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PAEIS POLICE SPIES.
THEY KEEP TAB ON EVERY STRANGER IN THE FRENCH CAPITAL. Where and How Von Co, Who You Meet and Even What You Say Are All Re? corded at Police Headquarters?How the "Mouchard" Work*. More curious than all its strange call? ings and its strange customs is the police system in Paris. Kvery hotel must keep a register of all foreigners and hand it over daily to the special ollicers who are sent ?round to collect them. In the case of thu Knglish or American citizen little interest is taken unless their expenditure is no? ticeably extravagant, and then a friendly interest is takcli in them and their de? scription sent to Scotland Yard. It is almost impossible to conceive the thoroughness of the French police spy sys? tem. You never know who is ;t mouchard in Franco. The waiter who serves you, the man who shaves you, the coe.hor who drives you, are as likely as not to lie in the police pay. They know everything, and they know everybody. Here is an instance that occurred to a friend of mine only the other day. Ho received frvm the prefecture an order to appear on the following day. So far as ho knew, lie had d. nothing particularly out. of the way, and even if ho had ho had done it unintentionally. The magistrate invited him into his privale room and put him lit ids case at once by explaining ihat. tho at.air did not concern him personally, but lie wanted some in? formation on two or three of the Knglish colony with whom ho was associated. Thu answers were perfectly satisfactory, ami in leaving he turned to the magistrate and said laughingly, "Now, why don't you ask mo something about myself;-" "lint. I know nil about you," ho replied. "Would you like to know what you did on any particular day within tho last three months?" My friend replied at. random: "Take last Friday weck. I haven't tho remotest knowledge as to what happened." The magistrate turned over his dossier nnd replied: "You got homo at half past :.' 1n a cab that you had taken at tho Made? line. You rode out on your bicycle al half past 9. You lunched at t he Cafe do l'Ksper anco." And so on throughout llie day he recounted everything that had passed. There was no reason to have made the in? quiry, as there was not the slightest mark on his dossier, but it suited the police to know just, how he passed his time. A casserole?that is lo say. a mouchard ??who has by somo indiscret ion let bis con? nection with tho police become known and is accordingly valueless one., told mo a lot. about the working of (ho system. 1 had pointed nut to him thai it southed to mo thoroughly impossible thai I could have my footsteps dogged during a whole day without becoming aware of the fact. Ho answered: "Naturally. This, for in? stance, is how I should lmvc acted if I had wanted to llnd out all about your move? ments. When yon left this cafe, 1 should have followed you until such lime as I knew you had noticed that I was at your heels. Then I .should have piissvd tho signal." " To whom?'' I suggest til. ' I lave you ever noticed," he said, "that around all the big cafes there arc men olVcring novels out of date, but, who are always scanning closely tho faces of those on the torrassesf Well, I should have passed tho signal on to one of those men. lie would have followed you in a cab. if necessary, and on seeing you cuter a cafe would have followed on the pretense of selling wares .'mil handed you on to uitothernf the hand. And so it. would have gone on. "After all. arc the French police wrong? Tho foreigner comes here and inscribes his h?mo at tho prefect ore of police. We are not like you in Knglund. Wo have only -tvutio not encourage the out of works of tho world to come here. Neither down want to harbor criminals. Accordingly tlio police trace tho man. and if they llnd that he is honorably earning his existence lie is left in peace, but if there is a shadow if suspicion against him Ids dossier gets heavier every day, and one morning ho ilnds l hat, lie lias 4S hours in which to quit 'ho country. It is owing to this system 'hat. tho police llnd it comparatively easy to arrest criminals. Tie. vilest class of rullian and the panned women you meet, ?u the night, cafes aro all useful, the wom? an especially Your own servant may bo Tying on you Your concierge eortainly is." Ho hesitated for a minute and then said 'o mo in a semiwhispcr, "Watch I hat geu lemun in from with the ribbon ol thu Lo? tion of Honor in his buttonhole." I look? ed at. him. but noticed nothing particular, ?xcopt that.ho seemed very intent in Iiis -tewspapcr "Thai's a mouchard," he ontlnued. "I'm prepared .lobet ho has leard every word that has passed. 11'you 'tad eyed him as closely as 1 have, you vould have noticed that lie has been look :ig at the same paragraph for over an " our." The man paid for his drink and .*ont out. Next morning 1 suppose Ids oport was sen! in. Tho ruses of these men in finding out "ersons who are "wanted" have no limit. Inly tho other day the Knglish police had jut over the description of a man they vould like to put in the dock. As ho xike French without the slightest accent, nd as it was certain thai ho would bo ? isguised out of all recognition, tho task "? vas a dillicult one. Out: afternoon two of hose detectives noticed a well dressed ? ? inn and suspected him. One of them took IT Iiis overcoat and hung if upside by ido with his. A few minutes later they ot up to leave, and the wrong coal was ut on. In the must fluent and polite rench the suspected man pointed out tho rror. The mouchard took it otf and lokod nt tho mime of the maker and sow hat it was a London firm. They had ?und their man.?Today. On Loving Care. Tho Chautntuiua Assembly Herald ro? utes tho following amusing incident: Miss Burion was trying lo develop the lea of loving care in her Sunday school 'ass. To illustrate the idea siio asked, What docs mother do for grandma?" Makes her work," shouted a youngster. he visitors were convulsed, but Miss . urton rose to iho occasion and pointed a . .oral to udorn tho tale. Inhuman Treatment, "la that Admiral CorveraV Ho looks orriod and distressed. 1 am glad our , ,:oplo are treating him kindly." . "Kindly? Do you see that hunted look ? i his eyes? That comes from dodging itograph flends."?Chicago Tribune. So Bargain Offered. "Spain should take back her stigma ' ,:at we aro a nation of shopkeepers." "Yes; there wen- no goods murked ' iwn in our peace advertisement."?Chl ..go Record DIVER ESCAIJEa A SHARK. i. Thrilling; Experience, at a Wharf In South African Watem. Oue of tho local divers named Hatten ', s experienced a shock and a narrow ?ape, says The Capo Argus. Hi; had boon . ^aged to recover a few heavy rails which .1 fallen overboard between a steamer d tho main wharf. Tie' rails woro/ound d one had been hauled to tho surface ;en Hatten perceived a young shark . Imming around him. Having omitted ? arm-himself with the usual diver's . life, Ratten moved to I lie boat and. so - .red a wcujioii, intending to stab the irk Jf opportunity presented itself. On iconding to the iHittom again, however, . -(ten did not .'rej; the prowjjnjj "pwn I stcr" anil proCeeiIe"l to the finis '\viitch lo I niaincd to bo hoisted. He was about to attack the next rail when, to his surprise and alarm, ho noticed a huge shark, ap? proximately 10 feet long, lying right i across tho rails. j The diver was In a quandary, because retreat from such a monster was exceed? ingly dangerous, while open hostilities with the knife would have been almost suicidal, mit only on account of the si/.o of the shark, but on account of it ; being lit? erally sheathed ?ith barnacles. Further? although the shark lay almost motionless, not a single rail could be torn bed without disturbing h- With a view to frightening' tiie shark Hatten suddenly released all the air contained in ids suit, which act caused a cloud of bubbles t" rise from tho escape valve. Tho shark did not. budge, and when the suit had reliliod Hatten made several feints'us if to slab his enemy, but again without tin desired effect. Then tiie monster made 11:,- Iii si move. Steadily he rolled ovci. bis back, showinga long white belly, and opened and shut an enor? mous mouth, framed with rows of ivory white sawlike teeth. Hatten wisely wait ed for no more but dipped the escape. I valve, causing him to rise rapidly to tho j surface. lie lost no time in scrambling j up tho ladder into the boat, out of harm's way. Aliumbcrof people spent a great part of tlio afternoon iu endeavoring to 1.k the shark. Various kinds ot bait were tried, I ut wii hout success. PHOTOGRAPHING A MONKEY. He Is the ??niest of All llrul?? tu fint Hefere tie- Camera. "One of the most difficult brutes to photograph i- the monkey," said a man in New Volk who makes a business of taking the picl ores of all s.,r:s,,:' animals and birds. "You may try as much as you like, but you wiil never succeed in mak? ing a monkey look straight into the con glance always shins off to one side or the other. Nor will it ever catch your eye full or tlx its own upon yours, and 1 have come to the conclusion that a monkey can? not look at, a camera any more than if en/ look a human being in the face. "Take a dog's head iu your two hands and look into its eyes. The beast will re? turn your gaze, not for long perhaps, for I the contemplation of human intelligence I distresses all animals, lint it. is not. so with the monkey. Hold its head as pa? tiently as you please between your hands, and ii will east its eyes up to tho ceiling and keep on winking or cast, them down to the lloor as if asleep or twisi them around in. a most absurd fashion lo look over one side or the other, but never, even \ in passing by it, will it catch yours. "Why is this? I don't know, unless it is that the animal has sumo secret regard ing our own origin thai- it docs not wish us to find out. However, if they arc bash ful, they are very inquisitive, am! if 1 were tolc.'ivc my camera unguarded for ten minutes in a cage containing a dozen monkeys half the family would be busy taking photographs of tho other half."? Washington Star. She ami tlo- Hue. Into the bands of an elderly matron of much dignity and some disi inction came not long ago I he diary kepi by her lather, a worthy but imperfectly literate farmer of a n mole country \ illagc. With a clus? ter ol' hcrown children gathered about her and pee;.ing over her should, r sho turned the lad. d leaves of the litt.li! volume con tabling the records of ihu year in which she was born and paused tinally al ihn dav of her birih. This is what, she read: "Nov. 11 killed the hogg the .-cales brills wen w having so do nut nowo exact wayto but he was a very line bevy hogg darter Loisa b. 7', pounds." It was not an entry to enhance the self esteem of "darter Loisa," perhaps, bur, it, criuurcn and never rosontud by herself, ev.-n though il relegates s., unmistakably to second place aller the h..g in the an? cestral annals, such a I rille as thu advent of a baby not heavy enough lo break any scales or mci it a ooniineiidalorv ad juutivu ? Y.,nib's I'.[itiiiion A Modern haute. Once upon a lime n Tramp was sorely in need of Something* to cat. and, up preaching a Farmhouse, he spake unto I he Farmer, savin;;. "If you will give me i he Wherewithal to satisfy the Cravings of the inner Man. I will kill all I he Huts about i.hoplaee." "Agreed," said thuTiilurof till) Soil, and he ordered his (loud Wife to give the Trump a Square meal. After tho Tramp had Devoured everything In sight, lie Went to the wood pile and selected a stout Club; then, seating Himself on thu Porch, be said 11? the Farmer, "Now bring on your Kills." Moral.?Always havu the details speci? fied in a contract - Chicago News. The (?realer Light. When we were al New York, Professor .Simpson and I went, one night to tlio ob? servatory. We found the astronomer by the light, of a .small candle groping about for his instruments and arranging the telescope. Hul when we bad got the star full in view he bi.-u ..in his little candle lie had now got tho light of the world, ami the candie serve! oalj I., obscure his \ iew Thoiiim light of vom- reason isof use only if it bring you to'tlie Great Light, and lake care lesi inslead of lliisil should serve to keep you from him. ?Henry Druiuinoud Oppietcil to Walking. Most Chinese mandarins pass the whole of th.-ir lives without taking a singly yard of exorcise The late Nanking vice? roy (father of Marquis Tseng) was eon sidcrcd a remai k;:ble character because he always walked 1,DHU sli p, a day in bin private garden. I nder no circumstances whatever is a mandarin ever ?..cn on font in his own jiu isd'i lion. TIMID ELkPHANTS. Stories Which Slum- n?w Easily the Big Brutes Are Friglit. mil. An English writer of Indian experience declare.- that ihu vaunting of the intelli? gence of the elephant creates a false im? pression. Like that of I lie horse, thu in? telligence of the elephant has curious lim? itations. A few months ago the pupillae? of a small town near Madras were frightened out of their wils by a runaway elephant. Which broku from ils mahout's control and ran through the town, smashing ev? erything thai l.,y in ?s path. It had boon frightened into a suite, of insane alarm by the paitc-ing of raindrops on its rider's umbrella. A friend of the same writer one had a singular cxperien.f a somewhat similar son When "oul hi Ihu district" in Bur? ma, he grew tired of riding on his ele? phant, u hicli also curried bis servants and baggage, and bought a ponv in one ol' thu village. He was careful "to make sun. that the pony was not afraid or elephants, but it never .,- eurrcd t., him I bat the ele? phant might ii.- alraid of ponies. Karly the next morning he sent his bag gage and servants off on ihu elephant, with orders to ball, for lunch at a village ten miles away, and when lie had lliiishcii some work be followed on his |.v. When ?i mi!.-or so from the halting place, lie saw the elephant hunching along in ad? vance and trotted on to hurry up the ma? hout. As- he approached, tlio mahout, a j lluriuan, began lo gesticulate. Tho Kng I lishuian anil hi- IJengal servants knew no j Burmese, and tho Burinati knew no I tongue bill liisown. lie was much excited. I The Englishman guessed i hat something I was amiss, and, breaking into a gallop to ! see what ii might be. was astonished to sou the elephant start oil' at a run. Thrcu times the excited and angry mahout sue coodud In stopping tue beast lifter ? run of i i> mile or so, und three times did thu Eng lislimun ride up to see what was tho mat ter, only to observe with astonishment that the elephant rushed olT each time. j Finally thu despairing mahout steered j the animal otf tho road into swampy ground, and Ilms, shaking oil' pursuit,..] plowed his way baek on foot to tho lialt Ingplnie, where he found an interpreter to explain that the elephant had boon lor rilied by the approach ol the pony. BATHiNG IN MANILA. It Ih Hardly the Style Thai Would Be Tolerated ai Newport. There are between i.'u.olin and 0110 per? sons employed in the manii.iilalioii of i he tohaeoo after it roaches Manila from thu plantations, Of ihcsu laliorers Arthur T Marvin, wriling in Tho Overland Month? ly, says: By far the. greater pruportion of ? these are girls, ranging from iO years of age 1.1 that indollnilo period thai follows _'0 years. The e.haltiug and bustling of l.oou 01 5,000 women utight to be enough to set any man oru/.y. yet tl;o siiperiiiU'iident of the manufactories is a hale, hearty and sensible fellow. The noise made by hau d?ng the tohaeoo is distracting e.igh, but when aided ami aliened by 5.0?O fe? male tongues i he result can not bo iniag inod or described. After the labors of the day are over tho employees lake their departure from the factory in droves. A port'u.f them pro? ceed toThat portion of the bay sol apart lor bathing, where they plunge in and en joy themselves While the i,alive- aroany ihing but cleanly people, they certainly batlio as frequent ly as any w ii h whom I am acquainted. I fear that while they am fond of water they have a horror of soap. Every evening between sundown and dork or by moonlight thousands of tho humbler folk come down to the beach to halbe und sport in the surf. Her.- men and w.en, old and young, married ami single, with no more olol lies on i hau when they came into the world, can be seen shouting and laughing, jumping ami plunging, swimming and diving and hav? ing n jolly good time. They do hot con duet themselves any more indecorously than the bathers al, Newport or Long llranch, and no scandal seems lo be caused hV t heir lolilClUnuli, 1,-Q :-o,n Thu Sliarlt Was Seared. This shark story comes from the West Indies: "A large steamer," (he diver relates, "had struck on a reef and then slipped off into deep water, taking down with her tho mails and a valuable cargo. There were somo papers that wore particularly wanted, ami 1 was in the e.hartiooiu under tho bridge working for thorn when Slid donly as 1 turned 1 saw thu wicked snout of a big shark close lo mo. ll was a nice i tlx to lie pinned up in I he corner of a liftlo square room with a big brute between use ami tie- d.? 1 went creepy all over. 1 can tell yon. lint 1 kept still, and so did he. except thai he worked a I'm lazily, like a screw steamer holding on against, the lide. 1 go! I he knife in niv bell loose and waited. The shark evidently did not know what lo make of me and gradually drifted over lo the other .side of lie- ri.I. 1 be? gan then I o move toward I iie il.-and had almost reached it when thu shark made n sudden rush in the same direction? and lisuppenrod, Which of us goi the bigger fright 1 doi.'t know."?Hood Words. OLD TIME SURGERY. The lllirbar.mil Mel hods That Were Em? ploye.i In the Sixteenth Century. Amhroiso Pare, a barber surgeon of tho sixteenth century, tolls in his notes how in l.ViT he went to tho long wars lo get practice in surgery. lie. invented somo new processes, particularly in I he treat? ment, of amputated limbs. lip to l'arc's time the most barbarous means had been used to slop the bleeding. In his own words: "So soon as Ilm limb was remov ed I he surgeons would use many railleries lo slop the How of blood, a Illing lory horrible and cruel in the mere lolling. And truly of six thus cruelly treated scarce two ever (souped, and even those were long ill ami the wounds thus burned Wore slow lo heal, because tho burning ?aused sin h veliemenl pains ! hat they fell into fovcr, convulsions ami oilier mortal accidents. In mo.-i of thorn, moreover, ivhen the sear fell off there came fresh bleeding, which must again bo.stallchcd ivith the cauteries. So thai lor many heal? ing was impossible, and they had an uloor lo the end of their lives, which prevented them from having an artificial limb." The Idea of abolishing such cruelty iiy using the ligature occurred to Pare in one of his war journeys, and his success went beyond Iiis own expectations. His other discovery was made within a few hours of his joining the army. It was believed by (he surgeons of the day that there was poison In a gunshot wound, ami one of tho accepted authorities insisted that they must he cauterized "with oil of elders scalding hot. mixed with a little treacle." Tho pain was intolerable. Ii happened that at his first treatment of gunshot, wounds Pa re's oil ran short, and lie used Instead "a digestive made of the yolks of eggs, oil of roses and turpentine." To his surprise, he found next morning that tho patients ho hail tbus treated wore in bet tor condition than the others. "Thon I resolved le ver more to burn thus cruelly poor men with oiiush.it. wounds." j\ t.liosi I ader the S.a. Tho story is told of a diver who saw two ghosts, "full fathom five" under tho sur? face. He had gone down to t he wreck of a large sieamer ami was crossing tho maiu saloon when two gray shapes of enormous sizo came shambling toward him. Hedid not. wait, to make notes for tho Psychical society, tint gave tho danger signal and was at once" pulled up Told in tho cheer ful light of day, it seemed rather a lanio story, and another diver went down to see what he could make of it. Toward him also euino the shambling gray shapes He stood irresolute for a moment and then going boldly forward, struck his hatchet through?a mirror! The ghosts were only a dim reflection of his own legs, much enlarged, of course, as everything is that u diver sees through tho great frontal oyo of his helmet.?Gi.n.1 Word* AILT IN PA PER MONEY THE DELICATE WORK DONE BY UNCLE SAM'S ARTISTS. Care and Caution That I'reval! In the Mu? rrain uf Engraving ami Printing The Pa? per That In Cued For All Uuverumeut iKKueM?A Com plicated Prueews. Tho making of the artistic green and black notes is more complicated than might bo imagined from a casual glance at thoir gracefully lined surface. Tho lengthy process is most unique and inter? esting, and a visit to the bureau of en? graving and printing iu Washington, where it may be seen, is a very entertain? ing one. There is a great deal of work accomplished here, as this bureau issues the government bonds, legal tenders, sil? ver certificate*, bunk notes and internal revenue and postage stamps Tho largest face value of any issue is a registered bond of $?l),OU0 and the smallest a 1 cent stamp. All of tho engravers aro specialists in thoir particular department, and tho deli? cate tigures und intricate designs of their work are often marvels of artistic skill. Portraits of living persons aro never put on the notes, and all the figures, vignettes, borders, etc., uro engraved separately bo fore they they arc put on the plates. The engravers sit, each ono below a window, with a screen of ground glass tu.nil them, and another of white linen above their heads Their work is so lino and delicate that the greatest precision and care aro required, and tho room iu which they work is not open to visitors First tlio engraver works out his design of face or figure, and after transferring it by hand to a plate of soft steel tlio plate is hardened and a soft stool roller takes tho impression from it. After this roll is chilled another impression is taken upon another steel plate, and after this latter has been hardened it, is ready for use. Tho geometric lathe which makes the borders is so complete and wonderful a piece of mechanism as to scorn almost alive. The graceful lines for tlio borders, hacks and other conventional designs soon on the notes aro made by this machine, if indeed jt.jjiay..lio.iviliv'J "Wkeii \If motion by steam power, the tiny diamond and stool points begin thoir work, and there suit of this mathematical calculation shows on the small section of steel an in? tricate border of the undulating, circular linos, with their st range effect of light .-mil shade. This lathe work is one of the surest guards against counterfeiting, for ouch bit of work represents an abstruse problem In tlio engraving room aro two large vaults, iu which an- kept all the plates, rolls and ot her implements, t he position' of head of the department being a very im porlanl and trustworthy one, as it is one of tin-few offices where great conlidcuco is placed in the honesty of ono man. The paper for all tho issues is manufac? tured at Dalton, Mass.. under the super? vision of government officials, and that ? used for thu bank notes, silver certificates, j etc., is seal cut in sheets large enough to ; contain four notes In appearance it is like any other very heavy linen paper, ox I cept that it has two perpendicular linos of I short, uneven silk threads running through it. On Iicing received it is taken with the blue and while papers for tho internal revenue and postage stamps (both water i marked) to the ?'wetting department," as I it. is railed, where it is counted and re? counted, and u receipt gkven for it. Then , it is put between wet. cloths and pressed j being shiitcd about every six hours to in ' sure each sheet an equal amount of- iiiuis furo. This process lasts about three days, then, after another counting, it is deliver ed to iho printer, who must give a receipt for tlio sheets given him. At the end of i tho day ho returns another chock, stating the quantity received, tho number of notes he lias printed and the blank or spoiled sheets to he returned. The printing room is a scene of great I activity, with its many presses and work ers. Here the paper is again moistened by j applying it i-. n wet board, then it is laid j on a stool plate that has boon carefully j prepared with tho ink, which also is made , on the premises. There aro two workers at each press, usually a man and a woman I The man fills the plate with ink from a ! roller, then wipes if off and finally, after ' dusting his hands with chalk, ho gives it [ a last, polishing. Then, after wetting tlio paper, thu woman lays it on tlio plute, Ihu press is applied, and behold tho clear, clean back of thu notes, which must be carefully examined before they Icavi "tiie primer's hands. This process is re peated each time. Thu press is a self reg? istering one, and tlio employees uro al? lowed to spoil a certain porccntageol' their work, but if they exceed it their labor is deducted Then the notes arc sent down stairs, and for I J hours are subject' to great, heat in an airtight room. In the room adjoining they arc again examined, assorted and sent back to receive their "face value" from the plates prepared, showing tlio de? nomination and tlio facsimiles of the sig natures of tlio proper officers Thon comes the "wet count," as it is called, and after being dried the notes aro put. in a solution of bi/.ing, which gives 11 greater durability to t!io paper. After this short process they are again sent to tho Jumpering room, where tho edges are ii'i:uiucd. and tho number is put on by u maorrino whose every revolution auto? matically throws the figures ono digit higher. In this room they aro given tho last count, and aro .then sent to the treas? ury department, whore the red seal of tho United States treasury is atlixed and tho single shcci cut into four notes. Jsuar this room is a great vault with a double tone lock, where all ti e work, no matter uhat its stupe of development, is sent for the night. It must ali bo in and all the accounts must balance or no one is allowed lo have the building. The supply in this vault is always a little in advance of the demand of the treasury, and once in there is no getting it out, except on tho requisition of the chief of the division. One man is never allowed alone in tho vault. There must, always be two or moro in "*"''l?a 'U- ? i'blludcluhluThiM* MARCH WINDS. "*'"5?"**^ Far herald from the frozen north. The green of itriisses bringing. With violets on tho wnysido slopes And sounds of bluebirds smuiiis. How shall we joy to Hud thee lo re When spring tins slipped her tether. Swift seattvring from her. far and near. Winds and thu windy weather By night tho wild goose phalanx lono Tu polar 7.unu is flying, By day the ki!Idee plover thrills The pastures with his eryiir.-. The white liftht Hung from fa ruff skied Drifts downward like a leather And bending marsh grass signified Winds und thu windy weather. The orchard sup begins to stir As-wift the March wind passes. The primrose and the wild flower meet Where euol wood shadow masses. And o'er the hills the rain and sun Tioop down thu days logelher. With wuavnig mane of blossoms spun. Winds and thu windy weather. -Ernest McOiiflfey in Woman's lb.mo Cum patuuii. A MODERN SOLOMON. The Docs In an Arabian Family Made to Tell the Truth. A recent French judgment may be cited us an illustration of Arab manners and 'Jaliio astuteness. All Arab was Iiaveling through tho interior with his wife Ho ! was on dullkev back, and she was afoot. I By came a rieh Arab on horseback and j offered her a lift behind him She accept i ed and presently, in the course of the jour [ noy;conilded that she was unhappily mar? ried. Her companion proposed a plan by which she might elope with him. and she agreed to it readily. Accordingly when they came to a branch road they increased their pace anil paid no heed lo toe proles tat ions of the husband, who was soon left behind. Ho succeeded in tracking thorn to the horseman's village, only lo lind that precautions had been taken against his sir rival, for all asserted thai they bad known I lie runaway pair for many years as man and w ife and Ihat the real husband must bo an impudent impostor. The unfortunate man had recourse lo tho French, who wore at first puzzled how to act in the race of a village's unanimous jtirreil to tho'judge. lie placed the real husband's dogs iu one room anil those of tho other man in another and confronted 'ho woman with both. A ruh dogs are very faithful to their own households and very lierco toward all strangers, so. though ..lie dhl her utmost to irritate her own dogs, they could not be restrained from fawning on her, and, though sho lavished every blandishment toward tile dogs of her now home they barked and Showed their teeth with ever increasing fury Tin judge thereupon ordered her to be given liaek to her husband, and lie placarded the village with the following notice. "The testimony of one dog is hero more tobe believed than thai of ton Arabs.' As a dog is one of the Arab's worst terms of opprobrium, this notice was doomed a wor.-o punishment than lines or imprison? ment.? London Pest. Nothing Itrolieii. A recent bride in Washington, who re? ceived many handsome piocesof glassware and china among her wedding gifts, is ex? ceedingly proud of her treasures and has a per feel jewel of a maid, who hasn't broken a single pine. One afternoon not long ago the mistress came homo and found the maid out. An hour or so later the do ?nestle retun.ed. Hur arms were full of bundles, uml she carried a basket. Her face was rudi.-.nt. "Oh," she said, "the table was perfectly lovely! It was just, exactly tho way you fix yours win n you have company?can? dles and every thing. It was just too sweet' Everybody thought so." "What aro you talking about?" asked tho mistress. "Why," answered tho maid. "the luncheon my sister gave today. I didn't have time tu usk you. but 1 knew you wouldn't mind. Nothing's broken. " And unwrapping her bundles, she disclosed to her mistress'astonished eyes the very pick of all tho cherished wedding china and glass, not to incut ion sundry pieces of sil vor. They had adorned thu luncheon, and the tablo was "perfectly lovely."?Ex. change. LINCOLN'S JOKE. How lie Fixed the Responsibility For tho ? Loss of Harper's Ferry. President Lincoln's jokes, especially when perpetrated in connection with grave matters, usually had a purpose in I hem. After Loo had taken Harper's Ferry tho president, realizing how great a calamity it was To tho northern arms, determined if possible to fix tho responsibility for the loss of the Important position. Hallock was summoned, but did not know where (he blame lay. " Very well," said Lincoln, " I'll usk General Sohonck." Tho latter could throw no light upon the question, further than to say that ho was not to blame. Milroy was the next to bo called to tin; presence of the commander in chief ami to enter a plea of "not guilty." Hooker was next given a hear? ing, and Fighting Joe made a very em? phatic disclaimer of all responsibility. Then the president assembled the four generals in his room and said tut hem: "Gentlemen, Harper's Ferry was surren? dered and none of you, it seems, is re? sponsible. I alii very anxious to discover tho man who is." After striding across the room several times thu orcsident sud? denly threw tip his bowed Iff ad and ex claimed: ' I have it! I know who is re? sponsible." "Who, Mr. President; who is it?" asked tho distinguished quartet as they looked anxious, if not troubled. "Gentlemen," said the president, with n meaning twinkle in his eye, "General Leo is the man." ? There was a lack of mirth in tho laugh croatod, and tho four generals took their departure with a determination that they would not a^ain bo placed under suspi? cion.?Detroit, Freo Press. A coquette Is to a man what n toy is to a child?as long as it pleases hltn he keeps 't?Anonymoa*. HORN WORK IN INDIA. Skillful and Ornamental Curving Dono by tiie Native Artisans. An official report issued iu India under tho name of tho "Agricultural Lodger," contains some interesting information concerning artistic work in bison and buf? falo horn in that country. The ornamental work in bison horn is an industry carried on in tho Katnagiri district as a side lino by many who are also carpenters ami metal workers, and who have acquired tho art front their forefathers, liison horns aro used because the ornaments usually made arc small stands for offerings in tho tem? ples, and the restrictions of the Brahman faith would not allow the worshipers to touch t hem if t hey wero made of cow horn. Tiie horn is prepared by being kept moist with cocoanut oil, and is t hen heat? ed before a lire, when it becomes its soft as wax and can bo pressed into the required form, tools aud a small iatbe completing tlio design. Tlio oil upon being heated does not discolor the horn, but gives it. a trausluccucc which produces a very pleas? ing effect. The horn after being carved is polished with tlio rough loaves of a tree of tiie Ileus tribe which grows iu the district, and serves as a natural sandpaper. Ad? ditional ornamentation, which is general? ly of a simple and graceful kind, is done with sh e! graving tools. I.iko most other native artisans, the liatnngiri horn carvers use very few tools. The entire equipment usually consists merely of a small lathe, a lino saw, u pair of calipers and perhaps a tile. The commonest ornament is a sacred bull supporting a Hat tray, with a cobra rising out- of t lio middle and roaring above it with expanded hood. Tile conventional figures aro those commonly used in tin. brass work and embroidery and even in tin-rust ic mural decorations of the coun I try. and consist of circles with regular or undulating circumferences, radiating lines, loops and rings arranged in grace? ful patterns. In Bengal ornaments of buffalo horn uro made at Moagbyr and consist chielly of necklaces and similar ob jects of personal adornment. Combs aro tnado in Dacca, where about Pin Mohammedans are em? ployed in the industry. A special casto in Balasot, on the coast below Calcutta, is engaged in tho production of walking slicks made ot horn in Madras black horn is worked by tin- Vishnu Brahmans of Yizagnpalain, who turn out beziquo boxes, picture frames anil similar articles of very beautiful design. ? .Manufacturer. Easy <:..Sng Central Americans. A writer in the Providence Journal tolls of a conversation lie oi.ee had with a wealthv and educated Central American coffee planter: I "His estate, upon which more than half i of Ids time was spent, was -jo miles from town and postollice and reached only by a j bridle path. Allot' his coffee laid to bo j sent to shipping points by pack mule and j household stores taken home iu the same I way. 1 asked him it a carriage road could tan easily bo built lo Ihu district where he lived. "'Certainly.' be replied, 'but. what would be tlio use'.- What bettor way is there t'i travel than by hor.-eh .ck: We itTl I lovo it, and w hen we want to ride in c.-ir i riages wog,, to Kti rope or the Sialus.' " Mint.' I said, 'your eolToo could then bo hauled in wagons and much expense und inconvenience lie saved. And 1 slip j home and more frequent mails.' ??lb- laughed heartily. 'I assure you, j jny dear sir,' lie said, 'that we get our j mail quite often enough. 1 always dread the day on which it arrives. It means work, lor I have ,;ui;.- a correspondolico. j As to the coffee, there is profit enough in it already, so \v)iy not let tin- >???'???' ""-I A Twentieth Century Wonder. The groat engineering feat which opened the iron gates of the Danube and made thai river navigablo for its entire length will sink into insignificance compared with that undertaken on 1 he Nile, to get around 1 he obstructions caused by I he cat? aracts, and by moans of an immense dam open the historic river continuously to liavigat ion. (Ipcrali' ins are a I,out to com? mence under the direction of tlie eminent British engineer. Sir Benjamin Baker, who recently ha/.ardod the prediction that by the beginning of rhu twentieth century the first steamer would pass through the locks into the reservoir, on its way to the upper Nile. Though tho work is ono of immense difficulty there is no;!,,tibi i: can I.o car? ried to success and that i: will Staudas an engineering achievement worthy to mark the opening of a new century. The same quarries at Assouan that furnished gran? ite for the temples of I'liiia: it,Hill) years ago will be drawn nil to supply the stone for tho latest triumph of man's handi? work in overcoming vast natural obstacles ?Buffalo Commercial. Bismarck's Memoirs. "Very soon." says the London corre? spondent of the New York Times. "1 am given to understand from tv publisher and friend in I.eipsio, there will be precipitat? ed upon Germany, springing, as it wero, from the grave to which Bismarck takes all his nurtured hale and malice, a sensa? tion compared to which the scandal over LiulTukcu ami Frederick's diary is not worth mentioning. "Bismarck could not bring himself to trust Iiis sons to deal after his death tho terrible bloc.- he has been so long prepar? ing for the. kaiser. Tho old prince's mem? oirs therefore are sale in his publisher's hands at Stuttgart, and his intimate cir? cle of biographical and-journalistic para? sites, like Moritz, [lisch, Horst and Kohl, have b"cn busy from the hound" his death in preparing the press fur the tremendous uproar they will create. There arc even statements that tiie publication will begin as soon as a month hence." Needles. Needles wore undoubtedly the invention ol prehistoric man. as they have been dis covered among the oldest remains of hu? man life. Some rude specimens Hindoo! horse's bom- aud evidently intended for sowing skins were found not long since in a cave in l-'rance, together with other traces of primitive life Noodles have also boon discovered in tho oldest Egyptian tombs and among the rcmaiusof the lake ii W?llings of Switzerland. The date of the invention of stool needles is unknown, but judging from ' the rich embroidered gar? ments dose' bed in ancient record it, would apnc.r that line noodles of steel or some ot her material were in use at a very early period. California. Tlio name of California, derived from the twoSpunish words, calicnte fornalli? i. c, "hot furnace"?was given by Cortes ill the vea." l?ll? to the peninsula now known as Lower California, of which he was the discoverer, on account of its hot climate. The Icelanders' Language. How strange it, would seem tu us today If- there exislcd, say in Newfoundland, a colony of Anglo-Saxons, sent thoru by King Alfred, and speaking still tho pure old Saxon longuoof King .Min d's Wesse;! Yet this would exactly parallel the case of Iceland. While Danes aud Swede-; have modernized tho ancient Scandinavian of tlio Sagas into the Danish and Swedish of tho present day the Icelanders stili go on speaking the tongue of their forefathers pretty much as it was spoken by Kolf tlio (langer and Harold Hardrada. They read the Sagas in tlio tongue of tlio old singers as easily us our children can read Shako spcuro and the English Biblo.?Graut Al? len in Popular Science. CLEVER TRICKSTERS. VERSATILE SWINDLERS THAT INFEST MONTE CARLO. A Detective's Story of the Ways That Are Dark at the Famous Gambling Resort. How Oue Man Worked the Hau??An English Woman's Experience. To ho n detective at Monte Carlo is to he all things to everybody at one time. Tho plaoo is no sinecure. 1 spout two full seasons at it, and felt an exhaustion when 1 finished as the veriest roue did who hud spout his time in every dishonest game. My lifo there was one absolutely behind the scenes. I was not a detective for the gambling house, but for prominent jew? elers, a firm who hail to watch every jewel of note and value worn in that rendezvous of adventuresses, ex-convicts, swindlers and sharpers. Tho diamond necklace worn by the beauty at supper would bo rented from us. I would have to keep ten puces near her during the ball or dinner. Did she dunce, I glided about tho room. Did she have a - quiet flirtation in a recessed corner, I was there Did sho take supper a deux, I watched every mouthful. Was I afraid she would rim away with them!' Possibly. But; what 1 did think about was this, that the baud that dangled tho monocle was ready fur the revolver the instant somo loan at tempted to take tho jewels from her throat. Would sho thank mo forever for my kiudnchs. Perhaps so, perhaps not. Sho was most probably in tho scheme. Sho ron.od the jewels at a good price. A man. her accomplice, would rob hor of them ir. a dark corner. Sho was accepting his attentions ostensibly because ho was Count Blank. She would report in tears of her loss to the 11 nil. But what could sho do': sho would ask. Her accomplice would have time to disguise himself und get lo Purls, soil the jewels and finally the two would divide the profits. They might luituully bo of noble birth. And I ir these tricks land my colleagues watched und waited. It was a madder, wilder lifo than any one knows. That is why I can toll you stories no one olse has ever to! I you. tales that have never yet appeared in print. Now lot mo tell you a story that no olio but a detective could tell you. I'll give you one ot my hardest cases. A man (Kissed a forged draft at the jeweler's in Nice for jewel.-: thou another at u shop. I was put on his track. Here's his history: .lohn Julies was a swell in fashionable out lit, cane: iiionuolo and all tho parapher? nalia of "dudism." lie "wont broke" at the table ami applied to the company for money I i return home (they always give that) He was iduutitled as a player by the banker, who watches every lace, given sullician: money lo take him homo, pay bis hotel bill and send him out of town in good manner. lie had to sign a paper saying ho would not return to the table or allow the money they bad given him to be placed on the carpel. ' lb- relumed from the Hrst station, had si barber shave him. Instead of the blond mustache aro black side whiskers and a let black wig. a pair of colored glasses tin - ishii.g the disguise. He boarded at a now place, edled himself John Smith ami played his return money. He goes broke, ipplies at t lie olliee fi ir rotiirn money un? der a new name and face. Now Mr. Smith i^ no more, but 1 bad a widow, fascinating, eoy and young. Tho disguise, was excellent. Tho veil bad to be kept down or when raised a fan kept at i he mouth. The pour widow was not lucky. Sho lost again ai d again and went to tho office for her return mouev. .'_....- ,,.is niaeoi an old man. suffering pain, fearful of people, sb/. He was very cautious, avoided every Of.o. He was registered James While. Ho lost and coul 1 get his return money, but says he would rather kill himself than humili? ate Iii ins uf. The next day a hat, coat and note are found near the sea by a reporter for a famous journal in Nice. Hush money was paid, ami in Nico 1 found my young fellow running aoafoand selling to victims :-, sure combination to win at tho ? in and It) or at. the roulette; also ready to write lie; most, sensational articles for newspap Ts. This is how I found him: I was watch? ing with suspicion a young woman. She took the train l'6r Moiitoiio. So did I. On the car 1 played the hayseed, made in? quiries about the games and interested her so that .-lie promised to go back tho mSxt day with me and show me some com? bination.;. Sho told mo she played irregu? larly for fancy. Her husband at Moiitoiio was dying of consumption. 1 went homo with her in a casual manner and was pre? sented to tho husband. In him 1 found my man I needed my handcuffs and re? volver before I got through with them both, Tor she also was an export. I did o:io slight piece of defective work over tho tables which was interesting. 1 was watching the players lather strictly, trying tu.ipot a woman whom 1 wanted to arrest. An oi l maid came in and sat down at tho (able. She was Knglish and very shy and alone I turned my atten? tion to her. I fancied she was green, and 1 watched her play with an amused inter? est for a moment. She pulled out her purse and with hesitation placed a gold louis on No. 2?. Ii was her lirst, gamble, ami tho old maid looked seared out of all her senses. 1 saw she thought, she would never be reinstated into propriety after that louis dropped on the number. No. 22 canio out. and tho banker paid :!ii louis. The wheel started again, and once moro 22 came out The banker paid tho limit and then re.narked that the sum, being above the limit, could not remain on tho carpet No olio moved. Then the dozens of hands reached out for tl.onoy, some carelessly, somo eagerly, all with tho in? tent of scouring the money. By that time it seemed every one remembered ho really bad placed a gold louis on No. 22. The old maid hadn't moved. She was looking on in interest at the whole proceeding. I quietly stepped to the table and laid my hand over tho money, at the same time calling out to the banker that No. 22 need? ed investigation. 1 gave my word that thu Knglish lady had put the louis on No. 22. The bankers inquired of her, and she ?iid quickly slio had placed the money thoro, but didn't, understand enough of tho game to know that this heap of money belonged to her. She nearly went, wild when sho found it out; but, poor deluded soul! sho got so excited that sho played the most impossi? ble combinations and listened to every ono's advice, and in a tow davs had lost every cent of that gleaming pile of gold, with a good bit of her own small stuck of money added.?Philadelphia Press. Wily Anglo-Saxons Win. Ill "Westward, Ho!" Charles Kingsley's story of tho Elizabethan wars with Spain, he explains why the Knglish so offen got the better of the Spanish when tho odd* wore against them. Ho claims the su? periority of their ships, their bettor gun? nery and greater weight of metal, the agility with which they could bo managed because of their rig, but ho counts us tho distinctive advantage the finer quality of tho men. Each, ho says, " fought for him? self, with the self help and self respect of a Yankee ranger and, once bidden to do I his work, was trusted to carry it out by Iiis own wit as best lie could. In one word, ho was a free man." Salt In Their Shoes. Tho mountain people of North Carolina and West Virginia are said to put salt in their shoes in order to keep off tho witches. Bancroft relates that one of tho aboriginal tribes of North America refrains from eat? ing salt in tho belief that it turned the hide white.?Baltimore Sun.