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THE PESTS OF INDIA.
eMeots That Render the Lives of
BAdents That Browse Upon One's Mair
and Reptiles That Are Numerous
and Soolable-An Undeilrable
Poe. to Live.
"Along with the intense heat," says a
returned East India traveler to a New
York Sun man, "there go many varieties
of noxious Insects. The mosquitoes
swarm the year round. Every bed is
covered with a tent of mosquito not
ting, and It Is the business of your boy,
after having made the bed In the morn
infVto scare out all lingering mosqui
toes and then draw the gauze curtains
close and tuck them under the mat
tress. On going to bed you make a 1it
tle hole In the tent, get in quickly and
draw it tight again. House files are a
constant nuisance, and there are great
flying cockroaches, two inches long,
which sometimes bite, and at certain
seasons leave their great wings lying
about the house. They eat one's patent
leather shoes. Flying ants, great black
'creatures, come in swarms and also
leave their wings over everything. The
centipede, an inch and a half long, and
more venomous than that of this coun
try, gets into the house and often
crawls upon the sleeper. So long as
one keeps still there Is no danger, but
the creature, if one moves, is likely to
dig his claws into the flesh and make
an unpleasant sore. Scorpions abound.
They come out of old woodwork, and
you find them in books that have long
lain unused. Their bite is poisonous,
and sometimes fatal.
"Along with the insects come the
serpents. The cobra is the most dan
gerous. It seldom comes Into the
houses for some reason, though my
.small sister slept upon a pile of mats
'nder which a sleeping cobra, was aft.
erward found. The cobra, however,
comes into the compound and often
bites the natives. Europeans are sel
4om bitten by the cobra or other
nakes, because the European goes
about in boots that give the serpent
notice of his coming, and also pernaps
protect him from the bite. As a matter
f fact serpents commonly met in India
do not voluntarily go after hnman
prey, but are probably more afraid of
man than man of them. A barefooted
native, treading noiselessly, gives the
serpent no notice of his approach, and
may unconsciously step upon him, and
ihon the creature bites in self-defense.
I knew a native gardener to be bitten
!by a cobra. Ie fil1ed himself with
whisky and walked to keep himself
pwake. An Englishman whom I knew
was bitten by a cobra, and his friends
romptly applied the same remedies.
hey walked him all night against his
hrowsy protests and his earnest prayer
that he be permitted to sleep. His life
.was saved, but he never really recov
tered from the shock, though lie lived
mtnav. years after. The bracelet snake
is a familiar and venomous little wretch
'that takes pleasure in coiling up in
one's boot during the night or in get
ting Into the holes of one's garments,
One soon learns to shake one's boots
before putting them on. The natives
have a Curious aversion to killing
snakes, and they have a superstition,
-shared by some Europeans, that if a
cobra be slain its mate will come to
avenge the act. Of course, there is no
foundation for it, save perhaps that a
widowed cobra comes in search of her
mate and incidentally meets the slayer.
"Rats abound in India and get into
houses and swarnm aboard a ship. One
,great Indian rat, the bandicoot, with a
snout like a pig, visits one's bed at night
gund chews the ends of one's hair. I
knew p. red-headed fellow on~ board
ship who used to grease his hair with
oil or bear's grease. He was visited one
night by a bandicoot, and camne upon
deck next morning with the oddest evi
dence of the bandicoot's barbering.
The muskrat swarms in India, gets into
tl'J1ouses as all sorts of wild creatures
do, since the doors are merely unclosed
openings. His smell is something tre
mendous, and when he merely crosses
the cork of a soda water bottle he
seems to scent the contents.
"The bite of an insect, even though
slight, or a small sore of any kind that
vwould soon heal in a temperate cli
mate, may hang on for days or weeks
in the heat of India, and a slight ill.
ness greatly weakens one. Europeans
luckily seldom take the native diseases,
and, though cholera is constantly pres
cut in- India, it is only In cases of pe
culiarly widespread epidemics that it
reaches the European population. There
Is no yellowy fever there, but smallpox
ravages the natives. It is amazing
to see how many natives are pock
marked. The natives have small faith
in European doctors, but they always
'take the European cholera mixture, of
gourse no European submits himself to
a native doctor. Abscess of the liver
is the groat terror of the European,
'though the land breeze comes laden
with all sorts of horrible possibilities.
"T he change of climate as one goes
frotV the coast into the mountains is
like magic. On the journey up from
IBombay to Materan one starts with
a pocketful of Indian cigars, trichiinopo
lia, cheap long rolls of tobacco with a
strr,w througl hem tha~t tiheyr~n
draw. This is because thog itre ei
tremely wect, but when one reachi6
Materan he finds his trichiniopolis ad
dry as a punk. The thin atmosphere
of the heights has sucked thorn dry of
all their moistur.
Everybody is familiar wit)} thp act
verse criticisms passed by sh~opkeepedq
on articles not p1$rchased from thern
Here is an Instance: A woman had a
handsome Russian aable skin presented~
- to her, with head and feet i perfec
condition. She took It tq 4 furer M
have it miade into a bow. 1P0 e furrier
examninedi it olos'ely. !'lleputiful ski,
isn't it?"'remarked the womtan. "Yes,'
rep)lied the shopmnan, "but I don't thid'k
you have the right kind-of a head ob
e""Wll,?' returned the womam "as
e lP~i to be the kind'tttimd puit
RELIGIOUS AND EDUCATIONAL.
-The .Independent Congregational- US
Ists claim 14,120 members, and 166
ohurches, worth $1,486,000.
- -A .new compulsory education law 054
went into effect In the state of New aid
York with the opening of the new 10
-Michigan tcaehers in session at n
Lansing declared in favor of free text era
books and against teachers using to. nei
-In New Mexico the woman's exeon- tio
tive committee of home missions has tul
more schools than all the government me
and other denominational, including noi
]Roman Catholic, schools combined. dri
-The career of the Presbyterian old
women's organization for the further- thd
ance of home missions spans the period q
1878-94. Fifteen years ago the -entire dr3
receipts were less than is now received lif
in any one month. feo
-The value of medical missions is wil
shown by the fact that, of twenty-five Th
recent additions to the Second Presby- leo
terian chioh in Canton, China, eleven ths
had been treated as patients in the the
mission hospital, which isboth medical shi
and evangelistic. tui
-Bishop D. B. Knickerbacker, of the
Episcopal diocese of Indiana, who died sa
December 31, was a stamp collector of
universal perseverance. He had col
leoted 1,000,000 of canceled stamps ex
which he sold for charitable purposes, ha
and had acquired one-tenth of his sec- 4
ond million when death put a stop to du
-The statistics from 335 college as
sociations indicate that 82,000 men in
round numbers are members of evan- wi;
gelical churches ri the colleges with 115
which the associations are connected. ha
There remain apparently 43,000 men e
who are not professors of religion. the
There are altogether, it is said, 200,000 P
young men in the institutions of higher f
loarning on this continent. nel
-The eastern communities connect- 611
ed with the pope and known as Uniat I
churches are: 1. The Chaldee church, xI
with five archbishoprics and six bish. ere
oprios -in Turkey, in Asia and Persia. for
To this belong also over 200,000 Christ- is I
ians in Hindoostan. 2. The Uniats of on
the Syrian rite, who are subject to the Cho
patriarch of Antioch, and have four at 4
archbishoprics and seven bishoprics. tat
8. The Church of the Maronites, with
eight dioceses. 4. The Melchite ha%
church, subject to the Greek patriarch W"
of Antioch, with six archbishoprics Th
and eight bishoprics, extending from Th
Constantinople and Alexander to Ispa- the
han. 5. The Uniat Armenian church, ter
the most important of all, whose head, t
the patriarch of Cilicia, resides at Con- set
stantinople and is the representative
of all the Uniat chiurchcs in the east. As
There are about 13,000 Uniat Copts in
E1gypt and 25,000 Uniat Abyssinisns. In .
Europe there are 42,000 followers of lat
the Greek Uniat rite in lower Italy and dri
Sicily, and a small number in Greece tra
and Constantinople; 8,000 Uniat Armen- a a
ians live in Austria and 24,000 in Rus- sto
sia. The number of Uniat Greek Rou- sue
manians is 1,100,000; that of Greek pri
Ruthenians in Austria over 5,000,000, lar
while 70,000 Greek Bulgarians of the of
Slavonic rite live in Macedonia and har
WIT AND WISDOM. ren
-Young man, don't you know you ides
ought to lay something by for a rainy of a
day?" "I do; my rubbers."-N. Y. Re- say
-Irish Nurse (shaking patient vigor- yes
ously)-Come, now, sor-r, wake up an' tha
swallow yer slapin' dose; it's time.- our
-Living Skeleton-What's the mat- laa
ter with the glass eater to-day?" Fat prkc
Woman-I hear he has a pane in his the
stomach.-Philadelphia Record. bi
--Teacher-Therec are three kinds of 9n I'
poetry. You have mentioned two, ago
lyric and dramatic; now what is the an<
third? "Well-epi" Elsa-Epidemic. ma:
--Fliegender Blatter. two
-"Jack," said mamma, "run into the was!
parlor and see whether your father is P<
asleep or not." "Not quite," exclaimed ear<n
Jack, on his return. "Hie is all asleep the
but his nose."--arlem Life, alto
-Not "Advanced."-One-I presume fori
you are one of the "advanced" wom. finer
enI. Tr'other-Well, no, really, I can't stiti
say that I am. You see, I'm married littl
and have four children.-Detroit Free and
Press. of q
-Girl (jokingly)-I'd like a place and
where I'll have everything I want, to f4
nothing to do and no one to boss me. mor
Clerik-This, miss, is an employment an
office, not a matrimonial agency.- able
London Tit-Bits. the
--"In de ease ob do trusted em- plc
ployee," said Uncle Eben, "yoh kain't dru1
allus jedge by appearances. Bunt yoh hav<
is sometimes 'bliged ter fohp) b'ury pps- 9cll'
itive conclusions by disappearances." -
Washington Star. whc
-The Foremarl-(sharpy)-Henry- star
man down here at 7 o'clock-wanted WvhC
to see you. Henry-(shufiling into the You
room, pulling off his coat at 8-15)- the
Who wasq it? The foreman (with1 s uses
metallic olick)-Me, sirn-Kansas Ciy whc
-Mrs. Potts-I suppose you have a thou
wife and seven children at home starv- thme
ing? Everett Wrest-Of course I ain't, sure
Do you suppose I would be out workin' ire
sichi weather ais this here cf I had a reim
family to support me?--Cincinnati Tri- alwi
-"Uncle," said the impecuniois T
sephmew, ".you ought to g.o and see timq dist
new play. You would just die laugh- elc
i ng." T1he old moan merely glared. In a hab
Sew minutes latem therec could be hear-d
the sound of a scratching pen a's he al clas
tored his wili.-Cincinmnati Tribune. thei
.-Silas Rustc-WVhy, that young fel- -twvu
Iar over $lhere soems tq be fairly eatin' muom
that smnok9. Dick Urban-'Phatisme
what tihey gal1 Mnain Sias- th
WVell, I'd ofteri hearn' tell of thecse o
smoke consumers; but I never 'low'ed gui
they was as Insignificant lookin'.- ge
Pittsburgh Dis 3tch-. ma
"Hey," nudeeg pp Sptilgre
Amaerican presh gnt,, "isp a letter fromi die
t Ya kl's hyporfer vyit~h 'th'e wdor frno
,dietate ' at the bottom Qf it.'" "Yes, lumi
pine," humbly said his secretary. "Havepe
him fired out of the Counti-y on th9 qm
firsit steamer. I am r uni gl thg
ficta n uspogs Journph' Go]gggg
- THE JAPANESE DRINK.
waiins Prefer SaM to the Wine and
Beer of Amerlea.
le increased importation of Japan.
saki has been the subject of con
oration of the liquor importers for
ase time past. The recent action of
viticultural association of Califor
'has brought this new favorite bov
ge of -the Hawaiians more promi
itl. to the attention of Honolulu
aor housos. The mandatory resolu
-s of the California wine manufao
oe8 were rather a surprise party to
st of the dealers here. They have
ad the growing demand for the
mk, but hardly expected such a de
ed e*preuion of sentiments to which
Californians recently gave voice.
!here br, fads In drinks as well as In
goods. That beer and California
st wines have tiokled a man's palate
years past Is no proof-that they
I continue to do so for years to come.
a average frequenter of barrooms is
king for .ftoets, and when he finds
it a cheaper product will bring about
same salubrious sensations in a
irt space of time he is inclined to
i from his California wine cups and
:a to the Japanese. This is what
A has proved.
!h figures of the custom house con
a the statements of the California
)orters. The wines of the state
te been crowded out, their importa
a has fallen off to a marked degree
Ang the past year. Saki importa
a has increased i much larger pro
'or 1898 the importation of Californi.
es to this country amounted to
.142 gallone In 1894 these figures
I dropped to 0,684 gallons, a do
aSe of 25,458 gallons. During 1898
ire were 9,889 gallons of saki im
ted to this country. For 1894 these
ses r 70,958 gallons. This gives a
increase in favoy of the saki of 87,
!his showing gives evidence of two
sting facts: That there is an in
ased substitution of Japanese wines
those of California; also, that there
ncreased consumption, presumably
account of the ability to obtain a
aper drink. These are facts that
)ne interest the temperanoe agi
-r and the importer of liquors. It
notable fact that native Hawaiians
,e taken very kindly to sali and
I often take it in preference to the
r-faithful gin to addle their brains.
3se in a position to know say that
effects of the liquor are more dele
ions than any other of a similar na
e on the market.-Hawaiian Ga
THO. RAGE FOR QUININE.
the Drug Grows Oheaper the Demand
for It Increases.
he sale of quinine has increased in
a years to such an extent, says a
iggist who has one of the largest
des in this line, that it has become
aple article In nearly. every drug
re. It is being bought in bulk in
h large quantities that would sur
is you. Quinine has gained a popu
reputation by some means or other
being a sort of cure-all. You can
ly imagine the various illnesses
ch people are now using it to
ady. Sonie are foolish in the ex
ne; how the oustomers got slagh
68 of quinine's eficacy in treatmei$
Oe sicknesses is more than I can
The sale of the drug has been in.
sing rapidly during the last few
s. The two-grain pill is the one
I sells the most. Three years ago
store sold ten thousand of these,
le this year the amount will be at
t A-ve hundred thousand. The
of course, has declined greatly in
last decade on account of the duty
g taken off and the great increase
a manufqoturp. About ten yeigr8
I remember? it sold for six dollars
unee; now it can be bought in open
ket in five hundred onnce lots for
sty-five cents, and at one time it
down as low as sixteen cents.
ople in using quinine should be
ful that they get a good grade of
article or that they are not fooled
gether. In many cases an in
r product of the cinohona bark,
which quinine is made,. is sub
ited for the real article. IM is a
e better than the cinchona bark
has not nearly a third of the virtue
ainine. This is called cinchonidia,
can be bought for from two cents
ur cents an ounce, just a little
-. than the bark itself, It Ia so good
Lmitation that the customer is un.
to tell the difference, except that
esults will not te the same. Peo
should be careful to get the pure
,t and the only guarantee they pga
Is the reputatioxj gf theo rian who
i jl to' themn.
inino pills must be taken by the
lesale in some families. For in
cc, there is a man in Allpgheny
buys themn in five hundped 19t4ei.
would suppqse he wras going into
irug business, but as a fact he only
them for his family. Winter,
n people are catching qolds, Is $t1e
seaison for t'hec sale of quinine, al
gh the sale keeps up welhl during
3ntire year. A damp, murky day is
t~o bring the quinine fiend to real
hat ho needs some of his favorite
dly, so the sales on these days aro
ya8 large.-Pittsburg Dispatch.
Long Distance Talking~
ec people of Alb~rkrj practice long
uneo talking ivithou't the alal of the
ri current. They have a curious
Lt whenI they meet of passing each
r with a nod, or perhaps a hand
> anud a few muttered wordls, and
wait until they get to the toqp of
hills to begin~ te ttlle. Yqu mgir~li
ig after your Albanuian guide and
anothuer. On you go andl forget
you mect anybodly, when suddenly,
arriving at the to1) of a lill, your
le turns around aind yells out, '"O,
rg lo-o-o!" or w haitover the name
'bo, spluning out the syllable to
t length. Tihe echo has' hardly
.away before Gbeorgio answers
in his hill, and these two leather.
ged fellows roar at eagli tAther for
laps a half hour. at an interval of a
rter mule oy muore. y they keep
this ugasperating hait nopn
)wB, and no Albanian will telL
MR. SLOQE> THE MEDIUM.
Vhe Veet Brownng Datqteasa Impost.
ton on His Wife.
Mr. Frederick Greenwood, In his per.
sonal - reoolleotions, written for the
"Realm," tells the following story:
"Everybody who lives with books has
heaM' thaVRobert Browning's 'Sludge,
the Medium,' reflected upon Home, and
most people have also heard that the
celebi'ated creature succeeded in bring
Ipg Mrs. Browning under his Influence
completely. But the trick that unde
qeived her (we must suppose) is not so
well known. It may have got into
print, but, If so, I, for one, have. never
seen it, and tell the story as it was told
by Browning himself. 'Home had been
about the Brownings a good deal, knew
many people known to them; was, in
his tea-party why, an agrecable'sort of
person; and there were sednces hero
and seances there; 'and,' said the poet,
casting a vague look about the room to
express his bewilderment, '1 don't know
lhow it was. I did my. best, but little
by little he gained her over. to believ
ing in him; how much to my distress,
imaginel' After awhile Home found a
yet more excellent way of working on
the poor lady's mind. She had lost a
little child by death, and, her own
wishes running out to embrace the
promise, he began to hint that some day
he would bring the little one's spirt
into her presence. But he was slow in
performing this promise-naturally; for,
otherwise, he would have lost the ad
vantage of an excited expectation,
often stimulated and as often baffled.
At last p4 pyioing was named when
the mother's yearning gliuid l
satisfied. In the customary way, light
was shut out of the room when the
three sat down, and the usual rap
piugs and questionings and invoca
tions went on for a time, and then
then the child's spirit was to ap
pear. And, sure enough, there did
arise pbove the edge of the table some
thing that was wWter thq the darlc,
that seemed to have a motion of its
own and the luminousness of a living
thing, and that might veritably be
what poor Mrs. Browning fancied it.
But, conscious of her trembling state of
mind, her husband was -in another
guess sort of passion. 'I suddenly
sprang up, dashed my arm across the
table, and took hold Qf-vhat do you
think? The scoundrel's obscene footi
nakedI' The flaming anger in which
Browning finished the story-after so
many years, too-left no doubt about
what happened next to the celebrated
medium-Rome. Ile was instantly and
literally kicked out of the house; his
shoe and stocking after him, no doubt."
POLAR BEAR AND WALRUS.
Strange Association Existing Between the
Old voyagers in Behring sea tell of a
strange association between the wal.
rus and the polar bear. The walrus
furnishes the principal foood' of this
great carnivore, which is his deadliest.
foe, in fact, yet to see them together,
as they frequently are encountered,
one might think they were boon com
panions. Lying upon the field ice will
often be seen "patches" of walrus con
taining from thirty to -fifty, and with
each of these groups will be found the
polar boar. They all are apparently
resting together in the happiest sort of
unity. Occasionally a walrus flops into
the water and sinks leisurely into the
depths, while others will be see
emerging therefrom and climbing u
on the ice.
The bear becomes hungry and de
cldes he will dine with the walrus thjat
day. Hie rises to his haunches and sways
himself heavily upon all fours. After
a yawn and a stretch ho saunters to the
nearest walrus and swings his power-'
fuil paw in a crushing blow on its'
head, instantly killing the animal. He
then proceeds leisurely to make a ceom
fortable dinner off the infortunate ob
ject of his selection. This perform
anee, apparently, does not startle the
others. They continue to bask un-.
disturbed, seemingly indifferent to the
fate of their comrade an~ ryaitipg
their turn like stoios. The female wali
rue with young, however, does not told
erate the presence of the bear. She
regards him with merited suspicion,
and promptly takes to the water with
her offspring on his appearance.
TIPS IN E NGL AND.
Gsakeepera Soorn Anything Ivesu Than
a Five-Pound Note,
A retired Anglo-Indi~an officer has
published his notions on the subject of
"tips."' Thackeray's Col. Neo'me, it
will be remembered, made a sort of
royal progress through England on his
return from a long sojdflrn in the east,
rewarding postboys with gold and mak
ing waitera happy with handfuls of
silver, says the London Daily News.
This reminds the Anglo-Indian officer
that there are no tippers so hardened
and profuse as Anglo-Indian $1ppopg. T i
is so novel for tA~m to be waite on by I
white faces that they feel Inclined to I
reward the most trifling sortice. They
are, moreover, pleased to be at home
again, andl touched with thec civility
they meet with in their journeyings toI
and fro their hands are everlastingly in I
Thle 'retired .I ndl~an inftlce does not
ph~ject, to tips Ini the abstraet, but he I
enter's a protest against the givfig of
gold to any domestic in a hoiuje where
one has been staying. It spoils thel
market and is unfair to those witig
slender purses. Five shillings, he con.,
siders, is a suiflicqnt r(oWvivd for a lin ie
e:St11a trqulblo. TliIS IS very well, but
what about the gamekee-pers-a large
class, as some of us know to our cost
who are accustomed to return tile
shooting guest's sovere ign w~thrglite
intimation that they p pyer necolgt 'es
Kept lioth Placos.
WVhen the c'zar wvas made colonel of
the Royal Scots Grays an offlee of the
regiment said to his orderly: "Donald,
1:lve you heard that the new emperor
pt Russia lhas been aippointedl colonel of
the regiment?" "Indeed, sir," replied
Ugnld, "It Is a vera prood thing."
Thien, after a pause: "Beg pardon, sir,
bnt wn11 he be able in kreen both ~
HOW HE WAS USED.
The Woeful Tgio Of an Obliging Young
I boarded a Sixth avenue "L"train at
125th street the Qther afternoon. At
116th street two pretty girls, ingenious
looking, entered the car I ocupied.
After looking around in a sort of
where-are-we-at way for a moment
they came to the section where I w'as
sitting, riding backward. bny vis-a-vis
was an old lady. One ingeziue sat be
side me, the other beside the old lady.
Before I had time to offer my seat
the one beside tle old lady asked:
"Won't you please change seats with
"Certainly. I was about to offer it
to you," I said.
"Oh, thank you."
After riding as far as 104th street,
she jumped up and exclaimed, with a
"Oh, I can't ride backwardl Won't
you change again, sir?"
"With pleasure," said I.
"Sorry to trouble you, sir."
"Don't mention it. I could keep this
up all day."
"Have you the time?" she asked, in a
few moments, leaning toward me, not
half far enough.
"My watch is stopped, but I'll just
step off at Ninety-third street station,
tell the conductor to hold the train a
moment and look at the station clock,"
And I did as I had promised.
"Seven minutes' past three," I said
on my return.
"Are you sure that clock is right?"
"I prpslme so, but to make sure I'll
open the window and ash tho ticket
chopper," I said.
This I did also.
She nodded her pretty little head and
"How long does it take to go down
to Forty-second street?" sweetly asked
the ingenue in a moment.
"About twenty-five minutes."
"fWo want to patch a train at the
Grand Central at 3:40. Do you thi4lj
we can do it?"
"I should think so, if you take a cab
at the station."
"Those horrid cabs! I don't like
'em. Do you, Mollie?"
No. Mollie didn't either. Mollie
asked in her ain't-he-a-nice-young-man
"How much do they charge, do you
"About fifty cents apiece. Perhaps
they'll take you both for seventy
"How far do you go, sir?"
"I go to Thirty-third street."
"You couldn't get off at Forty-second
I suppose, and help us with our traps
into a cab?"
"Oh, certainly. I have all day to my
self. 1 only work at night."
"Well-how's that? Are you an
"No, I am a newspaper man."
"What's that?" came from both pret
ty mouths simultaneously.
"Forty-second!" cried the conductor.
"Oh, here's where we get off, sirl
Will you kindly-"
I "kindly." I carried their traps
jvn stairs, bailed a cab, asked what
the fare was. Seventy-five cents.
Boh opened their pocketbooks. Neith
er had change. Jehu had none either.
I was asked if I had. I gave ub the
last three quarters I hud, saluted and
started to walk to the office. Just then
I heard one sweet ingenue say to the
"Strikes mec he's rather fresh on first
acquaintance."-N, Y. Herald,
A Short Session of Bomne Saecharine So
"Let's tell the stupidest thing we
ever did in our lives," suggested a so
siety girl, one of a group sipping
ehocolate in a confectionery store.
"Put it in the present tense," said
the girl with the side combs in her
bangs. "I regularly light my alcohol
light with the greatest trouble and.
when I have coaxed it into a blue
flame* shut a drawer immediately be
low it, and whiff'! out she goes."
"That's nothing," said the girl with
her hair parted in a straight line. "I
uised to make afternoon tea for mom
mer, but every tinrlQ I lit the spirit
lamip I get fire to the lace draperies in
the alcove and called out the fire de
"How awfully swell," said the girl
*n the picture hat. "Now my forte is
ralling down stairs. I :neyeri visit any
where wihou getting up an excite
nent of that kind. I just forget about
ny unfortunate habit, and instead of
ilinging to the balustrades tumble
lown in a heap."
"Girls, your oxperience Isn't a cir
mmnstinee tn ie," said the blond
>ud, holding her spoon fr1 the air. "You
cnow that dear Perdimmons boy-just
ionmc from Europe--lots of money
isps and wears glasses. Well, didn't
ie go home with me the other night
reom the .Smith function and wlen~ lhe
eft mec at the door 40 hp4 gy fan ny
'is lockeot and forgot to yeit to m,
oifepasked li'im or it?"
"Oirla, I did. Wasn't it awful? I
oat the opportunity of my life."
That ended the session of the dlear
tupids for that day.-Dectroig lyrgo
At the dinner table in a country ho
ol a guest says to the waitress:
"Miss, are you sure that this is Syg1
Luck that you've given mei?"
"WildI W9Uh I shopld think it was.
f yon could 'a' seen us chasin' that
luck more'n forty times round the
tarn yard 'fore we ketched it, I gu
'Oui'd believe 'twas , '~ouths
A mpor tant begal Paint.
"You wished to see me?" ad4d M
awyer as the living skeletan from the
I'Yea, sir. I want advice on an im
"I am in love with the two-head.4
Phl If I maanr he ean [hamrg.-+
LANI*4DAPES OF CUBA.
Its Most lieautiftil istricts Seldom See
A good deal delends upon the season
of the year in whic1h Cuba is visited as
to the ipressiin piro.hted tmoching
Its verdure. Columiibus reacicted lhara
coa just as the autium rains had done
their work of magic revival. The
northern visitor of too-<i iv goos to
Cuba in the dry season, wit' i tho green
hillside has hloome chanigred to tawny
brown. The change in the appearance
of the landscape is about as great as it
is possible for such a elange to be.
One of the chief items of disappoint.
ment in the Cuban scenery is the ab
sence of the umbrageous woodlands.
In the famous Valley of Yumurl, and
in some less known localities, fine trees
may be seen. and almost every where
the ceiba (silk cotton tree) is in e.i
dence--solitary and desolate 10<1ling.
BIut the trees are generally sy' ill, and
what the Cuban calls a w'od, a mnl
from Indiana Wold 4.seribe na
"brush." It is little more than a
tangled wilderness. A gene'rous comn
Penlsation, howcver, is found in the
never-failing beauty aid great variety
of "feathery palns." Amig the first
features of the landscape to arrest the
eye dt the traveler, they are a0b.out the
last thing to fade fronot his m0emnorY.
To them there attaches a sort of chirim
that belongs to no other hind of
growth. Almost every variety is here
to be met with, and oie soon discov
ors that the palm is as use fut as it is
beautiful. Pleasant to thie eve, it also
furnishes material for building, for
wrappers, for clothing and oven for
When the flora of Cuba is uder coni
sideration, language cii hardly be too
affluent or too eulogistic. If only i
moderate alnount of care were given) to
culture and arranigiement., this islani.d
would be a veritablo parad is of floral
loveliness. This, tunfort.unately, is not
the ease. Disorder is supreme. lere
and there "a well-ordered gairden" nt
tests the richness of the soil iind tho
kindliness of the climate, aml the
best results of borticulture are not I
frequently those of the Chinese gar
dener. it is unnecessary to catalogue;
Indeed, it is well-nigh impossible. Any
and every growth known in tropical
climes can be brotght to perfection in
the fertile soil and uinder the sunny
skies of Cuba.
But Cuba is not all beauti full. 1e.
tween Ilavana aid Cieinfuegos there
may be encoutered tcensive stehes
of country as dull and uninviting as
any I know inl any part of the world.
The povelty-stricken dwellings of the
Cuban peasantry add to tile 1unlpleasilg
aspect of the scenery.
Tho most beautiful districts of Cuba
are those vhich are least known to
I visitors; I refer to the imountall dis
I tricts. These are little likely to be
come known unutil better roads an1d
I better accommodations are provided,
3 and until tho risk whihol soinotiies
attendmcs excursions 1into solitary places
ceases to terrify. firigandage, as such,
can hardly ho said to exist in Cuba,
but tile attitudO of certlil organized
outlaws is sulicient to suggestcaution.
I owe it to the couLrtesy of oine of the
directors of dal ragulill that, I heenmillo ae
quainted withli what, proved to be thn
finest of all 1ie scellery I behold in
Cuba. Certa ily the est abli slued routes
of travel must be departed from if the
choicest aspects of tile island are to be
enjoyed. ]iere, amn11g tile hills 1111d
valleys of the Tierrit e Cubai, as also
in% tile district lying north of Trinidad
de Cuba, no0 question can arise as to
the beauty of Cuba.
Most of the cnsst scenery of tile isl
and is very ine, wiVleo airund tile spa
cious hlarbors for wh'Iich Ciuba is fm..
m'ous may ho founid spmots oif sylvan
loveliess. F~rom Capije Cruz to Cape
MJay zi an enohantinug pa mlora ma comles
into view from the steamuei's deck, in.
eluding Torquino (8,000( feet), thie
loftiest mountain of Cuba.--N. Y. Charis,
A Marvolous Es'eunpo'
In his recently pubililihed lmemloire
Goen. Marbot, who took part in nearly
every one of Napoleon's campaigns,
describes a hair-bread th escape, I te
wuas charging the Austrians at thle
head of his regiment, when his horse
was killed unl~der hhu11. M\arbot fell,
and the cavalry passed over hlim wvith
out touching hima,, whlich is not suri..
piing, as a hlorse, uniless wounlded ou.
tired out, generally avoids treading on~
human bodies. lie biegnan to think lie
was safe, when lie perlceivedi his regi
ment retliuning at full gallop, pumrsumed
by a division of the Austians.. Glen.
Marbot realized thant if lie could( not
keep pace with tile horsemen lie would
bie cut down without mercy. TIho
thought of certain dleathi inmcased hlii
strength a hundred fold, lie held up
his hands, which21 were grasped by two
riders, who, dragging imi along by
giant stridea be(twen their horses, conl
vcyed hiin to a pla0ce of safet-y.---olden~
Losing Ifold on Life,
ihue then and there lost her hold
upon life. She was p~oisoned~ andic mu1.st
die. She was as sure of it as the China-.
man who has seen an eagle, and who,
recogmnizing that his hour is come,
calmly lies down an~d breathes 1his last
by tile lmere suapensioni of volition. In
0old coiuntries the lower orders, as ia
rule, have but a low vitality. It may
be truler to say thlat the vital volition
is weak. Let the learned settle the
detinlition. The1 fact is easily accounted
for. Duing generations Upon genera
tionso the majority of European agri
cultutral populations live upon vegeta
ble food, like thle majority of eastern
Asiatles, and with the same result,
Ilard labor produces hard muscles, but
vegetable food yields ain low vital ten.
sion, so to say. Soldiers know it well
enoumgh. Tihe pale-faced city cler'k who
eats meat twice a dlay will outfight and
outlast and outstarve the burly laborer'
whose big thows and sinews are mostly
cmpounded of potatoes, corn aand
water-Marion Crawford, in Century,
--According to the old church canons
the Chrien nas festi'val lasted from
Chlristmak 'eve to February 1, by which
date all the decorations must be re
.moved frein~ tihe. qawxohoa,
SAVAGES WHO ARE CIVILIZED
African Native* Who Have a Notion of til
Arts and Solenocs.
Most people think of the natives 01
tropidal Africa as naked savages, with
out any of the resourbes of civilization,
said an ex-missionary. But the fact In
that many of the tribes are acquainted
with not a few of the mechanical arts.
You are probably aware that the
mining and working of iron have been
understood by the natives of that part
of the world ever since prehistoric
times. In Liberia tho Mando are
smelters of iron and workers in gold
and silver. They are also tanners of
leather and weavers of cloth, and they
make an infinite variety of domestic
articles. The Makolos arc excellent
wood carvers, the Djours are skillful
iron workers, and the Rechuitnas are
good metal workers, fur dressers and
The Baganidas, of Victoria Nyanza,
do beautiful work in brass, copper and
ivory. On the slave coast the people
of Dahomey, who otherwise posseR% at
unenviable reputation, are accorded a
very respectable position in Industria
artisanship. Glass making is not known
among them. They mako cloths o
cotton and many other textilos, an<
their dyes of blue, red and yellow owe
their peouliar richness to native color
ing substances. Tanning they also un
derstand, and they obtain salt fron
sea water by evaporation.
Among the tributaries of the Whit<
Nile at Bakara and Benghtch the tribes
of natives, as white as Europeans, hav<
oval faces and silky hair. In Dahomey
public prostitutes were licensed an<
the proocods of the tax paid into the
public treasury long before the prac
tice was adopted by modern legisla
tures and eonsidered as a radical de
p arture in modern civilization. Lord
eaconsefeld said of the Zulus: "They
have outwitted our diplomats, outina
neuvered our generals, and converted
our missionaries, and yet we call them
Thxo Mandegnas have attained a con
siderable degree of cultivation and
knowledge of the common arts. Their
musical instruments are the flute
harp, bell and drum. The Veis o
Liberia having obtained an acquaint
ance with letters from contact with
Arabs, have invented an alphabel
primeor of their own language, orig
inal and Independent both of the Ara
bio and English characters. This is
the greatest effort over made by an
African tribe toward the advancement
of culture. The Veis make pons of
reeds and use indigo for ink.
Africa is destined before long tc
become the great gold producing con
tinent of the world. In 1889 it yieldec
$8,600,000 worth of that mntn\, Uaas
year it produced about $85,000,00
worth of gold. During 181. the out
put of its gold mines is likely to equa
the 830,000,000 produced by the Unite(
The total exportation of diamon(L
from the Cape of Good Hope, from th
date of their discovery to the present
has probably exceeded 8350,000,000.
The annual expenditure in the digging
for the gems is now $5,000,000, and the
export is limited to 4500,00o of carats
annually, to prevent a depreciation In
price. The (range Free Stato hiss re
pently given to the world the largest
known diamond, weighing in the rough
970 carats, and likely to weigh when
out 500 carats.
The ruin of the white man is a curso
to the natives of Africn. It is esti
mated that 10,000,000 gallons of spirits
are annually Imported into t1o dark
AN UNEXPEOTED ANSWER.
It Was Doublems Suggested by the w~ordu
of Preceding Orators.
Col. Handy Polk, the well kcnown real
estate, loan and insurance agent of
Oklahoma, who had wvanderedl into a
Sunday-school, and been invited by the
superintendent to addr'ese the children,
"I didn't com~e hepre with the expeota
teon of makin' a speech, but nowv that
I've been called on, Ill say a few words
on1 the-er-ah-beauties of honesty
and-er-truth. Honesty is the best
policy. Alwors be honest, children,
and alwers be truthful. As-cm
What's-his-name truly said, ani honiest
man is the-er-er-noblent work of
God. And a truithful man is better
thg-ei-ah-maniy spairrers. Al wers
remember that, children. If everybody
was honest, what a different world
this would bei But, alas! they ha.n't.
Insteadi, the generality of mnankcind in
-er-generat ifn forever trying' to giL
th beotter of the-cr-er-generality of
pnankind in-er-ah---goneral, so to
speak. From this we shomuld lorgr
should learn, as it were, to-or--be
honest. hun. VIA tell yont a little story
to sorter illustrate my mneanin'. Once
op n time thar Was a boy whose par
ents were poor but honest, and tried to
raise him up in the-er-way lie should
go. But he wouldn't obey 'em, and
seemed to take a delight in doin'
wrong. He began stealin' little things
when he was no higher th~n the table,
and 'peared te prefer to lie when the
truth vypyld haavs done jest as well, or
evenbetter. Ho grew worse and worse
as time passed on, anmd by tihe tune he
had grown to be a man ho had biecomno
a regular out-and-out scoumtlrol. Ito
made a business of swintlin', lyini' anid
eheati' a~tlnd oymed to glory in his
eshamo. And what do you suppose be
amo of him? I ask you, childreni,
whur do you reckon he is ait niow?"
And the colonel'p lnnoeniet hearers
answvered in~ ,no voice:
%'~e ntow stands before us"--Tiom P'.
biorgan, in Harper's Mlagazine.
A Uolid Meal,
The Man of thp Hlouse---H~ere, poo0r
fellow, is a sponge cakce?
lUungry Hiawkinw--O, say, boss, can't
yer give mnc somet'in' muore solId dant
The Ma 9t3 the Ifouso (surprised)
gonmethiing more solid! Good hieavens,
man, my wife baked this cake herself,
and it is the first one she ever made!
---Men commnonly think according to
their inclinations, speak according to
their learning and imbibed opinions,
but generally act accordjng to custom.