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The band was playln' "Dixie" when he marched, inarched away; An' never any likelier lad stept time to It that day; "The finest fellow of 'em all!" I heard the town-folk say. The band was playln' "Dixie" as he marched marched away. How fast my wild arms held him my boy, who would not stay The likeliest lad that answered to the cap tain's call that day! The finest fellow of 'email!" An In the red array Of flags that rippled over them they marched my lad away! But a mother's fears, and prayers, and tears are nothing. War must slay, And the draped, deep drums were muffled as they brought him home that day. "The finest fellow of 'cm all!" I heard the town-folk say, And his mother bendln' over him dead at her feet that day! Frank L. Stanton, In Atlanta Constitu tion. NOT TO BE RELIED ON. Illrmm Warn Reported Among; the Killed In Dottle, But He Didn't Star Dead. The war-time months went dragging by, and the burden of gloom iu the air seemed to lift; for when the Chicago Tribune was rend each evening in the post office, it told of victories on land and sea. Yet it was a joy not untinged with black, for in the church acrosst from our house funerals had been held for farmer boys who had died in prison pens and been buried in Georgia trenches. One youth there was I re membered, who had stopped to get a drink at our pump, and squirted a mouthful of water over the fellow who was with bim. lie was very gay and full of jokes. One night the postmaster was reading aloud the names of the killed at Gettys burg, and he ran right on to the name of this boy.' The boy's father sat there on a nail keg, chewing a straw. The postmaster tried to shuffle over the name and on to the next. "Hi! Wha what's that you said?" "Killed in honorable battle Snyder, Tliram," said the postmaster, with a forced calmness, determined to face the issue. The boy's father stood up with a jerk. Then he sat down. Then he stood tip again and staggered his way to the door and fumbled for the latch like a blind xcan. "God help him, he's gone to tell the old woman," said the postmaster, as he blew his nose on a red handkerchief. The preacher preached a funeral ser mon for the boy, and on the little pyra mid that marked the family lot in the burying ground they carved the in cription: "Killed in honorable battle, Hiram Snyder, aged 19. Not long after, strange, yellow bearded men in faded blue began to ar rive. Great welcomes were given them; and at the regular Yednestlay even ing prayer-meeting thanksgivings were poured out for their safe return, with the names of company and regiment July mentioned for the Lord's better identification. Bees were held for some THIS GHOST WAS HIRAM SNYDER, of these returned farmers, where 20 teams and 50 men, old and young, did a season's farm work in a day, and split enough wood for a year. At such times the women would bring big baskets of provisions and long tables would be set, and there were very jolly times with crackling of many jokes, that were veterans, and the day would end with pitching horseshoes, and at last with einging Auld Lang Syne. It was at one such gathering that a ghost appeared a lank, saffron ghost, ragged as a scarecrow wearing a foolish smile and the cape of a cavalryman's over coat with no coat beneath it. The ap parition was a youth of about 20, with a downy beard all over his face and countenance well mellowed with coal soot, as though he had ridden several iay on top of a freight car that was near the engine. This ghost was Hiram 'Snyder. All forgave him the shock of surprise be caused us all except the minister who had preached his funeral sermon. Years after I heard this minister re mark in a solemn, grieved tone: "Hiram Snyder is a man who cannot be relied jn." Elbert Hubbard, in Philistine. Where He Made a Mlitikr. "'Aren't you sorry that you mixed torn flour with your wheat flour, now that you have found out?" asked the Job's comforter. "I should say I am," the miller ad mitted. "In the first place, I ought to aave called it a 'health blend.' and to put It on the market at a higher price than the pure stuff." Cincinnati En-juirer. A WAR EXPERIENCE. The Self-Sacrlflce of a Sontbera Woman Who Cared (or the Soldier. Tjke sister of a prominent St. Louis physician recalls this story of a war ex perience: "I was living on a plantation in North Carolina when the war broke out," said she. "We were miles from a railroad. and the army did not camp within 2G miles of us. . Indeed, our little valley was quite free from the ravages of the soldiers. It was none the less true, however, that we suffered. Our sup plies from the outside were cut off, of course, and we had to live on what we could raise on our own plantations. Be sides, we felt that it was our duty to save everything we could in the way of rations for our own men. "My husband was dead, and my in valid brother, my son and myself com posed my little family. Of course, we had numerous slaves, and they were faithful servants. Our supply of coffee gave out just as the second year of the war commenced. My brother and I re gretted it deeply, as did many others. We supplied the deficiency as best we "SUDDENLY I THOUGHT OF THE COFFEE." could with chicory, parched corn and parched sweet potatoes. "One day I had occasion to ransack the storeroom thoroughly. Our salt supply was getting low, and I thought I remembered seeing another sack somewhere in the storeroom. After a good search I found the salt, and wbat was still more welcome, a whole bng of coffee. "The instinct of self-sacrifice is strong in woman, you know. I had been doing without coffee for months, it is true, but I thought I could do with out for awhile longer. I had an old uncle a few miles away. He missed his morning coffee very mtfch, and I had often heard him wish that he could ob tain the real coffee once more. I de cided that he should have my new found treasure. Reserving a part of my find for my brother's use, I wrapped the greater part of the coffee up and pre pared to take it to my uncle. "The next day I ordered the carriage, and, taking my small son, his nurse, a coachman and a boy, I started for my uncle's plantation. As we drove down the main road several miles from my home, we came up with the boys in gray. A detachment of the confederate army had been camping at Eeidsville, and they were marching to the main body of the army. I ordered the coach man to drive to the side of the road, so as to let them pass in order. "They marched by spiritedly. The band played, and the flags waved, and as they passed me they saluted gallant ly. I waved to them heartily. My en tbusiasm grew to excitement. I waved my handkerchief; I stood tip and clapped my hands. My little boy imitated me, and we were cheered by the men. Suddenly I thought of the coffee. It is the instinct of every south ern woman to give away good things to eat. I had nothing but that coffee, and the soldiers must have that. Beck oning to the sergeant, I pulled the bag of coffee from under the seat, and handed it to him. The soldiers cheered again, and went on. "When they had passed, and I had given orders to the coachman to drive on, I realized suddenly that my uncle was deprived of his treat. Then my at tention was caught by the boy's nurse, who held the little fellow on her lap. "'It's a good thing the sojers didn't want you, Mars Rob, she exclaimed, 'else misses die gib vou away.' "The negro girl had touched the right spot. I would have given anything and everything to the soldiers that they needed if I could." St. Louis Republic, Youngest I n Ion Major General. The youngest major general of vol unteers during the war for the union was Charles Carroll Walcutt, of Colum bus, 0., who died in hospital at Omaha, Neb., a few days ago. His death was the result of his service, for, going to Omaha to visit a sister, he was attacked by acute gangrene in a wound which had troubled him a great deal, and al though his leg was amputated the dis ease had advanced too far. lie was a na tive of Ohio, in his 00th year; his father had served in 1S12, his grand father in the revolution, and he entered the volunteer service in the spring of lbbl, and went to war as major of a reg iment he had raised. He was made a brigadier general for gallantry at At lanta, and major general by brevet for bravery at Griswoldville, where he was wounded by a shell; he was then in hi 27th year. After the war he became warden of the Ohio penitentiary, and was internal revenue collector 1809-83: later he served two terms as mayor of Columbus; for 20 years he was a mem ber of the school board of that city, and its president for some years. Chicago inter Ocean. Sensible. He What is a nice, sensible present to give a young girl? She Oh, candy or roses. Tndlanap olis Journal. THE SCISSORS. We're a Jolly pair of twins, And we always work together. We are always bright and sharp, However dull the weather. Whenever little Maldie Takes her work-box In her lap, We are always up and ready With our "Snip, snip, snap!" Chorus. Snip, snip, snap, Snip, snip, snap. We are always up and ready With our "Snip, snip, snap!" We cut the pretty patches To piece the pretty quilt; Each square the next one matches, Their posies never wilt. We trim the edges neatly, With never a mishap, And what music sounds bo sweetly As our "Snip, snip, snap?" We cut the dolly's mantle; We shape the dolly's dress. Oh, half the clever things we do You'd never, never guess! For food or sleep or playtime We do not care a rap, But are ready, night and daytime, With our "Snip, snip, snap!" Chorus. Snip, snip, snap, Snip, snip, snap. But are ready, night and daytime, With our "Snip, snip, snap!" Laura E. Richards, in St. Nicholas. JAPANESE SCHOOLS. The Progressive Little Sunrise King dom Hns Adopted Western Ways In Training Children. Miss Ida Tigner Hodnett contributes to St. Nicholas a second and concluding article on "The Little Japanese at Home." Miss Hodnett says: Japanese children used to sit upon their heels in the school-room, grouped round their master on the soft matting, chanting together their Iroha, or read ing in concert the wise maxims from their readers which have been the men tal food of countless generations of their race. A change has come, and now they sit on benches before desks in western fashion, though they do not think this method of sitting very comfortable, and are glad on returning home to indulge in the usual squat. But they still recite in concert, in a monotonous sort of chant, the Iroha (ee-ro-hab), which corresponds to our alphabet. Under the former system of school ng, all Japanese children learned to read and write the Hiragana charac ters, and to calculate; and it was an unheard of thing for a grown person to be unable at least to read and write, and do simple calculation. They were seldom sent to school before the age of seven, and were not hard pressed in their studies. In learning to write. they were acquiring the dexterity of finger and wrist needful in drawing, and without doubt their method of writing is one of the traits which have tended to make the Japanese a nation of artistic tendencies. A soft paper is 'lsed, and a brush instead of a pen. Care and exactness are necessary, ow ing to the nature of the materials, and A MODERN JAPANESE SCHOOL. it is impossible to use the hand in a cramped or stiff position; hence free dom and graoe of movement result. The child holds the paper in one hand and the brush in the other; the whole arm works, motion coming from the shoul der, elbow and wrist Is- well as from the finger muscles. The paper, as soon as touched, absorbs the Indian ink with which he writes. The child thus finds it necessary to touch with precision and care, and acquires insensibly a cer tain power of drawing in this precise touch and in the exercise of the arm and hand muscles. Western principles in education as well as western school furniture have been adopted in the Sunrise Kingdom. The Arabic numerals, 1, 2, 3, etc., are used; for the Japanese at once recog nized the advantage of these signs for numbers instead of their own cumber some ones. Maps, charts, diagrams, are seen ou the schoolroom walls, object lessons are given; and foreigners, bear ing the children's recitations, even though not understanding their speech, recognize that tha young Japanese are getting some good results of modern civilization. In the government colleges the stu dents eat food prepared iu western style, using knives and forks and spoons Instead of chopsticks, and sleep on beds Instead of on the matting. When beds were first introduced, in a few eases they were not supplied with mattresses, and the olliclals, ignorant that these ar ticles were a necessity, required their 'fufortunate students to sleep on the ftard wooden s-lats covered osly by two pt three quilts; so between the tortur ing beds by night, and the uncomfort able, because unusual, position of sit ting by day, the poor students had a hard time of it. It was not wonderful that they thought the foreigners' ways A CRACKER CACKLER. How Boys Cam Have Lots of Fan o the Glorious Fourth of Jnly Without Firecrackers. . Although it may seem unreasonable or impossible, a boy can have some of the fun of firecrackers, rockets and roman candles without spending a cent for the fireworks. That is, he can make the noise of the explosions-without hav ing the fire and the fuss. The picture shows a simple little device called the "firecracker cackler," which will be found to work very well indeed. The wheel is simply a piece of board cut into circular form and then notched. It A FIRECRACKER CACKLER, Is attached by an axle to two support! set on a plank foundation. A springy piece of wood known as the tongue ia fastened by one end to the front of the foundation plank, the other end being free, so that the points of the wheel when turned will strike against it, caus ing it to vibrate sharply. The wheel may be revolved by a simple crank handle, or it can be given a sharp turn with the hand. The noise given out closely resembles the sound of explod ing fireworks, and if the "cackler" ii operated behind a fence those on the other side will think that hundreds of firecrackers are being exploded. Chi cago Record. HUMBLE BUT USEFUL. The Little Gray Earth-Worm Is Poor ly Kqulpped by Nature, Yet Does Ills W ork Well. Myrta Lockett Avery tells in St. Nicholas of the work done by th humble earth-worm. The author says: We have a little gray helper who can not hear, nor see, nor make any noise. He wears a little gray coat, and he lives in tiny oaves which he burrows out for himself. Our little gray helper has no feet, so he crawls. He works busily for us all day in the ground, under our feet, coming out chiefly at night to get his food. Then he does not take anything which anyone wants, but only fallen leaves and bits of stuff which no one cares about, and which are best out of the way. Although much less fortunate than we, having neither legs nor feet, nor hands, nor eyes, nor ears, he has all that is necessary to the performance of the work he has to do; and since our little gray helper has all he needs, and does his work, and does it well, we may think of him as being quite content and happy. And since the work that he does for us is very necessary and im portant work, and since he does it ex cellently well, we need not regard him with less than respect. He has a system of blood-vessels, a nervous system, and yes, a brain. When you come to consider him under a microscope and in relation to the work he has to do, he is quite an in teresting and exquisite bit of mechan ism. He uses his brain, and has wis dom enough to know what to eat and how to get it. Though he has neither eyes nor hands, before taking anything Into his cave, he examines it carefully by means of his one sense (touch), and with his little upper lip, which the scientists call prostomium. This lip is very sensitive. lie is prudent and thrifty, always dragging into his little house enough to secure him against the coming day, for, blind and ue-af as he is, he knows it is not wise to be out in the daytime, for the birds and their babies like him entirely too well. He also knows that, being of a chilly nature, he will need to be wrapped up a bit when he goes to sleep in his cave, so he makes his own little bed of blades of grass and bits of leaves which he has dragged in with the little lip that does so much, lis seems to like fresh air when he can get it, so he rests with his head near the mouth of his cave; and Mother Na ture, realizing that this might give Robin Itedbreast an unfair advantage of him, provided him with a head-covering darker than the rest of his coat, and very nearly the color of the earth. The Feast of the Roses. A unique celebration occurs in June of every year at Manheim, Pennsyl vania, according to the Ladies' Home Journal. It is known as the feast of roses, and is held to commemorate the benevolence of Baron Stiegel, who more than a century and a quarter ago leased a tract of land at Manheim to a congregation for a church site at an annual rental of one red rose to be paid in June of each year. After Baron Stiegel's death the rent was never de manded until a few years ago, and now it is formally paid to one of the baron's descendants. The occasion is known as "the feast of roses," and the quaint ceremony attracts the greatest interest. A Broken Record. He passed his plate. "Oh, Teddy!" said I "How many times have you had 'more pie?' " He thought an tnstunt, then gravely spoke "I'm sure I can't tell. My plecemeter's broke. St. Nicholas. Soft Wood and Heat. Contrary to a widespread belief that hard woods give more heat in burning than soft varieties, It has been shown that the greatest power is possessed by the wood of the linden tree, which is very soft. Fir stands next to linden. 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