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water cold *ft\u.tte l''»' rcn " l P r '' y '' r .\ Uttlo bln.f morninuKuia ^v«l I« IUu ' nornln * ® ,r - rn'-al boare inoirlmont ^ h, for kill* null kin, of ivork thrown in. ik ituil a ßlance above . lc ,01m; .ve il luft'lo dsy. -•CincJunatl Commercial ( Jazotte. Let art!« old CoDiptot'' ill ^strange adventure. «Good morn! UK ......i lovely dayl" farted ri.tl.er K'.ilry from the stoopin'. : in w |,idi the voice of my unknown P os ' lltl ' l ! b ill accosted me. In truth and «IM engagée] in examining the ^ h Aetl inioriufi* of " «vhceful little bout P s ".,.,, l ,l i HV on the »bore, a ml méditât my='-lf how w ry n-renable n row w 1 t | 1( . , r j»tal liike would hethrouifh ^ lcll( e of ihe purple Au K u»t daybreak, ^•ood inoruliisl" I responded, turning to ik imuirins gaze of n tall, gentle !"k lonkid« [wraouage, apparently m oot r atsof age, who stood leaning against suli> cute. r He wus dark and handsome, 'all piercing eyes, « forehead slightly bald, dsiethkick mustache, twisted jauntily •nrfioiii u »mail, nervous mouth and bis '*: faa tasteful and faultless in the last Etc Hr had taken olT Ids light straw huto erect me, and now stood apparently tWiiitioy some more definite explanation your liar.lua, sir." I stammered, atber confused, I I dope I am not treu MssinS on private grounds?" "Why, sir, you are undeniably on private _oi, D iis," returned the stranger, smiling, ®but I tbinli won't call it by any such harsh name ns trespassing You are stay win tbe neighborhood? "lamstavingnt the Iaike house for the lOtDiacr," 1 explained, "and I suppose my morning walk has led tno farther than I at Ureifiii tended." "l'oa are about six miles from t he house, gir" returned my companion courteously; "and, judging from your occupation when |oQC dow n to the gate, you would not object to ciu-ising back by water?" Hashed, and acknowledged the fact. "To tell the truth, sir, I was just think ing how cool and pleasant a short row would b<?. In fact, if the boat ha<l not U*en fastened I should most assuredly have braved all consequences, and boldly ad ventured the experiment." •I think ue can overcome that ob jectiou/'siid r '• ' * »inrer, quiet !y turning to an old rail . . .mso guarded trunk overhung the transparent tide, and draw ( n gakey from its hollow depths, "Sup pose we get up an appetite for breakfast together? I am not an inexperience^ oars oan myself, aud I suppose yon under Stand the art of propelling on the water?" "Just give me an opportunity, and see if Idon't indicate rny education in aquatic mutters," I said, in high good humor, springing into toe fairylike little shell, followed by my new acquaintance. "Real ly,sir,this U an unexpected treat. I scarce lyknow how to thank you sufficiently for your courtesy." "Then do not attempt," said the gentle man, inclining his head wit h a dignified, high bred politeness which impressed me niorenud more in his favor. '1 assure you the gratification is entirely mutual. Pull to the right a little; wo shall get entangled in yonder floating sheet of water lilies if wcarc not careful. Upon my word this is amo-r perfect morning for the water." It was indeed! Across t lie diamond glit ter of the lake the golden splendors of an August m in rise were just, beginning to lie reflected, and in the distance a range of dim, misty mountain peaks leaned against ti» horizon like far off sentinels, almost losing their outline in the blue radiance of the cloudless heavens. "I wish I wa re an artist !" broke almost Involuntarily from my lips. My companion smiled. "Need a man he an artist to enjoy the beauties of such a scene as this?" he asked. "A little more toward yonder point, if you please, sir. Now we are out in the chan nel, and you can pull «is hard or as easy as you choose. Tiie boat will almost move of herself, in fact." He threw down his oars and leaned back lathe stern, adjusting his straw hat so as to shield his ey es from the too vivid glare of the morning sunshine. "One scarcely thinks of civilization in suchu secluded spot as this," he murmured kzay. i supp iMj there isn't a living s»oui within a mile of us, always excepting birds aud fishes." l T suppose uot," I assented. But nevertheless the forms and cere monies of society cannot entirely be cast aside. May I know whom I have had the pleasure of helping to an hour's enjoy ment" I drew my card from my waistcoat pocket and handed it across with a smile. veruon Cheveley, eh? A very pretty name, sir. I congratulate myself on rank ing your acquaintance. Will you uliow me to reciprocate your frankness*" He bowed low as lie presented me with a crumpled bit ot brown paper that he ex racted from au old cigar case. Upon it was I ascribed, iu staring letters of red ink, the one word "Albert." tioned^'^ 110 '" 1 ^voluntarily ques Albm, sir!" refuel my companion, j r »ng •nto a sitting posture and regard ingiriC Hiih stern ili-nity; ' Prince Albert, Wales'" rt °* Scotland and Istaredat him adjust Wus tlie man mad or dreaming? J °! lr *' nom . sir"' ho said, with a »—•p.sudneu imperiousness. "Have you 10reverence for royalty?" knr.ro 'l u iek sign almost before bC„ i " tlwasdoi „S- Hc «mil«l com S ' y ,' at , tb0 saiue time draw-ins « ~ J , tla ? e * stjr from his yocket anil Kr^'elj aflixms it to the left breast of his ivelr _C - 111 ' trieud," he went on impress Driiinn J0U aro no ' v * n the presence of the Är t0 ; Grcat UrUainl M, * u »*»'•« iilio t I '^'•'■"sslves disseminating the knows," ilt 1 " as d, -' a,1; that's all they u2r n l T t 1 am n °t dead; and, what witi, .l' 1 "ever shall die. 1 am privileged lun-. «» i "! U 01 everlasting existence. As neve.. ' ear this jeweled star death can wtno near me!" 'Verv nn™| C ° Id P ers P>ration oozing from iniself ln mv body; 1 could utmost feel «Med th-uV"' 0 as 1 became tully con lake sin,,,, ,, , was out » pen the solitary *hen first t 1 ' ' mad,na ti' * hdd heard,! that tlies. 1 c ' me to this mountain retreat, In He • " as a hirge asylum somewhere affair a hatl *'«ver given the ^Ktho <»r\ C0Dt ^ t ^ lou SHt. Now I was reap ro ^k]essnesr^ UCnCeS °* my own smt * tom piercing eyes roved restlessly t^tej on t0 ol *J ect - Suddenly they M Vo-i Billed countenauce. i ; a cP a1 *' ( *°n t believe what I am saying?" ^aamn lLMn, ,' rance of wh;lt 1 ha<1 oftea the no iri kar ^ ul)ol H the expediency—nay, (ÏQlirimî m ncce ssity—that existed for in m., ........J-iuut IC bom, ? 0munia( 's to th(i top of f their .vi, i ,atever "'Bim might po: f their their irinriI lUUever ' vllim niight possess 4l rcnlv ;.'°, ccu, ' re B to me, and I hastened ut course I believe it! Why ^ouldu't fv ^°plc ai!. 1 ^ sh ? llldu 't you, indeed? Dut S ° p '^' ca ^ nowadays. Now, I>eoplo ar w Ren Vj cr uuwauayi. flow, tliy hni,c« r , lnanue l was staying at ' an( l Pope Pius came down by \vqi. ./ I - - "F« a iua vainc uoiru 1C *^ eclitcrra Qean— Take care! I jJJ '* rc you going?'» Cew Ln? t0 tll ^ e ^vantage of the His troubled mind beat ihüL-nJ^l} 0 ^* rect course of the Wa «i, but his cunning, roving and the bout row to oot bis last the my at not row U*en have ad ob if for me you Pull if is an lie of of the you as of back as in s»oui cere cast the a ex it ink, and man a you I « anil his the the As , can feel j j ! the j * in at the the •ye was upon me in an instant me IV' t '"t t '.'L WlD A v * r » bot here." 1 *tam îmiw ! ,hou Fht, per hip., w * »bould Und it cooler on »hör«*." "Ah-h-h!" be hl«*d. putting 1,1. face M clo« no mine aa to glare up Into mvTv« hat "v ,n' »7 ~ wor rl '> »rimmed Ï Uhe7 Ï 7.r, h5|Ka:rite ' you i. ' 1 " Prepared for And with a burn of laughter,eodUonant AtkÄW'srÄi'sai turned U, ice in my vein. a. |t dazzled acr,,«, my vision. «*zzled ' I'lit up the knife, y„nr royal highness " I »aid, counterfeiting an offhand ease that l »ai the more anxious to secure his at. tontion a. I saw „, üvia g ™ £ •bore, sen ree I y |„df a mile aws/lrom u, thvr n "',' e . r | nf , " w, ' ite ''«'Ikerchief and then n total dis.ppmranee of the. figures 0 Help was at hand, I felt quite sure, Ti TOiild only maneuver so as to reach It. .m. not about the queen," said the poor maniac; that grieves and afflicts me » He kT; ' : k,,if :r h ? e ' ,okB - y" know, he continued, "I am haunted?" Haunted? I said. "Yes haunted by a horrible, ugly old VnE'd " W T' » female fiend. Now, do you know, he Raid, moving close UP to me, and speaking in a low, my,*7 ous voice, she won't let me alone ?" 1 "No?" "She won't, Sometimes she climbs up among the stars at night, and sits there winking through my bedroom wiudow all night long. Sometimes she comes jump ing down from the clouds among the rain drops, and sometimes- There she is now with Ihree pair of fins and a face like a fish's!" I " e "«* red eldritch screech as he looked down into the clear, shining depths Let's eben ï a: from berl" 1 exclaimed vigorously seizing my oars. "She can't follow us." "No, she can't. We niight hide among the woods, only, if she should turn into a squirrel and jump upund down among the trees—she does sometimes!" "Well, then, we'll borrow a guu and dis pose of her," I said, still pulling desperate ly toward the shore, while the perspiration cold and clammy as midnight dews, steam ed down my temples. "What are you in such a devil of a hurry for?" demanded my companion, rather mo rosely. "Hold hard a little, can't you?" I checked my exertion. Kvidently be was in no humor to lie trifled with. "No hurry at all," I said, as calmly as possible; "only, you see, the old witch is following you up pretty closely, and"_ "We «re too near the shore," he inter rupted abruptly. We were within a few rods of the cluster ing hushes that I knew contained help. Oh, heaven, could 1 but reach their friendly shelter. How like n mass of lead my heart sank in my bosom as I saw him catch up the oars and strike out once more in a con trury direction. But ns be turned hi« head away l caught up the sheat hed knife and flung it hurtling upon the shore. "What's that?" he demanded, turning quickly around. "It a your witch," I said, as unconcerned ly as I could. "Don't you think we ought to go ashore aud see what has become of her?" His eyes roved restlessly along the green bank. "I don't know; what do you think?" "Why she is your enemy. No doubt it was she who spread the report of your death. \ ou ought to address her in a con ciliatory manner, and if you could once bring her to terms what would prevent you from assuming your proper station once more in England?" "That's very true. Here, head her in toward the land. I wonder I never thought of that before." Poor fever brained lunaticl Even in the consciousness of my own mortal peril my heart ached for the crazy flights of his sick fancy. We were close to the friendly land; the long, silver green tresses of the willows almost tiuched the bow of the boat when my strange companion started to his feet, witn a yell that aroused all the echoes float ing over the peaceful lake. "Traitor—spy! double-dyed villain! you have l>een deceiving me. Your hirelings lurk among yonder bushes. But it is in vain! The royalty of England shall never fall a prey to base artifices like these." He sprang toward me like an infuriated tiger. At the sam; time the shore seemed to become alive with hurrying figures, and with a la«t impulse I caught up the rope that lay coiled at the bottom of the boat, with one eud affixed to au iron hook, and threw it desperately shoreward. I could see a tall form plunging waist deep in the water to grasp at it, and then the cliuging arms of my terrible companion were wreathed around me. aud I knew no more. "Are you better, sir?" "Better? Yes—no—I can't tell. Where am I?" "Here, at a little inn, snug in bed; but you've had a stormy time of it. What on earth possessed you to go ou# in a boat with that pool geutiemau?" "Mad, isn't he?" I asked, with all the frightful occurrences crowding back upon my mind, as one may remember the hide ous fantasies of a troubled dream. "Mad as a March hare, sir; thinks he's Prince Albert. They say he's the worst wise in ail the asylum, sir—escaped last uight, and has been wandering about the shores all the morning." "Is he safe at last ?" "Yes, sir; they had the deuce of a time getting hold of him, though. He threw you overboard as if you iiad i»eeu a willow twig, and then swam like a fish himself. Dick Dayton—that's his keeper, sir—says he's got the strength of twenty Samsons in those long arms of his." So ended that long, frightful morning among the peaceful solitudes of Shadow Lake; but I carry an everlasting memorial of it in the shape of a single lock of hail that gleams, white ns silver among the chestnut luxuriance that c urls over mv temples. While I live, and while that lock retains its ghastly whiteness. I shall evei remember my peril and deliverance—New Jjfork World. "For the Children." People often make a pretense of going to the theater, as they do of goiug to the circus, "to please the children." i hildren arc thoughtlessly fond of spectacles of a most any kind, and certain parents, with one thought for their offspring and two for themselves, often take their little ones to see spectacles that are in the highest de gree harmful to them. One show of a theatrical description lias itt il a considérable exhibition of horses; and ns children are fond of horses, ; «'Helps more people go to it than to any other, "jnat to take the children. Ami what do the children and their very kind elders see daily in this show? A scene in which a supposed horse thief Is drawn up by a rope about his neck to the limb of a tree, supposedly hauged. and then riddled with ballets from the revolv ers of It large uumber of very hilarious cowboys. . . , ^ This exhibition, in which the youug peo pie who see it are taught to regard what would really be a murder as a sort of bril* liant joke, is brutalizing in the extreme It tends to encourage the spirit of levity with which violent death Is regarded by far too many Americans, and perceptibly to debase any who do not regard it with abhorrence. . , This is not an unfair example of the spectacles which grown people sometime* go to "for the sake of the children. nicaraguAN relics. REVELATIONS OF BLOODY sacri fices ON A LONELY ISLAND. " ,,B " *........ ..... th . H „ d , of .1 ■■linnU .r.vld.nc* That Ilordm of People o»ee Worehlped There—An Alligator*« Kaiiitarlutn. 'Vor, !T Uif " 1 lak - 0* Nicaragua there II , , , ", "" mb< ' r '•< islands, one of them called /«putera, which has been for li on sands of years a seat of ancient Indian worship. 1 | 1L . island is not inhabited and I« only partly known to native» and for eigners. Having heard of some important discoveries recently made by a German achteologist, wbo was formerly connected with Dr. Bcblieniann's excavations la Majcenal, I decided to pay a visit to the place. Arrived at a small hay. the shorea of which were adorned with hundreds of lazy alligators, I reached a landing place, where the remains of a small artificial harbor are »till to tie recognized. Hence I was guided by an Indian to a staircase hewn id huge rocks, ln asceDding the hill I counted TOT step«. Arrived at the top, I saw a vast plain, in the center of which rise seven elevations that form a I^atin cross. These hills are surrounded by annmbernf small ceme tenes, that evidently contain the remains of victims sacrificed to the (seven times seven) forty-nine idols, besides statues of priests and kings cut out of hard, black polished granite. The elevation that forms the center of the cross is about twice the size of the remaining six, and is some hun dred feet in diameter. On the top of it are seven large sacrificial stones, surrounded by vessels into which the blood of the vic tims ran when the rites were performed. It is evident that on the center hill the high priests performed their bloody office, as on the smaller elevations the sacrificial stones are smaller and of inferior work manship. The center hill is adorned with seven huge idols, some of them perfectly pre served. The principal one represents a fig ure about fourteen feet high, showing a striking likeness to Assyrian idols, and wearing a long beard, on which remains of red coloring are still visible. The head is covered with a huge elephant's head. On one side of this rather hideous idol stands a female figure of very fair appearance, whose features are strikingly Egyptian. The head is covered with the head of a lioness, the mouth wide opeu. On the other side is the statue of a high priest, whose headpiece consists of a big snake curled up, fitting the grim looking face like the turban of an Eastern priest. In the right hand the figure holds a short knife, while the left holds something that looks like a human heart. The other idols represent both male and female figures, the former of hideous aspect., while the lat ter present pleasant faces. The ears of the female figures are pierced with holes, which served to hold earrings, as one of these was found buried in the soil. The value of the gold and iiearls in it amounted to some $500. not including its artistic and urchæological value; the workmanship was very fine. The heads of all these statues are covered with mon j strous heads of lions, alligators, tigers, horses, sheep aud other animals, the spe cies of which it is impossible to deter miue. Most of the statues are iu a very fair state of preservation, while some have been disfigured by shocks of earth quakes. Judging from the effects of the weather upon these idols, they must be thousands of years old, considering the hard quality of the stone and the damage done. Thanks to the hidden position of the place, it has escaped destruction by tiie hands of the fanatical Spanish priest. On some of the idols there are hieroglyphic inscriptions that have absolutely nothing iu common with the rude inscriptionsgen erally found on ancient Indian remains iu Central America. Descending again the artificial stairc.ose I remarked that it must have been loug in use, as it was pretty well worn out by foot steps. It evident ly led to one of the prin cipal places of worship, where masses of people congregated during certain periods of the year to witness the bloody rites of their priestcraft. That the place was in habited, except perhaps by a few guardiaus, is not probable, for the surroundings con sist of barren rocks, and traces of habita tions are not found. From this gloomy place 1 went to a smaller island, which certainly in times past formed part of Zapatera. Ou this barren spot, which is partly covered by volcanic ashes, stands a monolith about 200 feet in diameter. The top is covered with a variety of cabalistic signs—tigers, lions, snakes, hippopotami and other strange animals—all hewn in rock and partly disfigured by the weather. Very remarkable ure a great many Latin, Mal tese and Greek crosses, beautifully worked and well conserved. In the center of the surface there is a large, stately figure of grim appearance holding a smaller figure tight in each hand, perhaps the repre sentation of a powerful chief holding his vanquished foes. Tiie place is covered with üiscriptions that bear a great resemblance }o the ancient inscriptions ou the island of Cyprus. Professor Max Muller, of Ox ford, to whom some fragments have been forwarded, deems it possible to decipher them. Having returned to the main island, the Indians guided me to a small laguna, a few miles inland. The water of tiie laguna contains quantities of sulphur and iron, and it is believed to be used as a kind of wa tering place by the sick alligators t hat live in the sweet waters of the large lake. My guides declared that these animals were in the habit of climbing up the rathei steep shores of the lake, walking a few miles through the woods, till they reach the mouth of the crater, at the bottom of which is the laguna, and then walking down about 500 feet to begiu their "cure" in the yellow waters of the pond nn '~ ligatura iu this laguna are ext pacious and very dangerous, as eueed, while t h harmless in the lak other nourisll •tnely ra as I experi s are shy and .... ______ being no fish lent in the lake, the in valid* are condemned to a severe diet, and therefore snap even at a man when they get a chance; after the cure has worked jits effect they are said to return by the same way to the lake to enjoy their usual sport. I was Incredulous about these wan derings, so the Indians showed me the trail where feet and tails of alligators were dis tinctly imprinted. —Granada letter in New York Post. Perfumes In California Roses. A French perfumer has been making tests of California roses, and discovered that they possess 20 pe»- cent, more of the volatile oil than the French roses. This means the development of a new industry for California. The French perfume facto ries of the tow n of Grasse alone give em ployment to 5,000 persons. It is said that fi ( 'ty cents per pound is paid for some flow era. — Phi lade 1 phia Ledger. Thf* appetite for "help" of some kind grows by what it feeds on. If one bas got something without paying or working for it he demands more ou the same terms. It itehooves men to select the good aud the true, rather than the fickle and th® vain, for tho«e companions who will either make or mar them There are as many babies born in New York every year as there are inhabitants, in the city of Grand Rapids, Mich. The small photographic portrait was first Bade by Fevier in 1857; and was at first cards. ANTIQUITY OF JE8TS. Tha Philosophy of the Immortality of Jokes In This Nundsas World. We often hear a joke or jest referred to â» a "veritable Joe Miller," as though that, well known writer of facetious re marks and bad puns were the source and fountain head of current wit and humor. The truth is that Joe Miller, who was a veritable personage, was used even in his own day merely as a sort of supposititious authority, nearly all the bad jokes of his time being credited to him, and later gen erations having reached the conclusion that he shone by origins) instead of by re flected light. But whether we choose to credit one the wpr or the other, to make Joe Miller a man of wit or a mere blockhead, it Is true that most of the merry jests found in his book, as well ns those credited to him by com mon consent, are centuries older than his time, and the peculiar thing abotft many of them is that they are common to every known language of the world. The only tilings that can compare with them in an tiquity and universality are proverbs, which possess such a strong family like ness that they can be followed back for ages, the same in substance, though differ ing somewhat in form of expression. The truth is that there is nothing newer under the sun in the way of jokes and puns and jests than in anything else. The acci dental resemblances of the sound of words having totally different meanings; the in congruity of ideas suddenly suggested; the ridiculousness of certain situations, inci dents, ideas, actions and appearances—all must have been the same or practically the same to the people of the earliest races as to those of the most recent, the only lim itation being that of a circumscribed vo cabulary. At any rate, as far back as we can trace the stream of literature, we find along its shores fragments and scraps of humorous and witty sayings, many of which are in current use today, and probably will con tinue to be as long as the human family shall retain the sense of humor. It is well know n to classical scholars that some of the accepted bits of jest and humor of the Nineteenth century are literal transla tions from the Greek comic dramatist, Aristophanes, and that the Latin comic poets are responsible for many of the jokes which we retail today with as much zest as though fresh from the maker's hands. No doubt if we had a record of the spoken language of the primitive man, whoever he may have l)een, we should find the same things that have become familiar to us in the known literature of tbe world. Jokes take on the character of the peo ple among whom they become domesti cated, becoming coarse or refined, as the temperament of those who employ them de cides. .Scandinavian humor, for example, has much of the spirit of the Vikings, much of the swing and crash of the ham mer of Thor, while tiie jests of Italy and France are as keen and point ed as the stiletto of the one or the rapier of tbe other. Some millionaire who is ambitious to benefit his fellow men should offer a large reward for the invention of a n£w lot of jests, the only condition being that they should be equal in quality to the time honored ones which have amused the world so long. Perhaps the quest might l»e in vain, like tiie search for the philosopher's stone, but tbe experiment would beat least worth trying.—San Francisco Chionicle. A French Scheme for Iloase Heating. The teachings of M. Trelat, the practical experiments of M. Somesco, suggest that the natural porosity of our walls, especially the outer walls, should not be destroyed. J These walls should be decorated, not with paper and paint, but with porous, non ; conducting substances, such as woolen j drapery. The outer walls on the side ■ nearest to the inner surface should be hollowed throughout, thus constituting a , double wall, with a space of about four ' inches between the two walls, j A heating contrivance of whatever de scription may be found most expedient or J economical should be placed in the base ment of the house. A warm air chamber or shaft traveling round the base of the outer walls should supply to the hollow in the walls air taken from the outside and warmed at the point of admission into the wall to a temperature of from 100 degs. to 120 degs. Fahr. This should maintain the temperature of the inner wall at fron* 80 degs. to 00 degs. Fahr. Then the walls will radiate sufficient heat through tbe rooms to enable the inhabitants to con stantly oi>eu the doors and windows, and to breathe cold, fresh, outer air without Inconvenience. As a rule fires will lie unnecessary, dampness will be completely banished from the bouse and to maintain some moisture in the air it would be expedient to decorate the house with numerous evergreen plants. Tbe inhabitants should then be able to benefit by unlimited ventilation, and could breathe pure, cold and fresh air coming upon them directly from the outside.— Popular Science Monthly. A Story of Julia Ward llowe. I Always had a liking for old ladies, and now when I think of the people whom I have met, and who have made any impres sion ou me, i find my thought* run as ever toward tiie pleasant old ladies. I made a new acquaintance this summer iu the widow of a former prominent newspaper man of Boston. She is now about seventy years old. but one of those entertaining old ladies, full of incidents worth relating and reminiscences of distinguished people whom she has known and been associated with. One of these little incidents especially is worth relating. In the early days when Mrs. Julia Ward Howe was becoming known as a public speaker she met with some opposition both among her friends ami tiie people generally. Walking down Charles street one day with a friend, Mrs. Howe noticed the sign over the Charitable Eye and Ear Infirmary and read it over slowly. "Charitable Eye and Ear— Can it be that there is a charitable ear iu Bos ton?"—Boston Cor. Springfield Union. Safety In Grindstones. Some means for the prevention of acci dents to workmen while grinding their tools at a grindstone has long lieen needed. A safety grindstoue rest seems to fulfill the requirement of such an invention. Tiie rest, which works backward and forward, is fixed parallel and in close proximity to j the face of tiie stone. When a tool is being ! ground the downward pressure holds tiie I rest firmly, but in the event of the tool or ! one or more of tiie operator's fingers— ! owing to some irregularity of the surface 1 of the stone—becoming drawn between the j rest and tbe sloue, tiie impulse of the oper ator is to draw his hand away. This causes the rest to fall away from the stone and releases the fiugers or tool.—Exchange. A Baby*« Peculiarities. Young Mother—I wonder why the baby always wakes up crying. Young Father (wearily—I suppose he's mad because he's la*en making uo trouble. —Good News. Millionaire« in ThU Country. Of the 4,04« millionaires in tbe United States only 180 are south of Masou and Dixon's line, and Texas has fifty-seven of these. The real estate in New York city alone is worth more than all the land be tween the Potomac aud the Rio Grande.— St. Louis Republican. Malting Sure. First Lady (off for a journey>— 1 hope we've got the right train. Second Lady—1 asked seventeen train men and ninety-three passengers if this train went to Blankville. and they all said yes; so I guess we're all right.—New York Weekly AMAZONIAN FLOODS. FEATURES OF THE ANNUAL DEL UGE OF THE GREAT RIVER. Ybee tb§ ''Wild Hog Blrtr" ITf i lion g Paradise of Ibe Swamp Lo.tng Brat«». Floating Islands rilled with Kelhgeee of the finite Creation. The worst inundation» of Louisiana and eastern Arkansas are but spring freshet« compared with the monster floods that visit the Amazon valley every year with a regularity equaled only by astronomical events and tax collections. The rainfall of northern Brazil is about three timee that ot the webfootiest conn tiee of Oregon, and in midsummer the thunder showers that drench the woods every afternoon resemble e daily cloud burst. On tbe Northern Pacific no other word would be applied to an atmospheric waterfall, darkening the air like a Lon don winter fog for honrs together, and swamping a house, it the roof should leak, through an aperture of a few square inches. Rain» of that sort are apt to occur day after day for a series of weeks, and their effect on the . lowlands can be only im perfectly indicated by the fact that the Amazon river drains au area of more than 2.000,000 square miles. The Mis sissippi, too, drains half the eastern slope of a country larger than Brazil, but its largest affluents are dwarfed by the third class tributaries of the Sonth American father of waters. Not such flowing lakes only as the Rio Negro and the Madera, bat the Parus, the Yavari, the (jnrna, the Hingo, the Papajos and dozens of other streams rarely mentioned on this side of the isthmus, enter the main river through a delta miles in width and deep enough for the largest river steamers of the 8L Lawrence. About the middle of summer these streams begin to rise, those from the southwest first, those from the north west and north a few weeks later, and a fortnight after the arrival of the second supplement the valley of the Maranon, the "wild hog river," as the early colonists called the Amazon, becomes a paradise of swamp loving brutes. The tapis, the peccari and the fish otter cele brate the picnic season of their summer life, and herds of wild deer begin their westward exodus. Near Monte Beira, in the province (now state) of Matto Grosso, the woods in midsummer get fnll of game as a hundred years ago the foothills of the Southern Alleghanies swarmed with wild pigeons when the forests of the north were bnried in snow. A more than usually sudden rise of the flood cuts off many of these fngi tives, who are thus redneed to the alter native of making for the highest acces sible gronnd, further east, till every knoll becomes a hill of refuge, crowded with timid bmtes whose survival de pends on their escape from the giant cats and iioas who may approach their strong hold by swimming, if the water should have submerged too large a portion of the continuous forest. About two months after the begin ning of the rainy season the deluge of the lowlands reaches its maximum. Thonsands of square miles are sub merged so effectually that canoes ran be paddled through forests apparently free from underbrush, since only the taller trees, with their network of climb ing vines, rise like islands above the surging waters. The swollen rivers have found new currents; the broad gurgling streams twist and eddy through the leafy wilderness, tearing off whole groups of trees, with all their roots, but making amends by depositing hillocks of driftwood, which soon get covered with tufts of new vegetation. The pressure of the surging flood against these mouuds of alluvium soon becomes enormous, but the deep rooted stems of the adansonia and the canolio tree may resist till new deposits of drift wood consolidate a number of mounds, thus forming good sized islands, with a downstream base of perhaj» half a mile, ' but a narrow head deflecting the cur rent left aud right, like the wedge shaped front of a stout bridge pier. At the time of their incipiency these new i islands may lie tenanted only by river lizards, but necessity is the mother of successful exploration, as well as of in vention, aud a week after its birth the driftwood hill swarms with animal refu gees, hogs, deer and eapybaris jostling each other in their struggle for a base of operations, thus often getting noisy enough to attract the prowling car nivora. The climbing talent of the great cats 1 saves them the trouble of emigration The jaguar and the ocelot become en tirely arboreal, traveling like monkeys from brandi to branch, and making themselves at home in ehe tree tops—so mnch indeed that some of them go to housekeeping and raise a litter of cul» in the cavity of a hollow tree. Their larder is replenished by all sorts of pheasants and wood hens, who make their headquarters in the underbrush, but who are now obliged to take up lodgings on the lower branches of the nusubmerged trees. By climbing around the stem and rising suddenly in view au ocelot cun scare a roost of gallinaceous fowl out of their wits and strike down two or three of the clumsy youngsters before tiie whole flock contrives to take wing.—San Francisco Chronicle. Securing a Widow. Young Walter lie Umfraville, son of Gilbert, liatl left a widow, Emma, pre sumably in tbe very blush of her sharms. Peter de Vaux had fallen ut her feet, but he declined to olitaiu her , In border fashion, and this fact is tbe earnest pledge of the chivalry of his love. If he would uot steal her he wus bound to buy her, und coin with the de Vaux was always a scarcity. So he of fered the king five palfreys for her, "if she wished it," and with what would ; read as a graceful acknowledgment of the borderer's pure chivalry, John abso lutely drops the commercial from his re piy and simply orders Robert Fits , Roger, the sheriff, "to permit it to be lone." —Ge ntleman's Magazin e. Happiness and the HIues. i 1 wonder why a girl isn't happy unless she can have the blues once in awhile? Once in a long time one finds an angelic being whose spirits never pass low water mark, and who lives through day after day in a state of the most exasperating cheerfulness till one longs to do some thing desperate to break the awful calm. 1 But we never love them as we do the . dear, harutn scarum people who are blue sky and thunder 6hower half a dozen times a day. It is such a satisfaction to find out that other people are just real, faulty, human creatures like ourselvea. I —Chicago Inter Ocean. FA8T OY8TER OPENERS. WwtaSM la Haar York City Who Taka Orators Oat of TMr Mulla. The crack oyster openers of New Tot* can easily hold their own against the rest of the world aa "lightning opera tors," as they are called. One of the veterans is Dick Balmer, who has opened #,000 oyster* in n day of twelve hours, and he can now average 7,500 in a day of twelve or thirteen honrs' work. Mike Foley, who may well be termed a lightning operator, and Is now in his fifties, has opened as many as 9,500 oysters in one day, and on ordinary day*, if he poshes himself, be can easily get away with 8,000 oysters. Of eonnw the oysters opened are Urge and small, just as they come, as if they were all ■»«il and round the opening could he done mnch more rapidly. John La hey is good for an average of 8,000 a day, and so U an opener known among the oystermen as "Deaf George." In a trial of speed in opening S00 oysters John Lahey probably cannot bo beaten. To open oysters rapidly of coarse re quires a great deal of experience ia handling them, bat there also seems to be a knack about it that every oyster man cannot acquire. Some men, for in stance, can only open 4,000 oysters a day and they will not go mnch above that after years of work in this line. The twenty-seven men employed by Alex Frazer on the Jîorth river will average 5,000 eystera a day, which is a mnch higher average than is re a che d by the majority of the «ewe. around New York. These men also can turn ont, when required, 180,009 o yst e r s a day in all, which is 15,000 oysters above the average of 5,000 a man. There are very few oyster scows in the market can equal this average from week to week. It mnst also be considered that on some days work begins at 5 o'clock in the morning and on other* at 8 or 8 o'clock. There was an oyster opening match about a year ago between Mike Foley 1 Jack Gillon. The match was to de e which man was the quicker at .a-tiing 1,000 oysters. Gillon won in >7 minutes, beating his opponent by only seven oysters. Foley has opened 11,200 oysters at one sitting. Dick Balmer has appeared in sixteen oyster opening matches and lost only two of them. Most of the contests were over the opening of 100 oysters. At one time Balmer opened 1Ü0 oysters in 4 min âtes and 22 seconds, which is now the best "straight knife" record. Balmer has also opened 1,000 oysters in 55 min utes. The two matches in which he was defeated he lost to John Gillon. The first match was best two out of three records in opening 100 oysters, but owing to a dispute Balmer retired from the contest, leaving the match to Gillon. At the second match Balmer was beaten by eight oysters. Among the lightning operators on Wil liam Foster's scow the most conspicuous undoubtedly is "Black Frank," as Frank Barrett, who is as white a man as any other white man in this country, is dubbed by his associates. Mr. Barrett has spent a good many years in the south, and from his association there in a business way with the darkies he came to be called "Black Frank."—New York News. Discarded India Rubber Utilised. It is a matter of common knowledge that india rubber goods even of the highest quality are perishable. Although not subject to any great wear and tear the time comes when the rubber loses its elasticity and becomes soft and rot ten. Hitherto sneb perished rubber has represented a waste material for which no use could be found, but by a process recently invented the perished rubber can be made, it ia said, once more serv iceable. By incorporating tbe waste rubber with certain hydrocarbons and with a projtortion of Trinidad asphalt, by add ing to the mixture certain vegetable oils and submitting the product to heat, thhre is produced a substance to which the name of "blandyte" has been given It can be made hard and dense or soft and pliable by modifying certain parts of the process, and it seems to be appli cable to most of the various purposes for which pure rubber is used. —St. Louis Globe-Democrat. Th« Cutaway Coat. The cutaway frock coat may be worn at any time during the day, and is really the most useful all around garment in the vocabulary. The man in the black cutaway of dull finish cloth is dressed for any emergency that may arise dur ing the hours of the day. It is suitable for the afternoou tea and for the morning strolL It has been worn with excellent effect with the top hat at the nuon wed ding—indeed its efficacy and becoming ness is so apparent that many of the more conservative swells have been de terred through their fealty to this gar ment of semidress from pinning alle giance to the more distinguished but : trying lines of the long tailed double j breasted frock.—Clothier and Furnisher. A Valuable Clock. I There is no further need for the noisy little alarm clock, for a Swiss has just invented a clock that talks. It is much I leasanter than the grating br-r-r-r of the bell that always rings ten times as j loud as necessary, to have a clock that ! will stand at the head of the bed and re : mark: ' There are eggs, and a nice juicy steak, and a cold melon and milk ! and toast and fried potatoes and coffee down stairs for you, John Henry, and this is the day when Archimedes Me Gonigle promise«! you the twenty dollars he has been owing you so long. Besides day after tomorrow is Sunday, and you can fiuish yonr sleep then." That's the : sort of a clock to have in the family.— Brooklyn Eagle. Informatlon Wanted. "Do birds think?" asks a writer in opening an article. If they do, we should i tike to know what a cjuiary thinks of a Woman who stands up on a chair and talks baby through the bars of the cage. —New York Recorder. j --- A Timely Protest. Sarah K. Bolton, through an article in The Independent, utters a timely pro test against the wedding present nui sance and extortion. She says—what •very sensible person knows and con oedes—that wedding presents have come to be a burden, and to a considerable I extent simply a matter of pride. St. James and St. Christopher share July 25 between them. In some parts of England the apple : trees are blessed on this day, which , is said also to mark the success or failure of the hop crop. WHALEBACK VESSELS ADVANTAGES OF THESE PECULIARLY CONSTRUCTED SHIPS. **»• DMgcn to WHfeh Thoy Am Uahl« to m Roagh Ifino fp port one« tbe l>e«khoa»e—They Am Well bolted for Intend Nerlgetlee. Visible embodiments of tbe wheleback method of constructing vewtelf p mm t them stive* from time to time In oar bar bora, and they are of an uglinem which cannot be ignored even by a laodmnaa. Tbe novel and peculiar shape i* urged by the builder* a* a Hpecial advantage be cause it is of economical construction Mid give* tbe greatest Rotative power is pro portion to the quantity of material em ployed in building it, but this iron tank U formte** and featur eless for the greater part of iu length and tapers abruptly at tbe ends into truncated cones, which am turned a little upward to indicate at least a bow and stern. Near tbe latter stands the principal deckhouse, which Is a de parture also from familiar typea. fta lower half hi a sort of iron basement for the upper story and intended to Hft ft above tbe reach of the water. In which the hull Is almost submerged when andooa choppy day its upper surface ft a-wasfa. Such a deck promises but treach erous footing under these condition*, and clearly it was not planned to serve as a promenade. One of these vessels to propelled with great economy of power, because large surfaces are not exposed above water to tbe retarding influence of the air through, which she moves nor to the force of advene winds. It is claimed that the unfavorable action of head seas in checking progress ft lessened also. The observer misses tbe graceful "H I sweeping lines which have marked so long the construction of sailing vessels, steamships have had a beauty of their own in tbe curves which accentuate the light ness of the pose upon the water and suggest to the eye tbe speed and stanchness of the boat. In these ships, of "proportions long tried and familiar, there are parts of tbe general contour standing high above the water, which represent a margin of safety and gives activity to tbe vessel and the power to save herself in trying situations. It is a bold stroke that cats away at one blow tbe whole npper structure that has been preserved so long and so studiously improved upon with the progress of cen turies. This has been a reserve of bnoyancy, of which a great portion was given to the ends above the normal water line, although the largest displacement of the submerged hull is made by the middle part as the ship floats in smooth water. When labor ing in high seas the ends have a motion upward or downward like that of a bal anced tilt board on each side of its support, but tbe application of much force is re quired thus to swing the mass and make the ship ride the waves she meets. This cannot be accomplished artificially, for there are neither appliances nor the power adequate to operate them. The ship must save herself. Tbe angle of the bow and its shape, as well as its bulk, make her responsive to tbe action of tbe sea against it. The run and counter if properly modeled have qualities resembling in some degree those of the bow, and it is their duty to throw up the stem to a following wave when the vessel runs before the sea. Such are the functions of tbe various elements in the accepted types, jealously guarded until now. In so far as the configuration of the part submerged may influence the movement,? it operates in harmony with the portions that are visible to the naked eye, but the lifting effect of the w ater upon the inclinÿ portion of the forebody is not sufficient Jlo raise the boat upon a wave of considerable height and velocity. The water may roar in the hawse pipes and rise even to -the bulwarks before the ship's heavy mad£ re sponds to the buoyant action. Her whole forward half becomes an immense lever on which the sea operates, and it must have a hold to do the work. It was the high bows and the high sterns of tbe Nina and the Pinta of Columbus which saved such craft many a time in storms now forgotten, which form no part of history. On our own coasts the famous Chebacco boats may be seen even in redent years as a survival of the same type of construction, and they were accounted great sea bouts in their day. The ocean's moods have not softened. It it is no longer the same desperate venture that once it was to cross it, steam in respon sible in a great measure for thÿèhange. The caravals of Spain and the "pinkies" of Chebacco Parish, which were the con cret« expressions of their builders' creeds and plans, annunciated a real danger. With the radically new type of craft, al most submerged, this danger must be met again. The whaleback has shown her fit ness for inland navigation, but in tbe long seas of winter storms she meets new con ditions. Proportioned as she is, the hull is exposed to the sweep of the seas, and if in pointing downward she encounters one the hull may enter bodij£ into the volume of water. Di ving is thsname they give it. In this possibility lie* the danger to ves sels so constructed, oj* to any deep laden craft of but little sheer, when lying to the wind or riding at au anchor; and for a ship advancing the danger is not less, as the momeintum of her weight is opposed to the impact of a mass of water still heav ier, and as it sweeps over her the force is exerted upon such portions as are salient. That the builders of the whaleback have failed to anticipate this result is not to be supposed, for the rounded top of the hull is adapted to withstand great pressure, aa well as the more insidious encroachments of the water on this portion, but the deck house offers * point of attack; the impetus j of a direct ^Tush of water may be enor mous, aud the structure made to resist it I must be of a strength in excess of ordinary j marine construction and built to with : stand the twisting force developed by the I seas, as,well as their strtHgùt flow, for the j quickness aud intricacy of their move ! rnents baffle an attempt at measurements. I What they will do must be judged from that which they have done. It has hap j peu«! to a ship's boat in a seaway to have ' the cutwater twisted out of her in weather > not the worst. It is to such dangers that the projecting portions of a boat or vessel are exposed, and if the deckhouse of a j whaleback is destroyed the ship is crippled, I even if she does not fill and sink. A de ! peudence so complete upon a single struc i ture is not advantageous. Former condi tions are now reversed, for ships of the old ■ style, after losing their deckhouses, could still be worked, but the whaleback mode i of construction furnishes less protection to i inis feature, and the successful manage ment of the ship is more dependent upon its integrity.—Boston Transcript. Aa Odd Occupation for Soldiers. ! An order has been issued from the Siamese military headquarters that the troops in one of the largest garrisons are ! to be employed every day in fly catching. Every man is expected to capture each day a matchbox full of bluebottle flies, and if he does not perform the duty he will be compelled, as a penalty, to row around the island where the troops are in camp. The ! order seems to be ridiculous, but the Siamese are taking it seriously. They say there is great need for cleaning out myriads of flies that are making life miserable at that particular encampment.-- Philadel phia Ledger.