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THE HILLS OF HOPE.
"Wtist snw you, child, on tho hills of bopo (Where nono may go that be ovor-wlso), 'Tlmt n shining Joy fades llnRorlntjly Out Ot tho deops of youroycs?" "Thw hills of hope are rosos nnd snow r And the Rind nlr of Its own salt rings, And the dull world hid In tho mists below Is a gray, forgotten dream ot things. iml n !. linn lli.ti. n .1 V, uu. uij iiviut lifts null Ity When I wnllcod on tho hills ot bopo to-day?" "Whnt saw you, child, on tho rainbow hills f Whero nono may go t lint bo ovcr-wlso) That you lay your cold little hand lu mine, With tue sunuow 01 icar in your eyes?" "On tho farther side ot the rainbow hills Is a forest ot dead trees black and bare Aud n river cold as tho river ot death, And tho ghosts of dead joys wanderthcrc. And O, but my heart wns terrified To-day ot that cold, dark river side." "Now be nit afrnld, llttlo child, for sen Tho dream Is gouo, and the warm sun shine Is bright on tho paths ot ovory-dny, Aud vour hnnd Is clnsuod In mine." Charlotte Lowry Marsh, lu Hast nnd West. OOOOOODOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCO 8 THE FAEE THE BLIND LOVER SAW 8 OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOGOOOOOOOi) WO blind poo pi o who 1 o v o o a o h other. He. an ungainly, stunted figure, with a very homely f ice; she, tall, thin, of yellowish complox ion and of sickly appearance Bonevolont pco plo had placed them in a blind asylum years before, There thoy wero brought up. As childreu they hod played together, nnd wero contented nnd happy. Tho pleasures of the world wero ns strong to them ns its daily miseries. Thoy know that quiet, comfortable house, its lnrero nardon and nothing moro There thoy bolonged. Thoy could know nothing of what was going ou outnido. Ono thing only was clear to them and that was that thoy loved each other. A hot summer day. The two sat ou a bench in tho gar den chatting. "Paul, I am so glad." "On what account; Anna?" "Ah! Don't you know? To-mor row " "Yes. To-morrow tho famous ocu list will bo hero." "And ho will mako us both see." "If ho is really ablo to accomplish that." "Yon arc joking. Of course, he will bo ablo to do it. That is his bust ncss." "Then, at last, I shall bo nblo to see your lovely face, ot mat l am glad." "Aud of nothing else?" "Nothiug." "Paul," said she, laughiur quietly, "how do you know that I havo a 1 )vely face?" "Because I have seen you twice already in a dream. You had golden hair and wings as whitoas snow." "Oh! if that wero only truol" "It is quite certain." "Va3 I bo beautiful?" she asked, seizing him by tho hand: "no beauti ful? But when I reflect, Paul, I think it would bo even hotter for us to bo truo to each other than to be ablo to see. That would bo lovely. Don't you think so?" "I know not," he auswered thought fully; and then both wero silent. Tho eventful day had passed. . Tho operation on tho eyes had been per formed. If not all a delusion, it must prove a success. "Noithor of you must take tho baud ago oh" tho eyes for fourteen daysl" Such was the doctor's order before ho left. un tho next evening, alter tuo sun had gono down, tuo jwo wero again seated in the gardes, clinging close to each other. "Paul, whon will wo first seo each other?" "In fourteen days!" "I know, but that is much too long. Eight days would certainly bo long enough." "Less tirao thau that, poihnps; but we have tho doctor's order." 'cnuuot onduro to wait so long, Wi.at it tuo operation nas been a failure, and wo havo rejoiced iu vaiu What thou?" Ho was silent. "For all that, wo could " "Auna!" "Only for a moinont, dear Paul. It will snrely not bo wrong." "You will, notwithstanding "Only for a moment. Wo will put tho bandages on again immediately. You ueod uot be at all afraid. Please, please I" "Bather lot us wait. Wo have suf fered mnuy years. Let us endure it a few days longer." "No, I cauuot wait. If you love me, do it, or I will myself alone." He hesitated awhile, but at length auswered calmly: "We will do it.' "WheuV" "To-morrow morning early hero nt this bench." "Thanks. You will como at the nppoiuted time?" "Yes." "Good night. " "Good night. I hope you will have a good sloop." MoriiiiiK twilight. Paul has beeu loug out ot bed. Ho is iu dread of the next hour. Auun, of course, is beautiful, but he? Who knows how ugly ho may be? Perhaps he is handsomo also, hut ho can never appear boforo her in this dreadful uu certainty. "Oil' with tho bandage!" ' Ho toro it loose and throw it on tho table His eyes were still closed. Ho ran to tho cupboard aud searched thero until ho found a small mirror He then wont to tho window, whero be seated himself and waited. His heart beat violently; bis head was iu a glowing heat. In (overish anxiety ho fht there, his sightless eyes Hied on tholittlo glass, which his lingers held in a firm clasp. It must now decide his fate. In & fow minutes ho would havo certain knowledge. Clear daylight came. Ha felt tho light, oponed his eyes slowly and stared at tho mirror, troni bling all tho while with torturing ex pectation. No, no, nol But boo. What is that? Could that ho himself? An old, pooU-markod, uglyfacol Ho? Thoso pale, sunken checks, that red, tousled hair, thoso decayed tooth, that long neck? It could not bo posBiblc. No; it must not bet Ho closod his oyos, leaned far out of tho window, opeuod thorn wido aud lookod again. His imago was still thcro unohanRcd. Still ho would not behovo it. Iu horror ho kept on star ing nt tho glass until it became clouded. Thou a veil sccmod drawn slowly over his oyos. It grow more and moro indistinct: darkness gnth ored all about him, uud suddenly ovorJthiue black Ho saw no Despair soizod him. Ho thought ho had becomo iiiBano. Ho throw tho mirror awav. stnmpod with his foot nnd struok himself in tho fnoe. Anna would seo him. nnd sho would bo horrified. Sho would forsako him urIv and blind aud sho would go away into tho sunny world and forgot hiio. Ho must roraain bemud, nonv loss nnd nlono. All tho happiness was nono forever. Ho sank into a clinir aud sobbed liko n litflo child. Suddenly ho started up. A well known hand earessod his head. Is it vou. Paul?" ho heard her ask in a whisper. "Yes." said ho, breathing heavily. "Paul. I looked for vou overy whero in tho garden and could not 11 ml you, Theu I took off tho banuaRC." And do vou seo mo?" cried Paul in deadly alarm. I must say that I do not. jno, noi It is just as dark as it was bofore. Tho operation wns a failure. I seo uothincr whatever." "And I nothinpr." said Paul exult ingly. "I also took off tho bandage, at once, everything became quite dark." "Now," said Anua with a sigh, 'wo must remain forever blind." "It is better ho," answered Paul with a hapnv heart; and ho touderly ombracod his poor blind friend. A LANDLADY'S SCHEME. How a Woman Gut Her Stnrt an the Itoad tn Social GrentneM. "One hears ranch facetious talk about tho hard luck of boarding house keepers with fellows who lenvo without warning after running up a Rood sizo bill, but I am going to re lato a story that is absolutely true," remarked a traveling salesman to n group of men who wero swappiug stories in tho hotel corridor. "Tho story concerns oiio of tho social lights of Gotham who got her llrst step upon tho rung of tho ladder of success by realizing on tho death of a boarder who owed her a pretty tidy sum. A vory improbablo tale you say? Well, we'll soo. It was iu the days when sho was not over pros perous and kept a boardiug-houso in a not vory fashion'ablo part of the city. Ono day a stranger wont to board with hor aud paid regularly, Ho appeared to bo without friends or relatives, for no ono called to seo him and no letters came to tho house addressed iu his name. Ho was em ployed as a clerk iu somo storo, and never onlightoued auy ono as to who ho was aud whero ho lived whon he was homo, it ho over had ono. Ono week ho lost his job, but as ho was a steady cuap, and nan ueeu so prompt in his payments, his landlady allowed him to ruu up a bill. Ho seemed to bo unfortunate, somehow, for uo ono would civo him employ' ment, and so that bill grow larger aud larger. Ono day tho laudlady pro posed that ho becomo insured in her favor, that she would pay the premiums, aud, if auythmg happened to him, why sho would bo reimbursed for the credit sho had advanced him. A blunt, cold-blooded proposition, say yon? Well, ho agrood to it, and bo camo insurod for $300 in her favor. Tho premiums wero regularly paid by tho laudlady. All that time tho doliuquentboardor weut from ono job to nnothor, nud never staid in ono placo long onough to bo able to pay off his debt to the landlady. A fearful winter sot iu nud pneumonia was prevalont, peoplo dropping off so fast as to create tho biggest Itiud of a scaro in tho city. Ho was taken fc.cu, and no mother could have looked after this fellow as liis laudlady did. Hue paid for a doctor aud a nurso to attoud him and did cvorythiug iu her power to bring In in around to health. lint ho died, and n mighty good funeral tho poor fellow had. Tho iusurauco was paid to her.aud with tho fow hundred dot lars sho received in a lump sura her husband was enabled to mako a for tuuato speculation which started them well on tho way to tho possessiou of millions and a placo in tho Four Hundred. Improbable? Well, the story's truo every word of it." AVI if n (lie l'rlnco lloreil Her. Hero is tho latost anecdote concern nig tho rriuco of wales. A young lady was presonted to him nt a social function, and, not knowing how long sho should talk to him, sho naively renucstod hiin to tell her whon sho should lenvo Intn. "Uii tuo contrary," said tho Prince, "it is for you to toll mo whou you nro bored." Later His Royal Highness asked whero tho vouur lady was noru. "At -. i havo lived thcro an my nie." "now inauy years did you say you lived thcro?" inquired the Prince. "I am bored, eir," said the lady quietly. It we hnvo a Templo of Fame in tho United States entranco to it should bo denied to all supposed great who havo not been dead at least fifty years. Thcso fresh aud sudden great mou very often drop with fearful rapidity. Tho Galveston Daily News remarks: "It would seem that tho Sultan of Turkey is superstitious. Ho has barred tho American hog from his dominion, probablv because the importation of that articlo last year amounted to just 313." . A child in Arkansas recently having died at tho ago of ten months, a Cor oner hold nu inquest over tho body, nud, iu making out tho certificate of dcr.tb, stated that tho child was uu- mnrriod nnd ihzt its ocoupatiou was 'kcoplng its pnrontsawakoo' nights." A Massachusetts correspondent ot tho Alhauy Country Gentleman, who wants all dogs, if not killed, : strained from running nt largo, says tho flock of sheep on innuy n farm is to tho farmor "just tho differonco bo tween enough nud not being nblo to live." Burt Cablo nud Mary Gyropo wero married at Moborly, Mo., tho other day, tho officiating clergyman being n Rev. Mr. Snylor. It will havo to bo admitted that Mr. Cablo aud Miss Gyropo displayed a thorough appro ciatiou of tho lltness of things when thoy called Mr. Baylor iu to tie tL knot. Tho last ono ot nino reasons given by n leading spinster of Chicago why sho had never married was, "Ho ha not prop'osod." It would eoom that tho other eight wero superfluous Why spend timo worrying becauso "Ho might liko tidies" or "Ho might part his hair in tho iniddlo" whon tho dreadful necessity of decision scorns uovcr to have arrived? Tho Illinois Audubon Sooicty fo bird protection, now three years old is tho youngest but largest Stato as sociatiou of tho kind. It has nearly 10,000 enrolled mombcrs. Nearly nil are children, thero being about bum adults, most of whom nro residents of Chicago. A now Illinois statuto makes it a misdemeanor, puuishejilo by flno or imprisonment, for any per son to havo in his possession tho body, living or dead, of" any wild bird, tho English sparrow, tho crow aud the chicken hawk excepted. The United states having completed its war with Spain it has ratiflod Tho Hague treaty for tho substitution of arbitration for war. Holland being too small to fight auything except tho East Indian aborigines has ratified this mcasuro of universal peace. Eng land is too busy carrying on war iu South Africa to attend to this matter at present. Franco, Gormany, Rus sia, Austria and Japan feel that thoy must bo a little bettor prepared for war boforo thoy ougago to submit their quarrols to arbitration, aud tho increase of floets and rcarminont of artillery forces proceods, romarks the Now York Journal of Commerce. Harvard Univorsity is establishing tho throe-year course for a dogroo iu placo of tho timo-honored and uni versal four-year course President Eliot says that "any young man with fair abilities can now proenro tho do groo in three years without hurry nnd overwork, if ho wishes to do so, or if his parents wish him," nnd this opinion is amply borno out by re cont statistics. For. at tho present time, nearly two-fifths of tho whole number of students, or 231 who are graduated, are credited in threo years with sixteen or moro courses. Tho President further states that "within a comparative short timo the majority of thoso who outer tho fresh man class will como to collego with tho purposo of completing tho re- quirraonts of tho collego in threo years." A further and final test of the Kearsarge's main battery has sot at rest all doubts as to the stability of tho vessel and tho structural strength of tho superimposed turrets. Tho tremendous shock from tho simulta neous detonation of full service charges in four thirtoen-iuoh'and four cight-inoh guns was sustained by the ship without tho slightest indicatiou of weakness nt auy point. No such ordeal would bo possible in actual warfare, although it might bo safely undergone. Thero is scarcely dissenting voico among tho naval experts in regard to the supremo valno of tho now design, nnd it is ex- pectod that tho superimposed turret system will now bo applied to tho threo battleships in course of con struction, as well as all other future creations of this class for the Ameri can navy. MODERN BURIAL CASKET. Some Notr Sold ns dimply nu Cofllni Other Moro KlitborMe Than liver. Probably about one-third of tho pooplo dying in this country nowa days aro buried in tho old-fashioned coffins, about two-thirds boiug buried u ouo sort or nnothcr of tho modern burial casket, which is as difforaut in nppenrnnco from tho old stylo coflln as it Is possiblo to mako anything do signed for tho purpose. Tho percent age of thoso buried iu caskets is all tho timo increasing. Tho only thing that has prevented tho casket from practically, if not absolutely, super ceding tho coflln, has been apparent ly its greater cost. Tho burial casket, howovor, is now produced at lower prices than over before. A black cloth covered casket of a kind that is very oxtonsivoly usod, and was sold tlvo years ago for about $(15 is now old nt $50, aud it could now bo inndo nnd sold for loss than tint but for tho advanco iu cost within tho past yoar or two of tho various mate rials that outer into its construction. Thero is now inailo a burial casket of tho modorn typo, of whlto-wood, fin shod in imitation of rosowood, that is sold ns low as $35, or as cheaply as a cofllu of tho moro costly kind; cot flus boiug sold, according to innterial and finish, at $10 to $35. Thoso prices for coffins nro also rathor loss than the prices at which thoy woro former ly sold; thoso now selling at $10 to $35 having brought but n fow years ago 815 to S15. Tho lower prioos havo boon brought about by improved aud moro ccouoin ical methods of manufacture. It is t familiar fact that burial caskots and cofllns aro not mado nowadays as thoy wero iu old times, by cabinet-makers aud undertakers, but in factorlos do votod to thoir production, mauy of thcso boiug big establishments, cnuippod with tho most modern ma chinory nud nppliaucos of all sorts for tho workitnr of woods aud metals. Iu old times tho undertaker might wort away on a singlo coflln in a back room off his chop: rccontly an Ainoricau concern manufacturing caskots has nut iu S50.000 worth of now and iiu proved machinery. Not only aro tho loss costly of th burial caskots now produced at lower prices than thoso at which thoy woro sold a fow years ago, but thcro nr also now mado lower priced oaskots of tho finer grades. For oxamplo: Ui to say Uvo years ago tho least costly of tho burial caskets of tho most modern typo, ono with straight sides pud square straigut ends, was oi carved oak. ami wad sold at 8225. A casket nt this kind. hanrt-t..roJ. .and of wood iluishod in imitation of oak can now bo bought for $85; aud a haud-carvod casket of this stylo of oak, aud iu a handsomo design, can now bo bought lor $1125. This would bo of straight oak. A similar caskot of quartcrod oak would cost moro. Fivo years ago tho lowost priced of tho carved mahogauy caskots of this kiud cost $300; such n casket would now cost $250; this smaller propor tiouato roductiou being duo to tho presont increased cost of mahogany. But whilo grado for grado all burial caskets aro now sold choaper than formorly, and somo of them havo boon brought down to tho pricb of coflluE, thoro nro also mado nowadays burial caskots of a still moro costly and elab orate character thau ever, and for such caskets thero is n constant sale. Among tho costlier varioties, caskets covered with silk plush aro still iu demand, though not so many plush covered caskets aro sold as formorly, tho largest domaud among tho moro cosily kinds being now for caskots of wood, of oak and of mahogauy. Many of those caskots nro most elab orate aud in every way beautiful, in material, in stylo aud in iluish. Among tho costlier burial caskets tho prices rango up to $1003 aud upward. Sun. ACaiuIIiI INitillilier. In tho death of J. Sshobolisz, the Zurich publishor and author, tho world of art and letters hns lout ono of its extraordinary characters, He was a shrowd business mau, au oxcoi lont linguist, a skillful writer, nud probably tho most savago publisher who over lived. Whou ho ncceptod tho famous memoirs of Count von Ar uim, ho wroto ou tho postal card, with tho acceptance, tho proviso: "I re serve tho right to correct your infer nally bad grammar." To an aspiring poet who had sub mitted manuscript ho answered by postal card: "I rcfuso to bo dis graced by printing your doggerel. I don't return tho copy becauso you didn't iucloso onough postage If you will sond it, with tho price of this card, I will send it to you, but I don't think tho stuff is'worth the oxpenso on yonr part." Ono of tho postal cards to a novelist read about ns follows: "For Heaven's sako, como aud take away tho unnam nblo mass of paper you loft hero for mo to look nt." An ambitious historian wascrushod by tho following, writton, like nil of his correspondence, upon a postal card: "You aro making tho mistake of your life. You don't waut to study history. You want to learn how to write." Saturday Evening Post, Kverythlng Dry. The lato Sir William Lockharl's father, tho Rev. Lawrence Lockhart, D. D., boforo his succession to tho family estate, in Lanarkshire, wa parish minister of Inchiniian, in Ren frewshire. Whou, ou his succession to the estates, ho was "flitting" from Inchinnau, ho loft a number of things behind him, stored in a garret. Somo timo afterward ho wroto to his sue censor to ask him whether tho things in the garret wero "all right," and, in particular, whether they wero "well aired." In reply he wac told: "Tho things in tho garret are all right, well aired nnd quite dry sermons and all." London Chronic!" GOOD ROADS NOTES. Country lIlRlmnyf. O wo actually waut good roads? aro bad roads preferable? cry that has bocn raised throughout tho length nnd brondth of this contiuont: "We want good roads," tho domaud of mon in thoir sober sonses? Or has labor and money boon placed on our roads for n century past merely to till iu time, ud keep our surulus capital in circu lation. If wo do uot want Rood roads, if bad roads nro preferable, why should wo waut roads at all? Wo must havo roads. That nocos- ity having boon placod upon us, tho ex- porionco which has taught us tho wis dom of building other structures sub stantially, tcaohos us tho economy of having roads that aro good. Wo waut oads whioh will withstand wear. Wo waut tho labor and money xpeut ou tli o m to bo a paying investment. Wo waut roads which will bo good no mat tor what tho state of tho wenthor. Wo want roads whioh will not become rutted immediately tho fall rains come on or whon tho frost loaves tho ground in tho spring, romaining iu rough ridges for a considerable part of tho mtimnor. A road whioh does this is a bad road. Tho inouoy nud labor iipeut on it is largely forced down into tho mud, is plowed tiudcr within n year nnd wasted. A good ror.d is au economical road. Iu building au economical road, im- provomontn must bo mado in such a way that they will last, lloadn have boon built ou the saino priuciplo as is wagon which breaks down under th first load, aud is usod for llrowood af ter n year of service Most of the lcadiug roads hnvo boon mado nnd re mndo a score of tiinos nud nro still bad roads. Thoy nro of tho kind that "break up." A rond that "breaks up," liko anything elso that breaks up, is n poor investment. Whou rond building is rightly understood in this country, township councilors will no moro think of building roads tlut will break up in tho spring thnu they will think of ooustruotiug houses that break up iu tho spring, barns that break up in tho spring or fences that break up iu tho spring. Tho road builders ot this country havo not given sufficient consideration to tho effect of building bad roads Year aftor year work of u flimsy, shift less character is placed ou tho roads Tho results aro only temporary aud are destroyed by n very littlo wear aud traffic In a very short timo the work has-'o Uo uouo over again. But th evil doos not ouiHvilu this. This nu uual domaud fo . ropairs I -fa. so great that no township can respond "to it Tho roads lustead of boiug repairolJ when thoy need it nro uogleotod, grow worso aud worso, aud nil tho evils of bad roads follow. What bad roads aro doing for this country is only ouo sido of tho evil. Tho othor side is whnt thoy aro not 1 1 9'. I J Is tho doing. Tho loss doos not nriso so'4'To much from tho money and labor wastod every year ns it docs from tho absence of benefits whioh Rood roads would bring. Our loss must bo measured not so much by tho money aud labor wo nro throwing away ion bad roads, as by tho opportunities which would oouic to us if tho roads woro good. Whlo Tlrn Tvtllmony. Tosllmony ou the valno of wido tires comes from all sections of tho globe A correspondent of a paper iu Sydney desoribes a road in wuich heavily laden wagons with narrow tiros sank "half-spoko deop, nnd in placos to their whool hubs," aud yet a load ot 11 vo tons carried on six-inch tiros sank but two to four iuchos in tho worst placos. In dry weather, ho says, tho roads aro cut up by narrow tiros until tho dust is a foot deep, and then the rain will uot mako tho dust sot hard again. A good material for roads is grnvol, "but no gravel loads often nudtwelvo tous on threo aud four-inch tiros. Au experienced teamster will not speak about tho touuago his team can draw. Ho will say, 'I thiuk tho road will carry flvo tons' or more, as tho caso might bo. I havo heard road superin tendents say that enormous sums of mouoy could bo saved nununlly if broad tires woro used. Tho only ob jection I hnvo heard raise;! against tho wido tires is that tfiey do hot fit into tho ruts cut by tho narrow ones, whioh makes tho draught heavior upon tho team. That is partially truo, but tho ruts would not bo cut if all tlio wagons had wido tires. Portable en gines varying from six to eight horse power aud weighing fivo tons nnd oyer aro drawn by lighter teams thnu wngous whioh, with thoir loads, would not weigh moro. This is owing to tho broad tires always used on engines, Tho ash pans on engines nro seldom moro than about ton iuchos from tho ground, but owing to tho wido tiros, theso ougiucs seldom bog deep enough to nllow tho pans to touch the ground." North American Horticulturist. Milking Ootid Itoiidi. Wo onco holpod n mau fit a bit of road through a low and miry piece of land ou his farm. Thero was a bad road often used at certain seasons and ho wantod it mado good. Thosurfaoo sail was thrown out as doop as it was thought to bo valuable material, and, by tho way, that well paid for tho la bor. Thou a bit of old stouo wall was put into tho roadway, tho larger stouos boing rather carefully packed at tho outside On thoso larger stones woro dumped pilos of small stouos that had accumulated from clearing tho meadows and cultivated fields. It wus two good jobs in getting tho walls and stono-hoaps out of tho way. This foundation was covered with gravel, and whon it was dono tho ownor said: "There, that obis done and I think it will Btay dono whilo I live." ond wo think it would and through ono or two moro tfeneratirns, We havo thought sinca tho cgitation of tho good roads question that wo should not reach n 8olutioTi of it until road makers learned to do thoir woik so that it would "stay dono." Mauy farms havo places used as roadways which nood just such treatment, and so do certain pieces of town roads. A llronileneil Movement. To ono whoso wUh is to sco Iho good roads movement broadened and accelerated it is gratifying to noto tho greater attention that the uowBpapcrs of tho wholo country nro dovoting to tho subject. And tho rural press just whero tho work is to bt done is now aotivo iu tho agitation, aided by oorrespondcuco from tho farincrx, theinsalvcs, who certainly Uuo whereof they speak. Tim Anll-ltiit Crutmte In Ilrlr'. There is uu doubt that this ycat will seo many moro miles of rod I oads built than has uuy of its pre decessors. Tho agriculturists, lo whom good oad.i will mean so much, nro now dis cussing tho subjoct as they havo never dono before Whilo road building is mnc!t chonpor now thau it was fivo yenr ago, so far as Inbor is coiicorncd, thoro is still nn increase duo to tho greater demand for buildins ranlorial front various parts of tho country. Tho National Government ban dono nothing for n half century for bettor road highways, whioh would directly benefit the farmers nnd indirectly bo of untold valno to tho commerce ot tho entire country. Thero nro nt present 20,003 miles of roads of all kinds in NowJeisoy, in cluding stouo, olay, gravel and sand. Of this amount 1000 miles havo boeu improved. Tho National Assembly of tho Lcaguo of American Wheelmen strongly indorsod tho bill presented to Cougross, calling for an appropria tion or $5,000,000 for highway im provement in tho various States. PRESERVING PRANCES. New IToccm Which It Hnhl lo lta i: Her Hmti Cold Storage. Tho Southern California Fruit Ex change, with headquarters in Los Augolos, has for somo timo been ex perimenting with n now system of preserving orauges whilo iu process of shipmont. Last year, oxporimouts woro mado with good results, but tho matter was uiidortakou too lato in tho season for anything dclluito to bo de termined. Tho quoatiou has boon takeu up again this year, and, early as tho oraugo soason is, tho Fiuit Et cliango is preparing to annouueo tho complete success iu overy particular "t its now systom. Rail, Suowden, of Los Angeles, is tho Inventor, and tho prooo3s con- sist in fumigating tho oranges with n gases boforo shipment, iu oort. ord to kill tho fungus which is tho from aud, if. tvA nltnm oont. was was II O I M unfit faot vory is nt scon t load il v no C03C r w. Or Coohrauo & Son, agouts iu this oityfor the Southorn California Fruit Exchange, talked interestingly yos terdayvof tho new raothod. "Thcro is not tho slightest room for doubt," ho said, "that our now chemical pro cess has proveu a success. Not only is tho fruit prosorved boltor thau by tho uso of ice, but tho saving iu cost is tremendous. Just what tho cost is of usiug gasos wo do not know exact ly, ns thero sooins to bo considerable secrecy surrounding tho details of tho matter, in California. But that it will revolutionize tho present mothods of shipping fruit there can bo littlo ques tion. "Wo aro expelling soveral moro consignments treated by tho now method iu a fow days, but wo aro quite sure that tho results thcro will boar out tho oxporimouts nud thi tests already made" Kausas Qij Tiinos. WORDS OF WISDOM. i Fino sense and exalted souse nro not half so UHefiil ai common sense. Pope. Tho tostiinouy of a good couscienco is tho glory of a good name. Thomas u.Kempis. Wo aro altogether too dopeudout upon society for pleasuro nud profit. II. A. Kendall. Wo havo far bettor insight into our weaknesses thau into the abilities of others. Spurgeon. Ono of tho godlike things of this world iB tho veneration dono to human worth by tho hearts of mon. Oarlylo. It is bolter to suffer wrong thau to do it, and happier to bo somotiinos ohoatod than not to trust. Johnson. Wo flud it hard to lovo thoso wo moasuro ouvsolvos against ospeoinlly if tho pattern is a littlo largo. Garri son. Worthless things rocoivo a valuof whoa they aro made tho offoriugs of rospoct, 03teom nud gratitude Looko. Tho shortest and surest way to livo with honor in tho world is to bo iu reality what wo would appear to bo. -Socrates,