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THE LOVERS' CANDLES.
An Old Covrtnhlp Cvstom That Still
Prerftllft In Poland.
A quaint old Bnperstillon is to this
day held in Poland to the effect that
two lighted candles set afloat on the
river by two lovers will by their con
duct foretell if the course of true love
will run smooth or otherwise.
The "lovers' candles" are launched
at n very pretty water fete that takes
plneo every summer on that part of the
Vistula which runs through Poland. It
commences at sunset. The river is
thronged with a procession of little
bonts containing masked ladles and
gentlemen. Each person carries two
.wreaths and two candles, the latter
representing the person carrying them
and the object of his or her affections.
They are lighted, fixed firmly in the
center of the wreaths and laid side by
side in the water. Should they float
down the river close together it is a
sign that their lives should be united.
Should they drift awny from each oth
er it is a sign that the lovers will be
parted, and should they only drift
nsundcr for a little way and farther on
come together ngnin it is a sign that
the loved ones will only be parted for
a time and all eonir, right in the end.
There is much method and order about
the arrangement of this procession.
The boats glide along in rows, so many
abreast, and after the first row have
proved their wreaths they move away
to tlie sides and the others come for
ward hi succession. The river is well
illuminated, and a large concourse of
people assembles to watch the pro
ceedings. The scene is a charming one
and reminds one more of fairyland
than of anything else.
" it'nrlonn Provision of Nature to End
N.'*N,: Their Solitude.
"Pigeons are monogamous," said a
raiser of those birds for market, "and
the female lays but two eggs. One of
these is always the egg from which a
male is hatched, and the other incloses
the future female. If by any accident
a cock pigeon loses its mate or a hen
.pigeon becomes widowed the sympa
thies of* the entire cot go out to the
afflicted brother or sister. If it should
so happen that a cock should lose his
mate and a hen hers, so that they are
both mateless at the same time, the af
flicted pair soon forget their grief in a
new life partnership, and all is serene.
"But if there is a widower in the cot
— «n<\..no convenient_w4dow for him to
iSretony^fv or if there^ls a widow for
whonino widower pigeon is on hand,
something must be done to fill the va
cancy. Upon the first hen pigeon to
nest after the vacancy occurs falls the
important duty. If she hasn't hatched
her eggs yet she promptly dumps one
of the two out of the nest. She never
makes a mistake in evicting the right
one. If a widow is to be provided for,
the hen throws out the egg containing
her future daughter; if a widower is
pining for a mate she disposes of the
son egg. If she has hatched her egg
when a demand is made for her sacri
fice she ceases feeding the youngster
who will be superfluous and starves it
to death. Pigeons grow fast, and,
""RQukbhood over, the lone product of
that nest becomes mate to the bereaved
member of the flock."
Scene, Scotch farmhouse; time, Sun
Tourist (to farmer's wife)— Can you
let me Ijave a glass of milk, please?
Milk is produced and consumed.
Tourist (taking some coppers from
his pocket)— A penny, I suppose.
Farmer's Wife— Mon, dae ye no think
same o' yersel' tae be buyin* goods on
Tourist (repocketlng the coppers)—
Oh, well, there's . no harm done. I'm
sure I'm much obliged. But won't you
have the money for It?
Farmer's Wife— Na, na; I'll no tak'
less than saxpence for breakin' the
Sawbatb!— Leeds Murcury.
Washing-ton and Harvard.
Washington received from Harvard
college the honorary degree of doctor of
laws. The distinction was voted by
the president and fellows of the college
at the meeting at Watertown April 3,
1770, "as an expression of the grati
tude of this college for his eminent
services in the cause of his country
and to tbelr society." The signers were
President Samuel Langdon, Nathaniel
Appleton, John Wlntlirop, Andrew El
lot, Samuel Cooper and John Wads
Tuere are some persoua who cannot
take a joke, but Snlgglns is not one of
them. A "friend" acquainted with
Snlgglns' frequent changes of abode
asked him which he thought was the
cheaper—^to move or to pay rent.
"liCai/t tell you, my dear boy," re
plied Sylgglns. "I have always moved."
— London Telegraph.
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