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TRI-WEEKLYs EDITION WINNSBORO, S.C., JULY 9,1898. ESTABLSHED1844
CORAL BEADS. F
Some twenty years ago or more
His ship was lost at sea,
Alone and lonely for his sake,
. Yet stili.a maid is she;
Her eye is dim, her brow is seamod,
Her cheek a withered rose,
The glossy ripples ol her hair
Are touched with gleaming snows.
But still she clings to girlish things
With unforgotten grace,
And frills about her faded throat
A bit of yellow lace,
But little dreams her cherished string
Of crimson beads afe made -
Of coral from the sunken reef
Whereon his bones were laid.
Minna Irving, in Criterion.
0 BY ST- CA~M CrUs.
0 away; it's no
use, Mab," said
wright to her
thing has been
settled ages ago,
so far as I am
Hush up, now!
Mab echoed, re
fusing to "hush up"-"I believe it
must be ages ago. Well, if you per
sist in this unreasonable course."
"I don't persist any more than you.
Look at how you did with, Tom Van
"That was a long time ago. I
didn't do it for an example, eit! sr.
-And you said at the time you wouldn't
do as much for me. Then you went
V did the very same thing, after all."
"Don't care," Prisey said, doggedly.
"I will not _marry off and leave you
for any man under the canopy of
."Then, my dear, since'we cannot
get our suitors to keep step, so to
speak, we might as well make ar
rangements for a quiet and dignified
old maidbood. Let's buy a parrot or
e front door bell rang-while the
women were discassing
their -mutual affairs in their owu room
" on the second floor. Just as Mab's
brilliant suggestion for the purchase
of a parrot had thrown both the sisters
into a fit of laughter, the servant girl
of the boarding house appeared at
their door' with a square envelope ad
dressed to Mab.
"The boy says he's to wait for an
"Here, Prisey," said Mab as soon
as she had glanced at the signature,
"this must be for you. It's addressed
to me-yes-no-wait a minate."
Then she read to herself:
* My Dear Miss Wi.b-Do you intend going
out this evening. .If not, will you see me
at 8.30? I have something to s:'y to you of
the greatest importance-to myself, at
least. JULiUs CLEMIENT.
"Here, Prisey, read this." And
IMab handed the letter to her sister.
"What do you think he means?"
-Then she added, speaking gently, to
avoid being heard by the servant girl,
who was waiting at the door, "Do yon
* think he's got us mixed up ?"
As Prisey read the note her blue
eyes widenied in amazement, but she
only said, "You're keeping Jane wait
* Mab turned~ suddenly to the door,
"Tell the boy 'Yes,'" she said.
"That's all the answver there is."
The door having closed behind the
servant, there was a silence of some
moments between the two sisters.
They seemed to take the incident in
contrasting ways. The brunette Mab
- stared, as a child might stare at an
elder sister--Pnsey 'v ..s her elder by a,
*year-who has met with a calamity
and perplexes by her coolness under
it. Prisey went on with her occupa
tion, which happened to be pulling
feathers from an old hat to rearrange
Sthem en a new one.
These two orphan girls had beeni
alone together in the world for so longj
tha each expected to understand
every inmost feeling of the other by
"Don't you care?" MIab said at
"I?" said Pse, okigup fromn
her feathers for one muoenu. "What
for? Why shouldn't he?"
"Was i right, Prisey?"
"Perfectly right, child."
At the appointed hear Mr. Clement
* rang the bell and asked for Miss Mabel
"Uid vonu say 'Miss Mabel?~" Jane
"Yes, Miss Mabel."
Jane really felt uncertain as to
- whether Mr. Clements mel nory haid
not played him a til -k.
"So von have somiething of the
greatest importance to say to me?"
Mab asked h;im when she had taken a
vecry strait chair opposite her visitor.
"Er-yes, Miss Mab. I hope you
won't hurry me though. Did I say,
'the greatest importance,' in that note
I sent you? Oh, well--"
" 'To you,' I think you said. But
* I don't want to hurry you. It's very
sloppy out of doors, isn't it?"
"Oh, now don't make fun of me:
"How?" Mab asked innocently
'TBecause I asked if it was sloppy?
"I might as well come to the point,
said Clement. "Look here, Miss
Mab, of course you know wa'hat hap
pened last night-at the Jernay'sto
me. I mean."
Mab only fixed her dark eyes on
him and when he hesitated, said,
'Well, I want to know if-if yo,
think-that is,'I have your sympathy.
Julius Clement had a fine niustach,
which curled with boldnebs and grace
and which he always stroked' an
pulled when he was in doubt or ii
deep thought. On this occasion h
was in both, and he acted accord
"Do you need a great deal of syin
pathy?" Mab asked him.
"I don't know whether I ought t
say I do," Clement answered. H
had already worn out his first embai
rassment and was beginning to warr
to his subject. "Perhaps I ought t
consider myself fortunate, rather."
"Oh, may I ask-?"
"Of course you may. I suppos
you knbw what answer I got?"
"Just so." He laughed nervously
"But then I found out something
"What did you find out?"
"If your sister said 'No,' is was be
cause-it wasn't because-it was be
cause-because she wants always t
be with you. just as you are? There
Am I right?"
MIab had a way of tightening he
lips which Prisey called "shutting u:
herself all to herself." She wen
through this process now.
"We were talking of buying a par
-rot," she said very seriously after
'A parrot? What fo:?"
"For our amusement a'od consola
I Clement laughed at this idea s
heartily that Mab began to wonder.
"Tell me, seriously," Clement said
"isn't it something to know that some
body cares for you-even if-?"
"Mr. Vanduren to see Miss Mabe
Cartwright," Jane interrupted, open
ing the door at this point in the inter
"Mr. Vanduren"' Mab exclaimed
not concealing hcr surprise.
"Oh, I-eh-I intended to tel
you," said Clement. "He arrived ii
town to-day, you know. You hadn'
There was sotme embarrassment ir
the meeting between this young artis
and the girl who, in the language o
common report, had "given him th4
mitten" nearly two years before
Vandaren had taken himself off t<
Mexico and Central America, alleginj
an irresistible longing to sketch na
ture in those parts.
"You quite surprised us," said Mab
as she shook hands with the beardei
last arrival-"and very pleasantly,
When did you get back? Prisey will
be so glad to see you again. Let me
go-up-and'tel .bef you are here."
Without perplexity it would be im
possible to describe Vanduren's man
ner of receiving this suggestion.
There was more than mere embarrass
ment, there was annoyance. Some
thing seemed to have gone wrong,
Mab saw this much, but was not cleal
as to what was wrong. Clement smile
a very proper, conventional smile an
stroked his mustache. Vandurer
mumbled something which Mab fel1
perfectly at liberty to take for assent.
Accordingly, Mab left the room ani
the two men stood faze to face.
"You seem amused, Clement.," sail
Vandoren, breaking the silence.
"Well, why shouldn't I?" Clemeni
answered. "What dLid I tell you to
day? Of course, you didn't tell me
you would be here so soon-very firsi
evening, you know.
"I didn't think it recessary to ad
vise you of all my lovements be'
forehand,"- said Vanduren, coldly,
while he stoodl before the mantlepiece
ritically examining an applique drap.
"That's right, Vandaren-quite
ight. Now, before they come down,
et mec tell you something." Van
dzuren turned quicily and faced the
ther man. "We have no time tc
ose," Clement went on hurriedly.
"You may n'o know it, b~ut you are my~
god out of the machine'-that's a
assic allusion, you know. l'll explain
t another time. See here, I knew~
edl enough you'd be here to-night.
That was why I told you I was coming.
Now you want mc to get out, don't
For answer Vaniluren only stared.
"Yes, you do. Miss Prisey won't
ome down." -
"How do you know that?"
"Never mind. No time now for
argument. I only want to make a
straight-forward business proposition
to you. If I get out of this will you
promise to propose to Miss Mab this
very night? Yes or no?"
"Well, I'll be shot!" Vandiuren ex
elaimed in an undertone.
''Yes, I know,"' said Clement. "It
oes seem a queer and quaint idea,
but there'll be time for explanation
later. Yes or no?"
A rustle of skirts could be heard on
"Yes," said Tanduren, making hi5
dcision hurriedly, as one who leapm
in the dark.
"Good for you-for us~ hoth, Cl(1em'
nt whisp~erc to han, as the skirte
ame nearer the door of the sitting.
room. "And tell her' to take a day oi
tw o to think it over-not to hrry."
"'I'mi so orry, M: . Va" uren," sid
ab, opening the door. "Pr'isey has
a headache. You are going to be hert
5ome ti'ie, are youI not. i'n the ciy
That's right. She told m.e to say she
bopes you'll come again soon. Sh<
as very glad to hiear of your return.'
The rest, for ten or fifteen minutes,
was small talk about traveling and art.
Mexico and volc'nuoes. Then Clement,
in conformity with his prcomise, "go
out of that."
Next afternoon the two girls were
together in their ioom. Prisey wa
turning over a letter that had come t<
1er thirough the mail.
"I think you mnight let me see it,'
said Mab. "I let you see mine yes
At fast, after sonme hesitation, Prisey
wi~Lonit .1peaking, handed her sistei
th le1tter, wich red:
L "You must not think me overbold if I re
fuse to take your 'No' for an answer ani
come back again within forty-eight hour!
of my defeat at the Jernay's. .oinethin;
leads me to the conviction that this is a
specially favorabie chance for me to 'tr
again.' Will you reconsider your decision
er is there really no hope for me?
In the latter case, mercifully end m
. suspense by an early answer.
"I wonder what he means by 'some
thing, Prisey remarked as Mab handet
y her back the letter.
Mab was shutting herself up to her
. self to think.
"I tell you what, Prisey. That mai
y is no fool." Mab paused a while fo:
farther meditation. "Yes," she wen
on, "it will take a pretty sagacious wo
e man to manage Mr. Clement. He see
into things, does Mr. Clement. Cami
here last night to ask for my sympathy
eh? Forgot to mention that Tom Van
i duren was in town. My dear Priss
that man knew very well that Tom wa:
coming here last night. It was a plo
. to force Tom Vandaren's hand. If
- thought Tom was half as clever
"But as it is," Prisey interrupted
putting an arm about her younge
sister's neck. "As it is? What?"
"Why, Prisey, Ithink they're keep
ing step at last, don't you?"
t "Then we needa't advertise--for
parrot," said Prisey.
And the two sisters wrote two littl<
notes that evening. Mab's note was t
Vanduren, and it said: "Come an<
get your final answer to-morrow at
o'clock p. m." Prisey's was longer
But the effect of the two communica
tions was much.
The two sisters and their two suitor
kept steps admir'ably a few weeks late:
to the tune of the Wedding March.
St. Louis Star.
Once Considered Insane.
Some interesting stories about th
enlistments of recruits to the Ninti
have been going the rounds. One o
the assistant surgeons of the Nintl
gave a young man a rigid physical ex
amination, under orders, as the
young man was not thought to be
After the applicant's weight anm
height had been ascertained, and the
color of his hair and eyes noted, the
dialogue between the surgeon and
prospective recruit went on as fol
"Were you ever rejected for life in
"Have you ever given up an occu
pation on account of your health, oz
"Are yoi ubject to dizziness?"
chest, cold ii the head, shortness of
breath, severe headache?"
"Have you had fits?"
"Nor stiff joints?"
"Have you ever been considerc
"What's that you say?" asked the
surgeon, scratching out the "No'
that he had written in anticipation of
a negative answer.
"Well, I guess it's all right," re
plied the recruit. "My mother saidl
that I was insane to-night when
I told her that I was going to enlist,
As I had got tired of saying 'No']I
just thought I'd mention it. "
In faith lies victory.
Secrecy is sin's, coat of mail.
Honor dresses in home-spun.
Pride is the national pickpocket.
The man above suspicion lives above
Man never makes truth-he only
Fame's race-track runs across the
rights of men.
Society's glow-worms always shine
with a sickly light.
A big heart and a big poeketbook~
seldom travel far together.
Wearing finery unpaid for, is re
spectability going jailward.
Too much goodness is as monoto
nous as too much wickedness.
The man who confesses his ignor
ance is on the road to wisdom.
Do your best to-day and you will
be able to do better to-morrow.
About the best water-proof for all
kinids of wecather is a clear conscience.
The moral training of the little
cild is the future hope of the nation.
If you doJn't pay its you go somel
day you may have to go without pay
To marry for money may turn outl
to be like going to the hornet for
It is a great accomplishment to
knowv how to makie the best of life as
Tihe answer of Commodore Stock
ton to the Mexican Gov-ernor of Cali
fornia, when we took possession of
'that coutry, is worth recalling: "1.f
you marich upon the town (Los An
geles), threatened the Governor,
"yu will tind it the grave of your
"Te the Governor," said Stockton,
"to hav'e the bells ready to toll at eight
o'clock in the morning. I shall be
there at that time."
Commodore Tatnall's "blood is
thicker than water" won great recog
niition iu England in 1859. Seeing
the British Admiral. Sir James Hope,
in a tight place under the fire of
Chinese forts, Tatnall gallantly came
to his rescue. In so doing he was
guilty of a breach of neutrality, bul
his answer, "Blood is thicker than
-water," had thie effect of condoning
A DEPARTMENT FOR LITTLE
BOYS AND GIRLS.
Something that Will Interest the Ju
venile Members of Every Househoid
-Quaint Actions and Bright Sayini
of Many Cute and Cunning Children
Somehow, of all the day we children used
t When night wold come, and mother'
say. "Now, children, go to bed;"
Till grandpa came to visit us. He was :
- soldier, and you see
1 He's just as good and pleasant as ever h
- The very first night he asked mother wio
3 If the children ever march'td to bed
t good old soldier.style.
[ Then he commenced to count, "One, V
one, two." I tell you, it was fin
And you don't know how quickly w
fell into line.
Since then, all day we kind of look ah
For night to come, when we like'sold
can march away to bed.
And grandpa says, If we've a task,
find it just the same
It's so much easier to do if it has a pl
-Orange Judd Farmer.'
Oldest Doll in America.
The most interesting-doll In
country .is to be seen at Rea
Mass., and is the property ofMrs.
0. Brown. She was brought fro
Canton, China, to Salem, Mass., 1
years ago, by Capt. Gamaliel Hodk
as a prevent to his little daughter.
has passed down from generation'
generation remarkably well prese
and does not show her age at all.
every entertainment when old-fasliC
ed things are brought out, she appedn
L and could tell some startling expe
ences, no doubt. She was of quite,n
ture age when Washington becam
President of the United Colonies, am
was nearing 100 years of age when .
war of 1812 broke out. We do nc
mow Dow she was dressed at first',bu#
now she wears a Louis XIV. costu
A few weeks ago a gentleman, godna
through .a crowded part of the city:Q
Glasgow, Scotland, noticed a palefade
little bootblack waiting for hie
Touched by the delicate look .oih
child he thought he would give-hi
blacking of his boots to do. A',
ly, he gave the little fellow thesgi
-The boy it once crept lamely't
the gen 9ndaas -he iffl~ in*
, 1 otb'Iteke ' - was/ttln
diately af the 'gentleman's feet an6
ready to begin.
"What's this for?" said' the gentle
man to the intruder somewhat angrily
"It's a' richt," said the nevmomer
brightly. "Jamie's.jist a wee while ooi
o' the hospital, and the rest o' us take
turn aboot o' brushin' for him."
Jamie smiled pleasantly by way of
assuring the gentleman that his com:
I'ade's story was true.
The gentleman was so grAti-fied by
this act of brotherly kindnessPJat he
gave Jamie's. friend a w~hole shillh'tg foi
his work, telling him to give sixpenet
to JTamie and keep the other sixpence tc
"Na, na, sir," quickly replied this lit
tie hero, giving the shilling to Jami
and hurrying from the spot, "na, na sir:
nane o' us ever take ony 0' Jamie's sil
Boys Build a Locomotive.
Edwin H. Warren and Ernest C.
Warren are two Montvale (Mass.)
boys, aged respectively 17 and 15
They are students at the Woburn
High School, from which they will
sMA~i LLb BUTELTAB3LE.
proabl begraduated two years
hence. Unlike most boys of 'their years,
they care little for base-ball 'and less
for the mad scrimmages of the foot
ball field. Their home is on rising
ground near the railway station, a~nd
their newest toy is a locomotive which
they. with the aid of their father, Mr.
Herbert .A. Warren, constructed and
placedi in operation on a 120-foot track.
The locomotive weighs about a ton and
a half, and were such engines animals
that developed like cows this one
might very aptly be called a yearling.
It is an out-and-Out locomotive from
headlight to cab. The wheels on the
boz!e truck once did duty as pulleys in
a mill. They are twenty-two inches' in
diameter. The drivers once were pul
leys. but they are larger, measuring
thirty inches. There is no connecting
rod. but in its stead a belt is compelled
to impart power to the drivers from
the force induced by the twin cylinders
under the fore part of the boiler. The
boiler is three f'eet long and two feet
bore. It was originally intended for
In heating apparatus, and the three
feet of the fire-hox makes the iron part
of the locomotive about six feet in
Out of the Mouths of Babies.
"Now, Harry." asked the teacher of
the juvenile class, "what is the meal
we eat in the morning called?" "Oat
mieal," was the little fellow's prompt re
Eddie's mother was seated on a bench
in the park onte day and the little fro*
aow, who was playing ne-ar' by. found a
-'Mhorehe Picking It n. iie carried it
to his -mother. exclaiming: "Oh. mam
ma; look at the horse's track I founu.'
Tommy, the 5-year-old son of a candi
date for a local office, was told that his
father had got the nomination, and
running into the house, he exclaimed:
"Oh, mamagt.! Mr. Jones spys papa's
got the nomination. Is that worse than
Willie, aged 5, who had just been
punished by his mother for bad con
Sduet, said: "Mamina, you've got the
baddest memory I ever saw." "Why,
V what makes you think I have a bad
memory, Willie?" she asked. "Be
caxise," was the reply, "you remember
J1 the bad things I do."
Annie was a very polite little miss of
6-years and when one of her little play
mates told her that she had been con
fined to the house for two days with
th toothache, Anbie said: "I'm just
fa~wfu1ly sorry, for you must have en
a great deal of pain, didn't you,
'If Was Nellie's first day at school and
At before dismissing the pupils for
,y the teacher called the roll and
b ittle boy and girl in attendance
tly answered "present." When
s name was called among the
e said: "Please, ma'am, I didn't
e had to bring presents, but I'll
mne of the Customs Prevailing in
' 'a Society There.
that English people object to
it of over-introducing in society.
nk it vulgar, even when guests
mbled to 'dine together. "Of
Z said- a London man-of-the
q me, quite recently, "you are
made to know the lady
ou have been desired to iake
dinner." (Tihs constant phrase.
own . to dinner," comes, of
from the fact of all London
g rooms being on the floor above
the dining-room.) "The lady on
er side? Why on earth should
uction to her be requisite? You
ge conversation with her. of
hile the dinner progresses;
my 'most agreeable moments
een spent in quietly finding out
e is and letting her quietly find
o Iam." "But would it not be
ble.for both," I ventured,
ty of your hostess had pre
e-you acquainted?-if you
.presented to the other
eentor here: scowled, 'then
,adonnhe," his reply
very oad form." ,'t was my turn to
smile. "You think it American?" I ask
ed, .jemurely. "Well, yes, if you won't
be offended," he said; "we do think it a
-a transatlantic importation. I know
Syou'll forgive me if I say to you that it
was lugged over here by certain Ameri
can girls, who have chosen to use It
with a great airiness and empresse
ment. They speak of having Lord This
and Mr. That 'presented' to them. Of
course, we English laugh in our sleeves
at all this. Why not? We can't help
it. One is 'presented' here to royalty
alone. The word -is never emp~loyed in
any other sense. When it is so employ
ed we think the impulse is shockingly
bad taste. You are 'presentedl' to the
Queen, the Princess of Wales; you are
'presented' at the drawing-rooms in
Buckingham Palace and all that sort
of thing. I can't tell you what amuse
ment it causes us to hear chits of Amer
ican girls prattling about the person
ages who have he~en 'presented' to
them. The plain 01(1 English word 'in
troduce' is what wve always use."-Lon
don correspondence in Collier's Weekly.
Strange Moncy in the Mountains.
"The strangest money I ever saw,"
said a drummer for a Main street nouse
the other evening, "was in the muounta:n
districts of Kentucky and West Vir
ginia. Last summer I was making my
semi-annual tour through thIs district
and I stopped one day at a little grocery
and saloon, not to sell goods, but to i.ret
a drink of the 'mounteain (dew.' While I
was pouring out my drink a big. hi5y~
mountainer entered the p~hiceC and en:ll
ed for a drink. As he finished gulping
it down he reached into a big. imlkv
pocket and drew forth what look'ed to
be a coon skin. He laid the skin on ; he
counter, the barkeeper took the skin.
and, opening a drawer, hauled out ai
rabbit skin, which I suppose was tile
change. The mountaine.er pickedl up
the rabbit skin anid started to the fr-ont
part of the store. wvhich was the grio
cery. He t'here bought a twist of to
bacco and tendered the rabbit skin in
payment. He received a big twist of
long green, and I was surprised to see
the storekeeper reach in another dra w
er and tender him a squirrel skin.' The
mountaineer tucked the squirrel skin .ht
his pocket, walked out, unhitched his
horse. and rode away.
"I became interested and engaged the
proprietor in converiation. Hie told me
that sometimes he would go months
without seeing any real money and
that the mountaineers used the skins in
all kinds of trades. such as buying
horses, etc. He said that four times a
year a hide buyer from Lexington or
Cincinnati visited the country anid
bought up all the skins, which were
generally concentrated in the few
stores in the vicinity."-Louisville Dis
A cushion horseshoe just placed on
the market has flanges formed in a pad
to surround the shoe, with air chambers
extending around the pad in position to
bear against the shoe and support the
It is said that gold Is so malleable
that it can be beaten as thin as the benm
in a railway sandwich.
A woman can sharpen a pencil abou.
Ias quick as a man can thread a needile
PR-E.VtylENT YANKEE GUNNERY.
The Tac ics at Manila No New Thing
in the History of the Navy.
The Old Skipper unburdened his
patriotic soul the other day on the
subject of Yankee genius and valor in
naval warfare. He had an audience
of youngsters who felt dimly that
they were the scions of a great nauti
cal race, and when he got through
with his palaver they were quite sure
"In the war of 1812," the Old Skip
per said, "we proved even to the sat
isfaction of the British Admiralty that
in a duel of warships noise, smoke,
smash, and splinters were* inferior to
skillful maneuvering and quick,strong,
and accurate firing-otherwise, gun
nerv. Nelson's tactics, to close in
with your antagonist and pound hi,
went up in the smoke of the Guer
riere, the Macedonian, and the Java
captures, and is now nothing but a
tiadition. The superidrity of Ameri
can ships, guns, and seamen in those
days staggered the European naval
world. Those victories of ours made
the battles of the Nile and Trafalgar
appear what they really were-brutally
"When our frigate Constitution met
the brave Guerriere and the Java in
single combat, it was a struggle of
keen intelligence against brute force
and arrogant ignorance. The Guer
riere was then the crack frigate of the
British navy, and the first one in
thirty years to strike her flag in a
naval duel between single ships. The
great disparity of the loss in killed
and wounded-five times as many on
the Guerriere as on the Constitution
astounded the naval world. Onr sea
fights set all Europe thinking, just as
our fights in this war may do. It was
many years, however, before the Eng
lish acknowledged that the real cause
of their defeats in the war of 1812
was the superiority of the gunnery on
the Aneriean ships. It was their ex
cusc at the time of the war, and many
years after, that the British tars had
been simply overpowered by the Amer
ic-i ships and the weight of their
guns. The true explanation was that
we were marksmen.
"At the siege of Yorktown, in our
Re% olutionary'war, the deadlyaccuracy
of Washington's artillery fire aston
ished the European-artillerists. 'Your
progress 4n artillery is wonderful,'
said the gallant Lafayette to Major
Shaw. General Knox personally sn
perintended the serving of -the guns.
He was bred in the -woods of Maine,
and was a born art erist.- Youpfire
betterthaitheFie - >on mU w"d
oido'aA-;Lafayee 3as MorsliW,
"In,-all cases exceptone Amenan
gunnery' in the war of 1812 was supe
rior to the British. N That. exception
was in the-case of the British frigafe
Shannon, which wtnped and cap
tured the American frigate Chesapeake.
It was an illustration of stealing an
opponent's trumps and playing them:
back ait him. The Shannon's guns
were fitted with American sighti and
her crew were exercised after the
American fashion. The commander
of the Shannon paid particular atten
tion to gunnery; in fact, he was the
only officer in the British navy who
did at that time. The brave Lawrence
who, as Decatur said afterward, 'had
no more dodge in him than the main
mast,' dashed recklessly against the
deadly fire of the Shannon. After
receiving the Shannon's first broad
side the Chesapeake wvas out of it.
"As late as 1830 the American gun
sighit was considered the best device
known to naval artillerisi. It was in
trodluced into naval gunnery by the
Yankees in 1771. I have no doubt that
in any future war that we may have
on tihe sea, Yankee ingenuity and in
telligence will achieve the success that
has always attended them. "-New
AN OLD-TIME NAVA L H ERO.
Midshipmnan Richard Somers' Daring and
Self-Sacrifice Before Tripoli.
It is unfortunate that the name
"Somers" cannot be attached to some
active war vessel of the United States
navy. The boat bearing that name,
recently bought at Schichan, Ger
many, will re naiu idle in k'almouth
harbor until the war ceases.
It is unfortunate, because the name
Somers comes from a man who is
associated with as remarkable an act
of daring as that of any one who ever
fought on the seas for Old Glory.
Names such as his deserve to be per
petuated. Examples like that given
by Richard Somers are worth more
than battleships or inexhaustible
The first time Somers is heard of is,
the time he fought a series of duels.
Dueling was then the vogue. At a
dinner Stephin Decatur, Jr., whose
name is also memorable, called him a
fool. He was an intimate of Decatur's.
Five other guests told Some3rs it was a
reflection on Somers' courage not to
fight Decatur. Somers iesponded by
callengiug the five of them, and
Decatur acted as his second. He
fought three, when they all apologized.
Somers was a midshipman on the
frigate United States when the war
with Tripoli broke out. He was
made master co'mnaudant of the
twelve-gun schooner Nautilus. He
chased some vessels close to a Tripoli
tanm battery, which did not dare fire
for- fear of hitting one of its own
vessels. He chased them within a
hndred yards of the battery, and as
he turned to go back, his quarr-y safe
Iin the harbor. destruction seemed
imminent. But an American shell
exploded in the battery, and he got
It was on the night of September 4
that Somers gave up his life for the
flag whose honor he had sworn to pro
tet. He took charge of a small boat
:iiled with 103 barrels of gunpowder
and shells which had been turned in
to a floatng mine. It wna knnwn
that could the vessel be taken into
the harbor and exploded enormous
damage c:uld be done. Somers under
took to do it. Somers had sworn
never to be taken alive. The affair
before Tripoli was not a peaceful
blockade, but war. An uncle of
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworti, ten
sailors, and a midshipman, Joseph
Israel, who had been refused per
mission to go, but who hid in the
vessel, made up the party. The fleet
waited the result. The little boat,
named the Intrepid, sailed towards
the batteries. The batteries opened
up on it. The American fleet waited
anxiously for two hours and then the
night suddenly changed into a glare
of fire. The Intrepid had blown it
self up, accomplishing its mission.
Richard Somers sleeps in an un
marked grave somewhere in Tripoli.
The Mobammedans would allow no
signs of identification. He gave his
life and gave it at great cost, for the
effect of the esplosion shattered the
enemy's largest boat filled with sol
diers, - -and wrecked two others.
Richard Somers was a type of the
midshipman of the first part of the
century.. His deed has never been.
excelled-in daring by any- single ex
A Sociable Young Elephant.
Three elephants trapped in the Gur
whal forest were sent for education tp
the forest bungalow at Myapore,where
I was stopping; two were full-grown,
the third was half-grown. The latter
did not evince any particular attach
ment for either of the others, and'
was probably the progeny of neither.
The full-grown elephants were fet
tered and chained to trees,the umbrage
of which they preferred to. the sun
shine. In front of each sat a mahout
talking to them nearly all day, occa
sionally throwing them bits of sugar
I cane. The- animals, however, sulked
and were fretful, sometimes making
demonstrations of charging their ma
houts, for which they were scolded
and just pricked on their trunks with
the point of a spear.
By persistence in this treatment and
luxurious living--bread,,coarse sugar
and rum, in addition to 'their usual
vegetable diet-they were soon domes
ticated. The young one, who grubbed
Fith the .others, was quite., able to take
care of himself, and yag not under
restraint, but free to. go where 2he
I would-the forest he came .from was,
but twelve 'miles awsy. Heinadehin
self acquainte-d with the erterio;of
the bungw, t itis Jrecinct
the Reiple, an l .e e##o
lines had fallemplasantCe t
coax.me tog6an et'some e
had not the politeness, t6 trampe
thanks -wanted more1 -Perhaps
everybody knows that twice the girth
of an elephant's footis ifa lie -A t o - -
Lawn Golf the Very Latest.
The newest game is lawn golf, and
it has already "taken" with those that
own country houses. -Dozens of. sets
of it are now being purchased, and it
will be a distinct feature of fashion
able life this summer.
It is an exceedingly pretty game,
and as a lawn pastime will stand some
what in the way of croquet, which the
past year or so has shown signs of .
revival. Lawn golf is really more in
the line of a practice game than it is
a game of itself. It has no rules of its
own, anld only differs from golf pure
and simple in that its implements are
A small size of golf balls and a small\
size of golf sticks are employed. A.
course is laid out on the lawns, little
fences that come in the sets being
used as obstructions. In place of the
holes of an ordinary golf course there
are saucers of tin that have holes in
their centres. These are turned up
side down in the lawn, in any desired
It is a difficult matter, as might be
imagined, to drive a ball into these.
A good shot is a much harder affair in
this practice game, for the little ball,
even when driven seemingly correctly,
will slide over the hole, will slide to
one side, and go contrary generally.
Any man or woman that can play
lawn golf well, people say, has a golf
fture before him or her, and possi
bilities of championship.-New York
A Musical Mouse.
Cats have been trained to skip over
the keys of a piano and -produce the
semblance of a popular tune; dogs,
like Captain H. B. Turner's Plinlim
mon V, -have 'sung weird accompani
nents to dirges and misereres. But
in Brooklyn there is a mouse that
sings almost as well as a Hartz canary
just over from Germany.
One night a few weeks ago 'while a
worthy citizen of Brooklyn was read
ing in his dining room, his attention
as arrested isy. a chirruping in the
kitchen. At first he thought a spar
row had fallen down the chimney.
Then he heard the noise repeated, and
as the range of notes was considerably
greater than that of a sparrow he con
einde:1 it must be a canary or some
other song bird. He started to inves
tigate and heard the scratching of a
mose interspersed with the trills.
Finally, ut.on lifting upe corner of
the oilcloth near a loose board,:he saw
the gleaming eyes of a mouse.
After several attempts the mouse
was caught in a soap box,covered with
a strip of wire netting. It soon got
accustomed to its new abode and occa-. -
sionally piped out its little tune. It
is still a captive.-- New York World.
In Safe Quarters.
Hammond-The men who are found
in the very smoke of the battle are
not always the bravest.
Beans--No; think how well a man
an really remain hidden there.