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It is a familiar and yet it always
strikes ono as a marvelous fact that
woi^ds may have been for years in existence,
the light of which has not yet
had time to reach our earth, and that we
may still continue to sec the light of
Btars that have been for a long time extinct
There is a new pest for western farmers
to fight in the shapo of a yellow
\ worm which develops into a black fly
about the eighth of an inch in length.
It is very thrifty in some parts of tho
Willamette Valley, Oregon. The insect
Is known to entomologists as the "wheat
Isosoma." It has appeared in Kentucky,
Illinois and Missouri. There is only one
breed a year.
The "preacher" is the latest swindling
dodge being worked in Iowa. He calls
on his way distributing Bibles, and often
presents the family with a handsome
book. He then asks for dinner or other
meal, and takes a receipt for twenty-five
cents paid for the meal. A few months
later the neighboring bank calls for the
payment of a note for a large amount.
United States hydrographic office
is continuing its interesting and very
useful investigations .into tlio practical
effect of "nourinn-oil on thn troubled
waters." The facts the office is collecting
show conclusively that the use of a
Tory small quantity of oil will break the
force of the most terrifio storms. Several
instances are given-where ships have recently
been kept "from foundering simply
by this means.
An astonishing "fish story" comcs
from the tropics; to wit, that a ship
which had a hole knocked in her sicle
was saved from sinking by ?a large fish
Ihntcamc alongside and was* sucked into
the aperture by the rush of water and
Stuck there. Commenting on this tre
mendous yarn, the New York Commercial
lays: "How unlucky there wore not a
Tew whales off Sandy Hook when the
Oregon was struck ! After this every
well-equipped sliip^ought to have a whalo
Dr two in tow, ready to plug up holes."
People do not generally realize how
many Washingtons there are in the
United States. The "Official Postal
Gluide" shows one each in Arizona, Arkan?as,
California, Connecticut, Georgia,
Qlinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kausas, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Maino, Massachusetts,
Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Mislouri,
New Hampshire, New Jersey, New
York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas,
Utah, Vermont, Virginia, "West Virginia
-twenty-eight out of tho thirty-eight
Itates and*two territories; and this is exclusive
of tho Washington Bars, Wash,
ington Centres, Washington Harbors,
fcnd so on, sprinkled around equally
Everybody must notice bow large a proportion
of men -die now-?-days from
kidney troubles. It has been said that
nearly bnlf of all the diseases of civilization
come directly ofvindirectly from such
cause. And yet it was not even suspected,
physicians say, that the kidneys
were ever ailocted until Dr. Richard
Bright, himself a sufferer (lie died in 1858
In his 60th year(, published his "Original
Researches into the -Pathology of
Diseases of the Kidneys." He was the first
to describe the affection of the kidneys
since associated with liis name. The issue
of his important work wrought a great
change in medical treatment. It explained
many inconsistencies and mysteries
to professional mind, previously ascribed
to dropsy and heart disease,
which really proceeded directly from the
kidneys. For centuries mankind has
been afflicted with various affections of
the kidneys, although until forty or fifty
years ago the most skilful and learned
doctors had no conception of the fact.
The year 1885 witnessed a considerable
falling off in the number and value of
sheep in the United' States. In the first
respect, sheep furnish an exception to
other live stock, which have increased in
some instances twenty-five per cent. In
the second respect, there has been a
great depreciation, the greatest being
that in swine, and the next in sheep.
In the latter the decline has been eleven
per cent, or from an average of $2.14 per
head to one of $1.91 per head. The
aggregate value of live stock is reckoned
for last January at $2,855,151,862, being
a decrease of the figures of the previous
year of $91,266,121. In this aggregate
the value of sheep is placed at $92,448,867,
or less than four per cent, the lowest
in the scale of valuations. Of the wool
growing States, Texas suffered more than
any of the^-others in loss of numbers,
it being at least ten per cent as compared
with the year previous. The States between
the Mississippi and the Ohio lost
considerably, Illinois being the greatest
sufferer. Ohio and Michigan fell onlj
three to four per cent under last year.
With the exception of Iowa, Missouri,
Oregon, Colorado and Texas, all th<
States and Territories west of the Mississippi
add to their number of sheef
one?Nebraska to the extont of twentyper
cent. The present number of sheej
in the United States is reckoned at 48,
322,881, by the Department of Agri
culture, with an average value of $1 0
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Tlie Silver Lining:.
A fisherman sat at his door ono day 1
Watching tho clouds that, heavy and gray, i
Obsburcd tho sunlight's shining; .
And he said to Bright Eyes at his kneo.
"Look yonder out in tho west and soo
Tho cloud with tho silver lining.*'
I think when our skies are cold and gray, I
And wo vainly seek to find tho way,
Somewhere tho lip-lit slihii??r?
If wo bravo'.y resolve to do our part, '
And boar our griefs with a patient heart, t
And free from all repining, t
"Wo shall be led to a higher way, '
To a be tter work than we do to-day, r
And find love's sunlight sliininf n
Fov tmth of spirit and strength of soul t
will make tho darkest cloud unroll c
And show its silver lining.
WISHES AND WORKS- \
A Story of How Three Itoys Invested
Their Money. g
Three little ragged urchins stood before
the iron-barred window of a "Wall ^
street banking house gazing -wistfully a<
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the yellow heaps of gold coins which rose j
among a field of green-backed bills like
golden-rods in a country meadow. It
was late in the afternoon and the busy
; itreet was almost deserted. After feast- ^
(ng their eyes upon the riches for some ^
time in silence one of the lads remarked +
with a little sigh of discontent:
"Say, Billy, don't you wish all that ^
was yours?" t
"Don't I, though," replied William
with an emphasis which left no doubt of
"What would you do with it?" ^
"What would I do with it?" repeated
the boy, after a pause, for the thought of ,
possessing so mucn money was new +o .
him, and he hardly knew just exactly
what he could do with it. "Well, I'd
buy all the candy I could find, and then
wouldn't we have a feast?"
"Feast indeed!" retorted the first
speaker. "That would be a nice way to
spend your money I" ^
"What would you do with it, then, |
"I wouldn't buy any candy. No, sirce.
That would be a baby way to spend ^
money. Men never cat candy. How ,
much candy do you s'pose you could
I '"I dunno," replied Billy. "I believe ^
I could eat all there is in the world. I
never had enough in my life."
''Well, you could buy your candy if
you wanted to, but I'd go to that gun
store 'round the crner and buy some re- <
peating rifles and some revolvers and c
hunting knives and all the ammunition ^
we could carry." I ?
"Then we'd shoot cats," interrupted ^
Billy earnestly. "I know where there c
are more'n a hundred." n
"Shoot cats?" retorted Jimsey indignantly.
"Not I. "We'd try bigger game." ^
"What do you mean, Jimsey-?" asked j.
Billy in a half-whisper, for the mysterious ^
aianner of liis comrade impressed him ^
with something like awe. "Shoot hor- r
?cs and dogs?" ^
"Naw," answorcd Jimscy with, intense
lisgust. "Do you think I am a butcher? .
No, sir; we'd go out on the plains and n
hunt Indians, decrs and buffaloes, like ^
j 'Screaming Sam, the Scorcher' in that
. new story paper. "We'd live in a cave in .
I the mountain?, shoot our > own game,
there's lots of it out there, and we'd make
our own clothes out of skins."
"That would be bully," exclaimed Billy
with enthusiasm, "but how would you
sew our clothes together?"
"That's nothing," replied Jimsey dis- ^
dainfully, as if making clothes out of ^
deer skins was an everyday matter with
him. "You don't have to be a tailor to g
make clothes out of skins. All you have ^
to do is to peel 'em off the decrs, dry 'em
on boards and sew 'em together with antelope
thong'?. Nothing's easier. Then ^
I we'd make our fires by rubbing sticks ^
I tiv? " T>: 11 ?1- '
V,--, uusnubu XJHIJ, >VUU >VU3 UCW in
matters of this sort and had never been a ^
trapper in the far "West, "but if we had
bo much money we could buy matches?"
"Where do you s'posc we'd find 'em? ,
inquired Jimsey with indignation. "Do
you think the plains is up in Ilarlem? ?
Do you think they have grocery stores on
the plains? No, sir-ee. Where we'd t
go no white men have ever been before.
We'd go to Montana or down on the e
Rio Grande. I ain't made up myWnd ^
which. When the Indians attacked tho ^
settlers we'd go to their rescue. We'd ^
cut notches in our guns for every redskin
we laid low. We'd be scouts, Billy,
and when we come home we'd give a
show with some cowboys and real Indians.
We'd wear our hair long and ^
stop at hotels like regular swells." ?
This entrancing description of the 1
pleasures of wealth, while it fascinated r
tho two speakers, produced no effect (
upon the other lad, who had hardly list- ]
rned to what they were saying, so intent ,
was he with his own thoughts. Notic- (
ing his 6ilence Billy asked: j
"Say, Saml wouldn't that be fun?" i
"Yea," he replied; "but I'd rather not 1
leave mother." <
"You wouldn't go West if you had all <
this money?" inquired Billy astonished 1
that any one could have another desire. <
"No, not unless mother and sister ]
could ga too." 1
"They couldn't go of course. Tho 1
plains is only fit for men, not women." <
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I'll stay hero with thera,"re
ilied Snm decisively, "and if I had thi?
noney I'd take it all homo to mother,
md pour it in her lap. I don't believo
lie ever saw so much money in her life.
Vnd my! -wouldn't she laugh?and sister
oo. Then she'd get well right off. I
viiow, Vcause the doctor says money is all
ihc needs. Then I'd buy her some
rapes and oranges like what you sec on J
lie fruit stands, and some coffee and real
nilk, and we'd have meat every da}',
'd buy mother a new calico dress with
ed flowers all over it and a new bonnet
md sister too. And this winter we'd go
lown South where the doctor says mothr
ought to go."
To R.nv flint- flin ntlint. !>? ? ?"
? w..j w viav uifuvt o ?u1vj dul"
jrised at Sum's way of spending the moucy
vould hardly do justice to their feelings*
Hiey were not a little ashamed, too,
or they were unselfish at heart, as most
toys are. But they didn't allow* Sam to
ce what effect his words had upon them,
t was not so, though, with a tall, wellIresscd
gentleman who had stood next
o the boys during their talk and heard
very word of it. When SaniThad finished
ic observed to them kindly:
"So, boys, you would like to have all
his money, would you?"
No one replied, but he didn't seem to
hiuk any was required, for he reached
own into his pocket and drew from it
hree bright half dollars.
"Ilere," he said as he handed them to
he lads, who were specchlcss with asonishment.
"Take these and see how
risely you can spend them."
The boys mechanically took the money
nd with a pleasant smile the gentleman
urncd and walked away.
"Well," exclaimed Jimscy as he rolled
nc coin over in his grimy hands. "This
3 a go, isn't it?"
"It is," replied Billy laconically.
"Here, Sam," remarked the former aa
ic shoved the money into the hoy's hand.
'Here, you take this, you need it more'n
"Take mine, too," cried Billy, as ho
ollowed his friend's example.
Then, as if ashamed at their generosity,
hey both darted into the street and cut
round the corner as though tliej' had
!one something -wrong and were in a
urrv to escape from the consequences.
"Well," observed Sam to himself as a
ard lump came up in his throat, "thoso
oys is good enough almost to be preachrs."?JSreto
The Marquis of Lome, in an article on
'Opportunities for Young Men in Atneria,
written for Youth's Companion, says:
md with what a choice is the young
imerican blessed in regard to his career t
although lie may not look forward to booming
an East Indian nabob, he may
cliieve greater success by cotton plantaions
on the Mississippi or in some fertile
ract of the South than can a modern En^jshman
in India. He may have under
im hundrods of dusky workers, better
ban coolie slaves, because they are now
ree laborers, worthy of their hire. Altiougli
he may not hope to command
ictorious armies waging war in Egypt,
1 China, in Central Asia, or in somo
reen jungle of Africa, he may guide the
arcea of workmen building some magificent
continental railway line, orpiercig
another isthmian canal.
If wc have a fancy for exploration, he
an vie with the Englishman in endcavring
to reach that goal which will probbly
never be reached and climbed cxept
by a white bear, namely, the North
'ole. Ho has the next best chance to
lie bear's for Englishmen have not at
heir back the host of enterprising and
enerous private citizens such as, in the
tates, arc always seeking some new
hing on which to spend their well- j
I have often wondered what I should
o if I were, by some happy magic,
ransformed into an Amercan boy, and
rcre not deprived by the change to
outh of that knowledge of tho world
ian can only gain in after life. Most '
ion of forty would here bo more puzzled J
n the subject of a choice of professions
han are most fortunate youths of that
?eat nation. The temptations are so
lany to pursue almost any career. That
ision of becoming a big railway conractor,
having armies of navvies, and of
ourse making piles of gold, is one most
nticing career, but it needs hard work,
>rain for mathematical study, and a turn
or * civil engineering and mechanical j
:nowledarc. which thinars are not hnrn
vith every man.
The Last Shot.
Nap. Casby fired the last gun of the
var on the Confederate side in Gen. Lee's
irmy. At the time of the surrender of
Appomattox the Federals and Confeder>tes
were draxm up in lines facing each
>tner, and but a fevr feet apart. Tho
jitter were almost starved, having been
without food for several days. "While
,hc terms of surrender were being adjusted,
some very good hogs came along
icar tho line, and, as soon as discovered
)y Cosby, lie raised his gun and shot one |
>f them. The shoaling of the animal I
jreatcd intense excitement for a brief
;imc, as it was generally supposed that a
conflict had been opened by the two opposing
forces. The facts soon became
cnown, and Casby was allowed to take
lis "forage" for the benefit of himself
ind friends.?Bultimore American,
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: CANARY BIRDS. n
A. Dealer Tells How to Raise '
Suggesting: that They he Made a Sourco 1
of Profit to Poor Women.
"I um surprised that many poor wo- ,
men who are unab'.e to do hard work do <
not go into the business of raising cana- i
ries," said a dealer iu pets with a wise <
shake of the head. "It is comparatively '
easy work and, if conducted on a sulliciently
large scale, as it can be in almost '
j any dwelling liouro, will yield a far more :
comfortable support than can be earned 1
from many kinds of labor in wliicli wo- \
j men engage. Why, this is one of the i
! principal methods of making a living <
among the poor of the Ilart/, Mountains. <
The peasants raise the birds in wooden i
cages and apparently with little trouble. <
Probably the chief reason why American 1
women who undertake to raise a few ca- 1
oaries as a matter of diversion arc unsuc- i
cessful is owing to their superior ideas of I
cleanliness. Unlike the worthy dames of !
the German mountains tlicy are intoler- j
ant of the necessary litter and accumula- j
lion of filth in the cages during the peri- i
od of incubation. They disturb and mo- i
lest the nesting birds to cleanse their <
cages and thus prevent the eggs from i
44What kind of birds are best for (
breeding purposes? Well, you know i
there are many varieties of canaries. * In <
my way of thinking the short, sweet- '
I voiced German canary is the best. The i
pair should bo opposite in color, one ?
green and the other bright yellow. Ca- ]
naries from the same family should never i
be mated. If they are the birds raised <
from them will be puny and of no ac- 1
Luum.. me icmaio wiu lay lroin three 1
to live eggs. I have seen six eggs in a 1
nest. The bird will begin to sit when I
the lirst egg is laid. The eggs will hatch 1
one each day just as they were laid in ]
j from twelve to fourteen days. The old i
birds should be fed on eggs boiled for <
half an hour and mixed with bread 1
crumbs or grated cracker two or three 1
days before the time for the eggs to be- j
gin hatching. This food should be given 1
till the young birds are six weeks old, <
but when they are three weeks old they <
are ready to leave the nest and can be i
separated from the old ones. They can i
soon be taught to eat seed by scattering <
it on the bottom of their cages. As soon
as they begin to sing the males should be
separated from the females, so that no
mistakes can be made when taking them
to a buyer."
"What is the best kind of seed for canaries?"
"Sicily canary and German rape seed. 1
Some breeders also use India millet and 1
Turkish mace in the proportion of four (
parts of Sicily to three of rape seed, two
nf m;ilnt ri 1
I vta lUAtivv uuu unu ui lllUUUt VATtllin linporters,
however, use two parts of rape
to one of Sicily, and. give the birds no 1
other seed. I mix my seed half and half, 1
Sicily and rape seed. Hemp seed should ^
never be given except when the bird has 1
lost appetite from sickness, as it creates '
fat, which is fatal to its song. There '
should always be eutt lofish bone in the 1
caije. Sand likewise should either be
sprinkled on the floor or in the seed. '
"A regular time to clean the cage and J
forgiving the birds fresh water for bath- 1
ing and drinking is almost a necessity 1
for their health. Many birds if neglect- '
ed beyond their usual time will keep up *
an incessant calling and scolding until (
attended to. Canaries have wonderfully
retentive memories, and neither forget !
any one to whom they are attached nor 1
anything to which they have been accustomed.
A small yellow fellow I know
had been allowed to lly about his mistress'
sleeping apartment. He had become
expert in unfastening his cage door
and letting himself out and in at his own
fancy. Ilis mistress, during an absence
of several weeks, left him in care of
friends, who kept his cage door securely
tied. On her return he was taken home
one evening. The gas was burning. He
watched sharply when the string that
had so long barred his passage from behind
the wires was unloosed, apparently
distrustful that his liberty was to be given
to him again. When he considered
himself unnoticed he deftly unlatched
the door and flew to the top of the dress
ing case, where ho sat blinking with the
solemnity of an owl. c
"They've all got different dispositions 1
?just like people, too?and different J
tastes about their eating. Some of 'em >
have really diabolical tempers, and if en- I
raged at any one will scold, open their t
mouths and spread their wings, and generally
announce their displeasure when- t
ever the offending individual approaches t
their domain. Some are specially fond c
of some kinds of food or fruit that others <
will not touch. One peculiarly fastidious
canary that I have will not eat any- t
thing having pepper on it or take a f
mouthful of a green one. Another ex- i
cecrlmgly voracious one will devour n t
good-sized green pepper inside of an t
"What other food should bo given ca i
"In winter pieces of apple, but not con- t
stantly. The birds are fond of celery f
tops. In summer it is safe to give them t
almost any kind of edible green stuff? t
lettuce, endive.' chickweed. crreen mua- t
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;ard, spinach, cabbage, and seeded headsl
>f green grasses. A small piece of fat'
jeef or fat salt pork should occasionally
jo placed in the cagc\ Canaries like
^reen peas and will readily pick them out
)f slightly broken pods."?Chicago Ncica.
An Asian California.
A letter from St. Petersburg in tho
Journal dcs Debuts gives an interesting
description of the new California, as the
new gold mines discovered in the valley
:>f the Djolgute river arc called. This
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runcy is upon tlie Chinese bank of the
(Vnioor, opposite the Russian colony of
rgnachino and, as the soil is very marshy
md there arc 110 roads, it is accessible only
in winter. Gold was lirst discovered
there in May, 1884, and it soon attracted
i great many adventurers, the earliest
comers being Russian deserters and escaped
convicts from Siberia, and by the
month of January in last year there was a
colony of 9,000 Russians, the total having
been very much increased since, while
there arc also about G,000 Chinese and 150
(ulvcnturers of di Here lit nationalities, the
last named of whom have joined the Russians,
the organization of the colony being
altogether Russian. The gold-finders
ire divided into 722 artels (small groups)
of workmen, all of whom are absolutely
equal. These artels elect 12 elders (starchina)
who do not work themselves, but
superintend the diggings, and receive a
salary of 200 rubles a month. They arc
selected from among the dealers in gold1
ind tavern-keepers, and form a sort ol
district police corps. They do not meet
with any interference from the Chinese
authorities in this remote valley, the laws
of which are very simple but severe, the
IV^nnlfv nf rlnnfli
L -j vr? illUll^bUU 1UI LIlL'illing
at play, for adulterating the gold-dust
3r for theft; while flogging is inflicted
for drunkenness during the hours of la.
l>or or for bringing females into the cololy.
Since the foundation of the colony
there have l>cen only three murders and
two inflictions of the death penalty, a
Russian having been hanged for adulterating
the gold dust, and a Jew flogged to
leatli for having spread false news as tc i
the approach of a body of Russian troops
tioping thereby to send down the price of
Ljold owing to the panic. There arc 27
taverns in the colony, and, owing to the |
competition, the 'prices are not high, ex- |
cept for spirits. The gold fields, which j
ure 25 miles in length by 3 miles broad, i
fire said to be very rich, and seven pounds j
of gold are obtained from 82 hundred j
weight of gravel, even with the primitive
mode of washing adopted there.
Writing for Twenty-Six Honrs.
In LippincotVi Magazine Julian Ilaw
thorne says that he remembers that on
one occasion he wrote for twenty-six consecutive
hours without pause. The Chicago
Noes relates the circumstances un:ler
which the feat was accomplished:
"We remember to have heard Mr. Ilaw
tliorno say that this was during his residence
in London shortly after he had entered
upon a literary carccr. lie had
agreed to have a story done by a certain
hour on a certain day, and, as is very
lpt to be the way with young men, he
bad put off the work until the eleventh
tiour. Then, confronted by the unconv
promising fact that he must do th< [
ivork or lose his money, he set himself al I
the task with all his might and main.
lie started in at 9 o'clock one morning j
Mid stuck hard at work until nearly noon
the next day. He says he found no dif. :
5culty in writing after the first hour; hi( !
thoughts came freely and his hand work? ,
;d mechanically. He remembers that i
when he finished the story he became
iwnrc that his little children were play- ;1
ing about the room where he had been ,
writing; he neither saw nor heard them ;1
while he was at worK, and now they
ooked more like shadows than real,
tangible forms. He did not feel particuarly
worried, but his brain seemed to bo i
strangely confused; so, instead of going
A) bed, as a man naturally would think of
loing, he put on his hat and overcoat i
ind set out for a long walk. lie re* i
nained out of doors until dusk; then,
lpon his return home, he ate a light supicr,
drank two bottles of ale and went
;o bed. The bodily exercise had cleared ;
lis head, his brain was as cool and quiet ;
is could be wished, and he slept cigli,een
hours as souudly and peacefully as a
Hands Reveal Habits.
In an article on hands in CasselVa Mag*
izine, the writer says that the sleight-ofland
professor is a man of long fingers.
K. conjurer with a'slow and chubby hand
vould betray the awful secrets or the
>lum-r?uddincr that is taken frnm th?
lepths of your best hut.
Hands reveal habits, occupations,
rades. A crop of them rises at the
;hought,.like the show thrust up from a
jrowd in honor of a candidate after an
ilection spcech. ,
There is the carpenter's, with the broad
humb, and those of the fraternity of
lour, ingrained mealy and white; the
nusician's, with the powerful wrist and
he fingers delicate, sensitive and agile to
he last-degree; the hand of the scam
itress, with an honorable little bit of nutncg-gratcr
on the first finger that works
io hard; of the scientific man, who lee- '
,ures to explain mysteries to lower mor- 1
,als, and whose exactitudoof touch is
;he image of his mental precision, whilo
;he nervous stretch of his fingers corre. i
inonds with his tension of mind.
Again, as evening drawoth nigh, *
My soul most sadly needs thee;
Again, to ea-so my heart with song,
My poet fancy leads me;
Again tho sun sinks down to rest,
All wrapped in glorious splendor;
Again thy voice falls on my ear
In accents low nii?l tender.
Again, as in the glad old time,
Thy hand I'm fondly pressing;.
Again I note with rapture sweet
Thy manner so caressing;
Again the evening's slipping by
On wings of eruul llootness;
Again I press thy rosy lips,
And sij> their dewy sweetness
Again into thy hazel eyes
The lovelight's softly stealing;
Again I see thy bosom swell,
The tv.lo of love revealing;
Again thy face looks up to inino,
With love past all expressing;
Ajrain upon thy gracious head
I cravo God's richest blessing.
?E. V. Cavcll.
A pen picture?A fat pig.
lloops are still in fashion?on flour v
The blacksmith secures prosperity by
jeing always on the, strike.
You never found a tiilor who thought
A*ell of Cupid. There's no money in
Tlie farmer is more seriously affected
.han anybody else when everything goes
igainst the grain.
There is some appropriateness in speakJig
of a lady's bonnet as "just killing""
n these days. It is chiefly made up of
A number of Philadelphia ladies have
iormed an association to do mending for
jaclielors. It is conjectured that they
"sew" that tlicy may "reap."
The man who thought he could grow
arise by eating saire cheese, was own
arother to the one who believed he could
ive on the milk of human kindness.
On a card in a Philadelphia street car
,s a great truth thus succinctly stated :
"Advertising is a great deal like making
tave to a widow?it can't be overdone."
The people of the United States use
150,0000,000 steel pens annually. A
targe number of them arc employed in
discussing the battle of Shiloli and writing
novels by Ilugli Conway.
"Can't you give us something with a
stick in it? asked Mr. Smartie, putting a
quarter on the soda fountain and wiukng
knowingly. "Oh, certainly," said
;he polite attendant, and he wrapped up
i bottle of mucilage and swept the coin
nto the drawer.
"Say, Mr. Gogglescope, what do you.
.'omc to our house so ofteu for?" Gogglejcope
j-ou must ask your sister Clara that
when she comes into the parlor?just ask
ner." "Well, I did, and she said she'd
oc blest if she knew."
General ISncll nntl the Six-Footer.
On one occasion near Cave Spring he
(General Buell) ordered the men kept
*way from a fine spring, but the guard
was overrun by thirsty men, and Buell
rode with his stern, oflifcial dignity to tho
spring to stand guard himself. He woro
at the time a little straw hat and his fa- ?
kiguc uniform. A large, energetic sixfooter
came up very thirsty and impaliont
to fill his canteen. He rubbed
against Buell as he passed and stepped
with one foot in the water to fill his cup.
Buell said quietly, but decidedly, "Take
pour foot out, sir." Still stooping, tho
six-footer looked up and said: "You po
to Greenland's icy mountains. I don't
want any quartermaster's clerk ordering
me around." .For a moment the commander
of the Army of the Ohio was
stunned by the unexpected reply. Then
lie said quietly, but emphatically: "General
Buell orders you to take your foot?
out?of?that?water." The man gave
the General a glance of unmistakable admiration
and said quickly: "L'll do it,
Bir. If General Buell would order me to
jump head tirst into a cannon I would do
It. Out comes the foot. Why didn't
you say so before?" This reply bothered
the General a good deal, but he said *
The Use of Natural Gas.
It is said that the use of natural gas at
Pittsburg, Penn., for manufacturing purposes,
is so general as to remove from th*
city its dirty and smoky appearance. In.
stead of smoke pouring forth in clouds,
the sky is clear. The gas costs 20 pet
cent, less than coal. Tho profits of the
busintyss are immense. One company ha?
a capital of $5,000,000 invested, and its
revenue is $1,500,000 a year, affording
dividends of 1 per cent, per month,
whilfi ft frnnt. RlimlllS is lloin<y hnannd v?v*
? i ?
Some wells have been yielding gas from
fifteen to twenty-five years, and are still
supplying all that is required of them.
The Biscuits Were Heavy.
At the tea table:
Phasccius?"My dear, I have a suggest
tion to offer."
Lavina?"Well, what is it, pray?"
I'nasecius?"it is tnat wo have these
biscuits adorned with painted decoration*
of Japanese design, apply for a copyright
and get some wholesale stationer dow?
town to introduce them to the trade aa S
Mikado paper weights. "What do you
But she was silent.?Detroit Free Pro**,