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Thm> traveler« met in Brander Pn«», By the bubbling Brander SpriuK«; They «hared their cake and their Venison, And they talked ol many a thitiR— Or book«, of eons» and foreijrn lands, 01 «tranire and wandering lives, And by and by. in «öfter tone«. They spoke of their homes and wive«. "I married the Lndy o' Logan Brae," Said one, with n lofty nir; "There i»nu in a' the North conntree A house with n better «hure Of gold and gear, and hill nnd lock, Of liouRe« nnd farms to rent; There's many a man ha« envied me And I'm inair and weel content. 'Dream of a woman as bright as day." The second traveler said. '"Dream of n form of perfect grace, Of a noble face and head. Of eyes that are as blue as Heaven, Of flowing nut-brown hair; That is my wife, nnd, though not rich, *0h, she is wondrous fair!" The third one «nid: "I have a wife, She is neither rich nor fair; She has not gold, nor gear, nor land, Nor n wealth o nut-brown hnir: But. ohl the love« me! and her love Has stood through every test. Beauty and gold tire good, but, friends, We know that love is best. They filled their cups in the spring again. And they said,, rigiit heartily: 'Here to the loving, faithful wife. Wherever her home may be!" And »oon they took their different ways, One thought in eftch man'« breast; "Beauty is good, and gold is good, But a true love is the best." CAPT. LONG'S PASSENGER. HATE the sea. For certain reasons, how ever, I am compelled periodically to cross the Atlantic, and on the first occasion I had a letter of intro duction to good Cap tain Long. We shook hands, the screw began to move and I rushed off to my cab in, where 1 remained throughout the voyage. 1 believe lie came to see me often in my misery. isiting the sick j ot sea is a much more unpleasant ! thing than on shore, remember, that j t i: . j i I didn t know, and I didn t care. 1 | sow Kinx-to know him again—at ; New York; and in short, though on board his ship, he might have been j its rudder for all I sun' of him. YVo ! met on Bhore both in the Now and 'Old World pretty frequently. j "It was fiveor six vears ago," said ( . ..... ! he one day, 'and in the summer j time, that the ship was making her ; voyage out, nnd a very good vov- i mu , . ,. . , I age. The whole way the sea had i been like a duck-pond." , About a hundred miles Irom port we met with a breeze because we'; lfere I shook my head incredulous ly. I had seen the Atlantic in the condition referred to and felt it. "Well, I should not perhaps have «aid 'the whole way,' " he admitted with a smile, "for when we were picked up a little sailing boat with only one man in her, who had been blown out to sea, and whom we took on board. About half an hour after that incident I was informed that one of the passengers wished to «peak with me in privateupon a very important matter. Accordingly he came to me—a commonplace looking man, whom I had scarcely noticed as being on board; indeed, he was insignificant enough in every way •avefor the expression of his face, which certainly exhibited the most intense anxietv and distress of mind. 01 course I thought he had been drinking, and in fact was on the verge of the 'jumps,' which is wliat the Yankees term 'delirium tremens.' ' 'Well, my man, what is.it?' said 1 I, severely, I have no time to throw a way.' " 'That is true, captain,' he an swered, ina thin, quavering voice nnd with a strong American accent; *but your time will lie even shorter than you imngine unless you listen to what I have to say to you. You will never see New Y'ork, und much less make it, nnlessyou are prepaired to act on the information I am «bout to give you. Neglect it, and your ship will*bent the bottom of the sea in—he looked a t his watch yes, exactly an hour nnd a, half.' * " 'All rigiit, my man.' said I. 'Y'ou may go. I'll send the ship's doctor to look at you, for of course I thought ho was wandering in his wri:s. "Then what hod seemed like anxie ty in his face became mortal fear genuine abject terror, such as no act or could have imitated. Ho threw Ytimself upon his knees, and claBping ill's hands together, besought me not To treat his words with incredulity. " 'Then why, sir,' I replied, do you talk such nonsense about my ship?" "Because it's true captain,' he groaned. 'There's dynamite on board and dock work machinery con nected with it. As I am a living man if the thing is not at once looked to, the ship nnd all on board ol lier will lx* blown to atoms within the time I Juive mentioned.' Good heavens, man, tell me all," 1 cried, 'and quickly.' " 'Nav. but I daren't and I can't,' he pleaded, 'unless I have your sol r_______4-1. ..A- «.nil n .;il n.xf hatnnv emn promise thut you will not betray emn promise i-iiat y j "•Well I Dromise Now, where is «en, 1 promise. ..on, micic promise, this dynamite?' « 'One moment, captain; there is time, nnd to spare, now, since you have listened to reason, and I roust f rove to you that, though I once eurkened to the whisper of the dey fl, I repented and would haveundpne the mischief if I could. The ship Is insured in London—never mind where or how—for a large sum and I have been employed to sink her. I brought the machinery, set to this very day ( for you have made the voyage quick er than was thought possible), down to Liverpool,'innsmallportmanteau which was sent on board the night before she sailed. It was n stipula tion that I should sail with you to see thnt nothing interfered with the . execution of the plan. But I swear I e to you no sooner did I touch the deck than I repented.' I "'Come at once, you scoundrel, j i cried I, 'and identify this horrible | tbing. i "1 set twenty men to work immedi j .pj, e man j n tq,e bout whomyoutook ! on board was on the lookout for mo j off the ship.' "W hen . we Vwere still some way | from t , )e ho rbor we were niet 1(y a ; pc i ice boat, the chief officer of which demanded to be taken on board to j speak with me. ! cabin together; 'no extradition business, I hope. There is no mur j dering Englishmen among my pas ( th ® r . e,> . ,. T . ! "'Well, no, he answered; 'butI ve j renson to believe there is a citizen of ; the United States who would neither i stick nt murder nor anything else.' I "Then I thought of the dvnamito, i ately to bring up the luggage on the deck, which, since we lmd not even sighted land, astonished them not a little. " 'Quick, quick, mv good fellows; there will be extra grog for you,' I said, 'if you turn the things out with in the hour. That dreadful portman teau, as it happened, was at the very bottom of ull—a mangy, ill-look ing thing enough, and, though small, ns heavy ns lead. Now just throw that oveubourd, my fine fellow,' said I, 'will you be enreful not to knock it against the bulwarks.' "Now that all was safe, as I thought, 1 called the fellow into my cabin. 'Look here,' said I, 'you unmitigated thief nad villian, there's one point in your story that wants clearing up. Your life is not very valuable, it is true, but I dure say you yourself put a fancy price upon it, and that being so, how could you take personnl charge of a machine that, according to your statements, was to blow us all to splinters? How comes if, I mean, that you was on board with it yourself?' " 'Well, captain,' he replied, 'vou see I am a poor niun, and the money was a good round sum, and as I told you, my employer insisted on my going to see that the thing wnsgoing right with my own eyes; there was a risk of course, but the fact is that arrangements hud been made for meeting me in this very la titude. of course, and I rejoiced that the villian lmd been discovered without any betrayal of his secret on my part. " 'You have a warrant for his ap prehension I conclude?' " 'Well, no, captain, that is just my difficulty, fori don't know just which man it is; but I've an order to , search the luggage. Information has come by- wire that a whole outfit lor forging American bank-notes is be ing imported by your ship. It will not be down below, of course, but in the man's personal luggage in his cabin.' "I smelt a rat at once and I dare say looked pretty blank and bam boozled. " 'According to my instructions,' continued the officer, 'the plant is contained in a portmanteau of bul lock's hide, with bruss nails around the rim nnd easily recogniznble.' "Of course the officer didn't find that portmanteau among the 'per sonal luggage,' though I am bound to say he looked for it very carefully nnd scandalized some of my saloon passengers not a little by his un welcome attentions; nor was it among the larger articles, though 1 they nil lay exposed on the decks as if for his especial behoof and conven ience. His impression wasche said, that his 'information' had been in correct nnd that the bullock's-liido portmantenu must be coining over on the next ship, which, I said, was possible, because everything is pos sible, you know, though I own 1 did j not think it very probable, • "As to the owner of the article in question, lie kept out of my way and 1 slipped out of the ship on the first opportunity. His story was so far triie that lie intended to keep the things in his cabin to be got quietly on shore, only the steward had ob jected and caused it to be taken be- ! ow That information had' been I low. 1 hat inrormation had been graphed from England to the A Conscientious Drive. "No, sir," said a herdic driver, "1 never run over a man, not at least a drunken man. Why should I run j down a prospective customer? With j ladies it is different. I'd just ns soon run over a lady as not. They • never take a herdic. But the drunk oil in fin flops. Up pi telegraphed New Y'ork police was known to his confederate^ who had come out to warn him, and they would no doubt have saved me all trouble by drop ping the portmanteau overboard themselves, only it was among the und dispose ol it without discovery was tiie problem they had to solve, which they accomplished by means of tiie dynamite story."—San Fran cisco Call. en man does. He comes tome and <take me home . nnd j my 'where?' He can't tell me, but I _____ ____ ____ search his pockets nnd find his card or an addressed envelope and I take him borne. If lie lias no money his wife gives it to me nnd thunks ms be sides. No, sir. I never run over a drunken man." SUNDAY READING. SOME WEIX-MEANT ADVICE - THERE IS HOPE FOR THE SKEPTIC. Summer Read Inc—Doing Good—Character —Items and Reflections for the Sabbath* Well Meant and Profound* The question comes to the heart of the thinker: IIow can wo best rise out e f the atmosphere of strife and un easiness to one of harmony and of tranquil peace? By individually loolt i n g i n t 0 our own lives and scanning that which we find. Are we, as indi viduals, doing our best to exercise a peaceful spirit upon human life? Are we generating an atmosphere that is of itself harmonizing, and that will affect pleasantly those with whom wo come in contact? If so, then is the work begun of tranquilizing human life to such a degree us will assist to slough off the elements of strife and uneasiness, and to cultivate the prin ciples of honor and of purity that lead to a plane of peace and serenity. The work lays with each one indi vidually, although it must not stop there. While we, as persons, are at tending to the cultivation of our spir itual natures, seeking to elevate our thoughts to high and noble altitudes, reaching outward for spiritual guid ance by bright and exalted souls, who are wise and strong and true, aspiring for such knowledge and light and assistance as will help us in our work of unfolding mentally, morally and spiritually, we should also send out to our neighbor, and those with whom the world brings us in contact, an in fluence, a thought, a magnetic force, that is helpful, likewise that dosiros to be and to do good, to bo of use; that longs to bring before the mind of some other, some one who perhaps is afflict ed mentully by these disturbing condi tions, or physically by the warfare and'strife around him, a consciousness of bis own inherent power to over come these things, of his spiritual pos sibility to outgrow the material or purely carnal stages of life, and to arrive at that which is holier and more sweet. If one cultivates a prayerful attitude—we do not mean by this t hat one is to employ lip service in exhort ing or beseeching some persenal hut unseen power to aid and to uplift, but we mean that if one brings his mind into a devotional atmosphere, so as to recognize in life, in this physical uni verse itself, the preseneo of spiritual power, intelligent and supreme, if ho opens his inner nature to a higher light, asking for instruction, seeking guidance from on high, invoking the presence and assistance of the wise and true to bring to him from the su pernal realms such influences as even the Great Spirit of all has to afford to his children, then will ho bring his life into an atmosphere that will he elevating, strengthening and beautify ing. Under these conditions will lie also be able to generate a magnetic aura, peaceful and encouraging, that will affect those who come in contact with his life, and will be of assistance to them in overcoming restless ele ments, and rising into a condition of purity and peace. It is the ego, the man within, the immortal principle of life, that has to overcome these rest less elements; it is the unselfish spirit that is to rise above the selfish out ward expression, and to manifest its consciousness and activity in useful ways unto others, by and through which it will elevate its own life — Banner of Light. to I So Hope for the Skeptic«. Skepticism is better than indiffer ence, inasmuch as life is better than death. The ati'ophy of heart and con science indicated by a man's supremo contentment with worldly and sensual pleasures, is far more to be dreaded than the most active assaults against tho truth. For sensual contentment and spiritual sloth are tho offspring of the very idolatry of Mammon: while the skeptical activity may be only tho feigned bravery of the coward who whistles through the graveyard to keep his courage up. Indeed, much of the so-called skepticism is nothing but the anxiety of an aroused roui. There is far more hope for a person who wants to discuss Christianity with quite bold questionings, than for one who is too much preoccupied with selfishness, and ambition, and pleasures, and fashion to notice it all. Tlxe questioner, as Socrates used to believe, lias already his feet on the threshold of true knowledge and virtue. l'lie fact that Christ's character, work, precepts,c:: umple, and influence, are attracting unceasing attention in the popular ! """"'."f! ........ I magazines and daily press is full of ; dl hope for tho future of our v fo ,. the and civilization, nay, for tiie greatest and most blessed immediate general awakening that may como at the last moment. Why are so many of the freethinkers dissatisfied witli the church,and with professing Christians? — - • simply got hold of certain | ideals of pure and fofty manhood for j which they are really indebted, with- j out knowing it, to jesus Christ. He j has actually become their unrecog- ! nized teacher, and in the supreme light j of his teachings they are criticising his ] imperfect disciples. Let them go on. They will discover by and by that i neither Confucius, nor Buddha, ner j Mohammed, nor even they themselves areas good and immaculate as Christ, and that they need Christ for an open guide and Prophet. Lord, and Savior. Many a wandering soul is. us Dr. A. A. Hodge said of Sir Moses Montefiore, j struggling blindly after the essential Christ, whilst denying the historic ! Christ. That all such may come to _____ . „„ i,„ „*,„„1,1 Iwnnr niavor j see Jesus as he is, should be our prayer | as it is an assurance—an assurance | founded upon tHe Scriptures—that | many do .—Christian at Work. i —i— 1 s..mm.r K»di«. I Summer day» invite so temptingly to an indolence of both mind and body, one cannot readily make up one's mind to work even in reading; and yet I think the wisest people are begin ning to appreciate, that change of oc cupation really gives tho needed rest even better than wunt of occupation. So in making our plans for the sum mer, it may be well for us to have a course of reading op hand. Much of the poetry and the lighter works o! fiction, tales, essays, a variety of charming pen recreations, can bo stored away as momeutoes of our sum mer life if we only go about the busi ness of reading systematically. In these days of societies and clubs, it is sometimes a relief to read an author all by one's self. Through the winter we have had our Browning Clubs and our Penny Reading Clubs, and our Mutual Improvement Societies with out end. Now we want to wander in meadow or upland, by the stream or in the wood at will, carrying our favor ite volume with us for recreation, and with no voice except that of nature to break in upon our solitude, to read our author and meet him face to face alone without the intervention of a party of friends who shall interpret him to us as they see him. Or yet a morning in the cool piazza with sew. ing or fancy work, and one cultivated voice to read and interpret to us the poet whom we admire, has a charm for many of us.— Christian at Work. Wliy so Msny UMtiiltlons of Religion? To Hegel, the great genius of Ger man thought, "religion is perfect free dom, for it is nothing more nor less than the Divine Spirit becoming con scious of Himself through the finite spirit." Very similar to this are the definitions of Luthardt and Martineau. The former says, "Religion is the human mind standing in reverence and inspiration before the infinite energy of the universe, asking to be lifted up into it, opening itself to in spiration"; while the latter expresses nearly the same idea, though more tersely, "Religion is mere assent through the conscience to God." Mr. Andrew Lang says: "Religion may be defined as the c-inception of divino or at least superhuman powers, enter tained by men in moments of grati tude, need, or distress; when, as Homer says, 'all folk yearn after tho gods.'" Flint, in his Theism, regards it as a "belief in some god or powers above on which we depend, and who are interested in us; together with the feelings and practices resulting from such belief." Somewhat like this, hut more explicit, ik Prof. Whitney's defi nition, "A belief in a supernatural being or beings, whose actions are seen in the works of creation, and of such relation on the part of man toward this being or beings as to prompt the believer to acts of propiti ation and worship, and to the regula tion of conduct." De Pressense thinks "true religion has to do with the rela tion of the soul to God," und Prof. Palmer sums it all.up as "the bond between the science of ethics and the science of theology."— Popular.Science Monthly. of a Tlio lllglifMt Good. Dops your soul regard earthly things as the highest, and the business which relates to them as your weightiest employment? Then is your soul like the waves of the ses, which are driven and blown by the wind; it is given up to eternal disquiet and transient change. For manifold and varied are earthly things, and whoever gives himself up to their dominion, his soul is dragged hither and thither in all directions, by hope and fear, by joy and sorrow, by desire for gain and by pr^? at loss. And how should the gr^e of the Lord and his peace make their dwelling in such a disturbed soul? Oh, my friends, whatever earthly calling may be allotted to us— however spiritual in its functions, however blessed in its effects—if its employment drive us forward in breathless haste upon life's path; if we think we can never find time to stand still and to think where wo are and whither we will go and to reflect on the heavenly and eternal concerns of our immortal souls; if prayer has lyst its power, and tho its charm for in, then ** - time so nine Christian Cf it , Hl , olllo U11 nwr.y our life upon a fearful error, upon it fleeting dream: then are we, with all our apparent richness in bodi ly iind spiritual goods, really poor, very poor. We have, like Martha, much care and trouble, but tho high est good, which alone gives to out- life its worth and significance, is wanting. —Julius Muller. it divine Word I vu have cast ' 31 i «.«Ion Note«. As India is engrossing at trie present time so much of the attention of tho 'hurch, figures relating to its people and their religion may bo useful. Ib March. 1888, the popula tion, of British India, including tho Protectorates and Feudatories, was reckoned by the Governmental 269, 000,000. It is calculated that there | are about two millions of Christians in j India, counting Roman Catholics, j Protestants, and adherents of what are j known as the Eastern Churches. To ! the Romish church about a million ad j herents are assigned; to the Syrian. ] Armeniun. and Greek Churches about (300,000; to the Church of England, i 360.000; to the Presbyterian Churches, j 2C «00; and to other Protestant com ! inunions, 158,000. liiere are still 106.000,000 men and 111.000.000 wo men who can neither road nor write. Tho different languages spoken are 109. i m boa «.r At.»u«rtu-m. ( When I see men busy about tue | method of atonement. I marvel at them. : It is as if a man that was starving to death should insist upon going into a j laboratory to ascertain in what way dirt germinated wheat. It is as if a man that was perishing from hunger should insist upon having a chemical analysis of bread. — Beecher. THE REPUBLIC ISA SUCCESS There Have Been Troubles, but the President Finds Us United, The enthusiasm with which the anniversary of the Declaration of In dependence is celebrated in no wise diminishes as the event coinmemo* rated recedes more nnd more into the past. The methods of manifesting patriotic spirit liavechangedin some respects. The spread eagle oratory of former days has gone out of vogue; but the exhibition of devotion to the republic and its institutions, and of a strong and individual American sentiment grows more rather than less pronounced nnd emphatic. It may lie truly said that to-day the people of this country are united as never before. The Union rests more firmly on its constitunut foun dations than ever before. There is a more distinct national char acter. The people cling more lovingly and more tenaciously to the principles of democracy', and rep resentative government is adminis tered with greater purity, honesty and efficiency. In the earlier days of theestablish ment of the republic Miere was a large part of the people that looked doubtfully ivnd pessimistically on the experiment of setting up a govern ment from which were excluded nil the forms nnd insignia and classifi cations of monarchy; and among the number were many of the more edu cated and refined. They feared that law and authority would not be properly reverenced without the aid of the ancient superstitions as to thrones and crowns and the impos ing lorce of all the symbols and badges ot sovereign power. "It seems to me," wrote in Decem ber, 1788, Gerard de Rnyneval, the French minister to tlr- country, "that the Americans wc >t ripe, if I may use thisexpressiou, .or popu lar government. They were too much accustomed to thedist i lions of authority, rnnk, honors, birth and of wealth for the class ot citizens who enjoyed these advantages to willingy confound themselves with the masses. The people of Massachu setts, nmong others already fear that they have instructed their governments with too much power. However this may be, it appears still very doubtful whether popular principles will prevail nnd purge the as it, in constitutions of this tinge of uristo trucy." This work of purgation 1ms been difficult and of a long duration. The distrust of the people manifested it se'f in opposition to every step in nd vunce toward real popular govern ment. There remained many of the people who ienred nnd detested uni versal suffrage, and they would not only limit- the franchise, but they would also restrict wiMiin narrow bounds tlienumberoipublie servants to be voted for by those who had the privilege of voting. Then in more recent years came up the short lived struggle to keep out foreign settlers, from any share in the government. is til They are alien to the American senti ment, it was argued, and they will per vert our institutions. Then came the cry that popular suffrage might have done well enough lor a compact and homogeneous population, but thnt it was a dangerous power in the hands of a vast aggregation of people rapid)v brought together by immigration and not yet assimilât ed. But to-day finds the republic more united, more harmonious, netter governed, and with a more distinct and common national sentiment than before these many millions ol foreign ers were admitted to citizenship. The more the people have be?n trust ed, the more they have taken their government into their own hands, the more powerful has become the republie, nnd the more completely have beeu shattered the theories of tlie wailing political pessimists. But there still remains much to do. I These critics of popular government ' and skeptics as to the ability of the people to exercise sovereign power are not yet vanquished at all points. The work of purgation is not yet completed.—New York Sun. Just the Man for the Job. A Massachusetts avenue lady wanted a coachman, and one was recommended whom she interviewed. "I want a very sale and careful driver," she sard. "That's me, mum," responded the applicant, confidently. "I'm nervous about horses and I don't wont to drive fast, and I don't wunt to go 'round the corners with a whirl." "I know, mum, just wliat you wants. Them was my orders be ore, muin." "Where were you engaged lost?" "Drivin' a hearse, mum." He got the place, and he is giving excellent satisfaction.—Washington Star. Building a Pompeian Palace. From tht* London World. The Empress of Austria is building herself a magnificent Pompeian pal ace at Corlu, which will cost neuriy £500,000 by the time it is ready for occupation." It is on a charming ! site on tiie top of n steep hill, and is i being constructed of marble brought ( f r q nl Carrara, while the interior is to | ^ decorated with the rarest woods. : fp b e gardens will be laid out in ter rac0 g, with fountains, and lioth a j bouses and grounds are to be illumi a tinted by electricity. Three hundred men are now employed in the build ta» orations Just as Clear as Mud, From the Washington Post. "Dear me,'-' said Mamie to Maude as she shoved a soggy caramel un der her upper lip. "Youshould have been with me when I went to Con gress." "What did they' do?" "Oh, they talked about silver nnd things, it «'as awiully interesting." "Oh, dear, I don't supposo I over will understand this silver question." "It's easy. Y'ou see, when you buv anything and give n mnn money f () ' t it, very likely he'd rather have paper because he can fold it up nnd put it in his vest pocket, although it's easier to lose that way, nnd some men would rather have silver than gold. And when they get too much gold, thnt tilts the balance of trade away over to one side, and you get all mixed upon your standards oi value, nnd you can't tell which is a precious metal and which is a baser metal more'n half the time. On the other hand, the country has a large floating debt, and if you get into all this uncertainty you can't tell wheth er it is going to sink or swim. 8ome of them want the government to buy bullion nnd coin it, nnd, of course, this would be buy-iftetalism. Then ngain, some want the white meta! damonetized and some don't, and 1 am just a dying to see how it is id' going to come out." "Isn't it lovely!" said Maude, un der her breath. Painted Glass in New Buildings From the Philadelphia Inquirer. •'Not one man in a thousand," said amemberof the Master Builders' Ex change yesteday, "can tell why or theinsideof window-panes approach ing completion, whiting or soap is put on. Can you tell?" The query was put to several men stnndingnearthe speaker, one aeon tractor, a second a brickmaker, t third a plumber, and a fourth a news paper man. "To clear, the windows," said tin contractor, knowingly. "To prevent people from seeing in side," said the brickmaker, modestly, "So as to keep off fly-specks," said the plumber, facetiously. "Give it up," said the newspapei man, sententiously. "Simple enough," said tho Ex change man, quietly. "It's to pre vent the carpenters from smashing the glass. Y'ou see, it's this way: When the carpenters come the day after the glass is put in—and the glass is generally put in just beton the dny closes—they forget the glass is there and start to push the plunks through. By this roenns many panes of glass have been broken be fore the building was conipleated, un til some ingenious fellow hit upor this method of notifying the carpen ters that there was glass there. See?" They all saw and said nothing. The "Old Dominion." Ever since you can remember yon have henni the state of Virginia called the "Old Dominion;" do you know why it is so called? During the protectorate of Cromwell tlit colony of Virginia refused to ac knowledge his authority and declar ed itself independent. Shortly after, when Cromwell threatened to send a fleet ani army to reduce' them to . . subjection, the Virginians sent a messenger to Charles II., who was then an exile in Flanders, invicing him to return in the ship with the messenger and be king of Y lCginia. Charles accepted the invitation and was on the eve of embarking for the new world when he was called to the throne of England. As soon as he was safely seated on tiie thron», out of gratitude lor the royalty ol Virginia ho caused her coat-of-urme to be quartered with those of Eng land, Ireland nnd Foot land, ae an independent member of the empire—a distinct portion of the "Old Dominion:" Coins of \ irginia were issued asiate as the reign ol George 111. which bore on one side the coat-of-nrms of England, Ireland, Scutland, and Virginia.—St. Louis Republic. The PrinceofWalesand a Blind Man. The following story' is told ol a piece of silverware now existing in the plate-rcom at Marlborough house. One dny the prince of Wales, on alighting from his carriage nt the door of a house where he was about to pay a visit, snw a bilan man and dog vainly trying to effect a passage across the thoroughfare in the midst ofa throng of carriages. With char acteristic good nature the prince came to the rescue, and successfully piloted the pair to the other side of the street. A snort time afterward he received a massive silver inkstand with the fol lowing inscription: "To the prince of Wales. From one who saw him con duct a blind beggar across the street. In memory of a kind and Christian action." Neither note nor card ac companied the offering, nnd the nam* of the donor has never been discov ered. Much Interested In Him. Mother—"YV'hero have you been, Johnny?" . Johnny—"Down by th' ole mil watchin' a man paint » picture.' •Mother—"Didn't you bother him? Johnny— "Naw. Ho seemed to oe real interested in me." Mother—"What did he say. Johnny—"He asked me Iff I dHn t think 'twaamosfc dinner time ana -ow'd miss me."