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E TWO PICTURES. qPff^
•jln artist from Italian sou
Had limned a yonntr and perfect face*
And sought a model for a foil. "V, #''J
To give its beauty added grace. 1 f£
At last hefonnditm the crowd
That da^ly o'er the pavement swarm—
'Wan, wrinkled, faded, bent and bowed,-f*
A. weird mishappen woman's form.
Sat as he painted day by day
The faded features he had sought
43ome neighbor pasjed alonz that way
And told of good that 8he had wrought.
And how they loved her in the land
And lo' each day some added grace
transformed beneath the artist's hand
The piteous plainness of her face.
"Until its fame spread far and wide,
And half the earth the picture knew.
All worthy to be placed beside
The fafr young face the artist drew.
HIS SECOND WIFE,
"Well, I never!" said Miss Peggerell
"What is this world coming to?"
"Much the same as it always was, I
suppose, retorted Agatha Simplex.
She was the village tailoress a re
solute, bright-eyed woman of seven or
"I wouldn't have believed it, unless
had told it with your own lips,"
said Miss Peggerell, dolefully.
"Why not?" said Agatha.
•"It's just selling yourself—that's
-all "sniffed Miss Peggerell.
"No, it's not," said Agatha Simplex,
bruskly. He's a very nice man."
"He's twenty years older than you
"Well,"'said Miss Simplex, "and
•what difference does that make? I'm
solitary and alone in the world—and
Mr. Mixsell is willing to give me a
home—and I respect him very highly
—and I've no doubt we shall be very
"Humph?" commented Miss Pegger
jcell. Agatha turned sharply around.
'''What does that mean?" said she.
"Nothing," said Miss Peggerell.
he bull'ed his first wife into her
"He'll not bully me into mine,"
.shrewdly remarked Miss Simplex.
"I'm not so sure of that."
"Well, at all events," added Miss
Peggerell, "you can't say you've not
been fairly warned.'*
"No, I won't," said Agatha Simplex,
«,nd she married Mr. Moses Mixell be
fore the moon was a fortnight older.
Mr. Mixell was a very worthy mem
-bei of society, bald-headed, double
churned and rather spoiled in conse
-quence of always having had his own
•way. The late Mrs. Mixsell had been
•one of those meek, retiring little per
eons who never seem quite certain
•whether their souls belong to them
selves or to somebody else, and there
were those who, like Miss Peggerell,
lid not hesitate boldly to assert that
her brief space of life had been short
ened by the domineering will and
«tern discipline of Moses, her lord and
But all these reports Mrs. Mixsell
-the second neither heeded nor be
"My dear," said she to her hus
band, after they had been married
-about three weeks, "the Hutchison
family is going to give a concert here,
on Wednesday evening.**
"Are they?" said Moses "well, what
"I should like to go," said Mrs.
"I shouldn't," said Mr. Mixsell.
"I mean to go," said Mrs. Mixsell.
"And I mean you sha'n't," said Mr.
Agatha's cheeks crimsoned her
.-eyes sparkled with an ominous luster.
'Why not, Moses?" said she.
**I don't approve of concerts," said
"Mr. Mixsell. "It's my opinion that a
married woman is better off at home
•darning her husband's stockings than
padding off to public places."
"Don't I keep your stockings well
"I don't say but that you do," ad
amtted the bridegroom. "But I don't
anean to encourage this fancy of yours
•for running to every wild beast show
.and public exhibition in town' And,
not to mince matters, I intend to put
it down!" with great emphasis on the
last three words.
"I shall go'" said Aqatha.
"You shall not!" said Moses.
"How will you prevent it?" said
Mrs. Mixsell. "Unless, indeed, you
lock me into my room!" with a little
"I shall do that, if it proves neces
-aary," said Mr.Mixsell. "And keep
there on bread and water, my
"You dare not!" said Agatha.
"You shall see," said Mr. Mixsell.
And so the married couple came to
-nigh words within the month.
Agatha was putting on her bonnet
and shawl in her own room on the
Wednesday evening, when Mr. Mixsell
came to the door and eyed her with
"You are determined to make a fool
•of yourself, eh?" said he.
"I am determined to go to the
jsoncert!" retorted she that was
"Then it's my duty to enforce my
'martial authority," said Mr. Mixsell.
And he locked the door and put tue
s&ey in his pocket.
"Here you shall remain, madam,"
«aid he, "until you break that
-stubborn will of yours. At 6 o'clock
•to-morrow morninat I shall put in a
Sloaf of bread And a pitcher of water.
Mrs. Mixsell made no reply, and her
'•fiusband began to fear that the task
.of reducing her to subjection was not
cgoing to be^ as easy as he had antici
pated,, 3 ^j
He stalked off, find spent the evening
-Comfortably by the tire.
The next morning, Ebenezer Hill
^gcove, who was going to lay half a
^jlozen yards or so of stone wall for
the Mixsells, came, bright and early,
to breakfast. Mr.-Mixsell himself was
frying ha and eggs over the kitchen
"WherVs your wife?" demandedEb
"She hasn't left her room yet,
said Mr. Mixsell, adhering to the let
ter of the truth, if not to its spirit.
"She was up pretty late at the con
cert last night, eh?" said Ebenezer.
"At the—concert!" said Mr. Mixsell,
forgetting in his surprise to turn the
last slice of ham, which lay frizzling in
the pan. •&$ ,r*?|^
"I saw her there," "said Ebenezer,
"in a black silk gown, and a hat with
blue feathers on it Laughed awfully
at the comic parts and cried at the
Mr. Mixsell, with a last gleam of
presence of mind, rescued the am
from its fiery ordeal and put it on the
"Sit down and eat, Ebenezer," said
he, "While I go and sea after Mrs. Mix
And off he trudged with his square
loaf of bread and pitcher of water.
Arriving at the door, he unlocked it
There, leaning against the window
sill, with its backt him, wasthe well
known figure in the black dress and
scarlet shawl, with a white worsted
scarf half concealing its face.
"Mrs. Mixsell," said he.
No answer was returned.
"Sulking, eh?" said Mr. Mixsell.
"Well, you can have it out at your
leisure." grimly commented her lord
and master, "Here's your break
And he went his way, firmly con
vinced that Ebenezer Hillgrove had
been mistaken in the fact of Mrs.
Mixsell's presence at the concert.
But no sooner was the moaning
meal concluded than in walked Miss
"Mornin,' Mr. Mixsell. Ho did
Agathy enjoy the concert last
"She didn't enjoy it at all," said
Mr. Mixsell. She wasn't there."
"Not there'" echoed Miss Pegger
ell. "But she was, and she sat next
to me, and I walked home as far as
Chicken lane under her umbrella.
You'll tell me next I wasn't there my
Mr. Mixsell excused himself and
went hurriedly upstairs.
"I'll be at the bottom of this mys
tery," said he, "or I'll know the rea
He unlocked the bedroom door and
flung it open.
"Agatha!" said he, sternly "Aga
And then he saw that the figure by
the window, with its immovable white
face and unalterable smirk, was only
that of the dummy which had deco
rated Miss Agatha Simplex's win
dows when she took in tailoring,
dressmaking and the general millinery
business. And the window was wide
opened and the bed had not been slept
"Goodness me," tragically cried out
Mr Mixsell. "S'ie has—left me!"'
Just then he heard the sound of puff
ing and loud breathing behind him,
and turning beheld the portly form of
Miss Peggerell herself.
"What a dreadful quick-motioned
man you be," panted Miss Peggerell.
"Why couldn't you have stood still
long enough to let me tell you her mes
"What message?" breathlessly de
manded Mr. Mixsell.
"That she was gone back to the
shop, and if you wanted to see her,
you'd find her there!"
"Mr. Mixsell considered. Should he
go or should he not? True, his pride
was concerned but then, again, how
nicely Agatha ironed his shirts and
cooked his supper how pleasant was
her welcoming smile when h« came
home a little late of a frosty October
"Yes," said Mr. Mixsell, "I'll go."
And he did go. The late Miss Sim
plex sat behind the big "To Let," in
the bay-window, composed and calm.
She greeted Mr. Mixsell with an icy
politeness that went to his heart.
"Agatha'" said the ex-widower
"you—you're not going to leave me?"
"I'll stay with no man that treats
me like a child," said she.
"But I won't treat you so."
"I'll live inn house whose proprie
tor locks me up," went on Mrs. Mix
"I'll never do it any more, my
"And forbids me to got concerts!"
"I'll take you myself next time, Aga
And upon this understanding Mrs.
Mixsell returned to the conjugal home,
and Mr. Mixsell chopped up the abom
inable dummy for firewood.
Agatha Simplex had conquered, and
Mr. Mixsell never was the same man
again.—Asa Bell, in New York Ledger.
A Plague of Mice,
A battle royal with mice is "on" in
Scotland. There has been wholesale
destruction of hawks, weasels, and
other mouse-eaters in the interests of
game, and now the wise agricultural
heads of the kins^dom are cogitating
how to get rid of the mice in the in
terest of the farmer. It is a weighty
problem, for the multitude of mice
has become a serious menace to one
of Scotland's foremost industries, the
raising of sheep and cattle. The mice
are ruining the pastures, and ruined
pastures means ruined men.
Well, we are sorry for the^Tnisfor
tune of our Scotch friends, and sug
gest their hopeless case as an impres
sive warning to our own farmers to
go a little slow in the destruction of
the owls and hawks, and even the
snakes, which, with other mouse eat
ers, are nature's most efficient agents
tor preventing the multiplication of
the little rodents that spoil the pas
According to the Rural New Yorker,
the easiest and best mixture for pre
venting potato blight is, two pounds
of copper sulphate and one and a half
pounds of lime to thirty-two, gallons
ARTISTIC TATTOO WOBK.
DESIGNED BY A JAPANESE EX
Wonderful Skill Exhibited by Horl
Chio, Wh has Decorated the
Limbs and Bodies of Many
^Js^People, including Thos
Albert H. Geffeney, the Japanese in
terpreter of the United States Immi
gration bureau in San Francisco, has
upon his arms the finest specimens of
the tattooers's art that ever came to
that city. The tattooed man or
woman of the dime museum a pos
sess more covered surface, but never
do they meet such artistically execut
ed and intricate designs upon their
anatomy as those which adorn the
arms of Mr. Geffeney. Then, too
theirs are frequently fakes, but this is
warranted to be fast coloring and not
to fade or crock. People who have
always beheld the crude butchery of
Indians and sailors, wherein they use
the wearisome anchors of fate or
tombs embowered in distorted and
painful weeping willows, have a right
to regard with horror such a relic of
barbarism. They have never seen
tattooing as a genuine art, as a pro
fession wherein none but a finished
and original artist can excel and pro
duce the wonderful designs which
AN INTRICATE PIECE.
adorn, besides Mr. Gefieney,some of the
most prominent people of the world.
on Chio, the Japanese artist tat
tooer, is a singularly gifted man and
is not 3 0 years old at the present
time. was formerly a jinricksha
coolie—one of the miserable slaves
who trundle people about in a small,
two-wheeled vehicle—and, as is the
custom with that class of people, he
had a local artist tato his body.
Becoming interested in the operation,
he attempted the use of the needles,
and soon discovered his rare artistic
ability. For seven years now he has
been the leading artist in Japan for
people's cuticles, and has made a rep
utation and a fortune. Hi renown
has so spread of recent years that
every prominent traveler who visits
Japan adds a goodly portion of his
money to Ohio's bank account, and
bears proudly away the indelible
traces of the Jap's wronderful craft.
It has become necessary to make ap
pointments a long time ahead, and
visitors frequently send their names
to Arthur fe Bond's curio establish
ment, where Hori is, two or three
weeks in advance of their coming.
The pieces of work which Mr. Geffen
ey carries, and which are herewith il
lustrated, are all upon his arms. Tliey
are remarkable for their lines and
shading. The straight lines are as fine
as those drawn with the sharpest pen
and as true as if laid out with a ruler.
Strangely enough, the Jap never makes
a single mark to guide his eye, nordoes
he use any artificial means to draw
the lines or figures before commencing.
He simply goes calmly to work on his
victim with the needles, aud never
even washes the member until he has
done with it. His method of proced
ure is to prepare a number of flat
pieces of wood by firmly bind
ing on from three to twenty fine-point
ed needles, laying them down on the
SPIDER WEB DESIGNS.
end of the stick side by side with
their points all even on the end and
just separated from each other.
When he starts to work the limb is
bared, he grasps a brush containing
the ink in the joint of his thumb, and
then gripping the member in the same
left hand, uses the extended thumb as
a fulcrum for a leverage—j tbbing the
inked needles into 'the skin over the
thumb with the right hand and then
prying on the stick until the ski»
breaks with an audible snap. The
row of needles is not used theflat way,
but edgewise, so to speak, so that a
long scratch is formed every time he
jabs and pries. As the work proceeds
he moves the left hand toward him
self and keeps jabbing and refilling the
I needles from the brush very xapidly.
These needles are never used on more
than one person and are then deBtrOV
The designs executed upon'
Geffeney required two whole days, in
I which considerable port wine was im
bibed and much tobacco was smoked
to brace up his nerves. The healing*
required a month, and be wore silk
sleeves all the time. During that
period three upper cuticules peeled off
from the wounds, each carrying a
great deal of color, and then the
work showed in a bright, clear and
remarkably distinct greenish-blue ink
.wtth some patches of red.
JnOn the right forearm the most
noticeable feature is a snake which
winds its tortuous coils about from
the wrist to the elbow, and tbere its
quick forked tongue darts out to
catch a fly. The curves are perfect,
the head fiat and natural, and
every scale in its entire length is fin
ished in infinite detail. On "the under
side of the arm is a skull and cross
bones and also a knife thrust through
the flesh and again protruding. It
handle is carved and is characteristic
of Japanese workmanship. Above
the elbow upon the biceps muscle an
eagle with outstretched wings is
worked out with extreme care. Every
feather appears, and so natural it
seems as if the breath would rufnejthe
plumage. A splendid steel engraving
could not be clearer. A small floral
piece completes the decorations on
that arm. On the left forearm a to
bacco leaf, worm eaten and with a
Japanese landscape upon it is shaded
with such a subtle art that no trace
of the instrument is visible. The col
oringblendsfromadeep shadow to the
whiteness of the skin as softly as the
vignette-of aphotograph. On the upper
above the leaf is a great spider's web
with the wily insect in the middle and
several flies entangled in the net's
meshes. It is here that the accuracy
of the drawing is so striking. The
lines are as fine as a hair and as
straight as a plumb line. The piece
is a very attractive one.
Above these on the biceps is the
crowning triumph of all. It is an
argus pheasant, with all of its magnifi
cent plumage and graceful long tail
streamers completed with a softness
and delicacy which are simply
amazing and which command the be
holder's admiration instantly. There,
as in the eagle, the details are exe
cuted with an indescribable patience
and the drawing is faultless. No a
distortion mars the effect of a single
piece and the wonder only increases
with a careful inspection. be sure
the peculiar aud inimitable style of
all oriental art is preserved, and
some of the figures show the novel
and charming poses in which only
these people would eyer place a bird
The price that Hori Chio charged
Mr. Geffen«y was exceedingly mode
rate and was a special favor to him
because he was so well known in Ja
pan and so much esteemed by the
artist. He charged $5 7 for the whole
job. His usual schedule of prices
would have amounted to $267. The
TATTOO ON GEFFENEY'S RIGHT ABM.
eagle and the pheasant would have
been $6 5 apiece.
Hori Chio has had some royal pa
trons and many distinguished travel
ers bear his pictures upon their per
sons. An English nobleman who once
visited Japan became enamored of a
splenfl id-looking Japanese woman who
resided there. Hi infatuation ex
ceeded the usual bounds of love and he
sought out the artist tatooerand had
the lady's portrait carefully pricked
into his white skin. on Chio made a
beautiful likeness and the smiles which
his sharp needles left will never fade
or dim when age has made its wrinkles
in the fair girl's face and time has
harrowed out all the old love-lit
glances. The Englishman willingly
paid $15 0 for the everlasting portrait
and graciously submitted to the pain
that his inordinate affection cost him.
Robinson, who was recently killed
in the orient by Hetberington, was or
namented by Hori, and bore upon his
breast a proud English vessel as she
rode in the stream. On his arms, too,
were birds and the snake which fasci
nates the would-be decorated. A
young American woman conceived a
strange idea and had a monster crab
etched upon her shapely calf. The se
cret got out at a bathing resort.
One of the most beautiful designs is
borne by an English society lady of
high degree. I represents a flight of
swallows and extends from her round
ed shoulder down her tapering arm
and nearly to her wrist. It is singu
larly graceful and of rare beauty. The
son of Henery W Longfellow, who
has traveled extensively, is exquisite
ly tattooed from head! to foot. The
work is that of Hori Chio and it cost
over $1,000. has a large serpent
wound about his leg, which is startling
in its realistic coils.
On his back is a decided departure
from the usual designs. It is a gigan
tic dragon, with all the horrors to
which vivid Japanese imaginations
have bent their ingenuity, and in its
wide-open mouth is a figure of Budda,
the god idol which the people worship.
The work on young LongfeHow con
sumed several weeks. A companion
who traveled with the poet's son had
a most elaborate fox chase placed
upon his right leg. I was a very ex
pensiye piece and contains dogs,
horses, trees, brushes and the cunning
animal of the hunt.
Hori's most important commission
was in tattooing the royal sons of the
prince of Wales. Prince Albert Victor,
now dead, and Prince George. These
young men were stamped with the
royal isignia of their regal family, the
royal coat of arms of their country,
the feathers of the prince, their father,
and a number animals and. birds.
A prize was once offered in" Japan
for the most original, ingenious and
well executed piece of tatooing on any
man by any person. Hori won the
laurels. A countryman bears the
prize work. I is a great spider's
web, which occupies his whole back.
From a thread which disappears in
SNAKE AND SWORD PATTERN.
his hair at the back of the neck and
emerges on his forehead, proceeding
down his nose to the chin, the great
spider is suspended.
Hori once offered to place a fac
smile of a photograph of a tomb, with
sixty-two letters on the stone, to
gether with flowers and the iron fence
which surrounded all, reduced to the
size of a postage stamp, and with
every letter legible, upon a man's arm
for nothing except as an advertise
ment for himself. The offer was re
fused for good reasons, so that the
finest thin" he ever contemplated was
not carried out.
Queer Things About the Watch,
The Jeweler's Review has the follow
ing interesting facts concefniog that
wonderful little mechanism the
Open your watch and look at the lit
tle wheels, springs and screws, each an
indispensable part of the whole won
derful machine. Notice the busy little
balance wheel as it flies to and fro un
ceasingly, day and night, year in and
year out. This wonderful little ma
chine is the result of hundreds olyeSrs
of study and experiment.
The watch carried by the average
man is composed of ninety-eight
pieces, and its manufacture embraces
more than 2,000 distinct and sepa
rate operations. Some of the small
est screws are so minute that the un
aided eyes cannot distinguish them
from steel filings or specks of dirt.
Under a powerful magnifying gla«s a
perfect screw is revealed. The slit in
the head is 2-1000ths of an inch wide.
It takes 508,000 of these screws to
weigh a pound, and a pound is worth
The hair-spring is a strip of the
finest steel about 9% inches long,
l-100t inch wide and 27-10,000ths
inch thick. I is coiled up in spiral
form and finely tempered. The pro
cess of tempering these springs was
long hold as a secret by the few for
tunate ones possessing it, and even
now is not generally known. Their
manufacture requires great skill and
The strip is gauged to 20-100ths of
an inch, but no measuring instrument
has as yet been devised capable of
fine enough gauging to determine be
forehand by the size of the strip what
the strength of the finished spring will
be, A 20-100th part of an inch dif
ference in the thickness of the strip
makes a difference |in the running of a
watch of about six minutes per hour.
The value of these springs, when
finished and placed in watches, is
enormous in proportion to the ma
terial from which they are made.
A comparison will give a good idea.
A ton of steel made up into hair
springs when in watches is worth
more than twelve and one-half times
ghe value of the same weight in pure
Hair-spring wire weighs one-twen
tieth of a grain to the inch. One mile
of wire weighs less than half a pound.
The balance gives five vibrations
every second, 30 0 every minute,
18,000 every hour, 432,000 every
day, and 157,680,000 every year.
At each vibration it rotates about
one and one-fourth times which
makes 197,100,000 revolutions
In order that we may better under
stand the stupendous amount of
labor performed by these tiny works,
let us make a few comparisons.
Take, for illustration, a locomotive,
with 6-foot driving-wheels. Let its
wheels be run until they have given
the same number of revolutions that
a watch does in one year, and they
will have covered a distance equal to
twenty-eight complete circuits of the
earth. All this a watch does, with
out other attention than winding
once in every twenty-four hours.
A Careless Boy
Mrs. Boggs—"Little Johnny has
lost his knife, and I was think
Mr. Bocgs—"What? as that boy
lost another knife? It's outrageous!
Here I am slaving myself to death
to support iny family, and every
thing going to rack and ruin." That
was a good knife, and it's a'shame."
Mrs. Boggs—"I was thinking, my
dear, that as I have found six or
eight knives that you have lost, you
might give him one "of them."
It is never wise to overcrowd poul
try. Fifty hens in an overcrowded
house, says an exchange, will not lay
as many eggs as twenty-five that are
not crowded, and they will eat twice
as much food. That's it, exactly.
and Dealer in all Kinds of '-^5
On Minnesota River, near New Ulm, il
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best quality in any quantity te- contractors
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All kinds of fccavenger Work Promptly At
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A fine lunch will be served every day.
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Brewer and Bottler.
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This brewery is one ofthe largest eetabllsasaeatt
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ep with all the modern improvements. Keg and
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short notice. My bottle beer is especially adapts]
for family use.
Conutrybrewers a»d others that boy malt wlk
and it to their iatereBt to place their ord«ra with
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Cor. Minnesota and 3 St., N. 1 3
BUILDING STONE FDR SALE,
The New Ulm Stone Company is ready
to *ell buildm* stones *t the Quarry. For
prices inqiiire of J. Ffenninger, W. Boesch,
A. Schpll. or Chas. Stojzeoberg Redstone.
yOTICE.—The use oT land for pasturing
or cutting of wood or quarrying and haul
ing of stone is not allowed unless by a writ
ten permit from tbe company.
OTTO SOHELL. Manager
C. F. Buemke
Cor. Minnesota and Srd Nortb St*.
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hotel in the eity and affords
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A large aupplr of fresh meats, san
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Monuments, Tombstones and all
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