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Always to-morrow ami u.?ver to-day.
fco the wiut r wears till the bloom of May?
Yet what is a month more or lo.-w/" you say.
But, as A'ay goes over the purpling hill,
You lead before and I follow still
from end to end of the mouths, until
My passion w.-nrs, with the autumu weather.
To the very end of iis tender tether;
for, never apart, yet never together,
"We wulk as wo walked in tbo bloom of May;
But at Inst your "to-morrow" is my
.When "what is a mouth more or less?" I say.
?Norcth. Perry in Independent
A last farewell?A shoemaker giving
up his business.
Yoked garments are much worn?By
Joxen. They are gored.
Atmde union?A marriage between
(business rivuls to promote trade.
Sehoolmarm to little J >sie: "Where
:is the North pole?" "At the top of the
The tailors and dressmakers are the
individuals who dwell most on the eternal
fitness of things.
"Nerve food" is advertised. This is
the kind of food the man eats who wants
to occupy two scats in a crowded rail- !
A little girl calling with her mother
at a new house where the walls were
not yet papered, exclaimed: "What ,
a bald-headed house, mammal"
Some western papers look with horror j
on the use of the word "woman" in re- <
spectable society. One of them recently
chronicled the finding of a "lad'ys <
"Here, you," howled a customer at
* a restaurant to the waiter; "can't you s
see that I don't wear laceshoes?" "Yes, J
sir." "Well, then, whut do you mean o
by bringing me this shoestring in my t
soup? Take this back just as quick as o
you can and bring me a plate of soup t
with a button hook in it." 1 c
Itobber Milk. v
f The method of treatment for congeal. c
lng rubber milk in the Para district is as
i Small cups arc attached to the trees, ! jj
and, when filled with juice, are emptied 0
into tin pails of a certain size, having p
closed lids, the cups being again at- h
tachcd to the trees. After going the B]
round of the trees, the contents of this n
pail are emptied into another a size larger t
and so on, till the covered pail of largest p
size is nued and ready to be strapped on !
to the saddle of a mule for removal. By u
this plan the natives are saved the trou- n,
ble of condensing and preparing "the fc
milk for market, by smoking. The large r(
can of rubber milk, on arriving at the al
magaain is emptied into a bath of water, "V
the temperature of the water best suited tc
to the rubber being a matter of .experience.
The lumps of rubber that form fc
in the bath are immediately pressed into ' 0j
thin, flat sheets and carefully wiped, j w
By this means the acid is forced out ol w
the cells or pores in the lump, thus pre- ht
venting the so-called "rotten" appear- tl1
ance. The author is of opinion that the th
African rubbers yielded by the Landol-1 at
phias, prepared in this manner, will pro-' Fi
duce a strong rubber. The African rub- In
bers now sent here do not yield, when an
strained and cleaned, more than 80 per < fr?
cent, to 65 per cent, of pure rubber J qc
gum, owing to the natives adulterating : CI
with sawdust,, bark dust, etc., to over* ca
come the inconveniences of the sticki- re;
ness of the juice. The amount of resin at
in milk varies largely. of
Killing nn Alligator.
A gentleman who spends his winter ia ^
Florida told the writer the following ^
story on himself: "Coming down to the .
bank of the bayou one afternoon I saw
an alligator sunning its ugly carcass in ,.
my way and sent a bullet into the vulnerable
spot under its shoulder. The
reptile stirred lnzily and slid oil into the
water. Amazed at the slight effect ^
produced I went away in disgust. A)
I paddled about the next day in my
boat near the spot I discovered the same
alligator in the same spot on the bank ^
and directly in front of it a wild turkey.
I wanted the fowl for my supper and I ^?J
disliked to think the alligator had ^
beaten me. Poising my rifla I hesitated ^
an instant between the demands of pride
and appetite, and, deciding to kill the ^
'gator, banged away. The turkey flew
off with a screech and the 'gator never ^
budged. By this time I was 'madder 80
than a batten' aud paddled up to 'stir ,tr
up' bis laziness, when a rcckless poke an<
revealed that I had been shooting a Pa
dead carcass. The shot of the day be* ow
lore had got in its work and the aliigator
had crawled out (as is their habit) *n
to die in the sun. Then I wished I had
hot at the turkey."?Detroit Free Preu. ^
quicker Than Wall Street. 1
"No, I wasn't clcaned out in Wall ^
street," he replied, as he choked back a I
heavy sigh. "Wall street was too slow
forme. I got my $7000 on a Monday; ^
on Tuesday I invested in a short-horn ^
bull; on Wednesday morning I got up ^
and found that ho had been kicked to
r by a $40 horse." re?
"Did you have anything left?" W
"Only about $15, and I p; id that to i
fellow to kill the old h >rse a: d h ul both * ^
bodies to tho woods."? Wall Slrcet Nnet.' off
i/Z_ ;>y,$y .
A CHAPTER ON SHOES
A Pair Tor a New York Belle
that Cost $100.
Various Other Faots of Interest About
New and Old Shoes.
"Ar.; there many queer shaped shoes
mndi ?" u New York Mail and Express
reporter a?ked a shoe dealer.
"Lots of 'era," was the reply. "We
make quite a business of shoes for erin
pies. You'd be surprised nt the number
of people whose underpinnings require
building up on one order or the
other. Some limbs are shortened from
hubit of standing, but usually disease,
nccident or prenatal deformity is the
cause. Cork cut up in thin layer* makes
up the lining of the thick soles. It i.s
light and thus prepared pos^e-"scs the
requisite elasticity. We mako corksoled
shoes for men who do not possess
uneven lengths in lower limbs. Staunch
old business men who have learned the
value of keeping their fc::t dry wear
cork-soled shoes in winter. Now and
then a little man who is ambitious and
disgruntled because so short that the
crowd overlooks him comes to us to be
boosted up. We have made cork-soled
shoes for actors who play robust tragic
parts and lack in stature that the part
sails for. Minister} also who are somewhat
abbrevia.ed come to us to be shod
io that their pulpit presence will be more
mposing. Half an inch on the bottom
af a man's foot make3 a vast difference.'
"Isn't the custom shoe trade falling
Dff on account of the low priccs for
fvrhich the factory shoe is sold?"
"Not at all. So long as there is a de
ire lor comfort on the part of those
lossessed of money, and so long as feet
ire made in different moulds, the cusom
trade will be as good as ever. There
.re men who would go barefoot rather
ban wear a factory-made shoe. They
ould not do it if tney wanted to. I supiosc
we have 500 customers for whom
rc keep special lasts that are perfect
ounterparts of their pedal extremities
a form at least. Bits of leather take
tie place of great-toe joints and painful
unions. When a man gets a shoe made
vcr a last like that the 'breakiug-in*
rocess looses its terrors. The tendency
1 men's shoes is toward common-sense
aapes. Broad low heels and fairly wide
funded toes are the most sought for.
'he box too is a thing of the past,
ointed toes are only worn in patent
lather dress shoes, and they are not so
Itra as two Or tlireo vnnrs nirn
t alone in their dress for comfort or
>ot-gear, although some of them have
>ws of shining half-worn shoes standing
ong the mop-boards of their chambers,
fomen are becoming very good cus>mcrs
of the order-made shoes."
"Twelve to fifteen dollars is the limit
>r a gentleman's shoe. I kow of a pair
" ladies' shoes on exhibition in a Broaday
window that will bring $100. They
ere made for a Murray Hill belle, who
is a pretty foot and an equally attracire
pocketbook. They are made, save
ie" soles, of plain black satin. Rhine
ones set in solid silver form tVin
reucli heels are still worn in dress shoes,
it New York women do an immense
nount of walking and have learned
urn their English sisters that they cau- ,
it do it in narrow, high-heeled shoes,
lildren and old ladies wear what are
lied 'spring heels.' They are in
ility so far as the eye can see no heels
all. Many girls of 15 wear this style 1
shoe. When you see a lady whose ,
dk is tho poetry of motion you can put
r down as wearing low-heeled, broadled
foot covering. There was quite a
ide last winter and the winter before 1
skating shoes. These are broad heel, '
ieral soles, tight calfskin shoe with ]
;ht lacc tops. Roller skating has de- '
ned, but ice-skating will doubtless bo '
>re popular than ever if the mercury 1
es low enough between now and 1
irch. The high lace tops arc a great (
pport to the ankle, besides looking t
rticularly neat. >
Sixteen cents per diem prison contract t
>or, aided by split leather uppers and 1
per filled soles, has brought ready- t
ide shoes down to a price that places *
jm within the reach of all. Some of *
;m, fair to see, sell for as low a figuro *
$1. This class of shoe and the ca9t- | c
made-to-ordcr shoes of those who c
l afford such luxuries are principally *
d in middle basement Bhops in Baxter *
eet, tho Bowery, First, Sicond, Sixth ^
-? A<ium uicuui-9. piunv gcc into the '
tvnshopa during the summer when their ^
ncrs put on their Oxford ties, and the 11
ond-liand dealers pick them up at c
average price of $1 a pair. Only well ^
served shoes are accepted at pawn- *
>ps, and these the dealer can double his ^
ney on. o
v great many old shoes are gathered j
by the rag pickers. They are purised
for a song and repaired by the
ond-hand dealer's workmen,
ckened, and in the dimly-lighted ^
sements present a very fair appearance,
ere are thousands of persons kept
ly all the year around in New York 0
airing and putting new soles on shoes 8
ose owners are active men. Twenty
es a day is a small average for a
Tins? person, and twenty miles a day
ir New York flagstones soon polishes
a vast amount of sole lcr.thcr. t
pv'--V:' . r V/ 'V . .
A Snow-Shoe ltuiiner's Feats.
If not the swiftest, it was universall
conccdcd that, even up to the time <
Ins death, Thompson was tho most e:
pert snow-shoe runner in the Sierra N<
vada Mountains. At Silver Mountaii
Alpine County, Cal., in 1870, when li
was forty-three years of age, h<j ran
distanee of 1000 feet in twenty-one se<
onds. There were mnnv snow-shncrs r
that place, but in (luring Thompson sui
passed tlieni all. Near the town was
i?ig mountain, where the people of th
place were wont to assemble on brigl:
days in winter, to the number of tw
or three hundred. The ordinary snow
shocrB would go part way up the moun
tain to where there was a bench, an>
then glide down beaten path. Thi
was too tame for Thompson, lie woult
make a circuit of over a mile, and com
out on the top of the mountain. Who
he appeared on the peak he would giv
one of his wild High-Sierra whoops
poise his balance-pole, and dart dowi
the face of the mountain at lightnin?
speed, leaping all the terraces from to]
to bottom, and gliding far out on thi
level before halting.
Snow-shoe Thompson seldom per
formed any feat for the mere name anc
fjltnn nf ilnin n ..li 1
v*vi*4- tfc Uiiiu Ulb auu UUIi 11*.
thing. Yet W. P. Merrill, postmaste;
at Woodford's, Alpine County, write:
mc as follows in 6peaking of some o:
Thompson's achievements: "He at one.
time went back to Genoa, on a mountain,
on his snow-shoes, and made a jump ol
180 feet without a break." This seem!
almost incredible, but Mr. Merrill is t
reliable man, and for many years Thompson
was his near neighbor, and a regulai
customer at his store. Thompson doubtless
made this fearful leap at a placc
where he would land in a great drift ol
soft snow. I spoke of tins feat to Mr.
C. P. Gregory, formerly Thompson's
neighbor in the mountains,but at present
a resident of Virginia City, Nevada, and
he answered that although he had
never heard of that particular leap he
did not doubt what Mr. Merrill said.
"I know," said Mr. Gregory, "that
at Silver Mountain he often made cleai
jumps o' fifty and sixty feet."?Overland.
11 Vq m rt rrtlr nn'V Il??
' oiiiiii vn uuu 1113
Apropos of the man of blood and iron,
a characteristic anecdote is being told
just now. When a younger and less
known man lie one autumn secured a
a suite of rooms without first inspecting
them. On installing himself in them, he
at once noticed that there was no bell in
the apartment which he made his stndy
and work room, and sending for tho
landlord he askod him to supply tho
omission. "But," returned tho landlord,
14 Herr Von Bismarck has already
taken the rooms the way they arc, and it
is he who must supply any deficiencies
which may seem to him to exist." "Oh,
that is your answer, is it?" inquired the
chancellor. "Precisely so," answered
his host as he retired with a low bow.
Scarcely five minutes later the shnrp,
short sound of a pistol shot was honrd in
the chancellor's room, and just as the
landlord rushed breathless into the
apartment, Bismarck raised his hand,
fired off the revolver that was in it a second
time, point blank at the opposite
wall. "Oh, its all right, landlord," he
Baid to the amazed man; 'Tm only letting
my servant know I want him." Before
the sun set that day a bell hanger
had hastily hut effectually supplied
Herr Yon Bismarck's apartments with
the bells that had been lacking.?Lonion
Speed of Typo Writers.
A person can learu the keyboard on &
type writer in three or four days so as to
run the alphabet rapidly, provided he
practices three hours a day. On the
ceyboard the letters that are used the
noat are placed close to each other, the
etter "e" being the one most used. Af;er
three or four weeks' practice n person
:an write on a type writer faster than by
he ordinary method. Expert type
vriters can write 8000 words an hour on
he machine, the average being about
1800 words per hour. In a contest in
his office a few years ago a trial was hod
A AAA * * ~ * *
v ovv nuu uuuiu wruo tue most la one
lour from dictation, the writing being
lone in ''long hand." Mr. 8'jlby, the
ilerk of this office, was the successful
me, having written 1750 words in the
iour. This is the fastest on record in
his office, and the man with his type
vriting machine who can write 8000
vords during the same period has the
Iccidcd advantage, Besides he does
lot become tired so quickly, but can
ontinue at the work for a long time.
Phe man who writes 'rom 1G00 to 1700
vords an hour by "long hand" can only
lo so for that one hour, when he i?
bliged to atop for a rest.?tit. Lovi*
Owned a Wliolo By>ck?
1Hiajor Blueberry, do you see that old,
>roken down bootblack over yonderf'
"Yes; what about himf"
"You'd hardly believe me if I said h?
mce owned a whole block on Fourth
treet, would youf"
"Well, no. It seems incredible."
"What block was It!"
"An old meat block. He was a butchr
there."?F" ' *.'< Whip.
A Duck Farm.
I- There is a huge duck farm near Sou
Easton, Mass., which last year mudc
record that was commented upon i
... over the country, and attracted much i
, terest. James liankin is the owner
lc the enterprise. This year he attain giv
0 his yearly record, and the metter
... worth reading. He says:
it ' 'We have got out. the present seasi
. some 7000 ducks, chicks and gosling
a Over 2000 ducklings have already goi
c to market. Wo have 1000 of tl
1. -? - -
vuuiunv rcservcu ior brcsdii
purposes, 500 of which aro t
ready engaged at priccs considcrab
ubovo' their market value. The max
mum priccs obtained for ducklings we
9 30 ccnts per pound; the minimum, !
j cents; the average, about 21 ccnt
c Careful estimates and repeated expe:
n mcnts have convinced us that ducks ct
e bo put upon the market at a cost to tl
: grower of not over 5 cents per pount
? As these ducklings, when carefully fct
t are ready for market when nine or t?
weeks old, it follows that threo montl
G from the time when the machines ai
filled with eggs the ducklings arc pi
. upon the market at a profit of over 40
1 per ccnt. on all investments,
j "Wo sell principally to large retai
r ing firms, and they have told v
3 repeatedly that our artificiall
f grown ducks aro the best fattc
; and plumpest birds in the Boston market
, that they will pay us 2 cents per poun
[ more than they pay for other stock, an
i that they will not order elsewhere so Ion,
i as we can supply them, so that in orde
. to sell our ducks we simply have to n
: main at home and fill all the orders w
"We wintered the past season 15
J ducks, with the proper comnlement r
drakes. Those ducks commenced lnyin,
^ January 1, and up to a recent date, hay
furnished us with 18,400 eggs, or a littl
more than 123 eg-s each. Our youn;
ducks, hatched March 15, commence*
laying August 1, and have been luyitij
ever since. "NVe arc getting quite a bas
ketof eggs daily from these young ducks
Of the 18,400 eggs above referred to
some four thousand of them we used
purposes of incubation, and the res
were sold at remunerative prices fo
others to hatch. Many of our orders w
were quite unable to fill. Many complaii
of losing their ducklings through weak
ncs3 in their legs and in ability to stand
This, we think,is owing to too highly con
centrated food. The natural food of thi
duck in its wild state is grass anc
lish of all kinds. This can be sup
plemented by a grain diet composed o
equal parts of good wheat, bran ant
corn-meal, with plenty of vegetables o
all kinds?potatoes, turnips, beets, cab
bage, etc. We fed one bushel of cookec
turnips per day throughout the entin
winters of 1885 and 1880 mixed wit!
J meal, shorts and beef scrap*.
"Ducks will not thrive on an exclu!
sive grain diet. They arc grass-feelers,
! requiring a larger quantity of food thai:
hens, but are not particular as to quality.
We grow our young ducks in yards ol
about 10 by 100 feet in extent, putting
100 in each yard. It is absolutely necessary
to confine them thus, as they will
not only run their flesh off, but will
greedily cat all manner of insects, which
they do not stop to kill, and too often
pay the ponalty with their lives.
"We give water regularly, the same aa
food, and only sufficient for them to
drink. Shade is essential. It is astonishing
to see how ducks and apple, pear
and plum trees harmonize. The ducks
| thrive upon the insects,shade and falling
leaves, ana so enrich the ground that
the trees arc loaded with large, fair
fruit. Our ducklings dress upen an average
of five pounds' at nine weeks old,
so that we usually grow two and some"
times three crops of them on the same
land each season. These yards are
plowed up and reseeded with grass and
rye in the fall, the crop, of course, disinfecting
the ground, besides furnishing
green food for the ducklings during the
early spring. We feed largely during
the summer on green coi n fodder, which
is cut up fine. The young birds not
only fatten on it readily, but seem to
n i 1- -
c.jvj *1. jiugeiy, especially the stock.
We are careful not to feed more than tho
birds will cut clean, and if too much is
fed gather up the residum. Our losses
with ducklings have not averaged more
than one per ccnt. for the last two years,
and that mostly by accident."
Fortune Hunters Iii Washington.
A Washington letter to the Boston
Traveller says: There is not the slightest
doubt but that there are more fortuno
hunters of both sexes to the squaro inch
of Washington than in any
other city of tho country, but
it.is hardly probable that thoX
have banded themselves together. However
it is the l*OMin r?f tlm /?!i?l?a
? O 1- ? '?
precious little information can be gotten
out of any ono about its .members or
membership. The most successful of all
tho fortune hunters aro tho young officers
of the army and navy, who come
hero and dazzle the girls with their
bright uniforms, but even they aro taken
in occasionally. One of these days, perhaps,
we shall read the ' "Confessions of a
Fortune Hunter,w but it is tolerably sure
that it will not come from the pen of o I
man who has married exactly as he desired.
CLIPPINGS FOR THE CURIOUS,
n An Iowa insurance company has ofTerc*
ill $200 for the best plan for a tornad
?f There arc fifteen men under the age o
thirty years in Portland, O egon, wh
is are worth over $1,000, ? 00 each.
In Northern Asia now they aromakinj
3a whiskey out of reindeer milk, which i
rich in alcohol.
I At Quean Victoria's table there ar
three servants to every six guests. Whei
the meal is finished her Majesty is tb
, first to leave the room.
A potato and carrot firmly grown to
ro gether, so that it i3 impossible to tel
L5 where the potato begins and tho carro
ends: is one of the vegetable freaks cxhibitcd
by a St. Joseph County, (Ind.]
i0 The Theatre of Marcellas in nncien
1. Rome was capable of holding 20,00<
I ! onnffof1* ?? - ' ?'
, | At was uxoriress ill the mid
;n ' die ages, and subsequently passed int<
ia j the possession of the Orsini family. Oulj
0 a few arches of it now remain.
it j The making of fine cloth in England
10 is due to Edward III., who invited c
j great many of of the skillful Flemish
I- . weavers to settle in England. Before
is this time all the fine English wool wai
d A genius with a taste for statistics has
figured out that the average newspapei
d j writer makes 4,000,000 strokes with his
d j pen each year, or a line 300 miles long,
g j A rapid penman draws his pen throuerb
r 10 1-2 feet every minute. In forty
minutes bis pen travels a furlong.
e A steam barge has been built at Sufq
folk, Va., which is 107 feet long, 22 1-2
^ feet beam and eight feet depth of hold.
It will carry 200.000 feet of lumber ou
six feet draught, and has two masts,
e ^ schooner rigged, to be used as auxiliary
. power when wind is favorable.
.j j In ancient Athens the doors of each
g ! house opened outward into the street,
' and such was the inherent politeness of
! ( of the Athenian that whenever any one
of them wished to come out of his house
J. he always knocked very loudly first on
^ his own door, lest pas?ers-by would be
knocked down when the door waa
1 How Sioux Juveniles Break Ponies.
The Sioux, like many otlur Indians of
* ; the plains, are bred from infancy to
, handle horses. When but papooses they
0 j are hung on the saddle bo w, and I have
* ! frequently seen them, when not more
than five or six years of age, girls as well
' , B8 boys, riding their ponies like mad at
* I full gallop. The mnnner of subduing a
1 pony I have often witnessed on the plains,
" and one who now visits the Sioux In*
dians in their Dakota reservation may
5 find children similarly employed in
1 | breaking colts. The boys and girls take
j together a young colt when only three or
. lour months old and begin with him. A
' j lari it is tied Indian fashion with a slip
' noose to the under jaw. A small bundle
is then placed upon the colt's back, or
^ the children arrange a pair of light tre'
j vice poles over the colt's shoulders, let(
ting the ends drag on the ground; then
^ the poles are tied to his buck, and at'
tached to a wicker work platform or
L | basket and a weight is placed in it.
Sometimes in place of a weight, throe or
four dogs are placed in the wicker and
1 very often the children get in. The f
colt runs and plunges and kicks in all
directions, then lies down and rolls over.
Sometimes three or four children will
j climb upon his back, ' and by and by
' puch a tumbling scene is witnessed as
j would make ever}' boy and girl reader of
the American Agriculturist cry with
laughter?the children flying one way |
and blankets the other.
Old-Tlmo Way of Keeping Apples. I
j At a recent meeting of the Kentucky (
, State Horticultural Society, an old memj
ber told how forty years ago the farmers j
| used to keep apples fresh and crisp until j
i June. Their mode was to put the fruit \
! up in banks just as many now save sweet ,
potatoes at the South. At timo of har- j
o a * ~ ' 1 '
I iwv a o | t\jw Ul IWLJIJ, WBIl UHUOeU Jan(l '
was selected upon which to bank the )
j apples. Here was scooped out a sort of \
i Baucer-shaped bottom, upon which, after
covering with an inch or so of straw, was '
! piled the apples, covering the same with j
some six or eight inches of straw, and
then with enough earth to keep out the
frost; not unfrequently, however, cover- j
ing the whole with a layer of sods to
protect tlio same from washing. A hole ^
was opened on the south side of the bank ,
( during the winter when apples were re- |
quired, as much fruit takon out as was
' needed and the hole closed up sccure as
The Spout Ins of Whales.
Whales do not spout w iter. They
spout vapor or breath. When a whale
spouts his "spout hole," as whalers call
! it, is always ubovo water. The enorj
mous volumo of the whale's breath, exI
nnl 1a<1 onrl^Artlw * '
I |/v?vu ouuuumj lUW HIO t? -U-TL-ni icmI
perature of the air, causes tho white
! bush-like vapor to remain suspended for
( a moment, like the steam from a Iocomo- ,
I tive. The only time a whale s] out*
liquid is when he has been mortally
pierced by a lance, and then he spouts
wftim blood. The soun 1 of a whale's
spouting is liko the roar of a locomotive
bJowin.- off ttrnoi.
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Yotlng by Electricity.
At tbc mechanical exhibition nt tho
J pnlais dc I'Industrie of Paris, there it
o exhibited a machine for registering
votes, which will, it is said, be shortly
,f installed in the French Chamber of l)ep0
Utics. Its object is to obviate mistakes,
the loss of time, and the necessity of the
members lnavinrr fVmif * >
- %uvil UVOUO IV 1 H',urv|
their votes. The machine, which is the
invention of M. Dubayeux, is worked by
electricity, and the vote of a full bouse,
0 j it is said, may be make known by this
^ | means in less than Ave minutes. The
j arrangement of the apparatus is as folI
lows: In front of eacli scat three con_
j ^act makers arc placcd, the knobs being
^ I marked "Yes," "No," and "Absten'
j tion." Only one of the pushes can bo
j depressed nt one time, and neither ol
) (them can be used more than once, until
ithey have been released by the action ef
t 'another part of the apparatus, which is
) under the control of the president. The
- voting is recorded by means of three set*
> of cylinders, upon which is inscribed in
1 relief the names of the members in alphabetical
order, and also the series of
I figures from oue up to the total number
k of members. Thesa cylinders rotate unt
der inking pads, and after the voting,
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3 paper against the name of each member
present, is found a number in one or
other of the throe columns "Yes," "No0>
. or "Abstention." These numbers appear
perpendieu'ar in numerical order.
H'.'iicc the total number in each division
t js read at the foot of the three columns.
The apparatus is necessarily somewhat
complicated, but it is said to work with
great facility, it will be remembered
, that for some time a similar votiug apparatus
was exhibited in one of the Congressional
committee rooms at Washington,
but was finally taken away by the
inventor, who despaired of its adoption.
TJio Tiger's Strength.
Nothing shows more the marvelous
j strength possessed by the tiger than the
way in which he carries his victim away.
I remember the first time I was shown
where a .igcr had dlagged a full grown
bullock. I could not believe it possible,
and it was not until after we had killed
the robber?only an ordinary sized
tigress?and I had carefully gone over
on loot tlie ground where she had dragged
her prey that 1 found that she had not
only dragged the dead bullock?an
animal, 1 should think, considerably beyond
her own weight?over dry rough
ground and through a dense canebreak,
but that in some places, as the marks
showed, she must actually have lifted
the fore quarters of the bullock off tha
ground in her mouth and have walked
several yards with it in that position.
When the victim has been dragged to
what the tiger considers a position of
security it will s-it down and take a good
meal, and thou retire a short distance
from its prey to some particularly thick
bush or tuft of grass, aud there remain
until the following night, and then
return for another meal. In consequence
of this well known habit "a kill," as it is
called, is the best of all khubber, and in
such cases, if the tiger has not been disturbed,
the sportsman is almost sure to
; find him lying somewhere close to the
carcass, and, if his arrangements nre well
made, is pretty sure to get a shot at hiin.
? Chamber's Journal.
Beds of the Past.
The house of the ancient English geni
tleman was not. as a ereueriil thin?r nm.
vidud with bed rooms, says a writer
about the beds of our ancestors in the
Cosmopolitan. A chamber or shed was
built against the wall that inclosed the
mansion and its dependencies, and ia
(his little eell the lord niul his lady slept.
Sometimes there was another chamber of
the same kind built for the daughter or
young ladies of the house. As a general
thing, the young men of the house and
the guests slept on tables and benches in
the great hall, when woolen coverlets or
blankets were provided for warmth.
S-Tvants and attendants slept upon th&
Later on, in the time of the Tudor.*,
the "four poste" bedstead, an immense
piece of furniture having a canopy supported
at each corner by the posts, be
tame the fashionable sleeping couch.
Borne of the old wills mention 1'posted
?ett- work bedsteads." These panelled
bedsteads were sometimes of elegant and
piassive architecture. The columns reicrabled
huge balusters, and roso from
Equ ire dado bases, and all the frnmo
piecca were carved with decorative
mouldings of v rioua patterns. On soma
of the earlier bedsteads the columns terminated
with figures representing the
It fs claimed that by a new proccsa
white wood can bo made s > tough as to
require a cold-chisel to split it. This re*
suit is obtained by tteuming the timber
and submitting it to end pressure, tech.
nically "upsetting" it, thus compressing
the edits and fibers into one compact
mass. It is the opinion of those who
have experimented with the process that
wood can be compressed seventy-five
per cent., and that some timber which ia
now considered unfit for use in such
worlc as carriage building could be made
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