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VOL. IX, LAKE PROVIDENCE, EAST CARROLL PARISH, LA., SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1896. NO. 28.
THE LAST ANSWER,
Dying eyes, what do yo see?
I soe the love that holdeth me;
The look that, lighting, leans to bless,
The little daily tenderness;
Smiles without worts; the sweet sure sigr
Which says in silence, I am thine.
Returning feet met at the door;
Alas, for those which run no more!
Ah me, for lips that whispered, "Dear!
Earth is all heaven, for thou art here."
I see a figure like a stone;
The house where one sits on alone.
O God, have pity! for I see
The desolated needing me.
Dying eyes, what do ve see?
I see the Love that taketh me.
Loud in the breakers, soIt in song,
Ever the summons calleth strong.
I see upon an unknown strand
The signal of a distant Hawni.
The leaf is light, the bud is out,
Floods of May colors float about.
The pulse leaps high, the heart is young
The sweetest chimes are yet unrung,
Mly bravest deeds I never did;
And, struggling with the coffin-lid,
Hopes, dreams, and joys and happy tea,
Start, throbbing, to live down the years.
Almighty! Listen! I am dust.
Yet spirit am I; so I trust.
Let come what may, of life or death,
I trust Thee with my sinking breath.
I trust Thee, though I see Thee not
In heaven or earth, or any spot.
I trust Thee till I shall know why
There's one to live and one to die.
I trust Thee till Thyself shall prove
Thee Lord of life and death and love.
-Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, in Harper's Bazar,
HEN the pupils had
hailed with a shout
their release from
the restraints of the
schoolroom, a nd
tripped home with
their books to the
enjoyment of the
freedom of the long summer vacation,
Eveline left the dusty city behind, and
went coursing through the green
fields and shadowy woodlands, over
rippling streams and along the margins
of crystal lakes with a speed that was
delighttully exhiliarating. She drank
deep draughts of the balmy breeze
that fanned her temples through the
open oar window, each inhalation giv
ing a new impetus to her blood, which
had grown sluggish in the tainted oity
air, so that when she was set down at
the little village station there was a
rare bloom in her usually pale cheeks
and an unwonted sparkle in her eyes.
It was a pleasant drive to the pretty
villa of Mr. Farnsworth, which, while
it enjoyed all the advantages of the
country, was yet not wholly eat off
from the bustling world. Eveline
found in her uncle a gentleman of old
time hospitality, who kept open
house, where his friends came and
went at their pleasure. Roy Carlton
was one of the many courtiers who
were in attendance where Cornie
reiged a somewhah coquettish queen.
From the first Roy attached himself
to Eveline, and in the round of enjoy
ment that made up each day, the lines
Of care went out of her face, and it re
samed its wonted bloom. But as the
weeks pased a change came over the
Intercourse of the two. Whatever it
was, it foundits manifestation in Roy.
I ISt came under Eveline's observa
isee she gave no outward sign but
hept quietly about her accustomed
Sthere was one quick to notice
say aleration in Boy. It was Cornie.
She had coquetted with him, as with
her other admirers, and, until Eve
line's Igval, had been conscious of no
eferenes for him. Per
Las t was the tranquility of unque
tioned possession. At any rate, when
she saw him devote himself to her
couusin she. experienced a vague dis
satisfastiou, which gradually waxed
into matiety, and then stood forth in
nmistakable colors. She knew that
Boy was something more to her than
yothers whom she used for her
So matters went on until the time
when Eveline must terminate her
idsit. Oornie watched Boy's growing
neasiness with deeper and deeper
anxiety. She felt that Eveline's ap
proslohing departuore would bring
mattes to orlais, and oontemplating
the probable issue, she would lie on
her bed with tightly closed lids,
thragh which the tears would force
their way, trying to conquer the dull
rain e her heart.
The day preceding Eveline's depar.
ture, Oornie was almost ill; but the
evening ume and pased, and nothing
In Eveline warranted the supposition
that she had given Boy a second
thought more than in the way of
ri~candship, Oornie had watched them
daring the evening, She had seen
oy follow Eveline with a wistful
ook, when he saupposedm himself unob
srved. There had been more ner
vousnes in his umanner, perhaps, wnen
he took her hnd for the lest time,
sad a strange rIletaDnoe to meet her
~tlm, steady gase; but nothing to in
dicte that aytl~ing unusual had
paed between them. As for Eveline
she gave no sign of agitation. If the
aolor in her obeeks was ununsually
highb, there was no more than coald be
natourally aounooted for by the pleas
urable excitement of the evening.
That~.niaghtOornie's hopes rose. The
a morning she was Up bright and
esly, and went singing about the
nuse with a lighter heart than she
had borne fornsay a day. Evsline,
on the contrary,. paned the entire
morning in bed with a bad headsahe
At '10 o'olock the doos benll rang.
Cora rlan dowanto And a boy on the
threshold, who asked fior YMrs Mton
fort, ,ad being fahismed of her indi
peatticl he left a 1est wit1h Obrnte
tob delired to her.
Ose alauw st the w erspro tiles
satd Oiant's st renk like le&k
stairs, but passed by Eveline's door
and entered her own chamber. She
could not go to her cousin with her
secret written on her face. She would
deliver it at dinner.
She locked the door and sat down,
with the letter in her lap. Bitter
thoughts were swelling in her heart.
She had a better right to him-the
right of priority. He hal been hers,
and Eveline had come and robbed her
of him. Then the hot tears gathered
slowly in her eyes, hung for a moment
on her long lashes, and then dropped
one by one down her cheeks. She
looked at the letter. It was a small
thing tooccasinn her such keen an
guish. She followed the writing with
her eye. What would not she have
given if those loops and curves were
only arranged so as to fashion her
name. Then she turned the envelope
in her hand. With a start she saw
that it had been imperfectly sealed
and that the flap had become loosened.
A fierce flush leaped to her cheek
with the first impulse that followed
this discovery, and she rose, and cross
ing the room with a quick step, locked
the letter in a bureau drawer. But
the thought occured again and again.
That open letter haunted her. Her
mind traced in conjecture its struc
ture-all the epithets of endearment
-all the protestations of love. The
longer she dwelt on it the more 'har
rowing became her thoughts. In
sheer desperation she determined to
deliver the letter immediately. She
need not go to Eveline, and thus ex
pose her secret, but could send it by a
Again the letter was in her hand,
but instead of following out her inten
tion, she began to walk the room with
a hurried step and quivering frame.
As the moth flits about the flame,!so
did Cornie coquet with the tempter.
There was a growing longing to per
use those words of endearment to her
rival. It was conquering every senti
Sment of delicacy and honor. With a
swift motion she drew the letter from
its envelope, and setting her teeth
hard, began to read.
She took an almost fierce delight in
thus augmenting her pain. Uncon
sciously she crumpled the paper in
her convulsive grasp. Her heart
raised in her throat until it choked
her. The hot tears blinded her eyes.
Suddenly she started and looked at the
letter aghast. A teardrop had fallen
upon the fair page and left an un
sightly blotch. With a swift brash of
her dress she sought to remove the
tell-tale moisture; but it was too late;
the mischief was done; she only
blurred the writing more. Farther
more the sheet that had been smooth
was now all crumpled.
What was to beldone? Cornie stood
pale and trembling. Then a sen
tence of the letter recurred to her
"If I am not indifferent to you, a
word will detain me; but if I do not
hear from you earlier, I shall know
the significance of your silence, and
the three o'clock train will bear me
from the scene of my happiness and
disappointment, to find peace of mind
as best I can."
She sought the passage again and
read it several times. 'Ihen she folded
up the letter and replaced it in the
envelope with a strange steadiness.
Hiving locked it in a drawer she went
down stairs; and nothing but the un
usual pallor of her face, and an occa
sional nervous start told that Cornie
Farnsworth had yielded to the tempt.
er, and committed a most treacherous
and cruel act.
"Roy, do you want to know?"
Roy looked up at his mother with
an expression of surprised interroga
"Why, what a strange question," he
said. "I su~'pose we should all like
"Well, then, you are the cause, and
the only cause."
Roy looked blank.
"?1 What have I to do with Cor
nie's ill health 1"
"Stupid man Is it so strange that,
when young people are thrown con
stantly together, one should get think
ing too much of the other, unless the
feeling be mutual? There, now I've
told you. And, Roy, you are in honor
bound to respect her."
"Why, mother niine, I have never
said a word to Cornie other than any
of her gentlemen-"
"Now I now I Words! Has the thing
to be demonstrated like a mathemati
cal proposition? What have you been
doing at her very apronstring ever
since you were big enough to walk
alone? And ycu know, .my son,
there's not a girl in town that will
compare with Cornie."
"That's so," said Ross,thoughtfally.
"I know that you will act an hon
orable part in this matter, Roy."
With that, Mrs. Carlton judieiously
dropped the subject, and her words
bore fruit. Roy got to thinking over
their life-Cornie's and his-daring
the year of his disappointment. She
was certainly very gentle and woman
ly. Now that his attention was called
to it he remembered a kind of wistful
sadness in her air, the significanoe of
which he had never before asked him
self. There was nothing of jeasaay
in it, nor even of reproach. She was
certainly a very nice young lady.
And, come to think of it, he had a
vague idea of some time asking her to
be his wife before he saw Eveline. His
mother was doubtless right; he had
been a very constant attendant upon
When he saw the look of happiness
that lighted up Cornie's face when he
asked her to be his wife-with what
perfect content and trust her head
awted on hieshoulder-he tried to per
ade himself that he was a happy
man. His feelings were not just
what-on that night when ha wrote
-with eo mach passion to Egveline-h
h4a eapeeItd those of as sept d
3. ,erweldb*Ibut doubtlesshewaU I
;P4;; mue*t ppo Ose la hbi
r Several weeks after their bethothal
e they were in Cornie's boudoir. She
r was rummaging in a work-box con
d taining old letters and papers, broken
jewelry, bite of ribbon, oily papers in
k, closing looks of hair, and the thou
ýr sand and one mementoes that every
t. young lady has somewhere among her
*, Suddenly a letter slipped from her
r lap to the floor. Roy picked it up,
d glancing carelessly at the superserip
it tion. A swift flush overspreazl hi;
d face at sight of the address. Cornie's
e eye had caught the writing, too. She
11 sprang to her feet, the box falling to
i- the floor with a crash. One look at
h Roy's face, and with a piercing scream
-e she fell in a swoon.
*e Roy saw her in careful hands and
r then left the house with the letter in
e his possession. In his own room he
w drew the letter from its envelope, and
d again traced the lines he had written
1. a year before. Why had Cornie fainted
k upon his discovery of the letter in her
d possession? How dil sel come by it
a- at all? He ass very near the truth;
d and if any confirmation was needed, it
it was afforded by a note which was
I. brought to him. It read:
tr "Roy, I give you up. You are free.
Don't think too harshly of me. You
it can never know my temptation. Fare
e well. Coze."
He looked at the tremulous writing,
n so different from Cornie's graceful
o chirography, and thought of the an
a guish of the writer. Ought he to ex
cept this sacrifice? Her fault had been
a grevious, but who of us is perfect?
And then it was all for love for him.
I, What man is invulnerable to flattery?
L- Roy felt all his resentment melt away,
h but a voice said:
"Has not Eveline a right to know
o your feelings toward her, and to elect
whether she will accept your love or
r He wrote to Cornie kindly, yet in a
way that ended all that had been be
a tween them, and the night train bore
a him to the metropolis.
1 The following morning he stood in
Evelrme's presence, at her home. His
I heart leaped as he noted the color
come into her face, and the trembling
o of her hand. When he was alone with
t her he placed the letter in her lap,
"Eveline, I wrote this a year ago. I
e now dehrver it in person, and await
n your answer."
He went to the window and stood
f with his back toward her, drumming
e nervously on the pane. Eveline took
up the letter and read it through. Roy
P heard a sound of stifled sobbing, and,
turning, saw her with her face in her
I lap. He went to her and seated him
self at her side, and five minutes af
I terwards he was the most foolishly
happy man in all that great city.
The Greatest Catfish Market,
"Philadelphia is the greatest catfish
market in the world," sait Mr. L. H.
1 Cogswell at the Eleventh street wharf
last Tuesday. Two co:oreI men were
busily engaged beheading and skin
ning a big pile of big catfish. They
were re:,srkably adept in the opera
I tion. While one, armed with a sharp
knife, would out off the head of a fish
and slit it open, the other would pick
up the fish so treated and with a pair
of nippers catch the skin deftly and
pull it oft A Star reporter was watch.
ing the interesting operation and
asked Mr. Cogswell where he found
the demand for such a lot of oatfish.
"We dispose of a very large number
of the fish in this city, but when we
have a surplus supply we ship it direct
to Philadelphia. Philadelphia is the
greatest catfish market in the world.
In the districts inhabited largely by
the poor venders go about the streets
with buckets on their heads selling
the fish, and their cry is somewhat
similar to the familiar 'co-al' which we
hear so frequently in Washington in
neighborhoods similarly populated.
Catftlsh are cooked in a variety of ways,
but made into a chowder is the most
popular form in which they are served.
Nothing is more palatable than a well
prepared catfish chowder, and a great
many people prefer a chowder made
from the heads alone. You will notice
that those two colored men who are
cleaning the fish preserve a number
of the largest heads. They have regu
lar customers for the heads, which
they will string in bunches and sell for
probably as much as the same number
of fish would bring.
"Yes," contnued Mr. Cogswell,
"those two fellows are very expert at
skinning catfish. The best points in
the vicinity of Washington for catch.
ing catfish are St Colonial Beach and
Mathias Point. The fall season in the
fishing business is now open. The
varieties that will be handled are rock
fish and white perch, both of which
are very large and very plentiful this
year. Any surplus that we have above
the home demand in these varieties is
shipped in ice to New York and Phila
delphia, but catfish are only shipped
to the latter eity.'.'-Washington Star.
It is.snggested that the drying oi
fruit, which requires great care and a
certain regulation of the temperature,
offers a promising field for electric
heating. Fuel for heating by steam
is often expensve, but fruit districts
usnally have abundant water power
that could be used for driving dyna
moe. The electric ourrent would
prove serviceable in a variety of ways
I in addition to heating.-News Letter.
A Bird Curlesity.
An ornithologeial curiosity exists at
SBiel in Switserland. A pair of swal
lows built a nest. in each of the two
ears whioh run alternately on the cog
wheel line to Magglingei, They were
Sin exacetly the tame position, and the
a female bpd liid eggs iD both of tbhem.
SWhen the time for hStehinug aursivnd
Im k 1am ai mson Pit Il tihe eg ato
HI IIBE FIELD OF ADVENTURE.
ST~gRILLING INCIDENTS AND DA.
ING DEEDS ON LAND AND SEA.
y Thrilling Story of Two Aeronauts
A -A Brave Locomotive Fireman
-Rescued by a Living Chain.
r.N a cot in St. Luke's Hospital,
says the New York Journal,
lies Charles Wolcott, the
aeronaut. Near him, in the
same surgical ward, is Frank Stevens,
0 equally as well known as a balloonist.
:o The accidents that sent these two dare
it ing men to the same New York hospital
o happened thousands of miles apart.
Wolcott has been In the hospital since
d last April. Stevens was carried there
n last Thursday. They suffered the
10 same injuries, which are almost mor
n It was Stevens's devoted friendship
d for Wolcott that stretched him by
r Wolcott's side. Visiting them and
it tending their wants is Nuna Madison,
i a young woman of Jersey City, who,
it in turn, would have risked her life for
a money with which to alleviate their
The Journal has told of Wolcott's
'I balloon ascension at Vera de Cure,
e- Venezuela. It was Venezuela's Na
tional holiday, the birthday of Senor
Bolivar, the liberator. When Wol
il cott's balloon ascended 3500 feet he
cut loose the parachute to descend by
.it. The robes had been tangled by
n the pressing crowd trampling on
? them. The parachute did not spread
until Wolcott was within three hun
? dred feet of the ground. Then the
1 terrific resisting force of the air tore
it into ribbons and the aeronaut shot
r downward. His spine was dislocated
it and many of his bones were broken.
t He was carried to Caracas, and last
spring a steamer brought him to New
a York. Only the most skillful surgical
*- treatment saved h!s life and cured,
a but slowly, the partial paralysis that
a Soon after Wolcott was taken to St.
a Luke's, Frank Stevens and Nina Madi
r son went to him. He taught them
3 how to ascend in a balloon, and to
h descend with a parachute. They gave
t, heir purses to Wolcott, whose own
was nearly exhausted by expensive
I surgeons. They knew that he had an
I engagement to make an ascension at
Huntington, Canada, on September 8
5 "We will take your place in the bal
c loon," Stevens and Mias Madison said
r to their master in ballooning. "We
will take the risk. You can take the
Wolcott demurred. "You may do
as much for us some day," urged his
Y two pupils.
Wolcott feebly smiled and accepted
A big fair was going on at Hunting
ton on September 8. Thousands were
there. Miss Madison and Stevens ar
rived at the fair only a few hours be
fore the time set for the ascension.
Their baggage was delayed, so when it
came their preparations were hur
"I will go up alone and make the
descent," said Stevens.
The parachute with which he was to
make his leap was carried to Hunting
don in a metal cylinder. The edges
of the cylinder, in transit, had partly
severed some of the ropes of the para
chute. In his hurry Stevens did not
notice that. He was 3500 feet in the
air when he swung himself down to
the trapeze of the parachute. He cut
loose the :huge umbrella; slowly it
desoended, widely it spread. The
crowds far below uplooking at the
speck in the air cheered, for it seemed
that the daring descent would be suo
But Stevens had not dropped far
when to his horror, the ropes broke
on one side of the parachute. He fell
like a bag of ballast to within 200
feet of the ground. Women watching
him fanted; men were pale and help
less. But a lucky slant of wind caught
Sthe parachute and almost righted it.
Stevens's downward speed was slightly
checked, but he fell through the
branches of a great tree.
He was picked up for dead and car
ried to a house near by.
"Hewill surely die," said the doo
tors who were called.
"He's worth a thousand dead men,"
said Miss Madison. and she insisted
that Stevens be hurried to Montreal
on the first freight train that passed.
There he was taken to the Royal Vic
toria Hospital. His injuries were
similar to those that Wolcott received,
months before, in far away Venezuela.
His spine was dislocated and many
bones were, broken. Next day Miss
Madison returned to Huntingdon.
She had the parachute repaired.
"1 am now ready to make my as
oent," she said to the managers of the
"You shall not," they said. "The
danger is too great. Why should you
ran the risk?"
'I need money," she said simply.
"I have nov two of my profession to
The managers paid her much more
than if she had risked her life. They
hliberally paid Steven, too. After six
weeks Miss Madison took him to New
York, to St. Lauke's iospital.
Stevens will ultimately recover,
r too. So, one day, if they stiek to
ballooning, Wole)at may do as much
Sfor his two devoted pupils.
A Firemran'sa Brave Deel.
"Big Charley" Wilkins of Nyack,
N. Y., a stalwart fireman of the north
Sern express of the Northern Bailroad
of-New Jersey, saved a woman's life at
the entrance to Bergen tannel on the
Erie road the other morning. Coal is
strew all along the tracks near the
Smouth of the big tannue!, and poor
reeisdenta in the ricinity are in the
Srabit of gathering there iti the mora
Sul to s Wth. oal for au in' thei
bornai w st as the ep19m troia
ate. -mbe4 Wr 1. my W *grb th
mouth of the tunnel, at 8.15 o'clock,
Fireman Wilkins, leaning out of the
cab of engine 208, saw a woman, ap
parently fifty years old, standing on
the east tracks right ahead of the
train. She was bareheaded, and had
been busy picking up coal on the track,
and had been startled by the sudden
approach of the'train, which was spin
ning along at the rate of twenty miles
an hour. Wilkins slapped Engineer
Helmke, who was at the brake, on the
back, and pointed to the woman.
"By Jove," he cried, "we're liable
to hit her."
At that instant the Hackensack mail
train, scooting along at a speed of
thirty miles an hour, shot out of the
tunnel, and the woman straightened
up from her stooping position and
stepped over to the west track, along
which the mail train was speeding.
The woman didn't see the train until
she was on the track. She looked first
at.one train and then at the other, and
stood stock still in her perilous posi
Engineer llelmke and Fireman Wil
kins saw at a glance that the woman
was completely bewildered, and so
frightened that she was utterly unable
to get out of danger.
"slow up a little," cried Wilkins,
"and I'll jump for her. It's the only
thing to do now."
The engineer reversed the wheels of
the express, and it glided by, just
grazing the woman, who stood tremb
ling on the other track. Wilkins
sprang from the cab just ahead of her
and landed on a lot of broken stone
and-was nearly thrown from his feet
by the insecure footing. Engineer
Doremus of the Hackensack train saw
the big, broad shouldered fireman
jump at the very instant he rounded
the cure. He yanked open the whistle
valve, and the engine let loose a shrill
scream of warning, while he put on
the air brake and reversed the engine
as quick as lightning. Wilkins ran to
the woman, and lifting her bodily,
held her up in his arms as he stood in
the narrow and tough path between
the tracks. The mail train shot past
with the driving wheels grinding the
reverse way on the tracks. its im
petus was so great that though all
brakes were on, it traversed a distance
twice the length of the train before it
slowed up and stopped.
The passengers on both trains, star
tied by the whistles of the engines,
crowded to the ear windows and watched
the daring act with a thrill of excite
ment. They praised the pluck of the
big fireman. The nerves of the res
cued woman were completely unstrung
by fright. Wilkins earriedter across
the tracks and out of danger. Both
Engineer Doremus and Fireman
Schmall of the mail train said that
Wilkins had undoubtedly saved ts
woman's life, as it would have been
impossible to stop the train in time to
avoid running her down. Fireman
Wilkins jumped aboard the cab of his
engine without waiting to get the name
of the woman.
"The thing was to save her," he
said, nonchalantly, "it didn't matter
what her name was. Besides, she was
too frightened to talk."
Rescued by a Human Chaln.
Scows are moored at the pier at the
foot of East Ninety-fifth street to carry
away the earth and stone hauled there
by carts belonging to Contractor Pat
rick Martin. To reach the pier the
carts descend an inclined roadway
that runs along the edge of the stone
bulkhead between Ninety-fourth and
Ninety-fifth streets, The bulkhead
wall is about ten feet above the water
level, and there was a railing along it
to prevent the carts sliding into the
river until Friday, when it was carried
away by a balky horse, which backed
overboard and was drowned. The
driver, Patrick Kearney, came to the
surface bleeding from a cut four
inches long in his head. John Jor
dan threw him a rope, but Kearney
was too weak to hold on to it. Other
workmen rushed off in search of a
boat. Kearney was barely able to
keep afloat. Jordan threw himself on
his face on the pier and tried to reasoh
him, but the water was fully'twelve
feet below him.
"Here, you fellows," he shouted,
"come and hang on to my feet."
Three or four men grabbed him
without realizing" what he intended
"Lower me until I can reach him,"
Jordan commanded, and they lowered
him down the bulkhead, but still he
could not reach the drowning man.
Then John O'Brien, another sturdy
'longshoreman, came to the rescue.
"I can hold Jordan," said he; "you
hang on to me," and the men on the
pier lowered O'Brien, who ulang to
Jordan's legs, with the latter's feet
tucked under his arm. A third man
was found necessary to complete the
chain, and Joseph Smith, the biggest
man in the crowd, grabbed O'Brien's
legs and was lowered in tarn. Jor
dan was now within Kearney's reach,
and he grabbed him by the shoulders
and held his head above water until
the men who had gone in search of a
boat rowed up and resued the drown
ing man. Kearney's resouers were
dragged book on the bulkhead, pretty
well tired out by their exertions.
Yesterday morning another horse
btoked off the now unprotected gang
way. The driver, John New, jumped
off the cart when he saw that he could
not prevent it tumbling into theriver.
The horse was drowned.-New York
Mertality fla the Far Nrth. -
A great many people actully :e
lieve that signing the roll of a vessel
which is bound Nbrth on a voysge of
discovery is equivalent to almost say
thing but death, pure aad simple.
That this is a great midstake is proves
by some recent bhzPstive Sgure on
Arotic exploration in generaL From
these it appears that slaetyseem e ut
of ach 1u0 whro aD ~North a.
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' SHARKS ON WOODEN HOOKS
Hn SOW SOUTH SEA ISLANDERS CAP
ho TURE SAVAGE XONfTEIS.
k, Boats of Chips, Lines of Cocoanut
an Fibre and a Bent Boot to Bring
n' the Fish Within Reach of a Club,
er VERY now and then one may
he see noted in Australian papers
the arrival of an islandtrad
1 te ing vessel, bringing, among
other cargo, so many tons of sharkflns,
ail and the uninitiated naturally wonder
of for what on earth sharkfins are
brought to the marts of civilization.
ed That is easily answered; they are re
ed garded as a great delicacy by John
ig For the last fifty years shark catch
ing has been followed on a large or
St small scale by the inhabitants of the
id South Sea Islands. Until of late years
only the fins and tails were cut off,
dried on strings and sold by the na
il- tives to either resident traders or
I- wandering trading vessels. By these
s latter they are taken to Sydney, and
oe there sold to Chinese merchants, who,
e in their turn, ship them home to
But nowadays, not only are the fins
y and tails dried by the natives in in
creasing quantities, but the skin is
t stripped off, pegged out like a bul
b- look's hide and sold to the white men.
But the skins do not go to China.
,i They are sold to German trading ves
e sels, and no one in the islands, eve
et to this day, knoweth for what purpose
Ar they are used.
All the people of the Gilbert Islands
are expert shark fishermen, but the
id men of Paanopa (Ocean Island) claim
le to be, and are, facilo prinoeps in the
11 forcible art of clubbing a shark before 1
in he knows what is the matter with him I
i and what the horrid thing is that has
o got into his month. First of all,
. though, something about the island 4
n It is n tiny spot, rising abruptly
et from the sea, about 300 feet in height,
Le situated fifty miles south of the eqa-.
a. tcr, and inhabited by a fierce, turbu
H lent race of dark-skinned Malayo
o Polynesihns, allied in want of manners
it and fullness of beastly customs to
their Gilbert Island neighbors, 800
-. miles to the windward.
I, Half a cable's length from the land
d itself, and not twenty yards from
. the fist shelving coral reef that juts
e abruptly out from the narrow strip of 1
e. beach, the water is of- great depth;
fifty-in some places ninety-fathoms,
* At the first break of dawn the men,
h naked save for a girdle of grass, sally
a out from their gray-roofed houses of
J thatch and launch their canoes for the
Sda's work. Wonderful canoes these
Sare, too, their shells of small strips of 1
4 wood sewn together with cocoanut
is In no one, of them will you see a
0 plank moae than two feet in length
and six inches in width; many are
is constructed of such small pieces of
ir wood deftly fitted and sewn together
is that one wonders how the builders
ever had the patience to complete the
craft. But wood is scearce on Ocean
Island, and whenever- as sometimes
ie happens-a canoe is smashed by the
y struggles of a more usually powerful
'e shark, the tiny timbers are carefully
i. picked up by the other canoes and re
Le stored to the owners, who fit them to
y gether by degrees until a new hull is
,e pieced together.
d Perhaps twenty or more canoes go.
d out together. No need to go far. Just
r outside the ledge of the reef is enough,
it for there Jack is waiting, accompanied
,e by all-sized relatives, male or female.
d Lying upon. the little grating of i
d crossed sticks that reaches from the i
,e outrigger of the canoe to the gunwale
e is the tackle. Rude it is, but efeot- I
ir ual-a huge wooden hook, cunningly I
trained when it was a young tree root i
y into growing into the proper shasp, 1
r and about forty fathoms of strong coa- I
aoannut-fibre rope-as thiek uas the i
o whvaleliae and as strong. Taking a y-.
n ing fish, or a piece of a shark csaght I
h the previous day, a native ties the u t i
e around the eurve of the great hook. 4
Then he lowers the lines, which sinks
I, qulokly enough, as the wooden hook I
is as heavy as it is big.
n Presently the line tautens-Jaok is,
c there. The steersman strikes his pad.
die into the water to bring the canoe's
head round, the man hold the lines
d gives it a certain jerk that makes the I
e outrigger rise a foot out of the water I
and nearly upsets the little otaft, and a
y a third native handles a short iron- I
. wood elab expeetsutly.
u Perhaps if Jack is a big fellow he I
1 will obstinately refuse to taur, sad 1
o make a strenuous effect to get away
t deep into the blue glooms hundred
Sfathoms below. Sometimes he does.
Ae pparently nothing short of a strem I
Swinch at the other end of the line
Swould stop him then; and r fatheom I
. by fathom the line desoends, and tb.
, steersman and "elabber" look sari
e ously st the few fathoms left eiled
u up on the outrigger platform. By a
Sbit of good rlok, thogh, Jashk may I
p. turn, or be tarned, from his direst
, downward eonrse by a suddeni m . a
Then all hands to th line toget hit a
to the sats..e before he gts hi lhi i
, sagain for anothe dive.r
. Meanwhile, every other eassoe ks
4 got fast to a shark, and now thee is IB
d wild elamor and muoh bad leai rage
a. the lire get hl and mcoes ate - d
k and thaump againsmt eaeh otlhte PerI.
hapsfeor or ive will be ina la p t* I
gethe with one or two shauk he i I
the water int losam in the enterad esl
, turning over aud over with lghtMstg I
. likherapidity in the hope o partlag i
the line or suunhin. thet !
SThis latter is not aniee tht to-i7 I
pen, sad so the elab me p.
wateh for a habaes to deal the strug
a gtlegbuMteea both·hs ed
Olttn this Is nt esily sa a |
o ftest too iis ae as1 d, tp the I
oahrk asyletshlboeq et b I e, a
dub'gr tvmb i 1
keen knife takes all the fight out of
Jack-at one end, at any rate; 11 it is
only a young fish, however, the tall is
grasped by the hand and snipped of
before he knows that he has lost it,
By and by those natives who are
fast to the big fellow call out to their
comrades that their shark is too big
to bring alongside and kill, and ask
for an implement known to whalers as
a drogue-a fiat piece of wood whioh,
attached to the end of a line, gives
such resisting power that the shark or
whale dragging it behind him is soon
So the drogue is passed along from
another canoe, and being made fast to
the end of a strong but small line, the
canoe is carefully hauled up as near as
possible to savage, struggling Jack.
At the loose end of the line is a noose,
and watohing a favorable moment as
Jack lifts his tail out of the w.ter, the
steersmaL slips it over, and away goes
line and drogue, the man who is hold
ing on to the main line casting all the
slack overboard so as to give the
shark plenty of room "to exhaust him
In ten minutes more he is resigned
to.his fate, is clubbed in peace and
towed ashore-that is, if his friends
and relatives don't assimilate him un
to themselves before his carcass is
dragged up on to the reef. -London
Led by a Stick.
It is not generally known that
among the facts which induced Dr.
Nansen to undertake his expedition to
the North Pole was the discovery of a
little piece of wood called the "throw
Professor J. Murdoch explains what
a "throwing-stick" is, and how it led
Dr. Nansen to believe that there was
a steady current flowing across the
Pole. He defined a ''throwing-stiok"
to be a contrivance for casting a jav
elin or harpoon, which is employed
by various savage races, such as the
Australians, some South American
tribes; and especially by the Eskimos.
The patterns of di erent countries
differ from one another, so that a con
noisseur can say whether a particular .
"stick" belongs to Greenland, or Hud
son Bay, or Alaska. In 1886 a curator
of a Norwegian scientific society found
a "throwing-stick" among driftwood
at Godthsab, Greenland, different
from those- used in Greenland, but
similar to those used in Alaska, and'
practically identical with implements
employed by natives living near Ber
The discoverer, Dr. Bing, set him
self the work of finding out how it
reached Godthaab. It was evident
that it had not drifted by way of the
Northwest Passage, for that way is
barred by such a network of islands
that the stick would undoubtedly have
stranded long before it reached Greqgn
The only reasonable explanation he
could give was that the stick must
have drifted with the ourre Vthssets -
north through Bering Strae into the
Arctic Ocean. On the of the
Strait the current moves steadily west
'There the stick alst have met the "
current that sweeps down between
Iceland and Greenlsand, and then
turned northward again around Cape
FarewelL" This theory appealed to
Dr. Naseen, and ultimately led him to
form his adventurous plan of trusting
his little vessel to the current wheh
he believed would earry him over he
Polk.-New York fourta
Facts Absut Pusiee stome,
Pumice, as is well kown, is of
volesaio origin, beins a erashytio lava
which has been rendered light -by the
escape of gases when in a moken stae.
It isfound on most of the shores of the
Tyrrhnian Sea and elsewhere, but it
is at present almost esolusively ob
tained from the little island of lApeits
Most of the volanoes of Lilprt have
ejected pumaceous toeks, but thbbst
stone is all the ptoduot of 6oe mon
slan, Mo.te Ohiriea, early 9000 feet
in height, with its two asumory
eraters. The district in which the
pumeo is esevated eovers a aerea of
threesquare miles. It has been at
eulated that aboutone thousand hands
are engaged in the industry, six hun
dred of whom ate employed It ex-ri
eating th6miLerL Pumiceliseought
to the service id lrge bleks or in
bskets, and is m dthun either to
the neighboring vfllage er to the oe
shore to be taken thee in boats. The
supply is said ti be -psatielly le isP
kanstiblOe. IoiYs la. t meuaer e
for soouring snu-~d prposs,
trades, bence t.he ast the pow.
dewed pussie mpeorted exeseds In
wh b k ~prbalic Between
t ~~ld th~iry erean are en
gajed~ I the pumses trade in the
po rteas*e h 0at 1 Wed.,
fe toU seetholmge no -bmaler
tami. - ....e.s, w-t
sname htehe eao - l w toteuee*
buat up a Vandenbilt, his whole
fertam did iot much eXceed. e
italiouts. A tar greeter su a .Wb
who w wrt n h $ SI5,000 at Js
deLth, and It is said that hissaiesea,
Oigul, suaa hdey his tbammiise
hi yb o lbee.s per. aHn-d ual
at1 i diaseovering that Iis
trsessuC oetauisd only 0o,OO0,
omaittld die fromte fr otfpemr
ay; a d lsg repeat cost .Lugllac
s-adat one of her banquet
made AntOny d4rink a pot
w at $5,000. In eteant of
ofWI st Ue Qs~e wet ts the
"lasae b a se umthe ibl h *4 ihe