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SUBSCRIPTION BATES. One Year, cash in advance, $1.25. Six Months, cash In advance 75 Cento. Entered attheKorthPlatte(Nebraska)poBtofflceaa s econd-class matter. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1896. WHICH DID SHE ITEM HOW MEMBERS OF A RUKAL PAKTY GOT TO MORALIZING. Elihu Undertook to Show tho Hired Man. and Other Members of II is Family How Easy It Is to Rob the Unsophisticated. The Result Wasn't Jnst as lie Calculated. It was a truly rural party that waited in harrowing suspense for tho train which was to leave in two or three hours. They had been to a fair, and in their periods of comparative re pose passed tho time recounting their experiences and observations. "I can't ho'p beiu anxious," the old gentleman said apologetically to a gato tender. "Ye see, thero ain't nobody to home, an somebody up in our country is developm a ter" bio appetite for Leg horn chickens, which is my specialty. I don't like the idee of stayin here over night, dodgin bunko steerers, when wo ortcr be chasin chickiu thieves." "Haven't yon got a hired man on the place;" "We brought 'im along. Ho was willin to pay his own waj, an ez he'd of quit cf I hed told 'im he'd gotter stay, I thort it 'ud savo trouble in the end." "Yes siree, " chimed in the hired man, who camo up just at that point in the conversation, "I had to move wcth the percession. An I wouldn't of missed seein what I did fur uothin. I guess I got through weth more sights than any body else in the hull outfit." "l reckon ye diun't come across any more that was new an starfcliu than some of the rest of us," replied tho old gentleman in a blase tone of toleration "I know of one thing thetyc didn't see, lur motner says sue naei ner eyo on ye all the time. Hev yo got any money?" Two dollar an sixty cents," was the self satisfied response. "Then ye didn't see whut I'm talkin about. Ye inn over to thet storo an buy S cents' wuth of English walnuts an I'll show it to ye. I'll bo over whur mother an Zeb is, 'causo it'll interest them too." When the hired man camo back from his errand, the old gentleman was saying tohiswifo: "I was out fur experience. an ye can't git experience without its costiu a leotle somethin. I learnt a new game, an l wane zeo an tho hired man tor Know arjout it, so's ter pun 'em on their guard again the wickedness of this here world. All yo need is soino walnut shells an a paper wad." The members of his household fol lowed him to tho window ledgo, and, after a few preliminary passes to loosen up his muscles for feats of legerdemain, he paused to remark: "Now, ye'll underslau, cf course, met mis nere ain't no lesson in gam blin. I jes' wanter show ye how it's dona When yo go ter town, ye'll know jes' cz much about it ez them sharpers does an bo on yer guard. It's a game whur tho man ez does tho guessiu am't got no show whutsomever. " Ho manipulated the shells and tho paper wad in imitation of tho man ho had seen at tho fair, and stepping back said : "Course, I don't want yo ter bet nothin, 'causo that 'ud bo jes' like rob biu yer But it won't do no harm fur ye ter niakn a guess, so's ter show yo how tho dag-on-cd swindle operates. " "I 11 Let yo my new knifo agin that bnckLcrn hauuled ono of yer'n thet I kin pick cur tho shell ez hez tho paper wad unucr it, "remarked tho hired man. "I wonidu't let yo do it. Don't ye omicrstan' thet this is a skin game I'm a-showiu ye?" "1 don't keer nothin 'bout that. I've got that ther paper wad located an yo da'sn't bet thet I ain't." "I aa'sn'r, da'sn't I? I don't liko ter take no -au vantage of ye, but yo'ro a man growed an responsible fur yer own acks. Put up yer knife. " The stakes wero laid on tho window ledge, and tho hired man promptly se lected tho right shell. "By hokcy," exclaimed tho old gen tleman, "yo've guessed it I It must 'a' beeu by a miracie." He tried it again, and this timo not only tho hired man, but Zeb and the old lady, risked all their available small change. Again tho amateur thimble rigger juggied tho shells, and with the samu result. "Better own up an quit, father," suggested Zeb. "I won't do nothin of the kind," was the reply. In tho course of time ho issued promissory notes for a saddle blanket, a pair of boots, six pearl collar buttons, a calico dress, a pair of bearskin gloves, seven plugs of tobacco and $4.50. Eut he was not discouraged. Ho was pre paring for another shuffle of tho walnut shells, when his wife exclaimed: "Eiihu, ain't it purty near train time?" Thcro was a simultaneous rush for the gate. Their train had beeu gone nearly 15 minutes. "Waal, " said the old gentleman, "it's disapp'ihtin ter hev ter set here tell the uex' one goes, but we've had the benefit of tho exposy, auyhew. Ye kin alius dror a moral from most anything that happens. Id all goes ter show thet thero ain't any way of bein re'ly safe in games of chance, no matter which sido ye'ro on." "Yes, "said Zeb, "it all come ter pass 'long of hevin ter kill time in this hero place." j "Whur's the hired man?" ! "He told mo thet, ez it would bo a good while toll tho train went, he reckoned he'd take somo of his wiunin's an paint the town a little bit" The old lady passed around some red apples and remarked: "To my way of thinkin, there's an other eternal truth thet this afternoon hez demonstrated." "What is it, Mirandy?" "A fool an his money are soon parted." And her husband never took the trou ble to inquire whether she meant him or tho hired man. Washington Star. CHILDREN'S QUESTIONS. They Suggest the Ceaseless Activity of tho Youthful Minds. Many of kjs questions cannot be con nected with his reading, but appear to result from reasoning or a recognized analogy. "How do plants make them selves bigger when they grow?" ho ask ed when we were talking about plant ing his garden. I heard him saying to himself, "Wildless, wildless." I asked him what he was talking about, and he replied: "About plants that aro not wild. What aro they called?" "Garden or cultivated plants," I answered. "What made you say wildless?" "Why," said he, "I knew that harm less means something that wouldn't do any harm, and so wildless means plants that aro not wild." He mentioned the fall, and I asked him what he meant by fall. He replied : "The winter at first; the first of it. Do they call it fall be cause everything is falling?" There was somo talk about dressing him or putting on his dress, and, rea soning from analogy, he asked, "When God puts tho skin on people, is that skinning them?" I ouce read of the people in the moon being like grasshop pers and told him about it. When I had finished tho story, ho said: "When we look up in tho sky, we seo the moon rolling on abovo us, and when the peo ple in tho moon look up in tho sky they see tho earth rolling along above them. What is the strango puzzle about that?" I told him that his specimen of mica was silicate of potash, and he asked: ' ' l. t- Co fMinn r.?l?o4-r ef Trf fl ell 10- cause they put ashes in a pot?" These questions have been recorded to represent an innumerable number un recorded and to show tho wide raugo of thought and tho variety of reasonings that a child under G years of age may have. They show his natural method of acquiring knowledge, but they can on ly succest tho ceaseless activity of his mind during all his waking hours. Henry L. Clapp in Popular Scieuco Monthly. MISLEADING TELEGRAMS. PICTURE ON. A HILL. HOW SALT IS MINED. Efforts at Brevity Often Kesult In Kidic alous misunderstandings. A very ludicrons incident occurred at Vienna some time ago, when Max Hal- be, tho successful playwright, who had come to close a contract with the man agers of a Vienna playhouse for the per formance of one of his dramas, found that his shoes had been stolen during the night just preceding his return home. In Vienna hotels it is the custom to place one's shoes in front of tho bed room door before retiring. The hotel porter calls for them, cleans them and replaces them. On that particular day somo sneak thief had entered tho hotel and walked away with half a dozen pairs of shoes, among them Halbo's. In Munich, Halbe's wife was anxious ly awaiting his return, and, to quiet her fears, siuco he could not arrivoon time, Halbe sent her tho following dispatch : "Could not leave hotel; stole shoes. Max." An hour aud a half later tele- !fhc Tang Man cf Wilmington, England Measures 240 Feet. About midway between Berwick and Polegato stations, at a point where the sido of tho hill is very precipitous, thoso who know ezr-ctly tho spot'wfes to look will be able to seo from tho rail way carriage windows a sort of rudo imitation of the human form outlined in white. The figure, which is between 200 and 300 feet in height, holds a long Etaff in each hand. This is "the Long Man of Wilmington," quco the center of profound veneration and worship, but now merely an object of interest to tho curious. In order to obtain an adequate idea of this great hillside figure, dominating the surrounding country and appearing to watch as guardian over the little vil lage below, it is desirable to approach it afoot, tramping along the winding lanes, as the pilgrims of old must have tramped when they came hither on the occasion of Eome gsoat religions festival. Seen from afar, tho figure does not ap pear to be of remarkable size, but grad ually, as one approaches tho hill, it as sumes an imposing and definite shape. The figure, abont 240 feet in height, was merely shaped in the turf so as to allow tho chair to appear through. In tho course of time these depressions in the surface becanzo almost impercepti ble, aud to such an extent was tho fig ure neglected that at last it was only possible to mako out the form at a dis tance when tho slight hollows wero marked by drifted snow or when tho oblique rays of the rising or setting sun threw them into a deep shadow. In or der to preserve tho form of tho Long Man, and to render it at the samo timo easily distinguishable- at a distance tho outliuo was marked by a single lino of white bricks placed closely together. The effect has been to prodnco a some what startling figure, which is plainly visiblo iu fine weather from a great dis tance. There are iu difiVrent parts of tho country other examples of extremely rude and .early hillside figures, aud, al though tbovery fact of their great an tiquity rendsrs it unlikely that histor ical or documentary evidence will bo forthcoming as to their design or preciso purpose, it is very satisfactory to find that an explanation t has been found which will at once account for many of their peculiarities. Tho theory is that these aro sacrificial figures. We learn from tho writings of Cmsar that tho Gauld (and tho Britons wero doubtless included) had figures of vast size, the limbs of which, formed of osiers, they filled with living men. Tho figure was ultimately fired, and tho miserablo victims perished in the flames. There is a local saying in Sussex, probably of great antiquity, in which the Long Man is mentioned in referenco to the weather. Ifc runs: When Firlo hill and Long JJan Las a cap, no at A ston gets a craj. METHODS EMPLOYED AT THE EXTEN SIVE WORKS IN MICHIGAN. SURPRISING THE ORIENTALS, grams began pouring into Vienna to Halbe's friends, to tho manager of tho theater whero ho had just concluded arrangements to have his play pro duced and to the chief of police, with the request to help Mr. Halbe at onc3 and to get him a good lawyer. The wife of Mr. Halbe had misunder stood her husband's telegram and be lieved that he could not leave Vienna for having stolen shoes. Although sho could not possibly understand why ho should steal shoes, tho poor woman be lieved that ho had had a fit of klepto mania and had been caught in the act. After another exchange cf telegrams tho misunderstanding was explained away. St. Louis Globe-Democrat. The Moon "Will Never Change. The headline may give tho reader (ho idea that something has gotten wrong with our satellite and that in the fu ture Luna's fair face will not cet through tho regular phases of new moon, first quarter, full moon and last quar ter, as has been her wont since tho time "when the mind of man runneth not to tho contrary." But such, dear reader, is not tho idoa wo mean to convey, but wo do mean ex actly what tho headline says, that under existing conditions (and the conditions -which have existed on the surface of the moon for perhaps millions of years) it is a physical impossibility that the face of tho moon should change one iota. There are neither outside nor inside in fluences that can bo brought to bear to make a change in the configuration of "our silvery sister world. " Her inter nal fires have long since died out and there is an utter absence of both air and water. Existing under such conditions it is utterly impossible that tho face of tho moon should undergo change or dis integration oven in tho course of a hun dred million years. St. Louis Republic. Sure Preventive. "Professor," said the fair leader of tho reform delegation to tho reticent neighborhood philosopher who was sup posed to know everything, "we're try ing to mako this world better and have taken tho liberty of seeking your ad vice. What is tho surest way to pre vent divorces in this country?" "Don't get married." And the delegation filed outDe troit Free Press. - 1 We 31 ust Sail. I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving. To reach tho port of heaven wo must sail sometimes with the wiud and sometimes against it, but wo must sail and not drift nor lio at anchor. Oliver Wendell Holuies. Democracy and Education. So long as the direction of man's in stitutional lite was in the hands of one or the few the need for a wide diffusion of political intelligence was not stromr- ly felt. The divine right of kincs found its correlative in tho diabolical i imn- rance of the masses. Thero was no edu cational ideal, resting upon a social and political necessity, that was broad enough to include the whole people, but the rapid widening of the basis of sov ereignty has changed all that. Isb deep er conviction pervades the people of tho United States and of Prance, who aro the most aggressive exponents of de mocracy, than that the preservation ox liberty under tho law and of the insti tutions that are our precious possession and proud heritage depends upon the intelligence of the whole people. It is on this unshakablo foundation that tho argument for public education at public expense really rests. Education Ee I view, A Sea of Pigtails Watched a Tv.Jdfc Drill "Work. An interesting act ount cf a visit to a Chinese arsenal near irucb::i! is gi by a correspondent of Cassier's Maga zinc. Ho says: "Taking out two di ills. 7 sent them in and immediately was invited to enter. Tho official was polite, bowing aud shaking his own hands, as is the custom . "I . -t r. - among ejninamen, aim onereet mo a enp or tea. "There happened to bo several forg. mgs in tho room, and as I pressed tho drills against them and pointed to over the wall he seemed to comprehend what was wanted, and in a few minutes I was in a large, well lighted machino shop. I might say this extensive plant was built and equipped by 1 reuch engi neers some lo years ago. "The uativo foreman examined my tools with great interest and called in several assistants. All looked puzzled and did not seem to know what they wero for. Walking to a drill press, I took out the flat drill, and, after con siderable packing around the shank, succeeded in getting one of my taper shank twist anils to run fairly true in the spindle. Thero must have been 50 Chinamen working in the room, and every one had gathered around this press. The foreman ordered them off rnnO'if nr?l- Miirl fliou lrrtlriw f in laughed good naturedly and gave it up, ' 'He brought a piece of cast iron, but I wanted something harder to drill, so I walked over to a largo planer and took a long extension tool, mado from Qbj 1 inch tool steel, and clamped it up to the table of the drill press. Ho shook his head, intimating that tho twist drill could not go through, and the crowd of workmen emitted grunts of approval. "The press started, tho lips of tho twist drill turned out two spiral chips. The men elbowed mo to one side. Thero was a sea cf nigtaijs bending down, watching the marvelous action of that little tool. As the chips grew in length the expressions of wonderment m creased. "It happened that the chips did not break until they were about 14 inches long. Then others started, and each time that they broke off they were eager ly snatched by tho men, somo burning their Sneers, and examined carefully from end to end. "The dull edges of the drill were shown around and then ground and started again, and the fact .that tho drill would cut as well as the first timo caused increased amazement and mar? murs. I have made many tests with twist drills, but never before such an apprerjativo and demonstrative audience." Hc Supply of Haw Material, Which Is Urine, la Practical! Inexhaustible Tho Industry Has Grown Enormously Sinco 18G0, at Which Timo It Really Began. Tho existence of salt springs in the lower peninsula of Michigan was known to tho Indians long prior to tho advent of tho white men in tho country, and they wero resorted to by both Indians and wild animals. So well known was this fact of tho preseuco of salt springs that tho general government made nu merous reservations of lands which wero supposed to contain salt deposits. By tho act of admission of Michigan into the Union tho stato was authorized to select 72 sections of salt land, or land whero tho presence of saline springs in dicated tho occurrenco of salt deposits On the organization of tho geological survey the stato geologist, Dr. Douglas Houghton, made an examination, with tho view to the selection of these lauds, and in 1838 reported the results of his observations. Still these examinations were limited to surfaco indications, and no extended experiments were made to probe the coast far below the surface. However, borings were finally under taken in several localities, resulting generally in such a good measure of suc cess as to stimulate still further trials, developing such gratifying results, es pecially in tho Saginaw valley, that in 1859 tho first company was organized for tho manufacture of salt, since which period this industry has reached its present stupendous proportions adding greatly to tho wealth and reputation of the stato and especially to tho growth of the cities and tho region in which tho business is carried on. Tho origin of theso deposits is not known. Whenco the waters, lying so far beneath tho surfaco, derive their sa line property there is no apparent means or. determining, nor is the boundary ot tho surfaco known beneath which theso deposits of briuo may bo found. Tho Michigan sart group has a wide extent in tho state, though thus far the great est successes have como from tho Sagi naw valley. Whero the lowest horizon is found in tho salt group tho brino is found to bo tho strongest, greatest in amount and best in quality. It is for this reason that salt wells in tho Sagi naw valley have proved to bo more val uable than elsewhere. It is the region in which the greatest depression cccurs. Tho salt group hero lies at a depth reaching to more than 1,000 feet below tho surface of tho lake. At what depth below the surfaco of tho lake this brine is found tho writer is unablo to state. Of ono thing thero is an apparent cer tainty, that tho supply of tho briuo is inexhaustible. The extent to which the manufacture of salt in Michigan may be carried on is one of cost and demand. The briuo may be assumed as existing in quantity fap in excess of our ability to diminish it. Of tho two modes of securing tho evaporation of tho water, either by the application cf solar or artificial heat, tho latter is tho method mainly resort ed to in tho Saginaw valley. Solar evap oration is effected by exposing the brine in shallow wooden vats. Such vats as are used aro about 18 feet square and C inches deep. They aro supported on posts above the ground and aro provided with a roof, which is readily moved on the vats or off frcin them to cover tho briuo from tho rain or to expose jt to the smi, as required. The process is be gun iu March and the contents removed in July, the product cf the second fill ing is taken out the 1st of September, ana tno tuira ana jinai removal cccuis tho last of October. Tho annual product of a single trait vat of this size is 50 bushels. A kettlo block contains SO or GO ket tles, set close together and in rows in closed m stonework or brickwork. A launder connects with a cistern kept filled with brine and runs along be tween the rows of kettles, and from this launder tho brine is drawu out into tho kettles by opening a lateral fnout. When 70 per cent of the water has been boiled away, the salt is dipped out into a basket or sieve to allow tho water to run out of it, after which it is emptied into a bin, where, after a sufficient timo about two weeks it is ready to bo put into barrels. But the greatest ad- vauco in the way of cheapening tho cost of tho salt production has been achieved by the use of steam to afford heat for evaporation. For this purpose the ex haust steam of tho great mills in the Saginaw region is used. Pans are also mado use of. A so call- THE COMMON BLACK COAT. SOME COMMON NAMES. FOOLED THE MANAGER. It Is Feared That It May Do Superseded by One of Lighter Color. It would appear from one of their trade organs that tailors are becoming a littlo anxious about tho prospectsof the Fifty of the raost rXnnicrous In Great Brit- Kin and Ireland. Theso are tho 50 most common sur names of tho babies born iu England and Wales, in. Scotland and in Ireland, black coat of civilization. They-fear it arranced in the order of their numerical is m danger ctueing superseded ny a importance: garment of lighter "hue, if not of vario gated pattern. Perhaps, if they wero to give voice to their deeper apprehensions, they would say that there was more at stake than the black coat. There can, at any rate, be littlo doubt, .whether the tailors are willing to admit it or not, that with the fate of tho black coat is bound up that of the black waistcoat. Whether tho two have been lovely and pleasant in their lives is a matter of opinion, but we feel sure thut in death they would not bo divided. Wo mean no disreect to the vest in. describing it as a parasite of tho coat. It is a humble dependant which lias only found its way into society under tho wing of its influential patron, to whom it adheres with single breasted fidelity, rewarded ou tho other sido by an attachment which is rarely broken save for a short period during the sum mer months. ;: . Tho trousers, it is true, aro connected with the two upper garments by no such feudal tie, bnt their own union is com plete and, except in very hot weather, indissoluble. Hence, tho more farsight ed tailors no doubt perceive clearly enough that if the black coat goes we shall bo within measurable distance cf tho "tweed suit." Nor nre there want ing thoso who would do their best to accelerate the catastrophe, Animated by tho restles3 spirit of tho age, its impatience ot sobriety and its thirst for change and color m costume, as in life, there is a school of so called reformers who are endeavoring to urge tho wearers of black coats to revolt. Let them give free play, exclaim these an archistic counselors, to "their taste in checks and stripes, " and they will be able to cut a far more picturesque figuro at a far smaller annual outlay. With tho outlay, of course, the public is not con cerned, though that matter, doubtless, is not without its interest for the tailors, but wo own to some uneasiness at tho idea of the entire community indulging its multifarious taste in checks and stripes in a headlong pursuit of the pic turesque. Wo have all cf ns, indeed, seen the experiment tried under very favorable circumstances, hut with morp than du bious results by thoso little bauds of vocal and instrumental artists, gener ally six or eight in number, who cro usually to be met with at raco meetings or on the sands at popular seaside re sorts. These pioneers of dress reform lave entirely discarded the black niat, preferring one of gayer color, with no ticeably elongated t.i!s, and the freo- dom with which they indulge their tasto in checks and stripes may almost bo taid to border upon license. Yet tho effect, even with the addition of an open shirt collar of Elizbefhan proportions, a cork ed face and a banjo caunot Lo described as entirely picturesque. London Tele graph. England and Wales. Scotland. ..Smith Smith ..Jones McDonald.. ..Williams. .....Brown ..Taylor Thomson... . . Da vies Robertson. . ..Brown Stewart.... . .Thomas Campbell... . .Evans Wilson Ireland. . . .3Iurphy. ...Kelly. ...Sullivan. ...Walsh. ...Smith. ...O'Brien. ...Bryno. . Byrne. 1. a." 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.... Roberts Anderson Connor. 10.... Johnson Scott O'XeilL 11.. ..Wilson Miller Beilly. 12. . . .Robinson McKcnzic Doyle. l3....Wrisht Rcid Wood Ross . .Thompson. ...JIcKny .. ..Hall Johnston ..Green Murray.. . .Walker. Clark . .Hnghes Paterson . . . .Edwards Youns 11.. 15.. 16.. 17.V 13.. 10.. 20. 21.... Lewis 22....White.. 23.,.. Turner , 24.-.. -Jackson 20.... Harris.. 27.... Clark 28.... 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Mart in..,,. . .Griliiths , . , . . .Russell .McCarthy. ....Gallagher. ....Doherty. ....Kennedy. ....Lynch. .Murray. ..Quinn. .Moore. .McLaughlin. .Carroll. .Connolly. .Daly. .Connoll, .Wilson, .Dunne. .Brennau, .Burke, Collins, .Campbel. .Clarke. .Johnston. .Hughes. .Farrcll. .Fitzgerald. .Brown. .Martin. .Maguiro. Nolan. .Flynn. .Thompson, .Callaghan. .O'Donnell. .Dmfy. .Mahony. .Boyle, .Healy. Shea. 50. , , .Carter Gordon White. r-Pall Mall Gazette, A FALSE TEACHING, 2ot to lie Hee'stcd. Some years ago, at a session of the legislature of Kentucky, an effort to re peal the law offering a bounty on foxe3' scalps was made, but was defeated by tho appeal of a member from a moun tainous and sparsely settled region. "Do the gentlemen want to deprive? my constituents and me of the benefits of hearing the p.pspel preached?" ho de manded, with indignation iu his tone and overspreading his ruggrd counte nance. "Wo are all ileihodists up my way, aucl our preachers won't come without wo ( iui give 'rm chickens, I know. Wo cah't raise chickens unless the foxes are killed Ly scmobody, that's Sure, and thero ain't anybody that can afford to fpcud their lime hunting foxes and get nothing to pay for it. "So, gentlemen, ' if you repeal this law, you'll be depriving my constituents of the benefit of hwaiing the gospel preached. That's the way it looks to me!" This reasoning was too much for tho legislature, and for the time being tho law was not repealed, Youth's Companion. That aian's Chief JJnd Is to Crucify Spon taneity ou the Cross of Drudgery, The Rev. Charles H. Parkhurst writes of "The Young Man at Play" in Tho Ladies' Home Journal. Ho asserts that it is play rather than toil that is mosp germane to our truo nature and that lies closest to the divine intention. Tho care needing to be exercised as to thp quality ot our amusements must never be construed into a verdict aeainst amusements m themselves considered. With most of us tho play impulse stands iarmoro in need of encouragement than it dees of restriction. The proverb, 'It is better to wear out than to rust out' is true in form, but false in spirit. ' Thp flowers do not w.car out, but neither do they rust out. "One reason why so many people are asking whether life is worth living is that wc arc teaching ourselves that man's chief end is to struggle aud to crucify spontauiety on a cross of drudg ery. We are not arguing for indolence. Indolence is as distinct from play as a pool is from a mountain brook. But wo shall be greatly disappointed in heav en if it does not give a great deal of opportunity for energy to issuo in ac tivity that takes no thought and is a joy to itself, arid au experience that will be saintly in heaven can hardly with reason bo criticised as limp and puerile if indulged in before we enter heaven." ItiW J. W. Kelly, "the Rolling; Mill 3Ian,', Mado the lilt of Ills Ufe. A theatrical manager tells this story regarding tho late .7. W. Kelly: In his earlier days Kelly was appear ing at a variety hall iu San Francisco. The proprietor and manager of the place was a German, who had a great admi ration for the "rolling mill man." While Kelly was appearing at the thea ter tho German arranged to put on the stage a scries of tableaux depicting tho heroism of the members of tho San Francisco fire department. Kelly was to stand at ono sido of the stage and re cito somo original verses describing each picture or tableau as it was shown on tho stage. The German was nldly anxious that this, tribute to trie firemen Bhould make a hit on the opening'night. "Ob, Chon," he saitl, "dofyour pest, and you vill make te bit of your line!" On the day of tho opening Kelly re mained at home, so as to bo in tho best possible trim for the show. Soon after 8 o'clock he started for the theater. Just before going into tho halit oc curred to him that ho could haye somo fun with the Germahjjo'Ire turned up his coat collar, mussed his hair and went reeling into the variety hall. There was a sound of crashing glass ware. The German had4 dropped a tray full of beer glasses. : f "Oh, Chon," he moaned, waving his hands in the air, "you haf wooiued all te taploze! Vat is to good of 'hairing Irishman to vork for you?" "Thashall right," mumbled Kelly, staggering up to him. "Go vay," shouted tho manager. 'Ton hef kvcered te show." With that tho manager rushed for tha stage and arranged that a soubrette should annonnco the tableaux. Then ho went out in front and waited, all in a tremble, to see if she could get through with it In the meantime Kelly went around on the stage, and just as the son bretto walked on tho stage,- Kelly fol lowed her and said, "I'll take care of this." Ths German saw him come on tho Stage, and with a cry of mortal terror ran for the front door. He knew that Kelly would spoil everything. He Meed in the street, mopping his brow and moaning m agony, when ho begRU tq hear loud applause inside the the ate v. He could hardly believe his senses. Every few seconds there would -Lo it roar of laughter and handchipping. 11 timidly went back into the halj, and there was Kelly, sober as a judge and straight as a string," making the hifc of his life. After that all the German could do was to sit down, aba tabio to weep and order beer for everybody around. In telling the story Kelly used to say merely to finish the story, "1 saw him after that when I really did have titly number aboard, but he only laughed mid said, '2?o, Chon, you can't fcol me,' " Chicago BecGrd. The M ed pan block, consisting of a "settler" pan, and packing room aro inclosed in tho samo building, 'lhe brino is drawn from the settler into the pan, to the bot tom of which tho fire is directly ap plied, makiug'tho evaporation very rap id ayd causing the salt to form continu ously. Tho salt bpsiuess in Michigan has swollen from the nipnpfacture in 18G0 of 4,000 barrels to 3,p6f,88fi in 1S05. The estimated capacity of the 113 firms now engaged in tho manufacture of salt in this state is 0,950,000 barrels per year. Detroit Freo Press. The present Odd Things About Water. Water is made up cf two different el ements hyd:e'cu and oxygen. It has in its composition two measures of hy urcgeu lor every cue of cxygen, hat as the latter is so much heavier than the lormer nine pounds of v, attr' are found 10 ecu tain eight pounds of oxygen and tuly one of hydicgeu. Tho way in which tho cortnrsition of witter is - loved is by means cf the voltaic e2ec lic Lattery, combined with other appa- aius, ac?n.n. d e.-ifciallv frr the Ue Got Judgment. A Washington attorney is rather noted for the facility with which he forgets financial obligations. He has owetl a certain grocer 8 for a year or i two. Tho other day the merchant con- ducted to try a new course with him. Meeting him 'in his store, he saitl : "Judge, I have a customer who owes 11)13 a small bill aiid has owed it for a long time. Ho makes plenty of money, but won't nay. What would von dor" "J'd ;;ue iim," said the lawyer em phatically. " "Well, I will put the account in yoqr hands," and the merchant pre sented a statement of tho account against himself. "All right. I will attend to it," said the disciple of Blackstone. A few days later the merchant re ceived the following note from the law yer: "In the case of against I took judgment for full amount of your claim. Execution was issued and re turned 'no property found. ' My fee for obtaining judgment is .10, for which amount please send check. Will be glad to servo you in any other matters in which you may need an attorney." Washington Star. 01 pur-- t. Malice. "I guess I've found a way to take the conceit out cf that amateur actress," re: marked tho girl who is not always good natured. "How did you do it?" "Introduced her to an amateur pho? tographer who wanted to take her pio true." Washington Star. MECCA CATAKKH REMEDY. Lor e-olds m tho head and treatment of catarrhal troubles this preparation has afforded prompt relief; with its con tinued use tho most stubborn cases of ca'arrh havo yielded to its heaUnp power. It is mado from concentrated Mecca Compound and possesses ail of its soothing and healing properties and by absnrbtion reaches all tho inflamed parts effected by that disease. Price iV cts. Prepared by Tho Foster Mfg Co Council Bluffs. Iowa. For sale i.v A. 1? Strelfa. custom which permits each side to call in its own expert and pay him for his testimony is calculated to produce anything but expert testi inony unless tho term expert applies to manipulation of facts to suit his client's case. It would be about a3 conducive to justice if each sido were allowed to re tain and pay a judge aud jury of its own. In fact, the practice is so obvious ly calculated to defeat instead of aid the ends of justice that it is difficult to seo how it over originated. Tho mero fact that a witness is employed and paid by the defendant or plaintiff un consciously enrolls him on that side, and thcro are few experts whoso testi mony is not modified by such an ar rangement. TJ)is custom Jias led so of ten to a fiat contradiction regarding facts between opposing authorities that the general public has lost confidence in such testimony. This is, of course, yery unfortunate, as it js peyond question that a man who has devoted his jifo tp a Study, lor instance, or poisons ana their effects on tho body is in a b6tter position to judge of the probabilities in a given case than the ordinary Jayman or physician. Under a system where thp expert is called by the court no ques tion of bias could be raised, and scieuco would not bo disgraced from timo to timo by those who aro willing to trade on their scientific reputation. Popular Science Monthly. 3?he most horrible disease to which, he human family is subject is conta gions blood poison. It has always pafflefi the doctors, for notwithstanding the progress made in some branches of medicine, they have failed absolutely to discover a cure for it. Whether in the form of powder, pill or liquid, the doc tor's prescription is always the same potash or mercury. Mr. Otto H. Elbert, who resides at the corner of 22d Strtet, arid Avenue N., Galveston, Tesas, had a severe experir ence with this dreadful disease, and under date of April 5th, iS$6, writes: ''Several years ago I was so unfortu? nate as to contract contagious blood poison, and was under treatment of the best physicians continuously for four years. As soon as I discovered that Iliad the disease, I hastened to place myself under the care of one ' of the foremost doctors in my State, and took his treatment faithfully for several mon hs. It was a very short time after he pro nounced me well, that the di-ease broke out afresh, and I was in a far worse con dition that at first, Large lumps formed A Unique Village. Buckhuid-on-the-Moor, a secluded vil lage ot Devonshire, England, has no J public house', parson, policeman or pan- j per. The squire owns all the land. The j farms are small, but profitable. The ! farm laboiers live in tho srmire's cot- tages. When they fall sick, tho squire 1 pays their wages as usual, and when they aro too old to work any more they are continued on tho pay list and potter about, doing what they please. ' The social butterfly is really lot so much an idler alter au. She works hard. She keeps late hours. She manages a house hold plans entertainment fcr her guests superintends the btivine of furniture, tha ruakinjr of dresses, the Ordering of dinner; is worried by her social duties, by st rva its, by a thousand things, and with it all -lie .must perform the duties cf wifehood and raothernood. Is it so very wonderful that her health fails? Iffkils&s ether women's health fails. The betnnuiuer Is pome slicrht derangement of functions peculiarly femi nine. From the beinuinrthc progress of disease is swifl and apnaUimr. unless it is quickly checked. The frightful prevalence of "femal weakness," over thirty years a?o caused the invention of Dr.-J'leree's Favorite Prescription. It is a Mtre,' perma nent care for the ills common tc women, jc is equally valuable in kcemnsr women welll Taken durinethe expectant period itzrcatlv lessens and sometimes eatirch- eliminates me pain ana aangrer or cmia-Oirth. The Grew&ouic Ulahrntta. t .-. : i ; Thp grewsome innbratta wadkah, the weapon of tljo Hindoo assassin, is shaped like a tiger's plaws aud fastened to the fingers pf the right hand by rings. With a treacherous embrace thp murderer plaps his yictiui ami tears him open, leaving hip mutilated in a cpndition that lends the discoverers of the body to believe a tiger or some other wild beast has clawed the man to death. In 18G1 Meudoza suffered from an Earthquake, which shattered many houses, aud fire broke out among the ruins, occasioning the most terrible con flagration the city had ever known. Over 00p 'lives were lost on this oc casion. L' good digestion and rood health. and these often come from the cure of con- GOOD COflPLEXION comes from trood stipation by Dr. Percer, Pleasant Pollers. T. B. Stone. Esl.. ol 2-: Marsha !1 tr h,.' ford. Ct. t7Tjtes: " Dr. Pierce.-. Pellets. i-7rr r- ommendc-u T y a neighbar vf;.o thinks ttjers is uothiatr like them. Ir.taenhtrct (fnr:vnrtH. stomach end Indigestion. As sqjp .-.s I fee! it. or nave eaten 100 Heartily. I .-.' a jJet; ' pr if I find that mv flfcmcr or s-ir.Tc r lo?s not r.et r-ht I take one pill. A jroo-i rr.r.r.v nMt . ftt? 1 --Jv taken cause au .inn!?-? nay. or awtiK ktjt ifc'.i.-ii ' "' do not cau 'f '..:.-pccni t- s-r- all tin jupfh th jy-tci without ca f.f 5 :it t':- Vtl 1T.C f Wheat, in lOO parts, contains 14.4 of water; mineral elements, 2; albumi noids, carbohydrates, G7.C; crude Qber, y ; fat", 1.6. HOW'S THIS? j Wo offer pne Hundred Dollars Reward for nDy case of Catarrh that cannot be cured by Flail's Catarrh Oure. ! F. J. OlIENEY k CO., Props., Toledo, O. J Ve tho undpr tenrd. have known F. J. Cheney for the last 15 year?, and bplieve him perfectly fconprablfi in nil bnfinecs transactions and financi ally nbletp carry ont any obligation? made by their flrm. West & Truax, Wholesale Druggists, Toledo, O. ! Walpiko, Kinnan k Marvin, Wholesale Drnc gjels, Toledo, O. b Hull's Catarrh Caro if taken internally, acilnc f directly upon the blood and mnaons urfnro nf ih system. Price 7rc. per bottle. Sold bT all Dmr. BV, Testimonials fwe. nail's Family Pills ar fks be , MR. OTTQ H. ELBERX pn my neck, my throat was filled with sores, and a horrible ulcer broke out oh my jaw. After being treated again with ho success, I became disgusted and phanged doctors. I was again given he usual treatment qf mercury, and took enough to kill an ordinary man! Of course, I was pronounced cured half a dozen times, the disease returning each time, until my physician finally admitted that he could do me no good. I am sure that no one was ever in a worse fix than I my hair had fallen by the handful, my feet were so swollen that I could scarcely work, and I was in a sad plight. I had seen S.S.S. advertised as a cure for this disease, and determined to try it, and before I had taken one" bottle I felt much better. I continued td take the remedy, and a dozen bottles cured me completely, so that for five years I have had no sign of the terrible disease. S. S. S. is the greatest blood remedy of the age, and is truly a God-send to those afflicted with contagious blood poison.'? Fpr fifty years S.$.S. has been curing this terrible disease, even after all othe? treatment failed. It is guaranteed Purely 4. and never fails to cure contagions blqod poison, scrofula, eczema, rheumatism! jr1 cancer, catarrh, or any other disease opt$ the blood. If you have a blood diseases take a remedy which will cot iujurr J'ou. Beware of mercury; don't do.yicr ence to your system. 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