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THE SILENT MiL.L1 6
regyi ' hin Oh,a at a night there's joyful singing
1,, i, a u ineas in the hills, In the ooze and in thesline;
'" te. t*th a ns1ilen creeks are rushing Songs of love again are ringing
dna.a .h.. eal th~ hms beside the mills W here they rang in Adam's time.
Where the wheels' ax red with rflt, Where the moonbeams fell at night
.. Beina silencedby the trust, . Many a Little heart is light,
Where" th shingles are suecumbing'to de- Many na eager little lover woos away,
cay, And the breezes whisper low
h liee they've br<?ken down the doors, As .they did long, long ago-
Where there's trash upon the floors- But the millers who were dusty, where are
And t ebillers who were dusty, where are they?
thy?., )h. the willows still are leaning
Oh, the .oung drake on the water Where the water glides along
Is end4evoring to make As if to catch the meaning
An impewsalon on the daughter Of the never-ending song,
Of soe other eager drake; And the fleecy clouds above
They go swimming on the dam, seem to melt %ith very love
He a happy as a clam, Of the valleys that grow areener day by
She a little ,hy. yet still inclined to stay, day.
Full of hopes and nadteless fears But the wheels go round no mrore
Where his quack will reach her ears- That were mu-ic-al before.
But the inillers who were dusty, where are And the miller., who were dusty, where are
--S. E. Kiscr, rr (hicago Re'ord-Tlerald.
I ' I
THE AFFAIR IN TIlE BELFRY
By Charles Edwardes.
TI going to try and lell about he
In as unprejudiced a tone as pos
sible. No partic.ular credit to me.
either, if I do: for she's out of our
radih,s now, forever. Still. I imust say
people do seem a lit h-ard on tha aver
age stepmiother, who surely bad as
much chance of being a good sort of
woman as a bad sort.
"That." Maltbel would say - and
wouldn't her eyes flash at me!--"is he
tcaus shea was hanlidsomle."
Slle ancies, the little silly, that a fel
lowt' can't juildge a womniai ton the square
if shls good iooking.
I'll admi it. though, that I I'el a lit
bowled (lover at the outsaet. It wa\\s lt
a ice- idea-this invasionl of our nest
by ai stranger who was to lie all at
once invested w\ith sullpreme authority
in the establishmlent. Ani matters;
were made worste by the fait that thi'
governor had pickled her lp Ilabroadl.
Every one knows, of collurse that the
traveled woulain is so amui.h tmore risky
a personagce than thlie wOlmani who has
ntlever. since she t.ut llori froeeks. lien
out of the influence of paroclhial gos
sip and rlestl'raints.
hIowever. to get to the story.
Ohi thine day. when I was alcaning
lmy gun for a turn lat the rbilbits, in
dashed Maabel. willi her hauir all about
"'i hat do you thiik. Rlupert?'" she
stltPteld-- fa irly screa hlled.
"That you'vi I llocke lithe oil canla
ovt.'. youl healdstltoi g a-elltre:t" I re
"O(il :ia;i she exelaitied. with suhli
scort-n as a seventeaena-yeaar-ol aill lsel
lwhen ranseld 4:uIt put into ther vcoice.
"It's a sha :ht.-:1 cruel shamet'!" she
eotntinttd. anild then she began to soh.
It wrasn't stucl'h an unsual story. after
all. The governor haid got the' two
girls into his siudy iand hald brokenl it
to them that Ilhy were about to hanve
"a new another" --thalit wais all. They
hadl ltobjected, each itn hetr ownl way.
antd lie-,n duly sent off. I was to get
my information thlroulg them. It was
lquite comprehensiblle that the governor
did not care to tell ume the news with
his own lips.
Well. in due time she ·inae to us.
this new molllter. and I for one was
pleasantly disillusioned about her. She
was dark. sniall. with extremely good
manners and a quaint. almnlost defelren
tial aiddress-art least witlh me-that
soon overrodie most oif my prejuldices.
Theb goveruor had shown good taste, in
my opinion. It awas nothingi at all in
objection ithat Agn'es antd Mabel hated
her front hi vtery filrst. 'T'hat was just
whiat tlhey were hIoundl to dlo.
"All tlhe salte. girls." I saidil to thalOlm
whlen Mrs W\instaulte tlthe second hal:1 i
hben in hbt Ilthouse a wteek. "you'll got
over -ourl cildlih flancies and soon
like bhr well etlouglh."
Trhey retorted as I exlpected lh cy
would. T'hey vowedt tlhey wouald iever
do nmore than tolerate her.
In the maentatime it wats certainly in
Struct-ive to lmark what nt effect his
second malrriage had upon the gov
ernoar. f never saw ia main so chanuged.1
Before--ever since my mother's detilh.
three years hack-he had looked like
settling Into a regular bookworm. LHe
was in his study pretty n11111 :ll, day
anid half the nighti. But Mars. Winstain
ley second ulimtae all tile difference. .-s
soon as lbreakf-last :was oer hel woiuld
light I a igair andil take il- y airm. just
like a college chunt. for ai stroll on thliei
lawn. And to lthuar hitl tailk you would
neverl - o e llthouglt Ilhe could he the'
Simrlae la:tn who. :t little behfore. woluld
spend al whole day with his owvn clhil
drPun without utllerillng tluonie tihan a
score' or twio worltds. IH took tlp iwrh
society agaiti. of ourlllse. o.sta.silly for
her stake. blut realliy he stwained to el
joy driving her aboutl and introducing
her to folks whil. I tiarri l'ltit. didn'ti't
spare hiil htelthild is l.ia-l;.
"Ruplert."'' "h[ si-taitIther- said to tnle
one imorning. with just the proper
amuouant of colior itl her falt--for she'
was only foutilr y itars aly senlor--"lf I1
only could win M.atliIl and Agnes tot
love mle I shouldl be the' laulapiest Wotll
an in the world."
I assured i!her sheli couldn't fail to
succeed in this in time.a nd wl hen she
sighed-most picturesquely-I repeated
"You, ' I sald to her. "are a woman
of the world. They are only school
room chits. They must go down be
fore you if youe persevere."
I don't think she altogether liked me,
to tals to her in this way. She would
have preferred all reference to her tor
l life-ashout which none of us, ex
t the governor, knew anything-to
.i-,; .j beent left eut. 3ut I have ever I
been esteemed :a child of nature. Even
at Oxford I learned none of those arts
o' pohie and discreet dissimulation
which alre .-ch an aid to a fellow who
means to become famous.
She ihought I was always covertly
sneering at her. which I protest 1 never
t111t. be thalt s it may. when she had
I tbeen IlliStlres of unldow House about
foil monthl s something stlal'tling. yet
f'ar from unn•nventional, oelur'ied to
t-t nme keenly on tilt ( qul vive.
This iwas inothling less than the ap
tilrition at the Ited Lion--oullr village
in' -of a red-llosed s'trluger nlan. who
proved to he an acquaintance of the
.As usual. Mlabel was unconononly
uniart on Ihe least thing that tended to
diminish tlihe regard in which I seemed
to hold MI.rs. Winstuanley second. She
wits terribly fond of novels. this sister
Snl h Iine, and had an inLtgination-per
b:aips in conselquencet--whichi leaped to
conclustons with amliatnillg celerity.
NIevertheless. I felt it my duty to
leald her a pretty stitY lecture about
the vices of uncharitableness and evil
thinkilng wihen she dumlped her infer
enli e upIlon me in on0e fell swoop with
t lie words-
"ltupeJrt. that wretch at the lied Lion
is Mr's. W\insutanley's first husband: l'm
colnvinced of it."
It will bie seen how fart the govern
orts if:latuation had carried him wheun
I decl'aro that lie \was quite unsulspi
ticlls of the red-nlosed luau. The per
son's ltine in lllie was Flortescue, ttand
tepnlotlhert adtnitted that he was a con
"I know." shle said to ime on the sub
ljet. with a charmting blush, "that you
may.v be disinclined to believe mle. but
it is certaitly the truth that that poor
fellowv and 1 are only cousins."
"My dear's tepmother." I exclaimed.
after these words. "how can you take
so ignominiolls a view of lne?"
Whereupon she chtanged her tone
sonlewhat abruptly and confessed the
joy she felt in having at least one
friend at Sundew HIouse besides her
husband. "'Friend" seemed hardly the
word for the occasion. but I had no
wish to beh over-critical.
"We all havert our poor relations."
stepmonther continued sadly, "and Tom
•'ortesct'e is one of mine."
The phrailse "lone of nllile" seemed so
olitillious that I i could not help asking if
she hall mIalny others. But slit' laughed
at my question. (ailled Iue a "terrible
elever' fellow." and said she didn't de
sire to be ilnterlpreted literally. Of
c-urse M:ilt'etotn tour villagel was not
likely to seie a p.rocession of her poor
retlatiotns. Shite should lie iperfectly sat
isdied if Toli l-'iirtescue i'w ould settle
down peacefuilly ill some little cottage
in the neig hborhloold andl devote himself
to the natural h!istory i· stes thliat ab
sotlbed hin. For lmyv tart 1 felt sctru
1"les about T'otn Fortescue. The only
Ilobv'ioull biranchI. of natlural history that
illterested him wais that (oncierned with
tIh dtlillatition of iluohlolic liquor.
It is s'ar c lyy credilble. but it is true
Iwithiul, th:at si t;lliotlier's cousinl was
illoiwed to settle in Maplleton lnud be
Scomeii tlle talk of thel village. He took
a lt;tle ivy-ehl:d ciottagei c(lose to the
I itirclih. io wn!ichl regulairly e-very Sun
Iiday Il cilarried his red nose alnd bald
heaid. which dlid tot deter Ilim fromn
Itterin the :t < sponses rvely audibly.
UpoIn the wliole I could tolerate him
very well. hlivilig tlhat saving gift-a
sense of hullltlot. But the governor did
not like Ti'ni F'orltscue, lhough lie tried
hird. while the feelings of the girls
abloilt hill may blie liagined when I say
Ithat tihey were daily more and more
.cllnvtilced hel wa's lthe oly lawful hus
ltiaid of .Mrs. Winstatleyih seconid.
S'The village. otf'-ourse. had its own
iiopinions. These. I ami so'rry to say,
Wel're not wholly unlike Mabel's and
A.gnes's. Butl ollt of defel'lnce to the
governor out dear and hulmble neigh
liols did nlot express their feelings on
the subiject broitdcast.
It ialelli out hot and strongl. though,
onle Seplmbe evening. Phipps, thile
sexton. was the nlserable molluthpiece
of the rlumor.'.
• I hadil lieen to the doctor's to ask
hIml to look in and lake a I hanId at
wllisl, anid on nmy way hack. havingi
nothing Iltuch to do. I put my feet itn
Side the church. wvhere harvest decorat
ilg was in foltre. If Tom I'ortescue
was not there, with the laies of the
atrish. upon whom he beamed across
his red nose in the most ludicrous man
ner! .The girls were there also-as far
as possible from stepmother's cousin.
To me as I stood amiling by the foot,
came Peter Ptipps with that famous
rhkimatic shuffle of his.
" "Mr. Rupert, sit." he whispered In a
hollow voice. "that the'e Mr. Fortes
cue he's a-going on summat orful. He
didn't ought to be allowed in in that
"Want state?" I asked.
"Tlhe state o' drink as he's possessed
with. Nor that ain't all, sir."
As Phipps looked fearfully sage and
solemn I 'irgcd him "to continue his
"It ain't all, or nigh all, Mr. Rupert.
for Ij's had the imperence to say,
welly as good as. that he could kick
up a rumpus at Mr. Winstanley's if
he'd a mind to. but that he, knew bet
tcr'u any one else what buttered toast
Now this was serious enough for
anything, for 1 could put two and two
together, and a remark of that sort
was inuendo sutficient even for the
understanding of a fool.
"Dl)oes he say that. Peter?" I de
"He do. sir."
"Very good. Thrn I'll ask you to
step across to Sundew House when
you've locked up the church."
Phipps tried to get out of the mess
he had landed himself and us in, but
of course I insisted.
He promised to visit us as soon as
the bell practice was over. That prac
tice. however, was destined never to
begin. And on its omission bhangs an
incident that was of the highest im
portance to all the Winstanley family.
The girls came in to supper tired and
in a had temper. The curate had, it
seemed. left them much to themselves.
instead of offering them advice as to
the arrangement of tlhe dahlias and
wheaatleaves that had Ieen put at their
disposal. For one thing, though. I was
thankfurl; they had not heard a: word
of Tont ForteseUe's tipsy utteranlces as
Phlipps had related tlhe'l to lit. They
Were openly indignant at his presence
ir: the i'church. and made stepmother's
eyes bhsh by their reference to him.
That. however, was all.
The governor was helping his wife
to some cold beef when we heard the
big hass bell of the church toll one
stroke. The noise was rather eerie.
At any rate it had a strange effect on
stepmother's nerves. She dropped the
plate and put her hand to her heart.
As a coincidence this was. we
agreed afterward, extremely odd. The
l'syehical Society :Ire of the same opin
ion. I have told them abiout it.
"They're only fooling in tlthe belfry,"
said Mabel, in a contemlptuous tone.
"Yes." salid I; "that means a tine to
lThe governor was mealnwhile saying
divers distlsteful endearing things to
"Turley (thie doctor) shall certainly
he reqluisitioned to give you something
conlposling. Imy love." lihe addled.
S tepltotrher's "MIy dear' IRichard. I
wan:tt for nothing. I do assure you,"
muade M.xabel and A.gne. exchange
n;ugihty looks. I don't believe the
girls would have credited her with
anything but anl attempt at shamming
if site had suddenly dropped dead from
It couldn't have been much more
than five minutes after the tolling of
the bell when our doorbell was tugged
violently, and aitmost as soon as it was
answered young Grazebrook. one of
the village ringers, appeared in our
room, heedless of the maids, with the
"If you please, sir. and mum. Mr.
Fortescue's been and hanged himself."
"What'?" exclaimed the governor.
lie was proceeding to rate the mes
sengerof evil tidings for his impudence
when Mabel cried:
"Look at her:"
The "her" was stepmother. She had
gone white as a sheet rind fallen back
ward. but upon AMabel's words she
seemed to recover herself.
"It isn't true?" she said in a whisper,
quite appltealingly. tit (lrazehrook.
"It's as true as I stand here, Inllm."
was the iad's reply. "His neck's
'Thel next instant stepmother fairly
sotlltid into hIer hands.
"Oh. T'ortllt riy Piior Toml:" she cried
:igaliln falld again.
I left her in that condition. In the
I elfr- I found Philpps. two or three of
thie ringelrs and tile doctor. There was
nrot the stnallest tdoubt about Fortes
'Ue'.s 'rise.h HIe had. it appeared. nn
dir slil'tituols exhithlatron. celitlbed the
belfry steps a minute or two only be
fore tie prte ilie wari to h'gitn. The
toll of the bell was hiis de-lth knell.
IIow hie Ihad donte it or w'hy or whiether
it was :' m're ar.c'ident--may view of It
-no one oillitd porssibly tell for certain.
But when tihe lads r':rn up the stairs
they forrlnd hiint with ilthe loosed rope
of thre baiss ell tight rounid his neck.
Thie cord liand Ileen dlirawn uip nod laid
allros. rtie Inallll ilntove. and the as
sunlmpltion is that i h iadi clambxered up,
somlehow got his neck into it, and
There thile Imyster''y remained.
Tha' t night sawv tile sequel to the
tragedy. When tile governor awoke
in the nIornilng hi' missed stepmother.
Site Ihad gone with a fair amount of
M.1lnl's "I told you so!" w\ids perfect
A simple. llllnadorned green mound in
tile 'chlir"'hyvanrl covers all thiat 'remains
of rebl-nosetl Tom FIortescue.-Waver.
Treeg In Hawaiian Isles.
Aiout tifteen years ago the Ha
waiian gov\'erlrnelt under'took forest
work, aind very soon the hills back of
lonolulu were clothed with a dense
and luxuriant growth of eucalyptus of
several varities, the Australian wattle
and other trees of that character.
These trees have already exercised a
noticeable infiuetce in conservilg rain.
fall and rendering the climate in the
vicinity more agreeable,.
e The man with a lyiig machine may
be even more conspicuous fdr his phys
ical courage than for his inventive
It is said that some peculiarly vicloes
snakes inhabited the island of Marti
1 aique. The retribution which overtook
them Is the one slight glimmer of sat
isfaction whi-h penetrates the gloom
of the situation.
All the romance connected with the
island of Juan Fernandez its the scene
f of Robinson Crusoe's adventures is
- said to be passing out of it through
the establishment there of extensive
r lobster-cauniing factories, that valuable
a crustacean being found along its shores
t in inexhaustible quantities.
The art of making malleable glass,
which is said to have been well utnder
stood by the Egyptians. but which-i has
a been for centuries lost. has been re
3 discovered by an Indiana man. He
is a lamp-chimney maker, and has for
t years tried to devise a chimney that
would withstand excessive heat. The
a new process, it is stated, renders pos
sible the making of cooking vessels out
The venerable Senator Pettus, of
Alabama, remarks: "The secret of
living long is to work. I am eighty
t one, and happy and healthy as !f boy.
" I notice that all of my neighbors who
got rich and retired are all dead. I
r never got rich, and I never retired.
s 1 tell you, young titan. tithe most fatal
I disease I know of is to quit work. It
Skills every timn. Keep working and
c you'll keepl alive."
That electric traction is already be
ginning to effect the disuse of the horse
e is asserted editorially by tihe Electric
SReview. In Pa:ris. accrording to a
French authority, the municipal census
of horses shows a falling off of nearly
S6000, or six per cent., in the past year.
while in London the decrease has been
ten per cent. The writer states that
the decrease in New York City in twen
ty years has probably been fully one
third, and ihe looks forward confidently
to the time when the progress of engi
neering will have eliminated the horse
as a beast of burden. With it, he ex
lpects, will also go stone Pavements.
dirt, flies and disease.
An extradition treaty with Chile has
just been concluded which will insure
the return to either counlltry of fugi
tives from justice whlo have violated
e fiduciary trusts. A similar coinven
I tion was recently negotiated with Den
mark. Slowly but surely the asylums
of embezzlers and defaulters are being
a closed. Chile was one ef the last
f places of refuge within the sphere of
I civilization for criminals of this class:
there ought to be none left to them.
Cp rimes destructive of confidence, not
e the brutal crimes of violence, deal the
more serious blows against the deli
cate machinery of finance, wheretby the
business of the world is conducted.
The assaults of burglars can be warded
off by watchfulness, but an abuse of a
trust by a fiduciary is a stab in the
It would be interesting to know at
what precise moment of its history a
srlaug word passes from its original
sphere of usage and takes a position
if not a very literal one-in the general
language, thinks the l.ondon Chron
icle. Will the Bluecoat boy's "sicker,"
for instance,. ever become al substitute
Ifor "infirmary'Y" or, will "skug." the
Etonians' latest epithet of abuse, travel
Sany further than the playing fields'
Almost as interesting a study will be
the inquiry into the many wor'ds that
now rank as slirng, though they begun
life ais part of thie polite language. To
take two instances, almnost at random,
"chuck" was literary English in
Shakespeare's time; while we Lind Penn
-sober old-'Puritan Pecnn-solemnly us.
ing the expression, "'in the lunimp."
"And yet," hie writes. "tdespise nothing
rashly, or in the tlump."
Autonmobtiles, trolley cars and bicy
cles are gradually cncroaching on the
tfield of servlice hitherto occupied exclu
sively by tihe horse, :ud the latter is
being griadually crowded out of tile
big (cities as aL beast of burden. In
1901 the total number of horses in
Paris. arccording to a munictlpal census,
was '6,(i!8. 'T'his yearr there aitre only
90,796, a decrease of six per cent. In
London, Berlin, Vienuna and St. P'eters
burg a decrease of ten per cent. has
occurred in tIhe samte lreriod. In New
York it is estimated that there are not
more than two-thirds thie number of
horses employed as were used therec
twenty years ago. The Electrical Re
view, in commenting on the decline of
the horse, thinks that in the course of
time the progress of engineering will
develop methods which will totally
extinguish it as a beast of burden In all
THE VAGA6NbS Os URmOP. 1
". A Class of Nomad. Wiho Make uangar
e Their NItlonel Homne.
Fashion's fondness for Hungarian
orchestras the world over have drawn
s the attention of two continents to
1. those curious people called Tziganes
k in Hungary. Bohemians in France and
gypsies in England and the United
t States. Hungary is the home of the
Tn T'lganes, in so far as they have any
home. In all other European countries
they were persecuted for uenturies as
,e emissaries of the Evil One and enemies
of Christianity. But Hungary took
pity on themn and treated the wander
ers like lost children. It was in the
h fifteenth century that they first made
e their appearance here. King Sigis
e nond received them hospitably, and
recomntmended to the charity and pity
of the public "these poor wandering
people, without a home and hounded
by every one."
' There are now atnout 150.000 of these
r- Tziganes in Hungary. They may be
· divided into three classes-those who
go barcllheaded and barefooted, the
wandering gypsies: those who wear
e headgear and shoes on Sundays, the
ir semi-nomads, and those who always
It wear bh:ts and shoes, and who have to
e a great extent abandoned the nomadic
lives of their ancestors. These latter
are the most civilized, and are gener
It ally musicians, who excel in the play
ing of Hungarian tunes. When the
Tziganes arrived in Hungary they were
f not trained musically, but they soon
f approprilted Magyar music. and out
of it have made a crude and weird art
of their own. Their favorite instru
ament is the "bas 'nlia." as they term
o the violin. Some play the harp. but
I they have a inarkeitd version for the
piano, for the reason that it cannot
Sbe easily moved about. In Hungary.
no fete or festival takes pIlcee without
ta iTzigaue orchestra. At election times
a a. Tzigane landi always heads 1the
electoral processions. aIrld no weddllag
is ctonsitered complete w\ithout their
Stitusi. for the dance. The Tzigaues
have become natural musicians. play
ing from inspiration and generally
C being unable to read music. Liszt.
a who made a study of the Tztganes,
a says that music is to them a sublime
F language, a mystic song, which they
often make use of instead of conversa
tion. and that they have. in fact, in
n vented a music of their own.
Electric Train Lillhting.
The P'russian State Railways. after
a long and exhaustive series of tests
of electric train lighting systems, have
come t0o the conclulsion that a separate
e dynam:o (crried Oil the locomotive or
Stender., intn'diiately utnder the super
visioii of the enlgineer. :llld operiated by
a direct connllec-ted steam engine, drawv
ing its steain from the loconmotive boil
cT. with a regulating storage battery.
is the most etfiicent and practical sys
i- The scheme of carrying a dynamo
nl mounted on a nd geared ito the axle of
each passenger coach. withl an individ
lail storage battery to carry the lights
during the timen the train is at rest,
s has been abandoned in favor of the
g central concentrated plant.
,t The system of carrying storage bat
teries of sttfficient capacity to carry
the entire lighting loud during the traint
run. and charged at the electric plants
at the principal terminal stations of the
t lines has the serious disadvantage of
the grot weight and costly installa
tion. and serious delalys due to the time,
lost il charging the batteries.
e The systemn outlined in the initial
. paragraph has Inow beenl adopted as
d the standard of all Prussian railways.
and tile nmost imnportant trains are
a being equipped with this apparatus.
Ancient submerged City Fonnd.
Leopold atrres, conservator of na
t tional uionuelits. hasI returned to
a Mexic-o City. from his expllorations of
Ithe ruins of Zauoteaui cities in the
State of Oaxaca. lie found the ruins
of anitent city on .1MoIte Alban which
1 show unmistakable indications of hav
ing btrn submerged. iperlhaps lP3000
years ago, for traces of extinct marine
life were unicovered.
In the riuins is an otelesk. sinlilar to
those of E;gypt, which was found
i placed to the eutrance to a tomb, ex
actly as was the custom in Egypt.
Senuor Bartres will make a detailed re
ltort of this remarkable prehistoric city
to the Government.
Monte Allban was visited soene tiime
Sago by ProfCessor Colnes. of the Smith
sonlian Institution, at Washington. It
stands 1800 feet higher than the city
of Oaxaca, and its centrall square was
Ssulrrouuided biy greCat temIiles.-Phl
Oak Veraus Iron.
A writer in thle Engineering News
calls attention to thlc relative durabil
ity of cast irolt and oak timberunder
rather destructive conditions. Ile re
fers to lan olid canon, which has stood
since 1830 in the high ground of Pointt
Bonllita, itt the entrance of San FIrancis- I
co Bay. Au txanlinlatioln of this olt
piece, which was used as a fog signal
for nilauny years. re\veals the fact that
thile oak carriage on which it is mount
ed is in practlically perfect condition,
notwithstanding its fifty years' ex
posure to the winds and moisture
laden atmosiphiere. T'he spokes, hlubs
and felloes. even wheret they have sunk
into the ground, are in perfect condi
tion, while, on the other hand, the
smaller pieces of iron. such as the gun
axle, nuts, bands. etc., have completely
rusted away, and the gun itself. which
is of the toughest east iron. is attacked
to a depth of nearly one-half inch.
There.are now being constructed in'
front of New York theatres automatic
cab calls, numbers in electric lights
being shown. A similar device has
been designed to show the names of 1
stations on railroad trains.
SSnccess is comin' kind o' slow;
Luck never balked my game,
I hoped for it some years ago;
Somehow it never came.
I Kgit 'mo.t all the ills that fly
Around the neighborhood;
But oth wvise I can't deny
I'm doin' purty good.
I must admit a certain pride
When countin' up the score.
No tunnel, nor no trolley ride
Has left me smashed an' sore.
The gold brick an' the bunco game
s As yet I have withstood.
I've trade no hit. but, jes' the same,
I'm doin' purty good.
M1 r. Marke- "'How are fish bitieg,
suonnyt?" Tommy Bobs-"SBame a;, use
nal. sir--with their mouths."-Philadel=
'"o you're in society?" "Yes." "In
real society ?" "Yes." "Way-up soci
r ety?" "Yes." "D'oes society know
it ?"-Chicago Post.
At a meeting of engine-drivers the
following toast was offered: "To our
mothers-the only faithful tenders who
never misplaced a switch."-Tit-Bits.
Lots of men would leave their footprints
Times eternal sands to grace,
Had they gotten mother's slipper
At the proper time and place.
-hew York Sun.
"If some folks could be as eloquent
in lookin' foh work." said Uncle Eben.
"as dray is in kickln' .'bout deir luck,
I reckons dey'd git a job."-Washing
. tool Star.
"No man," said the large waisted
philosopher, "will ever succeed in poli
ties if lie says everything he thinks,
or thinks everything he says."-ln
Short--"f I had as much money as
you have I wouldn't be so bilamed
stingy with it." Long-"My dear boy.
that is the very reason you never have
"The Biowletts seem to be very much
cut up over their uncle's death." "Yes.
I believe they're about fifty thousand
dollars iore sorry than they expected
to be."--Brooklyn Life.
A ilorwalker, paving his aisle,
in a day covered many a ma;ile.
"'How rarely," quoth he,
"Is it granted to see
A mian of my figure and staisle!"
"IHlave you ever written anything
that you were ashamed of?" inquired
the the severe relative. ""No." an
swerted the -author. "But I hopel to
some day. I need the money."--VW'ash
"'That new ne:glbor of ours munst
be a very wasteful womman," he comw
luented. "'hy'" ' she asked. "B'
cause," he replied, "she's throwing that
voice of htr's all about the neighbor
hood instead of saving it tp for use
as a file."-Chicago Post.
"Can't somebody part them?'" x
claimed one of the horrified bystand
ers. "Part them? Not much!" said the
man who was nearest to the scene of
excitement. "Stand back and let thens
tight it out. One's an encyclopedia
canvasser and the other's a map ped
Ascum--"Your husband appears to
be a man of-er-great self-control."
SMrs. Strongmnind- -" tes." Ascum-"I
.suppo"se he inherited that trait from
l~i father, who was so famous." Mrs.
I Strougmind (signiticantly)-"No. It's
a virtue he aequired since his mar
riage."--Ph iladelphia Press.
Sunspuot and Earthquakes.
Sir Norman L.ockyer points out that
the diseaste'rs ill .Martinique and St.
V'incent occlrlre-d at "a well-delitnell
sull-spot uinitinllllll." :and, researeh hav
ing showll "'letvyoutd questiotl that the
most disalstrous volcanict erulptionsl and
earthquakes generally occur. like ihue
rain pulses ii In dia, round the dates of
the sunspot minimulm alnd Uaximullni."
lihe is inclined to accept the theory.
tirst advanced tifty years ago. that
there is a connection between solar
and selsulic activity. One woultl per
haps expect the neighboring moon to
Iproduce a more marked etffect upon
the earth's surface than the vaster but
inore distant sun. and. as a matter of
fact. at the beginning of tbe second
week iin iMay. when St. Pierre was
overwhelmhnd. the muoonl was in the
best possible position relatively to sun
and earth to make her tidal intincuce
felt. But thlere are other forces in the
unlivel-se besides that of gravity, though
they are not so ilenrly undersrood.
It is known. fort instance. that sunspot
Iperiods hav\e an ilcndoul.led conntect.ion
with lndt!an rains and Arctic aurorae.
and it would be rash mo denity that the
sympatihy betweeli sun and planet sla
more than skin deep.- Londou Graphic.
The Red tulantiug Coat.
The origin of the red celt is a niys
tery. There is a story told "that one
of the early tIenrys wats so enamored
with the sport of fox hunting as to
ordain it to be a royal sport, and the
red coat was worn in consequel'ce."
T''his, however, has been pointed at as
absurd, as in those days scarlet was
not a royal livery at aIll. One thing
there can be no doubt about, and that
is that the scarlet coat is very popular
for those who hunt reguilarly. And it
mutst be confessed that it adds pictnr
esqueness to the sceuc. The question
of color sentms to be very much a mat
ter of taste: it is looked upon as an
indication of social position. In the
abstract any one can don the pink, it
so desired. but it is considered out. of
taste for anyone to adopt that color
if he does not liberally subscribe to the
hunt fund. The black coat is cosn
sidered to come next in social poshiom,
and the ordinary Imufti gtiarment :t
those whose subscription Ia vrry .i +a5 - -
in eed-Tallor and OCutter.