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Wkr He Wunted Mar. A suburban chemist has been adver tising hia patent Insect powder far and wide. One day a man rushed Into httt shop and said excitedly: "Ulvfl me another half pound of your ftowder, quick, please." "Oh!" remarked the chemist, as he proceeded to fill the order, "I'm glad foti like the powder. Good, Isn't It?" "Yea," replied the customer. "I have one cockroach very HI; if I Rive him another half pound he'll die." todies' Home Journal. Craving for Variety. The Professor I want you children to go to my lecture to night. Robert Couldn't you whip us In itead, Just this one, papa? Tlt-Bita. Cruel. Sbe You look badly this morning. He I have a cold or something In tiiy heed. She It must be a cold. Harvard Lampoon. The Pblloaopher of I'ollr. 'Pay as you go' Is a good motto." tays the Philosopher of Folly. "The more you are wllllnz to div the furth- r voil fi'A lllralv tn on" Plovolanil . , - . - .. w.. - leader. A fthell Game In the Choir. Under which hat Is the soprano? 1'naceomnllahed. "Please give my friend a Job in your law office." "Is ho honest?" "He never deceived anybody In his life." "What? And you expect me to take the time to teach hint the rudiments of the business?" Cleveland leader. Told la Court. Magistrate You say the prisoner turned round and stealthily whistled. What followed? Intelligent Witness Please, your worship, his dog. Sketch. ITnneceaaarr Question. Politician Congratulations, Sarah; I've been elected. Sarah (with delight) Honestly? Politician What difference does that make? St. Louis Times. Speaking; Srlentlflcallr. "Do you have well water on your place?" "I shouldn't say It was exactly well water," replied the man who is ob sessed by the germ theory, "but the latest analysis shows that It is on the road to recovery." Washington Star. Juatlflrd. "Mr. Bligglns says he is awfully bored." "After talking with him for live minutes and discovering what he thinks about," replied Miss Cayenne, "you can't blame him." Washington Star. Sweet Revenge. "I suppose you will be too rich to take In summer boarders this year?" "Well," answered Farmer Corntos el. "we'll take 'em Jes' ihe same. Mandy an' the two gals want some body to show off their good clothes and jewelry to." Washington Star. A Gastronomic I-'avnrtte. "She Is quite a popular, entertain ing hostess, Isn't she?" "Yes; what you might call a regu lar dinner belle." Baltimore Ameri can. A Doubtful Iteronimendatlon. Purchaser Is this good, strong un flerwear? Clerk To be sure; I've worn it for fears. And That Bet Him Thinking;. "1 always feel, after I have spent an hour or two In your company," he aid, "that I am a better man." "It Is very good of you to say so," she replied. "Don't hesitate to come often." Chicago Record. l'ed to Nrnaatlona. "Then he wasn't overwhelmed at the light of Nagara Falls?" "Scarcely." "Well, it Is rather hard to Impress a man who sees all the tO-llners in vaudeville." Kansas City Journal. Within One Cane. "Hello, doctor! How are you coming on with the payments on your sub urban home?" "I nni within one appendicitis of the last one." Exchanse. I'roni the r'ai-ulo. "I expect a special delivery letter this .niniuliig." 'Anything serious7" "Oh, no. I wrote my coirej-pon donee school requesting a half holiday to g') to the hall game."- Kansas City .lour riHl. The I'larr of llanut-r. Kui -lover Yen have an excellent rhaixe to grow up with the business, )oiiii uian, and make fcomcthing of yourself; It's nil up to you. Boy I'd like d- job all right, mis ter, but if you don't mind, I'd Just as Ilef stay at de bottom. You see, sir, I'm Just a little leery about bein' one ' deru fellers "higher up." Boston Herald The lilrl. Mabel That story you just told is about fifty years old. Maude And you haven't forgotten U Id all that time? Cleveland Leader. Vila Futare Aaewred, 'So he never brought you candy or "oweraT" 'AH be ever brought me was a bag of peanuts the night he proposed." "I suppose you rejected blm with out a qualm V "Not entirely. It Is something of a jolt to have to refuse a man who la so economical that he is just bound to become a millionaire." Washington Herald. eat War. "How do you manage to get on so well with your wife? Don't you ever have any differences of opinion?" "Sure we do, but I don't let her know It." New York Telegram. Teehnlrallr "peaking". "So there Is to be a divorce," said the woman who discusses everybody. "It seems but a little while since he asked for her hand." "Yes," replied the rude man. "He got the hand all right, but it turned out to be a misdeal." Washington Star. The Judge In Danger. "Prisoner at the bar," said the portly, pompous and florid magistrate, "you are charged with stealing a pig, a very serious offense In this district. There has been a great deal of pig- stealing, and I shall make an example of you or none of us will be safe." London News. Often o. "Is poverty a crime?" "It carries a penalty, anyway." "Hard labor for life, eh?" Kansas City Journal. Training for Football. Church I feel some concern about ray son. Gotham You mean the one la col lege? Church Yes; you see they are talk ing of abolishing football. Gotham Oh, Is he a football play er? Church No, but he's studying to be a surgeon! Yonkers Statesman. I linen. "You say you were awav from the office yesterday because of Illness?" said the stern employer. "Yes," replied the young man, who knew he was discovered. "Several of the umpire's decisions made me sick." Washington Star. Kleree State of Affalra. Pat and his wife were fighting when the neighbors Interfered. "Sure and you're a fine lot," yelled Pat at the meddlers. "It's gettln' so that a man can't even fight In peace with his own wife." St. Louis Star. To Mutt the Kaahlnn. Asker-iHello, what you got there, Eggei'8? A chicken coop? Eggers Not quite. It's only a chan tecler hat box. A Lingering Death, An English soldier supposed to have been killed In India was entered on the books of his company: "Died on the 24th of June." etc. A few days afterward it turned out that he was still alive, and the honest sergeant made the following entry: "Died by mistake." At length there came a letter from the minister of war announcing the death of the man at the hospital, when the sergeant recorded the fact as follows: "Re-dled by order of the ministry." Louisville Herald. Sweet Peace. "Mrs. Nagget," said the doctor, "your husband needs a rest. He .must go to Hastings for three months." "Oh, splendid!" she exclaimed. "I'll be delighted to go there." "Very good. You go for three months after he comes back. That will give him six months' rest." Tlt-Blts. The Lure. Lady I want to put In this adver tisement for a cook. It will go In three lines, won't Ii? Clerk (after counting) No, madam. We'll have to charge you for four lines, but you can put In four more words, if you wish. Lady (suddenly Inspired) Say, "Po 11 rem an stationed opposite corner." Tit-Bits. Cruel Comrhaek. "I'm doing my best, to get ahead." asserted Chollie. . "Well, heavens knows you need one," assented Dollle. Toledo Blade. l-'oollali Coined y. Cannibal How did our chief get that attack of hay fever? 'Nother Cannibal-rile ate a grass widow. - Cleveland Leader. Jolted! "I had a client this morning." sa the young lawyer, "who certainly d Id id 1 give nie a queer jolt. ou know. was man led about a month ago My wife and I returned I'roni our we dine trip yesterday, and this inornl UK I went to my office early to resum business and settl.' down once nior to Rood hard work. Even as 1 rolled back the top of my desk this cllei entered. lie was a man about n own a;,'e, and lie explained his bu ness to me abruptly 'I want you.' h said, to et nie u divorce us quirk you can.' "Yes, that's all there is to It. Do see any point? Well, maybe not bu somehow 1 felt as If I had tumbled out of an airship." New York Press Sn Chaui-e for I'ravoeatloa. nne winy wunK, nu-s. vviiKins threw a flat Iron at her husband's head be cause he accidental)- sat down on her new hat! I couldn't do a thing llko that!" He No, you love me too much, don't you? She Yes. and besides, I bavn'l any iw bat, Stray Storied. The Craw aad the Owl. Said a crow to an owl: "Well, 1 may be obtuse, But I never can see any real excuse For the silly demeanor and ways of a goose." Said the owl: "I agree, so you are not obtuse. And of course we Intend not a word of abpse. But I've heard It declared as the only excuse , The goose acts that way Just because It's a goose." Heart aeaae. Once upon a time, In a rich man's garden the trees and flowers began to wither away. The oak, because It could not yield any fair flowers; the rose bush, because It could not bear any fruit; the vine, because It had to cling to the wall and could cast no cool shadow. "I am of no use In the world," said the Oak. "I might as well die!" cried the Rose Bush. What good can I do?" murmured the Vine. Then the man, walking sadly h rough bis depleted garden, noticed a little heartsease, which all the while held up its cheerful face to the sun The man stooped and asked: "What makes you so bright and blooming when all the rest are fading?" "I thought," answered the little flower, "you wanted me here because It was here you planted me, and so I thought 1 would try to be the best and prettiest little heartsease that could be." The man pressed the dear little flower to his heart. Are you, reader, like the oak and the rose bush and tho vine, unhappy because you are not something else? Or are you, like the heartsease, do ing your best, and happy because you are what you are? Poor Mr. Rellorra. "Oh. dear. It's no use trying to wear I new spring hat! Every time I take a step my headdress blows off. Poor me! I'd like to bellow!" Writing Trleka. Can you write your name with your (eft hand? It Is a good thing to know how, in case you ever hurt your right hand. Can you write a looking-glass let ter? That always amuses children, so If you have a friend who Is ill send her a looking-glass letter to cheer her up. Practice by writing on a piece of paper held In front of a mirror, and soon you will find it Is quite easy to do looking-glass writing. Looking glass writing Is done backwards, so that It looks all right when It Is held to the mirror. Also see It you can write your name backwards that Is, begin at the last stroke and go back to the first and aa a last trick to write your name upside down. That Is not at all easy, but copy your sig nature upside down and you will be able to do It quite well after a little practice. After you can do all these things learn to write a good clear hand In the proper way. like a sensi ble person. Chicago News. (random's Paraaola. "Children," said grandma one rainy afternoon, "how would you like me to show you how to make dolly a para- boI? A good many years ago your mother used to love to see me make them, and If you will draw your little chairs up to the table I will begin right away. Two dismal little faces brightened up, and Daisy and Lucy ran for the rhalis, and soon grandma was ready 10 begin. On her table lay the materials a small, flat cork about half an inch thick, eight large pins, each of them two inches long, some balls of gay worsted, and a short hatpin with a glass head. This head and the cork she had already gilded, as It took seme time for the gilt to dry, and she did not wish to be hindered by waiting. Daisy and Lucy watched with eager eyes while grandma took up the cork and carefully stuck the pins all round It. at equal distances, bending them iownward slightly. These were for the ribs of the parasol. Then she asked the little girls to choose each of them a color from the pretty balls of wor sted. Daisy seized on a pale blue, and Lucy a bright pink. "Yes, those will go well together," laid grandma. "Now watch me closely while I show you how to cover your parasol." She took the end of the blue wor sied and tied It around one of the pins close to the cork, and began winding It round. At each pin tdie made a loop, or what sailors call a half-hitch. to steady the worsted. The little glrU looked on In delight while the parasol grew under grand ma's skillful finger, and when the blue worsted covered a little more than half of ihe pins, she threaded a wor sted-needle with the end of It, and fas tened It off neatly on the under side "Now for my pink!" died Lucy And dear graudtua tied It to the same pin where she had finished off the blue, and began to wind It, the two pretty colors making a charming contrast. At last every hit of the pita was cor 9- red except their heads, and after fin ishing off tho pink as she had dona the blue, grandma took the small hat pin and stuck It firmly on the under side of the cork. "This la for a han dle." she said. It was a lovely dolly's parasol, and of course there had to be another just like It, for Daisy and Lucy always had things alike, and fleraphlna and Aramlnta, their two dolls, were beau tifully sheltered from the sun, an" the admlnration of every child In the street. A word just here to the mammas and aunties who may help you to make one of these parasols some rainy day. If you have no gilt paint handy for the cork and the head of the hatpin, Ink, ordinary paint or even shoe-dressing U Just as good, only a trifle less effective. The parasol has a better shape If the pins are bent slightly and the worsted held firmly. Youth's Companion. Drawing lloom Billiard. To enjoy this game best, go into tht hall or longest room In the house Sometimes the door between two small rooms may be opened and thus glvt plenty of space. Divide the players. Send half t one end, half to the other. Fasten tw extra wide tapes near each end fot gonls. For a ball make a large on ' of tissue paper. Place this ball In thr middle of the room, and at a given signal let each player, previous!) armed with a small fan. try to blow the ball over the opposite goal. Tht number of goals to a game must Bt planned beforehand, and each succest Is scored to the winning side. This game makes a wonderful lot of fun and soon a gray-haired man and woman can start as earnestly, blow ing away to get the ball over the other goal as the children are. BANKING IN ENGLAND. Method In Which llaMnea I, Trnnaucted ly Kngllah Banka. The following report on banks and banking In England Is furnished by Consul Frank W. Mahln of Not ting hacn. In Nottingham, a city of 260,000 pop ulation, there are only eight separate and distinct companies doing a gener al banking business. Only one of these Is a purely local company, the others being branches of London banks. As the local company has several branch es scattered about the city, there Is no lack of places where banking business may be done. Besides, there are some local savings institutions. Formerly these IiOtidon branches were nearly all local banks, but they have been grad ually absorbed by companies In the metropolis. Banking conditions elsewhere In this country are about tho same. Accord ing to statistics going back 30 years, there were then 336 Joint stock and private banks In England, excluding foreign and colonial banks, with 1,789 branches. At the end of 1908 the num ber of banks was 84 and of branches ",072. Thirty years ago the Joint stock banks numbered 118 and the private banks 218. At the end of 1908 the numbers were respectively 60 and 34, showing the passing away of the pri vate bank. The general effect of the absorption of a provincial bank by a London com pany and Its conversion Into a branch Is that the whole of Its funds are ad ministered from I,ondon and a greater proportion of Its funds than formerly Is used In the London money market. All Important loans by a branch. It Is understood, must be approved by the London bank. This, It Is believed, re duces to a minimum speculative or per sonal favor loans by local managers. It seems to Insure soundness and sta bility, for as a matter of fact bank failures are practically unknown In England, though this aiay be primarily due to the generally safe banking methods. It Is very seldom, also, that one reads of embezzlements. The local bank In Nottingham Issues checks and drafts on foreign banks In the foreign currency, but the branches send applications for such paper to the London offices, which write them. This is presumably the practice generally throughout England. Checks are used In this country, per haps more than In any other, though each must bear a penny (2c) stamp. Besides the usual custom of paying lo cal accounts by check, It Is the com mon practice to pay an account due In any other part of the country by a check on one's local bank instead ol buying a bank draft or postal jnoney order as, for Instance, would usually be done In the United States. Banking seems to be highly profit able In England, as the reports of the large banks show steady annual dlvi dends of from 15 to 25 per cent. The discount rate Is low, and Interest I usually allowed even upon current de posit accounts. But the banks charge 2s fid per 1100 (60c per $486.65), foi handling checks, and this generally re suits In more than the Interest paid on current accounts. Such is the cus tom In Nottingham, at least. Ani'leut Iceland. Iceland was founded A. D. 874 by men from Norway. In the words ol John Flake, "It was such a wholesale colonization of picked men as had not been seen since ancient Greek times and was not to se seen (.gain until Wlnthrop sailed Into Massachusetts bay. It was not long before the pop ulation of Iceland was 50,000. Their sheep and cattle flourished, hay cropi were heavy, a lively trade with fish, oil, butter and skins In exchange fot ileal and malt was kept up with Norway, Denmark and the British isles. Political freedom was imlm paired, justice was fairly well admin lstered, n ival superiority kept all foet at a distance, and under such condl Hons the growth nf the new com inunity in wealth ami culture wits sur prisingly rapid." Taking No Chanrrx. "Queer habit Miss I'assuy lias when jou're talking to her " "Why, doesn't she listen'.'" . "O, yes, attentively; hut she keept nodding tier head and Interject ing 'yes, yes," all the time." "I think she has fallen Into thai habit waiting for some man to pro pose." Catholic Standard and Times And sometimes a girl thinks she hai lost her heart when it Is only her appa tit. THE CRASH OF WORLDS. A eleatllle Theorr Concerning tho Knd of Our Planet. Credulous Individuals who are al ways fearful that some of the ends of the world predicted by sensational prophets may prove to be true will find considerable comfort In the asser tion of Professor Lowell that there Is good scientific evidence for the belief that mankind will have many years' warning of tho great catastrophe that Is destined to put an end to all thing on this planet. According to Professor ljwelli statements there Is somewhere within the remote confines of space a great mass of matter once a world, but now dead that Is hurling Itself to ward our sun. In time It Is certain to reach the goal to which It Is tend ing, and when the two come together the globe on which we live Is destined to cease to exist. Fortunately for our peace of mind, there la at the present moment no such dead world within dangerous proximity, and yet any day It may appear. Any day the morning paper may announce that ono of these dark bodies has come within the reach of the telescope that it may readily be seen by the light of the sun reflected upon It. While It would then be certain thai the end of the world was In sight, there would still be ample time In which to preparo for the Inevitable. If the first view of the Intruder waf caught at the eleventh magnitude- it could scarcely come much neare? without being detected It would not be until twenty-seven years later that it would become visible to the naked eye, and three years more would elapse before It appeared to us at equal In size to a first magnitude Btar In two years and three months morf It would have come as near to us at Jupiter, and by that time It would bi far the brightest star In the sky. In fact. Its effect upon the world would change, and the days would grow long er. Finally, Just 145 days later those who were still alive would wit ness the beginning of the end. Th stranger would not strike the earth but would pass so close In Its dash tc the sun that the earth would turn and follow until together they would dror silently Into the sun. Brooklyn Eagle WRECKING A ROBBER'S HAUNT. Removing Old Inn Made Famoua by Jack Sheppard and Alnaworth. The historic old "Six Bells," out Wil leaden way, the Inn referred to bj Harrison Alnsworth as the haunt ol Jack Sheppard, Is to be pulled down a London correspondent of the New York Herald says. Thus another an cient landmark Is swept Into oblivion by the unsentimental modern builder. Local historians assert that Jack Sheppard was born at Willesden, and as the hero of Harrison Alnsworth't novel Is largely mythical, to say that he was born at Willesden Is probablj Just about as true as to say he was born anywhere else. Historians whe do not belong to the Willesden school say that the leal Jack Sheppard wai born at 8tepney. That a robber of hh accomplishments had something to dc with Willesden at some time In hit career Is likely enough, for Willesden lay on a good trade route for highway men, and the names of Wild, Dick Turpln, Jackson and other are all con nected with It. Harrison Alnsworth lived at Kensel Rise manor house, which Is near Wil leaden. He described Willesden in the novel as "the most charming and se cluded village In the neighborhood ol the metropolis, with Its scattered farm houses, Its noble orangeries and its old gray church tower Just peeping above a grove of rook-haunted trees." That was the church which Jack Sheppard robbed afterward (according to the "Six Bolls Inn" legend), escap ing from his prison by picking his way through the roof with a fork. It wat at the "Six Bells," too, that he ordered refreshments In handsome mannei after his mother's funeral. Alnsworth gives, at the end of his story, a pic tore of Jack Sheppard's grave In Wil lesden churchyard. In the churchyard there are to be seen to-day man) curious little wooden monuments ol exactly the same shape as Ainswortb put into that picture. Drawing Inferrncea. President Lincoln once told the fol lowing story of D. II. Bates, manager of the War Department telegraph office: "I'm like an old colored man I knew. He spent so much of his time preaching to the other slaves it kept him and them from their labors. His master told him he would punish him the next time he was caught preach ing. " 'But, marsa,' said the old man, with tears In his eyes, 'I always has to draw Infruencea from Bible text when dey comes In ma hald. I jes' caln't help It. Can you, marsa?' "'Well,' said his master, 'I suspect I do sometimes draw Inferences But there Is one text I never could under stand, and If you can draw the right Inference from It I'll let you preach to your heart's content.' "'What Is de text, marsa T asked the colored man. The ass snuffcth up the east wind." Now, what Inference do you draw from that?' " 'Well, marsa, I'se neher heard dat text befo' nohow, but I 'spects de In fruence am she got to snufT a long lime befo' Bhe get fat.'" Pittsburg Chronicle-Telegraph. Hope Kirliigw Internal. "Scribbles has been writing diligent ly for years and has never had a line of his stuff published." "It's a wonder he doesn't heconit disi ournKcd." ' lie would If it were not for (Iif fact that he dreams of posthumous fame."--Birmingham Age Herald. The Ideal tlouae. "My wife's found un ideal house at last." "Is that so? Where Is It?" "On 14th aveuue." "Shucks! Nothing Ideal about that house. That's the very one my wife wouldn't stay another month In." De troit Free Presi. A woman has les faith la bar Ideals aftar Harrying one of them. IH SMALL THINGSLIBERTY. lallaer of TMnklii Thrre la Only One Klght Wmy to lo Thlnga. Mrs. Templeton, after a day'a shop plug, hurtled Into the car Just before the starting of the train, and sat down with a stall of relict. Her daughter, coming behind, remonstrated: "O mother, the seats at the Iront are so much better; the bald air al ways goes to the back of the car." "Very well, dear, I thought we were carer our street If we left by the rear door." After the train had start ed, Mrs. Templeton said: "Do you know, dear, you remind mo of Aunt Hannah?" "Why, mother, how can you! Aunt Hannah, Indeed! Why, she's the most disagreeable Don't you remember when she visited Us? She always took the longest rond to the postoffice, and she wouldn't let us draw the couch in front of the fire, and I had to run away If I wanted to go without a hat" "She Is very kind-hearted; you know when you were 111 she was very help ful." "Yes, she was good then; but she made me drink my beef lea without salt and my lemonade without sugar. There isn't the smallest thing she doesn't have ideas about, and they are usually so foolish. Center street Is the rhortest way to the postoffice, and the couch is more artistic In front of the fire, and If everybody went with out their I mean her hat we should be more healthy." "Careful, dear, careful! Yon see you have some Ideas, too." "But mine are not so foolish." "Not to you, of course. But this morning you Insisted on taking the green car Instead of the blue one, on our way to the dressmaker s "But. mother. It was the better way " "If I remember rightly, the conduc tor of the ereen car said It would have been better if we had taken the blue one. Then when we reached madam'i you demanded that she cut off the long leeves and make them short and change the hooks and eyes, although both madam and I thought" "But, mother. It was my gown." "Quite true, dear, but 1 fear It would have been the same if It had been mine. Then when we went to lunch, you made the people at the small table by the window most uncomfort able by sitting there, because the air was better there was a draft dlrectlv on the back of mv neck. Then von ordered salad because It was good for us, though I never did like It Afte lunch we walked a block to Smith' because you heard their gloves were better than Jones', and we had tn to Jones, after all. And you Insisted on my buying a greon veil Instead of blue, though green makes me look ghastly" But green Is more fashionable." 'Somehow I can't heln thlnklnar of the days when Aunt Hannah and I were girls, and went shopping togeth er. Perhaps If I had been more de cided then. Aunt Hannah would be less so now; and I certainly don't want my dear daughter on my con science. Really, these things are not Important. It is a fallacy to think that there Is only ono right way to do a thing. In matters of principle, of course, we must stand firm; but to have Ideas about every little thing and to Insist upon carrying them out will make one as unllvable as Aunt Hannah, who has the best heart In the world, but who makes us all uncom fortable from morning till night." After a moment the daughter asked: "Would you Mike to change your seat?" Mra. Templeton laughed. "Oh, no, dear, since we get out at the next sta tion." Youth's Companion. True to Tradition of Sea. "It was an Interesting experience, but I must own to being a little shaky about the knees when the crucial mo ment arrived," said Mrs. Irene Buell, In discussing her recent visit In Wash ington, where, on April 26, she was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States, according to the St. Paul Dispatch. "Of course," she continued, "th whole affair Is much more awe-Inspiring than the State Supreme Court, be cause the Judges come In dressed In their Imposing silk gowns, having been cried out by an impressive bailiff, whs closes his remarks with a 'God sav the United States.'" Mrs. Buell spoke of the extreme for mallty observed and said she was ask ed to remove her hat before proceed ing to the council table to take the oath. "The first thing I said when they asked nie to do that was: 'But I don't fee any mirror here.' It seemed tht natural observation to make until 1 heard Senator Clapp. who was mj sponsor, chuckle and murmur, 'Th eternal feminine!" Then, after a tor mal address had been made to me, 1 took oath on the same Bible that Clay and Calhoun swore upon, that I would defend the Constitution and conduct myself In every wny as befitted my office.' " ' An Idol with Diamond Kea. It is u curious fact and one scarcely know n outside of , Russia, and there hardly ever mentioned, that the fa mous Orloff diamond was once the riKht eye of the great Idol Serringham In tho temple of Brahma. This pre cious gem was stolen at about the beginning of the eighteenth century by a French soldier who had made a pretense of being converted to the Hindoo religion in order to gain the confidence of the priests and admis sion to the temple. The Frenchman first sold the diamond for 12,000. On the next turn It was bought by a banker of Constantinople for 12.000. The ! :it V : I e;.t. It until 1774 und then fcold it to tile Russian empress for '.0,000 and u Ilfo pension. rf The gem litis been In tho Russian royal family ever since. As It is now set In the imperial scepter of Russia It presents a flattened, rose cut surface and weighs exactly 194 Vi carats. A l.oug Htorr. "I read In your face," said the man about to give alms, "the story of a misspent life." ' "Not do whole story, governor. Whal you see dero Is only da last Install ment." Birmingham Age-Herald. TRCMTET CALLS. A am 'a Horn Wound n Wnrnlag et to the I nreHeemed. Keep a-going and you will get sorna where before sun down. The ant and tho sluggard are never delegates to tho same convention. The man who la In earnest wilt sooner or later ho In clover. The devil aims his longest and big gest guns at the home. The clock has a long Job, but It doea lis work ono tick at a time. When some men go to tho bad they do it as If they were doing It on a bet. If some men would spend more tlmo In the open air they would have more hair. The ant might learn something to Its advantage by going to the book agent. Peary might put another turkey feather In his cap by now discovering Dr. Cook. The man who Is always trying t beat his own record will not let any body else do It. It is astonishing how much you ran learn about human nature by charging something at the door. The man who might have knocked the persimmon but didn't can be seea on every street corner. The most vigorous exercise soma people take Is when they have achanca to get something for nothing. The young man who can do some- hlng well, and always does It that way. Is as certain to climb as a grapevine Is. HABITS OF THE NIGHTMARE. Wild Animal That la Uaallr Caught irltk Mlnea Pie aa Bait. The nightmare is one of the best known of all animals and one of tha most feared. She la wilder, the Liter ary Magazine says, than tha tiger and more frightful la its speed than tha turkey buzzard. A young nlghtmara with no previous experience can fling' a 200-pound roan over her flanks and carry him all over the south sea Isl ands and the Gobi desert In less time that It would take him to look them up oa the map. The nightmare Is so called because he is always ridden at night. She is somewhat timid, but may be easily caught. Mix up a little crab flake, some mayonnaise, a dash of cham pagne and some rich pastry and you can catch her with it every time. Sha will also come for mince pie, for broiled lobster, for chicken salad and for a variety of other temptatloas. Strangely enough, the nightmare is no lover of hay. Offer her breakfast food and she will remain shyly aloof. Once the nightmare Is caught it Is no trouble to elude her. It la no fun either. The nightmare usually wears a hlg-h saddle without stirrups aad studded with red hot nails. She rocks like a ship In a gale aa she dasher !rom mountain peak to mountain peak. The rider soon loses his hold and slides downward, only to find sharks and cuttlefish awaiting him. Ho hangg on to the mare's legs and Is kicked by her hoofs. He lets go and falls 11,000 miles, catching on jagged splin ters of rock and crashing through acres of glass and Ice. Occasionally the mare comes aftar Mm and tramps on him. Sometimes she varies this by eating his leg. When the ride Is over the rider wakena aide wise In bed very cross and spanks hJa oldest child before breakfast. The last ing effects of riding nightmares ara always more severe upon other' mem bers of the family than tha rider. Tha champion nightmare la dyapep slcuss mince plecuss, a pale green ani mal with red hot legs, who can do tbo circuit of the earth upside down la. eleven seconds. Nobody likes to ride nightmares, but everyone doea just the same. They are not aa expenslva as taxlcabs, but are far more exciting. NOT ALTOGETHER BAB. Good Thlnga About the Street Ca That Are Worth Conalderlag. It Is time the sleeping car woke up. Muck rakers are upon It. They accuse it of extortion and Inquire why tho dickens we must pay as much to sleep In a cofiin called a berth since oppo eltes suggest each other as in a com modious hotel bedroom. They think that when a sleeping car can pick up a profit of 500 per cent just by hump ing around the country somebody It being fleeced. Still, there are many kind words due tho sleeping car, the "Clerk" in the Boston Evening Transcript thinks. For one thing, it teaches us the falla cy of the germ theory, since, if germs were Injurious, those that teem by millions in the stuffy curtains and de testable cushions would have killed us off long before this. In the next place, the sleeping car proves tha beneficence of carbonic acid gas. Why do you burst with vitality after a night on the rail? Simply becausa you have breathed the same air 7,004 times over. Besides, think of the edu cational advantages. Where but la the sleeping car do we acquire tha arts of ladder-cllnibing, of parading half-clad and of keeping our tempera when the train men outside wakes ua at every stop by loud swearing? Fi nally consider the employment af forded to the unhappy lunatics who, but for the occupation of Inventing names for sleeping cars, might die of boredom. Well, there is some merit in tha muckrakers' Investigations, neverthe less, r.nd the clerk honors them for showlns us n way to get even with the porter. Porters, it seems, are re quired to pay for toilet article ab stracted from the car. Beloved, let ua remember this. When the Ethiopian shuts up the bunk with us inside It. though we piteously implored him to "put us off at Buffalo," let us not de part empty handed. Rather let ua take with us the soap, the towels, tha brush and the comb. Thus shall w render both Justice to the porter and a service to public hygiene. Lot'a wife may have looked back- and then again the may hart talked back.