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His may be had ce Barrett, the ac is own signature: tie historian. $1: ine, $1.25 Benja- 1 cents: George 3nts Samuel Suu mber of the House, "Oman Clark, tne vine, $1 Simon of Keystone State Jeorge W. Childs, elphia Ledger, 50 ature of his old ana. Editor of the the same figure actress, 50 cents Park wizard, 50 lful, the English vriter, $1.25: Cyrus J. Holmes, the "(-President Haves, Her Harris, "I'nele James Russell jeska, the actress, lorten, ex-Minister 25 cents Louise the Boston writer, 0 cents, Edward E. manager, 25 cents, the comedian 75 edman, $6: a signa rz. 50 cents one by cents Richard A. lomer, $1.25: and velist, $6.50. Three 1 of the stage may s they are Fanny 'inderson and Wil tor Evarts, Roscoe rMahone, Senator .(glass, Speaker (Jar- Samuel J. Randall for 25 cents each, 'signature is Unit of st. $7.50, and the uly Mike Kellv, the TE.—jV. Y. Cor. SL 'at. Medicine. has always been for food, no1 that it aut it is often harder est rest comes from wo men or women, e one who sleeps the it moral, healthy and 11 do much to cure KM*, peevishness and I restore to vigor MM It will build up and rv body. It will cure }d, we might make a and other maladies j. The euro of sleep elean, good bed, suf produce weariness, B, good air, not too lear conscience and Qlants and narcotics, overworked, haggard pass sleepless nights, he adoption of such (Cure sleep, otherwise and what there is of —Medical Times. ItNDERFOOT EDISON. The Great Klectrician lias an Autusing Experience on the l'lains. At a dinner party at the Presidio the other evening, one of the officers related some anecdotes ot Thomas Edison. "He is the most unpractical man in the world," said the Captain. "I re member well the summer of *78, the season of the total eclipse of the sun. A lot of scientific men were there— Pro. Trouvelot, of Cambridge Hark ness, the well-known astronomer John L. Draper, and many more of them— besides a number of army people, who went up from some of the forts to a lit tle station on the Union Pacific, called Separation, to view the phenomenon. "Edison was one of the party, and they made observations, drew sketches, took photographic impressions, and when the eclipse was over compared notes as to the sensations they had ex perienced. Draper gave it as his opin ion that if it were possible for it to con tinue an hour numbers of people would commit suicide, and it would leave generally a bad effect on the digestion and the nervous system. "Edison, you know, is quite deaf, and the strangest thing was, during an hour or so of the densest partial eclipse, he recovered his hearing to almost a normal degree. They were up there a couple of days before the event oc curred, and we officers had our rifles with us, and hunted antelope and deer. Edison was imbued with the sportsman spirit, and handing one hundred dol lars to a man, said: "Get me a gun, will you?" The man brought the gun, which had cost seventy-five dollars, and handed him the change, which he re turned, saying: 'Here, I want some powder, and things get me the balance in ammunition. 1 s'pose twenty-live dollars' Worth is about all I can carry, isn't it?' "Every one laughed at the picture of Edison carrying twenty-five dollars' worth of cartridges about his person. "They had a stuffed jack rabbit at the station, which some clever tele graph man had prepared for the be fooled emigrants to shoot at "This was set rigidly up in the sage brush, and pointed out to Edi-on, who had never shot at any real game before, lie deliberately drew bead on it, and, after u full minute's aiming, he pulled the trigger. "He didn't come anywhere near the animal, but was very much excited. •Wait,' said he 'if the thing will only stand still five minutes longer, I'll kill him, sure.' "Ban went the gun again, amid the suppressed titters of the crowd, and again, as before, the rabbit calmly viewed the horizon, with his round, unblinking glass eyes. "Well, i do believe Edison fired away at that thing no less than a dozen times before the idea crept into his electric brain that it was a put-up job. He took it quite good-naturedly." Leslie's A SEA TELEPHONE. Coinixiuniratinff 1'iuler \V itcr by Means of a Novel Device. Some interesting experiments have lately been made to te-t the feasibility of enabling ships to communicate with one another by means of what may be called a sea telephone. It is known that water is a good transmitter of sound, and that the velocity with which Sound is conveyed through it is about four 1ime as great as its velocity through the air. Experiments made on the Lake of Geneva long ago showed thatthe sound of a submerged bell could be heard by means of a special form of ear trumpet, also placed beneath the water, at a dis tance of several miles from tile bell. Mr. Bover, of II. M. S. Malabar, has lately in a measure revived this experi ment, only he has used a telephone' in stead of an car-trumpet as receiver of the sounds transmitted. The apparatus consists of a large, flat bell or gong placed just below the water line at a ship's side, and which is so connected by means of a tube with the deck that a hammer can be made to act on the bell at will. This is the transmitter. The receiver con sists of a Bell telephone, with a large diaphragm placed in the center of the bell and connected by means of wire* with another telephone on the deck of the hip. This second instrument, is held to the observer's car. By means of this apparatus it is found that sound can be readiU conveyeu through the water for upward of a mile, and it is claimed thai -ignaU can be thus made under tin* sea which will be quite independent of fog or stormy weather. Then: seems to us tolje only one weak point in this method of signaling, ami that is the want of a means of calling the attention of the distant receiver when the tiaiiMiiiiier wishes to send a signal. In the working of the ordinary telephone ea obsorver lias his signal ing bell, hut this is impossible with the sea telephone. In the absence of fog, too, the ordinary sv stem of signaling, either by means of Hags, or at night by Hashing lights, meets all requirements. —London Graphic. SECRETS OF THE DEEP. A N«« lork Diver Chat* About HJa L'nro mantic Calling. The most unpleasant thing a diver can meet is the dead body of a human being. It is a popular delusion that all drowned m"i come to the surface after several days. Probably they would if they were left alone and were not at tacked by wharf-rats, eels and fishes. But in the Hudson they are always at tacked in this way within an hour or two after they are submerged. Once attacked, that ends it The breaking of the skin diffuses something, it may be ascent around, and then every thing travels for that body to get a square meal. Long before decomposition it is so cut and riddled that what gases are formed have no chance to accumulate and inflate the walls of the abdomen. We divers never touch bodies in this state, because it brings the worst luck possible. The only exception to the rule I know was the body of a man who had committed suicide. He had tied around his neck a bag of some heavy stuff, shot or lead pipe, it may have been, and had jumped in from a ferry-boat or a pier-head near to shore. When I came across it it was dilated with its own gases and seemed in the half light under the water to be a stout man trying to swim lo the surface, but anchored down by a heavy weight. There was so much travel that it had kept the fishes away. A single cut of my knife severed the cord and the body rose to the surface, where it was found and afterwards identified as that of a German cobbler, who had been drinking to excess. Other somber objects beneath the water are the remains of wrecks and worn-out boats. Most are gray and black in color naturally. They become covered with greenish scum and slime and with the dark ooze of the river. They are of no value and so we never bother ourselves about them. There is very little romance or beauty about a diver's life. The white sand beaches and coral floors, the brilliant .adored fishes eyes and the exquisite forests :f the sea that the reading public never weary of in Jules Verne and other writers, do not exist. It is cold, dark, filthy and dead. The first time you go down there is a novelty and excitement i about it which are very pleasant. When these wear off you feel I'.ke the grave diggers who every morning go to work in the great cemeteries. You must be quick, alert and sober. You must keep your and ears always open and be I ready for any thing. If you don't you'll i probably feed the fishes.—AT. Y. Cor. i St. Louis (Jlobe-Ih utocrat. WOMEN An Old SHOPKEEPERS. Maid l'n-Jmlire Wlilch 1a Being Surmounted Kapiilly. The prejudice once entertained against literary ladies has long since been surmounted: the famous passage at arms between George Sand and her mother-in-law is already recalled by most people with amazement: uven the most fastidious relations in these days would be proud rather than ashamed of seeing their daughter's or sister's name "on the cover of printed books," But it is otherwise with regard to indus trial caliiirrs. and the most daring in novation in England at thi moment is the lady shopkeeper. At present, but few women have had the coinage to brave the current social prejudice. We draw such fine distinctions between wholesale and retail traders that our cotton spinners, calico makers and I general merchants seem to think they belong to a totally different sphere, from which they look down on the lady who has iiad sufficient brains, capital and courage to open a shop. That an artist should sell her own paintings in her own studio is proper and becoming, but many people are shocked at the lady who trades in paintings done in other studios. But the Old World moves faster than it did in former *lavs, and before the end of tlie nineteenth century it is probable a gentlewoman will bfc'Yecognized in spite of her having entered on commercial pursuits, especially as we are growing accustomed to see scions of our noblest families on our Stock Exchange and in tea merchants' houses one peer of the realm is now doing an extensive busi ness in coals ami another is a cab pro prietor. After -peaking of the business suc cess achieved by the Hon. Mrs. Maher ley in her Loudon milk-shop ami of the reputation and wealth acquired by Mis Charlotte Robinson as a house decor ator, Miss Faithfull concludes: "'I he more highly educated our women of bu-iue«.s are tne belter for the11• ive, their work and the v. hole community. Many of the professions to which ladies have hitherto turned are overcrowded, and when om-e the fear of losing social position is boldly disregarded, it will be found that com mcivial life offers a variety of more or 1 e lucrative employment to ladies of birth and '-apital, who tiud it more con genial to their tastes and requirements, to Mivest their money and --pend their energies in a bu-iuos which yields a fair return, rattier than sit at home content with a scantv pittance a id a colorless, monotonous life."—Emily Ldiihf'ull. A MODERN WONDER. Sunctroke Caused by Agencies Produced bf an Electric Hattery. A highly interesting and suggestive account of what may be called sunstroke by electricity was recently printed. At the Creuzot foundry in France an elec trie furnace is used, in which the light equals that of 100,000 candles, ami the heat is such that steel melts like butter in a few seconds. Now people stand ing about at a distance of a few yards feel no heat, a thermometer five yards away does not indicate much increase of temperature. Yet a subtle influence is at work, and a spectator who re mains for an hour or two is said to ex perience "a burning sensation, with more or less pain in the neck, face and forehead, the skin at the same time as suming a coppery red tint. Later symptoms are headache and sleepless ness. Afterwards the skin of the face gradually peals off in broad flakes, while the complexion is left of a fine brick color." The symptoms are those of continued exposure to hot, bright sunlight. In extreme cases they are those of sunstroke, though the only apparent agent has been intense light. As to this it must be remembered that the quality of radiant heat is to pass through the air with out apj 1 i ibly rising its temperature. When it meets a calorific body that body is heated, as illustrated in a room warmed by a glowing fire. The air may not be wanner than fifty degrees, while the furniture is warm to the touch, yet no sense of chilliness is experienced, because the body and its clothes have the property of absorbing the heat thrown out from the lire. In the same waj* the intense heat of the electric focus may exert its influence at a dis tance. The value of the observation, if it is correctly reported, lies in its sug gestion as to the way in which sun stroke of the indicated type is produced. It suggests, for instance, thatthe whole matter may bo a question of the rapid ity of the vibrations originated by the luminous body, whether those that are known under the name of light, or those slower ones that are described by tho word heat. Molecular changes in the system due to heat, or light, or both, produce in some way not yet definitely explained, the affection known as sun stroke. Whatever throws light on the conditions or nature of the changes helps to clear up a very obscure and puzzling subject, specially related to the functions of tins nervous system, and bearing at the same time on the mechanics of etherial vibrations. Heat, light and chemical effect are all con nected, and very possibly all involved in this particular problem. It offers magnificent possibilities for students who have courage and patience to at tack it.—Hartford Cvurnnt. WORK FOR WOMEN. How Two Knterpriaing ami Iluluvtrlous Ladies .Make a Living. Here is the way one woman turns the honest penny: She is a seamstress by trade anil a good one, but after all her faithful industry is barely able to eke out a scanty living with her needle. Constant and weary toil makes mad ame none the less a lady, however, and one of the first requirements of her life is to occupy pleasant apart merits. Rent per month is say live dollars. With a hundred and one drains on a small treasury this is a considerable sum to compass, and the cleverness with which she manages to secure the amount would put to shame many an older financier. In the first instance one dol lar was invested at the baker's, which as every one knows will buy two dozen fat loaves. She next secured twenty-four regular customers to pay five cents apiece as she delivered the bread early every morn ing, carrying it warm and crisp from the oven. This, as will be seen, give# her twenty cents clear profit a dav. Being carefully deposited in a saving* bank on the mantle shelf, behold when the landlord knocks the required sum is all ready for payment. The early walk in no way interferes with her reg ular duties, but on the contrary serves as a good constitutional, a healthful preparation for the sedentary employ ment of the rest of the day. Hearing of a woman who has courage and ener gy to do this sort of thing helps others along, no matter what their calling of pursuit. The first woman to occupy the. posi tion of cane weigher on a sugar pianta* tion —a place of some trust ami re-q.in ability -was a young girl from tho North. Fortune took her up in the coast country this pa autumn, and, asking work, 1 lie sit ua: ion was offered and immediately accepted. She went to work without hesitation, and. giving p. rfect sati-faction to her employers, proved there is still another line of work opened to those of hor sex look ing for employment. A" 0. Time*"' Democrat. —At a restaurant: irate Cutomer— "Waiter, look here: this isn't a beef i steak: it's a paving-stone, 1 call it."* Waiter hurries up and courteously re* i marks: "Oh! we thought, vve might -af'clv offer it to nion-ieur." "Hov* Because monsieur has such set of teeth."—La Uauloia. MISCELLANEOUS. •—Maine claims to have sixteen men and women who are over one hundred years old. —In the Southern States there are 7,500,000 negroes three-fourths of whom can neither read nor write —An Albany estate over which there has been thirteen years' litigation has finally panned' out eighty-five cents apiece for the heirs, and they have gone home satisfied. The lawyers got about fl 1,000 each. —Collector—"I have a little biil here, sir, that I would like to have." Man of the world "Yes, please lay it down in that easy chair, sir." "Easy chair!" "Yes. It's been running so long it must be tired. Binyhamton Republican. —Two old sports accustomed to catch the granger at poker are playing against one another. "I'll call you. What ye got?" "Four aces." "What's yer outside card? I've got four aces myself." San Francisco Chronicle. —A Maine doctor, who is now in California, writes from that State that in the town where he is staying, which is near Los Angeles, there is twice as much sickness as in any town that he has any knowledge of in the State of Maine of its size. —Startling. He (rapturously) "And now that's all settled, darling, what kind of an engagement ring would you like?" She— "0, gold this time, I hope, dearest. I'm quite sick of wearing imitation engagement ri ngs.'' ableau!— Ti mes. —At a recent ball in New York many guests had no appetite for the game, because imitations of living beasts and birds were also on the table. Under neath a big plate of salmon was a miniature lake of real water, in which goldfish and tadpoles swam about and little frogs disported. —A Kentucky rural paper boasts of a subscriber who rides twenty miles on horseback every week to get his paper. It is supposed the subscriber sent a poem to the editor several years ago and "can hardly wait until he gets the paper" to see if his poem has been pub lished.—Norristown Herald. —In cold weather horse-car drivers and policemen put newspapers to a queer use. They button them under their coats or shirts, against their chests, and assert that nothing is so wanning. A trick many drivers have is, that of wrapping newspapers around their stockings before they put their boots on. —According to the Hon. William T. Bowditeh, one-tenth of all the taxes in Massachusetts are paid by the women. In Kockford, 111., the women pay two-thirds of the taxes. In some towns the percentage is large, but for all of that these very women are not by law citizens, and have no voice in the administration of public affairs. —A rubber ball, two inches smaller than the pipe, was placed in one end of a new natural gas main in MeKeesport, and five pounds pressure suddenly turned on. The V) a 11 turned several sharp corners, passed through two i joints up six feet to the top of the regu lator and landed at the other, end of i the main, a mile distant, in Jgrty-five seconds, actual time. —An Iowa woman thoughtfully put two dozen eggs in her nice, warm bed to keep them from freezing while she spent the afternoon and evening with a I friend. Returning late at night, she disrobed and plunged in. Shriek? Well, the one she lifted up her voice with caused the eat to dash through the window in terror, and roused the neigh bors. The eggs did not freeze.—Ex change. —The annual loss caused by insects in the United States is estimated at about tU 1,000,000, that on cotton alone being i |lo,(u0,000. The insects increase with i tiie advance of civilization, on account, i doubtless, of the greater abundance of tin- food furnished them. Every vege table product and every variety of fruit and flowers are attended by special parasites, each of which thrives on its respective food-plant. —A man in Collegcville, Ark., heard a commotion in his chicken-house, and went to investigate. He found a big owl creating havoc among the fowls. He seized tilt owl by the leg with the right hand and the bird clutched the hand with its laloiis. In trying to free himself with the lefl hand this was caught, by the owl's hooked beak, hold ing him lielplexjv anil defenseless. He shouted for help, ami his wife came. She took an axe and cut off the bird's head and feet before the man couid re lease his hands. —A b.g gray gander, which made friends with J. K. hite. who runs a ferryboat on Chueky river, near Jones boro, Tcnn., about a year ago, has be come remarkably attached to him. It goes to church with him. and remains on the outside till the meeting is over, then returns with him. It also accom panies him to the post-office, a distance of a mil" and a half. It seldom goes to the water alone, but when Mr. White is ferrying it swims by the side of the boat. It doesn't keep the company of any living thing save Mr. White, tc whom it seems entirely devoted.