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VOL. IX, LAKE PROVIDENCE, EAST CARROLL PARISH, LA., SATURDAY, MAY 8, 1897. NO 47
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CIIAPTER IV.
LOVE VERStS MONEY.
"The weeks passed, and Brian was still
a fixture In the quiet little fishing town.
The claims of his aunt in Nantucket
were entirely forgotten, a letter written
soon after his coming to S'conset having
satisiled his sense of obligation.
Evidently S'conset had developed new
charms for him since the day he had
found its dullness so oppressive that
sleep seemed the only reasonable or I
possible occupation.
And Margaret, having awakened him
to a new view of the place, was prac
tically realizing that constant hanging
on she had once reprobated so strongly.
She did not encourage him, neither did
she repulse him. She did not seek his
company, nor did she show by the.
slightest action that it was distasteful
to her.
Her attitude was one of uncertaIt ex
pectancy.
She spent many hours with him on
the beach. She walked with him in the
delightful spring weather, gathering
health and spirits from the glad sun and
iniigorating air.
She had taken him through many of
the cottages, and her enthusiasm had
awaked his drmant interest. She
had shown him the way to the light
house, and together they had climbed
the great winding stairway, gazed im
pressively upon the wonderful lamp, and
looked down from the great height wgpn
the unlulating moors, lying like a.
checkeied map before them; upon the
hills fading in the mist of distance, and
the glorious breath of restless waters
surging over the rips and dashing them
selves in fury at the feet of the bluff.
She had pointed out the silvery waters
of Sesachaea, set like a jewel in the
luoorland's breast, ani only separatel
from the ocean by a narrow belt of san I
hills. And afterward they had climbed
to the top of Tom Nevers, a verdant
bluff standing boldly out against the
western sky, and sloping to the wators
roaring at its feet.
*On this bold promontory they ha.l
watched the sun quench his tires in th
sea and trail his trftbling lights across
the hills. And through the lingering
beauty of the after-glpw they had gone
home along the lonely and deserted
shore.
The hours of such companionship
could not be forgotten.
Tco late Brian realized this. In all
the time they had been together he had
tried in vain to fathom Margaret's feel
ings for him, but his boasted skill as a
physlognomist had failed in her case.
Her strength of character, courageous
spirit, ani ever ready sympathy made
her a charming and refreshing contrast
to the conventional women he had hith
erto met, but they did not constitute the
sole reason for his pleasure in her con:
I'any.
"I never felt so bad about leaving a
place before," he said to her one day.
"I believe I could stay here a year un
der present circumstances."
"I could stay here forever," was her
'earnest and Impulsive reply.
But at last the day came when she
felt she must leave. She had written to
tell Miss IHilton -of her intention, and
with the feeling that she must make the
most of her last hours, she had gone
down to the beach, where the fisherm 'n
were just bringing in the day's harvest.
She was standing by the dories, watohing
the huge fish with a sort of fascinated
gaze, when Brian joined l;erin his usual
unceremonious fashion.
"It seems to be an age since I saw you
last," he declared, utterly ignoring the
Tact that he had been with her the day
before. "Shall we walk down the beach?
The air is glorious."
She nodded in the affirmative, and
they moved away together.
"Why don't you say something?" he
asked, after the silence had lasted some
minutes.
"I don't feel in a talking humor," she
answered, oonscious of a dlsagreeable
desire to quarrel with some person or
thing.
"I think you might try. I have the
blues frightfully. I wish you'd cheer
"Try one of your own prescriptione,"
she suggested. "The bhiues are a physi
cal condition, they tell-us. You'll have
man opportunity to vindicate the diplma
you've lugged around so long. Just
Suco those boats coming in on the break
ers. Aren't they graceful? I wish I
were a fisherman.
"What an idea. How could you man
ago to live here?"
"How? Why, as they do, of course,
with the sight of the sea ever before
me; the music of the breakers always
in my ears; in close and constant com
Inmunion with the very sublimity of na
ture. How can their lives be either
hopeless or uninteresting? Though, to
a person of your energetic tempera'
mont, I dare say, they would be tire
some.
"I have a notion you intend that for
sarcasm," he returned, good-naturedly.
"How am I to take you?"
"No way, please; Iam not to be taken
just now."
"There, you snap me up. You have
been- an enigma all through. Somne
ti(mes you are all sweetness, and at oth
ers you fly at me and teeture me inost
unmercifully. Still i like to be with
you."
*" Much obliged, Irt'sure; but I didn't
come here to amuse yopL
"Evidently in a bad humor," theuht
Brian, noting the sharptone.
"I believe you've missed your vodk
tion," hIe aid aloud. You were lntended
for one of the Yankee sehool ea'as we
read a lt. How you wo3td havejeet
ured th anfortunate littl4 ~p. And
your husband, poor man----"
"Pray spare your pity. luch indealate
objects don't aeed it. Thtwe are too
many real lotng ones upon whom it
bwigh b* .S4Ihddwith 'anlahtae. Tqa
pie~ LFI wh u ~ dOals~ligauhurp
p :or Christians are starving aroun i at
them. I don't like such discriminating ly
charity."
Well, I haven't been collecting any
sub-criptions. and I'm a mighty poor w
Christian in the bargain, so you needn't bh
blind me with that sand you are digging '
up so ferociously." 1'
Margaret colored and desisted from t;
her occupation. g,
"I beg you pardon," she said. "I did ri
not intend to send it in your direction. w
It is a vent for my overch:arged feelings. k
I suppose that is a childish acknowledg- p
ment, but I shall not recall it. I read of w
a piece of injustice this morning, and it tl
has filled me with indignation. I ;be
lieve I'm in a constant state of rebellion b
a ainst the accepted order of things. ie
Why do you laugh?"
"Not at you, certainly. Seriously, I e
am half afraid of you--your bad opinion, IT
t I mean. What influence you could exert
over some men. Do you like me, Mar- c
garet?"' h
The name slipped unconse;o'sly from b
his lips, and he drew nearer to her. She
averted her head and answered in the
tone of 'one measuring her words care
fully. h
"The degree of my liking depends
Supon yourself."
Brian was evidently not well satisfied
with this frank admission.
"You couldn't like me well enough to
be my wife?" he persisted, drawing more I
closely to her and endeavoring to take
her hand, an action she resolutely op- i
posed. i.
"Do you mean what you say?" she '
said, in a slightly repressed voice, con- I
scious of something wanting in his man- I
n ner. i
e He hesitated at her words.
"Do I mean that I love yen? Yes,
Margaret, I do, from the first moment I
saw you. If I could only make yo;i
of understand my position, my longing to I
d win your love and make you my wife.
But-"
His pause was ecloqueni.
d "But what?" she repeatel, in a quick,
changed voice.
d "Why, how you look a'. me, Mar
ngaret!"
At this complaint she turned her fa'e
` raside' and allowed her eye to follow the
motion of a bird,
"You see," he went on, mere at ease in
r the absence of those scarching gray
eyes, "marriage between us is quite out
of the question. If you were-'
"If I were rich, I suppose, you mean,"
Sshe interrupt'sl, in a somewhat hard
voice; "but, admitting I'm poor, what
then?"
me "You must see how it is; we couldn't
live on two thousand a year."
"And your profession," she supple
ment..,d. "It seems to me you might be
much worse off. Any one with an econ
om ical turn--"
{ "I hate peovle with an economical
turn. and I don't intend to work myself
, to death trying to cure a lot of ungrate
ful people. My first year's allowance
won't much more than pay my debts. I
nmust have money. A gentleman is
II obliged to live in a certain style.'
"Oh, I dare say, even if ha sacrifices
everything else in the effort. You love
me, but you love money better. Have
a I stated the case correctly?"
He'glanced at her cold, impenetrable
le face.
st "How hard you are. Margaret," he
. sHi , reproarhfully. "You don't under
o stand the dificulty. Love In a cottage
s. is well enoughi in theory, but no fun in
practice. I could not be happy under
a such circumstances. I love you dearly,
and If I only had a little money, I should
a_ like nothing better than to marry you."
"Thanks," was the qudiet rejoinder.
er "Your assurance is quite consoling, but
I don't bdieve 1 quite appreciate the
ie honor you would confer upon me. Of
to course thi: idea of my possible objection
d has not enterel your mind. Under the
he circumstances I may regard your loss as
ne my gain."
nII How truly his loss was her gain she
t. did not pause to reflect.
n "You are excellent at sarcasm," he re
d joined with reproach. "I was only
Sspeaking of my wishes. If you had
tohl me two weeks ago, how thoroughly
a you despised me I might have been a
he wiser man to-day."
sy Margaret understood his meaning.
h? She felt that he had no right to speak
to her in this way, yet his words
d pained her. In imagination she went
back to the first hour of their meeting.
he I She remembered how gial she had felt
no that they would be thrown together for
a short time in this quiet place. She
he remembered what faith she had placed
le in the existence of those good qualities
or Miss Hilton hal mentioned, and what
hopeful longings and eager expecta
he tlons had filled the hofirs of her com
etr' panionship with him, and now her dis
Sappointment was both keen and hitter.
It lent a new sharpness to her answer.
i- "You dare not blame me for any ac
Stion of yours," she said, endeavoring to
I speak quietly. "I have endured your
st company. Could I do otherwlie? You
.have tried t, win my atection by all the
I arts In your power. I suppose you found
the pastime amusing, aunl probably you
,- imagined that you had so far succeeded,
that il it suited your pleasure to honor
e me with a proposal of marriage, I would
re accept It with thanks. I hope you have
ye discovered your mistake. I would not
m,- marry you to save myself from starva
s. tion. You have insulted me quite
cr enough."
to "Not insulted. Margaret," he said, re
' proachfully, looking into her passionate
re- face. "Believe me, I have intended- no
insult. I respect and admire you too
or much, and I love you far more than I
ly, cani ever love my cousin. Yet, I have
no alternlti e. I must marry her or
en star'e.'
Margaret's lips moved. She was about
Sto make an angry rejoinder, but with an
Seffort sthe controlled the impulse.
S "You will starve royally," site said,
atj somewhat bitterly. "I consider ruarry
th Ing for money contemlptiille. You have
different views. We have learned some*
n't thing new of each other. Money stands
above, love in your estimation. You
ht canot forego the inxuries of lifE for t he
salke of oat' you pretend to love with
such devotrnlise. Now, if I loved a
e man," she coftinued, with a slight
e tremor in her quiet voice, "I-would sac
rifiee my fontest desires for his aske.
odla poverty or wealth, he would be
equally dear. I would count no eeon
to omy mean, no labor lost, that could con
oo I tribute to his comfort or haPpiness. Dis
It te might eome betwee us, but pst
evet7 YOum know othat moep m I
me" 1 IdpmnSe. The desire ti ts
Ip. jg mtji)thepweaneat of Iii amblI
rr jlR:It %%**14 manylr' *o ates bb -
Io3aesslons merely, I would despise my.
self heartily and thoroughly. Oh, why
have you disappo'nted me?"
The words escaped her almost unr.
consciously, and their mingld pain and
regret surprised even herself. I;iut
Brian did not hear them. lie was too
deeply engrossed with His own thoughts,
and too deeply hurt by Margaret's plain
ly expressed opin'on.
iHe longed to vindicate hinmeeif in I r
eyes, thoigh he felt that such -a thing
was impossible. No words of his would
better his position. lie must leave
'consect immediately. The necessity
for this step became very apparent. Hlo
turned with this decision to see Mar
garet preparing to leave the beahl. IHe
realized that in all probability ha
would never see her again. A thousand d
longings surged through his heart. Im- a
pulsive words rushed to his lips, but t
with a determninod will he repressed i
them. t
"Try to forgive me, Margaret," he
boggoi. "Try to forget the pain I have
caused you."
"Don't distress yourself," was her a
cold, proud answer. "You are holding 1:
my hand, and I am tired of standing." y
IIe looked at her with a longing he
could not have put in words, andl re
leasing her hand without even a good
by he stood watching her, until the
winding streets of the village shut her
from his sight. Then, with a feeling e
that something had gone out of his rife,
he threw himself upon the sand with a f
misery at heart no language could cx- e
press
jTo tE CONTINVED.
He Got the Infornlation.
Peter Bunda. who has been married
only two weeks, has left his wife. i
Bundy is a little man. and his wife I
weighs two hundred and forty pounds.
and was the relict of the late Seth E
Potts. About ten days after marriage E
Bundy was surprised, on awakening E
in the morning, to find his better- I
half sitting up in bed, crying as if
her heart would break. Astonished.
he asked the cause of her sorrow, but.
receiving no reply, he began to sur
! mine that there must be some secret
on her mind which she withheld from
him, and which was the cause of her
anguish, so he remarked to Mrs. B.
that as they were married she ought
to tell him the cause of her grief, so
that, if possible, he might lessen it.
After considerable coaxing he elicited
the following from her:
"Last night I dreamed I was sin
gle, and as I walked through a well
t lighted street I came to a shop where
a sign in front advertised husbands
for sale. Thinking it curious. I cu
t "red, and ranged along the wall on
either side were men with prices
t affixed to them-such beautiful men
-some for one thousand dollars, sonime
for five hundred dollars, and so on to
C one hundred and fifty dollars. And,
as I had not that amount, I could not
Spurchase."
Thinking to console her. B. placed
his arm lovingly around her, and
e asked:
"And did you see any men like me
I there?"
"Oh, yes," she replied, "lots like
yvol: they were tied up like asparagus,
and sold for ten cents per bunch."
Bundy got up, and went to ask his
e lawyer if he had sufficient ground for
a divorce.'
e Women and Opera Olas·es.
Two women drop in at the matinee.
Coming in that way they are without
glasses.
"Shall we take one of these theater
d glasses, dear?"
"Yes; drop a dime in and the thing
r olpens. Have you the change?"
t "No, I only have five cents."
"Well, I have flve-that makes it."
Then the two dear creatures drop
two five cent pieces into the slot, and
6s when it does not work are amazed
and indignant. Usher is summoned,
e who vainly tries to explain, and there
is a pretty exciting time until the
man drops in a ten-cent piece from
his own pocket and procures for them
the glasses. I believe, however, that
to this day they have an idea that
there is some sort of swindling in the
.. odd little apparatus attached to the
k ater chairs.
A Revolutionary Boldier's Children.
There are now living in this State
five children of Colonel Gassaway
r Watkins, who served as an oMicer of
ei the Maryland line throughout the
d revolutionary war. They are John
S. Watkins, who represented HIoward
t County in the Maryland Senate,
" notably in 1861 during the session at
Frederick: Mrs. Caroline Watkins.
r. widow: Mrs. Margiret Gassaway
r. Wartleld, widow of Albert G. War.
c- field; Mrs. Albina Clarke, widow of
toWilliam Clarke, all of Howard Coun
ir tv.y, andMrs. Priscilla 'Kenly, wife of
u George T. Kenly. of Baltimore city.
d They are all hale and hearty and can
un recount many interesting reminis
d, cences of the revolutionary war as
or told to them by their heroic father,
id who lived to see all his children
re grown.-Baltimore Sun.
- Eleeotrltty Not Dangerous.
e The figures recently published by
Sthe city of Boston show how unfair
e this cry has been and the fact that
o the trolley is not half so black as it
o is painted, for in one year the West
I End electric cars carrie<l 119.000,000
Speople, Which is many more than all
or the railroad lines in and out of Bos
ton carry. In one year the number
ut of deaths on suburban railways was
n twenty. In the same Jast live peo
d, ple were killed by horsecars in Pos
- tro, and only three as a result of ac
e cide-ts by electric cars.
The Parent Rock.
ou Granite is the lowest rock in the
he earth's crust It is the bed rock of
th the world. It shows no evidence of
a animal or vegetable life, .It is froz
t Iwo to ten times as tk as the
" united thicknesses of ill the other
Srocks. It is the parent rock frog
nl which all other rocks have been
n- either directly or indirectly derived.
Ig A.M havin( tlired happily to6gther
a. ifor more than thbgg years, a New 1rtk
gt we.4Tary it cqe aple o ~
3M1IRROR SPEECH. hei
pati
NEW MENTAL MALADY WIIIC feet
ATTACKS SOME PEOPLE tem
whi<
A Chicago Society Woman's Afflic- take
tion-Similar Cases Noted Else- its
where--People Who Talk, See - Frei
and Write Backward. Fpee
fact
SSTRIKING and severe case
of the mental malady called it
"mirror speech" has been on
noted by a brain epecinlist, that
says the Chicago Times-Herald. This Thi.
disorder, which has only just been call
named, and only recently discovered and
to be a disease at all, had attacked in fat
its most persistent form a woman in not
the doctor's clientele. who
Thepatientisa decidedly well-known fort
and popular society leader on the south or
side. She is a nervous and delicate pli
little woman, and has for some witp
years been under the casual care of ext]
her physician. During the fall she
was stricken with a severe case of any
brain fever and prostration,fromu which plal
she had apparently thoroughly recov- eom
ered at least a month ago. While con- a st
valescent her family and immediate the:
friends noticed that her speech, when. On
ever she was permitted to talk, was The
strangely incoherent and meaningless. ice
They attributed the fault to her weak an,
physical condition. In the courre of bot
a few days it grew perceptibly worse, on
and the physician's attention was called qu
to it. Her speech now became utterly q
wild and beyond comprehension. She tiP
spoke no particular words, but seemed cl
simply to articulate empty and non- pre
connected syllables. Thephysicianpro- out
nounced it to be a case of "mirror at 1
speech," an odd affection of the brain, to
in which there occurs a complete re
versal of the. order of syllables in a Sei
sentence, just as the order of a series the
of objects from right to left is reversed but
by reflection in a mirror. bri
This curious brain trouble is far
more prevalent and 'widespread than al
is evident to a casual observer. Al- Si
though there are few cases in which it pri
becomes a persistent malady cf some thi
days' duration, it lasts generally but a exý
few hours, sometimes but part of an al
hour, and most frequently for a few dli
moments, days apart. It is due either Di
to extreme mental exhaustion or un
due mental excitement. It always
takes the form of the perversien or
the syllables of a word. ,Some minds hit
are particularly more susceptible to it tio
than others, and women rather than otl
men are subject to it. It is a daily ofu
recurrence in listening to the ordinary £,U
remarks of an extremely tired woman fo
to note how frequently she makes in- o
comprehensible utterances, totally un
known to herself. She thinks the cor
rect thought in her brain, she knows
what she wants to say, but her tongue
refuses to pronounce the words in the
ordinary intelligent order.
This same perversion occurs in the
utterances of a self conscious orator
making his maiden speech, and is
sometimes far more pitiful than curl
ous, when he struggles on, uncon
r scions of the ridiculous impression
which he is making.
Mirror speech is an abnormality
which is exactly similar in principal
t to the so-called ''mirror writing." h
The latter is a pathological symptom, at
'r which manifests itself in the penman
ship of the patient, who is unable to m
g write from loft to right, but only from
right to left, forming the letters andI
sentences backward.
" In the case of a boy recently noted
p in North Adams, Mass., afflicted with
d perverted vision, the malady was per
d manent. It was impossible to teach w
i, him otherwise. His right hand was w
e guided over a line of copy in theo
e proper manner, but the moment his le
u hand is released he instantly.changes
a the pencil to his left hand and com- CE
Lt mences to write in the mirror fashion. t
t A peculiar feature of the case is that
c he has no difficulty in reading the i
handwriting of others, although some
specialists pronounce his mslady to
be one of the optic nerve only.
Cases of mirror writing have bn ni
frequent, but the first case of genuine p
chronic mirror speech was discovered h
only three months ago by a certain
SDr. Doyen.of Paris. He was the first Ia
d rather to establish'the phenomenon as d
an aettal mental disease. ti
The discovery occurred in an opera- a
tion performed on a young girl twelve tj
years old, .who had been trepanned v
Y successfully, to relieve a severe cere- q
bral abscess after inflammation of the li
ear. For some time after the opera
Stion aphasia, or inability to express d
ideas in spoken language, was persist- S
Seat. However, gradually as her health r
grew better the patient began to utter b
Ssounds, which, although they were i
uttered oleagly and were perfectly
" articulated, nevertheless were totally I t
Sincomprehensible. For example, some (
of her utterances were similar to the a
following: "En-list do me to; me let ' b
y lone-a; kind-an how."It
ir She would ejaculate this and simi- c
at lar phrases with great emphasis, and
it was totally unaware of her incoher- a
st ency. The inability of her attendant A
o0 and her friends to understand her t
ll conversation made he extremely an- t
- gry. She attributed their amazing
r lack of comprehension to stupidity, i
and tried to awaken their dormant c
faconlties by repeating over and over
. again with injured vehemence her
e jargon.
Finally it occurred to one to take
down in writing the syllables and
phrases which she uttered. This was d
be done, whop, by this means, an unu: a
of sual discovery was made which formed a
of the key to the problem. The patient a
Swas uttering her sentences backward, t
be as well as changing the order oT syl- a
er lables in a word, and always with a a
so striking regulrity is misplaced or- I
en der sad in form. The a~pparently s
4. manoiagleas utteranre quoted above, t
when.transp e mesa L'IDo listen )o I
me; k~ me alone; ho akiad.4"
Thi striking ~bormality lasted c
fTour of hveweloksrhes the ICSa 1
I ~,~hblds'etoua--)t im ~ 1S
their proper places. No sign of a re
lapse has since been apparent, and the
patient has remained in a state of per
fect mental health. It was a case of HE
temporary aberration, thousands of
which had occurred, but none had
taken notice of its cause, or analyzed Th
its. symptoms. It remained for the
French physician to make "mirror
speech" as a disesse an established
fact.
Faith in liuman Nature.
It is rather :.urprising to find right
on Park Row, New York City, a cafe
that trusts its customers perfectly.
This place has probably 300 regular
callers. It is open day and night,
and is run on a system of implicit
faith in the honesty of man. While
not a place strictly high-class, it offers
what might be called a very "com
fortable" meal, with trimmings before
or after. Altogether, it is simply a
plain place for an every-day man,
with occasionally a little something
exira on the bill of fare equaling
anything in the city. This, of course,
can be said of hundreds of similar
places; but the system of payment is
something novel. The proprietor,
a stout German, boasts no cashier; as
there is very little cash to take in.
On the cigar counter is a day book.
The customer comes in, goes to the
ice chest in the corner, if he wishes,, sm
and takes a quiet nip out of a black
bottle. Then he orders what he wants he
on the bill of fare. It is served
quickly and neatly. He then counts
up his own indebtedness and puts it
opposite his name in the book, in- wi
eluding the "nip," or a cigar, if he
prefers that. He then walks serenely wi
out, knowing no proprietor is glaring
at him and no cashier yelling for him
to come back and make the cash
register good. This sort of child-like mi
simplhoity in running a business in 10
the very heart of a city filled with
bunkoers, green goods men and gold
bricks without number, is said to be
a winning venture. The customers
invariably settle weekly, Friday and to
SSaturday being pay days, and the pro
prietor says he has yet to lose a bill
through deliberate fraud. A little m
experience with a man like that is
almost enough to renew one's confi
dence in human nature.-Pittsburg
r Dispatch.
8 lluman Nature at Weddiung. YE
After all a wedding brings out more
human nature than any other func
tion and the commonts,.cynical and
a otherwise, that fill a sacred edifice on
such occasion would, if collected,
z prove an attractive form of reading A
I for the happy couple after the honey
moon.
Last Wednesday night while the te
a joyous ceremony was being celebrated p
e it was ray pleasure togathdt theseitems
of interest to the contracting parties:
S "Yes, indeed, she is at least two
years older than he is, and they say
lit's her first offer ;" this from a simper- h
ing spinster.
"He's awfully good-looking and
rich, even if no one knows how he
made his money," commented the girl
in the ermine tippet.
"'Well, they say her fortune isn't
a half as large as it is popularly sup
, posed to be, and that she is very un- t
happy at home, and glad to get away a
1 at any price," volunteered the young I
Z married woman who evidently knew
S".aere she comes, and she looks
pretty enough to eat, though I don't
see why, with such large feet, she
didn't have her dress a little longer,"
was the critical verdict of a damsel
, with an unsurpassed record of 103
weddings last year. t
During the ceremony there was a
1o temporary lull, though there were at
least ten maidens in my vicinity who
could have given the bridesmaids tips
as to the correct way to walk and how to
throw back the bride's veil and other
be important matters.--Washington Star.
to ullnting With Roman Candles.
Without any doubt Sam Wheeler
an and Bill Sampson, of Gulf Summit,
ne Penn., are are the most expert coon
ed hunters between Susquehanna and
in Port Jervis. The other night they
st started to try a new method. The
as dogs soon raised a coon, chasing it
Sthrough a dark and rough ravine and
:a up a rocky spur. Sam and Bill had a
ye tiresome walk hefore they came up 4
ed with the dogs, fhich were barking
requder a large tree. A torch was
he lighted as Sam fired at what he sup
a- posed was a coon, but nothing came
s. down. Then Bill tried the new plan.
st- Saml had no faith in it. As he was
th ridiculing his partner's scheme a great
er ball of fire from a roman candle ilulam
re inated space.
ly I Ball after ball wa shot up into the
ly tree. The third hit a coon square in
e the back. The animal's fur caught
he fire as the coon fell down through the
et branches of the tree. A second later
Sthoe flames were smothered and the
i- coon was killed by the dogs.
nd Bi ill caught sight of another coon
ariband put a bullet through his head.
u{Another candle was lighted, and the
ier third coon was sighted. Bill had by
in- this time become expert, and the coon
ug lost his hold and fell among the weait
tvj ijing do.s. The same night six more
t i coons were bagged by the same pro.
rer Iceass.--New York Press.
ier __ -
ke e Floating Stone of Korea.
ad The floating stone is one of the voa
as ders of Korea that travelers have
in- suoken so mw and often abdut. The
led stone is of great bulk, and shaped like
mt an irregular tube. To all appesranes
d, tLoe stone is *esting on the ground,
yl- and is p~itrectly free from support on
a a any side, If two men, standingat op
or- posite ends of it, hold eh the oppo
tly site ends of a thread they will be able
re, to pass the thread under, the tbane
)o without encontering any obstela.
The natives canaider Qe degatgtoie
ed od i41. greatest weadeas * the
Ira land, jpa havee reeted a a iats
BUDGiET OF IFUN.
HUMOROUS SKETCHES FROM e
VARIOUS SOURCES.
The Thorn-A social Lion-His De" '
sire-A Natural Inference--&.
Theory-The Bird Move
ment, Etc., Eta, O
When two soft arms encircle
In affectionate embrace
A fellow's neck and two brown eyeo
Look up into his face
With glances full of meaningr,
And the touch of two wee hands
Smooth out dull care's furrows,
It's then Dan Cupid's bands d
Are spliced into his heartstrings
And he thanks his lucky star
That she'd vouchsafed such happiness
That naught on earth can mar,
Dut, ah, the sad reaction,
And bitter thoughts set free, P
When the sealskin sacque's delivered h
With a bill stamped ". . 0. D."
-Somerville Journal.
A NATURAL DIPFIENC.
Sue-"Yes, Bob and I have benl
thrown together a good deal, latel"
Sarah-"Biding a tandem now, are
you?" b
DANGEBROU.
"My physician tells me I must stop
smoking so many cigars."
"Afraid you will get the cabbage
heart?"-Life.
ERn TUPWAID LIGHT. e
Hewitt-"I hear your servant left
without giving you any notice."
Jewett-"Yes; she lighted the Are
with kerosene."-Twinkles.
HIs VIEw.
Leisurely Lafferty-w"I see Bill got >
six months at hard labo4 Wot's haid
labor?"
Restful Ragson-"Anf'Ykid."
HIS DoRmK.
Old Flint (savagely) : "So you want
to become my son-fn-law.young man?"
Young Swift (promptly): "No; I
merely want to marryyour daughter."
-Pack.
i- -
A soCALt LION.
"Yes, sir," said tlM man in eelt 711,
"time was when I was admitted to the
very best houses."
"And what brought you here?',
"They caught me'conling out."
POND nIIOLLEOTIOS.
i, Brown-"Jones doesn't forget his
g Alma Mater."
r- Robinson-"He doesn't, eh?"
Brown-"No, indeedl He's trying
ae to teach his baby the college yell."-
d Puck.
DEY WIT.
Blynkins--"That feliow De Soaquae
0 says some very dry things, doesn't
he?"
d Wynkins-"Yes, I've beard him say
'Don't care if I do' repeatedly."
rl Baltimore News.
A THEORY.
p- Mrs. Mater-"I wonder what makes
n- that dog so afraid of me? He always
iy aots as if he thought I was going to
kg half kill him."
iw Little Daughter-"I deaos '" sees
you 'pankin' me. "-New YotW eekly.
t Tn HORSE AND TL wasIr.
"After all, there's a close aanty be
el tween the bicycle and the horse."
"How so "|
3 "I saw a red-headed bloeoner girl
to-day, and there were thrdn W'lhtº
at bicycles directly behindher."-'trth.
SaVEZsmIG TEs esA, rMEIs
to The stranger entered and lid. his
Le ecard on Mr. Oawker's desk.
r. The pasteboard bore the imsorip.
tion; "Mr. John Smith."
"The name is familiar," said Mr.
Osawker, as he looked up; "bat I can't
ir remember your face."--Pck.
y "Hello i" exclaimed Tommy; "there
e goes one of them horseless carriages."
it "Where?"shouted Aunt Maria, rd
ud ing to the window.
ia "Why, right 'cross the way, aunty;
up don't you see. that it is drawn by
ag males?"-Boston Tranesript.
ras -
P- THE BIRD MOVEMENT.
o Mrs. Gazzam--"Isn't it strange that
n. Americans should be importing birds
Sfrom England?"
t Mr. Gaszzam--"Who says we do?"
m- Mrs. Gazzasm--"lhe paper to-day
he says that 5000 eagles were taken from
Sthe Bank of England and shipped over
Sto America"-Twinkles.
er A SMALr, nmErWo.
he President (New York Rapid Transit
Commission)-"The attendanee to-day
on is very small."
a. Secretary--"All the members are
he here, sir, excepting the six who weru
by blown up this week in pavement ex
on plosions, the four who were killed by
it- electric light wires, the ten who werue
sie mashed up on the elevated railroad
o' and the half a dozen who were ru
over in Broadway."-New TorI
Weekly.
* A CoaEsIDlET onnasa,
ae ""Well, why didn't you: asest e
Sman?" asked Squire, is the.onstabl,
k eame into the oee alone.
"I-I didn't like to doit eC seonant
of his family," amid the ogeer, stad
a img on one toot with the other ores
"What! You are getting a little t
le 4ouaidertte for this busiaeen"
e duJot whet yo uat it,. bt .
o eow that when l1weaarftw M L,
ote J11mm, hIs dagbtue r ts o d .t
~ ~ .-'4 -
A Folsom (Cal.) sawmill If ran bJ
electricity.
Experts4ay that id its deepest parts ,
the ocean's waters are so dense that a
sunken ironclad would never reach -
the bottom.
An image impressed upon the retina
of the eye remains there an apprecia
ble time.- This is the reason why a
torch swung rapidly seems to be a
cironular flame. .
On the novel railway proposed for
the Hoohatanuffen, in the Austrian
Alps, the ar is to be drawn up the
track by captive balloon, and will .
descend on releasingsa small part of
the gas.
A soientist who has investtgated the
matter states that men who are em
ployed in the Paris sewers are as
heay as the average person, and no
otheF 800 men in that.city are so ;ee
from zymotic diseases.
Library students in Paris wear
"muzzles" when perusing old books
in the National Library, "not because
there is fear that they will bite the
old volumes, but to pt vent the in
halation of the book microbes into
their lungs."
A newly discovered constituent of
the blooh as been reported by Dr.
Muller, of Vienns. It is in the form
of partiales, resembling fat globules,
to which has- been given the name of
haemokocia, or blood duet. "The 3arg
eat are 1-25,000 of an inch in diameter,
In the construction of vessels a
Brooklyn man has a noew device, oon
sisting of placing a number of keels
on the bottom of the boat and placing
-., chambers between;, them, having
detracted downwardly opening
mouths sad means ,for supplying the
chamber-with air as desird.
The Council of the Royal Colonietal "
Institute have seth a memorial urging
the British Goveriment to take early..
steps for. the unification of time at sea.
The memorialists say that the question
is the simple one of the desirability of
advancing astronomical time by twela
hours, as to harmonise with oivil
time, foY nautical time has in geneta;
practice long been assimilated to civil .*
time.
One of the most pertinent state*. .
ments in the last report of the United
States geological survey is that the
total value of the mineral produluo
the United States for the fear 1095
increased nearly $100,000,000 beyond -
the value of 1894, or from $527,144,
881 to $622,687,688. This valge is .
only slightly less than theogrestest
value ever .recorded, which was over
$848,000,000 in 1892.
lichm-es of the Paestiets.
Oneofthe penalti's of grstnest l
to be nicknamed. emt-athe Presidents
of "thepe United Sts4tq" have not es
oaped this penalty,. The oew York
Press gives some of the wvty titles
applied to our chief magistrates:
Washington was 'Father of His
Oduntry," "American Fablne," th"
"Cineomnastu of the West,' "The. AtK
lasof Aserica," "Lovely Oeorgis,"
'~gP' at the Forest," "Deliverer of
M Ab e," ., "Stepfather of His Coun
.try," sd ,'"Savior of His Country."
Adams ias the "Colossus of Inde.
pendence.."
Jefferson was the "sage of Monti-.
cello."
'~4ng Tom" Madison was "The
Father of the constitution."
' was the "Last OGofe4 .sh "
b ,i; Adam. the "04 Man
1 Jaksn w4-oof - "O.ld Hick
o cry," "Big Kniltbes l _ Knife '
the "Heroofee Orlac n ". H 0 '0 ia r "
and "Old Hero."
Van 3arem Ws the "Uttle )Mag
iden," ithe "Wisrd of -btdehsiookh
 "Follower in the Footlteps," "Whisk
Van," "King MsMrtin the First,
"Sweet Little Fellow," "Polithcal
Grimalkin," and "Weasel." -
W. H. Hirrison was "i'ippeoaoet
"Old Tip," and theW ,Wash of
the West,"
Tyler was "Young Hiokory," iad
"Accidental President."
Polk also "Young Hiekory;" was
the sobriquet used to .resret the
Jacksonia element
Taylor was "01d Bough and-eady,"
"Old Buena Vista," apd "Old EAoh."
Fillmore was the "Amereoan Loii "
Philippi."
Pierce was "'Purse."
Bauchanan wa's "Old Pablio PFco
tionary," the "Bachelor President,"
nd "Old Bouck."
Lincoln was the '"ail Splitter,"
"Honest Old Abe," "Unole Abe,"
"Massa LinknIm," nd "PF ihtbr Abr
ham."
Johnson was "Sir .Veto."
SGrantn was "Unhonditioal4 ren- .
der," "Old' Three Stars," 'e of
Appomsttoz," and the "Ameriba C.
l Hyels was the ~Preident o Faoto,"
• nmne given .him thby DeeCoorak,
Osdeld wasthe " 2r Prxeident."
Arthur was "Oar t" and the
'"inrt Gentemais in t ae.sd"
SOlevelan4 is the "Man 41 Destiny."
y Harrison is "Backbone Ben" and
e "Grandfather'Is Hat."
SBaby Wetighed Less Than a Pound.
STo Mrs. Isadore Kingstou, of Olear
field, Pean., a baby has been born.
which weighed one om less than one
Spound. Mr,. tinguton had prqpare.
* olothing ftor the expected stra,.aer,
10 rbtwhd it arrived it was so tin?
a its sister's doll rothbiagh.d to
at be sed. ' These ware a good it.
-+. A orade ewp made frrol . .,i.
• -* '-.;J';king o f the wheel. -l 6 s
_lc' ti a+.ht,e'y1 ciuOrirte eoar w',
eraid a s-o" .... lkI. dt,,i aa! r bbl
- Mr. and M-r. Ei"gste • . of m c ,a "
<e, si. s, and th. - other s.- b$--.e.-'e ,s
is from being. midgete. pM
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