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THE MYSTIC IiAND.
In that BlrniiRO and mystio lnnd,
Whoro tho skios nro soft nnd bland,
And noTor blight or Badnoss comos imcnr,
Wbors joy ruloth oudles9ly,
Aiid all things nro glnd nnd frco,
Yoar by yonr,
I havo vrnndorod nonr aud far,
Grnsped nll wondcra tbnt tboronrc,
Climbod tho pinnacles that toncb itsfricndly
Wrnppid in ila porfcct oaso,
I lmvo Iicnrd its inolodlos,
Itiso and riso.
In that lnnd of calm divino,
All things I cliooso nro mino ;
For its trcosuro-honses opcn wido to mo
Tho choicest of nll timo
Tho spoils of ovory clime,
Vast nnd froo.
Oh, land of corn nnd wino !
01), land, swoot land of mino,
Whoso 'gildod turrets crowdtho epicy ait)
Lnnd of unfoiling Btronms
Ob, magic land of drcama,
Thou nrt fair,
Hoavonly fair I
Emma M. Cass, in Balduiin's HontMy.
"I supposo I must givc you up
somo tiinc, my child," said Martin
Vanstone, "and if you can find it in
your heart to chooso Frod Graham I
8hould be vory much plcascd. IIo is
so genlal, and his character i3 abovo
Daisy's faco flushed slightly as she
"I willnevcrchooso ahusband, papa,
until I know that tho man i3 worthy.'
"Youaro right, Daisy, and I trust
you will cliooso wisoly;" and Martin
Vanstono lcf t hcr alono in tho drawing
room. " I wish I know my own heart. Frcd
secmstobo allldesiroin a husband,
and yet "
Sho paused as sho aroso and walked
slowly to a window. Sho stood within
tho folds of tho laco curtains, looking
absently down into tho street.
"Harry Clifford is my ideal of a truo
man, but "
Again sho pauscd, and a flush stole
over hcr facp.
Beforo it iadcd away a little girl
came slowly in viow cariying a basket
on her arm.
Sho was scantily clothed, and her
barotocsprotrudcdfrom her well-worn
Her face woro a pinched, hungry
look that went straight to Daisy's
Touching a bell she bade tho foot
man tako tho child into tho dining
room and givo her a good meal.
Ile was accustomed to her eccentric
freaks and oboyed.
After tho child had flnished Daisy
entered the room, carrying a large
""Well, little one, I have brought
something for you, and if you can
carry it homo you will flnd somo warm
clothing in it. "What 1s your namo?"
"Dot Green, miss."
"Aro your father and mother liv
ing?" "My mother is alive, but my father
"I suppose your mother is
"Yes, miss. She does laundry
work, but Mr. Graham, ho's so mean
ho won't pay, and ho made mo tako
four shirts back to have 'em dono over
an Jemmy's nl, an' mother's tired
almost to death," and a sigh escaped
tho child's lips.
Daisy's faco ilushod as sho caught
the name, and her heart throbbed
" Can I look at tho shirts, Dot?"
j. ca, miss, i iuo s asnameu ot 'em.
My mother's a good ironer."
Daisy took them out ono by one and
cxaminod them caref ully.
" They aro beautlf ully done. I can
bco no fault with them."
" Nobody over flnds fault 'cept Mr.
Graham, an ho never pays till ho owcs
for lots an lots, an' ho's so cross
hate to go near him."
Daisy wa'.ked to and fro across the
room, plung-jd in tliought. At length
sno pausea resido Dot, and said
"Dot, when you return with.theso
shirts, como hero first before you de.
liver them, nnd say nothing about it
to any one."
"Yes, 'em, 111 do it."
Tho next day Dot returned with her
"My mothor didn'tdo tho shirts over
again, 'cause nhe said shocouldn't mako
'em look any better."
"Never mind, Dot. "Wait hero for
a few momenAs; thero is a lady hero
who desires to go with you."
A ahort timo aftor a young Irish
girl, in a shabby dress and coars?, red
shawl, entered tho room. Her faco
was very red and freckled, and sho
woro largo blue glasses.
" Tho top ov tho mornin' to ye, mo
gurl," sho said to tho child. "An
what is yer namo?"
" Dot," said tho child. scannintr her
""Well, Dot, iny name'a Biddy, and
l'm golng wid yo to tho house, an' if
that gentleinan tratcs yo bad I'll givo
hlm a picco of my moind. Como along,
Dot followcd hcr rcluctantly.
They rcached their destination, and
wero soon admittcd into Frcd Graham's
"So you havo returned, have you V
I supposo tho shirts aro all right this
" Look and scel" said Dot.
Tho shirts had never bccn moved
from tho basket after Daisy had ar
rangcd them tho morning prevlous.
" Two of them aro much improvcd,
but tho other two look much worso
than they did before. Tako them
back, andtell her toiron them better."
"1'lease, sir, nd would you bo kind
enough to send mo mother tho moncy
that's comin' to her?"
" Not one farthing until you do my
work satisfactorily, It's an outrago to
ask money for work liko that. Away
" Please, an' do just pay what yer
owin' tho child. It is her just due, an'
would keep tho wolf from tho dure,"
said Biddy, putting her arins akimbo
Ile looked at her from head to foot
and a sneer ovcrspread his face.
"Nover mcddle with other peoplo's
business. I will not pay one pcnny."
" Sure, an' it is jokin' ye are 1 You,
a gentleman, would niver groind the
faco iv tho poor, niver I Yer too
honest-lookin' for tho loikes iv that.
Jist pay tho child now."
Ilis face becamo palo with anger,
and pointing to tho door, ho said :
They turncd without another word
and lcft the room, Dot's sobs falling on
Ay thoy passed down the street they
met Harry Clifford.
"Hallo, Dot! What'stho mattcr
child?" ho asked in a kind tone.
" I couldn't get the money that's
comin' to mother and I 'spose wo
will havo to leave 'causo the
lan'lord's awful' ticular 'bout tho rent.'
" There, there, don't cry like that,
child. How mucli is it?"
" Two dollars just what Mr. Gra
' Is it possible ho is so careless in
theso matters? "Well, thero's the
money. Your mother can credit mo
with it. Itun away homo or you'li
bo perished with this cold."
Away they sped, and after they had
turned a corner Biddy pauscd, and
bid Dot good-bye, telling her she
sliould hear from her again.
Two weeks passed, and ono cvoning
Fred Graham, tho pet of society, pro.
posed formally for the hand and heart
of Daisy Vanstone.
I cannot give you my answer now.
"Wait awhile, and when I am re:uly to
do so I will let you know. Until that
time arrives you must not come hero
" Your will is my law, Daisy, but
tho most cruel part of tho stipulation
is debarring me from your presence.
You wero always eccentric, and I am
willing to hutnor you."
One week later Daisy receivcd an
offerof marriage from Harry.
"Call to-morrow evening and you
sh.ill have your answer."
His manly face flushed.
" Surely you are not trifling, Miss
She looked up in his honest eyes,
and in her fair face ho read lovo's lan
guage plainly written there.
" Can you not trust me, Harry ?"
It was tho first timo shohadeverad
dressed him thus, and a flush of joy
mounted his brow.
" Yes ! to the death, my darling 1"
Ile seized her hand and pressed it to
"Como to-morrow evening at 8
o'clock, and you shall havo your
Ile was punctual totho momcnt.
Daisy received him kindly, and after
somo commonplaco remarks sho laid
her hand on his shoulder, and said,
" I am golng to treat you to a sceno
in real lifo this evening. It is time for
the play to commence, and if you will
seat yourself in that alcoveand remain
a hidden spectator, you will obligo mo
Ho could only bow and assent, and
was soon screeneu irom view. in a
fewminutes Fred was announced. IIo
camo in faultlessly attired, his faco
wreathcd in smiles.
Daisy received him cordially, and
after a few momen s' conversation, ho
"I received your note, and am hero
to receivo your answer. Is it lifo or
death, my darling?"
"You shall have my answer di-
, rcctly; but thero aro a lady and child
i who wish to see you first. You can
i surely walt a little longer."
A troubled, anxious look camo over
1 his face,
A iaily and child!
I I do not
" I will scnd them in, nnd af tcrward
1 will givo you my flnal reply."
Finding hlmself alono ho roso and
began to paco tho floor nervously.
Tcn minutcs latcr tho door slowly
opcncd, and Biddy, willi Dot, camo
tiniidly into tho room. His faco be'
camo colorles3 for an instant; but
presently th blood rushcd in'a torrent
to his brow.
"Please, sir.an' would you pay what
you owo mo mother? Mo brothc'r is
ill still, an' ino mother necds tho
Sho stood beforo him clothed in
rags, her largo toc3 protruding from her
The tablcau was a striking one, aa
tho richly-attired pet of society paused
beforo tho child of poverty and the
florid-faced Irish girl who was wrapped
in a long, sliabby cloak.
Ho drew his purso from his pocket
and placcd it in Dot's outstrctched
" Tliere, take that it is morc than
I owc, but it is all right. Itun along
home now, that's a good girl, as fast as
you can," ho said, in a low tone.
Sho turned and left tho room and
Biddy coolly sented hcrself.
" "Will you obligs mo caving tho
room? I havo an cngagement with a
"An arcn't I a lady? Woulcln't I
answer jist as well? Suro an the
very bist blood in ould Ireland flows
in mo veins."
Ho scannedhcr facokeenly while ho
grew pale with apprehension.
" In Heavcn's name who aro you ?"
Sho took a handkorchief from her
pocket, aud after removing her glasses
passed it over her face. Sho then re
moved tho hood, the red wig and the
cloak, and Daisy stood beforo him in
her clegant evening attire.
"Miss Vanstone, this is a cruel
farce I I did not dream you capablo
" Tho end justifies the means, Mr
Graham. A man who will refuse to
pay his honest debt, and thus cause a
poor woman and her helpless chlldren
to suffer, can never bo' my husband'
You have my answer. Good-cvcn-ing
Sho turned and walked slowly toward
tho alcovc, and tho crestfallen Mr.
Graham beat an inglorious retreat.
Harry Clifford stepped from his hid-
lng-place, his face radiant, and clasp
ing Daisy to his manly heart, ho said :
"May 1 not claim you now, my
darling? Your little play was perfect.
I pity Fred, but I trust he will profit
by his sad experience. You are quito
an actress. But you must givo mo
my answer now; what is it? If it is
yes, givo mo tho kiss my heart has
hungered for so long "
Sho raised her faco suffused with
blushes, and their lips met in tho first
ripe kiss of love.
That was Daisy's answer.
This elaborate calculation is somc-
times found in old family Bibles :
Books . . .
Tho midillo chapter and least in the
Biblo is Psalm cxvii.
Tho middle verse i? Psalm cxviii, 8.
The middle time is 2 Chroniclcs iv, 1G.
Tho word "and" occurs in tho Old
Testament 35,543 times, and in the
New Testament 10,084 times.
Tho words "Jehovah" occurs G,855
The middlo book is Proverbs.
The middlo chapter is Job xxix, be
tween tho 17th and 19th verses.
Tho middlo book is Thessalonians.
The middlo chapter is between ltc-
mans xiii and xiv.
The middlo verse is Acts xvii, 17.
Tholast verso of Ezra vii, contains all
tho letters of tho alphabet.
Sccond Kings, xix, and Isalah xxxvl
Tho abovo took threo years casting
Tln Elder's Kcproof.
An older of tho kirk having found a
little boy and his slster playing mar
bles on Sunday, put iiis rcproof in this
form, not a judicious ono for a child
" Boy, do you know whero children go
to who play marblo3 on tho Sabbath
day?" "Ay," pa!d tho boy, "they
gangdown to tho lleld by tho water be
low tho brig." " No," roared out tho
elder, "they go to hell and aro burned."
Tho little fellow, rcally shocked, callcd
to liis sister: "Como awa, Jeanie,
hero's a man swearing awfully."
Dnkota has twenty-one national and
cighty-sovcn privato banks, with an
aggregato capital of over $10,000,000.
FIYE HUNlHtED AN HOUIt.
Th IHnrrelonn Crlerllr Wltlt'Whlch Ilogn
Are Kllleu 1" CuIciiko l'nculn IIouici,
A Chicago lettor contains an ln-
toresting account of tho metliods of
opcr.ition in tho big packlng houses of
tho Western metropolis. Say3 tho
writer : "Wo began whero tho hogs
wero driven from tho stock-yard pens
and followcd them until they wero cut
into pork, mado into sausago or tho
hams put into tho smoko-houso. Tho
kllling was not a plcasant slght, but it
was a wonderf ul ono. Tho hogs wero
driven into a narrow pen, somo fifty
at a time. Thero half-grown boys
fasten a clamp, resembllng a handcuff,
about a hind lcg, hooked it to a chain
and a man at tho bench abovo them
touchcd a lever. Thus tho animal
was raised by machinery until tho
snout was about walst-liigh, wlien
another lever threw it upon an iuclino
and it slld toward tho stickor, who
stood, knifo in hand, ready to sever tho
jugular vein. As tho hog passed him
he, by a quick turn, applied tho knifo
and tho animal passed on to tho scald
ing vat, and tho man killed the next
beforo tho first had hardly passed
him. Thus a constant string of
hogs was passing continually.
Fivo hundred hogs an hour is
tho averago work for ten hours
each day of each of tho two men who
ofiiciato as executionors in this houso.
It is cxpert work, and tho men rccoivo
$5 a day for their work. From tho
momenttho hog is hoisted to tho slido
it never stops until hung up thor-
ouehly cleaned. It is dead when it
reachcs tho scalding vat, and when
the procession begins to movo in tho
morning tho machino is constantly
throwing hogs in and out with the
certainty of clock-work. As they aro
thrown out of the vat men scratch
the bristles off and lay them carefuly
by. Machinery then takes them up
and scrapes the hair off. At tho end
of tho cleaning tablo a man stands
knifo inhand, who must sever the head
with tho exception of enough (lesh to
hold it, witli ono blow. IIo strikes the
joint every time, and gcts 3.75 per
day for his work.
A man opposito hoists tho hog off
tho table to another slido and down it
goes in tho long procession that nover
halts until the hogs aro finally dressed,
for the heads aro fully severed while
moving by men who stand, knifo in
hand, to do tho work. Tho entrails aro
taken out much in the samo way. It is
many hundred feet from whero tho
animals go to tho slaughter to tho
cooling-out room, but they never stop
from tho timo they start until they
reach it. Not a word is spoken by tho
hundreds of men who take part in tho
kllling and dressing. Every man
knows what to do and does it without
orders. It is a featuro of the wholo
establishment that thorc is no talking
in any of the departments. Tho work
is so systematized that orders aro not
necessary, and tho business is so driving
that thero is no timo for frolic.
Tho cattlo are killod and dressed in
much the samo way as the pork, oxcept
that they aro first shot and then hung
up by machinery and dressed. It takes
from three to fivo minutes from tho
time an ox i3 shot until it is hung up,
cut in half. From 1,000 to 1,500 cat
tlo are slaughtered every day.
A Fever-Proof Costumc.
There was exhibited at the rooms of
the National IIcalth society, London,
a novel dress, intended for tho protec-
tion of sanitary visitors, nurses and
others who havo to enter tho rooms of
persons suffcring from infectious dis
eases. Tho garmcnt is of mackintosh,
glazed inside and out, and mado com
pletely to envelop tho wearer and with
a hood to cover the head. Thus only
the hands and faco remain exposed a
matter consider&d of comparatively
little importance, as theso can bo easily
washed with disinfectants. A not less
important object propo3ed to bo ef
fected by tho uso of this dress is that
by its removal when the wearer leaves
the sick-room the clothes which havo
bcen protected need not'be changed,
and tho danger of tho diseaso being
carried from houso to houso or com
municated to susceptiblo person3 in
public yehicles is obviated. At tho
end of the day, or as often as may bo
convenient, tho dress can bo cleansed
with disinfcctants. Further protec
tion is glven by a simplo form of
respirator. This is mado of two folds
of thin washlng-not, betwoon which is
placed a layer of medieated cotton
wool, through which tho wearer can
breatho though no germs can pass.
Tho respirator has tapo strings which
tio round the ears. After uso tho wool
is burned and tho net washed.
There aro 40,000 squaro miles of al
most unbroken forests in North Caro
llnn, which it is cstimatcd will bo
worth in ten years' timo moro than
the present total valuation of all tho
property in (ho State, including land.
Ncnl Dow's Kat Story.
Neal Dow, tho temperanco leadcr,
tells this rat story in a letter to a Bos
ton paper: My homo is supposed to bo
rat-proof, and waa so when qnito now,
but at ono time, moro than twenty
years ago, wo had a largo colony of tho
rodents, greatly to our annoyance, and
it was witli us a matter of daily
wonder whero they found a wcak spot
in our defcnsos agalnst them. Ono
ovening n young lady from a frlend's
family, living in a large, flno houso
nearly a milo away, was with us, and
tho talk turned on rats, as wo heard
ours galloping in tho celllng and
scampering up and down tho walls
Tho young lady said that nono had
over becn in their house, and sho did
not tlilnk thero was any point at which
thoy could enter. My cldest daughten
a great wit, said: " l'vo heard that, if
politely Invited to do. so in writing,
rats will leave any house and go to any
other to which they may be directed.
and I will tell ours that at your house
they will find spacious quarters and an
At tho moment, beforo us all, sho
wroto a most grandiloquent letter to
tho largo family of rats that had so
long favored us with their prc3ence,
pointing out to them that at G5 Pearl
street was a large, fino houso which
had nover becn favored witli tho resl
denco of any of their family, whero
they could flnd amplo quarters and a
fat larder. "When flnished, sho rcad
tho missivo to tho company, and wo
had a great laugh over it. As an old
superstition, she then put lard upon it
and carried it into the attic, where it
would probably bo found by thoso to
whom it was directed to. A fow days
after tho young lady was at our house
again, and burst into a laugh, cxclaim
ing: "Our houso is overrun witli
rats!" This recallcd to us that wo had
heard nono in our walls. My daughter
went to tho attic and tho letter wai
gone. "Whilo wo wero talking and
laughing over tho curious aftair a f riend
camo in, and hearing the tale, said that
two evenings before, in tho bright
moonlight, ho sawseveralratsrunning
down Chestnut street, which was the
straight road to Pearl street. "We
havo never been troubled with them
since, but 1 havo not heard how ithas
been with tho house to which our ben
eficiaries wero directed.
A Floral Follower or tho Sun.
That tho sunflower follows tho sun
in iti wcstward journey is wellknown,
but when doe3 it turn its faco back
again to tho east to greet tho morning
sun? Mr. C. A. "White, of "Washing
ton, in a letter to Nature, relatea an
incident which throws somo light
upcn tho subject Ono ovening, ho
says, during a short stay at a villago
in Colorado, in tho summer of 1881, 1
took a walk along the banks of a long
irrigating ditch just as the sun was
setting. The wild variety of helianthus
anuus grew abundantly there, and I
observed that tho broad faces of all
tho llowers were as usual in tho clear
sunset, turned to tho west. Returning
by tho same path less than an hour
afterward, and immediately after the
daylight was gone, I found to my sur
priso that much tho greater part of
theso flowers had already turned their
faces ftill to tho east in anticipation,
as it were, of tho sun's rising. They
had in that short timo rotraced tho
semicircle, in tho traversing of which,
witli tho sun, they liad spent tho whole
day. Both tho day and night were
cloudless, and apparently no unusual
conditions existod that might have ox
ceptionally affected tho movements of
Mob Law Ncnr London.
Mob Yiolencois byno means peeuliar
to this country. Tho villago of Houns
low, near London, was latcly tho scono
of something not unlike an American
lynching. This was an incident of the
Edwardcs-Whitmarsh case. Dr. Ed
wardes, a popular young physiciam
committed suicide, leaving a letter
which stated that a lying chargo of
dishonorablo conduct had been brought
against him by a woman; that Dr.
AVhitmarsh, his partner, had taken
advantage of it to crowd him out of a
thriving practice, and concluded with
tho words, "May God curso Mlchael
"Whitmarsh." Edwardes had beon
pojjiilar, and AVhitmarsh was disliked
Day after day thero was rioting in
Hounslow, and "Whitmarah was forced
tohido hlmself and all his family. IIo
was burned In efflgy, bricks were
hurled through his wlndows until not
a pano of glass was left, his broughnm
was demolished, and preparations wero
being made to burn liU residenco
when tho polico flnally restored order.
Tho British houso of lords consists
of 51G peers. In pay or pensionsthese
noblemen receivo G'21,33G per annum.
This includes tho amounts received by
peers of tho royal fainily. Tlio peers
havo between them 14,258,527 aerc3 of
land with a rental of 11,880,305.
ANIMALS AND 11UMAN SPEEUU.
Intelllgeat Don nml tl'arrot I'onalMllttra
Tlio Manchester (England) (7uar
dian says: A writer in tho Journal
of Science deals with tho interestlng
subject of tho attompts of cortain of
tho lower animals to acqulro human.
speech. At tho outset tho observer is
struck by tho curious fact that tho
most successful attempts of this na
turo havo been mado not by tho ani
mals thnt aro usually lield to ranlc
nearest to humanlty, but by certaln
blrds. M. A. Roujon tells of a dog
that can pronounco tho words "ma
maman." Considcring tho intelligcnce
of dogs, it i3 perhaps a matter of sur
prlso that such storle3 aro not com
moner. It has been suggested that
thc causo may be In tho difforenco In
structuro of tho vocal organs. At all
ovents, tlio lower mammalia as a rulo
do not learn human speech. It is tho
parrot and not tho monkey that learn3
to talk. This has struck tho observ
ant negro, who is said to haYO a the
ory that tho monkey can speak but
will not do so, lest ho should bo mado
to work. If tho monkeys had arrlved
at this gcnerallzation, they would soon
find that even the mutes must do
something in tho complex organiza
tion of clvillzed life. It Is clear,
howover, that in addition to the
posscssion of certain physiologl
cal and mental characteris
tics an animal must bo in
close contact with man beforo ho can
bo expected to becomo familiar with
his speech. It is evident that tho ani
mals that would appear most prom
ising for such an experiment aro not
availablo for tho purposo. They do
not increaso in captivlty, and hence
tho heroditary influence3 of selectlvo
development carried on for generations
is entirely absent. Itisgravoly doubt
ed by somo whether tho birds that
imitate tho speech of man havo any
perception whatever of tho meaning
of tho words they use. Do they em.
ploy their phrases with dofinite pur.
poso or intention, or do they merely
reproduco what they hear, as a boy
may imitato the quack of a duck oi
the grunt of a pig? The writer of the
articlo mentioned recites tho caso of a
parrot which always preferred tho pe
tition, "Give Polly a bit, if you
please," when sho saw that food was
being prepared, but did not offer that
observation at any other time. He
also mentioned a magpio at Stow
markct that knew and used with ac
curacy tho names of several members
of the family. The Abbo Gras has
two parrots that uso general phrases
with apropriateness. "When a sup
ply of secds is given to Coco she
cries: "Here is something good."
If her companion screams, he
says: " Come, Cocotte, don't screara;
sing." If her request is complied with
sho patronizingly observcs : " You
sing well oh, very well." M. Gras
was giving somo diroctions to his
housekeeper, when Coco interjectcd:
"How, don't you understand?" In
telligent parrots occaslonally vary
their phrases, and like children who
aro learning to talk, norcr speak of
themselves in tho first person. Tho
child calls itself " Baby," as tho parrot
styles itself "Polly." Tho bird and
child alike puzzlo and blunder in com.
ing over a new phrase, and havo es
pechil difliculty in mastering the final
part of the sentence. Considering
what an individual bird can accom
plish.it would be rash tolimit thopos
sibilities of that which might bo if
generation after generation of clever
parrots wero matched. " Perhaps,"
says tho writer, " in theso days of cram
and of tho equal rights of animals, we
may in five centuries havo magples in
tho fifth and sixth standanLs, macaws
proparing for tho examination of tho
sclenco and art department, and cock
atoos sweet bird graduates taking
their dogrces at the Unirersity of
"Do you see that old man near the
frog.pond on the common ?"
" Thirty-two years ago that old man
camo to Boston with ono suspender
and a soro toe. Ho also had a basket
of applea which a farmer in Lexington
had given to him. Ho peddled tho
apples on "Washington street and
netted eighteen cents tho first day.
How much do you supposo ho's worth
" Oh, n million and a half," said one.
"Two millions," crled another.
"Slx million threo hundred thou
sand," was tho cstimato of n third.
" I givo it up," remarked No. 4.
"How much isho worth ?
"Not a cent, and ho still owcs for
tho basket." -Boston Qlobe.
Tho Unlted Statea spends $000,000,
000 a year for alcohollc drlnks. It is
estimated that moro than 200,000
peoplo aro engaged in selling that
amount of liquor.