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A DOG'S CHARITY.
Remarkable Case of a Hound's Priend
Late in the afternoon of a raw da
in November, as a doctor alighte
from his carriage at the door of h
stable, after a long drive over fros
bound roads, he was somewhat starle
by the sudden appearance of a hount
which trotted up to him withou
:eremony, and, seizing him by th
skirt of his long driving coat, er
leavored to pull him in the directio
Af a shed adjoining the stable. Tb
loctor remonstrated rather vigo:
)usly, whereat the dog inimediatel
released his hold, but instead of rut
aing away retreated in good orde
towards the shed, whence he pre!
!ntly reappeared and tugged at th
oat as before.
Having freed the horse from th
shafts of his buggy, the doctor wei
into the house for a lantern; as b
:ame out the hou,:d again approache
and repeated his previous perforn
inces. - This time, greatly to th
:reature's delight, the doctor fo
towed him into the shed; and ther
in a remote corner, stretched at ru
length on his side, and evidently in
:ondition of exhaustion, lay what
known as a "coach dog"-a shor
haired animal of medium size, whoE
is thickly covered with small blac
and white spots.
By the light of the lantern th
loctor looked the poor fellow ove
:arefully, and soon found the cau:
)f his break-down in torn and bleet
Iog feet that made travel impossibb
Here was a charity case indeed; an
to such appeals of charity U
physician is ever ready to respond,
A comfortable bed of straw and
good supper were quickly provide
for the sufferer. His feet were the
tleansed, anointed with a soothic
)intment, and wrapped in bandage:
the hound looking on meanwhi]
with every manifestation of intere4
and pleasure. He was invited by tt
hosdtal doctor t> spend the nigh
with his canine friend, but he di
:lined the invitation. Jiaving see
his companion properly cared for, I
hurried away as if on important bus
aess, but when the doctor went 1
the stable next morning he found tl
faithful creature at the stable ao<
waiting for admission.
When he was permitted to ente
he went straight-to the patient ar
[ wish I could report word for woi
what passed between the two.
have no doubt the hound inquirt
Into his friend's condition, congrat
sated him on having found an asylu
in his extremity, and, in reply to e
pressions of gratitude and obligatioi
protested that he had done no mo:
than any self-respecting dog woul
lo under the same circumstance
Re remained about the stable fI
talfian hour and then left.-O
india a Century Ago.
There is a curious Old World G
zette that tells us of his life at Ce
cutta and gives us strange glim'ses
a time that is no more- To make i
for the lack of '-khitmudgar at
cook," our subaltern provided hi!
self with a slave, and dire was his a
ger if his human chattel attempted
change his condition. He advertisi
his loss in hot haste, telling a symp
thizing public that for the great
security of his rights he had his me
ter's initials branded on his arn
Would any one to whom the l1
might apply for emplyment send hi
back to his owner?
Luckless lad and basely defraud<
owner! Surely human merchandi
must have been cheap to come with
the means of '-scanty~ ninety-five
It was but natural that the subaltel
should follow where his superiorc
ticers led the way, and those high
in the service kept not one but se
eral slaves to do their biddin
Lieut.-Col. Call, stationed at Fo
William in 1786, advertises for
slave boy who has dared to lea
him, and says he "wlli esteem hir
self par ticularly obliged" if any ge
tieman will enable him to recov
his lost property. A few .ears lat
the East India Company had recc
nized that slavery was a blot on o1
social systeh and issued a noti
that any one found dealing in th
"detestable traffic," "so shocking
humanity," would be punished wit
the "utmost severity." This notic
however, seems rather to apply
those who were exporting slaves th;
to those who kept them for their oi
Journeys in those old days we
sleepy,lengsby, and withal expensi
luxuries. It was naturally a seriol
business to get to and from Europ
and masters of sailing vessels were,
seems, inclined to make their charg
exorbitant to their luckless passe
gers. The honorable East Ind
Company, In its paternal relation
its servants, issues warning%, coi
mands, and regulations ou the su
ject, but apparently with littler
sult. At last a table was drawn u
wherein it was stated that, whi
general otticers should pay 20 I
their passage, an ensign should pi
?105, and a cadet ?70. Commande
were warned that if by any nmeari
directly or indirectly, they shou
take or receive furtner sums of mioni
for the same tuey should pay to tl
company, for the us of the Popi
Hospital, treble the sum so taken..
The Cornhill Magazine.
Novel Discovery of a~ Comet.
Eclipse photographs taken in Ch
in April, 1893, showed a comet-li
struoture in the corona, near the sui
south pole, but nothing of the ki:
could be made out on photograp
taken in Brazil and Africa. Witht
idea that faint objects csa easily
found when it is known where to lo
for them, however, copies from t
negatives hava been compared and
is found that the photographs
show the object. Its angular distar
from the moon's limb, ats p:hu
graphed from the diltereut staitim
has finally been measured, andi
variations of this distance seemn
prove conclusively that this intere
ing apparition was really a comet
.ZQVRaTE FOR THE GREEDT.
1.Mother (returning to the luw
ta~ble after a temporary absence)
'"Whf, where are the jumbles, Tc
my? How many did you eat whil
-Tommy l(aged seven) - "I. do
know, mnamd You told me xt
very rude to oount what was eaten
am Mla "NewYork Telegram.
THE LAST BUCCANEER.
The winds were yelling, the waves were awl
'zhe sky was black and drear,
When the crew with eyes of flame brought I
ship without a name
Alongside the last Buccanoer.
is 'Whence nl'es your sloop full sail before so Be
When all others drive bare on the seas?
d Say. come ye from the shore of the holy Sal
Or the gulf of the rich Caribbees ?"
"'from a shore no search hath found, from
e lf no line can souid.
- WIthout rudder or needle we steer;
n bove, bolow, our bark die the sea-fowl and I
e As we fly by the last Buccancer.
r ',To-nigbt shall be heard on the rocks of C1
Y de Verde
. A loud crash and a louder roar;
And to-morrow sha'l the deep, with a he
. The corpses and wreck to the shore."
e The stately ship of Clyde secarely now E
in the breath of the citron shades:
e And Sovern's towering mast securely now B
Through the bea of the balmy Trades.
d Frem St. Jago's wealthy port, from Havanna
1- The seaman goes forth without fear;
e For since that stormy night not a mortal h
-' the flag of the last Buccaneer.
a FOOT OF THE SHAf
e I was paying .a visit to one of t
k largest coal-mining districts in t
As the friend with whom I V
r staying was engaged at business di
;e ing the day, I was thrown on I
own resources until the evening. 0
afternoon I was walking in the fiel
outside the town, smoking a ciga
and rumin ating about things in ge
eral, and the gloomy appearance
a the whole district in particular.
d I leaned against a wooden fen
n and looied about me. On every si
the chimneys, giant scaffoldings, a
mighty wheels showed the whe
abouts of the pit shafts. The gri
was a dull, dirty, grayish green, t
air was thick and smoke lade
There were a number of jerry-bu
brick houses-small, mean-iookin
te 1 was startled from my reverie
the sound of a gruff voice, sayir
SEh, mister, have you out a match
I looked around and saw an old c<
lier standing by me, pressing doi
the tobacco in a dirty clay pipe, wi
an equally dirty linger.
Id He seemed to be a man of abo
d sixty years of age, with hair fi
turning white, and a weary, to
d stained, careworn face. his cloth
were covered wth coal dust, and
carried in his left hand a bas
K_ wrapp-d in a handkerchief, whi
had evidently contained his dinno
re I handed him my match box, a
he lighted his pipe in silence, a
. commenced to puff it contentedly.
Dr Presently he asked, abrupt]
>r "Stranger 'ere, sir?"
ir "Well, yes," I replied. "I am s ,a
Ing in the neighborhood for a we
.or two. You are a native, I s.
pose," I added.
a- "Ay" he answered. "I was be
'b close by, and I've worked i' th' p
f since I was a babby, 'most"
~p "Dangerous work it must be son
d times." I said.
3- "Ay, you're right. It Is dangerc
- work. Th' most risky all occupatic
to and one of th' hardest worked a:
idworst paid. IEve 'ad one or two nL
a- rer escapes myself, and one or tl
r creepy experiences. There's one
s- them will live In my memory as lo
ll as I can remember anything,
d "Poor Jack Wood! It's a s
il little tale. sir, as Bad as any I es
read in a book, but it's true, eve
a word of it.
so "You see Jack was a lad that]
iknown ever since he was a nippi
and when he grew to he a man, al
icame to work in th' old pit, we w
~neighbors; and he used to call aroul
r at night, and smoke a pipe witha a
V- "At first. I thought it was I
-. company as he came for, but soon
t found that he was taken with I
a lass Lucy; and she seemed to il
re iHe was a fine, straightforwar
a- steady young chap, and Lucy-thout
- I say it-was a pretty ai as good
r lass as you'd see anywhere; so th' c
r woman and me was pleased to Ii
'them two taking to one another.
r "For acouple of years : or so th
e went on courtin', walking out 1
is gether, and readma' to each othi
tO and quarrelin' and makin' It1
h again, as young folks will, till o
Snight Jack ups and says, 'Fath<
O i'm wantin' to be married to Lu
a next month. Are you willin',?'
'Q "Well.' says 1, winikin' at th' c
woman, and lookin' at Lucy, w
e was hidin' her blushin' face in 1h
apron, 'well what does Lucy say?'
SAnd Lucy didn't say nothin'-s
,just ran to me and threw her arn
t round my neck, and buried her he
son my shoulder and laughed and cri
a "-Lucy's wili',' said 1, with a
o other solemn wink at th' old woma
'- 'and so are we. Go:l bless ye bot
b- Jack seized bold of my hand a
- shook it like a pump-handle, a
.Lucy gave me a very sweet and 10~
e kiss; and then she gave th' old v
r man one; and then she went to Jacl
7 blushin' more than ever, and he g
rs one ditto, of extra strength. Ah
$. was all very happy that night.
d '-Well, th' time' soon passed, un
'Y Lh' day grew near as they'd fixed
le the weddin'. Jack had pickeod out
little house, near us, for them to 11
- in, and he and Lucy had looked aft
the furnishin' and beautifyin' of it.
"Two days before th' weddii
kIwhen I went home at night, I foul
eIthe whole place in an upset. 7J
rns isses arnd Lucy was busy, tryin'
SIth' mnarryin' dress, and hadn't giv
he no thought to gettin' my tea read
h' However, th' kettle was always neai
le ",ilin' on th' hob, so it didn't ta
ki. g to make me a pot.
bBy and by, in comes Jack, and
be was pretty to see Lucy. In her ni
ail wyhite frock, stuck all over with pi
eand things, run up to him and k
cehim so lovingly! It brought th' tes
into my eyes then, and It has do
so every time I've thought on it sinc
" o'I remnemb er I was jokin' Jack,
te e wnt uttellin' him that he
hve to stick to his work when]
was married, and not spend all b
time kissing and huggin'.
ch" 'Don't' bother yourself, fathe
..says he: -Lucy'll see that I don't g
e. o more kissin' than is good for
e] ter the weddlin'.'
n't "The' next dlay-tb' day afore t
ra ,eddin'-I went down th' pit
at usuLal. All tni' day I worked hard
-lnk! nac! nick! It's not th' Dlei
antest work i' th' world, sir, lying on1
your oack, stripped to the waist,
chipping out th' coal around yo'.,
piece by piece; as 1 wasn't sorry when
he th' time came to knock oif and ga
home. I put on my shirt and coat,
took up my lantern, and started ofI,
toward th' shaft. 1 was workin'
nearer to th' shaft than any ot th'
other men, so I got there some min.
utes before anyone else.
a "It was about 4 o'clock on a cold,
wet day in November, and was al. t
he ready quite dark, while above ground,
there was a thick fog over all. I
looked up th' shaft and could bare]
ipe stinguish th' top, which seemed t0
oe wrapped In a heavy cloud of mist.
vy "1 was about to signal for th' cage
to be let down, when I su!denly
noticed a dark object lying at th' bot
a tom o' the shaft, a few yards away,!
from me. In th' darkness . could not
fe at once see whether it was a man or
a sheep. I raised my lantern, and
eS turned my light upon it. With a
shudder. I saw that it was a man ly.
I Ing huddled up in a heap, face down- I
wafds, in the middle of a pool of
blood, with a great gaping wound in
his head, into which I could havi
put my Ust.
P. "He lay perfectly still. I opened t
the front of his shirt and laid my
he hand upon his heart, but it' had
be ceascd to beat. Th' poor chap wa!
as "I turned him over upon his back,
r- and held the lantern to his face
ay Good God! It was Jack!
ae '-Jack-my bonnie lassie's lover!
ds th' bridegroom of to-morrow-lying
r, there, cold, and stark, and stiff!
n. Jack, whom but a few hours before I
of had seen strong, and bright, and
merry, and now-dead.
e, "Dead-th' young and happy
de wooeer! Dead-th' joy of my poor
ad Lucy's lifel
e- "I raised him gently, and carried
iss him to th' side o' the shaft. I then
te signaled for th' cage to be lowered,
n. and, with the aid o' some other men,
ilt who had just come up, I lifted him
g, icto it, and we were drawn up to th
mouth o' tb' pit.
by "I don't know bow I got him home,
g, and broke the news to his old father.
" seemed to be in a fever. All th
time I was thinkin' o' my poor lass,
rn whos. life's happiness had been
th wrecked, jest as it seemed to be be
ginnin' in earnest.
ut "I staggered home, and crept fur
so tively into th' house by the back
- door, fearin' to meet my Lucy's gaze,
es lest she should see the horror in my
n -I was glad to tind that she wast
ch not in th' kitchen. I called tn' old
r. woman, and told her of it, and she
ad broke th' news gently-as only a
ad woman can-to our little lass.
She never shed a tear, as far as 1
know. She never complained, and
she went about her work just as )e.;
y. fore. But each day she grew paler.,
ek and weaker, until, at last-do you
p- see that little graveyard on the hill
side' Well, that's where my Luc;
ru lies now.
"They held an inquest on Jack's
e- body, and it come out in evidence
that he had missed his way in tb'.
us fog (he was not workcin' that day,'
>n, bein' busy gettin' ready for his wed
3d din') and, as there was no guard
r- round tb' pit mouth, he had stepj.ed
to over the edge, and fallen down
ng "You say there ought to have been
a guard? Ay! but that'd cost brass,
ad and human lives is cheap nowadays.
er in merry England. "-Yankee Blade.
'-ORSEPLAY IN ENGLISH SO
3d Coarse Jokes and Risky Dancing BeinS:
a Indulged in by Smart Girls.
3d Skirt dancing, high play and the
e.Derpetration of practical jokes seem
to be the leading amusements of
country-house parties in England, ac
Scording to a recent chronicler quoted
ke by the San Francisco Argonaut. He
dsays: "November is preeminently
ah the month for big shoots, and the
lcountry houses are full to overnlow
3ing just now. In quiet houses mod
erate hours are kept, gamiling for
eheavy stakes is at a discount and a
ecertain sobriety prevails from sun
rise to sundown. In othber houses,
rhowever, the fun waxes fast and furi
ous. N'o dancing is considered 'sport'
Dunless it be of a nature imported
rfrom the Gaity, such as the unforget
cy table pas de quatre. A few smart
d girls go so far as to take unto them
bIselves the voluminous skirts of the
en serpentine frock and try to imitate
erMiss Lettie Lind's dexterities."
he Alter explaining that the serpentine
eskirts are made out of "no less than
a100 yards of the very finest Chinese
e silk or crepe cut in triangular pieces
dto give the appearance of an infinity
of yards," our authority resumes: "It
is regrettable to add that under some
roofs pretty heavy gambling is in
dulged in, and baccarat and nap with
'jhigh stakes have as many women as
'men votaries, to say nothing of prac
tical joking of a suspiciously rowdy
sort, such as apple-pie bed-making
cbooby-trapningr. A certain most dis
ye tinguished lady amused herself one
ewhole evening by standing in a gal.
til lery and throwing pillows on the
bmen's heads as they passed in and
or .'ut of the smoking-room *
g', Mr. Kornblum-How do you iike
3d "Looking Back ward," Miss Wrinkes?
'h' Miss Wrinkles-Of course I am aware
: that .i am cross-eyed, but I am not
en accustomed to having my inflrmtyj
y. Mr. Kornblum, made the subje t 01
-ly on vensaton by strangers. -Truth.
it His Native Element.
Kitty-Tom is down South, this
ns winter, and he has just sent me the
e loveliest little alligator you ever saw.
.rs Ada-How are you going to keep
Ohim? Kitty-I don't know, but i've
. iput him in Florida water until 1
as hear from Tom.--Exchange.
s Had Him There.
"Father, " asked little Tommy, as
eyevrsee an echo?" "Why, no, my
ue son," replied the parent. "Well,
Willie said his sister went to see one,
and it returned her call." And the
he trong man bowed his head to hide
iAGEDY OF A WESERN MINE,
Nro Dead Men Disinterred After. Fiftees
Years-The Unheeded Warning.
In Butte County there is a quartz
ine which has been abandoned for
nany years, says the San Francisco
1hronicle. Only the oldest residents of
he vicinity remember the names of the
ocaters and scarcely a trace of the
.haft and buildings remains to mark
he spot. The ledge wRi discovered
.way back in the early days, when
uartz first attracted the notice of the
)rosi-ectors; when many worthless
edges were worked because the miners.
ad not yet learned how to read the
alue of such ore by the minerals in it,
ts location, dip and contact with other
ormations. The Sunset ledge was
mall, flinty and absolutely worthless,
ut the men who discovered it thought
t worth development. They put down
shaft 100 feet in depth in wet and
,reacherous ground, and they used no
imbers. Then they let a contract to
wo men, a Cornishman and an Irish
nan, to construct a tunnel 100 feet in
ength from the bottom of the shaft.
Sometimes untimbered ground will
tand apparently firm and safe for a
ime, and then, with no perceptible
ause, suddenly get shaky and fall or
lose in. This was just what occurred
Lt the Sunset mine. The two men in
he tunnel had almost finished their
-ontract and were "squaring up the
ace" of the tunnel, when one of the
nen employed on the surface was low.
red rapidly, ran to them and told them
o leave the mine instantly because the
haft was closing in. Why the. men
efused in the face of a certain horrible
eath to heed the warning is a mys
cry. The messenger begged and
reatened, but they were obdurate.
['hey laughed at him, told him to sit
lown and smoke a pipe with them, and
aid they would leave the tunnel only
vhen they had "finished her up in
hape." Perhaps they imagined the
nan was playing a joke on then, or
hat it was a scheme to get them to
ave the-mine before their contract
vas fulfilled. At any rate they re
used to leave the mine, and the man
vho warned them returned to the sur
ace only just in time to escape the
ate of the men below. The shaft,
ith a roar and a rumble, closed in,
md they were entombed.
No effort was made to rescue the
>uried men. It was impossible to save
hem if they were not killed by the
:ave, and it was supposed that the tun
iel had also collapsed. To sink a shaft
00 feet through treacherous ground
would take a loDg time, even in these
lays, when all the "modern appliances"
or such work are at our disposal. The
nine was abandoned. Fifteen years
went by. The story of the mine and
;he buried men became an old one.
here names were forgotten. They
vere like men who go down to the sea
n ships and perish in sight of their
iomes. Their friends know that some
where in the sea their bones are bleach
ng, somewhere in a great sepulcher
ipon which they may look, but into
vhich they cannot see.
Fifteen years after the caving in of
he mine some prospectors overran the
oality. They were told the story of
he Sunset ledge, and they went to its
~roppings and to the dump where the
haft had been and tested the ore they
ound there. Whether they found any,
old is not known, but they found
omething which encouraged them.
'erhaps they were not well versed in
uartz, and believed that any ledge
oud pay if developed. They resolved
:o reopen the mine. It was their opmn
on, they said, that the Sunset com
sny had not put their shaft down in
he right place or sunk it deep enough.
[hey (the new company) would choose
better spot, sink their shaft much
leeper and tap the ledge on the pay'
hoot. Old men who heard of it shook
;heir heads and prophesied a failure;
:hey said no luck could come from dis
~urbing dead men's bones, but the new
~ompany began and finished their
ihaft, hoping and expecting to strike
:he ledge where judgment had led
hem to believe the pay shoot was.
One day when they fired a blast there
ras a rush of water down the incline
md the miners were driven out. After
nuch trouble and expense and larger
?ump was put in and the middle
~leared, and the cause of the sudden
ow was explained. The upraise of
;he new company had entered the old
~unel of the Sunset company about
;wenty feet from Its face. And there,
m a heap of rock, leaning against the
walls, were two grinning skeletons.
The bones of the contractors who had
lat there, grinning at their fate and for
fteen years patiently waiting to be
ound, were removed from the mine
md given a decent burial. The mine
was again abandoned and will probably
'ever be again opened.
Learning by Sight.
Danton, the celebrated caricaturist,
had a wonderfdl power of modelling
Erom memory. After one long look at
1s subject, he could go to his studio
mnd make a bust quite perfect In Its
One day a young man came to him,
aying that his sister was ill and about
to die, and that, although the family
wished her bust modelled, they dared
at excite her by mentioning it.
Would he undertake to reproduce her
features after seeing her once? Dan
ton agreed, and next day the brother
informed his sist'er that he intended to
present her with some jewels, and that
a young man would bring some spee
-ens for her approval.
Danton brought in the jewels, and,
going home, modelled a bust of strik
ig resemblance. Next year an old
gentleman, the father of the young
woman, came to order a bust of the
brother, who also had died. This, too
ias a marvellous success.
The result of such planning, how.
ever, was not always as satisfactory tc
his patrons as in these cases. A gen
flean who could not persuade his wife
ro sit asked Danton to enter a certain
um~Us one day, and flx in his mem
y the features of the lady opposite
He did so, modelled a beautiful bust,
d sent it horse. It proved, however,
!. be, not the mistress, but the maid,
who had also taken the trip in the
Amber, often classed among gems,
s a fossil product. Most of the speci
nens inclosing insects are manuifac
tull from gnm copal. **
In the poorer parts of Russia justici
is administered in a primitive yet tf
fective fasion, says a recent writer wh<
had the fortune to be present at a sit
ting of one of the peasant courts in
Government of Central Russia. Th
Judges, chosen from the peasants, wer
unlettered. The session was held in
log cabin-a small, low room. A pic
ture of the Emporer decorated th
wall, and as in every Russien house, ir
the corner hung the holy eikons. ThreE
Judges and a scribe were present. Th(
day was Sunday, a day of idleness fo
the peasantry. The hall, the judges
and the public all had an air of simpl
dignity, almost of rude majesty.
Two cases were tried. Parties anc
Avitnesses, as they entered, bowed lov
to the holy images. The judges spoke
and questioned by turns, or all at once
each loudly expressing his opinion.
admired the patient persistence witi
which they tried to bring the litigant,
to an amicable understanding. On<
case was characteristic.
A woman, a large, robust virago
:omplained of having been beaten by
a man. The man's defence was tha:
the woman had struck him first
Plaintiff and defendant stood before
the judges volubly pleading each his
or her case and appealing to their wit
aesses at their sides.
"Varvara Petrova," declared one wit
aess for the defendant, "has said thai
with a vedro of vodka she was sure ol
winning her case."
This statement did not appear to as
tonish or scandalize the court. The
judges gravely nodded their heads, and
after a brief rebuke went on with the
"Come to terms; make up betweer
ou," they repeated over and over, try.
g to get the parties themselves t<
suggest a se tence, instead of pro
nouncing oneex cathedra.
"Well, now, Varvara Petrova," said
me of the judges, at last, "how mued
Indemnity do you want?"
"Ah, three roubles! That's to<
much. You won't get that," muttere<
the Judge. Then turning to the de
fendant, "And you, how much are you
Willing to give her?"
"Nothing," replied the man.
"Ah, again muttered the Judge
"that's not enough. How much wil
you give her?"
"Well, then, one rouble."
"One rouble and a shtof?" inter
:uted the woman.
"Shtofs and whisky are not to be
mentioned here," remarked one of thE
udges, whose austerity may have been
ncreasedby our presence. "Out o:
here you may drink all you want, but
that has nothing to do with the de
cisions we render here."
The woman, on this, lookedresigned
the scribe read the sentence, the tw<
itigants bowed in acquiescence, then
again to the holy images, and with
drewV with their friends and relatives
Lover and Piano.
"I would like another room, land.
.ord," said a mild young man at th4
office counter of a private hotel accord
ing to the Detroit Free Press.
"What's the matter naw?" asked thE
andlord, "anybody committed suicidE
'"Worse than that," said the mnilc
oung man; "the next room is the par.
for of a suite occupied by a widow ani
"Exactly; you've hit it right the firsi
"The daughter has a piano."
"Well, do you object to the piano?"
"Not in the least; but wait a mo
ment. The young lady also has
"Oh!" said the landlord, "is he thE
"Let me state the case plainly. He
bought her a new waltz, which thea
practise together every evening, bu
they will never learn it, never!" anc
the mild young man sighed.
"Why? Too difficult?"
"Too difficult? No, sir; it's too easy
ft's called the 'Kiss Waltz,' and at thi
nd of every bar I hear him say, 'Noy
we kiss,' or she suggests, 'Here is mort
kissing.' Now, what I want to knov'
is, why don't they give up either th<
music or the kissing? It's the com
Nination that's killing me by inches."
The landlord told him that No 11
was the only room vi'ant, but he sait
he'd take the chances, and moved in.
He Carried the Basket.
Men who have been married ten o:
dozenyears are too seldom famoui
f or extreme courtesy to their bitte>
halves; but sometimes they are, never
theless, very "thoughtful."
That was the case with Mr. Sila!
Perkins, who took his wife with him t<
the Pike County Fair. Mrs. Perkin:
had on her arm a basket containing thi
iinner and supper for the pair.
The crowd grew dense, and Mr. anm
Mrs. Perkins began to be jostled a goo<
"Here, give me that basket, Sairey,'
iaid Mr. Perkins.
"That's reel kind of you, Silas," sai<
grs.Perkins, giving up the basket.
"Kind of me!" exclaimed Mr. Per
tins, resenting the insinuation. "Gosh
was afraid you'd git lcst!"
There are now fifty-five towns an<
cities in England which destroy thei
garbage and solid x9 use by burning
using an average of about ten furnace:
each for that purpose. The combus
ion of the material is used for the gen
eration of steam, by which the street:
re electrically illuminated, and othe
ities are reported to be considering th<
propriety of reducing their mnunicipa
apenses by this means.-Inventiv4
N.ot So berious.
It is related that two persons, one o
them a wheelman and the other an op
ponent of bicycling, were discussin;
the chances of injury through riding a
ehances of Injury through riding
"Injury? Pooh!" said the wheelmnan
"1've beeE riding three years, and I've
sad only one accident, and that wasn'
"What did you break in that?*
"Only a leg."
"Only a leg! I should think that Wa
"Oh, but It was my teacher's leg!"
A n echinoderm that inhabits the Wes
idian seas has over 10,000 arms.
LIVERPOOL, England, is to have tt
larget m.iath factory in the worli.
The ,Post to svhich a "sencen-a W
To those who are aware of the pron.
ciency and courage shown by French
sportsmen in their pursuit of big car
nivora, it will be no surprise to learn
that the Governor of the Straits of Set
tlements has just selected a citizen of
that aspiring nation, M. De Nancourt
by name, to fill the post of tiger-slayer
in-chief at Singapore. It appears that
M. De Nancourt has killed 500 tigers
with his own rifle, against a bag of
only 400 made by Maj. Gen. Probyn,
the well-known English shikarri. Some
of our Parisian contemporaries claim
credit for th4 French nation as supply
ing an official akin to their own Grand
Louvetier for employment in a British
We are reminded by our friends
across the channel that until M. Du
Chaillu encountered and slew the gorril
la we know nothing as to the existence
and habits of that formidable monster,
and that the greatest of our living
hunters, Mr. Selous, is of French ori
gin. If, says the London Daily Tele
graph, M. De Nancourt is able to keep
down the number of tigers haunting
the jungles And woods of Singapore
and taking toll of the native inhabit
ants, neither the latter nor any other
British subject will take any exception
to his nationality.
The great bulk of the popululation
of Singamore, numbering altogether
nearly 200,000 souls, are Chinese and
Malays, who, like the natives of India,
look to white shikaris to rid them of
dangerous and savage beasts of prey.
In the meantime the importance of
Singapore and of the other dependen
cies of Great Britain in its neighbor
hood demands that what is called "the
scourge of the colony"-the tiger
should be kept within reasonable lim
We hear, therefore, with satisfaction
that a tiger-slayer-in-chief to the Gov
ernor of the Straits Settlements has
been appointed for this purpose. The
commerce of the colony have been in
creased enormously within the last few
years, justifying the acumen and fore
sight of Sir Stanford Baffles, whose
early death at the age of 47 was a se
vere loss to this nation.
The harbor of Singapore is one of the
finest and busiest in the world, being
the point of call for vessels trading be
tween Europe and the East, and be
tween Europe, India, and Austria.
For its defense several batteries have
lately been constructed at the cost of
the colony,which the home government
has undertaken to supply with big
guns. Singapore Is just the spot upon
which, in the event of sudden war, a
bold enemy would attempt to pounce.
Under these circumstances we hope
there is no truth in he allegation that
the big guns promised by the British
Government have not yet left the coun
One of Holmes' Lettersi
Dr. Edward Everett Hale sends to
the Writer a merry letter addressed to
him by Oliver Wendell Holmes in
1869. It describes that always inter
esting production, "The Great Unwrit.
"I shall keep your note as a reminder
that I hope some time or other to take
up the pen, which I have not cared to
meddle with often of .late. In the
meantime you may be assured that
nothing one commits to paper is ever
half so good as his great 'Unwrt
"Like an Easter egg, that unhatched
production-its unbroken shell, 1 mean
-is stained-by the reader-that-is-to
be's imagination, I mean-with every
brilliant hue of promise. Break it and
you have the usual albuminous con
tents; keep it whole and you can feast
your eyes on its gorgeous color and
your mind with the thought that if
carries the possibility of a Phonix.
"Say, then, that you have the promise
of an article from one of the most
eteeterable and eteerated of our native
writers, and it will be like a signed
check with the amount left blank.
"Prophets and priests may desire it
Long and die without the sight, but
will die saying, 'When the great un
written article does come, then you
will see!' and so turn their laces to the
"Let us leave it unwritten, then, foi
the present, and think how much more
precious is an infinite series of unde
fined expectations than any paltry per
formance or transient fruition."
Beer and Money in Politics.
In 1882 Mr. Gladstone wrote a letter
to a friend who had sent him conrt
ulations on the completion of a half
century since he was first elected to
Parliament. In the letter, which has
just been published for the first time,
Mr. Gladestone recalls some of the in
e idents of his first election canvas.
There seems to have been a very lit
te effort to convince the minds of the
electors, and a great effort to influence
them through their stomachs. Innum
erable glasses of beer and wine played
an important part in giving the great
statesman of to-day his first start in
No man has dome more than he to
?ut a stop to the wholesale bribery and
corruption which were once the most
prominent features of an English elec
tion. To-day, if the giving-of a single
glass of beer to a voter is traced to the
authorized agent of a candidate, that
candidate not only is compelled to suf
fer the loss of his seat in Parliament.
but he cannot again be a candidate
within a certain term of years.
Electoral corruption is one of the
greatest evils that can exist in a free
government. A monarehy which
stands because the people will that it
shall stand, is a better govefnment
than a Republic in which the power of
one party or the other to purchase
votes determines which of the two shall
No ONE has a right to economize tc
o the exclusion of paying his debts.
The black kings of the African coast,
>ress your middle finger three times as
a sign of salutation, the Japanese takes
off his slipper, while the Laplander
pushes his nose vigorously against you.
In Hindostan they salute a man by
taking him by the beard, while the
people of the Philippine Islands take
your hand and rub their face with it.
The King of Ternate rises to receive
r MAKING OF CORKSCRENWS
4n Industry Whch the ]lard 'M* DOW
N;ot seem to EfectU
Hard times have mado no diference
with the corkscrew. More of them
than ever before were turned out
during the past year. Newark is the
birthplace of most of the corscrews
of the world. When it is stated that
one firm in that city alone made 160,
000,000 corkscrews last year the si e
and importance of the industry will
be understood. The average length
of the corkscrew is three Inches. If
the corkscrews turned on the market
by that firm In 1893 could be laid
length to length they would have ex
tended from New York to San Fran
cisco, would have spanned the broad
Pacific ocean and reached halfj way
1cross the kingdom of Japan.
It required nearly 100 men simply
to twist the screws for the 160,000,
000. These men worked full time,
too, and every day of the year ex
cept Sundays and holidays. It took
a number more hands to make the
wooden and other styles of handles.
There are nearly fifty varieties oj
corkscrews in the market. .
The query has been raised as tA
what becomes of all the corkscrews
Of course, loss and breakage cuts
quite a figure. Large New York res
taurants, like Delmonico's, Hoffman
House and Hotel Brunswick, buy
corkscrews direct from the Newark
makers, and they get hundreds at
a time. It is no unusual thing for
big hardware houses In Boston, New
York, Philadelphia, Washington and
the irge western cities to order 10,.
000 cork-pullers at a time. If the
corkscrew is a good barometer of _in
temperance, the Prohibitionists have
cause for alarm. If one firm finds
a market for 160,000,000 a year, how
many bottles do these corkscrews
help uncork? Certainly on an aver
age, one corkscrew will open at least
a dozen bottles before its working
days are over. If this is good reason
ing, then the Newark firm referred
to furnished material last year for
the imbibing of over 1,920,000,P0A
of one sort or another.
The lordly Jaguar is the king of all
the American Felida, and right
proud are we to have him for a fel.
low countryman-provided he does
not make himself too numerous! Of
all the great cats now living, he is
second in size only to the lion and
the Bengal tiger. South of the
United States he is universally called
el Tigre (tee gree), which is simply
the Spanish for tiger. He has the
big chest and loins, thick neck, big
arms and legs, and bullet head ot a
heavy weight prize fighter, clothed
In the most gorgeous skin ever given
to any animal of the cat family. He
is the most stocky in build of all the
cats, being very different in shape
from the more lithe and flat bodied
lion, tiger, and puma.
But it is his glorious colors that
first attract the beholder's attention,
and hold itilongest. On a ground coloz
ot' rich golden yellow, which is darkest
on the back and shoulders and grows
paler as it.- descends to the legs, are
arranged with regular Irregularity .
large rosettes of black and brown,
These rosettes are the prominent dis
tnguishmne character of the Jaguar,
by which any ch'ld can recogrnize him
instantly wherever found. The head,
top of the back, base of the tal,
lower joints of the legs, and the feet
are plentifully besprinkled with
round black spots, not rosettes.
Ordinarily the eyes are light yellow,
to match the body color, but
the animal becomes enraged, they
turn the color of green fire, and then
it Is high time to get out of the way.
The Jaguar Is an edition de luxe,
bound in blacir and gold. -St. Nicb
olas, _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
Our Navy Worth All It COst.
The rise of the United States
Navy from a collection of a fewr anti
quated and useless vessels a dozen
years ago to the position of the fifth
in rank among the great navies of
the world, shows the wonderful re
cuperative power possessed'by a great
and prosperous nation. Not only has
the United States now several of the
largest, handsomest, and most per
fectly armored and best equipped
men.of-war afloat, but she has buiLt
them, practically, entirely from her
own reseources and by her own labor.
While the achievement has been an
expensive one it Is worth all it cost, 4
for it has not only given us a begin.
ning of a navy of which we need na
longer be ashamed, but it has also
put us in possession of the facilities
for the construction at any time or
vessels equal to any made in the
world, a fact which in the case 01
actual or threatened hostilities would
be of lnestimabe value.
A Nation of Opium Smoker.
Seven-tenths of the people o2
China are opium smokers, and 2,000,-K
000 of them die annually from its.
effects, said a Chinese missionary re
cently, who has spent 22 years of his
life in the flowery kingdom. This
habit Is rapidly growing; he went on,
and it is confined to no ciass or sex,
but men and women, ofticials and
coolies, use it alike. As soon as
opium smoking be:omes a confirmed
habit with a Chinese coolle he knows
that he has about 10 years to live
That seems to be the average.
Queen Vic's Vegetables.
Every day of her life, no mat~ ~
vhere she may be, whether in 8~al-~
moral, Osborne, Florence or else
where, Queen Vietoria receives from
Windsor Castle a supply of t'owers,
fruit, and vegetables. Seasons may
come and go, but Queen Victoria's -
green peas are always on hand, while
cucumbers, cabbages, French beane,
or any other vegetable her Maiesty
expr'mes a wIsh to see on her dinner
taP are there the fodlowing day
weter they be in season or not.
e-Miss Budd isn't as pretty as
she was. Yhe-That wins my bet
ie-Did you bet thatt her beauty
would fade? She-Nope. that you
would propose to her and get left.
9ruth. _ _ _ _ _
A miT of reasonmig a la mode de
Duas ascribed to Rossini: " ldon'tI
like spinach and it is '.ery fortu; ate
Idon't, because if I did 1 ke it I
should eat it, and I cannot endure