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"WHAT MIGHT BE DONE.."
'Wabt might be done if mea were wise!
What glorious deeds, my suff'ring brother,
Would they unite -
In love and- right,
"e d cease their scorn of one another.
All slav'ry. warfare, lies and wsongs,
All;vice and~crue.might-die together,
And fruit and corn
To each,man born,
Be free as warmth in summer weather.
The meanest wretch that ever trod,
The deepestsunk in guilt and sorrows,
- . Might stand erect
- In self-respect,
- ' And share the teenfing world- to-morrow.
What might be done? This might be don!,
And snore than this my suff'ring brothe: ;
More than the tongue
E'er said or sung,
It men were -wise and loved each other.
Charles Macki .: . -
T'S only Bessie Raven," said Mrs.
L:ddington to- her iec, Mrs. En
-iel, a blootigo 'ity niatron, who
had brought her two boys to the coun
try for the sufmier. "I wouldn't let
Hal and' Felix assaeiate with her on
aDy account, if I were you. There's
nc good in any of thse-Ravens-a vile,
Mrs. Enfield -looked pityingly at the
in-faced, b.are-e~gged 1IttIe gypsy,
ho had slunk around the back door,
a basket of late luscious blackberries
on her a-m, and the dep flush that
betokened how- plainly' she had over
heard Mrs. Liddington's careless
.1 ds, still dyeing.her cheks.
VMly, Bessle Retai!" How often
she.had heard -that- pEkase. How bit
ter a meaning did it convey to her ears.
* * . * * *. * *
"There are- no trout there! You
might throw a. bait and wait a year,
and you wouldn't get a bite"'
A was a deep, sli:tary ravine, where,
i$fattitudes of iWtense eagerness, Hal
En eld and his brother Felix ware
holding their fishing rods,.awaiting the
expeeted bite, while Bessie Raven's
brGwn face and big, black eyes looked
out at them from a~natural oval frame
of bushes and vines, as she held her
basket in one hand and her tattered
un. bonnet in the'other.
Hal Enfield, a self-sufficient .little
aristocrat, by nature as well as by Au
cation, drew himself haughtily p.
"I don't know that we asked any in
formation from you," said he, haugh
tily. "Have the goodness to be about
r y'ur business.
"I ;won't' retorted' Bessle Raven,
an~ _Do _ ISsl'n. her da
anceh:right here as you ha r
"Very well," said Hal, rising
gathering together his tackle. '"I'l go,
hen. Come, Felix."
But Felix, the younger brother, had
no idea.Qf leaving his cool, shady nook,.
for a ivim of Hal's. -
Hal stalked away in high dudgeon.
Fel.irremined behind to cultivate the
aYqiaintance of Bessie Raven.
"If thee are iiffi-otit hise,' said' h'
composedly eyeing the . brown gypsy
face among the liai's, "vado they
"I'll show you," said Bessie, with
alacrity. "Just ag piece -further on.:
There's -lots of .'es-only .everybody
*don't know it. Comie on'" -
*And the two children spent a long
- summer's morning together un'dhrthe'
Until just as Feli Enfii'tt'wMrn~
n lg to go home, half'aap'preh~ensvethat
he had missed the farmhouse dinner,
he did not perceive that the little gold
*cross be wore attached to-his watch
chain was gone. ;...
*"Oh!" cried be, "'ra is my-"
He stopped abrup4f. 'For in ths very
moment in -which 'ha spoke, he- per
ceived half-hidden in the folds of the
..bosom of Bessie's tattered dress, the
~gleam of some golden ornament. Iin
vluntarily he caught at it-it was his
* "You little thief!" cried he, "you must
have stolen it:".
Bessle stood sullen and silent. her
eyes cast down, her bare' feet impa
tiently patting the velv,ety grass below.
*She could not deny ita'she scorned'any'
attempt to justify herself:
"Bessie," said the boy slowly, "what
made you do it? Don't you know that
It is wrong to steal?"..
"Wrong!" cried out Bessie, passion
ately. "Why is it wrong? You are
rich and I'm poor: You've got every
thing, and I've got. nothing! Why
shouldn't- I help myself when I've got
Felix Enfield loohed at her. Verily
there was more in'+her creed. than he
had realized. '
'll tell you why, Bessie," said he.
"At least, I'll tellPyou what I think
So, inl his boyish~'way, he unfolded
the phdlosophy of Ipeum and tuum.
Bessie Raven listened in surprise.
* She had never been reasoned with be
fore. No one had ever' taken the trou
ble to explain matters and things bi
general to her.
"Oh, Felix:" she- cried out, witli a
great sob in her. tilroat, "I see It all
now. But no one ev,gr told me before.
And father was lost at sea, and mother
had us little ones to take care of, and
somehow everyone's hand was against
us. and we had to fight our way along,
so I got somehow not to care about
"Don't cry. Bessie&- soothed the lad.
"Don't fret, that's angdod girJ! Here
take the gold.cross afd'keep'it. I don't
care much for it." . .
So they parted. At~'ome Felix'fouiid
that his father had come to take th2em
up into the mountains for a few weeks,
-before they returned to their city honie
-and so he never got the chance to tell
Bessie Raven good-by.
Tgn years afterward: Three and
- twenty is a dangerous age for fAta-.
tions, by' Felix Enficd had never been
seriously ;:nitten until that time when
he crossec .\he Atlantic in the steamei
Will o' the 'isp, and fell in love with
the captain':. Spanish-eyed daughter.
"If you dont marry me," said Felix,
with comical earnestness, "I'll throw
myself into the sea."
"There's not much danger of that-,
said Miss Richfield, quietly.
"But I am in earnest!" protested Fe
"So am I," said the damsel with the
"Don't you love me?" pleaded Felix.
"I don't dislike you," demurely an
swered Miss Richfield.
"Then I shall hope," declared Felix.
"Hope is a commodity that is free to
all," said the young lady.
But at the voyage's end Mr. Enfield
was deeper in love than ever.
"Look here, Miss Richfield," said he;
"if you don't say you'll have me I won't
leave the steamer's deck: I'll go back
and forth perpetually between New
York and Southampton." . .
"I don't .think papa would care for
so permanent a passenger," said Miss
Richfield, with a mischievous twinkle
in her eyes.
"But, really, do you know. Miss Rich
field, I believe you are engaged al
She colored a little.
"Why?" she asked.
"Ab! you think I have no eyes. You
think I haven't perceived that you al
ways wear a black velvet ribbon
around your neck-a black velvet rib'
bon, from which is suspended some
trinket of gold, hidden in the lace frills
of your collar. Is it a gaugey'
"Yes.". Miss Richfield calmly answer
ed, "it is a gauge of true love. If I ever
"If," almost scornfully ejaculated
"Well, when I am married," Miss
Richfield corrected herself, "it will
only be to the gentleman who gave me
"Then I may consider myself reject
ed?" slowly spoke Felix, with a face of
the bitterest chagrin.
"Not quite," said the dark-eyed dam
sel softly, as she drew the golden talis
man from her throat and held it to
ward him. "Don't you remember who
gave me this?"
He uttered an exsetion of rec
"It is the gold cross I gave years ago
to Bessie Raven!" cried he.
"Yes," she said, quietly, "and I am
"Yes: -My mother died shortly after
you. gare me.this. My uncle, who had
ust ',eturned from the West, adopted
us aIl. Two of my si'ters are in board
ted in a-German university. 'and I
am my uncle's adopted - daughter,
i da -y by his name."
"But, Besst_Jyou said you waul2
marry the one who bve' you that!"
cried out Enfield.
" So I will," confessed Bessie, laugh
ing and blushing, "if he is still infatu
ated enough to persist in wanting inc."
They were married within a month
regular true-love match-and old Mrs.
iddigton finds herself grand-aunt-in
law to "only Bessie Raven!"
"And really, says she, complacently,
I don't -think Felix could have made
better match!"-New York News.
.BOUGHT HIMSELF TWICE.
strange History of a slave Revealed
in a Law Court.
The will of Nathan Spring,field, when
ntrial'in the Supreme Court, brought
o light incidents in a career that was
emarkable. Nathan Springfield was
born in Virginia, In 1812, a slave. On
Dec. 16, 1896, when nearly eighty-Sve
,ears of age, he died, leaving property
valued at between S30,000 and $40,000.
In his youth Nathan acquired the
trade of a blacksmith. He was owned
y a Methodist minister. After attain
Lng his majority Nathan bargained
with his master to buy his own free
om for $800. The pledge 'wvas given,
nd the youth went to work with a
will. The young slave accumulated the
um and gave it to his master as a ran
som for his freedom.
The clergyman -took the money. but
railed to keep his agreement. Nathan
remained a slave. Dater his master
sold him to a wealthy planter. Still
nourishing a desire to be liberated,
than raade a bargain with his se
md master. this time of'ering $400 as a
ansom. Consent was giv'en, and the
-oung man, after much ilbor, procured
he money. But he was again de-stined
o disappointment. The seconfi master
also kept both money and slave.
Easperated by this treatment,
Nathan discarded arbitration and re
solved to gain his freedom by flight.
At the age of thirty-five an opp,ortunity
was afforded, and he made his esc-ape,
oming to Boston. He left a wife be
hind him, but the wife of the secon.l
:aster, knowing of the previotus nego
tiations, induced her husband to re
lease the lonely wife, who soon aftet
rejoined her husband in Boston.
Nathan worked at blacksmith:!ng in
and about Boston for a time, and la.ter
started peddling straw. He was indIus
rious and saving, his business gr'ew
'apidly and within a comp-aratively
short -time he was the p'rprietor of a
large -and profitable hay. grain, straw
ind coal business. At his (lentil he
6wneCd ~real estate in the West End,
Cambridge and other places, and had
large deposits in various Bosron banks.
.a -Abolish Marriagre.
A'- band of 25 men and women in
Boston have organized a club to abol
ish marriage, and point to Shelley,
George Sand and others as the'ir apos
Ottornan Empire's Origin.
The great Ottoman empire. which at
one ime threatened the civilized world,
sprang from a hand of 400 wandering
FiELDS OF ADVENTURE
THRILLING INCIDENTS AND DAR!NG
DEEDS ON LAND AND SEA.
A Dan;e:-us Moment-low a Fore an
Saved Many P'ople Prozin Destruc
tion Lv a Dynamite Bomb-The Patriot
i:m of a Dying Fireman on the Maine.
r During the building of the bridge
over the Willamette River atPortland,
Oregon, an incident occurred that
must have made at least a local hero
of the foreman in charge. In a mo
meat of general panic he kept cool,
and by an admirable display of nerve,
saved many lives and many thousand
dollars' worth of property. The cir
cumstances are thus related by a
The water at the point where the
large pier for the pivot spin was to be
placed was eighty feet deep. A pile
foundation was put in to--carry the
caissons. The piles were over one
hundred feet long, and were driven
from twenty to thirty feet into the
ground under the river with a steam
pile driver worked on a barge. The
piles numbered more than three hun
dred, and formed an almost solid
square. Then it was found that some
of them were superfluous, and were
in the way :of others. It was ne
cessary to *-move them.
This was done by sending down a
diver, who drove a spike ring in the
pile to be removed, passed a light
rope through it, and returned to the
surface with the roped ends. A dyna
mite bomb was then attached to one
end of the rope, and with the fuse
lighted, it was dropped into the water.
The foreman who had received the
other end of the rope from the diver,
then drew in the line until the bomb
reached the ring at the base of the
pile, where it was, held until it
was blown to atoms.
On the occasion now referred to, the
foreman, standing on the barge, drew
in the rope as usual, but by some ac
cident the spike was pulled out, and
the spectators were horrified and ter
ror stricken to see the foreman hold
ing the spike. bomb and all, in his
hands, with the smoking fuse burning
almost into the cap.
"Run for your live's, boys!" the
foreman shouted; and the twenty-five
men on the barge waited forno second
At first the foreman tried to throw
the whole bundle into the river, but
the rop* being tangled about him, he
was unable to do so. He then coolly
but quickly tore the bomb, composed
of twelve sticks of giant powder, to
pieces, and drew the cap from the stick
in which it was set and dropped itinto
thee* ,r.So sh was the time tha
Had he he' - a monent, -the de
. t nave cost not only his own
life, but the lives of many of the work
men, and a heavy property loss of
machinery and materials.
The diver had perhaps the worst
scare. There he sat on the side of
the barge, loaded not only with his
heavy diving suit, but with fifty pounds
of extra weight at his waist to sink him
when he went below.
The i,oor fellow did not know what
to do. He feared to jump back into
the water as, if the bomb should be
thrown there, the concussion would
certainly kill him. Finally he made
up his mind to run with the rest, anLd
notwithstanding his heavy load, ho is
said to have kept up with the pro
It was a close call for many people.
The wharf at the end of the barge was
lined with spectators, and on the wharf
was a small building containing one
hundred and fifty pounds of dynamite,
which in all probability would have
exploded from the concussion had the
bomb been fired above the water.
One in-eident raised a laugh, even
in so critical a moment. One of the
superintendents of the work, when he
saw the danger, quite "lost his head."
He was on the wharf, and ran about
wringing his hands and crying,
"Where shall I goi? Oh, where shall
I go?" And the place where he finally
crouched was directly behind the
warehouse containing one hundred
and fifty pounds of dynamite--un
quesionblythe most dangerous spot
Maine Fireman's Patriotic Heroism.
No incident connected with the loss.
of the Maine and her gallant crew ex
ceeds in tragic pathos the fate of Mike
Malone, second-class fireman. It is
vouched for by three officers, all of
whom were eyewitnesses.
Malone was the finest specimen of
physical manhood on board the ship.
Six feet in height, broad-shouldered
and deep-chested, a giant in strength
and a child in gentleness, he was the
idol of his shipmates and enjoyed the
respect of all his superiors.
The fireman was sleeping in the berth
The explosion hurled him up from
below, a frightfully maugl-ed mass of
humanity. One arm had been torn
from its socket,s both legs vembrok4n
and his throat had been torn open.
He staggered to the rail and~ clutched
hold of one of three sailors who -had
escaped with less serious sijuries.
They were shouting for help in terror
stricken tones. .
Dying as he was, the big 'fireman
begged them to desist.
"Don't let these Spaniards heara
squeal," he gasped. "Let us die like
The spectacle of this Spartan stand
ing aid that terrible wreck .was in
spiring. B.is comrades were instantly
shamed into silence.
Poor Malone's agony became so great
that he begged the sailors to kill him.
"Knock me inthe head," he cried.
"For the love of God put me out of my
misery. Don't let me linger like this.
b ys. It is only a question of a few
minutes. lill me, omehndy, for
God's sake; but dont let the Spaniards
know I we ened."
A boat n. 't out from shore was be
iig rpiaIy 'owed toward the wrecked
batleihip. It came alongside as Ma'
lone made is pitiable plea that he b4
killed. TL se in the boat scrambled
aboard the hattered-deck of the Maine,
with the as istance of the sailors who
were not b. dly hurt. The dying man
was lowere dgwn. His tremendous
strength d vitality still sustained
him aild th relief that he begged for
would not me. Ag-in he implored
them in th name of humanity to end
his sufferin us, and then, finding no
response, e leaned backward and
t:rew hims If into the waters- of the
harbor. e sank at once.
Two ri. rs in a western city a few
years a;o .erformed a feat that for
daring an teadiness of nerve equals
anything record. Some repairt
were nec ary at the top of a very
high chur steeple, one of the slender
steeples t taper to a point 200 feet
or so abo e the ground. There was
no v'ay t reach the spot from the
inside, an the riggers got a number
'i light la ders and lashed them one".
above the ther, to the outside of. the
steeple, n any to the top. The top
most ladd r, however, was not high
enough t enable them to reach the
spot who the repairing was to be
done, and, as the part of the steeple
was too s ,all to permit them to lash
a ladder to it conveniently, they
adopted plan that it makes one'
hudder't think aboat,~says the Phila
delphia T es.
One o them carrying a pot of
melted so der, climbed from one ladder
to anothe 'until he had reached the
last one, nd then, bracing himself,
he raised an extra ladder that the!
other rig er had brought up in his
hand and eaned it against the steeple.1
Then the man below grasped this
ladder a d held it steady while the 1
man abo climbed it to the point
where his work was to be done.
He be n the work at once, but
suddenly by an unaccountable ac=
cident, h' jostled the solder pot and
the fiery tuff ran out and fell over the
hands of - he man who was holding.the
Bnt th brave fellow did not move.
With a i esence of mind and-a eourage
of mind t iat deserves a monument of
brass or arble, he maintained a firm
hold of he ladder until his com-.
uld come down from his:
Courageous rndus. -
In som ' things the natives .of. Be
gland char are wonderfully
ous, and he bravest deed
n was performed'n m,
domestica rva ts. ~ne mor T
seated in . e ferands of my bungalow
a mad - ' kal - rushed through- the
grounds nd went under a raised goi
down, w ch was close to the bunga=
low. I eft the veranda for my gun,
and on y return I discovered two of
my servants armed with hog spears
creeping under the godown until they
came wi in striking distance -of .the
jackal, wen they~ quickly transfixed
him with? their spears. The offer of a
blank chbeck on the Bank of England
would nd t have indnced me to act in
the way tlat these brave fellows did.
An old mithar (sweeper), a* man of
the lowe ~t caste in my servive, who
was neagy bent double with age; was
the smartest hand at killing a veno
mnous su -e that I ever knew. The old
fellow uj a to sit up at night in the
fowl ho e for the purpose of destroy
ing the e bras that came after the eggs;
and one -iorning before dawn I stepped
into the veranda of my bungalow in
time to 4e him pulling a karait out.
of a hol4with one hand,which graspe'd
the rept3le's tail, while in the other
hand wal held a stick, which promptly
descend~ on the karait's head s soo2f
as it apr bared in view. It was all done
very nes Iy and smartly, and as quiet
ly as~ il ec old man had been crush
ing abegle.-Genti.eman's Magazine.
xciig Adventure With a Panther.
Mr. Wilfrid H.- -Luck (Assistant
Superi.nliendent of Police), fourth son
of Mrs. Luck of Hartlip, Sittingbourne,
while out shooting with two friends
on Januiary 9th, in the jungle, near
Dhulia, y Bombay Presidency, was
terribly mauled by a panther. He
had won.nded a panther, which, how
ever, charged up the tree from which
Mr. L4o had fired. Mr. Luck hit
the beajt over the head with the butt
of his ride, and kicked it in the jaw,I
but it was of no avail; he was dragged
out of the tree ad the two fell over
and orvr together a distance of fifteen
feet. Fortunately, at this moment,
when a* ost all hope h'ad died away,
Mr. J4ys, hearing a shout, came
down f m his tree and rain to the aid
of his ckompanion. The panther, ris
iag fro)a the senseless body of Mr.
Luck, - "harged Mr. Keys, who met'
the belt on the barrels of.his rifle,.
killingt on the spot, and tRussdi
the life of his companion'. Mr. Luck1
writes: "Fortunately, the,. panther.
was an old onie and his teeth much
worn. We must have fallen together,'
and I on top, as I was not much hurt,
although falling fifteen feet. I have
a doze:1 holes in one leg (from his
teeth), two in the other, and two in
the left arm, in addition to both legs
bein.; dreadfully mauled. I hope to
be al]>ut in a few weeks." Mr. Luck
jrother of one of the survivors of
the Benin massacre.-Westminster
Th-e steam craft of the 'United States
last 's arried six hundired and fifty
millio ~ assengers, with a loss of
forty-six passengers and one hundred
and thirty-seven men belonging to the
Dr. B3aketel says that sweet-pea
flowers, in a room will dfrive out and1
keep) out fies. This is said to be an
old reiwey, but it is well to try it.
OUR BOYS AND GIRLS
THIS IS THEIR DEPARTMENT OF
Quaint Sayings and Cute Doings of the
Little Folks Everywhere, Gathered
and Printed Here for All Other Lit
tie Ones to Read.
His Sixth Birthday.
He has given up his cradle and his little
He has hidden all his dolls behind the
He must have a rocking horse,
And a hardwood top, of course,
lor he isn't mamma's baby any more!
He has cut off all his curls, they are only
fit for girls,
And has left them in a heap upon the
For he's six years old to-day,
And he's gla'd to hear them say
That he isn't mamma's baby any more!
He has pockets in his trousers, like his
- elder brother Jim,
Though he thinks he should have had
them long before,
Has new shoes laced to the top
.'Tis a puzzle where they stop;
And he isn't mamma's baby any more!
He has heard his parents sigh, and has
greatly wondered why
They are sorry when he has such bliss
For he's now their darling boy,
And will be their pride and joy,
Though he cannot be their baby any
Why Do Your Skates S?ip?
Why do your skates slip on ice? Glass
is just as smooth, but you couldn't pos
sibly skate on it. If you doubt it, try
your skates on a piece of glass and see
whether or not they will slip.
The rpason why ice is slippery and
glass is not is very simple. Ice always
melts a little under pressure and fric
tion. When the steel of the skate
touches it a little water is formed, and.
this acts as oil between the skate and
the ice, and the skater slips merriiy
along. The expression in regard ..to
glare ice, "It's as slippery as if it had~
been greased," is not far wrong. On
glass this liquid lubricator Is lacking,'
and the friction between the skate -and
the glass renders slipping impossible.
Put two pieces of glass together, with
a few' drops of water between them,
ow a y y w sup a
e over the other.
surprising trick in paper-cut
be accomplished by taking a
w strip of paper, two inches,
No. L. -
twice, bringing the ends together and
pasting securely. Previous to this
draw a line down the center of the
strip defining, as the picture shows, a
dark and light strip. When the strip
Is twisted twice and pasted correctly
you will have figure like number 2.
Then take your scissors, insert them
in the line between the dark and light
halves of the strip and cut a.long the
. No. 3.
line. When you have cut clear around
the. strip will fa.ll into two pieces and
make the joined links as shown In
No. 3. To see the -principle of the trick
will require some puzzling.
Caught by a Button.
Recently a small boy who'wore a coat
with brass buttons went down to the
pond with 'his older sister and her
cousin, who were going to skate.
'he small boy felt very much injured
because he could not skate, too, so he
lay down fiat on his face, on the ice,
and began to cry. His sister hastened
to him, and tried to make him stand,
but he refused to do so, beIng of an ob-.
stnate disposition. Finding that her
entreaties were of no avail, she left aim
for a moment. and when she returned
he was trying to get up, but could not.
One of his brass buttons was frozen in
A crowd of curious skaters collected
round thc small boy, whose position
.was now .pitiable indeed. "Unfasten
his cdat,2''s;aid one, 'and take it off."
"That's. sensible!" said another; "don't
o -see 'it's buttonedy' "Well, let's
give him . pull and see if it won't come
out." But it was no use. The button
was so warm when the boy lay down
that it had melted a deep hole, and it
had frozen again all around -it; and
thanks to a careful mother, the button
was sewed so firnily "that it would not
"We'll. have .to rip it up the back,'
said his cousin. - --
"No; not that," said the sister, "can't
some one get a pick, or a hatchet?"
Some one said he would try, ant skated
off. Me-anwhile the salt tears from the
small boy's eyes were making inroads
on the ice under his face. He.,felt very
damp and uncomfortable. and wished,
very heartily, that he had not been so
naughty. His sister was afraid that he
would catch pneumonia, or at least &
"Oh. say.'' said the cousin after they
had hvalted a short time, "why won't
a c..ite do for a pick?" So saying he
took off one of his, and tried to pick at
the button by pushing back the child's
fat little body. At last he succeeded
in chopping the ice away so that the
button was freed and the small boy
was able to stand once more. He now
recognizes the advantages of an erect
"Tommy," said his mamma one day,
"slip upstairs quietly and see if papa
is asleep." Tommy soon returned and
said: "Yes, mamma, he's all asleep but
Flossie, aged 4, heard her mamma say
that the new cook spoke broken Eng
lish, and running to her father she ex
claimed: "Oh, papa, ze cookie is a
broked Englishman an' she tant talk
Little Mamie had often watched her
father shave himself, and one day
when a man came to whitewash the
fence, after a few minutes' silent con
templation, she asked: "Mister man.
is you doin' to shave ze whiskers off
Little 4-year-old Willie was visiting
his grandparents in the country. One
morning he heard a mule braying for
the first time and running into the
house he exclaimed: "On, gran'ma,
one of zem horsies has dot ze hoopen
"Clara," said the mother of a little
5-year-old miss, who was, entertaining
a couple of neighboring girls of her
own age, "why don't you play some
thing instead of sitting still and look
ing miserable?" "Why, 'mamma, we is
playin'," was the reply; "we's playin'
that we's grown-up womens."
Little Harry had a picture book of
animals and his father sometimes de
scroed the traits and. peculiarities of
those represented. One day in de
scribing a hare, among other things he
said the hare had no tail to speak of.
Next day. he asked: "Harry, what did
I tell you about the hare yesterday?"
"Oh," replied Harry, "you said he had
iastail, but it wasn't to be talked about."
Waiter's Seemingly Terrible Blunder
-' Pleased a Young Lady.
There is a certain young man who Is
iust at present, rumina.ing over the
:truism that,.y9u can never tell about
;% 6omen. v.e came to New York a few
years ago from a Western city more
noted for its piety than anything else,
and has of late been living at an up
town htel. Oddly enough, the earty
piety .instilled in him was not lasting;
he has slippcd from grace at divers
times, and in -a certain- way cultivated
taste for the_cup that cheers. There
'red at his hIi tly,a ltle
nsisted of told gentiem'na his wiie
and 'their daughter. The old man: was
friend of the young man's, father,
and the young man had a slight ac
quaintance with both father and
daughter. The elderly man asked the
younger one to dine with him in the
evening, and the invitation was accept
When the dinner hour rolled around
the little party strolled into the dining
room. They found the room filled to
overflowing, and it was impossible to
get four seats together. After some de
lay it was arranged that the elderly
couple should s1.t at one table and the
young man and the daughter sat at an
other. This man had acquired a habit
of prefacing a dinner with a cocktail
in a teacup. He knew wrell the feeling
of his host on the subject, but he want
ed the cocktail badly. He knew the
waiter also and calling him over toid
him quietly to bring a cocktail in a tea
cup. Shortly he returned with a tea
cup, and the young man alone knew it
contained a cheering mixture of whisky
The w'aiter was in his day and gen
eration a wise man. He had seen this.
particular man drink in the house ur
der all conditions, but never by steallh.
He set his 'gigantic brain to work, and
he evolved the idea that secrecy was
for the benefit of the girl, and so he set
the cup down directly in front of her
antd smiled with a self-satisfied smirk
at the man. The man glowered and
choked, but could say nothing. The
girl looked suspiciously at the cup. and
then picked it up and smelled It. Then
a great light came into her face and
she fairly beamed. She raised the cup
to her lips and pausing, smiled across
at the young man, and said,softly:
"It was so kind of you! Just what I
wanted. No one but you would hay.e
thought of it. Positively, you are a
genius," and while the mellow liquid
flowed down the girl's throat the man
sat and blinked and blinked. Now he
thinks the younger generation of that
village is not so bad after all, and he is.
talking of making a long-postponed vis
it to his home.--New York Tribune.
Freezing Water in a Kite.
A Yankee farmer in Brazil who
longed for ice water has utilized a kite
for the purpose of obtaining ice. He
flils a tin can with 'nater and sends it
to the height of three miles, where it is
promptly frozen. After a sufficient in-1
terval the kite is rapidly hauled in and
the cake of ice secured. The inventor
is so pleased with his toy that it is said
he now proposes to send up a kite one
hundred and fifty feet long by a steel
wire caDle. Under the kite will beI
suspended a pully, over whieh runs an
endless chain bearing cans attached to
hooks. The cans will be filled with
water and the speed of the belt upon
which they will be regulated so that the
topmost cans will be converted into ice
sufficiently hard to withstand the down
Declined with Thanks.
MIr. Oldboy-Miiss Younger-Clara
from our first meeting I have loved you.I
3ay I hope that you 'will return my
31iss Younger-Cer'tainly, 3Mr. Old
Iboy; i il retun it with pleasure; I have-1
AGRICULTURAL TOPICS -
Sulphur For Potato Scab.
After preparing my potato seed for
planting last season I sprinkled the
greater part of it with sulphur so that
each piece was thoroughly coated.
The remainder I planted in the same
I field and gave all like culture. When
digging time came those treated with
sulphur were almost free from scab or
other disease, while the untreated
seed produced tubers almostworthlesa
because of scab.-S. F. Deane, of Ne
braska, in Orange Judd Farmer.
Burr Knapp's Farm Furrows.
Cow managers are more scarce that
Butter the plain bread of farm life
with fruits, flowers and simple lux
If most farmers were skilled the un
skilled would starve.
Convenience 'oils the machinery of
Don't think that all the best chances
are for the other. fellow or on the
other side of the earth.
While you wonder what to- do next
stir the soil.-American Agrieulturist"
Nilk Fever in Cows.
It is very important as the cow.
approaches farrowing time that the
cow should be given laxative food so
as to keep her digestion good, and
yet not such as will unduly stimulate
the milk glands. There is a great
difference in cows in this respect.
Some will, as it is said, "sping bag"
two or three weeks before the clf
comes. Such cows will require to-be
milked twice a day from the time the,
milk begins to come. The milk wil
not be usable at this time, either fof
food or butter making, but 'it may be
fed to hogs, taking -care not give"it
to any that are with pig, as it may -
cause them to lose their litter
If there are young growing. pigs l
will be excellent for them.- The
greatest care should .be taen to ex
extract all milk from th'ud er. Par
tial milking at 'this eriod allows'
the milk to become clotted in the
udder, and this makes it liard, and ali
the worse because this increases the
fever and is usually the cause of it...
If these directions are followed there
will be no danger-of 'aked bag of mlk
fever, which is, e?ink; its usual se
quence.. Should -liere be any -fever;
causing 'the cow to become constipate
a few ears of corn fed whole .willset
the bowels-right again. and insure an
easy delivery of the calf.-American
Qrowing Early Ehubarb.
Rhubarb, or, as. it is: more omnt
} e ed, "pie plant," asVeras'
fec rIt is-m'ate oi = r
a osnow-'is"df t
spig.. It .need uotbe done: "e rierf
than this,though the practice f =some
is to put the barrel over the pie plait
in the fall, and fill it with manure,and
bank manure around the barrel so as
to -keep the soil from freezing. In
truth, the more the ground freezes
over and around the pie plant the bet
ter it will be for its spring 'growth.
The freezing makes the soil mellow
and open to the air, and the soil"
warms up much more quickly. As for
the loss of the manure leaching, it is
not likely that this amounts to muoh,~
as the manure being inside and out
side the barrel is much more likely to
freeze through than to ferment. If
the manure is composted and a little
of the best-rotted parts ard.dissolved' -
in water, and this applied inside the
barrel, the forcing of the rhubarb will
be much greater. The sun shining in
to the barrel all day will warm up the
soil much more than a little manure
could do. At night the barrel should
be covered with boards to retain part
of the heat deposited by the sun's
rays during the day.
The Lawix and Its Care.
If one would have a fine lawn, the
first essential is a good foundation. If
it is not necessary to take out trees,
stmps, or large stones, great care
should be taken to fill the holes prop
erly. The earth around the holes is
firm and solid, and the new soil that
is put in must be beaten down and
made even by filling in and pouring
on water until it settles to a level sur
face. Even then the spots will need
watching, as it is scarcely possible to
pack the ground so securely that it
will not sink with the action of the
elements and time. Keep at hand a
pile of fine earth to even up 'hollows
and fill in the washouts, that almost
always make themselves manifest in
the spring. If the sod is not satis
factory, put on ~a light harrow-one
with fine, not very long, iron teeth.
Selet a horse with big, fiat feet and
no shoes; if you pave one, as he will
not sink into the ground like one with
small, well-shod feet. Thun this har-.
row over the ground until' the surface
of the soil is well scratched up; then
with wood-toothed rakes clean the
ground thoroughly of grass, stones,
sticks and tussocks. When the next
rainstorm comes have everything
ready and sow the seed quickly.
Lawn grass mixture comes ready pre
pared; or one may use two bushels of
Kentucky blue grass seed;two bushels
of red-top and one 'pick of white
lover. Sometimes rye grass seed 1s
put into this mixture, but not neces
sarily. Whether the soil is rolled be
fore the top-dressing of -manure or
patent fertilizer is put on depends -
very much upon the convenience-of ' -
the owner of the lawn. It certainly
must be rolled thoroughly afterward.
-New York Ledger.
A, Work or N~ecessity.
Robinsn-"Do you open that bur
glar-proof compartment every day?"..
Robinson-"To see di -all your so-:.
curities are safe?"
Tompkins-No; so that I won't
forget the combination.'-Prcha