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Rev. T. DeWitt Tamage Ohooses a
Humble Br~leot
TO Teach a frsetest Lessee in Minees
and rwseverase--The Zqsuestte.
osee of tie Divime Meeehness.
er Whleh Main i a ta t.
.( following discourse was one
ajm"i the many delivered by Rev T. De
Wtitt Talmage during his preaching
tour in England. The text is:
The sp4de taketh bold with her heads and
Sins king's places.-Proverlbs x.. a.
Permitted as I was a few days ago to
attend the meeting of the British Sd
entie association, at Edinburgh, I
found that no paper read had excited
..-T interest than that by Rev. Dr.
McCook, of America, on the subject of
spiders. It seans that my talented
countryman, banished from his pulpit
for a short time by ill-health, had in
the fields and forests given himself to
the study of insects. And surely if it
is not beneath the dignity of God to
make spiders, it is not beneath the dig
nity of man to study them.
We are all watching for phenomena.
A sky full of stars shlningifrom Janu
ary to Jastnary calls out not so many
remarks as the blazing of one meteor.
A whole flock of robins take not so
much of our attention as ohe blunder
ing bat darting into the window on a
summer eve. Things of ordinary
sound, and sight, and ooccurrence, fail
to reach's, and yet no grasshopper
,ver springs up in our path, no moth
ever dashes into the evening candle, no
mote ever floats in the snabeam that
pours through the crack of the window
sbutter, no barnacle on ship's bhull, no
burr on chestnut, no limpet clinging to
a rock, no rind of an artichoke but
would teach us a lesson it we were no
so stupid. God in His Bible sets forth
for our consideration the lily, and the
snowflake, sad the locust, and the
stork's nest, and the hind's foot, and
the aurora borealis, and the ant hills.
One of the sacred writers, sitting amid
the mountains, sees a hind skipping
over the rocks. The hind has such a
peculiarly shaped foot that it can go
over the steepest places without fall
ing, and as the prophet looks upon
that marking of the hind's foot on
rocks, and thinks of the Divine care
over him, He says "Thou makest my
feet like hind's feet that I may walk on
high places" And another sacred
* writer sees the ostrich leaving its egg
in the sand of the desert, and without
any care of incubation, walk off; and
the Scripture says that is like some
parents, leaving their children without
any wing of protection or care. In my
text, inspiration opens before us the
gate of a palace, pnd we are inducted
amid the pomp of the throne and the
courtier, and while we are lookli
around on the magnificence, inspira
tion points as to a spider plying its
shuttle and weaving its net on the
wall. It does not call us to regard the
grand surroundings of- the palace, but
to a solemn and earnest consideration
of the fact that. "The spider t.keth
hold with her hands, and is in kings'
pal aces."
It is not $r certain what was the
particular species of insect spoken of
in the text, but I shall proceed to learn
from it the exquisiteness of the Divine
mechanism. The king's c berlain
comes into the palace and lodi round,
and sees the spider on the wall, and
says, "Away with that intruder," and
the servant of Solomon's palace comes
' with his broom and dashes down the
insecsot, saying: "What a loathsome
thing it iF" But under microscopic in
spection I find it more wondrous of
constriction than the embroideries on
the palace wall and the upholstery
about the windows. All the machinery
of the earth could not make anything
so delicate and beautiful as the pre
hensile with which that spider clutches
its yVor as any of its eight eyes.
We ot have to go so far up to see
the power of God in the tapestry hang
ing around the windows of Heaven, or
in the horses or chariots of fre with
which the dying dadeparts, or to
look at the mountain swingilg out its
sword-rm from under the mantle of
darkness until it can strike with its
selmetar of the lightning. I love bet- I
tsr to study God in the shape of a fly's
wing, in the formation of a fish's
ea4y'li$ the snowy whiteness of a
p t-i y. I love to track BHis footsteps
iT ,aontain moss, and to hear His
vo  the ham of the rye-fields, and
disovsr the rustle of His robe of light
il the south wind. Oh! this wonder
4.Dvine sower that can build a hab
So for God in an apple blossom, I
6 tune a bee's voloe until It is fit for
the eternal orchestra, and can amy to a
freSy: "Let there be light;" and from
holding an ocean in the hollow of His
hand goes ,ftrh to find heights and
d epths and lea th and breaath of m
nipoteuey in a dewdro, aad dis
moausts tnam the ehariot of midaght
harusse to cos ever on the suspena
o bridge of a ~ldders web. You 1
may take your telesope and sweep it 1
saros the heavens in order to behold
the gloy of od, but I shall take the
leaf holding the spder, ad the apl
de,'s web, and I shall briag the micro
topo my eye, and whle Igpae ad l
lo ad dstdy and am eaomnded, I
will hakel down in the gras aed erya
-'Omet sad marvelou's "Tmhy werks,
Lawd od eAmightyl"
A4a my tet tebahes me thtla- In
iahlos eisao ss hr iasdse . 4
This qw that Usesmues aw ea the
wflsh hare : "s I Jar's wesave a
eb wrthy af thk great paaewhet w
*I ra smIdal tirs geld
sggggumdaPbsssd *a nilua s 4
ae seM the at
Swye, .rnd Yes my If yp/ou ba
myhe4jpeatU  md imn ts lhek i I
yen het daW!Bt-m5? toanu, ir
gsple had resede to ame the emfils a
because he could not be a hgh priest?
What it the humming-bird should re
fuse to sing its song into the ear of
- the honey-suackle because it can not,
like the eagle, dash its wings into the
sun? What if the rain-drop should re
fuse to deseend because it is not a
Niagars? What if the spider of the
text should refuse to move its shuttle
because it can not weave a Solomon's
robe? Away with such folly. If you
are lazy with the one talent, you would
Sbe lazy with the ten talents. If Milo
can not lift the calf he never wall have
9 strength to lift the o. In-he Lord's
army there is order for promotion; but
d you can not be a general until you
have been a captain, a lieutenant and
a colonel. It is step by step, is inch
by inch, it is stroke by stroke that our
Christian character is builded. There
fore be content to do what God com
mands you to do. God is not
ashamed to do small things He is not
ashamed to be found chiseling a
grain of sand, or helping a honey bee
to constract its cell with mathematical
t accuracy, or tinging a bell in the surf,
or shaping the bill of a chsalnch.
What you do, do well, be it a great
work or a smalliwork. If ten talents,
employ all the ten. If five talents, em
ploy all the five. If one talent, employ
the one. If only the thousandth part
of a talent, employ that. "Be thou
faithful unto death, and I will give
thee the crown of life" I tell you if
you are not faithful to God in a small
sphere, you would be indolent and ig
Ssignificant in a large sphere.
A gain, my next text teaches me that
h repulsiveness and loathsomeness will
sometimes elimb up into very elevated
t places. You would have tried to have
killed the spider that Solomon saw.
You would have said: "This is no
Splace for it. If that spider is deter
t mined to weave a web, let it do so
down in the cellar of this palace, or in
some dark dungeon." Ah! the spider
of the text could not be discoraged.
It clambered on, and climbed up higher
and higher and higher, until after
awhile it resehed the king's vision, and
She-s4l: "The spider taketh hold with
her hands and is in kings' palaces."
And so it often is now that things that
are loathsome a d repulsive get up in
to very elevated places
The Church of Christ. for instance, is
a palace. The King of Heaves and
earth lives in it. According to the
Bible, her beams are of cedar, and
her rafters of fir, and her windows of
agate, and the fountains of salvation
f dash a rain of light. It is a glorious
. palace-the Church of God is; and yet,
sometimes, unseemly and loathsome
things creep up into it-evil-speaking,
rancor, and slander, ahd backbiting,
and abuse, crawling up on the walls of
the church, spinning a web from arch 4
to arch, and from the top of one com
munion tankard to the top of another 1
communion tankard. Glorious palace
in which there ought only to be light, I
and love, and pardon, and grace; yet a
spider in the palace.
Home ought to be a castle. It ought I
to be the residence of everything royal.
Kindness, love, peace, patience and
forbearance ought to be the princes
residing there; and yet sometimes dis
sipation crawls up into that home, and
the jealous eye comes up, and the scene 1
of peace and plenty beoomes the scene I
of domestic jargon and dissonance.
You say: "What is the matter with the
home?" I will tell you what is the
matter with it. A spider in the palace.
A well-developed Christian character
is a grand thing to look at. You sae
some man with great intellectual and I
spiritual proportions. You say: "How
useful that man must be!" But you I
find, amid all his splendor of faculties,
there is some prejudice, some whim,
some evil habit that a great many peo
ple do not notice, but that you have
happened to notice, and it is gradually
spoiling that man's character-it is
gradually going toinjaure his entire in
fluence. Others may not see it, butyon
are anxious in regard to his welfare, I
and now you discover it. A dead fly
in the ointment. A spider in the pal
Again, my text teaches me that per 1
severance will mount into the king's I
palace. It must have seemed a long I
distance for that spider to climb into I
Solomon's splendid residence, but it
started at the very foot of the wall and
went up over the panels of Lebanon
cedar, higher and higher, until it stood
higher thanm the highest throne in all I
ithe nations-the throne of Solomon. I
And so God has decreed it that many of
those who are down in the dust of sip I
sad dishonor shall gradually attain to
the King's palase. We see it in worldly
thing. Who is that banker in Phila
delphia? Why, he used to be the boy
that held the horses of Stephen I
Otrard while the millionafre went in
to colleet hisb dividends. Arkwright (
toils on up from a barber's shop c
until he gets Into the palace of inven- i
tion. Sextus V toils on up from the t
offee of a swinebeaur ntil he gets into
the palace of Rome. Fletcher toils ona
up from the most insigaiScant family
position until he gets into the palace of c
the Christian eloquence. Hogarth, en- I
graving pewter pots for a living, toils
on up util he rsBhes the palace of I
world-renowned art And God hath t
deaided that, though you may be weak m
et azm, and slow of tongue, and be a
struck throgh with a great many I
mental nd motal deaits, by His Al
mighb gFeae you shall yet arrive ina
the iag's palsae-not ech sa one t
as s spabn a a the tent-not one ;
a marble, ot e adersaed with pifllare
a L aest sad thronmes o vesy,
sa t lnens of barished Id d--bt a
palaen whl Gets natr sad the a
igels reass s the eap-beerma
Thbaaer marwlag up the wall t Sel- C
eIaa-'spa s sn wIrth leelirIt
atter deonir a essepeied with
the jm that we, whe am wess s the
-ee a the' Xag eiin tl. 3y the I
e. ofe ywn, all rseek. Oh,. I.
non a e m yasa a s U dIt not s
wa-, -- g it -ees *es, ba  ', ad
batyestrday. Rasige the ar-th s
at the earth shall bring thelu hers
cgl es3 be - 6
I? A palace means splendor of banquet,
*- There will be no common ware on that
of table. There will be no unskilled mu
it, silesas at the tntertalnment. There
he will be no scanty supply of fruit or
e- beverage. There have been banquets
a spread that cost a million of dollars
he aeh; but who can tell the untold
le wealth of that banquet? I do not
i's know whether John's description of it
n is literal or figurative. A great many
Id wise people tell me it is figurative; but
lo prove it. I do not know but that
re it may be literal. I do not know
l's but that there may be real
at fruits planched from the tree of
m life. I dp not know but that Christ re
ad ferred to the real juice of the grape
:h when he said that we should drink new
r wine in our Father's kingdom, but not
-a the intoxicating stuff of this world's
n- brewing. I do not say it is so; but I
ot have as much right for thinking it is sa
at as you have for thinking the other way.
a At any rate it will be a glorious bea
is quet. Hark! the chariots rumbling in
al the distance. I really believe the guests
, are coming now. The gates swing
b. open, the guests dismoung the palace
atis filling, and all the chalices lash
a, ing with pearl and amethyst,
a- and carbuanle are lifted to the
ry lips of the myriad banqueters,
rt while standing in robes of snowy white
m they drink to the honor of our glorious
re King. "Oh," you say, "that is too
if grand a place for you and for me."
11 No, it is not. If a spider, aooording to
r- the text, could crawl upon the wall of
Solomon's palace, shall not our poor
At souls,through the blood ofChrst,meount
11 up from the depths of their sin and
d shame, and Sfally reach the palaes of
re the eternal King? "Where sin abound
r. ed, grace shall much more abound, that
io whereas sin reigned unto death, even
r- so may grace reign through righteous
o ness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ
n our Lord," One flash of that coming
ir glory obliterates the sepuleher.
I. Years ago, with lanterns and torches,
:r and a guide, we went down in the
ir Mammoth cave of Kentucky. You
d may walk fourteen miles and see no
h sunlight. It is a stupendous place.
Some places of the roof of the cave are
it one hundred feet high. The grottoes
f- filled with weird echoes, aesscades fall
ing from invisible height to invisible
is depth. Stalagmites rising up from the
d foor of the ave--stalactites descend
a ing from the roof of the cave, joining
d each other and making pillosr of
of the Almighty's sculpturing. There
n are rosettes of amathyst in halls
is o gypsum. As the guide carries his
, lantern ahead of you, the shadows
e have an appearance supernatural and
r, spectraL The darkness is fearful. Two
r, people getting lost from their guide
if only for a few hours, years ago, were
h demented, and for years sat in their
i- insanity. You feel like holding your
br breath as you walk acroes the bridges
e that seem to span the bottomless
i, abyss. The guide throws his calcium
a light down into the caverns,
and the light rolls and tosses from
t rock to rock, and from depth to
I depth, making at every plunge a
I new revelation of the awful power
a that could have made such a place as
,that. A sense of suffocation comes
l upon you as you think that you
e are two hundred and fifty feet in a
e straight line from she sunlit surface of
the earth. The guide after awhile
e takes you into what is called I the "Star
e Chamber," and then he says to you:
,I "Sit here," and then he takes the lan
r tern and goes down under the rocks,
e and it gets darker and darker, until the
Snight is so thick that the hand an inch
v from the eye is unobservable. And
, then. by kindling one of the lanterns,
and placing it in, a cleft of the
Irock there is a reflection ast on the
t dome of the cave, and there are stars
a coming out in constellations-a bril
r liant night Heaven--and you involun
tarily exclaim "Beautiful, beautiful!"
Then be takes the lantern down on
o other depths of the cavern and
wanders on, and wanders on, until he
I comes up from behind the rocks grad
I- ally, and it seems like the dawn of the
morning, and it gets brighter and
brighter. The guide is a skilled ven
a triloquist, and he imitates the voices of
r the morning, and soon the gloom is all
a gone, and you stand congratulating i
t yourself over the wonderful spectadce.
I Well, there are a great maay people
who look down into the grave as a
I great cavern. They think it is onae
1 thousand miles subterraneous, and all
the echoes seem to be the voices of
f despair, and the easeades seem to be
a the falling tearsr that always fall, and
a the gloom of earth seems coming up in
s etalagmite, and the gloom of the eter
nal world seems deseending in t.e stal
s actite, making pillars of indescribable
a horror. The grave is no such place as
a that to me, thank God! Our Divine
Guide takes us down into the great
Scaverns, and we have the lamp to our
feet and the light to our path and all I
a the echoes in the rifts of the rock are I
a anthems, -and all the falling waters
are fountains of salvation, and, after
l awhile, we look up, and behold! the
Scavern of the tomb has become a
- King's star chamber. And, while we
a are looking at the posp of it, an ever- t
f Ilasting morning began to rise, and aU
Sthe tears of earth orystalize into stalag- t
cmite, rising up in a pillar on the
one side, and all the glories of
rHeaven seem to be desceanding in
a stalacstite, making a pillar oan the t
a other aide, sad you push agaiast
B the gate that swigs between the two
B pilrs, sad as the gate fashes open a
Syoua nad it is eof the twelv gatest
which are twelve peris Blessed be
r God, that through tdhs gospel the Eam 0
a motheare of the lepalebier has becoes
the illmelad sr seaber of the Ksti
t e the -l h etenal p-nleal
t the Ele't pale!es
-Tuea pseve alue do net at
emntip They ae I ti te vmesl I
w sbA lela . m irasn when the !
prpreas th o
mei venemte kin the pb a -Std b .
SrIershas..1 b pebaluhead, the -
S& nremtmat Physisi TL0szms .se
Uea- Ueled I. Thes espee&
re Dr. E. Weber. assistant state veto
r erinarlan of Pennaylvala, reaed before
s the Keystone Veterinary Medical asso
s :Iatlon, at the College of Physicians, a
d paper entitled "The Rat as a Disease
t Breeder." The essayist advanced the
It theory that the rat is a transmitter of
y some of the most dangerous diseases
ºt which affliet humanity, chief of which
t is tuberculosis or consamption. He
r 3ited the results of post-mortem exam
l nations on more than one thousand of
f the animals in proof of the theory, and
s then discussed the best way of getting
e rid of them.
W Dr. Weber aid that nowhere does the
t ubiquitous rat do more harm as a dis
s ease transmitter than in the farm yard
I and barn, where he comes in contact
" with the cattle and horses. The paper,
in part, is as follows:
- "From the time whereof the memory
a of man runneth not to the contrary the
s rat has been looked upon as one of the
g most persistent enemies of the human
e rae. He has destroyed the garnered
treasures of millions of farmers, ren
dered millions of acres valueless to the
e husbandman, undermined houses with
, out number, and even depopulated
e whole provinces by bringing the labor
s of men to naught His record does not
rest upon the traditions that tell us
of the wonderful doings of the Pied
o Piper of Hamelin, the important
I part he played in making Dick Whit
r tington, 'twice mayor of London,' sad
t the just punishment he zisted out to
I Bishop Hatch in his cor-choked astle
" on the Rhine. He has been a pest In
Severy cllme, and will so continue to be
t until in the development of the distant
a future he shall either disappear or
evolve into some harmless, guiltless
creature as useless as the axoloid of
r Mexico or the lazy hellbender that rests
his boneless body in the muddy bed of
the Miama river.
S "There is but one good word to say
for the rat While at all times prompt
a to take for his own use the choicest
food that man can provide for himself
Sthe rat does excellent service as a seas.
a enger and consumes tons of refuse ma
terial which, if allowed to putrify,
a would become the certain means of pee
tilence and death. It is only as a scar
enger that he seems to have been de
sr igned; and it is of record that the ter
I rible plagues which used to turn the
a towns and eities of western Europe into
charnel houses have been but little
a known in those places since rata began
9 to be among the greatest factors in the
I economy of the animal world.
"The plagues and pestilenees of by
a gone centuries do not decimate the pop
ulation of western EBrope nowadays,
ir t is true. But while they have given
their own stamping grounds a wide
berth they have not been routed out by
any means. It is possible that the rats
wI ho helped to rid England of a pesti
lence carried the germs of the disease
to Turkey or to Hindostan. This brings
me to the consideration of a subject
I which will at once present itself to the
mind of the medical scientist as one of
s the most important ever called up for
"When the reader thinks of the count
less number of rate that infest the
Sregions occupied by human beings, of
their wonderful reproductive power
and of their seemingly causeless but
rapid immigration from one dwelling
place to another, hundreds of miles
sway, he must admit that if it is possi
ble for the rat to convey disease germs
from point to point this power for evil
is incalculable. When he left plague
stricken London and sought another
field, did he leave the plague behind or
did he keep a share of it to distribute
"I have reason to believe that the
rat is a transmitter of some of the most
dangerous diseases which afflict human
ity -diseases that have for ages baled
the skill of the ablest scientist in the
I the world."-N. Y. Recorder.
AI Des of epules sd as Indian Tradlete
Comeersag It.
Every one who has lived on the
'"Great Plains" or in the mountains dur
ing the puast twenty-fve years, will re
call the fact that at certain eassons
thousands of rattlesnakes and other
species of serpents may be found in the
vicinity of the stone ledges bordering
the creeks and rivers of the region re
ferred to. It will also be remembered
that by some pecualar instinct these
reptiles eongregate early in the fal
around the crevices in the roolks, soon
to hibernate in immense, tangled
masses under the ground.
Although the little prairie-rattlesnake
is very venomous, can rarely be tamed.
is always mean, vindictive and ready
to spring at a na or supposed enemy, I
have yet to ]earn of a death from its
bite, if medical treatment were applied
promptly. Whisky is the antidote,
although it should not be termed an
antidote in the strictest ascptance of
the term, for it is nature, after all, that
gaoes to work in its endeavor to elim
inste the virulent polson from the sys
tem, which she wouald soeomplish un
aided, it the physical eonstitntion of
the individual afrcted could always
stand the violent shock. Whisky is
merly a powerful stimulant, keeping
up the vitality, util asture herself
throws of the pokes.
In February, 11, duringOen Sher I
dan's "winter campaign" against the
allied Indian tribes of the plaits, Gea.
Coster's mmar nd, aomsiut g of bis
own famous regiment, the Seventh
cavalry, sad a large partion o ta.I
-neteamath Knesas voteetes, was
campad on the Wfcbit Io the Iadia
-tory. WaU etrved, theiLr barm1
witheina th, troops wmen em.
ld ta aso a theLra wasitba r .
tiensateeorand fdoo, the arrdil oft
-wh. was w dutb eape ad a- iouo. I
ly leked r. Whie O sessLy Y
In their beesd eamp, tLhe elited man,
tree to te ever lquli, e sa, rem.
lug natare, wtentm Ittl i
of diseoary ta every i
madis lof a t iiee of
(mdtimes thege mdai
"dud" One of thimirmet
tsmes as e -t The e i,,
salt was tht nearly every me of the
amnes bags-the regdlars did at seem
to fancy these t themselves to work
Smanuaeturiag belts out of the sklns of
Sthe mottled serpents, which they were
,. around their waists or slouch bats
SThe n,"w , of h course, was dis
covered by a Kaneas youth, who had
been reared on the broad western
s prairies of the state, was a great crack
in the Indurated rook, about twelve
feet in length and a foot wide. How
deep it penetrated into the ledge could
not be determined accurately, as the
longest pole obtainable failed to "reach
bottom." The lif itself, on which the
"den" was found, was situated very pe
Sculiarly; as isolated mass of disrupted
earth and stone, immediately opposite
Medicine bluff, the top of which com.
primed 'n area of only three hundred
square feet, elevated more than am
hundred feet above the base of the hill
on which it stood, a sort of a mountain
on a mountain. It was cut of from all
asee, except by water, and another
ledge which towered above it. To
reach the den one had to climb down
the almost perpendicular side of the
ledge or wall of the upper mountain, a
very dangerous passage. The den had
evidently been a hibernating place of
Ssnakes for ages, if the smoothly-worn
rook over whibh they were obliged to
travel to reach their holes was any indi
cation, for it was polished like a mir
ror, the result of centuries of their
migrations; besides, the Kiowas have a
very ancient tradition concerning the
The number of snakes killed and cap
tured by the soldiers was marvelous
They would have filled a six-mule army
wagon without any exaggeration. They
were very large, too, many of them
measuring eight feet from head to tail,
not counting the rattles
Among the traditions of the Kiowas,
that of this snake den is the oldest. It
has been handed down orally from
their earliest existence. "A great
many years ago when the earth was
young, and so white man had ever yet
been seen by the red man of the pral
ries, there was an" old Araphoe chief,
who was so aged that he knew he was
drawing near to his end. One morning
he wandered away from the camp and
the lodges of the tribe, in the hope of
finding some place where e might lie
down resignedly and pas over to the
happy hunting rnds ealmly and un
disturbed. He believed the top of the
bluff, out of sight of all his people, to
be the most suitable place, so there he
dragged his weary d nerly paralysed
leg s When he arrived at the month of
the den he entered it and was never
seen again by mortal eye in his normal
shape, but, transformed into a snake,
he becme the father of all the snakes
on the plaisns"-Detroat Free Press
a CaasMease ladestry, st TZs Tame el
the Tear etChcaseesusee.
When yu see two or three men pull
in out in small boats from Chincotague
in the summer season, armed with stout
stieks, large bags, and small nets, you
may guess that they aregoingafter ter
rapin. The native term to describe the
sport or business sounds much like
"turpentine," though it is more nearly
represented by the spelling "tsrp'nin."
Cautious persons use one or another
euphonism instead of plain tarp'nln,
because the laws of Virginia forbid the
taking of terrapin at this season of the
year, and although restrictive laws sit
lightly upon Chincoteague, there is al
ways the possibility of prosecution.
The skillful terrapin catcher knows
where to expect his game by the ap.
pearance of the marsh which the ereat
urea inhabit. Lying of Chincoteague
at varying distances are narrow rib
bons of vivid green marsh, some edged
with oyster beds, where at low-tide
thousands of oysters are in full view,
and all swarming in season with various
kinds of salt water fowL Just at this
season you hear the always inevitable
marsh hen calling fro& the grass of
this damp strip. Yellowlegs, curlews,
and a half a dosen kinds of ducks are
plentiful upon the marshes at one or
another time of year, and the eggs of
water fowl are gathered here by the
Chinooteagers el these marshes the
meadows, perhaps because their luazu
rious growth of salt grass give them
the appearance of rieh pastures. When
the Island pastres are parehed the n
tire ponies sometimes swim over to the
tempting greenery of the meadows, a
temerity that the little horses my come
later to repeat, since a high tide might
make the meadows sa unplessant place
of residence.o It is upon the meadows
that most of the terrapins are caught
Students of terrapin nature say thatthe
young terrapin, as soon as hatched,
takes to the mud and there lies buried
for a year. At the dnd of that time the
young terrapin comes out to take up
the duties of active life and eneounter
theperilsof. table delicay. The ter
mrapin is the water lily of the animal
kingdom, a delicious product of slimy
ooze. Opportunities for studyiag the
habits of the diamond back are not of
the best even here where hisbl kind is
abndant. When frehly enugbt terr
pins are to be kept a season it is usual
to dig a hole, dl it with water, sad
then surroaund the hole and asm allare
of dry lead with a tight sence It is
found thaMt the esptive terrapi has as
eeal lent appetite, and at the approach
of an attendant with food the eresteree
eme from their hiding pla in te
maud and thrust greedy nses above the
srfce of te water. One seldeat et
htaeotsgs has chemn a odd way to
stedy tMhe terrp. he plaed a tiny
terran the sps of two thumb neh in
a weh~beb iM age, 8 ei Isdetblae
to keep I them so lmr ash e eatl
Thee manya ways cooking tM
rsp hre hs thbecme of th esltue,
but ime pehaps bettef ta these
pratised by the gourneats of Pwleda
pida, L gnatir sad New Yer A
vvwite method Is to pat t hIivead
eoek whes d the tinsapia mas
tre d ae iop I apes a pints Me fee
wkc* the dillieasy le latemd4 lifis the
-Thomas ent, . P., weas t soa
ta member oad th Ish aes-a-uy
who, dyir while his e was yoang
left him to bebroeght p by his mother,
who sold apples upon the streets et
Waterford. Mr. Sexton is a selekda
sated man.
-Savages in various parts at the
world plait the ianer fibers of tree bark
for fishing lines, and the Indians oa the
Pacific coast of North America use for
the same purpose seaweed- srt of
kelp-which is plenty strong esagh to
hold fast a finny captive of one hundred
and ifty pounds weight.
-A valle was received at the United
States express oame at Jackson, Miss,
showolg from the hundreds of, stamps
sad tags on it thait had been in most
of the express oMies tn this cosntry.
It was stuffed fall of hundreds of odd
and queer articles, including a huma
skull and the left footof a femsle gravy
yard rabbit.
F -A Capt. Blondell at Oxford, Ale.,
offered twenty-five dollars to any aes
who would get into a boat aud alloo it
to be blown up with dynamite, so that
Blondell might show his lIfe-saving
methods. A young man named Neely
aecepted the offer, and was blown
about forty feet into the air unhurt,
but on his return to the water's surface
he alighted on the fragments of the
wreck and received a fractured lg and
. other injuries.
-The sole street frontige of a house
in Wooster street, above Bleecker in
New York, is a strip two stories high
over a narrow alley. There snoground
floor to this front, and the upper stories
have a room for only a ball bedroom
each. The front is wedged betwenan
i other dwelling on the south sad a baus
ness building on the north, and the en
trance to the house is by way of the
alley. In the rear the hons spreads
out considerably.
-Castle island in Boston harbor, oa
which Fort Independence stands, nad
which has just been thrown open to the
publie as a park, has been fortlfied sinace
1684, being the oldest military postheld
regularly for purposes of debase in the
United States. Fort Independen
stands on the site of Castle m,
which was destroyed by the British on
the evacuation of Boston. The United
States government, of course, retains
the title of the property sand maintains
supervision over it.
-An equipage that would bhave at
tracted attention even in old Acadis is
that driven by Uncle Dennett, of Cape
Elizabeth, Me. It consists of a two
year-old bull, harnessed by meaas of a
crooked yoke to a light cart, which is
also a boat. By means of veins of rope
attached to a ring in the b sll's soasd
rove through rings on his horns, be is
driven as easily as most hores. The
bull swims a river like a dog, and the
water-tight cart-body easily supports
the driver and load.
-A family in State Island has a dog
that seems to show a distinct reamm
ingt faculty. The dog had long been
accustomed to take a morning walk
with a member of the family, but was
not permitted to aecompany his friend
to church. The animal soon seemed to
understand that one day in seven he
must remain at homm and the con
elusion was that he could eosat On
Sunday morning, however, the dog sur
prised every one by joining the family
on the way to church. The conclusion
was that he had forgotten until t was
called to mind that the church bell had
not rung that morning. The dog evi
dently associated the sound of the bell
with the fact that he was-not to s-a
company his companions as usual.
-The pneumatice sulky has come to
stay on the race track Robert Bonner
says so, and he is presumed to be able
speak authoritatively on the subjeet
He is also of the opinion that t its going
to revolutionize trotting records as it
eables a horse to travel from two to
three seconds faster in the mile. The
striking thing about the new sulky is
the low wheels In the old-style
vehicle the driver sat between them.
Now he sits above them, The wheels
average thirty inches in heigt, a.bout
the same as a safety bicyele seen on the
rds and tracks A slky with the
pneumatic tire attachment gete down
in weight to about forty pounds, while
the decresse in drnught Is about l per
cent It is Mr. Boner's ide that a
record of .2:0 is entirely possible with
this new raing machise.
-A most notable November in our
history was that one in 10, the first
day of which was obeerved throughout
the thirteen colonies as peiod of
mourning on accouant of i lag into
effect aof the hated stamp act. It in
reased the burden of taxatiou upon
those who had no voie In their own
government and aroused them to such
a sense of injaustle that ten years later
they rebelled, ad the war of the imo.
lution was begn. On the 1st day ,f
November, therefors, the church bells
were solemnly toled, sag asted at
half-masut and business was everywhe
suspended. All over the eid each m
a SBamel Adams, Patriek Henry,sas
Otis and John Adams addressed paMtri
oie speehes to throgs of ther cone
trymen, and ised thfr heartes with
thoaghts of a glorious Iadependsnes.
-The little town of Delmer, Del.,
gets its name from a osbleato of
the a.st syIbes in th mesU t Dels.
wMrl nrynld. Therm age stes
ose to the aothern bdm, y at cdelt
ware, ad is h last edeso on tes
Delaware raiaoad beo s the
f Maryland is reached.
leg. In delware emkh edge ci Mary
lIen Is mce e ryest, e tLs ne two
syleisci Maryland rt as m Dela
weegts to mae up the ame An
Dimies, as heog ci th eeasbtess
tbht make up the bush h between
the lawen r and Qmspa he bepe
sad in meemory of s mosesLe
to the inaerpeyeati o e whe t
gi a Ms twou el tehis th age a
daeoueaht eray ses t
eusobber hesme*en- dgLeggm.
m -vr,'as Ise*r tead itpb i ap
-Apple Tea.-Thlsdrla is fr better
for fverish soaditias d the stoesagh
than lemo water of say at. Rost
sven apples and pour boiling water
over thea; let them stand till water is
sold, then strala and serve with ee.
N. Y. Herald.
-The People's Home Journal gives
the following to destroy ants: Half a
pound of aour of brimstone sad four
ounces of potash, placed over the Arein
an hirn or earthe pea, until dissolved
sad united, thea beaten into powder
and a little of i nfused in water.
Wherever this is sprinkled the ants will
die and leave the place
-Cabbagea-Cat the cabbage in two,
or, i large, in four pieces, and well
wash ad boil it quickl in plenty of
water, adding salt and a small piece of
sods; when about half does drain it in
a colander, and put it into fresh boiling
water; when soft enough, drain and
press the water away; chop it, adding a
little butter, pepper and salt; put it
iato a hot pan, and turn it out on a
vegetable dish.-Boston Budget
-Sauee Pluaate-Put a bit of but
ter with two sliced onions into a stew
. with a carrot, a parsnip, a little
yme, laurel, basil, two cloves, two
shallots, a clove of garli and some
parsley. Turn the whole over the are
until it is well colored, then shake in
some soar and moisten it with asme
broth and a spoonful of vinegar. Let
it boil over a slow fre, skim, and strain
It through a seve Season it with salt
and pepper and sgrve it with any dish
required to be heightened.-Teledo
--"Pat a stained glass window in the
children's plsroom," advised hbrd
to a womuan planning a coming bohe.
"From the baby up it will bea source
of the greatest delight to the little peo
pie I disovered that quite by chance
in renting a house with one I own
bedroom. My baby, who was fretful
from teething that winter, weould go to
sleep much quieker in my room than in
his own, and when I remarked uapn it
the nurse told me it was because the
bright window Interested and inally
quieted him. I soon saw that it was as
418 children love pi and gay
colors."-N. Y. Times
-To make a soup of oarn sad toma
toes, scald one Quart of tomatoes Add.
a quart of stook, a slice of arrot, a
small oio, a by leaf, a sprig of thyme,
one clove, six peppereora, and If con
venient a tssspoonfal of mined hem.
Let all this eek slowlyfor half an hour,
then add a tablespooaful of butter,
melted and mixed with two tablespoon
fuls of Sour. Strain the soup through
a puree sieve, so that vey portion ex
eept the seeds sad seasoning will peas
tbiooutb. Bietl ai the "hUst fhIato
pase to the store. Add a liberal tea-s
acup of scrsped corn. Let the smop boil
ft Ave mainutes after the corn is added.
-N.L Y. Tribune.
--Ied coffee is a refreshing and de
lighttil dessert and is ar more pelat
able thana roe napee, or what is
know as aofee. le eream. It is easily
made sad an ianexpeasive luxury. Make
your eofee in the morning and make it
ddnbisr even triple the usialstrength,
u ¶two or three heaping tablespoon.
ti esore to each acp; poor off the
the grounds in s tin pail that has a
tight Atttg over, and while hot
sweeten with granulated sugar and add
scalded milk in the proportion of one
tablespoonful to each cup; then stand
away in a refrigerator till dinner time,
when you serve it Put two table.
spoonfuls of ioe powdered as ine assalt
in each cup and you will have a dish St
for the gods.
-Whether or not it is right to keep
the table set all the time in a private
house is a question that has troubled
one of my earrespondeata It is not
considered proper. After each meal
elear the table, bruash the eloth and fold
it carefully; then puton a heavycolored
elotq. If the table be of handsomely
inished wood it may be left. base.
It often happens that a housekeeper
who does her own work, or one who has
a large family sad keeps but one sea
vant, Sads it more convenient to have
her table sat after each meald. If the -
dianing room be used only for its legiti
mate purpose there esan be no objeatlon
to this, if the room be kept closed sad
dark until meal time. The same rules
canot apply both to the woman who
dos her owan work, or has but one ser
vant, ad the woman who keeps may
servants. There is one thing whibh
aster hould be done by anybodly:
tambers and plates eaoul4 act be
tamed psie dow.-ladis' Home
The Eepag* at Uss Lsse ~ tss ow r ProS
W e weos Use
Bow many of s when sorting ever
our bhoase or our wardrobes have cone
acros many little things utterly value
less in our eye at he present manoment,
yet which ae put arpf away,
thinhing that they may mae in good
some time. This programme is carried
out sprin and fall year il d year out
until after a while the eloeets ai'l lit
ted up with ssue, half-woran gar
saets sad tho storeroom looks like a
gen se Bael des Inltides for erip
pled irs ad sois, ubhag pictres
d aded draperies. Now, dear, are
#l scal, thee is not one bitot eofn
ay tn boarding up al1 thsethlags u
less, being of a philanthropic tuar of
mind, you desr to giv the poor ittle
isnsesrt moths a good square meal
yes de pt alJ thee aldds sad
y fo faters a, do you bleve
Sma eveo r put ypar hands on tham
wihe yt Wraut them9 Tre aenem#
Sa a very 4Wisst type fr this and
th e oe tmier is n*t thw one
th eds to we IB earthul ad
prdhe t a daif as I sen v by
msel mr s el owu. avem it. If
-"ii ssmra bnn tep be trlmeed
with la wlnter's sathem mee them.
busdle nmbonce a great let at aceum
ban - mis. liasr, he and
seb aed sekem furnptur , bease
ea yeaseakn w yew migi have cc.
caienhra, mdh14m**h** a gai.tip
or an a uatesd beeseds. Olve them
te tesswe ma - k passt ea c,
od me1 ese m alistr at of
abrr jesh hasts ye think~b
assess mise ueso to,

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