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J. A. Menzies, Editor and ?rop. YALE, Micn One of the hottest strikes on record occurred when u em-loud of matches was ignited by friction ut Burgin, Ky. China proposes to placo 4,a duty on yarns." Ilio reveuuo should Vk) largo from that source. Yarns'' are the chief of China's exports theso days. Among the distinguished dead of the year must be mentioned Celia Thaxter, tho graevfal poet und entertaining magazine w riter. Sho was an orna ment to literature and 4in honor to Americas womanhood. The Chinese language has 1,0'JS phonetic hounds and -i:$,0U0 written characters. People who have to wrestle with such an alphabet us that would heem to haw precious little time for war or anything else. Colon fx Ckofton's august and sol diorly noso having lxx?n struck by a lieutenant of. his regiment It might bo well to inquire whether tho otlieers of the Fifteenth infantry would not lindit to their advantage to take a few ele mentary lessons in etiquette before any more Maney-llcdberg affairs dis grace them. With a sufficient numl)er of pneu matic guns, capable of throwing half a ton of dynamite to an indefinite dis tance and lifting an acre of water some hundreds of feet in tho uir, liV that one tested at Sandy Hook, the American eagle ought for the present to 1x5 able to roost in security, so far :it any rate as his coast line is con cerned. The rood roads agitation that has roused so much interest in tho country hi the last three or four years shows ?ome signs of changing its form. The movement to provide tho country with well paved highways of macadam or telford surface is likely to turn into an attempt to get public railroads along the highways with electricity as a motive power. It is a sign of Brazilian prosperity c.ider her new government that sixty uew locomotives of tho first class from Americ an works are now on the way rhithcr. It is also a gratifying token (hut she can buy her railway materi ais and equipments better and cheaper in our markets than those of hngland. which until recently have enjoyed a practical monopoly of her trade in this direction. The royalists of Hawaii have not yet ceased talking of the restoration of the queen, but their talk is of a very idle character, especially when they suggest that Great Uiitain will inter fere in their Ixlialf. There is not the slightest need for such interference, and besides, Great Britain is too seiisi ble to do anything to arouse the oppo sition of this country. William Dean Howells' name has been sent out to the Associated Press und published in a great many papers as W. B. Ho wells. Thus is tho press revenired on the novelist for his strictures on the newspaper styk Mr. Howells will feel consoled as he recalls tho story of the Fourth of July orator who spoke of that "grand pa triot and statesman, George M. Wash ington." Jcst what little Nicaragua is aiming at in apparently inviting the United States and Great Britain to knock the chip off her shoulder does not appear on the surface of her arrest of Ameri can and British residents. It is said that if these foreigners are executed or driven out of the country their prop erty will go to Nicaraguan officials. and this is alleged to le the motive of the arbitrary arrests. But the explanation sounds far-fetched. I here arc reports oi a very short apple crop, not only in hngland but throughout continental Europe this year. Apples are likely to bo scarce and dear this year. Kurope will bo dependent upon us to a greater extent than usual. In most localitu In this country apples do not promise to be as abundant as the show of bios soma indicated. There have been an immense number of apples which dropped too early to hi made of any use. Those who have apples should save the whole crop and let none go to waste. This may easily pay bet to than anything else produced on the farm. Among tho school regulations of Brooklyn is one requiring that all pu pils shall be vaccinated and the school principal refused to admit two pupil for failure to comply with the regula- tion. Suit was brought to compel him to admit them nnd was carried up tc tho supreme court of the state. Judg Bartlett rendered a decision in favoi of the principal. This will probably stand as tho law of the land and i certainly in accord with good public policy. The right of u community to protect itself from contagious diseas is unquestioned ami any reasonable precaution it may take for that pur lose must not be trifled with. 'I'll F. he were 21,400 patents granted during the past year, and considering that a hundred .jH-'ople are trying tc invent something, to every one whe succeeds in getting a patent, wo car form some idea of tho brain power constantly expended in this direction. There is enough ingenuity running to waste in this Yankee nation, i) properly utilized, to render' manual lalor superfluous. All that would re main to do would bo to sit still and touch a button, and like as nol there would be an invention to do that A CIIARMIKG WHITER. CURTIS YORKE'1 AND KER PRETTY STOR1FS. Ia Private XJt She Is Mr. John Itlch- m ond Lee Kb Won. Kacceta Through Her Ftrtt Literary Effort Her Pri vate. Life. HE Cn ARMING writer, who, as "Curtis Yorke," is known to so many readers, bears, in private life, tho name of Mrs. John 11 i c h m o u d Lee. Horn and educated at Glasgow, where her father, the lato John Jex Long, was a prominent citizen. u , theless, of English origin, her father being a native of Jsorloiif, ana ner mother of Yorkshire. She wrote stories from her earliest childhood, and was given to copying disjointed Reran on her exercise books at school, but it was not until after her marriage with Richmond Lee, a mining engi neer, which took piece in 1SS1, that she wrote a complete novel. This, her first work of fiction, "That Little Girl," was in one volume, and was written partly in Glasgow and partly in Moffat, during the latter part of the year 1S85. In 1880 it appeared In all the glory of print, and is now in its fourth edition. CURTIS Mrs. Lee's first short story, "A Drawn Game," was written in the winter of 1880, and appeared in Tem ple Bar. She waB fortunate in at once securing public favor. All her novels sell well, and have passed into various editions. Among them her own pref erence is for "Hush," published by Eently in 1838, and "A Romance of Modern London," in 1891. Curtis Yorke's method of working is interesting. She generally makes a man the central figure of her story, and, taking his character, develops it. She then sketches in the other char acters, blocks out the incidents and chapters, and leaves this framework for a tune while she identifies herself with the whole idea. At intervals she jots down such scenes as come vividly before her. Her next proceeding is to write out the whole thing in pencil and read it aloud to her husband. If he approves she writes it once more in pencil, with any suggestions and im provements, and finally makes a fair copy in ink. Mrs. Lee reads a great deal, but be sides the noteworthy new books she has many old favorites that she reads over and over again. Among these she reckons I'lato, Emerson and George Eliot During the eight years that "Curtis Yorke" has pursued tho vocation of novelist she has published ten bocks, the last being "Between the Silences," which issued in April last SACKED RIVER. India Disturbed by an Old I'rophry Concerning the Clanges. The ancient prophecy to which ref erence has been made more than once, that the sanctity of the River Ganges will pass to the Narbada in lS9t-0., has been quoted very widely by the Indian press, and is said to bo creating more uneasiness than the mango smearing. It appears that, what with indignation meetings in every part of the country to protest against the sacrifice of Indian finance to the Manchester vote, and murderous feuds of the Mohammedans and Hindoos, the criminal trials for slander which have sprung out of missionary mis representations on the opium ques tion, and the demand for the public prosecution of a leading missionary journal for insulting native religious beliefs, a wave of unrest is again passing over India. The Teesarevitch, in his account of his recent travels la that country, dwells at length upon the prophecy and the silent revolution which he de- Www 'glares to bo proceeding without any suspicion on the part of the British. A writer in the London Times 6nys of the prediction. 'It derives, of course, no authority from the Veda. '"Nor have we, after some inquiry, been able to discover a reference to it in any text belonging to the classical ban skrit period. The earliest authentic notice has been traced no further back than the Rewa-Khunea, a local sacred poem in honor of the Narbada, Sixty years ago Sir Henry Sleeman mentioned it in his journal as current in the Narbada region of the Central Provinces, About the year 1SS0 SirMonler Monier- Williams heard a good deal concerning it from the Brahmins of Western India at Ahma dabad. The change was to take place in 1851 of the Sum vat era, correspond IS' I'M -'1)5 of our era. "The ceremonial cycle of the Hin doos is one of twelve years, and the bathing festivals on the Ganges have each twelfth year a special religious value. At the last of these cyclic an niversaries t be devotion of the popu lace was stimulated by the rumor that they had better take advantage of it lest the sanctity of the Ganges should depart before the next occasion ar rived. Unprecedented multitudes flocked to the bathing places along its banks, and the demonstration was considered of sufficient importance to find its way into the official record of the period." In Hungary it is the custom for the groom to give the bride a kick after the wedding ceremony to make her feel her subjection. YORKE. CUV. JOHN t. RICH. Twice Nominated hf the Republicans of Michigan. John T. Rich, recently renominated by Michigan republicans as their can didate for governor, is one of tho sev eral Wolverine executives who likes to be known as the "farmer gover nor." His two immediato predeces sors.like ('incinnatus ot old, laid down the plow helves to take up the reins of 6tate. Gov. Rich hud not done active GOV. JOHX T. KICK. farming for somo years previous to the campaign of 181)2, but it has been facetiously said that he still had enough hay seeds concealed in the corners of his vest pockets to convince skeptical electors of the rural dis tricts. Ha was elected by a majority of about 12,000 over Judge Morse of the Michigan Supreme court His ad ministration of the ofliee of gover nor has been marked with some poli tical eruptions at the state capital. A Tattooed Man. William Furnets, a son of Dr. Horace Howard Furness, tho noted Shake spcrian scholar, is probably the most artistically tattooed man in tho world. A splendid reproduction of the god dess of love covers his chest, and tho god of thunder illuminates his back. Snakes and birds by the dozen mark his arms and thighs. A pagoda is de signed on one shoulder, and a fearful and wonderful collection of geomet rical designs cover the other shoulder. A Chinese boat is tattooed on one leg, and a dragon looks up from the other. The artist who executed these designs received 812 an hour for his services ao appalling fee in Japan. STRIKING FLOUNDERS. SPORT OF THE NEGROES OF THE SOUTHERN COAST. The Darker Houtman Can lilt a Floun der With 1IU Speur Where You Would See Only Mud The Kxpert 1 Uberiuan ?ever Mlimi Ills Fish. Did you ever "strike" a flounder? Frobably not, unless you have lived or passed some time on tho coast of tho Southern states. One lovely August evening, just beforo 6 unset, as 1 stood on tho back porch of our summer home on tho coust of South Carolina, I noticed that our boy Hob seemed to be very busy over u boat at tho little wharf only u short distance irom tho house and as J stood there watching him tho mystery was explained. Noticing that I was watching him with u, good deal of interest, ho came up to tho steps and, removing the tattered rim of what was onco a felt hat. said: Boss, l'zo goin' strikin" flounder to-night. Liko to go 'long?" After having finished b upper and enjoyed a cigar and a stroll on the beach, watching tho bathers in tho surf and Bpying a distant sail on tho horizon, I p-ocooded to dross for the occasion. Taking Bob's advice, I selected an old pair of base ball shoes, an ancient pair of cadet trous ers that had stood tho tost of many n dress parade (a relic of my rat" ysar), a cap of tho same description and u Ilanncl shirt and a heavy coat, for it was cool on tho water after sunset, even in midsummer, not for getting to tako a good supply of to bacco and a pipo to keep oil the gnats and sand t!ics, and a plug of chewing tobacco for raj' companion. I joined Bob at tho back door, and wo mado our way down to the land ing. Hero wo found a largo ilat bottonied scow, on one side of which was fixed an old grate, in which a fire was burning fiercely, whilo at the other end was a huge pila of dry oak with plenty of fat pine for kindling. Standing in the boat was a colored boy of about the same size and blackness of my attendant, whom Bob designated to me as "my mam ray's sister Sally's boy Kufe. " Bob stood at tho bow, Rufus at tho stern with a pole, while I was in vited to tako the middlo seat near tho fire and requested to keep tho boat clear of water, which as soon as vv i began our journey rushed through tho many crevices with astonishing rapidity. Tho night was very dark, but lighted by our lire wo began to fol low the shore and our k'at bottom enabled us to keep in very close, says a 1 hiladelphia Times writer. And now came to mo what was tho strangest part of tho proceeding. 15 ib. standing as I have said, in tho bow, armed with a striking pole, which is simply a heavy roj about ei;ht feet Ion?, with a two-pronged lork at one end. kept his eyes fixed on tho water, which was brightly lit u lor several feet in front of tho boat, whilo he held the polo raised in his right hand. All at once, and without a word, ho suddenly thrust tho pole into the water in front of him and with a chuckle of triumph, dashed tho pole into tho bottom of the boat, and strug gling and splashing around was a dark. Hat object about a foot long, with two great gaping wounds mado by tho prongs" of tho fork. Tho Hounuer was exactly the color of the bottom of tho water and very flat, and how on earth nnybody, even n hungry negro, could distinguish it with tho boat going at a pretty rapid rate was something I could not make out and havo never been able to fathom. To be suro tho water was quite shallow, ranging in depth from ono to two and a half feet, and tho light from the lire was very bright, but when you take into consideration the fact, that tho soil was almost black and very muddy and soft and that tho fish almost bury themselves therein, it will bo 6oen that it re quires no small amount of skill and quickness to detect tho flounder with t'.io boat being rapidly poled along. And I never savv Bob miss. It would bo natural to suppose that tho "striker" would occasionally mis take somo object for a flounder in waters that teemed witli all kinds of fish, or that sometimes ho would fail to socuro rho fish, even if ho struck correctly, for it is a known fact that tho biggest fish I over caught was tho one that got away," no, 1 never knew Bob or uny of tho other many negroes whom I afterwards paw out striking" to bj guilty of failure. Sometimes tho flounder would bo pierced by only ono prong instead of two, and sometimes tho wound be very near tho side of tho fish, but secure him they always did. Tho truth is that tho negroes, and occasionally somo of the "poor whito trash, ''who live on or near the coast in that part of tho state, sometimes depend very largely upon tho sea for their support, especially when the crops havo been a failure, and a pretty good living they mako out of it, tish of all klnu Mi abundance, tystcrs and clams to L$ Lad for the picking up, while crabs v shrimps are very common. Se hut tho young no; roes, aoeustomed. ;o such pursuits from their infanc early ecoino experts. That night wo woro outaiynt two hours and securod eight of a fine doundera as I ever saw, ranging in alzo from ten to fifteen inches, three ot which furnished a very fine break 'ast dish the next morning. The Bounder is a very pccwliar looking fish. It is symmetrical and wiras or rests 'on one side, almost Always the left side, and It la said that when very young tho left eyo Is in what might bo called tho propjr placo, that is on tho left lower side, but that very soon it is by degrees broughfaround to tho right or up per side. SHOOTING A SNAKE. It Was a Ills llruto and Wai 1'repartng to Swallow the Hunter. I am a Btvorn enemy to every thing of a snaky nature, whothor I find it in human beings or reptiles," said Colonel E. C Shaw, of London, an ox-ollicor In tho BrltishJ army. During ray active service in tho army I was stationed for n timo iu British Guiana, and whilo there had an experience with a snake that was startling enough to suit tho most ad venturous mind. 1 usod to amuse myself a good deal by fishing in tho neighboring river. Ono sultry after noon, tirod out with unsuccessful sport. I drew my canoe to u shady spot on tho river bank, and stretch ing myself in tho bottom, with my gun at ray side, soon foil asleep. I was soon aroused from my slumber by a curious sensation, as though somo animal was licking my foot 1 glanced down, and, to my horror, saw tho head and nock of a huge serpent, which was covering my feet with saliva, preparing, I suppose, to swallow mo wholo. "tor an instant I was completely paralyzed with fear and horror and a terriblo death seemed imminent, but by a superhuman effort I re gained control of my faculties, and jerking my feet away siezed my gun and quick as a flash fired a load of buckshot into tho snake's head. The boa, with a terriblo hiss, raised its hugo body und thrashed around at a great rate, as if determined in its death throes to throw its colls around me. but grasping tho paddle I placed the canoe out of harm's way by a singlo stroke. Tho snake still continued to writhe around, half of its immenso body in tho water and tho other half on tho bank. I fired another chargo into his head, which put an effectual end to its struggles. Tho reptilo measured forty feet in length und wus as big around as a man's body." Swinging Arm In Walking. Many pcoplo wasto a great deal of their strength by swinging their aims backward and forward all the time while walking. It is a curious fact that the practice is follov. ed by ono of the sexes much moro than it is by tho other. An observer has taken notes upon this subject. After standing for a good whilo at tho corner of Broadway and Fourteenth 6trect ho was able to allege that nearly sixty men in every 1U0, and only twelvo women in every 100, swing their arms when wulking. Most of them move tho right arm with tho left leg and the left arm with tho right leg. A man who gavo up tho habit for a timo re turned to it, for tho reason that it seemed to help him to walk rapidly. Now York Sun. Ileady for Anything. Mr. Friepan Dear Miss drabber, may 1 dure to hopo that some day you will bo my wifei' Miss (irabber You may, Henry; and to sooner tho better, (lot your lilo insured and tho licenso to-morrow. Wo'll get married tho day after. Delays are dangerous. Judge. A TRIP TO MERRYLAND. "Dobson claims to bo a self-made man.'' "He looks like an amateur job." Banker What make you feel like an ancient prisoner? Broker Because I've got into stocks and can't get out. Miss Chic Is Newport on tho sea, Mr. l'ipp? l'ipp Aw, bless you, no. It's on the blooming shoah, don't you know? She What a lovely rose! What would you say if I asked you to give it to me? He I would say it was like your cheek! "Aunty, aunty, bring the diction ary, quick." Aunty What's the mat ter? "The baby has said a new word, an' let's see what it means." Debtor I can't pay you an3'thing this month. Collector That's what you told me last month. Debtor Well, I kept my word, didn't I? l'oeticus I seo that tho editors of the magazines complain of a dearth of good poetry. Rhymer I don't won der at that They returned all mine. "What had tho prisoner in his hand when he struck the prosecutor?" asked the magistrate of a policeman. "I saw nothing in his hand but his fist, sor," was the reply. She Eve had many troubles, but she was spared one great trial. He What was that? She Adam couldn't always bo telling her how well his mother could cook. Diklcy I won ler what induced the female giant at the dime museum to marry the India rubber man? Dokley I suppose she wanted somebody she could twist around her fingers. First Passenger Who Is that man drinking from that rusty mug chained to the water cooler? Second Passen ger That is Professor Do Science, author of "Disease in the Communion Cup." Mother, to suitor No, I can never givo you my daughter. I have quite mado up my mind. Suitor Then I am doubly tlisappointed. I vowed that I wotrld have a lovelj' wife and a young looking mothcr-In-law. Mother Well, er you may call again. I may change my mind. "So she jilted yon," 6a id the sym pathetic friend. "Yes." "Did Rhe give any reason?" "She did. She said it was because of her philan thropic nature; that It was better to make a great many men happy by be ing enguged to them than to make one miserable by marrying him." OUlt WIT AND IIUMOII JOKES AND JIBES AT FERSONS AND THINCSl. J he Red Headed I.ady an J the rink Tea Worldly Temptations at the Bummer Itenortii Doing Uliu "Vronp. 'Flotsam and Jettonv. 'mm ,N T1IF. LAZY SUM-- nier time. Stretched at esse I love to be, Close Lekldt a run- nmir brook. mm In mv hnnds an ones ir&""i':c - .C . -VS.... Hf.,.., r'r anmem- ,.vi),uk; r et's rhvme. Ig'led by drowsy in sect tinm. ?!BKent idle fancie come. Summoned by tbe ms;;ic scene. Of the mystlo wcodlan 1 green. While my dreams are all sublimo Itiog some distant village chime, M&king music in the air. Ne'er a thought of worldly rare, In the lazy summer Urao. -Tf-tb. No Harm Done. Fond Mother Why. Jane, you let the baby swallow that pin. Jane Yis, mum, but it was a safety oin. All In the Wav of Itnalne. First Beggar Yesterday I extended my business enormously. Second Ditto Iu what way? First Ditto I broko one of my ribs, Lustige Blatter. The Jive Great I'ower. me one asked Prince li "What are the great powers of Fu rope? ' lie answered, straight off the reel: ' Hngland, (iermany, France'. Russia and woman." Lo Couteur du Van dois. Speech That Was Uolden. Kdith What did Mr. Lover say to you when he called last night? Maud Ho made a ringing speech See my finger? Accepted. The ancient knight leaned lightly upon his lance. "Marry " The modern maid was on his neck in an instant "Oh, Roderick," she cried, "this is so sudden!" DMappolnted. (tenderly) And here, darling, is the ring. She (examining it angrily) Well, 1 shall never trade again at Finny's. I told them explicitly the ring I wished you to buy. Truth. No Color feenie. 7 Nan Mrs. hasn't she? Bangs has execrable Kitty Yes, indeed! She has red hair, you know though, of course, she can't help that and only the other day she gave a pink tea. Truth. Wedded to Ills Way. "You ought to marry some girl who would make home pleasant for you." 'What! You advise me to marry a woman who would run off and leave me!" At the Open Air Tlar. Rosalind Why. how frantically the people are applauding! Celia That's not applause they're striking at the mosquitoes. In the Thieve' (jnarter. Adams What's going on over at your house? I hear music and danc ing. Brown Yes, we have got a little family celebration. "What's the occasion?" "One of the boys has just got home from the penitentiary." Sponge it! "What Is the meaning of the words, do mortuis nil nisi bene?" asked John ny Fizzletop of his father. "It means, my son, that when a man closes both eyes the public is ex pected to close one eye, nt least, to whatever wrongs he may have com mitted when alive." A Crunher for Pa. Smythe (to his daughter) You (hoiJd listen to your mother's advice. She is a better judgo than you of a suitable husband. Miss Smythe (indignantly) Yes! She showed her judgment once, didn't she? A Ilepretied I'areut. "Your son is not conspicuous for business-like instincts," said the man ager of the store to tho proprietor. "I know it," was the melancholy reply. "It's his business-dislike in stincts that makes him loom up like a wart on tho family tree." Ex. A Wreqoe. There was a youngman bad a cheque. He dallied with Fortune; her beque Led btm straight to the course Where be bet on a hour. And be got it right square i be neqae.. ri ''3 '::x- I - ----v '!'"