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. 1U A HAMS. rv-hU.S.r.
Ttia saads win ail rv dnppd fua boob.
Cawn has crept slowly icto coco.
The evening eoiaes to me.
.ni yet it Batten coth'r.- now.
Peace broxieth as a dove!
GJ has been very kind to rae!
Goi-ciM. Rood-nijht. my love.
Ah must you wee;v my chSd. my chlMT
Then listen whtle I tell
Bow oa life's billows tossing will.
He steered my fraa sea shell!
Just tfcirty years to-morrow. dear.
The sate swung wide above.
Tour fitter wh:s;ered in my ear:
Mood-nisht. Fvxtd-nht, my lover
Tive little hearts lay close to mine.
Closer than e'er before.
Te: ret for these could I repine.
But loved them daily more.
you were one cf these, my dear.
Who made my laNr liht
Br loYiajr much and ci:r.inf: near;
Eut now. good-night, pood-iuht.
Eow pood cf God to make so fair
Our firs: sweet child of love;
6he lived her marriage robes to wear.
Then passed you weep, my love!
A3 father went, one came to me.
Came with the angel's flight.
Cut yesterday so Joyously
He reached home good-night.
True, dark to me seemed many a day.
And Iocs the weary night.
But God has blessed me ail the way.
And rrar.ted pure delight.
Bo many that are dear to me
Are waiting Just above.
Their beckoning hands I almost sea.
Good-night, good-night, my love,
F.y.l me cot back 'tis better so;
Ah. feeble are ray feet:
Jiv hands are weary let me go;
Rest, darling, will be sweet.
The "pastures' are so green and fair.
The "waters" stiU and bright.
And love is there, for Christ is there;
Good-sight, my chiid. good-night.
Margaret K. RadelXe. in United Presby
S SAVED BY A NEGATIVE.
BY S. A. SMITH.
FATHER." said my son Donald to
me one cay; -father, tow do they
Lese wonderf-n photographs os
lightning flashes that are printed i
roagazines? They don't know when a
Sash is coming, and can': make It stay
still while they photograph it, can.
I laughingly replied:
""the lichtcin? 'take' itself. If there
is a thunderstorm at night all that is
r.eeessary is to pat a sensitive plate in
the camera, uncover the !ens and point
it at the sky. when the next Sash of
lichrnirg will record itself cpon the
piate. which must then be developed in
tie usual way."
"Is that all?" returned Donald. "How
very easy. Couldn't we take some? Do
let us try."
-All right." I replied, "but first of all
p. e mist wait for a thunderstorm, so
when there is another at night tret
your photographic traps ready, and
we'll see what we can do."
Dar.a'.d and I were enthusiastic cy
clists, he heir.? one of several years"
sati'i'r?. but I only since we came to
live here in Woodford, on the borders of
thr new forest, and I found it very con
venient to ride to the railwiy station
five miles away or to Salisbury or
Southampton, as our village lies mid
w?.y on the highroad between those
Charmed by the lovely forest scenery.
I bad lately practiced the facirat:
science cf phooirraphy and thereby se
cured manv a beautiful scer.e of wood
land jrlade. Donald, too. soon waxed
enthusiastic over it. and many a cycio
photographic day did we spend secur
lr.ir pictures of the exquisite scenes that
.boccd around our home.
The marvelous photos of lightning
flashes that appeared in the Strand
had excited Donald's wonder ar.d cu-
riositr. leading to the conversation
with which this story commences.
We had not Ion? to wait for a thun
derstorm, for on that very eight raged
one of exceptional vioience. It began
about 11 o'clock, and Donald, who had
retired to bed some time before, burst
into my room, fully dressed, and
"Come on, father; there's a tremen
dous thunderstorm coming up. and sucn
flashes of lightning! I'm off to the
dark room to pnt some piates in the
slides, so get the camera ready. The
front bedroom window is the best place
to expose from."
Here let me state that our house
stands about ten feet from the road
aide, and the view from our front win
dows comprises the road and the com
mon opposite ns. a small piece of waste
land partly surrounded by the coble
trees of the New Forest.
By the time that I had made the nec
essary arrangements at the window
Donald rejoined me, bringing three
double dark slides loaded with the sen
sitive piates, "We ought to get at least
one successful photo out of this lot,"
Soon the storm, which had graduaily
been drawing nearer, burst over us wit!
terrible fury, the lightning flashing
with amazing brilliancy, the thundej
rolling with deafening roars. One by
one the plates were exposed under con
ditions that justified the expectations
of good results, and Donald was in high
glee. Just as I was about to expose
the sixth and last plate he said:
"Why don't you take a flashlight photo
of the common with tbafcone? Illumi
nated by the celestial electric light, you
know. Point the camera towards the
center of the common, just for fun.
I'd like to see how it comes out."
I acted upon bis suggestion, and no
sooner had I got the camera in position
than a flash of lightning, so vivid and
aViUUat ia iu intensity as to momen-.
tartly blind gs and wring from us a
fea-ome and terrified "Oh: imprinted
the scene on the sensitive plate.
Tm glad that's the las; plae." said
Dorald, when the deafening pea! of
thunder sllowed him to make himself
heard, -for I should not care to stand
st the window daring' another such
flash as that. Shall we develop the
Xot if I know it." I replied. -Be of!
to bed now. and well do them the first
thing in the morniag."
But we didn't; for we were awakened
early by a violent ringing of the bell,
and upon going down in mv dressing
gown and opening the door I beheld the
village constable, with white, haggard
face.oc which fear was strongly marked
in every line.
"Oh. sir!" he gasped, "will you come
over on the common with me? There's
the corpse of a man lying there, and I
fear he's been murdered, for there's a
knife stuck in his breast. I want you
to come as a witness before I touch the
"Lying on the common! Murdered!
Impossible!" I said. "Eut wait a mo
ment till I have dressed and III come
The constable's tale was only too true,
for there, lying on the camp grass his
hair and clothes sodden with last
night's rain: with upturned face, and
with the blade of a large knife burled
deep in his heart lay the corpse of
Ivan Sclecski. the handsome young ten
ant of "The Hermitage." and suitor for
the heart and hand of the lovely Marie
Devereux. of "Forest Hall." While the
constable guarded the body I hurried
for the doctor, who upon his arrival de
clared that life had been extinci for
"Good heavens!" he ejaculated, "this
knife belongs to Gerald Merrilees! See.
here are his initials!" and there, on the
silver-mounted handle, were the letters
That evening Gerald Merrilees. the
handsome, well-built young owner of
"The Home Farm." and Solenski's rival
for the affections of the beauteous
j Marie Devereux. was arrested on a
charge of murder, upon the sworn in
formation of the butler of "Forest
Hall." who deposed that on the pre
vious evening Merrilees had had a
stormy interview with Miss Devereux.
in which Solenski's name was men
tioned several times, and that Merrilees
had suddenly dashed out of the house,
mutterinsr: "I'll kill him! I'll kill
him!" Upon this evidence and that
of the knife found in the dead man's
breast Merrilees was committed for
trial at the forthcoming assizes about
to be held at the Guildhall. Winchester.
Doubtless the reader remembers the
account of the trial, which was pub
lished so fully in the daily papers of
the time, but in case he may net recall
it to mind I might here briefly give
Merrilees defense. In spite cf the
strong proofs of his guilt he persistent
ly declared himself innocent and
pleaded "not guilty." He fully admit
ted the truth of the evidence of the but
ler of "Forest Hall." and his counsel
cApiuined that he had that evening pro
posed for the hard of Miss Devereux.
but had been rejected, upon which he
had accused her of favoring the suit of
Solenski. ar.d when she admitted that
she had that day accepted Solenski his
it-alousv and race overpowered him
being a very hot-tem
causing him to
rush from the house,
threats now -.ised as evidence strains: j
him. After leaving "Forest Hall" I his !
counsel continued) reason gradually i
prevailed, and he proceeded to sro home, ;
his path lying across the common in .
front of my house.
Felrg anxious to arrive there before '
the threatened storm broke, ar.d partly j
to cool his fiery temper, he ran: b;::. his !
foc-t catching in the stump of a furze ;
bush, caused him :o fall heavily to the j
ground, and with such force as to ren
der him unconscious.
He declared that his pockets must
have been rifled by seme malicious
passer-by. while he lay in that state,
for whereas he fell on his face, when
he recovered consciousness he was lying
on bis back. He reached home, too weak
and dazed to think or observe, but great
was his surprise the next morning to
find his pockets empty; watch, chain,
purse, loose cash, hunting knife (which
he always carried), and everything, all
Counsel dwelt stronelv upon this
fact, and maintained that the accused
was not the eulprit, but that whea lying
unconscious the real murderer robbed
him. taking, amongst other things, the
knife used with such fatal effect upon
Soler.ski whose pockets he also rifled
leaving the murderous weapon in the
dead man's breast, to divert suspicion
from himself to its innocent owner.
For further details. I must refer the
reader to the very full reports of the
trial which appeared in the local papers
at the time, merely contenting myself
with stating that the jury smiled, in
that supercilious, superior sort of way
common to the British juror, at the
palpable weakness of the defense; but
having satisfied themselves as to the
prisoner's guilt, after a short considera
tion they returned their awful verdict
of "Guilty!" Gerald Merrilees was sen
tenced to death.
Some time after the foregoing- events.
I was sitting up awaiting the arrival
of my wife and son, who were return
ing from London by a midnight train,
or, rather, an early morning one reach
ing Dean station at three a. ni., after
which they had to drive the intervening
five miles borne.
It was weary work waiting. I had
finished reading ni novel, and was
lookingaboutfor something to do, when
I suddenly thought of the plates we
had exposed on the night of the thun
derstorm, and had lain undeveloped
and forgotten till now. "The very
thisg!" I exclaimed. "I set to wort
and developed them at once, it will
pass tie time nicely."
The first plate developed was a fail
ure. Why. I don't know, for I im
mediately threw it away and com
menced ancther. "Ahl" I thought,
-this one is something like a photo
graph." Truly, it was a most wonder
ful photo, of lightning; the wavy line
of fire there were four, springing
Vra one stem streaming down from
the dark and angry heavens right on
to the earth, where the trees of the New
Forest in the background were sharp
ly silhouetted against the tongues cf
fire, from which little side-streams
spread out in all directions. I felt, and
still feel, proud of th3t photograph, for
it caused no little excitement in the sci
entific World. The next plate was a bit
of a mystery to me. for it was a negative
of the landscape in front of our house,
and I wondered when it was taken,
until I remembered that Donald had
asked me to take it as a flash-light land
scape view with the last plate on that
memorable evening cf the storm. As
development proceeded and the ob
jects became more and more distinct I
was surprised to see several human fig
ures portrayed in it. With a magnify
ing glass 1 gave it a closer examination,
the result cf which made me tremble
"Good heavens!" I exclaimed; "this
is a photo, of the murder of Solenski!"
and indeed it was; taken at the iden
tical moment thai the crime was com
mitted. There was the whole scene un
erringly depicted on the plate by that
brilliant flash of lightning! I examined
the plate more minutely, and the result
was startling in the extreme; there was
the murderer in the very act of plung
ing the knife into Solenski's breast!
The faces of both men were plainly
distinguishable, and that of the mur
derer was not Gerald Merrilees. but
of a short, thick-set man with a heavy
beard; and there, farther in the back
ground, was an inanimate form, with
upturned face, lying upon the earth.
"Good heavens!" I again exclaimed.
"So Merrilees is innocent, after all!
How wonderful that we should have
taken this photograph, and thus be able
to prove his innocence! To-morrow I
will go to Winchester with it, ad pro
cure his release."
Suddenly I reeled as if shot. " To
morrow." did I say? Why, to-morrow
Is the day of his execution! It is to
morrow' now. for it is after three
o'clock! In five hours all will be over;
another victim sacrlned to miscarriage
of justice." What was I to do? Twen
ty miles from Winchester: with no
means of communicating with the au
thorities to avert the tragedy which
would soon be enacted here was I w ith
evidence that would save an innocent
man's life; and that man a dear friead,
What could I do? I groaned aloud ia
my anguish, and great beads of pers
piration dropped from my brow.
Just then my wife and son returned,
and were alarmed to see my agitated
state, but upon explaining matters, my
w ife's ready wit suggested t! at I should
ride to Winchester on my bicycle. The
very thing! I jumped with jay. and
soon after started on my dark and
dreary, but fateful ride. v. ith the price
less negative carefully packed to avoid
the risk of breaking and its terrible
I will not go into details of that ride,
for only those who have ridden over
strange cross-roids on a pitch-dark
eight, when a friend's life depends upon
their speed and dispatch, can sympa
thize with me.
At 0:43 that same morning I rode up
i to Winchester gaol, and demanded to
: to see the governor immediately: and
'. upon being admitted to his presence
showed him the Heaven-sent witness,
which he deemed of such importance
; that he telegraphed at once to the home
secretary, giving him details of my
marvelous photograph, w ith the result :
that in this eleventh hour Gerald Mer
rilees was reprieved he was saved! ;
The nature of the ciider.ee that es
tablished Merrilees' innocence, and ai
particulars concerning it. were kept
strictly secret by the police, who had ;
my negative enlarged, and sent copies '
of the photograph whereupon the
features of the murderer were clearly ,
portrayed to all the police stations ia '
the kingdom, with the result that w ith- j
in ten da vs the real culprit was arrested i
in the foreign quarter of Soho, and upon j
being charged with the murder con
fessed his guilt, statins that Solenski
was an absconding nihilist, who had
fled to England to avoid earn ing out
a horrible task imposed on him by the
particular rules of that dreaded so
ciety. By so doing his life became forfeited,
and to the murderer was allotted the
duty of carrying out the society's ven
gence. Hoping to escape, Solenski had
lived in retirement in our village, but
was tracked by his inexorable execu
tioner, who stated that on the night of
the great storm he had come across the
prostrate and senseless form of Mer
rilees, from whom he took everything
available, including the fatal knife
with which he stabbed his victim
(whom he accidentally met immediate
ly after leaving Merrilees). just as the
defending counsel had surmised at the
In due time. Merrilees received a full
and unconditional pardon (for a crime
that he had never committed!), and I
should not at any time be surprised to
hear of his engagement to Mis
He and I are the strongest of friends,
as he says he owes his life to me. but
I tell him that it is not so, but that he
owes it to the magazine that promt ted
us to take the photos, on that eventful
Why He Felt Badly.
A Bath (Me.) man explains that he
wouldn't have minded so much the re
cent loss of his wood-pile if the thief
hadn't waited until after he had cat
and sawed it into stove length.
THE MESA ENCANTADA.
Aaceat avW EiylenuiM ( the FaW
For the first time in the history ot
nan the celebrated Mesa has beta
mounted. The honor belongs to Proi.
William Lib bey, of Princeton universi
ty. "tw Jersey, and the fact has been
scientifically established that the sum
mit is uninhabited, and, as far as the
party could discover, has ever been.
There were absolutely no traces cf ani
It may be that new specimens of flora
Lave been found that existed in the
prehistoric world, but sufficient exam-
ination has not yet been made to de
! termine this fact. The Mesa Encan
; tada is said to be the only spot on the
face of the globe where the flowers of
j the period of long ago can exist without
j the contamination and war of plant life
J with the world of the present day.
! Prof. Libbey succeeded in making his
! much-talked-of ascent of the encantada
i a few days ago. The trip to the summit
was fraught with great perils, and the
result is of little value from an arch
' aeolcgical standpoint.
! The party consisted of Prof. Libbey,
; H. L, Bridgeman, of Brooklyn, and the
correspondent of the Times-Herald.
; Every preparation had been made for
j the ascent, there were great kites and
i balloons ready for use. butitwasdecid
. ed to throw a line across the top of the
I Mesa with a gun. borrowed for the pcr
' pose from the United States life-saving
' The first shot was too low. The sec
ond, carrying a steel wire, went over
the summit, but took two days to draw
the cord which was attached to a long
er rope over the rough, rocky surface
, of the spot described by Coronado in
: his report to the king of Spain nearly
three centuries ago as being the strong
est natural fortification in the known
When the ropes were made fast a
Mock was arranged, and a great chain
, 3'" boards. 20 feet across, was fastened
to it. A huge rock was sent to the sum
mit without tipping, and then Prof.
Libbey mace the ascent. It was dan
gerous, exceedingly so. As the pro
fessor came close to the summit he had
to hang on by one hand, while with the
; other, he disengaged the ropes of the
chair, which had caught in the rough
rocks. The remainder of the party then
made the ascent, and werj assisted on
the surface by the professor.
Next a great ditheuUy presented it
self ia the form cf a gaping chasm. This
was crossed on the ropes, and the ten
acres of the surface of the rock were ex
plored by the daring scientists.
They scent the entire day there,
searching for the evidences of the vil
lage, said to have existed 500 years ago,
but there was nothing to indicate that
it ever had existed in reality. There
were monuments of rock, such as the
Indians built in the ages that have
gone by. but that was all.
There were some pools of water that
had caliected. but whether they were
worn by the action of small particles
of rock carried by the winds or w hether
they were in reality constructed by the
Acoma Indians in the centuries that
have gone dow n into the silence of the
past is not known.
Search was made for the bones of the
human beings whom the legend of the
haunted rock describes as having been
starved to death there, but they were
not found. (
It is assumed by botanists that this
great rock, which rises over 70 feet
from the surface of a desert of sand,
protruded cut of the ancient sea that
covered this section of the world in the
distant past, ar.d that the flora is the
same to-day as it was in those days,
when the world was young and of which
history has no account. Specimens,
such as there w ere, were collected, bet
Whether they belong to this day ar.d
age or to tl:e realms cf the prehistoric
world is not known.
This rock, enchanted or haunted, as it
has been called by the Accrna Indians,
has been the center of scientific inter- '.
est for years. Nuiucrous attempts have
been made to mount it, only to be ;
doomed to failure. i
The legend of the Indians is that the
summit of the reck was once reached j
by a natural ladder in a pillar. On this
place the old and decrepit were kept to j
shield them from the attacks of hostile
foes, while the men were in the valley
at work. Once a great torrential rain ;
came, like a cloudburst, and ate away !
the sandy foundations of the pillar,
which fell, and the inhabitants on the '
rock, several hundred in number, !
starved to death. i
It has even been asserted that the '
place was inhabited, and the ascent by j
the Libbey party was made to set at !
rest the rumors and determine once and !
for all whether or not the stories as
told were true. Chicago Times-Herald.
Cooked by Cold.
Anyone who has ever picked up with
a bare, hand a piece of intensely cold
iron knows that the touch burns al
most as badly as if the metal were red
hot. Indeed, the action of great heat
and extreme cold are so similar that a
Hungarian chemist has turned the lat
ter to account to prepare meats for
food. He subjects the meat to CO de
grees cf frcst. and then seals it up i:i
air-tight tin cans. The result is that
the meat, which is practically "cooked
by cold," will keep any time, ar.d cai
be eaten with very little further prep
nration. Cincinnati Enquirer.
The Depth of Sna-Spots.
Within a few years the question ha
jeen raised whether sun-pots are real
ly depressions, or holes, in the sun's
surface, as they have generally been
considered to be by astronomers. Prof.
Ricco. of Catania, concludes, as the re
sult of a long series of observations,
not only that the spots are cavities in
the sun, but that their depth can be
approximately measured. He states
that the average depth of 23 sun-spoti
measured by him was about M0 miles!
Gome bicyclists of Portland, Or,
wear pneumatic shoes.
At Colon, Mieh a fanner found a
fold ring in a potato hHL
Ia a storm at Marion, Ind.. light
ning tore up 30 feet of tiling five feet be
low the surface of the ground.
Marriage at midnight, the ceremony
being performed by a coroner, is Use
last Kansan eccentricity reported.
The value of the house property of
London is. $3,363,000,000, that of Paris
$1,430,000,000, that of New York SL35S,
000.000. A man and wife and their 16-year-old
daughter were arrested at Jackson
ville. Ore., for stealing vases and dishes
from a graveyard.
During the last especially hot spell,
work was suspended in the granite
quarries at Concord. X. H because the
stone had become so hot.
Xear Alvord. Ia a can of stamps,
which were stolen from the post office
at Lester, in that state, two years ago,
was plowed up recently.
For assaulting a servant who was
alleged to have alienated her master's
affections, the master's spouse was
fined one cent at Mobile. Ala.
While asleep in the woods a sawyer
of Evansvilie. Ind was bitten on the
chin by a spider. He died of the effects
of the bite some days later.
At Jonesville. near Birmingham.
Ala., a young woman whose name used
to figure in Birmingham's social chron
icles has established a frog farm.
Wyley Xusbaum. of Middlebury,
Ind., fell a victim to sunstroke, and
there were 393 teams in the procession
that followed his body to the grave.
Philip Julius, of Kossrille. Ind.,
fried to alight from a train before it
reached the station, and he struck on
his head and has been insane sinos.
The airship craze is said to be near
ly as strong in Germany and on the con
tinent as in this country. Prof. Hoff
man, an imperial councilor, has in
vented a machine constructed on the
principle of a dragon, with steam pro
pellers, which he is confident will work
RICHES FORCED UPON HIM.
Kept in tie West by Poverty, He FI
aallr Fttnnd Fortnme.
The old gentleman who is back from
the west on a visit made some astound
ing statements. He had grown rich ir.
spite of himself. He had actually tried : by small stakes floating tricclored pen
to run away from a fortune, but it ' nants.
would not permit him to escape. Then "ln the park at the commencement
it was insisted upon by his friends that j ef the course is a large drove of sheep
he give them something more explicit j which are to play their humble role in
"WelL I went out there with just ! he spectacle,
enough money to make the first pay- j "Each shepherd is required to drive
meat on a farm, stock it in a modest : B eroup of 15 sheep over the course,
way, get the necessary implements and j which has been made difficult by bar
buy seed. The first season the grass- rjers. ditches and hedges, and it'is the
hoppers came, and they came like tht , duty of the dog to see that none of them
locusts of Egypt, in devastating clouds, j wanders from the flock.
They left the ground as smooth as th j -n,,. troop should pass over all ob
palm of your hand. I was forced tc j atacles, climb the hillocks, descend into
stay, because I had no money with J ditches and pass between the hedge
which to get back. By borrowing anc j which form a choked passage in a corn
saving we managed to live and plant j pact band Ironl w hich no sheep should
the next season. When everything j be allowed to separate itself,
promised a bountiful harvest a cyclon, -Amusing incidents are not lacking,
struck us. one of those rip-snorting fel- j 0f the 32 jotrs entereJ few succeed in
lows that carries everything with it j conduotinff their 15 sheep safely to the
We were like people stranded on a des- j p,aU wnd chases over the lain and
ert island, but we found a speculatoi between the feet of the spectators are
willing to loan, with nothing but out , frejuent. More than one of the shep
dismal prospects for security, and sim- ( herds, exasperated bv the stubborn
ply stayed there because there was ce ! ness of ,he sheep the obsUcles.
escape. My folks in the cast could af- j Beizes the leader bv the tuft of wool
ford me no assistance, and I cftet ! Bt ,he nape of the "neck known as the
wished that the cyclone had picked ut j vhiTion' and drags him through the
up with the other movables. difficult passages, thus inducing the
m,c .,r.-kl .wr C uau glorious
crops. That was 20 years ago. and w
have had them ever since without f
break. Xow I have 2.000 acres unde:
cultivation. I have a big ranch and a
sure market for my cattle. In a shoil
stretch of mountain that I bought just
to get good water for the stock there if
a gold mine that will always do a little
better than keep the wolf from the
door. Could I have returned when I
wanted to I would now be working op
some man's farm for about S20 1
mon;h." Detroit Free Tress.
A BRIDE'S TROUSSEAU.
Clothes Shonid Be Chosen Suitable la
Her I'oxltlon ln Life.
The girl who has a fortune at her
command needs no suggestions, but
the girl who has to think out the wis
dom of every dollar spent on her trous
seau is the one who asks for advice.
Taking it for granted, then, that you
will live a more or less social life, hav-
ing your day at home and visiting your !
friends, and going occasionally to hear
good music, you can decide exactly
what you will need. First of all, fresh
en all the gowns you possess, then you
know their possibilities: then I would
aivise one handsome silk dress, com
bined, perhaps, with velvet, and hav
ing, to go with it, two bodices one
for wear when you are visiting, tht
other to be used when rather mor
elaborate dress is required. Have on
simple, but smart-looking, wool dress,
for street wear; if required, you might
better omit your visiting costume than
this. A black skirt, either of moire,
silk or satin, will be useful, since with
it there can be worn any number of
elaborate bodices. Then you will want,
also, a comfortable wrapper, to wear
in no place except your own room;
two pretty, well-fitting house dresses:
a coat suited to the season: a wrap that
is a little more elaborate, if yon can af
ford it; but do not make the mistake
so often made, of buying clothes thai
are not suited to your position in life,
or. what is equally as bad. of buyins
such an elaborate wardrobe that it wiL'
go out of fashion. Isabel A. Mallon, ii
Ladies' Home Journal.
True Mnafrnl Instinct.
Keillj Couplings is a fireman with a
true musical instinct.
McCarthy I didn't know he had any
talent in that line.
"Well, he has. When the music store
burned yesterday Couplings played at
six piaac all at once." Jadga.
SHEPHERD DOG CONTESTS.
Haw tk At Trie aa He4
Tor two years there has existed in,
France a society known as the "Clui
da Chien de Berger Francais," whicfc
is devoted to the improvement of thf
breed of shepherd dogs in that coon'
is seconded in its efforts by the
ministry of agriculture, and its work
has been of such a nature that shepherd
and drovers take more than a little
pride in possessing membership in it,
The dogs used in France for guarding
and driving flocks and droves diffet
considerably from the Scotch collie.
Two of the principal breeds cultivated
there are known as the dogs of Beauct
and of Brie, the country of the fragrant
The dogs of Bcauce have a rough
coat, sharp nose, erect, pointed ears,
and something of a wolfish appear
ance. Those of Brie have long, shaggy
hair which conceals their eyes and to
a great extent the form of their limbs.
As both these localities are at na
great distance from and on opposite
aides of Paris the greatest rivalry ex
ists between them.
The club held its first competition last
year in the neighborhood of Chart res
and the second was held just a month
ago at Angerviile. a village in the de
partment of Seine et Oise, on the plains
of Beauce, where shepherd dogs are
numerous and which are easy of ac
cess to the drovers of the stock yards
of La Villette in the northern suburbs
In judging the dogs entered in compe
tition their jwints of beauty and the
purity of breed are first considered,
and then follows the most interseting
part of the competition, the conducting
of a flock of sheep over a prepared
course by each dog entered. This con
test is described by a writer for LH
lust mtion :
"At half-past 1! the procession starts
from the town hall of Angerviile for
the proving ground, two mounted gen
darmes opening the line of march, fol
lowed by the Opheonic society" (the
name with which brass bands dignify
themselves in French Tillages). "Then
follow the spectators and the com
petitors, conducted by their masters.
"The route over which the sheep
should pass without deviation is traced
on the plain by two furrows turned by
a plow, and marked from place to place
, remainder of the stunid band to follow
"The best dogs are those who do not
become nervous or excited, but by their
calmness and by taking their time pre
vent the scattering of the flock.
"A good shepherd dog should not nip
the hind legs of a sheep, as a cut from
his sharp teeth may spoil the shank,
which furnishes the nicst salable cut
of mutton, but should seize the animal
by the 'chignon.'"
After the trials of driving, the sheep
are placed in hurdles, and a competi
tion of placing and separating into lots
is held, and the day is terminated in a
fete in the village with illuminations,
merry-go-rounds, dancing, and like
amusements. X. Y. Herald.
There are ominous signs of an awak
ening of Moslem fanaticism, following
the Turkish victories in Greece. When
those victories became known. Mnslema
jn India. Africa and Arabia sent mea-
sages to the sultan, appealing to him
to lead a war against unbelievers. The
commission called the Council of the
Jehad, or Holy War, which has been
sitting at Constantinople, has sent en
voys to the various sheikhs and ulema
of Egypt, Arabia and India, admonish
ing nil true Moslems to be ready to
make any sacrifices at the demand of
the caliph. In India a British officer
has been murdered, and the lives of
others threatened, by natives; and a
Mussulman mob at Calcutta was so
violent that a considerable force of
troops was required to subdue it. Suc
cessive disasters of plague, famine and
earthquake have caused a kind of de
spair among large classes of the popula
tion, and an intense feeling against the
government, which is blamed for all
the misfortunes. Youth's Companion.
How America Vas Xaned.
Vespucci himself must not be held
responsible for the usurpation. The
unconscious criminal was a certain Mar
tin Waldseemuller. of Fribourg, an emi
nent cosmographer patronized by Bene,
duke of Lorraine. The duke probably
showed a letter of Vespucci's to his geo
graphical friend, who incorporated it
contents with the treatise which he
was issuing under the assumed name
of "Hylacomylas," and, as these pub
lications had a wide circulation, the use
of the name America thus became prop
agated throughout the world Scrib