| THE MOST COSTLY FRUIT.
flotlmuie Grapes at SO a Pouml, and Hot
house Peachea.at S2.SO Each.
Hothouse grapes are the costliest of
fruits. They are never less than 75
lents a pound, and when they are most
tostly, in February and March, they
<ell for $9 a pound, sometimes going
is high as $lO a pound. At prices
ranging up to $2 a pound there is a
, ready sale for them; at the higher
prices they are sold almost exclusively
for the use of invalids. There is a
tale for all that are produced, but the
production at the season of highest
prices is small. The coßt of production
.is great, and the vines may die from
exhaustion after a single season of
The next most costly fruit is the
tot house peaches. Hot house peaches
sell in February at $2.50 each. They
ire used mainly by Invalids, but such
peaches are also often sold for gifts.
They are presented as flowers or as
oonbons would be. Three or four
peaches are packed In cotton and set
pff with a few peach leaves in a hand
loine box. Hothouse peaches run
down to about 60 cents each in April
ind May, when we begin to get the
first of the paaches from the south.—
New York Sun.
A BARGAIN SALE IN ENGLAND.
rho Eager Hunter. Gather at the Uuori
a. Early as 5:45 O'clock.
A bargain sale is a pretty serious
ousiness in England. The Newcastle
Chronicle recently contained the fol
lowing item: A remarkable fatality
9ccurred in Mare street, Hackney, on
Saturday. A sale at a local draper's
pas announced to begin in the morn
ing, and a large crowd of women as
sembled long before the doors were
opened. Some were there as early as
i:45 o'clock. Among them was an old
lady who succeeded in getting into the
'hop and fell fainting at a counter
while making a small purchase. With
she assistance of the police she was got
>ut and a doctor sent for, but life was
'ound to he extinct. The body was re
moved to the Mortuary. A large force
9f police was on duty throughout the
lay to control the crowds, and at in
tervals it became necessary to close the
■ loors. The excitement did not sub
/' lide until the place was finally shut up
it 11 o'clock on Saturday night. Some
oersons declared that such scenes were
lever before witnessed at a sale.
A Little Story with a llig Moral.
Here is a very old story that has
neen told time and time again, but that
ivill bear telling again:
A man asked his neighbor why he
was so careful to save a certain old
lorseshoe. The neighbor replied:
"I may find the other three shoes."
"And what then?"
"I may then find the horse which cast
"And what will you do then?"
"Why, 1 will build a stable for him."
"No, you won't. Tour horse might
tick my children, and so I won't have
i stable near my house."
"Yes you will, if I choose to build
"No I won't."
x "Yes you will."
And then they began to fight like
ttts and dogs.—Golden Days.
Mr. Briggs.—Tom Rider handed me
tome tickets for the circus. It'll be an
iwful bore, but I suppose on Johnny's
iccount we ought to go. He'll be
Mrs. Briggs—Why there are only two
Mr. Briggs—Well, then, that's all he
Save us. Umph! Johnny'll have to
(tay at home then. Too bad. —New
fork Journal. (
Patient—Vot? Two dollars for tak
n' oud dem teeth?
Dentist —Two dollars if you take gas.
Patient—Young man, I t'ought you
ros a dentist. I didn't know you voa
i gas gombany.—Puck.
WIT AND HUMOR.
"Did you tell that young man not to
tall here any more?" asked Mabel's
"I didn't think that It was necessary.
' don't see how he could call any more
tow. He calls seven times a week."—
Wife—You saw Mrs. Bowser last
Husband —Yes; but not to speak to
W ke—What a story! I heard you
ve 1 I sitting with her for more than
/usband —That's so; but it was she
•tub did the talking.—Up to Date.
Handel Barr —Yes, other things be
ing equal, the larger the wheel the
ireater the speed.
Little Johnny—Well, then, Pa, why
lon't the hind wheel of a wagon go
'aster than the front one?— New York
Grocer—Well, little one, what can 1
lo for you?
Jenny—Please, sir, mamma says to
ihange a dollar for her an' she'll give
rou the dollar to-morrow.—Truth.
Mr. Hardtack—This recommendation
lays you drink like a fish.
Applicant for position—Do it? Wa-al,
i 'spec' he mean by dat I nebber drink
luffln but watah.—Judge.
Spriggß—"Hello, old man, I'm awful
ly glad to see you out again. I heard
•ke doctors gave you up."
Bowles—"Yes, I guess I'd have died
f they hadn't. Cleveland Leader.
SELLS MICE FOR A LIVING.
I Woman Whose Client* Include Some of
K iirope's Greet Physicians.
Verily one half the world does not
mow how the other half lives. Equal
y true Is It that never before were
here so many curious ways of making
t living as there are at present. There
rave been physicians in Paris for sev
iral centuries, but not until quite re
:ently did any of them think it neces
sary to make a contract by the terms
)t which they are to receive a certain
cumber of mice during the current
rear. The general public was rather
surprised when it heard of this con
tact, for the reason that the physi
cians, who act in this matter as a
committee of the Faculty of Medicine,
agree to pay a good price for the mice,
whereas there are many persona in
Paris who would be only too glad to
make the doctors a present of these
ravenous little animals. Physi
:ians, however, know what they are
ibout. They want mice, but they
ion't want ordinary, everyday mice.
Dnly cultured, well fed, dainty mice
will suit them, and they have given
the contract to Mme. Alexandre, be
cause they know that she is the only
person In Paris who can supply on de
mand any number of such desirable
Yes, Mme. Alexandre's business in
life is to furnish mice to Richet,
Chantemesse and several other lead
ing specialists in Paris and elsewhere.
She also keeps rabbits and guinea
pigs, but mice are her specialty. It
is fifteen years since she first began
to supply animals to the Pasteur In
stitute, the Municipal Laboratory ar.d
several other such places. She has
hardly any competitors, and she has
more orders than she can well fill.
She feeds her mice exclusively on
broad and milk. Her clients insist
'that the animals must be white and
plump, and she finds this diet the best
for them. When they are three months
old they are ready for the doctors,
and she seldom has any on hand after
that age. She disposes of these hap
less victims, not only to her regular
clients in Paris, but also to several
persons in London and Geneva. The
little mice are well able to stand a
long journey, and they are as fresh
when they arrive in London as they
were when they left Paris.
Madam is never short of mice. At
present she has about a thousand on
hand, and as these animals multiply
very rapidly she will have double that
number in an incredibly short time. —
Now York Herald.
ANGORA GOATS IN SOUTH AFRICA.
Profitable Flocks of Theiu Rained In Capo
One of the most lucrative industries
in the Karoo districts of South Africa
is Angora goat farming, and, although
it has only been established for less
than forty years, the Cape bids fair to
become the most important centre of
mohair production in the world. The
early attempts to import this goat from
Angora were attended with great loss
of money and great disappointment,
nearly all the goats dying either on the
way to the Cape or very soon after
landing, in fact, of the early importa
tions only a very small number sur
vived. But in 1879, a large importation
was successfully made by three differ
ent firms or individuals, who landed a
large number of pure-bred Angora
goats at Port Elizabeth.
The Angora in the colony is not now
pure-bred; the original imported rams
were crossed with carefully selected
pure white Boer goat ewes, and from
the succeeding in-breeding the present
flocks have sprung, and a fine glossy,
silky fleece secured. Indeed, it is ac
cepted that mohair can now be pro
duced in Cape Colony as perfect in
quality and as beautiful in lustre as
any produced in Angora Itself.
The goat itself is a pretty-looking
little animal, looking, with its long
white wavy lleece, more like a sheep
than a goat. The beard, too, so char
acteristic of the goat, is almost hidden
in the long hair about the neck and
face. The head is small and narrow,
with drooping or "lop" ears. The
small body is thickly covered with a
beautiful long fleece of white, lustrous,
wavy, silky hair, which in well-bred
goats nearly reaches the ground; and,
in addition to this long hair, there is
an inferior undercoat of hair, or sec
ond coat, which has its own separate
market value.—Black and White.
A Positive Parting*
"We have parted forever," said the
young man, sadly. "She is never go
ing to even write to me again."
"Are you sure of that?" asked his
"Yes. She told me so in each of her
last three letters."
The Limit Found.
"There," said the man of schemes,
"is a limit to the toleration of the pub
"And you found it?"
"Yup. I met a total frost when I
started out with a lecture on 'How I
Intend to Find the North Pole."—ln
Serve. Him Right.
Bobby—Uncle Joe, what is a biga
Uncle Joe—A bigamist? He is a
man who gets sent to Jail for thinking
he is smart enough to manage two wo
men at once. —Truth.
"Why are yez decorating, Mrs. Mur
"We b'y, Dlnny, is coming home the
"I thought he was sent up for folve
"Yes, but he got a year off for good
"Sure it must be comfortln' for yez
lo have a good b'y lolke that."—Puck.
THE COLUMBIAN, BLOOMSBOftG, PA.
Why Hot Corner Air ?
A sixteen-year-old miss in Washing
ton, D. C, was required by her
teacher to write an essay on some
political or economic subject prior to
the holiday recess. The following
pungent production is the result of
her labor and if a majority of the
rising generation give the same atten
tion to the dangers now threatening
the republic they will be avoided with
out bloodshed when met during the
Suppose that all men coveted air,
and that it were possible to possess
themselves of it and store it away in
huge receivers. Suppose that this
could be done to such an extent that
in time the strong were able to pos
sess thetnselves of all the air and dole
it out to the weak only on their own
terms. Suppose, finally, that the
monopolists should make a "corner"
in air and hold it on such terms that
the people were perishing by thou
sands for the want of it. What then
would be the remedy ? Should the
government step in and compel these
persons to supply the world with air
for the people to breathe ? Suppose
the same condition existed in the case
ot water, wood, coal, land, food. Sup
pose, in the case of money, a small
minority of the world's people, by
thrift, by cunning, by fraud, by com
bines, lawful or unlawful, should con
trol the money supply of the world
and bring starvation to millions.
Should the government refrain from
measures of relief for fear of depre
ciating the monopolist's dollar ? In
any event he would have enough and
to spare. Is it a good thing for men
to hoard and continue to heap up
riches more than they need, while
millions are suffering for the neces
saries of life ? Will the twentieth
century continue this state of things
or will there be a change ? We wait
AID FOR OUifANS.
It Is Asked by the Governor and by the
In response to many requests from
citizens Governor Hastings as issued
a proclamation calling the attention
of the people of the commonwealth to
the distress in Cuba and asking for
aid for the suffering people of the
The governor's proclamation recites
the action of the president and the
1 preparation to aid the Cubans and
states that at the call of citizens he
asks the people of the Keystone state
to come to the relief of the destitute
inhabitants of the island "as God has
The proclamation designates C. P.
Warwick, mayor of Philadelphia;
Henry P. Ford, mayor of Pittsburg ;
James N. Bailey, mayor of Scranton,
and John D. Patterson, mayor of
Harrisburg, as depositaries, to whom
money, clothing, provisions and other
necessaries may be transmitted tor
sure forwarding to Consul General
Lee at Havana. The conclusion is :
"The citizens of our great and noble
commonwealth, foremost in every
good work, always responsive to the
call of patriotism and philanthropy,
who never turned a deaf ear to the
cry of distress, whether in our own
land, or from Russia, Armenia or the
uttermost parts of the earth, and who
have within recent years felt the gener
ous throb of sympathy and humanity
that came from every nation in the
civilized woild when sore calamity
visited our own borders, will not, I
am sure, turn a deaf ear to the pitiful
cry which now comes from our neigh
bors in Cuba."
"l was troubled with my stomach
for two years and was told I had dys
pepsia. A physician told me to try
Hood's Sarsaparilla. I did so and
before the first bottle was gone I was
better. In a short time I was entirely
cured and am now able to do all my
housework." MRS. ALICE QUICK,
Maple Run, Pa.
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coming restive over the expense en
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company. The Common Council
passed a resolution to submit to a vote
of the people whether to have the city
erect a plant or not. This question
of electric lighting has "become an
agitating one in most of the towns of
the State as the expense is most
onerous. It is so in many places, but
whether it could be reduced by the
borough owning the plant is a debata
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"My skin was muddy, my eyes were
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" Doctors prescribed for me without avail.
Medicine was recommended and taken in
quantity but it did no good.
" Time and time again I was at the brink
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