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VOL. X, LAKE PROVIDENCE, EAST CARROLL PARISH, LA., SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 1898. NO. 31.
A SONG OF AUTUMN.
Ho for the bending sheaves, - Bright 'neath the morning blue
Ho for the crimson leaves Sparkles the frosted dow,
Flaming in splendor! Gem-like and starry.
Reason of ripened gold, Hart how the partridge cock
Plenty In crib and fold, Pipes to his scattered flock,
Skies and depth untold, MiLndful how swift the hawk
Liquid and tender. Darts on his quarryl
Far, like the smile of God, Autumn is here again
See how the goldenrod Banners on hill and plain
Ripples and tosses! Blazing and flying.
Yonder, a crimson vine Hail to the amber morn,
Trails from a bearded pin% Hail to the heapt-up corn,
Thin as a thread of wine Hail to the hunter's horn,
Staining the mosses. Swelling and dying!
--aes Buckham, in "The Heart of Life."
A WEDDING RECEPTION
fly HELEN FORREIST GRAVES.
-UST what I ex
. *She was sitting
out on the bal
Scony, where the
- - mignonnete and
asters were all a
blaze of vivid
color, to enjoy
the sunset; but she didn't enjoy it
any more, after Muriade Vail had
told her the news. There was a band
playing in the little park, whose green
grass and sparkling fountain formed
such a pretty picture, but she did not
hear its music any longer.
"Married!" said Miss Delavigue,
lifting her hands and drawing a sepul
chral sigh--"married! Does the
whole world think, and dream, and
trouble itself abo-,t nothing else?"
"I'm very eorry, aunt," said Muri
"No, you are not," interrupted Miss
Delavigue. "Don't begin, at this late
day, to tell me falsehoods."
"I don't mean that I'm sorry be
cause I've promised to marry Tom,"
said Muriade, with a bright spot on
each cheek, "because that would be a
falsehood. No, indeed, I'm not sorry;
but I mean I'm vexed to disappoint
Muriade was a dark, Spanish-eyed
girl, with brows like two perfect
arches; a red, cherry-cleft mouth, and
the most roguish of dints, scarcely
large enough to be dignified with the
name of dimple, that came and went
in a capricious fashion in her chin.
She stood, with folded hands and
head slightly drooped, before the
prim, elderly lady, whose black silk
dress resolved itself into such perfect
folds, and whose iron-gray curls hung
so precisely on either side of her face.
"Didn't I take you when you were
seven years old, and bring you up as
a young lady should be brought up?"
sadly demanded Miss Delavigue.
"And haven't I had you ejdacated
at Mademoiselle Melisse's, with extra
piano lessons, and your voice culti
vated at two dollars a lesson?" went
on the old lady.
"Yes, aunt," confessed Muriade.
"And," severely went on the cate
chist, "just as you were getting to be
a real companion for me in my advanc
ing years, you forget all this, and run
off with-Tom Whitworth."
"I haven't run off with him, aunt!"
lashed out Muriade, scarcely knowing
whether to laugh or cry.
"But you would if you couldn't
wring a consent from me. You know
you would," said Miss Delavigue.
"You'd scramble down a ladder, or
climb out of a fourth-story window."
"I love him, aunt," said Muriade,
earnestly; "and he loves me."
"Rubbish!" said Aunt Delavigue,
with an energy which nearly tipped
her eye-glasses from her Roman nose.
"You mean that he loves your expecta
tions. He loves the idea of inheriting
my money and this brown-stone house,
and all the shares in the Mexican sil
ver mines. That's the beginning and
the end of it!"
"Never, aunt!" cried poor Muriade.
"That's well," grimly pronounced
Miss Delavigue; "because I've my
own. ideas on the subject. I don't
know that I'm at all too old to marry
"Aunt!" exclaimed Muriade, in sur
"Why not?" said Miss Delavigue.
"I suppose there can be old fools as
well as young ones."
"But," pleaded Muriade, "are you
"Why shouldn't I be in earnest?"
"Aunt," burst out Muriade, "is it
Major Larkington? Is it? Oh, I
know it is! And oh, aunt, dear, I do
so hope you will be happyl And Ma
jor Larkington is perfeetly splendid,
since he got his falseteeth, only, aunt,
those tedious stories of his about the
war in Florida-won't you get tired of
them, if you're obliged to hear them
'-sdateavigue looked in some per
plexity at her niece. She had s~up
roed that this hint would have filled
uriade with dismay and disappoint
meat; but on the contrary that young
lady appeared to accept the idea as the
met natural thing in the world. And
Tom Whitworth, chancing, entirely by
scident, of course, to eome in just
aboeut thattime, coincidedin Mariade's
view of birs entirely.
"The Jolliest thing I ever heard of,"
declared Tom, who w a fair-com
pluienosed youag Saon, with urlyyel
low loeks, a blonde moastaehe and su
perb teeth-which latter was a for
tnt besnee Tom
* regular middle-aged romarne'
"I dare sq ea td Miss Delraigue,
. ....43.1j wato uyto
"Dear me!" said Tom, lifting his
blonde brows. "It was Muriada I
wanted, not your money, Miss Dela
vigue. Of course. if you chose to
leave it to us, after you had done with
it, it would have been very acceptable.
Ready cash always comes handy.
Now, you know that, Muriade, as well
as I do," in response to a warning
gesture from his fiancee.
"Oh, Tom, you are such a bungler!"
said Muriade, half laughing, half cry
"'Well, perhaps I am," confessed
Tom. "But I want Miss Delavigue
to understand the whole thing. The
money is hers, and we don't grudge it
to her. And we're ready to work for
our own, aren't we, Muriade? I'm
not rich, but my office brings me a
thousand dollars a year, and we're
both going to economize like every
thing-aren't we, Muriade? And Ma
jor Larkington's a brick, and we hope
you'll be happy, exactly as we're going
And Tom Whitworth squeezed Miss
Delavigue's hand until the old lady
cried out for mercy.
"And now, aunt," said Muriade,
radiantly, "when is the wedding to
be? And why haven't you said any
thing about it before?"
Miss Delavigue hesitated a little.
She blushed. Apparently she did not
know what to say on the spur of the
"Well," she faltered, "Major Lar
kingtou did say something about the
twentieth of December."
"Christmas-time!" exclaimed Mu
riade. "Oh, Tom, how perfectly de
lightful! Couldn't we manage to have
our wedding at the same time?"
"No," said Tom, stoutly. "We
must be married on the first of De
cember. You said we should, Mu
riade, and you mustn't go back of
"But, Tom, it would only be three
"Three weeks or three days,"
stoudly maintained Tom Whitworth,
"you promised me, and I can't let you
"Well, then, you obstinate fellow,"
said Muriade, "we can be back from
our trip just in time to dance at Aunt
"Agreed!" said Tom, looking very
Apparently the young couple were
in no wise discomfited at the idea of
going to housekeeping on a capital of
love, and love alone.
Tom Whitworth began to look dili
gently around among dim old auction
rooms and musty second-hand stores,
to find something astoundingly cheap
and delightfully comfortable, where
with to garnish the small cottage
which he had decided to take a little
,out of town, so as to economize in
And Muriade joined acooking class,
made herself a bib-apron, and began
to come down into Miss Delavigue's
kitchen to experiment in pies and
puddings, dainty little tea-biscuit, and
salad which might have tempted an
anchorite to break his vows.
And she studied up the question of
polishing brasses, cleaning plate
glass, mending china, and darning
table 1 pen with notable earnestness.
And she was more affectionate than
ever with her aunt.
"Because," she told Tom, "there
is something so pathetic about Aunt
Delavigue's happiness, coming so
strangely in the autumn of her life.
And Pm afraid, Tom-now don't tell
anybody-that Major Larkington is
only going to marry her for her money.
For he is certainly ten years younger
than she is, and he has only come from
Philadelphia once to see her since the
"Love is like the measles," said
Tom, philosophically. "Every one
has it a different way."
While Miss Delavigne, who had
been judge and jury all by herself, at
least rendered the verdict to a public
consisting of herself, alone.
"They love each other, after all.
My money had nothing to do with it.
Tom loves Muriade, and Muriade has
not eeased to love her old aunt, now
that she no longer believes herself to
be an heiress. There is such a thing
at honor, and truth, and real affection
in the world, after all."
The grst of December came, and
Miss Delavigae gave Muriade the
prettiest of weddings, under a mar
riage bell of white rose-buds and ami
laz,,with an artistic little dejeuner,and
the bride went away in a dove-eolored
silk dress, with daisies in her hat.
"Bu]t, sant," she said, "it's so
strange that Major Larkington isn't
"He eouldn't come," said Miss
Delarigue. '"Hlbe on bued on the
twentieth. Iep toud and Tom get
beck in tise!"
"Ohrel sr todo that" dsala
& , y bs svra50a Ihak
you thank the major for the dear little
pearl locket that he sent me."
The twentieth of December came;
so did Mr. and Mrs. Tom Whitworth,
fresh from the icy spray. of Niagara
Miss Delavigne's parlors were once
more decorated with the choicest hot
house flowers, while Souberetti's men
were arranging the supper-table. The
old lady herself, in pearls, point lace,
and the palest of lavender silks, stood
in the middle of the room, receiving
her guests. Major Larkington him
self was there, looking very stiff and
military, and an old-young lady in a
dress exactly of the same pattern of
"You are late, Tom and Muriade,"
said the hostess, beamingly. "The
marriageceremony was performed half
an hour ago. The major thought he
would rather have it over before the
guests began to arrive. Stop! Don't
congratulate me! I'm not the bride.
This," introducing the old-young lady
with the profusion of curls, and the
slight soupcon of powder on her cheek
bones, "is Mrs. Major Larkington,
and my old schoolmate, Helena Dove,
who has given me great pleasure by
accepting my hospitality on this occa
"Delighted. I am sure!" stam
mered Tom, staring with all his eyes.
"Many congratulations!" faltered
Muriade, scarcely less amazed.
And then they took advantage of a
stream of newcomers, who monopolized
the bridal pair and taxed Miss Dela
vigue with her duplicity.
"Sold," said Tom, succinctly, "com
"Aunt, how could you deceive us
so?" said Muriade.
"I didn't deceive you," said Miss
Delavigue, laughing. "I said there
could be old fools as well as young
ones, and I say so still. And you
yourself mentioned Major Larkington!
I didn't feel myself called upon to go
into any disclaimers, although 1 knew
then that he was engaged to Helena
Dove; and the only point I gained was
the certainty that my dear niece and
nephew were not heartless fortune
seekers, but loved me just as well as
if they believed themselves my heirs,
as well as the conviction that Tom
Whitworth loved Muriade just because
she was Muriade, and not the rich old
woman's only relation."
Miss Delavigue made her will the
next day, and she left all her money
to Muriade and Tom, because she was
easy in her mind at last.
"It was a regular conspiracy," she
said; "but it revealed to me exactly
what I wanted to know."-Saturday
A Magnetle Island.
The stories of magnetic mountains
that exert an attraction that cannot be,
withstood on all vessels that come into
their vicinity have someifoundation in
reality, and that, too, in the neighbor
hood of Germany. The well known
island of Bornholm, situated in the
Baltic, and belonging to Denmark,
may be regarded as a huge magnet.
Although the power of this magnet is
not so great that it can draw the nails
out of ships, as was told of the island
in the "Arabian Nights,"'the magnet
ism of the rocks on the island of Born
holm can cause a good deal of trouble
to ships in quite another way. It ex
erts such an influence on the magnetic
needle that it can cause a vessel to
turn perceptibly' aside from her course.
This is quite poslible, as the effect of
this magnetic island is perceptible at
a distance of nine' and a half miles.
Food and Poison Combined.
One of the most deadly poisons and
a common article of food are combined
in a single plant. This is tapioca, a
South American)shrub that grows to a
height of six orfeight feet. The root,
as well as the 'food, of the plant se
cretes an acrid milky juice so toxio
that it kills in a very few minutes.
This quality is eliminated by heat, and
that which in a raw state is so deadly
is thereby converted into a nourishing
and agreeable aliment. The root is
grated into pulp and subjected to
great pressure, which extracts all the
poisonous juice. It is then heated on
metal plates, which transforms it into
the tapioca of commerce. It is to be
hoped that this information may not
disturb the equanimity of consumers
of tapioca. The process employed in
its conversion from a poisonous plant
into a substance entirely innocuous is
Woes of a Court PhysicLan.
Being physician to an Asiatic ruler
carries a good salary with it, but it
has its disadvantages. News comes
from Persia of the death of Sir Joseph
Tholozon, physician to the Shah. For
thirty years Sir Joseph was the physi
cian and trusted confident of the Shah
Kasr-ed-Din. When that ruler died
and his son, the present Shah, asend
ed the throne, Sir Joseph wrote to a
friend in Paris saying that he was go
ing to resign his post, as he was afraid
of his life.
It would appear that his fears were
only too well founded. Sir Joseph
was acquainted with many of the
secrets of the court, and his death was
desired on that aocount by the new
Shah. His predecessor at the Persian
court is said to have been done away
with for the same reasons.
Mow ashmnos Are Mea.'
The eurions way in which the most
serious catastrophes are reflected in
the world of frivolity sets one to won.
dering whether anything is really sa
ous or really frivolous. The shook
ing 6oloeaust of the charity basr in
Paris is having a pereeptible intuence
on tfashion there, not by making it les
thought of, but by starting aew a
vogae of black and white. Persons
who have lost no relative or. intimate
friend by the secident nevertheles
adopt this fashion, yonag mena wear'
jug hiaok kwase and youan wonmm
FIELDS OF ADVENTURE.
THRILLING INCIDENTS AND DARING
DEEDS ON LAND AND SEA.
A Thrilling Experience of the New York
Fire Patrol at a Cellar Fire-Narrow
Escape From Plunging Over a High
]Precipice-Fight With a Big Eagle.
Charles T. Hill, who has been writ
ing a series of articles on the New
York Fire Department for St. Nicholas,
brings the series to an end with a
paper on "The Fire Patrol." Mr. Hill
tells the following story:
An incident that occurred at a severe
fire in a big business house some two
years ago will give an idea of what the
members of these protective depart
ments have to face at times in order to
save property. The fire broke out
about midnight in the basement of an
immense fireproof building on Greene
street, extending a whole block from
West Fourth street to Washington
place. When the firemen arrived, half
the basement, or practically half the
block, was in flames, but on account
of the fireproof construction of the
building the fire was confined to the
basement part. The fire was burning
so fiercely that the shutters of the
basement windows were almost red
hot and the dead-lights over the side
walk were so heated that the tar
around the glass was bubbling and
running in streams across the walk to
the gutter. The construction of the
building was very substantial, and it
was almost impossible for the firemen
to make an entrance; indeed, the
windows and dead-lights had to be
broken in before they could secure
access to the building and get to work.
The basement was occupied by a
straw-hat manufacturer, and the cap
tain of No. 2 Fire Patrol (one of the
first companies to arrive) felt sure
there must be a sub-cellar stored with
a most perishable stock. How to
reach it before the firemen began to
throw water upon the fire was the
question. It seemed well nigh impos
sible to get into the basement through
the regular entrances, and to venture
in while the fire was raging as it was
seemed almost foolhardy, but he de
termined to reach the cellar at any
cost and find out what it contained.
After considerable effort he succeeded
in making an entrance on the north
side of the building (the main body of
fire was on the south end), and grop
ing his way through the smoke and
darkness, lantern in hand, he found
himself in the basement. The heat
was intense and the air stifling. Ahead
of him in the corner of the basement
he could see the flames rolling about,
crackling and roaring as they devoured
case after case of goods. Peering
through the thick atmosphere it was
some time before he could discover
anything that looked like the entrance
to the cellar; but finally he spied a
door about midway in the basement
that he felt sure must lead to the sub
cellar. It was dangerously near the
roaring furnace ahead of him, and he
thought to himself: "Can I reach that
and get into the cellar and back again
before the fire cuts me off?" He made
up his mind at least to make the effort.
So he walked cautiously across the
basement floor toward the door, keep
ing his eye on the fire all the time. It
grew hotter and hotter as he advanced,
and the perspiration was pouring from
his face in great beads, and he was al
most suffocated when his hand finally
rested on the knob of the door. He
opened it and stepped inside. What
a relief! The tranformation was al
most marvelous, for the change from
the heated atmosphere of the basement
to the cool air of the cellar was like
stepping out of a red-hot oven into an
He descended the cellar stairs rap
idly, and holding his lantern aloft,
looked about him. It was as he had
suspected. The cellar was filled with
immense cases of straw hats, and, al
though, owing to the fire-proof floor,
the fire probably could not descend,
when the many streams got to work
the damage by water won ld be enor
He hastily ascended; peering cau
tiously out of the door, he found the
fire had not advanced any further. He
then made his way quickly through
the dense smoke to the street.
He reported to the Superintendent
of the Patrol, who had arrived by this
time, the fact that he had been in the
basement and his discovery in the cel
lar, and told him he could do a great
deal of good if he could only take the
men down, and cover up the stock.
The superintendent was at first loth to
let him go, for the situation looked too
dangerous, but finally he gave permis
sion and the captain gathered his pa
trolmen about himun, and armed with
covers they followed him to the sub
cellar to "cover-up."
By this time the companies that had
responded to the second and third
alarms sent out were at work, as well
as the companies that had been or
dered into the basement; and the air
in the cellar was not as pleasant as
when the captain had first descended.
The fire had began to "settle," and
the sub-ellar was filled with a thick,
murky smoke, while a constant, scald
ing drip was falling from the ceiling.
In this dim, stifling atmosphere the
patrolmen went to work with a will,
spreading their waterproof covers over
case after case of valuable stock, while
overhead they could hear the roaring
and eraokling of the flames, the
splashing of the many streams as they
were dashed about, and now and then
a dull crash as some heavy piece of
masonry was crumbled away by the
heat. These were conditions under
.hich few men would care to labor,
and yet the members of the Patrol
were working energetically, scarcely
giving a thought to the danger that
hang above them.
At any moment the fire ragingin the
basement over their heads might get
beyond the eontrol of the fremen bat
t~as whh M. and, sprei~·asq aotr
all means of escape, or the steel and
iron structure of the building, warped
and twisted by the dreadful heat it
was being subjected to, might give way
and send floor after floor loaded with
heavy merchandise crashing down up
on them. This and a hundred other
possibilities menaced them while they
labored in the murky cellar; and when
the work was done 101 covers had
been spread and property valued at
over a hundred thousand dollars had
been saved from destruction.
When No. 2 Patrol returned to quar
ters the next morning (for it was near
ly morning before they were through),
there was scarcely a member whose
neck, hands and wrists were notscald
ed and blistered to a painful degree,
for they had worked during nine
hours in a veritable shower bath of
boiling water, from which there was
Escaped a Dreadful Death.
William H. Hill, of Ossawatomie,
Kaneas, has had an adventure in the
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
which deserves to take high rank in
the annals of narrow escapes. He
had descended the canyon to Bed
Rock, below Point Lookout. He was
still 1500 feet above the bottom of the
great chasm. Below him an almost
precipitous slope ran down hundreds
of feet to the top of an absolutely per
pendicular wall about twice as high as
the Masonic Temple.
Mr. Hill lost his footing and plunged
downward along the steep slope. He
knew what was below him. The speed
with which he approached destruction
was rapidly accelerating and a grow
ing avalanche was accompanying him.
With a desparate effort he flung him
self upon his back and dug his heels
and elbows into the earth. It seemed
to him that he slid for miles, but he
was not going as fast as at the begin
ning. Stones that he had started
raced on ahead of him; he dug his
heels and his elbows in harder. And
at last he stopped with something that
felt like solid rock under his feet.
For some minutes he lay perfectly
still, not daring to move. Then slow
ly he raised his head.
He was on the brink of the preci
pice, 600 feet high. The little ledge
under his feet was actually projecting
over the edge.
A rescue party, almost an hour lat
er, found him sitting there. He was
practically unhurt.-Chicago News.
Fight With a Big Eagle.
Taylor Hoffman, of Jersey City,
came down to the pine woods at At
lantic County on a gunning expedition
a few days ago. He has had tolerably
good luck, but ran plump into an ex
perience yesterday which paid him for
all the time spent in looking for game.
Hoffman had- put in a hard day of
tramping, and by the end of the after
noon was pretty well fagged out, as
was his dog. The weather was warm
and the shade of the woods grateful,so
Hoffman stretched himself out beneath
a tree for a goodrest. His dog dropped
down close to him. Hoffman fell into
a doze, but was soon awakened by a
fierce commotion, in which canine
howls were uttermost. As he jumped
up he beheld his dog in fierce combat
with an immense bald eagle, and the
beast was getting the worst of it. Hoff
man was afraid to use his gun because
of the chances of killing his dog, so he
got a club and sailed in.
The bird of freedom quickly turned
upon its new foe and fought as only
eagles can flght.. Hoffman found him
self in a sorry predicament,rfor he was
no match for the big bjyd. So close
was the fighting that he could not use
the club to advantage, and the eagle
had the sagacity to fly high enough to
escape the dog, all the while using its
great ugly talons and beak with fierce
strength. At length Hoffman fell ex
hausted, and his dog, with renewed
strength, returned to the encounter.
Weakened by the contest, the eagle
took itself off and disappeared. Hoff
man was cut and bruised in many
places, but was not seriously injured.
Saved by an Explosion.
James Horan, a rancher living on
the Ceur d'Alene reservation in Idaho,
met with a little accident recently
which nearly resulted in the loss of his
hfe. The story is told by Mr. Xoran,
whose veracity cannot be questioned,
"My house is a small building, ten
by twelve, and nine feet high, with a
wing kitchen coming down to seven
feet at the eaves. I had just started a
fire to get my dinner, and had gone
for a bucket of water, some 800 yards
from the house, when upon my return
I saw the roof of the kitchen enveloped
in a sheet of flame. I attempted to
save the house by getting upon the
roof of the kitchen with an ax, for the
purpose of cutting the kitchen roof
from the roof of the main building. I
stepped by the sto epipe and fell
through to my armpits, and wasu an
able to move up or down, with that
flsame of fire and smoke about me. In
a few seconds it would have 'fixed' me
had it not been at that instant that a
five-pound can of powder had ignited
and puffaed meout onto a soft gardea
bed I had made the day before. The
fire burned my overalls off me sad one
of my shoes, bat the fall from the top
of the building to the garden bed did
not hurt me at all."-Spokane 8pokes
* f- %.
Floating islands are not uo m
may be generally supposed. Ti s d
largely a matter of locality,. ad the
one sighted three times in 1805 in the
North Atlantic Ocea was net ael an
unuusaa occurrenee bnataso of peuliaw
Sseientitic interest. "-On ibe tfree ia
stances the island wasm-a, it was
imovingtoward the Aores at the rate
of about a mile an heor. Its etemt
was ueurly-800 feet "dak way, Mad i
contained muek fmbtt et asy
of the teams uake
SOMEWHAT SUPPERY STUFF.
Dig Industry In Gatihering ark IFem a
Certain Kind of Elat.
Slippery elm bark is widely used in
medicine to-day. Long ago, when
doctors thought water, when drank
clear, was certain death to a person
with fever, slippery elm came to the
rescue of sauffering thousands, and
when it was put in the water the pa
tient was allowed to drink it. As the
years went on, and the doctors grew
in wisdom, new uses were found for
slippery elm bark. There are big
factories in which this bark is pulver
ized, and it is prescribed by physicians
and sold by druggists for various uses.
Sometimes it is for a poultice for some
inflamed and irritated place. Again
it may be used when there is internal
irritation, to soothe and allay the suf
fering. Its uses are legion, and for
years the frugal people who live in
rural districts of the East have had
lucrative employment in gathering this
In later years the Eastern supply
has grown so short that the manufao
turers have had to cast about for new
forests, and have turned to the South
for their supply. Accordingly, last
spring, Allen Asher, of Memphis, re
ceived an inquiry from an Eastern
house wanting from 100,000 to 200,
000 pounds of the bark. This was
last April. Mr. Asher inserted an ad
vertisement in the papers inquiring
where and in what quantities the bark
could be found here. There were
hundreds of responses, and a thriving
little industry has been established.
Mr. Asher tells the story of the bark
in this manner:
"After looking into the matter care
fully I found that there was any quan
tity of this bark to be had in this sec
tion. In Mississippi, Arkansas, Ten
nessee and Alabama I found, by ad
vertising, that this bark was very
plentiful, mostly on ridges contiguous
to rivers, creeks or bodies of water, and
I immediately corresponded with sev
eral hundred persons who had an
swered my advertisement, telling
them I wanted the bark in large quan
tities, and endeavored to secure all
this bark I possibly could. The mill
which wants it desired to get from
100,000 to 200,000 pounds annually.
This, of course, is a large quantity of
the bark, owing to the shape in which
it is desired, and the fact that, when
dry, it is not nearly so heavy as when
stripped from the tree.
"If the people would pay particular
attention to gathering thisbark for the
market, it is so easily gathered, and
requires so little work, that it would
be quite remunerative, especially as
it can be gathered from the time the
sap rises until the fall. It is not neo
essary to cut down or kill the trees
It is better to not cut them down no)
kill them. If enough bark is left, the
parts stripped will be covered thieke
and better in time. All that the mit
requires is that the outside, or rougi
part, of the bark, be taken off clean t
the white part of the bark; then, the
the bark be thoroughly dried, ant
while drying protected from the
weather. If it is left out in the
weather, so the rains and dews fall os
it, it will mildew and become disool.
ored. When protected from the
weather,and thoroughly dry,itis almost
perfectly white; After the rough part
of the bark is taken of, it can be
stripped from the trees in any widtb
and in pieces from three to twelve
feet long, and then doubled over itsell
three to three and a half feet long be.
fore drying, so that, when dry. it can
be made into nice shipping bundles
easy to handle in transit.
"I don't think the people realise
how much could be made in this man
ner by men and children engaged in
farming, and it is really an extra duty
and can be performed when the crope
are laid by or when the weather is too
wet to plow or do other field work, or
at any spare time. The frsigal East
ern people have been gathering it for
years to supply the increasing demand
of manufaoturers and druggists.
"We pay 3j cents for the dry bark.
So far most of our supply has come
from Northern Alabama, Crittenden
County, Arkansas, and along the line
of the Illinois Central Railway as far
down as Grenada, Miss., but we could
handle many times what we now get,
and would be glad if greater numbers
of people would become interested is
this industry. Many might And il
more profitable than ootton.-Mem~
phis Commercial Appeal.
We have frequently insisted upos
;he necessity for absolute elealiness,
n favor of which too much cannot be
said. Cleanliness cotera a large per
of sanitary labor. Cleanliens that bis
purity of air, eleanliaes tat s pl rits
of water, eleaulines in sad about the
house, of the person, of dres, of food
and feeding, in work, in hsbits of in
dividual man and woman, lenliness
of life and oonversastion, puity t lIfe,
temperance-and by the letter we
mean moderation-all the.. ae In
man's power. The deal ant a
woman will, all thi bela sa be
the healthy one. Moder hs ig
of bacteria has mn a emiss ti
petas to elemnmes i- aiese.,
surgeons now dinlete tba instra
meats more cartaelly ha evew, a am
•ot to have them erry I thlem to
their pataIets.-New York LeIWW.
Te Bassste dal,
It i.sid thi t a the epth ewnrm
-sea-k wst C ang y ostwei
ago, withaloos l s le. it a
pkae mthat the Elb earnisd n value
ble freight of gold ad silver, m~r of
it in bullioswhile ashe alo had o.
beord 0ooo reg.red Weis. The
Americea Wrecking and Salvage Co.
pany will make the attempt to raise
the stauem , and alqhough she lie i.
sai;tu fathkmas of water, thre t lit.
ti. doat that these efodri ijfl mes
BABY HEIRESS. -
Dorothy Waters Create to Iaherit a
Dorothy Waters Creede is the little
girl to whom N. C. Creede, the famous
Colorado prospector, left his fortune of
half a million dollars. Mr. Creede
adopted Dorothy when a mere babe
and became pasisonately fond of the
winsome child. Dorothy is not to re
main in undisturbed possession of the
fortune, for the widow of Creede has
signified her intention of fighting for
a big share of the estate of her dead
Awkward young dramatist (to man
ager)-Might I ask how my three-act
drama Is coming on, sir? Has it been
accepted? "The three members of the
reading committee have read it and
think it will do with one act cut out."
"I am glad to hear it Is no worse, sir."
"But," continued the manager, "unfort
unately, each one wants to strike out a
different act."--Flegende Blatter.
The red-faced youngster had co
sented to become the new office boy.
"I'll give you $4 per week," said the
great and eminent lawyer, as he looked
at the successful applicant in a be.
nignant and nladulgent way. "Bay,
boss," responded the youngster, "why
don'tcher say $4 a week. Per sounds
as though I wouldn't get it."-New
England owns a little Island made
entirely of chalk. It doesn't amount to
much in a commercial point of view,
but the power that attempts to wi it
ef the map will get into trouble. -
Oompressed air is coming into'ge.
mral use as a motive power.
onasas : 8ly : Saml
IW OTM & ,mII)IFI
connecting at Memphis witS
trains of the Illinois Cen
tral asilroad for
Cairo, St. Louis, Chicago, Cin
making direct oonnecious with through
trains for all points
NORTH, EAST AID WEST,
including Buffalo, Pittsburg, Olve
land, Boston, New York, Philadelpis,
Baltimore, Richmond, St. Paul, Min
nespolis, Omaha, Kansas City, Hot
8prings, Ark., and Denver. Close
connection at Chiogo witb Central
Mimissippi Valley Boute, Solid Fast
Veetibaled Daily Trains for
DUBUqUE. SIOUX FALLS, SKOUX CITY,
and the West. Particulars of agents
of the Y. & M. V. and connecting lines
Wx. Muanaz, Div. Pea. Adg,
Jnxo. . Soorvr, Div.. Pa: Agt.,
A.H H u. nso, G. P. A.,
W. A. uro , A, A. G. P. A,
North and South.
ed aDa poants in Teiss a the slat
Doub.a Daly Trias
- lorse Co etyians.
Throegh Pullan Piaae leepera
between ew Orl eans ad Memphis.
lema City, St. Lomis ad Chie-ge
withouat oange, arking direst ounnse.
ione with first-clas liSe to all points
The great stel bridge spanning the
Ohbs river at Oairo completed, and all
trains (freight and passenger) now run
salg regularly ever 4thns avoMi ties
delays and annoayanesincidentto tram
for by ferry beat. -
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