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TRI WEEKLY EDIT] N WINNSBORO, '5.C., NOVE1MBER 11, 18.
"Cupid. what are those arrows for
Tnat in your quiver lie?"
He shrugged his dimpled shoulders
And. smilizic, made- reply:
"To pierce the tender mortal heart
That flies from love in vain.
These little shafts are made for that:
They give delicious pain."
'And what do you do w'th the golden bow
Your chubby flngers hAl l?"
Anti then he smiled a pitying smile
And said. 1 use this old
But very useful artiale
To speed my arrow straight.
To cleave in twain the tender heart
And make it seek a mate."
"And now these fragile little wings
That from your'shoulders sprout,
Their use I also fain would lnow?"
His laughter rippled out.
"I dse them only in one case:
Wnen two fond hearts I tie.
And poverty enters at the door,
I from the window fly."
-Now York Press.
The room was dingy and but poorly
lighted. Around the long table in its
centre were gathered the conspirators
--the men who had sworn to kill the
Czar. A strange appearance they had
in the fikeing candle-light; some
with fierce faces, marked by the bitter
lines of- hunger and hate; some with
the enthusiastic anl rapt expression
o dreamers-, others wvth the cold
impassivity of great generals. One
of the last-mentioned, colder, more
impassive than the rest, sat at the
foot of the table,facing the president.
His manner showed not the slightest
nervousness. -Yet in an hour he meant
to betray the men who sat about him
to the horrors of a living death, on
the bleak p!ains of Siberia, gaining
thereby the lasting favor of his im
i)eritl master. The blow that would
ruin his comrades would make him.
The clock siruck eight as the -presi
dent rose to speak.
"Brothers," he began, "we have
all sworn the same sacred vows, we
nave all stooi the severe tests of our
order-we can all be trusfe It be
comes .y duty, theref eak
e my prisoiers!" said the
"By what right?" e-:claimed the
preaident. He alone s'eemed cool; the
rest stood as though paralyzed. Ignor
ing the president, the officer glanced
at the others.
'Line up against the *well!" he
Silently they obeyed him-powe
less to resist. The soldiers raised
their guns,a-id aime~l thorn at the de
i'nseless breasts of the prisoners.
Again the president spoke:.
"What do you mean to tdo?" he
To elec-ute you at once," returned
the officer coldly. Then, to the soldi
crs: "Take aim,' Fi--"
The cry rang out loud and clear in
the deadly stillness of the room, and
the spy sprang forward from where
he stood against the wall.
"Get backi" said the officer, sternly;
but the spy continued to advance. His
coldness, his impassiveness, had dis
appeared; his face wa's yellow with
fea'; his teeth chattered.
"Yon must not shoot me:" he
shrieked "I am of yoursehl!- It was
I who informed a;ainst these men! if
you kill me it will, be murder:" He
groveled on the floor at' the oficer's
The doomel men lookel at the
miser-able wretch with bitter contempt
while in the presiden't eyes there was
somnething that looked like triumph.
"An agent of the police!" said the
officer doubtfully. "You have your
~ "Yew.-yes!" screamed the wretch,
tearing a piece of paper from his
pocket and handing it to the o~icer.
"It is there-it is there!"
The soldiers, drooping their rifles,
sprang upon him, and bound him hand
"Brothers," stid the president to
the amazed men, who still stood
against the wall, "brothers in a great
cinse like ours we can-not be too care
Lu!. This little scene was devised to
discover what traitors we had amibng
us. it has succeeded. You who have
proved faithful are quite safe."
"The men looked at him as though
they could scarcely cr-edit thsir senses;
-thea one or two began to sob, and one
$ "And this spy?" he qnestioned.
A fierce murmur ran r-ound the
"Kill him--kill him!" ihey shouted.
The president raised his hand.
"stop!" he cried. '-The man is
n mine-ne to punish as I see fit.
Leave him to me. You will accompany
our brother Vassoloff"-indi-atin'g
the pseudo-o!fier- "lo a place of re
fuge. Fromi our friend's admission,
we are no longer safe here."
The conspirators turned, and silent
lv went out.
Then the president was alone with
the spy. He stood looking alt him for
a moment. a eruel smile on his 'white
inrddfae Presntlv he took from
his pteeket a long fuse,placed one end
in the powderkeg, and wound the
other ebout one of the tallow candles,
an inclh from the burning wick. Then
he pla'ed the candle in front .of the
spy's fce, where he could almost
touch it! and turning, went to the
door. It the threshold he paused.
"You., fate will be a lesson to your
fellow-splies," he said-and was gone.
The spy iieard his steps is be went
down the passage. He counted them
till they ied away in the awful silence
of the nig t. Then he looked at the
candle. low long would it take an
inch of tallow to burn? The police
would not ciome till nine. He looked
at the clock. Twenty minutes past
eight. Woild that inch of tallow last
40 minutes? If it should not, would
being blown p be so painful?
He looked t the candle again. It
seemed to me away before his eager
gaze. He tri d to shriek, but could
not. He becalme unconscious. He
dreamed of hi' mother, dead years
before. He thought that he was a
child again, an( that she had taken
him on her lap,X nd was telling him
the old stories that he loved. It was
summer, and he tould hear the reap
ers singing. He laughed with happi
He oifened his ves. The darkness
of the room frigh.ened him, and he
tiied to call his o her. The gag was
still in his mouth, llnad, like a flash,
the whole dreadful sickening truth
came bach to him.* The hands of the
clock pointed to 2 minutes before
nine, and the candle was more than
Again he looked at the <lock. Ten
minutes before nine The candle
seemed to burn lowei. Would the
police come in time? #1e strained his
ears to hear their comi' g, but there
was no sound.
It was five minutes o nine. He
tried to pray. At last Lte could hear
the soldiers approa-hi g, but the
clock was striking nine! A knoch on
the door and the fame ad touched
the fuse. He watched th spark as it
crept, like a snake, across the floor
nearer, nearer, to the keg He tried
to scream. The sound of a door being
broken upon! The footst s of men
on the passage, outside th , door, but
the spark had reached they keg.. A
:A second later, when the soldiers
ntered, they saw a sight tha fright
even them. A dead may, bound
ged, lay upon the flor . His
een with terror, is hair
and his eyes red, :taring,
On the floor -as the
e fuse haI b traed,
ia powd keg,
cussioin the rounding
Church town, Penn., where nearly
every farmer Lelongs to a religious
sect. The firmer whose horse was
stolen made no efforf at all to recover
the beast.. He did noj make his loss
Iknown to his ntighxbors until they
had iuq1uired. what had become of his
big roan. Then he said- that one
tight somebody broke open his stable
door and took the horse, but nothing
else. The newa -sdoii spread and a
township constable captured the ani
mal on the Welsh mountain, but the
thief escaped. Whea the constable
took the horse back to the owner,
the farmer said:
"I do not want the horse. The
man who took it must have more use
for the animal than I had or he would
not have been driven to steal. Giv-e
it back to him.. If he wants my
Iharness. and wagon', let him have
The farmer was a min of his- word,
and the horse was le t'away, atn.l-is
still in possession of the constable.
IStrangely enough, nearly every. man
belonging to his special sect ap'proves
his action. They refer to the Bible
as their authority. One passage cited
is Matthew v: 40: "And if any man
will sue you at-the law and take away
thy, coat let hi have thy cloak also."'
As these sects never go to -law.' they
simply believe that ifgny man takes
their coat they should also freely
give their cloak; ,or if-any one takes
their -horse, they should also let him
have their wagon. Once a thing is
stolen froin them they will never re
ceive it back as their property.
The same~hingI hldgod with the
womefolks. They woilil not think
of~ receiv bac-k agn n property
stolen fromgtem, nor do they want
any dad tpurste'afiief, or to have
any one hand in his pinishment No
matter how muc~h a farmer may owe
on his land, ha will bear his losses by
theft without a muirmur. The fai-mers
of these-seets sometimes go into debt
when b -ting land. - In almost every
thing el~Te they pay as they go. s
The-question as to receiving back a
stolen horse has cre.ttel a division in
some of the'otliefseits, however. The
peopleghofa~. receiving back the
stolnniiirgne that the Bible
does not say~that ivhere a thief steals
your property yos' shall not receive it
back; that not to take back stolen
goods and not- to punish thieves, is.
simply encourkging and inviting such
crime; and that it is wrong for a man
in debt not to take back stolen
properjy which he cannot afford to
lose, and ~which may interfere with
him in the payment of his interest
A Familiar Character.
Friend--Considering that your liv
cone, I don't see how you contrived
to get such a reputation as a philan
Mr. Spendall-Oh, I never give
anything; I do the hat passing-Xew
FOR FARM AND GARDEN.
Pack ing Eggs In Oats.
Eggs have been packed in oats for
years, but'the practice has gradually
fallen off, as eggs stored in cases from
the best storage houses have Leeu im
proved in piality from year to year.
ats, iT dry Nill absorb moisture
from the eg quite rapidly and are ob
jectionable on this score. If the oats
are rot dry, the germs of mold are
developed rapidly, and as Ihe moisture
is given oft by thleeggs the mold will
grow, causing the eggs to become
musty. In using :ats they shoul: be
at the co.rect degree of dryuess.
Growtih on Newly ClearEd Land.
The growth of young trees and
weeds oi laud uwly cloared is not
readily explained, but the United
States division of forestry offers the
following: Sunligk: is neces~sary in
order that most plants germj.-ite and
grow. Plants like the p6l.ar and
the Canada thistle Eeed profuseiy
and the floor cf forests, in regions
where these p'auts grow, is annually
covered wit'i countless numbers of
seeds, largely brought there by the
wind. The dense growth of the for
est prevents the seed from growing.
When the trees are cut dowu, the sun
light enables the seeds on the giound
to germinate and grow into thrifty
plante. The rirc fruits of cherry andl
elder are eaten by birds, and the hard
seeds a-e scattered over large arresi.
As the young plants are unable to
grcw in dense shade, they do not: a
pear until after the forest ha been
,ut down or other% ise destroyed.
Caltivatiofi of Corn.
A Tennessee farmer asks when
hould one stop cultivating corn. If
the cultivator teeth are not allowed to
go more than about two inches dee,
ind as the corn gets large they do not
go too clore to the stalks, cultivation
may be continued to advantage as long
s a horse can get through the crop
ithout doing material inury. Of
ourse, this is on the supposition that
he crop is cultivated regularly about
ce a week, when the land is dry
nougb. If one should fail to stir the
round for two or three weeks, and
hen should go in and cultivate, some
lamage might be done to roots that
lad grown up near the surface. But
t regular, frequent shallow stirring of
he surfa-e can do no harm, no matter
iow long co atinuedi, and innch good
Weeds are keptidown, iuc1r. water
s saved from evaporation, the air can
et ino the siAL better and thus hel
;he 4 "M* 01 some,
: ant food may be made available for
that and the following cropthat would
not be of use if cultivation was stopped
eajier in the season. There a: e tons
of U, - gen, phosphoric acid and pot
ash in an acre of almost any soil that
you cultivate. But-r.ature has locked
up these elements for plants to fee.d
on, and each year only makes a small
amount available. If you want more
you have only to work for it under
staugly, and you can get a reason
able amount. And you can get it
usually for much less than it would
cost in purchased fertilize: s.
It is only jithin a few years that
learned professors have begun to un
de:stand how much plant food, in an
unasailable fo m, there was in the
soil, an I to advise farmers to mnana;e
so as to get morec of it. Short rota
tion, with its frequent plowing of
the sail. and then long cont'nued cul
tivation of theO corn, potatoes, etc.,
will help about muaking plant food
ava labe for wheat, rye, crimson
clover,or whatever crop may follow to
occupy the g~oaind as soon as corn,
etc., d'e. -T. B. Terr-y in Practical
The Causes of Chicken Diseae.
Ncar-ly all of the diseases of chick
ens, suomer or winter, can be put
under one or t wo classes: inherited or
c~usal by unatural conditions of
foo:1. If we classify thema thus broadly
it may simplify maitters for some so
they cen more intel'igently stamp
The first class some time in the re
mote p)ast must have been undtr the
second class; 'that is, all of the dis
eases that could be traced back to un
natural or nnfavorable conditions of
food. Bnt tha: was so long ago that
we must take cognizance of the i
heritel diseases. These are quite
nurrous, and it is fifcult to stamp
themn out. The only' su:-e wvay to do
it is lo breel from chiekens that hav-e
no taint of inherited disease about
then. The time must soon conme when
poultry raisers will pay more atten
tion to this sub ect. At present we.
raise chic-kens with little regard to
the health of their ancestors. Often
the eggs are. obained fromi Eources
that are not well known. That is, the
chi -kens will be crack ed up as being
first class so far as pedigree and breed
go, but little is said about the dis
eases that have been acquired and are
nowv hereditary. We must inquire
into this quest'on in purchasing breed
ing hens or eggs.
A disease that is transmitted down
through one gene-ation to another- of.
chikens is just as apt to become epi
demi'e as any which attack cattle or
human beings. The best and about
the only way to stamp oat cortagious
or inherited disease is to deet:-oy all
the crea'.:res that showv symptoms of
it, an: then breed careinliy fr-om those
that do not have it.
The other wide class of chieken dis
eaes, which indludes many of the in
he: ited and epidemsic ones, co-mes
from causes tat can11 generally be
reediedi. Filth, dirt, unnatural
food and carroundings generally, es
peally in winter, are the primary
often be inherited, but it is also ac
quired by exposure to dampness and
unsanitary pens. Leg weakness is
characteristic of some breeds of fowls,
but it is also due to overfeeding and a
lack of lime-forming food. Bowel
trouble cories from improper food, al
though this may in time be trans
mitted by inheritance. Lice come
from poor winter quarters, and they
may in time start up numerous dis
eases that will greatly increase the
mortality of the chickens. Fo it is
possible to go through the whole list
ard show that all of then are due to
one or the other of there two causes.
-Anne C.Wobster in American Culti
Form and Construction of Sio.
The round bilo seeams to be the ideal
form. In this the entire absence (f
corners redtus the waste very ma
terially, and the space contained in
the silo is most econo:nically used.
Alter the round, the square silo is the
next most desirable form, while the
rectangular is the least desirable.
The nearer the rectangular silo ap
proaches the square, the better it will
be. The smaller the proportion of si
lage exposed to the outside walls, the
smaller will be the loss, hence large
tilos are more desirable than small
ones. It has been found that the loss
of food constituents is much greater
near the exterior of the mass, while
at considerable distance from fie out
ride walls, t bc loss is greatly reduced.
In all cases the silo should be deep in
order that the pressure caused by the
we'ght of the silage may be heavy, an
important condition to aid in the ex
lusion of the air.
The first silos .constructed in this
country were made almost tntirely of
mafonry. It was thought that solidly
built and cemented walls of stone or
brick were essential t) the preserva
ion of the fo-Ider. It soon became
evident, however, that wood silos
when carefully constructed wol(1
make as perfe:t a silo, as far as the
preservation of the fodder was con
erned, as those made of masonry.
There is one iery mate-ial advantage
found in the more solid form of slo.
A well made silo of stoire or brick is
ractically indestructible. On the
ther hand, the wood silo is more or
ess attacke.1 by the acids of the si
age, and this, together with the ex.
reme chauges of moisture between
he empty and filled condition of the
silo, causes a somewhat ra-i decay.
[n all cases the-silo should be firmly
Md snbstantially constructed. The
pressure on the walls is so great that
auch care needs to be exercised in
a ing the studding suTlciently heavy
r~d close. to prevent ny tendency
vood, the aterior shoulil l;e covered
least two tkicknesses of
boards, with one or'.two coverings of
tarred paper between. A wood pre
servative made from gas tar, applied
while hot, has been very successfully
used. The more completely all of
the wood work is protected by some
preservative the more will it resist de
A round silo made of staves is a new
form which has come into use within.
a few years, and seems to have many
desirable features. It is built on the
same plan as the large water tanks
ceammonly seen along railroads. The
staves can be bought all cut and sawed
to the proper leugth and bevel, and
by the use of heavy hoops can be
esily and firmly put together. Com
mon steam piping, wvhich has been
drawn down and threaded to take a
nut, may be used in i.lace of the strap
hoops. By passing the threaded
hoops or stea-n pij~es through a solid
piece of oak about four inches square
ou opposite sides, and by using heavy
nuts and washers, the structure may.
be quite easily and firmly bound to
gether. If it is found that shor-tly
after filling, the pressumre is becoming
very great upon the sides of t e silo,
the nuts may be unscrewed, and the
whole structure slightly loosened.
The staves will fre-uently so shrink
as to leave air spaces betwee'1 them,
while the silo is empty, but there is
no gr-eat disadvantage if a ready-means
for tightening and loosening the hoops
is provided. With this form of silo
there is some danger of the silage
freezing in a col climiate, nless a
cheap cover-ing with a li ning of leav-es
or rawdust is added.
In the const-nuction of the silo one of
the most imnportant par's to be es
pecialy well made is the bottom.
Thai shou:ld in all cases be first well
stoned, then grouted with a mixture
of coarse gravel and cememi, and fin
ally covered with a smooth covering of
Portland cement. The essential
points in the construdtion of the bot
tom of the ailo are to provide thorough
d:ainage atnd to make it a proof agains t
rats.-(C. S. Phelps of the Connecticut
Have the stable well drained and
A wet and foul stable predisposes to
g-ease and cracked heels.
Dampness is ver-y pernicious to
horses, and induces rheumatism,
coughs and colds.
Never havegyour horse's heels close
lv trimmeci, nor the hair cut fromn the
iside of his ears.
No more nails than are absolutely
necessary should be employed to at
tach the shoe. Nails weaken the
hoof by breaking and splitting its
Horses should not - be fed directly
they leave woik. Thea the stomach
is fatigued with exe:-cise. and they can
nt relish or digest their food till r~r
Every stall shpuld be at least six
feet wide and nine feet long. This
will enable the hiise to turn around
without bruising~mself and to lie
down and stretchimnself with comr
STORY OF A LEAD PLNCI
SOME INTERESTING FACTS CON
CERNING A FAMILIAR ARTICLE.
How the Pencil is Made and Where Its
Component Parts Come From-Muich of
the Work Done by Girls-Its Name a
An industry for girls that is seldom
exploited. but one whose results mil
lions of people are daily testing, is the
putting of lead into pencils. Although
no implement is more familiar than
the pencil, few people know how it is
made or where its component parts
come from. The following interest
ing facts make one feel that in the
manufacture of even so small an ob
ject a big field geog: aphically, his
torically and geologically has to be
"The pine or cedar, the former for
cheap pencils, the latter for more ex
pensive ones," said a well-known
manufacturer of lead pencils, "arrives
at the factory in small blocks or
slabs, a little longer than a penci', a
little wider than six pencils, and of
proq.per thickness. If they are to be
colored they are first dyed. All are
treated to a process which removes
the essential oil and which seasons
"The source of supply for the cedar
is Florida, and so great inroads have
been made upon the forests for the
miaafactire of pencils that the wood
is becoming exhausted. The name
'enad pencil' is a misnomer and hails
from the sticks of lead which were the
primitive pencils. The 'iead' is graph
ite or plumbago, and comes from the
province of Quebec or from Ticon
derogp, the latter having the largest
mines of the kind on this continent.
"One factory turns out 30,000,000
pencils a year. The graphite is first
reduced to an impalpabe powder by
grinding. Water is then addel and
the substance is run through mixers
in a fluid sttte in order to combine
with it whatever quantity of c'ay way
be necessary to give it the grade de
ired. The more clay the harder the
lead and vice versq. A fter this mix
ing has been done, which is performe.1
entirely by machinery, the mass ii
taken from the mixers and run through
filter presses in a way to exclude the
water and reduce it to a doughy con
sistencv. In order to make the mix
ing still more thorough, thi3 doughy
mass is then Rassed through dies, by
which is meant plates with numerous
mall perfo:ations under great pres
sure, from which the lead-as I shall
all it iir deference to common phirase
nl6gy-issues in tiny rods or wires,
in general ap raa not-_n1jke the
Tead-tnat is .pIVnto Me
but, instead of- being dry an rittle,
baing still in a moist or soft'condi
"Ihe material receives this treat
ment repeatedly through dies 'with
apertures of different diameters. un
til finally, when the mixing has been
satisfactorily completed, and the mass
is in proper condition, it is pa-sed
through a set of dies of the exact di
ameter of the lead that is to go into
the nencil. Deft fingers take the
product in this condition, straighten
out the leads and cut them to lengths
of about three feet. At this stage it
is still coniiparatively soft and pliable.
After being cut the leads are allowed
to dry, and are then cut to the re
quired pencil lengths and packed in
crucibles and burned for several hours
in order to extract the last degree of
moisture that remains and to bring
the lead to its final condition. The
leads are now ready for inserting in
the wcoden cases and are sent to the
girl!d room. The slabs of wood are
put through a machine, giving each
six grooves, square or round, and at
the same time smoothing the face of
"The girls are seated in groups of
three, wi~h slabs, 'leads' and gluepot
before them. The first girl takes a
grooved strip in her right band and
six leads spread fan shape in her left,
and with one motion fills the six
grcoves. The next girl coats a groove
strip with hot glue and hands it- to
No. 3, who takes the filled strip from
her other neighbor and lays the one
upou -the other. The filled and glued
strips ars piled together and left in a
press to dry. After that they are
evened offunder a sandpaper wheel
ad cut into single pencils, when they
are shaped and varnished ready for
the market.--Nev York Tribune.
Italian Noses Win Medals.
In Italy the formation of the nose
is considered one of the most impor
tat of physiological details. There is
a "cult of the nose" in some sections,
and this finds expression in "nose
cmpetitions," in which the owners
of the feature receive prizes accord
ingly as they can present it in great
est p)erfection as regards type, size,
beauty and olfactory power.
The best ordered and most con
clusive competition of this kind was
held recently at Milan. Thge whole pro
ceeding was controlled by a committe
and the examinations were conducted
in a "Nasoteca" furnished with draw
ings and water colors of hbads well
provided with noses such as wrould
have gladdened the artistic sense of a
The competitors numbered 36, but
only 23 appeared be fore the examiners-.
The fi:st prize--a gold medal-was
won by a Venetian, Fortunato Michiel
utti, a vender of matches, whose ncse
was found to be of formidable pro
portions, long, well pmar'ounced, ':g
gressive, trench.ant,like a knife blade."
The second prize fell to Antonio Pozzi,
possessed of a nose "domineering,
assumning, with nostrils wide and
cavernous." The award for this was
a medal in enamel, while the third
prize,a silver medal of the first order,
was adjudged to Carlo Ascant for the
refined, symmetrical proportions of
"'3 nasal feature,
that I ever haL
the white-haired dry
reflectively, "was a cha
Snoggles, who was in the s
pany with are in the arniy dun
civil war. The poor fellow is
long ago, I believe, and I don't want
to injure the feelings of his friends,
but the truth of the matter was that
when Snoggles slept there was mighty
little rest for any one else in the
"The minute he got to sleep he
would roll over on his back, open his
mouth and tune up. He would begin
with a noise something like a man
gently scraping a fiddle bow across
the strings, and as be went oa the
sound would gradually rise higher
and spread out and increase in volume
until the whole tent was packed so
full of it that the sides bulged out;
and then he would suddenly wind up
with a snort that fairly shook the
". aturally, this was rather wearing
on the rest of us, and we tried vari
ous schemes to break him of snoring,
but without success. Finally, we hit
upon the plan of tieing a piece. of
hardtack to a string, attaching the
other end of the string to a pole, and
then after dangling the crac-ker over
the yawning cavity until it was in ex
actly the right position, dropping it
gently into his mouth. This wnld
tickle his palate and set hiiM to cough
ing, and as it would take him some
time to settle down and get his snore
foundry going at fall blast again, the
other occupants of the test would
manage to get a little rest.
But it used to puzzle Snoggles
greatly to know why he had these
sudden choking spells ia his sleep,
and he finally consulted the companfs
surgeon, who examinel his throat
and told him there was nothing wrong
the- e, and that his choking must be
all in his imagina-io,.
"'Imagination be hanged!' growle I
Snoggles. 'I reckon a man's imagina
tion don't set up nights tryin' -to
choke him to deatb.'
"Well, he began to suspect what
the trouble was finally, and one night
when we were trying the e-acker game
on him as usual, he suddenly shut
his teeth on it, and the next instant
he was up spitting up hardtack and
harder language out of his mouth,
and as socn as he got fuJf awake
and had secured a club we d to fly
for our lives.
"Snoggles went" to 1 ca ta t
and we promptly entered a counter
complaint against him for his dci:iboli
cal snoring, and the matter was finally
settled by giving Snoggles and- that
double-bass snore of his a tent all
to the'mselves off-at the extreme eige
of the camp.
"A third of a century bas passe]
since that time, but never have I for
gotten San Snogles' snore; and
frequently on a summer night, when
I am awakened by the loud rumbce of
thunder overhead, I spring up in my.I
bed, and for an instant I have all I
can no to keep myself from imagining
I am back in company G's tent on the
Rappahannock listening to Snoggles'
slumber-annihilating midnight solos.
-Woman's Home Companion.
Chinese Use of Fans.
Considering that the Chinese use
fans for nearly everything, it seems
strange that they do not use them in
the form of punkahs, as the Hindoes
do. They. show such resource in the '
emloyment of fans that it is certainly .
not through Iacc of inventive faculty,
that the large revolving fan is not in
vogue. They have "snap fans," bear-.
ing on the leaf an accurately drawn-up
guide to this or that pleasure resort;
they have fans which bear the picture
or news of some given event of im-'
portance to out-of-the-way padts of.
China; they have fan-shaped dagge-s
and clubs cunningly contrived after'
the style of walking-stick daggers;!
they have even the quaint original of
the autograph fan which has lately'
found its way into English favor, bu't
as to the punkah, they will hare-none!
This may be accounted for by the
fact that a Chinaman does not. like to,
be fanned at the top or back of his
head. His tight-drawn, straight hair
offers no protection whatever against
a good punkah breeze, whereas the?
Hindoo, having a gocd covering of
loose han-, even when not turbaned.
does not suffer from chills of the scair.
An inventive and enterprising Celes-'
tal, overlooking this fact, once fash
ioned a punkah on a large scale. It
consisted of seven large wheels ten
feet in diameter, joined together so
that one man could tarn them all on
a single crank. Such a seven-fold
paddle-breeze contrivance would cer-,
tainly create a breeze in which no fly
could live; but it never came to any
thing. It was, apparently, the last of
The .Warkcsmanl Presses the Button,.
A new triggerless and hammerless
gun that has been invented by a man
named Thompson of Birmingham,Eng
land, if it fulfils all that is expected
of it,should become popular. Instead
of pulling a trigger one presses a but
ton. The mechanism of the lock is of
the- ordinary hamnmerless character,
and is worked by a button which is in
the small part of the stoek, rrotected
by a light guard similar to those used
for hamnmerless gun. There is only
one button for a double-barreled gun,
and by an ingenious arrangement it,
can be worked to fire both barrels
right and left or left and right, as the
case may be. The idea of replacing
the trigger by a button is not original
but it seems that no one has been able
carry it ont neieticallJy heretofore.
>ff his hat.
ven the lig
reur husband is
"ay, n, w pessimism?"
"My Eon, it is one of the results of
natrimony and mil'ners' bills. Now
on't ask any more q' estions."
"How's basiness?" 'askei the deal
r in ofc3 supplies. 'Just moving
eplied the sto age man, "H.iow is it
with you?" "Oh, stationery."
"She sail she -was shocked," as
erted the girl in blue. "She must
iave got hold of a live wire,'Y re
unel the girl in gray promptly.
"Mummy, can I have that year that
ras on ti-e dining room si4ebt ar,1 thiis
norning? 'Cos-" (Pause.) "Be
'ase what?" "'Cos 'e eaten it!"
.Arid when rm gone." be, tremWing, crid -
"Will you remember me?" -
1 will," the wea-y girl replied:
.'Just try it once and see."
"Why do you think she must ha e
,icked up her musical educaton her
elf?" "When slie, sings I can a
lerstand nearly every word she
"Didn't he once say he would neier'
peak to you again?"- "Yes; bu
aw I had-a cold, and he couldn't x
ist the temptation to tell me of asnre
Mrs. Catterson-What a pity
are no chillren.. Mrs. Hatte
don't kn -w. f I did211a.e
rouadnt be able to take ins a
;ive part in the motkers' congres
"2ist !" whispered the fist
) ice,; "the s a..
At orney. oa say ouh
to see ss Biingsa' weia U
house at the time the1g~jkj<w
omxiittei? Witness-Yes. sr :AS
torey-Thenhow di& it hafpin taw -.
when the prisoner dashed intAothe
room and assaulte. -you, younaiid
through the window and- wenihom
making no attempt to de'end thei
r give The alarm? Witness-I thought
it was her father. -
The Goat an4 the Firemewa.
A big white billy ,goat broke into
No. 7 engine,house at full trot and
halted Leside the hose wagon. Whoa
the men recovered the whole company
made a rush for him. In the ensu
ing excitement Driver Weinekmin
bumped his forehead- against one of
the sliding posts and Pipema
Snyder took a heavy fail over the goat
When William was finally secured
by four firemen a council ot war was
held. While a billy goat was unfit
for engine purposes, he was not to be
lightly considered. Accordingly, at
Pipeman Seymour's motion, Captain.
Watkins ordered the visitor inte
custody in the hayloft, and as-no one
seemed responsi, ehe began to execute
i own order. And only after .a
violent struggle, 'with the captain
pulling him by the hoins, and
eymour pushing hini in the rear,
with the rest of the company assisting
in divers ways, he was firally landed
in the lost and tethered to a post. -
The company was .suddenly called
downstairs, and when they returned
to view their acquisition they found
he hadeaten all the feed in his reh
and chewed the tops off Fipesa
Sope's gum boots, which he' h'ad
ca: efully chosen fr om a long row
itanding against the wall. He had
also overset a big bucket of 'water and
Girenee: the spick-and-span wagon of
the ma' shal which stood below,. and
the company was quite willing to tura.
him orer to Mr. Herman, of the In
epenent Ice company, who called to
aim him. -Baltimore Ne'ws.
Facts and Th~eory.
There are facts that will not fit into
any theory, but which keep pop
ping up at us from the most uinex-.
pected places. Notody can tell where
they come from or why .they are- here,
but here they are. Try as hard as we
may for perfection, the net result of
our labors is an amazing variety of
im~erfectess. 'We are surprised at
our own versatility in -being able to
fail in so many different ways. Every
ing is under the reign. of strict law,
but many queer things happen, never
theles. What are we to do with all
the waifs and strays? What are we
to do with all the sudden incongrui
ties which mock at ogi wisomn -and
destroy the symmetry~of onr ideas ?
'Ibe solemnly logical .intelligence
ignores their existenee. An amateur
philosopher once gave me an eeray-in
which he proved that anima's sufer
no pain. I venraznd to point'out t
few indlications to the contrary. He
replied: "Impossible! Anima'suffEz
o pamn; if they did, it wouki-beean.
trary to my, syste iofiloha'
-Atlantio -Mouthiy -- .