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Thohsdvt, February 5. 181.
The weather of the post few days pre
eludes any possibility of an ice trust next
The appropriation bills aie farther be
hind thin ever before at '.Lis time in the
'The p ny upon which Sitting Ball is
said to have been killed" is on exhibition
at a dime museum in New York.
The strain is not 85 severe on the ther
raometcrs today. They ari slowly get
ting back to their normal condition.
Tbe Motioe Dispatch intimates that
the republicans bad better turn to 8treeter.
This is a frank admission that Oksby is
eut of the senatorial race.
The Chicago Democrat says tbe alti
tude of the "Bis Three" in the legislature
will increase the democratic vote of the
state in 1891, 25,000 T0es.
TriK republicans succeeded m breaking
the q jorum in the Illinois legislature yes
terday, but they, made no impression upon
the iraprepiable ranks of the trallatit 101.
TnE World's fair expenses will be $15,
OO0.W0, wLereas but $5,000.1X0 have
been provided for. There is no doubt,
kowever, but what the enterprising Chi
cagosns will raise this mere bagatelle
"EosTO.-i cockles," which are famous
ever a very large area of England, are
gathered f.ora tbe sands, parboiled,
shelled, and in this half cooked condition
are sent by railway in bags, chiefly to
Bristol acj ;he West of England at large,
where they are sold and consumed as
delicaries by the masses.
A standard authority on the .subject
has issued a circular showing that in 1S90
the total metallic yield of the states and
territories west of the Missouri river and
f British Columbia was S 127, 156.000.
Of this 132,000,000 was gold, f 63,000,
(100 silver, $20,000,030 copper, ani $11.
000,000 lead. In the same year Mexico's
total silver product was $42,000,000. or
about $18,000,000 less than that of the
United States, The figures do not sup
port the statement recently made by the
Des Moines Register that Mexico's pro
duction of silver list year amounted to
1426,000,000, or to seven times more than
that of the United States. Our contems
porary multiplied the actual Mexican pro
duct by ten.
If the president were disposed to ap
point Mr. Wanamaker, postmaster gener
aJ, to succeed the late Secretary Windom,
he could not do so for the reason that the
gentleman is disqualified. The ; act
which disqualifies him wus approved
Sept. 2. 17fc9 It provides that "no per
son appointed to the office of secretary
of the treasurj , or first comptroller, or
first auditor, or measurer or register,
shall directly or indirectly be connected
r interested in carrying on the business
f trde or commerce, or be the owner in
whole or in part of any sea vessel." Mr.
Wanamaker is an importer, and largely
engaged in trade and commerce, tnd
therefore the statute as rigidly exe'udes
him from the secretaryship of the treass
nrj as it excluded Alexander T. S ewart.
Two new and startling words
says the New York San, are com
ing across the ocean for the use of that
large and imposing body of New Yorkers
to whom the word "English" U a talis
man in fnvinceible value. No man has
ever been able to tell exactly how slang
gets a start in London, but it is certain
that when it secures a good circulation in
the small talk of the English towns its
appearance here within a very short time
ie inevitable. Nearly two years ago
everybody in London indulged in the ex
pression "in the movement." Then came
"in it." Nowadays in New York
there is no more scathing comment
upon a man's general failure that the re
mark that he is -not in it." This has
been surpassed of late by the poetical
simile that the unfortunate man is like
the label on a bottle. As the label is not
in it the aspersioa is severe. The two
new words of the year in London are
"spoof" and "wide." To spoof a man
means to trick him, to comment and put
up a wicked trick on him, and to gener
ally cavort with the more tender and
trustworthy elements of his nature.
When you say that a man is wide" in
London a flush of mingled pride and sat
isfaction overspreads his face. It is a
great thins; to be clever, smart, downey,
knowing and wideawake, but people who
are all these things are as nothing com
pared to the man who is "wide."
The young man who was "unable to
express his joy" saved money by sendine
it by mail.
A BIRTHDAY SONG.
When berries redden on the thorn.
Oh, that's the time ray lore was bora!
When leaves are scarlet in the Tale,
Aii oil the feathered paw pale;
When humming wheels thrash ont the corn.
Twos then my pretty lore was born.
TVhen hunters wind the merry horn,
B7 woodland ways and acres shorn;
In dnrlceninff days when nests are cliiH,
In silent days when birds are still
Except the lark, who aings in scorn
Of wintry care my love was bom.
O wailing month with tresses torn
O happy month no more forlorn !
For thee, though earth lie mute below.
In heaven the trumpet winds shall blow,
The roue of eve, the star of morn,
Shall crown the month my love was born.
Margaret L. Woods in Murray's Magazine.
THE CATNIP GARDEN.
Onoeupon a time there lived in the beau
tifu city of Denver a certain gentleman of
the name of Toll, and ha was a judge. All
over the state of Colorado and elsewhere,
too, the judge was famed for his goodness
and his learning. In fact he was so good
and so learned that one Christmas eve
Santa Claus came and brought him a sweet
little baby son.
Tbe judge was very proud.
"I will rear this little son to be a good
and great jurist," said he, "and when I am
old and feeble he will be the staff and com
fort of my age."
One of the first things Judge Toll did
was to hire a nurse to take care of the
pretty little boy, for it so happened, sadly
enough, that the baby's mother was not
strong enough to carry the baby and amuse
Stall the time. The nurse was a kindly
old lady, who had lived away down east,
where there were many, many baby girls
and some baby boys, so she knew about
babies and just how to take care of them.
This baby was very fond of his nurse,
and be would lie in her lap and admire her
antique style of architecture, or would pat
her wrinkled cheeks and coo the sweetest
baby music imaginable.
This made Judge Toll very happy.
"How handsome the baby is," he would
say to himself, "and what a great jurist he
But one day the old nurse came to the
judge and said, "We must do something
for the baby."
The judge was vastly astonished.
"You surely do not mean to tell me that
the baby is sick?" lie exclaimed.
"Xo, net exactly sick," said the old
nnrse, "but be needs toning up. lie is fat
and strong and content ed, but there is a
kind of look in his t-yes that tells me he
needs a tonic."
"Then we will call the doctor."
"There is no need of that," protested the
oldiiure. "The doctor would laugh at
you and say the baby is all right. Eut I
know jnt as well as I know anything
that tbe child needs toninsr up!"
"Well, then, what shall it be?" asked
Judge Toll. "Paregoric, squills, castor
oil, hive syrup, belladonna?"
"Xone of them," answered the old nurse,
"for they are all drugs, and he doesn't
need drujjs. What be needs is toning up."
The judge said nothing he did not know
what to say. Of law, of politics, of mining,
of literatnre, and of otherworldly things
he knew much, but of baby tonics he sim
ply knew nothing.
"What the baby needs is catnip tea,"
said the old nurse. "Xothing will tone
up a baby's system like catnip tea. Down
in Vermont an' Maine an' Mass'chusetts
they always bring up their babies on cat
nip tea, an' that's why their babies make
such smart men an worn en.'-
"But I thought catnip was something
cats ate," interposed the judge.
"Law me, an' so it is," said the old
nurse, "but it's just as likely living for hu
man folks. Why, there's nothin' in tbe
world that'll tone up a weak system like a
bowl of strong catnip tea, I bate to see
this blessed child pinin' for whs 'd be the
makin' of him."
"I know nothing alout it at all," said
Judge Toll, "but if you say the baby needs
catnip I will get some for him."
Judge Toll went all over town for catnip
into every drug store, every grocery and
every doctor's office, but not a sprig of it
could be find anywhere.
"You will have to send east for it," the
druggists said; "it doesn't grow out here
"Then send east for it I will!" cried
Judge Toll. And ho he did. That very
night he wrote to an old college friend in
Massachusetts informing him of his dilem
ma, and asking him to send forthwith a
goodly supply of catnip, no matter how
much it cost.
Well, in about three weeks' time, there
came along a large express package from
the east, and when the judge opened it he
found that it contained forty nine bunches
of green catnip. Oh! how "fresh and f ra
grant they were., and bow their green
leaves and assertive odors took one back
across the arid plains and muddy rivers to
the ferny wild woods of dear old Yankee
land! "The baby shall have catnip tea three
times a day now!" cried the judge.
"Here's enough to last a year," said the
"I tell you what we'll do. we'll plant
some of these bunches in the yard, an'
whenever we need a few leaves for a tea
we cau step ont and pluck them. So we
will have an ever increasin' supply."
"That's a good plan," said the judge.
"We will plant these healing herbs at
once, and they shall leant.ify and perfume
That afternoon Judge Toll planted the
catnip herb iu pretty rows ia his front
yard, and thereafter carefully irrigated
them every morning and evening. It was
surprising bow soon the plants took root,
and in less than seven days they were as
flourishing iu their adopted soil as they
would have been on the hills of Vermont.
Whenever the old nurse wanted to make a
tea Bhe stepped out into the yard and
plucked a few catnip leaves, steeped them
in hot water, and there it was, as natural a
catnip tea as ever simmered on a t-tove or
trickled down a baby's throat. The catnip
bushes meanwhile thrived and shot out
fresh sprigs and leaves, and their frag
rance filled the air for a great distance.
Uncle Seth Cooley, who lived on Capitol
hill, one morning hobbled down to the
Toll place and leaned over the fence and
gazed tenderly at the thrifty herb.
"Jest as nat'ral as ever," said Uncle Seth
slowly and sadly, ns his nostrils dilated.
"Jest as nat'ral as when Mitty an' I used
to go huckleberryin' in the iaeddsr, near
the plum trees, out in Pelham. Fay, jedge,
you wouldn't mind givin me a bookay on
'em, would ye? I'd kind o' like to smell
'em and take 'em home to Mitty." And
old Mrs. Baxter came over from Evans'
addition and begged a "bookay," too. She
cried softly over the coarse, green leaves,
as if tbe sight of them awakened memories
of tbe time when old Uncle Dan'l and she
started out ia life together In a little frame j
cottage "at Dummerston, on the West
river, just, six miles fm Brattleboro'." Oh,
yes, the 1 ank.ee folk came from all parts of
the city of Denver to see that wonderful
front yard, to pluck the catnip leaves and
to tell thu marvelous stories of the cures
the herb had effected. And all this time
the rows of catnip kept crowing and grow
ing and f rowing, and the fragrance went
up and w w wafted hither and thither by
Away u p on top of a very high mount
ain near Del Norte there lived old Mal
tese cat, t he maternal ancestoof many
generatio is of her species. She had come
across the plains in a prairie schooner in
1859 with a party of emigrants, and now
she lived in the hospitable loft of the sta
ble nearest the summit of an imposing
peak not far from Del Norte. One night
this old Maltese cat was traversing the
ridge pol'3 of the stable when she was
brought rx a sudden standstill by the
breeze blowing from the northeast.
"Wee-O'v-owi" exclaimed the old Mal
tese feline; and her eyes glittered strange
ly, nor tan oegan to expand, aud her ven
erable fur rose on her back.
"Why, gran'ma," Inquired one of the
younger C its, a demure maiden tabby of
uncertain age, "why, gran'ma, what ails
"Wee-ow-ow!" replied the old Maltese
cat attain. "Wee-ow-ow! I smell catnip!"
Xow tli- other cat had heard alout cat
nip, but bad never seen any. The tales
which the Maltese cat had told aliout her
experiences with the favorite weed before
she left hf r kittenhood home in Maine had
been handed around among the other cats
of Coloralo as quaint legends. All the
other cat bad heard tell of the subtle
glories of catnip, but none had ever beheld
or even whiffed the grateful herb.
"Where-" asked twenty young cats in
"Oh! I dou't know," replied the old Mal
teso cat, "ljut I can smell it, and I m going
to follow 1 p the trail until I find it."
With these portentous words the old
Maltese cat whisked her tail, gave a wild
"Wee-ow," ami started on a run for Den
ver, 303 mi les away.
"Wee-ow-ow!" cried the other cats and
the kittens too and off they started for
Denver, giving the old Maltese a hot race
over hill and valiey, peak and plain, mead
The word passed around, and the cry
went uphf re and there like wildfire, "Cat
nip! catnir! catnip! We're going to get
some cat ni;!" The tidings reached Alamo
sa, and ran along the whole of the mountain
range of Colorado. The excitement was
intense cats hurried from every house,
cabin, ban, stable, shed and mine, and
joined the vast procession. Every city,
town, hamlet and camp was instantly de
serted by its cat population. Such a yowl
ing had n'ver ln'fore lioen heard, such a
seething army of cats had never been seen.
The miner in his lonely hut, hearing the
awful rush, sprang from his cot and cried:
"The snow slide the snow slide! .Hun for
your lives!" Eut it was only the cats on
the gallop to Denver! On. it was a pro
digious spectacle, and the old Maltese cat
led the van;
Judge Veil was dreaming pleasant
dreams lb it night, when he was awak
ened there! rom by a din w hich threw him
into a cold sweat. He crawled out of his
bed, slipped anxiously into his trousers,
seized his fiithful shotgun and stole softly
to the wint ow. The strange noise seemed
to come from the front yard yes, from the
rows of cat nip bushes.
Then the judge peered out of the win
dow, and hat do you think he saw?
Myriads of cats billows of cats! Cats of
every size, weight, color, sex, condition
and description. Black cats, white cats,
tabbie cat. Maltese cats, tortoise shell
cats, brinc.le cats, spotted cats, striped
cats, browt cats, yellow cats, mauve cats,
gamboge cats, long cats, short cats, tall
cats, fat cal-s, lean cats, stump tailed cats,
one eared cits, wall eyed cats, three legged
cats, mamma cats, papa cats and kittens
oh, yes, kit ens of every kind and without
number! And there they were in Judge
Toll's front yard, among and on the rows
of catnip bushes purring, sprawling, yowl
ing like so many demons.
"Pur-r-r, ' said the old. wayback Maltese
cat, all the way from Del Xorte "purr-r-r!
oh! isn't this lovely? It's the first catnip
I've had in going on twenty-five years
purr-r-r! I thank heaven that I have lived
to see this grateful fruit introduced iuto
the Uocky mountain region!"
And then all the other cats there must
have been a million of them purred iu
chorus so loud that it sounded like an
awful, lingering peal of thunder. . But this
wan not all. Oh, no! By the bright moon
light Judgo Toll could see myriads and
myriads of other cats surgiug down from
the mountain ranges and through t be val
leys and over the plains from George
town, Saliila, Idaho, Golden, Boulder,
Crested Butte. Tincup, San Juan, Pueblo,
Chucharas, Buena Vista, Conejos, Duran
go, Manitou, Leadville, Ouray, Huerfano,
Kokoma, Monument, Rosita, Saguache
and Trinida 1 the foothills were alive with
cats, the mountain peaks swarmed with
cats, and ctts, cat3, cats swept along like
a swirling torrent toward one focal point,
Judge Toll's catnip bed!
And, lo! the cats were comiDg from ot her
directions, too from the arid plains of
Kansas and from Deer Trail, from Monot
ony Water Tank and from the dreary con
fines of Xeiraska. The breeze blowing
from the north brought the noise of vast
armies of cats on their way from Iviramie
The cats already in the judges front
yard how 1 hey purred aud writhed and
yowled, and bow the sparks of electricity
shot from tleir furry backs as they rnbbed
affectionately up against tho rows of cat
nip! It was in tact a carnival a cat sat
urnalia! The judgt said to himself, "I will shoot
in among all these trespassers and drive
them away. What right have t hey todev
astate my biauleous exotics?"
But then tame the second better thought.
Would it nt be cruel to deprive these
creatures of the long denied pleasure they
were now enjoying in the cat nip bed? Xone
of them, save the old Maltese, had ever be
fore seen or : asted the precious herb; they
knew of it o ily from the legendary lore
with which the old way-back Maltese cat
had regaled them, their fathers, their
mothers, their graud mothers, their grand
fathers, and -to on ad infinitum.
And the more Judge Toll thought it
over the more he became satisfied that he
ought, in all humauity, to let the cats stay
and enjoy t ie catnip. So at last he weut
back to his bed and renewed uis slumber
as best he could.
When he gi t up next morning aud looked
into his front yard not a cat was to be seen,
nor yet a vest ige of the catnip either. The
turf was widely rent aud torn up, and
every leaf, twig, sprig and root of catnio
had riisappea-ed. It was conjectured that
the cats took it all away with them. They
must have 1 ad a terrible battle over the
remnants of t he feast, for here and there
on the despoi ed turf lay eyes and ears and
bits of tails and tufts of fur silent but
ehxraent evidences of the last tmrir ofen
of all. Eugene Field.
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Jesse Middleware Decatur, Ohio, says
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un'ess be has once been seriously iu love
and most men cannot even then.
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