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BURTON' S PILG RIMAGE*
THE ORIENTALIST'S EVENTFUL RIDE TO MECCA. Hi* Birin* EnglUbaaa Accompanied a Hnunl nan Caracan to the Holy City and Gazed Upon Hohammedaa Sanctaarlea at the Blah of Bla Ufa. Sir Richard Burton — traveler, linguist, Orientalist — was the Hum boldt of the past generation. Ilis re cent death created scarcely any stir in a world that lionized him thirty years ago. His most noteworthy accomplish ment was his famous pilgrimage to the holy cities of Medina and Mecca, ono of tho most brilliant romances ever enacted. The expedition was fraught with the deadliest peril, for tho Mohammedans consider nothing more desecrating than the gaze of infidel eyes upon the Holy Kaaba at Mecca and tho grave of the Prophet at Medina. Had Burton's true character been dis covered ho would have boon subjected to instant death. Burton went to Cairo early in 185:1, wboro great preparations were being made for tho annual pilgrimage. Ho assumed tho character and costume of a dervish, but after a short residence at Cairo he decided to give up the der vish's gown, pantaloons and shirt, and to represent himself as an Indian physician. His naturally swarthy complexion and full black beard assist ed him greatly in his disguise. Of the three routes from Cairo to Mecca he chose the one by sea from Suez, and having hired his dromedar ies and thoroughly equipped himself as one of the faithful ho took his place in the caravan and sot out. He was held in the greatest veneration by his fellow-travelers, who, with all their well-known keenness, failed to pene trate his disguise. The passage from Suez to Yambu was eventful for a stop which was made at Moses' hot baths, the place to which the Mohammedans credit the miraculous bringing of water from tho rock. Hero Burton carne near reveal ing himself. A great boulder, with four large indentations, which tho Mohammedans believe are the marks of Moses' finger nails, was surrounded by a reverent crowd of tho faithful. Burton unknowingly walked up to the rock and examined it closely, passing his hands over it. instantly there was a howl of rago and indignation. Burton immediately understood that, it was sacrilegious to touch the stone. Hastily picking up a littlo green lizard that reposed in one of the crevices, he turned to the pilgrims and, holding up the reptile before their eyes, cried out in Arabic: * "O, sons of the Prophet and the chosen of Allah, could I stand by and see this vile thing leave its trail on the sacred stone that has been pressed by the holy fingers of our ancestor?" His presence of mind saved him, and they applauded him with cries of •'The Prophet protect thee, O sou of the sun!" At Yambu Burton hired four camels and, after a few days' rest, during which he changed his dress for that of tin Arab, he set out with a grain cara van for the Holy City. The caravan consisted of two hun dred camels, traveling in Indian file, head tied to tail. Certain of Burton's manners aud modes of speech excited first tho curiosity and then the sus picion of his fellows, and a hundred times his immediate companions and servants were or tho point of denounc ing him. But he soon distinguished himself for bravery and generalship in tho frequent encounters with the Bedouin robbers of the desort, and it was not long before his powers of per suasion anil his seeming reverence had overcome all their suspicions. The pilgrimage hud not been out ton days before ho was accorded a position scarcely inferior to that of the grand pasha of the caravan. At last, after a journey of great dif ficulty and danger, the party came within view of tho white Mosques of Medina, and feasting their eyes with a gaze at tho Holy City, the whole caravan joined in prayer. Sheik Abdullah, after performing the required ablutions, and dressed in white clothes, tho favorite color of the prophet, started on his holy errand at the mosque. Here his ignorance of a very small matter nearly caused his death. At the door of the mosque he removed his sandals, but instead of putting his right foot forward upon crossing the threshold, he unknowing ly stepped in with his left foot. One of tho faithful, who was close behind him, noticed tho action, which is con sidered a gross sacrilege, and drawing a knife from underneath his shroud walked after the Englishman. But the Sheik Abdullah had already fallen on his knees and in a seeming rapturo was reciting the 109th and 112th chap ters of tho Koran. Tho Mussulman, reassured, retired. The Damascus caravan arrived at Medina a few days latsr, and thou sands of pilgrims, camels, horses, soldiers and nondescripts filled the holy city und crowded the holy plaeea The English adventurer mixed freely among the new party, sustaining per fectly his character as Abdullah the Afghan, and joined them in their various ceremonies. Their devotions concluded at Medina, the united caravans took up the weary march to Mecoa, au even more dangerous journey than from Yambu to Medina. 1 When the Holy City at lust eatno into view the Stieik Ahüullali could scarce repress his feeling of triumph. His were almost the first Christian eyes to gaze upon tho white city of the desert since tho days of the Prophet of Isl un. His motive in making the pilgrimage was ono of curiosity merely. It was certainly not the motive which prompt ed him to visit tho giant fragments of hoar antiquity in Egypt or the romains of barbaric gorgeousness in India. He penetrated the most sacred and hallowed chambers and sanctuaries of Mecca by contriving to imitato exact ly the actions of his fellow-pilgrims, and not once during tho sojourn at Mecca was suspicion excited. \V hen the thinned and weary caravan at last trod the streets of Cairo tho Sheik Abdullah, being no longer obliged to keep up the deception and being annoyed at ono of the pranks of his mules, burst into a volley of old-fashioned Anglo-Saxon expletives. An old dragomm, who know Eng lish, was riding besido him. The effect was electrical. He wheeled his mule and jrode the entire length oi the caravan denouncing the serpent. Inside of five minutes the air was filled with cries and shouts: "By tho name of Allah, I would have cut the infidel dog to pieces had 1 known it! Did he not throw dirt on the tomb of the prophet, with whom be tho peace of God forever? Did he not defile the'most holy mountain Allah preserve mo! Did he not look with unsanctified eyes on the most reverend Kaaba? May our Lord and prophet remember him in tho judg ment." But Burton, safe under the Hag of his own country, laughed in their beards. Ki3iin; tho Bride. It is a pretty custom when a marriage knot is tied For all the men who witness it to kiss the blushing bride; The pastor, with his privilege of leading the attack. Performs the pleasing duty with a loud aud hearty smack. The "best man" quickly follows, then the brothers of tho groom, Then all the married gentlemen that may be in t he room ; Some kiss her rather timidly ; some with a warm embrace, Will on the bride's rosy lips a dozen kisses place. When every man has kissed her on tho eyes and nose aud chin, And mouth and checks and—forehead— then the bridegroom may begin, But if he wants a spot untouched by lips of others near He fain must plant his kiss divine upon her neck or ear. O, yes, a merry custom is the kissing of the bride By all tho jolly gentlemen who see the love-knot tied ; And it miirht yet be merrier if all the ladies too, Would copy from the gentleman and kiss tho husband new. ClUBjn Victoria's JjIcj. The most entertaining book recent ly published is "The Reminiscences of Sidney Cooper, Painter and Royal Academician." He is eighty-seven years of age, hut still paints well, has excellent health and strong sight, all of which he attributes to the regular ity of his life. In Cooper's book Queen Victoria figures probably for the first time in her life as a joker. Here is the royal joke in all its splendor. Cooper was down at Osborne painting some royal cattle before the queen and her con sort. The artist had been defending the presence of some dockleaves in the foreground of his composition. "YVoll," said the prince, jocosely, "they are beautifully painted and doubtless assist tho composition; but they do not give evidence of good farming." Her majesty smiled appre ciatively, and shaking her fingor at tho prince said: "How about tho littlo pool of water in which the heifer's hind legs are standing?" "Oh," said his royal highness laugh ing, "I think it is a beautiful, artistic idea and gives a stamp of nature to the scene." "Yes, Albert." said the queen, "and I like its introduction much, but it is not evidence of good draining." Upon this thoy both laughed heartily. A I Buffalo Herds a Half Century Ago. I think I can truly say that I saw in one day more buffaloes than I have seen of cattle in all my life, says Gen eral John Bid well in the November Century. I have seen tho plain black with them for several days' journey as far as tho eye could reach. They seemed to bo coming northward con tinually from the distant plains to the Platte to get water, and would plunge in and swim across by thousands—so numerous were they that they changed not only the color of the water, but its taste, uatil it was unfit to drink; but we had to use it. One night when we were encamped on the South Fork of the Platte they came in such droves that we had to sit up and fire guns and make what fires we could to keep them from running over us and trampling us into the dust We could hear them thundering all night long; the grounds fairly trembled with vast approaching bands; and if they had not been divert ed, wagons, animals, and emigrants would have been trodden under their feet When a man buys a new meerthaum pipe, notioe the remarkable interest he be* gins to take in the color line.— Broomb Republican. COLOR AND COWARDICE. A Ban la Xot Aina; a I rlshirnt il It hen lln Turn Pair. Colonel Mosby has a peppery torn per, mid it was my misfortune to ex cite It on tho oueusion of our firs meeting, says a writer in tho Los An geles Express. Our talk after a tlmi turned on tho subjo A of courage, anc I repeated the old story of Genera Custer and tho recruit. Custer is saic to have been ono of those rare met who aro born without tho sense of fear, going to get tho order to retreat?' "Well," tho old soldier said, "thero'l Custer on his horse just before you. Keep your eye on him. and tho moment you seo him turn pale you must cut and run." "Judge," snapped Colonel Mosby: "a man who turns pale has no business going into battle." "Why not?" "Because he's a coward, sir." Thon I treated him to the oiliet chestnut about tho duke of Welling ton, who pointed to a ghastly facet: young officer marching past with hem: up toward tho field of Waterloo, and said: "There goes a bravo man. lie knows his danger, but goes to meet it." I also slated the fact that 1 had seen men in mining camps go inic Shooting scrapes vvliito as sheets, but nevertheless light coolly and like the very deuce. "Pah!" was all Mosby said, and giv ing me a look which might have meant that ho suspected the color of mv own liver he wheeled and left me. But lie came back presently and talked ol other things, to show that ho forgave me. Common Feilowj. A dream which President Lincoln rolated to ono of his friends lias a homely significance for many another "common fellow." Lincoln dreamed that ho was passing, on some public occasion, between ranks of the people, when he hoard ono man say to anoth er, as he pointed him out, "He's a common-looking fellow, isn't he?" ''Well, my friend," replied Lincoln, in his dream, turning to the man whoso remark he had overheard, "God likes us common-looking fellows, in cise ho wouldn't have made of us." The wit and wisdom of this dream thought are good enough for any wak ing moment. Yes, God evidently likes common-looking follows, and ho has evidently given the work of tho world into tho hands of common men. The "genius" was always rare, and ho is growing rarer. As tho general lovel of intelligence and virtue risc 3 , fewer and fewer mountain peaks of command ing intelligence rise above the level. And even at their best the men of genius have never done tho world's work, or fought its battles, or carried on its reforms. They have often ob tained tho glory and won tho applause, but a Napoleon without his army, a Gladstone without his constituency, a Spurgeon without his audience, would be far more helpless than the "com mon follows" without their leaders and never lost color in any moment o peril. His troops were standing un der fire, not permitted to return it. "Say," asked the quaking recruit o' tho veteran next him, "when aro we many Care of the Teeth. Nothing is more conducive to sweet ness of breath, and consequently of general health of tho mouth than to brush the teeth regularly shortly be fore retiring, that all particle» of food, as well as the natural secretions, may be removed. Castile soap is tho best which can be used for cleansing the mouth, with which a little magnesia may bo employed, says Good House keeping; a solution of oil peppermint in water makes an agreeable and use ful mouth wash; while a silken thread may be employed to cleanse the spaces between tho teeth which can be effect ively reached in no other way. A fine tooth powder can be made of six ounces of prepared chalk, cassia powdor half an ounce and an ounce of orris root. Those are to bo well mixed and may be colored with red lake or nny other innocent substance, according to fanev. Cleanly habits should be a part of every child's education; nnd if they have been neglected in that formative period of life, let them be taken up and studied and practiced later on, for in this respect we are surely "never too old to learn." It should also be un derstood that merely external and visible treatment is not all that is nec essary. Let parents impress this lesson earnestly in the interest of health, decency and morality. A Thankful Deacon. The importance of thinking boforo you speak recently received an ninus ing illustration at a meeting held in a well-known town not a hundred ratios from the banks of the Hudson. Oae of the persons who occupied tho stngc was an enthusiastic deacon, who fre quently interrupted the speakors by yelling: "Thank goodnoss for that!" One gentleman was called upon who Arose and raid: "Ladies and gentlemen, I am heart ind soul in this cause, and feel that it will be a great benefit to tho people of this place." "Thank goodness for that!" yelled ;ho deacon. "But, ladies and gentlemen." ho continued, "I am going to say that it will be impossible for me to address you this evening—" "Thank goodness for that!" broke in the absent-minded deacon, amid great laughter.—New York Ledger. a a in is of a a CHASING COYOTES Thoy Can Outrun Etpii the Mrable-Footed Jack liuhblt. The hills south of Pasadena are the haunts of the wily coyote—tho native dog of southern California, the wolf of the mesa; for he combines the charac teristics of both. At night ho sallies forth in the direction of San Gabriel, Alhambra, Pasadena, anil tho neigh boring towns, passing through the outskirts, and lurking around back door-yards a verit tblo scavenger, When alarmed, he is alert, anil easily out-distances the fleetest common dog. Occasionally lie is seen by the light of the moon dashing away, with a yelp ing laugh or cry, followed by a half score of dogs; and it is said that the coyote will at times allure the dogs on until ono is in the fore, then turn, and lead the victim to an ambush where several coyotes are lying in wait. Seemingly at a signal, they will pitch upon him, and send him home torn nnd bleeding, if not seriously injured. Almost every canon in tho range is the vantage ground of one or more coyotes. As the sun rises they leave the plains, and make their way to the hills, where thoy sloop on the soft grass, or lie on the ledges of rock that overlook the ravines. Tho coyote is about the sizo of a setter dog, often smaller, with a bushy, wolf-like tail, big, prominent ears, anil an exceedingly odd expres sion. A glance .at the animal would not convince one that it was adapte l by nature to remarkable bursts of speed, yet such is one of the attributes of this singular creature. It can out run the jack rabbit, and I doubt if the fust greyhounds of England, that are trained to chase the English hare, could compote with it. The swiftest of California dogs are required to capture it, and then Master Coyote succumbs only after a ono or two teile run at race-horse speed—not the run of a fox before tho hounds, but a chase where the game is ever in sight, and the horses are put to tho utmost speed, as upon tho track. No wonder, then, that tho coyote has attracted the at tention of tho cross-country ridor, and is considered game well worthy tuo best mettle of horso and rider.—Har per's weekly. I of to be of in too un a of fre by it of ho it in Salt and Water. Salt is an absolute essential to the ilict of man. It promotes health in various ways. Many of tho functions of tho body go on better under its influence, and without it the blood becomes impoverished. While a com. plete deprivation of salt would pro duco disastrous results, an excessive use of it would scarcely bo less harm ful. In largo doses it acts as an emetic; in quantities beyond the requirements of health it irritates the y.tomaeh and intestines and eo.notimos purges. Those who use salt unusually irecly almost always suffer more or (ess from constipation. To drink large quantities of watet daily should bo the rule with those who suffer from constipation. E cb day the system needs at least two quarts of water, as about that quantity is used up or thrown out of it every twenty-four hours. Fruits and veg etable foods contain much water, and in ten, coffee, soups, etc., considerable is taken habitually. In all ways, as stated, about two quarts of water should enter the stomach daily. It is a good plan to drink one or two glasses of watet from half an hour to an hour before eating breakfast. And it may be either hot or cold as preferred. Whichever bo used, the water should be slowly sipped. To deluge tho stomach with cold water would be ta invite dyspeptic troubles.—Boston Advertiser. Art fleial Diamonds. Diamonds cannot be attacked by anj chemical substance whatever, being almost pure carbon. This fact has in duced many persons to try and crystal ize carbon so as to obtain a preciouf gem out of it, and they have partlj succeeded, but while, these artifleia diamonds possess a brilliancy and transparency worthy of comparison with those of the real thing they ar* microscopic, very small, and alwayi colored. Perhaps they would resemble' real diamonds more could they b« made larger and quite colorless. A: now manufactured they aro not of the slightest value to commerce. The« can not be any serious doubts as to th( possibility of producing diamond! artificially, but up to the present n< really practical means have beet found of making them respond to the necessities of trade in the two coutl neats. Bams Way with the Forefather*. "How do you like the boys in thli country?" some ono asked the English lad. "I can't understand 'em," he an swered. "When you lick a boy It England, he says, "I've had enough the fight is yours;" but when you lioli a boy in America he gets up off th« ground and says, "Now I'm going take a rock to ye." A Mincie Turned His Brain. Visitor tat the asylum): "Tha young man has a rather intelligen look. Is he violent?" Attendant -Oh, no, that's one of the nfildest pa _ tient* we have. He used to be a faitl curlst" Visitor: "W hat occurred turn his brain?" Attendant: "On. of his patients happened to get welL'j l BENIGN MICROBES. The War Thoy Wax« rltli I'ernlrlt-m Bar.ill In ! Humanity'* MiiUt. The revelations of tho microscope ns to the existence of myriads of microbes ! In ouv bodies, as well as in all that wo eat and drink, has caused timid poop'.o much anxious wonderment as to why these creatures are not more Injurious and destructive than they actually are. Writing in the Speaker, Sir Henry I Koscoe explains hew it is that even 1 the dead u»st of these mi •robe s may bo found in the mouth or other parts of the body aiul y ot their 1 ost b e perfect ly lieulti y. Tl o questu n is not ono of tho men prose ieo of these organisms in the s\ stem, nit ontlr elv ono as to whether or not they fini the i- way in-i to tlio b iood. if they do i ot all is well, if they do the mos t sol' ous trou bio folio IV s. Worki ng wit l the mi -rose ipr iu M. Pasteur' Inin iratorjr in Paris, a Russian physic ion, M. Mots ehinikoff. lias beet able t nil rove l- tin secret of the iin ;u rtanee of the 11 ierot e to pene träte int ) tho 1 lood. 1 he so inost re cent in v ■stigat ons show that t hero aro certain i .'•Ils CO l tabled ti th > blood of all the lighi-t animals. and identical with tl e we l-known wh ito blood eorpusel es, wh ich are endo veil with the now -r of independ. nt in >1 ion, and not only wande r inside but e veil make their wa V ontsi< le the tis sue a id pursue. devour. ind dij. est any 1 ncill . whether in an or cb to be ta poisonous or not, with which thoy conic in contact. This is in reality the true battle of life which, though hitherto unknown ami unobserved, is constant ly going on within the body. These phagocytes, which are the watchful guardians of the body, attack and annihilate the bacilli before they can penetrate the blood tissues. So long as they remain on guard the body is safe from attack, but should they from any cause relax their vigilance, then tho invading army of parasites would pass into tho system and destroy life either by the numerous mechanical lesions which it produces, or by tho poison which it secretes. Tnis appar ently independent life of the cell with in the organism is ono of the most marvellous revelations of modern science, ns well as a remarkable illus tration of the extreme nicety of the b.Banco of nature. THE DESIRED INFORMATION. Win Obtained from a Small Kojr Who Knew All " About It. A well-known newspaper man of Washington, whoso custom it is to lako long walks in tho country, was out last Sunday, says tho Star. As ho passed an orchard ho noticed all tho trees but one fairly filled with apples. "That's strange," ho remarked to his companion. 'TV hat's tho reason, do you imag ine?" asked the other. "Hero comos a boy. I'll nsk him," and the journalist tackled the boy. 'Tine apples you have for an off year," he said, with an air of freedom and acquaintance with tho facts. "Kinder," replied the boy. "Whero de you sell them, mostlv^i "Mostly don't sell 'em. Make cidec." "Ah, aro they cider apples?" "Course; couldn't make cider if they wasn't" "Very true. By the way, my boy, I notice one tree over there by the fence hasn't an apple on it Do you know why that is?" "I reckon." "Well, my friend here and I are a little curious and would like to have you tell us, if you will." "Cert'nly. It's 'cause it's a plum tree, mostly." The man of inquiring mind hung his kodak over his shoulder and went on. City Noiiei. Newcomers to cities are alwavs greatly annoyed and confused at first by tho almost incessant noises, but after a time become insensible to This is the rule, but like all Occa in ' them. others it has its exceptions, sionally are encountered persans who j have nervous systems bo nicely balanced that they aro entirely "thrown off the center," and the ar* rumbling of horse cars, the jingling of bells and the rattle of rickety wa gons are a constant wear and tear up b« ! on them. The full offect of these A: j disturbances on such people is scarce the ly ever appreciated even by them selves, and they are singularly dis th( posed to reason backward, and con elude that nervous weakness is tho n< cause of their extreme sensitiveness to the noises, whereas these noises are oftentimes the real cause of their nervous weakness. A short stay in the country ought to show them their mistake, for one and all testify "how good it seems to get where it Is quieL an It th« t< pa Casting Pearl* Before Swine. He was tearing around upstairs terribly. "Mario, there's a button off my shirt!" "Well, don't knock the house down on account of a button." "But great scott, woman; don't you even respect the tariff? Do you wan t to ruin me? It was.a pearl buttont" He Was a Lily, He Vu. "I tell you. Bill," said tramp num ber one, "you are a daisy." "No. Tim," returned Bill, "I'm _ Wy, f 0P I toll not. neither do I spin, t* nor was ever Solomon in all his glory ' clad at you see me now. I'm a lity, Tim, a lily." | j j j : ! ! ! 1 UOODNEWS FOR FARMERS SOON TO BE THE MOST PROS PEROUS CLASS Th* Director of tho Now York Agricultural Experiment Station (.Ires HU Reason* for Belle* bur that Hr.nl Time* aro Yearly 0*er. All of to off Dr. I'otor Collier, director of the New York Agricultural Experiment •tntloti, in an address at Ovid upon "Tho Future of Agriculture iu tho United States," presented facts nnd opinions which have a vital interest not only to agriculturists, but to every body who oats broad and meat Dr, Collier believes that hard limes for farmers aro almost at au oud, und that soon they will bocoino tho most pros | porous class in tho land. Ho makes j this brodd prophecy: "That agriculture of late years und j nt present has failed to bring the pe j uunlary returns which it might all : must admit, but that tho prospects for ! tho future of agriculture in this country are forbidding 1 do not be lieve. In fact, nt tho risk of being thought optimistic, I wish to lie placed on record as predicting that to the best of my knowledge and belief wo are about entering upon an era of agricultural prosperity tho like of which as a people wo have never known, and which prosperity is to bo permanent" In presenting the reasons for bis opinion. Dr. Collier deals with some significant facts grouped in an inter esting way. llo says: "First let us seek to learn tho cause or causes of tho present agricultural depression, since obviously if it or they can bo removed tho depression must cease. We find upon investiga tion that in this state of Now Y r ork, at least, such depression is not duo to a diminution in tho fertility of our lands, if wo take the average yiold of our leading farm crops, corn, wheat, oats, potatoes, and hay, for tho past quarter of n century was within 8.6 per coni, of what it was during the first; nnd this diminished yiold is perhaps due in great mo isuro to less careful cultivation which the low prices of farm products Rocmed in many eases to excuse, il they did not justify. "As with sugar, so is it with many another article of consumption by our people. It is estimated that the per Capita consumption of breadstuffs amounts annually to an equivalent of fully eight bushols of grain, mainly whoat and corn, -making tho fullest bread ration of any nation in the world.' But I wish to call attention to tho several points which to me appear to prove that wo are upon tho evo of what I believe will provo tho golden ago of our agriculture. "First—Tho population of the coun try is very rapidly increasing; from 1860 to 1880 tho increase in population' was Qb j,er coat, but of those living in cities, 123 per cent. Nearly one fourth of all our people live in çitjçs^ fourth of all our people live in çitjçs^ and since then the number has Vastly increased, and I think relatively so.. Wo soo, then, that agriculturally the consumers are increasing far more rapidly than the producers. I think no one can doubt that with a restoration of prices to something approximating what they were, a revival in agriculture would speedily follow. I cannot accept either the explanation wholly of 'over-production' nor the conclusion that it is long to continue. To me it seems that this over-production is relative rather than actual, thnt it is determined rather by the ability to purchase than by the actual needs of the consumer. To take for illustration our manufactories, certainly there is of those products of labor an enormous supply, but does this in fact surpass or as yet even equal tho reasonable desires or legiti mate needs of our people? "Now, during the decade before tho present century, from 1793 to 1890. the unnual per capita consumption of sugar in tho United States was les* than ten pounds (9.65). In 1810 it had increased to only fifteen pouuds. It doubled during the noxt twenty years, being thirty-one in 1850, and during the past thirty years it has again nearly doubled since the present annual^ per capita consumption of sugar in this country is nearly or quite sixty pounds. Can any one be llovo that with such a record there is , reason to question the general pros perity of the country? "Second—The number of farms in the United States has nearly doubled, while tho average acreage in the farms has diminished during this same period 33 per cent; both facts of very great significance as evidence that the area of arable land was diminishing relative to the increase in the number of those who desire to engage in agriculture. "At present 90 per cent of our products are consumed at home, or 95 per cent., not counting tobaoco aud cotton. It scarcely appears as a haz ardous prediction that within five years, and perhaps even aooner, the home demand may fully equal the supply of our agricultural products, and then, if they are wise, toe farmers of the country will be the masters of the situation, and those words of Napoleon that 'Agriculture is tho basis and strength of all national prosperity,' will be recognized as, sober truth."