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B. H. ADAMS, fnblUlit-r.
ood Taste Too Often Sacrificed la Ftr
nUnlng the Iloau.
Fashion is responsible for any amount
of bad furniture. For the wealthy it
is Marie Antoinette and other period
furniture, or Turkish, Japanese aid
other ornate eastern styles, none of
which is adapted to our habits and sur
roundings. Last year it was metal bed
steads; now they are tabooed and wood
reigns. To-day it is prima vera and
curly birch; six months from now it
may be black walnut and cherry again.
Some fashions tire bizarre and ugly;
many more artistic and altogether
charming; for instance, brass bedsteads
are showy and dazzling and iron ones
too suggestive of public institutions,
v here cleanliness is the main considera
tion. Wood bedsteads are more pleas
ing to the eye and give a chamber a
cozier appearance. In short, given free
reign, fashion is a tyrant here as else
where; made subservient to good taste
and judgment, it is a most helpful and
profitable servant, and to no one more
surely than the woman with refined
tastes who must economize.
The size and uses of a room must de
termine the kind and amount of furni
ture to be put into it. Furniture should
be beautiful in itself, and beautiful as
considered in connection with every-
tmng else m the room. A piece of fur
niture good in design, material and
workmanship is always beautiful when
appropriately used. Let use be the first
consideration. Make no purchases
nastily. Have a definite idea of what
is both suitable and good; of the needs
of the room and the sum you can af
ford to expend. Prefer hard wood and
good workmanship every time to cheap
decorations. If you must economize
closely, let fashion be neither the first,
second nor third consideration. The
style and air most conducive to the
beauty and comfort of a room is of no
small degree dependent upon the ar
rangement of its furniture. Any num
ber of suggestions, but few explicit di
rections for producing the desired re
sults can be given, for while certain
rules must be adhered to success is far
less dependent upon technical knowl
edge than upon the artistic sense and
cleverness of the woman who produce
them. Woman's Home Companion.
OF THE BOWIE.
Had and Bold W This
with Ills Knife.
"He's a bad man with his knife!"
The commercial traveler shuddered as
he uttered the words, and all heads
were turned as Dick Cutter, of Ken
tucky, the far-famed knight of the
bcwie, passed the little group in the
hotel office on his way to the bar.
A clerical-looking Prince Albert coat
was tightly buttoued across his broad
and powerful chest, a dark, slouch hat
shaded his red face, and short, black
curls straggled from beneath its rim
and fell upon his shoulders.
"See that bulge in the small of his
back?" whispered the drummer.
"That's his bowie knife, and they tell
me he is lightning on the draw, that in
a second he can whip that knife out
from its hiding place and have it ready
and open for business in another sec
ond." "Xo doubt about his being an awful
man with the knife," said a second
"I've often heard of him," remarked
"He's sure death, they say, when
aroused," chimed in the mining pro
motor. "Xow you must know all about
hiui, colonel?" he continued, turning to
Kirby Culpepper, the Blue Grass dis
tiller. "Yes," said the colonel. "I know all
about Dick Cutter. Get a drink or two
in hini and you can hear him bellow a
mile. He has a national notoriety as a
liunian cyclone, but I must confess that
I never saw him in his great character
as a promoter of funerals."
"Then he isn't such a bad man with
Lis knife, after all?" inquired the first
"Oh, yes he is," the colonel said hasti
ly.astrange twinkle in his eye. "There's
no doubt about it. You should have
seen him in the dining-room a short
time ago. Dick Cutter is a Daa o-a-ti
man with his knife when he has a run
in with a big wedge of pie!" Twinkles.
One of the simple yet excellent modes
of cooking, useful for rabbits, squir
rels, or even birds, is the ordinary fric
assee with cream sauce, in which so
many chickens make their entry upon
country tables. The rabbit or hare
should be cooked until tender, and when
jointedupand simmered slowly it makes
an excellent rich stock with only the
ordinary seasoning. Force-meat balls,
mushrooms, catsup, curry powder,
onions and condiments in variety are
all suitable additions, however, if a more
elaborate dish is wanted. Or the joints
jnav be dipped in flour and browned
a little in hot butter, with a shaving of
onion, first; then add water to cover,
and simmer until quite tender, but not
ready to drop to pieces; add a little
brown roux to the sauce, and serve
very hot. Country Gentleman.
A Laundry Hint.
For those who like the fresh, clean
idorof orris-root, someone who has tried
it suggests that a small piece of orris
root be placed in the boiler when boil
ing bed-linen and underwear. It im
parts a delightful fragrance and does
no harm to the clothes. In fact, some
people even think it helps the appear
ance of them. Demorest's.
A marrying trust, to raise the price
of tying the knot, is the latest thing at
Anderson, Ind. All those having au
thority to conduct a wedding are ex
pected to combine, and raise the mini
mum pilce to two dollar. j
KEWAED OF A WOMAN.
" "Oh, gemini, is this a bean? Let me
aee him again. Ha! I find a beau is no
such ugly thing, neither. Sheridan."
The girl leaned both her hands on the
little rickety, hand-painted lodging
bouse table, and looked up with laugh
ter and mock admiration in her eyes at
her lover, who came and stood before
ter. But the man looked down at her
in eager pleading.
"Ursula, darling, how can you talk
in that way now?"
"How can I? Why, with a pretty
grace, I hope."
"Ursula," cried the man, "don't have
that mood! It hurts me. It maddens
me to waste our minutes so. Oh, my
llarling, have you no sentiment in you?"
"Sentiment," she. began, lightly; but
she stopped suddenly and her word
trailed off into a sob. "Bertie "
The man caught her hands quicklv.
She dropped her head on his breast
and her breath came fast.
"You have thought me unsentimental,
matter-of-fact, even hard yes, just a
little bit hard ever since you first
knew me; whileyouwereso so other
wise." He held her tightly to him and
"But" and it was she who spoke
passionately now "I was onlv acting.
Bertie; only showing you a surface
heart. And now now you are going
away, and for so long, I will give up
acting. I am sentimental sillily senti
mental, if only you knew. I did not
show it I don't know I was shy, I
suppose. I thought you would not care
for it that you would laugh at me."
"Oh, Ursula, Ursula!" he exclaimed.
"I believe you would laugh now if
you only knew how ridiculous I am
how much I love you. And now I have
broken down you have made me break
down. I can never unsay my confes
sion. I have humbled myself I have
laid bare my heart "
"Ursula, my own! why did you never
confess before? I laugh at you! Oh,
my darling. I have hungered to hear
j ou say -such words."
The eyes of the girl were love-steeped,
end her lashes wet, and slie raised her
head and looked up at the man.
All this past year you have made me
happier than I ever dared hope to be,'
she whispered, trembling "the hap
piest woman in the whole world, I
And the man bent and pressed his lips
to hers. "But I want to make you still
happier," he said, passionately. "I
want to take you from all the care and
drudgery; to have you all to myself; to
guard you, to cherish you never to
part. Oh, if only I had money! This
waiting, waiting is awful; and the hope
so small, the reward so slow."
"Am I really small and slow?" she
Ho laughed back at her. "Not you,
dearest, but the getting on. and the pit
tance; it all seems so endless. Even
now I am holding you only to part, from
you to go back to the grind. And
worse than all is the knowledge that
you are also drudging, and I cannot pre
"As there must be waiting, dear, I am
glad of the work to fill my time. And."
with a soft blush, "I shall lie saving for
"Don't Ursula don't go hoarding
your shillings and denying yourself.
Some day I will make my pile, and you
shall walk in silk attire; and we'll
leave the work, and the trouble, and the
care, and go off a-wandt-ring in Italy
and Greece and Algiers, and every place
we've ever set our hearts on."
The hollow-sounding clock upon the
painted marble mantelpiece struck five
"Five o'clock already! This is awful!
For a whole vear. or longer. Say it
pgain, Ursula that you love me."
"I love you, Bertie," she said, slowly,
and quite solemnly. "I love you. 1
think I would die for you quite, will
ing.y. "Darling, darling, for a long year "
He caught her up to him in a passionate
embrace, his lips met hers again and
again; then he turned quickly, and went
toward the door.
"There will be the letters," she said,
in a voice which strove to be steady and
cheerful, for his white, hopeless face
hurt her heart. And then he was gone.
Three hours later the man sat at a
cheery little dinner in London, a little
farewell meal with a few old college
friends. After which he went on board
his steamer and walked the deck in the
starlight, with a pipe for consolation as
he thought of the poor and lonely girl
he had left, and longed for money to bring
him his desire. And so absorbing were
these thoughts that the pipe went out,
and still he paced to and fro, unheeding,
until at last, his elbow being jogged ac
cidentally, he came back to the near
present again, and, taking the cold pipe
from his lips, tapped it out on the rail.
Then, while the ashes were yet floating
down to the waterr, he went below to
his berth and slept soundly.
And the girl Ursula sewed and sewed
all the evening by the light of the cheap
oil lamp, and smiled stiffly with her lips,
and tried not to depress her mother.
And then she went to her room and
packed her box to go a-govcrnessingon
the morrow. And after awhile she
went to bed. and there she lay w ith wide
eyes and watched the moonlight, on the
window; and her heart felt widowed,
hopeless, and would not be cheered.
"Your letters ore so friendly, dearest,
so abominably friendly; they verily
starve my heart. Oh, why am I not rich
enough to throw- up this drudgery and
come hojne to you and hold you in my
arms again, and make you say you love
me? I have to go over our parting
again and again to make myself be
lieve that all you said then is really
true. Write me a real love letter next
time, darling, to help me bear op."
The cirl's cheeks wr flushed and
her eyes held happiness as she sat by1
the schoolroom table, with the piled-
up work basket neglected before her.
and read the words again and again.
And the days and the weeks and the
months and the years passed on, and
the pile of love letters which came to
the girl grew in bulk. Sometimes they
were despondent, sometimes cheerful,
sometimes hurried, sometimes tender
and sometimes the treasured space was
overfull of descriptions of new friends
or strange places. But the letters never
failed to come, and the man never failed
to long for the riches which could bring
him to the girl's side and make life
happy for them.
And the girl longed and longed that
she might meet her lover, if only for a
day; thai, they might look into each oth
er's face, and. renewing hope, might
start afresh. Some cynic told her that
love was fleeting, a question merely of
propinquity; but that cvnic had not
really meant to bruise the girl's endear
ing heart. Besides, the cynicism was
cot always true, for this girl's lova
was strong as ever stronger. Why
should not the man's be the same? He
was better equipped for fighting doubts
and fears. But the waiting was bitter
At last, wlien endurance was becom
ing a habit, there came a shock a shock
of joy. Just a business matter, just
money, just repentance to the amount
of five hundred a year out of an erst
while unforgiving uncle. But 500 a
year to a little governess, to a waiting
lover! It was ecstasy.
The schoolroom was as paradise that
morning; the voices of the children as
angels' songs. For the waiting, the
drudgery, the anxiety were over. Bliss
lay within a blue envelope; joy was in
scribed in straight lines of copper
plate caligraphy. But the girl uttered
no word of happiness; it (seemed too
w onde.rf ul, and she wanted to realize it
A deed of gift. An anonymous deed
of gift that would be the thing, the
girl decided. She would not keep one
penny of it back. There seemed some
thing calculating and mercenary in set
ting aside part for herself; besides, it
would be all the same in the end. A
deed of gift of 500 a year to Bertie!
It was worth all the waiting and the
pain and the work. This was her re
So the girl carried out her secret
plans with a light heart and a happy
brow, and the joyful message went
across the sea to the man, in the copper
plate caligraphy of the lawyer's clerk;
while the girl herself in the willful
ness of near bliss sent over the sea
also just a scrappy little letter, the
most matter-of-fact she had ever sent,
cheerful and friendly, telling of outside
pleasures and daily trifles, of a littl"
picnic in the wood and a village concert
a little letter w hich would bring back
a loving remonstrance in the midst of
the tale of good fortune, and which
would be a joke against her afterward
when the happy secret was known to
the full. And she smiled as she sealed
and sent it on its way. And then she
There were four and twenty days ol
the waiting, and the girl never forgot
them never quite lived down the strain
of the painful joy, the rapturous an
guish, as she pictured her lover's pleas
ure and endured all the minutes which
were bound to pass before she would
receive a sign.
"What will he say? Will it be won
der? Will it be only happiness? Will
it be himself?"
At last it came the first s;gn of hct
sacrifice. It was a letter, rather short,
because written in a hurry bv a busy
man; and the girl was able to read it in
the ten minutes which were hers before
Direst Ursula: This letter will be only
a -ran. I'm afraM. hut I know that you
will forr.ivo thai, and I will make It up
next t me. Truth to t 11. I am dreadfully
rressed for time. I've had a little windfall
left me in rethcr an odd way, and I've ac
cepted It. Some or.e has taken a fancy to
me, I surpoie. (You can understand that,
can't you?) So I am coing off on a pocd,
Ionp tour, to see all the places I've wanted
sa Ions to see Italy, Greece, and I don't
know where else. It's Jolly to have a
little money at last. Rather a large party
of us are ?;oinfr the Gleesons, the mother
ar.d daughter I've written about sometime"!
and some friends of theirs I know fairly
well: so I expect we shall enjoy ourselves.
So glad you are having such a good time,
my dear. Ticnlcs and concerts are pleas
ures which seldom come my way. I will
write again as soon as I can, but am un
certain when and where we halt. Tours,
in haste, BERTIE."
"A little windfall!" "And I have ac
The woman's limbs shook and her
face became awful as she read. Then
she shivered; and then the children
came in to lessons.
One more letter crossed the sea from
the woman to the man on his wander
ings. The. word "good-by" was writ
ten across a bare sheet of paper, and
the man considered that he had been
uncivilly treated, and he felt very sor
ry for himself; but he never looked on
the woman's face again.
The silly tale leaked out in time.
and the world laughed at the comedy
of it. But the woman failed to see the
humor, and it was the tragedy which
lay at the back of her eves in all the
long years till she died. The Sketch.
A I.ec-end of Lomhardr.
An old Lombard legend tells the story
cf a chieftain who asked the hand of a
neighlor's daughter. Upon its being
refused him he declared war. kil!ed the
chief who had declined the honor of be
coming his father-in-law, and married
the cirl offer all. Not satisfied with
this much he had the skull of his wife's
father mounted in gold as a drir.king
cup, and one day. while under the influ
ence of wine, ordered his spouse to ap
pear before the assembled guests at his
house and drink to his health out of the
horrible bowl. She. did so. bnt ever
forward was her husband's secret
but most deadly enemy. She joined in
a conspiracy which eventually resulted
in her husband's assassination. San
Party at the Door "Is the lady of
the house in?" Cook "I'm wan. of
tbim, suit." Boston Transcript.
Dora "Daisy says she is only 22,
to-morrow." Dorothy "That's just like
her. She's always calling up the past! "
"Everybody says my daughter got
her beauty from me. What do you say
to that?" "That it is unkind of her to
take it from you." Fliegende Blaetter.
Hubby "Yes, dear, you look nice
in that dress; but it cost me a heap of
money. Wifie "Freddie, dear, what
do I care for money when it is a question
of pleasing you?" Tit-Bits.
A Mere Hint He "Do you think
your father would offer me personal
violence if I were to ask him for you?"
She "No. but I think he will if yon
don't pretty soon." Cleveland Leader.
Evasive. She "If you were to
find that I had lost all my fortune
every penny of it would you hesitate
to carry out our engagement ?" He "1
would hesitate at nothing." Indian
Safe Ground. "Slingink has got
out a new book 'Poets and Poetry ol
Patagonia. " "Why, he doesn't know
anything about Patagonia." "Neithei
3o the people to whom he sells his book.'1
Hicks "Tell me frankly, when
Smoothebore gets to telling his armj
experiences, don't you sometimes wish
he was dead ?" Wicks "Xo, but I some
times wish that the war had occurred
50 years earlier." Boston Transcript.
How It Was Done. "Look here,
Spifkins, my boy; how was it that yon,
who know nothing about painting, got
a job as art critic?" Simple enough.
Whenever I saw a painting which was
utterly absurb I stood and gazed at it,
and expressed my admiration. Thus I
got my name up as an expert. Judy.
It I Unparalleled In the History of Deep
A few more facts about the recovery
of the specie from the Alfonso NIL,
probably the most remarkable deep-sea
diving effort on record, are sent to us
by Mr. Henry G. R. Maughan, Clap
man. The vessel sank off Point Gando,
Grand Canary, at about four o'clock in
the afternoon of February 14, 1S85, in
fine weather, having probably struck
on Gando rock. She had a valuable
cargo and ten boxes each containing
10,000 newly minted Spanish gold (five
duros) pieces, each of nearly the value
of an English sovereign. This specie
was stored in a small triangular room
or lazarette in the run of the ship-
that is, just over the screw and below
three decks and it was subsequently
found to be at a depth of 26 2-3 fathoms
or 100 feet. The best professional
opinion then fixed 25 fathoms as the
practicable limit of continuousdeep-sea
diving. There were three di vers Alex
ander Lambert, David Tester and Fred
trick J. Davies. The specie was below
three decks, which had to be pierced.
The idea of making a hole in the side of
the steamer by an explosive was aban
doned, the fear being that the specie
might be scattered. Lambert recov
ered seven boxes. Tester two boxes and
Davies none. The diver had to descend
into the lazarette and li ft the box, weigh
ing nearly two hundred-weight, in his
arms on to the deck above, the pressure
upon him at the time being about TO
pounds to eaoh s-quare inch of his body.
This is said to be a feat altogether
unparalleled in, the history of diving,
and proves what heroic fellows these
divers were. They showed the highest
pluck, endurance and tenacity through
out the operations. Lambert made 02
dips, being submerged altogether 903
minutes, his longest, immersion being
20 minutes, including going down and
coming up. Tester made 46 dips, being
submerged during C01 minutes, his
longest immersion being 29 minutes.
Davies made 32 dips and was sub
merged 293 minutes, his longest immer
sion being 20 minutes, but hecculd not
get so low down as the lazarette, the
l.ressure being too great for hirn. Tester
had one bad fit. Lambert was for a
time paralyzed in his legs. Two subse
quent unsuccessful attempts were made
by contractors with the underwriters,
cn the principle of "no cure no pay," to
recover the last box. Probably t his last
10,000 will never be regained.
The divers were paid good wages and
five per cent, on all the gold recovered.
In addition to this they were of course
boarded and a bonus of 50 was given
for each box recovered. Lambert re
ceived 4.033, Tester 1.375 and Davies
275. The underwriters' estimate of
the cost of the salvage before commenc
ing the operation was 16 per cent. The
actual cost was 15.922 per cent. It is
possible, though not probable, that
slightly deeper depths may be reached
in the future, but itisdoubtful whether
there will ever be a more heroic diving
record than that of the Alfonso XII
Costumes of the Spreewald.
At a dance the Spreewalder knows in
itantly, by the peculiarities of her cos
tume, from what village a woman or
girl has come. At Leipe the multitudin
ous skirts of alarming girth are no
more, the gown reaches the ankles, and
the cap fits close to the head instead of
the dress in Leipe is perhaps more grace
ful, but it is more commonplace; it no
longer testifies to that pride of the
peasant father or husband which is
Ehown by the number of yards in the
skirts of his womanfolk and the vari
ety of their caps, by the richnessof their
dress as well as their jewelry. Consul
General de Kav, in Century.
Mrs. Brown Have you met Mr
Smith, your next door neighbor, yet?
Mrs. Jones Oh, yes, indeed, often.
"What do you think of her?"
"You know if never criticise my neigh
bors, and I would be the last to speak
Ul of anyone, but I wiil go so far as to
say that I am sorry for Mr. Smith."
a. T Journal.
A DEBUTANTE'S WARDROBE.
Sol table Gowns and Wraps for Toons;
An important gown for the young girl
just out in society is the one to be worn
on the street one not too elaborate for
a morning walk and still smart enough
for a luncheon or afternoon reception.
It is almost impossible to make one
gown do duty for these several occa
sions, so there should be two a rough-
and-ready tailor-made cheviot, severely
plain, but well fitting, and a smooth
faced cloth of bright blue, braided with
black the waist in reality a jacket,
tight-fitting and braided in military
fashion with black. With this are worn
a boa and muff of silver-gray fur a
color that only fresh, young faces can
This second gown might be of bright
red with black satin, made with, a bo
lero jacket and gold buttons, or of gray
worn with a gray felt hat trimmed with
ostrich feathers. A bolero jacket and
full belt and front of rose-color satin
relieved the gray.
Eton jackets are favored this winter,
They are more suitable to young girls
than to elderly women, and dressmakers
have not been slow to take advantage
of this fact. Dark-brown velveteen, or
dark red, make charming street cos
tumes made with the Eton jacket. One
of brown has a tight-fitting waistcoat
and broad belt of yellow silk trimmed
with threads of mink.
Short jackets of seal or Persian lamb
are desirable, but must always be short,
as the longer coats are only for older
women. Russian blouses in fur, belt
ed with a narrow gold belt, are in fash
ion. None of the fur garments close
at the throat, but open to show jabots
and bows of ribbon and lace to the dis
comfort and future pneumonia of the
Daintiness should be the predomi
nant feature in a debutante's evening
gown. White and the light shades ol
pink, blue, yellow and green are pret
tiest. At the Assembly hall in Aen
York nearly all the young women who
made their first appearance wore white,
looking exquisitely fresh and simple in
spite of the fact that the gowns were
rich and could have been made only
by the smartest modistes. Light gauzy
fabrics, made over silk or satin under
elips, were the rule; sometimes a tulle
skirt had a satin waist trimmed with
tulle. One gown of embroidered chiffon
had a pattern of love-knots interspersed
with garlands around the skirt, which
was alro trimmed with a double ruffle
headed by a very full ruche, all through
which were bunches of tiny pink roses.
The waist was of plain chiffon with a
girdle of pearls and rhinestones. Puff
ings of chiffon encircled the decollete.
The hair was dressed high with a little
stiff spray of pink roses.
The round-cut evening waist off the
shoulders is more fashionable than the
square-cut, and while it shows the
shoulders can still be arranged more
modestly than the other. All evening
gow ns are worn a trifle higher and have
a soft fold or two of lace or chiffon ar
ranged as a tucker. Lace berthas are
worn, but are of narrow lace, caught up
so not to hide the lines of the figure
X. Y. Sun.
NOVELTY tN FRAMES.
S. Pretty and Practical Method of Ar-
To make the frame, simply procure
an oblong bit of heavy cardboard large
enough to allow of the chosen num
ber of openings. In it have cut as many
circles as you have photographs; then
cut a bit of fine white linen an inch
larger all around. On the linen mark
exactly where each opening falls.
When that is done draw or have
stamped various blossoms, as you may
prefer. The suggestions given have
been found effective and serviceable.
but are of course susceptible to change,
nolly for the winter man, forget-me-nots
for him of whom we dream, blos
soms for the pretty man, violets for the
sentimental man and daisies for the
summer man are those most popular,
Embroider each wreath carefully and
exactly; then wind simulated ribbon
in and out. Indicate it by an outlining
on each edge, and about each frame
outline the lettering. The remainder
of the work is purely technical, but it
requires absolute neatness to insure
Press the linen carefully on the
under side; then stretch it over the
cardboard, taking great care that each
circle falls exactly over its opening.
Pull it tight and smooth and paste the
edges to the under side of the board.
Cut each circle out, but be sure to cut
one-half inch within the line. Slack the
edges and turn them under neatly;
then paste them firmly into place.
When the paste is quite dry lay over
the back a second piece of board, and in
it cut slashes or openings to admit each
card. Paste it to the line-covered board
at all four sides and send to a framer
for the glass and passepartout binding.
St. Louis Republic.
The following recipe for making an
oyster loaf is furnished by an authority:
Cut an oblong slice from the upper side
of a Vienna loaf of bread, then scoop
out the crumbs from the inside of the
loaf. Spread the casing with butter,
fill with raw oysters, about one quart;
add a tablespoonf ul of chopped par.-Jey,
half a cupful of cream, some small bits
of butter, pepper, salt and two drops
of tobasco sa uce. Put on the upper crust,
put in a baking dish and pour the
oyster liquor over it. Cover and bale
0 minutes, basting often with the
oyster liquor. When done, put on an
oblong dish, cut in slices and serve hot
One pint of bam witch has been pre
riously cooked; mix with two j) arts of
bread crumbs wet with milk. Pot the
batter in gem pans, break one egg over
each, sprinkle Jhe top thickly with
cracker crumbs, and bake until browned
over. A nice breakfast dish. X Y.
SCHOOL AND CHURCH,
The colored Baptists of this
try gave last year $41,897 for educatioa
$35,320 for missions and $210,794 for mis
cellaneous purposes. They gave church!
property to the value of $9,794,542 and.
school property to the value of $2,023
650, President Thwlpg, of Western Re
serve university, Cleveland, says that in
the 50 years in the middle of the present
century somewhat more than 16,000
men graduated at the eight principal
colleges of New England, of wbich num
ber more than 4,000 became ministers.
John Bach McMaster says in the
Atlantic Monthly that, in the beginning'
of this century, "in our land there was
not a reformatory, nor an asylum for
the blind, for the deaf and dumb, or for
lunatics." And yet there are people
who believe that the world has been
growing worse and worse the last hun
Announcement is made that the
trustees of Columbia university have
presented to the institution $500,000 for
a gymnasium. It will be built on the
new site of the university, Morningside
Heights, and will be the largest and
best equipped as yet in the country.
It will be a part of the great univer
sity hall, the entire cost of which will
be more than $1,000,000.
The statement is made from Jfew
York that Gen. Booth is considerably
perturbed over the falling off in num
bers and contributions in the Salvation
Army posts throughout the west. Com
mander Booth-Tucker's present aggres
sive campaign in the west is understood
to be prompted by the general's urgency
and by a desire to strengthen the army
in the leading cities. It is believed
that the Volunteer movement has cut
into the army badly, and it is now
claimed that the Volunteers have strong
posts in 400 western cities.
The Xew York court of appeals has
decided the Fayerweather will case in
favor of the 20 colleges which claimed
the residue of the estate under clause
ten of the will. This is the end of a
famous case, as this was the court of
last resort. The decision was unani
mous with the exception of the chief
justice. As a result Yale will receive
$300,000, while Rochester university,
one of the parties making the appeal,
comes in for $150,000, in addition to the
$100,000 originally received. Amherst
Dartmouth, Wesleyan are among the 20
ROMANCE OF A RAZOR.
Father Prized the Weapon Which Had
Killed Ills Daughter.
A most conspicuous and tender in
stance of paternal affection was by
chance brought to the attention of the
writer a few days ago as he sat in a bar
ber chair patiently awaiting the remoT-
al of the superfluous growth from-a neg
lected chin. While thus employed a
man, apparently a German, entered the
shop and handed a razor to the barber,
with a request that he would put it in
order as soon as possible. "And," add
ed he, "be sure and not lose that razor.
I would not lose that razor for ten dol
Naturally the barber was curious to
know why so extravagant a value should
be placed upon an ordinary razor and in
quired the reason.
'Why," responded the German, "that
is the razor that the sailor killed my
daughter with. You can see the blood
spots on the blade now. There they
are. Those black stains are my daugh
ter's blood. They will never come out.
My daughter was a good girL Ever
since she was killed I never shave with
no other razor. I love her so much.
As long as I live I use this razor in mem
cry of my girl." It is difficult to aston
ish an ordinary barber, but this one
wns struck dumb for awhile. Finally
he did recuperate sufficiently to ex
claim: "Well, I'll be danged." The
statement of the owner of the precious
razor was found on inquiry to be quite
Two years ago the whole water frott
was shocked by the foul murder of a
young 15-year-old girl under circum
stances of singular atrocity. Her father
was the keeper of a sailor boarding-
house, patronized by whalers almost ex
clusively. The girl had attracted the
attention of a half-breed Kanaka, who
wanted to marry her, but thegirl would
not consent and repulsed him with hor
ror and disdain. In a moment of jeal
ous fury the mad Kanaka seized thegirl
as she was attending to some house
hold affairs and cut her throat, almost
severing the head from the body. The
razor about which the aged German was
so solicitous was the real, actual instru
ment of the crime. San Francisco
Aa Old Record.
Some of the antiquities of this coun
try which find their way tnto the mu
seums are rivaled in age by a living crea
ture at the Zoo. It is an alligator terra
pin, or Mississippi snapper, whose 150
pounds of substance have been accum
ulated in a lifetime of five centuries or
more. At least, that is what the scien
tists calculate, and they say that there
is no reason to doubt that is was pad
dling around as a little turtle in the Mis
sissippi when De Soto first gazed upon
the river. The giant terrapin measures
about five feet from snout to tip of
tail, and during its residence at the Zoo
it has grown not a particle. It is too
lazy to move about much, and so nature
has endowed it with special facilities for
catching food. When hungry it lies in
the water wit h its mouth wide open, and
the bright little red tongue looks so
much like a worm that it serves as a bait
to attract fish, on which the terrapin
feeds. Philadelphia Eecord.
A Little Blander.
Hearing a faint rustle in the darkened
hallway below, the elder sister, suppos
ing the young man had gone, leaned over
the balustrade and called out:
"Well, Bessie, have you landed him?"
There was a deep, sepulchral silence
for some moments; it was broken by
the hesitating, constrained voice of the
She N. a Ktatem.