack.
An' whero It's alius Ktamas
I'll got my mamma bade."
Mrs. M. L. Payne, in Detroit Free Pres.
The Only Way to Account for It.
Tho Christmas doll had come through
tho mails from a city several bundled
miles away, and when it was taken
out of its box it was found to bo in a
somewhat chaotic condition. Ono arm
was gone, the bonnet was twisted
around to ono side, tho curls were flat
tened out of shupe, the head wab bent
down, a portion of the noso was brok
en off, the eyes were looking in differ
ent directions, and it btood pigeon-toed
on its feet. Llttlo Flossie eyed it for
some moments in solemn silence and
then began rummaging tho box as if
searching for something olse.
"What are you looking for, Flossie?"
asked her mother.
"I am looking," sho answered with a
kind of it-gricves-mo-to-sco-you-in-this-condition-my-child
expression on her
face, "to see if sho hasn't got a llttlo
bottle of whlbky soinewhero in her
baggage." Chicago Tribune.
Maid and Mistletoe.
She is crossing tho parlor, tho maiden fair,
Crossing tho room with unconscious air,
Sho halts, but. of course, oho does not Itnow
Sho has halted undor tbo mistletoe.
Not till she's Ulsacd Is tho maid awnre
Tuiit sho bultod under the mlstletoo thuro.
How many strange things in the world wo ses
How absent-niluded a maid can be I
Angel Child "Uncle Jonas, do you
b'lieve in bigns?" Rich Undo "Somo
tlmes, my boy.' Why do you ask?"
Angel Child" 'Cause inammer baid
big cars wus a sign o' generosity, but
you didn't gimiuo nothln for Christ
Kind Undo JavJc "What kind of q
doll do you want foi a Christmas pr.'h
ent, Lucy?" Lucy (eagerly) "Twin",
please, Undo Juokl" Kuta KluJtH
CRIMINALS AT WOBK.
GHimpaoa of Llib Aftor Dark In a
Tho Cracksman's Dangerous Cnlllnc Itob-
bins Ilnti'l tiiiottg nt Midnight Soil.
Inp Ills LI To for Liquor Tho Itcs-
Special Now York Letter.
Tho curtain of lifo falls in many de
ceptive folds over countless sad nnd
tragic happenings in this mnd, restless
nnd feverish strugglo for social posi
tion nnd worldly possession, which re
main forever covered by tho shield of
Tho foot prints of many crimes aro
washed away from tho sandy beach of
public inspection by that over mysteri
ous wave of fato; to savo tho transgres
sor from conviction, but send him forth
a conscicncc-striokcn wanderer from
post to pillar. But tarry with me n
llttlo while. I will draw aside tho veil
a woo bit and picturo to you lifo after
Tho bank cracksmen lead the crimi
nal procession, tho vocation requiring a
high degrco of mechanical education, a
knowledgo of character, fearless ac
tion, and a fund of "intttltlon," for they
can see moro through steol plates than
many can through glass. They mostly
travol in trios, dress well, livo at tho
best of hotels, enter into tho charmed
circles of society; in fact, gain tho con
fidence of tho best people in tho locali
ty. By long odds they aro tho most
desperate of criminals, as they place
no value on a human life, and when at
bay they shoot to kill every timo. They
take dangerous chances to sccuro their
plunder, knowing full well that tho
law is most exacting in their case,
and if caught it means long penal ser
vitude. Of all tho criminal pursuits the pre
vailing fad, bracing the bunk in broad
day, i3 tho most exciting, uncertain, ns
well as foolhardy. Desperadoes of tho
plains indulgo in theso pranks, and
never tho genteel expert. It requires,
but littlo previous preparation. Lunch
hour is tho most favorable time, as cus
tomers and tho clerks aro absent. Tho
knifo and black-jack are the only
weapons used, as tho job must bo dono
quickly and quietly. In this game of
chanco the lifo of tho cashier wavers in
The diamond thief is a festive wan
derer, a cross between a dude, Uriah
Heep and Jesse James. He never devi
ates from his special calling, the pas
sion for tho sparkling gems being he
reditary. Ho travels incog.; with a
the bewitching noun of midnight.
dashing female ho visits tho jewelry
stores, and at a glance can value the
contents of an entire show case.
YVhti tho robbery is committed the
fair partner is busy looking at some
jewels, and, being handsome and very
attractive, has the call on the eyes of
the clerks. Tho thief is busy inspect
ing some brilliants. Seeing that tho
coast is clear, ho throws soapstone
powder in tho clerk's face, and, grab
bing a handful of stones, dashes out
into the crowded street In the confu
sion that follows the clerks rush to tho
door, leaving the thieving Eve to help
herself, whicli she docs with avidity. In
tho crowded streets the sneak threads
his way and soon throws his pursuers
off his track. The two meet at a near
by suburban railroad station and leave
for pastures new.
How pretty is tho blushing bride as
sho reads tho account of her marriage
in the morning paper, unconscious that
tho bame paragraph has been read and
cut out by a house sneak who is shad
owing at that moment the movements
of the happy couple. Marriages in high
life attract house burglars, on account
of the rich presents which are so much
paraded by friends and press. Balls
and receptions draw tho swell sneak,
where costly sealskin sacques and
handsome overcoats are successfully
purloined. Tho sneak comes in many
disguises as book agent, telephone
lineman, health officer, building inspec
tor, etc., there being always enough
gulliblo people to give carte blancho tc
tho light-fingered gentry.
Hotel and boarding-houso thieves aro
a cheeky lot; they scan tho hotel regis
ter for nowly-married couples, actress
es, bankers and rich cattlemen. The
sneak carries in his vest pocket his
tools, which consist of a gimlet, wire,
silk thread and pinchers. If tho door
Is locked nnd bolted ho first gimlets a
hole above tho bolt, tho wire is insert
ed, and by n gifted slight of hand the
bolt is drawn back, tho pinchers catch
tho end of tho key, which is turned,
and in walks Mr. Thief, who can clean
out a dozen rooms in this fashion during
ono night's work. Tho fashionable
boardinghouso looter is generally a
slick, gllb-tongucd Individual, who pays
in advance, makes a conquest of the
landlady, and worms himbclf into the
confidence and admiration of tho ladles.
If a lady boarder has n valuable
watch hhu loses no time to tell tho price
and history down to date. After n
week of such Information the thiof ran
sacks the rooms nt breakfast hour and
departs with hla satcliul full of jewels
iiml liurd-eurnml Havings.
Tin1 profphbional forger Is genorally
, man of groat "ability and buulneui.
.vjt Liu 'u. u ally operates ulono, In
I In 1 r-A I LAr
41 imMll I ,
tho uio of chemicals ho Is an expert and
can ernso printed figures, mnko addi
tions in converting a vo dollar check
to read for five thousand dollars as easy
as a laborer can drivo a nail. It is now
a conceded fact that many prominent
capitalists In tho past as well ns tho
present timo play "stool," giving infor
mation for tho professional to work on.
' Within the past decade bank and
trust officials havo wrecked great
financial institutions with tho forger as
middleman, and so clover aro they that
tho most experienced bank examiner
fails to traco tho crime. Tho forger us
ually nmploycs a cheap clerk for n "lay
down," that is, to go tho bank and pre
sent the check, whilo ho remains out
side If tho forgery is discovered ho
screws on his skates and is away.
Tho shoplifters arc generally females.
They wenr largo cloaks with largo
pockets to conceal tho stolon goods.
Silks, laces and hats aro apodal fea
tures of theso depredations. They
BELLING HIS LIFE.
dress pininly, wenr a missionary smile,
and are the lat persons you would sus
pect of "hooking." Shoplifters hava
been arrested with ono thousand dol
lars' worth of goods on their persons.
After a successful career they become
spotted, and losing heart, drift to th
slums as vagrants.
I tip my hat to tho confidence man,
for ho is the sunbeam of criminal lifo,
good natured, and with entertaining
gab and tho ever bland Pickwickian
smile, he greets you with southern hos
pitality and Yankee keenness. His
modus operandi to get tho greenhorn's
coin is fnmTliar to us all, and ns there
is a fool to every wise man, tho confi
dence man will alwnys be with us a
perennial flower in the garden of Ufa
Tho counterfeiting of national monej
has changed during tho past decado.
To-day no attempt of any consequence
is made to mako spurious money from
metal, as it is almost impossible to
"shove the queer." Counterfeiters nre
generally master plate printers, with a
full knowledge of chemistry. They gc
in heavy for S2, S3, and S10 bills, of na
tional bank issues. The wily iraltatorl
have also a weakness to reproduce rail
road and corporation bonds, and many
enterprises aro wrecked by this fals
issue of commercial paper.
Nestled in a dark corner behind this
mash of life flourishes a nefarious busi
ness strange to the public nt largo.
Tho slave pit of Africa has its horrors,
tho sale of the American negro previous
to 1800 is a part of history, but to-daj
fair justice blushes with blindfold eyes
at the modern traffic in human life.
The life speculator mingles among us
with philanthropic demeanor. He scans
his prospective victim as tho public auc
tioneer appraises land. Let tho symp
toms of a slow, hidden and fatal dis
ease appear and he makes insinuating
advances to secure a policy on the
doomed one's life, if within a "measur
able distance" of tho grave. Tho artisl
pictures the selling of a life by one ol
tho poor unfortunates, who, with one
foot in tho grave, he carries over thirty
policies in as many companies, with a
total of 520.000. Ho is now living on un
ineome of So0 a month and a free bar,
which assists him to a better world.
And now I come to tho "fence" the
heart through which pulsates evcrj
criminal act, the magnet to draw the
thief and his stolen pelf whore he can
exchange it for money. Hero wo find
Fagan with his penurious smile and
'umble mien, passing valuations from a
paper of pins to satchel full of bonds.
As the middleman he browbeats tho ig
norant thiof, deceives the purchasei
and becomes arrogantly rich.
But the successful veteran criminals
after a profitable haul, travel abroad,
their favorite rendezvous being France
and Italy, whore, under blue skies and
near flowing Rhine wine, tho savings
of tolling workmen and tho hoardings
of penurious citizens are scuttercd to
tho winds of extravagance, and remin
iscences of ltfo after dark aro spun
mid joyous songs of revelry.
Of all crimes that of the resurrection
ist Is the worst. Tho urtlst pictures a
midnight bceno in Qod's aero whera
fond kin and friends aro not nllovttM to
rcbt in that vale of evwrlustlng pico.
It seems hard that after the bitter
strugglo of lifo- where one loses
vealtlt, honor and ho<h in tho mad
rtiso of the ago, whicli Is a "fitful
drcum," his clay is denied the sanctity
of tho gruvo. Quaxt Paiusu.
Gottlng Lata Lato Stayer "Why,
tho lamp is going out" Oracle (tired and
sleepy) "I Bupposo it thinks It's' (Ima
something went out" N. Y. Hornld.
Hnrry "Stunning girl just passed,
eh, old boy? Bid you see hor look bad?
at me?" Fred "Yes; they sny it don't
take much to turn a woman's head."
A Telling Compliment Do Gary
"Why woro you so particular to praise
her now lint?" Mcrritt "I learned from
her llttlo brother that sho had trimmed
it herself.'1 Epoch.
A Phenomenon. School Teacher i
"What is a phenomenon?" Llttlo girl
(from Chicago) "A gen'man out walk
ing wlf his own wife." Doinorest'a
Millicont "Arthur is so noble, so
high bred " Mllllccnt's Pa "Ha
ivill bo high 'meat' for Towsor soma
aight in tho near futuro if ho doebn't
cease his visits hero. Boston Globo.
Singleton "I am suffering dread
fully: cutting my wisdom teoth, you
know." Doubleup "Don't say? t
didn't cut mine till after I was mar
ried." Kato Field's Washington.
Mrs. Brown "It's foolish for you
father to sleep during tho sermou."
Llttlo Johnnie "No, it ain't, ma. It's
only foolish for him to wake up whilo
tho basket is going "around." Epoch.
Winkle "Havo you scon Miss
Twitter in her now tailor-made gown?"
Nodd "No. Sho was out walking
when I called." Winkle "Was any ono
at homo?" Nodd "Yes. Tho tailor
who made it was there." Cloak Re
view. A Clover Child. Frances (to her
littlo brother) "Do be quiet, Johnny;
don't you know that thoro's a visitor in
tho next room?" Johnny "How do
you know? You haven't been in."
Frances "But I hear mamma saying
'My dear' to papa." St Louis Humor
ist Ho Looked Hungry. Miss Tomnx
"What a fine large dog you have, Mr.
Van All. It must cost a good deal to
keep him." Van All "O, no, he cats
very little, indeed." Miss Tomnx (ab
Bcntly) "I'm sorry ho don't get more."
Circumstances Alter Cases. Ed "I
have just called on Miss Cooley, but sho
was not nt homo." Fred "Is that
what the servant said?" Ed "Yes"
Fred "Then she was at home. If bho
was not iu you would 1 avo beeu told
alio was out" Lowell Citizen.
"You are a lazy fellow, Bronson,"
Baid Cadley. "I don't believo you havn
dono a stroke of work this week."
"O, yes. I have, Cad," returned Bron-i
son, I put in ten hours of hard labor
yesterday." "What at?" "Trying to
read ono of your quantrains." llur
Managing Tramps. Mistress
"Did any ono call whilo I was out?"
Servant "No one, ma'am, exceptin' a
tramp. He wanted somethin' to cat,
but I told him there was nothin' ready,
an' he'd havo to wait till th' leddy of
the house got back from the cooking
school, an' mobby she'd make him some
thing." "Of all things! Did he wait?"
Servant "No, ma'am. Ho runued."
TOBACCO AN ANTISEPTIC.
Investigation Proves It to Ho n rrevoiit
Ive of Ilnclllus Growth.
It has long been a popular opinion
that tobacco is an antiseptic, and this
belief seems to havo some solid basis of
fact Prof. Vincenzo Tassinari, of lha
Hygienio Institute of the University of
Pisa, recently made some very interest
ing experiments on the supposed germ
icidal virtues of tobacco smoke, which
seemed to show that it really had a de
structive action upon tho growth of
bacill, thoso mlnuto organisms which
aro said to bo tho cause of a vast num
ber of bodily ills that lloBh is heir to.
Prof. Tassinari observed tho action of
the fumes upon seven diffcront kinds of
bacteria tho so-called cholera bacillus,
tho cattlo distemper bacillus, tho pus
coccus, the Finkler-l'rior bacterium, tho
typhus and pleuro-pneumouia bacillus,
and the blue pus bacillus.
Wishing to imitate as closely aa
possible the processes going on in a
smoker's mouth, tho professor passed
tobacco fumes through a horizontal tuba
into a roceptablo kept moist by damp
cotton wool, which contained also a
colony of bacilli. The result showed
that tho smoke retards tho growth of
somo kinds of bacilli, nnd absolutely
prevents the growth of others. Tho to
bacco experimented with was that
which is used in making the largo
Cavour cigar, much favored in Italy, and
It was proved that its fumes retard the
growth of pus bacilli by soventy-two
hours, and of cattlo distemper bacilli by
ono hundred hours, while they abso
lutely arrest tho growth of tho so-culled
cholera and typhus bacilli If Prof.
Tassinarl's results may bo rolled upon.
It is ovidont that not only Is tobacco not
tho deadly enemy of man and it ia
singular with what eagerness man
takes to so many of his deadly eneinios
but in many instances it is his great
friend, not only by way of( solace, but
as a wardor off and debtroyor of dondly
perms that insist on colonizing his body
and turning it to their own uses. All
tho Year Round.
A Sociable llummiiifr Illril,
A Worcester (Mass.) druggist lino a
diminutive pet in tho shnpo of a hum
ming bird, which is so tame that it feeds'
readily from its master's hand, ulwaya
poising in tho air uud novor bhowlng a
disposition to alight when partaking oi
its food. Although very fond of swoeta
it will not touch honey, but eagerly
hips rock candy sirup from a quill that
is kopt "loaded" for that purpose. It
is also fond of files aud Bpiders und is
very expert in catching them. Tho
merry llttlo hummer flew in from tho
outside one chilly day aud has since hud
tho freedom of tho store. Its favorite?
porch is on tho brunch of the gas-pipo
over tho soda fountain, from which
vuntage point it frequently surprises a
customer by darting down nud dipping
its slender bonk into tho glass from
which hois drinking, In'miuiy othoi
ways tho bird shows its sociability, par
ticularly when the store is first outuraxji
In tho morning, Qoldou Dayo.
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