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TRI-WEEKLY EDITION. WINSBROS.CI,_EBRARA_1
There's a fleck of rust on a fawless blade
On the armor of price there's one;
Theae's a mole on the cheek of the lovely maid
There are spot on the sun.
Jut the blade of Damascus has succored the
The shield saved o knIght from a fall
The mole Is a grace on my lady's cheek
The sun shines for all.
A PLUCKY PARSONs
Laura Dunning was the belle of Ash
tonville-a fact no one thought for a
moment of disputing. And it was not
a mere doll's beauty that she possessed
of exaggerated eyes and eyebrows, for
every glance revealed a fund of genuine
'.iumor and intelligence.
Her life was a very ,pleasant one, as
she was tenderly petted and caressed
by parents and brothers, and followed
by admiring eyes wherever her pretty
*eet wended their blithesome way.
Always surrounded by a crowd of
suitors, she showed no si.ecial favor to
any of them, and, although many
would have given worlds to win her
preference, they could not be jealous
of each other when she received them
all with the same sweet smile and
But there came a change, and that
was when the new minister, R tlph
Osborne, made his appearance in Ash
Although earnest and conscientious
in fulfilling the various duties that de
volved upon him, he had very litttle of
the conventional "parson" in his ap
Tall, broad shouldered and muscular,
he would have offered a fine model for
an athlete, and he was fond of hunt
The young girls of the parish pro
nounced him "splendid," and even if
Laura did not say so, she certainly
7 Her bright, sweet face soon attracted
his attention, and, as he found her the
best-informed and most cultivated
young lady in the place, he always
managed to have a long chat with her
vhenever and wherever they met.
It was not long before she began to
anticipate these meetings, and her eyes
grew softer, her cheeks more brightly
pink, wh'.r she saw him coming toward
This could not escape the notice of
her other adnirers; j'alousy and ill
will heing aroused in consequence.
"Great idea," they said, "for a
canting parson to cut us ill out with
the prettiest girl in town."
And Ralph wondered why he could
not get on better with those he would
have gladly have made his friends and
Laura's brothers and cousins were
the only ones who eacouraged his
genial advances and appreciated his
There was one young man who could
not be satisfied with surly glances
merely, but made himself conspicuous
several times by his rude and unjusti
The minister exercised unusual for
bearance, maintaining a coolness and
equanimity that revealed the posses
-ion of philosophy as rare as sensible.
But Laura took the culprit severely
to task. She was never at all afraid to
speak her mind very plainly, when she
thought the occasion called for it.
V ~ "Dick Lawson," she demanded, "are
you not ashamed of having spoken to
your minister in that way"
That was only adding fuel to the
flames for poor Dick was very much in
love with Laura, and jealousy of Ralph
was piercing his heart like a knife. She
addressed him, too, exactly as if he had
'een a naughty little schoolboy.
Raph Osborne is not my minis
ter," he retorted. "He is a meddling
iarson and a coward."
I. "How do you know he is a coward?''
Laura asked, indignantly.
"Bcuehe does not dare answer
"Does not dare answer you!" she re
peated, contemptuously. "He con
siders it altogether beneath him to
notice the ill-humnor of a silly boy!"
With which crushing remark the
young lady raised her head disdainfully
and left him in a state of fury quite
"I'll prove him a coward before two
days are over," Dick said to himself,
and thereupon concocted a scheme he
thought must certainly result in the
minister's utter humiliation and de
The next day Ralph received a sum
mons to visit a sick lady living several
miles out of town. The road he must
take was quite a lonely one, leading
through woods part of the way; but the
drive was pleasant and picturesque, .and
he concluded to take his gun with him
to shoot any game he might happen to
"Miss Laura is very fond of quail,"
hie thought, "aud I may perhaps be
~fortunate enough to provide a dainty
httle supper for her.''
So he started off in very good spirits,
whistling and singing in a manner not
at all suggestive of the "canting par
son," as his jealous rivals called him.
He had just reached the most ro
mantic and picturesque portion of the
country, and was greatly enjoying the
.view of woodland and ravine, when a
rough voice called:
The minister was more surprised than
pleased, especially as a revolver was
held in very close proximity to his face.
Such a position is certairly a most
unpleasant one, but Ralph Osborne
was a man of perfect health, mentally
F} and physically. His nerves, too, were
A of steel. Surprise kept him silent for a
"Please remove that pistol," he said
at last, very quietly. "They sometimes
go off when you least expect it."
The man obeyed, as if involuntarily.
"Your watch and pocket-book, ant
quick, too, parson, I'm in a hurry.'
"Supposing I do not choose( to giv
up my valuables? And to tell the truth'
-here he seized his shot-gun, and aim
ing directly at the man, added-"I d
not choose. Now, drop that pistol a
once. Turn about is fair play."
His astonished assailant did as com
manded. without speaking a word
They were very near the brink of a
ravine, the descent of which, althougi
possible, was steep and uni-iviting.
"Now," Ralph said, "you may gt
down that bluff, and quick, too, foi
I'm in a hurry!"
And he still held his gun in a man
ner very uncomfortable for the would
be robber. The latter looked down the
desceut and then, completely demoral
ized, removed the mask from his face
and revealed the features of Dick Law
"I cannot go down there, Mr. Os
borne," he said, "and I own mysell
He presented such a very rueful pie
ture as he uttered these words that
Ralph could with difficulty keep from
laughing. Ministers, however, must
learn to control their impulses; and
although the muscles of his moutL
twitched suspicuously, he spoke with a
gravity most befitting the occasion.
'.Dick Lawson," he inquired, "d(
you know what I feel strangely tempt
ed to do?"
"Then I will tell you. I have an
almost irresistible desire to get out of
my buggy and give you the biggest
thrashing you ever had in your life."
If the young man was surprised be
fore, he was still more so now, and with
a deprecating look he replied:
"I believe, of the two, I had rathei
you would use your shot-gun."
"I will not do either if you will tell
me frankly and honestly what this
masquerading means, and why you
have cherished such evident spite
"Do you suppose I and my frienda
like to see a strange parEcn come here
and cut us all out with a pretty girl?"
"What pretty girl?" Ralph inquired
although he suddenly felt very much
enlightened in regard to the conduct of
the young men toward himself.
"Laura Dunning, of course."
'-You say I have cut you all out
How do you know that? I do not
believe Miss Laura ever said anything
of the kind, and I am very sure that I
"Just as if we could not see with out
own eyes! Aren't there girls enough
outside of Ashtonville?"
"Mr. Lawson, you are talking ver
foolishly. I certainly shall not deny
myself the pleasure of Miss Dunding's
society until she ceases to greet me
cordially. But we have no right,
either of us, to discuss the preferences
of a young girl. Now, as you seem
disinclined to descend that bluff,
perhaps you will dine with me? Of
course, the message from Mrs. Greely
was not genuine."
"No, sir. I do not care to ride, but
-Mr. Osborne, shall you tell anyone
"Yoa would prefer not to have it
mentioned, I presume, I will agree to
that. on condition that you attend
church next Sunday to hear the sermon
I shall preach for your benefit."
"I promise to be tbere,"
"And you have learned that a man
may be a preacher without necessarily
being a coward?"
"You are the pluckiest fellow I ever
And so they parted.
"I have cut them all out with that
sweet girl, they say" was the minis.
"I will see for myself."
He did. And Laura made her hus
band's home as bright and happy as
she had made that of her parents.
T REE-PLANTiNG iN FRANCE
reless Band Dunes Converted Into Valu'
able Land with Pines.
The French thoroughly appreciate
he advantages to be derived from sys.
ematic tree planting. Tracts of sand
1ave been covered with pine forests,
md the word lande, borrowed, as it is
:hought, from the German, is losing its
neaning of "waste." Till a century
igo alarge portion of the forest of
Eontainbleau consisted of bare sand.
ils, but the planting of pines was be.
pmn, a variety capable of stand-ing the
everest winters was eventually found,
md millions of trees now diffuse
ealthy and agreeable odors, besides
urnishing timber and fuel. The de
composed fir needles, moreover, grad.
ually form a crust of vegetable mold,
permitting the growth of trees and
shrubs less able than the pine to live
n air. The department of the Landes,
:nee a barren region, with sand so
loose that people had to walk on stilts,
is covered with pines, and the problem
of draining the subsoil has been solved,
as described in Edmund About's story
of "Maitre Pierre." The losses by fire
and anxiety to produce something
more remunerative than pine are now,
however, inducing of artificial fertiliza
ion. In many French watering places
unes have been transformed into
woods, thus holding cut to seaside visi
tors the attraction of agreeable shade
and a change from a monotonous beach.
Shifting sands have been prevented
'rom extending inland. In some cases
dunes have been acquired by companies,
which, after planting them, have cut
them up into building lots, and have
seen them dotted with villas. Else
where municipalities have taken up the
matter, and in large operations the dis
trict or the department has providel
the funds.-London Times.
Evriar man who works schemeu
fnal nnlls his own leg.
ON THE CROW RESERVATION.
a Indian Race that Is Fortunately
Fast Dying Out.
Our ride from the fort to the field i
-as through the pretty valley of the J
ittle Big Horn. We passed one large
)row village and at one point witnessed I
s picturesque sight-to wit, about a g
indred Crow Indians engaged in ac- s
mal manual labor. Capt. Watson, tho n
illitary officer in charg; of the Crow i
Lgency, has established here an ex
erimenatl farm, the Indians perform
:ng the bulk of the work. He had them
engaged In chopping down sage grass
Dn the bottom as we pat-ed. These
Crow Indians are the ri:jet vagrants
In the world. They own -he land com
posing the vast reservatIon, they have
free food and ammunition In abund
ance, and they only nurber about
2,300 all told. If they had their hold
.ngs in severalty they would have a
small fortune per capita.
As we came upon the sage-brush
,miters the landscape was full of color.
[he handsome ponies, with gay blan
cets and rich saddles, were tethered
n the plain, and the golden sunshine
vas gilding their trappings with au
cumnal effulgence. The bucks wore
broad white sombreros and were clad
In variegated blanket coats and trous
ers, while the squaws could have given
a June rain-bow cards and spades, so
to speak, in the matter of color (though
they really had hoes),. and I can truth
fully say that I never saw such a for
midable, forceful array and so little
achievement. The men were for the
most part sitting around, smoking cig
arettes or lounging half asleep, while
the papooses rolled in the sun, and the
iquaws alone swung the glittering
These Crow Indians, I take it, says
Dol. Cockeril, in the New Yoik Herald,
bear about the same relation to virile
Indians of the Sioux stamp that the
kenus corvus bears in ornithology to
the white-headed eagle. When one of
these Indians takes up a bit of land P
and sets up as a granger the govern
ment builds him a nice frame house. b
As soon as the house becomes pedicul
ous the aboriginal farmer sets up a
tepee on his front lawn, moves his fam
Ily and his penates into It, and, turns
the government mansion over to his
ponies. I saw a number of -instances
in which the corvine son of Agricola
aad thus returned, hog like, to his wal.
On ration day at the Crow agency
these genial wards of the nation flock
there to a man and woman for a frolic. P
Each gang is alloted a certain number t
of cattle, and they do their own slaugh
tering. This is a gala occasion for the
Indian and his dog. When a steer Is
stricken down he Is immediately evis- '
cerated, and the leading man seizes the
kidneys as a bon bouche. These are
eaten warm and raw, and if the buck b
is in high feather he smears his face I
with blood. The liver and heart of the 9
steer are eaten by tradesmen of lesser h
degree, while the squaws squeeze out a
the intestines and proceed to devour 0
them with gusto, cleaning by watej h
even being dispensed with. b
Engaged in this sort of barbario a
gustatory pastime will be found In
dians who have been schooled at Carl
isle and elsewhere, and who ought to
know better. And right here, under thea
shadow of the handsomest, best equip- t
ed agency in the West, and under the
eye of the finest cavalry barracks out
side of San Antonio, Tex., these Ini- a
dians dispose of their dead by hanging L
them up in tree tops. I saw within r
five miles of the fort a Crow corpse iny
a tree-a very becoming place for a
crow-and I could but regret the scarc
ity of trees and similar ornamenta- a
tions. It is somewhat satisfying -tct
know that these Indianse who cling sc
tenaciously to the skirts of barbaism r
are not fructifying. Their census r
shows an annual decrease of from
fifty to a hundred.. Their general
worthlessness and the vices and dis-'
eases kindly translated to them by the
whites may be depended on to do the
business, and the Crow Indian, like the C
Irish wolf dog, will soon be a reminla
IT WAS T HE HIGH F.
aow Gerster Once Reached That Diff
cult Note in the Old Academy.
Melba sang in high C with ease and
beauty the other night, and after the
excitement and enthusiasm had sub
sided an old-timer told this anecdote
"It was at the old Academy of Mu
si," he said, "and Gerster was the
favorite prima donna.- She was in par
ticularly good voice that night, and
when she started to sing the house was
absolutely silent. In fact, the stillness
seemed to increase as she sang, and
when she got to the higher notes peo
ple seemed to have stopped br-eathing.
Up and up she went, until finally I ielt
my heart beating violently at the fear '
that she would be unable to reach the a
limit she had set for herself. In an in- lJ
dennite sort of a way I noticed that D
other people around me seemed im- It]
pressed with the same fear, but the o
singer never faltered. Clear as a bell o
her voice continued to mount, until c
finally it had struck the high F. It '5
was such a wonderful feat that when
she stopped the house remained silent. a
People were so overwhelmed that they *
could not recover in time to applaud. 1
While this deathlike stillness prevailed
a. German in the top gallery, aroused :
beyond self-control, shouted out: "Gott.
Ia Himmel, dot vas d'er high F!" That
broke down the house, broke the spell
under which we were all enthralled, r
and a whirlwind o-f laughter and ap- a
plans followed. With her face ~
wreathed in iemiles Gerster ran off.
"That was not the climax, howevel
or, the enthusiasm being now let loose. a
the entire audience arose and shouted
and insisted upon the singer's return.
She came back, flushed with triumph,
and mirato si ~ng asmain. aAmin he
roice mounted up as high as it nad be.
'ore, and this time the suspense was
ren greater, because It seemed Im.
oLsible. that she could acomplist
uch a wonderful performance twice
a the same night; but she was in mag
Ificent voice and never faltered once,
n fact, the second trial resulted In a
renter triumph than the first, and the
econd high F was clearer, fuller and
more beautiful than the other. It was
I memorable night. I do not believe
hat anybody who was.,there will evet
orget it."-New York Sun.
A PERILOUS POSITION.
Kajor Dodd Trying to Save His Horse
The above cut deplets an incidenm
-hich occurred to Surgeon Major Dodd,
a -the Indian army, while riding along
, mountain road. The road gave away
eneath the horse's feetand the horse
ras dashed to pieces hundreds of feet
elow, the surgeon major mnilaging
HOxE's HE3oIC TUGGL'roB .IFE,
y great effort to cleoi himself. Th(
icture shows the rider, after he ha(
ot to the ground, struygllng to save his
orse. It was of no avaI4 for the ant
ial gradually lost what little footing
had at first obtaiid on the loos
ubbish, and fell down the precipice
s described. The Illustration is frog
sketch by Surgeon Major Dodd.
Attacked by a Rhinooros.
The author of "Discovery of Lakes
audolf and Stefanie" had shot a ze.
ra, and his men were making ready,
cut it up, when two rhinoceroses ap.
eared in the dIstance ,.Apparently
ie firing of the gun 1id disturbed
er nap, and made them thorough4
Though more 1 ur hundre(
aces off, the' rhinoceroses swerved
side when they saw us, and then
ashed upon us with the speed of rae
orses. As usual, my black compan.
mns took to their heels, making for a
)litary tree some distance off. It was
opeless for me to think of reaching it,
nd there was not so much as a blade
f straw for cover anywhere. And be
ind the dead zebra, which would have
een better than nothing, three of my
en were already crouching.
There was nothing for it but to brave
de situation out; so I knelt on one
nee, the beter to take aim, and with
iy elephant gun in hand waited to fire
tl I could hope to kill. It seemed a
mng time before I could cover the
houlder of either of the huge beasts,
nd I knew any other shot would be
seless. The result was that I did not
uil the trigger till one of the animals
ras only some eight or ten paces off.
It staggered and fell, but the next mo
lent was on its feet again. It was not
iled, but its ardor was cooled, for it
rned away, followed by its compan
)f. Twice It seemed about to fall, and
did not think a second shot would be
ecessary; but, it got away with un
Iminished speed, and though we fol
>wed it for some distance, we lost it.
"What does 'quartered oak' mean,
ther?" inquired little Dennis McKay,
rho had been reading tihe advertise
1ent of a large fur'niture mnanufactur
"An' here's the resoolt av iddica
on!" ejaculated Mr. McKay, with an
xpression of great contempt on his
ddy face. "Here's me b'y that's
en a-addin' an' subthractin', mool
ylyin' an' dividin' for the lasht sivin
ears coom nixt Daycimber, an' has to
sk his poor owid fayther the manin'
f a simple little soom boike that"
"Why, I didn't know-" began Den
is, much abashed; but his father gave
deprecatory wave of his right hand.
"And fwy didn't ye know?" he broke
i. "Fwy? Because the cooltivation
v common sinise is not included In
our coorycoolum at school, that's fwy.
tan' me oop in a row, an' ask me how
iany is elivin, sivinteen, twinty-wan
nd fourty-four, an' it's meself that ud
ave nivver a wurrd to say. But let
ie casht me oy inter a windy where
ere's chape chairs an' tables an'
ther furnitoor, marked 'quarthered
ak,' an' the owid shtory av the apple
t inter four paces, that larnt me as r
*y, cooms roight back to me.
"There's four quarthers to Ivery
lissed thing in this wurrld, Dennis, me
-, an' whin a table is 'quarthered
ak' accordin' to the man that sells it,
e the same token you may know it's
iray-quarthers poinle,aven if he makes
o mintlon av it."
THE Chinese government levies a
egular tax on beggars and gives them
i return the privilege of begging in a
REesING to make a fool of oneself
t Christmss is a very good habit to ge'
Katuralists are in doubt as to wheth
r the anan5 in a nlant or an animat.
SIRDS SCARCE IN MARYLANDN,
a Reasonable Explanation of the Fact
that Sportsmen Have Bagged Few.
This year's bird shooting season ln
Jaryland was a keen disappointment to
sportsmen, and their greatest chagrin
was caused by their failure to find
partridges or qual where they had been
represented to be in abundance before
the season opened. Two reasons may
be alleged for the latter. The frequent
whistling of the birds in the spring I
Nwhen they are about to mate is not
always a safe guide to the number ol
coveys that will be found in November,
and not sufficient importance is at
tached to the disposition of the birds
to migrate. The weather, the temperae
ture, and other conditions may multi
ply the calls of the birds to each other
in the spring and make them seem to
be more numerous than they really are.
The partridge, or quail, is more of a
.nigratory bird than many imagine,
says the Baltimore Sun, and this will
account for the mysterious disappear
ance of a number of coveys in Novem
ber which had been seen in the latter
part of August or early in September.
They often follow a river, moving down
one side or the other, so that.a covey
may be in November many miles from
where It was seen in September. This
Is verified both by actual observation
and by the fact that large numbers of
birds turned out by clubs in the spring
will raise families and disappear alto
gether from the spot where they were
released. It Is supposed that they have
moved south of the point where they
were released, for they seldom go north,
and it has been suggested as a remedy
that those who take the trouble to pre.
serve them during the winter should
release them some miles north of the
spot where they would like to have
The main cause of the scarcity o- t
birds during the season just closed was .l
the severe winter of 18913. Not only I
was there an immense amount of snow I
but the oold was intense and froze the
small water-courses tight The birds, 1
If they can get water, can manage to e
scratch a precarious living in the fields, t
but they are unable to make a fight (
against starvation and thirst at the t
same time. After such a winter several
moderate seasons are needed to bring
back the normal supply of birds. The
discontinuance of wheat or small grain
crops has had the effect of driving quite
a number of birds from their usual
haunts In search of stubble fields, and
this cause for their disappearance is
more likely to increase than to dimin
There Is one consolation to sports I
nen. The birds have been quite a& 1
scarce in former7ears, and have grad. c
ually multiplied under fAvorable con- (
ditions. By bringing birds from abroad 6
and feeding them during the winter t
and turning them out in the spring it F
may be possible to facilitate the mul. 1
He Outbid the Aged Widow.
Among the hundred or more person.
Ln attendance at the annual clearing I
sale- of unclaimed and seized merchan- t
Eise at the government warehouse at -I
Chicago recently, was Mrs. Nelson, n t
old and poorly clad Norwegian woman, 1
who scanned closely every small parcelt
of goods that came under Auctioneeri
White's hammer. None of the larger
packages were of interest to her, but I
when a small box which was numbered t
among the 616 various lots of goods and
catalogue as "effects" was handed up
she pushed eagerly to the front and in:i
trembling voice bid $1.
She could not hide her anxiety, an0
N'est Side dealers, suspicious that the
eox might contain valuables, began to
bid against her. The contents of the
box invoiced $16, and after that price
had been reached all bidders against
the aged woman dropped out with the
execption of D. D. Davis, of 114 West
32th street He ran the price up to $27.
At that Mrs. Nelson paused, and, over
-ome with grief, was led from the room
by her daughter. The box was after.
ward found to contain a picture of her
dead husbaift, a lock of his hair, and a
lot of worn woolen clothing that had
been sent from Norway, The duty on
the woolens was more than hirs. Nel. a
~on was able to pay when it arrived. e
~nd she has been waiting almost a year. a
hoping that the box and contents would t
go ata low price on the day of sale.
Webster's Boy Daniel.
"'Fame!'" echoed Mr. *Watter-son. It
"I never hear the word that I do not I
think of Dan'el Webster's story of the Ii
time he met an old gentleman in aa
railway car, and learning that he was e
from New Hampshire, thought he e
would draw him out a little about the I
old home State. A little more conver- 3
sation showed that the stranger came I
fr-om Mr. Webster's native town. '
Here was an opportunity not to be
"'Did you ever hear of the Webster
.'amily there?' asked the statesman.
"'Oh, yes; I know them very well.
V'he old man and I were great friends.(
"'Aht then you can probably tell me
what became of the boys?'
"'Well, Ezekiel became a big lawye;
-the biggest lawyer, I guess, in all e
New Hampshire. The girls, too, turn I
ed ouit well' t
"'You don't say so; and wasn't therg t
a boy named Daniel?'
"The old mnan pondered a minute be I
tore he answered.
"'Now I come to think, there was a r
ooy named Dan'l, but he went downe
to Boston years ago, and no one ain't
heard of him since.' "-K~ate Field'?
One of the balloons recently sent up
by French scetsswith automatic
ometers reached a height of ten miles,
where the thermometer registered 110.
agrees below sort.
T.E T uILE OF GOVrMNOR.
Vith the Exception of Two Statel
There Is No Legislation for It.
A c6rrespondent in one of our contem
iorarles has raised the question as tc
vhether the Governor of Pennsylvanic
s to be addressed by some distinguish
ng title, such as his Excellency. Thii
s a very old conundrum, both as apply
ug to the President of the United States
and to the Chief Executives in varioui
The.Pittsburg Times revives the his
orical fact that in Congress Immediate
y after the adoption of the Constitui
ion there was a joint committee on ti
le. There was a truly funny and long
ontlnued debate on the subject with
very strong disposition, participated
n by both the Southern and New En
,land Representatives, that the Presi
Ient should be known by some title
ofhether it should be his "Electivc
4ajesty," his 'Highness," or his ."Ex
ellency," was the subject of a mosi
Idiculous dispute, and it was conduct
d with so much gravity by some of thc
oremost men of the time.
Nothing was accomplished. howevei
LIud we have been getting further-lrom
he nonsense of titles ever since. The
'resident has none, and, with the ex,
eption of two New England States
here is no legislation in any of the
tates conferring a title on the Gover
or. It has been something of a prac
Ice with many, however, to speak ol
he Governor as his Excellency, and i1
is been used sometImes in official in
ercourse. Its commonest use, probably,
as been in petitions to the Executive
vhere it seems to have been thoughi
ell to use a little sweetening to securf
In this State we have had Governor
ith bad taste enough to encourage
he ise of the designation, "Your Excel
ency." Their communications have
een announced to the Legislature a.
W',m "His Excellency the Governor."
7hifs does not strike some pecple ai
ughable, but it is altogether so. We
.re confident that when the secretary
,f Gov. Hastings is intrusted with the
lelivery of any message to the Legisla
re his simple announcement will be
'a message from the Governor of the
"ommonwealth," and that there will be
o foolishness about titles.-Philadel
ASHES TO CURE CUTS.
tussian Physiciane Revive an Old
Method of Treating Wounds.
Some of the -best-known physiclan
a Russia are strongly advocating the
.doption in the government- hospitals
f an old Cossack custom of treating
-ts and wounds with ashes. The Cos
ack peasintry have treated cases in
his fashion from time immemorial,
.nd Dr. Pashkoff, a Russian physician,
vho has been studying the treatment,
'ecently said in an Interview in a Rus
"I strongly recommend the treatmen%
f severe cuts and wounds with ashes.
Dxperiment has convinced me of the
borough efficacy of the treatment, and,
a additwn", it is cheap, takes little
lie to arrange, and does away with
ulky -bandages, which have always
een the bane of nurses and physicians.
he best ashes are those resulting from
he burning of some cotton stuff or
nen, and only a very thin layer should
>e applied. If the wound has been
sade by some dirty instrument and
here is danger of blood poisoning it
hould be first washed thoroughly with
.lotion. The ashes with the blood
orms a hard substance. under whict
he most severe cuts heal with remark
Dr. Pashkoff has experp'nented with
shes on twenty-eIght car ~s of cuts and
nly two of the entire number failed
a result successfully. These cases
rold have been cured, too, had not
he nurses failed to apply prescribed
tions to the wonnds before the phy
cians took them In charge. It is ex
remely probable that the ashes treat.
ent will be adopted In the St. Peters'
surg hospitals before long.
A Good Price for Shot.
Meyer Horkeimer, dealer in ginseng
nd pelts, at Wheeling, W. Va., re
elved a consignment of ginseng from
.country merchant. It consisted o1'
ree barrels and weighed about 300
eunds. In sorting it appeared to be
ather heavy,. and several of the roots
ere cut open and examined, disclosing
hat they had been loaded with shot.
t was imnpossible to open all the roots,
o they were thrown into a tub of water
nd the loadled roots at once sank. The
zamination of the three barrels show
d that in 3(00 poundso of ginseng 27'
ounds of shot l!md been sertrd
hich, at $3.50) per pound, gave th e
eller a respectable profit on hi, work.
ihe shot had been inserted while the
oots were soft, the boles in the ende
No Use for His Feet,
The first mot of the new Czat' was de
vered upon the occasion of M. de
ers's coficial visit to the Emperor, who
eceived him wilth the greatest demon
traton of friends~hip, at the same time
xpressng the hope thar, notwithistaud
ag M. de Gilers's reporte'd wish to re
ire from office, he would stil.l continue
: work with him fo~t many 5 cars. "Fsut,
our majesty, it is serel 17.8.:l 0:
>ok at my feet, zuey will harly carryv
s." The Czar r'illed: "I a:n very sor
y for you; but, as f'ar as I am concern
d, I do not want your fect, I wantL you)
At the dinner-table in a coun try hotel
guest says to the~ waitress:
"Miss, are you sure that. this !s wiW?
uck that you've given me?'!
"Wildi Well, I should think !t was.
t you could 'a' seen us chasin' that
tuck more'n forty timnes around thec
arnyard 'fore we ketched it, I gum
red evo 'twas~ wilIU" -
News in .Brief.
--Monongahela means-a "river with.
-In Japan the flate is played onl)
men in rank.
Excessive meat eating is declared t.
enake ill-humored, irritable people.
Sulphate of atropine is the only
inown antidote for toadstool -poison.
-Thq Louisville (Ky.) water works
has a 16,000,000 gallon pumping en
-Paris connoisseurs affirm that oeku
borses for food are more tenler than
young ones. -
-The Hudson River is salty as far a
Pouighkeepsie, N. Y. seventy-five mile'
'rom its mouth.
Portland, Oregon, has a military
company, the height of whose memters
%verages six feet.
-rxprimeital crops of tobacco hav,
oeen grown in Oregon the past season
with goreat success.
-A woman of Calais, Me., has wo.
renown by mending a broken door-.
in ge wili. a hairpin.
-The White House corner stone wb.
'nid in 1792, and the building was fir-o
>ccupied by John Adams.
-Fried hominy is held by epicures i
general to be the proper accompani.
uen t for canvas back duck.
-A Cincinnati physician had diph
theria in his eye, where a particle ol
nucus from a patient lodlged.
-A snit of chain mail, such as wa..
aJeLd about the time of William the
,onqueror, often -cost -$1,000.
-Although boiling water is fatal tc
most microbes, some of them endure
Nxtre me cold with indifference.
-There wera 230 candidates for thk
ibrarianship at Lincoln's Inn, Lon.
ion; which pays $1,000 a year.
--The Chiiese invariably serve
manhflowor with duck, and the combi.
tation ii the epicures's delight.
-J. H. Tyers, the famous English
simmer, recently swam 100 yards in
,no minute and one fifth second.
Durable artificial silk, which is both
:eat and dressy, is made of waste wool
cotton by the aid of chemicals.
-An instrument at Rome registered as
Japanese earthquake, nearly a fourth
f the earth's circumference away.
-The most wonderful vegetable i&
the world is the traffle; it has neither
'oots, stems, leaves, flower nor seeds.
-The oldest coin known is in the
nint collection at Philadelphia. It was
soined in Aegma in the year 700 a
-It Is said that the gold product sor
Montana for 1S94 shows an increase of
ferenty-five per cent, over that of
-Canadian Indians have the old Ro
man habit of alternately gormandizing
and sleeping when there is a moose at
-The phonautograph is a newly in
vented machine which, it is claimed, -
-ombines the phonograph and the type
-Birds, as a rule, cannot focus the
eyes on an object save at a consider'abls
5istance, and then only with great
-Klepler firmly believed the moon t< .
be inhabited. He always spoke of the
supposed people of that orb as' "the
-'-The whole of the land on the globa
ab-ve water level, if shovelled into the
f'cific ocean, would fill only one
seventh of it.
-Automatic machines have beer,
devised for use on a moving trsan which
mechanically reco'rd the condition cl
wvery foot of the track.
-An electrolytic process is beinb
successfully used in Sweaen for the
extraction of zinc from ores hitherto
-English oculists are intensely inter.
ested in the case of a Manchester weaver
whose eyes magnify objects to fifty
~imes their natural size. -.
-The Philadelphia Grand Jury sug
gests that the street railway companies
of the city be compelled by law to
adopt at once fenders on the cars.
-There were two total eclipses os
tho sun in the year 1712 and two in
1889. This rare phenomenon will not
happen again until the year 2057..
-Rtedfield was the first meteorologis.
.0 prove that in all extensive severe
storms a system of surface winds' ii
'lowing in towasrd a storm center.
*--Old Tonm Tudor, of Mount Olivet,
Kly., celebrated his eightietih birthday
by marrying for the seventh time. His
tildreni do not object to the match. -
-Japan is a corruption of the Ohis
n'ose word Sisi- pen-kue, which means
"root of day," or "sunrs kingdom,''
because Japan is directly east of China. -
-A New York woman is charged
.vith training her twenty months old
baby to toddle into the rooms of a large
boarding house and steal money- and
-According to Gray, Michelet and
Dobby, three emiinent botanists, there
is not a single known species .of
mirine plant containing vegetable
-A very faint comet has been dis
covered in the constellation Aquarius
[y Professor Edward Swift, of the
Lowe Observatory, Echo Mountain
-At the altitude of twelve miles the
atmosphei-e has a density of about
one tenth that of the surface--that is,
the barometer would stand at about.
*-Scientific research shows tas
meats. tish, milk, .and other anirmal.
food cost throo times' more than flour,
meal, and other staple vegetabfe foods
to get the same nutritious result.
Wsrv.w a man ?aas nothing else to
din he writns lcvtert