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The aily Record
N. L. MIiR, Editor.
JENNINiG. : : LOUISIANA
The English People Are Beginning to
Think of Them.
Flat roofs have never attained great
popularity in England, says the Lon
don Hospital, although in some work
men's dwellings they are provided.
Perhaps the reason has been partly
a doubt as to their being permanently
weather-tight, partly to the fact that
if well made they are heavy to support
and expensive to construct; moreover,
in the present state of the atmosphere
of London life in the open air is not a
constant joy, and horticultural pur
suits on housetops are not very at
A glass-roofed room or conserva
tory, however, would be another af
fair. A glass ridge and furrow roof
can be made practically watertight,
it need not be heavy, and if the walls
of a roof conservatory are carried to
the full height it may be well protect
ed from the ravages of the wind.
With such a roof it would be perfectly
possible, by a simple mechanical con
trivance such as is constantly used
in greenhouses, to throw the whole
structure open to the air, and thus,
while obtaining protection from the
weather when this is needed, to secure
all the advantages of open air when
the weather is propitious. The desir
ability of children passing a consider
able portion of their time in the open
air is manifest, while unfortunately it
is equally manifest that in most eases
town children cannot obtain fresh air
without inhaling the foulest of dust.
Infinitely better would it be for a
child to play about in its roof conserv
atory. as it could do for hours every
day, than to take its perfunctory
"walk" or be wheeled through the
London streets at a level of only about
30 inches from the ground.
We notice that at a recent meeting
of the American Pediatric society Dr.
Northrup reported that by his advice
a sun room had been buiilt on the roof
of a private house in New York; a
playroom in which fresh air and sun
light can be enjoyed without dust.
and free from the dangers of the
streets, and that the family for whom
the structure was built had had the
satisfaction of finding that their child,
who had been very delicate, grew up
strong and well. But our suggestion
is not merely to build a playroom on
the roof, but to make this glass-cov
ered room itself form the roof of the
building, much as a weaving shed is
made to form the roof of a mill in
the textile factories in the north of
SHE WAS GOOD AT FIGURES.
How One Woman Arrived at the Age of
"Yes, my wife is great at mathe
matics. I sometimes feel that she
ought to have gone in for astronomy
or something of that kind where clev
er handling of figures would bring
"You ought to have been here last
night. She did some calculating that
was simply remarkable. How old do
you suppose Mrs. Lammerson is?
Forty-three! Yes, sir, my wife has
figured it. How did she do it? Well,
I don't know that I can explain ex
actly. but she heard Mrs. Lammerson
say yesterday afternoon that she was
23 when she was married, and that two
years later they moved to Bristol,
where they lived for nine months.
Four years after that they lived in
London for awhile, and then they
spent a year and a half abroad.
"'Now comes the clever part of the
figuring. While they were in France
the lady bought a ring which she
wears to-day. It weighed 21 carats
when it was new,. but probably isn't
more than half that heavy at present.
This. according to my wife's figures,
shows that the ring has been worn at
least ten years. All these totals add
ed together, multiplied by two and
then subtracted from the age of the
pony which Lammerson bought for
his wife 14 years ago, show that she
was 43 her last birthday.
"No, I can't tell just how it's done,
b'out any woman can explain it toyou."
Advantage of the Middle Name.
"I have lived one long life of mixed
laundry," said Mrs. Elihu Root, the
wife of the secretary of war, not long
since. "and now I am a strong advo
cate of middle names." The confu
sion in the family has arisen from the
fact that her husband's name is Elihu
and her children's names Elihu, Ed
ward and Edith, on each of whose be
longings the initials "E. R." are to be
found.-N. Y. Times.
IN trAISE OF WALKING.
Shakespeare Advisea It an4 Practices
What He Preached.
Walking is the natural recreation
for a man who desires not absolutely
to suppress his intellect, but to turn
it out to play for a season, says the
Monthly Review. All great men of
letters have, therefore, been enthusi
astic walkers (exceptions, of course,
excepted). Shakespeare, besides be
ing a great sportsman, a lawyer, a di
vine, and so forth, conscientiously ob
served his own maxim: "Jog on, jog
on, the footpath way," though a full
proof of this could only be given in an
octavo volume. Anyhow, he divined
the connection between walking and a
"merry heart;" that is, of course, a
cheerful acceptance of our position in
the universe founded upon the deep
est moral and philosophical princi
ples. His friend Ben Jonson walked
from London to Scotland. Another
gentleman of the period (I forget his
name) danced from London to Nor
wich. Tom Coryate hung up in his
parish church the shoes in which he
walked from Venice and then started
to walk (with occasional lifts) to In
dia. Contemporary walkers of more
serious character might be quoted,
such as the admirable Barclay, the fa
mous Quaker apologist, from whom
the great Capt. Barclay inherited his
prowess. Everyone, too, must remem
ber the incident in Walton's "Life of
Hooker." Walking from Oxford to
Exeter. he went to see his godfather,
Bishop Jewel, at Salisbury. The
bishop said that he would lend him
"a horse which hath carried me many
a mile, and. I thank God, with much
ease," and "presently declivered into
his hands a walking staff with which
he professed he had traveled through
many parts of Germany." He added
ten groats and munificently promised
ten groats more when Hooker should
restore the "horse." When, in later
days. hooker once rode to London. he
expressed more passion than that mild
divine was ever known to show upon
any other occasion against a friend
who had dissuaded him from "footing
it." The hack, it seems. "trotted
when he did not," and discomposed
the thoughts which had been soothed
by the walking staff.
NEVER SAW A HORSE CAR.
Young American Had His First Glimpse
of One in Europe.
"One hardly realizes," said a sum
mer widower to a Washington Star
man, "how quickly things that have
been common and familiar for years
are shoved out of sight in the march
of progress and improvement and
soon become obsolete, if not forgot
ten. I had this called to my attention
this week by a letter from my wife,
now in Europe with the small boy,
who is a bit over three years of age.
He is an up-to-date sort of youngster,
and does not make much fuss over
things, so that nothing on the way
over or on landing seemed to faze him
in the slightest.
"At Antwerp there was a big fes
tival or kirmess going on, and there
were great doings, but he had seen
an inaugural procession and soldiers,
and fireworks didn't rattle him. but
when he saw a horse car he was com
pletely flabbergasted. Throwing up
his hands as if overcome with aston
ishment, he exclaimed: 'Who in the
world ever heard of a horse helping a
"Come to think of it, you know, he
really never had seen a horse car in
his life, certainly not since he was old
enough to take notice But it does
seem funny that that should hIave
been the first thing in Europe to ex
cite his astonishment. Poor child, he
will never know the, joys I used to
know of standing on the back plat
form of one of those old Eleventh
street bobtail cars and making it rock
up and down until sometime, it would
go offthe track before the driver could
get back and scare me off. Tough
Raising a Street.
Underneath the town of North
wich are numbers of brine-springs,
which have been used for the prep
aration of salt even before the Chris
tian era. Owing to the immense ex
cavations occasioned by the pumping
up of this brine High street has
again to be raised about four feet. As
recently as 1892 it was raised five feet,
and again the thoroughfare is on a
level with the River Weaver, which
runs close by. The property to be
lifted consists of hotels and large
shops, under which hydraulic jacks
are placed, and as the structures are
raised wooden wedges are inserted,
the buildings presenting the appear
ance of resting on stilts. So accu
rately is the work done that "busi
ness is carried on as usual during al
terations," and but little inconven
ience is experienced by the families.
HONESTY THE BEST POLICY.
How a Man's Unusual Integrity Brought I
Him a Fortune.
"There goes a man whose start in
life would make a good Sunday school
sermon on the text, 'Honesty is the
best policy,'" said a Calumet club f
man as Nathaniel' Witherell passed
down the avenue. "
"Splendid man, too-what's the
"Well, he and a friend put every
cent they had into a mine in Mon- 1
tana when they were young men
worked it some time with more or less
profit, and then sold out at a bigprofit
to an English syndicate. Under this
management, however, the thing
shortly proved to be only a 'pocket,'
and the syndicate representative ac
cused the two of unfair dealing. Thea
verdict of an expert employed prac
tically coincided with that of the own
ers as to the pocket claim. So, after
consultation with his associate, Mr.
Witherell concluded to refund the
money rather than suffer the imputa
tion of dishonesty, and six months
after the original transaction the
whole business was on their hands
again. The transfer papers had been
drawn up and signed, and the last
gang of workmen were leaving the
mine when one of them half way up
the shaft dropped his pick. This en
terprising implement proceeded to
chip bits off the side of the shaft here
and there on its way to the bottom.
One of these bits was discovered to
contain an unusually rich streak of
ore. Witherell's expert located the
spot from which the chip had broken.
found a rich vein of ore and work was
resumed. The find proved a valuable
one, and Mr. Witherell's millions are
principally due to him unusual busi
ness honesty and that chance tumble
of a pick."-N. Y. Times.
TOLD OF MARK TWAIN.
The Humorist Gives a Candid Opinion
Sometimes of a sunny afternoon
Mark Twain strolls up and down that
part of Fifth avenue above Twenty
third street where art and book stores
are frequent, says the New York
Times. The humorist seems to find
certain rc-t in peering into windows
of these.though he rarely crosses their
i thresholds. HIe was about to turn
away from the window of a shop when
- his eve was caught by what seemed to
be an etchingof himself. The humor
ist was staring blankly at his likeness
when he was joined at the window by
one of those chatty individuals always
ready for a street corner exchange of
S"Pretty good likeness of the old
man. isn't it?" said the chatterer.
without seeing the writer's full face,
which was partly in shadow.
Mark said it was.
"Say. what do you think of that fel
low's work, anyway?" went on the
"I think." said Mark. still without
- turning his head. "that he is the
greatest impostor the American peo
pie ever refused to take seriously."
"Well, because he really is serious
- and because nobody'll believe him;he
passes for being humorous." With
that Mr. Clemens faced his ques
"Well. I'll be switched!" ejaculated
The face of the humorist became
deeply concerned. "For heaven's sake,
don't tell anyone I told you. It would
ruin me with my publishers," he said,
starting up the avenue.
But the chatterer went home and
told his friends.
HINDOOS TO DRINK TEA.
Efforts of Indian Planters to Secure Home
The failure of the endeavors to
Seffect an arrangement for restricting
the outturn of tea in India and Ceylon
has induced the Indian planters to
take measures for stimulating the sale
.of tea among the natives of India, says
,the London Express. It is proposed
to distribute 1,000,000 pounds for
Sthis purpose, and the greater part of
-the quantity required is said to have
Sbeen already subscribed. The new
Sscheme will involve either the provi
Ssion of a central depot at 1)elhi, with
,branches, or the establishment of
Sagencies in all the principal cities of
SIndia. Meanwhile an agent of the In
Sdian Tea association is making an ef
3 fort to develop an overland trade with
SSeistan, in Persia, where the bevenage
Shas always been popular. Tea can
,now be sent from Calcutta into Per
sia by the Nushki-Seistan route at
less than five shillings per cwt. An
other frontier market that seems ca
pable of being exploited is Thibet,
where China tea holds the field, main
ly owing to the commercial monopoly
enjoyed by the Lamas.
Many Are Harmless, a Few Dangerous-- I
Sunlight the Best Weapon.
Half the deaths in the world are
now known to be caused by microbes. t
In normal health about 70 distinct t
species are ordinarily present in the t
whole body. Local or climatic con
ditions might lessen the number t
somewhat or increase it to several I
hundred. The entire mucous mem- a
brane of the body is infested by t
microbes. The eye is, however, com- t
paratively free, because it is constant- r
ly washed by tears. The digestive or- r
gans, next to the skin, contain the
most microbes. Thirty species inhab- I
it the mouth, 30 the stomach and 45 (
the lower part of the interior of the v
body. The tonsils in the throat are e
often found to contain germs of all r
sorts. The lungs, windpipeandbron- '1
chial tubes are always likely to con- f
tain a few tubercle bacilli-diph
theria, influenza or pneumonia. The f
liver and kidneys harbor germs of can- a
cer, tuberculosis, malaria, typhoid fe- e
ver. Sometimes all of these are pres- a
ent at the same time along with many I
If a section of the ordinarily E
healthy forearm were placed under a
the microscope it might show here t
and there tubercle, tetanus (lockjaw),
malaria or blood-poisoning bacilli.
but they would be rare. Nature's
great and unfailing weapon against
microbes is sunshine. Sometimes it a
takes a few minutes, sometimes weeks,
but in the end a direct ray of sunlight
will kill any microbe. What are mi
entbes? They are very low orders of
animal or vegetable life. The major
ity of those which inhabit the human
body are believed to be vegetable.
The air swarms with microbes. Ex
periment shows that in one minute in
the air of a living-room from i0 to 100
microbes will fall on one square inch
of gelatin. One microbe, the myco
derma aceti. is a dipsomaniac. No
human being ever had the thirst for
alcohol that this microbe possesses.
It will turn the finest wine ever made
to vinegar in a few hours. Strange
to say. this groggy microbe never
touches liquor which contains above
ten per cent. alcohol, showing that its
taste is refined. In the human stom
ach it is harmless.-London Express.
AN ENGLISH JUDGE.
Sets Forth the Law on Unlawful Kiss.
John Angel, a Fulham omnibus
driver, who was summoned at West
London for assaulting his next door
neighbor, a farmer named Scott,
pleaded in extenuation that he did so
because Scott had kissed his wife.
Scott said: "'Yes, I did kiss her,
but I was under the influence of
drink. She gave me great temptation i
to kiss her."
Mr. Powden-Do you mean you
kissed her to please her or yourself?
"To please her." (Laughter.)
Mr. Powden-On what day did you
"On the 28th day of May."
Mr. Powden-On what day was the
''The first of July."
Angel (interposing)-He got it as
soon a- I heard of it. (Laughter.) He
expected it. Blessed is he who gets
what he expects. (Laughter.)
Mr. Powden remarked that it was
not often a man kissed a woman to
please her without pleasing himself.
If Scott kissed the wife to please her
the husband should have been much
obliged to him for doing it. He
should have shaken his hand, and ex
pressed gratitude for helping to
imake his wife whom he loved happy.
But unfortunately he did not believe
it. If there was not any law he should
have held that Scott deserved a
thrashing. However, there was such
a thing, and legally Scott ought not
to have been thrashed. He imposed a
penalty of five shillings, with two
shillings costs.-London Mail.
How Scotchmen Marry.
In Scotland the path to matrimony
is broader and smoother than in Eng
land. The great holiday time in Glas
gow is the fair week. All the ship
yards are closed and man has time to
marry. But many shirk the toll
gates of the high road. Several ir
regular marriages took place this fair
in Glasgow. The method is simple
and inexpensive. The couple take
each other for man and wife before
witnesses, and then they go to the
sheriff and ask for warrant to register.
There is an absence of fuss and wed
ding cake which appealsto the modest
and economical mind. Besides
miners, laborers, engineers and ship
yard workers generally, the 70 num
bered a ventriloquist, a physician, a
valet, a school board officer, a hotel
keeper, a coachman, a soldier, a sea
captain, a lapidary and a motor car
flow the Poles Got Ahead of the Postal I
That it is easier to make a law than
to enforce it the post office authori- I
ties of Germany are now learning to i
They recently ordered that in fu- >.
ture every letter mailed in the Ger- c
man empire must have on its envelope I
an address written in German charac- s
ters, and they give notice that let- I
ters written in the Roman characters, i
which have hitherto been in use, will I
not be delivered. c
To the inhabitants of German Po- E
land. who have at heart little love ror t
Germany or for the German style of I
writing, this new regulation proved I
extremely offensive, and they deter- i
mined to disregard it. But how?
They certainly could not afford to re- f
frain altogether from letter writing.
Finally they decided to adopt the t
following ingenious plan: They ad- r
dress their envelopes now as the gov- 1
ernment has ordered, in German char
acters. but they also address them in I
Roman characters, one side of the en
velope being used for each address.
Sometimes they put the German char
acters on the back, and at other times
on the front of the envelopes; invari
ably. however, there are two addresses
on every letter that is mailed. As a
result, the post office clerks are at
their wits' end, for an enormous
amount of extra labor is thus entailed
on them, and the only way in which
they can retaliate is by delaying for
a day or two the delivery of all letters
thus addressed.-N. Y. Herald.
Author-Artist Has a Large Wooded Est.
tate in Connecticut.
A more fittingenvironment forsuch
a man could not be found than the
new home which Mr. and Mrs. Seton
Thompson-or Mr. and Mrs. Seton,
as they prefer to be known, having
dropped "Thompson" from their sur
name-have selected in Connecticut.
A hundred acres of woodland, which
they have named Wyndygoul, for one
of the Seton estates in Scotland, offers
the naturalist-author-lecturer an
ideal opportunity for investigating
' and studying his animal friends, and
a quiet retreat for writing and illus
trating. It is difficult to realize that
so wild a hit of forest is within an
hour of New York. The private road
that leads from the gates to the house
, winds a quarter of a mile between
t green walls of trees, flanked by mossy
"bowlders, and raising above ravines
that tumble off at reckless angles.
The house stands on the highest
point of the tract. It is Spanish in ef
fect, the lower story of rough-hewn,
green-tipped rocks, quarried on the
place; the upper story of creamy pink
stucco. The low, red roof, wide
verandas, low entrance door and
quaint arrangement of windows are
interesting and picturesque. The
Englishman's love of solidity is
shown in the thick walls, massive cor
nices of natural wood, and in the
heavy beams of the studio ceiling.
Myra Emmons, in Ladies' Home
Experience of a Man Lighting His Cigar
in an Open Car.
"The perversity of things inani
mate is a natural law that should be
Imade the subject of research, in my
opinion," remarked an observer of the
passing show recently to a Washing
ton Star reporter. "Coming down on
an electric car this morning I essayed
to light my cigar. The moving car
naturally created a strong breeze.
Four matches I struck and all were
blown out. From the fifth I man
aged to get a light, when a man be
hind me asked me for somne fire. I
reached the blazing match back to
him unprotected, and, while the
breeze was just as strong, it burned
steadily until the man lit a cigarette,
and it was still ablaze when he threw
it over the rail. Such a thing, I ven
ture to say, happens constantly in the
experience of every smoker. Indeed,
it is almost a proverb among smokers
that one can't blow a match out after
he has got a light. Drop a collarbut
ton, and nine times out of ten it will
get to a place more or less difficult
of access. Let a piece of buttered
bread fall, and it's pretty sure to light
on the buttered side. There is no
doubt in the world that inanimate
things are perverse, and I'd certainly
like to know the reason why."
Rich Bed of Mineral.
The richest bed of mineral in the
world is the Atacama bed of niter in
Chili. It covers 5,000 acresand con
tains 25,000,000 tons, worth $1,500,
Don't Be a Bore.
Don't be such a bore that people
Swill run from you.-Atchison Globe.
SPLENDOR AND SQUALOR.
Both Seen at the Gateway ot a PBesith
Entering the avenue of the Chahar
Bagh, or Four Gardens, at a gallop, we
passed through the gateway on the
)utskirts of the palace inclosure into
º paved street, between walls of gray
clay and chopped straw, which was
lined by mendicant cripples of both
sexes. One unfortunate fellow, a
leper, raised his handless arms as the
imperial equipage rolled by and sang
praises to Allah in a loud voice. An
other leper, a woman whose feet were
eaten away to ragged stumps, squat
ted on the ground, and, beating the
pavement with her hands, cried in
plaintive minor tones: "Allah nejat
versin!" These words, "May God
give you salvation," she repeated
again and again, until at last Sadik,
who had charge of the money bag,
threw a few silver krans to her little
daughter, who was trotting alongside
the carriage. I think I never saw so
pretty a child for all her rags and un
kempt appearance. She wore no veil,
and her lively little face looked as
sweet and luscious as a ripe nectarine
in the sun.
"Masha'llah!" she cried, in a ring
ing treble, as she pattered along be
side us, "who is the sahib? Tell me,
that my mother may bear witness to
his generosity at the hour of midday
Sadik thrust his head out of the
window. "My sahib is the slave of
God," he replied, a broad grin on his
humorous face. Further on a wild
looking dervish, naked from crown to
sole, save a linen cloth about the loins,
emerged from the crowd of merchants
and mullas on their way to the bazars
and mosques and pursued our carriage
down the street, turning somersaults
and brandishing his bludgeon as he
ran, and giving voice the while to his
customary cry of "HIu hakk! hu hakk!
Duc! duc!"-which sounded more like
a challenge than a petition for alms.
The major assured me that the
dervish was mad, for which reason,
as it would appear from the major's
voice of awe, he was held in peculiar
reverence by his countrymen.
At the gateway of the Palace of
Chahil Sutun, or Forty Pillars, two
officers in sky-blue uniforms gave me
a military salute. In the street-the
blind, the halt, the leprous and the
poor; over the Zillu's sultan's walls
wealth beyond the dreams of avarice;
ia town of ancient monuments all
crumbling in ruins, and princely gar
dens and palaces unequaled in their
sweet simplicity and oriental splen
dor; so wags the world from the Cas
pian sea to the Persian gulf, prince
and priest vying with'each other in
the pursuit of the almighty tuman.
Wilfrid Sparroy, in Fortnightly Re
THE RUSSIAN TONGUE.
Needs Barbed Wire When Usin: the
Discussions and stories of a lin
guistic character have a peculiar
charm for Opie Read. Recently he
was surrounded by a group of news
paper men. One of these confessed
that he had lately taken up the study
of the Russian tongue, with very dis
couraging results, considering the
fact that French, Spanish and Italian
had been comparatively easy for him.
"Oh, that's not strange," consoling
ly remarked the story writer, accord
ing to the Philadelphia Post; "the
Chicago Telephone company had a
worse experience than that with the
terrors of the Slav tongue. A drug
gist in the heart of the Russian col
ony recently had a telephone instru
ment installed in his place for the ac
commodation of his patrons. The
minute the first user of the telephone
began to talk Russian into the receiver
the wire kinked into smallknotslike
a tensely twisted string. They
couldn't do a thing to meet the emer
gency until one of the telephone line
men who had once attempted to do
missionary work in a Russian settle
ment in Mlinnesota replaced the
smooth insulated copper strand with
the ordinary barb wire. That jagged
rmedium proved a perfect means of
transmission for Russian speech."
t Typhoid from Fish.
t English scientists are studying
with interest the details regarding an
outbreak of typhoid fever in South
Swark, Kensalgreen and Lambeth in
September of last year. The alleged
cause was the consumption of fried
fish. This is the first time that fisah
have been credited with the power of
Scarrying infection. Mussels, cockies,
- oysters and even shrimps have been
- known to cause typhoid fever, simply
because they have been taken from
water into which sewage was allowed
to escape. One would have imagined
a that the cooking of the fish woul4
Shave destroed tha microbes.