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IN CLOSE QUARTERS IN SHELL. I CHINA SENDS BRAIN TWISTER. FRENCHMAN BUILDS ODD HOME.
The per capita consumption of toa
In England Is six pounds a yoar with
out prejudice to various other bever
ages that are strot.g favorites there.
Candidates are so called because
they wore originally clad In white,
you wouldn't think it, to see the bunch
that comes forth every year in poli
tics. Only two presidents of the United
States have been married while in of
fice, chiefly probably because so many
of them were married before they got
love Is now to bo legally recognized
In French marriages, under the re
vised code. Heretofore, it has usually
developed later, and then with some
IL ought to be easy to decide the
case of bigamy of John Grady, one of
whoso wives loves him and the other
docs not. Hand him over to the one
who does not.
In spite of all the costly styles of
garments shown at tho dressmakers'
convention the good husband will do
his best to wear a straight and un
St. Louis argues that a man who
spends $25,000 a year ought to pay
taxes. Not necessarily. We shouldn't
have any money left for taxes after
spending $25,000 a year.
When Envoy Witto completed his
tour of New York ho remarked:
"Everywhere is advertising. All is
advertising." Itight you arc, M. Witte!
And just notice how it pays!
All the c.tn in Farmlngton, Mass.,
are to be killed on am unt of a diph
theria tspluomic. Doubtless all the
town inico are already inviting their
country cousins to visit them.
Prof, dc Martens of the late peace
conference says that American girls
aro pretty, but American cooking is
abominable. And yet they say that the
way to a man's heart is through hiH
Mr. Carnegie offers half tho cost of
a laboratory at Smith, because he
thinks that women should be up on
biology. That they are up on buyo
logy, observers at any of the bargain
sales can testify.
The full-rigged ship from Parrsboro,
N. S., bound for Buenos Ayres, that
collided with a monster whale, must
have greatly surprised the whale. The
ship has put into Bahia for repairs.
Tho whale has not reported yet.
An English judge has ordered p.
woman to pay for ducks' eggs that she
got when she merely ordered eggs.
Any old eggs are eggs, ho says; they
don't have to be manufactured by a
hen. Would he insist that she pay for
sparrows' eggs, or mosquitoes', for
"She came into the professional
field like a skylark at the age of twenty-four,"
writes the enthusiastic press
agent of the prima donna. Wo don't
think we should care about listening
to a skylark at the age of 24.
Ernest Bodwoll of Brunswick, Me.,
will be a good catch for some clever
girl, for ho will probably if sho is a
really clever girl never call for ap
ple dumplings "like mother uded to
make." He ate some of his mother's
apple dumplings and lost his identity
and memory for two weeks.
Coal miners of Terro Haute won a
righteous strike. They went out be
cause tho mine company did not feed
the faithful mine mule enough. It was
one of the few instances where tho
mule could not do its oru klcVinj.
Flounder and Oyster Occupied the One
0. F. Iiildcnbrand Is tho possessor
of an oyster shell which contained
two inhabitants an oyster and a Ash.
He has had tho curio preserved in al
cohol. The natural and rightful Inhabitant
of the shell was dwarfed by the pres
ence of tho fish, which was a flounder
nearly three inches long, It being only
about have the size of an oyster ordi
narily contained In a shell the size or
tho one which held tho peculiar com
bination. An oysterman found the
strange combination while plying his
trade and presented It to Mr. llllden
brand. Those who have seen tho curio have
formed so many Ideas of how it all
came about that It would be impossi
ble to repeat them all. One of these
explanations of how the fish happened
in the oyrf or shell is that it just hap
pened along while the oyster was tak
ing a good breathing spell with its
shell open, and that being of a
curious disposition tho flounder In
vestigated just at the timo the shell
animal cloosod up for the evening.
MODEST DRUMMER DID IT ALL.
Real Secret of the Signing of the Peace
"Gentlemen." said the drummer as
he looked around on the group, "I was
away In the West on one of my regu
lar trips when I saw by tho papers
that he peace conference at Ports
mouth was likely to fail. I dropped
everything and hired a special train
and headed for New Hampshire."
"What for?" was Innocently asked.
"As soon an I reached Portsmouth,"
continued tho drummer, and ivpnttng
the inquiry with contempt, "I asked
for an interview with Wltte and Ko
mura. It was Instantly granted. When
I stood before the two of them I
" 'Witte, you must concede every
thing but an indemnity.'
" 'I'll do it, Dan,' says he 'do Jt for
" 'And Komura,' says 1, 'you must
"I'll do it, Dan," says he, "for your
waive that question on indemnity and
give up half the island of Sakhalien.'
" 'If you say so, of course,' he an
swered. "'Then both of you come out and
havo a drink with me and let us have
peace within the next ten days.'
"That's what I did, gentlemen," said
the drummer, as he puffed away at his
cigar, "and whenever you seo In the
papers that the emperor of Germany,
King Edward and President Roosevelt
had anything to do with the matter
you will know tho truth. I am not
boasting, but simply relating a little
Incident, and if you gentlemen "
But they wore silent and ho had to
go out and buy his own drink.
Free to All.
A young Maine couple went .for a
ride in tho country on a recent Sun
day. They saw a woman gathering
apples In an orchard near the road,
and asked If they might have some.
"Guess so," was tho startling reply,
"I'm stealing them."
Fireproof Chimney Made of Paper.
A paper chimney. 50 feet high and
fireproof, is a curiosity to bo seen at
Absorbing Puzzle of Ping-Pong and
China, as everybody knows, was tho
birthplace or one of the birthplaces,
for it had many parents of the puz
zle. Many of our host brain twisters
were known to Chinamen thousnnds
of yours ago. The following is a fas
cinating little poser that we picked up
in our wanderings in China. It was a
favorite recreation of a certain Pong
Ping. The puzzle that he Is shown In
tho illustration to be engaged in solv
ing is simply this: He has placed six
sar.ccrs or basins of graduated sizes in
ii pile on one of his four mats, and ho
wants to transfer the pile to one of
the other mats by moving one saucer
at a time from mat to mat without
ever placing it .saucer on one that is
smaller than itself. This can be done
In seventeen moves If you go about It
In tho right way. Can you perform
the feat? If you can, then try to find
the fewest possible moves for remov
ing a pile of ten saucers, and also a
pile of thirty-six.
A practical way of trying this puzzle
is to use a pile of counters numbered
1, 2, It, -I. etc., downwards, and never
place a counter on another that has a
smaller number. When you have
found the easy solution for six you
will uot be satisfied until you have
mastered the case of ten. The case of
thirty-six is given for the benefit of
those readers who like a hard ;:ut to
With six saucers, first make a pile
of the three smallest, (five moves), a
pile of the next two (three moves), re
move the bottom saucer (one move),
replace the two (three moves) and re
place the pile of three (five moves)
altogether seventeen moves. With ten
saucers you mus-t first make a pile of
six (seventeen moves), a pile of three
(seven moves) and proceed as before.
This will take forty-nino moves. Thirty-six
saucers may be removed in
1,793 moves, by making plies of twenty-eight
(Tfitt moves) and seven (127
moves). London Tit-Bits.
The American Motor League has
adopted a standard danger signal sign
as shown In the illustration. The sign
is about two feet square.
How Pennsylvanian Caught a Heron.
Ezra Swopo of Marshlands recent
ly captured alive a large blue heron.
Ho set a fish rod and caught an eel.
Ho pulled the eel out and put It In a
small pool, leaving it on the hook, and
went further down tho stream. When
he cam'j back be found that the hron
had swallowed tho eel and was 'jeld
fast. Welluboro Republican Advo-
Constructed of Stones He Picked Up
by the Roadside.
With stones picked up by the road
side during twenty-six years Ferdi
nand Cheval. a rural postman at Hau
ler! vo. Drome. France, has just com
pleted with his own hands the build
ing of a beautiful house. It was tho
dream of his youth, and he has realiz
ed It without tho aid of a mason,
sculptor or architect. His habit of
picking up pieces of stone earned him
the reputation of being n "crank,"
but when the walls of hU "palace" be
gan to appear his critics changed
their minds, it Is a strange and beau
tiful building. Figures and plants and
animals cover the exterior. In all
1,200 cubic yards of stone were used,
nnd tho total cost to the postman was
WENT BACK TO THE OLD GAME.
Tramp's New Vocation Didn't Seem to
Tho householder stood at his gato
smoking a cigar as tho tramp came
along, and the smile on his face en
couraged the latter to say:
"Boss. I'm not asking for charity,
hut for information.
"I've asked over forty different per
sons in the last week what 'reciprocity'
ivas, and none of 'em was able to mako
it clear to mo."
"1 think I can make ii plain," re
plied the citizen, ".fust come through
"I've asked over forty different persons
what 'reciprocity' was."
Into the backyard with me. Do yon
see that pile of ashes?"
"Well, I want them wheeled out In
tho alley. You take off your coat, pick
tip the sluvol, load the wheelbarrow,
and when the ashes are in the alley
you get 10 cents."
"hut the job's worth at least a quar
"It may bo, but in reciprocity "
"Soy, mister," interrupted the tramp,
"I beg your pardon for putting you to
all tUs trouble. 1 got the wrong word.
Whff. 1 wanted to ask about was 're
ciprocate,' and as you don't seem to
know, and as I am in something of a
bur'--, I'll just reciprocity over the al
ley fence and reciprocate back to tho
Boots as "Cribs."
One of the universities has insti
tutu"! a special Inquiry Into the re
mat liable success which attended its
stuo'-nts in a recent examination. It
leal-. Hi out that the students wrote
dat. and names on their brilliantly
poll'-hed boots with ordinnry black
load pencils, and by means of holding
tho feet In a peculiar position tho
writing was legible to the candidate,
though invisible to any one who
lookird at it from another angle.
Intelligent Monkey in Hospital.
A performing monkey named Dolly
is lutng treated for pneumonia at tho
Clmrtng Cross Hospital, London. When
she was brought to the hospital a
Dr. Strickland asked her where tho
pair was. She placed her hand on
her chest. The doctors say she Is
"very human." though they add tha;
"she does just what sho Is told and h
most grateful." which Is somewhat