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MISS BENCE'3 BHiriSK LOVER.
It nras 011 a lowly iiioriilrifj in May,
that u very dupper young gentli'innn
stood leaning aainst u treo in the
woods that then, as now, top tho rock
hilled Palisadcs ovoriooking tho lordiy
lludson. Ho was altircd in all tho
1ravory ofsilk, and powderand ruflle.s
and at his feet lay lialf n dozen vol
umcs on which an anny or atits were
inarching with a directness of pur
poso that eauscd grcat evonts in ant
land later on.
From tho poso of this bclaeed young
gontloman and tho caro which lio took
io ndjusst tho rullles over his wristband
ns itdangled, the elbow leaning against
tho tree. It was prctty ovident that
he was wailing for ono of that sex
which has ruled tho world ainco Eve
ate that indigostlble apple.
IIo was a handsomo youth, to whom
powder bccame handy, and, liko mo.st
liandsome youths, ho was perfeetly
aware of being a handsomo yontli.
" She comos 1" ho said, bravcly.
"Pish I I wish that iny lioart would
not rap so against iny ribs, and I know
that I am becoming palo."
The rustllng of bushes and brambloH
announced an approaeh and in a couplo
of scconds a bright, fair-hairvd, blue-cyed,rosy-checked,clicrry-lipi)cdinaidcn
stepped up to whero tho ants were
rnarchiug ovor tlie books.
"I am a little lato, George," she said,
afterhalf a dozen kisse.s had passcd be
tweentheni, "but I couldn't holp it;
for a lot of gcntlemon eamo to seo
papa, and I had to seo after refresh
inent for man and horse."
"Companyat the Manor, .Tac?"
"Not exaetly company, George ; but
you see, papa is very determined
against the iron rule of England, and
I fear " here sho dropped her voice
" that thcrc is going to be rough work,
for one of the gentlenien spoko of rais
ing a regiment, and "
" AVhat nonsense, Jae 1 "We aro very
welloffunder British rule. Therearc
always people ready to complain al
ways grumbling. Surely thcso gentry
lo not drcain of independence?"
"And wliy not?" replied tho girl,
almost haughtily, her short upper lip
curling, her thin nostrils expanding.
"Stuff and nonsense, Jac !"
"I don't seo why wo should sub
"You little rebel!" ho burst out.
' I must stop such seditiousUanguage."
And he did so in that way which
is usual to lovers.
George L'Estrange was tho son of
Sir Ilenry L'Estrange, an Englisli gen
tleman of birth, who had como over in
the capacity of private seeretary to the
Ilaving inet a very beautiful young
lady, whom hecspoused contrary tothe
wishes of the old baronet in England,
who was as proud as ho was caroless,
Sir Ilenry settled in Ameriea where he
inade a small fortuno in tho cultivation
A friend, to whom ho had loaned a
thousand pounds, having died and left
him a property on tho lludson in lieu
of the cash, Sir Ilenry migrated to the
"Manor," whero he resided in good
st)'le with his lady, ono son, George,
one daughter, Jacqueline, and a num
erous retinuo of white and, colored ser
vants, Adjoining the manor was tho prop
erty of Ephraim Bence a worthy mer
chant of Gothatn, between whose only
child and Giorge L'Estrange sprang
up that inutual feeling of foverish de
lightcominonly known aslove.
Mr. Bence did not at first o)pose
George L'Estrange's intimacy with his
daughter, but of lato his anti-British
feeling becamo so intenso that he po
litely infonned tho young man if ho
wished to avoid hearing that which ho
could not stomach ho would ceaso his
Evcry day tho great spirit of Indo
pendenee was engaged in uplieaval and
Georgo was compelled to tako this hint
of the hturdy American.
"AVemust meet elsowhore, darling,"
he said, and, as the woods which sepa
rated the two domains, and overy path
way was known to tho two lovers, a
particular beach-treo was destined to
lecome thoir trysting-place.
Insensihly, but by degrees, Jacque
line Bence felt tho spirit of patriotism
budding in her fresh young heart, and
at length came a pang of sorrow that
her Georgo could tako no part in the
groat work that was now so steadily
George callcd her "rcbcl." Sho
would retallato by dubbing him
A fow skirinishes, and it wen mu
tually resolved novcr to rofcr tae
subject of indepcndence, but somehow
or other it would crop out, when
George's tono was ono of insulting
superiority, Jacqueline's that of insult
ing dotermination. On thcso occa
sions they would vow never to to seo
each other more, and tho glrl would re
turn to her homo, her eyes red from
wVping, and her heart sorcr than her
-Ir. Bonco ono dny suiiiincncii Jai
qtli lilli, ,
"ply child," ho said, "you aro
Ainmi'im horn and raiscd. Si am I,
so iiiyourmoUu'r. Now your blood is
too jgood, your heart too honcst to
letyiu act tho part of trcachery to
yourlcountry. You liuistgivo up this
whiiper-snnppcr ' Britisher who has
just ,captaincd himsolf in order to
drivens out of Xow York. I am too
feebleto llght.but I can use pen, and
tongufc, and gold, and by Jove! so long
as a faculty is left, 111 cry 'No sur
renderl' "I'll see, George," she said.
L'Estriingo mot her by appoictment
at tho old-beach-trec, not in silk and
lace, but ;n tho bravery of tho English
"AVhy did you put this on to-day?"
'To mcct mc?"
"Georgo L'Estrangij" and her cycs
ilashed, her nostrils dilated "this isan
"An insult," sho slowly rspeated, as
she broke oll a hazcl switch, "and a
eowardly one so cowardly that I needs
must notice it." And so exasperatcd
was sho that she struck him two swift
blows across tho faco in rapid succes
sion. "Jac the deuco!" ho cried, as, blind
with pain, he put his hands to his faco.
"When he removod them sho was
"A rebel's daughterl" ho hissed, be
tween his clinched teeth. "So help
mc heaven! 111 pay her off for that
blow, and with interestl"
A few months later a party of rcd
coats, debouching from tho woods that
crowned tho Palisades, marched to tho
Uenco mansion and took possession
Old Ephraim Benco was for defend
ing the jilace to the bittor cnd; but the
more prudent counscls of wife, daugh
ter and such relatives as were stoppi'ng
with him provailcd, and ho witnessed
the soizuro of his homo and belong
ings with a hatred that seemed almost
"So you are in command," iio ci'ied,
as Georgo L'Estrange now a major in
the Uritish servico swaggered into
"Oh yes. "Why should I notbo?"
"And you come to swaggerhero?"
"A capital idaco to swagger it is,
too," observed the major, as ho cooollv
threw his legs across the arm of a
"You aro a white-livered, cowardly
"You aro a verj irascible old gen
tleman." "If it was not for this cursed gout
I'd spityot like a larkl" roared tho in
furiated old man.J
A very ancient figuro of speech, my
friend. ""Whcre's yonr daughter?"
"She is here!" cried a voico almost
in his ear as Jacqueline, pale, every
nerve quivering, as she stood beforo
him. In spito of his braggadocious,
tho major yielded.
"Oh, you little rebell you see, I como
here in command," ho laughed.
"Not to command a few men or a
""We shalj seo llistress Jacqueline."
"If you had the -ourago of a gentle
man you would havo flung your com
mission in the teeth of your genernl
cre stooping to set your foot across this
threshold, savo as a protector."
"IJahl llebellion kills sentlmcnt.
I'm not the long-eared biped that I
used to be. You and I will havo a good
timo togethcr here, and "
"IIow dare youl" cried the girl, her
eyes llashing, "attompt but so much
as tho familiarity of my given name,
and I will resent it as an insult."
"Pshawl" growlod tho major, as ho
moved toward a window, in order to
conceal his mortification, for his lieu
tenant, Staleybridge, was standing by.
That night Major L'Estrango held
high reYcl in tho old oaken dinnor
room of tho Mansion. A captain of
dragoons, Oldham, tho lieutenant and
an ensign banqucted with him.
They drank heavily, as was tho
fashion of that day, and afrer dinner
commenccd to toast their respeutivo
AVlien it camo tho major's turn ho
Tho lieutenant, who owed him a
grudge, and loved him not, oxciaimed:
"Why not toast tho beauty who is
now under our roof ?"
'A beauty under tho roofl" roared
tho dragoon. "Let's trot her outl"
L'Estrango stood up.
"Ilcro'a to Jacqueline, tho prottiest
rebelin allAmhrica!" auddrained tho
goblet to tho dregs.
"Wo must seo herl" bellowed the
dragoon. "Scnd for her, major!"
L'Estrange was three-parts drunk,
and a brutal idea Ilashed through his
bemuddled brain that now would be a
good timo to koep his vow in rr-gard to
paylng Jai.'quclincl't'iico for that blow.
"111 sond for her, by Goorgel" he
To tho scrvant who rcsponded to tho
ring ho gravcly said:
"I want to seo Miss Beneo for a mo
mi'iit on business of ImpiAtance im
Tho young girl at first rcfuscd polnt
blank to appear, but on a second and a
third pressing message sho resolved to
IIow beautiful she looked as sho
stood glancing from one totho other of
those drunken dobauchees!
"AVhat is your busineis with mo,
Major L'Estrange?" sho slowly and
"Como herol" ho exclaimcd.
"I am here, slrl AVhat would you of
"Do you reocllect a blow you gavo
mo in tho woods hcro on a certain
Summcr'a day?" ho askcd.
"Perfectly woll, sir."
"Then I mean to take twenty Wsscs
for it." And he sprang to his fcct.
At that instant the door was burst
opon, and a body of Swift's yeomanry,
led by Joo "Wilson, a nrar neighbor, to
whom Eenco had scnt for suecor, leaped
into tho room, making prisoners of tho
An hour later, and tho gallant major,
with his comrades-in-arms were on tho
march as prisoners of war, past tho
very bcech-trco whero a few laonths
previously ho had receivcd tho cut
across tho faco that ho so richly
Jacqueline married Joe "Wiison, and
their descendants still llourish in that
picturesque spot known as Engluwood.
As for the L'Estrar.ges, they were.to
use a slang phraso, "clean wipwd out.'
Yarious "Ways of l'repariug Eggs.
Eggs cooked in some unusual way
are a good luneheon as well as breakfast
dish. Among the simple3t fonns aro :
Baked Eggs : Uutter a shallow pud
ding dish, or a deep pie plate, break
into it, separatoly, as many eggs as you
will necd, unless the number oxceed
nine or ten, taking care not to disturb
the yolks. On each yolk put a pieco of
bultor, a pinch of salt and a dash of
pcpper. l'laco in a hot ovcn until tho
yolks are set ; serve immediately.
Escalloped Eggs : Butter little patty
pans and sprinklo tho bottom and sides
with flno bread or cracker crunibi ;
break an cgg carefully into each, uing
care that the yolk bo whole; cover with
lino crumbs moistened with mclttd
butter and seasoned with salt and pep
per, set into tho oven until tho white
of tho egg is set and tho crumts
Poached Eggs : A pint of cream, or
if that is impossible, a j)int of milk, to
which shall be added, when hot, a pieco
of butter half tho sizo of an ogg. Tut
in a doublo boiler to heat; salt to taste,
and when it is at tho boiling point, stir
in four eggs that havo boen lightly
beaten until tho whites and yolk3 are
well mixed. Let it stand for a fow
momente to thicken, stirring occasion
ally, and scrvo on a hot dish.
Stuffed Eggs : Boil the eggs twonty
minutes; removo tho shells carefully;
cut thoeggs, length wise, in half; re
move the yolk and smooth to a paste,
adding sufticient melted butter to
moisten it well; then add one-half the
quantity of devilled ham;fdl the eggs,
and flt the half together; placo tho
foremeatthat is leftin the shallow dish
or platter, set tho eggs upon it, cover
with crumbs and a siinple white sauce,
mado of melted butter, ilour and milk,
and seasoned with salt and pepper and
adrop or two of lomon juice, and set
into the ovcn to brown.
Habitn of the Cannibals.
In Fiji thirty years ago war was
mado quito a3 much with a vlew to
dlning off t.ho cnptives, who were actu
ally carefully fatteued before slaughter,
as for any other causo. In somo cases
nieat was cut, cooked, and eaten in the
presenco of the victim, who had previ
ously been compelled to dig tho ovcn
and collect tho wood for heating it.
Tho sick wero buried alive, and tho
death of a great man wascelebratedby
a general strangllng of widows. Beside
every great chiof's houso living beings
woro buried. They had to stand clasp
ing tho supporting pillars whilo earth
was rolled ovr them. "When a chief
launched a new canoo a number of
pereons woro bound hand andfootand
laid on tho ground to act as.rollers.
A painful and m'schievous custom
prevailed on May eve, in the south of
Ireland, so lato as tho year 1825. It
was acommon practico for school-boys
on that day to consider themselves
privileged to run wildly ahout with a
bunch of nettles, striking at tho faco
and hands of their companions, or any
other person whom they felt that they,)
could assault with impunity.
TOl'ICS OP THE DAY.
Now York gets about 590 mile.s of
freo canals by tho now constitutional
aincndment, including tho Eric, 352;
Champlain, sovpiity-three; Black Bivor,
witli brauchos, oiglity-ninc ; Oswego
thirty-eight and Cayuga and Sencca,'
twenty-ono milea. Beforcs usoless lat
crals wero abandoned tho Stato owned
and operated 000 milos of eanal.
No other country in tho world offcrs
such facilltics for tippling as tho popu
lous and jwlished kingdom of Belgiuin,
whoso 5,000,000 inhabitants annually
consumo about G0,000,000 quarts of al
coholic llquors. Thero is an averago
of ono publio houso for overy twclvo
adultmalo Belgians, and in someparts
of tho country tho supply is nearly
twlco as great.
A tramp offered to drlnk as much
liquor as anylody in an Evansville
(Ind.) bar-room would pay for, and
proved it by cmptying a f ull tumblcr
Ile then said ho would drink twelvo
glasses of beer as fast as they could be
drawn, and succeeded in that under
t'tking. A fow minutes afterward, in
another saloon, he drank twobrimiriing
tumblers of whisky. Then ho died.
Tho 1'hiladelphia school boys who
embarked in silk oulture two years ago
have enlarged their cocoonery in the
city to accommodato 80,000 worms,
with a branch at Swcdesboro, N. J., for
tho cultivation of mulberry troes.
They havo invented a inachino for wind
ing tho silk from tho cocoons, which
they havo been exhibiting at public
Tho Mormons havo been thirty years
building a granite teinple at Salt Lake
City, and it will take at least ten years
more to finish the work, in case it is
evcr carried into completion, which is
now considered doubtful. Thero is
difliculty in gathering tho taxes levied
upon tho believers for this purpose,
and tho Gentiles already count on
turningthe structure hitoastate houso
when Utah is admitted into tho Union.
Dr. II. D. Sehmidt, president of
the Now Orleans Bathological sooiety,
has devotcd much timo of late to in
vcstigating the gernis of tuberculosis,
or consumption. Profcssor Koch, of
Berlin, latoly assertcd that ho had
found the?o germs to be bacilli, or liv
ing organisms. Dr. Sehmidt fmds that
thoy aro fatty crystals, and not organ
isms or real germs. Tho high placo in
his profesaion occupied by Dr Sehmidt
makcs theso results of tho utmost
interest and importanco.
A bridoandbridegroom, having been
shown polltely over tho "White Houso
the other day by ono of tho private
secretarics or other men in waiting,
the groora, in taking leavo of him,
handcd hhn a-dollar bill and cried out :
"Tako that, Mr. Arthur ; if I'd havo
como and seen you beforo election,
darned if I wcuhln't havo voted for
you," and tho seeretary kept tho dollar
and tho compliment without a word.
You see ho hated to decsivo the happy
fellow auddeprivo him of his supposed
pleasuro in having seen President
In Swltzerland, for its socming ca
pacity probably the most wonderful
dairying country in tho world, the cat
tlo f th vtirious cantons are quito dis
tinct. Tho owners generally arrangc
for an animal inspection when tho best
cattle for breeding aro selected. Tho
raco is large, rcmarkably persistent in
repeating th same characteristics,
made hardy by mountain climbing, ex
collent for milk and for beef. It is
bellevedif more known inthis country
thoy would take high place, as they are
of tho most thrifty habits, eating what
is set beforo them. and picking up a
living in poor pastures.
Tho city of Morris, 111., has beon
putting down an artesian well on tho
highest polnt of land in tho city, and
at tho depth of 851 feet struck a flno
flow of niagnetic water, which is so
strongly niagnetic that tho pipes
through whioh it runs becamo so mag
netized as to hold up nails. Tho bor
ing, after leaving tho eoal at soventy
six feet, to tho depth of J40 fect, was
alternatcly through fire-clay and litne
rock. At810 feetSt. Peter sand-stono
was struck, and at C50 feot a hard
stono, which appeared to be highly
magnetic, was struck, in which they
drilled 200 feet. Tho water has been
highly spoken of by thoso who havo
mado magnetic treatment a specialty,
and tho cures of varlous diseascs aro
spoken of as very wonderful from tho
uso of water of similar character to
this well, which has been found in
other parts of tho country.
Somo of the statistlcians of Brussels
(havo just .compilcd a statement of the
Uoss of lifo by firo in fourteen of tho
prlnclpal citios of Europo durlng tho
ten years from 1P.G9 to 1879, and they
havo nssigned to London tho question
ablo honor of heading tho 11st. In
London 8.3 lives wercdcstroycd during
that timo for cvory 100,000 persons,
whilo in Munlch, with its spacious
st rccts and open jilaces, only 0.4 per
ished for tho saino number of inhabit
ants. It is easy to seo why flres in such
towns as Cologno and llanovcr, with
their narrow thoroughfarcs and old
wooden houscs, should generally result
in a serious loss of lifo ; but London,
possessing, as it does, an extensivo firo
brigado and a fair supply of water,
should at tho least bo as frcofrom such
accidcnts as tho averago city of tho
continent. If thesc figurcs aro corro
boratcd by indcpondent inquiry, they
point to somo serious dcfcct in tho con
structlon of London houses or in their
systcin of prcventing flre.
There is a want of human invention
to prevent people being caughtin frogs
and switches, guard rails, etc. Hun
dreds of peoplo aro killed or maimcd
overy year by being caught in tho
'boot-jack" portion of frogs and held
fast, and run down by cars or locomo
tives. This trap is a peculiar one. A
person slides his foot into tho wcdgc
shaped opening, whero it is held in
horizontally, whilo the rail heads pre
vent his lifting his foot vertically, and
before he can extricato himself he is a
manglcd corpse. Sonie devices havo
been tried to prevent these horrors,
but none is effeetive. It will not do to
fill this spaco with any rigid substanco,
for the whcel llanges must haYc room.
Somo yielding stibstance, as a spring,
may bo mado to fill the space, so as to
kcej) tho feet out of the trap and yield
to tho prcssuro of whcel llange3. This
is a serious cvil, and there is no doubt
that the railway community will ro
ward tho inventor who will produce an
The recent visit of tho omporor and
empress to St. Petersburg wasattended
with oxtra precautions on tho part of
the authoritles. Along the route, from
the "Warsaw railway terminus to tho
Annitchkin palace, police officors in
sledges and on foot were met with at
every half a dozen yards, and all tho
houso porters of tho streets crossing
tho main routo we"re collectcd in
groups at each corner, for tho doublo
purposo of keeping a watch for sus
picious persons and cheering tho im
perial party. Policenien were jiosted,
at intervals in thecentreof tho street,
whilo the bridges over tho canals wero
closely guwded by the marino police,
in somo cases an ollicer patrolled on
ono footway of tho bridge and a private
on tho other. "Whero thero woro any
barracks along Ihe way, the soldiers,
with their bands and singing choirs,
j wero turned out to mako a show. The
number of secret police agents and de-
tectives on the alert, it was, of course,
impossible to tell. On the whole, thoro
was a marked contrast with tho for
mer free and unceremonious visits of
tho imperial faniily to the capital.
Drcadful Yiolallon or Faihion Edicts.
A lato number of a fashion journal
says: "Aunio of Austria collarets aro
suitarlo only for matineo jackets.
Turlcish fez cajis aro worn only as
breakfast caps." Apropos of these
edicts of fashion, an iueideut: '
Seated near a couj)le of ladies at tho
Grand tho other night we overheard n
portion of their convoitation.
Said one: "You notice that I havo
on an Annio of Austria eollaret."
"Yes," responded tho other. "AVhat
could you havo been thinking about,
my dear; you know they aro only worn
"Of course I do, and 1 feel so morti
flcd. I don't seo how I camo to mako
such an awf ul blunder. AVhat in tho
world will peoplo think? But I am
always doing soinething dreadful. Tho
other day I went down to dinner with
my fez cap on. Just think of it, wear
ing n breakfast cap to dinnerl Did
you over hear anythlng so ridiculous in
And the other lady avowed '.hat sho
A brutal fellow next to us who had
been listening to this conversatiou
turned to us, and, ,in a voice distinctly
audiblo to tho ladies, said:
"Queer what funny mistakes a man
will maka about hia tollet. You
wouldu't believo it, now, but it's a fact
that l'vo como horo to-night with my
suspenders on wrong aido eat."
"Groat Cajsarl is that sol" we ojacu
lated. "Yes," said he, "and I nover folt so
ashamed in my life. But l're dono
worso things than that."
"Yes, sir; only last Sunday I went to
chureh with myopora hat on, and tho
next night I took in a show in my Sun
day boots," and then th horrid thing
went out. Chicago Trilune.
Speak well of your friends of your
enemles say nothing.
Diklng Great IllTcrs.
for centurlcs tho plan followedlu
Italy to provcnt tho overflow of rive
and the fiooding of tho surroundlng
country, has been that of building
enormous dikcs. Tho Po and tha
Adigo have, notwithstanding, brokcn
over thcso barricrs and vislted tho
country far and near with disastor.
Tho recent lloods havo been destructivo
beyond procedent. Tho loss of lifo and
property has been almost beyond com
putation. Bridges ccnturies old havo
been swept away, Verona, Milan, and
other citics cut off from supplies, tho
streets flooded with water, and all tho
flat plains of Lombardy havo been sub
merged. It is now sccn that tho systcm of
dikes and lovces has been a mistako.
The deposit of carthly matter has raised
tho beds of tho rivers, compelling tho
raising of tho dikes to high levels, un
til now the beds of the rivers aro actu
ally tho abovo surroundingjcountry, car
ried as if on gigantic aqucducts to their
mouths whero they dlschargo them
selves into tho sea.
Of course, when as recently, a break
in tho embankment occurs, tho dis
chargo of water upon tho plains ia
something tcrrific. It is as if the walls
of a hugo reservoir should suddenly
givo way, and all tho waters contained
in them should rush in a tremendous
flood through tho outlets thus made.
This fact has been so impressed upon,
tho minds of Italian engineers by tho
recent calamity that they are agreed
that tho embankment or Eads plan of
controlling tho waters of theso rivers
must bo abandoned and a system of ar
tificial channels or sluice-ways substl
tuted for tho escape of the superabund
ant waters. In effect, thoy propose to
apply to tho Po and tho Adigo the plan
that Captain Cowdon insists must bo
applied to tho Father of AVaters, tho
If dykes or embankments or leaves,
call them by what name you will, aro
insuflicient to control such compara
tively insignificant rivers as to tho
Po and tho Adige, what is to be ex
pected in tho caso of such a niighty
river as tho Mississippi, which not
only depositsmorosedimcnt than they,
but which, by its imperial forco
sweeps away its embankments, natural
and artificial, by mile3 and acres at r
singlo stroko, changes its channel
daily, and defies the power of man to
confiuo it within artificial limits?
The moncy now being squandered
by the million dollars in so ealled im
provements had better be thrown
away into the sea, as a general system
of levees can only aggravato the evil
and increase tho chanccs of catastropho
for tho future. Tho only reasonabla
plan is to provido outlets, maklug uso
Df the surplus waters, as in Egypt, for
irrigation, and thus liberate a forco too
strong to bo confined by tho power o"
man. Cincinnati CommercinL
A Fiery Breath.
Dr. L. C. AVoodman, of Paw Paw.
Alich., contributes the following inter
esting though incrediblo observation :
Ihavo a singular phenomenon in thf
shape of a young man living here, that
I havo studicd with much interest, and
I am satislled that his peculiar power
demonstrates that elcctricity is tho
nerve forco beyond dispute. His namo
is AVm. Underwood, aged 27 years, and
his gift is that of generating firo
through tho mediuui of his breath, as
sisted by manipulations with his hands.
IIo will tako anybody's handkerchief
and hold it to his mouth, rub it vigor
ously with his hands whilo breathing
on it, and immediately it bursts into
llames and burns until consumed. IIo
will strip, and rinso out his mouth
thoroughly, wash his hands, and sub
init to tho most rigid examination to
precludo the possibility of any hunibug,
and then by his breath blown upon
any paper or cloth, envelop it in flame.
IIo will, when out gunning and with
out matches, desirous of a fire, lio down
after collecting dry leaves, and by
breathing on them start tho firo and
thencoolly tako off his wet stockings
and dry them. It is impossible to pe.
suado him to do it moro than twico io
a day, and tho effort is attendant with
tho mostextremoexhaustion. He wili
sink into a chair after doing it, and o':
ono occasion, after ho had a newspape
on fire as narrated, I plaeed my hand on
his head and discovered his scalp to b'a
violently twitching as if under intens
oxeitenient. Ho will do it any timo
no matter whero ho is, under any cir,
cumstanccs, and I havo npeatedly
known of his sitting baek from thf
dinner table, taking aswallow of water,
and by blowing on his napkin, at onco
set iton fire. Ho is ignorant, and saj
that ho first discovered his strango
.power by inhaling and exhaling on r
perfumed handkerehiof that suddenl.
bumed whilo in his hands. It is ci
tainly no hunibug, but what is it 1
Does physiology givo a liko instance
andifso, whero? 3Ikh!jan M(dica