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ALEC YEATON'S SON.
THOMAS BA1I.EV AL1KICII.
Tho'wlnd It wailed, the wind it moaned,
And the whi o dps flecked tho sea;
"An I would to (Jml."the skipper groaned,
"I had not my hoy with me."
Bnuff in the stern sheets, little John
Luutrhod as the skud swept by;
Hut tho skipper s suuburut cheek grew
As he watched the wicked sky.
"Would that ho were at his mother's side I1'
And the skipper's eyes were dim.
"(iiiod Lord in Heaven, If ill betide,
What would become of LI si !
For me my muscles are as steel,
r me let hap what may;
I might make shift uitou the Led
Uutil tho break of day.
"Hut he, ho Is so weak and small.
So young, Bcarce learned to stand
O pity iusr r'nther of us all,
1 trust him to Thy Laud I
"For thou, who markeat from ou hla
A sparrow s fail earn one:
Surely, O Lord, thou'll have aD cyo
Ou Alec Yealou's son!"
Then, holm hard port, right straight he
Toward the headland light;
The wind it iu uned, the wind it wailed,
And black, black lell tho night.
Then burst a storm to make one quail
Though housed from wind una waves
They who could tell about that galo
Must rise from watery grave.
Sudden it came, as sudden it went;
Kre half the night was sped.
The winds were hushoJ, tho waves were
And tlie stars shone overhead.
Now, as the morning mist grew thin,
The folk on liloucester shore
Saw a little IK'uro floating in
Secure ,on a broken oar!
Up rose tho cry, "A wreck! a wreck!
Pull, mates, and waste no breath "
They knew it, though 'twas but a speck
Upon tho edge of death 1
Long did they marvel In the town
At (Jod his strange decree,
That let the stalwart skipper drown.
And the little child go free!
Gloucester, August, 1720.
A THEILLLIlia STORY OF THE
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4 'LA G LOIRE J'1
CIIE sound of war was throughout
the land. Franco knew her
" peril and vainly strove against it.
Nearer and nearer every day came the
foe; sterner, cruder and inoro desper
ate grow the warfare. From village
and hamlet and town, the demand for
recruits brought ever fresh supplies;
terrorand war darkened many a home,
crushed many a heart; everywhere
tho dread of ill close at hand and soon
Within a day's march of Paris, a
troop of so'.diers had halted and were
gathered round a table in front of the
auberge smoking, drinking and chat
ting with ihe mercurial carelessness
that generally characterizes tho sons
Wo 6hall be in to-morrow," paid
And warm work we shall have,'1
So much tho better; you are not
going to 6hirk it row, are you?''
"It is not of the work I think," the
man answered sadly "not yet of my
self a man can die but once but
there are my wife and tho little ones."
The words cast a shadow of gloom
over many careless faces in tho laugh
"Truo for them it is bad," they
murmured, and thought sadly of the
quiet homos, and the rosy faces, and
the pretty childish voices that might ask
in vain for sight or sound -of a soldier
father ere another sun had set.
One man stood aloof and opart from
all uader the thick shrouding boughs
of a great pear tree. Now and then
ho looked at tho group hs they tossed
oil their wine, or laughed and joked
with cy and airy bulioonery.
They can en,oy!" he thought, and
a bitter wonder and disdain cerpt into
his heart, for life to him was so un
speakably sad and desolate a thing,
that it seemed a marvel that those of
lighter brains and hearts could find
amusement of forgetfulness in puch an
hour as this.
"Yoic aro lad company to-night,
Pierre, said od -of tho soldiers.
Will .you not job us? .you may not
havo the chanco much longer."
"So much tho better for me," ho
raid sternly, turning neither his gaze
nor his step toward them,
'Have you fallen out with life al
ready, or has jour sweetheart jilted
you?'' laughed a stalwart young sol
dier, with the down of manhood scarce
grown on his chin, and .a laughing
boyish fa e that hud left a sad blank
in tho home circlo from whence it had
My aiiTairs aro no -concern of
jours," w.as tho somewhat fierce re
tort. Dieudeidicu, no, You take very
goo l ca:s no one else but yourself
hall know aught of them," returned
Don't trtib!o ricrre,' chimed In
the voice of Ihe man who had given
liim tho inritation to join them.
C'cst un drole, mais e'est ua be
'Ho had need to be tho one to mako
up for tho other,"" muttered tho young
soldier- "A dulier fellow I nevor
Ho has done good work, though,
and hi restlessnia is something to
marvel a. The other night ho fought
threo Prussians, sicgde-handed, and
came oil ivith scare a scratch him
self." Ventre Mue has no else ever done
'Doubtless; but this fcltow is an un
trained recruit, and has the foolhardl
ness and coolness of perfect courage,
and ro more fear of fire or regard of
danger than if ha were bullet proof.
The Colonel thinko very highly of
'That means promotion.
Ho doesn't want that only dan
ger." Yes I'vo heard him ask for tho
moat ticklish of fornglng parties;
pauvro diablo! there's something un
derneath it all. lie carries a heavy
heart undor that boli bravo faco if I
'lie is bod coldat to tho backbone
I hopo tho bullets won't whish him off
as quickly as ho seems to desire. We
can ill spare men now."
'Think you it will como to 6iogeP"
Dicu do dieu yes. Theso cursed
Herman brutes aro hemming us in on
Tho talk grew graver, tho jests less
boisterous, whilo tho man whom they
discussed stood motionless in tho star
light, his musket resting tigainst his
shoulder, his eyes fixed on the far-o!T
walls of tho fair city so soon to be tho
prey of tho foe.
Tho fearless, dauntless soldier had
been through many a hot skirmish,
had served well, and learned quickly,
and borne tho arduous unremitting
work of trying campaigns and close
discipline, with a cool bravery that
had won him both respect and
liking from comrades and superiors.
They did not quite understand. They
could not quite comprehend his moods
of silence his strange unsocial gravi
ty his utter reticence respecting his
own past life, of which no ono knew
or could ascertain anything.
It held some mystery, some sorrow,
that they surmised; but of its nature
ho never spoke, and after a time they
ceased to inquire. Tho noise, tho
clang, and tumult of war, tho ever
present excitement of danger, all these
were too constantly around and about
them to allow of much leisure for
speculation or gossip. They accept
ed him among the fraternity as one of
whom they could trust, honor and ro
spoet, even if no warmer feeling were
permitted, and for that he was alone
to blame, sinco he allowed of no clos
er approach to confidence or regard
than he himself sought, and that was
as little as well might bo without ab
Times were terrible now in France.
Tho war fever was at its height.
Men grew drunk with bloodshed
as with wine. Fiercest hatred
to tho conqueror glowed in
every breast, and each day tho hopes
of victory grew fainter, the dread ton
quest sharper. And amidst all the
turmoil and anxiety and danger, one
man moved as though ho bore a
charmed life, only saying to himself:
Oh, that death were possible!"
Hut though near often, it yet passed
him by taking, with that strango fa
tality that makes life at onco so strik
ing and 60 sad, lives beside him,
around him lives, loved, happy,
young, hopeful, and yet leaving his
unharmed, to bear the burden of a
hidden woe that haunted every hour of
A life of hardship, discipline, suffer
ing, was his daily portion, but for all
external discomfort he carol but little,
scarcely felt or noticed it. Hunger,
weariness, coarse food, ceaseless toil,
terrible danger, all these looked but
trilles to eyes that had grown blind
with ono hour's shattered bliss, with
tho agony of a doubt that had turned
lovo to madness.
Hut the war-fire awoke in him at
last and becamo tho ono thing that
kept him from utter despair. Severe
campaigning, hot skirmishes and in
cessant watchfulness, all the demands
on Lis time and attention that each
day rendered more necessary, theso
brought him excitement, and gave
him the utter disregard and reckless
ness ns to life and danger that awoke
tho involuntary admiration of his com
rades. Pierrti Leroux was a maji with tho
born instincts of a soldier and his
previous quiet uneventful life in no
way unfitted him for his present ex
periences. Its necessities called many
latent faculties into play, and taught
him tho two great lessons of
life patienco and endurance;
and this man, who buf a few
months beforo had known no greater
anxiety than the failure of a crop or
the drought of a season, now bore
privations as calmly, and risked death
as recklessly, as the hardiest soldier
who had spent a lifetime in tho ser
vice of war and the toil of camps.
To-night, when tho carousal was
over, and tho soldiers slept for the
few brief hours that were alone per
mitted, ho stood as sentinel over the
Tho air was chilly there was no
light, for moon and stars were shroud
ed by gray heavy clouds. With ear9
alert, and eyes Jceen and sharp as
long habit could naako them, ho paoed
to and fro in that ceasoless monoton
ous round that is&s wearisome even to
Ihe trained soldier. Tho darkness
deepened, and the wind grew fiercer.
Into his brain stole tho thoughts that
could still so incessantly torture and
perplex him. Into his heart camo the
memory of that night when the wom
.an ho loved had crouched at his feet,
.and with tho pallor of guilt on her
faco and yet the denial of guilt on her
lips, had prayed him to believo hor in
nocent. Innocent! He almost laugh
ed as ho thought of it A week-old
wife would not steal away through
the midnight shadows to tho presence
of ,ny living man, who was not bo
loved by her would not leave her
husband's sido and risk tho interpreta
tion th.nt could not fail to be put on
her doing so, without somo terribly
And yet now, in tho stillness and
silence, und with tho shadow of
close peril beside him, he
knew ho loved ' her as fiercely,
adoringl', passionately as ever. He
could not forget or banish tho remem
brance that haunted blm. The fever
mist of pain that blinded his senses to
every hardship and his eyes to every
peril, woro yet not doep enough or
dense enough to blind them to this
one memory, to cover with oblivion
this one love.
As he paced to and fro in that mo
notonous march, ho bent his head and
u low groan escaped his lips.
To forget?" ho implored. Oh,
God! for ono hour to forget!"
In nn instant all , thought of duty
escaped him, tho vigilant eyes no
longer ewopt the horizon, tho keen
ears grow deaf to all but tho dull,
agonlzen healing of a heart that felt it
would never again find rest or peaco
on tho earth's wide faco. Suddenly ho
started and looked round. Alas for
that trance of pain, that short forgoi
fullness! The dull thud of horses feet
camo loud and distinct to his ears in
tho shadow-play of night and diuvn he
saw the flash of arms, and whilo his
alarm rang clarion clear throughout
tho slumbering camp, ho knew how
vain tho warning was.
In an instant all was stir, bustle,
With marvelous celerity the troops
got underarms, but their actions wero
not rapid enough for tho charging
sweep of the foe, who trebled their
scanty numbers and boio down on
them with an eagle's swoop.
The hoofs of rearing chargers
struck at them on every side,
tho clash of swords and
crash of shot and steel filled all tho
air. It was aconllictsharp and short,
a conflict hand to hand, breast to
breast ,over which tho morning broko
gray, and silvery, and beautiful, as
though in mockery of tho brute pas
sions and tho murderous follies of
Tho strugglo was brief. Outnum
bered six to one, there was little doubt
of how it must end. Escape or victo
ry were alike impossible. The Prus
sians wero victors ere tho day was an
Tho prisoners of war humiliated;
disarmed, furious as trapped beasts
were handed over to a detachment of
tho Prussian corps. Their ultimate
fate was not yet decided upon. The
victory of Sedan had led to its evacua
tion, and tho Bavarian and Prussian
corps were marching rapidly toward
Paris. Tho conquerors were exultant
tho fate of war seemed certain now.
All Paris was in revolt, confusion
and excitement reigned everywhere.
In military circles but ono issue seem
ed possible, and though (Jucrro out
trance"' was still in every Frenchman's
mouth, the (icrman armies treated it
as a mere matter of time.
J'ho improvised nnd Republican
armies of France, drawn from all
sources, and in many cases untrained
and undisciplined, might certainly
convert tho war of arms into ono of
siege, but with Metz and Sedan in
their hands, and tho flower of the
French army, either killed or prison
ers, tho Prussians might well bo con
fident, and treat their enemy's defi
ance as mere bravado.
Pierre Leroux had been severely
wounded. Unconsc ious of all that was
passing around him, he lay through
out the long weary day. Pain held him
powerless, his strong frame lay bruis
ed and stricken, his eyes wero clo-td,
as if lead weighed down their lids.
Unfamiliar voices sounded in his ears,
but ho had no consciousness of their
words. Weak with loss of blood, diz
zy and faint with tho exhaustion of
long fasting and incessant fatigue, so
ho lay, wondering dimly if death was
at hand now the death ho hrd prayed
for so long.
If his captors had been as merciless
as ho desired, another dawn would
never have greeted his earthly sight;
but with a certain rough kindness and
compassion they had tended his
wounds, and when consciousness re
turned, and fever at last left him, ho
found himself in an ambulance-wagon
in a part of tho country totally new
and 6trange to him.
With sense and feeling came back
tho remembrance of his fate. Ho was
a prisoner. Doubtless his captors
were about to take him to their own
land; stray words ho caught hero and
there, all seemed to point to this as
conclusive. He glanced round tho
slraw lined vehicle as it jolted over
tho rough uneven road. Four other
figures weio stretched thero like him
self. Now and then a moan of pain
escaped them. Ono he recognized as
the gay young soldier who had laugh
ed and jested at tho wino tavern the
evening beforo that sharp and short
encounter with he er.cmy, whoso re
sults had been bo disastrous.
'It is you, then, Poupard, is it?" ho
said languidly. "Are you hurt?"
"Should I be hero else?" grunted
the other ungraciously. "Devil take
thoso brutes, they have crushed every
bono in iuybody,I veryily believe."
How vusit?'1Pierre asked languidly-
"It was ono ol their horses; tho
hoofs struck me down. I was dragged
out from under tho animal afterward,
so they say. A ehot had killed him,
and he fell on me. Dame! why did ho
not kill mo outright? Twould be
bettor than to bo maimed for life, as I
assuredly shall bo now."
Pierre sighed wearily. Perhaps he
thought thero wero worse things to
endure even than to be maimed for
"Are they taking us to their own
cursed country, think you?" demanded
t A,l cannot say. I do not oven ro
member how long I havo been here.
It seems an age slnco that skirnlish."
44 Tis but a day and a night; "and,
by the way, that reminds me how
camo it you wero so late in giving
in the ala:m? Our captain is
furious. Ho blames tho whole disas
ter to you."
Pierre's face flushed deeply beneath
its pallor of pain. ..'.
"Is that true?" ho said, fiercely.
Mon Dicu! Yes. Havo you ever
known mo lie?"
"I gave tho warning instantly.
They Bccm to havo stolen up like
hadows. I cannot tell how they
camo so suddenly and quickly."
"They aro in league with the fiend
himself, I bclV'V growled the other,
ferociously. "Will their luck novcr
"It seem not."
And we to near Paris," continued
Poupard discontentedly, ''but a day's
march, and they will bo looking out
for us. Hein! but it is hard."
The fortune of war," murmured
Pierre. "Our turn may como yet."
"Thero is a chanco of escape per
haps," whispered Poupard, restlessly;
"they are nil so sure, it might be easy
to surprise them ono night. Where
aro tho others?"
"I do not know. Hush, hero comes
"hay your plans moro cnuliouslj',
messieurs," said a voice beside them,
tho voice of the Uhlan whoso approach
they had noticed; "wo understand
French as well as you here."
Consternation depicted itself on
Foupard's face. From that timo
ho lay silently on tho straw, med
itating his plans in his own mind
and more convinced than ever that his
foes were in league with tho powers of
darkness, 6inco actions, movements
and language were aliko known to
them, lie wondered if his thoughts
ever escaped that secret espionage.
As days passed on, however, tho
wild plans of escape which ho had
formed grew moro apparently hope
less. Food was scanty, his wounds
and bruises tormented him more and
moro. Tho way was long and tho
weather terrible. Hardships and
privations weakened his frame and
dampened his ardor, lie was sepa
rated from his companions after thoso
rash overheard word-, and in silence
and solitude ho suffered now, till cour
age forsook and misery crushed him.
"I shall die soon," he said to him
self, and his words seemed as if they
were to be speedily verified.
Ho and Pieno Leroux wero in the
hospital ward ' together a small
enough place, extcmpori?cd from
sheer necessity, as many of tho sol
diers wero too prostrated by hunger,
and fever, nnd wounds, to proceed any
(ientlo-voiecd women, 6ome highly
born and delicately nurtured, flitted to
nnd fro in those dreary wards minis
tering angels to the poor broken
hearted sufferers, who they tended
with untiring patience.
One morning ono of tho sisterhood
camo quietly up to Pierre's side as ho
lay weak and feverish on his narrow
bed. "Your friend died last night,"
she said, gently, "lie bado mo give
you this letter, with tho request that
if ever opporunlty offers you will give
it to his mother. He was from your
own part of Normandy, 1 believe."
Pierro took tho letter from her hand
in silence, then turned his faco lo the
wall and sighed.
"Even ho dies," h3 cried, in the
depth of his desolate heart, "shall I,
to whom life is hateful, alono bo
TO HE CONTINUED.
One Hundred Miles an Hour.
Thomas A. Edison aid in an inter
view with a reporter of tho Pittsburg
DUpatch: "You ask mo about the
future of electricity. It is the coming
motlvo power. It will bo used on all
railroads somo day, but tho point is to
get an economical engine. My theory
is lo havo immense dynamos located
all along the lino of tho road, and
have tho electricity conveyed from
theso stationary engines to the loco
motives by wires through tho rails.
For cxamplo, I would put two big en
gines between New York and Philadel
phia, and enough power could bo fur
nished to whisk tho limited at the rate
of 100 miles per hour.
"But this is the point I havo been
working on for years; to convert heat
directly into electricity without tho
intervention of boilers, steam, and all
that. What an enormous amount of
expense could be saved if this could
be done. Think of putting something
into tho heat of that natural gas fire
and making electricity out of it. It
can bo done. I feel it in my bones,
and just now 1 havo a suspicion that I
am on the right track, but it is a
pesky problem one that can bo work
ed out only in time.
"I havo been experimenting with an
electric road in New Jersey. I had
rails laid as they put them down on
railroads, but tho machine would run
off tho trnck in going around curves.
I then raised the curve to nn angle
of 40 degrees and the motor went
around all right. It, looked as if the
engine would topplo over, but it didn't.
You know in a centrifugal machino
you can make a car go clear around a
circle in tho air without leaving tho
At tho present timo tho phono
Graph is occupying ray time. I have
been improving it, and it is moro per
fect to-day than ever. In speaking
into the phonograph it was soon found
that tho sibilants wero not recorded,
lor instance, if I wero to say 'species'
tho 'sp' sound would bo lost. Well, I
havo about solved that problem now,
and the sound of s' is inscribed with
the other letters, 1 run the phono
graph or grnpophone in threo ways
with a treadle, a battery, or with tho
ordinary incandescent light by attach
ing tho machine with a wiro to tho
lamp. Businoss people can have their
choice- I shouldn't want to bo bother
ed with a treadle, nnd I think tho best
plan is to use tho electric light, slnco
they are now so commonly distributed.
The battery is made to last for a
month, threo months or six months
without being renewed. Lot every
man take his choice. I am making
the threo kinds."
Ascent, Not Descent.
Mr. Orlrite "Well, upon my word,
all this talk about whom you aro de
scended from tires me."
Mr. Snobey "I don't agree with
you. 1 think It most Important."
Orlrito "It's nothing of tho sort. If
people could show that they ascended
instead of descended from their an
cestors, it might bo something to be
proud uf." - -
Dispersing a Tramp.
I was eating dinner at a form-houso
in Indiana when ono of the children
camo in and announced that a high
way tramp had called at tho kitchen
door and asked for a bito to oat Tho
farmer was a very fat, very short, and
very bald-hoadod man, an I ho was
postmaster at tho corners and justlco
of the poaco in and for tho county,
llo had a son callod James, another
called Moses, and a hired man who
was addressed as Towsor. llo sent
out word for tho tramp to sit down
and rest, and as a laugh went around
tho table ho explained:
"After dinner I 6hall be pleased to
show you how wo encourage tramps in
this section. This is evidently a new
man to this part of tho state or ho
would never havo callod here."
After dinner wo went out The
tramp was sitting under a cherry tree,
looking as comfortable as you please,
and evidently unsuspicious that; any
thing except dinner was in storo for
him. llo looked to mo like a bad man
to fool with, but tho farmer didn't
seem to read him that way.
"Now, then," he said, as he rubbod
his fat hands togothor, "you will st.md
'What fur?" asked tho tramp.
"To bo kicked! I am going to boot
you from this spot down to that silver
ed telephone pole."
"But, I object"
"Can't help that As a fourth-class
postmaster of tho United States of
America I command you to arise"
"If I am kicked somebody olso will
get hurt!" cautioned tho tramp as he
"As ono of tho justices of peaco in
and for this county I command you to
disperse," said the farmer, as he turned
tho tramp toward the gate arid admin
istered a kick.
Next instant ho received a left-hander
on tho nose which knocked him in
to a confusol heap on tho grass, and
the tramp got out of his old coat and
prepared for business.
"Towser, pulverize him!" shoutol
tho farmer as ho struggled to his
knees. "In the name of tho United
States I command you to knock him
Towser advance!, his big fists doub
led up, but the tramp danced to the
right and the left, and then sent in ono
on tho hired man's commissary de
partment which doubled him up and
laid him among the hollyhocks.
'James. Moshs, mako him a prison
er!" yelled tho old man, as ho plucked
a handful of grass and hold it to his
Tho tramp chuckled. Therj was fun
Tho two boys wero strapping young
fellows, strong enough to knock down
un ox, and they wero willing to go in.
As they stripped off tho tramp backed
up between two current bushes, whero
they could not flank him, and as they
advanced upon him ho grinned all
ove.-. Ue played with them for a
minute or two, and thou drew a long
breath, mado threo or four feints, and
piled them on tho gra 4ogether.
Neither moved to get up for it.. two
minutes. Meanwhito the tramp
rested ani looked over to mo and
"You an't ono of tho crowd?"
'And don't want mo to disperse ?'
"All right I don't think the United
State and his gang w.xnt anything
more of mo just now, and s I have an
engagement down tho road I'll move
on. When they get washed up and
tho bandages on toll 'em I used to
scrap with tho boys in Chicago in days
gone by, and that I hold myself in and
let 'em off very mild. Good-by stranger.
Ta. ta. old fatty."
And he had not boon gono ten
minutes beforo tho postmaster camo
over to mo and whispered:
"Did you ever!" New York Sun.
Brazi I ISoIivIa Pa -a t? nay.
A South American war of considera
ble proportions is likely to broal: out
Tho contending parties will bo Para
guay r.ad Brazil on the one side, aud
Bolivia on tho other.
Somo years ago, when Brazil waged
a protracted and expensive war with
Paraguay, sho almost exhaustod the
resources of tho empire in mon and
money in her elTorts to subduo Para
guay. Tho scat of war was thousauds
of miles from her baso in Brazil, and
it required an immenso strain to cap
ture Paraguay. But Brazil did succeed,
and sho finally obtained a treaty from
Paraguay, under which concosslous
were raado, and Brazilian rights and
Interests wero protected- In truth the
treaty formed a sort of defenslvo alli
ance between tho two countries.
Latterly Bolivia and Paraguay have
been drifting into a conflict springing
from cl.iiins to a portion of territory
heretofore supposed to belong to Para
guay. Bolivia has raisol an army
which is marching into tho disputed
territory. In this crisis Paraguay at
pealsto her ally, Brazil, for protection
and aid. Brazil feels the noeessity of
sustaining her treaty stipulations, and
has marched quito an array to tho de
fense of Paraguay. Under theso critic
al circumstances tho Journal do Com
raercio of -Bio de Janeiro declares that
war is imminent between Brazil and
Bolivia. It says that it will bo a fra
tricidal war, because it will be between
brothers of tho samo ra.'o. And it
will bo very expensive, becauso
Bolivia Is so situated, on tho west
side of South America, but not
on the coast that it will bs very
difficult to reach her with tho Brazil
ian army. It is a mountainous country,
almost destituto of roads, and there
fore it will cost onormously tomovoan
army with its material. Brazil is so
strong that if she can get at Bolivia
tho conflict will bo very short; but tho
transportation over deserts and through
mountain fastnesses is tho 6orious ob
stacle. Wo trust that some moans will be
found to prevent this conflict Secre
tary Blaine's objoct in convonlng a
congress of tho South Amorican states
at Washington in October next whs to
secure an instrumentality to meet just
such a crisis. Our government has in
sisted that war bo'-woon tho South
American states was to bo and could be
avoided by arbitration. Tho possible
waste of treaiuro and blool which such
a conflict would i'-vulvo would bo a
detriment to all th s South Amorican
st ttos, and tho causo seems tho moro
unreasonable bc.muo it is the posses
sion of a little less or a little moro of
unoccupied land. Bnuil knows how
severely she sutTere 1 from tho Para
guayan war. She has just recoverod
from that shock to her finances. Sho
d)os not want war, out sho leols con
s' ralno J and in honor bound to oboy
her treaty stipulation with Paraguay;
and, however reluctantly, sho will do
it if Paragu ly and Bolivia cannot como
to some sjttlemoat of their respocLlvo
Tho fathers of our republic, and
especially Washington nnd Jofforson,
warned our countrymen never to make
a treaty constituting an offensive or de
fensive alll inco with a foreign country,
lost wo might boootno involuntarily in
volved in a war. For by 6uch treaties
we are no longer our own master, but
subject to tho whims and capricos of
another country. This advico was both
grand wisdom and truo proseionco; for
an adherence to it h is savod us from
countless troubles. In 1817, when Mex
ico lay at our feet, it was suggested by
some of our statesmen that the United
St itos should establish a protectorate
over Mexico. Wisely that was not
done. Had that protoctorato been es
tablished by treaty stipulations wo
should havo boeomo involved in a war
with both Austria and Franca whon
their armies invaded Mjxlco in 1833.
The 'J reacherous Coal Hole Cover.
In front of every dwclling-houso in
New Y'ork is a largo, round orifice, not
unliko tho mouth of a public speaker.
The coal holo is tho slot into which tho
driver of the cart must empty 1,600
pn finds of coal beforo the customer
Lands out tho price of a ton. It also
furnishes burglars with facilities for
obtaining entree intJ tho finest houses.
Tho person who makos coal holo
covers a study will find much to inter
est him. They are very dissimilar ir
stylo of adornment Thero is a kind
that bulges out as if yeast powder had
been used in its construction. Thero
is another kind that is flat-brcastod
like a dude, and thero is still another
that is depressed, like a man who ha
bet on tho wrong candidate at a presi
Some coal holo covers are richly em
bossed with the postofflco address of tho
foundry whero they aro bailed, whilo
others aro utterly dostltuto of literature.
Some coal hole covers grow a copious
growth of abnormally developed warts.
Others, instead of warts, havo either
small 6tars or a display of symmetrical
ly arranged lozenges. Still another
kind of coal hole cover is adorned witht
an Irish sunburst or tho American-1
eagle with a largo tape-worm in his
beak, on which Kpluribua Vol Fopuli
But thero is ono style of coal hole
cover that has been shamofully neglect
ed. I refer to the ono that is devoid of
any ornamentation whatever and has
been worn slick and shiny by the feot
of passing pedestrians.
While tho banana peel and tho
treacherous ice that freezes with slip
pery 6ide up, no ma.ter what adminis
tration is in power, have received tho
most flattering press notices, not a
voice has ever been raised in favor of
tho slick coal holo cover, which is moro
treacherous than a New York poli
tician. There should be nn ordinance requir
ing that lamps should bo placed over
every slick coal cover, or it should bo
painted with luminous paint so that
tho belated pedestrian can steer clear
Of courso tho treacherous coal
holo cover cannot competo with
tho truck driver in supplying
tho medical colloges with sub
jects, but it is entitled to an honora
blo mention or a blue ribbon. As it is
now, everybody sits down on the slick
coal hole cover, and to placo it right
before the Now York publio theso lines
aro written. Ex.
"It is strange how a man is obliged
to pay for his early exposurcrs or indis
cretions," said Senator Davis, of
Minnesota, recently, whilo lying ill in
Washington. " "When I was young X ,
was strong and vigorous. During tho
war I constantly exposod myself to all
sorts of weather and to numerous
fatigues. I laughed at sickness, even
as a possibility. But I'll tell you that'
within tho last ten years I've been pay
ing up for it My physician says that
all those twinges and almost unbear
able aches and pains aro tho result of
thoso exposures of moro than a quar
ter of a century ago."
Well, sir," said an old gentleman,
indignantly, "what are you doinqr
round hero again! I thought the deli
cate hint I gave you just as you left
tho front door last night would glvo
you to understand that 1 don't like you
very well," and the speaker lookod at
his boot in a romlniscont way.
"It did," said tho young man, as a
look of mingled pain and admiration
c imo over his faco. "But 1 thought I
would come and nsk you "
"Ask mo what?"
"If you would como nnd join our
foot ball association." Merchant
An Expensive Dream.
Mrs. Younglovo My dear, what do
you think of my spring bonnet; isn't It
a perfect dream, and only cost $10, too.
Mr. Younglove It is very pretty,
sweetness, but hereaftar you musttako
something that will mako you sleep
like a top.
Mrs. Younglovo Why?
Mr. Younglove Becauso your
dreams como too high for my pockot
Plenty of Warmth.
Tom "So you'vo been marr!4 h
year! Now, say, Ous, honest Injun,
does your wife grct you as warmly a,
sho did at first?"
Ous 'Warmly? She flros up every
time I open my mouth." New York.