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THOS. 1 ADAMS. PROPRIETOR.
EDGEE?ELD, S. C., THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 1892.
VOL. LVII. NO. 13.
? DA/O. O. HUJYLU
-CLEAR THE WAY!"
Men Of thoueht ! be ap and stirring
Night and day;
glow the 'wed, withdraw the curtain,
Olear the way.
Hen of action, aid and cheer thora
As ye may!
There's r. fount about to stream,
There's a light about to beam,
There's a warmth about to clow, .
There's n flower about to blow;
There's a midnight blackness changing
Into gray;
Hen of thought and men of action,
Clear the way.
Once the welcome light has broken
Who shall say
What the unimagined glories
Of the day?
What the evil that shall perish
In its ray?
Aid the dawning, tongue and pen,
Aid it, hopes of honest men;
Aid It, paper-aid It, type
Aid*it, for the hour ls ripe;
And onr earnest must not slacken
Into play;
Men of thought and men of action,
Clear tho way.
Lo! a cloud's about to vanish
From the day,
And a brazen wrong to crutnblo
Into clay.
Lo! the Bight's about to conquer
Clear tho way!
With the Right shalt many more
Enter smiling at the door;
With the giant Wrong shall fail
Many others, great and small,
That for ages long have held us
For their prey;
Hen of thought and mea of action,
Clear the way!
-Charle; Mackay,
"fluop Waffler.'
HOPE DAKING.
1L1AN SNELL,
teach er of the
first grade in
building No. 3,
public schools of
Windsor, turned
quickly from the
blackboard wher2
on she had been
dr&wing .a pext
wren swinging on a sprav of clover, j
"Who if. orying?" she asked, in a
sweet, firm voice.
"It is little Agnes Gregory," volun
teered a dimple-faced boy who eat
near.
Miss Snell crossed the room and j
bent ever the child.
"Agnes, what is it? Can you not
tell me all about it?"
Sobs were Aguea'e only reply. Miss
Snell kissed her eentlv. then went
back
ishec
with
chiL
the t
. A(--.
Of Bl
ber ...cu., m gViUCU
about her faoe and neck. Her cloth
ing was olean, but well worn, and Lil
ian noticed the piping hole in the tiny
shoe as well as the thinness of the
faded dress'. Noticed it with a sym
pathetic thrill of the heart that
throbbed with sometbiug of the di vice
spirit of motherhood toward the chil
dren in ber care.
Agnes's story was soon told. Her
widowed mother had had no break aat
for her little ones. j
"1 don't care BO much about my- '
self, Miss Snell," the child went on
artlessly, M 'caa se I'm m tra m a's brave j
girl, bat when little brother Boyce !
wakes np he will be BO hnngry, and he
is eily three years. He does not know
he mustn't cry."
A little more questioning and Lilian !
learned that someone owed Mrs. Greg- j
or y for sewing, also that she hoped to !
have dinner ready when Agnes came
home.
Lilian looked out into the driving
storm of a January forenoon. t?ho [
knew Mrs. Gregory, and her hear;
ached for the pale yoting mother.
Miss Snell was quick of thought and |
action. Ten minutes later Agnes was ?
in the warm cloak room feasting on the j
dainty lunch Mrs. Snell had prepared ;
for her daughter's midday meal. The j
young teacher had written a note and
a li?t of articles of lood and was at the
door of the room across the hall.
The teacher, Florence Fox, listener1,
sympathetically to Lilian's story and
to the suggestion that her own twelve
year old brother be called from tho
sixth erarte to deliver the note.
"Of course Fred can go," she cried,
"And Lilian, you say you have written
to Mr. Davis the circumstances and
asked bim for good weight. I'll Fend
an order to cousin Hugh for a hal f
cord of wood, tell him the story, and
ask him likewise for gooo weicht."
A faint crimson flush stained Lilian's
cheek, but she warmly thanked her
friend and hu rr L-l back to her work.
Mark Davis was a stout, genial-faced
man of thirty-eight. Ho fat in his
office, his morning's work at bis books
just finished. Through the open door
he contd see brisk clerks stepping
about in the grocery store from which
the office opened. There was an odor
of spices, coffee, fruit and fis h in the
air.
"Eight hundred dollars more profit
this year than last," the grocer said to
himself. "Somehow it don't do a man
any good to pile up money, when ho
bas no one to spend it on."
Here his reverie was cut short by
the entrance of a clerk, who handed
bim an envelope, saying, "A boy just
brought this."
Two papers dropped from the en
velope as be tore it open. The lir-t
was % list, including a loaf of bread, j
?totatoes, crackers, dried beef and a i
sw other articles. He glanced over :
it and opened the other. It was Lil
. ian's note.
Dear Mr. Davis-A little srti4 la my roo-n
is erring because she has had no breakfast.
H?*r name is Acnm Gregory, and b^r mother
ls a r?or widow who lives on the third floor
of 4 Hampton struet Pl a-e ?on.I the things
ordered at once. I wib rome in after sch ol
and pay for them. Aod, Mr. Davis, please
give good weight. Truly yours.
.'LILIAN SNELL."
Mr. Davis had been s friend of tba
Snell family for years, and it was not
the first time that Lilian had appealed
to him for help in ber charitable work.
So that was not the reason that so
strange a look came into his honett
brown eyes.
"Agnes Gregory and lives on Hamp
ton street," he murmured. "It surely
THOS. 1 ADAMS. PROPRIETOR.
EDGEE?ELD, S. C., THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 1892.
VOL. LVII. NO. 13.
he had finished , she laid down her
work and sat for a long time, gazing
into the danoing Aimes.
.The only daughter of my old friend,
Bebeoca Henson, in want of food," she
said, a note of pain in her voice.
"Mark, you and I both have plenty of
money. There is room in this house,
and in our heart, for Margaret and hex
babies. But sba is proud. Go and
ask her to com? and sew for me. Tell
her 1 am lonely and ask ber to bring
her little ones to brighten me up."
Mark bent to kiss the placid face.
"Thank you, Annt Elsie, I see you
noderstaml." A few honrs later he
knooked at Margaret's door and saw
that years had ?hanged her. The wild
rose bloom had faded from her cheeks,
tears had washed fie joyous light from
her blue eyes, yet it was surely the
Margaret he had loved, that stood be
fore him.
She met him frankly and with un
disguised pleasure. Her voice trem
bled when she undertook to express
her gratitude. Mark made light of
the whole affair and insisted on talking
of their childhood days. The fruit
and nnts ha brought proved an open
s?samo to the bearti ot Acnes and
Boyce, and they were soon on the best
of terms with the caller..
Margaret was very grateful for the
offer o: work. Shs hesitated a little
over accepting Mr*. Everts's kind in
vitation, fearing lest the children
prove an annoyance. But when Mark
drew a tenoning picture of the loneli
ness of his aunt she gladly consented
to come. It was arranged that the
oarriage come for the Gregorys the
following afternoon.
One morning, two months later,
Florence Fox tr'.oped across the hall
of No. 3 and entered Miss Snell's
room.
"Of oourse, you are going to the
wedding reception Thursday evening,"
she began. "I think it snob a lo>e!y
marriage, don't you?"
"Indeed I do," Lilian replied warm
ly. "Yes, I am to go in the afternoon
and help with the decorations. The
whole house is to be in green and
white, smilax, ferns, roses and carna
tions. Mrs. Everts Rays Mr. Davis
cannot do too much for his bride,
'our dear Margaret/ the sweet old
lady calls her."
"And I believe it all came about
from your begging him to give ker
good weight," "Florence cried, mer
rily. "He is obeying your request in
an extravagant manner. Anti Lilian
is not that pretty pearl ring an i the
beatific) expression on cousin Hugh's
face the result of my efforts nong the
same lice of charitable work?"
The bell rang then, and the blush
ing Lilian was spared the necessity of
a reply.-Womankind.
If--? . '-? Ul
any other Known creature.
There are three times as many mus
cles in the tail of a do ; as there are in
the hum An band an 1 wrist "
Silk that ha? been weighted with
metallic salts can be detected hy the
use of X-rays. Tho pure silk throws
no shadow; the adulterated silk doee.
A series of investigations recently
comoleted by railroad experts shotes
that the average life of an iron rail is
sixteen years, and that of a steel rail
forty years.
A German naturalist hat? curiously
developed the "scarecrow" idea. The
dragon fly is a. deadly enemv of the
mosquito, and the natural.st has found
by many experiments that the dried
bodies of a few dragon flies suspended
by threads around n bed keep the
mosquitoes at a distance.
A mine of graphite of remarkable
purity has been discovered about tive
miles south of the town of Coon Bap
ids, in Carroll County, Iowa. The
vein is said to be fourteen inches in
thickness. The value of the discovery
can be estimated when it is reco'
lected that pure graphite sells for $80
a ton.
An improved railway car trnck is
constructed largely of pressed steel.
The weight is carried on springs over
the axle boxes, thus reducing dead
weight, and the ends are united trans
versely, thus making one side assist the
other in resisting shooks and affording
means to seoure the brakes to the .out
Bide of the wheels, where they can be
easily inspected,, applied or removed.
A Baltimore (Md.) man who demanded
$3500 from a street railroad company
as damages for the alleged breaking
of his arm was offered $100 as a com
promise, and refused it, and wa; then
subjected to tho test of the X ray,
which showed that his heavily band
aged arm was not broken and never
had been. Then he offered to settle
for $25, bat the company was no
longer in a compromising mood.
A practical use for asbestos has been
devised by a Yankee, who has converted
it into shoes for ihe use of workmen
in foundries and smelting works. In
the intense heat of these factories
ordinary leather hob-nailed shoes,
such as are generally worn, last but
two or three weeks. Shoes of asbestos
are not affected by the heat, and seem
practically indestructible. The won
der iu ?lilt the availability of the ma
terial had not previously suggested
itself to any ene.
An Unwritten Law.
It is one of the unwritten laws that
tho President shall never go beyond
the boundary line of the country dur
ing his term of office, and naval men
say that as soon as the President's
ship loses soundings he is out of the
jurisdiction of the Nation. This ie
not literally true, however, for all
along the Atlantic seaooard, from the
Virginia rapes to N6W York, there is
what is known as the 100-fatbom
mark, extending far out in the ocean
beyond the three-mile limit, declared
by international law to be the extreme
limit of jurisdiction that a couutrj
bas over its ocean boundary.
Indian Ocean Sharks.
Although tho waters of the Indias
ocean are filled with voracious sharks,
the inhabitants of the nnmeroui inl
ands near Ceylon swim about in the
water with impunity, the sharks re
fusing to molest them, while a
J stranger would be instantly devoured,
PINS BY THE BILLION.
INGENIOUS MECHANISM EMPLOYED
IN THEIR MANUFACTURE.
It Takes From Ten to Sixteen Different
Processes to Make One PLn-.Turn
ing Oat 300 a Minuto-Women Are
Employed aa Inspectora and Sorters.
What becomes of all the pins? It is
an old question, and one that has never
been answered. Take it in everyday
life. Nobody ever willfully destroys
or throws away a pin. On the con
trary, all tradition is in favor of care in
preserving these useful little articles.
The connection between good luck and
pins is brought out by an ancient An
glo-Saxon saw, which runs:
See a pin and pick it up,
And all the day you'll nave good luck
Ree a pin and let it lay,
Bad luck you'll have then all the day.
This may he a little weak in gram
mar, but the point is obvious enough.
Every student of household supersti
tion knows, too, that to come upon a
pin lying with the point toward one
means bad luck, while the opposite end
is an equally potent harbinger of good
fortune. And so a long story might be
made of the romantic and historical as
sociations of the pin, but lest this
prove a tender subject for school-mas
ters, it may be well to turn to the
more prosaio and practical side of pin
ology.
"Can anything be more simple than
the making of a pin?" you say, and
you hold one up to look at it. There
is nothing to it except body, head and
point. You may be surprised, then,
to learn that this pin in the course of
its manufacture passed through from
ten to sixteen processes, journeying
from basement to roof of a great fac
tory in which are employed hundreds
of skilled operatives, all giving their
minds and muscles to the task of turn
ing out so simple an object as the
ordinary pin. And besides the human
workers the industry engages dozens
of different kinds of machines, operat
ing with the mysterious and almost in
telligent action wliioh makes modern
machinery so highly interesting.
It is estimated . that nine-tenths of
..I';.*W IflQ tia! :??.
MU American pins are made in Connec
ticut, and the largest pin factory in
the country is in that State. The
number of pins turned out by this one
factory in the course of the year, if
placed end to end, would form a line
reaching three times around the earth.
The total production of the country is
about twice this number, or nearly
enough to extend in a straight line
from the earth to the moon.
The pins make their appearance at
the factory in the form of coiled wire
packed in barrels. The ordinary pin
is made from brass wire, though iron
is used for the cheapest grades. The
first step in the transformation process
is the straightening of the wire. The
coils are placed on revolving racks and
fed from these into a machine from the
vise-like grasp of which the wire
emerges perfectly straight. Thence it
goes directly lo the pin machines,
where the most interesting step in the
work of manufacture goes on. The
pin machine, like the printing press,
combines in one compact piece of me
chanism a number of interesting pro
cesses.
In the Machine.
As the wire is fed into the machinery
it encouuters a sharp knife, which
cuts it off into uniform lengths of what
ever size may be desired. As each lit
tle length of wire drops from the knife
it falls upon a wheel, perhaps ten I
inches in diameter, set upright in the
frame of the machine. The edge of
this wheel is notched into a number of
little grooves, each one just large
enough to hold one of the bits of wir a.
The embryo pins settle into these
grooves and are carried along by the
revolving wheel until an iron thumb
and finger seizes and holds them firm
ly, while an automatic hammer, by a
single smart blow, puts a head on one
end. Then they fall upon another
grooved wheel, which revolves hori
zontally and looks like a miniature
PIN STICKING MACHINE-PUTTING PINS
IN PAPERS.
barbican with the bits of wire project
ing from its rim. As the wires move
on in the clasp of this second wheel,
the projecting ends pass over the sur
face of a number of rapidly revolv
ing wheels, which may he described as
circular steel files. These wheels
pjrind the end of wire to a neatly tap
ered point, and after leaving them the
points pass across a pumice stone
wheel to give them the smoothness
which the files cannot impart, and then
drop into a wooden box placed beneath
the machine to receive them. The
process is the same for all grades of
pins, except that in the best ones a
stream of oil falls upon the points as
they pass over the surfaoe of the files.
This "pointing in oil" is said to impart
?j toughness aud durability not other
"fise obtainable. It will be seen that
since the wire was fed into this com
plicated machine it has passed through
A PIN MACHINE.
four distinct processes-cutting, head
ing, pointing and smoothing. There
are 100 of these machines ranged along
the sides of the manufacturing room,
e?ch one turning out 300 pins per min
ute. Not all the machines are like
the one described, but this is the new
est, most up-to-date and most rapid in
its operations. Back in a corner of
the room are some of the old hand ma
chines of a decade ago, capable, under
the direction of a skilled workman, of
turning out one-tenth as much as the
most improved modern machines.
tia the square wooden boxes beneath
the machines we have what may prop
erly be described as a pin, looking
very much as it does when it leaves the
factory, although it has a number of
processes to go through still. The
next step takes the pins to the whiten
ing room. Here they are first placed
in a "tumbling barrel," which is sim
ply a revolving cylinder, half filled
with sawdust, and rolled until they are"
cleaned of grease and dirt. Then they
are passed through a blower, which re
moves the sawdust and leaves the pins
bright and shining. Next they are
placed in large square sieves and low
ered into vats filled with a pecnliar
green fluid. These are the nickeling
vat3, and after remaining in them an
hour or more the pius come out changed
fri m a brass color to the familiar nickel
hue. They are again rolled in saw
dust until dry, and then pass upstairs
to the sticking room.
Sorting tho Pln?.
Thus far the pins from each of . the
machines have been kept in separate
boxes, as the least variation in size
would injure their appearance aud sell
ing qualities when placed in the papers.
Now, however, if there is any doubt as
to the exact uniformity of all tho pius
in each consignment, if any of them
have been bent or imperfectly formed,
they are mn through a "sorter." This
curious machine has a hopper at the
top from which the pins feed down
through a narrow groove to an aper
ture graduated to any desired size,
where every imperfect pin is thrown
ont, while the others drop out a re
ceiver. It is impossible to get the bet
ter of this machine. Bend a pin ever
so slightly, njar the point or head the
least bit and the machine will instantly
reject it.
Next. comes the sticking room,
where the pins are mounted on papers,
as they are to be seen ?n the shelves
of dry goods stores. It is not so very
long since that this process was per-1
formed by hand, but now it is all done
by a most ingenious machine. From
the hopper into which the pins are
poured, as wheat is in a flour mill,
they pass down into a narrow slit,
which holds the pins upright. In In
dian file they move down this narrow
line and at the bottom fall upon a
grooved screw, which rejects all that
are imperfectly formed. The others it
neatly turns upside down, and leaves
them standing point upward, thirty in
a line, in a narrow frame.
As the pins enter the sticking ma
chine from one side, the paper, whioh
has previously been cut into proper
widths, and gilded on the edges, is fed
into it on the opposite side from a big
roll. There are raised lines along the
roller over which the paper passes
and A press descends upon it making a
double "crimp" in the paper. At the
same time the narrow frame which
holds the line of the pius is automat
ically raised and the pins are neatly
thrust through the paper, being re
leased and left in exact and orderly ar
ray as soon as they have pierced it.
The h%g strips of mounted pins are
cut into proper lengths as they emerge
from the sticking machines and pass
on to the inspectors. The inspectors
from the court of last resort, where all
deformed or injured pins that may by
any possibility have escaped the ma
chine, are disoarded and thrown out.
This work requires the greatest skill,
and only experienced hands are em
ployed. I t may be said in passing that
all the inspectors aud most of the
workers employed in tho sticking de
partment are women. Men do the
work in the whitening room and oper
ate the pintnaking machines.
Innpccllnrr the Product.
The inspectors have the lightest and
pleasantest room in the factory, for
plenty of light and keen vision go to
gether to make their work effective.
The inspectors sit in a row before a
table. The papers of pins are spread
out before them, and they deftly re
move all blunt and injured pins, in
serting fresh ones in the places. Bj
their work of handling thousands ol
pinB every day th?ir eyes become won
derfully trained, so that they can de
tect the slightest flaw. Of the pins
that they throw out one will be found
to have a little hook on the point, an
other an ill-shaped head, but the im
perfections are so slight that the or
dinary person, untrained to such
work, would not detect one in a hun
dred. A paper of pins of standard
size contains twelve, rows, with thirty
pins in a row. So ueftly and quickly
does the inspector do her work that
she handles thousands of pins in the
course of an hour, yet she almost
never overlooks one that contains an
imperfection.
After leaving the inspectors; the
papers aie folded, labeled and packed
in cases, ready for shipment. It may
have been only two or three hours
since the little pin now reposing in its
neat case, along with hundreds of its
fellows, was part of a coil of wire
many rods in length, but during that
time it has passed through a dozen
different operations and twice that
number of pairs of hands.
The process described is that
through which the ordinary pin, what
may be called the house' pin,' passes,
but, of course, there are endless vari
ations on this usual form. Some of
the brass pins are allowed to retain
their original color, and these, of
course, do not pass through the nick
eling baths. Instead, they are boiled
in another solution. Then there is
the murderous hatpin and others
which it is desirable to have a dark
color. These are subjected to the
treat-nent known as japanning. From
the manufacturing room they go to the
basement, where they are placed in a
revolving cylinder half filled with the
hot japanning mixture. "When re
moved from here they are hung on
racks and placed in big ovens under
an intense heat, where they are allowed
to "bake" for an hour or more. Then
they are removed, cleaned in sawdust
and henceforth treated like the others.
Safety Pins.
Safety pins require more hand la
bor than any other kind, and are made
by a separate process. The point is
sharpened while the pin is still a
straight piece of wire. Then it passes
through a machine which deftly winds
it about an upright steel rod, thus
making the spring. The heads are
made separately by a machine which
stamps them out of long strips of wire,
r i-oyed
lu ? Bingle factory gives no adequate
impression of the great mountain of
pins that is required to supply the
market every year.-Washington Star.
ORIGIN OF MEDICINE.
Where and How Well-Known Remedies
Originated.
Tho fact that certain herbs and plants
produce certain effects upon the human
system and alleviate or cure certain
ills dates back to time immemorial.
Perhaps the most ancient of medicines
-properly authenticated, that is-is
hops, which was used in the dual cap
acity of an intoxicating beverage and
as a medicine in 2000 B. C. This is
attested by pictures of the plant on
Egyptian monuments of that date.
Creosote was discovered in 1830 by
Beichenbach, who extracted it from the
tar of wood.
Potassium was discovered in 1807
by Sir Humphrey Davy.
Alcohol was first distinguished asan,
elementary substance by Albucasis in
the twelfth century.
Scheele discovered glycerine in 1789.
Nux v?mica, which is nearly as old,
is the seed of a tree indigenous to In
dia and Ceylon.
Peppermint is native to Europe, and
its use as a medicine dates Lack to the
Middle Ages.
Myrrh, which comes from Arabia
and Persia, was used aa a medicine in
the time of Solomon.
Hemlock, the extract of which killed
Socrates, is a native of Italy and
Greece.
Iodine was discovered in 1812'by
Courtois, and was first employed in a
hospital in London in 1825.
Ipecao comes from South America,
and its qualities are first mentioned in
1648 by a Spanish writer, who refera
to it as a Brazilian medicine.
Ergot is the product of the diseased
seeds of common rye, and is one of
Hahneman's discoveries.
Aconite grows in Siberia and Central
Asia, aud was first used as a medicine
by Storck in 1762.
Hasheesh, or Indian hemp, is a
resinous substance produced from tho
tops of the plants in India. It has
been used, as has opium, since Indian
history began.
Caffeine, the active principle of cof
fee, was found by Runge in 1820. Or
dinary coffee contains ?bout one per
cent., Java coffee 42-5 per cent, and
Martinique 6 2-5 per cent.
Arnica hails from Europe and Asia,
but thc medicine is made from artificial
plants grown for that purpose in Ger
many and France.-New York Journal.
No great man ever had time to play
checkers in the middle of the day.
The boy scorched on the bicycle bridge,
Whence nil but him had fled.
The moon lit up the bicycle wreck,
And the boy stood on his head.
1 -Judge.
PIAZZAS ARE POPULAR.'
Valuable Suggestions About Their. Best
Situation and Construction.
If the experience of the majority of
house owners could be gathered, it is
altogether probable they would testify
that no one feature of the house has
so amply repaid the construction cost
QSKESAL VIEW.
as the piazza. American climate ? nd
social conditions are such that it is
possible to make constant use of the
piazza during almost all of the year,
even in the northern latitudes. The
wide growth in popularity of the piazza
is nowhere.more strikingly shown than
in the farmhouse. A decade or two ago
one might ride mile upon mile in the
country without seeing a single farm
house with a piazza; but now almost
every new one erected makes nome
pr?tentions in this line.
It is safe to say that not a single
villa or detached house, aside from the
smallest and cheapest home for the
laboring man, is built in this day with
out a piazza. Often even a small house
will have two. It is, therefore, im
portant to consider the subject in a
general way. The size and style of
the veranda must depend upon the de
sign of the house, its height, the shape
of the roof, etcetera. In a very warm
olimate, or at the seashore, where
people expect to live a large portion of
the time out of doors, almost every
thing gives way to the piazza, and the
TTBST FLOOR.
2.". vi"' '
ba an integral ??ai? tc;;L
looks'like a mere excrescence, and de
stroys the entire effect of the building.
It must be remembered that the ver
anda, more than any one feature, giyes
character to the house, and conseQuent
ly it must be in perfeot accord withrihe
general style. Whenever it is possi
ble a piazza should extend upon two
sidf.8 of a house. It should preferably
hav9 an eastern exposure. There
n<??d be no fear that a piazza will prove
too sunny. It should get the full rays
of the sun, even at midday, rather
than catch the chilling breezes from
the north. A hardy vine, carefully
trained over a wire rack, or a quick
growing aunual like the morning glory,
will provide a sufficient screen for com
fort or for privacy. If for any reason
these cannot be had, the pretty Japan
ese split bamboo screen affords an ad
mirable substitute.
The accompanying plan shows a
style of veranda.- that is occasionally
adopted with excellent effect. The
roof is carried up in an unbroken
sweep to join the main roof of the
house. This gives an extremely pic
Roc*.
SECOND FLO OE.
tuxesque appearance, and it will be
seen that no inch of space in the house
itself is sacrificed.-Copyright 1897.
The Telegraph In Persia.
The overland telegraph line which
connects England with her great In
dian empire passes through Persia, and
has recently been subjected to an inter
ruption of a quite serious character,
due to the fanaticism of the populace.
It seems that there has bee? a terrible
drought, whioh the subjects of the
Shah, instead of attributing to Provi
dence, ascribed on the contrary to the
telegraph poles, and, above all, to the
posts and signs of the survey depart
ment of the company. Accordingly all
the obnoxious poles, wires and survey
signB were destroyed by a priest-led
mob. Strangely enough, heavy rain
fell immediately afterward; and now,
in spite of the severe punishment in
flicted by the Teheran Government up
on the ring-leaders, the masses of the
population through Persia ara firmly
convinced that telegraph and survey
posts are productive of drought and in
ventions of Satan.
,* "Why Orange Blossoms Are Worn.
_^Much uncertainty exists as to why
the orange blossom has been so much
worn by brides, but the general
opinion seems to be that it was adopted
as an emblem of fruitfulness. Accord
ing to some authorities the practice
j has been derived from the Saracens,
I among whom the orange blossom was
! regarded aa a symbol of a prosperous
. marriage, a circumstance which is
; partly to be accounted for by the fact
: that, in the East, the orange tree
bears ripe fruit and blossoms et tho
same time.-New York Ledger.
Quinine and other fe
ver medicines take from 5
to 10 da vs to cure fever.
Johnson's Ch i H and Fever
Tonic cures in ONE DAY.
A Curious txperier.ce.
."One of the most curious experiences
I have met with in a long time happen
ed to me last Monday," said a young
bank official to a Star reporter yester
day. "I waa standing at my de3k dur
ing business hours when a w>maa
came up and asked me if I was a no
tary public. She was rather a mce
looking woman, in the neighborhood
of forty, I should think, the sort of wo
man that one ordinarily describes as
motherly. When she was told that I
vas qualified to administer oaths she
informed me that she wanted to swear
off drinking whiskey for a year. Her
request nearly took my breath away,
for she was not a woman one would
pick out as a bard drinker, but she told
me that she was altogether too fond of
whiskey, and found she was drinking it
to excess. Her relatives and friends
were anxious th't she should swear off,
and she had finally agreed to do so.
When I drew up the paper for her I
Included all other forms of intoxicating
liquor. She objected to that at flt st,
but I urged her to do the thing up right
while she was about it, and she ended
up by doing so. Then she paid me my
legal fee and walked out, but when
she opened her purse I noticed that it
was just full of money, and the whole
occurrence puzzled me not: a little."
Washington Star.
Johnson's Chili and Fe
ver Tonic is a ONE-DAY
Cure, ft cures the most
stubborn case of Fever in
24 Hours.
Snake For a Necktie.
Some men will fly from a snake aa
they would from a pestilence. Others,
whose nerve centers are under better
control, will handle the cold, crawling
reptiles with as much Indifference as
they exercise in manipulating a ham
sandwich. Gus Behmer, of Indianap
olis, is one of the latter class. He is a
machinist, and when he came to work
he was observed to take unusual cue
with his shirt collar. Later on he was
seen to have about his neck, under his
shirt collar, a tie of peculiar form of
the snake, tui ?AV. w .. . ;
of the door. During the evening it is
unnecessary to say that Behmer was
aot to any extent bothered by those
who desired to discuss politics, religion
JS anything else.-Detroit Free Press.
A Queen-With Whiskers.
A. captain in a regiment
Natal, when paying bis
da>, chanced to give a man"
vaal crown, which, as one
urally expect bears "the image and su
perscription" of President Kruger.
The man brought it back to the pay
table and said to the captain: "Please,
sir, you've given me a bad half-crown."
The officer took the coin, and, with
out looking at it, rung it on the table,
and then remarked: "It sounds all
right, Bagster. What's wrong with
it?"
"You luke at it, sir," was the reply.
The captain glanced at the coin, say
ing: "It's all right, man; It will pass
In the canteen!"
This apparently satisfied Bagster,
who walked off, making the remark:
'If you say lt's a' right, sir, lt's a' light:
but it's the first time I've seed the
Queen wi' whiskers on."-London An
swers.
Why take Johnson's
Chill & Fever Tonic?
Because i t cu res the
most stubborn case
of Fever in ONE DAY.
The Sun and the Doctor.
A physician writing in The Hospital
eays: "Where the sun does not go,
there goes tue doctor. All sorts of dis
ease, from consumption down, are mit
igated or cured by sunlight and pure
air. Watch for the sun, for life and
health dwell in the sun beams; and
when it is shining, open every window
in the house until it goes down again.
There is every reason to believe that
the germs of such diseases as scarlet
fever, diphtheria, typhoid fever, and
other such deadly enemies, are entire
ly destroyed by strong sunlight. Not
only, however, has the sun the power of
making germs die, but it is equally en
dowed with the potency of making men
live. Let every man and woman make
sure that not only themselves, but also
their children and their servants shall
have the fullest opportunities of taking
in unlimited quantities of the Inex
pensive but life-giving sunshine."
Johnson's Chill and Fe
ver Tonic is a ONE-DAY
Cure, lt cures the most
stubborn case of Fever in
24 Hours.
According to the London Court Jour
nal, Li Hung Chang has a most arduous
task before him. The story is that th?
Chinese emperor, being anxious to
learn French, appointed the erstwhile
possessor of the yellow Jacket as bia
tutor. But when he discovered that
his teacher had but a smattering ot
the tongue, he ordained that Li be in
carcerated until be learns the language.

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