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I sorrowed that the golden day was dead,
Its light no more the country side adorning;
But whilst I grieved, behold!?the East grew
With morning.
I sighed that merry spring was forced to go,
And doff the wreaths that did so well become
But whilst I murmured at her absence, lo!?
'Twas summer.
I mourned because the daffodils were killed
By burning skies that scorohed - my early
But whilst for these I pined my hands were
With roses.
Half broken hearted I bewailed the end
Of friendships than which none had once
seemed nearer;
But whilst I wept I found a newer friend,
And dearer.
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AUU III US X ICttl UVU viva j/iocwui g.i ui o vgvt
Only that something better may be given:
Until at last we find this earth exchanged
For heaven.
?Goocl Words.
Before the occupation of India by the
Br.tish it was the r,chcst country in
gold, precious stones, rare jewels, fine
cloth and cutlery of auy on earth. While
the poor were miserably poor, the
rich were immensely rich. This was so
even up to the breaking out of the great
mutiny. "When the British troops were
fairly ia line to strike at the rebellion,
the watchword was: "ilevenge and
loot!' It was understood all through
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tae service 111:11 wuatcvw ? auiuici wum
lay hands on should become liis plunder.
Tiny clidu't light any the worse for that,
but they struck a double blow at the
Indians. They crippled them financially
as well as in a military sense, and the
people have never recovered, and never
ena. The amount of loot taken out of
India during the rebellion and directly
afterward has been estimated at
^200. COO, 000. As much more was
contributed to the rebel cause by those
who could give. Twice or three times
as much was lost by fire and sword.
Engiaud reasoned that an impoverished
people could not rebel, and loot was a
part of her war policy. Ten years after
, the mutiny I was talking with a Maharaiah
in the Pen jab about the financial
change in the condition of the people,
and he said:
"At the outbreak of the war our people
buried or hid away at least a hundred
million dollars. I do not believe that
the tenth part of this great sum has yet
been recovered. Those who secreted it
were dead before the close of the war,
aud this vast treasure is lost to us."
1 did not tell him that 1 had put in a
yea. in India, and spent upward of
looking for some of that treasure.
Such was the fact, however. A couple
of Englishmen and myself, forming an
ac ;uaintance in Bombay and having a
spirit of adventure, pooied our cash aud
followed up several pointers looking to
buried treasure. We had thus far failed
to make any discoveries, and our part
nershiphad been dissolved and the men
had returned to Bombay. I was in the
Penjab on business conuected with an
Ameiican house, and had given up the
treasure business in di?gust. The words
of the Maharajah recalled all my enthusiasm,
however, and within an hour after
I left him I was determined to have one
more pull for fortune, and to get it
tlone. This determination was hastened
and solidified by another iucident. 1
was talking with a captain of a native
infantry regiment regarding some rains
I had encountered, and he said:
' You may have left a do/en fortunes
behind you. At the outbreak of the war
these people concealed a great deal of
their wealth in caves and temple?, and a
big share of it is there vet. When you
stumble on a pile o; ruins aga'n give "the
nlare a wood looking over for loot."
' But the natives have done that a
hundred tinles over, I should >ay."
"Vou are wrong. Where they knew
of treasure they may have unearthed it,
but they fisjht shy of rambling about
hapha aid. They believe all ruins to be
haunted, and eveu if they arc not, you
will be certain to find hyenas and serpents
"Have you ever heard of any treasure
being recovered?" 1 asked.
"Half a do/.en instances, sir. The
former Captain of this company went
t home with ?50,000 after doing two hour's
work in the ruins of a temple near
i haulpul. ''
The next day I started for Delhi, and
there a bit of good fortune waited me. I
feli in with a German naturalist who was
making a collection for a national
museum, and when he learned that I had
had considerable experience in that line
he engaged mc a< assistant. He had two
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party of four, and when we struck to the
southwest ot' Delhi, intending to take in
the plains and ;ungles between tliat city
aud .iodhpur, we had six native servants
to carry the baggage. < >ur progress was
slow and easy, as it was his intention to
make a very full collection. The country
over which we passed had no lints of
railway then, and was unknown to white
men except as they had hunted through
it. There were tigers and other wild
game in plenty, and it seemed to be the
nursery of all Ind a for serpents. There
were (lays when we could "not march except
as the ground was beaten by the
natives in our front. There was a thin
population, with the villages far apart,
but as an ofTset th'i natives were glad to
render any aid, especially as soon as they
learned that we did not belong to the
ruling race. The hate they felt for the
English was something terrible. This
-district had been almost dcpopulaied
and quite impoverished by the war.
Petty rulers had been deposed, taxes
levied with heavy hand, and the natives
worked themselves up to the highest
pitch of indignation as they talked
" about it.
My one object was buried treasure.
While doiDg my duty by the Professor,
I had opportunity for extensive rambles
off the I'ne of march, and I never failed
to make inquiries of natives. This, as I
afterward learned, was the worst policy
I could have adopted. Every ruin was
sacred to them, and every white man
was a defiler. One might as well have
asked them to forgive caste as to have
expected them to locate the ruins of a
religious temple for a white man. "We
had been out about twenty days, and at
this time were ir. a permanent camp in
& grove of mango trees on the bank of a
creek, when a ryot, or common laborer,
passed through our catnp on his way to
his village, about five miles away. The
ruins were in a heavy jungle, but he told
me how to strike a path which led near
them. But for his excitement he would
not have betrayed the location. In about
three hours he returned to tell me that
he had been mistaken in the location,
which was to the south insjead of the
west, and if he had said ruins he meant
rocks. I was not deceived with his second
statement. He wanted to keen me
Aw ay from the ruins, and of course I was
determined to visit them.
If I went, I mus: go alone. Neither
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the Professor nor his young men had gc
ever fired at anything more ferocious or
than an jackal, and they had no idea of in
risking themselves with a tiger. I had or
killed two of these during my jaunts ne
about the country, and was quite certain th
of my nerve in case of another meeting, th
The native had described this tiger as fir
an old man-eater, who had carried off th
many villagers, and, as I must visit the en
ruins by day, he would certainly be at sp
home. Bright and early next morning
I was ready to start. 3Iy excuse to the
Professor was that I intended to look for
a certain bird which he had been very n<
anxious to secure, and he never noticed
that I took my heavy ride instead of ashot- un
gun. I also had a revolver and knife, and toi
it was not more than an hour after sunrise ya
when I set out. 1 followed the creek down
to where it branched, and there I struck as]
the path which the native had described.
As near as I could de:ermine it had been
made by wild animals coming and going sja
between the jungle and the creek, and
at the first soft spot I found the itn- on
prints of the tiger's paws. They were b0
fresh, too, and there was no doubt of his th,
being at home. As I proceeded, the ie!]
path wound about iu the most eccentric
manner, while the jungle grew thicker.
One could not see five feet in any direc- th
tion, and the air was shut off. wj
The firvt hint that I had reached the qU
ruins came iu the shape of a block of
. dre-scd stone lyinix rightacrossmy path. jn
A e T cfnrttmrl n,,nn it n trrpaf
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wriggled slowly away from my feet, and an
j I saw half a dozen columns and lengths j0j
of wall arising among the bushes. jie
i ] iftcen years before here had been a
j clearing of perhaps a hundred acres, with
a village of several thousand people, and pC
i a temple covering half an acre of ground. ^5,
A man-eating tiger now held sole pos- -pj
session, while the clearing had grown up j
to jungle, and tire or explosion had laid pa
i the great temple in ruins. Ten feet m?
' ahead of me was a second block. I
! passed to that, and then the patn turned jj.
J 10 the right and ran over a fallen wall.
As I reached this latter place and looked pe
i around, the tiger was stretched out on [0
the earth before me in a little open fu;
. space. His legs were drawn up and he j ap
1 was gasping, and though I was greatly j
startled for a moment, I soon realized I ^
J that he was dying. Indeed, he did not j tu]
' live above two minutes alter I set eyes j q-j,
! on him. As I afterward learned, the j jiu
natives had poisoned the body of a man
j he had killed and only ha'.fdevoured,
; and in finishing his repast he had met jjs
] his fate. He had doubtless just returned t^(
i from satisfying his thirst at the creek.
j It was well for me that I did not come a ?j?; j'
few minutes earlier. I examined the et,
! body closely, and found the tiger to be t]1(
, old and mangy, with muny of his teeth ^
i decayed. Tluse were sure evidences that ca;
he was a "solitary," and had no mate.
I need, therefore, have no fear that any
other animal more savage than a hyena
was concealed in the near vicinity. coi
The temple seemed to have been blown ?.r(
up withgunpowder. The walls were torn ar(
and rent and knocked down in every di- ajr
rection, and column and block and tjn
carved work lay heaped together in ,j0
strange conius on. i was oewuaerea to fu|
see the vegetation growing up through j0(
the ruins so profusely, ana it stood me
in hand to move carefully in such a ro)
snake-infested spot. I picked my way t0(
carefully to the center of the ruins, and i
here I got a pretty fair idea of what the ^
building had been. Here were the re- ^
mains of a shrine or altar, which had rjp
once been the cleanest of marble. It was 0?,
now stained and moss-grown and cov- so
ered with creepers. To look for buried y;,
treasure in such a jumble was like look- ^
ing for a needle in a haystack: b it I had an(
come for that purpose, and felt that I ?pjj
must make a beginning. Flinging sev- m
eral stones into the bushes to frighten orc
any lurking serpents awav, I put down (rr(
j my gun and begun at the creepers. In a ? .
little while I uncovered what I said was sor
an altar or shrine. It may not have jus
been. From the stone floor there was a ^ .
solid wall,about six feet high, enclosing jjU,
a space about six feet square. The stone
which rested on these four walls was a
| foot thick, and carved around the edges. erg
I could not tell whether the walls en- _0(
closed a space or the whole cube was |re
solid as a support for a pillar, but after a tw,
j close inspection I discovered a spot jia]
where the end of a lever might be in- _0(
serted. I'had brought a hatchet to help
me through the jungle. "With this I orj
cut and trimmed a small tree, and after i ln
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I could see that the walls -enclosed a sur
space. On the surface of this capstone <
I clcaly made out where the foot of a _CJ
pillar, which had probably helped to ?aj
support the roof, h:id rested. It lay SW(
near by, but was broken by its fall.
i! It was not more than eight o'clock in eQC
the morning when I reached the ruins, t^e
but it was two o'clock in the afternoon or
b?fore I had the heavy stone slewed
around far enough to upset its equilibrium
and force it to fall off. I was ,
in a tremble of excitement from the ,
first, and as I slewed the stone further | I?0,
and further arouud I felt more and more j J
s:inguine of a large cavity beneath. I a {
would not look in, however, until the I 1
stone was clear o.T. When I did bend j
over the wall and look down it was to ! a,
find a wooden chest occupying nearly j 1
all the spacL*. I sounded it with a pole, |1 ?
and it gave back such a solid echo that j ve(
I saw I must pull the wall down to get I
at it. This took me an hour or more, 1 ?n
as the planter wa- as hard as the stone, | ^
but at length I was at the chest. It j ov(
was closed but not locked, and as I ; fieD
threw up the lid my eyes beheld such a
citrlif !t? will snlflrvm rnmfi tn min. That !
chest held a gcnd solid ton of loot, ne''
how many tens of thousands of dollars' !
worth I cannot say. There were all the j Go
gold coins of India. There were bracelets
and rings, and earrings and j
charms and bars of gold. There were | 1
diamonds and pearls and rubies and a I
other precious stones. Some were in iut
leather bags, some in parcels, some tied eve
together, and on the lid of the trunk wi]
was a list of articles with the names of ma
owners. . rur
I hung over the chest for perhaps half kit
an hour, hardly daring to breath lor fear bri
it would fly away. I was rich, rich be- dei
yond the wildest dream a poor man ever Fr<
had. This was loot. It was all mine if Pr
I could keep the find from the tjovern- be;
nient o'licials. I could not remove it I ]{i<
without help. I was a stout man, but I ! Ca
could not have lifted one end of the his
che-t clear of the ground. I took a
paper containing four diamonds, a pack- Bo
age of gold coin which counted up about by
and a couple of bars of the metal, ' Bo
and started back to camp on a run. I j
had I ecn &o taken up with my work
that I had given no attention to any- i (
thing else. 1 now discovered thut the is
heavens were rapidly darkening, and I sw
had only just reached camp when a ter- ne<
rible storm set in, and never let up for oni
a moment until after midnight. The go<
story of my discovery, told only to the pU
white men of the party, created intense ful
excitement, but the storm and the dark- foi
1 ness prevented any move. As 6oou as th<
daylight came, however, we were oil', ni{
| but a terrible disappointment was in we
store for us. The chest was there do
as I had left it, but everything in the bu
shape of contents had been removed. T1
Without a doubt, some uative had been no
spying on me the day before as J worked. Tl
and he had <?iven the alarm and brought an
( a party to the spot during the night. I ^ (or
>t $25,000 out of it as it was, but it
ily served to annoy me. At five o'clock
the afternoon I had the wealth of two
three kings in my hands. At sunrise
:xt morning all had vanished?all but
e triflle I had carried away to prove
e fact of my discovery. It was my
st and la^t find in India, and I never
ink of it without being inconsistent
onorTi tn hone that everv dollar of the
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oil caused the death, of a native.
The Lnscions Peach.
While strolling along the river front a
jw York Te'egram reporter met a Delrare
peach grower superintending the
loading of a cargo of the fruit. He
ok things easy and talked by the
"Where did the peach or'ginate?"
ted the reporter.
"No one knows for a certainty, though
origin is generally credited to Peril
some careful investigators conclude
to be really a native of China. It is
c of the fruits earliest cultivated: some
tanical writers think it is derived fiom
e almond: the stain-kernel and the
ives, you know, have a bitter almond
ang, the kernels in both are often
uble, and it rather a curious fact that
e peach is not mentioned in the Bible,
lile reference to the almond is freent.
"It grows in everyplace, but it is only
this country that good peaches are
eap enough for poor people to buy,
J ?) ? ?nn!Anc immpd intfll V }ld
U. V.UIJf in . j ?
ininpr good peach sections is this true
re. * irst class fruit is seldom even in
3 best seasons, sold cheap in the Mid2
and Western States. Plenty of
ache3 are shipped but the best sell
jh. !New York is a favored city,
ley'rc cheap enough here for anybody,
should say?a regular peach lover's
radise; I suppose no fruit has so
inv extravagant lovers as the peach.
"Some persons would like it better if
had a smooth skin. I have a little
;1 who won't eat a peach unless it's
eled for her, and she can't be induced
handle them in the basket: savs the
r.z sets her 'all on edge,'like a sour
pie does your teeth.
"The tree is not naturally short lived,
Dugh it is subject to so many misfor
aes that it has gained that reputation,
lere are trees in Virginia well on to a
ndred years old, and there was one in
ance thought to be older.
"The stem-kernel, and not the stem
elf, is the seed. Fruit is usually borne
s fourth yeai after the stem is planted,
3ugh sometimes in sixteen month?,
te seeds rarely produce their own vari7,
so that numberless new sorts are all
a time growing; some of these will
rive anywhere, others only in the lolity
which has developed them. Most
the standard varieties in this country
ve originated here.
"In places where the climate is too
Id for outdoor growth the peach is
own in houses. These peach houses
: not heated, protection from the outer
being sufficient. The trees are somenes
planted in tubs, and kept trimmed
wu to about three feet; when these are
II of fruits they're mighty pretty to
>k at. There are some tine peach
uses in this country, but more in EuDe.
The tree is trained on walls there,
/, tv piutvvi AW#
"The best peaches never reach market,
peach is not perfect unless ripened on
; tree, but if we were to pack them
>e they'd be rotten when opened: even
2 soft one in a crate will spoil the lot,
we have to pick them when hard,
d you ever notice baskets with small
;en branches of the tree at top
i bottom? Those are 'sprigged.'
e choice peachcs are marked that way.
ben the fruit is all gathered from an
:hard we fertilize and plough the
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JUL1VJ. auu |/iuuv vuv vivvt
"The amount of peaches canned is
nething tremendous. The process 19
it the reverse of the kitchen method,
woman heats the fruit, then cans it,
t in the factory it is canned, and then
ited to expel the air.
"Some peach trees bear double flowbeautiful
as roses, but the fruit is no
ad. The dwarf peach is a queer little
e that hears fruit when only one or
0 feet high. The weeping peach is a
idsome lawn tree; the fruit is only
id for cooking. The branches droop
e those of the weeping willow; it was
ginated by a New Jersey man. The
od leaved peach is wonderfully strong
spring.but the leaves bleach out in
The queerest fruit produced by the
tch comes from China. One sort is
led the crooked peach, but it's so
set it can afford to be crooked; the1
ier has the pulp all on the sides, the
Is of the stem having nothing over
m but skin. That's ' the flat peach,
Writing by Wire.
'Mercy on us! That looks like the
>kkeeper's writing on the telegram,
lope nothing's happened to your
3unh a remark made a few months ago
uld have subjected the speaker to not
ittle ridicule, but the onward march
scieuce is robbing us of our jokes at
! same tune luia ?L auuo iu um wu
n July :)lst a patent was granted to
Illinois professor for a telautograph,
means of which messages may be sent
>r the wire in the handwriting of the
tder himself, without the assistance of
operator. It is possible, therefore,
it the poets aud Presidents of the
it generation may be asked for their
ographs by "return current."?
Idea t.rgoiy.
A Cat Mart in France.
L cat mart has been started here, says
'aris letter, i suppose jo nm gwn
0 a market, and in time to como
>lve a journalistic organ. What fun it
11 be to read the quotations and
rket reports, which last may probably
1 thus: Tabies. dull; toms, buoyant;
tens, lively: Ang.iras, depressed;
ndled, very brisk; Persians, in great
nani'l; tortoise-shells, heavy. The
jnch, from the concierge to the
ime Minister, are Keenly alive to cat
mties. Did not the redoubtable
zhelieu allow a pet tabby to use hit
rdinal's hat for her nursery? The cat
i now in France, in Lambert and
dame Konner, its Landseer and Ilosa
nheur. What wonder, therefore, if
and by we were to have a cat
Outside the Capitol Dome.
Dn the outside the dome of the Capitol
a great big bird house. Pigeons,
allows, and eveu sparrows build the r
its in the ornamental work, and one
ce built in the head-dress of the
ddess. When the painters go up to
t a coat on the iron they get buckets
,i of squabs. Dead birds are often
ind on the balcony, having killed
;mselves against the light during
jht sessions. When the electric lights
:re there the balconies and top of the
me used to be covered with curious
gs and deadbirds of various sorts.
ie dirt thus caused was one reason for
t permitting the light to stay there,
ie dome is a great way up in the air,
d is a little world of itself.? Wusfdri'ii
1: ' ;* V- V.v
I A Cannibal Idvl?Valne ReceivedEducational
Item?A Reader
of Character?Early or
Late, Etc., Etc.
A cannibal maiden loved too well
A missionary good.
And lie loved her, but dare not tell
His love?for thus it stood:
A cnnnibul she and a clergyman he,
And their creeds were wide apart;
And how could he take, for a sentiment':
A cannibal to his heart?
Oh, 'twas a problem vexin?, very,
For the cannibal maid and the missionaryIndeed
it was.
But the cannibal maiden's love grew bold,
For she was a simple thing;
And thus her love to her love she told;
"Oil, marry me! Be my king!
For I love you, my sweet, well enough?oh
to eat!
'Tis a terrible thing, I know;
i But I must be your bride, or encompass yoi
j Ob, I must, for I love you so!"
| Oh, 'twas a problem vexing, very,
10 cno maiueii, out more to ins missionary?
Indeed it was.
He looked in the depths of her dark browr
With their wealth of Jove and trust,
And he cried, in the flush of a glad sur
"Ah. well, if I must, 1 must!''
i They were wed on that day; for'tis ever the
I way
That passion must conquer creed.
I And a happier pair it's remarkably rare
| To discover?it is indeed!
i And so 'twas settled nicely, very,
For the cannibal maid and the missionary?
Indeed it was.
?Chicago Mail.
Value Received.
Wife?"The laundry-man didn't get i
very good polish on your shirt-bosoms
this week, George."
Husband?"Well, it's as good a polisl
as I could expect for the $1.48 I ow<
Educational Item.
First Student?"Vou haven't got an]
I idea of what a contemptible opinion J
j have of our professor."
Second Student?"Humph! I guess
; that's the reason you didn't answer anj
of the questions he asked you yesterday
at the recitation."?Fliegende Blaetter.
A Reader of Character.
Mendicant?"Please help a poor blinc
| man.'
Kind Old I.ady?"Blind? Why, bless
j me, yes; there's a dime for you."*
.Mendicant?"Thank, ye, heartily,
ma'am. I knowed the minnit I see y<
comin' ye was a kind-hearted ole' ooman.'
Early or Late.
Mamma (the next morning).?"Edith,
my dear, I don't think you should hav<
| such late callers. Air. Simpkins stayec
I here until alter eleven last nignt:"
Edith?11 Why,mamma! How can yoi
I call him a late caller? I'm sure it wai
only a few minutes after seven when h<
Too Hl?jh a Valuation.
Customer (to bird fancier)?"My wif<
wants a parrot. What's the lowest vol
will take for that bird?"
Bird Fancier?"Fifty dollars, air, is
rock bottom."
i Parrot?"Come off,you've tiied to sel
j me for twenty!"?Life.
A Tender-Hearted Millionaire.
A tramp calls on a rich banker anc
; describes his sufferings so graphicallj
that the banker, shedding tears copiously,
rings for his servant, and in i
voice choked with sobs, says:
"Fire this tramp out into the street,
He makes my heart be be-bleed. Bo-ho
Both Saddest When He Sings.
Mr. Sampson (finishing song)?"Dc
you know, Miss Smith, that I am always
saddest when 1 sing?"
Miss Smith (gently)?"I feel very
much that way myself, Mr. Sampson."
Mr. Sampson?"Ah, then you, too,
sing sometimes:"
Miss Smith?"No, I never sing."?
A Careful Mother.
Bad Little Boy (to good little boy)?
"Hey, .johnny, doesyer wan' ter take a
i hand in de ball game?"
Good Little Boy?"No, I thank you;
I my mamma doesn't allow me to play
with bad boys."
Bad Little Boy?"What's de matterdoes
yer ma t'ink you'll make de bad
I boys wuss i"?Life.
Not to be Considered.
Friend?"I hear, Charley, that the
pretty Miss Argyle is engaged."
fwJfVi ft frnsnl?4 'Rn 1
'VJ \ ? ? O ?I*' o-c
Great Scott, Fred, I love that girl myself:"
Friend?"I got it straight. The eni
gagemsnt was made at Saratoga last
Charley (relieved)?"Thank heaven!
It won't count."? New York Sun.
"Crushed Hopes.
"And what answer do you make to rny
appeal."' he asked, as he knelt at her
"James, I will be frank with you," she
"Oh, speak," he implored, "and relieve
me from this aijonv of suspense."
"Then let me say it cannot be."
""Why not?"
"Because, James. T do not feel able to
support a husband.?Bos on Courier.
Will Re Back Presently.
| Mrs. Hendricks was making an after\
noon call on Mrs. llobson, when Mr.
j Hobson opened the front gate and strode
; down the street.
I "What a very fine-looking man your
husband is, Jlrs. Hobson," said Mrs.
Hendricks; "so erect and soldierly in
his bearing."
"ies," returned Mrs. Hobson, not
without pride, "Hobson carries himself
well. He was educated in a military
school, you know."
"Is he going away?"
"Only to the grocer's for a cod-fish."
"Wanted a Kecord for Silence.
"Mildred," said he, while his larynx
! quivered with tremulous pathos, "have
j I offended you?"
"No, George, you have not."
"Then why are you so silent ?"
"Do not ask me."
"Hut darling, think, you have spoken
I scarcely twenty words in the lu>,t hour. I
: cannot bear the gloomy quiet. Why do
you not speak: Why do you not talk?'
I "Because, (Jeorge, I want fame. 1 am
i a woman and I am trying to make a
| record."?Merchant Traveler.
She Was Too Modest, to Ask.
".John," she said, as she toyed witli
one of his coat buttons, "this is lea}:
year, isu't it;"
"Yes, Mamie," he answered, as ]
looked fondly down on her golden hei
that was pillowed on his manly bosoi
^ says the Pittsburg Post.
"This is the year when the proposu
-- J 1 4.1.
la uuue uy lug juuuy luuiuai
"I hope you don't expect me to propo
to you?"
"Why, Mamie, dear, I never gave t
matter a thought?I?er?to ?to tell t
truth, I've only known you for?that
to say "
"I'm glad you didn't expect me
propose. I m not that kind, I hop
No, John, dearest, I couln't be so in
modest. I am going to let you do t'
proposing yourself in the old-fashioni
3 way. The old-fashioned way is goi
enough for me."
And the gentle maiden gave her lov
. a beaming smile, and yet the you
rejoiced that he had found such a trcasu
of modesty.
Matrimonial Item.
An old German played it rough on 1
> son-in-law. He had freouently stati
that he was going to give his daught
i $'20,000 after she was married. Althouj
she was as homely as a stone fence ai
on the shady side of thirty-live, she hf
lovers three times three, and finally si
gathered in a good-looking young repr
bate. After they had b*en marrii
1 about, a month it occurred to the youi
member that a motion to take up t!
. appropriation bill would be in ordc
When he had succeeded in making 1:
solid old father-in-law comprehend t
> situation, the old gentleman ostent
tiously shelled out a whole dollar.
The young husband still lingered as
he was waiting for the performance
go on, but the old man rang down ti
curtain by saying: "Ya, 1 give dot $ .'(
000, but not all at vonct. I pays y<
won dollar every year."
"So I won't get all that money, un
{ the year A. D. :il,S34."
j 14Ta, ya, der vas blenty times* doi
be in a hurry my dear poy."?Sifting
A Responsive Parrot.
Once upon a time, as they say in fai:
stories, a wicked Ma or in the Unit*
*** * * * ?? ~ J A 1 *%
| OLUics Army crussuu. mc Atiaun^ m
I steamer. In the next room to his was
r I spinster, of a certain age, as thorough
^ good as the Major was wicked. Both
them were accompanied by parrots
3 large conversasional power. The Maj
r was taking a parrot to England to prese
I it to a friend in the English Army: ti
spinster apparently had brought aloi
the bird as a travelling companion.
Both birds vere exceptionally clcv
* linguists, but their talents had be<
molded in opposite schools. TheMa,oi
3 j bird swore like a trooper most ot t
time, while the spinster's was given
? : praying with forty-parson power. An
j I to make matters worse, the Major spe
a day in the forecastle with his bi
teaching it to objurgate the old womi
in the next cabin. The consequence w
that the next evening the spinster w
? : astonished to hear a voice stridentiysa
* i Confouud that old woman next door!'
' i But how can her disgust be pictur
I when her own bird, devoutly quotii
II from the Episcopal Litany, replie
} j "Good Lord, we be?eech Thee to he
1 us!"?Ne.o York Tribune,
Courtship of Katydids.
j In the twilight of evening my atte
i tion has been drawn, says a writer
the Cha'ita>t<,unn, to quite an unust
s j syllable sound?ka. ka, kat, ka. Ti
! repetition was sharp and incisive. Inc
1 ' ? * * miioi/?{ana nraro vaiii
[ UUlIIg- IJLl&l bliC iliuoji/iwuo n vt v j vu<
aud full of life, and why they did n
complete the sentence?Katy did, Ka
did it?aroused my curiosity sufficient
I to iucite an investigation of the matte
r Steppingout on the veranda I soon foui
. Miss Katy on a vine which ran over ti
i piazza, surr mnded by a group of gi
lants. Whether she was a sad flirt ai
, had brought the infliction upon hers<
. of so many callers, or whether it was h
own inherent loveliness and beauty th
attracted so many at the same time, w
not for me to know; I could see on
, the result of some law or katydid ei
i quette which was inexplicable to me.
j There were five of these young suito
; looking precisely alike, and. so far as
I could see, no preference was shown
one more than to another by the fi
Katy, who was seated on a spray
. honeysuckle and embowered by an ovc
hanging cluster of belated flowers. II
J visitors walked around her in a sloi
courtly manner, with their long, antenr
, lying straight back over their wing
But every little while one and another
the number would politely salute her t
bringing forward his antenna: and gentl
! waving it over her: tlien wou'd con
the sharp chorus of voices - ka, kat, k;
?all talking at once, when the suiti
I would subside and replace his antenn
over his back and fall into rank with tl
j others.
Happening to know that anoth
, female was not far away I secured h
and placed ber near this sroup, tniukir
i thereby to divide their attention. I pi
[ her beiow them, knowing her tendem
would be to walk upward rather thj
down. .She no sooner reached the par
than the iirst Miss Katy began to rise i
until she stood on the very tips of h
i toes, looking like a young giautess, au
' i all the time waving her autenniv as if
dismiss her, while the sharp click of tl
males resounded on every side, as if a
suring her of their entire devotion, ar
that they would not be swayed fro
their loyalty by this unbidden gues
She did not tarry long, however, bi
walked away with a single follower, at
only oue of the gallants saluted her
she" passed, touching her with his a
: The mode of communication amor
all insects is with these organs aud f<
aught we know their language may be
, perfect with them as ours with us.
Wheat Growers Contrasted,
i It makes one's heart ache, says an o
servant traveler in the New York Cot,
mnrrinl Adrertiur, to think of the Bri
ish wheat grower as you see the ceres
in Iudia, even in a native State. Win
you get to British territory the whoa
maize, barley, grarnm and jowary ar ma
nilicent. How ran the British farm
grow wheat against the Bombay ryo
He has six sunny days a month, n
thirty : still clay land, perhaps, not blac
cotton-growing soil that will bear whe
' fifty years running without any manu
whatever; costly labor, not skilled lab'
at twelve cents a day, and unskilled
i C cents; complicated machinery, not
plough so simple that one could make
i oneself, and so ea-ilv handled that oi
man with four bullocks works it invar
ably; live-year rotation, not whe
yearly: heavy rent, not T/0 to $1 p
acre for irrigated wheat land, $1.75
t' 7.") cents for unirrigatcd; expensr
habits, with a hunter and a piano, not
| wile who keeps the house and cloth
the family on $1 or $1.a week; ar
[ donkeys to be h'red at $1.25 per sco
t per day; harvest in September, not
February; land pulverized by the froa
i not by the genial and unfailing sun.
t j There are -1000 theatres in the Fnit<
, States and a million dollars a day
' spent for amusements.
Zf' ' - >f -^7 V- \ v';3r?^'
he I If ACT P1I cnurvAi CJ
a, ,
90 The Yonnjj Pagans Sit All Day
, on a Mat and Yell at
P? tbe Top of Their
Shrill Voices.
to If the stranger in a Moslem country in.
>e. passing through tbe streets is attracted
i- by a noise, for which he cannot satisfaclie
torily account, toward the building in
sd which the school is held, he will, on
3d looking iu, probably see a long and narrow
room, at one end of which is seated
er a man with a long beard (schoolmasters
th retain their beards even when whiskers
re only are sanctioned by generr.l usage),
the sides are lined with little boys of
various ages squutted upon their heels on
the floor, which i3 generally covered
lis with a thick mat, in addition to which
L'd those parents who can alford it provide!
er their sons with a bit of carpet or felt in1
jh Persia, or with a cushion in Turkey, to
id place between them and the mat. Some
id of the older boys go so far as to obtain
he a cushion to introduce between their
i ? t? - - J xi.- ii u..4
O- DUUh.5 uuu me wan, uut wis iuauij jo
ed rather discountenanced by the masters
ig as an encroachment on their own pehe
culiar dignities. All the boys have their
;r. heads covered, but they are without
lis theirshoes, which are leit near the door,'
he so mingled and so similar in shape and
a- color that it would seem difficult for each
to hud his own: but on the breaking up
if every one seems to slip his feet into his
to own shoes without any of that individual
he hesitation or general confusion which
),- might be expected.
3U When the boys are learning their lessons,
or repeating them to their master,
til they do so all at once with a loud voice,
and with a continual seesaw of the body,
i't without which movement they seem to
ra. conceive it impossible that anything can
be learned. The scene which this urt'ords
is extremely ludicrous to a European,
rv particularly as the zeal of the learner is
2d estimated by the loudness of his voice'
?nH violflnftfi of his seesaw: and
a hence, when conscious of the approach of
ly a person whom the master or pupils wish
of to impress with a favorable opinion of
of their application and progress the noise
or in the schoolroom, which may previously
nt have sunk to a low hum, rises abruptly
tie to the clamorous uproar of many voices,
ig It seems that in reading all at once to the
master the elder boys, in the school at
er large, arc expected to give some atten2a
tioa to the others near them. The masr's
ter cannot, in such a noise, distinguish
he the individual accuracy of each reader,
to and his attention is therefore directed to.
d, observe that time is as nearly as may be
nt kept by the voices,and, in some measure,
rd iu "the motions also of the pupils. This
m object seems but poorly attained. This
us style of reading is most unnatural. It is
as a drawling chant, uttered in a very loud
y; voice.
In the East generally the tone of the
ed voice is very high, even in common coaQg
versation, but in reading it is raised to
d: screaming. Some Arabs desired a friend
ar of mine to let them hear him read, writes
a correspondent of the London Standard.
He complied, on which they exclaimed:,
"You are not reading, you are talking!"
The fact is, however, is that except
;n- among those of the learned professions,
in few of those who have professedly
uu learned to reaa in tae scuuuis cau ur uu
he exercise the acquirement in afterlife;
ii* aud the few who do remain actually qualQg
itied to read with facility rarely do so
ot without some stimulus incomparably
ty stronger than would be required in this
ly or, perhaps, any European country. After
sr. a residence of several years among Moid
hammedan people, I do not recollect
he more than three instauces in which I
il- have seen persons quietly engiged in
^d reading a book to themselves, although
ilf all the acticns of their ordinary life are
er much more exposed to public notice than
at can well be imagined in this country,
as These facts are easily explained,
ly Books are expensive articles of luxury in
ti- Mohammedan countries, and this is
alone sufficient to account for much that
rs we have stated. Before the' introducI
tion of the art of printing the state of
to knowledge among the people was not
iir more favoruble in this country than it i3
of in Persia now. There is also another
:r- less obvious circumstance, which would
er have great influence even were the manu-V,
script books much more common and
ix' cheap than they are. This is the difii;s.
culty of reading manuscript.
of An Oriental manuscript is a sort of
?y shorthand which many more persons are
ly able to write than read. The words are
ie | abbreviated, as in shorthand, by the
it omission of vowels, and when the words
or are deciphered the want of punctuation
i.-i? I rpndprs ir. often difficult to discover at
le once the meaning of the phrases. A
stranger is very iiable to be deceived in
er estimating the competency of a Mohamer
mediin to read. A very large part of a
ig common education consists in learning
at by heart a very considerable portion of
ij the current literature, particularly of the
iu Ivoian. He. is, therefore, able to repeat
ty by rote the most striking passages of alip
most ajay of the very limited number of
er I book* which are likely to be placed beid
fore him. He will turn over its leaves
to until he can tiud some passages with
ie which he is acquainted, and will repeat
s- it correctly as if from the book; but, if
id suddenly interrupted, he is afterward
m tjuite unable to indicate the part of the
i. page at which the interruption took
nt place.
id ?
as A Chinese Parable.
u" Joaquin Miller has been translating
for the New Vork in-lrjjendent some
13 quaint stories from an old Chinese history
3r in his possession. Here is one of them:
as "In the Chinese dynasty lived a boy
named Wu Ming, who at eight years of
age furnished a wonderful example of
filial piety.
k -His parents were poor; indeed, such
J was their poverty that they were unable
t to provide themselves with mosquito
(l* uetting, and so found themselves exposed
to the cruel assaults of those
"t ferocious little animals. The filial heart
Ir[ of the sou would not allow him to look
with complacency upon the restless,
sleeple-s condition of his revered parents,
and so every summer's night he retired
early, long before his father and mother,
'x and allowed the mosquitoes to take a
lull meal of his tender Uesh and pure
bl.tod. Although they wf-re very many,
t hi- would not drive them away iest, their
I hunger being uusatisiied. they go from
A him to disturb the rest of those he loved
better than he loved himself.
? "Truly he excelled all others in filial
^ piety and the love he cherished for his
er parents."
to \n Ecccntric Interment.
John A. liobinson, a wealthy and ec*
ecntric citizen of Norwich, Conn., died
c? recently. 11 is will provided that his
| body be kept three days before being
Fe I placed in the grave. It was further orin
dercd that the grave be o made that an
? exit from it would be easy. A hammer
was to be placed near his right hand,
and a lamp kept burniug in the grave
d j for three days and nights. These direcis
| tions were carried out to the letter, but
i with no startling result.
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Natural gas is being used for a great
variety of purposes.
A Spanish astronomer thinks he has
seen it snow in the moon.
It is very injurious to eat cologne on
sugar to brighten the eyes.
M. Babiana, a French scientist, claim*
to have discovered organs of sight in the
vegetable growth called pandorina.
James Wallack, an Australian engineer,
is at work upon a steamship
which he says will make sixty miles an
England claims the largest electric
light in the world. It is in the lighthouse
at St. Catherine's, and its capacity
is 00,01)0 candle power.
Some people are inquiring why M.
Pasteur, tiie originator of innoculation
for rabies, does not devote his attention
to studying yellow fever germs.
A late invention of Thomas A. Edison
is an electrical meter by which the flow
of electricity can be measured with as
much ease a? gas now is by a gas meter.
""The editor of the Vis lievolkeruj, Ger
mun, estimates tue population ot tne
-world to be 1,4:5-4,0'JO,000. M. Levasseur, . ;4?jjj
French. puts it at 1,43:3,000,000,a difference
of 4u,000,0u0.
Tobacco, being a narcotic, naturally
benumbs the nerves. When the nerves
j are thus beuumued people do not see as 'J
distinctly, and this defectiveness of vision
tends to increase and become permanent.
French physicians are reporting great
success with the prompt internal use of
antiseptics in cases of typhoid fever.
Alter disinfection of the intestines, according
to this method, the disease runs
a short course.
Dr. Younger's plan of implanting
natural teeth in place of those lost has
proven less successful than was hoped,as
the roots gradually undergo absorption,
causing the teeth to loosen and fall out
after a year or two.
A curious fact revealed by the phono- *
graph is that people generally do not
know their own voices. The huabaatf ^
will recognize his wife's voice in a >
phonogram, and tne wife will recognize ;
the husband's, but neither will recognize
their own speech.
The Brazilian pottery tree contains 10
large an amount of silica that the bark
is much used tor pottery-making. The
ashea of the bark are mixed with claT '
in varyiug proportion, producing" ft
superior and very durable ware. The
fresh bark cuts like soft grindstone.
Professor Pickering, of the Harvard
College observatory, regards the so-called
canals of Mars as areas of vegetation?
possibly immense cultivated tracts. The
canals are usually some 30 to 150 miles
broad by 2000 to 3000 mile3 long, and
most of them appear in parallel pairs.
At the Council of Electricians, an essayist
stated that an alternating current
is more likely to destroy life than a
direct current of double or triple the
strength. The number of volts by which
the alternating current is usually measured
is no criterion in regard to its
A specimen of volcanic ash collected ?:.x
recently on the coast of Ecuador, South , A
?ma?!aa 1 OA ?mi)aq fnam OnfAnnvi KttO
X\UlCi lift, 1M'; 1UIICO liUiU uuw , pi
been analyzed. The ash fell in July,
1835, and formed a deposit to the depth
of several inches. The interesting feature
in the composition of the material was
the presence of a small amount of silver, ;
probably as silver chloride; the result o 1
several experiments showed that silver
was present to the extent of one part in
8:J,0u0 of ash. This is believed to'b?
the first instance in which silver hai
been identilied in material ejected from
a volcano. ,
Vegetable Lore.
According to the Toronto Globe, the )
word pea comes from the Greek city, Pisa, J
in Ellis, where they were grown in large
quantities. The mess of pottage for
which Esau sold his birthright was a
dish of peas. They were called leutilla
then, and it is said that in Middlesex
and Oxfordshire, England, the common
people still call them "tills," dropping
kn "Ion ? Tn tliA rftlnrn nf Marv thav
fcUV 4VU' *"w wo~" *"?* . cj
were called Reason,1' and 111 the reign
of Charles I. "pease."
The uses of beans were anciently rather
more sacred than culinary. Among the
Egyptians it was held to be some sort of
a crime to look at them, and Pythagoras
forbade them to be eaten. In Athens a-v.'
judicial as well as a sacred character is 7V attached
to them, and they were used in
gatheriug the votes of the people in
electing magistrates and in drawing lots.
In-England they were unknown until
1300. '
Asparagus, brought to Erg'and in
Elizabeth's reiqn, was cultivated so assiduously
by the Iiomans that Plin? says
in his time three heads weighed one
pound. It was cooked by rapid boiling,
and Augustus, in /equiring haste on any
business, is reported assaying: "Let
that be done quicker than you would
boil asparagus." ''0
m ??
Always Say "Arkahnsali."
The proper pronunciation of "Arkansas"
is "Arkahnsah," accented on the
first and last syllables. This was the
old Indian pronunciation, which the
early French traders expressed in letters
as "Arkansas." The French a is always
broad, and the final s is silent; so
"Arkansas" to the French was pro- v,
nounced "Arkahnsah." Cong-ess spelled
the name, in the act organizing the . i
Territory, "Arkansaw," aud for some
years the name continued to be so
spelled. Finally, as every one knew the
pronunciation, the original spelling was
brought again into use. Then, however,
came a people who knew not the history
or the pronunciation of the word, who
called it "Arkan/.ass," with the accent
on the second syllable; and this mispronunciation
throve, and was accepted
by many. In 18*0 the State Historical
and the Eclectic Societies jointly investigated
the name and its pronunciation,
and on tholr report, the substance
of which is given above, the
Legislature of the State decided that the
legal pronunciation was "Arkahnsah."?
Xt'C York Sun. . .
The Infant King's First Command.
The Iving of Spain, who is barely in
short dresses, has already distinguished
himself as a spe iker. Although he has
finished with his wet nurse, he is very
much attached to her, and objected
strongly, as she her.<elt did, when the
order arrived that her services were to be
dispensed with and she was to return to
her husbaud and child in the country.
The Ouecn Regent refused to interfere
on behalf of her royal baby or his nurse,
and the nurse app'ied to the Kiag himself.
She was at that time teaching him
to say a few words, and evidently
trained him in one particular sentence.
When, a few days ago, he was taken into
a room where great dignitaries of
state were assembled to meet their sovereign
and see that he was going on well,
the latter shouted in very pure Spanish:
"The nurse must stay. I want it so."
In Spaiu a direct order from the King,
even if he can hardly talk, must be attended
to, and so the artful nurse, according
to the story, is to be retained,
at least for the present, ~2feu> Yvrk Sun*
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