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THE ST0B7 OF GHUMBLE TOffJl
There was a boy namod Grumble Tone, who ran
away to sea;
"I'm sick of things on land," ho said, "as sick
as I can be I
A life upon ;h ? bounding wave will BUit a lad
like me I"
The seething ocean billows failed to stimulate
For ho did not like the vessel, or the dizzy rolling
And he thought the soa was almost as unpleasant
as the earth
He wandered into foreign lands, he saw each
But nothing that be beard or saw seemed just
And so h"> journeyed on and on, still seeking for
He talked -with kings and ladie3 fair, he dined in
courts, they say,
But always found the people dull, and longed to
To search for that mysterious land wher he
should like to stay.
He wandered orer all the world, his hair grow
white as snow,
Be reached that final bourne at last, where all
of us must go;
But never found the laud be sought. The reason
would you know?
The reason was that, north or south, where'er
his steps were bent,
On land or 6ea, in court or hall, he found but
For tte took his disposition with him everywhere
T . _ j_ T J ? ^ .
THE BITTER AND THE SWEET.
A Tale of Two Continents.
BY MRS. NINA LAWSON.
That poor, ignorant wife littTe suspected
the cause of his delay.
"Not commin' yet. Hum. Yes, I
know just what I will do, and then I
can he more than even. He's got thai
money from the butcher this morning,
what he owed him for the old cow, and
aow he feels rich, and he's met Lina,
and they have just gone and bought a
"Yes, I'll be even with them, for HI
have one much better than theirs, and
I'll be all by myself, too."
And she was as good as her word, foi
she went bustling about the old airy
JLltuixeii, liianillg a lcanui uuaoc, i*4XLvsi-ig
the tin-ware and dishes.
U The old puncheon floor made a loud
squealing noise at every step she took.
In a very short time, a steaming, delicious
dinner was placed upon tho table,
rw) Auntie Jane's great satisfaction.
"There, now, them folks at the tavern
can't beat that, and I know it; and you,
old man, may go to Guinea with your
She then drew her chair up to the
table end poured out a cup of very
strong, boiling coffee, and proceeded
with her dinner.
But, scarcely had she the first bite of
hot biscut ir her mouth, when a horse
darted up to the -ide gate, and a male
voice called: ;
"Hello, there, Mrs. Rice !"loud enough
to be heard all over the whole farm.
??. "Good Heavens! My God!"
But she could say no more, for in her
hurry and fright, a pieoe of hot bisouit
seemed to lodge in the wrong place.
"Hello! I say, come out here quick,"
Mrs. Rice, with her apron up to her
mouth, eyes swimming in tears, and
coughing desperately, emerged from the
"Laws sakeson me! Good heavens,
what ails you, Johnny Jones? Why,
your hoss i3 all a foamin', and a pantin',
and?my?boy?you are?as white as a
"Madam, I am not the bearer of very
good news; as you know, farmer Rice
went to the town with my father, this
moraine, and same back bx the path
through" the thicket.
George walked to town, because father
would not allow him to ride with
"Lord of mercy, Johnny, hurry and
t3ll me where my old man is, and my
"Well, madam, as George was coming
home through the thicket just before
he got to the oreek he heard such
fearful moaning; of course, as he is but
? child, he was much frightened, but
venti^ed to look round, when he saw
your husband, bound hand and foot,
while his face was covered with blood.
He told George to run for help, and
that some one had run off with your
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pretty little gin, ne supposeu, xor na
had not seen her since the man who had
tried to kill him had carried her into
The poor, ill-fated woman, now pale
as death, threw up her arms, uttered a
faint moan of anguish, and fell back as
Johnny Jones' presence of mind favored
him, for he lightly sprang from
the horse's back and ran to the kitchen
for some cold water, which he applied
to the pale face of the poor woman.
In a few moments the eyes were slowly
I "Oh, Johnny, Johnny, my boy, this
will kill me! My pretty little sunnyhaired
Lina and my good old man,
Cristo. God of heaven, have mercy
upon Thy children!"
The poor woman was a picture of despair,
and had forgotten all about her
dinner. As she raised herself upon
her elbow she saw she was aione, for
Johnny, as quick as a flash, had mounted
his beautiful little pony, that went flyInrv
nn fVin lona ahfofMrvrvi'nft flm win/1
fri-lg lug IGkXXUj IflL^ )T JLUU|
%nd appearing like a vision as be passed.
?In but an instant, it seemed, he had
"Willed the bank of the creek, and.
leaping to the ground, he quickly threw
Nie reins over the saddle-horn.
^Kim, my brave, stay here until I
And then with flying but firm step
he crossed the foot-log and was lost in
Johnny was a brave hunter, and knew
those woods as well as he did his own
fathers farm, or at least he thought so.
On he went toward the spot where
little George had said farmer IUce had
Heedless of danger he <3 a3hed through
the bushes, piercing with hia keen
black eyes through the haavy foilago.
Before the brave young man could
realize what had happened two men,
:.V" muscular and rough in appearance,
sprang from behind a tree and stopped
"Hi, my young brave, you are a fine
fellow, also; come after the girl, I suppose
? But, by the eternal, you don't
get her! Surrender!"
"Never!" rang clear and loud through
the forest. Johnnv Jones was not so
* . Each of the two villains before him
was well armed, but neither was at that
instant prepared to use his weapons.
Johnny's quick eye saw this, and quick
r'" as a Hash the little revolver that was
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hid in tlio sleeve of his coat lay cocked
in his hand.
"You blacklegs, you thieves, you villains,
you don't catch me."
Before the words had left his lips one
of them had fallen to the earth in a
death struggle, and before the othei
had time to escape a bullet passed
through his body just below his heart.
He threw up his hands and fell backwards.
"Now, you hideous monster, you
thief, tell me all about this affair, who
you are and what you want, or I will,
'this instant, stamp your unworthy body
to fine pieces, and erind those pieoes
with my heel in the earth. Speak, you
dog! Do you hear?"
Young Jones was quick, thoughtful,
young, active; small of stature, but
very strong. His eyes were mild and
gentle when not angry, but now they
resembled balls of fire set in their deep
The wounded man saw no chance of
escape, and not pity, but hatred in
Then, with a half-pitying, half-fierce
look in his dull, death-like eyes, he
motioned for Johuny to listen.
"Listen! I know I am powerless,
and that it is but a short time I can
live, and vou are in danger. I am?in
?gone. The?blood?runs?so?fast 1
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U UL Liiu??U1U. ? UIil.ll ? jliiuu? vuuv
you?-want?is bourn!?and gagged now
?but not?much?hurt?lialf?a mile
Swarthy Jim ? my ? pard?did?it?
and your brother George?is?with?
Then, in almost inaudible whispers:
you; the?girl?is?in?a "
And before the words of the dying
man could tell where the beautiful little
Lina was, the breath of life had left
A slight sigh escaped the ashen lips
of Johnny as he failed to catch the last
words of the dying man.
"Ah 1 gracious heaven, tell me where
that beautiful angel girl is. My heart
sinks within my soul, oh, God, as 1
think I shall lose her."
The breaking of a slight twig near by
was heard by Johnny's quick ear. He
quickly turned his head, when to his
great surprise, a man stood at las DaeB
with a drawn dagger.
Quick as a flash, Johnny sprang forward
and eluded the blow that was in*
tended to make him powerless, if not
to kill him.
The slight glance that he cast at the
man was sufficient for him to recognize
"Swarthy Jim," the hump-backed
rag peddler, a man who was suspected
of being dishonest. Before this -wiry
old Jew, for such he surely looked to
be, could recover from the surprise ol
his failure, Johnny could not be seen,
for he immediately darted through the
thicket, crossed the c^eek, and sprang
^upon Kim's back.
"Now, Kim,- my brave pony, to
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o uuusuuiuuyu, ua xaov m juu tan uj
It seemed as if Kim understood his
master's command, for in a moment
they had cleared the woods and flow
along the road to town in search of help.
The horse and rider made at pretty
picture, dashing along ur.der the green
trees, over the hills, ai^d across the
brooks that lay in their fray.
The pony was a flossy jet-black,
and Johnny's flowing, curly hair was
His face was as pale as if his heart
had ceased beating, while in his lovely
dark eyes was that fierce, dark look.
"Ah! ha!" thought he, "yet I did not
gain the greatest point; that beautiful
little girl, where is she? Fly, Kim,
fly! I shall be revenged, for those infernal
rascals shall be caught and shot
down for dogs, that tliey are! But
who and what are they ? How many
are there of them ? They must be
possessed of the evil one, or are hi3
own brothers. I never knew such
monsters were hiding in that thicket,
or, most assuredly, I should have scattered
them. You old rag peddler, I
see yOu are playing more than one
part. I surmised it before this, but,
now, you must play quit."
Almost before the anxious young
man realized it the fleet Kim had carrib3
him to the center of the town.
He wheeled the pony round and in a
few moments was at the Sheriff's office.
In as few words as possible the Sheriff
was told of the horrible affair that had
just occurred, and in less than half an
hour a party of five brave men had
started for the thicket in search of the
"Now, Kim, for home, as fast a3 you.
can go. Fly, for 'tis life or death. She
must be found before night, or all is
lost. Is there no power to save that
innocent, angel-like girl? You were
too beautiful, too good, my pretty little
Lina, for you stole my heart and I
have not yours in return. Oh! I would
give the world, if it were mine, to
know that she loved me, or even ever
thought of me. Can you not, will you
not come back to ub all who love you
so much? yes, we do, but you never
knew that I would give my life to
serve you. No, you never did; how
could you, you who are so far above me,
even to stoop to smile upon me. I
ought not to expect more than a glance
from those beautiful eyes."
His head had fallen upon the curved
glossy neck of his pony, while the
tears trickled down his pale cheeks as
he thought of the girl he haJ loved in'
"Go, Kim, go! I must know where
she is, and where the rest are!"
So swift had the little pony traveled
that Johnny was in frout of the Rice
farm house before he knew it.
"Stay, Kim, stay!" and in tho house
ne ran, to see Aunt jane. ?ne was not
there; the house was emptv.
"Ah! she got uneasy, aud has gone to
see mother about the matter. I'll catch
"Mother, where is Mrs. Rice?"
"Why, Johnny, my boy, I do not
know; she has not been here to-day."
Mrs. Jones was somewhat excited
and nervous over the affair that had
happened; but, a3 yet, she did not
know of the perilous position in which
her husband was jdaced. She had been
afraid that her hnsbaud would cet hurt,
and now Johnny's pale, anxious face
only doubled her fears.
"Mother, this is a serious affair; don't
you know where Mrs. Rico is?
"No, Johnny, of course I do not;
but what makes you look so pale and
"Oh, mother, it is jvll so terrible I
hate to tell you!"
"Speak, Johnny, my boy; I must, I
will know all. Is your father hurt? Is
"Yes?no, no, mother: I guess not, I
nope not. Uut 1 am a muruerer; yes,
a murderer, for I have just killed two
''Two men!" shrieked the horrified
"Yes, and they all ought to have
"What for; what has happened,
"Three men tried to kill my father,
little George and neighbor Rice; thej
have also stolen little Lina, and I am
afraid she can't be found. Isn't that
enough, mother? Wasn't it right for
me to save my own life also, when they
tried to kill me ? Oh! mother, as true
as there is a God in heaven I will slay
every one ot them if 1 once get a
"Say no mere, my boy; and your
father dead; nc, no, it cannot be.
Heaven spare me, spare " Her
weak, shattered nerves could bear no
more, and, before she could finish her
sentence she had fallen to the floor in
a dead faint.
Johnny and a servant girl applied
restoratives, and in a short time Mrs.
Jones began to show signs of recovery.
As soon as the brave, kind boy could
leave his mother he quietly stole from
the house and hurried down the road
toward the Rice farm-houseJust
as he came in glglit of the front
gate he saw a man slipping along the
fcnce, and recognized him as "Swarthy
Jim, the rag peddler." Like a flash
the angry flush lighted Johnny's pale,
handsomo face at the sight of this man.
A fire of the bitterest hatred burned 111
his breast, and then and there he swore
to have revenge upon this man.
"Ah! old Jim, I seo you are out of
place here just now. and I know you
are here for no good purpose, but I intend
to watch you," hissed Johnny, in
deep, low tones of awful hatred.
"Yes, there he gees, stealing his way
into the gate* just like the thief that
he is; but, by the power of Him who
made me, I will be even with him this
time, and he will not leave that house
a live man if I do not gain my purpose.""
Had not Johnny quickly hid himself
behind some bushes that grew near the
gate, these two men would have met
face to face, but, fortunately for the
wiry boy, he had again escaped this
With 6tealthy, quiet steps, Jim advanced
up (he long gravel walk toward
the front door of that doomsd, saddened
home, little suspecting that he
"Ha! old Jim, you think the coast
clear; wonder where Mrs. Rice can be;
crvo I lio ctrn?<rlif. in flio linnsn n<j
if he was ' Lord of the Manor,' but ho
will not come out in quite so brave a
"Why! now I know what he is after,
and why did I not think of it before ?
The papers?those papers that belong
to the stolen beauty, to my heart's
idol. I remember, and see through it
all now; last winter Farmer Kice told
me of those papers, and that they were
not to bo given to Lina until her eighteenth
"Yes, they must be valuable papers,
and this desperate man ha3 stolen the
girl, and now has come for those papers
; but he shall not liav6 them; I will
A3 soon as Jim had disapfe^ed into
the house Johnny quietly glided from
his hiding place, and, jumping from
bush to bush, he soon reached the
house, without being discovered by
To the front of the house was a long
veranda, and the west and part of the
side was entirely inclosed by littice
work, up which trailed the creeping
rose vine, now in its richest bloom.
Behind this close net-work Johnny
could easily hide himself, and yet see
Swarthy Jim, as he came out of the door.
"Ah! you old rascal, I have you how;
this little pistol of mine has done well
to-day; two villains less, and, unless
you drop those at the first shot, you
will drop at the second."
Scarcely had these muttered threats
escaped Johnny's lips when Swarthy
Jim appeared at the door, with a small
wooden box under his right arm.
At sight of the box Johnny's eyes
flashed tire; he aimed at the right arm,
and as Jim stepped to the ground fired.
- The shot had the desired effect, for
the box dropped to the ground, as Jim
uttered a leariui siirxeK ana aarteu aown
tlie long grayel walk out of sight. As
Jim disappeared, Johnny sprang from
his hiding place, seized the hoi and
ran to his home. After a hasty explanation
of its contents to lii3 mother, he
ag ain started for the thicket.
LXO BE CO-KXEOJEDJ.
A Hnjje and Uncanny lilrd.
Where could be found anything of the
sort prettier than the square before the
great white cathedral of San Jose, Costa
Rica? They call it Central Psrk. It is
enclosed by a high iron fence, with gates
at each corner. Huge old trees afford
sufficient shade at midday.
Near the centre of the park stands a
dainty kiosk, decorated artistically with
the blue, white and red of the nation's
colors. Here the Government band plays
twice a week, of an afternoon, while all
the world comes to parade in silk attire.
The soldiers, also, drill every morning at
eight, in the broad path at the eastern
end. Here, too, they come for review
at six of the afternoon, the officers passing
down the line while the band plays
"La Oracion," a sweetly solemn hymn.
This little picture of vivid coloring is
one which can never be forgotten. The
scarlet of the baud's uniform is like a
flame against the emerald and deeper
green of foliage. And 011 every side the
rarest flowers, carefully tended and
always in full bloom, are seen.
Birds of all kinds sing or chatter in
the tree-tops. Seven gorgeous macaws
?huge creatures of splendid scarlet
plumage?wander, unhindered by cord
or cage, about the park. Half a dozen
wonderful green parrots, ot similar freedom,
carry on intelligent conversations
with each other and with the people who
approach them. A huge king of zopilotes,
an uncanny-looking bird, occupies
a spacious cage not far from the central
fountain.?New York Journal.
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THEY HAVE SAVED 7903 PEOPLE
FROM THE SEA.
The Method of Their OperationsFighting
the Waves With Boats,
Buoys, Life Lines, Kockets
and the Line Guns.
"The amount of good iu the way of
saving'life that the service does is almost
? Captain S. I. Kimball,
of the United
States Life Saving
Service, to a Mail mid
Erprm reporter. The
Superintendent is a
He thoroughly uncapt.
s. I. kimball.derstands his business,
and has a very interesting way of
relating facts about the service. He
continued: "The present system was introduced
in 1871, since which period
just 505 lives have been lost, and 7903
j n - .cifin nnn nnn
persons auwcuiuu. uivi vwv)
worth of property has been saved and
$21,000,000 lost. The cost of maintain|
ing the service wa3 a little over $9,000,000.
It can be easily secu that the service
is more than self-sustaining in the
way of saving property. The United
States has a vast sea coast of more than
10,000 miles, not including Alaska, and
j it requires a large number of life-saving
stations to guard it. "We have 225 lifesaving
stations for the entire coast, 185
of which are on the shores of the
Atlantic, eight on the shores of the Gulf
of Mexico, eight on the shores of the
Pacific and forty-five on the shores of
the great lakes.
"Great care is taken in selecting keepers
for each station, becausc it is a position
of great responsibility. The indispensable
qualifications for appointment
are that he shall be of good character
and habits, not less than twenty-one nor
more than forty-five years old, have sufficient
education to be able to transact
the station business, be able bodied,
physically sound and a master of boatcraft
aujl surfing. A keeper's office is
far from beintr a sinecure, and he is re
sponsible for a great many things. He
lias to reside constantly at bis station, is
intrusted with the care and custody of
the station property, for which he is responsible,
and governs the station premises.
He is Captain of his crew, exer
cises absolute control over them (of
J course, subject to the regulations of the
service), leads them and shares their
peril on all occasions of rescue, taking
always the steering oar when the boats
are used, and directing all operations
with the apparatus. He is also ex officio
inspector of customs, and as such takes
care of the Government interests in relation
to dutiable goods on wrecked vessels
until the arrival of other customs officers.
By law he is made guardian of
all wrecked property until relieved by
the owners or their agents, or until instructed
by superior authority as to its
disposition. Every week the keeper
sends a report of his daily log-book to
the district superintendent, and he transmits
it to the general superintendent.
' Whenever a wreck occurs the keeper
has to furnish an account of it to the District
Superintendent. If a false statemeat
is made it subjects the keeper to instant
dismissal. The maximum annual
salary of a keeper is $800,' but the average
salary paid is $700."
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nuw kuuuc uie crcws uuu tuu uuuia*
"Crews, of course, are not selected
haphazard, but with great carff from ablebodied,
and experienced surfmer. residing
iu the vicinity of tlie respective stations.
Keepers select their own crews, because
they are supposed to have experience,
and as a matter of safety would not select
men upon whom they could not rely.
It is a life and death affair, going out in
a storm to rescue seamen from vessels
about to go to pieces. A keeper never
wishes a coward or incompetent man to
belong to his crew, because it would be
not only dangerous to the other members
)f the crew, but injure the reputation
liul -tanding of the station.
. 4'Upon original entry into the service
a surfman must be not over forty-five
years old and sound in body, being subjected
to a rigid physical examination by
1 surgeon of the Marine Hospital Service.
Afterward he is examined as to expert*
'icss in the management of boats and
natters of that eharaetei by the Inspector
nf the District. Hi? compensation is $50
per month during tlu active season, and
*>." for each occasion of service at other
:imes. They also receive fuel and quarters
at the station, but fuod and clothing
-hey supply themselves. No person belonging
to the service is permitted to
hold an interest in any wrecking apparatus
>r to be connected with any wrecking
company; nor is lie entitled to salvage
upon what lie may save or assist to save.
\ surftnan cauuot be discharged without
jood and sufficient reason. Neglect,
Jisobedience or insubordination at a
tvrec * are sufficient grounds for instant
"When the active season opens the
nen assemble at their respective stations
md prepare to remain eight months.
They usually form a mess, taking turns
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z:'. a ix: . xi
jy weeks in catering and cooking. How- I
ever, at some of the stations they engage
joard of the keeper at a rate approved by
-,he General Superintendent. After these
arelimiuaries the keeper proceeds to organize
h is crew by arranging and uum)ering
them in their supposed order of
lierit, the most trustworthy and compe;ent
being designated"as No. I, the next
No. 2, and so on. These numbers are
.hanged by -promotion as vacancies occur
>r by such rearrangement from time to
;ime as proficiency in drill aud performing
of duty may dictate. If the keeper
s ever absent No. 1 assumes command.
After the rank of the men has been
ixed the keeper assigns each to his quart*
;rs and prepares station bills for the day
vatcli, night patrol, boat aud apparatus
Irill aud care of the premises.
r.OCKET AND STAXD.
"Patrol limits are established by the
iistrict officers. The day watch is kept
'rom sunrise to sunset by a surfman daily
issigned to this dutj, who is generally
Rationed in the lookout, and who, if the
patrol limits cannot be seen from th"rc,
joes at least three times a day far
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into view. Necessarily, during thick
?ud stormy weather, a complete patrol
like that at night is maintained. A
recod is kept of all vessels seen passing.
The night patrol is divided into four
watches?one from sunset to 8 o'clock,
Dne from 8 to 12, one from 12 to 4 and
Dne from 4 to sunrise. Two surfmen arc
designated for each watch. When the
hour for patrol arrives they each start iu
opposite directions along the coast, keeping
as near as possible to the shore, as
far as the ends of their respective boats.
Each patrolman is equipped with a beach
lanteru and several reel Coston haud
lights. When a wreck is discovered he
ignites by percussion his hand light,
which emits a brilliant red flame, thus
notifying the people on the vessel that
succor is at hand and gathering the life
saving crew for work. There arc no
dull, inactive days at the stations, and
every week day a regular routine of practice
is required. On Monday it is drill
and practice with the beach apparatus,
and overhauling and examining the boats
and all apparatus and gear; Tuesday,
practice with the boats; "Wednesday,
practice with the international code of
signals; Thursday, practice with the
beach apparatus; Friday, practice in the
method adopted for restoring the apparently
drowned, and Saturday, cleaning
"Practice makes perfect, or nearly so,
anyway. Discipline and practice can
perform wonders. For practice with the
beach apparatus a suitable drill ground
is provided near each station, prepared
by erecting a spar, called a wreck-pole,
to represent the mast of a stranded vessel,
seventy-five yards distant (over the
water if possible) from the place where
the men operate, which represents the
shore. "When drill time is announced,
the crew is mustered in the boat room,
and cach man upon his number being
called, salutes the commanding officei
and recites in proper sequence every act
he is to perform in the exercise, as prescribed
in the service manual. At the
words of command they all fall into their
alloted placcs at the drag ropes of the
apparatus cart and draw it to the drill
ground, where they perform the remaiudei
of the exercise, which consists in effecting
a mimic rescue by rigging the
gear and taking a man ashore from the
wrcck-pole in the breeches buoy. As
soon as the command 'Action' is given
the officer notes the time until the rescuo
is accomplished. At the expiration of a
month of the active season, if a crew cannot
rescue a man in five minutes, it is considered
that they have been remiss in
drilling or that some stupid men arc
among mem. lUey are cautioned that i
upon the next visit of the inspector i
marked improvement is not shown somi
steps will be taken to insure quick aetion
as a rule, trus produces me aesirea er
"A spirit of rivalry exists in many oi
the districts between the stations for excellence
in this drill, and it has been
executed without error by several crews
in two minutes and thirty seconds. 1
have witnessed these drills, or else I am
afraid I would be a little incredulous
about the short time. But this is not
more surprising than the night drills,
when, without lights other than the moou
READT TO LAUNCH.
and stars, the shot has been fired, the
apparatus sot up and a man brought j
ashore from the wreckpole iu three
minutes. Such wonderful celerity, of
course, cannot be cxpected in eflcctiug
rescues at actual shipwrecks, when
storms, currents, surfs, the motion of the
vessel, the lack of skillful co-operation
on the vessel and many other unfavorable
elements conspire to obstruct progress.
"In the memorable storm of February
3, 1880, which wrought geueral ruin
and devastation upon the coast of New
Jersey, and lined her shores with wrecks,
the efficient working of the crews at the
life-saving stations was tuorougmy
tested. In the midst of the terrible tempest,
at the dead of night, the crews of
thrt.'c separate stations rescued without
mishap the people iu foav different ves1
LIKE THROWING GUN. S
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sels by means of the apparatus, set up
and worked in almost utter darkness,the
lanterns of the surfmen being so thickly
coated with sleet that they emitted only
glimmers of light, so feeble that the
lines and implements could not be seen.
"All the boats in the service, although
life-boats, are known a3 surf boats.
They are made of white cedar with
white-oak frames, and their dimensions
are from 25 to 27 feet in length, 6? to 7
feet beam, 2 feet 3 inches to 2 feet G
inches depth amidships and 1 foot 7
inche3 to 2 feet 1 inch sheer of gunwale.
These have flat bottoms, with little or
no keel, and have a camper of an inch
and a half or two inches in eight feet in
each side of the midship section. They
draw six or seveu inches of water, light,
and weigh from 700 to 1000 pounds.
They are propelled with six oars, without
sails, and will carry besides their
crews from ten to twelve persons, although
ns many as fifteen have been
landed at a time in a bad sea. They
| cost from $210 to $275. During the
J eighteen years these boats have been in
service they have been launched 6730
time3 in actual service and have landed*
6735 persons from wrecked vessels.
"During all this service they have capsized
fourteen times, and only six . of
these instances were attended with loss
of lite, the number of persons perishing
, being forty-one, of whom twenty-seven
belong to the service and fourteen were
I mhaaIva/1 waamIa Wi n fVin noof
DLLIVV lUUItCll pCUyit. ITlbUlU l/UV jscmv
fourteen years there have been put into
the United States service thirty-seven selfrighting
and self-bailing lifeboats of the
model of a boat received from the Royal
National Lifeboat Institution. They arc
twenty-nine feet three inches in length,
seven feet seven inches beam, three feet
one and one-half deep amidships, one
foot ten inches sheer of gunwales,straightbottomed,
puil eight oars and weigh
4000 pounds each. Tbe great weight is
made necessary by the device of an iron
keel to aid in securing the self-righting
quality. Out of some 471 trips made in
service they saved 584 persons, and capsized
four times; once with fatal results,
five lives, all shipwrecked people, being
"The Lyle gun is employed for effecting
line communication with stranded
vessels. Recently the Hunt gun, devised
by Mr. Edmund S. Hunt, of Massachusetts,
and the Cunningham rocket
have been furnished to a few stations
where the outlying bare are so far off
shore that vessels may possibly strand
beyond the range of the Lyle
gun. It is not for a moment
supposed that the beach apparatus can
be worked at such a loDg distance,
but the passage of a boat or life car, or
some improved method might be adopted.
The Lyle gun is of bronze, with a smooth
2i-inch bore, -weighs, with its carriage,
185 pounds, and carries a shot weighing
17 pounds. This projectile is a solid
elongated cylinder 14+ inches in length,
into the base of which is screwed an eyebolt
for receiving the shot line, the bolt
projecting sufficiently beyond the muzzle
of the gun to protect the line from being
burned off in firing. When the gun is
fired the weight and inertia of the line
cause the projectile to reverse. The longest
ransre with this crun under favorable
circumstances is 605 yards. The guns
arc preferable to rockets in casting lines
for several reasons. A Lyle gun only
c*oif oo -r
CUSU> '^O/.OO, U1 fUUIbC lUUUUm^ ttpuiUtenances,
excepting the projectiles, and
a rocket, with its appurtenances, is not
much less iu price.
"The only expense attending the use
of the gun is the cost of the cartridge,
say half a dime, except occasionally when
a shot is lost, which can be replaced for
$2. Several dollars are expended when
a rocket is fired. The gun is easily
handled, readily prepared for firing, and
can be worked almost as well in the dark
as in the light. These rockets I have
seeu and experimented with are cot so
.simple and easy to manipulate."
A "Tale ef Woe.''
"I can't see what makes poor kitfy cry
so."?Harper's Younq People.
Of course the cause and origin of red
snow, so called, is well known. It is
pretty generally agreed among botanists
that the plant which supplies this pollen
does not pass into a higher stage of development
than a single coll. It is occasionally
associated with lichens and
mosses, but it is not supposed to be related
to them in any way.
A Sufficient Reason.
Judge?'-Prisoner, you're charged with I
having stolen two dollars in small silver
coin from the complainant."
Prisoner?"But, your honor, suppose
your honor hadn't had anything to eat in
Judge?"What are you talking about?
Didn't the officer find a twenty dollar
bill on you?"
Prisoner?"Yes, your honor, but you
see I didn't like to change it."?Judge.
White pitch is being introduced as a
substitute for black in the calking of
vessels, being melted and run into ships'
deck seams in the same way as ordinary
pitch, and doing away with the laborious
and expensive method of forming white
| seams with putty.
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" SABBATH SCHOOL fl
INTERNATIONAL LESSON FO^H^B
APRIL 13. JIPIH
Lesson Text: "The Widow of Nain,"
Luke vii., 11-18?Golden Text:
Luke vii., 10?Com- ^9
11. "And it came to pass the day after,
that He went into a city called Naiu." "He H
had been at Capernaum, where His soul had
l>een greatly refreshed by the faith of a Geo- Ml
tile, a Roman ceuturion, leading Him to say, Mj
"I have not found so great faitn, no, not in
Israel," and to look forward to the time of rthe
kingdom when many* who were far off
shall be found there, and many who thought
themselves entitled to the kingdom shall be
cast out (see Matt, viii., 10-13). B
"Aud many of His disciples went with
Him, and much psople." Tabor, Little Her* fl
mon and Gilboa are three mountains rising H
from the plaiu of Esdraelon, sonth of C&na H
and southwest of the sea of Galilee. N'air, is S
on the northwest of Llttlo Hermon, the middle
hill of the three, while Endor is on the
north and Shunem on the west. Jesus left
Capernaum and journeyed some twenty
miles southwesterly to Nain. He would not'
be very far from Cana or Nazareth, and a M
little farther on He would have come to H
Shunem, where Elisha raised a little boy to ...H
life and restored him to his mother V
(It Ki., iv.), but His steps are by the Spirit H
directed to Nain. H
12. "Now when He came nigh to the gate H
of the city, behold, there was a dead man H
carried out." Only here, in all Scripture, is H
this city mentioned, but it is forever made
memorable by this meeting of the Prince of H
Life and Light and the Frinco of Darkness ; B
who has the power of death. The Son of God H
was manifested that He might destroy the 'fl
works of the devil (I John iii., 8), aud when
He has gathered from this present world His /jB
elect company of associate rulers He will
there reign till He hath put all enemies under
His feet; the last enemy that shall be
stroyed is death (I Cor. xv., 25, 26).
'The only son of bis mother, and she was
a widow; and much people of the city was
with her." The little girl whom Jesus raised
to life was an only daughter (Luke viii., 42),
and Lazarus seems to have been an only
brother. Thouehtful readers will stop a
moment to remember that Solomon's master
workman in brass, etc., was a widow's son; '
so also was Jeroboam, son of Nebat;apoor ~
widow sustained Elijah, and another was
commended by Christ for her offering ([ Hi.
viiM 14; xi., 20; xvii., 9; Luke xn., 2, 8).
Special words of comfort for widows are )'
found in Ex. xxii., 22; Ps. lxviiL, 5; cxlvi., i
Zeeb. vii., 10; and some day wo shall se? V
more clearly into all these things. .. / n
13. "And when the Lord saw her, He had
compassion on her, and said unto h<?r: Weep
not. Iu one company the canter of attraction
was the Lord of Life and Glory; in the
other, this poor, desolate, broken hearted ;
widow. The two now meet, and from the
Fountain of Life into the hoart of thi> desolate
flow the all powerful words: "Weep
not." So He also said in the house of Jairug
(Luke ix., 52); and to Mary after the resurrection
He said: "Why weepest thou?" (John
rx., 15.) Yet He Himself wept at the grave
of Lazarus anil on the mount of olives and in
the garden of Gethsemane (John xi., 35;
Luke xix., 41; Heb. v., 7). When He weeps
it is because of siu either in its present or i
future results: when He says "Weep not" it '
is because of what He is as the Resurrection "5
and the Life, and what He is willing and
a Die to ao.
14. "And He camo and touched the bier;
and they that bare him stood still" To wear
the words and see the power of God we must
stop and be still. It was when God klw that
Moses turned aside to see that Ho called onto
him out of the bush. Israel at tho RtSd Sea
had to stand still in order to see the salvation
of Jehovah. Saul had to stand still that
Samuel might shew him the word of God. <
Israel had to stand still that Samuel might t
reason with them of the righteous acta of the 3
Lord. And again did they stand still to sea ;,L .
the salvation of Johovah in the tho days of "A
Jehoshaphat (Ex. iii., 4; xiv., 13; I Sam. ix.,'"
27; xii., 7; II Chroa. xi., 17). In the busy,
everyday lifo, following the dead things of
this world, we are not apt to hear or see tha
words or works of the Lord; although even
there He is ready to meet, us, and it is there
we do need Him so much; but how thankful
we should be for the day which kindly compels
us to stand still, and for the week night
evenings when we may stand still and turn
aside to the prayer meeting or tho Bible study
to hear what He will say uuto us.
"And Ho said: Young mau, I say unto
thee, Arise." Now when all is still aud all
eyes are upon Him He utters just four words
(in the Greek), but what powlr and meaning
there is in them; and all bacause of Him wao
uttered them. They aro tho words of Him 1
who spake ana it was aone, who wm ium.icu
and it stood fast (l's. xxxiii., G-'J), by whose,
word the Heavens were mado and all the host
of them by the breath of His mouth. Observe
the "I say uuto theo" which He useo so
often, and in the sermon on tho mount jusfc
fourteen times. Com par.; it with the many
hundred times repeated "Thus saith tha
Lord"- of the prophet*, ami nut? its si^uificauce.
Tho word "arise" signifies io awake
as from sleep (soe Matt. viii., 2t>; xvii., 7), and
is used In reference to thosowho rose fro:u
the dead after His resurrection (Matt, xxvii.,
15. "And He that was dead s >t up an I began
to speak." Life and health an.I speech
l'rom the Prince of Life, all unmeriteJ, all of
grace, and all by His word in the power of
tTie Spirit. The words which He speaks are
Spirit and Life, and ho that hears and belie-vos
hath everlasting life, and is passed
from death unto life.
"Aud lie delivered him to his mother." Is
there not here a hint, as in the resurrection
;-f the 1'ttlc girl and Lazarus, of the reunion
bl families III the resurrection? And while
tliarc shall tben be neither marrying nor (firing
in marriage, are .wo not by these facte,"
and by I Thess. l'J taught to expect in some
measure a reunion of those who in families or
in service have been united on earth? It
sjems so to mo.
10. 'And there came a fear on all: and ^
they glorified God, saying, That a great
prophet is risen up among us; and, That God * \
natli visited His people."' They may have
thought of the resurrections through Elijah
aud Elislia, and possibly havo remembered
these words: "X will send you Elijah the
prophet before the coming of the great and
dreadful day of the Lord" (Mai. iv., 5), or
some of the promises of visitation for deliverance
and restoration, aslsa. xxiv., 22, 23;
Ezek. xxxviii., 8; Zepli. ii., 7, etc. The two ^
companies have now a common centre; <
the woman aud her son and all their friends
lmve joined tho disciples and much people
who followed Jesus, and together they glorify
God as seen in Him. This was the great
object of Jesus in all He said and did, and In
His last prayer He is able to say triumphantly.
"I Liavo glorified Thee on the earth; I have
finished the work which Thou gavest me to
flo. (ji)un xvh, ii.
17. "And this rumor of Him went forth
throughout all Juda?a, and throughout all
the region round about." That is about
equal to saying '"irom Dan aiul lie3i\sheba,"
>r throughout the length and breadth of the
land. W hat joy in Nam! What excitement!
Something unhear.I of since the days of Elijih
ami Eiisha. How the people did talk!
ltow they spread it abroad through the
whole laud! One who can not only cure the
siok but actually raise tho dead lias visited
fsrac1. The ineu talked, the women talked,
tho children talked, and it was all about
Jesus and His wondrous works.
IS. "And the disciples of John shewed him
(if all thes.' things." And John wasn't a bit
j jainus but only desired that all might follow
Je:;u*, for he hud before said: "Ho must
increiso, but I must decrease; the friend of
I he Bridegroom which standech and hearetb
Him rejoic^th greatly because of tho Bride
?.v, tUi* mv inv t.limvfnro. is fill
filled'' (Jo'"' i'i .
A striking characteristic of John
Jacob Astor, who has passed away, is
laid to have been the entire absence
>f egotism. The pronoun I seldom
passed his lips, he even using evasive
axpressions in order to avoid making
ase of it.
The widow and children of the late
Conrad Seipp, the Chicago brewer,
has sent to each of seventeen different
charitable institutions in Chicago a
sum not less than $5,000 nor exceed- j
' ing $15,000. The total was $135,000. J