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A OF THE31 ARE STILt m
~ .FOUND ON THE PLAINS. tn
eterwestng Accoant of the Manner
4M Which They Av'e Captured a
After Being Worn Oat and
Pretty Nearly Starved.
ERDS of wild horses are stil
found roaming over the plains' ci
of western Kansas and eastero t
Colorado, where the irrigating t(
litch has not yet meandered, and conse- u
juently the ranchman is sttil absent. q
rhere is plenty of buffs'o grass on these ti
irid prairies, but crons will not grow, c:
without artifical appliiation of moisture, t<
hence the wild hor3es and the almost a
equally wili cattle have still undisputed to
The wild horse isn't the least bit like c
the Texas or Indian pony. He is heavier, i
weighing from 800- to 1000 pounds,
while the pony weigbs from 50 0 to 750 e
pounds; he is squarely built, broad
a cross the hips, strong limbed, high
headed and stylish, while the Indian
rony is slim, thin legged, slender ia
body, low headed and a "slouch," but
the pony is shipped East and sold, while
the wild horse is xept at home. There
ate two reasons for keeping the wild I
horses at home. First, the plainsmen
kr.ow when they have a good thing, and,
second, a wild horse has to be broken
ev ry time he is hitched up.
There is no use in trying to break a
wild horse so that he will stay broken;
one might as well try to teach an Indian
to wear curl papers; but these wild i
horses are sure-footed, long-winded
strong-nerved saddle horses,and untiring
in harness. A team of these fellows,
weighing not more than nine hundred
pounds to the horse, will travel, week in
and week out, at the rate of 100 miles a
day, drawing the driver and _an ordinary
two-seated light wagon.
The method of capturing these wild
horses is peculiar and worthy of descrip
tion. Taey are not run down, but are
walked down. Each band of wild horses
has its especial range, and woe to any
intruders froma other bands. Tae range
seldom exceeds fifty mi's in extent.
Those who make it their business to cao
ture them go in parties of four, with a
wagon in which they carry provisions
for themselves, grain for their horses,
barrels of water, lariats, etc. As a rule
they take with them tifteen or twenty
saddle horses in order that they may
change mounts three or four times each
rwenty-four hours. They travel until
they discover with strong field glasses a
band of wild horses ten or fifteen miles
distant. Then they make camp
leavingC two men in charge
of the supply wagon and the extra saddle
horses. The other two then begin their
fatiguing task of walking the wild horses
down. They start toward thAdr game
bearing slightly to the right, in order to
get them started in a circle. Their ob
ject is to keep them circling around the
camp within a radius of twenty or thirty
miles. This is for the purpose of being
-. ear enough to their base of supplies to
ob~"vgh horses, and to allo w the
tired ones to res --g h "king" of
the band first catches sight of~in5men.
he starts oI~ at break-neck speed, the
rest following him. For a few miles
they pound along in a straight line an 1.
then begin to circle slightly. The Dur
suers manage to keep sight of the game
and to keep them going until they begin
to get tired and thirsty. The riders
never rush in on then; that would spoil
all their chances of a successful result.
Their sole object now is to keep the
game moving and prevent them fro~n
obtaining any water or food. Surprsin4f
as it may seem, it takes about three
weeks of this "Dr:. Tanner" business to
to get the wild horses sufficiently st.arved
down to allow an approach within a mile
of them. After this point is
reached, the men can easily keep the
horses going in an ever decreasi. g circle, f
until at last they are "milling" around j
within a radius of not more than fifty
yards. Now all four of the men come
into active service. They take a rape, at
least five hundred feet long, and, making
a slip loose in one end of it eight or ten
feet in diameter, they spread this upon
the ground and drive the game over it.
One of the men pulls the rope and gener
ally succeeds in snaring the foot of one I
of the wild horses. Tne rest of the band
are kept circling, while the man devotes .
his entire attention to the snared .
animal. A lasso is thrown over the cap
tive's head and he is choked down and a
chain twenty inches long is fastened by
a strap to one of his forelegs in such a&
way that it hobbies him. He can't make
much speed, because the chain wraps
around his other !oreleg and impedes his
progress. After the chain is attached
the horse is released and allowed to join
the band. This process of capture and 1
release is repeated until all of the wild
horses have been chained.
The hunt is now over, the "ga'ne"
captured and raised to the dignity of
horses in the minds of the men. The IC
wagon is packed, a team attached and f
and camno broken. Tue nearest water
hole is sought out and a pause made b
there until the saddle horses and the cap.
tured animals have had time to recruit fr
their exhauste~d strength. Lie wild tb
horses are not all'oxed t') drink all they re
want at first for fear of founsdering the:n.
They are herded carefully day and night
until they have becom'e rested and geaer
After this period of rest the "outfit"
is moved to the home r -h and after
thle wild horses have worn the chains for
a month they can be trustedri a field
surr.)unded by a good barbel wire fence,
prov.ided a nunuber *if tamne horses are
turnedi in with thet.. It is a great tass
to) t.?ac' them to drisnk water out of a
trough. They are fr'.;;tenel almuost out
of th"-ir 6:;at tue sight of a windmill
.a water:ank, and at first refuse to
driaik fr.':n a::y artiacial receptacle. The
wa;-ar a~ all)wed to run out up)on thie.
.round and the wild horses drinc it .i
Ire'ti;. This muethod is observed Ior at
~i ct und an I the water ra intc
an;d over themi. It requires four or tire tr
v.eek- fa'r taie animials to make up~ their *i
minds t:.at thec-e trou-;hs are um~ d:ada -e
trns, in'endJ .1 for thieir instint <leses i
1..1 Ar thzey drink ouce frati ->
m~zh their :ear disappears and tha. s
rLevr .g dan .'bject to tuhe u.e
lagtteanials ints a co:-ral, et
e,: ndo~eis another ta'k reg unig
--, asIl Cee of the watterin.4 piae,
z eu -e fe at in circ'iference!. 1: iP 1
rode pefCtly c'>c. boardezi up adi tI
ds.., P- ?m e t hiz.h. a.l. with a mzate
xteen leerwoue. 1T'F-viags ext-end,
V shape from the gates, to a distance
300 feet. These wing fences are1
ade of smooth wire, with siats at
.ched every twelve inches. Tae wild
id tame horses are driven into these
ings together. After the tame horses
ive gotten in the wild horses will make
rush, and will all want to get in at the
me moment. The instant they are in
ie men shut the gates like lightning,
2d the "circus be.gins."
The horses dash arounl Like crazy
eatures and it takes a lobg time for
IIni to -1iscover that they are not going
> be killed on the spot. They are kcp:
the corral over night and are let o'it
uickly in the ioruing. 3y feeding
1e= in the corral and avoiding all ex- 5
itement they are gralually acCustomne 1 C
> this close confinement. It takes six!
Lonths to get them used to their quar
,rs, and after that time they will file in t
ch night one by one of their own ac- E
ord. The wild horses are now ready to
se on the ranch.
All you have to do is to break the -1 I
very time you hitch thea up.--NUv
Marvels of Plantt Life.
Nowhere is the evidence of design in
ature more emphatically set forth than
mong certain forms of plaut life which,
a their various functions, seem to ap.
roach so near the animal kingdom that
he observer feels that there is some
trange piant animal-something that
night possibly form a connectiag link
yetween the animals an plants.
In a close study of these plants we see
nany evidences cf seeming intelligence
:hat are not found in some animals, and
;o remarkable are the actions of certain
lants that the impression is forced upon
is that we are confronted with intel
igence, or something strangely akin to
In the present paper I wish to cT11 at
ention to the group which is popularly
knowa as carnivorous plants, or flesh
eaters. A familiar example is the little
Irosera, so common in various portions
Df the couutry. The plant is small and
inconspicuous. The first one I ever saw
maught my eye by a sudden flash of fiery
red light, and kneeling on the damp
grass, I fa.rly caught the little carnivora
in the act which has rendered it so fam
ous. There weIe several tender,delicate
stalks in the centre, an. around about it
near the ground four or five singular,
round, pad-like objects, about the size
of small buttons.
These were leaves, and their upper
surface was covered with reddish ten
tacles that stood boldly up, each bearing
a delicate drop of dew thar gleamed and
glistened in the suntight like a veritable
garnet. Across the top of tne leaves a
long legged fragile insect lay, caught
but a second before and dying a most
Five or six of the hair-like tentacies
were thrown across its legs and wings,
holding it down and pressing its body
nearer and nearer to the leaf,while other
rich blood-red stalks were in all pos i
tions, bending over to encompass the
The sight was a horror in miniature,
and reminded me of the actions of an
octopus or devilfish, as the little cepha
lopod is commonly called. It has eight
sucker-lined arms radiating from a small,
dyd body, and each arm has all
as if with suppressed emotion~while
ver tne entire mass waies and varied
hades of color seem to ebb and flo i.
A N5ARRow EscAPE.
Saperly-"That was a narrow squeal.
hat uppums had the other day."
Sajoes-"I hadn't heard it."
Sapperly-"Y as-another man o' th
ane name was killed in a railway acci
ALL EXCEPT THAT.
"You 'nake all kinds of rings, I sup
>ose," e said to the manufacturin
"I would like to see you mahe tht
"You can s-say what you will ab-bou
erbert," she sobbed. "He has brought
unsne into my life."
"My dear," replied her father firmly,
'it's an optical delusion. You think
t's sunshine, but it's really moonshine."
Little Dot-"Lucy Locket wanted mr
o go get 'quainted with that new little
rirl, b~ut I wouldn't, 'cause that little
irl isn't used to good s'ciety."
Mamma-"Why do you think so?"
Little Dot-"She can't screw her nosL
pa bit."-Good Ne ws.
A Mousa for- a Woman's Pet.I
Mrs. Pauline Alexander, who has bee-1
ting matron of the receiving hospital
r the past, two months, officiated at thxe
>spital yesterday for the last time, as
ne'w matron takes charge to-d ty.
rs. Alexander has made numero:in
iends while fulfilling h'er duties, but
r are uone of the a with who:n she
grts more to part than a little dxan>
mrual which malkes its home wituiu the
ipoards of the kitchen.
"Mousey," as Mrs. Alexander nane 1
r r Iiend, is a little mouse with larg.
,rs asd thin body. Every mornin; at
L'cock, when Mrs. Alexader weat
d uty. a slight squeak could be hear l
soon as she entere). the kitchen. Oa't
dild come the little mouse an I hop
dand the rmom until some break fast
as placed 2 the f>or for it. Sa taan.
vi the m~auie beco.ue that every even
e it wold come out fro n under the
pbard door as sooa as Mrs Alexa?nd r
ould begin sujper for thc patients iu
Last night Mrs. Alexan ier call1 her
tie pet in hopes that she cyild case 1
and take it away with her. Tne mrn
e ot't when caliled, but woul-I nit iia
ughut. After eating froin a pile o~
umb placed on the dloor for it, the~
;tle fellow returue I to its closer, hauvia~
ei~ve the last meal fro:n its hu a n
ieud. Its next appe.urance on the Alo
te kitchen will proba->1y em's a1
aall sized pa'nic.-Sau Francx.eo Cj.nx
PAPA TRIES IT.
.~nma-And how did my lit tle no
e to sleep last night without mammn I
Little Pe-"Papa tried to sing to mle
ke y do, an' .1 hurried up an' went to
itEPOR TING IN COM ING AN D OUBT6
GO.LNG VESSELS AT NE W YOlK.
!nsfde Workings of the Obzervratorie5
lDwn the Big Harbor-1ow the
Ships' Signals Are Read-Th3
Observer as a Life Sarer.
F !HE Western Union Telegraph
Company makes $100,000 a
rear reporting the arrivals and
departures of vessels via Sandy
look and L-ng Island Sound. It is one
f the most profitable branches of the
errice. There is a station on the blufi
f the Highlands of Navesink, coast of
ew Jersey, from which stretches a wire
hat taps stations at Sandy Hook and
he Quaiantine grounds on Staten IsI
md on its winding way to this city.
Those three stations report all the ves
cls that enter and leave port by way of
5ar.dy Hook. The stations are called
narine observatories. Those of Sandy
iook and the Highlands of Nr';esink are
:onducted by three men, wbl take turns
>f eight hours each. Their priccipal
luty is to sight and signal passing craft,
)ut, in addition to being marine observ
rs, they are experienced telegraphers.
First of all they sight an incoming craft
in the east offing oi seaward toward the
east or south, and then they read the
Four colored flags which she flies. These
Las are part of the international code
By mearis of an international agree
ment every registered ocean vessel has
a certain set of signals to indicate her
name. No two vessels belonging to the
same company have the same signals.
There are no vowels .i the code. After
reading" the flags or letters, as they
are nautically called, the observer goes
to a big book containing the names and
signals of every ocean going craft, and
he picks out the name of the incoming
vessel in a jiffy.
Then he goes to the telegraph key,
and before the incoming vessel has trav
eled more than a few cables' length the
report that the So-and-So is "coming
up" is on the Maritime Excharge and in
shipping circle; generally. The opera
tors have a regular code for reporting
the vessels. Iii stands for Highlands,
G for Hook and Rn for Quarantine.
Here's how the crude reports read: 8,
Veendam L Rn; 9:04, City of New York
P in G; 7:10, La Bourgogne clear G;
10:4) stg S S P in G; no sig .rom east;
11:03, Newport, S of L B, Hi.
All of which interpreted means' 8
o'clock, steamer Veendam, leaving Quar.
antine: 9:04, sceamer City of New York,
passing in Sandy Hook; 7:40, steamier
La Bourgogue has cleared the bar
bound seaward; 10:40, a strange steane
passing in Hook, showed no - signals,
came from the east; and 11:03, steamer
Newport, south of Long Branch, re
ported by the Ilighlands. That's hov
the marine news is dished up. Fiag
are used as signals during the day, bat al
nihts lights are flared up, sky rocketi
and roman candles are discharged b2
vessels to inform the observers of theu
Every line has a fixed night signal
such as three white lights burned for
ward, amidships and aft, a blue and rec
forward and aft, three reds, etc. T1here
are hundreds of ditlerent ways of burn
ing these lights_ and rockets so tat t!
bserver may know to what line the ves
el belongs. He cannot tell the name eJ
the vessel by them, but he generally
knows what ship is due in any p~articai
ar line and his good judgment does the
In addition to reporting the. move
ments of shipping, the marine observer
has to maintain an hourly inspection over
in instrument which records the velocity
and direction of the winds. Tbis is done
for the Government, and for that sev
vice he gets extra pay. Then he has
frequently to give orders to incoming
nssels. This, too, is done by flags.
"You are ordered to Philadelphia," or
"Go to Charleston to load," is told by
two flags, but it requires a lot of hard
work to pick these signals from the code
book, hoist the tLags to the peak of the
hagstaff and keep an open eye for other
vessels, and receive private telegraph
"business" at the same time.
The disaster signals of incoming craft
tre also a source of great trouble to the
oarine operator. The mere presence of
he signal flags H. B., N. M. or N. V.
in the rigging of an incoming ship would
-nean nothing to the landsman,but to the
narine observer they indicate a dreadful
predicament, the first signal reading, "[
want immediate assistance," the second,
"I am on tire," and the third, "I am
The marine observers have saved many
Sgood ship from destruction. They have
andled the letters J. D.--"You are
tanding into danger"--.thousand of times,
id with their old have warned mariners
o had ventured too far in shore or too
aear some dangerous shoal. -
At the Quarantine station there are
our operators and two news gatherers.
rhe latter go aboard all the vessels from
oreign ports, get their manifests, ab
tracts of logs, passenger lists, if they
mave any, and such other papers and in
ormation as the shipping world may re
mire. One works during the day, the
ithier at night. The wirethat runs from
~e Highlands of Navesink, Sandy Hook
d Quarantine has three conneet.ons in
ihis city. One is at the Maritime Ex
:iange, the second at the Ship News
)ice at the Battery, and the thirdi in
he Western Union main office. There is
Swire to Fire Island, but this connects
vith the main office only. These wires
Iriginally belonged to the Sandy Hook,
Quarantine and City Island Telegraph
30mpny, an enterprise of the Maritime
?xchange, which was absorbed by the
Western Union a few years ago.
The observatory at Fire Island is
sout as tall as that of Sandy Hook. The
a'tter is nine stories high. It is a nar
ow, dingy tower. andl is braced by ia
nense stays that run crosswise through
ts interior. There arc four portholes or
hi story or Onua 'n ach suile. Thes'
prtnoles are used for the telescopes
with which the vessels are sighted. Out
mide the portholes are faa-shaped ledged
with covers to keep the telescopes from
falling when suddenly abandoned and
also to prevenit the rain fromn falling on
the glass and obscuring the vision.
The telegraph company charges $1 for
reporting an incoming veesel. Of late
rears an extra fee of twenty-five ceats
has been put on by boatmen who want to
know whether their boats are coming in
from a crmise "light" or with a tow.
The chiel marine observer receives a
'An effort was ma 6 gto get one of the
many operators in the main office to take
his berth, but all refused. "We do not
wish to be buried a!ive," they said.
This same De La Motte has been a life
time in the service and it will be hard to
get a man to fill his shoes. His family
hve at Sandy Hook with him. They
have a cottage on the inside beach, near
the life saving station.
It takes five hours for a steamer to
reach her pier after being sighted o'l
Fire Island. Twvo hour3 of this are al
lowed for the journey between Fire
Is'and and Sandy Hook, one hour from
Sandy Hook to Quarantine, an hour's
delay at the boarding station, and an
hour's steamin from Quarantine to her
pier. -New York MKil and Express.
A Curious House Built by Nafure.
It is a grand house and to build one
like it would cost millions of dollars,
if it could be done at all. And yet the
man who lived in it had hardly a dol.
lar to his name. But then he didn't
buy the .mse, beeause it was made by
nature on the rocky walls of Cabino
Canyon, in Arizona, thousands of years
ago, and has been ready for an occa
pant ever since.
The man who lives in it is a pros.
pector known as Mike. What other
name ho has is not known, and besides
it doesn't natter. He says he was
going up the canyon one day a year or
so ago when he first saw the place, and
thought it was a honse built by man.
When he saw his mistake he simply
took possession. Mike's house is truly
a most deceptive piece of nature's
handiwork and a very useful one. It
;is on the canyon walls, probably 100
~eet above the bottom and a flight of
natural stone steps leads up to it.
It is hard to convince one's self that
it is not the work of man until it is ex
amined closely, when its enormous size
slone would make a person know dif
ferently. It is only one story, but the
outside wall is over 100 feet high.
The door, which is in good propor
tion, is over tn enty-fivc feet high, and
the room on the inside reaches up and
ends in a black vault that there is no
telling how far away it is.
When Mike wants a tire he just makes
it on the floor and the smoke curls up
to the top and disappears somewhere.
This is somewhat strange, as no water
comes into the place and the smoke
oannot be seen coming out anywhere.
But it very likely goes through some
issure into a cave beyond.
But Mike doesn't cAre where it goes.
He is satisfied with the convenience,
and thinks he is the best fixed pros
pector in the mountains. This house
of rock is most stronly suggestive of
Egyptian architecture, and also bears
a great resemblance to some of the
cave d wellings in the Salt River Valley.
The thing is an interesting curiosity,
and although it is the house of a pros
pector now there is a strong possibility
that it may in the past have done duty
as a home for some members of the lost
races of this strange country. -San
Horse Breedlng. -
Horsc breeding is one of the important
industries of the country, and of recent
years there has been a noticeable increa-se
competition of the West Li not felt in the
Atlantic States in horse- breeding as in
cattle growing. A tair idea of the rela
tive importance of this industry in the
varying sections is given in the reports
of the several State agents to the Depart
ment at Washington.
It is claimed by the New York State
agent that in New York the soil, grass
and water produce horses of stronge'
bone, sounder feet and harder musclea
than the alkaline soil on which so many
Western horses are reared, and that at
tention is given to the breeding of a
finer class of horses for road and carri
age purposes. This claim, however, is
not admitted by those interested mn horse
breeding in the West. Improvement in
number and quality of horses is reported
in Virginia. T.~he introduction of Ham
bletonian and cher strains of thorough
bred blood has been of great advantage
in North Carolina. In the cotton States,
especially the Gulf States east of Texas,
the rule has been to purchase from Ten
nessee or Kentucky in preference to rais
ing horses, but there are signs of some
change in this respect.
A tendency is noted in Texas to im
provement through better breeds. Ken
tucky. shows no tendency to reduction of
numbers though prices are not satisfac
tory. Through the Ohio Valley there is
litte change in numbers of horses.
Horse raising in Iowva is less absorbing as
a rural enterprise that it has been except
as to trotting stock. There is a ready
sae for well bred horses in Missouri at a
good price, and increasing tendency tc
improvement in quality. In Kansas the
supply is greater than the demand ex
cept for desiracle draught horses. A
strong tendency to increase the stock of
horses ia apparent on the Pasciflc coast,
and especially in California.--N.v York
Guiana Indian Customs.
About nine miles above Akymna is a
(arge village of aboriginal Mdacusi In
ans. They are said to be peaceable
savages, who build little grass huts and
o about in pui naituralibus. Among'
their singular customs is that of ban
iaging the legs just below the knee and
around the ankle, so aLs to p)roduce an
abnormally large calf, beginning the
:ractice in infancy, as the Flathead In
lans do with their heads and the Chi
aese with their feet. Dame fashion die
;ates strange things even in these re
note parts. Their neighbors, the Caribs,
follow her decrees by making a pin
ushion of the lower lip, by sticking
ato it several long, slender pins of
one or steel, resembling knitting
aeedles, or sharp thorns where pins
re unobtainable, which they remove
or the exigencies of eating anid kiss
ng, and afterward return to the same
lace. -Philadeiohia Record
Capital punishment in Russia, Eng.
land, Scotland, Ireland and the United
States, except New York, is by hang
ing ; in France, by the guillotine ; in
Soain, garrote; in Germany and most
other European countries, by behead
Breeding png dogs is one of the in
A BANANA SALE.
PICTURESQUE SCENES ON A NEV
Disposing of a Cargo of the Fruit a
men to Coload the Vessel
Sorting the Bunches.
RECENTLY inaugurated sys
tem of selling the incoming
cargoes of bananas at pultit
auction is meeting with grea
success. It is estimated that fully sixt
per cent. of the imported fruit is nov
disposed to the highest bidder.
These sales, which occur irregularly,
whenever a steamer arrives, are hell
on Pier 3 North River. The vessel:
employed in the trade register fron
800 to 1400 tons. They are chartere'
by the importing houses of New York
and fly either the English or the Nor
wegian flag. Whenever a steamer bear
ing the popular fruit is reported out
side notice is given to the trade. Th
sale begins as soon as the steamei
makes the dock and its hatches ar<
One of these sales occurred on the
steamer America. It was announcet
that she wonld reach Pier 3 at 2 p. m.
At that hour the pier was crowded wit]
chattering Italians, representatives o:
dealers and longshoremen. The long
shoremen were waiting for a chance t(
work at unloading the steamer.
Through what seemed to be an im
penetrable mass of barges, car-float
and other craft in the slip the Americi
forced her way. As she glided alon
the pier, before she was even made fast
the owners of the cargo, the auctionee
and his assistants, the tally clerks, th
graders, the boss stevedore and th
prospective buyers, jumped aboard ani
anxiously gazed into her hold. Th
hatches had been removed. Th
weather had been stormy, and it wa
expected that in addition to the usua
wear and tear to which the fruit is ex
posed it had suffered from the tossin.
of the vessel in its tempestuous jour
ney. The appearance of the fruit wa!
reassuring. It had been well stowe<
away and was in good condition.
Hanging platforms were rigged ill
from deck to deck, and a number o
trucks backed to the dock's edge. Thei
came a curious scene. The boss steve
dore produced from somewhere a sial
canvas bag. As he was seen with it i
his hand the longshoremen made a rus]
for him. With the assistance of i
policeman they were driven back ant
kept at a distance from the stevedore
who made his way across West stree
and mounted an empty truck standin;
atthecurb. Thelongshoremen masse<
themselves around the impromptu stant
and, with expectant looks, held il
their hands as boys do in the school
room to eatch the teacher's eye.
The stevedore scanned the upturnet
faces. He was looking for men tha
he knew were active and sober. As h<
picked his men, he called them b'
name-such namues as "Mixed Ale Pat,
"Big Steve," "Shorty," "Old Con
nolly," "Freshy," and others not in
tended for publication. As each mar
heard his name or nickname called
look of satisfaction came over his fac,
and he eagerly pushed his way to th<
truck, where the boss stevedore hanide<
round, brass check, with a stamped
umber. A station on the pier, on the
eck or between decks, also was as
;igned to each man. He hurried to the
;hip and reported to the time-keeper
A gang of twenty men were selected,
nd it was announced that in half atn
our another set would he picked out.
.s the work of unloading progresses
ore men are needed to pass the
unches from hand to hand from hold
o pier. As a measure of economy the
ne are hired only when they cmi be
When all was in readiness, the men
in line, two trucks for each M'tehway,
Sgrader after each hatch adi a tally
Dlerk for each truck, the auctioneer
nountedl his rostrum. It was a tall
stand with a canvas awning. There he
called the buyers to order. These had
gathered on the ship's bridge, from
which point of var'tagc they overlooked
the entire operation and sa the con
dition of every bunch. These were
baanded up from hand to hand, and as
they passed the grader he gave them
one look and classified them as "one,'
"two" or "dock." "Ones" were th.
so-called "nine hands ;" "twos," the.
so-called "nine hands" rejected
(smaller bunches), and "docks" the
over ripe, damaged or loose and
broken bunches. These are dumped
in old fruit boxes and disposed of after
the fruit in good condition has been
sold. Each truck bears a sign on ai
pole on which is chalked the numnber
of the truck and the grade of thet
bananas. As soon as the truck has its
full load of banana bunches, which i'
the unit of these auction transactions,
the tally clerk informs the auctioneer:
who shouts the number of the truel
and calls for bids.
The dealers are all Italiane, ant
most of those at the sale are familiaa
figures at the auctions of Californi
fruit, which are conducted by the
If a person wishes to taste a banan
in all its lusciousness he should eat on:
of those which have ripened natural1
n transit. The full tiavor of the frmi
is intact, which is not the case wit!
the bunches ripened artiticially by th~
ew York dealers.--New York Wodd
WHAT SAVED EHI.
"Time I was out in Colorado," sai;
Ie man with the ginger beard, "I wot
esed by the bloody Injuns into
cave, and had to stay there thra.
bonths without anything to esit."
Here the mar with the ginger beare
looked arouna detiantly, expectii
~me one to doubt his assertiont. hi:t
i no one spoke, he was compelled i~
'I s'pose I would ha' starved," i
cntined, "if it hadn't ben fer iu
wife and family back East. Whenewe
[ would git to' thinkin' of them, a bi
lump would rise right up in my throat
~nd, by swallerin' that, I kep nysel
fom starving. ".-Indianapolis3ourinal
"Yes, I wrote that," said the poc
"It's one of my greatest efforts."
"That's what I thought," said lh
friend. "It was one of my greatest e.
forts to read it." - Chicago Nie
wORDS OF WISDON1
Worry is a tack in our shoe.
Poverty and sin are partners.
A kiss is a language to itself.
A siah is the effervescence of sorrow
There's crape on the door of the whol
Every man has in his heart a slumber
Who ceases to be a friend never wa;
A bird would sing just the same if no
body heard it.
Tl'he prettiest women are rarely ti
D. they call it a white lie because th
dirt shows on it so easily.
He who deserves nothing has no righ
to complain of anything.
We like those to whom we do goo(
better than those who do us good.
True courage never figures on results,
Prudence looks after that consideration
The average reformer never sails int<
the faults to whi.h he himself is ad
Happiness is the shadow of man; re
membrance of it follows him; hope of il
If Cleopstra's nose had been shorte
the face of the whole world would havi
The mind of each man is the focus c
the human race and his voice an echo c
the whole creation.
Everything else of time melts int
eternity without resistance or complaint
Why does not man? Oaly because he i:
sinful and discordant.
Archimedes sits in history crowne,
forever with that golden crown of Hier
by means of which he discovered th,
law of specitic gravities.
The disinterested lover of beauty
goes throuzh the worli as free as a humn
ming bird, and advances wherever th<
iivinity plants his lures.
Asphalt pavement was first laid i
Paris in 1854.
A calf in Lumberton, Conn., capture
and eats chickens.
A man in Liberty, Me., has whisker
eight feet in length.
A gold coin depreciates five per ceni
in value in sixteeu years of constal
The first trial of woman suifragE
curiously enough, was on the Isle
Soldiers in the Italian arnv are at
lowed cigars as part of their daily r:
I At Vernon, Mich., a hen has take
to watching over a litter of young pie
day and night.
1 An eccentric Philadelphian whos
ill was urobated the other day stipu
Lated that the entire estate, valued
nearly $300,000, be converted into go:
;Lameness in horses is somectim!
cured by giving them the opportunit
to swim. In swimming tihe samne mus
cles are exercised as in trotting, bt
Iwithout pain to feet or legs.
'In Germany rand Hungary mnag
qaites are attac'hedI to the~ lime
inden meTI(. Ini someI vallages it
prevent a witch from entering.
Katie Smith is a little eight-year-ol
girl, of Chi'ago, Il]., whio is withou
hands. By means of an artificial han.
~he writes legibly, and she alo write
by holding the pen in her ioouth.
At the entrance of the hairbr oi
I~astia, in Corsicoi, is a rock which bear
ytriking resemnblance to a lion couchant
byen to its mane, which is formed by.a
hick growth of bushes andll creeping
IHortensius, the Roman orator, ha;
bt memnory so wondsrful that, on
wvager, he spent a whole day nt a:
ution and at night repeated all th<
ales, the prices and the names of th;
A drawing of Charles I.'s head in St.
ohn College, Oxford, England, pre
ents, at a short distance, the appear
knee of engraved lines, b)ut on closi
nspection th1ese lines are found to con
tain the Psalms, creed and the Lord'
;The Adersbach rock~s, in Rohemia
cover some fifteen square miles. The,
are formed of sandstone, and are in
kerspersed with a perfect maze of pas
sages shut in by smooth wall:s of snel
similarity t ha-t to keep one's bearingi
no easy matter.
Cromlechs, found in many coun~
tries, are rude monuments tfo thie dead
Nearly seventy round towers, fron
thirty to 135 feet high, are found i:
various parts of Ireland. Tihey ar<
believed to have beeni used in the eer
emonies of fireworship.
The native place of the pohato is stil
an open question. but is p)robably th
tropical regionis of Ame-:rica. Therei
a tradition that the vines.' onlce grew t
monstrous size, and tht the "baLls
were of the ''bigness of melons," an'
at that time the roots were not tuber;
the edible parts growing among th
An alventurer who h-id drifted int:
wihout fojod ,r mener&~. He went ou
and sh'ot a deer, whiich in its dyin:
agnes kicked up~ the dirt and dis
ecosed -igns of gold. The poor mai
staked ouit aT claim, and opened one (
hem:> p~d~.~ro)itable mniues e-:er wor~es
,Wrikle I forehells in cail~Irca be
I'.kea coasum,tion, rickets or idice
V ~rtical -::inkles of the brow comne earl
to nnam who do) mu::1 hrain wor'
Arched and crosmia; wrinkles a20:
the. lower iddle of tie fordie~s I t)ne
piiclor mental s:i:ferKn .. FE
eose-meiedh~ wrinkles wic'a cover t.
face, si:zn of age and decrepitu le, at
causedl by loss of contractihe nerv
force, and are prevented by hot bathin:
frction and. elcctrizity.-At!aata CX.
CIYT Us POOR REE.ATIONS.
Upson D.ovnes-"Parveneer belies
in pruning his gcnealog~ical tree."
R. Iwne de Boutr-"How is thiat?"
U~ pson Downes-"H~e cuta his p<
Idaho uas a Wild [ai '
Tae wild man of Idaho has again mad4
his appearance. Many of the people 'ir
ing in Long Valley, in Boise County,
bave reported having seen him in the
timber of the surrounding mountains
upon several occasions.
A sheep herder, while tending his
aock, saw a man wandering along the
ridges of the mountains who would dis.
spear as soon as he saw that he was ob
3 served. The herder hid in a tree, and
was rewarded by a sight of the uncanny
. teing. Lie was a man about five and a
half feet in height, with dark brown hair
, reaching almost to his knees, matted and
Interwoven with burs. His beard was
long and similarly adorned. He were
what was at one time a pair of gray duck
)veralls, but it was tattered and torn.
t [a his hand he carried a short hesvy
itick. As he was passing along a grouse
lew up, and, quick as a flash, the wild
man threw his stick, and with such un.
-rring aim that the bird was killed. It
was then eaten raw.
The herder hastened to his camp, sad.
Iled his horse, and pursued the wild
nan, and when he had overtaken him,
!adeavored to secure him by means of a
ariat, but faiied. The strange being
ma with the speed of a mintain goat
sver rocks where no horse could follo 7.
Since that time, more than a month ago,
he has not been seen or beard from.
Several insane persons have escapel
from the asylum at Blackfoot as well as
from the penitentiary at Boise City. A
number of tham have never been beard
from, and it is probable that the wild
mau is one of them.-New York Ti:nes
From Prosperity to Poverty.
We have only to study the everyday
life around us to realize the truth of
the scriptural saying that "riches have
A few days ago our news column.
contained a brief statement to the ef
I xext that a man in New York who had
ence ranked with the money kings of
ithe metropolis had been arrested fez
.tealigii a loaf of bread worth eighLt
i-ents. Greed led this man into unsue
eessful speculations, and at last, friend
Less and penniless, his thrift degen
-rated into theft, and the jail saved
him from stervation.
I And now it is announced that Henry
llugh McCosh, once the right hand
. man of A. T. Stewart, the dry goods
t prince, dropped dead in. a dirty alley
in the slums of New York. Succes
turned his head and made him a
- drunkard. He squandered his fortune,
ain a man he had befriended paid him
1 day as a sort of pension. This
sum was expended in liquor, and it
turned the once prosperous merchant
into the bloated corrse of a pauper.
n I Whether men are sober or sottsh,
s virtuous _r vicious, wise or foolish,
they cannot with any degree of cer
e taincy 0ount on the favors of fickle
forone. One is wrecked through his
t good and strong points, and ancther
d through his bad and weak points. The
shrewdest man of business may get to
s the top of the hill onl to make a pre
Scipitate descent, while his Silly Billy
.of a neighbor blunaers into the place
t left vacant.
But it is a small mat ter-this descent
from riches to poverty-when we take
ethe right view of it. The millionaire
r and the mendicant of to-day are bound
fin themselves on the same level in
a not hor v - p'e os p and
the other goes down in this world, w'
should anybody cry ; We have been
t f-riwrued that these thingrs must be
xeetea. -Atlanta Constitution.
Ueogs Heney in S ie Plihing.
Sothey maike money out of vmalI
. sings inahotci?" exclaimed the New
York drummer with the lynx eye and
cat-like tread. "Well, miy I fail to
age un ten dolla to the house for
l Xnses niot incurre-1 if they don't. I'll
aive you an illustration. Out in a caty
Where they are going to hold a big fair,
thees one paracular big hotel of many.
A. " spce~ ia th~e basement is devoted to
00 totackicg establishment. Every
mine is registered on an indicator.
Tere ar'e about tse'atv chairs. I have
een as~ high as 550J shines registered in
e dla. It never falls below 450.
\e wil say that 509 is> a fair daily
verae. At ten cents a shine the day's
eceCits are lifry dollars,or $350 a week,
$150J a month, and $18,500 a year-the
icomne of a fortune of $400,000 at five
pecr cent. aal all from so triflinrg a thinig
-9 -b btblackings-.-Washintonl SLar.
soULD~gT FOOL EIM.
"Nay, there, said the art deailer,
trinig asi-le the curtain that hid his
- tramure fromn view,."is a genuine Titian
in excellert preservation.. It's the gem
of the collectLi."
3 r. i:.ixell regy;dedl the litt'e paint
"Humn-what's it wizU." M'' da
3"Five thousand dolla.s.-'
s"Fire thousand dolbi~r'1" echoed Mr.
o Gaswell in the cold, bard tones of a man
ccusomed to running up against all
I s'orts of gat.es and getting the best of
them; "if my daughter Sarah can't
e paint a better-looking picture than that
at an outside cost of $4 75, frame and
i, I eat it. Show me something big.
cr."-C iicago Tm i bune.
-A r.UsY MtAN.
lIe was a big, srrong, healthy-looking
~felow', and when he knocked at a
kithen door on Antoinestocet and asaked
for~ something to eat, the womi:m was no'
"Want something to cat, do you?" shin
"I'm very hungry, ma'am," he re
"You ought to be."
Y I a:n," he admsitted, 1.u-ubly.
C- 4"Why dou't vou go to wor.d"
1 'Klaven't timec?" 'ie asked inmitpe
S"N.o, ma'amn. I'm biu."
e '-i~usy, indee-l!' she said, sarcauti
caly. "I'd like to know wvhat kes
-' "Humsrtn' aro;ud froi house to house,
"H um:uin' arotund fro:n house to home,
.maaan, tryin' to -;k s.,.netin-i to~ ea',
in:es uin all- i;,- tioe, s I4 dojet' have
ny lct 'to wvor 'r. T'uat's the gospel
es tr t, msa'amn; an li' u d->a't give me
a bite I'll have to waste twvo er three
precious hours, m'anm, le~k:n' up some.
010 body that will,-' a-i his nerre saved