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n. II. ADAMS, I'obll.her.
CAPE GIRARDEAU. - MISSOURI
A SINGER OF THE GLEN.
Waterfall, waterfall, there Is laughter in
Where echoes mock the music of your carol
and your call,
While grim rocks responsive ring to the
merry songs you stag.
Though so stern they frown above you,
rugged giants strong and talL
Through your ripples as you flow silver
shuttles come and go,
That with goldthreads weave lace patterns
shimmering softly to and fro;
Tour gold tresses like a girl's decked with
rubles, diamonds, pearls,
And the countless flashing gems which
only water naiads know.
Bweet the flowers which nod and drink at
your cool and mossy brink.
And the silver chains you make and
writhe around you link by link:
Eweet the shadows shy which play 'neath
vaur spangled veils of spray,
And tne silver ingots falling In your pool
with cheery clink.
When a care-free, laughing boy I partook
of all your joy.
And my merriment was free as yours from
evil or alloy:
Jn this peaceful rocky glade you and I to
When the stern old rocks relaxed to hear
the music that we made.
.As I see you in my dreams, you no older,
"Your priceless shower of jewels Just as
bright and joyous gleam.
Each a mirror brings to me scenes my
eyes yet love to see,
-And these later years are gladdened by the
light that used to be.
1 EDGAR JONES.
j THE TENTH CASE. I
$ BY ELIZA ATKINS STONE.
tfAS you bring me," began. Hal
I. Wyuian, seating himself at the
Testaurant table, "can you bring me a
"Yessir," responded the obsequious
waiter, who had noted the newcomer
-for a patron out of the ordinary.
"Be kind enough to wait till I have
"Yessir." The waiter tiptoed about,
renting his superfluity of zeal by flick
ing the cloth with a napkin and rear
ranging the parti-colored centerpiece
of bottles and cruets.
"Can you bring me a thick, tender.
Juicy beefsteak rare?"
"Yessir. Vegetables, sir? Teaercof
fee?" "Xo. Bread. And a bottle of pilsen
er." "Yessir." The waiter flew to execute
Hal had been collecting rents for his
father, this October day, in a part of
Chicago he seldom visited a plebeian,
though thriving, district on the West
Bide. He had planned to return to his
accustomed haunts in time for lunch
eon, but his task had spun itself out
"I'll go hungry till I get back to civil
ization," he had told himself from hour
to hour; but with the prolonging of
his business into the waning afternoon
primitive pangs had triumphed; so here
He looked about him. The establish
ment was a good-sized one, different
enough, to be sure, from the soberly
"clegant cafe of Hal's favorite club, or
from the knowing little chophouse
wherein he was wont to foregather
with his fellows at midday; but it was
fuirly clean, and well-appointed after
itt kind. At this by-time it contained
no customers except himself and a sol
itary, mustachioed citizen of Falstaf
Can girth, with napkin tucked in at
collar, feeding, rather noisily, by a win
dow. After an interval suspiciously brief,
the waiter sat down before our young
man an object which Hal regarded with
a scowl; it was a steak of reasonable
area, but scarce a half-inch thick, and
leathery of aspect. Moreover, it bore
every appearance of hasty re-heating
after having had its first introduction
to the fire at a period indefinitely re
mote. "Is that what you call a thick, tender,
juicy, rare beefsteak?" inquired Hal.
with ominous gentleness.
The waiter grinned sheepishly. "I
guess it is."
"Take it away." This time Hal's tone
was not gentle. "What do you " After
all, though, where was the good of
bothering? Life was too short. "Serves
me right, anyhow," reflected our young
man. "I should have known better than
to call for beefsteak in this place.
"Oh, well," he said, amiably enough,
"bring me bring me some ham. As
quickly as you can, please."
"Yessir." The waiter made off with
the despised viand.
When the reckoning for the meal was
presented, it appeared that there had
been a mistake. Hal pointed this out
to the cashier at the desk.
"Mistake? Xo, sir!" declared this
"Certainly there is. Ham, 20 cents;
pilsener, 25; 45 cents, you see not 75."
"You had a steak."
"Oh yes, but I sent it Dack. It wwa't
what I ordered."
"Can't help that,"
"This is a piece of imposition," re
marked Hal, after a pause. "However,
I dare say you have your instructions.
Well then. 111 take the beefsteak."
"If I pay for that steak, I take it
with me." Hal delivered this extraor
dinary ultimatum as if it had been the
most natural in life.
The cashier stared. Then, perhaps
a bit hypnotized by our hero's pensive
regard, perhaps concluding that he had
to deal with a mild madman whom it
were as well to humor, be held up a An
ger to the waiter, hovering discreetly I
: . i i 1 i i , 1
iu tuc um.'ufivuuu, auu murmured a
The man, nonplussed, gazed from
cashier to customer. Hal, his eyes upon
space, was deliberately fitting on a
"Hurry, please," said he.
"I thought the dude was jollyin, for
sure," the waiter would afterward ob
serve in telling the story, as he long
continued to do. "But blamed if he
was! Blamed if I didn't have t' chase
back after that beefsteak!"
Precisely what had prompted Hal's
freak, he himself could not have told.
Probably the chief elements in his mo
tive were a sense that, payment for the
half-pound of flesh being exacted, it
would be poetically just for him to
insist upon the letter of the law; an
obscure notion of making it impossible
for the establishment to profit further
from that particular "order;" and more
than all else, a youthful predilection
for a prank.
The much-enduring steak or its
counterpart was at length produced.
Our absurd young man gravely thrust
a fork into it, held it, dripping, aloft
for a few seconds, then drew a news
paper from his pocket, wrapped up his
property, grasped the remarkable par
cel in a gloved hand, and pausing by the
way to pay his scot and to make the
waiter his friend for life, strode out of
Xow shortly after Hal's going into
the restaurant, a grotesque little figure
had come along and seated itself on the
curbstone just without. It was that of
a slip of a girl, perhaps ten years old.
She wore a woman's jacket, the sleeves
whereof had been cut off at her wrists
that is, at about their elbows but
which had had no further remodeling.
Being of stiff material, it kept some
thing like its pristine shape, with gen
erous, feminine curves, well-marked
waist line and modish, fluted back. The
waist line came only a bit above the
knees of its child wearer, and the skirt
hung well-nigh to her shoetops.
Over the small maiden's head and
pinned beneath her chin was a woollen
kerchief whose original colors, what
ever these may have been, were mel
lowed by time and grime to a soft,
whity maroon, like ashes of damask
roses, and in the flowered bordcrito
lovely, subtle links and greens and yel
lows. This delectable headgear framed a
sallow, wizened, but not unhappy, little
face, lighted, paradoxical though the
assertion sound, by a pair of dark e3'es.
The child's name, and it please you,
was, and is, Katarzyna Iladzcswski!
Only a Slav can pronounce that, though
any erson in the article of sneezing
violently may come very near it. We,
however, like the most of her acquaint
ances, will call her "Katia."
Across Katia's lap. as she sat there,
lay some folded pieces of dingy cotton
print, the previous wrapping of a big
bundle she had just left at a clothing
factory round the corner. For this fac-
"WOULD YOU LIKE A JUICY EEEF
tory Katia's mother "finishes" at home
articles known to trade as "boys' pants"
at three cents a pair, whereby she con
trives, heaven and her fellow toilers
only know how, to lodge, feed and
clothe herself and her little daughter.
As need scarce be mentioned, they
do not "fare sumptuously every day,"
nor any day. For well-nigh a week just
previous to the time of Hal's beefsteak
adventnre their sole subsistence had
been butterless bread, potatoes and a
muddy, lack-flavor beverage euphemis
tically termed coffee. Xo wonder that,
after trudging two miles under her
pack, little Katia was fain to rest a
bit before setting out upon tha two
mile trudge homeward.
It was a mellow, quiet-colored Indian
summer day; even in town one seemed
to catch whiffs from Arcady, faint
echoes of the pipings of Pan; such a day
as lures the free country lover to the
open and brings before the "inward
eye" of the city-bound visions of wide,
warm landscapes lying steeped in violet
Something of the charm of the weath
er, penetrating even the murk and hub
bub of the sordid street, declared itself
to the droll scrap of "superfluous popu
lation" sitting there with her feet in
the gutter; for the little Polish maid,
born and bred deep in the dingy town,
having hardly so much as heard of
woods and fields, is yet, herself all un
aware, a native of Arcady.
An exquisite sense of well-being
gradually possessed her; she felt as one
fancies a violin must feel under the
touch of a master who plays upon it
some lovely andante. Into her day
dream, like a stone plumped into a quiet
little pool, dropped a voice:
"Little girl, would you like a thick,
tender, juicy beefsteak rare?"
The child, coming out of her reverie
with a twitch, looked up in speechless
amaze at the tall stranger holding a
"Would you like, repeated Hal, sol
emnly, "a thick, tender, juicy beef
steak rare?" Katia continued to stare
upon him in silent stupefaction.
, "Would you?"
At this the child caught a half breath
and quite automatically nodded.
"Ah! quoth the graceless young
wag. "Then I am not mistaken. You
are the person I was looking for. Very
good. Here is such a beefsteak. Take
it and be happy." He laid the parcel on
The little maid's utter bewildrement
incited the scamp to further absurdity.
"I am your fairy godfather," he went
on. without so much as the quiver of an
eyelash, thrusting a thumb into his
"Fairy godfather" was Greek to the
child, but she gathered that it meant
something agreeable, for Hal, thus an
nouncing himself, took out a ten-cent
piece and put it down on the parcel.
Then he turned and with shaking shoul
ders went his way out of Katia's ken.
For a full minute after he had van
ished round the corner the child still
sat spell-bound. Then she picked up,
scrutinized and pocketed the coin. At
length, with a deep-drawn breath and
a bit of shrug which said: "Well, this
is altogether beyond me," she got to
heT feet and whipped into the alley
hard by, thinking to investigate her
mysterious possession at leisure, out of
the public eye.
She thumbed the parcel gingerly;
she sniffed at it; she poked a hole in the
newspaper and peeped.
At this moment a heavy hand set
tled on her shoulder. There above her
towered a burly, red-faced policeman.
"What y' got there?" demanded thi?
"A a beefsteak!" gasped Katia.
"Huh!" Fiery Face eyed the parcel
suspiciously. "Where'd y get it?"
"A a gen'l'm'n give it t me jus
"Yes. he did! Give y Saratoga chips,
too. didn't he, 'n' apple pie ahly mode?"
"X no." A big, dry sob broke from
the childish bosom. "He only gave me
the beefsteak an an " Fate's guilt
less little victim fell to weeping as
piteously as the most accomplished im
postor could have done.
"That don't go, y know!" declared
the experienced officer, punctuating
his remarks with one little shake after
another. "Xuh yellin' don't go, neither.
Where'd y hook that beefsteak? Speak
up, now, 'r I run y in, see?"
Of course the threat was an empty
one, but the child took it in all serious
ness; the dire phrase wherewith she was
quite familiar set her frantic.
"A gen'l'm'n did give it t me!" she
protested, sobbing wildly, and strug
gling as a terrier might struggle under
the paw of a mastiff. "He did! J-hus
now! R-right out here! Ah-oo-oo-oo!"
Precisely then there issued from a
doorway down the alley a young man,
with hands in his pockets and hat tipped
over his eyes; it was, in fact, the waiter
who had served Hal, off duty for the
"nullo, John!" he called out, loung
ing toward the scene of action. "What's
"That you, Frank?" returned the po
liceman. "Here's a kid givin' me a ghost
story 'bout a gen'l'm'n makin her a
present uv a co ed beefsteak done up
in a newspaper!"
A gradual grin spread over the face
of the waiter as he surveyed the object
in dispute. "I guess she's gibin it t
yer straight, John," he volunteered,
and thereupon recounted the episode of
"Well, that beats me!" admitted the
disgusted guardian of public morals.
allowing his hand to slide slowly from
his captive's shoulder. "All right then.
little girl. Come, turn off the water
works!" for Katia, grouping on the
muddy ground after the calico pieces
which she had let fall in her panic, still
sobbed convulsively, albeit diminuendo.
"You aiu't hurt. Here!" and this credit
to the municipality held otat a nickel
with the rumpled parcel.
Katia, through tears yet brimming,
blinked incredulously upon the coin,
gulped and brushed the back of a wrist
across her eyes; then snatched the
treasure, and was off like a mad thing.
Two hours later, in the bare little
room of a swarming tenement house
which Katia calls home, one end of the
table bore relics of unwonted feasting.
The other was, as usual, piled high with
"pants." By the window sat Katia's
mother, her hands in her lap, actually
The big, hive-like building and the
street below began to grow loud with
wrangling and revel, but she did not
heed the accustomed sounds. Present
ly she would light her lamp and fall to
work again; but now that her child and
herself had had really enough to eat;
now that such an amount of capital
15 cents! to think of it! had been
miraculously added unto them, she
would sit for a blessed interval yes,
even though she thus let slip a whole
precious three cents worth of time
there in the soft dark and rest.
Katia lay, warm and sleepy, amid the
miscellaneous huddle in the corner
which serves for the family bed; a bit
of the famous beefsteak performed its
office of nourishing her little body.;
memories of the marvelous day mada
golden confusion in her brain. The
bliss of being had returned upon her.
At the selfsame hour Hal Wyman's
crescent reputation as a "dinner man"
waxed apace, while he set forth his ad
venture to an applauding table.
"You should have seen the little thing
stare," he concluded, as the irreproach
able butler, having removed the rem
nant of an irreproachable sorbet, set
before him an irreproachable bird.
"Oh, no doubt she flung the thing away
as soon as I turned the corner. She had
no use for a beefsteak!"
And nine to one, I dare say, nal would
have been right. But the tenth case
that, you see, he did not allow for, be
ing, forsooth, yet o'er young to haTj
learned to make such allowance; o'esj
young to have perceived that the tenQl
case is apt to signify more than the
other nine put together. Youth's Com
The Oregon board of agriculture,
ia offering premiums for flax cultur
SCHOOL AND CHURCH.
Rev. Dr. R. E. Jones, of Xew fork
city, who has been chosen for the
presidency of Hobart college, is a (scien
tist of some note, and has been con
nected with Maj. Powell, United State
geologist, in several expeditions.
At the queen's jubilee the duke of
Xorfolk provided refreshments for no
less than 50,000 school children and
1.S00 teachers, and each child received
a commemorative medal. The teach
ers were entertained the following day
at the duke's farm. A tea was also
given at the farm to 8,000 persons over
CO years of agc
Muzio Clementi, the father of the
English school of pianoforte players,
the teacher of Field, Cramer and of
Mendolssohn's master, Berger, lies bur
ied in the cloisters of Westminster ab
bey. The slab over his tomb is so worn
that the inscription can hardly be de
ciphered, and piano players are asked
to renew it. His "Gradus ad Parnas
sum," published over a century ago, is
still in use as a text book.
Oxford university has received an
offer of $75,000 from the Drapers com
pany of London for a new building for
the Radcliffe library, which will make
it possible to use the old building for
the medical school. It marks striking
ly the contrast between the American
and English ways of dealing with uni
7ersity endowment, that the sum ex
cites much comment in England, as be
ing the largest which either of the
great universities has received in many
years from a private benefactor.
The Congregationalist says: "Alas
ka is to be congratulated upon its new
governor. Rev. J. G. Brady, who, like
Sheldon Jackson, began his career in
the territory as a home missionary.
Failing to secure recognition and sup
port from the Presbyterian home mis
sion board for plans of industrial train
ing which he found necessary for the
development of his work among the
Indians, he organized a business enter
prise for himself, which has grown to
large, proportions, and contributed to
the success of training among the In
dians, as well as to his own prosperity."
Saved the Declaration of Independ
ence from Brltlxh Hands.
The capt ure, invasion and burning of
our national capital by British forces
under Admiral Cockburn are graphical
ly recalled by Clifford Howard. Mr.
Howard lucidly tells of the incidents
leading up to the invasion, and
pictures the terror and excitement
of the people of Washington, who
fled, shouting, screaming, jostling
one another under foot, into Vir
ginia as the enemy approached.
President Madison had gone to the
front, andhis wife was anxiously await
ing his return, in fear for his safety.
The white house attaches had nearly
all deserted their posts, but Mrs. Madi
son had packed all her husband's papers
and records, and as she was about to
abandon the house bethought herself
of Gen. Washington's portrait. The
heavy frame inclosing it was broken
by a servant with an ax, and she re
moved the canvas with her own hands,
keeping it from falling into the hands
of the enemy.
"It was then," writes Mr. Howard,
"just as she was in the act of hurry
ing away, that Dolly Madison was seized
with an inspiration that will ever cause
her name to live in the heart of every
true American. She stopped to think.
What if the white house should be
burned e Did it contain anything of
value to the government that she had
neglected? The declaration of in
dependence? In a flash she called to
mind this most precious of all docu
ments. Carefully treasured in a case
apart from other papers it bad been
overlooked in the worriment and con
fusion. It must be saved at all hazards!
Without a moment's hesitation she
turned and rushed back iDto the house.
'Stop! for heaven's sake, sitop! ' cried her
friends, vainly endeavoringtointercept
her. Regardless of their commands,
regardless of her danger, the brave
woman sped to theroomcontainingthe
treasure for which she was willing to
sacrifice her life. Without attempting
to open the glazed door of the case she
shattered the glass with her clenched
hand, snatchedthe priceless parchment,
and, waing it exultantly above her head,
hurried to the door, where she entered
her carriage and was rapidly driven
away in the direction of Georgetown.
Ladies' Home Journal.
Edited by Madmen.
In several English lunatic asj-luais
journalism has been introduced amoEr
the inmates as a curative measure, and
tne innovation has been attended with
excellent results. Some physicians de
clare they are indebted to their patients
for hints as to the best manner of treat
ing them. One demented person re
fused food and as obstinately declined
to furnish any reason for his cetion.
In a newspaper article, however, he
wrote: "I desire to be buried as quick
ly as possible. It is a monstrous scandal
that I should be compelled to drag
about all over this house a dead and
putrefying corpse." As soon as the bent
of his weak-mindedness was discovered
he received appropriate treatment and
eventually recovered. Dr. Andrew Wyn
ter in 1S57 wrote of lunatics that "they
are nothing if not critical, and spoke
of a journal couducted at Murray's
royal asylum at Perth. It is said that
in perusing some f their papers a
reader would fail to discover a "bee in
the bonnet" of the writers. Cleveland
A Law of Nature.
Brown-Jones What do yon do in
Texas when a couple of counties get
mixed up by an earthquake or cyclone
or anything like that?
Houston Why. the one that comes
out on top wins, of course, just the
came as anywhere else. X. Y. Truth.
Waiter They ere not married; the! I
orders are exactly alike.
Head Waiter But they both orde
corn on the cob. Detroit Journal.
AT A COLORADO RESTAURANT;
On Which All Tenderfeet Are Ad"
Tlaed to Carefully Avoid.
"It yon are going to Colorado June
tion," said the man in the plaid rain
oat, "don't stop at the Xickel Dining
restaurant. It may tot be running
now, or somebody may have killed oX
its enterprising landlord, but if it Is
still in existence, with its free-and-easy
sign swinging in the wind, shun it at
you would the plague."
"Did they do you up there?" asked,
one of the crowd.
"Did they? Well, that depends on
what yon call doing up. I can't say I
like to eat where they use a bowie
knife as a toothpick, or to have the land
lord keeping tally on my appetite with
a revolver. It might have been only the
custom of the country, but to a stranger
it was rather wearing."
"Did you stop there long?"
"Long enough to be frightened out of
a year's growth. I was accompanied
by my partner, Jack Rollins, and we
had been told at the last ranch we
stopped at that the landlord was queer.
But we were both hungrier than jack
rabbits, and the prospect of a good feed
was alluring, to say the least."
"Well, didn't he feed you?"
"I am coming to that. Jack seemed
to think we would have quite a picnic,
judging from the rough looks of the
pine-board restaurant, and wished he
had his shooting irons along Jack
could shoot the glasses off a man's nose
and never deflect a hair's breadth, but
great Caesar, as we filed into the shanty
door what a comforting smell of grub
was coming out! Jack and me saluted
it with hats off, and as soon as we were
inside we drew up to the rough table
and seized a plate of bacon and another
of beefsteak and began to eat as if we
had only railroad time to wait. There
was a roan hustling round and some
standing about, but we wanted to eat
first and pass the time of day after
ward. I was just raising the last bite
of steak to my lips when something
cold touched my ear and a hoarse voice
caid: 'Drop it!'
"Gentlemen, there are times when it
behooves us to be obedient, and I rec
ognized one of those times at that mo
ment. I dropped the steak and the
cold touch was removed from my ear,
while the hoarse voice continued:
There are others, and we want hash
for lunch to-nighL'
"My partner did not remonstrate, and
presently we said we felt tired and
would go to bed. The landlord showed
us up a ladder into a loft, and said he
would bring up the bedclothes later,
and we could sleep comfortably on the
"It was a cool night the nights are
all cool in that region and after awhile
we heard the landlord stumbling np
the ladder in the dark. We could see
the gleam of his revolver and asked no
"He had a thick comfortable with
him, and as he spread it over us we
felt that it was warm. Jack ventured
to ask him if we could get breakfast
with him. He said 'yes' in a surly sort
of a way, and left us, and, what with
the warmth of the quilt and the excite
ment of the dinner, we were soon soVind
asleep, and did not waken until nirrn
ing, when our eyes saw the gleans, of
" 'Breakfast ready? I asked, tryinf
to assume an air of bravado.
" Eat round the edges of yer quilt;
it's all the breakfast you'll git,' said the
landlord, emphasizing his remarks
with a flourish of his revolver.
"Then I saw that we had slept under
an immense buckwheat pancake, and,
gentlemen, you may not believe me,
but I never made a heartier meal. But
that isn't saying that I enjoyed being
coerced into taking my breakfast In
bed. That is why I have held a spite
against that particular place and land
lord ever since for abridging my rigtta
as an American, citizen. Just say yvu
saw me if the Xickel restaurant still
lives, but don't let the landlord get the
drop on you. This is my station. S'long.
gentlemen." Chicago Times-Herald.
A Dellelona Apricot Pnddlnir.
Soak half a pound of "evaporated
f alifornia apricots. Cook them slowly
for three or four hours until the liquid
around them is nearly absorbed. Make
a batter of two tablespoonfuls of but
ter, melted with a cup of hot milk. Btir
in a heaping cupful of flour when the
milk boils, and continue stirring two
minutes, or until the batter "cleaves
from" the side of the pan. Add to this
batter three yolks of eggs, beating them
each in carefully. Finally stir in a large
tablespoonf ul of sugar, half a cupful of
cold milk, and when this is mixed in
add the whites of three eggs beaten to
a very stiff froth. Fold in the whites
of the eggs carefully, so as not to break
them down. Put first a layer cf this
batter in a rather high buttered and
sugared tin mold and then a layer of
stewed apricots. Continue, making the
last layer one of batter. Steam the
pudding two hour3 and serve it with
a nice liquid sauce. Soft custard also
makes a good sauce. The pudding will
cook quicker if steamed in small tin
cups holding about two gills each N.
Chnlr for Piazza Work.
One of the essentials for piazza work
la a comfortable chair with just the
right slope to the back, which must be
high enough to afford a rest for the
head vihen one feels inclined to medi
tate or repose. The ordinary piazza
chairs, with split seat and back of white
wood shellacked or varnished, are just
the thing for a foundation, being inex
pensive and firmly made. Select one
without rockers, but with broad arms.
Get a carpenter to make a shelf about
12 inches wide, and have this secured
firmly to the right arm. This will serve
as a small table, either asa resting place
for books or for sewing materials. Be
low this, against the rounds of the
chair, attach with strong cord or wire
a wicker basket of good size, with ample
cccommodation for the weekly mend
ing, fancy work, crochet and knitting
work, or papers, tnapazines,WTitjA tab
lets, etc. Household.
.-She "Are Mr SUnger's daughter
t a marriageable age?" He "Xoti
"Miss Highsee is a beautiful singer,
Isn't she?" "Very. That was all that
made her singing endurable." Wash
Waiter "Gent at third table want
a hot roll." Cook "Hot roll? He must
think we have money to burn." Cin
When a tandem couple quarrel in
Chicago they go into court and sue for
separate wheels and maintenance.
Xew Orleans Picayune.
Getting (Around IL 'Tour wife
bought these cigars, didn't she?" "Yes;
how did you guess it?" "They're in
such a pretty box." Jo gen d.
Xot Coming Their Way. "Xew
York people were disgusted with the
earthquake." "Why?" "It moved from
east to west." Chicago Becord.
"I don't believe Jagway will ever
go on another yacht cruise." "Why
not?" "He says he has lost all desire
since he took the Keeley cure.1 Brook
Just the Thing. Author "I have
a dialect story I want to sell you." Ed
itor "In what ddalect is it?" Author
"I don't know." Editor "rU take it."
Base "Was "that baby talk yotir
wife was talking as I came in?" Fogg
"That was mother talk; no baby I
ever saw indulged in such gibberish."
"How the dickens did you happen
tospeak of the 'bottle ship Kentucky T "
asked the unwelcome visitor. "Asso
ciation of ideas, I guess," said the ed
itor. Cincinnati Enquirer.
HUNTING FROM ELEPHANTS.
A Recently Tamed Deaat That Wonld
Stand Any Charge.
One of the first things the maharaja
did after our arrival was to hand to
each guest a slip of paper on which was
written the name of the elephant al
lotted to hin for shooting purposes,
which bore on its back the structure
known as a "howdah," to carry the
shooter and his guns. As these ele
phants were necessarily large, and the
howdah is high, the oscillation was
much greater than if one were seated
upon a plain pad upon the elephant's
back, or on one of the smaller ele
phants, which have a smoother gait
We usually, therefore, went to the
cover, or jungle, upon one of the "beat
ing" or "pad," elephants, which after
ward during the operations of the day
were employed in a long line to force
the rhinoceroses and other animals out
of the dense thickets in which they
The howdah-elcphant which the
maharaja allotted to me was named
"Sceunder." Three years previously
it was an uncaptured wild elephant
ranging at liberty the jungles of Ben
gaL It was a fine female, between nice
and ten feet in height; at the shoulder,
with short but perfect "tushes" pro
jecting a few inches beyond the upper
lip. There are other elephants in the
maharaja's stud which have been tamed
more recently still. It was very gentle
and obedient, and perfectly fearless,
and, therefore, very valuable as a shoot
ing elephant; as, for example, on sev
eral occasions during i the following
three weeks it stood without flinching
the charge of wounded buffalo, tiger
and rhinoceros, thus enabling me to
take a steady shot Almost all ele
phants show -great fear of the Indian
rhinoceros; there are few that will no
turn tail when they scent their enemy,
and fewer still that will stand the
crash and short snorts that precede the
About breakfast time each morning
the elephant told off for each guest was
brought to the neighborhood of his
tent, and the howdah placed upon It.
resting upon a saddle composed of two
cushions of strong sacking about six
feet by two, which rested in turn upon
a large cloth covering the whole of the
elephant's back. The howdahs for
shooting are lightly built of wood and
canework, and contain two seats, and
racks to hold six guns or rifles, three on
each side. All this is lashed on by
ropes passing under the elephant's
neck, belly and tail. The weight which
an elephant is able to carry upon its
back exceeds a ton; for short distances
they have been known to carry as much
as 3,000 pounds, but for long marches
half a ton is considered the limit. Many
of the maharaja's elephants had fine
tusks, but most tusks are cut at regular
intervals to prevent them from injur
ing one another. One or two of the
fighting elephants, however, had point,
ed tusks. H. W. Seton Karr, In Cen
tury. A Race Quarrel la Aaatrla,
There has been turbulent scenes in,
ihe Austrian reichsrath or parliament,
occasioned by bitter race animosities
between the Germans and the Czech,
or Bohemian element. The Bohemians
are sensitive regarding their position
in the empire; and it is in deference to
this feeling that arrangements have
been made for crowning Franz Josef
king of Bohemia next year. For the
same reason a decree has been issued
establishing the Czech language as the
official language of Bohemia. The Ger
man irritation at this proceeding broke
all bounds of parliamentary decorum,
and occasioned violent scenes in the
reichsrath. Blows were struck and
missiles thrown. In consequence of
the d isturbances the emperor closed the
session of the reichsrathj Youth's Com
panion. Pretty Close Qnarters.
"Do you have a piano in yonr fam
"I couldn't let the- flat to family
with a piano."
The last tenant had a piano and her
daughter, who played it. knocked
reat deal of plastering off the wall ba
kind her with heralbows." Cleveland