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
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
" '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
"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
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
« '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
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 |
"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,
ately to bring up the luggage on the
deck, which, since we lmd not even
sighted land, astonished them not a
" '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
" '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
"I smelt a rat at once and I dare
say looked pretty blank and bam
" '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
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
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
SOME WEIX-MEANT ADVICE - THERE
IS HOPE FOR THE SKEPTIC.
Summer Read Inc—Doing Good—Character
—Items and Reflections for
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
constitutions of this tinge of uristo
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.
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
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
"I'm nervous about horses and I
don't wont to drive fast, and I don't
wunt to go 'round the corners with
"I know, mum, just wliat you
wants. Them was my orders be ore,
"Where were you engaged lost?"
"Drivin' a hearse, mum."
He got the place, and he is giving
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
tinted by electricity. Three hundred
men are now employed in the build
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
"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
"To clear, the windows," said tin
"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
"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
The PrinceofWalesand a Blind
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
Much Interested In Him.
Mother—"YV'hero have you been,
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."
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