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B. H. ADAMS, Fnbllaher.
THE OLD STRAW HAT.
I knocked It from the chimney shelf.
With stroke of careless hand
The prototype of that brave self.
Time-tried, toil-soiled and tanned.
Its narrow brim and sunken crown
Are touched with all the srace
That glowed beneath it in the brown.
Of father's honest face.
Harsh edges of the autumn corn
Have sawed its ragged brim.
Until in every line forlorn
I read a tleld-told hymn.
It brought me berries from the patch.
Picked by his plow-worn hands:
"White stores of eggs from rick and thatch.
Treasures from Held and sands.
Each year he called its service done.
Hut when the bluebirds came
Be said they would not find the sua
And flowers of spring the same
If never moved about the yard
The old familiar uat:
They'd miss it from the orchard sward
llcMluo him where he sat;
And as I hear their plaintive note
From out the sour-bourh tree.
I catch from every warbler's throat
A strain of sympathy.
What like those strands, bathed in the dew
And bronzed by summer skies?
Ui-neath I sec that face so true,
Thos patient, honest eyes:
Forrest Crissey. in Chicago Post
WHO HANG THE BELL?
BY LIKE SHARP.
A man who has business in the cltv
every day little realizes the delights
of his own suburban home. He leaves
the place early in the morning and he
comes home tired at night, and thus he
misses the pleasures ;hat he would en
joy if he spent the whole day at his
Recently, I resolved to get a bit
ahead with my work, and so 1 aban
doned the city and all its ways, deter
mined to stay at home until 1 had
written a number of those stories
which are the delight of two conti
nents, while in the intervals I could
polish off a few novels that the world
is eagerly waiting for; thus I became
acquainted with my own plot of land.
which I had seen hitherto only on Sun'
days. 1 found that my back yard was
an idyllic place in which to write, and
I furnished myself with one wicker
chair to sit in and another on which to
put my feet, while the low table at my
ioow held the manuscript. Land is
so expensive in England that we make
much of our back yards. An English
.gardener will do more with a little
plot of land than any other man I ever
saw. He will take a small bit of
ground, and, by judicious planting of
shrubbery, the making of walks, and
the utilizing of whatever trees there
may be on the place, will make it look
to the casual observer like a large es
tate. The soil is very productive, and
the climate is generally so mild the
whole year around that plants hardly
ever stop growing. Of course if one
has u large place a man has a gardener
of his own, but we people with small
lots are content with a gardener who
comes in once or twice a week, or
perhaps three times, if things are
growing very rapidly. I never knew
the particulars of this until I stayed
at home. Not being an inquisitive
man, my occasional glimpses of the
back yard had never suggested to me
that all this neatness and order was
the result of human intervention. I
thought it was part of my contract
with the landlord, and one of the rea
sons why I was paying him rent; so as
I sat at my work, I was astonished to
find a man with a wheelbarrow full of
tools trundle it from the front of the
house into the back yard. I asked him
what the mischief he was doing there,
and why he came in without he for
mality of ringing, for he seemed to
have a key to my private gate; he
was equally astonished to find me on
the premises, and a mutual explana
tion resulted in his discovering that I
was the proprietor, and my learning
that he was my gardener.
When I owned a back and a front
yard in America, neither was of much
ise to me. The back yard was exceed
ingly small, and was the home of the
ash-bin, and the dumping ground of
various disabled utensils pertaining to
the kitchen. It was not a thing of
beauty. The front yard was all right
enough, but it belonged more to the
public than to myself. There was no
fence between the house and the
street, and I would as soon have
thought of sitting down on the side
walk as lounging about on the bit of
grass which was in front of my resi
dence. An Englishman,- however,
keeps his yards for his own use. He
believes, if he pays rent and taxes for
a plot of ground, that that plot of
ground is his for the time being; con
sequently he puts a high wall around
it, and is as secluded in his back yard
as though he were in his own drawing
room. My house is situated on a sort of still
backwater just out of the main current
of traffic A celebrated old coaching
road running in the direction of Ep
som passes near enough to be handy,
and so far away that we are out of the
noise of the traffic Out of this main
road there runs a street in the form
of semi-circle. It leaves the main
road for no particular reason, and
joins it again for no particular reason,
and in the center of this bow my
house, with the front and back
.yards, is situated. It is a delight
fully quiet spot, for no vehicle comes
into this peaceful road unless it has
business at one of the six or seven
houses that are situated upon this
street, which can hardly be called a
thoroughfare. My back yard wall,
therefore, is a segment of a circle. It
is eight feet high, and is what is called
n English park fence, which means
that it is made of upright split oak
slabs overlapping each other. This
kin 3 of fence is said to cost as much
n3 lost as long as a brick wall. It is
impossible for anyone to climb it, and
equally impossible for anyone to see
through it. Therefore, a man may
walk about in his back yard dressed
pretty much as he pleases. He can
I wear hls oldest coat, and his most crni-
lortable slippers. There is a conserva
tory at the end of the lawn, and here
the high fence ends. There is also a
little sub-back yard filled with tall
trees which shut out the view from the
road. Around this minor back yard
the fence is only four feet high.
This minute description of my estate
is necessary for understanding" the ex
citing times I had during the days I
stayed at home and attempted to do
some writing in the quietness of my
own back yard.
I found that the fence was a great
temptation to every passer-by. The
small boy, if he had a stick in his
hand, liked to run it along the boards
or beat the stick against them as he
passed along. This was annoyin-j. and
I sometimes shouted to him to stop his
racket, but I merely received in return
a number of personal remarks which,
it is not too much to say, were dis
tinctly insulting, considering the fact
that the speaker was entirely unable
to see the person to whom he was
Therefore, as I am of the kind of
person to whom experience teaches
something. I ceased to expostulate
verbally with the small bsr-v,-ith his
stick. 1 stole quiet ly around into the
sub-back yard and waited for hira
beside the low fence. lie always
came along quite unconscious of dan
ger, for I was well concealed by the
brick wall of the conservatory, and I
always succeded in snatching his cap.
He usually jumped to the middle of the
road in his surprise before he realized
that he had to negotiate for the re
turn of his cap. I made him give his
name and address and apologize in
the most abject fashion before
returned his headgear. He was usual
ly the butcher's delivery boy or the
lad from the grocery. I threatened to
turn the police upon him, or what was
worse, to go to his master and com
plain; and I think that I do not
flatter myself when I say that
during the time I stayed at home, I
had a distinctly moral effect on the
lads of that neighborhood. A boy dare
not "sass" you when you have his cap
in your hands, for he is, if I may put
it that way, handicapped in the con
I soon found, however, that there
was a more objectionable small boy
than the one who rapped at the fence
This was the boy (generally there were
two of them), who rang the electric
bell at the back gate. He then ran
around the corner and appeared to be
amused at the blank look of the serv
ant as she gazed up and down the
street trying to discover who had
called her unnecessarily from her
One afternoon I heard the prolonged
ring of the bell and then the rapid
fjHJtsteps of two urchins as they
ran along the walk outside of the
fence, and so I thought the time had
come to teach these youngsters
lesson. I slipped silently down the
lawn, under the trees, into the shadow
of the greenhouse, and peered cautious
ly over the fence, so that they might
not see me. There the two young
villains stood close to me and craning
their necks to see who opened the
garden door. I heard the click of the
latch as the garden entrance
was opened, and then the
two ragamuffins, with many giggles.
backed closer to the fence so the serv
ant could not see them. They were so
preoccupied in watching danger from
one direction that they did not see the
real calamity that hovered near them
Before they were aware of it my two
hands dropped down on them, as it
were from the skies, and I had a firm
clutch of each by the back of his col
lar. Talk about the pleasures of hook
inga salmon, it is nothing at all to the
excitement of catching an energetic
small boy and getting a good firm hold
of the collar of his coat. For the next
two minutes I had all I could do. They
squirmed and wriggled, and kicked at
the fence, threw themselves down, and
did every mortal thing they could think
of in trying to escape, but I held on
and finally it dawned on them that
they were nabbed. Then the elder said
Say, mister, if you don't let me go
I'll yell for a policeman.
Yell," I answered; '"that's just what
I want you to do, and when the police
man comes 1 11 be very glad to hand
vou over to him."
Now the boys, if they had only
known it, were perfectly within their
legal rights in calling a policeman.
and if a policeman had been called I
don't know how I could have justi
fied my own action. I was com
mitting an assault on them for an
offense I had not seen them commit,
and which, perhaps, was not punishable
by the law if there had been witnesses.
I was taking the law and the young
rascals into my own hands, which is
not a thing to be permitted. However,'
there was, as a matter of course, no
policeman in sight, and I thought
I would chance it. I hauled the light
er of the two boys over the fence,
while the other wriggled and strug
gled to escape. It was no easy task
getting the youngster over, for he
clawed and fought like a cat. but at
last I had him on my side and then
putting him on the ground with my
foot on him to hold him down I turned
my attention and both hands to the
larger boy, and soon had him over.
"Now, my lads," I said, "when any
one rings a door bell he expects to
come in. I am sorry to have to drag
you over the garden fence, but you
should have waited at the door; when
you could have entered with much less
wear and tear to your clothing."
"We didn't want to come in," an
swered the eldest boy.
"Then you should not have rung the
bell. Now, you see. I have you in here
alone. I have not quite made up my
mind what I ain going to do with you,
but I am certain no one has seen yon
come in, and I am certain no one will
see you go out again. I may imprison
vou for life in the coal cellar, or I may
put yon to death in some slow, tortu
I had now brought the boys, drag
ging their feet along the lawn, np be
fore my wicker chair. I knew that as
soon as I let go of them they would
bolt, but I did not think they would
succeed, because, lying on my chair
was a cane with a hook on the end of
it and I thought I might induce the
boys to stay even after 1 had let go ol
My surmises proved to be correct, for
when I let go of one boy to pick up my
cane he bolted, but by the crook I
caught him by the foot and he fell on
"It's no use," I said to him. "You
can't get away, and if you did I would
slaughter you before vou could get
over the back fence, so you had better
stand the racket peaceably and quiet
ly. You rang the bell and evidently
wanted to see me. Now, nere you are.
What is it you want?"
I sat down in the chair with the
stick handy to prevent any attempt at
escape, and the boys stood before me. j
"I didn't ring the bell," said one of i
the boys. j
"Yes he did," said the other, i
"'twasn't me." j
"You're a liar," said the other, and '
lefore I knew it they had clinched fin- j
gers in each other's hair, and were j
the lawn in a free fight. The table
went over before 1 could prevent it.
"Here, you young rufiians," I cried,
"are you going to fight on my lawn?"
I tried to separate them and suc
ceeded after some strenuous efforts,
and stood them on their feet again.
The little fellow was game to the back
bone. I knew that by the way he
struggled and scratched and fought
when I dragged him over the fence.
He drew hia hand defiantly across his
nose and glared at the other, who stood
looking as if he had gotten the worst
of the tussle.
"Now, boys," I said, "you must be
have yourselves and answer my ques
tions: "Which one of you rang the bell?"
Both of them answered simultane
ously: "He did, sir." And the little one said
strenuously to the elder: "You're a
liar," and then threw himself on top of
the elder and began to pummel him.
I inserted the crook of the stick be
hind the little one's collar and puUed
"You yoring villain, stand up," I said.
"Now don't be so ready to call each
other liars, but answer my questions.
What is your name?"
"His name," said the younger, nod
ding toward his companion, "is Chim
"He's a liar," said the elder; "that's
his own name."
"No, it isn't," said the younger.
"You're a liar,'' passed between them
simultaneously, and in a moment they
were at it again, and rolling about on
the grass, screaming and using the
most horrible language.
I tore them apart and stood them
once more on their feet, and said to
the smaller one:
"Y'ou little rascal, if you call him a
liar again, or if you pitch into him
again. 1 11 thrash you with my cane.
Do you understand?"
"Y'ou daren't do it," said the small
boy. "M v father had a man fined for
striking me with a stick."
"Oh, did he?" I said; "and who is
your father, and where does he live?
I'll go with you and give him a chance
of finishing me; but I'll have the value
of the fine out of you in the first place,
and don't you forget it."
By this time the neighbors, hearing
the fearful language, and the noise of
conflict, came to their windows, and
evidently thought I had hired two rag
amuffins from the streets to set them
at fighting each other. I saw that if I
did not speedily get rid of the twe
young villains I was going to lose the
respect of the entire suburb.
"Now," 1 continued to the younger,
tell me your name and where yoc
'His name is Smith," said the other,
"and he lives in the Lovelace road."
"He's a liar," said the elder, where
upon the youngster spatted him in
stantly on the mouth, and they were
at it again. There was no need to tel;
me he was a liar, for I knew the
Lovelace road was the most aristocrat'
ic road in the neighborhood.
The screams of the combatants rent
the air and when I once more separatee
them the nose of each was bleeding.
In the silence that followed the com
bat I was made aware, by the remark?
heard through the fence, that
crowd had gathered and were listenins
to the struggle, evidently thinking
from the sounds that reached them
that a family difference of some in
tensity was raging behind the wall.
The bigger boy was blubbering anc
rubbing the blood from his nose al
over his lace, and making a most re
pulsive object of himself. The youngei
was glaring scornfully at him. and ap
parently ready to spring at his throa'
at the lightest provocation.
My greatest desire in life now was t
get rid of these two most objectionabli
citizens. I flung away my stick anc
"Y'ou just wait till I get something
that will take the nonsense out of you.'
Then I retreated a few steps towart
the house. Instantly their difference
were lorgotten. casting a wild, lool
over their shoulders, they made a bol
for the sub-back yard, and before an;
one could say "Jack Robinson," the;
had thrown themselves over the fenc
and tumbled out into the road. I rai
after them as far as the fence, but the;
were out of sight down the street be
fore I reached there. Which one o
them has murdered the other I han
not been able to find out. but I suspec
the small boy, who "was all hot sam
and ginger," is the victor. Detrci
The Pharisees mentioned in thi
New Testament took their name fron
the Hebrew word meaning separated
Thev were so called because they cod
sidered themselves better than th( I
other people of that time and separated j
themselves from them.
CONDITIONS IN NEBRASKA.
Cora Promises a Large yield, Exnept la
the State' Garden Spot. '
A recent McCook (Neb.)dispatch says:
On crossing the Missouri river run
ning to Lincoln, the Burlington land
agents' party found a prospect which,
from an agricultural standpoint, could
not be excelled. Corn is luxuriant and
sturdy and every stalk shows large
sized ears sticking out from it. It is so
far advanced that the uninitiated conld
be made to believe very readily that it
is past all harm from any source. Not
withstanding its fine appearance, how
ever, it is not yet out of danger of
frost, and will not be for at least two
A fine crop of oats has been reaped In
this section. Mnch of it is still in the
shock and a good deal of it has been
stacked. It is thrashing out from thir
ty to fifty bushels to the acre and will
average about forty. The wheat crop
has all been harvested, and farmers are
now busy plowing their land prepara
tory to putting in another crop of win
Leaving Lincoln the outlook is much
less promising. Between Wavcrly and
Fairmont, a distance of sixty miles, is
a stretch of country which has usually
been described as the garden spot of
Nebraska. Crops have always bcen
abundant here, however poorly they
maT have bcen ln other parts of the
state. Last year and this rear have
been the only known exceptions to this
rule. Somehow this belt has suffered
severely this year. It has rained
copiously on all sides of it and all
around it, but the clouds refused to
give it a drop of moisture until too late
to save the corn crop. For a stretch of
country sixty miles long and sixty
i miles wiue the corn crop is a compara
j tive failure. It will only run from a
quarter to half a crop, averaging as a
whole about one-third an ordinary
Oats have not fared so badly. They
are thrashing out from thirty-five to
forty bushels an acre. Heavy rains fell
over this section at the end of last week.
They came too late, however, to save
the bulk of the corn. Very much of it
wilted beyond redemption and a good
deal of it has already been cut for fod
der. Wheat in this section is thrashing
out fifteen bushels to the acre.
West of Fairmont the scene again
changes and an ocean of waving corn,
strong and luxuriant, is to be seen as
far as the eye can reach in every direc
tion. The crop from Hastings to the
western boundary of the state is prac
tically made, and nothing but a killing
frost can now blight it. It will average
not less than sixty bushels to the acre,
and very many large fields will yield
Around McCook is where the disas
ters of last year were most severely
felt. The gains of this year have more
than made up for tlie losses then sus
tained. The whole section of country
looks like a veritable garden, and the
people feel buoyant beyond expression.
Winter wheat is thrashing out about
twenty bushels to the acre and the
best fields are yielding thirty bushels.
Spring wheat is running from, twelve
to eighteen bushels' to the acre. Oats
average from fifty to sixty bushels, the
best fields thrashing out one hundred
Alfalfa is a new ?rophere with which
the people are delighted. All kinds of
live stock eat It with relish, and it is.
proving to be fattening fodder. The
first year it yields one ton to the acre,
but after the third year it yields three
crops a year, which foot up seven and
one-half tons to the acre. It is worth in
the market five dollars per ton, but to
feed cattle the results have shown it to
be worth seventy dollars per acre. It
is the coming crop all along the flats of
the Republican valley.
Paying: a King' Doctor, 1040.
The first notice we find of royal pay
ments to a physician was when Nicho
las de Fernehan was called to the court
of Henry III. at a salary, until he be
came bishop of Durham. In the ac
counts for the royal household, which
date from the thirty-third year of
Henry VI., and continue during the
reigns of Henry VII. and Henry VIII.,
we find no regular allowance was made
to the royal physicians they were
given a 'Teward," i. e., honorarium;
the royal apothecaries, however, were
paid as in the form of a legal demand.
Among the Cottonian manuscripts in the
British museum are the accounts of
Henry VIII. On May 16, in the twenty-first
year of his reign we note: "To
Cnthbert, the King's Apothecarie, in
full: xii-s vi.d '
On October 13: "To the Sargeant '
Aoothecarv. his bill xxviiL 11. H.s x.d !
In the twenty-third year of his reign, j
on rebruary 1: "In reward to Dr.
Yakesley and another physitian, iiiii 11."
On March GO: "Paid to my Lady Prin
cess phisitian.in reward, xxvi. 11. xiii. s."
On October 5: "To Dr. Butts, phisi
tian for ye use of Dr. Thurleby, Bishop
of Ely, by King's command, x 11."
A Bear's Queer Memento.
A big bear killed recently in the Dead
Indian country, Oregon, was found to
be carrying an odd memento of a pre
vious episode with hunters, in which
he came off victorious, though not un
scathed. In the stifle joint of one of
his bind legs was an unusually largo
tusk of a dog which the hunters said
must have belonged to a big bear dog.
The tusk was well overgrown with
skin, and apparently had bee- in the
bear's leg many year
In ancient times prisoners were sub
jected to the most cruel tortures and
terrible forms of death. The monu
ments and records of Nebuchadnezzar
tell with great unction how many
thousands of his enemies he beheaded,
impaled and flayed alive.
BAETIIEI.EMT St. HlT-AJRE, who is
ninety years of age, will soon publish
two thick octavo volnmes on Victor
Cousin's philosophy. The celebrated
translator of Aristotle is out of doors
every morning at five.
Most Bla::c is the highest peak in
PERSONAL AND LITERARY.
Bulwer-Lytton almost adored hia
mother. In "What Will He Do with
It?" he alludes to her as "nature's low
ing proxy, the watchful mother."
Marquis de Maha Y'otha, the Siam
ese minister accredited to the United
States, has been recalled. He has never
been in Washington, having transacted
his business with the state department
from London, to which he is also ac
credited, by mail.
Sarah Bernhardt says: "If I am in
a crowd of people and a dog or cat is
near it will come naturally to me with
out my malting the slightest move
ment. Why this is the case I can not
say, unless there, is developed in me
another sense, the existence of which
animals at once perceive."
Mrs. Mary Jean Bradford, of Bos
ton, left a will in which she showed
her love for a favorite parrot. One
clause reads thus: "I give 54,000 in
trust to G. H. Pierce, to be invested in
good mortgage or mortgages, and the
income thereof to be paid to the person
who may take care of my poll-parrot. "
A funny young man in Milledge
ville Ga., rigged himself up as a ghost.
and in the midnight gloom visited the
house of a neighbor, to frighten hira,
anil have a laugh at his expense. The
ghost interrupted a burglar at his
work, and the burglar turned the
laugh against the ghost by robbing
him of his watch and twenty dollars.
The word prevaricator is from the
Latin, and originally meant a strad
dler with distorted or misshapen legs.
In the Roman courts of law the ex
pression was applied to one who in a
suit was discovered to be in collusion
with his opponent to compass some dis
honesty. As falsehood was the neces
sary part of such a performance, the
word by and by came to have the
significance at present attached to it.
Mile. Pauline de Grandpre proba
bly knows more of the prison life of
French women than anyone else in
France. She lived in the St. Lazare
prison as the housekeeper of her uncle,
who was chaplain there during the
empire. In the twenty-five years that
have elapsed since he died she has de
voted herslf entirely to visiting female
prisoners and obtaining situations for
them when they have undergone theit
An enthusiastic admirer of Victor
Hugo has made a collection of all the
black and white and colored portraits
of the poet that he could find. Alto
gether they number nearly 4,000, of
which about 2,500 are caricatures and
cartoons. The collector, M. Beuve, has
also gathered together with infinite
pains innumerable pipes, canes, tobac
co jars, bottles, scarf pins, handker
chiefs, even cakes of soap, on which
the head of the poet appears.
Dr. Emma Johnson Lucas, who has
been appointed health commissioner of
Peoria, 111., is the first woman in that
citv to hold anv public office. The
' medical men of Peoria, as well as the
Women's club, strongly indorsed her
caudidacy. Mrs. Lucas is a native of
Peoria, where she has been practicing
medicine for about a year. She stands
high in the profession and has built up
a good practice. She is the daughter
of one physician and the widow of an
Dirk's a big man in the nation
Ioin' lots an' lots ' blowfn':
Jerrv's plowin' the plantation
Makes enough to keep Dick goin'!
Mr. Wheeler "Why, yes, Mr.
Wheelei even the beans go through
a course of Browning before they
come to the table." P. & S. S. Co. Bul
letin. "Papa!" "What is it. Jonny?" "I
read a poem in my school reader which
spoke of dogs of high degree." "Well?"
"Papa, does that mean skye terriers?"
"Mamma?" "Welir "Yon licked
me last week for whaling Jimmie
Watts, and papa licked me yesterday
'cause Johnny Phelps walloped me."
"Well?" "I'm wondering what'll hap
pen some time when it's a draw."
'"What kind of a reptile is that?"
she asked, pointing to a silver coil
with ruby eyes in he jewelry store.
"I think it's a garter snake," he re
plied. And she didn't ask any more
questions for five minutes. Philadel
"Did you hear about the burglar
who was arrested this morning?"
"No! What for?" "Well, I suppose it
musl nave npen Ior weaning into song,
for 1 hear that he had got through two
bars when some one hit him with a
stave." Chicago Tribune.
"And now," shouted the exhorter,
"what is to be done, when man is
rushing headlong with lightning speed
along the road to destruction "
Deacon Jones (between snores) "Re
duce size o' yer sprocket! She's too
high gear!" Cleveland Plaindealer.
"In the court of appeals in Dublin
not so very long ago," says the Lamp,
"counsel, while arguing with earnest
ness in his cause, stated a point
which the bench ruled against him.
'Well,' said he, 'if it please the court,
if I am wrong in this, I have yet an
other point that is equally as con
Unpardonable Obliviousness. The
Little Viscount to Baroness de V.
"You wouldn't believe how absent
minded I am, baroness! It is difficult to
imagine how anyone can be so thought
less!" "What have you done this time?"
"I had bought you a bag of sweet's and
while coming along " "You lost
them?" "No, I ate them." La Cloche.
"Laura," said the young lady's
mother, not unkindly "it seems to me
that you had the gas turned rather low
last evening."' "It was solely for
economy, mamma," the maiden an
swered. "There is no use trying to
beat the gas company, my daughter.
I have noticed that the shutting off of
the gas is always followed by a corre
sponding increase of pressure."
"Wei!, that lessens the waist, doesn't
it, mamma, dear?" replied the artless
girl. Memphis Scimitar.
SCHOOL AND CHURCH.
The Protestant Episcopal conven
tion of the diocese of Maine baa
granted to women the right to rote in
The German Evangelical Presby
terian Missionary society has opened
theological academy at Tokio. Its lir
brary has nine thousand volumes.
Rev. D. B. L. Whitman, president
of Colby college, Waterville, Me., has
accepted the election to the presidency
of Columbian university, at Washing
ton, D. C.
It is announced that the Scotch
Free Church assembly, by a vote of
274 to 151. has declined to interfere at
all with Prof. Drummond as teacher in
the church college at Glasgow.
The French Catholic missions learn,
from Shanghai that the persecution of
Christians in the province of Se Chnen
has ceased. An imperial edict orders
that compensation be paid for the dam
age done to the missions by mobs.
Rev. Wolcott Calkins has resigned
the pastorate of the Eliot church at
Newton. Mass., on the ground that,
having for thirty-seven years preached
to wealthy congregations, it is his oesire
now to minister to the poor and needy.
It is stated that the empress dow
ager of China has sent valuable pres
ents to the twenty missionary women
who arranged for the gift to her of the
New Testament. It is asserted that
this testament is really being read in
It is announced that there has been
a division in the United Norwegian
Lutheran church, a body that was
formed a few years ago by the union of
several Norwegian synods. Thirteen
members have been xpeled by the
synod of the nnited body, and it is es
timated that fifteen thousand members
will follow them. The seceders will
control the Augsburg seminary at
The Christian press is a tremen
dous power in the celestial empire.
From the Methodist publishing house
at Foochow were issued 26,600,000
pages last year; from a similar Presby
terian establishment in Shanghai, 82,
000 copies of the Scriptures and 36,700,
000 pages of other books, tracts, etc,
and the Central China Religious Tract
societ issued about 1,000,000 copies of
The Catholics of Germany certain
ly have no right to complain of not be
ing represented in high places. The
new president of the imperial reichstag
is a Catholic, as is also Prince Hohen-
lohe, the chancellor of the empire
The bundesrath, or senate, represent
ing in Berlin the various state govern
ments, is also presided over by an ad
herent of this church, and the leading
general in Berlin is a Catholic Even
the minister of justice in Prussia is of
When investigating the Vatican
records Pope Leo XIII. said to Dom
Gasquet, the librarian: "Publish every
thing of interest, everything, whether
it tends to the discredit or credit of the
ecclesiastical authorities, for you may
be sure that if the Gospels had been
written in our day the treachery of
Judas and the denial of St Peters
would have been suppressed for fear of
scandalizing weak consciences." So
Lord Halifax told the English Church
union the other day.
FROM ROYAL TABLES.
Large PerqoUlte for the Attendants
Salve In tbe Basement.
In the Austrian court it is contrary
to custom for perishable articles to ap
pear twice on the imperial table. The
result is large perquisites for the at
tendants. To one man fall all the un
corked bottles, to another the joints,
and to another still the game or the
sweets. Every morning a sort of mar
ket is held in the basement of the pal
ace, where the Viennese come readily
to purchase the remains. And there is
no other means of procuring Imperial
Tokay than this.
Long ago in England even the great
est men in the land were pleased to re
ceive such perquisites. In the reign of
Henry II., for instance, the lord chan
cellor was entitled to tbe candle ends
of one great and forty small candles
per day. And the aquarius, who must
be a baron in rank, received a penny
for drying towels on every ordinary
occasion of the king's bathing. The
ceremonial that the revolution swept
away the first Emperor Napoleon was
careful to revive in a less extreme form,
and it is characteristic of the man that
he made a special study of it, and went
so far as to prescribe the special forms
to be observed on great occasions.
The ceremonial of the Chinese court
is somewhat exacting. It used to in
clude, if it does not now, complete
prostration before the throne Last
century a Persian envoy refuse to go
througli the degrading ordeal. Direc
tions were given to the officials to
compel him by stratagem to do so. On
arriving one day at the entrance to
the hall of audience the envoy found
no means of going in except by a
wicket, which would compel him to
stoop very low. With great presence
of mind and considerable audacity the
ambassador turned around and en
tered backward, thus saving the honor
of his country. N. Y. Post.
A National Prejudice.
It was a very hot day, and when Mr
Dunnigan happened to meet his daugh
ter with her friend, he, wishing to do
the polite thing, invited them to have
some ice-cream, an invitation which
was at once accepted. When they were
seated at the table in the ice-cream
parlor Mr. Dunnigan, addressing his
daughter's friend, affably inquired:
An' phot koind will yez have, me
dear?" "I will take some orange ice,"
she replied. . Mr. Dunnigan's brow
darkened, and glaring at the young
lady malevolently, he thundered, "At
yez do, ye'll arder it yersilt" Har
A Frnltlea Qaeat.
City Boarder Didn't yon advertise
that yon had plenty of fruit?
Jerseyman That's right. The old
woman's got over a hundred cans of itl