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THE MOKJSTINGr TIMES! &JJNOATT. J-AJSTUARY 31, 189T
- o V. a mK?mmnmwmw) w THE ARIZONA KICKER. Copyright, 1S97, by the Bachellcr Syndicate. A MYSTERY SOLVED. Tint sound which came to the ears of our sleeping citizens at midnight the other night was not caused by an aval anche on Wild Cat Mountain. If any body believed it the rush of a herd of eleers over rlie plalus he was mistaken. srf m& yK ( VE DIDN'T LOOK BACK TO SEE IF HE COUNTED OUIt CASIT CORRECTLY. It was not the reverberation of thunder, nor yet rln rambling and inoaninu of an earthquake about to wipe Giveadam .!u!ek and the editor of the Kicker off she- face of the globe. Nol It was none of these things winch caused two thous and sleeping human beinirs to btan up in terror and a2 upon Heaven Jo de fend them from deadly peril. It was simply old Jim Will ams, the bear hunter, who had come down from his mountain cave with a jag on. lie got os far as the public square and slipped 10 whoop and jump on his not and jump up and down and to crack his heels together and bellow like a thousand bob tailed buJs.'? We were probably the only man in town who recognized what son of a calamity was at kind, and we jumjied into our boots and trousers aud jerked the old man to rhe lockup and gaged him with a stick of stove wood. He was all right next morning, and we turned hkn loose, and the great mystery which has occupied ?he minds of our fellow townsmen for the last two days is hereby ful y ex plained. TIIE MAN WHO WAS GRIEVED. Wwlneday afternoon last, as we sat in our sanctum, a stranger entered with a gun in his hand, and wSien we iiad welcomed him with our usual cheerful smile, be began: "Is y-y-your n-n-name" We at once saw tbat he Siad an im pediment of speech and helppd him nut by replying that we were Mr. Jim Ilellso, owner and editor of The Kicker, Mayor of the town. Postmaster, Deputy United States Marslu!, State Senator, champion wing shot of Ari Ki)ii:i. and so forth. i I have have c-e-come t-t-to-to" continued the man, but 3ie cut it off there and sat down to rest. We gave- him ten minutes by the clock, and then motioned for him to go on, and he stood up and said: "I-I have c-c-come two hundred an-m-miles tc- s-s-s" ne was tired out again and took an other rest, and then said the same thing over again. It was our busy day and we had nomore time to spare. We therefore begged hhn to excuse us and went our way and saw him no more. Later in the day he left town, but be fore going he got the kinks out of hi jongue and explained to several citizens that hi name was Harney, and that the had come two. hundred miles on horseback to shoot us. He was grieved and hurt that we didn't give him two hours to explain his mission and have n pop at us. but we don't feel ourselves to b!ame. If we stuttered as bad os Mr. Barney does we should s-s-sboot our m-m-man first and make our ex planations l-l-'ater on. If he'll call again we'll do business with him. PASSED OVER. We are sorry to announce the death of Uncle BL1 Gray, one of the pioneers of Giveadam Gulch and a local char acter of note. He was found dead on tin street Tuesday morning, nnd al though the Coronnr's jury returned a verdict of heart disease, there is no qnestion that It was whiskey knocked !ikn out at last. Uncle Billy was one of the few who had his face pet against progress. He .hot the first bullet into our blue necktie. He herl u up on Apache avenue and made us take off a linen collar and throw our cuffs away. When a theatrical troupe came this way he always had a front seat and wo guns. If the play was "Othello," with five clog dancers and three or four racy songs sandwiched in, there was no shooting. If it was "Hamlet," with out a fight between cowboys and In dians and a girl sliding over a cliff, Uncle BiUy led the fusillade, and the nctors were scattered over the country for miles arountLIIe wanted nothing new, not even a new brand of whiskey. TJiey'll have to hunt up an oM-fashion-"d spot in Heaven and stake out a claim for him, and any attempt to put po'den wings on liim will be promptly and vigorously resented. We've known better men to die, but the o-M man will lie missed by those who knew him well, and of all the things eaid about him nothing will be spoken in malice. SOME STRAIGHT BUSINESS. Thursday afternoon we rode over to Black Dog Valley to increase our sub- scriplion list and It was dark before we left for home. As, we came to Panther Creek a man stepped out Into the road and levelled a gun on ns and ordered us to throw up our hands and dismount. He had a business ring to h!s voice and it didn't take us over fif teen seconds to get our feet on the ground. "IIow much ye got?" said he as we came down. "Seven replied dollars, to a cent," we i "Hand it over!" We took great pleasure in transfer ring our wealth, aud hoped he would take it and hurry off to buy a cattle ranch. He didn't go, however. As we stood there with hands up he took pos session of our watch and gtuis and pocketknife. For a itime be seemed inclined to ride away on our broncho, but lie finally abandoned the idea and ordered us to mount and git. It is needless to remark that Ave didn't lose a minute aud that we didn't look back to see if he counted our cash correctly. (i K ' fmm -ML ' kwM- if! Him (i m STRANGER, ME'N THIS FEMALES DESIRES TO GIT SPLICED." While we were being robbed we told the man a little story with a funny climax to it, and also asked him to guess two or three racy conundrums, but he didn't thaw out in the least. It was evidently straight business with him and he liad no time for fool ing around. It was 'hardly fair in -him to take our guns and ticker, as we have hourly use for both, but ait the same time we can't blame him for working the mine to the last cent. We hope to meet him under different cir cumstances some day, and meanwhile shall do no kicking over what we lost. A SHAMEFUL AFFAIR. Major John Taylor has carried two guns on Ins Qiips for the last twenty years, and Judge Truax has always carried at least one, and lias been known as a dead shot. Wednesday evening last these two gentlemen met in the Bald Eagle saloon and began talking of political events. Of a sud den .flic Major' called out: "Sir! That's not so!" "Yes. it is!" shouted the Judge. "I doubt you, sir!" "Don't call me a liar!" Then each man stepped back and drew his gun and began blazing away. That is, there was no blazing at all. Tbe Major's gun wasn't loaded at all, nud the Judge's was so rusty that the cylinder wouldn't revolve. They tried and tried, but had to give it up, and, each realizing the ludicrousness of tne situation they finally laughed nnd shook hands and called it a good joke. We fail to see it that way. What is a gun for except to shoot with? Why lug it around except as a weapon of of fence and defence? The two gentle men may chuckle and laugh, but we know they nave lost the prestige they have been years in building up. It has heretofore been considered dangerous to ask either one of them to hitch along at the bar of a saloon and malce room, ibut we venture to predict that it won't be a week before some wagon train man will take ithem by the neck, and spin 'em across the room. Both are foremost citizens, and we feel sor ry for 'em, but the fault is their own and they must put up with the consequences. THE AFFAIR AT RED GREEK. It was just nine o'clock in the morn ing when Joe BLlings rode into Red Creek on his cayuse; on the saddle be hind him 'was a woman about forty years old. The moment Joe pulled up his horse the animal fell down from exhaustion. There were ten or twelve men in front of the Red Man Hotel and Toe accosted one of them with: "Say, stranger, me'n this yere female desires to git spliced. Is char' a critter in this town who ar' justified to do it?" "I reckon thar' is," was the reply. "And who might he be?" "lie's about my size and 'heft, and the charges will be five dollars." "Durn the charges, but shoot er off and hev it over with bekase this crowd looks thirsty and every man in it will hev two drinks!" He was talking to nauk White, the only Justice of the Peace for forty miles around, and Hank had never married a couple and could ruot recall the program as laid down in the books. When he said so, Joe replied: "Never mind the ceremony. Jest make a legal hitch of it and don't waste no more time." "All right. Jine hands. Do you bike her fur yer wife? Do you take him fur yer hiibband? Then the thing is a go, and durn my buttons if anythiu' but death kin separate ye!" The crowd was drinking at the bride groom's expense when half a dozen mounted men came galloping into town with a hurrah, and as they drew up at the hotel the leader shouted: "Boys, Joe Billings stole a cayuse over at Lone HiH ."ost night, -and we are hot on his trail to" hang him!" "It can't be did," said the Justice as he wiped off his chin. "I just married liim five niinits ago. and you can't hang no man in this kentry till he's been married a week." The Lone Hill crowd began to bluff, but tbc Red Creek gang showed a bold front, and Joe finally showed up and paid ?20 for the cayuse and treated the men who had pursued him. Everybody was drinking and everybody was happy when five men came dashing into town over the same trail. As they puled up tbe leader caught sight of the Justice and called out: "Hev you seen Joe Billings and my wife pass this yere way? They cut and run at ten o'clock last night." "They arrovc yere about thirteen niinits ago," slowly replied the official. "And which way did they go?" "They didn't go. They are in the par'or of this yere hotel at the present minit. The woman was your wife, eh?" "She was, and Joe Billings hain't got ten minifs to live!" "Go a leerle slow, Jim Hastings; jest a lectio slow. I've married your wife to Joe. nnd it won't do any good to kick. If I'd known who she was I wouldn't hev done it, but it's did, and that ends it." "But slie's my wife!" yelled the man.. "She was, but thar' lias bin a new dea" repl'ed the Justice. "But you liad no legal right!" "Mebbe not. but Yjn say hi' I did it, and it's got to go, and the critter as says it hain't lias got to fight this crowd!" The Lone IBH men joined in with the Red Creekers making four to one and, after whooping around for awhile, the injured husband coo!ed down and said: "Wall, let 'er go. Tell Joe Biliinss this crowd fronts a big drink all around, aud if Nance is satisfied, I am." Joe set "em up, Pbook hand all around, and as be borrowed another cayuse and resumed his journey the Justice of the Peace looked after nun, and said: "Wall, if I had sich hick us comes to that critter I'd steal a bull fam'ly and run off a herd of steers!" The Same Girl. The sud.Ien strain of an old refrain Will oftentimes reveal, Like a Hash at night, some previous plight And this is the way I feel. Ages ago, T somehow know That 1 was a crocodile, And I frittered away the livelong day On the banks of the ancient Nile. And it seems that there, ' neath the burning glare Of the sun on its daily track, As I idly strayed, 'I was loved by n maid With a corrugated back. I died, and then, incarnate again, I passed to auother life In the form of an ape my brain took shape, And I lived with a cluttering wife. In a later span I became a man, And a web of love I spun: Yet I feel it's true that the girl I woo To-day, is the self-same one. Who in ages past with my lot was cast, For I often hear her declare As they have done since the world begun "I haven't a thing to wear!" Tom Masson in Life. A Fine Distinction. Tommy "Are all men who have too many wives called bigamists pa?" Hen peck "No," only those who have two or .more my son." Puck. Dodson "That was a somewhat pre vious joke Wdtticus got'off, wasn't it?" Smiley "Yes; previous to the flood." Now York Herald. now JACK BIRCH fl. Sriiin Not Only Stole a Pig, but Gave Its Hot Headed Owner a Oliance to Cool Off. -LASH PLUNGE LOWH 0PE1T WELL. Voice From the Depths Half Frozen Fugitive Rescued After Hours of Pain and Fright. Copyright, 1897, by the Baciieller Syndicate. "I'll do it!" Jaelc, Birch, the speaker, a stockily built boy of fifteen, faced the fireplace. He was looking at a long rifle which hung on a couple of iron hooks above the mantel shelf. The piece had be longed to Jack's father, and since his death, bad rested undisturbed in Its place. Jack took down the gun, standing on a chair to do it. He wiped off the coating of dust and dropped the ram DROPPED ON ONE KNEE AND rod into the barrel. The lifle was an old fashioned muzzle loader, and had cost considerable money in its time. Jack's father had taught him to use the gun; but some sentiment had Ipd Mrs. Birch to'aak Jack not to disturb the piecf, anu'ifwas witli many doubts that he took down the weapon now. But he had no other sun, an' a gun he must ha"Ve to carry out the plan which he had .formed. A bear had come down into the val ley from tlie mountains. It was rarely that such a thing happened, particular ly in this season when most bears were hibernating but in some way this animal had escaped the hunting par ties which 'were made up to capture it and was dealing' death and destruction among the 'pg's and sheep of the farms round about. It' had located itself in a rocky 'maze (of underbuph; and. so im penetrable was the growth surround ing its newly "found '- den, that the farmers had failed to drive it out. The pig pen belonging to the Birches had been raided among the rest, and two fat porkers taken. This was a serious loss to the family, and meant just sc much less meat for the winter. It was about the Geginrting of November, and too early to slaughter the remaining pigs and salt down the pork. Jack had been much puzzled what to 'lo. He knew that he must expect more visits from the bear, sooner or later. But when? That was the question. His neighbors had tried the plan of watch ing their pig pens and sheep folds over night, armed and ready to give bruin a warm reception; but the bear seemed to be posted with regard to such move ments, and was never seen by the watchers at close enough range to make a shot worth the trying. Jack felt that there was but this one way to protect bis possessions. So he carried the rifle up to his room, with the old-fashioned powder horn and bul let couch, and cleaned and loaded the piece. His mother had gone over to the house of a neighbor whose wife was sick, and Jack's sister had gone with her; so the boy was alone, and felt a greater responsibility in conser.uence. A slight snow had fallen during the day, but the clouds had disappeared, and about eight o'clock the moon, which was nearly full, peeped above the tree tops and flooded the white fields with light. Jack, as soon as the sun went down, had taken his station in the win dow of the bay mow over the stable. From that perch he had a clear view of the pig pen, twenty yards distant, and all approaches to it, and he felt confident of putting a bullet into the beast at such short range, if it should appear. But two hours passed, and there was no sign of the bear. Jack was begin ning to get very cold, despite his heavy coat and fur cap and mittens. His feet were growing numb, and he was afraid to get up and stamp them, or even to withdraw to the mow itself and walk around, lest possibly he might scare off the marauder or miss seeing him. So he sat in the shadow of the window, his lesrs hantrlnrr nnttside the sill, and re solved to stand the cold as long asNte- could. It was disheartening work, though, andjhis determination not to move grew J&s ari& less nrm .as tne numbness mounted from his feet to bis legs and arrps? At last he could bear with it no ttmser, and thinking that, even if ne remained motionless where he was, hlsjtsmds would soon be too stiff to manyate the gun, he scram bled into tfi&,'loft, slipped down the ladder, and aifade his way out of the stable door.Ewhich he latched after him. atVi It was a Mraautif ul night, and the tne smauesL oDjecis Jack stood still for a irlntr and looking about him; but, except for the shrill quaver of a screechol in a tall poplar close to the houseinj sound broke the quiet. There seemedto be nothing moving. The lights h'rid been put out in the nearest house, a quarter of a mile away, and the boy thought the country had never seemed so lonely before. But he had no fear, partly because he was naturally courageous and partly be cause he had made up his mind to put a stop to the bear's depredations if it lay within his power. So he dropped the rrfle into the hollow of one arm and stepped lightly off in a direction away from the house, having no particular object in view except to keep warm. The exercise soon set his blood danc ing, and ho tramped on, going further than he had at first Intended, every once in a while looking back and throwing a searching glance toward the pig pen. He could see the pen quite plainly, and he had no intention of let- wnue snow Jitaae distinguishable! moment. UstS ting bruin steal a march on him In the rear. Presently he halted on the edge of a fringe of trees, and had started to re trace his steps when his eyes fell upon the ground close at hand. For an in stant he remained motionless; then, giving a quick look about him, he bent down and examined the surface of the snow. Breaking the white, even crust were big marks marks which resem bled the prints of human feet, but which were broader and heavier. Jack had never before seen a bear's track, but he knew them at once. The trail led in a direction at right angles to the course which the boy had been pursuing, and bruin had passed only a short time ago, as was shown b the clear impressions left by the ani mal's feet, entirely free from the snow dust that the wind quickly swept Into all hollows. Jack stood debating with himself what he should do. The direction in which the tiail ol the animal led indicated that it wat making for some other pig ven tbao that of the Birches. Jack, therefore, felt no apprehensions for the rafety of bis pigs. He had the choice between going quietly home or of pursuing the bear for the general good. But Jack had come out to meet the bear as well as to protect his pigs, and the excite- TOOK A BEAD ON THE ANIMAL, ment infused into him by the sight of the bear's trail made him throw aside caution and start off after the animal, lie did not consider what an u'y thing it-would be If he should come upon the beast without a place of retreat near at hand. He wanted a sight of the bear, and he kept right on, telling him self that he might get a chance to shoot the animal yet. The trail in the snow was readily traced and Jack followed the marks at a brisk walk. They led away almost in a straight line from the Birch home for a quarter of a mile, and Jack had al ready reckoned that the sheep fold of a neighbor, named Robinson, was bruin's objective point, when, sudden ly the trail bent round and st'-uck off obliquely in the direction of Jack's own home. It looked as if the bear bad changed its mind, and had decided that a supper of bacon was preferable to one of mutton or lamb. Jack halted in amazement for a full minute: then realizing what this change of course might nii-an, he wheeled about and started off on a dog trot toward the house. A thin grove of small trees present'y inter rupted his path, and he moved thiough these more slowly, for his common sense told him that the bear might be met with here at close quarters. As he pushed his way through the last of the trees, a sound came to his oars that made him dart forward, cocking his rifle as he ran. It was a wild chorus of squeals from the pig pen, still a nun dred yards and more away. In the quiet of the night it sounded :.s if the four pigs were all being slaughtered at once. For a few seconds it was loud and persistent, then came a piercing shriek, shriller than any before, and Jack knew that bruin had closed the earthly career of one of his piss. The thought made him angrier than ever, and more determined to make the ma rauder pay for its depredations with its life. He rushed forward at full speed, and was spurred to hi-? utmost endeavors by the sight of a dark mass which made its appearance against the white background of the feathery snow, and which he knew must be the bear clambering out of the pen witb its victim. But Jack was yet fifty yards away when the bear reaclied the ground and started off with its booty. The ani mal seemed to think only of flight, and if it had been unencumbered its pur suer would have had no chance of com ing up with it. As it was. the pig, which was a fairly good sized one. greatly retarded its speed, and Jack saw that he was slowly overtaking it. If he had thought a minute he'would have halted and fired from where he was, as he would then have had a safe place of retreat in the stable should occasion call for it. But, tev-. -s C75wlp JACK! OH JACK! hot in his rage and the excitement of pursuit, he strained every muscle to come to closer quarters. Not until he was within twenty yards of the bear did he check his running, and, drop ping on one knee, take sight at the ani mal. He pulled the trigger, meaning to put a bullet behind the ear, but his aim was not true; the shot went wide of its mark and struck the bear in the hind quarters. Jack rose to his feet to note the effect of his shot. It had knocked the animal over, and it was biting furiously at the place where the bullet had entered. But, far from killing or disabling it se riously, the bullet had only stung It to madness. For an Instant Jack stood stock still; then a quick sense of his danger made him spin round and, dropping the rifle, dash for the stable. He ran at top speed and he made a record; but hfs lightness of foot was discounted by the rate at which tfiat angry bear covered ground. The boy cast a fleeting glance over his shoulder. The great beast was only fifty feet behind. Jack felt he was lost, but he never slackened his pace. A sudden noise of scraping of snow together with a snort from his pursuer made him look back again. The bear's wounded leg had evidently failed its owner, and the animal had fallen. But it was even then getting on its feet again to take up with the chase. Short as the reprieve was, however, it sufficed to add a dozen yards to the boy's lead, and a ray of hope came to him. But it was quickly extinguished. Jack saw that he could jiever reach the protec tion of the stable as matters were. The ! bear would overtake him by the time im jiuu cuvereu nny yaras more, ine animal was now not more than the same number of feet in the rear. Just ahead of Jack was a small shin gled shed, covering a large well frorr which the family drew their water. In the desperate hope that his pursuer might slip again in trying to make the turn, and so give him another lead, the boy instantly determined to dodge sharply round the corner of the struc ture and then dash for the stable. Like a flash he rounded the well house, catching at the edge with one hand to keep his footing. But the bear's sharp nails enabled it to do the trick almost as readily, and it was close on Jack's heels. At the second corner the animal overran itself a bit, and gave him a few feet more of lead. Even then it was so close to him as to make his chances of reaching the stable scarcely worth counting. And Jack, with a sud den pain at his heart, realized it, The next morning at an early hour Mrs. Birch and her daughter arrived at her home In a sleigh driven by a neigh bor. Mrs. Birch got out, expecting Jack to open the door, but it was lock ed, and no response was made to her repeated knocks. Then Mr. Robinson, the neighbor, got out and tried, but with similar results. Mrs. Birch grew alarmed. She was sure Jack would not have gone off when he knew she was going to return that morning. Mr. Robinson said he would look in the stable; perhaps Jack was there. But he acknowledged to himself that there was little chance of this, and he tramp ed over to the stable with many fore bodings. A few minutes passed and he came out. Mrs. Birch saw at once that he had discovered nothing. On his return he passed close to the well hous. Suddenly he paused, lis tened a moment, ran quickly toward the structure and then threw open its covers. Mrs. Birch, in some bewilder ment, waded through the snow to his sid Mary with her. Just as they leached the spot, a cry came up from the well. Mr. Robinson had thrust his head into the opening, and he called at the top of his voice: "Jack Oh, Jack! Are you there?" Then in tones which Mrs. Birch and Mary instantly recognized, muffled AN INGENIOUS SELF though they were, came the reply: "Yea, but I'm nearly done for!" "Hold on to the bucket if vou can, and I'll haul you up!" shouted Mr. Robinson. lie grasped the handle of tli1 wind lass upon which the bucket rope was wound, and began slowly to turn it. In a few minutes Jack's h-ad ap peared in the opening of the well-curb, and with Mr. Robinson's aid the boy was helped out. They hurried him intc the house. An hour or so later, wrapped in warm blankets and with a hot water bottle at his feet. Jack lay in bed and told his story to three interested lis teners. "When I found the bear was gaining on me as I dodged around Use well house," he concluded, "I just popped ARE YOU THERE?' into the opening. I didn't see where I was going exactly, and I would have tumbled right down, head fir?t. But, luckily, I caught the rope with my hands, as I fell forward, and I hung on to it for all I was worth. I went down fast enough as it was, and in a wink I found myself at the bottom in water up to, my waist. It was terribly cold, but I felt I was safe, and soon I made a hitch in the rope, and managed to get my legs through the loop. Tr-at's the way I spent the night. It was tough, but I stuck it out, hoping some one would find me in the morning:. I couldn't have lasted much longer, though." FRANCIS CHURCHILL "WILLLVMS. te N0YEL AD CLEVER DEVICE FOR COASTING A Self-Propelling Sled Which Will Bun Eapidly on Ice or Lev el Pields of Snow. HILLS HO LONGER 2TE0ESSAEY. It Will Delight the Boys and 3Iay Incidentally Deliver Team sters From Annoyance. Copyright, 1S97, by tho Bacheller Syndicate. A self-propelling sled has just been invented, which bids fair to revolution ize the sport of coasting. It will be a special boon to those who live in parts of the country where snow is plentiful but hills are few and far between; for it enables the rider to skim over the level snow or the frozen surface of lake or stream as fast or as slow as may be desired, as readily as when coasting down the steepest hilL This method of propelling sleds is the invention of John Loose, of Brooklyn. N. T. It is very simple and requires absolutely no previous experience There is no danger of ugly falls; there is no nice trick of balance to be learn ed; all that is necessary is to take a seat on the sled, start the machinery, and go wherever inclination leads. On an ordinary wooden sled, well to ward the" front, two upright blocks or posts are firmly fixed, one on each side. Through holes or bearings, as they ara called, in the top of these blocks, there runs a strong shaft, each end of which, projects a few inches just far enough to form an axle for a large propelling wheeL The rim of each wheel just touches the ground on a level with, the runners. In the middle of the shaft which, sup ports these two wheels is a pinion or small cog-wheel, which fits into a larg er cog-wheel hung- upon two uprights called a crank-arbor, which arise from a support beneath the shaft- Two crank-handles project from this crank arbor. The coaster grasps these han dles and by turning them rapidly caus es the driving wheels to revolve, thua propelling the sled. Ranged around the outer edge of tha propelling wheels axe a nunber of small metal teeth, so set tfiat they face slightly forward instead ot point ing directly downward, as is usual in such wheels. The advantage of this arrangement is that they flrs't press the snow down and then (lis ino it. In stead of merely throwing the snow backward, as wouW 1m the eas if tha teeth pointed directly downward. The steering- apparatus is as simpl as is the method of propulsion. Pla cl beneath the shaft near each nd. and securely fastened to the upright posts are two levers which terminate at their lower ends in stirrups. Through these stirrups, which work Indepen dently, the rider puts his feet, and a downward pressure on either lifts tha - PROPELLING SLED. corresponding driving wheel from th- ground. As the opposite wheel re mains on the ground it turns he sled in the direction of the wheel thus rais ed. A sled fitted with this simple devici is at all times under control and car with very little exertion be dri.-en rap idly over the snow, even where it is not trodden into a compact mass. The invention really promises to prove a blessing to the public at large, for tha youngster who is the fortunate owner of one will no longer be compelled to chase after sleighs, to the great annoy ance of the occupants, in the doubtful hope of getting a ride by "hitching on."" College Graduate'- Equipment In 1S41. It is well to state with just wha- out fit I left college in 1S4L I had a rather shallow reading knowledge of six lan guages English, French. Spanish, Ital ian. Latin and Greek and had been brought in contact with classic books in each of these tongues. I may here add that I picked up at a later period German. Portuguese and Hebrew, with a little Swedish, and that I hope to live long enough to learn at least the alphabet in Russian. Then I had acquired enough of the higher mathe matics to have a pupil or two in that branch, something of the forms of I g ic and of Locke's philosophy with the criticisms of the French eclectics upn it. a smattering of history and politic al economy, some crude aequaintan. a with field natural history, some pra -tice in writing and debating, a passi. n for poetry and imaginative HteratU'. a voracious desire for all knowledge and all action and an amount of se.f confidence which has now. after mure than half a century, sadly diminish 1. It will be seen that this was an outfit more varied than graduates of the present day are apt to possess, but more superficial, their knowledge of what they know being often far mr.re advanced as well as more solidly grounded than was mine. No matter. Colonel T. VT. Higginson in Atlantic. The Sank of France. The Bank, of France has one of tha most ingenious arrangements in tha world for photographing strangers without their knowledge. Behind tha cashier's desk Is a hidden studio, and at a signal from any bank employee a suspected customer will, have his pic ture taken instantaneously. The cam era is also useful in detecting frauds, s. word or figure- that to the eye seem erased stand' ut on the photograph ic plate.