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IRELAND OF OTHER TIMES.
Pal aby Day- of Dtul-ing, Hard Drink.
Ing, Flu. and Jollilictiou.
!Never sar, -i.h a tune of feasting
and jOllifle: ,i :i t!.e patiiv days of 1
the Irish parlimcnt..asa'. Al the Year 1
Rounl. The ,u::ty ehtions w.re 'a
continued tcse of jhfti1;n. fun and
rev' lry-. t i~: e colitinu ,,u  ),to 
brrok fair armi tie c,iity .!cctor. I
with a (..,,, cat ,,n hi, biack anu
money clinkirl, in his I[picet.
'itejp into a ,,..ý ' .,t . I h,.l a crown. I
Step. out. "w , fr,."... au l fur joy "ucks
him d wn I
With hs s:,r.g of ta.lI.l:h ant insmrock so
'With the sane gZ3yets of heart, the
gentlenme: .,,_,hlt heir battles with I
rtore dna W ea, ,nls. .1t that time
dueling was a recon'.i- d par: of the
social code. Tl.e '-lirty-Cix cotimand- I
ments," arran red by a gentleman
of Galway. formed a complete set of
rules on all the punctlie of the I
dutllo. Acordi::'"t til the prlntel rules 1
of Galway, seconds, if deiru, s,. may
exchaunei si,t at right angles to i
their pri K:'avls. and, '·st the gentle
men riLoul hiarve for-rotten their math- I
emati(r. there is a dial;ram to explain
how this r ,'t-autled tire is arranged. -
The pistol w;.. a national weanpon, the 1
long, heavy dueiilni pistol. which was 4
handed to the principal by his set ond, I
"the flints haxnm-red aid the fea.ther- I
spring set." Some Iri-h gnt:lemen
who had served In Iran, .. tried to sub- i
stitute the small swor.l for tthe pistol.
and a dueling club was formed in Dub
lin-"a most agreeable and useful as- i
sociation"-the members of which 1
styled themselves the "Knights of
Tars." and who strove by practice in I
the fencing suh,tol and on the field of
honor to bring the rapier into fa,ihion i
'again. Iut their lpractices were de- f
Imnouned as 'frivolouo" by the regular I
blazers, awl national halits were too I
strong for the innovators. "'Well hit,
but no lives lost." was the bulletin e
most hoped for on the conclusion of a
duel. for the kindly Irish nature ro- I
coi!hd fronm oe.cca'ionirg the death of a I
neightetr. and perhaps a friend, but I
wnou,,! w'er-, tflorious. anl none could
d,,ult the lh Iiour of one who had been
wi til '1 auc ll a oca uio .
A BAD TIME TO LAUCH.
It nmarks on the .. ,.mt.elinti of a Itoy's
V rii,.
As a ir itter of fact a botv n.v( r I
shoil ! i.l' i it ! . fat her i':ii he iti' I
bw,, .i," ., , t ,. of ,r ;t lea-t. .
1:'trlir than t1t.. n aor-i. g to the
Milnn..epi " Triaune. it i- not safe. A
b,,y over near tih; univ. n r ity has for i
sevtra:l swni :xi ,': >,l up t, teat hlis
rlais. anrd ll b''th,-·e he neerl,:ted I
th! b-:,' rQ' f " -' t II it. f::ther
t . , ,t -,'. in I 1::r-mlbletonian
colt it, i r::i.,,n ' : '1 old man fairly
S!,; :'.I:: ;n p:itterin+ ar,.ntln te
taile an I -, can h - ird. v'ait ur. 'il
that *,,:t i, four i. , •old and trots a '
mile to ht nesys itr, " ' ,. a, it surely
,rill. 'h ,t' r In:rrin the iater was
fiursin; ar, mn in to ,,it :ik hat :tnd
-.-- all .- , .:i, ,rr,; tc t. pitch
fork i;, ha:t. and . lii!'" he v \ s work
in alt, t it the iolt's heels the boy gave
t , a:itnoal it.. feei1. The colt does not
:.llf,!w an- !:rili. rite. while feeding. 1
I. ! \ heil t'. - , it rat', in a Fstooping 1
po- itin. La -.ed un aanin-t him the
colt lIthi I oit witih Iath feet The
ina 1 st,,,l si :, ar thia, the kick brokoe
In) I.,, ,. blt:. w:, 'iot ais f-"cni a
at tt u :lL , r " . t , r, a fo , 1. t1: . c l: , aris t
.' tVi .il , t':' :I i Li-, h-ad was
,riven : . .' . Ini t ile. and when he
e.:tric-ate il Ii n . if fr-,an t'i splinters
the rim of Ii I.,-: 1, :.r luung around
h;:n,, i: li':ea rai !et, ri"-ardied the
whole iu lne', a- -,n "h and delivered
an oration till-(r.a: ' his hat which the
buy reear-l lI ui ra" iin. The
yo.a'rster Inu -lhed. First lie stood
alndi lnau-'-i. '-n he laid down and
laIn:hed and rlih.I o, -rr and -over andI
hir"-',,', aimn.elf and :.till laughed. But '
when that devoted father got clear
from the wrec':a'e he seized the
near"-.t rap. an I t 'i- boy has not I
' -. ''., T,." v t. ;'i-ws now
not i., enou .. to laugh at
& '. ,o 'c-a! ,a'nsiter of 014.
p': - te :tria von Schue
mi.nn' ' me of a woman who I
lI!vei . ,,;ring the sixteenth
ce;n:'- :. , o Ic-rnr.l a woman
t'hat i m . - - :nce if that ,lay con
sider-, -- . .:.1. h spoke Ger,
man. r. ,r ,li ,1. I, alian. Latin- I
(ree': an.. . ow with i qual facility
and even unlihr too't the S-ran. Chal
daic. Arabic ond Et'ipian tongues.
Astronom.. -goor':-hny. philosophy
and thetelh .y 'w.m.,- her bpecial
hobbies and she wrote many In
teresting pamphlets on thrse sub
jects. Aside from this she was a
painter, sc~latlotr an I en'raver of high 1
de're-e and played and devised several
mu-: al instruments. She was held in
high estet.m by andi corresponded with
mansv of ti., prominent savants of the
a-re. even with Ri:helieu, Queen Anne
of France. Elizabeth of Pioland and
Ch'lristine of Sweden. She died unmar
ried at the aze of seventy-two.
Men In 4000 A. D, 1
A French statistician, who ha a been
studlying the military and other ree
ords. has ftund that in 1'10 the aver
a're hei-ght of man in Eunrope wa-s ivi'
f'it nriine inches: that in 1I0t it was
five fct, i-ix ilchhes: in 1s20 it was five
feet five i t-hc-- an-I at fr.ction At thi'
,ri'eno t tinm e it is live fi.t three antl
Il ree--f, urth.,i inetlw . It is 'a'v ti de
,nliei from thi-, fi-ture-i a rit" ,, ",' g'u
' r an: Irar; lul ,'IcClirC i:: hiu;'an
- ature 'lbh' jahnulatin: -als thatt
i\ the -:ar 40t0 .A. !1. the stature of
t': av,-ra re man will be redsIuccd to
iatct'.n in:ch- ,.
(rdier of the Garter.
The insi.:nia of the ,rdcer of thie Gar
trcr--re: .1 gi, Iiedallion of t. f;ttore
ail the dr:agot. susenl. I from a blue
r hiion; the ,arter itself. of dark blue
v-,lvet; a blue v.l--ct mantle. lined
' itlh taffeta, with the star of the order
Srubridecred otl:1 the left breast: a hod
nlld s'Ur-,)Lat if crimson velvet and a
hit of bi; ei velvet; a collar of gold
w5-1inhtg iarty ounrles, aind the star
with the crss ',f St. Georre in the e-'
tar encircledl by the ratr*r.
AN UNLUCKY MAIL CAR.
Nr. ,a I. a Veritable Terror to the Edrt
ailwasy Mten.
Railroad men. as a rule, are far from
being superstitious, but there i. a cer
tain mail car on the Erie railroad
which trainmen always dlrva to have
on their train. 1 his car. a% hieh is re
gardedl with such a superst itious dread,
is mail car No. NNJ. (un account of the
aversion to it. this car is kept at the
shops. except when it is absolutely
neede 1 on the line. This car. accord
ing to the C'hicago Tribune, has a
record which perhaps no other ear in
existence can equal. Not this ear
alone. but all its predecessors bearing
the ,anme number have met with dis
aster.
In the great disaster at Tioga Center
thirteen years arn, mail car No.
So0 was Wrccked and burned. A new
No. 800 was soon after ,aLlit at the Jer
sey City shops. After being in a num
ber of minor wrecks, it went down the
steep hank at shlohola a few years ago
in one of the wor t wrecks the road has
ever e:tpervtnced. The remains of this
ill-fated car were burned and a new
one bearing the same number was built
at the Buffalo car shops. For a short
time the bright, new car ran from one
end of the road to the other in safety,
and the trainmen began to lose their
fear of it when it was in their train.
Its luck was short-lived, however, and
it has been in nearly every serious
wreck the road has had since. A little
over a week ago train No. 19 ran off the
track at a switch. As was expected,
this car was on the train.
Recently there was a wreck near
Lackwaxen. A railroad man at that
station the day of the wreck, in talk
ing to some passengers, said: "I'll bet
800 was in the train." When the train
had been put on the track and pulled
slowly into the station the railroad
man said: "There, 1 told you so." Sure
enough there was the mail car with
the unlucky 800 in big figures on its
sides These three figures are a terror
to every man on the road, and until
the car ib laid up for good the railroad
men say frequent wrecks may be looked
for.
SEIZING AN OPPOREUNITY.
Joh..nic Thought P"- it.d the Chance of
a I.ilrtline.
Man' laughable things have hap
pnevl in Sunday ehtools. but few su
perintendents or teachers can ever
have been taken more completely
aback than was Blishop Chency on one
occasion lie was to superintend his
own school. says American Youth, and
as he ,entered the church he met a lit
tie group of street gamins--ragged.
dirty and unattractive.
"I stopped to speak with them pleas
antly and told them that I would put
them in classes after I was through
with the opening exercises. At this
one of them thrust his hard deeply
into his pants pocket and pulled out an
old jack-knife.
'" 'Mr. (heney. I wish you would keep
that until after the Sunday school is
over.'
"Why he wanted me to keep it I did
not know then. I do not know now;
but I took it. put it without thought
into my pocket, took my place upon
the platform, struck the bell that
called the school to order and was about,
to give out the opening hymn when
my attention was diverted by the pat
ter of little feet coming up the broad
aisle.
"It is a long church, and a little girl
was coming from the extreme oppo
site end. She came slowly, but with
an expression in her face that showed
she had a most important message to
communicate, and so all exercises were
suspended.
"Every eye was upon her and upon
me as she climbed up the chancel
steps. With a face and voice expres
sive of intensest eagerness she said to
me:
'Say. Mr. Cheney, Johnnie wants his
knife. le's got a chance to trade."'
SUNDAY BATTLES.
Seie f Them Were the MNet amous ef
iiteory.
Many of the most famous battles of
history have been fought on Sunday.
To go on further back than the begin
ning of the present century, says thei
St. Louis Globe-Democrat, the battle
of Eylau, won February 8, 1807, by Na
poleon over the Russians and Prus
sians. and the battle of Friedland,
June 14, 1807, won by Napoleon over
the same allies, were both tought on
Sunday.
On Sunday. May 21. 1809, Napoleon
was defeated at Essling; on Sunday,
May 2, 1813, won the victory of Lutisa,
and on Sunday, June 18, 1815, was over
thrown at Waterloo.
Wellington, besides Waterloo. won
several of the greatest victories at
Vimeira. in Portugal, August 31. 1808;
at Fuentes de Onoro, lMay 5, 1811: at
Orthes. February 237, 1814: at Tarbee,
March 20, 1814, and at Toulouse, April
10. 1~14, all of these battles being
fought on Sunday.
DIuring the civil war in this country
the first battle of Hull Run, July 21,
18(1. was fought on Sunday. and the
battle of (hickamauga September 19
and oz0. 18e61. ended on Sunday.
Vickshurg was surrenh.erd on Sat
ardlay. July 4. Ic;:r. and formally occu
ied ,n Sunday. the following day. and
on the same iay Lee began hi:- retreat
freon (.;ctt-i leer, IP'ters rllrg f-ll on
Sunday. 'pril 2. IbNL. ai, , n Ie fol
towing Sdunlay Lee surreu,:ered.
A NaS ursl I'rrftreu-e.
An imlecunius man steood at the
corner of on' of tl: .Jersey ( ity crtees
streets dluring the recent had ,weather.
wat'hilng a lerahkeman as he helped to
shu:nt a frcnwht train intoo,,e cf the
great c·ar yards. The' roofs f tf eiea .rs
were 'lippery anrid wet. tl,,, I rake
wheel' looke' cold. the brakeman|a h:ol
red nose water) eyes and! a general
appearance of disomfert, and he
looked as if he had been out all night.
Turning to a bystandt r. who was also
waiting for the tia:n to pass, the im
pecunious one remar-ed as he looked
up at :he dejected and grimy figure:
"hOn the whole, I think I'd prefer to be
a bakeg,"
AM EXCITED LOON. I L
ew thes Distressed Mther Aeted Over U
Ner Teeng.
Hon. Lewis M. Lellan, of Gorham,
Me., while fishing for las d-locked ii
salmon in Sebago lake last May, was tl
surprised to see a loon with her young oi
one near his canoe. The anxious moth- a
er was employing every artifice to call iI
her child away, but the little one swam P
so near the fisher that he easily took it
him aboard in his landing-net, and hold- I P
ing him on one knee gently stroked his ci
downy coat, to the little fellow's evi- w
dent satisfaction, says the Lewiston b
Journal. Meanwhile the mother was el
in an agony of distress. di
SAt first forgetting her native wild- r
ness and timidity in her mother's love, A
she boldly approached the canoe, and n
rising in the water till she appeared to a
stand upon it, furiously flapped her t1
wings, uttering menacing cries. Find- '
Ing this of no avail, she pretended that t1
she was wounded, rolling over in the b
water, and finally lying still as if dead, co
evidently to attract attention to her- ir
self and from her young one. The fish- i
erman, touched by these displays of a
motherly affection, put the young loon Ia
into the water. The distressed mother' '
instantly came to life and again tried h
to entice her little one to go with her, it
but he liked his new acquaintance so o0
well that he remained near the boat,.
until the fisherman rapidly paddled '3
away for a considerable distance, when ce
he waited to see the outcome of this ad- i
venture. As he withdrew, the mother, A
i with cries of joy, swam to the little one, >-
dived beneath him, and taking him on is
her back quickly bore him to a safe dis- i
tance, when she stopped and seemed to 1,
be talking to her truant child in very Z1
different tones from the "wild, strange tl
hoarse laughter by day and the weird, Sa
doleful cry at night," which John Bur- a5
roughs attributes to this bird. The p1
fisher says he never imagined the loon sl
could produce such soft, sweet, melodi- cl
ous notes as he then heard. A
ORIGIN OF MAR'TINMAS.
The Salnt Teured Satan Into a Male snd I
Red. Him.
St. Martin's day is called Martinmas.
St. Martin, says the legend, was once is
going toward Rome on foot, when he hf
met Satan, who jeered at him for walk- _
ing when he ought to ride in a manner ,,,
worthy of a bishop. St. Martin there- T
upon changed Satan himself into a al
mule, and jumping on his back rode a
comfortably al ,ug. Whenever he went M
too slow the saint m'de the sign of the tl
cross.' and the mule was goaded to 1a
greater ctTorts. pt
In o,hh n times it was at Martinmas il
that the new wine was first tasted, and
a fiay of joviality was t*", natural re
suit. On the contin:1t of Europe geese n,
were sacriticed plentifully at Martin- w
mas.
In England the day was more sacred :1
to beef. Cattle used then to be killed .
for the winter's meat, and Martiumas
beef means beef dried in the chimney w
like bacon. tl
In France the few warm and pleasant k,
days which commonly occur at about tI
this time, and are known here as Indian c(
summer, are called the summer of St.
Martin. ,
Tattooed and Ruined. ft
Gen. Tzavellas is well known to the P
readers of the "Legend of the Centu- q'
ries," by Victor iHugo, as one of the val
iant soldiers of the wars of independ- ti
ence of Greece. A son of the general U
had been believed dead by his family for jt
forty years. He left his country forty tL
years ago to explore distant lands and ih
had not been heard from since. IHe was 01
taken captive many years ago by Chi- a1
nese pirates, robbed of all his belong- 5
ings and detained for a long time. Dur
ing his captivity they tattooed him all
over the face, body and hmbs. Then he
fell into the hands of a traveling show
.man, with whom he reentered his na
tive land. lie was recognized by his
sister and rescued from the hands of his P
employer. The poor old man is com- rt
pletely broken in mind and body and
hardly able even to tell the tale of his g
long and pitiable sufferings, not to
mention that any discoveries which he
may once have made are all buried in oh- ci
livoa. __
ltemarkable Memory. ',
The Toledo Blade tells of aconductor h
on a western railroad who possessed a h
remarkablememory. An official of the pn
road, who doubted his alleged powers,
was convinced by the following feat: si
Coming into his office one day the con- A
ductor said to him: "There is my train a
book. Along the l.ine I have taken in h
more than one hundred passengers, and a
while you hold the book I will tell you o:
the station at which every passuenger 1
got on and off, the class of ticket each i,
one carried, the color of the ticket, o
whether the passenger was male or w
female, and the destination of all pes- g
sengers transferred." The list was aJ
gone over and he did not err in a single a
particular He then stated that he b
could describe every one of those one s,
hundred passengers, giving the manner o
of dress, color of eyes and hair, and c:
general appearance, and could selec:t it
the lot out of an assemblage of thou
sands. n
Alanminum for LDrums. t
Drumn made in St. Louis are shipped
to all parts of the world, and are fa
vorites with several muhicians. Alumu
inumr. .hichl is beginning to be looked c'
upon as a universal metal. is th, favor
ite material out of wvhi.tl the noise
creating instruments are now con- t
structed, and it is said that out of the Ii
ruins, of l'cnnington's unfortunate air
ship (quite a number of drums were
u;Ira'. The manufacturers donot miake
the cxact number turned out is not t
large. l.t it must be a larg pcercentageI
i, the rli'r s output. b
Lusy lesect a
Some silk worms lay from 1.000 to P
.000 to eggs, the wasp :;.900,. the ant from g
5,000 to :,.00. The number of eggs laid t'
by the queen bee has long been in dis- k
pate. lurmestter says from 5.C00O to s
6,000. but Spence and Ki hby both go d
him several better, each de,..'iug tlhat
the queen of average fertility will lay
no less than 40,000, and probably as v
high 5s snm in one season. ,
USING CAMELS IN AUSTRALIA.
Much Nore Valuable Than the Bullocks ,
Which Have Hitherto Been Employed.
Although the camel proved unsatisl
factory for use as a beast of burden in F
the mining regions of Nevada and Ari.
zona, the animal is coming into favor c
and profitable use in mining countries A
in other parts of the world. It seems
probable to the Mining lnadstry that t
in South Africa the camel will take the a
place of the horse for most uses, as the '
camel is not injured by the insects
which prove fatal to the horse and the r
bullocka. rnr is it attacked by the dis iT
eases that destroy other beasts of bur
den. The Germans are already making
great use of the camels in southwest
Africk. They are found to be very n
valuable for making long journeys into t
arid interior regions of the country, as 1
they are able to travel a whole week f
without water or food. In Australia 1
the camel is fast taking the place of a
bullocks for use in the barren interior
regions. It is stated that there are al
ready opened up and in regular work h
in Australia five lines of camel traffic, 1 a
and that on these lines over two thou- f
sand camels are in daily use. Camels P
are found to be so useful that the num- r
her employed will be increased as rap
idly as possible. With bullock teams I
only about ten miles a day can be d
made, but it is found that the camel 0
will travel eighty-four miles in eight
een hours, carrying a load of three a
hIundred pounds. In the interior of s
Australia are over one million square r
hilesof almost unknown desert. and it e
is on the great inland plain" that it is
itended to utilize the camel trains. a,
by their use the various onaes of civili
zation may be more directly connected t
than by the old bullock routes. On the
arjd plains and among the mudl flat.s "
and brackish lakes the camel finds P
pl-nty of coarse grass and thorny P
shrhbs on which to subsist. It is
claimed that work can hbe found 'n
Australia for one million camels.
SPOILED BY A CORPSE. l
flow a French Peasant FPaled to Enjoy h
the Carnlval.
.Mardi Gras was spent in woeful fash- a
ion V-' a peasant who had come up
from a villa,;.- near Me-lum to Paris for .
a day to wtitnes cartnival nerryniaking R
on the hiulevard. sats the Lonthn
Telegrap :. lie '\as lur;' :ing in a wint
shop and recruiting hi, :trength with
a view to a whole afternomn of sight' i
seeing, wlhen a wo!.ianill e-ntered the
the restaurant wiwre he was seated
and asked to Le ncndu.ted to a ho'-- d
pital, as he had suddenly been taken h
ill. 1
At the landlowl's suggestion the .
peasant generously offcred the sick
man a place in the cab he had hired. p
with the intention of seeing the fete t
as thoroughly and comfortably as pos- e
aitt. Ils errand of mercy would, he a
t:.auglt, take him at most half an
Mtr, bue during the journey the c
workman became worse and died. At 1
the hospital the unlucky peasant was
kept waiting an hour. and finally told w
that i! vas impossible to take in a t
corpse. lie drove off with his lu- t
gubrious charge to the nearest police
station. Here he again met with re
fusal, and was da patched off to the
police eommissariat of the Belleville
quarter.
It was six o'clock before the unfor
tunate countryman could get rid of his i
melancholy burden, and he had then Ic
just time enough left to get to his c
train at the Lyons railway station. lie
had not as much as caught a glimpse t
of the masks and confetti he had come r
all the way from his native village to r
aee. t
OUR FORESTS.
statltetc Disprove the Rumors That They
Are Disappearing.
According to some facts and figures
presented by Henry Gannett in a
recent issue in the New York Sun
there is to-day nearly if not quite as
great an area of woodland in the
Uglted States as when the white man
set iot on our shore. There are
naa A many square miles of mer
chanlble timber now as then, but
Sthe territory occupied by growing trees
is about as extensive as it was four
hundred years ago, and these trees will
in time grqv to a size suitable for the
production of lumber. Some of Mr.
Gannett's statements are quite incon
sistent with the general belief that
American flrests are giving out. lie
says. for instance, that only ahout two
hundred and seventy thousandi square
miles. or less than one-tenth the arms
of the country, is artifiiially clhar, d
land. while to offset this ho, s t' ir,, ha .
in recent years been grea: t (t-\t.'tsio ii
of wooded land in the prai;ie sttt. , as
well as in some of the nattural tric
growing states. A table i:, piubtlithd
showing the total area anid lhe wStoded
area of each state, the ti urt- ':it n.g
been obtained from reports of the ten
sus and agricultural dctpartmcets. from
oflicial surveys and in a few cases from
careful estimates. As a grand result
it is shown that the wooded area in the t
('nittd States,. excluding Alaska, is
nearly one million one hundlred and
thirteen thousand square miles.
Beecher's Favorite Story.
A eorrsrspontlent of thie St. LTouis
( hlohe-lem.crat r. LA.:te's what he dt,
clar'  I:at lhnry \,ar, l iver r's
telling !t in::y linav-. let' till beftre. ,
It was th:e st(,ry tof a trailling mani
who st'ert 1to cherch one b:ntiay all i
fell asleep d.rint the se ictt" After 1
the preacher tinish:dt hi~ i curt hr-e he
requt-sted all those who wished to go I
to Ileaven to please stand up. anti all I
arose but the traveling man. An olh I
ladv in sitting down naeKdentally I
brushed up n.ainst the traveling man
and woke him up. Just then the I
preacher said: "All those that wish to
go to hell please stand up." antd the
traveling man. scarcely awake and not
knowing what the audlience was doing.
stood up. lie looked around in a hall
dazed way and saw no one else but the
minister stan.din~, buit he tirall'y :.aid
' LParson. i don't know what you are
voting on. but you and I seem to be in
a hopeless minority." ..
HIGH-PRICED FOOD.
Tebaeo and Goldoa a tar on the Uppe
Ynken Siver. Alaska.
R. D. Miles, a recent visitor in San
Francisco, gives the Call a graphle ac
count of the prices current for ordinary
commodities on the upper Yukon river.
Alaska.
He has, according to the Call, just re
turned from that country, where., he
states, there were over one hundred
men at work during the last summer
washing gold from the river bars and
rifts. The majority of them will winter
in that country.
"Well, I'll tell you, I am glad to get
back to cirilization again." he said.
"Gold is plentiful; in fact it is an ordi
nary trick for a man to wash out from
twenty to sixty dollars a day, but a 1,
man needs all that to live anyway com
fortable in that country, and he has but
little to show after a season of hard
work.
"When I left that country a trader
with a small stock of goods was making
his way up thi river from some of the
coast trading points in a canoe. in
fact he had several of them loaded wiLh
provisions,. lie was a-sisted in his jour
ney by half a dozen Indians.
"Well, when :he left. after selling out
his cargoes, he had ab.out all the gold
dust the miners halt washe"l out in four
or five months of ,teC dy work.
"We, ran short of pn,% ieions. and had
subsisted on bear nreat and oti: r game
so l1 , thAt we willintmely parteil with
nearly all we hadl to get some ci'ilized
eatab ,.
"W\ll. thitrader--hi :,me was I:m
ttol"0 - hi,)d] the several s ,, if : .p.l:4s
he had with him at the r.t,, of frm
thirty to tlfty cent-, pr plt:ut,.
"Ili. flour -, i f r t.ent. i ol dollars a
sac. nl we were plt -d,f ,ai .nanh to
pay tlve dollars a poad fr the very
poret ,iuality of tea he ha l with him.
"Ie had 'sev'ral ,ides ,,f .,e I oin i his
stok. whih he disposed of at abtmut
(one dllar a ,l ie. A few sack:, of the
despi:sed beau brought one dollar a
pound.
"We had been out of tobaccto for near
ly two months, and had drawn but lit
tle solace out of pipefuls of dried leaves
and moss. When this fellow appeared I
on the scene we took him to our hearts
as a lenefa.tor and gave him ounces of
gold for plugs of tobacco. An ounce of
goll brings sixteen dollars in Alaska
and nineteen dollars at the mint here.
"We bought a h.ndredwei5ht of on
ions, for which we were assessed six
ounces of gold.
"I tll you i hat, we poured out the
dust upon that fellow Emmons, and he
had so much of it I don't think I would
like to take the montract to pack it from
here to the city hl&.l.
"You must not thinkl from this ap
palling price list that -,we were starving
to death. We had plenty of game and
fish. but that kind of grub palls on the
appetite."
The "boys," however, appear to have
made money on the Yukon river bars.
MIr. Miles states that all of them have
"stakes," and he came down to Victoria
with several of them whoi had "clceaned
up" from twelve thousand dollars to
twenty-eight thousand dollars apiece.
TERRE BONNE'S SALAMMBO.
Wooderful Bnake Charming by an Old
Negro Voodoo IWoman to Louisiana
An aged negress of great repute as a
"voodoo," or witch doctress, among the
negroes of this section, writes a corre
spondent from Terre Bonne, La., ac
cording to the Chicago Times, is attract
ing much attention, not only from
those of her own color, but from the
more intelligent portion of the com
munity, and the way in which she does
this is to apparently swallow a num
ber of small snakes of a variety un
known in this section. They are of a
dusky color, nearly black, pled with a
dull green about the flat head, and of a
dirty white in the belly. These rep
tiles remain secreted about old Nance's
cabin until she gives a peculiar whis
tling call, when they will come to her,
wriggling in great haste over the floor,
up her dress, and run into her open
mouth, hissing hideously. They disap
pear and remain hidden sometimes for
minutes. She asserts that they are con- i
cealed in her stomach until she recalls
them, when they will come pouring out
to writhe about her scraggy neck and
coil in her bosom.
Where tihe snakes really go when
they vanish in her mouth is a mystery
and has puzzledl all the physicians
lnbout, many having come from ,Newv
Orleans to witiness the phenomuenon.
SLinte really helicve that the snakus d,
go down into the st,,maeh, whihi ihers
are convinced ihe witch is simply p!avy
mnu som,' m khight-of-han trick on them,
utit if the latter is thie ':e.. it is so) clv
rrly diie tIl:;' tno re iS, no dectecting the L
performan ,i..
T'he wit-'h pr....nts a most extraorli
nary and lidilh.i, appearance sitting
witlh the snal.;- di:arsing their fiat heads
in and ,uit if hm:r totiiles mouth, with
tm-jir little bh ,-1ik.l i .e "s -smapping as it
in fary all abiut their mistresv. As
nearly as they can be counted there
rle six o:r seven of these reptiles,
though old Nanuce says there are many
more, but they are all so much of a size
and color that they cannot be identified.
They are probably of a harmless
nature, though old Nance de lares they
are highly poisonous and no, one wisha
es a experiment with them.
Spry Old Malie People.
Maine is noted for her hale and spry
old people. E-'-cov. G;art !on, in L.ew
iston. eighty-tive year. old, is an active
rider and driver of fast horses. whiih'
his stables contain twenty-threei fine
animals. Mrs. Jornathan l)ow, of Deer
Isle. eighty years ol, has knitted forty
pairs of stocki:.I-' and woven two Iun
dred yard., of --i carpeting and one
hundred yardls . Inth during the past
season in odd mn .' nts snatched from I
her general housew ,rk and the care of
a tc:> of hens. Mr.. Joanna Bunker,
of West Trenton, ighty-erven years
old, has just finished a waistcoat which
she cut and made without the use of
glass-s. .Mr. IRobbins, also of Deer
Isle, is seventy-six, and. last year,
beid, s doing much repairing to
v ehicles. he made all the woodwork for
four carts, one jigger, a double-nested
wagon and a horse a 4,
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