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VANIT AS. "When after long battle the prize has been gained, When after long searching th9 jewel is found, Wben after long climbing the peak is attained, When after long sowing the harvest is bound, Then we halt; And we fret 'neath the burden of life, For we feel that the victory's not worth the strife. To fail in the heat of the on-rushing race; To love aad receive for our recompense hate; To worship and find that our idol is base; lo trust and awake to deception too late; Is our lotEach a sign on the pathway of life, Pointing out that the victory's not worth the strife. Our jo.vs never seem the same pleasures we thought; Our hopes never Cjme to their fruitage unmanned; Our future ne'er brings U3 the grandeur we '* sought; Our past to our vision appears but illstarred; .V tn a. ouvu ictwc, But it darkens the glory of lifo, Thus to find that tho victory's not worth the strife. Over sights that are beauty, dull clouds grimly sail; Over days that are lightsome, cares bliglitingly fall: Orer fond-cherished gardans, blows Boreas's ? - gale; Over plaus full of promise drops failure's black pall; So they go; But tie memories cumber our life With the tale that th9 victory's not worth the strife. ?. But we look to aland where the skies never dull, Where the flowers n9\*er fade, where tho lights never dim, Where th.- hopes never ebb, where the joy3 ne ver lull, Where no failure? are found to its uttermost rim. happy land! Where we'll feel through an unending life That the victory there is well worth all the strife. ?Chas. J/. Harger, in Detroit Free Press. WHAT HE BELIEVED IN. "That's a great note of Jem's, I do think, marrying a church woman. They ?ay she teaches a clasi in Sunday-school, too, a d has a face as flat and solemn as half-baked pancake!" "\Vhut?Jem Knight?has he married ft rc^'lar-built pious-go-to-church-and-be good woman, aud him one of the jolliest, Uke-it-eas>y-and do as-you-plcaic cusses between here and Chicago?" "That's the talk." *\ireat Jee-ru*alem! a swjet time he'll have. Jest fancy her making him siick un to thn music of slow church bel s Sunday mornings and marching him off, Vtead of having a go.-.d time at the gardens, to a straight-backed pew to listen to Gosp: 1 mush:" Thus spoke a couple of Jem Knight's familiar chums, amid a knot of the same Jlk, who were seated in the enjoyment of their customary bi-er and c'.gars iu Bottler's popular saloon. Tom Winter, third one of tho party, seemed to be particularly impressed by the conversation. He was a sharp eyed young chap of twenty-time or thereabouts, who was ftoted for the almost re kl. ss manner in which he went in for "having a good time." Not that there was anything really vicious about him. lie was rtraightforward, manly and honest, but full of desire to enjoy life in its freestfoing aspects, and especially liberal in viowa fho nf Ul-3 ? J v. ?? o ivvivaiu^ wuv wavi ? *?.. vw w* Sunday as a religious ordinauce. No one had vver heard of bis going to cliur.h, or that hi cared a button either one way or Ihe other about church going or anv of its straight-laced airangements. Hcn?e St was with more than common uprise that his chums hear ! Iiim say: "Well, I don't undertake to know, gents. If Jem's wife is the right woman otherwise, I should say he'd made a good ita-ike. getting c i who goes to church. I don't go much on ch irchcs myself. I osed to go with the old folks when I was a little shaver about knee-high to a duck. Bat that was when I had to. It's a good many years now since I was inside of ?ne. As I said. I don't go much on it mvself. It's too slow for my taste. At i i.: T u?i: :.. mc same uiuu, 1 ui'iiuvu m a woman going to church. I ve noticed the women that go to rhurch arc generally the be t ?ort. A rain can depend on 'em. They ieep things straight at home and bring the children up right. A man can feel wfe when he's away having his own fun. ihat they won't be running into any of the blamed d tnce-hall and beer-g ud n foolishness that winds up so often in disgrace toamai's home. Oh, you boys nay sneer. I allow it may be all humbug, ?nd too slow for iren like u?. But it's dead sure: the women who go to church re the steadiest sort a man can tie to. 1 don't care how much you laugh and poke fun. I've seen too many wrecked aoincs and ruined lives grow out of picking wives from free dances and Sun lav picnics. There's too much nonsense in it for ni3. If I every marry I s^a 1 do as Jem has done ?pick a wife that goes to thurch." And he did. To the increased surprise and astonishment of his chums.the jovial, * rollicking, devii-may-care To n, who had 11 his life gone in for every species of free-and e;isy enjoyment; made fun of parsons and what he called long faced, church-going milk-sops, more reckl-.-ssly than any of them, actually married a member of tho I er.Mr. Gracely's church, t iroman who was noted for t ie solidly ?erious aspect of her face and strict observance of the Sabbath. A niac-looking woman, to be sure, and ?teady. with not a bit of nonsense about her. A ra>-e good housekeeper, too, who kept he. self and all things about her in the very best of "app!e-pie order." That mo h was conceded: on!v n? nnn of thr? boys put it, ' too thundering orderly! A sice time poor Tom'll have now. Wc *h*U see him creeping about with a tacc u long as a fiddle." This proved a mistake. So far as outer ' ippcarauce was concernel, Tom lost oonc of his old-time ollity of speceh and demeanor, ar.a he seemed to retain all fcis r?!d plcasure-loviugdispn-ition. WlicnCTer he nut the boys he was as keen as erer to have a good time; neither did he f*!l into going to church. On the latter point he remarked once in strict confidence that it was all right, and a mighty good thiug for a woman to go to church, bat too slow and hum drum for a man's en oyment. Still, it came to be noted after awhile t2iat he was not exactly th^' old Tom. As the y ars rolled by and three handsome children began to accompany their tiother to Sunday-school, and who were po neatly clothed and well-behaved as to all forth the admiring cotumcatj of all who saw them, their father grew a trifle more staid and dignified, as onu beginning to be somewhat impress -d with the more serious aspects of life; to feel that a man was made for something more serious than an cndlfs* round of careless fro ic. It was seen, too, that he was more careful not to let the good times he' indulged in come within the scope of h's home surroundings. This much, at least, his wife's influence had ac oniplisli?d. "I don't go to church," he said apologetically to a friend one day, ''but it wouldn't be the right thing to let those boys of mine get to knDw their father's f~ ~ l+'a oil iMsrltf nnmifyh sn far liec UIUU3. 1 l- O ail li^MV VMWC? as I am concerned, because I know when I've gone far enough. But it's best to let the children come up sort of straight; the way their mother wants," A most admirable woman this same mother had turned out to b?, as Tom very well knew, and no little he was proud of her. Yet not half proud enough. Indeed, il was not yet in his apprehension to appreciate her full value. It did not enter his conception that the respect which had fallen to himself in connection with his excellently-ordered home was entirely due to his church-going wife. An especially sensible woman, too. Albeit it had grieved her more than words can express that her husband could find enjoyment in pleasures which at best were empty and trivolous, if not positively wrong, by not the slightest petulant complaint had she ever upbraided him or striven by aught save the gentlest suggestions to lead him to her i own better wav of life. There cime a sad day, alas! for him, nnd still more, alas! for the three beautiful children. The good wife and mother was called away from them, and they were left desolate i d.cd. The blow was a hard one. Whac now was the bereaved husband to do? So far as worldly goods were concerned he was amply provided. He had abundance; but not all the wealth in the universe could have made up the lo-s they had sustained. Even his od roystering companions confessed to each other that it was '-awful rough, you know''; that in his case there could be no doubt that Tom had "struck it rich"' when he got the wife who went to church. What would he do? A year later he I told a bosom friend that he must secure a second moiher for his childrcu. I "You will marry one that goes to church?" ' .More resolved on that than ever." "Eut you don't go yourself "No. The fact is, it's t >o slow for mo. I like to enjoy myself with things more lively; and when I've got one at home I who pulls steady in the traces, as these J church-going women do. I can feel safe j and comforiable." j He found thu woman he thought would I j suit. A lady who had been somewhat j ; intimate with his wife, a member of the J ! 8ume church, and altogether after the ! same right-going pattern. In fact, a' steady, clear-headed woman, who knew j i when things were right, and was prompt ; and decisive to have them so. j ' True,'' as Tom whispered ta himself, j "I expect she'll try to pull me ?hort up ! into straight strings, a good deal tighter * -- !' : i tnan j may aia. one is uui us suit auu i I yielding as I'd like. But she'll be all ! right for the children. . I can trust her. ! When it comes to a question of what's J best to be done, there ain't a bit of noni sense about her. So I'll take her." i To his great surprise, however, he found that the second church-going woman was not prepared to accept his oiler , with the pleased nlacriiy he hud exj pected. Knowing that she was in rather straightened circumstances, entirely de| pendent on her own exertions for a livli- J ho d be had felt sure that his own well- j appointed home would prove a tempta- i , tion the lady would not dream to refuse. ! But, instead of the gratcfulfy expressed ! ' ''yes" he had looked for, she replied: | "May I p.sk why you have given me I : the preference. Mr. Winter?' JiB:cnuse I want a mother for those j j children who goes to < hurch. I m rred ! j tinily on that account, and she mauaged \ so well thut 1 determined to choose one j : of the same pood sort." "I commend the wisdom of your de- j : cision. But vou do not attend church j | youniolf ' O, it don't matter about me, you I know. So long as the mother is all right j ' to keep things straight at homo it don't : make a tit of di Terence whether a man goes to church or not." "In his own estimation, perhaps. Eut ' have you thought, Mr. Winter, t iat your j : chur h-going wife may be just as anxious ' to have a husband whose integrity of j 1 principle raiy be under the saving in- j tlucnce of church attendan c as you arc j in regard to the lady of your choice? If you desire to feel at rest touching your , wife's conduct at home is it not equally desirab'e that your wife's mind should A 4 /Mi/tKimr vAii KrvnAcrfxr of nnn. 1 UC i ivutunip JVUI HVUWJI.J v* w?? duct when out of 1 er sight:" i Here was a new aspect, and at first he (thought it was a very foolish aspect, not to say ridic :lous. He could not understand the idea of a m n beir.g amenable j to the same rules of moral conduct that i are required in a woman. And he said j so. But to all his arguments and pleadings the lady turned a deaf car. She 1 would not marry a man who rlid not go t'> church ; that muc h of safegua d to the ! clean life of the man she would accept must bo given in return for h r own wholesome ?puritv and unblemished prin-! ' ciples. At first T<>m vowed to himself that he would not tie himself down to any such unmanly giving way to a woman's foolish . whim. As he more and more observed, ; however, that the lady was possessed of , precisely the excellent qualities he especially desired in a mother for his children, he finally gave the requisite pledge that he would accompany his wife to church at least once each Sabbith-day. "Poor chap!" said his old chums, j "now he is shorn of his liberty, tied to j tho apron-strings of a hard-faced,churchgoing fanatic. He'll be in a lunatic asy-, , lum in less than six months." TKftxr u-Aj'ft mkhlfon fVrfumlir n I great change camc over him. That wa< : apparent to the least observant. He was ' ; n > longer tlio ro/stering, free-and-easy ! Tom. The old card-playing, dice-throw- i iag, tire-wasting haunts lost h's pres- J encc. No more was lie seen in the noisy, brawling, tippling bccr-g.udens on Sunday. Me now sought rest and : peaceful <.uiet fr..m the caics of the, week's business withi.i the blessed safe- j guards of his own fireside. And when, 1 with wife and children, he walked to j cliur h. no more beautiful picture could j , anywhere be seen. And. as time sped j on, and he found that the influence of, the church going lie had always seen to be so good for a woman c |uallv refining i and excellent in its effects on a man, he I ! ble-scd the impulse that led his second j wife to impel hi-n into the path of life's I truest enjoyment; and, albeit, hc:e were j those of his old chums who still wondered that ho could have been "led by the nose by a woman," most of them were free to confess that, after all, he was snore of a man, a better man, in fact, than he had ever been before. To one who asked him how he ever came to let himself be tied to a woman's apron-stiing*, he said: i "If the chief bu'k of married men could be tied to the apron-strings of wives who are anchored on a foundation j of church-going principlo =, we should j have a far greater number of happy homes and vastly more peace and happiness in the world at large."?Cleveland Leader. Pay of the World's Lawmakers. In Belgium, snys an English exchange, each member of the Chamber of Kepresen atives receives ?00 florins, or ?ll> 15 shillings per month; or for the session of eight months ?134. In Denmark the members of the Lands- j thing and the Folkething are paid the same salary, 15 shillings per day. The average number of working diys in a session is 145; the total amount for the same is ?113 15 shillings. In Portugal Peers and Deputies receive an annual stipend of ?07. In Franc; Senators and Deputies each get 19.000 francs, or $350 per year; the colonial representatives getting, in addition. theft- traveling expenses. In Sweden the members of the Diet receive 1,200 rix-dollarg, cquil to ?6G 14 shillings for a session of four months, and their traveling expenses. Here members of both Chambers arc fined 10 rixdollurj, or 11 sh llings a day if they do uot attend. In Switzerland members of the National Council receive 1J shillings per day, which is paid out of the J- edei al Treasurv. Members of the State Coun cil are paid by tbe cantons, and their salaries range from 0 shillings to 10 shillings per day. I In the United State3 Representatives and Delegates t ach receive ?1,000 per year and their traveling expenses at the rate of 10 jence per mile. In Norway the members of the Storthing received 13 shillings 4 pence a day while it is sitting, which is usually about twelve we?ks. In Italy neither Senators nor Deputies are paid, but they get frej passes over all the railroads in the Kingdom and seme other concessions as to taxes and patronage, a most objectionable mode of payment, and long since condemned in this and other countries where similar privileges used to be conceded to legislators. In Spain the members arc not paid. In Greece Senators get ?20 per month and members of the Representative Chamber ?10 per month. In all the local legislatures in Germany the members, with one or two exceptions, are paid, the salaries averaging in Prussia about shillings per day and in Austria about 20 shillings per day. The members of Parliament in Great Britain, as is well known,receive no pay, and have no direct patronage. Were the members of the House of Lords paid at the same rate as American Congressmen and Senators the'r salaries would amount to ?518,010, and the members ol the House of Commons would absorb about ?070,000. Capital Punishment in China. In China, writes a Chinaman in (he Columbia Jurist, capital punishment often depends upon the whim of the officer of the law. Here is an instance: Pen Ta ! Itcn, the Rear Admiral of the Yangtze district, wa3 passing up that river and chanced to overhear a quarrel between a I boatmen and a soldier over the matter of ] two cash?the price of ferriage across n small btream. The Adinial took in the situation. The soldier had been ferried over the stream, and then refused to pay the poor ferryman. There was a principle involved. A large number Of soldieis were looking on and apparently enjoying the ferryman's rage at the loss of his wages. An example was needed, and the ''Great Man," as his name signifies, who was incognito, being on a tour of personal inspection, or.3e:ed the soldier beheaded, which was done on the spot. Willful murder, piracy and confirmed thieves fall under the belieadsman ax. Infanticide, however, is not included as murder. The parent, by Chinese law, has the right of life over his own child; hence the practice of female infanticide. Capital pnnishment can be met by proxy and the law be satisfied. It is not uncommon, therefore, when a man of money is sentenced to death that he can, by the use of money, secure a stay of proceedings long enough to obtain a substitute. This is doae by making an oifer of one, two or more hundred "tads'' i ! ounces of silver, about l&ty cents, our standard) for a substitute. Some impe; cunious family, often having 200 or <300 members, as the patriarchal plan of dc mestic economy prevails, will agrea ai.ong themselves that they will furnish a substitute for the proffered sum. Lot is then cast to determine the victim, and the doomed man ate pt? his fate with j stoical iudilTe:enc2 upon the ultra predestination theory that his time has come, else the lot would not have fallen to him individually. ]'e accordingly presents himself to the court, and the convicted man die; by proxy, while the family of the deceased enjoy the proceeds of the arrangement. A Paragraph "Going the Rounds." I. Joseph Mai eel was trying to set a game lien at Point au Prince, when the game cook few in his face and pecked him severely on the left eyelid. If. A Cauuck farmer had his iye pecked oet by a game cock the other day. It 1 served him right for trying to set the lieu on china eggs. III. The ferocity of the game cock at ceri tain seasons of the year was strikingly [illustrated at Joint a i Piince recently, when a Canadian farmer had to kill one of those noble birds in self-defenae. IV. i A Canadian farmer was killed the other day by his favorito game cock. A man never knows when he is safe from harm. V. One of the most brutal exhibitions on record was the fight at Point an Prince, Canada, a few days ago, between a brawny farmer, with his hands tied, and a ferocious game cock. The bird had been traine l to fly at a min's eyes, and in the tilth round pecked his left orb into giblets. After thirty-nine bloody rounds the human brute caught his feathered adversary between his teeth and bit off its head. ? Omaha Bee. Plenty of Claimants. When I.ord Tom Bra sey was in the Bahamas, in order to ascertain which way the (Julf Stream was built, he threw overboatd a couple of hermetically scaled soda water bottles with a little flag and button on top. Each bottle contained a nrticc that the finder would rcceivc .C5 on forwarding it to Lord Tom; and in order to facilitate the task of identification Lady Brassey inserted r. fac simile etching of the two bottles in her new book. About a week after its publication the fun bcijan. Soda water bottles came pouring in by rail, van and parcel post, until the back yard at Normanhurat became impassable and bottle racks at a premium. The lot are row to be had cheap. Soda water manufacturers, take notice!?London Timet, f" BUDGET 0 T" HUMOROUS SKETCHES FROM VARIOUS SOURCES. Greater than Herrmann?A. Saving Philosopher?He was an Estimator?Rice at tlie FairHe Diiln't Jump, Etc. "That Parisian trick?the Vanishing I Lady?thit Herrmann does is a great ! one," said Jones. "He covers a lady 1 with a veil, and after a little man ruvring * ---"? it- - !..1m VA. Aie* removes me veil, ana ine iauj uu u?appeared." "That's nothing to a young lady in our boarding house," answeied Brown. "I have seen ten or twelve persons in the ; parlor, and this young lacty tome in, sit \ down to the piano, and begin to piuy 1 and sing. In two minutes all the rest had disappeared. Talk about Herrmann! He ain't a patch to her. '?New York Sun. A Saving Philosopher. "Wandering phiso3ophcr?"Yes, my j dear sir, I've reckoned up that by walking down town to my business every day I have saved $300 in the last ten years." Indifferent fellow (who always rides)? I "And your health is better, too?" ; Philosopher?"Oh, mu.h belter." Indifferent fellow?"Well, I am out i that much. Good day! " Philosopher?"Ah?by the way could ; you lend mc $5 for a few days?''?New | York Graphic. He was an Estimator. "What's all this crowd doing here?" ' asked a stranger, as he found the pave| ment blockaded in front of a Broadway store. "Why," replied a bystander, "the proprietor offers a prize for the closest i guess as to the number of beans in that VUlblO. "How are the gue:ses running?" "From U00 up to 15,0J0." "Oh, pshaw! Why, there must be at least 100,000 beans in that bottle." "Where might you be from, stranger?" "I? Oh, I'm from tha We3t. I've been out there estimating the population of cities from the number of namej in the directories."?7'id-Bit*. Rice at the Fair. Everybody, almost, knows what a wide-out short-up figure Billy Rice, the minstrel, has. Well, about two weeks ago (at least so we arc informed) Billy was at an agricultural show in a onenight-stand town, and as he stood in a ' thoughtful attitude contemplating the exhibit, the editor of- the county paper and a farmer passed by. "Look there," whispered the editor, 'that's Kicc." "Where." inquired the farmer. "There," said the editor, pointing toward William. "Rice?" repeated the farmer inquiringly. "yes."' "Well, by gosh, it's the funniest rice I ever seen. It looks a blame sight more like a punkin. Le's go an' take a look at it." Billy met the farmer half way and | paraly/ed him.?Washington Critic. I He Didn't Jump. Sunday afternoon a man suddenly appeared at a three-story window in an unfinished building on Grand Kiver street and seemed to begin preparations to | commit suicide by leaping to the pavement. A crowd of forty or fifty people speedily gathered in a half cm le below, | and although all seemed to be aware of I what was going on not a voice was raised to prevent the stranger carrying ! out his desisrns. lie removed his coat ! and looked down as if estimatiug the ! distance. Then he removed hid vest | and lookel down again. Some of the ! crowd asked each other in low tones if | his intention was to jump, and were an- ! : swered that there was no doubt of it. ! The man re.noveJ his collar and tie after i his vest, and then spit on his hands and ! took his position square in the window, j No one below moved a foot. There was | hall'a minute of silcnce, during which i everybody mentally calculated on the j exact spot he would strike, and tomething like a shudder passed over the | crowd. Then the unknown spit on his : hands once more, raised them above his ! head, and calmly remarked: "My friend.?,this is to inform you that I shall occupy this building November 1 with a large and well selected stock of staule and fancy siocer ies. I shall do a | strictly cash business, and it will be my I aim to ' " But the last one had turned the cor.:er. ?Detroit Free Press. The Fatal Folding Bed. I An expression of profound gloom on | the face of a friend led to inquiries which i clicitcd a tala of sorrow and suffering. I "Do I look mournful?" lie askr:d. "Do I T h*nr the sinwenrancp of a m-.in wlio-e soul has been entered by the iron of adversity? Well, that's the way I feel. "You know, I moved day before yesterday. Well. h'irt by the nnfee ing rcj marks of my late landlady and the fact I that she retained my trunk (a3 a gage j d'amour, I suppose; I sought the seclu' sion of a West *ide boarding house. The room is pic isant and the man who ocoupiej the other half a very nice fellow. Night before last I went home early, and when ready my new chum boldly approached an innocent-looking piece of furniture, and after a little sparing for time let in with right and left and brought to view a comfortable bed. I hud never ueen a folding-bed before, and was a little astonished. However, I made no remarks but turned in. Last night my chum was out, and I didn't know what to do. I loafed around the room, now and then casting a glauce at the folded bed and admiring its compactness and air of gentility, but somehow I did not feel like tackling it all by mvaelf. But it hid to be done. I remembered that my chum had fir3t lifted the top. I did that. But when I let go it came back with a slam that eforfnrl fhn lwhtr nwnnfl lw til A KftfAflri floor front into a wild symphony of woe. Then I sat down and thought. To gain time on the bed I undressed. Say, did it strike you as chilly last night? No? Well, it was. Indeed, it was cold. The combination of that fact and my abbreviated costume urged 111c to renew the attack. This time I pushed the top past tlie center of the spring, and when released it went on with a noise loud enough to arouse the pug in the room across the hall. By that tim3 I was reckless. I seized a strap and pulled. The whole thing began to come. I strapped it half way and considered. Considering was hard work, fc'o was holding. I pulled. It came, and I went. But I didn't go far enough, and the bed caught me. I was underneath. The Charleston man on the l!oor below dreamed he was at home. "Well, when I got out and took an inventory, I was minus considerable akin but the accession of iny eyebrow balanced things. The bed was open, but the middle was way below the average. But I was too impatient to be particular. With'considerable emphasis I turned out "- J ; - I the gas and rolled in. As soon as I hit I the bed it shut up?that is. as close as it could. It was close enough. For about ten minutes I would have swapped places with any one of the seven anarchists and given him odds. When I got out of that placa there was not enough left of the bed-clothes to make a respect able bamlage. l know, Because i incu it. What I suffered you will never know. "This morning the landlady informed me, that had she known I was subjtct to delirium tremens, she would have refused the admittance that gave me a chance to ruin the reputation of her boarding hou?c. As I left the house the b arders posed their heads out and whispered: 'That'shim; he had'em bad last night,' and similar encouraging remarks. ?New York News. A Ship's Remarkable Voyage. Captain J. N. Armstrong, now In command of the bark Kalakaua, loading lumber at Port Blakely for the west coast of South America, was in Seattle the other day. Captain Armstrong will be remembered as the commander who brought the ship Templar from New York to San Francisco a few years ago on one of the most remarkable passages on record. After being out for some time, the captain went to a foreign port, and for some reason his crew, excepting the officers, left. Finally two English ahina mint* in and from them Caotain "" f" -? J i Armstrong made up a new crew, and after being out four days, the entire crew, including the captain and his daughter, were taken down with yellow fever. The tir?t mate died, and several of the sailors. Tk'.se who had the disease les3 violent threw the dead overboard, one by one. The ship drifted ' about without a pilot or navigator for more than a year. The captain, for two years, was so violent from the ravages of the fever that he had to be chained to the deck to keep him from jumping overboard. He wears the scars from the chains and lashings to this day. During.the year that t!:o ship drifted about, the second mate and three or four of the sailors recovered, but being out of sight of land, and not understanding navigation, they were powerless to do anything with the ship. Finally the daughter regained her reason, but not her strength. One day she sent for the fc'econd Mate and asked him to carry her on deck, which he did. She then sent for her father's instrument*, and by the aid of these and her knowledge of navigation she figured out the location of the vessel. ?he then took the charts from the cabin and traced out a route to ban Francisco. She then practically took command of the vessel and ordered the Second Mate and surviving numbers of the crew to make sail, and gave them the direction iu which to sail. Every day for months she would be carried ou I deck to take the sun and give her orders. | Days and weeks passed and the ship continued on her journey. Being so ! light-handed the vessel could not be ! properly handicd and could carry but j little sail, consequently her progress was ; slow. After many weary, dreary months I the Captain regained his reason, and | when he learned of what his daughter had done he was greatly surprised, and declared that had he bei*n placed in the same position he could not have done better. The ship was loaded with general merchandise, the cargo being insured for over $20J,01)0. The long absence of the ship, and no tidings from her, led the owners and all interested paities to believe that she, with all hands on board, had been lost. Imagine their 1 surprise, after the supposed fate of the ! ship "had almost passed from their minds, i t>fVinn ?no Hriorhf r1f>v in summer the shin | nuvu 'o'*" J ?. | Templar, with lier cargo all intact, came sailing into San Francisco bay.?Seattle \ ( W. 'J'.) Poat-Inte'.liqeiucr. \ Herb Gathering. Hundreds of negroes and white persons in the counties of Westchester, tutnam and Rockland have recently been gathering herbs and storing them away 10 U3c as medicines, or to sell to dealers of this city and 1o Indian doctors. It is not more thmjlifty years since physicians of all schools us d herbs in their daily practice. But the druggist has taken business cut of the doctor's* hands, and the extra ts alone now enter into the : physicans' proscriptions. The "root and biauch'' are the special favorites of herb or Indian doctors. Not many years ago the market was 1 crowded with hc:b doctors; now there are comparatively few. There is one lit tie shop in Seventy-iourtn street, wnare : J)amc iiarnrco. of Mamaroneck, sells herbs. The dame resides in a queer little hut on the flats," neater the Scars| dale I ne than any of her neighbors, and i she is consulted by the colored people in J various parts of Westchester county. She looked to be all of the seventy-seven years .which she declared was her age when ! a reporter cailcd to see her. Large rows of herbs hung from the rafters about the the walls,and huge soap boxes contained numerous crushed somethings which ' might be uso.l as poultices or drinks. ( She said that herb? w, re gathered not only thereabouts, but in every Eastern and Middle State, Tan?y. wintergreeu; birch and elm bark come from Coiiuecti[ cut and differe it parts of New York: catnip in great quantities can be found in New Jersey and Massachusetts, and white oak bark in Maine. It takes weeks for them to get dry and properly cured. Birch bark sells raoidlv in Ne.v York, she said, as it is used particularly for making birch beer. i ''There is a remedy for sleeplessness,' the dame continued, ' in the common hops. Any one l.sing a pillow made from them will not be long resting on it before going to sleep. I have tried them myself, a'ld make a fresh one every six months, and I am not in the least nerv' ous and wakeful as old persons arc likely to be. For :i time quassia wood, wild cherry bnrk or gentian wood will create an appctile if taken properly. Many of ! my people chew gentian wood in place of tobacco."?New York Commercial. "Standing Room Only." Medical o'liters of health seldom spec! ulatc as to the statistics of the future, ! but Or. Tidy, of Islington, has enlivened Vila vnr>nrf f*n r<vlliftion of the death rate in the largest parish in the United j Kingdom by some startling speculations as to what we arc coming to if we go on multiplying and replenishing the earth ! at the present rate. At present in I'ng1 land each man and woman and child has i an average elbow room of 1$- acres. That allowance decreases, annually, for in place of 10,OUU persons on January t there will be 10, l."#u on December 31. II this rate of increa e is maintained, in seven generations cur population will exceed that of th? entire world at the present time, and in twenty generations we shall be 27,220,000,000, strong; that is to say, we shall fill about twenty worlds as large as the planet in one corner of which we are now crowded. Dr. Tidy wants to know where our posterity is to find standing room, and we fear there is no one competent to solve his riddle. It is one consolation to think that that problem will have to be solved not by us but by oar descendants.?Fall Mall Gazette. AN ALMANAC SIGET 0 THE BLACKSMITH ASTRONOMER OF NEWMANSTOWN. Illiterate but Wise?Makes Calcula* tions for Some of the Best Almanacs in the Country ?His Career, Etc. Right under the shadows of the Conestoga Mountains, in the little tillage o 1 i Newmanstown, Lebanon County, Penn., lives the blacksmith astronomer, LauI rence J. Ibach. He is a comparatively I illiterate man. hut seems natiiral born to this special science. His knowledge of the heavenly bodies and the bearings of their cycles has brought him into use with scientific minds, and his little world has been enlarged to the literary centres of our great cities. lie was found j seated upon the fronjt portico of hia ' modest little home. It is a frame b.aiding, one-story and a half high, surrounded by large shade trees and stands in the centre of the village. Ibach is now seventy-one years old and has been in practical service as an astronomer for twenty-five years. He was'born in Al| lentown, Pcnn., and moved to NewI manstown in 18U5, where he engaged with his father at the blazing forge in the manufacture of iron ladles. He speaks of his 100-pound tilt-hammer with lingering affection, and regret* that the 1 sweet intonations of his anvil will never j ring out from hii blows again. The close attention to his chosen calling has made him a phy.-iicjl wreck and his days are numbered. He is of medium height, with a well built form, a clean-shaven face and has an honest, good natured CJf U. Q13 1-LIULLiU I V 13 Ojiucnuuw 11U" paired. He remarked that as a b:>y he had an instinctive longing for the stjrs. It was his pleasure to ait up late at night and hold communion with them. He then already was familiar with Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Iierschel. He read l books on the planets, and this, with a I meagre school education, was about the only equipment he received for the great I jcience. He got the first impulse to a j practical use of his knowledge from an | obscure astronomer in Reading. Mr. Ibach, was a journeyman with him at I trade for two years when Mr. Edleman I died and gave into his hand the arduous task of unfinished calculations for the Blumb Almanac, of Salem, N. C. So he settled down to study in the little village j by the hills, and for two years worked , hard to master the rules of the solar, ! lunar and plane:ary cycles. In 186:3 he publi.-hed his first calculaI Hnn<i jind since then the name aud fame j af this village astronomer worked out I | into silent but enlarge recognition. Dur| ing all these years his anvil rung out the tune of honest toil, but his busy brain ! rose above the smoke of his burning ! forge. He relates how, when in his calculations the solutions lailed him and would not come, he then would go out md beat on the anvil witix vengeance? ?nd perhaps liko the sudden flash of his fire, the light came. He dreamed of the planets most frequently and in his dreams | tie solved difficult problems. To engage in so intritate a science one would suppose that an array of pretentious books would be called into use. But -Dur astronomer is altogether selfmade, and at that a very unlearcd prodigy. He simply has a pile of old almanacs and one or two nautical works. He j has been complimented with presents of Chambers's, Kewcomb's, Steel's,Loomis's and Robinson's works, but he has only one really scientific book, which is the Bible, ot all hi* astronomical calculations. He produced his English Ephemeris and declared that to be the guide of all his problfim. j "With that book I will awake in a ship ' mid-ocean and I can soon calculate my j beariugs and sail to any point of the ! earth. Before that book came into use | the orrery was the key to all calculations, [ but the quaint wheel of my preceptor is now an encumbrance." So having declared, he laid aside his "i'phemeris," i but I could not help but wander how such an mrf tteied man was ever able to make a book of such mathematical hieroglyphics the basis of sure procnostications. He next explained the signs of the constellations in a homely but most satisfactory manner. He incidentally referred to a re ;uest received from a Pittsj burg gentleman to write an explanation I of these almanac signs for his sick wife, j and told how he received a much appreciated five-dollar bill as his expression of thanks. He calculates for no less than twentyI firrn (iWonnoa in thfi COUntl'V. This CX j tensive and most thorough work has brought him into contact with the distinguished Professor Simon Xewcomb, U. S. Naval Observatory. All this work has enriched his patrons, but kept him poor. The sum total of his ann;;al receipts foot up the trifling sum of $50;). Leslie, of New York, pay h'm $18 for four I calcubtions: Ilagerstow.i. Lancaster and 1 other firms pay him $20 for oue c.ilculaj tif.n. A.shrewd business like man wake } a fortune out of the work, but the modest blacksmith is content with a bare living. I ''Yes," he says, '"the world is full of J superstition. Our good housewives plant | beans in Le \ the lion, for otherwise the j seed should shoot too much into the j stalk: cucumbers are sown in Gemini, the twins, for then they will hang fuller; rudish are stuck in Aquarius, the butler, l ??i.? "fntu -nv.+nrv nnd tender: j L'J murvu ia?iu giw?t ?? ??v. 7 I flowers arc planted in the Virgin, to ! muke them bloom more abundantly; ( n -thing mUst be planted in Aries, the ram, to grow it hard, and sauerkraut mmt not be made in the 'gallus week' of October to turn it bitter; meat must be salted in the right sign, and hair never cut in the wan.ng of the moon. "It is all superstition," he reiterated, with emphasis. "Rich soil, seasonable , weather and a little attention make things I grow. The moon has only power on the tides. The sun is the mother of all and delegates power. We plant into the g;ound, and not into the s:gns."?Philadelphia Times. Badinage of the Ministers. m\ ? r\f flirt r?rr>nf?1i??r9 ilieic >YU3 ? llivcvtllg \JM. ! of Lynchburg, Va,, anil when it wa9 | breaking up J)r. John Hannon could not ! find his hat. Turning to the Iiev. II. Acrcc, lie said : ' One of you Baptist* has my hat." ' Then," sail Brother Acrcc, "your i hat has inoro brain3 in it than ever be; fore." A few* days after that Dr. Hannon j was passing by Brother Acrec's yaid ! gate, and when urged to come in he said: "I am 0:1 my way to preach.'' "You can't preach," replied Brother Acrce. "Sol felt for along time," replied Dr. llannou; "but since hearing you, the other day, I have changed my mind." ?liichmon l Ileliqiuus llerall. "These newspapers "11 never get done pitching into the oleomargarine manufacturers," said old Mrs. Pinaphor. glancing at an article headed "Corruption in Greece," in a daily paper. i " :^?3 ^ -s " A Watch That Winds Itself When the *' Wearer Walts. A watch that winds itself by the motion of the wearer is the latest wonder of -a Europe. The new automatic timepiece is called in Switzcrlnn 1, where it was invented, the ' 01 archc- Mnrche." The wutch is a stem-setter, and in but one particular differs from the ordinary ? watch as to exterior appearance. Its "works" are protected by a square caae instead of a round oni>, Yor a reason that will appear after the other features of the watch have been de>cribed in detail. The prime features of the watch is the auto^ matic self-winding mechanism, which attains the object in view to perfection. On the side of the watch that the nrbor of the winding barr.l is exposed, an irm, secured at the end and with a hammer-like attachment at the other, movea downward whenever disturbed from a position of absolute rest. The I force of a spring adjusted under the arm I furnishes the reaction, and th; oscilla-/ I tioQ is repeated with every step takon by the wearer. This is transmitted to -* the lock of the mainspnng barrel by the wheel, the circunifcrence of which is idapted to the clutch of a dog ttat "holds fast all it gets.5' and the moat or- ' vjdinary walking exercisc upon the p^rt of the wearer servei to wind it up lu'l. The watch when used for the first time is wound with a key, but never after is a key required if the watch is worn regularly by any one of the most moderate habits of peregrination. The square case is essential to the successful action ^ of the self-winding apparatus, for the reason that it must stind horizontally, ^ -,:j and this can only be when the watch has an upright position in the pocket. Upon the face of the watch is the small I dial of manometer, which constantly indicates the tension to v hi; h the spring is wound, and by a glance the wearer of the watch may tell for how many hours the watch is wounu. j tic running capacity of the "Marclic-Varche," when folly wound, is sixty hours, us is indicated by the manometer when its hand points to the number at the top of the dial. The amount of exercise required to wind it ' full is represented by six miles' walking. The advantage urg <1 in the automatic winding mechanism is the absen<e of the hazard in missing truins and sowing . se^ds of dissension in the lam'ly by late/ 'f arrival at dinner because of forgetfulness or negligence in the matter of winding the watch. The ?b euce of necess-ty for any contact of human hands with the interior of the watoh isi urged as an addi- I tional argun^ent for durability, an 1 its shape, which at fir t teems odd, is better adapted to rich and artistic decoration. The "Mnrche-Marchu1* is entire'y a handmade watch, and is consequently a model 'Si of perfection in the ch' onometric art, the expense of which is the chief barrier to its speedy introduction to general use. Chinese Religious Beliefs. .. Stepping into a shop in Chinatown, a j gentleman, among other things, asked tbe m owner what his religionh belief was, and the result of the conversation M as that ho ?^ found the shoopkeeper to be a believer ? ' in all three of the national religions, accepting the gods of (aoh ollhand. paying his money to support the priests of all, ! and, if it would have made business a littie brisker, Ah "Wang would have undoubtedly announced himself a Christian of any denomination required. This then is one of th?' most striking peculiarities: that, while tht-re are three distinct religions, they see n j inconsistency in ac- ". vtcepting all. The Confucian Chinaman believes in a spiritual appeal to the moral nature. He believe in conscience, sees a difference between virtue ahd vice, pretends to believe in law and order, and is a firm believer in paying a religious veneration to his ancestors; and, above all, is remarkable for his glial piety. = The Taoist is a materialist. To him the ' soul is something tangib'e, a physical something, purer th u the human form. V It is not essentially in mortal, but attains this state only by a physical training after passing through 'a certain pseudo chemical p:oce-s. Re believes in various g< ds, is a liberal of liberals in this. Jv- en the stars are divine or divinities. The Taoist is also a great believer in hermits, physic'ans, ' magicians, and ho y men of all kinds. j The Chinese Buddaitt differs from these. Ilis religion is metaphysical. lie delights in argumentative philosophy, and ' gives vent to his imagination in building up his beliefs on an ethereal platform. His gods are not realities, out ice mere personification of ideas. .Vatter, as such, is entirely disregarded, and ideas, or theories founded upon ideas, accepted. i Taoism is perhaps :v3 popular among the 1 majority as any, as it is of practical'use; thus, a sick man will cons It his god of medicine, which is to l>e found in some : of the houses, and the priest will tell the ' patient exactly what medicine or drugs are required to heal him. Over and arour.d these gods are seen testimonials of patients that have been cured.? San i Francitco Cull. New York's Jtu'iou Colony. > [ The Italians in ;his city have grown strong in numbers during recent years 1 and feel such a loudness lor the country, ' ai;d esneeiallv for tile city, that it is ' thought that no lo.ly of immigrants ex1 cept the Irish anil Ccrinan embrace so large a proportion of c!ti ens as they. I There are between thirty-live thousand ! and forty thousand Italians in the city, half of whom came h re during the last fourteen years, aud at least five thousand have adopted this country for their own. In juiging the Italian colony as a whole there is pleasant news to relate. They are not only becoming citizens and evincj ing an interest in national and local affairs, but with the loss of their former I desire to hoard up a few hundred dollars and return to Italy to loaf out a peor existence on a stnruitiou allowance, there has been noted a very great aud deep improvement in their condition here. They are buying propelty, sending their children to school, enlarging the area of their occupations and elevating themselves in every way. They are an ardent people, and no sooner do they perceive the possibilities that industry and good nffnr th.-in thov eaurerlv em brace tliem. The manner in which they buy property illustrates this characteris- I tic. I.ong before one of them has money I sufficient to buv a house lie tin 8 two or three or a dozen ol hers with equally small funds of savings, and a'l together they fl buy a house, live in it or rent it, divide I the profits, and are presently able to sell 9 to one of their number or to speculate further. This is particularly the caio I with the Genoese. But anions the V Italians are many individuals who are large property owners (leaving out sucli families as the Fabris and others of the B 1 - 4-1Ihflo Q aristocracy 01 naiy ana uuiuim IUVOU notes to the masses of jnasant yi, as, for instance, Antonio Cuneo, who owns $:2O0,iJO(i worth of property in Mulberry and Bayard streets.?Neio York, Herald. "Children," said a Dakota school teacher, "from the noise outside I think a dog fight is going on. You are all excused and may go out and watch it. Don't get in a hurry, here, it will look 1 etter to let your teacher go first!" and he shot out of the door followed by a wild rush of the scholars.?KsteUine Bell, "