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UfE AND DLATM,
flo h f,,r IiU faith. 1 hut h flno
Mum tluui iiuj-t of iih do.
J'.nt R.iy. i-nti ymi a LI Id that lino
'i'llllt lit) iu.nl flir It too'
111 Jll-t death l;0 liorn wltn Ht la.t
Am a martyr to truth.
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J- rum Urn luyn of lilh ymitli t
Jt In rimy to illt. JI. ii liavo . 1 10-1
for i whh or a whim
I r -in l rnv1'lo or pm-lon or pddo.
Whs it linriltT fur Llm I
l!tit to llvo -every day to livn out
All Urn ti nth th ut ho iliDiioit,
Whlio hirt friend tin-t til-t eomluet with doubt
Ami lh world with contempt.
Win It thus that h ii plodded ahead.
Never tiiri.li;(,' imlili)?
Then we'll talk of tiio Iir thi.t ho lj 1.
Never iiilml how ho died.
Tne Usual Ghost.
l:v II A I,K IIoWAllO IlK'llAnl SIN.
We were talking r bout ghosts and
psychical phenomena in general when
Lithgow vulunteeied a story.
"1 don't repudiate the ghost busi
ness, hoys, but this la my nearest ap
proach to an apparition. It was down
i Hi,) "
"Then it was lizards," Interrupted
Some one fetched him with a chunk
and Lithgow proceeded,
"It was down iu Rio just after the
rebellion, when the navy bonbarded
the city. I was there surveying on a
projected railroad, and had hired a
house on the outskirts of the town.
All I needed was a room, but the price
asked was so low, and the little gar
den with one or two orange and pa
paw trees looked so inviting, that I
took it. The house was in bad repair,
only one of the rooms down stairs be
ing habitable by my standard. The
other room was only floored in part,
but would do excellently for my pony.
"What was upstairs I didn't know,
as the steps of the rude, stairway had
been removed, and the opening above
boarded over. The neighborhood
seemed respectable, and there was a
small bnrraca opposite with several
companies of soldiers.
"The first night, strange to say, I
slept undisturbed, but may be I was
used up from an unusually hard bit of
work. I was dimly conscious in the
morning of remembering that my
horse had been restless during the
night, and of having accounted for it
by flies. The next day was pretty
warm even for May, and the night
failed to acquire its accustomed cool
ness, I kept awake a long while.
Then I noticed an increased restless
ness in the pony, and while wondering
what I could do for her comfort, some
one began stalking in a deliberate
fashion across the partly boarded
floor. I expected to hear a voice, but
my unknown visitor held his tongue,
but maintained a mark-time sort of
pacing to and fro.
"I jumped up without much attempt
at silence, ran to the door and flung it
open. Th5 moonlight was sufficient to
show an empty room, save for the
quaking mare. The street door was
securely barred, and I closed the win
dow shutters, although it seemed im
possible that any one could make a
epeedy exit by them. Then I went to
bed again, speculating on the where
fore of the intrusion, but soon fell
"However, on the following night,
the same monotonous and slightly ha
rassing pit-pat was resumed. The
ghost did not keep schedule time, that
is the conventional midnight,, but had
a great faculty of perceiving the mo
ment of my falling asleep. I arose
cautiously, pistol in hand, and stood
listening by the door. Stamp, stump
a somewhat irregular light and irre
gular step was certainly sounding from
the other side. I could hear the mare
dribbling out her breath as she trem
bled. When the footsteps seemed just
opposite the door I burst in.
"lint the pony was all alone. The
moonlight streamed in the windows,
for it had been too stifling to close
the shutters. Daisy kept her head
turned with frightened eyes toward a
corner of the room, but there was noth
ing there. Somehow I felt loth to lin
gerand after soothing the trembling
pony, went back to my room and shut
the door carefully. Then I lit the lamp
end read and thought and dozed till
sleep overcame me altogether.
"Feliciano, the lieutenant opposite,
said with a shrug of his delicate shoul
ders that no one stayed in that.casa
very long. He wouldn't stay five min
ute s alter dark. So I invited one of
the boys to the theatre and to stay
with me all night, e had hardly
blown out the light before the walking
began. Donovan started up.
" 'Who's your rcstlecs neighbor, Lith
gow?' " 'I don't know. Maybe two of us
can find out,' I answered in a whisper.
You pull open the door and I'll jump
"But Donovan wanted the honor cf
J im;. in-; in. and I readily consenled.
'We lisfnrd t'!l Donovan whispered.
v Ut m? at hi::i!' and in he sprang,
"fv 'C?orge! I heard him right
ti.-r'. Lithgow, you're gct a harnt.
There'g tet t) bloody inurtacr! lt m
"We didn't ileip much the rest of
the night, !,,.( miHo Donovun Insisted on
relating hair-raising ghost idurles. I
chaffed him into coining again. Wo
made ourselves comfortable In the
room with the horse. A game of eu
chre passed the time until 11 o'clock,
ami pcrhapH we took several nwlgs of
Dutch courage. We blew out the light
end lay down. I know I felt consider
able HuspeiiHe, reclining there right on
the ghost's stamping ground, and Don
ovan was breathing heavily.
"The suspense lasted long enough to
make us a little sceptical of our appari
tion. Donovan turned over with a re
lieved grunt, and I relaxed myself for
slumber. Suddenly Daisy gave a little
snort and we were wldi awake. The
stump, stump, of the ghost's footsteps
rounded resonantly through the room.
Donovan groaned; I could not restrain
a cold sweat. The step seemed at the
very bedside. The moon had gained
the zenith and left the room In shad
ow. I sat up.
" 'D'ye see it?' said Donovan, hoarse
ly. "All I could distinguish was Daisy,
with head turned toward the corner
she had indicated In her alarm the
night before. Indeed now that my at
tention was directed the sound did
seem to come from there. I threw the
small club I had viciously toward that
quarter. Something intercepted its
flight before it reached the wall, and it
clattered to the floor In company with
"I struck a light and Donovaa
"'By George!' he said. 'The ghost
has dropped his walking stick!'
"He gingerly picked up a light bam
boo pole about nine feet long. Simul
taneously we peered upward; I held
the light higher.
" 'Shure, he dropped his cane going
through that crack,' commented Dono
van, indicating a narrow space between
the boards covering the stairway open
ing. "We cocked our revolvers.
" 'Come down, ye luney spalpeen,
commanded Donovan, as brave as a
lion now, 'or we fill your foggy carcass
"The boards were displaced.
" 'Don't shoot, senhors! I descend
myself,' and a good looking Portuguese
dropped through and stood bowing be
"He smiled engagingly, and gave an
expressive side glance toward the li
quor. He responded quickly to my nod.
" 'You see, senhors, our little bom
bard had not success. I take chance
and fly, and herein hide myself. You
will not betray? No? Ai! My clum
sy espiritu alarm you not? Others fled
when I tap so, in two, three days. Ha,
ha! and Feliciano, my cousin, the lieu
tenant, bring provisions. Tomorrow,
next day, I think to escape. Your
"And the third night he was gone."
"The deuce!" complained Gammons.
"I've had a better seance than that
myself." Waverley Magazine.
Listen to rupu.
There is a man who fancies he Is ut
the head of the house. This particu
lar man has several small children,
and it pleases him to discourse a
great deal on the training of the
A few days ago he had friends vis
iting him. His two little sons began
to play about noisily. It is one of his
theories that children should obey im
pllcity, and he wanted his friends to
see how he carried it out in the train
ing of his own family.
"Johnny," he said sternly, "stop
that noise instantly."
Johnny looked up in surprise, and
then grinned a little.
"Oh, Freddie," he said to his broth
er, as they went on with the noisy
romp, "just listen to papa trying to
talk like mama!"
A ISeHflv Answer.
Little Bobbie G , although only
seven years old, always has a ready
tongue and a quick answer, which is
the delight of all those who know him.
Frequently Bobbie's wits save him re
buke from the parental wrath, as they
did only recently. Bobbie had bean
naughty and his mother deemed it
necessary to chastise him with a small
switch, of which he stood in great
dread, although it was a very frail in
strument of punishment. The mother
got down the switch and called her
son to her. He came reluctantly.
"Bobbie," she said, gravely, "I am
very sorry, that I will have to whip
"If you are so sorry," came the quick
answer, "I will forgive you and you
needn't whip me, mamma!"
It is pathetic to find that while the
IWsh language movement Is rapidly
spreading the number of Scottish
rpeakers of Gaelic has considerably
diminished. In 1S91 the number who
spoke Gaelic only was 34,758, but at
;he lait census they had dwindled to
2S.70G. There is, apparently, more
urgent necessity for a "Gaelic revi
val" in Scotland than in Ireland; un
less, indeed, the figures only mean
that many Gaelic speakers have now
abided the knowledge of English to
their accomplishments. London Daily
llm 1)1 fl.'l ii p.
When Ji-hHio wis ii little girl,
From hlx to eleven, my,
Kh im( to wait liii ntn'Utly
For every holiday.
Iler birthday, too, they cnino so slow
It Waa lo limit between
That when Min was but ten, Mio thought
Mm might Lave la aliteen.
Hut now that nhe I thirty odd,
And none ha oom to woo,
ller till -Unlays ar no clo, him thinks,
Thut ouo In three might do.
I'Kypl'nn lrl nt I'Imt.
In hci "Recollections of an Egyp
tian Princess," the author describes a
little game at romps in the garden of
the pilace which disclosses a very
close touch of nature. The princess
was seated near a little lake, which
had been construct"d in a serpentine
shape, winding about under rustic
She was laughingly scolding one of
her attendants,' when the girl broke
away cryirg out. "My mistress is an
gry with me! I'll drown myself!"
and rush'id into the water.
Thi princess called out, "Oh, stop
her! Stop her!'' and three or four more
followed immediately. But the tirst
knew well enough that the water was
not more than three feet deep, ro she
had done it for a joke, and she turned
round and threw water in the laces of
The princess had seen the joke di
rectly after the cry had escaped her,
and now joined heartily In the fun,
and urged others to help in the cap
ture. The general dress when warm
weather set in was white Indian grass
cloth, more or less fine, made loose,
and confined at the waist by a colored
sash or ribbon to match' being
usually worn round the throat, and to
tie back the hair.
The dress could not be hurt by the
immersion, but the ribbons might be
spoiled. Some were seen to cast a
glance cn their pretty ties, which was
a signal to those who saw the look to
rush upon them at once and push them
There was nothing but screaming
and laughing, several disporting them
selves in the water, others pursued all
over the garden, met at the cross
paths, turning and doubling on their
pursuers. The princess clapped her
hands with delight, and laughed unre
strainedly, and the girls themselves
were immensely pleased with the joke.
lm mid Ink.
The first ink used by the ancients
was probably some port of soot or
lampblack rendered flaid with gum
water. An ink of this sort is less flow
ing than our modern ink, and not so
well adapted to rapid writing, but it
had the great advantage of being a
solid body pf an unalterable color.
This advantage appears in manuscripts
dug up at Harculaneum, which, al
though burned to a perfect charcoal
and buried for nearly IS centuries, are
still legible. The ink remains as if
embossed upon the surface, and ap
pears blacker than the burned paper.
The reed, which was the first pen in
use. was a sort of bullrush, growing
in many parts of the east. These reeds
were cut in the manner of a quill, and
are still used by natives who write the
Arabic character. Nations who have
adopted the Chinese character use a
camel's hair pencil, which is held per
pendicularly in tne hand. This would
seem little adapted for rapid writing,
yet the Chinese write their complicat
ed characters by means of these im
plements with a rapidity seldom
equaled by European writers.
The quill appears to have been first
In use about the year 000. The word
"penna," meaning a quill, is not found
in any work older than that period.
Previous to that we find usually the
word "calamus," a reed. The qiull has
an advantage over the reed in being
finer and more durable, the same quill
often serving for weeks or een
months. Some ancient writer used
the same pen for 40 years, and then,
losing itby accident, bewailed his loss
bitterly. It is said that the translat
or Pliny completed that, work with a
single pen, and celebrated his achieve
ment in this verse:
With one sole pen 1 wrote this book,
Made of a gray goose quill;
A pen it was when it took:
A pen I leave it still.' Brooklyn
Hravery of n Motlier iironxe.
When first I came to the territory
of Washington the desiro to explore
the mountains to the west of my home
near Valley grew upon me, and at the
first opportunity, taking ponies and
blankets, and accompanied by my eld
est son, a lad of 17, I set out on a four
days' trip into the new wonderland.
The summit of the range was reached
cr the second day, at a point entirely
out of the line of travel of either In
dians or whites, and when almost at
the summit, just as we were passing a
clump of busbfs, on June 6, US4. we
ran into a brood of little ruffed
My boy was riding in front a couple
of rods in advance, and the first move
of the mother bltd s-jemed to be to
hustln liT b'lbli a away fron )lU
horse's feet, and jurt h h" rode past
the rose In th nlr a - 1 flew dirctly
toward me, I pulled up my pony In
stantly, and as I tat Hill (die fl-w
Rtr.ili-ht for my In-id. rising liiHt
above it a;i she ui'ne, mil sud lenly th
boy died out. "H:e Is going to alight
on your head."
it was true and to the day of my
death I shall regret t!i:vt the unexpect
ed sound of the llutt; ring of her wings
us she settled towards my head for aa
Instant started me from my compos
ure, and the tempatlcm to glance up
ward was momentarily Jrresistable,
and, In consequence, my sllghtuly tilt
ing hat brim frightened her while just
iu the act of setting her f t upon my
head, and swerving lightly to her left,
r;he swung round and settled on the
rump of the tired pony under B.
The pony stood perfectly still, and
slowly very Blowly 1 turned my head
and looked at her. Beginning in a
very low tone and gradually raising my
voice, I talked to i?r and to my boy
about her for a minute or two before
she fluttered away in search of her
Telling her what a graceful little
beauty she was, and how we had no
thought of hurting either her or her
babies, I cajoled her Into listening for
quite a time, and though I am well
perauaded that she had never beforo
seen either man or horse, I contended
that it was courage pure and Bimplo
which prompted her to lly in the
face of so formidable an apparation In
defense of her little ones. Correspon
dent Forest and Stream.
llrtlml ro' Own Stnrjr.
We are all little raindrops frolicking
up in a cloud. I never knew how we
got there until my mother told me. Of
course, there isn't anything else to
say about it, except that we were
drawn up in vapor to this cloud. But
I can tell you what happened to me
after that, and make it a good long
As I say, we were all frolicking
around, and pretty soon we heard a
great crash, and we were all falling to
the ground, even mother after me. We
saw our old home, the cloud leaving
We came down in this way all night,
and in the morning we landed in some
mud (my mother and I). We soon
soaked into the dirt and slept soundly
till spring. Then we came bubbling
up out of the ground and cheerfully
down a little stream, kissing flowers
and giving drinks to poor, thirsty
grass. Many weeks passed in this
way, until at last we entered a large
river, all filthy with sticks and gravel
and tin cans and iron hoops.
I ventured to ask my mother what
place this was, and she answered:
"This is the Illinois river, my child;
do you think it is dirty?" I told her
I thought it was indeed, and that I
hoped we would soon be out of it.
lust then we whirled around a corner
and my wish was granted; we were
in the Mississippi, and, though it
wasn't any cleaner than the other, I
was proud to be in such a grand river.
Just now we happened to be in a "boat
road," as I called it, and we were being
whirled around and thrown up in foam,
but what cared i so long as we, were in
the grand Mississippi? ,
It took us days and months before
we were out of the grand river, I see
ing many thing3 that I never would
have dreamed of up in the clouds. Once
we were thrown up onto the deck of a
ship, and were swept off by a man with
ribbons on his hat, which my mother
said was a sailor.
At last we were emptied into tha
Guir of Mexico. Here I thought f.
should die with the waves. They
rulled everything, and tossed mother
and myself around carelessly. At last
we were in a rougher place; the waves
were awful there. They tossed us up
against the ships cabin holes and back
again. My mother said it was the At
Just as she said this, to our great
joy we were taken from the awZul At
lantic ocean up into our own o'.d cloud,
and we found all our old friends back
again before us. Donald S. McKay,
(age 9), in New Yrork Mail and Ex.
"One day," said Turgenieff in his
"Reminiscences," we were discussing
German poetry in his presence. Victor
Hugo, who did not like others to mo
nopolize the talk when he was by, in
terupted me with a disquisition upon
Goethe. 'His best work, he remark
ed in an Olypian tone, 'is "Wallen
stein." ' 'Pardon me, cher maitre,
"Wallenstein" is not Goethe's, but
Schiller's.' 'No matter; I have read
neither of the authors, but I under
stand their spirit better than those
who know them by heart.' What could
"What you lack," said the person
who reads your character, "is self
confidence." "I can't help it," said the young
man. "You see, I was for a number
of years employed in the work of pre
parin? weather predictions." Wash
The doctor's son may fc.lkw in his
father's footsteps by becoming an un-
Tflntnr In too coll fr work j
rree.ln' weather make ine L!rk.
HjirliiK' eomi'ii on iuj' Cue! inn vt lAAu
1 could 'l)d my day a 1.. hlii'
Then In Bummer, when It'a hot,
I ay work kin gn to pot.
Autumn ilayn, no calm and hazy,
Horter make mo kinder lay.
That's tlio way the HiHns run.
Het'ina I can't git nothlu' ilium.
Hani H. Mlurion, In LIppliKMtt'a Magaln
Willie My father says lie's goin'
to be sent to the legislature. Bobby
Gee! Wot's he done?
Hoax What high collars Dud. lelgh
wears. Joax Yes. ho always looks
as though rome- one had given him a
cuff In the neck.
SHims A great many young men
have a false Idea of marriage. Cynl
( us Yes; some of them vwn expect
tu have their own way about It.
"I always take my dog with mo
when I make a balloon ascension,"
said the aeronaut. "A skyo-tcrrier, I
suppose," rcmaiked the village wit.
Ossified Man I wonder why the Cir
cassian girl married the "Human
Snake?" Skeleton Oh, she said shei
wanted a man the could wrap around
Blobbs I hear you lost your cult.
Was tho judge's charge unfavorable?
Slobbs Oh, I'm not kicking about
that. What makes me sore la my law
Hook That young married couple
appear to be, two souls with but a
single thought. Nye Yes; he thinks
he's the only thing on earth, and tho
agrees with him.
"It must be hard to be working on
literary stuff all the time," remarked
the visitor. "No," rejoined Scribbler;
"it's easy. "It's working off ihe
stuff that's hard."
"That woman next door," she said,
"is the newsiest thing. She's forever
standing in her dining room peeping
over into ours." "How do you know?"
asked her husband.
Cinder Charley I told dat lady I
was merely tryin' to keep soul an'
body together. Billy Trucks What
did she say? Cinder Charley She
gave me a safety pin.
"Riche3 have wings," sagely ob
served the Wise Guy. "Yes; and it's
a good tiling they have," remarked
the Simple Mug. "It enables some
people to feather their nests."
"The hanging committee is now at ,
work," explained the artist to his
I friend from the west. "Great Scott!"
gasped Rattlesnake Reuben, "are they
goin' ter lynch some o' you fellers."
"Before our marriage I used to
call her my lily." "Why so?" "Because
she 'toiled not, neither did she spin.' "
"And has die changed any?" "Slight
ly. Now she toils not, but she spins.
You see, I bought her a bicycle."
A bright little girl asked one morn
ing at the breakfast table, "Mamma,
is hash animal or vegetable?" "Ani
mal, my dear," replied mamma.
"Then," cried the little one, trium
phantly, holding up a tiny bone,
"here's the hash's tooth."
"Yes, mum," chuckled the buffoon
tramp, "I am the funniest man that
ever rapped at your back door. I am
just full of monkeyshines." "Indeed!"
snapped the lean-nosed woman, as
she pointed toward the woodpile;
"then suppose you cut up a little out
Senior Partner Y'es, when I adver
tised for a careful boy I dropped a
book so it would be observed by the
long line of applicants. The first bo
picked it up. Junior Partner And
you engaged him? Senior Partner
No; he not only picked the book up,
but he put it in his pocket.
To Avoid Ilie rnilings of Old At;p.
Sir James Paget is very interest
ing in his description of the way in
which the old man should obtain self
knowledge of his growing incapacities
by keeping watch over the altered char
acter of some of his acts, over the
half mile less which he can accomplish
in an hour, over the gradual curtail
ment of the range in both directions
of his voice and over the way in which
he should seek to adapt his efforts to
his failing powers. Such self-observation
might perhaps be trusted to afford
immunity from some of what may per
haps be called the vices of old age
the one story lepeated an uncountable
number of times, the intellect so im
bedded In a grove that it cannot he
extricated by the advent of new know
ledge. Sir Andrew Clark was accus
tomed to deine old age as the period
of life at which a man no longer ad
justed himself to his environment.
Slot Machine Tut Out of !iuina.
The new ten-centime perforated
nickel pieces of the Belgian coinage
have proved a source of embarrass
ment to the Brussels municipal author
ities. It seems, states the Independ
ance Beige, that the new coins are lar
ger In diameter and also lighter than
the old 10-centime pieces, and the re
sult is that about 3200 pennies-in-the-slot
gas meters which were out oa hira
are nut out of use.