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Polo seems to be exactly suited to the sport-loving spirt of Americans, ' maintains the New York Sun. It re quires nerve, strength, good horseman ship, and a quick, accurate eye on the part of the player, to say nothing of the gameness, stamina, speed and en durance of the pony. Like other Old World games polo " ?has flourished and greatly improved *j since its introduction into this coun try some twenty-four year., ago. The j.; growth of the sport can be imagined .when it is stated that there are over 1200 ponies in training in this country * at the present time, and ove- a score of polo clubs, whereas in 1SS0 there were only about 100 ponies and less than half that number of players. Polo is one of the oldest of eques trian games in existence, as lt eau be traecd to the time when the Turkish and Persian monarchs and thefc cour tiers played a game callad "ch This game reached China in .. century, being called "dakiu.J as it is played to-day, was ad * the Engli?h army officers *tat , India, from the Hindoostanls' of "kan-jai-bazec," or polo, played to-day. Certainly, thcTnaines are very inueh alike. A regiment re turning from India brought the game to England In tho carly sixties, the first game being played at Aldershot . In 186CI between a team of the Sev enth Hl^sars and the Ninth Lancers. e English/pouy is bred and trained much differently from the American pony. In the first place in England they go in for breeding polo ponies or buying miniature race horses which will come under the standard of four teen hands twa inches. Ponies over iq England are usually of the Arab or Barb blood, . bred to the under-sized . thoroughbred. This makes good ma terial for a good polo pony, but one can never tell, no matter how small ?he sire or dam may be, what the off spring will be. It may be too small, or go to legs and be too high to come ander the standard of 14.2, which, of course, bars him from the game. .The pony bred for the game, of course, has to be trained and broken .: for polo; be must learn to turn sharp Jj.t stop-and start quickly from a walk 'Into a canter, and from a run to stop ping In almost the length of his own body. First of all, It ls always advis able for a player to break and train ? his own ponies; they seem to do work better for the man who has trained - them, exactly as a horse always goes best to hounds when ridden by the man who taught him to jump. A pony gets to know a man, understands ..his seat and hands, and surely must be of more use to him than to a stran . g?r." . In England where they "make" po '" nies; a player is very careful with his ?-protege. . At first he takes the pony '.-and Vides or hacks bim about until ?hlyi-get to know one apotfier; then the'popy'io taught to start quickly into, a'..gallop from a walk, andr to stop jj short He is then-taught to change iii? I?gsrori in otH?r words when turn ing to the off side his near leg must be . extended forward. After he is good at this, which is taught bim by placing ? row of poles some thirty feet apart, and making him go from one side to the other, twisting and turning around the poles, which are gradually placed closer together, so as to make him "handier" or quicker at turning. The pallet is then used, very carefully at Crst, simply being carried in the hand till the pony is thoroughly used to see lng it, and does not shy when it is Whirled about his head. This is a very serious period in tile education of a pony, as he is at any time aipt to become "mallet shy," about as bad a fault as a pony can have. A pony of this kind is almost useless, cs be will swerve from the ball, the player being enable to come close enough to make bis stroke. After tho pony becomes used to the mallet' the trainer starts knocking the ball about, only a few yards at first, very easily, till the pony becomes used to the sound of the knock and gradu ally realizes his object-that is, to fol low the ball, 03 a retriever is taught to fetch a bird. A good pony will fol low tbe ball, and at the same time, when he comes to lt, will ease up so as to give the player a chance to make the stroke. However, a pony who will stop too much, is not as nseful as a pony that will gallop right along. A pony ls taken very slowly ct first, and alone, then In company with oth ers, never being allowed to race, as this makes him nervous in a game, or, Jajother word3, "hot" A.well-known player ?uce said, "I'd rather play a blind'en than a bot 'cn." A pony that is "bot" and who will lose bis head, ls useless, no matter bow bandy or fast he may be. That ls tba slow, quiet, easy way . that they * .alu polo ponies in England, bat the American ponies have a much Harder time of lt. They ero mostly broncos, lasooed out of an unbroken herd, sadCled and bridled by force, ?&d the next dav. started at catting LE Ry. Patches, Jewelry, Sterling Silver- ? B Fine Cut Glass, Clooks, Vases, ? Ste. 'i si ti ng Cards. i Repairing, Dia a by experts. TAKEN IN EXCHANGE FOR ? 3. SEND FOR CATALOGUE. [ I & CO., Jewelers. % Augusta, Ga. j cattle, n man on their back for the first time, and a* long severe Mexican curb-bit in their mouths, urged on by a long pair of spurs. A good cow pony, cutting and driv ing cattle, gets to know what is want ed of him in very short order, learns to follow each steer, and becomes very quick at turning, standing and stop ping, and in the end makes, if fast enough, a good polo pony. If a pony is sound, under fourteen hands two inches, and bas been a good cattle pony in Texas or Mexico, he is bought by the player, shod, clipped, his tall and mane properly attended to, an English saddle and bridle placed on his back and there is the American polo pony, ready to play, not so fast perhaps, maybe not so game, neither so good-looking, ns his English cousin, but handler, up to carrying more, weight, hardier and much cheaper, Naturally a pony in England, with his breeding, care and training,, is worth much more than our American cow pony. Frequently $5000 is paid for a really good pony in England, whereas herc $1000 is a fairly high price. Iii valry Between Gun and Armor, There has been a constant rivalry between the shipbuilder and armorer on the one hand, and the gun, gunpow der and projectile manufacturer on the other hand. Every Improvement in armor plate has been met by a further advance, either in the gun, the projec tile or the propelling charge of gun powder. An nrmor-maker would an nounce the production of a steel plate which no existing cannon could pene trate. Then .the projectiles were made conical, and with a sharp point, hav ing a flue temper, and the gun was Vined" to give the projectile rotation and true flight, and the guns were made to load at the breech instead of the muzzle, adding greatly to the ra pidity and facility of fire. Another inventor then came forward with a method for hardening the surface of the plate by a process bearing his name. A Harveyized plate ls so hard that It cannot be'scratched with a file or cut with a cold chisel. Nickel was put in the plate, adding still more to its hardness and toughness. Then smokeless powder was produced, de veloping much greater energy than its old black predecessor, and made to burn with accelerating combustion, and with It projectiles could be hurled with such velocity that the energy of their impact could not be resisted by either the projectile or the plate, and the gun had to be lengthened and strengthened forward to meet the new demands upon It, The limit in weight of armor-plate was soon reached. Twelve inches in thickness came to be about tho maximum for the belt of tho strongest warship, for she could not carry thicker and float. The pro jectile was still more improved, being made of the finest forged steel and tempered with great skill. Then cane Krupplzed plate, and the projectile was again turned aside or smashed upon its surface. Lastly, a soft noss made of mild steel was place-"! on the point of the armor-pl?rcing projectile, and the gunner could again laugh at the thickest Krupplzed plate that could be- carried by the battleship. Hndson - Mrcinv-ia Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly. Ihe Fnture of TTar. .The first and most important lesson which will be learned frou the next great naval battle will ' that ar mored -protection will'-hot protect, and the fight will'be a "duel between tattle ships at long, range, aided by'various' forms of torpedo boats and light un armored cruisers, throwing high ex plosives; and these latter will be the factors which 'will "determine toe fight. ! The heavy armorclad will be discred ited, and then there will bc a wild scramble by the nations in thc endeav or to make up for the lost time wasted on its construction, end light and very swift unprotected war vessels will be constructed, depending for their safety upon their speed and upon their own ability to strike death-dealing blows. These are the true principles which must, sooner or later, be recognized. Tho British Government now pro poses "building still larger and heavier battleships, and, of corrse, enormously moro expensive. Within the next de cade, and sooner, in the event of a great war, this will bc learned by the British War Office to be a gr-at mis take-Hudson Mario, in Frc uk Los Le's Popular Monthly. A Largo Covey. Two old hunters 'were swapping yarns and had cot to quail. "Why," said cue, "I lememfcor a year when quail were so thick, that you could get eight or ten at a shot with a rifle.." The other one sighed. "What's the matter?" said the Crst. "I was thinking of my quail-hunts. I had a fine black Iior3c that I rode everywhere, and one day out hutiing quail I eaw a big covey on a low branch of a tree. I threw tbs bridle reia over thc end of the limb and took a shot. "Several birds fell and the rest flew away. ? "Well, sir, there were so many quail on that limb that when they flew off it sprang back into pince and bung my horsei"-Los Angeles Time* i An ?ffai When I was last in Paris I ha letter of introduction to the Coum de Clairmont, who lived in a ven< hie mansion in thc Faubourg St. C main, near the ancient abbey chm I found her to be an aged lady c .very old family, a very devout chur goer, and a bigoted Legitimist, beli ing in "divine ri^ht" and the Co de Chambord, and fully expecting t he and his white flag would rule destinies of France when Orleani Bonapartists and Republicans wo be forgotten. Apart from dogma i politics she was, however, a v charming and interesting person, i had evidently been very handsome her youth, and even in her old i retained a little coquetry and mi spirit At the recital of some di of daring and heroism her black e; would flash and sparkle and her 1 tremble with emotion? It was 1 going back to the past century to in her dim drawing room, with quaint old furniture, rich and rel iously preserved, hung with portra of her ancestors, and hear her talk warriors, priests and nobles, wh( mitres and swords had decayed, a whose moldy ami moth-eaten banne waving in church and chapel, are I tattered rags with the blazonry illei ble. One day I was looking at the pt trait of a lady so lovely, with a sw( and melancholy beauty, that even t disfiguring costume of the last ce tury, especially the abominable hi head dress, could not mar its effe for yo? looked only on the face ai forgot the accessories. It was frc the pencil of Mme. Lebrun, the f -vorite artist of Marie Antoinette, wi 'has left us such touching souveni . of the'tinhappy queen. "That' lady, I am sure, had a story J*said.*: "I need not ask if the origin wai a relative of yours, Madame, f I see a family likeness in the head." ''You are right," she said. "Th portrait might pass for my own lik ness as I looked 50 years ago. I ha' a miniature taken at the same Dj .which looks like a reduced copy Mme. Lebrun's charming picture." "And the lady was-?" "Pardon me," said the old countesi "I will tell you her story at full lengt It is an old family history, but is thought to have some of the el ments of romance. Perhaps it may 1 of some future use to you as a stot teller in your own country. So ar; yourself with patience, cousin, an hear with an old woman's garrulity The old lady called mo cousin b< cause at- some far away period thei was a matrimonial alliance betwee our families, long before my grane .father'emlgrated to America. I will not attempt to t?late the nai rative in the language of my hostesi but condense it and tell it in my ow way. The original of Mme. Lebrun's pic ture, then, was Victorine dc Grantiei wife of Hector de Grantier, a gentle man of wealth and family. The mai riage was an exception to the genera rule of French marriages, being a lov match. The parents of the lady ha permitted her to choose a husband fo herself; and though among her man suitors were some more eligible ii point of fortune and opportunities fo rising in the world than Hector; sh gave him her band because she coull bestow her heart with it. Pe Grantier was handsome, gent! and warm hearted. He had no vices and but little ambition. He was a poe and a painter, though not a profession al one, and he was In easy clrcum Stances, although not reckoned a mai of wealth. Never was there a happier couple and when the bride's father and moth er, who died within a few days of eacl other, left the world almost hand ii hand, the certainty of leaving theil daughter tho partner of a man devotee to her, heart and soul, soothed theil last moments. There was a shade of melancholy ir Vlctorlne's nature, and she ofter thought to herself that her marriec life was too happy-that it was like f still, bright, summer day, so perfect so full of sunshine, so heavenly, thai weather seers pronounce it too lovelj to last, and regard it, with shakin? heads, as the precursor of a devastat ing storm. And the storm that wrecked tht happiness of Victorine was near .al hand. Among her rejected suitors was a wild, boid man, named Raoul Mal travere, an.ensign in the royal navj of a very distinguished family higli -io -power at cnurt, ^ho might well look forward to the prospect of seeing the broad pennant of an admiral float ever his own quarter deck. But, with all the qualities of a noble race, he was stained with many vices. He was a gamester, a duellist and a libertine: prodigal with his gold, cruel with his sword and fatal in his hates. Although his rejection was couched In the most respectful terms, it roused his worst passions, and he swore to wreak a deadly vengeance on the rival who prospered where he had failed. The hand he could not win himself bhould never bc clasped in wedlock by another. In this temper of mind he went to sea. It must be borne in mind that this project of vengeance was a secret locked in his own heart, to be di vulged in action, not in words. There fore, when, some months after the marriage, the ensign returned from his cruise, the incident did not create any alarm in the breast of Mme. Victorine de Grantier. One morning when she awoke she missed her husband from her side, but this caused her no surprise, for he was in the habit of rising without disturbing her, dressing, and then tak ing a ride on horsebac'- But he al ways returned to breakfast, which was served punctually at ll o'clock in the forenoon. When, therefore, it came to be nearly noon, and he did not make his appearance, she was naturally un easy His horse was very spirited and might possibly have thrown him, she thought But. on inquiry, lt appeared that the animal was in his stall, and that M. de Granthier had left tho house pu foot of Hofloil 5 Mme. de Granthier ?rder|d the breakfast things removed/after, mak ing a slight repast .^nd>:thcn-|bpk up a book to while away the tljtne- until her husband's return. At l-'o|elock a visitor was announced-Cap,f.; Paul . Beauregard, an officer in theJFrench Guards. He was an intimate.mend of ; De Grantier, as well as of t?e lady, and scarcely a day passed .?without their seeing him. . "My husband. Have you seen .any thing of him?" she asked. ?| ' I have been with him all tir? morn ing, madame." . ' I "Where is he? Why did h>;jnot re turn with you? How has he^?en en gaged?" ; . Capt. Beauregard replied to the last question: "In an affair of honor, madajrne." "A duel?" "Yes; and he has been wounded. I thought it best to prepare youjior the accident." "He is dead," shrieked the unhappy lady, as she fell back in convulsions, Tor she had read the truth m??e cap tain's face. . - Beauregard rang the bell an;d left her in charge of her maid, while he went into another room. It wasjagony bitter as the pangs of death totlisten to her wails and sobs and shrieks; but in an hour Florette, the walting maid, pale, frightened, with' swollen!.eyes, for she, too, had been weeping; bitter ly, came to say that Madame.de ?ran Uer was calmer and desired to jspeak with the captain, The officer found the lady white as marble, but strangely quiet ttnd col lected, "Hector is dead?" che half asked, half asserted, Her friend drooped his eyes, \ The answer was sufficient, I . "Now tell me. how thia happened," said the lady. "Hector was_klnd and_ gentle and courteous, Ho had nd ene my-how could he have, for- he ?ever wronged a human being." "That did not prevent his having an enemy-a mortal foe-who last night publicly insulted him and thus/ft>rced a challenge from your husband.". "Ay, honor compelled Hector to draw the sword. But thc name of that vil lain-the murderer?" "Raoul Maltravers." :>:- . "He,, the man whose hand I rejected? Oh, my poor, dear murdered He'ctor. Why did we ever meet? Fatal was the hour In which you saw and loved me. Often have your lips told me-ihat I had made you the happiest of men Little drd you dream ?hat I wouid givi} you death as well as love." " "I- implore you, madam," .said ?the . captain, "not to view,this.:tragedy ?fl that light. An unforeseen calamity has fallen on you, and my heart bleeds at sight of your distress. But I can do more than pity; I can and will avenge Hector. Raoul Maltravers dies by my hand." "Hold!" cried the .widow, with sud den and startling energy. "I forbid you to espouse this quarrel. I have my own purpose of vengeance, and no man, not even you, shall be permitted to stand between me and my predes tined victim. He has robbed me of more than life, but I will requite him I was a fond, weak, gentle, loving, happy girl. They who know rae hence forth will know me as a tigress thirst ing for human blood. But no word of this to others. Be my friend in this extremity, as you were his true and ioyal friend to the last moment, and conduct the funeral rites. You see how calm I am when I can speak these words without convulsions." When Victorine was alone with her dead she had a wild outburst of pas sionate grief, but it rapidly gave place to a calmness so stern that it would have appalled an observer had there been witnesses in the chamber of death. "Hector de Grantier," she said, ad dressing the cold clay, "if my Creator spares my life, your son, whom your eyes were never to behold, shall be your avenger. I will rear him strong, valiant, skillful, and teach him to look for no happiness, no rest, no employr ment, until he has slain the man who has robbed you of life, me bf. a hus band and himself of a father." Two months after the funeral the friends of the family were apprised that the widow lady was the mother of a-daughter. Shortly after this event she retired with her infant child to an estate in' Brittany. Sixteen years passed away and then Mme. de Grantier, still wearing wid ow's weeds, again resumed ?er resi dence in Paris. She lived in a fashion able quarter, but in great privacy, re ceiving only relatives, making no ac quaintances. Her daughter, Claudine, had grown up a beautiful giri, the pic ture of health-a bright.. flower to bloom in the almost conventual gloom of her mother's house. The only frequent visitor was the young Chevalier de Hauteville, a cou sin of Claudine, and strange to say, a perfect image of the girl-the same height, features and complexion. The gossips of the neighborhood said they were born for each other and predicted a marriage between the parties. But the servants of the family asserted that the old lady would never, for some rea son of her own, probably that of near ness of blood, permit the alliance, and that the young people rarely, if ever, met lt was observed that whenever Claudine had gone to church the che valier was sure to make his appearance and when he was in the drawing room she was always absent Whether this was arranged by the mother or wheth er this young woman arid this young man, so strangely alike, j cherished an antipathy equally strange, was a mys tery, like almost everything else in this mysterious household. Had the widow, foiled ?in. her plan of vengeanco by the sex ofJher offspring, forgotten or forgiven : laoul Maltra vers? No one knew, hit no one ever heard her pronounce his ?hame. Meanwhile Raoul Malt ravers bad left the sea, not being particularly fond of the maisie of heavy guns,' for though bra%'c enough on the d?e?.ground, be cause he was the best Made in France, and always sure of victory, he waa really a poltroon. He had married a very beautiful heiress, and lived in great splendor. He had more than one affair of "honor after his marriage, with a fatal result to his antagonista. One day the Chevalier de Hautevllla ruad9 a morning call on Mme. de Gran tier. He found her in her boudoir, which was draped with black, and lighted with wax tapers. "You know this is a sad anniversa ry," she said. Then she ?dded, with a sharp look of Inquiry: "Raoul Mal tiavers." . "Dead," was the reply. "Come to my heart," cried Victorine. "Claudine, you .have avenged your fa ther." . "Claudine!" I exclaimed, in utter astonishment, when the old countess had come to this point of her narra tive. "Yes," she replied, "tho Chevalier de Hauteville and Claudine de Grantier were one and the same person. Mme. de Grantier had reared her daughter like a man and trained her to arms in the solitude of her old provincial man or houso, where a wondrously skilled professor of the sword, an italian, gave her lessons daily. You must not tliin? too harshly of the memory of Victorine de Grantier. I am now positively cer tain that the death of her husband turned her brain, and that during all the years of her widowhood she was a monomaniac. That she inspired her daughter with her fanatical idea of vengeance is natural-thc mother lived for no other purpose." "But what became of Claudine?" "She is still living at an advanced age, a widow," replied the countess. "Doubtless harrowed by remorse for having shed human blood?" "It caused her great suffering for years, but the clergy whom she con sulted told her that the circumstances absolved her from all moral guilt. She was an Irrssponsi?le agent of her mother-her judgment deliberately perverted by one wno had herself lost the power of reason. Yet were many hours of bitter sorrow and penitence passed by that unhappy woman. And now let me show you a sad relic." The old lady rose, walked to an ebony cabinet and unlocking it took out a long, old-fashioned rapier and bado me draw it. I took forth the blade and remarked that it was cov ered with rust. "Those darker stains are the life blood of a man," said the old lady, with a heavy sigh-"for that was the sword with which I killed Raoul Mal travers." "You?" I cried. "Yes; for before I became Countess de Clalrmont. I was Claude de Gran tier."-New York News. QUAINT AND CURIOUS. Japan is the country where the ^emation of corpses is practiced on the Harges.t scale. The custom dates back ?bout 1200 years. Among the British peers who have inherited barren titles is the young Earl of Seafield, who at the age of 12 succeeded to an earldom, two viscoun ties and two baronies, without so much as a single acre of land to maintain his dignities. At no point is the River Jordan nav igable for any considerable distance, even by small craft, and during its course it fall over 1200 feet. In addi tion to these drawbacks it presents the unique spectacle of a river flowing into a sea in which there cannot be found one living creature. Barbaric African tribes hold the um brella in high honor. In King Coffee of Ashanti's reign the greatest mark of regal favor that could be conferred on a distinguished guest was tho gift of a sunshade adorned in savage style with the teeth of animals, the claws of birds, human jawbones and rough lumps of gold. The medicine men of these African tribes are invariably at tended by an umbrella bearer. Slot machines providing meals have been introduced in London. The re freshments are arranged on a long buf fet behind a glass screen. On putting four pennies one after another into the slot the screen rises and a tray hold ing a teapot, milk jug, sugar bowl and cup and saucer comes within reach. The teapot contains tea leaves and hot water can be drawn from a public tank. Two pennies produce a roll with butter, or sand',viches, or bath buns, and other slots yield temperance drinks and confectioner}' "Speaking of curious wills," said a Georgian, "the will of Col. W. H. Jackson of Athens, Ga, a member of one of the best known families in our states, provided that a massive oak tree that he owned, around which he had played and which he had been taught to love as a child and later as a man, should, in the language of the document, 'have entire possession of itself and of all land within eight feet of It on all sides.' No one ever con tested his will, and the oak still stands as its own owner." Exploration has now revealed relics of Menes, the founder of the Egyptian monarchy, fashioned more than G500 years ago. Of Zcr, the successor to Menes, it ls astonishing to find thc forearm of his queen still in its wrap pings, with four splendid bracelets in tact This brilliant and exquisitely finished group of jewelry is 2000 years older than the jewelry of Dahshur, the oldest up to then known. The arm of the queen had been broken otf by the first plunderers and had lain iu a hole in tlie wall of the tomb. Tho Mncnet tn Snrjrory. Dr. Garel of Lyons has drawn a French nail about two inches long from the bronchial tube of a boy of IS months from Buenos Ayres. Thc nail had been there for some time, causing the child to cough much. Rontgen rays showed the position of it, and an electro-magnet drew it out. Another successful operation of the same kind has been performed by Dr. Piechaud of Bordeaux, on a child of 3 years. In this case the trachea was opened to get a projection from the pole of the mag net near the nail. These experiments are. well worth the attention of sur geons everywhere.-London Globe. BIDFELLOWS IN MEXICO. tex per letica ?if a Traveler Wliile l'uAsing Til root; l> Hint Country. .'i hxd a rather unhappy experience ace. myself," said a listener, "but ?I waa at a ti-no when my nerves coi: Ul j-.ot stand a grcit deal, and the shock was no surprise to me. I was really ha?:py when I found that my eyes had played me no trick and that the things about me were real things. I had journeyed down into Me>.ico, for the purpose of spending some time. Thc trip was partly a business trip, and partly for such pleasures as I could get out of an experience in a country that was nev; to me. I ought to say here that I had never been in a tropi cal country. My life had been spent in the north, and whatever I knew about many of the forms of life in tropi cal sections was altogether theoretical. I had merely read about many of the things, but I learned afterwards that there were many things I had never dreamed of even in moments when my mind was inclined to conjure with the horrors of uneven sleep. Well, I found myself in Mexico, I was in the wilds of Mexico, and that, where one could find but few of the comforts known to the moro advanced ways cr living. I stopped with an oid Mexican one night, and he put me in a dumpy little room off to myself. I slept on the floor, or rather I started to sleep on the floor and it was a dirt floor at that. I coiled up on a mattress maxie of some ligi.t material. I had'just closed my eyes when I felt something scramble rapidly over my forehead. It started me a bit, but I kept cool and still to see if it would happen again. It happened in less time than it takes to teil iL This thing kept up until the experiment was disorganizing my nerves, and I could stand it no longer. I got up and started out, and I felt the same thing- happening to my feet. Partly panic stricken, I rushed into the room of the old Mex ican. "Something in yonder," I said, pointing toward my roora. He took in the situation at. once, and assured me that it was ali right. He struck a light and went to the room with me to assure me thattherc was no danger. When I got back to my room I waa paralyzed. Crawling over the walls of the hut and scramping over the floor, over the mattress on which I ' had lain, and running here and there, and everywhere, was a perfect army of lizards of all sizes, ages and varie ties. I told the Mexican to leave me the light, and that I would occupy j the room for the night. And so T i did. But I did not sleep, for I did not want the lizards however harm less and companionable they might be, to convert my face and forehead into a promenade. This wound up my ex perience in Mexico and I scampered over the border as soon as possible, and since that time tue wilder regions in the tropics have had no fascination for me."-New Orleans Times-Demo crat Tile Ideal School Teacher. The teacher must teach more, and know more; he must be a living foun tain, not a stagnant pool. He should not be a dealer in dessicated, second hand knowledge, a mere giver out and hearer of lessons. That is the chief and humiliating difference between our secondary teachers and those abroad, who are mostly doctors of philosophy, as they should be. If we could move many university professors to the col lege many college professors to the high school, many high school teach ers to the grammar school, and some grammar school teachers with at least a sprinkling of college graduates, into the kindergarten it would do much. In the German and French school the teacher is one who knows a great deal about his subject, and is nearer to original sources; who tells the great j truths of the sciences almost like sto ries, and who does not affect the airs : and methods of the university profes sor. Very many secondary teachers j are masters and authorities. Here, most of our university pedagogy is a mere device for so influencing high j school principals and teachers as to correlate curricula, in order to corral in students, and little interest is taken in the grammar grades and none in the kindergarten.-The Forum. None Could Climb lt. Fifteen hundred people saw a Mal tese sailor try to fix a flag to the pole ! In Jackson square and fall, he climbed almost to the top and then slid to the bottom. But he was not discouraged. Once more he tried to get to the top, but it was not to be. Ho got about j half way up, and again his strength i gave way and he had to come to the bottom. But still he was not dismayed. He tried the task again and again. He seemed to think he was the man for that job, and he wanted to make a showing before the crowd there assem bled, but he failed. He could not j climb the pole, and so the idea of hav ing a flag on the top of the staff had to bc abandoned. Several others essayed to do that which the Maltese had tried and failed, bu. they had no better luck, and so the attempt was given up. and the tall est flag pole in the city remains with out a flag, for the reason nobody with nerve and skill enough could be found who would venture to make the as cent-New Orleans Times-Democrat. MI?SH1>!>1 lcd All VMM'. Out of that childish dependence that maternal care had encouraged Mamie had come to her mellier for help in the doing of some little act that she could have readily done herself. "You shouldn't annoy me for assist ance in such trivial things as that," remarked her mother; "it's time you learned to help yourself." "I have learned, ma," Mamie re turned, "but I don't know just when it's right to do it; don't you remem ber how you scolded me the other day when I helped myself to the pre serves?"-Richmond Dispatch. Iceland's ^'cnalblc Cl ;nrotl? Cure. The cigarette smoking mania has lately broken out with excessive viru lence among thc boys and girls in Ice land. A proposal to cope with the nuisance is being considered by the municipal authorities of Reykjavik. It will, if adopted, empower any male or female adult to . box the ears ol' a ju venile offender, annex his or her weed and impound the stock of cigarettes. IN North Africa nre fount! two great burial tumuli or mausole ums, which date even before the Roman occupation, and were, no doubt, built by the native kings of Mauretania and Numidia. The first of these, shown In the engraving, is SO-CALLED TOMB OF THE CHRIS: JUBA IL, LOCATED 3 ( situated near the coast of the Medi terranean, about thirty miles from Algiers, and was at that period near the ancient port of Caesarea (now Cherchell). It stands upon a high hill in the narrowest part of the Sahel range, and thus dominates tho sur rounding territory. Its form is that of an enormous cylinder resting upon a square foundation and surmounted by ;i cone-shaped part which is built up of a series cf steps reaching to the sum mir. At the base it measures 197 feet in diameter, and its present height is 102 feet, bu?- it must have been over 120 feet hign originally. This monu ment remained au enigma for a leng period. The Arabs called it Kbour Roumla, or Tomb of the Christian, on account of the cross upon the northern panel, which was still preserved, and their imagination invented many leg ends in which were associated buried treasure, fairies and sorcerers. These legends excited the Facha Salais-Rais (1552-153G) to try to find the hidden treasure, and he had the monument THE FIRST SEVEN-MAS 1 Length over all, 393 feet; beam, 50 feet; M? ment, 10,000 tons; deadweight cargo c to truck, 182 feet; total sail area, 40,6! cannonaded; but, although he made a large breach In the western side, he was not able to lay bare the chamber containing the riches. The first regular excavations were made in iSGo-OG by Berbrugger and McCarthy under Napoleon III. They cleared away a part of the outer wall, and made soundings to find nu internal cavity, but it was only after four months that it was found. By a tun nel under the south panel they arrived in a vast gallery, admirably preserved, and thus discovered the internal ar rangement of the structure. Unfortu nately nothing whatever was found in this vault. The gallery, chambers and corridors are paved with large flags and built of well-cut stone. The body of the monument Is solid, and consists of rough stone and tufa blocks, irregu larly placed and joined by a mortar of red or yellow earth, lt was found that the monument had been entered once, or perhaps several times, for the pur pose of pillage. The stone doors were broken, and whatever objects it con tained were carried off long ago. "Waves Furnish Buoys With Lifrlit. Man has long since succeeded in pressing the running waters-the rush ing brook and the majestic stream into his service, but he does not yet avail himself of the unlimited power wasted by the mighty, restless s a. He still fails to gather any transmissible power even from the immeasurable force of the tides. Lately M. Gt'.'.re. n German engin eer, has invented a buoy whose merit consists In that wave action lights it electrically. The apparatus needs no attention for months at a time. Even the lightest waves generate the light, while the heaviest storms fail to put lt out. Furthermore, in this device, wave action also operates a large bell, three resounding strokes being given before every flash of the light. These buoys are now being largely employed in the shallow waters along the Ger man coast. Candymakcrs say that thc most profit able part of their trade is in fancy can dies put up in ornamental boxes, the box frequently cutting more figure in tax purchase than the goods. QOOOOOOOOOOOOCGOadOOOOOOOQ ? A SEVEN-MASTED STEEL SCHOONER g 6 O ooocooGoooooocootfccooQaoco The development of tia multi-masted merchant schooner, which has ad vanced with such rapid strides during tho past few years, Ia one of the most remarkable features In the shipbuild ing industry of the Atlantic Coast. The latest of these giant schooners is the great seven-masted vessel shown in thc nccompanyiug illustration. It has been built froai designs by B. B. Crowinshield, of Boston, the designer fl [TAN, SUPPOSED TO BE THAT OP ) MILES FROM ALGIERS. of many small and very successful racing craft, and of the ninety-footer "Independence." Unlike her prede cessors, the new schooner is to be con structed throughout of steel. There arc tbrei< complete decks, which will be of steel plating, the upper deck, forecastle and poop-deck being wood covered. A collision bulkhead will be worked i:i at a suitable distance from the stem. The lower masts throughout the ves sel will be built of steel, with lapped edges, flush butts, and stiffening an gles extend lng inside for the full length. She masts are all 135 feet in length fi oin the mast step to the top ol' the iwiper baud, and they have a uniform diameter throughout of thir ty-two inches. The top masts will be of Oreara pine. They will be fifty eight. f?<;t in length over all, tapering from eighteen inches in diameter to ten inches, except the foremast, which will be sixty-four feet in length and twenty inches at its point of greatest diametor. The booms of the first five TED STEEL SCHOONER. mlded depth, 34 feet 5 inches; displace lapacity, 7500 tons; height mainmast, step 17 simare feet. niauts -<-ill be forty-five feet in length by fourteen inches in diameter, the spanker boom being seventy-five feet lu length by eighteen inches in diam eter. The total ?ail area of the lower sails and topsails will be 40,617 square feet The total cost of the vessel de livered will be about ?200,000. Japan's Primitive Fire Department. Japanese dwellings being of the flim siest kiud are particularly liable to de struction by tiro, and the fire depart ments might therefore be supposed to have been well developed. But they are not, being the one thing in which Japan has not advanced. They are, indeed, woefully inefficient. Hand engines that can bc carried by two men aud buckets comprise the whole outfit. Valuables are not kept in the dwellings. In every village there is a massive tower, with iron doors and window shutters, and in thia building the inhabitants store what ever they possess of value to save it from loss by fire.-New York Herald. At the Bottom of thc Sea. A deposit of a bluish-colored clay forms a broad friuge around the mar gin of the continental masses and covers thc plateau linking Britain with Greenland. It is the finer detritus of the land, borne by the currents into the ocean. To what depth it extends depends on circumstances; the zone la broader when the sea bed sinks gradually, narrower where it steepens more quickly. Around the Azores a volcanic mud is found, wjl^'jat the Bermudas thc deposit ls pourided-up Ciu-al-as might be expected** In a few places green grains are numerous, the casts ol minute organisuos-^a mat terial like our greensands. South of the Azores, and in one or two isolated spots, is a bed formed almost entirely of small shells of mollusks, called pteropods. But beyond the limit oj, all these, down to depths of 2500 fathoms, the ocean floor is covered with calcereous mud, composed ot the relics of minute living creatures, such as algae and foramlnifera-the so-J called globigerina ooze - material similar to that of the chalk; and this passes at yet greater depths Into a reddish clay, as to the exact origin of which different opinions have been en tertained.-London Standard.