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CABLA. FOKF.SHAX. E.liter and Pr»|,
We can spend millions in lagging a
long way behind England and France
in the line of building monster iron
clads which may turn out to be worth- j
less a hen they are finishci. 1 1 a
investigation and perfection of new
agencies in warfare such as new ex- i
* , ! of
plosives, or as the twelve-inch mortars
that were tested recently, is a fleld of
work that is likely to produce results,
like the building ot Ericsson's Monitor
or the use of Parrott guns; during ou*
An exchange says: "Farm life
need not be a drudgery unless we
make it sa One of the great draw
backs is that we are apt to fall into
ruts, and once firmly in it seems more
difficult to get out than it really is.
Music; books and papers are as much
in place in tho farmer's hand as any-j
where, and with a little planning time
can be spared to attend places of en
tertainment and to visit socially." If
any set of folks can get up a better
social condition than used to be en
joyed by old-time farmers and their
families, we would like to hear of it!
A Mississippi girl who chanced to
bo in the house alone one afternoon,
and was confronted by a negro giant,
who broke the door down and came in
swinging a huge, blood-curdling knife,
seized a shotgun that she knew was
not loaded, and caused him to beat a
hasty retreat As soon as the negrd
was out of sight she fainted dead away
with fright To the masculine nature
it is impossible to understand how
women can be so wonderfully brave in
the face of great peril and die with
fright when there is no danger. Men
are always braver in the absence of
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Diels in the United States—now
practically unknown—were common
enough less than half a century ago,
though even then they had fallen into
disfavor. Public sentiment aided by
stern laws crushed out the practice.
It is probable that tho deadly nature
of the American duel, by the side of
which the modern European duel is a
comparatively harmless affair, was
largely responsible for the laws which'
snuffed it out completely. The chances
are that If a larger per cent of Euro
pean duels resulted in work for sur
geons and undertakers there would be
a stop put to them presently.'
Th* kindergarten child has learned
what form has to do with beauty,
and how graceful forms may be
made from graceless material,
can not tell you this, but It will learn
tell you later on In life; at present It
is enough that It has learned the fact
of form, its philosophy will come
lator. It has learned the secret of
beauty, though it may be years before
lteanexpreee It It has learned to
make things out of other things, and
the child thÿt has learned this has
made preparations for educing Ideas
from other ideas. The constructive
faculty must be developed before the
analytical faculty can become activa
«Am original genius; " if he existed,
would be unintelligible because he
would not go step by step from what
Is already known to what is unknown.
Ho would be considered a lunatic.
Persons of strong individuality and
groat Intellectual activity often go step
by stop from known to unknown very
rapidly—so rapidly that rather than
take the trouble to keep up with them
people of oommon-sense have frequent
ly burned or hanged them. But now,
when a person declares that he is very
far ahead of the rest of us, we gener
ally content ourselves with calling him
a • crank, " as very often he Is. At
any rate; he is not "an original
genius." There is no such thing as
n original genius.
The greater emotional character
istic of woman is at once her oharm
and her cursa Like beauty, it is a
fatal gift, delightful always to others,
but a means of poignant suffering and
trial to herself. And yet none more
than men detest those other women
whoee calm judgment and superior in
tellect dominating their feelings tench
them to net on the supposition that
••mon were deceivers ever." If nil
men were honest generous in their
strength and honorably disposed
toward the weak, then it were well
enough for woman to retain her
impulsive ardor and self-sacrificing
spirit But the teachings of the
world are nil against the noble inell
nations of nature and the prospects ef
Christianity, and those women who
oontinue, after contact with society,
to wear their hearts upon their sleeves,
find themselves surrounded all too
numerously by pecking "daws." «Be
ye wise as serpente and gentle ns
doves" is the incongruous mandate
that anxious fathers would impress
upon their daughters, if mothers were
not at hand to forbid this disturbing
Introduction into minds beautiful in
their virginal i'ladditv and trustful
Puke of \T«llin(to:i C:trlr«tur«vt and
.M other* in* La «r* Libelled — One
Plant buffer* From Chron*
ic Inflige« t ion.
A noveUj of tho Botank . garden is
a plant whose leaf bears a remarkable
welUesecutod caricature of the i> uke
, ... ... .
of Wellington, save the Washington
Mar. all done in the veining. but in
I he interest of visitors it does not se
riously rival either the ••mother-in
law plant." a scrap of which swells up
your tongue so that you cannot speak
for days, or the famous ••butcher
plrvit" of Maryland, that has, instead
of leaves, so many pairs of toothed
jaws that close upon any insect ven
turing between to get at the sweetish
bait within.
This ' butcher plant" which grows
nowhere in the world save in tho
vicinity of Wilmington, N. C.. suffers
for its carnivorous habits, being a
chronic victim of indigestion. Each
1 A
stomach trap, having used up most of
•Jie gastric juice which it secretes in
digesting the first living prey caught
usually finds the second victim it cap
tutes disagree with it and tho third
it is enable to assimilate satisfactorily.
'%hen the trap turns from green to
brown and dies, iiko any leaf, other
fresh ones developing meanwhile to
take up the work of gobbling. After
all. this greedy vegetable is not nearly
so bad as the "cruel plant" as it is
called, whose flowers wantonly cap
ture unsuspecting butterflies that
alight to sip honey, and hold them
until they are dead, when tho grasp
of the ruthless petals is relinquished
and the luckless visitor is dropped on
the ground.
It is astonishing what intelligence
many vegetables exhibit. Naturalists
have come to be much inclined toward
thinking that a plant really has
thoughts. Its mind as they conceive,
is situated in the rootlet, which knows
so well always what path to pursue
through the soil in search of water.
Plants even employ ineecta as their
servants, in the work of reproducing !
their species, paying them wages in
honey. Most vegetables combine the |
two sexes in one flower; but breeding
••in and in"' is no more healthy for
them than it is for animals. One
blossom must marry with another if
the species is to be continued in a
healthy way.
So young Mr. Honeysuckle dresses
himself in a suit of bright yellow, and
perfumes himself deliciously lor the
purpose of attracting the gay butter
flies that.flutter around. He also pro
vides a small store of nectar in a
golden cup to offer any insect guest
that may come his way. Presently a
butterfly pauses to take a sip of the
sweet liquor, but in doing so she can
not avoid getting some of the pollen
on her head, and this she carries to
another honeysuckle, where she stops
for a second bit of refreshment, and
incidentally rubs off some of the pollen ■
upon its stigma Thus is accomplished j
the marriage of the flowers.
But the bee is the Cupid of the veg
etable world, to whom is assigned
roost of this marrying and giving in
marriage among the blossoms. There
is one kind of orchid that depends al
together for the continuance of its
species upon fights among bees. To a
moral delinquency on their part it
may be said to owe its survival entire
ly. The petals of each of its flowers
are so bent as to form a sort of little
tunnel, and to get at the honey a bee
must go in at one end or the other. If
nothing interferes It will never come
in contact with any of the pollen, but
now and then it happens that it meets
another bee which has entered from
the other side. Then there is a fight,
and in the scrimmage the combatants
get bounced around and are covered
with the reproductive powder. How
ever, to accomplish anything one of
these bees must go off and have the
same sort of fight in another orchid
blossom, so as to transfer a portion of
the pollen to tho stigma Luckily
this occurs often enough to perpetuate
the plant
Some kinds of orchids imitate to the
life bees, butterflies and moths, appar
ently for the purpose of attracting
these insects on the decoy-duck princi
plo. Tho object is not quite so evi
dent in the case of varietios of these
extraordinary plants whose flowers
counterfeit with amazing exactness
tonds, huge spiders and other animals.
Thero is one which presents the like
ness of a man hanging by the head,
und another that opens and shows a
beautiful dove in an inclosure of
There is an extraordinary flower
that grows in the hot and damp
jungles of the Malay Peninsula where
it is called by the natives "the won
der- wonderIt. is a blossom and
nothing else, without leaves or stem,
which grows'out of the wood ot decay
ing vines. This parasite is sometimes
three feet across, its globular central
cup haring a capacity ot six quarts.
The strong odor it exhales resembles
that of decaying meat so strongly that
flies swarm upon it. and it secures fer
tilization through their means.
A book might be made of the freak
plants of the world. There is the
vegetable boa constrictor of India
known as "the maloo-cllmber." which
twines around great trees and strangles
them, to death, so that they decay, fall
in. and often leave the empty tower of
climbers standing erect An African
nut called ■ ■ the balanites " is used as
a sort of natural bomb-shell; when
filled with gunpowder and set off It
explodes with a loud report The
familiar "Brazil nut" grows in hard,
spherical pods, each of which contains
from eighteen to twenty-four of the
triangular seeds that come to market
So beautifully are they packed by na
ture that no man yet has ever bees
* ble *> p " 1 ,hem h *? k thei r^
ceptacle after once they have been
taken out
1 A Perfect Lady, lelf.PouMied and Equal
to the Occasion.
It happened In a Clifton cable car in
Cincinnati A pretty girl, faultlessly
attired from the top of her bonnet to
( the tips of her dainty patent leather
shoes, jumped on the car in a great
hurry at tho Clinton avenue crossing.
She had been busily engaged in put
ting on a pair of long suede gloves,
; which, after she entered the car, she
proceeded to button with that indis
pensible adjunct to a woman's toilet, a
hairpin. This article proved refrnc
tory after a moment and flow from her
' Angers. It landed at the feet of the
young man who happened to be sit
ting beside her. He was a calm eyod.
, confident young gentleman, and he
picked up the hairpin and, instead of
returning it to her, gently took her
wrist in his left hand and gravely con
tinue^ the buttoning process. Every
man m the car had been watching the
pretty Clifton girl, some openly,
others furtively, from behind their
j newspapers. Now all the pa
j pere droppod, every one looked
aghast' and gazed at the pretty
girl to see what she would da She
did nothing. Not a muscle moved,
and sflie showed no consciousness of
what was going on. The young man.
with a conscious look of triumph.
; finished his pleasant task and the girl,
with a pre-occupied air, and not a
glance in his direction, opened her
j purso, took out a nickel and placed it
in his hand. His expression changed
with lightning rapidity; tho color came
in his face and he quickly murmured
what was evidently an apology. She
listened with a wilfully misleading air,
and handed him another nickel. Ry
this time his face had become scarlet
and he began u low-toned earnest pro
testation. The calm, cool and collected
young lady signaled the conductor.
; and as she rose to depart said in a
; clear, distinct tone, audible to every
one in the car: "You must be satisfied
with a dime. I never give more than
10 cents for having my gloves buttoned
i or my boots cleaned."
! Nary officers,
With the growth of the navy there
| begins to be a difficulty in officering
the new ships. When one of the white
ships was recently in need of a junior
watch officer half a dozen ensigns
were suggested for the place, but the
navy department, on looking the
young men over, found that for
various reasons not one of them was
available for the duty. The same
difficulty bus made it necessary that
officers with their tours of sea duty
two-thirds finished should be sent to
distant stations, a policy usually
avoided by the department, since it
necessitates the expense of a long re
turn journey by merchant steamer.
Canada Dona Wall.
Canada gives to its geological sur
vey only fbO.OOO a year, while the
I various geological surveys in our own
■ country absorb nearly $1,000,000 an
j nually. Yet Canada makes a fine
showing with this modest sum. The
annual geological records are in paru
records of original discovery and re
search, and with their fine maps and
photogravures, are as interesting as
many books of travel. Canada con
tains the largest unknown areas of the
American continent
Health lies in labor, and there is no
royal road to it but through toil.—Wen
dell Phillips.
Great souls are always loyally submis
sive. reverent to what is over them; only
small, mean souls are otherwise. —Carlyle.
As the seaweed Isenswathed by the rest
less waves, and the misty clouds by the
atmosphere, so are we enswathed by the
divine presence.—Joseph Cook.
Anger may be foolish and absurd, and
one may be irritated when in the wrong;
but a man never feels outraged unless in
some respect he is at bottom right.—Vic
tor Hugo.
The pretty woman fades with the roses
on her cheeks, and the girlhood that lasts
an hour; the beautiful woman finds her
fullness of bloom only when a past has
written itself on her, and her power is
then most irresistible when it seems go
ing.—Olive Schreiner.
A clergyman in England in an earnest
address to his parihioners advocating the
establishment of a cemetery asked them to
consider the "deplorable condition of H0,
000 Englishmen living without a Christian
burial. ' '
A Youngstown, O., ministerial widower
married again, and so soon that the
churches felt scandalized and none of them
would have him for a pastor. The only
thing to do with him was to promote him
to be presiding elder and this was done.
Quong Yo lek, a Chinaman, who has all
the advantages of a first-class educa
tion has recently married an Indian wo
man of the Houghies tribe, and they will
enter tU fleld as missionaries of the Meth
odist church, to which they both belong.
In laying the foundation-stone of a new
church the. other day Stewart Clark, ex
it P. for Paisley, made himself responsi
ble for a rather curious kind ot a climax.
Having occasion to refer to a certain
seventeenth-century divine, be described
him as having been ' •not only a credit to
the name of Christianity, but a credit to
Scotland !''
The Congregationallst tells of an err
ing church brother in Vermont who got
up in open meeting and made the follow
ing coufession : "Brethren, my conscience
compels me to confess that when boiling
down my sap this spring I put into the
kettle two buckets of water and sold the
sugar at the same price as that made
from pure sap. V
The latest freak is that of a Hoosier
Methodist preacher who swears in bis
sleep like "the army in Flanders." The
conference proposed to superannuate him
for it, but he proved thorough christiau
character and conduct during his waking
hours, and in hit own defense said that if
the devil took possession of him in his
; sleep he was not responsible tor it He
1 was acquitted.
«Thick Beads Like a Fairy Tale
Editorial Correspondence Chieaso Trsde Review.
China "thecelestial kingdom,"ever
wears a halo of mystery to those who
read of that far-away land. V e hear
with wonder that printing and the sur
veyor's compass had their origin there,
and that electricity was known among
the peopie of Cnina thousands of years
before Franklin flew liis kite, that gun
powder was used ages before - discov
ered" by a mens and adopted by other
nations. We learn, it we investigate,
that instead of being barbarians, liie
Chinese have ever been the most in
telligent and enlightened of nations.
The great trou nie with liie average
American is that he is too thoroughly
American for his own good, too preju
diced, *oo fond of thinking there is
only one land where intelligence exists,
and that, his own chosen country. But
notwithstanding such prejudice, ever
since the days of Confucius, genius
and skiii have been found in China,
and now the Western Worid is begin
ning to draw upon the celestial one
for its supply.
Less than forty years ago was born
in Foo Chou, a chiid, whose advent was
hailed with much feasting and rejoic
ing. The father was a learned physi
cian, nnc, being a physician in China
means a life-time's study, not two or
three paltry years, as it does here.
Moreover, he was a friend of royalty,
a man respected for his deep learning
and skill. The chiid was called C.
Cee Wo, and he, too, was brought up
in the chosen profession of his ances
tors. With the experience and the
reputation of his father as incentive
and teacher, it is no wonder that when
he began the practice of medicine in
China that his skiii and ability out
ranked competitors, that ho at once
stepped into the love oi the people aud
the favor of the Emperor. Natural
ability, culture and learning ail united
to make his practice seem weil nigh
miraculous, even in tho land where
thoroughness is the ruie and where
quacks are not tolerated. But C. Gee
Wo was of a mercurial temperament,
no "pent-flip Uliea" contracted his pow
ers. and he could not bear being "crib
bed. cabined and confined" by the limits
of any country, even though it be his
by birth. Line many a great man be
fore him. America was the objective
point of his desires and his ambition,
lie felt none of that hesitancy
and diffidence which makes the lit
tle mind, but, possessed of that
boundless assurance genius alone can
give, he started into practice in the
new world. Here his record of success
is even more pronounced than it was
in the land of his birth. Doubtless,
one reason for this may be found in the
fact that in America students put in
only a few years, two or three at the
utmost, to fit themselves to practice.
The coiieges here are almost daily
turning out so-calied doctors, ineffi
cient, unskillful, in fact, to use a
Shakesperian phrase, "scarce half
made up." In America are many
eminent physicians, but these are in
the minority. - The rank and file are
shiftless city lads, who long for a kid
glove profession, even where its emol
uments do not suffice to pay for said
gloves, and country boys who renounce
the hard labor of the farm for what
they are pleased to designate a "soft
snap." No wonder, them that the
physician, who, even in China the
land of skill, the abode of genius, and
where intelligence ana learning is the
rule, not the exception, should achieve
more than a passing reputation in a
country where such is not demanded.
From the start Dr. C. Gee Wo made
some of the most wonderful cures;
there was no difficulty in securing
cases where all other physicians had
failed, and seemingly no difficulty in
curing such cases, but at first those
who had been cured, from fooiish mo
tives of delicacy, hesitated to make
known the fact that the wonderful
cures had been effected by a China
man, instead of one of their own phy
sicians. Gradually, however, this
unreasonable idea gave way to a more
just and more sensible feeling. '-If
Chinese medicine cured me, to Chinese
medicine belongs the praise, " said the
more intelligent and soon it be
came fashionable to consult Dr. C.
Gee Wo, and cure after cure was ef
fected, to the delight of other patients
and to the horror of other doctors.
But the Chinese doctor never turned
to the right nor the left but went on
curing those who had been given up
by all other physicians, making the
blind to see, the lame to walk, and be
stowing joy. pleasure and health where
bud existed pain, woe and missery.
At the corner of Sixteenth ana Cali
fornia streets in Omaha this eminent
Chinese physician is located, and has
there been locuted for years. From
this establishment has gone out cures
which have astounded the city.
Wrecks of humanity have gone into its
doors and come forth hale and hearty.
No disease has. seemingly, been able
to baffle the wonderful ability iqarned
in that far off land; no sickness has
been able to prevail against the almost
miraculous skill of the famous Chinese
physician. No wonder his parlors are
daily filled from nine o'clock in the
morning until nine every night. If the
peopie are delighted, the doctors are
puzzled. • 'Does Dr. C. Ge Wo really
effect cures, ana if sa how does be ac
complish such?" was asked of one of
the oldest regular physicians of
Omaha "He does the curing good
enough." was the emphatic answer,
•■but as to how he does it, 1 only wish
I knew." In fact, it is whispered here
that on one occasion, after the curtain
o( nigiit had descended, a prominent
medical gentleman of Omaha one
whose name is known in every medical
college in the country, was seen going
up the stairs leading to the pariors of
Dr. C. Gee Wo, as rapidiy as his rheu
matism would permit him to ascend.
It is also said that, a weeic following,
when asked how it came he was free
from rheumatism, after suffering for
years, this eminent professional an
I swered carelessly, ••Oh. I triad a new
remedy," and then quickly changed the
subject. But the doctor neglectea to
state that the new remedy was known
in China a thousand years ago, ana the
his case he owes to a man to
cure ill 111» case uw - -
whom he cannot extend me hand of
fellowship, because bound by foolish
notions of ethics, although ho must re
aiize the foreigner's skill is far ahead
of his own.
But there are so many who oo not
now hesitate to endorse Dr. C. Gee
his skill woula bo
I nil powerful in
Wo, that to ueny
impossible, lie
chronic diseases; those who have been
given up should consult him. lhis we
do not hesitate to sky. ulthough we
make no charge for Such report. \\ e
write in the interest of our readers
alone, and to such Dr. C. Gee \\ o can
safely be endorsed. He is a man of
eminent ability and skiii, and will euro
when all others fail.
The following tines were composea
by a writer who grows most ent'nusias
tic whenever the name of this success- j
---;• .nnntinnod. !
ful medical man is mentioned.
From Manitoba'» frozen field».
To Southern land» of flower»,
From hustling West to hustling East.
Throughout this land of our»
There comes s long, united cry;
We hear wtier rc we xo:
••Hurrah for the plan ot lllie Chinaman,
Three cheers for G. Gee Wo.*'
It Is the cry of the cured we hear.
Coming ringing unto our ear».
Of those who are now the picture or hcslth,
Tho' sick and •offering for year».
No wonder their hearts are full of thanks.
No wonder their praise» flow;
"Oh. hear our eoeg, we re healthy and strong,
Three cheer» for C. Gee Wo."
Then let the sick look up nnd rejoice.
For relief is near at linhd,
Tnere is one who has a record long
Of cures Throughout tile l..ud.
There i» ape who makes the sickly strong.
The ehdbks with lic:dth to glow.
We'll sing his praise throughout our days,
llurrah for C. Gee Wo.
All Overgroivn Skin.
A curious »kin affliction, giving a
young girl the appearance of old age,
has been described by two French
physicians, Souques and Charcot,
under the title of ••cutaneous ger
oinorphisra." Tho case first came
under observation in 1881, when tho
patient was eleven years old. The
changes in the skit) were already re
markable, the face having its natural
lines and expression obliterated, and
the skin hanging in loose folds. There
was no history of dropsical enlarge
ment, however, and the parents at
tributed the changes to fright. At the
age of twenty-one the patient was
again seen, when it was found that
the changed appearance of the whole
body had been simply intensified. The
skin had become too large, and lost its
consistence and elasticity. There was
no evidence of disease or of premature
old age, except the strange alteration
of the skin that hud transformed the
features of an intelligent and pretty
child into those of an old woman.
Scroll the Continent In Less Thau
Five flays.
To the Wagner palace car "Grass
mere" belongs the honor of having
twice been hauled from ocean to ocean
in the fastest time ever made by a pri
vate car. This car. it will be remem
bered, in September last, conveyed
Bonanza Mackay and Miss Virginia
Fair from Sau Francisco to New York
in the wonderfully fast time of four
days, twelve hours and thirty minutes
and, but a few days since, this was
equalled oy a second performance.
One's feeling of astonishment at such
a feat is enormously heightened when
it is remembered that regular trains
only were made lise of, and that on
but one portion of the Trans-Conii
nental journey—from Council Bluffs to
Chicago—was tho car attached to any
but regular passenger trains. Be
tween those two points it was carried
by the Burlington Fast Mail, which is
composed entirely of postal cars, and
does not, as a rule, convey passengers.
The "Grassmere, I' on her second
trip, left San Francisco at 7 p. m., Ob
Saturday, October 21th, and arrived
in New York at 10:30 a. m., Thurs
day, October 29th. The occupants of
the car were: Mrs, J. C. Flood, Miss
Jennie Flood. Mr. James L. Flood,
and Dr. Nightingale, besides a maid,
cooks; waiters and a porter.
The route selected was in both in
stances precisely the same, viz: South'
ern Pacific System from San Francisco
to Ogden, Union Pacific Railway, Og
den to Council Bluffs, the Burlington
Boute from Council Bluffs to- Chicago,
the Lake Shore and Michigan South
ern, Chicago to Buffalo, and the New
York Central R. R. from Buffalo to
New York.
It would seem, if one may judge
from these two performances, that the
combined facilities of these great rail
way systems offer the fastest possible
highway across America
Weight hr Light,
Professor Oliver J. Lodge calculates
that the impact of light waves from
the sun produces a pressure on th6
moon's surface of about 1,000 tons. In
a total eclipse of the moon this force
is withdrawn, but aince the total at
traction of the sun on the moon is to
be estimated in millions of tons this
slight apparent diminution gives no
appreciable effect. Upon a very small
body, however, the pressure of solar
light might be equal to or greater than
the attraction of gravitation. Such n
body need not be infinitely minute, but
of a size comparable with that of e
grain of dust. It it conceivable that
the dropping off df comets' tails on
their approach to the sun is due to
this action.
■* Jlonnminl That Coat «000,000,
The monument to the memory of the
Duke of Hamilton, erected in the
grounds of Hamilton palace, cost
£180.000. It is a model of the castle
of San Angelo at Home; the gates are
a copy of the Ghiberti gates at Flor
ence, and the coffin of the duke is in
closed in a sarcophagus of black mar
ble which was brought from Aiexan
aria—London Tit-Bits.
tome of the poorest men on earth an
those who think they own millions.
They Have no Government
•We», ta .
Independent Estahltafcm.,,,,.
It Is not to be Imagined that
— —— » a VPc
itable nation of shop-keepers like :k
Chinese would remain, owing tn
refusal of their government
government to
tneir correspondence, destitute „C'
postal service. They have. ind^{ \
very complete system of their own.
tirely independent of the state. »
Cornhill magazine. In every tow»**,
any size may be seen ten or a do,
shops with the sign "HsinChii" i ,
ter office or postal establishment. ,
pended outside. Their business '* t
carry not letters only, but small n a i°
cels, packets of silver and the pJ
usually to other towns in the
province, but also on occasion to^!
provinces. They are, in fact. gn nera ,
carriers, or. perhaps it would be f air J
to say, they occupy much the », Z
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position in China now as did .J*
"agents" at Harwich and Dover f
j jj e postmaster general at the beg»
ning of the eighteenth century -«
miscellaneous are the packages coir..
ini tied to their charge.
They have no fixed tariff varyùm
according to weight and there ap.
pears to be no limit, within reason to
the size of letters,or parcels they win
carry. The charge for letters i s
fairly constant but in estimating the
cost of conveyance of parcels the she
and shape alone seem to be taken into
account A rough calculation is then
made, which the sender is at liberty—
if he can—to abate. In fact the
transmission of parcels is regarded as
being quite as much a matter of bar
gaining as the purchase of a pig. \ £
thero is no monopoly, each postoftic»
tries to underbid its rivals, and cum
petition sometimes verges on the
ludicrous. Since the institution of k>.
male post-ottico clerks in England,
how many complaints (doubtless
quite groundless) have there uot
been from would-be purchasers of
stamps who have been kept wait
ing at tho counter while the postmis
tress and her assistant compared notes
on last Sunday's fashions? in China
this deplorable state of things is re
versed. There each post-office has its
touts, who go rounds at very short in
tervals to each place of business to
beg for the privilege of forwarding
their letters. The bankers are the
best customers, and as post t ime draws
near, (post lime is fixed at the ope»
ports by tho departure of the local
steamer), you will see a tout enter s
bnnk and interrupt the clerk- with an
entreaty to bo allowed to convey the
letters they have not y et copied. He
is dismissed for half an hour, ami
meanwhile two or three rivals will ap
pear with the same re mest. Th«
lucky man is ho who happens to come
in as the letters are sealed.
It Was Boll» With Peaceful Intent, nil
Figured In a Great tlattlr.
The Rev. Benjamin L. A g new pm.
tor of the Bethlehem Presbyterian
church, corner Broad and D.amund
streets, recently mentioned a fact
which may be known to few, and will
be of interest to many, says tbo New
York Press.
■Fifty years before the war,'' ho
said, "my father. Smith Agnew, lived
with his stepfather, the Rev. Dr. Dob
bins, in the stone house on the Balti
more pike; a short distance below
Gettysburg. At that time he want
lad of seventeen years. He took en
tire charge of tho farm, which in
tome sections was very stony. One
day the thought struck him that these
■tones could be utilized by gathering
thdm and building with them a stone
walL He enlisted the services of »
nego who resided in the vicinity, and
together they hauled the stone to the
place selected and built tho celebrated
stone wall whose name will exist
while history lasts. "
Young Agnew built his wall with
great care; using large flat stone* «
binders and filling in with emaller
ones, little dreaming at that time whit
an important place that wall woula
occupy In the greatest battle of mod
ern times. It was here that lienersl
Pickett's division. headed by hie val
iant Virginians, made its memorable
charge, and although it was thrown
into confusion by the flanking fire «
Standard's Vermonters and Double
day's division, still pressed forward
and at last succeeded in planting »
Confederate flag on this wall, only
however, to be driven back with tne
loss of nearly three-quarters of ®
number by tho Sixty-ninth, Seyen y
first and Seventy-second Pennsylvsa
volunteers under General Hancock.
After peace had been proclaim
Mr. Agnew visited the old homwteaa
and found the old stone-wall standi"
in almost as good condition as wne
it hod been builL
Aluminum In. Plano*.
The rapidity with which^S
metal is applied to purposes
U1VWN wow I' - I--- ...
undreamed of is peculiarly charsr
istic of our tlmea Among the l
entdences of its progress Is the u
aluminum in the construction of J®
boards for stringed musical '
mente. It has been found to P® .
a latent quality, so It is *•** .
which makes it highly va ' u ®, ' neJ
this purpose, the "metallic
produced by the use of other #
being conspicuously absent
possesses an elasticity capable
pathetic vibration uniformly
a wide range of tone pitch, whi
dera it in this respect superior ^
A piano-making firm in Now ^
now making a piano with «n ^
num sounding-board in order
he practical worth of the a
■ _ jin
Rubins tela, the composer, 19
striking appearance. He b*» «M*
head, broad brain and heavyb- ^
there is not n single gray ,p»»e
his ags—sixty-two years.
English flnenUy, and is always
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