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MAHCII 30, 1SJ3.
QUEEN OF FESTIVALS.
"Queen of Festi
val" ami ha been
so designated even
by name for hun
dreds of years. It
will no doubt nnm
st rame to Home to
tie tolii t hat Kawter
in many countries
is moi-e universal
ly celebrated than
lmt it is true. As
Christmas is the
festival which cel
ebrates the birth
day of Jesn
Christ. F.nster is
that which cele-
Itfi.. ( is resurrection ami ast-ensiim. i i'is
l,iIt--n of festivals has lessons v.T:iVI lip
j its origin ami h'stwy almost as inter
,.iiiiK as those to lie found in its customs
OMK.IN AND HISTOKT.
Tin- name I taster is no doubt derived from
' Kastre." the Saxon goddess, whose festival
of sorim: was celebrated ii;;cs ato. but
wln-tlier it is from t hat or from '"osier," a
ri-ini: - einbl.iriHticof the resurrection the
festival itself comes diriil from the Jewish
lias-iivrr and is clearly a survival of the
-Paschal fe..st." It is. however, different
fniin the jiassover and is not. like Christ
mas, a fixed day of the month, but is one
f the movable festivals, regulated by t"e
full moon ami the vernal cipiiuox, thou'rh
lviiiK always between March J'. and April25.
'From t he earliest days of the Christian
rr.i this festival has lieen celebrated with
the depesi solemnity. To the early Chris
tians it meant more than any other of t'tc
church's feasts. Occurring at the time of
tbe Jewish jiassover and for ccuturi"s
mixed with it in date.it was yet so dis
linctand sodilTerent that in many countries
a necessary part of the celebrat ion was the
Mtiiuir of bacon, the special abhorrence of
tbe Israelites. To the Christian it was
in no decree connected in meanim? with t he
jiassover. Its meaning was to him the be
ginning of a new life, u new world. It was
the constant reminder to him of his Sav
iours victory over death and the vrrave.
r-r hundreds of years the salutation on
Faster uiornini; of '"Surrexit .'" (lie is rise'1)
bih! the solei.iu response, ""Vere surrexit,"
l!le is riseu indeed I, cemented and bound
closer toget ber for anot her re vol tit ion of the
sun the hraiis of t rue ticlicvers. F"or hun
dreds of years the ceremonies have lieen
kept tip. They have passed from oue coun
try to another; they have none from one
people to a different oue. With each succes
sive wrp ihanijes have come; wit h each ad
vauce into r-Mv territory modifications have
arisen. National and even local character
istics have s.aiuped themselves upon the
leremouies. causing many chances, aud in
ulna instances new features have been
aJdml. But iu all places and at all times it
has been the ""Sunday of joy," the "bright
day," the queen of festivals.
fCSYOMK AXD I.KliKVDs.
The fact that tbe joys and delights of
Faster follow immediately after the peni
tential season of Lent is responsible for
uiuuy of the customs that have accom
panied and tne modes of celebratiou that
have characterized the day. When the
penitents in southern Italy, during the last
days of Lent, in solemn procession inarched
barefoot over roimb roads, and covered with
laukciolh dn.tiped blood from brows which
were encircled and pierced with a crown of
thorns, it is scarcely to tie wondered at that
their depressed spirits, when released,
hounded from tear to duueing and disor
derly gathering, eveu inside the churches,
aud reached such extremes in the loth cen
tury that such gatherings, religious though
Uiey were, hud to be suppressed.
lii Koine t he celebrations were sufficiently
decorous. The decorations and ornamenta
tions were most extensive. The pageantry
kif armed In -"ies of men aud in later years
salutes of cannons, the carrying of the pope
hiniself to St. J'eler's under a gilded cau
upy to oftii iate at mass with imposing ac
cessories, all tended to make t be celebra
tiun a grand and impressive one.
The same iinpressi veuess and seriousness
encompassed the day for nearly 2. (Hit) years
among those people who lived uuiimg
mountain fastnesses or away from tie
beaten highways of civilization. Among
the Swiss and Tyrolese, aud eveu in pans
uf Kussia to-day, the "Sunday of .loy"' wit
Uesses the Faster kiss and the salutation
"Surrexit," with its pious resjiou.se, "Vere
surrexit" In t hese primitive regions tiie
bells still ring upon Holy Saturday, the
xealoiis st ill sing Easter hymns, every cere
Uiouy is carried out, aud to them the Sav
iours death, burial and resurrection are as
real a they were to the disciples X) cen
In other countries, however, it lias been
different. The solemn meanings of some
ceremonies have degenerated into puerili
ties, und religious rejoicings have drifted
into fatcical and hilarious exhibitions. The
closing of leg I tribunals, the dispensing of
alms, the tte ug of slaves and the turning
loose of caei birds, all typifying the de
votion of ear1, to the joys following free
dom from th bondage of sin and the free
dom of Chn - from the fetters of the grave,
have been characteristic of nil countries,
but in many tv-e assumed diff erent phases.
Liberty became license sometimes, as when
the priests a; d clergy j.ined in the farcical
exhibitions, told jokes und read very oues
Uunahle sior.es from the pulpits, played
handball fci the altar aud joined iu feasts
. . , . i : : -
the church li, aiding.
;es, even insula
l tiese were in time suppressed, but uiuny
or the custouia which ouid now no doubt,
be considered course were theu deemed
quite harmless, such as the "taking off
of shoes" aud the "lifting." for penalties,
etc. Iu many countries ttirls and women
rarely appeured ou the streets Eater Moj
day, because whoever met thein might stop
them and take their shoes, to be redeemed
only by fees or kis-es. The women could
retaliate ujiou men and boys the following
Tne origin of this, it is thought, was
tie aucient custom of removing the shoes
beU standing upou holy ground.
Centuries U'o the custom of "lifting" on
taster morning waa universal. Men wou'd
o through the streets in paint, carrying bc
bKeutlieui a gayly decorated chair, intj
snich they would seat every woman en
countered and lift her as high as thev could
boje their heads. This custom originate J
u theasceiision or lifting up of the Saviour,
m later years degenerated into the
lifting,' which caused every man to give
up Easter Monday to the sport. Dispensing
with chairs, taey would enter houses with
out ceremony. Women would retaliate
t'xt day iu the most tioisterous manner,
u of which Anally culminated in such
scenes a the oue in which the ladies arid
tnaids of honor of the court entered the
Wdruoni of King Edward I, and lifting
Him from his bed carried him around the
V"lth the progress of civilization cam
"povedldesa-anthese and, kindred sob
antka dfnsyponraiico of xausty-tia-
ditiovM and hazy legends. Tbe pious no
longer keep watch all night for the monks
to hold up to them each Kast-er morn the
image of Christ riseu once more. The Lord's
second coming is no longer assured for
Easter eve. Tbe rising son on Easter morn
still typifies the Son of. Righteousness, and
the close of Ient or the death 'of winter
still typifies the defeat of the grave, yet
even the children of today no longer rise at
daylight "to see the sun dance" a belief
which writers of less than a century ago
soberly argued was without foundation
and the great bonfires which for so many
years represented the ancient paschal ta
pers have been quenched by t he waves of
THK EASTER KC.C.
Almost the only thing left us is the
paschal egg the emblem of the resurrec
tion, the tsymliol of renewed life which
has come down through the ages to us.
The old t rcrman custom of t hrce eggs (.pos
sibly representing the Trinity'), and the Aus
trian egg of gold or silver filled with costly
knickknacks. and the dyed egg of the poor
er classes, all look back to their predecessor,
the imsehal egg. tli::t was handed down
from the Egypt ians, and ages la-fore the
same cinblt in of renewed existence was
given as an offering amo.. the Parees and
on the banks of the sacred rivers of India.
Horrow ed by the early Christians and
made use of to typify tin renewed spiritual
life, it has come down to us today almost
in the "Kith century vchfi most of its leg
euds scientifically explained and mnT of
its old customs forgotten. Tlie chief rem
nant of t lie 11 legends inl customs in this
country is the Faster c?g, which children
find in the early morning and believe are
laid by white rabbits. And perhaps it is
li.'it ural and best that t he last of t lie sym
bolical lessons to disappear should lie that
of renew :-d spiritual iiti , associated with
the emblem of purit y.
IIai'Ky W. Cock t kill.
.lust the i.irl.
In all the wide, vil; world for me
There is hut o:;s swet maiden.
And for this maid my heart, long free.
Is now with love o'erhideu.
My Kaster cirl! I love lier welL
Tls not that she is pi-etty.
Nor is she what you might call swell
t )r bright or chic or witty.
No, no! Aud yet I ask no man.
I feel that I'm in clover.
For at the church today she wore
Her last year's hat made over.
Made Him Nervous.
Mrs. DroM-sie I didn't thiiik your ser
mon this morning was as good as usual.
You seetm-d to be uneasy. Doesn't your
beautiful new Flaster suit fit you?
The Kev. Mr. Urowsie Oh, yes, my dear,
but after 1 gave out my text I noticed my
tailor iu the congregation.
loes the Null lHliee?
Faster Sunday excites the genuine, deep
seated reverence of the Christian. It fills
t he soul with joy and gladness, giving proof
to the believer of the divinity of his risen
lord. To the Chris: ian man, wherever
cast, on sea or laud, within ditngeou walls
or in the full enjoyment of liberty, Easter
comes laden witii loud memories, cheerful
recollections, hcuithy. hojieful aspirations.
Who can forget the story learned at
mother's knee of the dunes of the sun ou
Easter mom' And h;.w many can remem
ber the excursion to a neighboring hill to
verify the tale? Sonielunv the conditions
were never just ritrlit you were just a lit
tle late, the sun rose i'i a tnist, or you were
negligent at i be precise moment when all
attention should have been given and so
far as your exoerit-nce vJes The question of
the dancing suu is still an unsolved prob
lem. You will think of it t his Easter, and
the memories it revives wi.i do you yood.
Out fef tltv Mlestiou.
' ?C-?. 'ij--' J
Mrs. von Blumer Oh, dear! I can't go
to church today, and it's Easter too. That
horrid milliner has sent home the wrong
bonnet. This one belongs to Mrs. Sand
fctor.e, for she was trying it on when I was
at the milliner's oue day.
Von Blumer I don't see but what it
looks all right on you. Why don't yo
wear :'.t t
Mrs. von Blumer Wear it! Ob, dear,'
no. Why, 10 cost $5 less than mine, ,
A PERSISTENT HEN.
Even in Its Conked State It Was a Iis
Mr. Jones is of Lynn.
After months of thoug-ht he went
into the hen industry on a small scale.
He secured a ltatoh of chicks from
Mr. Smitlu and then asked the ffps of
the various meinbersof his new family.
Smith admitted that one of them was
'I bong'ht her three years ag"o." he
Baid. '"and she was old then."
Jones kept hens until he was tired.
The most venerable of the lot was al
ways '"too old to kill," but never an
eg"g" did sho release. Jones sold his
brood, 'he venerable one and all, to
Jones wife wanted a fowl the other
day for a fricasse. The butcher was
appealed to. He didnt have a fowl,
ut he would g"et one. He did. Jones'
wife boiied it for four hours, but it
was not eatable. Jones srtjrgest ed
that she reboil it the same afternoon,
and she did. but the fowl was still far
from tender. The next day shloi1ed
it some more, and it remained un
palatable. It had to lie thrown away.
"Where did you get that fowl".""
asked Jones of tbe butcher.
"Uougbt it from Alley." answered
the man of meat. '"He said he would
g"ive me a fresh one "
"I thousrlit so." said Jones who had
reached the conclusion and was right
that lie had paid a dollar for the in
firm hen that he had been glad to sell
t Alley for twenty-five cents.
Dno cetting out of it.
King I nbrnkvn.
There w re tell-tale furrows in the
powder that besprinkled her cheek.
She bail Ih-oii weeping, beyond the
shadow of a doubt. She shivered and
grew sick at heart when the chap for
whose footsteps s!ie had been listen
ing all the evening rushed impotitous
13" forwanl and kissed her baud.
He pressed his lips fervently upon
her third knuckle.
'" in you to send for me."
She smiled sadly.
"Yes." she murmured In a voice
heavy with emot ion. "I have decided
to revoke my refusal. 1 will marry
An ethereal joy transfigured his
Count ena nee.
'Oh. heaven '"
It was the jrrateful cry of a happy
With streaming eyes he gathered her
yielding form to his breast
And did you find." he warmly de
manded, "that you loved me after all?"
It was as if an arrow had pierced
' but I did find that I couldn't jjet
your engagement ring off my finger,
do what 1 won 11. and I was left with
only one alternative."
W et , Young- Man.
No.o l'omura. a Japanese gentleman
now in this country, says: " We have
organized in Tokio. a society called
'the fining1 1o America society." Its
object is to facilitate Japanese travel
to the 1 Hitad Sta tes du ring the exposi
tion. As I say, the travel will be very
large. We have made arrangements
with the Pacific mail steamship com
pany and the American and Japanese
railroads to much an advantage that a
person in Japan can visit the fair and
spend alKiut six weeks in America for
7Mt yen. or a little less than $."O0.
Hundreds of my people have already
made their arrangements to come and
the lists are growing rapidly every
lned Voltaire's Heart.
The lovers of the enriouseoincidence
will be interested to know that the
heart of tbe great hater of priests and
nobles Voltaire was in the possess
ion of the bishop of Aloulins. Mooseig--neur
de Dreus-Wreze. when he died re
cently at the age of The bishop
was tbe youngest son of the grand
master of ceremonies in the court of
Louis XVI. The church dignitary in
herited the heart of the great scoffer
from the Marquis de Villette. to whose
family belonged the house on the Quay
Volluire, in which the Ferney philoso
An elderly lady in a modefct manner
leaned over the counter of a West end
drug store says a Baltimore paper,
and. point in;. to a letter with a C'oluta
Tbian stamp, asked: "Will yon pleasn
tell me if these stamps are good for
just common use'."'" When assured that
they were so intended, she lniwed
politely and remarked as she left: "I
didn't know; I thought they were to
be used, perhaps, for etiquette." "I
have tii answer that same question ten
times a day," said the clerk, "but I
wonder what she meant by etiquette?"
ermoniliip of the Irc.
When Rome was still under the pa
pal rule a play was once submitted to
the prelate charged with the revision
of Manuscripts to the press. The first
scene represented a restaurant and an
actor sitting sit a table and calling' to
"Waiter, a beefsteakl"
The scrupulous censor wrote in the
margin: "Note When the piece is
played during Lent the actor, instead
of calling for a beefsteak, will order
an omelette." ,
Some travelers were recently visit
ing iu. an elegant private garden at
Palermo, in Sicily, and among the lit
tle ornamental buildings they came to
one upon which was written, "Kon
asperite." that is, "Don't pen.' This
prohibition only served to excite their
curiosity, and they very nneivilly pro
ceeded to disobey the hospitable
owner's injunction. On opening1 the
Aoor a strong jet of water was aguirtoa
Into their face.
COFFEE FOR A MONTH CARRIED IN
A FOUR-OUNCE PACKAGE.
Concentrated Extract of Various Kdibtes
Will Come In Handy In Time or War.
Everything; In the Eating Line Carefully
When Uncle Sam next goes to war, the
soldiers who fight under the starry flag
will be supplied with coffee in a shape so
highly condensed that one 4 -on nee pack
age will serve as a month's rations for
each man. The concentrated preparation
will le jiiven out perhaps as a dry powder,
but more probably in the form of small
lozenges, resembling cough drops in size
and shape. These lozenges will lie inclosed
in tin lioes of 100, each of them weigh
ing a gram aud representing one cup of
coffee. For preparing the lieverage no
coffeepot is required, it being necessary
merely to put a coffee tablet into the cup
and pour boiling water upon it. when the
coffee is instant ly made.
Sugar aud milk can lie added to suit the
taste. In France such coffee lozcngi1 of
comparatively large size have lieen receutly
introduced, being made bulky by the addi
tion of smear for sweetening, but every laid y
does not care for suuar, and therefore those
which have lately bcirun to lie manufac
tured in this country have lieen made plain.
The processes by which coffee is t hus con
centrated are very interest inu. To licit in
with the beans are roasted in an enormous
oven antl ground in a huge mill. Then they
are put into a great iron vessel, which is
nothing more nor less t hau a gigantic cof
feepot, holding "M pound at a time. Hun
dreds of gal Ions of filtered water are pumped
into t he coffeepot, which acts on the "drip"'
principle, and the infusion is drawn off to
an evaporating tank. A steam pump keeps
the air exhausted from this lank so that
the coffee is in vacuo. Iicing heated mean
while to a high temperat ore by steam pipes.
The water it contains rapidly passes off,
and the coffee is of about the consistency of
molasses when it is taken out. It is poured
into trays of enameled wn re. and t hese t rays
are placed on shelvesin anotherevaporator.
When the trays are removed a short, time
later, the coffee is a dry solid, which is
scraped off the trays, ground to powder and
molded into lozenges.
There is no reason why the government
should not prepare coffee in t his way on a
large scale in the event of war at a very
great saving. By the process described one
pound of beans can lie made to produce
more than lOOcups. By inquiry it has Ix-en
ascertained that hotels and restaurants
only get from 15 to 30 cups from the same
quantity, the minimum beints reported by
the most expensive establishments and the
maximnm by the cheapest eating houses.
The reason for this is that the usual plan is
to make the iufusion and throw away the
grounds, which still contain two-thirds or
more of tbe original strength of the coffee.
Of course for commercial purposes the
lozenges can be made of Rio. Mocha or any
other variety of the liean, to suit the taste.
From tlfe military iioint of view, the ad
vantage of dispensing with bulky utensils
for preparing coffee would be important.
F.xperirnents have recently been made with
success in the treatment of tea by similar
methods, aud lefore long a dry soluble es
sence produced from the leaves will be of
fered in the market,, a tiny dram lsittle
holding 30 tablets, each representing one
Eggs are now sold on the market in a
shape resembling sawdust. Tbe chief cen
ter for the manufacture of this product is
St. I-ouis. where great quantities of eijifs
are bought up in summer, when t he price
of them goes down to almost not hing. They
are broken into pans, the whites ami yolks
separate, and evaporated to perfect dryness.
Finally they are scraped from the pans and
granulated by grinding, when they are
ready for shipment in bulk. Bakers, con
fectioners and hotels use eggs iu t his form,
which is an important saving at seasons
when they are dear in t he shell. It is with
out doubt a fact that most of the eggs sold
in cities during the winter have lieen kept
over from the previous summer by pickling
them in brine or lime water, so that people
should be thankful for a desiccated substi
tute A manufactured product of a similar de
scription, called "eee albumen" is import
ed from aliroad. It looks very much like a
fine quality of glue, broken into small bits,
golden yellow, transparent and decidedly
pretty The eitgs of wild fowls of various
species are largely employed in making it
the whites, that is to say, the yolks, lieing
utilized in Europe for tanning leather. This
"egg albumen" is used by bakers and for
glazing prints. It costs 55 cents a pound
Condensed jellies are becoming an im
portant commercial article. They are
made iu the shape of little bricks, each
weighing three ounces, and with an inside
wrapper of oiled paper. According to the
directions, the brick is to be put into a pint
of boiling water and stirred until it is dis
solved. The mixture is then poured into
a mold or other vessel and put in a cool
place. In a few hours the jelly is "set"' and
ready for use, a pint and a half of it. It
never fails to "jell." which point is the
cause of so much anxiety to amateur jelly
The bricks are flavored with various
fruits, currant, raspberry, grape, etc., and
some are of pure calves' foot jelly, to which
wine may be added for wine jelly, prefer
ably Sicily madeira. Fifteen cents a brick
is tbe retail price. Concentrated ice cream
is put np in tins of eight ounces each. The
contents of a can are to be put in three
pints of boiling milk, stirred well, permit
ted to cool and then frozen, producing two
quarts of ice cream. Condensed desserts
are prepared and sold in cans similarly,
such as blanc mange, San Francisco Kx
May Com In Handy.
A good lady of Slaithwaite, who "on a
visit to H udders field asked the foreman of
the electrical gang at work in the street
the way the "leet" was made. The foreman
replied that electricity was generated by
currents. The woman thinking that cur
rants was the word used, straightway went
and purchased two pounds of that tooth
When she found that the electric light
could not be made out of the dried fruit she
had purchased, she consoled her somewhat
raffled feelings by remarking that "if it
ain't bahnd to naak' t' leet it'll coom in for
makin t' Kersmas puddin." -London Let
ter. KenMkina of u ElesKant.
fossil elephant baa been found 10 kilo-
from Brioude. in France, on tne
of an eld volcano, the Benese, which
the central plain. It is tbe akel-
roaO Elephas tueridionalis, and is near
ly en tire. Active volcanoes, so destructive
f life, are sometimes good press rvers of
rrrl remains, as, for example, a Pons-
yM, where t.ho Unease fceot tbe object from
IN A FRENCH COURT.
TBI Panama Prisoner Koforo th Hla-h
tiiamlirr of Appoals.
The French high court before which
Charles de T.esseps and M. Kiffel, were
tried is in the new Palais de Justice.on
the banks of the Seme, and is very
magnificent with rich panelings and
All tbe preparation of a case in
France is done lief ore it is brought
into open court, so Ait the judge is in
full possesion of the prisoner's testi
mony, which has been wrong out of
him by the judge of instruction weeks
before band, in bis stuffy little cabinet.
He proceeds coolly to review this
testimony, vross-e.xamininjf the prison
er, pointing out what he has already
said, enlarging upon incidents in his
past career, endeavoring, in short, in
every possible way to t rip and entrap
The magistrate is usually assisted
by two others, and sometimes by fiur.
but these take no part in the examina
tion. They have consultative voice in
the fixing of the sentence.
All the lawyers, as well as the
judges, wear robes, and that of the
adv.s-ates is rather absurd. But they
have not retained tbe idiotic w ig.
which is such a curiosity to Americans
who visit an Knglisli court.
The prisoner is kept waiting', before
and after trial, in a small and almost
airless cell, and frequently passes the
whole day without refreshment.
The French st ill have t he barbarous
theory that rough usage will make
prisoners tell more than can lie got
from tlii'ui by kindly t rea t men t.
This is a relic of the old Norman pr
rcilinc of piling heavy stones on the
culprit's breasts, so that the horrible
pain would make him confess.
THE SAFEST CAR.
The Middle of th Train liy rar the Krit
I'lace to lie In.
'I am very particular.' said a com
mercial traveler at a down town hotel,
'"what car of the train I select. I travel
thousands of miles every rear and have
made it a rule to observe in the ac
counts uf railroad accidents which cars
of the train are must often demolished.
The result of my experience for 1
have lxeii in a dozen smash-ups and
observation is that the middle cars are
the safest. 1 never under any circum
stances ride in the rear car. I avoid
the ear next to the baggage ear. though
this is selected by many as the safest.
"The greatest danger at present in
railroad traveling is telescoping. When
a man has been in a wreck and after
wards sees the engine of the colliding
train half way inside of the rear ear,
or rather what's left of it, it impresses
him most forcibly. The baggajre car
is usually heavily loaded and in the
collision its weight, together with the
ponderous eugine. renerally smashes
the next car to splinters, while the
central cars are comparatively un
injured. When the train is derailed
the baggage car and the next coach, as
a rule go over. The road-beds of our
great transcontinental lines are so
solid, each section is so carefully ex
amined, the rolling stock is so much
improved, that a broken rail, broken
wheel fir axle and tbe like mishaps are
reduced to a minimum. Hut where
trains follow one another on a minute
or two leewav and the block and au
tomatic signals don't work well, look
in the papers the next day for further
particulars and see if my judgment is
A ri.lli.nl hrti.lt Yf ho Tackled a Toik
lol and VTon.
A man came one day to the late earl
of Shaftesbury. a philanthropist,
although a nobleman, bringing a note
from the governor of Manchester jail,
saying that the bearer was incorrigi
ble, and had spent twenty years in
prison. Shaftesbury talked kindly to
the fellow, and then said:
'John Spiers, shall I make a man of
"Vercan try, but yer can't do it,"
was the discouraging answer.
Finally he agreed to enter a reform
atory where the discipline was strict
but kind. After a few days the earl
called, and said:
'"Well. John Spiers, shall we goon?'
-Yes," replied he. "but you've tack
led a tough job."
"By Cod's help 1 11 go on. and I'll
succeed, too." responded the earl.
At the end of two years this man
was met by a friend of Shaftesbury.
He wjs well-clad, healthy, and held a
good position in Iondon.
Ah." said he. "it was the earl's
kind words did it. That was a new
way. I never bad a kind word or a
loving look given me in my life before,
or I might have acted very differ
ently." What a testimony! What a salva
tion! Bait .tnclin;.
A scientific paper tells of a new fish
ing device whereby the minnow used
for bait in angling for large fish is
kept alive and safe from the predatory
denizens of the deep, who strike at it
but catch hooks instead. It is incased
in a glass tube, through which tho
water circulates freely. The applica
tion is new. but the idea of carrying'
bait in a bottle is as old as angling is.
There is one improvement to be noted,
however, as under the old plan the
bait was sure to give out sooner or
later, depending on the size of tho
bottle and the ardor of the fisherman.
A New Yorker forwarded to one of
his friends in the West a set of Colonel
Ingersoll's works. Then be sent s
telegram informing hint what he had
done, and expressing the hop that the
books would arrive safe and sound.
A few days afterward he received a
telegram from his friend who waa an
Orthodox l'resbvteriau whleh ran thi
Way: "Books arrived safe, but not
A LION HUNTER.
Adveetare of a Malt-Carrier fin
Meat and lHnky Meat.
Mr. Selous. having spent twenty-one
years in Africa, has lately returned to
London . from Mashonalmnd. Mr.
'eons confessed that he had killed 109
elephants and twenty-five lions. His
liest lion story wan about a mail-car-'i-r
iu M i-li.maland. The man in
r.-ti..n was riding one horse and
Lading another, which carried tho
ma !s. when the lion made his sppear-ai;,-e
and his spring.
The latter demoralized the mail com
pUlely. One horse was bowled over,
the other broke away without its
cider, and the mail carrier very natur
ally lost all interest in the mail. The
.in did not si'ceeed in detaining either
!' i lie Inu-sesi t bey turned up next day
at the fort, one very badly wouuded.
ai.d with. i;:t the mall liagsl. mi
turned to the unfortunate carrier
the li.m treed and then sat down at
tii.- f.-t .if the tree to await develop-fi-.-i'ls.
Fortunately for the carrier
tii"d:d mt develop entirely as the
I'mii .mild have wished, for the uext
'..ir a caravan passed and the lion
stall. cd away in the bush, doubtless
. it'i :ni inen ascd contempt for the re
f . i.-iiieiil s f eiviliz'ition. The uiail
!.4;s were not. found for mouths
Vi-f lions fond of man meat?"
;: -iced ill - interviewer.
".V.i." sai-l Mr. Sel us. "They prefer
I'-n.k.-vs. 1 think donkeys remind
: ! i .-ti f zebras. The smell is like,
and they are fond of zebras. They have
t4.i .1 isf iste for horses. But they will
a tack human Is-ings I oikt knew a
i on In walk into a camp where I was
staying anil walk off with oue of the
l fi'icemcit. I've brought his skiu
ii ur.e t be li, ill's."
i ne le mis ti run fewer risks as ou
;.-,; s older. W hen I won ml a lion uw
I let him ri. When I was younger I
li-.-il to -o after hi in. 1 shall do that
t o more."
!.. eua of Military Honor.
A resident of West Chester. Peunsyl--r:i-ii..
is authority for the followiug
lo story." as it was recited to him
by a soldier: "Troop F of the Sixth
cavalry owned a dog which acvom
panieil it mi every trip. At the battle
. ,f oiimlcd Knee some time ago the
animal was abandoned and was fauna.
It: a snow drift by a sergeant of trowp
I. w ho i-ok it away and eared fur it.
'I lie animal could not lie persuaded to
return t. its former owners and re
:::a -tied with the sergeant- Oue day
i -ic rgi-aiu was reduced to the ranks
for some breach of discipline. Kratu
that day forth the dog would have
ti -t ! " ii ir whatever to de with hi, and
t.M.. up its quarters iu another teat.
1 ' rn::lil never again be persuaded to
return to tbe sergeant, evidently con
sidering a reduced man far beneath ita
Klertrie stag stars.
A novel effect is introduced into tho
pantomime of Dick Whittington at tho
w Olympic theater. London. When
the hero goes to sleep to dream of
success, the scene darkens, and a cloud
like screen in the back-ground is seen
to be lighted up by a multitude ef tiny
incandescent lamps. They twinkle
and sparkle like veritable stars in the
I'rmament. One of the moat beautiful
star clusters, the constellation of Her
cules, is faithfully represented.
To produce the effect 40ft lamps, run
on twenty different circuits, are ess
proved. For the desired variation 1st
the brilliancy of these artificial stars,
lamps of uoltsges are used.
What's in a Nana
Hartlett dislikes churches and ln
ministers severely alone. The othaY
day. Kartlett took his 6-months-olA
bby to church to have it christened.
Next day. old Mrs. ftadder met Bsrt
lett ou the street and spoke to hlas
sW.ut it- "Why, Mr. Hartlett, 1m so
glad to welcome you " to the rhuroh.
Have y.m seen the error of your
ways?'" "Xo. ma'am," replied BarV
Jett. "Then why did you take your
baby to the church?" Bartlett looked
jit of the corner of his eye at tho
sharj- nosed gossip, and answeredc
"Simply for the name of the thing."
TheTVaar on Rails.
Taking the length of the permanent
ways on the surface of the globe at
nearly Mt.ooo geographical miles, wltfe
a daily average of ten trains, it is eatlr
mated that the total loss by wear MTni
tear suffered each day by the metallic
rails of the earth is about 600 tons.
The Khi tons are lost in the form ot a
fine powder, and are carried back to
the earth in the shape of soluble iron
An Intelligent Rodent.
A farmer in Maine found a muskrnt
down in a barrel of sweet apples in hit
cellar, unable to climb out. and. with
a tender and compassionate heart, took
his rat ship by the tail, pulled him from
the barrel, and let him go. The fas
lowing day the episode was repeated,
nd for a few days was continued tiU
the rauskrat was so well educated that
when he heard his benefactor comiaf
be would stick up his tail to be liftA
He Was a Straggler.
"It's too bad!" wailed the atrug gliag
literary man. "I wrote a two-eoluaxn
ketch last night, after the hardest kind
f work, and then lost it. Meat bril
liant thing I ever did. Weald hso
made me famous."
"Can't you find it anywhere?
"Kot a trace of it. Clean cone."
"How did yott lose lT'
e Lists Is,
Among Judgo K. Koekwood Heext
4UaUkes was one for Wendell lbiUtav
They say that on te day tbe great
n tor's rein a Ins were borne to sbe 1
noma one met the judge.
"Aren't you noing to th
wne tne reply; ous a
Mac washed away. 2sw York