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5 TO 8 VOL 111, NO. 194. A WOMANBOOMER. SHE ATTRACTS EMIGRANTS AND CAP? ITAL TO HER STATE. A Failure at Millinery but a Success In Let-luring for California Railroads?'Tin Suid Mie Call Ilooin Wostern Land WllH Mure Gllhness Than it Hook Agent. California has a novelly in woman? hood. She is Mrs. Janet Macdonald. whose business is to go about the coun? try lecturing to attract emigrants and capital to the Pacific coast, it is said that she can boom Western land with more glibness than a book agent can boom a book. Mrs. Macdonald is an excellent speaker, and her lectures de? scribing the natural resources and ad? vantages of California are illustrated with kinetoscope pictures taken direct? ly under her supervision. She owns frankly that .she was a failure as a milliner and says she'd rather, talk up California than do anything else she ever tried. Avcord'.ng to Chicago Tri btine, her bread-winning road has not always been so easy to travel as it is since the railroad companies employed her. When asked to talk about her work Mis. Macdonald said: "1 went to California""when 1 was 12 years old. riding horseback all the way from Council Bluffs with my fa? ther, who was captain of the wagon train. We set onl on .May 1. and ar? rived in Carson Ci'.y, where we made our first considerable stop, sept einher 15. Thilly years later I came back, and on a solidly restibiiletl train, mak? ing the trip entirely across the con? tinent in five days. The railroad fol? lows for a great part of the way the old wagon trail, and as. 1 traveled bai k I could recognize many land? marks around our old camping spots. "i began to earn my own living a few months before my twenty-first birthday, a widow with three children to support, and having had the advan? tage of six months' schooling. When my husband died 1 realized I must earn my living and raise my child? ren. 1 knew of but three occupations open "to women In nfy position?sew? ing, millinery, and keeping a hoard? ing house. 1 selected millinery. Fur six months I struggled and made my one failure. 1 thought then, and I know now. that my friends bought my goods only from sympathy, so of course 1 did not have heavy sales. 1 became discouraged, and one day when 'blue' said in the presence of a man friend that 1 was willing to do anything by which 1 could earn an honorable living lor my children. He said: 'Why don't you canvass for hooks? You could make money, hands up, for you are just the woman for the place.' -. ? "To make a long story short, I began to canvass for books, and in the first two weeks made $iiO. So I gave up my millinery store and devoted myself to canvassing. My relatives weie horri? fied, and had 1 been a leper they could not have avoided me more carefully. That treatment aroused my pride and I worked all tin- harder. .Many a day I have glitten up with the sun. gone, out after a lieht breakfast, and worked until black daik without having time for dinner or lunch. in' course, it' 1 had mil possessed an 'iron Constitution' I would have died, so 1 would Ly a.ll means advise women against such ex? tremes. "As 1 traveled about the country it occurred to me that 1 might make a good thing by writing newspaper let? ters. So in the morning i would can? vass the towns for my hooks and in the afternoon drive on: lo different points of interest I'.ir my letters. You may imagine how I fell. when, in please my friends, I accepted a position in tin mint at $75 a month. After the firsf mouth I gave it up and wen:, hack to my old profession. How could 1 live and educate my children on $75 a month after being used to hundreds? Well, canvassing for books, like many other occupations, became less remunerative as the faciliiics for travel increased, so in lime 1 got a place to travel in the interest of several of the largest hol eis in San Francisco. Then the railroads wanted me, and finally here I am, sent out in the interest of the state itself. Illustrating with kinetoscope pictures is an idea of my own. It impressed me that the best way to make an audience realize the size of our big trees was to show them a team passing through one, or-to lei them see thirty-six couples dancing on a stump. To make them understand the great amount of work dome by a giant harvester the lie-.; way was to Bhow its progtess from Hie time it en? tered the field of growing grain until it left, the grain cut, threshed, sacked, weighed, measured, stamped and idled for shipment. "It was difficult to net the pictures. The first machine 1 tool; out West for' the purpose of making the photographs was faulty in some wax1, ami the pic? tures proved a failuie, ;:o I had to come East again and go to the trouble and expense of getting another. You may be sure 1 had it thoroughly tested be? fore going bai k. I failed as a milliner, but I am not going lo fail as a scien? tific photographer. I have never, not one single time, worked for smallei wages than a man would have received for the same work. I would neve; lend my aid to cheapen woman':: work." Recipe for Wretr.lirdnest. Tf you should wish to be miserable you must think about yourself?-about what, you want, what you like, what re spect people ought to pay to you, and then to you nothing will he pure. Ym. will spoil everything you touch; you will make sin and misery for yourself out of everything which God sends you- you will ueas wretched au yoc choose ?Charles rUngsley. o ? . * ' , , RAILROADS IN SPAIN. Totul Mileage 13<nm1 toOno of Our W?t ern Coui]iaiit4!h. There 13 not much celebration of anything in Spain this year, but if there was. she might celebrate the semi-centennial anniversary of the opening of the fli'Ht railroad in that kingdom., lit 18-IS the Barcelona Rail? road, so called, extending eighteen miles from Barcelona to Mataro, was opened to traffic. Mataro is a smalt town on tlie Mediterranean northeast of Barcelona, ami these eighteen miles of road constituted at that time Spain's only contribution to the railroad mile? age of the world, the neighboring country. France, having at the same period a railroad mileage cd' 1,500 and Groat Uritain 3.000. Since then there has been a slowly intermittent increase of what is sniuelittiea grandiosely call? ed "The Railroad System" of Spain, two obstacles to the development of which have been the unbusinesslike met hods of the inhabitants and enor? mous engineei ing difficulties. Spain hits been wholly demttlcd of forests at the headwaters of rivers, and as a consequence tin re are frequent over? flows, carrying with then; railroad bridges, trestles; and embankments to the constant peril am! annoyance of There are now in Spain T.??ti miles of railroad, less than one-third of the number in Great lirilain, France, or Russia, and loss than one-fourth of the number In Italy. The relative insigni? ficance of the Spanish railroad "sys? tem" appear -, best in comparison with American railroads, a single line, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy, hav? ing :;ti aggregate mileage of 7,400, owned, operated, or , out rolled, or near? ly as much as till the railroad? of Spain combined. Spanish roll reads are pro? verbially slow, the rate of "express" trains being twenty-five tulles an hour and of way passenger trains from twelve to fifteen. They seldom run on scheduled time, and i1 is the testimony of all travellers that they never make connections. The amount of baggage allowed each first-class passenger on a Spanish railroad is sixty-six pounds, but the railroads are not responsible for its loss, nor are their officials re? sponsible for its identification. The charges on Spanish mil roads are re? markably high, bi'iiig at the rate of 5 cents a niilo on first-class trains, and ". cents a mile on second-class trains, about donl In the American average. The railroad lines of Spain were built partly by private capital, partly from the proceeds of governmental subsidies. These subsidies have ; amounted to over $200,000,000 (1,000, 000,000, pesetas). Although , Mm. rail, roads of Spain are directly ??<5<!*- me control of the Government, and al? though about one-third of their con? struction was paid by the Government, they are owned by private companies, and about three-fifihs of tlie stock of the Spanish railroads is owned in France. French investors have grad? ually absorbed the securities, which, sold at a depreciation, pay a high rate of interest. French and English en? gineers supervised generally the con? struction of Spanish railroads, but the ".stations," or terminal facilities <>f the companies are the products of domestic industry, as anj observant but forbear? ing traveller will admit. The railroads of the United States carry in a year about (jliO.000,000 pas? sengers, and they transport about S00, 000.000 tons of fr? iglii. There ;tre Mi! per cent, more teas of freight carried than there are imliviilti:;! passengers. ?The Spanish railtoads, despite the in? ferior facilities which they offer to travellers, depend innre upon passen? ger, than lipon freight tra'flic, carrying in :i year a muc.ii lariier number of passengers than tltey ?lo tons of freight. In 1 i,:?T the Spanish rail? roads carried 27.000.000 passengers, but | they carried only 12,000.000 tons of freight. The difficulties of passenger traflic "on Spanish railroads are enhanced In some particulars which are rather amusing titan serious. Passengers are expected, to arrive til the station at least If.ill" an hour before the train leaves, in order thai sufficient allow? ance may be made fot the dilatory pro? ceeding,-, of the railway oificials. Dur? ing part of each day (and in some cit? ies the larger part of each day), the railway stations are closed and the ticket offices do not open until an hour before the time scheduled for the de? parture of the train, closing a quarter of an hour before it is ?lue. The hapless tourist, in compliance with Spanish railroad custom, must have his ticket before he is permitted to enter the wailing room, and as this ticket must be bought fifteen minutes, at least, before the train starts and as the train may he anywhere from an hour to three hours late, his oppor? tunities for reasonable complaint are numerous and are not diminished by knowledge of the fact that he is pay? ing more for his ticket, according to the distance travelled, than is the rule on American or English railways. Om> peculiarity of railroad travel in Spain is I . he found in the fact that employees of the railroad company are entitled, as a matter of right, to the best seats, even regardless of the tick? ets so!?l passengers. In what is some? times called "cheap" railroad travel in Spain many of the passengers ride on Ihe roofs of the cars, but whether it is to enable them to tee the country to better advantage or to enjoy greater comfort and better ventilation is not known. In some Spnnish railroad sta? tions, notwithstanding the meagreness of'their accommodations, an admission fee is charged, similar to a theatre, it being the theory of some of the Span? ish railroad officiate that the eagerness of some persons to find solace on the wooden benches of railway stations is an item of available revenue not to be disregarded. NEWPORT NEW WHAT TO WEAR AND HOW TO MAKE IT May Munton's Hints Ilcsardiiis; Seasonable Toilettes. ?'?"T^"TE%^v.t?i-j'^-~ir."."-.? -? B?i?i-? brown silk ribbon velvet made tlii; handsome dress, the yoke and coljat being of very line linen batiste that conies all ready tucked for '.his pur? pose. The simple and stylish arrangement of this costume recommends it u mothers who do their own sew in;:, it being well adapted to the making ovet that has so often to be done where the family is-large. A yoke of velvet silk or other contrasting material, with the fitting portions of the sleeves to match, will eke out short material while the rows of velvet will cover up joints that are unavoidable when add? ing to the length id' buth .skirt ami waist. A sash worn around the waist gives added style to this otherwise np-to late costume. The blouse waist is ar? ranged over fitted linings, the yoke be? ing cut square.in Pompadour style, ami the closing Is. made invisible in centre back. ' Square cornered epnulett.es turn hack I stylishly from the yoke, bands of vel I vet forming a pretty trimming. The five-gored skirt' is gathered in the. back and the top is sewed to tit,- low? er edge of the waist, tlie sash being tied in a small looped bow in centre back. This style is as well adapted to cotton as to woolen labile.-; and will lie found easy to launder if the epau? lettes ate made adjustable and the lower edge of puffs arranged on a draw siring. To make this gown for a girl of eight years will require three yards of 41 inch material. Lady's lllnuso Wulst. French organdy, showing a bluet de? sign with green leaves on a white ground is here tastefully decora led with blue baby ribbon and while lace. The full waist has the front and had; shaped in one portion will) a perfect? ly straight upper edge. This i-t gaih <itc-l la iivc cvcUiy spar.eu rows which I are distributed over lh- pseit of the 'S, VA., SUNDAY, glove fitteil iinuig wiiicr. supports me fulness. Smooth undcr-nrm gores separate the full frouts and back and the lining elos.es the centre front. The full waist has the front and bad; shaped in one portion with a perfectly ?straight upper edge. This is gathered in the evenly spaced rows which arc distributed ?.ver the neck of the glovo filied lining which supports the ful? ness. . Smooth under-firm cores separate the full fr.s and back and the lining closes the centre front.. The full waist may close at the left shoulder and utidor-arm seam, or Ute more practical centre front closing is tpiitfl possible and an be readily made invisible, if so preferred. The full waist can be cut off at the, lower line of perforations and the smooth yoke only used as shown in the small sketch: To make t'tiis waist for a lady of me? dium size two and a half yards of ma? terial, 1-1 inches wide, will , be ro tpiired. Mi-, d lsn. ro Mnrrin.l. Evangelina Cisinern was married at Baltimore to C. P. Carbonel, who as? sisted In rescuing tier from a Havana prison. RiCE AND PEA COAL. Tu l'ae tlia Material in Dirt Ile/tpi of Ilia Coal lU-glmis. Quite a large quantity of rice coal is now going to market. It costs at the mines 2F> cents a ton. It is the cheapest fuel in the woi hi of its kind, but the railroad companies charge $1.35 a ton to haul it fifty or one bundled miles. Rice coal is the product of the dirt i banks. Mountains of coal dirt ob? struct the anthracite regions near the collieries, and men have set up big washeries where the water supply is adequate, and wash out ami screen j out the line particles of coal until the pure fuel, as small as rice, clean and burnished, comes to the surface on, big platforms, and is dried for the market. The washers can produce this rice coal at about 15 cents a ton, and their profit is lb cents a ton. . The washers are satisfied with the profit, but they are hampered by high freight rates. Rice coal is a modern size entirely. So is buckwheat, the next size to rice. These two sizes were not known in the commercial market until men began to wash out the mountains of coal tort, supposed to be so much dead waste. Commercial sizes <>l" coal are: Rice, buckwheat, pea, chestnut, stove, bro? ken, .steamboat and lump. The uses of lump and steamboat coal, large size ; for ship... air- well understood. Stove and egg, or broken, ate used for cellar beaters, and chestnut for kitchen ranges. Many people do not under stand tin.' uses of oca coal, and at this iiir.o when winter buying is tnougtu u; tlie siiiily of pea coal is Interesting. A tew years'ago very little pea was sold. People said it was dirt. Now they have small pea and large pea. Ilnth sir.es have sprung into a very large demand and the sales are in? creasing as (he subject is understood. There are hundreds of families in this country who bam pea coal in their cel? lar heaters. Some who understand fir? ing a heater use pea coal exclusively. Others mix pea and stove ot^.egg to-.:j quently pea coal is spread out on top of the large coal to koop the combus? tion well confined and to preserve the heat where it belongs- in the house. Very few families within a radius of thirty-live miles from the anthracite coal regions burn the old-time chest? nut coal in their kitchen ranges. They save $2 a ton and buy pea coal, which goes further than chestnut, because pea packs nunc compactly, and docs not burn away so fast. There are coal dealers who say this is not so, but successful and experienced housewives ?say it is a fact. Pea coal for keeping a fire all nigh! in tlie kitchen is just the thing. Bituminous coal is not used for do? mestic purposes generally, but the peo? ple are turning attention to it, right in the anthracite coal country here, because soft coal can he bought at $2 a ton, delivered, and there is more heat in a ton of soft coai than in two tons of buckwheat, or one and a half Ions of good pea. which costs $?,.,10 a ton. Were it not for the smoke nuisance housekeepers would surely follow the manufacturers, slop using hard coal entirely and take up soft coal for lite kitchen range and cellar heater. Those manufacturers who arc using rice and buckwheat mix i; with bituminous coal. r:t'::ng together, says the minister to "Sir, do you eve: make mistakes in pleading?" "X do," says the lawyer. "And what dri you d,> with mis? takes'.'" inquired the minister. "Why, sir. if large ones, 1 mend them; it small ones, I let them go," said the lawyer. "And pray, sir," con ilined he, "do you ever make mistakes In pr car hing?" "Yes, sir; i have." "And what do you do with mis lakes'.'" said the lawyer. "Why. sir, 1 dispose of them In the same manner as y-uii do. Not Ic-ftg s'nee," continued he, "as 1 was preach? ing, 1 me.tui to observe that the devil was the father of Hats, hut made a mistake, and said Ihe father of law? yers. The misBike was so ?mall that 1 let it go." On Sen ' Hilly. It Is related of an Irish recruit on sentry duty at i'iii ikanuing-u one night that he challenged ?: figure in the dark? ness with the usual "Who goes there?" The reply, "The officer of lite day," was something he was not. prepared for, so he responded, '.'Then piiat the divil are ye/, doin' out here, ai night?" An Irish sentinel of the Fifth Mis? souri at Chickatnauge was sharply re? proved by the officer or the day for per? mitting persons to approach without giving the countersign. The Irishman listened patiently and was then about I o walk away when Ihe officer called sharply: "Well, you haven't asked me for that countersign yet." Quick as a Mash the soldier thrust his bayonet point uncomfortably close to the of? ficer's breast, whih he- grimly ejaculat? ed: "l.'avc us have that countersign thin, and be dorn quick about it." PKK STURGEON FISHING. i Capturing Hull.Ion FUlte* Ib No Pinlinolc Kvcrenl Ion. I saw a sturgeon in Victoria, on the cannery floor, says a writer in the To? ronto Gl?he, .measuring twelve feet by the tape anil weighing more than six hundred pounds. Any one wishing to deceive the public by aid of a prevari? cating camera should pose beside this twelve-foot fish. The men who skil? fully and laboriously reduced it to sec? tions with an axe said it was not an uncommon lish, though the biggest on the Hour: tliat they often found them far larger and weighing as much as. twelve hundred pounds. .Two men lifting a half-ton fish into their boat is the exciting feature of sturgeon fishing. The sturgeon, if not fastened in his thick hide, is apt to resent it. Ht> sluikes Iiis head in em? phatic dissent; and a head three feet long anil as big as a log. when vigor? ously shaken by a half-ton body, is a thing to be avoided. The tail, too. is a source of danger, for it not only slaps with energy, but can cover a largo sur? ra,-e with one application. The man new tit the business is apt to get hurt the first time lie helps to coax a wrig? gling sturgeon of standard size over a tut the door of the cannery the stur? geon is a great inert mass, of fbh. The first operation of the butcher Is to chop oil the head and tail with an axe, and for these Ii,-,- gifts of nature the In? dians and Chinanu u are eagerly wait? ing at.the door. The fins ate cut off with a knife, and these are not allowed i to go to waste. As the refuse is shuv elltd along the planks to the river there is little allowed to pass the cos-;', native and his cousin of the braided hair. Chinamen putter around the place and help to clear away the ref? use for the sake of what they can glean, anil have a weakness for taking p.ut-; not Intended for the river. When such Mongolian tricks are discovered the Chinamen are all driven out with more noise than ceremony, but they take their expulsion with Oriental lu diffeience, and in a few minutes are all back again. Im, - ???-*? ii.v: Invent Inn?. Carpets, rugs, etc., are kept In place on the Hoot- by a perforated plate Which has ti number of sharp points set in its surface to hold the edges of the carpet after the plate is screwed down to the floor. I .\ handy seam-ripping device is formed of a wire handle with the ends of the wire brought.close together and rounded off, a sharp blade being set a along. In an improved collar button a two part expansible shank is fastened on the flat bead, with shoulders on the shank to hold a small slotted plate, which fastens the collar in place, a loop on the plate retaining the necktie to prevent its slipping aver the top of the co liar. Porcelain is to be used for monu? ments and tombstones, the stone being hollow and filled willi concrete, after a tablet lias been inserted In an open face on one side, having a Hange cut around the edge to prevent removal from the outside. Kettles, saucepans, etc., are provided with covers closed at the bottom to prevent steam gathering inside the cover ami scalding the hands when the cover is lilted, the steam passing around a flanged rim at the top of the kettle and out through a curved spout. Stovepipe sections tire securely locked by a new fastener which is made by cutting a V-shaped tongue on one. end of the pipe ami a slit in the con? necting end of the. next pipe, the sec? tions being turned around until the tongue lit.-, in the slit. Itoot liliick Supplies. ' A business that has sprung up in New- York in recent yenis is that of bootblack supplies. It owes its origin to the growth of the city, the multi? plication of bojul black stands, and the introduction and extensive use of col? ored shoes. There are now a number of concerns, small but complete estab? lishments, devoted to this business, that supply everything a bootblack re? quites, and his requirements nre great-?) er than they formerly were. At one place there are kept on hand sixty-live varieties of shoe blacking or polish, for shoes of all kinds and col? ors,, including blackings and polishes in boxes and bottles, and imported blackings as well as domestic, and wa? terproof blackings and oil. There are sold here cans tor. oil and for water; ! blacking pans, the small round pans I made to hold a linger quantity of blacking than would be contained In a I blacking box; brushes of all kinds, in | eluding daubers, dust brushes, and ' blacking brushes, whisk brooms and I shoestrings of various kinds and col Some of these establishments fiend oul supply wagons, which regulativ make ihe rounds of their customers ' at hoot blacking stands all over the city i and supply their wants, whatever they : may 1 e, on the spot. <rt Iml i?, Tiikc. "Doctor," said the man who worries about his health, "when symptoms of sluggishness assett themselves, in a season like this, wfcat's a good thing to take?" And the physician, who is sometimes absent-minded, but always patriotic, l' av.sweied with emphasis: i' ??Havana!" t '? Tom?1 must nduiii. that I have been quite attentive to botn girls, but of J course I can't msiiy them both. I Dick (cheerfuil! >?Of course not. | There': -? notation In that. 5 to a, 3e SINGLE COPY. TWO CENTS ONE WEEK. TEN CENTS. DOESN'T MIND SNAKES' MME. LE PLONGEON'S ADVENTURES AND EXPLORATIONS IN YUCATAN. Spent llor Honeymoon StuAylnc Sp?ni?b, Then Mad Yellow Fever? Archaeologies ??March? With Her Husband ta a Can tral American Forest. Archaeology is the last thing oni would think of in connection -witi Mine. Le Plongeon. There is no Qavoi ? of ruins and antiquities about her; ox the contrary, she is modern to her fing? er tips; yet she has endured untob) discomforts and dared a host of dan. gers In the Interests of science, and sh? talks or prehistoric peoples and of Yu. catan has rellers as familiarly as mom women talk of clothes. She wti3 not born to archaeologyi but married it. in the person of Dr Le Plongeon. when she was a girl cn Ii?. Or. Le Plongeon had spent mam years in the study of American an? tiquities, and his stories of the life and work made his bride look upon arch neology as a most fascinating pursuit Later, she cultivated the serious zeal of the antiquarian; but, when am hears her tell of her years in Yucatan and Honduras, with their dilflcultiei and dangers, their discomforts and de? lights, one cannot help thinking thai it was the poetic, picturesque side ol the experience that appealed mosl strongly to her. though she made rev? erent obeisance to the ugly gods which her husband unearthed. At the time of his marriage, Dr. Ia Plongeon was planning an examination of the ancient ruins of Yucatan, but th? honeymoon was spent in New York in order that Mine. Le Plongeon might learn Spanish. Yucatan is only two hours' sail from Cuba, and has recent? ly made long strides In progress; but when the Le Plongeons arrived in Mer ida in ISTi; the town was far from im? posing, and the smaller places wen painfully primitive. The first us? Mine. Le Plongeon made of her oppor? tunity for acquiring new experienct was to fall ill with yellow fever. Th? natives cheerfully insisted that shi could not live, and made preparation! for her burial on the sixth day; but thanks to the fact that her husband was a physician as well as an archae? ologist, she pulled through, and on Joyed the proud distinction of being the only white victim of that particulai epidemic who escaped the undertaker. When she had recovered from her ill? ness, the delayed expedition started; and for eleven years the husband and wife worked earnestly, undauntedly to* ,,w.a.rd ajsp'hUoiiL^J^ Chiclien. "The life was hard," said Mme. Plongeon. "There were fatiguing journeys, uncomfortable quarters, troublesome insects, omnipresent dirt, frequent dangers, and often gnawing hunger. Sometimes we would be where we could not get supplies, not even the mouldy tortillas and black beans which were our usual resource. We would hunt for deer or other game, but somehow or other game always eludes a starving man. I've seen the time when 1 was so hungry that I was in abject despair because a rattle? snake escaped me." "I'd call that a cause for thanksgiv? ing," said the reporter. "But I wanted a rattlesnake stew. Oh, you needn't look disgusted. It's very good. 1 assure you; and a rattle? snake is much handsomer than an eel, if you are looking at the aesthetic side of the question. Then, a rattle? snake's escape would be no special cause for thanksgiving, anyway. They are amiable creatures." The reporter looked dubious and re? marked: "I've always understood that they had a few little peculiarities that were annoying." "Not at all." Mme. Le Plongeon in? sisted. "A rattlesnake never bothers any one if he isn't insulted. There were hundreds of them down in Yucatan, and I never had a moment's disagree? ment with one except I wanted it for stew. I remember we were once going through the forest in search of deer. Dr. Le Plongeon was ahead, I cama next, and an Indian lad followed. I stopped to examine a gigantic toad? stool, and was hungrily wishing it wa3 a self-respecting mushroom, when the Indian shouted. 'Go away!' I sup? posed he thought the toadstool was poisonous and I would touch it; so I reassured him on that point, but ha kept on saying. 'Go away!' and looked up so frightened that I hurried on to join my husband. When I stopped to look back I saw, just beside the toad? stool, a huge rattlesnake coiled. I must have been touching him where I stood. He wa's moving his head back and forth and darting out hi3 tongue in a peevish way. as though he meant to say: 'Now, get out of this. You're bothering me.' I apologized to him and went away. You see, he wasn't vicious. For that matter. I never saw a snake that was. and yet the country down there abounds in poisonous va rleties. I still feel rather creepy over an angleworm, but I got so that I didn't fear snakes at all. Some of them were beautiful. One day among the ruins, I was just stepping down from a big stone when out from under it came a superb snake about five feet long and marked with alternate rings of Jet black and bright total. He had his head in the air. and we looked at one another with mutual tespect. I bowed and said, 'After you!' and he politely glided away, putting on a few extra graces and curves. 1 fancied, because he knew I was watching him. The venom of the "little coral snake is deadly; but I've sometimes had to chase three or four of the pretty thingg out of ray room before I could 20 to bed." . ,_ .. . ?