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THE GOOD LANDLORD.
I sins to you about a nan whose memory
long should last;
His came was Hiram Moretiangood. he
lived in Xottoofaat;
And tho" to save his native land he never
drew a sword.
He was what all his tenants called a mighty
Whenever a tenant chanced to break a pane
or two of Rlass,
He never used to storm and rave or mur
mur out "Alas:"
But he would eo and buy some more, in
sunshine or in rain.
Or if it was at aero, and have them set
No matter if In room or hall the paper
should set torn.
He would not. as some landlords do, com
plain from night till morn;
And If the paint got scarred and soiled, the
first thing he would do
Was send and have the painter come and
paint the bouse anew.
No matter If
i faucet froze or if got clogged
It made no difference to
him; he never
And if a tenant short of wood should burn
the cellar stairs.
He 'always thought It sweet delight to
make such small repairs.
And if a tenant should neglect to close a
And it should k ihrnvn ttm i v..
the fierce winter wind.
And tumbling to the walk below some
T, wr,7;'.:v-r - v
and pay the bill.
And ere the morning light broke forth he
from his bed would rise.
And not with thunder in his tone nor anger
in his eyes.
But with a rosy shade of joy upon his man
Would to the tenant go and give a full deed
of the place.
Thomas F. Porter. In N. T. Sun.
NUBBIN RIDGE lay sweltering in
the hot June sun. The fields of
sickly corn gasped and wilted; the
patches of parched wheat and oats rat
tled mournfully as the hot winds swept
over them. Nubbin Ridge at best made
poor return for the labur put upon her
barren sides; and when nature refused
to be lavish in dispensing her moisture
the harvest was distressingly meager.
Mrs. Louise Long sat in the doorway
of her cabin and looked out along the
Ridge. Everywhere the rows of yellow
stunted corn or patches of dead grain
met her eye and filled her heart with
dismay. It seemed to her that their
own little farm was the worst burned
up of all. She turned to where her
husband crept along the rows of cotton.
As she followed his slow movements
back and forth across the field a kind
of resentment came into her bosom
"I don't know whatever possessed
him to settle on the old clayey Ridge,"
she complained, giving way to her
feelings. "It seems to me some men
are born shif'less, an they jest rotate
to shif'less land' the valley would'n'
V come any dearer. Little he can ever
promise hisself or family; but it's jest
Kidge or starve. An there's that ag
gervatin old hen an her chickens in
the garden scratchin" up the last bean.
I don't know what'll become of us, an' "
having once got started she was sure
to drift on to her two pet causes of ir
ritation, over which she periodically
worried herself into the bed "an"
Henry spendin' every cent he can get
his hands on fer tobacco, an the chil
dren needin' bread fer their mouths
and clothes fer their backs. Shif'less
an' dissipated; that's jest what I call
it. It's downright sin, he bein a church
member, to throw his money away
ehewin of the filthy weed there's
them pigs rootin up the potatoes. It
jest seems everything is agin us. The
next thing it'll be a cyclone blowing
cur house away, or an epidemic killin
off the children: an it might be a provi
dence, fer if things get much worse
they'd be better off Oh, my! it seems
I'll burn up, an it's jest burn, fer the
old pool water jest aggervates yer
thirst. I'd almost give my soul for a
drop of cold water to cool my tongue.
Anybody's that lived on Nubbin Kidge
in June an' can't sympathize with the
rich man that lifted up his eyes ain't got
a spark of Christian charity. Believe
to my soul I'll melt; and she mopped
her face with the under side of her
apron, as she shifted her position to
take advantage of the breeze that float
ed lazily along the Kidge, and vigor
ously plied her turkey-wing fan.
"I could put up with it all an' never
a word, if Henry'd show any disposi
tion to give up his extravagant and
filthy habits. Ooin on ten years since
we moved to the Ridge, and if he'd put
half the price he's spent fer tobacco in
a well we'd 'a had water fer the Ridge.
Lord o' mercy, yonders that bull of
Jackson's breakin' in the corn. I have
enough to worry the soul out of Job."
She chased the bull from the fence to
the strip of woods and came blowing
back, peering under her hand through
the glistening heat toward her husband
in the field.
"Yes, a-restin an no doubt
a-chewin' of his quid. He was born
shif'less an tired."
The sun sank down through a cloud
less sky behind Nubbin Ridge, and the
great yellow glow that lingered in the
west gave no promise of rain.
Shadows had gathered thick in the
valley below Henry Long's little farm
when he stopped his jaded mule at the
end of the rows and began to take off
the harness. He groaned as he threw
his stiffened limbs across the mule and
urged him across the clods toward his
cabin. He could see it in faint outline
against tba orove of tree.
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J ON NUBBIN RIDGE.
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BY GUY OlIES0IL
"Lu's worried herself into a few
Bfrin he thought, as his cbservanteye
noticed that no smoke curled from the
chimney, and missed the gleam of the
kitchen fire through the chinks. A
sigh escaped him, something hard came
into his -throat, and his brow became
troubled. He gave the mule a dig in
the ribs, then regretted it as the over
worked beast groaned. As he turned
him in the little woods pasture to "rus
tle a scant supper in the brush he
gave him a few gentle pats in lieu of
some more substantial expression of
good will. The donkey burst into a
tired bray, whose mournful cadence
struck dire foreboding into Long's al
ready troubled bosom.
The cows were waiting at the bars.
ana the children not bavins' returned
from the fields where they had gone to
cnop cotton, he thought to steal in
after the milk vessels and not disturb
his wife. But that individual's ear was
alert, and, as she caught the sound of
liis footfa.I, the groans and muttered
suffering to which she gave vent was
Long stopped, listened, hesitated
then stepped into the doorwav.
T 1 - t , . .
. am uirum you nave nad an
other bad evening;" and there was ten
derness in his voice. "Is there some
thing I can do for you before I go to
iue cows .'
un, me, 1 II burn tip. It seems I'd
give my soul for a cool drink. This
dry Ridge will run me distracted.
?am scorched with fever, but the
5 thought of that nasty pool water turns
m' omach. I dont see why
squatted on the old Ridge, anyhow
1 d give the whole thing cabin and all
fer a well of good water. If you'll
take me where I can get all the water 1
can drink. I'll take in washiu'an' board
you an the children; an you can go on
spendin' all you make fer tobacco. Oh.
I know I'll burn up what on top side of
earth can be keepin' them kids? 'Pears
like they know when I'm taken worse
an stay jest to worry me. Henry, do
hurry and get the work done."
"Now. Lu, don't you let it fret you."
said Long, coneiliatinpJ, as if he felt
guilty, and must say something to ap
pease a just wrath; "we'll do the best
we can. You'll soon feel better, now
that it is growing cool. I'll have one
of the boys go down to Stuart's after
some water when they come. Yes. an"
if you are able, we'll go over to preach
ing Sunday, an' spend the afternoon
with Sullivan; he has the best water in
the valley, you remember."
He did not wait for the chafing reply,
but hastened out in the night to the cow
The following Sunday was a bright
day, and the Longs drove over to the
valley church. It had been noised
abroad that at the conclusion of the
sermon there would be a prayer offered
for rain, and the house could not ac
commodate the large crowd that had
gathered. A fe'v came to scoff, some
out of curiosity, a large number anx
iously hoping that the preacher's pray
er would be answered. The subject of
the discourse was faith, and the preach
er's forcible arguments and apt illustra
tions made a deep impression on the
congregation. When they kneeled to
pray many a fervent petition rose from
The day at Sullivan's was a pleasant
one. Long's dread that his wife might
drift on to pool water and tobacco and
spoil the visit for him abated as the
afternoon wore away, and there took its
place a feeling that some wonderful
change had come over her. In his
heart he sincerely wished that it might
be lasting, but long experience taught
him to take little comfort in the hope.
He could attribute the spell to nothing
but the sermon of the morning. This
hypothesis was natural, for it had
wrought wonderfully upon himself. He
had taken tobacco but once during the
evening, and then when walking
through the fields with Sullivan. There
was a strong resolve forming in his
bosom. He had made up has mind to
give up tobacco. He was going to ask
the Lord to help him; if he only would.
In the cool of the evening the Longs
drove up the clayey road that wound
along the side of the Kidge toward their
heme. A bank of clouds that lay low
in the west turned to blood and gold as
they reached the summit of the hill. A
hopeful sign. They rode in silence.
Each seemed to feel that something had
come over the other, and the result
was a passing reticence. Neither cared
that the other should know what was
passing in their minds, yet they each
had instinctively guessed it. Louise
Long had determined to quit her nag
ging and fretting, and her husband felt
it. It would be a hard trial and he
would have spared her the sacrifice
should all be his. She had also a sus
picion of his intentions and watched
him narrowly as they drove along to
see if he took his accustomed quid. It
gi.ve her a remorseful little twinge as
she thought of her browbeating, sharp
words and ingratitude. She was forced
to admit to herself that he was a kind,
self-sacrificing husband and, although
not a good manager, had done the best
he could. She now repented her harsh
ness at his show of reformation.
It was dark when the wagon rattled
up to the little cabin. An occasional
flash of lightning illuminated the clouds
on the horizon.
"I believe we shall have rain in a day
or two, Lu."
"I hope so, if it don't turn out to be a
cy " She would have said cyclone,
but checked herself in a little cough.
Already she was improving.
Long awoke the next morning with a
throbbing pain in his head; his limbs
moved heavily and a feeling of lassitude
was on him. From force of habit he felt
in his pocket for his tobacco. As his
hand gripped it he bethought himself,
lie was half sorry of his resolve; it wta
foolish of him to have made it. He
recalled the sermon of only yesterday
as something far in the past that had
irresistibly moved him. He regretted
that he went to preaching. He contin
ued to hold the piece of tobacco and
debate the matter. There Was enough
to last him a day. He would use it and
then quit. His strength of purpose was
growing weak when Louise, rattling the
pots in preparation of breakfast, began
one of her old tones she used' to snj
w hen, full of hope, they had moved to
"She's turning over a new leaf,"
thought Long; "and I must."- Panta
loons in hand he stepped to the door
and cast the tobacco across the garden.
He saw it fall on the onion bed, noted
the place, and hurriedly dressed.'
The day began still and sultry, clouds
still lingering in the south and west.
The children were hoeing afield and
Long was plowing in the cotton. His
w ife was missing from her usual place
of espial in the doorway. After the
breakfast dishes had been cleared away
she picked up the hoe and began to
work industriously in the garden.
"It'll be of little use," she thought,
as the hoe thumped on the hard ground
and rattled among the rocks; "but it
strengthens folks in their resolution, to
"Why, what's this?" she said, pick
ing up something in the onions. "Well,
if it ain't Henry's tobacco." Her sus
picions were confirmed. She involun
tarily glanced toward the field; she was
just in time to see her husband disap
pear in the brush down the side of a
ravine that ran across the farm. "The
second time he's stopped this morning.
Something must be ailing him." She
stood leaning against the hoe. gazing
intently at the spot where he had van
ished. Five, ten, fifteen minutes passed,
and her husband had not returned to
the mule that stood patiently in the
sun doggedly fighting the flies.
Her curiosity, not altogether un
mixed with fear, was aroused. She
dropped the hoe and. still holding the
tobacco, started under cover of the
patch of corn for the ravine. She en
tered it and crept along the dry bed
toward the spot where Long had disap
peared. She had made only a few yards
when she stopped and listened. She
omild hear a mumbling just ahead. She
was almost sure it was Henry's voice.
What could be the trouble? ne must
be hurt, and she could scarcely restrain
an impulsp to rush to his side. What
she did was to crawl cautiously some
yards further. Only a bush or two sep
arated her from her husband, and she
could hear him distinctly.
"Lord help mo." he was saying, "give
me more faith. I am so weak; I've tried i
so hard to quit. O Lord, give me
strength for Lu's sake. It worries her
r-c to see me throwing my money away,
an' it takes from her an the children.
O Lord help me help me!"
A deep rumbling rolled along the
west; hurrying clouds passed under the
sun. A silence fell lor a time on the 1
ridge; then a breeze came sweeping up
the ravine that smelled of rain. Long '
paused only a moment to listen to the j
prophetic sounds, and feeling that il
was a propitious time for a more com
prehensive prayer, he resumed: tes,
Iord, help, and if it be Thy will send us
rain. We so badly need rain. Lord,
for Lu's sake and the children, send us
rain. O Lord, help me, help me give
up the filthy stuff! And, Lord, if it ia
Thy will give us a bountiful crop; we
need another mule, we need some plows,
we need so many things; an , u l.ord,
we so much need a well. Lu's health
is poor, an' she can't drink poor water.
O Lord, give us a big crop, an' for Lu's
sake give us a well."
Louisa fell on her face and cried out:
O Lord, have mercy on mo, a selfish
old sinner. Help me, O Lord, to keep
from worrying, an' help me be submis
She rose and pushed her way through
the brush. Long heard his wife ap
proaching, and, still on his knees,
turned and faced her with an expres
sion of blank amazement.
'(Jet up from there. Iienry. I've
been a-hearin yon. an I'm a selfish old
sinner, a-begrudgin" you the little sat
isfaction ye have fromyourq-jid." She
stepped nearer to him and extended the
piece of tobacco. "Here's er tobacco:
I found it in the onion bed where you
throwed it: if it's any comfort to you
take it an chew it. an I'll never open
my mouth in a word of complaint ag'in
ain't ye goin' to take it?"
Long had risen to his feet and stood
staring at his wife and the proffered to
bacco. A tear rolled slowly down his
cheek, and he raised his hand and
brushed it away.
"Lu. you're too good; it's me that's
the selfish old brute." he began, husk
ily. "God being my helper, I'll never
put a chew in my mouth again until
you have a home in the valley and a
well of lasting water."
He took the dirty piece of tobacco
and hi'rled it far down the ravine. Be
fore it had reached the ground large
drops of rain began to fall on the
parched ground and splash on the dry
"Oh, Henry, forgive me!" cried his
wife, throwing her arms about his neck.
A terrific clap of thunder burst from
the clouds overhead, and following it
came a downpour of rain.
The tears rolling down Longs cheek
mingled with the falling drops as he
drew his wife into the protection of th
denser brush. N. Y. Independent.
Five Arab Maxima.
Never tell all you know; for he who
tells everything he knows often tells
more than he knows.
Never attempt all you can do; for he
w ho atempts everything he can do often
attempts more than he can do.
Never believe all that you hear; for he
who believes all that he hears often be
lieves more than he hears.
Never lay out all you can afford; for
he who lays out everything be can afford
lays out more than he can afford.
Never decide upon all you may see;
for he who decides upon all that he sees
often decide on more than he sees.
Detroit Free Press.
The desire of some men towobbla
around in a big place" rather than fill
a small one accounts for many of life's
fail urea. Chicago News,
SCHOOL AND CHURCH.
Since Madagascar was taken by
France, Malagassy has been on the cur
riculum of the Paris school of oriental
languages with two professors, one a
native, to teach it. This year there ia
a class of seven students.
Sir John Mowbray. Bart, M. P.
for Oxford university, has just celebrat
ed his golden wedding. Both his pa
rents and grandparents lived to cele
brate theirs, the common married life
continuing in one case for 59, and in the
other for 57 years.
The Nes-torian Christians have re
solved, according to the London Daily
Chronlcle, to adopt the doctrine and
disciplice of the Russian Orthodox
church. There are 400,000 of them living
j on the borders of Turkey and Persia
ana tney nae determined on tms step
to secure Russia's protection.
Baden-Badtn, having given up its
gambling tables, is offering stringent
Sunday laws as an attraction to visitors.
The police stopped two old gentlemen
who were buying flowers on Sunday
recently. One was the Oberburger
meister. of Frankfort, the other Prince
Hohenlohe, the chancellor of the em
pire. Mme. du Bos d'Elbecq Is believed to
be the oldest writer in France, as she
is the oldest member of the Societe de
(lens Lett res. She is 99 years of age,
began to write for the press 80 years
ago. and has belonged to the society for
53 years. She wrote many novels, of
which one, "Le Pere Fargeau," still
Pilgrimages through the public
streets are being revived by English
Catholics. In St. Mary's church at
King's Lynn. Norfolk, a replica of the
House of Loretto, the statues carved by
Ober-Ammergau peasants, has been set
up in a side chapel, and to this a pro
cession, with women in white veils and
priests in their robes, was recently
made through the streets. It is intend
ed to repeat the procession annually.
COURTSHIP IN ZUNILAND.
Women Do the l.ovemntlnK and Pop
the All-Important Qorillon.
The powers freely extended the wom
en of Zuni are man y, being particularly
favorable to them in domestic matters,
and in everything pertaining to the
home. These peculiar liberties are
manifest before marriage as well as
after, for the alleged privileges of leap
year hold rule continuously in Zuni
land. When one of the daughters of
the tribe takes an amored liking for a
young man, she very frankly confesses
it. and her parents are informed of her
choice of a prospective husband. If
they approve, the interesting informa
tion is imparted, in due. time, to his
familv: and if the as yet perhaps un
suspecting subject of the selection is
suited, in turn he makes, through the
mutual parents, an engagement to vis
it his admirer at her home. Tle is re
ceived somewhat formally by the maid
en and her family, when something like
the following laconic conversation en
sues between the young people, while
the father and mother, with the other
members of the household, sit apart,
amiably pretending not to listen:
"Thou comest." she says.
"Yes; how be ye these many days?'
"Happy. Gather and sit," and she
motions him to a seat near her.
As a never-failing hospitality on the
part of a hostess, when a visitor enters
a Zuni home she places food before him
and bids him "loosen his belt and les
sen his hunger." But he appears pre
occupied, and partakes quite sparing
ly, to give the polite impression that he
is a light eater an important point in
the favor of a prospective husband.
"Thanks; I am satisfied," he says,
aftw dining off little more than a bird's
"Eat enough. You must have come
thinking of something. What have you
to say?" she asks, encouragingly.
"I don't know."
"Oh. yes. you do; tell me," she coyly
"I'm thinking of you," in a whisper,
"Indeed! You must be mistaken."
"Then do you love me?"
"I love vou!"
"Possibly we shall see. What think
you. father?" as she turns in apparent
perplexity to the family group.
"As you wish, my child," her parent
She then appears to ponder the mat
ter for the first time, and afterdue con
sideration of the momentous question,
consents to become his yi-lu-kiani-ba,
or "his-to-be," and from that time on
they are as devoted to each other as
nre lovers in any clime. Edward Page
Gaston, in Woman's Home Companion.
Sea Otter OrromlnE Extinct.
The sea otter, it was stated recently
at the Smithsonian institution, is an
animal which is fast becoming extinct.
So precious are their skins that the
otter has been hnnted with vengearce,
and only a few, comparatively, remain.
There is one fine specimen in the ?a
tional museum which is mounted in a
most lifelike manner. The institution
bought the skin and paid $250 for it,
which is not deemed an extraordinary
price. In a few years, it is thought,
they will have disappeared altogether.
His Honor I'nncathed.
"Is your honor hurt?" asked the anx
ious citizen when the banana peel had
taken a fall out of the judge.
"No, sir. my honor is not hurt.
Never touched my honor, sir. But I
do feel as though my backbone had
been driven up an inch or two." De
troit Free Press.
Old In tbe Service.
"How are you getting along with
your new servant girl?" asked the
"Our new servant girl!" replied the
hostess with some indignation in her
voice: "Why. she has been with ca for
'our days." B- 'r-vler.
EDITOR WAS NOT SCARED.
rncollrd Himself from Cnder Bla
Dealt and Ula Visitor Quailed.
Col. James Plum, who used to edit a
little daily paper in one of the western
Pennsylvania oil towns, always had a
habit of sitting in such a way aa to
allow a large majority of himself to
repose under, his desk. .
He was one of the most fearless men,
too, that ever grasped a pen, and peo
ple who knew him generally contented
themselves with merely "considering
the source" when it pleased him to
write uncomplimentary paragraphs
But one day a new driller came to
town and celebrated his advent by get
tingdrunk, which was common enough,
but distasteful to Col. Plum. So the
latter wrote a half-column article, in
which he held Bill Magee, the new
comer, up to public scorn.
Magee, by the wav, had been pre
ceded by his reputation as an all-around
bully, and people who read Col. Plum's
remarks about him began gathering in
the vicinity of the office of the Daily
Force Pump as soon as the paper con
taining the article had been read, for
it was generally understood that there
would be some excitement as soon as
Magee got sober enough to understand
Along late in the afternoon the driller
was seen approaching the newspaper
office, and the crowd immediately be
gan to "close in."
Col. Plum was busy at his desk, in 8
little room that opened upon the street
He sat almost upon his shoulder-blades
and appeared -to be wholly unprepared
for a call of the kind he was about to
Magee didn't stop to knock, bnt
walked right into the sanctum. Hold'
Ing out the paper containing the ref
erences to himself, he fiercely asked:
"Are you the editor of this sheet?"
Col. Plum picked his teeth with his
penholder and nodded in the affirma
tive. "Did you write this here article about
me? My name's Magee!"
The colonel slowly uncoiled himself
end rose up as if he had been a me
chanical contrivance of some kind,
made to be lengthened out after the
manner of a telescope. When he had
attained his full height the top of his
head was six feet three inches above
He weighed 230 pounds, being largely
made up of bone and muscle.
After he had taken a careful survey
of his caller he replied:
"Yes, I wrote the article and I ex
pect to have another in the paper about
"Well," said Magee, "I'd like to have
you put me down for a year's subscrip
tion." He then paid the price and walked
out; but in spite of the fact that he was
a pretty decent sort of a citizen when
sober he never really succeeded in win
ning the respect of the people of that
town. Cleveland Leader.
HOW TO PREPARE PORK.
Timely and V art of Suarajestloaa to tbe
While the pig per se is not a specially
attractive subject for prolonged study,
there are some points for the treatment
of his porkship, after he becomes such,
that every housekeeper can bear in
mind with advantage to herself. These
points, succinctly stated, are: That
western pork is better than the eastern,
because iit is corn fed.
That in ordering pork for roast you
should always call for young pork.
That the reason some pork cooked
with beans cooks away to a sea of
greasy, crumbly fat is because it is
from an old hog.
That the way to distinguish young
pork when buying is that salt pork
frcm young pigs or yearlings is firm,
hard and close in texture, and its skin
is thin and smooth, while that from an
eld residenter is rough, scaly and full
That clear, white pork is better than
that with a pinkish or yellowish tinge.
That pork tenderloin alone is taste
less, and has to be treated with various
high condiments to be made palatable.
That in boiling a ham you should
add one cup of vinegar and one cup of
sugar. That the liquor in which ham
Is boiled makes a good foundation for
pea soup. That is it much cheaper to
buy a fresh shoulder of pork and corn
it for yourself, allowing one gallon of
salt to five gallons of water.
That pork drippings make one of the
best frying mediums for chickens or
fish. That apple sauce should always
be an accompaniment for roast pork.
That cold roast pig, sliced thin, is
almost equal to the breast of turkey.
That the leaf lard from the kidneys
is best. That old or very salt ham
should be parboiled five minutes before
That fried ham cooked too long will
become hard and dry. Washington
Charity of Speech.
Charity of speech is as divine a thing
as charity of action. To judge no one
harshly, to misconceive no man's mo
tives, to believe things as they seem to
be until they are proved otherwise,
to temper judgment with mercy sure
ly this is quite as good as to build up
churches, establish asylums and found
colleges. Unkind words do as much
harm as unkind deeds. Many a heart
has been wounded beyond cure, many
n reputation has been stabbed to death
by a few little words. There is a char
ity which consists in withholding words,
in keeping back harsh judgments, in
abstaining from speech if to speak is to
condemn. Such charity hears the tale
of slander, but does not repeat it; lis
tens in silence, but forbears comment;
then locks the unpleasant secret up in
the very depths of the heart. Silence
can still rumor; it is speech that keeps
a story alive and lends it vigor. De
troit Free Press.
"I want a dollar, Jones, and I wast
It bad." "All right; take thla counter
So It Does. Smith "See ii?y ia be-'
lieving." Jones "Not always. It often:
depends upon what paper you see it in.
"Can you tell me what has become
of old Capt Saltwater?" "He's light
housekeepin'." "In ITirlein? "No,in
the lower bay." Brooklyn Life! J
Mitigation. First titizei "They
say the snow is Often 20 feet deep ill
the Klondike." ' Second"' "Citizen
"Heavens! But of course, there are no
sidewalks." Detroit Journal. .
Had the Facts. WSckwire "Real
ly, now, you donl believe tKe poor arc
growing poorer?" " Mudge "1 knoyr
they are. Look at me. '1 haven't ha)f
the money I had on pay day." Indian
A Wish. "My youth," said the pe
nurious man, "was spent as a sailor."
"rd like to have known you then."
"Why?" "It would have been a pleas
ure to see you pay out something, even
if it was only, a cable." Washington
'Tapa," said Tommy, "little broth
er is a week old to-morrow, isn't he?"
"Yes." "Let's you and me give him a
birthday present." "Very welL What
shall it be?" "Let's buy him a wig.
He needs that more than anything."
"No," said the impecunious gentle
man, "I don't think I should like to be
a publisher. Tbe little paper I issue
among my friends is an atwful nuisance
tome. What must be your trouble with
the reams of paper you send out?"
She Appeals. "John," said the
wife of the citizen who had just settled
his freak election bet like a little man,
"the next time you want to bet on an
election, just agree that, in case yon
lose, you won't make a fool of yourself
for three months. It will be quite as
difficult as anything else you could un
dertake, and it will spare the feelings
of your relatives." Puck.
Her Relation with Great Britain and.
Other European Conntrlea.
The imperial statistical office at Ber
lin has just published a detailed ac
count of the commercial relations of
Germany to foreign states in the year
1896. In that year Germany's exports
to Great Britain, British India, Aus
tralia and Canada amounted in value to
80S,000,000 marks, while the imports
from the same countries and from the
British West Indies amounted to 931,
000,000 marks. To Great Britain alone
Germany exported to the value of 715,
000,000 marks, and from Great Britain
alone she imported 614,000,000 marks.
Very different are the statistics of Ger
man trade relations with British India
and with Australia. The exports to
those destinations amounted to 78,000,
000 marks, while the imports thence
reached a value of no less than 270,000,
000 marks. In view of these figures the
conclusion is drawn that Germany
need not fear in the case of British
India and Australia any attempt to
hamper her export trade, as she is in a
position to retaliate with effect. In the
case of Canada, however, Germany is at
a disadvantage. Her imports from that
country only amounted to 3,000,000
marks, while she exported 15,000,000
marks' worth of goods to British North
America. The results of commercial
treaties with Russia and Austria-Hungary
are strikingly illustrated by the
new statistics. In 1S92 German exports
to Russia had reached a total value of
239,000,000 marks. In 1893, during' the
second half of which the tariff war
with Russia prevailed, the value of Ger-;
man exports to that country fell off to
the figure of 1S5,000,000 marks. After
the commercial treaty came into force.'
in March, 1894, the rise in exports to
Russia was constant, and the past year
they reached a total of 364,000,000
marks. To Austria -the amount of Ger
man exports In 1891, the year before the
conclusion of the commercial treaty,
was 348,000,000 marks. It rose in 1S92.
the first year of the commercial treaty
to 377,000,000 marks, and last year to
477,000,000 marks. N. Y. Post.
A Phenomenal Island.
A most phenomenal island is that ol
Bornholm, in the Baltic, belonging to!
Denmark. It is famous for its geo
logical peculiarities, consisting as it
does almost entirely of magnetite, and
its magnetic influence is not only very
well known to the navigators of those
waters, but also much feared by them,
on account of its influence on the mag
netic needles, which makes the steer
ing of a ship correctly a matter of much
difficulty. In fact, this influence is felt
even at a distance of miles, and, bein;
sighted by mariners on the Baltic, they
at once discontinue steering their
course by the needle and turn, instead.
to the well-known lighthouses and!
other holds to direct their craft. Be
tween Bornholm and the mainland
there is also a bank of rock under wa
ter which is -very dangerous to naviga
tion, and because of its being constant
ly submerged vessels have been fre
quently wrecked at that point. Tho
peculiar faet in this case is that the
magnetic influence of this ore bank is
so powerful that a magnetic needle sus
pended freely in a boat over the bank
will point down, nnd if not disturbed
will remain in a perfectly perpendicu
lar line. Chicago Chronicle.
Hep Idea of It.
A Hudson (X. Y.) lady recently took
into her household a 12-year-old girl
who had been brought up in the Brook
lyn orphan asylum, expecting to train
her for a servant. The child had beea
told that whenever she answered the -IS
cot bell and was handed a card to re
ceive it on a small tray which was 'al
ways at hand on a hall table. A few
days ago, a friend coming to luncheon.
Martha answered the bell, and, grasp
ing the tray, opened the door far enough,
to thrust her thin little face out, at
the came time demanding, in a sepul
chral whisper: "Where's your ticket 1"