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THE AKGKUS, SATURDAY, DECEMHEH 12, 1903.
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tAND ttOOKS.AM DUim AND5UGAR PLUPI5
AND TOPS ATVD HOPS AND CORN THAT POPS
WAND TBUELDEVC BLOCKS IN WOODEN Bfo
JPETOSITyE VTfiCH CUT AIVD GOATS THAT RUTtT
l).j"rsvll.r at rats r wrw pats
7YJ AND HATS TSIAT It5 AND RUN ADOJJT
AND PUT1PS WHICH PIJHP A VATER-SPOUT,'
IiE REAVES A CARD VHCH IS TO SAY
OPYRI&HT.IWS.bV t A.HAMM
A WONDERFUL INSECT.
Gas Comianlea Not AVantcil Vhr
the Cnctzjo I'lourilex.
Have you ever heard of the cucujo?
If you are one of those imfprtunates
who are in the habit of srumblin;; at
gas bills you will wish that the place
was swarming with ciicujos. so that
Hie pas eouipauies niiut be circum
vented. The cucujo is the firefly of the
tropics, and it is the most brilliant of
the whole tribe of liht priving insects
or animals. Thirty -eight of them yield
one candle power.
Photographs have been printed by
two minute exposure of bromide plates
to their illumination. People in Cuba
confine them" iu paper lanterns for go
ing about the country nt night or for
indoor lighting. Sometimes they at
tach one of the insects to each foot for
traveling in the dark to serve as a
guide to the path; also they use them
as ornaments for the dress and hair.
Cucujos are beetles beginning life as
grubs. Skipjacks or springtails they
are sometimes called because when
placed on their backs they jump over
with a clicking sound.
A small species of the same family
is found in Florida and Texas. They
have two luminous spots on the thorax
and another on the abdomen. Damp
evenings are most favorable to the light
giving, the object of which is presuma
bly to attract a mate. The young lar
ie feed largely oti snails, to which
their bite is poisonous. The luminous
organs are developed before the insects
leave the eggs.
Now, a theory formerly held was that
these lireflies stored up light in the
daytime for emission at night, as is
done by the so called luminous paint
of calcium sulphide. But it was found
that they shone as brightry as ever
after being confined for ten days in
darkness. Some that were carried
from Cuba to Havre in the pitch black
hold of a vessel were brilliant on their
A more striking disproof, however,
was afforded by a batch of larval
hatched in the dark from eggs laid in
the dark on a piece of rotten wood, the
young insects being kept in darkness
for the lirst six months of their lives.
They shone as brilliantly as any of the
other fireflies. Golden Penny.
ODD NOTIONS OF WOMEN.
Rosa Iionheur treasured a small lead
image of St. Anthony of Padua as a
Caroline llerschel firmly believed that
if she met a crosseyed beggar in the
morning it presaged the discovery of a
new star that night.
George Kliot was a slave to the influ
ence of the hunchback and clubfooted
man and did no literary wolk upon the
day when she saw one.
Lady Millais, the wife of the great
painter, was convinced that the craqk
of doom would sound for any one who
stepped on a crack in the sidewalk.
Harriet Beecher Stowe believed that
it was bad luck to throw away a tooth
brush which had outlived its useful
ness, and to the anguish of her house
hold preserved every one that she had
Queen Victoria cherished a number of
superstitions, and among them she be
lieved that the removal of her wedding
ring would surely bring calamity and
that a pet Manx cat would bring good
luck to the royal household.
The Absent Jack.
The wife of a Washington street
merchant is very fond of roses, espe;
daily of the brilliant varieties. By
way of reminder she said to th? hus
band the other morning before he
started for business:
"I see. my dear, that Jacks are be
"That may be true," said the hus
band absently, "but I have known
men who would have been willing to
pay ?10!.t for one to put with the two
already in their hand." Indianapolis
PAYNE OF NEW YORK,
How lie Came by the Nickname of
"the AVhlte Headed Mandarin."
Among the minor surprises of the
opening of the special session of con
gress was the changed appearance of
Serena 10. Payne of New York, chair
man ct the great ways and meaus com
mittee of the house, whose smooth
shaven cheeks and chin rendered his
erstwhile bewhiskered visage almost
unrecognizable. A Iieat gray mustache
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EEP.EKO E. PAYNE.
Is now the sole hirsute adornment of
the distinguished floor leader's coun
tenance. Tor several years lie has
been known as the "white headed man
darin." According to the story related
in Washington, he got his nickname in
"Look at the old white headed man
darin," Uncle Joe Cannon, now speak
er of the house, said one day when
he was offended by something Mr.
Payne had done, and from that day on
the title stuck to the dignified chair
man of the big committee.
Mr. Payne is a very earnest and se
date statesman, but is possessed at the
same time of the most tantalizing
smile that ever drove an opponent to
Look iu I'nder the Hat.
You seldom will find a brainy man
with a round head. The head that
contains lots of brains either is very
long from front to back or else ir
regular. You can learn something of
a man's mental ability by the hat he
wears. If his head is so bumpy that
it seems as if l e never could get a hat
to lit him he probably is a genius or
a crack-a-jack in sbfne partiJurai line.
If his head is long from front to back
he is a clear thinker and smart as a
whip. So if your hat tsts more mon
ey than your friend's hat does and
you are harder to tit be consoled by
considering that your brain is worth
more. New York Press.
Worth. His Weight In Gold.'
The maharajah of Travancore was.
on one occasion at least, worth his
weight in gold, for he was weighed
against a pure mass of the king of
metals, and. after the scales were bal
anced, the mass of gold was distributed
in charity. This custom, called "Tulab
hara." is one of great antiquity and
is said to be traceable in Travancore to
the fourth century. It is not unknown
in other parts of India, though, of
course, gold is only used in the case
of wealthy persons, humbler folk be
ing content to weigh themselves against
spices or grain. On the occasion men
tioned the maharajah weighed a little
over nine stone. The Brahmans. it is
said, wished to defer the ceremony in
the hope that the maharajah might
more nearly approach the weight of
his father, who did not undergo the
rite until forty-seven years old, when
he weighed fourteen and three-quarter
stone. Golden Penny.
It Was All Arranged.
A London barrister used to tell of an
instance that occurred in his own ex.
perience of trial by jury in Wales. J
well known local solicitor named Gar
nous was concerned in a case. Vhi'
counsel was addressing the jury its
members quietly turned from him, pot
their heads together, and then the fore
man addressed the judge. "It's no use.
my lord, for the gentleman in the wig
to talk any more, as we agreed in the.
Blue Lion last night to vote for Mr.
Garnons of lihiwgoeh."
Writes and Drawn.
Kippax And who is 3'our favorite
author. Mrs. Softly?
Mrs. Softly My husband.
Kippax Pardon me. I didn't know
Mrs. Softly Oh. but he does, and so
nicel3" checks! Town and Couutry.
Tess So she has fallen in love with
an English nobleman.
Jess You don't tell me?
Tess Surely you've heard.
Jess No. I merely heard she was
engaged to marry one. Philadelphia
Dividing Her Weight.
"Don't stand on that delicate table to
hang the picture, Martha. It'll break.
You're too heavy."
"Oh. no, I'm not. mum. It'll bear
me. I'm standing only on one foot."
Philadelphia North American.
Those who complain most are most
to be complained of. Henry.
ANTI GRAVY STATESMAN
Senator Pettus. of Alaba
Senator Edmund W. Pettus of Ala
bama, who lias aroused the ire of all
the professional cooks in the country
by liis recent pronouncement against
the use of gravies and sauces, which,
he contends, are poisoning the Ameri
can people, is eighty -two years old. but
still hale and hearty, and this fact, he
intimates, is due partly to his absti
nence from what he calls the "French
abominations." meaning the aforesaid
gravies and sauces.
Senator Pettus 13 noted as a wit and
on occasion regales his colleagues with
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y & ss sr .v Ar ,v
ma. Who Is Noted for His
tns. "had as accurate a conception of
the Scriptures as some of our senator.-
have of the law of the land."
He goes to bed at !) o'clock and rises
at 0, and by the time other senator-;
are getting their breakfast he has dis
posed of his correspondence and is
hustling round the departments with
his old slouch hat full of papers, doin r
what he calls "errints" for his con
stituents. Many Interesting anecdotes are told
of the shrewd manner in which he lias
circumvented the civil service com
mission in securing oMiees for his con
stituents and the appointment-of his
Democratic friends and supporters to
oflices under a Republican administra
tion. The old gentleman is known
among his fellow senators as Confu
cius, because of his great wisdom and
supposed resemblance, physical and
mental, to the great Chinese philoso
pher and sage.
EDiir:D w. rErrrs.
quaint slories. lie told one of his best
when he took Senator Gallinger to task
for the tatter's interpx-etation of certain
legal questions in the "debate on the
Porto Rico biil a couple of years ago.
He said he once went to a "preach
ing" in the mountains where the minis
ter "was as learned in the Bible as my
friend from New Hampshire is in the
law." The text chosen was. "Seven
sons did Milcah bear unto Enon." The
preacher explained the text by saying
that Enon was sick and needed nutri
ment, whereupon the doctor told his
seven sons to get him some milk. "The
cows did not come up the night before,"
drawled Senator Pettus, imitating the
singsong tones of the mountain preach
er, "and so the seven sons could not
find them. But they came across a she
bear and milked her and carried the
milk to Enon. And so, brethren, it is
written. 'Seven sons did milk a bear
"That nreacher." continued Mr. ret-
CHRISTMAS ON CRUSOE ISLE
Continued from Page Seventeen.
With a wis assortment 'o vegetables
from my garden. There were no drink-;
artificially .-ooled. ice being an unob
tainable luxury in Crusoe's island. 1 ut
there were tropical fruits in abun
dancepines, guavtis. mangoes, oranges
and custard appics all of which haw
Ikh-u plucked within a stone's throw of
my hut. "
One thing only was lacking a g.md
ly company to enjoy thi.t Christmas
feast In Crusoe's island, ilut we wer
content, for, as Pappy Ned observed.
"De f:ood Goramighty done gib us all
we want, mo' dan we need and a heap
6ight mo' dan we desarve."
FREDERICK A. OBER.
KlCht Will be ISltter.
Those who will persist in closing
their cars against the continual rec
ommendation of Dr. King's New Di
eovery for Consumption, will have a
long and bitter fight with their trou
bles, if not ended earlier by fatal
termination. Read what T. R. Beai!.
of Beall, Miss., has to say: "Last fall
my wife had every symptom of con
sumption. She took Dr. King's New
Discovery after everything else had
failed. Improvement came at once
and four bottles entirely cured her."
Guaranteed by Hartz fc Ullemeyer,
druggists. Price. 50 cents and $1.
Trial bottles free.
As I anal.
"How much do you -xpect to spend
for your wife's birthday present?"
"About half us much as I shall."
Yovi do not
See the Best
Until you see
i? IkiAlh! ss AaCsfe tfaMtftksafc
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something useful, if consistent; something that will outlive the day and
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Built t o last, but
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An excellent piece for a
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Then see our line of Dress
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