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AN OLD PAINTING.
Hanging above my mantel, in a quaintly-carven
There's the picture of a maiden how I wish I
knew her name !
Her cheeks are red as roses, her eyes as blue as
And o'er her shoulders ripple the golden waves
TVho was she, in the old time! Whose brush
. with colors meet
Caught from the sky her eyes' blue, her lips
from ro3es sweet!
And had she then a lover! and was he fond and
Ah! on such witching beauty Love must have
set his seal!
"Yea, 'twas the same old story they told each
She was the queen of maidens, he was the
prince of men.
Their souls in kisses mingled, their eyes looked
And up their cheeks, like morning, spread young'
lot e's happy fire.
Still In the quaintly-carven oak frame of long
Smileth the lovely maiden, she whom I fain
Smileth, with face angelic framed In the wavy
Caught in the flush of morning, caught ere the
tale was told !
James Buckham, in Leslie's Weekly.
How She Defended the "Profes
sor's" Claim Against Jumpers.
Nance Williams was not beautiful, in
the ordinary sense of the word. She
was sunburned and freckled and her
nose had too much the suggestion of a
snub to be an ornament. But she had
fine eyes not large, but small, expres
sive and .fringed with heavy black
lashes. She was a strong-limbed, well
developed and hearty girl of 22, or there
abouts, at the time of this story, and
was known to the Sky town community
as a fearless woman, and no less peculiar
Peculiar, indeed! She had no rela
tives that any one knew of, and was all
alone "way out in that Western country,
and for a woman to be alone in Dakota
in 'S2-3, and especially "holding down a
claim' ten miles from any one, present
ed a spectacle of self-sacrifice and daring
rarely exhibited by the gentler sex.
But Nance was equal to the emer
gency. If she had a heart to dare, she
had an arm all-suflicient for her pro
tection. She could handle a gun with
the skill and ease of a professional
ranger, and had more than once demon
htrated her superb marksmanship. I
have seen her break the wildest of bron
chos to the saddle, and by a score of
similar acts proclaim herself the mis
tress of her situation.
Yet, with all her masculine qualities,
she was feminine to the greatest degree
in some of the sweeter virtues of her
sex. She was ready-witted, bright
and tender-hearted, and whenever she
came into the store to trade it was
a treat for me to draw her out in con
versation. She was usually very re
served, but from time to time I gleaned
a few facts concerning her early life.
She was born in California. There was
a tinge of Indian blood in her mother's
veins and her father was a miner a
"forty-niner." Her whole life had been
thrown in the most rugged surroundings,
and I could not but wonder how she
had grown up into her scatheless wom
anhood. She was a diamond in the
rough I could see that, and I gloried
in it; but how she supported herself
and why she buried herself away out in
that lonely region afar from womankind
and civilization were mysteries to us
Along in the summer of 'S3 a young
fellow from the East came to Skytown
and settled down among us. He was a
pale, sickly-looking individual, slightly
built, had blue eyes, curly yellow hair
and wore goggles. He was very refined
in his language and dress and carried
himself with such a scholarly air that he
was immediately christened "Profes
sor.' His father, he told me, had sent
him West for his health. He had come
to Dakota with the avowed intention of
roughing it. and wanted me to advise
him the proper method for seeing the
greatest amount of pioneer life in the
shortest possible time. I advised him
to take up a claim, roll up his sleeves
and do as we Dakotans did. He followed
my advice to the letter. I introduced
him to Charley Atwood, and he pur
chased of him the relinquishment of a
fine quarter of ground, three miles
from town, remodeled the shack a little
to suit his convenience, and started in
to experience Dakota life. In some
manner ho became acquainted with
Nance Williams, and they grew to bo
steadfast friends. I knew their friend
ship w,as warm, but did not dream it
was so strong as after events proved.
One night, about eight o'clock, Nance
Williams came into the store. She did
not show much excitement, but her eyes
blazed in a manner that evidenced her
feelings. She approached me and said
in low tone:
"I'd like ter speak with you, Mr. Bar
low." She looked sideways at two or three
loafers in the store and I knew she de
sired to see me privately. I was some
what surprised, but conducted her to
my little chubby-hole of an office.
"What do you suppose Rice Fielding,
Tom Jenkins an' all that gang are goin'
ter do to-night?'
Her voice shook with passion.
"I can not imagine, Miss Williams,"
Eaid I, in a tone of alarm.
' "They're over at Spanglers plotting
to beat the professor out o' his claim!"
"You don't tell me!"
"I do. though. You see, the professor
is out o' town an' that gang knows it, so
they're goin' to try an' steal his place."
"But they can't ."
"They say they can. They say they'U
try an' give the tenderfoot a big scare,
anyway. Why, I never heard o' such an
."How do they intend to go to work to
get the professor's claim?" -
"I heard em talkin' it aU over. Said
they'd take along a keg o' whisky an'
move into his shack an' stay there.
They're goin' up to-night. They won't
have any time to-morrow 'cause the pro
fessor'll get back then. You know he
went to Jimtown Tuesday. Can't you
do somethin', Mr. Barlow?"
"The law won't uphold them, Miss"
She snapped her fingers.
"That for the law! I tell you these
fellers shan't get into the professor's
shack if I can help it."
She drew herself together like an an
gry Amazon and her eyes were twin coals
"I beg of you don't be rash, Miss Wil
liams. Remember "
There came a chorus of yells from
Spangler's. Nance Williams listened a
"Hear that," she said harshly,
"they're gettin' ready to go. It's time I
was movin'. You mark my words, Mr.
Barlow, the professor's claim is safe
Nance Williams says so."
She rushed out of the store and away
into the night. A few minutes after a
horse came past at lightning speed with
Mad-Cap Nance crouching low in- the
saddle and speeding away on her hare
Shouts and yells came from Spangler's,
and not long after Nance had gone a
drunken rabble rode by the store in the
direction she had tifken. I felt certain
something of a serious nature was
threatened so, as soon as I could leave
the store, I saddled my horse and fol
lowed. The moon had come out of the purple
sky overhead. In her light the land
scape was brought out with startling
distinctness, for Dakota moons are noted
for their intense brilliancy. Tom Jen
kins' gang had a half-hour the start of
me and I put my horse to the run in or
der that I might be on hand with as
little delay as possible. As my horse
clattered over the bridge that spanned
the Pipe-stem, I heard a succession of
faint rifle shots from the direction of the
"My God,' I cried, "the girl will be
killed!"' and I lashed my horse to greater
It had never occurred to me that I
would be helpless in an encounter with
the drunken rabble. I had thought of
nothing but getting upon the ground in
the quickest possible time, for it was
more than probable that Nance Wil
liams would be alone at the mercy of the
crowd. As I drew nearer and nearer my
destination I heard cries from time to
time, and my nerves were all a-tremble
with excitement and. apprehension.
When I came close to the professor's
claim shantj, however, I realized that
Nance Williams was in no immediate
danger for the men, some ten or twelve
in number, stood counseling together.
From their loud talk I gleaned that they
had met with a disappointment they
had thought that the professor was in
Jimtown, while they had found him in
the shack, on hand to protect his prop
erty. "What's the matter, boys?"' I in
quired, springing from my horse.
"Its Barlow," said' Tom Jenkins to
his associates in a low and not very de
lighted voice. Then, advancing toward
me he asked: "What do you want, Ike
"To see fair play," said I, promptly;
"what are you fellows here for?"
"'Tain't nothin' to you. You go back
to town an' leave us alone."
While I was haranguing Tom Jenkins,
Rice Fielding, his partner, tried to steal
up to the door of the house. He had
gone barely half way. however, when a
rifle was thrust through a partty-open
window and fired in his direction. The
bullet whistled uncomfortably near him,
and Rice retreated with more haste than
"No use, Rice," said Tom Jenkins;
"the feller means business. There's
only one way to get at him, an' that's to
burn him out."
"Look here." I cried, excitedly; "have
you men any idea of the crime you are
perpetrating? This outrage "
There were several derisive yells from
the crowd and I could see they were too
much bent upon mischief to be influ
enced by me.
"Say, Barlow, you know as well as I
do that Charley Atwood hadn't no right
to jump that claim in the first place.
That there place belongs to me an' Tom,
an" the rest of the fellers are goin' to
help me get it back, so you just keep
mum an" get out o' the way!"
Ah, that was the idea! It was a fact
the quarter had originally been filed on
by Rice Fielding, but he never went
near it and made no pretension of living
up to the law, consequently it became
jumpable and Charley Atwood had taken
advantage of this fact. All the while
Atwood held the place, Fielding had
made no move to get it back, but now
that the professor had bought it a fan
cied wrong rankled in Fielding's breast.
In this view of the case I thought best
not to tell the men they were battling
against a woman. The chances were
they would consider her more easily im
posed upon than the professor and,
pushing to greater extremeties, the af
fair might be made infinitely worse. I
decided to draw one side and watch the
affair passively, and then, when it
reached a climax, I would do my utmost
to protect Nance Williams.
Going to the rear of the house where
there were no windows or doors through
which a rifle could be fired, preparations
were made to burn the building. A bil
let of wood was saturated with the oil
of a lantern one of the men had brought,
and, lighting this torch and taking an
armful of straw, Rice Fielding ap
proached to burnthe professor's shack.
Before he could put his plan into opera
tion, however, a figure appeared on the
roof of the house. Standing aloft, stern
and undaunted, upon the flat roof, Nance
Williams covered Rice Fielding with
"Not another step,' she cried, warn
ingly, "not another inch or you're a
Good God!" yelled .Fielding, "it's
There she stood, erect as a statue a
target for a dozen guns!
"Nance Williams," I cried, "for God's
sake come down."
"If they take the professor's claim they
walk over my dead body ter get it. T"7hat
are you goin' to do, Rice Fielding?"
"Don't shoot, boys. Nance put up
your gun I'll quit. In heaven's name
don't stand there."
"I'll stand here till every last one o'
you gits acrost the Pipestem. Now, you
fellows move or I'll shoot anyhow!"
Well, they "moved," and I never saw
such a dismayed lot of men as mounted
their horses and rode toward Skytown.
They were not too much inebriated to
realize that twelve men had. made war
on one woman, and they went back con
scious of defeat.
But what ailed Fielding? At the very
climax of his expedition he had weak
ened. What caused it? Nance Williams
happened to be in the store two or three
days after and I asked her.
"Huh!" said she, contemptuously, "he
wants me to marry him, an' I'd see him
dead an' buried afore I'd stoop so low as
that after what he tried to do to the
professor." She paused a moment, and
I saw a tear steal down her cheek. "I
never liked but one feller in my life,
Mr. Barlow, an' Bill he died. I'll tell
you "bout him some time. Good-bye."
She left the store in a hurry.
"Women are women the world over,"
thought I, and I pitied poor Nance from
the bottom of my heart. William Wal
lace Cook, in Detroit Free Press.
AN INTERESTING FAMILY.
A Carolina Log Cabin Which Shelter a
In the western part of North Carolina,
and about seven miles west of Hot
Springs, there lives a family by the
name of Brooks. It is a very interesting
one, and many visitors to the quiet little
town of Hot Springs have had their
curiosity so aroused by stories of this
family that they have hired teams and
driven seven miles to the Brooks resi
dence. This consists of a little, low log
cabin in an unsettled district, and is oc
cupied by father, mother and twenty
exceptionally handsome children. Every
one is a blonde, with golden yellow hair
and peachy complexion, and all as igno
rant, wild and untutored as they are
beautiful. In addition to the above
family proper, the two oldest girls are
married; one is a widow with two chil
dren, and the other has three children
and a husband. Both these lit
tle families are living with the
old folks at home, making in all a
family of twenty-eight, when none are
missing. The home, or log cabin, con
sists of but one room, and that a very
small one. On two sides of this are
built seven berths, one above another,
against the wall, and they were evident
ly built with the cabin. In these
"boxes" the parents, children and grand
children lay themselves away when
night comes on. Three times a day
this interesting family may be seen at
meals. The oldest members seat them
selves about on the ground in front of
the house, "Indian fashion," and are
favored with tin plates and iron spoons,
while the younger ones stand around a
rough, home-made table inside the
cabin, eating beans with a relish that
is good to look upon. This is the prin
cipal diet; now and then they have a
change, but it is of the same plain,
cheap order. They are all healthy and
robust, knowing nothing of sickness.
The father of this family, who has to
"hustle" for the "beans" to fill the
twenty-eight hungry mouths, makes as
high as SIS some months, but oftener
his income will not exceed $15 per
month, which trifling sum he earns by
walking seven miles daily to Hot
Springs to work in the mill of a Mr. '
Frank Gahagan. The mother, who has
a baby in arms, seems contented and
happy as she sits with one foot on the
side of the home-made cradle,made of an
ordinary pine box, with rockers sawed
out of a rough board, which she every
now and then gives "a vigorous kick"
to keep the cradle moving, while -he
sings over and over again a few lines of
some old hj-mn she has learned. Every
one is struck with the remarkable beau
ty of the children, from the youngest
to the oldest. It is something wonder
ful. The parents have found names for
all but one, which is without a name
yet. St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
WILKIE COLLINS' FAILURE.
He Came to America to Read but was
Compelled to Quit.
In 1S73 Mr. Collins visited the United
States and was cordially received, al
though his public readings from his
novels were not successful. His appear
ance in Philadelphia was a notable one.
Mr. Collins had appeared two nights be
fore for the first time, in Albany, and
there were mysterious hints given out
that he had greatly disappointed his
hearers and saddened the hearts of his
managers. In Horticultural Hall, how
ever, he was welcomed by a very large
audience, and a very friendly one, rep
resenting the culture of this city. The
programme called for the reading of an
original ghost story. Some peculiar
English paraphernalia in the way of an
odd-looking sounding-board, made of red
muslin, and a little desk, were the great
novelist's environment, and he was
earnestly admonished, before going on
the platform, that he must keep up his
voice and read slowly and distinctly.
His reception was most cordial, and
every thing started off well, but in less
than ten minutes the reader's voice sank
almost to a muffled undertone. What
the story was about not one-third of
those present could tell, and those in the
front seats who could hear seemed to be
more disgusted than those in the rear.
An hour passed, when the reader, unfor
tunately for himself, took a recess.
When he returned nearly one-half his
audience had disappeared, among them
the leading representatives and- editors
of the Philadephia newspapers, and
some from New York. Mr. Collins plod
ded along until the weary end, and it
was the end of himself as well as his
"ghost" in this country. He had bank
rupted his managers, and a few days
later, after making a formal appearance,
with like ill success, in two or three
other towns, he set sail for England, a
sadly disappointed man. The press al
most with one accord declared him the
worst of a bad lot of English platform
readers who at that time were making
annual raids upon the finances of the
American neoole. Philadelphia Record
TRAVELS OF A WATCH.
The Average TInie.Piec That Covers
6570 Miles In Two Tears.
Of all the articles of luxury which in
the course of centuries have become
necessities the watch is,no doubt, the one
that pefonns the most remarkable feats.
Yet it is in many cases the most sadly
neglected. Man will eat and sleeD as a
matter of course, without thinking
once in a thousand times that hv so
doing he maintains the numerous parts
of his organism which through pulsation
indicate the state of regularity. Man
willwind a watch without calculating
in doing so upon the force set in motion!
Take a cylinder watch of the averago
size, for instance. A glance at the
movement shows, first of all, a small
cog-wheel moving rapidly back and
forth without completing the revolu
tions. Every stfngle swing
of this balance wheelis equal
to about 72 degrees, three-fourths of a
revolution averages having been taken
in all figures to be adduced for the mat
ter of convenience. The diameter of tho
balance wheel is usually, in the averago
sized watch, seven-twelfths of an inch,
the circumference consequently twenty-one-twelfths,
or one and three-quarters
of an inch. The small point of resist
ance at the outer periphery of the bal
ance wheel consequently covers with
each swing a distance of xlj of an
inch, which is equal to one and five-sixteenths
of an inch. An attentive ob
server will find by carefully watching
tno second hand of the watch that there
are five swings, or steps, in each second, j
That mpjiTic is nnn cirinnl- .. i '
432,000 in a day of twenty-four hours,
..w .u,uuv unuiisauiiuur, ur
Consequently the point of resistance
covers in a day 432,000x1 5-15 of an inch,
or 568,667 inches, or 47.SS9 feet, which
is, within a fraction of about one-fortieth,
nearly nine miles. If a good
watch runs two years without repairs,
the point of resistance has made 6,570
miles without a stop.
In an ancre movement of the same
size as the cylinder watch referred to,
each swing of the balance wheel is
twice as large. Each given point at the
outer circumference of the balance
wheel for there is no point of resist-
ance in the ancre watch would cover in
twentv-four hours a distanPA nfiR or ,-r,
two years 13,140 miles. At this rato It
would take the balance wheel, some
times erroneously called escapement,
about three years and nine months to
cover a distance equal to the circumfer
ence of the earth.
No sensible man would for a moment
entertain tho idea that a diminutivo
wagon with wheels of seven-twelfths of
an inch diameter could travl around
the earth in three years and nine brocade for the basque, the full high
months, even if there weroan ahsnin to- shouldered sleeves, and for one side
ly level road to travel on. Repairs
would take up half the time. The watch
is only able to perform its remarkable
feats on account of tho diminutive
weight and yet immense hardness of its
parts and an almost infinitesimal degree
of friction. Tho latter is so much re
duced that a single drop of oil is sum-
cient for five years in a high grade
Another achievement of the watch is
tho degree of exactness with which it
works. The swinjrs of the escanement
are rendered isochronous (of equal dura-
tion) bv means of the hairsnrinir. thn
regulating being done by the lengthen
ing or shortening of the spring. For in
stance, if a watch differs two minutes,
either too slow or too fast, in twenty
four hours, it means that inasmuch as
there are 432,000 swings in that period
of time each swing is the three thou
sand six hundredth part of a second too
long or too short of absolute correctness.
If, therefore, the correction is to be
made that the watch shall differ only
half a minute in a day, each swing of the
escapement has to be regulated by tho
one-fourteen thousandth part of a
second a part of time that as to dura
tion can hardly be comprehended unless
it is with the quickness of thought.
The watch, if otherwise properly con
structed, is assisted only once a day by
the winding, not counting those mar
vel's of the watch-maker's art which
run unassisted for a week or even a
month. Taking this into consideration,
it is indeed marvelous how tho inani
mate metal has been rendered service
able by the laws of art andnature it is,in
a word, a miracle in the vest-pocket.
SOME ABSURD NOTIONS.
The Man in the Moon and Other SuperstI
tions Regarding Luna.
Almostevery country on the globe has ,
its legends and superstitions concerning i
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the phenomena known throughout the
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civilized world as "the man in the
moon," and many are the stories told
to account for the singular appearances
which all have noticed m the face of
some countries tne pictures is supposea
to be that of two male lions engaged in j
deadly combat. In most Oriental .
countries it is supposed to be the j
picture of a single lion: throughout Eu- j
rup, Austria uu aiuwi tu V1U: I
are thought to be fair representatives of
Wilkins in his book called The Moon .
a Habitable W orld," says: "As for the
forme of the spots on the moon, some
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thinke they represent a man, and poets
guess 'tis the boy Endymoin, whose
company Luna loved so well she
ta"kes him with her. Others will
only have it to be the face of
a man, as, the moon is pictured; but
Aiuenu miUM raiuer iua it reyrc- , making the tea in the guest's presence
sents a lyon with his face towards the forbids the suspicion that the hostess is
west and his tayle towards the east; putting herself to inconvenience in pro
others, again, think it muche resembles , viding it. Besides being refreshing, the
a fox; certainly, it is as much like a . tea conduces ease and sociability.
lyon as tnai in me z-oaiayjce, or as ursa
Jiaiur is iv&c lk:uv. imcu ui uu
these absurd notions originated no one
seems to know; however, it seems that
the people of each country think their
own theories the best. The Jews, for
instance, on account of some Talmudic
story, helieTe the lines and spots to be a
picture of the old patriarch Jacob. j
The old-folk lore tell us that the fig- t
nre represented is that of tho man the
children of Israel found gathering sticks
on the Sabbath day, for vhich crime he '
was doomed to burn brush in sight of
the world for all time to come. See
Numbers, xv., 32.-St. Louis Republic,
THE LATEST FASHIONS.
Winter Street Toilettes-A Pretty Trona
sean for a Southern Bride.
Faced cloths and rough-surfaced yet
soft-finished camel's-hair stuffs are
chosen for street costumes and for
church suits, and will continue to be
worn at afternoon receptions where
silks, brocades and iMlvta moi.-,.
' A long princess polonaise, trimmed with
I sable or othr fni- . cu,i.. u-j
far toward the back to disclose a skirt
of cloth or velvet of a contrasting color,
is a iasmonable design for such toil
ettes, and very short high-shouldered
capes of the cloth and velvet are added
for greater warmth in the street. More
youthful gowns of lighter blue, pale Eif
fel red, or grayish green cloth have
black Persian lamb borders, also of nar
row widths, with gilt and silver braid
passementerie for trimmings. The small
cape has a collar of great height, with
cloth outside and fur lining, or else it is
entirely of fur, cut to flare outward and
wired, while a point of the fur extends
to the end of the cape in front. A
toque, with or without strings, is made
of the cloth for the crown, with velvet
along the edges, and requires no other
trimming. Camel's-hair dresses have
the round skirt now worn, with all its
fullness at the back, and a bodice with
girdle of velvet and full velvet vest un
der jacket shaped front, and the coat
sleeves are full at the top, with velvet
cuffs. Bordered camel's-hair dresses,
the ground plum, bright red, reseda or
storm blue, with black stripes for the
border at the foot of the round skirt,
and diasronallv at the ton of the full
j coat sleeves, are very pretty when made
with a black coat-basque that is cut up
in square tabs and trimmed with black
Persian fur and wide gold braid.
A pretty trousseau for a Southern
bride contained a wedding dress of
ivory satin brocade in palm leaf design,
made with the front of waist and skirt
of a single breadth, merely pleated in
shape at the waist lino and fastened un
der the left arm, then falling on a petti
coat of white mousseline do chiffon,
doubled and drawn in shirred tucks below
! the biPs: the neck was draPed witQ sof
' folds o the mousseline; the back of the
I waisfc was Pinted antl the brocaded
' train was draped on its edges. A "black
silk" dress for this bride was of peau
de soie, with pink blossoms and green
foliage brocaded along its selvages,mado
up in princesse shape, over plain black
peau de soie, with green vest and green
collar under the new black Eiffel tower
lace altogether a different dress from
the black silk gown of former days. A
reception dress of pale silver gray bro-
' cade combined with bengaline has the
of the skirt, with trimming of silver
t cord and a shirred breadth of gray
mousseline de chiffon in the front. The
traveling gown of shaggy camel's hair,
in an indefinite plaid of dark red and
brown, had a round skirt with two great
box plats behind, hooked on the waist
' with frills erect at toP'. tho fronfc was
made dressy with full diagonal crossed
folds of dark red velvet showing no
darts, velvet sleeves and collar of vel
vet. A visiting dress of green cloth
had a great deal of velvet on tho front
of the V6' opening on a plastron of
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ground strewn with tiny flowers. A fur
cape was to be worn with these dresses,
and there was also a gray plush jacket
bordered with soft gray mouflon fur. A
little dress for informal dinners was of
gray satin in the new cord striping made
up with silver cord knotted in meshes,
and the stripes meeting in the skirt in
Eiffel tower fashion. The evening
cloak was a great Russian coat of white
crepon laid over pink silk, and
lined with white lima fur which also
formed the large collar. Harper's Bazar.
N EW TEA-TABLE FA D.
A Little Ceremony That is Decidedly
Il'leailn; to the Eye.
A pretty device for making tea, Chi
nese fashion, at the home table and
afternoon teas, and for serving delicate
refreshments to callers, consists of a
hollow ball of gold or silver about tho
size of a walnut suspended from a finger
ring by a slender chain four or five
inches long. The ball divides in the
middle, and the halves are hinged. It
is perforated with innumerable holes.
Sometimes it is made of gold or silver
wire gauze. The hostess uses it in this
wise: She opens the hollow ball, fills
the halves with dry tea leaves and clasps
I it shut. She then slips tho ring from
I which it is suspended upon one of the
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cup with hot water, she lets the ball
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hang in the cup, and moves it back and
forth and u and down until the water
coloredi' to the desired strength.
Tq6 stre th of the te of colf
ddg the 1 h of time
the ball is dawdled in the cup. The lit-
the ball is dawdled in the cup.
tie ceremony is much pleasanter to the
eye than the old way of pouring out tea,
especially if the hostess be graceful and
have a prettily modeled hand and wrist.
Moreover, it produces an immeasurably
finer cup of tea than can be had by any
otfacr metho(L At af ternoon teas the
h03tess gitg upon her divan, with the
ended from her finger, and
tfae tea at a taMe b her side The tea
ba ifc called fe m0reover an en-
couragement to the custom, borrowed
with it from the Chinese, of serving tea
to callers an adjunct to entertaining
methods which is rapidly becoming pop
ular. Hot water, of course, is always at
handj and this easy and graceful way of
The gold-beaters of Berlin exhibited
at the Paris exposition gold leaves so
thin that it would require 282,000 to pro-
duce the thickness of a single inh, yet
each leaf is so perfect and free from
holes as to be impenetrable by the
strongest electric light. If these leaves
were bound in book form it would take
15,000 to fill the space of ten common
book leaves. One volume of these leaves
n inch in thickness would contain as
many pages as a whole library of 1,500
volumes of paper books with an average
of 400 pages to the book
RELIGIOUS AND EDUCATIONAL
More than sixty young Methodist
women have taken up the course of
study for evangelists and deaconesses,
under the instruction of the Rev. D. A.
Wright in Chicago.
There are 2,340 Catholic priest with
1,353,455 Catholic population in England,
and 329 priests with 333,S43 Catholic
population in Scotland. Ireland has
3,254 priests and 3,792,357 Catholic popu
lation. The Baptists in London are to be
gin the forward movement which they
have been long contemplating, the ob
ject of which is to carry on the work of
the Gospel much more energetically.
Special services will be held in the John
Prof. Thayer tells of a Yale grad
uate who. after wandering far and long
in skepticism and regaining his spritual
equipoise, confessed that "there was ono
thing which, all through, he could never
quite get away from, and that was Pres
ident Woolsey's prayers."
This three-fold repetition. "I will
instruct thee," "I will teach thee." "I
will guide thee," reveals the threo
properties of a good teacher. (1) to
make the pupils understand the way to
salvation; (2) to go before them; (3) to
watch over them and their ways. Old
At Oxford, in England, it is an
nounced that women "who are graduates
of colleges included in the Association
of Collegiate Alumna;, U. S. A.," will bo
admitted, to the Honor Examinations
without further condition. All other
women must first pas certain examina
tions. President Patton, of Princeton Col
lege, in a recent address to the students,
advised them not to forget their religion
when coming to college, but to be suro
to bring it with them, and not to loso it
while there. Religion that is really
anchored in the heart will always bear
transportation. N. Y. Independent.
During the past year British For
eign Missionary Societies have con
tributed 56,134,000 for work in Pagan
and Mohammedan lands. Of this amount
S2,300,000 came from societies connected
with the Church of England; Sl,SS5,000
from English and Welsh Nonconformists:
Sl,014,000 from Presbyterians in Scotland
A royal decree has been promul
gated in favor of the American mission
established in Congo for evangelizing
blacks. Another decree accords to tho
Governor General of the Congo the
power of expelling from the State
all persons whose presence may bo con
sidered dangerous, and also those who
have undcrgono criminal condemnation
in other countries.
"The Japanese are equally ready to
believe or disbelieve in God and a future
life," is tho opinion of a recent traveler
in that country. "And which they will
do depends on the question whether
faith or infidelity is most in accordanco
with reason. They are acute metaphy
sicians, and have the most profound re
spect for logic. If they become Chris
tians they will strip Christianity of a
great many o its traditional dogmas
that seem to them to be irrational. But
they are so mercurial in temperament
that they can not take even religion se
(WIT AND WISDOM.
In the race of life it isn't the fast
men who come out ahead. Pingham
Hush-money, when used, is more apt
than any other money to make a noise.
N. O. Picayune.
As long as a young man estimates a
pretty face above industrious hands, ho
is not old enough, or has not sense
enough, to marry.
We have not a muscle whose law of
strength is not action; we have not a
faculty of body, mind or soul whose law
of improvement is not energy.
If anybody gives you ill-language,
rather pity him than be moved to anger.
You will find that silence or very gentle
words aro tho very best revenge.
Almost everybody in this world is
susceptible to flattery. The easiest way
to flatter some people is to remark to
them how impervious to flattery they
are. Somerville Journal.
To be content with what v.c have is
the real secret of happiness. The real
needs of humanity are comparatively few;
but the artificial and conventional are
illimitable and insatiable.
A hundred are ready to run and tell
of a great deed done by somebody else,
where one is ready to run and do a great
deed. Telling of good deeds is well; but
doing of good deeds is better. S. S.
The hardest thing is to keep cheer
ful under the little stings that come
from uncongenial surroundings, the very
insignificance of which adds to their
power to annoy, because they can not bo
wrestled with and overcome, as in the
case of larger hurts. Once a Week.
It is a great secret known to but
few, yet of no small use in the conduct
of life, that when you fall into a man's
conversation the first thing you should
consider is whether he has a greater in
clination to hear or that you should
hear him. Steele.
Languid, low-toned color or good
ness never overcomes any thing. It
must be positive, full of blood, radiant
as an angel. Then a man shall go out
with a conception of goodness into the
community, and wherever he goes he
will carry conviction to evil, so far as
conviction can be produced at all.
The most precious of all possessions
is the power over ourselves; power to
withstand trial, to bear suffering, to
front danger, power over pleasure and
pain; power to follow our convictions,
however resisted by menace and scorn;
the power of calm reliance in scenes of
darkness and storm.
We have innumerable advantages,
these days; at no age of the world were,
there so many and of so good a kind.
And yet it is more difficult to live a
thoroughly consistent life than at many
periods of the past. Our ideals are high
er; the practical pattern by which wo
live is more refined and elevated, and
the temptations that beset us partake of
the energy that belongs to our living.