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THE GOLDEN RULE.
VOL- H THE earth and man. , cm a little raUt, 1,le „ tind blowing fr>m the *c*t, within the mountain’s the earth we tread, with love and life her roar, have dawned and f etill her mafiic Is the same. IK* ft je love, a little trust, tf t impulse, a sudden dream, I i;fo as dry ns desert dust fresher than a mountain stream. le is the heart of man, '7 tn( iy for new hope aud Joy, . thm ,sand years since It began ■ ‘ left it younger than a boy, -Philadelphia Record. I Western Girl’s Story. \fraifir* cried out I with a laugh. •,‘v on earth should I be afraid?" i suppose my face must have port'd forth the careless indepen* i!e of my spirit, for ray brother’s ,peJ countenance brightened up as jHike. V.; lived alone upon a solitary road, les away from any human dwelling* i n one of those antique, gable* j e( J farm-houses which look so pic* esque to an artist's eye in the sum* r time ami so indescribably deso* o when November gales are howl* ; around the chimney tops or win* ’ scows are heaping up their feath* y I earl upon the door-stone. We— jt is, the old bed ridden aunty, ray other Kobert and myself. As for M .rv.at:t girl, dear me, when I become (lunatic.or lost the use of my limbs might need one, not before. ■Well mind you don’t let anyone in, dess it is a neighbor," said Bob, but* niug up his shaggy overcoat and aering Ills voice so that Aunt .Tend* a should not hear his words, for ent Jemima was apt to be seized ith fits of nervous aprehension at the ost inconvenient times. “Because, m know, there are only two women rou, and—" “do along with yourself. Bob. and n't talk nonsense," said I, with an rof dignity. "As if I wasn't quite lie to take care of myself without mr advice. Nobody lias been here in week, and I don’t think the rush is sing to begin to-night." ’The loaded revolver is on the top self next to the hag of hops and the suer of dried catnip," added Bob, and the big stick ” ‘Til take the big stick to you, if on don’t clear out," cried I, merrily— nd so Bob mounted old Nanuy and rotted away. VT had just received a hundred dol tre from the railroad i>eoplc for the ear’s wood which Bob bad cut ml hauled to the junction— a hundred Mars, all in nice, clean, crackling f K-and Bob and I and Aunt Jemima ill agreed—for once entirely unnni notis—that so much money ought not » remain over night In the house. “Suppose there should be a fire?" aid I. Suppose a gang of masked burglars liould break ini" suggested Aunt 'tnuna, who had been reading the pa ws. "Suppose the rats and mice should Paw their way into the old hair lr uuk’.’’ said P,oh. Bob was taking the hundred dol ®rs to the Ottarsfield Bank, twenty P!cs away, over a rough and uneven '"•iHe road! And 1 and Aunt Jemima *** left all alone. Bear me," said Aunt Jemima, :; its twice my needle’s dropped, and I'Uck iu th e floor. We’re going to tav e company;” 1 hope not,” said I. “with nothing 1 die house but corn-bread and pork, J: ‘dried apple-sauce." there's a winding sheet in the uar.dlo l , gloomily added Aunt Jemima, '' /i was addicted to harmless little Volitions. “Somebody's going to lilO, * t-nnk it's extremely likely," I ob "Bb philosophy. u had a creepy feeling down my l . f a ‘l l,a y." said Aunt Jemima, “just -- on > e one was measuring me for _• shroud! Are you sure the doors all bolted Gertrude?” , te certain, aunt. I bolted them c Jself. y r *d nails over all windows?” s °ne of them. Come now, ,v! t i ' '° ar ‘ 1110 hx your hot drink, 'a!- I .!° ° n ; OUI o'ghtcap nicely. We’re as There was a hollow soldiery all around us.” , ‘t in spite of my reassurance, Aunt „ ‘‘‘ a Persisted in going to sleep Lfi \ 11 ' ll iron !in d two pokers under 1 Pillow. J tiH»n. mercy on me, how she did t! f e. to he sure. e'clo l ' < tore t ' lc Tire until past nine ltc ‘V."’ ll,ils hiug a pair o. gray mixed that I was knitting for Bob. tut l f Ul ’ I;sinK with a yawn, I looked and ° 150 " in<^°'vs - IT was raining, * ertifu l heaven! I started back with •Therefore, Whatsoever Ye Would That Meri Should Do to Yoij,'Do Ye Even 9o to Them.” a low ery, fts t kaW a white, Wild fflc6 pressed suddenly Against the outef side Ot the pane—A face blade paler still by the contrast of A heavy blafck mustache, and hair the most raveh jet I ever saw. My first impulse was to run and hide, my second to face the matter out. "What do you Want?” I osbed, open ing the window A little way. MVhd are you?” "I am a belated traveler. I Meed food—rest—rags to bind up my hurt foot. Seel” And then I saw that one of his feet was bleeding. I hesitated an instant tte perceived my doubt. v>r "You are afraid to let the Vagrant in,” he 6aid, bitterly. "Well, I don’t wonder much. But there’s no danger. Let me In, ns you have a dear father or brother of your otvh; Give me but a crust of bread, A drink of tnilk. 1 will go on my way with the earliest dawn of morning.” My decision was taken at once. His pale face, Ills blood-stained foot, his piteous Voice, so Uhlike the profes sional whine of the regular mendicant, all appealed to my womanly pity, t remembered my brother’s caution, but I also remembered that there was an unused ove-story Wing, on the north end of the house, fitted up ih A rude sort of way for the occasional sleep ing place of the additional farm hands that wo needed in the height of the season of harvest. "Go around to the father door,” said I. "I will let you In.” I admitted him accordingly. Gaunt, pale and limping, he came in. "There is a bed,” said I. “And here Is food. While you cat t will get salve and a bandage for your foot.” When 1 returned he was eating as greedily as If he had not tasted food for a week, and drinking long draughts of coffee. "You are hungry,” said I, kneeling tn my task. "I hope s’ott never may be as near starvation as I have been this day,” he responded, In a low, thrilling voice. "Thank you, young woman—the foot feels easier now.” So I left him. I had meant to slip across the bolt on the outside of the door that led to the other portion of the house; but 1 now perceived, for the first time, that llie bolt was not there. Bob must have taken it out, to use In the stables. A thrill, half of apprehension, passed through me at this unwelcome discov ery. “No matter,” said I, valiantly, to my self, "I must risk it. I dare say we are all as safe as if there were a score of bolts on the door. Only I'm glad Aunt Jemima sleeps so soundly." So I went to bed and fell fast asleep in less that fifteen minutes. The sound of the old Avooden clock striking three—or something else roused me, and, opening my eyes, I saw the shrouded light of a dark lan tern in the room, and by its glimmer three mep were searching the contents of the old hair trunk that stood under neath the window. I started up with a scream—probably the most imprudent tiling I could have done—but I did not stop at that instant of terror to measure consequences. "Stop that gal's squeaeliing pipe," muttered a low, threatening tone, and the next instant an iron nand was up on my throat; my eyeballs seemed starting from their sockets, and a hor rible death by suffocation seemed clos ing around me. In the salf-same second, however, I saw the deadly white face of the man I had so recently succored ami fed, in the doorway; I heard the click of a pistol being cocked. My first impres sion was that he belonged to the gang —that he had made an entrance Into the house through my weak pity, and afterward admitted his comrades; but oil! how unjustly I judged him. "Let go that girl's throat, or I’ll send a brace of bullets through your brain!” he shouted; and instantaneous ly I was free. "Now, then, get out of this! Drop everything. Quick! I>o you see this pistol? It carries charges enough to send everyone of you to Kingdom Come quicker than light ning.” llis eloquence was of a most persua sive nature. One of the men dropped a red leather pocketbook of papers that I recognized as Bob’s; another let fall a calico bag containing Aunt Jemima s six silver teaspoons and all three tumbled out of the door in hot haste. My unknown friend calmly examined the fastenings. "The bolt has been pried back,” said he, "but I can fix it in a minute. And even if I did not I hardly think they will be likely to come again after the lesson I have read them.” "How can I ever thank you!” I cried, almost hysterically, in my mingled ter ror and gratitude. "1 was thinking to-night as I watched you bind up my foot that I would like to do something for you," he said in a low tone, "and 1 have done it. Good night.” Early the next morning I carried a tray of breakfast in to him. but he was gone. From that time to this I have never seen nor heard of hint, ex cept that, once in an illustrated news paper, I saw his portrait, as the de tected murderer of half a dozen travel ers on the Omaha plains-an accom plished villian—a cold-blooded wretch. (In Afro-Awenc(tji Newspapers 1898-1001, VICKSBURG, MISS., JANUARY 27, 1900 who thought no more of extinguishing the stirtfk of human life than others do of killing a read his bio graphy—and I shuddered to recollect how titteriy we pOof Women Were flt his mercy on that DecCihbe? tlighh and of how he spared and shielded us! Bob never know of that night’s ad venture. Aunt Jemima never knew. It is A secret that I keep to myself. ihOWINQ UP A LAWYER, Tb Talesman Proved that He Was Not ad E cyclopedic *The lawyer Was just starting homo after a hard day’s work ill the eoiift room. A seuate-looking man iipitforicli-- ed him and said: “I don’t know whether you remem ber ihe or not. I am one of the tales men Whom foii interrogated yester day. 0 “Ah?" “There are one or two small matters that I wanted to ask you about, lou seem to be a tiersott of very superior Intelligence, and 1 hopd yotl will gi'O me a few minutes. I’ll walk along with you to your ear so as not to waste any time. What I wanted to ask you is this: If I were to say to you that ‘the three faces which include a triedral angle of a prism are equal in all their parts to the three faces which iftclmle a triedral angle of a second prism, each to each, and are like placed, the two prisms are equal in all their parts,’ what W'ould yotl understand by It?” “Why, sir—really—” * “You don’t mean to tell me you are stumped by a little one like that ! ’ “You see, the question is a little sud den, find in order to grasp its full sig nificance-* “Never mind. Here’s an easier one. nearer the beginning of the book. If I were to suggest to you, that a certain object Is a polyedron, in which two of the faces are polygons, equal in all their parts, and having their homolo gous sides parallel, w hat would l>e the impression conveyed to your mind.' “To he candid, I never looked into the subject very deeply.” aou don’t menu to own tip that you wouldn’t know' it was a plain, every day prism: “I hadn’t thought of It in that light.” “That’s all. My boy, who isn’t through high school, could have ans -1 wered those questions without stop ping to think. 1 feel better. Y'ou were ! putting on a lot of airs yesterday, but j you ain’t any encyclopaedia. I don’t believe you are even a handy compen dium of useful knowledge. After this display of lamentable ignorance on your part, I want to make just one sug i gestion. If you ever get me into court i again, don’t you swing at me with any more big words and try to act haughty. - I’ve got your measure, and I’m liable [ to be just as supercilious as you are.” Wars In Victoria's Relga. Certainly, the Boer war is rather a bigger business than any we have had to settle lately. But it’s not quite the first Queen Victoria’s troops have had to tackle. Here is a list or them: Afghan war, 1838-40; first China war, 1841; Sikh war, 1846-40; Kaffir war, 184 G; seeond war with China, second Afghan war, 1849; second Sikh war. 1848-49; Burmese war, 1850; second Kaffir war, 1851-52; second Burmese war, 1852-53; Crimea, 1854; third war with China, 1856-58; Indian mutiny, 1857; Maori war, 1800-01; more wars with China, ISGO-62; second Maori war, 1863-66; Ashantee war, 1864; war in Bliootan, 1864; Abyssinian war, 1867- 68; war with the Bazotees, 1868; third Maori war, 1868 69; war with Looshale, 1871; second Ashantee war, 1873-74; third Kaffir war, 1877; Zulu war, 1878- 79; third Afghan war, 1878-80; war in Basutoland, 1879-81; Transvaal war, 1879-81; Egyptian war, 1882; Soudan, 1884-85-89; third Burma war, 1885-92; Zanzibar, 1S90; India, 1890; Matabeie wars, 1894-96; Cldtral campaign, 189 o; third Ashantee campaign, 1596; second Soudan campaign, 1896; Indian cam paign of 1897, and third Soudan war, ending with fall of Khartoum, 1898.- Auswers. Money Orders That Fail to Reach. In the course of the year nearly 50,- 000 money orders failed to reach the payees The number of such cases in creases from year to year, correspond ing with the aggregate business. In many cases remitters hold the orders a S receipts; in other cases failure to deliver Is diie to defective address; but the bulk of the loss occurs through the stealing of letters by persons in the employ of the payees or remitters. Whenever loss is reported, whether ac tual or alleged, a duplicate is drawn promptly, the issue of which makes the original void. In the year the number of duplicates issued was 46.263, being an increase over the pre ceding rear of 1,008. A Rea! Sportemaa \ Columbia gunner went to the farm or Aaron Herr, ac Cordelia 1» few .lavs ago, trad tore down a pile of -.«*» rails hf search of a rabbit. He did not get the rabbit, neither did he place tli rails as he found them. Aaron says i the fellow returns and piles the ra. s he will treat him to a good country me* I.— Columbia (Penn.) News. NOTES AND COMMENTS. While the cotton mills of the South •re prospering, those of the North •re doing equally well A freact geninfl has invented a ,‘ontrivance for Steering airships Hie great-grandchildren may become rich from it. The airship itself should be here by that time. Goternor Stone of Pennsylvania is of the opinion* and expresses it frank ly and openly, that eVery husband should deed to his wife the home stead, she being qneen of the homO and entitled to it. Philadelphia doctors have given their services fred itt inspecting school-children until the valtie of tbs work can be demonstrated and an ap propriation be secured for its con tinuance Aguinaldo’s mother says he is not fit to govern the Philippines, A fellow can’t amount to much whose mother doesn’t believe he could do wonders if he only had a chance. Requirements for pubhc-Hchool teachers in A abaina are very simple. Applicants for third-grade certificates, wiiicli allow the holder to teach for two Jrvars, arc obliged to be examined in arithmetic on’y through fractions, and in geography only through the primary grade. The Shamrock cost between four and five hundred thousand dollars to build nml the London Yachtsman now suggests, on the score of tCouomy that the next challenger le shortened twenty feet and tho cost reduced to $50,000. M ro than 25,000 persons were killed by wild animals and snakes ill India during 1808. Nearly a thou sand dt aths were ascribed to tigtrs, and a large number to man-eating wolves. Lord Curzon has directed that special measures be ta eu to ex terminate these particular pests. The Board of Ordnance and Forti fication of tho War Department has decided that the utmost care shall be exercised in having tests carried on at the proving grounds so that the character of the projectiles, explo sives and guns experimented with, and the results of the tests, will not be made public. British cirategy has consisted main ly in coming on just a 3 their oppo nents desired. The succession of disasters, with the heavy losses even when an advantage has been gained, will not make the war, or the govern ment responsible lor bringing it on, highly popular in England. But, of course, there can be no question of the British determination to see the thing through at any cost. One great reason for the popularity of the automobile is that it can be more readily managed by women than horse-drawn vehicles. Many women object to driving horses on account of their liability to shy or bolt. The automobile offers marked advantages in this respect, but no lady should try running an automobile until she thoroughly understands the mechau ism. There can be even too great gravity in contemplating entrance to the marriage state, as illustrated in the case of that citizen of St. Louis who the other day became so severely im pressed with its possibilities that be fore the arrival of what should have been the blissful hour he blew the top of his head off. His act is not justifiable by any train of philosophic or economic reasoning, although, in the words of an esteemed contemp orary, “marriage undoubtedly is a problem of gigantic dimensions, and it is sometimes entered upon without due reflection.” Kommerzienrath Loewe, a Berlin manufacturer', who recently returned home from attending tbe Commercial Congress held in connection with the National Export Exposition in Phil adelphia, has expressed himself as greatly surprised at the development of electrical machinery in the United States. He says Americans are far in advance of the Germans in the em ployment of electricity as a power, and believes that the increased em ployment of electricity in industrial enterprises is an absolute necessity if Germans are to hold their own in the world’s markets. The Italian army is now studying the advisability of introducing the automobile. It is considered that it could be used both for transporting ammunition from the rear to the fir ing line and for carrying the wounded to the nearest hospital. W ith com paratively free roads a higher velocity can be maintained with a motor car riage than with a horse. The roads in Italy are so perfect that experi ments in this line should be very in teresting. The circulating-library scheme in connection with the public schools, which has beeu tried successfully in several cities, is about to be intro duced in Pittsburgh. Its aim is to supplement the school work by di recting the reading of the children along the lines of the studies in hand. Books suitable for each grade are chosen by a committee of the teachers, and from the selected list the books are sent from the public library to tho school ordering them under the same conditions that are in force for general patrons. A valuable feature of the scheme is that it gives the teachers some supervision of the read ing of the children, a matter too often neglected by parents, and will tend to cultivate in the children a love of good literature, while saving for them the time otherwise wasted in reading trash. A remarkable town in many respects Is Pelzer, in South Carolina. It is a 1 profit-sharing community of about 7.000 inhabitants, built up around four cotton mills, which employ 3,000 persons. The corporation owning the mills owns the town also, and will ] sell no part of the land, leasing it to preferred persons for limited periods. Captain John Smith is the head of the corporation, find consequently the presiding genius in tbe town. The town has no mayor, no council, no police, no courts, and no lawyers. Captain Smith is all that is necessary. Liquor may i.otjie sold in the town, and there is no’ drntJketinese. No newspaper is published. No one can be domiciled in the place until hi» record has been proved satisfactory. Children are employed in the mills, but at definite periods they are re quired to leave their work and attend school. Pupils that show special ability are given more extended op portunities for education, but in no case do they fail to learn their trade. Dull indeed is that observ«r of him self or fellows who has not discovered | the nv ntal stimulant that comes front j good, appetl/ing food well served. If the idea 1 could Obce be driven into the heart of every home-uh.ksf among wage earners, we should make long strides' upward in our civilization. The dullness, the apathy, the indiff r enco that is the worst enemy to be fought in a poor man’s home,. will be routed wherever the meal-time fo uses the attention of the housekeeper, and how aud what is served becomes im portant to ber. Indifference to food has a tendency to disintegrate the social life In the home. Fortunately it is no longer considered an unusual thing for aw. man to express a pref -1 e euce for foods, nor to enjoy good living, and be able to discriminate as ! to kinds and qualities, nor to be rea sonably exacting in its service. In modern times it is tho fl iftces which give most encouragement to athletics that are the most aggressive I and progressive in the struggle for political and commercial supremacy. Tho character aud disposition of the whole Teutonic race is influenced by the tnrnvereius and the lox’e of gym nastics which those institutions in culcate for physical development. The Anglo-Saxon owes as much of his success to the upbuilding of the body in the cricket field, on the yachting courses, on the grouse moors, the golf links, the football gridiron and the tennis lawn as he does to any , mental training which the best col leges of his country have given him, I These outdoor pastimes strengthen the muscle, expand the lungs, quicken the sight and develop one s courage. So satisfactory has been the test in a portion of Carroll County, Md«, of the “post-office on wheels” that the department has decided to ex tend the system over the whole of the county. As has been told, the idea is that of Edwin Sliriver of Westminster, Md., it being an appli cation of the railroad post-office sys tem. One wagon has been running for some months, and three more are to be added scon. At certain points these delivery wagons will be met by smaller conveyances, which witl cover the country between the most divergent points of the four great arteries of the system. 'Vdhin the next few weeks sixty-three fourth class post-offices in the county will be closed, and twenty-five star-ronte contracts will be abrogated. Ihe compensation of these post-masters amounts to $5,200 per year, and the star-route contractors received IUU. Against this aggregate of »10,dUU saved, the new system, as now organ ized, will cost $14,500, so that until more post-offices are abolished and star-routes wiped out, the service will cost the government's4,2l’o more than it is now paying these postmasters and star-route contractors. But tuere will be more post-offices closed. J-h® new service will before the end tbe 1 vear cost far less than is now paid to postmasters and contractors. m 2ul<Ja‘t Distarb Them, To mamma's caution that Bennie shouldn't beat his new drum while the I folks were asleep, the little fellow re- I pHed, “It won't wake them up, main -1 ma; I’ll do it on tiptoe. "—Judge. Only fom independent States remain in Africa. They are Abyssinia, Mo > rocco. Liberia, ami the Orange Free ■jfttate, _ A flobeazollera Superstition. Apropos of the superstitions of tha Hohenzoilerns —supersitions, by the way, found in all ancient royal fam ilies, Including our own —the rulers of that house possess a talisman brought into it by a good spirit said to guard its destinies. This is the curious “black stone,” to which is attached the following quaint tradition: Since the time of the Elector John Cicero, who flourished toward the end of the fifteenth century, each ruler has been wont, before his death, to hand to his successor a sealed packet. This contains a ring, in which is set a black stone said to have been dropped by a huge toad on the coverlet of a prin cess of the family just as she had given birth to a son. Frederick the Great found the ring in a cover, which also inclosed a memorandum, written by Frederick I. stating its value and its mode of transmission. Schneider, the librarian of William I, declares that he saw the packet handed by Ceiling, the treasurer, to his royal mas ter on his accession, and further as serts that he read his account of the talisman to the emperor, who fully confirmed it. The present emperor never fails to wear on all great occasions this queer old ring, and has. like every Hohen zollern, the deepest respect for the quaint little jewel. Frederick the Great's father had the black stone mounted on a ring and bequeathed it to his son, who believed firmly in its value ns a talisman, and many of the documents of that time deposited in the archives at Berlin made allusion to tt.—Chambers’ Journal. A Squaw’s Fondness for Petticoats A few days ago two Portland wo men at the beach made up a large col lection of their cast-off apparel and went to the Indian camp intending to trade for a lot of baskets. 'lheii shrewd aboriginal sisters, seeing the large amount of clothing brought, de cided that the market w as overstocked and refused to exchange except on the most extortionate terms, demanding a wardrobe for a whole family in ex change for a very common basket. Con sequently there was no rush of busi ness, and the vlstors strolled about. - j One of them in crossing a wet place held up her dress, displaying a portion of a petticoat brilliant with stripes of scarlet and green. One of the oldest and ugliest squaws catching a glimpse of this gorgeous gonfalon at once fell in love with it and offered to exchange baskets for it. From the very liberal offer made.the owner of the petticoat at once saw that the ancient dame w’as infatuated with it, and, being somewhat of a trader herself, refused to part with the garment till a w’liole collection of baskets was offered for it Then she closed the bargain, and, stepping behind a clump of bushes, touched tne button and her petticoat lay on the ground looking like a heap of rainbows. The women returned to their cottage well pleased writh their trade.—Portland Oregonian. A New Kind of Wafer Marla Two Englishmen who have recently secured a method of procuring water marks by means of electrolysis thus describe the process: “In producing a disappearing and repeatedly revlvable translucent water mark in or on manufactured paper, we proceed as follows: Upon a platinum sheet or plate forming the positive conducting surface we place a layer of absorbent material, such as blotting paper, previously moistened with wa ter. On this material we place the pa per having been previously moistened through with water. We then press, face downward, on the paper a plati num design of the water mark, and this design forms the negative elec trode. We keep this negative electrode in contact with the paper for from five to ten seconds, according to the nature of the paper and the amount of electric current used. The result on removal of the electrode is a dis tinct and translucent image of the de sign, which gradually fades as the pa per dries, and finally becomes invisi ble. The mark, however, can be re vived and made visible as often as the paper is immersed in water or moist ened in any other way.’’-Paper Mill. Diving for Firewood. Boys whose most distasteful task is to keep the wood box filled, or who are expected to split the kindling wood every uigtlt, would undoubtedly enjoy living at Hawaii. Firewood there is not only very scarce, but they get it out of the water, another feature of the matter which should probably ap peal to such of the boys as delight in “goin’ swimmin’.” Upon the shores of Hawaii firewood is a scarce and precious commodity. The present forests do not grow near the sea, and the labor of bringing wood from the distant timber is great, es pecially as roads are few. Practically all the firewood of tae natives, and much that is used by the Europeans, in the towns, is drift that is brought down periodically from the uplands by freshets that folow heavy raius.— Youth’s Companion. Tight clothes and indigestion cause rrd noses. NO. 38