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ANECDOTES Opr PURtOON HI
eas Could leot Proses WSYh Ns Wife a
Leooang at Eirm.
Among the crowd of apocryphal an
ecdotes concerning Mr. Spurpeon let lo,
me record two for which I can per- y
sonally vouch. writes Edmund Yates
in the London World. At the Surrey af
Gardens Music ball. if I mistake not, o
in tec year l-56, where 1 heard m.
Thackeray's four lectures on the sel
G;eorges. and where Spurgeon preached ha
regularly before the tabernacle was
built, there were French windows
opening out into the grounds. The o
place was crammed one hot Sunday A
morning, and these windows were
many of them left open, so that a
fringe of the congregation was stand- bi
ing half in and half out of the great m
dew comers gradually edged some
of the others onto the floor, some of al
whom remained covered, as they were
justified in doing so long, and no w
longer, as their standing ground was to
in the gardens. These unfortunates al
Mr. Spurgeon spoke at thus from the al
pulpit before beginning his sermon, in cl
an easy, friendly manner, but in those Is
magnificent tones which vibrated
through the building: "I regret to see I
that there are some present who are
so unaccustomed to attend public wor- b
ship that they have quite forgotten it ci
is the practice to take off their hats."
This I heard. and shall never forget g
its effect, in the immediate doffing of tl
male headgear and in a sort of smoth- tl
ered hum of amused approval from s1
Another personal experience of Mr. I.
Spurgeon was at the Crystal Palace. P
where he preached to 26,00') people. i1
Seated near to the pulpit. I observed L
Mrs Spurgeon take her place just be-. 5
fore her husband appeared and that tl
she was visibly affected by the mighty L
concourse of souls all with upturned
faces and fixed gaze upon one man. d
and all about to be thrilled to the ii
core by that man's impassioned ap- q
peals to them to be saved alive. a
While Mrs Spurgeon was conceal- d
ing her emotion as best she might-in d
other words dealing furtively and a
shyly with her pocket handkerchief.
I saw the pastor beckon far off with
his forefinger to one of the deacons, b
a stout and solemn gray-hair man of
rubicund complexion and a defect in a
one eye which I remember made me t
speculate whether it was natural or t
acquired. He was in the very glossy s
black which was the orthodox dissent- i
ing uniform in those far-off days and f
walked with a limp which made his I
progress up to the pulpit or rather plat
form. stairs tantalizingly slow. I
Some brief but evidently important I
Instruction was at last whispered by c
aM. Spurgeon in the lame man's as t
and S., 000 people were at once agog 1
with ourioeity to knew what this could
poslsibly be at such a time when the
whole vast place was quivering with I
anticipaton and suppressed emotional I
eaetemeant I happened to be seated I
se near to Mrs 8purgeon that when I
the worthy deacon 'made for her" in I
his erab-like ponderous way, it was 1
unavoidable that I. at least, out of 1
that vast and silent crowd of expect- I
ante, should hear what had delayed
the pastor. and what the urgent matter 1
was he had, at such a critical moment 1
In a harse fleshy whisper I heard r
this: '"Mr. Spu'geon says" (could I
help listening-the interlude was I
serious and even dramatic, and my I
ears oraned that way whether I would
or ot)-- 'Mr. Spurgeon says please
will you change your seat so that he
will not be able to see you. it" (*'Lt"
was doubtless Mrs. purgeon's obvious
emotion) 'makes him aervous;" and
the lady moved immediately to anoth
er seat not visible from the preacher's
A seery ery of reeressam.
I recall to mind a story of an oMfoer
in the emperor's army which was be
elging a fortress. Their number was
small, and a relieving army was com
aing up. It was of immense moment
that they should knaew how long the
fortres could hold out It it must
capitulate for want of sunpplies within
a week they could stay and win the
campaign for the emperor. A young
Japanese nobleman volunteered to go
into the fortreses and ascertain how
loen the fortress oould hold out He
disguised himself, and in passing
learned that they had food and water
for only two days more
As he was going out with his pro
elous information he was detected
and the enemy said to him: "*We are
going to eruoify you, but we will let
you go on one condition-that you
will go to the wall and tell the people
that we have supplies for a week.L
Be said: Very weltl" and wean to
the wall. His wife and children in
the beaseigers' oamp saw him, his
hlands were there also and he hebald
up both hIs hands and said: "There
are mppliess but for two days Ce
tIanus the lege nsd you will take the
plae" He died by a bundred spear
Stbut he had dmone his duty to
gmsral--Ulr Edwin Arnold.
In SesUd the dasy was m ad in
use parts g1l i regarded a a heal
g sLmt m8dU a sub a- an ealy
emeB sa eme mh hemenb mam
te iea Ih hat tume a m It im
I b.4rn sad its s d b .
HUNTING TH3i 3LBIaDRICHBLA.
How Harmon Looter Learned to cCatch
Birds With a Club.
Hlarmon Loster, a young man not ki
long in this country, relates the New t
York Sun. was boasting one winter a
afternoon at Reading of his trapping
of birds in the Hartz mountains, Ger- a
many. and how he had caught many
sleeping birds in the night with his is
"That'; nothing." said one. 'You th
ought to see us catch elbedrichela in al
Loester was eager to know.
-All right." said the man. ',The h'
birds prefer cold nights up on the
mountains, and as we'rogoing to hunt c
for them to-night, you can go along." at
The starting point was named and
all arrangements were made. It had h'
been one of the coldest days of the se
winter, and at nightfall the mercury 01
touched zero. The party met Loster w
at the appointed time and place, and h'
all hands, five in number, armed with st
clubs, proceeded to Mount Penn, over- i
looking the city. ra
I Where are your guns?" asked 01
*We don't shoot the elbedrihhola, r
but we chase them up with clubs and U
catch them in a bag. " was the reply. t
When the party reached McKnight's
gap an arctic blast whistled through
the bare boughs, and in the moonlight b
the swaying branches cast fantastic I
shadows over the snow on the moun
tain side. At a very lonely spot
loster received a club, and the entire a
party scattered and began beat- ef
ing the bushes and shouting -"Shoo:" fl
Soster joined in heartily, and notwith- h
standing the extremely cold weather n
t those in the secret extremely enjoyed a
y Loster's zeal in the hunt. u
d The Idea was. Loster was told. to *
drive th, elbedrichola from their hid
Sing places up into the ravine. Fre
quently the practical jokers would a
shout: "'There goes one! Loster. 0
did you see it?" Loster imagined he n
n did several times and replied, "-Yes, "
d as he kept beating the bushes with his
h After a half hour's chase the party
had reached the head of the ravine. ti
,f "Now, Loster. you hold the bag Ii
0 open." said one of the party. "Hold o
the mouth of the bag well open close a
r to the ground. We'll go down this
y side of the ravine and drive the
. birds on the other side. But be care
d ful and hold the bag lower or the
a birds will run under you."
t- Loster shiveringly took the bag and
held it open and close to the ground.
it while his companions, shivering with
, cold and nearly choking with laug -
r, ter. left him and continued beating the
g bushes and shouting ' Shoe:'
d For ten minutes Loster heard the
is voices of his companions growing
h fainter, and frequently he felt the bag
d to see whether any birds had entered.
d PFinally the voices were silent and
a Loster thought the hunters were be.
a hind a hill He shivered and shook,
is but still kept holding down the open
DI bag. For over an hour he loyally re
t- mained at his post but finally. not
d wishing to freeze todeath, he resolved I
w to quit and tottered down the moun
R tain with the empty bag on his shoul
der. He had not gone far before it
$ dawned upon his mind that he had
I been made the victim of a very cold
a practical joke. When he reached a
y hotel on the outskirts of the town he
Id warmed himself and took a thoughtful
me drink alone
id Wise lavestments for the Present and Fu.
. tare Oeaerations.
's Bad roads force people to live in
cities; good roads tend to take them
out into the country. This observa
tion reveals its force perhaps more
r strikingly when read m view of the
Sfacts of railroad development to
which the especial attention of the
SAmerican people has beeoon given dur
ing the past forty years. The rail
roads have centralized the population
t in the cities and larger towns and ar
a ranged them along their lines of com
Smunication. Now what is needed is
San equal development of carriage
a roads to broaden the areas of popu
r lation and to relieve this congestion.
S Railroads need better carriage roads
I for feeders; farmers need them for as.
cess to the railroads and to the cities;
manufacturers need them for access
to less populous areas and for lower
ed rents and for less cost of portage and
Stransportation; merchants need them
letas an element in the cheapening of
DI their wares; the people need them for
Sthe reduction of the expense of satis
ing their wants and for the more ef
SSloient distribution of their activities.
SAll men work and plan, writes A.
A. Pope in the Forum, after supplying
Stheir own and the immediate needs of
a their families, to leave a good inheri
Stance to their children. All good cit
i isens take into their plans of publio
o expenditunre the leaving of wise in
Svestmeets to the next generation.
What wiser, surer and better lnheri
tames can we leave to our sorns sad
Sour soueoesmo5 than -geod dreads
Sthat es be preseril sad usneed at lt
Sexpese sadt that entre both as
mneumente and as lavitmate duriag
i e yensa the antmrl.es ome
as s Mis Carrie Ktlrhe.of Readoet
at . Y.. was walkiL g out ae eveinl
o hemr the repot e apisl and
5 sat esmeaha strie her. She ew
hh thre bsb blSa tan and am
- *iMe e yrarg to kll u o Thm
Sbay. sampere swr emd oshe walked
I h On her rival there a tt
elbr h reele baIllt l eaud in a
beller aleuahebohea i She
was walkrin wtnh Foa yeon smis
s md dI ni order te might ak her
uarma sheL b * o her br e
. ik wMsh was ti yee _so
"f>>' ALLIGATORS. -
They Are very Numerous In Paragesy,
There Beinlg Wo Meters.
()f course. there being no hunters to
kill the0m, wild animals are very plen
tiful. It i, not uncommon to cec jaguars
amud i,.rv *".-on from the deck of the
-t Ier.: liut.! most of all alligators
aL .i,di. write, lHerbert IL smith in
S. N,.l,,': -. W hen the waters are
highi,· fhy roam over time flooded
land -, king the small animals, water
birds and fi-h. rn wh:ch they live; at
that time they are not so common
along the river channels, and only
now and then may one he seen in the
hal:lowv with but the top of his ugly
head above the surface of the water.
In the dry season, as the waters re
cede, they gather in the rivers in such
am~tung numbers that I can compare
the only to tadpoles in a pond. I
have counted over sixty on a small
sand bank, literally piled one over the
other; while, all around, the water
wa, full of them. They lie thus for
hours, basking in the sun. and quite
still; but if a steamer approaches the
mass begins to move, there is a g.*eat
rattling of scales as they hu.tle each
other to reach the water, and in a mo
ment only five or six are left who
raise their beads and stare at the ves
sel until it has passed them. These
more couragus fellows are generally
the larger ones, and offer tempting
shots. I am no sportsman. but my
brother-in-law, who was traveling with
me. killed many from the steamer's
icck. using only coarse shot.
It is not so easy to kill those that
are seen on the surface of the water.
shot, and even a bullet, will glance off
from the hard skull unless the eye be
hit. The top of the eye-socket is
never more than two or three inches
above the surface and as they are
usually at rather long range, even a
skillful marksman may be pardoned
I for a miss
Though so numerous, the alligators
are not generally regarded as danger
ous. I have often seen the young
negroes and Indian boys swimming
within a few yards of them, and the
reptiles Iid little attention to their
play. C.attle too, wade about the
flooded grass lands in search of pas
turage. and are rarely molested by al
ligators. In fact, unless driven to bay
or ravenous with hunger, they dare
not attack man or the larger animals;
but they are always on the watch for
HOW ANIMALS "CHARM."
It Is Posslbly a Form of Hypnotism -
Well Authenticated Insetmses.
The power attributed to the snake
and f'line families of -charming"
their victims seems to me past dispute.
Is it not merely a case of !.ypnotism?
questions a writer in Sc:ience. Liv
ingston tells us that when at one time
seized by a tiger he felt neither terror
nor pain; all his senses seemed to be
benumbed Bates in his "Naturalist
on the Amazon." states that one day
in the woods a small pet dog flew at a
large rattlesnake. The snake fixed its
eyes on the dog, erected its tail and
shook its rattle. It seemed in no
haste to seize the dog. but as if wait
ing to put the dog into a more suit
able condition for being seized. As to
the dog, it neither continued the at
tack or retreated, could not or would
not move when called, and was with
difficulty dragged away by its master.
I have seen one case of a snake
Scharming a bird, but I had a better
opportualty to study a cat charming a
bird, and probably the process is much
alike in both.
The cat placed itself on the outside
sill of my window near to a pine tree.
A bird presently lit on the pine tree.
no doubt not observing the cat. The
1 cat fixed its attention on the bird.
1 The cats eyes were widely opened and
shone with a peculiar brightness; its
a head was raised and intent, the fur on
B its neck and about its face slowly stood
> up. as if electrifitled. Except for this
a rising of the fur and a certain intens
ity of life about the beast it was as
- still as if cut from stone. The bird
Squivered, trembled, looked fixedly at
- the cat and finally with a feeble shake
- of the wings fell toward the cat, which
5 bounded to seize it.
e A lady tells me that she 'does not
- belier- that cats can charm birds, be
- cause she has seen a cat try to charm
Sa parrot, and the bird. greatly
Salarmed. scolded loudly." This proves
It nothing, the parrot in general, or,
a more probably, that particular parrot
r did not prove a good subject for the
t mesmeric power. I have seen people
awho cannot be hypnotized; they re
I sent the effort and nervous action be
r comes intensideed.
hnvarag for Ealdnese.
Shaving the head for baldness is a
delusion and a snar When quite a
young man the exchange editor of the
Philadelphia Times found himself
Sgrowing bald. and by the arivce of a
barber, which advice was alaf indorsed
Sby a wig-maker, he had the top of his
head shaved regularly twice a week
for six months
SDurig this time he wore a P30 tou
pee bought of the wig-maker. 8i
Smonths was the time he was to shave
, hisheed ofIeota ar bet atthe
Sexpiratmea ef this p del be fosd that
te W t up r er ehl a el had
kIlleda te rots of his sia se he
ewas hepeleesy bald
In .lolmg his tale of w the editor
always removes his ba as ha ap
Sprseb the elmax sud th the ab
i alut trauth t isa nm hmed like a
d great white Ight upon the herer.
m orl wgmeis.
Waabai were appredably redueed
a 's ie ater the lavestles of thb fuse
to obviate the eenvam Ieee of val
tnes of powr of the arslapring.
Tbe wateem made ea rly ti the six
teeath easmtry genrally straogly co
tresset as *a pora" ble w ith
tese werea s feb. by mea sthe el.
teteLat nery edv hio ere roeund
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