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mine Joined together in a kind of dry hollow and were separated from each other high rail fence. That fence, .as well as the hollow, ran , due east and west. To the east was. Tom Lamkin's pasture, whose land joined ours, and whose fence ran in directly ' the opposite direction. The hollow from Lamkln's land down to the west ern extremity of ours was quite de scending; and in the lower corner, on John's side of the fence, was one of the largest, coolest, and most invig orating springs I ever saw, writes David Hill in New York Times. If I do say it I always envied John that beautiful spring. Finally an idea entered my head that. If I dug into the ground on my own side of the fence, just a few rods above John's spring, I might tap the vein that furnished the supply, and so convert a portion of that water to my own use. So I went at It And my success was greater than my expectations. For, in less than four feet of soil I struck a vein of water that boiled up like a miniature fountain. It rose higher and higher, and bubbled and gurgled, until finally it overflowed the hole and went pouring down the in cline like a young spring freshet. I was in ecstasies. The elation over my good fortune led me to steal over to John's spring Just to see how the two compared for quantity and circumference. Well, bless my soul! Judge of my astonishment when I found that John's spring was dry as the table lands of New Mexico. I had cut off the main channel connecting the water with his land, and had converted the whole of that magnificent spring into one of my own. I quickly realized there would be a cyclone when John found it out, and there was. He danced a fisher's hornpipe on his own side of the fence and swore he would have me prosecuted to the full est extent of the law. John said, compared with myself and some of my contemptible acts, the devil would make a good citizen. I invested $25 in cut granite, fitted the spring up to the best of my ability, and the water kept right on a gurg ling. John saia he pitied my mother, but had more genuine sympathy for the wife who was compelled to drag out her existence with such a miserable wretch. I put a stone curb on top of the gran ite, ornamented it with an iron pal ing, erected a sign called "Crystal Spring," whicn I faced toward John's pasture, and the water kept right on a gurgling. Then the same Idea occurred to John that had occurred to me. He went a few rods above my spring, on his own side of the fence, of course, and dug into the ground exactly as I had done; and when he had finished you can use me for a canceled post age stamp if the water in my spring didn't refuse to gurgle. He had cut off the main channel in precisely the same manner as I had done and had stolen the whole of that spring back. Well or or this may seem funny to some; but I could never quite real ize just where the fun came in. In the first place, -I didn't steal John's spring not intentionally it was a case of pure accident. But John why what John done was an exemplification of spite on the face of it. And I told him so! What did John say? Why the the old cripple! He said if I would toss that iron paling and cut granite over the fence to put around his own spring he would give me 20 cents for it. Think of that! Insulted me right to my face. Said I, "You old hayseed! If I had you over in this pasture I would mop you "He Danced a Fisher's Hornpipe." all over it if it killed every spear of grass there was in it." - And be replied, just as sneeringly as he knew how: "Tomkins. I'm a goin' tu wall this spring up, an' lock it with an Iron kiver; but when you feel so inclined you kin come over, an though you can't get at the water you have my full permission to hear It gurgle.' To which I went w-r-r-r-r-r-rh! And when a man goes w-r-r-r-r-r-rh he's so mad he can't use the Anglo-Saxon lan , guage. I watched John wall that "pring up. by a V attach his new iron cover, and w-r-r-r-rhd all the way through It And all the while Tom Lam kin stood leaning over his own fence, smoking his pipe, and watching us, and saying nothing. Finally, after John's work was all completed, it occurred to me that pos sibly I might strike that same vein of water again. So I" went a little above John's spring, just as he had gone above mine, and began to dig; and I hadn't dug long before the water began to "gush" and "gurgle" with the same impetuosity as ever; and I soon knew had been watching me, and his own spring at the same time, that I had stolen the whole of that blooming spring back again. Well, I transferred the iron paling and cut granite from my first spring And Tom Lamkin Watched. and arranged them as artistically as I knew how around the second. John watched the proceedings, bombarding me with numerous expletives while the work was progressing, and of course I let him bombard. And Tom Lamkin stood leaning over his own fence, smoking his pipe, and watching us, and saying nothing. Then John began to wake up and show signs of activity. Hardly was my work completed before he spat on his two hands, grasped his spade firm ly by the handle, and, with the same determination as before, started in to steal that spring back. And he made his work count, too. Hang me if right up in the corner of the fense close to Tom Lamkln's land and mine, tha eld cross-grained Ishmaelite didn't strike water again; and when he did and I inspected my own spring, the water began to gurgle less and less until finally it died out and stopped altogether. I knew it was then or never with me, so, grasping my spade, I darted into my own corner of the fence and began to dig dirt too. Holy smoke! how the soil did fly. It was mud and water flying here, mud and water flying there, mud ani water shooting in every conceivable direction, and with John and myself right in the center of attraction. And in the end, to serve us both right, Tom Lamkin, who- at divers times had been leaning over his fence, smoking pipes and watching us, and saying nothing, went to work on his own land, found that same channel, cut it off, dug a ditch up over the hill and down to his own premises, by the expression on John's face, who put in a ram, and took nearly every drop of that blamed water right over to his own house. Cyclones and Tornadoes. Much indefiniteness exists in the use of the word cyclone. Prof. Davis of Harvard remarks that violent whirl winds are occasionally formed in thun derstorms. They are seldom more than a quarter of a mile in diameter; they drift along with the thunderstorm in which they are formed, usually In an easterly direction, passing by In a min ute or two. These whirling winds are strong enough to blow down trees and overturn buildings. Violent local storms of this kind are often called cyclones, or prairie twisters. In the Mississippi valley, but the name tor nado is to be preferred in order to dis tinguish them from the much larger and less violent cyclonic storms. When violent whirlwinds of this kind occur over a water surface a watery column is formed in their vortex; they are then called waterspouts. ' The Plan.: Vesta. Vesta is the only one of the smaller planets which can be seen with the naked eye. Its diameter is only three hundred miles and Its whole surface but one-ninth that of Europe. LOGIC OF THE 8ABBATH. Writer in Ainslee's Pleads for One Day of Rest As a psychologist I believe In the Sabbath day. One day in seven should be kept holy from work and Bacred to man's primitive paradise of leisure. 1 am no Puritan pietist or even Sab bath arian In any severe sense, but hold that this is one of the greatest of all human Institutions and that the command to keep it as a day of rest is written in our physiological con stitutions. If need be, it may be kept in sleep, man's great restorer. Mon day our nerves and brain must be re freshed, and we must start a new weekly rhythm on a higher plane than we closed the old one. The mental scenery must be changed. The brood er's overthought must have enlarged our plans and given ua both momen tum and direction. What form the rest cure should take differs perhaps for each person. I go to church, but my neighbor should perhaps spend the day in the fields, with - children, 1p music, in books, but for all there should be peace, tranquility, repose, surcease of worry and relaxation. In no land should the Sabbath be so hal lowed as in this land of hustle, ten sion and Americanltis." G. Stanley Hall, in Ainslee's. NOT A SUCCESSFUL DIP. Bald-Headed Man Did Not Appreciate Barber's Offer. A droll incident occurred at a re cent church bazaar. The vicar of a certain parish invited each of his par ishioners to contribute something for a monster "lucky tub," and, as may be surmised, the prizes unearthed by the enthusiastic "dippers" were of a distinctly unique order. On one evening of the festival a pompous old gentleman his cranium was as destitute of hair as a billiard ball strutted up, paid his three-pence, and, after carefuly adjusting his eye glass, plunged his hand down to the bottom of the tub. A large crowd assembled round him, all very anxious to get a peep at his prize. His chagrin may be easily imagined when he found he had drawn an en velope containing a local hairdresser's business card, upon which was in scribed : "One free hair-cut and shampoo. The card had been contributed in good faith by an impecunious, albeit witty, wielder of the razor. DYING IN AN ALMSHOUSE. Pathetic Fate of a Grandson of Robert, Fulton, the Inventor. Rich in ancestry and poor in the world's goods is the condition ot Palmer Fulton, a grandson of Robert Fulton, who launched the first steam boat on the Hudson river in 1807. A few days since this unfortunate de scendant of the great inventor was found dying from starvation in a hovel in Shelby, a small village near Bucyrus, O., and much against his will was taken to the Richland county almshouse. Fulton is a quiet, unas suming middle-aged man, having been employed at the Shelby tube factory for the last seven years, but constant sickness has made him a destitute. His uncle, Joseph, died recently in New York, and he has been investigat ing the disposition of the fortune, but his efforts only met with failure. He' has a brother residing at West Salem, O., but forbears revealing to him his miserable condition, and will allow the almshouse to hide hia mis fortunes. Utica Globe. Knew What They Were. Dr. Henry Van Dyke tells the fol lowing story: A well-known professor of literature at an American university was talking with his wife one - morning at th breakfast table about the relative merits of prose and verse as forms oi expression. His two children, Walter and Maud, aged seven and six, respec tively, were sitting quietly and ap parently paying no attention to the conversation, when all at once the lit tle girl looked up inquiringly and said: - .. "Papa, what are proes, anyway?" Before the father had time to an swer the boy spoke "up, with a supe rior smile: "Prose? Don't, you " know what prose are? Why, they're those little animals that go around without feet" A Name to Conjure With. Writing to the Indian Telegraph, a Bengalese correspondent Bays: "The great ability of his highness, Maharajah Chandra Sham Shere Jung Bahadur Rana, prime minister and marshal of Nepal, as the supreme ruler of such an independent territory, may be well estimated by the fact that the emperer of China has lately . been pleased to confer on his highness, the rare title of Thung-ling-pimmakokung-mang-shang." The maharajah's cognomen Is now probably his highness Chandra Sham Shere Jung Bahadur Rana Thung-ling-pimmakokung-maug-shang. Soudan Opening for Trade. The Soudan is shortly to be thrown open for trade and agricultural pur poses, and already hundreds of Greeks are around Khartoum eager to snap up the choice pieces of land which tney will sell later to the leisurely Briton. For energetic young men with a little capital there are endless possibilities in the country, which pos sesses a healthy climate. During last winter grants of twenty-five acres of land around Khartoum were made to persons showing they had sufficient capital -for building purposes. Lon don Express. UNCLE SAM'S OWNERSHIP OF THE PACIFIC The warship Adams has been or lered to cruise among the island pos lessions of the United States In the Pacific and oust Japanese and others mho have settled in the islands and ire working their pearl fisheries and ther resources. The sovereignty of the United States in the Pacific and ihe reasons for American domination were tersely given by O. P. Austin, thief of the bureau of statistics of the treasury department In a recent ad Iress. Mr. Austin says "the Pacific is, and will remain, an American cean," for the following reasons: First The United States has a greater coast, line and more and bet ter harbors on the Pacific than any ather nation. Second The United States has more railway lines to serve as land farriers for that commerce that all the other countries put together. CAMERAS IN WAR TIME. French Military Men Recognize Their Possibilities. To France probably belongs the credit of using the camera for war purposes in a most satisfactory man ner at a time when it was of the itmost importance. When Paris was beseiged communication with the out ride world was had only by means if balloons and carrier pigeons. The lispatches sent by the carrier pigeons prere photographed on small films, R-hich could be attached to the feath ers of the birds, and in this way a Single bird could carry thousands of words. Likewise the aeronauts who hovered over Paris used the camera tor photographing the different posi tions of the Prussians. These photo graphs were the first ever 'taken of in invading army from a balloon. Profiting by this experience, the French army and navy have Increased their carrier-pigeon and balloon ser rice. Several hundred oftlcers in the French army are expert photog raphers and every engineering corps sarries - with it complete photographic jutflts. TALK OF KNOX FOR BENCH. Attorney General Mentioned as Suc cessor to Justice Shiras. The semi-official announcement that rustice Shiras will retire from the lupreme court early next year has ttarted anew the gossip about Attor ney General Knox as a probable sub lessor to him. The intimate friends f the attorney general do not take much stock in this gossip as they lo not believe Mr. Knox would care lo retire from the active practice of lis profession in the prime of life, even to accept such a position of lonor and dignity. These intimate associates of the ittorney general say that he has no iesire to retire and give up-' his pro fessional career. He is only 50 years )ld and in prime physical condition. He has made a reputation as one of ihe great lawyers in this country and Justice Shiras. ie expects to add to that reputation luring his official career as. head of 3ie department of justice. Funny British Antics. There is something particularly lu licrous In the sight of. a room full of nature and, in many cases, corpulent adies, attired In black satin knicker tockers and white shirts, lying flat on he floor kicking their legs In the air. Tet in two years no fewer than 4,000 Sritish dames of undoubted respecta kiiitv h&ve so disnorted themselves un- Ller the supervision of the various peo ple whose classes (for voice proaac lon) are the craze of the hour. Many veil-known singers nave undergone be treatment Pearson's Weekly. Third The United States owns the chief way stations of commerce on that ocean, the island ports of call which are important in an ocean of such vast distances. Fourth The United'states controls the best and nearly the only prac ticable route on which to lay sub marine cables across the ocean an Important factor in a consideration of its commercial possibilities. Fifth At Manila the United States has an extremely valuable distribut ing point for commerce for all parts of the orient Sixth Nature has given to the North American continent great' and remarkable advantages for commerce across ihe Pacific ocean advantages which must continue to exist as long as the continent and the ocean con tinue in their present relation. WILL NOT BRIBE FORGER. Bankers Deny Story That They Will Pay Becker to "Be Good." Charles Becker, the notorious for ger, who will soon be released from San Quentln penitentiary, California, will not be paid a salary of $500 a month or any other sum, by the Bank- Charles Becker, ers' Association to restrain him from crime. This story, which has Just been put into circulation in San Fran cisco, is denied by the Pinkerton agency, through whose efforts Becker was caught a few years -ago after re frauding the Nevada bank of San Francisco out of $16,000. The Pinker tons are the agents of the Banker's association. That organization, they say, has no salary list and while Becker might be . willing enough to take the money, there is not the slight est possibility of his getting it The story, say the Pinkertons, is pure fic tion, and, moreover, has not even the merit " of being new. It was origin ated four years ago, two years after Becker was convicted. The forger then announced that he and the bank ers were "going into partners," and the story then published was substan tially the same as that which is in cir culation now. Becker is one of the cleverest forgers in the world. For many years he has worked independ ently, with a partner, or with a com pany, and he has fleeced numerous banks in European and American cities of sums ranging into six figures. His last big job was the swindling of the Union Trust company of New York out of 564,000. Superstition of Hindoos. - One difficulty arising from the con tact of Englishmen and native races in India is due to the native's belief that he must neglect all business on the great "washing days" when all faithful Hindoos must bathe in the sea. The head of an English business firm In India recently received the fol lowing note from an employe who had failed to appear for work: "Respected Sir I respectfully beg to bring to your kind notice that I had about eight months ago vowed a solemn vow that I would perform certain ceremonies and have a fine bath in the sea. I am afraid the deities might visit me with tenfold calamities than before, and perhaps I may be also reduced half my size. I therefore shall be highly obliged to perform the above-mentioned rights." Youth in High Position. One of the youngest of the British officials in South Africa is Major Her bert Darling, commissioner of police at Bloomfontain, who is only 23 years old. At 18 he managed a mine in west ern Australia. At 20 he was captain of a west Australian contingent in South Africa. He looks younger than he really is. and In the early days of the war, before his coolness and brav ery - were recognised, he was known among his associates as "Baby Dar ling." - AS THE WORLD REVOLVES NOTED AS A MATCHMAKER. Mrs. R. T. Wilson of New York Has " a Rare Accomplishment Mrs. R. T. Wilson, wife of one of New York's multimillionaires, is noted as a ' great matchmaker. She Is called the dean of the matchmaking society. Her husband came from the south immediately after the civil war and settled in New York. He was e. .-. rmously successful as a financier Mrs. R. T. Wilson. and soon was very rich. As the f am-, ily of children grew up in luxury their mother began to look about for suit- ble matches. ' The first great match was when Mrs. Wilson succeeded in wedding her eldest daughter to Ogden Goelet, one of the great land owners of Manhattan. Mrs. Wilson's second daughter married the diplomat Mich ael Herbert. Orme Wilson, the eldest son, married and Astor, and Grace Wilson capped the climax of her mother's matchmaking when she mar ried young Cornelius Vanderbilt Rich ard T. Wilson, Jr., was recently mar ried to Miss Marion . Mason, Boston's most beautiful belle. NEW CONSUL TO ZANZIBAR. Mason Mitchell, Recently Appointed by President Roosevelt Mason Mitchell, who has just been appointed consul to Zanzibar by Presi dent Roosevelt, is well known to the Mason Mitchell. theater-loving public as a clever actor. Mr. Mitchell is likewise a scout a solider and a journalist of ability. During the war with Spain he was a member of Col. Roosevelt's Rough Riders and was twice ..wounded at El Caney. Last season he appeared with Blanche Walsh's company in the pro duction of "Janice Meredith." FEAR TO LOSE A BELLE. Washington Society May Have to Re sign Baroness Von Sternberg. Washington society is much per turbed over the rumored diplomatic advancement of Baron Von Sternberg, one of the attaches of the German embassy. The Baroness Von Stern berg is known as one of the belles of the city and has been prominent as a hostess in the diplomatic functions. The baroness is an American woman, a Kentuckian, who as Lillian Langham was known as a famous beauty, and Baroness Von Sternberg, her marriage to the baron was one of the brilliant events upon which the memory of Capital society lingers. Chinese Invention a Failure. A Chinese inventor, one Kwok Yuk Ying, has turned out a bow which discnarges arrows by machinery. He presented a petition to the viceroy of Canton that his up-to-date quick firing field bow be adopted, declaring' It would be more than a match for foreign rifles and cannon In warfare. Experiments with it were conducted, but to the surprise and disappoint ment of Kwok Ynk-Ylng the machine turned out a failure.