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- WINNSBOR"O. S. ( ARIL 21 1883.
Not strange the A ril sunlight
That shilmme u ,' r Ybur ar,
Sought covert in' ue- d cloud,
Lost beam with braid compare;
That from the clust'ring apple-blooms,
Bree.e-swayed against your face,
Fleet fled the petals, ere its hues
Show poor their dewy grace;
That stinted, in the Orchard boughs,
- The song of gleeful birds;
Lest rarer than their warbling prove
The cadence df y6ur wqrdu,
Our,lives were In the April time:
"'Twere always winsome weather,"
I said, and strove to search your eyes,
"$Couldifctu Ybe thjgtthey."
As well might storm-vexed sunshine
Upon your hair that strays
Be tini'rous of comparison
. With alheepi of starry rays,
More vivid than your check, the pink
That, latest linq'rIng, throws,
To guide'the bast ning feet of night,
Wan tints athwart the snows.
Your voice, though 'mid the shiv'ring trees
No glint of robin's -wing,
Learns sweet, far note from melody
Of fingels' carolling.
What If, dear wife, do now accord
Our lives and sombre weather?
As blithe as spring the wintry skies,
May we but be together.
TiS HOUI TO LET.
This house to let."
Mr. 'Frank Bayberry's Perston morn
ing goWn floated "like a meteor on the
troubled air," as he rushed out before
breakfast and wafered the truculent
looking bill on the front of the house
with four fat red wafers.
The milkman across the way stared;
the neighbor's servant-maid paused in
her occupation of flirting dust into the
corners of the area ;andthen out ag4in.
In short, it made a small sensation in
the neighborhood, and sensations, as we
all know, widen indefinitely. -
Wlille Mr. Bayberry went bapk ito
the house with the air of one who has
not lived in vain.
"Therel" said he. "I have put a
"I'n glad of it," said Mrs. Bayberry,
"for between obstreperous servant
girls, and everlasting plumbers' bills,
and baby's teeth, I'm completely worn
out, and tired of housekeeping.
"It will be like a new lease of life to
board for a little while."
"Iliniph1" said Mr. Bayborry. "I'm
nu9t so sure 6fthit.
"But the bill is up anyhow, and the
next thing is to get the old place rented
and off our hands."
And with the striking of ten o' clock
(the house, ns mentioned in the fie
print of the "To Let," was visible
between the hours of. ten and two,)
there set in a solid phalanx of house
hunters of all varieties.
At first Mrs. Bayberry endeavored to
treat the house-hunters politely, but
she soon discovered that self-defence
required it different method of treat
ment; and when Mrs. Foxley said the
vollar snelt like an old vault and that
the house wasn't fit for decent people
to live in, she simply remarked that
there was no law requiring her, Mrs.
Foxley, to live in It if she didn't like
Mrs. Fitzfaddle, thme bride, didn't
like the location.
11er James, sh~e wd(s sure, wvished to
be nearer the park; and she was sorry
the house had not hard-wood finish
and electric bells.
"But," cried Mrs. Bayberry, "you
can't expect that sort of tihing for three
hundred a year."
TIhe bride: tossed her head.
Evidently she didn't mean to be dic
Everybody was going into flats now,
she said, and she didn't know why she
wasted her time in looking at dingy old
houses like this.
And after two o' clock, when Mrs.
Bayberry had retired to her .room to
have hjsteries dnd green'tea at her leis
ure, the house-hunting public made un
ceasing charge up the steps and at the
door, still demanding admittance; until
at last, Mrs. Bayberry, peeping through
the window-blinds, sawv a stout gentle
man comning up the steps, with a gold
headled cane and a broad-brimmed bea
"Madam," said the- 01(d gentleman,
"1 wrish to take this house."
"You wvish to look at~ It, you mean,"
saidi Mrs. Barberry feebily. "But the
hours for Inspection--"
"Madam," firmly repeatedl the old
gentleman, "I wish to take It.
"To engage it-to rent it from the
first of May next."
"lRnt you haven't seen it!" cried1
"'Madam," said- the ol gentleman,
"'I dloi't wish to see It.
"My family consists of myself, an
ihuvalid relative, andi anm old servant.
"And it must be a very poor house,
indeed, If it does not meet our simple
"Shall I -take down- the bill?
"My references are bettall and Co.,
real estate agente, No-Pne street,'
"If you- please," said Mrs, Bayberry,
feeling as if a weoight had been lifted
off 1her liear-t.
"So down came the "To tot!" and
fluttered into the gutter.
Mr. Bayberry arrived to- a late tea
with' a lobster and a- bunch of sprint
lettuce unmder his arm.
-"Well, Fanny,'' said ho, "I've gol
good nows for you.
"The~ house Ia lot!
"How do you know?" said Mrs Bay
"The real oitate agent told me, just
"To a very respectable old couple
"Intending to take a few lodgers, I
Mrs. Bayberry opened her eyer very
"Well,. said abie,. "lhe certainly- does
look very respectable.
"But when he said 'Invalid relative,
I had not an Idea that lie meant his
"And I should io' think it would e
very -pleasant for the lodgers to have a
sick perdin In the house."
And she told her husband about the
benevolent-visaged old gentleman In
the broad-brimmed hat.
"It's very oddi" said Mrs. Bayberry
"But it's none of our business."
All this being, as they supposed, defi
nitely settled,,Mrs. Bayberry was not a
little surprised, the next day, at the ar
rival of Mrs. Fitzfaddle, the bride,
with a tape measure and a .niall mem
"To measure for the carpets, you
know," said she.
"It Isn't quite the sort of house we
could have wished, but dear James's
salary has been cut down twenty-flve
per cent, so we have taken this house
In default of enything better."
"But it's taken already," said Mrs.
"You must be mistaken," said irs.
"James rented it yesterday for a year,
of the owner, Mr. Trimmer, No
"And If you could give us possession
a fe' days before the first of May, it
would be a very great accommodation
"I'm sure I don't understad It at all,"
said Mrs. Bayberry.
"You will have to settle it with the
"I'm not responsible."
But while the discussion still waged
high, in bustled a portly old lady, just
as If the house belonged to her.
"Mrs. 1t,gam,, omid oho, wit) S.
comfortable'.ndlotthe A eedl
"The new tenant.
"Come to see what arrangement coulI
be made about storing a few of my
trunks and tlihigs, before I move in
"Madam,"1 said Mrs. Fltzfaddle,
"the house is mine."
"I've got the blank lease in my pock
et, ma'am, all ready for the signatures,"
aid Mrs. Hodgson.
And the two ladies vere glaring furi
ously at one1 another, whenl the stout
gentleman in the broad-brimmed hat
"I thought," lie said, "that perhaps
It might be as well for me to make a
diagram of-the rooms, so if-"
"Oh, stop, stop!" cried Mrs. Bayberry
despairingly, clasping her hands to her
"It's been let twvice over alreadyl I
do hope yeou will not be dissapointed,
A (lark frown oversp)readl tihe 01(d gen
"Madam," said he, "this is searcely
"Oh (lear, ohm dear!'' said poor Mrs.
"My head Is whlirling round like it
"I don't see how it can possibly have
happened, but here are three peop)le, all
saying that they have specially and sep
arately-engaged this hiouse..
"Somebody telephone to my hu isban d,
or I shall go crazy."
In came Mr. Bayberry, accompanied
by Lettall & Co., Rentquick & Son, and
Mr. Elia Trimmer, wvho owned the
very eligible re.sidience under disc.us
Aund In tils committee of tihe wvhole It
speedily transpired that the house actum
ally had beeun rentedl to thlree dlifferenit
tenants by the various persons In wvhose
charge it was.
And not one of them was willing to
abate one jot or tittle of his or her
rights andl prlvileges.
Butt puresently Up) spoke tile fat old
"Dear me!'' saidl she: "can't we all
arrange matters comfortable-like?
"Ain't we making a (deal of fuss about
a v_ery little thing?
"TIs 'ere old gent dion't really wvant
b)ut three rooms; andl tile young lady,"
Iwith a curtsy to Mrs. Fltzfaddle, whose
iRhine pebbles she thlought to be genu
I ineI iaimondls, "wIll bie quite satisfied
wvith the second floor thlroughJ.
"And me and Hoedgsou-we want to
take ledgers, and will ho suilted with the
"And the replt won't, lie b)ut a third
as much-don't you see, my dears?
and-everybody snug and satisfied."
"A capital ideal" said the 01ld genitle
S"I don't know but whuat it Is worth
congsidering," said the bride, "in con
sideration:of the twenty-five per cent,
reduction of my hlusbanld's salary.
I"And if one chooses they can call it
And the countenanc.es of the agent
and landlord, who had anticipated
nothing less annoying than a three cor
nered lawsuit, grew radiant again, and
matters were all- settled.
"But," said Mrs. Bayberry, "if it
had been necessary to put up that bill
again, I think I should have run away
to Patagonia I
"Anything-al)ything but a House to
John Randolph li Congress.
The despot of the debates in Congress
for many years was the eccentric Joln
Randolph, who would ride on horse
back from his lodgings in Georgetown
to the Capitol and enter the House,
wearing a fur cap with a large visor, a
heavy great-coat over a suit of Virginia
homespun, and white-topped boots with
jingling silver spuis. Striding down
the main aisle, followed by his brace of
pointer-dogs, he would stop before his
desk, upon which he would deliberately
place his cap, his gloves, and his riding
whip, listening meanwhile to the debate.
If he took anyinterest in it, he would
begin to speak at the first opportunity,
without any regard to what had pre
viously been said. After lie had ttered
a few sentences (and had drunk a glass
of porter,which an assistant door-keeper
had orders to bring whenever he rose
to speak), his tall, meager form would
writhe with passion; his long, bony
index-finger would be pointed at those
on whomi he poured his wrath; and the
expression of his beardless,high-cheeked
and sallow countenance would give ad
ditional force to the brilliant and beau
tiful sentences which lie would rapidly
utter, full of stinging witticisms and
angry sarcasm. So distinct was his
enunciation, that his shrill voice could
be heard in every part of the hall; his
words were select and strictly grammat.
ical, and the arrangement of his remarks
was always harmonious and effective.
Randolph, having had a dinmie-table
difficult with Willis Alston, of .North
Carolina, never let pass an opportunity
for alludiig to him in the most bitter
and contemptuous manner. Alston
enraged one day by sein language
used by Randolph in debate, said, as
the representitives wore leaving the
hall, and -11andolph was passing him:
"T'hie puppy has still some respect shown
him.'' Whether the allusion referred
to Randolph or to one of his pointer
dogs, which was following him, was
,ifterwards a question, but Randolph
Imnediately began beating Alston over
the head with the handle of his heavy
iding-whip, inflicting several wounds.
rhe next day the Grand Jury, which
was in session, indicted Randolph for a
IhwPach of thn pace. but the court allow
o. hI 1to o er the. remark about the
puppy a06ft a ee- -II-- Ni . in,,tn, .I'd
inflicted a fine of twenty dollars.
During the debate on the Missouri
Iiestion, Mr. Philemon Beecher, a
native of Connecticut who had emigrat
Rd to Ohio, and. had there been elected
It representative, became somewhat
impatient as his dinner-hour approached,
md at last, avhen Randolph made a
iomiewhat lengthy pause, loved "the
previous question." The Speaker said,
"Tle gentleman from Virginia has the
loor,"1 and Randolph proceeded, to be
igain interrupted when he laused again
to collect his thoughts, by a demand for
"the previous question;" nor was it
long before the demand was made for
[he third time. Randolph could stand
it no longer, but said, in a voice as
the cry of a peacock: "Mr. Speaker, in
the Netheflands, a man of small capa
Alty, with bits of wood and leather wvill
in a few moments construct that which
with the pressure of the finger and
thumb, will cry 'Cuckoo! cuckoo!'
With less ingenuity and with Inferior
materials, the people of Ohio have made
i toy that wvill, without miuch pressure,
ery, 'Previous question! previous ques
tion! '" andl, as lie spoke, RandIolph
pointed with his attenuated index-fi
ger at Reecher, who did not attempt a
maid WVeather ini Nevada.
"The weather doesn't quite come up
to two years ago, Rob, when the snow
was seven feet deep, andl the trains were
mnowed in for four days. That was a
"Hardl winter! W'y that was nothiin'
it alil. lEight years ago the trins didn't
get through here for three mouths and
Uncle John Crayton had to pack all is
provisions over from Tfraver~se on snow
"Yes, that's pretty tough, but it
wasn't a marker to the wvinter Burt
Howe stole Doc Morgan's turkeys, and
had them all (dressed before D)oc quit
raffling. Don't you mind how the windl
blew, too, and howv it dIrifted. Nick
Thleiss logged two eighties that winter
on section 13, and in the spring Will
Bailey happened dlown) that way looking
for land, and( got onto them stump)s.
Great bull frog I The shortest stump
in that lot was forty feet high. Will
bought the stumnp land at fifty cents an
acre, and madle $,000 logging it over
again next year."
"Oh, I know all about that. Such
stories as that might do to tell in Florida,
or in a warm part of Texas. But you
dlon't want to talk to me a minute about
Fife Lake winters. W'y, boy, I was
here 'fore you was born. You never
heard of the winter of '49?"
"No' let 'or drive.
"'Well that was a windy year, amd it
was a little cold. Winter set in the
12th of November with the dlarndlest
whirlwind you ever smelt-of. What do
you s'pose I saw when I wvent dlown t'
the lake the next morning to take a
"Whaut was It?"
"Well, the lake had froze thirty-four
feet (leep durin' the night, un' irigh t out
In the midldle that darned cyclone had
raised a chunek of water sixty feet high,
un' it froze there stiff as a green Not'
wvay in Febuwvary. The blamed thing
'bout a hundred feet 'cross the top, and
tapered dowvn to 'bout an inch at the
bot.tom. The wind was blowin' like an
old settler, too."
"Did she blow over, Rob?"
"Nary ablow. Before the wind could
heave 'or over one way it wouki whew
'round and right her up- again. And
she kept goin' that way until the 4th et
In the sea thereare three flyers that
really, from the eXtent of their flights,
deserve the uai. Those of our readers
who have been at Sea, especially in the
South, may have seen the dommon fly
ing-fish, with its brilliant blue-and-sil
ver body and lace-like, sheeny wings.
Fron the crest of a blue wave they dart,
singly or in flocks, fluttering along, ris
ing and falling - turning in curves, and
returning to the water with a splash
perhaps to fall a victin to -some watch
ful bonito (or dolphin) that has beeh
closely following theni beneath the water.
These privateers of tkpi aetheir grea
test enenies, as -the re in the air fol
lowifg'thbin uder Wte and emerging
just in time -to cate iWptf kless &yers
as they descend. to'.dlphils Wil
take great leaps of twenty or thirty feet
hi following the poor flying-f1sh, which
notwithstanding ,their long wings ni1
wonderful powers, often fall victims to
their tireless pursuers. They frequently
fly aboard vessels at night, )erhaps at
tracted by the lights, or, it may be,
caught ip by the wind from the crest
of some curling wave, and carried high
in air against. the sails.
The gurnard, though it has also long,
wing-like fins, presents otherwise a to
tally different appearance. Its hlead is
inclosed in a bony armor, from which 3
project two sharp spines. Some of these
fish are of a rich pink color, while others
are mottled with red, yellow, and blue,
and as they fly along over the water'
and the sunlight falls upon their glitter'
ing scales, they seem to glow with a gol
den luster. With such hard heads it
will not ba surprising information that
they are disagreeable fellows to come in '
contact With; at least, so thought a sai- I
lor who was standing at dusk upon the 1
quarter-deck of a vessel, near one of the
West India islands. Suddenly, lie found t
hinself lying upon, his back, knocked
over by a monst6r gurnard that, with a
score of others, had darted from the
water, this one striking the man fairly c
i-the forehead. The gurnards are also
chased by dolphins, and they are fre
quently seen to rise in schools, to escape
from the larger fish, while hovering C
above them are watchful gulls and man- C
of-war birds, rea(y to steal then frQni
the jaws of their enemies of the sea.
In company with these flying-fish may
often be seen curious white bodies, with
long arms and blailk eyes. They are
flying-squids, members of the cuttle-fish
family, and the famous bait of the New
foundland codl-fishermen. On the Banks
they are often peen in vast shoals; and
during storms tons 9 them are th'rown t
upon the shore. ibtn darting. from
wave to wave, heyl resemble pilvely
are they for ,I itfour or five Jun
dred vessels at-St. Pierre are engaged in
catching them by means of jiggers. t
Many of the squid family leave the wa
ter when pursued. Even the largest of
them, often forty or fifty feet long, have
been seen to rise ten or fifteen feet in
the air, and sail away as if propelled by
some mysterious force, their hideous
arms dripping and glistening. They
are certainly the largest and strangest
of the flyers without wings.
A Denclouff Cup of CI-1e,.
In coffee-growing countries, where
the berry makes but a short journey t
from the bush to the mouth, this pro
cess is not necessary; and in the mnoun
tais of St. Domingo, the native darkies
make coffee in very quick fashion "They 1
take the fresh berries -and parch themi
for a few minutes, then crush then in a
mortar--and( for each person pult a
tablespoonful of fragrant fragments into ~
a coinical-shapedl bag; the exact inmber
of coffee-clips full of boiling water is
measured olut anid pour11ed twice through
tihe bag. This completes the process,
and1( thme result is-nectar."
But some one comes forwvard with an
air oif authority and says: Take a coffee
cup of the best Jalva coffee brownued to
thle color of chocolate (not scorched),
ground not too fine and mix with it
half an egg. Put tis into a coffeepuot,
or boiler (which is as clean as the cup
you drink froml) and p)our over it one
quart of boiling water', stirring as you
puit tile water in; boil slowly for fifteen
numiutes, then stando the boiler 01n theu
back of tile range ten imiutes to settle;
tumrn all coffee off from the grouInds at
onice into an urn or eQifee pot that enni
stand( upon01 the stove to keel) hot. Coffe
loses its flavor by standing oni the groiuds
longer than half an hour, and should be
very hot to be good. But Into thecu i
a teaspoonful of' "American condensed
milk" and sonmc boiled milk, and turn
thme coffee into it. No French Coffee is
"I know a better way than that," says
some one else; and, then (discouirses as
follows: Put your grouid' coffee in a
bowl, a large tablesp,oonful for each per
son (most authorities seem to agree
ab)oui the quantity), break into it thme
white of an egg (we use an egg for two 1
nmornlings, the white for omne and thme I
yoke and'shell for the next), stir this
thmooughly-.this is all inmportant Part of I
the process-then add cold water veury
slowly, stirring all the time, uinti la tea
sponfuli or muore has..been mnixedl in. ~
Having previously scalded your coffee- I
p)ot, pour thme coffee Into it-rinsing ouit
thme bowl wvith a. little cold wvater; fill
the coffee-pot more thuan half full with
boiling hot water; then, with a spoon
stir it a mromeunt; set it on thme fire, and I
when it it fIrst b)oils up, stir it dlown and (<
add half a teaspoonful of cold water; I
this settles it. TIhien set It back on. the
range, wvhen It will keep hot till fou;r
.breakfast is ready. it should never b1)0
set back far enoungh to grow col(d. Whlen I
needed, let it boilsu on) 1ce more; and l
then -pour into your silver coffee-pot, I
and servo up as hot as possib)le. Block<
sugar should be used, andl condenced
milk,- or cream; bioiled milk alone will I
not give it the proper' color or flavor.
Any one wvho desires to 'get upi a rep)utaL
tion for good coffee should not, forget
The beat coffee, according to a house-1
,keeper, who alwvays has a delcious be
verage on lien table, is a mixture of
three.fourths Java and Mocha in equal I
pats and one-fourth- chicory. The
ate,she says, wvhen judiciously used, I
gives body and color, and seems to bring I
out the delicate flavor of. the other two.
A ChinesO Fishing Village.
It was close on the edge of the water
in Calfornia, where a little inlet rounded
In, below high hills. As we drew near
it, the odor of fish came up over the
ulls, like a smell from something cook
4ig in a vast caldron, The fences, the
rocks, the ground--all were covered
with shinitig little fishes spread out to
Iry; those on the ground behig laid on
rnmnes of wooden slats. There was
)lly one narrow lane running through
le village, and hardly room on that to
itep. between the frames of drying fish.
3i the roofs of the hovels, even, Poles
were set up, and stretched from corner
to corner; and on them long lines of fish
aluttered in the air, like clothes hung out
to dry. Chinamen were runniig about,
umptyling big baskets of fisi other
Dhinamen were spreading them, turning
h,ion raking them apart, gathering up
he dry ones, and packmg them into
askets. The place fairly swarmed with
aborers and their implements; but all
he workers kept steadily on, as regard
ass of our presemce as tho1gh they had
)eol alits onl an ant-hill. Every man,
Voillan, and child was hard at work;
hildren that were too small for any
hing else had babies strapped on their
acks, and were carrying them iabout.
Attle girls, not more than eight or tell
ears old, were at work industriously
leaning the fish, to prepare them for
Irying. This was a disagreeable sight;
b was done in open sheds, where the
loor was black and dripping wet with
vater and the slimy offal of the fish.
Iere tile women sat on high stools, in a
quatting posture, with their feet curled
ip under them, cutting aid slailibig,
tripping the fisi, and dropping thei
itto the baskets with as swift a motion
s if they were sielling peas. Tiey had
he fingers of the left hand rolled up
hickly in black rags, to protect theni
gainst a chance slip of the sharp knife.
'hey chatted and laughed, as if they
vere engaged inl the most agreeable oc
upiation In tho world. There (lid not
eem to be t111 idle pair of hands ill the
illatge. Old mien were ienidinig nets
women putting bait on books. Tile
lily unemployed creature we saw was
ie small baby.
It would not be possible to give any
lea of the way in which the 11ous
beds, boats, barrels, poles, niets, baskets,
aiToldings, and lumber of all sorts were
1ddled together o one narrow alley
Ot wide enough for two wagons to drive
breast. There was not a foot of open
rotid. Looking down from the hill
a tle roofs of the housges, on1e would
link they all belonged to a single set of
Ialls, roofed at different heigits and
iigles. It was a squalid and filtiy spot;
would seem imupossible for iumamin
OaiO.AUt such air, and sleojmiip
%ngthof tie, without being made ill.
et there are in this little iliage nearly
wo hundred .people, many of whom
ave l.ived there for thirty years in good
ealth. They ire-divided into three
mlpllies, each company laving its
iader, who pays wages to the mn and
1o11n, and has tile cllrge of selling
uid scidling away the fish.
Inl the forests of the islands constitut
ig tho Indian Archipelago is found a
urious flying atilill that formls the
olillectiig lik betwoel the leiir ald
be hat. The natives call it tile coligo,
uid also the "11lying fox," but it is more
ke a flying-monkey, as the lenurs are
ousinm of the monkeys. Like the bats,
lese allinals sleep1 ii tile day-time
aiging from the limbs and branches o
rees, lead downward; but as evening
omes0 on, thley sally fort.h, often doing
reat hlarmi to tihe fruit 0on the neighbior
lg plantationis. lIn somne plarts of Java
bey arie so numelnrous that it is found
ecessary to protect the fruit-trees with
uge nets. Theil extent of thleir flights
bIrouigh tile air is something astonlish
1g. They sometines drop to tile ground(
nd( 1101 along with a shutfilig kind of
ay, buit if they are alarmed, thley
prinig to tile nearest tree and( in a mlo
tilent reach its teop by a series of bJounlds.
)iut 1upon1 tile branches they (dart, and
vithl a rush are off imnto space. Siling
blroughl the air like somne great bird,
own they go obliquely, swift as5 an1
rrow, a hmundred and fifty feet or more
ising again ini a gracefuli curve am(i
lighting safely 011 a dlistaint tree. lIn
hese great leaps) they carry their young,
i'hichi cling to them, or sonmetimes fol
1)w thleml alonIg inl thleir hleadionIg flight,
itterinlg hloarse and1( piercing cries. Tme
:oluges live ahnost e'xclutsively en fruit,
referrlng planltains and( the younmg and1(
endler leaves of tile cocoa-p)ahn, thmough
ome wvrters aver that thmey hmave seen1
hem dart Into tile air amid actuailly catchl
irdls. The flyhig-lemnurs are p)erfectly
armless, alnd so gentle as to be easily
ammed. They have lovely dark eyes amnd
'ery Iintell1igenlt and knowing faces.
Circus Uymnasita andi ltidors.
"Tile best gymnnasts are Americans,
mt time best rideors are English, said a
naniager. Robinison amnd Fish are both
vond(erfuil ridlers amid both Americans~
umt they never receivedl thmat rudhinemntad
rainling thaut gives afterwards suchl
~race and( pose to thme Enmglishm profes
1(onal. Mume. Eloise lDock rill is uniques
ionably tile greatest living rider, amnd
Iraws a salary of $360 a week. The
krst lesson ai rider is taughmt is about time
am11 1as that taught aln actor, amnd for
.ight [ know amn opera singer-thlat is,
o dlance. They shlold( be thorough
Lancers and masters of miotioni before
hley aire placed on a horse. Tme gleat
st 11a*11 rider is James IRoblison; hie re
elves from $300 to $400 a week. Tile
~reatest jockey rider is Framnk (Jardiner.
le is also the most celebrated leap)er. I
vas present ait D)ubuque, it., in 1869,
or the chmlpionship belt and1( omn a wager
f $500 with Mr. Batcheider, 110 thirewv a
10ouble somfersauilt over thirty-two
iorses. His salary is $250 to $300 a
veek. Gymnnasts are inmerous, some
'ery good, others the reverse. Did you
,sk about a trip)le somnersult? There
are n10 trip)le somersaalters; it mnever has
>con done. -Whenl any onme tells you time
ontrary, put him11 down for a-mistake.
rwo hmave tried it, but never lived to
nlake a second attempt. Yes, some are
vell paid; some are not. Perfermers
rood 0110, of course-the bdst. The
>or l inin the profession are the
Lights of the Harem..
It must not he supposed that elnuchls
Ore a imticularly Turkish or Mohaimn
meldan institution. They were known
In the East and formed a portion of the
household of Oriental monarchs long
before the Arabian prophesies of the
Turks wer oveer heard of. Such guar
dians were to be found even at the
Court of the Byzantine Emperors and
the founders of the Ottoman Empire
adopted them with other attributes of
sovereign State in throwing off all sexn
blance of subjection to the Seljuckian
Sultans. Aping the example of their
Sovereigns, the great Pachas went in for
the same custom, placing the care of
their females under one or more such
qualified guardians. Of late years the
employment of eunuchs has gone great
ly out of fashion, ordinary male attend
ants being sent in charge of the ladies
when taking their walks abroad. This
is due in a measure, I fancy, to the
m1ore humane and enlightened ideas
with regard to their family life that set
In with the advent to the throne of
Abdul Aziz. lie abrogated the cruel
law by which none of the male children
born of Sultans were allowed to sur
vive their birth, and no princess to have
sons that might become possible proten
dlers to time throne. Tile birth of his
own son, Yusuf Izzedii, was kept care
fully Concealed, and when this became
no longer ecessary he rejoiced the
hearts of his sisters by allowing them
the samne privileges as all Moslem wo
men., whose greatest desire is to become
the mother'of a male child.
The time, however, is within the re
iollection of many persons at Constanti
Ilople, when no carriage with Turkish
ladies was to be seen unaccompanied by
mounted eunuchs, armed with keen cut
Ling scimitars, which they wereapt to use
>n the slightest provocation. There is
i gentleman still to he met- with out
here who obtained a handsome indem
nity from the Porte for the severe pun
ishment he received at the hands of a
mluch for what the latter considered
lipertient glances thrown by a
"Ghiiour" in the direction of the fair
"True' Believers" promenading tho
sweet waters mider his care. To re
Lurn, however, to the subject of the
tarussendet-Oghasse." This high
Aliec was 01113 iistituted in the reign of
Sultai l Murad III., aild tile first person
tppointed was a negro called Mehmet
Aiglha. His Successor was a white
1nuch, for it was the fashion to have
hese guardians of both colors.
Several of tile keepers of the "Gate of
Felicity" have been men of marked
ibility, and some of them of considera
Ale attainments, so that it is not sur
risiig to fin(] tey should ocevasioially
unent, however, has never fallen to the
ot of other than white euntuchs. Two
if these latter even became grand viz
ers--the onea certain Khaduml. Messilh
3acha il the reign of Selim 1, and the
thler KArdjis Meheiet Pacha in that
)f the firat Sulti Achmet. Others
kgain, have had the title of Sadr-Azane
G(ranid Vizier) bestowed iponl them
,vithout time office, and were styled high
less, just as Beiram Agha is in the
>resent day. Whi the "Gate of eli
Aity", has thus led to great honors ill
he past to Some of its guardians it 1Ias,
n1 the case of others, but proved the
Iortall of deatn by the bowstring and
oataghan, for Ottoman monarchs were
nighty jealois of their honor, and tile
jligh test suspicion of anything being
wrong in tile haren was4 wont to send
lnany an nate to the bottom of the
Bosphorus, together with those who
were suipposedl to have shown a lack of
vigilance. Tihe chief eunuch enjoys
rent power in tihe hajreml, andl although
the (lays of tihe "sack" and1( "b)owstring"
lre past it is dlecidledly bad for the lady
who falls out with thme guiardlian of the
tate, for lie cani make her a close piris
)iier ali(l (deprive her (of all co1mfor1t.
Theii Lowly D)andon,.
The dandelion, it is rumored, is to be
[lhe flower of the season. Clara D)e Vere
writes that little elusters of the blossoms
aire miounitedl on the rim of the bonnet,
m1ixed with pompons and rilbbons, 'or
time two shades0 of tihe flower in tihe rib
bon1 loops are used(, one tihe pale lemon
like tint of the edge of the pitails, anid
the other the darker orange shade of the
cenitre of the blossoms. Par example:
An exqjuisite little bonn3ot of IIavana
browu strawv is trinmmedi on the brim
with a imass of goldi-coloredl ponlmon,
ost richI tips, dani del ions--flowers, leaves
a1(nd bus-andl( hias a rosette-like bow of
gold velvet at one side. Strlings of gold
velvet two inches w%idle, finish the bonm
net. i)andelions alsoi cropl out in coml
hinaftioni with crushed stawberry tints.
A muediumi-sized poke bonnet of pale
strawberry p,ink straw has a banld of
velvet ani inchl and( a hlif wide pilaced
near tIhe edlge of the brim. A large bow
of satin inm strawberry color and In two
widths, one an inch wvide and 0110 two
widIe, is p)lacced onl the top) of the rhn,
andl a cluster of lonig-stemmedl dand(e
lions Is nestlinlg on one side. Thle
strinIgs are double in tile two withs of
tile ribbon. Whatever else tile bonnmet
has, It imust not lack a touch of yellow.
strasbumrg and Metz.
The sum of $13,000 000 votedl for the
reconlstruction of tihe iortresses of Stras
burg and Metz, accordilng to the Cologne
GJazette, huas all been expended, ando a
further sum of $150, 000 will be asked
for soon. Previous to thle war of 1870
Strasburg had1( only a fortified rampart,
but the Germans have provided it with
twvelve detached forts, nine of which
are oni tihe Rhine, and all of them are
compileted except the external works of
Mundelsheim and the Aithelmer KCof.
Around Metz the rampllarts comprise
nineteen bastions, surrounded by ditches
anid protected by thirteen advanced
works. Metz,, in addition to thmis strong
defence, is surrounded by eight detached
dindependent forts, distant on an
argeaottomes froin the centr9.
of thelty, and forming a circle fourteei'
miles In 'eircumference. These 'forts
are named after the German generals
who distinguished thems~elves the most
during timre war of 1870, and two of
them are provided with armorplated
Postal NotA. %
The law authorizing the issue of three
cent "postal notes" will go into effect
about. September 1, 1888, or at an earlier
date if the necessary engraving and
printing can be sooner done. The pos
tal note is about as large as a greenback.
At the right hand are two columns giv
ing the months of the year and the dates
of twelve years, be inning with the
present. At the left hand are three
columns of figures, One, representing
dollars, is numbered up to 4; the sec
ond, representing dimes, is numbered up
to9; the third, representing cents, is also
numbered to 9, and each series ends with
a cipher. The note is for sums less thai
five dollars. The postmaster at the office
issuing the note will punch the month
and the year, the number of dollars
number of dimes and number of cents
in their respective columns, thus pre
venting any alteration of the amount or
date. By this system the postal notes
can be issued for any sun from one
cent up to $4.99. In buying a postal
note no written application will be ne
cessary. The note will be bought like
a postage stamp and will be payable to
the bearer at any time within three
months from the last day of the month
of Issue. The body of the note is a form
stating the office at which it is issued
and the ofilce to which it is sent. When
paid the person obtaining payment puts
his signature upon the note.
It is not claimed that the postal note
furnishes the same elements of security
its the postal order now in use, where
written application is made and where
the sender's name is privately forwarded
to the oice where the order is to be
paid; but it is believed that its conven
ience to all classes of people will be so
great as to render the decrease in se
curity of trifling importance. It is ex
pected that it will take the place for
transmission of money through the
mails of the old fractional currency.
Sice that was withdrawn there has
been no safe and agreeable way of trans
mitting siall sums except by postage
stanips, which are not regarded with
favor as currency, or by the cumbersome
process of the postal order. The postal
note system has been in use in Great
Britain just two years with great popu
lar acceptance. The last annual report
of the British Postmaster General shows
that 4,462,920 of these postal orders
amounting to ?2,006,917, had bee'
issued in one year. The average time
they were in circulation was -six days,
showing that there was no foundationi
for the idea that they would be devoted
to perinaneut use as currency.
There always seemE to be a 4hadow of -
,ne sort over Edwin Bolth'a life, and
chief sufferer. She is betroted to a
-young American, who three or four
months ago was almost asphyxiated in
haling coal gas. As his recovery hua
been very slow, Mr. Booth wrote to the
young 'man's father to send the invalid
to theni while they were in England, as
he supposed a change of surroundings
and the sea voyage would hasten his re
turn to health, and the pleAsure which
the lovers would experience ia being to
gether would be a great factor in tho
case. The father of the lover cqunnted,
and the young mau's sister acconpaniedm
hi.i%. They have been with the Booths
nIow seveld weeks, but the invalid's
health hi not improved. Ills blood
seelis to be poisoled, and it has atrected
his brain in a pecullar way. lie is not
insane, but he cannot remember as for
merly, and has to be directed and
watchel. ie has lost all interest in hi
profession anid in h is contempilative
marriage. Miss Booth is plunged in
melancholy by the sad circiumstance,
and( can seldom be coaxed out of her ho
tel. The doctors say the young man
may recover insidIe of two years but
they think it doubtful, it is probable
that he and his sister will return home
in a few weeks, or at least they will not
travel with the Booths, as there is no
thig to be gained by making two pee
p1(e wretched. H e adiores Miss Booth,
but knows that something has made it
temporairily impossible for him to show
his affeation andl regardl. The hopeless
ness of -the case is the saddest feature.
And of couirse Miss Booth realizes that
there is nothing she can do to restore
Tihe Newer Arithmnetic.
A t $11 per1 ton how many tons of coal
can lhe bought for $24? [The greenihorin
wvill answer "four tons."]
A stage coach robber was enabled to
lay ump $4,580 in ten months, but a Nia
gara Falls hiackmian salted down $5,2o5
In nine. How much better is it to rol'
at Niagara Falls than out West?
A tram) gets a cold biscuit at one
house, a piece of meat at another, an 01(1
vest at the third, and the owner of the
fourth kiouse runs him three blocks with
a dog. Hlow much more does the tramp)
resp)ect the fourth person than the other
It takes twenty blows of a hammer ia
the hands of a woman to drive a ten
penny nail three inches. She misses the
nail twice where she hits it once. How
many blows does she strike in all, and
how far can her voice be heard whenshe
strikes her thumb.
A gentleman who has a library of
12 000 volumes, opens ten per year. At
tils rate howv long wvill it take him to
reach the last book?
In one month the owner of a three
minute horse lied ninety-four times re
garding his speed. At this rate how
many times would he lie in a year and(
howv would it help the speed of thmellorse
A school teitcher gives a pup il four
teen p)aragraphs in the scienceof govern
ment, thirteen extumples in arithmetic,
three pages of history, one of grmmarm
one of orthograghy, and half an hour d
wvriting as a daily lesson ahd expects
him to-pass 75 pfcent. At this rate
how long will it-take her to rush him
into a hunatic asylum?
If a lawyer charges a plu ber $5 for
advice, and athe plunmber ah~te the
layr$5.60 for steppir~ ig r~ a
A,falooniAt b lys e nif~1tb
t1 ~~ltx s not ngto ue*
d$n -thi~ iThe'flkheb 4%1b