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TRYING TO MAKE "A HIT."
f Slio boy who is dancing a jig, i And the girl in the chorus who sings, And the man who exhibits a pig He ; was'tnught to do wonderful things Way dio disappointed, but still, in their hearts, they are hoping away To make the great thing which they call "A hit" Soma day. The poet who sciibble-t and sighs And squander his paper anil ink, Who cudgels his brain and who tries To think and cause others to think, May die disappointed, but still, in his heart, he is hoping away To sing out a song that will mako ",4 hit" iotiie day. The man who is daubing his paint On the canvas no other shall buy The mnn who with hunger is faint, Hut is never too lifcigry to try May die disappointed, but still, in his heart, he is hoping away lo lay on the lines that will make "A hit" Some day. The man who iswaving his arms Like a windmill churning tlm Has few of the orator's charr.. He may die disapnointcl, but still, in his heart, he is hopina away To deliver the words that will make "A hit" Some day. O let each, go on with his part! 'Tis better a thousand should fail Than that one should be taken from art Through n critic's discouraging wail I They may die disappointed, but where is the judge who has power to sav Which one of tnoso trying shall nccr iilakc ' n hit" Koine day? S. E. Kiscr. Her Me mbition, Oil Rutus Tracy Stream. M HA KM IN G Sybil wiib nt her desk, busily wrltlng.when I entered the room. .She glanced up for a second. smiled cheer fully mil said: "Sit down, Don. I'll be nt leisure In a moment." Now I wnsn't In a mood for waiting, ho 1 didn't sit down. "It seems to me Hint yon have grown wonderfully Industrious of lute," I re marked. "Yes," replied Sybil, "I have." "What are you writing?" I asked. "Another love letter to Burns?" "No; of course not!" she answered. "The Idea I don't write love letters." "Indeed!" I said. "What are you doing, then?" And I peered over her shoulder. "It seems to mo that you have grown wonderfully Ill-mannered of late," she retorted, covering tho pages with her linnds, nnd giving mo nn Indignant glnnce, but not before I hud seen the first few lines. "Ho, ho!" I cried. "A story, Is It?" "A novel," corrected Sybil, Hushing. "That's worse nnd more of It," I muttered, half to myself. "It Is what?" cried Sybil, turning swiftly. "I said, 'Let's hear more of H," I replied, calmly. "Oh, I couldn't-not now. But I'll let you help me read proof." "That's very kind of you, to be Biire." I said. "But Burns could do much better." "A plague on Burns!" ejaculated Sy bil, crossly. Then, suddenly, "Why, I do believe you're Jealous of him," "I Jealous? Not n bit of It, my denr cousin! I was just In a teasing mood, Hint's nil." "Well, I wish you had chosen a moro opportune moment to gratify your whim. Don't you seo tliat I am very busy?" "No." I lied. "I hadn't noticed it be fore." "Well, I am. And your coming spoiled ono of my best chapters. My thoughts are so scattered uow that I can't write another line." "I'm glnd of It," I said, unfceMngly. "You enn devote your time to me. Come, now, Sy, tell mo the name of your story." "I haven't given It n title yet," she admitted. "Authors usually leave that until the last." "So you are an author an authoress, rather?" "Not now, mnybe. But I Intend to be, some day. Just think how pleas ant It must be to hnvo the whole world talking of one's books!" "Yes, nnd the crltrcs, too," I added. "Oh, they help to make one fnmous," filio declared. "Sometimes. Not always.. It all de pends upon the merit of the book or the social standing of the author." "Haven't I both iunllflcatlons?" "I'm not ccrtnln nbout the tlrst," I said. "You won't let mo seo oven tho beginning. By tho wny, how does It open? Itoses, June, sunshine, river, and so on?" "No, It's not such n stereotyped af fair us you may lmnglne," she replied. "It begins with a splendid church wed ding." " 'Good beginning, bad ending,' " I quoted. "And when do tho hero nnd heroine meet? I suppose you have thoso characters In It?" "Yes, Indeed! All good.novels must have those essential features," she an swered. "And love, too," I added. "Of course. That is a foregone con clusion." "How do you keep the two main characters separated until tho end?" I Inquired. "Do you make them qunr rel, or marry each to the wrong per son, and then kill off thoso poor, un offending puppets In time to secure the popular aiding?" "I'd have you know that this Is orig inal, Don," she said. "I have no quar rels, no separations nt all. They arc commonplace. I simply compel tho man to wnlt until my heroine will QNxrrr Urn," "Pooh! That's not nt nil uncom mon," I said. "Isn't It?" sho replied, surprised nnd disappointed, Judging from tho ex presslon of her face. "No," I sold. "Why, I know of two persons who nro living Just such a ro mance." "Who nro they?" she asked quickly. "That wmitd bo telling," I replied. "But youv characters are they drawn frcm real life?" "Most of them are," she said. "Whnt does your heroine look like? Give tae n description of her. I sup pose she Is a blonde, with chemical hair nnd blue eyes." "The very opposite," said Sybil. "Good!" I exclaimed enthusiasti cally. "A brunette Ih my Ideal." Sybil glanced at mo sharply. She Is one of the forest of blondes. I did not meet her gaze, but stared dreamily nt the figures on the celling. "I suppose sho looks very much llko Vanillic McGrnth," I continued. "Not hi the least!" contradicted Sy bil. "She Is much prettier than Pau line." "So?" sold I. "Why, I think MIbs McGrnth Is n very beautiful girl." "Do you?" retorted Sybil, with clouded brow. Then, u moment later. "It seems to me thnt you have come to sec me Just to be disagreeable. I wish you'd go." Now, such words froln nny lips but Sybil's would hnvo rrozen me In nn Instant. But I know her too well. "No," I assured her. "I enmo here Intending to be very plonsnnt. But the turn which nffalrs took qulto made me forget my mission." "I saw that Sybil was becoming In terested,) o I continued: "The truth Is, I have decided to get married." "To whom?'; gasped Sybil. "Oh, I haven't made up my mind on thnt yet. I camo over to see whether you might not have compas sion on me. "Don't be silly, Don," sho warned. "Pin not." I snld gravely. "Dou't you love me, Sy?" "Yes, of course," she replied quick ly, "ns n " "Second cousin should," I finished. Sho laughed a little hysterically. "Then you will marry me, Sy?" I said slowly. "No, 1 don't think I can." snld she. "And why not?" I asked. "I sup pose your book lias so absorbed your thoughts as to leave none for mar riage." "That Is about true," she confessed. "There Is only ono thing thnt I de sire, and that Ib to become famous." Then I burst Into n hearty laugh. Sybil looked very much surprised. "You do not know how happy you have made mo," I said, still laughing. "Happy?" repeated Sybil, wondcr lugly. "Yes," I answered. "No doubt you thlni: I ought to feci quite forlorn and cut up. But I'm not. Quite the re verse, I nssuro you." I paused to note tho effect of this, my last card. There was a look of mingled nuger nnd amazement on Sy bil's face. ' "You see, Sybil," I continued, "I was really afraid you had learned to care for me. You remember the Inst three summers at the seashore?" Sho nodded. "And tho past two winters In the city?" Sno nodded ngnln. "Well, considering nil that, I am truly glnd I have not awakened any other feel ings thnn thoso of friendship." I saw her wince at that, and I felt my consel3iicc goading me, but I had to carry out my He. "Of course," I rattled on, "If I lind found that you loved me, I should have married you. As It Is, however, I nm free to follow my own sweet will." And I arose to take my lenvo. "You're not going, Don?" sho snld. "Yes,"' I answered. "I must make another call. And since you are my best friend" I emphasized tho word "I may confide n little secret to you. I truly believe thnt Paulino McGrnth care.i for me, nnd I nm going over now to find out." Sybil did not speak, nnd I went into the hallway to get my top coat. I was putting It on when 1 detected the rus tle of skirts behind me. I pretended not to have heard, however, aud hummed it few bnrs of n light song Avhlle arranging my tlo before the dresser. "Don!" snld a low voice behind me. "Come to offer your congratulations already?" I said. "Don't bo too cer tain ns to my fnto."T "Don," repented the voice, with a notlcenblo catch In it. "I believe there Is something I would rather bo than a great writer." "Is there?" I cried Jo.-fully. And I removed my top coat again. "But your Icl?al?" said Sybil, nfter a few minutes had elapsed. "Oh," snld I, "such things nro pleas ant subjects for day dreams, but we never mu;t them In real life. Beside," I ndded softly, "one mny change his Ideal." There was nnothcr blissful pause. "How about your novel, Sybil? Whnt will become of It nnd your fame?" "Oh, they eon wait. But love love can't." Waverley Magazine. A Speedy Kentucky KUliworm. The other day Jeff Kddlns noticed a fishing worm coming out of the ground nt a rate of speed lie thought It Im possible for a worm of that kind to attain. After landing on the surface It kept up Its gnlt, which was account ed for when a mole popped out of the ground nnd took after tho worm. Tho mole was killed nnd the wo'rm spared. Burlington Recorder. Crape Makers' Contracts, Girls employed In tho crape manu facture in Europe nro under n curious contract not to engage In nny house work nfter their hours of labor. The reason Is lest their bauds should be come conrse ami unfitted for tho deli cate nature of. their employment. The Detroit Journal Is moved to re mark that walking encyclopedias and walking dictionaries nro often too poor to ride. Alfred Austin snys ho never rends American criticisms of his poems. This mny account for tho fact that Alf keeps on writing them. Germnny has ndvnucd furthest !n electric railway work among the Eu ropean countries, with Great Britain and France following It tho order named. Tho customary reports that microbes lurk In kisses nnd Ico cream sodn wntcr have been put In circulation. But statistics show that Ico cream soda water has suffered no diminution of popularity. 'A New York man with nn Income of ?50,000 a yenr hns committed sui cide. Ho wns probably despondent because of tho poor prospect of mak ing It $75,000 nnd thus getting Into n position where the strain of life would bo cased somewhat. With reference to China tho situ ation hns changed with such nations ns Russln and Germnny. As Cecil lthodes called the British ling a "great 'commercial nssct," so the foreign olllces pro coming to regard the mis sionary in China ns a great political asset. The killing of one of them Is worth n seaport. The slaughter of half n dozen may bo worth n wholo province, observes the Louisville Courier-Journal. Pckln Is of little Interest to a busi ness man. There are no foreign stores of nny account and no manufacturing. Iluln, filth and the direst poverty arc everywhere evident in this, the dirtiest city In China. Minister Conger ex pressed the hope that more Amcrlcnn business men will soon awake to the opportunities for them In China. He says It Is not pleasant to sit Idly by and sec the English, Germans nnd other European people furnish all the machinery and manufactured goods In Pckln. American products arc as hard to find In - China ns the proverbial needle In n haystack. According to our Paris correspond ent there Is a tendency in tho French fashion centre to bring nbout a re vival of the hoop skirt or crinoline, states the Dry Goods Economist. Considerable uncertainty seems to prevnll ns to whether tho revival can bo effected or not. Wo hardly think, however, that such n cumbersome nnd ridiculous fashion could bo adopted In these dnys of common sense dress, even In Paris, aud wo nro satisfied that the athletic go-ahead American woman is not golug to handicap her self by a return to tho enormous bal loon skirts of forty years ago. Iteturns Just Issued by tho British Bonrd of Agriculture are dismal read ing for the English farmer. From them It is learned that tho ever In creasing Importation of dead ment to tho United Kingdom has reached tho dally average of over i!300 tons, while wheat, butter, eggs, rnbWts and game have all enormously Increased In tho extent of tho Importation. Tho foreign pro ducts being almost invarlnbly cheaper, tho farmers are confronted with tho prospect of eventually having no homo market. For these conditions the Board of Agriculture suggests uo rem edy. Fire Insurance experts report that' the last year hns been ono of great lire losses. They think the "moral hazard," ns the risk of people burning their own property to get tho insur ance money Is cnlled, was probably smnller than usual on account of good times. When buildings nro pret ty well occupied thero Is less tempta tion to commit the otfensc than In n period of stognntlon. Just now, elec tricity comes In for a good share of the blame for llres. As n cause, It op erates for tho most pnrt out of sight, behind walls and under lloors, and whore the evidence of Its work per ishes In the flames. The monetnry vnluc to a small com munity of tho presenco of n great university is nptly shown In figures collected by tho statistician of the fcenlor clnss of Yale. During the four years' stay of these young men, num bering 327, they have spent a million nnd a quarter of dollars. Tho grand total for tho university iftay be esti mated on this basis, with an enroll ment for the four clnsses of 2517. Tho value to local business of tho sums stated nnd suggested lies chiefly In the fact that they are made up of Innumerable and steady small expend itures. New Haven enn afford to wink at the pranks of the youngsters, nt the rnto of some $2,500,000 n yenr distributed among the shopkeepers. THE CIANT ANT'EATER. 7 Something About the Strange lleast in tho It run x l'ark Zno. At the new zoological gardens In Bronx Park, New York City, there Is on exhibition from Venezuela a giant ant-enter, one of the most outlandish creatures In nil the domain of nature. It Is an nnlmnl nbout two nnd n half feet high. The body nnd tnll taken together measure nbout seven feet In length. Tho tnll Is usually carried curved over the back, draping nnd shading the body. In nppcarnucc tho bushy tall mny bo likened to n clump of ornamental grass. The head Is very Binnll, but It Ib prolonged Into n snout n foot or more In length. The mouth Is at the extremity of this snout. The nnt-ontcr belongs to thnt group of tho nnlmnl kingdom known ns the Edcntntes, n class usually toothless. If they have any teeth nt nil, they arc very few In number, of n rudltncu tnry or simple form, In tho back of the head. The nnt-cntcrs are toothless. They resemble In this respect birds, nnd they furthermore bear n resem blance to the bird creation, In tho pos session of a muscular glzznrd-llkc stomach. One fenturo of the Edcn tntes Is that they all have somo pecul iarity In the covering of tho body. Tho nrmndlllo, for Instance, hns a shell of armor, the pangolin n series of sblngle-llke scales; the nnrd vnrk, na tive to tho Trnnsvnnl, n plg-llko skin, Hcantlly covered with hair, nnd lastly the nnt-enter with n bushy tnll nnd tho body plentifully covered with hnlr. The nnt-enter Is In many wnys un like other nnlmnls. The most strik ing dissimilarity Is In Its mouth, which does not open t.nd shut with nn up-und-down movement of tho lower Jaw, as that of nil other quadru peds, but It Is n mere aperture, open ing only enough to ndmlt the pnssage of the foot long whip-like tongue. In captivity the ant-eater is fed on bread nnd milk. In Its untlvo haupts, the forests of iSouth America, It feeds exclusively on termites, or, as they nre commonly cnlled, white nnts. These termites nbound In the wilds of tropical America, nnd the nnt-enter tears open with Its sharp foreclaws their conical mud nests, nnd with Its slender tongue licks up the Inmates out of every nook nnd crevice. The nnt-enter has a queer way of walking it Is the mnnuer In which It uses Its fore limbs. The claws of Its fore limbs nro so constructed that they nre Incapable of sustaining the weight of the body, but nre turned bnckward, compelling the nnlmnl to stnnd nnd walk on tho outer surfaco of the wrists. When It nmblcs around, nwk wnrdly ns It appears, It seems to be using two amputated fore limbs. The specimen nt the zoological gar den Is of gentle nnd harmless disposi tion, nllowlng itself to bo handled. Tho keeper enn stroke Its head with Impunity. There Is, of course, no dnnger of being bit by this toothless creature. It Is now temporarily quar tered In tho green-house. Forest nnd Stream. Conservation of Chirographic Energy. "My husband," snld the lndy who combed her hnlr straight back from her brow, "used to waste words u good deal, but ho has gradually out grown the habit since ho nnd I have known each other." "And how has this happened?" ths other woman asked. "It has Just been n sort of natural development. Evolution, you might perhaps call It. The nrst letter ho ever wrote to me wns shortly after we had become ncqunlnted nnd before there wns renlly anything like nn un derstanding between us. This is tho way he signed It: "Yours, my denr Miss Winston, most sincerely, John Hamilton Easton." "There, you see, were ten words enough for n telegram Just to bring a commonplace friendly letter to nn end. But nfter wo became engaged his first letter to me was 6lgned In this wny: "Yours, my darling, nffectlonntcly, John." "Thnt, you will observe, was a re duction of 00 per C3nt. from his con clusion as a mere friend. The first let ter he ever wrote to me nfter we were married wns signed: "Yours, John." She Bt--ped for n moment nnd sighed, and then continued: "We hnvo been married seventeen yenrs now. Yesterday I received a letter from him. Here Is the way It was signed: 'J.' "Chicago Times Herald Favors I.ntn Hupper. A London doctor In nn Interview re cently spoke strongly ngnlnst tho the ory thnt Into suppers nro Injurious. He declares, in fact, that many per sons who remain thin and weakly, In spite of 11 precautious In regard to diet, etc., owo the fact largely to habit ual abstemiousness nt night. He says, very truly, that physiology teaches us that, In sleeping, as In walking, there Is a perpetunl waste going on In the tissues of the body, nnd It seems but logical that nourishment should bo continuous ns well. The digestion of the food taken nt dinner time or In tho enrly evening Is finished, ns n usual thing, before or by bedtime; yet tho activity of the processes of assim ilation, etc, progresses for hours af terward. And when ono retires with nn empty stomach the result of this activity is sleeplessness and an undue wasting of tho system. Jiut Like a l'eriaKogue. An nbsent-mlnded Germnn professor was ono day observed walking down the street with ono foot continually In the gutter, tho other on tho pave ment. A pupil, meeting him, .saluted him with: "Good evening, Herr Pro fessor. How nre you?" "I was well, I thought," answered the professor; "but now I don't know whnt'o the mntter with me. For tho Inst ten minutes I'vo been limping." Answers, WWWI GOOD ROADS NOTES, lira T1 I) road Tires For Wagon. HE use of the blcyclo Is nf fording nn illustration of the operation of the brond-tlrod rchlclc In keeping roadways In good condition. This Illustration Is conspicuous after showers, when It will be noted thnt the tires of tho bicy cles bent down nnd harden tho blcyclo path much more rapidly that the narrow-tired wngotiB restore the rondwny proper to n smooth condition. It Is true that the notion of the pnoumntlc tiro is more beneficial to n soft road way than thnt of tho hard broad tire, but Its tamping effect Is nn Illustration of what the wide tire does In compari son with the cutting effect of the con ventional narrow tire. Were It possible to substitute broad tires for the narrow tires uow gener ally used, the condition ol the average country rood would be Improved lu n comparatively short time. Not only that, but the efficiency of the average draught horse would be materially raised. Instead of cutting Into the soft spots lu n roadway, the wide tire compresses the soft earth nnd passes over It, leaving the spot In nn Im proved condition for the passage of the next wheel. An exhaustive test of the broad nnd narrow tire, mi.de nt the agricultural experiment station of the Missouri State University, demonstrated that on hard, smooth nnd nearly level mne ndnm roadways the strain required to haul a given load wns .'15.7 per cent, less with the brood tire than with the nnrrow tire. On n gravel road with n hard surface, there was n margin of 33.3 per cent, lu favor of the broad tire. On n road composed, of n lnrgo quantity of sand mixed with gravel, the mnrglu wns J15.5 per cent. In favor of the broad tire. Over n new, unused dry gravel road the difference In favor of the broad tire was 2tl.(l per cent." The narrow tire required less strain for hnulage on n rond where water covered the surfaco and loose sand from one to two and one-half Inches deep wns found. But while the broad tire required a greater strain for hnul age, It did uo Injury to the road, whereas the nnrrow tire cut through the soft earth beneath the water, and destroyed the surfacing. The brond tire was nlso nt u disadvantage on roads where the hnrdpan was covered with dust, as the narrow tiro cut through to the hardpau, while the wide tire pinched and heaped up the dust and thus lucrenscd the strain of haul age. The broad tiro also required n greater strain on some kinds of mud ronds. But as a whole the tests were strongly favorable to the use of broad tires for the nvernga roads. Homl ltonils ami t'olltlcs. Vice-President Kingsbury, of the League of Amcrlcnn Whcelmqu, has been discussing the good ronds ques tion In n most sensible nnd mutter-of fact manner.' He thinks that It Is per fectly proper that the demnnd for good ronds should be recognized In both the Republican nnd Democratic speeches this year. It has been a long twenty yenrs' campaign of education, commencing with local work and the distribution of literature and working gradually by the expenditure of thou sands of dollars nnd the distribution of millions of pamphlets to successful legislation in many Stntes, nnd to the adoption of the Stato aid system, which hns proved an unqualified suc cess wherever tried. Mr. Kingsbury thinks thnt tho time hns nrrlvcd for n Avlder movement, nnd that from tho League of Amcrlcnn Wheelmen should come the primary efforts which wtould result In a thor oughly prnctlcnl system of national, State nnd city rond-bulldlng. Tho ef fect of the Insertion of n strong plank in favor of national highways, which with the united efforts of fanners, nu tomoblllBts nnd wheelmen would not be dllMcult to obtain, could have only beneficial results, even If . It were plnced there only with the ldcn of vote-getting by tho party managers. The good road movement to-day Is strong enough, Mr. Kingsbury asserts, to follow up such n party promise with demands for its fulfillment. This would provu tho entering wedge which could be driven deep enough Into Congress to produce Immediate results, and the gentleman Is confident that It will be accomplished, nnd that we shall mark tho beginning of tho coming century by a general starting of national highways throughout the United States. An Kxporlment With 1'rUoueri. The experiment of employing per sons committed to the county Jail In making roads Is now being tried In Oneida County. The Hood Commis sioner of WhltcBtown bus forty of tho county prisoners nt work, one gunrd bclug employed for eight prisoners. The Commissioner furnishes board aud lodging to the prisoners, and pays tho county for the services of ench man 25 cents n day. The county Is thus the gainer financially, the pris oners nre better for working lu the open nlr, nnd tho expeuso of making the roads Is somewhat diminished, Many of tho Inmates of the county jails nre not dnngerous criminals, nnd with n proper classification of prison ers tho experiment In Oneida County ought to succeed, It certainly de serves to bo watched by tho authori ties of other counties, who now hnvo legal power to use this class of labor In making ronds for the construction of which tho State grants nld, Now York Post. 'A Policeman's Legacy. The will of S. Boblnson, n Boston Oollcemnn. benueaths S10.000 to tlm town of GUmnntou. N. II.. tho Incnnio iR bo expended exclusively to build ing nnd maintaining jjgod roads about the place. AN ESSAY ON SAUERKRAUT. Vice-consul Murphy Unable lo Fenetrnte Its Deepest Mysteries in Germany. VIcc-Consul Murphy nt Magdeburg writes to the State Department nt Washington concerning sauerkraut In Germany as follows: "Tho best Gorman sauerkraut Is made In Mngdeburg; but when n con sulnv olllcer attempts to ascertain how it Is made, he encounters tho usual Insuperable obstacle business secrets. Tho mnnufucturer politely replies to nil Inquiries: 'My receipt is whnt makes my business profitable. If I gave It to you, you could make tho same sauerkraut In Washington. The fame of Mngdeburg would thus bo dimmed, nnd whnt would become of the orders which menu so much to me?" "The process of manufacture, omit ting business secrets, Is nbout ns fol lows: Take n number of bends of white cabbage, us fresh ns possible, nnd cut them Into line, long shreds. Place In layers lu barrels or kegs, strewing solt over each layer, using one-half a pound of salt for each twenty-live cnbbnges. Press the mass down with clean feet, wooden shoes, or n heavy stamper. Place a cover on the barrel and upon this lay a heavy stone. This presses the .muor kraut. more nud conserves It better. The sauerkraut must then be allowed to ferment In a cellar for from three to eight days, according to the temper aturo of the room. The barrel should then be tightly closed nud kept In a cool place, preferably lu n cellar. "Fancy grades or sauerkraut nro produced by pouring white w4no Into the barrels after they nro filled. Ap ples chopped very fine nro nlso some times mixed with tho cabbage. "After the barrel Is closed the saner Ijraut will bo ready for use in about a week. As soon as somo la used, tho barrel should be cohered and a stouo ngnln plnced on top. "In propnrlng nnd keeping sauer kraut sunshine nnd extremes of heat and cold should bo nvoldcd." WORDS OF WISDOM. r Mnn Ib unjust, but God Is just, nnd flnnlly justice triumphs. Longfellow. Thero Is little Influence whore there Is not great sympathy. S. I. Prime. lu every rank, both great nnd small, It Is Industry thnt supports us all. Walter Scott. He that Is ungrateful has no guilt but one; nil other crimes may pass for virtues In him. Yoilng. He Is armed without who Is Innocent within, be this thy screen, nud this thy wnll of brass. Horace. Whnt Is often called Indolence Ib, In fnct, tho unconscious consciousness of Incapacity. II. C. ltoblnson. You nre tried alone; nlone you pass Into the desert; alone you nre sifted by the world. F. W. Itobertsou. Human nature Is so constituted that nil sec nud judge better In the affairs of other men than lu their own. Ter ence. lu life It Is dlfllcult to say who do you the most mischief enemies with tho worst Intentions or friends with the best. Colton. Let all your views In life be directed to a solid, however' moderate, Inde pendence; without It uo man can bo happy, nor even honest. Junius. Whnt right hnvo wo to pry Into tho secrets of others? True or fnlse, tho tale thnt Is gabbled to us, what con cern Is It of ours? Bulwcr. l!xpeio Fur Turgttt 1'inctlce. A single bij gun of the many now being put In place for the protection of seacoastu costs a large sum, Somu Interesting figures on this subject have Just been submitted, sayB the Scien tific American. A twolvc-lticu brcceb-londlug rifle, with Its disappearing carriage, costs ono hundred nud forty-one thousand dollars; n ten-Inch bteich-londcr, ulnc ty-iilue thousand two hundred u.nd fifty dollars, nud nn eight-Inch, seventy-two thousand dollars. Tho figures show that modern high-powered guns cost grent sums, nnd tho cost of firing them Is proportionately large. Tho report of experts who have In spected theso guns and tho devlccH for securing nu accurate aim, shows that great saving Is effected by mod ern ruuge-tlndlug nnd position-finding devices. "The demoralizing effect of n hit ns compared to n miss," snld one of theso reports, "cannot bo reduced to money value, but It costs big money to shoot a big gun nnd then miss the mark. "Take, for example, the twelve-Inch gur. To miss the mark Is simply to throw nwny live hundred and sixty one dollars aud seventy cents. With the ten-lueh gun the loss Is three hun dred and twenty-two dollars nnd for ty cents, nnd with the olght-lneh rlilo It Is ono hundred nnd sixty-four dol lars nnd 'Ixiy-flve rents." Nhuep Itulnest Kxeiiipllileif . "The stupldlst animal lu the world." said Henry Itudolph, "Is Just n plain, every-dny sheep. About two weeks ago n sheep belonging to G, W. Painter, who lives nbout threo miles south of town, turned up missing. Mr. Pulnter concluded that It had been killed by dogs; but a fow days ago, wnllo looking uuder tho burn floor for somo purpose, he saw tho missing ani mal In n salt barrel. Tho barrel was lying on Its side, and the sheep had gone In to lick up" tho salt which ad hered to the sides of tho barrel. Flud lug that It could not go on through, It stopped, nud had been there nlho days, when discovered, without food or drink. And It would hnvo stayed there until It perished. All It had to do was to back out of tho barrel, but It hadn't sense enough to do it" Punxsutowney Spirit. A gossip it a person who believes the stories he Invents.