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All matter Intended for publication mnst reach this office by Wednesday ef each week to tanre insertion In the eeriest Issue. r advertising aotloes of Births, Deaths, Mar (taC«*. Lost and Found. Boclety Meetings aad Situations '•' anted Ts* enty flre cents for «ush Insertion. Address ail communications to the Ml tor Borro* Cotm*«r» NOW FOB MAYOR 11 ARY There is no gamble for the people of Boston, there is nothing of the lottery in Mr. Hart’s assumption ef the office of Major, They know him and he knows the place. His service will give no •urprises except those of detail, it will be neither dramatic nor pyrotechnical. In the difficult, laborious and trying task which he has taken up only ex perience, integrity, industry, tact and business ability will bo worth a cent. The gift of oratory would be a little worse than useless, because it would be a temptation lo waste time and strength fmaginat.on wou.d be dangerous, for Imagination already has let the city in for some luxuries which it could not afford at first, but now cannot do with out, Personal ambition would be a constant burden and perplexity, for ambition in such a place often destroys the sense of public duty. Mayor Hart will have to play politics every day ot his life, but he will olay for the city’s good not for his own ad vantage, and ibank the Lord he is old enough to know the game. Now what will become of the Negroes who worked and made such a fuss for his election. I guess they will decide with the Couk. ANT that they swapped the devil for the witch. It will be throwing the Negro, who is the Republican party’s lamb to a Qftgeful of tigers. Let us wait and see what the colored man will get. He ought to do better than Mayor Quincy. We did get some janitor’s jobs from the Democratic party. Let us wait and see Some people are never so happy as when they have bad news to tell. Record of Lynrtiing in 1899 The Courant’s statistics of lynchiug for tne past year: The work of lynchers, notwithstanding some instances of special barbarity in Georgia, Louisiana and Kentucky, has decreased during 1839, being much smaller than in any year since and including 1885. I here were 107 persons lynched during the year. The following figures show the numuer j f lynchings t >rough a series of ••ears: 1885, 184; 1886, 138; 1887. 122; 1888. i 42 ; 18*9, 176; 1890 127; 1891. 192; 1892. 286; 1893, 200; 1894, 190; 181-5. 171: 1836. 131: 1897, 166; 189-'. 127 and 18'9, 107 The lynchings in the various States and territories were as follows: Alabama. 6- Aikansas, 11; California, nom ; Colorado, none; Connecticut, none; Dele, ware, none; Florida, 6; Georgia, 28; New York, none; Idaho, none; Illinois none; Indiana, none; lowa, none; Kansas, 3; Nevada, none, Nortu Carolina, 3; isorth Dakota, none; Onio. none; Oregon, none; Pennsylvania, 1; Rhode Island, none; South Carolina, 1; Scuth Dakota, none; Tennessee, 4; Texas, 8: Vermont, noDe; Kentucky. 3; Louisiana, 13; A: nine, none; Maryland, none; Massachusetts, none, Michigan, none; Minnesota, none; Mississippi, 14; Mis souri, 3; Montana, none; Nebraska, noue; New Jersey, none; New Hampshire, noue; Virgima, l; West Virgicia, 1; Wisconsin, none; Washington, none; Arizona, none; Dis.net of Columbia, none; New Mexico, none; Utah, none; Indian Territoiy, nene; Oklahoma. 1; Alaska, none. Of these lynchings 103 occurred in the South and 4in the North. Of the total number 84 were Negroes and 23 whites Ihe alleged crimes for which they were lynched were as follows: Murder. 46; complicity iu mnrder, 11; assault, 17 ; bad reputation, 5; arson, 6; race prejudice. 5; robbery. 5. unknown offences | 4; aiding criminals to escape, 3; suspected arson, 1; inflammatory language, l ; I no offence alleged, 1; mistaken identity, 1; highway robbery, 1; arson and I murder 1. tieo.gia is the Banner Lynching State. is on the cards that Congressman Roberts will be declared ine.igible to take his seat in Congress on the ground that has been a polygamist siuce 1885 This is ail right and strictly in accord with the law and tne facts, but some of the men who will sit in judgment upon the case of this Utah statesman must make many mental reservations when the vote Is being taken, and don’t any body forget it either. It will be a case of several pots calling one kettle black. Well, Speaker to be James J Myers, you have got there after being in a fight whose scars you will wear for many a day. The Coukant profoundly regrets the victory you have been enabled to win by reason of the dog.in.the.manger policy of your leading opponent. If ever a man deserved defeat yeu did. By placing you in the third highest place in the commonwea.th the Kepub. lican legislative majority has betrayed the best interests of the party, and will regret an act of inconceivable folly. The Negro has for many years stood in his own light. He has allowed him. self to oe humored and petted by pliti. cal highwaymen who are Kepublicans for no other reason than a chance for office. He is beginning to get over this foolishness and straighten up his spinal column. Tae Republicans who are tormulatiag a plan to reduce the representation in congress of the Southern States which have laws to prevent the b acks from exercising the right of suffrage, are meddling with a dangerous question. Betier let sleeping dogs lie gentlemen. It will be cheaper in the end. Good afternoon. Mayor Hart. Good luck to you and a happy New Year. The financial condition of things at city hall is not such as to make many peo. pie envy you your job. And every man of them knows you will do your level best to straighten things out. I here are some hearts in and around City Hall that were bleeding last Mon. day evening, but let them take courage. Other years are coming. Men who hold city jobs hope that their income this year will not be repre. seuted by the last two figures of 19C0. If you are overwhelmed by a sense of your own importance just remember that you will never live to date your letters 2COO Are you living in the 19th or the 20th ceDtury? This depends on how you calculate or which of the college pro fessors you wish to believe. Did you make a mistake aud write it ;829? Nev.'r mied. Try again. Practice makes perfect. Set a bad example and it will hatch out mischief. Narrow minds overlook a charitable act and search for the motive A fool may be able to answer ques tions that a wise man wouldn’t ask. OUR LEADING REAL ESTATE MAN. O A Newton, our next common coun. oilman from ward 10, has moved his real estate business from 15 Burbank street, to 116 Conrt street, where he wrill be found ready to attend to busi ness. SENATOR HOAR’S RESOLUTIONS. Senator Hoar introduced the follow ing resolution: f •'Whereas, The American people and the several btutes in the Union have in times past, at important periods in their history, especially when declaring their independence, establishing the Constitution, or undertaking new and great re ponsibilities, seen at to declate the purposes for which the nation or State was founded, and the important objects the people intended to pursue in their political action; and.J “Whereas, Thcctoseof a great war. the liberation by the United States of the people of Cuba and Porto Rico in the Western Hemisphere, and the Phil, ippine Islands in the far east, and the reduction of ihose peoples to a condition of practical dependence upon the Uni;ed States, constitute an occasion which makes such a declaration proper; there, fore, be it Declaration of Independence Recalled, “Resolved, That this republic ad heres to the dcctrines which were in the past set forth injthe Declaration of Independence and in its national and State constitutions: that the purpose of its existence and the objects to which Jts political action ought to be directed are the ennobling of humanity, the raising from the dust of its humblest and coarsest members, and the enabling 01 persons coming lawfully under its power of influence to live in freedom and in honor under governments whose forms they are to have a share in de termining. and in whose administration they have an equal vo.ee. Its most important and pressing obligations are : 1. i'o solve the difficult problem pre sented by the presence of diflerent raoes on our own soil with equal constitution al rights; to make the Negro safe in his home, secure in his vote, equal in his opportunity for education and em. ployment; and to bring the Indian to a civilisation and culture in .accordance with his need and capacity. “‘2 To enable great cities to govern tnemselves in freedom, in honor and in purity. 3. lo make the ballot box as pure as a sacramental.vessel, and the election return as perfectly in accord with the law and the truth as the judgment of the Supreme Court. Forcing Freedom by Bavonefcs. ‘ 4 To banish illiteracy and ignor. ance from the land. ‘•5. I'o secure for every workman and for every working woman, wages enough to support a life of comfort and an old age of leisure and quiet, as befits those who have an equal share ir. a self governing State. 6. lo govern and expand, over the continent, and over the islands of the fia ’ ju-t so fast, faster, as we can br.ng into equality and self govern, ment, under our Constitution, peoples and races who will share these ideals aD p help make them realities. *7* se * a peaceful example of freedom which mankind will be glad to follow, but never to foice even free, dom upon unwilling nations at the point of the bayonet or at the cannoa’s mouth.” Watch the Voting Contest. i A Tl«erV Rite. I have more than once heard of a man defending himself from the on tdaught of a lion or tiger by thrusting his rifle barrels down its throat in the last resort. Poor Major Sandbacb of the artillery came to his death in So maliland a few years ago in attempting to thus hold off a lioness, which never theless managed to inflict on his hand and arm bites which proved fatal. A curious story of the same kind comes from the Khaudwa of northern India. Mr. Bayley. also an artillery officer, was charged by a wounded tiger which he was following up. He missed it with his first barrel, and the second failed to go off. The tiger sprang, and Mr. Bayley jumped to one side, thrust ing out his rifle to keep the brute off. The tiger, it is stated, seized the bar rels and drove his teeth through them and, being unable to withdraw them, was shot by Captain Harrison, Mr. Bayley's companion. In his death struggle the tiger drag ged the rifle from the owner’s hands, and the jar caused by the stock strik ing the ground broke off two teeth which were imbedded in the steel. This story is said to be absolutely true; but. with the profoundest respect for the strength of the tiger’s jaws and teeth. I venture to think it wants explana tion.—London Sketch. Womrn of a Dutch Village. The village women of Holland take | special care to keep the tips of their ' white lace hoods stiff with starch. . which is as necessary a perfection in ! their toilet as polished linen and spot | less collars with ours. This delicate hood is worn over a black skullcap that fits the closely clipped head very much like the headgear of a nun. The elderly women, widows, often wear a straw bonnet over It. A jacket of dark blue, with a breastpiece of cream cloth and dark blue border of the same cloth at the hips, constitutes the dress of the women and the girls. The skirts protrude at the hips iu a grotesque fashion on account of the many flannels which they wind about the body, evidently a fad with them as with many peasants of the Black forest, where the custom prevails to wear as many skirts as the spare box will allow, adding at least one skirt every year. They all dress alike, and the talk about dress therefore does not slip into their conversations, and on that score they are at eternal peace with one another, for no change of dress has occurred among them for centuries and will not for years to come.—Donahoe’s. An Odd Stage Wager. The late Signor Foli, the well known vocalist, once made a very curious wager with some of his companion singers at Iler Majesty’s Opera House. Some 20 years ago Mephistopheles in Gounod’s “Faust” was among his fa vorite impersonations. In the garden scene his strides when attempting to avoid the elderly Martha formed an Important feature of the humorous business. One night, the length of his legs be ing a subject of chaff as he was stand ing at the wings, he declared his ability to cross the stage iu three bounds. The comments that ensued re sulted in a bet. When the proper moment for the ex periment came, he retreated a few paces, and then, to the surprise of the audience as well as to the representa tive of Martha, leaped from side to side. The scene never evoked more laughter, and Foli was acknowledged to have won the wager. Equally Divided. “During the civil war.” says the Boston Transcript, “the Law school at Cambridge was presided over by Pro fessors Parsons, Parker and Wash burn. They were divided in their po litical views, and each did his best to maintain his opinion. “Professor Parker was one day ask ed, ‘How do you get along on politics at the Law school?’ “ ‘Nicely,’ he answered. ‘We are equally divided.’ “‘But how can that be?’ continued the inquirer. ’There are three of you?’ “ ‘Easy enough,’ replied the profess or. ‘Parsons writes on one side and I on the other, and Washburn -he speaks on one side and votes on the other.’ ” American News Via London. Another case of going abroad to get the news. A London paper said the other day* * is on the eve of a fie,,.* nuvmi ow'uggle. The per sistence with which ‘Boss’ Croker, Mayor \an Wyck and the other mag nates of Tammany have been ignored by the Vanderbilts, the Astors. the Gerrys, the Goelets, the Livingstons and the other members of New York’s exclusive hour Hundred has so galled and irritated the families of the for mer that they have resolved upon founding a new and still more exclu sive society of their own, which is to take the sails out of its rival.” Degenerate Cockney. The language of the lower Londoner Is changing: "Getcb trine?” “Now. Trine gawn, ent it?” Translated: “Get your train?” “No. Train gone, hasn’t it?” Ent (the obi ain t) seems to covei Isn’t, wasn’t, weren’t has, hasn’t, have, haven’t, had, hadn’t.—Notes and Que ries. A I rilllant I'lnUh. 1 saw hit) kiss you just before he was leaving said the sour visaged aunt, and she said It in a regular dull thuji tone. “Yes, aunti "Well, I ca i realize that it would he the last thing he would think of.” And she sailed out as though she had scored every possit 'e point—Detroit Free A Mysterious Password. The Baroness Burdett-Coutts was once shopping in Paris and was passed from one department to another by the shopmen, always with the remark, “Two ten ” She was escorted from counter to counter, and everywhere the cabalistic words “two ten" were re peated. Struck by the peculiarity of this re frain, the baroness asked the proprietor as she left the establishment: “Pray what does ‘two ten' mean? I noticed each assistant said It to the other wherever 1 went in your shop.” “Oh. it is nothing.” he replied, “mere ly a password that they are in the hab it of exchanging.” But the baroness was not satisfied with this explanation. So in the even ing, when the porter, a young boy, brought home her purchases, she said: “My boy. would you like to earn 5 francs ?” Of course he had no objection. “Tell me,” said the lady, “what does *two ten’ mean, and I will give you 5 francs.” “Why. don’t you know, ma’am?” said he, evidently astounded at her Igno rance. “It means, ‘Keep your two eyes on her ten fingers.’ ” The mystery was solved. The shop men of the Trols Quartiers had taken the richest and the most generous wo man in Great Britain for a shoplifter, i —Tit-Bits. Where Everything Grows. The tuberose flourishes amazingly In the open air in the Transvaal with but the smallest attention and cultivation. The bulbs shoot up their three or four foot stems, each bearing very sweet smelling flowers, in an incredibly short space of time. In Pretoria roses are prolific—ln fact, most of the streets are bounded by rose hedges throughout their length, and they bloom with a frail, pink monthly rose blossom for three quarters of the year. In public places, such as the Burghers’ park, the profusion of roses, lilies, carnations and tuberoses is be wilderingly beautiful. The wild orchids of Swaziland are famous. They are of at least 20 differ ent kinds. They are extremely curious, and with a little care and extra heat they can be induced to develop Into very wonderful plants. Everything grows in the Transvaal if the trouble is taken to plant it. The soli being all virgin and naturally rich, the very smallest amount of attention is required. Thrift. “Speaking of thrift.” said the promi nent clergyman, “I remember one man who was as good an example of shrewdness as 1 have ever seen. It was when I began preaching that I met him. 1 was young and struggling, ’ my salary was small, and the man was a member of my church. He used to do work on a scroll saw, and one of his specialties was a sort of plant stand with two shelves and with scroll work ornamentation. Two or three times he tried to sell me one, but as I had no need or use for it I told him so. “The time for the annual donation party drew near, when everything that was given counted toward that limited salary. I was not altogether pleased, therefore, when the man with a plant stand appeared at the door. “’Here, parson,’ he said, ‘is a plant stand. It’s worth $lO, and I’d like to give $3 of it toward your donation.’ “There was no way out of It. I gave him the other $3.” —New York Sun. GJvlnis a Super a Chance. This is how a super, thus given an opportunity of distinguishing himself, once delivered a few short lines de scriptive of a man being picked up aft er a cab accident: “The hansom cab was picked up off the esplanade with a handkerchief tightly tied around its mouth. When removed, it was found to be perfectly dead.” Still the manager gave him another trial the following evening, when he acquitted himself gs follows: “The esplanade was picked up off the man. with the hansom cab tightly tied around his mouth,” etc. He was sent to the back row again, or maybe farther. This Is not an un usual sample of what the average su per can do. Naturally, therefore, man agers look askance at training him.— Criterion. Italian Bnblea. Babies seem to be no trouble In Italy, and one cannot but be struck by the number of them. These bainbinos are often hung upon pegs in the f*ront of the house, where they look out of their little black, beady eyes like papooses. I unhooked one of these babies once and held it awhile. Its back and little feet were held tightly against a strip o f board so that it was quite stiff from its feet to its shoulders. It did uot seem to object or to be at all un comfortable. as it only bowled while I was holding it. I have an idea that, except when invaded by foreigners, the bambino’s existence is quite hap py.—Lilian Bell In Woman’s Home Companion. An Electric Dance. Take a pane of glass—a broken one will do—and secure it by placing the ends between the leaves of two large books, letting the glass be two inches from the table. Cut from lightweight writing paper, or. better still, from tis sue paper, dolls, dogs and other fig ures. Place them on the table be neath the glass. Rub the glass vigor ously with a silk handkerchief, and the figures will cut all kinds of antics. He Hcdfccd. She—To think that you once declared that you would love me as long as you lived! And now, hardly a year married, and you care nothing at all about me! He—But you see when 1 told you l would love you as long as I lived 1 wasn’t feeling very well, and 1 really didn’t think I would live long.—Boston Transcript. A Pumu Fotion Kyatcry. England had a famous poison mystery l quarter of n century ago. Two mem bers of a great club in Manchester, both men of position and keen politicians, each receive 1. apparently as a New Year’s gift, small boxes containing a few cigars of the very highest quality apparently Both were taken fearfully 111 after smoking, and one of them sub ■equently died. The cigars were found to be loaded with poison, and it was said that the man who recovered only did eo because he used a cigar holder. The facts were at first hushed up, because, as was said, the suspected sender, whose motive was revenge on account of a lady, was a man of wealth and power. But this object was cleared, and the mystery vr* leepened by the following circumstatrfjes: A rich Manchester mer chant, traveling one day in a railway car about the time of the incident re lated, got in+o conversation with a most agreeably and highly cultivated stran ger, who finally offered his cigar case. The Manchester man was found at Leeds almost unconscious and the only occupant of the carriage. He gras* - id in one of his convulsed hands the cigar he had been smoking and after analysis Bhowed it to be identical with the oth era. He recovered, but the stranger was never discovered. A Bad Place For Fat Hci. Among the ancient Spartans every thing was considered secondary to mil itary efficiency, and with a view to se curing this the boys and men were by law kept in a continual state of “train ing.” No deformed child was allowed to live. The boys were taken from their homes and subjected to military regu lations at the age of ?. They were com pelled to wear the same single garment winter and summer. At 20 they joined the ranks, and from that age till they reached 60 were required to dine at the public tables, where only a certain quantity was supplied for each man. The magistrates interfered in absurdly small matters. They regulated the de gree of fatness to which it was lawful for any citizen to extend his body. Those who dared to grow too fat or too soft for military service and exer cise were sometimes soundly flogged. Aelian, in his history, relates that Nauclis, son of Polytua, was brought before the ephors (magistrates) and the whole assembly of Sparta, and “his un lawful fatnees” was publicly exposed, and he was threatened with perpetual banishment if he did not bring his body within the regular Spartan compass and give up the culpable mode of living, which was declared to be more worthy of an lonian than a Spartan. ” Reed and Stront. Thomas B. Reed served in the navy during the civil war, and in 1866 b« returned to Portland to practice law. As a young lawyer he displayed the same qualities of ability and aggres siveness which have been a conspicu ous characteristic of his political life One of the strongest men at the Port land bar at the time was A. A. Stront. Before beginning the trial of a suit it was Stront’s b! i(i itto inquire of every juror as to the r 1 b of his health and impress each wi<M a he idea that the law yer was solicit*- that juror’s per ■onal welfare. es re > Reed and Strout were constantly an tagonizing each other, though they were very good friends. In nearly every case of importance Strout and Reea were on opposite sidea It was annoying, indeed, for the suave Btrout to hear Reed drawl out before the opening of a case: “Well, your honor. Brother Strout having finished his morning task of shaking hands with the jury, we may now, I hope, proceed with the business of the court. ” —Philadelphia Saturday Evening Post. Hardly Wortli the Agony. An artist of more than national fame chose the most beautiful girl in fail town for a rnata Before they were married he said: “Mydear, yon are al most perfect Yon lack but two things —your mouth is a little too small, and you are a little too thin. I wish that before we are married you would cor rect those two and become absolute per fection. ” For six months the poor girl wore a brass fixture in her mouth to Btretch her jaw and ate fattening food Then she was married. To an intimate friend she has since confessed that the agony of that six months’ jaw stretch ing was not worth all she since has en joyed as the w-ife of a distinguished artist.—New York Commercial Adver tiser Who Whips! The clergyman’s little son was tell ing the small son of a parishioner of the dreadful fights which he and his sister indulged in. “Yon don’t mean to say that minis ters' children fight?” replied the horri fied little layman “Oh, yes. ” “Who whips?’ “Mamma Pittsburg Chronicle Telegraph. Chained Books* The finest known collection of chained books is that in Hereford cathedral. It Includes about 2,000 volumes, arranged in five bookcases, of which not less than 1,500 are secured by chains three or four feet long, each with a swivel in the center A small collection of chained books, long forgotten, has just come to ught in the vestry of the church at Sleaford. Lincolnshire. Tuscan boys, like most others, delight in fly ing kites, but custom does not per nut them to do so except dnring Lent If they flew in the face of this custom, their kites would be torn up by the oth er boys. In 187? FaVon island, in the Friend ly group, began as a smoking shoal. Ten y -ars later it was a volcanic island about 3UO feet high and over 1 % mile Now it >■ Aiitajupearing A Pfrttftn Romance. A Persian plaque In the South K>- ■ington museum, London, bears y means of clever relief and brilliant Co f or a romantic tale, part legend ani part history. Nobody knows the D ro. portion of each. At all events. It is declared to be an incident in the life of Baharam v 0 f the Sassanian dynasty. Baharam ar cording to legend and plaque. was . wonderful archer. During one of hi* hunting expeditions, on which his f a vorite wife had accompanied him he shot a sleeping antelope with such pre cision as to graze the animal’s ear The antelope awoke and, believing himself annoyed by a fly, put his hind hoof to his ear to strike off the fly. A second arrow sent by the royal hand fixed the antelope’s hoof to his horn. The king’s wife merely said, *‘Pra c . tlce makes perfect,” which touched the pride of her royal spouse. Indeed, as the penalty for her plain speaking, she was sent out into the mountains to perish, but instead found shelter In a village. Here she lodged In an upper room ascended by 20 steps and, having bought a calf, carried it up and down every day. The king passing by four years later, was amaz ed at seeing a young woman carrying a cow up a flight of 20 steps. The lady again took occasion to remark, "Prac tlce makes perfect,” whereupon she unveiled, was recognized and restored to favor. An Inanlt Well Handled. You cau always trust the American woman to take care of herself. Th* friends of a girl who lives In Eight eenth street are telling these days of an adventure which befell her one aft ernoon w ithin the fortnight. She was standing, this Eighteenth street girl, at the corner of F and Eleventh streets waiting for a girl friend. A very dap per young man. a stranger doubtless In the town—for most Washingtonians are too well aware of the girl’s social emi nence to venture on any Impertinence to her—stepped up, bowed and said airily: “Waiting for somebody?” The girl turned to look at him. “Guess you’ve forgotten me.” be went on with growing familiarity. “I saw you at a dinner last week.” The girl looked at him steadily for a moment. “Oh. I remember now,” she said. “It was at- Colonel Blank’s. You are Colo nel Blank’s butler, of course. No, I don’t know' of anybody who wants a butler. Have you tried the employ ment agencies?” And then, slowly and calmly, she walked away.—Washington Post Tallow Candle* an Medicine. In France the peasantry still stick to medicines calculated to turn the aver age doctor’s hair gray with horror. Wine is an Ingredient of every pr* scription. In fever cases it Is always the predominant one. The French peasant’s faith in fermented grape Juice is truly beautiful. • If his children are stricken with the measles, he gives them wine well sweetened with honey and highly spic ed with pepper. For a severe cold he administers a quart of red wine and i melted tallow candle mixed. For scar let or brain fever he gives eggs, white wine and soot well beaten together. Not all their superstitions are curi ous. Some are pathetic. A mother, for Instance, often buries her dead child with Its favorite toy or a lock of her own hair in ihe coffin, “that it may not feel quite alone.” The Wrong Day. The heartless landlord has come te evict the widow with 18 children, many of whom are teething. But at the threshold the woman waves hlfci back imperiously. “Not today!” she cries. “Why not?” asks the landlord, with pardonable curiosity, “Because,” the woman replied, “no pitiless storm of rain mingled with Icy sleet rages without!” The landlord grinds his teeth In im potent rage. He may trample under foot the promptings of his better na ture, but not the conventionalities es tablished by long usage.—Detroit Jour nal. Not Hln Dmllnntion. A steamer was stopped in the mouth of the river owing to a dense sea fog. An old lady inquired of the captain the cause of the delay. “Can’t see up the river,” replied the captain. “But I can see the stars overhead,” continued the old lady. es; but until the boilers bust we ain’t a-going that way.”—World’s Com ic. Happiness. Human happiness, according to the most received notions, seems to consist of three Ingredients, action, pleasure and indolence. And though these in gredients ought to be mixed In differ ent proportions, according to the par ticular disposition of the persou, yet no one ingredient can be entirely wanting without destroying In some measure the relish of the whole composition. Habit. Habit hath so vast a prevalence over the human mind that there is scarcely anything too strange or too strong to be asserted of It. The story of the miser who, from being long accustom ed to cheat others, came at last to cheat himself and with great delight and triumph picked his own pocket of a guinea to convey to his hoard is no* Impossible or Improbable. Russian families, when moving to a new home, kindle the fire on th# hearth with coal brought from the old residence. It Is strange, but true, tha. today will be yesterday tomorrow.—Cbicaf* News.