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QUEER AND CURIOUS THINC3 AND EVENTS. A Strang la'aa Aloasj Wfcaaa Snoroa Gloat Cram (oiMtlaa Atnla lowtrtU of Tn hM giMi lurd Fata. "The sky la .crowded, the rocks are bare. The spray of the tempest is white in air; The winds are out with the waves at play And I shall not tempt the sea today." "The trail la narrow, the wood is dim. The panther clings to the arching limb; And the lion's whelps are abroad at play. And I shall not Join in the chase to day." - "But the ship sailed safely over the sea. And the hunters came from the chase in glee; And the town that was builded upon a rock "Was swallowed up in the earthquake shock. Bret Harte. Crab Island. An interesting account of the giant landcrabs that swarm over Christmas Island, in the Indian Ocean, is given in Pearson's Magazine by Mr. Charles Andrews. These curious creatures sometimes attain a length of 2 feet, and are gaudily colored. "In Christmas Island these crabs are -common' everywhere, and even if none are In sight it is only necessary to sit down for a few minutes, when a dozen or so will be seen approaching from all sides.- They advance slowly, with frequent stoppages, and if the observ er sits quite still, they finish the last few with a rush, and then commenc investigating boots and clothes with their big claws with a view to getting ait something eatable. The experiment -was never carried beyong this point, as the consequences seemed likely to prove painful. As soon as the least moreraent was made, they would scramble away backwards by a suc cession of jerks, and seek to thrust the hinder part of the body into any Tiole or crevice in the rocks or tree- trunks that happen to be at hand; this aone, tney at once presented a bold front to the foe, and struck out vic iously with their lone, sham front loira. The reason for this anxiety to reach snelter is that the hinder part of the body is comparatively soft and vul nerable, just as it is in the cas of the liermit-crabs, which are often seen on English shores, living In old whelk shells; the creatures seem fully con scious of their weak point and always keep their face to an enemy. The dogs of the Island have discovered that they tau kill these crabs by biting away the soft tail, which they eat, and the older hands are very skillful in doing this, but for a novice tie attempt often leads to disastrous consequences; and sounds of lamentation, which can be heard a mile oft, uttered by a dog with a big crab hanging on to its nose or car, ought to be a warning to in cautious puppies. The pain inflicted must be very severe, for the claws have an extremely powerful grip. I have had the hard wood handle of a geological hammer scored and splin tered by them, for the animals seem to have very little discrimination, and will try to eat anything that has been handled and is a little greaay. In the matter of food these creatures are by no means particular, dead rats and birds, fruit, the pith of the sago palm, and even their wounded comrades, are tjuickly disposed of. They are very useful scavengers round a camp, and clear away all carrion, which .they often drag away a long distance. I have occasionally come across one la boriously dragging a bird's wing up a steep clifT half a mile or more from the place where it had been found." Artificial rty Maktna The trade of artificial fiy making is the lightest-fingered business in the world, and there are only about 500 fly tyers in the country. They are all highly trained, carefully picked work ers, and it is not one man or woman out of 5,000 who can learn to tie flies. These tyers are remarkable for the beauty and delicacy of their hands, and only the cleverest of fingers can deal with the "niggling" work of knotting hairs that can hardly be seen. In making a fiy, the earth has to be ransacked for precisely the correct feathers and hairs, and one hair wrong will make all the difference. A big English fly-making firm keep fourteen different breed3 of fowls alone at their workshops, and these provide feathers, down and hackles of every shade, color and quality. Half a dozen kinds of pigeons supply coarser feathers for moth wings, and in the "drying rooms" are over 1,000 skins of all kinds of tropical birds, and from each skin a few feathers only are usable. It takes an expert tyer only fifteen minutes to turn out a fly like the "late spinner." which consists of a tiny hook, with wings of Egyptian Cove feather, legs of fox hair and a body of mouse fur. wound round with a thread of yellow Ilk. A carelessly made fly will have neither legs nor "feelers." but the true expert adds the legs, and puts on a pair of. long "feelers" of cat hair, white at the ttp3. All of these tiny de tails will be exactly in their places, and so finely tied to the hook that the fly will take half a dozen strong fls and be none the worse. Bears' eyebrows, being stiff, and exactly the right shade, are nsd in the "Tweed beauty," a newly Invented fly. - and these eyebrows come from the Hima layan brown bear. There are always agents all over the world searching tropical forests for the right birds to supply fly-hackles, and one of ' the most-sought-after skins is that of the rare "green screamer," an African bird,; about, the size of a fowl,- which has a tiny bunch of feathers on each shoulder that are worth $15 per bunch to the fly-maker. One of these birds only supplies feathers enough to make rings for half a dozen files. Numbers of men spend their lives and lose them, too in collecting the right kinds of birds for fly-feathers. Several keen fly fishers invent their own flies and attend in person at the factory to have them made under their own su pervision. There is no limit to the en thusiasm of an artistic fly tyer, who will use hairs from his own eye lashes to finish off an extra special fly. Baby's, hair is a much-sought-after material, if of the right shade golden yellow for all the lighter salmon flies, and one curl will make a dozen first class flies. Tit-Bits. Pellran Days In Mlaaoart. There are great sights for bird lov ers at the lakes of St. Charles coun ty. Mo., these days. The pelicans are passing. The pelican is the largest of all migratory birds of Missouri and the Mississippi valley. Full grown, he is as large as a big turkey, but for all his bulk he is not physically- or mentally awkward. He can catch fish with all the cunning of men, and he is strong on his wings as a wild goose and skillful at circling to great heights as an eagle. The pelican is not known as a Missouri bird, but he visits the state every fall and spring on his migratory trips between the North and South, and it is unlikely there is an other place in the tin ted States where the big bird is seen in greater numbers than he may be seen at this season in the lake district between the lower Missouri and Mississippi rivers. From Marie . Temps . Claire, , thirty miles qbove St. Loui3, up the Missouri point to Ling's lake, forty miles above, there is a chain of prairie lakes in which the pelican delights. He can fish In the shallow waters and roost on their grassy shores, and every spring and autumn he visits these places, often times coming in great Socks of many thousand birds. Fifteen miles above St. Louis is a turn in the Missouri river known as Pelican bend. It is so named for the pelicans which stop there twice a year and fill the day with his noisy fishing. The big-throated fisher Is no ordinary bird. He is bright. If he were not he would have become extinct long ago, for the poorest marks man could hit a pelican if he got with in range of it, and the fields are filled with hunters. But a pelican is seldom killed. He flies high and does hi3 ground work in isolated places. He knows a man with a gun like a wild turkey knows an Indian from a- red fox. Chicago Chronicle. To Soli Oeorera I II. 'a Beard, England's new king seems to have gone in for housecleaning in a most thorough manner. Among the articles advertised for sale at auction as a re suit of clearing up the royal palaces are a set of ninepin3 which Albert Ed ward used to play with when a child, some garden implements used by the Empress Frederick when a little girl, a painting done by Queen Victoria when she was 12 years old, and most astonishing of all a part of the beard of George III. The English papers state, upon the authority of the cata logue of the sale, that the royal beard is among the articles ofTered. but it seems Incredible that King Edward, in his desire to get rid of the rubbish which has accumulated in his palaces and castles, should dispose of tho beard of hi3 great-grandfather. What will his Mahometan subjects think, those people who swear "by the beard of the Prophet"? New York Preis, Canst'e Rain RoliaCrops. Peasant life in the neighborhood of Vesuvius seldom is devoid of excite ment. There's bound to be "some-r thing doing all the time." The latest ruin wrought by the wicked old vol cano was brought about by the aid of Jupiter Pluvlus.- Immense volumes of smoke have been issuing lately from the crater, and then Nature, not con tent with what she had done in this direction, sent heavy rains, which, passing through the smoke, acquired properties. Thus the whole of the fruit crop in and around Naples, especially the cherries and apricots, has been destroyed. Pea3, beans, vines and J maize also have been burned so badly that there will be no yield this year. As a consequence hundreds of poor people are threatened with starvatioon, and appeals for aid have been sent to villages in more favored districts. New York Press. Ttaa X-Raf for Meetaanlaa! Uaa. Science Is ever at work producing, by new discoveries, wonderful changes in mechanical designs and enlarging the field of Invention, writes Rear Ad miral Hichborn in the Youth's Com panion. The principle of the X-ray, at first but a scientific toy, has been de veloped and applied successfully not only to the uses of surgery but to a number of mechanical purposes. It is now stated that- developments in this line have resulted in a torpedo, now being experimented with in Swed en, which can be controlled by the In visible rays of light from a station on board ship or ashore, the torpedo be- 1 ing steered by this invisible force oa i Its mission of destruction to the j enemy's vessel. Further experiments j are said to be in progress to adapt this ; weird power to the control of tho flight ' of the aerial torpedo. . White woolen suits f oi outing pur poses are much improved in effect when trimmed with white silk em broidered in blue polka dots. HI WiJITrD TO HOW. He ambled np to the winodw In a careless manner and put his elbow on the shelf for support. Then he drew a strong breath yon could tell U was strong without looking and smiled at the clerk. -t "Zish his informashun burro? he asked. In deliriously thick accents. The clerk nodded and looked wise. ' "Zish where xhay hie tell f oksh things?" "Its is." "Wise guysh." The clerk looked annoyed and waxed groggy as he Inhaled the atmosphere lingering Just outside. "If you have any business with me please state it at once," he said, an grily. "Zash It 'Zackly hie tell't right nowshohelpme! Shee, zish way. Came down town "shevenin t balance booksh no can't balansh anyshing he, he Rah fr but shay, whashwan' tell y' ish I met a frien' shay, you frien' o' mine?" "Yes, yes, I'm a friend of yours; but get a move on, old man, and let that crowd behind you take a peep.' The visitor wasn't so certain about that, but after surveying the angry line just subsequent to him, he stopped hesitating and went on: "Sho me'n my frien we took a drink hie an' here I am Rah f r but shay, whaswan' know Ish his infor mashun burro?" "Certainly, hurry up" "Well, I wansh know shay, Im go in' home I wansh know ish my wife got a club?' Denver Times. A MARINE TIKW. The ship had dropped anchor In the lower bay and the captain was nerv ously pacing the deck waiting for the owner's tug, say the New York Trib une. A man hailed the ship from a rowboat and said he was coming on board. The captain recognized him as a boarding house runner, and ordered him oft. The runner insisted. "The minute you come over the rail of this ship, I'll shoot you like a dog!" yelled the captain. " "You'll hang for it If you do!" yelled the man making his boat fast to the ship's side. "My ship's my borne, and I'd have as much right to kill you as a man on shore to kill a burglar," continued the the captain. "That's the instructions got from the owners on my last trip." Just then the owner's tug arrived and the runner took to his oars. "Wouldn't I have had a right to shoot him If he'd Insisted on coming on board?" asked the captain. The owner had consulted his attorney since the captain had been in port before and had to modify his orders. "The law is different than we thought," he said. "The ship is not your home, but your yard. You can de fend your cabin as if it wera your house. Thee forecastlee Is another building in your yard, the quarters of your servants. You can't k;ep their fiiends out by force." - , rorn.Kr. in the betting. "There goes the old colored man who has been trying to get the judge to let his boy off,"' said the barber. "Yes," said the police captain. "I wonder if he was successful." "No," volunteered the bailiff: "He j was untTieu wiiu auuiuer coioreu uoy, i and they were fined ten and costs each. I The judge told the old man he could uui iei enuer ut uem go. "Why not?" 'I don't know, but I suppose it was because they were coupled in the bet ting." COST IX THE CROWD. Tess (meeting Jess on the street) "What's the matter?" Jess "I've lost something, and I can't think just what it is." Tess "It's wasn't your " Jess "O! I know now. It was that little Mr. Snlpp. who was alking lith me." Tess "Then it was nothing, after all." Philadelphia Press. MAKING THINGS PLEASANT. Herbert: "Ma, you say nothing would make you happier than to know that I never, deceive you. - Then I -must tell you that I sold your diamond pin to the peddler for 30 cents and blew the money for fireworks." BARD TO (BOO'I From the Youth's Companion: Uncle Jerry Ardhedd had two neighbors, both of a somewhat controversial turn. One was a man who contended that nothing could be positively known that was not capable of absolute proof or a mathematical demonstration; the other was disposed to dogmatise about everything. They met at his house one evening, and a long argument on -things theo logical and otherwise ensued between the two, with the customary result. Neither of the disputants succeeded In convincing the other, nor even in shaking his opinion. "Well," said Uncle Jerry, drawing a long breath of relief after thy bad gone away, "there Isn't very much dif ference, after all. between an agnostic and and a co gnostic" It was a new word, but seems on of legitimate coinage. . - SCIKJTMa-IC -TEBVM9. "Natural selection." BE RAISED THEM; "That's Gilders. He's made pile." big "Yes, and there was a time when he had to depend on my brother Jack to bring up his children." "Nonsense! When did that happen?" "Often. The kids used to run in pret ty frequent to their, father's office, which was in the buildin' where Jack was elevator man." Philadelphia Press. WKLt, RECOMMENDED. Mistress "You say you are recommended?" weU x Maid "Indeed, ma'am, I have thir ty-nine excellent references." Mistress "And you have been in domestic service?" Maid "Two years, ma'am." Glas gow Times. LITTLE LACGHS. A WId 9 Ezparlaaoa. "Jenkins has just written a book on 'How to Succeed.' " . - "I wonder If it will be a success?" "It ought to be. Jenkins has failed at everything else." Life Bis tjauat Iask '"- . First Burglar (disgustedly) Only $2 in the house and the silver all plated! Second Burglar Yes; an' I s'pose I'll get ketched into the bargain. I al ius do get collared for these mean lit tle jobs that wasn't wuth doin. Puck. Quicker Than Thontht. A little boy hearing some one re mark that nothing was quicker than thought said he knew better than that; whistling was quicker than thought. Being asked to explain, he said: "In school the other day I whistled before I thought, and got a licking for it." The Evangelist. Orarbalaaced. Miss Swaggei- Exponents of phys ical culture tell us that we should not incline the upper part of our bodies forward In walking. Miss Swelldom I know, but it's simply impossible to stand erect while they wear these hang-over-in-front hats. Ohio State Journal. Distrustful. Stlckney I don't trust that new bookkeeper. Pickney Leave your umbrella where he can get it; then if he steals your umbrella you'll know he is a thief. SticKney Good scheme! Er do you mind stepping out a moment while I put the umbrella into position? Ohio State Journal. A Rlalaa Bealav ' Tess I never saw any girl so am bitious as that Chicago heiress. She had her choice of a German baron, a French count and an English duke. Jess So she took the duke, eh? Tess No. she took the baron, but she has arranged to marry the count next and then the duke. Philadelphia Press. ... " Not Praparvat for It. Towne Poor Subbubs Is laid np. He volunteered to open a car window for a lady and Brown Ah! Burst a blood vessel. 1 suppose? Towne Worse than that. The thing went up so easy that he pitched head long through the window. Philadel phia Press. Wtaaa Sprowtod. "Mamma." asked little Nellie, "what is an angel?" "An angel? Well, an angel Is a beautifuryoung girl that flies." "But, mamma, why does papa al ways call my nursle an angel?" "Hum," responded the mother, aftei a moment of thought. "Your nursle la going to fly Immediately." Kansst City Star. , . VIM Bawtta. All farmer boys who like to shoot hawks would have been delighted t have seen the Immense flock of hawki that surrounded an Indiana town re cently. There must have been 5,001 in the flock, at least 400 were killed before the birds concluded to mora on. What they were doing or when they came from, were equal mysteries BOY TOOK 10.000 VOLTS. ' I Ir War Walk Walter Budds, 9 years old, had a cur rent from an electric cable carrying; 10,000 voits of electricity pass through his body recently. That he was not killed Is considered miraculous, but the physicians at the Hartford hospital, where the boy is now suffering from the effects of the shock say that he will recover, says the Hartford Courant. Young Budds started out with Johnnie Farrell and Willie Cosgrove, young chums of his, to see the circus parade. They went to Main street ear the tunnel and after waiting for some time without the parade's coming in sight, they got uneasy. On Albany ave nue, just above the Main street Junc tion, the Hartford Electric Light com pany has a terminal tub through which the cables that bring the electric current in from the Farmington river pass into the underground system of the company. One of the boys sug gested that they climb upon the .roof of the terminal tub to see if the parade was coming down Albany avenue. They made a run for the tub. A lad der stood in the rear of the tub, and the tub is built several feet above the surface of the ground. Young Budds was in advance of the others. He was the first to mount the ladder and aslSar, tne Pities In Kansas and he climbed up the rounds he turned to Lhe other boys and said that he could get to the top first. The parade , was not in sight and that he might have a better view of the surroundings he reached from the top of the tub to one of the cables with the heavy volt age for the purpose of pulling himself onto the pole which carried the cables down through the tub. In taking hold Jr-S.JaZJ2re.'iVn by the patriotic enterprise of feet were jerked from beneath him, his body became rigid and blue flames shot out from the cables 'underneath the ' boy's hands. What appeared to the big crowd to have been a dead boy was brought back to life, and then the little fellow was taken to the Hart ford hospital in an unconscious condi tion. He was very weak on being re ceived at the institution, but during the afternoon he gained more strength and had a long sleep. Both his hands were badly burned and the index fin ger of his left hand was burned off. TO FOIL. CHECK RAISER. Now Bahama for Fravsntlna; Any Alter ations la Checks. More than 20 COD 000 000 nf nhpolra are used annually in the United States, and of this amount something like 18, 000 are "raised," the los3 falling on the drawer, for the "drawer of a -check Is chargeable with the amount paid on it, provided his signature is genuine, no matter for what amount he has pre viously filled it in. Many devices have been planned for foiling the check raiser, but the security check is the most perfect protection the ingenuity of man has yet unfolded. The check has been briefly described as follows: "On the left of the check is printed the safe-guarding schedule. The words di recting the payment of money are qualified by the following printed Into the body of the paper: 'Provided amount does not exceed that expressed in words and figures at end of sched ule.' After the drawer has wrltteja in the amount of money to be paid he ad justs a small paper cutter to that line of the upper half of the schedule which bounds the maximum amount to be paid in dollars, tens, hundreds, or thousands, and tears off the check down as far as the small ring in the center of the schedule. Then he re volves his ruler, adjusting it to that line of the lower half of the schedule which bounds the number of dollars, tens of dollars, hundreds or thousands, to be paid, and then completes tearing the check from the stub - along that line. This leaves in the hands of the drawer the check absolutely safe guarded from alteration, for the left hand margin expresses in words and figures the amount not exceeding which it has been drawn." The device is used by scores of banks and by hundreds of prominent firms, although it has been before the public but a short time. It is used not only on . checks but also notes, receipts, drafts, bills of lading, and other pa pers, and Is suited for use of money orders and tickets. Fartagara 11 horn of Portugal is suffering from a plethora of money just now. Not gold, of course; nor silver; but copper. So vast is the supply of this inferior metal that ordinary people are exceedingly chary of changing such few gold coins as they, may come into possession of. The copper coinage is big and cumber some, and it is also depreciated, so that, in order to avoid being burdened with it, it has become the custom, in the larger cities at all events, to ase street car tickets as currency. In the provinces postage stamps are made tc serve a similar purpose. Meanwhile the government at Lisbon goes on se renely minting the obnoxious coins which nobody, will use at the rate oj some 80 tons a month. Aaasrtfa Clyda tlao Dotawara. The Delaware Is the river of great ocean shipbuilding In the Unite-1 States. From Philadelphia to Wil mington there are seven great con cerns and several smaller ones. With In the past few months these yards have had under construction more than seventy vessels, representing a ton nage of over two hundred thousand and a combined cost of something like $30,000,000. - The Cramps had consid erably more than one-half of this, but there were enough millions left to keep the other concerns busy and prosper ous. Saturday Evening Post. MtmttttttTTtlll HIHI i titssss Tiers TrOtes. tlMMMtttlHlltHllllnt As Is well known the seed of the hard, red Russian or .-"Turkey" wheat, for the production of which Kansas has become famous, was originally brought' from the Crimean peninsula of Southern Russia. Kansas wheat growers and millers are convinced of the great desirability of sowing from time to time imported seed, or seed di rectly descended from imported stock, in order to maintain in future without possible impairment the high grade of wheat and flour they now produce.. To this end the State Millers' Associa tion and the State Gritln Dealers' As sociation appointed last year a joint committee to import and distribute at actual cost a cargo of seed in time for this year's sowing. Inquiries about this are constantly being made of the State Board of Agriculture, 'and Sec retary Coburn is now authorized to give the. following information: Fifteen thousand bushels of this wheat, the product of one man's rais ing, was due to reach New York direct from the Crimea, 'July 5. It will arrive at Kansas City, in bond, about July 15, be stored in a government ware house, and distributed from there in Oklahoma by whom it was ordered. This wheat will be in sacks holding 3 bushels, and Mr. B. Warkentin, of Newton, Kan., chairman of the com mittee having the importation in charge says that as near as he can figure the cost will be very close to $1.80 per bushel, exclusive of local freights on small lot's. This, all things considered, is a very low price, and of course is only made the gentlemen who undertook the pur chase and importation for the public good. Mr. Warkentin will distribute from 1,500 to 2,000 bushels of the seed to applicants while it lasts, and the fol lowing named parties will also have It in quantities for the same purpose, viz.: J. D. Bowersock. Lawrence; Thos. Page, Topeka; A. T. Rodgers, Beloit; Murdock Grain Co., Clifton; Arkansas City Milling Co.. Arkansas City; C. Hoffman & Co, Enterprise; H. M. Hai loway, Larned; . Geo. H. Hunter Mill ing Co., Wellington; Imboden Milling Co., Wichita; Walnut Creek Milling Co.. Great Bend; Stafford Milling and Elevator Co., Stafford; Janett & Moffett, Peabody; Thorstenberg Grain Co.. Lindsborg; The Hal stead Milling and Elevator Co.. Hal- stead- aU In Kansas; also the Black- 1 11 ..111! .1 T71 1 4 T"l 1 1 well Milling and Elevator Co.. Black- well, Okla., and Kingfisher Milling Co., Kingfisher, Okla. There is not a winter wheat grower in Kansas who should fail to secure a few bushels of this seed, which has come direct and through first hands from the original source of supply. An Atchison county woman sold $1,000 worth of butter last year and an other woman made $564 by selling but ter and eggs. Secretary Coburn advises the farm ers to burn their wheat stubble when ever possible, so. as to cremate the Hessian fly. An Emporia man who was arrested for striking a little girl claimed, as his defense, that he thought she was his own child. The combined weight of Hoi ton's three heaviest citizens James Tucker, Moses Sarbach and William Fisher is 1,070 pounds, or mere than half a ton. So many of the employes of the Lyons salt plant deserted to go into the harvest fields that the plant has shut down until after the crop is gath ered. James Jenkins, of Grant township, pays 25 cents apiece for all bull snakes three feet or more in length. He tames them and trains them to catch mice and rats. Kansas has 52.000.000 acres of land without mountains and without swamps; also thirty-eight rivers, 163, 000 acres of artificial forests and 14, 000,000 fruit-bearing trees. How's that Columbus wants a tower clock for the court house. The state board of health ought to do something about Topeka. There are records on file to show the pres ence of "nemona," "lagrip," "tobacu losis," "tyfoe numonla," "sulsided," "parlysls." "blodd poison," "absess," "spinal mengetis" and "palHIs!." Harry Smart, of West Atchison, started to take a trip around Cape Horn. After traveling about 500 miles on the steamer he decided that he had enough of it and landed at the first post. He is back working on the farm, where sea-sickness is unknown. All other claims regarding the whereabouts of the meanest man ii Kansas are swept aside by the Douglas county man who tried to send his mother to the poor farm on her 99th birthday. And he owns 240 of the, most fertile acres in the county, too. Emporia refuses to be outdone by Eldorado. As soon as it became known that an Eldorado shipper pays all freight charges on chickens by the eggs laid in transit Emporia unearthed a citizen who pays all expenses of shipping eggs by the chickens hatched In transit. The city marshal of Hope, a town of 300 population, has collected tax on 165 dogs and killed 50 on which no taxes were paid. Nearly everybody there must have a canine pet. A few days ago the county treasurer of Miami county sent a little draft for L$79,592.50 to the fiscal agency in New York, which wiped out the last vestige of the county's indebtedness. Complaint is made in Ciaflin and other towns along the wheat belt be cause gamblers are flocking out to cheat the affluent, but unsuspecting, harvest hand out of his hard earned money.. .