WHILE BPIKETOWN COUNTED SIXTY
j HOKO PREPARED IT.
A rTQf—or of tk Art of Xwgerd—ala
. KBilfhUu o Wbolo Tows* oft Fifty
I Coots o Bead, on tlio Difficult mad Bi
' Mpnstlsf Subject of Cooking.
' Nobody had ever heard of the cele
brated Hoko Effendi, but the public
curiosity to tea him waa no lea* keen on
that account. In the little western Illi
nois town on which he had alighted like
a flaming meteor the visit of a professor
of magic was an event. AH that was
known of him was that he had made his
appearance about the time the stage
coach from ShacksvOle came in, and
was supposed to have traveled in that
conveyance; that he had procured the
printing of several hundred nma.ll bills
at the office of The Blizzard, promising
to pay for them the next day.
The evening came. The price of ad
mission to the entertainment was fifty
cents for adults, children half price.
The celebrated Hoko Effendi was hi?
own doorkeeper, and the people of Spike
town turned out in large numbers.
There were no deadheads except the
editor of The Blizzard and the dignified
citizen who wore dyed whiskers and a
(lug hat and announced himself at the
door as the mayor.
When the audience began to show im
patience by the customary stamping and
whistling the world renowned master of
Egyptian magic accepted the proffered
services of a leading citizen as door
keeper, and went back to the other end
of the hall, disappearing behind the cur
tain that hid the stage from view.
In a few moments he reappeared in
front of it and made a pleasing little
speech, requesting close attention to the
performances, as many of them were of
a nature bordering on the supernatural,
and promising an entertainment such as
had never been seen in Spiketown be
fore and never would again.
After performing some curious tricks
with playing cards he announced that
the first really difficult feat of the even
ing would now be shown—that of baking
a cake without a pan of any kind.
“The ladies in the audience,” he said,
“when they bake cakes are compelled
to use butter, eggs, flour, sugar, fla
voring extract, icing, etc., and put the
dough in a hot oven. Ido nothing of
the kind. By the simple manipulation
of flour, sirup and a hat I can produce
a cake in five minutes that no lady in
this house can equal. I will make u
cake that a committee, to be selected
from the ladies present, will pronounce
the best they ever tasted. I will do this
or forfeit SIOO. Will some kind gentle
man present oblige me with the loan of
a high silk hat? Will you kindly lend i*
to me? I will take excellent care of it
and return it in a few minutes.”
The mayor demurred.
“Your hat will not be injured in the
least, sir," the magician assured him.
“I will return it to you without spot,
blemish or stain. I have performed this
feat thousands of times without the
slightest injury to the hat.”
The mayor of Spiketown, thus ap
pealed to, relented and handed over hi
Then the magician produced a pan of
flour, which was passed through the
audience aud unanimously declared to
be genuine. He poured it into the hat.
Then a quart measure half filled with
New Orleans molasses was produced and
handed around in like manner, pro
nounced the pure, unadulterated stuff,
and returned to him. He poured this
into the hat likewise and stirred the
mixture with a long lead pencil. The
mayor involuntarily gasped and half
rose in his seat, hut the wizard again as
sured him, with a wave of the hand,
“Your hat will not be injured in the
least, my dear sir,” and he proceeded
with the performance.
“Now. ladies and gentlemen,” he said,
we will witness the finale, the denoo
tuong, as it were, of this unparalleled feat
of illusion. 1 can bake the cake jnst as
well on a piece of ice as on a stove; but
as there happens to be q good fire in this
stove near the stage 1 will bake it on top
of that. Again, i assure you, Mr. Mayor,
that your hat will not suffer the slightest
Stepping briskly down, he placed the
hat on the stove.
“Now, good people,” he said, “keep
your eye on that hat till you can
count sixty. 1 will retire and prepare
the esoteric climax.”
He mounted the stage and stepped be
hind the curtain.
In a moment a smoke went up from
the hat on the stove, and the odor of
something scorching filled the air.
The mayor of Spiketown jumped from
bis seat, and with one bound cleared the
distance that lay between him and the
He lifted fads precious hat.
The bottom, or rather th* t.,p, fell
out. The fizzing batter spread out over
the store. It hissed and sputtered and
flew. Aqd even as the mayor held up
the hideous ruin of his once glorious hat
and looked through it some of the yel
lowish mixture trickled on his vest and
ran in sad, discouraged, bilious looking
streams down his trotted*.
His honor spoke • few words briefly,
but emphatically—through his hat—and
broke for the stage, followed by several
of the leading citizens of Spiketown.
Behind the curtain were several empty
barrels end boxes.
* And the back window w* op.
Bomewhere in this witlo, wide world
the wizard of the Orient is still wander
ing about, happily unaware doubtless
that a standing reward of fifty dollars
and no questions asked Is offered by the
mayor of Spiketown, Ills., for informa
tion that will lead to the arrest and con
viction for the crimes of grand larceny,
malicious injury and obtaining money
under false pretenses, of one H*ko Ef
endi, master of Egyptian magic and so
called eighth wonder of the world.—
into a quarrel la Twsuty-thfad street,
user the fifth Avenue hotel, the other
day, and after exhausting their respec
tive vocabularies they fell to pommeling
each other viciously. IJmy were of the
tough species, both physically sad social
ly. Their altercation naturally attract
ed much attention in that thoroughfare,
and a score or more persons stopped to
watch the conflict. Nobody showed any
desire to interfere until along came a
bright and breezy tailor made girl, walk
ing as erect as a soldier and with a
quick, springy step. She took in the
fight at a glance, and stopping within
an arm’s length of the combatants she
commanded them to desist. Each boy,
with scant breath, conveyed to her in a
rude, slangy way his desire that she
should mind her own business.
“What’s that you say?" said the young
woman, as she stretched out two gloved
hands toward the boys. “Mind my own
business, eh?” and the next instant the
two hands were drawn back with a
vigorous jerk, with a boy bungling from
each hand. With a firm grip on their
coat collars the athletic girl knocked
the heads of the bellicose boys together
as easily as if she were bundling a pair
of three pound dumbbells. Then she
shook out what little breath had re
mained in the lads and threw them
away from her, one toward Fifth avenue
and the other toward Sixth avenue.
The lads gasped and made as much haste
as they possibly conld to get away from
the pretty amazon.—New York Times.
Paying Women the Same as Men.
The school board, of St Paul has abol
ished the distinction of sex in the mat
ter of salaries. Hereafter the women
teachers will receive equal pay with the
men. In establishing the schedules of
future compensation for the teachers of
the high school and the manual labor
school no sex distinction is made. Here
after it will be purely a question of ca
pacity, individuality and efficiency. The
schedule adopted reads:
Grade 3—First year, $850; second
year, $1,000; third year, $1,000; fourth
year, $1,100; fifth year, $1,100; sixth
Grade 2—First year. $1,000; second
year, $1,100; third year $1,206; fourth
year, $1,300: fifth year, $1,400; sixth
Grade I—First year, $1,000; second
year, $1,200; third year $1,400; fourth
year, $1,50); fifth year, $1,6*30; sixth
year, $1,700; seventh year, $l.BtX); eighth
year, $1,900; ninth year, $2,000.
Thus, no matter whether the teacher
beman or woman, the salary for the
same service will be identical.—Boston
In moving to anew place of residence
we found on the premises a large cat
which had been left there by the former
occupant. She was not of the real do
mestic kind, but lived principally in the
barn, occasionally venturing into the
house to obtain her food. On one oc
casion, much to the surprise of my wife,
she came up to her and mewed several
times, turning each time toward the
door leading to the barn. This she re
peated until Mrs. N was induced by
curiosity to follow her, when she led the
way to a barrel half full of straw, up
the side of which she climbed, all the
time mewing and looking at my wife,
and there were five kittens, cold and
dead. Mrs. N remarked, “They are
cold and dead, pussy,” and the cat went
She would sometimes scratch the chil
dren, and we were fearful she would
seriously injure them, and one day 1
said in her presence that “1 would shoot
her.” She was missing for about six
weeks, and of course 1 had then “got off
the notion.”—Forest and Stream.
Why Hia Eyesight Failed.
Dr. Optycuss—You are standing at
eighteen feet. Can you read these
Dr. Optycnss—Approach two feet
Dr. Optycuss—This is strange! Come
four feet nearer. Now?
Dr. Optycuss—Most remarkable case
I ever met. Stand four feet away from
the chart. Can you read now?
Dr. Optycuss—Great Pisistratus! am 1
mad? Young man, yon are the most re
markable case that has come within Iny
experience. Yon conquer me. Yon can
know more about yourself than I do.
Have yon any idea why you can’t read
Patient—l never learned to read. —
'’—■ 1 ■ \
The Tell Hat in England.
No one ever says a good word for the
tall hat. It is reviled and abased on all
sides, afld yet it holds its own against
all corners with an immobility worthy
of a better cause. Nearly all the syn
onyms—and they are many—adopted to
designate the tall hat are of a disrespect
ful character. Men liken tt to a stove
pipe or chimney pot; the nice “topper”
itself is decidedly lacking in dignity.
But though we are told that nothing
kills like ridicule, ridicule has who! y
failed to overthrow the dominion ef the
tall hat. If the last man be an English
man, we can well imagine that his hn
pavid front will face the tain of the
universe beneath the shelter of a silken
tile. —London Globe.
Imago* from Easter Island.
In the ethnological collection in the
University museum are two carved Im
ages from Easter island. They are
made of hard native toromiro wood,
with eyes of bone and obsidian and
breastbone and ribs sharply defined.
These figures hare been called house
hold gods, hut it is said they were never
worshiped, although they ere regarded
as representations of spirits. It is said
they were meant to represent deceased
chiefs end persons of note, and were
given a pines of honor at feeateaadeer
▲ —mwtoff MB* Inane Between fee
ienis tU Menses dneL
Be lives in Evanston, and during the
pasttwo years haebeen paying his ad
dressee to one of the most
girls on the north aid* The wedding
day has not been namad, but their en
gagement was aunounoed almost a year
Several weeks ago, while they,were
walking home from church one Sunday
night, they ran across a cat that was
wailing piteously on a doorstep. “Do
you hear that, JinT she
grasping his arm with a closer grip.
“There’s something the matter with ***♦
poor little pussy. Pm going to see what
“Nonsense!” he replied. “Let's go on:
the cat will take care of itself.”
“No; let’s see what is the trouble."
Without more ado the young woman
ran up to the cat and was horified to
find that the animal had evidently been
run over by a wagon, as its spine was
dislocated and it was barely able to
crawl by dragging its hind legs.
“She’s done for, sure enough," com
mented the Evanstonian. “She won’t
last long. Come on, now." •
The girl suddenly straightened up to
her full height. “Do you mnan to say
that you would leave any s.Tvima.l to
suffer like this? There is a drugstore
on the next corner. Bun over there and
boy an ounce of chloroform. Hurry,
now, there’s a dear!”
“Nonsense! You don't suppose I*m
going into the business of doctoring sick
cats on the streets at night, do you? Be
“And you don’t suppose I’m going to
let this cat suffer here, do you? Go and
bring me a bottle of chloroform in
“I won’t do it.”
“Bnt I insist.”
“You certainly can’t be in earnest?”
“I certainly am. If you don’t do it I
will go after it myself."
“You want to make me appear ridic
“Hurry up. dear!"
For a moment the young man did not
stir. The blood rushed to his face, and
he began to grow angry. “See here!”
he exclaimed. “This is carrying mat
ters entirely too far. I will permit no
woman to make a fool of me like this
m get your chloroform if you really in
sist, but I warn you—you’ll never have
a chance to do such a trick again. I will
never have anything to do with you
again. Mark that!”
“Get the chloroform.”
“If I do everything is over between
“All right; bring it.”
Two minutes later a fine lace hand
kerchief saturated with the anaesthetic
was applied by a fair, white hand to the
nose of the suffering brute and the wail
Here this story should end. A regard
for the truth, however, compels the ad
dition of the statement that the young
man thus far has actually carried his
threat into execution and the prospect
of that wedding grows dimmer and
A Successful Ruse.
A couple of thirsty fellows who had
been loafing all the forenoon on the
quays at Stockholm tfrere struck with a
brilliant idea. They borrowed an old
brandy keg and half filled it with water.
Then one of them slung it on his shoul
der and took it to the nearest spirit
vault, where he stated that he had been
sent by one of the skippers in port to
have the keg tilled with brandy.
“The captain is sorry he only got it
half full yesterday and thinks it would !
be better to have it filled to the top.”
The keg was accordingly held nnder
the tap till it was full, and the fellow
hoisted it on his shoulder, but as he was
about to walk off with it he was stop
ped by the clerk, who demanded pay
ment for the spiritsA
“Hasn’t our skipper a running ac
“Bless me! I must have gone to the
wrong shop! There is nothing for it
bnt to empty half the keg back again.”
This was no sooner said than done;
after which our hero merrily went in
search of his companion.—Dagblaedt.
The Indian Attendants on the Queen.
The Indian attendants who now inva
riably accompany the queen are a source
of great trouble to the court officials
who have charge of the various arrange
ments. The Indians require to travel
by themselves in a separate saloon, and
their meals and all refreshments must
be served to them in the train at the
stopping stations instead of their going
to the buffets with the suite and the
Special arrangements have also to be
made for the Indians at the hotels, which
cause much bother and considerable ex
tra expense. Yet they have practically
no duties and are perfectly useless ex
cept for show.—London Tit-Bits.
Taking Off a pom Collar.
It is not always i&norant persons who
fail to observe closely. Coleridge and
Wordsworth took a drive with a friend.
After great difficulty the horse was un
harnessed, except they could not get the
collar off. One of them said it was a
“downright impossibility” and that the
horse's head must have grown since the
collar was put on. “La, master,” sai<
a girl, “turn the collar upside down."—
Anxious to Close (Jp.
Hostess—Won’t you sing something.
Mr. G.—There are so many strangers
Hostess—Never mind them; they'U be
gone before you get half through.—Ex
The natives of the Antilles sat alli
gator eggs and esteem them as a great
luxury. They are said to never trouble
themselves about the fetefanc* te the
If half ttcuboted it* aßthe bet- 1
5r In their estimation. —Exchange.
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Mfill flf SMMm H
TBifflT EMM whk “kflflllfl dltiiixlnn sirldm”
sifiniS|ln irsfl En IIIUEUUf rtuUfl tO tMI mamas mWa
an.ir*pTfSl Dna SwuJir FttOßttti
brakes with the Bitten. The gealsl wsnath
which this superb medicine diflhscs through the
system, thelapetaalt glees to the circulation at
the Wood, its soothing tod strengthening effect
enfeebled sad ties. ’Tie the greet f+rptf
William H. Rieger, who went abroad
with tiie Aiioo society as solo tenor,
been engaged to sing at the Worcester
Mme. Sissieretta Jones, the “Black
Patti," wil] tour the country for the
next three years under the management
of Major Pond.
Mr. Boloesy Kiralfy has arranged a
new spectacle which he has niisd “The
Orient,” and intends producing it in New
York city in the fall
The play Comedian James T. Powers
will star in next season h*a been called
“A Mad Bargain.” It is by Mr. John
J. McNally and Mr. Julian Mitchell.
Mias Adelaide Detchon will make a
tour of this country next season, be
ginning in November. Mias Detchon is
an American girl, and has been for five
years before the British public.
Mr. Franz Rommel will be the pianist
of the Arion concerts during their tour
through Germany. He will play again
in this country next season, his tour be
ginning in California early in September.
Mr. Hugh Fay, the oomedian, denies
that he is going to leave the stage and
go into the real estate business. Next
season, together with Mr. Barry, Mr
Fay will tour the country in anew Irish
One of next season’s attractions will
be “A Box of Pills,” said to be a musi
cal farce comedy. Another farce re
joices in the name of “A Piece of Ice.“
It will be thrust upon a sweltering pub
lic in August.
Anew dance, called “The Widow’s
Dance,” has been introduced in “A Trip
lo Chinatown.” It is performed by a
quartet of high kickers, made up o?
Mollie Thompson, Ricca Allen. Madge
Davenport and Cad Wilson.
Miss Marie Tempest will sail fo: this
country on Aug. 6 to begin rehearsal.-
of Messrs. De Koven and Smith’s new
opera, “The Fencing Master,” which
Manager J. M. Hill is to produce. lit
two acts of the opera Miss Tempest will
appear as a boy.
The new comedy adapted by William
Gillette from the French of Bisson and
Carre, which is to be produced at the
Madison Square theater on Aug. 8, has
been called “Settled Out of Court.” Mrs.
Georgie Drew Barrymore and Mr. Joseph
Holland will play the leading characters
We offer oue hundred dollars reward
for any case of Catarrh that can ot be
cured by Hall’s Catarrh Cure.
F. J. Cheekey & Cos.. Prop-,
* Toledo, Ohio.
We, the unde?signed have known F.
J. Cheeney fr the last 15 years, aud be
lieve him perfectly honorable in all busi
ness transactions aud financially able to
c*rry out any obli ations made by their
Ann. Wes* & Truax, wholesale drug
gisfs, Toledo, Ohio., Walling, Kinnau &
Marvin, wholesale druggists, Toledo, O
Hall’s Catarrh Cureistakeu internally,
acting directly upon the blood and mu
ms sur aces of the system. P ice 75
ents per bottl**. Sold by all druggists.
The Modern Way.
In India they drown a great many of
the girl babies. It is a time honored
custom, but not universally approved
from a therapeutic standpoint. In civ
ilized countries they pnt corsets on the
girl babies, which brings about the same
results, without the shock, which is a
sure concomitant of the Indian method.
Moreover, babies last longer under the
modern system, and it is especially
prized by people who prefer to keep
their girl babies for a few brief years.—
What a Flood Lavei Behind.
The worst feature of a flood is the fact
that the river is apt to leave a deposit of
sand, varying in thickness from one inch
to ten feet, over a large extent of land
that was formerly fertile. In the flood
of 1858'a great many farmers in the
American Bottom on going back to their
premises after the subsidence of the
waters, found their property covered
with river sand in beds so thick that
two or three years elapsed before good
crops could be raised.—SL Louis Globe-
The Piece for Him to Cell.
Mrs. Witherby—Your old clothes man
was around today.
Witherby (grimly>—Tell him next
time that, if he wants to look at any old
clothes of mine, he will have to call at
the office and see them on me.—Ex
Hew Ante Are Bates.
Ante are eaten by several of the minor
nations. In Egypt they are eaten raw.
with sugar: in Brazil they are sirred
with a resinous sauce, and in East India
•tewed in buffalo grease or fried in
butter.—St. Louis Republic.
A Grave In the Csater,
The exact geographical center of the
United States is marked by a grave—
the last resting place of one Major Og
den, who is buried on a little knoll a
short distance northeast of Fort Riley.
Felicia—My last offer of marriage was
flattering, but l refused it.
Rowena—Well, no girl ought to ac
cept her first proposal.—Kate Field’s
high tower, and ray night Ms wife
used to come and weep at its foot “Go
home,” said the husband, “and find a
black bestie, and then bring a bit of
butter and three strings -one of fine silk
one of stoat twine, another of whipcord
—and a strong rope."
When aha came provided with every
thing he told her to pat a touch of but
ter cm the beetle’s head, tie the silk
thread around him and place him on the
wall of the tower. Deceived by th*
smell of butter, which he supposed waa
above him, the insect continued to as
cend till he reached the top, and tbu?
the vizier secured the silk thread. By it
he pulled np the twine, then the whip
cord, and then a strong rope, by which
he finally escaped.—Detroit Free Press.
Tls Earth to B# Uke the Moos.
The water of the earth is all destined
to disappear from the surface of the
globe by being absorbed by subterranean
rocks, with which it will form chemical
combinations. The heavenly spheres
exhibit sufficiently striking examples of
such an evolution. The planet Mar?
shows what will become of the earth
in some thousands of centuries. Its seas
are only shallow Mediterraneans of less
surface than the continents, and these
do not appear to be very high; and in
the appearance of the moon, all cracked
and dried up, we have a view of the
final state of the earth—for the absorp
tion of the water by the solid nucleus
will be followed by that of the atmos
phere.—Popular Science Monthly.
Early Risers, Early Risers, Early Risen,
the lamous little pills for constipation, sick
headache, dyspepsia and nervousness. M.
Ffriefilj Well. V
Fillmore, Dubuque Cos., la., Sept.. 1-eSO.
Miss K. Tinoigan writes: My lumber and
sisier used Past oc Koenig's Nerve ionic for
neuralgia. They are both perfectly -aeli ru>w
and nyor tired of pra;s.ug tee fouic
Las Vegas, 'Cst ii-iico. July S,
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fright and see gave me Lar bosom because I
was erring, aud two hours arter I uod he ftra:
a-.’ti'A of heart Pastor Koenig’s Nerve
i Tonic has d:-ce me uiuchgo and aud ha.- ha I tee
iesired effect. MI-dUEL A. GUERIN.
_ MosaiLioN. Art, Oct li, l&X
For four years my ste>iaoghter was auo;eci
to epileptic fit-, and the ue of Pastor Koenig's
Nerve tonic gate imui.-diaie satisfaction aud
di.'-c she taking it so. na.- not Lau
evea ine sJigctest symptoms o: the disease, liy
beau tfbit thanks to thi medicine.
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This remedy has been prepared by the Reverend
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