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" Do thou Groat Liberty Inspire our Souls and make our lives in thy possession happy, or our Deaths Glorious in thy Just Defence."
YOI.. XII.
I1 111 -1
NO.-8.
Th t? Coquette.
She,'.H ?i (Urt, amt ?ho knows 1%
tCxp?rt, ami abo shows lt
I? each wont and act,
ti ho laugh? and abo chatter?,
libo chalis aud abo llatto-s,
Mankind to distract.
Uer ?by llttlo glance?
I try, aa rho dance?,
To follow-In vain '.
I'iaoii ma? ?bo entrances
W bo can bot ad van?os
Enchanting disdain?
1 siuli ; ?ho i? tondor ;
I Hy lo defend lier
From trouble or bann,
ribo Bullies, and I woo ber,
Uer wiles bring mo to bor,
BubdUOd hy her charm.
Sile's :v wite.h, and she knows it,
She's rich-who'd supp 080 lt,
So siniplo bor art'/
I love ber-confound hort -
And liover around her
Hut has ?bo a heart?
FRANZ.
Tko Edelweiss is a palo little Alpine
snow-llower with velvet petals, and
grows iii tho most Inaccessible spots on
tho mountains.
Franz Steinfeld! was ono of the most
agilo of the mountaineers of Zormatt
and its vicinity. Where a chamois
could lind a footing, or a lammer geler
makes its nest, Fran/ could follow, and
lie mado quite a llttlo penny during
the summer and fall months by guid
ing travelers up the mountains. Ho
had led sonio of theso perilous expedi
tions up the Matterhorn and brought
Iiis party back in safety, where others
bad lost their lives, so he bore the
reputation, though hardly nineteen, of
being tho most prudent and sure
footed of the guides in Zermalt.
bomotimes he earned an extra sum
by getting the Edelweiss for travelers,
but that was a raro occurrence. Since
his father lost lils life live yeara before,
by falling into a crovasse when iii
pursuit of tho llowor, tho poor mother
had grown timid. Stelnfoldt, Uko his
son, bad been a cautious and lucky
guido, until that fatal day when he
wont down the smooth green ice of tho
glaciers, and hjs body had never been
found. Ho tho mother now grown
sick and nervous; would weop and
remonstrate with ber boy when she
thought he was sotting off in pursuit
of tho fatal dower,
"Aeh, Franz," she would sigh, "how
I wish those Americans, and French,
and Engllshers, would keep away from
Z or matt. They aro mad, those people,
to bi lbo you to such perilous places,
and thou ?nt mad, too, to lot their gold
tempt thee to perhaps thy death."
"if tho Edelweiss grow within tho
reach of all men's hands, mother, who
would want it? Tho money does not
como amiss, for it helps to buy food
?md clothing for us, and where would
hinda get her ribbons If lt were not for
lhose windfalls?"
"I thank (?od tho season is over,"
the mother ejaculated. "The strangers
ure all going back homo, and in winter
I am in peace."
"Tho last party of travelers will bo
here this morning, at noon, on their
way homo,*' said Franz. "I must
burry down to tho Hosen.hans, whore
they will put up, cr Herman Muller
will bo ahead ojf mo. Throe tunos this I
summer, with his impudence, ho has
taken travolers from under my very
iioso, by offering to guido thom for less
than I (to, Ach, tho mean fellowl"
With a contemptuous curl of bis
handsome lip, tho young fellow started
for tho town with tho. easy, springy
stop of a mountain-climber. To his
disgust ho found that Hermann and
some other guides wero ahead of him,
but tho party waa largo enough to en
gage his soryico also.
His special charge was an old gentle
man, an American, very pompous and
loud-voic?d, and Franz's experienced
cyo soon discovered that ho was a rich
"parvenu," and making tho European
tour for tho ?lrst timo. His daughter,
whom bo called Rosa, and who was in
a perpetual blush for her papa's torrlble
mistakes, was a beautiful girl of seven
teen-a frosh, gay, child-like creature
-?md amused Franz by her exaggerat
ed way of talking.
Moue of tho party wero enthusias ic
Alpine edinboro. They did not go up
high, and shunned all dilllcult and
dangerous places. They wero only
climbing for tho name or tho thing,
and wero glad enough to begin the do
scent. Suddouly Ito3a screamed out:
"O papa, how dreadfully forgetful
wo have beonl Wo haven't a bit of
Edelweiss. Nobody at homo will bo
lievo that wo over trlod to climb the
mountains if wo do not tuko back a
specimen. Why, all tho girls who bavo
boon boro bavo a sprig in their scrap
books. To bo suro, it looko to me Uko
any other dried wood, but then for tho
mime of tho thing you know."
"Well, I suppose we can pick some
us-we go down," pompous Mr. Moore
said. "Watch tor lt, young man," to
Franz. t,l s'poso you know where lt
grows."
Franz looked at llrst bewildered at
this speech, and then, as tho moaning
dawned upon hun, ho smiled aravoly,
"It grows not hero, tho F?dol weiss,
mein herr," he said. ,tIt is far from
tho trodden paths, and it is dangerous
to get it."
Tho old gentleman smiled supercili
ously.
' Oh, I'm up to all that. You
needn't try any of your guides' tricks
on mo. It's dangerous to got, is it, and
it's worth ever so much bocauso of tho
danger? Como, now," Jingling money
in his pocket, "what'll tempt you to
tryV What's tho market vallie of tho
flower, that -Addle wass," Or whatever
lt may bo? I'll give you fl YO dollars
for a bunch."
.'Mein herr," said Franz, "I do not
want llvo dollars for tho dower; but
since you want ono bo much, I will try
to get it for you, but not for money, lt
does not grow on big bunches, us you
think, and now, ob, it is very scarce.
But perhaps ono may be lound, and to
morrow I will bring lt."
Ho was up at daylight tho next
morning, and off on his quest. In
deep ravines, and dangerous clerts,
on icy ledges, and in cornored nooka,
he sought vainly for the little flower.
It was too late In tho season for lt, and
when noon came, and his search was
still unsuccessful, ho was about to re
turn homo. At last peor lng over tho
precipico, on a ledge far below ho saw
tho pal? stars of the object of hu
search. A wall went almost perpen
dicularly down to thom, not Impossi
ble to descend, b r, tho ledge whore the)
grow was narrow, and ono false ste)
would precipitate him into tho gull
benoath. It was not as deep as man j
others, but no man could fall down thou
jutting sides and reach tho bolton
alive. Ho looked, and hesitated, whet
a well known voice in his ear mad<
him start.
ltIs that you, Herman?" ho a8ked
"Well, it's not my ghost, Franz,'
Herman answered, with a laugh
..though tho fat Englisher down thor
ls apt to make ono of me before long
fie;wants Edelweiss, and I've been li
all kinds ot break-nock-places to go
somo for him. Hal peering over th
precipice, "why there's some now."
"lt ia mino," Franz answered
angrily, for ho disliked and dlstruete
Herman. "1 found it, and no'ood
touches it, do you hearV"
"Yes, but sinco whon havo yo
bought the right to gather all tho Kde
weiss on tho free mountains? If yo
can get it, tako it in welt: uno, but it i
not yours until you touch it, and ]
too, will mako a trial for lt."
Tho next moment ho had disai
peared and Franz who was proparin
to descend, saw tho ledge on which Hi
flower grew ran round the side or th
precipice, and that Herman, descom?
ing to it from another point, wasslowl
making his way around by the liolp t
an alpenstock which ho dug in th
sides tis ho advanced, to steady h
steps.
More nervous than an Alpine cllmbi
should bo, for he was very nngr
Franz made his way down with did
cutty, and dragged tho plant to hin
with his alpenstock, just us Herma
had stretched out his hand to grasp I
Forgetting all caution In this hour i
triumph, ho waved tho flower abo\
lils hoad. Tho act m ado him lose h
balance Herman looking on wit
angry eyes, saw the stick shoot fro
tho unhappy boy's hand, and with
cry of agony, poor Franz lost lils ba
anco, and foll into tho depths.
Herman mado his way from tho rat
ledgo, and rushed back to Ker ma
with tho nows. Every ono liked tl
boy, and a largo body of mountalnee
set out In search of tho body. It w
recovered the next day, the hoi
crushod, but tho faco unmutllated, ni
In the hand so tightly clonchod that
could not bo loosened, was tho fat
flower.
Tho noxt day the pompous Ame
can and his daughter entered tho C(
tago whore tho romains of Franz wc
laid out. Soveral women were in t
room, but ono, silent, motionless, wi
unseeing eyes, sat by tho shroud
form; and tho strangers needed no o
to toll thom that was tho beroav
mother.
"AhomI I'm very sorry, very mu
grlvcd," stammered Mr. Mooro to t
stony-faced woman. "I hoar lt was
get a flower for ray daughter that
mot hie death. "Nobody know that
would kill himsolf, or gracious kno
I wouldn't havo sent him after it, Y
I can't blamo me."
Tho mothor understood not a wt
of what ho was saying, for sho kn
no English and theso people w
strangers to her. But oven had tl
spoken in a familiar tonguo, sho \
deafened by lier grief to all tho sounds
of lifo aroun? bor. Sho sat mute, her
eyes fixed on tho body of her son.
"You seo, I want to holy you," went
on Mr. Mooro, fumbling in bis pocket.
"1 reckon you're poor as Job, and this
will help you to got bread and meat,"
laying a woll filled purse in hor lap.
She looked at tho money, and thou
at him. Suddenly her stunned brain
soemod to recover consciousness. Th?se
wero tho strangers who had tempted
her boy to his death, and this was tho
price of his precious Ufo this man was
offering ber. She raised tho purso In
her open hand and throw it violently
through tho open door, with an Im
perative sign to tho stranger to follow
it.
"Very unreasonable, very rude 1
must say," sputtered Mr. Mooro, as
with a faco crimsoned with anger, bo
hurried ont after bis despised offering.
"(Jomo, Rosa, lot's get away from
hero."
But Bosa paused a moment, and
looked at tho beautiful dead face, ber
tender young heart aching with re
morse for the part she had innocently
played in this tragedy. Tears fell from
her eyes, for this shadow of death and
pain was tho Hrst that had como to her
happy Ufo. Ono of tho women, scolng
bor grief, broke off a sprig of tho 'Edel
weiss .still grasped In tho dead hand,
and banded it to ber. She had got ber
Alpino flower; lt lies in a locked box
now-tho price of a life.
A TK? bilt'H lil,OW.
Crushing the Skull ol' An Ox nt n
Bingle Terrible Blow.
A man eater, which for six months had
boen the torror of tho neighborhood bad
been traced down and was soon to creep
into a ravine. Tho beators wero at once
ordered off, as they could not bo of ser
vice, and might bo charged upon by the
tiger, which had already boen rendered
furious by a wound. Unfortunately,
theso men aro in tho habit of half
Intoxicating themselves with opium be
fore driving the tiger from bis refuge,
and ono of them who had taken too
large a do30 refused to escapo, and
challenged tho tlgor, drawing bis
I sword and waving lt doilautly. In' ?
moment tho animal sprang upon bim,
dashed him to tho ground with a blow
of his paw and turned at bay. After
a series of desperate charges he was
killed. Tho bunters then wont to tho
: assistance of tho wounded man, but
found that be was past all aid, tho
lower part of his face, including both
jaws, had been carried away, as if by a
cannon-ball.
Tho terrille eft'eot of tho singlo blow
indicates tho power of tho limb which
struck lt. Had tho blow taken effect
a few inches higher tho whole of tho
bead would huyo been carried away.
Hy iv similar blow a tiger bas been
known to crush tho skull of an ox so
completely that when handled tho
broken hones felt as If they wero looso
In a bag. Tho wonder at this terrille
strength diminishes whoo tho limb is
measured. Tho tiger which killed the
foolhardy man was by no moans a largo
one, measuring nine feet four inches
from tho nogo to tho tip of tho tall; yot
the girth of tho forearm was two feet
seven inches. The corresponding limb
of a v6ry powerful man scarcely exceeds
a foot in circumference.
Not until it becomes a man-eater ls
tho tiger much dreaded, especially in
tho case of those nativos who do not
possess Hocks or bords, indeed, whoo
an Englishman has offerod to kill n
tiger whoso lair was well known, he has
been requested not to do so, as tho tiger
did no harm and killed so many doer
that it supplied tho neighbors with
moat. Tlie tigress is much moro to bo
dreaded as a man-eater than tho malo
animal.
A Butler's Compliment,
A compliment, true and genuino,
was paid by a sal'or who was sent by
bis captain to carry a letter to the lady
of bis lovo. Tho sailor, having deliver
ed bis mo sago, stood gazing in silent
admiration upon the lady, for abo was
very boautlful.
"Woll, my good man," sho said, "for
what do you wait? There ls no answor
to bo returned."
"J/idy," replied tho sailor with hum
ble doferonce, "If you ploaso ,1 would
like to know your name."
"Did you not seo lt on tho lottor?"
"Pardon, lady-I nevor learned to
road. Mino lins been a bard, rough
life."
"And for what reason, my good man,
would you know my name?"
"liecauso," answered the old tar,
looking up honestly, "In a storm at sea,
with danger aforo mo, I would like to
call tho name of tho brightest thing I'd
over seen in my lifo, Thoro'd be sun
shine in it oven in the darkness."
IN KXIIJU IN SIBERIA.
Homo Particulars of ll uss lu" J Cl rout
Mot hods ol' Disposing or Ob
Juottoiiablo Persons.
But few of tbo exiles ever attain to
the possession of a "house," by which
is moant a uiisorablo hut. Most of
thom uro In reality the bondsmen of
tho Siborhui peasants, by ^Yhom thoy
aro hired; that ia to say, they romain
in their debt as long as thoy live, and
aro satisfied when thoy can got money
for drinking ou holidays from their
masters. Hut as tho majority of the
oxlles aro rogues and vagabonds by
profession, who aro afraid of work,
tho number of fugitives is constantly
increasing, who steal, rob and plundor
windover a chanco offers, and thus In
tensify tho natural antipathy of tho
settlor against tho class of tho dopor
ted. Tho peasants havo overy causo
to ho incensed against thom, for, be
sides suffering from tho malpractices
of tho convict class, they havo to bear
tho cost of tho erect'on and preserva
tion of prisons for tho exiles, organizo
huto for the capturo of runaways, pr?
vido guards for them and lind tho taxes
which cannot bo raised from among
tho deported class. But tho greatest
gaps In tho ranks of tho exiles are
caused by tho almost systematic escapo
of tho latter from forced labor and
from tho convict settlements. Not
less than 13 per cont, of tho doported
oscapo during transport. Many of
them aro shot down Uko wild boasts by
tho peasants and natives, and an ob
server of Siberian lifo mado a Yory true
remark when ho said that Siberia
would scarcely havo been ablo to over
power the runaway exiles if tho peas
ants had not annihilated them.
Tho most extremo measures to check
tho system of escapo aro tho hunts by
tho natives, organizod by tho Busalan
Government. Tho native re?oives three
rubles If ho delivers tho prisoner, "dead
or allvo," to the a uthorities. The peo
ple aro provided with good arms and
ammunition, so as to make hunting
the escaped prisoners a success. Ono
of tiloso few who managed to escape
was seized in his nativo village, and
when brought before the court ho said:
."For two years I have wandorod about,
havo swam through liver and seas,
havo crossed Siberian forests, passed
through steppes and mountains-and
no one has touched me, neither man
nor boast, but hore, in my nativo viii
ago, I havo been seized and cast into
chains." Tho escape from forced
labor had becomo so common that tho
administrators of convict establish
ments were in tho habit of calling out,
when recoivlng prisoners: "Whoever
wishes to st:\y let him take clothes; ho
who wants to run away will not need
them." It should bo observed that
tho clothes left behind by escaped con
victs, so to guard against capture, aro
tho poi cut isl tes of tho prison authori
ties.
While the statistics show an incred
ible increase in tho number of crimes
committed by exiles, proving tho etllcl
ency of tho system of deportation as a
corrective a delusion, they aro equally
condemnatory or its much-vaunted
cheapness to tho Btato. Tho cost of
transport of a Siberian d?porter is es
timated at fifty rubles ($37.?O). But
in Hus estimate are not included tho
cost of transport to tho main routo
(steamers on tho Volga and Kama),
and thonco to tho place of destination,
thu maintenance of Ills family, if ho is
accompanied by it, tho malntainanco
in prison till tho spring, as transports
In whiter havo been abolished, as well
as tho cost of tho military guard, so
that tho expenso of transport for each
convict to his placo of destination
amount to above 300 rubles ($225), a
sum which would bo suillcient to keep
him at least four years in tho dearest
prison of European Russia. But this
sum is ralsod to 800 rubles ($1300) by
tho oxponso of attaching to tho main
tenance of etappo routes, escorto, pris
ons along the routes and etappo houses.
African Native* as Trailers.
Along tho northoast of Africa, south
of Cape Gnardaful, thore aro no towns
worth mentioning for some hundreds of
miles. Tho Somali natives, who live
along tho coast, havo had scarcoly any
dealings with white traders. A little
whilo ago a smart firm in Adon made
up thoir minds that by maintaining
regular communication with tho coast
thoy would bo able to build up a good
trade. Thoy therefore bought a Uttlo
steam vessel and sent their agents along
tho coast to toll tho natives that nt cer
tain times, if they would look out on
tho sea, they would soe a steamer com
ing, laden with beautiful goods, to give
them in exchange for hides, palm oil
and other products of tho Somali re
gion.
Tho little vessel baa now mado sov
I eral trips, and tho experiment has
proved a great SUCCOBB. Knowing that
they may expoct tho steamer at the
dato fixed, the natives for many miles
in the intorlor Hock to tho ahoro at tho
different points where the vessel stops.
A largo crowd, woll burdened with ob
jects of oxchaugo await tho steamer
which anchors off tho coast, whllo trad
ing boats put ashore, and a Uvoly mar
kot 1B soon In progress, whore a few
hours before nothing could be seen but
the wldo-strotching sands that border
this coast.
Tho goods that are most In demand
among these now cuatomors of the
whites aro Venetian glassware aud
American cotton shirtings. They
drive very fair bargains, and it is note
worthy that tho poor stuffs they bought
at first they now discard for hotter
goods. Tho samo keenness luis been
obsorved among other African natives.
The Congo tribes, for instance, will
not touch now tho poor jack-knives
and lllmsy cotton they were greedy for ii
few years ago. Tho grado of goods
that the Congo State now talcos to Af
rica for bartering purposes atong tho
river coast is on an average from 00 to
100 per cont, moro than tho goods that
wore sold to tho natives six or seven
years ago.
Tho Fatal hovers' Walk.
"I want to waru you about ono |
thing," said Mrs. Farquhar; "don't
go sti oiling off before sunset ip tho
Lovers' Wall:, lt is tho most danger
ous place. It is ni fatal place. I sup
pose every turn In it, every treo that
has a knoll at the foot whore two per
ilous can sit, hus witnessod a tragedy,
or, what ls worse, a comedy. Thoro
am legends enough about it to filia
bunk. Maybe ibero is not a southern
I A ?unan living who has not been enga
ged there once at least. I'll tell you a
little story for a warning. ?Some yeais
ago thoro was a famous bollo hero who
had tho Springs at her feet, and half a
dozen doterrnincd suitors. Ouo of
them, who bad been uuable to make tho
least impression on her heart, rosolvod
to win her by a stratagem Walking
ono evening on tho hill with h or, tho
two stopped just at a turn in the walk
-I can show you the exact spot, with
out a chaperon-and ho fell into earnest
diseourso with her. She was cool aud
repollent as usual. Just then ho
hoard a party approaching; his chanco
bad como. Tho moment the party
carno in sight he suddenly kissed her.
Everybody saw it. Tho witnesses dis
creetly turned back. The girl was in
dignant. Hut tho deed was done. In
half an hour tho Spring would know
it. .Sho was compromised, No expla
nation could do away with tho fact
that abo had been kissed in Lover's
Walk. But tho girl was game, and
that evening tho engagement was an
nounced in tho drawing room. lsn*t
thal a pretty story?"
Arab and l'ershm Horses.
The general run of Arabs aro no
doubt first-rate horses, as far as they
go, lor military purposes, but thoy aro
too small to mount satisfactorily any
but nativo cavalry. There are, of
course, exceptional animals which
hayo sl/o and power enough for any
thing, but they aro so few that they
may be loft out of tho general ostimato
which we take of tho raco. For any
soldier whoso weight is such that he
can be mounted on an Arab bo will be
found the hardiest, soundest, and most
docllo pf war-horses. Ile* will do an
enormous amount of work on a very
little and vory different food, and will
always bear himself well and hand
somely. In ono point only is ho, moro
than othor horses, susceptible of dis
ease, and that is his eye, which ts Ha
blo to cataract. Ills groat character
istic is his undaunted pluck, which is
nover moro clearly shown than wheo
by any chanco bo is Ul, when all veter
inary surgeons will allow that bo is a
most ad ml rabio patient, resisting and
throwing off tho effectso, illness or treat
ment in a way that no horse of another
race can equal. Persian horses haye
always beon found among tho most
gonorally useful remounts in India,
and they tnke their placo both lu tho
ranks of cavalry and in gun teams
Thoy have moro power and size than
Arabs, with much of tho same con
stitutional good qualitios and-a mat
ter of groat importance to tho Stato
they aro gonorally choaper in price.
lOarllHiiinko Speed.
According to accounts from Wash
ington, if tho earth tremor roglsterod
by tho scientific instruments in that
city, shortly after the recent earthquake
tn Southern Franco and Northern Italy,
was a part of tho same shock, the wave
must have traveled under tho ocean,
from concluent to continent, at tho
rato of COO miles an hour. Tho velocity
of thin earth-wave, propagated by tho
Charleston shook was only about ninety
milos an hour.
PAKIS IlA?PlCICUKS.
Million? ot' nollavH* Worth pf Kcl'usf
(lathered livery Year.
Tho Ulty of Parl? lots out by contract
tho exclusivo right to pick up what cnn
be found in the streets and alleys to
"chef chiffoniers"-Anglloo, boss rag?
plokora-one each to a certain district.
These chers havo their rospoctlvo corps
of men employed at an average of from
f.3 to f.5 per day, or rather night, for
tho work tva') to be done at night. Tho
wholo harvest of cigar stumps, decayed
fruit, manuro, rags, offal, blt? of iron,
tinware, old horseshoes, leather strips,
paper, otc, ls stored lu vast subterra
nean depots or sheds lu the suburbs and
there assorted and put Into marketable
shape. In addition to this comes tho
enormous trade done by these men with
tho cooks, portcrsaud janitors of private
houses for all tho refuse of tho kitchen
and workshop. Tho result represents
many millions every year and gives re
munerative omploymont to thousands.
In a melodrama of French origin,
which had quite au extensivo run over
here, a ragpicker's ball and subsequent
orglo aro represented. Many Ameri
cans thought this probably overdrawn
or purely Imaginativo. The scene ls
one taken from Ufo. Tho Parisian rag
picker is a power.
A curious aldo featuro of tho Paris
ian chiffonier's trade is tho manner in
which ho utilizes "second-hand" food.
Buying it en bloc at a very low stipu
lated price, paid every month, of the
cooks or butlers in hotels or largo prh
vate houses, the dally harvest is care
fully aortod. Thus, roast meat, sau?
sage, sound fruit and vegetable*, and
unspoiled soup are sot apart and sold al
a sulllciently low figure to restaurants
of the third and fourth grade, *~'io
again sot it bofore their customers in
tho g?ito of vols-au-Yont, raquot, stow,
pot roast, meat pies, etc., and tho vory
artistically gotten up "Italian salad,"
which tho boulevard gourmand eats
with great relish. Thus it goes down
the scale till that class of eatables is
reached Intended for the harlqeuin.
This queer name is very appropriate.
For as tho garb of tho harlequin is
mado up of hundreds of van-colored
bits of cloth, so this dish consists of
hundreds of bits of food, tish and meat,
sauce and soup, cabbage and potatoes
and carrots-all forming a hodge-podge
worse than tho Wpauish olia podrida,
It is sold by the koepors of the lowest
eating shop3 by the barr!//*!'ad ls made
up of what the chiffonier cannot sell
olsewhere. Tho mon and women who
patronixo this harlequin pay 2 cents ou
ontorlng the shop. For that they aro
served with a chunk of bread and have
tho privilege to once make a divo with
a long threo-tined fork into tho caul
dron, if they fish up a big piece of
meat, so much tho better for them.
Weather anti Mental Moods.
It has been argued, with moro or losa
warmth, that one's dispostion is largely
affected by tho kind of weather which
prevails when one is boru. While this
li possible, it ls also fanoiful, and but
few put any faith In it. There ls, how
ever, another weather phenomenon in
which 1 bolleve. I twa convinced that
thought is influenced in a very consid
erable degree by the weather. My
notice was first drawn toward this by a
line In ono of Voltaire's letters, in
which ho said: "My work has been
murky to day, because the woather
was murky." From this time on I took
close and careful account of my men
tal condition during various kinds of
weather.
Once, as an experiment, 1 planned
two novels, to be worked on simulta
neously. The one plot was shaped
durin? a stormy period and tho other
during a brief season of sunshine and
summer glory which Immediately fol
lowed. Whonovrr. it was stormy I
worked upon tho storm-planned novol,
and whenever the weather was bright
I worked upon the other. In each in
stance I wholly surrendered myself te
tho moods which the weather stirred
up within me, and made no effort to
shako off the good cheer of the ono or
the despondency with which the other
encompassed me. As a result, tho
novel upon which waa settled no
shadow of storm-taint was oheerful and
good-humored, but the other was so,
bitter, mournful and vindictive that I i
nover prlntod it.
Itllnnoss.
Ile who lives to uo purposo lives to fy
bad purpose.
A thousand evils do a tl lint that iqaft
whioh hath to himself an idle and int?,
profitable carcass.
A mind quito vacant is a mind dig*'
trosood. j
It ls a poor wit who IIV?B bj iwrirotoi
lng the words, dooislons, inle"n, inve$h
tions and actions a? oihnr*.

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