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VOL. X, LAKE PROVIDENCE, EAST CARROLL PARISH, LA., SATURDAY, JULY 17, 1897. NO. 5.
CHAITER X VI-Continued.
"I suppose that is a rebuke to me,"
Margaret made answer to the Doctor.
Y*ou see, I am alwa3 a ready to improve
everything and everybody but myself."
"Which I.eede improving sadly," in
teroosed Brian, entering at sths mo
mlent. "I hgve a scolding for you, Mar
garet. I thought-"
"I know," answered Margaret, rather
contritely. "I am really very sorry.
Doctor Wilson has excused me, and I
have promised to do better for the fu
ture. So no more, please."
"No more. That is always your cry
when you need a lecture. I see you and
Wilson are friends already. I thought
you would be. Effects of kindred tastes.
Where did you walk this afternoon? To
the end of creation?"
"Oh o. Only within the bounds of
New Y5rk. I was not gone so very long,
really; but I decided to go so late
"Another inopportune do3isicn. I won
der when you are half way to heaven it
you wor'.t turn back and try the other
place, just to differ from the rest of the
world. Wilson. behold the very incar
nation of self-will. Leaving out this
little failing, she deserves Bertie's eulo
gies, and I am wonderfully proud of
"Very consoling. I thank you, sir.
For reward I'll give you your-dinner. I
dare say you are ready for it."
"Decidedly, Margaret. I had a
wretched lunch and my appetite is now
In prime condition. I wish Wilson would
make a like admission just to keep me in
countenance. I don't expect much from
you. Shall we progress'"
"I have been telling Mrs. Leigh how
-much I admire your charming home,"
remarked Wilson when they were com
fortaly seated about the table. "I
have always had a prejudice against
apartments, but this one has thoroughly
"I like them," said Brian, following
Wilson's glance around the room.
"Much more cozy than a house. This
(,ne was my choice, though Margaret
gave me the cue. I must let her have
the credit for all these fixings, however.
This room was much more empty when'
we first moved in; now it seems real'
homelike. It is astonishing what a
woman's hands can do."
"Astonishing," repeated Wilson, mus
ingly. "Leon't make me bewail my lone
ly estate more deeply. I beg of you.
Think how these delightful rooms com
pare with my dull quarters. No wonder
yorf don't care to show yourself there.
"ou are such a stranger that I was won
dering to-day what yo; do with your
"What?" repetoed Margaret in her
own mind, while she gave l:rian a rather
Ile pretended not to see it, however.
Oh, I'm around generally," he an
swered rather unsatisfactorily. "I don't
find any difficulty in occupying my time.
I'll run in upon you some night. Though
while Margaet is here- "
"You will be taking her about a great
deal, of course. Under those circum
stances don't consider me. I hope you
like sight-seeing, Mrs. Leigh. Other
wise you must find it extremely tire
some. Or perhaps you are one of those
fortunate individuals whose endurance
is always equal to the emergency."
"Endurance," repeated Margaret,
statting from her train of thought. "Do
you know, Doctor, I thank endurance is
nothing more than determ'natlon or
will. It is with me, at least. If I make
up my mind to bear a thing I always
bear it, and if I don't, I don't. You
seem amused, Brian, but I'm sure you
can say the same thing if you would.
When I was a child I used to pinch my
arm to see how long I .could stand the
pain without crying, but a reproving
tap from my old nurse sent me into
spasms of weeping. That was all will,
"All will," repeat,1. Brian. "I thank
you for telling us, Margaret. 1 canll
imagine how you tried that poor old
nurse. What are you intending to illus
"Simply tihat our wills have everything
to do with our feelings. Dr. Wilson
wants to know if I lind sight-seeing
tiresome. I ai afraid I do. But I like
it, and so 1 quite forg't that the hard
pavements tire my feet most dreadfully,
ant that when I ride I'mn jostled almost
to dea'lt. i ally, Locto.', you may say
what you please about your wonderful
city, but I think its streets are an ever
lasting disgrace to any civilized town."
"I have nothing to say in their de
fense," admitted the DIoctor, with a
laIgh. "They are bad. Does your idea
of endurance extend to social duties
"Yes, certainly. Why should they be
called duties, I wondert I have a special
distaste for that word. It carries with
it the sense of obligation, and obllga
ti!on is always d:sagreeable."
"Alwa's?" questioned Wilson, rather
quizzically. "I dare say you are right,
though. Duty can be most unpleasant.
We are queerly oonstituted at beet."
"I think we are rdther natural," added
Margaret. '"It in't to be expleeted that
we women should like to do what we
feel we ought; Just put must beore a
request and4t grows disagreeable im
modiately for me. I m5ght go to a ball
L and dance all night with .raging head
acre, but I wouldn't think of going to
church, in the~osame condltiop. I'd be
much too ill I'm givini. you adreadful
example, am I not? Well, I can only
advise you tb doneithorasI say nor as I
I always thought you religious, M]r
S"You have never thought anything of
the kind," retrned Margaret. meetlng
Brlan's misohlevous eyes. "Why should
you thipk so?Simply beoause I'm a
woman. Whaf reason. I believe tie
w-rid does think religion was made for
wospen rather than men, though it is the
- M who realy need it. Poor women!
- -(re btiged to walt stiff and
mu"'alr hatntto, eD
and they mustn'tdo the other, until they
are so encompassed by a wall of musts
and mustn'ts that I wonder they have
any individuality left."
"Thank heaven you haven't lost your
individuality yet, Margaret. Wilson, you
were regretting your lonely estate
awhile ago; after listening to such re
marks from the mouth of one woman,
beware of all others and rejoice at your
"Come, Doctor," said Margaret, be
fore Wilson could reply, "we will go to
the parlor, and I promise to be very
quiet and sedate for the rest of the even
ing. No doubt, you will find Brian's
conversation much more instructive and
When Wilson had taken his departure
an hour or so later, Margaret turned to
Brian with the remark:
"I am so glad you brought him, Brian.
I like him so much."
"Then I don't believe I'll bring him
again. I'm jealous of him. But, seri
ously, Margaret, he is quite a fine fel
low. I wish I were half as fine. You
should have heard the nice things he
said about you. He is very anxious
that you should see more of New York,
and he mentioned several places that I
had for often about. He says you would
like to see them, and so you shah. I've
left you very much alone lately, but I
intend to be more attentive hereafter."
He lnew that Margaret was pleased,
from th - happy light that stole into her
"I believe that I shall be glad of the
day I met Doctor Wilson, " thought Mar
garet, as she crept into bed an hour
A LIFTING OF THE CLOCD+.
To Brian, the knowledge that Mar
garet had not lost all feeling for him,
and that her faith in him was strong,
notwithstanding his many falls,
brought new strength and courage.
With the rower of strong determina
tion he seemed to be gaining a victory
over that old habit. Not an entire one,
of course. Margaret could not expect
so much. Sometimes a friend could
lure him away, but this was seldom,
and never since their talk in her room
had he lost the entire command of him
Under these circumstances Margaret
felt her heart considerably lightened.
She could look forward more hopefully
to the future, and her letters took on
something of her own cheerful spirit.
Brian could not fail to see the change.
and it was equally apparent to Wilson,
in his few brief visits. He only dropped
in upon rare occasions now, seldom
stayed long, and always claimed that he
was too busy even to find time to see
"I suppose we must accept your ex
cuses, Doctor, ' Margaret replied one
evening to his usual plea. "Can't you
teach your patients sor'e idea of the fit
nes3 of things? Why should they all
get sick together? I think a few might
wait until the others are well."
"So they might, Mrs. Leigh, if they
could see the matter from your point of
view. Unfortunately, however, illness,
like time and tide, waits for no man.
We have had a very trying winter, and
pneumonia is very prevalent. That has
added considerably to my labors. I con
fess I am thoroughly tired out when
night comes, and only too glad to creep
"And sleep in tie comfortable sense
that your rest is Well earned."
"Yes," he laughed, "though that is no I
proof against its being broken. The
only time my profession brings a regret
is when I hear my night bell jingling
and I am called from a delightful
"Just as I've always said," observed
Brian. with a side glance at Margaret.
"A doctor's life is all work and no
"And you like the play best; don't
you?" she rejoined, quickly. "Still, play
or not, Brian, it is a very noble profes
sion, and when I was a child I always
declared I should be a doctor's wife."
'There was a decideJ question in the
eyes she fixed upon him.
"Poor hMargaret," he replied,,joining
in Wilson's laugh. "What a miserable
concern 3on managed to get. Only the
beginning of one."
"Don't be so generous with your sym
cathy, please. A beginning is better
than nothing. An acorn is only the be
ginning of an oak, but we don't despise
the acorn because it is not an oak
Wilson, as well as Brian, caught the
delicate emphas!s on the yet, and he
answered with a half smile:
"Brian will become an honored mem
ber of the profession before his days are
cnded. I predict that, Mrs. Leigh."
"Ah. I have quite decided it," re
turned Margal et promptly. "Brian
knows that a3 well as I do. I
eouldn t have all my childish calcula
tion4 upset. I used to think Uncle
Stephen the very personification of all
things goodt and noble, anld I wondered
then if his son were anything like him.
You see I had not met Brian."
"And now, Margaret, that you have
Brian came behind her chair" with
this question. She glanced back at him
"I never form an opinion of a book
after reading only its first page. I must
go deeper to see if it will realize or dis
appoint my expectations. Besides, I
don't air my views in public. Speaking
ot views," she continued more lightly.
"I have some I want to show you, Doc
tor. You must promise to think them
very beautiful. or I shall be disap
pointed. Brian, will you get them,
At this request Brian got out a small
follo of wood cuts and pen pictures of
var4ous scenes about Elmwood and the
surrounding country. They were all
excellent, and Wils. n's apprecilation was
was warm enough to satisfy even Mar
"Do you wonder' that I am proud of
2tmwood?" she asked, alter an ai
mated description of several of Its onbst
points "Do you wonder that Ibllouid
love it so dearly? My wonder is that
"Brla~ doesn't case for it as I degtor he
was born there. [ think he has thd
least bit of fondness for a Bohemian ex
Istence. I an sorry for him, because I
do think it a most unsatisfactory soeart of
life. I agree with George Eliot that
we all should have one home spot that
shatl stand clearly out in.-memory, and
to whlah ourne minds sad hearts may al
ways reurn, so matter how far we may
ha~u wiid erett r no. t," ft
she added, taking up another pietura In
some haste, "is a side view of The Cedars,
Colonel Barton's home. Brian and I
were speaking of Bertie when you came
in. He has finished his book and the
publishers predict a great success for it."
"Yes, I read it in the manuscript some
time ago. I thought It excellent. Bertie i
is full of p'uck and deserves success,
By the way, I met him to-day. He was
in cheerful spirits. He tells me he has
a charming wife. Ytu know her, of
course, Mrs. Leigh,"
"Almost like a sister, I may say. I
hear from her quite frequently. She
writes very delightful letters. She is
constantly expressing the fear that I
shall become so infatuated with New (
York and its pleasures that I shall for
get what she calls their rural delights. a
I try to convince her that there is no t
danger of that."
"No. I fear you are too firm in your g
opinions ever to be converted, no matter 81
how earnestly we may try." s
As he spoke, Wilson left the table and k
drew a chair close beside her, and Brian 1i
busied himself in gathering up the
scattered pictures. h
"I acknowledge that I like your city t
the least bit better than I did," ad
mitted Margaret, "but further than that
I can not go. I torgot to tell you that B'
I saw your little cripple to-day. I d
should think she was very ill."
"Her life is a matter of but a few r
weeks at most," was his answer. "I n
thank you for your interest In her."
"Please don't thank me. I'm won
derfully self-satisfied, and I may begin c
to think I've done something meritori- P
ous. Brian, do come from behind my e
chair. You make me think of Satan. tl
Get in front of me, please." p
"Thanks for your compliment. You: b
candor is really lefreshing. I want to
hear about. the new unfortunate. I
guessed from your face at dinner that
you had been on some errand of mercy. "
"I am sorry my face can not keep a
secret better. Don't persuade Dr. Wil- r
son that I am an indefatigable St. Eliz- a
abeth, ever bent on chasitable missions, p
when I am merely a young woman who
wants-who doesn't quite know what
"Doesn't she? I thihk she succeeds
very well in getting It. If you will
play St. Elizabeth, I suppose no words t
of mine will have any effect. I can F
only mildly hope that you will not quite t
kill yourself. But seriously, I do not d
like to think of you going around hi all t
sorts of neighborhoods and meeting all
kinds of characters. Of course, wher
ever Wilson recommends, is all right.
Don't go entirely on your own judg- i
ment, though. I shudder at the s
[To 8 CONrTINCBo.
His Weight in Gold. . I
The ancient annual ceremony of a
"Talabbaram," or weighing the c
Maharajah of Travancore against an t
equivalent weight of gold, has come a
round again. It appears to have t
been conducted this year with great a
pomp and ceremony, for the present a
Maharajah is a hindu of the ortho- a
dox type, who aspires to keep up the a
traditions of his house. Some months v
before the ceremony the Government a
purchased through its commercial r
agent at Alleppey about two thou- a
sands' weight of pure gold. the great- ii
er part of which was converted into t
coins for this purpose. After pre- t
senting an elephant and offerings to a
the shrine, the Maharajah entered a
the building prepared for the occa- I
sion, and having completed the pre
liminary ceremonies, mounted one of v
the scales. The sword and shield r
were laid in his lap; in the other side t
of the scale gold coins. struck for the r
occasion, were placed by the first and a
second princes, till it touched the
ground and the Maharajah rose in. r
the air, the priest meanwhile chant- r
ing Wedic hymns. Volleys were k
fired, the band played, and the troops a
presented arms. The Maharajah
worshiped at the shrine, and then a
went 'to the palace. Subsequently i
the Dewan and other officials distrib- f
uted the coins from the fort gates to a
fifteen tlpusand Brahmins. n
Care of the Eyes During Early Life. 5
Dr. L. Webster Fox (Medical and
Surgical Reporter) formulates ten k
rules on the preservation of the vis- t
ion: I. Do not allow light to fall
upon the face of a sleeping infant.
2. Do not allow babies to gaze at a
bright light. 3. Do not send chil
dren to school before the age of ten.
4. )Do not allow childrene to keep b
their eyes too long on a near object.
5. Do not allow them to study much
bIy artificial light. 6i. Do not' allow
them to use books with small type.
7. Do not allow them to read in a
railway carriage. 8. I)o not allow
boys to smoke tobacco, especially
cigarettes. 9. Do not necessarily
ascribe headaches to indigestion; the
eyes may be the exciting cause. 10.
Do not allow the initerant spectacle B
vender to prescrite glasses.
For the Complexion.
Ten to fifteen grains of magnesia
sulph. taken in a tumblerful of water
every morning before breakfast willU
cause the most unsightly complexion
to become clear in a short time.
Generally, a pouth sufices for a com
plete cure, the skin having all the i
softness and clearness of a baby's.
The application of a solution of mag
nesia sulph, externally is said to be
very beneflcial also--say, one grain to
the ounce of rosewater, applied every
night and morning by means of a bit
of soft sponge or linen cloth. It is
said that blush-of-roses, a South
Bend nostrum, is only a weak solu
tion of magnesia sulph. in water.
There is nothing to compare with I
a tincture or a strong infusion of cap
sicum annuum, mixed with an equal
bulk of mucilage or gum arabic, and
with the addition of a few drops of
glycerine. This should be paintel4
all over the bruised surface with aI
camel's hair pencil, and allowed to I
dry on, a recond or third coating be
lag hpplled as soon as the first is dry.
1, done as sop as' soon as the injury
is inflicted, thl treatment will invari- I
ably prevent the blackening of the I
bruised tipsue. The sime remedy hasa
uo equal in rheumatic, sore or stif
aosekqL'- ical Tiea I
HOW A COUNTRY DOCTOR CO0 pr
M3UNICATES WITHi PATIENTS. as
through Winged Messenger the Phy. in
sician Has Quick News From w
the Most Distant of lix
His Sick. Ti
R. CHARLES L. LANG, of lei
Meriden, N. Y., has set the in
pace for all other practition- no
era by establishing a carrier sal
pigeon service between his patients blI
and himself. There is nothing in ma- let
teria medics, to be sure, which sug- ve
gests this method of practice, but it is ab
such a novelty in its way and it proves re]
so successful, that once generally an
known it is bound to prove very popu- an
Every man who is a physician and be
has a practice that takes him about in yo
the country districts to any great ex- sai
tent knows how hard it is to keep him- me
self thoroughly posted as to the con- ha
dition of his far away patients. ex
The city physician's clientele as a pr
rule is more compactly located, there ful
not being the opportunity for him to an
practice in so large a territoir as his eli
country brother. Now the country up
physician practires over an immense acl
extent of territory, intinitely greater me
than nine out of ten of even his own ha
patients think. He is quite likely to in
have two patients critically ill, each in
patient between twelve miles apart and the
each living a like distance from the tol
doctor's own home. Easily it will be wI
seen that paying daily calls and keep- the
ing posted with sick persons scattered to
about like that becomes almost an im- me
These conditions confronted Dr. no
Lang for many a long year, and he the
cudgeled his brain to some purpose in pe
finding a way to help himself and at be
the same time prove a benefit to his en
patients. The homing pigeon solved we
the problem. In other words, the Et
doctor is the producer, the pigeon is sci
the middle-man and the patient the pr
consunrer-of medicine. In this par- in!
ticular instance, however, the middle- vi
man benefits both producer and con- of
sumer, a state of aftairs as singular as wi
Dr. Lang's project. fe
'There is nothing difficult about it at de:
all. The method of procedure is this:
In the first place, the doctor keeps in
mind constantly the patients whose
conditions he is very anxious to be
thoroughly posted upon. Then he an
sends to each of these one or more-of an
the carrier pigeons, according to the h0
severity of the case and the necessity te
of frequent communication. The
nurse, or some member of the family bn
of the person who is ill, has blanks be
which the doctor has left and these sec
must be filled in with a detailed me
record of time, pulse, temperature i1o
and respiration. A blank filled, it is cel
inclosed in an aluminum capsule made
to clasp on the leg. This done, the of
bird is released and at once speeds on
away to the home of the waiting phy- pe
sician, at the rate of a mile a minute.
In this connection it is well to remem- thi
ber that while to the uninitiated the tr(
wcrds "carrier pigeon" include all aw
pigeons that carry messages, in reality "w
they do not mean that. The homing th<
pigijon is the carrier pigeon trained to in
actual, solid, hard work. pr
When the pigeon of the medica sh
reaches his destination, Dr. Lang's el(
residence, he flies to the loft which `9
has been prepared for him and his re
comrades. In order to gain this loft, p1
however, he must pass through what lit
are called bolting wires. These open uE
inward into an enclosure about two af
feet square. Here the prisoner is held lit
until the doctor or some one desig- th
nated to perform the service removes tr'
the message. The pigeon then is free
and flies into the loft. th
In this way Dr. Lang is enabled to as
keep thoroughly in touch with his pa- fel
tients at a distance with about ope- is
fifth the amount of travel he would s
have to endure under other circum. "
stances. Not only that but he is really in
much better posted, because it would i
often happen that he would altogether de
be unable to pay visits to all the pa. oi
tients he should, and so, perhaps, miss
seeing a sick person just at the" time he
when he most needed to hear from CO
him, at least. Under the system he
has devised, he can goaway from home
to visit patients and feel sure that
when he returns reports will be await- ey
ing him for others. Should these re- in
ports tell him that a call from him is so
an absolute necessity, why then he o
goes, and that is all there is of it. e
On the contrary, however, he very ey
frequently learns from these reports
by pigeons that.a visit from him on a G4
certain day to the patient would have se
been wholly unnecessary and have sim- wl
ply wasted his time. Thereby, the wi
doctor has saved the time and trouble sc
of a long and tedious journey and at
the same time knows just how the per- H
son is whom he would have gone to see ti
if it had not been for his pigeons. The II
doctor says too, that more than once oi
the life of a patient has been saved by ti
a sudden communication to him via w
pigeon post--New York Pres. o
Qaceer Conduct of a Tree. di
An unusual incident occurred in *
the timber near Fossil, Oregon, the
other day. Beaber and French sawed a
through a ttAe mesauring thirteen w
feet in oircumference, and though
they sawed until the teeth of the saw
came through on the opposite side,
though the tree top-was free from all fc
support, though they pried and n
chopped and wondered and talked, P'
still that tree stood there, and still the C
saw remained pinched in so tightly ai
that it could not 'be moved. At lat t
they were obljged to go home, lear- T
ing the tree standing on its stump.
Next day the tree was down. It had
apparently sprung or slid from the
stump, strikingperpendicularly in the l
sandy soil at first, making a hole five I B
feet deep and as far aoos.--S~pokaue 61
Espionage in Germany.
There is something specially degrad
ing about espionage, especially when
practiced by a National Government,
as it is in Germany. This wasabrought
very vividly before me by the follow
ing incident: One day there dined
with me, in a public restaurant in Ber
lin, an aged clergyman and his wife.
The former had occupied the same
pulpit for over forty years, had proved
a father to his parish, had been a
leader in manyliberal movements, and
in all ways had served his country
nobly ; while the latter had for the
same length of time been a very great
blessing to her neighborhood for many
leagues around. In the course of con
versation I asked him how he felt
about the Emperor's policy. Before
replying to me, he turned and looked
anxiously about him in all directions,
and then said: "If Fritz had lived
ten years longer things would have
been different." When I asked, "Were
you looking about for anything?" he
said: "No; but one never knows who
may be listening; and it would go
hard with me if it were known that I
expressed such opivions." To my sur
prise, I then learned that Berlin was
full of spies of all sorts, ready to catch
and report to the authorities the
slightest word reflecting unfavorably
upon the Emperor, his family, or his
actions; and that on such reports
many persons, especially young men,
had been seized by the police and kept
in prison for months-one, because,
in the beat of discussion, be had said
the Emperor was a Schafskopf (mut
ton-head). When I asked my guests
what they thought of such a system,
they looked mysterious and declined
to reply. I afterward spoke of the
matter to several persons, who,
whether from fear or conviction I can
not tell, informed me that they
thought it quite right that the Em
peror, his family and actions should
be above criticism, and that he should
enforce this rule. I learned also after
ward that the President of the Berlin
Ethical Society, a man of eminent
scientific attainments, had been im
prisoned for three months for ventur
ing, in a public address, to express
views on socialism different from those
of the Emperor, although he did so
without naming him. I could not help
feeling that the Germans were paying
dearly for their empire.--The Forum.
A French scientist has lately written
an interesting paplr on altruism in
animals, arriving at the startling con
clusion that animals are, perhaps, bet
ter Christians than men. He says:
"Animal societies are less polished,
but perhaps more humane, all things
being equal, than our own," and gives
several instances of animal species
made use of by another, and perform
ing services for the latter without re
ceiving anything in exchange.
Among others is mentioned the case
of the crocodile and the bird trochilus
on the banks of the Nile. This bird
performs two services for the crocodile.
It enters its mouth and dispatches
there the worms and leeches which
trouble the crocodiles; it flies rapidly
away, giving vent to a peculiar cry,
when the ichteumon, an enemy of
the crocodile approaches, thus appris
ing its companion of the ichneumon's
presence.. In return the crocodile
shakes its tail whenever it wishes to
closes its mouth, thus giving the bird
warning. The crocodile in no wise
recompenses, but contehts itself sim
ply with respecting the person of the
little animal. The service rendered is
unilateral. But it is easy to under
stand that by the exercise of extremely
little intelligence, if not unconsciously,
the crocodile may be led to defend its
Sometimes one animal will borrow
the services of another temporarily,
as in the case of the serpent who is
ferried across a river by a duck, or, as
is frequently seen, several animals as
sist one another in crossing streams of
water, in lifting large stones, in mov
ing the trunks of trees, in construct
ing dams, in hunting or in mutual
defense. Aphids, who have the power
of secreting an abdominal fluid of
which ants are passionately fond, are
kept by the ants in stables like milch
cows and carefully watched.
School Children's Eyes.
The results of the newly instituted
eye exarination that is in operation
in the schools 'at present bring out
some startling facts, which atrongly
suggest that the eyes of the present
century are not nearly as good as the
eyes of other days.
In an exa aj tion of the eyes in the
German schors there was found to be
seventy-five per cent. of the scholars
who wore, or absolutely needed to
wear, glasses. The Minneapolis
schools are nearly as bad.
Professor Webster, of the East Side
High, has devoted his whole time for
three dais to the eye examination.
The eyesight of about eighty per cent.
of those exumined is seriously defec
tive, and when asked if they suffered
with headache when studying, sabout
one-third of the scholars answered in
the affirmative, the headache being
due to defective eyes. The principal
said he found that the scholars of the
better families had the poorer eyes,
and that the same was true of those
who took the Latin course.
At the South Side High School the
eyes gere found to be even worse.
Professor Sawyer- said that between
forty and fltft per cent, of his scholars
needed to wear glasses, and that thirty
per cant. more were in need of medi
cal treatment. That is to say, there
are eighty per centL defective eyes in
the South tide High.e-Minneapolis
Distrlbiulon of Bibles.
In the ninety-three years since its
establishment the British and Foreign
Bible Soeiety has distributed 147,366,.
S669 Bibles, Testaments and books of
e.trastt from othe orptrume,
. BUDGET OF FUN,
IIUMIOROUS SKETCHES FRO.1
Fame-An Opportunity-The Trans.
vaal Trouble--One of Time's
Changes-Rather Spin Than
ToLl-Perfectly True, Etc.
Some men are born td" greatness, and some
the same attain;
Some have it thrust upon them, too, it's
claimed; and then, again.
Some reach the heights of greatness when
they advertise the ills
From which they've luckily escaped by
taking some one's pills.
TIIE TRANSVAAL TROUBLE.
Grace-"Harold, why did pa call
that Mr. Blowhard a liar?"
Harold--'Cos he's smaller than pa,"
A 80CEEN FOR FOOLISHNESS.
"Papa, what is fate?"
"Fate, my child, is what men call
it when they get kicked for tickling a
mule's hind leg."-Pack.
She-"Oh, Jack, here's a pearl in
He (excitedly)-" Ethel, may-may
I have it set in an engagement ring?"'
A FAMILY GROUP.
"J ack and I have made a bargain."
"What is it?"
"He says if I will take the fox terr
iers to be photographed he will take
the babies."-Chicago Record.
"Mrs. Skimmills says that her hus
band never spoke a hasty word to her
in his life," said the lady who gossipsa
"That's perfectly true,"repl ied Mts.
Cayenne. "The dear man stdrI .
RATHER SPIN THAN TOIL.
"I suppose your daughter is just
li'e mine-rather ride a wheel than
"Not exactly; but she would rather
ride a wheel than cook."-Chicago
ONE OF TIME'S CHANGES.
Edith-"I hope he didn't make a
speech when he proposed to yes."
Maud-"Why. no; he was so nerv
ous he could hardly speak."
Edith-"Poor boy I He's a bettr
lovei than when I first knew him I'
QTICKLY MADE BIRD'S NEST.
"There, Jimmie, your knuckles are
all bleeding. You've been playing
"Me play marbles? I guess not. I
got them knuckles givin' Petie Jones a
bird's nest under th' eye l"-Cleveland
"Don't you think Talkington a bril
liant conversationalist ?"
"Yes, a sort of torchlight proces
"Takes him hours to pass a given
Man-"Bridget* has had breakfast
late every day this week. Can't you
do something to get her up on time?"
Wife-"Well, there's the alarm
Man-"That doesn't always go off
lend her the baby."-Chicago Record.
Wiggins-"And you think that a
woman can never keep a secret?"
Parrott-"No, she can't."
Wiggins-"Well, I don't know just
how big a fool my wife thinks I am,
and I'll I et you're in the same fix re
garding your wife's opinions."--Puck.
TE FLIPPANT RETORT.
Collector--"l have been sent around
to see if you will pay anything on this
Socratoots--"How mouch is it?"
Collector-"It is $97."
Socratoots-"Oh I just wait a year
and it will be '98."- Pittsburg News.
HIs STOCK IN TRAD.
"Where is all that paper I left on
my desk ?" asked Wright.
"I thought it was waste paper aad
threw-it out," the girl exclaimed.
"No, it wasn't waste paper," said
the poet, sadly. "I hadn't written any
cerse onityet."-Typographical Joar
"I used ter think," remarked Mean
dering Mike, "that I wasn't popular
wlth dumb animals."
"Are ye?" inquired Plodding Pete.
"Tremendously. I met three dogs
to-day, and every one of them thought
I was nice enough to eat l"-Wauhing
The Court--"Yo have been con
ricted of perjury. What have you to
say why sentence should not be pro
nounced upon you asoording to law?"
Prisoner--"l'll tell you what I'll
do, Judge. I'm ready to take all that
testimony back, just to square thingl."
A 5razEIso LIKtExt.
'"Ainty," said Polly, ruefully rab
bing her forehead, "that big photo
graph of you is a striking liakeness,
"Do you think so, deary?"
"Yes," said Polly. "It just fell'off
the maantelpiece and hit mb on the
_"t to vre enldeus" ac M,
Clincher, as he read the statement ,o
Nis account with the family'physician.
"I don't understand it at all."
"'What don't you understand?" in
quired his wife.
"How the doctor managed to im
prove so much in his .chirography
since he wrote that last prescription."
LARGE JOB AHEAD OP HER
"Will this medicine cure anything
that ails the skin?" asked the little
"Yes, that's what they claim for it,"
replied the druggist's clerk.
"Then it's what I'm after," said the
little girl, handing over the necessary
chapge. "We've got a pet alligator at
home that has warts all over it, and I
want to -onre it."-Chieago Tribune.
"Who are these people who live
next door ?" asked the caller.
"I've forgotten their name," said
the wife of the prosperous puglist.
"They have queer ways, and they are
rather poor, but they seem to be re
spectable. The husband, I think, is
a professor in some school or other.
It takes all kinds of people to make a
Flowers Barred Out of Leaden Hosg
An edict has gone forth against the
introduction of out flowers mto the
one hundred and forty-seven public
hospitals of the British metropolis.
This may at first sight appear an arbi
trary and cruel measure.
On inquiry it is ascertained that the
objections are due mainly to the fact
that the water in which they are
placed in order to retain their fresh
ness rapidly ferments, rots and en
genders microbes, which thereupon
find among the fever stricken and,
anaemic patients of the ward a most,
favorable field for growth and props
gation. .Of course, this drawback
could be remedied by the renewal of
the water once or twice a day, and by
the refusal to permit any out flowers
to remain in a room for any longer
period than twelve hours. But ex
perience has shown that even in the
best regulated hospitals, where the
discipline is most elaborate and strict,
it is absolutely impossible to insure
the sick from the danger arising from
neglect in this matter.
Then, too, the odor of the flowers
is in manr cases deleterious to the,
sick. Not only do their various per
fumes exercise an injurious iSfluence
upon the nerves and upon the brain' -
of the patient, but also upon their
throats. According to the most emi
nent laryngologists, such as Dr.
Fanvel, the late Sir Morel Mackenzie
and others the flowers which have
the worst riputation in this respect ,t
are the violet,the rose, the heliotrope,
the gardenia and the mignonetto. Pe;
fame of these flowers produce a spe
cies of paresis of the constrictor mums
Iles of the glettes, and spasrm of the
bronchial tube.--New York Journal.
A professional nurse gives th?-fol
lowing directions for making poul
Mustard Poultice--Take of pow
dered mustard two ounces, and enough
vinegar to make it spread properly.
For persons of thin skin and for young
children, use one-third to one-half of
flour or ;Indian meal, and employing
water instead of vinegar for moisten
ing it. A mustard poultice can seldom
be endured longer than one-half hour;
indeed, there is danger in learing on
a mustard poultice to the point of blis
tering, as it may producoe a sore very
hard to heal.
Charooal--ood for all foul smell
ing and gangrenous sores: Take
bread-and-milk poultice and stir into
it as much powdered charcoal as it will
Slippery-Elm- -Slippery-elm poultice
is excellent for irritable sores when a
softening effect is desired. To make
it, take any quantity of slippery-elm
and moisten it with hot water. If a
more sadative effect is desired, one
half an ounce of laudanum may be
added to either the bread, ffxseed or
slippery alm poultice.
Flaxeeed-For painful inflammations
of all kinds, a poultice of flaxseed is
useful. Take of ground flsxseed, one
part; barley meal and water enough
to make a poultice.
Poultices should never be made un
necessarily thick or heavy, and they,
should be frequently repeated. They
ought always to be put on warm, anod
as moist as they can be made without
being so soft as to flow when ploaced
upon the skin. When they become dry
and the temperature falls, they ese do
little, if any good, and. may possibly
do more injury than saevice.
'quick anaulaeture of Paipr.
A Delaware paper manufacturing
firm recently demonstrated that a
sheet of paper can be made from a
standing tree-all in the speoe of two
hours. In a forest near the mill,three
trees were felled at 7.45 and carried
to the manufactery, where they wqre
cut into pieoes twelve inches in length,
there being at once decortiested and
split, and, thutprepared, the material
was afterward raised by an elevator
to the five defbrators of the wbrks.
Tne wood palp produced by these
machines was then put into r vat,
where it was mixed with the necessary
seoompaniments, and, this procese
fnshed, the ligquid pulp was sent to
the paper m~sebie. At 9.34 ip tL
morning the first sheet of paper wee
finished, the entire masuafaeture hav
ing thus consmed two hours, loacking
Whenee Canadians Come.
SThe new Canadian eensus shows the
eruprising fact that seventeen in ever*
1000 of the Canadian popftlation were
boan in the United States This 41
seven more in the thousand than the
number reported from all -Enrope~