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The Rainy Day.
The day is cold, end dark, and dreary;
It rain*, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the ruddering wall,
k. But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark asd dreary.
lly life is cold, and dark and dreary;
L . : Tf mina or>/^ tKa 10
rAW iUi -iiCj ?.?v-t .O XJ.K ? ^A. >1 VAIJ f
^ My thoughts ."till ciiag to the moldering Past,
But the hopes of youth fan thick in the blast,
And the days are dark ant* dreary.
Be still, sa-l heart: and cease repining;
Behind the clones is the sun still shining:
Thy fate is the common fa:e of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
^r\mo 1\a /lurl* oncl /Traorr
* wuiv unj o lyv uaia u> vuij*
P . ?Longfellow.
k .. For
thi3 one day Janet Sydney might
rest and Jace her sorrow. She was only
Mrs. Denison's seamstress, whom nobody
noticed.; t'-^e housekeeper was a
fa - grander personage, and Lydia Denii
son*3 cd aid completely outshone quiet
little Miss Sydney.
A jeer ago, in her father's home, she
had been tbe center of attraction; here
no one snobs to her, except to say,
'Sew this*lace in my s!ee?e,"or "Mend
mr glove."
No one. did I say ? Yes, there was*
L * one person who always showed a kindly
V sympathy for her.
Janet sometimes fancied, though sht
fcp banished the thonght sternly when ii
J? would come, if he had met her in her
own heme before her father's death,
that kitdly sympathy wonld have been
somethicg deeper and stronger; but
she was only a seamstress, and he Mrs
D^n icon's only son, so she was sure that
j^^it was merely a chivalrous instinct that
Rronipiea mm 10 ireat cer as ne
fcjj^Ireadftil time of his
of hvsHPr
moaned and
B^uag man she had
HBoV. But Jtnefc SydraPhim?jes,
loved him?
MFr of t&em, must show no
HRef as the superintended the
B^of the mourning wardrobe,
|PFal that no hot tear dropped on the
During Lis lifetime she had been
sure of one friend, at least; now she
was entirely alone. The only bright- ,
r>c.ca -Trkv Tar^f tVirrvnerli f.hic c' roar
had been when he dropped a fiower in
her work-basket, or lets some new book '
\ on the machine.
L Now, on the day of his funeral, she
1 could stop her work at last, and thick
" of all his kindness.
Early thai morning she had stolen
^ into the room whera he lay to place 1
some snowdrops on his bosom. No one
would notice her few poor buds in the ,
wealth of lilies and roses about him.
Softly, almost fearfully, she pushed
open the door and entered,
hfc He lay in his cofiic?her idol?but, j
instead of the peaceful expression Janet
had learned to associate with death (
SL tines her last lingering look at her fa- ?
L , tker, H^am^d^'snstrTRJHnr J
\5gSS, in de SnablS "air' oT" ?
Jm filled her with dismay. ^ T
I? T?a? a ?v\ r\rr\or>f. s};A fifnAfl i
him; then, -with a sudden burs of ten\
deroess, she stooped and passionately 1
|l kissed the cold lip?, whispering :
"Oh, my dearest, yon never guessed j
how I loved yon P
The sound of her words frightened ,
her. With a hot blash, she dropped
her flowers and fled to her own room,
to give way to a passion of sobs.
mi~- 1??cf-ii)??r> sfill tliafc
f*~ one might fancy Janet's stifled grief (
could be heard from cellar to garret <
Suddenly the silence was broken by i
piercing shrieks, followed bv smothered
m- exclamations, suppressed sobs, hastily j
whispered commands, a subdued hubHp
bub very unusual for a house of !
W The little mourner heeded it not.
| Exhausted by the weary days which had
preceded this, she laj on her bed,
brooding over every well-remembered
look and word.
It was not till late in the afternoon
Mfe that any <.ne thought of her; then she
was aroused by the clatter of heels and
rustle of silks that always annonnced
Lydia Denison's approach.
That little lady rushed into the room
ottati ?iam nflr TiRnal imDetll
J ~ WXVU OIC/U 4UV4V ? ^
osity, as she exclaimed:
n "Oh,Miss Sjdnev,you actually haven't
Bk heard?he's alive?alive?don't you
understand?not dead, but alive!"
Janet started up with a wild cry.
"Who?alive. What?what do you
mean?" she gasped.
R "He isn't dead at all," cried Miss
am Lydia, dropping into a chair. "Oh, I
W feel as if I was dreaming; and to think.
, after parting with hiia and nearly dying
I^L of sorrow, aud putting on mourning,
and everything else, and he not dead at
~ * *? r
?ali, and un, aear, 1 suppose 1
ought to be down on my knees ana saying
my prayers; bnt I'm so happy I can't
keep still, for it does se^m as if it realb
couldn't be trn<*, and that the doctor
ought to go to State's prison, Fm sure;
but he always was the only physician
dear, darling Hermann ever had"; and
to think he is alive. It would do your
heart good to see mamma sitting there
and looking at him, but it was cruel to
- ?a! ? j
drive 7X16 out OI US rCUCJ, iiuu 1UI y.y O
sake now, Miss Sydney, don t faint, 1
beg of yon don't. I shouldn't have told
yon so suddenly if I had thought you
cared ; but, then, everybody that knows
him loves him. There, I am glad to see
y&Hr color coming back. They couldn't
hslp it if they would, and they wouldn't
if they could."
k All * this Miss Lydia said without
gieS pause of any kind, while Janet sat on
the side of the bed pale as death, her
hands tightly clasped.
" Do you mean that he, Mr. Denison,
is alive P she gasped, not daring to be
lievesuch joy. "I don't think I quite
k understand you."
" I'm sure I don't 6ither, and if I
hadn't pincned myself I'd think I was
crazy, and they all say so, too, and if
this isn't bedlam it must be so.5'
" xnen ne is auve r julicl wms^eicu.
HRa " Thank God I Thank Gcd !"
~-^A happy mist swam before her eyes,
IW a glad Boig xxl thanksgiving rang in her
flP> ears. She could net listen to Lydia
Danison's excited chatty > what cared
she for the how and why. He alive,
her friend, and that was enongn for
; ? her.
Suddenly these words caught her attention.
V>a woe /?nr>c/*iAT}ft
DC iSttJO JLIO nao ?
all the time he was in the trance?no,
not all the time, but, after twelve o'clock
JJast night, arl he knew he was in a
cc-ffiu and thonght ther wonld put him
on ice, and we never can be thankful
enough that mamma wo; Mn't have it
LV done, and he tried so -jcrd co cry but he
couidn't; and he was afraid they would
shut down the lid and it would have
been murder. Bat everybody knows
how dearly we love lam, and this morning
they left him all alone, and he said
gi you came in."
44 Was he conscious, then ?" criec
^ 44 After twelve o'clock last night *h<
heard every word that was said, evei
when I was crying so, and declared I'c
1|: keep his room jnst as he left it, and
oh, dear! I am so happy I must do
something. I'd just like to rush into
the street and shout, ' He's alive !?
alive!' "
So saying Ljdia tripped away and
lefi Janet to her own ihoughts.
* * * * * *
Three weeks passed, and she sat m |
her same quitt corner in the sewing-!
room, unnoticed as usual. Mr. Denison j
had not jet left his room, and the very j
thought of meeting him was dreadful j
to her.
He had heard her confession, of
course, and what could he think of her ?
The bare idea overwhelmed her with
shame, and she determined never to
see him again. As soon as she knew he
was strong enough to go from one room
to another she would leave the house.
Once or twice Mrs. Denison had asked
Janet to relieve the nurse and watch by
nim, but she had always managed to
excuse herself under the plea of other
But what did this mean ? There was
a shuffle of teet in the hall, the sound
of Lvdia's voice, and, behold 1 the nurse
and the butler entered, carrying Hermann
Denison. Miss Lydia followed,
srtfcthered in pillows and shawls.
"There!" she expostulated, as he was
laid on the sofa, and she began to arrange
the pillows about him, "I know
mother will be furious when she comes
home and finds what I have done ; but
if you kill yourself you will be satisfied.
The doctor said you were not to stir
out of your room for three weeks more,
and why ycu will insist on coming to
this room of all others, I can't imagine.
Of course it will make you sick, and I
will have to bear the blame. Nurse,
you can go now and take a rest, for you
do look worn out, and James, too.
ixow, nermaca i/enisuu, are juu. contented
Hermann smiled faintly and closed
his eyes, but did not- notice Janet.
As Lydia's back was turned, and she
was absorbed in her own, ceaseless
chatter, Janet ventured to steal a long,
fistful look at the handsome face, so
thin and white now.
Suddenly opening his eyes Hermann
met her gaze with a triumphant smile,
chat brought a blush of bitter shame to
the poor girl's face ; thea he turned to
his sister, and said slowly, with long '
pauses between every few words:
"I wish you would?read to me. Get !
my copy of?'The Princess,' please. It's '
eiiher in the left-hand corner?of my :
book-case?or in my under-drawer?or I
somewhere in the billiard-room."
"It will take ire all day to find it," 1
said Lydia, rising to obey.
'Tiiin't. haoV wif.Virtnf. if. " ttae ^
his answer.
T7ny had he sent her away ?
Janet longed to make her escape ; but (
to reach the door she must pass him, so y
she sat sewing as composedly as she ?
3onld while her heart was beating so ?
wildJy. .
Soon he spoke. ;
' 'Sir!" Janet exclaimed, haughtily,
"Come here, please."
' What do yon want ? Shall I call ]
ro> I
bi'e nurse t
"Oh, it's not fair to take advantage of ?
i sick man. I can't go to you, please "
jome here." a
There was no resisting such an ap- 1
Deal. Janet complied, though her ^
whole face flashed defiance. ^
Hermann closed his eyes, with a mis- r
ihievous expression lurking in the cor- *
"Dpit ^
"Air. Denison! how can yon be so ^
flA?SO Crlld. Xi6u 321V
3and go. You have no right to take 8
advantage of?let me go, I say!"
"Janet, Janet, ifc is you who are cruel. ,
Zou have been so cold and proud to
me, even when I showed you by every
means in my power" how I loved you; ,
that I thought you haied me, my dearest
; but there is no use trying to deny
it now, for I know?yes, I know the
trutn, my own sweet, precious one. .
rjnr kiss brought me back to life. I
3cuid not die with such happiness be*
-? ?- /"M* wUtt trrkTi f roo f. rrsok CA
onmercifu It ?"
"But, you forget," sobbed Janet. {
kneeling by him, and not struggling to
release her hand now. "My position '
is so different from yours. What will j
your mother say?' i
"You are not going to marry my ,
mother, are you?" asked Hermnaru "And
now, please do it again."
And she did!
Snow Slieds on the Central Pacific, f;
The wonderful snow- sheds?tunnels j
?on the Central Pacific railroad are of ]
two kinds, one with very steep roofs j
* * . m rnv
and the other witii flat roois. mey ;
cost per mile from $8,000 to $12,000, ,
and in some places where heavy masonry ,
was needed the cost reached $30,000 a
mile. They are firmly constructed to
support the great weight of snow to resist
the rnsh of avalanches. Fire precautions
are very thorough. Corrugated
plates of iron separate the buildings in- i
to sections, and in the great ten mile
section there are automatic electric fire
alarms. At the summit is an engine i
and tank always ready to flood the igni'ed
spot in a moment. These shed9
:<hat in the view of tJtie great Sierras,
but without them travel would be im- j
possible Sometimes five feet of snow j
"alls upon them in a day, and often
thirty feet lies on tho ground at one
time, and in many places snow accumulates
to the depth of fifty-feet above
these great wooden arches.?Engineering
Tommy Colt's >"eir Xose.
A little over two years ago the medical
and surgical world was deeplv interested
in the experiment of grafting
on a nose. The case was that of Thomas
0. Colt, who had lost his nose, and the
eurgeon who had charge of the case
was Dr. Thomas T. Sabine, of Bellevue
hospital, New York. The operation
consisted of grafting the large finger of
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rae leic liana ua iu tut! iaue iu oupj/ijr
the place of the missing nose. In order
to do this the finger had to be split
open, the nail removed and it had to
be held in position for three months,
when it was amputated. Later the
nostrils were formed. A short time
ago, "Tommy " as he is called, was
taken before the New York Surgical
association where, the sutures having
been removed, an examination was
made, and the operation was pro
nonnced a success. The bone cf the
finger forms the bridge of the nose.
There was but one place in the nostril
where the junction was not complete,
and an operation will shortly be made
to remedy this defect.
A Curious Railroad.
One of tie most curious railroads in
tne-Pf'orld is a ten-inch gauge road running
from North Billerica, Mass, to
Bedford. It was first hooted at by the
people, but was completed, making a
length of abont eight and a-har.f miles.
There are eleven bridge?. The rails
weigh twenty-five tons to the mille. One
grade is 155 feet. The cars and en
giaes are constructed so as to De very
near the ground, giving them greater
safety. The cars have an aisle, with
one seat on each side, in the same man?
ner as ordinary cars have two seats.
i The cars weigb Out four ana a naif ton3,
ordinary cars weighing on an average
1 eighteen tons. Trains ran at the rate
of twenty miles an hour with perfect
I rafety. The engine is placed behind
the tender, giving it greater adhesion
i to the track. They weigh eight tons,
i and draw two passenger and two freiget
I cars. The cost of the road was abont
, $4,500 per mile.
| J OHepbine Ryman'n Horrible Experience
While Lijinz in a Trance.
Josephine Byman, a fair haired, blueeyed
young woman, is just recovering
from a remarkable illness at the home
of tier sister. Mrs Brown, in EvanavillpL
Irsd. Her parents died some years ago,
and Josephine went to work in St.
James, a little village near here. One
night last winter she went to singing
school. She had net t>een in her seat
long when she felt a very stiange sensation
about the head, accompanied by
pains in the back. She arose to her
feet, as if to start out of church, when
_1 f_ll ?- _ it _ . 1 # - a i .
sue zeii m a aeaa iainc ana was carried
home. Her friends at first thought that
the attack was a mere fainting spell,
and the usual restoratives were applied,
but the girl continued to lie as if dead.
Sunday came and went bnt still there
was no change. The body became
colder and colder, and the eyes were
open and staring, the lips were apart,
there was no perceptible pulse, and
every indication pointed to death.
T*l_ 3 I**- x - t rni
xnjftsiciaiis [.xoiioaucsa one extinct. XQ6
pnest -was sent for to administer the
iast rites, and the weeping sisters and
friends of the family prepared to bid
Josephine the last farewell. The coffin
was ordered and bnsy .lingers began to
prepare tne white clothes in which to
bury the corpse, and, in fact, every preparation
was made for the final scene.
Thns passed Monday. On the evenins:
of that dav there was a slight
change in the appearance of the body,
which gave the startled watchers a faint
V?A*\A llin m"*1 10TT in ft aw/3
fsv viiuu ci,ixj. it*J xu a uauuC) emu.
time this was bnt death's counterfeit.
The body lay on its back, with arms
folded, just as the attendant had placed
it There wsis not the least perceptible
breathiDg; the eyes still had that stony,
unmeaning gaze; the face wes as palid
as white marble; but the iciness of real
death was wanting. The feet and Jimbs
were not warm, but they did not have
that chilly touch that is a sure accompaniment
of a.ctuai dissolution. There
was sufficient doubt in the minds
of ihose in attendance to warrant caution,
and so another day and nigh'
passed, ua Wednesday, or the lourth
day afttr the girl was stric&en down, the
priest was aga.in sent for. After critically
examining the case and consult
ing with the physician, he said: "It is a
trance S?e may eome to herself, but
it will be bnt momentary. When she relapses
all will be over. She can't live."
ic? crd nglv the faneral was set for the
lextuay. Imagine the feelings of horror
which possessed this girl when it is
ihown that she was cognizant of every
vord that was spoken in that room and
jould see the forms of her friends and
catchers about her couch. Her terrible
situation is best told by herself. She
;aid to me yesterday:
civ -it. xraa linrriKla 4 o 7 loir
-here on my back, stretched ont on the
Doaras, with my arms crossed and feet
ied together, with the lighted candles ;
ibout my head., and conld see my sisters
ind neighbors c-ome and peer into my J
ace, it was awfnl. I heard every word j
poken. My body, limbs and rrcas 1
rere as cold as ice. I thong^t of the 1
.gony of being buried ali^j, of being !
lailed in a coffin ?.nd lowered in the
ground. I tried to make some noise or '
cove jost a littls, to let them know :
hat I was alive, but it was impossible. '
saw my sisters come in one by one
Se"s ^oae.^''liieir tears dropped on my 1
mr, and their kisses were warm to my '
ips. As they tturned to leave me, it i
eemed as if I must make an effort to
ittract their attention, if only by movDg
my eyelids. But I couldn't do it. 1
! felt like screaming. I tried to, but I
;ouldn't move a muscle. The priest 1
:ame in and felt my arms and wrists.
3e shook his hsad. Then he placed his
^r to my heait. It was no use. He
;ould not hear it beat. After saying a
short prayer lor the reposa of my soul, '
le too turned a:id left me, and my agony
ind horror-weri) redoubled. '"Will no
^ L il-. i T V T .n.'J ?v>tt
)hc* ILLIU ULIU tm;u I live ; x oaiu ias jluj
>elf. ' Must I be buried only to wake
*hen it is too late ? Mu3t I come back
:o life when they put mo in the vault,
md all of the people have gone away,
>nly to die of fright and horror and suffocation
?' The thought was madness!
Why doesn't the doctor do something to
oring me to myself ? I am not dead I
[t was no use. There I lay thinking
md lis:ening t:o every word that was
said. I could hear a woman giving directions
as to the making of the shroud.
L heard the time sec lor tne innerai ana
ill. I could se 3 every one who came to
look at me. I tried to look conscious
and let them know that I understood it
all, but it was impossible. It is a wonder
I did not die of fright and agony. I
often think that I would sooner die, a
thousand times sooner, than go throught
that experience again.
"Finally, when all was ready, when
theshioud was finished, and all had left
the room but two or three, some one
said: 'Ain't yon going to cut her hair
off?' My hair was done np in loDg
braids, and fell down my back. 'Yes,'
said my sister, Wil cut it off now.'
Then the.v got the scissors and came up
to me. While one of them took hold of
my head and turned it to one side, the
one with the scissors began the cutting.
I could feel the cold steel on my neck
I realized that this was about the last
thing they'd_do before putting me in
the coffin. The woman began to cup,
and in a second or two one Ion/ braid
of hair was taken off and laid aside. My
head was then turned the other way to
allow them to get at the other braid,
but this was not touched. Thank God!
something in my condition or some
movement, I don't know what it was,
caused my sister to scream, and I was
saved. The scissors dropped to the
floor with a loud noise, the woman
jumped back nearly scared to death, and
I sat tip. You should have seen that
house a litt e while after that. I thought
everybody had gone crazy. 'Yenie's
anve j "veuitiH suve i xna wtuio i
neighborhood came rushing in as socn j
as they heard of it, and for several days !
there was nothing talked about but me
My folks thought I didn't know what
had been going on. Little they thonght
that every word spoken in that room
was heard and understood by me. They
tried to keep everybody from referring
to the fact that my shrond was bought,
the coffin ordered, and the funeral arranged.
They made an excuse, too. for
nart, of mv hail1 beinsr cat off. Thev
told me the reason of it was that a plaster
had been pat on the back of my
neck, and my hair got so tangled in it
that it had to be cut away. I didn't say
anything. One day my little brother
said to me. 'Y<?nie, yen was goin' to b?
bnried last Thnrsday, and they cntyonr
bair off.' He never imagined that I
knew more about that than he did. The
recollection of those terrible days and
nights will never leave me. I pray to
^ 1 xT. T "U~ ~ .11 ~ J ? i...
OrOQ tilsl l may iitj>cr ue uajit-u upnu t<>
pass throneh it aeaic. I would rather
die/'?Cincinnati Enmiircr.
Stmtt, an English authority on
games and amu-ements, speaks of a
Yorkshire jumper, named Ireland,
whose powers were marvelous. He
was six feet high, and at the age of 18
leaped, without the aid of a spring
board, over nine horses ranged side by
a nf oil fl>o firl/NTmo nCQt^
Xnvuuuuo (M4 fcuw ? vu
the United States are manufactured in
the little towns of Gloversville and
Johnstown, in Fulton county. New
York. There are 110 factories in the
former place and seventy-five in the
^ ,
Tales of Adventures* that Broucht to Dliind
Others Equally Remarkable.
"While a number of skippers were
waiting in the Barge office at the Battery,
New York, recently, the conversation
turned toward adventures and accidents
that fall to the lot of seafaring
men in general "It's been my experience,"
a r d-i'aced man said, "that's it
is tne small things in life that do the
most damage. Some few rears I had: a
second mate that had sailed with me
when we were both boys and on and on
ever since. He might have been a master
years ago, but he would drink.
What that man went through was a caution.
He was cast away half a dozen
times, and twice he had to eat human
flesh to save himself. Once he fell from
the mizzen royal yard when the sh5p
was lying to in a gale of wind, but we
picked him up, and lost two hands in
doing it In fact, he seemed to bear a
charmed life if any one ever did, but he
was finally killed by a fish about six
inches long. You may laugh, but come
aboard my vessel to-night and I'll show
no the losr. We were bound for Beiv
muda with a load of coal for the government.
We were bowling along one
afternoon with a ten-knot breeze, and ;
as it was smooth we had the main hatch
open to cool the ship. My mate stoor? ;
by the combing of the hatch when ail ;
at once ten or fifteen flying fish cams j
aboard; not those soft kind with long
wingo. but what they call gurnards, with ]
heads as hard as a rock. To make a
long story short, one of them struck \
him on the forehead snch a blow that I j
heard it "at the wheel. He staggered a s
minnte, threw np his arms, and fell ]
backward into the holei and broke his ,
"That certainly is a curious case," a,
Swede said, "and I can acid one to it.
In the spring of 1880 I arrived in Boston
from Liverpool. We came to down
by Fort "Warren, and after everything
had been made snug, the men stripped
and went in swimming. I stood on the.
quarter-deck watching th^m. and noticed
that the water was full of jellyfish,
so I sang out to them to look out for
them, because they sting sometimes.
Soon the men commenced to badger one
another about jumping, and finally the
cook went aloft and out on the foreyard
and off he jumped, coming down like a
shot. We waited a seoond or so, expecting
to see him, but he didn't appear
wa hp<>.r>minor alarmed. T went aloft
so that I could look down on the spot, a
About ten feet under the surface I saw t
him kick ng and thrashing aboub as if s
he was drowning aud entangled in some- o
thing. I sang out to the second mate f
to lower away tbe boat, and with a long a
boat-hook he soon hooked cn to the i i<
man. The crew dragged him up, and fi
with him a jellyfish that was twice as ti
h? nr oc? T\*/y TTmhrp! 1^3 run cDA r\n /v
VMV V4o wwu vm waw v
stages here. In the middle of the fish, ]<
tangled in a n^ass of streamers, was the Is
man. We 'iiad him out on short notice, s
pon maj be sure, and he was a bad t]
sight: Everywhere the streamers had ^
touched him was a red mark. He came b
bo after a while, and said that the ani- si
mal must have been swimming along
3even or eight feet below the surface
when he struck it in jumping down. It
measured nearly nine feet across, and
the streamers must have been more than
200 feet long." ^
"That reminds .ma of flTittrrnqrianna T
rSpanfslTbng said, " before I went to
3ea. I was a diver, not a wrecker, but li
a pearl diver, and a hard business it si
was. Wpi worked off the Mexican and tl
Panama coasts, principally on the Pacific
side. Sometimes we worked alone, a'
but generally on shares, and sometimes ^
on regular pay. We went 1.0 the grounds fj
in small sailing vessels, then took to n
the small boats and covered as much si
ground as possible. Each man was pro- i?
vided with a basket and a knife. For
sharks? Yes, but it's a poor defense, ^
because it is almost impossible to swing f
your arm with any force under water, b
The best weapon is a short spear. When b
you reach the grounds you strip, catch 3
your feet in a big sinker, 'cake the bask- n
et that has a rope for hoisting, drop t>
over, and soon find yourself at the bot- "
torn. Then your business is to knock as ?
many oysters off as you can and pile v
them into the basket before you lose fc
your wind. It's a terrible strain, but I
could stand it in those days sis minutes, L
and I have known men that conld stay 4
down ten; but it's sure death in the i
long ran. If the ground is well stocked,
you can ^et twenty or more shells, but s
it's all vick. Whea the basket is full, c
it is hauied up, anci after you come up 0
for your wind, down you go again, the ]
sinker having been hauled up by a small r
cord for the purpose. It was on one of \
these trips that I ran foul of the animal
that gave me a lasting fright. You'll t
smile when I say that it was only a star, t
fish, but that's all it really was. I made f
my first trip that day all right, but on r
striking the bottom on the second trip
I saw a big shadow over me, and some- f
thing moved along like a huge bird. It ]
was only a devil fish, one of the big i
sting rays that grow about twenty feet \
wide in that country, but it gave me j
the shakes, nevertheless. When I went <
down for the third time the water was
nearly hixty-feet deep over a coral bot- |
com. I went down with a rush, and
landing on the edge of a big bunch of ]
coral, swung off into a kiDd of a basin, j
The basket went ahead of me, and as I
swung off to reach the bottom, some j
thing seemed to t-pring up all around
me. and I was in the arms of some kind i
of a monster that coiled about me, ,
waved its arms over my head, and twisted
about my body, arms and legs. I
tiied to scream, forgetting that I was
in the water, and lost my wind. It was
just as if a plant had sprouted under
me and thrown its vines and tendrils
about me. There were thousands of
them, coiling and writhing, and I
I ? ? i . a i. _e
tiiougnc i naa lanaea m a nest tn ?ea
snakes. I gave the signal as soon as I
could, and made a break upward, part
of the creature clinging to me, while
die rest, I could eee, was dropping to
pieces. They hauled me into the boat
when I reached the surface, and pulled
the main part of the animal from me.
It was oval, about three feet across, and
the five arms seemed to divide into
thousands of others. Of course there
wasn't any real danger, but the fright
it gave me lasted for months. The
starfish is common enough and known
as the basketfish, and it generally
grows two or three feet across I probably
landed on top of that one, which
at that time was the largest I had ever
seen. I afterward saw the body or one
rbat was washed ashore on the Isthmus
that must have had a spread of thirtyfive
feet. Their ^power of grasping is
considerable, but touch them in a certain
way and they throw off their arms j
? in a regular shower?and are soon reduced
to an oval body."
The Hotel Clerk.
The hotel clerk is a young man who
was originally created to fill an emperor's
throne or adorn a dukedom, but
when he grew up, there being fewer
ihronos and doms than there empercra
- >-' i- :i_ r j
alia auaes, ne wao icmpuiunijr lujrueu
1 to take a position behind a hotel register.
His chief characteristics are dignity
of bearing, radiant gorgeousness of apparel,
hanghtiness of manner and jewelry.
His principal dnties consist of
hammering on the call bell, in handing
gnests the wrong keys to their rooms,
and in keeping a supply of toothpicks
on the end of the desk.?Texit Sift
I' ys' I
5 The French residents of New York
I number about 10,000
, I
What Professor Silliman Says About New
Mexico's Silver Mines?Cottinz Slabs ot
Silver with ?tana Saw?.
At a recent meeting of the American
Institute of Mining Enpraeera at the
National museum in Washington. Professor
Silliman made a remarkable
statement confternmc the* ATfranr^ inert? I
? J
mineral wealth of New Mexico,
especially of a portion of that Territory
but little known to the general public.
The new district is readily reached from
ilutt station, twenty-seven miles east of
Deming and twelve miles from Daly,
where the mining deposit spoken of has
been uncovered. The region is known !
as Lake valley, and nestles in the foot
hills of the Mimbres mountains. The ,
mineral wealth recently disclosed is in '
the shape of silver ores in various de- j
posits, including chlorides of silver, 1
carbonates, galena embolite, chorite (
and other minerals. In one of the |
shafts on the lin-^of giivision between .
the Sierra Plata ??d the Sierra Grande \
mines, and at the function of the Stan- (
ton with the Lincoln claims, the ores (
aie so rich in eilver as to render it .
difficult to select' a sackful averaging j
le?s than 1,000 pounds to the ton, and j
it is quite easy to excavate from the
leader mass of crystals of horn silver ?
in the red iron ore with the simplest j
means thousands of pounds of ore j
averaging from 5,000 to 10,000 ounces j
in silver. A conservative measurement
led to the estimate of not less than
5,000 tons of ore of this richer d6scrip
kion, carrying at least 500 ounces to the j
ton, and of the ores valued at 100 ounces.
und less than 500 ounces, a. mass of at *
[east 10,000 tons, in an area of not over r
:me acre of ground. T3?e explorations at c
;hi8 point were -not over fifty feet in a
leptb, and, whilii the entire mass to
this depth was silver-bearing, only v
ourteen feet of the richer portion were _
nclnded in the measurement. Pro- q
res?or Silliman also spoke of the very q
"ich sheets of horn-siiver which wt-rs .
:aken from the so called '1 Colambia _
ihaft," the deepest working yet sunk ^
m the Sierra mines?about eighty feet t
n sinking this shaft, which follows g
9hat may prove to be a regular vein, g
here was a sheet of horn-silver found s
m the foot-wall from which slabs as t)
Lick as the hand and many feet square
rare cut by a hand saw. A portion of n
lis very remarkable mass was exhibt<?d.
The whole area embraced in the ?
our Sierra companies is about 300 acres, ^
ud upon this area between twenty and
hirty exploratory shafts have been
unk to very moderate depths. In most ,
f these explorations silver has been a
ound, and always of the general char- Q
cter jiirciuly described Metallic silvsr ^
? sometimes, but :rarely, seen. More ^
requently the disguise of the silver by j
be iron oxide is so complete that a
asual observer, looking at the piles of a!
5ad ore 1 ving about the numerous windjcccio
iTAnl/^ 4-Vi i r> Tr fV?& nlo^A Tnao
mjuvU) ir vuiu uuiutt vuv HOO Uliv ^
tock-yard of an iron furnace rather ..
ban a silver mine. The whole area over
'liich this remarkable class of ores is telieved
to exist is abont one mile ^
jaare. tj
A Unique Newspaper. ^
There are a great ms.ny newspapers ts
ublished in American schools and al
alleges, but the most noteworthy and ci
iterating amrmgtVmaR .rath arm is p,
:r^- -a-.ygjpd in grammar, rhx.
It is The ScJiool Neves, issued at Car- o:
sle Barracks, Pennsylvania, in the fr
ihool established by government for w
ae Indians. a
The little paper is written, edited tl
rsA 1-vrr 4 Via Tn^ion vr
rithout any correction or assistance tl
:om their teachers ; and gives ns a h
inch clearer insight into the work the tl
2I100I has done for them than any vi
ibored official statement could do. Y
"Now, boys and girls, look this ^
ray !" Kiota, tho son of a chief, aged k
welve, thus begins his description of a h
attle which he had once seen between h
is own tribe and the whites, and a 0
pirited description it is, in spite of e;
lisspelled words and unfinished sen- 0
ences. "But," he adds at tie close, p
'I have now to learn something better; p
irst thing, I have to be educated, and n
rhen I go back home I shall be> able to f<
Lelp my people to lift it up." 0
It is something when a white boy h
:nows that the use of his education is t]
' to go among his people and lift t'
f. mr> ? n
The editor, Kihega, an Iowa Indian,
ays, "The bread in our school is made j
>f wheat that was raised on our farm, a
.nd work all done by boys (Indians), i
Chey threshed it and took it too the
nill, and had it grind into flour, and (
)aked by our boys." t
There are letters from boys of every c
ribe who are being taught farming, and t
;rades of every kind ; and from the (
jirls, who are being taught household i
york, cooking, sewing, etc. a
One girl?Sioux?mixes her ideas i
t<T onft Ai/^rv* ...
JUUljr CllUUgLU A aiu 5iau ly j
lere. I am going to teach my people i
ibout the true God. I am going to 1
:eacn my people to make omelet. I I
im not sure I learn how to cook chick- j
sn." i
Editorial notice to delinquent subscri- i
bers appears at the head of the paper i
thus : "When Subscribers find X <
cnarked on your paper please remember i
it is time to send 25 cents again." ]
A Dakota boy tells how a dispute <
arose in the geography class as to j
whether the Eastern or Western hemi- i
sphere was the oldest. "The teacher -i
decided that the land first inhabited by !
peoples, bo the Eastern was the first of ]
thai;. Bnt those boy:3 has not been sat- i
isfitd wirli that way, it was decided, i
Where did our breed come from? The j
Indian was found here. We like to ask <
some question to somebody through ;
? I1* ' *1?1 Jl J
tne paper, is ims iana me jouag wuriu ;
or the old
Jiiah Seger?Arapahoe?sajs: "We
are here to learn about white people as
he do. Some white people this wicked
alsc just same Indians. I think after
whi le no more Indian people."
However strong our prejudices
against the red man, no one could read
this little sheet of childish utterances
without being moved by its significance
and pathcs.? Youth's Companion.
Training a Racing Dog.
Mr. Tvler. of Philadelphia, the owner
of Let-me-go, a swift miming greyhound,
furnished a reporter some information
in regard +c the manner in
which dogs are trained fur racing
While in training they are fed upon
the best mea*s, including mutton chops
and eggs. A jaunt of fifteen miles a
day is considered the proper distance
1 for the canine exercise. They are given
two meals a day?one at 8 o'clock in
the morning and the other at 5 in the
evening. After (he 5 o'clock supper a
trot of a mile or two precedes retiring,
which takes place immediately after the
exercise is over. The dog is placed in
a bed as comfortable as that of any per?
j i:? ?:.n- -7 : i.-i
sod, ana iie? i^iucuj oiocpiug ituui
early morning, when the routine continues.
A peculiar feature of the treatment
is that the dogs are scarcely, if
ever, given water to drink. In its
place tea is provided, which the canines
relish as thoroughly as a human beingWater.
it is claimed, is fattening, while
tea has not that quality. It is nourishing
and helps to develop the musoles.
Tn "P,norland dnp-racincr is verv Dooular.
" "" ^""O " 'O W ? t t
and many canines are constantly in
The theological seminary for colored
people near Natchez, Miss., has 135
1 he Family Photograph Album,
"This," the young lady said, "is the
photograph of a young gentleman who
used to pay attention to Auut Martha.
He is a very nice youn? man. He was
attending Letherhed College when this
picture was taken."
And he was a nice youns man. His
collar wanders out over his shoulders
and his necktie looks like a roll of car
a r_:_ j tt: l _
pet wiuLi me eiiuo inugeu. J_LIS vesb 10
a flowered pattern ot velvet cut low in
the neck. His coat is a Prince Albert
and his legs hang down from the vast
embrace of its encircling tails, making
him look like a donble-tongned bell.
His trousers are broad, and he leans on
a large book in a very painfnl attitude.
His hair is combed low on his forehead
and high at the temples, thus displaying
the broad sweep and comprehensive
3Cope of two ears that flare with the
unfolding spread of intellectual develapment.
His brow is contracted with
thought and the intense effort to look
Sxodiy at the impossible point indicated
by the artist. The freckles on his ncse
3o not show. They were kindly and
larefully obliterated by the photographer,
whose motto is, "Art, for art's
sake," and who Baw they were the only
real and natnral thing in the negative.
"And this," sail the young lady, "is
i photograph of lirs. Thistlepod, an old
!riend of oar family. I think I have
leard it sai I that pa liked her, indeed,
jefore he met ma. It is not a very good
TVia TrrkTirir* 1 o tt ia HPV-i/i /\"v_
scution is not a brilliant success. The !
>onnet which is massive and of a mul
iflora style of decoration is well out- I
ined, and the massive bow of four-inch
ibbon with which it is tied under the
shin is brought out in startling relief 1
.gainst the blank, oval-shaped space be- :
ween it and the brow of the "buniiit," '
Fhich is supposed to represent the
>lacid features of "pa's" early flame. '
crossed on lier lap, in close focus, Mrs. '
?histlepod's hands are magnified into '
tie dimen-ions of small hams with fin- (
;ers. This colossal effect is also rather (
mphasized by the too long fingers of
be glov9s. Mrs. Thistlepod is sitting
o rigidly erect that you fear she has
wallowed the headrest by mistake, in- *
tead of leaning against it, as she was I
Did. The deadly weapon lying in her 1
ip is sometimes mistaken for a police- 1
lan's billy. It is Mrs. Thistlepod's fan. 1
' And here," the young lady went on, <
is Mr. Thistlepod. He is a very kind- c
earted man." ^
I was glad she told me so. Mrs. *
'histlepod had made her husband's *
hirts under the impression that he was *
rapidly-growing boy instead of a man t
f forty-seven years, weighing already
72 pounds. The shirt boils and bub- ^
les and wrinkles np out of his vest 1
ont. His collar stands up like the ^
ar of a terrier on one side, but droops *
way in languid angularity on the 11
ther. His black necktie, after passing r
ve times around his neck, is tied in a F
not, the secret hitch of which is only ^
squired by long years of actual prac- b
ce in tying old fashioned hame-strings. t;
he coat he wears is the awful coat of i]
le Sabbath day and Fourth of July, c
ad the set of the fearful and wonder- c
. . .... z.
il pantaloons, ail-tent on tne larboard 1:
ick, betrays the solitary suspender in ?
:1 its loneliness. One knotted kL>ee is s
"ossea above the ether and the sus- r'
teJ'te | a
ae hand, witfi the a/m still fixed in the 8
ozen agony of the acute aDgle at "
hich the "artist" set it, he holds s
stovepipe hat with a level briro, with f
le intensity of a despairing man who D
ill only loose his vise-like grip upon 2
iat. hat with death. The other arm ^
as been lashed across his body, and t
le extended finger driven between his <3
est and coat with a sledge-hammer, t.
on cannot see the tenpenny nails d
hich pin this arm to its place, but yon K
now they are there. Mr. Thistlepr.d's s
air is combed straight out from his *
ead in both directions from any point 1
f view. His lips are set, and his e
yes glare with the pained expression I
f a man who has just been given the c
leasant alternative of having his tooth i
ulled or the boil on the back of his
eck lanced, as the only care for the
?lon on his thumb. In all the agony
f his face you can read murder in his
eart, and the beholder i3 glad to have ?
Kq rvraH-TT -cr.rmcr ladv's WOrd fOI" it, i
Lit. j ~ O ------ ,
bat Mr.JTliistlepod is a kind-hearted j
lan. i
' And this," the young lady said, j
litching her voice in a lower key, while >
faint color mantled her cheeks, "this j
s George Stevenson."
I knew by her voico and manner that
*eorge DieYensou was we juivou .
ant man in that album, but ner father 't
ame in just then to take me to the ,
rain, and I had only a brief glance at !
George Stevenson. His collar was very
ugh and very wide open at the throat,
,nd his neck was very long. His curing
hair curled as never hair curls ontiide
of a country village. It climbed
ip on top of itself in billows of curls
ike pine shavings; it clustered over his
>row in rings and hooks and scrolls,
.n/l r>nt. own t.Vifl nrt, nf the all-disiTUis
g photographer cotild hide the glistering
of the perfumed bear's oil wherewith
those twin id g locks were annointid.
His necktie was dark, dark blufe
arith white polka-dots. His right hand
ested on his hip; his left hand held his
jane; his legs were crossed. The expression
of his face was stern, as a man
oorn to command men. His profession
t^as cierk in a hide and leather store.
His mnstache cnrled up to meet his
hair. A bouquet bloomed in the lapel
Df bis coat. The ring on his finger had
i set as large as an acorn, and tbe pin
Ln his scarf looked like a champagne
sork. I glanced in through the sittingroom
window as I drove away with her
father, and the youcg lady was still
looking with tender interest at the pictnre
of George Stevenson.?Robert J.
A Sad nitv Sesnr.
About 11 o clock last night the cries j
of a little girl were heard by pedestrians i
on O'Fallon and Twelfth streets, which i
were so pitiful that those who happened j
to be in the vicinity at that hour has- |
tened to the place to ascertain what had !
happened. They found a little girl i
clinging to the hand of a drunkea woman,
endeavoring to prevent her from
falling, and exclaiming in agonizing
tones, as she sobbed as though her little
heart would bre k :
"Oh. clease. please help me take my
mother home, please do, won't you,
gentlemen ? "
The scene was indeed a touching cne,
as the little creature, poorly clad, stood
on the deserted corner under the gaslight
looking pale and haggard, and
weeping as she clung to the hand of her
drunken mother, who staggered and
cnrsed, and endeavored to push her
" ' > ? YT?Vl
Clllia irom ner presence. wcu r?
collected at the corner were so deeply
touched by the child's grief that they
promptly came to her rescue, and took
the miserable woman to the address
given them. In the darkness, unattended,
the poor little child, who is not
seven years of age, wandered throngh
the streets, heart-broken and crying,
visi'ing saloon after saloon, until at last
she found her unnatural parent, the only
relative she has in the world, overcome
by intoxication. The life of the girl
must indeed be terrible, for one so
voncg and frail to endure.?St. Louis
The production of buttpr in Iowa
qow amounts to 85,409,700 pounds
Queer Happenings.
There is a bachelor in Ipswich,
Mass., eighty-five years of age, who has
worn the same hat for over sixty years.
He has never used anything bat peat
for fire3 and he burns tallow dips for
A man in Pioche, Nevada, gave a
poor family an order on a grocer for
goods to the amount of S25, to be
charged to bim. The bill rendered
read '-?10 in cash and ?15 for wines
and chocolate."
In splitting the butt of a tree into
fence rails, Ephraim Alston, of Newlin's
township, N. C-, discovered
twenty-sis large gold coins. They were
concealed in an inch and a half angnr
hole, over -which wood had formed six
inches thick. The coins are supposed
to have been put there in the war of
A young man in Chicago stood a
oreacn or promise suit rather than
marry his sweetheart. His only defense
was that the girl had' depreciated
in value, her face being pitted by an
attack of smallpox. He declared that
neither law nor honor required him to
keep his promisej under such circumstances.
Four y^ats ago a Texas farmer declared
his intention of making one
opossum hunt net him $10,000 in less
than ten years. The meat and pelts of
that hunt were sold for SS5. This was
invested in twelve calves, which at the
end of t>70 years were sold; the pro
ceeds were reinvested in 100 calves, ,
which now, at the end of fonr years '
from the first investment, are valned at .
S40 each.
As the earth was being thrown npon <
the grave of an opera singer at Richmond
a snccession of trills and warbles
were hear*3. from a mocking bird perched
in a tree near by. The bird continued
its song until the minister pronounced
ihe benediction. As the mourners
Sled away the bird flew back into its
jage, the door of which had bet n left
)pen, in the window of a house near by.
Cloves grow on trees from twenty to
ihirty f^et. high, having a handsome
pyramidal shape, with leaves that are
arge, glo&sy and evergreen. It is a
native of Malacca, bat is now grown in
iearJr all the spice islands of the Inlian
Ocean, the larger part of the crop
soming from Amboyna, in the island of
Cernate. Many years ago the Dntch
mdertcok to control the production of
liis spice, and to confine its growth to
his island ; they, therefore, destroyed
he clove trees in the other .?pice
slands, but the high prices which they c
lemanded gradually led to its cultiva- 1
ion in territory outside their jurisdie- t
ion, and they afterward abandoned t
hat policj. Still, most of the cloves
tow produced are grown in Datch ter- i
itcry, and the high prices which have i
irevaih-d during the last year or two r
lave been attributed partly to the fail- s
.re in the crop at Ternate and partly to k
he Acheen war, which has considerably t
nterfered with the supply usually re- t
eived from Sumatra. The cloves of
ommerce ar not. as many suppose, the t'
ruit of the clove tree, but are the flow- n
r buds. The ripe fruit in shape re- t
c-mbles a small olive ; it is of a dajk to
ed color, with one or two cells contain i]
tate under the curious name of i
'mother of olives." It is not nearly a
o pungent, however, as the flower a
terns. Indeed the whole tree?leaves, ?
ark, and wood?seems to be impreg- c
ated in some degree with the strong, a
istinctive clove flavor, but the flower n
mas are iae principal cummciwui jjiu- acts
of the tree. When first gathered t
hey are of a reddish color, but in the *
rjing process, which is generally part- t
y done by wood fires and partly in the s
an, they tarn a deep brown color, as 2
chen they reach as in America Alhoagh
the tree grows wild to some s
stent, it is regularly cultivated in ?
ilantations, the plaDts being some ten
?r fifteen feet apart and carefully 1
>runed and cared for.
___ i
A "Rom art a hi a C!flrf>pr. *
There died in Salem, Mass., recently, j
i man whose career has been a remark- j
ible one. Captain John Bertram was
30m on the Island of Jersey in 1796.
3e bronght ail his possessions to Salem ]
n a handkerchief when a boy. In 1814 ]
ie shipped on an American privateer. t
Ee was taken prisoner by the British, ,
but was soon afterward released be- ,
3anse of his French birth, bnt was ,
aga^n captured a few weeks later, and t
remained a prisoner until the war }
ended. Id 1824, in command of the 3
schooner General Brewer, he sailed ;
with a valuable cargo for St. Helena i
Wht-n a few days out they spoke the .
bri* Elizabeth, of Salem, Captain Story, (
bound for the same pfrc. Captain ,
Story came on board and took tea with (
Captain Bertram, and each announced ,
his destination as Pernambuco. "When
Dight came on Captain Bertram launched
his entire deck load of lumber over the
stern so as to lighten his vessel, crowded
all Siil on, and on arriving at St. Helena
sold his cargo at a bii^ profit On
his return trip he met the Elizabeth
bound in. His subsequent career was
one of unbroken prosperity. He visited
almost every country on the globe,
makiDg his fortune principally in the
gam copal trad . Hi-; wealth is estimated
at nearly $10,000,000.
Making Goo:l Use of Sharks.
The skins of certain sharks are used
in jewelry for sleeve buttons and the
like, and when dried and cured take a
polish almost equal to that of stone,
and greatly resemble the iossil coral
pontes. The vertebrae of the shark is
always in demand for canes The opening
filled with marrow during life is now
fitted with a steel or iron rod. The
side openings are filled with mother-ofpearl,
and when polished the fane is
decidedly ornamental. In India, in
1880, ?300,000 worth of shark fins were
shipped to China for tood. In the Isl?-J?
- "D?a ic in ftrroo *
SUUS Ui tliC U(ylU(^ LUC lioU iO aju. ^A >/i?v
demand for his teeth, which are manufactured
into weapons of various kinds,
ranging from spears to swords and daggers.
The teeth are all serrated or sawedged,
and make terrible wounds. The
base of the tooth is bored with some
; small instrument, and forty or fifty of
! them are tied or lashed to a hardwood
! sword, forming the edge. The hUt is
also protected by crosspipces armed in
the same way. So effective ere these
weapons tha* the natives of these
islands wear an armor made of rope es
i pecially to protect themselves irom me
shark's teeth.?Sea World.
An American Hotel in London.
The American Palace hotel to be
erected on the Victoria embankment of
the Thames in London, between the
river and the palace of "Whitehall, is to
be nine stories high, accomodate 1,300
gnesi 8, be managed by Leland, of the
Delevan H<;nse. Albany, the waiters and
bar-keepers American, the capital S2,000,000,
or ?400,000, famished by Eng
ishmen with whom the idea, suggested
by their liking hotels in America,
originated. It will not be ran for Ameri
can travelers exclusively, out iz is expected
that Englishmen will patronize it.
According to the statistical annnal cf
thf>Ras-ian emnirp, tne population increases
more rapidly than that of any
other state, excpi Holland and Denmark.
It doubles itself in fifty-eight
I years.
A Xiffbt With an Expert ia an Infe-'t d
Carriaze House.
A New York professional rat-catcher in
vifced a reporter to go with him on one of
his expeditions against his enemy, tne
rat, and a few nights later they met at a j
stable m west uortietn street, lne
rat-catcher wore a pair of light cloth
slippers, heavy trousers, flannel shirt
and vest. * He had a kit of tools with
him, and at about 11 o'clock he went
to work. First he went carefally around
the edges of the floor, and learned every
rat hole. There were a number; some
at the edges of the partitions between
the stalls, others at the washstand, and
a number in the harness closet. The
rats had ruined valuable harness. Many
encns naa teen maae to exterminate
them, but without success.
"I guess ril get 'em out, sir. I just
cleared 217 rats out of.a private resi
dence ou Tenth avenue in three
nights," he said. \
He then took a numberof little viredoors
out of his bag. They were about
four inches square. One of these was
screwed over each rat hole at an ancle
of forty-five degrees, so that the rat
could easily raise it on coming out cf
the hole, hut could not get back into
the hole again after it had dropped in
place. "When every hole had been thus
covered, the reporter retired to the top
shelf of a long step-ladder and smoked,
while the rat-catcher turned down the
lights and cleared the large floor of the
stable of all the small objecta that could
be readily piled in the carriages or on
the shelves.
"Are you sure the rets will come
out r'
"Oh, yes, sir. They comes out every
oight. Some men professin' to cali
themselves professionals, claims that
they has a poison that will make rats
3ome out o' their holes an' die, but it
lan't be done. Thty claims, also, as
bow they can charm rats; more lies, I
issure you. Phosphorus poison causes !
most horrid thirst, an' the rats comes :
3ut of their holes an' drinks, an' then 1
joes back an' dies. Then there's a
pretty how-to-do, an' whole floors must
;ome up at great expense."
He was moving about in a most stealthy
manner, now trying one little gate j
md now another. A large bag of coarse
material, with a string with which to 1
;lose the opening, hung on a harness j
5 g, and he hid sprinkled a Uttie pow- '
ler down several of the holes, which
vas designed to make the rats thirsty
ma canse them to come out for water.
3e lighted a stub pipe and perched f
limself on the bottom of the step-lad- ]
ler, with his chin in one hand, while i
le slowly opened and closed a pair of (
t-? ,
u-ufto, uvauj t?ru iccn xon^j vrivu -LLC*O i
)lades. (
Everything was quiet for a few min- i
ites, and then there was a slight scratch 1
ng at one of the little doors, and a \
uonstrous rat, as fat as an alderman, 3
lowly came ont. The door dropped to 1
>ehind him; he turned quickly, tried c
0 get back, and ran sqnealing along i
he wall, i
"He's a good one," remarked the lit- <
le mail in a wnisper, gcing out mio tne i
liddie of the room, laying his pipe on
he step and turning up the gas. "I'll t
ell you what I'll do; I'll catch this one I
i my hands." ?
L.i0..fp^>tkmiihjgvj'dlulww atrnder.
The rat backed into a corner *
nd stood with his little eyes gleaming <
nd tail swishing rapidly from side to <
ide. The rat-catcher slowly drew i
loser nntil the rat suddenly shot off i
long the wall, In an instant the little
J wrifVt a ViATITI^ *
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hat was entirely reckless, and went. 2
tead first, for the rat. Both his hands ?
cere outstretched, and he pinned it to 1
he floor with a force that made it t
queal. The bound was like that which ]
. cat would make. 1
"He is, indeed, a fat one, sir," he ]
aid, getting on his feet; "you'll ob- 1
[?rve " <
"Keep him aw?iy! Ain't you afraid j
ie'11 bite T j
"Afraid, sir ? I do assure you nothing 1
s further from my thoushts. Besides, 3
t's very rarely that they bite if you i
enow how to handle 'em. You miglit <
et this one run all over you and not get
iurt." _ j
"Yes ; I might, but I won't." j
"I will, then," he said, calmly, and j
Defore the reporter conld interfere, the j
ittle Englishman had thrust the rat in
side his clothiBg, and the creature <
jmersed from his right trousers leg and
shot like a me?eor behind the step-lad- :
ler. The reporter raised his fee one
step higher, and the rat-catcher crept
up toward tue rat wun me s?iie nmec
movement that a cat displays. The
oadgered animal shot one way and then
mother until it reached the corner,
when the little man pounced on it and
dropped it into the bag. There it
quealed for a time, and then became
(juiet, while the little rat-catcher resumed
his pipe.'
"Were you ever badly bitten ?'
"Several" times. Once I suffered
long, but I deserved it, for I let the
beast bite me through carelessness, you
know. His bite poisoned my arm, an'
I bad a dreadful unhappy time for four
?T+ mrto in Pittflhnrff. Pa.
LLIUliOUO KJl OU? XV frovj 0,
Rats? Well, there was rata there an'
no mistake. In the St. Clair hotel I
canght 120 in one ni?ht, and 437 in six
nights. I canght 169 in the Seventh
avenne h tel in two nights, and in five
I got 211 ont of t> e Mooongahela hotel
'The hotels t] ere seem to have been
very fairly stocked."
<<TtT?n -r-^a cfr kifc ifc'a dlmnsfc as bad
H CUy J ViOj CU J MU? AW V __
here. I've been five years employed by
Earle's hotel, cleared out the St. Stephen,
an' get regular jobs at the Fifth
Avenue, "Windsor, Brunswick an' Metropolitan
hotels. Eats in abundance is
not desirable."
He laid his pipe on the step again and
said reflectively:
"That's as ngly a lookin' customer
as I've seen this many a day. He'll!
tight, but I'll get him baro-h*nded just
to show you the sport."
Another rat, much larger than the
first, with scrawny legs, and an emaciated
body, was standing by the iiole he
had just emerged from, and trying to
open the little wire door- When the
little man approached him, the rat
slowly retreated, bnt did not go as
though frightened, as his fat predecessor
had, but rather as a savage cur retreats,
turning half around toward his
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I pursuer every lew sieps. >> ucii uc u.<??
reached the corner he stood at bay.
The man edged up toward him, but before
he got within jumping distance
rhe rat shot ofi along the wall. He was
iriven back several times, and he became
uglier at every defeat, until at
length the little man was just ready to
spring at him, when the rat made a
noisy squeak and jumped straight for
his throat. It bounded from the floor
with a spring of extraordinary strength,
on*} shnt at the man's throat as though
driven from a cannon, with its teeth all
showing and its long tail straight The
rat-catcher threw np his arm, hitting t
a savage Mow, which drove it against
the wall, whence it fell to the floor with
a thn<?. In an instunt it got on i s feet
and made another fnrions spring at the
rat-catcher's throat. This time he dodged
it. The rat, when it came to the floor,
1 5 ' 1 1 4.,,
tnen started ior us uuju, uui, iniiiuy u
get in once more, ran aloaa to the corner.
The little man was circling abon.'
it, constantly tittering the squeaking
call throogh his teeth. A
"I'll get him this time,"
calmlv; "he's a bed one, but
He slowly aran
was again at bay in the corner, bnfc
whenever the animal showed any disposition
to jnmp he wonid retreat. These
tactics were kept no for some time, till
the rat started once more toward its
hole. That was the fatal step, for the
instant it started the oatcher threw himself
forward and pinned it with both
hands to the floor. His recklessness in
diving forward was as remarkable as his
snccess in always catching the rat.
The reporter noticed that neatly half
a dozen big rats were on the floor, huddled
behind the harness closet. They.
had slipped out of the holes unnoticed,
and skurried around for concealment
dnring the fight. The catcher took his : |
long tongs, and crept toward them with vthe
implement open and held well in
front. One of the rats started along
the wall, and tfee catcher sprang after
it and ?&ag&t it by the tail as it ran
akrog with his big tongs, and held it
dangling up to view. This was thrnsfc
into the bag,and the others soon joined it.
" Now weM have the pleasure of
waitin',n observed the little mac, as he 1
sprinkled more of the thiEw-inspiritrg
powder in tire holes,, relit the pipe, and,
turning the gas almost out, seated himself
on the lower steps of the ladder Q&sB
#a1! T?n? QT)
auu icu iuvu iucauwmuvu* A. WX au . - hour
he sat thus, without speaking, and
while the reporter roosted, listened to
the occasional clicking of the little
doors and the monotonous patter of the \-?p|
rats' feet as they scampered to and fto V:3?S
on the bare floor. When the little man
tamed up the gas, there was a sight!
At least half a hundred black and brown ~
little animals were scudding around on
the floor. The repugnance that men' .
naturally feel for rats seemed to have
no place in the feelings of the stumpy ;;V?|
little rat-catcher, who sailed into his
work with great vigor. Only twice did
he encounter any opposition, and then
it was short-lived. At the expiration-q?
half an hour they were all squeaJdngv""'*"-"*,,^ja|
together in the big bag?a tnrbnlent ;
mass of rats. He went outside in the - ^
yard, and brought in a little terrier to :v||
guard the place till morning, and then,
swinging the tag on his shoulders, he :
went out into the street
"What do you do with them all?*
we asked.
" I have a number of dogs for trainin',"
an' they're very fond of rats."
The little "man went trudging up the .
street in ine eariy morning, wna ma
huge burden of scrambling rats overshadowing
his figure.
It is said that the Emperor Charles '*-?'^1
ie Filth, reading an epithet, "Hera lies
one who never knew fear," renarked,
"Then he never snuffed a '-fM
jandle with his fingers " It is certainly ' Jgg
jomewbat absurd, though a favorite
;laim for a popular heio, that "he . >
lever knew fear." No one possessing --JS
luraan nerves and brain could say this
yith truth. That a brave man never
rields to the emotion may be true :
mough ; but to say that at no period ~
)f his life he experienced fear is simply
mpossible. As Lord Lytton expresses
'It shames man not to feel man's mortal fear, . - 'iijS
t shames man only if that fear subdue."
There is a story of a yoirng recruit in
he Thirty Years' War going into action j
or the first time in his life in the highsst
spirits. "Look at Johann," reul'u
luu ui jQjfrjt), iiuw uimu im iiii ! "ggg!
'Net at alLw replied the veteran ad- Jffl
Iressed, "he knows nothing of what is coming.
You and I, old comrade, are
kr braver; we sit still on our horses,
honfeh we are terribly afraid."
Fear certainly is one of the most Ir ational
of the passions. It is not . g||
ilways excited by the presence of dan- "jer.
Men who can be cool and colected
in the presence of real peril will
remble at some fanciful alarm. The
Duke of Schomberg could face an eneny
with ready courage, but fled from a
oom if he saw a cat in it A very
Drave French officer fainted at the sight
)f a mouse. The author of the "Turk
sh. Spy " states tnat 11 ne naa a bworu
in his "hand he would rather encounter
i lion in the desert than be alone in a
room with a spider. Man; people have
similar fanciful antipathies, which exsite
their fears in a manner real danger .
wonld be powerless to do. Ft-ar of infection
is a dread that embitters the
Lives of many sent-ible people. There .^3
is a legend of an Eastern dervish, who, ;%s
+Viof. fVia r?lacTjA was coinar to
dUVStf-lLLQ X' o ? ,
visit a certain city, bargained with the
disease that only a specified number of
victims should fall When twice the number
perished, the Plague explained
its apparent breach of contract by asserting
"Fear killed the rest," In all
times of epidemics doctors tell similar
tales. Daring the Great Plague of
1665-6 an unfortunate man died purely
irom mgai ; a pravuuuju&a .. uv.
him on the street pretended to discover ^
the fatal "spots" xipon him, and the
poor man went home and died, not of
the disease, but of sheer terror. A
long obituary list might be compiled
of the victims of fear; from the criminal
in the Middle Ages who, reprieved
after he bad laid his head on the block,
was fonnd to have died ere the ax conld
touch him, down to the poor nnn mentioned
by Horace Walpole, whose disreputable
abbess literally "frightened
hv visiti'ne her at night
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and telling her that she was dying. ^
What the Snrvejor Kissed.
A surveyor who was running township .
lines ia a new county in this State last fall
was engaged by a farmer to survey
the line between his farm and that of a
neighbor. They bad a line one*, but
bad engaged in several disputes as to
whether it was on the divide. The sur?
-v}i?n v" -
veyor was muuig
the owner of the other farm approached . M
and inquired:
"What are yon going to do now V
"Find the exact line," was the reAt
this the man wheeled and went off
on tbe gallop, and he was seen no more
nntil the line had been run. The surveyor
and the first, named farmer had
just completed the work when the other
same np to within about ten feet of
tnem ana iuneu.
"Well, have von got through V
' Yes, all through."
"And is the fence a foot on his
far it4
No, he has two feet of yours, and the
fence must be moved so that you can
have it."
The man sprang upon ? 3.-_
a thicket about five rods away, and yelled
"Yon, there?Eenben and James and
Samuel! The survey is made and we
are all right! You kin shoulder them
shotguns and go back to the sawmill,
and if you meet the old woman coming
with the pitch-fork, you kin tell her to
turn back and git up a squar* dinner for
the surveyor!"?Detroit Free Press.
Lump kins Tacke? is known to bp the
stingiest young man in Austin He is
also borrowing, continually, from his
A few days ago he was seen tramping^^fl H
1 down Austin avt-nne in great ha^M
1 taking tremendous strides. N
" I wonder what Lumpkjy^fl
' such infernal lona^^jM
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