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VOL. XIII. LAKE PROVIDENCE. EAST CARROLL PARISH, LA., SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1900 NO. 19.
It may have been only a cheerful word,
A grasp of the hand in meeting,
But if hope revived at the message
Or courage came from the greeting,
How fine to think of a soul waxed
Of a burden lighter growing,
Because you happened to come along
When life made Its dreariest showing!
For this Is the true good comradeship
In the life we live together,
That holds to a friend with a firmer
The rougher the way or weather;
That sings to gladden the hearts of all,
Till, with the echoes blending,
The tranquil shadows of twilight fall,
And the road has reached its ending.
o--Ripley I). Saunders, in St. Louis
A Soldier's Battle,
LY JENNY WREN.!
Wide-open, blue eyes, fringed with
Jetty lashes-a little, slender nose-a
mouth fit for Queen Titania, when
wooed by the IKng of the Fairies-a
low, white brow, on which clustered
rings of gold, in a very fascination of
disorder-a check exquisitely fair, with
the tint upon It of the seashell-two
little, soft, helpless hands-two little,
slippered feet-and you have the pic
ture before Roydon IIoward's gaze, and
the Inventory successively dotted down
by him in his mental diary.
"Awfully pretty!" was the silent
verdict rendered, "and absolutely good
for nothing else. Ah, life were all
summer, such women would make per
An audible sigh followed the latter
thought of this most grave philosopher
-a sigh so deep, so profound, that It
startled the girl from her reverie.
"A penny for your thoughts, major!"
she said, in low, musical tones.
The voice suited her; it was like all
else about Fay Richings-in perfect at
"You bid too low," answered the
man; "and yet too high, since you ask
upon a subject of whose reply you
must be conscious. You forget that,
spending the last hour in your society,
my thoughts could not wander far."
"But you sighed. Must I hold my
self responsible for the sigh, too?"
"I fear so-in remembering that my
furlough is rapidly slipping away, and
that within a month I must rejoin my
regiment on the plains, leaving my
many friends, leaving my charming
companion of. this morning. Do you
still bid a penny to inquire into a thing
so fleeting as a sigh?"
The color deepened a little on the
"His charming companion of the
morning!" This was how he regarded
her-this man whose brave deeds had
preceded him, until before meeting
him, Fay had assigned him something
akin to hero-worship.
A little, sharp stab of pain shot
through her heart, but she smiled
"All that was scarcely worth a sigh
from you," she said. "It is never those
who go amid new scenes who feel
most keenly the parting, but rather
those who, left behind, amid the old
familiar surroundings, say, 'Yesterday
he sat here,' or 'Yesterday we heard
his laugh,' or perchance find a glove
that he has dropped, or a cigar half
smoked-to them it Is something felt,
"Do you think it so? Does the sand
sigh for the retreating wave when al
ready one oncoming claims its wel
come? I should indeed be glad to feel
that Mis Fay sometimes gave me a
thought among the many new aspirants
for the hour she occasionally has be
stoWed on me. A soldier's life has
many charms, in spite of its hardships,
and there is something fascinating, In
spite of its pain, in the loneg, solitary
musilngs he holds sitting at the door of
his tent, when instead of the plain
stretching before him, he views the
mental panomma of his past. I'm afraid
mine will confine itself to one figure.
Can you guess whose, Miss Fay?"
There was an instant's pause-an In
stant when something stirred within
ioydon Howard's heart, prompting the
impulse to cry out, "Who but yours?
Make imagination reality! Come with
me! Share a soldier's life, and let our
mutual love smooth the rough places!"
But scarcely was it born, than he
strangled It. He had no reason to sup
pose that this girl cared for him; but,
even so, at best It was but a passing
Apd In time of real danger where
would she be? How would she fit him
to ride forth to meet a te? Eilther
with hysterical weeping, or a swoona~
No, no! Here under the trees, In a
ball-room, at the head of a luxurious
dinner-table, such women were charm
ing enough to turn a man's brain, but
In moments of peril, when Death, no
longer clothed in the poet's rhythm,
stalked before them, bare and ungain
ly, It was little wonder that they fled
shrieking from his grim presence.
Therefore, the pause lasted an instant
only, then Roydon answered his own
question with a laugh.
"I declare I am almost growing sen
timentaL If in anybody's presence but
yors, Miss Fay, I should epologise for
so unwonted a mood. But you are whol
ly responsible for it, and it must be
with you so old a story to inspire it
that I will not waste the words. By
the way, there Is my horse. I had no
idea it was so late. An revolr! Re
mamber, I have the first and last
'vtaees this evealaf."
The girt sat motloaless, watching ,hin
_s-he strode away-watching him vault
apons his horse, his tall, superb figure,
bawlug to umeh spleaM advantage
Wtalag the howe sad rider, a they
1qe.t at ight, the latris t wo
saw urn ii as.
out of my life," she murmured to her
self with white lips. "Oh, Roydon, is
it that you are too proud to ask me to
share the peril and privation of a sol
dier's life, or that it would give you no
pleasure to have me share it?"
"Will you go on the lake with me this
afternoon, Miss Fay?" asked Major
Howard, a week later. "It looks a
little squally, but we will keep close
in to shore, so as to run home, if the I
"Of course I will come," assented
Fay; 'and as to the clouds, don't watch
them too closely. I rather like storms."
"What a perfect picture she makes!"
thought Roydon, as promptly at the ap
pointed time, he assisted her into the
little sail-boat he had named In her
honor-the yachting dress of dark blue,
fitted closely to the exquisitely outlined
figure, and on the golden braids nestled
a coquettish sailor-hat. Fifteen min
utes later, a splendid breeze had car
ried them far out on the lake.
"The storm has concluded to postpone
itself in our special favor," said Roy
don, glancing up at the blue sky; "or
perhaps they don't thtnk soldiers
should be too severely tried, as sailors.
Which is it, Miss Fay?"
"Do you appeal to me as the spirit
of the storm cloud? If so, I shall call
upon it to avenge me."
He answered her simply by a look;
but it caused her eyes to droop.
She stretched one little, white hand
down to the water's edge, watching the
current resist it as the boat sped on
"So," he mused, "am I resisting the
voice of my heart-so must I resist to
They spoke but little. They were
alone and together-around them
water, above them the sky, beneath
them a grave. And both were young,
and in each heart the same voice was
speaking; yet their lips were sealed.
Thus an hour passed when suddenly
"What are you doing?" cried Fay, in
a tone of disappointment. "Surely
we're not going home?"'
"I wish we were already there!" he
answered with blanched cheeks, just
as a little breath of wind, fresher than
any they had felt, blew upon them.
"Don't be frightened, Miss Fay," con
tinued Roydon, reassuringly. "It's one
of these treacherous squalls. We're in 4
for it; but I'll do the best I can." 1
"Can't I help you?"
The man glanced up amazed. She I
neither cried nor groaned. There was 4
no tremor in her tone. His cheeks were
whiter than hers.
"Pshaw! she does not realize the dan
ger," he said, mentally. "Can you hold
this?" handing her a rope as he spoke.
The next moment the squall struck
them. The little yacht lay fully on its
side, then righted itself.
Fay's lips were a little pale now, but
no sound escaped them, only she had
held so tightly to the rope that it al
ready had cut into the tender flesh.
The storm was now fully upon them.
It was fierce as it was sudden. They
were drenched with water. They
could no longer see each other for the
"Fay," cried Roydon, "you are fright
"With you?" she answered. "No!"
and her tone was firmer than his.
The next moment, the boat, struck
by a sharper blast than the first, went
over. Both found themselves clinging
to its sides.
"Fay, tell me," he said, "that you
forgive me for this! Oh, must we die
when life holds so much sweetness t"
"The storm won't last long. We
may yet be saved," she answered, "but,
Roydon, if I slip, don't try to save me.
It will only lose two lives, and mine is
not worth so much as yours."
"My God! without you, what would
The words escaped him ere he real
Ized their meaning.
"Live it, then, for my sake, dear!"
replied the girl, "and remember, always
had I my choice, I would have chosen
to have dietithus with you rather than
to have lived on without you. My
The next instant the waters had
caught her, and torn her bleeding
hands, all cut by the rope, from their
alight hold; but Major Howard had
spoken words with no Idle meaning
when he had asked her what his life
would be without her.
Quick as the current, in Its angry
greed for Its beautiful prey, he threw
about her his protecting arm. Then,
as though heaven smiled, the winds
ceased as suddenly as they had risen,
and the sun burst forth from its hiding
place, showing the rescue which was
bearing down upon them.
"May I see you, if but for five min
utes?" were the words scrawled on
the card Fay held, a few hours later,
In her bandaged hands, as she lay upon
her couch, very pale and exhausted, but
with a heart full of gratitude for her
wonderful escape, awaiting him who
had penned the words.
How well she knew the quick, Impa
tient step which heralded his comingi
Her cheeks flushed as he strode Im
petuously into the room.
"I could not sleep before seeing you,"
he said. "My brave girl! How little
I knew you! I thought because you
were beautiful, that there could be no
courage In your soul; that because youear
hands were small, and soft, and whitet,
they could have no strength. Dear lit
tle hands!" taking them tenderly In his
own. 'They helped to save our lives
today. Fay, will you give them to me,
darling? Will you be a soldier's wife,
and teach him, my own sweet love,
some of the bravery only such women
as you can teach to men?"
A gred light shone in the beautifual
eyes upraised to his.
"I owe my life," she whispered. "'If
a debt so rich will receive payment so
poor, take It, Royd.. It is yeoursr'
Aessusede For Oar Ieres.
War makes a few heroes, but mar
led Ie makes a the rest.-New
i , _gw m h I M1
JIllas Ralph Mvises ertase esiters te
Avoi Soet Africa.
Jullan Ralph contributes to the Lon
don Daily Mailsomewarnings to those
who Intend to emigrate to South At
rica. He says:
I fear that most of these men will re
gret having ever asked even the barest
living of South Africa. Although the
most popular sayings about that unat
tractive region are such as to deter
Imqgination, the ideathat fortunes are
to be made there by men without cap
Ital remains firmly rooted in many
Where the land yields best it Is main
ly used for the breeding of sheep,
horses and goats and ostriches. It is
only where water is abundant that we
see crops being raised, and they are
grown in small plots, for water in
South Africa has been termed "a
To be strictly just, there is a reason
ably rich region in that part of Cape
Colony which is called the Hex River
country. Wheat and fruit and the vine
flourish in that section, and pasturage
is good, genuine farming is carried on
there, and the people are prosperous.
But the region offers no chance for
immigrants. The land is all taken up
and held at a very high price, and
those who own it, especially the domi
nant Dutch, will not sell. Instead,
they want more acres, even though
they cannot till what they have; for the
Beer is a land-loving, land-proud mor
tal, who estimates his social position
and his degree of content by the num
ber of his acres.
There is a good grain-producing soil
in the eastern part of the Orange Riv
er Colony, and the ravages of the war
may send a few-a very few-of those
farms into the market, but the price
will be beyond the purses of the aver
age fortune seekers. There is not, and
will not be, any of this land to be
picked up on what is called a settler's
claim-i. e., free to whosoever will
build on it and work.
In the Transvaal likewise there are
good belts and desert belts, and there
is plenty of unworked land, I believe,
in the dry and hilly upper half of that
country. But the soil, which is produc
tive, even in the way of pasturage, is
not in the market.
If any man thinks to find new gold
or diamond mines he may as well be
told that the chances of that are pre
cisely equal to h!s chances of having
at his disposal the time, money and
expert knowledge which the great
mining corporations have utilized In
studying the entire country and in tak
Ing liens or paying yearly premiums
for the first right to work such soils
when they need or desire to do so.
The nearest thing to a gold mine
that remains open to newcomers in the
greater part of these colonies is the os
trich; at least, so I was informed by a
great many shrewd and successful men
who live in Natal, the Orange River
Colony and the Transvaal. But breed
Ing ostriches requires money-for the
land and the birds-to start with. And
one must know or learn the methods
by which a profit is to be had in that
industry. You cannot raise ostriches
as you take a snapshot photograph
by pressing a button and letting nature
do the rest.
In the army I found so many young
men, especially among the Australians
and Canadians, who talked of remain
ing in South Africa, that I made it my
business while I was In Cape Town,
Klmberley and Bloemfontein to ask the
leading men for their knowledge and
opinions as to the Inducements the
country offers to immigrants. It may
have merely happened so, but I did
not meet a man who favored the com
Ing of a large number of new settlers.
All who were of British blood wished
for more men of their own race there
in numbers suffi8cient to outvote the
Dutch-but they could not promise
the newcomers a living.
It Is as true as when Mr. Bryce wrote
it that South Africa Is a "vast soli
tude with a few oases of population,"
and that this Is due to Its scanty means
of sustaining life and its few openings
for industry unaided by capital.
Cycliag by Meesalighikt
Have you ever ridden by moonlight
when the moon was at the full? If
not, you have missed one of the most
delicious experiences that ever came
into the way of the cyclist. A weird,
poetical atmosp ere seems to hang
over the cou t night, and, with
the strange f the woods that
disturb the a might almost im
agine you were riding through an en
chanted fairyland. I advise that, at
the earliest opportunity, yotkhave such
a jaunt. Write to an inn In some vil
lage fiftty or sixty miles' away, asking
them to have a room ready for you on
arrival on a particular morning. Start
off with a companion and proceed eas
ily and gently on your way. It is
well to stop now and then by wood
sides just to appreciate the beautiful
stillness of the night When morning
breaks and the -whole world springs
into new life, and the moon has tum
bled towards the horizon, the sensa
tion of whieing along the silent lanes
is one of the most fascinating I know.
You will probably arrive at your inn
between 5 and 6 in the morning, and if
you are of my temperament, you will
not be at all disposed to turn into bed,
but prefer to go and sit in the garden
and listen to the multitudes of birds
quivering with song. It will not be,
indhed, I the afternoon that you
will QI m sy and be Inclined to
tgra S" ew hours' rest.-London
bees lil a Deg.
Benjamin Machamer's English set
ter dog gave battle to a swarm of bees
and in two hours was stung to death.
The bees were so enraged that no one
could rescue the dog at any stage of
the fight. Boon after the battle start
ed be was blinded and unable to ru.
-Philadelphia Public Ledger.
Measurements by an AmericSan micro
scgit to tmet the thber that the red
Magh il sls iu W hr
NOTES AND COMMENITS.
What a lot of interest some nations
are taking in their missionaries all of
The Japanese Government has is
rued an order restricting emigration of
her people to the United States,
Bank deposits in Montana have more
than doubled in six years, while in
Wyoming they have trebled.
China proper has an area of 1,330,841
square miles, with a population, ac
cording to a recent estimate, of 388,
Austria is the country most lenient
to murderers. In ten years over 800
persons were found guilty of murder,
of whom only twenty-three were put
The poets have been officially notl
fled by the Parisian astronomer, Abbe
Lfareux, that it will not be in good
form this year to use the simile "as
spotless as the sun."
A physician vindicates matrimony.
lie has investigated 300 cases of bald
ness in men, and finds that the trouble
prevails to a greater extent with
bachelors than married men.
Now that the world has ceased to
wonder over the Roentzen X-ray and
Marconi's wireless telegraphy it is
time for some new electrician to come
to the .front with another discovery.
It is interesting to note that not so
long ago, in County Donegal, Ireland,
the market price for knitting a pair of
socks used to be one penny, and wo
men worked cheerfully for that sum.
Although Canada's situation among
the principal wheat-producing coun
tries, with respect to quantity, is hum
ble, with respect to quality it is high.
The output is also increasing steadily.
The highest court of appeal in Great
Britain has sustained the decision that
a circulating library can be held pecu
niarily responsible for libelous state
ments contained in any of the volumes
which it circulates.
The people of St. Louis expect to
spend on their Exposition the same
amount of money ($12,000,000) that
was paid for the Louisiana Territory
in 1803-an area of 1,182,755 square
Germany seems to lead the nations
in higher education. In that country
one man in 213 goes to college; in
Scotland, one in 250; In the United
States, one in 2,000, and in England,
one in 5,000.
During the past year the University
of Pennsylvania received endowments
amounting to $900,000; but Washing
ton University, St. Louis, had already
received this year $3,000,000, and the
endowment is an unconditional one.
A fine of $150 has been imposed on
Mr. Roberts of Utah, convicted of hav
:ng one wife more than the law allows.
This puts polygamy out there on a
rash basis, and the price fixed for a
plural marriage cannot be called high.
Under the French law a girl may
sot marry until she is over fifteen
years old, and a man until he Is more
than eighteen. Men under twenty
fIve and women under twenty-one
must have the consent of their fathers
In Texas, Mississippi and Georgia
the convict lease system has been var
led in favor of convict farms operated
by the State. This has resulted in
profit to the State without appreciably
injurious competition against private
England is looking up ner names
tor its Boer conquests. "'Chamber
lainia" and "Robertsland" are sug
gested by the St. James's Gazette,
which, however, would prefer some
thing made up from the name of the
future ruler of England, Edward VII.
The Tennessee State Board of
lealth has adopted resolutions declar
Ing tuberculosis a contagious and in
rectious disease, and directing that all
inmates of State institutions aflicted
with it be isolated in rooms or wards
set aside for such patients.
Now Is the time when the life saving
.rews at the various seaside resorts
must be alert, for fools will persist in
going beyond the breakers and the life
lines, just to show how "nervy" they
ire. They take their lives in their
hands when they do this, and then yell
Age does not wither nor custom
stale the absurd and archaic system
:hat allows railway employees, espe
dially at this sesson of the year, to
w)reak and damage the trunks of peat
sengers. Cannot some one frame a law
;hat will make the companies quickly
lable? That is the only likely remedy.
The citizen of 8pringield, Ill., who
rled to get the smallpox that he might
spread it around the town for the pur
mse of getting revenge, is to be Isolat
d. That is unnecessary. The mere
.act that he wanted to a'cquire the dis
ass was enough in itself to make him
in immune. Such is the perversity of
A telegraph line from Syria to Hed
las is contemplated. This will give ac
.cea to that portion of Arabia, thus
~inglang Mecca and Medina Into com
nunication with the world. The line
sill follow the old pilgrimage route to
t[ohammed's shrtine at Mecca; the
;otal length of the le is said to be
The Kansas wheat erop this year is
stimatse at 100,000,000 bushels, and
'a there are 4,I,000 acres planted to
at emteal it will repet am avrage
SUts ameas as a I* P m
to the acre. Since the kst-named
year the average yield has fallen at
times very low, in 1805 being only 384
bushels per acre.
It has been found necessary to
France to pass a special law for the
repression of scurrilous attacks on the
President of the Republic. The statute
provides for summary trial of offend.
ers in the police Courts. The abuse
of the liberty of the press is an un
deniable evil; but the abridgment of
such liberty is dangerous. A press
that is at the mercy of police Courts
will have in a measure lost its power
to restrain governmentdl encroach
There is a steady growth in the min
eral wealth of the United States. The
record of last year shows that the
commercial value of the minerals
mined in the country amounted to $1,
140,890,321. In addition to this the re
duction works of the country produced
$70,471,540 from foreign ores and bul
lion, chiefly, of course, the mineral
products of Mexico and British Colum
bia, which passed through American
smelters and refineries.
The Countess Louise Erdody, whose
death is reported from Vienna, was
more generally known as the "Latin
Lady." Her great aim' in life was to
see Latin again the international me
dium of intercourse and correspond
ence. In her own writings she always
used this language, which she had
mastered to a wonderful degree. Her
hobby brought her indeed to destitu
tion, and she died in extreme poverty
in a miserable hovel. For Its sake
she neglected the management of her
estates, and became involved in a law
suit which lasted thirty years, and
brought about her ruin.
The act of providing a civil govern
ment for the Territory of Alaska is
said to be the most voluminous meas
ure ever passed by Congress. As filed
in the State Department it makes 284
pages of printed parchment. For con
venience in handling the sheets were
not fastened together in the customary
form, but were divided into six parts,
and each of the six parts was placed
in a thin wooden box. Five of these
coverings were each fastened with the
traditional red tape, while the sixth,
which contained the concluding page
of the measure, to which the President
affixed his signature, was provided
with a sliding top so that its contents
could be easily removed.
The loss of human life by lightning
in the United States in the year 1890
was greater, according to statistics
given in the Monthly Weather Review,
than in any preceding year for which
statistics have been collected. The
number of persons killed outright or
who suffered injuries from which
death resulted was 562, and the num
ber of others who received injuries of
various degrees of severity was 820.
Of the fatalities, 43 per cent. occurred
in the open; 34 per cent., in houses; 11
per cent., under trees, and 9 per cent.
in barns. At least a dozen persons
were killed either in the act of strip
ping clothes from a wire clothes-line,
or from coming in proximity thereto
during a thunder storm.
The two new battle ships just au
thorized are to be named the Virginia
and Rhode Island, the three armored
cruslers the Maryland, Colorado and
South Dakota, and the three 8,000 ton
protected cruisers the St. Louis, Mil
waukee and Charleston. With our
eighteen battle ships, six first clams
armored cruisers and four new moni
tors we have already used up the
names of twenty-seven States, which
would have been twenty-eight 4 we
had not violated the rule Iu the .gase
of the Kearsarge. At our present rate
of building the remaining seventeen
States will be used up in three years,
and then we shall have either to admit
some more States or to change the law
that regulates the naming of our ships.
The Work of a False Prophet.
Risings occur in some portions of
India on small provocation. A few
weeks ago an ordinary ryot gave out
that he was a prophet, and that on the
site of his home a city, a temple and
a tank would appear, and that no cul
tivation of the place was needed to
make all the land around there flour
Instantly hundreds of natives flock
ed to him, bringing grain to be blessed
by him, and also small huts to reside
in until these miracles came to pass.
Some police were also dispatched to
put the business down, and while dis
cussing the matter the head constable
inadvertently placed his hand on the
fence surrounding the prophet's house,
and immediately the people set on two
policemen and clubbed them to death.
Later a free fight occurred, in which
eleven natives were killed, says the
Madras Mall, and no fewer than six
teen badly wounded, and sixty arrest
ed, including the prophet himself,
Peed for Yesag Lebsters.
While the young lobsters, says the
Boston Globe, have always been af
fected from time to time by parasltlc
animals and other diseases peculiar to
them, their refusal to eat while held
in captivity was the cause of their
dying In countless numbers.
The matter of finding a product of
the sea which would furnish a food
for the young lobsters and be taken by
them with a relish was no easy task,
but Professor Bumpur, of Brown Uni
versity, (who has given the matter his
special attention), was convinced that
the waters along the sound shore in
the vicinity of the fish hatchery con
tained the proper kind of diet, and last
year he succeeded in finding it. The
exact nature of the food ti not known
to others than Professor Bumpns, and
those who have assisted him in the
work, but it is understood that It is a
marine vegetable sediment from the
bottom of the bay that the aclton of
the tide stirs up.
MOffiitmdk - stms be
OUR YOUNG FOLKS.
The Land of Anyhow.
Beyond the Isle of What's-the-ase,
Where Slipshod Point is now,
There used to be, when I was young,
The land of Anyhow.
Don't Care was king of all this realm
A cruel king was he!
For those who served him with good
He treated shamefullyft
When boys and girls their task would
And cloud poor mother's brow,
He'd say, "Don't care! It's good
Just do it anyhow."
But when In after life they longed
To make proud fortune bow,
He let them find that fate ne'er smiles
On work done anyhow.
For he who would the harvest reap
Must learn to use the plow,
And pitch his tent a long, long way
From the land of Anyhow:
How to Make Black Ink.
With black ink selling at five cents
or so a bottle, it seems hardly worth
while for one to use home-made ink,
but the trouble is that all black ink Is
not black by any means. The follow
ing recipe, however, which, by the
why, is some 200 years old, tells you
how to make a black Ink that will not
fade, and which is dead black in hue.
Here is the recipe:
One quart of rainwater filtered
through a close-woven cloth, three
ounces of bruised galls, one and one
half ounces of sulphate of iron (green
copperas), two and one-half ounces of
gum arablic. Coarsely powder the galls
and put Into a bottle with the other
chemicals: stir them up and add the
water. Securely close the bottle and
place in the sunlight, letting the bot
tle stand until the gum arabic and cop
peras, has dissolved, occasionally stir
ring the contents to bring this about.
Shake the bottle each day for a month
or six weeks, then add some twenty
drops of carbolic acid to prevent mold,
and your ink is ready for use.
A Flying Leap.
The squirrel's boldness in leaping
fromn tree to tree is explained by Mr.
G. H. Hierhold as the result of the
animal's knowledge that a fall will not
hurt him. Every species of tree squir.
rel seems capable of a sort of rudimen
tary flying, or at least of making it
self into a parachute so as to break a
"One day," says Mr. Hierhold, "my
dog treed a red squirrel in a tall hick
ory that stood on the side of a steep
hill. To see what the squirrel would
do when closely pressed, I climbed the
tree. He took refuge in the topmost
branches, and then, as I approached,
boldly leaped Into the air, spread him
self upon It, and with a quick, tremul
ous motion of his tall and legs de
scended quite slowly, and landed upon
the ground thirty feet below me, ap
parently none the worse for the leap,
for he ran with great speed and es
caped up another tree."
A traveler In Mexico gives a still
more striking instapce of the power
of squirrels partially to neutralize the
effect of the force of gravity when
leaping through the air.
Some boys had caught a black squir
rel nearly as large as a cat. It had
escaped from them once by leaping
sixty feet from the top of a pine-tree,
and this had led the grandmother of
one of the boys to declare that the
creature was bewitched. To test the
matter ,the boys wanted to throw the
squirrel down a precipice six hundred
Our traveler interfered to secure fair
play for the squirrel. The prisoner
was conveyed in a pillow-case to the
edge of the cliff, and then let out, that
he might take his choice between cap
tivity and the terrible leap.
He looked down the abyss, and then
backward and sideways, his eyes glis
tenlng, his form crouching. Seeing no
escape except in front, he took a fly
ing leap into space, and fluttered,
rather than fell, into the abyss below.
His legs began to work like those of a
swimming poodle dog, but taster and
faster, while his tail, sllghtly elevated,
spread out like a feather fan.
He landed on a ledge of limestone
where he could be seen squatting on
his hind legs and smoothing his mruffled
fur, after which he made for the creek
with a flourish of his tall, took a good
drink, and scampered away into the
willow thicket. He deserved his free
Trick With Eggs.
An attractive chapter in one of the
English magazines is: "What you can
do with an egg." One curious fact
about an egg is this:
If you cook an egg In the ordinary
way, so as to lesve the yolk liquid,
while the white is somewhat "set,"
and allow it to get quite cold, you may
boil it thereafter as much as you
please-for an hour or more-but by
no amount of boiling can you now boil
It is easy to tell a hard boiled egg
from a raw one without breaking the
shell if you take each egg by the ends
and spin it vigorously on a plate, or
on some smooth surface. Do this wtlh
the hard-bolled egg and the egg will
rise and spin on its end if you spin it
fast enough. But a raw egg, no mat
ter how fast you spin it, will never
rise on end. It will only spin on its
side, and not much there. The liquid
in a raw egg, by its impact on the side
prevents it rising on end.
Here is another plan of distingluish
ing a hard-boiled egg from a raw one.
rake each of the two eggs and tie it
across with a piece of tape. Insert a
piece of string between the tape at the
end of each egg, so that they may be
readily suspended. Now twist the
strings round and round, revolving
the egg, and let go. The hard boiled
egg will spin round, and winding the
string up aganl the other way, wll',
when the Ilmpetss isc mhausted, erse
iad spin resad the sthr w , usad o
a mn # masmWn a sstrmdsL n
so the raw egg, which will simply wryp
gle itself free of the twist and hang
quite passive. The inertia of the liquid
in the egg overcomes the tendency to
revolve imparted by the tension of the
Here is an experiment with an empty
egg shell-that is, an egg from which
the contents have been withdrawn.
Make the hole somewhat large, and by
means of a folded paper introduce in.
to it a little quicksilver and close the
hole by securely gumming a piece of
paper over it.
If you now stand the egg at the top
of a sloping board, lay the egg on its
side and release it, it will turn a serief
of somersaults in running down thi
slope. Also, on account of the weight
of the quicksilver, you cannot make
the egg lie down at any time without
holding it. It Is, in fact, a sort of Imp
bottle, like the little toys which are
sold at the conjuring shops.
Rather a pretty experiment with I
blown egg is to suspend it by means of
a piece of cotton attached to it with
sealing wax, and then cause it tc
swing, without being touched, by
means of electrical attraction. The
latter is supplied by a doubled sheet
of brown paper, warmed and made
electrical by being held tightly against
the body with the upper arm, while it
is drawn smartly out with the other
The brown paper, which will give a
bright electric spark to the knuckle.
will make the egg swing briskly by
its attraction, drawing the egg to it
self as a very powerful magnet will
attract a piece of iron, but in a much
more striking manner.
An egg-that is, a complete egg, not
the empty shell, such as we have just
been using-will sink in water. But
it will float in strong brine, made by
adding to cold water as much salt as
will dissolve in it. Cold water will
dissolve a little more salt than hot.
If we mix a solution of salt with
some pure water, trying the egg in it
from time to time, we can dbtain a
mixture having the same specific gray
ity as the egg; and in this water we
can make the egg float, by a little care,
at any particular spot.
Thus if we take a tall jar full of
the fluid mixed as above, and by
means of a bent piece of tin carefully
release tfle -egg half-way down, we
shall have the curious phenomenon of
an egg suspended, as though by magic,
in the middle of the jar, as Moham
med's coffin hung In air between earth.
But if we had not wholly filled the
jar there is yet a more curious trick
greatly surprising to the unwarned on
looker. By means of a long funnel add
some more brine to the water and the
egg will gradually rise to the surface.
Now add fresh water in sufficient
quantity and it will as slowly sink.
Take an empty eggshell and choose
one in which the hole has not been
made too large. If you now put the
empty shell in the oven, so as to make
it very hot, and then plunge it In a
bowl of water for a few minutes, the
shell will suck In some of the water,
owing to the contraction of the con
tained air in cooling.
Do this once or twice unt it you have
In the eggshell just sufficient water ftot
this experiment, which requires that
the shell shall just be able to float on
water and no more-that Is, that a very
slight touch will send it down, to bob
up again directly afterward.
Put it in a large, narrow mouthed
pickle jar, nearly full of water. Put
the palm of your hand over the mouth
of the jar and bear heavily upon it.
The egg will sink to the bottom. Lift
the hand and the egg will rise quickly
to the surface. The compression of
the air destroys the buoyancy of the
partially filled eggshell. It you don't
mind making rather a mess in the flre
place you can utilize this shell with
the water in It for another striking
Cover the hole with a piece of paper
well gummed on and gummed over and
put the shell in the fire. In a few
minutes the shell will be blown vlo
lently to pieces by the steam from the
water. Stand well back from the
grate or you may be scalded.
In the next trick it is not necessary
to allow the onlookers either to wit
ness the preparations or to be aware
of the fact that it is an empty egg
that is being used. Take a little piece
of good muslin and soak it in strong
brine. Let it dry and repeat the pro
cess three or four times. Then, by
attaching a piece of wire to each cor
ner of the muslin make a little cradle
to hold the shell. Do not do this un
tll the muslin is thoroughly dry.
If you now set fire to the muslin so
that it may burn the eggshell will not,
as the bystanders expect fall. The
trick Is a very surprising one and its
explanation simple. The salting of the
muslin causes it to leave an ash sumf.
clently strong to support a llght'ob.
jec like the eggshell.-Golden Days
Cremistry of a l4ew ELUbi Stmp.
The Lancet has made a chemical
examination of the new halfpenny
postage stamp, and the results are of
interest. The coloring consists, it wats
found, of a mixture of Prussian blue
and a chrome color. There Is no lead
present or arsenic or any other mineral
irritant. In short, continues the writer,
we could find nothing in the coloring
to which objection could be taken, con
sldering how common the practice of
licking stamps is. The stamp gives us
part of Its secret of coloring when
It is carefully burned on a piece of
platinum foll. The ash that remains
shows perfectly the original design and
lettering, but the color Is altered to
yellowish brown, consisting of a mIx
ture of iron and chromlum. The bor
der yields a white ash, as if in relief.
When carefully obtained the ash is a
perfect miniature of the origlnal de
sign, being diminished by about one
Ihalf of the original size of the stamp,
In his state clothes, Includlng the
crown, the Sultan of Johore wears dia
monds worth $1,000,000. His collar,
his epaulettes, his cluffs, sparkle with
Ipealag o polities, t prro, swat
Iowed a wateh the atber by. .4 gyw
hr *aihll inWI ll deba
State Goaaio'lt of Louliiana.
Governor-W. W. H Lrd,
Lieutenant Governor-Albert Esto
Secretary of State-John Michel.
Superintendent of Education--lohn
Anditor-W. S. Frazee.
Treasurer-LedoDx E. Smith.
U. 8. 8ENATOR~..
Don Cafferey and . D. McEoory.
1 Distriot-H. C. Davey.
2 District-Adolph Meyer.
8 District-R. F. Bronesard.
4 District-P. Brazeale.
5 District--f. E. Ransdell.
6 District-8. M. Robinson.
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